Best Cheap Electric Toothbrushes

Our recommendations for the best cheap electric toothbrushes include top-rated Philips, Oral-B, and kids' electric toothbrushes.

What We Considered

Even though electric toothbrushes are widely recommended by professionals, most online reviews are posted by consumers, on manufacturer sites and retail sites including Amazon, QVC, Overstock, Walmart, RiteAid, Best Buy, Walgreens, and Target. In making our picks, we also consulted reviews by dental bloggers and product review sites such as TopTenReviews, The Sweethome, and TechGearLab, which conduct product testing.  

We Looked At

Brushing action varies on electric toothbrushes. Some models oscillate, some pulsate, and some use sonic wave technology. Some dentists say the latter may be slightly more effective in killing bacteria below the gum line and forestalling plaque buildup. However, we didn't find any indication in reviews that one type of motion is better than the other. Oscillating, sonic, and dual cleaning all garner strong support.

For the most part, people who buy budget electric toothbrushes are happy with their performance, saying they do indeed clean much better than manual brushing and produce results that dentists notice. The brushing power of some electric toothbrushes can be pretty intense, though. We read complaints from reviewers about the "rough" experience they had using even the best electric toothbrushes we reviewed, such as the Oral-B 1000. Some users of the battery-powered Colgate 360 Optic White Powered Toothbrush consider it uncomfortable, according to reviews on Amazon.

In situations like this, experts recommend opting for a model with a choice of intensity settings. Even people with sensitive teeth or gums should be able to find one that's forgiving. The relatively pricey Oral-B Pro 5000 (starting at $100) offers five brushing modes.

Electric toothbrushes are pretty easy to use, for the most part. They usually don't weigh very much, often less than 5 ounces, although toothbrushes with larger batteries may weigh almost a full pound. Cheap models usually have only one brush mode, so it's simply a matter of pressing the power button and brushing away. Brushes with additional brushing modes add a bit more complexity but still are user-friendly.

Models that incorporate Bluetooth and apps can present a challenge. In some reviews of the Philips Sonicare for Kids, buyers say they couldn't sync the brush to an older tablet or smartphone, for example.

Many electric toothbrushes have a built-in timer that automatically shuts off the brush after two minutes, which is the recommended amount of brushing time. Dentists also urge spending 30 seconds on each quadrant of teeth (upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left). Electric toothbrushes often include a quadrant timer that pulses, pauses, or gives some indication that it's time to move on. Among the models we researched, all but the disposable-battery-powered toothbrushes feature a timer.

Our Picks

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.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

Other Products We Reviewed

Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean

Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean Review

According to Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean reviews, this cheap electric toothbrush sparkles. It earns a near-perfect rating on Drugstore.com, where users write in reviews about its impressive ability to get at hard-to-reach areas and leave teeth squeaky clean. At AmericanRX.com, a registered dental hygienist says in a review that she's been recommending this toothbrush to all of her patients for more than 10 years because it does such a good job at stimulating the mouth tissues and reducing inflammation in gingival tissues. Indeed, users commenting in reviews on Macy's gloat about fewer cavities and overall good news from their dentists after switching from manual toothbrushes to the Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean.

The cleaning action in the Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean (starting at $17) involves oscillating bristles and a pulsing head. This rechargeable model boasts several special features, such as interdental tips to reach hard-to-get areas, indicator tips that let you know when it's time to replace the brush head, and a built-in timer that vibrates once the two minute recommended brushing time has been achieved. Replacement brush heads cost anywhere from $14 to $25 for three to four heads; the Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean is compatible with nine different Oral-B replacement heads, which makes them easy to find.

The Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean tops our list of picks among cheap electric toothbrushes because users have overwhelmingly positive things to say about it. We also like that the Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean gets a thumbs up from dental hygienists and dentists, who observe the excellent results and let their patients know. Moreover, the user-friendly features and readily available replacement heads make this is an excellent and cheap electric toothbrush.

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Crest SpinBrush Pro Review

In Crest SpinBrush Pro reviews, this super cheap electric toothbrush wins strong support from appreciative users. Posting a review on Walmart, one consumer notes how well the firm bristles on the Crest SpinBrush Pro clean his teeth. User reviews on Walgreens concur, with one calling it a 5-star product because of the excellent cleaning job, the long-lasting batteries, assortment of colors, and well-known brand name.

One of the cheapest electric toothbrushes that we reviewed, the Crest SpinBrush Pro (starting at $7, Amazon) operates on two AA batteries. It features a dual-cleaning action (oscillating bristles and side-to-side vibrations) but no extra frills. Replacement brush heads cost about $10 for two. With its cheap price and stripped-down features, you get a product that's a bit like a manual toothbrush but with the cleaning power and benefits of an electric toothbrush.

