Philips Sonicare 2 Series Review

Philips Sonicare 2 Series Review

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Philips Sonicare 2 is the big brother of the already well familiar Sonicare Essence. Unlike its little bro, this one comes equipped with more features and more options in terms of brush heads. Well priced and well equipped electric toothbrush for everyday use.


  • Well priced
  • Lightweight
  • SmartTimer, QuadPacer & Easy Start


  • Battery indicator malfunction
  • Only comes with one brush head

Closer Look at the Sonicare 2 Series by Philips

The Sonicare 2 from Philips is the successor of the Sonicare Essence model. With a two minute timer to ensure that you meet the recommended daily brush time, it is dentist approved. It also has the Quad Pacer feature, which will inform you of each 30-second interval that passes, so that you can make sure you get all the areas of your mouth.

The best-added feature on this Philips Sonicare 2 is the ability to snap on and off the brush heads. See, the Essence model only had the screw on brush heads options. This really limited the variety of heads the brush could use. In addition, the screw on heads did not come with Philips’ waterproof seal which would often cause issues down the line. Because this feature has been included, it is compatible with most of the heads available in the range and possibly others.

Something worth mentioning is the potential noise of the brush when in use. If the handle and brush head has a small gap, then you can be subject to a slight rattling noise. I would advise you to get in touch with Philips and ask for a replacement. The actual Sonicare 2 series is not supposed to have this gap. Therefore, it is likely that you have been given a defective brush.

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What’s In the Series 2 Box?


NOTE: Our model came with an extra brush head – free of charge. This is not included with every Sonicare 2 Series model.

  • Sonicare 2 Handle
  • Standard Sonicare Brush Head
  • Brush Head Cover
  • Charging Stand
  • Instructions
  • Warranty card

Within the box, you will also find discounts and offers which are related to the Philips Sonicare range. Not sure if every Series 2 comes with this, but ours did. It is possible that we managed to jump on a promo train at the right time. Obviously, by mistake. Also, there is a warranty card in the package. It is for the first six months. So, if you want to extend the warranty to 2 years, you will have to follow the instructions on that card. Rather annoying, as we were hoping the 2 Series will come with the extended warranty by default.


  • Removes a good amount of plaque which wouldn’t be achievable with a manual brush.
  • Guides you through the brushing process so that you can get the best results possible with this brush.
  • Leaves teeth looking whiter and cleaner.
  • Power builds up gradually over 14 uses, this means you can transition from a manual to electric without any discomfort.


  • When the battery indicator is signaling a low battery, it does require to be charged straight away.
  • Ours came with a 6-month warranty card. Had to call in order to get the extended warranty.

Design and Features of the Sonicare 2 Series

The Handle

The overall design of the handle is very simplistic.  The baby blue highlights and green rubber power button make the brush look rather unimpressive. The power button is very simple to operate. The first press downturns on the brush and the second turns it off.

The baby blue plastic surround looks like it should be used as a grip. However, it is actually there just for looks. If you turn over the toothbrush and look at the back, you will see that there are some small bumps located about halfway up, these make holding the Sonicare 2 a lot easier whilst brushing.

There are 3 features which seem to be almost hidden away in the handle. Namely, the QuadPacer, SmarTimer and Easy Start.

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If you go to the dentist for a checkup regularly, you will know that the recommended time to brush your teeth is two minutes. I am not sure who came up with that time frame, but it is widely used as dental advice. Supposedly, this gives enough time to give your teeth a good clean and to keep your gums healthy. Also, find out if the 2 Series ended up on our list of electric toothbrushes designed for people with receding gums

The QuadPacer feature is there to help ensure that you clean every part of your mouth. With small pauses between pulsations and a tone sound at each 30-second interval, it is ideal for those who forget or don’t brush in a certain area for long enough. I know I am one of those people. I tend to move too fast from one spot to the next.


The built-in timer used by the Sonicare 2 is great for those who often over-brush. The SmarTimer will turn the brush off after 2 minutes, although if you would like to brush for an extended amount of time, you can achieve this by pressing the power button again.

Easy Start

When transitioning from a manual brush to electric, it can take a while to get used to. The first user can feel ticklish or somewhat strange. But, after repeat brushing, your mouth will begin to see this new brush as the norm.

The Sonicare 2 helps to reduce this weird feeling by including a feature known as Easy Start. This feature builds up the power slowly over 14 uses. The aim is to reach 31,000 brush strokes per minute. This is how much the 2 Series is capable of delivering. Which, by the way, is just fine.

Testing Sonicare 2 Series

When we tested the Sonicare 2 we found that it had a decent weight. Not too heavy or too light. And, the shape of the handle made it extremely easy to hold in either hand. The sound produced when the toothbrush is powered on is a slight hum, like the sound of a shaver or small dryer.

Philips quote that Sonicare 2 has up to 2 weeks of operating time after charging. We can safely attest that this is true, dependent on the number of times you brush your teeth each day. We tested this model twice a day, for 2 minutes. We also played around with the settings, which would have likely drained the battery a bit more.

We found that the snap on heads made it easier to both use and clean, compared with the traditional screw heads. The 2 Series also gives the user access to all of Sonicare’s brush heads. Being able to choose different heads, can make this toothbrush a top choice for people with braces. Since the speed of the brush is as good as it gets, everything else is in the hands of the brush heads.

Still undecided? Check out our comprehensive comparison between various Sonicare and Oral-B toothbrushes. Maybe you can find a better fit there!

Author: Peter Mayhew

Peter is a dental hygienist in the city of Chicago, IL. In his free time he likes to write blogs and product reviews on anything dental health related.

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