Philips Sonicare Replacement Brush heads

A brush head for everyone

Philips Sonicare has a wide range of electric toothbrush heads for your unique needs, from whitening to advanced cleaning between teeth to ultra-soft bristles for a gentle experience. Each electric toothbrush head is vital to their core technology of high-frequency, high-amplitude brush movements. Choose the one that’s right for you.

Here’s a quick guide for Sonicare replacement brush heads

Quick guide of all Sonicare Replacement brush head models



The following gives a brief overview of each style of brush head.

  • C1 ProResults — A contoured profile to the brush head achieves twice the plaque removal thanbu a manual brush.
  • C2 Optimal Plaque Control — BrushSync compatible it is possible to remove 7 times more plaque than a manual brush head, thanks to the soft bristles and specially curved power tip makes reaching the teeth at the back of your mouth a breeze.
  • C3 Premium Plaque Control  – BrushSync compatible the bristles on this head offer up to 4 times more surface contact whilst the flexible sides are soft on the cheeks and gums.
  • G2 Optimal Gum Care — BrushSync compatible this head is gentle, yet effective plaque removal, particularly along the gumline, improving your gum health.
  • G3 Premium Gum Care – BrushSync compatible the head absorbs excess pressure through the bristles and flexible sides and can remove 10 times more plaque than a manual toothbrush.
  • I InterCare — BrushSync compatible, within 2 weeks bleeding and inflammation at the gumline will be reduced. Long bristles read deep between teeth to dislodge more plaque and bacteria within interdental spaces.
  • S Sensitive – Ultra-soft bristles for gentle, effective cleaning. It also features a special trim profile to cushion teeth for a gentler brushing experience.
  • W DiamondClean — BrushSync compatible effective surface stain removal offers up to a 100% whiter smile in just 7 days thanks to the Diamond shaped bristles.
  • W3 Premium White – BrushSync compatible, in just improvements in your oral health can be seen in as little as 3 days.  Removing plaque and surface stains, the bristles make plenty of contact with the teeth and gums, but is able to flex and adapt to the differing shapes to ensure maximum results at all times.
  • T1 TongueCare+ — BrushSync compatible, this paddle shaped brush head has 240 MicroBristles that clean deep into the pores of the tongue surface.
  • SimplyClean — Click on brush head with the authentic Sonicare cleaning experience. Bristles cut and shaped to differing lengths gives a thorough clean.
  • E-Series — The classic Sonicare brush head with a contoured profile to naturally fit the shape of your teeth for a thorough clean.  Screw on style brush head.
  • PowerUp — Designed specifically for the battery operated PowerUp the large head is designed for a good overall clean and even features crisscross bristles on the side for effective gumline cleaning

Given that each brush head offers something a little different, it is easy to think that you should use more than 1 different style, but that is not the case.

A look at the individual types of brush head

Hopefully, that overview has helped, but now we shall take a much more thorough look at the heads on offer and better understand their differences and selling points.

C1 ProResults

Sonicare ProResults Brush Heads

Twice as effective as a regular toothbrush head, the bristle formation is designed with plaque removal and user comfort in mind.

Contoured to the shape of the teeth, the bristles sweep with ease, but effectiveness to get rid of the bacteria that builds up in the mouth and on the surfaces within.

Sonicare brushes can offer up to 31,000 strokes per minute so the ProResults head has been designed to take advantage of this to effectively clean tooth surfaces that bristles can reach and into deeper gaps between teeth.

This does not mean a harsh or aggressive brushing experience, in fact, quite the opposite.

Like the other brush heads available, simply click on and off and replace every 3 months.

Not sure how long ago you changed? Just take a look at the blue indicator bristles. If they look more white than blue, it is time for a change.

The head fits all Philips Sonicare toothbrush handles except PowerUp Battery and Essence.

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The C1 ProResults brush head is compatible with:

  • DiamondClean Smart
  • DiamondClean
  • ExpertClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • ProtectiveClean
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

C2 Optimal Plaque Control Heads

Sonicare C2 Optimal Plaque Control Heads

Lots of bristles are packed tightly together to create the shape and sized tufts seen on the Plaque Defence brush head.

