Top-Rated Electric Toothbrushes for the Whole Family

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Many dentists recommend electric toothbrushes as a better route to oral health than the traditional kind. Electric models run a gamut of price points, with many options under $50 that are short on bells and whistles but long on performance and comfort. Cheapism.com picked through reviews by users and experts to identify the best cheap electric toothbrushes. The list primarily includes rechargeable electric toothbrushes. We also found a good one that runs on disposable batteries, another designed for kids, and a couple of pricier models that might be worth a splurge.
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ORAL-B VITALITY FLOSS ACTION

Good Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Under $50
Price: $20 | Buy it from Walmart

Pros:
- Cleans teeth thoroughly, reviewers say.
- Two-minute timer with 30-second quadrant alert.
- Waterproof handle.
- User-friendly; relatively lightweight and compact design.
- Special brush head simulates flossing; compatible with other Oral-B heads.
- Comes with two brush heads.

Cons:
- Vibration is too intense for some users.
- Plastic on/off button feels chintzy, some users say.
- Maximum of five days of battery life with twice-daily brushing.

Takeaway: Reviewers of the Oral-B Vitality Floss Action award points for ergonomic design and ease of use. Some object to what they consider too much vibration and relatively limited battery life between charges -- both minor drawbacks to an otherwise good investment in oral health.

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PHILIPS SONICARE ESSENCE

Good Sonic Toothbrush Under $50
Price: $25 | Buy it on Amazon

Pros:
- Sonic wave technology cleans teeth very well, dental professionals say and users confirm in reviews.
- Power increases gently over first 12 uses.
- Built-in two-minute timer.
- Up to 14 days between charges.
- Users like the smallish brush head.
- Comes with a travel case.

Cons:
- Less powerful than other Sonicare brushes; some users are disappointed with the cleaning.
- No quadrant timer.
- Too bulky and heavy for some users.
- Small minority of users report recharging problems after several months.
- Replacement brush heads are expensive.

Takeaway: The Essence toothbrush from Philips Sonicare is a cheap but effective electric brush. It does the job, it's comfortable, and the battery holds a charge longer than some comparable models. Complaints are scattered here and there among reviews, but overall, the Philips Sonicare Essence is a good low-cost way to begin using an electric toothbrush.

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ORAL-B 3D WHITE BATTERY TOOTHBRUSH

Best Battery-Powered Electric Toothbrush
Price: $6 | Buy it on Amazon

Pros:
- Cleans teeth well, reviewers say.
- Comes with two AA batteries.
- Good for travel, with a compact size and no charger to transport.
- Accepts any Oral-B brush head for battery-powered toothbrushes.

Cons:
- Powerful brush may be too much for some users.
- Battery discharges quickly.
- Included brush head is too large for some users.

Takeaway: The Oral-B 3D White Battery Toothbrush costs barely more than a tube of toothpaste, making it a super-cheap gateway into the world of power brushing. Users generally like how well this brush cleans their teeth, and the compact size is suited for on-the-go brushing. Grousing about limited battery life and excessive brushing strength should be weighed against the price, convenience, and positive comments in scores of reviews.

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PHILIPS SONICARE FOR KIDS

Best Kids' Electric Toothbrush Under $50
Price: $42 | Buy it from Best Buy

Pros:
- Two brushing modes: low (intensity builds gradually) and high.
- 30-second quadrant alert up to two minutes.
- App teaches and encourages kids to brush.
- Up to two weeks between charges; battery-indicator light.
- Rubber handle provides a good grip.
- Comes with removeable stickers to customize the handle and a protective cover.

Cons:
- Full charge takes up to 24 hours.
- Included brush head may be a little large for small kids; smaller brush heads are sold separately.
- A handful of users can't connect the toothbrush to their devices via Bluetooth.
- Expensive for a kids' toothbrush.

Takeaway: Getting kids to brush can be a real chore, but the Philips Sonicare for Kids makes the task easier and perhaps even fun with a Bluetooth-connected app. We read many, many reviews from parents saying their children really take to this toothbrush and it encourages them to develop good brushing habits.

