Philips Sonicare 2 Series Rechargeable Toothbrush - After 5 months

I was surprised to see this Sonicare toothbrush under $40 at Amazon a few months ago, and went ahead and bought it.

Sonicare 2 Series


  • Seems to clean pretty well.  Leaves teeth feeling shiny.  Nice to have that fresh from the dentist feeling every morning.
  • My brother has what appears to be pretty much the same model for several years and it's still going, so durability is good.
  • My dental hygienist recommended it.
  • The included brush head is durable and lasts longer than 3 months, at least for me.
  • Comes with a coupon for $4 off replacement brush heads.


  • Replacement brush heads, even with the coupon, cost a lot.  My brother got one of the cheaper knockoff replacement brush heads and I can see little strands of bristles hanging out.  (not frayed, but almost falling out)  So I'm going to wait for a deal on the genuine ones.
  • The included brush head is pretty small in comparison to your average manual toothbrush, perhaps 60% of the size.  You can buy bigger (and softer) ones.
  • The instructions say to brush for 2 minutes on the fronts and backs of your teeth, but neglect to mention the chewing surfaces - probably the most important part of your teeth to brush!
  • After a few uses, it changes from a "gentle" introductory mode to a more "powerful" mode.  It is quite a bit more powerful, and I wish I could change it back.  Even the gentle mode is too much for my girlfriend, who promptly said she's never going to use it, and will stick with her manual Colgate 360 brush.


  • You don't (and probably shouldn't) press down when brushing with this brush - it might harm your enamel.  (and will wear out the head faster)
  • All Sonicares are basically the same unit, with fancier and possibly unnecessary features at the high end.  The higher end ones are thinner and lighter though.

Overall, recommended at this price.  There's currently a $10-off coupon at Amazon, so you can get it for $29.95 now.

Cacala's Peshtemal Bath Towels

Bought these super thin but soft $20 Peshtemal bath towels because the Charisma towels I bought at Costco, while still absorbent, began to develop a musty smell after 1-2 years of use.  The smell wouldn't wash out, even after soaking multiple times.  The root of the problem was that they took 8+ hours to dry, even with the windows open in the bathroom.

Cacala Peshtemal Bath Towel


  • Long, almost too long (70 inches)
  • Dries faster than any other towel I've used (about 4 hours)
  • Gets softer after 3-4 washings
  • Easy and light to take on trips / camping / backpacking
  • Just as absorbent as normal towels


  • A bit like drying yourself with a sheet at first, but gets softer, as mentioned above.

Overall, would buy again.  Any questions?  Let me know in the comments.