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I have heard much about electric toothbrushes, but have not really found that an electric brush cleans your teeth as well as a manual brush, or maybe I WAS just too used to using a manual brush.
The Oral B vitality sonic was first brought to my attention at a my local pharmacy where one of my parents friends work, and she was telling me about the offers they had on a whole range of toothbrushes, but this one in particular she had bought and had found it to do the trick better than most of the others she had tried, so i thought it would be a good idea to give it a trial run!
The tooth brush cost me £39.99, which was knocked down from seventy! Not that I would have paid the normal price for a toothbrush, but they are supposed to last! The toothbrush looks like many other brushes, but comes in blue, and is very easy to use.
Simply push the button to turn it on and away you go. I find the bristles on this brush to be just right, not too soft but not hard enough to make your gums bleed like some of them do and I have had my fair share of those ones!
This brush really does give a deep clean, unlike normal brushes, it gets deep enough to clean every part of your tooth, which for me has improved the whiteness of my teeth with the help of oral B toothpaste combined with this brush so I am very happy about that! The head of the brushes are oval, which I find to be much more efficient than the circular heads as they get into the crevices of your teeth much better.
Overall, I would rate this brush ten out of ten! My only real set back is the price of the replacement heads, even to buy online the replacements are £12 for a packet of four from Amazon, which I do not think is very cheap at all, but considering how well this brushes your teeth, it is probably worth it!!
The Vitality Sonic is a rechargable power toothbrush which uses Sonic technology to remove plaque, whiten teeth and stimulate gums. Its special criss-cross brush moves at nearly 20,000 times per min. It had inter-changable heads and features a 2 min timer, which makes the brush automatically turn off after this time. Product comes with a 2 pin plug charger, 1 extra head and instructions of use. It can be found in Boots,Superdrug,Tesco and online at places like Amazon. Its normal cost is around £20-£30 However this morning on Amazon its currently in the sale for £18.45. The heads are also avaliable at the same places and come in packs of 2 for between £8-10, packs of 4 for between £14-18 and you can also get packs of 12.
Well my toothbrush was actually a gift to me as iv been saying Iv wanted one for ages. The packing is very basic, clear plastic with view of the brush (the packaging is a nightmare to get off!) The first time you charge it you have to do so for 12 hours, but normally I charge mine over night. The battery does normally last 3 days without charge though. The charger is very small and has about 1m cable. The brush has a rubber handle which is helpful when wet, and there is one botton only which is the on button, then after 2 mis it goes off, simple. The sensation when on I have to admit is a bit weird, it pulses, weak and strong. At first it feels very odd but you do get used to it.
I love the way this product works and I have really seen a difference to my teeth and my gums also are a lot healthier too. The timer is brilliant, you know your brushing the right amount of time everytime. The rubber handle comes in very useful and the battery life is great- the charger is so small you can carry it about with you. Changing the head is also very easy and I think overall the product is great value for money as its not a lot to begin with and with the changable heads its goig to las me a long time.
Def the way forward for teeth- Iv seen great results.
Thanks for reading and rating.
Also on ciao.
I bought the Oral B Vitality Sonic on the recommendation of my dental hygienist. Actually she recommended that I buy the expensive £100 model they were selling in their shop, but instead I did a little shopping around and tracked down this one. At less than £20, and with a good track record with other Oral B products I thought I'd give it a whirl.
In terms of toothbrushing, it's a great little machine. The toothbrush comes on a recharging stand and is used wirelessly. It takes a long time to complete its first charge, about 16 hours, so make sure you charge it early before you want to use it. For recharges, you need to allow about 12 hours so I'd usually start the charge after my morning brush and turn it off before my evening brush. The charge lasts around a week.
The brush uses 'sonic' technology to aid the clean. I'm no scientist, so I don't know exactly how this works, but it adds a little vibration to the brushing to help remove stains. I'm a tea and red wine drinker, and after I've been to the hygienist I usually get gradual staining on my teeth due to this. I have found, however, that using the sonic toothbrush helps to reduce the staining between visits. The toothbrush also comes with a timer facility so that you brush your teeth for the right amout of time. After two minutes the toothbrush buzzes differently, so you know you've brushed long enough. I found this feature really useful as I no longer have to guess how long to brush for.
