Quip Toothbrush Review

Quip Toothbrush Review

Pros

  • 1 cleaning mode
  • Design
  • Built in timer
  • Built in cover that double up as a wall mount
  • Subscription service
  • American Dental Association approved

Cons

  • Cleaning experience feels weak in comparison other brushes
  • Awkward power button position
  • No battery status/feedback
  • No pressure sensor
  • As a US based service, it is a more expensive option for those in the UK

The 3 BIG Questions about Quip 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 Quip toothbrush.  If I have missed something, let me know in the comments.

If you want more detail, you can read my full Quip toothbrush review further down the page.

Editor’s note: We have covered the kids version of this brush in our Quip kids toothbrush review.

1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?

It is compact, and stylish.  The concept of subscription and the way the plans work is innovative.

Sadly the brush is well a bit ‘meh’.

It lacks power and feels weak compared to a regular electric toothbrush.  It is better than your conventional manual toothbrush because of the timer built in, but it is an expensive route to go for something that does not provide a noticeably better clean or experience.

2. Which other brushes should I consider?

Alternative options depend on whether you are considering Quip because of the subscription mode, the minimalist design, or because you want an electric toothbrush.

If you want a subscription based electric toothbrush, consider Uber Sonic if you are in the UK — we rate it as the best UK subscription toothbrush.

Not bothered by subscription, but want a decent electric toothbrush, take a look at the Oral-B Pro 2 2500.

Or if you’re specifically looking for a toothbrush with a removable battery, check out our best battery toothbrush post.

3. Where is the best place to buy Quip?

What makes Quip unique is their business model, which is primarily centred around a subscription plan.

It is sold only through the Quip Website.

You cannot buy it from a retail store or another website at this time.

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And now for a bit more detail….

Quip is innovative and is without doubt one of the leading names in subscription based toothbrush services.

The US based company have won many fans globally as a result of their design and subscription model, but have seen the number of competitors increase, particularly within the USA.

Still the one to beat in many people’s eyes, they have begun offering products internationally

With regular brush head deliveries turning up when you need them, Quip offers a certain level of convenience that other products do not.

Subscription and costs

You don’t have to subscribe to regular deliveries of replacement brush heads or toothpastes, you can buy as and when you require, but the basic model is centred around you buying a brush, and subscribing, so that you receive a new brush head every 3 months, just when it is time to replace the existing head.

Here are the details of the packages (prices correct at time of writing)

There are 2 ‘Starter Sets’.

  • Electric Set
    • Day 1 – quip electric brush, travel cover mount, large toothpaste, small toothpaste
      • Cost -$40 for metal or $25 for plastic
    • 3 months – brush head, large toothpaste, small toothpaste, AAA battery
      • Cost -$10
  • Electric Brush
    • Day 1 – quip electric brush, travel cover mount
      • Cost – $45 for metal or $30 for plastic
    • 3 months – brush head, AAA battery
      • Cost – $5

The brushes themselves come in different materials and colour options.

  • Silver metal
  • Slate metal
  • Copper metal
  • Gold metal
  • Blue plastic
  • Green plastic

There are also two special edition colours.

  • Red metal
  • All-black metal
    • A donation is made to the American Dental Association Foundation to help provide oral health education and dental care for disadvantaged families.  You can learn more here.

These special editions may incur a premium price.

Quip Toothbrush Colours

If you prefer you can chose a ‘Prepay Deal’ paying for a whole years subscriptions once.

  • Electric Set
    • Day 1 – quip electric brush, travel cover mount, large toothpaste, small toothpaste
      • Cost -$65 for metal or $50 for plastic
    • 3 months – brush head, large toothpaste, small toothpaste, AAA battery
      • Cost -$FREE
  • Electric Brush
    • Day 1 – quip electric brush, travel cover mount
      • Cost – $55 for metal or $40 for plastic
    • 3 months – brush head, AAA battery
      • Cost – $FREE

There are then ‘Group Sets’ ideal for couple or families.

  • Electric Couple Set
    • Day 1 – x2 quip electric brush, travel cover mount, large toothpaste, small toothpaste
      • Cost -$75 for metal or $50 for plastic
    • Day 1 – x2 quip electric brush, travel cover mount, large toothpaste, small toothpaste
      • Cost -$20
  • Electric Family Set
    • Day 1 – x4 quip electric brush, travel cover mount, large toothpaste, small toothpaste
      • Cost – $150 for metal or $125 for metal and plastic
    • 3 months – x4 refill head, large toothpaste, small toothpaste, AAA battery
      • Cost – $40

There is less colour choice with the Electric Couple Set offered in only Silver + Slate Metal (1 of each) or Blue + Green Plastic (1 of each).

