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Quip Smart Toothbrush Review

Quip Smart Toothbrush Review 1

Editor’s Note

This Smart toothbrush is a Bluetooth enabled version of the original Quip brush we have previously reviewed.

You can read our original Quip toothbrush review or alternatively read on to understand the benefits of this smart version and how it compares.

Our Verdict

The Quip Smart toothbrush (view it here on the Quip website) is a likeable product, primarily due to the design and practicality it offers.  I like the principle behind it too. 

The smart features certainly give extra insight and the presence of rewards does  motivate you and me to achieve a better standard of brushing.  The execution of the app is better than I had anticipated.  

As per the original Quip brush, the cleaning power remains weaker than a traditional electric toothbrush which is disappointing for many.  It is a crossover between manual and electric.

For those serious about tracking their brushing habits and getting a great clean, products like the hum by Colgate are a better choice.

Pros

  • Slim and lightweight
  • 1 cleaning mode
  • Built-in timer
  • Removable batteries
  • Smart features
  • Multi-use travel case
  • Subscription service
  • American Dental Association approved

Cons

  • Cleaning performance
  • No battery status/feedback
  • No pressure sensor
  • Smart features
  • Subscription

The 3 BIG questions about the Quip Smart

If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Quip Smart toothbrush.  If I have missed something, let me know in the comments.

If you want more detail, you can read my full Quip Smart toothbrush review further down the page. 

1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?

No truthfully there is nothing drastically wrong with this toothbrush, you just need to appreciate that it doesn’t perform like a regular electric toothbrush.

It is not as powerful and is more of a crossover from a manual to electric toothbrush.

Unless you specifically want a toothbrush subscription or a particularly compact removable battery powered toothbrush then better options exist.

2. Which other brushes should I consider?

The alternatives really depend on exactly what you want from a toothbrush, but the obvious alternative is the hum by Colgate.

I would suggest the one with the rechargeable battery as opposed to the AAA powered option, although the hums AAA version is still fractionally better than Quip.

Not bothered by subscription, but want a decent electric toothbrush? Take a look at the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100.

The 4100 has a much more satisfying clean, built-in pressure sensor and brush head replacement reminder system.  The battery is built-in but lasts a good few weeks.

Also, if you’re interested in Quip because of its removable battery, check out our post on the best battery operated toothbrush.

Our Choice
Philips Sonicare HX6810/50 ProtectiveClean 4100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Black
hum by Colgate Smart Battery Toothbrush Kit, Sonic Toothbrush Handle with 2 Refill Heads and Travel Case, Teal
Quip Smart Toothbrush
Brush Name
Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100
hum by Colgate
Quip Smart
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
5/5
3/5
Price
$46.48
$43.60
~$50 (approx)
Our Choice
Philips Sonicare HX6810/50 ProtectiveClean 4100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Black
Brush Name
Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$46.48
hum by Colgate Smart Battery Toothbrush Kit, Sonic Toothbrush Handle with 2 Refill Heads and Travel Case, Teal
Brush Name
hum by Colgate
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$43.60
Quip Smart Toothbrush
Brush Name
Quip Smart
Electric Teeth Rating
3/5
Price
~$50 (approx)

3. Where is the best place to buy the Smart Quip toothbrush?

The best place to buy Quip from is www.getquip.com. This is the official website and online store.

Although there are other stockists like Target, the greatest range of choice and flexibility comes from buying directly.

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Quip Smart Toothbrush Review

And now for a bit more detail…

Quip have become a well known toothbrush brand thanks to their stylish product, convenient subscription based system and frequent advertising.

They were one of the first to offer a comprehensive direct to consumer offering and this has only expanded over the years to the range available today.

Variants of this toothbrush

There are primarily 2 variants of the Quip Smart electric toothbrush.

  • Plastic
  • Metal

The materials affect the color of the toothbrush.

  • Plastic – All white
  • Metal – All black

Both variants come with the same things included in the box.

Quip Black Metal Smart Toothbrush

The different materials result in different costs.  The list prices are:

  • Plastic – $50
  • Metal – $65

There are potential cost savings to be had via the ‘custom bundle’ option that exists whereby you can add and remove items to create a set of products to be delivered on a one off or regular basis.

