The 6 best electric toothbrush choices for 2021

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 259369)

Choosing an electric toothbrush can be confusing. 

There are many brushes to choose from and it can be hard to tell how they differ. 

And to make matters more confusing there are now “smart” toothbrushes, which can be rather more expensive than the entry-level options. 

Given these challenges, the aim of this post is to save you time and money when picking a new brush. 

Here at Electric Teeth we thoroughly test the latest electric toothbrushes, so our recommendations remain well-informed and up to date. They are also dentist approved.  

For this post we’ve put a lot of thought into boiling our recommendations down to 6 simple choices, and our number 1 choice is based on the best value for money. 

You don’t need to spend loads to get a good brush. 

The top of the range brushes do have their uses and we include a couple in our list, but the more affordable brushes can clean your teeth just as effectively. 

We dive immediately into our best electric toothbrush recommendations below, and further down the page there is a video review and buyer’s guide.

If you’ve got any questions after reading this post, please ask in the comments.

Here are our 6 top rated electric toothbrushes for 2020

In the sections below you can read a bit more about each brush and the reason we have chosen it as the best in its category. 

1. Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100

Best value electric toothbrush

Preview Product Rating Price
Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 45,675 Reviews $69.99 $39.95

As close to perfect as can be. A stunning electric toothbrush that cleans well, looks good, is simple to use and has a battery life better than most. Superb value, it even reminds you when it’s time to change your brush head.

When assessing a product like this, one of the questions we like to ask is:

“Can this product be relatively cheap, whilst still being effective and reliable?”

The answer with the ProtectiveClean 4100 is yes.

It has the features we regard as essential, and its lower price tag does not mean you are paying for inferior build quality, but rather less of the bells and whistles that come with some of the more expensive models.

In terms of the number of features offered, our choices below for the best Oral-b and best Sonicare are superior, but we rate this the 4100 as the best overall choice once the lower price has been accounted for.

Read our full Philips Sonicare Protective Clean 4100 Review

2. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart

Best smart toothbrush

Best Sonicare electric toothbrush

Preview Product Rating Price
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 3,827 Reviews $229.99 $189.99

If money is no object then this is the toothbrush to go for, it’s safe to say it’s the best Sonicare electric toothbrush and comes top of our ratings.

Innovation is packed in from brush head replacement reminders to Bluetooth connectivity and in case charging. A refined and premium brushing experience.

We rate it as the best smart toothbrush.

Read our full Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Review.

Read our Guide on the best smart toothbrushes.

3. Oral-B iO

Best Oral-B electric toothbrush

Preview Product Rating Price
Oral-B iO Series 9 Oral-B iO Series 9 663 Reviews $329.99 $290.00

This is the Oral-B equivalent to the DiamondClean Smart.

The Oral-B iO is much sleeker and technologically advanced than its predecessors and is, without a doubt, the best Oral-B brush I have used.

It looks and feels more premium than any previous Oral-B brush and the battery life is staggering, lasting 3x longer than the 2 weeks advertised by Oral-B.

Built into the handle is a color display that allows you to select your cleaning modes and provides brushing feedback.  There is only one other toothbrush I have seen with a color screen in the handle.

There are a whole host of clever features built into this toothbrush.  A pressure sensor not only alerts you when you are brushing with too much pressure, but also when you are brushing with the correct pressure.  The real-time tracking is also more accurate than on previous models.

The iO is quieter thanks to a new motor and the brushing experience is softer on the teeth and gums. 

A premium power2go charging case is included in the box. 

Oral-B has created a great product, but it does come at a price.

Read our full Oral-B iO Review.

4. Fairywill Sonic FW-507

Best Budget electric toothbrush

Preview Product Rating Price
Fairywill FW-507 Fairywill FW-507 11,946 Reviews $29.99 $23.99

Fairywill might not be a brand that many are familiar with, but this Chinese company produces a range of good products.

The FW-507 is a toothbrush with 3 different cleaning modes, from the standard clean to a more sensitive mode that uses less power from the motor.

There is the built-in 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer to help encourage you to brush for the dentist recommended 2 minutes.

It is a slim and lightweight toothbrush, with a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts 30 days between charges. That is a lot longer than most toothbrushes. When it does require charging it plugs in via a USB cable.

You pay a slightly higher purchase price, but in the box, you get 8 brush heads so the ongoing ownership cost is reduced as a result.

There is too a travel case, which is really handy for those on the go, allowing you to protect the toothbrush when not in use.

Read our full Fairywill FW-507 Review.

5. Oral-B Pro 3000

Best For Receding Gums & Sensitive Teeth

Preview Product Rating Price
Oral-B Pro 3000 Oral-B Pro 3000 5,902 Reviews $88.49

The Pro 3000 has 3 brushing modes, including gum care and sensitive. These slower and more gentle modes help stimulate blood flow and good gum health, whilst not being overly harsh on the soft gum tissue. It is worth buying a Pro Gum Care head, which is sold separately, as this has softer bristles than the head supplied.

The brush is slim and comfortable to hold in hand and the built-in timer and pacer help you brush your teeth evenly for the right amount of timer.

A red light shines when you brush too hard, to alert you, and stop you from doing any more damage to the teeth and gums. The brush can even connect to your smartphone and log your brushing routines, so you can show your dentist at your next checkup.

Read our full Oral-B Pro 3000 Review.

Read more: best electric toothbrush for receding gums & sensitive teeth

6. Quip

Best For Travel

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The Netflix of the toothbrush world. An evolution of the manual toothbrush, it is compact, comfortable and powered by an AAA battery. Delivered to your door are the brush and replacement heads, there is a fantastic convenience.

You can order it on the Quip Website.

Read our full Quip review

Read more: best travel toothbrush

Video Review

Best Electric Toothbrush 2021

Electric Toothbrush Buyer’s Guide

Having given our answers above, what follows below is a buyer’s guide that further explains toothbrush choices.