Their angle, length and positioning make them effective for all over cleaning and plaque removal.  They are in fact 7 times more effective than a manual toothbrush.

Perfectly suited for those wishing to ensure optimum plaque removal as part of their daily brushing routine, the C2 brush head does too boast a specially designed curvature to the tip of the brush head, that helps reach the very back teeth.

Philips’s development team have engineered this brush head to make best use of the sonic motion that a Sonicare handle can offer. The dynamic fluid action that is created as a result of the high frequency and high-amplitude brush movements works to offer a deep cleaning action from all areas of the brush head, driving fluid deep between the teeth and along the gumline.

This brush head clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

It fits all Philips Sonicare toothbrush handles except, PowerUp Battery and Essence.

A built-in RFID chip makes this a BrushSync compatible head.

Subject to brush handle, it will pre-select the most appropriate cleaning mode as well as reminding you via an LED on the brush handle, when it requires replacing.

Not as high tech, but effective nonetheless is the reminder system built into the brush head itself.  The Blue colored bristles on the head fade in time and with use, to a translucent/White color.

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The C2 Optimal Plaque Control brush head is compatible with:

  • ProtectiveClean
  • ExpertClean
  • DiamondClean Smart
  • Any other Sonicare model with BrushSync mode pairing

It is possible to use the C2 Optimal Plaque Control head on the following models, but the ‘Smart’ feature of the brush head WILL NOT work.

  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

C3 Premium Plaque Control Heads

Sonicare C3 Premium Plaque Control Heads

Offering the deepest clean yet for and 4 times more surface contact than a manual brush head, the Plaque Control toothbrush head from Sonicare follows the unique shape of the teeth and gums.

Flexible sides complement the unique bristle pattern design to remove up to 10 times more plaque, even in the hard to reach areas.  Cleaning thoroughly in between teeth and along the gumline, the soft rubbers sides of the Plaque Control brush head adapt to the contours of your mouth.

Precision engineered, the brush head makes use of all the sonic vibrations passed out by the brush handles motor.  It whips toothpaste into bubbles and drives them deep between your teeth and along the gumline for gentle and effective cleaning.

This brush head simply clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

This is no ordinary brush head though.  Thanks to a built-in chip, when you fit onto a compatible brush handle, the microchip communicates with the brush handle to launch the optimum cleaning mode and intensity level for the most effective plaque removal experience.

Fading reminder bristles are present to help you recognize when it is time to change the head (recommendation of every 3 months).  But better still, if using a Smart Sonicare brush handle the brush will monitor how often the head is used and how hard you brush and remind you at precisely the right time to change.

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The C3 Premium Plaque Control brush head is compatible with:

  • ProtectiveClean
  • ExpertClean
  • DiamondClean Smart
  • Any other Sonicare model with BrushSync mode pairing

It is possible to use the C3 Premium Plaque Control head on the following models, but the ‘Smart’ feature of the brush head WILL NOT work.

  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

G3 Premium Gum Care Heads

G3 Premium Gum Care Heads

Taking the pressure out of the brushing motion to offer a softer, more enjoyable clean, you can have gums up to 7 times healthier in just 2 weeks.

Flexible sides and bristles absorb excess pressure so that your gums are protected, even when you brush too hard.

The bristles work to remove as much plaque and bacteria from along the gumline to improve your gum health.

Capable of removing up to 10 times more plaque than a manual brush, whilst achieving 2 times more surface contact, the Gum Care brush head makes use of all the sonic vibrations passed out by the brush handles motor.  It whips toothpaste into bubbles and drives them deep between your teeth and along the gumline for gentle and effective cleaning.

This brush head simply clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

This is no ordinary brush head though.  Thanks to a built-in chip, when you fit onto a compatible brush handle, the microchip communicates with the brush handle to launch the optimum cleaning mode and intensity level for the most effective plaque removal experience.

Fading reminder bristles are present to help you recognize when it is time to change the head (recommendation of every 3 months).  But better still, if using a Smart Sonicare brush handle the brush will monitor how often the head is used and how hard you brush and remind you at precisely the right time to change.

