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      05.02.2013 22:32
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      Worth it.

      Following my wisdom tooth coming through (growing at the wrong angle) and causing all sorts of pains. I decided I needed to try a better toothbrush that was small enough to reach the difficult area but also good at the job.

      The Philips Sonicare was recommended by my dentist so I thoguht I'd give it a whirl.


      [Use]
      I have had electric toothbrushes before and they were okay, nothing to write home about. However this was excellent. The first few times you use it, the brush goes at a slower/softer speed to allow you to adjust. However after about 3 or 4 uses the brush is on full power and you can tell.

      There is the 2minute timer built in so it will switch off when you reach two minutes. This is the first brush I had with this option, though I know that it's pretty common now. It really is a great feature because "guessing" when two minutes is actually pretty difficult.

      The speed is great and you do feel a difference in how your teeth feel by the end.


      [Heads]
      The head is small and compact so you don't feel like you are brushing your teeth with a household broom! The bristles are shaped at the ends to get into all the nocks and crannies and in the very centre there are two rubber-like "fins" that give a polish to your teeth.

      The heads are replaceable and it comes with two additional heads along with the one attached. They are easy to remove and replace, a quick pull and they come off. I have never had trouble with wetness getting inside the unit via the heads and all the replacements are easy to purchase from Amazon.


      [Body]
      The body is a nice weight, not too heavy to be uncomfortable and no so light that it feels flimsy. It has rubber sections around the middle to allow for good grip especially if it gets wet.

      At the very bottom, the base is removed to reveal where the batteries go. This bottom section is shaped and rubbery to allow for good grip in order to get it off. There is a rubber seal inside this area to keep it water tight to protect the batteries/inner working.


      [Battery]
      I specifically didn't want one with its own charger, mainly because I've had these before and if they break (which they all seem prone too) then you end up with a brush that doesn't work. So I opted for one that took batteries. This brush came with two AA batteries and when they died I replaced them with rechargeable ones which work just as well.

      The battery life lasts way longer than I would expect and it can take just under two months before I have to change them. You do get an indication that the batteries are dying, as the unit will bleep and the light on the front goes from solid illumination to flashing. Even then the batteries will keep working for a few more weeks. I usually take this time to bring new batteries upstairs but don't change them out straight away. Eventually the brush just keeps cutting out to let you know it's definitely time to change the batteries.


      [Packaging & Environment]
      This toothbrush comes in that horrid moulded plastic packaging that needs to be surgically cut open to retrieve the items inside. This usually leaves razor sharp edges, great for cutting any exposed skin on.

      This also means that the packaging is pretty much trash the instant you open it so any hope of returning a faulty product with its packaging is zero.

      As far as I'm aware most Household Waste Centres don't cater to recycling this plastic though there is a paper inside that can be recycled (that's about it!)


      [Warranty & Customer Service]
      When I bought this it stopped working within about 6 months. I contacted the Customer Services via email, explained the situation and they took the product back and sent me a replacement. I only had to send the toothbrush back, no extra heads or packaging and I received a full new one with new head replacements which was really great. The people on the Customer services were polite, quick and very efficient. It does appear that the one I originally purchased was faulty as I have now had my current one for years and it is still going strong.


      [Summary]
      This is a great product. If you are still using a manual toothbrush I do suggest you take the plunge to electric and can highly recommend this model. If you have an electric and need to replace it, want a change then give this a try. I would not buy a different model as long as they still make this one.

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        21.11.2011 14:02

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        A wicked toothbrush that works so well; can really see/feel the difference

        I bought this wicked toothbrush because I wanted something more efficient to clean my teeth and gums. Boy am I glad I bought this!

        I have had other makes of electric toothbrush before, but none match the Sonicare. Initially, I was a little shocked at how powerful the vibration is; it can feel quite strong and ticklish at first. It doesn't hurt at all though. You quickly get used to how powerful it is though.

        The toothbrush makes my teeth and gums feel really, really clean. It's very easy t use, you just move it along your teeth; no scrubbing required!

        The battery life is brilliant. The batteries are rechargeable and the toothbrush comes with the charger. I need to charge my Sonicare twice a week.

        The toothbrush is very easy to clean too. I just use water and a baby wipe on the plastic.

        It is very easy to find replacement heads; they need replacing every three months.

        This is initially quite expensive to buy. I paid about £40.00 from my dentist for this. The heads are about £20.00 a time too. But, I have no gum disease, no plaque, and my teeth and gums are so healthy and clean as a result of purchasing this product.

