You can never underestimate the power of good oral hygiene. In fact, gum disease can lead to more serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
Choosing a great toothbrush for daily cleaning is a must. No one wants to break the bank on a purchase as small as a toothbrush.
That is why I want to look at the best cheap electric toothbrushes on the market and share them with you today.
The Importance of Good Brushing
One of the most attractive and noticeable features on any man or woman is a great set of pearly white teeth. Everyone wants the perfect smile. For most of us, that means ongoing maintenance and practicing excellent oral hygiene. The most obvious factor being daily brushing.
From an early age we are taught to brush our teeth. We do this to ensure the health of both our teeth and gums. Our teeth build up plaque, which if not removed daily can build up cause inflammation of the gums also known as gingivitis. Your gums will become swollen, red and bleed easily. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the only way to reverse this mild form of gum disease is with regular brushing and flossing.
Not only is it important to brush your teeth for overall health, but it also helps your appearance. Brushing your teeth keeps them clean and prevents discoloration. Moreover, it keeps your breath fresh.
We’ve established that everyone needs to brush their teeth daily and it’s safe to say that nine times out of ten, an electric toothbrush can do a better job than the disposable version. For me, my teeth always feel cleaner with an electric toothbrush. It manages to work harder and reach tiny spaces I never could without its assistance.
Although if used correctly with regular brushing, both a disposable and electric toothbrush should remove plaque effectively. However, most people tend to brush their teeth incorrectly by either using improper technique, not brushing for long enough or only actively brushing the front teeth they can see in the mirror. This is why in terms of oral hygiene, getting a helping hand from an electric toothbrush is a good option.
The problem is, an electric toothbrush can be expensive, even reaching prices as high as $200! But does a super expensive toothbrush that comes with all the bells and whistles actually clean your teeth better? Or can cheap electric toothbrushes do as good a job?
Plus, with so many different models available with different head sizes and bristles, it can be confusing for anyone who is not a dentist to know which electric toothbrush to choose.
What to Look For When Choosing a Toothbrush
The best way to know that a toothbrush has gone through rigorous testing for brushing quality and safety, is to ask your dentist for a recommendation. You should also check that the toothbrush you choose has been awarded the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Approval.
There are of course a few things you can look out for when choosing an electric toothbrush.
A toothbrush should allow you easy access to all of the surfaces of your teeth. Generally for adults, a head which is half an inch wide by one inch tall will suffice. Although there are larger toothbrushes available, these won’t tend to reach the backs and sides of molars easily and it is important you clean all areas of your mouth. A toothbrush should also have a long enough handle to hold it comfortably.
You will have noticed when purchasing a toothbrush that they are normally labelled ‘soft, medium or hard’. This refers to the nylon bristles. For most adults, a soft toothbrush is the best option. This is both comfortable and safe for brushing. Depending how hard you brush, a medium or hard bristled toothbrush can actually cause damage to your tooth enamel, roots and gums.
So with all of that in mind, I have looked at the best cheap electric toothbrushes available and found five I want to share with you today. I have listed my top five with pros and cons, leaving you with my overall favorite.
Lady Gaga Singing Toothbrush
Okay so this is the first toothbrush I have chosen and is a battery operated singing toothbrush. Yes, singing! This toothbrush allows Lady Gaga to blasts away plaque with some of her greatest hits!
I really like the idea of this toothbrush for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it makes an excellent gift for a Gaga fan (it is also available in Justin Bieber and LMFAO options). What better way to promote oral hygiene than making a toothbrush which is a great Christmas and birthday present? Plus, we all know that most people tend not to brush their teeth for long enough. This brush encourages you to brush for an entire song which is a great idea. I think it would be great for teenagers especially, to make sure they aren’t skipping on their brushing and actually enjoy it.
Moreover, it is a great way to wake up in the morning. Tapping your toes to your favorite tunes while getting a clean smile is a great way to start the day. The best part is it comes in at an excellent price and is the cheapest of all the brushes I will look at.
On the downside, the brush is not the best quality. It isn’t going to last as long as a well known brand brush. Plus the batteries are the small circular batteries (kind you find in a watch) rather than AA batteries. Therefore, they won’t last as long. Plus of course, the novelty factor will only last so long.
However, if you're looking for a great gift that will encourage your kids to stop skipping their teeth brushing time, this could be a great option.
