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We previously had a battery powered electric toothbrush, so knew more or less what to expect when we purchased this. But I must say we were pleasantly suprised. compared to our cheap battery version, this gave much more "brush". The vibration is pleasant and it really feels like your teetch are being cleaned thoroughly, and they are indeed left feeling "squeeky clean"
The brush and charger cost us 29.99 and it came with three different interchangeable heads, which yuou can colour code with little coloured rings to save mix ups. The two pin plug fits perfectly into our existing shaver socket, and so far we have found that it last more than the advertised 7 days between charge up (but then there are only two people using it).
The brush has two modes, normal an sesitive, and a buzzer to tell you when you have brushed for the recommended amount of time ( 2 mins) .
The handle is blue and white, and has a slightly rubbery feel to give good grip. The different heads just push on and pul of really simply, and a slight click indicates to you that they are located.
Before I bought this Electric toothbrush I was hesitating to purchase it due to the price but I eventually bought it to test it out and to see if it was worth upgrading to an electrical toothbrush. I was glad that I bought this after using it because it cleaned my teeth so much better than my manual brush and now that I have used it so much I don't think I could go back to my manual (unless my only option was to brush with a manual). The soft bristles are kind to my teeth and I can promise it will be kind to others. The brush fits perfectly into my hands making it feel comfortable when brushing my teeth. The blue indicator bristles will fade over three months to remind you to change the head which I thought was amazing as I didn't have to take note of when the new head was placed on.
I've wanted an electric toothbrush for ages. They're the creme-de-la-creme of teeth-cleaning devices surely? Not any old scraggy two for £1 brush for my pearly whites thank you very much. So, husband finally got the hint and I was romantically treated to one last Christmas when they were on offer in Boots. It's brilliant - my teeth feel REALLY clean, plus it was on offer so everyone's a winner. I like the fact it lets you know when you've reached your two minutes optimum brushing time too - it's handy that.
What's odd though is the charger. I'm guessing it has two prongs so that you can plug it into those shaving socket things in bathrooms, but really - unless you live in a hotel, who even has one of those in their bathroom? So in order to charge the toothbrush, I had to get one of those travel adapters which was a bit of a pain.
You're supposed to change the head of the brush every three months but I think you can get a lot longer than that out of it which helps save a bit of money. It probably only needs charging about once every three weeks too.
I was lucky enough to get myself one of these toothbrushes during an Amazon sale for just £12, which at just under ten pounds less than what it's currently being sold for feels like a real steal. I've been so impressed with this purchase that I would pay full price for it in a flash.
As a trusted brand, it's not a surprise that this Oral-B toothbrush delivers. It comes with a charger that isn't huge and ugly, and sits happily on the side of our bathroom. One thing I will mention is that for some reason this plug didn't fit into our shaver socket, and we can only plug it into a normal UK socket, using an EU>UK adaptor. I normally leave ours to charge overnight, so it's hard to say how long it takes to do a full charge, but I'd estimate around 2 hours. Two of us use the same brush for two minutes twice a day and a charge will last us around 4-5 days.
My favourite feature about this brush is that is buzzes in your mouth after every 30 second stint, and a quadruple buzz after two minutes, which means you can always be sure about how long you've brushed your teeth for. I find that the actual brushing motion, where the head of this just spins continuously, does a much better job on my teeth than the 'sonic' style of electric toothbrush. I'm not sure if this is because of some psychological reason, but I genuinely feel like it's cleaning the whole time. The length of the toothbrush head is also a great positive as it really gets to the back of your mouth and cleans around the wisdom tooth area. I used to have lots of issues with wisdom teeth when using a manual toothbrush, but this has really helped to clear up that issue significantly, probably because I'm getting a cleaner tooth.
My only negative to this brush would be that it needs frequent cleaning as the toothpaste can get all over the body of the toothbrush and the charging hole can become gunky if you don't keep on top of it!
I used a manual toothbrush for years but when I stated to have some problems with my teeth, decided to switch to an electric one. I opted for a Braun one as was a good name and they were on half price offer at boots.
