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By Kiesha Meikle
Kiesha Meikle

As a Lifestyle Journalist with over 20 years of experience, Kiesha covers a wide range of topics on BeautyBets, including wellness, lifestyle, and haircare.

Last Updated: December 2, 2021
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Brushing your teeth regularly and correctly is key for preventing cavities and gum disease, as well as for keeping those pearly whites shining. But aside from using a proper teeth-brushing technique, having a good toothbrush itself is essential too, and many dentists and periodontists agree that an electric toothbrush with soft bristles always trumps a regular toothbrush. Why? Well, for one, an electric toothbrush cleans teeth and gums more thoroughly than a manual one, and two, it’s gentler on the tooth enamel and gums, helping prevent gum recession.

If you’re looking to improve your brushing routine and switch from a standard brush to an electric one, these are some of the best electric toothbrushes that the market has to offer at the moment. Our top picks range from wallet-friendly simpler brushes to investment-worthy devices that promise to take your dental health to a whole new level.

The Best Electric Toothbrush

1. AquaSonic Black Series Ultra Whitening Toothbrush

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The Aquasonic Black Ultra Whitening toothbrush is not your average brush. If you want a toothbrush that is going to work a little bit harder to get your teeth clean, you could do a lot worse than this little multitasker. With a rubberized handle, wet hands will not be a problem.

But there is so much more to like about this electric toothbrush – not only does it offer ultra-fast wireless charging, it also has an inbuilt smart vibration timer that tells you when it is time to move the toothbrush to another area of your mouth. It’s sleek, lightweight, offers 4 different modes and is not the most expensive electric toothbrush on the market either. Can a toothbrush sexy? We think so.

Key Features
  • A powerful 40,000 vibrations per min motor
  • 4 modes, Clean,  Soft, Whiten, Massage
  • Ultra-fast wireless charging
  • Smart 30s vibration timers + 2-min vibration timer
  • Auto shut-off
  • Toothbrush, wireless charging base, 8 DuPont brushheads and travel case included
Product Specification
  • Brand: AquaSonic
  • Model: SCTB
  • Weight: 10.55 Ounces

2. Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush

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In all honesty, the Oral-B PRO 1000 rechargeable electric toothbrush does not have all the bells and whistles of some other brands, but it does provide a clinically proven superior clean when compared with a regular manual toothbrush – what more do you really need? The CrossAction brush head has bristles that are angled at 16 degrees to really get your teeth thoroughly clean.

The ‘3D cleaning action’ has three settings: oscillation, rotation and pulsating, these combine to break down and remove plaque from along the gumline. There is also a pressure sensor and an in-handle timer. A great little tool for straightforward teeth cleaning.

Key Features
  • 3D rotating, pulsating cleaning brush
  • Pressure sensor prevents over-brushing
  • Smart 30s vibrating timer + 2 min timer
  • 1 mode, Daily Clean
  • Handle, brush head, and charger included
Product Specification
  • Brand: Oral-B
  • Model: Pro 1000 Black
  • Weight: 11.99 Ounces

3. Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5300 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

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The Philips Sonicare Protective Clean 5300 Rechargeable Toothbrush will take your brushing experience to a whole new level. With 3 modes: Clean, White and Gum Care you can customize your daily brush depending on what you need. This is personalisation, with a capital P as what makes this toothbrush really special is the BrushSync technology and the easy-start feature. The first tracks how long you have been using your toothbrush and beeps to let you know it’s time to change the head, the second slowly increases power to the brush the longer you use it to allow you to get used to it.

There is also a SmarTimer which lets you know when your 2 min recommended brush time is up. If you are an enthusiastic brusher, this toothbrush has a pressure sensor that protects your teeth and gums from excessive brushing and / or the pressure from an over eager hand. With a 2 week battery life and a battery indicator light, this could be the Robocop of toothbrushes, there is almost nothing it can’t do.

Key Features
  • Three different modes: Clean, White and Gum Care
  • Pressure sensor to protect teeth and gums
  • Brush head replacement reminder
  • 2-minute timer with QuadPacer 
  • 2-week battery life + Battery indicator light
  • Brush, 2 extra Diamond Clean brush heads, charger and travel case included
Product Specification
  • Brand: Phillips
  • Model: HX6423/34
  • Weight: 13.3 ounces

4. Colgate hum Smart Electric Toothbrush Kit

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Too cool for school? Well, the hum by Colgate Smart Electric Toothbrush is totally on brand then! It has everything you could possibly want from a toothbrush and all packaged up in a stylish, travel friendly case. To start with, there is Bluetooth connectivity which tracks the frequency, duration, and coverage of your brushing. That’s right, you can stay attached to your phone even whilst brushing your teeth. Simply download the hum by Colgate app, then choose which cleaning mode you prefer for your teeth and gums. There are 3 sonic vibration settings: normal, sensitive, and deep. The app will keep track of your brushing and let you know where you could use a bit more attention.

The Amazon Alexa connection will let you know when you need new brush heads or you can set up smart reorders. The added bit of tech functionality with the hum makes this a great option for those who are serious about getting their teeth super healthy, those who love extra personalisation and of course those who love tech to play with. There are even fun activities and challenges that help you improve your brushing while earning points towards rewards. Brushing as a fun pastime? We are here for it.

