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Until a year or so ago I have always used a manual toothbrush until I decided to go to the dentist (having not gone for 6 years) and she told me to get an electric toothbrush as I wasn't cleaning as thoroughly as I could and my gums were starting to bleed, so I went out and bought a basic Oral B electric toothbrush which I was happy with. But in July 2013, Colgate had a Big Electric Brush Swap campaign where you could recycle your old toothbrush in exchange for a new Colgate ProClinical A1500 if you were one of the 7,000 randomly selected. It was easy enough to apply; I just went onto the Colgate website, filled in some details and waited. A few weeks later I got an email to say I had been randomly selected to receive the ProClinical A1500 and I could choose to recycle my old electric toothbrush if I wanted to and the parts would be used as electronic components or even clothes. I was pretty happy with my Oral B brush and it was good enough but I wouldn't need two toothbrushes so I choose to recycle this. It was a simple process, I completed a form and stated that I wanted to recycle my old toothbrush, enclosed the toothbrush, sent it off and within a few weeks I got my shiny new ProClinical A1500 through the post.
Retail price of £164.99
What's in the box?
It came in quite a large red box that included the toothbrush, a case, a charger (although you will need an adapter to be able to plug it into a mains power socket) and 2 triple clean refill heads and 1 sensitive refill head. The heads are not round like a lot of electric toothbrushes. What was nice about this toothbrush is that it came fully charged so I didn't have to wait for 12-24 hours for it to be ready like a lot of brushes.
How does it work?
This is the first electric toothbrush with auto pilot and smart sensors that automatically adjust to clean teeth and gums. This happens by automatically changing to different speeds depending on the position you hold the brush. The brush adjusts to a mid-speed setting with massaging strokes for the gum line, slower side to side strokes to the surface of the teeth and fast up and down strokes for molars. The toothbrush also stops automatically after 2 minutes (the recommended time to clean your teeth for) which is a handy feature. The toothbrush also claims to reduce plaque by more than 5 times on the gum line, remove stains from teeth and help provide deep cleaning in-between teeth.
The first time I used this brush my gums bleed and teeth hurt, this happened for the next 1-2 times then my mouth got used to it. I think maybe my old Oral B toothbrush was too soft. I noticed my teeth felt a lot cleaner and shiny, like I'd had a deep clean at the dentists. I have wonky bottom teeth and have found I don't always brush this as hard as I should but with the A1500, I didn't even need to think about it, these teeth were left clean and no plaque visible. At first I couldn't quite get used to the automatic adjustment, but you soon get used to how you need to hold the brush for each setting to work on your teeth. It makes quite a bit of noise when on the fast setting but you soon get used to it. The 2 minute timer is a great feature as I never used to time how long I brushed my teeth for I just estimated around 2 minutes. The brush also pauses every 30 seconds to remind you to move onto the next section which is a good little feature. The brush also has an LED display which allows you to see which mode it is in although I don't tend to look at this. You do not have to have the brush in automatic mode where the speed changes, you can set it in manual mode so you can change the speed and brushing action yourself. The brush isn't too heavy either and fits nicely into the carry case which is handy for when you go away, you can also fit a replacement head in there too. The charge is pretty good, one charge lasts for about a week.
Would I have brought this brush...? No probably not, the price would have put me off as it is quite pricey for a toothbrush although I think there are offers on it in some retailers.
But all in all I am very happy with this toothbrush, my teeth feel a lot cleaner and polished which means I feel a lot more confident. The shape of the brush made it easy to reach all sides of my teeth and although it took a while to get used to the automatic speed adjuster I find it very useful and a good feature. I don't think I could ever go back to my old Oral B brush now!
For as long as I can remember, I have been a manual toothbrush kind of girl. I have got to my early 30's with all of my own teeth, never having had a filling or a tooth out, so I must be doing something right! Then a few months ago, I was sent The new Colgate® ProClinical® A1500 electric toothbrush to try out and review (for my blog). I have never in my life had an electric toothbrush, didn't see the point in them, just another gadget, but I was willing to give it a try and see how I got on with it. The ProClinical® A1500 is described as being:
"The only toothbrush in the UK with smart sensors that automatically adjust the speed and direction of the brush strokes for a superior* clean -- so you get different cleaning and care for your teeth and gums".
Sounds impressive doesn't it? The built-in smart sensors change the speed of the toothbrush when you are brushing your teeth depending on how you hold your toothbrush, it is quite weird when you first start to use it, but as you get used to the brush, it becomes more than normal and it means that as you are stood cleaning your teeth you don't have to stop half way through the process to faff about with the buttons to keep changing the speeds, it does it for you. Add to the smart sensors the other little things it does and you have something that sounds like it is from the future, the only thing it doesn't do is brush your teeth for you as you stand there.