We’ve tried to provide the information we think you’ll find most useful, without getting too bogged down in detail.

If you would like a more thorough explanation, you can view our full length buyer’s guide here.

Explaining our choice for ‘best overall’

At the top of this page, we’ve given our recommendations for the best electric toothbrush.

Part of the difficulty in answering the question is figuring out exactly what people mean by ‘best’; do they mean the best once all factors have been considered, or the best in terms of technology and performance?

Generally, we think people would like to know which electric toothbrush is the best without having to spend a lot. A brush that is affordable but has the most important features. We’ve therefore chosen the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 as the best, because:

  • It’s not that expensive
  • It has a built-in 2 minute timer
  • It has a 30 second (quad-pacer) built-in
  • It reminds you when to replace your brush head
  • It comes with a pressure sensor
  • It has a great battery life

The pressure sensor, timer and quad-pacer are features we consider worth paying for and they aren’t always included with slightly cheaper brushes. We give our thoughts on other features and how important they are in the next section.

Preview Product Rating Price
Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 45,675 Reviews $69.99 $39.95

For those that want truly the best in terms of performance (and if money isn’t an issue), we’d recommend the Oral-B iO or the DiamondClean Smart, which also happen to be the best Oral-B electric toothbrush and best Sonicare electric toothbrush respectively.

If we had to choose between the two, the DiamondClean Smart just takes the edge as a more complete package, despite the fact that the iO is the newer model.

They are both smart toothbrushes, which we explain in more detail in our guide here.

Both of these brushes offer extra cleaning modes and smart technology, including real-time tracking.  But that comes with a price and for some people it will be overkill.  Unless you really feel you can benefit from these smart features, avoid them, and save yourself the cash.

Believe it or not the Sonicare Protective Clean 4100, which is considerably cheaper, can serve you just as well — it is our recommendation for the best overall brush.

The built-in timer and pacer encourage you to brush for the right amount of time, evenly across the mouth. The pressure sensor alerts you if you are brushing too hard, which is a cause of gum recession and the brush head replacement reminder system tells you when it is time to swap out the current head for a new one. Damaged, frayed or worn bristles can be damaging to the teeth and gums, this technology helps stop this damage from occurring.

Are there any new innovations to consider?

There are some interesting developments happening around toothbrush technology — “automatic” or “mouthpiece” toothbrushes are one such example.

Y-Brush is the most promising of the products we have tested so far. However, we don’t yet deem any to be a suitable replacement for the traditional manual or electric toothbrush.

There are now various smart toothbrush options as well, which we run through in our guide here.

Are there any soon-to-be-released products worth holding out for?

Ultimately no, there are not.

No upcoming products are going to revolutionise the way you brush your teeth or the standard of clean you can achieve.

It is better to buy our recommendation for the best value electric toothbrush, and perfect your brushing technique.

Of course new products do come along fairly regularly so there could always be something else.

Oral-B has a model called the Oral-B Sense in the pipeline , which it describes as a “fitness tracker for the mouth”. This looks to be an interesting product, but as above, unless you really feel you need the features it offers, we wouldn’t suggest holding out for it.

Very similar to the Sense is the Oral-B Guide. We explain the differences between the two here.

If you are interested in new toothbrush technology, such as mouthpiece toothbrushes, there are a few products due for release over the coming months:

However this technology is very new and has limited clinical testing.

Based on the products we have tested so far, we would not recommend delaying the purchase of a regular toothbrush in favour of one of these products, especially as some of them will not be released until 2021.

If you are interested in staying up to date with new technology such as this, check back to our toothbrush technology page or sign up to our email alerts.

How important are other features and factors?

In the following section, we include our own insight on the other questions you may have when shopping for an electric toothbrush. This is compiled having extensively tested the range of brushes available in the USA.

To make things nice and clear we have labeled each with what we consider to be of high, medium and low importance.

How important is a timer?

High Importance

If we could have only one feature on the toothbrushes we recommend, a timer would be our first pick, its importance is highly underrated.

Too few people brush for the dentist recommended 2 minutes.  Failing to do so puts your oral health at risk.

When brushing your teeth, it is all too easy to get distracted, misjudge time and think you have been brushing for longer than you really have.

The built-in timer, helps keep you focused, on track and brushing for the right amount of time.  Counting down from the moment you switch the brush on, it alerts you when your 2 minutes are up. Only when the 2 minutes are up, should you stop brushing.

Some brushes even turn themselves off at the end of the 2 minute cleaning cycle (this is another desirable feature you may want to look out for).

Of course our top recommendation, the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 has a 2 minute timer built-in.

How important is a quad pacer?

High Importance

Essentially this is another type of timer, that works in conjunction with the previously mentioned 2 minute timer.

A quadpacer is a very useful addition and can seriously impact how well you clean all the teeth in your mouth.

The inclusion of a quad pacer on an electric toothbrush helps us brush our teeth evenly.  It is no good spending 2 minutes brushing just the top row of teeth, or just those front teeth, all need equal attention.

A quadpacer works by essentially splitting the mouth and the 2 minute cleaning time into 4 pieces.

2 minutes is equal to 120 seconds.  Split 4 ways that gives 30 seconds.

If we now imagine breaking the mouth up into 4 sections, in section 1 you have your upper right teeth, section 2 your upper left, section 3 your lower right and section 4 your lower left.

The idea is that you spend 30 seconds cleaning each section.

What the quadpacer does is alert you as you hit these 30 second intervals. As you get the alert, you move to the next section.

The way this alert presents itself does differ from 1 brush to another, but normally you will get a brief pause in the brushing motion, which also causes a change in the sound the brush makes.  In most instances, this is more than enough to alert you that it is time to change quadrant.

By the end of the 2 minute clean, you should have cleaned all 4 sections and given an even clean to all of the teeth in your mouth.

Our number 1 recommended brush, the Sonicare 4100, includes a quadpacer.

