Product Type: Oral-B electric toothbrushes
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Oral-B Pulsonic Slim Toothbrush - a trailblazer of an electric toothbrush
Oral-B Pulsonic Slim Toothbrush
Member Name: PaigeTurner
Oral-B Pulsonic Slim Toothbrush
Advantages: Looks like a manual brush
Disadvantages: Replacement heads are expensive
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,
Summary: All the cleaning power of an electric brush in a slim line form
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