Product Type: Colgate electric toothbrushes
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Colgate C600 Pro Clinical
Member Name: alyson29
Colgate C600 Pro Clinical
Date: 29/12/12, updated on 30/12/12 (210 review reads)
Advantages: Offers a superior clean
Disadvantages: On/off switch is very sensitive and only one brush head contained within the box
What was in the box?
The sturdy and well made plastic electric toothbrush was extremely well packaged in its bright red sturdy cardboard box and inside I discovered the charger with twin refill posts, one triple clean brush head, which offers spiral bristles that are claimed to assist in removing surface stains, inner bristles to remove plaque and tapered outer brushes for cleaning along the gum line together with a handle and a large plastic travel case. I must admit that I was a little surprised that only one brush head was contained within the box, as I had expected to receive at least two, so rather than grab the only head to use for myself, being the kind wife that I am, I visited Tesco to pick up a twin pack so that my husband could also join in the Bzz Challenge.
According to the Bzz blurb that accompanied the toothbrush, this is the only toothbrush in the UK with smart sensors that will automatically adjust both the speed and direction of the brush strokes, which subsequently provides an improved clean of both the teeth and gums. Accompanying the toothbrush is a small six page instruction manual, which offers a combination of uncomplicated text and illustrations on how to set up the toothbrush.
Using the toothbrush
The toothbrush operates by way of a type C plug with a voltage of 220 - 240, but unfortunately, my husband and I do not have a shaving socket in our bathroom, so it was a case of plugging the charger into a shaving socket adaptor in a corner of one of our spare rooms. However, I would point out that the shaving socket adaptor is not included in the box. I was rather impatient when I first received the brush as I wanted to use it straight away and despite the unit being partially charged, I decided to await the allotted time of charging for 16 hours prior to use, which according to the accompanying information, will offer best results. It is recommended that the unit be charged for 16 hours twice a week and following my experience, I would agree with this timescale with two of us using the product. During the charging time a small red light will be displayed, so it's easy to ascertain when the brush is fully charged. The brush head is easily placed onto the handle by matching the grooves until it gently clicks into place.
As I have been familiar with using manual toothbrushes for so long, my initial impressions of the appearance of the brush head were that it was very small and as a result, I came to the conclusion that it would not be effective enough at cleaning my teeth. The brush is operated by gently pressing down on the on/off switch, but don't do as I did and that was to turn it on before placing the brush head inside my mouth. As a result, I ended up with blobs of sticky white toothbrush spraying around the bathroom! The brush buzzes quite loudly when operation and its sound wouldn't be out of place at the rear of an Ann Summer's store! The brush offers a choice of three modes, which are operated from one small button with each offering a different light so that you are aware of which mode you have selected. The choices of modes are optimum, which is when the brush will pivot from side to side and up and down using the middle speed with the sensitive mode offering a lower speed whilst the brush moves widely from side to side. The final deep clean mode is my preferred choice, particularly as it reaches behind and between the teeth on a high speed and in an up and down motion.
The initial difficulty was getting use to not applying any pressure when cleaning my teeth, as I'm one of those people that would feel the unnecessary need to press hard and as a result, I frequently pull back the gums and expose the most sensitive part of my teeth. My dentist has told me off about this no end of times, particularly as it causes me discomfort and pain. After a little practice I become use to simply holding the lightweight brush against my teeth and allowed it to do all the work as opposed to me doing anything. I like the fact that the built in time alerts every sixty seconds, which is when I need to move the brush to a different section of my mouth.
However, a problem that both my husband and I frequently encounter is that the on/off switch, which is located in the area where the handle needs to be held when using, is very sensitive. As a result, we find that we accidently knock it when using and switch the unit off. This is an issue that Colgate needs to reconsider, as the sensitivity of the switch either needs to be reduced or the switch needs to be relocated to a more convenient area on the handle. On a positive note I like the fact that the modes can be easily changed whilst I am in the middle of cleaning my teeth, which is an extremely handy and time-consuming feature, as there's no need to remove the brush from the mouth each time you wish to change the cleaning mode. After two minutes the brush will stop completely; after which it should be rinsed and wiped over with a dry cloth to prevent any water getting clogged into the mechanics.
When I first began using the toothbrush I found that the gentle vibrations would tickle my gums and whilst the sensation wasn't unpleasant, it felt a little strange. However, after only a few days the sensation vanished and I got the knack of using the brush properly and felt that it offered a far superior clean to that of my manual toothbrush. I have always been extremely fussy and careful with oral hygiene and at the age of 45 years I am proud to admit that I have only two fillings. However, as previously stated, my biggest problem was exposing sensitive areas of my teeth due to over brushing and fortunately, I have been able to overcome this issue, particularly as very little pressure is required when using the brush.
As a consequence, sensitive teeth are now a thing of the past and I don't have to squirm when eating something cold. I find the toothbrush extremely effective at cleaning my teeth, as it enables me to easily access hard to reach areas and unlike a manual brush where I apply too much pressure, the head doesn't wear down too quickly. The toothbrush enables my teeth to feel as if I've just undergone a scale and polish with the hygienist and I wish I had taken the plunge years ago and replaced the one that my ex-husband pinched! It is recommended that the brush head been replaced every three months whereas I was replacing my manual brushes on a monthly basis.
Colgate are so confident that consumers will like the toothbrush as they are offering a 30 day satisfaction guaranteed challenge where a refund is offered if you are not happy. Furthermore, the Colgate ProClinical C600 is provided with a 2 year warranty.
Price and availability
Whilst the Colgate website is selling this electric toothbrush for £97.49, at the time of writing it can be purchased from Boots for £49.99. I was horrified to discover the cost of the brush heads, which are available in packs of two or four with the four pack costing £18.99, but after looking on a few websites I discovered this to be average for most electric toothbrushes.
If the handle didn't offer such a sensitive on/off button I would have awarded the brush a five star rating, but for that reason I have had to remove a star and I feel it should be provided with two brush heads as opposed to one.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Summary: A highly effective electric toothbrush but with one technical flaw
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