This “Pulsonic” toothbrush marks a change from the usual technology employed by it’s manufacturers, Oral-B. Instead of their usual rotation-oscillation cleaning action (as used in the popular Triumph models), this product uses sonic cleaning technology (more commonly associated with the Sonicare range from Philips).
So how does this foray into sonic-driven movement work out? We’ll take a quick look in this short review.
In recent years, dentists everywhere have been quick to acknowledge the benefits of using an electric toothbrush over manual ones. Although not essential for everyone, there are undoubted benefits for many in going down the ‘powered’ route.
This product is just one of many electric toothbrushes available to consumers. As such, it is natural to look for those advantageous features that would make you choose it over alternatives from competing brands. Like all the model we’ve reviewed, it has both its advantages and disadvantages, which we’ll look at further down.
Features of the Braun Oral-B Pulsonic Electric Toothbrush
Here’s what you get in terms of product features:
- The head has a manual brush shape, rather than the round one typically used for Oral-B powered brushes.
- A two minute timer comes as standard, but most models lack a 30-second quadrant reminder.
- Two interchangeable heads are present in the pack (depending on where you buy from though).
- Two brushing modes – ‘Clean’ and ‘Sensitive’. Might not have any major differences in terms of results though.
- As the title suggests, this toothbrush is rechargeable, as you’d expect from any decent model these days. Buyers report the battery charge lasts around a week.
Users on the most part seem very happy with how well this model cleans their teeth. So the main box is ticked! What else is good?
- One of the main selling points seems to be the light-weight and quiet nature of the product.
- As this toothbrush is rechargeable, you can save money on replacement batteries. This may also appeal to those who like to live a green lifestyle, as you are not using resources in the form of dry cell batteries—which are difficult to dispose of. Comes equipped with a well-designed charging stand.
- The two minute timer means you do not have to guess how long you have been brushing your teeth for, and you can achieve the recommended brushing time without clock watching. But this is a minimum expectation for current power brushes.
- Having interchangeable heads means you can slightly customize the product to suit your oral hygiene needs. It must be said that there is a much smaller choice of replacement heads when compared to other Oral-B brushes.
- Cost– Currently around $50 (and £50), so well priced compared to many competing products.
Here’s a video showing the Pulsonic being ‘unboxed’ and reviewed.
There are several downsides that must be mentioned.
- The slim version (which is sold most widely) lacks a pressure sensor, useful for letting you know you are brushing too hard. Pressure alerts are ideal for those at risk of damaging their teeth and gums as a result of being a little too vigorous when cleaning. Most models that I’d recommend in the best electric toothbrush article (found here) have a pressure warning signal, even some that are cheaper than this brush. A big downside.
- The slim version also lacks 30 second reminder to inform you when to change the area you are brushing. Again, better models have this useful feature
- When you do need to replace your heads, you will find that they are a bit on the expensive side.
- If you have used an Oral-B electric toothbrush before, it may take a little while to get used to having a long head rather than a round one.
- The motor does emit a high pitch sound, although it is quiet. For those under the age of 25, that can be particularly irritating—as under 25’s are more sensitive to such high pitch noises, apparently!
- There is no way to tell if the toothbrush charge is running out – until it is empty!
Alternatives to consider
The focus of Oral-B, in marketing their toothbrushes, is how their range (of rotation-oscillation brushes) out-perform Sonic brushes. So why bring out this product, which (like their old ‘Sonic Complete‘) aims to copy Philips Sonicare brushes? It’s an odd choice, and seems to be targeting those buyers that just prefer sonic toothbrushes.
The Pulsonic seems to be stuck in the middle then. Not quite as good in terms of features as other Oral-B products and not as proven as vs Sonicare range.
With that in mind, if you want better extras, you may be better off looking at:
- Oral-B professional care 1000 or the 3000 version (but not the Vitality). These should be slightly cheaper or around the same price. Use the more common and proven 3d cleaning action from Oral-B brushes. Also both have pressure alerts.
- Philips Sonicare HX6511/50 Easy Clean – this is very similar, and priced the same, but also has a smart timer function – which is certainly worth having.
- If you want the best, consider spending a bit more and go for the Triumph 5000 or a Sonicare Flexcare Plus.
How well a brush cleans is the most important property of course. And the Oral-B pulsonic toothbrush does a fine job in this regard. It’s lightweight and easy to use/maneouvre around the mouth. It has a reasonable sale price.
Where it falls short is with the lack of extra features that we have become accustomed to. The lack of a quad-timer and a pressure alert in particular is disappointing (although not as important in Sonic brushes), and may lead you towards getting one of the alternatives mentioned above instead.