Philips Sonicare 6100 vs 5100 vs 4100? What differentiates the Philips Sonicare Protectiveclean 4100, 5100 and 6100 is in their key features. Though they share the name Protective clean they are differentiated by the different model numbers and key features.
The Philips Sonicare Protectiveclean 4100 has one cleaning mode and is designed for plaque control . However, this does not mean that the 5100 and Philips Sonicare Protectiveclean 6100 are not good at removing plaque. They are actually as good as the 4100 in removing plaque but they can do much more based on the extra cleaning modes they have (gum care and whitening) and variable settings in the case of the Philips Sonicare 6100 . For a better comparison of the protective, we shall pair each mode against the other.
Philips Sonicare 4100 vs 5100
The 5100 has cleaning mode LED light and buttons on the handle while the 4100 does not have
- The 4100 comes fitted with the plaque control brush head while the 5100 has 2 brush head, the gum care, and optimal white brush head.
- The 4100 is cheaper than 5100
- The protectiveclean 4100 comes in 5 colors for your convenience. These are (Pink, Black, Light Blue, Navy blue, deep pink) as compared to the 5100 that has 4 colors (Black-grey, white, turquoise and pastel pink .
Both 5100 and 4100 are quality toothbrushes that employ Sonicare’s flagship cleaning technology that is scientifically proven to remove plaque than a manual toothbrush. The Philips Sonicare 5100 gives you more options like using the gum care mode to zero down of cleaning under your gums or whitening your teeth. It also has automatic syncing of brush heads to the correct cleaning mode. For more customization of your cleaning experience, the 5100 is the choice to go for (check it on Amazon).
Philips Sonicare 4100 vs 6100
4100 has standard cleaning intensity (no cleaning intensity variations) while the 6100 has 3 intensity variations (low, medium and high). Varied intensities that are in the Philips Sonicare 6100 give you more options to customize the brushing experience to suit your needs. For instance, if you have sensitive teeth, the low intensity will provide a gentle brushing experience. On the other hand, if you want to rid your teeth of clinging plaque or discoloration of teeth the high intensity will come in handy.
The 6100 has 3 cleaning intensity and cleaning modes icons and LED light on the handle which the 4100 does not have
- The 6100 comes with the white brush head compared to the 4100 that has plaque control brush head
- The 6100 has brush synch automatic pairing in which the brush head with intuitively select the appropriate cleaning mode suitable for the brush head slotted in the handle
- The 6100 is more costly in comparison to the Philips Sonicare Protectiveclean 4100
- The 6100 comes in 5 colors (Black silver, white silver, pink pastel, navy blue, and deep purple) that differ slightly to the 4100 that has (deep pink, navy blue, light blue, pink and black
- The 6100 has an additional button on the handle to control the cleaning modes
- 6100 comes with a traveling case that is not available in the 4100
The Philips Sonicare Protectiveclean 4100 is a decent medium priced toothbrush that also has a pressure sensor . It cleans just as well as the 6100 because they both run on the same patented sonic cleaning technology that makes 62000 movements (31000 brush strokes per minute) which whips your toothpaste into bubbles that sweep between the teeth to fight hidden plaque. For basic cleaning, the 4100 will give you good results but if you want more; like massaging your gums or whitening your teeth the Philips Sonicare Protectiveclean 6100 is the obvious choice.
Philips Sonicare 5100 vs 6100
The Philips Sonicare 6100 has three intensities for cleaning (low medium and high) unlike Sonicare 5100 that has no cleaning intensity variations. The Sonicare 5100 comes with a gum care brush head while the 6100 comes with the optimal white brush head (you can buy any brush that will need your need at an extra cost and use it since the ProtectiveClean snap-on feature is compatible with most Sonicare brush heads. The 5100 has no brush sync pairing for cleaning modes, a feature that is available in the 6100
The 6100 comes in 5 colors (White silver, Black silver, deep purple, navy blue, and pink pastel ) compared to the 5100 that comes in 4 colors (Turquoise, black grey, pastel pink and white).The 6100 costs more than the others
The 6100 has variable settings and three cleaning modes which in total gives you six customization settings to tackle every aspect of cleaning your mouth including massaging your gums on gum care mode paired with a low-intensity setting, whitening, plaque removal and more.
It is feature rich with premium quality. In terms of being a high-end product, it is definitely in that bracket of high-end Sonicare models and will, of course, provide you with more options than the 5100. However, for day to day cleaning and tackling problem areas like cleaning your gums, the Sonicare 5100 is just as good albeit without all the premium features (variable setting) available in the 6100.
When it comes to choosing, it all comes down to you. What is it that you need in a toothbrush? If it is decent brushing experience, then 5100 is good for you but if you want more customization and to take things a notch higher, then the Philips Sonicare 6100 is for you .
Philips Sonicare 4100 vs 5100 vs 6100 – Similarities
Both have a pressure sensor. This is a new feature that Sonicare was not keen on for a long time. However, feedback from the market has forced them to introduce it in their models. They started with the high range Sonicare FlexCare Platinum in 2016 that had an intuitive (not visible-only shown through an app) pressure sensor. In 2017 they introduced a visible pressure sensor ring in the new DiamondClean Smart range 9300,9500 and 9700.