The toothbrush heads are nice and long, more the size of a standard toothbrush head which is unusual for an electric brush. Replacement heads aren't cheap, but they never are for electric brushes, a 2 pack replacement can be around £8, but if you shop around on the internet you can get them cheaper.
I've been very satisfied with this brush.
I've had mixed experiences with electric toothbrushes. I've always found Ultrasonex brushes to be the best for recreating the 'dentist clean' feeling but they tend to be expensive and hard to come by. That said, I do feel that it's worth spending a little more on something as important as this. Oral B have been slashing the price of the Vitality Sonic brush for the past year and it's not too hard to find for £17.49 (roughly half of its RRP). It's nice to have an affordable electric toothbrush, safe in the knowledge that it's meant to be a lot more expensive.
The brush pack I bought only had one replacement brush head, which was a minus point. I like to have at least three brush heads as I tend to wear them out fairly quickly. Because of this, the trip to the supermarket to find replacement heads came a little sooner than I would have wanted. I found it really difficult to find spare heads, meaning that my precious Vitality Sonic sadly lay dormant for a few weeks, while I returned to the byzantine world of the manual toothbrush...
I eventually decided to go online to find replacement heads and found some for less than I would have paid in the shops. The brushing experience itself is very good- I prefer a traditional rectangular brush head to the circular design as it feels more thorough. Overall it has the right balance of power and gentleness. Sometimes when it had just been charged the Ultrasonex felt more like a powerdrill, whereas with the Oral B brush the power is more consistent regardless of how much charge it has left. The recommended charge time of 5 hours tends to give enough usage time for around a fortnight. I can't comment on the actual battery lifespan as I've only been using the brush for around 9 months but I've had no problems so far.
I like the 2-minute timer facility and I'm told that the unit is compatible with different heads that oscillate and rotate. All in all it gives a very good surface clean. I still use floss as I'm not sure if the Oral B is as effective on interdental spaces. Despite this, the brush is very good at what it does and represents an ideal compromise between the questionable budget models and the expensive professional standard brushes.
I have gone through two or three electric toothbrushes over the last few years and have had problems getting on with some of them because I didn't like the feel of them in my mouth whilst they were on but kept persisting because I have always been told that they get your teeth cleaner than conventional, manual brushes. And if thats meant less visits to the Dentist then that's always been worth a little uncomfort. (I'm not afraid of Dentists ~ I just don't bloomin' like 'em!)
Someone I know, who has similar issues, contacted me through Twitter about a month ago and suggested I try one of these models because they felt "like no other electric toothbrush you have ever used before!" Yeah, right. That's exactly what I thought. Whatever, right?
Still, my old electric tothbrush was getting a bit tired and worn out and showing signs of wear and tear and the heads were a little more expensive now than they were when I first bought my previous model so I figured I might give this paticular brand a go especially as, at under £20, it was something of a bargain compared to some of the models I have used before.
Firstly, this Braun model is really quiet and you can hardly feel it working inside your mouth. This is because it uses some kind of Sonic Wave technology that reputedly Jewellers use to clean Rings and things with great results. Certainly after about a week, my teeth DID look a lot cleaner but then who was I to really judge, I'm no expert. Still, even my wife commented on the fact that my teeth looked a lot whiter and brighter ~ and that was without using a whitening toothpaste! To be fair though, this toothbrush was so gentle that several times I had to remove it from my mouth to see whether it was actually working right!
Secondly, I thought I would buy some more heads now as, just as with razor blades, I have real problems normally remembering to get any before I run out. These again have proved very reasonable compared to other brands though the price can flucuate considerably depending on where you get them! I got mine from my local Savers Chemist for example and they were about £12 for 4 though I have also seen them for as much as £16 at Boots!
