Travelling might be something you absolutely love doing or maybe you are not a big fan of it, but you have to because your job requires it.
Whether you travel by car, plane, boat or on foot, if you are spending 1 or more nights away from the place you call home, you still need to look after your teeth.
You might like to pack light with nothing more than a backpack, whilst others will take a number of suitcases with them.
Our Top 6 Picks For The Best Travel Electric Toothbrush
Whilst there are some excellent choices available, there is not 1 toothbrush manual or electric that you must have when you travel.
Any toothbrush is better than no toothbrush, but much depends on your requirements.
If you are embarking on a 6 month backpacking trip through South America, your needs from a toothbrush are likely to be quite different to that of someone cruising in a 1st class cabin of the newest cruise liner.
To help you find the right brush for you, here are my suggestions for both the best manual and the best electric toothbrushes for travel.
Why these brushes? We explain each recommendation in more detail below.
1. Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100
An absolutely superb electric toothbrush there is little I can fault with this.
It looks good, feels good in hand and cleans the teeth really well.
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Essential features such as a 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer are built in, whilst you also get the benefit of a built in pressure sensor to stop you brushing too hard.
Provided with a travel case, the brush and heads can be protected when in a bag or suitcase and with a battery that can last as much as 5 weeks between charges, there is no need to take a charger with you.
This brush has not been designed specifically for travel, so it is not super compact like some other options, therefore backpackers might want to opt for something smaller, but it is not bulky and even the rounded travel case allows it to slide in a bag with more ease.
And the last thing to note; it really is not that expensive either and represents good value when you consider the features and quality.
2. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart
Electric toothbrushes don’t come more premium than this.
If you like to own the best, then the DiamondClean Smart is for you.
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Laden with features it has everything you could ask of and more, catering to the needs of those with basic and more advanced oral healthcare needs.
It is not cheap, nor is it really compact, but, this brush can be charged in its case. A built in USB cable means recharging the brush is simple because USB’s are an internationally acceptable connector.
Not that you need to charge the brush all that often, you can get a good few weeks between charges due to the large lithium-ion battery.
Available in a range of colors, the case is soft touch and has space for up to 2 brush heads.
For those who like to travel light and are limited on space, Quip’s toothbrush is for you.
Quip is available to order here on the Quip Website.
Many people love this toothbrush. Being honest, I was not really won over by the brushing experience, it is by no means as good in my opinion in comparison to a Sonicare or Oral-B.
But, and it is a big but, this brush is slim and amazingly convenient for those on the go.
A provided brush holder actually doubles up as a travel cap and makes the overall brush, complete with cap not much larger than an average manual toothbrush. You could easily store it in a jacket or even trouser pocket — out of those we have listed it is the most portable.
Powered by a single AAA battery, you can get about 3 months use before a replacement is needed.
It boasts the 2 minute timer and pacer that are essential of an electric toothbrush and is available in plastic or a more premium metal finish.
Whilst it is not the ‘best’ value it’s pretty reasonable with the option of subscribing for the delivery or replacement brush heads.
4. Oral-B Genius Pro 8000
It is not as polished as the Sonicare DiamondClean Smart, but this is Oral-B’s flagship electric toothbrush and being the premium model it is packed with features.
Bluetooth connectivity, multiple cleaning modes and a visible pressure sensor are just some of the nice to haves.
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The handle is rounded with a nice rubber grip and fun customisations include the ability to change the colour of the SmartRing at the top of the brush handle.
The brush cleans really well, with the very popular small round brush heads and are too a little cheaper than the Sonicare alternatives.
It cleans using the effective rotating-oscillating technology Oral-B are famous for, and which studies show to be the most effective for plaque removal.
You of course get a 2 minute timer built in and 30 second pacer.
You get a couple of weeks life out of the battery and it can be charged in the robust case that it comes provided with. But, it requires a bit of a bulky power adapter to be carried and the case is a bit heavier and squarer than I would like. That power adapter will work on 100-240v for those who travel internationally.
If size and weight is an issue, then this is unlikely to be best suited to you.
5. Oral-B Pro 1500
Ideally a toothbrush for travel would come with a travel case in the box, the 1500 does not.
But, it is worth cutting some slack, because you can always buy a travel case to pop it into.
A lovely slim handled brush, this is a no nonsense electric toothbrush that delivers what you need and a little bit more without being overloaded with stuff you will never use.
This does too mean it is cheaper and as a newer Oral-B model it also has a Lithium-ion battery built in that gives just over 2 weeks between charges.
Small round brush heads are known for their cleaning power and the 1500 is no exception.
It is a joy to use.
6. Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical
Unlike most of the other electric toothbrushes here that have built in batteries, the big advantage of this brush is the fact that it is powered by AA batteries.
