Electric toothbrush is probably one of the least exciting gadget to buy throughout the year.

But it’s hard to overstate the importance of oral hygiene.

According to American Dental Association (ADA) recommendations, you should be holding your toothbrush at 45-degree angle, while brushing the outer, inner, and surface of your teeth and gumline for roughly 2 minutes with gentle pressure.

Sounds more trickier than you thought, right?

To be honest, both manual and electric toothbrush are good at removing plaque. But most dentist recommends the electric version. An electric toothbrush are more helpful in reaching certain areas in your mouth and also help you ditch some of the bad brushing habits.

Brushing your teeth thoroughly and consistently helps in preventing gum disease and cavities. Oral health problems has often been linked to more serious health issues like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and more.

That is why, having a good toothbrush is really important.

We have come up with a list of the best electric toothbrush we can find in the market, did our researches and written thorough reviews about them below.

As always, we recommend you to read our buyer’s guide to have a more in-depth understanding of what you should be looking for before you dive into our list of the best electric toothbrush


Best Electric Toothbrush 2018


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Model Type Battery Life Timer Price
Philips Sonicare 2 (Editor’s Choice) Sonic 2 weeks Yes Price
Oral-B Pro 1000 (Editor’s Choice) Oscillate 10 days Yes Price
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean (Editor’s Choice) Sonic 2 weeks Yes Price
Oral-B Pro 7000 Oscillate 10 days Yes Price
Oral-B Pro 8000 Oscillate 10 days Yes Price
Philips Sonicare FlexCare+ Sonic 2 weeks Yes Price
Oral-B Vitality Floss Action Oscillate 10 days Yes Price
Philips Sonicare for Kids (Best for Kids) Sonic 2 Weeks Yes Price

1. Philips Sonicare 2 Series — Best Overall Electric Toothbrush


Philips Sonicare 2

The Sonicare 2 Series is our top pick for its effectiveness in overall cleaning performance. This is one of the least expensive electric toothbrush with minimal design and straightforward simple operating feature.

The toothbrush comes with a 2-minutes timer, divided into four 30-second segments to help you brush teeth and gums effectively but not too long to damage them. Although there’s only one brushing mode, we think it is sufficient enough for effective cleaning.

Comparing to most oscillating toothbrush, the Sonicare 2 Series causes the least amount of irritations to gums and is quieter to use. The battery can last up to 2 weeks on single charge if you brush twice a day.

The downside of the Sonicare 2 Series is that, it doesn’t come with a pressure sensor; which we think is really important for proper brushing habits. You will also have less options when it comes to its range of brush heads, although the toothbrush is compatible with most of the Philips Sonicare brushheads.

One nice perk about this toothbrush is the thoughtful experience adjustment for new users. On first use, the Sonicare starts with lower vibrations to ease you through the adjustment experience. It then gently increases its intensity over the next 14 cleaning sessions.

Our takes:

Overall, we think this is the best electric toothbrush you can get in the market. It is simple in design and straightforward to use, while offering an effective clean without getting too gimmicky.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Very Quiet to Operate
  • Comfortable Cleaning Power
  • Minimal and straightforward design
  • Long Lasting Battery Life (Rechargeable)
  • Very comfortable to brush and less irritations
  • Thoughtful adjustment experiences on the first 14 sessions of brushing
Cons
  • It doesn’t have a pressure sensor
  • Less diverse and more expensive range of brush heads

Check out Philips Sonicare 2


2. Oral-B Pro 1000 — Best Budget Electric Toothbrush


Oral-B Pro 1000

The Oral-B Pro 1000 is another excellent choice for electric toothbrush. It comes with all the features that most dental experts recommend, at the most affordable price.

As an oscillating toothbrush, the brush head vibrates up to 8,000 brush strokes per minute. Unlike the Sonic counter part, this electric toothbrush will produce less tickling sensation if you have sensitive teeth.

It is compatible with wide-selection of Oral-B brush heads, at affordable price range.

