Product Type: Crest electric toothbrushes
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My first electric toothbrush!
Member Name: Wickedinrock
Date: 21/07/11, updated on 30/07/11 (61 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, easy to use, does the job
Disadvantages: Nothing special
Okay so it's actually a battery operated toothbrush and I was pleased to see that when I opened the plastic wrapping that there was already two AA batteries in the toothbrush so it was ready to use! The toothbrush itself is white and blue but from some quick research I can see that it is also available in other colours including pink, green and purple. It is shaped like an ordinary toothbrush but with a larger base which accommodates the battery. The base is easy to grip and is fairly light which was a pleasant surprise as the things that deterred me from buying an electric toothbrush were the weight and bulkiness.
The toothbrush itself is very easy to use with a simple on/off switch. The only issue is that when the switch is wet it is hard to slide up to turn it on and often have to dry my hands. This is no trouble but you'd think that the manufacturers would have considered it! I always put the toothpaste on first and have the brush in my mouth as I turn it on, otherwise the head starts moving and the toothpaste flies off everywhere but I imagine this is common amongst all powered toothbrushes. The Crest brush heads are firm but not harsh on the teeth or gums and brushing is actually quite a pleasant sensation. The bristles get into the corners of my mouth and between the teeth much better than I can brushing manually, leaving a feeling afterwards that I have brushed your teeth very well.
I do remember that the first few times I used the toothbrush I found it quite difficult to ensure I had the feeling my teeth were entirely clean. I ended up brushing, rinsing and brushing again before I was happy that my mouth was fresh and plaque free. I soon got into the groove though and now brushing with a manual feels strange and I have the same problem of needing to brush again!
I found that after around eight weeks the toothbrush began to lose its power and wasn't brushing quite as effectively. I changed the two batteries for new ones and it was back to working like new in no time. I keep an endless supply of AA batteries in the house so it's no hassle for me having to change them over and I don't think eight weeks is too bad. As for the heads, I would advise to changing them as often as you would a disposable toothbrush. I generally change mine every 2-3 months and always keep a couple in the bathroom cabinet just in case.
Overall I've been very impressed with this battery powered toothbrush. I am told that it was around £7 and for that kind of price it does everything you would expect and certainly doesn't disappoint. I still have an ordinary toothbrush for going away at the weekend or on holiday, but after my experience with the Crest Spinbrush I wouldn't go back to a manual. When I'm due for an upgrade I will probably get a real electric toothbrush, something more powerful and recommended by dentists, but in the meantime this does the job!
Summary: A decent first electric toothbrush
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