***Attention – Please Read***
The Colgate ProClinical C250 has now been replaced by the Colgate ProClinical 250R, which we have taken a closer look at in our Colgate ProClinical 250R Review.
The 3 BIG Questions about the Colgate C250 ProClinical…
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the C250 ProClinical from Colgate (view on Amazon). If we have missed something, let us know in the comments.
If you want more detail, you can read our full ProClinical C250 review further down the page or watch our video review.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
No, not at all. The design is a little dated, there is only one cleaning mode, but the battery life is impressive.
We have given a rating of 3/5 to the C250 as it is slim and good value.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
The C250 falls within the budget end of the electric toothbrush range. At around or under the £20 price point you are actually getting a very good value brush.
Each have their pros and cons and it is about weighing up what is best for you. Where the C250 stands out for me at this price point is the battery life.
3. Where’s the best place to buy the ProClinical C250?
It is important to note that the Colgate ProClinical C250 has been superseded with the ProClinical 250R. It has a similar specification, but most notable is the different design.
It is available from online stores like Amazon, as well as high-street retailers such as Asda and Superdrug.
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And now for a bit more detail….
As the second from cheapest brush in their range, the C250 from Colgate is not packed with features but this works in its favour and makes it one of the most popular brushes available today.
Compact, with good battery life the C250 offers a fairly no nonsense approach to cleaning your teeth but some things may hold it back from being your next toothbrush.
What’s in the Box?
- Colgate ProClinical C250 rechargeable toothbrush
- Charging station
- 1 x Triple clean brush head
- Travel cap
- Sonic cleaning action
- Built in rechargeable battery
- 2 week battery life
- 2 minute timer
- 30 second pacer
- Automatic power off
- Travel cap included
- Up to 5 times more plaque removal
Pros & Cons
- 1 cleaning mode – A simple easy to use single cleaning mode makes for a fuss free use. A cleaning mode that lasts for 2 minutes.
- Slim profile – A very slim profile makes it quite nice to hold in hand and easy to travel with. Ideal for older children, perhaps progressing to their first adult toothbrush.
- Travel cap – Simple solutions are often the best and this slide on travel cap rather than case is a convenient way of protecting the brush when travelling without the bulk.
- Battery life – An impressive 2 weeks of battery life before a charge is required. Quite incredible from such a slim brush.
- Design – The small and slim profile is nice but perhaps verging on the too slim for those who have limited hand and finger movement to grip hold of. A little slippy, no rubber grips. Overall just looks a bit ‘old’ and not appealing in design as others. Functional but uninspiring.
- The Clean – Whilst it does the job, the power delivery and brush head motion did not leave that strong and fresh just cleaned my teeth feeling.
Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
I want to start with the design. Whilst functional this brush is not really inspiring.
Now many people will not get excited over a toothbrush, but the C250 in particular just looks a bit dull with no exciting or vibrant colour accents etc and really does not look very 2016.
However this simplicity does work in it’s favour, no faffing, one button to switch it on and off. It just works.
The body of the brush is a dull white colour.
Please note: There is also a ProClinical C250 that comes in a black colour. This is sold as a separate model but technically is exactly the same aside from the colour. Whilst it may appeal more to some, at the time of writing the colour matching black brush heads seem difficult to source.
The Colgate ad Omron logos run up the handle to a battery charge light, which illuminated red when charging.
Above this is the power button which is white, with a grey rubber oval around it. Press it once to turn it on and once more to turn it off.
The brush is really quite slim and easy to keep hold of as well as being lightweight. Thicker and heavier than a manual brush of course, but noticeably slimmer than the Philips or Oral-B alternatives which is impressive given the battery performance.
Whilst the brush is unlikely to slip out of the hand there is no rubber or ridges to aid with grip other than the centrally located power button.
The brush head is interchangeable and just pulls off and slides back on as and when you need to change it.
On the very base is a small recess into which the protruding pin on the included charging stand goes into. Using inductive charging power is delivered to the nickel metal hydride battery inside.
The brush itself is water resistant rather than waterproof. This means it will survive life in a wet bathroom and exposed to moisture from the mouth but avoid having the brush reside in water and to prolonged exposure to water.
With just one cleaning mode, this brush has not been designed to be used by those who want advanced cleaning options, but instead a simple no nonsense electric toothbrush and I like that.
