The best electric toothbrushes—recommended by a dentist, tested by us

Keep your teeth and gums healthy with one of the best electric toothbrushes, tried and tested by our team

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three of the best electric toothbrushes on peach background
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The best electric toothbrushes are a worthy investment. They help you take good care of your teeth, keeping your mouth and gums happy. We don't have to tell you how important good dental hygiene is for your smile and overall health. Swapping your manual toothbrush for an electric brush will take your dental hygiene to a new level. And whether you have sensitive teeth, receding gums, or are wearing braces, there's something for everyone in our top picks.

With the help of Helen Tippett, an orthodontist from King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, we tested a range of her top recommended electric toothbrushes from brands such as Oral-B, Phillips, and Colgate to bring you a round-up of the very best electric toothbrushes. 

How we tested the electric toothbrushes 

We tested all the dentist-recommended toothbrushes in this guide. As well as assessing how well they cleaned our teeth, how easy they were to set up and use, and whether they were worth the price tag, we also considered: 

  • Speed—some electric toothbrushes feature different speed modes. These modes are great if you're sharing an electric toothbrush with others (each with your own brush heads, of course) and you're each after different things. Different modes include everything from sensitive to white, deep clean, and more.
  • Brush head—electric toothbrushes can be either oscillating (rotating brush heads) or sonic (vibrating brush heads). Oscillating toothbrushes are best for plaque removal, while sonic toothbrushes have an interactive element to provide brushing feedback which helps build better brushing habits. They also have more power. 
  • Timer control—if you’re never sure how long you clean your teeth for and if you’re doing it for long enough, an electric toothbrush that comes with a built-in timer is great. This will alert you with a beep once the dentist-recommended two minutes are up. A great idea for those with children who want to make sure they're doing a good job on their own teeth.
  • 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.
  • Battery life—it’s not worth 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 of use on a single charge, while others will need charging up after only a week.

The best electric toothbrushes as chosen by our experts

Oral-B iO9 Ultimate Clean Electric Toothbrush

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Best electric toothbrush overall

Modes: 7
Colors: Black, Rose and White
Timer function: Yes
Battery life: 10-14 days
RRP: $299.99/£500
Reasons to buy
+7 modes+Pressure sensor+Interactive screen+Tongue cleaning mode+Reminds you when to replace head+AI guides you when brushing
Reasons to avoid

Oral-B'S iO9 Ultimate Clean Electric Toothbrush is the best Oral B electric toothbrush you can buy right now, and overall the best electric toothbrush on the market in our opinion. With built-in magnetic iO technology for a professional clean, this toothbrush comes with a round brush head that claims to give you 100 percent healthier gums within just one week of use. It has seven smart modes including one to whiten, a daily clean mode, and one for sensitive teeth—there's also one for tongue cleaning. It boasts a sensor that signals white, red, or green to alert you on how much pressure you're applying (too much pressure can cause painful ulcers in the mouth).

With a timer (and a smiley—or disappointed face icon) to ensure you brush for the right amount of time, twice a day, this electric toothbrush has an interactive screen to make it even easier to use. We've not even got to the best part yet—artificial intelligence on the app recognizes your brushing style and guides you so you never miss a tooth. In terms of charging, it has a three-hour quick charge mode, and its battery life should last for 10 to 14 days—at least that's what we've found so far. It also comes with one brush head, a charging travel case, a charger, and a refill holder.

It's an expensive toothbrush, but worth the investment if you're ready to get serious about your dental hygiene. 

Ordo Sonic+ Toothbrush

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2. Ordo Sonic+ Toothbrush

Best electric toothbrush for those on a budget

Modes: 4
Colors: Pink, Grey and Silver
Timer function: Yes
Battery life: 3 weeks
RRP: $70/£49.99
Reasons to buy
+USB charger+Turns off after 2 mins of use+Three-week battery life+Suitable for braces
Reasons to avoid
-Initial 16-hour charge before first use

The Ordo Sonic+ is not only affordable, but it's convenient too—thanks to the auto-refill program for the toothbrush heads. You can pay £10 every two months for a new head and two tubes of toothpaste (one travel-friendly), or £15 for that and 18 interdental brushes and dental floss, as well as mouthwash. 

