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The Best Electric Toothbrushes

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Quip Electric Brush

$25

  • Subscription-based brush head refills
  • Chic, sleek design
  • Quiet in use
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Oral-B Pro White Pro 1000

$50

  • Works with 11 different brush heads
  • Holds charge for one week
  • Wirecutter's Pick
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Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9500

$240

  • Vibrating motion using ultrasonic waves
  • Sonicare app optimizes brushing
  • Customizable brushing experience
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Whether you’re a long-term electric toothbrush user seeking an upgrade or transitioning from a manual brush, sifting through the overwhelming array on the market — sonic vs. rotating, fancy features galore vs. simpler models — can be daunting. We tried a handful of top-selling brushes and weighed the pros and cons to help you find the best pick for your lifestyle.

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Quip Electric Brush

Starting from $25

The Details

2.13-inch circumference

7.56-inch tall

Available in five colors

Weighs 3 oz.

Takes AAA Batteries

3-Month Battery Life

Wall Mount and Travel Case

ADA Seal of Acceptance

What / Who It's Best For

  • People with no bathroom counter space
  • Frequent travelers
  • People with light-sleeper roommates or partners

Why We Love It

Delivered-to-your-door convenience may seem like a trite way to acknowledge the perks of our pick for this price point, the Quip — but convenience is especially important when it comes to a product that’s going to help you stay on top of your dental routine. Echoing the sentiments that many dental professionals are likely to respond with when posed with the “Are electric toothbrushes really more effective than manual ones?” question, the American Dental Association (ADA) posits that “either manual or powered toothbrushes can be used effectively.” So the real question is: Are you going to use your toothbrush effectively?

Green Quip Toothbrush and Case

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).

Green and Blue Quip Toothbrush and Cases
Superficially speaking, the Quip’s clean, sleek aesthetic is what hipster dreams are made of. At roughly 7.5 inches tall by half an inch wide, it’s significantly shorter and narrower than any of the clunky major electric toothbrush players on the market. And because it’s battery-powered with a regular ol’ AAA battery that’s said to last three months, it doesn’t take up very much precious real estate on your bathroom sink. In fact, it doesn’t have to take up any space at all, if you make use of its wall-mount feature, a sticky strip on the tube portion of its stand that also doubles as a travel cover. Given that it doesn’t require a charging station, it’s also super easy to travel with; just pop on the cover and you’re ready to go.

Additionally, this tiny little powerhouse has earned itself an ADA Seal of Acceptance, meaning it “has shown efficacy in removing plaque and helping to prevent and reduce gingivitis, when used as directed.” The Quip has proven itself to be more than just chic branding, at a price point that’s as inviting as its design — something all generations can appreciate.

User Reviews

“I used to hate brushing my teeth with a burning passion, but I always felt guilty when I would only brush for 30 seconds or less. I could feel the vibrations all the way up and throughout my face. So needless to say I was in the market for a new brush, when I stumbled upon Quip. This was it. This was the brush for me. So I ordered it, it was delivered in just over a week. It was love at first brush. The vibrations are gentle, I don’t feel them in my face, not even a little. The bristles are nice and soft. TL;DR: I just love this brush and can’t recommend it enough.”
— Bridget From Quip
“This is a fabulous brush. I bought it for travel, but love the design and the stimulation of my gums so much that it has become my daily tool. In all my years of using an electric toothbrush I have always struggled with sticking with it for two minutes....with Quip I am done before I know it. My hygienist will be very pleased!”
— Kathleen J. From Quip
“I have serious periodontal disease. One year and $15,000 later I had a surgery a month to save my teeth and gums. I have always been meticulous about brushing, but never felt like my mouth was really clean, or that the brushes were too rough. This makes sure you do every area of your teeth for the proper amount of time. It’s gentle, quiet, and very effective!”
— Elaine H. From Quip
“I have been hesitant to buy an electric toothbrush because I thought it was often a costly luxury that could work well but irritate my gums. I learned about Quip from ads on Pod Save America and decided to check the website. After discovering the low price, I took the plunge and ordered. I was even more delighted with how well it cleans and how gentle yet effective it is on my gums. I liked it so much that I ordered one for my mom. Thanks, Quip! I’ll never use another toothbrush brand!”
— Angela T. From Quip

Quip

Minimalist, subscription-based toothbrush

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Oral-B Pro White Pro 1000

Starting from $50

The Details

3.5-inch circumference

9.2-inch tall

Rechargeable Battery

28-Minute Battery Life

Weighs 4.4 oz.

