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
- Stickers included
- Disney magic timer app
- Multiple variants with different designs
- Multiple variants with different designs
- 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 and subject to the variant you pick, it can be appealing to children.
But, the confusing range, battery life, and connectivity may lead you to consider an alternative model.
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 and not all stock all variants of the kids toothbrush range.
Amazon are one of the more reliable stockists, but you should check out Walgreens, Walmart and target.
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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+, which as I will explain in more detail later are all based on the Oral-B Pro 500 which is marketed to adults.
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.
At the time of writing, I count 5 variants of the kids 3+ electric toothbrush.
They are as follows:
- Super Tooth
- Toy Story
- Star Wars
- Disney’s Frozen
- Disney Princess
As you might have guessed, each has a slightly different theme.
What this means is 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.
Those colors are as follows:
- Super Tooth – Blue
- Toy Story – Red
- Star Wars – Red
- Disney’s Frozen – Blue
- Disney Princess – Pink
All makes sense so far.
The exception to this rule, however, is the ‘Super Tooth’ variant. This just happens to be the variant I have purchased and am reviewing here.
This 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.
To complicate matters further, the ‘Super Tooth’ variant appears to have a varying product design, as shown in the image below.
All of the other 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.
Then in what is the last difference between these variants is that the ‘Super Tooth’ variant comes with a standard (adult) sized sensitive brush head, whilst all others come with the Stages Power kids toothbrush heads.
Why does one variant have a different sized brush head? Your guess is really as good as mine.
Included below is a gallery of the different variants so you can see the differences for yourself.
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.
- Stickers – The included stickers allow the brush to be a little more interactive and engaging for children.
- Disney magic timer app – An interactive and reward based experience to encourage longer brushing times.
- Multiple variants – A number of different designs to appeal to the interests of different children.
- Multiple variants – The range of choice can be overwhelming and brush head replacements can be trickier to source.
- 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.
- Connectivity – Despite an app, there is no direct communication between it and the brush handle which limits capabilities.
- 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 variants 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 in most cases the presence of a popular character from well known movies, resonate well and perhaps, initially at least, make wanting to own a toothbrush more exciting.
Once out of the box, it will be the toothbrush itself and the stickers that appeal most to the kids.
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.
However, I believe Oral-B would argue that the Disney magic timer app (more on that later) does a lot of this.
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 some variants have a slightly different design, let me just speak about this.
Just like the Super Tooth variant, the other handles have a tapered design also 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.
This white plastic on the lower third of the handle can be covered with 1 of 4 stickers that come included with select variants. Wrapping around the handle it continues the theme found on the box and the brush head.
When purchasing the Disney Princess, Frozen, Star Wards of Toy Story models, the brush head comes with a sticker pre-fitted to the neck/shaft of the head.
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 this plays out in the variants on offer from Oral-B.
The Super Tooth variant comes with a standard, adult sized sensitive brush head. All others come with a slightly smaller brush head, designed for kids.
I am not sure why one comes with an adult sized head and the others kids sized.
Now, Oral-B’s standard brush heads are small in comparison to Sonicare brush heads so there is already some benefit here, but I should point out that the so-called ‘kids’ brush heads are only marginally smaller. I would estimate about 10% smaller, so the actual size difference between adults and kids is minor.
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, but there may well be very marginal benefit if your child is a bit smaller with restricted space in their mouth.
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.
As a parent, if you opt for one of the themed handles, you really need to continue to purchase the kids heads to keep that theme running through the life of the brush.
Adult brush heads are not wrapped with a sticker and are plain white plastic in most instances.
The whole range of adult brush heads fit and work fine on these handles, but just be aware you can’t buy the stickers for brush heads separately, they come pre-fitted when you buy them.
Given that there are 4 different themed brush heads at the time of writing, you might not be surprised to hear that not all stores will stock each theme and tracking down the right brush head for your child’s brush can be tricky. Larger stockists like Walmart will have you covered, as should Amazon, but don’t expect
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.