As per the original Quip brush, the focus is on subscribing to regular brush head refill deliveries at 3 monthly intervals for $5.

You should also be aware that there is too a Kids Smart toothbrush.  This is all yellow in color.

There are some small differences between the kids and adults brush.

The kids brush has:

  • A smaller brush head on the kids toothbrush
    • 920 soft, end rounded DuPont nylon bristles arranged in 22 tufts compared to the 1,200 bristles and 34 tufts on the adult brush.
  • Brush handle material
    • The handle of the kids brush is wrapped in a soft, yet grippy rubber rather than the smooth plastic or metal of the adult brush handle.
Quip Kids Smart Toothbrush Yellow

Quip Smart vs Original Quip toothbrush

Quip Original vs Smart

The key difference between these 2 models is that the Quip Smart toothbrush comes with a Bluetooth enabled ‘smart’ motor that the original Quip brush does not.

This smart motor connects via a wireless Bluetooth connection to a free app on your Android or iOS smartphone.

The principle is that the toothbrush tracks your brushing habits and presents this data in a meaningful way inside the smartphone app.

From this you can then take positive steps to improve your oral care routine and in time have a cleaner and healthier smile.

You are aided by the fact that the app gives tips and reminders to help you improve.

The motor tracks:

  • How long and how often you brush your teeth. 
  • The coverage of the brushing, looking at top and bottom teeth
  • The number of brush strokes per minute
  • The intensity of your brushing (the back and forth acceleration off your brush)

Once the toothbrush has been paired to the app, it will automatically store your routine and points.  You will not need to use the app every time you brush.

Quip Toothbrush Motors

The smart motor is a module that can be purchased as a separate product.

Although it comes as standard with the ‘smart’ model you can retro fit it to the original Quip brush.

What this also allows you to do, is get the handle in a color option not offered as standard with the smart variant.

As per the images throughout this review, you will see a copper colored handle, which is only available when buying the original brush.  I have fitted the smart motor inside.

What’s in the box?

The exact box contents will depend on the variant/bundle option you select. 

  • Quip smart electric toothbrush (black metal or white plastic)
  • 1 x Brush head 
  • 1 x AAA battery
  • 1 x Travel cover mount
  • Documentation

Key Features

  • Smart motor
  • Built-in timer and pacer
  • Replaceable brush heads
  • Minimalist design
  • User replaceable battery
  • Slim and lightweight
  • Multi-use travel cover

Pro & Cons

Here are what I consider to be the pros and cons of the Quip smart toothbrush.

The Positives

  • Slim and lightweight – Really slim and light in hand. Looks good too.
  • 1 cleaning mode – No-nonsense, simple and easy to use.
  • Built-in timer – Encourages you to brush the teeth evenly and to do so for the recommended 2 minutes. It has a 30 second pacer too.
  • Removable battery – Powered by a single AAA battery which can be very convenient.
  • Smart features – A  fairly well thought out app that encourages you to brush correctly and regularly.  Points to be earned and redeemed in the form of money off future purchases.
  • Multi-use travel case – So simple, yet ingeniously effective at holding and protecting the brush head when in transit but also keeping the brush out of harm’s way when not in use.
  • Subscription service – Get refills and associated products delivered at regular intervals with no effort on your part.
  • ADA Approved – Quip has achieved the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval for the brush.

The Negatives

  • Cleaning performance   – Satisfactory.  But, it doesn’t give the same satisfying clean as Sonicare or Oral-B brush.
  • No battery status/feedback – No way of knowing if the battery is fully charged or low on power.
  • No pressure sensor – No mechanism to alert you if you are applying too much pressure as you brush the teeth.
  • Smart features – More scope for educational points within the app.  It also doesn’t give some enhanced features such as real-time tracking that some might desire.
  • Subscription service – Not suitable for all and works out more marginally more expensive if purchased without subscribing

Design, usability, clean & general use

As minimalist and simple design goes, it really doesn’t get much better than Quip.

I really must give them praise for the design.

The handle is light, slim and smooth to the touch with a lovely curved profile.  Even the base of the brush is curved, like the bottom of a test tube.  The downside here is that the brush does not stand upright on a flat surface.

Quip Smart Enabled Toothbrush with Phone App

There are no grips, status indicators or controls on the handle itself.