How important is a pressure sensor?

Medium Importance

This is not an essential feature, but one that we feel is highly underrated.

It is most useful to new electric toothbrush users, but even those who have been using an electric brush for years can still benefit.

The bristles of a toothbrush need only skim the surface of the teeth and gums.  You do not need to scrub the teeth aggressively to clean them and remove plaque and bacteria.

Sadly, because many of us have never been shown how to brush our teeth properly, we do brush the teeth with too much force.  Over time this can lead to gum recession, a condition best avoided if possible.

Where you have gum recession, brushing too hard will also wear away the outermost surface of the tooth, causing what dentists call abrasion. Abrasion itself can result in sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks.

The pressure sensor, therefore, is able to monitor the force with which you brush and alert you when you get a little too aggressive.

In most cases, as the sensor is activated it will alert you through a change in sound, a vibration in the handle and in some cases by switching on a light in what we call a visible pressure sensor.

During that time, the best brushes will also decrease the speed of the bristle movements to avoid doing too much damage to the teeth and gums.  When the pressure is relieved the normal brushing power will return.

A pressure sensor is there to help and protect you and act as a gentle reminder to use a little less force and help you maintain a healthy smile.

As you might expect, our number 1 recommended toothbrush, the Sonicare 41000, includes a pressure sensor.

How important is price?

Medium Importance

Our experience has suggested that most people have a perception that the more you spend, the better the electric toothbrush is and the better the clean you get from it.

The reality of the situation is, this is not true.

Whilst the most expensive brushes might be able to achieve better results, often these brushes are more expensive because they include features and accessories that are not essential.

Simply switching to the most basic and cheapest of electric toothbrushes will give you many of the benefits.

Even if you can afford and justify the most premium models, this is no benefit to you if you do not use the right brushing technique or brush for the right amount of time.

In most instances, by the time you spend more than $50 on a toothbrush the returns are diminishing for each dollar spent.

Our primary recommendation is the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100.  It is one of the cheaper Sonicare models available today and is priced very competitively.

However, spending a bit more may bring features such as Bluetooth connectivity that might be beneficial to you and your oral health.

How important is battery life?

Medium Importance

Often many people desire a toothbrush with a long battery life, but they rarely need it because when not in use it sits on the charging stand in the bathroom.

Therefore battery life needs not be a big part of your buying decision, however, it should be a consideration, particularly if you find yourself traveling frequently or unable to charge your toothbrush at regular intervals.

Over recent years performance and usage time of batteries have gotten better. Most brushes are on par with each other, with an average of around 2 weeks use between charges.

Typically the cheaper the brush the less battery life it offers but this isn’t always the case.

Going away for a week or two, knowing you don’t need to take a charging stand to replenish the battery can be helpful.

If you do need a particularly long battery life, Philips Sonicare tends to be the best for this.

How important is the cost of replacement brush heads?

Medium Importance

An electric toothbrush is a long term investment that benefits your oral health.

The cost of replacing the brush heads every 3 months, as is recommended can affect the long term ownership cost.  Therefore you may want to consider this cost before making your decision.

Typically Oral-B brush heads are cheaper than Sonicare with a single head costing $5 and $8 respectively.

You will need to buy 4 new brush heads a year, so these costs can add up.  But, you can often buy in bulk or get deals that bring the overall cost down a little.

In most instances, you have the choice of opting for a third party (compatible with) brush head. There may not be the same range of choice and the quality may be slightly inferior, but there are some great options at very good prices for both Sonicare and Oral-B.

Do be aware of fakes/counterfeit brush heads which pose as genuine but are often not the real deal. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.

Is it useful to get a brush with a travel case included?

Medium Importance

Far from the first thing you should consider when buying an electric toothbrush, but a travel case can be extremely handy, even if you are not a regular traveler.

What is often a plastic case that holds the handle and up to 2 brush heads can make it much easier to transport the toothbrush and the brush heads in those instances you need to.

When in the case, the likelihood of damage — particularly to the bristles on the brush head — is reduced. There is also less chance of the brush accidentally being switched on. Any excess moisture and toothpaste in the heads remains in the case and not on anything else that might be in your bag; nobody likes toothpaste stains on their clothes!

Premium models like Oral-B’s iO range or Sonicare’s DiamondClean range even allow the toothbrush to be charged in their travel case.  This means there is no need to mount on a charging stand, ideal for regular travellers.

How important is a gum cleaning mode?

Medium Importance

This is not a mode that everyone needs, but if you are in the early stages of gum disease or experience sensitivity in the gums when brushing, you may find this mode helpful to ensure the gums become more tolerant to brushing and generally healthier.

Gum cleaning mode is lower powered than the standard cleaning mode and moves the brush head less aggressively, but in a way that cleans and encourages blood flow in the gums.

Having the mode available can act as a good reminder to brush the gums occasionally.

How important is sensitive cleaning mode?

Medium Importance

Like gum cleaning mode, this is not a mode that everyone needs.

The motor tends to move more slowly for a gentle but still effective bristle movement over the teeth and gums.

It can be helpful if you have tender teeth and gums, and is particularly useful for those with gum disease or going through dental surgery.

How useful are the smart features in the likes of the Oral-B iO and DiamondClean Smart?

Low Importance

Smart features on offer today can be very useful, but they are far from essential and usually come with a premium price tag.

If used properly, smart features such as real-time tracking in the Oral-B iO and DiamondClean Smart can train you to become better at cleaning your teeth and improve your oral healthcare routine.

They can also add a certain convenience to the way in which you use and interact with the brush.

Sonicare’s BrushSync brush head replacement reminder system is a great example of how technology can be used very effectively — it reminds you exactly when you need to replace the brush head. This is a luxury, though, and only worth paying for if you’re shopping without a budget.

We run through the best smart toothbrush choices in our guide here.

How important is a whitening mode?