With a choice of four brushing modes including clean, white, massage, and sensitive, this toothbrush has a two-minute timer with a quad-pacer to encourage brushing movement. Sonic Pulse Technology cleans the surface of your teeth and between them, while this toothbrush was actually designed and approved by dentists to improve gum health, reduce plaque. You can even use it on braces. Not just good-looking and convenient, clearly! It comes with a brush, one head, a travel cap, and a charging base.

It's a great choice for those on a budget, but it's worth noting it you'll have to charge it for 16-hours before you use it. 

Oral-B Genius 9000

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3. Oral-B Genius 9000

Best electric toothbrush for sensitive teeth

Speeds: 6
Colors: Rose Gold, Black, White and Purple
Timer function: Yes
Battery life: 2 weeks
RRP: $169.99/£199
Reasons to buy
+Long battery life+Two-minute timer+Smart coaching+Includes 4 replacement heads
Reasons to avoid

The Oral-B Genius 9000 is a great option for those with sensitive teeth and gums. It actually coaches you when brushing to ensure you're being neither too vigorous nor too soft. Thanks to the built-in automatic speed reduction function, it will alert you to slow down if it detects that you're brushing too fast or hard. And, when connected with your smartphone, it also guides you on where to brush in order to avoid cavities and gum disease in the future.

It features six different cleaning modes to choose from: Pro Clean; Daily Clean; Sensitive; Tongue Cleaning; Whitening; and Gum Care. If you want a simple electric toothbrush, it might not be the one for you as it comes with lots of extras and accessories. Inside the box, you'll also find four replacement brush heads, a smart travel case (which, by the way, can charge your toothbrush AND your smartphone) as well as an upgraded charger, a refill holder, and a smartphone holder. 

Curaprox Hydrosonic Easy toothbrush in case

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4. Curaprox Hydrosonic Easy

Best sonic electric toothbrush

Speeds: 3
Colors: White
Timer function: No
Battery life: 2 weeks
RRP: $199/£86
Reasons to buy
+Sonic movement+One button operation+Offers three levels+Two-week battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-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. 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. Choose from three modes—start, clean, and smile, with 22,000, 32,000, and 42,000 movements per minute, to suit your needs. With two-week battery life, the Curaprox Hydrosonic Easy can be taken with you on trips. Even when it's running on a low battery, it works just the same as when fully charged, unlike some designs.

It does, however, come with polyester bristles rather than nylon which might take some time getting used to if you usually use brushes with nylon bristles. 

Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 Electric toothbrush

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5. Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 Electric toothbrush

Best electric toothbrush with pressure sensor

Speeds: 1
Colors: Silver
Timer function: Yes
Battery life: Almost 2 weeks
RRP: $179.99/£99.99
Reasons to buy
+Effective 3D cleaning action+Removes stains+Bluetooth connectivity+Three brush heads+Battery life up to 12 days
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn't come with a three-pin charger

The super high-tech Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 offers superior cleaning with three toothbrush heads—3D white, sensitive, and cross-action. It also features Bluetooth connectivity and app control—ideal for gadget lovers who want to get geeky about their dental care.

The round 3D brush action is great 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 (ideal if teeth whitening or coffee have caused stains to form). 

There’s also a two-minute timer as well as a triple pressure sensor to protect gums from over-brushing. The Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 has a battery life of 12 days, which we loved as we know it's tricky to remember to charge your brush between uses. 

Waterpik Complete Care 9.5 Oscillating Electric Toothbrush Plus Water Flosser

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6. Waterpik Complete Care 9.5 Oscillating Electric Toothbrush Plus Water Flosser

Best electric toothbrush for gum disease

Speeds: 3
Colors: White
Timer function: Yes
Battery life: Recharge after each use
RRP: $99.99/£129.99
Reasons to buy
+Extra protection against gum disease+Compact+Comes with a travel case
Reasons to avoid
-No adaptor to charge—only 2-pin plug-Flosser is not battery operated

The Waterpik Complete Care 9.5 Oscillating Electric Toothbrush Plus Water Flosser is a smart investment if you're concerned about gum disease. The electric toothbrush-flosser can remove up to 99.9 percent of plaque—putting you in control of your oral care to prevent tooth decay and costly dental work in the future.

