Product Type: Crest electric toothbrushes
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Buzzing in the bathroom
Member Name: FairyWBO
Date: 07/09/03, updated on 07/09/03 (516 review reads)
A while ago I got both my sons a Crest Spinbrush each... with Spiderman designs on them! I will try anything to get them to clean their teeth regulary! It was a special offer at the time, buy one get one free and I had a voucher for money off too... so instead of forking out the £9.98 for the two of them I ended up paying about £2.50! :o)
This was just an offer on the kids range so I didn't get one for myself at the time, but after a while of hearing them buzzing away in the bathroom everyday, I simply had to get one for myself.
I ended up paying full price for the adult version, £4.99, but mine came with detachable heads, unlike the kiddy ones, which have to be completely replaced when the head gets soft! So it is better than theirs :oP
So what is so good about spending twice the amount you would for a normal toothbrush?
Firstly it has a normal shaped head, that fits into the bits that you need it too in your mouth. All you have to do is brush your teeth as normal with it, up, down, back and forth! But while you are doing this the clever little top bit of the head has bristles that spins round in a circle, very fast. This bit whizzes away while you are doing the normal boring bit and gets rid of all that nasty stuff that normal brushing leaves behind!
It does tend to make a bit of noise... but it is not like you have to spend ages listening to it! Also, I don't have to stand in the bathroom while the boys are cleaning their teeth to know that they are actually cleaning them.. I can hear them from other rooms now! So they don't get away with that anymore :oP
The size of it is of course larger than normal toothbrushes, as it has two AA batteries in the base, but it fits into even little hands quite well. My youngest is 7 and he finds it easy enough to hold! It isn't that heavy either. The on/off switch is in a good place so it can be easily turned off or on whilst using it, sometimes it can be tur
ned off by accident but that isn't a great problem as it soon gets turned back on.
The base is flat so it can be stood up after use.... means my poor whale toothbrush holder is redundant now, and little wet rings appear on the shelf where they have been standing, but I am sure that these would fit on a tooth brush rack type thing as the top bits are normal toothbrush size!
The batteries that came with it, lasted as long as the head did. I have just had to replace the head on mine and the batteries. The replacement heads £4.99 for two... so that is good value, as I was looking at normal toothbrushes at the same time and they all seemed to be more expensive!
Changing the heads is easy enough... they just twist off! Changing the batteries was a different matter though! After much twisting, pulling and general swearing I finally managed to get the bottom off! It is because they need to be in a watertight casing, that made it so difficult, but I managed it eventually!
So if you have a bit weak I wouldn't recommend getting these as you would never be able to get the batteries in! But besides that they are great. Thankfully the batteries last ages anyway, so maybe you could get a nice person to change the batteries for you when you need to :oP
They are available in loads of different styles and patterns for kids and lots of different colour combinations for adults (or vice versa). Mines white, did have a white top with a purple band round it, but the replacements are white with a blue band round them (only because I couldn't find the purple ones!)
Oh yeah..... you can use them as normal toothbrushes too.... without turning them on, but there isn't much point in doing that, unless you are trying to be quiet that is :oP
Overall I would recommend them, as I have found that my teeth are much cleaner now, and using these has almost convinced my kids to brush their teeth regularly.
a star only because the kids ones don't have a replacable head!
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