A perfectly satisfactory product.
It does the job it needs to do for a reasonable price, and I can’t really fault it for that.
However, the Sonicare for kids is a better product I believe for children and parents alike.
- Small round brush head
- Grippy brush handle
- Built-in timer and pacer
- Limited battery life
- No battery status icon
- Better alternatives exist (better value options exist)
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The 3 BIG questions about the Oral-B kids 3+.
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Oral-B kids 3+. If I have missed something, let me know in the comments.
If you want more detail, you can read my full Oral-B kids super tooth toothbrush review further down the page.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
No, there is nothing drastically or significantly wrong with this toothbrush.
It does the job it needs to.
There isn’t a great deal about this toothbrush that appeals to kids however.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
I strongly advise considering the Philips Sonicare for kids connected toothbrush.
It is a more polished product that I believe captures the imagination of the target age group a little better and is from a parent’s point of view a more desirable brush to use on a daily basis.
For kids aged 6 or above you may want to consider the Oral-B kids 6+.
It is a more grown-up option for those independent youngsters.
For further explanation on suitable electric toothbrushes for kids, view our kids electric toothbrush article.
3. Where is the best place to buy the kids 3+ toothbrush?
The major retailers you would expect to be able to buy a toothbrush from range Oral-B toothbrushes, including those for kids.
The availability does vary from one store or online retailer to another.
Amazon are one of the more reliable stockists along with Walmart.
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And now for a bit more detail…
It 2019, Oral-B updated their range of toothbrushes for kids to fall in line with amendments to their line up of toothbrushes for adults.
Amongst a number of changes, a key focus has been battery life and design of the product, to make them more appealing and practical to use on a daily basis.
In this review, I am taking a look at Oral-B kids electric toothbrushes for those aged 3+.
Variants of this toothbrush
The first thing to note is that Oral-B have a couple of ‘for kids’ electric toothbrushes.
Sadly, the names are not all that logical, Oral-B themselves just call each ‘Oral-B Kids Electric Toothbrush’.
However, amongst a number of differences, the primary one is the age range they are designed for. They are either 3 years + or 6 years +.
It is the 3+ that is featured in this review and is available in the variants spoken about.
In Canada, there is just 1 variant of this toothbrush available at the time of review. It is the ‘Super Tooth’ variant.
I should make you aware, however (just in case you come across them) that in the USA there are additional variants with different designs. These other variants, not available in Canada have a Disney theme to them.
They are as follows:
- Toy Story
- Star Wars
- Disney’s Frozen
- Disney Princess
Each themed brush comes with 4 stickers that wrap around the lower third of the brush handle along with a brush head that too has a sticker (pre-fritted) to the neck of the brush.
Each handle has a different colored rubber grip on the handle.
To complicate matters further, the ‘Super Tooth’ variant that I am reviewing here, appears to have a varying product design, as shown in the image below.
All of the other Disney variants have the same design as the ‘Super Tooth’ pictured on the right-hand side of the above image.
It is this more modern looking design on the right, with the larger expanse of rubber grip that is more appealing.
It is this design also that the Oral-B Pro 500 adult toothbrush has adopted as of 2019.
I do believe the updated design will be most commonly sold, but I wish for you to be aware, you could be sold the other (older?) design.
This Super Tooth version does not come with any stickers, nor does the brush have a particular theme, other than a superhero tooth that is shown only on the outer cardboard box for the toothbrush.
What’s in the box?
- Oral-B kids 3+ electric toothbrush handle
- 1 x Sensitive brush head
- 1 x Charging stand
Please be aware, the model purchased and photographed in this review is the ‘Super Tooth’ variant, which is subject to varying design, as outlined above in the ‘variants’ section of this review.
- Oral-B oscillating & rotating movement
- Removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush
- Rechargeable battery
- 8 day battery life
- 2 minute timer
- 30 second pacer
- Smartphone app to encourage children to brush
Pro & Cons
Here are what I consider to be the pros and cons of the Oral-B kids electric toothbrush 3+.
- Brush head – The small round brush head with soft bristles cleans the teeth well but is gentle too.
- Grip – The handle has rubber around it making it easy to grip, especially when slippery.
- Timer – A 2 minute timer is built-in, along with a 30 second pacer to encourage brushing for the right amount of time.
- Battery life – The competition offers better battery life, 8 days is poor by today’s standards.
- No battery status icon – No way of telling when the battery is running low, if it is charging or has finished charging.
- Better alternatives exist – The likes of the Sonicare for kids is a more complete product.
