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2.0 out of 5 starsUnexpectedly Great, Until It Isn't. Buy Reputable Quality Instead.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 13, 2021
The image included with this review is to provide a reference point for review. My previous e-brush is a sonicare g2 series (nowadays i found i can interchange the heads for different series, as the brush i have allows for most features present in other devices). the sonicare cost me around $50-60 (can't really remember) at the time of purchase (around four years ago, which speaks to sonicare's longevity). the brush still works well, i will add, just that i don't like the price point for replacing the brushhead, and nowadays i have noticed a slight reduction in speed and battery longevity (although mostly i just wanted to try something new after four years of the same brand).
i heard about this aquasonic with the significantly reduced brushhead pricepoint (i buy my heads at Costco at 2 for $18 before taxes, whereas aquasonic comes with 8 brushheads at $34.99 for the entire set, including brush and travelcase). Overall, I would say I am VERY impressed with the Aquasonic. I have tried Oral-B and other brands that have came and went throughout the years (i found that sonicare had softer brushes and the overall experience was better for me), so I have a decent general idea of what's out there. I have had the item for a weej and will try to update periodically as i know ebrushes are a significant investment for some (especially families) that are new to the experience, and it can be difficult to trust reviewers nowadays.
Here are Pros and Cons:
The smooth matte-like feel of the brush (which surprisingly no one talked about in the reviews i read), which immediately caught my attention. it makes me WANT to use the brush.
The lightweight feel of the brush in my hand. It is actually noticeably lighter than my sonicare, which i already loved for how lightweight it was. For the price, this was one of the shockers.
The SOFTNESS of the brush itself. Some reviewers noticed the small size (this tells me they probably haven't had an ebrush before because some dentists online actually say a smaller size is ideal for greater teeth coverage), yet as you can tell it's about the same size as my sonicare (if not slightly bigger). I have senaitive teeth and my dentist keeps telling me the apfter the better. i legit didn't think there was an ebrush softer than my sonicare (the g2 series is designed specifically to be soft). again, for the price point, another shocker.
The mode selection text. This might seem obvious, yet most ebrushes i have used in the past only have a light that blinks and tells you the mode you're on in a more subtle way. i was indifferent to this feature as i want to believe i am smart enough to understand the blinking system and the vibration of the brush to understand which mode i am in, however, i have to admit it definitely makes it easier and to my taste does not remove any points in the aesthetics department.
the cleaning power. this also shocked me a bit because, again, for the price point this brush works as well if not better than my sonicare. there's also a noticeable difference between each mode, compelling me to believe that the other modes are just as effective in their intended purpose (i have only tried the massage and clean modes, and they do what they say they'll do).
the attachment process. the setup is the same as my sonicare (to the extent that i wouldn't be surprised if this company used the sonicare design as inspiration, because it is pretty similar
in key areas yet surprisingly better overall, in my opinion, so far), with the head attaching to the base of the brush with a simple push and pull feature.
the two button difference for power on/off and mode. this definitely tells me they hsve learned from the user experience in other brushes because that has been one of my pet peeves— one button to select them all with only the blinker to guide you. the peeve is mostly with the time consumption (as some ebrushes require a hold in order to change modes or to change quadrant features). this brush also has quadrant features that seem more fluid than my sonicare.
i will also give points for aesthetics, as the entire setup looks well-thought out (as in, they probably just got the better features of other ebrushes and went with that 😂 ).
the travel case. the sonocare comes with brushhead cover, which i actually love for its simplicity and utility, yet the idea of a cover somehow feels more thoughtful (even though the head cover is actually more functional).
i don't know yet (just a week in).
i will update as i go to podt any issues. i got the 3-year insurance due to how cheap it was and the fact that if this covers me for 3 years, it will automatically make it as long-lasting as my sonicare (even better, considering sonicare warranty only covered me for one year).
i will say this— i LOVE my sonicare and am in no way bashing. if you want a durable, quality brush, go with sonicare (i will vouch for them). Phillips (the parent company of sonicare) is well known for their quality products, yet lately i have noticed better price points elsewhere. at some point the drop in price overwhelms the quality, as long as there is a base function that's being met. So far this aquasonic is merting that base function, and some. if this continue for as long as the warranty is covered, i definitely can say i am going with aquasonic in the future. i am also content with knowing i don't have to worry about a trip to the store for a replacement head for at least two years (i was starting to dread having to get new replacements for my sonicare with greater frequency, as i can almost say that the color indicator on the brush keeps getting shorter and shorter in lifespan lately). this will be my best reason to get the aquasonic, as i don't like it when a company uses Rockefeller tactics (we're in 2021, and those tactics were conceived of in the 1920s).
***UPDATE--- One Month After Purchase***
So, the previous review was not bad on the Aquasonic, yet after a while of only using this bruah I started to notice that there was starting to show some plaque build-up on my teeth. This was confusing because my Sonicare isually took care of any buildup quite easily, and most other legit ebrushes have a similar capacity. I started to think maybe I wasn't brushing 'right' yet that didn't make sense because I have been brushing about the same for either brush. Thankfully I didn't toss my Sonicare, because, as previously mentioned, it still worked just fine after four-five years of use.
Well, whay do you know? The Sonicare took care of the plaque with ease (which was a relief because after a while it is nearly impossible to remove plaque on teeth and I have to wait for biannual checkup to have a hygienist do it, which can be a bit embarrassing but that is what they do so whatever). Someone else on another review mentioned how Aquasonic was a bruah that just vibrated and did nothing. Well, now I know what they mean.
This brush is amazing for decorative purposes, yet is you want to save yourself a trip to the hygienist, get a quality, reputable brand. As with anything, you pay what you get. I especially appreciate the Sonicare took care of in-between teeth plaque as well (for those of you who don't know, you van 'feel' plaque on teeth when you feel something rough on the surface of teeth. Your teeth are naturally smooth and feels good when the tongue glides over a set of clean, plaque-free teeth. Also, there is a chemical agent provided by my hygienist for checking for plaque, which can be expensive and only meant to be used periodically and not even weekly.).
Well, that was a waste of $40+tax.
For thise whi might say, 'Well, you just have to brush harder or provide more motion', I say this— that is the whole point of an ebrush, that you don't have to do much and the brush does all the work for you. If I have to put in work, it's a manual brush (which I also have for travel/work and emergencies when I forget to pack my ebruah for travel, and there's nothing wrong with using a manual brush other than that in my experience a good ebrush will keep your teeth as plaque-free as possible). That defeats the whole point of buying an ebrush.
This Aquasonic looks great and feels great, yet it doesn't perform its stated function. That's like a beautiful car that doesn't drive, you have to push it yourself. It looks beautiful and aggressive, like it can go fast, yet ultimately it doesn't go anywhere. It doesn't perform its intended function (unless you're the kind of person that likes to spend money on decorative vehicles, which I am sure is a niche market rhat does exist). Please be advised of this, as it mifht save you a visit to a hygienist (you go to your dentist twice a year but sometimes even dentists don't have the specialist experience to clean and polish teeth like a hygienist, which sometimes requires special equipment that uses water, air, and baking soda at once.). I was abke to experiment and now am probably going to have to visit my hygienist anyway, but I was willing to take that risk. I understand not everyone has the cash to take that risk, so be warned.