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Published on June 18th, 2020 | by Patricia


The 5 “Tried and True” Best Electric Toothbrushes

There is actually a lot involved in choosing an electric toothbrush. When I realized the benefits of brushing with electric toothbrushes, I remember feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices out there and the different advice that I was getting from friends, colleagues and from the corners of the internet that I had gone to for advice.

There are quite a bit more to electric toothbrushes than meets the eye. You have to make decisions on the same things that you decide upon when you buy a regular toothbrush, plus the added specifics of an electric toothbrush. But you definitely should upgrade to an electric if you can because research has shown that the electric toothbrush does a much better job at preventing gum disease than the standard toothbrush as long as you use a rotation oscillation model. Gum disease isn’t just a problem for your teeth, either. Gum disease is a risk factor for an entire host of serious illnesses from diabetes to heart disease.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, here’s a quick table that give you my top 5 electric toothbrushes covering different price range and functions. Click on the name of each toothbrush will give you more detail.

Activity/PurposeMy RecommendationMy RatingPrice Range
Budget FriendlyOral-B Pro 10004.2 Stars$
Value for moneyPhilips Sonicare Easy Clean4.2 Stars$
Personal FavoriteIbrush Sonic Wave4.5 Stars$
Track your oral hygieneOral-B BLACK 7000 SmartSeries4.5 Stars$$
The "Ferrari of electric toothbrush"Philips Sonicare DiamondClean4.7 Stars$$$

The Oral-B Pro 1000

If you’re looking for a basic electric toothbrush that will do the job well, the Pro 1000 is one of the options offered by Oral-B.

For about $40, you can find out just how much better you can brush with an electric toothbrush and this model has more going for it than just the price: it is made by Oral-B, one of the leading (and most highly dentist recommended) names in dental hygiene products and it has some pretty great features that you wouldn’t expect for a budget toothbrush.

This toothbrush is comparable with the some of the lower-end Philip’s Sonicare electric toothbrushes, but it is a much gentler toothbrush than the Sonicare. This model removes double the plaque that a manual toothbrush does and has a pressure sensor that stops the brush if you are pushing too hard so that you don’t damage your teeth. It also has a timer in the handle that will tell you when you have brushed long enough, and when to move to a different area of the mouth.

This is the very basic and essential electric toothbrush. If you can afford nothing else on this list, at least make sure you are brushing with this one.

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Philips Sonicare HX6511/50 Easy Clean

The most common price range that new customers to the electric toothbrush go to is the $60 to $70 range like Philip’s Sonicare HX6511. This is because after looking at the various prices, most consumers realize that they don’t need all of the features offered by the most expensive electric toothbrushes on the market, but they also don’t want to go with the least expensive option either. That’s a good choice for most consumers because this is a great toothbrush. What it comes with and the features it includes definitely makes it worth upgrading to from a low-end model.

Sonicare is so named because of the sonic technology that their toothbrushes use. The Easy Clean comes with this technology as well as travel accessories that don’t come included with low-end toothbrushes. This model comes with the handle, brush head, charger, and travel cap to keep your toothbrush clean when you travel. It also starts you off slowly because the brushing action of the Easy Care is invigorating. Over a period of fourteen days, the Easy Care will gradually acclimatize you to the brushing action so that you don’t have major gum bleeding and pain.

This toothbrush will hold a charge for a long time. You should only have to charge it a couple of times per month. The Philip’s products use sonic technology to move around 30,000 times per minute. That means that you can get liquid in the tiny spaces between teeth and make sure to do a great job cleaning your mouth. This is the high low-end model and if you can afford the extra $20 you should get this one for the added cleaning power.

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iBrush SonicWave

Customers in search of a quality toothbrush that gets the job done in the $65-$90 price range will definitely want to look into the iBrush SonicWave Electric Toothbrush. This toothbrush was developed by a dentist for her patients, and is now commercially available for anyone to buy online. It includes three operating modes for flexible performance, a timer, and a UV Sanitizer which kills germs for a bright, healthy smile and fresh breath.

The iBrush SonicWave is not only an affordable option for an electric toothbrush, it is a popular one too. As of the time of this review, more than 120 customers on have rated the SonicWave with an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars. What do these buyers love so much about the iBrush? Along with its great price, this is a toothbrush that really gets your mouth looking and feeling clean. With the UV sanitizer and great accessories included in the base price, it is easy to keep clean and charged, which makes it perfect for home or travel use.