Low Importance

Arguably an overrated cleaning mode, this is not something you need on your electric toothbrush.

Whitening mode is normally just an extended (longer than 2 minutes) cleaning cycle, which allows extra time so that additional attention can be given to those front teeth that are most obvious to others.

No electric toothbrush, with or without a whitening mode can actually whiten the teeth.

All that is happening is that the power and efficacy of the toothbrush cleans the tooth surfaces to a higher standard and lifts off substances that have dulled and stained the teeth.  Therefore it restores the natural color or whiteness that had been hidden under the stains.

How important is a tongue cleaning mode?

Low Importance

Remembering to clean your tongue in an important part of oral hygiene, but a dedicated mode for it is of low importance in the scheme of brush features — it’s not worth spending extra money on.

The tongue is home to lots of bacteria and is often one of the major causes behind bad breath.

Cleaning the tongue after brushing, simply by dragging the brush head across it several times can really help freshen the mouth up and for some be a cure to bad breath.

A tongue cleaning mode is just a shorter and lower-powered mode that is more convenient than others available on the brush.

How important is brush head shape and size?

Low Importance

Studies have shown that the small round brush heads like those found on Oral-B electric toothbrushes are better at removing plaque and do essentially result in better oral health.

However, these studies have often been completed under strict conditions and the real world reality is that any electric toothbrush will provide meaningful benefits over a manual toothbrush.

To get the ‘best’ results the correct brushing technique and time needs to be adhered to and even the most scientifically engineered toothbrush head cannot control this, that is down to you.

It is worth paying a little attention to though, particularly if you have a small mouth.  It may well be that the smaller round brush head will allow you to reach areas of the mouth that other brush heads would not.

More important than brush head size is adopting the right brushing technique.

Is it worth having Bluetooth?

Low Importance

It is not essential and we would not encourage you to spend a lot more to get a brush with Bluetooth technology unless you feel you will make good use of it.

You need to invest a little time to get the most from Bluetooth and that may include changing habits of a lifetime.

In-built Bluetooth technology can send data about your brushing back to your smartphone. This data can then be used to help educate you on how to improve your technique and in turn improve your oral health.

We acknowledge that there are certainly significant benefits for some users.  The best Bluetooth equipped brushes can be likened to having a dentist on hand each time you brush.

However this does involve you making use of it and fitting it into your routine, so consider whether this is likely to happen before you spend extra cash on it.

Pre-purchase considerations

Further to the above, as part of our extensive hands-on testing of brushes we’ve tried to answer any of the questions you may have before and after buying.

Browse the sections below for more information, and feel free to ask a question in the comments if there’s anything we’ve missed.

What are the benefits of an electric toothbrush?

The following are the key benefits to owning an electric toothbrush:

  • Consistent power delivery for a dentist-like clean
  • Can remove up to 100% more plaque than a manual brush
  • Reduces tooth decay and improves gum health
  • Can help to eliminate bad breath
  • Timers and pacers to encourage a 2 minute clean
  • Various cleaning modes
  • Differing styles of brush head to achieve different results
  • Fading bristles remind you when to change your brush head
  • A relatively low lifetime cost
  • Can improve your oral hygiene routine

Is an electric toothbrush worth the investment?


The increased efficiency with which they clean, the convenience they offer and the way in which they encourage you to brush for the right amount of time can certainly pay off.

Whilst there is an initial purchase price, this is offset over time as you could have fewer or cheaper dental bills, not to mention healthier teeth and gums.

Purchasing at a reasonable price helps to ensure the investment pays off. Our primary recommendation, the ProtectiveClean 4100 is a great example of this — it includes the ‘core’ features we recommend having, but doesn’t pile on unnecessary extras.

Is an electric toothbrush better than a manual toothbrush?

The short answer is yes, electric is better than a manual toothbrush when it comes to effectively cleaning your teeth.

We will be the first to say a manual brush is adequate for daily teeth cleaning, but the clinical studies and trials show how an electric brush is better.

The most important thing is that you brush your teeth with the right technique, for two minutes twice a day.

Do electric toothbrushes damage teeth?


When used correctly, an electric toothbrush does not damage the teeth or gums.

Do electric toothbrushes cause gum recession?

No, the toothbrush itself does not cause gum recession.

It can exaggerate or accelerate recession, but this is as a result of user (human) error rather than the action of the brush. This effect is just as likely to happen with a manual toothbrush.

Do electric toothbrushes whiten teeth?

No, electric toothbrushes do not whiten teeth.

Electric toothbrushes can help prevent and remove stains on your teeth, but no brush can whiten teeth beyond their natural whiteness.

The regularity with which you clean, your diet, lifestyle and toothpaste can all have a bearing.

How long do electric toothbrushes last?

The average life span of an electric toothbrush is around 5 years.

Manufacturers normally offer a 2 year warranty should the brush fail sooner.

But some brushes will last a lot longer — we know of people still using electric toothbrushes that are 10 years old.

Read more: How Long Do Electric Toothbrushes Last?

Can you share an electric toothbrush?

Although almost one in ten (9.7 percent) said they had shared a toothbrush (Oral Health Foundation, 2014)​, it is not advised.

Bristles of the brush head can harbor bacteria and germs that can have a negative consequence on your health when shared.

The interchangeable brush heads of an electric toothbrush make sharing a brush handle easier and possible.

In fact, we are advocates of sharing the handle (not the brush head) as it is a great way to keep ownership costs down and get extra value from your toothbrush.

Can electric toothbrushes get wet?


With few exceptions electric toothbrushes are designed in such a way that they can be rinsed under a tap for cleaning, wiped with a cloth and exposed to water.

The vulnerable electronics are sealed inside the brush handle with measures in place to stop water from getting in.

Different manufacturers have different advice and guidance on using in the shower, for example. At no point should the brush be submerged in water.

Electric Toothbrush Reviews

We’ve made it our business to review all of the top brushes in the US so that we can compile a ratings post like this.