In 2018 the new Sonicare Protective Clean models 4100,5100 and 6100 both have a pressure sensor.
They both have quadpacer and timers to help you brush effectively and to the dentist recommended time of 2 minutes per brushing session. They also have an auto-stop feature that automatically switches off the brush if you allow the brushing session to come to an end at the recommended 2 minutes.
They all have the similar design, sleek, smooth with a matte finish. Unlike Oral B they have no rubber grip but are yet slip-free even when handled with water. Of course, the Protective clean 5100 gum health and 6100 whitening have cleaning mode and intensity settings on the handle which the 4100 does not have but the overall look and feel are more or less the same
The other similarity between the Protectiveclean range is that they all have Brush Sync. The brush sync is a technology that alerts you when your brush head is due for renewal. A microchip installed in the handles triggers the LED Light to flash to remind you that you need to change the brush head.
Generally for a brush head to perform at its optimum level, it needs to be replaced after 3 months use. The brush Sync because it is quite easy to forget. As you know, a won out brush is not effective in keeping your teeth healthy.
They both have the easy start which is an embedded feature in most Sonicare toothbrushes that reduces the intensity of vibrations for the first twelve days when you start using your brush to allow to get used to the Sonicare sonic cleaning experience
The RFID microchip is installed in the 4100, 5100 and 6100. However, in the case of the 4100 the microchip only serves the purpose of reminding you to change your brush bush. As for the 5100 and 6100 the microchip serves a dual purpose. It also intuitively pairs the brush head with the recommended brush head for effective cleaning.
The RFID microchip is quite insightful in the sense that is you brush two times in a day, the brush Synch will alert you to swap the brush head after 3 months. If you only brush once a day the microchip will not trigger the LED light in 3 months but in 6 months. In the case that you brush 3 times a day or brush longer than the recommended two minutes per day twice a day, the reminder will come on even before you hit 3 months.
The microchip keeps a log on how often the brush is used as you use it. Once you reach the calibrated 3 months usage, the LED light will flash to signal you to replace your brush head.
- They all have a small bump at the back to allow the bush to lie in place without rolling
- The handles of all protectiveclean range are water resistant and can be rinsed on tap water
- They both come with a solid 3 years manufacturers guarantee which gives you peace of mind. In case something happens to the toothbrush, you have a guarantee to cover you
- They all come fitted with a battery that the manufacturer guarantees to last at least two weeks. Our testers got 28 days on the Philips Sonicare 4100 brushing twice a day after a full charge; so it is possible to get more than the standard Sonicare 14 day battery life
- All the models have a dual charging battery that supports both 100v and 240 volts so they can be charged on USA sockets and anywhere else in the world without a voltage adapter. In case you travel abroad, all you need is a compatible plug adapter that fits into the sockets to charge your toothbrush
- They all have LED battery indicators. Green solid light indicates that the battery is fully charged. Flashing LED light is a sign that the battery is halfway charged (medium) while flashing amber LED light and three beeping sound signifies low battery. Amber LED flashes and five beeps signify that the battery is flat and cannot be used for any brush session until you charge your toothbrush
- All Philips Sonicare toothbrush operates on the patented sonic brushing technology that makes 62000 movements (31000 brush strokes) per minute. These high octane movements whip your toothbrush into bubbles that sweep between your teeth and under the gum line to fight plaque and bad breath
- All protectiveclean toothbrushes use soft silicone bristles that are safe and gentle on your gums. They are all suitable to be used on braces, crowns, veneers, and fillings
- They all have tightly populated bristles whose tip is curved in a manner to easily access hard to reach places in teeth structure
Philips Sonicare Protectiveclean Reviews
The Philips Sonicare Protectiveclean models are the new mid-range Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes models. They were commissioned in March 2018 to cater for the increased demand for gum care products hence the name ProtectiveClean.
The new Philips Sonicare Protectiveclean 4100, 5100 and 6100 are improved versions of the current mid-range price models by Sonicare. For instance it the Sonicare Protective clean 4100 is an improved version of the Sonicare 2 series, the Protectiveclean 5100 is a revamped version of the Sonicare 3 Series gum control while the 6100 protective clean is a modified version of Sonicare HealthyWhite. The protective clean range has new features designed to match similar mid-range models by its main competitor Oral B.
Sonicare has not expressly called the protective clean models improved versions of current models in the market partly because some of their mid-range models like 2 Series and 3 Series are currently selling quite well and command a decent market share which Sonicare would not like to lose. However as an expert who has been reviewing Oral B and Sonicare models for ages. This is my hunch.
All mid-range Oral B models from Oral B 1000, Oral B 3000, 4000 and Oral B 5000 have pressure sensors, LED light indicators, inbuilt timers, and quad pacer. They are also customized to cater for different conditions like Oral B 3000 has gum care, sensitive teeth and daily clean. Some of these features like pressure sensor are not in Sonicare mid-price models. These new models are a direct response to these features that seemingly give Oral B an edge in the mid-priced electric toothbrush market.