24 January 2014

Product Review: Colgate ProClinical A1500 Electric Toothbrush

I have always been fond of my teeth. Growing up in Denmark, you automatically start seeing a dentist when you are very young, and from then on you always get check-ups every 6 months. And the best part of this is that it is free – completely free until you turn 18 years old, and even after that it is subsidised by the government. So I’ve grown up caring for my teeth every day. And pretty much as soon as the electric toothbrushes hit the market, I just had to have one. And now, years – sorry decades on, I have lost count of how many electric toothbrushes I’ve owned. They simply get better and better and more and more advanced, and as my teeth are so important to me, I always strive to have the latest and greatest brush, so when I was asked to review the *Colgate ProClinical A1500 Electric Toothbrush, I naturally happily accepted. Here are my thoughts;

What They Say:
"Colgate® ProClinical® A1500 is an electric toothbrush that automatically adjusts to the different tooth surfaces at the push of a button*. With unique smart sensors, the Colgate® ProClinical® provides targeted cleaning action based on the position it is held in the mouth. Its ergonomic handle and angled neck also allow users to reach caries-prone areas."
RRP: A1500 Toothbrush: $199.95, Toothbrush refills: $16.95/2pack, $29.95/4pack – Available from leading retailers including the Shaver Shop, Big W and Chemist Warehouse 

What I Say:

For the past month I’ve been using the Colgate ProClinical A1500 Electric Toothbrush, and I have noticed a big difference in how clean my teeth have been feeling in that period. And the other day I went to the dentist for a check-up, and he commented too on how clean my teeth were, and that I appeared to have significantly less plaque than I usually do! Instant bonus points to Colgate!

And here I was thinking that my current electrical toothbrush was amazing, being top of the range and less than a year old! How wrong was I!
Everything included with the brush; toothbrush, charger,
stand, brush heads, travel case and instruction manual

The Colgate ProClinical A1500 toothbrush I a partnership between Colgate and OMRON, a worldwide leader in innovative sensing and control technology. This unique partnership combines OMRON technology, with the oral care expertise of Colgate, this new toothbrush claims to be able to provide five times more plaque removal along the gumline – and going by the comment from my dentist, this claim seems to hold true!
The toothbrush features a distinct sonic wave cleaning action that delivers up to 32,500 strokes per minute to effectively remove plaque – 32,500 strokes per minute – that’s massive isn’t it – try doing that with a manual brush!!!

Other features of the A1500 toothbrush includes:
  • Smart Sensors to automatically adjust the speed and cleaning action of the electric toothbrush head depending on how the brush is held in the mouth, switching between between sensitive side-to-side strokes, mid-speed in-out strokes, fast up-down strokes
  • Manual Mode Selection
  • LED Display
  • 2 Minute Timer for optimal cleansing time
  • 30 Second Pacer to indicate when to move onto the next quadrant or section of the mouth
  • Polished teeth
  • Interdental Clean
  • Also includes 2 x Triple Clean brush heads, which cleans in 3 ways, and Sensitive brush head, for gentle and deep cleaning, and a travel case
  • Comes with a 2 year warranty

The A1500 toothbrush charges up fast – oh, and don’t forget to let me mention that it already comes pre-charged so you can start to use it straight away. Thanks Colgate, you must have listened – as how frustrating is it to get a new toy, only to have to wait 24 hours while it charges! And the battery life is long too, so you don’t have to re-charge very often.

This toothbrush is so different to all other electrical toothbrushes that I’ve used over the past few decades, as these have always only had rotating brush movements, and this A1500 brush cleans in three ways, side-to-side strokes, mid-speed in-out strokes, fast up-down, - and I really like that it automatically adjust the speed and cleaning mode to ensure my teeth get the best possible clean.
The travel case with enough room for
the toothbrush and two brushes
And in spite of all the action and movement, the toothbrush is incredibly sensitive, at no point irritating my mouth of my gums.

Compared to other electric toothbrushes that I’ve used, the brush head is a little different – usually they are round, but this one is more like a mini version of a manual toothbrush – and I like that, as it makes it easier to get to the back of the mouth that is otherwise hard to reach.
The ergonomically slimline design of the brush

And speaking of making it easy to reach, I love the lightweight slimline ergonomic design of the A1500 toothbrush, it is so slender and sits perfectly in my little hand, and the angled toothbrush part, does help make it so much easier to reach into the back of your mouth.
Comes with three brush heads, 2 x Triple Clean Brush Heads,
and 1 x Sensitive Brush Head

On the negative, I do feel that the A1500 toothbrush is a little noisy, as it has a rather loud high-pitch buzzing sound, and do wish that it would be a little quieter.