Using sonic technology the bristles of the brush head vibrate and move up and down as well as side to side. As they move along the tooth surface breaking up and brushing away plaque and bacteria that builds up on the tooth surfaces.
This combination allows for up to 5 times more plaque to be removed than if using a manual toothbrush.
Specially designed bristles ensure that there is minimal damage to soft tissue whilst maximising the effectiveness of the clean.
Provided with the C250 is a single Triple Clean brush head, but Colgate also offer a Sensitive and Max White option. There can be purchased separately. The Triple clean is the most common and is available in packs of 2 or 4.
Personally I find the brush head verging on the slightly larger side, it does get to my back teeth, but the smaller rounder head of the Oral-B brush does for me work a bit better.
The recommended cleaning time is 2 minutes and the C250 goes a long way to help with this. Built into the brush, is a timer.
This timer is activated when you press the power button, at the end of the 2 minute cycle the brush will automatically turn itself off signalling the end of the clean.
A great feature and something Oral-B brushes do not offer.
In addition it does also have a 30 second timer or quadpacer as some may refer to it as.
When cleaning your teeth you should spend 30 seconds on each quadrant, the top right, top left, bottom right and bottom left. To help with this at 30 second intervals there is a slight pause in the brush head motion which signals to you to change quadrant.
Together the timer and 30 second pacer ensure you achieve an even clean for the recommended amount of time.
When in motion the brush does make a reasonably loud audible humming/vibrating sound but it appears to be much quieter than Oral-B brushes that are much louder. You can feel the vibrating through your hand but you get used to it within seconds.
So far pretty good then.
Now here is the bit of the sticking point for me. My daily toothbrush is an Oral-B one and I use a Philips Sonicare regularly too and in my opinion both provide me with what I feel to be the better overall clean.
I have no science to prove that the actual clean is any better but just during and after a clean the power and brush head action of these feel better than the Colgate C250 in my mind.
The sonic action is taking place but psychologically I felt I needed to move the brush around my mouth a lot more to achieve the same results I would with a different brand, others just feel more powerful. It may just be me but I thought I would put it out there.
If you are not used to an electric toothbrush or you are thinking this could be your first, then I think it would be an excellent option as you do not have this comparison to make.
In fact, many people I have spoken to actually feel the Oral-B brush power can be too strong.
Omron is a name and logo that appears on the brush and it is worth mentioning why. Colgate are a well known brand within the dental space, but are perhaps better known for toothpaste rather than brushes. Omron are however a well known brand within the healthcare space. You may or may not have heard of them but they have existed since 1933 developing and manufacturing all kinds of products.
This and other ProClinical brushes have been developed in conjunction with Omron HealthCare to bring the skills and experiences of both companies to produce brushes like the C250.
Included with the C250 also is a travel cap. Not a case like many the cap is a slim sleeve that fits over the brush head and some of the main handle, most notably the power button.
This protects the bristles on the brush head and avoids accidental activation. I like this simplistic approach. It is a lot less bulky.
The only issue being it does not work so well if you typically share the brush and need to carry a spare brush head with you but all told it is a neat, compact solution and does the job it needs to just fine.
For your added peace of mind when opting for the ProClincal C250 you get a 2 year warranty that covers mechanical faults like the battery no longer charging or the power button not working. It does not cover user damage.
Another great feature is Colgate’s 30 day money back guarantee. This essentially allows you to try the brush and return it for a full refund if you are not happy. You have 30 days from the date of purchase to try the brush. If you do not like it, send it back within 45 days from date of purchase, providing you have all the original packaging as well as the original receipt. If purchased within the UK and Ireland, within 6 weeks of sending it back you will have a refund.
Details of how to go about this are included in the manual that comes with the brush or you can speak to them on 0800 321 321 32
Summary of Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
- Slim and comfortable brush to hold and use, even if limited hand movement
- 1 cleaning mode
- Slim and comfortable brush to hold and use, even if limited hand movement
- Alternative brush heads available
- Built in 30 second pacer and 2 minute timer tells you when to change quadrant and finish brushing
- Automatically powers off at the end of the 2 minute cycle
- Water resistant
- 2 year warranty as standard
I really was not expecting the battery on this brush to last 2 weeks.
Prior to reviewing the information published online by sellers and Colgate was not particularly explicit in just how long the battery would last.
