24 Mar Sterline Sonic Pulse
Sterline Sonic Pulse Toothbrush with Three Brushing Modes and UV Clean
In my quest to find the perfect electric toothbrush I’ve come across a lot of duds. Some are too expensive and some aren’t much better than manual toothbrushes, but every once in a while I come across one that catches my attention for all the right reasons – you might say it’s in the Goldilocks zone. It’s not too expensive, it isn’t overloaded with unnecessary features, and it does a great job of cleaning teeth. The Sterline Sonic Pulse Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush is one such brush. This toothbrush has the right combination of features at a price that most people can afford.
It’s not what you’d call an entry-level electric toothbrush, but it’s not the most expensive model on the market either. You can generally find this brush for under $60, which makes it an item that’s not too far out of my personal toothbrush budget. It’s also a pretty sharp-looking device that won’t look out of place on any bathroom counter.
Perhaps my favorite feature of this toothbrush is its UV cleaning capabilities. Every time you store your brush heads after use, you can turn on the UV light inside their storage case to remove up to 99% of any bacteria that’s present. It’s no secret that our mouths are full of bacteria so there’s no need to add any more to it the next time you brush your teeth.
This UV light is a unique feature that you don’t find on many toothbrushes. There are a few other models that have it, but not many. Personally I’m a little surprised, as this seems like such an obvious benefit for the consumer that you have to wonder why more manufacturers wouldn’t include it as a feature. In fact, there are brushes that cost double the price that do not include a UV light feature.
Two Weeks of Power
Another important feature on any rechargeable toothbrush is the length of time that it can hold its charge. Rechargeable electric appliances until recently have been regarded as highly unreliable, which is why many people are reluctant to cut the cord, so to speak. Using something that’s plugged into the wall gives you guaranteed power, but it’s not the most convenient way to use a product. If you have to plug it in you can’t go very far and every once in a while you inevitably find yourself tangled up in the cord.
This Sterline brush does have reliable battery life once fully-charged, and most customers have had a very positive experience while using this brush. In most cases the brush will last you about two weeks on one charge and it takes about 24 hours for it to fully charge once the batteries have died. This may seem like a long time to wait, but don’t forget you can always charge the battery whenever you like by simply storing it in the charging dock when you’re not using it. If you really want to, you can charge it every night while you’re sleeping, but it’s always a good idea to avoid over-charging a battery as it can shorten its useful life.
Pick Your Mode
The most basic electric toothbrushes don’t have any modes at all other than on and off. At the other end of the spectrum you’ll find expensive brushes with six or seven different modes; while it’s great to have choice, I’m hard-pressed to understand why you’d ever need that many modes on a toothbrush.
The Sterline Sonic Pulse comes with three different modes, which will easily cover most of your dental hygiene needs. There’s a normal mode which operates at high speed, a soft mode which slows things down for people with sensitive teeth, and a pulsing mode which is designed to help you clean around your gums. In my opinion that’s about all you really need.
On with the Head
If the three different modes aren’t enough, it also has three different brush head types. It comes with a Slimsonic head, a professional head, and an interdental head. The interdental head is great if you’re experiencing issues with your gums, as it has a smaller head to make it easier to get into the tough areas. Most electric toothbrushes simply include replacement brush heads of the same type, so it was refreshing to see the choice of brush heads that comes with this product.
All Good Things Must Come to an End
As good as this brush is, it’s not perfect by any means. The fact that you have to charge the battery for 24 hours is a little concerning, although as we mentioned if you’re smart about when you charge it you can avoid over-charging and still always have a full charge. You don’t have to wait until it’s completely drained to recharge it.
Now, that all works well as long as the battery keeps working, but eventually all batteries reach the end of their useful life. Once that happens with this brush you’ll have to throw it away and get a new one. The batteries aren’t replaceable, although they will last you likely more than a couple of years.
The other thing that I found a little disappointing was the fact that it doesn’t have a travel case. Personally, I travel a lot for business; having a nice travel case to keep my electric toothbrush clean and in good working order is important to me. With this brush you have to buy your own third-party travel case, as it doesn’t come with one.
Could This Be the One?
After looking at a lot of electric toothbrushes in every price range I have to say the Sterline Sonic Pulse seems to strike the right balance of affordability and useful features. This is a great brush and I really liked the UV cleaning technology in particular. It also helps that it holds a charge well and seems to do a great job of brushing teeth. At the moment I have to place this one at the top of my list.