Quip vs Sonicare & Oral-B

Quip vs Sonicare & Oral-B

If you’ve heard of the Quip toothbrush, you may be wondering how it compares to other electric toothbrush mainstays such as Sonicare & Oral-B.

Well, in this post I will be looking at just that – Quip vs Sonicare & Quip vs Oral-B — how do they compare for price, features, convenience and more.

If you want a quick answer, in my opinion, traditional electric toothbrushes offer a better clean. However, as I cover in more detail below and summarise in the conclusion, the subscription element of Quip can be convenient.

If you’re choosing a new toothbrush, you may like to check out our recommended brushes here.

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Quip vs Oral-B vs Sonicare Electric Toothbrush Comparison

A quick introduction to Quip

I have written about this more and completed a detailed hands-on Quip Toothbrush Review, but below is a quick Primer on Quip and what it is.

Quip is a US-based company that offers a stylish and compact electric toothbrush as well as complimentary accessories for your oral health care routine.

Selling direct to consumers through their website www.getquip.com, the brush is designed to be purchased and used on a subscription model.

Much like how you subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify or similar, Quip delivers replacement brush heads to your door every 3 months for a small fixed fee.

Like other services this pay-as-you-go subscription service is cost effective, reliable, well managed and does not require an ongoing commitment.

Copying some might say is the biggest form of flattery and the increasing number of companies that are mimicking Quip, is a testament to what they have created and the desire for many to profit from the increasingly popular subscription model, which I have looked at in more detail in our post on toothbrush subscriptions.

Whilst the subscription model brings its own benefits and drawbacks, how does this novel electric toothbrush really compare to the better known and perhaps more trusted products from Sonicare and Oral-B?  It is this question that I hope to answer for you.

What is Quip?

Quip is a US based company that offers door to door delivery of electric toothbrushes and replacement brush heads.

Their service is focused around a subscription model whereby subscribers pay a one time fee to obtain an electric toothbrush, then a regular fee (every 3 months) for a predetermined number of brush heads to be delivered to your door.

They do offer the opportunity to purchase without subscription and offer complementary products like toothpaste.

What is Quip like to use?

For full details on what Quip is like to use and how it really performs you are best taking a few moments to read my full review of the Quip toothbrush.

It goes into great detail, but there are summary sections you can glance over for a quicker read.

Should there be a question that I have not answered, just let me know in the comments or by getting in touch by contacting us.

Quip vs other electric toothbrushes

I believe it is important to really explain and put into context Quip in comparison to all electric toothbrushes before looking explicitly at how it compares to Oral-B and Sonicare.

Quip is an electric toothbrush, but my hands on, the feedback I have received and heard from others is that it is a little different to what they anticipated. Notably, the motor and brushing experience is different from what most would consider a ‘regular electric toothbrush’.

If you have never used an electric toothbrush before you do not have quite the same comparison to make, but many expected the power and brushing experience to be considerably more than a manual toothbrush, when in fact Quip feels, and in many ways behaves more like a manual brush than an electric one.

Its motor offers 15,000 movements per minute compared to many sonic toothbrushes that offer 30,000 or more.

I really consider it a bit of a crossover.  Not sold on electric, but want some of the benefits, then Quip is a neat option, particularly when you consider the subscription element.

The techniques used to correctly brush your teeth are different for that of a manual and electric brush and with Quip, although it offers the bristle vibration you want to brush like you would a manual toothbrush.

Whilst there are many benefits to an electric toothbrush, the core features you need to look out for in my opinion are a built-in timer, pacer, and soft brush bristles.  Quip has these bases covered.

Too few people brush for the correct amount of time and the built-in timer really helps with this whilst keeping a compact and aesthetically pleasing profile.

What Quip’s electric toothbrush does not offer are some of the more advanced, and arguably less necessary features such as pressure sensors, multiple cleaning modes, smart connectivity and more.

Quip vs Sonicare

As with Oral-B, the differing business models and range of products between these brands make it difficult to make a direct comparison.

Therefore to try and make the fairest comparison and comment on the 2 companies I will compare what I consider to be the most like for like model from the Sonicare range, in this case, the ProtectiveClean 4100.

Design

The slim, compact and travel-friendly profile of Quip, particularly the aluminum handle option certainly wins in comparison to Sonicare in my opinion.

Both feel quality in hand and well built. Sonicare, in particular, do produce a premium feeling toothbrush.

Quip is not best suited those with restricted hand movement or grip, Sonicares larger handles win out here.

