The 7 Best Electric Toothbrushes to Buy in 2019

Take care of your oral health with our top picks

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If you’re looking to take your oral care to the next level of clean, it might be time to try an electric toothbrush. Studies show that people brush twice as long when using an electric toothbrush, and electric toothbrushes remove up to seven times more plaque at the gumline than manual brushing.

Whether you’re shopping by price or you have special dental needs to consider, we’re sure you’ll find what you’re looking for on our comprehensive list. Here are our top seven electric toothbrushes.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Philips Sonicare

Philips Sonicare

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When it comes to the best electric toothbrush, the bottom line is a reliable clean every time. That’s why the Sonicare line of electric toothbrushes by Philips has become the gold standard. There’s a model for every need and a variety of different brush heads—whether you have sensitive teeth and gums or you're looking for a brighter, whiter smile, there's a brush for you.

From Sonicare’s basic model to its top-of-the-line, app-enabled version, Sonicare electric toothbrushes give a dentist-clean feeling every time, blasting away plaque and tartar build-up with patented sonic vibration. It’s compact enough for hard-to-reach places, and soft enough so as not to damage gums. Plus, we love that the Sonicare charges fast and holds a charge for several weeks at a time, making it a perfect travel companion as well.

Best Budget: Quip

Quip

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Ringing in at a fraction of the price of most high-end models, newcomer Quip is an electric toothbrush that competes with even the most expensive brushes. There are no bells and whistles here—there is just one simple setting. Quip is cute, modern, and incredibly convenient. That’s because the designers behind Quip know what’s important: a product that makes your busy life much easier. This handy little brush runs for months using just AAA batteries, and it comes with its own suction-cup stand that allows you to stick it to most surfaces.

This revolutionary brush is tied to a subscription service, so you can sign up to have new brush heads delivered every three months, just in time for a dentist-recommended change to your existing brush head. There’s even a Quip brand mint toothpaste that you can have delivered along with your brush heads.

Best for Whiter Teeth: Sonicare Diamond Clean

If your main goal when purchasing an electric toothbrush is to have a whiter, brighter smile, you’re in luck! Sonicare now comes in a super elite version called the Diamond Clean. The name comes from its diamond-shaped head, which fits into even the smallest spots of your mouth to buff every square inch of enamel. When you use the Diamond Clean, you can choose from different modes: use clean mode for a better-than-average overall clean, polish mode for maximum brightening, and white mode to blast away surface stains.

The Diamond Clean isn’t cheap, but its hefty price tag is worth it according to its host of five-star Amazon reviews. To further the Diamond Clean’s status as a posh toothbrush for the discerning mouth, it comes with a small glass charging base.

Best for Braces: Waterpik WP-950

If you have braces, you simply can’t find a better tool to give a thorough clean around wires than a Waterpik. We love the WP-950 model because it comes not only with an electric toothbrush but also its signature water flosser, which is more effective than string floss when it comes to cleaning around braces.

The reservoir holds enough water for up to 90 seconds of flossing, or you can use the system with your favorite mouthwash for extra cleaning power. It comes with five water flossing tips, including an orthodontic tip which is deemed essential for cleaning around braces. The included Sensonic electric toothbrush comes with four brush heads and an integrated charging base.

Best for Sensitive and Receding Gums: Oral B 8000

Just because you’re dealing with gum sensitivity doesn’t mean that you can’t use an electric toothbrush. It does mean that you’ll have to be a bit more choosy about which one you choose. The Oral B 8000 is a super-slick, top-of-the-line offering by an industry favorite, and comes highly recommended by many dentists. This electric toothbrush comes with two unique features to protect sensitive gums. First, there’s the Triple Pressure Sensor feature—when you start to press too hard, a ring around the top of the handle glows to alert you, and then the brush slows down to encourage more gentle brushing. On top of this, you can choose to brush using the Sensitive mode, which is designed for a gentler brushing experience.

Best for Dental Work: Philips Sonicare HX6631/02 3 Series Gum Health

If you’ve had lots of dental work done in the past, the last thing you want to do is use a toothbrush that’s too rough. This could lead to painful and expensive repairs. That’s why we recommend the Sonicare 3 Series Gum Health model as the best electric toothbrush for dental work. It’s designed to provide a superior clean, but it's still safe to use on fillings, veneers, and bridges. Since Sonicare vibrates so fast, it’s able to clean without aggressive motions or too much pressure. This model comes with three intensity settings—low, medium and high—so you can choose which one feels right for you.

Best App-Enabled: Oral B Pro 6000

Oral B takes connected brushing to the next level with their Pro 6000 series. The Oral B Pro 6000 (and all models above) comes with brush heads containing sensors that download your brushing habits to the accompanying app. There’s a handy display that shows you which areas you need to focus on, and the app even allows your dentist to weigh in on your oral care and make recommendations for improvements.

When you purchase the Oral B Pro 6000 series electric toothbrush, you’re not just getting an app-enabled brush. You’re also getting the amazing cleaning power of an industry leader, along with lots of important extras like different settings, a handy pressure sensor that indicates when you’re pressing too hard, and a long-lasting charge.

Our Process

Our writers spent 2 hours researching the most popular electric toothbrushes on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 15 different toothbrushes overall, screened options from 4 different brands and manufacturers, read over 11 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 2 of the toothbrushes themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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