We’ve listed some of our most popular reviews below. If there’s a particular review you’re looking for, use the search box at the top of the page. If you still can’t find it, leave a comment to let us know.

You can view a list of all our electric toothbrush reviews here.

Electric Toothbrush Comparisons

If you’re choosing between two or three brushes, you may find some of our side-by-side comparisons useful.

These include actual photos of the brushes (we buy them in to review and compare them) and our recommendation of which we think is the best choice.

Choose a comparison from the list below, or use the search box at the top of the page if there’s a particular one you’re looking for.

Below you can find some of our most popular comparisons, or you can view our complete list of electric toothbrush comparisons here

What are your thoughts & opinions?

Is there a brush you’re thinking of buying? Not sure about the difference between two brushes? We’re always interested to hear from readers, so let us know any thoughts, questions or opinions you have by leaving a comment below.

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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  1. We are looking to share a handle (not the brush heads) and have limited counter space. Ideally, the unit would include a charger and a place to store the brush heads. Is it me or are these difficult to find? I can’t seem to find an Oral B or the Sonicare versions that meet our needs.

    If not, what is the best way to store the brush heads after each use (from a cleanliness POV).

    Thank you!

    • Hi Paul.

      Great question. The good news is that there are options.

      A great option is the Oral-B Smart 3000. Our review is available here. It comes with a brush head storage compartment. It does have Bluetooth Smart features. But these don’t work well when sharing the handle. But you don’t have to use this feature.

      The brush head storage compartment is as small as it can be really considering it holds 4 heads. But, it is larger because it hold 4.

      The benefit here is it all comes in 1 box.

      Alternatively, you can purchase pretty much any Oral-B toothbrush and then buy this accessory, to clip around the charging stand. It will hold 2 brush heads.

      I link you to the official part, but there are cheaper equivalents such as this on Amazon.

      You can get equivalent holders for Sonicare, but they don’t tend to come in the box as standard.

      I hope this helps. If you need more assistance, please let me know.

  2. Someone mentioned that Phillips Sonicare and Oral-B is both equally good eletric toothbrushes. But why do Phillips thinks they are better than Oral-B and Oral-B is better than Phillips? Phillips try their best to equally remove the same level of plaque as Oral-B. And also, I think saying “Im the one that removes way more plaque than you” phrase should stop because it will hurt the other eletric toothbrush company.

    • This is a battle that has and will continue to exist. Each brand wants to outperform each other, it is the marketplace we have created as humans. It is the same for other product categories, be that cars, technology, etc. Each is trying to appeal to the consumer in one way or another and validate claims.

      There are studies that show Oral-B clean better, removing more plaque, then there are studies that suggest Sonicare removes more plaque. The data in each is valid, but the studies are usually small.

      As a general rule, whilst the data does seem to stack up in favor of Oral-B slightly, the reality is the differences are not necessarily significant and what differences do exist rely on correct and regular use of the brush.

      In everyday use, both are great and more than good enough. Heck, used correctly a manual brush is sufficient.

      It would be nice to see a little less competition and more working in favor of happy, healthy smiles, but both do work on this goal too. I don’t expect to see any change in the competitive speak and claims.

  3. Hi,
    Could you please recommend a smart toothbrush, I understand that a cheaper one will do the job, but I find it easier with as app showing me my progress as well has how long I should do it.

    • Hi Amrith,

      If money is no issue then the DiamondClean Smart is the one to go for. You can read our review of it here.

      Oral-B has recently released the iO, which we have reviewed here, but we still recommend the DiamondClean Smart over this.

  4. Hi, I was hoping to get a recommendation
    I live in Canada
    I’m looking for a sub $100 range, preferably with smart features.
    Also how does Phillips stack up against oral b, considering one specializes in oral care.

    • Hi. The recommendation we have for Canda is the same as for the USA. In fact, we do have a Candian site with recommendations available here.

      The Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 is an excellent choice in my opinion.

      Both companies specialize in oral care and ultimately there is not a great deal to choose between them. Both offer brushes that clean the teeth well, they are just different. Technically, Oral-B offers a better clean according to the clinical trials, although ultimately more trials are needed. However, Sonicare offers a better value package in the form of the 4100.

      My view is worry less about the brand and the particular brush and worry more about your brushing routine and technique as this will deliver more effective results than the brush alone.

      If you have specific questions you would like answered, please let me know.

      If you have a

  5. I’d like to see a review of that teeth cleaner that looks sort of like a mold of a complete set of upper and lower teeth. It appears that there is one on the shelf behind you when doing a comparison review.
    Please show me where to find –

    Thank You;
    Mike Stancil

    • Thanks for the request. We will add this to our list of products to consider reviewing and of course if we deem suitable include it in our recommendations.

  6. hello
    I am greatful to find this site
    is Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 better than Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 ?

    thanks for your efforts

    • Thanks for the question. They are essentially the same brush. The 4100 is the model sold in the USA primarily, whilst the 4300 has been designed for the UK/European market. The box contents and charging stand differs. However, from a cleaning performance point of view they are the same.

  7. Have you evaluated the Sonicbrush?
    I’ve used a Sonicare for years and was thinking of changing to this type of method. Thank you.

    • Hi Kate.

      Typically a toothbrush, with a small brush head is going to be best. So, I would suggest looking at an Oral-B model. The Pro 1000 is a great option.

      It is a similar price point to the mentioned Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100, but the battery life is not quite as good.

      You could also consider the Pro 1500, which is a slight upgrade on the aforementioned Pro 1000, with twice the battery life.

      I suspect you know this already, but it is going to take time and practice to try and train yourself not to gag.

    • Hi Alison.

      The words ‘electric toothbrush’ are a broader headline term to describe a type of toothbrush.

      A sonic toothbrush is a type of electric toothbrush.

      Essentially all types of electric toothbrushes work towards the same goal of cleaning the teeth effectively so that you and I can have cleaner and healthier teeth and gums.

