Product Type: Colgate electric toothbrushes
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Colgate ProClinical A1500
Member Name: anwar7
Colgate ProClinical A1500
Advantages: cleans well
Disadvantages: too expensive!
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!
Summary: electric toothbrush from Colgate
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