The best electric toothbrushes 2019 - as recommended by Mumsnetters

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Getting kids to brush their teeth is just one of the many small daily battles all parents have to contend with. Electric toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes so they should make your life a bit easier and prevent any issues caused by your child's lacklustre brushing efforts. Here are the electric toothbrushes that Mumsnetters swear by.

Things to consider when buying an electric tooth brush

  • How much do you want to spend?

Of course they're more expensive than manual brushes but the fact is that electric toothbrushes are well worth investing in. Yes, you will have to pay to replace the heads fairly frequently (once every three months, most dentists say, while the average brush lasts three to fives years) but think of all the money you'll save in the long-run (have you looked at the cost of dental work recently?) by not needing any treatment beyond a check up and polish. The products on the list below range from £6 to £255 but there is quality and value to be found across the market.

  • Dentist's recommendation

Ask your dentist what they recommend. Better still, ask what they use on their own teeth. There are a few Mumsnetter dentists (that we know of) and it's invaluable seeing what they say about electric toothbrushes by Oral-B, Philips Sonicare and others. So, next time you're at the dentist, ask them what they recommend and what they think would suit your teeth specifically.

  • Electric toothbrush for kids

Wait until your child is at least three before introducing them to an electric toothbrush. Even then, some children are frightened by the noisy buzzing and the suggestion they should put in their mouth, and might want to continue with their trusty manual brush for a while. On the other hand, others relish the step up and are excited by it. If so – great! Because electric tooth brushes are excellent for children's teeth and get their dental hygiene off to a strong start. The top brands – Oral-B and Phillips Sonicare – cater to kids with their own brushes or with specially-designed kids' heads that can be attached to your brush, while cheaper options are popular with Mumsnetters too.

  • Timer, battery, case, replacement heads

We think that two minute timer is vital, as it's a useful guide to knowing how long you should be brushing for and means you needn't watch the clock. You also want one with good battery life (it's so easy to forget to charge it and end up just using the manual for convenience) and a light, compact case, especially if you travel frequently. And don't buy a brush without finding out how much it will cost to replace the heads.

Best electric toothbrush

Oral-B Genius 9000 3D, £119.99 (was £300)

Oral-B Genius 9000 3D, £119.99 (was £300)

You can’t get away from this one when you ask Mumsnetters to recommend electric toothbrushes. So what’s so great about it? Well, it's the elegant intuitive brushing system that helps you brush like your dentist recommends and means you never miss a zone. It removes up to 100 percent more plaque than a standard manual toothbrush for healthier gums. It even has pressure control technology that reduces brushing speed and alerts you to be gentler if you brush too hard. Battery lasts up to 12 days with each charge.

“I use an Oral-B, which was what my dentist recommended. I was in for a check-up yesterday and she actually opted not to do the booked scale and polish because everything looked ‘smashing’ and I didn't need it, so it must be alright.”

“My partner just bought the Oral-B 9000. It's expensive but it's supposedly less than half price and it really is amazing. I suffer with gum disease and it's fantastic. It comes with a sensitive head which I think has made the difference for me plus my teeth really do feel super clean.”

“I have an Oral-B genius 9000, much prefer it over the Sonicare, feels like teeth are getting a much better scrub way better than the Sonicare did.”

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Colgate 360 Degrees Whole Mouth Clean, £5 (was £8.99)

Colgate 360 Degrees Whole Mouth Clean, £5 (was £8.99)

Now for something considerably cheaper. The price will do wonders for your smile but what about its effectiveness? Obviously, it can’t compete with some of the really sophisticated products on this list, although the manufacturer claims: “It removes four times more bacteria than the leading battery toothbrush.” Colgate, of course, make excellent toothpaste, so if you want an electric brush that won't dent your budget then this one should do the job well enough. It features a cheek and tongue cleaner and dual-action head.

“A dentist friend always says that Colgate is the best electric toothbrush.”

“I’ve got a £3.99 Colgate electric toothbrush and it is fine.”

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Philips Sonicare Protective Clean 6100, £105 (was £300)

Philips Sonicare Protective Clean 6100, £105 (was £300)

What were we saying about good deals available for top of the range electric toothbrushes? The reduction on this at present is fantastic. Philips Sonicare are rivals to Oral B for electric toothbrush supremacy. This model is designed to help you achieve immediate results – healthier gums and whiteness in just one week. It has three cleaning modes and intensities as well as a built-in pressure sensor to let you know if you are brushing too hard. The smart brush head replacement reminder alerts you when to get new heads.

