A fantastic electric toothbrush.
It cleans the teeth really well and has the features we consider to be very important.
Aside from the box though, nothing about this toothbrush is specifically designed for kids.
This is designed for the older, more independent child who understands the need to brush their teeth.
- Small round brush head
- Built-in timer and pacer
- A pressure sensor that alerts you when brushing too hard
- Slim, but grippy handle
- Battery life
- Nothing about this brush is specific to kids
- Box contents
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The 3 BIG questions about the Oral-B kids electric toothbrush
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 electric toothbrush. If I have missed something, let me know in the comments.
If you want more detail, you can read my full Oral-B kids toothbrush review further down the page.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
Technically and in use, it is a brilliant toothbrush.
But, aside from the box, there is nothing about this brush that is specifically aimed at kids.
So, if you want a brush with features that capture the imagination and encourage your child to brush their teeth, you might want to consider the alternatives.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
There is really only one other brush to consider in my opinion. That brush is the Sonicare for kids electric toothbrush.
What the Sonicare offers, that the Oral-B does not, is interactivity and ways in which the child will be motivated to brush their teeth.
Ultimately, the Sonicare is more fun to use.
However, if your child is more independent and doesn’t require a smartphone app or stickers to get them brushing, then the Oral-B is a superb choice.
Both brushes are included in our roundup of the best electric toothbrushes for kids.
3. Where is the best place to buy the Oral-B kids?
Availability can change depending on when you are looking to make the purchase of the Oral-B kids electric toothbrush.
At the time of writing, we were only able to find it for sale online at Amazon.com.
We anticipate stores like Walmart, Target, and Walgreens will stock it, so worth checking their inventory.
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And now for a bit more detail…
You know that it is important for children to learn to brush their teeth, and you probably know that getting them to do so can be a struggle.
Toothbrushes designed for children can help in a couple of ways.
Often they have smaller brush heads, suitable for the smaller mouths of a child and then they have interactive features that are designed to engage the child.
This brush doesn’t have either of these things, yet is still marketed as being for kids.
Variants of this toothbrush
Right, so things are about to get a bit confusing, but hopefully, the following will make sense.
Oral-B have 4 different toothbrushes, all of which are referred to as ‘Oral-B kids electric toothbrush’.
The 4 models actually look slightly different and do have slightly different features. What ultimately sets them apart is the age range that they are designed for. 1 is designed for children aged 3+ the other 3 for those aged 6+.
Of the 3 models aimed at those aged 6+, one is a Star Wars themed brush and another Minnie Mouse. The other is named ‘Sparkle Shine’ but looks like any conventional toothbrush with no particular design cues.
The label on the box is one of the easiest ways to tell them apart
The model I am reviewing here is for children aged 6+ ‘Sparkle Shine’. Not the Star Wars or Minni Mouse variant.
You might also see this model named as ‘Oral-B Kids Electric Toothbrush With Coaching Pressure Sensor and Timer’.
The one for 3+ does not have the coaching pressure sensor.
For those 3 brushes for the 6+ age range, the brushes are technically the same, but the Star Wars and Minnie Mouse versions come with 2 x Pro Gum Care brush heads and a Star Wars/Minnie Mouse decal on the brush handle, whilst the other 6+ model has no decal and just 1 x Sensitive brush head.
I feel it is important to say, that this 6+ toothbrush is essentially the Oral-B Pro 1500 electric toothbrush, which is designed and sold to adults.
The only difference between the models are the brush head supplied, and the box in which it comes in.
What’s in the box?
- Oral-B Kids electric toothbrush 6+ handle
- 1 x Sensitive brush head
- 1 x Charging stand
- Oral-B 3D movement cleaning system (Oscillating-Rotating-Pulsating)
- Removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush
- Rechargeable battery
- 2 cleaning modes (Daily Clean and Sensitive)
- Pressure sensor
- Clean timer including quadpacer
- 14 day battery life
Pro & Cons
Here are what I consider to be the pros and cons of the Oral-B kids electric toothbrush.
- Brush head – The small round brush head with soft bristles cleans the teeth well but is gentle too.
- Timer – The built-in 2 minute timer along with a 30 second pacer helps encourage children to brush their teeth evenly and for the recommended 2 minutes.
- Pressure sensor – When the brush detects too much force being used to clean the teeth, a red light is illuminated and the motor slowed until the pressure is relieved, coaching the user to be more gentle with their brushing.
- Design – The brush handle is slim and comfortable to hold with plenty of grip to stop it slipping in the hand.