The Electric Family Set is available in all metal with Silver, Slate, Copper and Gold Metal or a combination package with Silver and Slate Metal (1 of each) and Blue and Green Plastic (1 of each).

Quip Toothpaste Tube

Finally there is what is known as the supply collection.  Essentially extras and spares.

  • Toothbrush head – $5 initial cost followed by $5 every 3 months
  • Toothpaste – $5 initial cost followed by $5 every 3 months
  • Manual toothbrush – $10 initial cost followed by $5 every 3 months
  • Travel cover mount – $5 initial cost, no refills

For the most accurate pricing do check quips own website over at https://www.getquip.com/store

UK & International customers, be aware.

There is only really 1 or 2 small catches to this subscription plan that international buyers need to be aware of.

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

On a $95 order, I got hit with £18 ($25) customs fees.

Refill plans under $15 USD are not subject to any customs charges as their value is too low. They would not recommend ordering a couples pack if international as the value of the refills are $20.  Their suggestion is to order two brushes separately to avoid a refill customs charge.

Variants of this brush

As the section above outlines, there are a number of different variants of this brush.

Whilst the actual brush is essentially the same with the only actual product difference being the construction, be that plastic or metal as well as the colour, it is what is included and the plan length that varies.

The material does have an affect on the price.

There is too a Quip manual toothbrush, which looks virtually identical to the electric variant, but naturally does not have the motor or timer built into it.

You can buy the manual toothbrush and have a brush head subscription plan with that if you would like.

Be sure to understand what model you are looking at and whether it is right for you.

Video Review

What’s in the box

This will depend on the plan you have gone for and may not be the same as below. I went for Quip’s ‘Electric set’ plus a spare brush head.

  • Quip electric toothbrush in Copper Metal
  • 2 x Brush head 1 x (included with brush and 1 x I purchased extra)
  • 1 x AAA battery
  • 1 x Travel cover mount
  • 1 x 2 week tube of toothpaste
  • 1 x 3 month tube of toothpaste
  • Documentation

I did also order a manual toothbrush for the sake of comparison.

Quip Toothbrush Box Contents

Key Features

  • Built in timer and pacer
  • Replaceable brush heads
  • Minimalist design
  • User replaceable battery
  • Slim and lightweight

Pros & Cons

What do I consider to be the positives and negatives of the Quip electric toothbrush?

The positives

  • Design – The Copper Metal handle I had looked and felt really good.  Solid, but light and there are some small but neat touches in the construction of the brush.
  • Packaging/experience – Tying in with the design, the packaging and whole user experience is very good and slick, offering a very premium feel from ordering through to the delivery and use.
  • Travel cover mount – So simple, yet ingeniously effective at holding and protecting the brush head when in transit but also keeping the brush out of harms when when not in use.
  • Automatic power off – The brush automatically turns off after a 2 minute clean.
  • Subscription – It is not for everyone, but the model works well and is very current and makes for a nice addition to consumers already engaged in other subscription based services and want the convenience that it brings.
  • American Dental Association approved – Quip has achieved the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval for the brush.

The negatives

  • Cleaning experience – Feels somewhat odd.  Potentially better than a manual toothbrush but far weaker and less effective than a conventional electric toothbrush.  A kind of hybrid that for me just didn’t deliver.
  • Design – As smart as it looks, the position of the power button for me was not natural and a little awkward to get used to.
  • Battery Status – No indication of how much power is in the brush.
  • Pressure sensor – No pressure sensor to alert you if brushing with too much force.
  • Cost – For users outside of the USA it is a potentially quite costly subscription plan.

Design, Usability, Clean & General Use

Design and user experience is something Quip has absolutely nailed.

Quip Toothbrush Bronze - Full Width Shot

From the moment you hit their website through to receiving the toothbrush, the process is slick and well structured.

A great user experience is offered from quality images, clear information, though to the smart packaging.  You certainly feel like you get what you pay for and a bit more.

As you will see in the images, the products are well labelled nicely packaged and there is some really great documentation that comes with it.

In fact, this is probably the best documentation I have ever seen.

Rather than some tiny print manual, its a clean and simple to read A5 user manual with lots of information to explain how to use the brush, how to brush the teeth etc.   Part of the documentation appears to ‘sell’ the subscription service but at the same time offering vital and helpful information.  I am really impressed with this.

