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For me, oral hygiene is very important as my teeth are part of my looks - and after 2 years of lovely (not) train track braces, I am determined to look after them! However, I do admit that I can be a bit lazy, so anything that makes this easier is a bonus. My dentist recommended that I buy an electric toothbrush and I bought another, rather more expensive, one from a different brand. However, I felt that the pulses were too strong and I couldn't get used to the tickly feeling in my mouth. In the end (after I chipped a tooth using it) I gave up and went back to a manual toothbrush. It wasn't until recently when I got a bad report from my dentist (I felt like I was at school again) that I decided to try again with the electric toothbrushes.
This Colgate one is different from my last one for a few reasons. 1) It is far cheaper at only £6 when I got it on a deal in Superdrug, but still only £12 full price. 2) The vibrations aren't as intense and so I found it far more comfortable to use. This means that my fear of chipping another tooth isn't as great and I am more comfortable using it. And a biggy for me is number 3) It comes in Pink. Enough said.
However, when you are paying a fraction of the price of the other electric toothbrushes on the market you have to ask why. Well in this case, I think it is a couple of things. Rather than having a rechargeable base, this needs 2 triple A (AAA) batteries. I quite like this fact as, in my opinion, you are more likely to have batteries handy when on holiday for example than a charger. And its far quicker to chuck in some new batteries than charge it up.
Another reason it is so much cheaper, is the quality. Although it does a really good job of cleaning my teeth (something my dentist has noticed, no detention for me) you have to use it a bit like a manual brush to get into all the cracks. Also, you don't get that amazingly clean feeling when you run your tongue over your teeth like you do with the more expensive ones.
Overall, I do really like this product, and feel it is appropriate for me and my student budget. However, if you are willing to spend more, I would recommend looking into some of the more expensive electric toothbrushes which can offer a better quality experience.
So whilst brushing my teeth this morning it came to me that I should let all use guys out there into my little bargain that I picked up two days ago. The suspect in question is the new Colgate electric toothbrush.
I found this whilst walking down the toiletries section the other day in the supermarket. There were a variety of colours to choose from making it great if you have a few children or want to pick a nice colour for yourself. I picked the pink one as I am a bit of a girly girl. Now I was very shocked to see that this product came with a price tag of just £5 in Waitrose! Now in comparison to all the Oral B electric toothbrushes out there this is considerably much cheaper. But does it even compare? Well in my opinion yes!
When I first opened it I noticed that it was battery powered and so you cannot recharge it like the Oral B ones. This wasn't a big issue for me as my partner has one and its a pain charging it so often! The bottom of the toothbrush is quite a heavy and bulky which is good as this makes for a more comfortable hold. There is simply one button that you press which starts the toothbrush. For me again, I prefer this to Oral B as some of them have many different functions when all I want to do is clean my teeth!
As for the battery, I cannot really comment as I have only had it for a couple of days but I imagine from what I have known in the past from Oral B'a rechargeable toothbrushes that this would last a little longer before it needs new batteries.
Overall I think this a great purchase and for just £5 is much better than a manual toothbrush and is comparable with an Oral B electric toothbrush but at a tenth of the price tag!
I have been using a manual toothbrush for absolutely ages, and although I like the practicality of an electric toothbrush for my daughter as I know they generally clean better, I was always too lazy and never fussed to look about getting myself one. So the other day when I was in my local pharmacy I actually spotted an offer on these Colgate Actibrush toothbrushes for about £7 so looking like a bargain I couldn't resist!
The actibrush looks pretty nice, I bought mine in pink and it looks a really thick, sturdy shaped toothbrush, but weirdly enough has actually a rather really small head compared the chunky base which is where the hand grips the brush for using. Of course this is to fit the batteries inside (2 x AAA which do come with it thankfully) so this does take up a fair bit of room.
This Colgate actibrush toothbrush is really simple and basic, with just an on/off button. No fast/slow settings or speeds or vibration techniques but really straightforward to use which I think reflects in the price. The brush head itself is also simple it has a dual action head where the toothbrush feature consists of a small circular brush at the top which vibrates and rotates when switched on and a larger circular brush which sits below. I find the head actually quite small and although it works well and feels it is giving good coverage I am not so sure it is efficient at really brushing and doing a thorough job as it feels quite flimsy!
