Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum rechargeable electric brush with UV sanitizer, White Edition, HX9172

By | December 15, 2016

Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum rechargeable electric brush with Ultraviolet sanitizer, White Edition, HX9172

Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum rechargeable electric toothbrush with UV sanitizer, White Edition, HX9172

  • number 1 advised brand name by dental care professionals
  • Removes around 10x even more plaque than a manual toothbrush for Philips Sonicare’s deepest clean yet
  • Deep Clean mode lets you effectively deal with difficulty places, while being mild on teeth and gums
  • 9 customizable cleaning experiences: 3 settings coupled with 3 power configurations to adjust to your brushing needs
  • integrated force sensor alerts you when brushing too hard

Our deepest wash ever before. With nine unique cleaning choices, an intuitive pressure sensor and our most sophisticated brush head technology, Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum rechargeable toothbrush goes beyond conventional cleansing to produce as much as 10x even more plaque treatment (vs. A manual toothbrush) for a deep, however mild wash. Reach maximum comfort with 3 adjustable power amounts which can be combined with some of the 3 brushing modes, including the new deep clean mode, to provide you 9 special cleaning options to adapt to your requirements. Made to be simple and easy intuitive, the higher level pressure sensor instantly alerts you when you’re cleaning too hard. Flex treatment platinum includes the Philips Sonicare AdaptiveClean brush mind, with conforming bristles that adjust to your teeth and gum tissue for a really customized clean. Adaptive clean eliminates up to 10x more plaque than a manual toothbrush for a-deep, however mild wash. FlexCare Platinum also includes a UV sanitizer that eliminates as much as 99 per cent of bac

Checklist Price: $ 199.99

Cost: $ 149.99

3 thoughts on “Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum rechargeable electric brush with UV sanitizer, White Edition, HX9172

  1. Jerry P. Danzig
    64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Plat Falls Flat, December 2, 2015
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    This review is from: Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum rechargeable electric toothbrush with UV sanitizer, White Edition, HX9172 (Health and Beauty)
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    I confess that I was expecting more from this Flexcare Platinum model. After all, I have been using Sonicare’s Flexcare Plus toothbrush for several years now, and Platinum is better than Plus, right?

    Not necessarily.

    A guy in my sixties now, I have lousy gums and bone loss. A new dentist just decried my “deep pockets” and sent me to a periodontist who is busy cleaning out those pockets (in two senses of the word).

    So I was hoping that the Platinum toothbrush would clean my teeth and stimulate my gums better than the Plus model had. Sonic toothbrushes with their higher vibration rates trump ordinary oscillating power brushes, which in turn have it all over manual brushes.

    Otherwise, I had thought my regimen was fairly rigorous — waterpik, antibacterial mouthwash, and sonic toothbrush in the morning, waterpik, mouthwash, flossing, “power flossing” (another Philips gizmo), prodding and poking with a rubber-tipped thingie and a brush that looks like a little Christmas tree, plus sonic toothbrush set to maximum at night. That latter effort takes long enough that I had installed a little TV set in the bathroom to keep me occupied while I went through the whole routine…

    My hope for better performance was founded on the claim that the Platinum model had three levels of intensity — oh good, this toothbrush goes to eleven! — and perhaps a more powerful massage routine than the Plus model.

    Yes, Platinum has three selectable levels of intensity, but the top level is no more intense than that of the Plus brush. And though the Platinum’s Deep Clean routine is supposed to include massage, that vibration is so weak that I’m not sure it’s really working, as opposed to the discrete — and very noticeable — massage routine on the Plus.

    In addition, though the Platinum model is attractive, the handle is actually fatter and harder to hold than the Plus handle.

    What, then, does this Platinum model bring to the table? It does have a UV light chamber to eliminate germs from the brushes — you can sanitize two brush heads at one time; the process takes about ten minutes. Users should note that you have to depress the UV light’s rubberized ON button very deeply — at first I thought I had a bad bulb, as I couldn’t get it to light up. This is an ergonomic faux pas in what seems to be a top-of-the-line model.

