This toothbrush has lasted me a long time and i know it will last me a long time to come! However it can be slightly temperament and sometime i have to change the the head a bit too much as the inside sometimes blocks up. Its got a good battery life, I have to charge mine about twice every week so thats not too bad! Its very easy to use there are buttons that you press which turn the tooth brush on or off, and there coated which a sort of plastic which allows you to clean your toothbrush without the worry of it electrocuting you. It leaves my teeth feeling brilliant but I might buy a new one this year as I have had better. If you have a certain budget I would definitely go for this one just make sure to compare with other toothbrushes and read reviews as they are the most useful.
I am on my fourth one of these now. This last one had better last me as I cannot find any more - I think they stopped making them - I thought I read something about Phillips suing them!?!?
I had periodontal disease and since using this toothbrush I have had no trouble. My dentist is very pleased with the state of my teeth. They also feel great after brushing.
Unfortunately the batteries ability to recharge does not last for ever and you can't get into the toothbrush to put a new battery in. Also, design fault in that the neck is so slender that two of my toothbrush simply snapped off at the head so I treat my present one carefully when drying it after use.
I suppose I shall be forced at some point to use a different make but until then I hope to keep mine going as long as I can and will keep searching for my next one!
I came here looking for replacement heads,but stayed to write a review. I`ve had my Ultrasonex toothbrush since 2005. Bought from Boots for £74.99.I had a lot of expensive dental work done and paid silly money for the hygienist to clean my teeth, so decided to invest in a decent toothbrush.How effective the "ultrasound" is, who knows?But I`ve been very pleased with the way it cleans my teeth, and it has never let me down.There was an electric tooth pick included, which I found fiddly and didn`t use after a while. It came with extra heads and so far I`ve been lucky finding them reasonably cheaply.I find that the heads last a good 4 months, rinsed and dried after use.5 years later, the toothbrush is still going strong.I charge it for 24 hrs at a time, and it seems to last a good couple of weeks.I`ve never had a problem changing the heads using a small stubby screwdriver (belonging to my sewing machine !)I have dropped it several times onto a tiled floor and it`s fallen in the sink a few times. No problem., it still works.( Famous Last Words...!)
One down side is the fact that you can`t stand it up on it`s own due to the rounded handle, but I have it in a ceramic pot with the toothpaste. The instructions are very thorough, to the point of being amusingly patronising, but I put that down to it being of American origin.
Teeth have never been better. Also using SensiShield toothpaste, which is incredible.
This is my first electric toothbrush (I now have a new one), but I thought I would give this one a review first.
It looks professional (as you can see from the display picture) and my old one had exactly the same colour scheme, with a white base colour and an aqua coloured trim on the buttons and bristles. The base is also white.
I think I bought mine for £47.99 from Boots (although it was a while back) and I had it for about a year - during which time I found it very average. The brush head is almost rectangular shaped (in comparison to other heads that are circular), and I found this type of head extremely awkward. It really doesn't allow you to reach into the hard to get places within your mouth, and thus, really limits the cleaning capabilities of the brush.
One of the advantages of this brush that I found is that it charges up quickly (roughly 6 hours, for about two weeks use morning and night) - although readers must bear in mind that this is only in comparison to my new electric toothbrush (which takes an age to charge).
I have got a new toothbrush now, and I probably wouldn't have done if this brush had impressed me enough to stick with it. It is distinctly average, and with a look around the market for toothbrushes in the same price range, I believe you'd be able to pick up a better one than this!
ULTRA SONEX SINGLE PHASER TOOTHBRUSH
price: ABOUT £24.95
product description: ( From box)
The only sonic toothbrush with ultrasound. Three brushing options for performance and sensitivity. LED lights to indicate what mode is in use. 3 minute timer with auto shut off. Pacer function to ensure even brushing. Long life rechargeable battery. Lightweight and easy grip handle. Recharging stand.
* High speed setting for maximum cleaning
* Low speed setting for sensitive teeth
* Includes charging unit and One year supply of brush heads
* Dual speed
I had one of these toothbrushes for about 18 months and was very impressed with how well it cleaned my teeth. It definitely made a sonic sort of vibrating which seemed to clean even better than the previous electric tooth brush I had with a circular head. The fact that the head was 'normal' toothbrush size meant you covered more teeth as you moved the brush along in your mouth. I didn't find the size a problem at the back of my mouth either, it cleaned my very back teeth really well.
