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Best Battery Toothbrush 2023

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 259369)

Best Battery Toothbrush

When it comes to powered toothbrushes there tend to be 2 classifications.

There are those that are powered by built-in, non-removable batteries. These are generally referred to as electric toothbrushes.

Then there are those that have removable AA or AAA batteries. For the sake of clarity, we refer to these as ‘battery toothbrushes’ or ‘battery operated toothbrushes’.

Generally speaking, electric toothbrushes with built-in batteries are the gold standard. They are my suggested choice over a battery operated toothbrush — you can see my top recommendations in our best electric toothbrush post.

However, for various reasons you may prefer a toothbrush that has removable AA or AAA batteries.

An extensive list of pros and cons for battery powered brushes is provided later in this article, but their most appealing feature has to be that they are more effective than a manual brush in removing plaque and debris, whilst being cheaper than a full blown rechargeable electric toothbrush.

They can also be more convenient in some situations as they don’t rely on a separate toothbrush charger.

I’ve tested many different battery operated brushes and give my opinions on the best options below. As always, these recommendations are backed by our in-house dentists.

Our Top 8 Picks For The Best Battery Operated Toothbrush

Whilst it is very difficult to put my suggestions into a strict order of best to worst, the following are in a fairly accurate order of what I consider to be the best battery toothbrushes available today.

I have also included short reviews of my hands-on time with each brush, highlighting the pros and cons of each one.

1. Philips One by Sonicare

A simple, well thought out and effective electric toothbrush.

It is available from the Philips website.

Sometimes, the more simple something is, the more effective it can be.

The Philips One is a slim handled and lightweight toothbrush available in 4 different colour options.

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It has just 1 cleaning mode that lasts for 2 minutes.

A timer and pacer are built into the One by Sonicare to encourage you to brush for the dentist recommended 2 minutes.

At the end of 2 minutes it automatically powers off.

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Philips One by Sonicare - Coral Philips One by Sonicare - Coral 3,575 Reviews $34.99 $24.75Amazon Prime

Contoured grips on the handle make this easy to hold and small touches like the raised notches on the handle stop this from rolling on a countertop.

The provided travel case is compact and well thought out.

It is not as powerful as traditional Sonicare electric toothbrushes, but it cleans the teeth well enough.


  • Slim & lightweight
  • Range of colours
  • Travel case
  • Grip
  • Automatic power off
  • Built-in timer
  • Removable battery


  • Cleaning power
  • The battery cover is a bit weak
  • No battery charge feedback
  • No pressure sensor

Read our hands on review of Philips One by Sonicare.

2. Quip

For design and service simplicity, Quip wins hands down.

It is available to buy here on the Quip Website.

Quip is a popular and stylish battery operated toothbrush

It is a very slim, stylish toothbrush with a very clever travel case come holder that sticks to surfaces like mirrors and tiled walls to hold the brush upright and off of worktop surfaces.

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You can make a one off purchase, but the key selling point is their subscription service which delivers a replacement brush head and battery to your door at 3 month intervals.

The set it and forget it mentality of the subscription plan is great as is the fact you need only replace the head, not the handle too.

Available in plastic or metal handle configurations, they have color choices to suit your style.

Powered by a single AAA battery, the brush delivers up to 15,000 movements per minute.

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Getting a little picky I do find positioning my finger to turn the brush on a little awkward, but it’s not a big issue.

Personally I felt the cleaning power to be very weak and I was not all that sold on it, but that said, it could be doing more good than I know or can actually see.

A 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer are built in to help you brush for the right amount of time too and to make life just that bit easier, it turns itself off.


  • Slim and lightweight
  • 1 cleaning mode
  • Built-in timer
  • Removable batteries
  • Travel case double up as a wall mount
  • Subscription service


  • Cleaning experience feels weak in comparison other brushes
  • No battery status/feedback
  • No pressure sensor

3. Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical

Made by one of the best known toothbrush brands, the Pro-Health Clinical cleans relatively well.

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Oral-B Pro Health Clinical Oral-B Pro Health Clinical 2,645 Reviews $89.68

The small round brush head is nice and easy to move around even the most crowded of mouths and it certainly feels like it is working.

You can hear it working too because this is one of the louder battery operated brushes available today.

