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Ok after playing about with a funny title for 5 minutes I'll just leave that and get on with the review lol.
My son is the happy owner of this spiderman electric toothbrush, battery operated though so why do they call them electric toothbrushes. Teeth is something everyone has or had at some stage in life and the importance of cleaning them should be made clear to children. When I was at school we used to have a dentist come in and give us these purple tablets to take which showed up all the dirt on your teeth, I don't know if they still do this in school now.
These usually retail at around the £5 mark but can be found at the moment in Asda for £3 which doesn't even appear to be an offer price, I only know this as was looking for a girlie one for my daughter last week.
With anything you need or use for the kids I feel character themed items always seem to go down well and I believe can also encourage the use of such things as tooth brushes or toothpaste. My son isn't a huge fan of spiderman however he has been quite happy using this since he got it a couple months ago. Maybe they feel like a hero themselves when using a character item.
It is light weight for a child to hold and easy to operate. At the top of the handle part there is a rubbery button part, the top part turns it on and the bottom part turns it off, my son manages to operate it without a problem.
The toothbrush part is in like two parts, the small round head at the very top is the part that vibrates when on. Never having had my own one I always thought they actually went around but they don't only vibrate rapidly. The lower part of the brush doesn't vibrate but you can still feel the vibrations from the main part, (yes I did test it out for myself on my teeth).
Even though my son does his teeth without problems I still sometimes encourage him to move the toothbrush around in his mouth more rather then just leave it in same spot and slowly move it around. He still uses a small blob of toothpaste with this toothbrush. My son started to lose his milk teeth a few months ago so now it is being drilled into him the importance of brushing your teeth. I have bad teeth myself so show him look you don't want to have teeth like Mummy does.
This toothbrush is battery operated and to change the battery you would need a small cross style screwdriver to open the base where the battery is stored. I have not been able to find out if the heads can be replaced and I believe they cant be which is a real shame as having had this just a couple months the head has started to wear from being used daily (ok maybe we've missed the odd night time brush). I have looked for replacement heads for this one but with no joy so if someone knows they can be replaced please let me know as it will be a shame to throw this out. I think he has another month or two use left out of it still.
My 2 year old son Will had always been great at brushing his teeth, well at letting me brush them at least, he would give it a good go himself and then I would give his teeth a going over afterwards just to make sure it was done properly. Then about 3 months ago he caught a particularly nasty chest infection and all the good work that had gone into his good oral hygiene habits was undone. His throat was sore from coughing and he wouldn't eat, he didn't even want to drink much and from that point on brushing his teeth became a nightmare. Instead of the fun game it had used to be, teeth-brushing had become a chore, he'd somehow developed a negative association with brushing his teeth and his sore throat and now he didn't want his teeth to be brushed. Twice a day I would sit him down calmly on my bed and we'd brush teddies teeth and talk about how proud the dentist would be and then one of his toys would even 'hold' the toothbrush to brush his teeth. No matter how hard I tried to re-assure him he would cry and shout and tell me 'don't want poorly neck' it was heart-breaking!
Just as I was getting to the point where I thought I had tried everything and that I was going to end up going through this drama twice a day for god knows how long, Will started showing interest in my electric toothbrush. At first he just tried to imitate the noise it was making and then I left it running on the side while I answered the phone. As I returned I could hear him giggling and as I walked into the bathroom I saw something that made me actually want to jump for joy.. For the fist time in months Will was brushing his teeth and best of all he was enjoying it!
Bingo! I had finally solved the issue that had been the bane of my life for such a long time. My husband was less thrilled when I told him, he wasn't sure if it was even safe for a 2 year old to use an electric toothbrush, and being very cautious about illnesses as he is, he was definitely not ok with the idea of me and Will sharing a toothbrush. So I jumped on the computer and set about googling some answers, determined not to be disheartened by his pessimism. I typed in 'is it safe for a 2 year old to use an electric toothbrush' and my search took me to a parenting website where a similar question had been asked. Amid the other helpful answers, the question had been answered by a woman who was a speech language pathologist and she couldn't recommend their use highly enough, she works with children, among others, who have 'oral motor, feeding and sensory integration disorders' and she recommends parents to use an electric toothbrush to 'promote oral sensory awareness/development' she also said they were often tolerated better by children who gag when their teeth are being brushed, and that she recommends them for use in even very young children... Well that was me sold, and it even convinced the old grump that it might not be such a bad idea after-all.