- Battery life – 2 weeks use between charges thanks to the built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
- Lack of ‘kid’ features – Aside from the box, nothing about this toothbrush has been designed or engineered specifically with children in mind.
- Box contents – An extra brush head or travel case would have been a nice touch, or maybe a child friendly documentation.
Design, usability, clean & general use
Choosing an electric toothbrush can be difficult at the best of times. It can be even more complicated when it is for a child.
Whilst 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, pacer, and pressure sensor 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.
Firstly, I want to get straight to a key point, and it is quite an important one in my opinion.
Although labeled and marketed for children, this brush has nothing other than an outer cardboard box that is specifically geared towards the younger generation.
Bold bright colors, pretty lights, stickers, interactive games, and apps are not in any way part of what this brush offers.
Admittedly, this brush is designed for the slightly older child, aged 6 years old or above, so not all of this is necessary.
However, children develop at different rates and some are more independent than others, requiring more or fewer stereotypical child features.
If your child or the intended user of this brush requires or responds well to these sorts of things, look at the Sonicare for kids connected toothbrush.
The Sonicare is a smart and effective brush that has an associated smartphone app that adds more of a game and educational experience to toothbrushing that many will enjoy.
That said, there are the Star Wars and Minni Mouse themed variants of this Oral-B brush. The main difference is a small decal on the handle. These still are not much more child friendly to me.
This toothbrush is, from what I can tell, exactly the same technically to the Pro 1500 which is marketed to adults. The only difference is the brush head supplied in the box and the actual outer cardboard box itself.
And when I say the brush head is different, I am not meaning smaller, for the smaller mouth of a child, I just mean a different style, that is available for adults too.
The manual and documentation included are the same as you get with the adult toothbrush. There is absolutely no way that your average child would even consider reading this or understanding it.
What this all really means is that this is an adult toothbrush being sold as suitable for kids.
It is around the 6/7/8 years of age that a child has developed enough that an adult toothbrush can be used, hence this being an acceptable offering from Oral-B.
It is usually around the age of 7 or 8 years that children no longer require the supervision of an adult when brushing. Up until this age, dentists will usually recommend doing so.
My gripe or disappointment with this product is that I can’t help but think Oral-B have missed some opportunities here to engage the younger generation a little more, even if that child does not need the engagement.
How about a child friendly manual?
A guide to explain how and why we brush our teeth and the correct way to do it?
Maybe a brushing chart, a few stickers or other activities?
These are all simple and relatively cheap things that could be offered as part of the package and would make this more attractive for children and I believe many parents too.
So, with that now covered, let me delve into more of the details.
This toothbrush has what I consider ‘essential’ items, packaged in a slim and lightweight body.
Compared to brushes aimed at younger children, this Oral-B for kids has a more powerful motor, improved battery life, an extra cleaning mode, and a visible pressure sensor.
It may well look a bit clinical with an all white color scheme, but that can be forgiven with the light and slim in-hand feel of this brush.
The handle is approximately 0.9inches (2.3cm) wide and 1.1 inches (2.9cm) thick, with a cylindrical look and feel to it.
At 4.5oz/0.28 lbs (129g) it is not heavy and this size combined with the grips on the handle makes it easy to keep hold of in hand and move around the mouth.
Made up of two parts, you have the brush handle and the detachable brush head.
The handle contains the battery, motor and other high tech stuff that allows the brush to perform so well.
Fairly minimal in its appearance, on the front of the handle, there is a single power button in the upper third of the brush handle. A series of small ridges sit above and below this and direct the finger of thumb to that button.
In the lower third are the Braun and Oral-B logos and battery status icon.
This is for the battery sealed inside the brush, which offers up to 2 weeks usage time.
The battery indicator changes color to give feedback on the charge remaining.
Running down the front of the handle is the white rubber strip which offers a nice textured surface to grip onto, with a slight softness to the touch.
On the rear of the handle are more grips, this time molded plastic ridges. Firmer to the touch they serve a purpose.
The plastic is a gloss white color on the handle and the detachable brush heads are too made from this same plastic.
At the neck of the brush, on the back, is an orange/red plastic panel, this is the pressure sensor.
The Oral-B Kids will sit upright on a worktop. If you take a look at the bottom of the brush handle you will find a recess into which the supplied charging stand fits.
The look and feel of the brush handle are essentially identical to other Pro series toothbrushes available from Oral-B.
To begin using the toothbrush, you, or the child using it need to press that power button and this will launch the brush into the Daily Clean, cleaning mode.
This is the 1 of 2 modes available on this brush.
