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The Colgate Barbie battery toothbrush is a great way to encourage your children, mainly girls, to brush their teeth more regularly. I bought this for my daughter, 5, about 2 months ago. She has generally brushed her teeth but has never been that excited about it. Stick a picture of Barbie on the toothbrush and she now can't wait to brush her teeth.
It also comes with a small oscillating head with soft brushes that is meant to gently sweep plaque away. This is a great feature especially when your children are at the age when you want them to brush their teeth themselves. When they start they are not always in control of the toothbrush but with the oscillating head you know it will still be cleaning their teeth. Batteries are also included and I haven't had to change them yet.
My daughter has just been to the dentist and has had no problems so this shows it must be doing good! She has never complained about it and loves brushing her teeth so it is a good little buy.
From a young age, I introduced Lauren to a toothbrush as part of her bedtime routine to try and get her into the habit brushing her teeth. As she got older, I found it easy then to start and get her to brush her teeth in a morning, after meals and before bed but she always used to say she wanted an electric toothbrush like mummy uses.
I spotted this while doing my weekly shop in Tesco's and decided to buy. It was on offer at the time for around £3 (half price), which I thought was quite a good deal as I have paid £2 for a standard toothbrush in the past. After a quick search online, I can see that prices can be as much as £15 (I would never pay this for it though!) and it is available from most major supermarkets and Amazon and Boots.
The toothbrush is bright pink in colour which is one aspect which first attracted me to the product; the handle has a picture of Barbie on, to turn on and off there is a little yellow button on the front. The bristles on the head are quite soft and gentle on your little ones teeth and gums. The product is advertised as having quite a slim handle making it easier to hold however I found that it wasn't actually much slimmer than mine, having said that, Lauren didn't find holding it an issue and it is quite light.
The only downside is that the heads are not replaceable and I found that within about a month, the bristles had worn down (and started to bend outwards) so the toothbrush was deemed useless.
I found that buying this toothbrush helped me to ensure that Laurens teeth we cleaned properly and made this a bit of fun, she loved the toothbrush and was disappointed when we had to throw it away.
The toothbrush comes with two AAA Duracell batteries which are replaceable.
Overall, if you can get the toothbrush for less the price I paid, I would recommend, but any more than £5 hence I would give 3 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
Getting Mouthy - intro
My little girl was not particularly keen on brushing her teeth. Don't get me wrong, we made certain that the deed is done morning and night, but it was the bare minimum and was done with little love and care. We spoke to the dentist about electric toothbrushes, simply because we have found that they have given us a better clean as adults, and he suggested the battery operated toothbrushes rather than the mains charged versions.
My wife kept her eye out for a while and found the Colgate Barbie battery operated toothbrush in a bargain shop for £1. This is as cheap as some of the manually operated versions and came with batteries included, of the AAA version.
Of course my daughter was excited when she saw it and has been keen to clean since and it has saved us the job of going over them again just to make sure.
Fangs very much - description
The toothbrush itself has a larger handle area than a non-electric version where the batteries and the mechanics sit. The head is a double; a circle which vibrates and a semi circle beneath, each with blue inner bristles and white outer.
The bulk of the body is purple with a picture of Barbie sitting on a sofa taking off her shoe. Naturally Barbie has a beautiful set of white gnashers. After all it would be odd to put a picture on where she has a badly cleaned, yellowing set. I'm not entirely convinced Barbie is great for my daughter's body image, so I keep telling her as she brushes that she doesn't need to look like that. I think she's getting a bit fed up with me now. I think there may be variations in the design, Barbie does other exciting things besides take off her shoes. Sometimes she's combing her hair, others she's just smiling; that's hard work.
To replace the batteries, as we have done three times now, the base needs to be unscrewed with a particularly small headed screwdriver. This may be an added complication in some households.
There are two separate on/off buttons towards the top of the handle. What I mean is that there is an 'off' button and an 'on' button. Hmm, I'm beginning to wonder if Barbie is sharper than I am?
Say Tartar to bedtime battles - evaluation
So, we now have more enthusiasm for the brushing but I'm convinced that, in general, my daughter has cleaner teeth. We have just had an issue with a wobbly tooth where the surrounding teeth turned yellow because it hurt to clean. But that would have happened with any toothbrush, so I can't blame Barbie for that.
I have always been surprised at how long these toothbrushes last. It's much longer than any other toothbrush we've owned. And it isn't battery hungry either. There has been a slight issue with the batteries not quite connecting of late and the model needing a bump on the bottom to get it going. But I would say its got at least another six months wear left. We have tried other brands of this type of toothbrush but they tend not to last as long.
Quite simply, it does the job in our household and there will be no going back to the old style brushes except perhaps when we go away on holiday.
A couple of months ago when my daughter needed a new toothbrush I spotted this in the health and beauty section of Home Bargains for around £3 - loads cheaper than the same brush in other shops like Tesco.
My daughter loves playing with barbies and instantly loved the fact that this toothbrush is pink, has an image of Barbie on the front... and is electric! She hates doing her teeth but an electric toothbrush was very appealing to her so I thought why not, if it encourages her to brush without me nagging at her!
