The 10 Best Toothbrushes to Buy in 2020

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First Look

Best Overall: Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9300 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush at Amazon

"Great ergonomic design that cleans teeth and gums extraordinarily well without needing to use excessive force."

Best Budget: 5-Pack Charcoal Toothbrush at Amazon

"The brushes are long, soft, and durable, with actuated charcoal properties built into the bristles, giving them the ability to blast plaque in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth."

Best for Braces: Fairywill Sonic Electric Toothbrush at Amazon

"The interdental brush head is a game changer for anyone with braces, making cleaning in and around wires a breeze."

Best for Kids: Philips Sonicare for Kids at Amazon

"Easy to use and offers many of the benefits of their adult-centric models while managing to make the chore of brushing teeth fun."

Best for Receding Gums: Foreo Issa 2 at Amazon

"This premium, Swedish-designed toothbrush features silicone bristles, ideal for those with sensitive gums."

Best for Sensitive Teeth: Sensodyne Sensitive at Amazon

"Extremely soft and gentle bristles are what helps prevent the pangs of pain that other toothbrushes can cause."

Best Electric: Quip at Amazon

"A fuss-free, one setting, electric toothbrush that does the work of multi-setting models."

Best for Travel: Oral-B Electric Toothbrush Pro-Health Gum Care at Amazon

"This battery-powered toothbrush is great for travel, as it doesn’t require a recharging cord and is easily portable."

Best for Whitening: Spotlight Oral Care Sonic Toothbrush at Ulta

"Spotlight Oral Care bridges the gap between beauty and oral health."

Best Subscription Based Service: Burst Sonic Toothbrush at Amazon

"This brush provides impressive vibrational frequency and won’t break the bank at $70."

Having a great toothbrush is fundamental when it comes to oral hygiene. However, due to the fact that there are so many brands, types, and models on the market—ranging in price from one dollar to a few hundred—it can be difficult choosing one that fits your needs, dental concerns, and budget. 

The biggest question that most of us have is whether we should be using an electric or manual brush. However, according to Heather Kunen, DDS, MS, co-founder of Beam Street, there is no right answer. “Studies show that electric and manual toothbrushes have equal efficacy when it comes to cleaning our teeth and that the brushing technique of the user is actually what is most important when it comes to toothbrushing,” explains Dr. Kunen. She does point out, however, that most of her patients who use electric toothbrushes “enjoy the brushing experience more and also maintain better hygiene."

If you're looking for a new toothbrush, here are a few of the best on the market that will keep your smile fresh and clean.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9300 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare Toothbrush

 Courtesy of Amazon

Philips revolutionized the electric toothbrush when they introduced the Sonicare in 1992. Over the last nearly 30 years, they have been continuing to improve their technology and have expanded their collection, now available in a variety of models at every price point. Dr. Kunen always recommends Sonicare to her patients, explaining that the DiamondClean is basically the Rolls Royce of their offerings. “This is the toothbrush I use and it is my favorite toothbrush I have tried,” she says. 

Due to its multiple settings, it's the perfect option for people with sensitive or receding gums. The brush head is smaller than most other electric toothbrushes, featuring ultra-soft bristles and a “great ergonomic design that cleans my teeth and gums extraordinarily well without needing excessive force,” she says. 

Also, the brush provides a strong and consistent vibration that perfectly removes bacteria without hurting gingival tissue. Another great feature? It has a built-in two-minute timer with 30-second interval timers to prompt you to move to different quadrants of your mouth. While it might be one of the more expensive models on the market, Dr. Kunen maintains that it lasts for years and has easily replaceable and affordable brush heads. “I had my first one for five years,” she says. 

Best Budget: 5-Pack Charcoal Toothbrush

It’s possible you have never heard of the brand Dental Expert; however, they are responsible for making one of the most highly-rated toothbrushes on Amazon. This gum massaging, teeth whitening, disposable brush has been called the “best toothbrush ever” by reviewers. The brushes are long, soft, and durable, with activated charcoal properties built into the bristles, giving them the ability to blast plaque in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. They also feature a slim, easy-to-grip handle making them easy and comfortable to maneuver. 

Best for Braces: Fairywill Sonic Electric Toothbrush

Fairywill, another brand you may have never heard of, has managed to make a top-rated, high-quality electric toothbrush for a reasonable price. Their Sonic Electric Toothbrush has not only earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance but Amazon Choice status for the best toothbrush for braces. Like more expensive models, there are multiple settings—clean, sensitive, and massage—a charge that lasts up to four hours, and the ability to offer up to 40,000 micro brushes per minute. Many reviewers attest that their interdental brush head is a game-changer for anyone with braces, making cleaning in and around wires a breeze. 

Best for Kids: Philips Sonicare for Kids

Aside from the fact that it is easy to use and offers many of the benefits of their adult-centric models, Philips Sonicare for Kids manages to make the chore of brushing teeth actually, well, fun. First, it comes with removable stickers, so your child can dress up their pink-or-blue brush however they please. It also features “kidpacer” musical alerts, guiding your child to move to the next quadrant of the mouth. But the coolest thing about this teeth cleaning tool is that Philips designed an interactive free app that syncs with the brush via Bluetooth. It not only tracks their progress but helps educate and train your child how to brush their teeth the right way—even rewarding them for successful brushing sessions.