This simple and cheap electric toothbrush earns a spot on our list because of favorable Crest SpinBrush Pro reviews and the low price tag on the toothbrush itself and the replacement heads. If you can do without a built-in timer or indicator tips, and you don't mind shelling out a few bucks for some AA batteries now and then, this toothbrush is the way to go. Plus, as one user points out in a review, if you don't like it, it's almost cheap enough to be a disposable.

Sonicare Xtreme e3000 Power Toothbrush

Sonicare Xtreme e3000 Power Toothbrush Review

Philips Sonicare Xtreme e3000 Power Toothbrush reviews are full of grit. One consumer posting a review on Sears suggests passing on this model because it's poorly made and not a good example of sonic cleaning action. It doesn't fair much better at Target, where reviews indicate that water seepage into the battery compartment is a common problem that causes the cheap electric toothbrush to stop working. Some users like its cleaning ability, according to reviews on Epinions, but others report similar experience with the battery compartment.

The Philips Sonicare Xtreme e3000 Power Toothbrush (starting at $27, Amazon) uses sonic action (intense speed that energizes saliva, which in turn helps remove plaque) to clean your teeth. It runs on two AA batteries and features a smart timer to help keep you brushing for the recommended two minutes. Replacement brush heads for this model are pricey, running around $44 for four replacements.

There are several issues with this cheap electric toothbrush that give us pause. First is the basic price, which pushes the limits of the Cheapism niche, and then the costly replacement heads. Second, we have concerns about the durability of the product given consumers' comments about water leaking into the battery compartment and the resulting malfunction.

Oral-B Vitality Sonic Clean

Oral-B Vitality Sonic Clean Review

Oral-B Vitality Sonic Clean reviews are decidedly positive. In postings at Walmart, users' reviews say it does a fine job cleaning their teeth and is well worth the money. This assessment is echoed in reviews at J&R, where one consumer reports being impressed with the built-in timer; on a slightly downward stroke, another user notes it's a little bulky for travel.

Oral-B's version of the sonic toothbrush relies on high-speed vibrations in the bristles (about 20,000 a minute) to reduce plaque and stains on the surface of your teeth. Like other Oral-B electric toothbrushes, the Oral-B Vitality Sonic Clean (starting at $19) is rechargeable and features interdental tips, indicator tips, built-in timer, and a comfort-grip handle. There is only one replacement brush head option, which costs about $20 for a package of three.

We like the features on the Oral-B Vitality Sonic Clean but are hesitant about the limitations of just one replacement head choice. Oral-B Vitality Sonic Clean reviews are favorable, however, suggesting the product does what it's supposed to. Just make sure the replacement brush heads are available in your area or easily accessible online before purchasing this model.

Oral-B CrossAction Power Max Whitening

Oral-B CrossAction Power Max Whitening Review

The popular Oral-B brand fields two well-regarded electric toothbrushes at the super-cheap end of the market, according to Oral-B CrossAction Power Max Whitening reviews and Oral-B CrossAction Power reviews. As one review on Amazon points out, the Oral-B Cross Action Power Max Whitening Toothbrush is quiet, gentle on sensitive gums, comfortable and easy to use. A consumer posting another review on the Target site says the dentist has given her better reports since she's been using this cheap electric toothbrush and its small size makes it good for travel. On Amazon, CrossAction Power reviews call it awesome, hardy, and an excellent cheap buy given its ease of use, cleaning ability, and durability. Over at Drugstore.com, most reviews are likewise laudatory, with users reporting that it cleans well in hard-to-reach areas and is especially easy to use. We found only a few negative comments in Oral-B CrossAction Power reviews, mostly saying this model is a bit loud.

Similar in features, the Oral-B CrossAction Power Max Whitening Toothbrush (starting at $13, Amazon) and Oral-B CrossAction Power are distinguished by their source of power. The CrossAction Power Max Whitening is rechargeable and the CrossAction Power runs on one disposable AA battery. Both use a dual-action cleaning motion (the head rotates and the bristles are angled in a criss-cross pattern) and replacement heads are cheap (two for about $7.50) and interchangeable with most Oral-B replacement heads. The CrossAction Power Max Whitening has rubberized bristles designed to remove stains while whitening your teeth and the CrossAction Power has indicator tips to signal when the head needs to be replaced. Both have a comfort-grip handle.

We like these two Oral-B CrossAction electric toothbrushes. Both models are affordable, and the CrossAction Power is particularly cheap. Users say they each do a good job cleaning teeth, reducing gingivitis, and even making teeth whiter. Either model would be a boon to your daily dental hygiene routine.