The Oral-B Pro 1000 came with a pretty straight-forward design that is simple to use. There’s a 2-minutes timer that pulses during brushing. It has a long lasting battery that can last up to 10 days with a single charge.

Do take note though, this oscillating toothbrush does create a slightly louder noise during brush. And oscillating toothbrush in general, can be harsh on gums since the brushes operates in both use rotation and pulsation.

The Oral-B Pro 1000 comes with a pressure sensor that is meant to alert you when you’re brushing too hard. However, it requires an unreasonable amount of pressure to activate.

Our takes:

Despite some minor drawbacks, the Oral-B Pro 1000 is the best budget electric toothbrush suitable for people with sensitive teeth who doesn’t like the tickling sensation you get from a sonic toothbrush.

For such a low price, this electric toothbrush is not only very affordable, but also very much suitable for entry users, as their first electric toothbrush.

Pros
  • Simple to Use
  • Best Budget Toothbrush
  • Comes with 2-minutes Timer
  • Comfortable for Sensitive Teeth
  • Long Lasting Battery Life (Rechargeable)
  • Wide Selection of Compatible and Affordable Brushheads
Cons
  • It Operates Slightly Louder
  • Pressure Sensor is not Sensitive Enough to be Useful
  • Oscillating Brushes in General can be Harsh on Gums

Check out Oral-B Pro 1000


3. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean — Best Feature Packed Toothbrush


Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean is an excellent choice if you’re looking for an electric toothbrush with every top of the notch features.

It comes with an accurate pressure sensor, a compatible brushing app and it is using a simple button interface to operate.

Although not a must-have, the pressure sensor feature is highly recommended by most dental experts.

In fact, the DiamondClean’s sensor is top-of-the-line; it actually activates without needing an unreasonable amount of pressure. Even when slightly too much pressure is applied, the handle vibrates and a purple light flashes until you ease up.

There is also a compatible mobile phone app to accompany this toothbrush, the Sonicare App.

It provides intuitive real-time feedback with a 3D Model of your teeth while the toothbrush can recognize whether you’re angling your brush properly. An alert also display on your phone when you use too much pressure or movement.

The narrow brush head of DiamondClean also makes maneuvering around the mouth easy while the sonic technology can give an effective cleaning performance.

Also, like most of Philips Sonicare toothbrush, the DiamondClean has an Easy-Start mode. It helps with the transition from the ticklish sensation on your teeth and gums during the first few times you use a sonic toothbrush. Over the first 14 brushing sessions, the motor will gradually increase in power until it reaches the regular 31,000 brush strokes per minute.

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean comes with five brushing modes:

  • Clean – Regular 2 minute all-around brushing mode.
  • Whitening – Specialized mode for removing stains.
  • Polish – Teeth polishing mode for a brighter smile.
  • Gum care – 3 minute gentle brushing mode designed for improving gum health.
  • Sensitive – The most gentle mode for sensitive teeth.

Our takes:

The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean has definitely earn its worthy place even for the hefty price tag it comes with. It is a great choice for people who want access to all the possible features that helps with mastering brushing technique.

For its hefty price tag, the DiamondClean toothbrush comes with a sleek “Glass” like charger and a USB charging travel case suitable for those who travel often for long duration. There’s also a pair of DiamondClean brushheads — the Standard and the Compact.

Pros
  • Comfortable Handle
  • Comes with 2-minutes Timer
  • Long Lasting Battery Life (Rechargeable)
  • Most Feature Packed Electric Toothbrush
  • Mobile Phone App to Guide with Brushing
  • Sleek looking “Glass”-like Charging-base and USB Travel Charge Case
Cons
  • Hefty Price Tag

Check out Philips Sonicare DiamondClean


4. Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries


Oral-B Pro 7000

The Pro 7000 SmartSeries is one of the most advanced electric toothbrush from Oral-B.

It makes maintaining oral health much more easier comparing to manual toothbrush while packed with many advanced features.

This is one of the few best electric toothbrush you can find in the market; it comes with two colors — Black or White with modern and trendy outlook.

