Bluetooth is a wireless connectivity option that many of us are now familiar with.
It is most widely used with smartphones and computers as a way of connecting peripherals like speakers, headphones, mice, keyboards and more, without the need for physical cables.
The 2 components communicate with one another through a wireless data connection. This connection acts as in principle like a phone line might for humans, except the communication is between 2 pieces of technology.
Continued innovation has now brought Bluetooth to the electric toothbrush.
Why do I need or want Bluetooth on a toothbrush?
This is a very common question and a valid one.
The primary reason for such is that the technology allows for a new and exciting way for users like you and I to get more information on how we brush.
The concept behind the implementation in most instances is that the data the brush sends to your smartphone will be used in a way to educate, inform and encourage you to take better care of your teeth and gums.
Special sensors and chips within the brush relay the data back to an app that you download onto your smartphone for free. This app is normally provided by the toothbrush manufacturer.
After a simple pairing process the smartphone and brush communicate during your brushing sessions to give real time feedback as well as logging data for review in the future.
It is a little like having a dentist watch over you when you brush. The app is taking the data, comparing that to what it knows and gives you information and guidance as well as tips and tricks on how you can brush your teeth more effectively.
In the long term this education will help you have a better oral healthcare regime.
Whilst it depends on the brand and application there are too other features to the apps and what they can offer, from easily purchasing brush heads to getting personalised brushing journeys to help achieve your own goals.
One of the most powerful elements aside from the real time feedback is they give an easy way to review your brushing history, which can be useful to your dentist in helping you better improve your routine.
I don’t want Bluetooth on my toothbrush
If you do not want such a feature on your brush that is quite ok.
Some do see this as a gimmick, a new fangled piece of tech and unnecessary.
Nobody has to use it or indeed buy a toothbrush with it, but it does offer an option for some.
It is particularly appealing to those who are used to a lifestyle centred around their smartphone and how it improves their life.
There are still plenty of toothbrushes that do not have Bluetooth built in, these tend to be cheaper too.
Bluetooth tends to be in the more premium models that command a higher price point. These often bring other features and benefits too.
Even if a brush you have or want to buy has Bluetooth, you do not have to use it. It is optional, but the feature is there should you want to make use of it. And if you do use it, you can stop at any time.
Which electric toothbrushes have Bluetooth?
So you are interested, which brushes have Bluetooth? Below is a list of current and past models that have had Bluetooth technology built into them. Click any of the links below to be taken to our review for the brush.
As you can see from the list above there are a few few toothbrushes. This tech was available in select brushes 3 or 4 years ago, but it is only really in 2016/17 that it has begun to become more common and desired.
Which brand offers the best Bluetooth electric toothbrush and experience?
The answer to this question is somewhat personal and depends on how you rate features and performance — we give a detailed answer, with recommendations by category, in this post.
Oral-B are the pioneers within this space and offer the biggest range of brushes, that are more often than not available for less than Sonicare, its primary competitor.
Whilst the Oral-B app and connectivity has improved considerably, my personal feeling is that the Sonicare app and experience is currently slightly better. It feels more complete.
The best electric toothbrush with Bluetooth is the Sonicare DiamondClean Smart (view on Amazon). It is stylish, powerful, cleans well and offers lots of features. However it is very expensive and Oral-B’s Genius 9000 (view on Amazon) is a much better value purchase all things considered.
We have compared the two in more detail in our post: Oral-B Genius 9000 vs Sonicare DiamondClean Smart.
Most electric toothbrushes and associated apps are geared to work for one user.
For example if 2 people shared a Bluetooth enabled brush handle, the brush would track 4 cleaning sessions in a 24 hour period. It would then sync these 4 sessions to the app on the paired mobile device. However, this data the app now has is not accurate because it includes the data from 2 different people, rather than just 1.
Oral-B have addressed this issue to a point, but it is far from ideal solution at this stage, in my opinion.
With one of their Bluetooth enabled brush handles from within the smartphone app, you can disable automatic syncing of the data the brush stores.
In order to maintain correct brushing records for each individual’s brushing statistics, the automatic synchronisation of cached brush data needs to be turned off. This is completed in the app, by navigating to the left-hand menu and following Settings -> toothbrush handle -> Automatic Session Syncing “off”.
With this setting disabled, all users can use the one brush handle in combination with their individual smartphone and installed version of the app. However, any brushing events that take place in the absence of the app will not appear in their statistics and will be lost.
Essentially what this means is that 2 or more users can make use of the Bluetooth connectivity and tracking on their own phone, as long as they have their phone within Bluetooth range every time they brush, to allow for the immediate syncing of the tooth brushing data to their phone.
Another option, perhaps more expensive, but less hassle is to consider either the dual handle packages of the Genius 8900, 9900 or the Smart 5 5950 (view on Amazon).
In these packages you get two brush handles. This will potentially mean rather than sharing brush handles, each user will have their own, and you will only be sharing the charging stand and other included accessories.
Now each user has their own brush handle, their own cleaning data can be recorded and shared to their own mobile device for performance review, without the need for the phone to be in range every time you brush.
What are the apps like and how do they work?
I have written a post that explains Oral-B’s Bluetooth connectivity and looks at the more popular Oral-B app in more detail.
The following video is taken from that post. Whilst slightly different, the experience and features are similar for Sonicare.
Sonicare and Kolibree have developed their apps to also be suitable for children. Both have games/stories that help educate and encourage kids to brush better, just like the app does for adults, but with a greater level of interactivity.
Sonicare have an entirely separate app for kids, whilst Kolibree have built this into their regular app.
Below you will find a number of screenshots from both different brands applications that gives you an extra level of insight as to what you can expect.
Sonicare for Kids
Download the apps
To date, all brands with the exception of Colgate offer an Android and iOS app for users. The compatibility of the app with different smartphones and tablets will vary.
Have you used any of these apps? What are your thoughts? Find them useful, more hassle than they are worth?
If you too have any questions, please let me know in the comments below and I will happily help.