Best Battery Toothbrush 2019

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 83940)

Best Battery Toothbrush

When it comes to toothbrushes there tends to be 2 classifications.

There is the manual toothbrush, which relies on good old fashioned human power to move the bristles, and then there is the electric toothbrush, which relies on a power source and motor of some kind to do the work.

The vast majority of electric toothbrushes are powered by built-in, non-removable batteries.

Generally speaking these are the gold standard and would be my suggested choice, but there are those that use removable AA and AAA batteries that can be a more appealing option for some.

An extensive list of pros and cons for battery powered toothbrushes is provided later in this article, but their most appealing feature has to be that they are more effective than a manual brush in removing plaque and debris, whilst being cheaper than a full blown rechargeable electric toothbrush.

And for those wondering, you can use rechargeable AA or AAA in a removable battery powered toothbrush.

Convenience is key for many people also.  Opting for a removable battery brush means there is no need to rely on having a toothbrush charger to hand when it runs out of power.

So what ate the best battery operated toothbrushes?

In this article I share with you my top picks. You can view our quick list comparison table immediately below, see the list explained in more detail, or read our buyers’ guide further down the page.

Should you be willing to consider an electric toothbrush with a battery built in, check out our comparison of the best electric toothbrushes.

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TempIR Sonic Wave
  • Slim, light and easy to grip hold of.
  • Felt more powerful than many other brushes
  • Just replace the head, not the handle
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Quip
  • Looks and feels really good. Slim and comfortable to hold
  • Brush head cover doubles up as a mount
  • 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer built in
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Colgate ProClinical 150
  • Slim and lightweight in hand
  • 2 minute timer built in
  • Brush turns off automatically after 2 minutes
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Oral-B Advance Power
  • Chunky brush with plenty of grip to hold onto
  • Just replace the brush head, not the handle
  • Really long battery life. Months rather than weeks
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Colgate 360 Degrees Whole Mouth Clean
  • Chunky brush with plenty of grip to hold onto
  • Just replace the brush head, not the handle
  • Really long battery life. Months rather than weeks
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Oral-B Pro Expert Pulsar
  • Slim, light and grippy design
  • Far from the most powerful, but you can feel it working
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Arm & Hammer Spinbrush
  • Robust design. Chunky to grip onto
  • Just replace the head, not the handle
  • Really long battery life. Months rather than weeks
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Foreo ISSA Play
  • Use of hygienic silicone means brush heads need replacing less often
  • Unique design and eye catching, in a range of colours
  • Long battery life
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Our Top 8 Picks For Best Battery Powered Toothbrush

Whilst it is very difficult to put my suggestions in a strict order of best to worst, the following are in a fairly accurate order of what I consider to be the best (removable) battery powered brushes available today.

I’ve also included short reviews of my hands-on time with each brush, highlighting the pros and cons of each.

1. TempIR Sonic Wave

Exceeding my expectations the TempIR does lack desirable elements like a 2 minute timer and pacer, but it makes up for it with the value for money and cleaning performance.

It offers 30,000 movements per minute through the brush head and you can feel this.  I would go as far as saying it almost felt as good as a true electric toothbrush. A bit of a negative is that a lot of vibration that passes through the brush handle, if feels a bit of a waste.

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Sideview of TempIR Sonic battery operated toothbrush

2 simple buttons on the handle turn it on and off, so it is nice and simple to use.

A single AAA battery powers the brush and this is user replaceable via the screw cap at the base of the brush.

It does have a slightly larger brush head than some other brushes, but it’s not the biggest head either.

Slim and comfortable to hold in hand, there is plenty of grip on the handle and this grip also stops it rolling about on a countertop when laid flat.

There is no travel case, or even caps for the brush head which is a bit of a shame.

The box contents is superb.  2 brush handles, 1 x Pink and 1 x Blue and then 3 brush heads for each handle, and yes, the heads are easily replaceable too.

Pros

  • Design – Slim, light and easy to grip hold of.
  • Powerful – Felt more powerful than many other brushes.
  • Replacement brush heads – Just replace the head, not the handle.
  • Box contents – 2 brush handles and 6 brush included in the box.

Cons

  • No timer or pacer – No way of knowing how long you have been brushing for.
  • No travel case – No protective case or cap to use when on the go.
  • Vibration – A lot of vibration felt/lost in the brush handle.
  • Larger brush head – Reasonable sized brush.

