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If you’re looking for the best electric toothbrush check out our list below, which recommends brushes by category, and gives a ‘best overall’ choice, the Pro 2 2500.
We’re one of the only sites out there dedicated to buying in the latest selectric toothbrushes, thoroughly testing and reviewing them, and then making recommendations based on this ongoing experience.
Every month we reconsider and update our recommendations based on any new brushes we’ve tested, and any new research.
Immediately below you can find our brush recommendations, but we’ve also links to our supporting content further down the page. You can use the navigation below to jump to the section you’re most interested in.
Our Best Electric Toothbrush 2018 Choices
1. Oral-B Pro 2 2500
The perfect brush. Slim, comfortable to use with a 2 week battery life, it ticks all the boxes for us and comes complete with a travel case for a very reasonable price.
Read our Oral-B Pro 2 2500 Review
2. Sonicare DiamondClean Smart
Best if money isn’t an issue
If money is no object then this is the one to go for, it’s the best Sonicare electric toothbrush and the best in terms of performance, in our opinion.
Innovation is packed into this brush, from brush head replacement reminders, to Bluetooth connectivity and in-case USB charging. A refined and premium brushing experience.
3. Oral-B Genius 9000
Best Oral-B Electric Toothbrush
This is the Oral-B equivalent to the DiamondClean Smart.
For us, the real-time tracking features work better on the DiamondClean Smart, but it comes with a much higher price tag. If you want the smart brushing features but don’t want to break the bank, the Genius 9000 is a good alternative.
Like the DiamondClean Smart it comes with a premium travel case with USB charging.
4. Fairywill FW-917
Best budget electric toothbrush
Lightweight with a fantastic battery life, multiple cleaning modes and a decent box contents, you get a considerable amount considering the price asked.
That being said, if you prefer to go for better-known brands, our recommendation is the Oral-B Pro 600.
6. Oral-B Pro 3000
Best for receding gums & sensitive teeth
Whilst this is a perfectly suitable brush for anyone, we recommend this as the best for receding gums and sensitive teeth because it offers the essential features (and in particular sensitive cleaning mode) for these conditions at a price point that most find acceptable.
You get what you need, not lots of unnecessary extras.
7. Sonicare DiamondClean
Best for braces
Superb cleaning performance and style to match, the DiamondClean comes with a travel case that allows you to charge the brush whilst inside.
It’s worth noting that whilst this brush is great for those with braces, it’s also perfectly fine for those without them.
8. Colgate ProClinical Pocket Pro
Best for travel
A small and compact brush complete with a travel case in which it can be charged, this is one of the must haves for those who want to travel light.
9. Uber Sonic
Best subscription service
Delivered to your door, this is a subscription-based toothbrush service. A stylish toothbrush handle, it is an award winner that comes with regular deliveries of replacement brush heads, requiring with no effort on your part.
You can order it directly from the Uber Sonic Website.
Read our Uber Sonic Review
10. Sonicare For Kids Connected (HX6322/04)
Best for kids
This is the best kids brush on the market. It comes with various stickers so that the brush can be personalised, and the companion app for Android and iOS works very well to encourage kids to brush.
It is on the expensive side, though. We do offer some cheaper alternatives in our Best Electric Toothbrush For Kids article.
Electric Toothbrush Buyer’s Guide
Having given our answers above, what follows below is a condensed version of our electric toothbrush buyer’s guide.
We’ve tried to provide the information we think you’ll find most useful, without getting too bogged down in detail.
If you would like even more detail, you can view our full length buyer’s guide here.
Explaining our choice for ‘best overall’
At the top of this page, we’ve given our recommendations for the best electric toothbrush.
Part of the difficulty in answering the question is figuring out exactly what people mean by ‘best’; do they mean the best once all factors have been considered, or the best in terms of technology and performance?
Generally we think people would like to know which electric toothbrush is the best without having to spend a lot. We’ve therefore chosen the Pro 2 2500 as the best, because:
- It’s not that expensive
- It comes with a pressure sensor
- It comes with a quad-pacer
- It comes with a travel case
- It has great battery life
The pressure sensor, timer and quad-pacer are features we consider worth paying for and they aren’t always included with slightly cheaper brushes. We give our thoughts on other features and how important they are in the next section.
For those that want truly the best in terms of performance (and if money isn’t an issue), we’d recommend the Genius 9000 or the DiamondClean Smart, which also happen to be the best Oral-B electric toothbrush and best Sonicare electric toothbrush respectively.