The timer was great and let you know when to move from one part of your mouth to the next - the sound changed four times as you did front and back of both bottom and top teeth.
I liked the rather strange looking long handle. It was easy to hold and reach all parts of your mouth. It looked very modern too, sort of streamline and elegant.
I found the charger quite neat, not too large and it didn't take up too much room on the bathroom side. The disadvantage of the elegant long shape is that it has to sit in the charger as it will not stand on its own. I guess you could lie it down.
I found the only down side was that when I went to change the brush head I followed the instructions exactly but unfortunately I managed to break the toothbrush as the head didn't come off as it should and was not repairable. So if you get one or have one I suggest you change the head before the warranty is up in case this happens to you - at least you could send it back.
So in short it was a very good brush that did an excellent job of cleaning teeth but there is a design fault in the head changing mechanism.
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I bought this toothbrush coming up to a year ago now: I was previously using an oral B sonic brush which I got on okay with, but felt it was time to upgrade, and this one seemed a winner.
The first thing that struck me was the size of the thing - you can only gauge so much about the dimensions just from a picture on a website. It's some 2/3 inches longer than the Oral B brush that I had, which might not sound a lot, but it was bigger than I was expecting (although given the size of the box it arrived in, I should probably be thankful that it wasn't a foot long..!).
Despite its length, the brush isn't particularly heavy or cumbersome at all, and fits nicely with the contour of my closed hand (although I find I end up holding the brush nearer to the head than you're supposed to, just because I've never got used to brushing with such a long brush!). All the functions are selectable by using one single, easy-to-use button in the middle of the handle, and choosing the appropriate option is easyily done - pressing it once for normal mode, twice for 'sensitive teeth mode' (a slightly reduced vibration speed), and three times to switch the vibration completely off.
On all of the modes it works with a pacer function, with a short pause in the vibration (or a quick split-second vibration when on non-vibrate mode) to remind you to to brush a different part of the mouth. If this fits in with how you brush, then it's great, but I find 30 seconds far too long to be spending brushing the tops of my teeth and not long enough to spend on the fronts, and when I have tried going by it I forget how many times it's changed (and therefore how long it has been going), and end up thoroughly confused - so I tend to ignore it nowadays. After three minutes it stops dead, seeing as that's surely long enough to satisfy anyone's worth of brushing - although you can always switch it on again for a cheeky few seconds to cover any bits of your mouth that you feel you've not fully explored.
The charge tends to last a few days before it drops in power significantly rapidly and then dies - the instructions recommend storing it in its charger when not in use, but that's not really very practical for me.
In normal mode, the brush works very well and seems to give my teeth a decent clean - perhaps not significantly better than my Oral B did, but still it's a good brush. I question whether you'd want to buy this brush to only use sensitive or vibrationless mode, as I can imagine the same quality clean can be achieved by a much cheaper brush.
I am on my second ultrasonex - the current one being a gift from a friend which was much appreciated, but perhaps wouldn't have been my first choice. The first one ended its days in the bin when the on/off switch malfunctioned close to the end of the warranty period. After some less than helpful contact with the company I decided that getting it fixed or replaced under warranty wasn't worth the hassle.
On the plus side, the unit is sleek and quite ergonomic, although the more obsessive types will want to detach the brush head for cleaning out the gunky bits between brush head changes, and there is an irritating( to me) groove round the handle which is always grimy. The brush heads are cheaper than the Philips sonicare at around £12 for 3, but still excessive for a clip on plastic toothbrush I think; and the more eco minded may well find the minimal brush heads far more acceptable to dispose of than the bulky sonicare assembly. The main unit is far more ergonomic than the sonicare too, and fits nicely in the hand.
On the minus side, the ultrasonex brush head is far bulkier than the sonicare, and the bristles much firmer making it feel much bigger in your mouth - certainly not huge, but after using the more petite sonicare for a while it takes a bit of getting used to. The Ultrasonex also came with a charging base, a carry case, and a travel charger.
