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Electric Toothbrush Performance

General Performance.

Even though cheap electric toothbrushes are widely recommended by professionals, most online reviews are posted by consumers. Users don't seem to have any preference for any particular cleaning action; oscillating, sonic, and dual cleaning actions all get good reviews.
A registered dental hygienist says she tells all of her patients to use the oscillating Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean and sees great results in the reduction of gingivitis, according to an electric toothbrush review on AmericaRx.com. That assessment is echoed in reviews on the Walmart website, where all the user reviewers give the Oral-B Vitality a perfect rating; one comments that this toothbrush is all you need to rid your teeth of plaque and tartar, and it does so at a much lower price than the flashy, expensive models. A reviewer posting on Epinions is partial to the Crest SpinBrush Pro, a dual action toothbrush, saying it gives the user cleaner teeth and healthier gums. A consumer posting on the Walmart website notes that the Crest SpinBrush does a great job scrubbing and cleaning her teeth. The cleaning prowess of the Sonicare Xtreme e3000 Power Toothbrush impresses users commenting on Amazon, although several report it stops working after only a few weeks of use. Another toothbrush with sonic cleaning action, the Oral-B Vitality Sonic Clean, gets a shout out in reviews on the J&R website, where users say it does an excellent job cleaning their teeth.

Battery Life.

The Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean toothbrush earns nothing but praise in reviews at Target for its long-lasting charge, with one user extolling its convenience on a two-day trip because she never had to plug it in. The Crest SpinBrush Pro runs on two AA batteries, and as one review on Epinions points out, its charge depends on the batteries, although it does seem to keep going for quite a long time. Another review on the Walgreens website reports a similar experience. Then there is the Sonicare Xtreme e3000, whose battery compartment seems to be the problem. Users posting reviews on the Walmart site are split about this cheap model, with one user reporting that no battery lasts long, even rechargeable batteries, because the battery compartment is not waterproof, and the only way to preserve the battery is by leaving the compartment open to dry out after each use. Another review reports having returned six of these cheap electric toothbrushes until a company representative finally told him not to buy this model because it isn't very good.

Ease of Use.

The Oral-B brand is known for toothbrushes that are easy to use, and reviewers posting on Amazon agree, with many commenting on the convenience of the built-in timer in the Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean. This model boasts 245 consumer reviews on Amazon, including more than 150 5-star ratings; one user writes that the toothbrush is lightweight, easy to use, and holds a charge well. Users also like the Oral-B CrossAction line, including the battery-operated Oral-B CrossAction Power Toothbrush and its rechargeable version, the Oral-B CrossAction Power Max Whitening. Reviews on Drugstore.com say the Oral-B CrossAction Power is especially easy to use and reviews at Target note that the Oral-B CrossAction Power Max is the right size for a rechargeable toothbrush and is easy to travel with. A review on Amazon actually describes the Crest SpinBrush Pro as relaxing to use, while a consumer posting on Epinions who admits to being lazy about brushing his teeth says the Crest SpinBrush Pro requires little effort. User reviews mostly gripe about the battery compartment in the Sonicare Xtreme e3000, although a handful of consumers posting on Epinions say it's a decent toothbrush aside from the battery compartment problem.

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For the most part, users generally agree that they get their money's worth from low-priced electronic toothbrushes. Consumer reviews of electronic toothbrushes at Amazon say the Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean toothbrush is a quality product at an attractive price, and its complete waterproofing enhances its durability; moreover, the two-year warranty is taken as a mark of its quality, reviewers note on the Target website. The Crest SpinBrush Pro impresses a user who gives it high marks in a review at Walmart and adds that it seems really well built. Consumers also like the Crest SpinBrush Pro, with one review on the Walgreens site saying it runs strong even after a few battery changes. The Sonicare Xtreme e3000, on the other hand, lacks the durability of other cheap electric toothbrushes. One user posting a review at Sears expresses disappointment with the product, saying that it gave out after a week due to water leaking into the battery compartment. The manufacturer's response to this complaint: open it up and air dry it after every use.

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