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Oral-B Pro 1500 Review

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It’s great – but check the Smart 1500 fist

5 Star Rating

The Pro 1500 has the essential features we recommend, including a timer, pacer and pressure sensor.

You get a great cleaning experience, good battery life and it’s a comfortable brush to hold.

Be sure to check the price of the Smart 1500 though before buying.


  • 2 cleaning modes for a more powerful or gentle clean
  • Slim handled brush with good grip
  • 2 weeks of use on a full charge


  • No cleaning mode icons/labels

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Oral-B Pro 1500 Oral-B Pro 1500 10,600 Reviews $79.99Amazon Prime

The Smart 1500 replaces the Pro 1500

If I were buying a new electric toothbrush today, my choice would be the Oral-B Smart 1500.

It’s very similar to the Pro 1500. In many respects, it is a newer replacement. It’s affordable with the features you need. It is our number 1 choice for the best electric toothbrush.

Buy the Pro 1500 instead, if you prefer the design and can get a good price on it.

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Oral-B Smart 1500 - Blue Oral-B Smart 1500 - Blue 3,626 Reviews $76.95Amazon Prime

Design, usability, clean & general use

I and the team here at Electric Teeth will be the first to tell you, that you don’t need to go and spend hundreds of dollars on an electric toothbrush.

Bluetooth, extra cleaning modes, travel cases, and color options are all nice to haves and do arguably add to the overall package, but they are not essential.

From the benefits that an electric toothbrush brings, the Pro 1500 has those ‘essential’ items in a slim and lightweight body.

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An upgrade on the Pro 1000, the 1500 has improvements in the motor and battery life, whilst introducing an extra cleaning mode and a visible pressure sensor.

It may well look a bit clinical with an all White color scheme, but that can be forgiven with the light and slim in-hand feel of this brush.

The handle is approximately 2.3cm wide and 2.9cm thick, with a cylindrical esq look and feel to it.

At 129g it is not heavy and this size combined with the grips on the handle make it easy to keep hold of in hand and move around the mouth.

Made up of two parts, you have the brush handle and the detachable brush head.

The handle contains the battery, motor and other high tech stuff that allows the brush to perform so well.

Fairly minimal in its appearance, there is a single power button in the upper third of the brush handle.  A series of small ridges sit above and below this, direct the finger of thumb to that button.

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In the lower third is the Braun and Oral-B logos and battery status icon.

This is for the battery sealed inside the brush, that offers up to 2 weeks usage time.

The indicator changes color to give feedback on the charge remaining in this battery.

Running down the front of the handle is the White rubber strip which offers a nice textured surface to grip onto, with a slight softness to the touch.

On the rear of the handle are more grips, this time molded plastic ridges.  Firmer to the touch they serve a purpose.

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The plastic is a gloss White color on the handle and the detachable brush heads are too made from this same plastic.

At the neck of the brush, on the back, is an Orange/Red plastic panel, this is the pressure sensor.

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The 1500 will sit upright on a worktop.  If you take a look at the bottom of the brush handle you will find a recess into which the supplied charging stand fits.

The look and feel of the brush handle is essentially identical to the Pro 1000 and 3000 that sit either side of the 1500 in the Oral-B range, just with a couple of small aesthetic differences.

To take advantage of the cleaning power of the 1500, you need to press that power button and this will launch the brush into the Daily Clean, cleaning mode.

This is the 1 of 2 modes available on this brush.

Press the power button again and this will change to the 2nd available mode, known as Sensitive.

Daily Clean is the default mode and offers the full power of the brush motor, whilst the Sensitive mode is a more gentle option.

It is these 2 modes that are most desirable to users.

Daily Clean offers that deeper feeling, more invigorating clean whilst Sensitive mode is more gentle, stimulating the gums.  It does not feel as harsh or powerful, but still brings the benefits of an electric toothbrush.

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The Pro 1500 benefits from a more powerful brush motor than the Pro 1000 and even the Pro 3000, to deliver Oral-B’s cleaning action.

