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?
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).
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.