You can sync the brush with your smartphone so that the Oral B app could help you keep track of time and tell you what places you need to target more. Also, it sees where you brush and video guides you on how to brush your teeth properly.
Some users find it too bulky.
This is a fully-featured toothbrush for those who want the best of the best. It offers 6 different cleaning modes to suit different gum and teeth conditions. And it's extremely safe, as it alerts you if you are pressing too hard.
Up to 48,000 pulsations per minute
6 modes: Daily clean, Deep clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Gum care and Tongue clean
Round brush heads, 12-colour LED SmartRing, Travel case, Dual-charging
Pressure control, Position detection, Built-in timer, Bluetooth
More than two weeks
It comes supplied with the AdaptiveClean brush head that can remove up to 10 times more plaque compared to manual toothbrushes. Plus, the handle of the brush is compatible with all Sonicare brush heads by Philips.
Replacement heads are quite pricey.
If you are in need of a professional toothbrush for both home and travel use, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean is a solid fit. It offers an extended 3-min Deep Clean mode to remove up to 100% plaque and stains.
5 modes: Clean, White, Sensitive, Gum Care and Deep Clean
AdaptiveClean brush head, Glass charger, Travel case, USB travel charger
2-minute timer, Quadpacer interval timer
About three weeks
It's equipped with a USB port on the bottom and charges using the USB cable that is compatible with USB electrical sockets as well as phone chargers, power banks, computers, tablets, etc. No bulky cases and chargers required.
It's rather noisy.
The Fairywill FW-515 is a very stylish electric toothbrush that costs a fraction of other big names. It offers a decent performance and can work up to one month on a single charge.
Over 35,000 strokes per minute
3 modes: Clean, Soft, Massage
3 replaceable toothbrush heads, Bristles made with Dupont nylon, Rounded bristle top, USB cable without adapter
2-minute smart timer with interval pause, Auto shut-off after charging
Up to 30 days
Its brush head has soft bristles to be gentle on gums and minimise damage to the soft tissue. Also, it has a special cleaner that can help you remove odour-causing bacteria not only from your teeth and gums but also tongue and cheeks.
It has one cleaning mode only.
The Colgate ProClinical 250+ electric toothbrush is an extremely simple and gentle model that is great for adults and kids alike. It's slim and lightweight, so it feels almost like a manual toothbrush. An excellent entry-level electric brush.
Up to 30,000 brush strokes per minute
Angled neck, Soft bristles, Slim and lightweight, Charge indicator, Handy travel cap, 3 replacement heads, Soft rubber cup
2-minute timer, Pauses every 30 second
Up to 2 weeks
The brush comes with the basic Oral-B head that features indicator bristles. Once they begin to fade, you should replace the toothbrush head for a better clean. The brush is compatible with all existing Braun toothbrush heads.
It's too heavy.
If you need a spare or a travel toothbrush for occasional use, this one is a solution. It's a little bit heavy but very portable and useful for travelling. It requires two simple AA batteries and doesn't need to be constantly recharged.
Oscillates 9,600 times per minute
Soft and rubberized ergonomic handle, Indicator bristles, 2xAA batteries included
Up to 6 weeks (AA batteries)
Oral-B Genius 9000
Everything You Need... And More!
The Oral-B Genius 9000 is an ingenious toothbrush that is totally worth the money. Coming with a large set of accessories and several cleaning modes, this is a top toothbrush for people who want the best of the best. Even the bundle it comes with exudes high-quality. The package is very generous and includes an Oral-B Genius 9000 rechargeable electric toothbrush handle, charging station, toothbrush head storage compartment, 4 x brush heads, Smart travel case, Smart travel case charger, and even a smartphone holder. First thing first, this flagship electric toothbrush is the most powerful in the Oral-B’s range. With 10,500 rotations and 48,000 pulsations per minute, it ensures a very vigorous action that really works. In Deep Clean mode the brush is claimed to remove up to 99.7% of hard-to-reach plaque. Besides the Deep Clean mode, you can also choose Sensitive, 3D White, Gum Care, and Tongue Clean brushing cycles. Most cleaning modes last around two minutes, giving you pulses every 30 seconds. And you can go not only with the various modes but also with different toothbrush heads. The CrossAction head with tough bristles is good for everyday cleaning, 3D White brush head is designed for polishing your teeth, and Sensi UltraThin brush head is perfect for sensitive teeth as well as for cleaning your tongue.
