Whether it’s time to replace your manual toothbrush or you’re making a switch to the advanced electronic option, our list of the latest electric toothbrush reviews will help you make the right choice.
2017 is upon us. What better way to ring in the new year than with good oral health, and a review of 2016’s top five electric toothbrushes? Let’s examine what it takes for an electric toothbrush to make our list.
Clinically proven, superior plaque removal. The question isn’t if a toothbrush will remove plaque – for any toothbrush, properly used, will – but how well? We only recommend electric toothbrushes clinically proven to thoroughly and effectively remove the plaque that causes tooth decay and gum disease.
Built-in timers. Did you know that dental professionals recommend brushing your teeth for a full two minutes, twice-daily – and evenly spacing out those two minutes between all four quadrants of your mouth? That means a lot of clock-watching to achieve an optimal clean – unless you opt for a built-in timer, a feature found on all of our top electric toothbrushes.
Pressure sensors. If you’ve ever noticed that the bristles on your toothbrush wear out quickly say, within a week or two of daily use, you’re probably an overbrusher. Don’t worry, many people are. “Over brushing” is a term that describes the excessive application of pressure whilst brushing one’s teeth. In the short term, it damages toothbrush bristles; in the long term, it may damage tooth enamel and irritate gums. Fortunately, many of our most-recommended electric toothbrushes feature integrated pressure sensors.
Multiple cleaning modes. All the electric toothbrushes on our list allow you to switch between cleaning modes, letting you choose what’s best for your needs – for example, daily cleaning, extra whitening or gum massage. User-selectable modes make electric toothbrushes far more versatile than their manual counterpart.
Professional recommendation. Don’t just take our word for it, our top recommended electric toothbrushes carry the endorsement of professional dentists and oral hygienists. Nobody knows oral health better than the likes of the British Dental Health Foundation and dentists hygienists such as Annette Quamina.
Positive customer feedback and reviews. Brands are built as much on trust as quality. We suggest electric toothbrushes based not only on the above criteria, but consistently positive customer feedback and reviews provided by major online vendors.
The Top 5 Electric Toothbrushes of 2016 – 2017
Without further ado, let’s explore the key features and benefits of 2016’s (and 2017 thus far) top electric toothbrushes, manufactured by Oral-B and Philips, both world-leading makers of oral health appliances.
- Oral-B Pro 4000
- Oral-B Smart Series 5000
- Oral-B Genius 9000
- Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+
- Philips Sonicare DiamondClean
Oral-B Pro 4000
If there’s one brand that springs to mind when someone says “electric toothbrush”, it’s Oral-B, and no wonder: it’s the number-one dentist recommended brand worldwide. An umbrella company of Braun, famous for its electric shavers and other personal care products, Oral B’s blue and white logo is immediately recognizable.
The Pro 4000 is an affordable, mid-priced option that features Oral-B’s round, dentist-inspired CrossAction brush head, and meets all our criteria for a great electric toothbrush.
Oral-B Pro 4000 Key Features
- Up to one hundred percent better at removing plaque than a manual toothbrush
- Triple-movement cleaning action oscillates, rotates and pulsates to break apart plaque
- Four cleaning modes
- Integrated pressure sensor
- Includes three brush heads: CrossAction, Sensitive and 3D White
- Uses 2-pin UK shaver plug (included)
- Stores brush heads in charging station
Oral-B Pro 4000 Overview
Superior Plaque Reduction
The round, rotary CrossAction brush head was inspired by professional dental tools to surround each tooth. As the Pro 4000’s advanced motor causes the brush head to oscillate, rotate and pulsate, plaque is broken apart and swept away. Oral-B electric toothbrushes are proven to remove up to one hundred percent more plaque than a manual toothbrush.
Multiple Cleaning Modes and Brush Heads to Suit Most Needs
The included CrossAction brush head is well-designed. If you’ve never seen one before, the bristle clusters are set at 16-degree, criss-crossed angles, which allows them to reach around teeth and along the gumline, where the most stubborn and damaging plaque resides.
