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Philips Sonicare HX3130/02 Pink Power Up Rechargeable Toothbrush – Cleans teeth OK, more thought required in general design
on 4 August 2014
What’s in the box: one electric toothbrush, one small head and one charger that plugs into a shaving socket.
First impressions on opening box: too much pointless packaging. Brush feels very heavy. Head is very small.
Using the brush 1 – Charging: First off, this requires a shaver socket, or the additional expense of an adaptor. When the whole lot is plugged in there is no LED on the brush or charger to show that there is power going to the brush. So I was uncertain if it was charging or not. I gave it 3 hours charging, and after 15 or so minutes run time it still seems to be charged up.
Using the brush 2 – Cleaning teeth: The brush is quite heavy at the motor end, and awkwardly balanced making it a little difficult to manoeuvre around. The head is very small and you need to move it around a lot to cover one tooth. The vibration (15 K a minute claimed by the manufacturer) feels odd on the rest of the mouth. It cleans teeth OK, but they don’t feel any different to after a good manual brushing. The rest of my mouth, where it had contacted the back of the vibrating head, felt unpleasantly numbed. I wonder what the chances of getting vibrational white finger (or in my case white tongue and lip) are?
Pros: Cleans teeth OK. Holds charge well.
Cons: Could do with a standard plug for more general use. Really needs a charging LED. Heads wear out quickly and are expensive to replace.
Overall 3 stars. I am not so enamoured of it that I will throw away the manual brush just yet.