An Affordable Alternative to Philip’s Diamondclean?
After owning the Philip’s Sonicare Diamondclean electric toothbrush for a couple years, loving the my-teeth-have-never-felt-so-clean-feeling, I left it at a friend’s house. Since I no longer lived in the area, I went 6 months with a standard manual toothbrush. I soon missed the electric-squeaky-clean feeling and went on the hunt for a cheaper alternative.
I searched through Amazon and came across the Fairywill electric toothbrush. At first, I worried about going with a brand I’d never heard of – probably a cheap nasty rip off that would break within days. But at £21.99 with plenty of good reviews, I gave it a go.
Straight out of the box, the Fairywill toothbrush was neatly packaged with a USB cable, 3 replacement toothbrush heads, a bristle cover, and an instruction manual. The toothbrush itself was incredibly light compared to the Diamondclean and was noticeably smoother.
You can identify the similarities straight away – similar shape, similar buttons and functions. However, the ‘on’ button is better placed on the Fairywill; with the Diamondclean, I often pressed the ‘on/off’ button by mistake mid-brush due to where it was placed on the handle. Not really a problem, but something I noticed.
I didn’t charge the toothbrush before it’s first use – and it’s still going 20 days later! With the Philip’s Diamondclean, it would last about the same, following a full overnight’s charge. So I wonder how long it’d last with a full charge – update to follow.
Similar to the Diamondclean, the Fairywill has 5 settings: white and clean for regular use, sensitive for sensitive gums and polish for front teeth polish, and massage for gum care.
I use clean every time – and every so often, I’ll use polish or white to give them a quick once-over. The differences between the options tend to be in pulsation frequency and pressure… but couldn’t say how much it really made a difference.
Fairywill: White, clean, sensitive, polish, and massage.
Diamondclean: Clean, white, polish, gum care, and sensitive.
Both toothbrushes have a 30-second interval pause, which is a handy reminder to change mouth quadrants (split your teeth in half – top right, top left, bottom right, bottom left). As I’m sure is widely known, it is recommended to brush for 2 minutes twice a day.
I am generally a slow brusher – thanks to my hate for minty toothpaste, and the fear from years of not looking after my teeth properly – and so I don’t find much use for this timer.
However, research has shown that most people brush for only 1 minute and 30 seconds. So I can see it being really beneficial for those of not brushing for the recommended time.
Both brush bristles are soft and gentle on the teeth, shaped in a wave; reportedly to reach tougher areas.
£27.99 (Fairywill) vs £150 (Philips) – a no-brainer really. For such minimal differences, it’s a no-brainer to save the 100 squids!
All in all, I think the Philips Diamondclean had more pressure than the Fairywill electric toothbrush, but there were actually very little noticeable differences between them. Apart from the price tag and weight.
However, when my Diamondclean stopped working – within the 2 year warranty – it was sent off and fixed pretty quickly and easily. Not sure Fairywill would provide the same service, although their Amazon listing does state a 1 year quality warranty.
I would definitely save the £100 and go with the Fairywill.
Note: I’ve only had my Fairywill electric toothbrush for 20 days, I will update in due course. I did not receive either item in exchange for this review.