The Oral-B Pulsonic does an excellent job of cleaning teeth and has Oral-B's solid reputation for quality and durability behind it. It has a slender and lightweight build, making it comfortable to hold and maneuver around the mouth. It requires a bit more work on the part of the user, however, than other electric toothbrushes, such as the Best Reviewed Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean Precision 4000 (*Est. $100).
Minimal add-ons. It has a built-in two-minute timer and comes with one brush head.
Invigorating clean. The Oral-B Pulsonic uses sonic technology and rapid side-to-side vibrations to clean teeth. It produces 27,000 vibrations per minute and has two brushing modes: Clean and Sensitive. In clinical studies, the Oral-B Pulsonic is shown to reduce a significant amount of plaque -- more than a manual toothbrush. Users at Amazon.com and Walmart.com agree. Most say their teeth feel as clean as after a professional cleaning. One owner says the cleaning action feels, "incredibly invigorating!" Several say that the toothbrush also improves the condition of gums over time.
Oral-B has a reputation for good quality. We didn't see many comments about the Pulsonic's durability. A couple of owners at Amazon.com, however, say they have had their Oral-B Pulsonics for more than four years. Furthermore, Oral-B power toothbrushes, in general, have a reputation for good quality and durability. The toothbrush has a two-year warranty.
Comfortable to hold. Users say they are impressed by how comfortably the Oral-B Pulsonic fits in the hand. It has a slim and lightweight handle that several say is similar to the size and feel of a manual toothbrush. One owner says the slender build makes it "easy to maneuver around the mouth." Some reviewers also like that the toothbrush has a two-minute timer with 30-second intervals but doesn't turn off automatically like Sonicare models do. This allows users to spend extra time on the gums or other targeted areas.
Some say that the Pulsonic isn't as easy to use as other Oral-B toothbrushes, however, because it only moves side-to-side. Manufacturers suggest moving the toothbrush in circular motions along your teeth to get the best results. Users point out that the Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean Precision 4000 (*Est. $100), on the other hand, doesn't require any brushing work on the part of the user.
1. Journal of Clinical Dentistry
Review Credibility: Very Good In this randomized, examiner-blind study, researchers find no significant difference in efficacy between the Pulsonic and the FlexCare. Both toothbrushes showed "highly effective stain removal efficacy."
Review: Clinical Assessment of Extrinsic Stain Removal Efficacy with a New Pulsonic Toothbrush, G.T. Terezhalmy, et al., 2009
2. American Journal of Dentistry
Review Credibility: Very Good In this clinical trial, 129 subjects with evidence of gingivitis were randomly assigned to brush twice a day with either the Oral-B Pulsonic or an ADA reference toothbrush for four weeks. Both toothbrushes significantly reduced gingivitis, bleeding and plaque, but the Pulsonic was statistically more effective -- by as much as 62.3 percent.
Review: Plaque and Gingivitis Reduction Efficacy of an Advanced Pulsonic Toothbrush: A 4-Week Randomized and Controlled Clinical Trial, N.C. Sharma, et al., December 2010
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 300 reviewers at Amazon.com give the Oral-B Pulsonic an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars. Most users compare the toothbrush to the Sonicare line of power toothbrushes. Users say the Pulsonic is very slender and lightweight, making it easy to hold. It's also quieter than Sonicare models. It doesn't have as many features, however, and the brush heads are a bit bulky.
Review: Oral-B Pulsonic Sonic Electric Toothbrush 1 count, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Good On this fashion website, Cat Lincoln gives her impressions of the Oral-B Pulsonic toothbrush. She says that the brush is slim and light. She also appreciates the two speeds, regular and sensitive. No other toothbrushes are mentioned in this review.
Review: Review: Oral-B Pulsonic Toothbrush, Cat Lincoln, Aug. 26, 2008
Review Credibility: Good The Oral-B Pulsonic earns an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars based on more than 90 reviews at Walmart.com. Reviews aren't as detailed, however, as those posted to Amazon.com. Users here say the toothbrush is lightweight and does a good job of cleaning teeth.
Review: Oral-B Pulsonic Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2012