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Like many parents, I look for ways to make teeth cleaning fun, to encourage my kids to take care of their teeth so I was delighted when I spotted a selection of Kids Spinbrushes in Home Bargains costing just £2.49 each. That is excellent value for money compared to similar products, although I have seen these brushes selling for considerably more elsewhere -as much as £12.99 on Amazon.
These battery operated toothbrushes feature a selection of fun, kid friendly designs, guaranteed to please my four year old son. Unusually, the designs (including a mermaid, football and dolphin) are actually incorporated into the shape of the handle, rather than just being a decoration around the sides. I chose a fun skateboard design which, in hindsight, is perhaps not the most practical of choices as the handle is shaped into a long thin skateboard, with a curved underside to incorporate the batteries, making this quite a bulky toothbrush for a child to hold and use independently. It is quite an eye-catching design but could have been better thought out to appeal to the children that this has been designed for. My son, for instance, was disappointed that the wheels don't actually move so the 'skateboard' can't be pushed around the sides of the bath and played with as easily as he'd like.
The combination of a circular rotating brush head along with a static section helps to ensure that my son cleans his teeth thoroughly and covers a large area of teeth at a time, although I do still take over to ensure that he reaches the teeth at the back of his mouth. Despite the dual head, the brush section is small enough to fit into my child's mouth comfortably and the bristles themselves are suitably soft and gentle and haven't caused any discomfort or bleeding from excess pressure.
The brush is powered by two AAA batteries which come supplied and can be replaced when needed, by unscrewing the watertight compartment. Having used this for around two months, there are no signs of the batteries wearing out as yet. I don't think the brush is quite as powerful or as fast as other children's versions we've owned previously. This also means that the brush is not quite as loud as other styles, making this a good choice for a child's first battery operated brush, particularly if they are a little nervous about the noise or vibrations. I'm confident that the brush cleans well and the fun design encourages my son to clean for longer, which always helps.
I do think that the sliding on/off switch could be better positioned. I find it quite awkward to locate as it's about halfway up the 'skateboard' handle. As a rigid switch it also needs some pressure to turn on and off, although a basic pulse motion can be achieved by holding a finger down on the button instead, which isn't the most child friendly option.
The main drawback with this range is that the heads cannot be replaced, meaning that the whole brush needs to be disposed of once the quality of the head starts to deteriorate. This obviously makes the brush not a particularly eco-friendly option and potentially expensive, depending on the original purchase price.
I would recommend this brush for children between three and six but would advise shopping around, bearing in mind the non-replaceable heads. There are a range of child friendly designs available so there should be something to tempt even the most reticent teeth cleaner.
My granddaughters' stay with me most weekends so I keep a toothbrush for each of them in the bathroom, the older girls' both prefer manual brushes but recently I decided to treat my youngest granddaughter to a powered toothbrush in the hope of encouraging her to be a bit more rigorous in her tooth cleaning. I bought the Crest Spinbrush in Wilkinsons, there was only one design available at the time I purchased it and this features a large ice cream cone on the handle.
I was surprised at the bulky nature of the toothbrush once I had taken it out of the packaging; the overall size is similar to a standard sized adult toothbrush, with the difference being that the handle is very chunky to make it easy for small children to hold. The head of the toothbrush is not at all in proportion to the handle, it is a rather compact brush head which is ideal for my granddaughter's four year old mouth but I suspect a younger child may find it slightly too large. This brush is apparently suitable for children aged over two years, although I would suggest the size of the head coupled with the motion may not be a pleasant sensation for such a small child.
The toothbrush is powered by way of two AAA batteries; I have owned it for a month with my granddaughter using it ten or twelve times during this period, obviously that is not long enough for me to comment on the battery life but this will depend upon the type of batteries you use anyway. Most toothbrushes of this kind are economical to use, my own battery powered toothbrush has had the same Poundland batteries in it for many months now.