With this brush I actually still find myself wanting to manually brush my teeth - I am not sure if this is due to habit or just general not trusting that this toothbrush is doing a good job as the first time after I used it I ran my tongue over my teeth and wasn't too impressed with how "clean" they felt. So even though this is an electric toothbrush, to anyone owning this I would still advise using a bit of elbow grease to manoeuvre the toothbrush about a bit to ensure a good clean.
Overall I do like the brush but I definitely feel as though the quality is reflected in the price. Using batteries, I have had this over a month or so now and not had to change them so I think it is quite long lasting and durable, but Dentists recommend changing a toothbrush every 3 months anyway so I guess by the time the batteries run out I'll end up buying a new toothbrush anyway! I don't think I'd buy this again only as I haven't seen the results I had hoped for, so it really is a mediocre toothbrush and gets 2 stars from me.
I have used Oral-B electric toothbrushes fro practically all my life. Therefore, when mine broke and I couldn't afford a new one just yet, I opted for pretty much the cheapest electric powered toothbrush I could find, the actibrush from Colgate.
The toothbrush felt pretty cheap to hold but yet still quite weighty - mainly because of the battery which had to be placed inside of it. It was quite comfortable to hold though and I knew I would have no issues fro holding it for the 5 minutes I would be brushing my teeth for each morning and evening.
The brushes are very age-neutral so would be suitable for people of all ages - including children, adults and the elderly.
I bought it from ASDA for about £7 and used it that night after putting a battery into it. This was a brand new battery and even then, it hardly felt like my mouth was even getting cleaned. The oscillating motion was so weak and the bristles so limp and nowhere near as stiff as I was used to. I used this toothbrush fro about a week until I couldn't stand it any longer, I was worried that my teeth were going to get damaged by not being cleaned properly so I have to fork out for another Oral-B one.
Even though I had onyl used the brush fro a week, it already ate its way through the charge in the brand new battery I had put in it at the start of the week.
This review is also on my ciao account under the username alexcatt97. I was looking for a new toothbrush too replace by old manual one and saw the Colgate Actibrush for only £4.00 in Asda which is very cheap for an electric brush so I purchased that and I have not had many problems with it yet. It is sold in many supermarkets and shops such as boots, Superdrug and some pharmacists.
==Ease To Use===
This tooth brush is very easy to use with two clean buttons for on and off and is the right size to get into every bit in your mouth and around your teeth with no trouble and the tooth brush does not weight very heavy so it is easy to hold and easy to brush your teeth. In my opinion, it is easier to use than a manual brush as you can get into more places and the actual brush is better designed and has a better shape to be able to get into every area in your mouth with no trouble. The toothbrush requires two AAA batteries and you do not have to leave it on a charger. When the head needs to be replaced, the head off the tooth brush easily comes off and goes on without too much difficulty so the toothbrush is very easy to use and easier to use than a manual brush in my opinion. I give the ease to use with this tooth brush a 9/10.
===Improvement on Teeth Condition===
This actual brush part of this electric tooth brush has two main parts. The first which is the smaller of the head cleans where most manual brushes won't get to which between teeth, in all gaps and around and on the gum line which is very important as the gums are the part that actually holds the teeth in so it is very important that the gum line is healthy. The larger head does what most manual brushes do which is to sweep away all the plague on your teeth and gums and to whiten your teeth. The combination of both of these heads makes a great toothbrush and since I have been using this tooth brush, I have seen the differences and my dentist has actually commented about how my dental health has improved so I am very happy with this product because of that reason and this shows that there is excellent improvement on teeth condition when using this product or many electric toothbrushes and that there is not as much improvement with manual brushes because they do not have the two separate heads like a electric brush and overall, I give the Improvement on Teeth Condition a 9/10.
===Value for Money===
Now a days, for a electric toothbrush, the average price is about £10.00 but this tooth brush is a lot cheaper than that at only £4.00 and considering some Electric Toothbrushes can cost up to a very high price of £40.00, £4.00 is very cheap and usually the price i would expect to pay for a good manual brush but this is very well performing electric toothbrush so as I am very impressed with the value for money on this great product as it has also lasted for quite a while so overall, I give the Colgate Actibrush a great 10/10 for Value For Money and I would definitely recommend.
