- Slim and lightweight
- Grippy brush handle
- 1 cleaning mode
- Built-in timer
- Travel case and wall mount included
- American Dental Association approved
- Not as interactive as other brushes
- No battery status/feedback
- Lacks education element
- As a US based service it is more expensive for those in the UK
- Potentially better options exist (see other choices)
Quip for kids is not the best toothbrush available today for children, in my opinion.
The likes of Sonicare and Oral-B do a better job at engaging the child through the brush design and additions such as the interactive apps.
It is still a good toothbrush for kids.
There are a lot of things to like though and there are certainly more positives than negatives.
With a few small alterations, it could challenge the bigger brands even more than it does currently.
The 3 BIG Question about the Quip kids electric toothbrush
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the kids’ version of the Quip toothbrush. If we have missed something, let us know in the comments.
If you want more detail, you can read the full Quip kids toothbrush review further down the page.
Editor’s note: We have covered the adult version of this brush in our Quip toothbrush review.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
Quip has produced a smart, functional toothbrush that works well for the child, but does too appeal and work well for a parent also.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
You want to seriously consider the Sonicare for Kids Connected HX6322/04.
It comes with a higher price tag, but Philips have developed a brush that manages to immerse and educate children a little better when it comes to tooth brushing.
The brush itself is great, but it is the smartphone app that ultimately takes the offering to the next level.
|Sonicare For Kids Connected (HX6322/04)||180 Reviews||£73.00 £49.00||View on Amazon|
Not quite as slick, but still a very good option is the Oral-B stages power toothbrush that offers a small round brush head for a fantastic cleaning action.
|Oral-B Stages Power Kids Electric Toothbrush||420 Reviews||£18.90||View on Amazon|
3. Where is the best place to buy the Quip kids toothbrush?
The only place you can buy Quip is by visiting the Quip website.
A US based company, they do ship internationally, but you won’t find the brushes on the shop shelves here in the UK.
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And now for a bit more detail….
In what is a mature market, Quip are still considered a new player.
Essentially the Netflix of the dental health industry in the few years they have been trading, Quip has gone from strength to strength, primarily as a result of being innovative and delivering what customers want.
Focused on providing a quality product and service, Quip are one of the few who have mastered the subscription model electric toothbrush.
The introduction of a kids variant, will no doubt continue this trend.
Variants of this brush
At the time of review, there are 4 different variants of the Quip for kids electric toothbrush.
The only difference between these 4 options is the colour of the brush handle.
Aside from the colour, they are technically the same.
The colour options are:
Each comes supplied with a kids brush head and a battery to power the brush.
A tube of toothpaste is also provided for free when you first purchase/subscribe to the toothbrush.
Quip kids vs adult toothbrush – what are the differences?
Quip began making toothbrushes for adults. The kids’ version was introduced in 2019.
For those wondering, there are very few differences between the adult version and kids version.
The key differences are:
- A smaller brush head on the kids toothbrush
- 920 soft, end rounded DuPont nylon bristles arranged in 22 tufts compared to the 1,200 bristles and 34 tufts on the adult brush.
- Brush handle material
- The handle of the kids brush is wrapped in a soft, yet grippy rubber rather than the smooth plastic or metal of the adult brush handle.
- Brush handle colour
- The kids brush handle comes in 4 colours (purple, green, pink and blue) compared to the 8 options (silver, slate, copper, red, all-black and gold metal and blue and green plastic) with the adult handle.
Although optional, the toothpaste for kids is different also, specifically formulated for kids.
Aside from these 3 main differences, everything else is the same.
The physical brush size, the power of the motor and features such as the built-in timer are the same.
It is always best to use the appropriately sized brush head, but if you or a child preferred a particular colour of handle, it is perfectly possible to have this.
For example, my other half loves purple. She could buy the kids brush handle in purple but would have to buy (and maybe subscribe) to an adult brush head seperately. The adult head can be fitted to the handle that was theoretically designed for kids.
Subscription and costs
Whilst you do not have to subscribe to Quip, the company and its products are modelled around the subscription plans they offer.
A subscription plan for a toothbrush might seem innovative and maybe unnecessary, but it is all geared towards ensuring brush owners replace their brush heads regularly and are acting in the best interests of their oral health.