2 thirds of the way up the handle you reach the point where the brush head attaches. This begins as a cylinder but tapers off to a much flatter profile before you reach the brush head itself.  More on the brush head shortly.

As the head tapers from the handle to the brush head it does so at an angle that offers up a flat surface.

It is here that you will see a ‘q’ icon.  This is the one and only function button that turns the brush on and off.

Inside the brush handle is the battery and motor that makes this brush work.

To access this you need to disconnect the brush head, you can then pull out the motor module and reveal a compartment for the AAA battery.  

In hand the brush is about half the thickness of a regular electric toothbrush.

The placement of the power button tends to act as a bit of a natural gripping point, but compared to a regular electric toothbrush you have to clench the fist much tighter because of the slimmer profile.

Whilst it somewhat complicates the offering, the choice of plastic and metal handles is a very nice touch.

I personally prefer the metal, it looks and feels nicer, but then it should as it is a more durable material and a more expensive option.

The Quip Smart comes in an all white plastic or black metal option.  

In the hands-on images throughout this review, you will see a copper colored handle, that is because I have fitted the smart motor into an existing Quip handle I had.

With the smart motor fitted to the original handle, it is only the color difference that exists.  All the ‘smart’ elements come from the motor and the smartphone app.  

I will run through all the smart features shortly, but first let me explain some of the other features of the brush.

Quip offers just 1 cleaning mode, which is accessed via a single press on the power button.

As soon as the button is pressed the motor kicks in and the built-in timer and pacer are activated.

A large number of people fail to brush for the dentist recommended 2 minutes.

The timer and pacer are present to help encourage you and me to do so.

At 30 second intervals, you will feel pulses in the brushing sensation and through the handle.  This is the motor pausing briefly to alert you that 30 seconds have passed.

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The idea is you spend 30 seconds cleaning all the tooth surfaces in the 4 quadrants of the mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left).  Once you have brushed all 4, 120 seconds or 2 minutes will have passed.

At the 2 minute time, the brush will automatically turn itself off to alert you the clean is over.  It is also a very clear indicator that unless the brush turns off, you have not brushed for the recommended amount of time.

Whilst a timer and pacer are essential features of an electric brush in my opinion, another nice to have extra is a pressure sensor.  Sadly, the Quip Smart does not have this.

What you should remember, if you are not already aware, is that scrubbing the teeth with a lot of pressure does not normally equal cleaner teeth.

Brushing with too much force can be damaging and a brush with a pressure sensor would alert you.

As the Quip Smart does not have this, you need to just ensure you brush with only a small amount of pressure.  The bristles really need to skim the surface of the teeth.

The Quip Smart is an electric toothbrush, but not quite like an electric brush many are used to.

The motor produces up to 15,000 vibrations per minute.  Whilst significantly more movements than a manual brush, it is not as much as larger and more powerful electric brushes.  This difference is very noticeable in use.

Sonicare, for example, offers 31,000 brush strokes as standard.  That is twice that of Quip.  Even if the extra movements result in no significantly better cleaning results, it feels like they do.

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The Quip brush is essentially a crossover between manual and electric, in that you get many of the benefits, but the drawback is the cleaning power is not as high.

Existing electric toothbrush owners will likely be quite disappointed, whereas manual brush users may feel some benefit.

The overall cleaning results are perfectly satisfactory, but the post clean feel for me does not feel as good as when I have used an Oral-B or Sonicare electric toothbrush.  

My mouth did feel fresh and clean post brushing, but I didn’t feel as satisfied as I would have had I used a more traditional electric toothbrush.

It felt weak, under-powered and really not much better than a manual brush.  All I got was a gentle vibration.

On the plus side, the brush is quiet, producing a gentle humming sound.

A fairly important thing to note here at this point is that typically the technique used when brushing with an electric toothbrush can be different to a manual brush.

When using Quip, you need to use the same technique as you would a manual brush.  This is documented with the printed guide that comes included.

Do be aware, perfecting your brushing technique and routine will likely bring more benefit than any particular toothbrush on its own, be that manual or electric.  This is in part where the smart features come in.  More on that in just a moment.

I want to mention the brush head.

1 comes supplied with the handle upon purchase and if you subscribe, for $5 you can get a new one delivered every 3 months.