Quip Instructions / User Guide

The brush and replacement brush heads come in plastic tubes.  My initial reaction was one of disappointment, because they look great and well protected, but I was thinking what a lot of plastic waste.  However, it is recyclable and there is even a sticker that alerts you to this.

Quip Toothbrush In Tube

As mentioned previously, the brush itself can be purchased in 2 different materials, plastic or aluminium.  I have the copper metal here and the handle itself feels excellent.  It is CNC’d aluminium, bead blasted by machine and anodised to endure a lifetime of cleaning.  Smooth and quality to the touch, it is smart looking for sure.

I did also pick up a manual brush which was plastic. I am presuming that this is the same material and quality of the electric brush with a plastic handle.

The plastic certainly looks and feels cheaper, but it is functional.

The design is minimalist.

The lower part of the brush handle is a perfectly rounded tube about 1.5cm thick.

No flat base to this brush, it has been rounded, the the bottom of a test tube,  it does not stand up.

No buttons, grips, status indicators or controls are on the handle.

2 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.

I am no design guru, but part of me believes, that for some, gripping onto this handle will be somewhat of an issue.  It’s quite smooth with no lips or fitting that offer natural gripping points.

It is also much slimmer than most regular electric toothbrushes so perhaps harder to grip onto if you can’t manage a tight grip.

The position of the power button is too not a natural place for the finger or thumb to fall in my opinion.  Within a few uses you do get more used to it, but I still find it a little awkward a few weeks on from first use.

I do like the look and feel of this brush a lot.  It certainly looks the part and is right at home in any modern bathroom.

Really innovative as well is the holder and travel cap.

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’re 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 too.

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.

So, to the brush head then.

There is only one style of brush head, not multiple styles like you get with Oral-B, Sonicare and Colgate.

Unlike Oral-B’s round heads Quip has a brush head more similar to Sonicare and Colgate and many manual brush heads.  It is a stretched oval shape.

It contains 1,200 soft DuPoint nylon bristles in 34 separate tufts in the centre of the brush head.

On the outer edge are what appear to be silicone or possibly thermoplastic elastomer bristles.  Spaced wide apart there are 16 that form the outer edge of the brush head.  These are shorter than the nylon bristles.

The soft bristles are designed to be gentle on the teeth and gums and not do any damage or aggravate like some harder bristles can.

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.  Scrape the back of the brush head along both to help remove additional plaque and bacteria that can contribute to bad breath.

Brush heads should be replaced every 3 months.  There are no indicator bristles on this head to remind you, but the subscription services acts as this reminder.  If you are not subscribed, you will need to remember to buy or replace the heads.

Whilst Quip do both an electric and a manual toothbrush (I have tested both) it is the electric brush I am most interested in.

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’.

Having used many different brushes, the power and cleaning performance lacked, in my opinion.  It felt weak, under-powered and really not much better than a manual brush.  All I got was a gentle vibration.

Sonicare for example offer as standard twice the bristle movements of quip.  Whilst it is not all about the power, other brushes give a more active cleaning sensation, even if it might be artificial.

The way you normally brush with an electric toothbrush is different to a manual one.  With electric, you move it tooth to tooth and the brush does the work, whilst with manual, you do the work.

I was confused as to what approach to take with Quip, the documentation suggests short strokes, more like a manual brush.

I ultimately used it more like a manual brush with the benefit of sonic vibration, rather than thinking of it as electric toothbrush.  It felt a little odd.

Now my review and tests are nowhere near scientific, but really, whilst I could feel the vibrations from the motor, the resulting clean from the electric brush felt no better than Quips manual brush.

The clean was not as deep or invigorating as any Sonicare and Oral-B brush to name just a few.

My mouth did feel fresh and clean, but I didn’t feel as satisfied as I would had I used a more traditional electric toothbrush. In fact the whole experience was disappointing.

On the plus side, the brush is quiet.

There are benefits to an electric toothbrush, but I would be the first to tell you that with the right technique, a manual brush is more than adequate.

However, I feel that few of the electric toothbrush benefits are really realised here with Quip.

It might be that the brush was doing more good than I could actually tell as I am not monitoring plaque levels like a dentist might, but I don’t think it is.

To my knowledge, no clinical trials have been completed to really show how good or bad quip really is.  I would like to see some more ‘science’ behind whether or not Quip should be worth you money.

That said, Quip have gotten seal of approval from the American Dental Association, so there must be something right about this brush.

