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Electric Toothbrushes: Ratings of Sources

Total of 26 Sources
1. ConsumerReports.org
February 2014
Toothbrushes
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors at ConsumerReports.org use comprehensive lab tests to evaluate electric toothbrushes and give the Philips Flexcare R910 the highest score (81) in the category because it's excellent at removing plaque, easy to use and very comfortable. The Waterpik Professional SR-1000W received a score of 68, because while not excellent in any particular area, it did rate very good at cleaning plaque, ease of use and comfort.
Clinical Assessment of Extrinsic Stain Removal Efficacy with a New Pulsonic Toothbrush
by G.T. Terezhalmy, et al.
Our AssessmentThis study compares the stain removal efficacy of the Oral-B Pulsonic and Philips Sonicare Flexcare. After randomly assigning each subject one of the toothbrushes, which was then used twice daily for two weeks, researchers found no significant difference in effectiveness between the Pulsonic and the Flexcare. Both toothbrushes showed "highly effective stain removal efficacy."
Clinical Evaluations of Plaque Removal Efficacy: An Advanced Rotating-Oscillating Power Toothbrush Versus a Sonic Toothbrush
by A.R. Biesbrock, et al.
Our AssessmentThis clinical study compares plaque removal of the Oral-B Triumph (renamed the ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 4000 and now the Professional Healthy Clean Precision 4000) and the Sonicare Elite 7300 (now discontinued). Ninety-eight people tested the brushes and after one brushing, the Oral-B Triumph removes more plaque than the Sonicare brush. This study is sponsored by the Procter & Gamble Co., maker of Oral-B toothbrushes.
4. Amazon.com
As of March 2014
Power Toothbrushes
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentContributors to Amazon.com give the Philips Sonicare HX6733 high marks because it is sensitive enough for tender mouths and braces and powerful enough to lift stains from tea and coffee with its three settings: clean, sensitive and clean+white. Over 240 reviewers give high marks to the Waterpik WP-900 because it not only has a powerful and effective electric toothbrush but also an electric flosser for total dental care. The Oral-B Pro Health Stages Power Kid's Toothbrush got high marks because of its design with bright colors and fun characters that reviewers say make their toddlers excited about brushing.
5. Drugstore.com
As of March 2014
Power Toothbrushes
by Contributors to Drugstore.com
Our AssessmentThere aren't as many reviews at Drugstore.com as there are at Amazon, but they're easier to browse thanks to keywords listed as pros and cons. The Philips Sonicare for Kids Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush HX6311/02 and Waterpik Waterflosser for Kids are far and away the highest reviewed children's products, while the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Sonic Toothbrush HX9332 just barely edges out other models thanks to a higher number of reviews.
Plaque and Gingivitis Reduction Efficacy of an Advanced Pulsonic Toothbrush: A 4-Week Randomized and Controlled Clinical Trial
by N.C. Sharma, et al.
Our AssessmentIn this clinical trial, 129 subjects with evidence of gingivitis were randomly assigned to brush twice a day for four weeks with either the Oral-B Pulsonic or an ADA-approved manual toothbrush. Both toothbrushes significantly reduced gingivitis, bleeding and plaque, but the Pulsonic was statistically more effective -- by as much as 62.3 percent.
Impact of a Novel Power Toothbrush with SmartGuide Technology on Brushing Pressure and Thoroughness
by K. Janusz, et al.
Our AssessmentIn this study the Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide (renamed the Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean Precision 5000) was found to significantly improve brushing technique over the Triumph without the SmartGuide. Subjects got a more thorough cleaning and were more likely to use appropriate force with the SmartGuide than without it.
Plaque Removal Efficacy of Children's Powered Toothbrush Versus Manual Toothbrush
by A. Ghassemi, et al.
Our AssessmentIn this randomized, examiner-blind study, 105 participants -- ages 8 to 17 -- were assigned to brush with either a manual toothbrush or the Spinbrush Globrush for two weeks. Plaque levels were scored, and the process was repeated with the alternate toothbrush. While both toothbrushes reduced plaque significantly, the Spinbrush Globrush was more effective. The study was sponsored by Church & Dwight Co. Inc., which manufactures the Spinbrush line.
9. Pediatric Dentistry
January-February 2012
Comparing Efficacy of Plaque Removal Using Professionally Applied Manual and Power Toothbrushes in 4- to 7-year-old Children
by M. Taschner, et al.
Our AssessmentIn this study, 68 children between the ages of 4 and 7 brushed their teeth (with professional assistance) with both the Philips Sonicare for Kids and an Oral-B manual toothbrush for children. Plaque scores were evaluated after one and two minutes of brushing. The Sonicare for Kids removed significantly more plaque than the manual toothbrushes after one brushing.
