Last Updated On May 6th, 2019

We’ve all heard the dentist’s advice to brush our teeth regularly to keep our pearly whites gleaming. However, what they don’t often tell you is how to buy the best electric toothbrush. With so many on the market, where most have super-duper “advanced features”, it’s nearly impossible to decide which one to buy without doing hours of research.

Our goal is to simplify this process for you. We’ve already done all the research and checked out the leading models so we can bring you this list of electric toothbrush reviews. So read on to find the right one that will put that sparkle back into your smile!

Our Favourite Electric Toothbrushes Compared

Editor's Choice
Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, 1 Black App Connected Handle, 5 Modes with Whitening and Gum Care, Pressure Sensor, 4 Toothbrush Heads, Plastic Travel Case, UK 2 pin plug
Best Philips Sonicare
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean  3rd Generation Electric Toothbrush, Black Edition (UK 2-pin Bathroom Plug with USB Travel Charger)
Best Value
Oral-B Pro 2 2500N CrossAction Electric Toothbrush Rechargeable Powered By Braun, 1 Black Handle, 2 Modes with Gum Care, Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush Head, 1 Travel Case with a 2 Pin UK Plug
Best For Whitening
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 Electric Toothbrush with Travel Case, 3 x Cleaning Modes, 3 Intensities & Additional Toothbrush Head - Black (UK 2-pin Bathroom Plug) - HX6870/47
Oral-B SmartSeries 6500
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean
Oral-B Pro 2 2500N
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100
Brush Heads
4
1
1
2
Cleaning Modes
5
5
2
3
Travel Case
Editor's Choice
Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, 1 Black App Connected Handle, 5 Modes with Whitening and Gum Care, Pressure Sensor, 4 Toothbrush Heads, Plastic Travel Case, UK 2 pin plug
Oral-B SmartSeries 6500
Brush Heads
4
Cleaning Modes
5
Travel Case
Best Philips Sonicare
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean  3rd Generation Electric Toothbrush, Black Edition (UK 2-pin Bathroom Plug with USB Travel Charger)
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean
Brush Heads
1
Cleaning Modes
5
Travel Case
Best Value
Oral-B Pro 2 2500N CrossAction Electric Toothbrush Rechargeable Powered By Braun, 1 Black Handle, 2 Modes with Gum Care, Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush Head, 1 Travel Case with a 2 Pin UK Plug
Oral-B Pro 2 2500N
Brush Heads
1
Cleaning Modes
2
Travel Case
Best For Whitening
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 Electric Toothbrush with Travel Case, 3 x Cleaning Modes, 3 Intensities & Additional Toothbrush Head - Black (UK 2-pin Bathroom Plug) - HX6870/47
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100
Brush Heads
2
Cleaning Modes
3
Travel Case

Best Electric Toothbrush Reviews – Top 10 Picks

1. Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 (Editor’s Choice)

Oral-B SmartSeries 6500With its range of modes and features, the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 is our top choice. If you’re looking for the best Oral-B electric toothbrush, then this is hard to beat as it has Bluetooth connectivity and a wireless SmartGuide app to help you to brush more effectively and efficiently.

Features

Its five cleaning modes: whitening, gum care, daily clean, sensitive and deep clean, ensure that your dental care routine can be completely personalised. Additionally, its 3D action oscillates, pulsates and rotates to remove plaque build-up. With the SmartSeries 6500, you won’t need to worry about brushing too hard thanks to its visible pressure sensor.

Complete with a charger, travel case and four brushes, this comprehensive kit provides all you’ll need for a healthier, cleaner smile. However, the toothbrush does need charging more regularly than anticipated and the charger does not fit in the travel case. So if you’re planning trips of more than a week, you’ll need to pack it in your luggage.

While the app proves useful to keep track of your brushing progress, the connectivity is not always 100% fully functional. That said, this remains our favourite and it’s firmly number one in our top 10 electric toothbrushes list.