There is just 1 style of brush head which makes things nice and simple.  No confusing ranges like you get with Sonicare and Oral-B.

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The only confusing part about the head is that it comes in different colors to match your handle.  So you get a white head for the plastic handle and a black one to match the black handle.

Unlike Oral-B’s round heads Quip has a brush head more similar to Sonicare and many manual brush heads.  It is a stretched oval shape.

It contains 1,200 soft DuPoint nylon bristles in 34 separate tufts in the center of the brush head.

On the outer edge are what appear to be silicone or possibly thermoplastic elastomer bristles.  Spaced wide apart there are 16  that form the outer edge of the brush head.  These are shorter than the nylon bristles.

The soft bristles are designed to be gentle on the teeth and gums and not do any damage or aggravate like some harder bristles can.

It cleans the teeth well, but if used to the small round Oral-B brush head, it can feel a little trickier to clean effectively right at the back of the mouth.

On the back of the brush head is a tongue cleaner that also has the Quip named shaped into it.

The importance of cleaning the tongue and the inside of the cheeks is underrated.  Scrape the back of the brush head along both to help remove additional plaque and bacteria that can contribute to bad breath.

Brush heads should be replaced every 3 months.  There are no indicator bristles on this head to remind you, but the subscription services acts as this reminder.  If you are not subscribed, you will need to remember to buy or replace the heads.

Included with the Quip brush is a multi-purpose travel case.  I say multi-purpose because it acts as a wall mount as well as a travel case.

Essentially a plastic tube with a reusable sticky pad on the back of it.

It sticks to flat surfaces like tiles, mirrors and shower screens.  Just apply a little bit of pressure to make it stick.

The brush then sits within this. 

Just lift the handle out when you need it and place it back in when you’re done.

Quip toothbrush in wall mount

When you need to transport it, simply pull it off the surface to which it is stuck, and place the holder over the top of the brush head and now it acts as a travel case for the brush.

The handle part sticks out from the case part, but the likelihood of this being damaged is very low.

Part of why this works so well is because the brush is so light.  There is very little weight on the pad that sticks to the wall. The minimalist design helps too. 

It is all too easy for a toothbrush to get knocked or splashed when in the bathroom, this holder allows you to mount the brush out of the way of any trouble and is particularly good if you are short of shelf space, as regular brushes can take up quite a lot of room.

Another neat touch is that the base of the holder has a screw insert that can be removed to clean it out and release any grime that might have built up.  It does too have holes in it to allow for airflow so the brush head can dry out.

To the smart motor and features then.

The removable motor is Bluetooth enabled and it connects to most Android or iOS mobile devices.  You just need to download and install the free Quip application.

The setup process takes just a couple of minutes and it is simple to do.  Quip has made it as easy as is possible really.

Quip Smart Toothbrush App

This app is in many ways complimentary to your daily use of the brush.  You do not need to use it as you brush. Therefore you don’t have to have it in the bathroom with you.

The motor is tracking and storing data and syncs it with the app the next time the app is opened on the phone (providing the brush is within range).

Having the app open at the same time as you brush does not show any real-time brushing information or even a timer like some Oral-B toothbrushes do.

As you use the brush Quip smart is tracking your:

  • Brushing duration
    • Length of each brushing session
  • The number of strokes
    • Back and forth brush strokes per minute
    • Typically 200+ can indicate you are moving the bristles in short strokes over one tooth at a time rather than long strokes that bounce over multiple teeth
  • Brushing intensity 
    • Average back & forth gravity acceleration (g’s)
    • Typically looking for a number between 1 & 3
  • Coverage
    • How evenly you brush top and bottom teeth
    • Aim to brush each for 1 minute

This data is logged within the app when the brush is synced.

Over time it builds up a nice history that is presented within the app.

Quip Smart Toothbrush App Dashboard

The principle here is that over time you see what you are doing well and where there are areas for improvement.  You can then make the relevant changes to improve your oral health.

I like the setup, it is simple and not too heavy and complicated to use.  

However, there is room for improvement.  I think there could be greater use of charts and tables for presenting key data.  In most instances you need to dig down on a day by day basis to get this.