2. Quip

For design and service simplicity, Quip wins hands down.

You can buy it here on the Quips Website.

The Quip toothbrush is powered by a removable battery

It is a very slim, stylish toothbrush with a very clever travel case come holder that sticks to surfaces like mirrors and tiled walls to hold the brush upright and off of worktop surfaces.

Quip is a US based company, that charge in USD ($) but do ship internationally.

You can make a one off purchase, but the key selling point is their subscription service which delivers a replacement brush head and battery to your door at 3 month intervals.

Although you have to pay in dollars, the shipping is free, so there is not too much of a premium to pay.

The set it and forget it mentality of the subscription plan is great as is the fact you need only replace the head, not the handle too.

Available in plastic or metal handle configurations, they have colour choices to suit your style.

Powered by a single AAA battery, the brush delivers up to 15,000 movements per minute.

Getting a little picky I do find positioning my finger to turn the brush on a little awkward, but it’s not a big issue.

Personally I felt the cleaning power to be very weak and I was not all that sold on it, but that said, it could be doing more good than I know or can actually see.

A 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer is built in to help you brush for the right amount of time too and to make life just that bit easier, it turns itself off.

Pros

  • Design – Looks and feels really good. Slim and comfortable to hold.
  • Travel cover mount – The cover that protects the brush head doubles up as a mount that sticks to surfaces such as a mirror or tiled wall to hold it securely.
  • Timer & pacer – 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer built in.
  • Automatic power off – Brush turns off automatically after 2 minutes.
  • Replacement brush heads – Just replace the head, not the handle.
  • Subscription – Replacement heads and battery delivered to your door.

Cons

  • Cleaning experience – Odd feeling, really doesn’t feel like it is working.
  • Design – Power button can be a bit awkward to move the finger to.
  • Cost – Potentially quite a high price point for UK users as it is a USA based service that does ship internationally.

Read our hands on review of Quip.

3. Colgate ProClinical 150

Small, lightweight and rounded in shape, the 150 feels nice in the hand.

It might lack a few grips, so those with limited hand control might struggle.

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Colgate ProClinical 150 Colgate ProClinical 150 29 Reviews £9.00

Built in is a 2 minute timer, no 30 second pacer, but it does turn itself off after running for 2 minutes to make it clear that the brushing time is over.

With 20,000 movements per minute, you can feel the bristles of the brush head working, which is great.

Lasting 3 months, the brush heads are replaceable and being Colgate, like the handle itself they represent fantastic value.

The Colgate 150 is battery operated

A travel case or cap would be nice, but sadly such is not included.

Pros

  • Design – Slim and lightweight in hand.
  • Timer – 2 minute timer built in.
  • Automatic power off – Brush turns off automatically after 2 minutes.
  • Replacement brush heads – Just replace the head, not the handle.
  • 20,000 movements – Feels like the brush is doing a reasonable job of cleaning the teeth.

Cons

  • No pacer – There is no 30 second pacer to help give an even clean.
  • No travel case – No protective case or cap to use when on the go.

Read our hands on review of Colgate ProClinical 150.

4. Oral-B Advance Power

An Oral-B battery toothbrush.

Manufactured by one of the best known toothbrush brands, the Advance power cleans relatively well.

The small round brush head is nice and easy to move around even the most crowded of mouths and it certainly feels like it is working.

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Oral-B Advance Power Oral-B Advance Power 1,445 Reviews £13.99 £7.00
The Oral-B Advance Power takes 2 x AA batteries

You can hear it working too, because this is one of the louder battery operated brushes available today.

Powered by 2 x AA batteries it is a chunky brush that will take a few knocks and is certainly larger than even an electric toothbrush.  The nice amount of grip on the handle is a real bonus.

Sadly there is no timer, pacer or travel cap or case included.

In its favour is the really long battery life, counted in months rather than weeks.

When you do need to replace the battery, removing and replacing the cover can be a bit of a fiddle, but with few instances of this, I can let this slide a little.

Pros

  • Design – Chunky brush with plenty of grip to hold onto.
  • Replacement brush heads – Just replace the head, not the handle.
  • Battery life – Really long battery life.  Months rather than weeks.
  • Cleaning experience – Feels like it is working and doing a pretty good job of cleaning the teeth.

