When my electric toothbrush stopped working I really felt unable to justify the expense of a new eclectic toothbrush so took myself on a trip to Home bargains and noticed the Colgate motion for £5.95. While one of the more expensive toothbrush's in the shop it did seem a good compromise as I really didn't want to revert to a manual toothbrush.
The brush does come in a range of colours blue, Fuchsia, Purple and green however Home Bargains only had an option of blue. It comes wrapped in thick plastic so you are able to see what you are buying. My concern was that unlike my previous toothbrush it has two heads on. The second head is designed to clean between teeth and the gum line. As my gum line is receding as I get older I hoped that this would help my problem.
It has a curved handle which is designed to be ergonomic and while I take these factors with a pinch of salt after all how hard is it to hold a toothbrush for two minutes it is actually more comfortable than my previous straight handles toothbrush.
The Toothbrush is powered by battery power and has the standard on and off switch. I used a normal amount of toothpaste and although I felt it wasn't as powerful as my previous toothbrush I did find when I initially used the toothbrush I found that it was making my gums bleed. This actually though not a great sign for the health of my gums it is also a sign that the toothbrush is doing the job it is designed to do. After about 3 weeks the bleeding seemed to subside and although I haven't visited a dentist since purchasing the brush I do feel my teeth are healthier. . The batteries are supposed to last about two months. The difficulty with a battery operated toothbrush is that like with any powered toothbrush it slows down slowly and with my rechargeable toothbrush I would charge it every week with an electric I tend to wait till I notice the difference before in power which is usually later than it should be. I recently changed my batteries which is simple enough to do by removing the lower Casing. It takes 2 AAA batteries. I did replace it with good quality batteries as I don't want it powering down quickly. I was surprised when I replaced the batteries how more powerful it was and felt I had left it far too long to replace them.
One thing I do like it that the heads are also replaceable. Dentists do recommend that you replace the head every three months so this does prolong the life of this Product.
The toothbrush is designed for children over three with adult supervision but I do think the size of the head is a little too large for small children's mouths and would prefer a toothbrush designed for children for my four year old son.
Overall I have been very happy with this product and value for money. I would however at some point like to upgrade to a rechargeable toothbrush with dual heads.
I have found these for sale on Amazon for £9.99 so it is worth shopping around.
The Colgate Motion is a battery powered toothbrush featured a dual brush head. Refill heads are available in the UK and the product features a nice handle which is easily gripped. I picked up the product for £12 from a major UK supermarket chain and it has been a worthy investment ever since. It requires 2 AA batteries and is aimed at adults and children over 3 years of age.
The product is available in a wide number of colour schemes from blue, green, pink and purple. The Colgate motion I own is blue in colour but with a white head. The product features a dual brush mechanism with a smaller brush at the top and a larger toothbrush head just below this. The top head on mine was coloured solidly green, whilst the head below was around the outside was white in bristle colour with blue rubber bristles being in the centre. The head is changeable and leads down to a white body. The product featured two buttons on a rubber overlay which correspond to power settings. The main body of mine was a translucent blue plastic in that you could see the battery inside the product and some wiring. There is a logo on the handle which reads "Colgate Motion" which is not overpowering but still makes the product look classy. At the very bottom of the handle, is a cap which was solid blue in colour. It can come off and allows you to change batteries and so forth. The product requires 2 AA batteries to work. Overall I thought the product looked classy and simple in its transparent blue colouring.
Ease of Use
The product is very easy to use, you just press the button on the rubber overlay and the product comes on. The dual heads move in opposite orientations which are supposed to enhance the cleaning quality of the brush. The handle is ergonomically designed so it is comfortable and easily graspable and felt solid and nice in my hand. I found the product cleaned my teeth better than my manual colgate toothbrush I had been using before the colgate motion and my teeth to the touch felt cleaner and smoother. I find its best to not press down too hard on the toothbrush and let the battery operated heads do most of the work. Overall, a simple and effective toothbrush to use in my opinion.
I've had the product for 6 months now and the motor is still working perfectly inside. The batteries do run out fairly quick and I've found toothpaste can run down the head and clump together at the handle joint. Overtime this can build up and actually becomes hard to remove so it's best to remove any toothpaste straight away. I've had to replace the head three times since I've had it, but colgate replacements are available in most pharmacies and large supermarket chains. Overall the actual motor has worked perfectly but it's worth noting the heads will need replaced over time.
