My Sonicare Toothbrush 1998-2009

January 11, 2009 at 8:17 am | Posted in Product Reviews | 5 Comments

I am sad to announce the loss of a very important electronic member of this household – my Sonicare toothbrush. We had a wonderful 10-year relationship, full of many happy tarter-cleaning and teeth-shining moments. I’d go as far as to say he’s probably singlehandedly prevented many cavities, but I don’t actually have scientific proof to support that claim.

I think he may have been disappointed that I opted to bring a cheap plastic toothbrush on my two week holiday hiatus, because ever since I’ve been back, he’s refused to hold a charge. I begged, pleaded, and apologized. I even tried plugging him into another outlet, but to no avail. My longest electronic relationship is over. Sigh.

So, yesterday I ran out to buy a new one. Because once you go Sonicare, you can’t go back. My teeth just feel so. much. cleaner. after brushing with the Sonicare than when using a standard toothbrush. Seriously. If you haven’t tried one yet, I dare you. You won’t be able to use a normal toothbrush ever again.

I chose the Sonicare Essence e5500 Sonic Toothbrush. I dig this one because, on top of a two-minute timer, it signals after 30 seconds goes by so that you can brush each quadrant of your mouth for an equal amount of time. This model was slightly more expensive then the base model (~$59 vs $79 at Target). I ended up buying mine at Bed Bath and Beyond, where it was $89, but I used a 20% off coupon and BBB is offering a $25 giftcard with purchase of a Sonicare toothbrush, so that effectively brought my total to about $47. A pretty good deal, especially since I used a gift card and actually ended up spending nothing out of pocket.

(And no, the good people at Sonicare are not paying me to say this. I really do just have an unnatural obsession with my toothbrush.)

PS If you are now inspired to run out and buy a Sonicare toothbrush, our advice is to avoid buying the IntelliClean system toothbrush.  It’s an appealing buy since the toothpaste is housed within the toothbrush, but there are a few more cracks in the toothbrush body.  The extra cracks and the toothpaste mean that the body of the toothbrush has to be cleaned more often, and the inside toothpaste compartment is just an additional place to clean.  Having said that, Jason has this model and it works great – it’s just a little more high maintenance.



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  1. Congratulations, Jen! I hope you and your new Sonicare will have many happy years together.
    However, in the light of my 35 year relationship with my washer who recently passed, I feel you and your Sonicare were still in the honeymoon period.
    We did miss little Soni’s visit to NJ and he probably is angry he didn’t get to come with you.

  2. What a wonderfully long relationship! Alas, I had to replace mine at least two years ago. I see you now have one with a skinnier brush attachment. How is it working, does it feel the same? I dread the day my current model breaks and I have to switch to the new style. Tell me, is it a painful transition to make?

  3. Ahh, yes. The honeymoon phase… maybe that’s why I adore him this much?

    And, the new skinny model is amazing. Just as good as the old style. In fact, the quadrant pacer has already revolutionized my teeth-brushing routine. Would it be bad to brush more than twice per day?

    PS My husband is concerned that I have spent more words proclaiming the awesomeness of my toothbrush than I did to praise his wallpaper removing technique.

  4. Did you conduct a service for the late toothbrush?
    Were the coupons of any help to stretch your dollars even further?

    PS: Tell J it would have been cheaper to buy gas for the car than to buy the beer. Of course, I probably appreciated the beer more.

    • No service… I unceremoniously dumped it in the trash can in the bathroom. Now that I think about it, maybe I have to do something else with it since it’s got batteries in it. Hmm.

      And, unfortunately, we weren’t able to use the extra coupons that you gave us… but we will be able to use them when we purchase replacement heads for our toothbrushes!

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