Regularly brushing and flossing our teeth is integral to good oral health[1] and upgrading to an electric toothbrush may be even better for your teeth and gums.[2] A powered toothbrush offers a lot more than the average manual toothbrush including oscillating movements, two-minute timers and apps that help you focus on problem areas. Think you’re ready to give one a try? Find the best electric toothbrush for each member of your family with our top eight models.

Do you need an electric toothbrush?

While both manual and electric toothbrushes remove plaque, an electric toothbrush may be more effective at improving gum health.[3] Some people (including children, older adults and folks with arthritis) also find electric models easier to use.[2]

Can children use electric toothbrushes?

Yes, but wait until your child is at least three years old.[4] Kids usually need help with brushing their teeth until they’re around six years old (or until they’re able to write their own name).[5] By the time they turn nine or 10, kids typically have enough adult teeth to start using an adult electric toothbrush.[6]

What electric toothbrush features should you consider?

  • Rechargeable: It allows you to charge your toothbrush via USB or power cord.
  • Pressure sensor: This feature lets you know when you’re brushing too hard, which is especially important if you have gum recession.
  • Battery level indicator light: It alerts you when the battery is running low.
  • Two-minute timer: It will let you know when you’re done brushing based on the dentist-recommended time.[1]
  • Multiple brushing modes: These intensity settings and cleaning modes can be useful for sensitive teeth or targeted gum care.
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Some apps feature brushing coaches and allow you to get a better idea of how well you’re brushing.
What type of electric toothbrush are you looking for?

Best Slim Electric Toothbrush

Philips One by Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush HY1200/05

Age Group: Adult | Rechargeable: Yes | Timer: Yes | Indicator Light: Yes

Philips’ Sonicare brushes are often recommended by dentists and this new lightweight model is the brand’s first slim electric toothbrush. Its contoured bristles and micro-vibrations take on plaque and debris to clean and polish teeth at the same time. Plus, it’s super sleek and comes in two colours: champagne (pictured) and black.

Pros Cons
It has a great battery life: Just one charge lasts for an entire month of brushing. Some users complain that this model isn’t as powerful as other electric toothbrushes.
It comes with a slim travel case so you can easily take it on the go. There’s only one cleaning setting.
The two-minute timer is split into four 30-second intervals and buzzes to let you know when to move on to the next section of your mouth. It also automatically shuts off when the time is up.

The Draw

I was using a regular manual brush before, and from the very first use of this I felt like I had been to the dentist for a cleaning. The timer is an especially useful feature. I also like how affordable the replacement heads are.

–51723, originally posted on philips.com

The Downside

At first I thought it wasn’t fully charged, but then I realized that it’s just much closer to my manual toothbrush than it is to my regular Sonicare.

–Gailsy, originally posted on philips.com

Best Electric Toothbrush on a Budget

Oral-B Pro 500 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Powered by Braun 87662

Age Group: Adult | Rechargeable: Yes | Timer: Yes | Indicator Light: No

Plaque buildup bows down to the Oral-B Pro 500, which features a 2D brush head that’s designed to clean tooth by tooth, while oscillating and rotating. It also features a two-minute timer to signal when you’re done brushing. It’s the most affordable model on our list.

Pros Cons
The Oral-B toothbrush bristles fade over time to signal when they need to be replaced. This model doesn’t have an indicator light to show you when the toothbrush needs to be charged.
It’s compatible with several Oral-B brush heads, from sensitive to whitening. Some users complain that the replacement heads are expensive.
One charge lasts for five days of brushing.

The Draw

I have used this toothbrush for six years now and I still love it. It works well and I haven’t had any cavities since using it.

–Anonymous, originally posted on influenster.com

The Downside

I find myself charging it more often than I thought I would and I wish it had an indicator to let me know when the battery was low so it doesn’t die mid-brush.

–Cassie, Walmart customer

Best Electric Toothbrush for Gum Health

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4500 HX6827/11

Age Group: Adult | Rechargeable: Yes | Timer: Yes | Indicator Light: Yes

This Sonicare model is a great solution for anyone concerned about gum disease or sensitivity. It features two settings: Clean mode and a gentle Gum Care mode that adds an extra minute to your routine for a gum massage. It also has a sensor that lets you know if you’re pressing too hard—a brushing style that can lead to gum recession.[7] Buy it in white or black.

Pros Cons
It comes with a compact charging base and runs for two weeks off a single charge. This model comes with only one brush head and compatible brush heads are a bit pricey.
Microchip-enabled BrushSync technology reminds you when it’s time to replace the brush head. The pressure sensor isn’t visible. (It pulses instead of lighting up).
It’s gentle and safe to use with braces, fillings, crowns and veneers.

The Draw

My hygienist recommended this toothbrush for me because of my dental problems. This is an amazing brush that cleans very well in between gaps much better than my conventional brush.

–Zee59, originally posted on philips.com

The Downside

I was hoping that it came with a backup toothbrush once the original one wears out. I’m trying to find an inexpensive way of purchasing my new heads.

–ScubaDo21963, originally posted on philips.com

Best Electric Toothbrush with Water Flosser

Water Pik Inc Waterpik WP-100 Ultra Water Flosser WP-100

Age Group: Adult | Rechargeable: No | Timer: No | Indicator Light: No

Did you know that only 28 per cent of Canadians floss at least five times a week?[8] Beat the odds with this water flosser. According to the brand, it’s twice as effective as traditional floss. This Water Pik comes with six flossing tips, including a toothbrush that cleans and rinses the surface of your teeth. It also offers 10 pressure settings for optimal control.

