Best Electric Toothbrushes

It is hard to imagine that as little as 60 years ago, the electric toothbrush was something that was virtually unheard of. Today they come in a range of types and brands.

As users of electric toothbrushes ourselves, having used the Braun versions for more than a decade now, we thought it might be interesting to see what options there are on the market these days.

Everyday Electric Toothbrushes

Research shows that electric toothbrushes are more effective than traditional toothbrushes, but mainly due to the consistency in pressures and brush rotation.

The marketplace for Electric Toothbrushes is broadly divided in two – Braun Oral-B and the Philips Sonic.


Electric toothbrushes work based on the rotation of brush heads. It is the speed at which these rotations occur that allow the definition used by the Philips Sonic series – rotations that are fast enough to produce vibrations in the audible range (200-400 Hz). These should not be mistaken for the ultrasonic toothbrushes which use ultrasonic waves to clean teeth.

Electrical Toothbrushes, Is It Worth It?

The budget for electric toothbrushes range from a relatively acceptable thirty five pounds to an eye-watering two hundred and fifty pounds. So is paying more money worth it?

According to the reviews on the priciest of the toothbrush options, it appears that most people who do pay the extra are generally pleased with it.

Most describe the optional settings, timers (which are now fairly standard) and even the blue-tooth app (on the Oral-B 6000) as features that have enhanced their teeth-brushing techniques.

Equally, reviews of the lower priced versions have also been mostly positive. It is interesting to note, however, that most people who pay for the top-end models have mostly graduated from the more economical models.


There were also reviews that claimed that using the electric toothbrush has reduced the need for tartar and plaque removal and polishing at the dentist, which in itself is an economical saving.

Ultimately I suspect, it does come down to how often you brush (at least twice a day) and how meticulously it is done.

It is interesting to note also, that the upper models also come with a ‘too much pressure’ feature that allows you to reduce pressure during brushing to avoid the receding gum line.

Replacement Heads

Generally it is recommended that the toothbrush heads are replaced every 3-6 months. They work out to be almost equivalent to the more expensive traditional toothbrushes.

When to Buy

Best times to buy an Electric Toothbrush are during the Black Friday or Christmas sales as their prices seem to be reduced dramatically.

Best Electrical Toothbrushes

As mentioned earlier, the two electrical toothbrush titans in the market are Braun Oral-B and Philips. let’s take a look at the best rated electrical toothbrushes from each of these manufacturers.

Braun Oral-B Electrical Toothbrushes

Generally, the higher the model, the more the features and the bigger the price tag. For the latest pricing, please click on the links below:

Braun Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush

Braun Oral-B PRO 600 Rechargeable Toothbrush with Precision Clean Brush Head

Braun Oral-B PRO 2000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush

Braun Oral-B PRO 3000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun

Braun Oral-B PRO 4000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun

Braun Oral-B PRO 5000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun

Braun Oral-B PRO 6000 Smart Series With Bluetooth Technology Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun

A quick feature comparison table for the Oral B PRO range can be found below.

Product Details
Oral-B PRO 600
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Oral-B PRO 2000
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Oral-B PRO 3000
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Oral-B PRO 4000
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Oral-B PRO 5000
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Oral-B PRO 6000
Visible Pressure Sensor
Daily Clean
Gum Care
Sensitive Mode
Whitening Mode
Wireless Smart Guide
Deep Clean Mode
Bluetooth Technology
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Philips Sonic

For the latest prices please click on the links below:

Philips Sonicare HX3110/02 Power Up Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare HX6511/50 EasyClean Rechargeable Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare HX6511/44 EasyClean Sensitive Rechargeable Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare HX6511/43 EasyClean White Rechargeable Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare HX6711/02 HealthyWhite Rechargeable Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare HX6731/02 HealthyWhite Deluxe Rechargeable Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare HX6902/02 FlexCare Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with standard two-pin bathroom socket

Philips Sonicare HX9112/02 FlexCare Platinum Rechargeable Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare HX9332/04 DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush White

Philips Sonicare HX9352/04 DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush Black

Philips Sonicare HX9172/10 FlexCare Platinum Rechargeable Toothbrush with UV Sanitizer

Philips Sonicare
Philips Sonicare
Philips Sonicare
Philips Sonicare
Philips Sonicare
Philips Sonicare
Philips Sonicare
Philips Sonicare
Cleaning modes
1. Clean
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
2. Clean & White
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
3. White
Yes
4. Polish
Yes
5. Gum Care
Yes
Yes
Yes
6. Sensitive
Yes
Yes
Yes
Intensity Settings
3- low, medium, high
3- low, medium, high
Features
Plaque removal efficiency
Better plaque removal than manual brushing
2 x more plaque than manual brushing
2 x more plaque than manual brushing
2 x more plaque than manual brushing
2 x more plaque than manual brushing
7 x more between teeth than manual brushing
7 x more between teeth than manual brushing
7 x more between teeth than manual brushing
Easy Start Program
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
2 minute timer
Yes
Yes
Yes
3 timer programs: 1 minute GoCare, 2 minute Normal, 3 minute MaxCare
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Quadropacer interval timer
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Usage time on a full charge
14 x 2-minute brushings OR 1 week
42 x 2-minute brushings OR 3 weeks
42 x 2-minute brushings OR 3 weeks
42 x 2-minute brushings OR 3 weeks
20 x 2-minute brushings OR 10 days
42 x 2-minute brushings OR 3 weeks
42 x 2-minute brushings OR 3 weeks
42 x 2-minute brushings OR 3 weeks
Brush speed per minute
Up to 15,000 brush strokes per minute
Up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute
Up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute
Up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute
Up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute
Up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute
Up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute
Up to 31,000 brush strokes per minute
Pressure Sensor
Yes
Yes
Low battery indicator
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Accessories
UV BrushHead Sanitiser
Yes
Travel Case
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
USB Travel Charger and Case
Yes
Conductive glass charger
Yes
Brush head supplied
1 x ProResults standard
HX6511/43 – 1 x DiamondClean standard
HX6511/44 – 1 x Senstive standard
HX6511/50 – 1 x ProResults standard
1 x ProResults standard
1 x ProResults standard 1 x ProResults mini
1 x ProResults standard 1 x ProResults mini
1 x InterCare standard 1 x InterCare mini
1 x InterCare standard 1 x InterCare mini
1 x DiamondClean standard 1 x DiamondClean mini
Brush head compatible
ProResults, Sensitive, InterCare, DiamondClean
JaProResults, Sensitive, InterCare, DiamondClean
ProResults, Sensitive, InterCare, DiamondClean
ProResults, Sensitive, InterCare, DiamondClean
ProResults, Sensitive, InterCare, DiamondClean
ProResults, Sensitive, InterCare, DiamondClean
ProResults, Sensitive, InterCare, DiamondClean
ProResults, Sensitive, InterCare, DiamondClean