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My Oral-B Professional Care 5000 Rechargeable toothbrush gave up the ghost after four years of use. I think that's rather a short life span. Nevertheless I decided to buy another specimen from this brand. I had been content with its performance. Besides, I didn't want to study consumer reviews on all electric toothbrush brands on offer. Furthermore, after years of being exposed to the advertising slogan 'Recommended by Dentists' I thought it would be a reasonable decision. My dentist had recommended it indeed.
Oral-B is still sold under the name Braun (a German firm founded in 1921 and famous world-wide for its excellent industrial design) although the Gillette company acquired a majority holding of the firm in 1967. It was in 1963 that Braun developed the first electric toothbrush and in 1991 Braun launched the world's first electric toothbrush with a round cup-shaped brush head and innovative oscillating movement. This innovation has become the most successful electric toothbrush worldwide and one of the core product categories in the Gillette portfolio and the leader in the 4.5-billion $ toothbrush category.
Yet, I couldn't find it in two shops. I concluded that it isn't produced any more. As I had just been to the dentist's, I thought it would take things too far if I went again simply to ask which specimen he advised me to buy now. The Oral-B Pulsonic Slim caught my eye. It's very slim indeed. The shaft has the shape of a thick crayon. This is a feature I don't like very much, I'd prefer a thicker one. The whole toothbrush would seem more solid and reliable to me.
The instruction manual comes in ten languages and informs you profoundly. "This appliance is not intended for use by children under age three, reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities, unless they're supervised by a person responsible for their safety." Why mention sensible things everyone of common sense knows? "Never operate this product if it has a damaged cord or plug....Do not touch the power plugs with wet hands." The lawyers composing such leaflets know why. Human stupidity is endless as is the will to sue.
The toothbrush is sold together with a small white pedestal, 8 cm long, 4.5 cm wide and 4.5 cm high. The lower 2.5 cm are white opaque, the upper, slightly curved, part is translucent white. The front part is rounded. The cable comes out of an opening at the back. On the top there are three holes, one in the front for the toothbrush and two behind it side by side for two ersatz brush heads or brush heads for two other family members. A full charge takes 14 hours. This lasts for about one week of regular brushing meaning twice a day for two minutes. This is ideal for the business traveller and short hols. It's not possible that the toothbrush overcharges, but it's recommended for environmental reasons to unplug the charging unit until the next recharge is required. I must confess that I've left the plug in the socket since I bought the toothbrush three months ago. But now that I've checked the instructions again I've remembered this piece of advice and am going to unplug it. A full discharge is advised every six months. How can one keep this in mind? I think one should write it in one's calendar.
Since using electric toothbrushes my mornings aren't as drab as they used to be. I'm a Morgenmuffel (u pronounced like 'oo' in 'look') of the first order. (Morgen=morning, Muffel=grump) But now when I notice the timer, I'm cheered up a wee bit. When I bought my first electric toothbrush, I didn't understand the concept of the timer and when I noticed stuttering noises at regular intervals, I took it back to the shop and had it serviced. It came back with the same stutter. Fortunately, a young shop-assistant could enlighten me regarding its function. Every 30 seconds there's a stuttering sound and a light vibration to remind you to move to the next quadrant of your teeth. Upper jaw, lower jaw, right side, left side, inside, outside. The on/off button must be pressed which is a good thing. In this way one doesn't switch off the toothbrush unintentionally while brushing as can happen with elevated buttons.
The Oral-B Pulsonic Slim has two brushing modes, 'clean' and 'sensitive'. As my gums are already used to be brushed by an electric toothbrush, they aren't sensitive any more. Newbies can experience slight bleeding during the first days. Don't panic, it'll soon pass. "The toothbrush bristles should be placed against the teeth at a slight angle towards the gumline". I do my best but am not sure that I always succeed. Circular motion is recommended. I find that difficult to perform, my brushing is more an up and down motion. One piece of advice is valuable, namely to switch the toothbrush on and off when it's in the mouth and not before or after. The woman at the dry cleaner's knows that I have to be told to do so. In case you don't know it already, let me tell you that toothpaste on dark cloth reacts like bleach. You can't get the stains out in the washing machine. Dry cleaners use steam to clean, and that helps a bit.
The blue colour of the brush head will fade in the course of three months signalling that it's time to replace it.
