For the price, it is not a terrible toothbrush, there is a lot to like.
But, it is missing a 30 second timer/pacer.
This is a real oversight in my opinion and why you should strongly consider another brush.
You are going to have to spend a bit more to get this, but it is worth doing so.
- 1 cleaning mode
- 2 minute timer
- Built-in rechargeable battery
- 2 brush heads provided
- Brush head stand
- Value for money
- Lacks a 30 second pacer
- No grip on the back of the handle
- No pressure sensor
- No battery status icon
- Better, alternative choices
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The 3 BIG questions about the Solimo electric rechargeable toothbrush
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Solimo electric rechargeable toothbrush. If I have missed something, let me know in the comments.
If you want more detail, you can read my full Solimo toothbrush review further down the page.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
It lacks a 30 second timer, also known as a quadpacer which is a very useful feature for new and experienced electric toothbrush users.
In truth, this does not mean there is anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush, but it is a real disappointment given the tiny cost to add it.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 is my ultimate recommendation as an alternative.
It is about twice the price, but it is still a fantastic toothbrush giving you all of the essential features I like to see included on a toothbrush.
Despite the price, it still remains at the lower end of the price scale.
The Pro 600 from Oral-B is an option too. It is generally cheaper than the 2500, with a weaker battery life too, but it has the all important 30 second timer.
Both Oral-B’s feature in our list of best electric toothbrushes.
3. Where is the best place to buy the Solimo rechargeable toothbrush?
Solimo is a brand created and owned by Amazon. As such, their toothbrushes are available only through Amazon and you will not find this (at time of writing at least) available for sale in other stores online or on the high street.
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And now for a bit more detail…
Solimo is a brand, created and managed by Amazon, the hugely popular online retailer.
The brand includes a range of products that are considered everyday essentials. From soap to razer blades and of course toothbrushes.
During the festive/holiday season, in particular, electric toothbrushes, from market leaders Oral-B and Philips Sonicare have for some years now been popular items.
Considering the massive audience and influence Amazon has, it isn’t exactly surprising that they have developed their own electric toothbrush, which competes with those from the big dental healthcare brands.
I say developed their own. The brush I believe is actually designed and made by a company called Ranair (a Perrigo company) on behalf of Amazon.
This oscillating-rotating model (also known as model I2) is 1 of 3 adult electric toothbrushes sold under the Solimo brand at the time of review.
Variants of this toothbrush
There are no variants or different versions of this toothbrush at the time of the review, what you see is what you get. Nice and simple.
What’s in the box?
- 1 x Solimo electric rechargeable toothbrush handle
- 2 x Clean Plus brush heads
- 1 x 2 pin charging stand
- 2 minute timer
- 1 cleaning mode
- Interchangeable brush heads
- Fading indicator bristles
- 2 year warranty
Pro & Cons
Here are what I consider to be the pros and cons of the [insert]
- 1 cleaning mode – No nonsense, nice and simple approach with the essential 1 cleaning mode.
- 2 minute timer – Encourages brushing for the dentist recommended 2 minutes.
- Built-in rechargeable battery – Easy to recharge with a decent battery life.
- 2 brush heads provided – No need to buy another brush head for up to 6 months, rare to have extra heads included at this price.
- Brush head stand – A convenient place to store a replacement brush head is provided on the charging stand.
- Value for money – A strong performing toothbrush considering the asking price.
- Lacks a 30 second pacer – An essential feature for new and experienced electric toothbrush users, which it is lacking.
- No grip on the back of the handle – Potentially a little slippy in hand because of gloss plastic. Helped a little thanks to rubber grip on the handle.
- No pressure sensor – Users are not alerted if they brush too hard.
- No battery status icon – Unable to tell if the brush is charging or how much power remains.
- Better alternative choices – For a bit more money you can potentially better toothbrushes.
Design, usability, clean & general use
This Solimo electric toothbrush comes blister packaged, meaning no simple cardboard box, instead, you get that awkward stiff plastic packaging.
This does mean you can see exactly what you get before you open it, a toothbrush handle, 2 x Clean Plus brush heads a charging stand and a user manual.
It has the conventional look of an electric toothbrush and initial in hand impression is not at all bad.
The handle is primarily made from plastic which is gloss white in colour, but accenting this white, and ultimately making the brush look a bit better is a large blue rubber grip that runs almost top to bottom on the front of the handle.
This rubber doesn’t cover the sides and back of the brush handle, with the exception of a small ring of material at the very bottom edge.
Looking at the brush head on, the blue rubber piece is actually curved at the top a couple of centimetres below the neck of the toothbrush.