Pros Cons
It comes with a covered reservoir that offers built-in storage for the different tips. Some users point out that the reservoir is too small and needs to be refilled often.
A pause button on the handle gives you extra control when flossing. It takes up more counter space than most electric toothbrushes.
For a super refreshing experience, you can use this water flosser with your favourite mouthwash. It’s loud.

The Draw

This little guy gets in between my teeth like no other. I actually look forward to flossing now.

–Julia92, originally posted on waterpik.com

The Downside

It’s noisy. You certainly don’t want to floss when someone is trying to sleep.

–youWantItWhen, Walmart customer

Best Electric Toothbrush for Kids

Philips Sonicare for Kids Bluetooth Connected Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush HX6321/02

Age Group: Child | Rechargeable: Yes | Timer: Yes | Indicator Light: Yes

This powered toothbrush’s timer and pacer help little ones build good habits, while over 500 strokes per second compensate for kids’ still-developing brushing techniques. Plus, the Philips Sonicare for Kids app syncs with the toothbrush so that every time they brush well, they get a reward (and Sparkly, the app’s cute character, gets happier!).

Pros Cons
This toothbrush comes with eight interchangeable stickers and features two kid-friendly power modes (low for younger children and high for older kids). The app doesn’t sync to multiple devices, so it may be difficult for both parents to track brushing.
The ergonomically designed handle is ideal for allowing kids to grip the brush on their own or with parents’ help. Some users say that the app gets out of sync with the current calendar.
The Philips Sonicare for Kids app allows parents to monitor kids’ brushing habits and customize rewards for a job well done.

The Draw

Our dentist recommended this toothbrush for our son who just turned six. Brushing was always a fight until Sparkly came into our lives! Now he happily brushes twice daily and loves getting the prizes.

–LJC6780, originally posted on philips.com

The Downside

It would be better to have a username and password for a kid’s profile so that it can be used on multiple devices (like if a child is of two households).

–Jill1980, originally posted on philips.com

Best Smart Electric Toothbrush

Oral-B iO Series 7 Electric Toothbrush with 2 Brush Heads, Black Onyx

Age Group: Adult | Rechargeable: Yes | Timer: Yes | Indicator Light: Yes

Overachievers will love this award-winning electric toothbrush. Featuring five cleaning modes (from daily to intense), it also has an interactive display that offers real-time coaching. You’ll know whether you’re doing a good job by the happy or sad face. Plus, artificial intelligence tracks your brushing style over time, guiding you to do a better job.

Pros Cons
The Smart Pressure Sensor lights up red when you’re brushing too hard and turns green when you’re brushing just right. Some users have difficulty connecting their phones to the app via Bluetooth.
It comes with two replacement brush heads and a handy travel case. The battery doesn’t last as long as other electric toothbrushes.
This toothbrush fully charges in just three hours.

The Draw

It leaves you with the just-left-the dentist feeling and keeps your teeth feeling clean all day long. I like being able to adjust the settings, so I can switch from a deep clean to a daily clean.

–dani19, originally posted on oralb.com

The Downside

No matter what I did, I could not get the toothbrush to pair with my phone. Nothing worked. I finally gave up on the app.

–singatune, originally posted on oralb.com

Best Electric Toothbrush for Travel

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9350 Pink, Rechargeable electric power toothbrush, HX9902/65

Age Group: Adult | Rechargeable: Yes | Timer: Yes | Indicator Light: Yes

This electric toothbrush is available in three colours (pink, black and white) and comes with everything you need for clean teeth on the go. Connect it to the Bluetooth app and its sensor technology will provide personalized coaching. The USB travel case doubles as a charger and the super sleek charging glass looks right at home on bathroom countertops.

Pros Cons
This model offers three intensity settings (low, medium and high) plus four cleaning modes, from deep clean to whitening. It’s not as budget-friendly as other models of electric toothbrushes.
A single charge allows for two weeks of use. It doesn’t offer storage for toothbrush heads.
The in-app 3D mouth map will highlight problem areas, reminding you to pay extra attention.

The Draw

I feel like I just had my teeth professionally cleaned every time I use this toothbrush. Amazing!

–Yoga mom, originally posted on philips.com

Best Affordable Electric Toothbrush for Travel

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 HX6810/50

Age Group: Adult | Rechargeable: Yes | Timer: Yes | Indicator Light: Yes

If you’re looking for a great travel option on a budget, this model has a lightweight, ergonomic design that’s slim enough to slip into a carry-on bag. If it’s your first electric toothbrush, the easy-start program gives the option of a gentle, gradual increase in power the first 14 times you use it.

Pros Cons
A light on the handle and a short beep will let you know when it’s time to replace your toothbrush head. Some users complain that replacement brush heads are pricey.
If you’re brushing too hard, the toothbrush will pulse to let you know to ease up. It only offers one cleaning mode.
The battery lasts for up to two weeks on one charge.

The Draw

I love the colour of this toothbrush and the power it produces. The charge will last around two weeks so you can throw it into your bag like a regular toothbrush when you travel.

–Elwarren, originally posted on philips.com

The Downside

No pressure or speed adjustment on this model.

–alligate8, originally posted on philips.com

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Article Sources

  1. Canadian Dental Association. Flossing & Brushing.
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  6. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Frequently Asked Questions.
  7. Best Health. The Real Reason Why Your Gums Are Receding.
  8. Government of Canada. Canadian Health Measures Survey.

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Lora is a freelance writer and editor who's written for Chatelaine, Best Health, Flare, Fashion, The Kit, House & Home and many other Canadian lifestyle magazines and websites. She lives in London, Ont. with her little rescue dog Bigsby and when she's not napping with him, she's trying on the latest red lipstick.