Whilst rubber or contoured grips tend to be a bit more subtle on Sonicare brushes, they do tend to offer more in the way of gripping points.

Stylish Quip is, the positioning of the power button is not ideal, it takes a bit of getting used to.

The travel cap/case that also doubles up as a brush holder is genius and is something I really love about Quip electric toothbrush.

Features

Sonicare’s 2 Series and Quip toothbrush are fairly limited in their features, with both benefiting from a built-in pacer and 2 minute timer.

Something I love as a feature and is great to see on both is the automatic power off, which turns the brush motor off after the 2 minute cleaning cycle.

The simplicity allows you and I as brush users to focus on actually cleaning our teeth for the correct amount of time which is more important for most than any other features that can be built into the brush.

Opt for a more premium Sonicare model and the features are significantly improved.  The DiamondClean Smart is the best example of this.  Quip is left well behind here.

Brush heads

As I suggest when comparing to Oral-B, sometimes simplicity is key and Quip offer 1 style of brush head only.

Sonicare has a much more diverse range of brush heads.

The need for these different configurations is questionable as it is with Oral-B and the actual cleaning difference between them is almost impossible to differentiate for most users.

Most common is the C2 Optimal Plaque Control, that offers all-round effective cleaning.

Either brand’s brush head should be replaced every 3 months. Quip’s subscription services is designed to deliver these to your door. Sonicare does now offer a subscription service for their heads, but all heads do have indicator bristles built-in that fade over time to act as a reminder.

Philips do sell their own brush heads, but they tend to be sold at full retail price and are often cheaper elsewhere.  There are services that can deliver Sonicare brush heads to you at regular intervals as Quip do.  Amazon’s subscribe and save is one of the best options here. However, these services tend to be for a pack, rather than individual heads.

Cleaning

Scientific or clinically accurate my hands-on testing, reviews and opinion are not.

Lab tests may indeed return very different results and opinion to me.

However, for what it is worth, I much prefer the clean offered by Sonicare.

I believe the resulting clean and plaque removal is likely better than a manual brush with the 2 Series from Sonicare or Quip.  The increased bristle movement has to help.

Having used both, after cleaning my mouth felt fresh and clean.  Not as aggressive are either in comparison to Oral-B, but Sonicare wins out by quite some way for me personally.

I believe this is because of the increased bristle movements.

The sonic action of the ProtectiveClean 4100 works at 31,000 brush strokes (62,000 movements) per minute compared to 15,000 of Quip electric toothbrush.  This is significant and noticeable.

Brushing with an electric toothbrush requires, for the most part, the brush to do all the work.  Manual brushes require human power to make those movements.  With Quip I found myself using a manual brushing technique.  The feeling of an underpowered motor just didn’t give me the confidence to use the typical electric toothbrush approach.

As a result, the 4100 is for me a much more convenient and enjoyable experience where I feel I have more control and consistency to the clean.

Battery life

Whilst there is always 1 or 2 models from brands that buck the trend, Sonicare have a solid history of battery life and performance.

More often than not their brushes last 3 weeks or so based on 2 cleans per day of 2 minutes in length.

The 4100 is claimed to have 2 weeks of battery life, but achieved around 5 weeks in my hands-on testing.

This seems somewhat insignificant when Quip tops out at about 3 months usage time.

Using just a single AAA battery it is pretty impressive.

The increased number of movements offered by Sonicare does indeed have some effect on battery performance, but nobody can deny that there is a significant difference here.

Quip needs a simple and easily available AAA battery when it does need ‘recharging’.  If you are subscribed you will be sent one, but if not they are easy to pick up.

Sonicare requires the more bulky charging stand and connection to mains power.

When traveling Quip becomes the more convenient option here.

Price

Whether you feel you should pay a premium or not for convenience is for you to decide.

Personally, I think it is worth it.  But, subscribe to Quip and that premium is removed because of the commitment you make, albeit you can cancel at any point without penalty.

Quip is arguably one of the cheapest options for US residents, cheaper than the 4100 ProtectiveClean from Sonicare.

Making an assumption that the more premium $45 metal handled brush is selected, a total cost over 3 years including the $5 brush head is roughly $100 which is $0.09 cents per day.  Opt for plastic and save $10.

The cost of the Sonicare 4100 can vary a bit depending on when and where you buy it as prices do vary from one retailer to another.

Typically the 4100 will cost $50 for the handle, with replacement brush heads averaging around $10.

