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Has just become my favourite electric toothbrush
on 18 May 2014
UPDATE: I originally awarded this toothbrush 5 stars, but after just one year of use, the brush has stopped working. I suspect that it's a battery fault - it just doesn't hold the charge. Disappointing. However, having been using a Braun brush again as a replacement, I have decided to take a chance on the Phillips again - I very much prefer the cleaning action.
This is the review as originally written:
I’ve been using Braun electric toothbrushes for more than ten years now, but this is the first Philips brush I’ve used. It uses the same charger stand as the Philips “Power Flosser” that I have been using for a few months, which is a help in reducing the amount of clutter in the bathroom.
Initial impressions, after just two days use, are very favourable. The head seems to vibrate at a much higher frequency than the Braun one, which gives my teeth and mouth quit a pleasant tingling sensation. It looks like this will increase over the next week – the brush is programmed with an “Easy-start” sequence gradually to ramp up the intensity of the brushing programme over the first 14 uses. Along with the high frequency goes quite a high-pitched sound; I suspect that it was making a virtue of necessity that led to the “sonic” brand name – there is no reference to sound, ultrasonic or otherwise, being used to enhance the cleaning process.
The brush has the sort of features we’ve come to expect from electric toothbrushes – a flashing light to let you know when it needs to be recharged, and a timer to let you know when you’ve been brushing for 30 seconds and it’s time to move to the next quadrant of your mouth. (So 2 minutes plus recommended – 30 second per quadrant along the gum line and side of mouth, then some extra time on the biting surfaces and any stained areas.)
Philips claim that this brush will help whitening teeth in as little as 7 days in comparison to manual tooth brushing, and without specific reference to whitening toothpastes. I’ll post an update if I notice any difference, but this is not something that is particularly important to me.
The only downside to this brush, on perusing the cost of replacements, is that the official branded replacements seem quite expensive. Although a host of non-branded ones appear to be available, their prices, paradoxically, seem so low they suggest that their quality might be distinctly inferior. Compared to the cost of dental work, however, £20 for a year’s supply of replacement brush heads doesn’t seem unreasonable.
Recommended. Early days, but I think that this has now moved into first place as my favourite electric toothbrush.