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I have been using this Philips Sonicare toothbrush for almost a year. I purchased it on the recommendation of my dentist.
It is the second electric toothbrush I have owned, the first of which has been lost in the mist of time and several house moves.
The real reason I purchased this is to make my life more simple and easier. As a sleep-deprived parent of an infant, I have discovered that I do not always have the time to undertake my usual oral care regime.
This electric toothbrush makes my life easier and probably cleans my teeth and gums better than when I use a manual toothbrush.
As expected, the toothbrush unit consists of several components: a resting, charging base with a power lead and the toothbrush itself which has a handle that stores the battery, and a removable, changeable head. The unit is fairly robust. The battery lasts close to an hour of active cleaning use. I like that this toothbrush has a two minute timer. The aim is to clean each of the four teeth quadrants for 30 seconds.
I find that the replaceable brush heads are the right softness for me. They are fairly gentle and haven’t seemed to have damaged or worn out my tooth enamel. The brushes are also gentle but effective on my gums.
When I first started using this toothbrush I experienced some gum bleeding. This is because my gums were not in very good condition. However in my subjective opinion they quickly improved over several weeks. Indeed, after three months use my dental hygienist informed me that there was a marked difference.
Finally, this toothbrush is quiet enough for me to use when other household members are sleeping.
Christmas 2011 I told my relatives that the only thing I wanted was an electric toothbrush, however the day arrived and no brush! Boxing day sales begun so I decided to invest my Xmas money wisely and get a nice electric brush. I scrolled through Amazon and came across this one, priced at £25 it was pretty much half price, so I brought it and awaited its arrival.
I definitely got a good deal here, £25 was the cheapest I could find it and even now its still around the £40 mark. My aunty has the same brush as me and she brought it when it was first out and she said it cost over £100 so to get it for £40 is good, any less it great. Its available on Amazon, Ebay and I have seen it in Boots but for the best price its wise to buy online but it depends on what deal you can get. The heads cost about £18 for 2 however early last year just a few months after buying my toothbrush I saw Boots had these heads on offer at 1/3 off so it was about £18 and had 3 heads in, I brought these straight away as that's the best price Ive seen them at however Amazon do good deals on them also.
Before using it needs charging for atleast 24 hours, it slots easily into the dock and the button flashes to show its charging, once charged it goes green. So to begin using, simply apply toothpaste and turn on and use as you would any normal brush. It is incredibly powerful, you can feel it pulsate against your jaw which for the first few times is off putting but you soon get used to it. The toothbrush works on 2 minutes, so after 2 minutes it cuts off however you can turn on/off as you please. Using twice a day or 2 minutes each time the battery will last about 1 month then you will need to give it a good charge of about 12 hours minimum to keep it charged.
Cleaning/Maintained the brush
The one thing that lets this toothbrush down is the amount of cleaning it requires. Now this is my first electronic brush so it might be the same for all brushes but you need to give it a good clean once a week, the connection where the base connects to the head gets quite messy and full of water, my aunty and her partner actually share a base and use 2 separate heads but once they have finished using it they leave the base separate and stand it upside down to allow any excess water to drain, this helped them out so if you do get this brush it might be an idea to do this. The heads themselves last 3 months and you can see when they need replacing but they still work just as good during the 3 months use.
My teeth definitely felt and looked much cleaner from using this brush. For the price I paid I feel I got a good deal but even at £40 this is still a really great price, it might not be the "newest" model but its still one of the best.
This toothbrush is awesome. It cleans your teeth, but is also gentle enough that if you have sensitive teeth it does not cause bleeding. My teeth have never been whiter, because it not only does a great job at cleaning, but it also has a built in timer that shuts the brush off after two minutes. That is really important in keeping your teeth as clean as possible. My dentist has never been more happy with my teeth, and since I started using this toothbrush I have not gotten a cavity, and I started using it over a year ago. My teeth not only look better, but feel better too.
Overall this is probably one of the best Toothbrushes you can buy for under 30 Euros.
The only real downfall is the cost of the new heads that you have to buy, but I have gotten a few rebates when it comes to that, so I still believe that it is completely worth it.
The Philips Sonicare HX5350/02 CleanCare Rechargeable Toothbrush is my second electric toothbrush, but my first Philips toothbrush (my first was Oral B). I've owned it for a few months now but admittedly I only use it 2-3 times a week, and use a 'normal' toothbrush the rest of the time.
Unlike the Oral B brand toothbrushes, the Philips toothbrush has a head like a normal toothbrush (as opposed to being round). Also unlike Oral B, it doesn't rotate, it simply vibrates, and I have to say I much prefer this. It feels like it's doing a better job, perhaps because it feels really 'powerful'. There are probably statistics about vibrations per minute on their website etc, but I'll just say that it FEELS very fast and the first few times I used it it was a very odd sensation, I actually didn't like how it sort of made my lips vibrate. I don't notice that anymore though, so maybe it's something you just get used to.
The toothbrush itself is fairly heavy (for a toothbrush that is). For me that's not an issue but it's something to mention, I suppose, in case somebody is looking for something lightweight for whatever reason. The Oral B toothbrushes from what I see are definitely lighter.
What I like about this toothbrush particularly is that it has a countdown timer inside it, so after 2 minutes it automatically shuts itself off. Before I had this toothbrush I had the annoying habit of counting seconds when I brushed my teeth and 2 minutes seemed like an eternity so I often didn't brush my teeth that long. Now my toothbrush does the 'hard work' for me so I always manage to brush my teeth for 2 minutes (I do usually multitask though, I can't bear standing still for 2 minutes JUST to brush my teeth!).
