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You go to the dentist twice a year, floss as often as you remember, and steer clear of sticky, sugary treats (most of the time). But, don't forget—A+ oral hygiene is also about brushing, and the best electric toothbrushes make that twice-daily routine a bit easier.
Aside from being almost too easy to use (you stick it in your mouth, push a little button, and let the brush do the work), electric toothbrushes also require way less forearm effort and scream to nosy/curious house guests and roommates that you're super serious about your dental health.
While electric toothbrushes aren't exactly essential, they can be very helpful says dentist Mark S. Wolff, DDS, PhD, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. If your dentist is constantly telling you that you missed a spot or if you're not great at sticking to the 2-minute recommended brushing time, an electric toothbrush may be exactly what your oral health routine is missing.
To be clear, the American Dental Association (ADA) says that both manual and powered toothbrushes are effective at getting plaque off of your teeth—you just need a little more skill with a manual brush. “The average person doesn’t brush as well as they should, so electric toothbrushes can help,” says Wolff. So, even if you are a pretty good brusher, it's likely that an electric toothbrush can make you even better. In fact, in one independent study, all kinds of electric toothbrushes outperformed regular ones when it came to reducing plaque and gingivitis.
These are the best dentist-approved electric toothbrushes, ranging from budget-friendly to splurge-worthy to take your brushing game to the next level.
1.Best Overall: Philips Sonicare 4100
Those hard-to-reach molars don't stand a chance against this budget-friendly toothbrush's power. It also has super-soft rounded bristles that sneak their way between teeth. It's no surprise that this is the number one bestselling electric toothbrush on Amazon with nearly 100,000 five-star reviews.
"The brushing cycle on this provides one month's worth of manual brush strokes in just two minutes!" says dentist Marilyn Ward, DDS. "It removes up to seven times the plaque compared to a manual toothbrush, too."
2. Best Bamboo Toothbrush: Better And Better Bamboo
This pretty bamboo toothbrush is made with soft, plant-based bamboo bristles (yah, that's a thing). Despite it being equipped with natural materials, it's super high-tech, too. It features a whopping 15 brush modes.
"It has all of my must-haves—a timer and soft, plant-based bristles," says board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Jaclyn Tomsic, MD. "And, the bamboo brush heads reduce plastic making it a more sustainable choice. It's a great value. "
3. Best For Plaque Removal: Philips Sonicare 5100
General and cosmetic dentist Lauren Becker, DDS, values a brush with soft bristles, even for plaque removal. And for serious plaque buildup, she recommends the Philips Sonicare Protective Clean brush. It offers different modes and intensity levels so you can curate your toothbrushing experience to your comfort level. A pressure sensor will even tell you when you're brushing too hard.
Don't trust us? Trust one of the 20,000 five-star reviews.
4. Best Smart Brush: Philips Sonicare DiamondClean
This is like the Maybach of electric toothbrushes. It promises to remove stains, but it also charges in the small glass it comes with, syncs up with an app on your phone that can tell you which side you’re brushing more than the other (you know it happens), plus other ways your brushing style needs a little improvement.
Mikenah Joy Vega, DMD at Smile Design Studios in Missouri, Texas says she regularly uses this brush herself, and points out that comes in pink if you're not a fan of the basic white and black electric toothbrushes usually come in. "This is the most ultra-feminine electric toothbrush that exists. It’s beautiful, quieter than any other electric brushes, and comes with an equally lovely traveling case."
It’s basically like having an on-call dentist. "The [DiamondClean] has really taken oral hygiene to the next level," says one reviewer.
5. Best Affordable Brush: Oral-B White Pro 1000
This beauty oscillates, rotates, and pulses to get rid of gunk on your teeth. It also comes with a timer to help you meet the dentist-recommended 2 minutes of brushing that, let’s be honest, no one does on their own.
This model may not have the bells and whistles of more expensive toothbrushes, but people say that's NBD. "I love it," wrote one reviewer. "I wish I had purchased it sooner. It's not too harsh on my gums and my teeth feel very clean after each use."