Of course in this instance, Quip are targeting the parents, rather than children themselves and likely hope it is a logical addition to their very own Quip toothbrush.
UK & International customers, be aware.
Quip is a US based company and at time of review, whilst they ship internationally, they have not tailored their offering for specific countries.
Therefore, there are a couple of things you need to be aware of, if purchasing from outside the USA.
The first is that the payment it taken in US dollars ($) so the exact price you pay will depend on your local currency, the exchange rate and your card issuer.
The other is that the international shipping costs $15 which is about £10-12. This takes on average about 15 days but there is a considerable more expensive express option at $40 which takes half the shipping time.
However the good news is the refill packs that come every 3 months ship for free, so you have to worry only about the currency conversions costs.
Quip do state that once the packages land on international soil, it is unfortunately impossible for their help team to track the package despite countries continuing to track our packages beyond landing. They will also not refund initial shipping cost for lost or returned packages.
When it comes to local customs duties they will correctly state and pay for all customs information on our shipping forms, your quip may still be subject to customs charges that are outside of their control. Quip cannot be held responsible or liable for any extra charges accrued by your local customs or postal service
Refill plans under $15 USD are not subject to any customs charges as their value is too low.
Here are the prices and subscription options available for the kids toothbrush, at the time of review.
Pay an initial fee, then commit to a fee being deducted every 3 months.
- 1 x Quip kids toothbrush with brush head and AAA battery – $30
- Refill including brush head and AAA battery – $5 (every 3 months)
- 1 x Quip kids toothbrush with brush head, AAA battery, and tube of watermelon anticavity toothpaste – $25
- Refill including brush head,AAA battery, and tube of watermelon anticavity toothpaste – $10 (every 3 months)
$15 international shipping with free shipping for replacement brush heads.
Pay for the brush and a years worth of refills ahead of time. Save $5.
- 1 x Quip kids toothbrush with brush head and AAA battery – $40
- 1 x Quip kids toothbrush with brush head, AAA battery and tube of watermelon anticavity toothpaste – $50
One time purchase
Pay a one-off fee, with no ongoing cost commitment.
- 1 x Quip kids toothbrush with brush head and AAA battery – $35
- 1 x Quip kids toothbrush with brush head, AAA battery, and tube of watermelon anticavity toothpaste – $40
Shipping is not included in this price.
If you do not subscribe you can purchase replacement heads and toothpaste.
The costs are as follows.
- Brush head and AAA battery – $5
- Brush head, AAA battery, and tube of watermelon anticavity toothpaste – $10
Shipping is not included.
You can always subscribe at a later date to the refills. The costs are the same as above, but you do then get free shipping.
It is worth noting that you can cancel your subscription plan if desired, you are not tied into receiving replacement heads and batteries forever. Pre-paid plans you are committed to for the length of that commitment. Of course, if you cancel the plan, you will have to manually purchase replacement heads, etc as and when you require them.
What’s in the box
The contents you get in the box will depend on exactly what you have opted for. The primary difference is going to be the brush handle colour and whether or not toothpaste is included.
- 1 x Quip kids electric toothbrush handle
- 1 x Quip kids brush head
- 1 x Travel case/wall mount
- 1 x Tube of watermelon flavoured anticavity toothpaste
- 1 x Sticker sheet
- Slim and lightweight
- Grippy handle
- Built-in timer and pacer
- Replaceable brush heads
- Minimalist design
- User replaceable battery
- Small brush head
Pros & Cons
Here are what I consider to be the pros and cons of the Quip for kids electric toothbrush.
- Slim and lightweight – The handle is nice and slim, easy for little hands to grip onto and it isn’t heavy either.
- Grippy brush handle – The handle has a smooth, yet grippy rubber handle that stops the brush sliding out of small hands.
- 1 cleaning mode – Simple and easy to use cleaning mode for everyday cleaning.
- Built-in timer – A built-in timer and pacer helps encourage brushing for 2 minutes, whilst cleaning aided by the built-in quadpacer that alerts you as every 30 seconds passes.
- Travel case and wall mount included – Innovative case and wall mount makes for easy travel and at home storage.
- American Dental Association approved – Quip has achieved the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval for the brush which brings added peace of mind.
- Not as interactive as other brushes – No app or features that get children more excited about brushing their teeth.
