While you can get similar results using a manual toothbrush, electric toothbrushes, though they cost quite a bit more than a conventional toothbrush, offer a variety of benefits including: ease of use, great for people with reduced movement in their hands, often times come with a variety of tools and features that can make brushing fun while ensuring enough time is being spent brushing teeth, and many others.
With that said, there are a few drawbacks of owning an electric toothbrush. The primary drawback being the initial cost and cost of replacement heads. While the initial cost will most likely cost you at least $40, the replacement heads need to be changed out every few months and can cost up to $10 each for OEM replacements.
Whether or not you’re in the market for an electric toothbrush, if you’re having trouble staying on top of your oral health, it might be a good idea too look into one.
We’ve done our research and suggest going with one of the two biggest brands in the industry: Oral-B and Sonicare. The difference between the two being how each brush head works. As illustrated below, the Oral-B toothbrush heads oscillate, while the Sonicare toothbrush heads use sonic vibrations to clean teeth.
Why we like Sonicare
During our review of the best electric toothbrushes, we picked the Philips Sonicare Series 2 plaque Control as the best alternative pick. Though most of our testers prefered the oscillation of Oral-B, some testers still fell in love with the sonic vibrations the Sonicare had to offer. Below you can see some of the specifications of the various Sonicare models we tested. Besides the great cleaning power the Sonicare has to offer, we also loved how quiet it was and some testers liked the way the brush shape fit their teeth.
No matter what brand or model you end up going with (or not going with at all), it’s important to remember that the equipment you choose is only useful if you use it.