Product Type: Braun electric toothbrushes
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Oral-B Triumph 5000
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Oral-B Triumph 5000
Advantages: Nice toothbrush, great for sensitive teeth
Disadvantages: A bit pricey for what it is
I've used a few Braun electronic toothbrushes for some time now, and this latest Triumph model is, not surprisingly, the best. It carries a hefty price tag and so at the end of the day you have to justify the cost compared to cheaper models or even how many regular manual toothbrushes you could buy over the years. But if you want sparkly clean teeth and comfort it's just about worth the money.
I've been using electric toothbrushes for years and years now, and I've always found Braun to be a reliable brand. So when my old toothbrush finally packed up, I decided to go for this Triumph model. I've read a lot of good things about this toothbrush and decided that the good reviews justified the expense.
In some respects I was right. This toothbrush gives a really nice "dentist clean" sensation. There's also the "Smart Guide" that connects wirelessly to the brush, it includes a feature which tells you how long you've brushed each section of your mouth so you know when you've reached that all-important 2 minutes mark. To be honest, I think this is slightly unnecessary. If you're really bothered about how long you've brushed your teeth for, a stopwatch does the same job for a fraction of the price. Aside from that, the smart guide essentially guides the user. The brush has five different modes (regular cleaning, sensitive, massage, deep clean and polish) to help clean your teeth properly and safely. The smart guide tells you when you're brushing too hard and automatically adjusts the brush speed and pressure accordingly etc. Features like this would make this product ideal for people with oral hygiene problems or sensitive teeth and gums. The tooth brush also has a "star rating" feature. Your toothbrush basically rewards you for brushing for two minutes or more. I find this feature a little patronising, but I suppose it would be useful for kids (or grown up kids). The brush is speedy, yet gentle and makes for a comfortable brushing experience. It doesn't make that horrible screaming noise that some electric toothbrushes make either, it's actually pretty quiet.
This toothbrush has its downsides. The interchangeable heads are a bit fiddly. I imagine most people just find one or two that they're happy with and stick with them. The brush takes a long time to charge, although this is hardly surprising, it's a serious piece of kit! It does stay charged for about a week after each charge though, so I can't really complain. Although, I have heard from people who say they've had to replace their chargers a few times. The brush is a little complicated for what is, essentially, just a brush to clean the crud off your teeth. The instruction manual is bamboozling to say the least. This toothbrush costs a lot. I actually think it probably is the best in its field, but I think I might have been happier with fewer features for a little less dosh.
Summary: Great toothbrush, but possibly not worth the expense.
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