The colgate motion was a bargain in my case, I paid £12 for it from a supermarket dental hygiene aisle. The £12 price tag was cheap, it is not the most powerful and advanced electric toothbrush on the market, but the Phillips HX5350 electric toothbrush (which was right next to my product on the aisle) was advertised for £30, which was more than double the price of the colgate motion. I think if you after a bargain and don't want to spend lots of money on a toothbrush, then the colgate motion offers satisfying cleaning quality and durability at affordable value for money.
The main drawbacks I experienced with the colgate motion were mainly the batteries. The 2 AA batteries needed frequent replacing which is a bit annoying, as the power of the brush decreased as the batteries depleted. The batteries were advertised to last 2 months or more but I've found this wasn't the case, it was a fair bit sooner than that. Another thing I noticed is that the heads do need replacing too after a while but replacement heads easily connect to the handle and are freely available in the UK. To prolong the life of the toothbrush I would also advocate regular cleaning of toothpaste on the handle, as once dried, toothpaste forms a tough cement like material that is difficult to remove. If some managed to get into the motor then I think it would cause serious problems for you.
Overall, I think the Colgate Motion was fantastic value for money. Batteries and replacement heads did need replaced and regular cleaning was needed to remove toothpaste but these were minor problems for the price tag of £12. I was satisfied with the cleaning quality and thought it did a much more thorough job than my old manual toothbrush, the handle was easy to hold, the colour scheme simple yet attractive and the toothbrush was easy to use. The product has been a worthwhile purchase and any on a budget could benefit from a Colgate total. Thanks for reading.
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I've never been able to use manual toothbrushes all that well as I have sensitive gums so I tried to give an electric toothbrush a try. When I began my search I was surprised by how much some of them cost! The cheaper ones started as low as £1 and I've seen some on sale for £45! I didn't want to spend too much in case it ended up not being right for my teeth.
This brand is mostly known for it's toothpaste but they've branched out into other dental hygiene products and naturally toothbrushes were the first to be developed. There are other brands such as Braun and Corel-B, but I figured I used Colgate toothpaste so why not use their toothbrushes as well? So far I haven't been disappointed and have found it to be a big improvement on the manual toothbrush.
My toothbrush is a little different to the picture but is the same make. I chose mine to be yellow, it came in a small package that was just enough for the toothbrush. It has the Colgate logo at the bottom on the front so you know it's a genuine product. There's also two button's just before you reach the neck of the head. The top button turns the toothbrush on while the button below it turns it off. It seems a little strange to have different buttons when I'm sure they could have made it into one. The buttons however, rest nicely against your thumb when you're brushing your teeth so it can be turned on and off with ease.
The bottom of the toothbrush can be removed to replace it with two small batteries. I've found that with it being used daily the batteries do tend to run out quite quick so it might be best to invest in a rechargeable toothbrush if you don't want to be changing batteries every so often.
As mentioned in the design, the functionality of this toothbrush is very straightforward. You brush your teeth much in the same way that you would a manual however you don't have to press down as hard with it as the rotating head replaces that function of a manual toothbrush which is good if you have sensitive gums.
This toothbrush is also easy to transport, it is a little thicker than manual toothbrushes because it has to have the batteries but it's not so big that it can't fit into a normal travel bag. It's also quite quick with the rotation speed, it can't be adjusted unfortunately but it's comfortable enough not to cause pain on teeth.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:
I found this toothbrush at Superdrug that was around £10. I imagine it's stocked in other places such as Boots and other pharmacies on the high street.
I've never had to change the head on this toothbrush and I've had it for a year now, I don't even think you can change the head to be honest as it's only a cheap toothbrush after all. It's a good sleek design that's easy to hold and not too heavy. It's also good at getting to the back of the mouth and because the head is smaller than a manual and is round instead of square it can easily reach the back molars and cleans plaque with ease thanks to the rotating head.
Overall if you want a cheap electric toothbrush that doesn't cost the earth then this is for you. So next time you're in Boots or Superdrug see if they have this in stock - your dentist will thank you!
I've not had a lot of luck with electric toothbrushes. I've tried several and all have given up the ghost after far to short a time. Of course, I should have realised that buying Braun would be a mistake. Not only are they very expensive but the rechargeable batteries are not replaceable so when they finally die, as all rechargeable batteries eventually do, you have no choice but to throw them away. Mine lasted a couple of years and that was it. Was it really worth nearly £50?
