What is the best electric toothbrush?
We believe that when we say “the best,” the basis is always what the end consumer says. As we’ve witnessed in the past (even in non-dental items), some ideas seem to be good at face value, but they turn out to be a disaster during the implementation process. For instance, some parts are easily damaged, or the whole mechanism just doesn’t work.
So to answer the question above, we’ve scoured popular online retailers, read through consumer ratings, feedback, and reviews, and then come up with a comparison chart listing the top-rated electric toothbrushes.
Top 5 Best Electric Toothbrush Consumer Picks
At a glance, here are the top 5 electric toothbrushes as analyzed from consumer feedback and ratings.
It’s also worth mentioning that when it comes to kids, the Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6311/07 has trumped those offered by other companies.
Based on the list above, two brands have beaten the rest — Philips and Oral-B. But it’s also important to note that not all products manufactured by these brands sit equally well among end consumers.
Best Electric Toothbrush Reviews 2015
Let’s examine in full detail why the above-stated electric toothbrushes are our top picks.
A. Philips Sonicare HX5610/30
The Philips Sonicare HX5610/30 boasts a patented sonic technology to gently remove plaque and dirt particles in between teeth and along the gumline. It accomplishes 31,000 strokes per minute, but it does so gently.
What do consumers say about this sonic toothbrush?
Pros include the following. First, it has impressive features that help give you a clean brushing experience. For instance, it has a 2-minute timer that abides by what experts recommend as ample brushing time. Plus, since it’s a timer, you don’t have to estimate or guess how long have you been brushing your teeth.
Also, there is a bristle indicator that tells you when it’s time to change your brush head. Next, the HX5610/30 has a small footprint. Meaning, you can store this away without addressing any space issues, and you can travel with it because it has excellent portability.
But no matter how nice-sounding these pros are, this product is not perfect.
Among the cons mentioned include the following. First, the brush heads are pricey. Second, several owners have said that their HX5610/30 won’t hold a charge after just a few weeks.
B. Oral-B Pro 5000
One of the most impressive features of the Oral-B 5000 rechargeable toothbrush is the Wireless SmartGuide, which is a wall-mountable device that makes sure that you abide by brushing requirements (e.g., 2 minute brushing time). Also, it can tell when you’re brushing too hard.
What are the pros and cons of this product as given by consumers?
Pros include the following:
allows multiple people to share the toothbrush (all you need is an extra head), convenient stand-alone charging, comes with a travel case for added portability and organization, carrying case holds several brush heads.
Cons include the following:
several consumers have complained about their Oral-B 5000 being too loud, it takes more than 10 hours to recharge and achieve a full charge, and some complaints about the reliability of the smart display timer.
C. Philips Sonicare Flexcare HX6921/30
Another product from Philips, the Sonicare HX6921/30 Flexcare features sonic technology, a patented system that helps clean in between tight spaces gently.
Aside from that, it also features a unique gum care mode, which when selected helps provide the following mechanism: 2 minutes of overall cleaning and 1 minute to gently clean problem areas.
Pros and cons or consumer feedback include the following:
– easy to hold
– travel case is a big plus for neat organization and portability
– brush heads last at least 3 months, but as one consumer has said, they can be pricey
– can be loud
– long battery life
D. Oral-B 7000 Precision Black
One glance of the Oral-B 7000 Precision Black is enough to tell you that this toothbrush has a sleek appearance and high-end features. Once you unbox your package, expect to find the following: a rechargeable toothbrush handle, charging station, wireless SmartGuide, travel case, and 3 heads.
Some of the reviews, feedback, and comments from consumers include the following:
– Some buyers have pointed out that this takes longer to charge.
– Several buyers pointed out that you can find this loud, especially if you have light sleepers in the next room.
– The black and blue lights make the brush attractive.
– It makes your mouth feel very clean after brushing.
E. Philips Sonicare HX6511/50
Just like the other toothbrushes from Philips, the Sonicare HX6511/50 features a patented sonic technology mechanism for efficient, but gentle brushing.
But one of this unit’s unique features is the Quadpacer simplified brushing system. This ensures that all four quadrants in your mouth are covered because in 30-second intervals, it beeps to remind you to move on to the next.
What do consumers say about their Philips Sonicare HX6511/50?
Feedback include the following:
– effective in reaching back part of teeth
– one charge lasts for many brushes
– it vibrates and pulsates efficiently without being too loud
Best Electric Toothbrush for Kids – Philips Sonicare for Kids HX6311/07
Kids have special needs. Their gums and teeth can easily be hurt with hard bristles. Thanks to the Philips Sonicare HX6311/07, rest assured that your kids will learn to love taking care of their oral and dental health.
