People who brush their teeth with an electric toothbrush have been shown to have whiter teeth, less plaque, and healthier gums. Even though the most expensive models can cost over $200, we feel they are worth the price because of the results they get.
Electric toothbrushes operate through either sonic technology, used in Philips Sonicare models, or rotating-oscillating brush heads, as used in most Oral-B products. The sonic function vibrates the bristles at high frequency and sweeps along the gum line. The rotary function uses a motor to oscillate the brushhead in a circular motion and can get to hard to reach areas. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, it really comes down to user preference.
If you are going to buy an electric toothbrush, at the very least you should get a model with a two-minute timer. A 30 second quadrant timer is another important feature so you can spend the same amount of time on each quadrant of your mouth. Many new versions now include Bluetooth connectivity to an app you use with your phone and other smart features. Some people might really like these features while others will find them completely unnecessary, especially since they cost more.
In addition to initial cost, you should see how much replacement brush heads cost, because they need to be replaced about every 3 months. Plus there are several different types for both Phillips and Oral-B models. Other things to look for include how it charges and how long the battery life is, different cleaning modes or intensities, a pressure sensor, and if it includes a travel case.
Below we review the best electric toothbrushes. At the bottom of this article we have an electric toothbrush comparison chart of all the top models to compare one versus another easily.
Other features of the ProtectiveClean 6100 include a two-minute timer, quadrant pacer timer, pressure sensor, compact charging base, and travel case. The battery will last about 14 days on a single charge. It comes with one W Diamond Clean brush head which is designed to help whiten teeth, while it is also compatible with any Phillips brush heads.
Overall the Phillips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 is a great choice for anyone who wants some different cleaning modes and intensities, but has no need for any smart features or apps.
Other features of the Oral-B Pro 6000 SmartSeries include a two-minute timer, 30 second quad timer, lit pressure sensor, travel case, and 14 day battery life. It comes with one CrossAction brush head, but is compatible with all Oral-B brush heads. It also has Bluetooth for use with the free Oral-B app to track your brushing.
Overall the Oral-B Pro 6000 SmartSeries makes a great choice for an electric toothbrush under $100.
Other features of the ProtectiveClean 5100 include two-minute timer with quad pacer, pressure sensor, travel case, two week battery life, and an easy-start feature which slowly increases the power of the brush each day as you get used to the Sonicare experience.
The Phillips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 Gum Care is a great choice for anyone who does not need smart features, apps, or any intensity adjustments, but does want some different modes – especially for gum care.
Other features of the Oral-B Genius 8000 include 6 modes, two-minute timer with 30 second intervals, visible pressure sensor, 12 day battery life, and a travel case that charges both your toothbrush and phone. It comes with 1 CrossAction, 1 3D White, 1 Sensitive Clean brush heads.
You really only should buy the Oral-B Genius 8000 if you will use the smart features it comes with. However, if you won’t use them you can save some money by considering the Pro 7000 or any other option under $100.
It does not have the Position Detection of the Genius 8000, buy you can still download the Oral-B app for your phone to provide you with real-time feedback focusing on brushing your most important areas, tracking your habits over time, and sensing when you brush too hard. Some people might like using the app which can help keep you motivated and brushing the right way, however, for others it will be pointless. You do not need to use the app to use this toothbrush – many people have said they use it without it.
Overall we really like the cleaning ability of the Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries, although a few people have complained about bright lights on the unit and not a lot of runtime on a single charge. The Bluetooth and app interface is a bit gimmicky and like we said some will love it and some will find it useless. For those that don’t care about the app, a premium travel case, or the tongue cleaning mode you could save some money and get the Oral-B SmartSeries 5000 instead.
It has 5 modes – Clean, White+, Deep Clean+, Gum Health, and Tongue Care – along with 3 different intensities. The DiamondClean Smart also uses Bluetooth and the Sonicare app to track your brushing and receive coaching. Other features include two-minute timer with 30 second quad pacer, pressure sensor, USB charging travel case. To charge this model just place it in the included glass for up to 14 days of battery life.
The Philips Sonicare 9700 DiamondClean Smart comes with 8 different brush heads including 3 Premium Plaque Control, 2 Premium Gum Care, 2 Premium White, and 1 TongueCare+ tongue brush.
There is also the Philips Sonicare 9500 DiamondClean Smart which is the same electric toothbrush, but comes with fewer brush heads for a price of $230.
Features of the Pro 5000 include a two-minute timer with 30 second intervals, 5 modes, travel case, and Bluetooth app connectivity. One other noticeable difference is the batteries which are NiMH instead of the preferred Li-Ion. This means your batteries will not last as long and you get at most 11 days of life. It also includes 1 Floss Action brush head.
Overall we think it is worth the extra $10 to go with the Pro 6000 SmartSeries over the Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries.
Other features include a two-minute timer with 30 second quadpacer, a pressure sensor, and 14 day battery life. There are no smart features or additional intensities. It also comes with a charger, but no travel case.
For most people this is a perfect electric toothbrush that is cheap and gets the job done. You should buy it if prefer the sonic action over the rotating action and you don’t need smart functions or additional modes.
We recommend the Oral-B Pro 1000 for anyone who wants the cheapest electric toothbrush they can buy that still is good enough to get results. If you prefer the sonic action then you should consider the Phillips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100, however.
Now the electric toothbrush is just a basic ‘sonic’ toothbrush with 3 modes. It isn’t great, but works decent enough. You can get a 3-pack of replacement brush heads for about $17. The one main negative we saw from users is that the battery does not last very long. However, you can buy just the electric toothbrush separatly if needed.