Powered by 2 x AA batteries it is a chunky brush that will take a few knocks and is certainly larger than even an electric toothbrush.  The nice amount of grip on the handle is a real bonus.

Oral-B Pro Health clinical has a removal battery

Sadly there is no timer, pacer or travel cap or case included.

In its favor is the really long battery life, counted in months rather than weeks.

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When you do need to replace the battery, removing and replacing the cover can be a bit of a fiddle, but with few instances of this, I can let this slide a little.


  • 1 cleaning mode
  • Long battery life
  • Small round brush head
  • Low price


  • No timer
  • Stiff battery cover
  • Long term cost

4. Colgate 360 Optic White Platinum

Many are familiar with Colgate, they have been around the years and most of us trust them to produce a good toothbrush too.

Far from the worst brush on the market, I do believe you can get better than this, albeit it is functional.

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Colgate 360 Optic White Colgate 360 Optic White 59 Reviews

This battery toothbrush uses 2 x AAA batteries and gives a good few months of brushing time from it, rather than just a few weeks, which is great.

A big chunky and grippy handle, this could be good for those that struggle to grip onto smaller things.

The brush head is pretty large though and can make effective cleaning and moving around on the smallest of mouths a bit more tricky.

There are 2 parts to the brush head, a round section of bristles that move when the brush is powered on and then a section of bristles that only work as you manually use the brush.

2 buttons are found on the handle, 1 to turn it on and the other to turn it off.

The brush heads are replaceable as are the batteries, so bonus points here.

A bit of noise comes from this brush when in use and sadly there is no timer or pacer built-in.

There is too no travel case or cap for the brush head.


  • Chunky & grippy handle
  • Replacement brush heads
  • Battery life


  • Large in hand
  • No timer or pacer
  • Loud brush when switched on
  • Large brush head

5. Colgate 360 Advanced Whitening

A slimmer and slighty more refinded version of the Colgate 360 that sits at number 3 in this list.

This 360 Advanced Whitening model is ultra slim and lightweight.

It can easily be held in the hand, but the smaller size might not be ideal for those with limited dexterity or those who require something with a little more grip on the handle.

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Colgate 360 Advanced Whitening Colgate 360 Advanced Whitening 1,092 Reviews $16.99Amazon Prime

It is powered by AAA batteries and once powered on, via the one and only power button, the brush head moved at 20,000 times per minute.

Compared to a manual toothbrush it can offer up to 5x more plaque removal.

One of the nicest touches is the built-in timer that runs for 2 minutes. This helps you brush your teeth for the right amount of time.

The brush heads are interchangeable.

A quiet unit, it is a pleasure to use.


  • Slim & lightweight
  • Quiet when in use
  • Replace the head not the handle
  • Built-in 2 minute timer
  • Long battery life


  • No travel case or protective cap
  • Expensive for the benefits it brings

6. Oral-B Pro-Health Pulsar

The Pro-Health Pulsar does not have the small round brush head of Oral-B electric toothbrushes, but rather the larger head, like their manual brushes.

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Oral-B Pro-Health Pulsar Oral-B Pro-Health Pulsar 359 Reviews $12.99 $8.99Amazon Prime
Close up of Oral-B Pulsar brush head

This brush head is fine and you certainly do benefit from the vibrations and bristle movement that can be controlled by the 2 buttons on the handle.  1 button to turn on, the other to turn off.

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You can feel the brush working and my teeth certainly felt clean after use, but it is not the best brushing experience I have had.  You still brush like you would with a manual brush.

Slim, light and really grippy, a fair bit of vibration is lost and felt in the brush handle.

It is powered by a single AAA battery, but it is not user replaceable.

The base of the handle unscrews to reveal the battery, but the design is such trying to remove the battery breaks it.  The idea is that the battery is removable for disposal, but not designed to be replaced.

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It seems silly to be like this and a bit wasteful, but given the brush head is not replaceable either then it is no surprise.

Some complain about the battery lasting 6 weeks or less.  Mine lasted as long as the brush head (3 months) but it would be disappointing if it didn’t, seeing as the battery isn’t replaceable.

The brush is not expensive, but a touch more than most manual brushes as a result.

There is no timer or pacer or travel case.

Overall, this brush is ok and it will provide a benefit, but I believe there are better value options.


