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5.0 out of 5 stars Five star toothbrush technology, 20 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Braun Oral-B TriZone 6000 6-Mode Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Wireless Smart Guide and Bluetooth Connectivity (Personal Care)
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This is near the top of the range of new (as of Summer 2014) Braun Oral-B 'TriZone' toothbrushes.The TriZone 6500 and 7000 come above it in black rather than white (toothbrushes can have designer colours!) and have smart travel cases for both the brush and charging unit. Like all of the other models in this range it has bluetooth built in and an App for iOS and Android that allows you to link the toothbrush to your mobile phone. I'm something of a gadget fanatic and enthusiastic adopter of the web of things. I've got light bulbs that can be controlled over the web via an App not only turning them on and off, but selecting the colour, or event making them turn on when I arrive at my house and off when I leave. I've some scales which are linked to the internet uploading heart rate, BMI and weight and a coffer maker which knows when the separate milk container is running short of milk. So I welcome the opportunity to be able to review my daily teeth-cleaning activity and the chance to programme my own cleaning regime. Bluetooth and the App are an add on, not essential by any means, but an interesting feature nonetheless.

What else makes this electric toothbrush stand out though. Well, what others may also consider an affectation, is a very useful separate display unit. This displays which of six brushing programmes you've selected, shows you when to move on to brushing each quadrant of your mouth, warns of using undue pressure when cleaning your teeth and has a timer to make sure you clean your teeth for at least two minutes. You can use the toothbrush without the display but it helps. Other useful features are the range of programmes available for tooth cleaning although I suspect most people will stick to the standard cleaning routine although the whitening option might be used a fair bit. I'm less sure about `tongue' cleaning or `gum massage' however. I've said that the toothbrush can be used without the display and by briefly interrupting the programme the brush tells you when to move on to the next quadrant of your mouth. There's also a very bright red indicator light which comes on if you're applying too much pressure when cleaning.

The toothbrush comes with so useful extras - a travel case for using when on holiday or away on business. Also four brushes are included - three TriZone brushes and a small-headed brush which is a precision cleaner whatever that means.

I've attempted to differentiate between Oral-B TriZone and standard electric toothbrushes. The brushes that come with the toothbrush are larger than the usual Oral-B ones and this seems to be the key. Braun says:

"Oral-B has brought you another way of cleaning with dynamic Triple Cleaning Action. Other Oral-B power toothbrushes are designed to emulate the motion of professional dental cleaning tools but TriZone electric toothbrush mimics the brushing motion of a manual toothbrush with the enhanced benefits of power, leaving you with superior oral health compared to a regular manual toothbrush."

So there you have it. I'm not sure emulating manual brushing is good though compared to professional dental cleaning tools but Braun see a market here. Nonetheless the toothbrush will work with all other Oral-B brush heads.

Downsides. Well I think the battery life could be better. Braun say a charge will last for 10 days with one user (2 minutes use twice a day). It only just makes this which is a bit of hassle if, like me, you don't have a charger in your bathroom. Also, as always, the brush charge comes only with a two-pin plug and no adapter so you'll need to buy one if you don't have a bathroom charger. This toothbrush is expensive but, like other electric brushes, can often be found at substantially discounted prices, sometimes more than 50% so before buying check for special deals. Finally if you use the toothbrush holder the whole assembly takes up a fair amount of space close to the sink.

Overall though this brush delivers all that is possible in electric toothbrush technology (except the smarter cases with the 6500 and 7000).
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