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AutoBrush Review

AutoBrush V4 in Mouth - Side view

Editor’s Note

AutoBrush makes a toothbrush for adults and kids.  There are 2 parts to this review as a result.

Click the relevant link below to be taken to the review you wish to view.

We had previously reviewed AutoBrush V3.  The following review has been updated to reflect our thoughts on AutoBrush V4, the latest variant of this brush. 

Adults AutoBrush Review

Our Verdict

AutoBrush has made reasonable improvements with version 4 of this mouthpiece style toothbrush.

But, I still recommend that you do not buy it.

It is not able to clean the teeth anywhere near the standard necessary to maintain a good level of oral hygiene.

I can remove more plaque in 30 seconds by brushing with a manual toothbrush.

Yet AutoBrush is 50x the price?!

Pros

  • Button layout
  • Brush head design and fit
  • Battery life
  • Battery status feedback

Cons

  • It does not clean the teeth very well
  • Poor fitting mouthpiece
  • Special toothpaste required
  • Expensive
  • Lights are not that effective

The 3 BIG questions about AutoBrush V4

If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the AutoBrush V4.  If I have missed something, let me know in the comments.

If you want more detail, you can read my full AutoBrush 4 review further down the page.

1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?

Yes.  It does not clean the teeth very well.

It is by no means a replacement to a manual or electric toothbrush.

2. Which other brushes should I consider?

AutoBrush is a little different to your conventional toothbrush.

There are other mouthpiece toothbrushes, but I am unable to recommend any at the time of review.

It is not a mouthpiece toothbrush, but you might want to consider 30 Second Smile. More like a regular toothbrush, it has 2 brush heads and  it is able to clean both the top and bottom teeth at the same time.

A more conventional alternative would be the Oral-B Smart 1500

A cost effective, strong performing electric toothbrush, it cleans the teeth really well.

The 1500 boasts 2 weeks of battery life, a built-in timer, and pacer. It does too come with a pressure sensor to help prevent you brushing too hard.

Our Choice
Oral-B Smart 1500 Electric Power Rechargeable Battery Toothbrush, Blue
Electric Toothbrush, 30 Second Smile Shine TSS300 White Electronic Power Rechargeable Toothbrush with Reciprocating Motion, 2 Brushing Speeds, 2 Brush Heads
AutoBrush Adults Complete Oral Health System - Whole Mouth Toothbrush, Dental-Grade Teeth Whitening, and Therapeutic Red Gum Light All-in-one Tool (White)
Brush Name
Oral-B Smart 1500
30 Second Smile
AutoBrush
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
4/5
1/5
Price
$74.99
$119.00
$119.00
Prime
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Our Choice
Oral-B Smart 1500 Electric Power Rechargeable Battery Toothbrush, Blue
Brush Name
Oral-B Smart 1500
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$74.99
Prime
Electric Toothbrush, 30 Second Smile Shine TSS300 White Electronic Power Rechargeable Toothbrush with Reciprocating Motion, 2 Brushing Speeds, 2 Brush Heads
Brush Name
30 Second Smile
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
4/5
Price
$119.00
Prime
-
AutoBrush Adults Complete Oral Health System - Whole Mouth Toothbrush, Dental-Grade Teeth Whitening, and Therapeutic Red Gum Light All-in-one Tool (White)
Brush Name
AutoBrush
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
1/5
Price
$119.00
Prime
-

3. Where is the best place to buy the AutoBrush?

You need to head to www.tryautobrush.com. This is the main store through which you can buy this particular product. It is too sold online at Amazon.com.

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AutoBrush 4 Review

And now for a bit more detail…

This toothbrush is a bit different to those that you might be familiar with.

It is part of a new style of toothbrush, designed to clean all the tooth surfaces at the same time.  This is instead of cleaning just 1 surface at a time like manual and electric toothbrushes do.

They have several names, but most commonly it is referred to as a mouthpiece toothbrush.

Who are AutoBrush?

AutoBrush is brand that is owned and managed by Basis, a sales and marketing company based in San Diego California.

Basis (thebasis.io) is founded by Christopher Lander.

According to their website ” We are a hands on full stack marketing company. We create, manage, and own everything we touch. We do it all from research & development, manufacturing, design, branding, marketing, media, sales, and customer service, for every brand we create.”

AutoBrush is just one of the brands they manage.

From what I can tell, the AutoBrush product has not been completely designed and manufactured solely by Basis. They appear to be using a product designed and made in the far east by another company/manufacturer but this has been customized and packaged under the AutoBrush brand.

This is not uncommon in the dental industry. Many brands do this, however in more recent times the introduction of automatic/mouthpiece style toothbrushes has seen a surge in this type of approach, with some put in more effort than others.

AutoBrush have put more effort in with their own brand and packaging. Compare this to HiBrush for example, which literally shipped a product called V-White, yet marketed and sold it as if it was their own creation.

AutoBrush do not specialize only in dental products and there appears not to to be any dental professionals working within the company.

A nice touch is that they do donate to the American Dental Association to help fun educational campaigns.

On the AutoBrush website it states:

Every investment you make in your smile is a gift to a child who needs our help getting the dental care they need to stay healthy.  We donate a portion of our proceeds, on your behalf, to charities that provide dental care to children.  Thank you for your support of this important cause!

And they do show this letter which appears to confirm a sizeable donation.

AutoBrush Review 1

How does it work?

AutoBrush is not like the toothbrush you are used to.

A regular toothbrush focuses on cleaning 1 tooth surface at a time.  AutoBrush is designed to clean all the teeth surfaces at the same time.

You bite gently into the silicone mouthpiece. The silicone bristles make contact with the front, back and top of the teeth on both the upper and lower jaw.

Because it cleans all surfaces at the same time,  the total brushing time is less, when compared to a regular toothbrush.

You should brush for at least 120 seconds. This means that for the average mouth with 32 teeth, you clean each surface for just 1.25 seconds.

The brushing action lasts for 30 seconds. This means every tooth surface gets brushed 24x longer. Yet the total toothbrushing duration less. However, this doesn’t really matter as it doesn’t clean the teeth all that well.

AutoBrush in mouth side view

You need to follow these steps to get the best cleaning results with AutoBrush.

Step 1 – Attach one brush head to the AutoBrush body.  

Step 2 – Press the power button to activate AutoBrush. Select your preferred cleaning mode, light mode and brushing time.

Step 3 – Place AutoBrush foaming toothpaste along the top and bottom of the brush head, from one end to the other.  

Step 4 – Insert the mouthpiece brush head into the mouth. Bite down so the bristles wrap around all teeth, top, and bottom, inside and out.

Step 5 – Press the power button again to begin to use and start brushing.  

Step 6 – To brush your teeth, bit down and grind the teeth against the brush head.  Grip and move the Autobrush from left to right as it brushes.  Move the brush as far right and left in the mouth as you can to reach the back molars.  To reach the gumline, tilt the brush head towards the top and bottom row of your teeth . Continue brushing from left to right against the gums.

Step 7 – Wait for your AutoBrush session to end automatically, or hold the power button to end manually. Remove the brush head and rinse. Be sure to grab the Brush Head from the bottom rather than the top, and gently pull away from the AutoBrush body. Spit out any remaining toothpaste.

AutoBrush have put together the following video demonstration to show you how to use it.

How-To: Get A Complete, Full-Mouth Cleaning With AutoBrush® 4

AutoBrush V3 vs V4

The key differences between version 3 and the newer version 4 are as follows:

  • 3 new cleaning modes – Care mode, deep cleaning mode and massage mode
  • Additional timer modes
  • Increased sonic vibrations from 24,000 to 30,000 per minute
  • New design and shape for a better in hand fit
  • Improved brush head with thicker silicone bristles and new sizes
  • Added a therapeutic red light to prompted and maintain optimal gum health
  • New charging stand for improved contact and more efficient charging
  • Improved teeth whitening feature. Use with AutoBrush whitening tray.