Cons

  • Design – One of the larger battery brushes I have used.
  • No timer or pacer – No way of knowing how long you have been brushing for.
  • No travel case – No protective case or cap to use when on the go.
  • Battery cover – Can be a bid fiddly to remove and replace.
  • Noise – Quite a loud brush in operation.

Read our hands on review of Oral-B Advance Power.

5. Colgate 360 Degrees Whole Mouth Clean

Colgate is a brand many of us know and trust and whilst this is far from the worst brush on the market, I do believe you can get better.

This battery toothbrush uses 2 x AAA batteries and gives a good few months of brushing time from it, rather than just a few weeks, which is great.

A big chunky and grippy handle, this could be good for those that struggle to grip onto smaller things.

The brush head is pretty large though and can make effective cleaning and moving around on the smallest of mouths a bit more tricky.

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Colgate 360 Degrees Whole Mouth Clean Colgate 360 Degrees Whole Mouth Clean 297 Reviews £8.99 £6.72
Ariel shot of the Colgate 360 Degrees Whole Mouth Clean battery toothbrush

There are 2 parts to the brush head, a round section of bristles that move when the brush is powered on and then a section of bristles that only work as you manually use the brush.

2 buttons are found on the handle, 1 to turn it on and the other to turn it off.

The brush heads are replaceable as are the batteries, so bonus points here.

A bit of noise comes from this brush when in use and sadly there is no timer or pacer built in.

There is also no travel case or cap for the brush head.

Pros

  • Design – Chunky brush with plenty of grip to hold onto.
  • Replacement brush heads – Just replace the head, not the handle.
  • Battery life – Really long battery life.  Months rather than weeks.

Cons

  • Design – One of the larger battery brushes I have used.
  • No timer or pacer – No way of knowing how long you have been brushing for.
  • No travel case – No protective case or cap to use when on the go.
  • Noise – Quite a loud brush in operation.
  • Large brush head – Larger than average sized brush head.

6.  Oral-B Pro Expert Pulsar

The Pro Expert Pulsar does not have the small round brush head of Oral-B electric toothbrushes, but rather the larger head, like their manual brushes.

This brush head is fine and you certainly do benefit from the vibrations and bristle movement that can be controlled by the 2 buttons on the handle.  1 button to turn on, the other to turn off.

You can feel the brush working and my teeth certainly felt clean after use, but it is not the best brushing experience I have had.  You still brush like you would with a manual brush.

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Oral-B Pro Expert Pulsar Oral-B Pro Expert Pulsar 196 Reviews £7.50 £5.49

Slim, light and really grippy, a fair bit of vibration is lost and felt in the brush handle.

It is powered by a single AAA battery, but it is not user replaceable.

The base of the handle unscrews to reveal the battery, but the design is such trying to remove the battery breaks it.  The idea is that the battery is removable for disposal, but not designed to be replaced.

Photo showing how the battery if removed from the Oral-B Pulsar

It seems silly to be like this and a bit wasteful, but given the bush head is not replaceable either then it is no surprise.

Som complain about the battery lasting 6 weeks or less.  Mine lasted as long as the brush head (3 months) but it would be disappointing if it didn’t seeing as the battery isn’t replaceable.

The brush is not expensive, but a touch more than most manual brushes as a result.

There is no timer or pacer or travel case.

Overall, this brush is ok and it will provide a benefit, but I believe there are better value options.

Pros

  • Design – Slim, light and grippy.
  • Cleaning experience – Far from the most powerful, but you can feel it working.

Cons

  • No timer or pacer – No way of knowing how long you have been brushing for.
  • Brush heads – Not replaceable and are not small round brush head like an electric toothbrush from Oral-B.
  • No travel case – No protective case or cap to use when on the go.
  • Battery – Not replaceable & questionable life.

7. Arm & Hammer Spinbrush

Although functional, the Spinbrush – from well known brand Arm & Hammer – is perhaps not the best representation of the quality you would usually associate with the brand.

The chunky brush handle feels like it will stand the test of time.

Preview Product Rating Price
Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Arm & Hammer Spinbrush 45 Reviews £16.79

The brush heads are replaceable so you need not replace the whole brush each time and there are varying styles of brush head available.

spinbrush from arm and hammer is a well-known battery toothbrush option

The brush heads tend to be slightly larger than other brands available, but they do feel like they are working, sweeping away the plaque and food debris.

