PHILIPS SONICARE ソニッケアー エッセンス 電動歯ブラシ HX5351/46 【並行輸入品】
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I happened to see the Easy Clean in person after the Essence arrived. It's far lighter, its profile much more resembles a traditional toothbrush, it does have the quadpacer (beeps to let you know how far along the two-minute cycle you are) and it uses the same brush heads as the rest of the Sonicare line. For $20 more I'd have gotten the quadpacer and a toothbrush that I don't want to hide in a drawer . . . which seems to be the point, only Philips successfully upsold me on the Easy Clean AFTER I'd pulled the Essence out of the box and can no longer return it. So I'm stuck with the Essence until it dies, and I'll probably be purchasing an Easy Clean for my wife in the meantime. Aesthetically she hates the Essence, and I regret having cheaped out on the base model.
Two stars for doing what the product claims, but the Essence loses three stars for resembling a sex toy that can't fit the wiring for a simple "beep" timer into its awkwardly large design. In a world with the 6th generation iPod Nano I just think Philips should retire this old workhorse altogether. My teeth, for what it's worth, feel great.
I have used the Sonicare for more than 10 years now, and I am on my third one. Previously I bought the essence series, and I hated how they always got wet and moldy inside the brush head. I have now switched to the Healthy White series and it seems that with this design the mold problem is eliminated. I do hope that the battery will last longer than in my other two. Apart from that, the Sonicare cleaning system is great, the results are noticeable. My dentist always comments on when I have used it for a longer time, and always notices that my gums are different when I stop using my Sonicare (after the battery died on my last one I was contemplating not to replace it).
I cannot tell yet if the Healthy White will indeed make my teeth whiter, but I do love the clean feeling after brushing with it.
It was a bit awkward at first with the Sonicare for me because of the size of the brush for reaching the farthest corners of my mouth but it's getting easier all the time. You'll know right away if you've missed something when you run your tongue across your teeth!
I like the two minute timer as that way I always brush for at least long enough--no cheating. If I feel like I want to do more, I just tap the bottom of the holder onto the stand and it's ready to go for longer.
If you are looking for the least expensive refills and have a Costco membership, you're in luck! They have the best prices around. My daughter, who has been a Sonicare fan for years, bought some replacement brushes at a big-box store that were their brand and says stay away from them. They are less expensive but they fall apart.
Overall, I have no complaints and only praise for this toothbrush. I do open it up each time I use it and drain it as I was finding water inside of it.
Actually, I don't think you really need the extra features of the higher models. I thought the quad timer would be nice, but that's based on brushing your teeth 4 sections at a time. Actually, the 4 they recommend is awkward, I would prefer 6, so I'm glad I didn't pay for that option.
And I thought getting more ergonomic might be better, but I have no problems with this one. In fact, I'm very impressed with the angled head and how much better I can reach around the back of the back molars.
A better battery indicator might have been nice, because I don't want to just keep it plugged in all the time - we only have one outlet in that bathroom. But it says it is supposed to stay charged for a full 2 weeks. So I've just been planning to plug it in every weekend (that way if I forget one weekend, it should still stay charged well enough for me). So like I said, I don't think I really needed any of the extra features of the higher models.
The brush head seems kind of small after having used regular toothbrushes for so long, but you don't actually have to brush with this tooth brush. Just gently move the brush across your teeth. So I'm happy with how it works.
My only complaints have nothing to do with how it works. But it does sound a bit like a giant mosquito! And you learn quickly to not bump your teeth with the brush handle - it sounds really loud, and the vibration can be startling if you bump your teeth.
But I've only had it for a few weeks. We'll see how it lasts.
Teeth have that fresh-from-the-dentist clean every day.
At my first dental appointment a month after switching to the Sonicare, the dentist remarked that my gums were much better and between my teeth was much cleaner (he did this hoky thing to measure bacteria--not sure if it's just a gimmick but it also showed great results). He was gushing over my teeth and gums. And he thought I was flossing (my teeth are too tight together to get floss between them easily).
I've also noticed I never get occasional tooth pain caused by receding gums anymore, as my gums are healthy.
The e5300 is the best compromise of performance/price. It's got the necessary cleaning features and performance, so it cleans as well as the more expensive ones, but it leaves out the silly gimmicks that make the higher models much more expensive. The new ones with the teeth-whitening feature just run for an extra 30 seconds after the normal cycle--not worth it when this model is less than half the price (just push the button again to get the same effect on the cheaper model).
After four years, it still works well but the battery charge lasts only about four days (using twice a day), so I'm finally replacing the handset--I could still live with the old one, but since the price has come down so much I want to get a new one while this model is still available.
My other Sonicare is the Intelliclean. Compared to that, Essence doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but in some ways, it's better.
There is a two minute timer, after which the toothbrush turns off. That's all that's necessary. The Intelliclean beeps every 30 seconds to signal the user to move to another quadrant. The kids don't understand that concept very well, so brushing until the toothbrush turns off is all they need.
BRUSH HEAD HOLDER
That is a useful feature. The Intelliclean only had one brush head holder that tipped over all the time. This one comes with a brush head holder that holds two brush heads at once in a solid, untippable position.
EASY TO CLEAN AND KEEP CLEAN
Unlike Intelliclean, this one doens't have an area within the handle for saliva and toothpaste to collect. Much more sanitary! To clean, simply wash and wipe down the handle and brush.
The Intelliclean needed to be pulled off and pushed on. The kids had trouble with that and would squeeze toothpaste all over the place. Essence is screwed on and off, which they can do on their own. The absence of toothpaste connected to the brush head means no toothpaste accidents.