6. Best For Travel: PRO-SYS VarioSonic Electric Toothbrush
This is a brand that dentists sell in their offices and also comes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. In addition to offering 25 (!) cleaning modes (via the combos of five different brush heads and five speeds), the battery life from one full charge covers a month of brushing. That makes it a great travel option.
7. Best Bristle Quality: Quip Electric Toothbrush Set
Quip is a direct-to-consumer toothbrush that allows you to set up auto brush-head refills so you never forget and end up using old, subpar bristles. The brushes come with a magnetic wall mounting system to make for easy brush access by your bathroom sink.
And the sleek design could make get you interested in more consistent brushing. This brand also has the ADA Seal of Acceptance, meaning dentists think it's legit. Mikenah Joy Vega, DDS, also points out it's a great brush for those dealing with sensitivity. "It’s simple and gets the job done. The bristles and vibrations are very soft." The price point also makes it the perfect starter electric toothbrush, she says.
8. Best For Data Fans: Oral-B iO
Joy Vega calls the Oral-B iO the "Tesla of toothbrushes," as it can do more than just clean your teeth and gums. "On top of the standard electric toothbrush features such as a stop timer and multiple vibration modes, the Oral-B iO collects data as you brush to teach you how to improve your brushing,"she says. The pressure sensor also detects when you're brushing too hard by signaling a red light.
One customer said that they also liked the way the brush signals if you haven't brushed enough. "I like that it has a happy face when you have brushed enough and a frown if you haven't," the reviewer wrote on Amazon.
9. Most High-Tech Brush: Curaprox Hydrosonic Pro
This electric toothbrush from Swiss brand Curaprox uses ultrasound technology to deliver cleaning at the rate your prefer. It has seven different cleaning modes that range from 22,000 to 42,000 brush strokes a minute. You can also opt for different brush heads, including one that's specifically made for people who deal with sensitivity.
You'll have to dish out a little extra cash for this one, but one reviewer said it's absolutely worth it. "This is by far the BEST toothbrush I [own]. Cleaning comfort is outstanding and my teeth have never felt cleaner. I can absolutely recommend the toothbrush and find its price is quite high, but absolutely worth it," they wrote.
10. Best For The Value: AquaSonic VIBE Series Ultra
The AquaSonic vibe toothbrush operates at 40,000 brush strokes per minute in one of four different cleaning modes. For under $40, the AquaSonic Vibe is perfect for those looking for an electric toothbrush that's efficient at cleaning, but a total bargain.
The brush has nearly 3,000 positive reviews on Amazon from people who have added it to their teeth-cleaning routines. "I had bought one for my husband for Christmas and he gave me one of the numerous brush heads that it comes with, so that I could try it. I was so impressed with it that I ended up buying one for myself," wrote one reviewer, who said their dental hygienist was also impressed.
11. Best Floss-Brush Set: Waterpik Sonic-Fusion Flossing Toothbrush
If you're looking for an electric toothbrush that checks every box, this one from Waterpik is it. It's an electric toothbrush and water flosser in one. You can switch from brush to flossing at just the touch of a button, and there's a mode that even allows you to do both at the same time. The brush also features a two-minute timer and 10 different pressure settings.
Nearly 10,000 people have sung its praises on Amazon, including one reviewer who loves that it allows them to easily clean the back of their mouth too. "It's truly 2-in-1 in that you feel it flossing as you are brushing. Really gets all the stuff out of your teeth. It also has a small head, which I find extremely comfortable especially for getting it all the way into the back of my mouth."
12. Most Easy To Use: Colgate Smart Electric Toothbrush Kit
Upping your teeth-cleaning game is super easy with the Hum electric toothbrush. It features three different vibrating cleaning modes, and an app that shows you exactly what parts of your smile need some extra love. The toothbrush can also go 10 days without a charge.
One reviewer said the data tracking may even surprise you. "I have been brushing my teeth for a while—26 years and counting—but who would have thought I was only brushing 85 percent of my mouth correctly?!?...A definite must-buy for anyone considering going electric!"
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