We extensively tested 11 electric toothbrushes and declare the Oral-B Pro 2000 to be our Best Choice. It performs well for its reasonable price, comes with all the necessary functions and efficiently removes plaque and bacterial build-up. Our recommended toothbrush in the premium category is the Oral-B Genius 9000. As one of the best electric toothbrushes on the market, it has many smart accessories and a fun and practical app that will make your brushing even more efficient. Our choice in the budget category is the Oral-B Pro 600, a decent budget brush which is extremely easy to use.
We carried out the tests ourselves and tested all of the toothbrushes as they are intended to be used in reality. A dental hygienist was responsible for deciding the test structure and defining which test parameters should be used. A number of different users took part in the test, including both experienced and inexperienced electric toothbrush users. Children from 2 to 7 years used the children’s toothbrushes in the test. Ultimately, we decided to focus on examining the following parameters:
Function: We looked at the type of brushing technique (whether oscillations, rotations or pulses), motor power, brush mode and the design of the brush head. We also looked at any relevant accessories, whether any app support was included, the charging functionality and any included travel kits.
Use and ergonomics: What is the electric toothbrush like to use in terms of grip, control and accuracy? How well does the handle fit in larger, medium or child size hands? Does the electric toothbrush have useful functions to motivate the user to brush their teeth better?
Brushing result and feeling of cleanliness: We paid particular focus on difficult-to-reach areas where bacterial film often builds up, especially at the gum line, deeper inside the mouth around the molars and in spaces between the teeth.
We judged the toothbrushes’ value for money on how well the models fulfilled expectations for the above parameters in relation to their price. We kept the electric toothbrushes that performed well for further longer-term testing. In many cases this was for several years and we will continuously add updates to the reviews.
A highly effective electric toothbrush that features both the most necessary functions and a modest price
Brush speed: 8000 oscillations/rotations and 40,000 pulses per minute. Brush modes (2): Daily Clean, Gum Care Built-in timer: Yes Pressure sensor: Yes App support: No
The Oral-B Pro 2000 is the basic model in Braun’s Pro series. Models with a higher serial number may have more accessories, brush heads, app support, timers and brush modes, but ultimately, it's the same electric toothbrush with the same effective motor inside. This makes the Oral-B Pro 2000 incredibly good value for money as the “normal” brush mode oscillates, rotates and feels exactly like the significantly more expensive models in the 4000, 5000 and 7000 series. Of course it's fun to experiment with app support and different functions, but our view is that the “normal” brush mode is what most people will use on a daily basis. Apart from this mode, you can activate the “Gum Care” mode by pressing the button once more for a type of massage that pulses in intensity.
The small round brush head makes it easy to carry out accurate brushing in areas where there is a lot of bacterial build up, such as on the areas closest to the gum line and around the molars. The handle felt comfortable for both large and small hands and a warning lamp flashes if you press too hard. This is a useful function, particularly for new users. If you have a lot of problems with plaque build-up or need extra motivation in your toothbrushing, it could be worth buying a more expensive model with more brush modes, brush heads and app support. However, if you feel that you simply want a really good electric toothbrush for an unbeatable price, the Oral-B Pro 2000 delivers exactly that.
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One of the market’s best electric toothbrushes, with many useful accessories
Brush speed: 10,500 oscillations/rotations, 40,000 pulses per minute Brush modes (6): Daily Clean, Deep Clean, Gum Care, Soft, Whitening, Tongue Cleaning Built-in timer: Yes Pressure sensor: Yes App support: Yes
The Oral-B Genius 9000 is a next-generation electric toothbrush. It comes equipped with its own app, which is really well designed and engaging. After a while you may realise that the app has actually made it more enjoyable to brush your teeth. The app shows exactly where in the mouth you should brush, how clean your teeth are and when it’s time to move your brush to another position. You can tailor the brushing to your own personal oral health, either by yourself or in consultation with a dental hygienist or dentist. The Genius 9000 includes a holder for your mobile phone so that you can attach it to the wall or on a mirror to properly see it as you brush. If you really want to personalise your teeth brushing process, you can even change the colour of the lamp built into the brush.
If you’re not interested in gadgets, the Oral-B Genius 9000 also has plenty of practical properties to justify its hefty price tag. The brush has a number of different programmes which you can easily cycle through by simply pressing a button. The most useful modes are the ones for normal brushing and for cleaning between teeth. We felt that The modes for polishing and brushing the tongue didn’t have as noticeable an effect.
