23 Mar Spinbrush Proclean
Spinbrush Proclean Toothbrush with Dual-Action Technology
I’ve been having a tough time coming to grips with how expensive electric toothbrushes can be. When I first got the notion in my head that I wanted to try one I assumed they’d be rather reasonably priced, but after doing a little research I found that there are a lot of electric toothbrushes that cost well over $100. I don’t mind paying for something that’s going to get me results, but this was a bit of a stretch for me. Fortunately, there are some affordable options that offer a lot of the benefits that expensive electric toothbrushes do without breaking the bank.
One particular model that caught my eye was the Spinbrush Proclean battery-powered toothbrush. This brush is extremely affordable and usually won’t cost you any more than about $10 – that’s not a whole lot more than you’d pay for a manual toothbrush. What that means is you get the benefits of the extra plaque removing power of an electric brush without paying a whole lot more money.
Batteries Are Included
An obvious difference between the Spinbrush and its more expensive electric cousins is that it takes regular AA batteries. There are some benefits and drawbacks to such a design. Rechargeable electric toothbrushes are convenient as you don’t have to run out and buy batteries for them, but the charge doesn’t necessarily last a long time. A good pair of AA batteries can last a lot longer than a rechargeable lithium battery does. You also don’t have to worry about finding a place to plug it in.
If you’re traveling with this toothbrush and your batteries run out there’s a good chance you’ll have no problem finding replacement batteries. After all, AA batteries can be found just about everywhere no matter what country you’re in. The same can’t be said for an electric charger as different countries rely on different voltages, which means an American traveling in the UK can’t use the same plug that came with their toothbrush to recharge it.
Surprisingly Effective Cleaning Power
I can only speak for myself, but when I pay around $10 for anything that’s battery-powered I don’t have high expectations. With that in mind I was expecting this toothbrush to do an okay job at best. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it actually did a great job of cleaning my teeth. It does a far superior job of cleaning teeth than a standard manual toothbrush will.
The reason this toothbrush works so well is that it’s uses what the manufacturer calls dual-action technology. The way it works is that the brush has an oscillating head which spins back-and-forth as you brush and it also has a set of secondary bristles which move up and down as well at the same time. The overall effect is that it does a great job of removing plaque and, according to the manufacturer, removes up to 70% more plaque than you’d expect to achieve with a manual toothbrush.
Another thing that surprised me about this toothbrush is that it’s not meant as a throw away piece of equipment. You can actually buy replacement heads for it and they can be found online or in just about any store in your area. So when you start to notice that the bristles on your brush are wearing thin you don’t have to go out and buy a new one; you just have to replace the heads.
Far from Perfect
You would think that replacing the batteries would be a relatively simple process, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Many customers that have purchased this battery-powered toothbrush have complained that the battery compartment is very difficult to open and that when you do get it open it’s difficult to close. That’s a big issue as the toothbrush isn’t much use if you can’t change the batteries.
The other thing that some customers that have bought the Spinbrush Proclean have complained about is that the battery compartment doesn’t seal properly. At least a couple of customers have complained that water eventually leaked into their battery compartment, causing the toothbrush to stop working. This is quite a serious problem that definitely made me hesitate in my purchase decision.
Worth a Shot
Although some customers have complained about how difficult the batteries were to change, and that sometimes the battery compartment wouldn’t seal properly, overall most customers seem fairly satisfied with this product. When it works it does a great job of cleaning teeth, and for the price I was willing to give it a try.