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What is going on with the price of toothbrushes lately?! A quick trip into Superdrug the other day resulted in me nearly having a mini heart attack. All the brands seemed to be peddling their wares for around £5 or in some cases even more. And this was for one individual toothbrush! Insane. The whole thing left me with the feeling that i was missing something. For me a toothbrush is just a plastic stick with some bristles stuck on the end so why do they cost so much? Have they started sprinkling them with gold dust? After i had gotten over my initial shock and was breathing normally again i began hunting the shelves for something a bit more reasonably priced. I came across the Wisdom Xtra Clean toothbrushes in a four pack that had been labelled as being great value. It actually was as well! I paid about £1.85 and i skipped out of Superdrug with my faith in the world restored. I had managed to buy 4 toothbrushes for about a third of what other brands expected me to pay for just one! So what did i actually get for my money? Four toothbrushes that in all honesty were pretty basic. Each of the four came in a different colour, i got a blue, green, purple and pink, making them great for families or just to provide some variety for those of us who get bored easily. Each toothbrush had medium bristles and a simple plastic handle that got thicker towards the end meaning that you could get a good, firm grip of the product. The toothbrushes also featured some rubber grips in a slightly darker colour on the handle that also help to improve grip. The thickened handle does mean that this toothbrush won't fit in my toothbrush holder but i have found this to be quite common with most new toothbrushes. I definitely appreciate the improved grip that the thicker handle provides and so i really think it is more a case of manufacturers needing to make something that accommodates larger toothbrushes. Now although this wasn't the fanciest toothbrush i have ever used i found that it did its job really effectively. The neck had a surprising amount of flexibility and the head is sort of tapered at the top so that all areas of the mouth can be reached with ease. The bristles are also slightly angled so as to improve cleaning between the teeth. I did find the bristles to be fairly firm but they didn't at all irritate my gums in any way, which i was particularly impressed with as i do have a bad habit of brushing too hard. The head was a good size; not at all bulky, which is a pet hate of mine. My mouth has never felt anything less than perfectly clean and refreshed after using the product! I have been very impressed with the quality of these toothbrushes. Although i bought them for a bargain price the product doesn't at all look or feel cheap. It feels very sturdy in my hand and i really like the simple two-tone design. None of the bristles have fallen out whilst using the toothbrush, something that i have had happen to me even when using expensive toothbrushes and they keep their shape for a good amount of time. I get so sick of using a toothbrush only a handful of times before the bristles get so misshapen that it needs to be replaced. Thankfully i seem to have finally found one that is up to the job! As i have said before this is a basic toothbrush but it really does do the job it is supposed to. I feel that a lot of other toothbrushes include features that really aren't necessary and act more as gimmicks than really improving the product in any real way. For example, i really hate the tongue and cheek cleaners that have become so common these days. They don't work and just act to make the toothbrush head bulky in the mouth and uncomfortable to use. I really like that there are still products available that don't include these extraneous features. I have been really impressed with this pack of toothbrushes. For the price i really wasn't expecting a lot but instead i have found a great quality product that really provides a good clean for my teeth and something i will be sure to buy again. It is great to find a brand that seems to understand that not everyone wants to pay an extortionate price for gaudy designs and unnecessary features. All i ever want from a toothbrush is something that does the job and this is what this product really does deliver. I couldn't be happier!
In terms of buying toothbrushes, I have never been one for spending too much on them as I feel that you use them for a month or so and throw them out so to spend too much would be silly. I usually do buy Colgate toothbrushes but when I was in Home Bargains, I do like to have a browse and saw that they were selling a pack of these toothbrushes for a very good price so I couldn't say no. I hadn't heard of the brand before but on looking online it seems that Boots sell them too so they can't be that poor of a brand to be sold there. I think when things are cheap I am always wary but even if it wasn't a great toothbrush I could always bin it and get a better one. APPEARANCE The toothbrush I have is the Xtra Clean one which is fairly average in terms of toothbrushes, it is a pink tooth brush with a darker pink rubber grip on the handle. It has a head which has white and green bristles and they are in a circular form in the middle. It says Wisdom down the handle of the toothbrush and that is pretty much the appearance of it. These brushes do come in different colours and I got mine in a pack of 2. XTRA CLEAN This toothbrush is very easy to hold and obviously with having the rubber grip on the handle it gives a really secure grip. The handle is also raised at certain bits and gets narrow towards the head again to allow an easier grip of the toothbrush. The toothbrush itself is very easy enough to use and with it having a circular form to the head, I tend to brush my teeth in a circular motion with this also to ensure I get good results. These brushes have angled bristles to allow for better cleaning and a cleaning tip to reach back teeth. While using the toothbrush, I find it easy enough to move around and I feel it is comfortable to use without the bristles hurting my teeth. It seems to get right into corners with its pointier head and I feel like it really is cleaning thoroughly. The head also has a bit of flexibility to it as well which just adds to the ease of use. The bristles are very firm but move well when cleaning and seem to not get bent out of shape to easily after using for a couple of weeks which always means for a good quality toothbrush. In terms of what I thought of the results, at first I didn't seem to notice much difference but now having been using the toothbrush for a good few weeks, I do feel my teeth are looking good and I don't seem to have plaque on my teeth. They also feel smoother and my mouth looks in a really good way which is always a bonus and I think the toothbrush just seems to reach into my teeth better and just clean a lot more thorough than my previous toothbrush which didn't have angled bristles which to me really make the difference. Overall, I wasn't sure what to expect from my Wisdom toothbrush having not paid too much for it and I can safely say I am very happy with it and it has been good value for money. The toothbrush has given me really good results and for the time being I will keep on using this brand as I feel they are no different from Colgate who are always a bit pricier. The brush has no real negatives that I can think of at the time being but I am quite a casual girl whereas some people want really high features from a toothbrush so it is all really a matter of preference. COST These toothbrushes can be purchased at Home Bargains or at Poundland and places like that who will give you much cheaper deals than what Boots will ask for. I bought my pack of 2 Wisdom Xtra Clean brushes at Poudland and this cost me of course £1 which when you think of it is like 50p for an alright toothbrush. It isn't a lot to ask for and even to give the brand a try isn't setting your money back too far. There is an official Wisdom website but it has no information on the Xtra Clean brush. However, if you still want to take a look it is http://www.wisdom-toothbrushes.com/