10 Best Power Toothbrush Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

The best electric toothbrush is gentle on your teeth and gums, easy to maneuver, and actually improves your brushing technique. We consulted dentists and research to identify the most effective features available — brushing timers and pressure sensors — and then gathered 16 toothbrushes to test ourselves. We ended up with five models that encourage better brushing habits for a healthy smile.

Top 10 Power Toothbrush

Bestseller No. 1
Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Powered by Braun
3779 Reviews
Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Powered by Braun
  • Clinically proven superior 3D cleaning oscillates and pulsates to break up and remove up to 300% more plaque...
  • The pressure sensor stops the pulsation movement if you brush too hard and the in-handle timer helps you brush...
Bestseller No. 2
Oral-B White Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Powered by Braun
7247 Reviews
Oral-B White Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Powered by Braun
  • Clinically proven superior 3D Cleaning Action oscillates, rotates and pulsates to break up and remove 300%...
  • The pressure sensor stops the pulsation movement if you brush too hard and the in-handle timer helps you brush...
Bestseller No. 3
Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, White
8647 Reviews
Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, White
  • Allow the handle to charge a full 24hrs before its first use.The handle could be left on the charger at all...
  • Removes up to 2x more plaque than a manual toothbrush. Includes 1 e-Series brush head 9standard)
Bestseller No. 4
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 Gum Health, Rechargeable electric toothbrush with pressure...
608 Reviews
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 Gum Health, Rechargeable electric toothbrush with pressure...
  • Customize your experience with the three different modes: Clean, White and Gum Care
  • Pressure sensor protects teeth and gums from excess brushing pressure while improving your gum health up to...
Bestseller No. 5
Oral-B 7000 SmartSeries Rechargeable Power Electric Toothbrush with 3 Replacement Brush Heads,...
4289 Reviews
Oral-B 7000 SmartSeries Rechargeable Power Electric Toothbrush with 3 Replacement Brush Heads,...
  • Real-time feedback with the Oral-B app focuses brushing on your most important areas, tracks habits over time,...
  • Made of different high-tech materials like silicon. Cross Action round brush head with perfectly angled...
Bestseller No. 6
Oral-B Pro 500 Electric Power Rechargeable Toothbrush with Automatic Timer and Precision Clean Brush...
569 Reviews
Oral-B Pro 500 Electric Power Rechargeable Toothbrush with Automatic Timer and Precision Clean Brush...
  • Removes up to 100% more plaque vs. a regular manual toothbrush
  • 2D cleaning electric toothbrush head oscillates and rotates to break up and remove plaque
Bestseller No. 7
Power Electric Toothbrush Rechargeable for Adults with Timer Care Your Teeth Like Dentist Usb...
536 Reviews
Power Electric Toothbrush Rechargeable for Adults with Timer Care Your Teeth Like Dentist Usb...
  • Powerful Electric Toothbrush for Perfect Oral Hygiene, High speed rotary of 8800 oscillations per minute,...
  • Fairywill Electric Toothbrush Provide 3 Different Modes, CLEAN, SENSITIVE and MASSAGE, Different Strength to...
Bestseller No. 8
Oral-B Vitality Dual Clean Rechargeable Battery Electric Toothbrush with Automatic Timer, Powered by...
1443 Reviews
Oral-B Vitality Dual Clean Rechargeable Battery Electric Toothbrush with Automatic Timer, Powered by...
  • Oral-B Dual Clean Replacement Brush Heads provide twice the cleaning action for superior plaque removal vs a...
  • Head rotates side to side in an oscillating manner, while penetrating hard-to-reach areas
Bestseller No. 9
Sonic Electric Toothbrush, USB Rechargeable Toothbrush, Adult Electric Toothbrush With Holder and 2...
309 Reviews
Sonic Electric Toothbrush, USB Rechargeable Toothbrush, Adult Electric Toothbrush With Holder and 2...
  • Sonic Technology for a Superior Clean: HANASCO electric toothbrush uses dynamic cleaning action to reach deep...
  • 4 Modes of Clean: CLEAN, WHITE, POLISH, GUMCARE to suit different conditions of teeth and gums, like braces,...
Bestseller No. 10
Colgate 360 Floss Tip Sonic Power Toothbrush
41 Reviews
Colgate 360 Floss Tip Sonic Power Toothbrush
  • 4x deeper reach below the gum line
  • Activate 20,000 sonic strokes per minute at the touch of a button