I guess in part, a lot of this is what you are used to.  If you are used to a manual toothbrush you may see and feel the difference.  I am used to an electric toothbrush and this just felt under-powered and sadly I cannot shout about it.

Built into the motor is a timer and pacer.  This is the biggest reason to opt for a Quip electric brush over a manual one.  Too few brush for the right amount of time, so this can help significantly with that.

Pulsing every 30 seconds to help you evenly clean your teeth and gums, it cuts out at 2 minutes, after 3 pulses, to let you know when to stop.

Your mouth should be split into 4 sections when brushing.  Known as quadrants, there is the upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left.  You brush each of these for 30 seconds.  It is the timer that keeps you paced and making sure you brush evenly.

I do believe if you are currently using a manual toothbrush and are thinking about going electric, then this could be worth consideration, particularly if you subscribe to the model of having brush heads delivered.

If however you are already pretty good at replacing your brush head and taking care of your teeth, cleaning for the right time etc, then the benefits of Quip are reduced.

A feature that I would like to have seen included is a pressure sensor.

Perhaps I am asking too much (it would be hard to fit it in such a slim brush after-all), but a pressure sensor detects when the user is brushing with too much force.

Bristles of the brush need only skim the surface of the teeth, you don’t need to scrub them.  Too much pressure too frequently can contribute to conditions like gum recession, which is best avoided.

Many electric brushes now feature such technology, Quip doesn’t.

A problem many associate with electric toothbrushes is that the battery does not last that long.

With Quip, you get about 3 month’s from it.  It is too a user replaceable AAA battery.  You could use your own rechargeable AAA battery if you prefer.

When replacing the brush head, you can simply slide out the battery and replace with a fully charged/ fresh one.  If you are on a refill plan Quip supply a fresh AAA every 3 months.

Watch the animation to see how you replace the battery and head.

Unlike some other electric toothbrushes you do not get a pressure sensor to alert you if you are brushing too hard.  There is no additional cleaning modes for achieving certain things like Whitening nor can you change the intensity or strength of the brush motor.

In part, it is the simplicity and lack of extras with Quip that it appealing.

The particular package I opted for came with 2 tubes of toothpaste.  They were the same paste, but one was a large tube with 3 month’s of supply, whilst the other was a smaller tube with 2 weeks supply, ideal for taking away when travelling.

The paste has a mild mint flavour and is made up of the following ingredients:

ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Sodium Monofluorophosphate 0.76% (0.1% w/v fluoride) (anticavity ingredient) INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Calcium Carbonate, Sorbitol, Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Carboxymethyl, Cellulose, Flavor, Sodium Silicate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Saccharin

For those concerned with safety and animal testing, the toothpaste is not tested on animals and is suitable for Vegans.

The brush comes with a 1 year warranty, which is extended continuously if you are subscribed to the refill plan.

Overall its a lovely smart, light and desirable brush, but for me that desire turns to disappointment when it comes to actual brushing.

Oral-B’s Pro 2 2500 is not a subscription toothbrush but it is well worth consideration.

Even the more expensive Uber Sonic brush which is a subscription service might be worth looking at.  You get more and a better brush for your money.

Summary of Design, Usability, Clean & General Use

  • Slim and stylish brush with a minimalist design
  • Hard to grip for some
  • Available in metal or plastic
  • Brush holder doubles up as a travel case
  • Single power button that launches 1 cleaning mode
  • Motor vibrates at 15,000 RPM
  • 1 brush head style with 1200 bristles
  • Powered by a single AAA battery
  • Clean is somewhat disappointing
  • American Dental Association approved
  • Built in timer and pacer
  • No pressure sensor
  • 1 year warranty

Battery Life

Most of the electric toothbrushes I have tested for Electric Teeth come with a fixed internal battery, that is recharged via a charging stand that connects to mains power.

Quip is one of a select few that are powered by a user removable battery.

In this case it is a single AAA battery that fits inside the brush handle.

I have been testing this for a period of a month and the battery is still going strong.

The battery life is helped by the fact that that the brush has an automatic power off feature.

Quip suggest a battery life of approximately 3 month’s from the 1 battery and they supply a new AAA with every brush head refill that is delivered, assuming you are subscribed.

The idea is you replace the battery and head at the same time to keep you going.

Of course if you prefer, you could wait until it goes flat, but you may notice the brush slow and eventually stop as the power depletes.

If you prefer, you can use your own AAA or perhaps a rechargeable AAA rather than the disposable design that is supplied.

