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Best electric toothbrushes for 2021

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Investing in the best electric toothbrushes can make the difference between an easy visit to the dentist and a painful trip home. The best electric toothbrush for you should be easy to use, comfortable in your hand, gentle on your teeth and gums; and it should keep your mouth feeling clean. 

Electric toothbrushes use high-speed vibrating, rotating or oscillating brush heads that loosen up oral plaque and food particles with ease. Along with giving your mouth a deep cleaning, most electric toothbrushes include such features as built-in cleaning timers, various modes for sensitive gums and teeth, and longer-lasting bristle life. Due to their design, they also clean versus their manual counterpart.

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What are the best electric toothbrushes?

We scoured the internet to find the best electric toothbrushes that do all the above without breaking the bank. We researched various trusted websites on this year's models of electric toothbrushes. Each model was compared with similarly priced units that had similar features as well as verified user-feedback section on each company's website. 

Based on our research, the best electric toothbrush overall is the Philips Sonicare DailyClean 1100, which is an effective cleaner, has a two-minute timer, and a sonic vibrating function designed to break up particles. And at $25, it's very reasonably priced, too.

Here are our top favorite picks for the best electric toothbrush that will support your daily oral hygiene routine and make your dentist proud.

The best electric toothbrushes you can buy today

Philips Sonicare DailyClean 1100 (Image credit: Philips)

1. Philips Sonicare DailyClean 1100

The best electric toothbrush for most people.

Cleaning tech: sonic vibration - 31,0000 strokes per second
Battery life: 2 weeks
Features: 2-minute timer, rubber grip handle, power indicator
Warranty: 2 years
Replacement head cost: $24.99 with 3 brush heads
Reasons to buy
+Rubber comfort grip+Long battery life (two weeks per charge)+2-minute brushing timer
Reasons to avoid
-Bulky base handle-No travel case included

The Philips Sonicare DailyClean 1100 proves that you can find a budget-friendly, durable electric toothbrush that can manage daily brushing needs at home or on the road. This low-frills model has a ramp-up mode that starts up slow and gradually reaches higher sonic speeds. 

It has a 2-minute interval timer and tells you when you've spent enough time cleaning each quadrant of your mouth. In addition it has a long-lasting 2-week charge, power indicator and charging base. The durable build does have its drawbacks: It's more bulky and heavier than most other sonic toothbrush models. Overall, this is the best electric toothbrush for the money.

Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 (Image credit: Oral-B)

2. Oral-B Genius Pro 8000

A fully connected, deep-cleaning electric toothbrush.

Cleaning tech: variable modes: rotary, oscillating, pulsing
Battery life: 2 weeks
Features: 2-minute timer, slim design, pressure sensor, 6 cleaning modes
Warranty: 2 years
Replacement head cost: $21.99 with 3 brush heads
Reasons to buy
+Real-time brushing feedback (via app) +Long battery life+Pressure sensor for gums+Smart case charges smartphone and toothbrush 
Reasons to avoid

If you are looking for an electric toothbrush that packs all the latest technology into a sleek and easy-to-use package, then look no further than the Oral-B Genius Pro 8000. It destroys oral plaque using a combination of oscillating, rotating and pulsing motions rather than vibrations. 

The Genius Pro 8000 connects to your smartphone to send real-time information while you brush, making you a dentist's best friend. The toothbrush heads are set on an angle to better remove hidden food particles and clean those gums squeaky clean. Other notable features are six cleaning modes, an interval brushing timer, a pressure sensor, solid battery life and a case that charges your brush and smartphone together. Add it all up and you have the best electric toothbrush for those willing to splurge.

Oral-B Kids Electric Toothbrush with Coaching Pressure Sensor (Image credit: Oral-B)

3. Oral-B Kids Electric Toothbrush with Coaching Pressure Sensor

The best electric toothbrush for kids

Cleaning tech: variable modes: rotary/oscillating
Battery life: 8 days
Features: 2-minute timer, slim design, light-up gum sensor
Warranty: 2 years
Replacement head cost: $7.99 with 1 brush head
Reasons to buy
+Ergonomic handle +Light-up pressure sensor for gums+Gentle mode 
Reasons to avoid
-Higher price than manual toothbrush 

The best electric toothbrush for kids, this Oral-B device is packed with kid-friendly features such an ergonomic grip, 2-minute brushing timer, pressure sensor gum alert, and gentle vibrating, oscillating and rotating movement. 