How We Chose the Best Electric Toothbrush

Two-minute timer

The American Dental Association recommends two minutes of brushing for the most effective clean. Brushing for less than that can leave plaque behind while over-brushing can damage gums and teeth. All our experts said a two-minute timer is a must-have because it takes the guesswork out of brushing sessions and ensures teeth get the right amount of time under the bristles. While most electric toothbrushes now offer this feature standard, the best will have strong vibrations or automatic shut-off at the end of the timer.

Quad-pacer

A quad-pacer splits the two-minute brushing timer into four 30-second intervals. This allows you to focus on brushing each quadrant of your mouth for an even brushing session. Most quad-pacers will either use short pauses in vibration or produce a short series of pulses to notify you when it’s time to move on.

Pressure sensor

A pressure sensor will let you know if you’re brushing too hard, which Dr. Gary Glassman explained “can irritate the gums, causing soreness or bleeding [and] over a long period of time… cause conditions such as gum recession.” Highly recommended by our experts, a pressure sensor will buzz, flash a light, or even pause brushing to let you know you need to ease up a little. Unfortunately, budget pressure sensors tend to require an excessive amount of force to activate, so they’re really only effective in high-end models for now.

Lasting rechargeable battery

A rechargeable battery saves you the cost of replacing traditional batteries during an electric toothbrush’s lifespan — around 3-5 years. In addition, it decreases the risk of a dead toothbrush and the loss of electric brushing’s benefits. Most electric toothbrushes offer a rechargeable battery that lasts, on average, two weeks per charge.

Guide to Electric Toothbrushes

Consider the sensitivity of your teeth and gums

Electric toothbrushes come in two different styles: oscillating or sonic. There’s a debate about which type offers a better clean for your teeth — one study did find oscillating brushes to be more effective in reducing plaque and gingivitis, and another study showed both types to reduce plaque after a month or so. It largely depends on comfort and personal preference, and at the end of the day, both oscillating and sonic brushes will work well as long as they’re paired with proper brushing technique. Dr. Ben Lawlor of Maine Cosmetic Dentistry told us, “If you’re using an electric toothbrush that stimulates the gum, you’re good.”

Sonic
The Philips models, in particular, can vibrate for up to 62,000 movements per minute. According to Dr. Glassman, the fast vibrations incorporate “fluid dynamics, which is a secondary cleaning action that extends the brush’s reach” but is also what causes the uncomfortable tickling sensation. Translation: A sonic toothbrush’s scrubbing can reach more places than its oscillating counterpart’s, but it’ll tickle a bit along the way.

Oscillating
Oscillating toothbrushes, like our Oral-B models, have round heads that rotate back and forth about 8,800 times per minute (and pulsate at around 40,000). They are less likely to cause the “teeth-tickling” sensation of sonic models, but are generally louder and can cause discomfort for those with sensitive gums, possibly due to larger brush heads.

Evaluate your brushing technique

Choosing between a premium and a budget toothbrush can depend on your technique. In addition to brushing for two minutes with light pressure, our experts recommended brushing at a 45-degree angle toward your gum line using small circular or tooth-wide motions. If you’re confident you’ve got this technique down, a budget model is likely all you need — their two-minute timers and quad-pacers will simply help you stay on top of your timing. For those who need a few more reminders about proper brushing technique and are ready to make the investment, a premium model with a wide range of features is the way to go.

Opt for brands with accessible replacement heads

Philips’ Sonicare and Braun’s Oral-B are the most recognizable electric toothbrush brands on the market. Their dominance and longevity in the industry have allowed them to develop a wide library of brush heads along with easy-to-find replacements. Since toothbrush bristles wear out after 3-4 months of use, having accessible replacements is an important consideration.

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