I initially bought a pack of Tesco Extra value toothbrushes for cleaning out my sea monkey tank, back when I had them (I think 2007 - I wrote a review at the time).
A two pack currently costs 18p, which means that a toothbrush is just 9p each. They come in a variety of colours - I recall having a blue one and a yellow one at some point.
I have bought several packets of these over the years, but primarily for cleaning (especially those awkward to reach places like round the taps on the bathroom sink). However, I have used one to clean my teeth before (just to see what it was like - and prior to using that brush for cleaning), and it did the trick - just not something I'd use every day (mind you I've now converted to an electric toothbrush). I have also given one to a friend to use who came to stay and forgot their toothbrush. I am such a generous hostess! People need not worry now though, if they come to stay they can have a more expensive Oral B toothbrush as we have quite a few as weren't anticipating buying the electric toothbrushes!
You can't go wrong with these for the price, and it's good to have a few in the cupboard for emergencies, and for cleaning those hard to reach places. I suppose for those on a really tight budget then they would clean the teeth adequately on a regular basis!
I bought these toothbrushes for cleaning around my home because they were so cheap to buy. I generally usually use my old toothbrushes but I had worn the last couple of brushes cleaning around my home. When I spotted these brushes I decided to buy them because I only needed to use them for cleaning and I thought they would be suitable.
They come inside a transparent plastic wrapper with the name clearly on the front, can easily be spotted on a shelf. The brushes are a strong enough plastic and look the same as most brands. they are a good size in length and measure approximately 10 inches long. The handle is a good width but it is a flat handle and not kind of round shape like a branded kind. The plastic handle does feel a little flimsy and the head at the top of the brush is a fairly flexible neck, it bends quite easily but can withstand quite a lot of flexing for the price.
The bristles on the head are fairly long and a good enough length. They are nylon but are quite soft and it tells me on the back of the wrapper it is a medium textured brush. Even though they are fairly soft they lose their shape while using them and are quite strong bristle.
Although I only bought the brushes for cleaning purposes I did decide to use 1 for brushing my teeth to try it out to see how it performed, after all they are toothbrushes for brushing teeth. My toothpaste sat on top of the brushes really well and I was quite impressed how strong the bristles were. I began to brush my teeth and the bristles felt soft on my teeth and gums. I did brush my teeth in the usual way and in the same way as when I brush my teeth with a branded kind. I did find the brush felt a lot lighter to hold and quite a flimsy feel and I could tell I was brushing my teeth with a cheaper brush. I could reach the back of my teeth with the brush head really well and in exactly the same way as any other brush. Because the head neck is flexible I could comfortably reach all areas of my teeth and gums. It did brush my teeth really well and I was impressed on the performance of it.
I did use the brush for a couple of days to see how well it performed on a longer time scale and I can report it did serve me really well. It isn't a brush I would like to use on a regular basis or one I would want to use all of the time because it is a more lighter feel and I don't think the bristles are a strong enough material for every day usage. But I do think the brush is a good enough one for an emergency brush if you have maybe forgotten to take your regular toothbrush on a UK holiday and need to buy a cheap one until you arrive home.
They come in a pack of 2 brushes and are priced at just 18p, they are very good value for this price and so affordable for any budget in my opinion. The quality of them is really good too.
There are 2 different coloured brushes in the pack and the ones I chose were dark blue and yellow colours. From memory I think they are available in a pack of green and yellow colours and I am not sure if they are available in any other colours but they were definitely another set of colours on the shelf when I bought my pack.
Like I said earlier in my review I did buy them for cleaning around my home and I must say they work extremely well for cleaning. I use the brushes to clean around my taps and around the edge of my shower base and sink holes. I also like to use them for cleaning the bottom part of the window base which is the part when opening an window which is the part which shows that kind of hinge, not sure what it is called but when you open the window the hinge connects the window to the bottom of the window frame. Anyway this part I find does get a little dusty and dirty from leaving my windows open quite a lot and I find a cloth doesn't always clean it well enough, so I just use one of these brushes with a little cleaning spray and the bristles clean all around the edges perfectly and removes any dirt which is inside the grooves. I also have used these brushes to clean anything which has a groove which a toothbrush won't damage. Because the bristles are quite soft they are perfect for cleaning any my laptop keyboard for removing any dust or crumbs from eating while using my laptop. I always make sure the laptop is switched off any no power to it before I clean it for safety. I also make sure I use a dry bristle brush and it isn't damp or wet. I don't apply too much pressure and just gently glide the brush in between the keys. Works a treat and I am very happy with the results.