The motor in the Genius 9000 is strong, with a highly effective 10,500 oscillations/rotations and 40,000 pulses per minute. Even people who have extensive experience of using an electric toothbrush will experience the wow factor of the Oral-B Genius 9000. Our testers said that their mouths had never felt cleaner and that brushing their teeth had never been more entertaining. While the price is high, if you have a substantial budget for your electric toothbrush the Genius 9000 is an excellent choice.
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A light, stylish and ergonomic electric toothbrush which brushes effectively and quietly
Brush speed: 31,000 pulsing rotations per minute. Brush modes (5): Clean, Gum Care, Polish, Sensitive, White
The first time you brush your teeth with the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean, your mouth will tingle. It’s an interesting sensation rather than an uncomfortable one; something you have to experience to understand. 31,000 pulsing rotations per minute quickly stimulates the production of saliva, meaning it’s best to keep your mouth shut if you want to avoid splashing the bathroom mirror. The sonic brushing technique propels the liquid in between the teeth and along the gum line. After a few days you will learn to enjoy the brushing technique of this Philips model and your mouth will feel clean and fresh.
Philips make some of the most attractive electric toothbrushes on the market. The battery life is excellent, and the toothbrush includes a glass that functions as a wireless charging station – a stylish and practical solution that works with both 110- and 230-volt power supplies. It also includes a travel case that can be charged via USB, a practical solution that means you won’t have to take a special charger with you when you travel. The brush itself is relatively light and the grip is slim and ergonomically designed, making it easier to reach your molars. There are five brushing programmes and a built-in timer which tells you when you have finished each quarter of your mouth. While the timer isn’t as educational as Oral-B’s more expensive models, it still works well. If you learn to love the brushing technique of Philips’ toothbrushes, you’ll no doubt want to carry on with it.
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A popular electric toothbrush, now with a number of clever improvements
Brush speed: 8000 oscillations/rotations and 40,000 pulses per minute Brush modes (4): Daily Clean, Gum Care, Soft and Whitening Built-in timer: Yes App support: Yes
The Oral-B SmartSeries 5000 is an update of the incredibly popular and competent Oral-B Pro 5000 Triumph model. While it is essentially the same electric toothbrush with the same high-quality brushing results, it has a few interesting improvements. One major new feature is that the electric toothbrush can be paired with your smartphone via Bluetooth. The smartphone app guides you as you brush your teeth and tells you when it’s time to change to the next quarter. The app also provides you with data and statistics, an excellent feature for anyone who needs a little extra motivation to achieve better dental health. The handle has also been updated and is now considerably easier to grip and manoeuvre, even for small children’s hands.
The brushing speed remains the same as previous models; it rotates, oscillates and pulses thousands of times a minute, which is very effective against spots and plaque. The brush automatically reduces speed if you press too hard. The feeling of cleanliness is very good and compared with a normal manual toothbrush. The difference in cleaning results between the two is like night and day. The different brushing programmes make it easy to find a personal favourite. Three different brush heads that match these brushing programmes are included with the toothbrush. Despite the Oral-B SmartSeries 5000 clearly being better than its predecessor, the price is relatively high.
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An intelligent and attractively designed electric toothbrush with a long-life battery for quiet, effective cleaning
Brush speed: 31,000 pulsing rotations per minute. Brush modes (3): Clean, Gentle, Massage Brush modes (2): Go care, Max care
This Philips model, with its narrow-rubberised grip and tasteful chrome details, is so attractive that you could even have it on display in the most exclusive bathroom. Its low weight and handle design make it easy to reach difficult to access areas of the mouth, even for children. The brush is also effective against both plaque and spots. When the brushing programme is finished, a timer automatically turns off the toothbrush. The battery lasts a long time and the charger works on both 110- and 230-volt supplies. While it took us a little while to get used to Philips’ sonic pulsing technique, over time we started to enjoy the brushing sensation more and more.
