Written by FurieTweet
A review of the Colgate ProClinical C600 toothbrush.
Family_Furie recent joined the Bzz campaign for the Colgate ProClinical C600 toothbrush (which we received free). So what makes a £97.49 toothbrush worth £97.49?
I'll get to the value at the end, first up, a guide through what you get for your money.
What's in the box/first impressions?
The Bzz kit (for more information on Bzz, see this article - http://familyfurie.co.uk/index.php/blog-posts/bzz-blog/90-about-bzz-agent-and-bzz-blog ) came well packaged and contained the toothbrush and the usual Bzz Agent kit information.
The first impression you get taking out the box is how high quality the packing is for the toothbrush. The outer cardboard sheath is glossy and a lovely deep red. The inner box is very heavy and thick and the toothbrush is well presented when you flip open the lid to reveal the contents. First impressions are that it's definitely a premium quality product.
The outer box sheath
The pack comes with the toothbrush itself, a head, charger, instructions and a nifty little travel/storage case. Taking the toothbrush out, it feels very slim and light, but robust. I've used electric toothbrushes before, but they always seemed bulky; the Colgate ProClinical is svelte, with a narrow/small head - which I prefer.
The toothbrush comes with a minimal charge in it, but the instructions recommend a 16 hour initial charge. So off it goes to get ready for the first dental run while I try to absorbe the instructions. This is no ordinary toothbrush as it first appears.
How does it work and what makes it so special?
The ProClinical C600 is the mid-range toothbrush in this series and it comes armed and ready to fight plaque. There are three attack modes on the toothbrush, each cycled with a soft button under the one off switch. There's the gum friendly "mobile phone vibrate" mode for cleaning the softer, more sensitive parts of your mouth. Then there's the slightly more excitable "car on rumble strips" mode for your tooth surfaces. Finally, you get to the "carrier bag full of angry wasps" mode which is for molars and sanding down paintwork. Each mode changes the soft button to a different colour so you know which mode you're in, just in case your spouse coming in to find out why a cement mixer has entered the bathroom wasn't enough of a give away.
You may get the impression that the molar cleaning mode is pretty strong and it is. The toothbrushes uses different vibration speeds, movements, power and sonic bursts for each mode and the molar cleaner goes all out. It's actually quite amazing how much of a punch it packs for such a small unit.
There's a useful pause in the cleaning to let you know that 30 seconds have passed and it's time to move on to a different part of the mouth. I find this a little odd as there are three modes. Are you supposed to do four parts of the mouth with ten seconds of each mode? If so, then why not pause every ten seconds so you can change mode? If not, then it's 30 seconds per mode which doesn't add up to the 2 minutes you get before the brush automatically switches off.
Another oddity is that the modes cycle from "rumble strips", to "gentle vibrate" to "angry wasps". The gentle vibrate really is very pleasant and gentle, so the sudden jump to angry wasps is a real shock. Even after several days of use, I'm still shocked each time I make the switch. It would make more sense to move up through the grades of power rather than down, surely?
The result then. Is it better than a normal toothbrush?
I always find it hard to let electric toothbrushes do the work for me. I'm a bad brusher and press too hard, so there's always a learning process for me when I get a new toothbrush. Some of the electric toothbrushes I've used have always left me feeling like the need help. The Colgate ProClinical C600 definitely doesn't. You can simply let the brush vibrate away in the right place on the right mode and seriously gets the job done. I honestly can't remember the last time my teeth felt so clean after a brush. Your teeth do still feel the effects of the vibration afterwards and you have to ensure you keep away from your gums while in angry wasp mode, but even now - three hours, breakfast and a couple of cups of tea later - my teeth still feel "polished".
As I mentioned near the start, the brush is small and light too so it feels a lot like a normal, manual brush. It's not a chore to use at all and the result are outstanding, better than previous electric toothbrushes I've used and substantially better than manual brushing.
The biggest issue is the price tag; at nearly £100 it's a lot for a brush and it doesn't seem to have quite enough on the face of it to make it worth more than a typical £50 price range electric brush. I guess it's all about that angry wasp mode and how powerful and effective it is; which is something that is difficult to explain/justify.
The A600 is the mid-range product, with a cheaper C200 (one mode) and the more expensive A1500 (which automatically detects which part of your mouth you're cleaning and sets the mode to suit for you).
If you're in the market for a new toothbrush (or looking at getting one as a Christmas present), then one of these for about £50 would be ideal. Luckily, Bzz provided us with a bunch of 50% off vouchers if you buy direct from Colgate - www.colgateproclinical.co.uk - just contact me if you want one (first come first served).
The brush follows its promises and gives a really great clean, and if you can nab one for £50, it's a superb brush for that price.