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Works great, but it is way over priced for the features
on April 17, 2008
I want to stress that this brush works superbly. My 3 stars are for the value/bang for your buck aspect of this product.
I have used three other electric brushes besides this one. One was a very early model Sonicare, the other two were Braun Oral-B models. ALL of them worked great. The three other brushes I've used have all had excellent durability. And I never had a single cavity with any of them.
There are really just two major differences between these two brands. Brauns tend to have smaller heads and they have a kind of rotating pulsing motion. Sonicare models have more of a vibration motion and, in my experience, tend to tickle a bit more. Your mileage may vary. In my experience, Braun brush heads also tend to be a little cheaper.
All the electric toothbrush makers make claims about being the "best." However, as one major dental site commented, "There are currently no studies that we are aware of that compare objectively electric toothbrushes. The choice is really a personal one." If you look at multiple objective dental sources you'll find the same kind of advice - choose according to your own preference, not the PR spin of the companies making the brushes.
This specific model has 3 cleaning modes, 2 "routine" modes, 2 minute timer, a quad pacer (30 seconds per quarter of your mouth), and a few other lesser features. The thing is, all of these exist on many other brushes, many of them about $50 (or more) cheaper than this one. If you're looking for just a good electric brush then I can't recommend this model. For about $50 less you can get, for example, the Braun 8850 . . . or the Sonicare e5500, to name just two. They both have most of the exact same features as this model.
For the exact same money you can get the Oral-B Triumph 9900 with Smart Guide. That model tells you, graphically, when you're brushing too hard (which causes major permanent gum damage) and when you need to replace the brush head. Those are the kind of extras I'd be willing to pay for. All the extra modes and timers I find to be a bit useless.
Pros: This Sonicare model works and works well
Cons: It's over priced for the features. There are better choices on the market.