Best Cheap Electric Toothbrushes
Tooth brushing is an essential part of a daily hygiene routine, not to mention overall well-being. Dentists widely agree that electric toothbrushes are superior to manual brushes when it comes to maintaining dental health: They get at hard-to-reach areas, massage gums, attack plaque, and clean effectively (assuming proper technique). They sell at prices ranging from as little as $5 to nearly $200. Cheapism.com culled the best electric toothbrushes under $50 based on scores of expert and user reviews. Each of our picks provides a thorough and comfortable cleaning experience, and many include a few extras, such as a timer and different brushing modes.
Our Top Pick
Philips Sonicare 2 Series Review
- 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.
- 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.
Oral-B Pro 1000 Review
- 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.
- 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 features 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.
Philips Sonicare for Kids Review
- 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.
- 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.
Philips Sonicare Essence Review
- 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.
- 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.
Oral-B Vitality Floss Action Review
- 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.
- 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.
Oral-B 3D White Battery Toothbrush Review
- 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.
- 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.
Colgate 360 Optic White Powered Toothbrush Review
- Does a decent job cleaning teeth, users report.
- Relatively quiet for an electric toothbrush.
- Cheek and tongue cleaner.
- Comes with two AAA batteries.
- Cheek scraper rubs uncomfortably against the mouth.
- Many users say the brush isn't very powerful; some say a manual works better.
- Limited battery life; some reports of the brush failing after the batteries are replaced.
- Replacement brush heads are not widely available.
Takeaway: The bare-bones Colgate 360 Optic White Powered Toothbrush sells at a bargain-basement price and provides an adequate level of service. However, some users aren't impressed with its performance, design, or durability. There are better battery-powered toothbrushes on the market.