If the CrossAction design isn’t to your liking – though most people find it suits them very well – two other brush heads are included: Sensitive, for those with sensitive teeth and gums; and 3D White, whose brilliant (no pun intended) rubber polishing cup helps scrub away surface stains for a cleaner, whiter smile. The included brush heads work well with the four cleaning modes (Daily Clean, Sensitive, Gum Care and Whitening).
Timers and Sensors Keep Your Brushing on Track
The Pro 4000 Smart Series helps prevent overbrushing, thanks to the integrated pressure sensor that lights up when too much pressure is applied. You’ll soon get the hang of brushing with a light touch, and your teeth and gums will thank you. Every thirty seconds, an on-handle timer buzzes, reminding you to brush the next quadrant of your mouth. You’re also alerted after brushing for a dentist-recommended two minutes, letting you focus on cleaning your teeth, instead of watching the clock.
Why You Should Buy It
Oral-B Smart Series 5000
At a modest price increase of £10, Oral-B’s Smart Series 5000 is technological a step up from the Pro 4000. How does the Series 5000 differ, and is the extra feature worth your money?
Oral-B Smart Series 5000 Key Features
- Integrated Bluetooth technology provides professional guidance and helps you track your brushing in real time
- Superior results vs. a manual toothbrush – removes up to one hundred percent more plaque
- Oscillating, rotating and pulsating dentist-inspired round head thoroughly cleans teeth and deep along the gumline
- Four cleaning modes: Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive and Whitening
- Travel case stores and protects toothbrush
- Includes 3 replacement brush heads in the box: CrossAction, Sensitive and 3D White
- Convenient charging station stores brush heads
Oral-B Smart Series 5000 Overview
Powers Away Plaque for Healthy Teeth and Gums
Like the Pro 4000, Oral-B’s Smart Series 5000 uses a dentist-inspired, round-shaped CrossAction brush head to surround each tooth with16-degree angled bristles that oscillate, rotate and pulsate – a triple-threat cleaning action that breaks apart and sweeps away stubborn plaque from around teeth and along the gumline. Compared to a manual toothbrush, the Smart Series 5000 removes up to one hundred percent more plaque.
Three Brush Heads and Four Modes for Versatile Brushing
The Smart Series 5000 includes a CrossAction brush head. The unique angled arrangement of the CrossAction bristles contributes to the brush’s superior plaque removal ability.
If the CrossAction brush head doesn’t suit you, don’t worry – the Smart Series 5000 also comes with Sensitive and 3D white brush heads. The former is great for those with sensitive teeth and gums, while the latter features a clever rubber polishing cup that removes surface stains, revealing whiter, healthier-looking teeth. The included brush heads with colour coded rings work with any of the Smart Series 5000’s four brushing modes: Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive and Whitening.
High-Tech Features: Bluetooth, Pressure Sensors and Timer
What most differentiates the Smart Series 5000 from the Pro 4000 is integrated Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth is a short-range wireless communications standard found on virtually all smartphones – and the Smart Series 5000 electric toothbrush, which communicates with your phone through the Oral-B app.
The app lets you know when it’s time to clean the next quadrant of your mouth – even showing a clever on-screen illustration to help you visualize exactly where to brush – and reminds you to replace the brush head. Additionally, an onscreen warning appears if you’re overbrushing, reducing wear and tear on both the toothbrush, and your teeth and gums. Built into the app are professional tips for maintaining optimum oral health, and the ability to track your progress and share results with your dentist.
Of course, if using an app isn’t for you, the Smart Series 5000’s pressure sensor and two-minute, four-quadrant timer work independently of your Bluetooth enabled device (simplifying matters and sparing battery life).