Oral-B CrossAction Power

Oral-B CrossAction Power Review

The popular Oral-B brand fields two well-regarded electric toothbrushes at the super-cheap end of the market, according to Oral-B CrossAction Power Max Whitening reviews and Oral-B CrossAction Power reviews. As one review on Amazon points out, this model is quiet, gentle on sensitive gums, comfortable and easy to use. A consumer posting a review on the Target site says the dentist has given her better reports since she's been using this cheap electric toothbrush and its small size makes it good for travel. On Amazon, Oral-B CrossAction Power reviews call it awesome, hardy, and an excellent cheap buy given its ease of use, cleaning ability, and durability. Over at Drugstore.com, most reviews are likewise laudatory, with users reporting that it cleans well in hard-to-reach areas and is especially easy to use. We found only a few negative comments in Oral-B CrossAction Power reviews, mostly saying this model is a bit loud.

Similar in features, the Oral-B CrossAction Power Max Whitening Toothbrush and Oral-B CrossAction Power (starting at $7, Amazon) are distinguished by their source of power. The CrossAction Power Max Whitening is rechargeable and the CrossAction Power runs on one disposable AA battery. Both use a dual-action cleaning motion (the head rotates and the bristles are angled in a criss-cross pattern) and replacement heads are cheap (two for about $7.50) and interchangeable with most Oral-B replacement heads. The CrossAction Power Max Whitening has rubberized bristles designed to remove stains while whitening your teeth and the CrossAction Power has indicator tips to signal when the head needs to be replaced. Both have a comfort-grip handle.

We like these two Oral-B CrossAction electric toothbrushes. Both models are affordable, and the CrossAction Power is particularly cheap. Users say they each do a good job cleaning teeth, reducing gingivitis, and even making teeth whiter. Either model would be a boon to your daily dental hygiene routine.

Pursonic S500

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.

  • 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.

  • Vibration may be too strong for some users.

  • Battery wears out quickly; may stop holding a full charge within a year.

Brio Smartclean

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

  • Handle seems chintzy, according to some reviews.

  • No brushing-mode display.

Buying Guide

Choosing an Electric Toothbrush

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.

Electric Toothbrush Brands.

Oral-B absolutely dominates the market, starting with inexpensive electric toothbrushes and climbing ever higher on the price scale. Our favorite is the Oral-B Pro 1000 (starting at $40), followed by the Vitality Floss Action (starting at $20).

Philips Sonicare is another big name in this category. The company focuses mostly on pricier models but also produces two that rank among the best cheap electric toothbrushes: the Philips Sonicare 2 Series (starting at $40) and the Philips Sonicare for Kids (starting at $42). An even less expensive and still solid option is the Philips Sonicare Essence (starting at $25).

Popular toothpaste brands such as Colgate and Arm & Hammer also sell cheap electric toothbrushes, as does a company called Pursonic.

Pricey vs. Cheap Electric Toothbrushes.

For shoppers interested in giving their teeth the luxury treatment, there are a surprising number of electric toothbrushes tagged well above $100. These models often come with features such as Bluetooth and accompanying apps, battery level indicators, travel cases, and cool designs or finishes. Cheap electric toothbrushes only sometimes feature such goodies. Among the models we researched in our price range, the Oral-B Pro 1000 includes a pressure sensor that sends an alert when brushing too hard. And the Philips Sonicare for Kids includes Bluetooth and app support (perhaps it will make brushing more appealing!).

A vast majority of electric toothbrushes, including almost all our budget picks, are rechargeable and come with a charging station that plugs into a regular outlet. But the very cheapest electric toothbrushes are powered by disposable batteries. These basic models cost only slightly more than manual toothbrushes. The Oral-B 3D White Powered Toothbrush (starting at $6) is a good example; it runs on a single AA battery. The Colgate 360 Optic White Powered Toothbrush (starting at $6) takes two AAA batteries, but reviews suggest they don't last long -- one thing that keeps this model from earning our recommendation.

Features Comparison

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Product Title
Battery Type
Brushing Modes
2-Minute Timer
Extras

Philips Sonicare 2 Series

$40
Rechargeable
1
Yes
Battery-indicator light

Oral-B Pro 1000

$40
Rechargeable
1
Yes
Pressure sensor

Philips Sonicare for Kids

$42
Rechargeable
2
Yes
Bluetooth + app, battery-indicator light

Philips Sonicare Essence

$25
Rechargeable
1
Yes
None

Oral-B Vitality Floss Action

$20
Rechargeable
1
Yes
None

Oral-B 3D White Battery...

$6
Disposable
1
No
None

Colgate 360 Optic White...

$6
Disposable
1
No
None

Pursonic S500

$35
Rechargeable
3
Yes
Battery-indicator light

Brio SmartClean

$68
Rechargeable
3
Yes
None

Oral-B Pro 5000

$100
Rechargeable
5
Yes
Bluetooth + app, pressure sensor