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It’s no secret that there’s been a revolution in the world of dental care over the past dozen or so years, since the advent of the electric toothbrush. Most electric toothbrushes available today will do the job of cleaning your teeth in a far more efficient way than manual brushing.

There is a big difference between what was available a few decades ago, and what is available on the market today. The problem can sometimes be that there are too many options, and what used to be a simple choice of picking a hard, medium, or soft brush has become a bit more complicated.


Technology has a tendency of simplifying and complicating at the same time. 

Today we will offer a simple but comprehensive review of two products offered by Philips, the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5000 and the Sonicare ExpertResults 9000 electric toothbrush.

There have been several products that have been introduced to the market over the past few years, making it much easier to get those pearly whites you have been looking for. 

With our research, we found that the  Philips Sonicare range of toothbrushes offers just the right balance of teeth and gum cleaning.

But which one of the two products offered is better — the Philips Sonicare Protective Clean 5000 or the Philips ExpertResults 9000? To answer that question, we will need to get into the specifications and features that make each of these electric toothbrushes great. It’s time to show you how to get that smile you’ve always craved. Let’s dive right in together!

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Products Overview

The Philips Sonicare 9000 toothbrush range uses vibrations to turn your toothpaste into, as Philips says, “plaque fighting bubbles,” which go deep between your teeth and all along your gum line. In just one minute, you will experience 62,000 brush movements. It is this speed that just cannot be duplicated manually and is what makes an electric toothbrush so much more effective than a traditional non-electric version.

The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5000 is the simpler model of the two we are reviewing today. The brush has two modes. The clean mode is for general cleaning and a gum care mode offers reduced power so that you can gently massage your gums.

Its two main objectives are cleaning teeth and maintaining healthy gums. The InterCare brush head has longer bristles than a traditional toothbrush, which means that you can reach those usually hard-to-reach places. It can, therefore, remove up to 7 times more plaque than a standard toothbrush.

The Sonicare ExpertResults 9000 not only focuses on removing plaque and ensuring perfect gum health like the other brush, but also focuses on the teeth whitening process. As you may well know, some products out there like serums, gels, and strips claim to do an excellent job of whitening teeth but actually perform the task rather badly. 

The ExpertResults 9000 electric toothbrush does an excellent job of whitening your teeth. This is mostly due to the DiamondClean brush head. 

It has an additional mode specifically designed for this task. It also removes up to 10x more plaque than cleaning with a regular brush and reduces gum bleeding significantly.

Both models are equipped with a sensor in the head that gives feedback to the user about the pressure that should be applied when brushing your teeth. It does this by vibrating if the pressure is too intense.

The BrushSync mode, which is a feature of both models, is there to remind you, through the use of an RFID microchip in the head, that your toothbrush needs replacing because using a toothbrush head that has been overused can sometimes do more damage than good.

The QuadPacer feature tells you when you've spent just the correct amount of time cleaning each section of your mouth by vibrating, and the Smartimer tells you when your recommended two minutes of brushing time are up.

Overall, while there are similarities between these two toothbrushes, the main difference seems to be the type of brush head as well as modes that are responsible for better plaque and gum health.

To find out more about whether these stand up to expectations, we will need to take a look at the design and key features of both of these products.

Appearance and Design

If we look at the designs, we can see that both toothbrushes are made according to the latest standards. The main similarities are related to the handle as both products feature a slim ergonomic design allowing you to use them for a more extended period of time without getting tired. 

The handles are ideally suited to those who have smaller hands (children or adults). The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5000 comes in white and light blue, and the Philips Sonicare ExpertResults 9000 comes in white and silver. 

Included in the handle itself, are two LED indicators. One is a battery indicator, and the other is there to remind you that your toothbrush head needs replacing.  A pressure sensor set in the handle pulsates when it detects that you are pressing too hard, which helps prevent gums from bleeding. 

For both products, the storage case is sturdy and attractive, and you are getting two compact chargers. The main appearance and designing differences, which also relate to the functionality are the included brush heads. With the ProtectiveClean 5000, you are getting a set of 3 InterCare Standard heads, while the ExpertResults 9000 you receive 2 C3 Premium Control brushes and one W DiamondClean brush head. 

Philips Sonicare 5000 or Philips Sonicare 9000 ?

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5000 Review

Now we need to take a look at not just the things we like about both of these electric toothbrushes, but also the things we don’t care as much for. Obviously, every product on the market today is going to have good and bad features. Not everyone likes everything. But, if you go through the pros and cons of both, as we are going to do here, you will have a better idea of which toothbrush is going to be better suited to your own personal needs.