If you find that you aren't satisfied with the product, you can return it during the period of thirty days and you'll get your money back. Two years guarantee are granted commencing on the day of purchase. Silly, silly me, I can't find the receipt any more! But would it help? I'm sure the toothbrush would end its life a month or so after the end of the guarantee anyway. It's always like this, isn't it?
Until then I'm going to use my Oral-B Pulsonic Slim toothbrush not happily - because brushing my teeth doesn't make me happy - but contentedly because it fulfils its task. I'm giving it four stars, however, because I liked the Oral-B Professional Care 5000 more. The Oral-B Pulsonic one is just an electrical toothbrush but nothing special, no oscillating-rotating technology here as the Professional Care 5000 had. No three-dimensional brushing performance, no 20 000 in-and-out pulsating movements per minute to loosen the plaque and 7600 side-to-side movements per minute to whisk it away.
RRP: 59.99 GBP. Amazon sell it for 29.99 GBP.
I bought the Braun Oral B Pulsonic toothbrush to replace my Philips Sonicare when it died after 3 years of everyday use. The problem started when I went to visit some friends and a rather embarrassing noise was coming from my suitcase, as it wouldn't switch off. Needless to say I didn't want this to happen again, especially as I travel quite frequently for work.
When it came to buying a replacement, I thought it would be a good idea to see what new models were out there instead of buying the same model. I searched Amazon and read lots of reviews and decided on the Braun Oral B Pulsonic. It initially appealed to me as it is small and light and very well priced at £44.00 from Amazon. (Reduced from an RRP of 49.99). The replacement heads are also priced at a more reasonable level than the Philips Sonicare. Amazon currently sells multipacks, which work out at £3.50 per head.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
The toothbrush comes in a nice sturdy, but not too bulky packaging, as it is a very slim toothbrush. Unlike other electrical items of this type, the packaging was very easy to get into. The toothbrush itself is very slim and light, it has a slick futuristic look to it. I really like that this is a fully functional sonic toothbrush that this is not much bigger than an ordinary manual toothbrush. As far as I can tell, it's the smallest and lightest one out there at the moment. It is supplied with a two-pin charger and stand with space to store 2 brush heads. However, just one brush head is supplied. So remember to get an adapter if you don't have a shaver socket in your bathroom, and some spare heads if you are going to be sharing it.
HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO MANUAL TOOTHBRUSHES?
In the time between my Sonicare breaking and waiting for this one to arrive (about 2 weeks, as it was over Christmas), I had to resort to using a manual toothbrush. There's just no comparison really. I had a lot of stains building up from red wine and coffee. My mouth and teeth just didn't feel clean. It was such a nice feeling to use the Pulsonic for the first time. My teeth felt much smoother and looked cleaner from the first use. There was also no plaque residue on my teeth after cleaning, which always seems to be there when I use a manual toothbrush.
HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO THE PHILIPS SONICARE?
Since it is lighter and more agile you can hold it like a manual toothbrush with your fingertips rather than in your fist. It is therefore easier to use. The head is a little smaller than the Philips Sonicare, which makes it easier to get a precise clean of all those hard-to-reach places. Because it is so slim, it's not really ideal for leaving standing up by the side of the basin. I usually leave it lying down, but it could be stored in a cup as you would with a manual toothbrush. The small size also makes it great for traveling. It is a little noisier than the Sonicare as it seems to vibrate more, but still quieter than rotating style electric toothbrushes.
As with other sonic toothbrushes, the Pulsonic uses sonic pulses to break up the dirt at 27,000 vibrations per minute. This is less abrasive and more efficient at cleaning than manual and the rotating style electric toothbrushes. The toothbrush has a built in timer that vibrates every 30 seconds so you can clean a quarter of your mouth at a time. This is handy to make sure every area is getting a decent clean. I have found that first thing in the morning, when I am operating on autopilot, I had got into the lazy habit of holding my toothbrush in the most comfortable position - which is in my right hand cleaning the left side of my mouth for longer than necessary and then quickly doing the right side of my mouth when I snap out of my daze. This toothbrush gives me a remind to move around a bit! As with all electric toothbrushes, the vibrations take a little getting used to, it might tickle or make your gums bleed, but you will get used to this. The brush has two modes, sensitive and clean. I would recommend the sensitive mode for beginners, which is a gentler on the gums. A Precision Tip brush head is also available as a separate purchase, for cleaning around dental work.
