Electric toothbrushes have advanced quite a lot in the last few years, and you can now buy them with more features than ever before. The only trouble is though, some of them have bigger price tags than ever before too, so you might be asking, it’s a good question. Do you really need to pay hundreds for Bluetooth, real-time feedback, more brush heads and fancy carry cases, and the like? Well, while those high-end, fully-featured brushes have their place, the entry-level have something to offer too. Today you can get a brush that will clean your teeth many times more effectively than a manual toothbrush for less than $60.
You may not have considered entry-level electric toothbrushes before, but they’re certainly worth a look. Their quality has improved just as much as the top-of-the-range offerings, and you also have a few to choose from. If you’re curious about cheaper electric toothbrushes, here are 6 entry-level models for you to consider.
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100
This is like the 6100 but with fewer features. First off, the slim design is very pleasing to the eye despite the brush being cheap. There’s only one style available, but since it’s a clean white with blue-green accents, it won’t cause you any shame.
It has just one cleaning mode, called Clean, and one level of intensity. Despite the basic feature list, it gives you what you need, in that it cleans teeth really well. It achieves this thanks to producing 62,000 brush-head movements a minute, meaning that your teeth get cleaned much better than with manual brushing (7 times better, in fact). The sheer speed whips up the toothpaste into a foam of cleaning bubbles, and the results are very good. It took a bit of getting used to the pulsing sensation, but I soon adapted and my teeth looked and felt visibly clean after each brushing session.
The included C2 Optimum Plaque Control brush-head makes short work of food debris and plaque, and despite being cheaper, the brush still gives you a pressure warning, where the handle vibrates if you press too hard. You also get the Smartimer and QuadPacer features which help you to devote enough time to brush your entire mouth, and as if that wasn’t enough, it has the BrushSync feature that automatically recognizes the brush head that you connect. When it’s charging, a green light comes on and it also beeps, presumably just to make doubly sure that you know it’s charging.
All in all, the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 is a great performer that will go for around 2 weeks before needing a recharge. If you just want a brush to clean your teeth really well, and you don’t need it to connect to your smartphone, this could be just what you’re looking for.
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Philips Sonicare 2 Series Plague Control
Next up is this Phillips rechargeable electric toothbrush with plaque control. It’s another one of Phillips’s typically attractive slimline designs and it comes in white with “mint” (blue-green) coloring on the power button and around the base. Again, it uses the “dynamic cleaning action” to gently remove any bits of food which might be hiding between your teeth – not quite as effective as flossing but it still does a pretty good job, and the sensation isn’t quite as overwhelming as some of the faster Phillips models, with 31,000 brush strokes a minute. The slower speed means that it’s gentle and safe enough to use with orthodontics, veneers, implants, and other dental work, yet still give an effective clean.
The included brush-head is the ProResults Plaque Control, which is close to the size of a normal manual toothbrush head and feels natural in the mouth. It features curved bristles which match the shape of teeth, and there’s a tuft of bristles at the top which sticks out further than the rest to help you get into hard to reach places. This head also has a lot of densely packed bristles for better cleaning and some blue reminder bristles that turn white when you need to change the head.
Battery life goes up to 2 weeks as it does with most Phillips brushes, and there’s a 2-color battery charge light which changes to let you know when it’s time to give it some extra ‘juice’.
Despite being cheap, the Philips Sonicare 2 has the easy-start feature which slowly ramps up the power of the brushes over the first 14 sessions. This helps you get used to the intense speed of the brush head. It also comes with the Smartimer (but not the QuadPacer), which helps you to brush for the 2 minutes that dentists recommend.
There’s a travel charger too, and you might be pleased to know that you get a choice of colors: White, Coral, Steel Blue, (the delightfully named) Guacamole and Black.
|Philips Sonicare 2 Series plaque control rechargeable electric toothbrush, HX6211/04||Check Price|
|Philips Sonicare 2 Series plaque control rechargeable electric toothbrush, Black, HX6211||Check Price|
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Philips Sonicare 3 Series Gum Health
Here is another Phillips electric toothbrush that’s apparently twice as good as a manual toothbrush and claims to remove 6 times more plaque along the gum line thanks to the patented sonic technology. I won’t dispute that because it certainly feels like it when you use it. It’s another model that hums along happily at 31,000 brush strokes a minute, foaming up your toothpaste and dislodging debris as it goes. It feels gentle as well as being effective, and that’s probably down to the fact that you can choose from 3 intensity settings, so all that speed can be toned down a bit if it’s too much.