      The main 2 types of electric toothbrushes are Sonic and Oscillating-Rotating.

      If you click here, we have a more detailed explanation of the differences that I really hope you will find useful.

  8. Hi. I would like to know why the Burst toothbrush did not make the line up for 2019? I noticed one of the con’s you listed on the Burst review was the cut of the bristles. Do you think these bristles are not efficient and effective at cleaning, or that they may do harm to teeth and gums? I like the look, price, and subscription offered by the Burst. However, I would not put these likes before caring for my teeth and slightly receding gums.

    • Hi Shannon.

      Simply put, there are many great choices, all of which could with justification make it into the best list, Burst included.

      Overall, I quite like the Burst toothbrush. It is a perfectly capable toothbrush and just because it hasn’t made the list does not mean you should not consider it.

      Personally I did find the bristle cut to be a bit different and not quite as pleasant to use initially, but that is just my opinion. It would be unfair of me to suggest you are putting your teeth and gums at risk.

      I do think the charcoal bristles are a bit overhyped, there is limited clinical evidence to the benefits these bring.

      The fact that so many dental professionals recommend Burst is a very positive thing, however a degree of cynicism is that they get a commission for doing so.

      I am not suggesting all do this for the money, the majority only recommend what they believe in.

      To try and keep things simple, we have broken the ‘Best Electric Toothbrush’ down into 10 categories. Those in my opinion, that Burst may have contended for are, best overall, best subscription and best for receding gums and sensitive teeth.

      The reason it hasn’t taken top spot in these categories for 2019 is that ultimately we feel the competition just beats Burst within these categories.

      We consider a whole range of things when compiling the list, from brush features, price, reliability, availability, clinical evidence, brand reputation, etc.

      To further clarify, the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 (the recommended ‘best overall product’ at the time of reply) presents a subscription free purchase, which is widely available (not sold online only, like Burst primarily is) with many great features, clinically proven performance from a brand that many recognize and trust. For the average user, this represents a good option, because things like replacement brush heads can be purchased from the local drug store etc, whereas this is not possible with Burst.

      We are certainly not saying Burst should not be one you consider. If you think it is better suited for you, then great.

      I hope this answers your question and provides a little more insight.

      • Thank you for your quick response Jon. The fact that the positive reviews for the Burst are all coming from Burst ambassadors has been a big reason for me not having already purchased this trendy rose gold toothbrush. Your unbiased review is very much appreciated by an over thinker like myself. I suppose all that is left for me to do is try the Burst under the 90 trial and formulate my own unbiased opinion. If I don’t like it I will purchase my third Sonicare Diamondclean and hope that is lasts longer then the 2 year warranty this time.

        • Shannon.

          Glad I could be of some assistance and pleased to see that I am not the only one who has noticed the recommendations all being from Ambassadors.

          If you do try Burst, I would love for you to let me know what you think as insights and impressions from users like yourself are so valuable.

          • Jon,

            I couldn’t resist taking advantage of an early Black Friday deal from Burst. I will definitely update you with my first and lasting impressions in 60 – 90 days.

  9. Hello! I’m curious if you test durability or reliability? I currently have a Phillips Sonicare DiamondClean that just died. I think the power button is stuck and now won’t even charge. It is just over the 2 year mark and based on other reviews it doesn’t seem as though Phillips will do anything about it. $200 is a lot to spend on something that just lasts 2 years…any that you think will last longer? Or is that the standard for electric toothbrushes? At $40-50 I think 2 years would be acceptable.

    • Hi Jennifer.

      Thanks for the comment.

      I have heard quite a few reports about the Sonicare DiamondClean and its durability.

      I cannot comment how regularly these products fail, but inevitably, there tend to be more reports of when it fails than praising it for when it works, so sometimes issues can seem worse than they really are.

      You have clearly been unlucky and it is a shame it has failed after the warranty has run out.

      Whilst I don’t have scientific data, the durability of brushes tends to be well in excess of 2 years, more towards 5+ years on average.

      I certainly would have expected the brush to last longer.

      In terms of long term testing and durability, there is only so much we can do.

      We do use some brushes on a long term basis, but we are a small team and there are lots of brushes on the market. However, I can say we had a DiamondClean that failed a little after the warranty period. In our case the button didn’t appear stuck, but it would not turn on.

      We are not a testing/durability lab with specialist machines and processes that can really test the brushes to destruction as it were. It would be nice if we could do this, but sadly we don’t have the funds for this!

  10. Hi,

    I love your website and I have read so many good things here which helped me but also made me confused or better to say made me rethink my choice. I’m in active search for new toothbrush and problem that I have is kinda specific so I hope you will be able to help me with making right choice. I’m about to have some serious dental work, 4 implants in upper jaw (2 with their own crowns and 2 with 4crowns bridge) and also if it will be possible two implants in lower jaw, never the less point is that those require to be cleaned perfectly thus electric > manual. My mind was set on Sonicare mainly because in had rotating electric brush in past and it was really harsh to my teeth so I decided I dont like round/rotating heads. But after reading lots of your reviews I’m now not sure and looking at Oral-B as possibility. I dont need too much gizmos but I’m not running away from them either. Pressure sensor is must for example because with manual I always had problem with being harsh on my teeth and rubbing as mad. That is maybe one of stuff that made me develop animosity to rotating brushes, if I pressed to hard. So do you have some suggestion for me? Thank you in advance for reading and answering.

    • Hi Filip.

      I am glad you have found our website helpful. I do apologize that it has perhaps also complicated your decision making process.

      Sonicare and their sonic cleaning action or Oral-B and their oscillating-rotating cleaning action toothbrushes are both perfectly fine to use.

      Many are concerned about using electric brushes on implants/dentures/bridges and other cosmetic dental work, but they are fine to use (unless your dentist says otherwise).