Packed in a compact stand, the flosser needs to be plugged in for us, while the toothbrush sits on a charging dock. The electric toothbrush comes with two triple clean brush heads, both of which have soft, high-low bristles in order to be safe and gentle on your teeth and gums. With a two-minute timer to stop you from over-brushing and a 30-second pacer to avoid damaging your gums further. It has three modes—high, low, massage—and it comes with a travel case, too.

The flosser is easy to use and you be adjusted from water flow mode one to 10 to suit your needs. The swivel base on the handle allows for easy access to all areas of the mouth, particularly below the gumline. It comes with five water flossing tips that is said to be 50 percent more effective at improving gum health in comparison to string floss. It's also a great buy if you have braces or implants, crowns, bridges, or veneers. 

Oral- B Pro 680 Pink 3D electric toothbrush

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

Best electric toothbrush for travel

Speeds: 1
Colours: Pink
Timer function: Yes
Battery life: 1 week
RRP: $49.99/£29.98
Reasons to buy
+3D brush head action+Handy travel case for taking on holiday+Great clean for sensitive teeth
Reasons to avoid
-No adaptor to charge—only 2-pin plug-Noisy

The best travel-friendly electric toothbrush has all the basic features you need to keep your smile happy and healthy on the go. Although the features are limited when compared to other models on the list, the Oral-B Pro 680 has a Daily Clean mode which is all you need to feel fresh and look after your teeth as you travel. 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. The round head also oscillates, rotates, and pulsates to remove more plaque than a manual brush. Plus, it has a two-minute timer to ensure you're brushing thoroughly for the recommended time. 

It's affordable and comes with a travel case to make it easy to pack for city breaks or beach holidays. It's worth noting this electricity toothbrush comes with a two-pin plug that requires an adaptor to charge. 

Philips Sonicare for Kids Electric Toothbrush

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8. Philips Sonicare for Kids Electric Toothbrush

Best electric toothbrush for kids

Modes: 2
Colours: Blue (different colour stickers available)
Timer function: Yes
Battery life: Up to 3 weeks
RRP: $49.99/£50
Reasons to buy
+App available+Stickers for customization+Comes with four heads+Long battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Can't fault it! 

Looking for the best electric toothbrush to buy for your child? The Philips Sonicare for Kids can be used in conjunction with an app to make brush time slightly more enjoyable.

Using a tablet or smartphone, the toothbrush connects via Bluetooth to your device so that your child can play games and watch tutorials on how to brush your teeth properly and will be rewarded after every brush. 

Much like other toothbrushes, this one has a timer too, which works to extend brush time every day until your child is brushing for the recommended two minutes per day. It also has two child-friendly brush modes. With two-week battery life, it's great for taking on holiday. It even comes with stickers so they can customize their new electric toothbrush, too.

Colgate ProClinical 250R Whitening

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9. Colgate ProClinical 250R Whitening

Best electric toothbrush for a beginner

Speeds: One
Colours: White
Timer function: Yes
Battery life: 5-7 days
RRP: $21.99/£25
Reasons to buy
+Two-minute timer+Comes with a travel cap+Quiet+Slim design
Reasons to avoid
-Basic-Short battery life

Not ready to invest in an expensive electric toothbrush and just want to get a feel for the device? The Colgate ProClinical 250R Whitening is the one for you.

This electric toothbrush is easy on the wallet, gentle on the gums but tough on plaque. So much so that this Colgate electric toothbrush is said to remove five times more plaque than a manual toothbrush. It also has soft bristles which are important for gum health and will help to minimize damage to the soft tissue of the mouth. 

This model is slim and lightweight and travel-friendly. It's easy to hold and feels the same as a manual brush. The only downside to this buy is the short battery life, which lasts for only five to seven days. 