This one came with different heads, a dental floss type head as well as the standard toothbrush heads. It also comes with a travel case for holidays. It has two different speeds, one for brushing and one for polishing
The dentist has noticed an improvement in the colour of my teeth and the amount of plaque which is good.
It is quick to charge through the shaver socket (although you can buy an adapter if you dont have one) and lasts a long time. I would say it takes three hours for a full charge with then lasts for two weeks.
It also comes with different colour clips so you can use the toothbrush for different members of the family with a different toothbrush head attachment.
It is very easy to use and does all the work for you. It would be good for someone if they had a wrist or hand impairment as they would not have to do much manually.
You have to move the brush onto each tooth and let it do its work, rather than you it as you would a standard toothbrush.
The toothbrush heads can be pricey but there is often an offer on somewhere. They tend to cost £15 for four at usual pricing.
I won't go back to a manual.
When it comes to brushing my teeth, I prefer an electric toothbrush as I do feel that these seem to give a better clean than standard toothbrushes and this is one that I currently keep in our static van for when we go away. This was originally the brush that I used at home, but when I upgraded a few years ago, this one got relegated to our caravan.
***Price & availability***
I purchased mine from Boots a few years ago for around £25, this has actually decreased in price and now retails for around £20 and is still available in Boots and other high street chemists, but also online from places such as Amazon, EBay etc. This price includes the toothbrush, a charger with a two pin plus and I think from memory, there were a couple of brushes included too.
I think when it comes to tooth brushes, this is a fairly basic model as the functionality is fairly simple, however because of the low price, I wasn't expecting too much and was happy that it just cleaned my teeth.
The toothbrush is easily turned on by pressing a slightly raised button the handle of the brush; this requires little force to turn on and can easily be done when the brush is in my mouth. Once turned on, the bristles on the brush start to rotate approximately 7600 times per minute.
One of the features on the toothbrush is that every 30 seconds of being used, a noise the brush makes and the speed changes slightly which acts as a reminder to change areas and at the end of two minutes, is again makes this noise so I know I have done. I must admit, as I have got older, I tend to try and brush my teeth a little longer than 2 minutes to try and maintain their condition (unfortunately, I have been a little guilty of not brushing twice a day in my younger days).
The toothbrush is mainly white, with a blue stripe down the back and sides, the handle is really quite slim which I like, it means it is easy to hold and does take up too much room in the bathroom cabinet. Based on the size, when my daughter gets a little older and ready for an adult toothbrush, I would have no hesitation in buying this for her.
One of the bonus's of the brush is the cost of the heads, they tend to last me around 2 - 3 months and best of all, they retail at less than £1 each which I think is really good, especially when I look at other versions out on the market.
After using the toothbrush, I can definitely tell that my teeth have been thoroughly cleaned; they have that smooth and clean feel to them. Using this over a period of time, I would say that using this has definitely improved the condition of my gums, when I use a standard toothbrush, I tend to suffer from sensitive gums which bleed quite easily however when I use this, they very rarely bleed.
The toothbrush has a built in pressure sensor which is designed to help protect my teeth and stop me from hurting my gums. If I apply too much pressure, the movement stops slightly (as if the battery is going), When it first did this to me, I thought that it was a warning to me that either the toothbrush was rubbish or that the battery needed to be re-charged, it wasn't until I read the instructions that I realised this was telling me I was pressing on too hard (which is pretty scary as clearly for 30 years, I had been applying too much pressure when brushing my teeth.
I really like this feature and I have started to talk to my daughter Lauren about how much pressure she applies too.
The charging unit is quite compact and again, doesn't take up too much room in my cabinet. It is worth noting that the charger only comes with a two pin plug so you might want to purchase an adapter, luckily, at home and at our caravan, I have a two pin socket on my walls. The cable on the adapter measures just under 1m long.
The base that the charger sits on is really compact and probably measures around 6cm in diameter however once the toothbrush on placed on top, it is quite steady and doesn't feel like it is going to knock over easily.