Philips Sonicare 5000 Pros

  • Cost – For an entry level electric toothbrush, this is probably the best you are going to find. 
  • Simple Design – This toothbrush has a slick and easy to use design to it. Making brushing your teeth fun and easy

Philips Sonicare 5000 Cons

  • Lacks Features and Modes- Sonicare 5000 lacks featured modes and intensity levels. Only being able choose from low and medium
  • Battery Life – The Philips Sonicare battery life isn't as strong as the 9000 model

Philips Sonicare ExpertResults 9000 Review

Philips Sonicare 9000 Pros

  • Timer – First of all, these feature superb support with the Smartimer and QuadPacer. You know how the dentist recommends 2 minutes per brushing session? This timer is synced with the handle and will alert you when it is time to switch to the left/right side of your mouth or when those 2 minutes have passed.
  • Brushing Modes –This model comes with 5 different brushing modes including 3 different clean modes,  gum care mode and teeth whitening mode.  This helps to ensure proper plaque removal and prevent common gum bleeding. 
  •  BrushSync Replacement Timer - This toothbrush will let you know when it time to replace the brush head.
  • Customer Service –The Philips customer service is effective, and both products come with a  2-year warranty that should cover for any defects. Also, there is a 30-day refund during which you can ask for your money back in case you are not happy with the product.
  • Waterproof – You don't have to worry about taking this toothbrush in the shower, because it is waterproof. 

Philips Sonicare 9000 Cons

  • Price – When you are buying the best around, it is going to cost you. If you have the money and you want to invest in the best toothbrush around this is it. 
  • Cost – This is a rather expensive electric toothbrush when compared with other, similar models. The 5000 is much less expensive, and does pretty much the same things with the exception of tongue cleaning.
  • Charge time – It takes a few hours longer to charge the 9000 than it does the 5000, but it also holds the charge longer. As long as you have time to charge your toothbrush overnight, you should be fine. 

Philips Sonicare 5000 Series vs. 9000 Series

Given the fact that both toothbrushes are manufactured by Philips and include several innovative features, it doesn’t come as any surprise that there are a lot of similarities. As we mentioned above, these products are almost the same when it comes to the design and the details such as the brush head replacement, battery indicators, and slim ergonomic handles. 

The first things that we will be talking about are the included modes that control the motor speed and therefore, the intensity of the brushing power. While the ProtectiveClean 5000 does offer an excellent performance when it comes to removing plaque and protecting gums from bleeding, this toothbrush features only two different modes — clean and gum care. The clean mode is something that you will be using on an everyday basis to ensure optimal oral health. 

The gum care mode is suggested to massage gums and prevent bleeding. It does so up to 5x better than a manual toothbrush. The ExpertResults 9000 not only includes these two modes, which are essential for regular daily care, but also comes with a third mode for use with the W DiamondClean head.

This white model has been designed specifically for teeth whitening. The second significant difference is the smart features included in both of these toothbrushes. The Sonicare 5000, which is an older electric toothbrush, offers the Pressure Sensor and BrushSync Replacement Reminder. 

The Pressure Sensor alerts you if it detects that you are applying too much pressure on your teeth, potentially increasing the chance of gum bleeding. It does that by vibrating the handle. The BrushSync Replacement Reminder is set as an indicator on the handle and will allow you always to know when it is time to replace the brush head. 

The main difference is that the Sonicare ExpertResults 9000 includes both those two smart technologies and offers a third, which is BrushSync Technology which is essential for handle and brush head pairing (Plaque Control and Whitening).

The intensity of each mode changes based on the head being attached.

While there are no differences when it comes to the number of travel cases or charges that you are getting (2 with both brushes), the brush heads that are included are the third critical difference. The Sonicare 5000 comes with three InterCare standard heads. These are good for regular dental care and protecting gums, but there are no specific brushes for teeth whitening or optimal plaque removal. 

On the other hand,  the Philips Sonicare ExpertResults 9000 features two C3 Premium Plaque Control heads as well as one DiamondClean brush head. The first head is perfect for removing plaque from your teeth, while the latter provides incredible whitening results as long as it is paired with regular dental care and good lifestyle habits.

The asking price could be a game-changer for people who are on a modest budget. While lacking some of the features related to modes and performance intensity, the ProtectiveClean 5000 is cheaper than the ExpertResults 9000 electric toothbrush. 

This makes it the better choice if you are new to the concept and you don’t want to miss out on the advantages of these products while still maintaining your budget.  Now that we have highlighted the critical differences, it is essential to remember that these may or may not affect your decision. Both electric toothbrushes offer superb quality and include the same design details and features for the most part.

The battery life on both can last you up to two weeks on a single charge, and both offer up to 62,000 brush movements per minute. Frankly, you should make the decision based on your budget and whether teeth whitening is a priority for you.


It all boils down to your needs and personal preferences. Do your gums frequently bleed? Or maybe you have issues with yellowish and stained teeth? Depending on the answer, the Sonicare 5000 or the Sonicare 9000 may be the better choice for you.

Whichever you decide to go for, keep in mind that the renowned Philips brand manufactures both products and that you shouldn’t experience any technical difficulties. Easy to use and made to last, these brushes feature a highly innovative and ergonomic handle design so brushing your teeth will not be a burden anymore.