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One of the many things I picked up at my local Tesco's (Borehamwood, if anyone cares,) was this twin pack of toothbrushes for the princely sum of ten pence....yes, just ten little pennies for two toothbrushes - new, not second-hand. But were they any good you ask? Almost falling off the edge of your seat in anticipation no doubt. Well, folks let me end the suspense and tell you.......
The Reasons For The Purchase.
Quite simply, I wanted a cheap set of toothbrushes I could take on a weekends camping vacation and not have to worry about bringing them back. I know it's a sad indictment upon the throwaway society we live in but as they say ....if you can't beat 'em, don't have children, I mean join them.
I would like to regale you with wonderful tales of intricate gold embossed wrapping, but I can't... it is a plain clear cellophane wrapper with the words Tesco Value Twin Pack Toothbrush. Hardly original or inspiring but what do you want for ten pence?!?
Plain white environmentally unfriendly plastic with hard to medium, no-thrills bristles, also white. The handle is quite thin, especially in my shovel like hands and there is a slight curvature in the head part. Once water is applied to the toothbrush, the bristles soften up very easily.
When using the toothbrush, I was always in two minds. One mind recognized the fact the brushes were not very good and completely unsuitable for any medium or long term use - principally due to the thin, poor quality bristles. But the other mind was screaming at me "Ben....they are 5 pence each! What do you want for 5 pence". The actual job it did wasn't a bad one but you knew as soon as you used it that it wasn't a long term solution. The bristles, although initially quite firm and resilient, started to wane ever so slightly after just one use only, and although brush quite firmly myself, it was more down to the low quality flimsiness than my over eager teeth cleaning.
Comparison To Others
Apart from the price, the toothbrushes do not measure favorably against other toothbrushes. The curvature of the head, the bristles and the handle are all inferior top most other toothbrushes. However, when you compare the Tesco Value toothbrushes to similar economy range toothbrushes in Asda and Superdrug, the Tesco ones are very similar and much cheaper.
For what they are and what they cost, these are a great little addition for my camping trips. I'm far too bourgeois to use these as guest toothbrushes but far too financially wise to use something on a camping trip that always ends up being sullied and thrown anyway. Would not recommend for anything other than short term, emergency use and the occasional bit of dog tooth and silver cleaning.
I bought a pair of basic toothbrushes for 11p in Boots some years ago (very similar) of a similar standard as emergency items . . . Boots have discontinued the range and now sell slightly more expensive 'essentials' toothbrushes which are much better value for money at well under £1 for 2 and just over £1 for 4 (and on a 3for2 regular offer) . . . but for a 'throwaway' toothbrush this does the job, I guess
. . . ♥ ~ Jesi ~ ♥