When the toothbrush is on charge, there is a green slight near to the bottom, which flashes, once fully charged, the light just stays on (again it is green). The indicator light also turns red as the brush starts to loose its power and get ready to be charged again. Charging does take around 8-9 hours to I tend to leave mine overnight
The only fault I could find with the brush is it does seem to need to be charged up quite frequently, according to the manufacturer, the charge should last for 7 days, but I do find that I need to charge mine every 3-4 days. When first charged, I would say that the brush feels a lot more powerful and as the days start to pass, although it still does a good job at cleaning my teeth, it doesn't seem to be as powerful.
Overall, I would give the toothbrush 5 out of 5 stars and recommend.
Thanks for reading.
For Christmas I got this electric toothbrush. I'm not sure if somebody was trying to tell me something but I tossed out my old manual brush and started using this. I was sceptical at first and was more than close to going back to my manual brush after a few days. I found that this brush chopped my gums to pieces until my pearly whites got used to it! I haven't looked back since.
I'm not 100% sure to be honest, it was a gift for Christmas. I have looked quickly on Amazon and they are around £30.
You will also need to purchase heads for this which are around £5 for a pack for 12 economy heads, these seem to work just as well in my opinion!
As I said at the start, I was sceptical but I really don't know how I coped before. My teeth feel cleaner and healthier and my dentist has commented on them and positively I might add!
For the first few days to a week, it was uncomfortable and caused some bleeding, but since then I haven't had any issues or bleeding gums which is comforting! Even when I had toothache from my wisdom teeth, this toothbrush wasn't a problem, it didn't hurt and I could still gently clean the back of my mouth, something I never would have been able to do with a manual brush.
I tend to get around a weeks use out of my toothbrush before it needs charging. When the light on the front starts flashing you know that your toothbrush needs a charge. It also indicates when the brush is charging and has been fully charged.
I would recommend this toothbrush, it is comfortable and i've seen some massive improvements. I use this brush with whitening toothpaste and my teeth now shine and they feel cleaner than ever. I am very happy with this toothbrush and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
I purchased this toothbrush approximately two years ago from a very popular online retailer when my old Oral-B finally gave up the ghost after a number of years of loyal service. I had faith in the brand, so figured I'd stick with what I knew. I found an incredible price online and snagged this little beauty for 19.99 - bargain!
It seems you don't always have to pay more to get more, this electric toothbrush is bang on the money and ticks all the boxes for me. The two minute timer function is really useful if, like me, you're always rushing to get out of the house and would be liable to cut brushing time short. It even has the nifty feature of buzzing after each 30 seconds, enabling you to clean all four quadrants of your mouth equally, not bad for less than £20! It also has a pressure sensor, which is invaluable if like my husband you liken brushing your teeth with scraping burnt on bean residue from stainless steel pans... Thankfully using this brush has helped prevent him scraping every last millimetre of enamel from his pearly whites, something my nagging alone could never achieve.
Niggles? Hmm, no huge issues but the replacement heads can be a little pricey I suppose, but i'm sure that's the same for all major brands. The charger is a two pin plug, so you'll need an adaptor for that. I never understand why they can't just include an adaptor for the UK customers? You'd be super miffed if you chucked your old toothbrush, opened your new one, then realised you'd have to embark on a wild goose chase to find a UK adaptor. Ever tried to find one of those in the supermarket when you actually need one? It's like an episode of the crystal maze. Ah yeah, and the brush speed is apparently 7600 oscillations per minute, which sounds impressive, but according to my dentist the minimum requirement is 8000 oscillations per minute... Pffft, well my teeth feel super clean and I'm pretty sure you just want me to cough up a gazillion beer tokens (£) for your magical dentist recommended toothbrush that you sell in your practice. Convenient.
Overall, this is bang on the money and cheap as chips. If you're worried about the missing 400 oscillations per minute, well, I suppose you can part with another £100+ to put your mind at ease. Other than that, get your chops around this nifty little gadget, your nashers will thank you, and so will your wallet.
I brought this toothbrush just over 3 years ago and it's still going! Although the battery is not what it used to be it is still great. The great thing about this toothbrush is that you can buy cheap oral B compatible toothbrush heads on auction sites for half the price of the genuine heads and they work. The only negative point about this toothbrush is no battery indicator light to tell you when the battery is dead or fully charged. However at this price it is a fantastic little buy, for a first toothbrush or a toothbrush for holidays. Just don't forget to buy your plug adaptor so you can charge it anywhere. I had this toothbrush in active service for over 2 years and then upgraded to another oral B toothbrush. You cannot go wrong with this little buy. Make sure you shop around for the best deal.