The Pro 7000 SmartSeries has six customized cleaning modes, and it is compatible with wide range of the Oral-B’s brush heads. That means, you can get really personalized experience with this toothbrush while having multiple brush heads that suits your daily cleaning needs.

  • Daily Clean - Regular 3D all round brushing mode
  • Deep Clean - Specialized Stains Removal Mode
  • Whitening - Special mode to remove stains from enamel and whiten your teeth
  • Massage - 3 minutes gentle brushing mode for massaging and improving gum health
  • Sensitive – This is the gentlest mode for people with sensitive teeth
  • Tongue cleaning – Bacteria on the tongue is a main cause of bad breath. The gentle tongue cleaning mode helps remove buildup at the back of your tongue.

Like most of the top-end models, there’s a pressure sensor on this toothbrush that reminds you when you’re brushing too aggressively. It flashes red and slows down the motor as soon as it senses you pushing down too hard. Aggressive brushing is the main cause of gum damages.

The Pro 7000 also comes with a two-minute timer to help you reach the optimal brushing time recommended by dental experts.

And of course, like most of the high end models, this electric toothbrush comes with a wireless SmartGuide and mobile app that guides and improve your brushing technique in real-time. It can be calibrated with 2 Oral-B toothbrush handles.

Our takes:

We find the Oral-B Pro 7000 super easy to use. The handle is large enough and offers a comfortable grip. It comes with a wide selection of brush heads that are gentle for both teeth and gums. However, it does take some efforts figuring out which included brush head are suitable for each brushing mode.

This is a great electric toothbrush with a lot of brush options and features.

Pros
  • Six customized cleaning modes
  • Cleans 2 times better than manual brushing
  • Compatible with Oral-B wide range of brush heads
  • Oral-B 3D Cleaning Action (Rotation, Pulsation, Oscillation)
Cons
  • Operates Slightly Louder
  • Pricier than many other Oral-B electric toothbrush

Check out Oral-B Pro 7000


5. Oral-B Genius Pro 8000


Oral-B Pro 8000

Oral B Pro 8000 is a smart toothbrush, and that is why it is named — Oral-B Genius 8000

The toothbrush has Bluetooth capabilities, to connect with the accompanied Oral-B mobile App which the company has packed a lot of features into it.

Different from the Pro 7000, this electric toothbrush does not come with the wireless SmartGuide, a separated device that guides you through your brushing session. Instead, this toothbrush connects directly to the phone app and uses “Position Detection” feature to help you clean each individual teeth.

The accompanying mobile app provides personalized routines and keep tracks of your twice-daily brushing sessions.

Although it is not required to use the app, it provides fun features for the kids in the kid’s activity center, which has a Snapchat-like filters and sounds. For adults, you can get weather and news report that flashes across your screen as you brush to help you reach the recommended two-minutes session.

The “Position Detection” feature actually makes use of your phone camera to detect where in your mouth the brush is while turning from blue to white as you brush them. However, the feature did not work as well as expected. It often thought the brush was in different spot than where the brush was.

The good thing about this accompanied mobile app is probably the gentle notification to remind when you miss out brushing session while awarding you with badges for brushing streaks and flossing regularly to encourage clean oral health.

Apart from the mobile app, this toothbrush performed quite well and the battery can last up to 12 days. It comes with a smart travel case that allows you to charge on the go via USB cable, three brush heads, and a smartphone holder with suction cup for the mirror.

Our takes:

The Oral-B Genios 8000 is slightly less expensive when comparing to the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean. If you want an electric toothbrush that not only helps in brushing but also keep tracks and personalize your daily routine, this electric toothbrush has all what you need.

Do take note though, the “Position Detection” feature needs more improvement before it can be useful or reliable for you.

