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The best electric toothbrushes for a cleaner smile, according to experts

Electric toothbrushes do the scrubbing for you, helping achieve a deeper clean day and night.
Electric toothbrushes are designed with features like timers and pressure sensors that help guide your cleaning.
Electric toothbrushes are designed with features like timers and pressure sensors that help guide your cleaning.Kara Birnbaum / NBC

If you’re doing it right, you should spend at least 28 minutes per week brushing your teeth. Does that sound like a drag? Then it might be time for a toothbrush upgrade. Experts say an electric toothbrush can help you achieve a deeper clean than a manual toothbrush — it’s better at breaking up biofilm that can later turn to plaque, and since it does the scrubbing for you, it makes achieving the American Dental Association’s recommended two minutes of brushing even more simple.

We consulted dentists about the benefits of electric toothbrushes, how they’re different from manual toothbrushes and how to pick the best one for you. We highlighted dentist-recommended models, and options Select staffers tried themselves.

How we picked the best electric toothbrushes

When it comes to choosing an electric toothbrush, simply pick one you will use, says Dr. Sheri Doniger, an Illinois-based dentist. As long as it gets the job done, is comfortable for you to use twice a day and is paired with fluoride toothpaste, any electric toothbrush is a suitable option. But since there are so many models on the market, experts recommend thinking about the following factors to narrow down your options.

  • Timers: The ADA recommends brushing for two minutes twice a day. Some brushes buzz every 30 seconds to let you know how much time to spend on all four quadrants of your mouth, while others have a two-minute timer to tell you when you can stop brushing.
  • Pressure sensors: Pressure sensors act as a safety measure, says Dr. Dmitry Dolgov, a dentist at The Dentist Lounge in Santa Monica, California. They alert you when you’re brushing too hard and eliminate the chance that you’ll hurt your gums or tooth enamel. If an electric toothbrush senses that you’re exerting too much pressure while brushing, it may slow down its oscillations or display a red light on its base, which tells you to be gentler.
  • Brush head replacement indicators: These indicators remind you when to change your brush head. The indicator is usually a small light that flashes on when it’s time to swap out the brush head — it’s like the change oil light on your car, says Doniger.
  • Movement pattern: Electric toothbrushes either use oscillating (rotating) and pulsating movements, or vibrating movements (also referred to as sonic vibrations). They’re equally effective at cleaning teeth, Dolgov says, so choosing between the two ultimately comes down to personal preference.
  • Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity: Some electric toothbrushes are Wi-Fi- or Bluetooth-enabled and pair with a companion app, allowing you to view your brushing habits in real-time. Doniger says they can monitor brushing quality and quantity.
  • Soft bristles: Medium or hard bristles can potentially damage your teeth and gums, Dolgov says. Opting for soft bristles is a safer choice, and they effectively clean your teeth while being gentle on your oral tissues.
  • Battery: Some electric toothbrushes run on disposable batteries (AA or AAA, for example), so when they die, you can quickly swap them out and get back to brushing. Other models are rechargeable — when they die, you have to plug them in and wait a couple hours while they repower.
  • American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance: Oral hygiene products like electric toothbrushes and kids electric toothbrushes can earn the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. In order to do so, the ADA evaluates scientific evidence brands submit showing that their models meet specific safety and efficacy criteria. This doesn’t mean electric toothbrushes without the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance are ineffective — it just means brands have not voluntarily submitted their products for the ADA to review.

The best electric toothbrushes of 2024

To round up the best electric brushes, we sourced expert-recommended options, those that earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance and Select staff favorites. Electric toothbrushes cost anywhere from under $10 to over $300, so we included options across price points to help you find one within your budget.

Philips Sonicare 4100 Electric Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare and Oral-B are like the Apple and Android of toothbrushes, Dolgov says. Each brand’s models are made with their own distinct technologies and cleaning methods, but he finds them comparable and recommends both. 

One charge of this Philips Sonicare model gives you up to two weeks of battery life, according to the brand, and it has a slim, ergonomic handle, providing a comfortable place to grip. It comes with one of the brand’s Optimal Plaque Control brush heads, replacements of which you can buy in a three pack for about $27. 

ADA Seal of Acceptance: Yes | Battery: Rechargeable | Cleaning modes: 1 | Intensity levels: 2 | Movement pattern: Vibrations | Pressure sensor: Yes | Timer: Yes | Brush head replacement indicator: Yes | Smart features: No

Moon Electric Toothbrush


Moon’s electric toothbrush is a Select Wellness Award winner. It’s designed with an ergonomic, non-slip handle that’s comfortable to grip, and its battery lasts up to six weeks on a single charge, according to the brand. A travel case and extra soft bristled brush heads are included and hen you need to replace the latter, you can purchase a two pack for about $15.