Pros:
  • Five cleaning modes
  • It oscillates, pulsates and rotates to remove plaque
  • Visible pressure sensor
  • Features Bluetooth connectivity and wireless SmartGuide app
  • Comes with charger, travel case and four brushes
Cons:
  • The battery could last longer between charges
  • Unreliable connectivity to a smartphone
  • The charger does not fit in the travel case

2. DiamondClean (Best Philips Sonicare)

Philips Sonicare DiamondCleanIf you are looking for the best Philips Sonicare toothbrush, then look no further! The DiamondClean offers a range of features and modes for a brighter, whiter smile. Use the QuadPacer Timer to ensure that each section of your mouth gets the recommended amount of brushing time, while the angled head gets even those hard to reach areas thoroughly clean.

Features

This electric toothbrush comes with five cleaning modes for optimum oral health: clean for daily brushing, sensitive for gentle cleaning, gum care for a gentle gum massage, polish for an extra smooth brushing and whitening to remove surface stains. As the toothbrush features only a single button, you might find you inadvertently switch the cleaning mode while brushing and have to cycle back through all of the options to continue.

The DiamondClean has a handy travel case which also doubles as a charger for when you’re away from home. Just be aware that the charger takes an old style USB connector (provided), although it would have been preferable to be able to use the newer types of USB connector to save having to remember yet another wire.

A home charger puck is also included, as well as an AdaptiveClean brush head. While this certainly is a stylish package that will look good in your bathroom as well as clean effectively, we would have liked more than a single brush head to be included.

Pros:
  • Five cleaning modes
  • Angled neck for wider, easier reach
  • Travel case doubles as a charger
  • QuadPacer Timer to meet the recommended time for each section
  • Comes with home charger puck, AdaptiveClean brush head, travel case and USB travel charger
Cons:
  • Easily to accidentally switch setting
  • Has an old style USB connector
  • Only a single brush head included

3. Oral-B Pro 2 2500N (Best Value)

Oral-B Pro 2 2500NThe Pro 2 2500N by Oral-B is the best value electric toothbrush, helping you to achieve a sparkling smile, without an expensive price tag.

Features

If you are looking for effective brushing without any fancy gimmicks, then this is the electric toothbrush to go for. However, it only comes with two brushing modes, daily clean and gum care. If this is not too restrictive for you, you’ll find that the other tried and tested Oral-B features such as the two-minute timer, round head brush with 16-degree cross-cleaning bristles and pressure control alert all make this electric toothbrush an excellent choice.

On the downside, it does take a very long time to fully charge – up to 22 hours. Also, if you don’t have a two-pin shaver socket, then you will need an adapter to use it with your normal plug sockets. Complete with a travel case, charger and a single brush head, this electric toothbrush is a great value, no-nonsense choice that will keep your teeth bright and white without weighing heavily on your wallet.

Pros:
  • Pressure control alert if you brush too hard
  • Two-minute timer function
  • Has a round brush head that oscillates, rotates and pulsates
  • Cross action cleaning – 16-degree angled bristles
  • Comes with a travel case, charger and a single brush head
Cons:
  • Takes between 14-22 hours to fully charge
  • May need an adapter for the charger – two-pin shaver plug
  • Only two brushing modes

4. ProtectiveClean 6100 (Best For Whitening)

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 is arguably the best electric toothbrush for whitening, complete with two Optimal White Standard brush heads, specially designed for better cleaning results.

Features

This electric toothbrush has three cleaning modes and three intensities for a truly personalised brushing experience. Its 14-day long lasting battery ensures that you won’t have to worry about forgetting to regularly charge it, while its handy BrushSync replacement indicator lets you know when you need a replacement brush head based upon your individual usage. Other features include a pressure sensor and a smart timer. It also has a QuadPacer which allows you to spend an adequate amount of time on each part of your mouth.

This set includes two Optimal White Standard brushes, a travel case and charger. If you don’t have a two-point shaver charger at home, you will need to buy an adaptor to be able to charge it up. Unfortunately, the travel case is not of the greatest quality and does not close correctly, something which does not undermine this toothbrush’s excellent performance. However, if you do travel a lot, you may want to look at another model.

Also, it’s worth pointing out that when you use this toothbrush at its highest intensity, it can be very loud. However, all in all, it provides an excellent, highly individualised brushing and it is by far the best battery toothbrush.

