It’s often argued that kids have a tendency to be short-changed when it comes to electric toothbrushes. The reason being that to a lot of manufacturers, electric toothbrushes for children are viewed as disposable. Or in other words, the kinds of low-grade devices you purchase in full knowledge of the fact that it will probably need throwing away and replacing in a matter of weeks. By contrast, electric toothbrushes for adults represent long-term investments and become part of your life for years on end.
Which is precisely why the Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6311/02 Rechargeable Toothbrush was welcomed so warmly when it was first announced. In the eyes of quite a number of experts and reviewers alike, this represented one of the first ‘proper’ electric toothbrush for children ever launched. Rechargeable, extremely high quality and from one of the most respected names in dental health products globally. Along with encouraging children to take an active interest in their oral health, what sets the Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6311/02 Rechargeable Toothbrush in a league of its own is the way in which it delivers the kinds of features and performance you associate with an adult electric toothbrush. With devices like these, brushing teeth becomes less of a chore and more the kind of thing kids become genuinely enthusiastic about.
And if all that wasn’t enough, the Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6311/02 Rechargeable Toothbrush also represents pretty impressive value for money!
If you really want to encourage a chile to take an active interest in brushing, you really aren’t going to get away with a design that is as dull as dishwater. Instead, you need to bring something that is vibrant, colourful and entertaining into the equation – three boxes ticked from top to bottom by the Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6311/02 Rechargeable Toothbrush.
It’s by far one of the brightest and boldest toothbrushes of its kind you are ever likely to come across. Manufactured from the highest quality materials and presented as beautifully as any premium adult toothbrush on the market, it really does look and feel a million miles away from the low-grade kids’ toothbrushes you may be used to. The ergonomic handle has been designed with growing kids in mind, while the anti-roll shape helps reduce the likelihood of accidents damaging the brush when it is resting on its side. Not only this, but the fact that it is able to sit perfectly flat and still on its back in a horizontal position is ideal for encouraging the younger children to apply their own toothpaste to the brush.
Along with looks to die for, the Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6311/02 Rechargeable Toothbrush also plays sounds while in use, in order to encourage children to brush all four quadrants of their mouths for the recommended period of time. The colour scheme has been expertly chosen to appeal to boys and girls alike, while the interchangeable heads allow the brush to grow and adapt alongside your children.
It’s not until you begin using the Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6311/02 Rechargeable Toothbrush that you realise how much time and effort has gone into its design and manufacture. For one thing, this is an electric toothbrush that has been designed to go the distance and continue doing its job flawlessly for the long-term. It features two different power modes – a low setting for children aged four years and over, along with a high setting for children aged at least seven. Along with these age-specific power modes, there are also large and small brush heads available to suit the mouths of kids of a variety of ages. Which in turn means that this may be the only brush you’ll ever need for your child, from the age of four right through to the age of ten or even later.
Another brilliant feature the Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6311/02 Rechargeable Toothbrush brings into the equation is that it can work wonders in helping kids slowly but surely build toward the full 120-second brushing time. Over the course of the first 90 days of use, the in-built timer slowly but surely increases the allotted brushing time, in order to drive kids toward the two-minute mark without them actually realising it. It can be difficult to get younger kids in particular to stand around and brush for two minutes right from the start – this KidTimer feature can be brilliantly effective in helping them build positive habits.
While this may be an electric toothbrush designed for children, in nonetheless features the kind of technology you would expect to find in an advanced electric toothbrush for adults. It uses the same patented sonic technology that has been singled out by dental professionals on a global basis, for its ability to effectively remove plaque, prevent cavities and generally improve oral health. The bristles of the Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6311/02 Rechargeable Toothbrush head move at approximately 31,000 strokes per minute, leading to an infinitely better clean than would ever be possible with a standard toothbrush. And despite being extremely powerful, it is also gentle enough for kids to use without the risk of damaging sensitive teeth and gums.
The Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6311/02 Rechargeable Toothbrush is fully rechargeable which means that no batteries are needed to keep it up and running. As is the case with the vast majority of electric toothbrushes from Philips, battery life outperforms comparable products by leaps and bounds. From a single charge and when used in accordance with recommended guidelines, the Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6311/02 Rechargeable Toothbrush will keep on running for up to two weeks.
If there’s one slight downside that doesn’t entirely sit well with critics, it is the way in which the switch that determines the power setting makes it perhaps a little too easy for younger children to accidentally select the wrong setting. Nevertheless, this shouldn’t be a problem for older children, or during supervised brushing.
Value For Money
In terms of overall value for money, it is often argued that the initial price point of the Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6311/02 Rechargeable Toothbrush was a little steep. Nevertheless, it was subject to a series of incredibly generous discounts along the way and doesn’t cost nearly as much today as when it initially launched. Not only this, but when you consider the fact that this may be the only electric toothbrush you’ll buy for your child for around six years, it represents incredible long-term value for money.
That being said, there is also the option of the Philips Sonicare for Kids Bluetooth Connected Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, HX6321/02, which comes from the same collection though brings the added bonus of Bluetooth connectivity into the equation as well.