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.

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 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 Ultrasonic: Smilex AU-300E Ultrasonic

You’ve likely never heard the name Smilex, but the AU-300E Ultrasonic toothbrush offers one unique feature that the competition can’t match. While the 18,000 sonic bristle vibrations are par for the course relative to the competition, the 96 million Ultrasonic pulses per minute represent a whole new way to clean, whiten teeth and eliminate plaque below the gum line. Clinically proven to reduce plaque by 97 percent after just one use, dentists are starting to recommend ultrasonic models more and more. The added benefit of reducing bleeding gums is aided by the ultrasonic waves working without hard scrubbing with the brush head. The Smilex takes things up a notch with 45-second intervals per quadrant totaling a three-minute brushing period, which is a full 60 seconds higher than competitive models. Partnered with a long-lasting battery that works up to two weeks with twice-daily brushing before needing recharging, the Smilex is a great option for buyers who want the best possible clean.

Best for Kids: Philips Sonicare

Good for children ages three and up, the affordable Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush is a great opportunity to get kids excited about brushing. The patented sonic technology minimizes the brush strokes to just 500 per second while still offering up to 75 percent more effectiveness over a manual toothbrush. To help train kids for the two-minute dentist-recommended timeframe, Philips offers KidTimer and KidPacer for alerting kids to move to the next quadrant and even alerts them at the end of two minutes. To really motivate, Philips offers a downloadable interactive app for both educating and exciting kids about brushing. Connecting to a parent’s smartphone via Bluetooth, the app and its main character, Sparkly, offer tips, progress tracking, as well as goals. Kids can also earn virtual points that help them customize and feed Sparkly. And they can even decorate the brush with eight interchangeable stickers.

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 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 Ergonomic: Foreo Issa Sonic

Made from non-porous silicone, the Issa Sonic electric toothbrush by Foreo is an ergonomic delight. Capable of up to 11,000 pulsations per minute, the Foreo creates micro-sweeps for effectively cleaning gums and teeth with flexible silicone brush heads that don’t scratch tooth enamel or damage gums. The design is completely waterproof, so you can use it in the shower, bath or at the sink. There are eight total speeds that allow the ergonomically designed body and its 3D flexible brush head to reach every spot in your mouth. Harboring up to 10,000 times fewer bacteria than competitive models, the Issa’s price tag is well-justified (and you'll only need to replace the silicone bristles just once a year). The lightweight and attractive design is complemented by a powerful battery that lasts up to 365 uses on a single hour’s charge. It feels ultra-comfortable in the hand and the lack of a charging dock makes it ideal for travel.


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