Best Cheap Electric Toothbrushes

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Many dentists recommend electric toothbrushes to their patients as a better route to oral health than the traditional manual toothbrush. The good news for frugal shoppers is that you can find a cheap electric toothbrush that will improve the health of your teeth and gums, so long as you're willing to forgo the bells and whistles. Electric toothbrushes run a gamut of price points, with high-end choices starting at $75 and some even costing close to $150 but many selling somewhere between $5 and $30.

Cheap Electric Toothbrushes Buying Guide

Many dentists recommend electric toothbrushes to their patients as a better route to oral health than the traditional manual toothbrush. The good news for frugal shoppers is that you can find a cheap electric toothbrush that will improve the health of your teeth and gums, so long as you're willing to forgo the bells and whistles. Electric toothbrushes run a gamut of price points, with high-end choices starting at $75 and some even costing close to $150 but many selling somewhere between $5 and $30.

Oral-B absolutely dominates the electric toothbrush market, starting with inexpensive electric toothbrushes and climbing ever higher on the price scale. Sonicare is another big name in this product category, but the company focuses mostly on the pricey models rather than on cheap electric toothbrushes. According to Oral-B, the main difference between high- and low-priced electric toothbrushes are the extra features. Expensive electric toothbrushes come with lots of bells and whistles, such as sophisticated timers, travel cases, numerous brushing modes, pressure sensors, and digital readouts reminding you to change the brush head. One such example is the Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000 Rechargeable Toothbrush (starting at $110) which features frills like a timer that doubles as a digital clock when not in use.

Types of Electric Toothbrushes.

There are two types of electric toothbrushes on the market today: battery-powered and rechargeable.

Battery-operated electric toothbrushes are very basic. Oral-B likens these cheap electric toothbrushes to the manual version, but with the benefit of some power to keep your teeth and gums in much better shape. Battery-powered toothbrushes are cheaper than rechargeable toothbrushes and cost only slightly more than a manual toothbrush. Most cheap battery-operated electric toothbrushes use disposable AA batteries, whose lifespan greatly depends on the type of batteries you purchase. A good example of a very basic and cheap battery-operated electric toothbrush is the Crest SpinBrush Pro (starting at $7), which requires two AA batteries. Oral-B also has a cheap battery-operated electric toothbrush, the Oral-B CrossAction Power (starting at $7), which uses only one AA battery. This model is unique in that it also has a rechargeable counterpart called the Oral-B CrossAction Power Max Whitening Toothbrush (starting at $13). Both use the same cleaning action, but one is battery-operated and very cheap, and the other is rechargeable and sits in the middle of the Cheapism niche.

Rechargeable electric toothbrushes are cheap, but more expensive than battery-operated toothbrushes. They contain a rechargeable battery and come with a charging station, and often feature a timer to keep you brushing for the recommended two minutes and some kind of indicator to signal when you need to change the brush head. A good example of a rechargeable electric toothbrush with the must-have features is the Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean (starting at $17).

Replacement Heads.

Just as you would replace a manual toothbrush every few months, you must replace the brush head of a cheap electric toothbrush. Experts at recommend that you do this every three to six months. The brush head is an important consideration in your decision about which cheap electric toothbrush to buy because in some cases the price of this replacement part ratchets up the long-term cost. Also pay attention to how readily available the brush heads are -- you don't want a cheap electric toothbrush that requires hard-to-find replacement brush heads. One advantage of choosing an Oral-B product is its large market share, making replacement brush heads widely available. Some models also use brush heads that are compatible with other models. For example, the high-priced Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000 Rechargeable Toothbrush and the cheap Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean are both compatible with nine different Oral-B brush head replacements whose prices range from $14 to $25 for three to four replacement heads. The Oral-B CrossAction line offers three different style replacement heads that fit all the CrossAction models and cost about $7 for a pack of two, while the Oral-B Vitality Sonic Clean (starting at $19) features only one replacement brush head option that comes in packs of three for $20. The Crest SpinBrush Pro has its own line of widely available replacement brush heads for just $10 for two. In contrast, replacement brush heads for the Sonicare Xtreme e3000 Power Toothbrush (starting at $27) are very expensive, starting at $44 for four.

Cleaning Action.

Electric toothbrushes differ in the type of cleaning action they offer, but two seem dominant: oscillating and sonic. The jury is still out on which cleaning action is better, but experts agree that both are better than a manual toothbrush. Oral-B, which developed the first oscillating electric toothbrush and incorporates oscillation into most of its electric toothbrush lineup, reports on its website that an independent study conducted in 2005 found that the oscillating action removes more plaque and reduces more gingivitis than manual toothbrushes. The website also states that no other type of electric toothbrush action consistently performs as well. On the other hand,, which only reviews Sonicare products, says the sonic action causing the brush head to vibrate at 30,000 to 40,000 brush strokes a minute is the superior way to clean teeth and remove plaque. If you want to hedge your bet, you could try an emerging cleaning option called dual action, which combines the two motions in one brush head. Among the cheap electric toothbrushes we looked at, both Oral-B CrossAction models and the Crest SpinBrush Pro, and the high-end Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000 use the dual action motions. Note that the Oral-B Vitality Sonic Clean and the Sonicare Xtreme e3000 Power Toothbrush incorporate the sonic action and the Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean uses only an oscillating motion.