Colgate is one of the well known brands so I had confidence this was going to be a great product and would last longer than five minutes...
The toothbrush comes in tall narrow packaging of cardboard at the back and protected at the front by plastic moulded around the toothbrush. It is well protected and I would recommend using a pair of scissors to get the toothbrush out.
The cardboard that you can see through the plastic is coloured pink and has images of Barbie in the background. You also have the Colgate logo.
About The Toothbrush
The toothbrush itself is fully pink in colour with an image of Barbie on the background again. You have two buttons which are close together - one to turn the toothbrush on, one to turn off.
The head of the toothbrush which does the brushing is circular and vibrates and makes such noise when in use.
The toothbrush does require 2 AAA batteries which I have to admit are still going strong on my daughters after 2 months.
The one thing I like about this toothbrush is how much my daughter adores it and makes teeth brushing time so much more fun for her considering how much she hates it... I also like how the batteries aren't eaten by the toothbrush... This is when the good points end...
If you put too much pressure between the teeth and brush it does tend to clonk out and takes a while to get started up again... It also makes sooo much noise when in use the noise goes right through you... and unlike a lot of electric toothbrush's this one does not have changable heads - because most dentists advise to change your toothbrush every three months this is not supposed to be a long term toothbrush... which makes me very happy I didn't spend more than £3 on this... Will not be buying again
Like many young girls, my daughter is a fan of Barbie. She was due a new toothbrush a few months ago so when I saw the Colgate Barbie toothbrush on offer in Tesco, I knew I was on to a winner - especially as it was electric!
As expected my daughter was very pleased to receive her toothbrush and was keen to use it. It's a very attractive and girly brush - totally pink in colour with a picture of the glamorous Barbie on the handle surrounded by butterflies and flowers. It comes packaged in plastic with cardboard backing. I expected the toothbrush to be good quality as it was made by Colgate who are dental care pros.
Despite being an electric toothbrush, the head doesn't rotate. Instead the head vibrates. Vibrating toothbrushes are said to provide additional cleaning action and can massage the gums. The teeth should be brushed like they would with a manual toothbrush. There are 2 buttons on the handle which turn the toothbrush on and off - these are very easy to use, even for very young children. It requires 2 batteries (2 x AAA) which are included. The brush makes a really loud buzzing sound - there is a possibility that this may frighten young children, although I must say it didn't put my daughter off at all. The brush is recommended for children 3+ years, my daughter is 4.
The handle is very chunky which allows little ones to get a proper grip on the brush. The neck is quite long so all of the back teeth can easily be reached. The bristles are soft which ensures gums are protected whilst teeth are cleaned. The size of the head is slightly bigger than I would have expected (not much smaller than mine actually), my daughter never complained about it but you could tell it was sometimes slightly awkward for her to reach her back teeth because of it.
I had no problems with the toothbrush at first, it was doing its job well and my daughter was happy using it but unfortunately I started to notice wear to the bristles after only about 2 weeks. By week 4 the bristles were beginning to look quite shabby and the batteries had run out. My daughter was really disappointed and still wanted to use her brush, so I replaced the batteries. This really annoyed me because my daughter had looked after her toothbrush and had never left it switched on.
We are advised by dental experts to replace our toothbrushes every 3 months, but this toothbrush was ready for the bin in less than 2.
I didn't realise at the time that I bought it, but the toothbrush doesn't have replaceable heads. So when the brush has reached 3 months (or given up the ghost likes ours), you have to chuck it out. This seems like a bit of a shame and a waste to me.
The Colgate Barbie toothbrush usually costs around £5.00 but I picked it up for about £2.50. I've seen it selling on Amazon for a rather outrageous £14.99! I'm glad I picked it up for such a low price because there is no way I would want to pay more for a toothbrush that runs out of batteries quickly and that doesn't have a durable or replaceable head. I wouldn't really recommend this toothbrush unless you have a little girl who refuses to brush her teeth (the look and the vibrating aspect is appealing) or can get a good deal on it.
When my two daughters saw their cousin's vibrating toothbrushes over Christmas, they immediately started pestering me because they wanted one too. I am not really keen on electric toothbrushes, preferring a bit of elbow grease and good scrubbing to keep their teeth clean, but with the constant wittering and moaning from them both, I eventually caved in and bought them one each to coincide with my eldest's birthday in mid January. When I was browsing for them in Asda, I realised the Colgate ones only came in two designs - Barbie or Spiderman, and with me having two girls this caused me a bit of a dilemma - I could not get them both the Barbie one because they would get them mixed up; so my eldest drew the short straw and ended up with Spiderman, whilst my youngest received the Barbie version.
The toothbrush itself is quite a lot larger than normal children's toothbrushes, although the size of the head is about the same size as a standard head, but it's only the top circular section that vibrates, which to be honest did concern me. The handle of the toothbrush is rather large but I presume this is because it houses the 2 x AAA batteries (which come supplied with the unit). The on/off button is located on the handle and is really easy to press, and both of my children (aged 3 & 5) can do this with ease. Overall, in my opinion the brush is a bit out of proportion and I would have liked to have seen a smaller handle.