I think these brushes are worth the price for how they perform and I do recommend them for an emergency toothbrush but not for a regular one to use every day because I don't think they would last that long for every day usage and I don't think the bristles would clean the teeth well enough to be honest but as a quick fix brush I think they would serve you well.
I will buy them again for cleaning purposes because they work well enough for cleaning around my home and for 18p you just cannot go wrong buying these for cleaning in my opinion.
I give these brushes 4 stars, dropping a star because I don't think they good enough for teeth cleaning on a daily basis.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Me and my daughter often go away for the weekend. One weekend I realised I had forgotten to lift our toiletery bag so ipped into Tesco to pick up some essentials. I spied the value toothbrushes for 18p for a pack of 2 so grabbed them, knowing that we had decent toothbrushes back home so usingcheapones for the weekend would do our teeth no harm.
These are extremely basic toothbrushes, the handle is straight and smooth. There are no ergonomic grips or angled heads. The bristles are likewise extremely basic,white and in several rows. The bristles are fairly long and pretty soft. Luckily, the packs of 2 come with two different colours so you can tell them apart at the sink and you don't get them mixed up.
In use these are adequate. Strangely, we seemed to cope fine with the smooth handle and lack of grips. The fact that the toothbrush is soft is a matter of taste; it doesn't scratch against your gums if they are sensitive but I also don't feel as if they clean my teeth as well as a firmer brush. I have teeth which are squint at the back of my mouth and I feel that I could get the medium sized head into the back of my mouth and into the nooks and crannies with no problems. My teeth felt reasonably clean after using the Tesco value brush but I wouldn't want this toothbrush to be my normal one.
I have since bought a second pack of these toothbrushes and stuck them in the cupboard for any guests who have forgotten their toothbrush and I think using them in emergencies only is the best idea. I much prefer a firmer head to feel like I have given my teeth a good scrub but for 9p each these are great to use for a holiday or short break and then throw them away.
Although I tend to use a branded toothbrush as my "main" toothbrush, I do occasionally buy these basic toothbrushes from Tesco's own range, for times I might be staying away overnight, or on the odd occasion I have found myself in another city without a toothbrush. They are an absolute bargain costing just 18p (yes, 18p!) for a pack of two.
The toothbrushes have been re-branded along with the rest of the Tesco Value range, so they are now part of the Everday Value range, with slightly more colourful packaging. The toothbrushes themselves have also been jazzed up a bit, and now come in colours (red and green) rather than plain white. This is helpful if you're buying them for yourself and someone you live with, as it makes it easier to distinguish whose is whose.
The toothbrushes are packaged in a plastic wrapper, which doesn't really give much information since these are the most basic of toothbrushes. There is no clever ergonomic design, or special contours to reach those difficult areas. The handle is flat and straight with no curves, and the head is rectangular in shape with all the bristles the same length. That's it, there's nothing more to the brush than that.
In use, I find the brush isn't as comfortable to hold as my normal toothbrush, since it isn't curved or contoured to the shape of my hand, but for the few minutes I am brushing my teeth it is perfectly adequate. The bristles are quite widely spaced, making them a bit sparse on the head. This doesn't seem to affect the brushing ability, but the shape of the head is perfectly rectangular and quite large, which makes it difficult to get to those difficult to reach areas such as near the wisdom tooth. In fact, if my wisdom teeth were coming through, I'd probably avoid these brushes as they can easily knock the gum which could be painful if it was sore or sensitive.
For the price, these are perfectly fine for occasional use. However, on a longer term basis, I wouldn't be so happy to use these as I don't feel they give as close a clean due to the large head getting in the way in difficult to reach areas. The whole experience is a bit clumsy compared to more advanced toothbrushes, but I can hardly complain for the price and these also come in handy for household tasks such as cleaning up the grout on tiles.
