Von Braun or Philips: The best electric toothbrushes in 2019
Better than any manual toothbrush electric toothbrushes allow fast and intensive tooth cleaning. There are three different cleaning technologies. In tests, especially the electric toothbrushes of Oral B and Philips Sonicare stand out. In addition to excellent cleaning performance, they convince with good handling and durability. In comparison, the best electric toothbrush also convinces with extensive additional functions and different brush heads for optimum comfort. For children, there are also good electric toothbrushes of different brands and in bright colors.
Electric toothbrushes in comparison: These can be the best
Price for good electric toothbrushes starts at about 50 – 80 dollars. Depending on the features and functionality, the best models of Braun Oral B, Philips Sonicare, and Co. cost up to around 150 dollars. If you compare the costs of different toothbrushes, you always have the following costs in mind: The brush head of an electric toothbrush needs to be replaced regularly – here the prices are different.
The following points are also important when comparing the best electric toothbrushes:
- Cleaning Technology: Basically, there are three different technologies for electric toothbrushes: oscillating-rotating, sound or ultrasound. The test winners are usually electric toothbrushes with oscillating-rotating brush head, but the other two technologies can also achieve good results. Details of the different cleaning technologies can be found below in the text.
- Brush heads: The size and shape of the brush heads usually depend on the cleaning technology. Pay attention to what brush heads are available for your Oral B Sonic or Philips ultrasound model and how much they cost. Common are brushed in different degrees of hardness or a brush head with rubber inserts for polishing the tooth surface. Besides, there are sets for the whole family: several brush heads in different colors, for example in blue, pink, yellow and green.
- Cleaning Levels: Good electric toothbrushes should have at least two levels of cleaning – a standard level and a “sensitive” level if the gums are affected or the teeth are particularly sensitive. Some models from Braun and Co. even come up to eight cleaning levels.
- Additional functions: Many test winners are not just an electric toothbrush, but also a mouthwash. The toothbrush with oral irrigator is then equipped with an additional water tank. Also useful is a model with a pressure sensor, especially if you opt for a toothbrush with a rotating brush head. The electric toothbrush has a contact pressure control that protects your teeth and gums from excessive pressure. At the same time, the brush head also lasts longer. Another useful feature is a timer that gives you the optimal cleaning time – this can also be useful and especially for electric toothbrushes for children.
- Battery: Most electric toothbrushes are equipped with a permanently installed battery, which is recharged via a charging station. Models with batteries are less recommendable since follow-up costs arise and you have to take care of the environmentally friendly disposal of empty batteries every time. Philips has a nose for the type of battery Oral B: Braun Batteries are usually the not so long-lasting nickel-metal hydride batteries, while Philips relies on modern lithium-ion batteries. In any case, the battery of the electric toothbrush should last at least 30 minutes in continuous operation, so that you can brush your teeth for about a week without the toothbrush has to be recharged.
Tip: If you are looking for an electric toothbrush for children, Oral B, Philips and Co. offer special models. These usually have a smaller brush head on the one hand, and less additional functions and fewer “turns” on the other hand, since especially small children find the strong rotation of electric toothbrushes for adults unpleasant. In addition to the classic models in white, electric toothbrushes for children are often available in pink, pink or blue.
In the test: Which is the best electric toothbrush?
In regular tests, two brands compete permanently for the best marks. Test winners come either from the house of Braun or Philips. With Braun Oral B and Philips Sonicare, the manufacturers have developed two powerful series that convince in terms of cleaning performance, handling, and durability. Both brands offer electric toothbrushes for adults and children, with oscillating-rotating brush head, sound, and ultrasound. Even priced, both brands are close to each other. Price differences arise within each brand family through additional features and processed materials. Whether you end up buying an Oral B or a Philips Ultrasonic Toothbrush is more likely to depend on personal preferences and desires than on the brand itself.
Good to know: Tests always distinguish between electric toothbrushes for adults and children. Children’s toothbrushes also make a distinction between children and toddlers. In case of doubt, also rely on the information provided by the manufacturer.
Cleaning technologies of electric toothbrushes
As mentioned earlier, there are three different technologies for electric toothbrushes. All technologies achieve good cleaning performance and differ externally, especially in the form of the brush head. So whether you opt for a sonic or rotary electric toothbrush also depends on which shape you prefer here. In detail, the different models differed as follows:
- Oscillating-rotating: These models are also called rotating electric toothbrush or round-toothbrush. The round brush head turns or executes 4,000 to 8,800 left-right movements per minute. Some of these electric toothbrushes pulsate also. Stubborn plaque is easily removed and the brush heads are usually cheaper than other cleaning technologies. Make sure you buy an electric Oral B or Sonicare with a pressure sensor.
- Sound: In an electric toothbrush that works with sound, the bristles of the elongated brush head are vibrated strongly, about 30,000 per minute. The brush heads are comparatively expensive. A clear advantage, however, is that when brushing teeth little pressure on the teeth and gums must be exercised and the risk of injury decreases so much.
- Ultrasound: Electric toothbrushes with ultrasound are rarely to be found since the cleaning time with about 10 minutes is relatively long and you need special toothpaste. With these models, you brush without pressure, the elongated brush head is also vibrated with an extremely high sound frequency (up to 24 million per minute). An ultrasonic toothbrush is especially suitable for people with very sensitive teeth and gums, braces or other “obstructions” in the mouth.
Reasons to buy an electric toothbrush
A good electric toothbrush is significantly more expensive than a manual toothbrush. There are still plenty of reasons to buy an Oral B, Sonicare or another test winner:
- The cleaning with an electric toothbrush is demonstrably much more thorough than with a manual toothbrush. On average, for example, around 20% less plaque is found in people who brush their teeth with an electric model.
- The duration of toothbrushing is optimized: with a manual toothbrush, many people only brush about 45 seconds, instead of the recommended two minutes. This can not happen with an electric model thanks to the timer.
- An integrated pressure sensor significantly reduces gum injuries.
- Brushing with an electric toothbrush is perceived as less strenuous. Especially for children, so the thorough oral care can be made palatable.
- Thanks to the integrated irrigator and various brush heads, you can use a power toothbrush to perform a much more thorough oral and dental care.