Best Electric Toothbrush of 2017 – Top 10 Electric Toothbrush Reviews and Comparisons

Welcome to our Top 10 best electric toothbrush ranking and review. You may be wondering why it exists and why you might need to read it, so without further ado, would like 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

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electric toothbrush rating scoreOur 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 Oral-B Genius Pro 8000

It’s not called “Genius” for nothing. The Oral-B Pro 8000  is a worthy winner, but only just. It edges out its nearest rival – the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean, 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 colours 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, this 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 round electric toothbrush it’s well worth the investment and a worthy winner.

PROS:
  • Comprehensive 6 brushing modes fit most users
  • Oral-B APP with Bluetooth connectivity (takes less than 5 seconds to connect with the smart phone) 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

CONS:
  • 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 smart phone to Android 7.1.1, otherwise you may have the Bluetooth connectivity issues

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No.2 Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

The Philips Sonicare DimondClean is a close second. Indeed, it’s great too especially for its minimalist designing concept and only slips down to 2nd due to functional design. The different brushing modes and choice of heads give you similar options to the Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 and the quality of the clean feels as good. So it works well, but the Sonicare DiamondClean is missing a couple of things – the popular functions including pressure sensor and smart APP that might have helped it win.

It has 5 cleaning modes called Clean, White, Sensitive, Gum Care and Deep Clean, but if you want to switch the modes during the brushing, you have to turn the body off, then turn on the power and select the modes again. Although the minimalist design of Philips is attractive, we think it still needs to be improved in the aspect of human operation.

An impressive 3 weeks of battery life when fully charged via the smart looking charger (a glass cup with an inductive charger) or the USB port built into the travel case.

After using a brush with the pressure sensor it’s hard to go back. It’s just such a useful feature and it’s one that the DiamondClean is missing. It’s also missing Bluetooth, so there’s no smart phone APP to guide your brushing. Yes, it still has the typical 2-minute timer with 30 second alert that beeps and pauses for a moment to have you change the quadrant you’re brushing, but the lack of the other features lets the Oral-B inch ahead.  The Bluetooth APP turns your phone into a brushing guide that has you switch quadrant every 30 seconds. An Oral-B brushing app might seem gimmicky too, but 1 million downloads as of 2017 suggest that a lot of people are using it.

In its favor, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean has stylish looks and it does have one unique feature, the ‘Easy Start’ option, which gradually increases the brushing power over the first 14 sessions to allow new users a gentle entry to electric brushing.

So all in all, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean is a great brush, but it would be better value if it was cheaper (Considering that its function is less than that of Oral-B’s top series, the price is still high).

PROS:
  • 5 brushing modes suitable for any mouth type and even cater for sensitive gums.
  • Minimalist designing concept and pretty nice shape of handle grip. Variety of modes with different brush handle colors is also good idea to improve the sales
  • Dual charging system (inductive charge cup or charging in the travel case). Long battery life span that lasts up to 3 weeks on a single charge.
  • Smartimer and Quadpacer give a right guidance and simplify brushing
  • Sonicare has a more pleasant buzzing sound than more mechanical sound like Oral-B

CONS:
  • Lack of the popular functions like pressure sensor and smart APP (I think the timer and quadrant will be more sufficient if you can saw the real time instructions display that tell you when to move to the which section on the APP)
  • This is one of the most expensive series of Philips although it has missed above functions
  • Switching the mode during your brushing is not convenient

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No.3 Oral-B Pro 7000

The Oral-B Pro 7000  is of similar quality to the DiamondClean. It’s available in Black or White color options and comes with 4 extra brush heads (Cross Action, Floss Action, Pro White/3D White and Sensitive.) This is a nice value-adding bonus that lets you easily try different heads.

The 7000 series does have lots in its favor though. It offers 6 cleaning modes, Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, Deep Clean and Tongue Cleaner, which are all fine but work better with the brush heads that were designed to be used with them.

It has a Smart Wireless Guide which gives real-time brushing information on your smart phone, and also offers a separate clock and a timer that tells you how well you’re brushing, for how long and which cleaning mode you are in. This is a feature that the DiamondClean doesn’t have, but it’s not enough to lift it to 2nd place because the Oral-B 7000 has a loud noise (Unlike Philips’s sonic wave, Oral-B uses a rotary cleaning method which produces greater mechanical rotation noise), shorter battery life (only about 10 days) and a very normal charging mode.

As this is an Oral-B, there is of course a 2-minute timer and quadrant alarm in the brush, as well as the pressure sensor that lights red if you brush too hard.

I must stress that the price of Pro 7000 is nearly 1/3 cheaper than the Sonicare DimondClean, but it still gives a lot of other attractive functionality, for example: bad breath protection and tongue cleaner, luxurious travel case and a charging station can storage 4 brush heads!