Two-year limited warranty

What / Who It's Best For

  • People who have gum or tooth sensitivities
  • People who have a tendency to brush too hard
  • People who want budget-friendly brush heads

Why We Love It

Do a preliminary search for “best electric toothbrush,” and you’ll find that the Oral-B Pro 1000 makes it to the top of more lists than it doesn’t — including Health’s, Wirecutter’s, and Business Insider’s, to name just a few — which isn’t surprising. It’s a solid toothbrush with all the features you’d expect in an electric model from a renowned brand in the dental hygiene space: Similar to the Sonicare 2 Series Plaque Control toothbrush, this rather simple Oral-B model has one brushing mode with a two-minute timer and quadpacer. Unlike its sonic counterpart in this price range, however, it features a handy pressure sensor that buzzes when you’re brushing too hard, a feature that may be especially useful for anyone with tooth or gum sensitivities — and one that can potentially help prevent irritation in the long run.

Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush in Charging Stand

The Oral-B model operates using oscillating, rotating, and pulsating motion — with a circular brush head containing bristles angled at 16 degrees to surround each tooth. That brings us to the million-dollar question: Which is better, an oscillating model (read: Oral-B) or an ultrasonic one (read: Sonicare)? After you’ve found yourself going down several internet rabbit holes, you’ll notice a common refrain among experts — one that Dr. Lillian Mittl, a practicing dentist in New York City, echoed when we spoke with her: “The bottom line is that if a person loves their brush and is motivated with their brush, I’m not going to say you must get the Sonicare or the Oral-B.”

The argument has been made that ultrasonic brushes are more conducive to reaching areas that electric brushes — which are “purely mechanical,” as Dr. Mittl notes — cannot. This is thanks to sonic waves that can break up plaque even in areas the toothbrush doesn’t necessarily hit on the money. However, a 2013 study showed that an oscillating-rotating power brush “produced substantial, statistically superior reductions in plaque and gingivitis” compared with a sonic model. All that to say, in reality it comes down to a matter of personal preference. Or, as Dr. Mittl put it: “The person using the brush is the biggest factor — are they using it properly, and are they putting it in the right spots?”

Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush Head

If the sonic vs. rotating dilemma is really eating away at you, here’s another reason we decided to name the Oral-B Pro 1000 our top pick for the $$ category: how much more affordable Oral-B’s replacement brush heads are. We’re talking $36.95 for 10, compared with $30.58 for just four of the Sonicare’s. It’s also compatible with 11 varieties of Oral-B brush heads (including those designed for sensitivity and for flossing), in case you’d like to target a particular dental issue.

The Oral-B Pro 1000’s design is simple and unremarkable, its size and shape not unlike other leading electric toothbrushes on the market, and its front rubber grip is a godsend for clumsy hands — though grooves in the handle may lead to toothpaste buildup you’ll want to wipe away regularly. Battery life is decent, with one full charge lending itself to a week’s worth of twice-daily brushing; so prepare to take your charger on the road should you be heading out of town with your Pro 1000 for more than six or seven days.

One caveat that bears mentioning: When in use, it is quite a bit louder than both our $ and $$$ picks, so light-sleeping roommates and partners in small shared spaces beware. (Oh, and cats too, according to one Amazon reviewer: “It really freaked out my cat. Apparently this is a thing — there are videos of cats getting freaked out by the Oral-B sound.”) That aside, the Oral-B Pro 1000’s cleaning power and features, paired with its budget-friendly replacement brush heads, undoubtedly make it the best electric toothbrush money can buy in this price range.

