That said, the Quip’s subscription-based model not only earns it the millennial stamp of approval, but it also makes it a damn good choice for an electric toothbrush. It’s particularly good for those who aren’t diligent about swapping out their brush heads regularly — it keeps track of that for you, sending a new one to your door every three months. For $25 for the plastic version (or $40 if you want to splurge on a metallic finish), you’ll receive an electric toothbrush set, which includes the Quip brush, travel cover mount, a large toothpaste, and a travel-sized toothpaste. Then for $10 every three months, you’ll be sent a new brush head, AAA battery, and two different-sized toothpastes. You can also choose to prepay for a year, buy a couples’ (two brushes) or a family (four brushes) set, or purchase supplies piecemeal. There’s a plan for refills of just the brush head and battery for $5 every three months as well, with the initial brush priced at $5 more (i.e., $30+ instead of $25+).
The soft-bristled brush (the bristle texture, it’s worth noting, recommended by the ADA) operates using sonic vibrations and, compared with our picks for the $$ and $$$ price categories, is super-duper quiet when in use. As BuzzFeed staffer Rachel Miller mentioned in her review of the Quip, according to its founders, “it’s quiet enough that parents can brush their teeth without waking up any little ones sleeping in the next room.” While that sounds quite plausible (its sound, as Miller describes, being similar to a “purring cat”), unfortunately we were not able to confirm the validity of this due to the absence of said little ones in our homes. Like most basic electric toothbrush models, it features a two-minute timer that buzzes every 30 seconds to signal moving to another quadrant of your mouth (or what’s known as a quadpacer).