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A colourful toothbrush that includes stickers, sound signalling functionality and an app to control brushing
Brush speed: 500 brush strokes per second Brush modes (2): 3-6 years, 7 years and upwards Built-in timer: Yes Pressure sensor: Yes App support: Yes Target group: Children’s toothbrush
Philips Sonicare For Kids is an electric toothbrush for children that although impressed us in nearly all areas, unfortunately fell short right at the finishing line. With this model it was the design of the actual brush head that we couldn’t get to grips with. It’s always a challenge to brush right to the back of the mouth and the spaces between the teeth. This problem is further complicated in a small child's mouth. Yet in the case of this brush, Philips have chosen to make their brush head rectangular and relatively large. For smaller children it’s doubtful whether they would even be able to reach the brush head everywhere in the mouth, although it did work better for larger children. For this reason we would have preferred to see a smaller, rounder brush head.
Other than this shortfall, the Philips Sonicare For Kids feels very well designed for its target group. The toothbrush includes a number of stickers so that the child can customise the appearance of the toothbrush. It comes in colours which are bright and cheerful and the chargeable handle works well with different hand sizes. The motor is both strong and effective and the electric toothbrush has a fun music loop that signals when it’s time to change side in the mouth and when to change from the lower to upper teeth. There is also a “Kid Timer” that gradually increases brushing time over the course of 90 days to the recommended time of 2.5 minutes. With this feature children can naturally get used to brushing their teeth for longer and longer. With the Philips Sonicare For Kids, toothbrushing will undoubtedly become both simpler and more enjoyable. If it only had a better-designed brush head it, we would give it top marks.
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An effective electric toothbrush with a good and child-friendly grip, all at a good price
Brush speed 31,000 pulsing rotations per minute Brush modes (3) Clean, Clean & White, Gentle
The Philips HX6731 has the same easy-to-use rubber coated handle as the HX6932, which works very well for both adults and children. While the brushing speed is also meant to be the same, it didn’t feel quite as effective. The brush has three different programmes, the Clean & White setting supposedly being able to make your teeth a full two shades whiter in just two weeks. The toothbrush shuts off automatically after two minutes – if you want to shut it off before this you have to click through all of the brush modes. The sonic technology is considerably quieter than the competitors’ electric toothbrushes, so much so that it was almost inaudible to other people in the bathroom. While this model is cheaper, we couldn’t help but prefer the function rich HX6932.
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A good budget brush, but with a relatively weak motor
Brush speed: 8000 oscillations/rotations and 20,000 pulses per minute. Built-in timer: Yes Pressure sensor: Yes App support: No
The Oral-B Pro 600 is an electric toothbrush that will quickly become a faithful companion in your everyday bathroom routine. If you’re primarily interested in a brush that can provide good, thorough brushing and place less value on extra functions, the Pro 600 is a good budget alternative to pricier, more function rich models. The package includes a chargeable handle, a charging station and a brush head. The Pro 600 can also be supplemented with other brush heads and is compatible with heads including Cross Action, Sensitive Clean, Floss Action, 3D White and Trizone. The toothbrush has one brush mode called Daily Clean, which works at 8800 oscillations/rotations and 20,000 pulses per minute.
The Pro 600 has a light indicator showing the battery charge. The use period for a full charge is around 30 minutes, which corresponds to around a 6-7 day battery life if you brush for 2 minutes both morning and evening. The toothbrush also has a mechanical pressure sensor to ensure gentle brushing, combined with a two-minute timer to ensure you use it for the recommended brushing time.
In comparison with the Oral-B Pro 2000 however, the Pro 600 felt like it was running on low batteries. There simply isn’t the same power in the motor. Despite this it is still much more effective than a manual toothbrush and it does its job faithfully for long periods without losing effectiveness. We therefore recommend the Oral-B Pro 600 to anyone who wants a good electric toothbrush without spending too much on buying one.
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A child-friendly design and a brush head suitable for children
Brush speed: 5600 oscillations/rotations and 20,000 pulses per minute Brush modes (1): Daily Clean Built-in timer: Yes Pressure sensor: Yes App support: Yes Target group: Children’s toothbrush
The Oral-B Stages Power is Oral-B’s toothbrush for children, which is clear both from its bright colours and the fact that the toothbrush is available in designs based on a number of different cartoon characters. The electric toothbrush includes a charging station, a chargeable handle and a soft toothbrush head. The head is round and feels very suitable for the target group (according to Oral-B the toothbrush can be used by children from three years and upwards). Even in slightly smaller mouths it’s easy to get in between teeth and right to the back of the mouth. The Oral-B Stages Power has a melody that plays after a minute’s brushing, signalling that it's time to change from upper to lower set of teeth and vice versa.