- No battery status/feedback – No indication as to the remaining power in the battery.
- Lacks education element – Little in the way of education provided in the box or as part of the experience to teach children about the importance of tooth brushing.
Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
Although the brush is designed for children, the packaging of the kids variant of the Quip toothbrush is no different to that of the adult toothbrush I have reviewed here.
Each brush comes inside what looks like an oversized test tube. A clear, rounded tube with a screw top into which the brush it fastened.
This along with the toothpaste and documentation is placed inside a Quip branded shipping bag.
This packaging works well to make it stand out, but also protect it when in transit.
However, at this stage, the packaging, etc is more appealing to adults than kids, perhaps this is a good thing. Because of the way Quip is sold, it doesn’t quite need to fight for a child’s attention on the shop shelf as some other products do.
For those who are concerned, the plastic tube is type 1 plastic and should be recyclable.
What makes the Quip for kids electric toothbrush stand out to a child, is primarily the colour of the brush handle.
Available in 4 different colour options the bolder colour choices tend to appeal to the younger generation.
The options are:
This colour is limited to the handle only. The brush head is not colour matched nor is the travel case/wall mount. I think Quip are missing a trick here, but I know it complicates the sale process.
There is no denying that from a design perspective, Quip have done a fantastic job, as an adult, I love it.
However, I am somewhat torn about how I really feel about the design appeal for kids.
They appear to like the colour but little else.
Aside from the colour and handle material, the design is identical to the adult brush.
The brush is very minimalistic with a rounded shape to the handle.
The handle is about 1.5cm thick, which is quite slim in comparison to other brushes. This can be a blessing in the smaller hands of children.
Even the base of the brush is rounded, like the bottom of a test tube, it does not stand upright.
Although the idea is the toothbrush goes back in the wall mount (more on this later) kids are notorious for leaving stuff anywhere and I think some parents will get frustrated at the fact the brush may be left rolling around the countertop because it doesn’t stand upright. I would imagine in many instances, the wall mount will be out of reach of many children. Perhaps I am overthinking this, but I thought I would share my thoughts.
There are no buttons, grips, status indicators or controls on the handle either.
Well, I say there are no grips. There are no raised notches or clear contours to the handle that offer natural gripping points. But, on this kids model, the handle is wrapped in a smooth, yet somehow grippy rubber which does offer more grip than an adult brush handle.
I do like this and I think it would sell well as part of the adult range. It just feels a bit more comfortable in hand and less likely to slip.
This is good for the smaller hands of children and helpful too if you are trying to move the brush around the mouth of a child who may be a little less than cooperative at tooth brushing time.
Two-thirds of the way up the handle you reach the point where the brush head attaches. This begins as a cylinder but tapers off to a much flatter profile before you reach the brush head itself. More on the brush head shortly.
As the head tapers from the handle to the brush head it does so at an angle that offers up a flat surface.
A ‘q’ icon signals this and acts as the power button.
A single press to turn the brush on and a single press to turn it off.
There is just one cleaning mode.
Inside the brush handle is the battery and motor that makes this brush work.
To access this you need to disconnect the brush head, pull out the module to reveal a compartment for the AAA battery. One does come supplied.
The following animation shows how this is done.
The position of the power button works as part of Quips styling and design, but I don’t think it is the most logical or obvious for a child and is slightly awkward to activate.
As kids begin to brush their own teeth as they get older, small things like an obvious power button help them on this journey.
Maybe I am being a bit picky, as once they know where it is, all is good, but hopefully you see my point that minimalist design doesn’t tend to work so well with kids.
Whilst kids don’t always give the most detailed feedback, my inquiries with children I know (and who tested this brush) suggest there isn’t enough to make them want to brush their teeth.
In fairness to Quip, they do include a sheet of stickers (9 in total) that goes some way to help. But, 9 stickers won’t go far and there is no lovable/relatable character as you get with Sonicare or the Disney branding that comes with Oral-B stages power brushes.
Both Oral-B and Sonicare brushes are bolder in colour and are in my opinion a little more child friendly.
I think most parents know brushing can be a bit of a struggle and up to about the age of 7 or 8 you should be supervising, if not completing the tooth brushing for your child, so is the design all that important?!