Each of the child-sized toothbrush heads (two come with the toothbrush) is designed to surround each tooth to remove dental plaque and food particles. A pressure sensor lights up when the child presses too hard on his or her teeth. The battery lasts about eight days and the included charger works with other Oral-B electric toothbrushes, too. It even comes in Star Wars and Minnie Mouse-branded versions.

AquaSonic Duo Dual Handle Ultra Whitening Electric Toothbrush (Image credit: AquaSonic)

4. AquaSonic Duo Dual Handle Ultra Whitening Electric Toothbrush

A budget-friendly, feature-packed electric toothbrush

Cleaning tech: 40,000 vibrations per minute
Battery life: 1 month
Features: 10 brush heads, long battery life, dual travel cases, 3 cleaning modes, true wireless charging
Warranty: 1 year
Replacement head cost: $23.94 with 10 brush heads
Reasons to buy
+Dual comfortable handles+10 brush heads included+Long battery life
Reasons to avoid
-No battery level indicator light    -Small brush heads 

The best electric toothbrush for couples, the AquaSonic Duo comes out of the box fully charged and ready to share with your favorite special somebody. The units come out strong with 40,000 vibrations per minute, which easily eliminates plaque and hidden food particles from your last meal. The true wireless charging base feels a bit cheaply made, but allows for an easy way to charge the handle for another 30 days of use.

Other features we like include an interval timing feature, 10 brush heads, comfortable waterproof handle and two protective travel cases. We did find that some customers had issues with finding replacement heads for the unit, but 10 of them are included with the package.   

TAO Clean Sonic Toothbrush and Cleaning Station (Image credit: TAO)

5. TAO Clean Sonic Toothbrush and Cleaning Station

Feel safe and protected from unsightly bathroom toothbrush germs with this UV-enabled unit.

Cleaning tech: Ultrasonic vibration - up to 40,000 strokes per second
Battery life: 2 weeks
Features: 2 custom cleaning modes, 2-minute timer, UV sanitizer and handle-drying unit, waterproof design, 3 brush heads included
Warranty: 2 years
Replacement head cost: $30.00 with 3 brush heads
Reasons to buy
+Built-in UV toothbrush cleaning unit+Integrated handle drying+Multiple brush heads included +Solid customer service 
Reasons to avoid
-Limited cleaning modes -Bulky base unit 

TAO's Clean Sonic Toothbrush and Cleaning Station is perfect for anyone who believes the bathroom isn't a hygienic place for a toothbrush. The charging base houses a combination built-in UV sanitizer and handle-drying unit that wicks away germs and moisture from the handle between uses. 

Although some users might find that the unit is larger than those offered with most other electric toothbrushes, it includes features such as multiple cleaning modes, a two-minute interval timer for interactive cleaning and a powerful waterproof sonic cleaning base that's designed to keep germs at bay. However, the Tao only has two brushing modes, fewer than most other electric toothbrushes on this list. Its base is also quite large, so you'll need a fair amount of counter space, too.

Pursonic S750 Sonic SmartSeries with UV Sanitizing Charger (Image credit: Pursonic)

6. Pursonic S750 Sonic SmartSeries with UV Sanitizing Charger

Multiple colorful toothbrush heads make this a solid pick for families.