Variants of thistoothbrush

There are 2 main variants of the AutoBrush V4.  There is the adults version and the kids version.  I have reviewed the kids version here.

Autobrush Adults & Kids

The key difference here is the design and the size of the brush head supplied.

The adult version is available in 4 color options.

Your choices are:

  • White
  • Black
  • Pink
  • Blue

You can select the standard size mouthpiece, or there is an option to select an XL mouthpiece.

You can select the standard size mouthpiece, or there is an option to select an XL mouthpiece.

AutoBrush  offer different bundle options too. In the bundles you j get extra items such as toothpaste, tongue scrapers etc.  

The bundle offers a cost saving on purchasing the items separately.

What’s in the box?

  • 1 x AutoBrush V4
  • 1 x AutoBrush brush head
  • 1 x AutoBrush charging base
  • 1 x USB Charging Cable
  • 1 x USB plug adapter
  • Documentation
AutoBrush 4 Box Contents

Key Features

  • Cleans all the teeth at the same time
  • 3 cleaning modes
  • Silicone mouthpiece
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Automatic power off
  • Various colored LEDs to help with different oral care goals
  • Battery status indicator

Pro & Cons

Here are what I consider to be the pros and cons of the AutoBrush V4.

The Positives

  • Button layout – Easy to use button configuration.
  • Brush head design & fit – Most secure brush head fit for a product of this type, with improvements over previous versions.
  • Battery life – Far exceeds the claimed battery life of 1 week. 
  • Battery status feedback – The power button is lit green or red to indicate if remaining power is high or low.

The Negatives

  • It does not clean the teeth very well – Cleaning results are poor and below standards required.
  • Poor fitting mouthpiece – Doesn’t reach all the teeth and the gumline.
  • Special toothpaste required – Can’t use regular toothpaste with it.  Not made explicitly clear during sale.
  • Expensive – It is around twice the prices of a good value electric toothbrush.
  • Lights are not that effective – Limited benefit from the time you will use it.  Can be used for longer, but better tools available.

Design, usability, clean & general use

AutoBrush version 4 comes packaged in a simple, but acceptable cardboard boxes.  The handpiece and charger comes in one box and the mouthpiece in another.

 You get pretty much what you need and not lots of unnecessary extras.

AutoBrush V4 Box

It would be nice if a bottle of their toothpaste was included.  This is because you require a specific type of paste with this toothbrush.  At the very least, AutoBrush could make it clearer at the time of purchase that you need this.

The variants section above lists out the various choices available. I have here the white colored unit with the standard sized mouthpiece.

All accessories are white in color, irrespective of the handpiece color.

There are 2 key parts to this product.  The AutoBrush 4 handpiece and the brush head.

This is what I call a mouthpiece toothbrush, due to the shape and style of the brush head.  

I will comment on the brush head more shortly. But if you would like to get a good overview of what mouthpiece toothbrushes are, read our guide to mouthpiece toothbrushes.

AutoBrush V4 Mouthpiece Toothbrush White

The main handpiece, like a regular toothbrush, has all the technology built inside.

It is a bit difficult to explain the shape. It is a bit like a trapezoid, although not all 4 sides are perfectly straight, but close enough.  

You have a shorter flat base with the 2 sides of the handpiece tapering out, to the wider top.

The sides, back and base of the handpiece are free of ports and controls.

On the front is where you have the power, cleaning mode, light and timer button.

On the top, in the middle, is the metal shaft that connects to the motor inside.  This is what the brush head attaches to.

On the top too you have a number of LEDs under a clear plastic panel.  

The handle is fairly easy to grip onto.  It is coated in a silicone material.  This makes it slightly soft to the touch and reasonably grippy.

Unlike version 3, the material is smooth rather than textured.

The U shaped brush head pushes onto and pulls off the metal shaft.  It has the most secure fit of any mouthpiece toothbrush I have tried to date.

Top down view of AutoBrush 4

Inside are rows of silicone bristles. It is like a mouthguard.  You bite into it and the teeth fit into the U shaped head. The bristles are then supposed to reach all surfaces of the teeth, in both the top and bottom arch. They are angled at 45 degrees to help give the best clean.

It is a one size fits all approach for adults.  For the most part anyway.  There is an XL version if required. 

The standard size will fit the majority of peoples mouths. But as has discovered with other mouthpiece toothbrushes, the fit isn’t great. All and the bristles don’t always reach the gumline, or all the teeth.

The head itself is thicker and more durable than the last variant. The bristle positioning seems to be better also.  It is still far from perfect.  You make up for some of the failure here with the brushing technique.  More on that shortly.

It fits fairly comfortably in my mouth.  I didn’t have my jaw straining like the huge mouthpiece that came with Amabrush.

Autobrush in fake mouth

The sonic motor has  been improved. On the deep cleaning mode you can see and feel the head working much more than I have on any other product of this type.  Unfortunately this increase has not resulted in an improvement in the cleaning results.

Like a regular manual or electric toothbrush, it is recommended that you replace the brush head every 3 months.

To use this, you need to apply some of the special foaming toothpaste AutoBrush sells. The best way I can describe it is a bit like shaving foam. It is fluffier and not as dense as regular toothpaste. Regular toothpaste will not work with this.

Whilst toothpaste helps with cleaning, it is not the only part, the brush head does most of the work.  This is then aided by you and me moving the brush manually when it is in the mouth too.

It is an odd sensation but it is potentially the future, if it cleaned the teeth well.

I have listed earlier in this review the instructions on how you should use AutoBrush to get the best results. There are 3 cleaning modes. They are:

  • Care
  • Deep cleaning
  • Massage

AutoBrush describe them as:

  • Care Mode – This mode is perfect for daily brushing and helps maintain that clean feel of your teeth.
  • Deep Cleaning Mode – The alternation of the high and low frequency of vibration allows the bristles to move back and forth. This gives your teeth a more comprehensive cleaning action. This mode is perfect for those looking for deep cleaning action.
  • Massage Mode – This mode allows the AutoBrush 4 to vibrate more gently. This mode cleans your teeth and soothes your gums at the same time. This mode is perfect for people who have sensitive teeth and gums.

You select the mode by first pressing the power button on the handpiece. You then press the button on the left side which is a symbol of 3 lines.

The button lights up green for care mode, blue for deep cleaning mode and red for massage mode.

AutoBrush 4 buttons

Along with the modes, you can choose the time for which the brush runs.

On the right side of the handle is a tick button in a dotted circle.

You can choose from 3 cleaning times:

  • 30 seconds
  • 60 seconds
  • 90 seconds

Whilst 30 seconds is the default mode, in theory at least the longer you brush for the better the results.

If you select the 30 second modes it is 4 times quicker than regular brushing. 

At the end of any cycle it turns itself off automatically.

In addition to the brushing mode and brushing time, you also have the light button to change the lights on the top of AutoBrush.

Now the concept with the light is that whilst you can use this as you brush, it is really to be used at a different time.

There are 3 different tlights, deep purple, whitening blue and therapeutic red.

The blue light can be used in conjunction with AutoBrush whitening products to help whiten the teeth. Although it is claimed you can get benefits as you brush.  Blue light can help dehydrate the teeth and make them look whiter.  It can too react with certain ingredients in whitening pastes and gels to give an enhanced whitening look.

It is said it will kill bacteria too.

The red light is to improve and maintain gum health.  Studies have shown that red light waves promote soft tissue healing and reduction of inflamed and receding gums.

As far as I understand the purple light is a mix of the red and blue so you get dual benefits.

Blue light on AutoBrush 4

I am not going to focus on these lights, and their pros and cons. There is perhaps some marginal benefit.  But, there are  more effective approaches t for whitening and gum health.

So then to the actual cleaning performance.  As you will already know I am not impressed.

I tried and tried and retried AutoBrush. Every time I used it my teeth did not feel clean.  I could feel the plaque on my teeth after brushing.  That was the same whatever mode I used and whether it be, 30, 60 or 90 seconds of brushing.