The next step would be to source one, it had to be small, light enough for him to hold and obviously being a kid specific one wouldn't hurt as they would surely have bright colors or even children's TV characters and that would serve to encourage him to brush his teeth even more. He used to have a Ben Ten toothbrush and pre-illness had loved it. Well my toothbrush is Colgate, and we use Colgate toothpaste so it was a brand I was already very familiar with and trusted, so I had a look on the Colgate website and found out that they did a spider man electric toothbrush for kids, perfect! I typed in the name on amazon and it came up with several results, the cheapest of which was £6.30 with £2.20 delivery, taking the total price to £8.50 all together. If the brush hadn't been the answer to all my prayers I might have thought this a little steep, but by this point I would probably have been willing to pay 10 times that to not have to have Will cry at me when I brushed his teeth!
It arrived in true amazon style packaged in packaging upon packaging, and then the actual toothbrush itself was in yet more packaging (so much for the environment). After cutting my way into the last layer of packaging surrounding the toothbrush, and cursing blister packed goods to high heavens, I took out the toothbrush and inserted the 2 AAA batteries that came with it. The battery compartment is very easy to open and close, unlike the one on my toothbrush, but not so much so that Will could do it, which is reassuring. Then we tried it out, I squeezed on a small amount of toothpaste and turned it on, there are standard on/off buttons that Will now finds very easy to operate himself. I passed him the brush and it fit perfectly in his little hands, the handle is quite slim.
Well, he loved it, and we haven't looked back since. Now brushing his teeth is fun again. He thinks the toothbrush looks great, he's showed it off to all his friends and relatives and has even told the woman in our local shop about his blue Spiderman 'brush-your-teeth' (he thinks that's what a tooth brush is called). In my opinion it is very nice to look at and the Spiderman picture is very big on the toothbrush, unlike ones I've seen since where it is just the head that has a character picture. Something I noticed was that it's a fair bit quieter than my toothbrush, which is good because loud noises can sometimes put little children off things although this isn't an issue with Will.
I think it's pretty fab too. Its an effective way for me to get to all the hard to reach places and I think his teeth always look really clean since we've started using it. I really couldn't recommend it highly enough, especially for parents of children who don't like having their teeth brushed. It's very easy to clean as you just rinse it off under the tap while it's still on. Unfortunately replacement heads are not available (the head doesn't actually come off) so it is quite an expensive disposable toothbrush.
I have since seen the toothbrush on the boots website for £5.30/530 points so would advise you to shop around to get the best deal. The boots one is a slightly different design that the one we have it's yellow with a red head instead of blue and Spiderman is hanging upside down on it. Colgate also do a barbie electric toothbrush which would be perfect for a little girl.
After getting a Colgate Barbie toothbrush for my daughter and her loving it and suddenly having no problem getting her to brush her teeth we decided to be on the lookout for one for our son too. He is only three and so we wanted to make sure that he was okay to have one. Having checked with the dentist that this was fine we looked in the bargain shops for a similar device to our daughters. Add to that his regular pressure to have a toothbrush like his sisters and the decision was straightforward.
Webslinging - The Purchase
It took a while to find a suitably priced battery powered toothbrush for our son. It took waiting for the right one to come along rather than jumping at the first one we saw. Eventually we picked up this Colgate Spiderman battery powered toothbrush for a little more than the Barbie one we bought for our daughter, it cost £1.99. This was a little more than we wanted to pay but since we have been so happy with the other Colgate battery powered toothbrush we were happy to pay a little more.
Spidey-senses - The Design
The toothbrush itself has a larger handle area than a non-electric version where the batteries and the mechanics sit. The head is a double; a circle which vibrates and a semi circle beneath, each with blue inner bristles and white outer.
The bulk of the body is red with a picture of Spiderman hanging upside down and slinging some web. It's all very exciting! The strange thing is that Spiderman doesn't even have any teeth. Quite how he is an example of oral hygiene, I'm not sure. I guess Peter Parker has teeth which, being American, will no doubt be perfect and shiny white. But Spiderman covers up his teeth.
To replace the batteries the base needs to be unscrewed with a particularly small headed screwdriver. This may be an added complication in some households.
