7 Best Electric Toothbrush Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

The vast majority of electric toothbrushes aren’t ‘smart’, in that they don’t come with a dedicated app. You can, however, easily download an app and use it alongside a non-smart toothbrush. This certainly makes sense for kids, who need a bit more fun than most smart brush apps allow.

In addition to the following buying advice and our reviews, you might want to check our guide to the best electric toothbrush deals – all of which reflect the actual prices that brushes are sold at, rather than the (often inflated) RRPs that retailers are fond of quoting.

Top 7 Electric Toothbrush

Bestseller No. 1
Oral-B White Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Powered by Braun
10045 Reviews
Oral-B White Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Powered by Braun
  • Clinically proven superior 3D Cleaning Action oscillates, rotates and pulsates to break up...
  • The pressure sensor stops the pulsation movement if you brush too hard and the in-handle...
SaleBestseller No. 2
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Plaque Control, Rechargeable electric toothbrush with pressure sensor, White Mint HX6817/01, 1 Count
1219 Reviews
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Plaque Control, Rechargeable electric toothbrush with pressure sensor, White Mint HX6817/01, 1 Count
  • Removes up to 7x more plaque vs. a manual toothbrush
  • Pressure sensor protects teeth and gums from excess brushing pressure
Bestseller No. 3
Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Powered by Braun
4115 Reviews
Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Powered by Braun
  • Clinically proven superior 3D cleaning oscillates and pulsates to break up and remove up...
  • The pressure sensor stops the pulsation movement if you brush too hard and the in-handle...
SaleBestseller No. 4
Sonic Electric Toothbrush, USB Rechargeable Toothbrush, Adult Electric Toothbrush With Holder and 2 Replacement Heads, (4 Modes with Automatic Timer, IPX7 Waterproof, Fast Charging), Pink
314 Reviews
Sonic Electric Toothbrush, USB Rechargeable Toothbrush, Adult Electric Toothbrush With Holder and 2 Replacement Heads, (4 Modes with Automatic Timer, IPX7 Waterproof, Fast Charging), Pink
  • Sonic Technology for a Superior Clean: HANASCO electric toothbrush uses dynamic cleaning...
  • 4 Modes of Clean: CLEAN, WHITE, POLISH, GUMCARE to suit different conditions of teeth and...
SaleBestseller No. 5
Oral-B 7000 SmartSeries Rechargeable Power Electric Toothbrush with 3 Replacement Brush Heads, Bluetooth Connectivity and Travel Case, Amazon Dash Replenishment Enabled
4416 Reviews
Oral-B 7000 SmartSeries Rechargeable Power Electric Toothbrush with 3 Replacement Brush Heads, Bluetooth Connectivity and Travel Case, Amazon Dash Replenishment Enabled
  • Real-time feedback with the Oral-B app focuses brushing on your most important areas,...
  • Made of different high-tech materials like silicon. Cross Action round brush head with...
Bestseller No. 6
AquaSonic DUO - Dual Handle Ultra Whitening Rechargeable Electric ToothBrushes - 40,000 VPM Motor & Wireless Charging - 3 Modes with Smart Timers - 10 DuPont Brush Heads & 2 Travel Cases Included
410 Reviews
AquaSonic DUO - Dual Handle Ultra Whitening Rechargeable Electric ToothBrushes - 40,000 VPM Motor & Wireless Charging - 3 Modes with Smart Timers - 10 DuPont Brush Heads & 2 Travel Cases Included
  • AQUASONIC FOR 2 - Duo is an all in one home system for multiple users (perfect for him/her...
  • DUAL 40,000 VPM SMART TOOTHBRUSHES - AquaSonic Duo features two world class toothbrushes...
Bestseller No. 7
Electric Toothbrush Clean as Dentist Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush with Smart Timer 4 Hours Charge Minimum 30 Days Use 5 Optional Modes Travel Toothbrush with 3 Brush Heads Black by Fairywill
2575 Reviews
Electric Toothbrush Clean as Dentist Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush with Smart Timer 4 Hours Charge Minimum 30 Days Use 5 Optional Modes Travel Toothbrush with 3 Brush Heads Black by Fairywill
  • POWERFUL CLEANING AS JUST GET OFF DENTIST'S CHAIR with 40,000 micro-brush per minute....
  • 4 HOURS CHARGE FOR MINIMUM 30 DAYS USE you can bring it to a travel or business trip...

