How to pick the best battery-operated toothbrush?
Battery-operated toothbrushes can perform a variety of options when cleaning your teeth, gums, and even the rest of your mouth. You will need to know what kind of brush you want, sonic or oscillation, and the type of user who will be using the brush, whether a child, senior or someone with sensory issues, in order to know which toothbrush may be the best choice for your needs. Some come with replaceable heads, and some are only meant to be used for a few months before being replaced, so you will need to weigh these options when choosing the best battery-operated toothbrush.
There are a couple of well-known brand names when it comes to toothbrushes. These tend to be: Phillips, Colgate, and Oral-B. This doesn’t mean that other brand names, though, such as Arm & Hammer, are a lesser brush or not worth your time and money.
In general, the more well-known brands have been used and tested by dental professionals who often give their stamp of approval.
The Phillips Sonicare, in particular, is the number 1 rated toothbrush of dentists, so if that’s an important consideration for you, then you may want to check out the Philips Sonicare HX3631/06, which is especially good for users with braces or other dental work.
The softness is one of the more important consideration when looking at any toothbrush, manual, or battery-operated. Bristles that are too hard may be painful or uncomfortable to use for those people who have sensitive mouths, and soft bristles, while great for children, elderly, or sensory issue users, may not do as good a job cleaning for those people who would like bristles that are more robust. Softer bristles tend to do a better job reaching between teeth and under gum lines, which is why they’re such a great choice for children who don’t typically have the skills to keep up on good oral hygiene. If you’re looking for a battery-operated brush with soft bristles, than avoid the medium rated bristles of the Philips Sonicare HX3631/06 or consider purchasing a replacement head with bristles that better fit your needs.
The performance of a battery-operated toothbrush can take into consideration a few things, but most often, it includes strokes per minute and what the brush is best at.
It’s important to understand the difference between an oscillating brush and a sonic brush. Sonic brushes use vibration to remove tartar and plaque, whereas oscillating brushes rely on rotating bristles to clean your teeth. Because of this, sonic toothbrushes will clean at a much higher stroke per minute rate compared to oscillating ones. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, but it is good to compare the strokes per minute to other brushes within the same category, but not between the two.
For a sonic brush with the most strokes per minute, look to the 30,000 strokes per minute of the TempIR Sonic Wave. For an oscillating brush, the ARM & HAMMER Spinbrush PRO+ Value Pack offers 3,700 strokes per minute of oscillation.
When brushing your teeth, you are expected to clean for at least two minutes at a time, so an ergonomic toothbrush choice can be very important. This is especially true for children. If the brush is too big for them to hold, or uncomfortable, they’re more likely not to brush their teeth effectively, and for many parents encouraging teeth brushing is already a hassle. The on and off buttons can make a difference, too. Many have toggle switches, but some require you to hold down a button. This can make a big difference if you’re someone who experiences arthritis in your hands, or nerve or motor issues where holding a button or toggling a switch may be difficult. For a brush with ergonomics in mind, check out the TempIR Sonic Wave, which is great for seniors.
All the toothbrushes on this list run on either AA or AAA batteries, either one or two. Many of the brushes ship with batteries included, and whether you will need to replace them or not depends on the brush.
For battery-operated toothbrushes that have replaceable heads, they will also have the ability to replace the batteries as well, as the point is to keep the body of the toothbrush as long as you want, only replacing the head and batteries as often as needed.
But for some brushes they are meant to be used for a few months, then disposed of, such as the Oral-B 3D Luxe White Pulsar Battery Powered Toothbrushes, which means their battery panels may not be able to be accessed at all, though the battery should last the lifespan of the toothbrush itself, which is pretty convenient for some people.
When brushing your teeth, you’re supposed to clean for at least 2 minutes. This can seem like a long time, and focusing on a clock while also trying to clean your teeth can be a hassle for some people. This is why some battery-operated toothbrushes come with a built-in timer. This timer will keep the brush running for the full 2 minutes before automatically shutting off when you’ve reached the correct time for cleaning. If this is something you’re interested in, then check out our Editor’s Choice, the Colgate 360 Advanced Whitening Battery Powered Toothbrush.
Packaging can easily sway the consumer to another toothbrush, especially if you’re shopping for a family or more than one user. Some brushes come with more than one brush, as well as replacement heads, such as the ARM & HAMMER Spinbrush PRO+ Value Pack.
It’s important to note how many batteries it ships with as well if you’re planning on using both brushes immediately.
And packaging can also affect how happy the user is with the product as well, such as the Oral-B Battery Powered Kid’s Toothbrush. While users were pleased with the operation of this brush, many were unhappy since they were unable to choose the characters on this brush meant for children, resulting in unhappy kids.
Prices vary widely with battery-operated toothbrushes, and that’s mostly because they can be so different. A higher-priced model often means it has replaceable heads and batteries, but that doesn’t mean a lower-priced model wouldn’t be the perfect fit for your needs. Some packages come with more than one brush, as well, or replacement heads, batteries, even additional tongue cleaners, and this can all affect the final price of the brush. On our list, though, the most expensive model, at $30, is the Triple Bristle GO Sonic Toothbrush and the cheapest models are the $5 Colgate 360 Floss Tip-Sonic Power Toothbrush or the similarly priced Oral-B Battery Powered Kid’s Toothbrush, which is designed specifically for the needs of children.