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Brushing your teeth might be one of the more mundane activities in your routine, but it's an incredibly important one. Doing it daily helps remove plaque, prevent cavities and ward off gum disease, and that lowers your risk of conditions like diabetes and heart disease, per the American Dental Association (ADA).


We've come a long way from the basic bristle brush, and most dentists now recommend electric toothbrushes. Research shows these brushes clean teeth and gums much better than their manual cousins, per a May 2019 Journal of Clinical Periodontology study.

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With that in mind, here are the best electric toothbrushes to buy.

The 10 Best Electric Toothbrushes

How We Chose

We checked in with dentists to get their take on the most important criteria to consider when selecting an electric toothbrush, and evaluated options based on the following factors:

  • Bristle design
  • Charging method
  • Timer

Find more information on how we choose and cover products here.

1. Oral-B iO Electric Toothbrush

Best Overall

Oral-B iO Series 9 Electric Toothbrush

This toothbrush has seven different modes for optimal cleaning.


  • Removes plaque
  • Whitens your teeth
  • Comes with seven cleaning modes
  • Three-hour fast charger


  • Battery life isn't very long, per some reviewers
  • Pricey

This electric toothbrush is a fan-favorite among the dentists we interviewed, mainly thanks to its innovative features, including a built-in LCD screen on the handle that allows you to fully customize your brushing experience.


It has seven smart modes to choose from, including Daily, Sensitive and Whitening, and a sensor light that turns red if you brush too hard or aggressively. This sensor light can be particularly beneficial in preventing gum tissue recession, notes Tina Saw, DDS, general and cosmetic dentist with Elevated Smiles in Carlsbad, California, and founder and CEO of Oral Genome.

Other features include a two-minute timer, so you know how long you should be brushing for, as well as a charging travel case so you can stay charged on-the-go.


"I was definitely wowed when I first used it, as my teeth felt squeaky clean like I had just gotten them professionally cleaned," Dr. Saw says.

2. Spinbrush Pro Whiten Battery Toothbrush

Best on a Budget

Spinbrush Pro Whiten Battery Toothbrush

This pick is affordable and available at many different stores.


  • Comes with whitening feature
  • Dual-action brush
  • Easy on/off switch
  • Budget-friendly
  • Lightweight


  • Brushing is not as powerful as other brands, according to reviewers

This battery-operated toothbrush might have fewer fancy features than others on the market, but it offers a lot for a budget-friendly cost. It comes with a dual action brush head and a rotating whitening cup to help your teether feel cleaner and look whiter. The soft switch on/off button makes it easy to use, and the color fade bristles remind you when it's time to get a new brush (every three months).



Because this brush is battery-powered, you don't need to charge it. Just use it up until the battery has died and then replace the battery itself.

3. Quip Electric Toothbrush

Best Subscription

Quip Electric Toothbrush

Get new brush heads every three months with a Quip subscription.


  • Portable
  • Comes with a travel container
  • Gentle vibrations
  • Quiet


  • Brush heads may be tricky to change, according to some reviewers
  • Not as sturdy as other electric toothbrushes

With a slim, sleek design, this electric toothbrush gives you the best of both worlds: the benefits of an electric toothbrush with the appearance of a normal, bristle-brush toothbrush. It has a slim handle, soft-bristle head and comes in four colors: silver, slate, copper and gold. It's also available with a plastic brush handle in either green or blue.


This brush is operated via replaceable batteries and comes with a sleek travel container that can easily be thrown into your luggage.

The vibrations are much more gentle than some of the more high-tech electric toothbrushes, which users with sensitive teeth will appreciate. It's also quieter, which is another perk for those with room- or bedmates.

Last, but certainly not least, you can opt into the Quip subscription service, which sends brush head replacements every three months ($5 each), or purchase products as you wish.


4. Burst Sonic Toothbrush

Best for Sensitive Teeth

Burst Sonic Toothbrush

Comes with soft bristles for sensitive teeth and gums.


  • Comes with a whitening and a massage mode
  • Comes with short and long bristles
  • Long battery life


  • Only comes with a USB charger, not an outlet charger

This electric toothbrush puts in work, removing up to 10 times more plaque than a standard toothbrush without being too aggressive. This is why it can be particularly beneficial for those with sensitive teeth and gums. It even has a mode entirely dedicated to sensitive teeth (along with two other modes: whiten and massage).

Sharon Huang, DDS, cosmetic dentist at Les Belles in Manhattan, loves that this brush is compact and features both long and short bristles, which helps users clean hard-to-reach places more efficiently.


"The brush operates at 33,000 sonic vibrations per minute, so it has a powerful motor that cleans well, yet is gentle enough to not strip the gum or teeth," Dr. Huang says.


Another perk: This brush has one of the longest battery lives, lasting an entire month without needing a recharge. Burst also offers a lifetime guarantee to replace the brush if it ever has a problem.

5. PRO-SYS VarioSonic Electric Toothbrush

Best for Gum Health

PRO-SYS VarioSonic Electric Toothbrush

This ADA-accepted brush is a favorite among dentists.


  • Comes with five precision brush heads
  • Gets rid of plaque
  • One-year warranty


  • Some reviewers say the bristles are too hard
  • Reviewers say the battery life can be short

This toothbrush comes equipped with five precision brush heads that are scientifically designed to get rid of plaque buildup that can lead to gum disease, making it a favorite among dentists. It offers five levels of cleaning power as well as five unique brush heads, including a Feather Soft, Ultra Soft, Normal Soft, Extra Soft and Hybrid Soft.

The one-year warranty is another plus.

