Electric Toothbrush Heads: Buying Guide & FAQ

Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Gemma Wheeler

(GDC Number: 83940)

Where to buy them, how to get them cheap, when to replace them and more

Replacement heads - buying guide & faq

Welcome to our hub page about replacement brush heads for your electric toothbrush.

Hopefully, the advice and information we ​have included will help you to choose the right brush heads and save money whilst doing so. 

Use the sections below to find information relevant to your type of brush: Oral-B, Sonicare or Colgate.

If there’s anything we’ve missed or if you’ve got any questions, please ask in the comments. 

How to get cheap replacement heads

In this article, we talk about ways that you can save money when buying your replacement heads. 

Buying in bulk, purchasing reliable third-party alternatives, looking out for special offers are just a few of the tricks we have used ourselves.

When to replace your brush head

The recommended time period for changing a toothbrush head is every 3 months.

In this article, we talk about how you can spot a brush head that needs to be replaced, and where the 3 month recommendation comes from.​


In this section, you can find everything to do with Oral-B replacement heads.

We’ve put together a huge guide explaining everything about the different types of Oral-B toothbrush heads that are available.

We’ve also created a guide on how to spot fakes.

And we’ve looked at a legitimate third-party alternative that isn’t a fake. ​

We also list some buying options below, and explain what the coloured rings are for on the end of the replacement heads. ​

Oral-B Toothbrush Heads: The Ultimate Guide

In this article, we take a detailed look at Oral-B’s range of replacement brush heads. 

What you might think is simple quickly becomes complicated.

We’ve explained everything in detail and created comparisoncompatibility charts to help you make sure you are choosing the best brush head for your situation.

Best Oral-B Brush Head

Fake Oral-B Brush Heads: how to spot them 

In this article, we tell you how to spot fake Oral-B brush heads.  

Fake brush heads are posing to be Oral-B and should not to be confused with legitimate third-party alternatives (we which we also talk about below).

We have created this detailed guide, complete with photos, to help you how to tell the differences between all three types.

Molarclean Review: Third-Party Brush Heads

One of the reputable brands that sells their own version of Oral-B brush heads is Molarclean.

We gave them our hands-on review treatment to see how they compare to official replacement heads​.

Molarclean Oral-B replacement heads

What Are The Coloured Rings For On Oral-B Brush Heads?

Have you ever noticed the coloured rings that come with Oral-B brush heads but not known what they are for?

We explain what the coloured rings are used for and answer some of the FAQs that come up about them. ​

Where To Buy Oral-B Replacement Heads

Something we advise in our guide to getting cheap brush heads is to shop around. Typically we recommend checking out Amazon as a first choice because they are always very competitive and often have deals running, plus they have a subscribe and save feature.

However, it’s always worth checking other retailers too. Below are links to the brush heads sections from the retailers we recommend. ​

In our Oral-B brush head guide we also link to places to buy each individual type of brush head. ​

Philips Sonicare

In this section, you can find everything to do with Philips Sonicare replacement heads. 

Like with Oral-B, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide explaining everything about the different types of head available.

We’ve also created a guide on how to spot Sonicare fakes.

And we also list a number of retailers that you can buy the replacement heads from. 

Philips Sonicare Heads: The Ultimate Guide

In this article, we take a detailed look at the Philips Sonicare range of replacement brush heads. 

As is the case with Oral-B, there are a number of different Sonicare brush heads to choose from, and they come in different sizes. 

We explain the choices in this detailed guide and explain which brush heads are best for which situations. 

Fake Philips Sonicare Heads: how to spot them 

In this article, we tell you how to spot fake Philips Sonicare brush heads.  

While there are fake Sonicare heads, there are also legitimate third party ones, so we have created this guide to help tell the differences between all three types.

Also included are plenty of comparison photos to show you hands-on examples. 

Where To Buy Sonicare Replacement Heads

In our Sonicare brush head guide we link to shopping pages for each individual type of brush heads. 

Below we have included links to take you to the hub page for Sonicare heads on the sites of our preferred retailers.

Usually, we recommend Amazon because they are very competitive and often have deals on, but as advised in our guide to getting cheap brush heads, it’s always worth shopping around, so check out the other options as well. ​


Colgate doesn’t have a range quite as extensive as Oral-B and Sonicare, but there are still several types of brush head to choose from. 

We’ve put together this Colgate brush head guide that tells you everything you need to know when it comes to buying some. 

Where To Buy Colgate Replacement Heads

If you’re in the market for some replacement Colgate heads then we recommend checking out the retailers below. 

There are of course others that you could try as well, and we do recommend shopping around to get the best deal.

Typically we recommend Amazon because they are so competitive, but as we have said, shop around.

Check out our guide to getting cheap brush heads, and if you do spot any good deals be sure to let us know in the comments!

Jon Love

About Jon Love

Jon is a leading voice on electric toothbrushes and has been quoted by mainstream media publications for his opinions and expertise.

Having handled & tested hundreds of products there really is very little he does not know about them.

Passionate about business and helping others, Jon has been involved in various online enterprises since the early 2000s.

After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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