Welcome to our Top 10 best electric toothbrush ranking and reviews. You may be wondering why it exists and why you might need to read it, so without further ado, would like to share our views
Our Point of View – Why you may need a good electric toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes have come along in leaps and bounds in the last few years, starting out as fairly basic devices in the beginning, and gaining more features as time has gone on. This is probably because people have recently become a lot more conscious of their smiles. With so many of us sharing our smiling faces on social media and wanting to look our best, it can’t be any coincidence that electric toothbrush sales have skyrocketed and their features have grown more and more abundant.
Consumers have shown that they’re willing to spend more money and time to invest in their oral hygiene. Cosmetic dentistry has shown huge growth, and electric toothbrush manufacturers have chipped in with lots of different models, offering enticing features across different price points. It’s good that we’re spoilt for choice, but it also means that picking the right brush nowadays can be confusing.
Our Methodologies– How we evaluate an electric toothbrush
Our Recommendations – Top 10 electric toothbrush ranking & review
So, here’s a ranking and review based on our methodologies and other opinions gathered from various sources. Hopefully, it simplifies your buying decision and helps you make the choice that’s right for you.
No.1 Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart – Best high-end electric toothbrush with the most advanced technologies and optimum design
The Sonicare DiamondClean Smart series have surged into first place in 2018, thanks to a premium offering that they rightfully claim to be their best ever toothbrush. And what makes it so good? Well, for a start, it looks great, thanks to a sleek profile, 3 subdivision series (9300, 9500 and 9700) and 5 fine-looking color choices. Personally, I like the Cashmere Grey (offering in 9300 and 9500), Black (offering in 9300 and 9500) and Lunar Blue (only for 9700). The Smart series comes with a modern and integrated designing concept, any of them make a bathroom a decent looking while sitting in their stylish wireless charging glass.
The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart still offers 5 cleaning modes, but these have changed and are now called Clean, White+, Tongue Care, Gum Health, and Deep Clean+. The brush has 3 intensities, with the lowest one being for sensitive gums. This explains why there is no ‘Sensitive’ cleaning mode anymore. Every one of the 5 modes can be sensitive, or medium, or intense!
The handle offers a BrushSync Mode Pairing system which helps to recognize the brush heads and select matching brush modes automatically, so it knows which one you are putting on and it selects the most appropriate mode and intensity for it. This is really handy, although it does highlight the one criticism we can level at this brush: high price. Smart brush heads don’t come cheap.
This series offers the most abundant accessories on the current market, for example – the 9700 (HX9957/51) includes in the box are 3 plaque control brush heads, 2 gum care brush heads, 2 white brush head, 1 tongue brush, 1 USB charging travel case and the glass charger. The free smart Sonicare App works with IOS or Android and is available for download.
The App is there to give real-time feedback and individualized coaching, which is either useful or not according to your preference. Most people think they can brush their teeth properly, but I was surprised to find that 2 minutes is a lot longer than you think and that I could do better by not scrubbing. The pressure sensor keeps you from brushing too hard.
Finally, the USB charging travel case is an elegant accessory. Your 2 weeks of battery life should be ample, but it’s nice to know you can plug it in wherever you are.
All in all, compared with the last generation of flagship – Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected, a qualitative leap has taken place in both the function and the designing. Although Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart is a bit pricey, it’s still a worthy winner!
- Integrated with the latest sensing and auxiliary functions of Philips, including the location sensor, scrubbing sensor, 3D mouth map, TouchUp, BrushSync mode pairing, brush head replacement reminder.
- The most abundant accessories on the current market. The fancy USB / wall outlet charging travel case and wireless glass charger are novel and attractive.
- A modern sense of appearance. At present, the Smart series is the most colorful product of all high-end electric toothbrushes
- Top features will cost you a high-end price. All 3 models of Smart series cost more than other series of Sonicare, as do the replacement smart brush heads.