6. Oral-B Kids Electric Toothbrush

Best for Kids

Oral-B Kids Electric Toothbrush

Equipped with a timer to help kids brush a sufficient amount of time.


  • Made with soft bristles
  • Comes with a gentle mode
  • Comes with a timer
  • Rechargeable handle


  • Some reviewers say the toothbrush is too loud
  • Not a long battery life

Getting your kid to brush their teeth is probably a struggle, but an enticing toothbrush could help. This Frozen-themed brush from Oral-B fits the bill, and it has soft bristles for kids with sensitive teeth along with a special gentle mode that little mouths will appreciate.

Kids will also get a kick out of the Disney Magic Timer app that lets them brush along with their favorite characters for the recommended amount of time.

This toothbrush comes with a rechargeable handle, charger, brush head and four fun stickers that kids can place anywhere, be it the toothbrush itself or somewhere else in the bathroom.

7. Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100

Best Battery-Operated

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100

Fully stops after two minutes to ensure you don't over brush.


  • Stop after two minutes so you brush the right amount of time
  • Easy to clean
  • Slowly works up in intensity, for sensitive teeth


  • Has a short lifespan compared to other brushes, per some reviewers

When it comes to battery-operated electric toothbrushes, dentist April Patterson, DDS, owner of Dr. Patty Dental Boutique and Spa in Fort Lauderdale and Dr. Patty-MIAMI, says she only ever recommends the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100.

"The big difference that I appreciate when it comes to this toothbrush is that it fully stops after two minutes of brushing so you're not causing unnecessary trauma to the gums," she says. "It is also very easy to wipe clean thanks to fewer ridges."


It's a good choice for people with sensitive teeth, as its EasyStart mode slowly works its way up in intensity over time so your transition from manual toothbrush is as seamless as possible.

8. Oral-B Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

Best for Preventing Plaque

Oral-B Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

A sensor in this brush will let you know if you're brushing too hard.


  • Removes 300 percent more plaque than a regular toothbrush
  • Comes with a pressure sensor
  • Two-minute timer
  • Affordable brush heads


  • It can be a little loud
  • Reviewers say it can be slippery, and the on/off button hard to press

One of the top-recommended electric toothbrushes from the dentists we interviewed, the Oral-B Pro 1000 oscillates and pulsates in a way that offers full, three-dimensional cleaning, removing up to 300 percent more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush.

If you brush too hard, the pressure sensor stops the vibrations so you can adjust accordingly. It also has a built-in two-minute timer to remind you of how long you should be brushing for.

Another perk: It offers access to one of the most extensive and affordable lines of replaceable toothbrush heads available — for the lowest price, notes Dr. Patterson. "It comes with a minimal charging pedestal that simply requires dropping the brush onto a peg," she says. "Fully charged, it lasts for at least a week."

The one drawback? "It is a little loud," Dr. Patterson says.

9. Sonicare DiamondClean

Best Splurge

Sonicare DiamondClean

Comes with an app to help track your brushing habits.


  • Powerful sonic energy
  • Connects to an app to track brushing habits
  • Glass charging station
  • Travel case


  • Pricey compared to other options

If you're looking for an electric toothbrush that not only offers powerful sonic energy, but also serious style and design variety, the Sonicare Diamond Clean is a great choice.

It comes in three different "skins," including black, grey and pink, and it's also tech-savvy: You can download the Philips Sonicare app to your smartphone to track sensory coverage so you're able to see exactly where you are bushing (and what you missed), notes Dr. Huang. The app also gives you feedback on your brushing technique.

Along with its eye-catching design, this brush comes with a stylish glass charging station and travel case.


10. Fairywill Electric Toothbrush P11 with Travel Case

Best for Gifting

Fairywill Electric Toothbrush P11 with Travel Case

This brush is fully waterproof — perfect for any spills on the bathroom counter.


  • Two-minute timer that pauses every 30 seconds to ensure an all-over clean
  • Easily chargeable
  • Waterproof


  • Not widely available online and in stores

If you're gifting an electric toothbrush, you want it to make the person's life as easy and enjoyable as possible. This brush has it all — five modes to choose from, a 2-minute timer that pauses in four parts (every 30 seconds) so you know when to move from bottom to top and side to side, and it is also easily chargeable, even when on-the-go, thanks to its USB compatibility.

It's also waterproof, so it's great for families with young children who might easily knock things over around the sink, and it comes with different colored brush heads so it can be used interchangeably by more than one household member.

What to Look for in an Electric Toothbrush

Beyond how they look, which is a matter of personal preference, electric toothbrushes have a few key features you'll want to keep in mind:

1. Bristle Design

Bristle design is a personal choice that can make a difference in your brushing experience, Dr. Huang says.

"The bristle design includes different levels of bristle technology and degree of softness," she explains.

Always opt for a soft bristle, especially if you have sensitive teeth or gum recession, and look for a multi-level bristle (a mix of long and short bristles), because this design is superior when it comes to plaque removal, Dr. Huang says.

2. Two-Minute Timer

The ADA recommends brushing for two minutes at a time. Any shorter than that, and you may not remove all the plaque on your pearly whites; any longer, and you might risk gum recession.

To help you stay on track, look for a brush with a built-in timer that alerts you when you've hit the two-minute mark.

3. Charging Method

Some electric toothbrushes run on batteries (that need to be replaced every few months), while others plug into an outlet or charge using a USB. None of these options are superior to the others, but keep in mind what works best for your lifestyle. For example, if you travel often, you may prefer a battery-operated brush that's easy to toss in an overnight bag.




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