In summary, I think that this a great product that will improve teeth condition, is easy to use and is very cheaper so i would definitely recommend it too anyone that is looking for another tooth brush to replace and old one or just because they would like to have an electric one because it can definitely help if my dentist has noticed an improvement in my teeth because I have used this tooth brush. It is sold in many supermarkets, shops such as boots and some pharmacists and in my opinion it is the best tooth brush I have ever had and I would definitely recommend it.
I purchased one of these toothbrushes from Asda whilst they were on offer. There were plenty of colours to choose from but I chose the hot pink colour as it looked quite funky and vibrant. It cost £3.49.
The toothbrush needs two AA batteries to work. I started off with Tesco Value but they lasted me for just four days so I then bought two Energizer batteries and these lasted much longer.
The toothbrush is good quality. It's really sturdy and durable and the handle is comfortable to hold. The brush head is larger than the brush heads that you would find on electric toothbrushes but this means that the brush head is easier to use. The brush manages to get into all of those hard to reach places and after using this toothbrush my mouth does feel a whole lot cleaner and fresher.
The only downside is the fact that the toothbrush isn't as powerful as electric toothbrushes. I now have an Oral B electric toothbrush that is much more powerful than this battery powered one. However these toothbrushes are cheap and easy to use. They look great and as long as you use good quality batteries you should see that they are quite long lasting. They're also great for travel.
Would I recommend these? I would but they're not as good as "proper" powered toothbrushes.
The actibrush is much cheaper than a lot of electric toothbrushes but doesn't provide as much power when cleaning teeth. I've had an orange one and a green one over the past five or so years and apart from the colour there is no difference in performance
As it requires AA batteries to function the output of torque is significantly lower than other electric toothbrushes. Replacing the batteries is done by removing the bottom of the brush. Try not to keep the toothbrush anywhere wet like standing on the sink as the batteries might get wet.
The head of the brush is well designed and could reach all areas inside my mouth, with the slightly-bent neck providing advantageous when attempting to reach the back of the rear molars.
I have an impacted wisdom tooth which often bleeds after a thorough scrubbing and is very painful especially when the gum is swollen - the Actibrush meant I could proactively clean the offending tooth without causing much blood or pain as I could just sort of 'hover' it around the tooth.
The brush heads can be replaced by buying extra packs when the brush strands deteriorate completely, you may notice that this happens slightly faster than with a standard toothbrush but this is to be expected with any electric toothbrush.
The Colgate Actibrush is a nice balance between paying forty quid for an electric toothbrush and buying a normal toothbrush no matter how many tongue scrapers or gum massagers it may have.
This product is available in any decent chemist or in all good supermarkets and should come highly recommended as Colgate are renowned as one of the market leaders on dental care.
Available from Boots for £7.99 in a variety of colours (ours was part of the buy 3 items get the cheapest free selection), the actibrush is a battery operated toothbrush which supposedly takes the hard work out of brushing for you, but as with any product which is neither one thing or another as it is clearly much cheaper in design than an electric toothbrush and feels flimsy and it seems as though really pushing the vibrating brush head onto your teeth would break the spindly head of the brush.
As with most Colgate brushes, it looks professional, available in a number of shades I have a dark blue one and my partner a pink one, the one thing i'd say about appearance is that it looks ergonomically odd, the head is tiny whilst the base is very wide to fit the batteries, this is ok for me, but my other half finds it difficult holding it despite the ergnomic grips on the handle.
My irk is the small head, it has round cup shaped bristles which oscilate and move when you switch the brush on, but they are so small you have to spend ages doing what you can do with a normal toothbrush with a larger head, also the battery power isn't impressive so it doesn't push as hard as you would hope to massage and clean your teeth you have to still move it around and push it hard onto your teeth to make any impact which then means you get through the heads quickly and need to buy more.
The brush uses three AAA batteries which is fine as these are easy to come by and saves the hassle of charging, but they don't offer enough power for my liking.
