Simply put, there isn’t 1 best travel case for your toothbrush.
This is because what I need and want from a toothbrush travel case might be slightly different to you.
You might have a manual toothbrush, whilst I have electric.
You might want to have your toothpaste stored within the case, whilst I want it to hold just the brush handle.
That said, there are some common trends that I see.
For the vast majority, the purpose of the case is to protect the toothbrush, most notably the bristles from damage.
For those with an electric brush, there is a desire to have the case protect it from being accidentally switched on when inside a bag.
And many also want a case to prevent any residual moisture on the bristles from getting onto other items that might well be in their travel bag.
A small plastic bag or wash bag does the job for many millions of people, but they are not really ideal.
Cases come in a whole variety of shapes and sizes from a whole range of different suppliers.
They can protect the bristles only, or they can protect the whole handle, whilst also offering storage space for accessories. Some even allow you to charge your toothbrush in the case.
Are you searching for an electric toothbrush that comes with a case? I share the best options here.
If you have an electric or manual brush already, in this post, I share with you some of the best cases I have seen and used.
ProCase Hard Travel Case
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GUM Anti-Bacterial Toothbrush Covers
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UCEC Toothbrush Case and Carrier
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Soft Compact Travel Case
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Magipea Hard Carrying Case
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Travel Case for Oral-B Pro Series
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Our top 6 picks for the best toothbrush travel case
Like any product, there are a variety of different options. So in this article, I will be reviewing the best travel cases available, highlighting the pros and cons of each and hopefully allowing you to decide on the best travel case for your toothbrush.
I include options for manual and electric brushes.
It is unlikely that there will be a solution that works for everyone as even with a travel case we have different needs, but hopefully, I can highlight some potential options for you.
1. ProCase Hard Travel Case for Oral-B, Sonicare & more
This is a more generic type of travel case that works for a wide variety of electric toothbrushes.
It is not specific to Oral-B or Sonicare brushes nor a specific model. With very few exceptions, you can expect your brush to fit inside this case.
Examples of models that will fit in here include:
Oral-B Pro 1000, 1500, 3000, 5000, 6000, 8000, Smart 1500, 3000 & Genius X. Sonicare 2 series, 3 series, 3100, ProtectiveClean 4100, 5100, 6100, ExpectClean and DiamondClean.
As a consequence it is a bit larger, measuring 9.05 inches long x 3.15 inches wide and 2.56 inches tall.
Hinging in the middle, it opens as a book does. When opened, you are presented with 2 large compartments, 1 on either side. Although you can place what you like in either, one is designed to hold the handle of the toothbrush handle and the other, the brush heads and charging stand.
The handle compartment has a fixed, but elasticated strap to help keep it in place. The other has a fixed elasticated strap in addition to a mesh covering over half of it.
There is a strong double zip to close the case and there is too a hand strap attached to make it easier to carry.
It has a very rigid structure to the case to protect what is inside from drops, scratches etc. It has a water resistant EVA coating with a carbon fibre look.
There are no vents in the case, but you can leave the zips undone a bit to allow some airflow.
There are certainly more compact options, but they are not as cost effective and lack the versatility that this does.
- Sutiable for a wide variey of brushes
- Holds the handle & accessories
- Hard case
- Wrist strap
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2. GUM Anti-Bacterial Toothbrush Covers
With all toothbrushes, one of the most important things to do is protect is the bristles on the brush head.
Unlike an electric toothbrush that can be accidentally activated when in a bag, a manual toothbrush cannot. Therefore, those cases that go just over the head of the brush are a nice solution.
A little less bulky, this pack of 4 (each a different color) from well known dental health manufacturer Sunstar GUM might be well suited to yourself.
Hinging open on 1 side, much like a book, place the brush into the case and snap it closed around the bristles of the brush head.
There may well be a little movement once inside, depending on the side of the brush but most toothbrushes will fit comfortably within, without doing damage to the bristles.
An antibacterial coating is applied to the plastic, to help reduce bacteria buildup and keep it as clean as possible.
Air is able to reach the bristles and allow them to dry, even if wet when placed in the case, thanks to 4 ventilation holes on each side of the case.