Now where this kids toothbrush goes a stage further is with the Disney magic timer app that helps encourage this 2 minutes of brushing.
The app is free and available for Android and iOS.
Your 3 year old might have a smartphone or tablet to play their games on, but if not it’s going to be your smartphone that they will need to use, so do bear that in mind. Considering toothbrushing is usually completed in the bathroom that can be wet and have hard tiled surfaces, your smartphone may be at risk.
It is one app that is designed to work with a range of different brushes.
Once loaded on the phone, from within the app, you scan the brush/packaging using the phone’s camera and it intelligently detects what theme to apply to the app.
A nice touch is that you can set up different user profiles. So for example if you have 2 children and each has a different brush with a different theme, the app changes that theme as and when you load into each child’s profile.
The idea is that the app is used at the same time as brushing.
On-screen there is a countdown timer, an upbeat song is played and graphics are slowly revealed as the child brushes.
Providing they brush for the full 2 minutes then the graphic is shown in full and a reward is then gained. This is added to a virtual sticker book.
The principle is that the child is motivated by getting the stickers in the book. Completing the book is only achieved through regular brushing.
The app keeps a log of how often the teeth are cleaned via an on-screen calendar too.
Even if you have a super proactive child who tries to brush too often, the app says that you have brushed already and you should do it again in the evening or the morning.
As this countdown timer is shown on screen it does also show to change where the child is brushing in the mouth, thanks to animated graphics at 30 second intervals.
Sadly, the phone and brush have no Bluetooth pairing like some other models such as one from Sonicare for kids.
What this means is that the brush and app are not in sync. So, in theory, the app could be counting down but your child not actually have the brush switched on and be brushing.
In practice, I believe they will go almost hand in hand and as a parent, you will likely be present, but you can probably understand my concern.
The app works and is engaging, but as a parent, you might have concerns about having to use or hand over your smartphone as the kids brush their teeth.
Ideally, the phone needs to be positioned in a way that child can see the screen whilst keeping the device away from danger. Some sort of holder would be nice, but this is not included.
Other nice touches within the app include tutorial videos for kids too.
Of course, the results of this brush vary from child to child and how motivated they are by this sort of approach, but our own hands-on testing suggests that most children love this and find brushing much more enjoyable and more importantly brush for longer.
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
- Smartphone app to help encourage brushing
- 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 featuring these Disney characters is $39.99.
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 $35.
In fact time it right and it could well be even less at $30.
The exception to this rule is the ‘Super Tooth’ variant I have shown in this review, which sells for around $20 despite a $29.99 suggested sale price.
This brush is likely a bit cheaper because there are no Disney characters associated with the toothbrush and no stickers included, so the cost of production is less.
All of the brushes come 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 $5 per replacement head. Sometimes the kid’s heads are a tiny bit cheaper, but it really does vary.
Assuming a typical cost of $35, over 3 years the Disney themed kids toothbrush will cost $90 or 8 cents per day.
The Super Tooth variant will cost $75 or 7 cents per day.
This is reasonable value, particularly when you compare it to the Sonicare for kids toothbrush at 14 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
- Recommended retail price of $39.99 for the Disney themed brush
- Typical selling price of $35 for the Disney themed brush
- Retail price of $29.99 for the Super Tooth variant
- Super Tooth variant sells for around $20
- Brush heads approximately $5 each
- Works out at around 8 cents per day over 3 years or 7 cents for the Super Tooth variant
- 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.
Putting aside the very confusing range of variants and designs that this toothbrush is available in, I can say that this is a perfectly satisfactory and functional toothbrush for children.
It offers a very important timer and pacer, your children can personalize the brush a little with stickers and you can be assured that the small round brush head will do the best job it can to clean the teeth.
The Disney magic app is useful, but it is a shame that there is no communication between the handle and the app.
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.
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 depends on the variant purchased. Primarily they come with a Kids Stages Power themed 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.
Last updated: 2020-01-23 at 00:10 // Source: Amazon Associates