Product Type: Braun electric toothbrushes
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Basic and functional
Oral-B Advance Power 900
Member Name: slbhill
Oral-B Advance Power 900
Advantages: Cheap, does a good job of cleaning your teeth, good battery life
Disadvantages: No extras like a timer, no light on the charger, charger feels a bit cheap
This is only the 2nd electric toothbrush I've had - I would describe it as a good basic toothbrush.
Electric toothbrushes all seem to have the same size heads and this one is no exception - about the size of one of my smaller teeth, now there's a coincidence ;-) The head vibrates (rotates) to clean your teeth and seems to do a very effective job. Certainly my teeth feel cleaner after using this toothbrush than after using a manual one. I would say my previous (much more expensive) brush did a slightly better job, maybe because it rotated more quickly.
It is surprisingly good at getting into funny shaped gaps (for those of us who should have gone to an orthodontist but didn't!)
A few points:
* It doesn't have a timer or any snazzy extra features - it just brushes your teeth.
* If it tickles then it's probably running low on battery power!
* If you don't regularly remove the head & rinse out the inside then you tend to get toothpaste-y water running down the handle when you stand the brush upright. It's easy enough to rinse though.
It comes with a small charger stand which you plug into a shaver socket (adapters are cheap if you don't have a shaver socket). The wire isn't very long but certainly long enough for most bathrooms.
The stand is small so it doesn't get in the way but that means that when you stand the toothbrush (upright) on the charger it wobbles about a bit. There is no light on the charger or the brush to reassure you that the brush has seated correctly on the charger - and it's not a great fit so that's not quite as obvious as it sounds! However, I've never had the brush fail to charge so I think it's mainly a comfort thing!
I would also like an indicator to tell me whether the charge is complete or not. The instructions were lost months ago & I don't think I ever read them (silly me) so I never know how long I'm meant to leave it plugged in for. However, I just plug it in overnight and the charge lasts over a week - usually nearer a fortnight.
I have had the toothbrush about 2 or 3 years now and it still holds its charge as well as it always has done.
The heads count as consumables and should be replaced frequently. The ones I get have some bristles which start out blue and lose their colour over time - when they fade it's time to replace the head. I take that with a pinch of salt personally and keep them quite a bit longer but it does help to remind you that it's been a while.
A word of caution - shop around! Last time I needed a new pack of heads I found a 4 pack in one supermarket for less than a 2 pack in a competing store. If you don't pay attention you can pay as much for a pack of new heads as you did for the brush itself.
When you buy a pack of 4 you get several different little coloured rings. These can be attached to the heads so that you can share the toothbrush handle without having to use the same actual brush. I wouldn't fancy it myself but I suppose the concept makes sense
Summary: Basic but functional
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