When you get the toothbrush it comes packaged in a lovely box, bright red and very much Colgate branding and thus far the only disappointing feature is that when you open the box and see everything looking all shiny and white is the charger. If like me you have no shaving type plug in your bathroom with the two prong adaptor, you need to purchase a further adaptor, which I duly did from Amazon. Then you simply plug it in for around 16 hours before using it for the first time and you are ready to go.
Sadly on Dooyoo I can't share any photos with you, but the toothbrush comes with a really handy travel case where you can store your toothbrush and the toothbrush head, so you can take your brush with you on your travels, it is lightweight to hold and takes up hardly any space in your bag/case. Then with the toothbrush head there are two different types available, you can have one called 'triple clean' which gives you three ways of cleaning and then 'Sensitive' which gives a much more gentle deep clean.
The A1500 has an inbuilt timer that turns the toothbrush off after 2 minutes of brushing, so this is something else you don't have to faff about with because it does it for you, I am always debating whether or not I have remembered to turn something off like my GHDs or my hairdryer and often find myself coming back home part way through a journey to double check, I don't need to worry about this toothbrush. The it also has what is called a 30 second pacer and after you have stood brushing your teeth for 30 seconds, it stops for a second to let you know that you should now move on to another part o your mouth to continue brushing, it does the same again after another 30 seconds and so on. I find this really useful as I tend to daydream, apply my mascara and generally pack my work bag in a morning as I am wondering around brushing my teeth, so this gentle reminder also serves as a timer for me. The toothbrush also features an LED screen and this lets you see which mode the toothbrush is in. The LED Screen is really clear and bright making it easy for you can identify which setting it is on. Below the LED screen you will find the on/off button and the ability to use the mode switch which gives you the ability to choose your own mode for cleaning your teeth.
With an angled neck, this toothbrush makes it easier to reach right inside your mouth to the back where your wisdom teeth are and it has a non-slip handle making it easy to hold. As you can see from the photos, it is quite slim-line and takes up no space at all in your bathroom.
This toothbrush is designed to give you healthier teeth and gums ensuring you not only get a deeper clean in-between your teeth but it also polishes your teeth as it clean. Then with its three different speeds of brushing which are:
---> Slow side to side strokes for the teeth surface
---> Mid speed massaging strokes for the gumline
---> Fast up and down strokes for molars
Add to that it does around 32,500 strokes per minute helping to remove up to 5x more plaque (in comparison to a manual brush) and as mentioned it polishes your teeth helping to remove stains.
Has it made me switch from a manual toothbrush to this one permanently? I have to admit that it has, after 30 odd years of brushing my teeth with a manual toothbrush, I can really feel the difference in the clean this gives my teeth and for me this is really important as I have a fear of false teeth and take extra care of my teeth and do anything I can to avoid losing them. So all manual toothbrushes have been binned and in its place is this lovely electric toothbrush, one that I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to buy a new toothbrush or like me has never switched.
The toothbrush has an RRP of £169.99 and can be purchased online from the Colgate Website and from most Boots stores where it is on offer for half price.
I have had a few bad cases of gum disease in the past, with my dentist emphasising the need to buy an electric toothbrush to improve my gum health. I had put off the idea of buying an electric toothbrush for awhile, thinking that it was a waste of money and that I can improve my oral health by using a normal handheld toothbrush. However I recently had this impulsive urge to purchase one during a visit to my local Boots store, and straight after felt a small cloud of regret rush over me. However after just a few weeks the feeling of regret soon went away, and I found myself falling in love with the Colgate ProClinical Toothbrush.
Key features include:
Sonic wave cleaning action
1 automatic mode
2 manual modes
2 minute timer
30 second pacer
2 Triple Clean refill head
1 Sensitive Refill Head
This information was taken from www.boots.com so please refer to this website for more details.
The Colgate ProClincal A1500 toothbrush is fairly new electric toothbrush introduced by Colgate and is claimed to use new automatically adjusting mechanics that significantly cleans both teeth and gums like no other toothbrush on the market.
I found it to be a very lightweight and versatile toothbrush that has managed to clean many areas that normal toothbrushes tend to miss. This improved cleaning is due to bristles on the triple brush head, which are all different lengths and clean in different directions.
