24 Mar Panasonic EW-DL82

Panasonic EW-DL82 Sonic Vibration Electric Toothbrush

I’m obsessed with taking care of my teeth and I try to pass on that obsession to the rest of my family – although sometimes, I’ll admit, I think they just humor me. It’s an obsession, though, that’s been passed down from generation to generation, as my father was also big on maintaining a bright, white smile. The term “like father, like son” really does have some meaning in my family and I’m okay with that. That obsession has driven me to look for any advantage I can get to improve the oral care of my family; moving towards electric toothbrushes in the home seemed like an obvious next move.

With all the choices out there it’s hard to know which one has the best combination of features and value-for-money, but the Panasonic EW-DL82 Sonic Vibration electric toothbrush seems like a pretty good choice. This brush is a little different from your average electric toothbrush – as the name implies, it uses sonic vibration technology to more effectively remove plaque from your teeth. This type of innovation doesn’t come cheap, as you can expect to spend around $100 or more on this model. It’s not the most expensive electric toothbrush on the market, but it will set you back a fair bit.

Choose Your Mode

This brush does a great job of whitening your smile and it does so by offering you different options. There are actually two different brush modes that you can choose from with this brush. The first mode is what they call a white mode which basically operates the brush at full power and removes the plaque buildup on your teeth quite effectively. The only problem with this is that some of us, like myself, have sensitive teeth; this brush at full speed might be a little uncomfortable for people like me. Fortunately, they also have another mode which they refer to as their soft mode, which is designed to be used by people with sensitive teeth. It’s nice to have that option.

While the idea of having two different modes may sound like a positive feature, this device actually falls a little short when you compare it to other brushes in this price range. Many other higher-end brushes actually include up to six different modes, depending on what type of brush experience you’re looking for. When you look at it in this light, you have to say the Panasonic EW-DL82 comes up a little short.

Industry-Leading Battery Power

Where this brush does seem to rise above its peers is in the effectiveness of its battery. This model features a rechargeable lithium ion battery and the charge will last up to 90 minutes. If you do brush your teeth for the recommended two minutes a day, that’s about 45 days between charges, which is unheard-of in the electric toothbrush industry. On top of that, this model only takes about 60 minutes to charge, whereas many other high-end rechargeable electric toothbrushes may take up to 24 hours to charge. If you’re looking to take this toothbrush with you on business trips you won’t have to worry about lugging along a bulky charger as well, which is a big plus. As a bonus, they also include a nice travel case for your business travels.

This device also has a built-in battery indicator which lets you know when your charge is running out, so you don’t have to worry about trying to remember how long it’s been between charges. When you’re ready to charge it you simply drop it on the charge stand, which also acts as a handy storage holder for your brush. If you do use the charger as a storage holder you won’t have to worry about remembering to charge it, as it will charge every time you place it in the stand.

Love That Tingly Feeling

The way a sonic vibration toothbrush works is very similar to how a jackhammer works – the vibration actually loosens the plaque in the same way that a jackhammer’s vibration breaks up concrete. In this instance vibration is a great thing, but next to my office there’s a meat factory with a huge boiler that fires up from time to time – that also vibrates my teeth, but is a lot less pleasant. The point is that the vibrations actually loosens the plaque on your teeth and then the brush removes it – that’s a good thing, unlike the boiler next door. It may take some getting used to with the tingly feeling it produces in your mouth, but after a while you get used to it.

Replacement Heads

An important thing to consider when you’re buying a high-end electric toothbrush is that eventually you’ll have to replace the brush heads; this usually isn’t a big issue as they are readily available. Unfortunately, one of the biggest complaints about this brush is that it’s very difficult to find replacement brush heads. Many customers complained that these brush heads are nowhere to be found in physical stores and they’re even difficult to find online. When you consider that this brush is going to cost you around $100 or more, it’s a little worrying to know that you might not be able to find replacement brush heads for it. I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to spend that much on a throwaway toothbrush.

I Have My Concerns

The more I looked into this sonic vibration electric toothbrush by Panasonic the more I was convinced that it was a great product. From all accounts it seems to do a great job of removing plaque buildup from your teeth and I love the fact that the battery holds a charge for up to 90 minutes of use. What I didn’t like was the fact that you can’t find replacement heads easily, and to me that seems like a bit of a game changer. I’m simply not willing to pay for a toothbrush that I won’t be able to use in a few months because the brush heads have worn out. I think I’ll keep looking.

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