      Personally, I generally prefer Oral-B’s cleaning action, but I know many who have tried it and not got along with it. The same can be said for Sonicare.

      Clinical studies exist for both brands claiming how well they clean, but generally Oral-B takes the edge. However, in day to day life they really are just as good as each other when used correctly.

      The gizmos are nice to have, but you often pay a premium and very few really get the value from them.

      I would suggest you look at the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 and the Oral-B Pro 1500. Both are pretty much on par for specs.

      Prices are always subject to change, but the initial cost of the Sonicare may well be cheaper but over the lifetime of ownership, the Oral-B will be more cost effective.

      Both brushes do have pressure sensors, although I do believe Oral-B’s implementation is slightly better.

      Sonicare win’s on battery life, but the Oral-B will give you 2 weeks on a single charge.

      Ultimately it will be personal opinion. I wouldn’t rule out trying Oral-B again if I were you.

      The good news is Oral-B has a 60 day money back guarantee and Sonicare a 90 day, should you need to use it.

      I hope this helps. If you need any extra information, just let me know.

    • Hi Alex.

      Yes, many clinical studies have found that oscillating rotating toothbrushes are better.

      However, these tests are run under clinical situations and in reality, when you take into account everyone’s different brushing styles, or not brushing for the right amount of time etc, in the real world, for most there is little difference.

      That said, our general preference is for oscillating brushes.

      When it comes to suggesting the best though we try and take in a number of factors and at present, the Sonicare still offers a fantastic clean and is in our opinion a better all round package at this time.

  11. I have the benefit of buying a cariPRO through my insurance for a very very good price over retail.
    I have used oral b for about 15 years. The thing is I cannot find a true review of this brand. All reviews are from people who were given the product which tells me nothing really. Thanks

    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for the comment.

      The cariPRO is a brush we have become aware of in more recent months. We have found like you that most people have been given one to review and have fairly positive things to say, as you might expect.

      We hope to review this product in the near future, but I can’t say when this will be exactly.

      If I were you, stick to what you know and that is proven.

      Any further questions, please let me know.

  12. If I wasn’t confused enough before, your site has gotten me there. Why is your Best electric toothbrush recommendation different for the UK than it is for the US?

    • Hi Steve,

      The toothbrush features and prices differ slightly from UK to US – even models with the same / very similar name are not necessarily like for like. We therefore have different recommendations for each country. Let us know what sort of price range and features you’re interested in, and which country you’re in, and we’ll give a couple of recommendations.

  13. Hi Jon,

    I would appreciate if you give a quick comparison summary between Sonicare 4100 and Oral-B 1500, using your categorized breakdowns. I believe many other prospective first time users would appreciate this comparison of two later models.


    • Hi Amar,

      A full written comparison is on the list to do, but here are the main differences for you.

      The cleaning action of the brush head is different. Oral-B has the small round oscillating-rotating brush head, with pulsations compared to the side to side sweeping movement of the Sonicare.

      The 4100 ProtectiveClean has Sonicares BrushSync brush head reminder system. You can learn more about that here.

      Sonicare offer a range or brush heads, but you ideally want to use their newer, more premium ‘BrushSync’ compatible heads to take full advantage of the features that are on offer.

      You will typically find each brush head from Oral-B is a couple of $ cheaper.

      The 4100 has just 1 cleaning mode (Clean) compared to the 2 modes of the Oral-B 1500 (Clean and Sensitive).

      The Pro 1500 has a visible pressure sensor on the rear of the handle. The 4100 has a pressure sensor, but not the visible light like the 1500.

      The Pro 1500 has a 2 week battery life as does the 4100, but in hand, testing has had the 4100 lasting up to a couple of weeks longer.

      The Pro 1500 comes with a US charging stand, as does the 4100, but the Sonicare stand has support for global voltages should you travel.

      Those are the main differences.

      Just to recap a few similarities. Both brushes are similarly, have a built-in 2 minute timer, quadpacer, rechargeable battery, 2 year warranty and 1 brush head in the box.

      i hope that helps.

      • Thank you very much. It does help, and as I am not from the States, the voltage factor has the deciding say. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I don’t remember reading about the voltage on your reviews, and believe your international readers would praise if you include this difference in your future reviews. Of course I read both reviews, and even the differentiating techniques of the two companies, but such eye-to-eye comparison tells me clearly what I’m gaining and what I’m losing for my choice. Thanks again and keep up your splendid in depth reviews!

        • Hi Amar,

          I do normally include information about the voltage/charging stand in the reviews, but it is possible that I may have forgotten to do so on one or two reviews. If you need more information please let me know.

  14. Hello, I’ve been thinking about getting my first electric toothbrush, and had settled on the Oral-B Smart 5000. Then I noticed I could get a Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 for a similar price, and a bit of research lead me to your site. I see a lot of people say they prefer Oral-B brush heads, both for comfort and replacement cost. Any advice?

    • Hi Andrew.

      Thanks for the comment.

      To be honest, it is often a personal preference at the end of the day.

      On a more technical level, the Oral-B’s do tend to clean the teeth better and the brush heads are cheaper to replace, hence this is why many prefer.

      Sonicare tend to be quieter brushes and feel a little more premium, whilst offering better battery life. If you use either brand of brush correctly, there will deliver a superior clean to a manual brush.

      If you have any specific queries you need answering then just let me know.

  15. I have had a Braun 3D excel now for about 20 years that is just starting to go. (Got my money’s worth from that one!) I need a replacement and need it to be simple. The fewer choices the better for me to not over think and just get it done. Do you have a recommendation which would be most similar to that one?

    • Hi Denise,

      I had to look that model up. I can see it is from the mid 2000’s so, yes it is fair to say you have gotten your value from that one!

      My go to recommendation for no nonsense, simple to use Oral-B brush is the Oral-B Pro 1000.

      It does a good job of cleaning the teeth and is great value.

      If you want to learn more, check out my review here.

      Any questions, just ask.

