Product Type: Philips electric toothbrushes
Newest Review: ... I wouldn't call it any better than any of the contour manual brushes on the market. The Philips HX6902 comes equipped with a Smartimer, ... more
Member Name: nevikrose
Advantages: It's powerful and has a lot of features, some a very useful.
Disadvantages: it can be annoying and it's expensive to replace the heads.
I have been using this particular brand of toothbrush now for a good couple of years, this one is one of the higher end electric toothbrushes on the market and at £150ish it's a big old splashout.
Philips claims the brush has a contour-fit head, wider bristle range and 'broader sweeping motion'. I think it is designed to cover more of your mouth, it certainly does shift it about, but to be honest, you still have to move a toothbrush to use it, I've always considered 'tooth coverage' to be the brusher's responsibility to be honest. That said, it is good for getting in the cracks and crevices and it's too harsh. In that 'reaching' department however, I wouldn't call it any better than any of the contour manual brushes on the market.
The Philips HX6902 comes equipped with a Smartimer, which 'encourages two-minute brushing as recommended by dental professionals'. This actually automatically stops your Sonicare toothbrush after the two minutes has elapsed. However, you know what it's like, other half comes into the bathroom to ask if you've let the dog out and you end up talking about tomorrow's school run. You have to remember to turn off the timer if you want to make use of the feature if you get interrupted. Also, it'll reset after just under a minute if you switch it off. The brush does vibrate quite hard though, so it's unlikely you'd forget. It will remember where you are in the two minute timer and resume from there. The timer does reset if you put it back in it's holder though, which is kinda cool...for a toothbrush.
In case you don't know how to brush your teeth the timer will beep every 30 seconds. This is to tell you that you need to move the brush to another part of your mouth. I find this feature quite annoying, it seems patronising, but I guess if you're tired and want someone else to tell you what to do before you collapse face down in bed then it'd probably be quite useful. I think they may have just been reaching for functionality when it comes to creating an electric toothbrush in the first place.
This toothbrush is supplied with a worldwide two-pin plug for use in standard two-pin bathroom sockets. This is handy for travel but you need an adaptor to plug it in three pin, and they do not supply this. I really hope they've fixed this issue since I got mine, but I doubt it since more and more electricals seem to be suffering this problem.
Thankfully mine was bought as a present, so I use it when i can afford the heads. This has been less and less lately because a pack of heads is around a tenner and they tell you to replace one every 3 months. A bog standard toothbrush is £3.
Summary: Good present if you've been asked to get one, but I wouldn't buy myself one.
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