- Cheap price
- Singing toothbrush
- Battery operated
- Lower quality brush compared to bigger known brands
- Batteries needs replacing frequently
Philips Sonicare Powerup Battery Toothbrush
This battery operated toothbrush is brought to us by Philips. As a well known brand, you can usually trust Philips to offer a good quality product, however this is normally accompanied by a higher price tag. I was surprised at how reasonably priced this toothbrush is.
This brush offers a powerful sonic vibration when brushing which is designed to remove more plaque than a manual brush.
There are a couple of pitfalls for this product though. Many experienced brush users have commented that it is not as good as other sonicare products they have used and appears to be a more cheaply made version.
Also, the brush head is rather large and the vibration is very strong which can make it easy to knock your teeth with the head and potentially cause some damage. Therefore, you need to take care when using it.
It is important to remember that not everyone loves an electric toothbrush. Some people just prefer a good old fashioned manual option. I feel this would be an ideal brush for someone who is wanting to test the water a little.
You would get a decent brush from a trusted manufacturer without breaking the bank. You can try it and see if electric brushes are for you before investing in one of the more expensive brands.
- Battery operated, portable
- Trusted brand
- Sonic brush action
- Removes more plaque than manual
- Good price
- Cheaper quality than other sonicare products
- Very powerful vibration can be harsh on teeth and gums
Braun Oral B Advance Power Electric Toothbrush
This Braun Oral B toothbrush is another battery operated version and probably the best from the non-rechargeable options. For someone looking for a good quality battery operated toothbrush, Braun Oral B is a quality brand you can trust.
This product comes with one small, circular brush head. This is a great brush option because it makes it much easier to reach all areas of the mouth and brush molars easily.
This brush has a floss action micropulse and comes with 2 AA duracell batteries included.
- Battery operated, portable
- Small brush head
- Trusted brand
- Good price
- Comes with batteries included
- Batteries can be difficult to remove
Dr Jim Ellis Oral-clean Sonic Electric Toothbrush
This product is a rechargeable toothbrush which has been designed by a dentist. It comes with two different brush heads and a charging unit. This is the most expensive of all the brushes I have looked at, however it is still reasonably priced considering how expensive electric toothbrushes can be.
This brush comes with a few additional features which I really liked. Firstly, it has three different brushing modes: whiten, clean and massage. When you have selected your favorite mode the brush remembers so that you don’t need to change it each time you use it.
It also automatically brushes for two minutes with a reminder every 30 seconds to allow you to change your focus to a different area of your mouth.
The only thing that let this brush down is that a number of people who have used it have reported problems of the brush stopping working after a matter of weeks. However, a number of those people had the brush replaced by Dr Ellis himself which is good to know he cares about the quality of his product.
- Created by a qualified dentist
- Rechargeable brush
- Two brush heads included
- Three cleaning modes
- Two minute brush timer
- Charging unit makes it less portable
- Some users reporting manufacturing problems with the produc
Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
This is another Philips sonicare brush, however this version is rechargeable. This seems like one of the best cheap electric toothbrushes from a well known, trusted manufacturer. I always feel it is important to trust the brand you're buying as this gives you confidence about the of quality as well as the reassurance that you can have the product replaced easily if there are any issues.
This product has contoured bristles which correspond to the shape of your teeth. This makes brushing easier and more comfortable. The bristles also change color when it is nearing the time to replace the head. This I thought was a great idea as it is really easy to forget to replace your brush heads. It also has a two minute automatic timer to ensure you spend the recommended amount of time.
Moreover, this rechargeable toothbrush offers two weeks of battery life once fully charged. This I really appreciate as it makes the brush more portable. I have taken a full charging unit on vacation before only to leave it behind in the hotel which is so inconvenient and meant buying a whole new brush. But with this fully charged, you should be able to confidently take it away knowing it will last the entire vacation.
The one downfall on this brush is some people have found that water has gotten inside the brush head leading to a build up of mould. Therefore, it would be worth checking this regularly. But all in all this seems like an excellent option for anyone looking for a cheap but quality toothbrush.
- Rechargeable brush
- Good price
- Trusted brand
- Two minute brushing timer
- Two week battery life
- Color changing bristles when head needs changed
- Susceptible to water inside brush head leading to mould.
To be honest I really liked all of the products I reviewed today. Each one came at a decent quality considering how cheap they are. However, for me personally my favorite was the rechargeable Philips Sonicare toothbrush.
If you have tried any of the cheap electric toothbrushes I have looked at, let me know how you found them in the comments below. It is always good to hear from readers with first hand experience.