Ultreo Sonic Toothbrush - DEAD
In May of 2007 I purchased a new Ultreo toothbrush. It worked great and
cleaned my teeth, and in particular gums, better than any toothbrush I
ever had. Then the rechargeable battery died after 2.5 years of use, in
November 2009. This is probably about a normal time for the battery to
need replacement, no surprise or complaint there. But it was then I
discovered the company had recently gone out of business due to its
inability to raise additional investment funds, a casualty of the Great
Recession. So my Ultreo is now useless since there is no way to replace
the dead battery.
The purpose of this web page is to alert other owners of Ultreo the
company is defunct and the toothbrush will die. To alert
potential buyers to stay away - incredibly it is still being sold new on
Amazon - I guess to clear out back inventory, but since the battery
can't be serviced it is terribly unethical to keep selling a product
that will die after a few years.
As a replacement I purchased a "Philips Sonicare FlexCare Plus" which
seems to have taken all the best ideas of the Ultreo and copied them.
This is not an endorsement as I have not used it yet, but it seems to be
the closest thing available to the Ultreo. I loved my Ultreo and its sad
to see them go - I'm also surprised they just shut their doors with no
support for simple things like replacing the battery.