They do offer extra cleaning modes and smart technology, but that comes with a price and for some people it will be overkill.
The Pro 2 2500 helps ensure you achieve a thorough clean, removing as much plaque as possible. The built-in timer and pacer encourage you to brush for the right amount of time, evenly across the mouth. The pressure sensor alerts you if you are brushing too hard, which is a cause of gum recession.
How important are other features and factors?
In the following section, we include our own insight on the other questions you may have when shopping for an electric toothbrush. This is compiled having extensively tested the range of brushes available in the UK.
To make things nice and clear we have labelled each with what we consider to be of high, medium and low importance.
How important is a timer?
Dentists, hygienists, governing and medical bodies around the world are on the whole in unison that brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes is incredibly important.
When brushing your teeth, it is all too easy to get distracted, misjudge time and think you have been brushing for longer than you really have.
Therefore, a brush with a built-in timer encourages you to brush for the right amount of time. It lets you know when the 2 minutes are up. Then and only then, should you stop brushing.
Our number 1 recommended brush, the Pro 2 2500, includes a timer.
How important is a quad pacer?
During a standard 2 minute clean, a quadpacer will alert you when 30 seconds has passed.
You have 4 periods of 30 seconds within the average 2 minute cleaning cycle.
Imagine breaking your mouth up into 4 sections.
In section 1 you have your upper right teeth, section 2 your upper left, section 3 your lower right and section 4 your lower left.
The idea is that you spend 30 seconds cleaning each section.
As you get the alert, you move to the next section.
By the end of the 2 minute clean, you should have cleaned all 4 sections and given an even clean to all of the teeth in your mouth.
Our number 1 recommended brush, the Pro 2 2500, includes a quadpacer.
How important is a pressure sensor?
A common cause of gum recession is as a result of brushing too hard. Bristles of the brush need only skim the surface of the teeth and gums.
Scrubbing harder is not an effective way to remove plaque and debris from the teeth. You and many others may not have known this, because you have never been told or shown how to brush correctly.
The pressure sensor alerts you via a change in brushing sensation, sound or light that you are brushing too hard.
It is a gentle reminder to use a little less force and help you maintain a healthy smile.
Our number 1 recommended brush, the Pro 2 2500, includes a pressure sensor. We also list other brushes in our post Which Electric Toothbrushes Have A Pressure Sensor?
How important is price?
Just because a brush is more expensive, it does not mean it is necessarily any better at cleaning your teeth.
More important is regular brushing, with the correct technique for the right amount of time. Get these things right and even a £3 manual toothbrush will do a good job, but there are of course many more benefits to using an electric one.
How important is battery life?
Over recent years performance and usage time of batteries have gotten better. Most brushes are on par with each other, with an average of around 2 weeks use between charges.
Typically the cheaper the brush the less battery life it offers but this isn’t always the case.
If you do need a particularly long battery life, Philips Sonicare tend to be the best for this. The chart below shows the brushes with the best battery life (click to enlarge).
How important is the cost of replacement brush heads?
The cost of replacement heads can affect the long term ownership cost, so this may be something you wish to factor into your decision. Typically Oral-B brush heads are cheaper than Sonicare.
It’s recommended that you replace your brush head every 3 months, so if you follow that advice you’ll need 4 brush heads a year.
Official brush heads typically cost anywhere from about £3.50-£8 per brush head. This can be a lot of money when they will only be thrown away 3 months later, but you can save money by buying when there’s a deal on or by buying in bulk.
In most instances you have the choice of opting for a third party brush head. There may not be the same range of choice and the quality may be slightly inferior, but there are some great options at very good prices for both Sonicare and Oral-B.
Do be aware of fakes/counterfeit brush heads which pose as genuine but are often not the real deal. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.
Is it useful to get a brush with a travel case included?
Even if you are not a regular traveller, having a case makes it much easier to transport the toothbrush and the brush heads in.
When in the case, the likelihood of damage — particularly to the bristles on the brush head — is reduced. There is also less chance of the brush accidentally being switched on. Any excess moisture and toothpaste in the heads remains in the case and not on anything else that might be in your bag; nobody likes toothpaste stains on their clothes!
There are even certain models that come with travel cases that enable the brush to be charged from within the case — no need to mount on a charging stand. Ideal for regular travellers.
We’ve recommended the Pro 2 2500 as our number one choice, which does include a case.
If you’re not bothered about a case, you could go for the Pro 2 2000 which is just the same as the Pro 2 2500 but isn’t supplied with a travel case.
How important is a gum cleaning mode?