All these brush heads, as well as the case for them, are included in the package. The case can be clipped over the charging stand to keep all the items neat. Also, you’ll get a travel case to keep the brush protected which can double as a charger if plugged in the supplied two-pin adapter. The best part is that the case has a USB port, thus allowing you to charge your smartphone or an MP3 player through it as well. The sets are available in black, white, silver, rose gold and purple colours to suit anyone. And if you want to further personalize your brush, you can choose one from 12 colours of the status ring LED lighting up.
Yet, having a sophisticated electric toothbrush is only half the battle, and using it to the fullest is something different. The Oral-B Genius 9000 tries to solve this problem by providing you with on-brush feedback warning you when you apply too much pressure and a smart app giving useful tips on how to brush properly.
The Oral-B Genius 9000 portable electric toothbrush features a built-in Bluetooth so that it could communicate with your smartphone. For this, you’ll just need to download the Oral-B app that is designed to encourage you to brush better. Actually, it displays which mode the brush works in and counts down in 30-second quadrants, thus helping you brush the right areas of your mouth. When you press too hard, it warns you about that. As a nifty feature, it also lets you change the LED lighting of your brush. Yet, the main highlight is that it can track where you brush is and guide you to cover all areas. This way, you'll be able to adjust your own technique to never miss a zone. The trick is that the app can use your phone’s camera to see where you're actually brushing. For self-tracking, you need to attach the rubber-sucker phone holder (included in the set) to the mirror in front of your bathroom basin or elsewhere you brush your teeth.
Philips is another big name in the oral care industry. It delivers customers worldwide top-notch toothbrushes and oral irrigators, and today we deliver you its flagship electric toothbrush, Sonicare DiamondClean brush. Today, it’s the most expensive and powerful Philips electric toothbrush that comes with all the bells and whistles you might expect from a top-drawer product. To begin with, it’s an amazingly sleek and stylish brush that comes with a slight matte effect that adds to the luxurious look and makes it easier to grip. At the top of the handle, you’ll see an elegant stainless steel prong that links the handle with the brush head. There is only one On/Off button on the handle that is very responsive. By pressing the button several times, you can switch between its cleaning modes - Clean, White, Sensitive, Gum Care, and Deep Clean. The latter lasts for whole 3 minutes and in combination with the AdaptiveClean brush head helps you remove up to 10 times more plaque compared to a manual toothbrush. The cleaning modes are backlit so that you know which one you are on. Under the cleaning modes, you’ll see a battery status icon that notifies when you need to put your Sonicare brush back to the charging station. The only feature that is really missing on the handle is a LED pressure sensor.
The long battery life is the area where the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush particularly shines. It has a powerful Lion battery that holds charge amazingly well and can last for 3 weeks of regular brushing.
What’s in the Box
Naturally, such a luxury product comes with a generous set of accessories any traveller will benefit from. Aside from the toothbrush handle and an AdaptiveClean brush head, the package includes a charging station, charging travel case, USB travel case charger, travel cap, and user guide. We would like to mention that though the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush comes with an AdaptiveClean brush head, it’s compatible with all Sonicare brush heads by Philips.
The obvious feature any traveller will appreciate is an improved charging stand. Whereas the 2nd generation model comes with a luxurious charging glass, this one has a plastic charging stand. The plastic charger does look very elegant but it’s much more practical and safer than the cup charge. The charging station has a 2 pin 100-240v plug, meaning it’s good for worldwide use.