Best for Receding Gums: Foreo Issa 2

The Foreo Issa 2 looks as good as it feels. This premium, Swedish-designed toothbrush features silicone bristles instead of the nylon offered by most other toothbrush brands, making it super gentle for more sensitive gums and anyone who suffers from a receding gum line. The material also makes them more durable, so they will last longer and keep bacteria at bay. It also offers a whopping 16 adjustable speeds—and get this—one charge lasts 365 days. 

Best for Sensitive Teeth: Sensodyne Precision Soft Toothbrush

Sensodyne might be better known for its trademark toothpaste, catering toward anyone with tooth or gum sensitivity. However, their disposable toothbrush has amassed a cult following among those who identify with having sensitive teeth. Extremely soft and gentle bristles are what helps prevent the pangs of pain that other toothbrushes can incite. However, users attest that they are still firm enough that they don’t get flattened by light brushing. Keep in mind: fans say these toothbrushes are hard to find and sell out fast, so you might want to stock up!

Best Electric: Quip

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Since launching in 2015, Quip has shaken up the electric toothpaste business. The brand’s starter kit, offering a Smart Electric Toothbrush, cover, their trademark mint toothpaste, and refillable floss string, starts at just $50 for their plastic model—a fraction of the cost of most other premium electric toothbrushes. What really sets Quip apart from the competition? They have managed to create a fuss-free, one-setting, electric toothbrush that does the work of multi-setting models. And, instead of having to lug a charger everywhere you go, the brush runs on AAA batteries. Also, if you can’t remember when to change your brush head, you have the option of subscribing to Quip’s quarterly brush head delivery service. 

Best for Travel: Oral-B Electric Toothbrush Pro-Health Gum Care

When Dr. Kunen packs her suitcase, it always includes an Oral-B Electric Toothbrush. “This battery-powered toothbrush is great for travel, as it doesn’t require a recharging cord and is easily portable,” she explains. It is also compatible with a bunch of different Oral-B toothbrush heads, making it a great option for those with any specific dental concerns. An added bonus? The brush is also extremely affordable, so if it is lost during travel, it's easily replaceable.

Best for Whitening: Spotlight Oral Care Sonic Toothbrush

Spotlight Oral Care Sonic Toothbrush

 Courtesy of Ulta

Created and founded by two sisters and practicing cosmetic dentists, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Vanessa Creaven, Spotlight Oral Care bridges the gap between beauty and oral health. One of the main objectives of the Spotlight Sonic Toothbrush is to whiten up your teeth to pearly white perfection. It has three different settings—Sensitive, Clean, and White—each with a different level of speed to ensure the utmost comfort during your teeth cleaning session. Keep in mind that the price— $150—includes a nine-month supply of brush heads and a carrying case for travel. 

Best Subscription Based Service: Burst Sonic Toothbrush

If you are on social media, you have probably noticed Burst Sonic Toothbrush pop up on your feed. This electric toothbrush-slash-subscription based service is another industry-changer, offering a super-effective electric toothbrush—with a battery life of up to one month—with a low monthly brush service fee, and Dr. Kunen is a fan. “This brush provides impressive vibrational frequency and won’t break the bank at $70,” she explains. It also takes the guesswork out of replacing your brush heads, as new ones are mailed to you every 90 days, with the option of adding a whitening strip subscription every three months. 

Final Verdict

If you are looking for an oral hygiene powerhouse that will last you for years on-end, we suggest the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9300 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush. While it is the most expensive toothbrush we analyzed, it is an investment worth making. Not only does it offer multiple settings, making it a great option for a variety of dental needs, but its disposable heads are also soft enough for comfort yet sturdy enough to deep clean your pearly whites. It also features a built-in timer, taking the guesswork out of efficient brushing. 

What to Look For in a Toothbrush

Your Preference: First and foremost, you need to decide what type of toothbrush you actually enjoy using. Per the American Dental Association, both electric and manual brushes work equally well to clean your teeth, if you are using them effectively.

Dental Concern: Do you have sensitive teeth and gums, braces, want to brighten up your yellowed teeth, are you just looking for an all-around multi-tasker? These are questions you need to ask yourself before narrowing down your list of contenders. For example, Dr. Kunen suggests that patients with sensitive gums or recession look for an electric toothbrush that has different settings to accommodate for their condition. Alternatively, if you have no pre-existing dental conditions, a one-setting brush could work for you. 

Budget: As with nearly every type of product on the market, you need to decide how much you are willing to spend on a toothbrush. Our top pick (and Dr. Kunen’s), the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean is the most expensive brush we featured. While it may offer the best quality and functionality, you can certainly purchase the Fairywill for a more affordable price, and be guaranteed a good clean. 

Type of Use: Are you looking for a brush to use at home or one that you can easily toss in your suitcase and bring with you on a trip? Since each toothbrush is unique in their size, functionality, charging method (charger vs battery operated) you might want to think about purchasing more than one brush. For example, Dr. Kunen uses the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean while at home but prefers the Oral-B Electric Toothbrush Pro-Health when she is on the road. 

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