Bells and Whistles.

You can find electric toothbrushes with a variety of frills, such as timers, battery level indicators, pressure sensors, travel cases, and various speed settings. Unfortunately for shoppers on a budget, cheap electric toothbrushes rarely feature such extras. For example, the pricey Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000 boasts a timer that signals 30 second intervals for each quadrant of the mouth, for a grand total of two minutes. It also comes with a travel case and the charging stand acts as a digital clock when not in use, plus it has five brushing settings and a built-in pressure sensor that lets you know when you're brushing too hard.

While you won't find any cheap electric toothbrushes with these frills, you will find some affordable models with indicator tips that fade when it's time to change the brush head, extra-long bristle tips or interdental tips for hard to reach areas, comfort grip handles, and built-in timers that pulsate after you've brushed for two minutes. The Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean features indicator bristles, interdental tips, and a built-in timer. The Oral-B Vitality Sonic Clean comes with interdental tips, indicator tips, a rubberized comfort grip handle, and a built-in timer. Both Oral-B CrossAction models have comfort-grip handles. The Sonicare Xtreme e3000 Power Toothbrush comes with a built-in timer and the only frill on the Crest SpinBrush Pro is the super-low price tag.

Electric Toothbrush Reviews

General Performance.

Even though cheap electric toothbrushes are widely recommended by professionals, most online reviews are posted by consumers. Users don't seem to have any preference for any particular cleaning action; oscillating, sonic, and dual cleaning actions all get good reviews. A registered dental hygienist says she tells all of her patients to use the oscillating Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean and sees great results in the reduction of gingivitis, according to an electric toothbrush review on That assessment is echoed in reviews on the Walmart website, where all the user reviewers give the Oral-B Vitality a perfect rating; one comments that this toothbrush is all you need to rid your teeth of plaque and tartar, and it does so at a much lower price than the flashy, expensive models. A reviewer posting on Epinions is partial to the Crest SpinBrush Pro, a dual action toothbrush, saying it gives the user cleaner teeth and healthier gums. A consumer posting on the Walmart website notes that the Crest SpinBrush does a great job scrubbing and cleaning her teeth. The cleaning prowess of the Sonicare Xtreme e3000 Power Toothbrush impresses users commenting on Amazon, although several report it stops working after only a few weeks of use. Another toothbrush with sonic cleaning action, the Oral-B Vitality Sonic Clean, gets a shout out in reviews on the J&R website, where users say it does an excellent job cleaning their teeth.

Battery Life.

The Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean toothbrush earns nothing but praise in reviews at Target for its long-lasting charge, with one user extolling its convenience on a two-day trip because she never had to plug it in. The Crest SpinBrush Pro runs on two AA batteries, and as one review on Epinions points out, its charge depends on the batteries, although it does seem to keep going for quite a long time. Another review on the Walgreens website reports a similar experience. Then there is the Sonicare Xtreme e3000, whose battery compartment seems to be the problem. Users posting reviews on the Walmart site are split about this cheap model, with one user reporting that no battery lasts long, even rechargeable batteries, because the battery compartment is not waterproof, and the only way to preserve the battery is by leaving the compartment open to dry out after each use. Another review reports having returned six of these cheap electric toothbrushes until a company representative finally told him not to buy this model because it isn't very good.

Ease of Use.

The Oral-B brand is known for toothbrushes that are easy to use, and reviewers posting on Amazon agree, with many commenting on the convenience of the built-in timer in the Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean. This model boasts 245 consumer reviews on Amazon, including more than 150 5-star ratings; one user writes that the toothbrush is lightweight, easy to use, and holds a charge well. Users also like the Oral-B CrossAction line, including the battery-operated Oral-B CrossAction Power Toothbrush and its rechargeable version, the Oral-B CrossAction Power Max Whitening. Reviews on say the Oral-B CrossAction Power is especially easy to use and reviews at Target note that the Oral-B CrossAction Power Max is the right size for a rechargeable toothbrush and is easy to travel with. A review on Amazon actually describes the Crest SpinBrush Pro as relaxing to use, while a consumer posting on Epinions who admits to being lazy about brushing his teeth says the Crest SpinBrush Pro requires little effort. User reviews mostly gripe about the battery compartment in the Sonicare Xtreme e3000, although a handful of consumers posting on Epinions say it's a decent toothbrush aside from the battery compartment problem.


For the most part, users generally agree that they get their money's worth from low-priced electronic toothbrushes. Consumer reviews of electronic toothbrushes at Amazon say the Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean toothbrush is a quality product at an attractive price, and its complete waterproofing enhances its durability; moreover, the two-year warranty is taken as a mark of its quality, reviewers note on the Target website. The Crest SpinBrush Pro impresses a user who gives it high marks in a review at Walmart and adds that it seems really well built. Consumers also like the Crest SpinBrush Pro, with one review on the Walgreens site saying it runs strong even after a few battery changes. The Sonicare Xtreme e3000, on the other hand, lacks the durability of other cheap electric toothbrushes. One user posting a review at Sears expresses disappointment with the product, saying that it gave out after a week due to water leaking into the battery compartment. The manufacturer's response to this complaint: open it up and air dry it after every use.

Raechel Conover

Raechel Conover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Yahoo, blogs, and other websites. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the sale and clearance racks for deals and taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and young sons.

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