Comparative Plaque Removal Efficacy of a Dual-Action Power Toothbrush and a Manual Tooth: Effects by Tooth Type
by S. Farrell, et al.
Our AssessmentThis clinical study, with 50 subjects, tests the Crest Spinbrush ProClean against a manual toothbrush in plaque removal. After one brushing, the Crest Spinbrush ProClean removes more plaque than the manual brush. This study is sponsored by the Procter & Gamble Co., former maker of the Crest Spinbrush ProClean. (This toothbrush was subsequently acquired by the Church & Dwight Co. Inc. and is now branded Arm & Hammer.) Note: The Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety warning for this product because it may cause choking or serious injury.
11. Good Housekeeping
Not Dated
Best Electric Toothbrushes
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentGood Housekeeping tests eight electric toothbrush models. The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean, Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 and BrushPoint Oscillating Clean Power top the list. Few details of the test are provided, however. We don't know which toothbrushes are tested, in what way they are tested or how many people participate in the testing.
12. Which? magazine
October 2011
Philips Sonicare AirFloss
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentThe editors at Which? magazine give a full review of the Philips Sonicare AirFloss to examine whether it can actually replace dental floss effectively. According to the review, while the AirFloss is extremely easy to use, it can get a bit messy. The AirFloss wasn't proven to be any more effective than traditional flossing, but it was quicker and made getting into hard-to-reach places easier than manual flossing.
13. Walmart.com
As of March 2014
Toothbrushes - Electric
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com sells nearly 100 electric toothbrushes and flossers, with many boasting hundreds of reviews. Generally, reviewers here aren't as detailed as at Amazon.com, and many are more positive. However, the sheer volume of reviews makes Walmart.com a valuable source. Top-rated models include the Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean+Pro White Precision 4000 and Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser.
14. Target.com
As of March 2014
Electric Toothbrushes
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentAt Target.com, there are few electric toothbrush or flosser models with more than a handful of reviews despite the fact that there are over 100 products available. On the other hand, reviews are generally very detailed. The Philips Sonicare HX6721/99 HealthyWhite Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush and Interplak Conair Dental Water Jet are the highest-rated models. Target.com also offers a helpful buying guide.
15. The Independent
April 8, 2013
The 10 Best Electric Toothbrushes
by Kate Hilpern
Our AssessmentThis article ranks the top 10 electric toothbrushes based on features, but doesn't mention testing any of the models. The Waterpik Complete Care comes out on top because it is comprehensive: It's more than just a toothbrush, with a two-minute timer and an advanced water flosser.
16. StyleList.com
Aug. 26, 2008
Review: Oral B Pulsonic Toothbrush
by Cat Lincoln
Our AssessmentOn this fashion website, Cat Lincoln gives her impressions of the Oral-B Pulsonic toothbrush. She says that the brush is very slim and light. She also appreciates its two speeds, regular and sensitive. No other toothbrushes are mentioned in this review, though it is remarkably balanced.
The Plaque Removal Efficacy of a Novel Power Brush Head
by N.C. Sharma, et al.
Our AssessmentSubjects in this clinical trial were randomly selected to brush with either a manual toothbrush or the Oral-B Vitality with Precision Clean brush head. Plaque was assessed before and after brushing. Both toothbrushes significantly reduced plaque, but the Oral-B Vitality removed 28.8 percent more plaque from the whole mouth than the manual toothbrush. The study only examines the results after a single brushing, and it's not clear how many people participated.
Evaluation of User Preferences for Power Toothbrushes in Dental Professionals
by J. Defenbaugh, et al.
Our AssessmentPhilips Sonicare Flexcare and Oral-B Triumph toothbrushes were sent to 267 dental professionals for in-home use. The dental professionals were asked to use both toothbrushes for a two-week period and report feedback. Dental professionals, overall, prefer the Sonicare Flexcare to the Oral-B for its ease of use and ability to access hard-to-reach areas. Note: This evaluation was sponsored by Philips Oral Healthcare, the manufacturer of Philips Sonicare toothbrushes.
19. American Journal of Dentistry
December 2009
Comparison of Rotation/Oscillation and Sonic Power Toothbrushes on Plaque and Gingivitis for 10 Weeks
