The American Academy of Pediatrics says electric toothbrushes can be especially helpful to those with limited dexterity and hand coordination, such as children. However, there aren't a lot of options available that are designed specifically for children's smaller mouths.
The Philips Sonicare for Kids (Est. $40) is the only rechargeable electric toothbrush for kids that was reviewed often and positively. It's designed to get kids excited about brushing their teeth. Parents say it works. The toothbrush comes with three interchangeable panels to change up the look of the toothbrush, and it plays musical tones whenever it's time to move to a different area of the mouth. Reviewers say it's gentle, too. The brush heads are shaped to fit comfortably in children's mouths, and they have soft bristles. There is an easy-start function that gradually increases brushing time and intensity over 90 days for new users.
Parents say their kids are excited about using the toothbrush and love the built-in two-minute timer. Some say that the handle is heavy and very cumbersome -- it's nearly as big as an adult-sized toothbrush -- making it awkward for young users with small hands. We also found several complaints about durability. The Sonicare for Kids has a two-year warranty, however, and most say the company is good about honoring it.
Oral-B also offers battery-operated electric toothbrushes for kids, the Oral-B Pro Health Stages Power Toothbrush (Est. $6), which comes in a range of character themes. It's a favorite on Amazon.com, where users say the characters on the brushes make it far easier to get kids to brush. Though, one parent complains that brush heads aren't replaceable, which means replacing the toothbrush is wasteful and gets expensive. We didn't find any additional professional reviews or recommendations for the Oral-B Pro Health Stages Power, making the Philips Sonicare for Kids the best-reviewed option.