This means that almost anywhere in the world you can buy batteries to keep this brush powered.
The Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical is available here on Amazon.
To be honest, you wont need to buy them all that often, as my hands on testing revealed that this thing kept powered through 225 days of toothbrushing!
The cleaning performance is ok, but far from the best.
There is no travel case, no cap to protect the bristles on the brush head, nor does it have a built in timer or a battery icon.
Price is key here, it is cheap and the small size means it will fit into a wash bag with room to spare.
This is ideal for those limited on space or just want a brush they can keep in their travel bag.
Our Top 4 Picks For Best Manual Toothbrush for Travel
Whilst my preference and that of many dental professionals is an electric toothbrush, the humble manual brush does an excellent job.
I am all too aware of the convenience of a manual brush, basic and functional.
There is of course less to go wrong with a manual brush and they are normally slimmer, lighter and cheaper, all of which are appealing characteristics when travelling.
Manual toothbrushes have the benefit of being smaller and lighter and easier to travel with than an electric toothbrush as standard, but there are still some neat options that can further enhance your travel with a manual brush.
Why these brushes? Let me explain.
1. Gum Travel Folding Soft Toothbrush
As the name implies this brush folds essentially in half, and is designed in such a way that the neck of the brush and the bristles are fully encased and protected when not in use.
When folded it is about half the height (although thicker) than a regular toothbrush and folds out to about the same length as you would expect.
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You are not restricted by its size in reaching around the mouth and brushing effectively.
Soft bristles of different lengths sweep over the teeth and gums to dislodge plaque and food debris.
Ideal for those travelling light, limited on space or simply want something they can keep in their travel bag.
No complicated electronics this is a fantastic value product too.
2. Colgate Travel Toothbrush
Manufactured by one of the best known dental health brands in the world, the Colgate travel toothbrush is a well thought out dental tool.
The large brush head covers a large area of the teeth at any one time and because the clusters of bristles are not all the same length, they manage to reach different areas of the tooth and gum tissue to get rid of the bacteria and debris that is present.
Hinging just below the neck of the brush, the handle opens up to allow the brush head to fold in on itself and when closed, encases the brush head entirely.
What this means, is that when placed in a bag as you travel, the bristles are not going to pick up any dirt or dust, nor become damaged.
3. Colgate Max Fresh Wisp Disposable Mini Toothbrush
I don’t particularly like to endorse the ‘throw away’ style brushes, but there are certain occasions when I have to admit they are extremely handy.
These 1 time use brushes come in a larger pack, which means you can take just the number you need or the whole pack with you.
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Extremely compact, the brush is designed in such a way that no water or toothpaste is needed. The brush is pre-pasted.
As you pop it in the mouth, the built in bead of paste dissolves to release a rush of minty freshness.
Smaller than a conventional toothbrush, there is not the same strength or reach available, but these are super small and do the job well enough.
You might not want to use for longer trips, but a long weekend away these are absolutely ideal for.
4. Curaprox CS5460 Ultra Soft Toothbrush
To be honest, nothing about this brush is designed specifically for travel. However, as the best manual toothbrush to exist at this time, I simply could not afford to exclude it from this write-up.
The super fine and soft bristles offer a lovely tooth brushing experience, without doing damage to the gums or tooth surface, but still managing to remove the plaque and debris.
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An astonishing 5,460 individual bristles are fitted into the brush head.
A small and compact head makes it easy to move the brush around the mouth, including to the back teeth.
The brush handle is actually octagonal in shape to help you position the brush in hand and in turn against the tooth and gum line.
You will want to pop this in a washbag to stop the bristles being damaged when you travel, but its slim and light.
Advice when travelling with an electric toothbrush
Many people I have spoken to, chose not to take their electric toothbrush on vacation or on trips away as they think it is a hassle, choosing the good old manual brush instead.
There is nothing wrong with doing this, but don’t you want to retain the benefits of an electric toothbrush even when away from home? They can be just as portable as a manual toothbrush, plus it saves wasting a manual brush (if, for instance, you buy one to use just for your trip and then throw it away)
With a few recommendations above, I thought it might be useful to add in a little extra information to this article, to better understand what you need to consider when travelling with an electric toothbrush.
Within the same country/travelling domestically
If you are travelling from 1 state to another, aside from the space in your luggage, you don’t need to worry about the power adapters, because all the power outlets and voltages are the same.
It is important to think about how long you will be away for and how frequently your toothbrush needs charging.
Most modern brushes including those I have listed last at least 2 weeks before then need charging, therefore popping back up state to see you relatives for thanksgiving means you probably don’t need to worry about taking a charger for those few days.
However, if you are off to the other side of the states, perhaps to enjoy some sun and sand on the west coast for a few weeks, you might want to include the charging stand.