Press the power button again and this will change to the 2nd available mode, known as Sensitive.
Press the button a third time and the brush will turn off.
Daily Clean is the default mode and offers the full power of the brush motor. It offers that deeper feeling and more invigorating clean.
The Sensitive mode is more gentle, stimulating the gums. It does not feel as harsh or powerful, but still brings the benefits of an electric toothbrush.
It is this second sensitive mode that is probably better suited to children.
The first mode, daily clean, can be used, no issue, but the lower power setting will likely be more favorable with kids.
You would think it would be more logical to offer the Sensitive mode as the first/primary mode on the handle. But, as you know now, this handle is not specific to kids, so such small details have not been thought out.
Compared to many other kids toothbrushes, the 6+ model reviewed here has a more powerful brush motor to deliver Oral-B’s cleaning action.
Known as 3D cleaning, it works by the small round brush head oscillating, rotating and pulsating.
With the Daily Clean mode selected, the brush will offer 9,900 oscillations and 45,000 pulsations per minute.
The Sensitive mode, on the other hand, offers up to 7,400 oscillations and 33,000 pulsations per minute.
Speed and power of the motor can help make for more efficient plaque removal from the teeth, but do not get too worried about the number of movements and power.
More important is actually using the right brushing technique.
Most electric toothbrushes are going to be more efficient at plaque removal if used correctly.
Brushing with an electric toothbrush is different to a manual brush, so do familiarize yourself with how you or your children should brush when using one.
Essential to the brush is the brush head and this model comes with 1 included in the box.
It is a sensitive brush head.
This is one of the more popular styles of brush heads Oral-B offers. The softer bristles of the Sensitive head complement the Sensitive cleaning mode for a very gentle, but effective clean.
It is small and round like most other Oral-B brush heads, so it is easier to move around the mouth in comparison to the larger sized heads found on the likes of Sonicare toothbrushes.
As I mentioned earlier, whilst this is a small brush head, the size is the same as any other Oral-B adult brush head. It is not an even smaller brush head, specifically designed for kids.
The Sensitive head is just 1 of a range of interchangeable heads that slide on and off the brush handle.
The other brush head options are:
- Precision Clean
- Pro GumCare
- 3D White
- Deep Sweep
Sold separately, any of these will fit onto the brush and work with either cleaning mode. You can learn more about the different brush heads in our Oral-B brush head guide.
My personal favorites are the CrossAction and Sensitive heads.
The Star Wars and Minnie Mouse variants of this brush comes with 2 x Pro GumCare heads, which are a slightly newer style/take on the sensitive brush head.
Make sure the head of the brush is replaced every 3 months to avoid doing damage to the teeth.
It can be difficult to remember when you last changed or replaced the heads.
Thankfully the blue bristles you see on the head will fade over time. When they are a very pale blue or white, you need to replace the head.
All official Oral-B heads have these fading bristles. Other brands may not, so be aware of this, if not buying manufacturer originals.
Should the bristles fray, split or become deformed sooner than 3 months, it is advisable to replace the head sooner, to avoid any unwanted damage.
It is worth noting that when running the brush does produce a vibration through the handle and a sound as do all electronic toothbrushes.
The Oral-B kids has a bit more of a mechanical sound, like all other Oral-B models, if you are familiar. It is louder than Sonicare models which tend to be quieter but produce more vibration in the hand.
Sadly many people brush their teeth with too much force and this can over time lead to damage of the teeth and gums.
A neat feature that is not present in many other children’s brushes, is a pressure sensor. The kids 6+ has a visible pressure sensor built-in.
This is a fantastic feature and works particularly well for new electric toothbrush users.
When the internal sensor detects that too much pressure is applied through the brush head, the sensor is activated and the pressure sensor on the back of the brush handle lights up (red), catching your (or the users) eye.
As the sensor is activated, the brush will reduce the power of the motor, until such time the pressure is relieved, at which point the motor increases in speed and goes back to full power.
The pressure sensor is, therefore, a safety mechanism.
If you listen, there will be a change in the sound emitted from the handle when brushing too hard, that is the motor adjusting.
Over time you or your child will learn how much pressure you need.
Bristles should skim the tooth surface.
Even if you don’t activate the sensor all that often, it’s good to know its there.
Oral-B and some retailers consider this pressure sensor to be ‘coaching’ the user, hence the inclusion of this in the product name.
You and your kids probably know that you should be brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time, it is what dentists recommend.
To help make sure you brush for the right amount of time, the handle has a timer built-in.
This timer is activated when the power button is pressed.
