Product Type: Colgate electric toothbrushes
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Colgate Barbie Battery Toothbrush
Member Name: azana
Colgate Barbie Battery Toothbrush
Date: 12/12/11, updated on 12/12/11 (83 review reads)
Advantages: entry level
Disadvantages: non replaceable head
Before making the transition to a proper (ie with replaceable head) electric toothbrush for the younger members of my family, I bought this toothbrush for my youngest child. It was on offer from Sainsbury's at the time, for under £5. At time of writing you can either buy it for £2.71 (half price) at Waitrose or £15 from Amazon. For anything under £5 it is a good buy, however for something which should, ideally, be disposed of after 3 months as per dentist recommendation I wouldn't want to pay much more in all honesty. Should you wish to purchase this toothbrush it is also available in a Bratz and Spiderman style or in this design in purple.
The toothbrush itself cleans with an oscillating head, of the part you can see on the product photo only the little circle on the top of what is an average sized tooth brush actually moved . The head seems to be the right size for a child's mouth, the manufacturer advises that this is not for use by under 3's, and this seems a reasonable guideline to me. The bristles are, as you would expect from Colgate, of good quality and, from my observations of using this with the 5 year old, who still requires some supervision to clean her teeth, it moves quite quickly. It seems to clean her teeth well, in any case she was complimented on her teeth cleaning at her most recent check up so that must be in part due to this brush which is easily switched on and off via the push button on its handle, even by a child.
One thing I do find is that the handle is excessively wide, given that this is a child's item. Adult disposable toothbrushes are much thinner, and it seems a little strange that the handle is so wide as it's not the easiest for little hands to hold. The two disposable (and replaceable) AAA batteries that come with the brush have held out well given that this is used at least twice a day, but the design could be more compact. Another issue I have is that this brush is surprisingly loud, if it switched on upstairs you can hear it downstairs, a little off-putting for a child I feel, especially as in my experience disposable adult electric toothbrushes are much quieter. That aside the brush does work well and the design is appealing to a little girl, if a little too pink for my tastes! It does encourage her to clean her teeth for the correct amount of time and seems to get into all the different areas well, so I have no complaints there.
For what it is, an entry level toothbrush, I think that this brush is absolutely fine, but I wouldn't necessarily want to use one on my child's teeth long term and it's not a particularly environmentally friendly solution, hence why we are upgrading to a brush where we can replace both heads and recharge the batteries. Recommended, for short term novelty use.
Summary: yet more pink invades our house
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