Philips Sonicare Cordless Power Flosser 3000 HX3806/31 device Uses, Side Effects And Price

Introduction to Sonicare 3000

For Sonicare’s first attempt at a true oral irrigator, the 3000 is really quite special. Impressed. The 3000 does lack some textured grip on the handle and the nozzle isn’t that easy to actually rotate, but, this is more than made up for by the excellent cleaning performance and other features it offers.

Cordless Water Flossers Overview

As good as it is, you might want to consider a different model entirely. Hey, it’s Jon from Electric Teeth here. Cordless water flossers are very popular and for good reason. They are more travel-friendly. Their size and rechargeable batteries are convenient and you are not restricted by wires like you are with their corded counterparts.

Water Tank and Pressure Settings

However, you generally still need to use it by a sink to expel the water that is produced by water flossing. On the bottom of the 3000 is an 8.4oz or 250ml water tank that can be refilled 2 different ways. You can twist it off, fill it, and twist it back on again. Or you can open the hinged door on the lower edge of the tank.

Cleaning Modes and Time Efficiency

In use, you can get anywhere between 60 and 85 seconds of use from a full tank subject to the cleaning mode and pressure setting chosen. The 3000 offers 3 different pressure settings and 2 different cleaning modes. This gives 6 different combinations to choose from. Whether you want a more powerful and intense flossing action or a more gentle and massaging experience, the 3000 has you covered.

Nozzle Options and Interdental Cleaning

It isn’t the 10 pressure levels of countertop units, but together these offer more than enough variety to suit almost all users. A full clean should take about 60 seconds. That is 15 seconds on the front tooth surfaces in the upper arch and 15 on the inside surfaces. Repeat again for the bottom arch and you are done. But, cleaning the interdental spaces evenly isn’t always that easy. Built into the 3000 is a pacer that encourages even cleaning. At 15-second intervals, a pause in the water flow is your cue to move from one section of the mouth to another. 2 styles of nozzle are provided in the box. You have the classic jet tip and Sonicare’s new, quad stream tip.

Nozzle Options and Interdental Cleaning

The Quad stream tip is quite unique in that it pushes the water out in an X shape rather than the classic jet approach. The X creates a larger surface area and should help achieve better cleaning results, even when your flossing technique might not be perfect. Sonicare claims up to 9 times more plaque removal. Using the quad stream tip certainly felt different, and I could tell how more of the gum and tooth were being cleaned.

Post-Use Assessment and Travel Features

Post-use though I can’t say I noticed a meaningful difference in how clean my mouth felt with the quad steam nozzle vs the standard jet tip. Either felt like they did a good job at removing plaque and debris, and I haven’t been disappointed. Philips' testing has proven that it can remove up to 99.9% of plaque on treated surfaces. The 3000 comes with a travel pouch in the box to give a bit of protection to the flosser when traveling. And I really like how a nozzle can be stowed in the base of the flosser handle so it doesn’t become damaged when on the go.

Grip and Handling Considerations

It isn’t perfect though. The 3000 is very smooth to the touch and doesn’t feel as grippy and secure in hand as you might hope. It isn’t necessarily a big issue, but there is a lack of textured surfaces that give that peace of mind when handling it. A trade-off for the clean look the flosser has, I guess.

Nozzle Rotation Challenges

The issue with grip is perhaps exacerbated when you discover that although the nozzle can be rotated a full 360 degrees like most cordless water flossers, doing so is a bit tricky. The mechanism is a bit stiff. You certainly can’t easily rotate it one-handed. Ideally, you need one hand to hold the 3000, and the other to twist the nozzle. This isn’t a problem you have with most Waterpik models.

Charging Port Design and Battery Life

The flappy rubber cover over the charging port isn’t my ideal setup. These are prone to breaking. But, Philips has designed the cover well. There is enough play in the cover that it isn’t being stressed so should stand the test of time.

Battery Life and Charging Options

Despite a claimed 14 days of battery life, I achieved up to 54 days in my testing. This is superb. And thankfully Philips have done something too few others do and that is to include a USB type C connector on the 3000 for charging. A power adapter and USB cable is supplied, but being USB type C, it is a very convenient option and increases the power sources you can use to recharge it.

Price and Cost Analysis

The price of the power flosser will vary around the world. The retail price is $79.99 in the USA and £119.99 in the UK. Typical selling prices should be a touch lower at approximately $70 and £100. This is comparable to the alternatives from the market leader Waterpik. Going against the power flosser is the cost of replacement nozzles. A Sonicare F1 standard nozzle costs about $6.50 or £12.50 each. That is about $1.50 or £8 more expensive than the Waterpik alternative.

Evaluation of Sonicare 3000

The cordless power flosser 3000 is a great product that really takes the challenge to Waterpik and their top-of-the-line cordless advanced model. You could do a lot worse than opting for the power flosser 3000.

Comparison with Cordless Advanced from Waterpik

But it is the cordless advanced from Waterpik that is the better value purchase, that is more grippy in hand and allows for the nozzle to be rotated more easily. In the description below are links to buy either the 3000 or the cordless advanced. You will too find my written review that accompanies this video and goes into even more detail.



Philips Sonicare Cordless Power Flosser 3000 HX3806/31 device Uses, Side Effects And Price


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