The main dashboard shows data from the last brushing session.  So you see how long you brushed for, the coverage, strokes and intensity.  I personally would prefer to see an average here.  I think averages speak louder than the last session.  Perhaps it could show the average for the last 7 days.

Admittedly this could all lead to information overload, but for most I think visual charts and averages generally work best.

It shows what it needs to, but like all of these things it ultimately relies on you and I to really take action ourselves to make the improvement.

No amount of data can physically make someone pick up the brush more regularly and brush their teeth better.  The data needs to encourage users to want to do this.

Brush Activity Quip Smart Toothbrush Application

The app does provide tips, but I think it could go further perhaps with some demos and more detailed information on the brushing technique, flossing etc.  But, this could all come in time.

While the motor can track coverage approximately with top and bottom teeth, it doesn’t have the technology to track the exact position of the brush like the hum by Colgate or more premium models like the Oral-B iO or the DiamondClean Smart from Sonicare.

These brushes with premium tracking features can more accurately track those teeth that have and have not been cleaned well.

Whilst none are perfect, the likes of the hum will more accurately tell you if you haven’t properly brushed the back of the teeth in the upper right side of your jaw for example. Quip does not do this.

These other models ultimately give a more accurate picture of the actual brushing coverage, stating you brushed 80% of the teeth really well with scope for improvement.

If you or I really thought about how we brushed, Quip doesn’t really tell us anything we don’t already know.  But, importantly it tracks these things more accurately and reports them with less effort and thought process ourselves.

Quip SMart Toothbrush Application Brush Activity

For those who are really serious about their oral care routine, Quip falls short, but for the majority it will likely give some tips for improvement, or if nothing else reconfirm that a pretty good job is being done already.

The app is broken up into 3 main sections, home, activity and rewards.  What it looks like and what is included in each section is best seen in the screenshots included in this review.  It is clean and simple to use.  Good job Quip.

Perhaps the final and most compelling reason to use the app is that you get points for your brushing.

1 point for brushing in the morning, 1 point for brushing in the evening and another if you complete both sessions for 2 minutes.  Essentially 3 points per day can be won. You then can get an additional 5 points when you achieve a weekly streak of 2 minute sessions, twice a day for 7 days.

Points equal prices.  The number of points and the prizes can and will likely change over time, but at the time of review, 450 points is equal to a $5 credit towards the brush head subscription or $5 to spend in Target.

Excluding other points bonuses that might come along, you are looking at around 330 points per quarter.

Over 3 years you could earn around $45 in savings.  

Quip Smart Toothbrush App Rewards

I don’t think you can really grumble with this when you consider you should want to brush your teeth twice a day anyhow.  Basically you are being paid to brush!

Naturally the app won’t be for everyone and I can see some will use it for a while but will then forget or find it more effort than it’s worth for the points/rewards gained.  

Overall the Quip Smart is a sleek, simple to use toothbrush that goes that extra distance to help you and me get better at taking care of our teeth.

It is not a loud, in your face and constantly nagging solution, instead it is subtle and helpful and rewards those that choose to use it.

I can see a place for the Quip smart, but those who are perhaps most focused on achieving the best oral care will be demanding something with just a bit extra.

Summary of design, usability, clean & general use

  • Slim and stylish brush with a minimalist design
  • Hard to grip for some
  • Available in black metal or white plastic
  • Brush holder doubles up as a travel case
  • A single power button that launches 1 cleaning mode
  • The motor vibrates at 15,000 RPM
  • Not as powerful as a Sonicare or Oral-B electric toothbrush
  • Clean is satisfactory
  • Use a manual brushing technique
  • Built-in timer and pacer
  • No pressure sensor
  • 1 brush head style with 1200 bristles
  • Head is color matched to black or white handle
  • Powered by a single AAA battery
  • American Dental Association approved
  • Smart motor enables Bluetooth connectivity
  • Tracks your cleaning habits
  • Doesn’t show information in real-time
  • Can’t detect exact areas that have or have not been brushed
  • Smart motor module can be retro fitted to original Quip brush
  • App available for Android or iOS
  • Key data available and easy to understand
  • Opportunity to improve the app with more visual charts and demos
  • Points for completing brushing – transferable into monetary rewards
  • 1 year warranty unless subscribed

Battery life

The vast majority of electric toothbrushes have built-in rechargeable batteries.