Colgate claims that the brush cleans in three distinct steps, first is removes plague and stains using the spiral bristles, the second is the deep cleaning of the gums using the altered outer bristles and the final step involving the bristles inside the brush which are used to clean surface plaques. I found that these steps are fairly accurate, after using mine for a few months I have seen an improvement in the disappearance of outer plaque which were clearly visible before I stated using this toothbrush. I also found that my gums also appear to be healthier; I used to have a bad cause of gum disease with my gums bleeding a lot randomly, however now I have very rare occasions of bleeding gums and I believe with frequent use of this toothbrush it should eventually disappear.
I was particularly pleased to find that the electric toothbrush was ready to use straight from the box, as it came fully charged. As in the past waiting for a new electric toothbrush to charge can be annoying, with some taking as long as 24 hours to fully charge (older models). The toothbrush set includes a triple clean brush head, a handle, charger and refill attachment and a handy travel case.
I personally love the inclusion of the smart sensors on the brush, which automatically adjusts the speed and direction of cleaning as well as it automatically altering cleaning actions. I found that for example that the speed and actions change from fast up and down strokes when the brush is placed towards the back teeth compared to the front teeth surfaces; which is cleaned in a slower side to side motion. This has really helped in terms of my gum hygiene, the uniqueness of the altered instructions given to the brush by the sensors enable the brush to work more gently in sensitive areas in the mouth.
The brush has a clear LED screen, a two minute timer and a manual and auto option. I like the fact that the timer enables me to clean my teeth for the correct duration as recommended by dentist experts. This is done with the 30 second automatic detector that notifies me when to move the brush to another section in my mouth, which is a great added factors to ensure that teeth and gums are cleaned in the best possible way.
I am also really pleased with the smart design of this toothbrush, in particular the clever diagonal pointing neck of the brush makes it really easy to clean areas that in the past were difficult to reach, and the auto detecting function enables me to reduce the pressure placed on my teeth, therefore reducing gum bruising and bleeding.
I found that it reaches the plaque in between my teeth well, and have found that my teeth are more visibly cleaner and whiter after just a few months of using, illustrating the design and the sensory functions of the brush have definitely made improvements for my oral health.
The only real down side for me is the price; retailing at around £169.99 is a very hefty price tag for a toothbrush. However as it has worked wonders for my teeth, making them nice and clean as well as making my gums healthier, I have as a result not for one second regretted my impulsive purchase. Baring in mind the reduced costs of dental work due to the improvement of my teeth means that this has saved me some money.
I have only had mine for a few months, but I am aware that the brush head will need replacing every 3-4 months which is not huge problem, on the plus side the, I do not need to buy any batteries as the battery included is fully rechargeable via a plug socket.
Overall I would recommend this to anyone who would like a significant improvement in their oral hygiene, as it visibly improves the appearances of teeth, improves gum health and conquers bad breath (not that I had bad breath!). Apart from the price, I can not fault this item and have no regrets purchasing this Colgate ProClinical Toothbrush.
I was sucked in by the T.V advertising and all the Hype surrounding this brush, this brush was to revolutionise cleaning, I would never need go to the dentist again, I could throw away years of Oral B loyalty and become one with Colgate.
Shiny red box, lots of advertising and a brush that does not leave my teeth clean at all. We have had the brush for 3 months now and I still don't get that clean feeling from it all. I've tried all the settings it has to offer, and being a man I did not read the instructions !
I have now tho, and that didn't help, it made it worse.
The instructions would have you hold the brush to your teeth with out moving it up and down, I"m sorry Colgate, this doesn't work !
All I can suggest is, if you happen to have an old Oral B lying around as I do, resurrect it, say your sorry and say hello to clean teeth once more.
My wife won one of these, needless to say we gave it away.
We did love the look of it and the idea of it, just not the performance of it.
I am a stickler for oral hygiene and I visit my dentist twice a year, brush at least twice a day and use mouthwashes and floss. Generall I use an electric toothbrush in the morning and a manual at nice so I don't make my gums sore. I have used an electric toothbrush for about five years as my dentist said I had brushed my side teeth too hard and they were showing visible wear, most electric toothbrushes have pressure sensors so I gave it a go and haven't looked back.
I was using an Oral B basic electric toothbrush until I saw in October Colgate were releasing the A1500 in conjunction with Omron making promises of health teeth and gums using technology adjusting speed for you as you brush. I was impressed and immediately got excited hoping I could afford to buy it and try it out. I was lucky to be getting £100 from my parents for completing my three year degree course so decided to treat myself to the top of the range A1500 at half price from the Colgate online store for £83.99 last November, I also recieved a free tube of Colgate toothpaste and got free delivery.