Those bristles on the brush head might appear quite robust, but they are more delicate than you might think. They pick up all sorts of dust and bacteria and can become damaged quite easily if just thrown into a bag.
Consider a case for the brush to stop the bristles becoming frayed or damaged and in the case of an electric brush it can too prevent the brush from being accidentally switched on.
Some brushes come with a travel case included, others do not.
A final consideration, is, whether or not you need to take a spare brush head with you, might it be time to change your brush head whilst you travel?
Outside of home country (same power voltage)
When you are travelling internationally, you need to consider the local power supply if you want to be able to charge your electric toothbrush whilst you are away.
As you well know the voltage in the USA is 120V with plug type A or B.
Thankfully most countries that use 120V electrical supply do also use the same A or B style plugs, meaning with a few exceptions you can take your normal charging stand and use it in those countries.
Popular destinations that use the same power plugs and voltages as the USA include Canada, Mexico, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Bahamas and Costa Rica.
It is important to check before you travel though, as exceptions do apply.
In those instances you may need a socket/plug adapter that will convert your plug to the correct connector for that country.
Outside of home country (different power voltage)
This is where things begin to get a little more complicated.
To help explain this a bit more, let me give some context.
Europe is a very popular destination for a vacations for Americans. The power supply here is totally different.
Within Europe, in almost all countries the voltage is 220-240V.
The plugs are different too.
Whilst mainland European countries like France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal and many more use the 2 pin plug type C and F, the UK uses an entirely different plug known as type G.
What this means is that if you take your toothbrush charger, you need to make sure it is compatible not only with the plug type but the voltage in the country you are travelling to.
Most Sonicare electric toothbrushes come with a charging stand that works on 100-240v, meaning you then need only worry about the plug adapter, because the charging stand can handle the different voltage.
Oral-B charging stands on the other hand tend to only support 110-130v. This means it could not be used within Europe without some form of voltage and plug adapter.
The supported voltage should be printed on the base of your toothbrushes charging stand. Do check before travelling.
As an American, travelling to Europe you are going to need what is called a ‘step down’ converter. This allows the higher voltage to be adjusted down to the lower power supply suitable for your electric toothbrush.
You could do a lot worse than buying the Foval Power Step Down 220V to 110V Voltage Converter with 4-Port USB ports (view on Amazon) as this not only deals with the voltage but offers plug adapters too.
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This will be suitable for more than just your toothbrush.
If you electric toothbrush supports the higher voltage used in Europe and you simply need a plug adapter like Ceptics plug adapter, which you can view here on Amazon.
Or for the sake of a few extra dollars, you could invest in the Sublimewear Power Plug adapter which supports additional countries and has USB ports too.
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For those travelling for extended periods of time or even moving to a different country, it might be more convenient to pick up a local charging stand rather than using a voltage/plug adapter.
What this means is that even if you bought your brush in the USA, if you buy a European charging stand, you can still use your USA toothbrush on it.
These are normally easier to buy in the country you are travelling to rather than in the USA, but Oral-B owners, you can buy a EU charging stand from:
Of course, if your brush has a battery life of 2 weeks and you will be in Europe for just 1, you don’t need to worry, just charge the brush at home fully before you go.
Does that all make sense? I do hope so.
Of course, your life can be made a little more simple if you have a toothbrush that supports USB charging in the case. The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart and original DiamondClean are two examples.
USB standards are international and many hotels offer USB ports for charging appliances.
Some toothbrushes do charge via USB but not whilst in the case, basically the same rules apply.
The Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 charges in the case and has a power adapter that supports 100-240v, but the power connector is suitable for the USA only, so you will need a plug, but not a voltage adapter.
Having a case can be really useful to protect the brush and keep the head and handle together and stop the potentially embarrassing episode of a vibrating toothbrush in the bag.
Alternatively you could head to Amazon.com to see if they have a travel case specifically designed for your brush.
There are too a large number of more generalised cases that are suitable for a variety of brushes, not just specific models.
We take a look at the best electric toothbrush travel cases here.
Advice when travelling with a manual toothbrush
Travelling with a manual toothbrush can be a lot less hassle. No need to worry about recharging it, but you do miss out on the benefits of an electric brush.
Manual brushes do not come with travel cases normally, unless you get 1 specifically designed for travel like the Colgate or Gum travel brushes mentioned earlier.
It is still worth considering whether a basic travel case is appropriate for your brush. It can protect, most importantly the bristles from damage.
The cases available are generic and can protect the whole brush or you can get those cases designed for nothing more than the brush head only.
Your opinions & questions
If you have any questions or opinions you would like to share about travelling with a toothbrush, please do, by commenting below.
Last updated: 2019-03-20 at 17:24 // Source: Amazon Associates