The Quip toothbrush is one of the few that does not.

It is powered by a user removable AAA battery. 1 is provided when you buy the brush.

Your personal circumstances and preferences will depend on how you feel about this.

I certainly see it as a convenient option for those who want something easy to use and don’t have to worry about having to recharge. 

Those who travel frequently stand out here.  

The downside is, as I have already acknowledged, the lower power/movements of the brush head as the battery simply isn’t as powerful.

My testing has confirmed that it should easily surpass 3 months, assuming twice daily brushing for 2 minutes each time.

In fact you can likely get upwards of 4 months from the battery, but if you are subscribed, which is the main idea here. You get a replacement included with the replacement brush head.

Whilst I wish not to encourage wasting batteries that still have life in them, there is some logic to replace it at the same time as the brush head.

Although the battery provided is a 1 time use battery, you coud, if you preferred, use your own rechargeable AAA battery.

Compared to the original brush, I didn’t notice this smart brush causing any significant battery drain in comparison to the original.  There may be subtle differences but only extended testing would really highlight this. Even then, I don’t think it would be the biggest issue.

Summary of battery life

  • Powered by a single AAA battery
  • Battery supplied with the brush upon purchase
  • New AAA supplied with brush heads, when subscribed
  • Will easily get 3 months from the battery
  • Possible to use your own or a rechargeable AAA if preferred
  • No obvious extra power draw from the smart motor

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 Quip Smart electric toothbrush has a recommended retail price of $65 for the metal and $50 for the plastic handled brush.

This is a $20 premium over the original (non-smart) brush.

Existing original brush owners can buy the smart motor for $25 if you wish to benefit from the extra this offers.

I think the $20 premium over the original is a fair price to pay given what you are getting and in many respects you can reclaim this price difference via the benefits and rewards that can be built up within the smartphone application.

Although prices are always subject to change, more often than not there are a few dollars to be saved as Quip often runs promotions and makes voucher codes available to obtain small, but worthwhile discounts.

Here at Electric Teeth we like to try and calculate what it will cost to own the brush over a 3 year period, to at least try and give a benchmark of the costs, in comparison to other brushes.

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There are a number of variables to contend with here, from the handle materials to whether you subscribe or not.

To keep things simple, I will work out this cost based on a metal handled brush, purchased on subscription.

Therefore the initial purchase price is $65, plus 11 brush heads at $5 each.

This brings the total cost $120 or $0.11 per day.

The cost of replacement batteries are included within this as they come as part of the brush head subscription.

Because the cost of the brush head is the same whether you opt for the original or smart brush, the only difference is the initial purchase price, so a $20 premium.

But, if you brush twice a day every day, as you should, you will redeem at least 3 points per day.

You then gain an additional 5 points for a weekly streak.

At the time of review, 450 points will get you $5 credit towards a brush head refill or a voucher to spend at Target.  Other rewards are available.

But, based on this, as a very rough guide over a 3 months period you will acquire around 330 points.  

Over 3 years this is around 3960 points, which I suspect will exceed 4,000 with extra bonus points etc.

Therefore over 3 years you can likely get in the region of $45 credit to use towards brush heads.

As a result, it is fair to say that the total cost of ownership drops by $45 and the true cost is more like $75 or $0.07 per day. 

As you can tell this is actually cheaper than the original Quip toothbrush and you will have had the extra benefits of the smart features too.

This is cheaper than an electric toothbrush from the likes of Sonicare and Oral-B, but the compromise with Quip is the cleaning performance.

Quip Smart toothbrush works out almost identically priced to hum by Colgate ($0.11) which I do believe is actually the better brush overall because of the benefits it brings.

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

  • List of buying options included here
  • Recommended retail price of $50 for the plastic and $65 for the metal handle
  • $20 premium for the smart model over the original
  • Small discounts often available
  • Replacement brush heads cost $5 on subscription
  • Replacement battery included with the subscription
  • Works out at $120 or $0.11 per day over 3 years
  • Points acquired in app can reduce ownership cost
  • Expect to save around $45 over 3 years
  • Comparably priced to competition

Reliability & long term use

Aside from the motor inside the handle, the form factor of this smart variant is the same as the original, therefore it is a tried and tested design.

