Product Type: Oral-B electric toothbrushes
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Oral-B Pulsonic Slim Toothbrush
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Oral-B Pulsonic Slim Toothbrush
Advantages: Reasonably priced, robust and effective
Disadvantages: Quite thin, larger toothbrush head than usual, some might not prefer these
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.
Summary: Recommended, good for travel as lightweight
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