Simple and effective is the best way that I can describe the Solimo Sonic electric toothbrush.
It hasn’t been designed to reinvent the toothbrush, just offer the desireable features at an affordable price. And it does just that.
For the price, it is a really good toothbrush that deserves serious consideration if you have no particular desire to own a toothbrush from a brand leader.
- Grippy handle
- 1 cleaning mode
- Built-in timer and pacer
- No pressure sensor
- Simple design
- Battery technology
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The 3 BIG questions about the Solimo Sonic
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Solimo Sonic 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 performs the basic function of cleaning the teeth really well and there is little to find fault with.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
The obvious alternative is a toothbrush from Sonicare, given that this is what the Solimo Sonic is based on.
The EasyClean (HX6511/50) is one option as is the DailyClean 2100.
However, both of these are generally a little more expensive and offer no extras aside from brand reputation.
If value for money is important to you, the Fairywill FW-507 is a little more expensive but comes with an impressive box contents and battery life.
3. Where is the best place to buy the Solimo Sonic?
As an Amazon own brand product, it is sold exclusively via the online retailer.
You won’t currently find Solimo sold in your local pharmacy, dentist’s office or at your favourite supermarket.
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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.
Considering the massive audience and influence the organisation 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 Sonic model is known as the PTB0090-001 and is essentially identical to models such as the SmileSonic Pro Advanced Clean Sonic toothbrush.
Variants of this toothbrush
At the time of review, Amazon have kept things nice and simple with the Solimo Sonic.
There is just 1 version, the model I have written about and photographed in this review.
No different colour options exist, there isn’t a version with more features or more items in the box.
What’s in the box?
- 1 x Solimo sonic electric toothbrush handle
- 1 x Brush head
- 1 x 2 pin (UK) charging stand
- 1 cleaning mode
- 2 minute timer
- 30 second pacer
- 2 week battery life
- Automatic power off
- 31,000 brush strokes per minute
Pro & Cons
Here are what I consider to be the pros and cons of the Solimo electric toothbrush.
- Grippy handle – Appropriately placed raised plastic ridges give a surface for the fingertips to grip onto with ease
- 1 cleaning mode – Nice and simple, no confusing options, a single mode that will suit most users.
- Built-in timer and pacer – Activated from the moment the brush is switched on it encourages you to brush the teeth evenly and for the recommended 2 minutes.
- Price – Excellent value for money.
- No pressure sensor – No mechanism to alert you when you are brushing too hard.
- Simple design – It is functional but not as exciting or classy as some other options.
- Battery technology – Uses an NiMH battery compared to Li-Ion.
Design, usability, clean & general use
As a toothbrush exclusive to Amazon, the packaging of the box in which it comes doesn’t need to be the most stylish or eye-catching.
Whilst it is more than a plain cardboard box, it is basic and functional. In a way, it catches the eye because it is less flashy. It includes some key information about the toothbrush and what you get included.
A plastic tray inside the box holds the toothbrush, brush head, charging stand and manual.
Do you need to have a plastic tray Amazon? Cardboard would have been fine.
Before explaining the toothbrush a little, I just want to acknowledge the supplied instructions/manual.
It is not the most comprehensive, but it gives you the key information you need to know. But, most importantly, the text is nice and large and easy to read, compared to some manufacturers that like to include manuals with a very small print! This made for a simple, but pleasant surprise.
So, to the toothbrush itself then.
Amazon have essentially copied Philps Sonicare to produce the Solimo Sonic. There is a great deal of similarity in design and performance to the Sonicare series of toothbrushes, particularly the 2 Series which has for a long time been a very popular and cost effective toothbrush.
The handle itself is not the lightest or the slimmest, but it is perfectly useable and what is particularly noticeable is the gripping points on it, to give a firm and secure handhold.
Looking at the brush handle, on the front, there is a circular blue coloured power button. This is positioned a little above the middle of the handle. It has a power icon embossed on it, so you know exactly what it is.
Below the power button is a rounded rectangle, that is grey in colour and this runs almost to the bottom of the handle.
At the top of this grey panel are a few raised ridges that help with gripping the toothbrush and at the bottom of the panel is a battery icon, which is backlit with an LED. This LED changes colour based on the battery status.
Details of the battery are explained in more detail in the battery life section of the review but expect a minimum of 2 weeks usage from this rechargeable battery.
At the base of the handle is a blue coloured ring, which extends to the base of the brush handle.
The remainder of the handle is white in colour, with more of a matt finish rather than a gloss white.
The sides of the handle are free of any controls.