  16. I owned a phillips toothbrush for years, bought the brushes online, but the battery finally died. I am 77 years old with many crowns and each toothbrush I have bought end up buzzing too fast, tickling my gums, tongue and shaking my teeth. Which toothbrush is available that is not so intensive and I do not like the round brush heads. Any help from you would be great.

    • Hi.

      If you don’t like the round brush heads Sharon, it will be a case of sticking with Sonicare like you have had previously.

      Most are going to move at a high speed though unless you use them on a sensitive/gum care mode. Have you tried brushes with these more gentle modes? If so did you still feel the tickling/buzzing sensation?

  17. I bought the Phillips Sonicare Diamondclean & even though I liked it, I will never buy another or recommend it. It was guaranteed for 2 yrs & a little after 2 yrs the battery went bad. There is no replacement for that. You might as well throw it away. The Phillips customer service people were “so sorry, but it is out of warranty “. They refused to do anything except sell be another at 10% off! Why on earth would I buy another one if the batteries are designed to go bad shortly after the warranty expires?
    I am now looking for a replacement toothbrush with a better battery life and/or better warranty on the battery and/or a toothbrush with a replaceable battery. Any help with this searc would be greatly appreciated.
    I should add that price is not my greatest concern.
    Thank you!

    • Hi Rhonda.

      Sorry to hear of the circumstances you have experienced.

      When it is out of warranty, there is little manufacturers offer to do, but this is the same with most products.

      I would not say that your experience is normal, most do last longer and we suggest the average life of an electric toothbrush is 3-5 years on average. Many will last longer.

      Happy to help in your search. In comparison there are few options you have that are quite as capable as the Sonicare DiamondClean, but have removable batteries.

      I think you would benefit from taking a look at some of the options listed in our best battery toothbrush article. The Fairywill 959 is the winner and will give a similar brushing experience, but there is the likes of the Sonicare PowerUp if you would prefer to stick to a better known brand.

      Sadly, to my knowledge, none offer longer warranties, in fact, most are just a year, but the purchase price tends to be less.

      The only exception to this is Quip, which is a subscription service. I believe their warranty lasts as long as you remain subscribed.

      I really hope this helps.

  18. Great site, Jon!
    I just purchased a Sonicare 5100 Protective Clean Gum Health (with a coupon I paid $60 at CVS which I know is a very good value!).
    I am wondering now if upgrading to the 5100 (from a Sonicare Gum Health Series 3) is worth it. After reading your review, I am convinced the 5100 is a great brush but is it worth the extra features from the Series 3 which is only a year or two old? I don’t like clutter or waste and if I do keep the 5100 (I haven’t opened the box yet so can still return it) my other brush will never again be used again. I’m okay with that if you think the 5100 is worth the upgrade. Many thanks, Nora

    • Hi Nora.

      Thanks for the compliment on the site. 😍

      Wow that was a good price on the 5100, good work!

      Whether it is worth it, is always a difficult question and is somewhat is a personal opinion.

      Normally, based on the presumption that the 3 series is working fine, unless you needed the extra features it would not normally be necessary to upgrade as the 3 series still does a good job.

      You will likely feel the 5100 is better, but there wont likely be significant benefits to you, although there are some nice features built in such as the pressure sensor, brush sync technology and the travel case that is included.

      Given the price you bought it at, it seems a shame to return it, but of course no point keeping it if you won’t use it.

      You obviously felt it was worth buying in the first place, so that says something to me.

      I would probably keep it.

      You could move to it and sell on the 3 series brush handle, you will get a few $ for it. Perhaps you could pass the handle onto a friend or family member who may benefit.

      You could always gift the 5100.

      Or keep it as a spare, should the 3 series fail.

      The choice is yours.

      • Thanks so much for your thoughtful and thorough reply, Jon!
        I wish all review sites were as well researched and detailed as yours.

        Based upon your comments above, I’m keeping it. I do like the extra features, especially the pressure sensor and brush sync, which are lacking in my older Series 3.

        And, you’re right, since I felt it was worth buying in the first place, that says something to me also. You are very intuitive and I suspect it goes beyond electric toothbrush reviews! 🙂

        Thank you again, Jon!


        • No problem Nora.

          Thanks for the positive comments.

          Once you have used the 5100 for a couple of weeks, please do come back and let me (and others reading this site) know what you think. 😊

    • Hi Amy.

      We use them on a day to day basis, so every opinion we give is on a first hand, have used basis.

      Scientific tests are not what we are about. The brands already do this and there is plenty of supporting data to show the benefits of electric toothbrushes.

  19. Hi!

    Just a question, I have 2 oral b toothbrushes, the 7500 and the 8000. Usually I leave one in my house and carry the other with me all the time. Do you know if there’s a way to have both of them connected to the app?

    When I pair one of them, the other one is not recognized by the app. So I have to enter to settings and select “connect a new handle”, when I do that, the app don’t recognize the one that was connected.

    Best Regards

    • Hi Pablo.

      This is a very good question. The answer is that you cannot have more than 1 brush connected to the app at any 1 time.

      To log all your cleans in the app you would have to use just 1 brush.

      I understand why you have got the setup you have, but most people have 1 brush that they use and this is how the app has been designed to work.

    • Arian,

      The post you are referring to is our UK website.

      In the UK the toothbrushes available and their prices are different to the USA, which influences the list.

      The Pro 2 2500 is not a model available in the US, so this affects the list we offer to our US readers.

      I hope that helps. If you need more information, please do let me know.

      • Thanks for the answer. What would you say is the best between the nr 1 on this list and the nr 1 on the uk list?

        • Good question. They are both slightly different and very difficult to compare because things like price usually have to be considered.

          If I had to pick, it would be the Pro 2 2500 from Oral-B, but only just. It comes with a travel case and visible pressure sensor which I like.

          The BrushSync technology on the ProtectiveClean is great, but less important as is the longer battery life it offers.

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