Though my testing I achieved 56 minutes of cleaning time, that is 2 weeks or 14 days based on 2 x 2 minute cleans each day.
Brushes from Oral-B that are 3 times the price and thicker do not achieve this!
With many of us leaving our brushes at home most of the time, battery life is not always critical, especially if we have the charger to hand.
However, the confidence of knowing you can go a few days without charge is good, especially if you travel and don’t wish to be taking things like chargers with you.
With the C250 you could go on a 2 week holiday on only have to charge it just before you left and as soon as you got home.
Philips have set the bar when it comes to battery life, but for a slim brush the C250 packs an impressive punch.
The C250 offers 56 minutes of usage time or up to 28 cleans.
This impressive time is helped by the automatic power off at the end of the cleaning cycle which saves a bit of power which would often be wasted on other brushes.
And whilst I do not have the technical science to back this up, the power of the brush appears weaker, meaning perhaps less power draw from the built in battery.
If the C250 had the same feeling of power as an Oral-B or Philips brush would the usage time decrease?
When you do need to re-charge a charging stand is included.
Just like any other electric toothbrush charger, the stand has a 2 pin power adapter that will connect to the shaver socket in a bathroom or you can purchase 2 pin to 3 pin adapters so that the brush can be charged from a normal mains socket found here in the UK.
The dock is white in colour with the Colgate logo on the front. It works on 100-240 volts, so you may need an adapter if you travel with the charger.
A small prong protrudes from the top of the stand, it is this that sits just inside the base of the brush and passes the charge inductively to the battery inside the brush handle.
When on the stand the brush is a bit wobbly with a bit of movement and it would not take all that much to koncok the brush off the stand. Not a deal breaker but just not quite the premium finish one hopes for. When charging the battery status light illuminates red.
Charging takes about 8 hours. I find myself leaving the brush on charge during the night typically. It is safe to do this.
Summary of battery life
- 56 minutes of usage time or 14 days usage based on 2 cleans a day
- A charging stand is included in the box
- The brush is a bit wobbly when on the stand
- Takes about 8-12 hours to charge fully
- An LED illuminates red when the brush is charging
- Works on 100- 240 volts
A budget brush, this electric teeth cleaning contraption does not command a massive expense and it’s quite possible you could have change from £20.
The RRP is £50 and whilst some retailers are selling at this price the average price is around £25.
Be sure to shop around and pay the price you are comfortable with and from a retailer you trust.
The C250 like any other electric toothbrush requires replacement brush heads for each user every 3 months. Replacement heads can be purchased in packs of 2 or 4 and are priced on average between £10-£18.
Generally speaking the 4 pack is more cost effective and many retailers sell the Triple Clean brush head that comes with the C250 for £10. This gives a per head cost of just £2.50.
The Sensitive and Max White brush heads are available in packs of 4 only and not as a 2 pack option.
Using the average cost (based on one user) and ownership over 3 years, the Pro Clinical C250 will cost £52.50 or 5p per day to own.
This price does exclude the cost of water, toothpaste and electric to charge it, but you get a rough idea and is one of if not the cheapest decent electric toothbrushes available at the moment.
There is a good chance the brush will last longer than the 3 year period and using the same brush handle but switching heads with other users in your household will only help bring the cost down and drive more value from it.
*Please note that all costs quoted are approximates and prices will vary based on location, supplier, time of purchase. These figures should not be relied on as hard fact but as a guide, based on real information at the time of writing.
Summary of price
- Recommended retail price of £50
- Generally available for around £25 but can be purchased for under £20
- Brush heads typically available for £10 per pack of 4 or £2.50 each
- Works out at around 5p per day over 3 years
- Share brush handle with another user to extend value
Reliability & Long Term Use
No matter what we buy it is good to know that things are going to stand the test of time. Some do better than others, but it is our im here at Electric Teeth to test the electric toothbrush in a way that you would use it at home.
We have tested every toothbrush we write about, spending our own money on purchasing, testing and concluding our thoughts.
Lab tests or durability tests are not something we do and it is not possible to test every toothbrush day in day out and report back on how they fare. However we take reliability seriously and always comment on where we think weaknesses are and should we ourselves see over time a brush failing or not performing as it should, be assured our reviews will be updated to reflect this.
The C250 reviewed here has been used for a month and during that time showed no signs of failure.
