The 10 Best Electric Toothbrushes

Updated December 08, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

10 Best Electric Toothbrushes
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We spent 44 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Electric toothbrushes can help you maintain stronger and whiter teeth, fresher breath, and healthier gums, leaving you feeling like you just had a dental cleaning every day. Clinical trials prove they remove anywhere from 10 to 49 percent more plaque than manual brushes, so you really can't afford to stick with your plain old teeth-cleaning tool once you know that. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best electric toothbrush on Amazon.

10. ToiletTree Poseidon

The ToiletTree Poseidon comes as a set with both an oral irrigator and a sonic toothbrush, eliminating one more item from your shopping list. It has three color-coded brush heads, too, so couples with one child can share it. Unfortunately, it's rather loud.
  • lightweight and easy to maneuver
  • bpa-free and fda-approved
  • water tank is too small
Brand ToiletTree Products
Model pending
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Oral-B Pro 5000

You really will feel like you stepped out of the oral hygienist's chair after using the Oral-B Pro 5000. It features a brush head with floss action so it will remove stubborn particles and leave you with a noticeably better-tasting mouth.
  • cross-action round brush head
  • deep cleaning mode
  • included app supports only one user
Brand Oral B
Model PG-6952
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Panasonic Sonic Vibration

The Panasonic Sonic Vibration has a soft-start function to make the first few strokes less jarring. It comes with two heads, one of which is a pointed brush that gets into hard-to-reach regions of the mouth, as well as a tray to hold them.
  • long-lasting lithium ion battery
  • slim and easy to hold
  • vibrates slower than others
Brand Panasonic
Model EW-DE92-S
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

7. Philips Sonicare Flexcare

The Philips Sonicare Flexcare is gentle enough for those with dental restoration and periodontal pockets, while still effectively breaking up plaque deposits. It even comes with a UV sanitizer for your brush heads, to ensure they don't harbor bacteria.
  • works with 110 and 220 volt outlets
  • includes home and travel chargers
  • unimpressive battery life
Brand Philips
Model 9K-KLH8-C61Q
Weight 3.2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Philips Sonicare Essence

With reminder bristles that fade away when it's time to replace the brush head, the Philips Sonicare Essence leaves you with no excuse to keep using an old, worn-out toothbrush. It also has an angled neck for a better brushing experience.
  • comfortable thumb grooves
  • backed by a two-year warranty
  • doesn't have cord storage
Brand Philips Sonicare
Model HX5611/01
Weight 14.2 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

5. Oral-B Pro 7000

The Oral-B Pro 7000 is like a pocket dentist you can take with you wherever you go. Its compatible smartphone app tracks your brushing habits and provides helpful oral care tips, so you'll never get off track with your dental health.
  • comes with a durable case
  • multiple brush heads
  • takes a long time to recharge
Brand Oral B
Model 0069055124666
Weight 2.6 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. Oral-B Pro 1000

The Oral-B Pro 1000 may not have the bells and whistles of some others, but it has features every user can appreciate, like a sensor that vibrates when it's time for you to move onto a new section of your mouth or when you're pressing too hard.
  • replacement heads are easy to find
  • choice of thee cleaning motions
  • in-handle two-minute timer
Brand Oral B
Model 1000
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

3. Waterpik Complete Care

The Waterpik Complete Care cleans your teeth and gums effectively with a unique combination of water pressure and pulsations that reach deep into crevices. As the name says, it's a complete cleaning station, and it comes at a price that's hard to pass up.
  • accessory storage compartment
  • easy to use pressure knobs
  • great for people with braces
Brand Waterpik
Model WP-900
Weight 3.2 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Philips Sonicare 2 Series

The handle of the Philips Sonicare 2 Series is compatible with every snap-on head from this brand, so if you want to swap out the type of cleaning action you get each day, you can. Boasting 31,000 strokes per minute, it will certainly give you a deep, thorough cleaning.
  • densely-packed bristles on the head
  • low battery indicator
  • good introductory option
Brand Philips Sonicare
Model HX6211/30
Weight 14.1 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Oral-B Genius Pro 8000

If you're in the market for the Cadillac of electric toothbrushes, look no further than the Oral-B Genius Pro 8000. It pairs with your smartphone and, using facial recognition technology, keeps track of exactly where you've brushed, and where you haven't.
  • slows down if you brush too hard
  • six cleaning modes
  • case charges your brush and phone
Brand Oral B
Model 8000
Weight 2.6 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

How An Electric Toothbrush Saved A Boy With A Bad Mouth

Time for a testimonial: As a child, I didn’t have particularly good oral hygiene.