Colgate is a sub branch of the Colgate Palmolive group introducing the first toothpaste in a collapsible tube in 1896 moving from glass jars. Colgate now sells many manual and electric toothbrushes plus a range of sensitive, whitening and all round protective mouthwashes and toothpastes.
Omron are a Japanese electronics company founded in 1933 well known for medical equipment such as blood pressue monitors and thermometres.
When I recieved the package it was well wrapped in a cardboard box, when I opened this I saw the shiny red box which made me feel like a child at christmas. The box had the image of the toothbrush plus the images of teeth and gums and how it is fantastic for your mouth. I opened the box and took out the charging base and handle; I read the instructions which advised charging the unit for at least 16 hours before first use. The charging unit has a two pin plug so requires an adapter for normal mains charging, if you have a shaving socket in the bathroom that would be a bonus as it is inconvenient finding somewhere hygienic and clean to charge the brush. I like the base as its a halo so makes cleaning really easy, plus the base of the handle is solid with no rubber or lips so does not collect excess toothpaste or dirt. Just drop the handle into the charger and the light tells you its charging away. On the charging unit there are also two nodules which allow for safe upright storage of two brush heads.
I find this brush very simple to use with just two buttons on the front and a clear digital display. There are three settings you can manually switch between which provide three speeds of brushing to vary cleaning for different teeth. The setting I always use is the automatic mode which changes the speed at each 45 degree handle tilt so the front teeth are brushed at medium speed, tilting towards the gum is the most gentle and the molars are the fastest. There is an optimum setting on manual mode for a gentle hygienist clean feel and deep clean for a faster version of the optimum. After the first use you can see how the gaps between your teeth are much cleaner and your mouth in general feels much fresher. The heads provide an interdental clean and the sonic action helps to power away 5x more plaque and it has increased my confidence no end.
The toothbrush has a built in 30 second pacer to help the user spend an even amount of time brushing each set of teeth and an overall 2 minute timer for full brush time. I found initally I had to get used to the brush as it is very sensitive; it is important to let the brush do the work and if you press to hard the brush will slow down or cut out.
The brush comes with a nice sturdy travel case whcih is good to take away on holiday; I used this for a three night stay away and the brush was kept very safe and hygienic. There is also the one brush head included which I found disappointing, for the price I was expecting a spare for my partner. The brush head has three types of bristles - stiff bristles for plaque removal, lower bristle for soft cleaning of the gum line and some longer bristles for interdental cleaning. The head itself feels like a medium and is quite small which is ideal for me as I have a small jaw and have had to have teeth removed due to this issue of crowding. The head is very good at getting the hard to reach areas such as my wisdom teeth right at the back of my mouth and behind the front teeth which is often hard to do with a manual brush.
The 45 degree angle movement on the automatic setting is something I really like with the change in pace and blue screen glow being an indication that I changed angle. It is easy to dobut does require your head being straight up to happen properly. I also find the 30 second pacer useful as I split my mouth into four sections being the two sides and bottom and top. Sometimes I need longer than two minutes to brush my teeth overall but I think that is my own obsession rather than a toothbrush fault!
The design of the handle and the brush fitting are smooth making the whole unit easy to clean with no areas for the dried toothpaste to collect. The display and buttons are positioned where my thumb sits when brushing so I am conscious of turning the brush off when in use but so far this has not happened to me. To clean the unit I run take the head off after each use and run both the head and unit under water then dry with a towel. I then put the head and the base back on the charging unit until I use it again.
The only downsides have to be the noise the toothbrush makes which can be annoying for me but also my partner, I know its only two minutes but I often wonder what the neighbours think. Also I have found that it sometimes catches on my gums and can make them quite sore making further brushing difficult until I have fully healed.
I must say this is the best gadget I own, and the best toothbrush by far! My teeth are much cleaner and I have had to reduce my trips to the hygienist. I know the brush is expensive and the spare heads are priced at around £18 for two in most retailers but its an investment in health!
I am a Bzz agent, which means I get to try free products in exchange for giving my views on the products. Mostly the products are low value things such as shampoo and gravy pots. However just before Christmas I was selected to try the new Colgate pro clinical 1500 electric toothbrush. I have been using an Oral B model for many years and have been happy with the results. However I am always interested in new products and this one promised to revolutionise teeth cleaning!