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The G3 Premium Gum Care brush head is compatible with:

  • ProtectiveClean
  • ExpertClean
  • DiamondClean Smart
  • Any other Sonicare model with BrushSync mode pairing

It is possible to use the G3 Premium Gum Care head on the following models, but the ‘Smart’ feature of the brush head WILL NOT work.

  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

G2 Optimal Gum Care Heads

Sonicare G2 Optimal Gum Care Heads

Densely packed bristles are organized to create a trim profile that is effective at removing plaque, particularly along the gumline and stimulating better gum health.

Up to a 100% improvement is possible when compared to a manual brush head.

Clusters of bristles form a large surface area that covers the whole tooth but reaches up and along the gumline as the brush head is moved tooth to tooth.

Effective plaque removal helps improve and maintain great gum health.

A specially curved power tip aids with reaching the back teeth, so you really do achieve a good all over clean.

When the Sonic motion from the brush motor travels to the bristles tips, the result is a series of movements that create microbubbles that drives toothpaste deep between the teeth and into the soft gum tissue

This brush head clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

It fits all Philips Sonicare toothbrush handles except, PowerUp Battery and Essence.

The Blue colored bristles on the head are in fact reminder bristles that fade in time and with use.  It is a visual reminder to you as and when the head needs replacing, to ensure you get optimum cleaning results.

However, with this brush head, the reminder will be electronic (subject to brush handle) thanks to the BrushSync technology built-in.

It will too, with the appropriate handle select the most appropriate cleaning mode.

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The G2 Optimal Gum Care brush head is compatible with:

  • ProtectiveClean
  • ExpertClean
  • DiamondClean Smart
  • Any other Sonicare model with BrushSync mode pairing

It is possible to use the G2 Optimal Gum Care head on the following models, but the ‘Smart’ feature of the brush head WILL NOT work.

  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

I Intercare heads

Philips Sonicare I InterCare Heads

Capable of reducing gingival bleeding and inflammation within 2 weeks, the long bristles reach deep into interdental spaces to remove more plaque and bacteria.

The powerful motor of the Sonicare brush handles drive a high-frequency and high-amplitude that results in brush movements of 31,000 strokes per minute.

The I Intercare heads offer superior cleaning performance and create is a dynamic fluid action that drives fluid deep between teeth, even in hard to reach areas and along the gum line.

Suitable for a variety of users, but particularly those looking to improve gum health.

This is no ordinary brush head, though. Thanks to a built-in chip, when you fit it onto a compatible brush handle, the microchip communicates with the brush handle to launch the optimum cleaning mode and intensity level for the most effective plaque removal experience.

Fading reminder bristles are present to help you recognize when it is time to change the head (recommendation of every 3 months). But better still, if using a Smart Sonicare brush handle the brush will monitor how often the head is used and how hard you brush and remind you at precisely the right time to change.

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The I InterCare brush head is compatible with:

  • ProtectiveClean
  • ExpertClean
  • DiamondClean Smart
  • Any other Sonicare model with BrushSync mode pairing

It is possible to use the I InterCare head on the following models, but the ‘Smart’ feature of the brush head WILL NOT work:

  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • HealthyWhite+
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

S Sensitive Heads

Sonicare sensitive heads

Bleeding and sensitive gums can be a sign of poor oral health, it can also be as a result of dental work or you can be prone to suffering with this more than most.

The Sensitive brush head is designed to make the experience of cleaning your teeth with a Sonicare electric toothbrush that bit better.

The stiffness of the bristles are 25% less than a normal brush head resulting in a less abrasive feeling as the power of the motor delivers the clean to the teeth and gums.

To further offer a softer yet effective clean, the head has a trim profile that cushions the teeth

All Sonicare electric toothbrush handles can use the Sensitive brush head with the exception of PowerUp Battery and Essence.

Pair this brush head with the Sensitive, Gum Care or Massage cleaning modes available on Sonicare brushes to ensure the power delivery is not too much and works to ease the pain you may suffer.

This brush head clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

Reminder bristles ensure you get the most effective clean. At first glance, it may not be obvious, but brush heads lose stiffness and gradually wear down over months of normal use. Blue reminder bristles fade to white and help you recognize when it’s time for a replacement. For optimal results, replace your brush head every three months.

