Best Electric Toothbrushes for 2014

Philips HealthywhiteHaving done a ton of research already regarding the best (and worst) electrical toothbrushes on the market today, I decided to pool all the information I had gathered into one central area. Being in the running for a new rechargeable toothbrush myself I thought this would be handy for other people too, as I kept changing my mind as I reviewed one toothbrush and then the next.

Therefore, I decided to take a logical approach to this exercise and analysed a shedload of features for each individual toothbrush, rated them, totted all the scores up and came out with my top 5:

Oral-B 5000

Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000

Oral-B 7000

Oral-B Precision Black 7000

FlexCare Plus Handle & Sanitizer

Philips Sonicare HX6972 Flexcare Plus

DiamondClean Cleaning Modes

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean HX9332/05 & HX9352/04

OralB SmartSeries 4000

Oral-B SmartSeries 4000

Accessories included:
1 Brush Head
Wireless SmartGuide
Hard case
3 Brush Heads
Delux Travel Case
Wireless SmartGuide
2 Brush Heads
UV Sanitzer
Hard Case
3 Brush Heads
Deluxe Travel Case
USB Charger & Glass Charger
1 Brush Head
Hard Case
Pressure Sensor:
YesYesNoNoYes
Battery Life:
2 weeks10 days3 weeks3 weeks10 days
Cleaning Modes:
• Daily
• Deep
• Sensitive
• Massage
• Whiten
• Daily
• Deep
• Sensitive
• Massage
• Whiten
• Tongue Cleaning
• Clean
• Gum Care
• Refresh
• Sensitive
• Massage
• Clean
• White
• Polish
• Gum Care
• Sensitive
• Daily Clean
• Deep Clean
• Sensitive
• Whiten

All five electric toothbrushes are rechargeable, have 2-minute timers and 30-second interval timers.

No 1Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean & Floss Action Precision 5000

Oral-B Professional Care 5000

 

This is an extremely popular toothbrush with loads of 5-star ratings on Amazon. It has five cleaning modes, and a great battery life but what makes this brush special is its wireless gizmo called a SmartGuide that receives all the information about your brushing direct from the toothbrush, thereby giving you visual cues as you brush. It also gives you a happy face or sad face depending on whether you’ve brushed properly. This would be a great family toothbrush, kids would love the SmartGuide, and as per all the other brushes in this best electric toothbrush guide all you have to do is change the brush head over for each family member. It would also suit you if you’re a bit of a gadget geek.

This is why the Oral-B 5000 made number 1 on the list and outranked its competitors:

  • Consumer Rating – had the highest number of reviews
  • Cleaning modes – has five cleaning modes
  • Pressure sensor – standard feature for Oral-B toothbrushes
  • SmartGuide- has separate wireless visual device
  • Price – a mid-range priced toothbrush with value for money features
  • Charging base – is small and compact

Where it could have done better:

  • Although it has a hard case, it’s not dual voltage
Click here to read my review

 

No 2

Oral-B Precision Black 7000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

Oral-B 7000

Oral-B 7000

 

This is basically the Oral-B 5000 that came in at No 1, but with a few more refinements. It has all the same features, including the SmartGuide, but in addition it has an extra cleaning mode, giving it a total of 6.

The next upgrade is a very smart travel case and soft bag for the SmartGuide and charger, and thirdly, the toothbrush handle is black.

There is a price difference of $50, with an RRP of around $190, and it’s a matter of opinion really as to whether the three additional features merit this.

It’s earned its No 2 position because of:

  • 6 cleaning modes
  • Great for traveling

But let itself down here:

  • Not multi-voltage
  • It’s expensive
Click here to read my review

No 3Philips Sonicare HX6972 Flexcare Plus

 

Sonicare Flexcare Plus

 

Another brush offering 5 cleaning modes, this is a great electric toothbrush for traveling with its hard case, dual voltage charger and 3-week battery life. This is also the brush that is perfect for the most hygiene conscious of us with its UV sanitizer designed for annihilating bacterial nasties living invisibly in our bathrooms.

This is why the Flexcare Plus got into the top 5:

  • Over 1,000 reviews
  • Long battery life and dual voltage charger, great for travel
  • UV sanitizer

 On the flipside:

  • There is no pressure sensor
  • It is expensive (around $190!)
Click here to read my review

No 4Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

 

DiamondClean inside the boxThis is the ultimate toothbrush for travel, even more so than the Flexcare Plus! Also equipped with a battery lasting 3 weeks between recharging and a dual voltage charger, this electric toothbrush has two different chargers. The first is a funky looking glass charger which sits on a multi-voltage charging base. This is a cool, modern twist based on the old concept of storing your toothbrush in a glass, combined with the functionality of charging your toothbrush handle. The second is a USB charger that can charge from your computer or electrical socket.

  • Has won a design award
  • Two different chargers for home and away, including USB chargeability
  • Hard, deluxe travel case

On the flipside:

  • It’s expensive ($190)
  • There’s no pressure sensor
Click here to read my review

No 5Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean & ProWhite Precision 4000

 

Oral-B 4000In our No 5 position is the Oral-B 4000, due to a goodly number of positive reviews any very good value for money at around $75. The lowest price out of all the models in our top 5 is reflected by only having 4 cleaning modes, nevertheless, it is still great for traveling with as it holds its charge for 10 days and has a hard travel case.

  • Good for travellers
  • Not too expensive
  • Pressure sensor

Against it:

  • Brush handle is a little bulky
Click here to read my review

How I came up with my top 5 electric toothbrushes

FlexCare Plus HandleYou might think that buying an electric toothbrush is as easy as going to the store, choosing a box that you like the look of, seeing whether it fits your budget and off you go.  But no. That’s not how it works. For the uninitiated amongst us there are cleaning modes, interval timers, pressure sensors and chargers to make sense of, let alone a host of other features. So I took all these features and threw them in the pot with a load of other factors such as battery life, voltage, travel cases, average review rating, price and so on. I weighted each factor and rated each brush model in turn, working through my list of factors until I came up with my five best electric toothbrushes.

My research regarding price and review analysis stayed within the confines of Amazon as they are a huge and trusted retailer, plus the content contained within consumer reviews was completely unbiased.

The other thing that became apparent at the end of my research was that there was only a whisker of a point difference between my final top five products. In the case of rechargeable toothbrushes it is definitely true that the more you pay for a brush the more features you get, so the top four finalists are found to be within the $100 to $200 range, and only one is priced at $75.

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