The travel case is poorly thought out, made of hard plastic it is brittle and potentially easy to break or damage. The base clips on to the main part, but I find that in travel it easily comes apart unless wrapped up and secured, and as the on/off button on the brush is a push button rather than a slider a small knock is all that is required to set the brush off clattering and buzzing in the case for 3 minutes at a time. Given the long and wavy design of the brush, the case is somewhat odd in shape to accommodate it, and I cant help thinking a simple rectangular case would have been better, the brush could be clipped in to place so the switch doesn't activate, and perhaps room for a tube of toothpaste and the spare brush heads.
The travel charger is shaped like the base of the travel case, so you can swap the standard base for the charger base, but to use the charger you need to have adequate clearance above the power socket to stand the toothbrush up! As yet I have not needed to recharge the brush while away, but given the need for atound 10 - 12" of clearance you would probably have to resort to a wall socket in a room rather than plugging it in to a shaver socket in a bathroom.
None of the sonic type brushes I have seen have been perfect, although most faults and niggles are design and cost issues rather than performance related. I love the way my teeth feel after cleaning, and I have really noticed my mouth and gums feel hugely better too, but I do wish the designers tried living with these products before putting them on sale!
This electric tooth brush has 3 settings, vibration off for extra sensative teeth but if you are going to use this setting all of the time I would just save your money and get a normal tooth brush, slow vibration which is ideal for every day brushing and a faster vibration for a realy thourough clean which I use once every couple of days to keep my teeth perfectly white.
It is battery powered, the batteries are aa type and last a very long time, I have had mine two months now and havent had to replace the batteries yet.
This is a mid priced tooth brush so should be affordable by all but my only gripe with this is the size of the head of the brush, I have quite long teeth so it is perfect but anyone with short teeth would be brushing a lot of there gums with this and may struggle to fit it to the back teeth.
My cousin and I both bought ultrasonix toothbrushes. I bought a dual set and a travel unit. The travel unit broke and I was told that it has been discontinued. I have had replacement heads on order for months and everyone seems to be out of them (except possibly in the U.K.) I wrote to Salton who now says that they are a Canadian company and do not sell in the USA????? I thought they were marketing the ultrasonex units? Good product when it works, but useless without replacement heads.
The Ultrasonex Single Phaser toothbrush comes with a charging stand and three extra heads. Heads are currently £12.99 for three at Boots, so it's worth bearing in mind when comparing toothbrush prices. I've had a cheaper toothbrush, but it came with no extra heads, so the cost starts to build up a few months later when you need to start buying heads.
If you've never used a sonic toothbrush before it can feel really weird and it can take a bit of getting used to. It's got two speeds, so you can start off at the lower speed until you get used to it. It has high frequency ultrasound wave vibrations which are supposed to whiten teeth, remove stains and help reduce plaque. It's also meant to promote healthier gums. It has a three minute timer, with 30 second interval stops to prompt you to move to a different area of your mouth, so that you make sure each area gets equal amounts of brushing.
It really gets your teeth clean and gives them that just polished feeling you get after going to the dentist.
As a black coffee and red wine drinker, I find it does help reduce stains.
It will hold enough charge to last a week if you take it away on holiday without the charger.
The first one I had lasted about three years, but then the rechargable battery had almost had it so I bought a new one. After 11 months that one cracked so I took it back to Argos under guarantee. The next one cracked after a couple of months. And so did the one after that, but Argos didn't stock them any more, so I got my money back and bought one from an Amazon dealer. That cracked within a month. I sent that back to Ultrasonex and got a replacement, and that's been fine for the last five months. You might wonder why I keep persisting with this toothbrush when the casing keeps cracking, but it's because it's such a good effective toothbrush. Also my husband has had his for about two years with no problems, and the first one I had lasted three years without cracking. I suspect there has been a batch of poor quality plastic that has caused some to crack and not others.
