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The best way to keep your teeth clean and healthy is by brushing for at least two minutes twice a day. While a regular toothbrush can certainly get the job done, an electric toothbrush makes it easier to get a good clean (and maybe have more fun). To help you find the right one, we’ve tested and rounded up some of the best electric toothbrush options on the market right now.
The American Dental Association says that both electric and manual toothbrushes effectively remove plaque, but the elderly, children, those with braces or people with dexterity impairments or disabilities might have an easier time using an electric toothbrush.
The ADA recommends everyone brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, and an electric toothbrush makes easy work of that since most are equipped with a two-minute timer that tells you when you can stop brushing.
Electric toothbrushes can also be better at hitting those hard-to-reach spots than a traditional manual toothbrush. If you’re looking for the best electric toothbrush, look no further than this list.
This comparison walks you through five high-end products for cleaning your teeth, avoiding gingivitis, improving gum health, whitening teeth and more, as well as detailing the rest of the products we tried. Regardless of which brush you choose, don’t forget to floss before brushing your teeth.
Best electric toothbrush of 2023
Battery Life 2 weeks; rechargeableModes 1Sensors PressureAlerts Brush timerCost of Replacement Heads $16.50 for a pack of 3
The Oral-B Pro 1000 electric toothbrush is a powerful and functional product with a lower price tag that really stands out. It has just one daily cleaning mode and a 2-minute timer that signals you to move mouth quadrants every 30 seconds.
I tested the Oral-B Pro 1000 for a week, and it was my favorite product due to its simplicity and impressive cleaning abilities. I hardly had to scrub or brush my teeth on my own, the fast spinning bristles did most of the work for me. It easily gilded it across my teeth. The smaller brush head also helped me to get those hard-to-reach places.
While it is not as high-tech as the Philips Sonicare or iO Series, it gets the job done. Its brush head was the only one I tested that actually spun, mimicking a powerful dentist’s tool. On top of that, the Oral-B Pro 1000 is ADA accepted.
The Oral-B Pro has the most affordable brush head replacements on this list.
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Battery Life 2 weeks; rechargeableModes 5Sensors PressureAlerts Brush timer, low battery, head replacementCost of Replacement Heads $37.50 for a pack of 2
The Oral-B iO electric toothbrush wooed us at CES 2020 with its smart pressure sensor and LED indicator lights, magnetic drive, 3D teeth tracking and mouth quadrant sensors. All that combined with the Oral-B app experience truly levels up the definition of a smart brush.
This Oral-B electric toothbrush is similar to other Oral-B brushes, except the bristles on this brush felt softer than the Oral-B Pro 1000. That’s a big bonus for anyone with sensitive gums, as is the real-time coaching that tells you if you’re brushing too hard. The Oral-B iO also has a quieter motor compared with the Pro 1000.
The display offers an impressive amount of information. Based on the lit up icon, you can easily tell what mode you’re brushing in. The iO has five brush modes, where most electric toothbrushes seem to have three or four. You can choose from daily clean, intense clean, whitening, sensitive and super sensitive.
At about $120 (and more if you opt for a more recent series such as the iO Series 9 or Series 8), this high-end offering from Oral-B probably isn’t in the budget for most people. However, those who value technology will love the Oral-B iO Series.
Battery Life 2+ weeks; rechargeableModes 3Sensors Pressure, scrubbing, positionAlerts Brush timer, pressure, brush head replacement, battery lifeCost of Replacement Heads $32.96 for a pack of 2
The Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige is a lifesaver if you have sensitive gums like me. I sometimes brush too hard, and the Philips Sonicare buzzed and lit up when I pressed down too hard with the toothbrush — a gentle nudge to let me know to lighten the pressure. The brush also automatically adjusts intensity if you’re pushing too hard.
The Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige has three different intensity modes and an app that shows your coverage. Similar to the app with the Oral-B iO Series, the display on your phone shows a 3D scan of your mouth and highlights the areas you are missing. The Sonicare app also guides you while brushing, keeps track of your data, how much you are scrubbing (a big no-no with electric toothbrushes) and the pressure you are applying.
Another great feature of this brush is the reminders. If you have trouble remembering when to replace your brush heads, Philips’ BrushSync technology will tell you how long you’ve been using your brush head and how hard you’ve been brushing, two key factors in brush replacement and cleaning performance. A light on the handle will blink and the Sonic toothbrush will beep, letting you know it’s time to order a new one.