However, as a parent myself, I do feel there is scope for improvement here to help get kids excited and interested in teeth brushing. A little bit of enthusiasm for brushing can go a long way.
Sonicare do this best with an app that has a character and more of an educational gameplay scenario to it, which the kids appear to love, as well as stickers for their brush handle.
Oral-B are not as good, but at least the colours and icons on the handle are a bit more fun.
I can’t help but think Quip have missed the target a little here.
That said, I don’t think they are a million miles off the mark from offering a better and more appealing package for parents and kids alike.
Whilst it is virtually impossible to cater to the needs and wants of all children and parents, a few small and not all that expensive changes could go a long way to improve on current shortcomings.
A few alterations to the documentation/instructions with bigger brighter and bolder graphics that maybe parents and kids could read together would be good. Sadly at present, it is geared to parents only.
How about a tooth brushing chart that kids could tick, fill out or attach stickers to when they complete their brushing sessions, etc?!
It is a tricky balance and there is no right or wrong way to do it, particularly when responsibility for tooth brushing ultimately lies with the parents.
When it comes to the daily use and brushing there are lots of things to like though.
The supplied kids brush head contains 920 DuPoint nylon bristles organised in 22 turfs, all of which are soft bristles, which are ideal for the mouth of a child.
On the outer edge are what appear to be silicone or possibly thermoplastic elastomer bristles. Spaced wide apart there are 12 that form the outer edge of the brush head. These are shorter than the nylon bristles and are designed to help massage the gums.
Being a smaller head than that of a regular toothbrush it is more appropriate for the smaller mouth of a child and should make brushing easier.
On the back of the brush head is a tongue cleaner that also has the Quip named shaped into it.
The importance of cleaning the tongue and the inside of the cheeks is underrated. Use this to get your children doing it too. It is a great habit to form.
Scrape the back of the brush head along both the tongue and inside of the cheeks to help remove additional plaque and bacteria that can contribute to bad breath.
Just like an adult brush head, this should be replaced every 3 months. If damaged or worn before this time, replace it sooner. There is no reminder or alert system built into the brush for this, but this is where the subscription model comes in.
If subscribed, delivery will be made every 3 months. This is your cue to change the brush head.
Many so called ‘kids’ brushes actually have small brush heads but also have shorter brush handles. The overall length of the brush handle here is the same as a standard Quip brush, which I think is useful from a parents perspective as you have more handle to grip and greater control when you are helping brush your children’s teeth.
Whilst I know many parents would rather not have kids playing another game or needing yet another app on a smartphone, there is no denying they can be very effective and the app provided for use with the Sonicare brush for kids is very good at engaging and encouraging the child to brush.
Quip kids may lack this, but it does retain important features such as a 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer. Many children will ignore or not fully understand this until they are a built older, but it is nice to have it built in to help slowly educate and teach the child to brush evenly for the dentist recommended 2 minutes.
If you are not familiar with what this is, then what happens is once the brush is turned on at 30 second intervals, the brush motor pulses to act as an alert. This is to help you evenly clean your children’s teeth and gums evenly.
The mouth should be split into 4 sections when brushing. Known as quadrants, there is the upper right, upper left, lower right, and lower left. Giving each of these 30 seconds offers a more even clean over the 2 minute (120 second) brushing cycle.
At the end of a 2 minute clean, the brush with offer 3 pulses to alert you the 2 minutes are up and automatically turn the brush off.
Powered by a single AAA battery, the motor inside the brush handle vibrates at what Quip class as ‘an industry standard 15,000RPM to provide a thorough, yet non-damaging cleaning action’.
For adults, I think the motor is too gentle and a bit weak, but for a child, I think this works really well.
It is a nice blend between electric and manual and delivers the extra bristle movement, whilst requiring the child (or parent) to do some manual brushing to ensure effective cleaning.
It is less powerful than the Sonicare brush and more closely matched to Oral-B in terms of the number of movements, although the cleaning action is different. Some children don’t like the power of Sonicare so this could be a nice alternative option.
Those put off by the noise will likely find this brush better also, as it is very quiet. Producing a very subtle humming sound.
Techniques on how to brush differ slightly, depending on who you ask, but as a generalised rule, the way you brush with an electric toothbrush is different to a manual one. With electric, you move the brush head tooth to tooth and it does the work, whilst with manual, you do the work, moving the brush head repeatedly.
