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Sensonic impresses...until charger base/battery fails.
on 28 March 2014
Bought this on a lightning deal to replace my elderly Oral-B electronic toothbrush that is showing its age. To be honest, I was mildly apprehensive as to whether my gnashers would get along with this brush, given that other reviewers have commented on its noisy and aggressive nature when unleashed on the more intense setting.
I needn't have worried. The vibrations on the 'tooth clean' higher setting are not jarring, to me at least, and the noise appears to be less intrusive than my old Oral-B, being a tad high pitched and mosquito-like compared to the more guttural growl of the Oral-B Professional.
The important thing is, how does it clean teeth? To my mind it does give a better mouth feel than the Oral -B brush, generating more inter-dental action than the latter (I supplement it by using a Philips water flosser). My teeth are left feeling satisfyingly clean, and the device appears to hold its charge well without dipping in power. I have not used the compact head yet, but unlike some other reviewers I have found the interdental brush supplied to be quite a handy little gizmo at helping to further clean and polish between and at the margins of my teeth, although whether the interdental toothbrush head is worth its replacement price is a moot point. I will cross that bridge when I come to it.
The housing is well assembled and solid, offering a good grip (contrary to what some others have commented) and is redolent of quality. Which brings me to my key gripe, one shared rightly by at least one fellow reviewer; why make a serviceable and attractive toothbrush with built-in obsolescence? Why wire in an irreplaceable battery, which means that the brush will have to be consigned to landfill when the battery eventually fails? It is a shame that an otherwise excellent product should come up short on its green credentials when it undoubtedly ticks so many other boxes. For me, this is the Achille's heel of an otherwise excellent product.
Edit... it was all going so swimmingly. Brush longevity appeared to be good, it was holding its charge very well, and I was very happy indeed with this product. I was beginning to look into buying replacement heads for the future (n.b.; this might not be straightforward - amazon merchants appear to charge astronomical prices, while the Waterpik site has had the 'stock expected in 14 days' message up for the last month!), and then the unit refused to charge. Not possible to say whether this is down to the battery or the base unit, but given that another poster has spoken of a similar problem with their unit after six months of use, it does suggest quality control issues with this item. When working, it is very good and 4 star, but I would now counsel caution before shelling out your folding stuff upon this product.