Sure, kids are going to get a couple of cavities. It’s par for the course, especially in today’s fast-paced, sugar-fueled marketplace.

But I’m not just talking about a couple of cavities. When I started high school, I fell into this pleasant habit of lining my cheeks with York Peppermint Patties and just letting them dissolve; I never chewed them.

So, when I went to the dentist after a few months of this behavior, I had a whopping 14 cavities!

That was the bad news. The good news was that the subsequent months of drilling and filling (they could only do a few teeth at a time with the anesthesia of the day, so the process drew out over about six months) made it impossible for me to consume sugary snacks or sodas.

I wound up dropping about 30 lbs. that I definitely needed to drop.

The experience didn’t break my sugar habit, though. I was back on the stuff as soon as I could be, though it was tempered some by a desire to maintain the new slimness I’d discovered. And I still wound up with cavities at a rate of about 1 every six months.

That’s when I got my first electric toothbrush. It was a gift from the mother of the bass player in my band. It was a Sonicare, like the units in our top three, and I didn’t’ have another cavity for eight years.

After eight years using the same Sonicare, I left it in a hotel in Niagara Falls. Within a year, despite regular dentist visits, I had a brand new cavity. I’m prone to them.

That the electric toothbrush could cure me of this proclivity is primarily because the vibrations of the unit totaled out to over 30,000 brush strokes per minute, a feat that I could never quite replicate with my manual brush.

Brushes that move so quickly fall into the "sonic" category, where lesser electric toothbrushes simply move at up to 12,000 strokes per minute.

It’s pretty simple how they achieve this. It’s a plain old motor and battery, but the vibrations of the motor are harnessed in the handle and transferred to the brush head, allowing it to vibrate in an extremely small pattern compared to the circular, slower bristle rotation of other electric tooth brushes.

There's More Than One Way To Brush A Tooth

One thing you’ll notice about the toothbrushes in our top five is that there isn’t a big difference in the price points from one to the next.

With the exception of the two-pack at number three, any of these brushes will run you between $115 and $180, depending on the package.

That ought to tell you that, whichever brush you go with, you’re liable to encounter some pretty high quality. What it comes down to then, is features and style.

Sonicare has, by far, the greater share of the market. They forged ahead with a technology that left their competition in the dust for many years. But those years of exclusive dominance are coming to a close as brands like Oral-B incorporate similar technologies and a few more interesting features than Philips offers.

Between the two brands, the main question should be whether or not you care about the Bluetooth smartphone app. I can tell you that I have an app for tracking my sleep habits, and it’s been wonderful.

Having an oral care system to keep you on task with your brush time and frequency can only improve your oral health. But, maybe, you’re not the type to take direction from a cell phone. Maybe you handle your brushing schedule just fine.

There’s also the question of the package, even if you’re already convinced that one brand is the brand for you. If you’re going with Sonicare, ask yourself how important the whiteness of your smile is to you.

If whiteness rates highly among your oral priorities, you really ought to look at the system at number one, which offers an army of tools for getting your smile clean, healthy, and white.

If the health of your teeth and gums is your only concern, you could get away with saving a little money and skipping the special whitening elements.

From Bark To Bristle: A Brush's Evolution

While the toothbrush itself dates back some 7000 years to the use of what’s called a Miswak stick, the electric toothbrush has a decidedly shorter history. After all, electricity’s only been around for so long.

The first of these electric toothbrushes came about in the 50s, from a dude in Switzerland with one of the best names in recorded history: Dr. Philippe Guy Woog. He conceived of the thing as an aid to patients with limited motor function, that they too might have access to better oral care.

Before 1960, it made its way to the US, and within a few years GE had an electric toothbrush of their own.

All five of our top brushes actually fall into the sonic category, implying that their vibrations far outperform the frequency of standard electric toothbrushes, but still fall into the range of human hearing. These came around in the 90s, and have been the primary drivers of electric toothbrush popularity since.



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Last updated on December 08, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.


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