Brush Baby BabySonic Electric Toothbrush

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10. Brush Baby BabySonic Electric Toothbrush

Best electric toothbrush for babies

Speeds: 1
Colours: Teal, Blue, Pink and Coral
Timer function?: Yes
Battery life: N/A
RRP: $14.99/£10.99
Reasons to buy
+Timer and pulse functions+Two size brush heads for different ages+Waterproof
Reasons to avoid
-Only one speed

The Brush Baby BabySonic Electric Toothbrush for your toddler will ensure their growing teeth are just as clean as yours. 

This electric toothbrush can be used with two different heads—one for babies who are 0-18 months old and another for when they're 18-36 months old. These brush heads have BPA-free soft bristles that can soothe sore gums while removing bacteria, and the head itself lights up so that you can see the inside of your child's mouth with ease, and, of course, to add a little fun to brush time for them. 

An easy to hold electric toothbrush that's great for smaller hands, the Brush Baby electric toothbrush offers easy grip and an easy to press on and off button. Other features include a two-minute timer and a pulse function to encourage brushing all around the mouth. 

The waterproof, compact design is easily stored thanks to its suction-cupped base. You can also use this toothbrush without vibration if preferred—press the power button once. It's battery-operated so there's no need to constantly recharge this electric toothbrush, but it does mean you'll need to stock up on batteries before it runs out. 

Oral-B Teen White

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11. Oral-B Teen White

Best electric toothbrush for braces

Speeds: One
Colors: White
Timer Function: Yes
Battery life: Two weeks
RRP: $56.49/£40.99
Reasons to buy
+Two minute timer+Smart coaching on the app+Two week battery life+Compatible with all Oral-B heads
Reasons to avoid
-Only one speed setting

The Oral-B Teen White is great for cleaning braces. The electric toothbrush comes with a special rounded brush head that features contours to surround each tooth and brace bracket. The same head helps remove more plaque on each tooth, too.

It features a two-minute timer function to ensure you brush for the correct amount of time and a pressure control function to reduce brushing speed if you're applying too much force on your gums. Not only that but it's also compatible with the Oral-B smart app and all Oral-B brush heads. 

Thanks to the two-week battery life, you can take this electric toothbrush on vacation. It comes with a charge stand for easy storing, too. 

Are electric toothbrushes better?

Knowing how to brush your teeth properly and cleaning your teeth twice a day is the best way to practice good dental hygiene. However, Helen tells us she always recommends her clients use an electric toothbrush over a manual brush. 

An electric toothbrush can get to those hard-to-reach areas with an oscillating or sonic brush head. The smart devices also feature a timer that tells you exactly when to move onto the next area of your mouth and can alert you if you're applying too much pressure that could damage teeth and gums. 

How long do electric toothbrushes last?

Your electric toothbrush should last you many years. Dental brand Ordo suggests the average lifespan of an electric toothbrush is three to five years. This will also depend on how well you care for your toothbrush, by storing it and cleaning it correctly. 

You will need to change the heads of your toothbrush regularly (just as you would change a manual toothbrush). Dental brand Oral-B suggests customers change their toothbrush head every three months or earlier if they notice the bristles faying. 

How to use an electric toothbrush properly 

Electric toothbrushes are similar to manual brushes, expect they do most of the work for you—all you have to do is move the device around your mouth from tooth to tooth. 

Oral-B suggest: 

  1. Put the toothpaste on your brush as usual.
  2. Place the toothbrush inside your mouth and turn it on. 
  3. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and move it around each tooth holding for a few seconds before moving onto the next.
  4. Focus on the front of the teeth first, before moving onto the back and the top of the teeth.
  5. Brush for two minutes until the timer is up or until you have placed the brush head over each tooth.

How to clean an electric toothbrush 

There are a few good habits to stick to, when it comes to keeping your electric toothbrush clean and hygienic according to Helen. 

  • Rinse your toothbrush and brush head thoroughly after every use.
  • Use a cotton bud to clean out any built-up dirt.
  • Wipe your toothbrush with a damp cloth. 
  • Stand your toothbrush upright and let it air dry. 
  • Place your toothbrush back in the stand or charging holder after use.

woman&home thanks Helen Tippett, an orthodontist from King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.