Quip suggest short strokes, more akin to manual brushing rather than letting the brush do all the work itself.
Whilst kids will have little care for this, as a parent, you should be pretty impressed with the innovative travel cap come toothbrush holder.
Essentially a plastic tube with a suction pad on the back of it, it sticks to flat surfaces like tiles, mirrors and shower screens. Just apply a little bit of pressure to make it stick.
The brush then sits within this.
Just lift the handle out when you need it and place it back in when you are done.
It is a really novel feature, particularly as it can be pulled off the surface and popped over the brush head to protect it when in transit and essentially be a travel case for the brush.
Part of why this works so well is because the brush is so light. There is very little weight on the pad that sticks to the wall. The minimalist design helps also.
It is all too easy for a toothbrush to get knocked or splashed when in the bathroom, this holder allows you to mount the brush out of the way of any trouble and is particularly good if you are short of shelf space, as regular brushes can take up quite a lot of room.
Another neat touch is that the base of the holder has a screw insert that can be removed to clean it out and release any grime that might have built up.
This cover/holder is the same as the one provided with the adult Quip electric toothbrush.
A nice touch would be if the cover was colour matched to the handle, but sadly it is not.
There is no indication as to how much power is left in the battery, but on average, when used twice a day for 2 minutes the single user replaceable AAA should last a little over 3 months.
If subscribed, as part of the subscription a new battery is provided, so this can be replaced at the same time as the brush head if desired.
Watch the following animation to see how you replace the battery and head.
If you prefer to use rechargeable batteries, these are perfectly fine to be used instead, but the default subscription will provide you with a single charge AAA battery.
Brushing too hard can be damaging to the teeth and gums no matter your age. Whilst as a parent, you are likely aware of it, things like a built-in pressure sensor can be really useful to alert you, should you be a bit too forceful when brushing your child’s teeth. Sadly Quip, nor any of the other kids toothbrushes I have come across, have this built in. Therefore you need to remember to brush gently.
The Quip toothbrush has been awarded the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval.
It might well be that the NHS and the British Dental Association are the leading bodies in the UK for dental health, but being an American company, the ADA approval is appropriate.
This does show it has met certain criteria and passed certain tests to achieve such. You should gain some peace of mind and assist in deciding whether this brush is right for your child or not.
The brush does also come with a 1 year warranty, which is extended continuously if you are subscribed to the refill plan that Quip offers. This essentially turns it into a warranty for life.
If you are keen to try Quip, but are still not 100 percent sure its the right option, you can make use of their 30 day trial programme.
You do not have to opt for this when subscribing, but Quip do provide a watermelon flavoured toothpaste suitable for children as part of their main package.
Watermelon is the flavour of choice as Quips own research with kids and paediatric dentists found the preference to be this over the more intense mint flavour that is often so common.
The toothpaste is approved by the ADA also, and is designed to help fight against cavities, coating the child’s teeth in protective ingredients.
The toothpaste is made up of the following ingredients:
Active ingredient: Sodium Fluoride 0.23% (0.12% w/v fluoride ion).
Inactive ingredients: Water, Sorbitol, Hydrated Silica, Glycerin, Xylitol, Flavor, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Saccharin, Carrageenan, Titanium Dioxide, Hydrogen Peroxide, Menthol
I am somewhat surprised to see hydrogen peroxide included. This is a bleach that is used in tooth whitening. The concentration will be very low within the paste, but I hadn’t expected to see this.
The provided tube is 133g and should easily last 3 months.
Just a pea sized amount of paste is required each brushing session.
As I mentioned in the outset, I don’t think this brush is perfect, but there are lots of likeable elements here for parents and kids alike. You could certainly do a lot worse.
Summary of Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
- A slim and stylish brush handle
- 4 different colour options
- A smooth yet grippy rubber coating on brush handle
- Smaller brush head designed specifically for children
- Brush holder doubles up as a travel case
- A single power button that launches 1 cleaning mode
- The motor vibrates at 15,000 RPM
- Powered by a single AAA battery
- Quieter and more gentle than some other brushes
- Built-in timer and pacer
- No pressure sensor
- 1 year warranty
- 30 day trial programme
- American Dental Association approved
- Stickers included
- Not as engaging as the competition
With kids toothbrushes, the majority are often manual rather than electric, so no battery needed.
