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Electric toothbrushes review

We tested 10 electric toothbrushes in the CHOICE labs including models from Oral-B, Colgate and Philips.
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We review 10 electric toothbrushes, priced from $47 to $300.

Through our testing we reveal:

Looking after your teeth will go a long way to reducing dental problems down the track. Dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day and for a minimum of two minutes to help remove the plaque that forms on your teeth after eating.

According to the Australian Dental Association the best toothbrush is one with a small head and soft bristles. While you can get a good clean with a manual toothbrush, an electric toothbrush can be a great alternative. Unlike a manual brush, electric toothbrushes provide the cleaning action for you, so you only need to guide it along the surfaces of your teeth. 

If you choose to invest in one, make sure it's comfortable to hold and easy to use.

Brands and models tested

  • Colgate ProClinical A1500
  • Colgate ProClinical C200
  • Colgate ProClinical C600
  • Oral-B TriZone 3000
  • Oral-B Vitality TriZone
  • Oral-B Professional Care 1000
  • Oral-B Triumph 5000
  • Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean HX9332/04
  • Philips Sonicare Healthy White HX6711/02
  • Philips Sonicare PowerUp HX3110/00

How we test

10 people were recruited to trial the 10 electric toothbrushes.

User trial Trialists were given each toothbrush to trial and were asked to fill out a questionnaire rating aspects such as how easy it was to use, how comfortable it was to grip and the effectiveness of the toothbrush at cleaning their teeth. 

Technical tests CHOICE tester, Matthew Tung, assessed a second sample of each electric toothbrushes to determine their battery power, electrical safety and energy consumption. He also checked the manufacturers instructions to see how many days a toothbrush could be used before it needed recharging. Matthew also carried out a shower test, which all of the electric toothbrushes passed.
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