A slightly confusing range of Spinbrush models exist and there is a lack of key features like a 2 minute timer and pacer.  You need to time how long you have been brushing for.

top of spinbrush

Although the battery operated toothbrush is chunky, a few strategically placed rubber grips would also be nice, as would some form of travel case/cap if taking this brush in a bag with you.

For what is a relatively cheap brush to buy in the first place, the brush heads are on the higher side of what you and I would expect.

Pros

  • Design – Robust design.  Chunky to grip onto.
  • Replacement brush heads – Just replace the head, not the handle.
  • Battery life – Really long battery life.  Months rather than weeks.
  • Cleaning experience – Feels like it is working and doing a pretty good job of cleaning the teeth.

Cons

  • Design – Slightly chunkier design, with limited gripping points.
  • No timer or pacer – No way of knowing how long you have been brushing for.
  • No travel case – No protective case or cap to use when on the go.
  • Brush head – Larger than most.
  • Battery cover – Muck builds up around the seal.
  • Cost – Brush heads are a touch pricey.

Read our hands on review of Arm & Hammer Spinbrush.

8. Foreo ISSA Play

Or buy from Foreo.com

A very eye catching toothbrush, the ISSA Play is available in a range of colours and has a smooth curved shaped and design that we don’t really see on products like this.

It is not a cheap brush though and is the most expensive of all the brushes included in this article.

There is a premium to be paid for what makes it different.

Preview Product Rating Price
Foreo ISSA Play Foreo ISSA Play 47 Reviews £39.00

No denying it feels quality in hand, sadly this quality does not necessarily last.  Issues of reliability with Foreo toothbrushes has been highlighted and less than ideal customer service has not helped.

The AAA battery lasts for a really long time, which is good, meaning less additional cost for replacement batteries and hassle.

Offering 9,000 sonic vibrations per minute it can clean fairly well, but it has a silicone bristle head.

The brush head may be much larger than what you are used to, and it is also softer and more gentle on the teeth and gums, but it will be more difficult for some to actually get used to using.

The use of silicone means the brush heads need replacing less frequently, every 6-12 months.

Perhaps a bit of a kicker though is that although less frequent replacement is required the cost is higher per head.

Softer brushing and better for the teeth and gums this toothbrush may well be, but a lack of timer or pacer is not going to help ensure you brush for the right amount of time.  I expected more for this price.

Pros

  • Design – Looks and feels really good. Unique design and eye catching, in a range of colours.
  • Silicone – Use of hygienic silicone means brush heads need replacing less often.
  • Replacement brush heads – Just replace the head, not the handle.
  • Battery life – Long battery life.

Cons

  • No timer or pacer – No way of knowing how long you have been brushing for.
  • Brush head – Brush head size, shape and silicone will not be for everyone.
  • Cost – Expensive in comparison to other options.
  • Reliability – Concerns over how reliable the brush is.

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Battery Toothbrush Buyer’s Guide

All you need to know about battery operated toothbrushes

This part of the article should hopefully answer any questions or queries you may have around a battery operated toothbrush and help you understand what makes some better than others and ultimately help you to choose the best one.

Should you feel that anything is missing and you need a question answered, please reach out by contacting us or commenting below.

What is a battery powered toothbrush?

A battery powered toothbrush is a brush that benefits from added cleaning power and features.

Small electrical circuits and motors within the toothbrush handle send vibrations or pulsations to the bristles on the brush head, using a battery as the power source.

With each pass of the brush head over the teeth, the battery power is adding more movement to any manual motion you use. Overall this extra power will help to clean the teeth more effectively removing plaque and food debris.

Electric toothbrushes do technically have a battery built in and it is therefore common for battery and electric toothbrushes to be grouped together.

However, they are slightly different in that a battery powered toothbrush is a brush with removable and user replaceable battery, which is not the case for most electric toothbrushes.

These batteries are usually AA or AAA.

Battery toothbrush vs electric

A common question and query amongst those considering something more than a manual toothbrush is should I opt for a battery or electric toothbrush.

There are pros and cons to each, but typically electric toothbrushes with a built in battery are really the gold standard as they offer a better cleaning mechanism.

Standard electric toothbrushes clean better by having more rotations, movements or pulsations than either a manual or a battery operated toothbrush can offer. Electric toothbrushes often have more features that can be of benefit to a user such as a pressure sensor.

As you will find out shortly, battery brushes are cheaper,  than there rechargeable electric toothbrushes, but the cost is not necessarily much less in some cases.