- Most Sonicare brushes have 3 weeks of battery life while the Smart only have 2 weeks, which is probably down to the fact that they have so many features drawing on the power.
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It’s not called “Genius” for nothing. The Oral-B Pro 8000 is a worthy second, but only just. It edges out its nearest rival – the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Smart, by a hair’s width, thanks to a balance of good design, good features, and effectiveness.
6 different brushing modes (gentler sensitive, whitening, 3D daily clean, gum care, pro-clean and tongue cleaning mode) are the most comprehensive modes that Oral-B can provide in 2017, makes the cleaning head move an extra 3000 times (total 48,800 movements/min) faster per minute and help it to remove 500% more plaque than a manual toothbrush.
The black body is sleek and it fits the hand comfortably. If you press too hard it senses this and tells you to back off with a bright red light on the SmartRing that encircles it. This seems like a gimmick until you get used to it and it then feels really useful. The same ring can be left on 1 of 12 colors the rest of the time, which is nice if you like personalize things.
The Oral-B APP turns your phone into a brushing guide that has you switch quadrant every 30 seconds. A brushing APP might seem gimmicky too, but 1 million downloads as of 2017 suggest that a lot of people are using it.
It comes with a smart travel case with USB charging, a storage compartment for brush heads. The Lithium-Ion battery system holds for a decent 12 days between charges.
The 8000 Series incorporates the latest features and cleaning technology of Oral-B, what’s more, compared with other high-end Oral-B products, it is a very balanced product that takes into account the daily oral cleaning needs of different types of users. Although the Pro 8000 costs a lot compared to other low-end products but then it gives a lot too. As a complete all-around electric toothbrush, it’s well worth the investment and a worthy winner.
- Comprehensive 6 brushing modes fit most users
- Oral-B APP with Bluetooth connectivity (takes less than 5 seconds to connect to the smartphone) can track your tooth brushing habits and provide the real-time feedback, detection function and brushing timer
- Innovative pressure indicator with Smart Ring
- Dual charging (including wireless charging) system and extra-long Li-ion battery life
- Considerate accessory suite – I love the nicer looking travel case and the suction mount smartphone holder
- As one of the top series of Oral-B, the distinctly higher price makes you think twice
- For Android users, you’d better upgrade your smartphone to Android 7.1.1, otherwise, you may have the Bluetooth connectivity issues
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The Oral-B Pro 6000 is another newcomer to the chart of 2018, it has a very similar appearance and basic functions of Pro 8000. I think it will replace the market position of Oral-Pro 7000 in the short term, the Pro 7000 was released 2 years ago, its comprehensive cost performance is not as good as this product.
Thanks to being reasonably priced and well featured. It offers good value, with a SmartRing that gives you feedback as you brush (it can be set to one of 12 colors of your choice). It warns you to stop pressing on too hard and makes sure you spend the right amount of time in each quadrant of your mouth. The brush is pressure-aware so it slows the brush speed down if you’re too vigorous, and will even stop if you go at it too hard for too long. A handy way to protect your gums.
The Pro 6000 has equipped with the Oral-B App as well, it helps you to follow dentist recommendations and achieve your brushing goals, getting the fresher breath, whitening, and gum health.
The 5 cleaning modes that help you achieve your aims are Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, and Pro-Clean, but you will have to invest in extra heads if you want to take maximum advantage of them. Only the CrossAction head comes in the box, but I found it to be a great all-rounder anyway. It’s crisscrossed and angled bristles are great at getting between teeth, and are claimed to remove 3 times as much plaque than a manual toothbrush.
The lithium-ion battery has 12 days life of regular use in it, and the brush is very good at reporting exactly when it needs to be recharged. If you want to keep battery life in tiptop condition, it’s best to run it down completely flat at least every 6 months. I sometimes read reviews from people who say that their battery life is getting worse, and I question whether they are treating it properly! You have to do this with these kinds of batteries, or they do lose some gusto.