This is a user review and is by no means a clinical study or tested in a scientific way.  The best approach I can take to show the poor results is with a plaque disclosing agent.

Plaque is the reason we clean our teeth. It is this that regular brushing should remove.

The disclosing agent shows this as purple/red/blue areas on the teeth. It makes it nice and clear what areas need brushing and how well it performs.

In the images you will see before and after photos. 

Before & After Plaque Removal AutoBrush 4

As you can see, an extensive amount of plaque remains after brushing.

The cleaning results are poor.  

They are far below the standard required to be considered as an alternative to a manual or electric toothbrush.

To be fair it has removed the majority from the tooth surface.  Although 1 tooth was continually missed.

Most worrying is the amount of plaque that remains at the gumline.

These results were fairly consistent over the repeated attempts I made with AutoBrush.

I followed the technique as best as I could.

Brushing for longer than the standard 30 seconds, did achieve marginally better results. The difference was not significant. 

Changing the cleaning mode/intensity made very little difference.

Headshot with AutoBrush in use

30 seconds spent brushing with a manual brush removed more plaque than AutoBrush.

Using AutoBrush on a regular basis, with no other dental cleaning appliances would potentially lead to very serious negative consequences for your teeth and gums.

Stick to a manual or electric toothbrush if you want healthy teeth and gums.

You do still need to floss when using AutoBrush. It is not a replacement to manual floss or interdental brushes.

Unlike some toothbrushes, it does not have a pressure sensor built-in.  This is because the way the brush head is positioned is different. You should in theory not be able to apply as much force due to the shape of the brush head. That said, when moving it, don’t push too hard against the teeth and gums.

And more of a generalized comment to close off this section, but I do have concerns about the environmental impact of this product.  

No electric toothbrush is great in this regard.  But, regular electric brush heads can now be recycled.

These silicone mouthpiece brush heads can’t.  This product comes with a poor warranty, so if it fails, it’s just going into electrical waste.  

And the harsh reality is that it is quite likely if you do use this, it is going to be infrequently or for a very short period of time. At which point it will end up in the trash, because it is no good to anyone else or for anything else.

Summary of design, usability, clean & general use

  • 2 piece design – handpiece and brush head
  • 4 color options available
  • Handpiece coated in silicone
  • U shaped brush head
  • Brush head made from silicone
  • Cleans all 3 surfaces of the teeth at the same time
  • Secure fitting of brush head
  • 3 cleaning modes (care, deep cleaning & massage)
  • 3 different cleaning times (30, 60 & 90 seconds)
  • 3 different light configurations (purple, red & blue)
  • Up to 30,000 vibrations per minute
  • Specific technique required
  • Cleaning results are poor
  • Teeth do not feel clean after use
  • Special toothpaste required
  • Built-in rechargeable battery

Battery life

In my testing, the brush massively outperformed the claimed battery life of 7 days.

On a full charge it lasted 87 brushing sessions when using the Care mode set to the 30 second time.

This is equivalent to 43 days use, if used twice a day.

That actually exceeds the claimed battery life by 5 weeks.  That is impressive.

Due to the fact that this is a new category of electric toothbrush with few products like this in existence, there isn’t really an established average battery life.  But, of those that do exist the battery life if claimed to be around a week for them.

Included in the box is a charging stand.

White AutoBrush in charging stand

It is made up of 2-3 parts.

You have the main stand itself.  It is a fairly bulky plastic stand with 4 rubber feet on it to prevent it slipping on a countertop.

It is bulkier, because the handpiece actually sits within the stand itself.  It actually lies at a slight angle. There is a cutout in the stand that is made to perfectly hold the brush.

This is a gloss white plastic, with the AutoBrush logo printed on the front, just above an LED.

Supplied in the box is a detachable magnetic charging cable.  It has a USB A connection at one end and then a 3 pin magnetic connector that connects to the base of the charging stand.

AutoBrush magnetic cable

The USB cable can be connected to a USB port on a computer for charging if you like. Or you can use the 3rd part of this stand, the USB wall plug.

The plug adapter and cable are white in color.

When placed on the charging stand the light on the charging stand will be lit green.

The power button  will flash red until such time it is charged.  Once fully charged it turns a solid green color.

It usually takes up to 4 hours to charge fully.

When in use and the battery is running low, the power button will light up red.  This indicates that the battery is nearly out of charge.

Summary of battery life

  • Claimed battery life of up to 7 days
  • Achieved 6 weeks from a single charge
  • Charging stand supplied
  • Detachable USB cable
  • USB plug adapter included
  • Green LED on the handle means the battery is charged
  • Flashing red LED on the handle means the battery is charging
  • Solid LED on the handle means the battery is low

Price & where to buy

I have included links to buying options here at the start of the review.

In the section below, I discuss the price more generally and in relation to similar products.

AutoBrush is sold primarily via the company’s own website www.tryautobrush.com.

Don’t expect to see this on the shelves of your local pharmacy, Walmart or Target for example.

The company offers many different products/bundles with different prices.

When reviewing the price of a brush I do not include the cost of toothpaste, as you need this irrespective of the brush.

But, with AutoBrush you actually need to buy a special toothpaste. Your normal tube of paste isn’t designed to work with the brush head. 

This is more expensive.  To keep things simple, I will exclude this from the price at this time.

The list price of AutoBrush V4 is $139.

This price is the same irrespective of color or the size of mouthpiece chosen.

The recommendation is to replace the head every 3 months.

The cost of replacement brush heads are $10 each.

Autobrush laid down top angle

To give a benchmark of the ownership costs, we like to price a toothbrush over 3 years.

The total cost for AutoBrush V4 will be $249 or $0.23 per day to own.

Prices are always subject to change so this is a guide.

Yet, working in our favor is the number of promotions that AutoBrush offer.

These too are subject to change, but it is very easy to get 10% off.  

At times it would appear possible to get  more significant savings. Particularly with the use of voucher codes.

Let’s assume you can achieve a generous 25% discount, this would reduce the cost to $187 or $0.17 per day to own, over 3 years.

It is fair to think that a new type of product like this should command a premium price.

The prices for AutoBrush are much more comparable to Y-Brush.  In fact, AutoBrush is cheaper.  Then again Y-Brush performs a bit better I think.

Either way, these prices are too high for this product, considering its performance.

An excellent, conventional electric toothbrush will cost around $50.  The Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 is one example. Priced over 3 years that works out at $0.13 per day.

The Oral-B Smart 1500 costs less at $0.11 per day and is one of our top rated electric toothbrushes.

The hum by Colgate is another great toothbrush that works out at just $0.11 cents per day.  This is basically half that of AutoBrush and the 2 don’t even compare in cleaning performance.

These figures don’t account for the approx $5 premium required for the toothpaste.

What I am saying here, is that, no matter what the price of this product, do not buy it. Doing so would simply be a waste of money and resources.

At the time of writing, there are no mouthpiece toothbrushes I can recommend.

Please note that all prices quoted are approximates and will vary based on location, supplier and time of purchase.  These figures were correct at the time of writing and should not be relied upon as hard fact, but used as a guide during your decision process.

Summary of price & where to buy

  • List of buying options included here
  • Retail price of $139
  • Often available with a discount
  • Can potentially buy with up to 25% off
  • Replacement brush heads cost $10 each
  • Costs $249 or $0.23 per day over 3 years to own
  • Costs $187 or $0.17 per day to own over 3 years with 25% discount
  • Regular electric toothbrush cheaper and cleans better
  • Special toothpaste required costs approx $5 extra per tube

Reliability & long term use

I have been using this, in conjunction with my regular toothbrush for 3 weeks.

In that time, I have had no reason to question the quality and reliability of the product.

No, it does not clean the teeth very well.  But, it does feel solid in hand and the general build quality is satisfactory.

The brush head secures firmly to the handpiece, which is a positive over similar products I have used.

No immediate concerns, but I am not convinced that this will stand the test of time quite like other brushes.  The truth is, I won’t be using this product for any longer to find out.

