Product Type: Braun electric toothbrushes
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Oral-B Professional Care 500
Member Name: julwhite
Oral-B Professional Care 500
Advantages: Easy to use and robust
Disadvantages: Don't forget to buy a three pin adapter if you don't have a two pin plug
This review is of the Oral B Professional Care 500 electric toothbrush.
My first impressions were that the unit itself looked robust and well designed (as was the packaging it came in), and it came with a two pin plug for connecting to bathroom power points. As it comes with a two pin plug you'd need an adapter to plug it into a more normal three pin plug, but these are cheap to buy on-line. Also included in the unit were two of the changeable heads, which have a mark on them so you know when they need changing.
The instructions note to charge the toothbrush for a minimum of 17 hours before the first use, and also for subsequent recharges. I find that the toothbrush needs recharging after about a week, although I tend to do it more regularly than this out of habit.
The technical information is that the toothbrush pulsates 20,000 times per minute and rotates 7,600 times per minute. Most importantly for me however was that the toothbrush was comfortable to use, and didn't feel as though it was heavily vibrating the teeth, and it always felt afterwards that the cleaning process had been effective. I liked the quite soft feel against the teeth and although I wasn't initially sure that this was going to be effective enough, I am now confident that it is.
This brush doesn't have a range of brushing modes as my previous electric toothbrush did, and it only has the one speed. However, I found that this worked well for me, and didn't miss the option of a range of speeds. It does though have a helpful feature where it vibrates after 30 seconds so that you know to move onto the next area of the mouth.
I feel that the toothbrush is a robust unit, although it doesn't feel particularly modern or exceptionally well-built, but it is sufficient enough to do the job. I've been using it for several months and had no problems with it at all, so it seems good value for money. The unit is easy to clean, just rinse under water, and there aren't any parts where dirt gets trapped.
In terms of price the toothbrush retails at a full price of 45 pounds, but can be found much cheaper than this both on-line and in many shops. The current price on Amazon at the time of writing is 27.95 pounds including free delivery, although I was able to buy mine a little cheaper than this at Tesco.
I bought a pack of 12 replacement rechargeable heads for 4 pounds including postage on Amazon, necessary if more than one person is planning to use the toothbrush, but also handy for when the head starts to become a little worn. It's an easy process to put a new head onto the toothbrush, just clip off the old one and slot the new one on.
The product is very detailed in how many oscillations and rotations it has, but in more important terms of getting the job done well and cleaning teeth effectively, I have found that this is an excellent model which works really well. It's worth shopping around for a better price, but in terms of quality, I'd strongly recommend this model.
Summary: Recommended as reasonably priced and seems robust
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