Electric / ultrasonic rechargeable power toothbrush reviews

Current situation: Sonicare Intelliclean (discontinued).

  • excellent at preventing dental problems: my dental health had a major improvement (not necessarily due to the Intelliclean alone), and then plateaued at a high level for 4 years
  • never needed any sort of battery level indicator, as the battery lasts longer than any trip made without the charger (2 weeks)
  • the internal toothpaste sacs proved clumsy
  • gets really dirty inside; must clean every 3 months or less
  • heads are extremely hard to find as of 2009-Jul, and expensive
  • never used the multiple cleaning speeds - unless you have incredibly sensitive gums, you will just use the maximum speed every day



NOTE: to prevent gunk buildup in the Sonicare, use the $5 Sonic Seal.

Oral B S-320 Sonic Complete Rechargeable Power Toothbrush

  • "'CrissCross' bristles are angled to reach deep and clean between teeth, while 'Power Tip' bristles are longer to reach more difficult spots"
  • cheaper head replacements (3 for $20) than the Sonicare Elite

Oral-B Triumph Professional Care 9400 Power Toothbrush (own)

My review

  • with the Floss Action head, the cleaning feels more thorough than with the Sonicare Intelliclean
  • the head is smaller and round, so you can reach behind the premolars farthest back in the mouth. I couldn't do that with the Sonicare's oval head.
  • does feel like a drill, but only for the first use. On the second use, it feels about 30% as intense as the first time, and on he 3rd use, I got almost completely used to it.
  • the handle display is of very little use, and you can't see it anyway while brushing (usually). If you really want to see it,
    • brush against a mirror
    • briefly stop the toothbrush, look at the display, then resume brushing. The toothbrush remembers when you left off.
  • the reviewers who posted about bad button placement must've been clumsy. I never accidentally pressed any button while brushing. Also, the buttons need a pretty firm press to activate.
  • it does not replace flossing (no toothbrush does), and this is clearly mentioned in the user manual
  • it didn't get dirty (so far, after 3 weeks of use). The head is attached in such a way, through only a vibrating metal rod, that there's not much place for grime to accumulate anyway. By comparison, the Sonicare Intelliclean developed an entire ecosystem of gunk inside the toothbrush head.

Oral B Triumph 9900 Toothbrush with Smart Guide

Philips Sonicare Advance 4100 Sonic Power Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare Essence 5300 Power Toothbrush

  • - get the e5500 instead

Philips Sonicare Essence e5500 Power Toothbrush

  • + like the 5300 but has a quad-timer that beeps every 30 seconds for each dental quadrant
  • - collects slime

Sonicare Elite 7300, 7500

  • almost identical, except the 7500 has 3 extra gimmicks:
    • battery indicator
    • dual-speed (low speed for sensitive areas)
    • luxury holder
    • non-slip handle grip
  • battery replacement hack

Sonicare FlexCare

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