So my luck with electric toothbrushes isn’t great. First, I left my Philip’s Sonicare Diamondclean electric toothbrush at a friends house, and as a temporary replacement, I had a Fairywill Electric Toothbrush – until I lost the charger! Around the same time I lost the charger, I was given the opportunity to review the Liaboe Electric Sonic Toothbrush – perfect timing!

Now I’ve been using the Liaboe Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush solidly for 6 months and I’m ready to share with you my honest review!

Packaging and box of Liaboe electric sonic toothbrush

About Liaboe

Liaboe is a US-based brand that launched in 2018 and are currently building their website. (I’ll update with their website and more information in due course).

First Impressions

Everything comes well packed in a box that contains a manual, handle, charging base and 3 brush heads.

Liaboe Electric Sonic Toothbrush - all contents packaged inside box: manual, handle, charging base and 3 brush heads

On holding the toothbrush, it is very lightweight (around 0.28kg/9.91oz) and elegantly designed in white.

The handle provides a very comfortable grasp, and feels better designed ergonomically than my both of my Philips and Fairywell toothbrushes!

Switching on the toothbrush, the feeling is noticeably less harsh/abrasive than some of my previous toothbrushes – in particular to the one I was using before my Liaboe, a standard Oral B Electric Toothbrush (unsure of the model, but it cost around £20 and  hugely not recommended as it regularly cut my gums).

Features

40,000 VPM (vibrations per minute)
3 brushing modes (clean, whiten, and massage)
2 minutes auto-timer
30 seconds interval time
Inductive charging
Deluxe indicator

After my first use

Running my tongue across my teeth post-first brush, it felt super clean! I’m trying to think back and compare with my Diamondclean – I didn’t get the same shockingly squeaky cleanness that I felt after my first brush with the Diamondclean. But it was my first electric toothbrush and so I’ve probably now adjusted to a cleaner standard than before!

Either way, the Liaboe gives a proper good clean, and there are additional settings should you want to whiten/massage your teeth and gums after a standard clean. Doing this gives you ridiculously clean feeling teeth, but I honestly don’t do this every day (possibly once or twice a week?)

Toothbrush Head and Bristles

The toothbrush head is smaller than previous toothbrushes, both manual and electric, which means it reaches further round the back than the others – this was something I noticed during my first use.

I have pretty crowded back teeth from where my wisdom teeth are still being persistent little suckers, trying to push their way through after 6 years, so it’s handy being able to reach back there.

The bristles are much longer on the Liaboe, but not as soft as my previous toothbrushes.

Turns out the bristles are polished to protect your gums. I couldn’t say for sure how effective this is but the toothbrush hasn’t cut my gums – unlike other electric toothbrushes (Oral B, I’m looking at you!).

What’s a Sonic Toothbrush and Is It Worth It?

I was pretty naive before; I hadn’t properly looked into the difference between sonic toothbrushes and regular electric toothbrushes.

It turns out that the mechanisms driving the ‘advanced supersonic technology’ provide a new level of cleaning, which appears to be effective but remains gentle for your gums.

A sonic toothbrush is a type of electric toothbrush that allows for a different form of brushing – via vibrations that are so intense that it can even clean areas that are not touched by the toothbrush bristles!

The Liaboe Sonic Toothbrush vibrates at 40,000 strokes per minute as opposed to a standard electric toothbrush that moves between 2,500 – 7,000 strokes per minute!

Aside from the normal benefits from brushing and scrubbing your teeth, sonic toothbrushes claim that the amount of energy and motion that is expelled from such extreme vibrations, moves mouth fluids (saliva, toothpaste etc.) into areas that would not normally be reached; ultimately disrupting the plaque within these areas.

These claims have been backed up by scientific research papers, and whilst the long-term benefits have not been properly studied yet, it’s clear that there is a significant benefit of using a sonic toothbrush over a standard electric toothbrush or manual/conventional toothbrush.

My Favourite Feature!

The TONGUE BRUSH!!! This is the first electric toothbrush that I’ve had that incorporates a tongue brush – the bumpy-ridged scraper kind that’s perfect for getting rid of that rank thick coating! I use it every day and it’s a wonderful addition!

Selfie of first time brushing teeth with Liaboe Electric Sonic Toothbrush

Battery

I didn’t charge it before my first use and the battery lasted a good 2 weeks. After overnight charging in the swanky charging base, the battery has lasted 4 weeks – and that is with more than average use (I usually brush through almost 2 cycles of the timer in an attempt to be slow and intentional with cleaning my teeth!).

A head’s up if you’re in the UK, the plug design is dual voltage which works in both Europe and United States. However, you’ll need a travel adapter if you want to charge the toothbrush in the UK – we always have a universal plug adapter in our room so it wasn’t much of a pain for me but just be aware if you’re based in the UK!

Price

The retail price is currently $39.99 ($36.99 as showing on Amazon today) and is only available to the US at the moment.

