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The ultimate toothbrush
on 28 July 2011
I've used a few Braun electronic toothbrushes for some time now, and this latest Triumph model is, not surprisingly, the best. It carries a hefty price tag and so at the end of the day you have to justify the cost compared to cheaper models or even how many regular manual toothbrushes you could buy over the years. But if you want sparkly clean teeth and comfort it's just about worth the money.
The toothbrush itself has five modes covering regular cleaning, sensitive, massage, deep clean and polish. It's easy to switch between these and if you are pressing too hard the brush will alert you with beeps and light up a large red light on the back that you can't really miss in your mirror. Keep pressing too hard and the brush will automatically set itself to Sensitive mode to save your poor gums.
The included Smart Guide is a bit of a gimmick, frankly. It connects to the brush wirelessly and includes a timer to show how long you have been brushing and indicators for each quadrant of your mouth to ensure they get 30 seconds each (to reach the magical dentist-approved 2 minutes brushing time).
The monitor also has icons to show which mode the toothbrush is in and warns if you are pressing too hard. You also get a star rating if you do two minutes of brushing (well done, you). It's all very clever and I admit I quite like it, but I don't think it's essential.
As my gums are rather delicate, the action of the toothbrush is important. Previous electric models I have owned have been a little too aggressive, and although different brush heads make a big difference, a smooth action on the part of the motor itself helps no end. The Triumph 5000 (although going at some rate), is surprisingly gentle, especially with a Sensitive brush head. I have found it to be very comfortable, and it's not that noisy either. I am very pleased with the level of cleaning, even without using the annoying and uncomfortable `specialised' heads (I don't think they are really going to floss that well). I just stick to standard or sensitive.
The brush takes a good while to charge, but then I usually run it down to a virtually flat battery. One charge keeps it going for nigh on the ten days promised by the box though.
This is as good as it gets for an electric toothbrush, so if you want the best and have the cash, I highly recommend it.