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This electric toothbrush was another attempt at trying to help our son learn to clean his teeth more independently and properly. He selected the brush from a choice in Tesco and picked the Winnie the Pooh brush. My son has some problems with his teeth due to the enamel not forming correctly so it is especially important for him to clean the affected teeth at the back.
The brush itself is fairly chunky to hold and in a lot of ways the brush is just too fat to enable him to hold it correctly and manoeuvre it around his mouth with any degree of precision. When we go to finish the job off at his back teeth which are the enamel damaged ones he generally ends up getting a bit of Pooh's face in his mouth which then knocks his other teeth and gets him upset and hence defeats the object of using a fun tooth brush.
The design of the brush handle has lots of various crevices in it such as around Pooh's smile and this actually seems to gather bits of grime fairly easily and the brush and handle especially needs to be cleaned thoroughly after each use to remove bits of toothpaste scum from the handle and I personally find this to be a very irritating job.
The brush will lie flat so this does make it nice and easy for him to put the toothpaste on himself.
The toothbrush has a dual head designed which means it has a rotating top section and a fixed bottom section. The bristles themselves are nice and soft and in the time of using it haven't caused any bleeding in his mouth. The bristles are also bright colours giving it a much more fun appearance. The combination of the two heads seems to mean that my son is able cleans his teeth more thoroughly than a standard toothbrush as it covers large area of teeth in his mouth in one go. The brushes do seem to clean his teeth well and from a performance point of view when we can get to the teeth I have no doubts that it is doing a great job of cleaning them.
The on off switches is located towards the top of the brush and is a simple depress on button for on and the other for off. These seem to work well and the design of Winnie the Pooh means that because of this arms and legs they are rarely knocked by mistake when my son holds the brush.
The toothbrush comes supplied and fitted with batteries inside. You can replace the batteries using a screwdriver to unseal the waterproof base of the toothbrush. However we have found that the batteries supplied have actually lasted the length of time the toothbrush has and there has been no need to replace these.
The brush head is not replaceable meaning that once the bristles are worn, you have to throw the whole thing away and buy a new one so not very "Green". Admittedly is cheaper than the electric toothbrushes with replaceable heads initially but I do think by the time you have maybe bought several of these then the initial outlay for a better brush may have been a better investment.
I can't really recommend this toothbrush yes it does clean the teeth very well but the handle is really too chunky for a 3-4 year old to hold and manoeuvre properly. When we are helping with the back teeth Pooh ends up in his mouth and at times knocking the other teeth which causes upset. The fact that you probably would spend the same amount of money over a period of time on an electric toothbrush means it is not great value as you can't replace the heads on this battery model. At £10 a go I don't think it represents good value for money and it is certainly not a brush I will be buying again.
~A quirky range of electric toothbrushes~
If you are on the look out for an easy to use cheap replacement electric toothbrush for yourself, your children or other family members then this quirky range of toothbrushes could be just what you need. Of course the designs used on the brush handles are aimed at children in the main, yet I have found that the product functions in the same way as a standard electric toothbrush product does. With the added bonus of a range of funky and bright character based designs which range from Winnie the Pooh, Tiger, a Disney Princess who is almost ex PM Mrs Thatchers double, a Cars themed brush, a cheerful Mermaid and a selection of Power Ranger type characters, they can be just as fun to use for grown ups with a sense of humour and an eye for a bargain as they can for children.
Not only do these sturdy brushes work in the same way that other more pricey electric toothbrushes do, they can also become a talking point amongst adults and could be a fun way to encourage tooth cleaning for children. Having tried a similar product from the range of Crest Spinbrushes some time ago, which I found to be of a reasonable quality, I knew that when I came across this range at a highly discounted price (down from £10 to £2) they were going to be a good buy as they looked to be of better quality.
The brush heads on these brushes are non-replaceable so once they begin to loose shape the whole unit will need replacing, which is a slight down side as the handle of the product is very durable. Even with regular repeated usage/ handling the designs used for the handles of these brushes do not fade at all and it really does take some time before the brush heads loose so much shape that you need to think about replacing the entire toothbrush.
~Ease of use~
In use I have found that only real difference between more expensive adult style electric brushes and these character based childrens ones, apart from the quirkier handle designs, is in fact the price. These particular childrens brushes are most often much cheaper to buy, which in my opinion more than makes up for the fact that the brush heads are non-replaceable. Whilst the Crest brushes I have previously bought have a cheap feeling finish to them, these brushes have a better quality finish to them, with well shaped easy grip handles that are not too bulky to hold when cleaning your teeth.
I have found these toothbrushes to be rather good for use as a general polishing brush to be used after a general clean with a normal battery free toothbrush. The small circular rotating polishing style brush at the front end, works well with a little whitening toothpaste after a general clean in order to give a fresh polished finish to your teeth and this is what I feel this product works best at. The spinning cleaning head fitted to these brushes works well enough for this purpose, with it having enough power so as not to get caught if used with a light pressure.