Each charge lasts about 2 weeks when using for 2 minutes twice per day. It's a bit irritating that there is no indication of the battery running low, so it will just cut out one day. There's also no way of knowing when it has finished charging, although the instruction manual says it takes 12 hours. I may start getting into the habit of charging it every Monday night for example to get round this. There is a light on it, which has a useless of function of lighting up when it is switched on and in use. It also flashes while it is charging.
Overall, great value neat-looking next generation sonic toothbrush. Ideal for everyday use and for travel. Comes with a 2 year guarantee.
I've had a number of electronic toothbrushes, this being the latest and also the best.
Firstly, given its slim handle, it fits comfortably into the hand and it light easy to use. The charging base is equally compact and has been doing its job perfectly for nearly two years now, the brush's battery has held out well as well and can last for up to a weeks worth of 2 minute cleans without the need to charge.
There are two brush speeds that can be used, full and half, the latter ideal for cleaning gums. For me personally the brush has been excellent, the vibration speed being considerably faster than previous models I have owned. The varying bristle lengths have been ideal for getting in between teeth and to upper areas of teeth that are often easy to forget to brush. The effects have been visible, my teeth are whiter as a whole and not just in the more visible areas. This helps maintain a clean feeling throughout the day.
On a separate not the brush also has a timer which stops the vibrations for a split second after each 30 second period and then stops for twice as long after two minutes have elapsed. This helps remind you brush each area of the mouth for the same time should you wish.
I always used normal toothbrushes, but then I decided to try an electric one...So this one was my first electric toothbrush. I have no experience to compare it with other electric toothbrushes, but I would say, that since now, I will only use that one! It was just perfect for me. My teeth feel so much cleaner now and it takes much less effort to properly brush my teeth. This brush is not too big and fits perfectly in my mouth. It has a nice design, which is important for me , as I am always thinking of aesthetic side of things. It does not make as much noise as I expected and is light and easy to use. Good grab as well...I would recommend it to all my girlfriends, but unfortunately, they all already have it! ^^
So basically, I am very satisfied with a product and do not want to compare it to any other!
My old electric toothbrush was on its last legs and I mentioned it to my mum and then lo and behold, guess what Santa brought me this year? Yup, one of these babies. I actually felt a little annoyed at my mum for buying it when I saw the cost of it as I thought that that was a rather excessive price for a toothbrush. Argos is currently selling it for £70!
The first thing I noticed when I took it out the box was how small, slim and light it was. Most electric toothbrushes, my last one included, are rather chunky affairs but this one isn't much bigger than your average normal toothbrush and was wonderfully light in my hand. The charger was nice and petite, too, and looked relatively aesthetically pleasing, as far as chargers go. The brush slotted into it neatly and is supported through charging. This was another improvement on my last toothbrush which sort of balanced on a spike on the charger to charge but tended to be easily wobbled at the slightest touch and was always falling off and hitting the ground which isn't too hygenic for a toothbrush! This one, however, is very secure with really no chance of that happening without a hard knock.
As with most of these devices, you'll need to ensure you have a shaver adaptor to charge it with as this doesn't come with the product and is needed to connect the product to the mains electricty supply.
So what was the brushing experience like?
Well at first I was really pleased with how it felt in my hand. As I said, it is really light and slim and so feels a bit odd at first as I was used to a chunky electric toothbrush. The brush head isn't round like some other brushes and so doesn't move rotationally. It is meant to provide 27, 000 vibrations a minute to clean your teeth but it didn't feel as thought it was vibrating as much as my old brush even though it was fully charged. It has two settings: the default setting when you switch it on which is your bog standard setting, or if you press the on button once more, it'll go to a sensitive setting for those with sensitive mouths or those who want to use a more sensitive setting for say the gum area. This is a bonus for me as my dentist is always telling me I'm brushing too hard and damaging my gums.
Another nice feature is the fact that it pauses slightly every 30 seconds of brushing and then after 2 minutes pauses longer. This doesn't interrupt your brushing but makes you aware of how long you are brushing for and when you have reached the recommended two minutes mark.
It is meant to provide you with whiter teeth by the precision bristles wiping off stains but I must say that I haven't seen any difference in the whiteness of my teeth while using it, so I'm not sure this is a believable claim.
Two types of head are available for this brush: the ordinary head as in the picture and a precision one for hard to reach areas. I've only used the former, though, so can't comment on the precision brush.
