Quip vs Sonicare & Oral-B

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If you’ve heard of the Quip Toothbrush, you may be wondering how it compares to other electric toothbrush mainstays such as Sonicare & Oral-B.

Well, in this post we’ll be looking at just that – Quip vs Sonicare & Quip vs Oral-B — how do they compare for price, features, convenience and more.

If you want a quick answer, in our opinion traditional electric toothbrushes offer a better clean. However, as we cover in more detail below and summarise in the conclusion, the subscription element of Quip can be convenient.

If you’re choosing a new toothbrush, you may like to check out our recommended brushes here.

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Quip vs Oral-B vs Sonicare Electric Toothbrush Comparison

A quick introduction to Quip

We have written about this more and completed a detailed hands-on in our Quip Toothbrush Review, but below is a quick Primer on Quip and what it is.

Quip is a US-based company that offer a stylish and compact electric toothbrush as well as complimentary accessories for your oral health care routine.

Selling direct to consumers through their website www.getquip.com, the brush is designed to be purchased and used on a subscription model.

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Much like you subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify or similar, Quip delivers replacement brush heads to your door every 3 months for a small fixed fee.

Like other services this pay-as-you-go subscription service is cost effective, reliable, well managed and does not require an ongoing commitment.

Copying some might say is the biggest form of flattery and the increasing number of companies that are mimicking Quip, is testament to what they have created and the desire for many to profit from the increasingly popular subscription model.

Whilst the subscription model brings its own benefits and drawbacks, how does this novel electric toothbrush really compare to the better known and perhaps more trusted products from Sonicare and Oral-B?  It is this question that I hope to answer for you.

Just before I jump into the full details and explanation, you might want to read our article that explains, in detail, subscription toothbrushes.

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What is Quip?

Quip is a US based company that offer door to door delivery of electric toothbrushes and replacement brush heads.

Their service is focused around a subscription based model whereby subscribers pay a one time fee to obtain an electric toothbrush, then a regular fee (every 3 months) for a predetermined number of brush heads to be delivered to your door.

They do offer the opportunity to purchase without subscription and offer complimentary products like toothpaste.

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What is Quip like to use?

For full details on what Quip is like to use and how it really performs you are best taking a few moments to read my full review of the Quip toothbrush, available here.

It goes into great detail, but there are summary sections you can glance over for a quicker read.

Should there be a question that I have not answered, just let me know in the comments or by getting in touch by contacting us.

Quip vs other electric toothbrushes

I believe it is important to really explain and put into context Quip in comparison to all electric toothbrushes before looking explicitly at how it compares to Oral-B and Sonicare.

Quip is an electric toothbrush, but my hands-on, the feedback I have received and heard from others is that it is a little different to what they anticipated. Notably the motor and brushing experience is different to what most would consider a ‘regular electric toothbrush’.

If you have never used an electric toothbrush before you do not have quite the same comparison to make, but many expected the power and brushing experience to be considerably more than a manual toothbrush, when in fact Quip feels and in many ways behaves more like a manual brush than an electric one.

Its motor offers 15,000 movements per minute compared to many sonic toothbrushes that offer 30,000 or more.

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I really consider it a bit of a crossover.  Not sold on electric, but want some of the benefits, then Quip is a neat option, particularly when you consider the subscription element.

The techniques used to correctly brush your teeth are different for that of a manual and electric brush and with Quip, although it offers the bristle vibration you want to brush like you would a manual toothbrush.

Whilst there are many benefits to an electric toothbrush, the core features you need to look out for in my opinion are a built-in timer, pacer and soft brush bristles.  Quip has these bases covered.

Too few brush for the correct amount of time and the built-in timer really helps with this whilst keeping a compact and aesthetically pleasing profile.

What Quip does not offer are some of the more advanced and arguably less necessary features such as pressure sensors, multiple cleaning modes, smart connectivity and more.

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Quip vs Oral-B

I want to be clear from the outset and say that trying to make direct comparison between these two is difficult as they have differing business models and approaches to the dental health market.

At the time of writing, Quip have 1 electric toothbrush whilst Oral-B have a range of models that differ in features and price.

Therefore to try and make fairest comparison and comment on the 2 companies I will compare what I consider to be the most like for like model from the Oral-B range, in this case, the Oral-B Pro 2500.