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        18.05.2011 00:48
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        An excellent toothbrush, highly recommended

        This was the first electric toothbrush I'd ever bought. After several unpleasant trips to the dentist I decided to buy this toothbrush as I thought it would be better than a manual toothbrush to assist me in keeping my teeth and gums healthy.

        I purchased this from Argos for £24.99. It was half the usual RRP. I thought this was a really good deal considering the others I'd looked at.

        The toothbrush looked quite well designed with its slim angled neck which is better to remove plaque from hard to reach areas. The battery cover was easy to remove to allow me to insert the batteries then recover. It uses 2 standard AA batteries.

        The first time I used it, I was quite surprised by how tickly it felt, so much so that I had to keep removing it from my mouth. It has quite a powerful vibration. Gradually I got used to it though and after a couple of days use I was using it absolutely fine. It also takes a bit of getting used to, to let the brush do the work compared to having to do it yourself with a manual toothbrush. After brushing my teeth they feel really great and clean, certainly a much better feeling than I got from a manual toothbrush.

        I was quite surprised by the noise of this product. I did find it to be a bit loud. However having never owned one before I'm not sure if this is just the standard noise of electric toothbrushes.

        The toothbrush has a timer which is very helpful. Once the power button is pressed it will automatically switch off after 2 minutes. If you switch it off before the 2 minutes are up then switch it back on again, it remembers where you left off and will continue for the remainder of the 2 minute timer. This only happens if switched on again after a certain time.

        I do notice that the brush starts to lose power as the batteries are fading. If you leave them to run right down the indicator light will flash and the toothbrush will just keep switching off. I started using rechargeable batteries shortly after buying it and these tend to last around 1 month (brushing twice daily).

        The replacement heads can be expensive. The last ones I bought were from John Lewis at £18.99 for a pack of 3. However I've seen a lot of varying prices for these - anywhere from £16 to £25. I guess you've just got to shop around to find the best deal.

        I'm really pleased with the performance of this product. I think it was really good value for money and I would definitely recommend it.

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          03.01.2010 13:49
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          Fantastic toothbrush, worth every penny

          This model is the most basic of all the sonicare brushes, but at a very reasonable £22 on Amazon (RRP £50) it is also the most affordable. My dentist first started telling me to get a sonicare brush around 5 years ago. Not just an electric brush, he told me the best one for the job was a sonicare, as it works in a completely different way.

          This toothbrush claims to brush deeper and give a cleaner, more thorough effect than any other brand of toothbrush. At £22 I was more than happy to put this claim to the test. I was pleasantly impressed with the results. For the first few days I did experience some discomfort and quite a bit of bleeding, however a couple of weeks on my gums are much healthier, my teeth are noticably whiter and cleaner.

          For the first few days the very intense vibrations is certainly alarming, and seems very strong. However I got used to this suprisingly quickly and it doesn't bother me anymore.

          One of my favourite features of this brush is that there is an inbuilt 2 minute timer, and the brush automatically turns off after this time. This means you start to get a better idea of how long you should be brushing your teeth for, and do a better job.

          The biggest drawback to this brush is that it is battery operated. If you remember to use rechargables this isn't too much of an issue, but its a bit of a faff and an expense non the less.

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          02.02.2009 14:15
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          2 Minutes Twice A Day!

          My beloved rechargeable Sonicare, died a slow death recently. It would not charge on its station and then would discharge immediately during use. The sonicare I had was of the variety where the lithium battery was internal and could not be removed or repaired, at least unless you have the patience and tools.

          Which is where I decided to purchase this battery-powered model.


          ~~~ WHY THIS SONICARE? ~~~

          Sonicare's range of electric toothbrushes are considered the Rolls Royce of toothbrushes as said by my own dentist nonetheless so after that endorsement, I was not going to try anything else. I have had 2 toothbrushes previously and have found the toothbrushing experience very pleasant and easy.

          Disappointingly both of my previous toothbrushes have met a similar fate and also outside of the warranty period. But having lasted an average of 3 years each I was quite happy to stay with the Sonicare range.

          I bought this particular model for a variety of reasons. The Sonicare I really want is £100-plus currently and there was no way I could justify such spend right now. So this model was half-price and only £25 so I figured it was a reasonable price to spend whilst I waited for the model I wanted to come down in price.

          I also get the Sonicare experience which provides the easy timed brushing and the best brushed mouth you can get.