You can see my recommendations here for the best electric toothbrush.

However, there is certainly a place for a battery operated brush.

Somewhat of a crossover between a manual and electric brush, a battery operated brush offers enhanced cleaning capability compared to a manual toothbrush.

In addition to this, a battery operated toothbrush offers better convenience when it comes to actually powering the brush.

There is no need for a charging stand, just pop in the removable batteries, which themselves can usually be bought from many shops around the world.

Pick up batteries from the local garage, corner shop, supermarket, DIY store and many more places.  Lasting many weeks if not months, they surpass most electric brushes. Travellers and those always on the go tend to love them.

They are too not bogged down with unnecessary features such as cleaning modes that you won’t ever use. This often means they are more streamlined than an electric toothbrush.

Oh yes, they tend to be slim and lightweight too.

Pros and cons of battery toothbrushes

Pros

  • Cleaning power – They clean more effectively than a manual toothbrush because of the increased number of bristle movements.
  • Convenience – Tend to be fairly compact and can be popped in a bag, great for travellers.
  • Removable batteries – Batteries can be replaced with ease. Does not rely on a charger to being plugged in.
  • Battery life – Battery power tends to last many weeks or months.
  • Interchangeable heads – Replace the brush head, not the whole toothbrush.
  • Price – Cheaper than traditional electric toothbrushes

Cons

  • Cleaning power – Not as capable or effective as a typical electric toothbrush.
  • Features – Tend to lack desirable features such as timers and pacers found on electric toothbrushes.
  • Interchangeable heads – Some do not have interchangeable heads making them quite expensive and wasteful options.
  • Price – Not always as cost effective as you might think when factoring in the cost of replacement batteries.
  • Warranty – Warranties tend to be just 12 months rather than the 2-3 years of electric toothbrushes.
  • Reliability – Tend not to be as reliable as more premium alternatives.

Power/movements

This is what ultimately helps clean the teeth more effectively than a regular manual toothbrush.

When using the right brushing motion with a manual toothbrush, the bristles are going to pass over the teeth up to a couple of hundred times a minute.

The electrical circuit and power source on board a battery operated brush allows for the bristles to move or vibrate faster and consistently, meaning up to thousands of movements per minute.

Typically a battery powered toothbrush will offer anything from about 2,000 through to about 15,000 movements per minute.  Some do offer up to 30,000.

Although not always the case, the more you pay the more movements you tend to get.

The most advanced electric toothbrushes offer somewhere between 30-60,000 movements per minute, so still quite a significant power increase.

Increased movement means greater number of attempts to dislodge, break up and sweep away plaque (and the bad bacteria it contains) and genuinely help improve your oral health.

The cleaning sensation experienced when using such brushes does vary.

Some feel quite powerful, whilst others feel much more subtle and gentle.  Some are quieter whilst others are louder. Some are very efficient, whilst others are less so, losing power to vibration in the handle and not just the brush head.

Battery life

One of the greatest differences between the battery operated brushes is the battery life.

Some last for a number of weeks between replacement of the battery, whilst others last months.

Most typical electric toothbrushes last just a couple of weeks between charges.

The more powerful the brush, the more power it tends to need and the quicker the battery power depletes as a general rule.

Some brushes use just 1 x AAA battery whilst others use 2 x AA batteries.

Not only does this affect the size, but the more batteries, the longer it is likely to last.

Manufacturers of the brushes will give estimated usage time for a standard battery, but the quality of the battery and your brushing style can all have an effect.

If you use a very cheap, low grade battery and you have a tendency to scrub your teeth harder than you should, the brush will work harder and is unlikely last as long as it could.  If however you let the bristles skim the surface of the teeth (as you should) and you used a premium brand of battery then you will get more usage time.

Of course being removable, the batteries can be replaced without the need for dedicated charging stands, power adapters and plugs that might be necessary should you have bought a standard electric toothbrush.

AA and AAA batteries are sold all over the world and are generally easy to pick up, no matter your location.

Replacement brush heads

One of the benefits of electric toothbrushes are that every 3 months or so you can replace just the brush head rather than the whole toothbrush as is the case with a manual brush.

Dentists recommend replacing brush heads every 3 months due to bristle wear and hygiene.

Depending on the battery operated brush you select will depend on whether or not the brush heads are replaceable.

