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Cheap Electric Toothbrush Recommendations

Updated on March 26, 2015
This tech toy will grant you a gorgeous smile.
This tech toy will grant you a gorgeous smile.

Everyone wants an attractive smile and dazzling white teeth. The problem is it’s easy to slip into bad brushing habits because self-care is mundane. Brushing two or three times a day with a manual toothbrush becomes more of a chore with each passing day. You`ve probably been doing it that way for much of your adult life.

Electronic toothbrushes make dental hygiene more interesting. Fans of technology and gadgets especially find that acquiring a new brushing toy makes them more prone to thoroughly clean their teeth. Like with most things, a little bit of added enthusiasm goes a long way.

Studies have found that most people have poor brushing technique. Using an electronic toothbrush takes the guesswork out of the process. Since the head of the device vibrates automatically, moving the brushing evenly along the surface of the teeth is the only concern.

The mechanics behind electronic toothbrushes are very simple. For this reason you don`t need an expensive model to get the job done. The absolute cheapest toothbrushes are prone to problems and break down too quickly to make it a good value in the long run. The sweet spot are brushes costing from around $25 to $50. Offerings from Oral-B and Phillips in this range provide a good value and decent quality.

Oral-B Pulsonic Sonic Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

Most electronic toothbrushes are bulky and unwieldy. Oral-B`s Pulsonic on the other hand is the slimmest electronic toothbrush on the market, giving it a feel more like a manual brush. It operates at two speeds:  “clean” or “sensitive.” Clean mode does a good job of reducing surface stains, leading to whiter teeth. It’s too harsh for everyday use however. Sensitive mode is good for general brushing. The included Pulsonic brush head is gentle on gums, leading to a comfortable brushing experience.

Philips Sonicare Essence Power Toothbrush

This brush has the ability to remove 80% of coffee, tea, and tobacco stains. You won’t have to rely on your hygienist alone for deep cleaning as Phillips guarantees Whiter teeth and healthier gums in 28 days. Although the design is one of the bulkier ones, the soft-grip handle makes it adequate to work with. The 2-minute smart timer notifies you once you’ve met your quota for an ideal brushing session.

Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

If going cheap is top priority, you could do a lot worse than Oral-B’s Vitality Precision Clean brush. It accepts the same high quality brush heads used in the top-end Triumph model. Please note that although compatible Floss Action and Precision Clean replacement heads are awesome, they aren’t particularly inexpensive like the unit is. Still, this is a great choice for the price.

Philips Sonicare Xtreme e3000 Power Toothbrush

While it doesn’t offer the same promise to blast through most surface stains like the Sonicare Essence, the Sonicare Xtreme e3000 provides an okay bang for the buck. Small but penetrating waves of force dislodge plaque that isn't normally reachable by either manual brushes or the movements of competing power brushes. It’s tough to recommend this over the Vitality Precision. Two E-series brush heads cost nearly as much as the toothbrush itself. Also the design of the brush heads is questionably wasteful as there is a fat plastic component near to the area where you affix it on the e3000. Not a good pick for the environmentally conscious.


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