Colgate ProClinical A1500

Smart sensors and sharp design make for a top-notch toothbrush

Image: Hugh Threlfall

Regular readers will know that, from time to time, I love to go dental with Technopolis. The last time I featured a toothbrush was back in November 2011, when I reviewed the £250 Philips Sonicare DiamondClean, which was – and still is (though now only £125) – an amazing toothbrush that left my teeth “hygienist smooth”. However, I did have some quality issues with it and have now been through two of them.


I was quite excited, then, by the ProClinical A1500, made by Omron but branded Colgate. It’s cheaper than the Sonicare, but seems to be just as advanced, plus I am finding the control interface a great deal easier. The A1500 claims to use smart sensors to change the cleaning action – not just the speed – depending on whether it is at work on biting teeth, gums or molars. I’m really enjoying it, especially the simple toggle method of changing modes. The deep-clean setting is too fierce for my liking, and it’s too early to tell if it will be as unreliable as the Sonicares I tried. But it’s encouraging so far – and the A1500 has a two-year warranty.

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