Product Type: Braun electric toothbrushes
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Oral-B Professional Care 500
Member Name: rosebud2001
Oral-B Professional Care 500
Advantages: Very efficient at cleaning teeth, excellent timer, battery life light
Disadvantages: Not worth the money full price - the pricing policy seems crazy
Luckily for me these brushes were on offer when I was looking to buy a new one. They seem to be on offer for at least half of the year and I must admit I would be loathe to ever pay full price for an Oral B electric toothbrush as a result.
I decided I wanted to get a brush that looked a little different from the Vitality brush but wished to stick with a small head due to excellent results using my old brush. When I spied the Oral B Professional Care 500 Precision Clean on sale for just £22.50 I decided to buy that one as it was only a fiver more expensive than the Vitality brush.
~~What's in the Box~~
Unlike the Vitality range of brushes, this Oral B brush comes in a proper box - not packaged in that hideously difficult to open heat sealed clear plastic. The brush is protected by polystyrene.
You get one brush head, the brush, a charging station with two pin plug and an instruction booklet in the box. I just wish Braun packaged all their electric toothbrushes this way as this is much easier to open.
The first charge takes around 18 hours so don't expect to be able to use your brush from the box.
The style of this brush differs from the Vitality range. The brush handle is longer and thinner and it also contains a battery power light, which is actually one of the reasons I decided to opt for this brush over the cheaper Vitality version.
The brush can handle all Oral B heads with the exception of the Sonic heads and I like how this brush has a silver base at the bottom of the brush head holder - it looks really nice, giving the brush a more expensive feel.
The brush is white with blue side grippers and a blue on off button.
Oral B claim that this range of brushes give your teeth a "3D clean" but I have to say I generally haven't noticed much of a difference in cleaning levels using this brush over my old Vitality one using the same head.
I have recalled various dental difficulties I have had over the years in previous reviews and one of the reasons I now swear by small headed brushes such as this one is the effectiveness of them in reaching every part of my mouth when brushing. This is just as effective in cleaning as the Vitality was, and also cups each tooth using the curved bristle trim which enables the brush to clean between teeth effectively.
What I like about this brush, and what you are no doubt paying a little extra for, is the timer. On the Vitality brushes the timer only activates after you have brushed for 2 minutes. On the Professional Care 500 the timer is more efficient and activates every 30 seconds with a longer "stutter" after 2 minutes has elapsed to let you know it's time to stop brushing.
Dentists will tell you to brush each quadrant of your mouth for 30 seconds and this can be hard to do if you don't have a timer. This brush enables you to ensure each quarter of your mouth is brushed for the required length of time and also stops you from over brushing some sections at the expense of others.
Another thing I like about this brush over the Vitality range is the low battery indicator light. This is so helpful as with the Vitality range you don't have much in the way of warning that the battery needs recharged with perhaps just a sense that the brush isn't operating as quickly as it should. To have a light come on to let you know the brush needs charged is much better. The light flashes red when the battery is low and flashes green whilst the battery is charging. You know the brush is fully charged when the light remains a solid green on the charger. It's worth bearing in mind that once the brush is charged and removed from the charging base the light doesn't illuminate at all.
You can store the brush permanently on the charger base if this suits and certainly if you have a shaver socket in your bathroom it may make sense as the brush cannot overcharge and this shouldn't do any damage to the brush but obviously this isn't exactly a green thing to do.
A full battery charge will power the brush for a week I find - which isn't bad going as that covers nearly 30 minutes of power if you brush for two minutes twice a day.
I only have a couple of gripes with this brush and both are minor. Firstly the brush does slip in my hand sometimes and this can lead to me accidentally switching it off. Fortunately the timer "remembers" where it was so long as the brush is switched off for less than 30 seconds but it can be rather irritating to have it slip right out of my hand altogether.
Perhaps if there was a little more plastic gripping around the brush this would prevent the brush from slipping and certainly my experience with the Vitality brushes which have far more gripping would bear this out.
I find this brush is very easy to clean and maintain. I just rinse the brush and wipe it down after each use and whenever I need to change a brush head I clean around the brush head holder too. Replacing the brush head is incredibly easy - just pull the head to remove it and then slot a new head back into place. I find a brush head lasts me between 2 and 3 months. Like the brushes, the heads are frequently on offer and I tend to pick them up when they are meaning I rarely pay much over £2 per head.
I have to say I am very impressed with this brush and am glad I opted for this one over the Vitality version. Despite the occasional slip I do think it's worth splashing out an extra few pounds to get a brush with such a good timer as brushing for the recommended period of time really does make all the difference when you go for your dental check-up. I also really like how I can see that the battery needs recharging before it actually dies on me.
The brush looks sleek too, with a slimmer appearance than the dumpier Vitality range.
What I do feel quite strongly about it the RRP of this brush. There's no way it's worth the £45 price tag and I would suspect Oral B know that but shift more units by shifting "half price" product into stores and giving consumers the impression they are getting a bargain.
I find this all a bit underhand on the part of Oral B and while it's a ploy that must work given how often they do it, it's not very honest to consumers and I actually feel genuine sympathy for the consumer who doesn't realise just how frequently you can find this brush for £22.50 and stumps up the full £45 for it. It would be far better if Oral B would just price these brushes more honestly in my opinion.
It's worth mentioning after all that however that Oral B clearly have great faith in their product as it comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. Certainly I had no reason to want to return this brush within the first 30 days as I have been very pleased with it so is my dentist, following my most recent check-up so my brush is going to be staying in my possession for the foreseeable future.
Summary: An excellent electric toothbrush - but only when it's "half price"
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