We have tested three Megasonex M8 toothbrushes with different heads and tongue scrapers (can be purchased separately). This is a very detailed review not only testing the product itself but also explaining well the science behind ultrasound cleaning and answering a series of additional questions in the Q&A section. Please note that there will be also an additional article on ultrasound technology in dental applications as well.
Disclaimer: this is NOT a sponsored article or any kind of an editorial - we have purchased our toothbrushes on our own and their manufacturer did not interfere in the review process at any step. This is a fully independent test and we are not associated in any way with the company that produces Megasonex toothbrushes.
Ultrasonic toothbrush as a concept
There are four main types of toothbrushes: regular manual toothbrush, electric oscillating toothbrush, electric sonic toothbrush, and electric ultrasonic toothbrush. They are listed from the least to the most advanced, but as you will learn in this review it’s not all that simple. First of all, the definition of ultrasound is a series of acoustic pressure waves generated at a frequency beyond human hearing – this means you won’t be able to tell if the ultrasound is ON or OFF (at least without having scientific equipment). So basically, an ultrasonic toothbrush is a type of an electric toothbrush designed for daily use that operates by generating ultrasound (in case of Megasonex frequency is 1.6 MHz that is 96,000,000 pulses or 192,000,000 movements per minute) to help effectively remove plaque and damage bacterial chains that typically make up plaque, which after brushing become torn up, rendering them harmless.
What’s in the box?
Megasonex toothbrush comes in a large, elegant black box. We have to admit that the package is very neat and makes a great impression of an exclusive product. It contains the toothbrush, white inductive charger (that doubles as a dock), 2 different toothbrush replacement heads (or rather a complete toothbrush plus a replacement head), plastic travel case (just for the toothbrush) and all the printed stuff including warranty and manual. It is also being sold in different packages with extras such as Megasonex toothpaste, tongue scraper, or more replacement heads, but these packages are usually a bit more expensive.
How does Megasonex work?
There is only one button and two diodes on the toothbrush making it is fairly simple to use. When turned on both diodes (white and blue) are on so they’re not very useful. Modes of operation are the following:
1. Push it once and it will operate in 18 000 sonic + ultrasonic
2. Push it once more and it will cut sonic vibrations to 9 000 + ultrasonic
3. Push it once more and it will disable sonic vibrations making it operate only in the ultrasonic mode. This mode may feel like the toothbrush is off since it won’t be generating any sound or vibrations but the diodes will tell you that the ultrasonic mode is active, but it’s impossible for humans to detect its action.
4. Push it once more and you will turn the toothbrush off.
Notes: once you turn it on and choose the desired mode you won’t be able to switch between modes, you need to turn it off first. Once turned on in 18 000 sonic or 9 000 sonic modes Megasonex will inform you every 30 seconds that you have completed 1/6 of your brushing time. Since the ultrasonic-only mode is silent you won’t be noticed when using this mode.
Megasonex review – our point of view
Megasonex toothbrush has a sleek design and is comfortable to use. It’s size is comparable to most of the sonic toothbrushes, only a bit smaller. All the silver/chrome accents including Megasonex logo quickly wear, also white plastic may turn yellowish if it’s exposed to the sun (this applies to both toothbrush and charger). Replacing heads is super easy and takes about 5 seconds – this is important, because you may be often switching between brush head and tongue scraper. Megasonex has superior brushing technology but when it comes to it’s overall technology it’s not impressive at all as it uses old battery type, has no display, no bluetooth and smartphone app sync, even no brushing pressure sensor. There are no settings other that 3 modes of action (that we have already described), and toothbrush has no gyro to tell you if you have covered all the areas in your mouth. But compared to manual toothbrushes it allows you to brush really gently, in a massage-like manner. It certainly has all the basic features you need: water resistance (IXP7 class), timer, ability to adjust sonic vibrations and ease of use.
Tongue scraper for Megasonex
Tongue scraper works as a replacement head. It is sold separately but is totally a must-have if you decided to buy the Megasonex toothbrush. Since competing sonic and ultrasonic products do not offer such addon this is a huge advantage for Megasonex. This piece is made of plastic and can be used to clean your tongue more effectively than by just using a toothbrush. You clean your tongue by scraping sharp plastic edges of the scraper while operating a toothbrush in the ultrasonic mode as the second mode of action. This way the tongue scraper is more effective than classic separate tongue scrappers. This is a good investment especially when you consider the fact that it does not wear over time just like regular toothbrush heads.
