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2.0 out of 5 stars Pay more for the better design., July 8, 2008
This review is from: Philips Sonicare Essence Power Toothbrush (Health and Beauty)
Do yourself a favor and buy the Sonicare Flex Care. The newer Flex Care models are an upgrade without the screw-on design flaw of this Sonicare model. This model has a hideous design where the saliva and other brushing liquids seep down into the inner mechanisms of the hand piece and pool up in a really disgusting way and requires you to take it apart and clean off inner crevices made up of metal and plastic parts. The new design eliminates all that slew of slime. This brushing action is fantastic, just like the new one, but this design stinks...literally.
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Initial post: Feb 27, 2009 10:16:59 AM PST
I had one of the first Sonicare electric brushes, and hated the phenomenon that you're speaking of. The handle-to-brush junction would just collect... some kind of slime. Thanks for the tip; I'll buy the other model now.

Posted on Apr 25, 2009 12:48:35 PM PDT
marsx says:
I bought the same model and had the same problem. i was so disgusted that I thre both our sonicare toothbrushes in the trash

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 1:28:41 PM PST
Jack Paine says:
I have the Sonicare Advance model with the screw on head, and it just fills with grime and sludge very quickly. I have to clean it once a week with Q-tips, and then I let it soak in alcohol. It is terrible. Thank you for advising on the better model.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 1:34:48 PM PST
Allie says:
I was wondering if it was just my toothbrush and something I was doing wrong! Thanks for the advice, I'll look into the better version.

Posted on Dec 11, 2009 11:29:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 11, 2009 11:29:59 AM PST
Eagle Eyes says:
I own this Sonicare model for two years now. After every brushing I unscrew and disassemble the top and wash the handle and the head - this maintenance takes just a few seconds. I do not have any slime or smell problems with my toothbrush, and I am very happy with it.

The only thing I noticed is that replacement heads for this cheaper model are more expensive than for the more expensive Elite model, so whilie you may save money on your initial price, you are likely to pay more for the replacement heads.

Posted on Dec 12, 2009 3:12:03 PM PST
M. White says:
I used to hate the slime that accumulated too.

Simply remove the head every time you're done brushing to completely avoid this problem. Takes < 1 second to screw it on and off.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 8:02:35 AM PST
Michelle says:
Although I agree that the sludge is gross and the design should be better, you could try the SonicSeal. I just bought a package and they are FABULOUS! It is a rubberized cover that seals the handle and crevices, creating a completely waterproof surface that you just leave on your toothbrush until it's time to change brush heads. It rinses off nicely and seems to be extremely effective. It's available on Amazon; read the reviews and comments about the covers, as they are very tight and can apparently be torn while placing them over the toothbrush. I didn't have that problem, but it took a long time to get it into place because I was being pretty cautious. Of course, it's kind of a pain to buy a second product to make up for the inherent flaws in the first, but for somebody who has already invested $80 for a toothbrush, it's worth it to maximize the cleanliness and convenience. I do think the covers will last a long time, and even if only one is used per brush head, that's over 1 year per package. Definitely worth it, in my opinion....

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 9:37:08 AM PST
M. Randle says:
You are completely correct & I purchased a Flex Care, Thanks for your review

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 9:39:23 AM PST
I use a cup of bleach to clean off the slime. It works pretty good. But Philip ought to come up with a better design.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2010 3:13:04 PM PST
Sally says:
what is the better model ????
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