I do think we can glean an insight into the long term reliability when reviewing the warranty for this product.

Electric toothbrushes usually have a 1-2 year warranty.

AutoBrush appears not to have a warranty, at best it is 30 days, it is not entirely clear on their website.

According to their returns and refund policy if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you can return any item that meets their requirements for an exchange, refund, or credit within 30 days.

The catch here is for hygiene reasons, they cannot offer refunds or exchanges on goods that have been opened or used.

This makes some logical sense, but how can you know if you are happy with it or not until you have used it?!

They do specifically state that is the charging base fails after 30 days, your only option is to buy a new one.

Wording like this does give me concern about the reliability of this product, if you did decide to use it long term.

I do think if you were to contact them within 12 months of ownership because something went wrong, you may get a positive outcome, but it is not a guarantee.

Conclusion

Conceptually this is the future, but in reality, the product just isn’t good enough.

Do not buy this toothbrush.

Better cleaning results can be achieved by a manual toothbrush. And that is around 50x cheaper.

Without doubt, there have been improvements over the last generation. But, the fact remains that it still does not clean the teeth as well as it should or needs to.

Stick with a regular toothbrush. Or opt for one of the best electric toothbrushes available today.

Our Choice
Oral-B Smart 1500 Electric Power Rechargeable Battery Toothbrush, Blue
Electric Toothbrush, 30 Second Smile Shine TSS300 White Electronic Power Rechargeable Toothbrush with Reciprocating Motion, 2 Brushing Speeds, 2 Brush Heads
AutoBrush Adults Complete Oral Health System - Whole Mouth Toothbrush, Dental-Grade Teeth Whitening, and Therapeutic Red Gum Light All-in-one Tool (White)
Brush Name
Oral-B Smart 1500
30 Second Smile
AutoBrush
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
4/5
1/5
Price
$74.99
$119.00
$119.00
Prime
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Our Choice
Oral-B Smart 1500 Electric Power Rechargeable Battery Toothbrush, Blue
Brush Name
Oral-B Smart 1500
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$74.99
Prime
Electric Toothbrush, 30 Second Smile Shine TSS300 White Electronic Power Rechargeable Toothbrush with Reciprocating Motion, 2 Brushing Speeds, 2 Brush Heads
Brush Name
30 Second Smile
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
4/5
Price
$119.00
Prime
-
AutoBrush Adults Complete Oral Health System - Whole Mouth Toothbrush, Dental-Grade Teeth Whitening, and Therapeutic Red Gum Light All-in-one Tool (White)
Brush Name
AutoBrush
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
1/5
Price
$119.00
Prime
-

Size Guide

  • Height (without head) – 2.48 inches/6.3cm
  • Height (with head) – 4.13 inches/10.5cm
  • Width – 1.77~2.6 inches/4.5~6.5cm
  • Thickness – 1.18 inches/3cm
  • Weight (without head) – 3.8 oz/107g
  • Weight (with head) – 4.7oz/132g

All are approximates

AutoBrush 4 Kids Review

AutoBrush 4 Kids in Charging Stand

Our Verdict

There is no denying that AutoBrush for kids makes brushing fun.

Parents to the most stubborn child will likely have some success.

I achieved results better than I had expected.  But, the fact remains that this does not clean the teeth as well as it should.

It is not a replacement to the manual or conventional electric toothbrush.  Even AutoBrush themselves agree (see here).

It is an aid, to be used in addition to a regular toothbrush. An expensive one at that.

It helps make tooth brushing more fun and enjoyable. It eases some of the stress for the parent.

Pros

  • Handle design/characters
  • Button layout
  • Brush head sizes
  • Brush head design and fit
  • Battery life
  • Battery status feedback

Cons

  • It does not clean the teeth very well
  • Poor fitting mouthpiece
  • Special toothpaste required
  • Expensive

The 3 BIG questions about the AutoBrush Kids

If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Kids AutoBrush V4.  If I have missed something, let me know in the comments.

If you want more detail, you can read my full AutoBrush 4 for kids review further down the page.

1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?

Yes.

It does not clean the teeth as well as you would hope or expect which is concerning.

But, by no means a complete redemption, but there are features that help make brushing fun. And engage a child in a way some other toothbrushes do not.

As a result, this could be a product that helps make toothbrushing with your child easier in the long term.

2. Which other brushes should I consider?

A manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush for kids is the best alternative.

My recommendation is the Sonicare for kids connected or the Oral-B kids 3+ toothbrush.

Both of these options are more affordable and clean the teeth to a better standard.

The Sonicare does have a smartphone app that is engaging for many. It works more effectively at encouraging regular brushing than the Oral-B alternative.

Our Choice
Philips Sonicare for Kids Bluetooth Connected Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Interactive for Better Brushing, Aqua
Oral-B Kids Electric Toothbrush with Sensitive Brush Head and Timer, for Kids 3+ (Product Design May Vary)
AutoBrush Kids Whole Mouth Electric Toothbrush and Training Brush - Built in Music, Timer, and Lights - Teach and Make Healthy Oral Habits Fun (Ages 3-4, Zebra)
Brush Name
Sonicare For Kids Connected
Oral-B 3+
AutoBrush Kids
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Electric Teeth Rating
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$49.95
$28.19
$109.00
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Brush Name
Sonicare For Kids Connected
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$49.95
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Oral-B Kids Electric Toothbrush with Sensitive Brush Head and Timer, for Kids 3+ (Product Design May Vary)
Brush Name
Oral-B 3+
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Electric Teeth Rating
4/5
Price
$28.19
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AutoBrush Kids Whole Mouth Electric Toothbrush and Training Brush - Built in Music, Timer, and Lights - Teach and Make Healthy Oral Habits Fun (Ages 3-4, Zebra)
Brush Name
AutoBrush Kids
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
2/5
Price
$109.00
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3. Where is the best place to buy the Kids AutoBrush?

You need to head to www.tryautobrush.com, this is the main outlet through which you can buy AutoBrush 4 Kids. It is too sold online at Amazon.com.

Video Review

AutoBrush 4 Kids Review

How does AutoBrush kids work?

The kids version of AutoBrush works in the exact same way as the adult version.  I have written about that here

There is below however a how to video, specific to the kids brush.

How-To: Use AutoBrush® 4 Kids

AutoBrush is not a replacement for regular brushing

As a parent myself, I am all too aware of the challenges of getting a child to brush their teeth.

As a general rule, I have been very lucky in that my son has taken to brushing fairly well. We have very few toothbrushing tantrums in comparison to some parents.

Yet, a consistent worry I have is how well this product cleans the teeth.

The results with my son were better than I had anticipated. Particularly given my own experience with the adult version. 

The results were inconsistent.  But, to get the best results, I had to move the toothbrush.

AutoBrush Kids Plaque Disclosing Before & After

In email exchanges with myself, the team behind AutoBrush say:

 “Our product is a great compliment to your normal brushing routine. We have a lot of parents that are struggling to get their kids to brush in the mornings, so they let the children use AutoBrush in the morning and then they help the children to brush in the evening with a traditional toothbrush.

I do not feel that this is documented clearly enough on the AutoBrush website.  The impression is given that it is a solution or replacement to the regular brush.

By no means a reprieve. But if it was more clearly communicated then this has only to be a good thing for everyone.

Some dentists who have used this product have referred to this as a ‘gateway’ product.

This means it is used to aid and help with toothbrushing and teaching them about oral hygiene in a positive and fun way. 

I do not disagree with this approach and concept. If, you, the parent or guardian purchasing it understand this too.

The product definitely fills a purpose. But I want to ensure that you are aware that this is not the complete solution. AutoBrush can form part of the solution.

Our in-house dentist Dr Chhaya Chauhan says;

AutoBrush Review 2

Using the correct toothbrush with an optimal brushing technique is still the best way to get the best oral hygiene results. A mouthpiece like this may be useful if a child is not brushing their teeth at all, as a brief intermediary step to using a correct toothbrush.