The curvature looks smart and helps draw the eye to the power button that sits a little below the top of this curved panel.
Sitting proud of the toothbrush handle body, the white button has a blue power icon on it and is fairly firm to the touch.
A single press of the button turns the brush on, another off.
Towards the bottom of the brush handle, centrally placed is the Solimo logo, running vertically up the handle. The logo text is black in colour, printed on a white rounded rectangle within the blue panel.
The blue and white colour combination is the only option when buying this toothbrush.
The sides and back of the toothbrush are all smooth gloss white plastic, with little in the way of additional gripping points or notable mentions.
As you can hopefully see from the hands-on images there is a small impression within the back plastic panel that breaks the smooth plastic and gives a very slight additional ridge to grip onto.
Overall the brush actually feels solid in hand and the large panel of rubber on the front does mean you get a fairly secure hold.
At the very bottom of the back panel are 2 very small protrusions. These stop the brush from rolling when laid on a flat surface.
The Solmio toothbrush does stand upright, despite the recess on the base of the brush, into which the charging stand fits.
It is not necessarily immediately obvious until you look at it side on, but the handle is a bit thicker than it is wide, so this means the handle is not perfectly circular, but there is a curvature to the body and no rough edges.
At the top of the handle is where the brush head attaches.
A metal shaft extends from the motor sealed inside the handle.
To it, you fit 1 of the provided brush heads.
The heads simply push on and slide off of the shaft, there is no need to twist and lock them into place. They attach just like an Oral-B toothbrush head would.
An interesting point to note is that Solimo toothbrush heads do fit to Oral-B electric toothbrush handles, but an Oral-B brush head will not fit this handle.
You are provided with 2 x Clean Plus brush heads in the box. They are much like the Precision Clean heads that Oral-B offer.
The bristles feel to me, to be firmer rather than softer. The very tight clustering of the bristles likely gives the whole head a feel of being a little stiffer than it is. But, if you like soft bristles this probably isn’t the ideal brush head.
Solimo does not specifically make a soft or sensitive style brush head.
There is the choice to buy and use Criss Cross and Whitening brush heads if you prefer.
Despite the different styles of brush heads that Solimo offers for this toothbrush, quite honestly this works well enough.
Quite impressive considering the price is the fact that the bristles on the brush head fade to alert you about wear and replacement.
On average you should replace your brush head every 3 months, but the blue bristles that fade to a white/translucent colour act as a reminder that it is time to change.
When the brush is powered on via the power button, you get just 1 cleaning mode. There is no additional choice. Ultimately it is all you need.
The overall clean provided by the brush is more than adequate. It feels more intense than a manual toothbrush because the brush head is moving much more, but I didn’t feel quite the same intensity and satisfaction to the clean as I do with an Oral-B toothbrush.
On occasions I just noticed the odd bristles feeling like it was stabbing the gum a bit. I haven’t put the bristles under a microscope, but I wonder if the tips are not rounded like those from premium brands.
I don’t want to keep comparing it to Oral-B, but the way in which it functions is almost identical. The Solimo has a small round brush head that oscillates and rotates. It does not have any pulsation mechanism (as far as I am aware) and this is likely what causes the difference in the cleaning sensation. In a blind test, however, you would easily think this was an Oral-B toothbrush.
I do not know what the number of movements in the brush head each minute is. I would guess it is around 8-9000 per minute.
In use, it is a fairly noise brush making a loud vibrating/mechanical sound. It does not have the gentle vibration/humming sound of a Sonicare toothbrush.
Once powered on the brush will continue to function until such time as you turn it off, by pressing the power button. It does not turn itself off at the end of a 2 minute clean.
A common feature in an electric toothbrush is a 2 minute timer. This alerts you when the recommended brushing time has passed.
The Solimo does have this feature, at 2 minutes pauses in the brush movement changes the sound and brushing sensation to alert you.
However, the vast majority do also have a 30 second pacer built-in.
The pacer is designed to alert you when 30 seconds have passed.
In theory, over the 2 minutes of brushing, you spend 30 seconds on each quadrant and because you have the pacer built-in, you brush each section of the mouth fairly evenly and don’t, for example, spend the whole 2 minutes brushing just the bottom row of teeth.
The Solimo rechargeable electric toothbrush I am testing here does NOT have this pacer.
In my opinion, this is a massive oversight and really lets the brush down.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a bit of a first world problem. It is possible for you and me as users to try and ensure we brush evenly, but even as an experienced electric toothbrush user I struggle to do so without the pacer. Possibly this is just as a result of habit.
Statistics tell us that people are not brushing for long enough and features like this are massively important in helping you and me to do so.
