Gleem Battery Electric Toothbrush Review

Mitch By: Mitch | Last updated June 17, 2021

Black Gleem toothbrush beside box
Gleem toothbrush head
Woman holding a Gleem toothbrush
White Gleem toothbrush beside travel package

6.7 / 10

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PROS:

  • Affordable price
  • Comes with a travel case
  • Lightweight

CONS:

  • Does not have a pressure sensor
  • Does not have a battery level indicator
  • Does not have a great feeling in hand due to weight
  • Non rechargeable battery power
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SUMMARY:

The Gleem Battery Electric toothbrush gives you performance expected from its price which is not necessarily bad, but shouldn't be looked at as a day to day electric toothbrush. Operated using a triple A battery, the product is good for those who want to bring it for travels and camping especially because it comes with a travel case. However, it does not give the best cleaning performance compared to the other brands, and it feels a bit light. As a throw away toothbrush this might be an option, but if you invest a bit more you can get a lot better quality of cleaning from other brands.

The Gleem Battery Electric toothbrush gives you performance expected from its price which is not necessarily bad. Operated using a triple A battery, the product is good for those who want to bring it for travels and camping especially because it comes with a travel case. However, it does not give the best cleaning performance compared to popular competition.

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When it comes to brushing the teeth, manual toothbrushes simply don't do the trick anymore. After all, its cleaning efficiency largely depends upon the cleaning method of the user, how much pressure and effort they exert, and the bristles of the product. These are also only capable of hundreds of strokes per minute largely because of human limitations. Lastly, the tooth is vulnerable to damages that it may get from getting too much pressure from the user with manual brushing. Because of this, electric toothbrushes are very popular among users who want automated, easy, and efficient teeth cleaning.

Gleem Battery Toothbrush

Gleem is mostly known as a toothpaste that was marketed back then by popular company Procter & Gamble. Now, they are continuing to branch out to different dental hygiene products, much like popular rivals Sonicare and Oral-B, and now produce electric toothbrushes. Among their products is the Gleem Battery Toothbrush. As the name implies, it is an electric toothbrush that is powered by a disposable battery instead of being charged to operate, much like most of these products operate nowadays. We review this product based on its performance, features, design, and more.

Gleem currently offers two electric toothbrushes. One can be charged much like how much electric toothbrushes nowadays are. The one that we will review is operated using triple A batteries which may still be the choice for some users who want to be able to use the product while far away such as for camping trips and the likes.

The product comes in a dominantly white package. It has a white handle and white brush head that makes it seem clinical. It is lightweight and easy to brush your teeth with. One of the best parts about the product is that it has a travel case along with it where we can easily store the product along with extra brush heads. This travel case is durable and lightweight, making it easy to carry around for trips. Being an affordable electric brush, we almost did not expect this from the product which is why it gets additional praise for this.

Pricing

This is a cheap unit at around $20 , but if you save up a bit more you can get a lot better performance from other units.

Performance

Battery

The product is operated with a single triple A battery. This makes it very convenient to use no matter where you are. To insert or remove the battery, users must have a screw or coin that they can fit in between the small compartment lid. They then need to twist this to open the battery compartment. While this ensures that the battery will be kept secure inside the product while it continues to vibrate, this may not be the most convenient way for most users to replace the battery of their product especially as the compartment lid is quite tough to unfasten.

Cleaning performance

In the end, the main factor that we should check is the cleaning performance of the unit. Being battery operated, we had lower expectations with the product given that it uses less voltage to operate. Upon checking, we found the product to have an average performance when compared to landmark products such as Sonicare and Oral B.

It was capable of creating thousands of strokes per minute, reaching more than 10,000 per minute. In comparison, Oral B and Sonicare products can reach 30,000 or more even in their most affordable units. This is quite a lot of difference that can be instantly felt by a user who used the latter products before. Even with this, we found the brush to still be better than manual toothbrushes in terms of breaking down plaque and reaching the corners of the mouth.

The product works very simply in the sense that it can operate within a 2-minute timer when opened. There are no other features for the user to choose from except for this which users may either find easier or restrictive. It also comes with a quadpacer which is a tool that tells you to change the quadrant of the teeth that you are cleaning every 30 seconds for you to have a uniform cleaning result with the product. This is a standard feature that ensures that the whole teeth will be cleaned within 2 minutes. The duration is also the recommended time based on hygienists and dentists’ advice.

The brush uses the standard brush head that is quite effective in reaching the edges of the teeth. Its bristles are sturdy and capable of breaking down plaques and food debris. Users are advised to replace the brush head every 3 months to ensure that it will be hygienic to use and will be at peak performance. This is standard among all electric brushes.

Downsides

The product had quite a lot of downsides that may discourage some users to purchase the product especially if they are used to the quality of products offered by Oral B and Sonicare.

First, the cleaning performance offered by the product may greatly discourage users. Reaching only 10,000 strokes per minute means that you miss out on a lot in everyday cleaning for the same price with its competitor brands. Keep in mind, though, that this does not necessarily translate to worse cleaning results as regular brushing with this can still result in good cleaning performance. This is also quite expected of the product since it is battery-operated.

Next, the battery case that is hard to open may greatly annoy users and may make it hard to use for children. Similar products from Oral-B are capable of having an easy-to-open battery case which is why this is a big downside from the product.

One of the biggest downsides of the product is the lack of a battery level indicator. Since it is mainly operated with disposable batteries, this makes it hard to determine if you should carry spare ones with you before travelling or not. This is unlike charged units that can simply be regularly charged to ensure the best battery life. An LED indicator would have been a great touch to ensure convenience for users.

Lastly, the product also does not have any pressure sensor. This can be a great detriment for the teeth’s health as some users may press the product too hard on their teeth, causing their enamel to be damaged from the process. Some products simply stop when this happens, vibrate, or have an LED sensor that lights up whenever this happens. This can make Gleam’s brush harder to advise for children’s usage.

Positives

The main advantage of using the product is its reliable performance throughout the battery’s charge. It does not slow down even if the battery used is low in energy which ensures that you can have its best performance always.

The unit is also quite affordable and even comes with a travel case that is usually expected only from expensive products. This makes it easy to carry around while ensuring that its parts are safe to use.

In the end, the product gives you what you pay for. Its cleaning performance may not be the best, but it is still very reliable for giving adequate cleaning equal to its use of triple A batteries. It also comes with a travel case that is usually not expected from something this affordable. The downsides, however, are its lack of a battery level indicator, battery case, and lack of pressure sensor.

Help/Support

Support can be reached via their support page at https://gleem.com/contact-us/ 

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