For a general clean I have found that it can be rather difficult to reach all areas/ all teeth with this as a stand alone toothbrush, as the shape of the brush head is not ideal for reaching all areas. For this reason I would not use this type of product as my main tooth cleaning brush, as the slightly bulky brush head is harder to fit into more difficult to reach areas and can miss some areas completely. As a polishing type brush this product gives you a nicely cleaned and polished finish that leaves teeth feeling clean and white with a little extra finish to them.
My feelings are that this product would not be all that suited for use with younger children, even though it seems to be aimed at this group, as I feel it may not be as suitable as you might hope. This is mainly due to the bulky brush head which makes it hard to reach certain areas of the mouth in order to give a full clean, although it works perfectly well as a childs or adults polishing brush if needed. The attractive designs used on the handles of the brushes would appeal to children and the price when reduced would appeal to a range of adult buyers.
In summary, I feel that this range of electric toothbrushes do work reasonably well, with some limitations which have been mentioned here. I would not choose this type of product as a stand alone way to clean my teeth as I do feel that it is not suited to being used that way, yet as a product to give my teeth a little extra polish and finish I feel these brushes do work quite well. Over time the bristles on the brush heads will wear down and as mentioned these cannot be replaced. Each toothbrush from this range comes with the battery needed to power it for a good length of time and these can be replaced if required. My rating for this product is a fair 3 stars with it being very slightly better than the similar Crest product mentioned in this review.
This Childs electric toothbrush is available from a number of retailers such as curries, amazon and asda. Prices vary but expect to pay around £14.
I bought mine from currys and my little one really likes using it. It comes fully packaged in colourful packaging with the character clearly visible. There are a number of characters to choose from for both boys and girls. The instructions included are simple and easy to follow.
Charging this product is easy in the holder it comes with. Charging overnight gives around enough power for a week (brushing twice a day).
The head on this toothbrush is pretty small as it's designed for small mouths but this does mean that kids squeezing toothpaste on sometimes miss!
At first my little one was unsure how to use this product and refused to put the brush part on their teeth. My husband had to use it 1st but one he did he was fine. I think it will take most kids a few tries to get used to this product but once they do their teeth will be in much better health.
This product has a good named brand behind it and so far ours has lasted a year - not bad for the money. It comes with a warranty so if anything was to go wrong In those 1st few months you could return it.
Overall I like this product and think it would be a good 1st electric toothbrush for a child. Just be careful your bathroom isn't covered in toothpaste!
My three year old has never been very keen on brushing her teeth, I have tried a couple of different toothbrushes, different characters and ones that make noise aswell as numerous different toothpastes but she still just does not like it. When I was in Asda the other week I saw a new toothbrush that was character and electronic and it was only priced at £2 so I decided to give it a try. I actually found that I had got a bargain since Tesco are still selling the same range at £10 each.
There are numerous characters in this range, there are what look like power rangers, Disney princesses, winnie the pooh and cars, my daughter is currently using the tigger toothbrush and I have got the Winnie the pooh one hidden for when she needs another. The toothbrush comes in a plastic covering attached to a cardboard back which has Y shaped perforations on it to make opening it easier although I did still struggle a little. It is claimed on the back of the packaging that the brush touches, surrounds and cleans for a thorough clean.
I would have to say that out of these toothbrushes the winnie the pooh ones look the nicest and the princess ones actually looks quite scary, the handles of the brushes are moulded to look like the characters and then there is a toothbrush top. The toothbrush has a circular top which rotates and then some extra bristles underneath that don't rotate, the bristles are also brightly coloured to attract the child. This toothbrush is only suitable for over threes and must be used under adult supervision.
When I showed this to my daughter she wasn't massively impressed it was just another toothbrush to her, I tried to explain what it did but she wasn't interested however once we tried it she changed her opinion. My daughter loves this toothbrush, she actually lets me brush her teeth without a fight now and she was really excited telling her daddy that the brush goes whiz whiz. The toothbrush runs on a AA battery and the only issue I have with this is that you cannot change the heads and at £10 each if that's supposed to be the full price then they are quite expensive to replace.
I would never have even tried this if I had seen it for £10 but I'm glad I saw it on offer and bought her it as it ios brilliant and encourages tooth brushing.
We bought the full set: brush with head and charger; total waste of money and bad of OralB to make money out of kids in this way. The adult brush is exactly the same as the Power Stages so if you've already got an Oral B brush of your own, then just buy the Oral B Stages Power heads and pop it on your own tooth brush at brushing time.
I couldn't believe this when I saw it. For a child who already brushes her teeth happily and had cooed over my electric brush this was perfect, and didn't cost very much at Currys. What really annoyed me though was when we opened the packaging on Xmas Day and found you can't replace the heads!? What are OralB thinking? They make a product you physically cannot get out of the childs hand, and they make it so that you have to throw it away and buy a new one after 3 months when the bristles begin to wear? Uneconomical, un-ecofriendly and the tantrum when she has to put it down to go to bed is bad enough - when we throw it away? She'll scream for days. And some places want over £23 for this product, too! Won't be replacing it with another the same.