The Spinbrush is simple to use, a large button on the handle operates the activity with a simple push and slide action to turn the brush on and off. The button is located in a place where it is unlikely to be activated by mistake, and is large enough for even the smallest chubbiest fingers to work the toothbrush with little or no help. My granddaughter was rather flummoxed to begin with as she couldn't initially locate this large button, a problem compounded on this design as it has been decorated to resemble an oversized ice cream sprinkle - of course I spotted it but my precocious little granddaughter wouldn't have appreciated me pointing it out to her so I allowed her the time to find it for herself.
The head of this toothbrush is designed so that one section of it spins, while a portion remains immobile. This not only ensures that a large area of the tooth is cleaned, but also encourages your child to move the brush physically rather than allowing the powered action to do all the work for them. I do think the prevalence of battery toothbrushes is causing children to forget the action of actually brushing their own teeth and I'm pleased to see that Crest have gone someway towards addressing this. The moving section is fairly speedy, not so much as my own adult sized brush but enough that it gives my granddaughter's teeth a thorough clean. The compact brush head means she can reach every tooth in her mouth, without having to stretch too much.
My initial hopes of this toothbrush helping my granddaughter to brush her teeth with less fuss than usual have been realised. She finds the sensation of the spinning head terribly amusing and this automatically means she will happily spend longer than usual cleaning her teeth - Crest claim that this brush will help to extend the time your child spends brushing by 38%, I suspect this is true for a lot of children but personally I have found my granddaughter will brush for at least double her usual time with this compared to a manual toothbrush.
I paid £3.75 for the toothbrush and think it was money well spent. The bristles are beginning to soften and splay out a little now despite the fact it has only been used a handful of times, this would not be something I would be happy about if it were a more expensive brush but for the price I paid I am not terribly disappointed.
When out looking for a cheap replacement electric toothbrush some time ago I came across these 'Crest Spinbrush' character toothbrushes in a well known supermarket. Having swiftly compared the prices of various throw away style brushes (ie: those with non-replaceable brush heads) I realized the only real difference between the adult style brushes and the childrens ones, apart from the quirkier handle designs on the childrens versions was in fact the price. The childrens brushes were much cheaper!
As I wasn't fussed about having to pick out a cartoon character toothbrush I eventually settled on a rather shocked looking mermaid themed brush. What I got for my money was a simply made battery operated toothbrush that had a cheap looking placticy feeling handle, with the same brush/ cleaning head as the more expensive adult toothbrushes. I felt that if the brush-head looked the same then the quirky style of the handle wouldn't be too much of an issue, although it was rather a talking point for some time after I brought my mermaid toothbrush home!
~Ease of use~
I found the toothbrush worked reasonably well, with it having enough power if used as a rotating polishing style brush, to apply a little whitening toothpaste with after a general clean with a standard manual toothbrush. I found that whilst the spinning circular cleaning head fitted to the brush worked at a fast enough rate to be of use for this purpose, it was sometimes difficult to reach all areas I wanted to clean. For this reason I would not use this type of product as my main tooth cleaning brush, as the slightly bulky brush head is harder to fit into more difficult to reach areas and can miss some areas completely.
If used as a polishing type toothbrush the Spinbrush works well enough. I found it was able to give my teeth that just polished/ whitened look when used alongside a manual toothbrush. If I applied some Pearl Drops or Arm & Hammer whitening toothpaste and used either product with this toothbrush, it gave a nicely cleaned/ polished finish that left my teeth feeling clean and white. Whilst this toothbrush is aimed at children I feel it may not be as suitable as you might hope, as I found it was hard to reach certain areas, although it works perfectly well as an adult polishing brush if needed.
~Rating and price~
Over time the bristles on the spinning cleaning head do wear down (something to factor in when considering value for money) and I have replaced this brush recently with a similar Oral B Kids Stages toothbrush ( slightly better) which has another female character on the handle. She reminds me of Margaret Thatcher every time I brush my teeth! I bought my mermaid toothbrush for £4.99 which wasn't bad at all when comparing this with the similar adult toothbrushes I could have bought instead.
Overall this brush works (with some limitations).