I really believe it is a must have in an electric toothbrush.
It would likely have cost next to nothing extra to add it in but made this a much better toothbrush.
Moving on from this disappointment to another. The lack of a battery icon on the handle.
I explain more in the battery life section, but there is no way you can tell how much battery power exists in the handle and even if the battery is charging when sat on the charging stand.
A small, but redeeming feature is the charging stand itself.
A little larger than the average stand, on the back is an additional prong onto which an additional/replacement brush head can sit. It is a small, but nice touch.
It should be noted also that this toothbrush does not have a pressure sensor built-in. It is quite common for some to brush their teeth with a great deal of force. Applying too much pressure can damage the tooth surface and the gums.
Some brushes will alert you if you are doing this. This does not. Just remember you don’t need to scrub, let the toothbrush do the work.
The handle is IP rated, so it is water resistant and is designed to survive exposure to toothpaste, saliva and water. Don’t go submerging it, but a quick rinse under the tap should be just fine.
Despite my disappointment, given the price, this is a likeable brush that performs well amongst the competition. But, there is a great deal of competition and many address the shortcomings for little in the way of extra spend.
Summary of design, usability, clean & general use
- Blue and white coloured brush handle
- Thicker than it is wide
- Rounded design
- Large rubber grip on the handle
- Single cleaning mode
- 2 minute timer built-in
- No 30 second pacer available
- Brush heads are replaceable
- Brush heads have fading indicator bristles to alert you when to replace them
- Water resistant handle
- A built-in battery is rechargeable, but no battery icon to show power or charge
- Charging stand has a space to store a replacement/spare brush head
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but inevitably, you often make some assumptions, even if you wish to be proven wrong.
Based on the price alone, I was not expecting a fantastic battery life.
The sales page on the Amazon store suggests a 7+ day battery life, which is a bit vague. Is that 8, 10, 20 days or what?!
I have said before and will say again how I think 2 weeks (14 days) is an acceptable minimum today, based on the technology and lifestyles we lead.
I like the thought of being able to go away for a 2 week holiday and not have to worry about taking the charger.
Whilst I would cut the I2 rechargeable toothbrush from Solimo a little slack, to really stand out it needed to hit that 2 week target.
I am pleased to report it did.
On a full charge, it managed 22 days.
That is 44 brushing sessions or just over 3 weeks. Essentially 3 times as good as the Amazon sales page claims.
Now, I am sure the 7+ is there as a quoted minimum as Solimo don’t want to over-promise, but I think it is safe to say you are going to get a good couple of weeks from this.
Sealed inside, the battery is a Nickel Metal Hydride configuration and not the potentially better performing Lithium-Ion.
It works, the brush is cheap, so I won’t grumble.
What I will grumble about is the lack of battery status information.
There is no LED/light on the front of the brush handle to tell you what the condition of the battery is. You can’t actually tell if the battery is fully charged, semi-depleted or nearly flat.
This is a first world problem, but so annoying really.
Such a small feature could have been added and transformed the everyday experience of using it.
You can’t even tell if it is actually charging when on the charging stand.
On that topic, a stand comes provided.
It is a 2 pin charging stand, with the power adapter hardwired into it.
It is designed to work on 230v~ and the 2 pin plug is for UK bathrooms. It is not a 2 pin plug for European plug sockets.
If you do not have a 2 pin socket in your bathroom to recharge it, you will need to buy a 2 to 3 pin plug adapter.
A full charge should take about 16 hours.
It is perfectly fine to leave the brush on the charging stand when it is not in use and take it off as and when you need to use the toothbrush. You do not need to wait until it is fully charged to remove and use it.
Summary of battery life
- Claimed 7+ days of battery life
- Achieve 22 days in hands-on testing
- Nickel Metal Hydride battery
- Takes up to 16 hours to charge
- 2 pin charging stand
- No battery status icon/LED
Price & where to buy
Make no mistake about it, this is an excellent value electric toothbrush. And good value is what most of us like right? We don’t want to knowingly get missold or overpay.
When it comes to looking after your teeth and gums, you do not have to spend hundreds of pounds on the leading brands and top of the range models. More often than not, the most basic products are more than adequate.
The Solimo rechargeable toothbrush is one such example.
On the product page of the Amazon website no recommended (RRP) retail price is listed.
However, price data tells me that the highest selling price for this toothbrush has been around £14.50 and the lowest just below £11 in the 1 year period that this has been on sale.
The average price has been just £14!
You probably don’t need me to tell you that this is, well, a very respectable price. In fact, it makes you wonder how they can even produce it so cheaply.
A pack of brush heads from leading brands can cost you more than this!