The travel case of the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean is one of the best on the market. It has a soft-touch outer material that covers a robust inner shell. The case has a reliable magnet which keeps the lid shut. Inside the hardcase, there is enough space for the handle and two brush heads. On the outside, you’ll find a mini USB port allowing you to charge the brush whilst away from home. You won’t need to carry charging station, just connect a mini USB cable to the travel case and find a suitable power supply source.
Performance to Match
Fairywill is a little-known company that can easily compete with big brand names but at a fraction of the price. And the FW-515 toothbrush proves that. It's very stylish, slim, and effective. It comes in classy black and gold colours and looks more like a mascara wand or expensive lipstick rather than a toothbrush. It's also very ergonomic - not too thick and not too thin. Plus, the brush has a rubber grip at the back that prevents it from slipping if it's wet. By the way, you can really take it into a shower, as it has an IPX7 rating and is completely waterproof.
The brush has just one gold button for switching it on/off and for choosing between three modes: Clean, Soft and Massage. The modes differ in the vibration per minutes. The highest, Clean setting, ensures over 35,000 strokes per minute, which is really quick. However, if you are new to Sonic technology, the manufacturer doesn't recommend you to start with this setting. It's better to stick with the Soft mode for a couple of days before switching to the stronger Clean and Massage modes. Otherwise, it might feel too ticklish on your gums.
Another ace is excellent customer service. The Fairywill company is concerned about being able to provide each and every customer with a good overall experience. They do not cut corners and try to make sure their products fit everyone. Regarding this brush, the manufacturer supplies it with as many as 3 brush heads including a special interdental one for cleaning between teeth and along the gum line. Thanks to a twist and lock mechanism, brush heads are very easy to replace. Although these brush heads look pretty basic, the bristles on them are waved a bit which allows them to provide a decent clean of gums, teeth, and teeth gaps. Plus, each head comes with an individual little cover.
Incredible Battery Life
The highlight of this portable electric toothbrush is that it charges very quickly and then lasts for ages. The charging takes about 4 hours, and the brush can last for incredible 30 days after a single charge. It charges using the USB cable that is compatible with USB electrical sockets as well as phone chargers, power banks, computers, tablets, etc. There is a small white rubber cap at the bottom that keeps the brush completely waterproof and should be pulled out to connect the USB charging cable. If you somehow lose the cap, four spare ones are thoughtfully provided in the package. Overall, if you need a light and stylish travel brush with no bulky cases and chargers, the magic stick be Fairywill is your choice.
Colgate ProClinical 250
Colgate is the brand most of us have grown up with. And not surprisingly that it began to produce toothbrushes to provide their customers with the complete oral hygiene care. The Colgate ProClinical 250 is the second brush in their range, which delivers the performance to match. It's a kind of "premium budget" brush that is appropriately priced and very competitive. It has been created in partnership with the Omron company, a worldwide leader in healthcare products. The brush is claimed to deliver 5X more plaque reduction compared to any manual toothbrush. It uses sonic cleaning action with up to 30,000 strokes per minute and multi-directional cleaning. It's worth mentioning that it doesn't spin like most other electric toothbrushes. It's very gentle on teeth and gums to minimise damage to the soft tissue. Still, it gives you the dentist-clean feeling. And its angled neck helps you reach hard-to-get areas for a thorough mouth clean.
A Few Words About Design
Right out-of-the-box, the Colgate ProClinical 250 feels and looks like a manual toothbrush. You can be sure that you won’t notice much difference when you hold it for the first time, because it's almost as slim and lightweight as a manual brush. And considering that it's equipped with a powerful battery, you can ask "How?". How can this tiny stick work up to 2 weeks on a single charge? Only Colgate and Omron engineers know the secret. They used a no-nonsense approach and made this brush simple and unobtrusive. The handle of this model has a power button, battery status indicator, and brand logos. The rest of the handle is very smooth with no grip. Of course, few grips or rubber parts would be nice, but they could interfere with the simplicity of the design. Still, you can use the rubber power button as a grip if needed.