Being a user replaceable battery with a usage time that is so long does make it convenient and particularly suitable for those travelling or cannot rely on a regular power supply for charging the brush.

However, as pointed out earlier in the review, the motor and the clean feels a little underpowered and is in part perhaps why the brush lasts so long using just 1 battery, where many others require charging within a couple of weeks.

When it does need replacing it is a simple process and can be completed in just a matter of seconds.

Summary of Battery Life

  • Supplied with and powered from a single AAA battery
  • New AAA supplied with subscription brush heads
  • Battery lasts approximately 3 month’s
  • Can use your own rechargeable battery if preferred

Price

The price of a product and what you and I are prepared to pay for it is subjective and influenced by our desires and budgets.

If you love style and design, you may put a higher value on Quip than someone more focused on getting the absolute best product for their money.

Should convenience be your thing then you may feel it is worth a little extra spend to have this subscription.

Quip offer a number of different packages and plans at varying price points.

There are also a couple of ‘special edition’ variants, which will result in donations being made to charitable organisations on your behalf.

At the time of writing there are two choices, each of which may be priced higher than other colour options.

Choosing ‘Red metal’ will result in a donation being made to the (RED) charity in the fight against aids (you can learn more here), whilst the ‘All-black metal’ will result in a donation being made to the American Dental Association Foundation, to help provide oral health education and dental care for disadvantaged families (you can learn more here).

It is not abundantly clear just how much gets donated and really for how long.  With every purchase of the ‘All-black metal’ a $5 donation was to be made to the ADA foundation.  This would appear to end on Feb 1st 2019 with no comment on donations past this time.  With the RED donation, it suggests it pays for 30 days of HIV medicine.

The fact that they are a US company, but deliver to many countries internationally is great.

However they charge in USD ($).  Conversion rates and customs fees all have an impact on the actual price you pay.

Whilst based on today’s exchange rate $1 might be equivalent to £0.70, fluctuating rates and even card processing fees all impact the final price you pay and next week $1 might be just £0.50.

This therefore makes it difficult to make direct comparison to other products, however I will as best as possible make comparison.

Whilst I purchased a set including toothpaste, I feel that the most popular option is likely to be the Electric Brush in metal with a refill subscription every 3 month’s.

The cost of the brush is $45, a refill that includes the brush head and a replacement battery is $5.

At $5 that is reasonable for a head, battery and shipping!  An Oral-B head alone bought within the UK works out at over £3 each.

As this has to come from the USA, there is an initial shipping fee of $15 for the brush.  Refill shipments sent every 3 month’s are sent free of a shipping cost.

Over a 3 year period the cost of the brush and replacement heads, including shipping and customs totals $140 which based on the exchange rate is about £100.

This works out at 9p per day.

This is far from the most expensive, but is a touch more expensive than if you were to buy, what I consider to be better electric toothbrushes.

Taking the Oral-B Pro 2 2000, a non subscription toothbrush into consideration, this costs approximately £74 or 7p per day over 3 years.

The number of subscription services, particularly those that ship to the UK are limited and the closest alternative is that of UK based Uber Sonic.

Uber Sonic works out at 14p per day and is in comparison to Quip about another £50 over 3 years to own.

However, it is not quite a like for like, as they supply a brush head every month.  You get a new brush every year and I personally believe from a clean perspective the Uber Sonic is better.

As I suggest this is of course personal opinion and I do believe, that the actual price is not all that bad considering the convenience it brings, but it could be more cost effective if there were not the shipping and customs fees to worry about.

The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 or similar, despite the lack of subscription model is in my opinion a better buy and will do a better job; but you can use the information provided to draw your own conclusions.

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

  • Price depends on the package and subscription plan chosen
  • Typical package will work out at about £100 ($140 including shipping and customs fees)
  • Replacement brush heads are good value, especially with free shipping
  • Works out at around 9p per day over 3 years
  • Likes of Oral-B Pro 2 2000 is cheaper and potentially a better brush without the subscription
  • Uber Sonic subscription plan is more expensive, but you get more and potentially a better brush

Reliability & Long Term Use

This is the first Quip product I have used and all things considered they are still a relatively new company within the dental hygiene space.

The brush comes with a 1 year warranty from date of purchase if you do not subscribe to the refill plan.

Give Quip $5 every 3 months by subscribing for your replacement brush heads and that guarantee is extended for the life of your subscription, which is nice and somewhat to be expected.

Having tested the brush for a month, I have not experienced any faults or issues.  Everything seems solid, well built and of a good quality.

