The best electric toothbrush: 6 models for your pearly whites

Looking to buy the best electric toothbrush to keep teeth and gums healthy? Our pick of the best brushes to buy right now offer something for every pocket

Best electric toothbrush: using electric toothbrush to clean teeth
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When it comes to choosing the best electric toothbrush, the main things to look for are designs that remove plaque easily and have a good battery life. You don’t want to be constantly re-charging and you also want something that can reach into those awkward areas; ideally with different brush heads or cleaning modes to deal with all sorts of issues.

These new designs offer everything from state-of-the-art Bluetooth and app control to basic low priced models that are an ideal first-time purchase. So, to make some savings this summer, take a peek at our pick of the best electric toothbrush deals.

These top electric toothbrushes offer everything you need for healthy teeth and gums, with models that are recommended for those with braces or veneers as well as cleaning modes that can take care of interdental spaces. Take a look at the extra information at the end of this article too, for more advice on how to buy the best. See all our health and beauty buying guides for more of the top picks.

What is the best electric toothbrush?

We think the Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 is worth the investment, as it works just like a dental hygienist to remove plaque, polish and even prevent over-brushing thanks to different brush heads and the Bluetooth and app control, which gives real-time feedback on your brushing technique.

We also rate Philips’ Sonicare 3 Series Gum Health toothbrush, as it gets into those hard to reach areas and has a really long battery life. It’s also ideal for those moving from a manual to an electric brush, as it has an Easy Start feature that increases power over the first 14 uses to help get you started.

Read on to find out more about these models as well as the rest of our top 6.

The best electric tootbrushes

Oral-B genius pro 8000 electric toothbrush

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1. Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 Electric toothbrush

Best for smart use: a high-tech toothbrush with Bluetooth and app control

Specifications
Speeds: 1
Colours: Silver
Timer function: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Effective 3D cleaning action+Removes stains+Bluetooth connectivity+3 brushing modes+Battery life up to 12 days
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn't come with 3-pin charger

This super high-tech Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 electric toothbrush is said to offer superior cleaning with three toothbrush heads – 3D white, sensitive and cross action – and it comes with four brush heads when you buy. Amazingly, it also includes Bluetooth connectivity and app control, which is bound to be a big hit with gadget lovers and tech geeks.

Deep clean

You can enjoy a really thorough clean with this brush, as it comes with three different heads to make sure you get a superior clean every time. The round 3D brush action is good for getting around each individual tooth, with an oscillating, rotating and pulsing motion to break up and remove plaque. It also has a polishing cup to help get rid of surface stains – just like going to the hygienist so well worth the investment.

App control

Use the Oral-B app and Bluetooth for help and guidance on your tooth cleaning as well as real-time feedback on your brushing technique! The brush will detect its position, so you can adjust it to get the best results. There’s also a two-minute timer as well as a triple pressure sensor to protect gums from over-brushing.

Long battery

Some toothbrushes need constant recharging but with the Oral-B Genius Pro 8000, the battery lasts for up to 12 days – ideal if you’re travelling or away from home for a week or more as you won’t need to pack the charger.

Philips sonicare 3 series gum health hx6631/13

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2. Philips Sonicare 3 Series Gum Health HX6631/13

Best electric toothbrush for battery life: it lasts up to three weeks

Specifications
Speeds: 3
Colours: Arctic Mist
Timer function: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Long battery life+Removes plaque gently, yet effectively+Gets in hard to reach areas to improve gum health+Prompts you to move to other teeth
Reasons to avoid
-Changing intensity of brushing takes some getting used to-Doesn't come with a plug

A great all-rounder, the Philips Sonicare 3 Series Gum Health toothbrush comes with all sorts of nifty features to target hard to reach areas. It’s said to remove plaque up to six times more than a manual brush, improving gum health, whilst still being gentle. It’s actually clinically proven to reduce redness, swelling and bleeding of gums in as little as two weeks.

Easy start

Sometimes when you’re using an electric toothbrush for the first time, it can be difficult to know where to start or how to use one. This model comes with Easy Start, that gently increases power over the first 14 uses, so that you can get used to the feel of it.

Smartimer and Quadpacer

To help you clean your teeth for the dentist recommended time of two minutes, the Smartimer lets you know when you’re done. There’s also a Quadpacer interval timer that beeps when it’s time to move on to the next area of the mouth.

Power tip

The brush head itself is specially designed to reach those hard to access areas. It comes with just one brush head though so you’ll need to buy additional ones to change before too long.

Oral- B Pro 680 Pink 3D electric toothbrush

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3. Oral-B Pro 680 Pink 3D Electric Toothbrush

Best budget electric toothbrush: an affordable design that does all the expected AND has a limited edition travel case

Specifications
Speeds: 1
Colours: Pink
Timer function: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+3D brush head action+Handy travel case for taking on holiday+Easy to use+Great clean for sensitive teeth
Reasons to avoid
-No adaptor to charge – only 2-pin plug-Noisy-Basic features compared to others on this list

A more basic electric toothbrush without all the fancy features, the Oral-B Pro 680 still helps keep your teeth and gums healthy thanks to its daily clean mode and two-minute timer. The battery lasts up to seven days while the 3D white brush head has a special cup feature to make teeth look whiter and more polished.