Dr Chhaya ChauhanIn-house dentist – GDC Number: 83940

It is up to you to find what works for you and your family, but do so understanding the boundaries of the products.

AutoBrush kids for those with disabilities

Disabilities come in all different forms. And for some parents, toothbrushing can be an even bigger challenge

I believe many dentists would agree with me when I say, the goal is the best brushing routine possible, but something is better than nothing.

It is also better to take time, days, weeks, months etc, if in the long term the results are going to be more positive.  Forcing approaches and techniques will not always work.  This approach can have more damaging long term effects.

The unique approach of AutoBrush will, engage some children in ways parents have not seen before.

This has to be complimented. And there must be acknowledgement that there is a place for AutoBrush in the lives of some children.

But, the fact remains that the cleaning still is sub-standard and it is not a long term solution.

So, try and make use of AutoBrush as part of a wider program to get your child brushing their teeth. Do not rely on it as the only option.

Variants of this toothbrush

As you will now be aware, there are 2 main variants of the AutoBrush V4.  There is the kids and the adult version.

In this part of the review, we are specifically interested in the kids version.

It is available in 4 versions:

  • Lenni the lion
  • Mattie the monkey
  • Harley the hippo 
  • Ziggy the zebra
AutoBrush Ziggy Zebra

You then have the option of 4 different sized brush heads, depending on the age of the child using the brush.

  • 3-4 years
  • 5-7 years
  • 8-10 years
  • 10-12 years

Children aged over 12 should then be able to use the adult sized brush head.

AutoBrush does offer many different bundle options too.  In the bundles you get extra items such as toothpaste.  The bundle offers a cost saving on purchasing the items separately.

What’s in the box?

  • 1 x AutoBrush Kids V4
  • 1 x AutoBrush brush head
  • 1 x AutoBrush charging base
  • 1 x USB Charging Cable
  • 1 x USB plug adapter
  • Sicker & brushing chart
  • Documentation
AutoBrush 4 Kids Box Contents

Key Features

  • Sounds make brushing fun
  • Character make brush more engaging
  • 3 cleaning modes
  • Silicone mouthpiece of different sizes
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Automatic power off
  • Battery status indicator

Pro & Cons

Here are what I consider to be the pros and cons of the AutoBrush Kids.

The Positives

  • Handle design/characters – Fun & engaging characters appeal to kids.
  • Button layout – Easy to use button configuration.
  • Brush head sizes – A range of choices for different aged children.
  • Brush head design & fit – Most secure brush head fit for a product of this type, with improvements over previous versions.
  • Battery life – Far exceeds the claimed battery life of 1 week. 
  • Battery status feedback – The power button is lit green or red to indicate if remaining power is high or low.

The Negatives

  • It does not clean the teeth very well – Cleaning results are better than expected but still poor and below standards required.
  • Poor fitting mouthpiece – Doesn’t reach all the teeth and the gumline.
  • Special toothpaste required – Can’t use regular toothpaste with it.  Not made explicitly clear during sale.
  • Expensive – It is around twice the prices of a good value electric toothbrush.

Design, usability, clean & general use

AutoBrush 4 Kids comes packaged in 2 boxes. 1 has the appropriate sized brush head for your child, whilst the other has the handpiece and charger in it.

The main box with the handpiece appears a simple cardboard box, until you open it.

Much to the child’s delight, as you open it a jungle themed song plays.  I have to say it was quite fun and I was not expecting this.

You get pretty much what you need and not lots of unnecessary extras.

It would be nice if a bottle of their toothpaste was included.  This is because you need a specific type of paste with this toothbrush.  At the very least, AutoBrush could make it clearer at the time of sale. 

The foaming past AutoBrush does offer for kids is strawberry or bubblegum flavored.  It is also fluoride free.

There are 2 key parts to this kids mouthpiece toothbrush.  The AutoBrush 4 kids handpiece and the brush head.

AutoBrush Kids Zebra Toothbrush

I will explain the 2 parts in more detail.

It should be noted that this kids version is really a rebadged edition of the adults’ brush.  

The key differences are:

  • The brush head size
  • Handpiece color schemes,
  • Charging stand design
  • The speaker in the handpiece

There are 4 different characters this toothbrush can be purchased as.  The options are:

  • Lenni the lion
  • Mattie the monkey
  • Harley the hippo 
  • Ziggy the zebra

The handpiece (handle) has a printed face for that character on the front. On the back is a printed and ears extend from each side of the handpiece.

My son and I have Ziggy the Zebra.

I certainly cannot dispute the fact that my son loved the Zebra face and ears of AutoBrush. He was very excited to use it.

Compared to the adults version, the charging stand has a green jungle themed printed on it.  This is rather than being all white in color.

Irrespective of the character, you get the same stand.

The kids AutoBrush handpiece is the same size as the adults and the modes and options are the same.  You might think the handpiece might be smaller for children, but it isn’t.

The motor and rechargeable battery are built inside the handle.

It is a bit difficult to explain the shape. It is a bit like a trapezoid, although not all 4 sides are perfectly straight, but close enough.  

You have a shorter, flat base with the 2 sides of the handpiece tapering out, to the wider top.

AutoBrush 4 Kids laid down, top angle

The sides, back and base of the handpiece are free of ports and controls.  But, on the back is the tail of the animal character, along with a speaker and on the sides are the ears.

On the front is where you have the power, cleaning mode, light and timer button, as well as the face of the character.

On the top, in the middle, is the metal shaft that connects to the motor inside.  This is what the brush head attaches to.

On the top too you have a number of LEDs under a clear plastic panel.  

The handle is fairly easy to grip onto.  It is coated in a silicone material.  This makes it slightly soft to the touch and reasonably grippy.

There are 4 different sized mouthpieces/brush heads for children.

  • 3-4 years
  • 5-7 years
  • 8-10 years
  • 10-12 years

These push onto and pull off of the metal shaft that extends from the top of the handpiece.

They fit nice and securely, which is good.

The U shaped brush head is designed to mimic the arch of teeth in the upper and lower jaw.  The idea is that your child bites into the mouthpiece and the rows of bristles make contact with the teeth on all 3 surfaces at the same time.

These bristles are angled at 45 degrees to brush into the gumline as dentists recommend.

Close up AutoBrush Kids brisltes

I don’t believe the brush heads have a perfect fit to the teeth. Nor to the gums in every instance, but the technique for brushing helps make up for this to some extent.

It is recommended that you replace the brush head every 3 months.  The same as you would a manual brush.

Inside the handle is a sonic motor that offers up to 30,000 vibrations per minute.  It gets the brush head bristles moving.

As is the case with the adult brush, the buttons on the handpiece allow you to select the most appropriate brushing mode.

Your options and the description AutoBrush gives for each is as follows:

  • Care Mode – This mode is perfect for daily brushing and helps maintain that clean feel of your teeth.
  • Deep Cleaning Mode – The alternation of the high and low frequency of vibration allows the bristles to move back and forth. This gives your teeth a more comprehensive cleaning action. This mode is perfect for those looking for deep cleaning action.
  • Massage Mode – This mode allows the AutoBrush 4 to vibrate more gently. This mode cleans your teeth and soothes your gums at the same time. This mode is perfect for people who have sensitive teeth and gums.

The button lights up green for care mode, blue for deep cleaning mode and red for massage mode.

Along with the modes, you can choose the time for which the brush runs.

On the right side of the handle is a tick button in a dotted circle.

You can choose from 3 cleaning times:

  • 30 seconds
  • 60 seconds
  • 90 seconds

When the 30 or 60 second mode is selected, the brush will play a song via the speaker on the back of the handle.  It does not do this with the 90 second mode.

At the end of any cycle it turns itself off automatically.

In addition to the brushing mode and brushing time you also have the light button.  This changes the color of the lights on the top of AutoBrush.