Megasonex offers also toothpaste which (as they claim) is designed for electric and ultrasonic toothbrushes (the world’s first nano-hydroxyapatite toothpaste designed specifically for electric and ultrasonic toothbrushes (though it still works just fine for manual toothbrush users as well)). We have to admit the product is very appealing since it uses nano-hydroxyapatite instead of fluoride, is SLS, sulfate, paraben, and preservatives free and is low abrasion with a balanced pH. But there is one drawback – it is too pricey. There are kinds of toothpaste on the market that have all the features of Megasonex features but are half the price. So while it is a very good product we’re recommending to have a look around if you’re looking best bang for the buck. Please note that while some sellers offer Megasonex toothpaste as an extra it is not included in the standard toothbrush package.
Megasonex battery life and replacement
Megasonex is equipped with a non-replaceable, rechargeable 4.8 V battery mad in NiMH technology (which is short for nickel metal hydride). Its capacity is 250mA and declared operating time (meaning full to empty) is 28 brushings, 3 minutes each, or about 2 – 3 weeks. Please note that it uses older battery type (not the Li-Ion or Li-Poly that most smartphones use) which means it should be charged in a different manner not to degrade too quickly. We recommend charging it from time to time and not charging it after each use. Avoid discharging it completely and charging it to the max too often.
If you have purchased a brand new Megasonex toothbrush the battery will last for about a month until you need to recharge it – this is accurate with what the manufacturer declares. Charging is super easy with provided wireless charger that doubles as a toothbrush holder. Battery life will obviously degrade over time making each Megasonex toothbrush useful for about 2 to 4 years depending on how much it is used and how often it is charged.
The battery is non-replaceable which means that once it’s dead more serious intervention is required to bring the toothbrush back to life. Replacement aftermarket batteries can be purchased cheaply but you won’t be able to access and replace the battery without damaging the toothbrush so please be aware that you also need to purchase a new replacement toothbrush body which combined with battery cost make it an expensive repair. It is also possible to have a battery replaced by the manufacturer, but since it costs nearly as much as a new toothbrush it does not make much sense.
There is a red low-battery indicator built-in, but sadly it does not work as it should (and we have tested 3 separate Megasonex toothbrushes) – it will inform you about low power seconds before it’s fully discharged which usually is not enough to finish your brushing. Also, there is no display to show you how much power is left so you need to learn sonic vibrations sound and recharge every time you realize they are somewhat slower.
Megasonex drop test – how durable is it?
We have dropped our toothbrush about 4 times during regular use and it survived all of them without problems, but please note that we heard stories of them breaking when dropped on hard surfaces (but please treat this information as anecdotal evidence, we say it’s sturdy enough). One of our test toothbrushes with low battery capacity (degraded over time) refused to work by not charging at all. Another toothbrush blue diode stopped working after it was dropped, but we believe it’s a cosmetic malfunction and the ultrasound is still there.
Questions & answers and comparisons section
Megasonex vs Emmi-Dent reviews – which is better
Although both Megasonex and Emmi-Dent operate on a similar concept they differ a lot:
- Emmi-dent only gives you ultrasound, while Megasonex is both ultrasound AND sonic vibration (as an option, since it can be used in ultrasound mode only, too)
- Emmi-dent has their crystal in the disposable brush head, so it generates the ultrasound directly there which may be superior to Megasonex, but it also makes their replacement heads more expensive
- both Megasonex and Emmi-dent are made in China, although both claim they are designed or packaged somewhere else
- Emmi-dent claims you should not touch your teeth at all, while Megasonex recommends to gently brush your teeth (with pressure up to 150g) to sweep away bacterial chains after the ultrasound has torn them
- Emmi-dent bristles are rougher than Megasonex, but since they should not actually brush teeth it makes not much difference
- both products differ a lot when it comes to design, Megasonex being a loot sleeker and also looks like it’s more convenient to use
- although both brushes utilize exactly the same technology, Emmi-dent claims about how deeply the ultrasound penetrates are much greater – 12mm compared to 5mm that Megasonex claims for their product and 4mm that Megasonex claims for Sonic toothbrushes without ultrasound (it’s hard to conclude that Emmi-dent claim is backed up by science, so it’s safe to assume both toothbrushes are similarly effective)
- Emmi-dent produces some kind of useless vibration so that the user knows it’s working, Megasonex in ultrasound-only mode is absolutely quiet
- Emmi-dent requires that you use their toothpaste, while Megasonex only recommends their toothpaste, but does not say it’s mandatory for the toothbrush to work at its best
- Click here to see Emmi-dent toothbrush on Amazon
Megasonex vs Smilex reviews – which is better
Megasonex and Smilex are in many ways very similar products. They share the basic working principle: both are ultrasonic and sonic technologies at once with exactly the same operating frequencies, so in terms of effectiveness neither is better. The differences are in their extra features, but because they cost nearly the same money and whichever you choose you’ll be happy with it. So what are the differences and which toothbrush do we recommend? We recommend the Megasonex, but only due to the fact that as of 2020 both their toothbrushes and replacement heads seem to be easier accessible (and easier accessible usually means they’re cheaper, and you’ll be able to get your replacement faster, too). Also, Megasonex lets you choose sonic vibrations speed between 18000, 9000, and no sonic, while Smilex only operates at full 18000 vibrations. It is also equipped with a handy travel case, while Smilex is provided only with a case for two replacement heads. Both toothbrushes use the same NiMH battery technology, the same way of replacing heads and the same way of charging. Also please note that Smilex is produced in Japan which may mean it’s better quality than China made Megasonex. We will review the Smilex once we’ll be able to get our hands on it.