The overall build appears ok, with no obvious weak points. If any, this would be where the brush head connects to the brush handle.
Do be aware the C250 is water resistant so it can get wet and be wiped down with water but it is not waterproof so where possible avoid prolonged exposure to water to avoid doing damage.
Supported for a 2 year warranty should the brush fail, for the money paid, the C250 looks strong enough to last a good few years.
Whilst this brush may not be perfect it is mighty impressive for something so slim and cost effective.
The dated design and wobble on the charging stand are small frustrations when you offset it against the impressive battery life.
The automatic power off feature is something you often associate with more premium brands like Philips but this little brush has it.
A travel cap saves on space but does the job perfectly well.
Having used so many other toothbrushes I won’t be changing to this, there are more powerful and inspiring options offered by other brands, for me.
The big thing that holds me back on the C250 is not getting that ‘just cleaned’ feeling. It might be a fallacy and there is no real difference in the results, but it is something I like to come away with having spent 2 minutes brushing. This is a very personal feeling though.
For you, the C250 may sound like a good option and the 30 day money back guarantee may allow you to try it with added confidence.
- Toothbrush – The Colgate ProClinical Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is tough on plaque but gentle on gums.
- Deep Clean – Dentist clean feeling with 5x more plaque reduction at your gum line compared to manual flat-trim toothbrushes.
- Soft – Specially designed soft bristles to be gentle on your gums and minimise damage to the soft tissue.
- Slim & Lightweight - Designed to feel similar to a manual toothbrush with a slim, lightweight handle that’s easy to control.
- Removes 5 times more plaque at your gum line compared to a manual flat-trim toothbrushfor a healthy mouth
Electric Teeth Rating
Height (without head) – 16.4cm
Height (with head) – 19.5cm
Height (with head & travel cap) – 19.8cm
Width – 1.8cm
Thickness – 1.8cm
Weight (without head) – 44g
Weight (with head) – 48g
Weight (with head & travel cap) – 59g
All are approximates
- Is the ProClinical C250 an oscillating brush?
- No, it is not.
- How many brushing modes does the ProClinical C250 have?
- 1 cleaning mode for your standard clean. It lasts for 2 minutes and uses sonic technology to pulsate the bristles of the brush head and clean your teeth.
- Does it have any other cleaning modes?
- No, there is one cleaning mode only.
- What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- The C250 comes supplied with 1 brush head, Colgate’s Triple Clean brush head. You can also purchase a sensitive and Max White One as an alternative that will work with the brush.
- Does the ProClinical C250 have a pressure sensor?
- No, it does not.
- Does the ProClinical C250 have Bluetooth?
- No it does not.
- Does the ProClinical C250 have sound connectivity?
- No, it does not.
- Does the ProClinical C250 come with a warranty & how long is it?
- The warranty is 2 years.
- Does the C250 have a built in timer?
- Yes. At the end of a 2 minute cycle, the brush automatically turns off signalling the end of the cleaning time. If you want to extend your clean, you will have to power the brush back on. It does also have a 30 second pacer also referred to as a quadpacer. At 30 second intervals a slight pause in the brushing mode to tell you to change quadrants. There are 4 quadrants to the mouth.
- How long does the battery last?
- The battery lasts up to 56 minutes, which is equivalent to 2 weeks or 14 days of usage based on 2 x 2 minute cleans per day.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included with the C250.
- The charger is 2 pin, how can I use it?
- The charger is a 2 pin/prong charger designed to be used on voltages of 100-240 volts. It is a 2 pin charger suitable for connecting to shaver sockets found in many bathrooms in the UK & Europe. If you do not have a shaver socket, you can purchase an adapter that will allow the charger to be connected to a standard 3 pin UK mains socket.
- Can this be fixed to a wall?
- The charging station or brush head holder has not been designed to be fixed to a wall.
- Can I use the ProClinical C250 in the shower?
- Yes and no. The C250 is water resistant, meaning it should survive trips in the shower, but it is not waterproof and the continued exposure to water in a shower may have an effect. Ultimately it is not advised.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- Not exactly, the brush comes with a travel cap, which is essentially a sleeve in which the brush complete with brush head slides into. It protects the brush head and power button, but offers no additional storage like some cases do.
Colgate ProClinical C250 Electric Toothbrush User Guide/Manual
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