Overall the brush has the look of a Colgate brush, it has the price of a product set between normal and electric toothbrush, but I don't think it is good enough for what it is. It doesn't really offer the faster action of an electric toothbrush and doesn't offer enough to justify the additional price to a normal brush. I have a normal brush with a large head, tongue cleaner and ergonomic grip which cost me £2.49 and feels like it keeps my teeth and gums fresher than this item. The power, the small head and the size of the handle are all down points in my view.
I have tried using these brushes for at least ten months. They started off very well, so I brought some replacement heads on offer. Then teh first unit failed, but I brought a new one as I had spare heads. This then failed and I complained to Colegate who sent two replacements and told me that I needed to clean the area under the head on a regular basis? These seemed to work OK, but in the last two days both have decided to stop, both cleaned regularly and have new batteries but are bothe dead. I would not reccommend these as the seem to have a design fault!
Firstly, let me say that this electric toothbrush is extremely good for the price, you can pick these up cheap as chips. Check out Amazon, just £5.49 seems like a steal to me and these toothbrushes work so much better than a manual one.
The toothbrush comes in a plastic package with a cardboard backing adorned with the Colgate logo, the packaging uses bright colours and eyecatching presentation to grab your eye whilst walking down the aisle (and I don't mean a church aisle either, the supermarket one :P)
The toothbrush looks like how it's pictured, chunky and sturdy in design with a grippy handle so anyone can use it, old or young and without any problems. It's simple to use with the on/off button on the front, these toothbrushes also come in many different colours with the base colour being white.
When it comes to cleaning your teeth the size and shape of the head is very effective at getting in to all those gaps where a manual brush may be too big to reach. It gives your teeth and gums a tingly vibrating sensation and afterwards you really feel the difference, since using this toothbrush my teeth are much brighter and my mouth seems to have a generally fresher feeling. The bristles of the brush are just right and not too rough, ideal for anyone to use, even those with sensitive mouths.
If and when you should need to replace the heads they come in at around £3.99 per set of two brushes which seems very reasonable, especially when compared to those extremely expensive ones.
I really would recommend this product, you will soon see the difference it makes to your teeth and it performs better than a manual toothbrush for sure. They work well and give your teeth a great dentist clean feeling, I can't recommend them highly enough, especially as they're so cheap. Unless you want to spend a ton of money on a toothbrush then I'd say to try one of these.
Having seen the Colgate ActiBrush toothbrushes on the shelves at Tesco on a BOGOF deal, they seemed a reasonably priced item to buy as a travel toothbrush. The Colgate ActiBrush is usually found for £8 or so, but we managed to pick up 2 for the price of 1 which worked out as just £4 per toothbrush.
The Colgate ActiBrushes came in simple plastic fronted packs with slim cardboard backings to them. The Colgate logo being clearly on display on one side made them look attractive and they really stood out on the shelves. The BOGOF did help with our choice rather a lot though!
The design of the Colgate ActiBrush is nice and chunky feeling, with a simple easy to grip handle that means that even children can use the product without it slipping out of their hands. The Colgate ActiBrush is powered by batteries which can easily be replaced, ours uses AAA batteries. You do get your first set of batteries within the pack, so at £4 per brush we felt the value was very good.
The Colgate ActiBrush comes in a range of colours which all have a mostly white plastic type surface with coloured highlights. The button to activate the brush is in the mid front section of the brush handle and is easy and simple to use.
The brush heads can be replaced and we have found these for £3.99 per set of 2 brushes. We haven't yet replaced ours are we only bought them for taking on trips etc. Due to the shape and style of the brush head, we have found that the rotating circular brush to be powerful enough to give a good light clean feeling to our teeth.
The vibrating action of the brush is light yet powerful enough to clean well and these brushes are ideal for children to use. The fact that they are reasonably priced at the moment means that its a perfect time to stock up on them if you decide they suit you.
The relatively small brush heads are not too rough against your teeth and yet offer enough resistance to get to hard to reach areas with ease once you get used to the way the brush works. When we first used the brushes, we found the sensation rather odd and it took a while to get used to the feel of holding and using the brush against the teeth. However after a few uses its easy to see that the results are good and its worth continuing to use the brush regularly.