Pros
  • Pressure Sensor
  • Two-minutes Timer
  • Six customized cleaning modes
  • Long Lasting Battery Life (Rechargeable)
  • Compatible with Oral-B wide range of brush heads
  • “Position Detection” App Feature to help clean each individual tooth effectively
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Position Detection is Hard to Use

Check out Oral-B Pro 8000


6. Philips Sonicare Flexcare+


Philips Sonicare Flexcare+

The FlexCare line is the entry into top-end electric toothbrush by Philips Sonicare, which includes 3 models: Flexcare, Flexcare Plus and Flexcare Platinum.

We will be looking into the mid-model of the FlexCare range — the Philips FlexCare Plus.

This is also one of the extremely popular sonic toothbrush from Philips. The toothbrush uses the same patented sonic technology to drive its brush head at 31,000 movements per minute.

It comes with 5 brushing modes, a quadpacer timer, Gum Health brush head, travel case and a battery charger. For this model, there are two built-in buttons. One, as the power button to turn the toothbrush on or off. While the other, allows you to cycle through the five different brushing modes.

Five Brushing Modes
  • Clean - Standard brushing mode like most of the Sonicare toothbrush, brushes for 2 minutes.
  • Gum Care - Mixed brushing mode, with 2 minutes brushing in the standard cleaning mode and 1 minute brushing in the sensitive mode for gums.
  • Refresh - A quick 1-minute touch up cleaning.
  • Sensitive - Gentler mode for those with sensitive teeth or gums. It also brushes for 2 minutes.
  • Massage - Pulsating mode that massages and stimulates your gums, brushes for 2 minutes.

Though not many users think that the various modes provide significant benefits, but some people may benefit from the Sensitive mode, which helps reduce “over-brushing”.

One thing in particular that you should take note is that, this toothbrush does not let you cycle through each mode when it is turned on. Instead, you must select your preferred mode before you start. The toothbrush will then remember your last used mode the next time you turn it on.

And like most of the Philips Sonicare line, the FlexCare toothbrushes also comes with the “Easy-Start”, a nice little touch that help new users get used to the tickling sensation that you might get from the sonic vibrations.

To make the transition easier, the FlexCare Plus starts you off with the first 14 sessions (that’s 7 days if you brush twice daily) where the motor will slowly increase the cleaning power until it is at the full 31,000 brushstrokes per minute.

There is also a quadpacer timer that pauses the FlexCare Plus momentarily every 30 seconds to inform you to switch quadrants during the brushing session. By focusing on a small section for 30 seconds each, you can really get better clean at each quadrant.

Our takes: The Philips FlexCare Plus is a well designed electric toothbrush with just the right amount of features. It cleans effectively as any of the Sonicare lineup.

Overall, this is a highly recommended electric toothbrush. It is suitable for you if you want an effective electric toothbrush that performs well at cleaning but without too much features that you don’t need. The included travel case allows you to pack two brush heads and the brush handle, with two air vents that helps prevent mold and mildew from growing on your damp brush head is definitely adding value to the purchase.

Pros
  • Smartimer
  • Superior Gumcare
  • Five Unique Brushing Modes
  • Long Lasting Battery Life (Rechargeable)
  • Remove up to 6x more plaque than manual toothbrush
Cons
  • No Pressure Sensor

Check out Philips Sonicare Flexcare+


7. Oral-B Vitality Floss Action — Best Electric Toothbrush for Most People


Oral-B Vitality Floss Action

Oral-B Vitality comes with two models. One called the Floss Action and the other Dual Clean. But you are actually buying the same handle, with different brush heads.

Fortunately, if you want both the Floss Action and Dual Clean feature, you don’t have to buy both the toothbrushes. You can purchase either one of them and the different replacement brushhead and you are good to go. That is the great thing about Oral-B’s interchangable brush heads, it will fit any of the handles in the range.

The white handle comes with a well sealed blue button, and it sits on the charger that offers about a meter of charging cable. You can keep the toothbrush charged the whole time if you have a shaving outlet in the bathroom. But of course, you should also let the battery run down completely at least once every six months to keep the battery life longer.

This electric toothbrush comes with only one mode, the Daily Clean. If you’re new to electric brushing, you’ll likely notice that the Oral-B Vitality leaves your teeth feeling much more cleaner than the manual toothbrush.

