First things first, if you don’t own one of these, you really should. There are very few things that I will not skimp on – and skin care is one of them. My skin isn’t flawless by accident. Between my facials every five weeks and my clarisonic, I am determined to look 24 forever and always.
OK, now that that is done, on to the big debate. I have had a clarisonic Pro for about 10 years and have loved it. Then, I was at an event that they had the soniclear. It was not until that moment that I had considered how gross my brush was. For those of you that don’t know, the big draw for the soniclear is that it has a cleansing brush with built in antimicrobial protection against bacteria. Hence their slogan, “cleaner skin starts with a cleaner brush.” As you have probably guessed from my posts, I strongly believe that germs are disgusting and try to avoid them and/or kill them with great regularity. So, when I started thinking about the germs on my brush (even though I did change mine every three months as recommended). I typically left my brush in the shower and how dry can it really get sitting in a shower…and if it wasn’t drying out, it wasn’t clean. Gross.
Now, most people that have done reviews on these two brushes have compared the clarisonic Mia with the soniclear because they are at the same price point – about $150. However, the Mia is only a face brush and the soniclear can also be used on the body. Therefore, I am reviewing the Pro (which is what I had) and the soniclear (which is new) – so they have the same capabilities, but the Pro can only be bought from a dermatologist and costs about double. So for some, I think the review would end there. But for those of you that want to know more than just the value, read on:
Boring stuff – the soniclear and clarisonic look pretty much the same. They both have 3 brush speeds and a charging dock (the Mia has a charging cord). The main difference between the two (at least now) is that the clarisonic models can be bought at most major beauty stores (as well as Amazon and likely your dermatologist), and the soniclear can only be purchased on Michael Todd’s website.
As I mentioned before, I used to keep my clarisonic in the shower – I don’t anymore. I used to use it twice a day (but stopped because my aesthetician told me to), and I noticed that when I used it at night that the bristles were still somewhat damp. gross. The soniclear on the other hand dries significantly faster and always feels clean. Speaking of brush heads, the clarisonic heads are about $27 a piece and the soniclear brush is about $20. Not a huge difference per brush head, but as I mentioned, I change my brush head every 3 months as recommended – but the soniclear only needs to be changed every year. More value points are awarded to the soniclear! That being said, the clarisonic has multiple brush heads to choose from: Normal, Sensitive, Acne, Deep Pore, Delicate, Radiance, and Smart Dynamic. Soniclear on the other hand has one. Variety points go to clarisonic.
I think it is clear that the soniclear is the clear winner for value. However, I am always worried about new electronics. As I said, I have had my clarisonic for almost a decade and it is going strong. Admittedly, I have not had any problems with the soniclear, but I have also only had it a few months…
Bottom line: If you are all about value and want to avoid germs, get the soniclear. If however, you need no less than seven brush head options, get the clarisonic.
Have you tried the clarisonic or the soniclear? Let me know in the comments below!