I have been using Philips Sonicare toothbrushes for as long as I can remember. I went from using a manual toothbrush to using a Sonicare and that was it. While I was travelling a few years ago someone mistook my toothbrush charger for theirs and walked off with it. Once my battery was flat and I could not longer charge it, I bought a cheap Oral B battery operated toothbrush and it was awful. So as soon as I got home I bit the bullet and bought a new one.
They are not cheap but on average they have lasted me about three and a half years each. At this point something tends to give way and it is cheaper to buy a new one than repair the old one, or the battery stops charging or (and this has happened once) I drop it once too often and something breaks.
I usually just get whatever the latest model is and hope my brush heads fit (I tend to replace them every two months or so). This last time though I was seduced by a Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Black for many reasons
- it holds a charge for 3 weeks of use on a single full charge or 42 2-minute brushings
- it recharges via a usb port when you are traveling instead of a stand
- it has a really nice protective carrying case – it looks like a sunglasses care
- it has a really good whitening setting
- it is snazzy sleek matt black which is very unusual
- it has a charging glass instead of the usual stand
The last two are really not functional but sometimes if it is something you use two or three times a day every day of your life you really need a bit of pizazz.
I have travelled with it several times and it really does work well (and look good!). I could have opted for bog standard white brush head refills but I bought black ones from Amazon at a very good price. The bristles have a blue line which fades as you use the brush. When the line has disappeared, it is time for a new refill.