That was followed by a Braun battery toothbrush. I bought it at Heathrow the day after the other one failed, as I needed it on a trip abroad. It was £12. At least it used proper batteries. I used rechargeables in it. Those I could replace when they died without having to throw the whole thing away. Still had to though. That also only lasted a couple of years before it stopped working completely.
At this point I decided to buy as cheap as possible. I went for a battery one again, this time a Boots own brand one. I had also seen the identical model under the Superdrug brand name. The replacement brush heads were even interchangeable. It had the decency to cost less than £5 so when this one lasted on 18 months before the electrics died through water leaking into the battery compartment I felt I'd done quite well!!!!!!
So, once again the time had come for yet another electric toothbrush. Now, you may wonder why, with such a history of failure I persist with what would, judged by these results, be considered a basically flawed technology. Well, it's because I continue to have faith that somewhere out there there is a manufacturer who has at least a fairly reasonable idea how to build a decent product. It's my challenge to discover them.
I was in the Budgens supermarket in Ascot before catching a train into London when I spotted a Colgate Motion battery toothbrush that looked like it might do the job. It was priced at less than £5 so it met the first criterion of being cheap. It looked well manufactured but then so did all the others.
The Colgate Motion battery toothbrush follows what is undoubtedly the standard format. The base of the handle has a cap which, when removed, reveals a compartment in which fits two AA batteries. These can be either standard or rechargeable. It is supplied with standard batteries and these should last a reasonable amount of time. I've been using mine three months now and they are still working fine.
The body is blue and transparent so you can see all of the internal mechanism. The operation is with a pair of buttons on the edge of the body. The handle isn't round but is a sort of oval shape, though not quite. The buttons operate with a definite click that gives a feeling of solidity and quality. The upper button is On and the lower button is Off. Nothing sophisticated. There isn't any timer so it's up to you to decide when you've completed the job. On the back is a vertical slot that seem to be designed to allow any gunge to escape from the slot where the brush head fits into the handle.
The oddest thing though is the brush head. The stem is straight and ends in a brush that is in two parts. At the tip is the normal rotating brush whilst behind it is a set of static bristles. The explanation for this given by Colgate is that the rotating brush carries out the normal function of electric toothbrushes of loosening the plaque whilst the static bristles sweep the debris away.
You use the brush more like a normal toothbrush, rubbing it across your teeth, letting the rotating head do its job as it goes rather than the recommended method for electric toothbrushes of just leaving the brush in contact with a tooth at a time for about five seconds before moving on. In use I found it did a pretty good job, especially on the tongue, which is where most of the microbes that cause bad breath actually live. I found that it did a great job of removing that yucky yellow coating that occasionally afflicts the tongue.
So, quite a good package and very good value for money. However, when it come time to replace the brush head you find a strange situation. The heads such as are supplied with the brush when you buy it are unobtainable as replacements. The only replacement heads that you can buy are the Actibrush heads. On the packaging for these brushes it even says that they are intended for Actibrush and Motion handles. True enough, they fit the Motion handle perfectly. I find this really bizarre.
The Actibrush head is a totally different design. Instead of one rotating head and a set of static bristles the Actibrush has two rotating heads, a smaller one at the tip followed closely behind by a larger one. Consequently the brush surface is narrower than the original Motion brush head.
I have now started using the Actibrush head and find the bristles stiffer than the Motion head although very effective in cleaning the teeth. Cleaning the tongue though, does require a fair bit more work. However, it does do a good job there though it takes a bit longer. The Motion motor seems perfectly capable of driving the Actibrush head's two rotating brushes even though it clearly wasn't designed to do so. There is a bit more motor noise than with the Motion head but nothing untoward.
So, at the end of the day I suppose that buying the Motion brush instead of an Actibrush, once the original head is replaced, leaves you with an Actibrush but at about half the price. In that respect it must be considered good value for money. I'd rather have the original brush head though.
UPDATE ~ Feb 2009
I happened to be in Wilkinsons recently (always a good place for bargains) and happened to spot that they were selling the Colgate battery toothbrushes. They had the usual Actibrush version but then I noticed that they also had a Motion version as well. The difference was, though, that the toothbrush branded as "Motion" looked exactly like the Actibrush handle and nothing at all like the Motion that I reviewed here a couple of years ago!
It seems that the old design Motion is no more. The current Motion looks like the Actibrush but comes with the old Motion brush-head and at about half the price. I have no idea what the difference is in use but what this does mean, of course, is that the Motion now uses AAA batteries rather than AA and so the batteries cannot be expected to last as long.
Loses one star!