Key Features
  • 3 vibration modes, Normal, Sensitive, Deep Clean
  • Smart 2-min timer
  • Smart sensor for improved brushing
  • Rechargeable battery lasts for 10 days
  • Brush, charger, carrying case, and extra refill brush head
Product Specification
  • Brand: Colgate Hum
  • Model: CN08172A
  • Weight: 1.24

5. ATMOKO Electric Toothbrush with 8 Duponts Brush Heads

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Variety is the spice of life, so why shouldn’t this include your electric toothbrush too? For those who like to have choices, you are in luck, because the ATMOKO Electric toothbrush has 8 interchangeable heads. This includes an interdental brush head for those hard-to-reach corners and a selection of other heads to really get your teeth clean. What’s more, there are 5 modes to choose from: whitening, cleaning, sensitive, polishing and massage.

It’s no wonder then, that this handy toothbrush has a super long battery life (30 days use after 4 hours full charge!), because with all of these options you won’t be able to put it down. The ATMOKO has a vibration level, battery reminder and a sleek design – a good all rounder with lots (and lots) of options.

Key Features
  • Powerful 40,000 vibrations per min motor
  • 5 modes, Whitening, Cleaning, Sensitive, Polishing, Massage
  • 2-min Smart timer
  • Ultra-long battery life, up to 30 days
  • Brush, 6 extra DuPont brush heads, tongue scraper, interdental brush, USB charging cable, brush headcover included
Product Specification
  • Brand: ATMOKO
  • Model: HP126AB
  • Weight: 7.37 ounces

6. BURST Electric Toothbrush with Charcoal Sonic Toothbrush Head

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When it comes to teeth whitening, charcoal has become one of those cult products that bloggers love to review. The black teeth you get when brushing with charcoal make great Youtube viewing, but it’s not so much fun when you are doing it yourself at home! Well, the BURST Electric Toothbrush comes with a charcoal INFUSED brush so you get a whiter smile without the mess! The tapered (interdental) bristles do a great job of getting into those hard-to-reach crevices too.

This toothbrush comes with great reviews, mostly for the extra long-life battery (over a month of use for a full battery) and the 30 second reminder from the integrated smart timer – allows you to work on each quadrant of the mouth equally. With 33,000 sonic vibrations per minute this toothbrush is no slacker, but don’t worry about the noise as it is also extremely quiet. The BURST Sonic Toothbrush is a good all-round electric toothbrush with a little something extra for those who want a whiter smile.

Key Features
  • 33,000 sonic vibrations per min
  • Soft, charcoal coated bristles
  • 3 modes, Whitening, Sensitive, Massage
  • 2-min smart timer
  • Ultra-long battery life, up to 30 days
Product Specification
Brand: Burst Model: Charcoal Weight: 8.11

Best Electric Toothbrushes Buying Guide

Features to Consider When Buying Electric Toothbrushes

With so many on the market, choosing the best electric toothbrush for you can feel like work. Sometimes even reading all the reviews doesn’t help, especially as everyone has different needs: Do you want an electric toothbrush and water flosser combo? A battery operated toothbrush? How useful is Bluetooth functionality really? Are you willing to pay extra for a sleeker design or do you just want to get your teeth clean? So many questions!

We would recommend writing down a list of what your particular needs are for your teeth and gums. If you have issues with your gums, add that to your checklist. If you are a smoker and a coffee drinker, look for an electric toothbrush that is designed to remove stains. With all that said, there a few things that should be considered when buying an electric toothbrush, regardless of your needs. Here’s a quick checklist for you:

Travel friendly: If you are bringing along your toothbrush on holidays (highly recommended) then we would suggest going for a chargeable toothbrush with a long battery life. Some electric toothbrushes stay charged for over a month giving you ample time to holiday and return without having to think about plug adapters.

Accessibility: Nonslip handles, easy to use brush heads, easy to stand up and store for a cleaner toothbrush…the best electric toothbrush designers will always consider how accessible their tools are for both disabled and able bodied people. Reward them with your coin.

Price: Yes, you will use it everyday but no…you should not need to sell the family jewels to buy it. It’s an electric toothbrush, not a car - don’t get sucked in to hype. There are too many great, cost effective electric toothbrushes on the market for that!

Durability: This should go without saying, but despite having to change the brush heads on your toothbrush every 3 months or so, you should not have to do the same for your electric toothbrush!

FAQ

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes?

Electric toothbrushes offer a superior clean due to the simple fact that they vibrate / brush faster than your hand ever could. This means better cleaning in a shorter amount of time. You will have healthier gums, less tooth decay and should also keep your teeth for longer

Will an electric toothbrush damage my teeth?

Most electric toothbrushes offer an inbuilt timer and pressure sensor which means you should never brush for too long or with too much pressure and cause damage to your teeth and gums. That said, if you have concerns about using an electric toothbrush due to current dental problems, always check with your dentist first.

Can I share an electric toothbrush?

We would not recommend sharing your electric toothbrush – electric toothbrush heads or base – with anyone. This can lead to the spread of gum disease or other oral problems.

How often do I need to charge an electric toothbrush?

We recommend charging your electric toothbrush as per the manufacturers guidelines, these could vary depending on the brand. Many brands offer an inbuilt timer to let you know when it is time to charge. If in doubt, check before you buy a new rechargeable toothbrush. If you find charging your toothbrush a pain, opt for one with a longer battery life.