To rate the Colgate ActiBrush I feel that it ought to get at least 4 stars. The general price of £8 or so does seem reasonable, but at £4 a brush on the current offers they are a real bargain. They are great for giving to children to use as an encouragement for them to clean their teeth.
If you haven't yet used one of these they are 100% worth a try. They are just right for taking away on your holidays, when you don't want to take your more expensive electric toothbrush with you. Do check them out as they work rather well.
I usually have an electric toothbrush however I am the kind of person who often has 3 toothbrushes on the go at one time! A few months ago I was in the local supermarket with my Mum when I decided to get a new toothbrush. This toothbrush was the Colgate Actibrush.
I chose one which was pink in colour (the middle one in the picture above) and my Mum also decided to buy one, a blue one. We also bought a spare pack of the heads as we weren't sure how easy they would be to find. At the time we paid around £5 for each toothbrush however, I saw them in Superdrug the other day costing £7.99 each (however they were on a buy one get one free offer).
Getting the toothbrush home I was eager to give it a go! I dont know what it is but I am always very excited to get a new toothbrush, I just love how clean your teeth feel after using one! I took the toothbrush out of the wrapper and set to work, I think the batteries came with the brush (2 x AAA) so it really was a case of just switching it on.
I liked this toothbrush. The head span very fast which meant that my teeth always felt really clean. One thing I didnt like was that it quite often made my gums bleed, I find that some toothbrushes are fine with my gums and others arent, this one was not! However, my teeth always felt really fresh and clean after using it and they always looked white and shiny aswell.
The head on the brush lasted for a couple of months but then it began to get really tatty and the bristles were all sticking out. It was time to change the head really anyway for hygeine so this was not an issue. The batteries also lasted about 2 months. I usually brush my teeth 3+ times a day for 2 minutes each time so the timings here really arent bad!
About a month ago I went to clean my teeth and the brush wouldnt turn on. Therefore, I assumed the batteries would need changing, I did this but still the brush wouldnt work. So I tried different ones, but again these wouldnt work so it was fair to say my toothbrush had died!
I was keen to buy another one of these because I thought they represented good value for money - an electric toothbrush for less than £10 which seemed to clean my teeth well. However, when I went into Superdrug I decided to buy a different brush as I really didnt need two (they were buy one get one free). Since using my new brush I think my new one is actually better, my teeth feel cleaner and my gums never bleed.
I do like this toothbrush and would probably buy it again if it could be bought for around the £5 mark. It cleans well and is a quality toothbrush for under £10.
After receiving braces, my orthodontist recommended I purchase an electric toothbrush to ensure a deeper clean. I'd had an oral-b electric toothbrush previously that cost about £60 and broke so I reverted back to a manual one. So as far as I was aware they were quite pricey, on the way out however I noticed their orthodontist shop had electric toothbrushes and at reasonable prices. I settled for the Colgate ActiBrush in blue which was priced at £5.99 - not bad :)
I'd seen other reviews beforehand that mentioned the packaging and having bought one I can't stress how annoying the plastic was to remove but once that mammoth task of hacking at the thing for a good hour with scissors was over - thankfully, the rest was easy. The design itself is quite simple, my model was a combination of opaque white and a transparent blue - though other colours are available.
There are just two buttons situated on the front, the bigger turns the toothbrush on and the other turns it off. The device has a chunky non-slip rubber grip and ergonomic handle which offers maximum comfort and control. The toothbrush has an easy to use head replacement system, unlike some cheaper electric toothbrushes and the heads (which retail at about £3.85 for a pack containing 2 from Superdrug) and only need replacing once about every 3 months.
The actibrush provides a deep, thorough clean with its special oscillatory action that reaches even those tricky areas The product consists of two separate brushing heads, the first is large and has cup-shaped bristles that concentrate on cleaning each tooth individually, whilst the smaller cleaning tip takes care of the gum line.
The brush is safe even when fully immersed in water as it is waterproof. I only have to replace the batteries in mine about every 2 months or so, but you can pretty much guess when they're low as the brush will start to slow or stops working completely. To replace them locate the battery cap at the base of the Colgate ActiBrush toothbrush and by simply pulling the cap downwards.