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I have quite a rigorous cleaning regime when it comes to my home but sometimes when illness strikes, which seems to be several times a year for me, I have a period of a few weeks where things slip and it is only the essentials that get done (toilet cleaning, washing and washing up etc). I actually buy these value toothbrushes as part of my selection of products for cleaning my home. Until a few months ago these were just 10p for a packet of 2 but now the price has increased 50% to 20p. Obviously this is still a very low price but is a huge increase for any product and I only still buy these because they are still incredibly cheap and I can't see anything cheaper elsewhere at present either.
The packaging around these toothbrushes is nothing special. It is just a plastic wrapper with the Tesco value (currently converting to everyday value) logo and information on it. I cut the top off with scissors and leave the spare toothbrush in the packaging with my cleaning supplies until I need it. The packaging is a good size for the products within and obviously keeps it relatively clean and germ free until I want to use it (once opened). The packaging and the products both accurately reflect the price paid and in general the quality is fine but nothing special.
These toothbrushes are white with white bristles on them. I'm not fussed about the colour really but the white bristles allow me to see quicker when the bristles are dirty and lets me know when I need to discard the toothbrush too. I would say that the bristles are a medium-firm as recently when I ran out of toothbrush heads for my electric toothbrush I used one temporarily until the replacements arrived in the post, a clean fresh one of course. I found it cleaned my teeth well and it was strong and none of the bristles fell off in my mouth over the few days that I was using it for.
I mainly use these toothbrushes for cleaning around my bathroom and kitchen sink taps. We have a combination tap in the bathroom and in the kitchen which has one base and so there is quite a lot of limescale that builds up underneath this, particularly because of our hard water. I like to use a toothbrush to scrub these taps once a week, sometimes less often, after I've done a deep clean of the bathroom. I find that if I spray my bathroom cleaner around the bottom and then use one of these toothbrushes that I am able to lift any limescale with ease and keep my taps looking as good as they day we moved in to our brand new home!
In all I would say that these are definitely worth every penny. The price is fantastic and the quality is pretty darn good considering these work out at just 10p each!
I decided to pick up a few extra essentials to take with me on holidays last year, I tried to buy everything as cheap as possible and this is when I came across the Tesco Value Toothbrush.
These toothbrushes come in a packet of 2 and are very basic, they are white in colour and their bristles are white and plain as well. There is no fancy design or patterns to the handle on this toothbrush, they are just cheap and cheerful.
When I cleaned my teeth with this toothbrush, I found that the bristles are quite soft which makes the toothbrush very comfortable to use. There are a good number of bristles on this toothbrush and my mouth did feel really clean when I was finished brushing.
Although this toothbrush is ok for a brush or two, I wouldn't use it regularly for a long period of time as it is not the best quality, after using this toothbrush for a week on holidays I found that it was basically worn out and I didn't bother bringing it home with me.
You can buy these Tesco Value Toothbrushes in Tesco Stores on online for 20p for a packet of 2, these are very cheap compared to most other toothbrushes, but you get what you pay for because these are really basic. I think that these are good little toothbrushes to take travelling on holiday as you can bin them when the holiday is over, or they would also be good to take camping or caravanning.
Overall I think that this is a very basic toothbrush, though working out at 10p a toothbrush, you get what you pay for. I wouldn't use this toothbrush everyday but they are handy and cheap to take camping or away on holidays. Overall I would give this toothbrush 3 out of 5 stars.
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* BACKGROUND & INFO *
I am quite fussy when it comes to buying toothbrushes for myself, and I am often cautious about them causing sensitivity to my already-very-sensitive teeth. For this reason, I was rather dubious about how the Tesco Value Toothbrushes would suit my own dental needs.
Priced at only 20p for a pack containing two individual toothbrushes, I wasn't going to have to pay much to find out, which was a plus point.
The packaging for the toothbrushes is basic by anyone's standards, but this is something I have come to expect with the Tesco Value brand overall. The advantage to the very basic, clear plastic wrapper was that I could clearly see the toothbrushes contained within, and this allowed me to scrutinise them quite carefully before I made my purchase.
* MY EXPERIENCE *
The brushes are a plain white colour, and have a very 'standard' design to them. The handle of the brush is quite long and flat, and is surprisingly sturdy to use. I also was surprised as the handle didn't feel 'slippy' to use, and I managed to maintain a reasonable grip throughout my usual brushing routine.