There is an 'on' button and an 'off' button at the top of the handle. I presume this is because its cheaper, but a single button would be easier for a child. There is a rubber seal round the battery holder to prevent water getting in a eroding the contacts. This generally works but tends to gradually wear down.
Getting rid of the bad guys - Evaluation
Well, the thrill of using this toothbrush hasn't gone away for my son after a few months. We still need to do a bit ourselves to make sure every tooth is done, but I have more confidence that when he does it himself he is doing more than just sucking the bristles as he did with his old manual toothbrush. We now have to tell him to stop cleaning and put it away!
The Spiderman design is probably a little old for him, he'd prefer Roary or Bob the Builder but this is still exciting for him. He keeps referring to Spiderman as Superman, so there is some confusion to clear up.
We haven't changed the batteries yet, but we're expecting them to last for a good 6 weeks, similar to the equivalent model which his sister has. However, already the battery compartment of this device is holding up better than the Barbie version, despite them being identical.
Our son isn't the best at looking after his belongings so most things he handles need to be robust. So far this is passing the test. There is no evidence of cracking, bumps, damage or electrical issues despite numerous droppings and thumpings.
So although this cost us a little more, on the experience of other toothbrushes in the range we felt it was worth it. And so far we haven't been disappointed!
Getting my young son to brush his teeth has at times proved problematic. One thing we have tried to do to make it fun has been to let him choose his own toothbrushes. He selected the Spiderman electric toothbrush a while ago.
As it is manufactured by Colgate I had hoped that using a trusted brand would mean that this brush was going to be of a good quality bristle wise.
It is fairly safe to say it was the look of this brush that appealed to my son. He had being doing about superheroes at the time at pre-school so the bright red yellow and blue design immediately caught his eye with Spiderman himself hanging upside down. We tried to encourage the use of this toothbrush with him by talking about him being a superhero cleaning his teeth like Spiderman which we found helped him get better at cleaning his teeth.
The toothbrush has a dual head designed which means it has a rotating top section and a fixed bottom section. The bristles themselves are nice and soft and in the time of using it haven't caused any bleeding to his teeth or gums. However my son does at times complain that it hurts his back teeth when I use it on him to finish off the job of cleaning his teeth. The combination of these two heads seems to mean that my son is able cleans his teeth more thoroughly than a standard toothbrush. The dual brushes cover a large area of teeth in his mouth in one go. What is surprising is despite the large head it is still fairly comfortable for my son to fit in his small mouth from the age of about 3 and a half.
The toothbrush is flat on the opposite side to the brush which is quite a handy feature as this allows the toothbrush to lie flat on the sink or the side of the bath for my son to put the toothpaste on himself which is something he now sees as part of his job of tooth brushing rather than mine.
The on off switches is located towards the top of the brush and is a simple depress on button for on and the other for off. These I think may had been a bit better located further down as at times the brush gets switched off by mistake if my son holds the toothbrush at a different angle. The handle itself is a nice slim design that fits nicely into my son's hands without any problems with him being able to grip the handle adequately.
The toothbrush comes supplied and fitted with 2 AAA energiser batteries inside. You can replace the batteries using a screwdriver to unseal the waterproof base of the toothbrush. However we have found that the batteries supplied have actually lasted the length of time the toothbrush has and there has been no need to replace these. The brush however is non-replaceable and this I think is the main disadvantage of this toothbrush as it means it is an expensive brush that last around 3-4 months in our experience. This makes it not a great choice from an ecological pint of view as well.
The toothbrush cost around £5 depending on the shop. I personally think this is a bit expensive for what is essentially a disposable item. However my son has loved using it so for that reason I am giving it 4 stars and would recommend it to other Spiderman fans between 3-6 years old to help them clean their teeth.
Good oral health starts at a young age, the younger the better. But trying to get your kids to brush their teeth twice a day can mean having an outright battle twice a day and in some cases there can even be tears and lots of "but I don't want to" and if you are very luckily you might even get the corker that is "you're a meanie". This is made all the more difficult when you are not the child's father or mother and are quite down the ranks when it comes to a figure of authority. What's even worse is I'm the "fun uncle" so it's almost impossible to get them to do anything they don't want to do.