The Floss Action head comes with a round shape and it has four green and yellow “Micropulse” bristles positioned to do deep clean between the teeth and they are also responsible for most the flossing actions. The round shaped head do really help cleaning from tooth to tooth much easier.

The Dual Clean brush head on the other hand has two moving heads, one circular while another resembles a small manual toothbrush. With the double bristle surface, oscillating at high speed, the heads covers more area more quickly and thoroughly.

Our takes: Overall, the Oral-B Vitality Floss Action is great at keeping each and every of your tooth clean. The flexibility to have multiple brush heads with different features is certainly a plus for Oral-B given that they have a really wide range of brush head available. The lack of quadpacer-timer will less likely be a deal breaker although it is great to have feature. The battery also holds long enough charges for about a week of brushing (twice a day).

If you are switching from a regular manual toothbrush, this is the best electric toothbrush for most people to start with.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Two-minutes timer
  • Simple-Single Brushing mode
  • Long Lasting Battery Life (Rechargeable)
  • Flexibility to switch between different brush heads
Cons
  • No battery life indicator, you can hardly tell how much battery it has left
  • Timer pulses instead of beeping. Can be easily missed if you didn’t pay attention

Check out Oral-B Vitality Floss Action


8. Philips Sonicare for Kids — Best For Kids


Philips Sonicare for Kids

The Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6321, is a high-grade electric toothbrush specially designed for children between the age of 4-10 years old.

This electric toothbrush, not only provides deep clean but also helps to guide your children into good brushing habits and techniques. The accompanied SonicareKids app will also keep your children excited about the brushing sessions and educate them the importance of oral hygiene.

The SonicareKids app offers interactive brushing coach sessions for your child, which challenges them to brush longer with better techniques. Each session starts with a clear visual instruction about correct brushing techniques and there is a progress tracking system that monitors their overall performance.

They will earn exciting rewards in the app for a well done brushing job. 95% of parents surveyed says that it is easier to get their kids to brush longer and better with the feature of the mobile app.

The handle comes with 2 children friendly modes for proper cleaning at different age group; low mode for younger children and high mode for the older kids. There are also KidTimer and KidPacer that guide the children to reach the optimal 2-timer brush time while the pacer alerts them to move on to other sections of their mouth.

Additionally, there are 8 extra stickers to customize their toothbrush. This probably will not get you excited, but for your kids, it could make all the difference.

The Philips Sonicare for Kids is compatible with different sizes of rubberized brush heads which is made optimized for your child’s mouth regardless of their age and protects their growing teeth.

The battery of this electric toothbrush will last roughly 2 weeks (with twice daily brushing) and it is rechargable. A battery indicator light will notify you when they need to be recharged.

Another thing worth noting for the Philips Sonicare for Kids is its compatibility to use some of these third-party brush heads. That way, you will have extra options in case you find the brush heads that came with it did not meet what your children may need.

Our takes: Painful trips to the dentist can be traumatizing for kids. But that can be avoided with proper education and tools. The Philips Sonicare for Kids is definitely the good starting point to educate our children on the importance of oral hygiene.

There is no doubt this Sonicare will offer significant improvement to your child’s oral hygiene routine, given the high performance of cleaning which this electric toothbrush definitely excels.

We give the score of 9 out of ten to recommend this as the best electric toothbrush for kids.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Comfortable grip for children
  • Long battery life (rechargable)
  • Soft bristles, suitable for children
  • Compatible for some third-party brush heads
  • Parents can track their child’s brushing habits through app
Cons
  • Handle may be slightly big for small hands
  • Potential to wet the connected phone or tablet

Check out Philips Sonicare for Kids


Buyer’s Guide


There were not much choices when toothbrushes with nylon bristles were first invented. Now, the options can be overwhelming.

It is generally well known that electric toothbrush are more effective than manual toothbrush when it comes to removing plaque. In fact, most dental professionals recommends the electric toothbrush.

Not all electric toothbrushes are created equal. There are many different types available, with variety of features and wide range of prices.

