Product Type: Crest electric toothbrushes
Newest Review: ... tooth than vigorously manually using your hands to move a manual brush. The spinning head really cleans my teeth from every angle bec... more
Cheaper alternative to an electric toothbrush
Member Name: broxi3781
Advantages: Low cost, gets childrens teeth clean with less fusseasily replaceable heads.
Disadvantages: Battery replacement is very awkward, not suitable with mouth injuries.
The crest spinbrush has a fairly thick body, with grooves making it easier to hold. It is basically white with a coloured front panel. I liked this feature as it meant I could choose different colours for the boys. I hate the idea of them using the others toothbrushes - which has happened in the past when they have got mixed up. The head is about the same size as an ordinary toothbrush, but only the circular part at the top moves. This spins around very quickly, although I am certain it will die down as the batteries lose power. We have only owned these for 4 weeks and have not replaced batteries. There has been no loss of power at all yet. Brushes are still in surprisingly good shape and should do at least another month. This is in spite of the fact that my children tend to chew on them when brushing. The bristles feel soft but on looking at replacement heads, most are classed as medium.
The children are happy enough with these, although sometimes they ask for the music ones instead - simply because these lack sound effects. But they like the fact that they can do a good job of brushing on their own, and I especially like that I do not have to fight with the youngest to get him to let me brush his teeth. Considering the amount of pain involved in dental problems, and the fact that my oldest (6) now has some permanent teeth, I think £11 was quite a fair price to pay, and will continue to buy extra heads as needed.
I have found replacement heads to be very dear with Amazon, nearly £11 for two. I imagine one could probably find these on the high street, or perhaps even Tesco as well, but Ebay sells 2 packs from just over £3, which I find fair enough.
For myself, I would still rather have a rechargeable, but these are far more economical, and less worry if the kids damage one. It also cuts down on having to have 3 charging stands all hooked up. But in all honesty, I can not say my more expensive model is any better, other than not needing to replace batteries. And one disadvantage to rechargeable ones is that you can not put in new batteries when the old ones fail to take a charge.
On the downside though, while the two AAA batteries that power this brush are replaceable. I would never be able to replace them myself. I have tried for this review to open the compartment, and there is absolutely no chance. You are meant to squeeze in at the bottom of the brush and pull down, but I simply do not have the strength. I have read other reviews, and it is not just me. To replace the batteries you will need someone with strong hands, making this unsuitable for the elderly or anyone with arthritic disorders, or even just people without a powerful grip. It also means children could not change the batteries themselves, and even with strong hands, like my husband, expect a fair amount of difficulty.
I would recommend always keeping some standard tooth brushes as well though. I do not think these would be at all suitable for anyone with a mouth injury, and of course all children at times have accidents. Unfortunately, my 3 year old has suffered a very severe injury two days ago. He hit a bit of roofing slate from the previous nights stone throwing when riding his bike. It caused him to flip forward, and after 6 hours in A&E he begged the Dr to take the tooth out, so they did. He had been in terrible pain and unable to close his mouth or drink, but he still has major trauma to the gums and lips and can not even use an ordinary brush for awhile yet. I would certainly be afraid to use this until he has completely healed. Of course the other reason for keeping standard brushes is the batteries will certainly fail when you have no replacements in the house.
I would recommend these as a way to try out electric toothbrushes, for travel, and for children, or just for an adult who is looking a less expensive electric toothbrush. I do think the overall clean is better with electric brushes, but I still keep ordinary ones as well. I personally prefer to alternate the two, and the children also alternate between ordinary and electric brushes.
* I have deducted one star due to the extreme difficulty in opening the battery compartment. This is also the reason for ranking this down in cleaning and maintenance. I will also note that the brush does require a thorough daily cleaning to keep nice, as otherwise it can get a bit of debris accumulation between the spinning head and the rest of the brush.
Summary: A good first electric toothbrush
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