When the battery is nearing the end of its life the light inside the 'on/off' button starts to flash, which is really handy. The stand you put the toothbrush in to charge it is extremely easy to use and you can use it daily as a general stand for your toothbrush as well; just don't plug it in until you want to charge it. The annoying thing (in my opinion at least) is that when you do charge it, it takes about 24 hours (so says the instructions at least). I've only actually needed to charge my toothbrush a couple times so far, somehow, so that's not *really* a problem for me (but still!). I imagine if you were using it daily then you'd probably charge it every week or two.
As I mentioned, the vibrations are pretty powerful (though not overwhelming in any sense) and I imagine that it gives a really good clean. I can't say for sure because I'm not a dentist and I don't exactly see/feel a difference if I'm honest, but dentists do recommend this toothbrush (apparently) and it does feel like you're able to reach between your teeth and to the back of your mouth far easier than with a normal toothbrush, so I'd recommend it.
As far as electric toothbrushes go, this would definitely be my top pick. There are other, more expensive toothbrushes with more features, but they seem a bit pointless to me. If you shop on amazon you can pick this one up for around half price (RRP £40). The same offer has been going on for months (and is what enticed me into buying it) so I'm not sure if/when it ends, but at £23 it seems a bargain to me.
I've never had much luck with teeth, because of this it has encouraged me to do what I can to help fix all my dental problems. I think it's important to have a tooth brush that actually cleans the whole part of your teeth rather than just the visible surface, so when I saw some of the Phillips electronic toothbrushes advertised on television, claiming to do exactly that, I thought it would be a good idea to have a look at their products.
In the end I decided to buy one of their electronic toothbrushes because all of their claims and technology seemed to be up to date. I purchased the Philips HX 5350 for around £25 on Amazon, which was a good price seeing as other sites were charging up to £50 for the same item! Even though it was a good price compared to other stores it was still a lot of money to fork out over a toothbrush and I was praying it would be as good as it had been advertised.
The toothbrush comes with two main bits, the brush itself and the rechargeable base which needs to be plugged in. This was my first issue with this product, I'd never considered the fact that I don't have ant plugs nearby my bathroom sink, so I have to find a less convenient place to charge the toothbrush before use. However this isn't a major problem due to the fact that it has a fairly long battery life, the battery lasts around 50-60 minutes brushing time, with the built in timer (2 minutes per brush) this works out to last up to 30 brushes which is 15 days; so I wasn't going to complain too much about having to charge it twice a month!
It was really and easy to get the hang of using this brush, there is only one button you need to press and the vibrations will turn on for 2 minutes whilst you brush. (There is a two minute timer because this is how long dentists recommend you brush your teeth for.) The brush itself isn't too big or too small, it just about covers one and a half of my teeth, because of this it ensure that all the teeth get a good clean individually rather than just scraping the surface like the larger handheld brushes do.
The Vibrations on the brush aren't too intense that it makes your mouth feel weird after using the brush, it's just a subtle buzzing feel on your tooth. I could definitely feel the difference between using this brush and a normal handheld one after cleaning, my teeth felt so much smoother and fresh and i also got a lot less out of my teeth whilst flossing afterwards, so this just goes to show how deep between the tooth this brush goes!
Overall I'm very happy with my purchase and the benefits of this product definitely justifies the price I paid! I would recommend this to anyone who would like their teeth to get a better clean!
*Also on my Ciao account under the same name
I have one of these which i don't use anymore as I have replaced it with a newer sonicare. I will review that elsewhere.
As a stand alone review I would recommend the sonicare in question for the price alone. Be aware though tyhat the cost of new heads can soon mount up though.
On the high street to buy the unit and the replacement heads would be prohibitive but through amazon it is not too bad for the cleanest of teeth.
I have used a number of sonicare up the £80 mark and they all seem to do about the same job. I use a £60 one now (twice the price of this) and i do not see or should that be feel a marked difference.
You do have to be cvareful about over brushing as they are so powerful you can soon wer away the enamel. y dentis recommends only cleaning my teeth once a day with a sonicare. The build quality is why I have changed or more so the weight. It is pretty heavy and the mor expensive ones feel about half the weight.
I reckon on average that thy last about 3 years before stopping working properly. They seem to work intermittantly with the vibration stopping then coming back a few seconds later. The heads last 2-3 month and have th colour indicator oon them so you know when to change them.
I have recommended sonicare to loads of people and all thos who have usedthm have always been positive.
A complete teeth and gum care regime is now possible with the Philips Sonicare HX5350/02 Electric Toothbrush / Featuring the unique sonic-cleaning system, this electric toothbrush effectively drives fluid between teeth and along the gumline, giving you a fresh and clean mouth / This toothbrush is designed with an angled neck, allowing easy access to all parts of the mouth and extra-soft rounded bristles for better plaque removal / The Philips Sonicare HX5350/02 Electric Toothbrush has a recharge indicator to alert you of battery status, and a smartimer that encourages you to brush the recommended full two minutes / It also has a unique pressure system that increases power over the first 12 uses, to ease you into the Sonicare brushing experience / The Philips Sonicare HX5350/02 Electric Toothbrush is the answer to all your oral hygiene needs / Technical information Type of brush Electric toothbrush Speed One (increases power with first 12 uses) Clock timer function Yes Shower function No Ergonomy Angled head with extra-soft bristles Power supply Rechargeable Colours White / Short name: Philips HX5350