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Gum cleaning mode is lower powered than the standard cleaning mode and moves the brush head less aggressively, but in a way that cleans and encourages blood flow in the gums.
Having the mode available can act as a good reminder to brush the gums occasionally.
How important is sensitive cleaning mode?
The motor tends to move more slowly for a gentle but still effective bristle movement over the teeth and gums.
It can be helpful if you have tender teeth and gums, and is particularly useful for those with gum disease or going through dental surgery.
How important is a whitening mode?
Certainly not a mode that all need, but the added time that a whitening mode tends to offer as part of the cleaning cycle allows for extra attention to be paid to those most noticeable front teeth.
If you are particularly conscious about that perfect white smile, the changes in the bristle movement help buff the tooth surface to give it a shine.
That being said, you should achieve similar results just from brushing your teeth properly twice a day with a regular cleaning mode.
How important is a tongue cleaning mode?
The tongue is home to lots of bacteria and is often one of the major causes behind bad breath.
Cleaning the tongue after brushing, simply by dragging the brush head across it several times can really help freshen the mouth up and for some be a cure to bad breath.
A tongue cleaning mode is just a shorter and lower-powered mode that is more convenient than others available on the brush.
How important is brush head shape and size?
It has been shown that small round brush heads such as those found on Oral-B toothbrushes can have a positive improvement on your oral health. However, the differences are not so significant that a smaller brush head is essential.
You need to consider your mouth, for some a smaller brush head is important to reach certain parts of the mouth.
More important than brush head size is adopting the right brushing technique.
How useful are the smart features in the likes of the Genius 9000 and DiamondClean Smart?
If used properly, smart features such as real-time tracking in the Genius 9000and DiamondClean Smart can train you to become better at cleaning your teeth and improve your oral healthcare routine.
They can also add a certain convenience to the way in which we use and interact with the brush.
Sonicare’s BrushSync brush head replacement reminder system is a great example of how technology can be used very effectively — it reminds you exactly when you need to replace the brush head. This is a luxury, though, and only worth paying for if you’re shopping without a budget.
Is it worth having Bluetooth?
You need to invest a little time to get the most from Bluetooth and that may include changing habits of a lifetime.
In-built Bluetooth technology can send data about your brushing back to your smartphone. This data can then be used to help improve your brushing habits.
However this does involve you making use of it and fitting it into your routine, so consider whether this is likely to happen before you spend extra cash on it.
Further to the above FAQ, as part of our extensive hands-on testing of brushes we’ve tried to answer any of the questions you may have before and after buying.
Browse the sections below for more information, and feel free to ask a question in the comments if there’s anything we’ve missed.
What are the benefits of an electric toothbrush?
The following are the key benefits to owning an electric toothbrush, in our opinion:
- Consistent power delivery for a dentist-like clean
- Can remove up to 100% more plaque than a manual brush
- Reduces tooth decay and improves gum health
- Can help to eliminate bad breath
- Timers and pacers to encourage a 2 minute clean
- Various cleaning modes
- Differing styles of brush head to achieve different results
- Fading bristles remind you when to change your brush head
- Relatively low lifetime cost
- Can improve your oral hygiene routine
Is an electric toothbrush worth the investment?
The increased efficiency with which they clean, the convenience they offer and the way in which they encourage you to brush for the right amount of time can certainly pay off.
Whilst there is an initial purchase price, this is offset over time as you could have fewer or cheaper dental bills, not to mention healthier teeth and gums.
Purchasing at a reasonable price helps to ensure the investment pays off. Our primary recommendation, the Pro 2 2500 is a great example of this — it includes the ‘core’ features we recommend having, but doesn’t pile on unnecessary extras.
Can you share an electric toothbrush?
Although almost one in ten (9.7 percent) said they had shared a toothbrush, in an Oral Health Foundation study, it is not advised.
Bristles of the brush head can harbour bacteria and germs that can have a negative consequence on your health when shared.
The interchangeable brush heads of an electric toothbrush make sharing a brush handle easier and possible.
In fact we are advocates of sharing the handle (not the brush head) as it is a great way to keep ownership costs down and get extra value from your toothbrush.
Can electric toothbrushes get wet?
With few exceptions electric toothbrushes are designed in such a way that they can be rinsed under a tap for cleaning, wiped with a cloth and exposed to water.
The vulnerable electronics are sealed inside the brush handle with measures in place to stop water from getting in.
Different manufacturers have different advice and guidance on using in the shower, for example. At no point should the brush be submerged in wate