I have to resurrect this thread to talk about a recent purchase that was really unexpected. Many things these days, consumer electronics especially, are so cheaply made that they bring no satisfaction apart from their utility and quite a lot of them barely even satisfy their function. So imagine my surprise when I bought an electric toothbrush from Philips that not only turned out to be well built (so far), but also well designed and came with a bunch of equally high quality accessories:
The first accessory is the glass, which appears to be very thick! I know that glass blowers appreciate thin glass to show off their craftsmanship, but thin glass screams fragile at you and broken glass screams danger, so that affects the way you handle it. This feels as if you can drop it on a tiled bathroom floor and it won't break.
The second accessory is the stand that goes under the glass. This charges the toothbrush via induction, through the glass. Engineering wise, that's probably not terribly impressive, but it feels impressive. The way the stand and glass are shaped so that they seamlessly fit into each other is also very nice.
The third accessory is the travel case. This is also made with quality detailing, for example the way they have symmetrically stretched the fabric of the case so that the pattern in the weave actually creates pleasant shapes, even around the corners. It also has slots for an extra brush head, hidden magnets to close it and a mini-USB port for charging on the go, again via induction.
And then there is the toothbrush itself. As with the rest, it feels like a well designed quality item, with for example brushing program indicators which are invisible when the brush is off, but glow white when active. The battery indicator is also invisible unless active, and pulsates in green and orange. The chrome details around the brush head mount and especially the bottom where it receives the charge are also nice, in that they are the only details in another material and they highlight the places where the brush receives external input, if you follow me.
I don't know, maybe it's post-decision dissonance, after all I've only owned it for a few months, but this feels so far like the best thing I've bought in a long, long time. Oh, and it brushes really well too.
With products like this, I would have loved to work at Philips design. Too bad I read that they've sold off all of their consumer stuff except the lighting.
EDIT: I actually just noticed that the main toothrush volume transitions from a square at the base to a circle at the top, while the glass transitions from a square at the top to a circle at the base. Perhaps not just for looks either, since it provides a slightly larger area for the toothbrush to stand on and also nice corners in the glass for the brush to lean on. So far, this design just keeps getting better the more I look at it!