Known as 3D cleaning, it works by the small round brush head oscillating, rotating and pulsating.

With the Daily Clean mode selected, the Pro 1500 will offer 9,900 oscillations and 45,000 pulsations per minute.

The Sensitive mode, on the other hand, offers up to 7,400 oscillations and 33,000 pulsations per minute.

Speed and power of the motor can help make for more efficient plaque removal from the teeth, but do not get too worried about the amount of movements and power.

More important is actually using the right brushing technique.

Most electric toothbrushes are going to be more efficient at plaque removal if used correctly.

Brushing with an electric toothbrush is different to a manual brush, so do familiarise yourself on how to brush correctly.

Essential to the brush is the brush heads and the Pro 1500 comes with 1 included in the box.

The CrossAction brush head, is the ‘standard’ brush head Oral-B provide with their brushes.  It has been designed to offer a good general clean to the teeth and gums.

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The clusters of bristles angled at 16 degrees move in such a way to disrupt the debris and bacteria in the mouth and leave you feeling refreshed after every clean.

Oral-B’s studies have shown that they can remove up to 300% more plaque from the gumline compared to a manual brush.

Plaque at the gumline is the cause of gum disease, something none of us want.

If your gums are red and swollen and bleeding, this is likely as a result of plaque buildup and the early stages of gum disease.  Thankfully, this disease, to a point, is reversible and the Pro 1500 can really help make your teeth and gums healthier.

The CrossAction head is just 1 of a range of interchangeable heads that slide on and off the brush handle.

The other brush head options are:

  • FlossAction
  • Precision Clean
  • Sensitive
  • 3D White
  • Deep Sweep
  • Ortho
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Sold separately any of these will fit onto the brush and work with either cleaning mode on the 1500.

My personal favorites are the CrossAction and Sensitive head.

The softer bristles of the Sensitive head would complement the Sensitive cleaning mode for a very gentle, but effective clean.

Make sure the head of the brush is replaced every 3 months to avoid doing damage to the teeth.

It can be difficult to remember when you last changed or replaced the heads.

Thankfully the blue bristles you see on the head will fade over time.  When they are a very pale Blue or White, you need to replace the head.

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All official Oral-B heads have these fading bristles.  Other brands may not, so be aware of this, if not buying manufacturer originals.

The small round brush heads for me personally allow for better control and reach to the back of the mouth than the likes of Sonicare heads which are larger.

However, some may prefer the alternative brands, as the Sonicare brushing experience tends to feel more delicate and less aggressive than Oral-B’s.

It is also worth noting that when running the brush does produce a vibration through the handle and a sound as do all electronic toothbrushes.

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The Pro 1500 has a bit more of a mechanical sound and is a bit louder than Sonicare models which tend to be quieter but produce more vibration in the hand.

Sadly many people brush their teeth with too much force and this can over time lead to damage of the teeth and gums.

A neat feature that is not present in many other brushes, particularly competing brands is a pressure sensor.  The Pro 1500 has a visible pressure sensor built-in.

This is a fantastic feature and works particularly well for new electric toothbrush users.

When the internal sensor detects that too much pressure is applied through the brush head, the sensor is activated and the pressure sensor on the back of the brush handle lights up (Red), catching your eye.

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As the sensor is activated, the brush will reduce the power of the motor, until such time the pressure is relieved, at which point the motor increases in speed and goes back to full power.

The pressure sensor is therefore, a safety mechanism.

If you listen, there will be a change in the sound emitted from the Pro 1500 when brushing too hard, that is the motor adjusting.

Applying too much pressure when brushing can be a cause of damage to the teeth and gums you want to avoid, the 1500 can help with this.

Over time you learn how much pressure you need.

Bristles should skim the tooth surface.

Even if you don’t activate the sensor all that often, it’s good to know its there.

You probably know that you should be brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time, it is what dentists recommend.

To help make sure you brush for the right amount of time, the Pro 1500 has a timer built-in.

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This timer is activated when the power button is pressed.