My experience then suggests, that of those electric options, it is about a 50:50 split between those brushes with built-in or user removable batteries.
Quip comes provided with a single AAA battery that is user removable and replaceable.
A new battery is delivered, along with a brush head, every 3 months if you subscribe to their plans.
I was limited by the amount of actual hands on/real world testing I could do with this brush because it is designed for a child.
However, putting it through simulated tests showed that it lasts well beyond the 3 month time frame.
Battery brushes like this tend to be very efficient and at 15,000 RPM it is not the most powerful motor, so a little less power is required for each use.
Also, little power is wasted on noise and heat as is the case with some brushes. This brush does not get warm in use, nor does it produce much sound, both of which are positive.
If you prefer, you can use your own AAA or perhaps a rechargeable AAA rather than the disposable option that is supplied.
As you might expect, although the battery should last 3+ months, there is no indicator or way of actually telling how much power ultimately remains in the battery. You will normally notice the motor slow, the sound change a little or it could just power off.
One of the big positives of a removable battery is that there is no bulky or proprietary charging stand to take with you if you travel and you can be assured that most of the time there will be plenty of power left in the brush.
In the worst case scenario, replacement batteries for Quip kids are really easy to source.
Summary of Battery Life
- Supplied with and powered from a single AAA battery
- New AAA supplied with subscription brush heads
- The battery lasts approximately 3 months
- Can use your own rechargeable battery if preferred
Price & Where To Buy
It can be argued that you get what you pay for with Quip.
It is not the cheapest toothbrush for children, but it is always going to be more expensive as it has an electrical motor built in, where a large majority are manual brushes.
It is, however, quite a bit cheaper (roughly £15) than what I currently consider to be the best electric toothbrush for kids, the Sonicare for Kids Connected HX6322/04.
Considering all the choices I think Quip are charging a fair and realistic price for this brush and it would be unfair to say it was expensive, although some may think it.
There is potentially a little extra to be paid for the innovative style, design, and convenience that Quip offers.
Not sold within the UK, the only option is to buy direct and import the brush from Quip USA.
This is an easy process and not one you should necessarily be put off by, as long as you understand what is involved.
It does however add a few pounds to the overall cost, but it is not a significant increase.
The initial purchase requires a $15 shipping fee to be paid, this is about £10-12.
Subscribe to the replacement brush head model and you cannot complain at the $5 (£3.85) fee for the new brush head and AAA battery. This includes shipping.
The Sonicare option is a little under double this at approximately £7 per brush head and they don’t require shipping across the Atlantic ocean.
As outlined earlier in the review the exact cost does vary depending on what subscription model/payment option you decide upon.
Assuming you subscribe, with 3 monthly deliveries, but do not include the toothpaste then there is a one time fee of $45 or approx £35 ($30 + $15 shipping) followed by 3 monthly charges of $5, which is about £3.85 for the replacement head and battery.
This gives a total cost over 3 years of £77.35 or a daily cost of £0.07.
Comparing this to the Sonicare for Kids, the connected HX6322/04 model costs 12 pence per day.
Might a few extra pounds be well spent on the more child friendly design and engaging experience of this alternative option?!
Oral-B’s Stages Power brush comes in at around 5p per day, so a little cheaper, but there are benefits to Quip.
Quip is one of the only subscription services offering brushes for kids that I know of and there is a valid argument that a premium should be paid in some respects for this convenience, but I don’t feel Quip really are charging this when you consider the other options.
So, whilst it is more expensive than the few dollars you might spend on a manual brush, Quip does not break the bank and is a much more cost effective option than some of the other electric toothbrush options that exist today.
Please note that all costs quoted are approximates and prices will vary based on location, supplier, time of purchase. These figures should not be relied on as hard fact but as a guide, based on real information at the time of writing.
Summary of Price & Summary
- The price depends on the package and subscription plan chosen
- Replacement brush heads are good value at £3.85 , especially with free shipping
- A typical package will work out at about £77.35 over 3 years
- Works out at around 7 pence per day over 3 years
- One of the only subscription options
Reliability & Long Term Use
This is the third Quip toothbrush I have tested.
