Best electric toothbrushes

Let’s be honest, nobody likes going to the dentist. You sit inverted in an uncomfortable chair while a dentist has four different utensils in your mouth for what seems like a lifetime. To top it off, they often want to hear your life story while opening your mouth wider than you ever thought possible. 

So what can you do to keep those dreaded dentist visits short and sweet? While we don’t recommend skipping the dentist altogether, there are plenty of viable options to keep your pearly whites, well, pearly white.

Just like your dentist tells you, the best way to an impressive set of teeth is with proper oral care. Don’t worry, we won’t harp on you to floss–we’ll leave that to the professionals–but we will tell you how to be on the cutting edge of brushing your teeth. The secret? Electric toothbrushes.

While the traditional toothbrush was a key invention in hygiene, many companies have taken them a step further to make oral care easier. From pulsating brush heads and real-time feedback to a model packaged with a water flosser, there are a wide variety of electric toothbrushes for you to choose from. We’ve sifted through the various selections and found the best electric toothbrushes worthy of your consideration. 

Additionally, take a look at our picks for the five best electric razors as well as our look at Kolibree’s upcoming smart toothbrush.

Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean & Floss Action Precision 5000 ($115)

Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean & Floss Action Precision 5000

Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean & Floss Action Precision 5000

We kick off the rundown with Oral-B’s impressive Professional Healthy Clean & Floss Action electric toothbrush. Not only does Oral-B’s toothbrush vibrate, it also pulsates to help break apart plaque build-up while its oscillating head brushes the plaque away.

Included in the packaging is Oral-B’s revolutionary wireless SmartGuide which is like having a dentist with you every time you brush. When brushing the SmartGuide helps you brush for the recommended two minutes and even tells you when you are brushing too hard. 

Oral-B offers several types of brush heads for use with this model allowing for a wide range of brush styles. The Indicator Bristles even fade halfway when it’s time to replace the toothbrush head.

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean ($175)

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

Philips’ Sonicare DiamondClean may be a bit expensive but it makes up for it in function. Featuring patented “Sonic” technology, the DiamondClean is one of the top plaque removal brushes on the market. Each of the brush heads are diamond shaped–hence the name–which gently and easily brush away plaque. The brush offers close to 31,000 brush strokes per minute with its Sonic technology and drives fluid between your teeth and gum line to assure a healthy mouth.

The DiamondClean uses five different cleaning modes which offer users a custom cleaning experience. Choose between Clean, White, Polish, Gum Care, and Sensitive depending on your desired brush style. The chosen mode illuminates on the brush’s display and goes invisible when finished. 

Packaged with the toothbrush are two separate timers that partner with your brushing. The Smartimer urges you to brush for a desired two minutes while the Quadpacer beeps in 30 second intervals to assure you cover each of the four quadrants of your teeth. Philips also includes a convenient charging glass and a USB charging travel case so you’ll never be without this impressive toothbrush.

Colgate C600 Proclinical ($240)

Colgate C600 Proclinical

Colgate C600 Proclinical

Another electric toothbrush on the expensive side, the Colgate Proclinical is like the DiamondClean. Featuring nearly 30,000 strokes per minute the Proclinical polishes teeth while removing surface stains and plaque.

The Proclinical also features two separate timing functions to alert you when to change quadrants and when to finish brushing after two minutes. Though it has just one mode you do have the ability to change the speed and brushing action of the head to suit your style.

Emmi-dent 6 100% Ultrasonic Toothbrush ($190)

Emmi-dent 6 100% Ultrasonic Toothbrush

Emmi-dent 6 100% Ultrasonic Toothbrush

Emmi-dent’s Ultrasonic Toothbrush isn’t your typical electric toothbrush. Rather, this device uses ultrasound to clean your teeth. Though this may seem a ludicrous way to “clean” your teeth, the manufacturer’s at Emmi-dent believe ultrasound is on the cutting edge of brushing innovation.

The ultrasound technology destroys bacteria and germs in the nooks and crannies which brushing or flossing won’t typically reach. For users with sensitive teeth or receding gums, this style of brushing is not only revolutionary but ideal. 

With up to 96 million oscillations per minute the Emmi-dent Ultrasonic Toothbrush gets right to cleaning your teeth and the results are impressive. Everyday stains such as coffee, tea, wine, etc. can disappear after just a few days of use. It even offers different brush heads tailored for use by people with braces.

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