The shiny red box duly arrived and I was really keen to get started with this brush. The instruction leaflet advises that the brush is changed for 16 hours prior to your first use. There was a little charge in the unit allowing me to give it a try before leaving it to charge overnight. The base unit has a shaver plug attached so it can be safely charged using my shaver socket in the bathroom. There is a light that indicates the unit is charging, although this doesn't go out to let you know when the unit is fully charged.
The toothbrush has three settings; automatic, optimum and deep clean. The instructions advise you begin by using the automatic mode. However I find this mode too gentle and can hardly feel any cleaning action. It would probably suit someone who has been using a manual toothbrush however. I find the optimum setting is perfect for me as this mode makes the brush head move faster. The deep clean mode is the fastest and I tend to use this setting a few times a week to give a really through clean.
There is an on/off switch located on the handle with the setting modes located above. You have to switch the unit on before you can select the required mode. There is a blue light that comes on when the brush is being help at the correct 45 degree angle to clean the sides, backs and gum line. The unit has a 2 minute timer and the brush will turn off when the time is reached. There is also a 30 second pacer that pauses every 30 seconds to let you know it is time to move the unit to a different area of your mouth. There is an LCD display on the handle that tells you which mode has been activated.
I only received one brush head with the unit but there are usually two included. The brush head is quite small with different types of bristle to ensure a through clean. The elongated shape of the brush head helps to clean along the gum line and the small size makes it easy to get into hard to reach areas. The base unit has two little prongs to allow you to store the brush heads when not in use.
The box also included a white plastic carry case.
I had been really happy with my Oral B electric toothbrush although it wouldn't win any prizes for looks! The new Colgate model certainly looks a lot sleeker and the slim handle makes it easy to hold. The base unit is also smaller, meaning it takes up less room on my bathroom shelf.
The small brush head also gets thumbs up from me for the reasons I have stated. I have been using the brush for about 2 months now and my teeth feel clean and look white. I like the 2 minute timer that ensures I use the brush for the correct length of time. I also like the different brush actions that this unit gives- up and down to clean molars, sideways action for surfaces.
The battery charge lasts for ages, meaning I can take the unit away for a week end without having to recharge.
However there are several things I am less keen about. Colgate claims that this brush has smart sensors that automatically adjust the speed and direction of the brush to ensure a good clean. However the brush needs to be held at a 45 degree angle to get it to work effectively. This can be tricky to achieve and takes practice!
The unit is quite noisy and vibrates when in use. I particularly dislike the vibrations in my mouth. The base unit only has storage for two brush heads and there is no protective cover as with my Oral B unit.
The setting can only be selected or changed once the unit is switched on. It is difficult to see which mode has been selected once the brush is in your mouth and taking it out will mean you risk getting covered in toothpaste! I would advise you select a mode and stick to it for each clean!
The cost of replacement brush heads is very high. Boots are selling two brush heads for £18! This is far more expensive than its Oral B rival. The unit itself is also very expensive. Boots have it on sale at £169.99. It is also available from the Colgate web site for £82.50.
Overall I like this toothbrush despite a few niggles. However I would not pay the current asking price as I think it is far too expensive for a unit that is really no better than my Oral B model!
As a Bzz Agent I regularly get little goodies in the post to sample and spread the word about; usually it's fun but inexpensive items such as chilled curries or shampoo, however last month I received a fabulous freebie in the form of a Colgate A1500 electric toothbrush. I couldn't wait to try it out and brushed my teeth within five minutes of it arriving, I've been using it twice or three times daily for a month now and am absolutely amazed with the effect it's had on my teeth.
You're advised to charge the toothbrush up for sixteen hours prior to use, there was a little charge in mine when it arrived (luckily) but I noticed the power of the brush was much better after I had charged it. The charger works well; it comes with a shaver plug so there's no worries about having to charge your toothbrush in the bedroom or kitchen, or in fact dragging an electrical extension into a wet bathroom - you just take over your fellas shaver socket for a few hours and leave the brush to charge. It's beautifully easy to use, you simply drop the toothbrush into the small circle at the base of the charger and it'll start charging immediately - there's no wires to plug into the toothbrush or slots to fiddle with, it's great!
The brush is not only very simple to use, but also extremely good at cleaning my teeth. There are three settings to toggle between, 'Optimum' being the one I use every day as it provides a thorough yet gentle clean. This seems to be the default setting and I've got to say, it's perfect for me - I use 'Deep Clean' a couple of times a week but apart from the bristles going faster I can't really see much difference! Optimum cleaning is fine, leaving my teeth looking and feeling as clean as if I'd visited the hygienist! I adore the shine on my teeth after brushing and this is something which even impresses me now after over a months use; my teeth look brighter and feel amazingly smooth, these effects occur from the very first brushing with the A1500 and I can feel them each and every time I brush my teeth.