On the back are no controls, but a series of raised plastic mouldings that are more pronounced at the top and give extra surface area and resistance for ensuring you get a good grip of the handle.
There is too, at the bottom of the handle a small odd looking raised plastic moulding. What this does is actually stop the brush rolling on a countertop if it is laid flat.
The handle is not perfectly round. In fact, there is a slight squaring to the design, but no harsh edges.
On the bottom of the handle is some printed regulatory information and a recess into which the prong on the charging stand fits.
The Solimo Sonic will stand upright on a countertop.
There is a very slight tapering at the top of the brush handle where the brush head attaches.
It is here you will see a metal shaft extending from inside the brush handle. It is inside the handle that the battery and motor are.
The brush head simply pushes onto and pulls off of the metal shaft.
When turned on the shaft transfers the motion from the motor to the bristles in the brush head.
Philips Sonicare is well known for their electric toothbrushes and the majority of their models offer 31,000 brush strokes (62,000 movements) per minute. The Solimo does too.
The daily use and cleaning experience are essentially identical.
In fact, Sonicare brush heads fit onto the Solimo handle and the Solimio heads can be used with a Sonicare toothbrush if you choose.
Amazon have kept things simple with the Solimo and this is to be commended.
There is just 1 cleaning mode and 1 style of brush head.
The single cleaning mode is activated when you press the power button and runs for the dentist recommended 2 minutes, at which point the brush automatically turns off.
At 30 second intervals during the 2 minute cleaning cycle, there is a pause in the brush head motion and the sound the toothbrush makes changes. This is the quadpacer/30 second timer kicking in. This is included to help encourage you and me to brush our teeth evenly, 30 seconds spent brushing each quadrant.
There is no way to change the brushing intensity and there are no additional cleaning modes, it is what it is. Some will potentially find the brush too powerful, or complain that the brushing sensation is ticklish. You have to like it or lump it I am afraid to say.
For the vast majority of people, this is perfectly acceptable and will clean the teeth really well.
Amazon claims 5x more plaque removal than a manual toothbrush.
In use the toothbrush produces a humming sound, it is fairly quiet, but you can hear it and feel a vibration sensation through the brush handle.
Look at the handle side on and you will see that the head leans at a very slight angle and it is not perfectly upright like the handle. This slight lean on the head aids with the cleaning of the back teeth in particular and general reach and positioning of the brush head in the mouth.
The head itself has a ‘w’ profile if you look at it side-on. Slightly longer bristles are placed at the top and bottom than in the middle. This is to help with cupping the tooth surface and reaching in between teeth as the bristles move.
Such a design means it is a similar size to a Sonicare brush head and is not quite as small as Oral-B heads. It is a one size fits all approach and compact/smaller versions are not made by Amazon.
I did not expect it when you consider the price of this toothbrush, but the bristles on the provided brush head fade.
They fade gradually over time. The more you use the brush, the more they fade. This is a design feature that you can use as a way of reminding you that you might need to change the brush head.
On average you should replace it every 3 months. You should do it sooner if they are obviously worn or damaged. It can be easy to forget when you last changed the head, but if you see the darker blue outer bristles fade to a white/transparent colour, this is your cue to replace the head.
Finally on the brush head, for those who may be wondering. I would class these are medium firmness bristles. I have felt softer, but they are certainly not as stiff/firm as some I have used. They feel nice and gentle on healthy teeth and gums.
It is relatively common for people to brush their teeth with too much force/pressure. This can be damaging to the teeth and the gums. Some brushes have a pressure sensor to alert you if you are doing this. The Solimo Sonic does not.
It is not a deal breaker by any means, but just be aware the bristles really need only skim the tooth surfaces.
Again, by no means really important, the Solimo does not come with a travel case. This would have been handy to protect the toothbrush and head when travelling. However, you can buy generic style cases which would be suitable should you need something.
To look at, the brush is not as desirable as some of the premium Sonicare moels. There is not the range of colour choices and the materials are not quite as premium to the touch. But, all things considered, it would be quite harsh to hold this against the Amazon Solimo Sonic toothbrush.
The day to day use and cleaning experience is really good and I have been impressed with what you get for the low price.
Summary of design, usability, clean & general use
- Not the slimmest or lightest of brush handles but functional
- Lots of gripping points for a secure in hand hold
- Single power button to turn the brush on and access the 1 cleaning mode
- Automatically turns off at the end of the 2 minute clean
- Built-in timer and pacer to encourage good brushing techniques
- Brush motor offers up to 31,000 movements per minute
- 1 style of brush head
- Fading bristles to remind you when to replace your brush head
- Battery icon to alert you to remaining power in the battery
The importance of battery might be more important to you than it is somebody else.