It also has a quadpacer. This breaks the 120 second cleaning cycle down into 4 x 30 second chunks.
This timer and pacer are what I consider essential to a good electric toothbrush and can make a significant difference to the way you brush.
You should Imagine your mouth broken up into 4 sections. Upper right, upper left, lower right, and lower left.
The idea is that you spend 30 seconds cleaning each section. The pacer helps you keep an even brushing time on these 4 sections.
At the 30 second intervals, the brush will provide an audible warning via a slight pause in the brush motor. This is your cue to change quadrant. Once the 2 minutes are up 3 brief pauses in the brush motor will be heard and felt.
The brush will continue to run at the end of the 2 minutes, you then need to turn it off, it will not do this automatically.
This toothbrush has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). As one of the leading bodies when it comes to dental advice and information on how to take care of your teeth, it is then pretty reassuring to know that this has achieved their ‘Seal of Acceptance’ which means the brush has met and surpassed certain standards and tests that the independent board put together.
Maybe you expected this, but the handle is completely sealed, meaning it is water resistant
Don’t worry about the brush getting a bit wet, it can happily be rinsed under the tap.
I strongly advise against submerging the brush in water and it should be noted that the charging stand is not waterproof.
The box contents is limited with the Oral-B kids. You get the brush handle, the brush head, the charging stand and the documentation, that is it.
To be fair, it is what you need, but an extra brush head and a travel case would be nice as would some more child friendly elements.
As is standard for Oral-B models, the kids 6+ comes with a 2 year/24 month warranty.
Providing any fault in this period is not as a result of user damage then it should be repaired or replaced at no cost to you.
Summary of design, usability, clean & general use
- Aside from the box, nothing about this brush is specifically for kids
- Slim and comfortable brush to hold and use
- 2 cleaning modes, Daily Clean and Sensitive
- 1 x Sensitive brush head included
- Alternative brush heads available
- Cleans well
- Built-in quad pacer and 2 minute timer tells you when to change quadrant and finish brushing
- Visible pressure sensor built-in
- ADA accepted
- 2 year warranty as standard
It might well be a bit harsh to suggest that it is a failing of Oral-B toothbrushes, but for a long time, the battery life of their rechargeable brushes has been far short of most competing products.
Sonicare have for a long time led the charge (excuse the pun).
Often an Oral-B brush would offer just 5-7 days of battery life before requiring a recharge. In fact, several models still do.
However, this has been addressed somewhat in the Oral-B kids 6+.
Oral-B have used a Lithium-Ion battery instead of Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) which is commonly used in their brushes with less battery life.
In a handle no bigger, thicker or heavier than its predecessors, it now offers double the battery life.
Based on 1 user, brushing twice a day for 2 minutes, they can get 14 days or 2 weeks of usage time from the battery.
That is 56 minutes of running time.
In fact, more often than not you can squeeze a couple more days from the battery, getting up to 16 days or 64-66 minutes.
A decent upgrade this is, but Sonicare and some other brands still manage 3 or more weeks between charges.
When the brush does need charging, it can be charged by sitting it on the supplied stand.
White in color the charging stand supports 110-130V and has a 2 pin US plug wired into it.
The power cable length is about 3.2 feet in length.
Sitting on a worktop, there is a prong on the top of the stand that fits into the base of the brush handle.
It can take up to 12 hours to charge fully.
Should you want to leave the brush on the charging stand, this is fine. The brush automatically stops charging when the battery is full.
When charging the battery charging icon flashes green.
When power is low the battery status icon will flash red and you will likely feel the decrease in brush power.
Sadly, should you and your kids travel frequently and need to take the charger with you, you will potentially need both a voltage and plug adapter, subject to your destination.
Summary of battery life
- 56 minutes of usage time or 14 days usage based on 2 cleans a day as a minimum
- Can be left on the charger
- Takes up to 12 hours to charge fully
- A charger is included in the box
- The status icon flashes green when charging and red when the battery is low
- Works on 110-130 volts
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.
Kids electric toothbrushes can be relatively cheap to buy. More often than not they tend to be quite basic and colorful, so there isn’t too much to add to the overall cost.
However, this brush is a bit more comprehensive and offers more than an entry-level kids toothbrush.
As a result, there is a price premium to be paid.
The suggested sale price is $49.99 and for the most part, this is the price it sells at.
It can be quite common to see up to a 20% discount on electric toothbrushes, but this model is not consistently sold with such a discount.
From time to time there are offers where a few extra dollars can be saved, perhaps $5-10, but don’t expect to be able to easily buy this brush for $25.
