Published on August 12th, 2020 | by James0
What is the Best Electric Toothbrush for Kids?
As a parent, I worry about my son’s oral hygiene. Like most kids, he doesn’t really like brushing. For another thing, he isn’t very good at it; he’s just not very coordinated, and he has a hard time reaching, especially in back of his mouth. I find an electric toothbrush really helps me to get all those hard-to-reach spots, and I know it makes brushing go faster, so finding an electronic toothbrush for him to use has been a priority.
Of course, if you are a parent, you know that it’s tough to find an electric toothbrush that a child can use. Most of them are too large. Even adults find many of them too big! Children have small mouths and need toothbrushes specifically designed for them. I decided to order a few different ones and give them to my son to try. Here are the results of my research and the best brushes we tested.
Best Budget-Friendly Electric Toothbrush for Kids:
Oral-B Pro-Health For Me Rechargeable Power Toothbrush
If you have a child who goes through toothbrushes rapidly, or if you just want to test and see if an electric toothbrush is what your kid needs, it makes sense to start with a budget option. You can buy the Oral-B Pro-Health For Me brush for just $20-$35. This is a very reasonable cost for a highly rated brush. More than 300 customers have given it an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com as of the time of this review.
The toothbrush includes an extra toothbrush head refill with your purchase, and there is an option to fit on an Ortho Brush Head (you have to buy it separately) if your child has braces. A two minute timer is included to help children know when they have brushed enough. The brush heads are very affordable, by the way—you can purchase a replacement pack of four for under $10.
What did my son think of it? He liked the handle, which has cool designs on it, and he said that the bristles were softer than other brushes we had tried out in the past. It was a little heavy, but not too bad. In terms of size, it is actually about the same as the adult Oral-B brushes I’ve tried. Thankfully they have small brush heads, so this product was just fine for my kid’s mouth.
Best Mid-Price Electric Toothbrush for Kids:
Philips Sonicare HX6311/07 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
This is a very popular option if you are shopping for an electric toothbrush for a child. As of the time of this post, more than 860 customers on Amazon.com have reviewed it, rating it with an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars. The cost? This brush will run you $50-$70.
As you might guess, at that higher price range, you get a lot more options for customization and more brushing features. The toothbrush is rated as 75% more effective than a manual brush, and includes an extra soft rubberized brush head that will be gentle and comfortable for a young person to use.
What my son liked most about this brush is that it was fun for him to customize! It comes with eight different stickers which your child can place on the handle to decorate it with a fun pattern. This was a big hit with him, and it encouraged him to take an interest in brushing his teeth. Children love to customize. I think this would be an especially popular option if you had more than one child and were buying toothbrushes for each of them. Kids love to fee like something is uniquely theirs and says something about their personality.
As with the other brushes we tried, it included a quadrant alert system (KidPacer) to let him know every thirty seconds when it was time to press on to the next area of his mouth so he would brush for the full two minutes. I actually find that feature useful even as an adult. Like father like son, I guess—I tend to rush the job unless I have a feature telling me how long I have actually brushed. But for a kid this is extra helpful!
Speaking of rushing, another cool feature I personally am a fan of is KidTimer. This feature is perfect if you have a child who gets impatient and still is tempted to quit brushing early. Brushing time starts out shorter and then gradually lengthens each day until your child is brushing for the recommended two minutes. This gets your kid used to the habit of brushing. He had a much easier time adapting to the shorter time in the beginning. By the time the brush had him going for two minutes, he barely even noticed. I certainly did though! His teeth were looking so much better after a few weeks with this brush.
Best Premium Electric Toothbrush for Kids:
Philips Sonicare HX6311/02 Rechargeable Toothbrush
As you might have noticed from the model number, this is a similar brush to the HX6311/07 that I reviewed a moment ago. This brush is more expensive, however, selling in the $130-$150 range. It is also very popular and highly rated however, with more than 630 customers on Amazon.com giving it an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars. The product has been discontinued, but you can still buy the replacement brush heads, so I wouldn’t worry about the fact that the manufacturer doesn’t make it anymore (in fact, I’d consider snapping up one of these while they are still available).
What are the features of the Sonicare HX6311/02? All in all, they are very similar to the previous brush. Both brushes have about the same design (which is comfortably ergonomic). This brush also comes with fun interchangeable sticker panels that kids can use to customize. The brush head is soft and gentle, and the brush gradually increases brushing time over 90 days, building up toward 2 minutes.
Here are a couple of standout features that my son and I loved:
- There are two brush heads included. The other Sonicare we checked out only came with the standard brush head. This one also includes a compact brush head. My son liked that one much better as it was a much better fit for his mouth. With the other toothbrush, we didn’t even think to try a compact brush head. He was still okay with the standard brush head, but it wasn’t entirely comfortable for him. Especially for children with small bone structures or younger children, I think the compact brush head is a must.
- The brush includes two different power modes. One of them is a lower power mode which is designed for kids ages 4-7. The other is a higher power mode designed for kids ages 7 and up. My son is 8 years old, but he has really sensitive gums, and he is a fussy brusher. He was very happy with the lower power mode, and it got the job done effectively. It also made him more cooperative about brushing each day, and that really is the number one thing. Just getting a kid to brush is a big deal!
So even though this toothbrush only has a couple of features that the HX6311/07 doesn’t, I still feel like those features justify the higher cost. This is not a good choice if you are on a budget, but if you can pay for more and afford the HX6311/02 model, you will get more.
Philips Sonicare HX6311/07 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Which toothbrush do I recommend out of these three to most buyers? I think that the Philips Sonicare HX6311/07 which I reviewed as the mid-price option combines the best of both worlds, and will be my choice for best electric toothbrush for kids. It has a lower price tag than the more luxurious HX6311/02, but it still has a lot of great features which the budget-friendly Oral-B Pro-Health For Me lacks. As such, I feel it offers the best overall value.
Any of these three toothbrushes would make a great purchase, though. You can’t go wrong here. They offer the power your child needs to do an effective job, but they are gentle and comfortable enough for sensitive teeth and gums. The brush heads will fit your child’s smaller mouth, and the timing features will help train them up to brushing for the dentist recommended two minutes.
My son liked all three of these brushes, but he is sticking with the HX6311/02 since we were able to swing the cost. If we had to buy one of the less expensive brushes, however, we still would have made an excellent purchase. Whichever toothbrush you purchase for your child, you can be sure the features will not only help your child to get his or her teeth clean and sparkly white, but will also encourage a full two minutes of brushing for a healthy smile.