I had a Sonicare that died after about 3-4 years of use. I recently purchased a Braun because it was less expensive (bought the low end model). I miss the 30 second timer, but the Braun will let me know when I'm using too much pressure (nice feature).
Al, I use the same trick. Although I'm trying to get more regular with my flossing now that I'm 50. I would like to keep my teeth.