10 Best Electric Toothbrushes | March 2017

We spent 34 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. For stronger, whiter teeth and healthier gums, and a fresher feeling in your mouth every day without a visit to the dentist, try one of these electric toothbrushes. Clinical trials prove they remove anywhere from 10 to 49 percent more plaque than manual toothbrushes. Skip to the best electric toothbrush on Amazon.
10 Best Electric Toothbrushes | March 2017


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The Dazzlepro Advanced is the perfect compact size that won't take up too much counter space and it has UV sanitation for the brush heads, all while charging your toothbrush. It also comes with an area change alert that tells you when to brush different teeth.
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The Panasonic EW-DE92 has a soft start function to make the first few strokes less jarring. It also has four brushing modes, from full power to sensitive, and there is even a gum care mode designed to be used with the soft silicone brush.
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The Oral-B Pro 5000 uses Bluetooth to connect with your phone and gives you feedback on your brushing and cleaning habits. It also comes with access to the Oral-B app, which will guide your brushing, telling you which areas to focus on, just like a dentist would.
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The Brio SmartClean is one of the lowest price electric toothbrushes that still feels like it effectively cleans every crevice of your teeth. Its battery lasts about six weeks from a single charge, and there is a subscription brush head replacement program available.
  • has three brushing modes
  • water-resistant housing
  • has a smooth and refined motion
Brand Brio
Model pending
Weight 1.2 pounds
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The ToiletTree Poseidon comes as a set with both an oral irrigator and a sonic toothbrush, making it a great value for the price. It comes with three color-coded brush heads, too, so couples can both use it without having to purchase a second one.
  • dual inductive charging cradle
  • bpa-free and fda approved
  • very lightweight unit
Brand ToiletTree Products
Model pending
Weight 1.9 pounds
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The Philips Sonicare Flexcare has a Quadpacer interval timer that lets you know when it is time to switch to a new brushing zone. It's also gentle enough for those with dental restoration and periodontal pockets, while still effectively breaking up plaque deposits.
  • works with 110 and 220 volt outlets
  • includes home and travel chargers
  • has a sensitive gums setting
Brand Philips
Model 9K-KLH8-C61Q
Weight 3.2 pounds
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The Oral-B Pro 7000 connects your toothbrush to your smartphone and gives you real-time feedback on your brushing habits. It features six cleaning settings, including a tongue cleanser, and comes with a travel case to take it on the go.
  • oscillates rotates and pulsates
  • includes multiple brush heads
  • takes a long time to recharge
Brand Oral B
Model 0069055124666
Weight 2.2 pounds
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The Aura Clean BA-0101 delivers 40,000 strokes per minute and sends out sonic vibrations to safely remove stubborn, stuck-on food particles from your teeth and gums. The base features a circular UV lamp that sanitizes your toothbrush as it charges.
  • base protects brush head
  • 2-minute brushing timer
  • alerts user to change brushing zone
Brand Tao Clean
Model pending
Weight 1.9 pounds
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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.
  • space-saving storage compartment
  • easy to use pressure knobs
  • great for people with braces
Brand Waterpik
Model WP-900
Weight 3.2 pounds
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The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean comes in 6 fun colors, including amethyst and light pink, and removes 10 times more plaque than standard toothbrushes. The sweeping motions of the brush push fluid into tight spots between your teeth for deeper cleaning.
  • effectively removes stubborn stains
  • includes 2 diamondclean brush heads
  • includes a usb charging travel case
Brand Philips Sonicare
Model HX9362/68
Weight 1.8 pounds

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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