That's were these novelty toothbrushes come in. Using a standard soft bristle manual toothbrush isn't that exciting when it comes to tooth brushing time. In fact they can become symbols of total hate and even fear. Sounds ridiculous I know but you don't want to give your child a complex or an outright phobia of brushing their teeth. The reason I say this is because my youngest nieces' little eyes would lock on to her brush the very second she would walk in to the bathroom. Staring at it like it was about to attack her. Change that brush for a fun novelty brush, bright and cheerful with their favourite cartoon character depicted on it and the story changes completely.
This review is of the battery powered spiderman toothbrush that my six year old nephew uses. He was terrible when it would come to bed time. Screaming, crying, and not resembling the cheerful little boy that was full of giggles and joy just five minutes earlier before the words "it's bedtime" was nervously uttered by yours truly. My nephew Jake and he is an absolute sweetheart but come bed time it becomes a case of Jekyll and Hyde or should I say Jakeyll and Hyde. But once I bought him this new "cool" spiderman toothbrush Mr Hyde has been nowhere to be seen. This is the very same toothbrush spiderman uses and it uses spidey sense batteries don't you know. Paired along with some onesie spiderman pyjamas he couldn't be happier. "it's fun to go to bed" now that's a sentence I never thought I would hear him say.
Obviously I don't put it all down to the power of the toothbrush, but that along with the fun jim jams and playing along with the story as he runs and jumps into his little bed like a clumsy superhero, all makes the dreaded night routine just that little bit easier. The fact that he stays over one night a week (normally the weekends, he's sound asleep upstairs as I write this review) means that the novelty never gets old. I don't think this toothbrush is going to replace those "how to raise your children" shows on TV but it definitely makes my life and little Jake's life easier.
I have two little nephews and three little nieces that stay over quite regularly and they are very young in age, the youngest is just under four years old and the eldest is seven and a half. They all have their very own special, fun toothbrush courtesy of their favourite uncle. By the time they are teenagers I will be declaring bankruptcy from the expense of purchasing novelty toothbrushes alone.
This particular one comes packaged in thin cardboard backed packaging with a clear plastic see-through cover. For its £20 price tag I was surprised to see how cheap the packaging was, it was no better than a £1 toothbrush from a supermarket. Unlike the packaging the toothbrush itself is quite well made. This one is very much aimed at boys I feel as the body of the brush is predominantly blue with the only splash of colour coming from spiderman's costume. Only his red mask and shoulders are visible but that is more than enough for the little ones to enjoy.
It comes with the batteries included which is a nice touch I thought, as most things don't nowadays. The fact that it takes batteries rather than being rechargeable nearly put me off buying it in the first place. I was worried that the already overpriced toothbrush would end up costing far more in the long run as it would require replacement batteries every two minutes. But the batteries last a long time and I have only had to replace them once, but then again it is only used twice a week, last thing at night and the first thing in the morning. However if it is used twice a day every day the batteries may end up becoming an irritating expense.
When the batteries are fitted the brush thankfully isn't too heavy. It is well balanced and has an easy grip surface. The brush head itself has one rotating, circular, soft bristle section and one stationary section that resembles half the head of a standard bristled brush. It has one large easy to press blue button positioned right above spiderman's head meaning it is very simple and easy for the little ones to turn on and off by themselves. It does make a light buzzing sound but this sound lessons once it's placed against the teeth. It also has a very slight, light vibration in the hand but not irritatingly so, the kids just describe it as ticklish.
Now for the bad news. The head of this £20 brush is not replaceable meaning once the bristles begin to wear and flare outwards the entire brush becomes useless. Unlike an adult rechargeable electric toothbrush you can NOT simply remove it, pop out to your local boots and buy replacement heads. This makes no sense at all, the brush is made by Colgate so you would expect them to manufacture them like the adult electric toothbrushes but no they don't. The fact that sooner rather than later I am going to have to throw this brush in the bin galls me beyond belief and then I am going to have to go and buy another one in order to not upset my little nephew and that will gall me even more. This isn't because I begrudge him the brush not at all, it is more a case that I begrudge throwing something away that works perfectly well and could easily be made far better buy a simple design tweak. So it's for that reason alone that I will be deducting two stars because after all it isn't as affordable as a regular, manual, £1 toothbrush yet they expect you to dispose of it as if it were.
I will be on the look out for one that has replaceable heads and will change to that one if and when it becomes available but until then my little buddy loves his spiderman toothbrush and £20 or not I will continue to buy these for him as it makes him happy and that's all I want.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night.
