Oral-B 3D White Action Review
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|Pros||Inexpensive, long battery life||Very easy to use, solid battery life, great cleaning power||Inexpensive, great battery life||Travel case included, inexpensive, extensive battery life||Compact, long battery life|
|Cons||Bulky, poor cleaning abilities, difficult to keep clean||Only a single cleaning mode||Limited features, not the best cleaning performance||Only one brush head, only one mode, similar to manual toothbrush||Rubber bristles can feel disconcerting, didn't do well in our cleaning test|
|Bottom Line||An inexpensive option that adds a little vibration to an otherwise normal toothbrush||An excellent all-around toothbrush that cleans well and is particularly easy to use||It provides average overall performance, an excellent battery life, and a great price||A simple budget toothbrush that cleans well and is comfortable for sensitive gums||Boasts a cool look, but felt very similar to a manual toothbrush when we used it|
|Rating Categories||Oral-B 3D White Action||Philips Sonicare Pr...||Fairywill D7 Sonic||Philips One||Quip|
|Ease of Use (20%)|
|Battery Life (10%)|
|Specs||Oral-B 3D White Action||Philips Sonicare Pr...||Fairywill D7 Sonic||Philips One||Quip|
|Charger info||N/A||100 - 240V a.c.
0.4 - 1.4W
|Estimated annual brush head cost||$13||$50||$12||$19||$20|
|Waterproof/resistant||Can use in shower||Can use in shower||Yes, up to 1 meter up to 30 min||No, cannot be used in the shower||Can use in shower|
|Number of different brush heads||3||8||2||1||1|
|Measured battery life||103 days||28 days||50 days||30 days||90 days|
|Number of brushing modes||1 clean||1 clean||5 modes: white, clean, sensitive, polish, massage||1 mode||1 clean|
|Thirty second reminder||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Two minute alert||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Travel case included||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Weight||2.5 oz||4.3 oz||2.6 oz||2.4 oz||1.1 oz|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Oral-B 3D White Action was a low scorer in the two most heavily weighted metrics, comfort, and cleanliness. Its overall score was slightly improved due to its long-lasting battery and its simple functionality.
The brush head on the 3D White Action is large. For those with small to medium-sized mouths, you will likely have a hard time getting this brush to the back of your molars. While we wish the cleaning vibrations were stronger when it comes to cleaning ability, this underpowered brush generates very little noise while in use. While some higher-end brushes offer low-intensity modes and pressure sensors for people with sensitive gums, this brush only offers one mode.
The 3D White Action finishes at the bottom when it comes to cleaning abilities. The large head makes it tough to get the backside of your teeth and your back molars. Our testers found this brush was almost more effective when used as a manual toothbrush, which defeats the purpose of purchasing an electric toothbrush. Your experience may vary, but we had a tough time getting our teeth to feel like they had a proper cleaning.
Ease of Use
This brush is about as simple as you can get. With no interchange heads, only one mode, and powered by a single AA battery, there isn't much going on with this brush. The simplicity might be attractive for some; however, if you're after a basic brush, you may just want to opt for a manual toothbrush. While it is easy to operate, cleaning it is a little more challenging. The grooved grip collects gunk, and the mechanism that controls the head has small holes that let water in. We could not locate a built-in drain, and as a result, we noticed that it became stinky fairly quickly.
This device is energy efficient. It runs off of a single AA battery and lasted for a total of six hours and 52 minutes before it died; that equals about 103 days of brushing for two minutes, twice a day. There is no built-in battery level indicator, so it would be wise to have a spare AA on hand.
The D White Action is a low scorer in the two most heavily weighted metrics, comfort, and cleanliness. Its overall score is slightly improved due to its long-lasting battery and its simple functionality. While it's cheap, we'd hardly call it a good value.
The Oral-B 3D White Action has a bulky head that makes it difficult to properly clean the back of your teeth and navigate to the far reaches of your mouth. Its vibrating head feels underpowered, and our testers were able to get a better clean using this like a manual brush. This model comes with no interchange heads and only has one cleaning mode. It's difficult to keep clean, but it does have an incredibly long battery life. Given its poor performance, we'd recommend buying a manual toothbrush if you want something at this price point.
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