FairyWill Electric Toothbrush Review
Some say the FairyWill is revolutionary… but we wouldn’t go that far. After leaving this toothbrush for a year after our initial review, we’ve come back to see if any improvements have been made.
- Nice lightweight design
- Standard features
- Great for sensitive/elderly/young teeth
- USB charging is perfect for travellers
- Weak vibrating power
- Brushing modes do not differ
We first tested this toothbrush back in early 2018… and weren’t impressed. But FairyWill have made some changes and brushed up their features so we gave it another try. We’re nothing but fair!
In the past year, FairyWill has come quite a way on Amazon and are steadily stealing customers (and Dental Dorks) away from the big name brushes of Philips and Braun.
We repurchased the matte black model and set about testing it again to see how it would perform in 2019.
FairyWill Electric Toothbrush Features
Visually, the FairyWill beats many of the Oral-B top of the range toothbrushes out of the water. The sleek black design, lightweight feel at 55g (albeit this is because the materials used are ridiculously cheap) and easy to see and press buttons are quite attractive.
The model is quite basic, but considering the price and how decent the basic features are, we can’t complain. There’s nothing really bad to point out here! We were testing the black matte model and I have to say, it certainly looks better than the white version I’ve seen pictures of (pink and silver models are now available too).
The main feature is the 5 modes of cleaning, which are easy to locate on the front of the brush:
- White – the strongest mode that’s designed to lift away stains and tough plaque.
- Clean – this is the setting we’d recommend starting on. It cleans like a regular toothbrush, not too strong or too weak.
- Sensitive – self-explanatory. It is noticeably gentler than the clean option, but our sensitive toothed testers didn’t find it revolutionary (if sensitive teeth is a real issue for you, look for a different toothbrush)
- Polish – using an inverted frequency, the polish mode is designed to get your front teeth shining and polished. To be honest, we felt that you need to use this toothbrush regularly for months before you would notice a shine. We didn’t find any difference during our short test period.
- Massage – another inverted frequency mode that’s designed for better gum care.
If you’re expecting a toothbrush that will vibrate your jaw off and leave you feeling like you just cleaned your mouth raw, this isn’t the brush for you.
It’s effective yet very gentle with its vibrations. It’s good for everyday brushing, particularly for the elderly and very young. Actually, we would recommend it as a first electric toothbrush!
With an oscillating speed of 40,000 micro-brushes per minute and standard yet unusually soft DuPont Nylon bristles, this toothbrush skips past the first few rough brushing sessions you usually get with a new toothbrush and takes you straight to thorough yet gentle worn-in brushing feeling.
FairyWill Brush Heads
The brush heads themselves are much smaller than we expected, with a simple rounded bristle design. They are angled at a straight 90 degrees against the brush base, rather than slightly slanted to get a better plaque cleaning action. You can mix and match the different FairyWill heads if you happen to already have a FairyWill model.
Despite the brushes feeling soft and gentle on our teeth, they did indeed seem to be long-lasting. We’d recommend changing them every 2 months, as they wore away at the same rate as other leading toothbrush heads in the 2 weeks that we tested them.
You also get 3 of these heads in the box, plus a protective bristle cover that will keep them secure and out of the way. It’s a little touch but a nice one. It means that your toothbrush head won’t get crushed and warped under your toiletries when you’re traveling with this toothbrush.
Credit where credit is due when they advertise it as being waterproof enough for the shower they weren’t joking. We didn’t want to risk taking it in the bath though.
Another key feature was the built-in timer that will give you a little pulse every 30 seconds for the 2 minutes you spend brushing. This is a pretty standard option, but they’ve clearly got it right so no complaints here.
FairyWill quite clearly states that after just 4 hours of charging you can use the brush for at least 30 days before it needs a charge again. It’s a bold claim that we enjoyed testing out. It’s true for the sensitive mode which has a gentler vibration, but for the white model we found the battery didn’t last so long.
That’s to be expected really. It’s still a good battery time as toothbrushes go!
The Test of Time
Dental Dorks, we deal with many high-end toothbrushes that give a superior feel – this is not one of them. It’s gentle, caring but not dentist quality. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it!
It’s a medium-long lasting toothbrush that’s particularly good for sensitive, old or young gums. If you are still using a manual toothbrush, you will find that even the FairyWill is a good step up before you decide to spend more on a top-quality toothbrush.
What Was In The Box
This was quite strange. The contents of the box included:
- The electric FairyWill brush
- 3x FairyWill heads in matching black plastic
- Bristle protector
- Instructions manual
- Toothbrush head cover/case
- USB charger cable (no plug)
There’s nothing wrong with having a USB charger cable, it was just a little bit odd for a toothbrush! We didn’t have any USB ports in the bathroom, so instead, we were either charging it via our laptops or with other adaptors (the kinds you get from Apple and other phone chargers with the detachable cable). You may find this more convenient if you’re short on plug sockets, or it may be awkward for you – in which case you can buy a plug adaptor separately from FairyWill.
Not a deal breaker, but something you may want to consider.
Summary of the FairyWill Electric Toothbrush
We would recommend buying this toothbrush as a budget brush for the elderly, the young, those with sensitive teeth, and those that want a cheap, light toothbrush for travelling. The USB charging option and lightness are definitely suited for those that go camping or are always on the move.
Author: Peter Mayhew
Peter is a dental hygienist in the city of Chicago, IL. In his free time he likes to write blogs and product reviews on anything dental health related.