ADA Seal of Acceptance: No | Battery: Rechargeable | Cleaning modes: 5 | Intensity levels: 1 | Movement pattern: Vibrations | Pressure sensor: No | Timer: Yes | Brush head replacement indicator: No | Smart features: None

Quip Standard Electric Toothbrush

Doniger recommends Quip if you’re looking for the convenience of an electric toothbrush subscription service. You can get brush head refills automatically delivered to your door every three months, which helps remind you when it’s time to replace them. The toothbrush is also available for purchase without the subscription — instead, you can buy replacement brush heads for $6 each when you need them. 

Quip’s Standard Electric Toothbrush is the brand’s most basic powered toothbrush. It has a three-month battery life, according to the brand, and offers timed sonic vibrations and pulses to guide your brushing. It also comes with a travel cover that doubles as a holder you can attach to your mirror.

ADA Seal of Acceptance: Yes | Battery: AAA batteries | Cleaning modes: 1 | Intensity levels: 1 | Movement pattern: Vibrations | Pressure sensor: No | Timer: Yes | Brush head replacement indicator: No | Smart features: None

Quip Smart Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

If you like Quip but want a more high tech electric toothbrush, the brand offers a Bluetooth-enabled option that connects to a companion app so you can track your brushing habits. The toothbrush has a slim handle and soft-bristle brush head. One full charge gives you up to three months of battery life, according to Quip, and the toothbrush comes with a travel cover that doubles as a holder you can attach to your mirror. You can opt to get replacement brush heads delivered to your door automatically when you opt-in to Quip’s subscription service or purchase them as needed for $6.

ADA Seal of Acceptance: Yes | Battery: Rechargeable | Cleaning modes: 1 | Intensity levels: 1 | Movement pattern: Vibrations | Pressure sensor: No | Timer: Yes | Brush head replacement indicator: No | Smart features: Companion app

Oral-B Pro 1000

Dr. Lawrence Fung, a dentist at Silicon Beach Dental in Southern California, says this rechargeable Oral-B electric toothbrush is an affordable option that still offers a handful of helpful features, like a pressure sensor and timer. NBC Select updates editor Mili Godio uses this toothbrush and says it doesn’t irritate her sensitive teeth or gums thanks to its gentle brushing speed. You can pair the toothbrush with multiple different types of replacement brush heads, which will typically cost you about $31 for a pack of two.

ADA Seal of Acceptance: Yes | Battery: Rechargeable | Cleaning modes: 3 | Intensity levels: 1 | Movement pattern: Oscillating and pulsating | Pressure sensor: Yes | Timer: Yes | Brush head replacement indicator: No | Smart features: None

Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Pro Clean

Before investing in a higher-priced electric toothbrush, Doniger recommends her patients try this budget-friendly option first to experience what powered models feel like. Its dual-action technology combines side-to-side bristle movement with spinning movement, and the brush head’s bristles fade in color over time to remind you to replace it. You can purchase multiple different types of replacement brush heads for this electric toothbrush, which will typically cost you about $9 for a pack of two.

ADA Seal of Acceptance: Yes | Battery: AA batteries | Cleaning modes: 1 | Intensity levels: 1 | Movement pattern: Side-to-sie and oscillating | Pressure sensor: No | Timer: No | Brush head replacement indicator: Built into brush head | Smart features: None

Oral-B Smart 1500 Electric Toothbrush


“I like that this electric toothbrush has a circular spinning brush head so I can just hold it over my teeth instead of moving it side to side,” says Select reporter Harry Rabinowitz. He also recommends the toothbrush for its suite of features, including what he called a very noticeable pulse after two minutes, notifying you to stop brushing. You can purchase multiple different types of replacement brush heads, which will typically cost you about $31 for a pack of two.

ADA Seal of Acceptance: Yes | Battery: Rechargeable | Cleaning modes: 1 | Intensity levels: 1 | Movement pattern: Oscillating and pulsating | Pressure sensor: Yes | Timer: Yes | Brush head replacement indicator: No | Smart features: None

Bitvae Smart S2 Sonic Electric Toothbrush

You can connect this ADA-approved electric toothbrush to a companion app via Bluetooth, which shows you what areas of your mouth you cleaned so you never miss a spot. The app also lets you change the brushing intensity and set reminders to floss, use mouthwash or clean your tongue. The electric toothbrush comes with a travel case and eight replacement brush heads, plus its battery lasts for up to 100 days, according to the brand. Replacement brush heads come in a pack of four for about $10.

