With the advent of the smart Bluetooth toothbrush, these essential devices for everyday use have come under the radar of our test lab at the latest. Thus, we have long had an idea of how and what measurements to take, as well as how to represent them. One thing was clear to us: if we wanted to rank the best devices, then, as with vacuum cleaners and shavers, we would need meaningful cleaning results. With various test models, pastes and colored indicators, we carried out several weeks of tests on artificial jaws. Result: almost undetectable differences. The dentists were also able to show us only minor differences between the results.
Without long-term clinical trials with a large number of subjects, a clear distinction between models cannot be made. Thus, it remains to be accepted as a rule: it is not so important which toothbrush you use — with a rotating head or ultrasonic. The main thing is proper brushing of teeth. If you’re not sure if you’re brushing your teeth properly, it’s best to ask your dentist about it at your next visit.
Therefore, in carrying out these tests, we concentrate more on equipment and finding the answer to the question of which brush is the most suitable for you from a technical point of view. In doing so, we pay attention to equipment, different functionalities, available accessories and battery life. We tested eight toothbrushes: three from Philips, two from Braun, and one each from Nevadent (Lidl), Perlodent (Rossmann) and Happybrush.
In the event that you put your toothbrush in the charging station every evening, the battery life will hardly interest you. However, if you travel frequently, this topic can suddenly become the most important comfort factor. Where the charger plug will not fit the sockets, you will not be able to recharge the brush without an adapter.
The German toothbrush Happybrush offers the best battery life by a wide margin. In normal cleaning mode, it works for 175 minutes. Thus, with normal use of the gadget, one charge can last you approximately 44 days. Philips toothbrushes also look good in this regard: the expensive Sonicare DiamondClean can last about 28 days. But there’s a catch: it takes 32 hours for a toothbrush to fully replenish its energy reserves. The slightly cheaper FlexCare Platinum can last up to 32 days and charge for 13 hours. In economy mode, it can last even an impressive 114 days. Many of the brushes sold in stores run out of steam much earlier. Worst of all of the tested samples proved to be models from Braun. The expensive Oral‑B Genius 9000 after charging will be ready to brush your teeth for about 17 more days, but the cheap Pro 600 will ask to be plugged in every 8 days.
Toothbrush accessories are not necessary to ensure the best brushing results, but they can make everyday use of the gadget a little more convenient. For example, a glass with induction charging looks much more elegant than a plastic charging station. A travel pouch with a network connector helps keep your luggage organized. Save money with the included cleaning heads. Branded manufacturers set a considerable markup on accessories. The Braun company will require about 650 rubles from you for four nozzles. Philips will even want to get about 1300 rubles, although the heads are simple. Both Braun and Philips offer a wide range of heads for different types of cleaning, including removing dirt between teeth and polishing enamel. Only Nevadent and Happybrush have only one type of brush in their range.
Third-party heads can be found for Braun and Philips. In cases with both brands, when choosing a clone, you can meet 65 rubles. for the head. It should be noted that the “non-original” Oral‑B head is much more likely to not fit completely or break quickly due to the fact that it consists of moving parts.
|Number of heads
||Glass with charging base
|Philips HX9372/04 Sonicare DiamondClean||2||yes, with charger||Yes|
|Philips HX9111/20 FlexCare Platinum||2||Yes||No|
|Nevadent DAZD 3.7LI B1||eight||Yes||No|
|Philips HX6510/22 EasyClean||one||No||No|
|Perlodent Premium 2 Gen||one||No||No|
|Braun Oral‑B PRO 600 Cross Action||one||No||No|
|Braun Oral‑B Genius 9000||four||yes, with charger||No|
The toothbrushes we tested give a good idea of the variety of brushing modes. Along with daily brushing, there is a mode for sensitive teeth with reduced gadget performance and an even more gentle cleaning mode for gums to take care of inflamed areas. Both Braun and Philips offer programs for polishing and whitening, as well as tongue cleaning. However, cheaper models offer sensitive teeth mode, but whitening, tongue cleaning or turbo mode will require an additional charge, although all this would require only minimal changes in the programming of the brushes. In our opinion, the most requested would be the presence of a program for cleaning the gums. The tongue can be cleaned and “manually”.
The Philips FlexCare stood out in a slightly original way during our testing: in addition to the three main brushing modes, this model offers a low, medium and high intensity level for each of them. Thus, all nine modes are obtained. Second place goes to the Braun Oral‑B Genius 9000 with six (real) modes. However, few of the brushes sold in stores, including branded manufacturers, are far behind in this parameter.
Comfort features and app
Today, even the most affordable electric toothbrushes are equipped with a two-minute timer. Thus, the presence of this function is no longer a strong argument for choosing a particular model when buying. But pressure sensors are still rare. Many expensive brushes on a signal from them can give out more power. At the same time, if the gadget considers that you are pressing too hard on your teeth, it can signal this with the help of a light indicator. In addition, there are also mechanical sensors that work just as well. For example, the Oral‑B Pro 600 loses pulsation and starts to sound different. The royal test category for brushing comfort is Application. The Oral‑B Genius 9000 can offer an overview of your brushing preferences and you can also program your brush individually. In addition, while brushing your teeth, you can display news, statistics or weather forecast on the smartphone screen. During our hands-on test of the Oral‑B White Pro 7000, we found the additions to the app to be quite nice, but not really necessary.
During our tests, we never found the perfect electric toothbrush — every model has some flaws. Therefore, we can only give you some recommendations, instead of choosing a clear leader in the rating.
If you’re looking for a particularly inexpensive electric toothbrush, you should check out the Nevadent, which costs just over $1,000. She has a lot to offer for little money. If you travel a lot, it makes sense to pay attention to Philips FlexCare, which costs about 8.5 thousand rubles. and boasts incredible battery life in eco mode. Happybrush, which costs about 4.5 thousand rubles, will not disappoint in this regard. Oral‑B Genius 9000 is more luxurious. However, its battery endurance is offensively weak, and the price is around 9 thousand rubles. — quite high.