This value is pretty hard to beat. You could pay three times as much for a top-of-the-line Sonicare and get the same performance quality. But why pay three times as much when you don’t have to?

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Oral-B BLACK 7000 SmartSeries

Fourth on the list is the Oral-B Black 7000 Smartseries. This is an awesome toothbrush with some incredible features and is highly recommended to someone who are serious about their electric toothbrush.

This is the first toothbrush that helps you track your oral hygiene better by communicating with your smartphone. Is there an app for that? You bet. You can get it for Android and Apple devices and see exactly what the long-term effects of your brushing habits are as well as predict what will happen in the future.

Besides that, there are helpful hints included with the app so that you can improve your brushing and other cleaning. Oh and the app tells you when you’re brushing your teeth too hard as well.

This electric toothbrush features a rounded brush head with a cross-action design and angled brush bristles for the perfect clean. It has been shown in clinical trials to be the most effective way to remove plaque and get the best clean possible. The toothbrush has six power modes. There is a daily clean mode, a gum care mode, a sensitive teeth/gums mode, deep cleaning, whitening and tongue cleaning mode.

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Philips Sonicare HX9332/05 DiamondClean

The final toothbrush on our list is the DiamondClean from Philips. It is a Sonicare toothbrush that is packed full of useful features and new technology. If you want the best cleaning possible for your mouth, then check out some of the features that this electric toothbrush offers, which are some of the most advanced teeth cleaning features ever imagined.

The DiamondClean is even more effective at removing plaque than the other toothbrushes discussed and promises to give you healthier gums in just fourteen days. It is also the only regular teeth whitener that you’ll ever need and it will have your teeth several shades whiter in about a week.

There is also sonic technology included like with the other Philips Sonicare products, driving fluid into those tiny spaces between teeth to give you the maximum clean that you can get from a toothbrush. It has a dual charging system with a USB travel case and charger glass as well.

One of the best things about this particular model, besides all of the features that it has, is that it comes to you from the top sonic recommended brand of electric toothbrush by dentists. Dental professionals know that the Sonicare toothbrushes offer superior clean and this is the cream of the crop for Sonicare models.

There are five brushing modes that you can use, each one perfectly calibrated to give you the best brushing experience possible for what you are trying to achieve. You have cleaning, whitening, polishing, gum care and sensitive teeth modes to choose from.

The manufacturers are so sure that you will absolutely love this toothbrush that they are giving you a total of 28 days to try it out and return it if you aren’t happy with it. This is the most advanced Philip’s Sonicare model on the market and is one of the best investments you can make in your teeth and gums.

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What Your Dentist Recommends

Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day and that one of those times be right before you go to bed. Remember, the temperature inside your mouth is a blistering 98 degrees (on average) and it is the perfect place for bits of food to rot and for bacteria to grow. Dentists also recommend that you brush for two full minutes and that you use a toothbrush that is able to easily cover all of the surfaces of your mouth. Many electric toothbrushes are perfectly suited for that chore and another advantage that they have over manual toothbrushes, is that many people enjoy using them. The more you enjoy using your toothbrush the more likely you’ll be to use it often.

Factors to Consider When Choosing the Best Electric Toothbrush

I want to go over a few of the things that you should be basing your electric toothbrush decision on. That way, you’ll be armed with the information you need to make a decision on which one (or more) of the five toothbrushes I found would work best for you.

The first thing that you should be concerned with is size. The size of the toothbrush should allow you to easily get into all of the areas of your teeth that you need to brush. That means that you need about a half-inch head width with an inch in length.

Next, you’ll want to decide what kind of bristle you want your electric toothbrush to have. There are three basic types: soft, medium and hard. For most people, the soft-bristled brushes are the best choice. Brushing hard with medium or hard-bristled brushes can do damage to your teeth.

I didn’t even know how to choose a bristle type much less any of the other features that electric toothbrushes have. In case you’re experiencing the same feeling of being lost in the woods as I was, make sure you check out the above five best electric toothbrushes that my own research uncovered.

About the Author

I’m a mom to two rambunctious boys who both love candy and just can’t seem to get enough of it. This site is packed with information about dental care designed to help EVERYONE from all walks of life.

One Response to The 5 “Tried and True” Best Electric Toothbrushes

  1. John says:

    I got the FlexCare RS930 few years back and it’s a fantastic toothbrush. Too bad Philips discontinued it.

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