Speaking of vibrations, they are very subtle. Since there are no speed settings, don’t expect it to be quick, fast or hard on your teeth. It would’ve been nice to have different speed settings (there’s only one standard pace) but one reason why I tend to favorite regular toothbrushes is because the vibrations on some electrics can be too much. However, the Philips One isn’t overpowering at all. It might take a few attempts to spot the difference between the regular vibrations and the 30-second pulses, but I got the hang of it soon enough. Once the timer is up, the brush automatically shuts off. No more of my usual guessing game. If this isn’t the lazy gal toothbrush, I don’t know what is.
See, in the past, I’d just guesstimated my brushing time, thinking I landed somewhere around the recommended two-minute mark. But boy, was I wrong (and semi-ashamed) that I wasn’t spending enough time cleaning my teeth before. In reality, I was probably a minute or so off from what I was going for. Now, the timer keeps me accountable and gives me the nudge I need to give all areas the same amount of attention.
While the timer is obviously a major selling point for me, the brush has other qualities that make it superior to other electric brushes I’ve tried. First off, the brushing experience was very comfortable—thanks to the soft bristles. I didn’t have any issues with pain or discomfort (a bonus for people with sensitive teeth and/or gums). It also didn't seem to have the usual rounded-shape bristles that I'm used to seeing on regular electric toothbrushes. The shape of the bristles are curved and contoured (with two small dips in between) to ensure it reaches hard areas with ease.
Aside from functionalities (aka doing a great job at cleaning my teeth), its look is a nice bonus too. Aesthetics aren't everything to me, but I have to give it brownie points for how sleek, lightweight and minimalistic the Phillips One is as opposed to typical, bulky electronic brushes that resemble something more like a light saber than a toothbrushing device. The sleek design also makes it easier for traveling and small bathrooms. Plus, it’s cordless. (Replace the AAA batteries every 90 days—ya know, the time when you’re supposed to be changing your brush head anyways.)