Cleaning tech: Sonic vibration - 40,000 strokes per minute
Battery life: two weeks
Features: 2-minute timer, 12 brush heads, built-in UV charger/storage, 3 cleaning modes
Warranty: 1 year
Replacement head cost: $24.98 with 12 brush heads.
Reasons to buy
+Built-in UV toothbrush/charging unit+Powerful sonic cleaning handle +Great battery life
Reasons to avoid
-No travel case included -Lack of brushing pressure sensor

The Pursonic S750 is a compact, powerful sonic electric toothbrush at a good price. The unit includes 12 color-coded replacement toothbrush heads, which can be shared with family members, or it can provide one person with enough brushing for three years (twice daily). The toothbrush as a two-minute interval timer as well as three brushing modes for those with varying gum sensitivity.

The built-in UV cleaning/charging unit keeps bacteria off your brush heads and keeps you from needing to have multiple brushes charged at all times. However, for this price, we would have liked to have seen a pressure sensor, a travel case and more durable brush head construction.    

Waterpik CC-01 Complete Care 9.0 Sonic Electric Toothbrush

(Image credit: Waterpik)

7. Waterpik Complete Care 9.0 Sonic Electric Toothbrush with Water Flosser

An all-in-one powerhouse for anyone who doesn't like to floss with string.

Cleaning tech: pressurized water flosser, rotating, 31,000 strokes per minute
Battery life: Not given
Features: Water flosser - 10 pressure settings (10-100 psi) 5 included tips, toothbrush - 3 custom cleaning modes, 2-minute timer, 2 brush heads included
Warranty: 2 years
Replacement head cost: $14.99 with 4 brush heads
Reasons to buy
+Two dental cleaning tools in one unit+More effective than string flossing+Multiple brush heads/flossing tips included
Reasons to avoid
-Can be messy to use

With its pressurized water flosser (10 to 100 psi), the Waterpik Complete Care delivers a devastating blow to hidden food particles and plaque while being gentle on your gum line. The unit includes multiple flossing tips/brush heads, a 2-minute timer with a 30-second pacer for interactive cleaning, a magnetic cradle to hold both handles, a pressure-control dial and a travel toothbrush case. 

Anyone not used to a water flosser should ease into it slowly — the transition from soft water pressure to jet propulsion can cause bleeding gums and a messy bathroom floor. Because of its larger size, you'll need a bigger countertop than a pedestal sink, too.

How to choose the best electric toothbrush for you

Most of the best electric toothbrushes have a number of common features. For starters, they have a two-minute timer with 30-second intervals, which lets you know you're brushing your teeth for the ADA-approved amount of time.

You'll also want an electric toothbrush with a brush head that's easily replaceable, and with affordable replacements. And, you'll want one with decent battery life, especially if you plan to bring it with you on trips. 

Last, electric toothbrushes use a sonic vibrating mechanism to help loosen plaque and other debris from between your teeth. The vibration number—usually between 30,000 and 40,000 per minute—is a good number to know, but not crucial to the overall operation.

Electric toothbrushes vs. manual toothbrushes

Brushing your teeth at least twice daily is the foundation for maintaining proper oral health. The American Dental Association (ADA) endorses the use of both a manual and an electric toothbrush to keep those pearly whites healthy, but research has shown that an electric toothbrush can be more effective at removing oral plaque and food particles.

"Traditional" manual toothbrushes are effective, affordable and a simple way to support dental hygiene, but they have a few shortcomings. Unlike electric models, you can easily apply too much pressure on sensitive gums, which can cause them to bleed and possibly recede. The ADA recommends 2 solid minutes of brushing, which can be tough to keep track of without a timer, which is usually built into most electric toothbrushes.  

The biggest drawback to electric toothbrushes is their cost. Depending on the model you choose, an electric toothbrush can cost between 5 and 20 times more than a traditional brush. Also, as the bristles on an electric toothbrush wear out, you'll need to replace its head, which also can be more expensive than a traditional toothbrush. And, because it has moving parts, an electric toothbrush has a greater chance of breaking than a regular toothbrush.

Katie Mortram

Katie looks after everything homes-related, from kitchen appliances to gardening tools. She also covers smart home products too, so is the best point of contact for any household advice! She has tested and reviewed kitchen appliances for over 6 years, so she knows what to look for when finding the best. Her favorite thing to test has to be stand mixers as she loves to bake in her spare time.