The key point when using this brush is not to press too hard on the surface of your teeth, and to let the brush do the work. I'm fastidious about my teeth so had to really work at not scrubbing as I would with a manual toothbrush, it helps that the brush cuts out when I press too hard as I'm trying to avoid doing this as much as possible as it makes it feel like the brush is about to break!
The feel as I brush is pleasant; I'm not keen on the vague tickling sensation produced for the first few seconds of every brushing session, but this wears off reasonably quickly and after that it's just a soft sweeping sensation with a bit of vibe action. It feels good actually and at times while I brushing I ponder Colgate's 'oral use only' statement which is printed in bold capitals on just about every single piece of literature I was sent relating to the brush... I love the glowing light which will only appear when I have the brush at the exact correct angle for thorough cleaning, it turns brushing my teeth into a bit of a game of skill! I find it tricky to get this angle but don't think it matters too much as I'm careful to cover all areas of my teeth and gums anyway, it would drive me seriously mad if I tried to keep the glow going for the entire brushing session!
The brush-heads are made up of three types and arrangement of bristles, each developed to be beneficial to a certain area of your mouth. There's a section of stiffer bristles which scrub the plaque and whatever else from your teeth, some bristles taper to a wavy point to thoroughly clean the gum-line, while the final ones get between your teeth to remove bits of food and to ensure all surfaces of the teeth are being cleaned. This works an absolute treat and I can feel a huge improvement in my overall mouth hygiene since I started using this brush, in fact when I brushed with a normal manual toothbrush at the weekend my teeth just didn't feel clean enough and I couldn't wait for my Colgate brush to charge! The brush-head is beautifully slimline by the way, it's much smaller than the head on a manual toothbrush and fits all areas of my mouth perfectly - this is most noticeable when brushing my back teeth and also the backs of my bottom row of front teeth, this one just fits better and stops me bruising my gums as I struggle to get the toothbrush into place!
The A1500 is wonderful to handle as the chunky cylinder shape fits so well in my hand, admittedly the on/off button has been knocked occasionally as it's located in a place which is inadvertently going to be gripped now and again - I can't honestly come up with a solution as I don't see where else they could have put it, and on the bright side I only catch it less than once a week whereas my previous electric toothbrush would routinely be accidentally switched off mid-brush by my clumsy morning fingers! It's a bit of a pain when you do turn it off though as the toothbrush works to a timer so you then have to start all over again - this doesn't really bother me as I like cleaning my teeth, but would be infuriating if I were in a mad crazy rush.
When I've finished brushing I simply rinse the brush-head in hot water and wipe the handle down, then the brush is ready to go for next time. It comes supplied with a smart toothbrush storage case which has sections for the brush and two brush-heads, this is ideal for me as our bathroom gets quite dusty at the moment thanks to ongoing work but I like the way the charger has built in 'pegs' to stand the brush-heads on as I think this would be a tidy way to store the toothbrush if I wanted it kept on show. Actually I'm glad for the storage case as I'm going away for the weekend next month and it makes general toothbrush transport easier and much more hygienic than a brush rattling round in the bottom of a toiletries bag.
I really, really love this toothbrush. Everything about it. Except for the price of the replacement brush-heads, which are around £18 for two. This overpriced annoyance aside however and I'm still going to give the A1500 a full five stars - it's fabulous and I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to try one out for free. With a price tag of just under £100 it's an expensive toothbrush I know, but having used it for a while now I can confidently say that I'd pay the full price if ever I needed to replace it - my teeth look and feel better than they have in years, and it's all down to Colgate and Bzz!
As a Bzzz-Agent I was lucky enough to be sent this electric toothbrush to test and spread the word on. It really is a state of the art toothbrush and puts my Oral B that I had been using for a few years to shame - my old one only has one button for a start! I was pleased to see it was by Colgate as I have been using their toothpastes for years (as does my dentist) so I trust them as a brand.
This really is the all singing-all dancing character of the toothbrush world. I am a bit sceptical of toothbrushes with 'on-board' computers but quite frankly that is a bit of a stretch - you won't be checking your Facebook on this toothbrush but it does have a clear LED screen. My large chunky shiny red box came with the toothbrush handle and one brush head, a travel case, charger and refill post attachment (or if other members use this toothbrush with different heads). The charger pins are two pins like shaving units so can be charged this way if you have that in the bathroom. I had an adaptor from my previous toothbrush which I use to charge it at a conventional wall socket in the hall.
