I’ve always had mixed feelings about electric toothbrushes. They’ve always appeared to be expensive and difficult to clean, for starters. Then there’s the battery vs. charging. How often do I want to find a battery for a toothbrush, and do I really have space for a charger in my bathroom (which has no counters)? My final issue was that some electric toothbrushes don’t feel like they scrub enough, while others feel like they scrub too much. You can’t really “try before you buy” with toothbrushes, so it felt like a big risk to buy one without testing it. However, I’m always willing to review something useful when given the opportunity. I was happy to sign on for the BzzAgent campaign for the Phillips Sonicare FlexCare toothbrush with UV santitizer.
The FlexCare comes with a toothbrush, one standard brush head, one compact brush head, a charging stand, a traveling bag, colored rings to add to additional heads, and an ion cleaner. Phillips uses a standard brush head, so it’s pretty easy to buy additional brush heads I was impressed with how compact the toothbrush and the charging stand are – I was used to the older-style big electric toothbrushes.
We have no working outlets in the bathrooms right now (don’t ask), so I put the charger and sanitizer at the end of the kitchen counter, then put the toothbrush in the bathroom after it charged. The FlexCare gets a big thumbs up for how long it will last on one charge – it’s longer than a week, so if you were traveling you’d only need to pack the toothbrush.
There’s another thumbs up for the ease of cleaning the FlexCare, you simply pop off the brush head (no buttons to find, it just pops off when you pull it) and stick it in the ion sanitizer box, then hit the button. When the light goes off, your brush head has been cleaned, with no nasty germs remaining. That probably beats keeping the toothbrushes in Hydrogen Peroxide (my tip) or running them through the dishwasher (tip from several friends).
The best part about the FlexCare toothbrush, though, is that it has several different cleaning modes. I have never heard of this in a toothbrush before, and now I’m wondering how I got along without it! If you look at the comparison between the two FlexCare toothbrushes, you can see these cool features (and more) listed. There are three toothbrushing options on the FlexCare: Clean, Sensitive, and Massage are the modes of toothbrush use, which is great for my husband who needs Sensitive brushing. There are two timed modes as well: GoCare and MaxCare. The GoCare program is 1 minute of brushing that cleans more efficiently than 2 minutes with a standard toothbrush – perfect for a busy mom on the go!
We really like the flexibility of the FlexCare toothbrush, the small charging station, the ion cleaner, and the ease of use. The only thing that we dislike is the price, but other electric toothbrushes appear to be priced similarly, and without as many options. We give the Phillips Sonicare FlexCare toothbrush with UV santitizer 5/5 Spotlights, with a little dimming on that last spotlight due to the pricetag.
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