Pros:
  • Three cleaning modes and three intensities
  • 14-day long lasting battery
  • BrushSync replacement head reminder
  • Pressure sensor, QuadPacer and smart timer
  • Comes with two brushes, travel case and charger
Cons:
  • Travel case does not close correctly
  • Comes with two-pin shaver plug charger
  • Very noisy

5. Oral-B Smart 4 4000N (Best for Plaque Removal)

Oral-B Smart 44000NThe Oral-B Smart 4 4000N is possibly the best toothbrush for plaque removal as well as ensuring a healthy, white smile. Complete with three brushing modes, this electric toothbrush also features Bluetooth connectivity.

Features

Connect your toothbrush to your smartphone and record your brushing history in the Smart Coaching Oral-B app to get real-time oral health feedback. Other useful features include a two-minute timer complete with quadrant timing so you spend an appropriate amount of time on each part of your mouth, as well as a visible pressure sensor. Like many electric toothbrushes, this also only comes with a two-point shaver plug, so if you want to use your regular home three-point sockets you will need to buy an adaptor.

Aside from the long charging time and the somewhat temperamental nature of the Bluetooth connection, this toothbrush provides excellent brushing and its range of functions go a long way to encouraging you to brush more regularly and for a longer duration. A convenient charging stand, charger and two brushes are included.

Pros:
  • Three brushing modes
  • Brushing results with real-time feedback – Smart Coaching Oral-B App
  • Two-minute timer with quadrant timing
  • Visible pressure sensor
  • Comes with charging stand, charger and two brushes
Cons:
  • Two-pin charging plug
  • Long charging time
  • Temperamental Bluetooth connection

6. Oral-B Pro 600 (Best Budget/Cheap Option)

Oral-B Pro 600If you’re looking for the best budget electric toothbrush, the Oral-B Pro 600 provides outstanding brushing without any unnecessary extras.

Features

Its crosshead action brush ensures you get a deep clean in between teeth and up to 100% plaque removal. The round brush head makes all areas easy to reach and features oscillating, pulsating and rotative movement to ensure a deep and thorough clean. While there is only a single cleaning mode, which may be a drawback for some users, this electric toothbrush does feature a two-minute timer with quadrant timing to ensure that you spend the recommended amount of time cleaning each section of your mouth.

This toothbrush comes complete with a charging stand, charger and a single brush head. It is compatible with all Oral-B brushes so you’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to replacing the head. However, if you don’t already have an adaptor or a two-pin shaver socket at home you will need to buy one to use with the two-point charger plug.

While this toothbrush holds its charge for around seven days with regular usage, it does take up to 24 hours for a complete charge. However, given its low price and excellent performance, this is the best cheap electric toothbrush we’ve come across.

Pros:
  • Up to seven days of battery life
  • Round brush head with oscillating, rotating and pulsating movement
  • Two-minute timer with quadrant timing
  • Compatible with all Oral-B brushes
  • Includes charging stand, a single brush head and charger
Cons:
  • A single brushing mode
  • Two-pin shaver plug
  • Long recharge time – up to 24 hours

7. ProtectiveClean 5100

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100If you suffer from sensitive gums, then the gentle but effective sonic cleaning power of the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 makes this the best electric toothbrush for sensitive teeth.

Features

Having three cleaning modes, the 5100 gently yet thoroughly removes plaque situated along the gum line for a pain-free, sparkling clean experience. Complete with Quadpacer and Smartimer, you’ll not only fulfil the recommended brushing duration, but you’ll also know exactly how long to spend on each part of your mouth, ensuring an all-around brushing for impeccable results. The pressure sensor lets you know if you’re brushing too hard but be careful not to cover it with your hand when brushing as it is easily obscured.

The ProtectiveClean 5100 also uses BrushSync technology so you know exactly when it’s time to replace your brush head based upon your individual use. Thanks to its two-week long battery and included travel case, this electric toothbrush is great for travellers as well as home use.

However, the case itself is not that durable and the charger comes with a two-point shaver plug so you may need to buy an adaptor if you don’t already have one. Lastly, it comes complete with a travel case, two brush heads and a charger.

Pros:
  • Three cleaning modes
  • Quadpacer and Smartimer
  • BrushSync – brush head replacement reminder
  • Long two-week battery life
  • Comes with a travel case, two brush heads and charger
Cons:
  • Two-point shaver plug requires an adaptor
  • Travel case little flimsy
  • Can be difficult to see the pressure light when using

8. Oral-B Pro 2 2000N

Oral-B Pro 2 2000NThe Oral-B Pro 2 2000N CrossAction offers deep cleaning that is suitable for even the most sensitive teeth thanks to its two brushing modes for regular cleaning and sensitive brushing.