User Reviews

“I honestly cannot see a reason to buy any of the other versions (which are much more expensive). All they do is add a few 'modes,' which are generally just less rotations, giving a 'less intense' brush for various activities (gum brushing, sensitive teeth, tongue, etc). The single mode on this one doesn't at all prevent you from being able to properly do those other activities and ALL of the replacement style heads for the other ones work on this version too. If you're shopping through the 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, etc., like I was. Stick with this one. Really no reason to upgrade from it unless you just love to spend money :shrug:”
— Scott From Amazon
“One of the best out there. Highly comparable to the Sonicare Series 2. Compared to its higher-end siblings like the 3000 or 7000, the 1000 Pro lacks fancier features like different speed modes, pressure sensor, and Bluetooth connectivity. However, if you don't have sensitive gums, you probably do not need a pressure sensor, and if you do not obsess about logging your brushing performance in an app, then you can do without Bluetooth connectivity as well. For basic effective cleaning, this one does the job. It gives 20,000 rotations per minute. Two minutes of brushing with this leaves you with a fresh-feeling mouth. Definitely a good investment. One thing to take care of, if you want to use it outside the US, then you might want to consider the Sonicare since that is compatible with dual voltage (110/220 volts). The Oral B, however, only supports 110 volts.”
— Zeeshan From Amazon
“This is to replace an OLD — very old — Braun Oral-B model that was not charging. Lasted 15-plus years. Looks like this works nicely. Hopefully, this will last as long as my old one did. Hint: Wipe it down with an antibacterial wipe a few times a month or more often. Especially the bottom to prevent moldy stuff growing. You can use Listerine on a paper towel to wipe it down and it will be good to go. Don't want too many germs building up :)”
— Lemon-Ice From Amazon
“This model has worked great for both gum and tooth health. I'm on my third or fourth one, as the rechargeable battery fails to work after three to five years of use. But that's fine with me. I've also had improved results by using the floss-action brush head with the little yellow paddles. It provides a better result and reduces or eliminates gum bleeding, which I had before using it. There is no need for the more complicated models with more bells and whistles.”
— Ken From Amazon

Oral-B

Simple, efficient customer favorite

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Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9500

Starting from $240

The Details

3.75-inch circumference

10-inches tall

Weighs 4.9 oz.

Syncs with Sonicare app via Bluetooth

Rechargeable Ion Battery

56-Minute Battery Life

Comes with four brush heads

Two-year limited warranty

What / Who It's Best For

  • People with sensitive or receding gums
  • Techies and people who love beautiful gadgets
  • People who want to track their dental progress daily

Why We Love It

If you’ve planned to drop three figures on an electric toothbrush, you’d better damn well make sure it pulls out all the stops in the fancy features department and looks sleek as hell. Enter: the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9500, the latest in the high-end DiamondClean line.

Like all Sonicare models, the brush operates using a vibrating motion, which sends sonic waves on a mission to break through moisture and help sticky plaque matrices fall away from your teeth. The DiamondClean Smart 9500, as you might imagine for a brush with a $200+ price tag, delivers on all the essential features you’d expect: standard two-minute timer and quadpacer, a sensor to tell you to chill out when you’re brushing too hard, and compatibility with a range of brush heads in its line. The product comes with four heads — including a tongue-scraping brush — and when one starts to wear, an icon on the handle lights up, signaling it’s time to replace it. The brush continues to roll out the red carpet for your mouth (sorry, that kind of conjures up a gross visual, but I stand by my choice of phrasing), offering five cleaning modes with names like Clean, White+, Deep Clean+, Gum Health, TongueCare, and three intensity levels for each, so you can choose the brushing style you’re most comfortable with. Oh, and there’s a freakin’ microchip in each brush head that tells the toothbrush which one you’re using (e.g., when you pop on a gum-care brush head, the DiamondClean Smart 9500 will select the optimal mode and intensity for it). Welcome to the future, folks!

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9500 Electric Toothbrush Heads
We’d be remiss not to acknowledge that the “whitening” capability of any electric toothbrush, as Dr. Mittl told us, “is a misnomer — basically you’re just getting off all the plaque, which makes your teeth look dingy.” But if you’re looking for optimal plaque removal, as she explains, the sonic waves from a sonic toothbrush “are a clear advantage” over brushes that merely rotate.