It also has a quadpacer.  This breaks the 120 second cleaning cycle down into 4 x 30 second chunks.

This timer and pacer are what I consider essential to a good electric toothbrush and can make a significant difference to the way you brush.

You should Imagine your mouth broken up into 4 sections. Upper right, upper left, lower right, and lower left.

The idea is that you spend 30 seconds cleaning each section.  The pacer helps you keep an even brushing time on these 4 sections.

At the 30 second intervals, the brush will provide an audible warning via a slight pause in the brush motor.  This is your cue to change quadrant. Once the 2 minutes are up 3 brief pauses in the brush motor will be heard and felt.

The brush will continue to run at the end of the 2 minutes, you then need to turn it off, it will not do this automatically.

It is the American Dental Association (ADA) that are one of the leading bodies when it comes to dental advice and information on how to take care of your teeth.

It is then pretty reassuring to know that the Pro 1500 has achieved their ‘Seal of Acceptance’ which means the brush has met and surpassed certain standards and tests that the independent board put together.

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Maybe you expected this, but the handle is completely sealed, meaning it is water resistant

For those who like to brush in the shower, that fine and it can too be rinsed under the tap.

I strongly advise against submerging the brush in water and the charging stand is not waterproof.

The box contents is limited on the 1500, you have the brush handle, the brush head, the charging stand and the documentation, that is it.

An extra brush head and a travel case would be nice, however, this is all you need.

As is standard for Oral-B models, the 1500 comes with a 2 year/24 month warranty.

Providing any fault in this period is not as a result of user damage then it should be repaired or replaced at no cost to you.

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Summary of design, usability, clean & general use

  • Slim and comfortable brush to hold and use
  • 2 cleaning modes, Daily Clean and Sensitive
  • 1 x CrossAction brush head included
  • Alternative brush heads available
  • Cleans well
  • Built-in quad pacer and 2 minute timer tells you when to change quadrant and finish brushing
  • Visible pressure sensor built-in
  • ADA accepted
  • 2 year warranty as standard

Battery life

Perhaps one of the biggest criticisms of Oral-B electric toothbrushes in comparison to a lot of the competition has been the battery life they offer.

Most have offered just 1 week, with even the flagship Genius Pro 8000 offers just 12 days.

But things are changing with the Pro 1500.

In a handle no bigger, thicker or heavier than its predecessors, it now offers double the battery life.

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Yes, based on 1 user, brushing twice a day for 2 minutes, they can get 14 days or 2 weeks of usage time from the battery.

That is 56 minutes of running time.

A decent upgrade this is, but Sonicare and some other brands still mange 3 or more weeks between charges.

Oral-B have used a Lithium-Ion battery instead of a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) in this handle.

When the brush does need charging, it can be charged by sitting it on the supplied stand.

White in color the charging stand supports 110-130V and has a 2 pin US plug wired into it.

The power cable length is about 3.2 feet in length.

Sitting on a worktop, there is a prong on the top of the stand that fits into the base of the brush handle.

It can take up to 12 hours to charge fully.

Should you want to leave the brush on the charging stand, this is fine.

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When charging the battery charging icon flashes green.

When power is low the battery status icon will flash red and you will likely feel the decrease in brush power.

Sadly, should you travel frequently and need to take the charger with you, you will potentially need both a voltage and plug adapter, subject to your destination.

Summary of battery life

  • 56 minutes of usage time or 14 days usage based on 2 cleans a day as a minimum
  • Can be left on the charger
  • Takes up to 12 hours to charge fully
  • A charger is included in the box
  • Status icon flashes green when charging and red when the battery is low
  • Works on 110-130 volts

Price & where to buy

The brush offers a little bit more than the most basic or entry level of brushes, so a slight price premium should be expected.

Given that is is an upgrade on the Pro 1000, that often sells for around $40-50 despite a suggested retail price of $70 you will have to pay more.

A good electric toothbrush can be purchased between $40 and $80 and this brush falls well within this price range.