You can get toothbrushes with built-in rechargeable batteries under £20, but most in this price range are powered by removable AA or AAA batteries, the Solimo Total Power is one such example.
To try and give a guide to the total cost of ownership, I like to price a toothbrush over 3 years. This gives a bit of a benchmark as to how brushes compare.
Over 3 years, you will need a total of 12 brush heads. 2 come in the box.
You do have to purchase 8 at a time, but based on the average sales price of £10 for 8 heads, each replacement head works out at approximately £1.40 each.
10 brush heads total £14, plus the £14 cost of the toothbrush itself and you have a total cost of £28.
That is just 3p per day.
This has to be the cheapest rechargeable toothbrush I think I have ever tested.
The Oral-B Pro 600 works out at 5p per day and my personal favourite the Pro 2 2500, 7p.
You could even share the brush handle to extend the value even further if you really wanted.
Now, clearly this is an unbelievably good price. If you are on the strictest of budgets you are getting a reasonable toothbrush here.
But, despite the low price, I seriously question the lack of quad pacer.
This can REALLY help with brushing the teeth for the right amount of time and spending a little more will get you a brush with this.
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
- The average selling price of just £14
- Replacement brush heads sold in packs of 8
- Each brush head works ut at £1.40 each
- The total cost of ownership is £28 or 3p per day over 3 years
- Consider spending more to get a brush with the pacer built-in
Reliability & long term use
I would love to be able to use this toothbrush week in, week out and let you know whether it is still working as well in 6, 12 or even 18 months time.
Unfortunately, I am only able to test this for a couple of weeks, but impressions are good.
It looks and feels fairly robust.
The overall fit, finish and product quality is not as good as a toothbrush from a leading brand that is twice, three or even four times more expensive.
Towards the neck of the brush, the fitment of 2 plastic parts of the handle is not the best I have seen though.
There is nothing to give me a significant cause for concern in regards to reliability.
Although Solimo is an Amazon brand, as I intimated earlier, this is actually designed and manufactured by a company called Ranir.
Ranir have extensive experience in producing oral care products sold under their own brands and on behalf of others. Their scale and length of service ensure the products they are supplying conform to high standards.
Amazon/Solimo offer a 2 year warranty.
Their reputation proceeds them, so should something go wrong, I suspect you would be sent a replacement rather than it being repaired. You will be advised based on your personal circumstances.
This is far from the worst toothbrush I have ever used. In fact, there are quite a few features to like.
It cleans the teeth well, my mouth felt really refreshed after use.
The battery life is good, the cost of the toothbrush is superb as are the replacement brush heads.
I could use this on a daily basis.
But, it is let down by just 1 or 2 small things that are missing.
The lack of 30 second pacer is the biggest disappointment. I am sure, for just a few pennies more, it could have been built in. As could some form of battery status indicator.
The addition of these would make this a MUCH better brush, even if the price was higher as a result.
If you want a better brush, without a big price tag, the Pro 2 2500 from Oral-B is a solid option.
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- Height (without head) – 19cm
- Height (with head) – 23cm
- Width – 2.5cm
- Thickness – 3cm
- Weight (without head) – 122g
- Weight (with head) – 128g
All are approximates
- Is the Solimo electric rechargeable toothbrush an oscillating brush?
- Yes, the brush head oscillates and rotates in a side to side circular motion.
- What brushing/cleaning modes are available?
- The brush has only 1 cleaning mode. There is no particular name for it. I call it ‘clean’.
- What brush head does the rechargeable brush come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- 2 x Clean Plus brush heads come in the box.
- Other compatible brush head styles (sold separately) include:
- Criss Cross
- Replacement brush heads can be purchased in packs of 8.
- Does the Solimo have a pressure sensor?
- No, it does not.
- Does the Trechargeable toothbrush have Bluetooth?
- No, it does not.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- No, a travel case is not included in the box.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a 2 pin charging stand is included in the box.
- The charger is 2 pin, how can I use it?
- The charger is a 2 pin/prong charger designed to be used on voltages of 230volts~. It is a 2 pin charger suitable for connecting to shaver sockets found in many bathrooms in the UK.
- It is not a 2 pin plug for use in power sockets found in central Europe.
- If you do not have a shaver socket, you can purchase an adapter that will allow the charger to be connected to a standard 3 pin UK mains socket. More information is available here.
- How long does the battery last?
- Solimo state a battery life of 7+ days.
- In my hands-on testing, I achieved 22 days.
Do you own or have you used the Solimo electric rechargeable electric toothbrush.
Are there certain features that you really like or dislike?
Let us know what you think about this brush and let others who may well be considering purchasing one know your opinions before they do.