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Design

As is always the case with design, this is personal opinion but I have to hand this to Quip.

Whilst the Pro 1000 is slim in hand with nice soft touch rubber grips and a simple to access power button, Quip is a much slimmer and sleeker model.

The way the battery sits in the brush handle, the brush head connects and the feel in hand is all very smart and the aluminium finish of the body is great.

The positioning of the power button is not ideal, it takes a bit of getting used to.

A travel cap/case that also doubles up as a brush holder is genius and is something I really love about Quip.

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Features

Both brushes are fairly slim on features which is a positive and a negative.

On the plus side it focuses you on actually cleaning your teeth regularly and for the correct amount of time, which is more important for most than any other features that can be built into the brush.

Both have a built-in 2 minute timer and a 30 second pacer.

Quip will automatically turn itself off after the 2 minutes, Oral-B brushes do not do this.

However, if we were to consider other brushes in the Oral-B range that fetch a premium price, then hands down Oral-B win here, with different cleaning modes, pressure sensors, Bluetooth connectivity and more.

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Brush heads

Sometimes simplicity is key and Quip offer 1 style of brush head only.

Oral-B have a much more diverse range of brush heads, although the CrossAction head is the default brush head in most instance.

Our guide to Oral-B brush heads explains all of these different styles in detail.

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The need for these is questionable, however, there are a couple of different brush heads in particular that are most certainly better suited to different users.

Those that stand out are the sensitive, ortho and interspace.

Whilst Quip’s brush head is not firm, Oral-B’s sensitive might be more suited to some.

Either should be replaced every 3 months and whilst Quip can deliver these to your door, Oral-B do have indicator bristles built-in that fade over time to act as a reminder.

Whilst not available direct from Oral-B there are services that can deliver brush heads to you like Quip do, but for Oral-B.  Amazon’s subscribe and save is one the best options here.

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Cleaning

My hands-on testing has not been conducted in a scientific or clinical method to make conclusive comment on how well one cleans compared to the other and to my knowledge no comparative clinical study has been conducted.

Both offer benefits without doubt over a manual toothbrush.  The movement of the bristles will help dislodge food particles and plaque more effectively.

Having used both, after cleaning my mouth felt fresh and clean, but I would be lying if I didn’t say Oral-B gives a more invigorating and deeper feeling clean.

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This for me is for 2 reasons.

The primary is the number of movements of the brush head.  It does vary from model to model but the Pro 1000 offers at least 8,800 oscillations and 20,000 pulsations.

Quip offers 15,000 but it just feels weak and less effective when brushing.

The 2nd reason is the brush head.  The small round profile of Oral-B’s heads feel like they reach deeper in the mouth and are easier to position and control than the larger head on Quip.

Convenience of the cleaning technique comes into play too.

Brushing with an electric toothbrush requires the brush to do all the work, whilst you move it tooth to tooth.  Manual brushes require human power to make those movements.  With Quip I found myself using a manual brushing technique but with the benefits of the 15,000 movements, using the more traditional tooth to tooth approach felt ineffective.

Battery life

At 3 months usage time from Quip, powered by a single AAA battery there is no comparison when the Pro 2500 from Oral-B lasts for just 14 days.

The increased number of movements does indeed have some effect on battery performance, but nobody can deny that there is a significant difference here.

The 2500 requires mains power for recharging, whereas Quip needs a simple and easily available AAA battery.

When travelling Quip becomes the more convenient option here.  No bulky charger to lug around.

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Price

Given the convenience offered by Quip, which many of us might expect to pay a premium for, they actually one of the cheapest options within the USA.

They do sell internationally, shipping to the UK, but the price is more expensive when shipping and currency fees are considered.

Due to the different package options, making an accurate price comparison is difficult, but assuming you went for the more premium metal handled option, it would cost £35 ($45 US).

The replacement brush heads are then £3.85 ($5 US) every 3 month’s and are delivered to your door with no shipping fees and includes a replacement AAA battery.

This brush head cost is very comparable to Oral-B, which is usually around £3 per head. But, these are not normally available as single brush heads on subscription. Generally, you need to purchase a pack of 4 heads.

