Top 5 Best Electric Toothbrush Reviews for 2016
Every day, we tend to take numerous measures to maintain our hygiene. Brushing our teeth is one of the most important parts of this process. Brushing our teeth at least twice a day is considered essential to maintain our health as it removes disease-causing bacteria. It is possible to brush your teeth effectively with a manual tooth brush, however many people are increasingly drawn to the numerous benefits and functions that are available in modern day electric toothbrushes.
For manual toothbrush users, place the toothbrush against the gums at an angle of 45 degrees. Give the teeth slow strokes using the toothbrush, and don’t forget to brush your tongue too. For electric toothbrush users, ensure that all tooth surfaces in your mouth are adequately covered. Also, follow any specific instruction from the manufacturer.
Manual brushing will take longer – the variation in time can be explained by the speed of both toothbrushes. While a normal manual toothbrush would yield around 300 rotations per minute, an electric toothbrush yields around 6,000 rotations per minute. If you get fatigue in your hands because of brushing your teeth manually, or just want to save a bit of time, perhaps it’s time you considered purchasing an electric toothbrushes.
What do I look for in an electric toothbrush?
There are a wide range of electric toothbrushes, designed with different features and functionalities. Therefore, before you buy one, you need to know what aspects of the toothbrush you need to differentiate one model from another. Again, the most suitable toothbrush for you is the one whose features match with your brushing needs. Here are the aspects you need to consider:
The bristles– bristles come in different textures and sizes. People have different preferences on the kind of bristles they wish to use. For instance, people who have sensitive teeth are advised to use soft bristles. Some people believe medium bristles remove plaque better.
Different brushing modes- manufacturers make toothbrushes with different brushing speeds and speed ranges. People with sensitive gums can opt for slower speeds.
Additional features- you need to look out for any other feature that the toothbrush might have. More features may be included to enhance comfort and functionality. You can look for features such as pressure sensors, timers and different cleaning modes.
1. Oral-B Professional Care 5000
The effectiveness of this brush over a manual toothbrush is pretty much guaranteed. Oral B suggest that it removes 300% more plaque than a manual toothbrush. It has 3D movement, which means it not only rotates back and forth but gently pulsates up and down – 8,800 rotations and 40,000 pulsations per minute.
This toothbrush can be connected to your phone via Bluetooth and has a very comprehensive app that can be used to help you with your cleaning. The GroomNStyle team loved the app, as it helped to ensure we cleaned all areas of our teeth for the correct amount of time – the app also lets you know pretty promptly if you are brushing too hard. However, over the long term the review team felt it was unlikely that they would always remember (or even want to) take a phone into the bathroom all the time. Luckily the toothbrush can assist you with brushing zones and pressure warnings even without the phone being connected.
This Oral B model has five different cleaning modes (daily clean, sensitive, whitening, gum care and deep clean). The different cleaning modes are available at the push of a button and effectively directs the brush to move in a different pattern, but depending on the mode might require you to switch to one of the other brush heads which are included (cross action, 3D white and sensitive).
Contents of your Oral-B Pro 5000 include:
- Charging station
- 3 brush heads
- travel cases
- 1 electric toothbrush
2. Philips Sonicare Essence – Model Number HX5611
The USA-made electric toothbrush uses Sonic technology. It is suitable for people with high teeth sensitivity levels, braces and implants, thanks to the soft bristles the toothbrush possesses. Faster than the Oral- B Pro 5000, this toothbrush yields 31,000 strokes per minute. This high number of motions by the toothbrush helps ensure a thorough clean by pushing fluids to the tight spaces in the gums that other brushes can potentially miss.
- Contoured bristles– The Philips Sonicare Essence comes with the standard 1 e-Series brush head that has contoured bristles which allows for a great brushing experience since it contours to the teeth’s shape.