Thanks to a solid feature set at a reasonable price, the Oral-B Pro 7000 has enough good qualities to earn it a solid 3rd place.

PROS:
  • A reasonable price range which quit friendly for advanced electric toothbrush users to buy
  • Sophisticated mainstream features, including: 6 brushing modes, pressure sensors, timer and quadrant alarm
  • SmartGuide wireless APP allows you to synchronous the brushing data, track and analysis your brushing activates
  • Considering accessory suit, the 4 different type of brush heads for replacement makes Pro 7000 one of the most abundant accessories available in the whole Oral-B toothbrush set

CONS:
  • Only 10 days battery life (Pro 7000 use the NiMH battery but it drains much quicker than a Li-ion battery) and take up to about 20 hours to have a full charge
  • Pro 7000’s charger doesn’t support 240V! It is so confused that my old 5000 series supports both 110 and 240V!!
  • The black version of the Pro 7000 still has a white head which in my opinion takes away a little for the smooth, sexy black look.

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No.4 Oral-B Pro 3000

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 our opinion it offers the very basic and the essential function of the middle class product – the Oral-B APP with Bluetooth technology, 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 feel likes the money well spent if you don’t need other the extra gadgets.

PROS:
  • With only half the cost of high-end models, you can get the most core functionality and technology of Oral-B
  • 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

CONS:
  • 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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No.5 Oral-B Pro 5000

Here comes the Oral-B Pro 5000.This is a slim and feature-rich toothbrush. It’s similar to the Pro 3000 and comes 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 also offers Bluetooth connectivity and the Oral-B dedicated smart phone 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 just below the 3000 and 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 you’re paying more money for the extra deep clean mode, 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.

PROS:

  • 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

CONS:
  • Compare with the Pro 3000, you will pay extra $30 for 2 additional brushing modes and a travel case, but it only comes with one brush head will be problem before you decide to buy it

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No.6 Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected

It is called “Connected” because it is a upgrade generation of the FlexCare model and it 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 smart phone 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 functionality only on high-end products lines (another one is DimondClean). So it is a very important product of Philips although Sonicare Flexcare Platinums Connected is not among the best ranking.

Again, the Philips Sonicare Flexcare Platinums 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 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 at 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 Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected on 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. The Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum looks great, and 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.

PROS:
  • 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

CONS:
  • We are puzzled by the pricing of the product; its price is even close to Philips’s top line – DimondClean!

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No.7 Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+

This satisfyingly 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 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 tackier 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 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.

PROS:

  • Adaptable intensity settings are a great feature, particularly if you have sensitive teeth. With 2modes 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

CONS:
  • 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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No.8 Philips Sonicare 3 Series Gum Health

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 orthodontics, 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, you don’t have to pay a higher price than necessary, If your gums are healthy at the moment.

PROS:

  • 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.

CONS:
  • 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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No.9 Oral-B Pro 1000

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.

PROS:

  • 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

CONS:
  • 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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No.10 Oral-B Vitality Series

The Oral-B Vitality series consists of 5 models, the CrossAction, the TriZone, the FlossAction, the Plus White & Clean and the Precision Clean. These are basic models that focus on superior cleaning without too many bells and whistles. I got some great cleans for what seems like a bargain basement/entry level price.

Each one is effectively the same model handle with a different head. The Precision Clean model has the small circular head that oscillates and rotates to remove plaque. The CrossAction surrounds each tooth with bristles angled at 16°. The TriZone toothbrush head helps clean tooth surfaces, reach back teeth, and brushes between teeth. You can brush as you would with a manual toothbrush, but with the added benefits of a power cleaning.  FlossAction has MicroPulse bristles to help clean between teeth. The White & Clean model features the 3D White toothbrush head which is designed to clean tooth by tooth. It has a polishing cup that helps to remove surface stains while the bristles clean away plaque.

The Oral-B Vitality Series is on the list because each brush represents a great entry point to electric brushing. If you want to dip your toe in the water after brushing by hand, or if you want clean teeth without having to spend a small fortune, the Vitality range is your perfect entry point. And since the handle takes any Oral-B Vitality brush head, you need only buy one handle, and then you can buy different heads separately as you wish.

PROS:

  • You are able to enjoy the basic cleaning functions of an electric toothbrush with an affordable price.
  • The Vitality series brush handle is compatible with the most replacement toothbrush heads of Oral-B, it is a good news if you want to experience different types of brush heads

CONS:
  • The timer pulses the brushes instead of beeping. A beep would be better than an interruption.
  • A charging light would be useful so you can tell if it’s charging and how much life is left in it


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Our Conclusion

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 Oral-B than Philips in our Top 10 ranking, 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.

Happy brushing!