I purchased a double toothbrush setup from Ultrasonex. In the beginning, it was wonderful, and just as advertised. Then one of the heads broke off. Thinking it was my fault I ordered another complete replacement toothbrush. Then another one broke. Tonight the third one broke. All broke while doing nothing more strenuous than brushing my teeth. Salton/Ultrasonex know they have a really weak link on this toothbrush but would prefer to tell you about all the people who haven't reported a breakage problem. I suspect there are many more than they know. Perhaps the others just throw away the remains of their Ultrasonex and buy a more substantial brand. I have seen other reviews written by disgusted people who have experienced the same issue. Buyer beware, this toothbrush is guaranteed! Guaranteed to break!
I was going to live in the USA (a long story but a short emigration as it turned out). Knowing the reputation we Brits have in the states for having bad teeth I wanted to make sure mine were at least the best they could be without dental surgery. Id already been told by my dentist that my gums were receding due to over zealous brushing so I thought Id go down the route of the electric toothbrush.
After buying, using and binning a number of cheaper electric toothbrushes (for a variety of reasons but mostly because they stop working!) I decided to spend a bit more.
At last I chose a goodun.
Although the Ultrasonex Phaser was much more expensive than the previous products I had used and discarded, I have actually spent less over the time I have been using it because .. IT STILL WORKS and WORKS WELL!
It cost me about £79 when I bought it but this price has come down to a more reasonable £59.99 in Argos today, £35.00 at Littlewoods and a much more reasonable £29.97 with free delivery from Amazon.co.uk. Its likely that a further search on the net would reveal other, possibly better, prices.
The toothbrush itself is quite long, measuring 27 cms but its comfortable to hold. Although slightly awkward to use initially (for we souls who are still half asleep in the mornings and go through our morning ablutions on automatic pilot) you very quickly become accustomed to the length and no longer attempt to clean your tonsils. (Joke!).
The instructions provide very useful (and not so useful) information for the electric toothbrush novice.
The important safeguards cover important points such as Dont let children under 10 use the toothbrush and Dont handle the charger with wet hands and extremely important points such as Dont use the toothbrush or charger for any purpose other than those described in these instructions (so no carpet cleaning then) and Keep the toothbrush ..away from hotplates, hobs and burners (Enough said!)
The How to use it guide is idiot proof going through each minute step (including Put it in your mouth!).
Now to the important bits as far as I am concerned:
1. Price. (Ive already covered that).
2. How long does a charge last? Well I have found that the charge lasts about 5 days which can mean that there is a need to carry the charger with you if you go away but other users report longer use times.
3. Can you recharge without draining the battery? Yes oh joy .yes. I think this is an important criterion when buying anything rechargeable.
4. Does it clean your teeth? Yes. My teeth have definitely looked and felt cleaner and brighter. (I didnt add to the stereotype and show us up in the States! [On a personal note in the area of the States I was in the residents could have made use of this product!)
5. Are replacement heads easily available? Yes. I have found the best buy for these are at Amazon.co.uk at 3 heads for £12.99.
6. Do you need to replace the heads often? Well, the instructions suggest a maximum of 3 months before changing heads. This is probably advisable although I have used the same head for longer than this and my teeth still feel good .maybe they could be better! The heads are very difficult to change (at least for me) so I tend to stretch the usage time beyond the limits given.
Technical bits for those who understand them:
1. Optimum 18,000 strokes per minute for maximum performance with Ultrasound
2. Sensitive 9,000 strokes per minute with Ultrasound
3. Pacer function- the timer turns the brush off every 30 seconds as a reminder to change brush position Light weight and easy grip handle
4. Nickel metal hydride battery (no memory effect)
5. Charge Indicator
6. Recharging stand
7. Includes 4 brush heads (1 years worth)
8. 2 year manufacturer's guarantee
9. Combines low frequency (sonic) vibrations with high (ultrasonic) vibrations.
10. You can choose a sonic vibration of either 9000 per minute (150Hz) or 18000 per minute (300Hz)
Ive found the toothbrush I intend to stick with. Although there is an after sales service and a 1 year guarantee (keep your till receipt), I have not had to think about using it.
Although the charger makes a high pitched squeal when charging, I can live with that. (Maybe its just my one). The lights on the toothbrush tell you when the product is in use (Hmm) and charging.
So if you want clean, white teeth and dont need a carpet cleaner . Go ahead, treat yourself.
Thanks for reading this, I hope it helps.