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The Sensitive brush head is compatible with:

  • DiamondClean Smart
  • DiamondClean
  • ExpertClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • ProtectiveClean
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

W DiamondClean Heads

Sonicare W DiamondClean Heads

The Sonicare W DiamondClean brush head is specially designed to remove up to 100% more stains for whiter teeth in just 7 days.

In the middle of the brush head is a tight cluster of bristles that form the Whitening pad, that removes the exterior stains found on the tooth surface.

Densely packed, Diamond shaped bristles lift stains caused by food, drink and lifestyle habits.

Philips’s development team have engineered this brush head to make best use of the sonic motion that a Sonicare handle can offer. The dynamic fluid action that is created as a result of the high frequency and high-amplitude brush movements works to offer a deep cleaning action from all areas of the brush head, driving fluid deep between the teeth and along the gumline.

This brush head clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

It fits all Philips Sonicare toothbrush handles except, PowerUp Battery and Essence.

The Blue colored bristles on the head are in fact reminder bristles that fade in time and with use.  It is a visual reminder to you as and when the head needs replacing, to ensure you get optimum cleaning results.

However, with this brush head, the reminder will be electronic (subject to brush handle) thanks to the BrushSync technology built-in.

It will also, with the appropriate handle, select the most appropriate cleaning mode.

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The W DiamondClean brush head is compatible with:

  • ProtectiveClean
  • ExpertClean
  • DiamondClean Smart
  • Any other Sonicare model with BrushSync mode pairing

It is possible to use the W DiamondClean head on the following models, but the ‘Smart’ feature of the brush head WILL NOT work.

  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

W3 Premium White Heads

W3 Premium White Heads

​More effective at removing plaque and staining on the tooth surfaces, within just 3 days whiter teeth are possible.

Flexible sides let the bristles move to the exact shape of your teeth and mouth whilst absorbing excess pressure.

The bristles work to remove as much plaque and bacteria from the tooth surfaces for healthier and whiter teeth.

Capable of removing up to 10 times more plaque than a manual brush, whilst achieving 4 times more surface contact, the Premium White brush head makes use of all the sonic vibrations passed out by the brush handles motor.  It whips toothpaste into bubbles and drives them deep between your teeth and along the gumline for gentle and effective cleaning.

This brush head simply clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

This is no ordinary brush head though.  Thanks to a built-in chip, when you fit onto a compatible brush handle, the microchip communicates with the brush handle to launch the optimum cleaning mode and intensity level for the most effective plaque removal experience.

Fading reminder bristles are present to help you recognize when it is time to change the head (recommendation of every 3 months).  But better still, if using a Smart Sonicare brush handle the brush will monitor how often the head is used and how hard you brush and remind you at precisely the right time to change.

W3 Premium White Heads

The W3 Premium White brush head is compatible with:

  • ProtectiveClean
  • ExpertClean
  • DiamondClean Smart
  • Any other Sonicare model with BrushSync mode pairing

It is possible to use the W3 Premium White Care head on the following models, but the ‘Smart’ feature of the brush head WILL NOT work.

  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

T1 TongueCare+

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​Designed to clean the pores of the tongue surface to aid an all over mouth clean and get to the areas most commonly associated with bad breath.

The TongueCare+ brush head is a specialist head that has a more unique design than most.

The paddle shaped head contains 240 MicroBristles.

The ergonomic shape of the head enables you to reach every part of your tongue.  The small and flexible head makes it easy to clean away bad-breath causing bacteria that gets trapped in the tiny pores of the tongues surface.

This brush head simply clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

This is no ordinary brush head though.  Thanks to a built-in chip, when you fit onto a compatible brush handle, the microchip communicates with the brush handle to launch the optimum cleaning mode and intensity level for the most effective plaque removal experience.

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The T1 TongueCare+ brush head is compatible with:

T1 TongueCare+ brush head is ideally suited to work with:

  • DiamondClean Smart

This is the only brush in the Sonicare range with a dedicate tongue cleaning mode.

