ProtectiveClean includes several features from that series at a much more affordable price. BrushSync technology is the reason why you should go for this brush. This is advanced technology working to keep your teeth healthy.
The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 is available in two variations:
White and Light Blue colored brushes offer one brush head for optimal gum health
Pastel Pink, Turquoise and Black Grey packs have 2 brush heads each. One is for ‘Optimal Gum Health‘ and the other for ‘Optimal White‘
Protective Clean 5100: Out Of The Box
When you open the box, you will find the following:
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 electric toothbrush
2 brush heads
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 Review : Features
Cleans with 31,000 movements per minute.
3 modes for cleaning – clean, white and gum care.
Auto Power Off
Replace Brush Head Reminder (BrushSync)
What’s to like about the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 Review?
It’s beautifully designed to hold comfortably when brushing.
There are many different color options to choose from.
The 3 cleaning modes – clean, white, and gum care – are clearly labelled on the brush handle. Choose any option while brushing by the easily accessible buttons on the handle.
Two minute timer and and 30 second pacer remind you to change quadrants and brush for optimal time per quadrant. This makes sure you’ll clean your teeth for the right amount of time and evenly.
Not many of us pay attention to replace brush heads once they are worn out. With BrushSync, the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 reminds you it’s time to replace the brush head.(Some Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 review reports consider this a serious advantage over other brands!)
Brushing too hard and damaging your gums and teeth is a real problem with some electric tooth brushes.A pressure sensor on the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 lets you know when you are applying too much pressure on the teeth/gums.
Auto Power Off – The toothbrush automatically shuts off when the time for cleaning is over, thereby saving battery life.
Exceptionally long battery life. Even though we are used to Sonicare’s long battery life, this one is a pleasant surprise.
A protective travel case helps protect the brush head and keeps your brush handle safe when travelling.
What’s not to like about the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100?
According to most Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 review articles, this model is slightly more expensive than others.
However it’s worth paying, considering the additional features and that the ProtectiveClean 5100 delivers an exceptional performance.
Another minor drawback is that the pressure sensor could offer visible visual cues to alert the user, instead of a small LED lamp glowing dimly.
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 Review : Design, Ease Of Use And Cleaning Efficiency
If you desire another mode, simply cycle through them by pressing the button repeatedly.
LED lights are helpful in identifying the mode the brush is currently in. Other comparable electric toothbrushes don’t have this useful visual aid which leaves you guessing the current brushing mode.
Almost at the bottom of the handle there are two more LEDs with icons for BrushSync and to indicate battery level.
Most toothbrush handles come with ridges or raised rubber dots to aid gripping and prevent slippage while you brush. This particular model has a smooth handle with no such markings.
Is that a problem?
Not all Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 review reports are in agreement on the issue.
During extensive trials with this brush, most users reported no difficulties. The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 will stay securely in your hand.
On the back of the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100, opposite to the lowest button, is a protruding part in the moulding. There is a purpose to it. That raised bit actually stops the brush from rolling away or falling off a flat surface. That is smart design thinking.
The brush handle base has a small recess at the bottom. The charging stand prong fits into this recess.
The brush can stand upright on a flat surface and charging also happens in this position when plugged into the recharging station.
At the other end of the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 is a metal shaft that connects to the brush head. This metal shaft links to a tiny motor concealed inside the brush handle which also houses the rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery.
Another point that every glowing Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 review mentions is its long battery life.
The battery typically lasts around 2 weeks after a full recharge… among the longest seen in electric toothbrushes.
Of course you can still use the brush head on other handles. But the reminder system will not work on other models.
How To Turn Your Electric Toothbrush On/Off
A simple press of the button turns on the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 electric toothbrush. As the motors starts working, so does the timer on it.
Now as you brush using the standard clean mode, the timer keeps track and automatically turns off at the end of 2 minutes.
So you don’t have to keep track or set the timer. This is done for you automatically.
Why the 2 minute time limit? This is what most dentists recommend as cleaning time for optimum oral health.
If you are using the White Mode, the brush head runs for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
If you are using it in the Gum Care mode, then it will run for 3 minutes.
At the end of these time frames, the brush handle will automatically turn off.
That’s not all.
After every 30 seconds the brush motor of the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 pauses briefly. You will notice that the cleaning action stops and so does the humming noise and vibration of the handle.
This brief pause is to alert you to change your brushing quadrant. This is called the QuadraPacer.
What is the brushing quadrant? What is the QuadraPacer?
For effective cleaning, imagine dividing your mouth into 4 quadrants – upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left.
You devote 30 seconds to clean each of the 4 quadrants. Your electric toothbrush will experience a brief pause and restart again at each 30 seconds intervals, thanks to the QuadPacer.
This ensures that you clean your teeth and gums evenly in the recommended 2 minutes.
This feature is an excellent addition.
When in the White or Gum Care mode the pacer works only for the first 2 minutes. After that, in White mode, you have to focus on front teeth and in the Gum Care mode you will focus on the gums.
That electric toothbrushes are way superior to normal toothbrushes is proved beyond doubt. However, better cleaning is achieved only when the electric toothbrush is used the right way.