One thing that is nice about this brush is that it is easy to keep clean. My old brush had lots of nooks and crannies that water and toothpaste seemed to get stuck in and you had to get out cotton buds to clean it. Toothpaste also tended to dry in and harden at the base of the brush head unless you carefully cleaned it after brushing but with this brush you only need to quickly rinse it like you would a normal toothbrush to keep it clean.
It is the nicest electric toothbrush I've ever used but I don't think it lives up to all its claims and also, I don't think it is worth the price tag, especially when you have to also shell out an extra £10 for every 2 fresh heads you buy for it and no spares come free with the brush.
I find that you can't beat the cleaning power of an electric toothbrush. A manual toothbrush never gives you quite the same polished, squeaky clean feel, no matter how good your brushing.
I was at the same time feeling quite tired of my electric toothbrush. It was big and chunky and I missed having a proper toothbrush head. That little round circular thing just did not seem to cover as much area and really get as deep down into the gums as I liked.
Therefore I was quite taken aback to realise there was indeed an electric toothbrush on the market which had all the power of an electric toothbrush but had the form of a manual brush. I had to try the Oral-B Pulsonic Slim toothbrush to find out if this was indeed the answer to my tooth brushing prayers.
As I said, the most striking element of this toothbrush is its appearance. It stands out from the other toothbrushes on the market because it looks like a normal brush. It is also much lighter weight than a normal electric toothbrush. And whilst the handle is slim it is easy to grip even whilst it is vibrating in your hand.
In the toothbrush box you have the toothbrush of course, one replacement toothbrush head and a stand and two way adapter to allow you to charge the brush.
This two way adapter can be plugged into those electrical shaving points you get in some bathrooms. Otherwise you can use a European plug adapter and plug it into a normal plug socket. This is what I do.
The toothbrush takes 12 hours to charge so generally it is better to charge it overnight and then it will last for 30 minutes of brushing. This does not seem long but when you calculate the specified ideal brushing time by Oral-B is two minutes you get a lot of brushings out of it before it needs charging again. I find it lasts between 10 days and two weeks between chargings. The only down side is the brush has no warning before it runs down. So you could actually be in the middle of brushing your teeth. You can detect the brush is starting to slow down, however, so you can beat it to it and get it on charge before all the power is gone.
The brush has three lights on the front of the handle. One is to indicate clean mode, which is for regular brushing. Underneath is sensitive mode, which is useful if you have sensitive teeth or gums, and under this is the charging light. You switch the toothbrush on and off using the main button just above these lights.
The brush has a lot of force behind it. This is replicated in the slightly louder noise it makes to some other electric toothbrushes, but you can really feel it powering around your teeth which is reassuring as it gives the impression it is giving them a good clean. When I run my tongue over my teeth afterwards they do feel very clean. If the power was too much for you, you could turn it down to sensitive mode instead.
The brush is easy to clean. It is essentially one unit so there are no annoying crevices where toothpaste residue can build up. You can simply run it under the tap and there is no worry about damaging the electrical components as they are all hidden well inside.
The toothbrush comes with a two year warranty form the manufacturers Oral B if you should have any problems with it.
The main downside is the replacement heads are quite expensive. They cost around £20 in Boots for a pack of four. Baring in mind the toothbrush cost me just £30 under a Boots half price offer it almost makes you want to buy a new brush. However, you would be out of pocket quite considerably that way in the long run. The brush has a retail price of £60 but do check out Boots because they seem to always have half price offers on their electric toothbrushes.
The final down point, but it is minor, is because the toothbrush is so light it is hard to stand it up on a shelf or by the wash basin. It becomes a bit of a balancing act to get it to stand upright. There is no harm in laying it down or placing it in a glass but this is a down side compared to other electric toothbrushes which are wide enough and sturdy enough to stand up on their own.
All in all this is a revolutionary toothbrush. It works just as well as a normal electric toothbrush, if not better as it is very powerful, but is more appealing to the eye as it looks like a manual brush. I would be surprised if in future more electric toothbrushes didn't follow suit and ditch the rather clumpy, round headed, look they currently have and take up the Pulsonic Slim look instead,
This review is of the Oral-B Pulsonic Slim Toothbrush, which is a rechargeable electric toothbrush.
