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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Dental Aesthetics Toothbrush Head Cover Set
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Travel Toothbrush Holder
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Pingsheng Toothbrush Case and Carrier
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Nincha Travel Case for Oral-B Pro Series
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Our top 5 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
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 600, 2 2000, 2 2500, 3 3000, Smart 4 4000, 5 5000, 6 6000, Genius 8000, 9000 and X. Sonicare 2 series, 3 series, 2100, 3100, ProtectiveClean 4300, 5100, 6100, ExpectClean and DiamondClean.
As a consequence it is a bit larger, measuring 21.84cm long x 6.35cm wide and 6.86cm 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.
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. Dental Aesthetics Toothbrush Head Cover Set
A nice set of 5 different coloured (Blue, Green, Purple, Pink & White) brush head covers, that work out at around 50p each.
Advertised as being compatible with manual and electric toothbrushes. However, be warned they do not work with Oral-B or Sonicare electric toothbrushes and are truthfully best suited to manual brushes only.
The maximum brush head size that fits inside the cover is 3.5 x 2.2 x 1.6cm and the neck of the toothbrush must not exceed 0.7 x 0.6cm in thickness and width.
For heads smaller than this the cover wobbles a bit on it but remains fastened around it.
They are not the most sturdy of toothbrush head cover, but thick enough that they do the job, but are certainly at the more basic level.
Each side of the cover has 3 vents to allow airflow into the cover.
They fasten shut with a small plastic clip that keeps the two sides of the cover fastened when pressed together.
Ignore the compatibility with electric toothbrushes and these make for simple, colourful and effective covers.
- Simple – do what they should
- Good value
- Only really suitable for manual brushes
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3. Travel Toothbrush Holder
Available in a range of colours (Light Blue, Blue, Rose, Green, Pink, Purple, Yellow & Orange) this is a simple no nonsense manual toothbrush travel case.
This case covers the whole brush and not just the brush head.
Whilst the construction is good and it certainly does the job, for the very low price do not expect the ‘best’ quality. You get what you pay for really.
For the adhoc or fairly infrequent traveller, this will do the job well. Even regular travellers will get good value from this.
It is made of a hard plastic, with a little flex so it can take a bit of an impact whilst still protecting the brush.
The toothbrush case pulls open to give you 2 parts and then pushes shut by lining the two together.
When in a bag inside this case, you can be assured that your brush will not get damaged, nor will it get dirty and you won’t be leaving a trail of moisture residue across your clothes and other items in the bag.
Measuring 21.5 x 3 x 2cm the case has a nice rounded design to give a softer in hand feeling and makes it nice to grip onto.
- Simple – do what they should
- Good value
- Suitable for manual toothbrushes only
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4. Pingsheng Toothbrush Case and Carrier
A larger and chunkier case for your toothbrush, this pack of 3 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 19cm tall and has a 6cm width
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, Pingsheng 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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5. Nincha 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, it won’t accept models such as the Genius and iO range as well as some older SmartSeries brushes.
The models that will fit in here are the Pro 600, 670, 680, 2 2000, 2 2500, 3 3000, Smart 4 4000 and 5 5000.
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 size of this travel case is 21 x 7 x 4.5 cm.
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 travelling.
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 travelling, 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 toothbrush 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 colour. 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 Oral-B Pro 2 2500. This is the best toothbrush for the vast majority.
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 1 680
- Pro 1 750
- Pro 2 2500
- Pro 3 3500
- Smart 4 4000
- Smart 5 5000
- Smart 6 6000
- Genius 9000
- Genius X
- iO 6
- 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 8 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.
- 3100 Series
- ProtectiveClean 4300
- ProtectiveClean 5100
- ProtectiveClean 6100
- ExpertClean 7300
- ExpertClean 7900
- 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.
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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.
Just take a look at the case that comes with the Sonicare 9900 Prestige or Oral-B iO. Both allow for the brushes to be charged in the case and look great.
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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