Where can I buy a Liaboe Sonic Toothbrush?

Only purchasable via Amazon at the moment. Their website is currently being built but I’ll update this article as soon as it’s live.

Final Thoughts

I am really happy with my Liaboe toothbrush – it’s elegantly designed, really lightweight, fits well in my hand, the battery lasts great and the sonic technology has been really effective in gently brushing my teeth to a high standard! And all for a really good price!

The tongue brush and small brush head have been the overall highlights for me. Room for improvement is really located to my location – I’d like to have a UK plug and also a UK store to recommend to my friends and family!

An Affordable Alternative to Philip’s Diamondclean?

fairywill vs philips sonicare damondclean review

After owning the Philip’s Sonicare Diamondclean electric toothbrush for a couple years, loving the my-teeth-have-never-felt-so-clean-feeling, I left it at a friend’s house. Since I no longer lived in the area, I went 6 months with a standard manual toothbrush. I soon missed the electric-squeaky-clean feeling and went on the hunt for a cheaper alternative.

I searched through Amazon and came across the Fairywill electric toothbrush. At first, I worried about going with a brand I’d never heard of – probably a cheap nasty rip off that would break within days. But at £21.99 with plenty of good reviews, I gave it a go.

First Impressions

Straight out of the box, the Fairywill toothbrush was neatly packaged with a USB cable, 3 replacement toothbrush heads, a bristle cover, and an instruction manual. The toothbrush itself was incredibly light compared to the Diamondclean and was noticeably smoother.

You can identify the similarities straight away – similar shape, similar buttons and functions. However, the ‘on’ button is better placed on the Fairywill; with the Diamondclean, I often pressed the ‘on/off’ button by mistake mid-brush due to where it was placed on the handle. Not really a problem, but something I noticed.

Battery

I didn’t charge the toothbrush before it’s first use – and it’s still going 20 days later!  With the Philip’s Diamondclean, it would last about the same, following a full overnight’s charge. So I wonder how long it’d last with a full charge – update to follow.

Toothbrush Settings

Similar to the Diamondclean, the Fairywill has 5 settings: white and clean for regular use, sensitive for sensitive gums and polish for front teeth polish, and massage for gum care.

I use clean every time – and every so often, I’ll use polish or white to give them a quick once-over. The differences between the options tend to be in pulsation frequency and pressure… but couldn’t say how much it really made a difference.

Fairywill: White, clean, sensitive, polish, and massage.
Diamondclean: Clean, white, polish, gum care, and sensitive.

Timer

Both toothbrushes have a 30-second interval pause, which is a handy reminder to change mouth quadrants (split your teeth in half – top right, top left, bottom right, bottom left). As I’m sure is widely known, it is recommended to brush for 2 minutes twice a day.

I am generally a slow brusher – thanks to my hate for minty toothpaste, and the fear from years of not looking after my teeth properly – and so I don’t find much use for this timer.

However, research has shown that most people brush for only 1 minute and 30 seconds. So I can see it being really beneficial for those of not brushing for the recommended time.

Brushes

Both brush bristles are soft and gentle on the teeth, shaped in a wave; reportedly to reach tougher areas.

Price

£27.99 (Fairywill) vs £150 (Philips) – a no-brainer really. For such minimal differences, it’s a no-brainer to save the 100 squids!

Final Thoughts

All in all, I think the Philips Diamondclean had more pressure than the Fairywill electric toothbrush, but there were actually very little noticeable differences between them. Apart from the price tag and weight.

However, when my Diamondclean stopped working – within the 2 year warranty – it was sent off and fixed pretty quickly and easily. Not sure Fairywill would provide the same service, although their Amazon listing does state a 1 year quality warranty.

I would definitely save the £100 and go with the Fairywill.

 

Note: I’ve only had my Fairywill electric toothbrush for 20 days, I will update in due course. I did not receive either item in exchange for this review.

Carl Sagan – Book Quote

“What an astonishing thing a book is.

It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles.

But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years.

Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you.

Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs.

Books break the shackles of time.
A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”

– Carl Sagan

I’ve been struggling with this overwhelming feeling of guilt for a while – I invested money, time, and effort into starting this blog but haven’t kept it up. Nor promoted it – definitely hadn’t worked on it as I had hoped I would. But I have to remind myself of the reason I started this journey: to channel back my creativity and find what I truly want to do.

planting the seed - guilt of not blogging

In that sense, I feel I am inching closer to this goal. Something feels right, I have been experiencing teeny bits of this internal fire as I’ve ventured into the world of ‘digital nomad’. I’m still not entirely sure how or what – but I’m still learning about it.

Online communities, podcasts, online courses have consumed me lately – so that hopefully one day, I will be able to work for myself, location-independent.

On this route, I’ve discovered that I’d like to pursue design – possibly web or graphic, maybe both?