The only disadvantage I have found is that the way I grip my toothbrush, my hand sometimes connects with the on/off switch during brushing causing temporal disruption. This hasn't happened a lot though a look on Amazon for a price comparison on replacement heads the other day showed me that I wasn't the only one who had picked up on this flaw. Still, this toothbrush is very, very competitively priced compared to ther brands and models and definitely one of the better electric toothbrushes I have used amongst the small selection I have owned.
I love a bargain and, for me, that is certainly what I have got with this model!
I bought this toothbrush a good 2 years ago after my dentist and everyone else I knew kept going on at me to get an electric toothbrush as they're so much better for your teeth.
I'd used one before but never really felt like the little round heads were enough to get that really clean teeth feeling, so when I saw the Oral-B Vitality Sonic I thought it would be a safe bet. With the long oval head it feels as though you get as much coverage as a tootbrush with the great effects of an electric toothbrush.
It's got a 2 minute timer so you can brush your teeth for the recommended period and vibrates when that time is up.
It's also useful to know that it can be charged on any other Oral-B brush charger - I recently lost mine and although my partner has a different model toothbrush his charger works perfectly well with my brush.
This product has lasted me well for 2 years and the battery life seems to last a long time indeed so I don't need to keep plugging it in. All in all I'm really happy with it.
My husband and I have had a Braun Oral-B Sonic Toothbrush each for well over a year now and we are very pleased with them.
We have had sonic toothbrushes in the past and generally they are MUCH more expensive to purchase than this particular model. We have had difficulties getting replacement heads for previous brushes aswell - hence how we ended up with the Braun Oral-B Sonic Toothbrush. No large outlay to buy and very widely available replacement heads. The replacement heads also have indicator bristles like most oral-B toothbrushes, making it very easy to know when to change your toothbrush head (something, I have found difficult to gauge with previous sonic toothbrushes as the bristles do not 'wear' in the same way a manual toothbrush would).
The Braun Oral-B Vitality Sonic toothbrush, comes in standard moulded plastic packaging (the sort you try cut with scissors, badly, cut yourself and end up using your teeth just to get access to whatever is inside!). Inside you will find 1 Sonic toothbrush with head attached, 1 replacement head, 1 charging unit with cable and shaver socket type plug attached and instructions.
It gives a good clean, however as it's vibration rate isn't as high as some other sonic brushes, it isn't the 'best' clean I've ever had from a sonic toothbrush. The brush head vibrates sonically around 20,000 per minute and I have had more expensive brushes which have claimed rates of around 30,000 per minute. The charger is a bit fiddly, the brush doesn't sit very securely on the base and there is no indicator light to tell you whether it is charging or when it is fully charged, so I tend to leave them to charge over night to be sure.
This particular model of toothbrush is widely available from on-line and high street stores. I would recommend shopping around though, as prices vary widely. I have seen prices quoted of anything between £15 and £30, however, I purchased mine from Tesco on a half RRP sale and paid approx £15.
Overall, for the price, this is a very good toothbrush. We have had no reliability issues with either brush and will be using them for a long time to come. I would definately recommend this toothbrush if you don't want to spend the best part of £100 to have a sonically clean smile.
For a long time I was looking for a solution for my very sensitive gums. I used to use soft toothbrushes, which mostly didn't give that feeling of cleanliness or/and still made my gums bleed. Then I was recommended a sonic toothbrush.
Design: very simple, good looking, robust. Heads are easy to attach and detach, and easy to get in any drug store or supermarket. It only has one button - switch on/off with 2 minute timer. Rubber grip makes it easy to handle, and with small head it's easy to reach deep to clean the back teeth.
Charging: The charger is small and easy to store, but the lead could have been longer. Also the plug looks like it's for electric shaver, but it doesn't work with socket for shaver, I needed to get a travel adapter for continental plug to work it. When you put the brush on the charger, it seems quite loose to me and as brush is heavier than the charger it falls quite easily. I leave it charging overnight and it lasts charged for 10 days to 2 weeks.
