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Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush HX6711/02
Teeth are a bit of a touchy subject for me. When I was eighteen I had to have a tooth removed to make way for a wisdom tooth that was pushing everything over to one side. My dentist could not remove the tooth. His exact words were 'I am thirteen and a half stone and I cannot shift it'. He decided to cut it in half and remove it in two parts. I swear I could feel my jaw breaking as he applied pressure. I had to have eleven needles as it was such a long process. I suffered an allergic reaction which resulted in my beautiful white teeth being discoloured. Looking back in hindsight I should have sued really but I was eighteen and just wanted out of there. I am still not afraid of dentists though and never was.
The reason I tell this story is to give reasoning as to why I purchased the Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush HX6711/02. I am an avid cleaner of my teeth and even though I am never satisfied with how they look I am always aware that they are clean because I brush so much. I purchased the Sonicare because I had read so much about how electric toothbrushes clean a lot better than a normal brush.
Looks wise it is exactly what you want from a toothbrush; I describe it as 'toothbrushy' looking. The design is quite sleek and it is easy to hold and handle. It is however, rather a noisy little rascal, so if you're not a fan of a certain Dustin Hoffman movie I would keep well away.
Now to the products downfall: the battery life. It seems as though the manufacturers have been really clever here. They offer you a twelve month guarantee but the batteries are built to last just over twelve months and even the most rigorous of brushers will have a hard time wearing out before the guarantee runs out. I have this vision of robots at a testing plant testing away as to the longevity of the battery. It seems Phillips have worked it out rather nicely, from their prospective at least.
It can be a real downside if you have purchased new heads for the brush, which are quite expensive. They're maybe not as expensive as some electric brush heads but they are still a fair amount, especially when the battery runs down at the slightly after twelve month mark and renders everything useless.
The electric toothbrush holds up quite well when it comes to ability to clean. As with most reach-based brushes you are able to poke it at almost any angle and reach areas of the mouth that standard brushed can't. Add to this the electric driven brush heads and you really can get a good clean. My mouth always felt really clean and fresh after using this product. I especially like the feel an electric toothbrush gives you when brushing over the top of teeth. It gets at pesky bits of trapped food really well.
The applied toothpaste gets driven it to the gaps in your teeth and the oscillating heads whirring motion sends into places you wouldn't normally get with a normal hand driven tooth brush.
The general setting on the brush is set for two minutes with a further thirty second burst for extra whitening. The extra burst is called clean mode. The first two minutes is meant for plaque removal and the thirty seconds for removing any unwanted stains.
Most people make the mistake of using an electric toothbrush as a replacement for arm and hand movement; or to put it in simple terms they're being lazy. By far the best way to use this brush is to still apply the brushing motion. This way you get the normal clean with the added rotation of the brush heads on top for a really deep clean.
You can also use it to clean your gums and tongue as it really isn't abrasive at all.
I think it is one of the better brushes on the market but takes it's self out of the top sellers table because of the battery life.
The average price online is 29.99 but remember this is an average so you can find them at quite an expensive price and also a little cheaper.
Smartimer--Two-minute timer helps to ensure dentist-recommended brushing time.
ProResults brush head--Two contoured brush head sizes.
Two Contour Brush.
Travel charger--Multi-voltage, compact travel charger.
Speed--31,000 brush strokes per minute.
Battery type--Lithium ion rechargeable battery (Which although recharged dies indefinitely after twelve months).
Operating time (full to empty)--Full charge should provide 20 two-minute brushings.
I would recommend the ability of this brush to anyone because it does do a good job but I would have to say that over all I would advise against buying it because of the battery life. It really does seem like a very sneaky way of getting you to buy a new brush.
I suppose at the end of the day it depends how you feel about it because a new brush every twelve months or so isn't so bad but the problem in as far as this product is concerned is the fact that you can buy electric toothbrushes that last a lifetime.
I give it three out of five stars based on a good cleaning performance but let down by the battery.
The Philips HealthyWhite HX6711/02 Sonic Electric Toothbrush is a dual-action toothbrush that has two distinct brushing modes to give you an overall effective brushing experience / This toothbrush has a Clean mode for superior brushing, complemented by a 30-second Clean and White mode to focus on your visible front teeth / It removes everyday stains and can achieve up to two shades whiter teeth in two weeks / The Dynamic Cleaning action makes sure that each tooth is brushed thoroughly and the ProResults brush head is 10% wider to achieve a complete plaque removal / The Philips HealthyWhite HX6711/02 Sonic Electric Toothbrush is an essential tool for efficient oral hygiene / Technical information Type of brush Electric toothbrush Speed 31,000 brush strokes per minute Autonomy (mn) Full charge should provide 20 2-minute brushings Clock timer function Smartimer: 2-min / timer helps to ensure recommended brushing Quadpacer: Interval timer Shower function No Other functions Clean and White feature Ergonomy Translucent front panel Type of head ProResults brush head Power supply Lithium Ion rechargeable battery Included accessories Travel charger Hygienic travel cap Charger base with brush head storage 3 x additional brush head colour code rings Travel case Colours Glacier green / Short name: Philips HX6711