So what is the best electric toothbrush?
After weeks of researching over 60 different electric toothbrushes, pouring over hundreds of reviews from Amazon and trusted reviews, studying multiple clinical studies from Cochrane and detailed product testing, I have finally come up with a best electric toothbrush list that will stand the test of time. Drumroll please:
The Dentistry Blogger Top 5 Best Electric Toothbrushes for 2018 are:
- Best Overall Electric Toothbrush UK: Oral-B Genius 8000
- The Best Electric Toothbrush under £100 UK: Oral-B Smart 6
- Best Electric Toothbrush under £50 UK: Oral-B Pro 3 3000
- The Best Cheap Electric Toothbrush UK: Oral-B Pro 2 2500N
- Best Sonic Electric Toothbrush UK: Philips Sonicare DimaondClean 3rd Generation
- Best Electric Toothbrush US: Oral-B Pro 7500
- The best electric toothbrush under $100 US: Oral-B Pro 3000
- Best electric toothbrush under $50 US: Philips Sonicare 2 Series
- The best cheap electric toothbrush US: Oral-B Pro 1000
- Best Sonic Electric toothbrush US: Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9500 Series
Best Overall Electric toothbrush – United Kingdom
The best electric toothbrush for 2018 in the UK by quite some margin is the Oral-B Genius 8000 Electric Toothbrush. After weeks of side by side testing against its nearest competitors the result was not even close. The Oral-B Genius 8000 offers a truly unique brushing experience that is not matched by it’s rivals. Some of the excellent features that this brush includes are:
- 3D Oscillating Rotating motion that cleans your teeth effectively
- 2 minute Quad Pace Pro timer that ensures you clean for the recommended time each day
- Visible and sensory Pressure sensor that prevents you from pressing too firmly with the brush
- Bluetooth Connectivity to the excellent Oral-B App that motivates you to brush your teeth
- An LED Smart ring to personalize your brushing experience
- Position detection that detects the areas you are not cleaning
The Oral-B Genius 8000 is the best overall electric toothbrush for 2018 in the United Kingdom.
Best Overall Electric toothbrush – United States
The best electric toothbrush in the United States is quite clearly the Oral-B Pro 7500 electric toothbrush. After testing this electric toothbrush against it’s nearest competitors, it is clear that this electric toothbrush blows the competition out of the water especially for the price. It features:
- Extra long battery life which can last up to 2 weeks of use
- Bluetooth connectivity to the Oral-B Smartphone app
- A premium travel case, made from soft touch plastics
- Visible pressure sensor that is customisable
- 5 cleaning modes including the two most important ones daily clean and sensitive
The Oral-B Pro 7500 electric toothbrush is the best electric toothbrush in the United States for 2018.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) and Answers
Now lets take a step back and go back to the basics of how to decide which electric toothbrush is the best for you. So first of all you will need to answer:
Are Electric toothbrushes worth it?
Really this comes down to whether there is a noticeable difference in cleaning with a powered electric toothbrush and a manual toothbrush. Cochrane is the go to resource for dental research. In June 2014 Cochrane published a systematic review which included 5068 participants. This showed that powered toothbrushes reduced plaque by 21% and gum disease by 11% over a 3 months period. Hence this proves that there is a clinical benefit to using an electric toothbrush regularly in the short term.
In the longer term, the results of electric toothbrush use are not well studied. Quoting from the Cochrane study:
“The benefits of this for long-term dental health are unclear.”
This is not to say that there are no benefits. Longer term studies of electric toothbrushes are few and far between. It is logical to me that short term health benefits would translate into long term health benefits. There is currently a lack of evidence to prove this statement true or false.
Can you achieve the same results with a manual toothbrush?
Yes, you can achieve the same results with a manual toothbrush providing you are using it properly. If you want to know how to do this click here. How you hold the brush, how long you brush for and use it is much more important than what type of brush you use. If you have great manual tooth brushing technique then an electric toothbrush is not worth the investment. The trouble is most people do not have textbook manual tooth brushing technique (I don’t and I am a dentist!). So any help even if it is a slight edge will be good for your teeth in the long run.