Why? When it comes to features, this electric toothbrush has got all the bells and whistles. For instance, it comes with a kid-friendly design that’s surely appealing to children. As if that’s not enough, it comes with eight interchangeable stickers to give kids other design options. Second, it comes with a KidPacer function that alerts your child to move on to the next quadrant or side of his mouth, thereby allowing him to completely brush his teeth. Third, it has a KidTimer feature to ensure that brushing time abides by expert recommendation of 2 minutes.
NOTE: The Sonicare HX6311/07 is the new and improved version of the older model, Sonicare HX6311/02.
Now, the real question is, does the Philips Sonicare HX6311/07 sit well among consumers? According to the feedback, comments, and ratings, this electric toothbrush does sit well among consumers.
Here are some feedback about this toothbrush.
– brush heads are expensive
– it doesn’t shut off until after the 2-minute duration is up
– the stickers work for children who are not keen on having a toothbrush
Comparison Chart – View Features and Compare Ratings
So that you’ll get a bigger picture, we’ve included this chart that you can use to compare the electric toothbrushes currently available on the market.
|Image||Brand / Model||Unique Features|
|Philips Sonicare HX5610/30 Essence 5600||powerful Sonic technology, up to 31,000 strokes per minute, Smartimer feature, soft travel case, hygienic travel cap|
|Philips Sonicare HX6511/50||sonic technology, 2-minute smartimer®, Quadpacer, up to 31,000 movements per minute|
|Oral-B 3000||precision clean refill brush head, Visual Pressure Indicator, Family toothbrush head holder|
|Health HP-STX||36,000 ultra powerful strokes per minute, Power/Clean, Soft/Gentle & Massage modes, Auto shut-off after two minutes, Multiple colored toothbrush heads,|
|Oral-B 1000||Deep Sweep Technology, Daily Clean Mode with 3D Movement, Gum Care Pressure Sensor, Indicator bristles|
|Oral-B 4000||Deep Clean mode, FlossAction technology, In-Handle Display with Interactive Feedback, Charge Level Display, Portable Smart Plug charger, Travel Case|
|ToiletTree TTP-TB-B Electric Toothbrush||waterproof design, 2 minute auto-time, 2 brush modes, 8,800 oscillations per minute, BPA-free and FDA approved|
|Philips Sonicare HX6731/02||3 modes, 31,000 brush strokes per minute, Angled Brush Head Neck, easy-start program, Quadpacer 30-second interval timer|
|Oral-B Precision Black 7000||3D cleaning action, 6 customized cleaning modes, Visible pressure sensor lights, Wireless SmartGuide, Indicator Bristles|
|Philips Sonicare HX6711/02||SoniCare technology, Quadpacer and Smartimer, ProResults brush head|
|Philips Sonicare Elite Premium Edition HX5910-658210||Massage mode, 2 Power toothbrushes, 3 e series brush heads, 2 travel cases, 2 chargers|
|Philips Sonicare HX9332/05||Dual charging system, DiamondClean brush heads, five unique cleaning modes, Smartimer and Quadpacer, Charging Glass and USB Charging Travel Case|
Do Electric Toothbrushes Work? Here are Studies on Their Effectiveness
There are several studies done on the effectiveness of electric toothbrushes compared to manual brushing and water flossing. How do they fare?
A. Electric Toothbrushes vs Manual Brushing
Some studies say there is no significant difference between manual brushing and the use of electric toothbrushes. Examples of these studies are included below.
- “Effect on periodontal status of rotary electric toothbrushes vs. manual toothbrushes during periodontal maintenance,” Journal of Periodontology, 1989, Boyd RL, Murray P, Robertson PB.
- “Efficacy of an electric toothbrush on plaque control compared to two manual toothbrushes,” International Dental Journal, 2011, Parizi MT, Mohammadi TM, Afshar SK, Hajizamani A, Tayebi M.
Others say otherwise, that electric toothbrushes are better than their manual counterparts. Here are some studies that you can check.
- “Powered/electric toothbrushes compared to manual toothbrushes for maintaining oral health,” Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2014
- “A comparison of the efficacy of a novel electric toothbrush and a manual toothbrush in the treatment of gingivitis,” American Journal of Dentistry, 1998, van der Weijden FA, Timmerman MF, Piscaer M, IJzerman Y, Warren PR, van der Velden U.
B. Electric Toothbrushes vs Water Flossers
As we have pointed out in our previous article called “Waterpik Complete Care is Better Than Sonicare Air Floss, According to Study,” water flossers perform better than electric toothbrushes.