Earlier this year, Michael Todd True Organics released their version of a sonic cleansing system called Soniclear. What separates the Soniclear from its competitors like the Clarsonic is that it has a cleansing brush with built in antimicrobial protection against bacteria. With this antimicrobial protection, you are able to thoroughly cleanse your face each time you use it and only need to replace the brush head once a year instead of every three months.
For the purpose of this review, I am only going to review the Soniclear as a facial cleanser and not as a body cleanser because the Clarisonic Mia 2 is only meant to be used on the face.
Before I get into the nitty gritty of both products, I want to go over some physical and technical similarities and differences between these two cleansers. On the surface, the Soniclear and Clarisonic look somewhat similar. The Soniclear is a little bit bigger, but it is also meant for both the face and body. Some of the differences between the Soniclear and the Mia 2 is that the Soniclear has 3 brush speeds while the Mia 2 only has 2. Next, the Soniclear comes with a charging dock and the Mia 2 comes with a charging cord. The Mia 2 also comes with a hard shell traveling case as opposed to having to buy the Soniclear traveling case for $18 on Michael Todd’s website. The Clarisonic is easier to get your hands on because it’s sold at big beauty supply stores such as Sephora and Ulta while the Soniclear can only be purchased online.
Now that we’ve got the surface details out of the way, let’s get into the specifics of each product. Since Michael Todd is marketing the Soniclear as having antimicrobial protection, let’s start with that aspect first. To my surprise the Soniclear head does feel clean every time I use it. I use it both in the mornings and at night and it is always dry by the time I have to use it again – the Clarisonic would occasionally be damp before each use. I did notice that after a few months, my Clarisonic head would start looking a little disgusting and I would feel gross using it past 4-5 months. They recommend you to change it every 3 months due to bacterial build up.
I’ve been using the Soniclear for a little over a month and the brush head looks and feels brand new. I’ve also noticed less breakouts using the Soniclear and smoother skin. The Clarisonic did give me a really deep clean, but after a few months, the brush would start turning off-white and it would look a little unsanitary and I could tell the difference between a new brush and an older one. I would tend to have more breakouts with an older brush than with a brand new one.
Since the Soniclear brush only needs to be replaced once a year, it actually becomes a lot cheaper to maintain than the Clarisonic. The Soniclear system costs $150 while the Mia 2 is $149, so the price point is the same. (Keep in mind that the Soniclear can be used for both face and body and the Mia 2 is only for the face. The Clarisonic that can be used for both body and face is actually $225.) The cost difference between the Soniclear and Mia 2 comes from the cost of replacing the brush heads. One Soniclear brush replacement is $20 while the Clarisonic heads are $27 and you have to replace these 3-4 times a year, so that really adds up. I will say that there are more brush head options with the Clarisonic. They have eight different brush heads depending our your skin type while the Soniclear only has one universal brush head.
Although the Soniclear does prove to be cheaper in the long run, I do have my doubts as to how long it will last. I’ve had my Mia 2 for about 4 years now and it is still going strong. It’s lasted through numerous trips and I’ve even dropped it a few times. I think part of my Mia 2’s durability has to do with the fact that I bought it a couple years after Clarisonic had been established as a skin care company and had sorted out any problems in their product line. The Soniclear does have a few kinks in it that cause minor annoyances.
One thing that I noticed about the Soniclear is that it has a VERY detailed instructions manual, which I like, but what I found was that sometimes, the manual does not match what the Soniclear actually does. The main problem I noticed is that the Soniclear WILL NOT tell you when it is low in battery. The light on the device is supposed to blink 10 times when it’s low, but it blinks 10 times after every cycle, even if it’s fully charged. I never know when my battery is low; so I usually just charge it once a week and hope for the best. Also, why 10 times? That seems a bit excessive and inconvenient because I can’t look at the light with soap still on my face. The Clarisonic on the other hand will vibrate twice in your hand when it’s low on battery. You don’t have to count to ten and there’s no confusion.
Another thing I love about my Clarisonic is that it has a timer and will tell you when it’s time to move to another part of the face. It has a total of three pulses, so I like to start with my forehead, then chin, and finally my cheeks. The Soniclear also has a pulse/beep timer, but it only does it twice, so sometimes I will forget to do one of my cheeks and I’ll have to restart it. Also, to restart it, you have to wait until the blinking stops or else the device will freak out and will not pulse smoothly.
I purchased my Clarisonic Mia 2 during the holiday season and I got 20% off, so I did not pay full price. I also only paid $80 for the Soniclear because I found a coupon code on Michael Todd’s Facebook page. There are always coupon codes for these two cleansing devices, so I really recommend looking around for a discount code because why pay more than you have to.
I think even with the small kinks in the Soniclear, it is WORTH THE HYPE! If you can get a discount code, it’s definitely worth the money. I think the antimicrobial brush makes a huge difference – the brush feels brand new every time you use it and the fact that I only have to change it once a year makes it so much more hassle-free.
If you have very sensitive skin, I would recommend using the Clarisonic over the Soniclear just because it has a variety of brushes that are geared towards sensitive skin.
If you do decide to invest in one of these sonicating cleansing systems, you want to make them last as long as possible, right? Having owned the Clarisonic Mia 2 first, I learned some tips and tricks for keeping your cleansing system looking new. The biggest one is to wash the brush head thoroughly after each use. This prevents any soap residue from forming. The next one is to actually take off the head after every use. This allows the inside mechanisms to dry completely between each use. I didn’t do this at first with my Clarisonic and after a few weeks, I noticed a film of soap residue and it’s almost impossible to get rid of once it’s there. I also recommend just rinsing the inside to wash out all the soap.
Thanks for getting through this long post, but I wanted to be as informative as I could on these two products as they are pricey and definitely an investment.
What do you think of the Soniclear and Clarisonic? Have you tried one or both? Let me know in the comments below!
Disclaimer: I bought everything myself and no affiliate links were used. All opinions are my own.