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Best Travel Toothbrush 2020

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 259369)

You may love travelling, or you might not be too fussed.

Maybe your job means you have to travel, maybe your lifestyle leads to you travelling, or maybe you have family all over the world. 

Whatever your reason for travel, you still need to take care of your teeth.

So what options do you have, in particular with a toothbrush, when is comes to travelling?

In this article, I am going to present what I believe to be some of the best travel-friendly toothbrushes.

I will list both manual and electric options with an explanation of why they are good choices.

I shall also go explain what options you have to help you travel with more ease with your existing toothbrush.

The article is broken up into several sections:

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Best Travel Electric Toothbrush

Best Toothbrush for Travel

Simply put there is no one best toothbrush for travellers.

This is because what every user needs and wants from a brush will differ.

The needs of someone travelling for a weekend break will be quite different to that of a backpacker or that of worker on assignment overseas for 6 months.

I have, however, listed what I deem to be the most suitable for most people.

1. Oral-B Pro 2 2000

The Pro 2 2000 is one of my most recommended electric toothbrushes.

It offers a superb clean of the teeth and all of the essential features required of an electric toothbrush.

A timer, pressure sensor and multiple cleaning modes are built-in and it uses the rotating-oscillating technology and round brush heads Oral-B are famous for.

It is great value for money, particularly when a travel case is included in the box.

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A basic, but functional case it holds the handle and up to 2 brush heads.

The slim handled brush feels comfortable in the hand and looks good too.

Whilst the Pro 2 2000 does not offer the best battery life of an electric toothbrush, it strikes a nice balance between usable time, features and price.

With 2+ weeks of battery life available on a full charge, this should be enough for most people going away on holiday or for work.

Preview Product Rating Price
Oral-B Pro 2 2000 Oral-B Pro 2 2000 69 Reviews $ 79.00

Read our Oral-B Pro 2 2000 Review

2. Feelearth Soft Bamboo Toothbrush

A manual toothbrush this is, but a more environmentally considerate option.

It requires no batteries to power it, so you can be sure that it will always work wherever you are.

Whether it is a weekend away or months spent backpacking around the world, this brush will take up little space or add little weight to your bag.

Made from bamboo it an environmentally considerate option and compostable (with the exception of the bristles) when you need to dispose of it.

The Feelearth bamboo brushes come as a pack of 4, for extra value.

Soft bristles provide a gentle clean of the teeth and gums.

They do not come with a travel case, so you will need to pop this in a washbag or get a brush head cover.

Preview Product Rating Price
Feelearth Soft Bamboo Toothbrush - 4pk Feelearth Soft Bamboo Toothbrush - 4pk 14 Reviews $ 8.75

3. Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100

With up to 5 weeks of use available from the built-in rechargeable battery, the 5100 is great for those who spend extended periods of time away from home and unable to recharge their toothbrush.

Included in the box is a protective travel case, which holds the handle and up to 2 brush heads. Thanks to this you know when you are travelling your brush will be protected from damage and accidental activation.

The 5100 offers the most important features you would want from an electric toothbrush.

A built-in timer and pacer encourage you to brush for the dentist recommended 2 minutes, whilst the pressure sensor helps avoid doing damage by applying too much pressure when you brush.

For those who like a little extra choice, the 5100 has 3 cleaning modes, clean, white and gum health.

A smart and strong performing toothbrush, you can achieve a great clean of the teeth and gums with the 5100.

Preview Product Rating Price
Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 - Navy Blue Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 - Navy Blue 33 Reviews $ 169.00

Read our Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 review.

4. Colgate ProClincal 500R

A good value electric toothbrush, the Colgate ProClinical 500R has a sonic cleaning action just like Sonicare electric toothbrushes.

The 500R comes with a single soft bristled toothbrush head, charging stand and travel case.

With a case included, this makes for a nice option for those who are on the go. Detach the head from the handle, pop both inside the case and be assured the handle is protected from damage and accidental activation.

With approximately a 10 day battery life this is not going to suit those who are away for extended periods of time, unless you are prepared to take the charging stand with you.

2 cleaning modes are available, a powerful daily clean and then a gentle clean too.

All modes activate the built-in 2 minute timer and pacer, to help encourage you to brush the teeth for the dentist recommended amount of time.

Preview Product Rating Price
Colgate ProClinical 500R - Sensitive Colgate ProClinical 500R - Sensitive 6 Reviews $ 46.90

5. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart

The price of this electric toothbrush is for many, simply unjustifiable.

Simply put this is an expensive toothbrush and nobody actually NEED’S this brush.

However, if you demand the best of the best then this is it.

This is a premium electric toothbrush that really does have it all.

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The built-in rechargeable battery gives a good few weeks of use on a single charge anyhow, but, the travel case has a USB cable built into it, so you can more conveninetly charge the brush when away from the regular charging stand.

Multiple cleaning modes, different brushing intensities and different brush head styles allow you to find the perfect combination to achieve your oral care goals.

You can even track your brushing in real-time thanks to the smartphone application and position detection sensors integrated into the handle. Make sure you are brushing all of the teeth correctly and fix any errors before completing your brushing session.

Preview Product Rating Price
Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 10 Reviews $ 398.00

Read our Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Review.

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Buyers Guide – travelling with an electric toothbrush

The electric toothbrush can go with you when travelling, it does not need to stay at home.

Many people I have spoken to seem to leave their electric toothbrush at home in preference of taking the traditional manual brush, when travelling.