The bristles on the brush are white, so the overall look of the brushes is indeed rather uninspiring and quite plain. During my time using the Tesco Value brushes, I noticed that none of the bristles became loose or fell out, so they did appear to be of a reasonable quality to my mind. The bristles certainly felt quite sturdy when I was using the brush and my teeth felt like they were getting a good clean, without the bristles being overly harsh and causing irritation or bleeding to my gums.
The 'strength' of the bristles are medium, which is what I usually choose for myself, although in the case of the Value toothbrushes this is of course the only choice available. I didn't think that they were overly soft which would have resulted in me feeling like my mouth was only half clean, but neither were they so harsh that my sensitive teeth and gums found the bristles offensive.
The brush is as easy to use as any other toothbrush, and I have used a variety of pastes alongside the brush, all of which worked equally well. The oblong-shaped head of the Tesco Value toothbrush is quite large in comparison to other brushes, so I found the toothpaste sat neatly on top, without spilling over the sides and causing excess mess or waste. There is a slight curve in the design of the toothbrush head, although no flexibility in the movement of the head, which is a shame.
The only real downside for me personally is that I found the head of the toothbrush was quite large. This made it feel quite clumsy and cumbersome when I was brushing my teeth. I also would have preferred a little 'flexibility' in the head's movement, but as this was lacking, the brush head felt quite 'heavy' to use on my teeth, and not as easy to manoeuvre as other brushes.
This is what I had expected from such a cheap and basic purchase however, so I wasn't overly surprised or disappointed. The other aspects of the Value toothbrush were fine, and I thought it was actually quite a robust little item.
I used the second toothbrush in the pack for cleaning around my sink. The area behind and underneath the taps is particularly difficult to reach, so I found the toothbrush was ideal to fit into these little spaces. Similarly, I used the brush for cleaning my tile grout and it worked wonderfully for this purpose without falling apart or leaving bristles everywhere.
Overall, I was quite pleased with the performance of the Tesco Value Toothbrush and thought it was a good 'budget' item that was admittedly basic, but of a reasonable quality. If money was tight and I needed to replace my toothbrush then I would consider buying the Tesco Value brushes again. Likewise, I will buy them again for cleaning in awkward spaces around the home. Generally speaking however, I prefer a toothbrush with a rubber-gripped handle and a rounded head, so this is what I will continue to purchase for the most part.
I picked a few packs of these up a couple of months ago in Tesco because I can't resist a good bargain. They are priced at just 20 pence for a twin pack (so 10 pence each!) which is two or so pounds less than the higher quality brands and due to this I didn't have high expectations It's always a good idea to have a spare toothbrush handy in my opinion as they have a variety of uses - whether it be as a spare for a guest/partner, or for other uses such as cleaning - toothbrushes are great for cleaning around the base of taps, around the toilet seat and so on but obviously if you do use them for this purpose, bin them after use as it's not hygienic to re-use them.
Toothbrushes also need changing regulary (dentists reccomend every 3 months) so having spares is handy and buying higher quality brands of toothbrush can get a bit expensive as a lot of them are £3-£4 for a basic manual toothbrush. These basic, manual toothbrushes come packaged in a transparent minimalistic thick cellophane type packet, this has the usual Tesco Value logo on it along with a blue band which has blue font on it which reads 'Twin pack toothbrush.' The packaging is basic but I can not really complain as it's not the packaging that's important. The toothbrushes themselves are a good size - they're around 7/8 inches long and quite thin, but not so thin that they're fiddly. They're white in colour which I don't like at all; it makes them look very cheap and almost surgical, lol.
The toothbrush is made of a lightweight plastic which is slightly uncomfortable to hold as it digs into my hand when i'm brushing my teeth. I prefer toothbrushes with a rubber type of handle, but for the price I paid I think that the handle is okay; it's easy to grip and lightweight. It's a lot thinner than a majority of toothbrushes but again, for the price I can not complain too much. The head of the brush is a decent size - the same size as a normal toothbrush and the bristles are a decent length and they're compacted. Tesco state that the bristles are rounded to help protect teeth and gums and Tesco describe them as medium, so I was expecting them to be reasonably soft, however they're hard to the touch, even when wet and when I used one for the first time it felt very scratchy and flimsy and like the bristles were going to fall out at any minute (they didn't though). I suppose too hard is better than too soft though as the bristles stay compact and clean better rather than just splaying out.
