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715 of 731 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made, effective and pleasant to use, November 7, 2009
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Brenda J. (Cleveland, Ohio USA) - See all my reviews
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I can't think of anything negative to say about this product. I did a lot of research on Oral-B's products as compared to Sonicare before buying this unit, and I'm happy as heck with the choice I made. It's easy to use, easy to keep clean, very well constructed and is a very effective oral hygiene tool. Also, since my bathroom is small, I really appreciate the small footprint of the recharging base.

When I was making the decision to buy this model, I went back and forth as to whether to go with the SmartSeries 5000 with its separate "Smart Guide," (as opposed to the only slightly-cheaper 4000) but I'm glad I opted to pay the extra money for this additional gizmo. Aside from the fact that it doubles as an unobtrusive bathroom clock, I actually find that the visual guidance on brushing times, brushing mode, and brushing pressure help me to use this product to its full potential. Also, in case you were wondering, the cheaper AA-powered brushes you can get for a... Read more
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm sold!, November 28, 2015
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Judith Paley (Denver, CO) - See all my reviews
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I've been using this brush for almost a year, and I'm totallly sold on its value. I switched from Sonicare to this brush after reading a summary of a study entitiled "A randomized 12-week clinical comparison of an oscillating-rotating toothbrush to a new sonic brush in the reduction of gingivitis and plaque". After 130 brushers were randomized to two groups, 65 to Sonicare and 65 to Oral B oscillating and rotating model (O&R), their mouths were judged by the Modified Gingival Index (MGI), Gingival Bleeding Index (GBI), and the Rustogi Modified Navy Plaque Index (RMNPI) after six and twelve weeks of twice daily two minute brushing sessions. Those lucky mouths in the Oral B O&R group had it all over the Sonicare group with respect to plaque reduction at 6 weeks, and were significantly better off in both gingivitis and plaque categories at 12 weeks.

Personally, I had my first dental check-up within 2 months of starting with this brush. You know the part where they... Read more
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like a floor buffer for your head., November 28, 2012
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KO (Valencia, CA) - See all my reviews
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Pros:
- The best electric toothbrush on the market.
- Great cleaning.
- Reasonable value (I purchased it on sale).

Cons:
- Pricy.
- The SmartGuide device is gimmicky. It's a useful gimmick, but a gimmick nonetheless.
- LOUD!!!

Snapshot conclusion:
- The versatility of the Oral B system, when compared to the "you can get it in any color as long as it's black" mentality of the Philips Sonicare line, is what makes it a superior product. Both offer essentially the same level of cleaning and features for about the same price, Oral B just makes executing the full potential of cleaning easier for their customers.

The Oral B 5000 is better than the 4000 and 3000, though all are great. If you're on a budget, go with the 3000. It gives you the most important features that make Oral B better than the Sonicare and a very obvious notification light for when you're brushing too hard.

Don't sink to the 2000 or 1000: if... Read more
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