  • Slim & lightweight
  • Grippy
  • Cleaning experience


  • No timer or pacer
  • Battery is built-in and not replaceable
  • Brush head size

7. Arm & Hammer Spinbrush

Although functional, the Spinbrush – from well known brand Arm & Hammer – is perhaps not the best representation of the quality you would usually associate with the brand.

The chunky brush handle feels like it will stand the test of time.

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Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Arm & Hammer Spinbrush 10,958 Reviews $10.97Amazon Prime
The Arm & Hammer Spinbrush is a well-known battery driven option, but isn't the best in our opinion

The brush heads are replaceable so you need not replace the whole brush each time and there are varying styles of brush head available.

The brush heads tend to be slightly larger than other brands available, but they do feel like they are working, sweeping away the plaque and food debris.

A slightly confusing range of Spinbrush models exist and there is a lack of key features like a 2 minute timer and pacer.  You need to time how long you have been brushing for.

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Although the toothbrush is chunky, a few strategically placed rubber grips would also be nice, as would some form of travel case/cap if taking this brush in a bag with you.

For what is a relatively cheap brush to buy in the first place, the brush heads are on the higher side of what you and I would expect.


  • Removable AA batteries
  • Cheap
  • Robust
  • Battery life


  • Design
  • No timer or pacer
  • Larger brush head
  • Expensive brush heads

8. Foreo ISSA Play

A very eye catching toothbrush, the ISSA Play is available in a range of colors and has a smooth curved shape and design that I don’t really see on products like this.

It is not a cheap brush though and is the most expensive of all the brushes included in this article.

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FOREO ISSA play Silicone Electric Toothbrush, Pearl Pink FOREO ISSA play Silicone Electric Toothbrush, Pearl Pink 48 Reviews

There is a premium to be paid for what makes it different.

No denying it feels quality in hand, sadly this quality does not necessarily last.  Issues of reliability with Foreo toothbrushes have been highlighted and less than ideal customer service has not helped.

The AAA battery lasts for a really long time, which is good, which means less additional cost for replacement batteries and hassle.

Offering 9,000 sonic vibrations per minute it can clean fairly well, but it has a silicone bristle head.

The brush head may be much larger than what you are used to, and it is also softer and more gentle on the teeth and gums, but it will be more difficult for some to actually get used to using.

The use of silicone means the brush heads need replacing less frequently, every 6-12 months.

Perhaps a bit of a kicker though is that although less frequent replacement is required the cost is higher per head.

Softer brushing and better for the teeth and gums this toothbrush may well be, but a lack of timer or pacer is not going to help ensure you brush for the right amount of time.  I expected more for this price.


  • Unique design
  • Range of colour options
  • Silicone materials
  • Replaceable brush heads
  • Battery life


  • No timer or pacer
  • Shape & size of brush head not liked by all
  • Cost
  • Reliability

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Battery Toothbrush Buyer’s Guide

This part of the article should hopefully answer any questions or queries you may have around battery operated toothbrush and help you understand what makes some better than others and ultimately help you to choose the best battery powered toothbrush.

Should you feel that anything is missing and you need a question answered, please reach out by contacting us or commenting below.

What is a battery powered toothbrush?

A battery powered toothbrush is a brush that benefits from added cleaning power and features.

Small electrical circuits and motors within the toothbrush handle send vibrations or pulsations to the bristles on the brush head, using a battery as the power source.

With each pass of the brush head over the teeth, the battery power is adding more movement to any manual motion you use. Overall this extra power will help to clean the teeth more effectively removing plaque and food debris.

Electric toothbrushes do technically have a battery built-in and it is therefore common for battery and electric toothbrushes to be grouped together.

However, they are slightly different in that a battery powered toothbrush is a brush with removable and user replaceable battery, which is not the case for most electric toothbrushes.

These batteries are usually AA or AAA.

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Battery toothbrush vs electric

A common question and query amongst those considering something more than a manual toothbrush is ‘should I opt for a battery or electric toothbrush?’

There are pros and cons to each, but typically electric toothbrushes with a built-in battery are really the gold standard as they offer a better cleaning mechanism.

Standard electric toothbrushes clean better by having more rotations, movements or pulsations than either a manual or a battery operated toothbrush can offer. Electric toothbrushes often have more features that can be of benefit to a user such as a pressure sensor.