The head is slightly curved but not at all flexible and it can be a little awkward cleaning every last inch of my mouth because it's harder to get right to the very back than it would be with a more flexible toothbrush, and because of the hard bristles I have to make sure it doesn't rub against my gums or the inside of my mouth. The toothbrush is okay though and cleans my teeth, although I have to spend longer to clean my teeth with this because although the bristles are hard it doesn't feel like it cleans my teeth quite as harshly/thoroughly as my usual toothbrush does. Because of the reasons above (harsh bristles etc) I don't use these toothbrushes to clean my teeth anymore, but I do use them for cleaning around the sink, taps, bath etc and they do a great job. They get manky easily though and as they're white the dirt shows up easily, but this doesn't matter as obviously once I am done cleaning I can throw it in the bin - at 10p a pop it's not a waste of money and it does a good job in my opinion - it's much more prescise and more able to get into small gaps than a cleaning sponge or wipe. I overall would reccomend these for cleaning, but not for the purpose of cleaning your teeth.
My girlfriend and I went away to Devon for a couple nights last year. We wanted to pack light and take just enought toilletaries so we didn't need to cart them back on the train! We went to tesco and bought a few miniature shampoo and shower gel bottles to take in our bags. I then noticed these toothbrushes and said we should take them with us instead of our heavy electric toothbrushes ( never normally use regular toothbrushes, always my electric) so I picked up a pack. I think they were 29p. They were shoved in my bag ready for the trip.
When we came round to using them, I wish I hadn't bought them. The bristles are so hard and aggressive on your teeth! They feel very uncomfortable to use and painful at times. There the correct size, just didn't feel nice. To be fair, they did the job, and for such a small price there not too bad. Please don't expect a brilliant experience with them. If you are going camping they are a good idea because you can throw them away. Toothbrushes In general are rather expensive these days. So these best any other for the price!
When i got home, my mum stole them off me and said they would be good for her cleaning. She uses them all over the house. So if you do like using toothbrushes as mini cleaners, go to tesco and buy these. They have many purposes.
I think there worth picking up next time your in tesco and putting in the bathroom cabinet, you never know when you will need spare toothbrushes. If someone stays round and forgets there toothbrush, give the, one of these and they will be happy. I wouldn't say that they are a waste of money. They are handy!
At first I wish I hadn't bought them, but to be honest there fine and a pretty good idea. Worth having them.
Thanks for reading!
I really needed a change of toothbrush, but toothbrushes are one of those everyday items that remain shrouded in mystery for me. I use one every day, but I have no idea where to start when I need to buy another. Soft, medium, hard? Flexible neck? Extra-voluptuous handle? What on earth did I get last time? After reading the reviews here, and with a growing fascination for Tesco Value, I picked up a pack of these.
The toothbrushes come in twin packs that cost 30p - 15p a brush! The packet describes them as "medium texture for effective cleaning", and that's the only option available. After being told numerous times that my favoured hard brushes are bad for the enamel (I don't know what to believe any more), I was content to try medium.
The handle's design is very much function over form: straight, thin, white, and quite flat. The neck has a slight curve, and there's a little ridged section for you to get some purchase on, but those are the only ergonomic concessions. If you have big hands it might not be the easiest thing to grip, and even my skinny fingers took a while to adjust. The brushes are also too thin for the holes on our wooden toothbrush holder - a silly thing I should foreseen - so I keep them in a beaker instead.
The head of the brush is quite small and narrow, with no fancy stuff on the back for extra cleaning, as a lot of toothbrushes have now. The bristles are white, all the same length, a bit soft and thin, and lasted about a week before they started to splay out of shape. I admit I did spend about three times as long brushing my teeth, just to equal the same clean feeling I got with my previous brush, and this didn't help keep the bristles in shape. Though they do the job, they don't feel fully thorough, so I wouldn't use these without floss to sort out all the crannies. After a couple of weeks I started to feel like my teeth were looking darker, though it was hard to distinguish whether this was down to the change of brush or just general paranoia. As a habitual drinker of tea and coffee, I'm always anxious not to let my teeth get stained, and these didn't do much to alleviate my concerns.