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ORAL-B PRO 1000

Best Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Under $50
Price: $40 | Buy it on Amazon

Pros:
- Feels comfortable on teeth and gums, reviewers say.
- User-friendly, lightweight, and travel-ready.
- Two-minute timer and 30-second quadrant alert.
- Pressure sensor stops the pulsing if you're brushing too hard.
- Affordable replacement brush heads; compatible with all Oral-B electric toothbrush heads.
- The Sweethome's pick for best electric toothbrush.
- TechGearLab Best Buy.

Cons:
- No control over speed or intensity.
- Large brush head may be uncomfortable for some users.
- Seems loud compared with other electric toothbrushes.

Takeaway: It's easy to see why the Oral-B Pro 1000 is one of the most popular electric toothbrushes. Users cite reasons such as light weight, comfort, durable build, and effectiveness. Some reviews say the action may be a bit rough for people with sensitive gums, but a vast majority declare this Oral-B electric toothbrush a winner.

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PHILIPS SONICARE 2 SERIES

Best Sonic Toothbrush Under $50
Price: $40 | Buy it on Amazon

Pros:
- Makes teeth feel very clean, users report.
- Sonic wave technology is touted by dental professionals.
- Up to two weeks between charges; battery indicator light.
- Intensity builds over first 14 uses.
- Features a two-minute timer and 30-second quadrant alert.
- Slim, angled neck and brush head.
- The Sweethome's runner-up for best electric toothbrush.

Cons:
- Replacement brush heads are pricey.

Takeaway: The Philips Sonicare 2 Series is one of the brand's most affordable electric toothbrushes. It's very popular with reviewers, who laud the cleaning results. Users also like the timer and long-lasting battery charge. About the only gripe we found concerns the comparatively high cost of replacement brush heads for this Philips Sonicare toothbrush.

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PURSONIC S500

Bonus: Lots of Extra Brush Heads
Price: $35 | Buy it on Amazon

Pros:
- Comes with 12 color-coded brush heads and a storage case.
- Sonic action cleans teeth well, according to reviewers.
- Three brushing modes: gum massage, sensitive, and normal.
- Two-minute timer with 30-second alert.
- Thin, lightweight handle.
- LED battery-charge indicator.
- Inexpensive replacement heads.

Cons:
- Vibration may be too strong for some users.
- Battery wears out quickly; may stop holding a full charge within a year.

Takeaway: Reviewers of the Pursonic S500 appreciate the choice of brushing modes, partly because some find the vibrations on the "normal" setting so strong as to be uncomfortable. The extra brush heads included in the package add value -- multiple people can share the brush and one person can go three years without buying replacements. However, we saw a large number of user complaints that the battery stopped holding a charge long before then, which bumped this model off our slate of top picks.

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BRIO SMARTCLEAN

Worth a Splurge for Better Battery Life
Price: $68 | Buy it on Amazon

Pros:
- Up to six weeks of battery life.
- Very comfortable brushing experience, users say.
- Sonic wave technology is easy on gums and cleans teeth well, according to reviews.
- Three brushing modes.
- Two-minute timer and 30-second quadrant alert.
- Comes with two brush heads.
- TechGearLab Editors' Choice.

Cons:
- Brushing may be a little too intense for some users.
- Handle may be too large to hold comfortably.
- Very large battery is heavier than most.
- Only one type of brush head available.

Takeaway: Reviewers rave about the Brio SmartClean, with comfort and impressive battery life singled out for special praise. The tradeoff for the bigger battery is a handle that's on the heavier side. Users also like the round charging base with holders for two brush heads and the affordable price for replacement heads.

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ORAL-B PRO 5000

Worth a Splurge for Extra Features
Price: $100 | Buy it on Amazon

Pros:
- Five brushing modes: daily clean, deep clean, sensitive, whitening, massage.
- Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush pairs with app to track and give feedback on brushing habits.
- Pressure sensor alert when brushing too hard.
- Two-minute timer with 30-second quadrant alert.
- Comes with a holder for four brush heads and a travel case for two.
- Compatible with many brush heads.

Cons:
- Handle seems chintzy, according to some reviews.
- No brushing-mode display.

Takeaway: Packing in lots of features, the Oral-B Pro 5000 is one of the fancier models around and still sells at what might pass for a reasonable price. It's Bluetooth-enabled and boasts a host of other extras rarely found on brushes in the Cheapism price range. The Oral-B Pro 5000 has few drawbacks, so go for it if cost is no deterrent.