As standard you get a 1 year warranty, but if you subscribe this warranty is extended for the length of your subscription, which is pretty good all things considered.

My own hands on experience doesn’t give me any significant reason to question the ongoing reliability of the brush.  The construction is good and the battery neatly tucked away inside the handle, so unlikely to be exposed to moisture.

I have read some reports of the brushes failing or breaking, more so the plastic than the metal handled option that I have.

I suspect given Quip’s approach should you have any issues, a replacement would be issued with little in the way of questions asked.

Conclusion

The fundamental design of the Quip toothbrush has not changed from the original.

Really, this review is focused on the replaceable motor found in the brush handle.

I have been pleasantly surprised by the module and app and think Quip has done a good job overall.

It certainly adds a little something to the brush and it will appeal to many, particularly the younger generation.

I very much like that you don’t have to always use the app and that you can check in when you want to.  

The app is fairly straightforward to use and the rewards are a great benefit in forms of motivation and helping reduce ongoing ownership costs.

To really take advantage of the app and smart features it does require some habit changes which not all will adapt to.

Even if you don’t make much use of the app, you can potentially cover the extra purchase price over time.

But, is it really worth it?  That is for you to decide.  

I think those really serious about making improvements might benefit from a more powerful toothbrush with more comprehensive tracking that shows more accurately what teeth have and have not been brushed.  The hum by Colgate is an appropriate alternative choice.

Our Choice
Philips Sonicare HX6810/50 ProtectiveClean 4100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Black
hum by Colgate Smart Battery Toothbrush Kit, Sonic Toothbrush Handle with 2 Refill Heads and Travel Case, Teal
Quip Smart Toothbrush
Brush Name
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Quip Smart
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
5/5
3/5
Price
$46.48
$43.60
~$50 (approx)
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Quip Smart Toothbrush
Brush Name
Quip Smart
Electric Teeth Rating
3/5
Price
~$50 (approx)

Electric Teeth Rating

Electric Teeth 3 Star Rating

Size Guide

  • Height (without head) – 5.11 inches/13cm
  • Height (with head) – 7.60 inches/19.3cm
  • Width – 0.6 inches/1.5cm
  • Thickness – 0.6 inches/1.5cm
  • Weight (without head) – 1.35oz/38.2g
  • Weight (with head) – 1.50oz/42.5g

All are approximates

FAQ

  • Is the Quip Smart an oscillating brush?
    • No, it is a Sonic brush with 15,000 movements per minute
  • Does it have any other cleaning modes?
    • No, there is only 1 cleaning mode.
  • What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
    • Quip comes with only 1 style of brush head and no others are available. Their brush head contains 1,200 soft DuPont nylon bristles inserted into 34 tufts to give each tooth a gentle cleaning. These bristles are considered soft.
  • Does Quip Smart have a pressure sensor?
    • No, it does not.
  • Does Quip Smart have Bluetooth?
    • Yes, it does.
  • Does Quip come with a warranty & how long is it?
    • If you buy Quip outright, with no subscription plan, the warranty is 1 year.  If you subscribe to a refill plan, then the warranty continues for the life of that subscription.
  • Does Quip Smart have a built-in timer?
    • Yes.  There are 2 parts to the timer.  There is the 2 minute timer, that activates from power on and turns the brush off after 2 minutes running time.  There is also the quadpacer.  The brush will provide an audible warning through a slight pause in the brushing mode to tell you to change quadrants.  There are 4 quadrants to the mouth, and brushing is normally for 2 minutes.  The timer will activate at 30 second intervals, with 3 pauses at 2 minutes.
  • How long does the battery last?
    • About 3 months on average, based on 1 user cleaning twice a day for 2 minutes.
  • Does it come with a charger?
    • No, the brush uses a user replaceable AAA battery.
  • Can this be fixed to a wall?
    • Yes, the travel cap/holder sticks to smooth surfaces like tiles or mirrors.
  • Can I use Quip Smart in the shower?
    • Yes. Quip is water resistant so if you choose you can use it in the shower. You will need to consider keeping out of direct flow of the water if using the wall mount/holder.
  • Does it come with a travel case?
    • Yes, a travel case is included.  It doubles up as a toothbrush holder.

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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.

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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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