Brushing kids' teeth can sometimes be a bit of a chore. We are very lucky, as our son has somehow grasped the importance of brushing his teeth, from a very early age. However, to make it a bit more fun, and to encourage kids to brush their teeth, it may be worth investing in a toothbrush with a bit of character or personality, and Oral-B have certainly done this with this range of toothbrushes.
The main focus, from the kids' perspective, is the design of the toothbrush. The handle basically can come in a number of different forms, each a character from a cartoon. The picture above shows Ariel (aka the Little Mermaid), Tigger, Winnie The Pooh, Cinderella (I think), and a range of different coloured Power Rangers. Our son has the Red Power Ranger, and is very happy with it. At the time, this is what he seemed most keen on, and he actually chose the brush, once we had ascertained it was worth getting.
The brush itself is easy to hold, allowing kids the ability to hold it near the base of the handle, or a bit further up if they're unsure with a bulkier object such as this. This flexibility allows for them to exert more control over how they're brushing, a feature I like about the brush. Add this to the nature of the character forming the handle, and you have yourself a winner with the kids.
In terms of being an effective toothbrush, we find it does the job very well indeed. The chest/belly area of the character has an on and an off switch, and this allows you to use the electric nature of the toothbrush. The revolutions of the bristles aren't particularly aggressive, and this means the kids aren't likely to shy away from having their teeth brushed, either. There are certain toothbrushes which have quite aggressive movements from the bristles, and often move too much, whereas these have short and swift movements at the same time as being smooth enough for likeability's sake. The trick is obviously to get the to not fight against having their teeth brushed, and this does the trick.
The bristles themselves come in two levels. The highest bristles are the ones that move, while the lower ones, the ones closest to the handle, don't move at all. This provides difference and variety as the bristles move over your kids' teeth and gums, and make for a better brushing result. The heads themselves are replaceable, but rather strangely, are more expensive trhan buying a new toothbrush in some cases! I find this rather strange, and when it comes to buying new bristles, we'll have a look. It may be the case that it's time for a new type of brush for him anyway. The bristles have lasted him a good few months now, the brush is very easy to clean, and the batteries have lasted an age.
Overall, then, we're impressed with this. It cost us around the £3/£4 mark at the time, if I remember correctly, and we included it for our son as part of his Christmas presents from us. He loves the brush, and has learnt to brush his teeth very well. We may opt next for one of the brushes that times you brushing your teeth in order to keep them going for longer, but we're not sure. If we end up replacing the bristles for this brush, then we'll still consider this a good move for our son's teeth. It's a good toothbrush, and one I'd happily recommend.
It can be hard to get kids excited over brushing their teeth. These electric toothbrushes clean away more acid and plaque than the traditional toothbrush. The kids took a little while to get use to these brushes as the vibrations can be a bit scary, but after a week they loved them.
The character handles are brilliantly crafted and it's obvious who the characters are. There is a great range of characters to choose from. We got the Winnie the Pooh characters and the kids simply love them.
The major problem is that I've struggled to find replacement heads for the brushes, meaning I am left having to a buy a whole new brush again for them. The heads are very short too, meaning that the children sometimes bash their teeth with the handle when reaching the very back like I encourage them too.
Overall this is a great brush to introduce your children to brushing, but they won't last long and I'd move them onto another toothbrush after this one.
I brouight these toothbrushes for my children from Amazon because they did seem to be having a little bit of trouble getting a really good brush with their manual toothbrushes, or at least brushing for the 2 minutes I wanted them to.
These brushes come in various designs that should make the kids happy. My daughter has Cinderella and my son has a Power Ranger although he has grown out of them now and I may get him the Wall E one instead.
They are battery operated but the batteries do last a good time so it is not as bad as you might think. It would be nice if they were rechargeable like adults electric toothbrushes though.
The brush at the end is replaceable so you can just buy new ends and not replace the whole brush. The heads are more expensive to buy than the initial brush though and I have only seen them on various online websites, not in my local sainsburys.
I paid around the £5 mark for both of mine but Amazon have them in a set for just £3.99 now which is really good value I think.
The brush on the end is made up of two parts - the round bristle that rotates and the set piece below which doesn't move. The bristles are also cupped so they curl round each tooth making sure there is even better coverage over each tooth as your child brushes.
I know these are gimmicky but if it gets the kids brushing that's all that really matters.
Oval scrubbers to remove gumline plaque / Rotating power-head reaches, surrounds and cleans multiple surfaces in 6 ways for a thorough clean / Available in Blue Power Ranger, Lime Power Ranger, Red Power Ranger, Blue Princess, Purple Princess, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh characters.