The company only offers three different brushes in total, an adult manual brush, adult electric and kids electric.
The 1 year warranty as standard might be a little on the low side, with many now coming supplied with 2 year/24 month warranties as standard.
Remain subscribed to Quip and the warranty lasts as long as your subscription, which is a fair trade off.
My testing of this kids variant has been limited to be able to speak about long term reliability.
However, seeing as it is essentially a reworked adults brush, there is little concern overall.
My extended hands on testing of the adult brush left me with few concerns.
The brush is slim, but solid and durable feeling in hand. The rubber grip does not look or feel like it will degrade all that quickly either.
The lack of buttons and parts to this brush make it a little more robust and the vulnerable battery is nicely sealed inside the brush handle and it would take quite some wear and tear for water or moisture to build up inside and cause any damage.
All in all you can use Quip kids with little concern for the reliability as I believe it will serve you and your kids well.
This is not the perfect toothbrush for children, in my opinion.
I believe the Sonicare for kids connected model is.
|Sonicare For Kids Connected (HX6322/04)||180 Reviews||£73.00 £49.00||View on Amazon|
The design, colour scheme, and interactive app are much more engaging for kids and makes them more excited or at least a little more interested in tooth brushing.
But, you pay for this. At a little under twice the price of Quip for the brush handle and the replacement heads, it is a hefty cost to pay for the advantages it brings.
The colour of the Quip for kids handle and the stickers go some way to get the child engaged, but with any brush, there is much work to be done by the parent also.
Quip kids is quieter and offers a softer brushing experience, which can be beneficial for children and parents alike.
Whilst the need to move the brush like you would a manual brush is different to most electric toothbrushes, it does mean kids learn a little more about brushing technique and the built-in timer and pacer further aid this education process.
The handle is slim, yet grippy and the subscription service is extremely convenient as is the travel case/mount provided.
American Dental Association approved, Quip for kids is a very good electric toothbrush and a solid option for your child.
With a few subtle tweaks, Quip could make it even better, but still keep the cost the same or a lot less than the competition.
You can order Quip for kids here.
Electric Teeth Rating
- Height (without head) – 4.9 inches/12.5cm
- Height (with head) – 7.4 inches/19cm
- Width – 0.59 inches/1.5cm
- Thickness – 0.59 inches/1.5cm
- Weight (without head) – 1.38 oz/39.3g
- Weight (with head) – 1.54 oz/43.7g
All are approximates
- Is the Quip kids an oscillating brush?
- No, it is a Sonic brush with 15,000 movements per minute
- Does it have any other cleaning modes?
- No, there is only 1 cleaning mode.
- What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- Quip kids comes with only 1 style of brush head and no others are available. Their brush head contains 920 soft DuPont nylon bristles inserted into 22 tufts to give each tooth a gentle cleaning. These bristles are considered soft.
- Does Quip kids have a pressure sensor?
- No, it does not.
- Does Quip kids have Bluetooth?
- No, it does not.
- Does Quip kids come with a warranty & how long is it?
- If you buy Quip outright, with no subscription plan, the warranty is 1 year. If you subscribe to a refill plan, then the warranty continues for the life of that subscription.
- Does Quip kids have a built in timer?
- Yes. There are 2 parts to the timer. There is a 2 minute timer, that activates from power on and turns the brush off after 2 minutes running time. There is too the quadpacer. The brush will provide an audible warning through a slight pause in the brushing mode to tell you to change quadrants. There are 4 quadrants to the mouth, and brushing is normally for 2 minutes. The timer will active at 30 second intervals, with 3 pauses at 2 minutes.
- How long does the battery last?
- About 3 months on average, based on 1 user cleaning twice a day for 2 minutes.
- Does it come with a charger?
- No, the brush uses, user replaceable AAA batteries.
- Can this be fixed to a wall?
- Yes, the travel cap/holder sticks to smooth surfaces like tiles or mirrors.
- Can I use Quip the shower?
- Yes. Quip is water resistant so if you choose you can use it in the shower. You will need to consider keeping out of the direct flow of the water if using the wall mount/holder.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- Yes, a travel case is included. It doubles up as a toothbrush holder.
- What age is Quip kids suitable for?
- It is designed to be used for children aged 3 through to about 8 years old.
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