Brushing: First feeling I can remember was rather weird, but in few seconds you get used to strong vibrations. I run the brush with just little pressure across my teeth, not brushing strongly as with normal toothbrush. Vibrations are strong enough to remove plague efficiently, leaving teeth with nice clean feeling without making my gums bleed. It's also easy to reach back teeth. As you only need to put very little pressure, there's no need to replace the head very often either.
After more than a year, I can hardly imagine switching back to non-electric brush.
Ive just got this product as a Christmas gift, and it is brilliant. Ive not had an electric toothbrush before now but this is fantastic. I recently spent alot of money getting my teeth whitened in preparation for my forthcoming wedding! And im very particular about my dental and beauty regime.
My gums had been quite sensitive after brushing with my previous brush- I put that down to the bleaching process - but the bristles are quite soft on this brush. There is a two minute timer which you press - so no excuses for not cleaning for the right amount of time! It comes with a charging unit and a two year warranty. - The warranty guarantees to eliminate free of charge any defect in the applicance resulting from faults in materials or workmanship.
This brush helps remove plaque, surface stains and stimulates gums, the pack comes with two brush heads and you can buy replacements when needed.
The brush itself has longer interdental bristles to reach between teeth, and the aim of the criss cross bristles is to clean the tooth surface and gumline.
My teeth feel super clean after this - I paid £60 for a dental hygenist to polish and shine my teeth, but this prodcut leaves my teeth feeling and looking the same after a few days use.
My partner bought me this electric tooth brush when my old one broke and wouldn't charge anymore!
It comes with a charger which to my surprised when fully charged it lasted a few weeks before I needed to charge it again! Where as my old electric toothbrush needed charging after every 2 days!
The tooth brush heads are easy to take off and replace you simply pull them off the base and they just click back on. I have seen they sell a round head and also an oval shaped head which is similar to your standard manual tooth brush. I think they both work just as good!
The base of the tooth brush has a lighter blue rubbery material to help grip when you are brushing.
The best feature of this tooth brush I think is the 2 minute timer to let you know you have brushed your teeth for the recommeded time. Once you reach the 2 minutes the vibration will start pulsing so you know the times up!
The replacement tooth brush heads can be a bit pricey but the feeling of cleanliness after you have brushed your teeth gives you the satisfaction that its doing a better job than a manual tooth brush.
I've always been a great believer in looking after my teeth as I'd hate to wake up to a glass full of dentures looking at me each morning! There's also nothing nicer than running the tongue over smooth clean teeth and having that fresh taste of toothpaste - before I starton the coffee lol!
why did I choose the Braun Oral B Vitality Sonic?
- my superdooper supersonic toothbrush is on it's last legs now and I needed a reliable toothbrush to see me through until my birthday in November (hopefully I'm getting a better one as a present)
- I've always been pleased with Braun products in the past
- the price was good and it seemed to do (almost) everything I needed from a toothbrush.
How much did it cost?
- around £12 from Tesco (bought in July)
What's the packaging like?
- very neat
- secure & hygienically packed
- a devil to open though, even with my sharp craft scissors!
- the charger with 2 pin plug
- the toothbrush
- 1 extra head
- full instructions
the toothbrush itself
- the handle has an easy to grip rubber handle
- the head is larger than my more expensive one
- a good weight - not too light but equally not heavy like some
- it's easy to change the head
- the appliance hums then pulsates after 2 minutes to tell you that you've done enough (although I usually brush a bit longer)
- the brush is well designed and is of a good quality. It's not scratchy and the bristles don't fall out (anyone else had the misfortune to find stray bristles between their teeth?!)
- my teeth feel nice and clean as well as smooth
- I feel the toothbrush has also done it's job in those awkward back teeth
- although it's not exactly 21st century in it's appearance, the brush is well made and stylish
- you get about 5 days usage after 1 charge ( based on 2 x 2 minte sessions)
- it's easy to rinse the brush and clean the base
- there's no problem changing the head
- easy to find replacement heads (unlike some)
- must be one of the hardest packages in the world to open!