Special cup

This polishes teeth for a whiter result, starting from day one by removing surface stains, The round head also oscillates, rotates and pulsates to remove more plaque than a manual brush.

Daily clean mode

For a really thorough, deep clean, it leaves your mouth feeling fresh and clean from first use.

In-handle timer

Helps you to brush for the recommended two minutes – a great device when teaching children how long to clean their teeth for, and can even make this twice-daily ritual more fun for them, too.

Curaprox Hydrosonic Easy toothbrush in case

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4. Curaprox Hydrosonic Easy

Best sonic electric toothbrush: hydrodynamics and up to 42,000 movements per minute

Specifications
Speeds: 3
Colours: White
Timer function: No
Reasons to buy
+Sonic movement+One button operation+Offers three levels – start, clean and smile – with 22,000, 32,000 and 42,000 movements per minute respectively+Two-week battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Quite pricey-Comes with CUREN® brush head instead of the usual nylon bristles, which some may not like

The Curaprox Hydrosonic Easy electric toothbrush cleans those interdental spaces thanks to its hydrodynamics and if it’s running on a low battery, it works just the same as when fully charged, unlike some designs. It also comes with a charging station with USB cable and travel case.

Hydrosonic cleaning

With up to 42,000 strokes per minute, this brush keeps teeth and gums healthy, cleaning them thoroughly but gently too. It works by removing biofilm bacteria efficiently in places where bristles can’t reach, such as the spaces in between your teeth.

Three speeds

Choose from start, clean and smile, with 22,000, 32,000 and 42,000 movements per minute, to suit your needs.

Multi functional

The Curaprox Hydrosonic Easy is also said to be helpful for those with braces, implants and dentures.

Waterpik cordless plus water flosser

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5. Waterpik® Cordless Plus Water Flosser

Best for cleaning between teeth: effective and easy flossing

Specifications
Speeds: N/A
Colours: Black, white
Timer function: No
Reasons to buy
+Great partner to your electric toothbrush+Removes stains and plaque from between teeth+Improve gum health+Good for those who struggle with flossing
Reasons to avoid
-Unless you are really good at brushing manually, you will need to buy an electric toothbrush, too-Looks daunting to use

As well as an electric toothbrush, this Waterpik® cordless water flosser is a great way to keep plaque at bay and is especially useful for those who can’t deal with flossing – such as those with braces, veneers or teeth that are really close together.

Removes bacteria

Use this handy gadget and any residual food or bacteria is gently flushed from around the teeth and below the gum line, removing the need for floss and interdental brushes. It’s said to remove up to 99.9% of plaque and provides 45 second of water capacity in one go.

Clinically proven

A big hit in the USA, this water flosser is clinically proven to be up to 50% more effective than string floss for improving gum health. It’s also ideal for sensitive gums and uses dual pressure so is kind on sensitive areas.

Rotating tip

This allows you to reach all areas within the mouth while the water pressure combines with pulsations and massage to stimulate the gums for improved oral health.

Tesco Pro electric toothbrush

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6. Tesco Pro Formula Electric Toothbrush

Best electric toothbrush for the basics: Great price and a thorough clean

Specifications
Speeds: 1
Colours: Blue, white
Timer function: No
Reasons to buy
+Reasonable price for upgrading from a manual brush+Comes with charging unit and replacement brush head+Does the basics well, including hard to reach areas
Reasons to avoid
-No special features

This Tesco own-brand electric toothbrush is a simple solution and perhaps ideal for those who are thinking about trading up from a manual design but want to try out a cheaper model before investing in something high-spec.

Brush heads

It does come with one replacement head and you can also buy packs of four replacement heads at a good price, so this is a good budget option and means you could buy one for each family member without breaking the bank.

Simple supermarket buy

If you shop at Tesco this is an easy and affordable electric toothbrush. You can pop replacement heads in your trolley with your online shop and not have to worry about venturing to a specialist retailer.

Very effective clean

Users were impressed by how well this budget buy reached all areas of the mouth. It cleaned well without having to spend the usual price tag for an electric toothbrush.

How to buy the best electric toothbrush

An electric toothbrush should be seen as a long term investment and while you need to replace the heads as you would a manual brush, it is the tech of the handset that you need to think about. Here are the main considerations to help you buy the best electric toothbrush for you (and your budget).

Replaceable brush heads

No matter what electric toothbrush you choose, you will need to change the brush head when the current one’s bristles are worn down. Replacements can cost a lot, so it’s worth checking how much these are before you invest in a certain model/manufacturer. 

Multi-packs keep the price down and sometimes you can find special offers in outlets such as Boots. Some electric toothbrushes can be used with a variety of brush heads including those specially designed for whitening or mutli-directional cleaning, and these will be pricier than a standard brush head.

Charging times

Look at the battery life before you buy. It’s no good spending a lot of money on an electric toothbrush that has a poor battery life and needs constant charging. This is especially worth noting if you travel a lot and don’t want the hassle of taking charging stations with you. Some designs are advertised as having two or three weeks use on a single charge while others will need charging up after only a week.

Timer control

If you’re never sure how long you clean your teeth for and if you’re doing it for long enough, look for an electric toothbrush that comes with a built-in timer. This will alert you with a beep once the dentist-recommended two minutes are up. A great idea for those with children too, who want to make sure they are doing a good job on their own teeth.

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