Best electric toothbrush 2023: Jump Menu
00. The top 3 ↴
01. Best overall: Philips Sonicare DiamondClean 9900 Prestige
02. Best affordable option: Oral-B Pro 2 25
03. Best mid-range option: Philips Sonicare 6100 Protectiveclean+
04. Best rotary option: Oral-B iO9
05. Best sonic option: Foreo Issa 3
06. Best premium option: Philips Sonicare DiamondClean 9000
07. Best budget Oral-B: Oral-B iO7
08. Best cheap smart option: Oral-B Smart 6 6000N
09. Best stylish option: Ordo Sonic+
10. Best budget stylish option: Oclean Flow Sonic
11. Best premium Oral-B: Oral-B Genius 9000
12. Best budget Philips: Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Sonic
13. Best kids option: Philips Sonicare for Kids
14. How we test
The best electric toothbrushes reduce plaque, freshen breath and keep gums healthy. For those with more serious matters in mind, electric toothbrushes are way better for whitening than manual brushing. Owning an electric toothbrush is an essential not a luxury, in my opinion, and once you make the switch, you'll never want to go back.
This guide has our top picks for the best electric toothbrushes and for those seeking some background, leap to the bottom of this page to read how we tested the best electric toothbrushes, as well as the short Q&A below.
If you're really looking to upgrade your oral health game, you'll want to pair one of these toothbrushes with one of the best water flossers, which shoot a powerful stream of water between your teeth and gums in an attempt to reach areas your toothbrush can't. For a toothbrush for your child, I'd recommend our guide to the best children's electric toothbrush, which rates the best brushes for mini mouths.
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The best electric toothbrush overall
The Sonicare 9900 Prestige is Philips' most advanced electric toothbrush yet. It features the brand's SenseIQ technology for a personalised brushing experience, and, as you brush, the SenseIQ technology senses pressure, motion, and coverage up to 100 times per second, adapting the intensity if you push too hard, providing effortless care and better brushing over time. It really simplifies the brushing experience and means you don't need to select different settings every time you want to brush your teeth.
Want an example of how it works? If you apply too much pressure then the feedback light at the base of the toothbrush will flash purple – if ignore it and continue applying too much pressure then the toothbrush will automatically reduce the intensity of vibrations. I think it's really smart, and is great at stopping you from doing more harm to your teeth than good.
The brush pairs perfectly with the Philips Sonicare app, powered by artificial intelligence for real-time guidance and recommendations. It's great, but in all reality, you probably won't continue to use this feature after the first week or two. Perhaps best of all, this toothbrush is a truly premium device, with a gorgeous, seamless design, which stops the build-up of gunk, and a luxury leather travel case.
The Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige also comes with a new premium all-in-one brush head. Philips claims it removes up to 20x more plaque and 100% fewer stains in just two days vs manual brushing. This new brush head comes at a premium price, but we've compared it to more affordable heads and certainly feel like it is worth the extra investment.
Read our full Philips Sonicare Diamondclean 9900 Prestige review and before you buy, make sure you check our Philips discount codes to get the best price.
The best affordable electric toothbrush
At the other end of the price scale – although not the quality scale, if we're talking core functionality – is the affordable Oral-B Pro 2 2500. This only has 2 cleaning modes and no 'smart' functionality to speak of, but ask yourself… do you really care?
What this excellent and widely-recommended brush does have is a timer that reminds you to move to the next quarter of your mouth every 30 seconds, a buzzer that goes off if you are pressing too hard on your delicate gums and excellent 'cross-action rotary cleaning that is not noticeably any worse than the Philips brush at #1.
Clearly, the Pro 2 2500 feels somewhat less plush than the Sonicare brushes here – and the more expensive Oral-B ones, come to that. The battery life is also shorter – and I suspect the battery may not have as long an overall life, either. However, it comes with a nice compact charger that you can put it on after every use if you want to, so it's not like it's ever going to run out of juice mid-clean.
Read our full Oral-B Pro 2 2500 review.
The best mid-range electric toothbrush
By all accounts, Oral-B's rotary brushes outsell Philips' vibrating, 'sonic' ones quite comfortably, but I prefer the Sonicare range as the brushes tend to feel better in the hand, and look better. There's also something about the design that means they need less cleaning – Oral-B brushes always seem to rapidly form a layer of dried toothpaste around the base of the brush head that is decidedly uncool.
This Philips brush offers the current best blend of features and price in the Sonicare range. It doesn't pile on too many pointless cleaning modes – just the self-explanatory 'clean' and 'white' plus a 'gum care' mode that might be useful if you have problems in that area (I never use it, admittedly).