I have read some reports of the brushes failing or breaking, more so the plastic than the metal handled option that I have.

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.

I suspect given Quips apparent approach should you have any issues, a replacement would be issues with little in the way of questions asked.

Conclusion

There is no denying that Quip offers a certain level of convenience.

It is a perfect addition for the millennial who loves a good subscription, such as Netflix and Spotify, except this one if for your dental health.

Having brush heads and even toothpaste delivered to your door every 3 month’s makes life easier.  You not need remember when you last changed the brush head, the delivery acts as that reminder.

There is certainly praise to be given for the minimalist, simple and practicality that is the Quip handle, and the way the holder acts as a cover too.

Simplicity and design are nice, but when the job of an electric toothbrush is to help clean the teeth, I can’t help but feel Quip falls a little short of the mark.

As a seasoned electric toothbrush user, the motor feels weak, the clean no better that a manual brush and certainly not as invigorating as deep cleaning as other electric brushes I have used.

Overall the concept and idea is great and if subscription plans are your thing, it is worth considering.

However, for the benefit of your dental health either subscribe to something like Uber Sonic or better still forgo the subscription and get a better value and more effective solution by sticking with the well know brands like Oral-B.

Electric Teeth Rating

Size Guide

  • Height (without head) – 13cm
  • Height (with head) – 19.3cm
  • Width – 1.5cm
  • Thickness – 1.5cm
  • Weight (without head) – 38.2g
  • Weight (with head) – 42.5g

All are approximates

FAQ

  • Is the Quip 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 comes with only 1 style of brush head and no others are available. Their brush head contains 1,200 soft DuPont nylon bristles inserted into 34 tufts to give each tooth a gentle cleaning. These bristles are considered soft.
  • Does Quip have a pressure sensor?
    • No, it does not.
  • Does Quip have Bluetooth?
    • No, it does not.
  • Does Quip 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 have a built in timer?
    • Yes.  There are 2 parts to the timer.  There is the 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 month’s 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 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.

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Jon Love

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2 thoughts on “Quip Toothbrush Review”

  1. well organized, accessible, and informative. Repetitive. More about the weak feeling brushing would have been appreciated, and cuold prehaps be done by lining up and turning on several different brands: the battle of the brushes?

    I was confused by which part(s) is/are the cover, holder, and travel case/cover. perhaps an annotated photo?

    If you are going to update info:

    They offer upgraded packaging at $4 extra: it would be nice to see pictures of the regular and upgraded packaging.

    Their site as of today (dec 12 ’18) no longer mentions including a replacement battery with replacement brush heads.

    They offer a few additional color options: one all black (including the brush/bristles, which seems kind of off-putting, and a vibrant red).

    I noted a few technical errors:
    Here are the details of the packages (prices correct at time or writing) (time OF writing)
    you receive a new brush head every 3 month’s (remove the apostrophe; month is not possessive)
    Brush heads should be replaced every 3 month’s (remove the apostrophe)
    Let me and other users know your opinions know, your input is valuable. (know your opinions; your input… [remove second “know”, replace comma with semicolon])
    Just lift the handle out when you need it and place it back in when your done. (when you’re done: put in the apostrophe for “you’re”)

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    • PJ.

      Thanks for the comment, your feedback is valued.

      In regards to the weak cleaning, perhaps it is possible to expand in this comment for you.

      What I was trying to say is that with most electric toothbrushes, the brush does all the work. You move the brush tooth to tooth, a different approach to a manual brush where you do most of the work!

      With Quip, whilst there is the vibration in the bristles, taking the normal approach to brushing with an electric toothbrush did not feel appropriate. I did not get the same sensation or experience as I would with a Sonicare or Oral-B. Therefore I felt more like I should use the Quip as I would a manual brush, with the benefit of the vibrations it offers.

      At present when reviewing 1 brush, we try to avoid complicating the review by bringing side by side comparisons with other models. We often write comparison articles separately so that readers can compared certain brands or models. However, we have now compared Quip against Oral-B & Sonicare in this post.

      As regards the travel case/cover/holder. If you refer to this photo, the plastic part to the left side is covering the brush head. This pulls off and is the same part that the copper handle would slide into when mounting on a wall or mirror.

      I am not sure what you mean by the upgraded packaging, perhaps I have not noticed this on Quips website, can you explain further?

      I have just checked the site (store pages) and it does state, for me at least that the 3 monthly refills include a brush head and AAA battery.

      I am aware new colours have been added to the range recently.

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