Top Electric Toothbrushes - Updated August 2017

Our experts reviewed hundreds of electric toothbrushes and have picked the best 5 available on the market.

Best of the Best

Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 SmartSeries with Bluetooth


The Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex


Best Value

Philips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Toothbrush


Pursonic High Power Rechargeable Sonic


Health HP-STX Ultra High Powered Sonic


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Exceeds anyone's expectations for a toothbrush, providing superior cleaning power and impressive wireless connectivity features. The most powerful, deep clean on the market, along with being one of the gentlest brushes we tested. An old stand-by, this model offers solid performance at an unbeatable price. Great battery life, above-average cleaning performance and simple maintenance. Excellent feature list, including induction charging, which is much safer than traditional ports.
Some features may not appeal to everyone and can seem like a waste. You may have to remortgage the house to afford one. Light on features and a little loud. The least-gentle brush on the list. People with lots of dental work should look elsewhere. Unit quality leaves something to be desired.
This is an innovative product, pushing the boundaries of how we approach oral hygiene. Unrivaled performance in a durable, no-nonsense package. The best budget electronic toothbrush on the market and perfect for children. If you don't mind the alarmingly quick pulses generated by this unit, it's a solid choice. This is a cool product with some neat tricks, but for long-term oral care, you may want something different.

Contenders


Everyone wants a healthy mouth, and there's no denying that electronic toothbrushes provide a better clean with less effort than their manual counterparts. With advanced features and performance, however, comes a greater cost and more complex operations. The products in this review represent those electronic toothbrushes which strike a good balance, or else really shine in important considerations.

Considerations


Performance

Every toothbrush should efficiently clean your teeth, gums and mouth with typical use. Electronic toothbrushes are known to clean 1-3 times better than brushing manually, and some models use advanced technology to safely clean under the gum line. Performance applies to the quality of the brush, not just the number of rotations or types of oscillations.

Features

Many models have handy features which encourage better oral hygiene in their users with timed reminders to switch sides or stop brushing, and even indicators for when you're applying too much pressure. Anyone seeking to improve their brushing habits would benefit from the tech features in modern electronic toothbrushes.

Operations

All electronic toothbrushes require maintenance, some more than others. You want your electronic toothbrush to be easy to use, quick to recharge, and simple to clean. Ideally, the battery holds a charge of at least a week, and the disposable brush heads are easy to replace, yet securely fastened once applied.

Performance

Every toothbrush should efficiently clean your teeth, gums and mouth with typical use. Electronic toothbrushes are known to clean 1-3 times better than brushing manually, and some models use advanced technology to safely clean under the gum line. Performance applies to the quality of the brush, not just the number of rotations or types of oscillations.

Performance


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Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 SmartSeries with Bluetooth

Oral-B has a reputation for providing the best in oral hygiene tools, and this may be their finest brush yet. This model features an oscillating, rotating, round brush of professional quality, with a focus on reaching between teeth and offering gentle, effective stain-removal. We agree with reviewers that the the Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 really excelled with gum care, but provides exceptional tooth and tongue hygiene as well. The Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 also has 5 different settings for a more targeted brushing approach than other electronic toothbrushes. While other electric toothbrush modes equate to having 3 speeds, the 5 modes on the Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 are truly multi-functional and act differently.

The Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex

f your obsession with oral hygiene has ever elicited strange looks from others, the Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex was created for you. That's because this toothbrush uses the most modern technology to provide you with the most sparkling clean available through brushing alone. Using 18,000 sonic bristle vibrations a minute, the thick-bristled, rectangular brush sends minute waves of energy to break up and eliminate build-up around your mouth. This brush cleans between teeth and under gums, killing bacteria by sending 96 million ultrasonic pulses per minute. Still, the Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex is gentle enough to improve gum disease and reduce bleeding at the gums in just one month.

Philips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Toothbrush

Boasting up to a 2x better clean than using a manual brush, Phillips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Toothbrush is certainly a brighter alternative than traditional options. You shouldn't expect the same level of cleaning from the sonic technology of this model as you would in the Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex, for instance, but it is still powerful enough for everyday brushing. Users especially enjoy the shape, and how easy it is so get hard-to-reach places. The brush attachments feel a little cheap, though, and the unit itself doesn't seem as substantial as others.

Pursonic High Power Rechargeable Sonic

Providing a respectable 40,000 sonic strokes per minute, the Pursonic High Power Rechargeable Sonic's cleaning power is apparent the first time you use it. The thick bristles of this rectangular brush are designed to reach the dark recesses of your mouth and give you a smooth, “clean mouth” feel. It's easily the quickest rotating brush we reviewed, making it the least gentle and most aggressive tool on the list. Some people found it the Pursonic High Power Rechargeable Sonic's powerful oscillations too rough for certain dental work, like crowns. Others didn't seem to mind and loved the sparkling results.