The Oral-B Pro 6000 comes with a travel case that’s functional but not particularly attractive, and a charging stands with slots for replacement brush heads.
Since these are not too expensive, you won’t mind filling them up! And since the brush is not that expensive and does so much, it’s a great value option for anyone.
- Sharing the similar basic functions with high-end products, including the visible pressure sensor, 360 degrees LED smart ring, real-time feedback and the Oral-B App.
- 5 brushing model options ensure that you are getting a handle that is suitable both for a wider range of users and even for the unique needs
- Strong battery performance to 12 days life, it is an improvement if you comparing with the last generation – Pro 5000 and Pro 7000.
- This product will be more worthy of recommendation if Oral-B can offer us more accessories in its package, even if give one more brush head!
The ProtectiveClean is also a brand new family launched in 2018. The most impressive feature of this new series is its high-speed sonic motor, which offers you 62,000 brush-head movements/min, this is the highest frequency in all Philips’s toothbrushes at present! It is predicted that the latest sonic motor will be popularized in other Sonicare products soon.
The ProtectiveClean 6100 is the top model of this family but it doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity. However it still provides you the latest BrushSync technology, which is where a chip in the brush-head tells the handle when it needs changing, and an LED lights up to remind you. The 6100 can also change the cleaning mode depending on which brush head it detects, so you have one less thing to think about in the morning.
It offers low, medium, and high intensities giving you plenty of choice as to how hard you want it to work, and 3 modes: gum care, clean and white. The brush heads that pair with those modes automatically are the C2 Optimum Plaque Control, G2 Optimal Gum Care and W2 Optimal White, but you don’t get all of these in the package, so you’ll have to buy them separately if you want to try them. Maybe it’s not so bad that it only comes with 2 of the optimal whiteheads because the case can’t store extras (but considering the price it would have been nice to have the option though!)
As with many Sonicare brushes, you get vibrations from the handle to let you know when you’re brushing too hard, and the quad-pacer and smart timer features let you know how long to keep at it. It does a great job of cleaning and all-in-all it’s a great brush, things like Bluetooth and brush head storage would have raised it higher in the results though. The 6100 is pricey but feature-rich and is great for getting a really effective clean.
Meanwhile, the ProtectiveClean 4100 is another good choice if you just want a “simple” high-speed sonic brush. It is like a somewhat stripped-down version of the 6100 (the same 62,000 brush-head movements powered by the latest sonic motor) with one cleaning mode (Clean), no more intensities to switch, and no BrushSync pairing system. It’s cheap and cheerful, but I actually still think it’s a great brush to remove the food debris and plaque and it didn’t forget to offer the pressure warning feature, despite the lower price tag. The 4100 is an effective and reasonably priced alternative that does what it needs to – it cleans teeth really well.
- The latest sonic motor brings the 62000 stroke/min speed – which twice as high as that of the most previous Sonicare products.
- For people who want to keep the essential features at a reasonable price (for 4100 only) and ditch all the ones that they probably won’t use anyway, these are a great buy.
- There is no rubber grip on all the ProtectiveClean handle, It’s too easy to skid.
- I don’t think the current suggest retail price of 6100 is reasonable, because there is no Bluetooth ,no smart App support, not sufficient accessories.
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The Oral-B Pro 3000 is one model among more than 10 in the Oral-B range, and it sits squarely in the middle. It isn’t the cheapest, and most basic, nor is it most expensive and desirable. But it is good value and appeals because it is the first in the Oral-B range to offer the ‘Sensitive’ cleaning mode, which lots of dentists recommend. So, it’s a little bit bland, but it does what it’s supposed to and it does it effectively.
In the box, you get the handle, 2 brush heads (Cross Action and Sensitive) a charger and toothbrush head storage. It offers Oral-B 3-D movement which sweeps and pulsates to clean your teeth and gives 2 times the plaque removal than a manual brush.