- Simple and easy to use
- 4 in a pack
- Not ideally suited for electric toothbrushes
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3. UCEC Toothbrush Case and Carrier
A larger and chunkier case for your toothbrush, this pack of 2 plastic holders are able to accommodate more than just your toothbrush.
Expect to place a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste inside and have a little room to spare.
Each case measures 7.7 inches tall and has a diameter of 2.4 inches.
You might even be able to fit an electric toothbrush in here!
The case is made of 2 cylindrical halves that fit together in the middle.
Very well built, the rounded design gives strength to the case and feels good in the hand, should you be carrying it.
If you do carry it, perhaps from your tent to the showers as an example, there is a small lanyard/wrist strap too.
One of the downsides is the lack of ventilation in this case, there are no holes to allow the air to flow, but this is in part because the manufacturer, UCEC have designed it so that the case can be used as a cup if you wanted to. I personally see no need for this, but you might.
Overall a really nice product that is spacious, durable and lightweight.
- Hard case
- Suitable for manual and some electric brushes
- Wrist strap
- A bulkier option
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4. Mijiibisu Soft Compact Travel Case
A similar solution to our top pick, the difference here is that this case is softer and more compact. It means it takes up a little less space in a bag.
Designed to work with a wide variety of electric toothbrushes, you don’t have to have a specific brand or model to use this case.
The case is hinged in the middle and opens up like a book. It offers 2 compartments, one on either side.
1 compartment has space for the toothbrush handle and 2 brush heads. There are fitted elasticated bands under which the handle and 2 heads fit.
The other compartment has a fixed elasticated band and a mesh section. This is ideally suited to the charging stand or a tube of toothpaste for example.
Built into the case are 2 holes for ventilation, this is something many cases lack. This allows for air to dry out any moisture that might be left on the brush heads.
2 zips allow for easy access and closure. There is no wrist strap, but you do get a carabiner that does the same job and also allows you to securely attach it to something should you wish.
- Sutiable for a wide variey of brushes
- Holds the handle & accessories
- Vents in the case
- Carabiner for secure attachment
- Compact design
- Soft – potentially less durable
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5. Magipea Hard Carrying Case for Oral-B
A bit different to most other solutions available, this case reminds me more of an oversized compact camera case.
It is certainly firm to the touch and will take quite a few knocks keeping anything inside nice and safe.
It has been designed by the manufacturer Magipea to work with the slimmer handled Oral-B models such as the Pro 1000, Pro 1500, Pro 3000 and Smart 3000.
Black in color, the case hinges to open up like a book. There is a soft inner lining and 2 compartments, one either side. One of those compartments has a foam molding to hold the toothbrush handle, along with 2 Oral-B brush heads.
The other compartment has a mesh over the vast majority of it. The toothbrush charging stand can fit behind this or you could insert other accessories such as floss etc.
This is not designed to be used with other brands of toothbrushes.
2 zips can be pulled together to close the case. These zips have been stress tested up to 20,000 times.
- Universal design
- Hard case
- A bulkier option
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6. Transparent Travel Case for Oral-B Pro Series
This is a plastic travel case that will hold 1 x Oral-B electric toothbrush handle and up to 2 brush heads.
It is made from a clear/transparent plastic that allows you to see inside the case even when closed.
The size and shape is very similar to what you would expect from a manufacturer original case.
A nice case it is, something to be aware of, this case has been designed to fit a wide array of brushes, but sadly, the ‘Pro’ range of Oral-B brushes around the world are different sizes and this has been designed with more of the European models in mind than US.
The models that will fit in here are the Vitality, Pro 500, Pro 1000, Pro 1500, Pro 3000.
Larger models such as the Pro 5000, 6000, 7000, 7500 and Genius Pro 8000 will likely not.
Assuming you have a slimmer Pro model then you can comfortably store it in this case.
The whole case has a rounded shape to it, rather than the squarer profile of some cases.
Hinged on the left side it has a clip that locks the cover in place on the right side.
The case itself measures 8.2 x 2.7 x 1.7 inches.
Allowing you to keep the handle and heads together in 1 neat package, when in this case not only will the handle and heads be protected from damage, there is no chance the brush will be switched on either.