          ~~~ USING HYDROCLEAN ~~~

          Arguably, this is Philips cheapest electric toothbrush and compromises on a lot of the features that you get with the higher models. For those of you that have not seen the Sonicare, this model is 9.5 inches in height. The brush head is 3.5 inches in height and is removable, held on by thick metal spoke of about 3/4 inch. The base unit (also the handle), has a rubbery blue back which extends slightly to the front with a couple of rubber dots on the rear that act as a stand when you place the brush horizontally. The bottom 2/3 at the front of the handle is white plastic and has a green round rubber button mid-way on the handle. The button also has a power symbol which you use to turn the brush on/off and a light which is green when on and flashes in use.

          At the base of the handle, you are given information about the product, which tells you the product is powered at 2 watts. There is a symbol of a bin crossed out. This "shows that a product can be recycled separately from other household waste under the WEEE directive"

          This model is battery-powered only, which means no need for a separate charging station and it makes this model truly portable as you only need to take the brush with you. The model uses two AA batteries. The batteries are inserted in series and is hiiden within the handle. The cap at the bottom that holds them in is a blue colour.

          However, unless you use rechargeable batteries, this model will go through batteries as if they are going out of fashion. I would have thought I would get about 6 weeks brushing from one setof batteries, but I don't even get 3 weeks. I brush morning and night, so that is only 42 brushings. This is very disappointing as the cost can run high if you have to keep replacing the batteries. If you do buy this brush it would be wise to consider rechargeablesto reduce the running cost.

          As the batteries start to run low, the unit will beep a couple of times at the end of the 2-minute cycle and this indicates there is less than 4 2-minutes brushes to go. I have found there can be more brushes but when the batteries do run low and inertia has prevented me replacing them, you will have to start the brush a few times before the proper cycle begins. This can be a bit annoying unless the new batteries are close by.

          With the batteries in place, the unit is quite light and probably about 250grams.

          The hydroclean comes with the timed brushing which provides the recommended brushing time. However unlike other Sonicare models, this runs for a solid 2-minutes without a break. The other models provide 30-second interval beeps which tell you to move the brush to the next quarter of your mouth. However 2 minutes is better than no beeping but it can make for very lazy brushing. You only realise the value of this feature when you have to use an ordinary toothbrush and have to ensure you manage to brush your teeth for the recommended time. A feature I wouldn't want to be without.

          The hydroclean provides the same brushing sensation as the other models and from my perspective the same strength cleaning. You are supposed to hold the brush gently between the gum and teeth and you should not use a brushing motion. This can be quite hard as we are used to moving a normal toothbrush through the mouth so you do have to concentrate to get the full benefit out of the product.

          The brush head is a conventional shape for toothbrush heads and has white filaments around the edge of the head. In the centre of the head there are something called fins in a blue colour which are inset and lower than the filaments. These fins are designed to remove more plaque and give teeth a better clean.

          The brush head is removable and replaceable so easy to keep clean and replace with a new brush head as you should do every few months. The brush head comes with a clear plastic cap to keep the brush protected and away from dirt. Don't even think of using the brush head to clean - you would be foolish lol. Replacement brush heads are available in a pack of 3 for £15.65 in Boots.


          ~~~ CONCLUSION ~~~

          I think this is a well-priced product. For £25 you get the sonicare experience at a quarter of the price and I personally think you cannot beat the Sonicare product for the high quality of brushing and the hydroclean is claimed to remove more plaque than a manual brush and also Oral-B brushes! I cannot comment as I have only every use the Sonicare electric toothbrushes. At full-price this brush is £50, and I do not believe it is worth this price tag.

          The battery power is disappointing and is a pain to have to change batteries, though if you take this away you do not have to take any charging station or adapters with you. This is definitely a compromise due to the price, and for me it is one that I am prepared to make in the short-term and I will look to use rechargeable batteries for this unit to provide a bit more efficiency.

          All in all I would give this unit 4 stars, purely for the ease of brushing with 1 star deducted for the battery operation.


          Product Website http://www.homeandbody.philips.com/sonicare/ gb_en/brushes/HydroClean/HydroClean_overview.asp

          Thank you for reading. This review might be posted on other sites by me.

          © jupiter28 2008

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        • Product Details

          "Gums are an important part of your oral health; For whiter teeth and healthier gums look no further than the Philips Sonicare HydroClean Toothbrush / This Philips toothbrush uses patented sonic technology along with the specially designed HydroClean brush head / Both technologies work together to create a dynamic fluid action between the teeth, ensuring a consistent brushing performance / The dynamic fluid cleaning action created by the Sonicare toothbrush makes it easier to clean even hard-to-reach areas, such as below the gumline and behind back teeth / Short name: Philips HX6431 "