The 8 Best Electric Toothbrushes to Buy in 2018

Never loathe another dental appointment, thanks to these great toothbrushes

Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 Electronic Power Rechargeable Battery Electric Toothbrush
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We all know that brushing our teeth is important in the morning, in the evening and, for many of you, throughout the day as well. The advent of the electric toothbrush has led to studies showing their use can result in less plaque buildup and a lower chance of developing gum disease. With built-in timers resulting in fresher breath and a cleaner mouth, selecting an electric toothbrush is a must for those who value brushing for the dentist-approved appropriate amount of time every day. Here are our favorite electric toothbrushes that have earned a “buzz” for their performance.

Best Overall: Oral-B Genius Pro 8000

With a slew of advanced features, the Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 electric toothbrush is a must-own if you want (and who doesn't?) to say goodbye to cavities. Pairing to your smartphone via Bluetooth and notifying you of areas of your mouth you might have missed, the real-time feedback will help improve brushing habits for the best possible clean. Beyond notifications, the inclusion of pressure sensor technology will automatically slow down the brush head and provide immediate alerts to tell you if you’re over-brushing gums to prevent damage.

With six cleaning modes (daily clean, gum care, sensitive, whitening, tongue cleaning and pro-clean), the 8000 allows users to determine the right brush stroke for their needs and works alongside the multicolor SmartRing for added real-time visual coaching. The rounded head of the 8000 offers a 16-degree angle to reach deep between teeth to “lift and power away up to 100 percent more plaque” versus a regular toothbrush. The 8000, with up to 12 days of battery life between charges, includes a smart travel case to charge both your smartphone and toothbrush using a single outlet.

Best Budget: Sterline Sonic

The budget-friendly Sterline Sonic electric toothbrush is strong evidence that sometimes you get more than you pay for. Combining advanced cleaning technology and 31,000 brushstrokes per minute, the unit has a compact design for an advanced clean at a wallet-friendly price tag. The three brush modes (clean, soft and massage) are designed for everything from everyday use to optimizing oral health by stimulating gums and offering a soft clean for sensitive teeth and gums. It's supported by two built-in timers. The first automatically shuts the toothbrush off after two minutes and the second offers four 30-second interval timers to complete a two-minute brush that hits on every quadrant of the mouth. The Sterline includes three high-quality replacement brush heads, which eliminates the need for purchasing replacements on your own after a short time.

Best Connected: Oral-B 7000

The Oral-B 7000 connects to the Internet and offers real-time feedback with the downloadable Android and iOS apps. Capable of tracking brushing habits over time, the app will help motivate toothbrush owners with tips, plus notifications when you’re brushing too hard. Connecting to your device via Bluetooth 4.0, the app also offers news and weather information to entertain you while completing the two-minute full brush cycle. Beyond connectivity, the 7000 offers 3D cleaning that oscillates, rotates and pulsates to help break up and remove up to 100 percent more plaque than a manual toothbrush, thanks to the included 16-degree angle CrossAction brush head. The smaller bristles on the included brush head rotate at up to 40,000 pulses per minute. With six total cleaning modes (daily, deep, sensitive, whitening, massage and tongue), every user can find a perfect fit. The included charging station is AC powered and the charge for the 7000 lasts up to 10 days before requiring more juice.

Best for Receding Gums: Philips Sonicare HX6631/02 3 Series Gum Health

For those with receding gums and sensitive teeth, the thought of brushing twice daily may cause you to cringe. But putting down your manual brush and picking up an electric one can actually help slow down tenderness and the other aggressive effects of receding gums. That’s because most people actually brush their teeth harder with manual brushes than electric ones. This ergonomic “Gum Health” option from Philips Sonicare offers a cup-shaped gentle brush and three different intensity settings (that can deliver up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute) so you can comfortably remove up to 6x more gum-line plaque than a manual brush.

The Philips Sonicare 3 features both Quadpacer and Smartimer technology which provide a two-minute brushing timer and 30-second pacing timer which encourage proper, even brushing. The battery lasts up to three weeks and you’ll know it’s time to recharge when the two-color battery indicator alerts you. Along with the brush, this kit includes a ProResults gum health brush head, a charger, and a hard travel case. 

Best with Waterpik: Waterpik WP-950 Complete Care 7.0

One of the quickest ways to a cleaner mouth is using a waterpik. That’s because the pressurized water flossing device is able to reach plaque and debris buried deep between teeth and below your gum line — areas a traditional brush and string floss can’t reach. Waterpik’s adjustable water flosser is clinically proven to be 50-percent more effective at improving gum health when compared to regular old floss, and it’s ideal for those with braces, implants, veneers, bridges, and crowns. The system’s covered refillable reservoir stores enough water to floss for 90 seconds straight and comes with two classic jet tips, one plaque seeker tip, one orthodontic tip, and one pic pocket tip. The five different pik tips cater to varying dental needs including periodontal pockets and furcations.