I've had the toothbrush now for about 6 months and cannot pick any major faults. Granted you don't get the same quality clean or features as you would with higher priced models, but at £5.99 it's a happy compromise that gets the job done - would certainly recommend!
If any of you have read my toothpaste review, you will know that I take care of my teeth. With no help from sleazy, greasy dentist of mine. I seriously hope that man doesn't have Dooyoo, I've moaned about him enough. I used a manual toothbrush all my life, I liked the feeling of knowing that I was scrubbing properly between my teeth. Then, granny bought me a toothbrush for Christmas (if you think that's tight, she bought me hair bobbles last year!). It comes in a variety of colours, I quite likes the pink one, but tight granny had to buy me the blue. Although she wasn't as tight as she usually is, whenever there was batteries included in my Christmas present, she used to take them out and keep them for her remote controls. She, and Colgate, decided to elt me have the batteries this time!
When I first used it, I was quite hesitant. The button slide up to activate it. The brush itself is separate into two parts, which I didn't appreciate at all, it just confused me. I put a bit of toothpaste on the brush, switched it on and the toothpaste flew everywhere! Great! I thought. It got to point where I had to put more toothpaste on (Arm & Hammer whitening of course), then rub the toothpaste into the brush just so it wouldn't fly off. A lot of bother for me.
I then began brushing. I feel the brush spins a little too fast. When I placed it in my mouth, it felt like sitting with an inanimate solid sitting on my font tooth. I couldn't feel that vigorous brushing sensation which results in a clean-feeling afterwards. I also felt the bottom the bottom of the toothbrush was far thicker than it had to be. This caused it to feel awkward moving it in and out of my mouth. This toothbrush was an absolute disaster. I could feel the brush seeping beneath my teeth and scraping all the plaque out like I would feel with a manual. The worst part of the whole experience, my gums were bleeding afterwards. I'm not surprised with the way it vigorously span.
I couldn't even use it as a manual afterwards because the thing is so bulky and annoying. It's safe to say I never used this toothbrush again. They were pretty cheap, around £3 and they can be bought at the supermarket. However, I would rather buy a fish and chips with that £3, thanks.
Personally, I feel electric toothbrushes are slightly annoying. When I'm brushing myself, I find myself standing doing nothing. To keep myself entertained I need to get my arms moving, I like to feel the brush getting a good, harsh clean at my teeth. Is society so lazy that we can't even brush our own teeth? I don't know who in their right mind enjoys standing there with their brush in their mouth, doing nothing!!
Thank you Colgate and Granny, you both failed me! Oh and one more criticism, it is impossible to get it out of the packet!
Electric toothbrushes always seemed like a waste of money to me - they can easily sell for £30 and are they really ten times better than a normal toothbrush? Provided you can be bothered to put in the energy to use a normal toothbrush properly, I doubt there is that much difference. But then I have a few fillings, so I would probably trust your dentist above me on such matters.
Anyway, I saw these in a local convenience store and thought that, as they were £3.99 each or £6.49 for two, I should throw caution to the wind and give my pearly whites a treat. After all, if it was rubbish at least I had a couple of batteries (included in the pack) for the Wii.
As for the toothbrush itself, it just looks like a fatter toothbrush - I keep mine in a separate cup from the other 'size zero' toothbrushes so it doesn't get a complex. One click of the handle positioned button and the toothbrush vibrates at an impressive rate - just brush your teeth as normal, and the vibrations do all the extra work for you - fantastic.
The heads are replaceable - although I haven't looked into how much they cost or where you can get them from yet. Though I have taken off and reapplied the head on my one - it's a very simple process
The most annoying thing about the toothbrush is getting to the toothbrush - the manufacturer obviously decided that the plaque removing utensil was so potentially lethal that it would be best to encompass it in thick, solid plastic so difficult to enter that all my cunning and guile would need to be backed up with a mini-hacksaw and a liberal sprinkling of brute force.
However once you are in contact with your prized possession, have put the batteries in and scrubbed up that smile, you will (almost) forget about your earlier troubles.