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4.0 out of 5 stars A good, solid, electric toothbrush..., 20 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Braun Oral-B Professional Care 600 Rechargeable Toothbrush with Precision Clean Brush Head (Personal Care)
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This is another solid entry-level electric toothbrush from Braun, the spiritual successor to the popular Professional Care 500. As with that toothbrush, this one can be divided into three distinct components - the charger, the brush heads, and the brush handle/spine.

The charger is identical to the 500 series (and can in fact be used to charge both!); a plain white plastic affair, with a column sticking out of one end, on which to place the brush handle when charging, and a two-pin plug cable coming from the other end. The cable is a decent length, but I still found it a little short, and the charger base is a bit big to leave teetering on the edge of the sink. We plugged ours into a three pin adapter, as with the 500 series. Still, it's a fairly generic base unit - you put the toothbrush handle on it, and it charges. No complaints with the functionality!

The brush heads are the standard Braun rotary heads; they seem to fit all types of Braun rotary brush (Vitality, Professional Care, etc.). The provided standard brush head is a fairly small, circular bit of bristles, on a small piece of plastic, which plugs into the toothbrush handle. The bristles themselves are perfectly fine on the standard head, and produce a good sense of teeth being `clean'; they're also fairly robust, needing changing only every 3-6 months.

The handle is the largest area of difference between the 500 series and the 600, but both are fairly similar, and the changes fairly cosmetic - if you already have a 500, this isn't a good excuse to upgrade, as it doesn't provide much by way of new functionality.
The handle is a pale-blue and white ensemble, distinct from the dark blue of the 500. The handle also includes two power status lights - one on a plug symbol, to denote that the brush is charging, and one in a battery symbol, which flashes red when the brush needs to be charged. I'm not entirely convinced that this extra level of granularity is necessary - the previous model had one light, green for charging, red for needs charging - but it's welcome enough.

Another change is in the position and form of the On/Off button. This was previously fairly broad, and covered in the rubberised plastic of the handle. In the 600, it's slightly thinner than in the preceding model, and no longer covered over by rubber. On the one hand, this makes it slightly easier to locate the button by touch in the dark - but on the other hand, the lack of a rubber coating makes the button slightly painful to press [depending on how hard you press it!], which is hardly ideal. The final cosmetic change is on the back of the brush, which now has horizontal ridges going down it - a simple but welcome way of making the brush less likely to slip in the user's hands.

As ever, the real test lies in the cleaning, and here the 600 delivers - the motor is fairly powerful, and generates a solid `clean' feeling after every use. The head `stutters' every 30 seconds, allowing the user to time how long they have been cleaning a particular quadrant of their mouth, another welcome feature retained from the 500. It's a shame there isn't a means of selecting brush speeds, for those with sensitive teeth etc., but the total performance is good.

Overall, this is another good brush in Braun's entry-level rotary lineup. It may not have the cleaning power of a sonic, and lack some features of more `advanced' models, but it provides a decent clean of the teeth, at a reasonable price, which is really all it needs to do.
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