Again these are the same as the adult brush.  The blue light is supposed to help with killing bacteria and red with gum health. Dual benefits are achieved I believe with the purple light.

My son just saw them more as fun lights.  If you struggle to get your child to brush, I really think the last worry on your mind is trying to make use of the lights.  The potential benefit really is quite small.

AutoBrush 4 Kids in mouth

To the cleaning results then.

To be clear, this is not a replacement to brushing with a regular manual or electric toothbrush.  The cleaning results are simply not good enough.

A manual or conventional electric toothbrush removes plaque that AutoBrush does not.

This is a user review and is by no means a clinical study or tested in a scientific way.  The best approach I can take to show the poor results is with a plaque disclosing agent.

Plaque is the reason we clean our teeth. It is this that regular brushing should remove.

The disclosing agent shows this as purple/red/blue areas on the teeth. It makes it nice and clear what areas need brushing and how well it performs.

In the images you will see before and after photos. 

AutoBrush Kids Plaque Disclosing Before & After

As you can see, plaque remains after brushing.

How good the results are will to some extent depend on your child and how well they corporate.  Better results will most likely be achieved with older children.  This is because they can follow the instructions with more ease.

I will admit the results were better than I had anticipated. That includes when he used it on his own or when I moved it for him. But still not amazing.

There were some really mixed results, whether I moved it or he did.  On several occasions large bits of food stuff on the teeth remained.  Even after as long as 60 seconds of brushing.

To be fair, he did a good job himself. He is 3. Whilst very good at following instructions, AutoBrush isn’t that straightforward. 

It was clear that the best results were achieved when I moved the brush in my son’s mouth.

Despite this, on every occasion a reasonable amount of plaque remained.

With my son it did do a better job at the gumline than the adult brush did with myself using it.

I fear for any child who uses this as their only oral care product.

I do think this has a role to play as a ‘gateway’ brush.  An aid or tool in getting even the most stubborn children excited to brush their teeth.

Dental professionals would likely agree with me when I say that it is better to live with some substandard brushing results for a short period of time, if, in the long term it results in more continuous successful brushing.

The characters and sounds as well as the unique approach of this brush helps parents on this journey.

Speaker on AutoBrush Kids

But this really is very important to note.  It is not a replacement to the regular toothbrush.  Your child will still have plaque buildup and you will need as best as possible to remove that.

There is a very reasonable argument for using this as part of a wider educational journey on the importance of toothbrushing.  The brushing chart with stickers in the box helps too.

You might also want to consider the cost.  This is by no means a cheap toothbrush.

What does it offer over regular toothbrushes? Lights, music a fun character.

Could you achieve a similar theme at home yourself for much less?

Maybe you make face masks you wear when brushing the teeth.  Perhaps you could play some fun songs.  Perhaps you could use some sort of disco light to make it different.

It will not apply to all. But I believe some different approaches to getting your child to brush can be as effective.

I use the Sonicare kids brush with my son.  He brushes himself, whilst watching the Sonicare app character brush its teeth.  At the end of the cycle, I then repeat the process. During this time he dresses the character and opens any prizes that won brushing himself.

And more of a generalized comment to close off this section, but I do have concerns about the environmental impact of this product.  

No electric toothbrush is great in this regard.  But, regular electric brush heads can now be recycled. These silicone mouthpiece brush heads can’t.  

This product comes with a poor warranty, so if it fails, it’s just going into electrical waste.  

And the harsh reality is that it is quite likely if you do use this, it is going to be for a period of weeks or months rather than years.  

It is going to be used as a gateway tool if anything.  After this time what will you do? Throw it in the trash?  

Perhaps you could give it to someone else with a new brush head?  But many get funny about using second hand oral care products.

Summary of design, usability, clean & general use

  • 2 piece design – handpiece and brush head
  • 4 different characters available
  • Handpiece coated in silicone
  • U shaped brush head
  • Brush head made from silicone
  • Different sized brush heads for different aged children
  • Cleans all 3 surfaces of the teeth at the same time
  • Secure fitting of brush head
  • 3 cleaning modes (care, deep cleaning & massage)
  • 3 different cleaning times (30, 60 & 90 seconds)
  • 3 different light configurations (purple, red & blue)
  • Up to 30,000 vibrations per minute
  • Specific technique required
  • Cleaning results are better than expected but poor
  • Teeth do not look clean after use
  • Special toothpaste required
  • Built-in rechargeable battery

Battery life

Given the  limited number of toothbrushes like this, there isn’t yet a benchmark as such for battery life.  Most claims tend to be around a week.  This is precisely what AutoBrush claims.

In my testing, the brush massively outperformed the claims.

On a full charge it lasted 87 brushing sessions when using the Care mode set to the 30 second time.

This is equivalent to 43 days use, if used twice a day.

That actually exceeds the claimed battery life by 5 weeks.  Fairly impressive.

On the Deep Clean setting and with the timer set to 90 seconds, the battery lasted 51 sessions, which is equivalent to 25 days of use, based on 2 uses per day.  This again is 2 and half weeks longer than the claimed battery life.

Included in the box is a charging stand.

It is made up of 2-3 parts.

You have the main stand itself.  It is a fairly bulky plastic stand with 4 rubber feet on it to prevent it slipping on a countertop.

It is bulkier, because the handpiece actually sits within the stand itself.  It actually lies at a slight angle. There is a cutout in the stand that is made to perfectly hold the brush.

With the kids variant, the stand is a light green in color with a jungle leaves pattern printed over it.

AutoBrush Kids in charging stand

Just in front of where the brush sits, is the Autobrush kids logo and an LED.

Supplied in the box is a detachable magnetic charging cable.  It has a USB A connection at one end and then a 3 pin magnetic connector that connects to the base of the charging stand.

The USB cable can be connected to a USB port on a computer for charging if you like. Or you can use the 3rd part of this stand, the USB wall plug.

The plug adapter and cable are white in color.

When placed on the charging stand the light on the charging stand will be lit green.

The power button  will flash red until such time it is charged.  Once fully charged it turns a solid green color.

It usually takes up to 4 hours to charge fully.

When in use and the battery is running low, the power button will light up red.  This indicates that the battery is nearly out of charge.

Summary of battery life

  • Claimed battery life of up to 7 days
  • Achieved 6 weeks from a single charge
  • Charging stand supplied
  • Stand is green in color & has jungle theme
  • Detachable USB cable
  • USB plug adapter included
  • Green LED on the handle means the battery is charged
  • Flashing red LED on the handle means the battery is charging
  • Solid LED on the handle means the battery is low

Price & where to buy

I have included links to buying options here at the start of the review.

In the section below, I discuss the price more generally and in relation to similar products.

The list price for AutoBrush 4 Kids is $129.

It is available for purchase at the company’s own website www.tryautobrush.com.

You will not find this for sale in Walmart, your local dentists office, Target or local pharmacy.

Although the brush retails for $129, there are some different product bundles, where the total price comes down based on the extras that you buy.

The bundles typically include a bottle of the kids strawberry toothpaste. This is because, unlike a regular toothbrush, you need a special toothpaste.  Normal toothpastes are not compatible with the brush head on AutoBrush Kids.

When reviewing the price of a brush I do not normally include the cost of toothpaste.  And to keep things simple, I will exclude the cost of paste here too.  Just be aware that the special paste costs on average $5 more per tube than a regular paste.

The mouthpiece brush heads for AutoBrush ideally should be replaced every 3 months.

Each head cost $10.  This price is the same irrespective of color or the size of mouthpiece chosen.

Over a 3 year period, the cost of buying this brush will be $239 or $0.22 per day.

Whilst prices are always subject to change, this gives you a good idea at least.

It is often possible to reduce this cost by using vouchers and promotional codes.

These too are subject to change, but it is very easy to get 10% off.  

At times it would appear possible to achieve significant savings.

Let’s assume you can achieve a generous 25% discount. This would reduce the cost to $179 or $0.16 per day to own, over 3 years.