ADA Seal of Acceptance: Yes | Battery: Rechargeable | Cleaning modes: 5 | Intensity levels: 9 | Movement pattern: Vibrations | Pressure sensor: Yes | Timer: Yes | Brush head replacement indicator: No | Smart features: Yes

Aquasonic Icon Electric Toothbrush 

Aquasonic’s electric toothbrush comes with a travel case and a magnetic holder you can stick to your mirror and attach the brush to when you’re not using it. One charge gives you up to 30 days of battery life and the toothbrush pulses every 30 seconds to tell you to clean the next quadrant of your mouth. One head is included with this electric toothbrush — you can purchase replacement brush heads in a pack of two for about $10.

ADA Seal of Acceptance: Yes | Battery: Rechargeable | Cleaning modes: 2 | Intensity levels: 1 | Movement pattern: Vibrations | Pressure sensor: No | Timer: Yes | Brush head replacement indicator: No | Smart features: No

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 Rechargeable Electric Power Toothbrush

When you turn this electric toothbrush on, it slowly increases its power to ease you in, making it a great option for those new to powered cleaners. NBC Select editor Lindsay Schneider says she’s used this eclectic toothbrush for so long that she doesn’t remember a time without it. Her teeth always feel clean after using it and she appreciates its long battery life — a full charge delivers up to two weeks of power, according to the brand. The toothbrush comes with  a travel case and one Optimal Gum care brush head. You can purchase a two pack of replacement brush heads for about $28.

ADA Seal of Acceptance: No | Battery: Rechargeable | Cleaning modes: 3 | Intensity levels: 1 | Movement pattern: Vibrations | Pressure sensor: Yes | Timer: Yes | Brush head replacement indicator: Yes | Smart features: No

Foreo Issa 3 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush


Select social media editor Sadhana Daruvuri is a fan of Foreo’s electric toothbrush, whose head is made out of medical-grade silicone and feels gentle on her teeth. The brush head also has silicone ridges on its back, which acts as a tongue and cheek cleaner. “My whole mouth feels extra clean after brushing,” Daruvuri says. One full charge gives you a year’s worth of battery power, according to the brand, and since you don’t have to keep the toothbrush in the charger between uses, it takes up very little space in Daruvuri’s bathroom. You can purchase replacement brush heads for about $27 as needed.

ADA Seal of Acceptance: No | Battery: Rechargeable | Cleaning modes: 1 | Intensity levels: 16 | Movement pattern: Vibrations | Pressure sensor: Yes | Timer: Yes | Brush head replacement indicator: No | Smart features: None

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9700 Electric Toothbrush

Doniger recommends Philip Sonicare’s DiamondClean Electric Toothbrush, which pairs with a companion app. “This smart brush gives you personalized coaching to show you not only how to brush properly, but what surfaces of the teeth you are missing,” she says. The toothbrush comes with three types of brush heads (plaque control, white and gum health, as well as a tongue care head), each designed to tackle hard-to-reach areas; a brush body; and a traveling case for convenient packing. You can purchase multiple different toothbrush heads for this electric toothbrush, which will typically cost you about $30 for a pack of two.

ADA Seal of Acceptance: No | Battery: Rechargeable | Cleaning modes: 5 | Intensity levels: 3 | Movement pattern: Vibrations | Pressure sensor: Yes | Timer: Yes | Brush head replacement indicator: Yes | Smart features: Companion app

Meet our experts

At Select, we work with experts who have specialized knowledge and authority based on relevant training and/or experience. We also take steps to ensure that all expert advice and recommendations are made independently and with no undisclosed financial conflicts of interest.

  • Dr. Sheri Doniger is an Illinois-based dentist who has authored numerous articles on topics like periodontal disease and new dental technology.
  • Dr. Lawrence Fung practices dentistry at Silicon Beach Dental in Southern California. He is also a clinical instructor at the University of California, Los Angeles Center for Esthetic Dentistry and is the current team dentist for University of Southern California Athletics.
  • Dr. Dmitry Dolgov practices dentistry at The Dentist Lounge in Santa Monica, California.

Why trust Select?

Zoe Malin is an associate updates editor at Select who has been covering dental hygiene products for years. She’s published guides about toothpaste, kids toothpaste, floss, water flossers, teeth whitening products and more. For this piece, Zoe interviewed three dentists, researched dozens of electric toothbrushes and familiarized herself with the ADA’s guidelines.

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