Unlike the Intelliclean, the Essence doesn't dispense toothpaste. That's actually a plus, because it's not easy to find those specially made tubes of paste. For the Essence, any toothpaste will do.
There is a base to put the toothbrush on. Very easy to use. Sometimes, the kids leave the toothbrush off the base for a day, but it still works when they finally get back to it. It keeps its charge for at least that long.
Unlike Intelliclean, Essence only has one speed. That's all that's necessary for my kids. When there are multiple speeds, the kids play around with it instead of brushing their teeth.
For a good, basic sonic toothbrush, choose Essence. Its simple, no frills design is especially suitable for children.
UPDATE April 12th, 2013 -- I deducted one star. I can't recall exactly when, but I've recently replaced the product described here with a battery-operated version (purchased at WalMart). Like so many before, this one just up & died. No idea why, other than the warranty expired. Since all of my previous Sonicare brushes have stopped working in this way, I thought it could be the charging system that they use, which has no metal-to-metal connections through which to transfer electrons. Thus, I am willing to give them this one last try, to see if the (significantly less expensive) battery version will survive any longer than have the others. So far, so good.
2ND UPDATE September 18th, 2013. Nope, sorry. Very disappointed. Taking off another star. Does a great job when it works. Trouble is, it doesn't work anymore, again already.
This one came with a clamshell travel case, which will definitely come in handy. The charging base doesn't fit in the case, so you'll have to pack it separately if you are going to be away from home for a while. The E-series head fits great so I don't have to order different heads now-- that worked out great. They're easy to switch heads and keep clean.
Of course the best part is how great this toothbrush cleans my teeth. Some people don't believe that an electric toothbrush makes any difference, but I think it does. My teeth feel so much cleaner than with a manual toothbrush right after brushing, and they stay cleaner longer after brushing throughout the day. I don't get the kind of plaque buildup I did with a manual toothbrush, and my teeth have gotten much whiter without any expensive cosmetic procedures from my dentist. I just use a whitening toothpaste and a whitening flouride rinse with it. It's an excellent value and I have no probelm recommending it or giving it a glowing 5 stars.
The Philips toothbrushes are well made. The parts fit well, are sturdy and should last a long time. The charger seems to employ inductive charging since there are NO METAL CONTACTS at all. This is a good thing in a wet bathroom environment. Overall...I give it an "A" for build quality.
How well does it clean your teeth? So far we feel the toothbrush does an excellent job. Our simple "run tongue over teeth" assessment suggests our teeth are very clean. We're hoping the sonic vibrations also promote good gum health since neither of us are avid flossers. The brush vibrates at many, many small strokes per minute. Takes a day or two to get used to but no problem at all. I imagine the sonic technology is especially beneficial for people like us.
So, we're very pleased with the Philips product and we'd recommend it.
First, as you can see, this is going to take up a lot more reality on your countertop than a regular toothbrush, and will take up one of your electrical outlets.
Second, brush head replacements are seriously overpriced (think razorblade cartridge replacements).
Last, and not at all least, unless you remove the brush head and store it separately in between brushes, slime and gunk WILL build up in the space between the unit and the brush head (it is not water-tight). This slime and gunk WILL grow mold. This mold WILL be in close proximity to your mouth, and make you thoroughly disgusted. Also, once it's in there, it's impossible to clean out because the inside of the brush head is full of nooks and crannies you can't get to even with a q-tip; you'll have to throw out the brush head and buy an overpriced replacement.
So for someone like me who bought this because he is lazy, taking the brush apart and putting it back together (and taking up more space storing the brush head separately) is fairly unappealing.
It works well, but just be aware of that one major flaw before buying.
We began using them and found that over a short period of time, our plaque actually increased and was beginning to become tartar! My wife started supplementing her dental hygiene routine with a manual toothbrush and this helped a bit. However, we both felt this practice of using the manual toothbrush to supplement daily brushing was ridiculous.
You might have a different experience. If you end up being like us... keep in mind that while Amazon has a thirty day return policy, Phillips actually has a 90 day return policy. I submitted a claim to Phillips, returned both toothbrushes (postage paid by Phillips) and got back the full price I paid Amazon via a check we receive in about two weeks.
Take 'em for a spin, they may work perfectly for you. If not, you can rely on both Amazon and Philips to stand behind this product. You really don't have anything to lose.
I'm very pleased with the 5300. I attempted to research it with Phillips, but unfortunately, they really didn't have a rating chart comparing the models to one another. The problem that I faced was being the owner to four new $50 toothbrush heads. Phillips had just come out with a new design and I really didn't want to ditch $50, so I needed an older model. I finally went to Wegman's and actually compared the different models. In retrospect, it costs as much @ the local store as it did through Amazon and I would have had that immediate gratification.
My only complaint with the unit is that it doesn't pause in 30 second intervals to alert the user to change quadrants. This was a standard feature on my original unit and it wasn't quite clear to me, that I would lose this feature.
Overall, this is a terrific toothbrush that will make the dental hygienist giddy with your oral hygiene.
Pros: More universal head that is more flexible than the originals. Easier to purchase new heads. Now the heads come with the indicator in the bristles to let you know when to replace compared to the old ones that you used to replace every 6mths. My dentist is always very impressed with the condition of my teeth :).
Cons: On this model only, for some reason it doesn't have the beep at every 30sec interval during your 2 minute brushing time.
If you are thinking of buying a Sonicare for the 1st time, BUY IT! They are great at cleaning areas that a normal toothbrush can't. I could not see myself going back to manual.