Sonicare for Kids Connected, comes in at $0.14 per day, over 3 years. It is our top recommended toothbrush for children. A $20 saving.

But, the cleaning performance between these 2 brushes is significantly different.

It is fair to think that a new type of product like this should command a premium.

However, what is a fair price for a children’s toothbrush like this?  

If you are on more of a budget, the likes of the Oral-B kids range work out at half the price of the Sonicare option. And they still clean comparably well. They just don’t have some of the value added extras.

I can see how the price of AutoBrush may well be very justifiable to you as a parent, if it gets your child brushing.  However, do just bear in mind, regular toothbrushing is still required.

If you are prepared to spend this money, then by all means, do so. Just be aware of the limitations of this product.

Please note that all prices quoted are approximates and will vary based on location, supplier and time of purchase.  These figures were correct at the time of writing and should not be relied upon as hard fact, but used as a guide during your decision process.

Summary of price & where to buy

  • List of buying options included here
  • Retail price of $129
  • Often available with a discount
  • Can potentially buy with up to 25% off
  • Replacement brush heads cost $10 each
  • Costs $239 or $0.22 per day over 3 years to own
  • Costs $179 or $0.16 per day to own over 3 years with 25% discount
  • Regular electric toothbrush cheaper and cleans better
  • Special toothpaste required costs approx $5 extra per tube

Reliability & long term use

Please refer to the reliability section of the adults review here.

Conclusion

Simply put, this is not a replacement to conventional toothbrushing for your child.

Even the manufacturer of this product acknowledges this.

AutoBrush V4 for kids, does not clean the teeth as well as you would hope.

Even if a little inconsistent, the results were better than I expected.

Much like the adult version, better cleaning results can be achieved with a regular toothbrush.

But, unlike a regular toothbrush this does make brushing more fun.

The characters and design make it more engaging.  The music makes it exciting and upbeat.

I believe that even the most stubborn child will relent and have a go with AutoBrush kids.

Getting kids to brush their teeth can be hard.  If this helps then great.  

It can be considered a ‘gateway’ product to help on the journey to regular toothbrushing.

But, at 2x the price of our most recommended best electric toothbrush for kids, it is an expensive option given the cleaning results.

AutoBrush for kids is designed to be used in addition to regular brushing.

It helps make tooth brushing more fun and enjoyable. It eases some of the stress for you as the parent.

Our Choice
Philips Sonicare for Kids Bluetooth Connected Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Interactive for Better Brushing, Aqua
Oral-B Kids Electric Toothbrush with Sensitive Brush Head and Timer, for Kids 3+ (Product Design May Vary)
AutoBrush Kids Whole Mouth Electric Toothbrush and Training Brush - Built in Music, Timer, and Lights - Teach and Make Healthy Oral Habits Fun (Ages 3-4, Zebra)
Brush Name
Sonicare For Kids Connected
Oral-B 3+
AutoBrush Kids
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
4/5
2/5
Price
$49.95
$28.19
$109.00
Prime
Our Choice
Philips Sonicare for Kids Bluetooth Connected Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Interactive for Better Brushing, Aqua
Brush Name
Sonicare For Kids Connected
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$49.95
Prime
Oral-B Kids Electric Toothbrush with Sensitive Brush Head and Timer, for Kids 3+ (Product Design May Vary)
Brush Name
Oral-B 3+
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
4/5
Price
$28.19
Prime
AutoBrush Kids Whole Mouth Electric Toothbrush and Training Brush - Built in Music, Timer, and Lights - Teach and Make Healthy Oral Habits Fun (Ages 3-4, Zebra)
Brush Name
AutoBrush Kids
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
2/5
Price
$109.00
Prime

Electric Teeth Rating

Electric Teeth 2 Star Rating

Size Guide

  • Height (without head) – 2.48 inches/6.3cm
  • Height (with head) – 2.83 inches/7.2cm
  • Width – 1.77~3.35inches/4.5~8.5cm
  • Thickness – 1.18inches/3cm
  • Weight (without head) – 3.8oz/107g
  • Weight (with head) – 4oz/113g

All are approximates

Your Opinions

Do you own or have you used the AutoBrush or Autobrush kids mouthpiece toothbrush?

Are there certain features that you really like or dislike?

Let us know what you think about this brush and let others who may well be considering purchasing one know your opinions before they do.

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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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25 thoughts on “AutoBrush Review”

  1. I’m not sure if I fell and hit my head the day I fell for this ridiculous scam, but alas, I am out for 2 of these POS. They do not work as advertised…when I tried to return them, they sent me instructions on how to move this around in my mouth for 2 minutes….ummmm, that’s exactly the same as using my good old Oral B electric toothbrush.

    I know I am screwed about getting a dime back….but people beware!!! Scam! If the shipping wasn’t so fast I would swear this was a product from Nigeria.

    Bottom line….if it sounds too good to be true…it usually is…

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  2. I would have to agree with this article. Product is definitely terrible and not effective. I’ve complained from since day one and cannot get a refund. Product cost me about 139 and that doesn’t include taxes. I am so disappointed.

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  3. Hi Jon. I’m really desperate for an alternative to this. Could you help me out with some recommendations?

    I’m disabled, and brushing my teeth is one of the hardest things for me to do every day. I never EVER, EVER am able to brush twice a day. It’s just not possible. I hit once/day most days but sometimes I slip there too. I was really hopeful when I saw this product but I guess it doesn’t work… do you have any alternatives to brushing to suggest? I use mouthwash sometimes but I know that doesn’t do much. But standing and holding a brush in my mouth for two minutes is a big problem for me, even harder with a non-electric brush.

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    • Hi Rachel.

      Thanks for the comment. We are actually working on some content for disabled people as we speak and hope to have this available very soon. It will give some tips, tricks and helpful information.

      The article will give specific product recommendations too based on particular needs. However, from what you are saying it sounds like an electric brush is what you will need.

      Y-Brush is the best of the mouthpiece style toothbrushes and whilst the results are not great, doing something is better than nothing. It might well be you could use this more happily multiple times per day.

      You may also want to consider Triple Bristle or 30 Second Smile. I am not sure if these will work with you, but these are probably the ‘best’ electric toothbrushes to help speed up brushing, deliver good results etc.

      I hope this helps. Any questions, just ask.

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      • Thank you!! I really appreciate the response on an old article. I’ll check out those other brushes. Even shortening the amount I have to brush would take a huge burden off of my shoulders.

        Something you may want to keep in mind for helping disabled folks: a lot of us just want something that’s better than nothing (ie what we’re doing now). It doesn’t necessarily have to be a perfect solution or as good as brushing teeth for two minutes twice a day perfectly. Many dentists have told me “you just have to brush twice a day for two minutes. You have to, no excuses.” And that doesn’t help reduce the damage because it’s impossible. So sometimes I read articles where people say “oh it’s not worth it, don’t do it” and I wonder if a product is still worth it for me, if it’s better than nothing, etc.

        Thanks for looking into it, looking forward to reading about it here in the future!

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        • Hi Rachel.

          Thanks for this. It is something we have considered. Ultimately we will be saying this as the headline thing to do, because too few realise the importance.

          However, we openly acknowledge this isn’t always possible and something is better than nothing for sure.

          Do reach back out in a few weeks and hopefully our article will be live.

          If you have any other feedback or insights you wish to share that you think we might not have considered, pleased do. The more insight we have the better the article will be.

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  4. DO NOT buy this product! Mine broke in one week of use and I can’t get a refund for it. This product is of terrible quality and their refund policy is horrible.

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  5. This company is horrible. I was reading Cheyenne and Danielle’s reviews and I am going through the same issues with them right now as well. They make constant promises that they don’t deliver on and when you ask for a refund they tell you it’s already been transferred to this other department so it’s not possible. I am disputing the transaction with my credit card company at the moment and hopefully I receive my money back that way but I hope everyone else looks at this and other similar complaints as a reason to not order from this company. Also, look at the complaints on the BBB website as well.

