While we’re thankfully over the Dayglo white phase that besieged everyone’s teeth in the early Noughties, our desire for healthy, sparkling gnashers continues.
We’re not after blindingly white chompers a la Dave Grohl or, um, Ryland Clark, but we still want our teeth to look their best. Luckily, there’s now a (spit) bucket full of electric toothbrushes to help us out.
We’ve rounded up six of the best on the market, and tested them for you. Each toothbrush differs slightly in terms of what it does, ranging from those that brighten to those that boost your gum health, to others that have attachments to really get that bit between your teeth.
Oh, and one of these brushes even has its own app. Yep, tooth cleaning is about to get techy…
One for leccy-brush newbies
Philips Sonicare 3 Series, £120, www.philips.co.uk
Proving that you don’t need to spend the earth to get good results, and ideal for those switching from a manual brush to an electric one, the Philips Sonicare 3 Series has plenty of features to keep your teeth and gums in rude health.
Dentists recommend that you brush for two minutes twice a day, and, handily, the Sonicare 3 Series notifies you when your time is up. Pumping out 31,000 brush strokes per minute, and with three intensity settings to offer a gentle through to deep clean, this budget beauty leaves teeth feeling noticeably clean. If it came with a travel case, it’d be perfect.
One for an oral overhaul
Oral-B Pro 6500 Black Smart Series Bluetooth, £249.99, www.oralb.co.uk
The Rolls-Royce of electric toothbrushes, Oral-B’s Bluetooth wonder syncs with the Oral-B app to give you feedback on your brushing habits. The app enables you to create personalised brushing routines, too. With a waterproof handle, LED display and 3D cleaning action, this six-mode toothbrush leaves teeth feeling squeaky-clean.
A Wireless Smart Guide (that doubles as a timer/clock), reminding you to brush all four corners of your mouth, is thrown in, along with a travel case, three brush-head refills and a charging station.
One for a brighter smile
Colgate ProClinical A1500 Expert White, £169.99, www.colgate.co.uk
Utilising built-in smart sensors and auto-adjust technology to change the speed and angle of the toothbrush, depending on how you hold it in your mouth (use Manual Mode to control it yourself), the Colgate ProClinical A1500 has some nice features.
Sonic Cleaning Action delivers a superb clean, and a two-minute timer function lets you know when you’ve reached the dentist-recommended length of brushing time. Although we found the handle a tad flimsy, overall this is a well-designed electric toothbrush that offers a deep, safe clean.
One for luxury tooth care
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean, £250, www.philips.co.uk
The DiamondClean feels comfortable in the hand, thanks to its lightweight and rubbery grip, and features five brushing modes: Clean, White, Polish, Gum Care and Sensitive. We tried them all out, and it didn’t take long for our teeth to start feeling great and looking noticeably whiter.
Charging is very clever: it involves putting a glass atop a charging station and then popping your brush into the glass for a wireless boost. And it lasts a while, too – after two weeks of use, it was still going strong. It’s pricey but really does the job.
One for sensitive teeth
Foreo Issa, £149, www.foreo.com
The Issa has epic battery life: once charged
(via USB), it lasts for 365 uses. That’s nearly six months! A silicone stunner that’s light and comfy, the Issa is the most unusual brush on test. Its removable head (to be replaced yearly) is big but you get used to it, and there are several standout features.
Gentle on the tongue and gums, even on a higher setting, it has an adjustable eight-speed interface and sonic pulse tech for a thorough clean. Oddly, you still brush your teeth as you do with a manual. A good choice for the style- conscious, and for those with sensitive teeth.
One for improving gum health
Panasonic EW-DE92 Ionic Rechargeable, £199.99, www.panasonic.com/uk
The Panasonic EW-DE92 is the smallest model on test, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less mighty. Best suited to folks who need to nurture their gum health, it utilises Sonic Vibration tech to cleanse teeth and massage gums.
Sporting four speeds, three cleaning modes and two controls, this brush has a lithium-ion battery that dishes out 90 minutes of continuous use. Our EW-DE92 was a little wobbly in its charging cradle, but it’s generous with the accessories, and comes with a travel case and three different brush heads.