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Electric toothbrushes make the whole experience easier. Their vibrations and oscillations can more effectively get rid of plaque on your teeth and gums, and most brushes have a timer that encourages you to brush for the full two minutes. We've tested several types, from basic models to fancy ones with oscillating brushes and everything in between. A good brush doesn't need to cost you more than a few Hamiltons. Listed below are the best electric toothbrushes you can buy. We also have eco-friendly nonelectric options if you don't want to own yet another device that needs charging.
The Colgate Hum (9/10, WIRED Recommends) sonic brush is our favorite smart toothbrush. It's slim and light, with a small brush head that can reach the back of your mouth without causing discomfort. It connects to a companion mobile app that offers insight into your habits too. The Hum costs significantly less than most app-connected brushes, and the mobile app's features are superior to its competitors.
You don't need a smart brush. You can spend a little bit less and get a more powerful cleaner with Oral-B's Pro 1000. Oral-B's electric toothbrushes all have oscillating brush heads, which are those circular bristles that get right in between all your teeth. The Pro 1000 has been around for a while and continues to outshine more expensive models with fancier features. Though we haven't tried all of them, most of the Pro models are probably a good bet if the price is right for you.
If you don't need the most powerful vibrations, get the Philips One. It's thin enough that it comes very close to feeling like a regular toothbrush. It offers a gentle vibration that cuts through plaque, and while it takes more effort to use than a bigger, more powerful brush head, I still prefer it to a manual brush. Plus, it's good to stay in the habit of brushing thoroughly instead of feeling like an electric toothbrush will do all the work for you.
You don't necessarily need a kid-specific toothbrush, but this is a well-priced rechargeable option. The companion app is filled with cartoon lessons and rewards, and your kids can monitor progress even when they aren't viewing the app in real-time (so you don't have to be in the bathroom with them).
The Suri toothbrush's soft bristles and gentle vibrations clean well, and even the most sensitive gums won't suffer in the process. I also appreciate the slim, lightweight handle. Beyond clean teeth, the company offers a more sustainable approach to electric brushes.
Electric toothbrushes are less wasteful than nonelectric models in the short term since you don't have to throw away the entire thing every time you're done with it. But electric toothbrushes have an expiration date too, as their batteries and motors will eventually give out. Suri wants to offer a more sustainable approach. It takes back and recycles used brush heads (made from cornstarch with castor oil bristles that should break down without leaving microplastics behind). The body of the brush isn't sealed, meaning the company can repair the battery or motor should the need arise. If you decide you don't want it repaired and simply want to get rid of it, you can send it back to be recycled.
Snow started out with a handful of whitening products, and has rounded out its lineup with a toothbrush that has LED lights right in the brush head. They typically work in conjunction with a gel. When I spoke to Bill Busch, a dentist at North Kansas City Dental, he explained that LED lights work by warming the toothpaste gel, which makes it more efficient. To get the full effect, you'll want to use a whitening toothpaste too. Snow sells one, but any should be fine.
There are a lot of water flossers available, but most that I've seen are big, requiring a chunk of your sink space. This one from SmileDirectClub is small because its tank is right on its body. (The company has an even smaller pop-up version we didn't try.) It really did get the gunk out of my teeth that my toothbrush couldn't. Water flossing does hurt at first, unfortunately, so start with the soft-pressure setting.
Electric toothbrushes have their perks: They can help you get a deeper clean, they (usually) come equipped with a two-minute timer to ensure you're brushing long enough, and they create less waste since you're only throwing away a brush head. Disposable plastic lingers in a landfill forever. However, we've found a few planet-friendly alternatives for more traditional toothbrushing.
The optimum brush size for most adults is a half-inch wide and one-inch tall, which should be big enough to easily access surfaces of the teeth but small enough to maneuver into hard-to-reach areas. You can also choose from different bristle varieties, typically soft, medium or hard. Harder toothbrushes will reduce plaque more efficiently but can more easily cause damage to teeth and gums. It might be better to use a medium or soft toothbrush and increase the brush time.