The Sonicare toothbrush works out at  $160 over 3 years or $0.15 per day to own.

There are potentially cost savings if you subscribe to brush head deliveries from Sonicare themselves. You could then be looking at a cost of $138 or $0.13 per day.

Please note that all costs quoted are approximates and prices will vary based on location, supplier, time of purchase.  These figures should not be relied on as hard fact but as a guide, based on real information at the time of writing.

Availability

Philips Sonicare wins here.

Whilst it will, of course, vary from model to model, availability is generally nationwide through normal grocery stores, pharmacies and large retailers as well as online from a range of different sellers.

Quip is primarily available only through www.getquip.com although Target does now stock these too.

Much of this is of course determined by the different business models and Quip retain most control due to the subscription model.

Reliability

Another subjective element to this comparison, I have really had good experiences with both and have of course read and been told of negative experiences with both.

Sonicare’s approach to customer service is great by all accounts and I am sure the same can be said of Quip.

The simpler setup of Quip does perhaps make it less prone to faults and whilst it comes with a 1 year warranty compared to the 2 year of Sonicare, I understand that Quip will extend that warranty, whilst you are subscribed.

If purchased outright, the 2 year warranty from Sonicare might be more reassuring.

Quip vs Oral-B

I want to be clear from the outset and say that trying to make a direct comparison between these two is difficult as they have different business models and approaches to the dental health market.

At the time of writing, Quip have 1 electric toothbrush whilst Oral-B have a range of models that differ in features and price.

Therefore to try and make the fairest comparison and comment on the 2 companies I will compare what I consider to be the most like for like model from the Oral-B range, in this case, the Oral-B Pro 1000.

Design

As is always the case with design, this is personal opinion but I have to hand this to Quip.

Whilst the Pro 1000 is slim in hand with nice soft touch rubber grips and simple to access power button, Quip is a much slimmer and sleeker model.

The way the battery sits in the brush handle, the brush head connects and the feel in hand is all very smart and the aluminum finish of the body is great.

The positioning of the power button is not ideal, it takes a bit of getting used to.

A travel cap/case that also doubles up as a brush holder is genius and is something I really love about Quip.

Features

Both brushes are fairly slim on features which is a positive and a negative.

On the plus side, it focuses you on actually cleaning your teeth regularly and for the correct amount of time, which is more important for most than any other features that can be built into the brush.

Both have a built-in 2 minute timer and a 30 second pacer.

Quip electric toothbrush will automatically turn itself off after the 2 minutes, Oral-B brushes do not do this.

However, if we were to consider other brushes in the Oral-B range that fetch a premium price, then hands down Oral-B win here, with different cleaning modes, pressure sensors, Bluetooth connectivity and more.

Brush heads

Sometimes simplicity is key and Quip offer 1 style of brush head only.

Oral-B have a much more diverse range of brush heads, although the CrossAction head is the default brush head in most instances.

The need for these is questionable, however, there are a couple of different brush heads in particular that are most certainly better suited to different users.

Those that stand out are the sensitive, ortho and interspace.

Whilst Quip’s brush head is not firm, Oral-B’s sensitive might be more suited to some.

Either should be replaced every 3 months and whilst Quip can deliver these to your door, Oral-B does have indicator bristles built-in that fade over time to act as a reminder.

Whilst not available direct from Oral-B there are services that can deliver brush heads to you as Quip do, but for Oral-B.  Amazon’s subscribe and save is one of the best options here.

Cleaning

My hands-on testing has not been conducted in a scientific or clinical method to make a conclusive comment on how well one cleans compared to the other and to my knowledge no comparative clinical study has been conducted.

Both offer benefits without doubt over a manual toothbrush.  The movement of the bristles will help dislodge food particles and plaque more effectively.

Having used both, after cleaning my mouth felt fresh and clean, but I would be lying if I didn’t say Oral-B gives a more invigorating and deeper feeling clean.

This for me is for 2 reasons.

The primary is the number of movements of the brush head.  It does vary from model to model but the Pro 1000 offers at least 8,800 oscillations and 20,000 pulsations.

Quip offers 15,000 but it just feels weak and less effective when brushing.

The 2nd reason is the brush head.  The small round profile of Oral-B’s heads feel like they reach deeper in the mouth and are easier to position and control than the larger head on Quip electric toothbrush.

The convenience of the cleaning technique comes into play too.