As electric toothbrushes go, this one is entry level, but does a good job of cleaning teeth and in my opinion has all the features you actually need. The interchangeable heads clean via a combination of rotating and pulsating. It has an inbuilt timer that vibrates when you should change quadrants so you brush for two full minutes, and also a pressure sensor that turns off the pulse feature if you brush too hard. Getting to know how to use the toothbrush properly is a slight learning curve, once mastered it does produce effective results; my daughter had experienced some issues of build up on her lower teeth using a battery charged brush before we all switched to electric toothbrushes, but was complimented on her brushing at the dentist last week.
The brush really is a step up from manual brushing and leaves teeth feeling really clean. For the £25 or so you can generally find it on offer for, it comes with just about all you need, two rotating heads and a charger base. Ours, which we have owned for nearly a year, also came with a handy travel case. You will need a two pin shaver plug to use this, or to purchase an adapter - these cost about £1. The brush holds a charge well, in my experience lasting for a week's use as billed. There is a low battery warning light which also flashes green to show you the brush is charging.
Overall this toothbrush is well built, comfortable and not too heavy to hold and not over-loud or complicated to use. The only downside to this brush is the expense of replacement heads - we tend to buy these in packs of four to save on cost, the brushes are colour coded so more than one person can use this appliance without hygiene being compromised. More expensive brushes in the range do include visual displays to remind you of brushing time, but these are easily replaced by using a free app, I don't think this cheaper brush feels like a compromise in any way.
This toothbrush really is worth the purchase price and I would thoroughly recommend it.
This review is of the Oral B Professional Care 500 electric toothbrush.
My first impressions were that the unit itself looked robust and well designed (as was the packaging it came in), and it came with a two pin plug for connecting to bathroom power points. As it comes with a two pin plug you'd need an adapter to plug it into a more normal three pin plug, but these are cheap to buy on-line. Also included in the unit were two of the changeable heads, which have a mark on them so you know when they need changing.
The instructions note to charge the toothbrush for a minimum of 17 hours before the first use, and also for subsequent recharges. I find that the toothbrush needs recharging after about a week, although I tend to do it more regularly than this out of habit.
The technical information is that the toothbrush pulsates 20,000 times per minute and rotates 7,600 times per minute. Most importantly for me however was that the toothbrush was comfortable to use, and didn't feel as though it was heavily vibrating the teeth, and it always felt afterwards that the cleaning process had been effective. I liked the quite soft feel against the teeth and although I wasn't initially sure that this was going to be effective enough, I am now confident that it is.
This brush doesn't have a range of brushing modes as my previous electric toothbrush did, and it only has the one speed. However, I found that this worked well for me, and didn't miss the option of a range of speeds. It does though have a helpful feature where it vibrates after 30 seconds so that you know to move onto the next area of the mouth.
I feel that the toothbrush is a robust unit, although it doesn't feel particularly modern or exceptionally well-built, but it is sufficient enough to do the job. I've been using it for several months and had no problems with it at all, so it seems good value for money. The unit is easy to clean, just rinse under water, and there aren't any parts where dirt gets trapped.
In terms of price the toothbrush retails at a full price of 45 pounds, but can be found much cheaper than this both on-line and in many shops. The current price on Amazon at the time of writing is 27.95 pounds including free delivery, although I was able to buy mine a little cheaper than this at Tesco.
I bought a pack of 12 replacement rechargeable heads for 4 pounds including postage on Amazon, necessary if more than one person is planning to use the toothbrush, but also handy for when the head starts to become a little worn. It's an easy process to put a new head onto the toothbrush, just clip off the old one and slot the new one on.
The product is very detailed in how many oscillations and rotations it has, but in more important terms of getting the job done well and cleaning teeth effectively, I have found that this is an excellent model which works really well. It's worth shopping around for a better price, but in terms of quality, I'd strongly recommend this model.