It offers 3 cleaning modes, Daily Clean, Sensitive and Gum Care and the usual pressure sensor, which activates a red light that’s hard to miss, to let you know when you’re brushing too hard.
While it does have a 2-minute timer, you’ll have to get a stopwatch or count to 30 if you want to know when to change quadrants.
Its battery life of 7 days is pretty weak when compared to Phillips brushes. This translates to just 28 minutes of continuous usage, and there is no battery status indicator, so keeping it charged is paramount.
Why the Pro 3000 ranked more than a lot of high-end products? In my opinion it offers the very basic and the essential function of the middle class product – the Oral-B APP with Bluetooth technology, unlike the entry-level products (e.g. Pro 1000) you will have the complete version of the real-time brushing guidance – assembled with timer, quadrants, pressure sensor and brushing data storage and tracking.
So, the Oral-B Pro 3000 doesn’t shine, but its price to performance ratio means it’s very good value, it feels like the money well spent if you don’t need other the extra gadgets.
- With only half the cost of high-end models, you can get the most core functionality and technology of Oral-B
- The 3 brushing modes meet the daily needs of most users, especially for the sensitive brushing mode which recommended by many dentists
- The APP is good support for your everyday brushing, it also could storage your brushing data from the last 20 cleans, easy for tracking
- It will be better if the battery lasting were longer
- No indication of remaining power until it’s nearly drained
- Does not have the Whitening mode which we guess most people will need it rather than the Gum Care
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Here comes the Oral-B Pro 5000 and Oral Pro 5500.They are both the slim and feature-rich toothbrush. The 5000 series are similar to the Pro 3000 and come with 2 additional cleaning mode– Whitening and Deep Clean. It also comes with a travel case, 3 brush heads to the 3000’s 1 and has a slightly darker Royal Blue color.
The Oral-B Pro 5000/5500 also offers Bluetooth connectivity and the Oral-B App to guide your brushing. The App lets you share up to 6 months of brushing data with your dentist which allows them to give you specific recommendations for how to brush at home. It records your brushing habits and graphs them to remind you when it’s time to change your brush head too, a handy feature.
So, given that it looks like it’s got better features, why is the 5000/5500 just below the 3000 in ranking? It all comes down to value for money. They are similar toothbrushes which will get your teeth pretty much as clean as each other, but with the Oral-B Pro 5000/5500 you’re paying more money for the extra deep clean mode and one more refilled brush head, and some people won’t find essential of the travel case. It is good at what it does, but is it really worth shelling out extra money for? That’s for you to decide.
- The sophisticated 5 brushing modes, the extra Whiting mode is necessary
- The APP is good support for your everyday brushing; it also could storage your brushing data from the last 20 cleans, easy for tracking
- Compare with the Pro 3000, you will pay nearly extra $30 for 2 additional brushing modes and a travel case, but it only comes with one brush head (the 5500 offers two heads) will be a problem before you decide to buy it
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It is called “Connected” because it is an upgrade generation of the FlexCare model and as a former flagship of Sonicare product lines, the Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected is one of the first electric toothbrushes offering the brushing APP application of Philips.
When you connected the Sonicare App, the sensors in the brush handle will send your brushing data to your smartphone via Bluetooth, providing the real-time data from varies sensors which detecting the brushing area, scrubbing, and pressure. The App also provides the personalized brushing coaching and brush head performance monitor (to remind you to replace the brush head based on your brushing data record).
Unlike Oral-B, Philips offers this function only in its high-end products lines (another one is DiamondClean Smart series). So it is a very important product of Philips although FlexCare Platinum Connected is not among the best ranking.
Again, the FlexCare Platinum Connected is a brush that cleans teeth well, the head humming along at 31,000 strokes per minute, which you’d think would strip paint but actually feels gentle! It drops below the Oral-B Pro 5000/5500 though due to value for money. You do get 2 brush heads, a stylish plastic travel case and a small charging base, and it has a long battery life of 2 weeks from a single full charge, but it’s just a little too pricey for what it is.