- Easy-start- when you start out using electric toothbrushes there is a tendency to try to use it like a manual toothbrush, and some people just find the vibrations “too much”. The Sonicare helps by gradually increasing the power over the first 12 uses, easing you into the experience.
- Smartimer- this feature helps controls the brushing time. Normally, dentists and other hygiene professionals recommend 2 minutes for brushing. The brush will switch off after 2 minutes to ensure you do not “over brush”.
- Comfort-made toothbrush handle- the toothbrush handle has what is called a soft-touch grip which is very comfortable to hold and aids in maneuvering the brush around the mouth and teeth.
The Philips Sonicare is a quality electric toothbrush, but it lacks some of the additional functions of the Oral-B Professional (such as the 5 cleaning modes, different brush heads, and advanced pressure sensors etc.) so the review team dropped it down to position #2. However, if you want to save yourself about $65 you will find a quality electric toothbrush in the Sonicare Essence range.
The Philips Sonicare range has a number of models, with additional features and add ons which you can investigate. For example, for an extra $55 you can upgrade to the Philips Sonicare 3 series and get the option of 3 intensity brushing settings, gum control brush head, travel case and travel charger.
3. Pursonic S450 – UV Sanitizer
Pursonic may not be as well-known a brand as Oral-B or Philips, but with the S450 electric toothbrush they have created a quality product. The Pursonic S450 makes use of the sonic technology – similar to the Philips model. With sonic technology, the bristles are designed to reach the farthest points beneath the gum. The Pursonic S450 yields about 30,000 strokes per minute. Just like the other toothbrushes in this list, the Pursonic has an auto-timer that alerts the user when they have been brushing for more than the 2 minutes recommended by dentists. It also has alerting features that notify users after 30 seconds. These alerting functions are helpful since they ensure you spend equal time in all quadrants of the mouth.
The GroomNStyle review team really like this product and model because it comes with a UV sanitizer (built into the charger) which is designed to kill 99.9% of bacteria on the brush heads. Also, there are 12 replacement brush heads which is remarkable value for the price – typically electric toothbrush manufactures make a significant portion of their profit on the replacement brush heads that users have to buy.
If you are happy to take a chance on a lesser know brand the review team can highly recommend this product.
4. Philips Sonicare for Kids
This brush has been designed for children as they go through different brushing phases. Every part of the brush has been tailored for small mouths and hands. For instance, it has an ergonomic handle to ensure children can control and direct the brush properly – kids find it efficient and fun to use. Depending on the age of a child, there are two varieties of sizes, compact and standard. For children between 4 and 6 years, compact brush is suitable. Standard brush is meant for children between 7 and 10 years. To add to the fun, the toothbrush is bought with 8 stickers, and so your child can customize it. Besides the fun this toothbrush has for kids, they also develop proper brushing habits while still young. For small kids at the age of 4 and 5 years, closely monitor your child when using it for the first time.
5. Stay tuned
Our number 5 choice is no longer available so the review team is looking for a top quality electric toothbrush to add to the list.
Conclusion and Electric Toothbrush Cleaning Tips
In conclusion if you use a manual toothbrush, it’s time to start using an electric toothbrushes to ensure more efficient and effective cleaning of your teeth. Ensure you take good care of the electric toothbrush so it can take good care of your teeth. Here are some tips on how to maintain your brush:
- Replace the brush head when the bristles fade
- Rinse your toothbrush after use – some users like to take the head of in-between uses to ensure the toothbrush motor can dry. This ensures that mold does not grow between the motor and toothbrush head connection.
- Alternatively you can buy a great little product called the sonic seal which covers the nooks and crannies on electric tooth brushes were mold, bacteria and saliva can potentially penetrate. It’s a great investment.
- Store your toothbrush in bright areas with lots of sunshine if possible, to further reduce the build up of bacteria and mold.
For those of you who want to go the extra mile for your smile, feel free to read about how you can go about brightening your teeth further with the Top 5 Best at Home Teeth Whitening Kits.