A word of caution here:
Do not run the brush back and forth on your teeth. Just move it from tooth to tooth.
The cleaning is done by the bristles with the aid of the motor. Another point is to hold the brush head at a 45 degree angle to your teeth.
Teeth cleaning was fantastic and it was easy to use too.
Modes And Cleaning Performance
All three modes in the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 are efficient and effective.
The standard mode is Clean which runs for 2 minutes, giving your teeth a complete and thorough cleanse. Every 30 seconds the brush stops briefly so you can move to the next quadrant in your mouth.
If you want to switch to one of the other two modes, just press the function button until the LED corresponding to the desired mode glows.
In White mode, which lasts 2 minutes 30 seconds, after the first 2 minutes of clean mode, the brush runs for a further 30 seconds during which you use the brush in front of your mouth to polish your front teeth.
In Gum Care mode, the electric toothbrush runs for 3 minutes.The first 2 minutes are for cleaning and the last minute is for massaging, cleaning and stimulating the gums.
We often forget that gums need to be healthy too. Sonicare has taken care of that aspect very nicely.
Though the visual cue is not as large and visible as with the DiamondClean Smart toothbrush it is still easy to know when too much force is being applied.
Many long-term users of electric toothbrushes are aware of how much pressure to use while brushing. Over a few uses, you will soon learn to spot these signals.
The sensors and signals are more helpful for first time users.
Not everyone is comfortable brushing with an electric toothbrush. It takes time and some learning.
To make this transition a little easier the EasyStart feature helps users of the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 to get used to the power of their new toothbrush through a gentle start.
Over the course of the first 14 times you use the brush, power is gradually increased so that you’ll become adjusted to the vibrations and movements of the brush head. These sensations can be jarring to a first time electric toothbrush user if applied at full force.
This is good idea from Sonicare to ease new users into electric toothbrush routine without the initial shock.
For first timers, the discomfort of 31,000 movements per minute might even discourage regular use. By gradually easing you into this with EasyStart, the transition becomes easier.
People who already use electric toothbrushes can skip right to the full power mode and sidestep EasyStart.
It comes in several attractive colors. The handle is slim and pretty comfortable to hold while brushing. The brush offers 3 modes of cleaning – Clean, White and Gum Care. LED lights on the handle indicate the mode.
For first time electric toothbrush users the EasyStart program lets you gently ease into the brushing. Pressure sensors alert against using too much pressure which might damage tooth enamel and gums.
A built in timer and Quad pacer automatically give you cues to switch sides while brushing. It also turns the motor off after two minutes are up.
The 2 week long battery life after a full recharge, and a water resistant handle are additional bonuses. You can switch at will to a different brush head as the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 is compatible with many other brush head models.
In trials using the most power-hungry mode (Gum Care), the battery ran for 3 weeks. In the Clean mode which consumes least power, the battery ran for 5 weeks and allowed for 75 brushing sessions.
Even if you are going to be away from home for a few days or weeks, you won’t need to carry the charging station with you. The battery charging icon gives you information on status of your battery:
solid green LED indicates full battery
flashing green means medium battery
an amber light with three beeps means low battery and
flashing amber with 5 beeps means you need to charge or there is no brushing sessions left.
How to recharge the battery?
Charge the brush handle by propping it on the stand. A prong on the stand fits into the bottom of the brush handle.
When you switch on the charger, it will give out 2 beeps indicating recharging is happening and that you have correctly placed it on the stand.
The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 brush handle takes around 24 hours to charge fully. Once the toothbrush is fully charged, the battery’s green light turns on for 30 seconds and then it automatically switches off.
The toothbrush supports 100-240v, and you don’t need a voltage adapter, only a suitable plug adaptor while traveling.
The charging stand is wired into a 2 pin power adapter. If your bathroom doesn’t have a 2 pin socket you could simply buy an adapter to plug it in.
It’s okay to leave the brush on the stand when not in use. If you prefer to, you can charge it even when the battery is half-full.
But it is good practice to let it run down before fully charging as it keeps the battery in good health and lasting longer.
Sonicare claims that its battery, made using Lithium-Ion technology for the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100, will last approximately 2 weeks before needing to be recharged. In actual tests, it lasted much longer than that.
In fact in the cleaning mode many people have used it almost for 5 weeks without having to recharge. On its highest power mode, a single charge lasted for 20 days.
Full battery is indicated by solid green light, while other stages of battery are indicated by flashing green.
A flashing amber light with 3-5 beeps indicates that the battery needs recharging. It takes one full day to charge. The device works from 100-240v.
Where To Buy
Of all online marketplaces, Amazon usually offers most competitive rates as well as periodic discounts and deals that get you an even better price.
But there are also many other retailers, both online and offline, from whom you can purchase this electric toothbrush including Walmart, Target or Boots.
Everyone is impressed by the high quality finish of the product, the attention to detail in design and the general look and feel of this high quality electric toothbrush.
Being an electronic product that’s used in a damp environment, it is prone to malfunction in a few cases. But the 2 year warranty ensures that you’ll get a replacement if such an unfortunate event ever happens.