by K. Williams, et al.
Our AssessmentThis randomized study conducted with 171 subjects found a rotation-oscillation power toothbrush to be more effective than a sonic power toothbrush at reducing gingivitis. Both toothbrushes produced "statistically significantly lower plaque scores." The study was conducted over a 10-week period with subjects brushing with an assigned toothbrush twice a day. The specific toothbrushes used in the study are not reported.
A Novel Oscillating-Rotating Power Toothbrush with SmartGuide: Designed for Enhanced Performance and Compliance
by Patricia A. Walters, et al.
Our AssessmentThis article cites the growing consensus that powered toothbrushes with rotation-oscillation motion are the most effective in removing plaque and reducing gingivitis. The article singles out the Oral-B Triumph as an innovative product that has proven effective in teaching good brushing techniques and increasing brushing time.
21. PopularMechanics.com
Oct. 1, 2009
Oral-B's New Electric Experience: The Smartest Brush We've Ever Used
by Erik Sofge
Our AssessmentThis review of the Oral-B Triumph focuses on the brushing feedback shown on the LCD display. Erik Sofge calls this brush "the best, smartest toothbrush I've ever used," but he does not offer any details about how the brush feels on teeth and gums or how well it cleans.
22. DentalHA.com
2012
Electric Toothbrush Reviews
by Marcus Finley
Our AssessmentThe site details the two types of electric toothbrushes, highlights the features of the best electric toothbrushes and what decisions to make when buying one. They also review their top picks for electric toothbrushes. They select the Philips Sonicare Flexcare Plus Rechargeable Toothbrush because it has the best features of any electric toothbrush on the market, including high speed, built-in timer and UV sanitizer to keep germs away.
23. Bestcovery.com
Sept. 12, 2012
Best Electric Toothbrush
by Lisa Montalto
Our AssessmentBestcovery.com talks about why an electric toothbrush is a necessary improvement over a manual toothbrush, and names the Philips Sonicare HX9332/05 DiamondClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush as its best electric toothbrush because of its diamond-shaped bristles that remove 100 percent more plaque than a manual toothbrush. The website also names the Oral-B Pulsonic Sonic Electric Toothbrush its best budget electric toothbrush because it is the most effective electric toothbrush costing less than $50.
24. AllWomenStalk.com
Not Dated
7 Best Electric Toothbrushes for Super Healthy Teeth
by Lyndsie Robinson
Our AssessmentAll Women Stalk gives its recommendations for those looking to make the switch from a manual toothbrush to an electric one, heaping praise on the entire Sonicare line and giving the nod to the HealthyWhite Power model because it has three different modes, is rechargeable and specifically promotes healthy gums.
25. DrCivils.com
Nov. 10, 2011
The Sonicare AirFloss Product Review
by Dr. Civils
Our AssessmentDr. Civils gave the Philips Sonicare AirFloss to four members of his staff, told them to use it for seven days without discussing it with each other, and then gathered their opinions after the trial period. All four were in agreement that the setup was fairly easy but the reservoir door was cheaply made, despite sturdy construction on the other parts of the device. Overall, reviewers were split on whether it was effective, and the general consensus was that it's not a complete replacement for regular flossing.
26. AllWomenStalk.com
Not Dated
10 Best Products for Dental Hygiene
by Lyndsie Robinson
Our AssessmentAll Women Stalk recommends products to prevent damage between dental visits. Robinson lists the Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser first, but it's unclear if the items are in a ranked list. She likes the Ultra Water Flosser because it's customizable with six different heads and it has the ability to use either water or mouthwash, all while promising to clean and reduce plaque buildup and promote healthier gums.

Electric Toothbrushes Runners Up:

Philips Sonicare Flexcare+ Est. $120

4 picks including: Amazon.com, The Independent…

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Est. $190

4 picks including: Amazon.com, Good Housekeeping…

Oral-B Pulsonic Est. $40

3 picks including: Amazon.com, Journal of Clinical Dentistry…

Philips Sonicare AirFloss Est. $80

2 picks including: Amazon.com, Walmart.com…

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Philips Sonicare HX6972/10 FlexCare Plus Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
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Philips Sonicare HX9332/05 DiamondClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, White
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Oral-B Pulsonic Sonic Electric Toothbrush 1 Count
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Philips Sonicare HX8211/02 Airfloss Rechargeable Electric Flosser
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