The one you choose really comes down to your personal preferences and comfort levels.

Understanding the different kinds of electric toothbrushes and their technology can help you make informed decisions.


The biggest difference is Motions


Electric Toothbrushes comes in two different styles — oscillating and sonic.

When brushing with hand, we average about 300 strokes per minute, which is actually not bad.

But with electric toothbrush, it can average from to 30,000 to 40,000 strokes per minute. This means a more thoroughly cleaning for your teeth and gums. It eliminates plaque and bacteria better than a manual toothbrush because of the increased number of strokes.

Oscillating toothbrushes usually comes with round heads that can rotate back and forth and average about 7,500-8,000 brush strokes per minute. They are generally louder and can cause discomfort for people with sensitive gums; while they are less likely to produce the tickling sensation of a sonic toothbrush.

Sonic toothbrushes on the other hand, has longer brush head that resembles the traditional toothbrushes. This type of electric toothbrush can vibrate up to 31,000-40,000 brush strokes per minute using sonic technology.

On top of that, there is a study involving fluid dynamics generated by a sonic toothbrush moving at high frequency can “remove bacteria in vitro even at distances up to 4 mm beyond the tips of the bristles”.

So which style is better? The truth is, they are equally great.

It largely depends on the comfort and your personal preferences. At the end of the day, both the oscillating and sonic toothbrushes will work well as long as they are paired with proper brushing technique.

There are currently two brands that dominates the electric toothbrush market:

Oral-B is known for its oscillating brushes and Philips Sonicare are famous for sonic brushes.

So once you have decided on the type of electric toothbrush you’re getting, it comes down to the features.

The more features your toothbrush has, the more expensive it will get. So it’s important to consider about what features would actually be useful.


Must-Have Features


There are toothbrushes in the market that comes with Bluetooth and phone apps, then some with gum massaging modes. It may all sound appealing to you, but if you’re not going to use them daily, why should you be paying for them?

Here are some of the must-have features that we truly think can help you brush better:

Two-minute timer: is the single most recommended feature by dental experts. It takes the guesswork out of your daily brushing sessions to ensure all your teeth get enough time under the bristles. Brushing under the recommended two minutes by American Dental Association can result in a less effective clean. Most electric toothbrush now offers a two-minute timer as a standard feature, regardless of its price.

Rechargeable battery: can save you the cost of traditional battery replacement during the electric toothbrush’s lifespan for at least 2 years. Most electric toothbrushes comes with rechargeable battery that can last for two weeks per charge on average.

Pressure Sensor: Brushing too hard can irritates your gums, causing soreness and even bleeding. Over a long period of time, this kind of heavy brushing can also cause conditions such as gum recession. A pressure sensor can notify when you’re brushing too hard. Experts are highly recommending the pressure sensor to help improve brushing technique.


Over-hyped Features


Brushing modes: like teeth whitening, gum massaging, and pro-cleaning are basically changing the number of oscillation or vibrations per minute.

The differences in brushing modes are actually quite negligible and unnecessary. And there’s no concrete evidence that these different modes could help improve what they promised.

Instead, we think that brushing for two minutes with proper technique, using effective toothpaste and flossing could have better outcome than this feature.

Apps: Bluetooth connectivity and apps that tracks your brushing habits are increasingly popular with high-end models.

It may sound appealing; but paying extra for the apps and bluetooth connectivity are less likely to help you brush better.

A two-minute timer and a proper dentist can probably give you better updates on your dental health.


Now Your Turn


Now that you understand all the features to look for when buying an electronic toothbrush, it will be up to you to decide whether that many extra features will be necessary during your brushing sessions.

Some may prefer an electric tooth brush that just works great at cleaning out of the box, without the hassles to learn each of the brushing modes it offers; while there are others who prefers the extra features that helps them improve their brushing techniques and habits.

Since electric toothbrush gets updated quite frequently every year, we will be sure to review and update this article accordingly soon as we have access to them.

Remember to at least brush twice a day ok!

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