Under the On/Off button, you'll notice a battery status icon that informs you whether the brush is charging, the battery is full or it's running low. Recharging is a hassle-free process - just plug in the base and place the brush. It should also be mentioned that the brush comes with a travel cap instead of a slim sleeve or hard case. The cap is colour matched to the handle and easy to slide on. The brush is really easy to travel with, easy to hold, and comfortable to use. It's an excellent choice for those who want to make a transition from a manual toothbrush.
For On-the-go Use
If you're in need of a super-portable and super-affordable teeth companion during your travels, the Oral-B Pro-Expert Toothbrush might be a solid fit. It's an excellent alternative to plug-in toothbrushes, especially if you're going on a hiking tour and don't have plugs for recharging. It uses 2 simple AA batteries that should be inserted within the brush's base. Removing the cap for inserting/replacing batteries is not a difficult job - you simply need to press the two indented buttons to open the cap lock. If you insert powerful rechargeable batteries, you can expect up to 4 weeks of use on a single charge provided that you brush twice a day.
Compared to expensive Sonic brushes with built-in batteries, this one works in a very different yet effective way. Its small brush head oscillates 9,600 times per minute, thus scrubbing away plaque and removing stains from your teeth. And although it has no pressure indicators, you can realise that you're brushing too hard if the brush slows down and the noise changes. Take note that the Oral-B Pro-Expert has no all those bells and whistles like Bluetooth connection, 2-minute timer, "massage" or "whitening" settings. However, if you're looking for a travel option, we bet you don't want to pay good money for those sophisticated functions. The brush cleans decently, leaving a fresh feeling after each brushing. And compared to pricey advanced toothbrushes, the Pro-Expert wins hands down for its portability.
Taking into account that this Oral-B travel electric toothbrush is powered by 2 AA batteries, it feels rather hefty and solid. It might be even a little too heavy for people used to lighter manual brushes. However, a soft, rubberized ergonomic handle makes it rather comfortable to hold.
On top of the handle, you can snap any head of Oral-B line-up (except for sonic range) including CrossAction, Sensitive Clean, 3D White, Precision Clean, TriZone, FlossAction, and Dual Clean. By default, the brush comes with the standard Oral-B brush head that features bristles that fade over time to let you know that it's time to replace the toothbrush head. Typically, a head needs a replacement every 3 months if used regularly. But if you're going to use the brush only during your occasional trips, it'll last considerably longer. The only gripe you should be aware of is that the brush comes with no protective cap or special travel case. But that is a small price to pay for the convenience and performance it provides.
What Is a Travel Electric Toothbrush?
Do you travel frequently but still don't want to compromise on high-quality tooth cleaning? If so, a travel electric toothbrush is exactly what you need. Usually, they are not so bulky as home units but offer almost the same thorough cleaning of your oral cavity. Travel brushes are packed with numerous technologies to deliver you deep cleaning just wherever you are. They also stand out from other models with a quite long battery life and can last up to one month without a need for re-charging. Another highlight of these brushes is that they often come with cases or soft travel pouches that won't let them mix with other travel stuff in your luggage and get damaged. The choice is really vast and to help you a bit, we have rounded up the top-selling models with different designs, technologies, and price tags. Keep on reading, and find your perfect pick.
What Features to Compare
Choosing a travel toothbrush isn't that much different from choosing an ordinary electric toothbrush, so like with the former, the first aspect to take into account would be performance. Pretty often the performance of the brush is determined by its power source and technology. Toothbrushes powered by built-in Lithium batteries work longer than NiMH models and are considered more powerful as well.
