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 close to $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.
In addition to initial cost, you should see how much replacement brush heads cost, because they need to be replaced about every 3 months. Other things to look for include how it charges and how many uses can you get between charging, brush size (does it fit in your mouth), how big is the handle for travel needs, other specialized cleaning functions, and does it have any sanitation features.
Below we review the best electric toothbrushes and the best electric toothbrush for kids.
We picked the $198 Philips Sonicare Flexcare Platinum as the best electric toothbrush. This is the latest Philips Sonicare model which Philips claims provides their deepest cleaning ever with the ability to remove 10x more plaque than a manual toothbrush. It features 9 total brushing options including a new deep clean mode, a pressure sensor, two different brush heads, a quadpacer timer, and a new UV sanitizer to kill bacteria on your brush head. Traveling with the Flexcare Platinum is easy thanks to the included deluxe travel case and up to 3 weeks of runtime without recharging.
Overall the Philips Sonicare Flexcare Platinum has no weakness, except for the expensive pricetag. We recommend it for anyone who wants the best cleaning and care they can get for their teeth and gums.
Coming in second is Oral-B’s top tier BLACK 7000 SmartSeries which costs $175. The 7000 SmartSeries, like other Oral-B models, operates by oscillating, rotating, and pulsating to break up and remove plaque. It has 6 modes including a unique tongue cleaner mode and is compatible with all Oral-B brush heads. It also comes with 3 different brush heads, a visable pressure sensor, timer, travel case, and Bluetooth communication between brush and smartphone.
You can 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 BLACK 7000, 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.
If style and looks matter to you than the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean, selling for $190, might be for you. It comes in 4 different colors – white, amethyst, black, or pink and charges by just putting the handle in the included glass, however we found it can be messy at times. Philips claims it can remove 7x the amount of plaque as a manual toothbrush. It features 5 brushing modes, quadpacer timer, 2 DiamondClean brushes, a USB charging travel case, and a full battery charge that can last up to 3 weeks.
Overall it is a sleek design that also functions quite well, but that comes with an expensive investment. At this price you might want to consider just going with the Sonicare Flexcare Platinum since it is only about $10 more.
The best Sonicare toothbrush under $100 is the Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite Plus which sells for $99.95. This model is also rated the highest on Amazon with a 4.7 overall rating. It doesn’t have as many features as the other more expensive Philips Sonicare units, but it still works as well as the DiamondClean version by removing up to 7x more plaque than a manual toothbrush. It features two brush modes, three intensity settings, a quadpacer timer, and up to 3 week battery life. It comes with one DiamondClean brush head and a hard travel case.
What is not to like about the Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite Plus – it works really good without any unnecessary frills or gimmicks for a price of under $100. We feel this one might be the best value for the money which is why we recommend it for all buyers.
The best Oral-B electric toothbrush under $100 is the Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries which sells for $99.97. It also uses Bluetooth technology to communicate with your smartphone thru an app just like the BLACK 7000 SmartSeries. It previously used a smartguide device with a timer, but ditched that for the app to provide realtime brushing feedback. The performance is nearly identical to the 7000, however this model has 5 modes (no tongue cleaning mode) and comes with a cheaper travel case.
It has a timer that will vibrate and flash every 25% of the cycle time, a visible pressure sensor, and it is compatible with all Oral-B brush heads. It comes with one CrossAction brush head.
Overall the Pro 5000 SmartSeries performs very well. The app is a bit gimicky, although some people may really like it. At a price of $100 we feel you get a really good value with this model and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
The toothbrush included in the Waterpik WP-900 Complete Care Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush for $70 won’t wow you, but when combined with the water flosser you get an amazingly efficient bargain. The entire kit includes the toothbrush, water flosser, water reservoir, toothbrush travel case, 2 classic jet tips, 1 plaque seeker tip, 1 orthodontic tip, 1 pik pocket tip, 1 standard brush head, and 1 compact brush head.
Now the electric toothbrush is just a basic ‘sonic’ toothbrush with 2 speed settings. It isn’t great, but works decent enough. It is cheap though and you can get a 3-pack of replacement brush heads for about $20.
Overall we especially recommend the Waterpik WP-900 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.
If you are looking for a cheaper, more affordable Sonicare unit then consider the Philips Sonicare 3 Series Gum Health Sonic Electric Toothbrush which costs about $70. Philips claims it can remove 6x more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush. This model includes 1 ProResults gum health brush head designed for excessive plaque and tartar at the gum-line and features 3 intensity settings. It also has a quadpacer 2 minute timer and up to 3 weeks of battery life.
Overall we recommend the Philips Sonicare 3 Series for those of you that need healthier gums and are also looking for a cheap electric toothbrush.
The Oral-B 1000 is a cheap electric toothbrush with a price of about $40. Its simplicity and low cost make it the number one best seller on Amazon. With just one cleaning mode it lacks the different cleaning settings of the more expensive models, but it still does a good job cleaning teeth, especially the hard-to-reach ones. It also has a pressure sensor to let you know if you are brushing too hard and a timer that pulses every 30 seconds.
We recommend the Oral-B 1000 for anyone who wants the cheapest electric version they can buy that still is good enough to get results.
Best Electric Toothbrush for Kids
We chose the Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6321 as the best electric toothbrush for kids. This $40 unit uses a free interactive app on iOS or Android devices to educate and get kids excited about brushing their teeth. In a survey 98% of parents said it is easier to get kids to brush longer and better with the app versus just a manual toothbrush. Parents can also check the app to keep up with their kid’s frequency and time spent brushing. There are 2 different power modes and 2 different brush head sizes available.
Overall we highly recommend the Philips Sonicare HX6321 for kids. Parents and reviewers on Amazon give this model an average of 4.8 stars with almost no 1, 2, or 3-star ratings.
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