I had never really been after an electric toothbrush, but my partner has been for awhile and I saw on a forum (moneysavingexpert.com) that Asda had reduced their Oral-B Professional Care 500 electric toothbrushes down to £4 for one reason or another (likely a change in packaging). So being the bargain hunter that I am I went to Asda to do a bit of shopping and saw that they had a bunch of these sitting on the top shelves, I scanned one and lowland behold £4, so I bought two for myself and my partner.
The toothbrush comes in a rather flimsy thin cardboard box with a flap top. There is a picture of the toothbrush on the front on a dark blue background with the Braun Oral-B branding. Inside the box is a felt cut out plastic mould with the body of the electric toothbrush set into it and the toothbrush head separate. There is a user manual and guarantee booklet included and a nice and small charger stand. The charger is a twin pin plug that you get in modern bathrooms.
This is one of the basic Oral-B professional toothbrush models and you do not get any added extras like extra brush heads or cleaning tools. As this is my first electric toothbrush I was expecting something a bit more I have to say, but for £4 I won't complain too much :)
The toothbrush is longer and thicker than your manual brush, the base unit is about 20 cm length and has rubber side grips for holding it tight during use. There is a little LED light at the bottom of the base unit with a battery symbol that goes red when charging and green when fully charged. The brush head is a pull on and off mechanism and has a coloured band about the bottom, my partners is yellow and my band is pink. The brush head is circular and rotates to clean your teeth. The is just one button to use on this toothbrush which you press once for on and once again for off. Simple.
The brush is also very easy to keep clean, I hate seeing dried on toothpaste so after every brush I wash this down and because the whole unit is waterproof it is simple and easy to keep looking clean and new.
* A two minute timer is set on the brush that ensures you spend the right amount of time brushing
* A 3D cleaning action that pulsates, oscillates and rotates which removes up to twice as much plaque as a manual toothbrush
* The brush pulsates 20,000 times per minute to break up plaque and rotates 7,600 times per minute to sweep it away
Using the Toothbrush
The toothbrush needs charging for a good few hours before the first use, I charged mine overnight to get it fully pumped. The toothbrush slots easily into the charger base and stands upright on your bathroom shelf. The charger wire is about 50 cm in length which is plenty to reach my plug sockets! The brush battery life is said to be 7 days, I don't really let mine run down to little to no battery and so I cannot comment, but charge mine every 5 days give or take and I don't notice any weakness in the power of the brush.
The toothbrush head is a circular bristle design that is coloured blue, light blue and white, I fill the circular area with a good dollop of toothpaste and put it into my mouth onto my teeth being careful not to turn it in on before it is in my mouth as I do not want to get a faceful of toothpaste!
Once turned on the the toothbrush base vibrates madly and it was really strange getting used to brushing my teeth with it! You are instructed not to scrub your teeth either this, more glide over them and let the brush do the work, again an unnatural way of doing things for me but I soon got the idea. The rotating head does the hard work for you and the fast rotation and bristle strength and design cleans the entire tooth and scrapes away plaque. You have to move the brush around the entire tooth, particularly the back teeth to make sure that you get into all of the nooks and crannies.
Every thirty seconds the brush stutters telling you that you should move onto another section of your teeth, with the ideal brushing time being 2 minutes you dishes die your teeth into four sections much like a dental examination. I didn't realise the brush did this until I started this review - I just presumed that I was pressing it too hard stopping the rotation! The brush head is a nice size and not too big for my mouth and it is easy to maneuver and handle with the rubber grips.
After brushing, which is usually longer than two minutes I have to say my teeth feels really nice and clean, however the pulsation and rotation is so strong I find it difficult to get my toothpaste frothing and rich like I can with a manual toothbrush. Another downer for me, especially being a smoker, is that you cannot brush your tongue with this and I do miss that, however my mouthwash soon clears that up.
I didn't like this brush at first, not being used to an electric toothbrush but now couldn't do without one. I can feel the difference on my teeth and definitely think that it hits the spots a manual toothbrush would miss. As a basic model and cheap electric toothbrush this is really good and most importantly works well, but you won't get any fancy fittings or extras so bear this in mind.
