Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Electric toothbrush is our number one choice for the best electric toothbrush. It easily removes more plaque than the results you get with a manual toothbrush, and is effective in even the hardest-to-reach areas. Four separate cleaning modes provide personalized care, and the specially-shaped bristles and proven sonic technology work to ensure your teeth stay clean. There's a Sonicare app that can pair with your toothbrush to provide real-time cleaning information, and will also give helpful reminders if you press too hard or start scrubbing with the toothbrush. The app also keeps track of the amount of time spent brushing each quadrant to ensures that you brush every tooth evenly, and the SmartTimer shuts the brush off after two minutes to let you know how long to brush. This toothbrush comes with a glass charger base that can also be used as a rinsing glass, and the included travel case makes it easy to take with you when you leave home. The Sonicare DiamondClean is certainly not cheap, but we feel that the cleaning performance and helpful app features are well worth the added cost.
Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries is another great rechargeable electric toothbrush that offers not only cleaning, but whitening and brightening. The Floss Action technology combines the distinctive round brush head with specialized brush strokes to help you get a superior overall clean, while the whitening and polishing heads give you whiter teeth in just 3 weeks. Quoted as the “future of oral care,” the Deep Clean mode removes up to 99.7% of plaque while being gentle on teeth and gums. The toothbrush has a built-in pressure sensor that responds with red light feedback if you press too hard, which is instrumental in avoiding gum damage or irritation. It can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth, using the free app to provide real-time feedback on your brushing habits. It's one of the few electric toothbrushes accepted by the American Dental Association, and it's quite possible that your dentist personally owns one as well.
As anyone suffering from gingivitis or gum disease can attest, it can be an extremely uncomfortable and/or painful experience to brush your teeth normally. In this case, what's needed is a toothbrush that can provide thorough cleaning while being exceedingly gentle at the same time. Philips designed the Sonicare FlexCare Platinum specifically for this purpose, combining a softer brush head with a pressure sensor that can alert you when you're pressing too hard. The contoured brush heads incorporate softer rubber sides that give way under pressure; this reduces gum bleeding, and can also track bristles into recessions to clean more thoroughly. The patented sonic technology drives fluid between teeth, giving a type of flossing action while stimulating gums to improve gum health in just three weeks. You get five brushing modes to customize your own brushing routine, as well as a convenient timer that can pace your brushing to ensure each quadrant is cleaned properly. The Sonicare FlexCare Platinum is an excellent performer for daily brushing, so there's no need to replace it once your gums recover.
Philips Sonicare products are highly regarded as some of the best electric toothbrushes on the market, but they're certainly not cheap by any means. The Essence bucks the trend, offering full Sonicare brushing performance at a fraction of the price. The soft bristles are contoured to get between individual teeth, while the slim neck features a slight forward angle to make it easier to maneuver into hard-to-reach areas. There's no corresponding app or Bluetooth connectivity to relay information; this model pares everything down to the essentials and prioritizes top-notch cleaning performance. However, it does feature a two-minute timer that automatically shuts the brush off; it's a good way to determine whether you're spending the time to brush your teeth thoroughly.
The Oral-B 3D White Battery-Powered Toothbrush features a rotating head that is designed to sweep plaque from teeth surfaces and the gum line. Indeed, the power of the rotating head combined with the movement of the bristles that have a crisscross arrangement provide an extraordinary cleaning force that eliminates plaque and other unwanted material on the teeth and gums. Despite the amazing cleaning power, the bristles are soft enough not to hurt sensitive teeth and gums. There are also several colors to choose from, such as green, blue, and pink. The handle is thinner than many of the other battery-powered toothbrushes, but does not have a flat bottom so it does not stand on its own. Unfortunately, despite being thin, it is not thin enough to fit inside a regular toothbrush holder.