- the first full charge takes about 8 hours and there's no LED to tell you when it's ready
- although we have a 2 pin plug in our bathroom this may be awkward for some people
- for the price I think it's a really good buy and would recommend having a good look at this Braun toothbrush especially if you see it on offer?
I am now on my second one of these fantastic toothbrushes, having been given the second as a Christmas present. I had the first for about 4 years, and it was still going strong when I replaced it.
At the time, this range of brushes was probably the first cheap toothbrush available which was electronic and had replaceable heads. The fact that these have been around for a while now means that any faults which did exist early on have now been ironed out.
In the packet there are 2 separate bits; the brush itself and the charging base unit. The brush does not come with removeable batteries, saving you money and effort in havign to disassemble and reassemble the unit everytime the batterues need charged. When this is the case, you simply drop the brush onto the charging unit, leave it a few hours and you will be ready to go again.
This updated version of the brush now comes with only the 1 button which turns it on and off. It has an in-built timer set to interrupt the brush at 2 minutes, which is the suggested ideal brushing time. This is a very handy function, as it is surprising how many people do not brush their teeth for long enough - this is probably particularly helpful with youngsters.
The brush-head rotates at a very quick pace. This, coupled with the designed layout of the brush head, means that you only need to run the brush over your teeth to get an adequate clean. Within a few weeks of getting one of these my teeth were noticeably cleaner.
Both the brush and the charging base are made from wipe clean plastic and rubber - making it easy to keep both clean.
The replacement heads are very easy to get and to replace. I would suggest buying these from eBay as in shops such as Boots, they are quite pricey.
Overall, an excellent, cheap electronic toothbrush.
Oral B are a renowned company for toothbrushes, being one of the market leaders. This is my first and only electric toothbrush, perhaps showing you the quality of it, as I have had it for a good while now!
The head of the toothbrush is quite large in comparison to others and is elliptical, allowing a larger surface area to be targeted when brushing in comparison to others. The motion offered by the brush is oscillating, and has quick movement, so it effectively cleans very well. It's bristles can get into hard to reach places for instance, in between the teeth.
The bristles themselves are quite soft, and so it does not feel bad in the mouth. I believe the reason for the soft bristles is to help those with sensitivity issues in the mouth. An issue with super soft bristles however is that they tend to wear out quite easily, and suddenly dont feel quite good.
The brush is also quite cheap, and you do get a lot of bang for your buck, as it is not super basic, but it is superbly priced.
A single charge can last for a few weeks, and so it is a good brush to take on holiday with you, particularly if you are in need of electric hygiene, and are on a smallish budget.
The Braun Oral-B Vitality Sonic was my first electric toothbrush and it felt great from the off. It's a nice blue colour, has a rubber handle so it's easy to grip, and is generally quite stylish in my opinion, and at least nice to look at if you don't agree stylish is the best word!
It was a Christmas present, so no idea on the price, it's retailing now at around £20, depending where you go - Ciao reviews have it starting at £22.99, Amazon have it at £21.99, and some cheaper shops are selling for £15-16 (Targetgrange and online4perfume.com, I don't know them).
It was easy enough to hold and handle. The handle itself wasn't in some mad shape that was impossible to hold onto, like you get from some kids' toothbrushes nowadays where you have to hold onto some mad character's face just to brush your teeth - I really don't like some of those designs! - and it was just long enough for you to be able to keep your hand well away from your mouth, unlike some where you slip sometimes and toothpaste goes everywhere!
It has 2 different vibrating settings; one is just continuous for the 2 minutes you're recommended to brush your teeth for, and one is a sort of interval vibrate when your 2 minutes is up, a few short sharp blasts which will scare the hell out of you when you first use this brush! I find this a very good and effective way of timing 2 minutes and letting you know that you have reached the minimum; I've heard of brushes playing annoying tunes and music once the 2 minutes is up, and when you're up getting ready for school, College or work, that is not what you want first thing in the morning...