Brushing with an electric toothbrush requires the brush to do all the majority of the work, whilst you move it tooth to tooth.  Manual brushes require human power to make those movements.  With Quip I found myself using a manual brushing technique but with the benefits of the 15,000 movements, using the more traditional tooth to tooth approach felt ineffective.

Battery life

At 3 months usage time from Quip, powered by a single AAA battery there is no comparison when the Pro 1000 from Oral-B lasts for just 7 days.

The increased number of movements does indeed have some effect on battery performance, but nobody can deny that there is a significant difference here.

The 1000 requires mains power for recharging, whereas Quip needs a simple and easily available AAA battery.

When traveling Quip becomes the more convenient option here.  No bulky charger to lug around.

Price

Given the convenience offered by Quip, which many of us might expect to pay a premium for, they actually one of the cheapest options within the USA.

They do sell internationally, but the price is more expensive when shipping and currency fees are considered.

Due to the different package options, making an accurate price comparison is difficult, but assuming you went for the more premium metal handled option, it would cost $45.

The replacement brush heads are then $5 every 3 month’s and are delivered to your door with no shipping fees and includes a replacement AAA battery.

This brush head cost is very comparable to Oral-B, but these are not normally available as single brush heads on subscription. Generally, you need to purchase a pack of 4 heads.

Here at Electric Teeth, we like to price the brush over a 3 year period to try and offer a fair ownership cost comparison.

Quip works out at roughly $100 which is $0.09 per day.

Oral-B’s Pro 1000 is about $117 or just $0.10 per day.

Please note that all costs quoted are approximates and prices will vary based on location, supplier, time of purchase.  These figures should not be relied on as hard fact but as a guide, based on real information at the time of writing.

Availability

Oral-B wins here.

Whilst it will, of course, vary from model to model, availability is generally nationwide through normal grocery stores, pharmacies and large retailers as well as online from a range of different sellers.

Quip is primarily available through www.getquip.com although Target does also stock them.

Much of this is of course determined by the different business models and Quip retain most control due to the subscription model.

Reliability

A very difficult subject to comment on given that my experiences have all been positive.

I have however read and heard complaints about both and this is expected to a point.

The simpler setup of Quip does perhaps make it less prone to faults and whilst it comes with a 1 year warranty compared to the 2 year of Oral-B, I understand that Quip will extend that warranty, whilst you are subscribed.

If purchased outright, the 2 year warranty from Oral-B might be more reassuring.

Conclusion

Ultimately, whether you are considering Quip alongside Sonicare, Oral-B or any other electric toothbrush brand, you need to consider what your preferences are and what is most important to you.

Take the information provided here and use it as part of your consideration process.

In my opinion, if you want the best cleaning experience, choice, and satisfaction, Oral-B or Sonicare will deliver here — you can see the brushes we recommend the most here.

They do too, subject to model, offer more features such as additional cleaning modes, and Bluetooth connectivity that might be more desirable to you.

If you are an existing electric toothbrush user, the Sonicare and Oral-B models are likely better suited to you.

Price conscious buyers will likely find Quip one of the best options.

However, if you are currently using a manual toothbrush or electric, but are very lax at changing that brush head every 3 months, cleaning your teeth regularly or for the correct amount of time then the Quip subscription model may work better for you.

The regular payments and deliveries of brush heads will act as the stimulus you need to take better care of your oral health.

Your opinions

If you should have any questions or comments you want to make, please do let me know in the comments below.

Jon Love

About Jon Love

Jon is a leading voice on electric toothbrushes and has been quoted by mainstream media publications for his opinions and expertise.

Having handled & tested hundreds of products there really is very little he does not know about them.

Passionate about business and helping others, Jon has been involved in various online enterprises since the early 2000s.

After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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16 thoughts on “Quip vs Sonicare & Oral-B”

  1. Quip support is email only and the seals will fail and cause cracks in the brush heads. If you are busy the email back and forth seems to get lost at Quip, then you have to start over with someone new. Then they keep on asking for pictures. I do not recommend Quip based on my experience. I don’t have time to keep sending pictures of a problem they know about and will harass you with requests until you give up, end your subscription and lose your support.

    The holder for the Quip is very neat, we now use it for our manual toothbrushes as well.

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    • Thanks for the feedback Walter, it is much appreciated. I am sure this will be very valuable to other readers of the site.

      It is a real shame they would appear to have lost you as a customer, for what really should be a simple resolution to a problem.

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  2. Great review, I really appreciate hearing your thoughts. I know originally Quip was exclusively sold online, but within the past year they’ve started expanding to in-store retailers as well–just thought I’d mention it since it seems like you’ve been updating the review periodically!