Features To Consider

Timer

Good electric toothbrushes feature a brushing timer that helps the user brush for the recommended full two minutes. Most dentists suggest you spend 30 seconds per quarter of the mouth (upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right). A good brush timer will alert you every 30 seconds so you know when to move on to the next quarter.

Cleaning Modes

The more-sophisticated electric toothbrushes feature different modes for specific mouth areas. Most will have a standard clean setting and a deep-clean mode. Some will have a special setting for brushing the tongue (see below) or sensitive teeth, while others have a range of speed or intensity settings that can be used in a similar way.

Pressure sensor

They should also boast a pressure sensor to prevent you from pushing too hard against your teeth, which can actually damage both the tooth and the gum.

When I first used an electric toothbrush with a pressure sensor I was amazed how wrong (and damaging) my brushing technique was. I was brushing far too hard. Vigorous over-brushing can wear down the enamel on the teeth, and lead to sensitive teeth and receding gums, exposing the sensitive root area.

Tongue cleaning

Many of us neglect to clean our tongue as part of our dental regime, and this is a mistake. As much as half the bacteria in your mouth reside on your tongue. Look for white areas or desquamation (skin peeling) for signs of tongue ill health. Having a healthy tongue could improve your sense of taste and reduce bad breath.

The Oral-B Genius 9000 has a special tongue-cleaning mode, which is gentler than that which you use for brushing your teeth. This will eliminate the need for a separate tongue scraper.

Brush head replacement

Most of us probably don’t change our toothbrush heads often enough. Both the Oral-B and Philips smart brushes claim they know when you need to switch to a new brush head, although we suspect this is calculated merely by time since the previous replacement. If you can’t work this out – or have a scheduling system – then a gentle reminder from the connected app should help you keep your brush heads from wearing out.

Battery life

Almost all the handles reviewed here are recharged via the usual two-pin charger. We’d love to see more toothbrushes charge via USB like regular devices (and there are a couple in this list) – but currently most manufacturers, despite their apps, still think about bathroom charging points only.

In terms of battery life, the clear winner is the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum, which can keep going for up to three weeks between charges (on a twice-a-day two-minute regime). Others typically range between one and two weeks of battery life.

The smart brushes we test here connect with a smartphone app to help you perfect your tooth-brushing routine, collect data on each brushing session, and point out errors in your technique.

In practice we found these apps to promise more than they actually achieved but using the apps for a few weeks really did focus the mind to improving our dental hygiene regime. We expect such apps to get smarter and more accurate but for now, you should use them to perfect your routine rather than be a surrogate dental hygienist.

In the meantime, here’s how we tested our current favorites:

  • We meticulously outlined and compared each toothbrush’s features and accessories.
  • We evaluated each toothbrush handle’s weight, grip, brush heads and charging station for ease of use and durability.
  • We downloaded and tested the apps included with four of the higher-end toothbrushes on our list.
  • We (repeatedly) ate gooey chocolate cookies and then brushed our teeth.

Once we finished our testing, we compiled and analyzed the data we gathered to provide you with our best recommendations. We’ve selected our Best Overall, Best Value and Best Premium picks, and we’ve provided in-depth reviews of all 10 toothbrushes we tested to help you choose an electric toothbrush that makes your smile bright.

Finding a Smile-Worthy Toothbrush

With name-brand manual toothbrushes priced below $10, it can be hard to justify spending 20 times more for a top-of-the-line electric toothbrush. However, dentists and hygienists increasingly recommend electric toothbrushes over manual options. Dr. Doll who has been practicing dentistry since 2009, noted several reasons why.

“A lot of the newer electric toothbrushes can sense pressure and therefore can clean well without overcleaning things and damaging the gums,” he said. “Also, their rotary movements or sonic movements enable, in my opinion, better plaque removal.”

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