Along with a waterpik, this kit includes an ergonomic Sensonic Professional Plus Sonic Electric Toothbrush for dentist-level cleaning at home. The toothbrush features two different speed settings, a 2-minute timer, and 30-second pacer that alerts you when it’s time to clean a different area. The toothbrush’s battery lasts up to a week if you’re using it on the go, but at home, you can plug it back into the base to recharge it. The combination kit also comes with four different brush heads so you can alternate and replace them as needed. 

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

A strong contender for the top spot, the lightweight and comfortable Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush immediately justifies its premium price tag, thanks to the quality of its cleaning and great design. While most electric toothbrushes spin between 2,500 – 7,500 brush rotations per minute, the Sonic model can hit up to 30,000+ rpm. Claiming to whiten teeth in just one week and provide healthier gums in two, the Philips offers five brushing modes (clean, white, sensitive, gum care and deep clean) that are easily toggled with the push of a button. The three-week battery life is complemented by a travel case with a USB charger for taking it on the road. Preset timers help Philips users follow dentist-recommended brushing time to ensure a proper cleaning takes place each time. The SmartTimer encourages Philips users to brush for two minutes while the Quadpacer beeps every 30 seconds to ensure you hit each of the four quadrants in your mouth for an in-depth clean. 

Best Ultrasonic: Xtech XHST-100 Ultrasonic Toothbrush

 

Unlike typical electric toothbrushes which rely on physical motion to scrub your teeth, ultrasonic toothbrushes utilize ultrasound to produce a high frequency of vibration that breaks apart plaque molecules for a deep clean that’s gentler on gums. More and more dentists are recommending ultrasonic models, and few can compete with the Xtech XHST-100. The toothbrush produces 40,000 VPM (vibrations per minute) and has five different cleaning modes that accommodate varying levels of sensitivity. It’s safe to use on braces, fillings, crowns, veneers and periodontal pockets, and it's proven to remove 2x more plaque than a manual toothbrush.

The Xtech comes with a UV sanitizing station that kills 99.9-percent of bacteria on your brush head in just seven minutes. The UV sanitizer is built into the electric charging deck and stores up to four brush heads. If you're looking to up your oral hygiene without wearing down your gums, an ultrasonic brush may be your best option. 

Best for Kids: Oral-B Kids Electric Toothbrush

If you’re looking to transition your kid from a manual to an electric toothbrush, you’ll want to find a product that provides the most comfort. The Oral-B Kids Electric Toothbrush is designed with a larger grip and softer head to accommodate the small hands and mouth sensitivity of children ages two and up. Since children’s teeth are more sensitive than adults, the Oral-B toothbrush emits gentler vibrations as it cleans. The head’s distinct shape allows the brush to surround each tooth individually for a deep, effective clean, and the bristles are made to last for at least three months.

The major benefit of this model? To foster healthy brushing habits and get your kids excited about oral hygiene, they can brush along with their favorite Frozen characters with the Disney Magic Timer App.

Best Basic: Panasonic EW-DE92 Sonic Vibration

Panasonic’s EW-DE92 Sonic Vibration electric toothbrush represents an outstanding value in a package that is lauded for its lightweight design and gentle vibrations. Offering two brush timers for total oral care, the Panasonic will pause every 30 seconds for cleaning each quadrant while double beeping at the two-minute mark to conclude the brush. It has four brushing modes, including sensitive, stain care, soft, and gum care, so you'll find your ideal clean every time. The soft start function powers on the toothbrush for up to two seconds with gentle vibrations to bring the motor up to speed, which helps lengthen the lifetime of the toothbrush before it will need replacement. Also included: two additional brush heads, the Ionic two-way silicone brush for everyday gum care and a point brush for cleaning those harder-to-reach areas. 

Best for Travel: Philips Sonicare Flexcare Platinum

With its compact design and long battery life, the Flexcare Platinum Toothbrush is perfect for the working professional and frequent jet-setter. It lasts up to three weeks (or 42 uses) per charge and its travel case comes with a multi-range charger that works with 100 to 240 volts of power. With a rate of just 31,000 strokes per minute, this model has one of the lowest speeds on our list, but its other features balance out this singular con. For instance, the Flexcare Platinum offers nine customizable cleaning modes, including three levels of intensity and an intuitive pressure sensor for a gentler brushing experience. The AdaptiveClean brush head is designed to contour to the unique curves of your mouth and gums, scrubbing into those hard-to-reach places to remove ten times more plaque than a manual toothbrush. The only other downside to this product is that it comes with only one brush head, but luckily, it’ll last you a good while before needing a replacement.