Given the poor longevity of the bristles, I don't think these brushes are a viable long-term replacement for costlier ones. If you favour soft bristles already, they might last longer for you, but as a pretty vigorous brusher I doubt these will last me a couple of months each. It's advisable to change brushes every three months at least, to avoid gathering too much bacteria, but these would be too out of shape for my liking even before then. They're fine as a temporary measure, but I wouldn't want to rely on them.
Though I've enjoyed my Value dabble, I'm looking forward to using these up and buying something a bit more expensive. I'm sure there are other cheap or own-brand brushes that would do a better job. For 30p I really can't dislike them too much - or complain that I haven't gotten my money's worth, since I have - but in the long run it strikes me as a false economy, and oral hygiene isn't something to mess about with. If nothing else, when I'm done with them I'll have a couple of nice little brushes to shine the taps with.
Toothbrushes on the supermarket shelves seem to me to be an extensive range of multi-coloured designs at high prices. I have searched for ages to find a suitable toothbrush at a reasonable price. So many toothbrushes have wide bulky handles which I struggle to hold onto whilst brushing and often, as I have sensitive gums, end up with a sore mouth due to the various 'massagers' and large brush heads. I began to long for the old fashioned and basic toothbrushes we used to have in childhood.
A toothbrush is a little thing in our lives, something we don't really want to put too much thought towards. A toothbrush which is comfortable to use and does the job effectively is all that most of us require. But it is a 'tool' we use each and every day, so fairly important. It is recommended we brush our teeth twice a day and change our toothbrush every 3 months.
Just over a month ago whilst once again searching through the shelves of toothbrushes, this time at Tesco, I decided to buy a pack of Tesco Value toothbrushes. They are currently priced at 30 pence for two white plastic toothbrushes and packaged in a clear plastic sealed bag with the minimalist Tesco Value Range labelling. I had previously dismissed them on many occasions, thinking they looked flimsy and the brush head would be soft and most probably useless. Let's face it, they do look 'cheap' and you normally get what you pay for.
But how wrong I was! What a relief to find a toothbrush that is comfortable to use. The toothbrush is 19cm long with a flat handle which narrows and slightly curves at the top towards the brush head. Ridges moulded on the handle at the point where your thumb holds the brush provide a good grip. The brush head is small which I find ideal for brushing, making it possible to easily get behind and to the back of my teeth, also without getting sore gums. The bristles (probably made from nylon) are quite firm and they last well.
I have been both surprised and impressed by these toothbrushes. The shaker maxim 'Tis a gift to be simple' has kept coming to my mind whilst brushing my teeth! I think everyday items are often over designed and decorated, then sold at ridiculous prices. How refreshing to find an item that is just what it needs to be and nothing more.
It would be unfair to compare one of these to an electric toothbrush, but if you are looking for a straightforward toothbrush with a slim handle, a small but firm brush head and don't mind a plain looking white toothbrush, Tesco Value Twin Pack of 2 toothbrushes are a bargain. Ideal for travel.
Thanks for reading!
© Lunaria 2012
---Tesco Value Range---
'Our Value range offers you our lowest price on the widest range of products, without ever compromising on quality. So you can feed your family within your budget and still trust that they're getting the good food they need.'
---What They Are---
Part of Tesco's Value range - a pair of very basic white toothbrushes. Come in a basic plastic package.
These are definitely under the 'cheap and cheerful' category - but there is no harm with that.
Curerently selling in a twin pack for 30p - so only 15p each.
These are always in white - but they also do a four pack called 'family' for 65p where the brushes are different colours - which is a help so family members can have their own colours.
Unlike other cheap toothbrushes I have tried these would be classed as 'medium'. They are not too hard as many cheap ones are, and seem not too soft or too hard for me - just a good happy medium. They also are long lasting and have rounded ends and the bristles do not splay out very quickly - usually I change then over before this happens.
As far as I am concerned a toothbrush is a toothbrush - and these are all I use. I also always have a few spare ones in my bathroom cupboard so they can be changed often, and we always have new ones in case of son's friends staying over - or them falling down the toilet or on the floor!
All in all I would rather buy a cheap brush and change it often than pay £2-4 and then try and hang on to it for ages - which is quite unhygienic.