Health HP-STX Ultra High Powered Sonic

This unit may seem reminiscent of the Pursonic High Power Rechargeable Sonic, and in many ways it's very similar. The Health HP-STX Ultra High Powered Sonic provides a blazing 36,000 “ultra powerful strokes” per minute, using a triangular brush. It also has 3 modes: Power/Clean, Soft/Gentle, and Massage, depending on your preferences and needs. Specifically, the Health HP-STX Ultra High Powered Sonic seems most devoted to removing stains, claiming to white teeth 100% better than manual brushing.

Features


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Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 SmartSeries with Bluetooth

In addition to providing highly-targeted, deep cleaning to all the areas of your mouth, the Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 gives users access to a free smartphone app, connected by Bluetooth to your device. This app allows you to track your brushing habits, focus on areas in need of improvement, and motivate and remind you when it's time to brush. Of course it also gives users all the standard tech features you'd expect, like 30-second reminders to switch sides, and a pressure sensor to warn you when you're brushing too hard. If you want to be in full control of your oral hygiene, you can't get more comprehensive than the Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000.

The Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex

Instead of focusing on more modes of operation or advanced connectivity options, the Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex is clearly meant to be a professional-quality cleaning tool at its heart. This electronic toothbrush has the superior ultrasonic technology of the industry, claiming to kill bacteria up to 1/2” under your gum line. It also comes with an additional attachment especially for gum health. The attachment improves circulation in your gums and aids in the healing process for gum disease. Notably, the Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex has no pressure sensor.

Philips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Toothbrush

Without apology, the Philips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Toothbrush offers the fewest features of any on the list. That's fine for the price point, though, and not everyone wants a long list of features for such a utilitarian tool. While it lacks a quadrant timer, the Philips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Toothbrush will automatically shut off after 2 minutes. It features patented sonic technology to give you a better clean around your gum line and between teeth.

Pursonic High Power Rechargeable Sonic

The Pursonic High Power Rechargeable Sonic has 3 modes: Normal, Sensitive, and Massage. It's easy to switch through modes and there is a noticeable difference between them. Quadrant timing and 2-minute reminders are also standard with this model. Sending each unit with 4 different colored brush heads is extremely convenient, and this model comes with 12 total replacements. Overall, the Pursonic High Power Rechargeable Sonic has all the features regular users want and expect.

Health HP-STX Ultra High Powered Sonic

As previously mentioned, this unit has 3 modes to help you take a more comprehensive approach to your oral hygiene. It alerts you when to change quadrants, and shuts off automatically after two minutes. The Health HP-STX Ultra High Powered Sonic also reminds you that you're using too much pressure by stopping until you correct it. We also appreciate the easy snap-off nature of the brush heads, and the unique shape makes for a gentle clean.

Operations


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Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 SmartSeries with Bluetooth

Customers may first notice how light the Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 feels compared to other electronic toothbrushes, though there is no doubt to its quality. You will have to charge the unit for 12 hours initially, after which it needs to be recharged about twice a week. While this is more often than some other models, it's likely due to the extra connectivity features. That said, the magnetic charger is a great option for bathroom use and the charger's small size makes it easy to incorporate on any counter space. The unit is compatible with any Oral-B brush head, and replacing the brush head is very easy.

The Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex

Like those in its class, the Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex uses an induction charger for safe bathroom use. Users happily report 1-2 weeks of battery life, even though it takes a while to fully recharge compared to other models. The battery appears to keep its integrity over time, too. The unit is well-sealed and easy to clean. Unlike other toothbrushes, which typically recommend a 2-minute brushing session with 30 seconds per quadrant, the Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex gives reminders every 45 seconds, for a total 3 minutes of brushing.

Philips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Toothbrush

This simple unit keeps one of the longest charges on this list, lasting a full 2 weeks of regular use on a single charge. The brush heads screw on instead of snap closed, giving a more secure fit between brush and handle. On the downside, its construction is flawed and allows for water and bacterial buildup between the handle and the brush. Expect regular maintenance to keep this unit in good shape. It is also the loudest brush on this list, which is an issue for some people.

Pursonic High Power Rechargeable Sonic

In contrast with its competitors, the Pursonic High Power Rechargeable Sonic come with a larger, sturdy dock, designed to house 6 brush heads at a time. The design is easy to use, with easily accessible features and minimal cleaning. The battery and charge life are also impressive, allowing users to go a full 2 weeks without recharging. The battery isn't replaceable, however. Replacing the brush heads is also more difficult than it should be.

