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The Best Electric Toothbrushes To Guarantee a Bright Smile

Electric toothbrushes have come a long way since the days when their only function was to be a little different.

With big guns of the dental industry like Oral-B and Philips taking charge, there’s be a surge in the various types of electrical toothbrushes available in the market. Some perform the minimum basic function. Others come with state of the art technology like Bluetooth connectivity, dedicated apps, UV light cleaning, and more.

The Best Electric Toothbrushes Reviewed

The best electric toothbrushes are the ones that provide cleaning with convenience, are gentle with your teeth and gums, and offer the optimum features.

We have picked what we believe are the 5 best electric toothbrushes available in the market. The price range varies from regular to premium, with the differences detailed and the performances and features reviewed.

There is also a buyer’s guide at the end to help you understand the products better and make a more sensible purchase.

Best Overall

Best Overall

Oral-B Pro 1000

Great Value and Performance

The Oral-B Pro 1000 is the standard electric toothbrush experience. It is simple and effective in design with the large variety of brushes available, has a good battery life of around 24 cycles, and is intuitive to use.

The Oral-B Pro 1000 is our top pick for electric toothbrushes because it doesn’t try to be anything more than what it already is. It’s a reliable product that is sturdily built and performs its tasks incredibly well.

Great Alternative

Great Alternative

Philips Sonicare 2 Series

The Famous Electric Toothbrush

If circular brush heads are too much for your sensitive gums, the Philips Sonicare 2 Series has a more conventional design that might be ideal for you. Perhaps one of the most popular electric toothbrushes on the market, the Philips Sonicare 2 has great battery life and is excellent in function and usability.

Great battery life, quiet operation, and a perfect quadrant timer, the Philips Sonicare 2 Series electric toothbrush is a great alternative to our top pick if you want a more conventional brush head design.

Oral-B Pro 1000

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The Oral-B Pro 1000 offers all the basics you’d want from an electric toothbrush without the arguably unnecessary bells and whistles. This is one of Oral-B’s least expensive electric toothbrushes, yet it’s their best-selling, and for good reason.

It features a two-minute timer and is compatible with a large array of brush heads. It is also one of the first five electric toothbrushes to receive the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

The Oral-B 1000 utilizes is a circular oscillating brush head with soft bristles which move in a complex motion. The brush also has a 2-minute timer with a quad alert every 30 seconds. Additionally, there is only button which is used to turn the brush on or off.

While this may seem simplistic compare to some other models, it is highly convenient. Having a single button prevents a confusing interface to go through when you’re barely up in the morning or half asleep at night.

Battery-wise, the Oral-B Pro 1000 lasts around 12 days if you brush twice daily. That is around 24 cycles’ worth of battery, which is great. Oral B’s brush heads that are compatible with the Pro 1000 are some of the finest out there – the same ones you’d find on the more expensive Oral-B electric toothbrushes, in fact.

The product has a 2-year limited warranty that requires the product to be shipped with the receipt to the nearest authorized service. This is typical for a product in this price range.

Pros

  • Excellent compatible brush heads
  • Simple and efficient interface
  • Good battery life
  • Timer is convenient and well designed
  • Sturdy build

Cons

  • Can be a bit noisy

Philips Sonicare 2 Series

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If you can’t get your hands on the Oral-B Pro 1000, then its direct competitor, the Philips Sonicare 2 Series, is a great option. This is one of the least expensive electric toothbrushes in Philips’ Sonicare series.

Unlike the circular brush head of most well-known electric brushes, this Philips electric toothbrush utilizes a more conventional design. It is quieter than the Oral-B, and also comes with a great little plastic hood to protect the brush head and make it last longer.

The battery of the Philips Sonicare 2 is fantastic, running at an average of 33 cycles before full depletion. Like the Oral-B Pro 1000, Philips has recently started shipping its Sonicare 2 Series models with the quadrant 2-minute timer; the brush will alert the user every 30 seconds in a 2 minutes brushing session.