The Philips Sonicare 3 Series Gum Health comes with the ProResults Gum Health brush head, (although you can fit another 6 different ones to suit your needs) along with a nice looking white travel case—with space for a couple of brush heads—and a travel charger. It’s nice to see the Smartimer and QuadPacer features included, and if my experience is anything to go by, your dental hygienist will probably comment on the improvements to your oral hygiene because of them.
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Oral-B Pro 3000
The Oral-B Pro 3000 is another fine addition to our list of cheap rechargeable electric toothbrushes, this time from the Oral-B camp rather than Phillips. It claims to give a clinically superior clean when measured against an ordinary manual toothbrush, and not only that but it apparently whitens teeth from the very first day of brushing. Whether or not this is true for you will be down to the state of your teeth at the start. If you have surface stains, then the Oral-B Pro 3000 will whiten your teeth by starting to remove them.
The smaller, rounded head comes as quite a contrast to the Phillips range of brushes, and may suit people who have smaller mouths, as it’s ideal to get into all the nooks and crannies. The shape is said to be professionally inspired, and features what they call a polishing cup, which is a purple widget in the middle of the brush head.
Considering it’s a cheaper model it has quite a lot to offer. You get 3 brushing modes, Daily Clean, for everyday cleaning, Sensitive Mode, for gentle cleaning at a slower speed, and Gum Care mode which massages and stimulates the gums. You also get Bluetooth connectivity, which means that the brush can talk to an app on your smart phone and give you real-time guidance on your brushing, telling you how long to brush for, and how hard to press (which is in addition to the red light warning you get from the handle). It also keeps track of your brushing habits, because after all, your oral health is a long-term investment. It’s a nifty feature that you only used to find on high-end electric toothbrushes, so it’s nice to see this option making its way down to the “bargain end” of the market.
Overall, it’s a great electric brush that’s very reasonably priced considering the many features that you get.
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Oral-B Pro 1000
Here is another entry from Oral-B, this time a cheaper offering. It’s similar to the Pro 3000, as you would expect, but that’s not to say that it lacks anything in terms of cleaning power. Its slim white handle is interrupted by ergonomically placed ribs, so it makes your grip more secure when the thing is a bit wet. I have a habit of letting the brush get a bit “sloppy”, so this is actually quite useful for someone like me. The Phillips brushes always tend to be very smooth, and they can slip out of your hand when wet.
So, the design is practical, but the downside of the Oral-B Pro 1000 is that it looks a bit boring. Still, you can’t expect everything for this price! What you do get is the promise of 300% more plaque removal along the gum line than a manual toothbrush. If you only want to buy an electric toothbrush to get your teeth clean and don’t want to spend very much money, then this might be the model for you.
You only get one brushing mode, a brushing timer to ensure that you stick at it for the dentist recommended 2 minutes, and a pressure sensor to ensure that you don’t bear down on your teeth too much, by slowing the pulsations. Not much perhaps, but it’s enough to get your teeth clean! The bristles on the head have a criss-cross pattern slanted at 16° so that they can penetrate between the teeth to dislodge any nasties that might be lurking there.
As it’s an Oral-B the Pro-1000 can take any of the 9 different brush heads that are available, which gives it a little more versatility. It’s a brush that does the basics and does them well. My teeth looked and felt clean, and I didn’t find myself craving lots of extra features, so it’s a keeper.
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Oral-B Pro 500
Last, but not least, (although it is least in terms of cost) is the Oral-B Pro 500. This is the cheapest model of all of them, and despite the low cost it still does a respectable job. It has the 2-D cleaning head, which means that it only moves in a two-dimensional plane, rotating back-and-forth in a circular motion to break up plaque and remove debris (the Oral-B 3-D cleaning heads vibrate through an extra plane as well as the name suggests). This is still enough to make it twice as good as brushing with a manual toothbrush, because it removes 100% more plaque, so even though it doesn’t give the same results as the more expensive models, it does a better job than you could do yourself by scrubbing manually, and this makes the Oral-B Pro 500 well worth considering as your first electric toothbrush.
It has one cleaning mode, called Daily Clean and a 2-minute timer built into the handle. It can host any one of the 9 Oral-B electric toothbrush heads and the lack of BrushSync won’t really worry you because the bristles change color after 3 months to let you know that you need to get a new head.
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Even at the bargain end of the electric toothbrush market there are some good models to choose from. Price still does dictate how much you get, but even the cheapest of the cheap does a good job of cleaning your teeth. Features like Bluetooth that were only available for north of $100 a short while ago are gradually becoming mainstream. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few years’ time these great entry-level brushes were even cheaper still.
In terms of manufacturers, the choice between Oral-B and Philips is probably going to come down to personal preference. They both seem to clean as well as each other, so it’s down to whether you prefer an electric toothbrush with a manual style brush head,or a circular one. At these price points ,it’s hard to go wrong with either.