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    • Thanks Emily for the information.

      I know they are now beginning to be sold in Target, have you seen them elsewhere?

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      • Now that I’m looking further into it, I guess it is only Target! I assumed they expanded to other stores too, but it looks like it’s just Target. For some reason Google shows that it’s being sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond too, but there’s no trace of it on their website if that’s the case.

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    • You state the sonicare brush heads only last 3 weeks, do you mean 3 months!? As they should last, at the least, as long as 3 months??

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      • Krista, I am not sure that it is said that Sonicare brush heads last 3 weeks. The toothbrush battery life of a Sonicare tends to be 3 weeks, or thereabouts. A Sonicare brush head will last 3 months.

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  3. Thanks for the review, I was primarily looking to see a comparison with Sonicare as I am trying to move away from them. This review really helped hone in on my decision.

    Side note, you had mentioned that Sonicare’s customer service is great. My move away from them is because of the terrible warranty they have as there is no repair options and the replacement is a discount that doesn’t beat retail pricing from distributors. Most Amazon reviews of the units released around 5 years ago will say the same as the devices starts to die on their own 3-5 years into their life.

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    • Hi Patrick,

      Thanks for your comment and sorry to hear you have had a bad time with your warranty. Repair is a subject that we plans to write about in the coming months. With some brushes it is possible to repair some issues yourself. At the moment this seems to be more the case with Oral-B from what we can tell, but we will be investigating further. What have you decided to switch to?

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    • Hi Alyssa.

      We have not yet tried BURST. We have it on our list of brushes to test and compare. We are aiming to source a brush as I type.

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  4. I would like to know which toothbrush is better for someone that has dental implants. I have heard that The Sonicare is not good for implants. I have had an implant come out… I have used a Sonicare prior to my implants. What product should I use?

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    • Eileen,

      An electric toothbrush should be perfectly fine to use with a dental implant.

      If placed and healed correctly, a dental implant should for the most part be as strong as your natural tooth, as the jawbone fuses to the implant and should be very secure.

      If you have had an implant come out, I presume, but please correct me that this was because of another reason than using an electric toothbrush.

      Speak to your dentist/implantologist, but an electric brush should be fine. Failing that, a good manual toothbrush like the curaprox cs 5460 ultra soft toothbrush.

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  5. Thank you for your review, Jon. Have you considered including the differences in maintenance between the three products? We have used Sonicare and Oral-B, and find it much easier and quicker to clean the Oral-B module. I’m allergic to mold, so I need to be extra careful about build-up in the crevices of an electric brush.

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    • Hi Jonne,

      Thanks for the comment.

      To be honest I had not thought about the cleaning and maintenance too much, as I have generally felt that on the whole keeping either brand of brush clean was similar. I can’t say personally that I have found Sonicare to be more difficult to clean, but other people, like yourself may have a different opinion.

      What is it for you that makes Oral-B so much easier?

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  6. Amazing comparison! It’s really interesting to read reviews and make decisions before buying product. I’ve been using Burst brush for about 1 as precribed by my family dentist. It’s given my better results than many other local brands available.However my husband is using Oral B which is also a good brush. I think it totally depends on the level of comfort while using the brush. I feel comfortable while using Burst and that’s why i like it more than other brush.

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  7. I owned the Sonic Care 5100. I found I was bumping into my teeth when I switched every 30 seconds. So, I wanted to test Oral-B. I bought 1000 which doesn’t have a timer, cross-action and floss action brushes and a digital clock/timer for $9 from Amazon. I like the circular head it is easier to use. Amazon sells a cheap traveling case that allows you to bring an extra brush. My instructions say a fully charged brush will last 22-days. A week would be enough for me. So far, so good. BTW, a Briitish dentist, on Youtube, explains how to use the Oral-B on a set of artificial teeth and a live patient. He links to a chart that explains the 9-brushes.

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  8. Amazing review and very helpful! Love your thoroughness, candor and honesty. Your review would be strengthened if the grammar was cleaned up—there are quite a few glaring “violations” that take away from the great work you’re doing.

    I (actually my professional writer sister) am happy to lend a hand; let me know if you’re interested.

    Michael

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    • Thanks for the comments Michael, much appreciated.

      I am not a professional writer, so whilst I try to limit the number of errors, there are likely some that creep through and hopefully show that this content is genuine and written by a real person 🙂

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