What are the other advantages of electric toothbrushes over manual toothbrushes?
Beyond cleaning better, electric toothbrushes with a visible pressure sensor will help stop you from brushing too firmly. This will prevent your teeth getting worn away by heavy handed technique. Tooth wear and gum recession if left unchecked can lead to sensitivity to cold.
People who suffer from arthritis in the hand, wrist or elbow will find it easier to use an electric toothbrush. This is because electric toothbrushes require less movement of the arm. Also electric toothbrush handles tend to be larger and are often rubberized. This makes it significantly easier to grip and control.
The average person tend to brush for only 45 seconds. This is far less than the generally recommended 2 minutes. Getting an electric toothbrush with a 2 minute timer will improve your plaque control by getting you to brush for longer.
The high end electric toothbrushes now offer Bluetooth connectivity to a smartphone app. These apps can keep track of when you have been brushing and motivate you to brush twice a day. They can now even show you which areas you are missing and get you to concentrate on these areas. Very neat and useful.
Are battery-powered toothbrushes as good as electric toothbrushes in terms of cleaning?
We simply don’t know how good battery powered toothbrushes are. The amount of research that has gone into battery powered toothbrushes is a lot less than electric toothbrushes. Battery powered toothbrushes are most certainly cheaper than electric toothbrushes but lack a LOT of features the electric brushes like two minute timers, blue tooth connectivity, cleaning modes, travel cases… the list goes on and on.
If you want a manual toothbrush that makes a buzzing sound and may or may not clean better then a regular toothbrush go for a battery-powered toothbrush. If you want a toothbrush that will motivate you to brush your teeth, remind you of times that you have missed brushing, clinically and statistically proven to clean your teeth better and make sure you brush for the recommended two minutes then I would go for an electric toothbrush. I think the choice is obvious.
What electric toothbrush would you recommend for kids?
I have written a post which covers this topic in detail. I would recommend having a look.
Which one is better Oral-B Rotating-Oscillating vs Sonic Electric Toothbrushes?
The Oral-B range came in as winner and runner up in this product test so you probably can guess what the answer to this question is. What do we mean by rotating-oscillating and Sonic? These are the two main mechanisms by which all electric toothbrushes clean your teeth.
Mechanism of action: Oscillating-rotating
This is where the toothbrush head rotates and pulsates to break up the plaque and bacteria on your teeth. All the Oral-B range use this mechanism of action. The Oral-B electric toothbrush in daily clean mode oscillates 8,800 and 40,000 pulsations per minute. Imagine trying to do that with a manual toothbrush!
Mechanism of action: Sonic
Did you know that the first sonic electric toothbrush was actually developed by Oral-B however they ditched the technology to pursue oscillating-rotating. Sonic electric toothbrushes have moved on a lot from then and now brush at over 30,000 strokes per minute! The sonic movement is a side to side action that disrupts the plaque.
So which one is better?
Cochrane compared the cleaning of oscillating rotating vs sonic and found the oscillating rotating to reduce plaque and gingivitis more than the sonic. If you want to find out more details about this study click here. Admittedly the difference between the two was small but a win is a win. The best electric toothbrush mechanism of action would be the oscillating rotating
The factors to consider when buying the best electric toothbrush
There are many factors to consider when choosing the best electric toothbrush for you. Some people will be looking for a basic electric toothbrush that cleans their teeth better than a manual toothbrush. Others will be looking for the most modern, feature rich electric toothbrush. Below are some things to bear in mind when buying an electric toothbrush.