For those who travel frequently or for extended periods often desire a good battery life, whilst those who send a large amount of time at home are less concerned.
My personal view is that a battery life of 2 weeks is really the ideal minimum. This means that should you go on a 2 week holiday you need only take the brush and not the charging stand. It is one less thing to carry.
If you are travelling for longer than this, you sort of accept the reality that you might need to take a charging stand with you.
Amazon state within the product description and on the box of the Solimo, that you get up to 2 weeks of battery life.
I was therefore happy with this.
However, in actual use, I achieved nearly double this.
On a full charge, I managed 50 brushing sessions, each 2 minutes long.
That is a total running time of 100 minutes or 25 days of use on a single charge.
That is just 3 days short of 4 weeks, twice the claimed battery life.
Quite frankly this is superb and I was certainly very impressed.
Did I just get lucky with the battery in this model?! Maybe. However, I think it is safe to say 2 weeks is the absolute minimum you will get.
The battery is built-into the toothbrush and is not user removable.
It is a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery, as opposed to the more desirable Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion).
I suspect cost has something to do with this decision, but I can’t complain as the battery life is solid.
Included in the box is a charging stand, on which the toothbrush sits to be recharged.
It supports only 230-240v, so if you travel, to places like the USA, you would need a voltage converter to support the lower voltage. You will need a plug adapter too.
Hardwired into the stand is a 2 pin power cable and adapter that fits into power sockets found in UK bathrooms. The cable is 1.2 meters (4 feet) in length.
If you don’t have a power socket in your bathroom, then you will need to purchase a 2 pin to 3 pin adapter to charge it from a standard 3 pin socket.
A full charge can take up to 16 hours, which is pretty standard for a brush of this type.
There is a battery icon on the brush handle that will flash green when on charge.
When the toothbrush is in use, it lights up a solid green if the remaining power is high or orange and when the battery is a little lower. When the battery is nearly depleted, it will flash orange to alert you.
Summary of battery life
- Claimed 2 weeks battery life
- Lasted 25 days, nearly twice the claimed 2 weeks
- Uses a NiMH battery that is sealed inside the handle
- Takes up to 16 hours to charge
- Charging stand included and supports 230-240v
- A battery icon on handle
- Solid green icon – good charge in the battery
- Solid orange icon – lower charge in the battery
- Flashing yellow icon – battery needs recharging
- Flashing green icon – battery charging
Price & where to buy
If you are not familiar with some of Amazon’s approaches towards selling products and delivering customer service, one of the key things they focus on is offering some of the best prices.
Whilst price is not the deciding factor for everyone, for many of us, it does play a role and if the price is favourable from one retailer over another, we are quite likely to purchase from the company offering the better price.
As Solimo is a brand owned and managed by Amazon, they are somewhat in the driving seat here. It is sold (at the time of review) exclusively via Amazon’s online store and you won’t find it available via other retailers.
This, therefore, means Amazon can control the price that it is sold for.
Compare this to other brands of toothbrush the Amazon stock and sell and they don’t have this same level of control. They may not have the scope to be the cheapest for one reason or another, although they will generally aim to be.
At the time of review, this Solimo toothbrush has been listed for sale on Amazon for approximately 1 year.
A suggested retail price is not actually shown, but by using price tracking tools I can see that the highest selling price over that period was £29.40, with the average being just £18.99.
I paid £21 on the day that I purchased this toothbrush.
Even at £29, what you get here is really rather good.
Most toothbrushes under £20 are satisfactory, but there is usually 1 or 2 things that could be improved. With the Solimo, it really does outshine much of the competition for the price.
Below are a list of what I would consider to be some of the closest alternative toothbrushes from the leading brands along with their recommended retail price and their typical selling price.
- Philips Sonicare EasyClean – RRP £90 – Average selling price £37.32
- Philips Sonicare DailyClean 1100/2100 – RRP £49.99 – Average selling price £26.50
- Oral-B Pro 600 – RRP £49.99 – Average selling price £22.50
- Oral-B Pro 2 2500 – RRP £79.99 – Average selling price £32.10
Now admittedly each brush has its pros and cons and is not an exactly the same, so it is not quite as simple as saying one is better than the other, but you get the idea.
Sonicare are most closely matched and it is quite clear what price savings can be had by going for the Solimo Sonic, over the better known Sonicare.
These price differences continue when it comes to the brush heads too.
As a general rule, the average cost of a single Sonicare brush head is £6 and £3 for those made by Oral-B.
A pack of 4 Solimo brush heads has an average selling price of £8, making each replacement head just £2.
