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Nutra Sonic Face Brush System- reviewed and recommended

May 21, 2010 Reviewed by Marta 8 Comments

I was really excited to read in Mark's post, One Guy's Routine, that he had found a low cost alternative to the Clarisonic Brush. As a proud owner and devoted user of Clarisonic I was very eager to see how the Nutra Sonic Face Brush System would compare. I ordered one immediately on for just over $100 - a significant saving against Clarisonic's $189. Now for a side by side test!

My first impressions were good. Perhaps because I had mentally prepared myself for something similar to Pretika's rather pathetic knock off version of the Clarisonic, I imagined flimsy plastic and hard to assemble brush heads. Au contraire, the Nutra Sonic Face Brush System looks and feels as robust as the Clarisonic and works on the same principal. It oscillates 400 times per second (for what it's worth that is a bit more than Clarisonic's 300 oscillations per second), has four speed settings, two face brushes (regular and sensitive) and a body brush.

But what would it be like against the skin? I found that it feels very different to Clarisonic. Nutra Sonic isn't rougher exactly but it feels firmer against the skin. I tend to hold the Clarisonic fairly firmly against my skin, whereas with Nutra Sonic I was consciously trying to glide across the surface. Even maintaining a lighter touch, the Nutra Sonic did a much better job than Clarisonic at shifting visible flakes of skin. I also liked the Nutra Sonic's feel against my body. This is where the firmer touch of this brush felt that it was really getting down to business.

I expect that I will reserve the Nutra Sonic for body, in the shower and for days when I feel that my face needs a good going over. Otherwise, my sensitive and rosacea-prone face seems to prefer the gentler Clarisonic. Since most people are going to have to choose between them, I'd say that Nutra Sonic is great value and will prove to be a good buy. For those with very sensitive skin, it will be worth forking out the extra for Clarisonic.

See my video comparing the Clarisonic and Nutra Sonic

  • September 18, 2011

    by kim

    I haven't tried the clarisonic yet as it is on it's way to me as we speak ^_^ I have tried the nutra sonic and I returned it after 3 weeks! It is too rough even w/the softest brush head...thing is, clarisonic moves back and forth rigorously while the nutrasonic does full oscillation, so it's stripping your face. The clarisonic is supposed to be for sensitive thin skinned people but when I get it I will make a better comparison...nutra sonic isn't bad but I'd rather get the full benefits of using the real deal as it was harsh for the skin in my opinion

  • August 1, 2011

    by J. Crews

    I'm curious. On the models I was reading about, you had multiple settings, I believe 4. I'm wondering if it would have been "gentler" if used at a lower speed/setting? Did the model you test have those options? And if so, did you try them to see if it was more agreeable for you? Personally, If I could get away with using a sandblaster, I'd do it. :o)

  • January 25, 2011

    by V

    I got the Nutra Sonic from Costco ($94.99) for Christmas. I liked it ok while it worked although I didn't see any difference in my skin. Unfortunately less than a month after getting it, it stopped working. It's supposed to be waterproof but it got water inside it and must've shorted out. Thankfully Costco has a great return policy.

  • December 17, 2010

    by Kathleen Gray

    I just received my Nutra Sonic and the Charger Light does not come on at all. No blinking saying that it is charging. I did press the ON button and it did start working though. I have the Clarisonic Mia and thought I would like to try different speeds. I am most disappointed and I will return it but I do not like to return anything.

  • August 30, 2010

    by Peter

    Marta you are wonderful, I finally after years have my acne in check with help from Proactive and Pomology Resveratrol. But still get clogged pores from time to time. I just ordered this nutra sonic. Thanks for helping us. Your the best.

  • June 11, 2010

    by Mirka

    Thanks, Marta, for your comments. I just bought my Clarisonic, and then immediately realized that there is a much cheaper alternative out there, Nutra Sonic. I have rosacea and, learning that Clarisonic is more gentle for my type of skin, I no longer have "buyer's remorse."

  • May 22, 2010

    by Mark

    Thanks from me too, for the comparison Marta. I'm still using mine daily and have been very pleased with it.

  • May 21, 2010

    by Junko

    Thank you for the side by side Marta! My Clarisonic Pro was an ebay purchase from my husband for my birthday last year. Ebay was cheaper but no warranty then! Only a year old and it sounds weird so I'm fearing it might give out soon. Without a warranty I'll have to repurchase and the Nutra Sonice sounds like a good buy for the money!

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