A series of small air holes in both the top and upper half of the case allow for airflow and less chance of condensation and bacteria buildup.
Fairly robust there is no reason this case will not survive many years of travel.
- Specific to Oral-B Pro handles for a good fit
- Good value
- Holds the handle and 2 brush heads
- Sweeping edges
- Made from cheaper materials
- Won’t suit all toothbrushes
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Toothbrush travel case – buyers guide
Travel cases or protective covers, if you prefer, are available for both manual and electric toothbrushes.
They are a means of protecting your toothbrush when traveling.
Bristles can be protected from dirt and damage and you may also prevent your electric toothbrush from being accidentally activated.
It is very rare for a manual toothbrush to come with a case.
A reasonable number of electric toothbrushes do come supplied with one, but typically it is the more expensive models.
If you do travel a lot and want a toothbrush that is particularly good for traveling, I list a range of options in my best travel toothbrush post.
If you already own a toothbrush but don’t have a travel case, see my recommendations below.
The benefits of a travel case
Perhaps some of these are obvious to you, but the positive things to come of having a brush in a travel case in my opinion are:
- The brush handle can’t easily be accidentally switched on, if electric.
- The brush handle and head are protected, less likely to be damaged when in transit.
- Gives a convenient home to the brush. Easy to pop in and out of a bag.
- Electric toothbrush cases normally provide extra space for an additional brush head.
- The toothbrush can be charged inside the case (select models)
The drawbacks of a travel case
It is not all positives, there are some negatives with having a travel case for your toothbrush, in my opinion, these are:
- The manufacturer’s own case can be quite expensive considering relatively basic design.
- Finding one that fits your brush correctly can be difficult if you don’t have a leading brand toothbrush.
- Most do not offer space for a charging stand should you need to take this with you.
- You typically need a case per brush/per person. Few options for families.
- Varying quality. Lots of cheap, but weak and poor quality products on the market.
- Bulky, some are quite large and take up a lot of space.
If you think there are other pros and cons that I am missing, be sure to let me know in the comments at the end of this article.
Toothbrush covers and sleeves
You might call it a cap, a sleeve or a cover, but what I am referring to here are some very basic options that protect just the brush head bristles and nothing more.
These little caps — often called travel caps by the manufacturers — tend to clip over or slide over the brush head, giving a frame/cover over the brush head.
In some instances, a sleeve will extend down further over the brush and even protect some of the function buttons, but this is rare.
Sonicare tend to be the brand that offers these caps as default in the box with a toothbrush and they do tend to come with each new brush head you buy.
Smaller, slimmer and lighter, these tend to be the most basic, but a practical option for some.
Of course, they serve a purpose, but the main drawbacks are that they are easily lost or misplaced because they are small and tend to be clear in color. They are thin and easy to break and they are not a complete case, protecting only the bristles in most instances.
Which manual toothbrushes come with a travel case?
Very few manual toothbrushes come with a travel case included.
Those that tend to break the rules are those that are designed specifically for travel.
Check out our list of the best toothbrushes for travel to see what some of the most popular options are.
With a manual toothbrush, most manufacturers expect the travel case to be purchased separately, often this is because of cost.
What’s the best travel case that comes with an electric toothbrush
The absolute best electric toothbrush and travel case combination is the Sonicare 9900 Prestige.
This is a top of the line electric toothbrush that has far more features and functions than you actually need.
What makes this case great is that it is very slim and compact. It holds just the handle and brush head. This saves space in any bag, making it ideal for travel.
It has a little strap on the case, but it has a USB type-C connector built into the case. A USB A to USB type C connector cable is included in the box, but you don’t have to use the supplied cable.
But, truthfully the brush doesn’t need charging that often as the battery in the 9900 lasts a good few weeks.
A more affordable and practical option is the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100.
This is still a marginally more capable toothbrush than you need, but it is the most affordable toothbrush to come with a travel case included in the box from a leading brand.
Another alternative option is to purchase the Oral-B Smart 1500 and purchase an original Oral-B travel case separately.
Which Oral-B electric toothbrushes come with a travel case?
The following brushes from Oral-B come provided with a travel case in the box at the time of purchase.