Features

The visible pressure sensor lets you know when you’re brushing too hard which helps to protect your gums. Moreover, the two-minute timer complete with quadrant timing ensures that you spend the recommended amount of time brushing each and every section of your mouth. The main advantage of the Oral-B Pro 2 2000N is its long battery life that can last for up to two weeks’ worth of brushing, so you won’t have to worry about frequently charging it up.

If this is your first rechargeable toothbrush, you may find that you need to buy an adaptor as only a two-pin shaver-style plug is provided. While this toothbrush is extremely easy to use, its one-button design means that you may inadvertently find yourself switching cleaning modes while brushing. Although this model is fairly noisy, it is nonetheless an excellent choice if you are looking for an electric toothbrush that will take care of your sensitive teeth and gums, while providing excellent cleaning results for whiter teeth.

Pros:
  • Two brushing modes: daily clean and sensitive
  • The long-lasting battery lasts for up to two weeks
  • Visible pressure sensor
  • Two-minute timer with quadrant timing
  • Comes with charging stand, charger and a single brush head
Cons:
  • Two-pin shaver-style charger plug
  • Fairly noisy
  • No separate button for cleaning modes

9. ProtectiveClean 4300

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 is a great electric toothbrush which has plenty of useful features. If you are looking for a simple to use, effective model, with an excellent battery life, then this could be your ideal electric toothbrush.

Features

Complete with two intensity settings, the ProtectiveClean 4300 also has a Smartimer function to make sure that you brush your teeth for the recommended two minutes. In addition to that, it also has a QuadPacer ensuring that all areas of your mouth receive the correct amount of brushing time for a thorough, all-over clean. With its two-week long-lasting battery and included travel case, the 4300 is ideal for travelling as well as at home.

On the downside, the ProtectiveClean 4300 tends to be a fair bit louder than your average electric toothbrush. In line with many others, it comes with a two-pin charger which is ideal for hotels, but if you wish to use it with your standard three-point plug sockets, you will need an adaptor. For the price, you would expect it to have a replacement head to come as standard but none are included. On the other hand, this model does come complete with a single brush head, a travel case and a two-pin charger.

Pros:
  • Two intensity settings
  • QuadPacer and Smartimer functions
  • BrushSync technology replacement head reminder
  • Two-week long-lasting battery
  • Comes with a travel case, charger and a single Plaque Defence brush head
Cons:
  • The two-pin plug may need an adaptor
  • No replacement heads included
  • Very noisy

10. Oral-B Genius 9000

Oral-B Genius 9000The Oral-B Genius 9000 is a state of the art, modern toothbrush. If you want a toothbrush that can show you where you’re not brushing enough, as well as where you need to apply less pressure then this is what you should get.

Features

Connect it to your smartphone via Bluetooth and you can see exactly where you need to make changes for an optimised personal cleaning program. Sensitive gums? No need to worry, with the combination of Gum Guard Technology, 360 SmartRing and a Pressure Control alert, you can improve your brushing style and help protect your gums.

The Genius 9000 has the longest lasting batteries as it lasts for over two weeks off a full charge. It also comes with a USB charge travel case that can also be used to charge up your smartphone. Use the smartphone holder for a perfect view of your brushing coverage via the app. While all of this technology can be fantastic for some, if you don’t really think that you need all of the extras, you may be better off selecting a more basic model, especially if you already feel that your teeth are getting decent, all-around coverage.

Although the included travel case is extremely solid and useful, note that in order to charge via mains rather than a shaver plug, you will need an appropriate adaptor. Note that the travel case can be a bit bulky and it won’t fit in small or medium-sized toilet bags. All in all, a fantastic toothbrush, but possibly a little over complicated for some users.