Design, usability, clean & general use
As outlined in the variants section of this review, there are different versions of this toothbrush.
I have and show in the images throughout the ‘Super Tooth’ option which has 2 varying designs.
To make this review as useful as possible, I will make reference to its design but also the design you see on the other design too.
I and the team here at Electric Teeth will be the first to tell you that a manual toothbrush is perfectly adequate when used correctly, there are many advantages to going electric.
The biggest appeals when going electric for kids are the extra movements in the brush head. Just a few seconds spent in use and the bristles are going to make many more passes over the teeth and gums than they would a manual brush.
Any parent will likely know how 2 minutes of teeth brushing can seem like a lifetime for a young child. Therefore the extra effectiveness of the electric brush can pay dividends.
Other benefits come as a result too. A timer and pacer, along with kids favorite characters are key to this brush and can make a big difference to the user and their ability to learn good habits and achieve healthy teeth and gums. More on all of these shortly.
So, let’s get into all the detail about this toothbrush then.
Starting with the outer box, it may come as no surprise that this is designed to capture the attention of you and your children.
Bold colors and the ‘Super Tooth’ character resonates well and perhaps, initially at least, make wanting to own a toothbrush more exciting.
Once out of the box, there isn’t anything to continue this Super Tooth theme.
No stickers, no decal on the handle. Just a very standard design.
There is no child friendly user manual or educational documentation included, which I think is a shame. A toothbrushing chart or maybe a story on the importance of brushing would be nice.
In addition to the toothbrush handle and head, you get a charging stand and user manual and nothing more. No extra brush heads or travel case.
These extras are far from essential but would be nice. Truthfully, it is not bad for the price.
Now, the Super Tooth variant I have has a primarily blue and white color scheme to the handle.
The main body is white in color whilst the rubber grips on the handle are a pale blue.
A tapered design the handle has, it is thinnest at the bottom, where on the very base is a recess into which the prong on the charging stand fits. More on the charging stand in the battery section of the review.
As you run up the handle of the kids Oral-B electric toothbrush, it moves from a round/cylindrical shape to almost oval by the time you reach the neck of the brush handle.
The front of the handle is mainly a smooth touch plastic but is accented by the large rubber grip around the power button, the one and only button on the handle.
The rubber is blue in color and can too be found covering two thirds of the rear of the handle too. The grip on the rear has a series of raised ridges that help the fingers grip, particularly when wet.
The sizing works well for children’s hands to hold onto and the extensive grip should mean that for the most part its held securely.
On the front of the brush, toward the bottom is a small Oral-B/Braun logo whilst regulatory icons adorn the same area on the rear of the brush.
A small rubber protrusion on the neck of the brush handle at the rear helps the brush stay in one place if laid flat on a worktop.
Protruding from the brush handle is a metal shaft that feeds into the motor found inside the handle.
It is to this that the detachable brush head attaches.
Now, given that there is another desing of the brush handle, let me just mention this a bit more.
Just like the Super Tooth variant, in the hands on images, the alternative product design still has a tapered design, where it is thicker at the top of the handle and thinner towards the bottom.
The body of the handle is made from plastic, which is gloss white in color, but there is then a contrasting rubber grip that is wrapped around the majority of the brush handle.
It is a 360 degree grip with small dimples all over it that really give the fingers something to grip onto.
The way the grip is placed makes the brush look smart, reducing the amount of visible gloss white plastic as well as making it easy to hold.
The color of this grip will depend on the variant.
The gloss white plastic is visible in the lower third of the brush handle and at the neck of the brush, where the brush head attaches.
In the lower third, on the front is the Braun Oral-B logo and on the back is some regulatory information.
The heads simply slide on and off of the metal shaft that extends from the top of the handle.
1 brush head is provided in the box and should last 3 months on average.
It is beneficial to replace the head sooner if the bristles are frayed or show signs of wear.
This brush is designed for children aged 3 years and upwards and there is a natural tendency to believe that a child might need a smaller brush head.
There is varying opinion on what the right size brush head is and the Super Tooth variant comes with a standard, adult sized sensitive brush head.
Now, Oral-B’s standard brush heads are small in comparison to Sonicare brush heads so there is some benefit here.
Given that parents or guardians should supervise brushing up until the age of about 7 or 8 years, the adult brush head should be fine.
The heads have a number of blue colored bristles on them. These are known as indicator bristles, they fade to a pale blue/white over a 3 month period as the head is used. It is a visual clue that the head may need changing.
The whole range of adult brush heads fit and work fine on this handle.
When the single button on the front of the brush handle is pressed, it will launch into the one and only cleaning mode available, also known as Daily Clean mode.