The sonic action claims to stimulate blood circulation to improve gum health and it certainly feels like it works because you’ll keep running your tongue over your smooth teeth after every brushing.
Its Deep Clean mode has you brush for 3 minutes to help fix trouble spots. The other 2 modes are called Daily and White, and each is available in low, medium and high settings. The White mode goes for an extra 40 seconds beyond the regulation 2 minutes which lets you focus on stains on the visible front teeth.
There are 2 models of the FlexCare Platinum Connected to the market – HX9192/01 and HX9192/02. The HX9192/01 is the basic model while the HX9192/02 offers an extra UV Sanitizer which built into the charging base, of course, you will pay $40 more to get this equipment.
So, it’s all good really. In daily use, you’ll find that your teeth with feel very smooth and clean. The included brushing App is effective too (if a little confusing) but you have to weigh all of these benefits against a price tag that seems higher than it should be.
- The Sync brushing data and real-time feedback via Bluetooth will give you a whole new brushing experience if you’re an existing user of Philips but never tried the Sonicare APP
- 3 brushing modes together with 3 intensities setting make 9 different combinations
- Considering accessory suit including 3 different type of brush heads and an extra UV sanitizer
- We are puzzled by the pricing of the product; its price is even close to Philips’s top line – DimondClean!
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This satisfying chunky Sonicare HealthyWhite+ white brush with lime green accents is focused, as the name suggests, on getting your teeth whiter. I don’t think that really excuses offering just 1 brush head though. A bit more choice would have been nice for the money, although you do get a travel case and a charging station and a brush that’s good at what it does.
The fast-sonic cleaning action – Up to 31,000 strokes/min is the most distinguishing feature of Sonicare HealthyWhite+, that’s why it has a brighter white effect than other products. Phillips claims it can manage up to 7 times more plaque removal than a manual brush and makes teeth whiter in a week (removing everyday stains such as coffee, tea, tobacco, and red wine).
The Sonicare HealthyWhite+ also offers 2 brushing modes (Clean and White) and 3 settings, mean that you can turn it down if you’re teeth become sensitive. You get a great 3 weeks of battery life along with a 2-minute timer, 30-second pacer and automatic power off.
The ‘Easy Start’ program is a thoughtful addition for new users to gently get them used to electric brushing over 14 sessions.
Where it drops down in the ranking is with the lack of a pressure sensor, which never used to be essential but it’s becoming something that electric toothbrush users expect. Its body is plastic rather than the tracker rubber of the Oral-B brushes so it can be slippery when wet.
There also have 2 models of the Sonicare HealthyWhite+ on the market – HX8911/02 and HX8918/10. The HX8911/02 is the basic model while the HX8918/10 offers the extra tongue brush and tongue spray. We think the HX8918/10 worth the price since it only cost $10 more that you can have a step forward to keep your tongue clean.
Its only drawback is the price. The Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+ gives a decent clean but that will cost you more than it really should. Cheaper brushes can do the job just as well, and when you factor in the cost of replacement brush heads too, it has to place below its more versatile competitors and stable-mates.
- Adaptable intensity settings are a great feature, particularly if you have sensitive teeth. With 2 modes and 6 customizable settings, the Sonicare HealthyWhite+ is fully adaptable
- Thanks to the Lithium ION battery, it can last for up to three weeks of daily use
- The slim, ergonomic design of the toothbrush and its compact size make it ideal for taking and using on the go
- The model is much quieter than the older model, for example – compare with the 2 series
- Lack of pressure sensor and interactive brushing APP
- The body of the brush is also made of plastic, meaning that the brush can occasionally become slippery when it is wet
- Only supplied with one Diamondwhite head. Considering its price, Adding more than 1-2 replacement brushes will make it more value for money
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Bleeding and swollen gums can make you prone to gingivitis and even tooth loss. Mine get sore now and then and this does feel easier on them. Philips Philips Sonicare 3 Series Gum Health claims that it gently and effectively removes 6 times more plaque from along the gum line than a manual toothbrush thanks to the speed head movement and by driving fluid between the teeth in a rinsing action.