To start you need to charge it for 16 hours and charge it for this amount at least once a week. I don't do this because:
(a) I never remember to put in on charge soon enough for it to be charging for 16 hours
(b) It doesn't seem to need it.
The brush I received was the 'Triple Clean' one. They also do a 'Sensitive' one. Refills are RRP £10.99 for two and I shall be on the look out for offers and promotions! It has a long head instead of a round one like my old brush, the three parts are: Spiral bristles at the top to remove surface stains, inner bristles of plaque removal and tapers outer bristles for the gum line. As far as I am aware they do what I expect of them and it is recommended you change the brush head every three months. To attach the brush to the handle you just line the grooves up and push it down but I think this could be fiddly if you have limited dexterity as the brush head is smooth and there is nothing to grip, especially with wet hands.
My previous toothbrush was fairly straight; this one has an angled handle and lots of modes which I found daunting at first - how did I know which one to use? There is a video on the Colgate website which makes things clearer. The manufacturers recommend that you hold your head upright so the toothbrush can judge what part of the mouth you are cleaning and adjust itself accordingly. I am aware of the 45 degree light coming on out of the corner of my eye. Basically - if you have it on Auto setting, which I usually do - you just have to hold the thing in your mouth and change its position occasionally. As with all electric toothbrushes, it is a good idea to apply toothpaste, put the brush in your mouth and then turn on, rather than turn on before putting it in your mouth otherwise your toothpaste can go everywhere!.
The first thing then you will notice is that the thing is loud - really loud! It sounds a bit like a drill! Admittedly electric toothbrushes don't tend to be quiet, but this was very loud even by normal standards. The manufacturers also suggest using Auto mode for the first two weeks as it takes some getting used to. I would concur with this, as it took me about 10 days and I am a regular electric toothbrush user. My mouth felt really clean when I had finished and for the first ten days tingled immediately after, like I had just had a 'proper' clean with my dental hygienist. It is not uncommon for your gums to bleed slightly if you are not used to electric toothbrushes. Certainly I found this brush more vigorous than my older model.
The brush is easy to use; I just hold it against my teeth and let it get on with it, moving it around over the next tooth every so often. One thing that it doesn't get over is my urge to gag when cleaning at the very back of my mouth. Also, the toothpaste foams up more than normal and you will find your mouth filling with foam and will need to spit sooner.
I rinse the toothbrush under the tap when finished and rub off any toothpaste spatter with my fingers. The recommended way is to take the head off and rinse it, but I find it too fiddly to manhandle with wet hands, so only do this occasionally.
Colgate claims that the brush has Smart Sensors to figure out the speed to use in relation to how it is held in the mouth. I can angle it out of the mouth and it changes then too, so it is not smart enough to work out if it is in my mouth or not. The LED display shows if it is as 45 degrees or not and I enjoy trying to test it and see how much I can move from 45 degrees before the light goes off. I probably should get out more. There is a timer alert every 30 seconds to remind you to move the thing to another part of your mouth as well as a two minute alert so you know you have cleaned for the recommended minimum amount of time. It also has Sonic Wave Cleaning which 'provides a superior clean for teeth and care for gums' and reduces plaque by up to five times more (compared to a manual flat-toothbrush). I am not going to pretend I understand what sonic wave cleaning is (apart from being loud) and how it works but my teeth feel clean so it must be doing something right.
As I mentioned I usually just use the Auto mode, but you can manually change to Deep Clean mode which uses the faster strokes the Auto mode uses for molars and getting behind and between teeth or Optimum mode white is the middle speed in Auto mode for better cleaning along the gum lines.
I am really pleased with the brush - I feel it cleans my teeth effectively and think (hope!) my dentist will be pleased when he next sees me (although he'll probably still give me a telling off for not flossing regularly enough). It seems to do what it is supposed to - my mouth feels healthy and clean and I haven't had any problems with inflamed gums or any irritation. I actually feel a bit lazy as I feel I should be doing more myself but it seems that all I need to do is position the brush correctly and it will do the rest. I was initially daunted that the brush was more complicated then it is, and indeed I don't have any use for any of the other modes. The really scary thing is the price: £164.99. No I didn't add an extra digit in by mistake. I have seen it on the Boots website for £84.99 but still think this is expensive. Yes, it is a great toothbrush and does what it is supposed to do, but I think this is an extortionate price. This is the top spec model but you can get less fancy models - the C600 and C200 for less. Admittedly they don't have the smart sensors on, but still seem to offer the 'Sonic' cleaning action, plaque reduction and the usual cleaning features you would expect from an electric toothbrush for less money.