Unlike older Sonicare models, this one features two buttons — one for power and one to switch between modes — so you’re no longer forced to go through *all* the cleaning modes while the brush is still in your mouth (truly, first-world problems) to avoid splattering toothpaste all over your bathroom while it continues to vibrate. The sleek and shiny brush (available in five chic, subdued hues) comes not only with a standard charging dock, but also a chargeable travel case and charging cup — after a 24-hour charge, it should last up to two weeks of twice-daily use. Grippability, however, isn’t its strong suit. The handle is quite smooth, so those with motor issues might want to take note. When in use, the brush is relatively quiet, rivaling — though not quite as quiet as — the Quip.
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9500 Electric Toothbrush and Accessories

And then there’s the clincher: The brush connects via Bluetooth to the Sonicare app (boasting an impressive 4.8-star average with more than 10,000 reviews), which allows users to set goals, track progress, address missed spots while brushing, and more. If you’re a diehard Oral-B stan, the Bluetooth-powered Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 packs a similar punch at a similar price; unlike Oral-B models, however, Sonicare’s (not inexpensive) brush heads come with a snap-on plastic cover, poop particles meandering through your bathroom be damned.

No, you don’t need Bluetooth compatibility, a travel case, and a glass that will charge your toothbrush, or five cleaning modes — but marketing gimmick or not, if you’re spending more than $50 for an electric toothbrush, you should be benefitting from a gaggle of bells and whistles. And if you want to throw down the cash to have a little more fun with your toothbrush than you would with one like our $$ pick (or this similarly priced Sonicare 2 Series model, if a sonic brush is more your speed), then the DiamondClean Smart 9500 is our clear favorite.

User Reviews

“This is my household's second Phillips Sonicare DiamondClean Electric toothbrush. I bought mine ~1 year ago and went to my first dentist cleaning since that toothbrush this past month and NEVER in my life have I had such a quick and easy cleaning. I was in and out in 35 minutes — the dentist and hygienist were so impressed. They immediately asked me if I used this toothbrush — I said, ‘How did you know?’ I'll even admit, I'm not one of those people that brushes two times per day every day and flosses twice per day... this thing saves me. It is 100% worth it. The varying intensities and different heads are perfect. The app is OK — interesting but not necessary. The best thing about this upgrade is the tongue scraper and the fact that the recharging wire comes built in to the carrying case. Electric toothbrushes used to be a 'nice to have, but not necessary' — this one is life-changing. You only get one set of adult teeth — do yourself a favor and get this toothbrush to keep them healthy."
— xtina17 From Amazon
“Such a difference after several months' time. Sensitive upper back gums are no longer sensitive. Plaque buildup behind front lower teeth has been remarkably reduced, a previously continuous problem regardless of level of brushing. The built-in brushing timer along with iPhone app tracking (not necessarily essential) help to maintain appropriate brushing routine. Bought additional ones for other family members. Highly recommend.”
— JosephFS From Walmart
“I bought an original Sonicare in 1994, and have used it until about one month ago, when I got the DiamondClean. The original had the two-minute timer and that was it. This thing, wow — more bells and whistles than my computer. I love the pacer feature, and when I use it, I can see that I wasn't getting each area as clean as possible before. I love the coaching feature, and kind of smile that I can no longer brush my teeth without my phone. Absolutely love the charger, and that I can put the glass in the dishwasher and get it sanitized. My phone reminds me to floss, scrub, and use mouthwash, and gives me advice to improve technique, like watching my pressure. Just amazing.”
— Anonymous From Walmart
“I am fanatical about taking care of my teeth and have always practiced good dental care. This brush takes my cleaning to the next level. Not only does this product enable me to track my daily usage but it will identify an area that I did not clean as thoroughly as I should have. The tracking also shows me if I am holding the brush properly while brushing in order to get the best clean. Because of this I have been able to focus on and improve the position of the brush against my teeth and gums. Since using this toothbrush, I have noticed a marked reduction in the plaque that would build on my front bottom teeth. Love this toothbrush!”
— Havanese2 From Bed, Bath & Beyond

Philips Sonicare

Techy toothbrush from the future

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