The Oral-B Pulsonic rechargeable toothbrush is another of the old-timers, and still going strong after six years. This is Oral-B’s lightest, most slender rechargeable brushes, in fact it doesn’t feel dissimilar to holding a manual toothbrush. It may be slim but it’s powerful, and it delivers the goods.
Its other distinctive feature is that it’s one of the quietest electric toothbrushes and won’t feel as if you’ve got a drill in your mouth about to vibrate your head off. Talking of vibrations, this brush features “sonic” technology, rather than the usual pulsating and oscillating Oral-B models, functioning at more than 27,000 vibrations per minute for a clean and healthy smile.
The Oral-B Pulsonic is a rechargeable toothbrush that sits on a small but sturdy charging unit consisting of a basic charger, and charger cover with release button. The charging base either sits on a shelf or you can mount it to a wall via the two holes located on the bottom, and also has room for two brush heads. The charging pin locates deep into the toothbrush handle, making it difficult to knock the handle off.
The first charge recommended time is 12 hours, which will then give you a week’s worth of brushing (two brushes, twice a day). Unfortunately though, there is no charge indicator to tell you when the battery needs charging, until one morning when you turn the brush on and it’s dead, hmmmm, that’s not a very nice idea to go off to work without brushing your teeth! To avoid this faux pas, it may be a good idea to keep the brush handle on the charging station in between brushing to constantly maintain full charge, which is perfectly in line with the manufacturer’s guidelines, and to discharge the battery fully every six months.
It cannot be denied that brushing your teeth is pretty tedious, however, there is no cheating the Oral-B Pulsonic with its built-in two-minute timer (two minutes is the optimum brushing time recommended by dentists). My husband compares brushing with the timer on his electric toothbrush to having a nagging wife in the bathroom telling him what to do and how to do it! Okay, that may be a little OTT, but the timing feature definitely encourages you to brush for the full two minutes rather than rushing the brushing, and in any case at the end of the day you’re only cheating yourself.
The Pulsonic brushing technology of the Oral-B Pulsonic is based on sonic brushing rather than Oral-B’s 3D technology (oscillating, pulsating and rotating) so it’s more akin to the vibrating of the Philips Sonicare toothbrushes. It comes with two modes, Daily Clean and Sensitive.
When sensitive is selected the vibrations will be at a lower speed and give you more of a gentle clean, perfect round dental work or round teeth with sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Sensitive mode could also be good mode to start off with if you’re just starting off with an electric toothbrush and getting used to how it feels. To begin with, as a novice brusher, you made find it quite tickly and your gums may even bleed a little, but this is perfectly normal and will stop when your mouth and gums get used to it. Sensitive mode would also be good for using on your tongue and gums.
How Do You Use the Oral-B Pulsonic?
Having charged up your toothbrush, squeeze your usual toothpaste onto the brush head then you’re ready to hit the controls. When you turn the toothbrush on it will automatically be in Daily Clean mode, but if you want to change to Sensitive mode, press the mode button. Don’t forget to put your toothbrush head in your mouth before you start brushing or you could end up spraying toothpaste all over your bathroom walls.
Apply light pressure with the brush head against your teeth and move the brush slowly round your teeth in a circular motion. Next the interval timer comes into play because every 30 seconds you will hear a beep and this is basically your cue to move to the next section of your mouth. Your mouth is divided into four quadrants (upper outer, upper inner, lower outer and lower inner) and at every beep you move to the next quadrant. Easy.
Travelling With Your Toothbrush
Unfortunately there is no travel case with the Oral-B Pulsonic, however, it is very small and easy to pack as it takes up no room and is very light. Charge your brush up before you go, and if you go away for longer than a week you will need to take your charger with you, although that’s small and light as well.
Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 2.8 x 9.9 inches ; 11.2 ounces
Provides 27,000 vibrations per minute
Inside the box you will find:
Oral-B Pulsonic Power Handle
One Standard Pulsonic Brush Head
One Precision Tip Brush Head
Charging Base w/ Brush Head Storage
- The Oral-B Sonic technology brush that’s slimmer than Sonicare Essence
- Naturally whiten teeth by removing surface stains for a radiant smile
- Gentle Sonic vibrations create a dynamic bristle cleaning action that removes more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush
- Two Brushing Modes and two Oral-B replacement heads (Pulsonic and Precision Tip) meet your unique cleaning needs
- Timer helps you brush for dentist-recommended two minutes
- Gentle on teeth and gums
- Professional timer: A two-minute timer with 30-second intervals makes it easy to track how long you’ve been brushing
- Indicator® bristles: Remind you to replace your brush head every 3 months, once they’ve faded halfway
Two brush heads are included, the Oral-B Pulsonic and the Oral-B Precision Tip. The Pulsonic has a large surface area, more like that of a manual brush, whilst the Precision Tip is a lot smaller and designed for getting in between teeth and cleaning round dental work. The most economical way of purchasing replacement brush heads is to buy a pack of four, which contains three Pulsonic heads and one Precision Tip.
Both of these brush heads are designed exclusively for the Pulsonic and claim to remove surface stains by up to 94% in two weeks.
The toothbrush handle is very slim, light and easy to hold.
It’s very quiet whilst you are operating it, a lot quieter than the other Oral-B models.
The small charging stand takes up very little surface space, or can be wall mounted.
Sensitive mode is great for touchy teeth and gums whilst the Precision Tip brush head is ideal around braces and dental work
There is no low battery warning indicator.
There is no travel case included.
There is no pressure sensor to indicate if you are using the brush too hard.
You have to move the brush in circular motions, unlike the other Oral-B brushes where you just move the head along your teeth.
The charging base slides around as it doesn’t have rubber feet and is very light.
You may wish to consider the Oral-B 1000 for around the same price and comes with a pressure sensor and charge indicator.
The Oral-B Pulsonic was given 4 stars out of 5.
Price of the Oral-B Pulsonic
The Oral-B Pulsonic is around $63.00. The brush is covered by a 2 year limited warranty.