The handle is comfortable and is easy to grip and the brush head has a cup-shaped profile that delivers a gentle and even clean for the teeth and gums. Your mouth definitely feels cleaner after and gums don’t feel as bothered. Blue reminder bristles let you know when the brush head needs changing, which is handy if you’re as lackadaisical about such things as I am.
It has timers to make sure you brush for 30 seconds in 4 sections of your mouth and there’s a battery charge indicator to let you know when it’s running low. Again, it revs to 31,000 brush strokes per minute but is safe and gentle on orthodoxies, dental work, veneers, and implants. In the box, you get the handle, 1 brush head, 1 small charger, and 1 hard travel case. Battery life is the usual Philips standard, an amazing 3 weeks.
Overall, Sonicare 3 Series Gum Health is a series of special designs to improve gum problems, it does a great job especially work together with ProResults gum health brush heads, but again, compared with the Sonicare 2 Series you don’t have to pay a higher price than necessary, if your gums are healthy at the moment.
- For patients with gum disease, it can provide a better protection effect and will have a great improvement for the gum health, and this is why the Sonicare 3 Series Gum Health has been listed in our Top 10 review.
- Price is a con with Sonicare 3 Series Gum Health if you are not a gum disease patient.
- Many brushes in this class feature the pressure sensor and an interactive APP these days, which we, unfortunately, are not seeing with this model
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The Oral-B Pro 1000 is nicely designed although it is an entry-level product. Color options are blue and white or black and white. It’s nice that the rubber and plastic grip make it is easy to hold even when wet.
The built-in timer tells you when to change the quadrant you are cleaning and when your 2-minute clean is up. It only has 1 daily cleaning mode, but that works well and good enough for those Primary users of electric toothbrushes.
In the box, you get the Oral-B Pro 1000 rechargeable toothbrush, the charging station and 1 CrossAction brush head.
Its “3D movement cleaning system” moves in different directions at high-speed and removes 300% more plaque than a manual brush. The single Daily Clean mode does a perfectly adequate job and it features the kind of over-brushing pressure sensor found on more expensive brushes.
1 cleaning mode means it’s not great if you have sensitive teeth and gums or want the option to whiten your teeth. Battery Life is up to 7 days, which is just 28 minutes of continuous usage time. This is adequate but not as good as the Philips Sonicare models.
You don’t get much in the box. A travel case or brush head storage space would have been nice, but that’s not a huge problem. It does what it’s designed for at a reasonable price, so although it’s not flashy it is good value for the entry-level users or the new users of electric toothbrushes have just begun experimenting.
- Attract new users through decent pricing to experience the basic functions of an electric toothbrush
- Although it’s an entry-level product, designers are well-considered in terms of product appearance and exterior material
- The bristles on the included head might be a bit stiff for some people, so if that is you, you will need to invest in something softer
- It’s a bit loud when it working, you may be uncomfortable, especially when you first contact an electric toothbrush
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The truth is, not all brushes are created equal. While the manual brush may very well be a longstanding staple of your bathroom routine the truth of the matter is that they are outdated and ineffective compared to the high-grade electric toothbrushes that are now on the market.
In general, you will find that there are more Braun Oral-B than Philips in our Top 10 ranking(Sonicare vs. Oral-B), it is because the overall product pricing of Oral-B is lower than the Philips. Besides, Oral-B offers more popular functions (like APP and pressure sensor) than Philips in its most product lines (except entry-level models), so we think Oral-B earns a higher performance ratio.
However, we want to say that every brush on this top 10 list will clean your teeth very effectively, and each one is a smart investment in your oral health. You can’t go wrong with any of them in terms of cleaning, and after that, the extra features that you want are simply a matter for you and your wallet.