The 10 fundamental factors to look for when buying the best electric toothbrush
1) Value for Money
As a general rule of thumb the more expensive electric toothbrushes have more features than the cheaper ones. This is particularly true within one manufacturer’s range, let’s take for example the Oral-B Pro 2000(a basic electric toothbrush model) and compare it to the Oral-B Genius 8000 (A top of the range electric toothbrush).
|Oral-B Genius 8000||Oral-B Pro 2000|
|- Visible Pressure Sensor|
- Pro Timer
- 5 x cleaning modes
- 360 degree Smart Ring
- Bluetooth Technology
- Premium Travel Case
- Position detection
-Extra long battery life
- 3 x toothbrush head refills
|- Visible pressure sensor
- Pro Timer
- 2 x Cleaning modes
- Normal battery life
The Oral-B Genius 8000 has more than double the amount of features that the Oral-B Pro 2000 has and this is reflected in the price. As a general rule of thumb on cost:
- £0-10 (or dollars) Battery powered toothbrushes – effectively a manual toothbrush which buzzes
- £10-50 (or dollars) Entry level rechargeable electric toothbrushes – single cleaning modes but do not have pressure sensors
- £50-100 (or dollars) Mid range rechargeable electric toothbrushes – multiple cleaning modes and pressure sensors but lack premium features like Bluetooth connectivity and premium travel cases
- £100+ (or dollars) Top of the range rechargeable electric toothbrushes – the whole shebang, many cleaning modes, personalised pressure sensors, Bluetooth Connectivity, premium travel cases, position detection and extra battery life.
Depending on what you want, you do not need to splash your cash on an electric toothbrush. However if you do want the best electric toothbrush money can buy expect to pay a minimum of £100.
2) Two Minute Timer
Brushing your teeth for the dentist recommended 2 minutes is crucial for your oral health. Most people tend to underbrush their teeth resulting in plaque build up which can lead to gum disease. An electric toothbrush with either a quadpacer (an on handle timer that “buzzes” every 30 second) or a visible read out via Bluetooth connectivity to a smartphone app is a really important feature that you cannot do without.
3) Waterproof handle with rubberized comfortable grip
A waterproof handle is a basic feature that fortunately almost all electric toothbrushes have. Rubberized handle grips allow you to hold the electric toothbrush whilst wet (especially important for those who brush in the shower). Thicker handle sizes will be easier to grip for people who suffer from arthritis in the hand. A slimline handle will be more portable as it takes up less room and are nice to grip for people who do not have arthritis.
4) A long battery life
Nothing is worse when you are rushing to work in the morning only to find that your electric toothbrush is flat. The longer the battery life is the better. The minimum battery life you should accept is 28 minutes as this is enough for the electric toothbrush to last for a week being used for 2 minutes twice a day. Any less than 28 minutes and you will find yourself charging your electric toothbrush more often than not.
5) Battery indicator light
Knowing when your battery on the blink is crucial to prevent your electric toothbrush from running out of battery. The earlier the battery indicator light warns you that the battery is getting low the better.
6) Multiple Brush Heads dependent on preference
The more choice and variety of brush heads that fit on the electric toothbrush handle the better. The most important things to look out for when looking at a range of brush heads are:
- Small headed brush heads are better ast hey are more maneuverable and get to those difficult partially erupted wisdom teeth
- Medium bristle firmness to ensure that you are not applying too much pressure to your teeth causing unnecessary tooth wear
- Sensitive brush heads are gentler on the teeth for people with sensitive teeth
- Ideally use oscillating-rotating mechanism of action as they clean slightly better than sonic
- Ortho brush head option for people with braces and a Kids option which have been designed for small mouths
7) A Pressure Sensor visible and sensory
Pressing too firmly with any type of toothbrush can result in toothbrush abrasion. This is where the toothbrush starts removing the enamel of the tooth revealing dentine which is brown in colour. If left this may result in darkening of the tooth, ridges to form and may need to be restored with a tooth coloured filling. For right handed people toothbrush abrasion tends to occur on the left teeth and vice versa. Most people brush too firmly with their toothbrushes so having an electric toothbrush that warns you of when this is happening is essential. This can come in three forms:
- A visible pressure sensor that flashes when you are pressing too hard
- A sensory pressure sensor that reduces the speed and power of the brush head as you press more firmly
- Bluetooth connectivity to a smartphone app that flashes and records when you are pressing too hard and in what areas
The best electric toothbrush would of course have both of these features.