Many studies have been conducted regarding the effectiveness of electric toothbrushes and scientists have not found a significant difference between electric and manual toothbrushes in their ability to remove plaque and prevent gum disease. Consider whether you would be comfortable with the vibrating feeling of a powered toothbrush and assess if you have a medical need for it as well. Electric toothbrushes cost many times more than a manual toothbrush and you will have to replace the removal toothbrush often just like you need to replace a manual toothbrush (Healthline).
There are a wide range of Philips Sonicare toothbrushes and many of them require the occasional spare part to keep them running, particularly mechanical parts such as the seals, drive components and the motor/solenoid.
Firstly, you need to determine which model of Sonicare toothbrush you have! The most accurate way is to find the HX number marked on the bottom of your toothbrush handle. In the example below this is marked HX9340. You can ignore the last two digits as these generally only refer to the colour of the handle. So this brush is part of the DiamondClean HX9300 series. Parts are generally interchangeable between any of HX9300 series models (HX9330, HX9350, etc.)
Parts for Philips Sonicare toothbrushes are generally interchangeable between brushes that share the first 2 digits after the HX in their part number. So for example, with the original HealthyWhite HX6700 series your brush might be marked HX6710 but it will use the same parts as the HX6720, HX6730, and so on. Watch out if you have a HX6900 series toothbrush as there are some large variations within the series so for the PCB or motor do ensure the parts match your actual brush.
The shaft seal fits between the metal shaft that drives the motion of the toothbrush head and the plastic casing of your Sonicare. These small seals are all that stands between the delicate electronics inside your Sonicare toothbrush and the water that gathers around the bottom of the toothbrush head. They can go mouldy and perish, allowing water to seep inside the toothbrush handle where it can start to corrode the motor, PCB and electronic components. Below you can see the standard tall flexible seal, a solid plastic seal collar/retainer and the newer style of flat seal.
This die-cast metal block connects the stainless steel output shaft that moves the toothbrush head to the motor/solenoid of your Sonicare. It can fracture and break causing the motor to disconnect from the output shaft. Remember that when a replacement part is stated as being (for example) for the HX9340 it should fit all HX9300 models such as the HX9330, HX9360, etc. Some replacement shafts might come with new seals included.
The surface-mount momentary switch on the PCB of your brush under the rubber/plastic button can sometimes wear out. These SPST, normally-open switches can be replaced with similar 5mm square, 1.5mm high tactile switches. However, it is more likely that corrosion has damaged the PCB tracks leading to the switch so inspect the tracks carefully. You can test your existing switch by momentarily shorting across two of its diagonally opposite pins. If this powers up your toothbrush then the switch is at fault.
There are a few types of charger originally supplied with Sonicare toothbrushes. Each charger has an type number starting with HX, CBA or CRP marked on the bottom to help identify it. When buying a replacement Sonicare charger check that it is rated for the correct electricity voltage in your home and that it has a suitable electrical plug attached.
The most common type of charger is the HX6100 shown below. It is compatible with nearly all Sonicare toothbrushes apart from classic DiamondClean and DiamondClean Smart models. This Sonicare charger is sometimes supplied with an optional shroud, cover or surround which includes holders for your brush heads. The alternative part number is CRP239. Replacement chargers are commonly available, both new and used. Check that the charger you buy has a suitable power plug fitted. See the links below the photo for where to buy.
Also compatible with the same models as the HX6100 above, are the HX6150 and HX6160 chargers. These chargers include a built-in ultraviolet (UV) sanitizer to sanitize your toothbrush heads. The alternative part number is CP0741. The compartment on the charger contains a UV lamp and it opens up for you to place your toothbrush heads in for sterilization/disinfection. Spare UV bulbs/lamps are also available. Check that the charger you buy has a suitable power plug fitted. See the links below the photo for where to buy a new one.
The offical Sonicare USB charger from Philips is the HX6110 shown below. It is compatible with nearly all Sonicare toothbrushes apart from classic DiamondClean and DiamondClean Smart models. It plugs into a USB outlet to charge your Sonicare toothbrush. See the links below the photo for where to buy. 59ce067264