- Pro 5000
- Genius/Pro 6000
- Genius/Pro 6500
- Pro 7000
- Pro 7500
- Genius Pro 8000
- Genius 9600
- Genius X
- iO 7
- iO 8
- iO 9
The vast majority come with a basic, but functional hard plastic case that will hold the brush handle and up to 2 brush heads.
The iO 7 actually comes with a magnetic pouch style case, more like a washbag.
With the Genius Pro 8000, 9600, X and iO Series 9, the travel case is more capable.
These premium cases, actually allow the toothbrush to be charged inside the case, when a separate power adapter is connected.
You can even charge another USB powered device at the same time with the Genius 8000, 9600 and X travel case. This is because it has a USB port on the case that offers passthrough power.
All of these premium cases feel a little more durable. The consequence of this is that these cases are marginally heavier too.
Which Sonicare electric toothbrushes come with a travel case?
The following brushes from Sonicare come provided with a travel case in the box at the time of purchase.
- ProetectiveClean 4700
- ProtectiveClean 5100
- ProtectiveClean 6100
- ProtectiveClean 6300
- ProtectiveClean 6500
- ExpertClean 7300
- ExpertClean 7400
- ExpertClean 7500
- ExpertClean 7700
- DiamondClean Smart
- 9900 Prestige
Like Oral-B, some of the cases that come with the premium models are more durable and made of premium materials. Notably, those cases supplied with the DiamondClean, DiamondClean Smart and 9900 Prestige models.
There are then those cases that allow the toothbrush to be charged in the case too. These cases either have a USB cable built into the case or a detachable cable is supplied in the box.
Manufacturer original cases
Electric toothbrush manufacturers like Oral-B and Sonicare do sell their travel cases separately. A large number of these cases are compatible with different brush handles. This means, that you can potentially buy a travel case that suits your particular brush model, even though a travel case did not come included in the box.
Click the links below to see your options:
Who offers better travel cases Sonicare or Oral-B?
Sonicare without question.
Both brands offer basic functional cases and more premium options.
In my opinion in both instances, the Sonicare cases are better.
Even their cheapest travel case feels thicker, more robust and generally longer lasting than the Oral-B equivalent.
Don’t get me wrong, the Oral-B cases do the job, but there is more flex and play in the materials.
When it comes to the premium cases, Sonicare is leaps and bounds ahead here too.
Oral-B allows in the case charging with the Genius 8000, 9600, X and iO Series 9. But, you need Oral-B’s own charger to work and this is quite bulky and carried separately.
Sonicare, on the other hand, makes use of USB cables, which are compact, internationally accepted and much more convenient.
Their Prestige 9900 use of the more desirable USB Type-C connector.
In fairness to Oral-B their premium case is weighty, robust and well made. Sonicare’s though has the edge when you have actually used them and felt the quality.
What’s the best travel case for my toothbrush?
This depends on your toothbrush and your personal opinion.
I have looked and tried many cases to come to the conclusions I have here.
I aimed to remain unbiased, but personal opinon does creep in inevitably.
All being well by me highlighting the pros and cons of each, you can decide on the one that is right for you and your brush.
Where to buy travel cases for toothbrushes?
The best variety of options are via online retailers such as Amazon.
Pharmacies tend to be the best stores to buy travel cases from, but the selection can be varied. Some grocery stores will stock a limited range too.
With all of the options shown in this article, purchase links have been provided so, you can follow those links to go and buy online today, if one of thee suits your requirements.
The future of travel cases for toothbrushes
Whilst there is still a definite need for the basic travel case, that is light, functional and cheap, we have seen an evolution of the travel case and over recent years they have become better quality and more capable.
It would be nice if more of the premium cases came with more toothbrushes. There might be a slight knock-on effect on the selling price, but for most, an extra $5 or so is likely worth it for a smart and strong travel case.
It would be great if Oral-B dropped their proprietary charger in preference for a more universal USB connection like Sonicare.
It is unlikely to ever actually happen, but it would be nice if a third party brand created a more universal, but premium travel case that was compatible with both Oral-B and Sonicare brushes. It would be a case you would buy separately, but know it would work with a variety of toothbrushes, should you change your brush.
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