At the time of review, the brush is selling for just under $70, which is a tiny bit higher than I would like, but I am sure in time, it will settle closer to around $60, which will be a pretty fair price.

We have included a live price comparison of US retailers here.

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Given that you get double the battery life, an extra cleaning mode and a visible pressure sensor, an extra $10-20 over the Pro 1000, is justifiable.

Had an extra brush head or a travel case been thrown in the box for the same money, this would represent a fantastic value brush, but it’s still a great investment.

Do weigh up your options though.

If battery life if not all that important the 1000 might be the better buy for you.

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This brush like every other requires replacement brush heads for each user every 3 months.

Replacement heads can be purchased in packs of differing sizes. Normally, the price per brush head gets lower the more you buy.

As a guide, the cost per head is around $5.

A pack of 3 will often cost $15 but can be prices higher, subject to where you buy them from.

Given that most electric toothbrushes have a working life of 3-5 years (hopefully longer) we like to work out the cost of ownership over a 3 year period.

Therefore, using the average cost (based on one user) over 3 years, the Pro 1500 will cost $123 or $0.11 per day to own.

This price does exclude the cost of water, toothpaste and electric to charge it.  This price also works on some assumptions, but you get a rough idea.

The newer Smart 1500 from Oral-B costs the same price to own and is worth switching to in our opinion. The Pro 1500 will be phased out in time.

Ultimately the brush is only worth what you are prepared to pay for it.

Given the other options out there and all the other brushes I have used, this is most certainly fair.

Please note that all prices quoted are approximates and will vary based on location, supplier and time of purchase.  These figures were correct at the time of writing and should not be relied upon as hard fact, but used as a guide during your decision process.

Summary of price & where to buy

  • Selling for around $70
  • Expect to pay a premium over Pro 1000 that sells for $40-50
  • Live price comparison here
  • Replacement brush heads usually about $5 each
  • Works out at around 11 cents per day over 3 years

Reliability & long term use

None of the brushes we test here at Electric Teeth go through specialist machines for drop tests or reliability trials.  We do not have such equipment.

We put them through the life test.

We use them, look at them in detail, compare them to the competition.

Oral-B have developed a pretty strong reliability over the years they have been making brushes and we find the failure rate to be low.

Most never go wrong, but inevitably some will.

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Should it fail and the fault is as a result of parts or workmanship rather than user damage then it will be covered under the warranty.

The standard warranty or guarantee if you prefer runs for 2 years/24 months from the date of purchase.

During my testing, I have looked for possible weaknesses, but found nothing of concern.


No one toothbrush will suit everyone’s needs and desires, but I believe the Pro 1500 comes pretty close for the vast majority of people.

It offers the essential features of an electric toothbrush and performs really well.

An extra brush head and even a travel case in the box would sweeten the overall offering when considering the competition and price, but I am being a little picky.

You could do a lot worse than the Pro 1500 and for those looking for a great electric toothbrush, this is a fine example.

Size Guide

  • Height (without head) – 19.5cm
  • Height (with head) – 23.5cm
  • Width – 2.3cm
  • Thickness – 2.9cm
  • Weight (without head) – 123g
  • Weight (with head) – 129g

All are approximates

About Jon Love

Jon is a leading voice on electric toothbrushes and has been quoted by mainstream media publications for his opinions and expertise.

Having handled & tested hundreds of products there really is very little he does not know about them.

Passionate about business and helping others, Jon has been involved in various online enterprises since the early 2000s.

After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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33 thoughts on “Oral-B Pro 1500 Review”

  1. I have noticed that some of the 1500 models are manufactured in Germany and some of the models are manufactured in China? Is there a difference in the quality?

    • Hi Ted.

      It is my understanding that all of the Pro 1500 handles are made in Germany. This could be incorrect or things could have changed.

      In theory, the quality/performance and reliability should be the same. Oral-B have strict production policies.

      Have you got boxes/examples that specifically state one is made in China whilst another is made in Germany?