Why You Should Buy It
Oral-B Genius 9000
Topping both the Pro 4000 and Smart Series 5000, the Oral-B Genius 9000 is packed with advanced features, and as such, commands a higher price. Let’s explore the similarities and differences between the Genius 9000 and our other top recommended Oral-B electric toothbrushes.
Oral-B Genius 9000 Key Features
- One of the best electric toothbrushes from the world’s most dentist-recommended brand
- 2016 Best Buy Award winner
- Advanced Position Detection Technology “sees” where the brush is positioned for truly advanced results
- Dentist-inspired round head provides superior plaque reduction
- Protects gums with automatic speed reduction
- Oral-B’s highest-quality battery for long-lasting performance
- Smart Travel Case charges toothbrush and phone
- Bluetooth technology connects to the Oral-B app for real-time monitoring and feedback
Oral-B Genius 9000 Overview
Class-Leading Technology for the Ultimate Brushing Experience
Just like the Pro 4000 and Smart Series 5000, the Oral-B Genius 9000 oscillates, rotates and pulsates, allowing any of the four included brush heads to break apart and remove tenacious plaque from on, around and between teeth, and along the gum line. But the Genius 9000 has another trick up its sleeve: Position Detection Technology.
What is it?
Position Detection Technology, or, PDT, utilizes video recognition, motion sensing technology, and your smartphone’s camera to monitor and track which parts of the mouth are being brushed. The Oral-B app provides feedback, providing advanced data such as brushing duration and applied pressure for each brushing zone.
In addition, the Oral-B app – that acts as a visual interface between the Genius 9000 and a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone – makes available other valuable data, including how much brushing time remains for each quadrant of the mouth, statistics, games, encouragement and professional oral health advice.
Most Oral-B electric toothbrushes feature integrated timers and pressure sensors. They’re simple, and perform their intended functions without issue. But the Genius 9000 takes things further, with its 360-degree SmartRing, an illuminated band that sits on the rounded shoulder of the toothbrush handle.
The SmartRing provides visual feedback about brushing pressure, remaining time and Bluetooth connection, and for those so inclined, can be programmed to illuminate any of twelve user-selectable colours, making it easy to match to the Genius 9000 (available in black, white and rose gold).
Powerful Battery – and a Travel Case that Charges Your Phone!
The Genius 9000 comes packed with a high-capacity lithium-ion battery that gives up to twelve days of regular, Bluetooth-enabled use on a single full charge. This built in batterypowered brush provides consistent power, ensuring the toothbrush won’t peter out and perform sluggishly. And the included Smart Travel Case doesn’t just keep the Genius 9000 safe during travel – it charges your phone and the toothbrush at the same time, from one outlet. Now that’s genius!
Why You Should Buy It
Philips Sonicare HX8918/10 HealthyWhite+
In the world of electric toothbrushes, two companies reign supreme – Oral-B, three of whose products made our list, and Philips, founded in 1891 in the Netherlands, as a manufacturer of carbon filament lamps. Philips has come a long way – today, their sonic electric toothbrushes are loved and recommended by patients and dentists around the world.
The Philips Sonicare HX8918/10 HealthyWhite+ electric toothbrush is a high-rated (4.4 out of 5 stars) mid-priced model whose plain, white appearance belies the advanced teeth-cleaning technology lurking within.
Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+ Key Features
- Clinically proven to remove up to one hundred percent more stains than a manual toothbrush
- Provides visibly whiter teeth in only one week
- TongueCare+ destroys and removes ninety nine percent of bacteria responsible for bad breath
- Transforms from toothbrush to tongue cleaner in a single click
- Four times as effective as the leading standard tongue cleaner
Philips Sonicare HX8918/10 HealthyWhite+ Overview
Exceptional Plaque Removal at the Speed of Sound
Included with the Sonicare HX8918/10 is a Philips DiamondClean brush head, so named for the diamond-shaped bristles. These geometrically-arranged bristle clusters remove up to seven times more plaque than a manual toothbrush, even from difficult-to-reach areas, like between teeth and along the gums.