When my children first used their new toothbrushes, my 5 year old was really excited and loved the vibrating effect, but my 3 year old seemed more frightened than anything. I think she found the noise quite upsetting, and to be honest it is quite a loud vibrating sound which is not unlike my husband's electric shaver! The head vibrates rather quickly and it seems to move from side to side, but it moves so fast that it's hard to tell. At first I was unsure whether these were actually going to clean my children's teeth at all, but I did put the vibrating head to my teeth and it did seem to have an effect and I felt confident that it would do the job on my children's teeth.
Both my children need assistance with cleaning their teeth, although I do let my 5 year old do hers on her own, I just give them a quick clean up once she's finished, but because my 3 year old is afraid of the toothbrush I have to do hers from start to finish. The problem I have found is that although the head is small, I struggle to get it down between the lip and the edges of the teeth because the plastic part behind the brush head is quite broad, so although the head is vibrating away, sometimes I cannot get it to touch parts of the teeth that I really want to get clean, and I have noticed parts of her teeth becoming yellow, when they wouldn't have done with a normal toothbrush.
The thing is that I don't know how much pressure to exert with the brush, because I gather that the vibrating head does a lot of the cleaning, so do you just hold the brush near the teeth, or do you use a brushing motion as well as the vibrating effect? It's hard to tell, and I suppose if I had my own electric toothbrush I would be better informed on how to clean my children's teeth with theirs. My 5 year old tends to just move the brush around her mouth, but also spends a lot of time tickling her tongue and holding it between her teeth to see what different sounds she can make. And although I do assist in cleaning her teeth most days, I have also noticed a slight yellowing on parts of her teeth which perhaps weren't there when we were using normal toothbrushes.
***It Drinks Batteries***
The batteries also did not last very long - I kind of expected the batteries to last as long as the lifespan of the toothbrush, but I have had to replace them with just over a month of usage, so that was disappointing when I guess we should be using the toothbrushes for another 2 months. But to be honest I think I will probably be replacing both electric toothbrushes with standard ones before long because I am really not particularly impressed with them, and I don't feel confident that they are keeping my children's teeth clean enough. I have never used an electric toothbrush and only when I was in my 30s did I need a filling, so I am hoping that my children will be the same, and their teeth can perhaps survive without the need for an electric toothbrush, I certainly won't be encouraging their use after this trial run.
***You Cannot Replace The Head***
Once the head wears out, the toothbrush is essentially useless because you cannot replace the head, which to me is a bit of a waste and a disappointment - it would make more sense for Colgate to provide changeable heads, then it wouldn't seem like such an expensive throwaway purchase.
I suppose if you are a fan of electric toothbrushes then you may think this is okay, it certainly vibrates a lot and seems to clean areas of the teeth that are easy to reach. Perhaps it is more designed for older children who are more skilled in cleaning their own teeth, and can get to those hard to reach places. But for my 3 & 5 year old, it is not something I will be buying again.
I have seen these in Asda and Tesco for around £5.
Before making the transition to a proper (ie with replaceable head) electric toothbrush for the younger members of my family, I bought this toothbrush for my youngest child. It was on offer from Sainsbury's at the time, for under £5. At time of writing you can either buy it for £2.71 (half price) at Waitrose or £15 from Amazon. For anything under £5 it is a good buy, however for something which should, ideally, be disposed of after 3 months as per dentist recommendation I wouldn't want to pay much more in all honesty. Should you wish to purchase this toothbrush it is also available in a Bratz and Spiderman style or in this design in purple.
The toothbrush itself cleans with an oscillating head, of the part you can see on the product photo only the little circle on the top of what is an average sized tooth brush actually moved . The head seems to be the right size for a child's mouth, the manufacturer advises that this is not for use by under 3's, and this seems a reasonable guideline to me. The bristles are, as you would expect from Colgate, of good quality and, from my observations of using this with the 5 year old, who still requires some supervision to clean her teeth, it moves quite quickly. It seems to clean her teeth well, in any case she was complimented on her teeth cleaning at her most recent check up so that must be in part due to this brush which is easily switched on and off via the push button on its handle, even by a child.
One thing I do find is that the handle is excessively wide, given that this is a child's item. Adult disposable toothbrushes are much thinner, and it seems a little strange that the handle is so wide as it's not the easiest for little hands to hold. The two disposable (and replaceable) AAA batteries that come with the brush have held out well given that this is used at least twice a day, but the design could be more compact. Another issue I have is that this brush is surprisingly loud, if it switched on upstairs you can hear it downstairs, a little off-putting for a child I feel, especially as in my experience disposable adult electric toothbrushes are much quieter. That aside the brush does work well and the design is appealing to a little girl, if a little too pink for my tastes! It does encourage her to clean her teeth for the correct amount of time and seems to get into all the different areas well, so I have no complaints there.
For what it is, an entry level toothbrush, I think that this brush is absolutely fine, but I wouldn't necessarily want to use one on my child's teeth long term and it's not a particularly environmentally friendly solution, hence why we are upgrading to a brush where we can replace both heads and recharge the batteries. Recommended, for short term novelty use.