Electric toothbrushes review and compare

An electric toothbrush can be a good option for a sometimes tedious chore.
 
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02.Results

The following models scored the best results in our test

What to buy
Brand Price
Braun Oral-B Professional Care 8500 (A) $150
Braun Oral-B Professional Care 9500 Triumph (with Smart Guide) $200
Braun Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean $40
(A) Discontinued, but may still be available in some stores.
 

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Results table

Full results for all models are shown in the table below. 

  Performance
  Features
Brand/model (in rank order) Overall score (100%) Effectiveness at cleaning teeth score (50%) Ease of manoeuvrability score (20%) Comfort of grip score (10%) Attaching head score (10%) Removing head score (10%) Measured uses per charge Price Charging unit wall mountable Charging indicator light Timer Speeds
Braun Oral-B Professional Care 8500 (A)
www.oralb.com/au
90 90 90 75 95 95 40 $150 2+
Braun Oral-B Professional Care 9500 Triumph (with Smart Guide)
www.oralb.com/au
90 95 80 75 95 95 38 $200 2+
Braun Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean
www.oralb.com/au
90 85 95 70 95 95 28 $40 1
Braun Oral-B Professional Care 5000
www.oralb.com/au
85 85 90 75 90 90 25 $100 1
Colgate Actibrush Multi-Action
www.colgate.com.au
60 50 65 65 85 80 83 $16 na 1
Colgate Motion
www.colgate.com.au
55 45 55 55 65 70 255 $11 na 1
SpinBrush Pro-Clean
www.spinbrush.com
55 50 50 55 75 65 275 $14 na 1
Abode QSQ-22101
www.woolworths.com.au
45 25 70 55 70 70 278 $5 na 1
Braun Oral-B CrossAction Power Max
www.oralb.com/au
45 55 45 65 15 10 40 $26 1
 

  Features Specifications
Costs
Brand/model (in rank order) Pressure sensor Indicator bristles Battery type (A) Full charge time (hours) Type of clean Brush heads supplied Annual power / Battery cost (B) Replacement cost for 2 heads Annual running cost (C)
Braun Oral-B Professional Care 8500 (A) www.oralb.com/au  R 16 Rotation / Oscillation 4 (1) < $3 $32 for 4 $32
Braun Oral-B Professional Care 9500 Triumph (with Smart Guide)
www.oralb.com/au
R 12 Rotation / Oscillation 2 (1) < $3 $23 $46
Braun Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean
www.oralb.com/au
R 16 Rotation / Oscillation 1 < $3 $32 for 4 $32
Braun Oral-B Professional Care 5000
www.oralb.com/au
R 12 Rotation / Oscillation 1 < $3 $32 for 4 $32
Colgate Actibrush Multi-Action
www.colgate.com.au
AAA na Vibration only 1 $27 $10 $47
Colgate Motion
www.colgate.com.au
AAA na Vibration only (2) 1 $9 $10 $29
SpinBrush Pro-Clean
www.spinbrush.com
AA na Rotation / Oscillation and Translational 1 $8 $9 $26
Abode QSQ-22101
www.woolworths.com.au
AA na Rotation / Oscillation 1 $11 ns ns
Braun Oral-B CrossAction Power Max
www.oralb.com/au
R 16 Rotation / Oscillation 1 < $3 $10 $20
 

Table notes

na Not applicable.
ns Not stated.
R Rechargeable.

(A) Alkaline batteries were used for testing, however rechargeable batteries could be used for powering these toothbrushes.
(B) We found none of the rechargeable ones would cost more than $3 per year in power.
(C) Total cost for 4 brush heads and battery replacement if battery powered.

(1) Different uses for each head.
(2) The brush heads of the Colgate Motion are no longer manufactured, but can be replaced by the Colgate Actibrush heads.

Features

Measured uses per charge are based on how long the toothbrush battery lasted; each use is based on a two-minute brushing of the teeth.
Charger indicator light is useful in case you are going away on a trip and need to know the toothbrush is fully charged.
Timer is an indication of when to change quadrants – each 30 seconds – or when you have passed the recommended two-minute clean.
Speeds are useful for personal preferences – some people may prefer either a fast or slow speed.
Pressure sensor can prevent gum damage by reducing the movement action of the toothbrush if you press too hard.
Indicator bristles show when it’s time to replace the toothbrush head. The bristles slowly fade to white, losing their colouring.

Scores The overall score is made up of:

  • Effectiveness at cleaning teeth (50%)
  • Ease of manoeuvrability (20%)
  • Comfort of the grip (10%)
  • Attaching the head (10%)
  • Removing the head (10%)

Price Recommended retail, as of November 2008, or the price we paid.

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