8) A long warranty
The longer the warranty the better as it guarantees that you will be able to use your electric toothbrush for longer. Hence the minimum length of warranty you should be looking for is one year. A 2 year warranty is an even better length of time to have and a 3 year warranty is what the best electric toothbrush would have.
9) Charging station
Charging stations come in all shapes and sizes. A good start is that the electric toothbrush is held vertically whilst charging so that it does not get grubby. Some charging stations also hold 3-4 additional toothbrush heads which is useful if the electric toothbrush handle is used by multiple people.
10) Ease of Use
The best electric toothbrush should be easy to use, the less buttons the better. Having a lot of features is important however they should be easy to use and intuitive.
7 Bonus factors to look out for when buying the best electric toothbrush
1) A travel case
If you travel a lot, it is easier to pack a manual toothbrush instead of bringing the larger electric toothbrush. If you have a travel case this makes it much easier to pack the electric toothbrush neatly away so that you do not have to wrap it up in your clothes.
2) Bluetooth Connectivity with Smartphone application
The most modern top of the range electric toothbrushes are coming with Bluetooth connectivity to a phone app. These have some really great functions, from reminding you to brush twice a day to even telling you which areas you are regularly missing whilst brushing. These apps are most certainly the future and are being improved all the time. They can be a great motivator as anything that is monitored tends to get done.
3) UV sanitizer
Only available with the Phillips Sonicare range of electric toothbrushes. The UV sanitizer is stated to “kill up to 99% of the bacteria and viruses that live on a toothbrush”. These include:
- Streptococcus Mutans (The main bacteria associated with tooth decay)
- Herpes Simplex Virus (A virus that causes Herpes)
- Escherichia Coli (E.Coli for short, some variants cause food poisoning)
Is this feature necessary? Not really providing you do not share toothbrush heads with another person (NEVER share toothbrush heads with another person). There is no clinical evidence that using a UV sanitizer regularly actually provides any health benefits however it is a neat feature that can provide some peace of mind. I discussed UV sanitizer in more detail here.
4) Multiple cleaning modes dependent on preference
On the top of the range electric toothbrushes they tend to come with lots of different cleaning modes. Some of these are gimmicks and do not actually help however some are really useful. The ones that I would want on the best electric toothbrush are:
- Daily clean mode (or clean mode) – the most regularly used cleaning mode
- Sensitive mode – reduces the power of the electric toothbrush for people with sensitive teeth
- Tongue clean mode – a mode to use on your tongue to beat bad breath
Cleaning modes that I would tend to avoid:
- Whitening mode – More aggressive than daily clean mode which can cause toothbrush abrasion (tooth wear) with long term use
5) Money Back Guarantee
A risk free period to make sure that the toothbrush you have picked is the best electric toothbrush for you is always nice to have. Providing you do the necessary research beforehand this may not be necessary. The two main manufacturers of electric toothbrushes (Oral-B and Philips) both offer money back guarantees. Oral-B have a 30 day money back guarantee and Philips have a 28 day money back guarantee. Both are these are long enough to ensure that you have bought the right electric toothbrush.
6) Position detection
80% of people spend insufficient time brushing at least one zone in their mouth.This over time can lead to plaque build up and ultimately gum disease. Position detection can prevent this from happening because it shows the areas that you have missed whilst brushing. Over time this feature will get you into the habit of brushing your teeth properly. This feature is only available on a select few brushes including:
7) Personalised colours
The Oral-B genius range have a 360 degrees SmartRing that you can customize the colour for. This is particularly useful if you have two electric toothbrush handles and are not sure whose is whose. The SmartRing flashes when giving feedback from the pressure sensor, brushing timer and Bluetooth Connection
The process of choosing the best electric toothbrushes
Finding the Dentistryblogger best electric toothbrush was a tricky task that took months to prepare. I used all the resources that I could find including clinical research from Cochrane, PubMed and British Dental Association. I also took into account the multitude of reviews from Amazon, Ebay, Boots, manufacturers websites and other review sites.