I took advantage of the half price promotion that many outlets were doing over Christmas and bought the Ultra Sonex "Phaser" electric Toothbrush. At Wellbeing.com it was £39.99. I have an old sonicare that is about 5 years old, and needing replaced, so I thought I'd try this type instead. One of the main reasons for straying away from my excellent sonicare that had served me well for all those years was the fact that the replacement heads for the ultra sonex are much cheaper, and the purchase price was of course reduced too. I've been unfortunate to miss all the half price sonicare bargains at littlewoods-index because they sell out so quickly. Both toothbrushes use sound waves to clean your teeth and gums. Ultra Sonex is a 2 speed variety with a more side-to-side movement (apparently), whereas sonicare seems to vibrate in all directions! (Sonicare also has more movements per second). Ultrasonex's speeds are 9,000 vibrations per minute (VPM)(150Hz), which is achieved by pressing the button on the handle once. The higher speed of 18,000 VPM (300Hz) is a quick double press away (like clicking your pc's mouse). The lower setting would be for people with sensitive teeth and gums, or those unused to electric toothbrushes, and then they could graduate to the faster speed :) I really didn't notice any movement of the brush head on the ultra sonex. On the box there is a picture of the bristles spraying out water from under a running tap, but it never did that in my bathroom! I wondered if the brush head was properly connected, but it is supplied with your first brush already installed. The box claims that in tests the toothbrush reverses gingivitis (28% gone after 4 weeks) and attacks plaque, 60% of bleeding gums are sorted after 4 weeks, and a constant 97% plaque removal. The booklet is part American and part British. You can either use a dime or a spoon to remove the brushhead! The booklet got a small detai
l wrong, it says that the little light on the handle will glow red when it is working and green when charging, whereas mine was the other way around. A tad confusing. After 3 minutes (longer than other brushes' timers) it will switch off, and the phaser functions means that it switches off for a split second after every 30 seconds so you can change the area you are brushing. Also, I really liked the rubberised grip, it is easier to hold than sonicare. However the toothbrush cannot stand upright, except in its holder, because of a rounded bottom. It must be laid on its side. I was used to standing my sonicare upright you see. The Ultrasonex comes with a 2 year guarantee, and a 1 year supply of brushheads (3 in the pack and one on the machine). It uses an ingenious Nickel metal hydride batter which means it cannot be overcharged. It is annoying that more basic batteries need to be completely discharged on a regular basis, and are quicker to need replacing as they eventually can't hold their charge anymore due to the "memory effect" (that's what my sonicare is like now). After all that I must tell you that I returned my toothbrush for a refund after 3 or 4 weeks. From the start I had had an on-off problem with the on-off switch!! sometimes it just wouldn't turn off! What sealed the deal though was the fact that I couldn't get used to the bulkiness of the brushheads, the stiffer uncomfortable bristles, and the less effective soundwaves. My teeth got plaquey (I know it probably isn't a word, but it should be) later in the day, whereas I was used to the sonicare, where at its best my teeth felt smooth right up til nighttime. Oh, and don't try to follow the instructions too literally on how to clean your teeth. It had my brain in knots trying to figure out the booklet's instuctions on how to use the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth. very strange. And I was dislocating my jaw to try to
get the clumsy brush up to the front of my wisdom teeth, not something to look forward to. Another thing to consider is the difficulty in cleaning the actual brush. The brush heads come off at a "retaining grip" and I spent ages trying to unclip mine. it isn't as easy as it looks. The brush seems to get dirty quickly, and there are lots of places for toothpaste and dirt to get trapped. The book suggest using petrolium jelly on the clip to help transmit the ultrasonic energy from the handle to the brush, but if you read my review on "original source moisturising mousse"/petrolium products(mineral oil) you'll know that I would'nt recommend using these chemicals, like vaseline etc. (if you're interested in petrochemical issues see my op about superdrug solait sun lotion). So, to round this up, I wouldn't recommend paying the full price for this toothbrush in case you don't get on with it, and if you do buy it - keep the receipt. I doubt if they'll accept returns unless there is a technical issue with the brush though, so Ultrasonex would not be my electric toothbrush of choice. Couldn't get any clearer than that!
Single brush handle rechargeable / 3 minute timer / Recharge base / 3 extra brushes.