Electric Toothbrush, Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries Black Electronic Power Rechargeable Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity Powered by Braun
Electric Toothbrush is a good product. I’ve used a cheap spin-brush pro for close to 10 years and saw a significant improvement in my dental health from it at dentist visits, but lately I’ve gotten tired of the decreased battery life and it missing some places in interdental regions. I decided to take the plunge and purchase an over-priced oral B. I have no desire to use bluetooth function or any of the bells or whistles but I compared the 5500, 7000, and genius 8000 versions all in black. The final decision went to price, discounts available, and whether replacement heads and a travel case was present. So I went with the 7000.
Unboxing- the box is as unnecessarily complicated as the brush. I should’ve taken a picture of all the boxes within boxes within folds, it covered over half my queen-size bed. They could take a lesson from Ikea, the total box size could’ve been halved with far less packaging.
Anyway, The brush is attractive, not over-bearingly/fatiguingly heavy, but is NOT all black. The whole sides are silver plastic and all the heads are white. The cord/charger are white and the cord is a bit stiff with lots of memory so I had to use cord clips and a tie to train it/tuck it out of the way along my mirror. The cord is a decent length but it can’t stray far from a vanity or sink area so plan accordingly with your bathroom outlet set up. Not a secure fit onto charger but charger base doesn’t slide around and sits nicely on surfaces.
It came with a large fold out user manual bigger than most of my other electronics. It came with a booklet of coupons WHICH WERE EXPIRED 7/31/2018 (I purchased item 1/13/19)
The travel case has a nice feel but you have to remove heads to use it, there are slots for 2 heads. There is a separate plastic/rubbery pouch for the charger/cable I’m assuming? Too much of hassle, an ideal travel case would fit everything in one place so you don’t forget anything and can grab one thing when you need to brush your teeth. There is a surround-snap-on head holder that fits over the charger that I won’t use. Then there is the smart control device which takes 2 AAA batteries (comes with duracell AAA’s!). The design is poor as to change settings, sync the device etc, the buttons are hidden- you have to unsnap the device from the mirror holder case, and remove the back plate of the device itself to access the buttons and batteries. It has a clock feature on the left, a smiley (and potentially frownie) face on the left, and other places where TINY icons will appear based on what you’re doing with the brush itself.
I started charging the brush at around 8:30 pm and it can take up to 24 hours to fully charge the first time. Mine took over 20 hours. They want you to keep it on the charger all the time saying it’s “impossible to over-charge” but that they recommend fulling discharging the unit at least every 6 months. There is no reassuring click/clunk/chonk/snap when you put the phone on the charger- it just sits and can wobble on the post. The brush itself is only semi-sturdy sitting upright on surfaces- It can take a mild brush/wobble of a few degrees in any direction and stay upright, but for the price I’d be scared to leave it lying around upright where it could get knocked. The manual specifically states it’s FORBIDDEN to be dropped.
The brush functions/motion is good but there is heavy vibration of the whole handle, more than others I’ve tested. The custom light up colors, sensors, functions seem to work well but I am only using 1-2. There are 2 timing settings – profession which breaks down sections by 30 seconds or just the regular 2 minute timer. Deep clean timer is 3 minutes. Pressure sensor function works and gives warnings with lights and visuals. One day if I’m bored and twiddling my thumbs I’ll test set up and connectivity with my cell phone (Samsung Note 8) but I have no intention of using/keeping an app for this long term ever.
I’m happy with the brushing function and mouth feel afterwards, the rest is all unnecessary. The price on amazon was discounted to $110.24 (still too much), I used a coupon discount for $20 off, a gift card for $18, and $36 in rewards pounts to make this less than $40 out of pocket. So my judgement of long term value and durability will be based on both prices.
If you really read the manual it tells conflicting stories of it a) being built to survive in a bathroom (where heat/humidity is absolutely assumed), but warns that b) it shouldn’t be used in the bath/shower, be submerged, or getting the handle wet. It also wants you to dismantle and wipe/clean the unit after every use. Based on some pictures from other users, it does seem there is some rusting/corrosion issues, so it’s unclear if its just from existing in the bathroom environment or if those units were cleaned regularly, or if there were leaks in the casing rendering them not actually water proof or even resistant.
It comes with 3 heads – cross brush, 3D white, and sensitive brush.
After using this for several days, I’ve learned there are things you can’t do. You can’t apply toothpaste and turn it on. The brush has to be in your mouth against your teeth and behind your lips before you can turn it on, otherwise it flings toothpaste EVERYWHERE with surprising velocity and arc. This is a pain because you have to fumble to hit the mode button which is hidden from sight in the mirror against you while using the brush if you want to change the mode right away. I also can’t fit the normal amount of toothpaste on the little head so I have to stop and reapply for the bottom teeth halfway through my brushing to continue.
I still find the brush doing a great job and the timer definitely prevents me from taking short cuts. I’d recommend this brush to others based on my experiences thus far, but only if you can get it heavily discounted and only if you are not easily stressed.Promised Review By J.Bush