With over 60 electric toothbrushes in the test, this was no mean feat. The 60 electric toothbrushes were narrowed down based on, customer feedback and reviews, frequently asked questions, the type of mechanism of action used, ease of use, price and features.
As a result, I narrowed it down to the 5 best electric toothbrushes which I think represent the greatest value for money on the market. It became a dogfight between the two main electric toothbrush manufacturers: Oral-B and Philips. These 5 electric toothbrushes were further tested for:
- Mechanism of action
- Battery Life
- Value for money
I finally came up with the winners, the best electric toothbrushes that money can buy.
P.S. If you want to skip to the United States electric toothbrushes click here.
Best Electric Toothbrush UK: Oral-B Genius 8000 Electric Toothbrush
The Oral-B Genius 8000 and Oral-B Genius 9000 are the two new top of the range, award winning models that were released by Oral-B in 2016. The Genius models replaced the Oral-B Triumph as the best electric toothbrush that Oral-B does. Unsurprisingly as Oral-B’s flagship electric toothbrush it comes with a huge range of features that justify its high price tag. Most of these features are unique to the Oral-B Genius 8000 and Oral-B Genius 9000 including position detection, extra long battery life and 360 degree smart ring.
I have compared the Oral-B Genius 8000 vs 9000 before here and found that the Oral-B Genius 8000 represented much better value for money. That is why the Oral-B Genius 8000 won the best electric toothbrush over the Oral-B Genius 9000.
1) Features – Oral-B Genius 8000
The Oral-B Genius 8000 comes with some ground breaking features that have not been seen before on an electric toothbrush. These are:
- Bluetooth connectivity to the Brilliant Oral-B app and position detection
- 360 degree SmartRing
- Extra long lithium ion battery life (10 days of use for 2 minutes twice a day)
- 5 toothbrushing modes including daily clean, gum care, sensitive, whitening and pro-clean
- A beautiful premium travel case
What is particularly nice about the Oral-B Genius 8000 is how easy these features are to use. With some top of the range electric toothbrushes with lots of features, it is easy for the manufacturer to complicate things with too many buttons. This is not the case with the Oral-B Genius 8000 where everything has been kept wonderfully simple
Oral-B Genius 8000: Bluetooth Connectivity and Position Detection
When the Oral-B Genius 8000 is connected via Bluetooth to the Oral-B app it will provide real time feedback on your brushing. It will monitor which areas you are brushing and how long you have brushed for. This ensures you never miss a zone of your mouth whilst brushing. Missing a zone regularly whilst brushing will lead to plaque accumulation and ultimately gum disease.
Oral-B Genius 8000: 360 Degree SmartRing
A novel feature more than anything else, the SmartRing allows you to personalise your electric toothbrush to flash in your favourite colour using the Oral-B app. Although it does not help you clean, it can be helpful if you have more than one electric toothbrush handle in your bathroom.
Oral-B Genius 8000: Visible and sensory pressure sensor
What I commonly see when examining people is toothbrush abrasion. This is where people press too firmly with their toothbrush leading to irreversible damage of the enamel. A pressure sensor will stop this and I think it is an essential feature for any toothbrush. The Oral-B Genius 8000 actually has three ways of letting you know that you are pressing too firmly with the brush. It has a visible pressure sensor that flashes every time you press too hard. Once connected to the Oral-B app via Bluetooth, the app will record what areas you tend to press too hard in and will also flash as well. The third and final way is the power and speed of the electric toothbrush reduces when you press too hard which protects your tooth from toothbrush abrasion.
