Thursday, November 01, 2007

Sonicare Flexcare Un-Boxing and Review



The new Sonicare Flexcare is a nice evolutionary advance to the Sonicare lineup. The first thing you will notice is the more streamlined handle and the inclusion of a UV box for sanitizing the brush heads. The total brush is lighter and more compact. The vibrating mechanism is now in the base handle rather then the brush head. This reduces the amount of vibration in your hand. The new Flexcare comes with 2 sizes of brush heads. A standard head and a mini head. I prefer the mini head as it allows easier access to the back teeth.



There are now 3 modes of operation all giving the 2 minute cleaning.
Clean gives you the full Sonicare power. This is what I use as it gives your teeth that clean feeling. There is a sensitive mode that is gentler for those folks who cannot tolerate the full power. The final mode is a pulsed mode to stimulate and massage your gums.

If you want you can change the duration of the cleaning action from the normal 2 minutes. There is the Go Care 1 minute routine which is great for brushing in between meals. For those big cleaning jobs the Maxcare setting gives you 2 minutes of the regular cleaning and one minute of the Massage mode.

All the modes give you the quad pacer. This is a slight stutter of the vibration to signal going to the next quadrant. I would prefer a loud beep too.

For those of you new to Sonicare toothbrushes they have what is called "Easy Start" this gently turns up the vibrating velocity over the first 14 brushes. This lets you get used to the vibration of the brush.

Charging the Sonicare is simple. Just place it on the base and the green lights track the charge. A yellow light signals the need to recharge the Flexcare.

The best thing about the Flexcare is the built in sanitizer. Its a convenient place to store the brushes and in 10 minutes it disinfects the brushes. ( See the previous blog post on dirty brushes) This is a great feature since most people don't change their toothbrushes frequently enough ( every 3 months) and especially after being ill. The UV light kills most bacteria and viruses ensuring a clean brush for each use.

So if you are unsure if you will like a Sonicare don't worry (you will love it) they offer a money back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied they will refund your money no questions asked. The Flexcare also comes with a 2 year warranty.

View Sonicare studies here

Here is a Flexcare video demonstration


The original humorous Flexcare unboxing after the ADA convention

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