Most often say it is more convenient.

A manual toothbrush is smaller and lighter for sure.  But, to me this seems slightly counter-intuitive when convenience (it doing the work not you) is one of the reasons some go for the electric toothbrush in the first place.

So let me answer some common queries and explain some of the options you have when travelling with an electric toothbrush.

Can you take an electric toothbrush in hand luggage?

Yes.

There should be no issue with you taking an electric toothbrush in your hand luggage.

I have done this many times.  I have personally never been stopped or had my toothbrush inspected.

Technically, the exact rules on whether you can or cannot take an electric toothbrush with you onto an airplane will vary from one airline to another.

The customs/airport security ruling can change from one country to another also.

However, the likelihood of it being an issue is very slim.  An electric toothbrush is really considered a bit like a mobile phone.  It is one of those essential items that passengers will carry.

Many thousands of passengers travel with electric toothbrushes in their hand luggage daily.

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Travelling domestically with an electric toothbrush

When travelling domestically or inside your home country, nothing about the way you use your toothbrush changes.  

You can continue to use your electric toothbrush as you would at home.  

You will need to consider how long you are away for and what you need to do if anything about recharging the battery in the brush.

If away for a couple of nights you can take just the brush. If away for a few weeks you will need to take the charging stand in most cases too.

You might also want to consider a case for the brush to keep it protected and avoid accidental activation when transporting.

Some brushes come with a travel case included, others do not.

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Don’t forget to consider whether you need to take a spare brush head with you, might it be time to change your brush head whilst you travel.

Travelling internationally with an electric toothbrush

When travelling internationally with an electric toothbrush, things can become a little more complicated.

However, by taking a couple of minutes you can be assured or what you need or have to consider when travelling with an electric toothbrush.

The key thing to determine is the voltage and power sockets used in the destination country.

You need to know whether they have the same power/voltage and whether they have different plug sockets.

For your convenience, I include a quick reference chart below.

Quick Reference/Check

  • Printed on base of the toothbrush or charging stand – 100-240V
    • Where can it be used? Globally
    • Do I need a voltage convertor? No
    • Do I need a plug adapter? Subject to country
  • Printed on base of the toothbrush or charging stand – 220-240V
    • Where can it be used? In countries with 200-240V (e.g. Australia, New Zealand and most European countries, NOT US/Canada)
    • Do I need a voltage convertor? Yes if the voltage of the country you are travelling to is less than 220V
    • Do I need a plug adapter? Subject to country
  • Printed on base of the toothbrush or charging stand – 110 Volts 60 Cycles
    • Where can it be used? In countries with 110 volts (e.g. US/Canada)
    • Do I need a voltage convertor? Yes if the voltage of the country you are travelling to is higher than 110V
    • Do I need a plug adapter? Subject to country
Using An Electric Toothbrush Abroad/Internationally

It is the act of travelling to a country that has both a different power supply voltage and power connectors that makes travel with an electric toothbrush more difficult.

If the battery life of your brush extends the time you are in the country there is no need to worry.

If your toothbrush has USB charging, this is also not an issue.

However, if you own a brush like the Oral-B Pro 2 2000 and you are spending 6 months in the USA for example.  This is the slightly more confusing setup.

Australia uses 230V electrics whereas the USA uses 110V.

Most electric toothbrushes bought in Australasia have charging stands that work on 220-240V.  The Pro 2 2000 is no exception.

So to use them in the USA, you need a power converter to allow the charging stand to accept the 110V.

What you may need as well though is a plug adapter.  This is to convert the 2 pin adapter found on most charging stands in Australia to work with the power supply in the USA.

You can buy both the voltage and power adapter from various retailers online or in the high street.

When using a voltage converter, you may need a different adapter to the one you think.

Do your research on the voltage in a particular country to ensure you are getting the right converter.

In the instances where the voltage in the country you are travelling to is lower, you need a ‘step up’ converter and when the voltage is higher you need a ‘step down’ converter.

Using the travel from Australia to the USA example, the ‘Step Up’ voltage converter has the 2 pin US connector on it, but actually offers up a 2 pin AU power adapter.

Some electric toothbrushes have charging stands that will support 110-240V meaning you will not need the voltage converter.  Most Philips Sonicare models have dual voltage charging stands.

Advice when travelling with a manual toothbrush

With a manual toothbrush you need not worry whether you are travelling 3 miles down the road or 3,000 miles across the globe as these are typically less hassle when travelling.

You don’t need to worry about power sources, your manual brush does not need charging.

You may want to consider a travel case though, to protect it from getting damaged when in a bag.  

Most brushes do not have a specific travel case, but there are loads of third party options from simple caps for the brush head or that encase the brush and leave space for your tube of toothpaste.  

It is because of the desire to keep things compact and the brush head protected that folding or foldable toothbrushes have become so popular.

Folding in on itself the brush head flips over to be protected by what is the handle and case to the brush.  This typically makes the brush a bit thicker in transit, but not as tall and is a neat option and it’s a more practical shape.

Do seriously consider the more environmentally considerate options such as bamboo brushes which will leave less impact on the environment when disposed of.

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About Jon Love

Jon is a leading voice on electric toothbrushes and has been quoted by mainstream media publications for his opinions and expertise.

Having handled & tested hundreds of products there really is very little he does not know about them.

Passionate about business and helping others, Jon has been involved in various online enterprises since the early 2000s.

After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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