In the great Sonicare vs. Oral-B debate, it is hard to say which brand is better. The main difference between the two is the brush heads. Sonicare brushes, as with the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige, are larger and mimic manual brush heads. Oral-B brushes have smaller, round brush heads that often spin. Sonicare brushes are known for the way they vibrate instead of rotating.
The Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige is the most advantaged electric toothbrush out there. However, if this brush isn’t in your budget but you still want Bluetooth capabilities, the Oral-B iO Series might work best for you.
Battery Life 10 days; rechargable, AAA batteriesModes 3Sensors DirectionAlerts Brush timer, brush head replacement (in app)Cost of Replacement Heads $9.50 for a pack of 2
The Hum by Colgate won me over because it’s smart but not too smart. This brush has three modes — normal, sensitive and deep clean — and it buzzes every 30 seconds to let you know when to move on to another quadrant of your mouth. The charger is small and easy to travel with, as is the carrying case, which fits two brush heads. Also, you can opt for a rechargeable brush if you get tired of replacing batteries.
One of the best features this brush has to offer is the guided brushing feature within the app, which tells you how good (or bad) a job you’re doing. It can be discouraging when your app tells you that you missed 20% of your mouth, but it offers encouragement and reminds you that you can earn rewards for brushing better. It might sound silly, but the experience really did make me want to brush better.
You can also choose to brush offline if you just want to brush and move on. You can also save your data in the Apple Health app, which is a bonus for iOS users.
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Battery Life 30 days; rechargeableModes 1Sensors PressureAlerts Brush timerCost of Replacement Heads $9.96 for pack of 2
I found the Philips One Rechargeable to be the gentlest of all the brushes on this list, yet I still felt like my teeth were thoroughly cleaned with each use. I liked how small and lightweight it was.
The brush head is slimmer than the Philips Sonicare brush but still similar to a manual toothbrush. The bristles are soft and flexible and the handle is small and light — the perfect fit for the palm of your hand. It only has one cleaning mode and a 2-minute timer that turns off the brush once you reach that mark.
The case it comes with is also one of the best parts of this brush. To store it, just flip the brush with its head down and pop into the case. The top flap closes and it is ready to go. I traveled with this brush on more than one occasion, and I specifically chose this brush to go with me due to its sleek design, quiet motor and the ease of slipping it into my bag.
I thought the Philips One electric toothbrush gave a deep, thorough cleaning without making my teeth or gums feel sensitive (which is a big deal for me) and all at a great price.
Other electric toothbrushes tested
The electric toothbrushes in this section weren’t my favorites, but they do have some great qualities worth mentioning. One of these might be the right choice for you so it felt worthwhile to include them here.
If you’ve been on the hunt for a simple electric toothbrush for a long time and end up overwhelmed with all of the high-tech, app-integrated options, Quip might be for you.
The Quip brush head is very close to the size of a manual toothbrush head. It’s not small like most other electric toothbrushes. The Quip is simple in every aspect: it has one speed and a 2-minute timer that buzzes every 30 seconds and turns off once time is up. That’s it. There’s no app, chargers or wires. This electric toothbrush is powered by an AAA battery located in the handle and the charge lasts three months.
I gave the Hum by Colgate the “best battery-powered electric toothbrush” title and not the Quip, because I didn’t like the brush head of the toothbrush. Yes, it’s similar to a manual toothbrush but I found it hard to use to reach around my mouth. I also noticed that Quip’s motor isn’t very powerful compared with models from Sonicare or Oral-B. To me, it felt just like a manual clean. While I didn’t like that, many people may. And if you’re looking for a smart electric toothbrush without Bluetooth or an app, the Quip may be the one.
The CariPro is a good brush, it just didn’t compare to the others on this list. The brush head vibrates and the top and bottom of the brush flare outward. While theoretically that might produce a deeper clean, I don’t think it did that for me.
My gums and teeth felt sensitive after using the CariPro, but I do tend to experience dental sensitivity. It is hard to say if it was due to the brush bristles or the way the brush head flared out. If you have sensitive gums, note that the brush has five settings and one of which is a sensitive one. There’s definitely a chance that I wouldn’t have experienced as much sensitivity if I’d only used the sensitive setting.
There’s some good in this, though: I feel like the CariPro did a good job of cleaning my mouth. I also noticed a difference between all of the different modes (clean, white, massage, gum care and sensitive). However, I think the CariPro is just too big. The handle was the largest and longest of all I tested, and I felt like my mouth was too small for the product.