“I’ve had Sonicare and the expensive Oral-B one and the Oral-B one seems like a AA battery powered disposable one in comparison to Sonicare!”

“I’m a dentist. Sonicare makes my teeth feel squeaky clean. But I tend to clean far longer than the timer, four mins rather than two.”

“I have had a Sonicare for a few years. My dentist certainly noticed the difference in my teeth and gums. When I told him what I was using he said he always recommended that brand.”

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Fairywill Electric Toothbrush, £21.99

Fairywill Electric Toothbrush, £21.99

Fairywill have shaken up the electric toothbrush market and what’s really got Mumsnetters talking is the fact that, not only are these brushes reasonably priced, they’re also popular with children as well adults. This is down to its combination of strong and gentle modes, which caters to all ages, and its lightweight design makes it easy for kids to hold.

“It's got good reviews and it's super cheap at the moment. When my husband’s other expensive one packed up I got him one of these and he swears it's better. Both my sons have one, too, and they love them.”

“I've used a Fairywill for two weeks and it's so much lighter than a Sonicare. It does the same great job and even came with an interdental brush!”

“It was a huge hit with my 11-year-old especially. She brushed her teeth for six minutes, which is a massive improvement and came out of the bathroom all happy. I think if she continues like that, I'll buy a couple more base units too as my nine-year-old also liked it. I've just done mine and I can feel the difference.”

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Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric Toothbrush, £209.99 (was £360)

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Electric Toothbrush, £209.99 (was £360)

It claims to be the world’s most intelligent toothbrush and, judging from the Mumsnetters’ comments below, it certainly has some highly intelligent fans. Its smart sensors and the connected app help you perfect your brushing technique and get a complete clean and it comes with three premium brush heads for exceptional oral health results. Gorgeously designed – it will appeal to tech lovers – and boasting four modes and three intensity settings, it helps you focus on all aspects of your oral health with optimal results.

“I love my Philips Sonicare Diamond, it’s very bling but it does the job. I tend to get free electric toothbrushes, as it’s part of the job (I’m a dentist) but after using them for a few weeks I get fed up of recharging them so go back to manual cleaning. The Diamond is just so well designed. The case is great for travel and charging so I am still using it after three years.”

“Philips Sonicare Diamond is the one I recommend. It's great. With arm and hammer toothpaste.”

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Best electric toothbrush for kids

Oral-B Junior Kids Electric Toothbrush, £37.76 (was £80)

Oral-B Junior Kids Electric Toothbrush, £37.76 (was £80)

As you may have noticed, it’s not always easy to get kids to brush their teeth. This rechargeable toothbrush comes in several bright colours which might (hopefully) motivate your children to brush. Its extra-soft bristles are gentle on children’s teeth and gums, whilst still removing more plaque than a manual. The built-in brushing timer teaches children to brush the recommended two minutes, alerting them every 30 seconds to change to a different area. It’s approved by the Oral Health Foundation and comes with an educational brushing guide.

“My daughter is five and has had an Oral-B junior for a year or so, it's fine and she manages with it well.”

“Oral B do a children's electric toothbrush. The children's brush heads fit the adult toothbrushes too and the adult brushes are usually cheaper (but not as nicely decorated).”

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Philips Sonicare For Kids Electric Toothbrush, £39

Philips Sonicare For Kids Electric Toothbrush, £39

For children aged 4-10, Sonicare’s kid-friendly brush heads are rubberised, so gentle on young growing teeth. The brush has a built-in timer that gradually increases length of brushing time over 90 days, to the recommended time of two minutes, easing your children into a new daily routine. And the quadpacer with fun sounds makes brushing entertaining, and helps them know when to move onto the next quarter of their mouth for a thorough clean. They can even customise it with the eight stickers included with every brush.

“We got the Sonicare kids brush. It is excellent, and builds up the brushing time very gradually from one minute to two. It plays funny little tunes to indicate when to move to a different part of the mouth, which the kids love. After three weeks, both my children's teeth are noticeably cleaner. I still brush my younger son's teeth and my elder son does his own. They are almost five and eight.”

“I got my daughter the Philips Sonicare one specifically for kids from Amazon and its fab!”

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