For a few years I have owned a Phillips Sonicare toothbrush but the button had broken after it after so much use and therefore I needed a new electric toothbrush to replace it but did not fancy spending such a huge amount (the Sonicare had in fact been a xmas gift). I figured that Boots are usually pretty reliable on such items and went for this pretty basic but rechargeable brush which was £12.49.
I have had it now for around 3 months and although it works ok it is not a patch on my previous brush and I have had a few 'teething' problems with it (forgive the pun).
The brush comes with a mains charger and two replacement heads so it is pretty good value for money for what you actually get in the box. Further replacement heads retail for around the £7 mark for 2 or the £11 mark for 4 so again represent pretty good value.
The brush does have the basic elements you would expect from such a brush, multi height bristles to reach all parts of your teeth, a two minute timer so you can gauge how long you have been brushing for and oscillating head to get a thorough clean. I have no issues with the way it cleans my teeth or the way it leaves my mouth feeling - in this respect it is as good as the Phillips brush I used to use.
My issues have been with the switch which seems to be overly sensitive and a bit temperamental, sometimes I have to press it three or four times before it responds. Sometimes it responds with a delay and then I inadvertently switch it back off again by accident. Sometimes I accidentally hit it whilst brushing and switch it off, thus ruining the timer function (it will pause after two minutes so you know it has been that period of time).
I think I must hold the brush in a weird way because my thumb knocks the switch more than I think it should, however, as I have adjusted to the size and weight of the brush it has become less of an issue and happens less often.
As I said above, my issues with this brush relate in no way to it's abilities as a toothbrush but to the switch. To my mind it is a great value rechargeable brush but there are some design issues which, for me, make it not the easiest to use.
My mum and dad bought me this last year because they know how scared I am of my teeth one day falling out and going rotten because of all the sugary things I eat.
This was purchased from Boots and when I received it I was curious because I had never had an electrical toothbrush before and was very excited to see if it would make a difference to my teeth.
I don't have much to say about this because I haven't used it for months, I will tell you why after I explain what I thought about it first.
I have just searched up the price of this online as I had no idea since I didn't purchase it and the price is £25.52, I guess this isn't bad considering it is an electrical toothbrush.
The colour of the brush is a deep sea blue with bits of it being light blue.
This toothbrush has a two minute timer on it which is great because I usually just guess when I have brushed my teeth for long enough, so having this is really handy.
The toothbrush has multiheight bristles, which is great for places in your mouth that you find hard to reach and clean with a regular toothbrush.
In the box you get a charger, and 2 toothbrush heads.
When I first used this toothbrush I remember it hurting me and being uncomfortable, but I put that down to never using an electrical brush before. The toothbrush did feel very powerful and like it was really getting down to work, and once the 2 minutes were up my teeth felt so much better than they would with a regular brush, I couldn't stop licking them because the feeling was so nice! ( I sound like a freak! ).
My mouth felt a lot fresher for longer, and I could see a difference when looking in the mirror, I had a lot of plaque in my mouth before hand even though I flossed 3/4 times a week and after using this brush it wasn't as noticeable.
When the battery starts to run low you do notice it with the speed and sound of the toothbrush, it will go slower and make a strange, tired noise, but once charged back up, it's great.
I found the battery life on this to be pretty decent aswell, it lasted me around 4 days without charging it and using it twice a day for 2 minutes.
For some reason though, this stopped working all together after around 3 weeks, because of this I ended up binning it and I didn't think it would be worth it to invest in it again, it's a shame because it was doing my teeth a lot of good, and even when I went to the dentist 2 weeks later, she told me I must be brushing my teeth well because they look in good condition!
I would of rated this 5 stars but seeing as it broke, I rate it 1.
When my mum asked me what I wanted for Christmas, the answer was saucepans and a toothbrush - very exciting. I received an Expert Rechargeable Toothbrush 8000 from Boots. The toothbrush itself comes with a brush head attached to the actual electric element, plus a spare brush head and the charger.
This toothbrush boasts 8000 side to side oscillations per minute, 5 day battery life and a 2 year guarantee. I googled the word oscillation and came up with a definition of "the repetitive variation, typically in time, of some measure about a central value". In English it is the movement of the brush head.
The toothbrush itself is quite big; it has a penny sized base and thickens on the main body for easy handling and added grip. The on/off button is placed centrally and directly below the front of the brush head and is identified by a pale blue area.
This toothbrush is blue, the plastic parts are dark blue and the rubber grip areas which extend around the back and on the button are a light blue. The brush head is about 2 and a half inches in length with a small round bristle head at the top. The bristles are defined in four circles. The longer bristles of approximately 5mm are blue, the 4mm bristles are green and the 3mm bristles are pale green. These give maximum effectiveness but working between the teeth and gums to ensure all round cleaning.
The brush stands easily and doesn't topple over and underneath the base is a circular indentation. This is where it sits on the charger. Being keen to use my new toothbrush I failed to read the instructions but was quite surprised that it worked from the box. Therefore did not require charging before use.
However, the instructions clearly state that this product should be charged for a full 24 hours prior to its first use for optimum performance and can be placed on the charger at all times providing it is run down once a month and then fully recharged again.
I used this toothbrush for two days, four different times before it started turning off when in use. I thought that I had accidently pressed the button but soon realised that I hadn't. I am assuming that this was an indication that the battery was running low, though the speed of the brush didn't seem to be affected.
On charging the brush for 24 hours, as I should have done previously, there was definitely a huge increase in performance. The speed was faster.
This model only has one brushing mode, which is absolutely fine. The instructions, and most probably your dentist recommend brushing for two minutes. After this period the toothbrush timer cuts in and there are several stuttering movements telling you the 2 minutes are up. The brush then continues as it should for you to brush for longer should you choose to. I have never had this feature on a toothbrush before, but have found it very effective and a good idea.
Prior to using this brush I was using a manual toothbrush and regularly felt that my teeth were not 100% as I would expect them to be after brushing. However, the first time I used this product I was very impressed by how clean my teeth felt after brushing, and for how long than clean feeling lasted. With my manual brush I often felt after a cup of coffee and a biscuit that I had just added to what plaque may have resided on my teeth. With this brush my teeth feel cleaned for much longer, regardless of whether I eat or drink.
The bristle head is just the right size and the multi-height bristles reach places a manual brush doesn't. I find that it is much easier to concentrate on each individual tooth with this brush and that each tooth receives a heightened level of care and attention. I just hope my dentist does when I return in March for a check up.
Boots have produced a very comprehensive instruction leaflet to accompany this product, so comprehensive that it even tells you that this item is not suitable for the dishwasher. Why anyone would try this I do not know. The product is packages in card and plastic. I can find no indication that the plastic is recyclable. The charger is also designed to be fitted to a wall should you choose to. This again is handy as many people have sockets in their bathrooms but no shelf.
The charger for this toothbrush is the same as most, a two pin plug on a short cable. I find it odd that most electric toothbrushes sold in the UK have two pin plugs, requiring an adapter. Thankfully I found one in a drawer else I would have had to go all the way into town to buy one.
Boots offer this product at £25.52 and 100 advantage points on the sale. There are two different types of replacement heads, standard and interdental. The product comes with interdental ones. Replacements cost £7.14 for 2 standard brush head or £11.22 for 4 interdental brush heads and all are available both online and instore. Adapters are just over £4 in Boots.
I would recommend this product as it proves you do not have to spend a fortune for good dental hygiene.
Short name: Boots 8000