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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