A standard brushing cycle is for 2 minutes.
From the moment the toothbrush is powered on, the built-in timer begins working.
Once 2 minutes have passed, the timer will alert you as the user by pausing the motion of the brush head briefly 3 times.
This changes the brushing sensation, as well as the sound and is to you and your child clue that you have hit 2 minutes.
The brush does not automatically turn off at the end of the clean, you or your child need to do this manually by pressing the button again.
The other part of the timer is the 30 second pacer, also known as the quadpacer.
What this does is try to encourage even brushing of the teeth over the 2 minute brushing period.
At 30 second intervals, the brush will pause briefly, changing the sound and cleaning sensation. Like the 2 minute timer, this is the clue to do something. In this case, it is to move from 1 quadrant to another.
The idea is you virtually break the mouth up into 4 sections (quadrants) and spend 30 seconds cleaning each.
Starting with the top right, you can move to the top left, bottom left and bottom right.
At the end of the 2 minute cycle, you will have in theory given the teeth an even clean and not focused purely on the front teeth for example.
Brushing for the full 2 minutes is very important, but just as important if not more so, is the right technique. Make sure you help your child learn how to clean your teeth properly.
Sadly, unlike the Sonicare for kids, there is no interactivity, like a smartphone app that Oral-B actively recommend with this brush.
There are many free apps that can be downloaded and used alongside this toothbrush when brushing but they don’t offer the same integrated experience.
The story is a little be different with the Disney themed versions, but I won’t go into detail on that here as the brushes are not available in Canada at the time or writing.
The handle itself is a sealed unit, which means it is designed to resist water and can happily be rinsed under the tap.
Placed inside the handle is a rechargeable battery. It is a Nickel Metal Hydride battery, which is ok, but not exactly cutting edge which is surprising considering that this is a new model for the Orla-B range. I suspect cost had some bearing on this decision.
You get a minimum of 16 cleaning sessions of 2 minutes, or 8 days from brush, but no warning when the battery is low. More on this in the battery life section of the review.
The motor inside the handle is not the most powerful available on an Oral-B brush. It does deliver more movements than any manual brush can and is more than adequate for kids.
Another small thing is that it does not offer ‘pulsations’ which is what adds the 3rd dimension to Oral-B’s 3D cleaning action you may have heard about.
The brush head on the kids toothbrush oscillates and rotates, but not pulsates. In other words, it is a 2D cleaning action. It is far from an absolute deal breaker, it still cleans the teeth well, but more premium models do a better job.
If for any reason the toothbrush does stop working, there is a standard 24 month guarantee that comes with it.
Summary of design, usability, clean & general use
- Varying designs
- Slim and comfortable brush to hold and use
- Easy to grip onto
- One cleaning mode
- One brush head included
- Alternative brush heads available
- Built-in 2 minute timer and quadpacer
- 2 year warranty as standard
I have already briefly mentioned the battery earlier in this review in that the battery built into this brush should last 8 days.
I can confirm from several weeks of testing that it does indeed last a minimum of 8 days.
In fact, I continually achieved over 8 days, with a maximum of 41 minutes of running time, which is equivalent to 10 days of use, assuming you base that on the standard 2 minute cleaning time.
So, the good news is you can comfortably get the 8 days between charging, if not a little more.
I must admit that in the last few minutes of brushing, you are consuming the last bit of power and the brush does slow a little, so where possible avoid draining it completely flat.
A first-world problem this is, but 8 days battery is pretty poor when you compare it to competing brushes that really last a minimum of 2 weeks.
Part of the reason is the battery technology. Oral-B still uses in many brushes Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries.
Functional they are, but many now use the better, Lithium-Ion batteries which give some of these performance improvements. It is a shame this latest variant of the kids brush did not gain a new battery.
Adding to the frustration is the fact that there is no battery status icon, so you cannot actually tell when the battery is running low. You get no feedback from the brush.
The only feedback you get is when the brush slows down as the remaining power is used up.
Therefore you either need to track when you last charged the brush or keep it on the charging stand fairly regularly to keep it topped up.
The stand is a fairly typical Oral-B charger with a 2 pin power adapter hardwired into it.
The stand itself supports voltages of 110-130, so fine for the USA and Canada, but you will need voltage and potentially plug adapters if you travel overseas to Europe for example.
It is perfectly fine to leave it on the stand all the time, when not in use.
Of course, because it has no battery charging light/status icon there is no way of confirming it is actually charging or if the battery is full. The brush should take about 16 hours to fully charge.