Rating: 3 stars
I always get my girls a new toothbrush for christmas usually cheap and cheerful. I got the crest spinning toothbrushes from amazon for £4.50 each. I got both the girls mermaid ones as they tend to fight if different.
The toothbrushes are normal size i was expecting kiddie size but these are the same size as adult toothbrushes. They came with two batteries inside them, the battery compartment is only the back and requires a small screwdriver when it is time to change them. The toothbrush looks cheap with a poor plastic mermaid on the handles but she looks colourful and the handles seem quite big but both mange to get a good grip when brushing.
The toothbrush head has two parts the circle at the top spins and the other part does not. The toothbrush certainly gets there teeth clean and reduces plaque and cleans gums too.
My daughters spend ages brushing there teeth with there crest toothbrushes, the heads are stating to go now and cant seem to find replacements for them that's the only down side.
However i will be buying the same crest spinning toothbrushes again but maybe the ice cream design this time.
Cheap cheerful work well and encourages children to brush there teeth ideal.
I highly recommend the crest spinning toothbrush.
Cleaning teeth is always a bit of a chore in our house. Anything to help and encourage the children to give their teeth a good brush is invested in. I bought three of the Crest Spinbrush's, hoping the novelty factor and design would boost enthusiasm for brushing teeth.
These brushes are specifically for children. They are meant to be designed for little hands to operate and hold. The best bit for children, is that they come in different designs, including a racing car, spaceman, princess, dolphin, and on top of that Marvel have brought out some superhero characters, including Spiderman and Hulk. The gadget itself is solid and quite heavy, as it is a battery operated spinning toothbrush. It takes 2AAA batteries.
There is an on/off switch to operate the brush which is situated at the front. The switch is incorporated into the design, like the dolphin's fin and the racing driver's head. The actual brush itself is very similar to other electric toothbrushes. The top half of the brush is a rotating circle which whizzes around when switched on. The bottom half of the brush is rigid and looks like any normal brush. This part does not vibrate or move when switched on. The complete brush is small and suitable for little mouths.
To clean their teeth, children need to put on the toothpaste before switching on. Although it can be quite funny to switch on first and watch the toothpaste splatter everywhere! Once set to go, turn on either very close to the mouth or in the mouth. When in the mouth slowly move the brush around the teeth, taking time with each one. Supposedly, simple to use and easy to brush.
Firstly, let me explain that three of my son's have a Spinbrush, so it has been tried and tested on three different ages, nine, seven and five. My nine year old copes with it well, is great at brushing his teeth and has no complaints. My seven year old loved the novelty factor, enjoyed it for a week, then switched back to the traditional children's brush, claiming it was too hard to manage. He is fussy, and also did not like the feeling in his mouth. Now to the littlest. He has the dolphin brush and does need to be supervised, otherwise he spends the whole time brushing his front teeth. The reason for this is because it is quite a heavy, clumsy brush in comparison with a normal sized toothbrush. To try and open his mouth wide and insert the brush to clean the back molars is a mission, then to change angles (sides and backs) is near enough impossible for him to achieve independently. Also he does struggle with the on/off switch, as it can be quite stiff.
My boys certainly do use the brush for a longer amount of time. which is super. So many times in the past I have had to call them back to redo their teeth. It would be quite good if Crest had put an alarm on the brush after 2 minutes, then the children would have a target. I have seen this on other electric brushes and it works well.
The brushes cannot be replaced, they are fixed. This means that it is a very expensive toothbrush at around £4.99. I know teeth are important, and that is why I bought them. It would be far better if the heads could be replaced. One problem is that people may keep the brushes for longer as their children are attached or they want to get their monies worth, whilst the brush is no longer viable.
Also these brushes use batteries, so you have to be prepared to pay out for at least one more set of batteries before the brush is no good.
Electric Toothbrushes are meant to give a better brush. This can only happen if the user is applying it correctly. My five year old most certainly needs adult help. I would definitely recommend some sort of electric toothbrush for older children, maybe invest in a replaceable and rechargeable model. For little children, they are fun, brightly coloured and make cleaning teeth a bit more enjoyable, but only as long as they have some help.