As you will find out shortly, battery brushes are cheaper,  than there rechargeable electric toothbrushes, but the cost is not necessarily much less in some cases.

You can see my recommendations for the best electric toothbrushes available today here.

However, there is certainly a place for a battery operated brush.

Somewhat of a crossover between a manual and electric brush, a battery operated brush offers enhanced cleaning capability compared to a manual toothbrush.

In addition to this, a battery operated toothbrush offers better convenience when it comes to actually powering the brush.

There is no need for a charging stand, just pop in the removable batteries, which themselves can usually be bought from many shops around the world.

Pick up batteries from the local garage, corner shop, supermarket, DIY store, and many more places.  Lasting many weeks if not months, they surpass most electric brushes. Travelers and those always on the go tend to love them.

They are too not bogged down with unnecessary features such as cleaning modes that you won’t ever use. This often means they are more streamlined than an electric toothbrush.

Oh yes, they tend to be slim and lightweight too.

Pros and Cons of battery toothbrushes


  • Cleaning power – They clean more effectively than a manual toothbrush because of the increased number of bristle movements.
  • Convenience – Tend to be fairly compact and can be popped in a bag, great for travelers.
  • Removable batteries – Batteries can be replaced with ease. It does not rely on a charger being plugged in.
  • Battery life – Battery power tends to last many weeks or months.
  • Interchangeable heads – Replace the brush head, not the whole toothbrush.
  • Price – Cheaper than traditional electric toothbrushes


  • Cleaning power – Not as capable or effective as a typical electric toothbrush.
  • Features – Tend to lack desirable features such as timers and pacers found on electric toothbrushes.
  • Interchangeable heads – Some do not have interchangeable heads making them quite expensive and wasteful options.
  • Price – Not always as cost effective as you might think when factoring in the cost of replacement batteries.
  • Warranty – Warranties tend to be just 12 months rather than the 2 years of electric toothbrushes.
  • Reliability – Tend not to be as reliable as more premium alternatives.


This is what ultimately helps clean the teeth more effectively than a regular manual toothbrush.

When using the right brushing motion with a manual toothbrush, the bristles are going to pass over the teeth up to a couple of hundred times a minute.

The electrical circuit and power source onboard a battery operated brush allows for the bristles to move or vibrate faster and consistently, meaning up to thousands of movements per minute.

Typically a battery powered toothbrush will offer anything from about 2,000 through to about 15,000 movements per minute.  Some do offer up to 30,000.

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Although not always the case, the more you pay the more movements you tend to get.

The most advanced electric toothbrushes offer somewhere between 30-60,000 movements per minute, so still quite a significant power increase.

Increased movement means a greater number of attempts to dislodge, break up and sweep away plaque (and the bad bacteria it contains) and genuinely help improve your oral health.

The cleaning sensation experienced when using such brushes does vary.

Some feel quite powerful, whilst others feel much more subtle and gentle.  Some are quieter whilst others are louder. Some are very efficient, whilst others are less so, losing power to vibration in the handle and not just the brush head.

Battery life

One of the greatest differences between the battery operated brushes is battery life.

Some last for a number of weeks between replacement of the battery, whilst others last months.

Most typical electric toothbrushes last just a couple of weeks between charges.

The more powerful the brush, the more power it tends to need and the quicker the battery power depletes as a general rule.

Some brushes use just 1 x AAA battery whilst others use 2 x AA batteries.

Not only does this affect the size, but the more batteries, the longer it is likely to last.

Manufacturers of the brushes will give estimated usage time for a standard battery, but the quality of the battery and your brushing style can all have an effect.

If you use a very cheap, low grade battery and you have a tendency to scrub your teeth harder than you should, the brush will work harder and is unlikely last as long as it could.  If however, you let the bristles skim the surface of the teeth (as you should) and you used a premium brand of battery then you will get more usage time.

Of course, being removable, the batteries can be replaced without the need for dedicated charging stands, power adapters, and plugs that might be necessary should you have bought a standard electric toothbrush.

AA and AAA batteries are sold all over the world and are generally easy to pick up, no matter your location.

