Philips Sonicare DiamondClean vs Flexcare Platinum vs Flexcare Plus Electric Toothbrush Comparison

By Ted Gerner | October 21, 2018

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean electric toothbrush at this moment is the top of the line Philips power toothbrush. Many owners of the previous top model, the Sonicare Flex Care Plus are now wondering if it is worth it to upgrade to DiamondClean.

There is also the new Sonicare Flexcare Platinum and Platinum Connected models that look like an attractive alternative.

That is why I decided to compare Sonicare DiamondClean vs Flexcare Plus vs Flexcare Platinum to find out what is the deal.

Sonicare Diamond Clean vs FlexCare Plus vs Flexcare Platinum Toothbrushes Compared

Model nameDiamondCleanFlexCare PlatinumFlexCare Plus
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric, Rechargeable toothbrush for Complete Oral Care – 9300 Series, White, HX9903/01Philips Sonicare DiamondCleanCheck PricePhilips Sonicare Flexcare Platinum Rechargeable ToothbrushPhilips Sonicare Flexcare PlatinumCheck PricePhilips Sonicare FlexCare Plus Sonic Electric Toothbrush, HX6972/10Philips Sonicare FlexCare PlusCheck Price
Model number HX9903HX9111HX6972
RechargeableYesYesYes
Lithium Ion BatteryYesYesYes
Speed, brush movement/min31000 62000 31000
Quadpacer timerYesYesYes
Brushing modes4 (Clean, White+, Deep Clean+, Gum Health), each with 3 intensity settings3 (Clean, White, Deep Clean), each with 3 intensity settings5 (Clean, Sensitive, Massage, Refresh, Gum Care)
Included Brush Heads3 (Premium plaque control, Premium gum care, Premium white)1 (AdaptiveClean)2 (1 Standard ProResults and 1 Compact ProResults)
UV SanitizerNoNoYes
Charger typeCharger glass and charger baseRegular chargerRegular charger
Travel chargerDeluxe travel case with USB ChargerNoRegular travel charger
Travel caseYesYesYes
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Differences of Sonicare DiamondClean and Flexcare Plus Features

Disclaimer – I am still trying to figure out how the Platinum model fits into the mix. Check back soon for more details.

Now let’s see the comparison of two older models.

As you can see both toothbrushes has 5 brushing modes, but the new Diamond Clean brush has new White and Polish modes instead of Massage and Refresh.

The new model features innovative charging technology and also can be used from computer USB port which may be handy while on the road. At the same time, DiamondClean does not have bundled UV sanitizer, and that is considered to be a big drawback by many users. You can always buy the sanitizer separately, but it will cost you between $10 and $30 depending on make and model.

There are also some design differences. Philips Diamond Clean brush features a switch that works as On/Off button. The same button is also a brushing mode selector. The problem is that you can change the mode only when the brush is working. In other words, you will either select the mode on working brush while it sprays everything around you with toothpaste, or you will have to learn to dial thru modes with a toothbrush in your mouth.
sonicare diamondclean vs flexcare electric toothbrushes

Which Model Should I Chose?

There have been reports stating the reason why DiamondClean offers superior cleaning performance is the new DiamondClean brush head design. Can you really feel the difference? I don’t know. But you will see the difference in your bank statement because you will pay some extra money for the newer toothbrush model and then also extra every year for the more expensive replacement brushes.

I also believe the one button design mentioned above and lack of UV sanitizer is a step back.

If you are looking for the latest and greatest toothbrush that looks great and performs nicely and are ready to pay the premium price and don’t worry about missing UV Sanitizer, the Sonicare Diamond Clean model is a perfect choice.

If you pay more attention to functionality and being trendy is not your goal then Sonicare Flex Care Plus will work better for you.