As for the technology used, Sonic travel toothbrushes are the most efficient. They can remove up to 5x more plaque, build-up calculus, and stains compared to manual brushes, and the number of strokes per minute might reach 40,000-45,000. Sonic brushes deliver gentle pulsations and are thus suitable for people with sensitive teeth and enamel.
Some brushes have only one cleaning mode, while others have multiple settings. If you have sensitive teeth, you should opt for those models with gentle cleaning settings. Usually, high-end models also allow you to choose gum massage mode, polishing mode, whitening mode, as well as different speed and intensity levels. However, if you need a simple brush for occasional use during trips, we see no reason to overpay for extra frills.
Typically, most electric toothbrushes are powered by built-in batteries and come with stylish charging stations that can double as stands. And if you're planning a long trip to another country, make sure that your brush supports dual voltage. Yet, if you don't want to be tied to the mains during your trips, you can take a look at the models that use AAA replaceable batteries. Although they are more costly in maintenance and require frequent battery replacement, they will fully make up for it in situations where the mains power supply is an issue. No wonder AAA battery-operated models are often used by hikers and campers.
Here the size of a handle and the set of additional brushing heads matter. For example, if you need an ultra-portable model that can be easily tossed in your purse, you can find mini brushes that are as slim as markers. Special vented caps or travel cases also add to the convenience of use. They allow you to safely store the brushes inside your travel bags.
Did you know?
Before the Invention of Toothbrushes
Ancient people knew the importance of keeping their teeth healthy and used a variety of oral hygiene measures to clean them. They used bird feathers, tree twigs, animal bones, and some other items. The most popular predecessor of a toothbrush was a chew stick. It was a twig with frayed ends - one end was used for brushing the teeth, whereas the other one was used as a toothpick. Egyptians were the first who used chew sticks approximately 3000 BC. The first-ever toothpaste was also made by Egyptians about 5000 years ago. It consisted of pumice and wine. The more sophisticated analogue of a toothbrush, a hog-bristle toothbrush, was used in China in the 6th century.
The First Patented Toothbrush
H.N. Wadsworth patented the first brush in 1857, in the US. It featured a bone handle and Siberian boar hair bristles. However, animal bristle retained bacteria and wasn't the ideal material for cleaning the oral cavity. In the 1900th, bone handles were replaced by celluloid and animal bristles were replaced by nylon. The first synthetic-bristle toothbrush was available for sale in 1938. The first electric toothbrush was invented in 1939. Though, brushing didn’t become routine until the Second World War.
Nowadays, every adult brushes their teeth, and an average person spends more than 38 days brushing his/her teeth over a lifetime. However, Americans typically brush their teeth only for 45 to 70 seconds a day instead of the dentist-recommended 2 minutes.
Brushing Is Only the Part of Oral Hygiene
Brushing isn’t enough for maintaining proper health of your teeth. If you don’t floss, you can reduce cleaning effectiveness by 40%. So, it’s advisable to brush and floss together. And keep in mind that brushing teeth after eating isn’t suggested. Right after meals, the saliva is highly concentrated with acid, and brushing might even lead to abrasions and faster wearing of enamel consequently. By the way, the tooth enamel is the hardest part of our body. It’s harder than steel yet can break more easily.
The best way to protect your toothbrush from germs is to dry them after each use. Bacteria tend to thrive in moist conditions, and even a bristles cap won’t prevent that. So, dentists recommend drying out the bristles completely after use.
Our Teeth Are Unique
Just like our fingerprints, every tooth is unique and can tell stories about you. Our teeth carry information about our overall health, including illnesses and stresses. Each tooth has its own unique profile. And a mind-boggling fact is that the milk teeth begin to grow during the fetal stage but they usually don’t show up until the baby reaches 3-6 months. People get two sets of teeth throughout their entire life - the baby set includes just 20 teeth, while adults have 32 molar teeth. Though, only one-third of our teeth can be seen - the remaining part is hidden inside our gums.