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Electric Toothbrush Reviews

By: Kelly Burgess on September 08, 2017

Editor's Note:
The Oral-B Pro 1000 is the top pick for adults in our electric toothbrush report. For children, we recommend the Philips Sonicare for Kids. We also name a few battery-operated brushes that are great values, as well as a terrific water flosser from Waterpik.

Oral-B Pro 1000 Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Timer - Yes Battery life - 7 days Warranty -2 years

Best electric toothbrush

There's no contest: the Oral-B Pro 1000 is a top pick of experts and owners for its superior cleaning, long term durability and versatile, affordable, line of brush heads. Users say they notice a difference when switching to the Pro from a manual toothbrush, and experts say that, while it's pretty basic, it has the most important features you need in an electric toothbrush, but without the high price of others in its class. See our full review »

Buy for $51.14
Oral-B 3D White Battery Toothbrush Review
Runners Up
Specs that Matter Timer - No Battery type - 2 AA Warranty - None

Cheap electric toothbrush

Interested in trying out an electric toothbrush, but not interested in a double-digit price? We suggest you start with the Oral-B 3D White Battery Toothbrush. Hundreds of happy owners say they -- and their dental hygienist -- have noticed cleaner teeth overall, and easier cleanings, too. Many say it works as well as other, much more expensive electric toothbrushes they've owned. Unlike most electric toothbrushes that run on non-replaceable rechargeable batteries, the Oral-B 3D white uses two standard AA batteries.

Philips Sonicare for Kids Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Timer - Yes Battery life - 3 weeks Warranty - 2 years

Best electric toothbrush for kids

The Philips Sonicare for Kids is made especially for children ages 4 and up. It has smaller and softer toothbrush heads and gradually moves kids up to the recommended two minutes of brushing over a 90-day period. The Sonicare for Kids includes eight different stickers to customize the handle as well as an interactive app that acts as additional incentive to keep kids on track. It gets good reviews for durability as well. See our full review »

Buy for $34.95
Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser Review
Best Reviewed
Specs that Matter Timer - Yes Battery life - N/A Warranty - 3 years

Best electric flosser

Thousands of satisfied customers agree: the Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser is a top performer for those who want the ultimate in home oral hygiene -- especially if your teeth are prone to staining. It's a great substitute for string flossing and is especially useful for those with braces or who otherwise struggle to floss correctly. Thanks to numerous pressure settings, it can work well even for those with sensitive gums. See our full review »

Buy for $58.56

Types of Electric Toothbrushes

Rechargeable Electric Toothbrushes

These are expensive compared to standard toothbrushes, but the payoff is more attractive designs and useful features like multiple cleaning modes or pressure sensors. You can expect to pay upward of $50 for a good power toothbrush and up to $200 for a top-of-the-line rechargeable toothbrush. Brush heads need to be replaced as often as you would replace a manual toothbrush, and generally cost around $10 each.

Toothbrushes with Replaceable Batteries

This type of power toothbrush is the least expensive. We found several good choices for less than $10. However, reviewers say they tend to be noisier and rougher than more expensive, rechargeable models. They also have few features -- usually just off and on. You also have to factor in the cost of replacing the batteries every four to six weeks.

Electric Toothbrushes for Kids

In addition to electric toothbrushes for adults, we look at electric toothbrushes for kids. Kids' toothbrushes are essentially mini versions of ones designed for adults (to better fit kids' mouths), with similar brush movements and timers, but with the addition of bright colors and sometimes characters or music to make brushing more fun. Our Best Reviewed pick even comes with an app so kids (and their parents) can track their brushing habits.

Electric Water Flossers

For those who don't like regular flossing, or who have braces, water flossers can be extremely useful. They're also great for removing stains in between cleanings. We even found a travel flosser so you can take it with you.

Electric toothbrushes can help you brush properly

Dental experts say you should be brushing for two minutes at least twice a day, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly. Manual and electric toothbrushes are equally effective -- it's how you brush that is important, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), not necessarily what you brush with.

But, while experts agree that there is nothing wrong with standard toothbrushes, their downside is that people tend to lack discipline when brushing. A number of reports say most Americans brush for only 30 to 60 seconds, rather than the two minutes recommended by dentists, and that's not nearly long enough to enable the fluoride in toothpaste to do its job. Reviewers say the best electric toothbrushes come with a two-minute timer and are able to reach hard-to-clean areas better than most of us can manage with a manual brush. Many brushes also use lights, vibration or sounds to notify you to move to the next quadrant of the mouth (upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right) every 30 seconds.

One differentiator amongst electric toothbrushes is the type of movement the brush head makes. Rotating brush heads spin 360 degrees around while rotating-oscillating heads oscillate from side to side, not making a full circle. Sonic toothbrushes vibrate from side to side at a very rapid speed. While there are studies -- mostly sponsored by electric toothbrush manufacturers -- that claim one type or another is most effective, experts say that they all are effective, and the best one is ultimately a matter of personal preference. In other words, if you'll use the electric toothbrush to its full potential and it's comfortable for you to use, that's the type you should choose.

Finding The Best Electric Toothbrushes
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There aren't a lot of expert reviews or professional tests of electric toothbrushes, TheSweethome.com being a notable exception. We found some great choices, though, based upon their recommendations, a few tests by writers at various other sites and publications, and by evaluating thousands of owner reviews. From there, we narrowed down our top picks based upon the brushes' effectiveness at cleaning teeth, ease of use, features, durability and the cost of ownership.

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