“ Brand: Visiq „
My family brought this from Ebay, you actually get 4 brushes and there are 4 of us so we decided to get it for all of us rather than once each. I'm quite impressed actually, its very strange and its hard to get used to. Its so strong that it vibrates your teeth so much it tickles. Aside from that it does make you wonder how its cleaning them so well but once finished its absolutely fantastic and it feels like you've had a scale and polish at the dentist but with an extra polish! Teeth are so smooth afterwards and really clean and shiny. I would definitely rate this for value for money, our dentist actually recommended this to us and we got it off Ebay and saved £40 in total.
My brother finds this difficult to use, he is a young teenager and finds the power too much to handle. The brush does actually have a lower power setting which I would recommend for younger users.
Ever since I received an electric toothbrush for my birthday last year, my seven year old son has been asking if he could have one of his own too. Anything that encourages an interest in toothbrushing has to be a good thing for his age group but we weren't sure how he would get on with an electric version, so my husband bought a budget option to test the water.
He picked up a Visiq rechargeable toothbrush from Argos for £9.99 which seemed reasonable for a toothbrush that would be used by a child. The toothbrush comes supplied with a relatively bulky charging unit and two brush heads. The charger has a standard two-pin end (suitable for use in shaving points) but we picked up an adapter for less than a pound from Wilkinson so that it can be charged via a mains socket.
The design of the toothbrush itself compares pretty favourably to my more expensive Braun model. It has a similar slimline white and blue design that impressed my seven year old and he finds it very comfortable to hold and use with relatively little help. There is a straightforward design with two separate buttons for on and off and no other complicated switches or buttons so he is able to operate this with ease. (We do still help him to clean the back teeth, as advised by our dentist, particularly now that he has quite a few adult teeth in place.) The brush head is very small, round and soft and my son is more than happy to use this independently and hasn't complained of any pain or discomfort as a result of using this. After use, the brush just needs to be rinsed thoroughly to avoid any residue of dried toothpaste building up and affecting performance.
Given the similar appearance to my own toothbrush, there has been the odd occasion where I've been particularly bleary in the mornings and have started to use this myself instead of my own brush. I have realised my mistake pretty quickly though as this brush feels much less powerful in my mouth than my, admittedly superior, Braun model. Again, this is a positive attribute for our son as he would probably find a more powerful brush a little uncomfortable and overbearing. As it is, this brush seems to encourage him to take more interest and responsibility for cleaning his teeth. The brush is quite noisy, given its relative lack of power, but not enough to cause complaints.
This brush has one major advantage over the more expensive, otherwise superior brush that I use and that is how long it is able to go between charges. It has lasted as much as three weeks between charges before now (and, yes, my son has actually been using it!) It may well be losing some of its power by the end of that period though as it doesn't have any means of warning the user that power is getting low or any form of timer to aid the user in cleaning their teeth for the recommended amount of time. During charging, the brush has a green light which shows that the brush is charging up correctly. A full charge takes around 10-12 hours but it really does last for ages once fully charged.
As a budget option, this brush has one pretty major flaw though. Despite coming with a replacement brush head (so clearly the heads can be replaced), there is no means of replacing the heads provided. Essentially, once the two heads supplied have outlived their recommended usage period, you would need to replace the entire brush system which doesn't seem to be particularly economical or very environmentally sensitive. Visiq isn't a brand that I'm familiar with but it appears to be exclusive to Argos (indeed this brush seems to have been re-branded within the latest Argos catalogue as an 'Argos Value range' although it is the identical brush.) Sadly, Argos/Visiq don't appear to sell replacement heads which is a real disappointment and there is no indication that the heads are compatible with any other brand. (They certainly don't appear to be interchangeable with the Braun heads I use.) Had we realised at the time of purchase that we couldn't buy replacement heads we would have chosen a different brand as, in the long run, it would be better value for money to pay slightly more for the unit itself and then buy replacement heads as and when required.
Our brush has served his purpose well though and my son is taking more interest and care over his teeth as a result but the lack of replacement heads is a major disappointment. For that reason alone I would not personally recommend buying this, despite its low price tag. Should you still wish to, the brush is available at Argos under catalogue number 442/5832.