Oral-B Genius 8000: Two minute timer and quadpacer
Brushing for two minutes twice a day is essential to achieve great Oral Health. It is handy if your toothbrush reminds you to do this. The Oral-B Genius 8000 has two ways it does this. It has a quad pacer which is a useful on handle toothbrush timer that “buzzes” every 30 seconds to remind you to change areas of your mouth. The Oral-B Genius 8000 also when connected with the Oral-B app has a visible readout that counts up to 2 minutes.
2) Mechanism of Action – Oral-B Genius 8000
The Oral-B Genius 8000 uses the 3D oscillating rotation mechanism of action which as discussed before is clinically proven to be slightly better than the Sonic electric toothbrushes. The Oral-B Genius 8000 comes with 5 x cleaning modes including:
- Daily clean mode (Recommended regular use cleaning mode)
- Sensitive mode (Recommended if you have sensitive teeth)
- Whitening mode (Not Recommended as quite aggressive)
- Gum Care (Gently massages the Gums)
- Pro -Clean (Not Recommended as quite aggressive)
If I were to be critical it would be nice if there was a Tongue Cleaning mode. This feature is available on the Oral-B Genius 9000 however £20 extra is a lot to pay for an extra cleaning mode that you are unlikely to use regularly.
The Oral-B Genius 8000 comes with 3 Refills in the box including the excellent CrossAction tootbrush head, the sensitive toothbrush head and the 3D whitening. Of the three toothbrush heads, the CrossAction toothbrush head is by far the best and the one I recommend to use daily providing you do not have sensitive teeth. The CrossAction toothbrush head has bristles that are angled at 16 degrees which allows it to to accurately clean the plaque along the gum line. I have compared the CrossAction to the Trizone toothbrush head here. The Oral-B Genius 8000 is compatible with the whole range of Oral-B toothbrush heads.
3) Portability – Oral-B Genius 8000
The Oral-B Genius 8000 comes with a premium travel case as standard. The case holds the toothbrush handle and two toothbrush heads in a nice and secure box that protects it from all sides. Unlike the cheaper Oral-B travel cases that are often hard and “plasticy”, this premium travel case is soft touch and definitely feels better quality.
The weight of the toothbrush handle is 140 grams which is quite light weight and has reasonably small dimensions of 24cm x 2.7cm x 3.2cm.
4) Battery Life – Oral-B Genius 8000
This is one of the areas that the Oral-B Genius 8000 really shines compared to the rest of the Oral-B range. One of the most common gripes about the Oral-B range of electric toothbrushes is the short battery life. Most Oral-B have a battery life of 28 minutes however the Oral-B Genius 8000 has almost double that at 40 minutes. It does this by having a high capacity lithium ion battery that not only has a long battery life but charges fast, roughly taking 6 hours from flat. 40 minutes charge time should last 10 days for a single person using the electric toothbrush 2 minutes twice a day.
The charging station that comes with the Oral-B 8000 is very neat and holds the electric toothbrush handle vertically. This means that it is kept away from the grime and dust. Also the charging station holds up to three addition toothbrush heads which is useful if sharing the toothbrush handle with multiple people. The charging station does use a 2 pin plug and does require a 2 pin to 3 pin adapter. A good one can be picked up at Amazon or alternatively any local hardware store.
5) Value for money – Oral-B Genius 8000
The Oral-B Genius 8000 can be bought for £89.70 on Amazon which I think represents great value for money for the features it brings to the table. It also comes with a 30 day money back guarantee which is standard on all Oral-B electric toothbrushes and a 3 year warranty (if you register the product online).
The ongoing cost of running the Oral-B Genius 8000 include the water, electricity, toothpaste costs and toothbrush heads. Given that replacement CrossAction toothbrush heads cost around £3 and each toothbrush head lasts for 3 months at a time. Also assuming a minimum lifespan of the Oral-B Genius 8000 at 3 years (the time it is under warranty), this gives a cost per day of 14p which is not unreasonable for what you are getting.