Pros:
  • Six brushing modes
  • Gum Guard Assistant shows you where you need to apply less pressure
  • 100% brushing coverage with position detection
  • Long-life battery lasts over two weeks long
  • Comes with four brush heads, USB travel case and smartphone holder
Cons:
  • Large travel case may not fit in your toilet bag
  • Will still need an adaptor to plug travel case charger into a main electric plug
  • It may be a bit too gimmicky if you’re looking for something simple to use

Are Electric Toothbrushes Better?

a family brushing their teeth togetherA study published in the British research publication “The Cochrane Library” looked at 56 different studies of the effectiveness of electric vs. manual toothbrushes, and found that research subjects using the electric models averaged 21% less plaque and 11% less gum disease after a three month period. So when the dentist nags you, he or she is absolutely right! Electric toothbrushes really do work better.

How To Choose The Best Electric Toothbrush

Below, we take a look at some of the most important features to look for when you compare electric toothbrushes.

Brushing Timers

The NHS and the British Dental Health Foundation, like every other major health and detail organisation in the Western world, strongly recommend that you brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day.

That’s where an electric toothbrush can make all the difference because any model worth considering has a two-minute timer. You can, of course, turn it off manually. But once you’re using it, it will run for the full two minutes before turning off automatically, making it a virtual certainty that you’ll use it for the amount of time that dentists say will do the most good.

Brush Action

man looking at himself in the mirrorWhile all of the models we’ve looked at have timers, there are several areas where you’ll find major differences. The most important is the action of the brush.

Oscillating or Rotating

The majority of models have rotating or oscillating brushes which do exactly what their name says – they rotate at very high speeds as they contact the teeth.

Sonic

The other option is a sonic brush which vibrates back and forth at a much higher speed than an oscillating one, emitting sonic waves which supposedly extend beyond the bristles to reach areas you can’t hit with a normal toothbrush.

We say “supposedly” because sonic models were originally sold with the boast that the high-frequency waves actually “knock” plaque right off of teeth. That doesn’t happen, although there are a few studies that claim the waves may kill some bacteria that you can’t fight by brushing.

Oscillating vs Sonic

There is research showing that oscillating brushes are a bit more effective than sonic ones, but the difference isn’t that huge. The more important factor is how it is used and which feel you prefer. You move sonic brushes back and forth through your mouth just like a manual, while you just have to place the oscillating brushes against each tooth while it does its work.

If you find the actual work of brushing tedious or annoying, you may appreciate the slightly easier use of an oscillating model. It’s also a little easier to fit into tight spaces because the brush is smaller. On the other hand, if you are sensitive to noise, choose sonic ones as they tend to be quieter.

Advanced Features

girl holding two toothbrushesSimilar to other handy electronic devices like hair straighteners and laser hair removal kits, electric toothbrushes also have several advanced features. You’ll find that the more expensive the model, the more “advanced features” it will have. Some of them are of questionable value, although you may find a few useful.

Cleaning Modes

Higher-priced ones often offer variable cleaning modes, meaning they can be set to move at different speeds or in different patterns. These allegedly allow you to vary your cleaning regimen to improve your oral health and get at all the plaque, but there’s not much evidence that it will make much of a difference.

This feature comes in handiest for those with sensitive teeth because they can select a slower speed and those with major issues who will find that a deep clean mode helps them get at their plaque more easily.

Quadrant Timers and Pressure Sensors

Two other common options are “quadrant timers” that beep every 30 seconds so you can move the brush to a different part of your mouth and pressure sensors which beep when you’re brushing too hard.

Quadrant timers are unlikely to help you unless you’ve been told by your dentist that you’re brushing unevenly. On the other hand, pressure sensors require so much pressure to trigger the alarm that it’s not particularly useful.

UV Sanitizers

Some models include UV sanitizers which are said to “de-germ” the toothbrush. There’s some evidence that they work but they aren’t necessary for oral health.

Conclusion

man using the SmartSeries 6500Each of the electric toothbrush reviews we have seen would be great choices to keep your mouth healthy, but our overall winner is the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush.

We love how this feature-packed electric toothbrush combines Bluetooth connectivity and a special wireless guide to encourage you to brush as efficiently as possible. Its 5 cleaning modes enable you to pick the right setting for your personal needs, while the built-in pressure sensor gives you a warning if you’re brushing too hard and may damage your gums.

Finally, when we consider that this model comes complete with 4 brush heads, travel case and charger, we’re sure you’ll agree that the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush is the best electric toothbrush on the market!

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