---Would I recommend?---
Yes definitely - unless you would be ashamed to have such a plain brush in your bathroom.
Only giving four stars as they are very bland looking.
Cheap, usable, white, basic.
The Tesco Value Toothbrush is probably the product that made my mind up about budget oral healthcare products - it really is better to spend a little more. Value products have their limitations. They have to be manufactured at ridiculously low cost and obviously due to this they will rarely be able to compete with branded products. The Tesco Value Toothbrush is no exception, and priced at 20p for a twin pack you may be forgiven for thinking that they could turn out to be a value buy - what do you have to lose?!
The packaging is basic. The mainly plastic packaging with cardboard backing is typical for this kind of product and the clean white finish does lack attractiveness. There is nothing to draw the customer in, but there are never any gimmicks in value products. The toothbrushes are also plain white, with white bristles aswell. The only colour on the packaging is the Tesco logo and the simple wording 'Twin Pack Toothbrush'.
As the price is so very cheap you really have to wonder how they make them for so little. Either that, or branded products have a massive markup! The toothbrushes are very basic in design, with a boring white head and handle and styling that hasn't had much thought put into it. There are no rubber grips on the handle or flexible heads in sight here, just a hard plastic handle and stiff bristles.
The result of these cheaply made toothbrushes results in a poor experience. The toothbrush is unforgiving and left my gums bleading on occassions. The effect the brushing had on my teeth and gums was very harsh. The bristles are not contoured and are of a uniform length and overall I think this product had an adverse effect on my oral hygiene.
The Tesco Value Toothbrush isn't a product I would recommend in all honesty. However, I think these would make an acceptable accessory for taking on holiday with you or for a short break away. At this price they can be replaced very cheaply and you can afford to replace them more regularly. For longer term use I advise you spend a bit more money on a decent quality toothbrush that has been designed more ergonomically for a better brushing experience.
I bought these around a month ago as I staying at my friends house as I had to be up for 6am to travel to London. I paid around 10p for this two pack of value toothbrushes. The packaging is somewhat simple, no frills comes to mind!
The brushes have rather large heads and the bristles stick out a little bit. I guess you can't complain for the price. I cleaned my teeth with these just the once. They are quite hard on gums and they're hard to move around the mouth as they're so big. They clean teeth okay, you have to scrub quite hard to get the toothpaste to foam up with these though. After use my teeth felt clean but not clean enough. I had to use some mouthwash after to give me extra confidence as I didn't feel clean enough to "brush and go".
I have since found other uses for these though! I threw the used brush away and kept the other. I use it to scrub up old jewellery. It works a treat! Just dip the jewellery into a cleaning solution first then scrub with one of these to remove marks and/ or stains. You can also use them to clean pet hutches and to clean bicycle tyres. The list is neverending!
Not bad for the price, however they are better suited to cleaning than to oral care.
I have used Tesco Value Toothbrushes several times when I have been traveling because at 10p a pop it's okay to use if for a few days and then to throw it away. I also have a couple that I keep at home for visitors when they come to stay with me and forget their toothbrush (I know it seems to be something that I always forget when I go to stay with friends!).
The Tesco Value Toothbrush is a white plastic toothbrush that comes wrapped in a cellophane packet (you get 2 brushes per pack) - which makes it ideal to be used when traveling as you can just keep it in the packet (and hence clean) until you reach your destination. The toothbrush is made of quite cheap feeling plastic, but it feels robust enough for short term use - and certainly when I've used one toothbrush for two weeks it stood up to the challenge. The design of the toothbrush is pretty basic and non-inspiring, not being angled to get at my back teeth more easily and without a sculptured handle to make using it more ergonomical. Having said that, the design, while basic, is also adequate - although it's not something I'd want to be using on a day to day basis as I like my electric toothbrush! The bristles are all the same length, which is not ideal for cleaning teeth, especially the molars and premolars. In addition to this, the bristles feel pretty soft and not very robust and so when I brush my teeth it feels like I can't brush them as hard as I feel I need to. Certainly, after two weeks of use, the bristles are getting very soft and frayed - and ideally I wouldn't suggest using this brush for more than about a week.
Overall, I think these toothbrushes are okay for very short term use - but I wouldn't suggest this being your main toothbrush, but it's ideal for travel.