Verdict – Oral-B Genius 8000
The best electric toothbrush of our product test. The Oral-B Genius 8000 represents good value for money, amazing features and an overall great buy. An almost faultless display of electric toothbrush engineering. If you want a more detailed review of the Oral-B Genius 8000 click here.
Best Electric Toothbrush under £100 UK: Oral-B Smart 6
The Oral-B Smart 6 is the best electric toothbrush under £100. It contains many of the features of the Oral-B Genius 8000 at a lower price tag and represents fantastic value for money. It comes with some great features including:
- 3 x Toothbrush Head Refills ( CrossAction, sensitive and 3D white)
- Protimer with Quadpacer
- Bluetooth Connectivity to the brilliant Oral-B App
- 3D Oscillating rotating mechanism of action
- Premium Travel Case
- 5 x Cleaning modes (Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, pro-clean and Whitening)
- Visible Pressure Sensor with smart ring
- High quality lithium ion battery that can last up to 2 weeks of brushing
The Oral-B Smart 6 is a simple to use toothbrush that packs in many premium features. It contains all the essential features such as Daily clean mode, two minute timer, pressure sensor and premium travel case. Also as it is an Oral-B electric toothbrush it uses the 3D Oscillating Rotation mechanism of action that research shows is slightly better at cleaning.
Oral-B Smart 6 what I did not like
There are a few features that are missing on the Oral-B Smart 6 6000. These are:
- It is missing Position Detection and smart phone holder that allows you to analyse which areas you are missing whilst brushing
- It is missing Tongue cleaning
Because of these missing features, it is hard to recommend the Oral-B Smart 6 over the Oral-B Genius 8000 and thus it is not the overall winner. It does however offer great value for money and wins the under £100 bracket. If you want a detailed review of the Oral-B Smart 6 click here.
Best Electric Toothbrush under £50 UK: Oral-B Pro 3 3000
For a cheap midrange electric toothbrush the Oral-B Pro 3 3000 does a really good job and represents amazing value for money. It has a rubberized, waterproof slim line handle that is an attractive dark blue. It also comes with a visible pressure sensor and 2 minute Protimer, two essential features on an electric toothbrush. The protimer also has an on handle quadpacer that “buzzes” every 30 seconds to let you know when to change area.
As it is part of the Oral-B range, it utilizes the 3D oscillating rotating mechanism of action (which I prefer) and comes with three cleaning modes:
- Daily Clean mode – A good daily use cleaning mode
- Gum Care – Massages the gums
- Sensitive Care mode – A useful mode for people with sensitive teeth
The Oral-B Pro 3 3000 also comes with 2 toothbrush head refills 1 x CrossAction and 1 x Sensitive brush head. As with all electric toothbrushes in the Oral-B range, it is compatible with all the Oral-B Brush heads.
One of the best features about this electric toothbrush is the new improved lithium ion battery which lasts 2 weeks. It also now comes with the same travel case as the Oral-B Pro 2 2500.
The charging station also comes with two stands to hold additional brush heads which is a useful addition.
Oral-B Pro 3 3000 what I did not like
The Oral-B Pro 3 3000 misses out on all the premium features including Bluetooth Connectivity, SmartRing, Oral-B app, tongue-cleaning and pro cleaning modes.
Also some reviews reported that the Oral-B Pro 3 3000 did not hold charge well after a few months of use. In my trials, I did not find this to be the case and found that the Oral-B Pro 3 3000 managed 2 weeks of use as advertised.
These faults are represented in the cheap price of £59.53. If you are looking for a no frills electric toothbrush that will clean just as well as the premium electric toothbrushes, this is the choice for you. If you want a detailed review of the Oral-B Pro 3 3000 click here.
