Product Type: Braun electric toothbrushes
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Oral-B Professional Care 1000
Member Name: bhayanid
Oral-B Professional Care 1000
Date: 10/11/12, updated on 10/11/12 (152 review reads)
Advantages: Effective, Quick
Disadvantages: Charge doesn't last long
I always thought electric toothbrushes were a bit of a gimmick to be honest, however after speaking to my dentist, she told me that in fact they are far more effective than ordinary toothbrushes and further research seemed to confirm this. So the question now was which electric toothbrush do I go for. I wanted something affordable but not the cheapest available as I still wanted quality and Braun seemed to pop up everything as the brand to go to. After a little more research I settled for the Professional Care 1000 toothbrush and so far have had no regrets although it has only been two months.
So let's get straight in to the review. There is an instruction booklet but to be honest I haven't read it and I have it stored away with the receipt and the box. The toothbrush itself fits comfortable in your hand. It is thicker than a normal toothbrush but does not really take any adjustment. The design is pretty basic. Blue and white with some sensor lights towards the top which I will talk more about later and then the brush at the top. This brush is a small circular one and not the longer type of rectangular heads from non-electric brushes, although with electric brushes you get a mixture of a few different shapes but Braun tends to stick to circular ones.
There is a power button on the front center and a little pic of a battery and a power adapter which basically light up on the occasions when the toothbrush is running out of battery and also when it is being charged. The light then turns off when it has reached a full charge. It is pretty straight forward to use the brush, but the technique is slightly different than what you may be used to. It can reach a lot of the harder places and does all the work for you as it is constantly brushing. According to Braun themselves the correct method is to go across your bottom front teeth starting from the back of your mouth, then go along the long top of the same teeth and then the back of the teeth. Then repeat this method for your top teeth.
So how hard do you press with the brush? Well that is where the sensor lights come in to play. If you press too hard then they flash red and they are located in a place where you will notice the lights with your peripheral vision. However saying this you need to press pretty hard for the lights to come so use your own judgement. I try to use it as firmly as possible without any excessive force. The brush vibrates after 30 seconds, then every 30 seconds until a total of 2 minutes where this is a longer vibration, this is due to Braun recommending 2 minutes being the ideal length of time you spend on each occasion brushing your teeth. However don't worry if you think this vibration is disturbing, it is a quick light vibration and will not make any different to your brushing experience.
There is a charging point which you plug in to the standard 2 pin plugs. It does seem a little flimsy and I have heard people complain saying the charging point has stopped working, but hopefully mind continues to do so but it is early days yet and if the device does fail I will be sure to update this review.
In terms of price it cost me £30 from Amazon and I have also seen it at Boots at the same price. At the time of this review (10/11/2012), I can see online that the cheapest retailer you can purchase it from is again Amazon and it would set you back £26.31. This is a very good price and from Amazon it comes with an automatic one year warranty. There is a slip of paper from Braun when it arrives in the box and if you sign up online and quote the number if will give you an extra years warranty and I feel two years for this price is perfect. Any time over two years I will consider bonus and by then I may want to upgrade to an even more efficient toothbrush.
Overall I think this is a very effective product and have noticed that my teeth now feel a lot fresher post brushing than they used to with a manual brush. The only slight disadvantage I would give is that a single charge only lasts 30 min or so, so you can get a few brushes in. I would have preferred a brush that lasts weeks like my e-reader, but look it is a minor nuisance, overall this is still an excellent product and I have no regrets over its purchase.
Summary: I can't live without this
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