Healthy teeth are a big part of a happy life. Look no further than popular vlogger Casey Neistat to see why eating too much candy is a bad idea (he’s had plenty of painful visits to the dentist which have been catalogued on his YouTube channel and has publicly vowed, and failed, to quit eating too much sugar multiple times). Healthy teeth and gums are something many people either take for granted or wish they could get back. So where and how does technology come into play? In the form of the electric toothbrush.
While there are 2 major brands that everyone knows and that most stores stock, they aren’t the only options when it comes to the best electric toothbrushes. And even within those 2 brands, there are several different products with unique features and prices. Choosing the best electric toothbrush can be kind of tough and time consuming. Well, until now, that is.
In this post I’ve narrowed things down to my top 3 choices for you. No, I’m not a dentist, but I am a tech-enthusiast who has done all the research you would probably normally do for you (but seriously, ask your dentist before just going with my non-expert opinions).
To me, a smart electric toothbrush is one that doesn’t just have batteries (although studies have shown that electric toothbrushes do much better at cleaning teeth and manual brushing — just do some Googling to see for yourself). It needs to do more: it needs to give you tips and point out what you are doing right and wrong. It needs to guide you with a timer to ensure you are brushing long enough. It needs, in short, some smarter features.
Both myself and my wife have used electric toothbrushes for the past couple of years (at the behest of our dentist) and have been pretty happy with the results. Recently, however, mine gave me reason to believe it was time to move on (and for a tech guy, move on is a good excuse to upgrade). So, as usual, this article is the result of a real-life need to find the best possible tech product in a given category; and today that category is electric toothbrushes.
Let me know what the best electric toothbrush is in your opinion down in the comments!
Oral B 5000 SmartSeries
The Oral B 5000 SmartSeries electric toothbrush isn’t Oral B’s top-of-the-line electric toothbrush, technically. Technically, the 7000 model has a special travel case and tongue cleaning mode that you won’t find on the 5000. Other than that, they are basically identical in terms of features and, to be honest, I don’t think it’s worth the upgrade to the 7000 (but if you travel a lot, you can get a similar travel case for the 5000, so no worries there).
The first big difference you will notice between the Oral B vs the Philips Sonicare below is the shape of the toothbrush head. Oral B has designed their electric toothbrushes to be more like the tools used at the dentist office; round. The round head supposedly cleans in-between your teeth better than other brushes as it can rotate 360 degrees around an entire tooth.
Other than that there are a couple additional differences between this Oral B and the Philips Sonicare. First, there is a visible pressure indicator (to make sure you’re not pressing too hard) and second the Oral B 5000 uses Bluetooth technology to connect to your smartphone. The app provides realtime feedback and lets you know how good of a job you are doing — kind of like a toothbrushing coach.
Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean
There’s quite a discussion raging on Reddit as to whether Oral B or Philips Sonicare is better. The group (which includes many dental students and professionals) seems to be pretty split and say the choice really comes down to personal preference as using either would be so much better for your teeth than manual brushing.
That said, there are three things that really stand out about the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean system vs the Oral B. The first has to do with batteries. Several people complain about the NiMH batteries used by Oral B saying they take too long to charge and can wear down more when not used consistently. On the other hand, the Philips Sonicare toothbrushes use Lithium Ion batteries which charge quicker and tend to be more consistent.
The second thing that differentiates the Philips Sonicare is simply style: the Philips has more. It’s sleeker and there are more and better color options. Since this is a device that is going to be sitting on your bathroom counter (i.e. you’ll be seeing a lot), the aesthetics might be appealing to you.
And finally: noise. The Sonicare seems to be much quieter than the Oral B if that is something that matters to you.
Alright, so you went into your local store to find a great electric toothbrush and saw there were really just two options: Oral B and Philips Sonicare. Well… no. There are other options for electric toothbrushes. If you’re looking at getting a Waterpik and a sonic toothbrush, there’s the Waterpik Complete Care option, for instance, which gets really great reviews. But aren’t there any newer, different, re-thought electric toothbrushes? Isn’t the high-tech startup world doing anything to disrupt the Oral B and Philips Sonicare market stranglehold?
Well, yes. And while I’ve tried the Tao Aura Clean and thought it was alright, I’m most intrigued by Quip. Quip is different from other electric toothbrushes in almost every way. It’s simpler, it’s cheaper (up front, at least) and it relies on helping you brush better than on “gimmicky” features.
Quip is also a subscription. You get a handle (either plastic or metal, depending on your preference and what you want to spend) and then you can get refills starting at $5 for a 3 month supply.
In short, Quip is about reinforcing the fundamentals of brushing and oral health.
Recommendations and Conclusion
- Basic: If you’re just looking for a basic electric toothbrush that won’t cost an arm and a leg, check into Quip.
- Affordable: If you want a full-featured electric toothbrush that is fairly affordable, go with the Oral B 5000.
- Stylish: If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line electric toothbrush in terms of features and style, check out the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean.
It’s worth saying once more that an electric toothbrush has been proven to clean better than manual brushing. I kind of wish there was a way to get the style and battery of the Sonicare with the circular, spinning head of the Oral B: now that would be an awesome electric toothbrush!