So dental care and oral hygiene is important to you and your family. You take pride in the appearance of your teeth, your smile. Oh and of course, you love that fresh feeling you have after cleaning your teeth and swigging that mouthwash. But the choice is not a simple as picking up any old toothbrush from your local shop any more is it, especially if you have switched over from a manual toothbrush. We have put together this article best electric toothbrush review, to help you and your family find the right product for you. (Also coming soon, a guide to kids electric toothbrushes).
We have also written a guide to the best whitening toothpaste and whitening kits to go with your electric or battery powered toothbrush. Does it really do any good, or is it a waste of money? See our thoughts and findings here. In the mean time, below you will find all the information about different types of brushes, how they work and how you should choose your brush.
Best electric toothbrush review – the top 10
Types of Electric Toothbrushes
Electric toothbrushes come in a few different varieties and work in different ways. The first thing to think about is whether you go for a battery powered or a rechargeable electric. Battery powered toothbrushes are often cheaper than the rechargeable electric, making them a good option if you are not quite sure about the whole thing and want to try it all out before diving in head first. Then you have to think about the action of the brush as there are various options to choose from.
Rotation – oscillation: with small round brush heads that rotate in one direction and then the other to improve the removal of plaque.
Counter oscillating: these look similar to oscillating brushes but also have bristle that rotate in the opposite direction at the same time.
Pulsing: as well as rotating/oscillating and or counter oscillation some brushes will pulse in and out pushing gently towards and away from the tooth.
Side to side cleaning: pretty self-explanatory really. The brush heads move and vibrate from side to side.
Dual head: these toothbrushes have two heads that combine side to side and rotating actions.
Sonic and Ultrasonic: this is where the brush head vibrates at a very high frequency while in contact with your teeth.
Advantages to using an electric toothbrush
It’s easier – we all like things to be easier and a powered toothbrush does the work for you as opposed to a manual brush.
Deeper clean – with the different cleaning actions you can improve on the amount of plaque removal and overall cleanliness of your teeth.
Stain removal – the vigorousness of the clean given by the brushes you can remove some stubborn stains that everyday food and drinks can leave behind.
Speed of brushing – there’s no way any of us could brush at the speed and effectiveness of a powered tooth brush.
Individual teeth cleaning – it is easier to clean a single tooth directly and get to those hard to reach parts of your mouth.
Most of all of course, you get “That fresh feeling”. We all love that don’t we!
Which is the best electric toothbrush for you?
There are a few different factors to consider when choosing the best electric toothbrush for you.
One that may have a large impact is cost. You can spend anywhere from £20 or less to a couple of hundred pounds for the top of the range model. As we may have mentioned before a battery powers as opposed to a plugin rechargeable toothbrush might be your best option to start out and test the water. You can always upgrade so to speak at a later date.
Do you have sensitive teeth?
If you do this could be something to think about. There are products that are specifically designed for you if this is the case such as the Oral-B Vitality Sensitive Electric Toothbrush. It uses softer brushes that are gentler on teeth and gums than some others.
Battery or rechargeable?
As mentioned before, the battery powered toothbrushes are less expensive than the plug in a charge models. Also portability need to be taken into account. If you travel a lot then battery powered will be the easier option, you might not want to have to carry a charger around with you everywhere.
As described in the guide above there are different types of brush actions. Obviously it is hard to know which you are going to prefer without trying one out, which in itself is going to be a problem unless a family member already has one with a spare head you can try! Just think about the motions the brush will use and how it may feel on your teeth.
Best electric toothbrush review – Top 5
At the top end of the scale in terms of price, the Philips Sonicare HX9352/04 DiamondClean is the Rolls Royce of dental products. Apart from the odd comment, which lets be honest if we couldn’t find, we would have been a little sceptical about, all we could find was great feedback and reviews. We believe that this is the best electric toothbrush on the market.
The features you will find are quite something. It has 5 brushing modes, clean, white, polish, gum care and sensitive. You can choose from 2 different shaped/sized brush heads that prompt you when it is time to change them by fading in colour. It has timers, pressure sensors and during the first 14 uses it builds the power slowly so you get used to the Sonicare sensations slowly.
The battery life is an impressive 3 weeks and for the traveller it has a great USB charging travel case so you can plug it into your laptop and leave the plugs and leads behind. For the gadget lovers amongst us it also comes with a charging glass. Yes you heard right, a glass that you put the electric toothbrush into, and it charges it through state of the art conduction technology.
At around £125 it does have a price tag, but it does come with both top end cleaning capabilities as well as a lovely design and is full of features and extras.
There is no doubt that the Philips Sonicare brand is one that many people trust when it comes to electric toothbrushes but it is important to review each product on its own merit. This Sonicare brand has been clinically tested to remove a higher level of plaque but its ease of use and pleasant brushing sensation will be important to users.
The fact that there are three cycles, the Go Care for people with no times to spare, the Smartimer to ensure you meet the recommended brushing time and the Max Care for people looking for an extended level of care is of great benefit. If you need a helping hand to ensure your brush effectively, these settings will give you what you need.
At close to £100, this is a toothbrush that is at the higher end of the market but in terms of value for money, this is a toothbrush that delivers. You can trust in this toothbrush for a number of years and you can rest assured that it is actually cleaning your teeth and giving you the dental support you need.
The Braun name is highly regarded and given that this toothbrush is an updated of the popular Triumph 5000 model, a lot of people have been keen to see what is on offer. The approval from the British Dental Health Foundation will be all the recommendation that some people need but this really is a toothbrush that works harder to remove a high level of plaque.
If you are the sort of person that brushes too hard, the sensory signals will provide you with a warning. While brushing your teeth is a natural movement and action, this toothbrush will ensure that you brush at the right speed and strength.
The Smart Guide is an innovative feature that provides information on how long people should be brushing in certain parts of their mouth. In the rush to keep your teeth in good condition, some people actually cause more damage than good by over brushing. The Smart Guide and the star reward system will help people to brush effectively, which is ideal if you feel you aren’t getting the best from your brushing action.
This Colgate electric toothbrush has picked up a lot of hype for the fact that the brand claims it is the first electric toothbrush that works on autopilot. Be warned, you still have to hold the toothbrush to your mouth but aside from this, the sensors in the toothbrush will ensure that the toothbrush automatically adjusts to the correct speed and action for its position in your mouth.
If you are the sort of person that is concerned about over brushing in certain areas and under brushing in other areas, this is the ideal electric toothbrush for you. Brushing your teeth is as much about peace of mind as anything else and when you have an electric toothbrush taking control of the brushing action for you, you can rest assured that you are being well looked after.
At around £100, this is not a cheap option but it is an innovative toothbrush that will help you to be confident about your smile and the condition of your teeth.
This is an electric toothbrush series that comes highly recommended and if you want a top of the range product, admittedly at a top of the range price, the ProfessionalCare 8500 Series is what you are looking for. Compare the cost of the product to the peace of mind and the long term savings on dental care.
This is a toothbrush that provides a focus on cleaning, polishing, whitening and ensuring you have healthy gums and teeth. The fact that it is a strong all-round toothbrush makes this a perfect choice for so many people and families. It is possible to swap heads with ease so the whole family can have their own head or if you are looking for variety in your dental regime, this toothbrush is the ideal weapon to have at your disposal.