There's also a choice of three intensity settings, a timer that buzzes after you have spent long enough on each quarter of your mouth. Like all these brushes this one will reduce the intensity if it senses you are pressing too hard – this can damage gums and even, supposedly, your teeth.
A new feature is BrushSync. This has one slightly dubious function: it modifies the intensity and mode used according to the type of 'smart' brush head attached (Philips makes a number of options). This supposedly optimises brushing. Now, I'm sure this is very clever but it's hard to say whether it improves cleaning at all. You can use this brush with older, non-'smart' Sonicare brush heads, if you wish. More handily, BrushSync also lets you know when to replace the head. Although given how pricey the heads can be, perhaps you'd rather not know.
For everything from cleaning performance to style to mouth-feel, this is a great electric toothbrush, and finally knowing when you should change your head – as opposed to just leaving it on until it's gone green and moulted – is the icing on the cake. Even if it does mean you end up spending more on heads, your mouth will thank you for it.
Read our full Philips Sonicare 6100 Protectiveclean review.
The best rotary electric toothbrush
Okay, this might be one of the most expensive electric toothbrushes ever released, with the RRP for the iO Series 9 set an entirely ridiculous £500. Needless to say, it is not worth that, and the good news is that discounting has now kicked in, and you can often get the iO9 for half that. Of course, it's still not exactly cheap, clearly, but it's a bargain compared to the original price.
The Series 9 has one very major thing going for it: it is brilliant at actually cleaning your teeth, and it's also very stylish and well made for an Oral-B brush. They are usually the poor relation to Philips' best Sonicare brushes when it comes to slick styling, but this is a match for any Philips brush when it comes to slimline design, nice materials and quiet operation.
Using a magnetic motor gives the Oral-B an interesting new twist: it is still a rotary head, but it now has a vibrating mouth feel, more like a Philips brush. Cleaning results are excellent and there are some great sensitive, whitening and deep cleaning programmes for those who like to stray away from the Daily Clean setting.
There are, however a few problems with the iO that are hard to ignore in a product that is meant to cost £500. In order to justify that price, Oral-B has packed the brush with superfluous features. So there's a colour touchscreen on the handle. Who is going to use that for anything other than turning the brush on and off? You can't watch a tiny screen while brushing your teeth.
Then there's '3D Teeth Tracking with A.I. to monitor brushing'. This has been tried by Oral-B and Philips before and it didn't work. And guess what? It still doesn't! Brush your upper left teeth and the Oral-B mobile app shows you beavering away on your lower right teeth. Result: you end up having no idea what parts of your mouth you have or have not cleaned 'correctly'.
Another long-term flaw in Oral-B brushes is also still present. Namely that the rotary action causes a mixture of toothpaste and saliva to collect in the brush head, then drip down the side when you stand it upright after brushing. This, I feel, reduces the stylish and premium feel of the dental cleaning experience.
Finally, the iO9 uses a new type of brush head. So if you are an existing Oral-B customer with some leftover brushes, that is tough luck. With an RRP of £500, you'd expect to get a good quantity of additional brush heads in the box though, right? Wrong. You get one. On the upside, battery life is very good – although some people on Amazon seem to have units with faulty batteries, judging by the complaints – and I like the small, chic and magnetic charging dock supplied.
Read our full Oral-B iO9 review.
The best sonic electric toothbrush
The Issa 3 from Swedish beauty brand Foreo claims to be the world's first silicone sonic toothbrush and the largest oral care advance in 70 years – which is certainly a big claim. It features an all-in-one hybrid brush head that uses soft silicone for a gentle gum massage and sturdier PBT polymer bristles to break down plaque on your teeth. This is perfect for those with receding gums and tooth sensitivity, as it's more gentle on gums and non-abrasive on tooth enamel.
The tongue and cheek cleaner keeps your whole mouth significantly cleaner for longer, so this is definitely the brush for you if you prefer a 360-degree oral clean.
Perhaps what's more impressive than that is the fact that the Issa 3 lasts a staggering 365 uses in between charges, meaning, depending on the frequency you brush, you'll only need to change two or three times a year. When it does come to charging, then it's done via a USB port, which is very convenient.
Read our full Foreo Issa 3 review.
The best premium electric toothbrush
If you're the kind of person who must have the best of everything, behold the DiamondClean 9000: your search is over. A refinement even over the very classy DiamondClean, the 9000 adds an app that is actually quite useful – it'll let you know if you're not brushing frequently enough, and tells you when the brush head needs changing. So long as you use compatible 'smart' brush heads anyway. If you just want to chuck the head out every 3 months or so, as most people who aren't total skanks do, you can use cheaper, non-smart brush heads.
The good thing about the 9000 Series app is that it doesn't get bogged down in tryin