These can be purchased online at :
Amazon.co.uk for £14.99 reduced from £20 with free shipping.* BUT DO NOT BUY IT THERE LIKE I DID*
Instead you can find the very same brush For only £4.98 online at Tesco.com.
Or if like me you will be buying more than one boots.com are selling them for £5.45 each slightly more expensive but they are part of their three for two deal promotion so you get one free. If only I had know this before buying mine for £20 but you live and learn.
Our little lad has been using his first ever electric toothbrush which we bought for him from Amazon for just over £6. The toothbrush under review today is a Spiderman one from Colgate. He really loves to use it and we feel it's really encouraging to keep his teeth clean - he doesn't have to be coaxed to clean his teeth any more like he used to have to be. Actually, this isn't an electric toothbrush in the truest sense of the word, it's actually battery operated, but it amounts to the same thing as far as he's concerned.
I was pleased to see when I pressed click to buy this that I wasn't expected to buy separate batteries before he could use it - the batteries come already supplied with the kit. The reason we decided on this particular toothbrush is probably obvious to any parent who's kiddie is a superhero fan - it's Spiderman themed and this really encourages the little lad to clean his teeth as he actually believes Spiderman made it! The toothbrush is primarily blue and has pictures of the Superhero himself all the way around it so would probably appeal more to little lads than little lasses, though I could be wrong.
This brush seems very easy and simple for the little lad to be able to use on his own. It has a nice small head so he's able to get it to the back of his mouth without any problems and it was also a relief to find that it's reasonably quiet as we thought it might frighten him if it made too loud a buzz.
There doesn't seem to be any worries about having to change the batteries too regularly with this either as we haven't found we need to yet and he's been using it twice a day for months. The only downside to this brush is the fact that we will be unable to change the head once this one has been finished which is a bit of a same really.
Overall though I am happy we hose this as his first electric toothbrush and he seems to love to use it, which is basically all I could ask for.
One very important thing to teach a young child is how to brush your teeth correctly. I use an electric toothbrush so my son has always wanted to have an electric toothbrush but I avoided for a while as I had read that electric toothbrushes can be too abrasive on young milk teeth.
When I was shopping in Home bargains I spotted Spiderman electric toothbrushes for £3.95. The age recommendation for this toothbrush is three years old so I decided that it was a good idea for my superhero loving son. They were available in both read and blue. They do require 2 AAA batteries but these are included. The batteries are secured with a tiny screw so these should be replaceable but nothing I have ever needed to do.
The brush does have a large chunky handle which is just about small enough for my son to hold. The on and off switch is a simple which my son can easily operate. The brush head is a small circular head which gently oscillates. It is not as powerful as my own toothbrush and has the soft bristles which are not harsh on young milk teeth.
The only negative of this is that it does have a none replaceable head .Dentists recommend that toothbrushes are changed every three months so this product does have a very short life if you consider oral hygiene important.
When I spotted the Spiderman toothbrush in Home bargains my son was immediately excited and picked a blue toothbrush. It came in a clear plastic wrapper which made it clear what you were purchasing. At home he was very excited once it was teeth cleaning time. He was easily able to hold the toothbrush although it is a big change from a standard toothbrush. We do tend to do our teeth together in the morning so that he can copy me. I do also finish his teeth off for him. My dentist recommends that up to seven years of age they should be given physical assistance to ensure teeth are properly clean. I do try and make it fun by making a variety or ahh noises while we open our mouths. I do think as my son is copying me he was struggling with the brushing motion so I am much happier that his teeth are getting the attention that they need. This toothbrush is also quieter than my own and although you can hear a whirring sound from the motor this doesn't seem to bother my son. My son was very excited that it was Spiderman but now the character on his toothbrush does seem to have lost its novelty and so maybe a change of characters would help. I have since replaced this toothbrush with an identical one as I am so happy with its performance but I do think I shall be looking around next time his toothbrush needs replacing for a toothbrush with a replaceable head.
I have seen these at supermarkets, chemists and online but prices do vary greatly. On Amazon they post the RRP is £15.99 but it is £12.99. This for me is far overpriced for a toothbrush that has a usage life of 3 months. However If you can get these at the right price they are a hit that encourage good Oral hygiene.
