If you’re not using an, you’re brushing wrong. That’s something my dentist told me years ago, and I’ve been a loyal sonic toothbrush user ever since. The vibrating head is more effective at removing plaque, and since most electric toothbrushes have a built-in 2-minute timer, it’s easier to brush for the recommended amount of time. On the downside, brand-name electric toothbrushes and their replacement heads can be pricey. Here’s an inexpensive alternative: Right now, you can get the when you click the coupon on the product page and apply coupon code FWP11CNET at checkout. When both discounts stack, you get $20 off the regular price of $50.
I had been looking for an alternative to my Philips Sonicare for a while. It works fine, but the replacement brushes are ludicrously expensive. The Fairywell offers a similar brushing experience, and I suspect that I’ve found my next toothbrush — it checks virtually all the boxes I need in a toothbrush, at a much lower lifetime cost.
Functionally, the Fairywill works the same way as most electric toothbrushes. It’ll run for 2 minutes with short pauses every 30 seconds to remind you to change quadrants so you cover your whole mouth. It offers a trio of brush modes (general cleaning, soft and massage), but I have personally never found much value in changing up the brush mode, so I stick with the default cleaning mode.
The rechargeable battery lasts for about a month of daily use. Priced this low, the Fairywill doesn’t come with any sort of charging dock or stand — it includes a USB charging cable instead. This is a bummer, because it means you have to take the toothbrush into another room to charge every few weeks. The cable plugs into the bottom, which I find awkward since it can’t stand up while charging, and it’s a proprietary connector, so don’t lose the cable.
On the other hand, you get a total of eight brushes in the box, which means you could conceivably use the toothbrush for two years before you ever need to buy replacement brushes. And I love the P11’s included travel case, which holds the toothbrush and two different brush heads for convenient travel as a couple.
Originally published earlier this year. Updated with a new deal.
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