If you’re anything like myself then you get tired of buying the same manual toothbrush every few months only to see the same results. A recent visit to the dentist prompted me to start researching the best electric toothbrushes of this year after it was recommended that my teeth and gums would benefit from an electric oscillating head which is able to reach and clean the parts of the mouth inaccessible to a normal brush. As such, I’ve detailed the top 3 best rated electric toothbrushes of 2015 based on number of reviews written by actual consumers.
Vibration v Rotation-Oscillation toothbrushes
There are two types of electric toothbrushes on the market today. The first uses a vibrating motion to rapidly move the brush head from side to side. It’s recommended that you employ the same brushing motion you would use with a manual brush in order to cover the greatest amount of area on and around your teeth and gums. The second type of electric toothbrush employs a rotating-oscillation action where the brush head rotates in one direction before changing to the opposite direction after a few seconds. It’s recommended that you slowly move the brush from tooth to tooth in order to let the brush head expel the most amount of bacteria and plaque.
Manual v Electric – which is more effective?
There have been numerous studies that compare each toothbrush in terms of plaque/bacteria removal and overall whiteness after brushing. The one I found most interesting came from an experiment undertaken by a group of dental surgery students in Australia. They each consumed vast quantities of foods high in carbohydrates and sugar which help oral bacteria breed. They then drank a solution which after 24 hours leaves your teeth stained bright red. After 24 hours, half of the students brushed their teeth for 2 minutes with a manual toothbrush and the other half brushed for 2 minutes with electric brushes.
The results? Each group had managed to remove the red stain and return their teeth to a healthly white glow, however the electric brush group managed to get rid of the solution stuck in between the gaps of each tooth while the manual brushes still had residue in those gaps.
3 best electric toothbrushes of 2015 according to consumer reviews
I don’t know about you but I won’t buy anything these days without seeing some reviews first. As such, I went over to Amazon.com to see which electric toothbrushes were considered the best in the eyes of other consumers and have detailed the pros and cons of the 3 top rated electric toothbrushes of 2015 below.
1. Phillips HX5351 Sonicare Toothbrush
This is by far the most popular electric brush on the market today. With a huge 837 reviews with an average of 4.5/5 stars, this low priced brush is fantastic value for money. It features a rotating-oscillation brush head which produces 31,000 movements per minute and is able to hold a charge for up to 2 weeks.
- Cheapest brush on the market
- Comes with charger base and travel pack at no extra cost
- Able to hold full charge for up to 2 weeks, perfect for travelling
- 2 minute smart timer ensures you brush for the required amount of time
- Easily interchangeable and low cost brush heads
- Flashing light during charge may distract some people
- Brush head is smaller than other models
- Some reviewers found the brush can be prone to moisture clogging
2. Philips Sonicare FlexCare Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush with Sanitizer
This is the second most reviewed in the amazon.com marketplace. With an average of 4.5/5 stars from 600+ reviews, this brush is the leading model in the rechargeable electric toothbrush arena. It comes equipped with 3 flexible brushing modes and 2 programmable custom cleaning routines. It’s also the only rechargeable electric toothbrush to come with a 2 year warranty.
- UV sanitizer protects the brush from bacteria build up
- Quadpacer which beeps every 30 seconds to ensure each quadrant of your mouth is clean
- LED battery light clearly shows when the brush needs recharging
- Comes with 2 standard brush head sizes
- The brush head pops off which enables hassle free head changing
- Some reviewers found that the power of the brush head takes some getting used to
- The brush doesn’t fit firmly into the charger base causing it not to recharge some times
- Known to need replacing after 12-14 months
3. Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000 Rechargeable Toothbrush
The second most reviewed rechargeable toothbrush, the Oral-B professional has 392 consumer reviews with an average 4.5/5 star rating. Oral-B state that this model is gentle on teeth and gums is known to remove up to 99.7% of plaque.
- Small portable charger base
- Multiple visual indicators on battery life and brushing mode
- Comes with a small digital clock free of charge
- Features a pressure warning which is triggered when you use too much force
- Only two AA batteries needed for operation
- Some reviewers found the separate timer hard to program
- Heaviest electric brush on the market weighing 2.2 pounds
- Known to use batteries quite fast
Choosing the correct electric toothbrush is based on a number of factors. For me, I have slightly more sensitive teeth and travel frequently so a softer, rechargeable model would suit my needs. I recommend that you look at the above consumer reviews to form your own opinion and choose an electric toothbrush which suits your needs.