The Oral-B Pro 1500 that this kids variant is really based on sells for $70. So, as a minimum, this version is 20, if not 30 dollars cheaper.
This retail price is the same as the Sonicare for kids electric toothbrush.
Whilst they are 2 slightly different offerings, I believe you get more with the Sonicare and it typically sells for $40. So, for what is $10 less you get what may well be for many a better product.
This brush, like every other, requires replacement brush heads for each user every 3 months.
Replacement heads can be purchased in packs of differing sizes. Normally, the price per brush head gets lower the more you buy.
As a guide, the cost per head is around $5.
A pack of 3 will often cost $15 but can be priced higher, subject to where you buy them from.
We like to work out the cost of ownership over a 3 year period.
Therefore, using the average cost (based on one user) over 3 years, the Oral-B Kids 6+ will cost $105 or $0.10 per day to own.
Over 3 years, the Sonicare Kids actually works out more expensive, at around 14 cents per day, because the replacement brush heads are generally twice the price of Oral-B.
Ultimately the brush is only worth what you are prepared to pay for it.
Think carefully about your child and what they need.
Make no mistakes this is still a very good option, but the Sonicare might be the better buy in your circumstances.
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 $49.99
- Odd discount now and again, but no more than $5-10 usually
- Replacement brush heads usually about $5 each
- Works out at around 10 cents per day over 3 years
- The more expensive Sonicare for kids, might be a better option longer term
Reliability & long term use
I and the team here at Electric Teeth test toothbrushes like you might at home.
We use them as consumers.
We are not putting the brushes through specialist machines or stress tests or getting deep in scientific tests to really say how well a brush may last you.
We put them through the ‘life’ test.
We use them, look at them in detail and compare them to the competition.
Having handled many toothbrushes, from Oral-B and other brands we can often pick out weaknesses or vulnerabilities fairly quickly.
Oral-B have developed a pretty strong reliability over the years they have been making brushes and we find the failure rate to be low.
Most never go wrong, but inevitably some will, these are electronic products after all and nothing can be made to last forever.
There is no immediate cause for concern with this Oral-B kids toothbrush.
The standard warranty or guarantee if you prefer runs for 2 years/24 months from the date of purchase.
Should it fail and the fault is as a result of parts or workmanship rather than user damage then it will be covered under the warranty.
This Oral-B toothbrush for kids, from a cleaning and usability perspective, is very good.
It is a solid toothbrush that I can strongly advise you to purchase for an older child or adult.
However, there is one major catch or caveat to this.
This is not a toothbrush that is suitable for those kids who need extra motivation or encouragement to brush.
Whilst it can clean the teeth of children, nothing about this brush would entice most kids to use it.
There are no bold and funky colors, no interactive elements or no educational components to it.
Sonicare’s for kids toothbrush is what you want if your child needs that extra assistance.
If your child can brush their teeth independently or is under adult supervision, then wonderful, this toothbrush will be a great option.
It is priced well and has the essential features (timer, pacer and pressure sensor) I would want to see in an electric toothbrush.
- Height (without head) – 7.67 inches/19.5cm
- Height (with head) – 9.25 inches/23.5cm
- Width – 0.9 inches/2.3cm
- Thickness – 1.14 inches/2.9cm
- Weight (without head) – 0.27 lbs/123g
- Weight (with head) – 0.28 lbs/129g
All are approximates
- Is the Oral-B Kids an oscillating brush?
- Yes, with Oral-B 3D motion that oscillates, rotates and pulsates.
- What brushing/cleaning modes are available?
- The Oral-B kids 6+ has 2 cleaning modes. They are:
- Daily Clean
- Learn more about Oral-B electric toothbrush cleaning modes.
- The Oral-B kids 6+ has 2 cleaning modes. They are:
- What brush head does the kids 6+ come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- A single Sensitive brush head is supplied.
- 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 6+ have a pressure sensor?
- Yes, it does.
- Does the Kids 6+ 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 with the Oral-B Kids electric toothbrush.
- How long does the battery last?
- The battery lasts up to 64 minutes, which if used on the standard daily clean mode is 16 days based on 2 cleans per day.
- Can I use the Oral-B Kids in the shower?
- The brush is water resistant but Oral-B suggests not to use when bathing. Avoid submerging it in water.
- Does the Kids toothbrush come with a warranty & how long is it?
- If purchased new from an approved retailer the brush will come with a 2 year.
- Find out more about the Oral-B warranty.
Do you own or have you used the Oral-B Kids 6+
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: 2020-01-22 at 11:20 // Source: Amazon Associates