    The Platinum also has a nicer travel case than the Plus, with room for two brush heads, plus a travel charger.

    And the Platinum comes with two new brush heads, the main improvement of which seems to be a rubber edge around the head to minimize pain or damage if the plastic body of the head comes into contact with your teeth directly. But I believe you can buy these separately and use them on the Plus model as well.

    In fact, following the old razors-and-blades marketing model, Sonicare seems to have developed a whole line of brush heads vying for your dollars, each intended to excel at a particular function. Unfortunately, I found the array very confusing as described and wish the company would have just developed ONE brush head that does everything well!

    Sonicare also seems to have ignored a basic tenet of the r&b model — sell the razors cheaply. I’m sorry, but $180 is IMO $80 too much for a sonic toothbrush, even if it is the one dentists seem to recommend most (probably because said dentists get junkets or free samples or whatever).

    Finally, I have had mixed experiences with the reliability of Sonicare’s power handles. The first Plus I had conked out within the warranty period. When the company took an unconscionably long time to replace the handle — several weeks and counting — I actually wrote Philips’s CEO a letter. Lo and behold, an entire new Plus unit arrived within days, and that unit gave me several years of service.

    As the warranty had long expired when that handle finally died, I called the company and asked if they could repair or replace the handle at cost. No dice! Fortunately, I discovered that Amazon sells refurbished Plus power handles for about half the price of a whole new unit (with charger and brushes).

    At the time I write this, Amazon doesn’t seem to sell a replacement Platinum handle — or if it does, I couldn’t find it on the website.

    So unless you have some special need for a lower brushing intensity level — like braces or bleeding gums or whatever — I think you are better off with the Plus model, which is also available with a UV brush-cleaning stand.

    As for the high price of both models, I also hope that Philips will get some more robust competition from Panasonic or Braun or Waterpik or whomever, which could lead to better values for consumers and perhaps more bullet-proof reliability as well.

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    * Three selectable levels of intensity
    * Deep…

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  2. Bethany C.
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Toothbrush Equivalent of Cute Cat Videos – I Can’t Love it More, August 25, 2016
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    This review is from: Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum rechargeable electric toothbrush with UV sanitizer, White Edition, HX9172 (Health and Beauty)
    I can’t even begin to describe how in love with this toothbrush I am. I never thought I would care so deeply about how well a toothbrush worked until I tried this one. I’d heard others raving about how glorious this product is for a few years, but dismissed their idealization as “ramblings of germaphobes and people with OCD,” but was truly humbled after my first use. This brush makes your teeth feel so squeaky clean, it is like visiting the dentist every morning and night without any of the awkward small talk or draining your HSA. It was a simple set up, easy instructions, easy to use and understand, and leaves your mouth feeling like you’ve never had plaque buildup a day in your life. When you’ve finished brushing and run your tongue along your smooth teeth you’ll think, “Wow! Are these actually polished marble?” There are different brush heads based on preference and different settings based on the clean you’d like to achieve. I’ve been using the whitening setting and can see a difference in color. It’s not significant, but enough to “color me” impressed. I love that it comes with a travel case, and travel charging station. That’s very handy. Took it out of town for the weekend and didn’t have to charge it at all though, so even better. Moral of this review: do it; treat yourself. Get this toothbrush and give your mouth a loving hug.
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  3. RhFactor
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Better and better, September 18, 2016
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    This review is from: Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum rechargeable electric toothbrush with UV sanitizer, White Edition, HX9172 (Health and Beauty)
    Bought this to replace a two or three year old Sonicare that wouldn’t recharge. Chose the design closest to the existing product. Although I like the look of the old one slightly better a few of the new features were nice. If you push too hard on the tooth you get instant feedback with a small sound and vibration. The travel case has been redesigned making it a bit easier to pop in the toothbrush and the brushes. I found they stayed in place even after rattling around in an airline checked bag. With the old design, the travel case was securely closed but the brush would be loose inside of it every time I opened it.Although neither of these features make or break the toothbrush, I appreciate the interest in improving a good thing.
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