Compared to a manual brush which tends to be all plastic, a battery toothbrush contains metals and electrical circuits which are even less environmentally friendly.

If the brush does not have replacement heads, every 3 months you are disposing of what might be a perfectly functional brush handle and then having to replace it again.

But there are those that do have replacement heads, with handles that can be reused and are less damaging for the environment, as just the head is being disposed of rather than the whole brush.

Personally I think this is something you should consider as part of your purchasing decision as it is beneficial to help the environment and you will find (as demonstrated later) it is actually cheaper to buy a brush with replacement heads than it is to throw away and replace the whole brush each time.

Timer and pacer

It is not 100% critical to your buying decision, but all too often the nation as a whole does not brush for as long as they should.

2 minutes is the dentist recommended cleaning time, but with so many brushing for less, it is the addition of a timer and pacer that aid and encourages longer brushing cycles.

A manual brush does not have such a timer, whereas almost all electric toothbrushes do.

Battery toothbrushes are somewhere in the middle, some have this built in and others do not.

The best battery operated brushes do and I believe will further help you achieve better oral health as you know how long to brush for, because the brush is essentially telling you.

Price and cost of ownership

Battery operated toothbrushes tend to be a bit more expensive than a basic manual toothbrush.

Perhaps not that unsurprising given that they come supplied with a battery and the brush itself is a bit more complicated to make.

Whilst traditional electric toothbrushes will normally cost even more than a battery operated toothbrush, it can be surprising at what the price differences actually are over several years.

Prices are always subject to change, but here is a breakdown of some costs over a 3 year period to give you an idea how they compare.

Oral-B manual toothbrush

  • £1.50 to buy
  • 12 required over a 3 year period
  • £18 total cost

Oral-B Pulsar battery operated brush (Fixed brush heads)

  • £3 to buy (Based on £6 twin pack)
  • 12 required over a 3 year period
  • £36 total cost

Oral-B Advance Power battery operated brush (Interchangeable brush heads)

  • £10 to buy (1 x brush head and 2 x AA batteries included)
  • 11 additional brush heads over 3 years £22.66 (£2.06 each)
  • 10 replacement AA batteries £5 (£0.50 each)
  • £37.66 total cost

Oral-B Pro 600 electric toothbrush

  • £20 to buy (Rechargeable brush and 1 x brush head included)
  • 11 additional brush heads over 3 years £22.66 (£2.06 each)
  • £42.66

As the figures demonstrate, whilst it is more expensive to go battery/electric over a manual brush, the actual cost difference over 3 years to go to a more advanced toothbrush like the Oral-B Pro 600 is not that much greater.

Maintenance

Battery operated brushes need little in the way of actual maintenance.

As the battery depletes, this will of course need replacing.  How frequently this is will depend on the brush you are using.

The brushes should be rinsed or wiped clean and can be towel dried to keep them in good order.

Rinsing off the brush helps get rid of bacteria and toothpaste buildup.

Make sure the seal around the battery compartment is clean and excess moisture does not build up here as this is a place for bacteria to breed and degrading of the seal to take place.

Warranty

Varying from one manufacturer to another, typically battery operated brushes will have a warranty period of 12 months.

Whilst it is a very sweeping generalisation, the product quality and reliability tends to be inferior to the more expensive electric toothbrushes.

Most electric toothbrushes will come with a 2 year warranty, if not a 3 year option.

It is not always cost effective to get the brush repaired or replaced under warranty, especially if you have to post it off, but longer warranty periods can give an extra degree of satisfaction to ownership and peace of mind should something go wrong.

Where to buy

You can buy battery operated brushes from many places.

Most pharmacies and supermarkets will stock some and Amazon offer a good range too.

Prices do vary from one place to another, but there tends not to be significant price difference between these outlets, unless particular promotions are being run.

If you are particular about the brush you want, it may well be available only from select locations, so this may require more effort or shopping around on your part.

The best advice I can give, is the more you are spending, take just a few extra minutes to shop around and make sure you are getting the best deal and you are ultimately comfortable with the purchasing decision you are making.

Your comments and opinions

Have you got something you would like to add?

Is there a question that has not been answered?

Do you have some feedback or suggestions of other battery operated brushes?

Please leave a comment below so that everyone can benefit.