If you are looking at making the move from a manual toothbrush or changing your existing toothbrush these models are definitely worthy of your consideration.
I was thrilled to be asked to test the Colgate®ProClinical® A1500 by Bzz. I'd seen the adverts on the TV and wondered how exactly it does its stuff.
In the shiny red box is an electric toothbrush, one toothbrush head, a charger, a travel case and a 6 page, easy to understand manual. I was rather disappointed to see that only one toothbrush head was supplied with the brush - I had expected at least two.
Colgate claims that their ProClinical® A1500 electric toothbrush is the "only toothbrush in the UK with smart sensors that automatically adjust the speed and direction of the brush strokes for a superior clean -- so you get different cleaning and care for your teeth and gums." Additionally, Colgate claims the brush has sonic wave cleaning action, removes 5 times more plaque than a manual toothbrush and also polishes the teeth.
I have used a Braun electric toothbrush very happily for some years now and I was surprised how light the Colgate®ProClinical® A1500 was when I picked it up. The Proclinical has two buttons - one to select the mode of brushing (auto, which adjusts automatically depending on the angle of the brush, optimal cleaning and deep cleaning) and and on/off switch. I thought I'd try the 'Auto' setting first.
The brush head is like a standard manual head in its shape - so rectangular rather than circular. But there are three different types of bristles - including some special spiral bristles that polish teeth. Having been used to a circular brush head, I found going back to a rectangular one rather strange. Be very careful not to turn the brush on until it is in your mouth or you will find toothpaste redecorating your bathroom!
When you place the brush in your mouth, it 'chooses' one of three actions - a fast, up and down motion which is meant for the flat surfaces of your molars, a medium speed motion for your gums and a slow soft speed for the fronts and backs of your teeth. You can choose one of these settings using the 'mode' button on the handle, if you find you have a strong preference for one particular mode. I like the auto mode - I find the fast up and down motion is very effective at cleaning in the deep crevices of my molars, but is too harsh for the rest of my mouth, so I like the fact that the toothbrush 'knows' which surface it is cleaning. The problem is that the sensor is like a gyroscope and so it only knows the direction with reference to the ground - if you do not hold your head upright, it doesn't 'know' which region of your teeth it is cleaning. I tend to clean my teeth leaning over the basin to catch the dribbles (I know, too much information!) , but if I lean over while using this brush it changes its action and I end up scrubbing my gums and stroking my molars. This brush definitely works best if you have good posture!
I found the toothbrush rather noisy - there have been many smutty jokes along the lines of 'what are you doing in the bathroom?!' Anne Summers would be proud to listen to this little toothbrush. Having laughed at the noise, I did find it rather wearing after the 2 minutes recommended brushing time.
The other problem I found with the brush is that the on/off switch is positioned exactly where I hold the brush, resulting in my turning it off several times per cleaning session. Having said that, I do exactly the same with my Braun, so perhaps it's just me!
But, having had a little moan, I have to admit that the new Colgate® ProClinical® A1500 electric toothbrush does give a good clean. I am probably neurotic about my teeth (I have dentist for an aunt who made me feel that it would be better to be an axe murderer that to have a cavity!) so I am very demanding of my toothbrush. I found that, on Auto mode, the Colgate did not get the front and backs of my rear molars as clean as I would like. However, the deep clean mode is phenomenal - very noisy but a fantastic deep clean. I am not sure how my gums would cope with 'deep cleaning' twice a day every day, so I restricted it to once every couple of days, and that seemed to be a very good compromise.
I haven't noticed any significant stain removal; I am not a smoker but I am a tea and coffee addict so I am always keen to find something that will remove those everyday stains that dull the teeth. But even a super toothbrush won't give me a bright white Hollywood style smile. However, I think I have noticed a slight improvement and am hoping that it will continue to improve the colour of my teeth.
You can buy this toothbrush online directly from Colgate for £164.99 but, at the time of writing, Boots are selling them for £84.99. Still, that's an awful lot of money for a toothbrush, no matter how advanced.
I've given the new Colgate® ProClinical® A1500 3 stars (if there were halves, I would have given it 3 and a half); the price, the on/off switch, the noise and the fact that you have to keep your head upright are all negatives for me. But the clean is good, particularly interdentally and the idea of the adjusting speed is inspired.
Short name: Colgate A1500