At 3 times the price, Sonicare heads can look quite expensive in comparison.
This price difference becomes even more apparent when you work out the typical cost to own such a toothbrush over a 3 year period as we like to do here at Electric Teeth.
Assuming an average cost of £19 to buy the toothbrush that comes with a single brush head, over a 3 year period, you need to purchase a further 11 brush heads, which totals £22.
Together this gives a total purchase price of £41.
This works out at just 4p per day.
The Sonicare EasyClean works out at £92.50 or 8p per day, whilst something like the Oral-B Pro 600 is £55.50 or 5p per day.
You could consider the Fairywill FW-507 also. Its initial purchase price is higher, but it comes with multiple brush heads in the box as well as a travel case. It too works out at around 4p per day.
Let me be clear, it really isn’t all about price. Cheap isn’t always better. I do believe the premium brands do command a little extra spend, but situations like this show how perhaps they are putting profits first and how they could give more back to consumers in the way of value.
In a time where it is easier than ever to shop around and find the best deal, the Solimo certainly looks like an attractive option.
For those who really want to go the extra mile for value, share the brush handle with another user and just switch the heads and that total cost drops even more.
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
- Excellent value for money
- No clear recommended retail price
- Sold only by Amazon
- The average selling price is £19
- Replacement brush heads work out at £2 each
- Total ownership cost is £41 or 4p per day
Reliability & long term use
This review and our hands-on testing are not designed to test the toothbrush to breaking point. I am not here to find out precisely what will break the brush.
I use the toothbrush in the same way you might at home, but bring in my extensive experience of using other electric toothbrushes to make a judgement on what it is like to use on a daily basis.
I have personally brushed my teeth with this toothbrush for a few weeks, to really understand what it is like to use. During this time the performance has been faultless and I have no major concerns for the reliability of the brush. It feels solid and well built.
Of plastic construction, it appears durable and the parts appear to have been fitted together well. I see no obvious gaps or potential weak points in the design.
Of course, such products can never be fault free and some will inevitably fail for one reason or another.
The Solimo Sonic comes with a 2 year warranty to cover manufacturing defects and faulty components.
2 years is typical for this type of product, longer would be nice, but for the price, you can’t really complain. Given it is an Amazon brand, whilst I have not had to test this warranty, I suspect the customer service will be brilliant, they have built their reputation on it.
This is an excellent value electric toothbrush that cleans the teeth really well. What complaints I have about this brush are in truth mere niggles and in no way affect the performance or daily use.
As far as I am aware, this is Amazon’s first attempt at an electric toothbrush and for a first attempt, this is an excellent product and definitely gives the brand leaders a run for their money.
It is ultimately the simplicity of the design and function that makes this such a great product.
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- Height (without head) – 19cm/7.48 inches
- Height (with head) – 25cm/9.84 inches
- Width – 3cm/1.18 inches
- Thickness – 3cm/1.18 inches
- Weight (without head) – 122g/4.3oz
- Weight (with head) – 127g/4.5oz
All are approximates
- Is the Solimo Sonic an oscillating brush?
- No. It has a sonic cleaning acting that moves the bristles side to side.
- What brushing/cleaning modes are available?
- The Solimo Sonic has 1 cleaning mode only, that can be called clean/daily clean.
- What brush head does the Solimo Sonic come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- The Solimo Sonic comes with 1 standard brush head.
- The head does not have a particular name or style.
- There are no alternative brush heads of different styles offered by the Solimo brand.
- Sonicare’s own and Sonicare compatible brush heads do fit and work on the Solimo brush handle.
- You can buy spare or replacement brush heads on Amazon’s online store.
- Does the Sonic have a pressure sensor?
- No, it does not.
- Does the Solimo Sonic 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 charging station is included with the Solimo Sonic. It is a 2 pin charging stand designed to connect to sockets found in many bathrooms in the UK.
- How long does the battery last?
- The battery lasts up to 100 minutes. This is equivalent to 50 brushing sessions of 25 days of use, despite an advertised battery life of just 14 days.
- Can I use the Solimo Sonic in the shower?
- Whilst I believe that the toothbrush is water resistant, there are no clear directions in the manual that confirm either way. It does say on the base of the brush, do not immerse in water. It would be best to avoid use in the shower.
- Does the Solimo Sonic come with a warranty & how long is it?
- It comes with a 2 year warranty.
- 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 220-240 volts. It is a 2 pin charger suitable for connecting to shaver sockets found in many bathrooms in the UK.
- 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.
Do you own or have you used the Solimo sonic electric toothbrush by Amazon?
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.