Megasonex vs Ultrasonex reviews – which is better
Ultrasonex toothbrushes appear to be no longer on the market, so we’re unable to compare these two products.
Megasonex vs Emmi-Pet reviews – which is better
Emmi-pet is also an ultrasonic toothbrush, but it’s a product designed to clean animals’ teeth, so there is no point in comparing these two. Instead, please read a comparison with Emmi-Dent ultrasonic toothbrush, which is the same manufacturer, but designed for humans.
Is ultrasonic toothbrush better than manual (regular)?
Yes, it is, but a classic manual toothbrush may be good enough if you don’t have serious problems with your teeth or gums. An ultrasonic toothbrush will let you achieve the same goals as a manual toothbrush faster.
Is ultrasonic toothbrush better than electric?
If you have decided to go for an electric toothbrush it’s best to buy sonic or ultrasonic one rather than a classic electric toothbrush with rotation-oscillation.
Is ultrasonic toothbrush better than sonic?
Technically speaking, yes it is. But the advantage is very slight, and the price difference in price may be significant. So if you need a superior solution go for an ultrasonic, and if you don’t want to overpay just stick to a sonic, preferably made by a popular Chinese manufacturer.
Is there a way to prove that ultrasonic waves really work?
The problem with ultrasound sound waves is that their frequencies are higher than the upper audible limit of human hearing. So without specialistic equipment, you won’t be able to tell if they’re working properly or not.
Are ultrasonic toothbrushes really better?
Yes, they are better than manual toothbrushes because they can reach places that you can’t physically access thanks to the waves they generate. But please keep in mind that it is
Which ultrasonic toothbrush is best?
If you ask us, we like the Megasonex due to their replacement heads being slightly cheaper and sleeker design. But once you go ultrasonic any choice is a good choice.
Where is Megasonex toothbrush manufactured (made or produced)?
Megasonex toothbrushes are made by Goldspire Group Limited based in Hong Kong. While the box claims that they were invented in the USA and designed in Japan, they are manufactured in PRC which is short for the People’s Republic of China. So yes, these are made in China. Also please note that the product is produced specifically for a certain market, our item was manufactured fo Panaford B.V. based in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Tips on using the Megasonex toothbrush:
- You don’t need to use Megasonex toothpaste, it’s good but overpriced. Look for a cheaper hAP toothpaste
- Charge your Megasonex from time to time, when you notice that the sonic vibration is slower than it used to be. Don’t wait until it’s fully discharged and don’t charge it between brushings.
- Go watch some videos on how to brush with an ultrasonic toothbrush. Thanks to it’s the technology you can brush gentler and still achieve the same great results.
- Replace your toothbrush head every time you notice that the bristles are no longer fully straight.
- When brushing late at night you can tape the blue LED light on the toothbrush, it serves no real function but can be too bright.
- We really recommend you get the Megasonex tongue scraper and use it every time before you brush your teeth!
- superior technology (sonic + ultrasonic in one device)
- great tongue scrapper addon
- sleek design, good durability
- reasonably priced replacement heads
- useful plastic travel case included
- there is no display, and the settings are very basic
- it fails to deliver on some promises, especially not reducing significantly tartar/calculus
- battery is older technology and virtually non-replaceable
- it does not have a pressure sensor built in
- low power indicator does not work as it should
The bottom line:
We like it, if you can afford it then this is the toothbrush to get. If you’re on budget we suggest cheaper sonic toothbrushes instead. Currently Megasonex is our toothbrush of choice but we’ll be testing more products so that may change soon.
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This product review was last updated on August 28, 2020 and is still work in progress.
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