Colgate emailed and asked if I’d like to try out their fancy ProClinical A1500 electric toothbrush. Oddly enough this is not the first time I’ve reviewed an fancy toothbrush and for the last year or so I’ve been keeping it shiny with the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean.
At the time I dubbed the Sonicare DiamondClean the iPhone of toothbrushes and I stick by that. It’s exquisitely designed, with beautiful to look at and has a wow factor gimmick (an inductive charging glass that doubles up as a rinser). So how does the ProClinical A1500 stock up against my tried and tested favourite.
Well the Colgate is significantly cheaper than the Diamond Clean and feels far more functional. The neck is angled and there’s a special moulded grip at the back – almost signalling how intense the mouth workout out to follow will be.
There’s a modest travel case, stand and a single brush head (which is obviously replaceable). You have to charge via a standard shaving socket, which is 100% normal but I’ve been a little spoiled by the Diamondcare’s portable USB option. It’s much lighter than the Diamondcare and easy to dig around the nooks and crannies of your piehole.
Colgate have teamed up with Omron Healthcare, worldwide leaders in medical and home healthcare products, and specialists in innovative sensing and control technology. This leads to the ProClinical A1500’s headline feature – its unique smart sensors. The brush automatically adjusts to engage different speeds and cleaning actions based on the position it is held in your mouth. This takes a little getting used to and there’s no room for subtlety – I did find myself slightly over adjusting my positioning to get the effect to kick in. It was worth it however and there’s a very “fresh” feeling to be had after you’re done brushing. The sonic wave cleaning action is quite intense – you really feel 32,500 strokes per minute and Colgate claim this effectively reducing five times more plaque along the gum-line than conventional brushing. It certainly feels move involved than manual brushing – and doesn’t feel any less effective than when I use the Diamondcare.
The toothbrush also features a two-minute timer, the recommended length of time according to dental professionals. It also has a 30-second pacer so you can split your time evenly between your mouth’s quadrants.
The Colgate ProClinical A1500 electric toothbrush has an RRP of£169.99 which is far too much. But it’s currently on Amazon for £90 which is completely reasonable for an excellent piece of oral hygiene kit.