Overall we especially recommend the Waterpik Complete Care 9.0 for those of you who have gingivitis, who want healthier gums, or who wear braces. The waterpik floss-like action cleans between teeth, around braces, and around the gum-line better that an electric or manual toothbrush alone.
Electric Toothbrush Comparison Chart
|Electric Toothbrush||Rating||Best Price||Cleaning Options||2 Minute
|Included Brush Head(s)|
|Phillips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100, HX6877/33||9.3||$99.99||3 Modes, 3 Intensities||Yes||Yes||14||Yes||Yes||No||No||1 W DiamondClean|
|Oral-B Pro 6000 SmartSeries||9.3||$99.94||5 Modes||Yes||Yes||14||Yes, lit||Yes||Yes||No||1 CrossAction Brush Head|
|Phillips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 Gum Health, HX6857/11||9.2||$69.99||3 Modes||Yes||Yes||14||Yes||Yes||No||No||1 Optimal Gum Care|
|Oral-B Genius 8000||9.2||$149.94||6 Modes||Yes||Yes||12||Yes, lit||Yes (charges brush and phone)||Yes||Yes||1 CrossAction, 1 3D White, 1 Sensitive Clean|
|Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries||9.2||$119.94||6 Modes||Yes||Yes||12||Yes, lit||Yes||Yes||No||1 CrossAction Brush Head|
|Philips Sonicare 9700 DiamondClean Smart, HX9957/51US||9.2||$259.99||5 Modes, 3 Intensities||Yes||Yes||14||Yes, lit||Yes (USB Charging Case)||Yes||Yes||3 Premium Plaque Control, 2 Premium Gum Care, 2 Premium White, 1 TongueCare+ tongue brush|
|Philips Sonicare 9500 DiamondClean Smart, HX9924/01||9.2||$229.99||5 Modes, 3 Intensities||Yes||Yes||14||Yes, lit||Yes (USB Charging Case)||Yes||Yes||1 Premium Plaque Control, 1 Premium Gum Care, 1 Premium White, 1 Tongue Brush|
|Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries||9.1||$89.94||5 Modes||Yes||Yes||11||Yes, lit||Yes||Yes||No||1 Floss Action|
|Phillips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100, HX6817/01||9||$39.95||1 Mode||Yes||Yes||14||Yes||No||No||No||1 Optimal Plaque Control|
|Oral-B Pro 1000||9||$39.97||1 Mode||Yes||Yes||5||Yes, unlit||No||No||No||1 CrossAction Brush Head|
|Waterpik Complete Care 9.0 Sonic Electric Toothbrush + Water Flosser||8.9||$108.78||3 Modes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||2 Triple Sonic|
|Philips Sonicare 3 Series Gum Health, HX6631/02||8.9||$69.99||1 Mode, 3 Intensities||Yes||Yes||21||No||Yes||No||No||1 ProResults Gum Health|
|Philips Sonicare 9300 DiamondClean Smart, HX9903/01||8.9||$189.95||4 Modes, 3 Intensities||Yes||Yes||14||Yes, lit||Yes||Yes||Yes||1 Premium Plaque Control, 1 Premium Gum Care, 1 Premium White|
|Oral-B Genius 9600||8.8||$199.94||6 Modes||Yes||Yes||12||Yes, lit||Yes (charges brush and phone)||Yes||Yes||1 Pro Gum Care, 1 3D White, and 1 Cross Action|
|Oral-B Pro 3000 SmartSeries||8.8||$74.83||3 Modes||Yes||Yes||14||Yes, lit||No||Yes||No||1 3D White|
|Philips Sonicare 5 Series HealthyWhite+, HX8911/02||8.8||$99.95||2 Modes, 3 Intensities||Yes||Yes||21||No||Yes||No||No||1 DiamondClean|
|Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum, HX9192/01||8.8||$143.97||3 Modes, 3 Intensities||Yes||Yes||14||Yes, lit||Yes||Yes||Yes||1 InterCare, 1 AdaptiveClean|
|Philips Sonicare 2 Series, HX6211/07||8.7||$40.00||1 Mode||Yes||Yes||14||No||No||No||No||1 ProResults Plaque Control|
|Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Classic, HX9331/43||8.7||$138.89||5 Modes||Yes||Yes||21||No||Yes||No||No||1 DiamondClean|
|Oral-B Pro 500||8.4||$29.97||1 Mode||Yes||No||5||No||No||No||No||1 Precision Clean Brush Head|
|Philips Sonicare Essence+, HX3211/02||8.3||$39.99||1 Mode||Yes||Yes||10||No||No||No||No||1 Sensitive brush head|
|Oral-B Vitality||8.3||$24.97||1 Mode||Yes||No||5||No||No||No||No||1 Floss Action|
|Philips Sonicare Essence, HX5611/30||8.3||$34.99||1 Mode||Yes||No||14||No||No||No||No||1 e-Series Standard|
|Waterpik Complete Care 9.5 Oscillating Electric Toothbrush + Water Flosser||8.2||$109.43||3 Modes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||2 Triple Clean|
Most Oral-B electric toothbrushes are compatible with the following replacement toothbrush heads:
- 3D White
- Sensitive Clean
- Precision Clean
- Deep Sweep
- Dual Clean
Most Phillips electric toothbrushes are compatible with the following replacement toothbrush heads:
- AdaptiveClean – for deepest cleaning
- DiamondClean – for whitening
- Intercare – for Specialty Gum Health: In-Between Teeth
- Optimal Gum Care – for gum care
- Optimal Plaque Control – for plaque removal
- Sensitive – for sensitive teeth
- SimplyClean – for basic cleaning