  2. i just wanted to thank you for sharing that the kid’s version is the same thing as this. currently the pro 1500 is $60 on amazon. the sparkle and shine kids version with 2 brush heads is $40. $20 with an extra head(even if its not the best one) is a good deal for me

    • That is just how it ends up sometimes. Special deals, promotions etc. Retailers often have control over the prices they sell their brushes at.

  3. I bought the 1500 at Sam’s Club 5/2020 it was & $99.98 and you got a 2 pack. It came with 2 handles, 3 heads, 2 chargers plus a travel case for each. I just looked on line at Sam’s Club the same unit is on sale till I think Sept 27 for $69.68 and some change. I would call that a good deal.

  4. Being the OCD type that I am, I did a lot of research on Oral B’s different models before deciding to buy the 1500. Your review and one other put me over the top in my decision to purchase the 1500. I’m a very long time Sonicare user, but my new dentist suggested that switching things up might be a good idea (for reasons I won’t bore you with here). So two days ago, I bought one at Walmart for $69.97, “rolled back” from $79. AMZ had it but only through a 3rd party for $60. If I’m going to buy from AMZ, I want to use Prime because returns/refunds go smoother that way.

    The Oral B’s are a big change from the Sonicare. The sound is a little disconcerting at first – very mechanical like an engine vs the smooth hum of the Sonicare. And when I first start it, it seems to take a fraction of a second to rev-up to full speed. I’m wondering if that’s normal? I very much like the shape of the head and the feeling I have of actually covering/encompassing the entire surface of each tooth, as opposed to the manual brush head design-feel of the Sonicare. I also like that it doesn’t turn off after two minutes, but just lets you know when the two minutes are up. I like to spend the full two minutes in the four quadrants and then an extra few seconds going over the top surfaces. Some friends who also switched told me that using the Oral B is a little “messier” than the Sonicare, but I’m managing to keep the splatter inside my mouth so far. I’m pretty used to not using too much pressure, but I did test the pressure sensor by turning the brush on and using a finger to press against the head until the light came on, which it did. I can’t imagine ever using that much pressure while brushing. I like the Sonicare’s charging light indicator design better but that’s truly nit-picking. As far as how well it cleans, all I can say is that with both brushes my teeth feel squeaky clean. Oral B has a warning about bleeding gums at first, but I haven’t had that problem for years since getting serious about oral hygiene, and so I didn’t experience any bleeding. I would say that my gums are a tad bit sore after the first few uses, so I suspect that the action really is qualitatively different (I hope better) than with the Sonicare.

    All in all, I’m happy so far with the purchase. Walmart has a 90-day return policy and of course the 2 year warranty from Oral B. I’m glad I didn’t go with with the bells and whistles like blue-tooth, apps and smart screens, as well as multiple brush modes. I did use the Gum Care mode at night with the Sonicare, which gave me an extra minute at a lower speed for what they call a gum massage, an effect I can achieve just as easily with the Oral B by pressing the power button once to go into Sensitive mode for that last minute.

    Thank you very much, Jon, for a very informative, thorough and well-written review.

    • Hi Bill.

      Thanks for the detailed comment. I am pleased to read that you found my review helpful and you are enjoying the use of the brush so far.

      I would have said the brush gets to full speed pretty quickly. It certainly isn’t the most noticeable of delay, but there is possibly a fraction of a seconds delay. I think what you are describing is normal.

  5. Hi John,

    How do I contact Oral B? I bought a 1500 Pro last September and it died today. They will not answer the phone (after an hour on hold with awful stupid music) and I know from what you say, there that it has a two year warranty. Any ideas as to how to hold them accountable?
    Cannot go to the dentist because of the virus, either.


  6. Jon, I’m sold but where can I find the Oral-B Pro 1500 ? Doesn’t seem to be listed on the Oral-B website. Thanx, Gar

    • Hi Gar.

      Here is a link to it on the USA website.

      However, I see you might be based in Canada? If so, the closest equivalent is the Oral-B Pro 2000 in Canada. However, the battery only lasts for 7 days and the brush motor is a touch less powerful. If you are in Canada, you may wish to import one from North America.