Summary of battery life
- Minimum of 32 minutes of usage time or 8 days usage based on 2 cleans a day
- No battery status icon on the brush handle
- Takes about 16 hours to charge fully
- A charger included in the box
- 2 pin power adapter hard-wired into the charging stand
- Charging stand supports 110-130v
- Can be left on the charging stand
Price & where to buy
I have included links to buying options here at the start of the review.
In the section below, I discuss the price more generally and in relation to similar products.
The suggested selling price of the Oral-B kids electric toothbrush is $35 Canadian.
For the most part, these brushes sell around this price, but naturally, competition amongst retailers and offers from Oral-B themselves means that the prices fluctuate a little and it is often possible to purchase one of these for around $30.
The brush comes with 1 brush head in the box and that head should be replaced every 3 months.
Brush heads can be purchased in various pack sizes, but as an average, you are looking at a cost of $8 per replacement head.
Assuming a typical cost of $30, over 3 years the kids toothbrush will cost $118 or 11 cents per day.
This is reasonable value, particularly when you compare it to the Sonicare for kids toothbrush at 16 cents per day.
At double the price it is a big jump up. This is not helped by the higher cost of the brush heads. However, the interactive nature of the Sonicare and the battery life might make it work it.
Please note that all prices quoted are approximates and will vary based on location, supplier and time of purchase. These figures were correct at the time of writing and should not be relied upon as hard fact, but used as a guide during your decision process.
Summary of price & where to buy
- Retail price of $35
- Sells for around $30
- Brush heads approximately $8 each
- Works out at around 11 cents per day over 3 years
- Good value all things considered
Reliability & long term use
When you are investing in a toothbrush you want it to last and on average you can expect most electric toothbrushes to last a minimum of 3 years, with the vast majority now last longer than 5.
From extensive hands-on time with the Oral-B kids 3+, I cannot see any reason why this brush should not serve you well.
The weakest point tends to be the battery. After repeated charges and discharges it can fail and should it, they are not easy to replace.
Oral-B is a big brand within the industry and have the knowledge and experience to produce quality products. To back you up there is a 2 year warranty included with the brush which will cover you should it fail, providing it is not as a result of user damage.
To prolong the life of any brush giving it a rinse and a wipe down to remove grime that builds up is a must.
This is a perfectly satisfactory and functional toothbrush for children.
It offers a very important timer and pacer and you can be assured that the small round brush head will do the best job it can to clean the teeth.
Whilst this brush does the job, I think most parents and kids alike will prefer the Sonicare offering.
Yes, it is a little more expensive. But, for the extra spend, it could mean considerably less hassle when trying to encourage a good toothbrushing routine.
The Oral-B lacks those kid friendly extra elements to make this really popular with young ones.
Electric Teeth Rating
- Height (without head) – 7.08 inches/18cm
- Height (with head) – 8.66 inches/22cm
- Width – 1.25~0.98 inches/3.2~2.5cm
- Thickness – 1.25~0.98 inches/3.2~2.5cm
- Weight (without head) – 0.22 lbs/99g
- Weight (with head) – 0.23 lbs/105g
All are approximates
- Is the Oral-B kids an oscillating brush?
- Yes, the brush head oscillates and rotates.
- What brushing/cleaning modes are available?
- The brush offers just 1 cleaning mode, known as Daily Clean.
- What brush head does this come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- The brush head included is the adult sensitive brush head.
- Adult brush heads fit and can be used with this handle. Oral-B primarily offer a total of 6 different brush heads, each of which can be purchased separately and used with this toothbrush. Those options are:
- 3D White
- Pro GumCare
- Sensitive Clean
- Precision Clean
- There are some more specialized brush heads available also.
- You can find out more about them and the standard Oral-B brush heads here.
- Does the kids toothbrush from Orla-B have a pressure sensor?
- No, it does not.
- Does this kids toothbrush have Bluetooth?
- No, it does not.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- No, a travel case is not included in the box.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included.
- How long does the battery last?
- The battery lasts a minimum of 8 days on average, based on 2 cleans per day of 2 minutes in length.
- That is 32 minutes total running time.
- Can I use the kids toothbrush in the shower?
- The handle is water resistant, but is best not used when bathing.
- Does the Oral-B kids come with a warranty & how long is it?
- If purchased new from an approved retailer the brush will come with a 2 year warranty.
- Find out more about the Oral-B warranty.
Do you own or have you used the Oral-B kids 3+.
Are there certain features that you really like or dislike?
Let us know what you think about this brush and let others who may well be considering purchasing one know your opinions before they do.