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11 thoughts on “Best Battery Toothbrush 2019”

  1. Cons
    Price – Not always as cost effective as you might think when factoring in the cost of replacement batteries.
    You need to mention that this negative can be eliminated with the use of rechargeable batteries.
    My experience with tootbrushes which run on built in batteries is not great as their batteries die within 2 years (all of them Oral B ones). They are also made so you need to buy a new one if the built in battery gives up the ghost.

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    • Thanks for the comment.

      The price may well be eliminated to some degree if rechargeable batteries are used, I quite agree.

      However, the initial purchase price of rechargeable batteries is greater.

      This would in turn potentially require a bulky charging module for the batteries, which may take up much needed space if someone was travelling light say with nothing more than a backpack, a reason battery powered brushes can be desirable.

      Oral-B toothbrushes come with a 2 year warranty as standard in the UK, which in most cases can be extended, at no cost, to 3 years. This warranty covers faulty batteries, so should a built in battery fail, Oral-B should replace or repair the brush.

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  2. This is a just out of interest question. It’s puzzled me ever since I’ve had an electric brush. When I take the head off to charge (in case it tips over) I find the metal prong is often toothpastey. So I wash it off under a running tap. I feel this is wrong but I still do it. Also, like the first commenter here, mine is just shy of 3 years old (classic oral b) and the battery is very near to being dead. Could there be a connection there? Thanks

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    • Hi Veronica.

      I clean the metal prong just like you do. I usually tilt it into the sink/basin, so the water is more likely to run away from the internal components of the toothbrush.

      This is the general advice on cleaning a toothbrush, so you are doing everything fine.

      It is highly unlikely that the cleaning action you are using and the battery performance is linked.

      I am not sure what model you actually have, but the average life of a electric toothbrush is about 3-5 years.

      It is likely that your brush is using an NiMH battery, where many newer ones now use Li-Ion which is more reliable and withstands multiple charges better and in theory should not degrade so quickly.

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      • Oh wow. Thank you so much Jon for your kind reply. I’m actually looking for a toothbrush (electric ie not battery run) that has the longest battery life between two charges. And ideally charges quickly too. I read your article and found it really interesting and really helpful. Thanks again.

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        • Veronica,

          To clarify, all electric toothbrushes have a battery in them, but they are not user removable/replaceable. These batteries are rechargeable.

          There are those electric toothbrushes that use AA or AAA batteries that can be removed and replaced by you and me as users of the brush. Whilst you can use rechargeable AA or AAA batteries, most use one time use batteries.

          Presumably you are looking for a brush with a fixed, rechargeable battery inside?

          The brush with the longest battery life that I can recall is the Foreo ISSA 2. This can last up to a year on a single charge. It is an expensive brush and I actually don’t rate it all that highly.

          If battery life is really that important, then that is certainly and option to look at.

          Failing that it tends to be the far eastern brands, such as Fairywill who offer brushes with battery life of 1 or more months. The Fairywill FW-917 offered 2 months usage in my hands on testing.

          The i-Sonic Pro from Roch, I have not reviewed fully, but is designed to last for 90 days (3 months).

          Major brands like Sonicare, Oral-B and Colgate tend to be anywhere between 1-3 weeks on average.

          The best battery life of the ‘major brands’ so far has been from the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean handles, such as the 4300.

          I hope this helps. Just let me know if you need further help.

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          • Wow thank you so much once again, Jon. Its is very nice of you to go into all this detail for me. I can tell you know this topic inside out. I’ll make a decision and go buy one. Thanks again.

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  3. I had an Oral B electric toothbrush after 3 years the battery is dead.
    I’m outraged because I have to throw it away.
    I hate buying non-reparable objects.
    I do have an environmental ethic.
    In that case, I prefer a battery powered because I can use reachable one.

    Thanks

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    • Hi Pierre,

      Sorry to hear that your toothbrush has stopped working after 3 years.

      We would rather hear that the brush lasted a lost longer. The vast majority do.

      It would be nice if the brushes were more repairable. Many do report being able to repair brushes, but to be honest it is not easy with many risks. Those that do tend to be very competent at electronics and repairing items.

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  4. Have you managed to review Ordolife toothbrush yet.

    It looks quite good and the trust pilot reviews are excellent.
    The other subscription toothbrush you have reviewed has very poor reviews from customers so was looking for an alternative.

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    • Hi Ian,

      To be honest, we have yet to review this brush. It is on our list of one to review soon, but I cannot give you any honest feedback as yet.

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