Despite this, it will work with:

  • ExpertClean
  • ProtectiveClean
  • Any other Sonicare model with BrushSync mode pairing

It is possible to use the T1 TongueCare+ head on the following models, but the ‘Smart’ feature of the brush head WILL NOT work.

  • DiamondClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

SimplyClean

Sonicare SimplyClean Heads

Click on style heads, the SimplyClean brush head offers Sonicare’s classic brush head style that offers a good standard of overall gleaning to the teeth and gums.

Bleeding and sensitive gums can be a sign of poor oral health, it can also be as a result of dental work or you can be prone to suffering with this more than most.

Sonic motion from the brush handle is transferred into rapid movements amongst the bristles that create a dynamic motion to drive fluids over and around the teeth for thorough cleaning.

Reminder bristles ensure you get the most effective clean At first glance it may not be obvious, but brush heads lose stiffness and gradually wear down over months of normal use. Blue reminder bristles fade to white and help you recognize when it’s time for a replacement. For optimal results, replace your brush head every three months.

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The SimplyClean brush head is compatible with:

  • DiamondClean Smart
  • DiamondClean
  • ExpertClean
  • FlexCare Platinum Connected
  • FlexCare Platinum
  • FlexCare+
  • FlexCare
  • ProtectiveClean
  • HealthyWhite
  • HealthyWhite
  • 2 Series

E- Series Heads

Sonicare E-Series Heads

A classic Sonicare brush head, the contoured bristles offer a great clean to the teeth and gums.

Ideally suited for everyday use, plaque removal is effective with this E-Series brush head.

It takes the sonic movement delivered from the brush motor and drives the bristles around the teeth to get that overall clean but too create an action that helps drive the toothpaste and cleaning effect deeper between teeth.

The head screws on, rather than clips onto the brush handle and is therefore suitable for select models, notably the Sonicare Essence.

Reminder bristles ensure you get the most effective clean At first glance it may not be obvious, but brush heads lose stiffness and gradually wear down over months of normal use. Blue reminder bristles fade to white and help you recognize when it’s time for a replacement. For optimal results, replace your brush head every three months.

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The E-Series brush head is compatible with:

  • Essence (E-Series)

PowerUp Heads

Sonicare PowerUp Heads

Designed to be used with the battery powered PowerUp electric toothbrush these larger brush heads give a great overall clean.

Covering a large surface area the teeth and gums get swept with the soft bristles placed in this head.

A criss-cross configuration on the side of the head work to clean effectively along the gumline, a common location for plaque buildup.

Available with Blue or Orange bristles, it is the Orange bristles that are the softest for those who are particularly sensitive to the rapid motion offered by a toothbrush head.

This brush head clicks on and off your brush handle for a secure fit and easy maintenance and cleaning.

Fading indicator/reminder bristles are built into the brush head.

Blue bristles fade over time to a pale Blue/Translucent color as they are used and worn.  For optimal results, replace your brush head every three months.

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The PowerUp brush head is compatible with:

  • PowerUp Battery

Sonicare brush heads for kids

Sonicare For Kids Brush Heads

The main focus of this article has been on the brush heads designed and engineered for Adults, but Sonicare do produce electric toothbrushes for children too.

There are 2 different brush heads that work on their brush handles.

These heads are very similar in what they aim to achieve, but have been designed with the smaller and more delicate mouths of children in mind.

You will find lots of super soft bristles on the brush head, which not only gently remove plaque and food debris, but allow children to take advantage of the power of an electric toothbrush without discomfort that might come from firmer bristles that could damage the soft tissues within their mouth.

The whole head is even coated in a soft rubber so that as it passes across the cheeks and gums, its is not as abrasive as a harder plastic.

With a contoured profile to fit your child’s teeth, the standard sized heads are most suited to children aged 7+ whilst the smaller compact option are best suited to kids aged 3/4+.

Simple to replace, click on and off just like adult heads.

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You can buy them in the following pack sizes, all available here from Amazon:

The Sonicare For Kids brush head is compatible with:

Sonicare For Kids brush heads work with a more select range of brush handles, these are:

  • For Kids
  • For Kids with Bluetooth

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