If you are interested in a budget water flosser, check out CariPro’s Cordless Flosser. I also tested this product and found that it did an impressive job for a fraction of the price of other popular water flossers.
The Y-Brush turned heads and piqued interest at CES in 2017 and continued to come back to CES year after year. The strange, Y-shaped brush claims that it can brush all of your teeth in just 10 seconds.
Created by the French company, FasTeesH, the Y-Brush is molded to the shape of a row of teeth and can be used on both upper and bottom sets. After applying toothpaste directly on the brush, the entire Y-Brush goes into your mouth. You then must bite down and press the button to activate the gentle vibrations. After five seconds, you can move to your lower set of teeth.
I not only found that the Y-Brush didn’t clean my teeth but the vibrations hurt my head. It was an uncomfortable experience that left my teeth just coated in toothpaste.
However, the concept of this brush is fun and interesting. It might be for you if you are tired of ordinary electric toothbrushes.
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There are many inexpensive electric toothbrushes and my experience with the Oral-B Pro 500 Precision Clean brush compared with some others in the same price range.
It has one cleaning mode and the brush head oscillates and rotates on a 2-minute timer. The brush alerts you when you are finished. This simple Oral-B brush is basic and doesn’t have any special technology or paired apps.
However, out of all the Oral-B brushes I tested with rotating spin heads, I liked this one the least. It wasn’t as powerful as the others and after a few uses, I found myself wondering if I needed a new brush head. I think this brush is perfect for someone testing out an electric toothbrush for the first time. It is simple and very reasonably priced. I, personally, would choose the Oral-B Pro 1000, but this Pro 500 is a good budget option.
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How we tested electric toothbrushes
Each electric toothbrush on this list was personally tested and compared against one another. During each trial period, I took into account design, functionality, price, brush size, travel ability, speed settings, modes and available technology. Overall, my experience brushing with each toothbrush once in the morning and once at night for as long as a week determined what products made this list.
How to choose an electric toothbrush
When looking for the best electric toothbrush, you’ll want to consider a few factors.
Cost: First things first. What’s your toothbrush budget? On the lower end, you can get a cheap electric toothbrush for $20 to $50, but it won’t have certain features such as a lithium-ion battery, a water flosser or a sensor.
Many people won’t want to spend more than $40 or so on a toothbrush, but if you’ve got extra money to spend on your pearly whites, investing in a higher-ticket toothbrush in the $100-to-$200 range with more features may be worth it in the long run, especially if it fights receding gums, helps you have fewer cavities and minimizes dentist visits.
Capabilities: What do you need the toothbrush to do? Maybe you just need one mode for cleaning a little deeper than you can with a manual toothbrush.
If you need help brushing for the dentist-recommended 2 minutes, it’s a good idea to select one with a built-in smart timer. If you want to easily track your oral hygiene habits, go for a Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush with an app.
If you have sensitive teeth or sensitive gums, consider looking at the types of brush heads that you can get for your electric toothbrush. Some models, like those from Oral-B or Sonicare, offer many different types of brush heads for different needs, such as brush heads for whitening, gum care and cleaning around braces. Some toothbrush heads have silicone bristles. It’s all about your preference.
Convenience: Are you going to remember to replace your brush heads when it’s time? If not, maybe a subscription-based electric toothbrush is right for you. And don’t forget to look into how long a toothbrush holds its charge — the last thing you want is for your toothbrush to be dead when you’re trying to get ready for bed. Then you’d wish you had a regular toothbrush.
Electric toothbrush FAQs
Which type of electric toothbrush is best?
The best type of electric toothbrush is the one that works best for you. If you have sensitive gums, look for an electric toothbrush that has a gentle setting, like the Quip or CariPro. You can also look for an electric toothbrush with multiple power settings and choose a level comfortable for you. If you are looking for a deep clean, a spinning electric toothbrush head, like Oral-B, may be for you. Consult your dentist if you have questions about which type may be right for you.
Is it OK to use an electric toothbrush everyday?
Yes, it is OK to use an electric toothbrush everyday. However, make sure you are using it correctly. If you brush your teeth with too much pressure, you run the risk of damaging your enamel or gums.
How much should I spend on an electric toothbrush?
Electric toothbrushes can be expensive. A quality, budget electric toothbrush can cost you anywhere from $25 to $40. However, if you are looking for a high-end electric toothbrush with all of the recent technology, you can expect to pay anywhere from $150 to $300.