As I'm sure many parents will understand, my 3 year old son is a very reluctant brusher. Every morning and every evening it's a good 20 minute fight to pursued, bribe or threaten him into doing the absolute bare minimum of brushing.
To my enormous pleasure he spotted this Spiderman brush on sale in Boots for about £6, plus Boots points. He actually asked if he could have it as he loves spiderman so much, so we struck a deal. He could have the brush, but obviously spiderman would be very disappointed if he didn't use it to brush properly. He agreed.
The brush is a childrens version of the traditional adult electric toothbrush. It has a moving head so cleans better than a manual brush with less effort for the child! It takes 2 AA batteries, which it comes with.
The head cannot be replaced like it can with an adults brush, however, it is only around £6 and lasts a good 3 months, which is the length of time the dentist recommends you keep a brush for anyway.
For me it's been worth it's weight in gold as it's actually made my son interested in brushing his teeth for the first time ever.
My daughter has always been a reluctant toothbrusher, and it was a daily struggle to get her to concentrate for long enough, not swallow the paste and remember to move the brush around her mouth. I've tried all of the regular toothbrushes with no success. I was very sceptical when my mum bought the spider-man toothbrush thinking it was a waste of her money. However, the toothbrush has transformed our bedtime routine!
It features two sections of bristles - one fixed and one that oscillates, meaning that even the laziest of brushers is still getting a good clean. The head is small enough to fit a child's mouth, and is comfortable in hard to reach areas. The small size of the head also stops you putting too much paste on the brush.
The brush is battery operated which concerned me at first - I must spend a small fortune on batteries with two small children's toys! However, we have been using the brush twice a day for two months now and there is no sign of the batteries giving up yet.
The design is also fantastic, and does not wear away in the damp environment of a bathroom. Overall, an excellent buy.
We had a constant struggle for a while to get Noah to brush his teeth. He doesn't like the taste of toothpaste, he doesn't like the feeling of the brush, and when I beg him to brush his teeth, he comes downstairs and lies that he done it. We tried getting a better cherry flavoured toothpaste but the dentist said he was too old for that kind of stuff now and needed to use proper fluoride toothpaste.
We bought this for £7 from Instore and we thought it was a really good deal. Noah took to it, picked it up, and looked at it in the shops (usually his hint that he wants me to buy him it) and seemed to take an interest. I was absolutely gobsmacked that the took to a toothbrush and we were actually beginning to think he had a phobia of them.
The brush has a Spiderman logo on it and it looks very child friendly. It is a great idea to get kids to brush their teeth as the excuse "do you not want to try your new super cool toothbrush?", usually works a treat. For the first few days he was very keen on using his new toothbrush, it almost made me cry to think he was away brushing his teeth and I didn't need to convince him to do it or bribe him.
The brush has one bit that swirls round and the bottom half of the brush is just like a normal toothbrush. This is great as it ensures all his teeth are brushed. I think this brush is a little too big boys as he has started to gets cuts in his gum, and he had to take him to the dentist to see about the possibility of gum disease. Thankfully, it was just the brush was a bit too big for his baby teeth.
The second we clicked the button to switch it on, Noah was mesmerised by the drilling sound as wobbling of the brush. He laughed nervously at the new and cool toothbrush but he took straight too it. Many of you will know Noah is disabled (mentally for the most part) and therefore had bad speech, but when he wanted his teeth brushed he makes a drilling/aeroplane noise, whilst moving his hand over his teeth and laughs. I think it's amazing that he wants to brush his teeth just to feel the vibration of it.
I have to say the brush is a bit big and bulky, and with Noah being so slow and having a body much smaller for his age, he does get a bit frustrated when his hand is too small to (comfortably) fit around the brush.
The brush does go pretty fast, and with him having such a small mouth, I thought there should be a much slower rotation, and sometimes the speed does blow him away a little bit.
The doctor said we should change toothbrushes every 3 months, so it would help if you could buy replacement heads for it and it was too expensive to keep buying over and over again. You are given batteries with it, which is great as they last the whole three months no problem. They may not last longer than that, but you shouldn't keep a brush longer than that.
Overall, a fun and child friendly brush that gets them into the swing of brushing.
My little nephew often hates brush his teeth so I brought this so that when he is staying with me, brushing his teeth is an adventure! The brush has a large picture of spider man ( His favorite action hero) on it and has a spinning head to make brushing his teeth more effective.
