Does the Spinbrush Really Work?


Does the Spinbrush work?Brushing your teeth can be fun when using a battery operated toothbrush like Spinbrush, manufactured by Arm & Hammer. While it wasn’t necessarily created to make tooth brushing easier, as the chore of cleaning your teeth is easy enough, but was constructed so that you can get more in those 2 minutes allotted for brushing your teeth. But, does a mechanical tooth brush such as the Spinbrush really work? Read on to see what we’ve discovered.

Overview
It is extremely important that you follow good hygiene habits, especially for your teeth. Our mouths are said to be home to at least 600 different kinds of germs and bacteria. That is absolutely disgusting if you think about it, which is why you shouldn’t skip brushing after meals. Dentists recommend we brush our teeth at least three times a day, but in reality, most of us only brush our teeth twice a day. So, if time is of the essence and you can’t squeeze in that extra tooth brushing session, then a product like Spinbrush might just be what you need.

The Claim
Surprisingly, Spinbrush doesn’t make any over-exaggerated claims like a lot of their competitors. It seems like all the data they cite is based on actual research and tests. It is stated that the Spinbrush can remove almost 70% more plaque than a manual tooth brush and you definitely want all that plaque build-up gone when you brush your teeth. It can make your dental visits a breeze when there’s not so much build up to deal with.

The Cost
The price of a Spinbrush battery operated tooth brush depends on which one you decide to purchase. Arm & Hammer offers eleven different kinds of Spinbrush toothbrushes, all targeting a certain problem that manual toothbrushes seem to have. You can find the Spinbrush in almost all major stores such as K-mart, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Target and Walmart. The prices may vary between selling chains, but should be around $6.49 to $13.99. We found it on Amazon for less than $10.

The Commitment
Pearly white teeth can only be obtained through good oral hygiene. Spinbrush doesn’t require a whole lot of effort to use, but you do have to see to it that you brush after every meal. Other than that, this battery operated tooth brush will do the work for you.

Evaluation
Spinbrush is an especially good idea for kids. It can be stressful to try and get any child to get into the habit of brushing their teeth when they wake up, as well as before they go to bed. A mechanical tooth brush will give them enough interest to want to do it on their own. Many parents have happily announced that this has worked for their kids.

There are certain places in the mouth that cannot be reached by a manual toothbrush, therefore it ends up not getting cleaned. This can lead to all sorts of complications like cavities, gingivitis and bad breath. Using a product like Spinbrush will do more work for you in the same time it would take if you were to use a regular old toothbrush.

The major problem that people had was changing the batteries. It was incredibly difficult for some to remove it for replacing. One user exclaimed that he was replacing batteries every other week. So, it seems like this product likes to munch on batteries. So while this might have a low up-front cost, you could end up spending a good amount in battery costs, which is bad for the environment as well.

Only one or two people complained about the size of the head of the brush, saying it was too big and didn’t feel comfortable in their mouths. You do have to understand that there are a range of Spinbrush tooth brushes being offered. It’s just a matter of choosing the right one for you based on your preferences. Another issue was maintenance. It seems consumers don’t like the fact that they have to remove the brush head to rinse it off. Some have even reported that water gets stuck in the handle of the tooth brush all the time and has to be cleaned.

So as you can see, there are some drawbacks to the Sprinbrush that you might have to overcome in order to be happy with it. At this price point you can expect to have some things that aren’t quite up to snuff. Other electric toothbrushes can be 10 times the cost or more, so you have to take that into consideration.

Final Spinbrush Review

We’re giving the Sprinbrush a Thumb Sideways review. This is because while there are a considerable amount of complaints being had with it, it still is one of your cheaper options when it comes to switching from a manual toothbrush to an electric one. After you factor in the battery replacement, you might find out that it’s smarter to go with a more expensive rechargeable models. In today’s economy you want to be sure to get good value for your money, and not just buy something because it’s cheap on the front end.

Our Recommendation
We recommend putting your money towards a model that comes with a charger and lets you keep it continually charged. You’ll also get a better quality brush with more features that does a better job. A few different models got our Thumbs Up review, including the Sonicare line as well as the Oral B family of toothbrushes.

What do you think? Does Spinbrush work or not?


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giggles May 1, 2012 at 9:07 am

This was my first Electric Toothbrush and it does work well. I’ll be upgrading soon to a re-chargeable model though. I do find the heads on this a little large, but have nothing to compare them against (other than a manual brush) so will have to wait until i get a different model to make a fair comparison

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Peter Molo May 5, 2012 at 3:44 am

This Arm and Hammer SpinBrush is awesome. I like it a lot actually but I completely agree with you on the batteries being an issue. Too bad there’s no charger. I opted for this cause I always use Arm and Hammer toothpaste so kind of went with the brand recognition that anything else. Overall I’m happy with the purchase and the price was just right. Good deal except for the battery issue.

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Claire January 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I have a rechargeable one, I’ve had it for almost three years and it’s the best electric toothbrush I’ve ever owned. And I’ve tried a lot of electric toothbrushes.

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Lezlie May 30, 2013 at 8:19 am

The toothbrush was fine, the battery had a very short shelf life, and now new batteries do not seem to work at all. Maybe I got a dud? Big thumbs down!

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Vanessa B. July 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm

My husband and I both use the Spinbrush and love it. It definitely gets my teeth feeling cleaner than when I just use a regular toothbrush. The first few times you use an electric toothbrush your gums might feel a little sore but that’s ok, it’s just because of the strength of the toothbrush. I didn’t know they had a rechargeable model…I’ll definitely have to check it out.

My daughter just got the Arm and Hammer Spinbrush My Way. She loves it! The sticker idea is a great one…she loved designing the toothbrush and putting her name on it in stickers. The price wasn’t bad either.

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pam huffner July 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I have totally been turned off by the Pinbrush. As I was getting ready to brush this morning, I notice
piece of black matter in the area between the two brushes. Upon further investigation, I found this “stuff” under the brushes as well. I do not know what it is: but, it reacted to hydrogen peroxide. I have no idea what this could be; but, believe me, I will never use another Spinbrush product or any other battery operated toothbrush because there are way too many cracks and crevices for “stuff” to get into, sorry.

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LS August 11, 2013 at 5:02 am

Why go for a cheap item when you can instead go for a higher quality product that will be durable and will last for years without giving you problems? Just think about it: if you buy a cheaper product like this one just to save a few bucks, and it stops working properly or does not work right at all to begin with, you will end up needing to return and/or replace it anyway, spending more time and money unnecessarily. Just go with the brands that are known for putting out higher quality mechanical toothbrushes. You will not regret it.

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