A quick summary of the features of the product, this toothbrush doesn't have as many functions as other rechargeable toothbrushes, but it is much cheaper. It only comes with one head supplied, and has a two-pin adapter suitable for plugging into bathroom electric fixtures.
The information on the box says that charging takes twelve hours and that it lasts for around 30 minutes before needing recharging again. Through experience, this claims seem realistic, in fact, it seems to last more than 30 minutes, so charging isn't something which has to be too regular.
What is a little different from many other electric toothbrushes is that instead of a smaller circular head, this one has a more usual toothbrush end. I preferred that personally, although some might not. The design is also quite thin, but is sufficient to be able to grip it well when brushing.
Oral-B recommend that you should brush for two minutes, and there is a timer which allows you to measure this period of time so that you know when you're reached the recommended time. This is a handy feature, and would probably be beneficial for kids, so they know how long to brush for.
In terms of the robustness of the toothbrush, although it's a relatively slim design, it seems quite tough, and it's also washable and the relevant inside parts are well protected. Cleaning the unit is also easy, just a matter of wiping down the product after rinsing under a tape. There's also a two year warranty supplied with the product by the manufacturers Oral-B should you have any problems with the toothbrush in the future.
The toothbrush seems to do its job effectively, there are two different functions, clean and sensitive, which gives a little more flexibility, and teeth feel clean after use, so I'm confident that it is actually cleaning teeth in an effective manner.
Not that it's really a problem, but although the toothbrush is lighter, it also seems to be a little louder than similar products I've used in the past, but this is a more an observation than a difficulty.
The disadvantage of products like these is that replacement heads can be very expensive, and I've seen situations where replacement heads are nearly the same price as the actual toothbrush. In this case, they're not cheap, but are relatively reasonable at around 12 to 20 pounds (cheapest on Amazon, more expensive at Boots) for four new heads.
The toothbrush retails for 61.49 pounds (which is very expensive and I wouldn't recommend it at this price), but is currently available from Argos for 29.99 pounds. I bought mine from Boots which was a little more expensive at 30.74 pounds, but I had a discount voucher which made buying it from them more cost effective. A quick check on-line suggests that 30 pounds or so is the average selling price.
In summary, I found this a very useful toothbrush, which is reasonably priced (as long as you buy at the thirty pound mark, which is where most retailers currently seem to be pricing it at) and is also very handy for taking when travelling, given its light-weight. Not as packed with features as some other toothbrushes I've seen are, but it works effectively and seems robust and likely to last for at least the two years that the manufacturer guarantees it for. Personally, I'd recommend this product.
Dental hygiene is vital to me and ever since I can remember I have been using Electric Toothbrushes. I feel the overall clean feel they provide is the best oral clean you can give yourself! However I tend not to stick with the same brush for very long and instead of replacing the rather expensive heads, I tend to just buy a new brush. This is what I did three months ago and this is how I ended up with the Oral-B Pulsonic Slim Toothbrush.
First things first when it comes to electric toothbrushes I always stick with Oral, I feel they offer the best value, the best quality and I simply trust them more than other brands. So when searching online I came across this Oral-B Pulsonic Slim Toothbrush and it seemed to match my expectations.
It was at first, well within my budget costing my £35 in a sale online (although I have since seen the price as high as £60 plus so be warned...shop around). It looks appealing as well, very stylish and not as "chunky" as other brushes taking up far less space than other brushes on the bathroom cabinet.
I have never had a slim design electric toothbrush before and I had a worry it would feel light and flimsy and cheap but this doesn't. It has a weight to it, is very well made and has survived several drops and bashes when being in my possession. Its harder and durable and that's for every part of it. The so called "super slim handle" is not too thin to grip either and it is easy to hold and get a good cleaning action going, similar to a normal tootbrush. It just feels right and natural and clean!
The head on this is solid, firm and the bristles tough meaning you feel it cleaning. They also, as with all oral products, last a long time meaning you get good cleans for longer and that replacement bill doesn't take a steep incline. The heads are not cheap to replace but they will last a while so in the long run savings will be made.
The action of the movement I strong and consistent meaning you get a good feel of being clean and the power certainly does pack a punch.
One other feature of this I liked was the 2 minute timing meaning you give the required attention to your teeth. Works a treat really and helps improve hygiene.
All in all this is a nifty, well designed solid device with excellent mechanics that will provide great oral protection and cleaning.
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