Half of the brush spins and the other half is stationary. This make the cleaning of the teeth more effective because in the period the brush is going over the teeth quicker. The rotation is slower than adult electric brushes so that soft gums are not damaged and the bristles are also softer for soft new teeth and gums. The only problem with the bristles being softer than normal is that they start to bend outwards after a few weeks but this does not seem to affect brushing effectiveness.
The brush is quite hard wearing. None of the plastic has worn down from teeth and the battery's have never been damaged by water. If something did go wrong with the head though, I would not be able to replace it which is annoying! Also, none of the pictures of spider man have worn off or become scratched.
Overall, the brush is very fun for the kids but the heads are not replaceable. This is not a problem for me as I look after my nephew only a few times a month but for a parent I can see the brush wearing out quickly. But overall it is a good brush.
Like many parents, I sometimes struggle to get my three year old son to clean his teeth thoroughly and I am always looking for ways to make teeth cleaning fun, rather than a battle. He had been using a musical 'Tooth Tunes' toothbrush, until recently, but they no longer seem readily available so I needed a suitably child-friendly alternative.
I spotted this Spider Sense Spiderman toothbrush in Wilkinson, where it was on sale for £5.90. The toothbrush sports the familiar Colgate brand, which gave me some confidence in its quality. I also knew that the webbed Spiderman design, wrapping completely around the handle, not to mention the red masked man himself, would make this an attractive choice for my three year old.
The brush does not just have an attractive super hero design but it is actually a battery operated brush with a dual head. At the top, this features a small circular head, similar in size and appearance to a Braun head, which osillates gently when switched on to give a better clean than using a manual toothbrush, particularly when used by an increasingly independent three year old. Beneath this small head, there is also a set of stationary bristles which help to ensure a thorough clean and make sure that no teeth are missed, especially with a bit of help from Mummy. Although this might sound like a lot of bristles for a little mouth, this is actually no bigger than a standard child's (manual) toothbrush and the brush head is suitably soft and gentle, so should not cause any irritation to delicate little teeth and gums. My son has certainly never experienced any bleeding or soreness since using this.
This is recommended for children over the age of three and I think that is fairly sensible guidance. A younger child might find the combined brush head a little too large as well as being potentially put off by the sound and sensation of the brush vibrating, even though it isn't overly loud. The brush speed is much less powerful than that that of my adult toothbrush too but is sufficiently powerful to give me confidence in its ability to clean my son's teeth thoroughly.
My son can be a little, shall we say, highly strung at times and would be certain to voice his complaints if this brush was not comfortable for him to use. On the contrary, he loves using his brush and looks forward to teeth brushing time now! I think the fact that both myself and my oldest son also use an electric toothbrush helps, as my younger son likes to feel grown up by also using what he sees as a 'big boy's' brush but the colourful, fun Spiderman design appeals to his age group much more than a dull standard design. The brush is a good size and shape for independent tooth cleaning and the chunky handle makes this comfortable and easy for little hands to hold and manoeuvre even when wet. The buttons to activate and turn off the brush are also soft and rubbery, ensuring that a young child is able to use this independently.
The brush seems fairly robust and well made, with the battery compartment appearing to be well protected from any potential water damage. Ours has been dropped in the bath a number of times without displaying any deterioration in performance. This brush requires two AAA batteries which are actually supplied, making a pleasant change. The batteries can be replaced but this involves unscrewing the base of the handle. Despite using this brush for the past two months we've yet to need to replace the batteries and I suspect we never will, particularly as the brush heads are not replaceable - giving this brush a much shorter usable life span than would otherwise be the case. This is the only real drawback to the brush and is a real shame as it is major disadvantage for an otherwise excellent children's toothbrush.
I paid just under £6 for this brush from Wilkinsons and did think the price was a little steep for a child's toothbrush - particularly as the brush heads are not replaceable. I have noticed this for sale online since with prices as high as £10.54 at Amazon where the full RRP is purported to be £13.56! I certainly wouldn't recommend paying those prices for a toothbrush with a lifespan as little as three months (depending on how vigilant you are about replacing heads regularly.)
I would still recommend this brush for children between around three and five but would advise shopping around for a reasonable purchase price, bearing in mind the non-replaceable heads. It is certainly a success for us in the constant battle to remain clean and healthy with minimal fuss.