Health HP-STX Ultra High Powered Sonic

Also reminiscent of its competitor, the Health HP-STX Ultra High Powered Sonic comes with a larger-than-average dock, made to hold a whole family's brush heads in one place. Of all the toothbrushes on this list, we found the Health HP-STX Ultra High Powered Sonic to be easiest to clean, have the lowest maintenance, and have the sleekest design. Featuring inductive charging, this unit takes a little longer to fully charge than other units (up to a full day) and should be kept on the charging port as often as possible. Once charged it lasts up to 2 weeks.

Performance


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Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 SmartSeries with Bluetooth

Oral-B has a reputation for providing the best in oral hygiene tools, and this may be their finest brush yet. This model features an oscillating, rotating, round brush of professional quality, with a focus on reaching between teeth and offering gentle, effective stain-removal. We agree with reviewers that the the Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 really excelled with gum care, but provides exceptional tooth and tongue hygiene as well. The Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 also has 5 different settings for a more targeted brushing approach than other electronic toothbrushes. While other electric toothbrush modes equate to having 3 speeds, the 5 modes on the Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 are truly multi-functional and act differently.

The Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex

If your obsession with oral hygiene has ever elicited strange looks from others, the Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex was created for you. That's because this toothbrush uses the most modern technology to provide you with the most sparkling clean available through brushing alone. Using 18,000 sonic bristle vibrations a minute, the thick-bristled, rectangular brush sends minute waves of energy to break up and eliminate build-up around your mouth. This brush cleans between teeth and under gums, killing bacteria by sending 96 million ultrasonic pulses per minute. Still, the Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex is gentle enough to improve gum disease and reduce bleeding at the gums in just one month.

Philips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Toothbrush

Boasting up to a 2x better clean than using a manual brush, Phillips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Toothbrush is certainly a brighter alternative than traditional options. You shouldn't expect the same level of cleaning from the sonic technology of this model as you would in the Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex, for instance, but it is still powerful enough for everyday brushing. Users especially enjoy the shape, and how easy it is so get hard-to-reach places. The brush attachments feel a little cheap, though, and the unit itself doesn't seem as substantial as others.

Pursonic High Power Rechargeable Sonic

Providing a respectable 40,000 sonic strokes per minute, the Pursonic High Power Rechargeable Sonic's cleaning power is apparent the first time you use it. The thick bristles of this rectangular brush are designed to reach the dark recesses of your mouth and give you a smooth, “clean mouth” feel. It's easily the quickest rotating brush we reviewed, making it the least gentle and most aggressive tool on the list. Some people found it the Pursonic High Power Rechargeable Sonic's powerful oscillations too rough for certain dental work, like crowns. Others didn't seem to mind and loved the sparkling results.

Health HP-STX Ultra High Powered Sonic

This unit may seem reminiscent of the Pursonic High Power Rechargeable Sonic, and in many ways it's very similar. The Health HP-STX Ultra High Powered Sonic provides a blazing 36,000 “ultra powerful strokes” per minute, using a triangular brush. It also has 3 modes: Power/Clean, Soft/Gentle, and Massage, depending on your preferences and needs. Specifically, the Health HP-STX Ultra High Powered Sonic seems most devoted to removing stains, claiming to white teeth 100% better than manual brushing.

Best of the Best


While all of these electronic toothbrushes will give you great oral hygiene, the Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 goes above and beyond to provide users with comprehensive care and health-tracking. By expanding on the features other toothbrushes in its class, and adding Bluetooth connectivity to mobile devices, this toothbrush became the most advanced unit available today.

Focusing on the Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000's awesome features is almost unfair, though, because its cleaning power is just as good. After using other models, none compare to the quality of the clean measured by the gentleness of the brush. Without making our gums bleed, the Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 made our whole mouth feel fresh.

Other toothbrushes, like the Original Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush By Smilex, may have better cleaning technology, but if they hurt to use, will you ever see the benefits? The Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 5000 is far and away the most accessible and functional electronic toothbrush available. For only $125, it blows away pricier competition.

Best Value


Not everyone is looking for their next new high-tech gadget in a toothbrush. Especially if you are indifferent to the idea of electronic toothbrushes, but one has been recommended to you by a dentist, the Philips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Toothbrush will fill all your needs at the best price. This toothbrush offers such professional results, without all the bells and whistles, that you would expect from much more expensive machines.

Perhaps the greatest point to the Philips Sonicare Essence Rechargeable Toothbrush's value is how long it can last, with users claiming their units can last well over 5 years. While it requires more cleaning and maintenance than other units, you can expect the handle and battery unit to resist degradation.

This model is especially good for anyone in need of a cheap travel unit, of if you need an inexpensive electronic toothbrush for children. The two-minute turn-off is a great tool to teach little ones proper oral hygiene, and you won't mind as much if they break it.