I loved that it had this 2 minute precise timer on it as I have always had trouble trying to guess 2 minutes. When I was first told about the '2 minute rule' I tried counting to 2 minutes and ended up losing interest at about 30 seconds, probably stopping brushing after about a minute! With this though I know I'm going for 2 minutes every time. It's still boring, like it always is when I brush my teeth, but I think that's just because of what I'm doing rather than anything else.
The charger that came with it was white, small and compact, could easily be carried to a sleepover or on holiday, and used a normal 3-pronged plug socket which is definitely helpful! It at least meant mum could keep hers in the bathroom and mine could sit in my room, so no fights there!
It was easy enough to set up; plug the charger in, sit the toothbrush on the cradle and leave alone for a few hours, much like anything you want to charge really. It has an indicator light on the brush to tell you when it is fully charged, and a lot of people leave them plugged in all the time but I preferred to turn the plug off after it had charged. By doing this it actually saves a bit of electric because the brush can run for at least 5 or 6 brushes off one charge, so that's looking at only needing to charge it every 3 nights or so. It also comes in handy if you are staying at someone else's house and forget your charger - you know it'll at least last that night, unless of course you forget to charge it before you go out!
The toothbrush head itself can be removed and replaced and most of the toothbrushes come with 1 or 2 attachments so you have enough to keep you going for at least 2 months there, depending on your own replacement rules. I change mine every 3 months personally as the brush heads do last a very long time, and that timescale is also recommended by dentists. The replacement heads can be quite expensive so I don't recommend changing any earlier than every 3 months; on Amazon, a pack of 2 will cost you £9, whilst you may find a pack of 1 for £15. It would do well to search a lot, and don't bother with Oral-Bs own website - they just take you off to Amazon!
Personally I do prefer manual brushed, just because I feel like I'm getting a better clean than any vibrating brush will give. With a brush like this you can't really manouvre it around your mouth much, so I found I was missing all the edges of my jaws and sometimes even the back teeth. I switched back to my regular toothbrushes after a couple months because I started cleaning 3 or 4 times a day it felt that bad, and now only use my Oral-B once a week or fortnight to give myself that so-called 'better' clean. It's a great brush, don't get me wrong, but I just don't like those types of brushes myself!
A great, albeit expensive, electric toothbrush that's easy to use, easy to travel with, and gives a decent clean time after time, but certainly not for me.
Oral B Vitality Sensitive Clean Toothbrush.
What is it?
An electric toothbrush by Oral B.
This particular electric toothbrush is the 'Sensitive Clean' version, which means it has a specifically designed head that can be used for those who have extra sensitive teeth and gums. The head has extra softer bristles than the average toothbrush, a compact head that surrounds each tooth with high speed oscillating and rotating motion, and it also has a two minute timer.
What do I think?
This is a very good basic electric toothbrush, if you are restricted on budget but really need an electric toothbrush, this is probably the most decent toothbrush but still being economic at the same time. I managed to buy this when it was on promotion at £14.99, but it is usually about £24.99. It includes everything that you need to start brushing, the rechargeable handle and base, and changeable toothbrush head. Though, you may need to buy an extra 2-hole adaptor socket so that you can plug it into the normal socket when you start charging it up.
When it says it has extra soft bristles for this particular brush, it really does mean it. Personally, I find the bristles too soft to actually do the proper clean but it is still very good when you have sensitive gums and teeth.
The oscillating part is okay, it's good enough when you start off, but I think after a while, you might find that you would want something that spins much quicker just to get more extra shine and polish for your teeth. The rechargeable handle s great, it's a bit bulky but still slim enough for easy handling. The two minute timer is also very handy, it kind of vibrates to let you know when the two minutes are up.
I generally find the electric toothbrush better for getting some extra shine on the teeth, but I also find that it can be quite harsh for those who already have receding gums, as the oscillating motions can actually brush away the gums even more.
Apart from this, it's a great basic electric toothbrush for those on a budget.
Thanks for reading.
Two minute timer / Includes one brushhead.