Best Cheap Electric Toothbrush UK: Oral-B Pro 2 2500N
The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 is a fantastic electric toothbrush for those who are on a budget. It has all the basic features that make up a great electric toothbrush which are:
- A 2 minute timer with Quadpacer
- Visible Pressure Sensor
- Battery Indicator Light
- Daily Clean mode which brushes at 8,800 oscillations and 40,000 pulsations per minute
- 3D oscillating rotating mechanism of action
- Extra long battery life of 56 minutes with the new and improved lithium ion battery
This on top of a cracking price of £35.00 make it difficult not to recommend for those who may be buying their first electric toothbrush to see if they like it or not.
It also comes with a 3 year warranty (if you register online) and a 30 day money back guarantee which is standard amongst Oral-B electric toothbrushes.
Oral-B Pro 2 2500 what I did not like
Although this electric toothbrush is cheap, it is clearly missing out on many of the premium features that make the Oral-B Genius 8000 so good. These are most notably:
- Only 2 cleaning modes instead of 5
- No Bluetooth Connectivity
- Not able to connect to the Oral-B app
This is of course reflected in the cheaper price. I did a detailed review of the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 here.
Best Sonic Electric Toothbrush UK: Philips Sonicare DiamondClean
If you must go for a sonic electric toothbrush, the Philips Sonicare Diamondclean is Philips’ best electric toothbrush. It is certainly the most stylish toothbrush on test so if visual aesthetics is important to you, this is the one to for. It comes in a multitude of colours including pink, black, white and rose gold. The rose gold one will most certainly add some “bling” to your bathroom.
The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean comes with some great features including 5 brushing modes:
- Clean – Normal everyday use
- White – Removes surface stains
- Sensitive – A gentle mode for sensitive teeth
- Gum care – Massages the gums
- Deep Clean – three minute mode for extra deep clean (Why 3 minutes?)
The travel case is equally as aesthetic and is also functional as it can be used to charge the electric toothbrush handle. It also can be charged via USB. The charging station is very sleek and looks like a glass cup. The battery is a lithium polymer which allows it last up to 3 weeks which is simply amazing. It also exceptionally easy to use as well with only one button and a very clear LED display.
The handle is very easy to maneuver and is comfortable to grip and comes with a 2 minute timer with a quadpacer. The quadpacer indicates when you have completed a 30 second interval so you know when to change areas of your mouth.
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean what I did not like
In my eyes the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean is style over substance. First of all the price is £209.00 which is the most expensive in the top 5 best electric toothbrushes. Furthermore it has some notable missing features including:
- No Bluetooth Connectivity
- It is missing a Smartphone App
- No Visible Pressure sensor (A basic feature that would be easy to add)
- It is missing a 360 Degree SmartRing
- No Position Detection
To make matters worse the DiamondClean standard brush heads are oval in shape and are bulky. This makes them less manouverable around the mouth particularly in reaching the wisdom teeth. They are also expensive at £24.99 for a pack of 4 (Around £6 each!) Also alluded to earlier the Oral- oscillating rotating motion has outperformed sonic electric toothbrushes in robust clinical trials.
If you have to use a Sonic Electric toothbrush this is the best electric toothbrush for you to use however it does come with some flaws. If you want a detailed review of the philips sonicare diamondclean click here.
The best electric toothbrush conclusion
Best Electric Toothbrush 2018
Deciding which is the best electric toothbrush for you is a personal decision that is highly dependent on your budget. If you have the a budget of £100+ then I would recommend going for the Oral-B Genius 8000. If you are looking for something slightly cheaper the Oral-B Smart 6 might be a good compromise. The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean does put up a good fight for those looking for a Sonic Electric Toothbrush.
As important as choosing the right electric toothbrush is, it is also important to remember that your oral hygiene is dependent on how you use it. If you want to find out how to use an electric toothbrush correctly click here.
I hope in writing this article I have made the job of choosing the best electric toothbrush easier for you. If you do have any comments or feedback then please leave it in the comments section below.