The Philips Sonicare 2 Series is also incredibly quiet. It has a simple and thin handle design and an efficient interface. The brush heads available for the Philips Sonicare however are more expensive than that of Oral-B’s, and don’t offer as many options as its competitors.

This product also comes with the standard 2-year limited warranty with the same conditions as the Oral B’s.

Pros

  • Fantastic battery life
  • Quiet operation
  • Great 2-minute quadrant timer
  • High quality build
  • Comes with a hood

Cons

  • Brush heads are expensive and have limited options
  • Circular brush tips are often preferred in electric toothbrushes

Goby Electric Toothbrush

The Goby Electric Toothbrush is a sleek and modern-looking electronic device that puts emphasis on performance, battery-life, and targeted services. How so? This electric toothbrush offers an “optional” brush head subscription online that sends a brush after every one to three months.

Though this sounds like a great deal – and it is for the most part – the brush head they use is not available anywhere else and cannot be swapped for brush heads of other electric toothbrushes.

What makes the Goby stand out though is its excellent customer service and fantastic battery life. Though the product page says that it has a battery that lasts 2 weeks (or 28 cycles), real testing by reviewers have generated as many as 35 cycles on this brush. The charging mechanism is fantastic on the Goby; the USB charge cord and the base stand are separable, meaning you can charge from the base stand or directly from the power cable.

The brush also comes with the two-minute timer including the quadrant timer that triggers every 30 seconds. After the 2 minutes, the brush switches off in the end. We would personally prefer Oral-B’s design where the brush has to be turned off manually, as it’s easy to miss a few spots during a strict 2-minute session.

The brush head used on the Goby is a rotating brush like the Oral-B Pro 1000. It is quiet in operation and performs very well.

Goby offers a wonderful lifetime warranty on this product and is known for quick responses and willingness to change the brush in case of any defects.

Pros

  • Fantastic battery life
  • Good brush design
  • Great 2-minute quadrant timer
  • High quality build
  • Great charging system
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Brush heads can only be purchased via subscription
  • More expensive than other easily available electric toothbrushes

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9300

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We’ve now ventured into the zone with electric toothbrushes that have an excessive number of features and, as a result, demand a premium fee. In comes the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9300. Yeah, we won’t use the full name again.

This electric toothbrush from Philips is a “smart” brush that has an active and responsive pressure sensor built into it. The pressure sensor is designed to detect when you apply too much pressure. This triggers a vibration in the handle and a flashing purple light, advising you to ease up. The pressure sensor is great and works effectively to recommend the optimum pressure for healthy brushing.

The app associated with the DiamondClean gives you quite a bit of information. It detects the angle of your brushing and tells you how to adjust it if you’re doing it incorrectly. It also detects the overall quality of your brushing technique and alerts you if you’re not doing it correctly.

In addition to this, it comes with the usual bells and whistles. There are a few additional “modes” that you won’t find in basic electric toothbrushes, such as the Clean and Sensitive modes, and a quadrant timer of 2 minutes.

The brush moves at a whopping 62,000 strokes per minute, which might be too intense for some. It can tickle teeth and be troublesome for individuals with sensitivity. The product is also very expensive, and is generally recommended for those who can afford profligacy or have serious dental problems and require thorough cleaning.

Pros

  • Premium features
  • Great timer
  • Premium quality build
  • Excellent app

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Speed is too high for sensitive teeth

Oral-B Genius Pro 8000

The Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 is another luxury, high-end “smart” electric toothbrush that offers similar features to the Philips DiamondClean. When the crazy 62,000 strokes per minute pace of the Philips is too much for your sensitive teeth, the Genius Pro 8000 is what you should look at if you are searching for “smart” electric toothbrushes.

At 10,000 oscillations and 45,000 pulsations per minute, the Genius Pro offers high quality brushing sessions without the likelihood of irritating sensitive teeth. There is a highly accurate pressure sensor on the brush as well which detects when you press too hard on your teeth. The brush flashes a light, unlike the DiamondClean which also vibrates.

The Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 also comes with a dedicated app that pairs with the brush. The app is designed to help you improve your technique to maximize the efficiency of your brush session.

The toothbrush also offers a total of six brushing modes. However, most of the modes don’t seem to do anything different, and only Standard and Sensitive appear to be the most useful.

The Oral-B line of electric toothbrushes are great because all of them have similar brush heads. There is also a very wide variety of different heads available, and they fit on the Genius Pro 8000 just as well as any other Oral-B electric toothbrush.

Pros

  • Premium features
  • Great timer
  • Premium quality build
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • App isn’t as accurate as Philips’

Buyer’s Guide

    Electric toothbrushes come in primarily two variations: sonic and oscillating. Generally, sonic styled toothbrushes (primary made by Philips) feature regular styled brush heads that vibrate at very high speeds. This not only cleans the area of the teeth the brush is placed on, but also the surrounding regions up to 4mm from the edge bristles as well.

    Oscillating electric toothbrushes have round shaped heads that rotate back and forth at slower frequencies than Sonic ones, but the motion is much more elaborate. They are excellent for people with sensitive teeth due to the lower frequency but are generally louder and can be uncomfortable for sensitive gums.

    In addition to choosing the design, one of the most important factors you need to consider when buying an electric toothbrush is the brush head replaceability. The brush head of electric toothbrushes should be replaced as often as regular toothbrushes. Dentists usually recommend a change at least every 3 months.

    For this reason, you want an electric toothbrush whose brush heads are easily available. Oral-B offer a fantastic set of brushes that are ubiquitously compatible with all their electric toothbrushes. They are affordable and last long.

    Philips offers plenty of options, but they are not as varied as Oral-B’s brushes and are slightly more expensive.

    Goby offers a subscription service where you are sent a brush head every month, every two months, or every three months. This is incredibly convenient, but they offer only one brush head design which can only be acquired from the subscription service.

    One of the most common questions asked is what makes a premium electric toothbrush truly superior to a regular one. The truth is that while brands would like you to believe there is a true difference in the quality of the brushing, there isn’t.

    Instead, you pay a premium price for additional features that regular electric toothbrushes lack. These include pressure sensors, different modes for brushing your teeth, UV light cleaning functions, Bluetooth connectivity with an app to improve your brush technique, and more.

    These bells and whistles are nonessentials and don’t change the overall performance of the brushing itself. If you have the money to spend and the requirement, only then should you go for more premium electric toothbrushes. Regular electric toothbrushes will work just fine otherwise.

    Do I really need an electric toothbrush?

    An electric toothbrush is far more efficient than a manual toothbrush because of the speed of the oscillation. On average, an individual can only brush with up to 300 strokes per minute.

    Electric toothbrushes oscillate in the thousands, greatly improving the efficiency of the cleaning. Because of the intense oscillations, they are even able to clean away plaque and germs up to 4mm away from the outer bristles.

    What are the measures for cleaning electric toothbrushes?

    Electric toothbrushes should be cleaned frequently. The more expensive electric toothbrushes come with cleaning stations that utilize UV light to kill germs. However, this is largely redundant. A simple, thorough rinse with warm water should suffice.

    What is the quadrant timer supposed to indicate?

    The quadrant timer is designed to tell the user to switch the quadrant of your teeth every 30 seconds. For example, you can brush the lower right teeth first for 30 seconds, then switch to the lower left, the upper left, and finally upper right. The quadrant timer only reminds you to do that for more efficient cleaning.

    Who are premium “smart” electric toothbrushes meant for?

    Smart electric toothbrushes should only be bought by individuals who can a) afford them and b) have some sort of dental health issues that require a precise technique. When it comes to cleaning your teeth, the $50 electric toothbrushes perform just as well as the $200 ones.

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