Philips’ patented sonic cleaning technology vibrates the brush head a staggering 31,000 times per minute, allowing the bristles to hit every nook, cranny and crevice, and creating a fluid dynamics effect, whereby fluid in the mouth becomes so agitated, it’s driven between teeth, breaking up and flushing away plaque. Your teeth are cleaned with fewer strokes and more efficiently.
Doesn’t Just Clean Your Teeth
Unique to Sonicare electric toothbrushes is the Philips TongueCare+ brush. Using it couldn’t be easier—it simply clicks onto the toothbrush’s handle. The TongueCare+ brush features 240 MicroBristles, which are carefully designed to remove debris from the textured, porous surface of the tongue. The included alcohol-free BreathRX Tongue Spray, clinically proven to lubricate the tongue and kill the bacteria responsible for bad breath, helps the TongueCare+ brush perform four times better than the leading traditional tongue cleaner.
Integrated Timer and Multiple Brushing Modes
There are two cleaning modes on the Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+, which doesn’t sound like much – until you consider the three intensity settings, which allow you choose from one of what are essentially six customizable cleaning modes. And to keep your brushing on track and your mind on the task at hand, the Quadpacer Interval Timer alerts you to move onto the next quadrant of your mouth every thirty seconds, ensuring an even cleaning.
Why You Should Buy It
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean
Available in four elegant colours – black, white, pink and rose gold – each offset by a polished band around the shoulder of the brush handle, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean is a great looking brush at a premium price. Does this Philips offering perform as well as it looks?
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Key Features
- Up to ten times better plaque removal than a manual toothbrush
- Whitens teeth twice as well as a manual toothbrush
- Improves gum health in only 14 days
- Included DiamondClean toothbrush head for superior plaque removal
- AdaptiveClean brush head follows tooth and gum contours, maximizing surface contact and cleaning performance
- two year guarantee included
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Overview
Extraordinary Cleaning Power
Philips’ DiamondClean electric toothbrush removes up to ten times more plaque than a traditional, manual toothbrush – even from the gumline and between teeth, where decay-causing plaque hides, damaging gum tissue and tooth enamel. The DiamondClean’s superior cleaning action is attributed to its ultra-fast vibration (over 30,000 times per minute), which drives fluid between teeth, blasting away plaque.
Whiter Teeth, Healthier Gums
Everyone wants whiter, cleaner-looking teeth. The DiamondClean electric toothbrush helps you achieve a dazzling smile naturally, without the use of harsh abrasives and chemicals. Simply use the whitening brush head in conjunction with the White cleaning mode, your teeth should be noticeably whiter in seven days, even if they’ve been stained by wine, coffee, tobacco or tea. For those concerned about gum disease, the DiamondClean is a great choice. It’s proven to remove dangerous plaque from along the gumline and stimulate gum tissue, improving gum health in as little as fourteen days.
Two Timers and Five Cleaning Modes Keep Your Teeth Happy
It’s important to brush for the dentist-recommended two minutes, twice a day. Of almost equal importance is to brush evenly, covering each of the four quadrants of the mouth. Philips’ DiamondClean electric toothbrush makes that easy – the two-minute timer automatically powers off the toothbrush, and the Quadpace interval timer reminds you to move onto the next quadrant every thirty seconds.
The five cleaning modes even surpass the four found on many excellent Oral-B brushes. The DiamondClean allows you to choose from Clean, White, Sensitive, Gum Care, and a special Deep Clean mode that lets the brush run for three minutes, providing an extra-deep cleaning.
Why You Should Buy It
From our top rated electric toothbrush – the Oral-B Triumph 5000 with a host of features suitable for the whole family to the Rose Gold Philips DiamondClean just for the girls, our condensed list of reviewed toothbrushes from trusted brands ensures you get the right power toothbrush with outstanding performance and value. Also, see our recommended kids electric toothbrushes here.