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  6. Jon Love is giving in to his personal bias commenting on this product as he hasn’t tried it and has no intention of trying it as that would be somehow promoting the product.

    That said, I saw a similar product advertised on YouTube. When the start of by saying they can make their quite expensive gadget “cheap” (GBP160 or even GBP80 is not cheap) as they don’t “spend money on advertising” and you are watching an advert on YouTube that they have paid for, you know they are lying and untrustworthy. So for that reason, I won’t be buying this expensive gadget.

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  7. I was considering getting a similar product calle clean T advertised on You tube, but balked at the GBP 160 reduced to GBP 80 (one free if you order two). Blah blah blah. But thought I’d check out independent reviews first rather than dying on the one glowing “review” in the ad. Glad I did. I will give it a miss, especially if you have to buy “special” toothpaste!

    However, the review video on this site is a little unfair as the lady brushes her teeth with the autobrush first, which doesn’t have impressive results. But then she disingenuous brushes the already partially clean teeth with a conventional electric brush to show how clean they are after. Not really a fair comparison. Even the conventional toothbrush was not that impressive on already “cleaned” teeth. Should he two teams of people (20 each) using the autobrush, and another set using the conventional brush and a third using a control. Then the comparison would be more scientific.

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  8. PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT! I purchased the Kid’s model for my Autistic son. As an electric toothbrush, by its nature it will be used in a wet environment, BUT IT IS NOT WATERPROOF! I dread what would have happened if, instead of dying, it had shocked my son while he was using it!
    When I contacted the company, there was no attempt to fix the problem. They told me that if putting it in a bag of rice didn’t fix it, there was no way for it to be fixed. That’s when they told me that there is only a 30 day warranty. Ours died 50 days after purchase.
    Please don’t make the mistake I did and spend your hard-earned money on a product that is poorly designed, or waste your time interacting with a company with such horrible customer service.

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    • Thank you Sarah for your feedback on this product. This sound terrible and quite alarming that the company did not take this issue more seriously.

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  9. Well I do agree on some points raised in this review however, it still brings me to question if the cleaning capability of the autobrush really is as it says is versus your opinion especially when taking into consideration the fact that all of the opinions provided were based on evidence and feedback by “others” online. It would have been better if you personally tested the device rather than just basing it on other peoples’ opinion. Just because some “other” people didn’t like it doesn’t mean every one else is. I do belong to the group of people who have tested it and all I can say is that there are some things I like about it and there are some that I don’t. And based from my own personal experience, it took me some time to get the correct angle to fully appreciate its cleaning capability. Practice is key so “they” say.

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    • Hi Peggy.

      Yes, it would have been better if I personally tested, but I give what I feel are valid reasons for not doing so. I welcome your feedback and certainly acknowledge that some may have more positive experiences.

      It is my intention to ensure people are not putting their oral health at risk by at very least making them aware of the potential risks of using certain products.

      Those “other” opinions I refer to include highly trained dental professionals which I think carries quite some weight with readers particularly when you can see them using the brush and showing the results.

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  10. I’ve read different reviews for the autobrush and your review is really extensive and I like the way how it was presented. The pros and cons of the product plus the clips and pictures really did provide a good understanding especially for individuals who are also looking for more information about the autobrush. Based on your review as well as the comments below (I read them also), different opinions about the autobrush were given and I think they all have a point. I can’t but help myself give my opinion too and I think all of us have different views and experiences about this product. Some may have used it longer than others but the bottom line is that what really is their purpose of using the autobrush? What’s their reason for buying it. That’s how I see or interpret other people’s opinion about this product. We may all not agree on some things but at the end of the day, as long as it has reached our level of expectations then that is what’s more important. Some may find it helpful and some may not. My point is, not all of us have the same taste or likes about one thing. It’s for them to see and find out. That way they could judge for themselves and if the product is good for them or not.

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    • Hi Karen.

      Whilst I agree with the sentiment of your comment, at the end of the day a toothbrush needs to clean the teeth well, doesn’t it? The evidence shows it struggles to do this….

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  11. I really like your review of the autobrush. It’s in-depth and you have many good points considering you haven’t personally tested the product. I myself do consider reading reviews before buying products that interest me because I don’t want to waste my money on something rubbish. The only thing that got me to comment or leave a question with your review is that in your intro, you stated you have not personally tested the product. I am an autobrush user and before my first purchase, I have read a good number of good and bad reviews but the only way for me to know if it was really any good was to try it for myself. There are things I like and don’t like about the autobrush but it has never crossed my mind to recommend to not buy it since not all have the same experience as I do. It may have worked great for me and some others and not so for some. All I’m saying is that you can’t just judge a book by it’s cover. Just because someone said this or that doesn’t mean they’re right and you just go along with them, don’t you think it’s better you try it out yourself. That way you really have solid knowledge about the product backed up by personal experience. Just saying….

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    • Anna.

      Thanks for your comment. Your point is very valid and I do take this on board. Normally I do actually buy and personally test these products, but as I explain at the top of this review I did not feel it was appropriate in this instance.

      I have tested multiple mouthpiece toothbrushes, which I believe Autobrush is a copy of and the results have been very poor.

      I carried out extensive research prior to writing this and I could find few genuine detailed reviews that actually praised the products. I found even fewer that had a dental professional showing their testing. I have to give more weight to the evidence provided in the video by the dental professional and I think it is quite clear that this speaks for itself.

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  12. There are some aspects of this review that I found educational and entertaining but I just can’t help myself notice why there’s a promotion for another brand of toothbrush. But still it was a good review though. My take on the autobrush is that this device isn’t for every one. It certainly did not work for you or reached your expectations but for me (I’ve been using this product for several months now) I just like it. I had no issues with the device apart from it taking a week to be delivered but after speaking to a customer service agent, she was apologetic and helped me trace where my product was.

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  13. DO NOT ORDER FROM AUTOBRUSH !!!!
    This company is a joke !! I ordered my product in April and decided to email them after a month of waiting only to get a response that it was going to be shipped soon . Then two weeks go by and nothing so I reached out again for them to give me more excuses . Finally I asked for a refund but they said the item was shipped and they couldn’t give me one . So two more weeks go by I emailed them saying I wanted a refund that I would be sending the product back if I ever actually get it . THEN they email me telling me the specific one I ordered was “phased out” that I could order the upgraded one and they’d give me a discount on it . So these people took my money and then expected me to pay them even more money . What a joke .

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    • Cheyenne, thanks for sharing your experience. This sounds awful and I wish you never had to go through this. I would suggest if you have not already speaking to your credit/debit card provider to see if there is anything they can do to help get a refund.

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  14. I have been using the Autobrush for almost 2 months now and so far, it has worked well for me. While watching your review (plaque disclosing test) I have noted your autobrush wasn’t able to clean the debris thoroughly after 30 seconds, but I think familiarity of the product does play a very important role when trying to review something as it can affect the desired outcome. I too made the same mistakes and had the same opinion when I first used it but after a day or two, I got the hang of it and got really good results. I would try watching some of the tutorials they have on site on how to get closer to the gumline. But your review was super in depth which I appreciate, i just disagree with your opinions.

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  15. Avoid buying from this company! The impressive marketing campaign may entice you to purchase this revolutionary tool in oral hygiene. However, having purchased these items 3 months ago online, I am still waiting to receive my order. When I contacted customer support for assistance I was advised to track the order on my side (Australia), only to discover shipping has not yet left the USA. At this stage I requested a refund, only to be told a refund is not possible at this time, whilst the customer service representative acknowledged refunds were available previously. Unfortunately, I have no choice but to forfeit a considerable amount of money for a toothbrush. However, I can prevent others from making the same mistake as I did. Do not order from this company online. I can’t vouch for any in-store purchases and I have not had the opportunity to try the product.

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    • I am very sorry to hear of the circumstances you find yourself in Danielle.

      It is a shame the company have not done the right thing to refund you as many would expect them to do after 3 months of waiting.

      Thanks for sharing and making others aware.

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