And while I am aware that the auto-shut off is designed so you don’t over-brush your teeth, I at times feel that I am not quite finished and just need a few extra seconds, so I would prefer to be able to turn it off manually myself.

Packaged neatly in the box

Finally, in regards to the on-off button, this is a little too sensitive for my clumsy fingers, and I really have to be careful not to turn it off in the middle of a brush.

What I Like:
  • Cleans my teeth so extremely well – to the point of my dentist noticing it
  • Is very gentle in spite of the speed and cleaning actions
  • Nice ergonomic design that sits nicely in my small hand and is easy to use
  • Multiple cleaning functions to suit need and personal preference

What I Don’t Like
  • A little noisy due to a high-pitch sound
  • Easy to accidentally turn it off during use
  • The toothbrush holder has little 'spikes' to hold two brushes, but I would prefer if brushes there was a little compartment where they could be stored, out of the 'elements'
  • A little expensive

Phew, that was a long post - thanks for keep reading - there were just so many fantastic features about this toothbrush that I wanted to share!
And overall, I think it is needless to say that my old toothbrush has now been packed away and replaced with the Colgate A1500 toothbrush, as I simply feel it is doing my teeth a world of good. It may be a little expensive at $199, but when you consider the cost of getting your teeth repaired (if you can!) if you don’t look after them, or even getting them cleaned professionally by a hygienist, then it is in my opinion, money very well spent, and in fact, it will end up not only saving you money long term, but it will also keep your teeth looking nicer and being healthier for longer! If you are on the lookout for a new toothbrush, or simply want to start looking after your teeth a little better, then I highly recommend that you try it, you won’t be disappointed.

*Product was kindly provided for consideration, and has reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

Do you use an electrical toothbrush? What do you think of this new toothbrush from Colgate? How often do you get your teeth checked at the dentist?



  1. You know what? I still don't have an electric toothbrush, I'm like a freaking cave lady :)! But I'm eyeing them out every now and again, so this one sound quite nice! Thanks for the review :).


    1. Thanks Gita - I swear, once you've had an electric toothbrush, you'd never go back, your teeth just feels so much cleaner!

  2. Hi, Karina,
    I bought the less expensive version as I wasn't sure how I was going to like the unusual shape of the handle. I would have found it helpful if I could have held it before buying but it was such a good special I decided I'd get it even if I just kept it for holidays. LOVE the travel case.
    Excellent blog and fantastic description - I've used an electric toothbrush for years too. Hope you and your little family are well.
    All the best,

    1. Thanks heaps Trish, and yes thanks, both I and my family are all very well. I agree, it would be ideal to hold it, and even try too, before buying - but I really like the shape of the brush, it is so easy to hold. With a baby, I haven't been travelling a lot lately, but the travel case is always handy to have regardless!

  3. I've never used an electric toothbrush before. I want to buy one, but I have to admit the price puts me off as I'm not sure if I'll actually like the feeling of one.

    1. I am sure a lot of the electric toothbrush brands offer a money back guarantee, so if you don't like it, you can get your money back. Personally I feel it is money well spent, and I am convinced that it will save me money long term as my teeth will be healthier!

  4. Colgate ProClinical A1500 toothbrush is very interesting because it cleans very well. And it is good to see that there are refills. I am quite hesitant to try it because of the price. Maybe I will check the colgate toothbrushes or other brands so that I can find a cheaper alternative for it.

    1. I am not sure if there are other brands offering the same features - but I do know that Colgate offers different models, including some that are cheaper, but then obviously with less features!

  5. Hi, Thank you for the review, it does sound like a good tooth brush. Have you used other electrical tooth brushes before. If so, which ones? I am trying to decide which one to go with so I am not sure if toiltettree, oral b or Colgate. If you use any of the above please tell me what you didn't like about them. Thanks!

    1. I also have the top of the range one from Oral B, which is also good, although handle is not as friendly for small hands and it doesn't have the auto function. But otherwise also a good brush.


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