The packaging promises a more enjoyable teeth brushing process and that children will brush their teeth for up to 90% longer. While this may sound like marketing spiel, our experience is that children do actually find electric toothbrushes more fun and that they make them much more patient about opening wide. This makes an electric toothbrush for children a good buy if you want to invest in their dental health from a young age.
However, the actual toothbrush itself isn’t so impressive. The motor sounds tired and slow from the start – similar to how a normal Oral-B toothbrush sounded in terms of efficiency several years ago. Unfortunately the wow factor that you get from using a new Oral-B electric toothbrush for adults is completely absent here. It feels like the Oral-B Stages Power is due an update to make it as good value for money as the brand’s other models.
A good budget choice with simple functions, similar to its sister model the Pro 600
Brush speed: 8,800 oscillations/rotations and 20,000 pulses per minute Brush modes (1): Daily Clean Built-in timer: Yes Pressure sensor: Yes App support: No
The Oral-B Pro 700 and the slightly cheaper Pro 600 model are confusingly similar. That the price only differs marginally also makes it difficult to understand what distinguishes one electric toothbrush from the other in layman’s terms. Ultimately it seems that the Oral-B Pro 700 features a slightly more updated design. However, on the inside they are both the same. The Pro 700 includes a charging station, chargeable handle and a brush head. The electric toothbrush is compatible with all types of brush heads from Oral-B, including Cross Action, Sensi Clean, 3D White, Floss Action and TriZone heads.
When the Pro 700 is fully charged, the battery lasts for around a week's use assuming that you brush for about two minutes a time twice a day. The electric toothbrush has a built-in mechanical pressure sensor, one brush mode and a battery indicator on the handle. With 8800 oscillations/rotations and 20,000 pulses a minute the Pro 700 does a reasonable job, compared with the Pro 2000 from Oral-B the motor feels both old and tired. The difference can be heard almost immediately. If you’re looking for a budget model electric toothbrush that provides good value for money, the Pro 600 is a better choice. We don't recommend paying extra for the updated design of the Pro 700. If your budget is a little bigger, we recommend going for Oral-B’s 2000 series in order to get even better value for money.
Electric toothbrushes are an increasingly common sight in the bathroom. Dental health is important and of course we want to do the best we can to make sure we have a fresh mouth and a gleaming smile. An electric toothbrush is more effective than a manual toothbrush at promoting good oral hygiene and effectively counteracting caries, plaque and gum inflammation. Compared with manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes can achieve whiter teeth that may have discolouration or spots from coffee and tobacco.
With a manual toothbrush it can feel like you have to stand there for an age when you're brushing your teeth. In contrast to this, the majority of electric toothbrushes have some form of built-in timer which helps you brush your teeth for the correct amount of time recommended by dentists. Cheaper variants often have fewer refinements and accessories. Do you really need all these modern features? Of course it's an individual choice. But if you've decided to invest in better dental health, a higher priced multi-functional model could be a wise choice towards making brushing your teeth both more enjoyable and more effective.
Clinical findings show that battery-powered electric toothbrushes are more effective than manual toothbrushes. We have only tested electric toothbrushes from the biggest brands; Oral-B, which is manufactured by Braun, and Philips. Both claim to be the most recommended by dentists and dental hygienists.
There are a number of differences in the techniques used by these electric toothbrushes. Oral-B toothbrushes pulse and rotate in an oscillating movement, while Philips toothbrushes vibrate in a sonic, pulsing movement which stimulates the saliva. The brushing feel is different and which you prefer will be a personal choice. Both techniques are gentle and effective at removing plaque and bacterial film, producing a cleaner and fresher feeling in the mouth than a manual toothbrush.
Brush your teeth with a toothpaste containing fluoride twice a day for two minutes. Move the electrical toothbrush gently and slowly from tooth to tooth. Don't scrub, rather allow the toothbrush to do the work for you. Pause for a little while on each tooth before moving on. First brush the outside of the teeth, then the inside. Be extra careful at the gum line where plaque and bacterial film often build up. End with the biting surfaces of the side teeth. All electric toothbrushes in the test are guaranteed to use the correct brushing pressure. According to the manufacturer's instructions you should change the brush head every three months. Supplement your brushing with dental floss or toothpicks and a tongue scraper to counteract caries, periodontitis and bad breath.
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