    • Whilst the country of manufacture is always potentially subject to change, the ones I have do state that the handles were made in Germany.

  7. I have read sooooo many reviews and watched sooooo many videos for the 1500 and I wish that I would have found this very comprehensive review when I first started researching this brush as I would not have had to look any further. Great job Jon!
    I’ll be forwarding this to other people that I know are interested in purchasing a new brush.
    I recently purchased the 1500 from Amazon for $49.94 ($59.94 with a $10 coupon attached).
    I feel that it was a great deal as I am really loving the brush and it is everything that it claims to be.
    The long battery life was an important feature to me, not only because of the extended time between charging but also because of the long term life of the Lithium-Ion battery verses a NiMH battery.
    Thanks again for the great review Jon.
    PS. For others reading this, it is my opinion that you should always completely charge any new rechargeable electronic device before first use.

    • Hey,

      Thanks for the comment and the kind words.

      It is a shame that you did not find my review when you were first researching, but you have found it now, so that is the most important thing.

      The price you paid is very good, I think you got a brilliant deal there.

  8. I still don’t see the advantage of the 1000 vs the 1500. Is the only difference battery life or does the 1500 have other advantages to justify the price difference?
    Thanks for anyone’s input.

  9. A question. Is the charger for the 1500 with a lithium battery different than the charger for the 1000? I ask because I have an old Oral B electric toothbrush that came with a stand that I can hang on the wall connected to a wall socket. This is incredibly convenient. Oral B seems not to make such a stand anymore, but I notice that my new Oral B 1500 won’t charge on that older base though it does charge on the one in the box. There is also a Sonicare wall charger that is advertised to work with an Oral B Pro 1000, but not the 1500. I’m wondering if the lithium battery makes the difference. I sure wish Oral B would provide a wall stand option. — Thanks for your detailed review. It was most helpful.

    • Hi Shelly.

      Thanks for the question.

      As far as I am aware, there are no differences between the chargers required for the Pro 1000 and the 1500.

      Just because the Pro 1500 has a lithium battery, does not mean the charger needs to be different. I am happy to be corrected by anyone if this is not the case.

      I speak from my own experience in that, I have charged many different Oral-B toothbrushes on a single charger I have. I don’t always use the charger that is supplied in the box.

      I am not very familiar with the wall charger you have, but if it is particularly old, I wonder if the amount of power needed for the 1500 is slightly different and that older charger isn’t quite up to spec. Essentially what I am saying here is that whilst the charger doesn’t matter in most instances, your charger happens to be a bit of an odd one out!

      Not that I have spent much time looking, but I don’t recall seeing a charger that works for both Sonicare and Oral-B. The fitting on the base of the brush tends to be slightly different, meaning they tend not to fit onto each others charging stands. Therefore the product you mention about working with both, is interesting.

      Sorry I cannot be more specific, but I hope this helps a bit.

      If you have and more questions, just ask.

  10. I picked up an Oral-B Pro 1500 from Walmart, used it twice and the red Battery light came on, I put it on the charger and nothing happened so I took it back to Walmart and got a new one, this one is doing the same thing, I’ll be taking this one back one more time, if I get the same results I will be asking for my money back.

  11. Probably the most comprehensive and thorough review I’ve ever read about any product…some might consider it a bit overkill, but I don’t. Great job. I wish more reviews like this one could be obtained on other similar products.

    • Thank you for such a positive comment 🙂

      We try to put out detailed reviews and answer most common question and queries people may have and it is great to read it has helped you.

      Hopefully the ‘sections’ of the review help make navigating the review a bit easier.

  12. Hi, I bought this brush and I tried to fill out the warranty. I couldn’t complete the process being it’s not even listed on the warranty questionnaire or site even. Contacted them waiting for a response.

    • Rigo,

      Thanks for the comments. We have heard similar experiences, they can eb quite slow to update their systems, which is disappointing.

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