This brush is available in supermarkets and online and is currently selling on Amazon for a whopping £27.95, with extra heads at £10 for 4 Oral-B replacements as an example. I struck lucky with a real bargain and decent toothbrush to boot.
You will struggle to find a better toothbrush in terms of performance per unit cost. It has been this way since its release. I have had one of these brushes for years and it never seems to let me down.
It leaves my mouth feeling extremely fresh after every wash with minimum effort on my part. It charges very fast and holds its charge over several days - you can charge it up before leaving on a trip and that power will mostly remain when you arrive back home, this saves the hassle of using another toothbrush when you may not be in the best mood after travelling too.
The brush is extremely easy to clean - just two parts; the main body and the head. Just take the head off and run both parts under water after you brush to keep it in top condition. An issue can arise with people who do not do this, if they do not lift off the top, all of their old toothpaste can build up around the head and looks unsightly.
One issue I do have with this toothbrush is the cost of replacement heads and the time in which each head lasts. On average, I have to change mine every 6 months or so to avoid sraping my teeth with the plastic once the brittles wear out. The packs of heads are not cheap at around £8 a pack
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I recently had to visit the dentist for my first filling due to a chipped tooth. Now I've never been scared of the dentist per say but it's not anyone's favourite place to visit by far!
He began to ask me about my oral health care and I told him, I brush twice a day, floss and use mouthwash so considered myself to have a healthy set of teeth and gums but then he shocked me and told me that I hadn't been doing as good of a job as I had thought.
I had a slight plaque build up on the back of some of my teeth and sensitive gums so he suggested I see the oral hygienist for a fee of around £30.. or he suggested I buy an electric toothbrush and see how much that could help.
I went onto amazon to try to see whether an appointment with a hygienist or an electric toothbrush would be cheaper.. the brush was cheaper by far! So I bought this one as it was a name I knew and had heard from friends and family they made good toothbrushes.
My first experience with this brush was a little interesting, it felt so strange to have something vibrating in my mouth and I struggled to brush each section of my mouth in the time suggested. Oral B suggest splitting your teeth into 4 sections and spending 30 seconds on each and the brush even pulsates slightly differently almost like an alarm to let you know that it's time to move section.
I've found this to be such a useful feature and have now gotten used to this brush even to the point where I can't see myself going back to a manual brush again! I recently had another check-up with the dentist and he said my teeth cleanliness had improved ten-fold so, if he approves then so do I!
This is the second Braun electric toothbrush I have used and its the best. After using it just once I could feel the difference on my teeth - it removes so much plaque.It is a great quality, easy to use electric toothbrush. My dentist has been hassling me to get one of these for ages, and I'll have to wait for my next check up for the official verdict, but I think there has already a marked improvement in tooth cleanliness.There are two brush heads included in the package which have blue indicator bristles which fade over three months to remind you to change the head.This brush has a thinner handle and lighter than my previous electric toothbrush which is very useful to me as I have problems with my hands. The toothbrush was quick to charge and holds the charge well so the brush works as well at the end of the week as at the beginning.The only problem I had is not with the toothbrush itself but with the packaging it is supplied in. Be prepared to struggle as the box is encased in a very tough sealed plastic case which was difficult to get scissors in to cut off at least the version I bought.
The Oral-B Professional Care 500 Electric Toothbrush is the one-stop shop to get a complete refreshing brushing experience every day / It has an easy-to-use brushing mode and gently removes plaque to give you clean shiny teeth / The 3D cleaning technology makes this toothbrush high-performance / It has one brushing mode which is gentle yet thorough and gives you a deep clean, while stimulating the gums / The timer on this toothbrush makes sure you brush for a full two minutes / The Oral-B Professional Care 500 Electric Toothbrush will give you a confident smile every day! Technical information Type of brush Electric toothbrush Speed 20,000 times/min pulsations 7,600 times/min rotations Autonomy (mn) Single charge lasts 7 days Clock timer function Yes Shower function No Other functions 1 easy-to-use brushing mode 3D cleaning technology Type of head 2 x Oral-B Precision Clean brush heads Power supply Rechargeable Included accessories Charger with stand Rechargeable Ni-MH battery with charge indicator Colours White / Short name: Oral-B 500