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A while ago, I came across an offer in Boots on all Colgate sonic and battery powered toothbrushes, offering 2 brushes for £6. As I was already a user of their Actiflex sonic 360 brush, I quickly took advantage of the offer. Some of the brushes included in the offer cost more than £6 each anyway! I ended up with four in total, two of my usual type and two of these Colgate Motion battery powered ones because my husband was insistent that he'd used them before and thought they were good. He then decided to buy himself an electric toothbrush so muggins here has been left to use them up! This brush is available in Superdrug at the moment for £4.50 - half price from it's usual price of £9. Various colours are available - mine is white with bright green features - I remember blue and pink being available at the time too.
The good points - A nice, fresh mouth
I've used this brush for a couple of months now. I've not been all that impressed with it, compared to my previous Colgate sonic one. There's been a couple of problems with it that I'll outline but first I'll mention it's good points - it cleans and freshens my mouth, teeth and gums very well which I suppose is the main thing. I use it alongside the standard Colgate toothpaste and after brushing all around for 2 to 3 minutes, my mouth feels very clean and fresh. I also use interdental brushes for inbetween my teeth first and I've found the results have been good using the two combined, one after the other. The head moves quite fast around, especially at the beginning. It claims to remove up to 4 times the bacteria that a normal manual brush would - obviously I can't confirm that but I would tend to agree to their claim based on the feel of my mouth afterwards. It removes most, if not all of food debris.
The head has two different parts to it - shorter bristles in the middle and longer ones at the very top to reach those harder places. It also has a small pad on the back of the brush head that can be used across the tongue and gums, although I don't use it all that often. I just find that it ends up full of toothpaste and needs to be cleaned thoroughly after each use to remove the excess but it is an extra and it's been useful at the times when I have used it, particularly after eating smelly foods like garlic! The brush head is classed as medium, as far as I know it is only available with a medium head. I used to always buy a soft brush head on the dentist's recommendation but I do find that these verge on the softer side of medium anyway so it's always been ok.
It's beginning to get to the point where I'll need to replace the batteries. It's power gets worse as time goes on so it's fairly easy to tell when they need to be changed. There's a cap at the bottom where 3 AAA batteries are easily slotted but due to the downsides, I don't think I'm going to bother.
On the whole, I feel that the results from this brush are better than just a manual brush, something that I would never go back to now. Having said that, I wouldn't say that the results have been any better than from using Colgate's sonic 360 brush which costs slightly less than this model, at £3.22 currently in the same Superdrug offer. This one costs more I assume because the batteries in it are replaceable, as are the heads.
Downsides - Bulky with sensitive buttons
Now for the downsides. There are two main downsides - the first being it's bulkiness. It's over twice as thick as a standard manual brush and our standard toothbrush holder is just taken over by this thing! Luckily with my husband's electric brush kept elsewhere there is enough room for it but I don't think you could house more than two of these in a standard pot. It's definitely not a good design for bigger households. It's also no good for use in a toothbrush holder with pre-divided holes - there is zero chance of getting it through one of those. The only (minor) good thing about it's bulky handle is that it offers more to grip onto while brushing as there's more to grab onto.
The other downside is the position of the buttons. There's one large button that has two within it - one for off and one for on which make it easy to operate but not to use. The buttons are halfway up the handle and are in the exact place where my hand goes to hold it while brushing meaning that in a 2 to 3 minute brushing time, I end up switching it off inadvertently at least 3 times. That's not just sometimes - it's every time! The brush needs to be redesigned so that the button is either in a different place or at least needs to be less sensitive to touch.
I suppose a third downside, if you weren't bothered by the two downsides I've come across are the availability of the heads. I am yet to come across them in any of the larger stores. Luckily, I'm not bothered because I don't want to continue using it but if someone bought it for continued use, it would pose a problem.
I think this is a very average brush. Less than average really. I've rated it 2 stars because I feel that although the results from brushing are good, those are outweighed by it's bulkiness and the sensitive buttons. I won't be purchasing it again (although my husband still maintains that they are good) and will be going back to using the alternative Colgate 360 sonic brush whenever I get round to buying more.
Thanks for reading :o)
My children have always struggled brushing their teeth to a standard that I find acceptable, apparently this is normal after hearing a group of mothers calling their kids off down the school the other morning!
So to combat this (and the fact that my daughter has quite crooked teeth at the moment, so finds it difficult to get into all the nooks and crannies anyway!), I decided to invest in a battery operated vibrating action brush, like the advert says, every little helps!
The toothbrush I will now review is - "Colgate motion".
My son received a motion brush for Christmas (review coming) and it does seem to have improved his ability to clean his teeth, so wasn't really too fussed at what sort I got for my daughter.
This particular brush was on offer at my local Asda when I went shopping, and compared to the other similar brushes was almost £5.00 cheaper, so of course I got this one (my daughter also loves the colour orange, another reason this went in the trolley over the boring blue ones!).
The brush comes complete with 2 x AAA batteries, safely sealed within the handle of the brush, this means this is the same as a bog standard brush in the sense that it will have to be thrown as soon as the batteries/brush head wear out, but when you consider how much you would pay for a normal brush, I don't feel I am losing money.
The handle first, the handle is quite chunky and cylindrical in shape, though still perfect for a youngster to hold confidently.
There is a small band of rubber grip situated around were the on/ off buttons are housed, conveniently just about were your thumb should lie (if your holding the brush correctly!).
The buttons to operate, are housed beneath the rubber skin, so you do have to push with some force to switch on/off, again this is easy enough for a child to do unaided.
The brush head is slightly different to any I have seen before. The brush is set out into two different sections, there is a round head that spins round at high speed, changing direction every few seconds, then a slightly smaller square shaped part beneath that is just a stationary brush, this does nothing not even vibrate.
The round part is supposed to be the part that removes all the plaque and food debris, with the bottom part being a back up brush, for use as you would with a normal one.
Does it work, yes! I am not sure though whether it is the quality of the brush, or the novelty of it that seems to have encouraged my daughter to improve her dental hygiene, but her teeth are definitely cleaner meaning I have to send her back to re-clean much less often!
And before I have people message me about how I should stand over them, easier said than done having a 8 year old who thinks she is 20, and an aspiring teenage boy, who is 4! Lol!
Price wise these was purchased for £4.00, a fantastic price in my opinion, I am just waiting for Asda to stock more than just one colour so we can all have one! (If we have the same colour, you can't guarantee you will get your own brush back!).
For more information visit - www.asda.co.uk
Thanks for reading x
Rotating bristles sweep plaque away and gently remove food particles / Ergonomic curved neck to reach those hard to reach places / Colours: fuchsia, blue, purple, dark green /