Replacement brush heads

One of the benefits of electric toothbrushes are that every 3 months or so you can replace just the brush head rather than the whole toothbrush as is the case with a manual brush.

Dentists recommend replacing brush heads every 3 months due to bristle wear and hygiene.

Depending on the battery operated brush you select will depend on whether or not the brush heads are replaceable.

Compared to a manual brush that tends to be all plastic, a battery toothbrush contains metals and electrical circuits that are even less environmentally friendly.

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If the brush does not have replacement heads, every 3 months you are disposing of what might be a perfectly functional brush handle and then having to replace it again.

But there are those that do have replacement heads, with handles that can be reused and are less damaging for the environment, as just the head is being disposed of rather than the whole brush.

Personally I think this is something you should consider as part of your purchasing decision as it is beneficial to help the environment and you will find (as demonstrated later) it is actually cheaper to buy a brush with replacement heads than it is to throw away and replace the whole brush each time.

Timer and pacer

It is not 100% critical to your buying decision, but all too often the nation as a whole does not brush for as long as they should.

2 minutes is the dentist recommended cleaning time, but with so many brushing for less, it is the addition of a timer and pacer that aid and encourages longer brushing cycles.

A manual brush does not have such a timer, whereas almost all electric toothbrushes do.

Battery toothbrushes are somewhere in the middle, some have this built-in and others do not.

The best battery operated brushes do and I believe will further help you achieve better oral health as you know how long to brush for because the brush is essentially telling you.

Price and cost of ownership

Battery operated toothbrushes tend to be a bit more expensive than a basic manual toothbrush.

Perhaps not that unsurprising given that they come supplied with a battery and the brush itself is a bit more complicated to make.

Whilst traditional electric toothbrushes will normally cost even more than a battery operated toothbrush, it can be surprising at what the price differences actually are over several years.

Prices are always subject to change, but here is a breakdown of some costs over a 3 year period to give you an idea of how they compare.

Oral-B manual toothbrush

  • $4 to buy
  • 12 required over a 3 year period
  • $48 total cost

Oral-B Pulsar battery operated brush (Fixed brush heads)

  • $6 to buy (Based on $12 twin pack)
  • 12 required over a 3 year period
  • $72 total cost

Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical battery operated brush (Interchangeable brush heads)

  • $16 to buy (1 x brush head and 2 x AA batteries included)
  • 11 additional brush heads over 3 years $88 ($8 each)
  • 10 replacement AA batteries $5 ($0.50 each)
  • $109 total cost

Oral-B Pro 1000 electric toothbrush

  • $65 to buy (Rechargeable brush and 1 x brush head included)
  • 11 additional brush heads over 3 years $88 ($8 each)
  • $153 total cost

As the figures demonstrate, whilst it is more expensive to go battery/electric over a manual brush, the actual cost difference over 3 years to go to a more advanced toothbrush like the Oral-B Pro 1000 is not that much greater.


Battery operated brushes need little in the way of actual maintenance.

As the battery depletes, this will, of course, need replacing.  How frequently this is will depend on the brush you are using.

The brushes should be rinsed or wiped clean and can be towel dried to keep them in good order.

Rinsing off the brush helps get rid of bacteria and toothpaste buildup.

Make sure the seal around the battery compartment is clean and excess moisture does not build up here as this is a place for bacteria to breed and degrading of the seal to take place.

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Varying from one manufacturer to another, typically battery operated brushes will have a warranty period of 12 months.

Whilst it is a very sweeping generalization, the product quality and reliability tends to be inferior to the more expensive electric toothbrushes.

Most electric toothbrushes will come with a 2 year warranty.

It is not always cost effective to get the brush repaired or replaced under warranty, especially if you have to post it off, but longer warranty periods can give an extra degree of satisfaction to ownership and peace of mind should something go wrong.

Where to buy

You can buy battery operated brushes from many places.

Most pharmacies and grocery stores will stock some and Amazon offer a good range too.

Prices do vary from one place to another, but there tends not to be a significant price difference between these outlets unless particular promotions are being run.

If you are particular about the brush you want, it may well be available only from select locations, so this may require more effort or shopping around on your part.

The best advice I can give, is the more you are spending, take just a few extra minutes to shop around and make sure you are getting the best deal and you are ultimately comfortable with the purchasing decision you are making.

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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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