Here at Electric Teeth, we like to price the brush over a 3 year period to try and offer a fair ownership cost comparison.

Quip works out at roughly £73.85 ($100 US) which is 7p per day.

Oral-B’s Pro 2500 is about £68 or just 6p per day.

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.

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Availability

Oral-B wins here.

Whilst it will of course vary from model to model, availability is generally nationwide through normal grocery stores, pharmacies and large retailers as well as online from a range of different sellers.

Quip is available only through www.getquip.com

Much of this is of course determined by the different business models and Quip retain most control due to the subscription model.

Even-though they do sell individual products off subscription, these are at the time of writing still only available directly.

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Reliability

A very difficult subject to comment on given that my experiences have all been positive.

I have however read and heard complaints for both and this is expected to a point.

The simpler setup of Quip does perhaps make it less prone to faults and whilst it comes with a 1 year warranty compared to the 2 year of Oral-B, I understand that Quip will extend that warranty, whilst you are subscribed.

If purchased outright, the 2 year warranty from Oral-B might be more reassuring, partiularly as Oral-B offers a free 3rd year if you register the brush.

Quip vs Sonicare

As with Oral-B, the differing business models and range of products between these brands makes it difficult to make a direct comparison.

Therefore to try and make fairest comparison and comment on the 2 companies I will compare what I consider to be the most like for like model from the Sonicare range, in this case the ProtectiveClean 4300.

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Design

The slim, compact and travel friendly profile of Quip, particularly the aluminium handle option certainly wins in comparison to Sonicare in my opinion.

Both feel quality and well built in hand and Sonicare in particular do produce a premium feeling toothbrush.

Quip is not best suiting those with restricted hand movement or grip, Sonicare’s larger handles win out here.

Whilst rubber or contoured grips tend to be a bit more subtle on Sonicare brushes, they do tend to offer more in the way of gripping points.

Stylish Quip is, the positioning of the power button is not ideal, it takes a bit of getting used to.

The travel cap/case that also doubles up as a brush holder is genius and is something I really love about Quip.

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Features

Quip is fairly limited in their features but does have a built-in pacer and 2 minute timer.

The Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 also has this, but innovative technology includes BrushSync technology to track the brush head use and a pressure sensor.

Something I love as a feature and is great to see on both is the automatic power off, which turns the brush motor off after the 2 minute cleaning cycle.

The simplicity allows you and I as brush users to focus on actually cleaning our teeth for the correct amount of time which is more important for most than any other features that can be built into the brush.

Opt for a more premium Sonicare model and the features are significantly improved.  The DiamondClean Smart being the best example of this.  Quip is left well behind here.

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Brush heads

As I suggested when comparing to Oral-B, sometimes simplicity is key and Quip offer 1 style of brush head only.

Sonicare do too have a much more diverse range of brush heads.

Our guide to Sonicare brush heads explains all of these different styles in detail.

The need for these different configurations is questionable as it was with Oral-B and the actual cleaning difference between them is almost impossible to differentiate for most users.

However, there are a couple of different brush heads that stand out.

More common is the ProResults, but the C2 Optimal Plaque Defence and Sensitive are wise choices and offer soft and effective cleaning.

Either brands brush head should be replaced every 3 months and whilst Quip can deliver these to your door, Sonicare do have indicator bristles built-in that fade over time to act as a reminder.

Philips do sell their own brush heads, but they tend to be sold at full retail price and are cheaper elsewhere.  There are services that can deliver Sonicare brush heads to you like Quip do.  Amazon’s subscribe and save is one the best options here.

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Cleaning

Scientifically or clinically accurate my hands-on testing, reviews and opinion are not.

Lab tests may indeed return very different results and opinion to me.

However, for what it is worth, I much prefer the clean offered by Sonicare.

I believe the resulting clean and plaque removal is likely better than a manual brush with the 2 Series from Sonicare or Quip.  The increased bristle movement has to help.

Having used both, after cleaning my mouth felt fresh and clean.  Not as aggressive are either in comparison to Oral-B, but Sonicare wins out by quite some way for me personally.

I believe this is because of the increased bristle movements.

The sonic action of the 4300 works at 31,000 movements per minute compared to 15,000 of Quip.  This is significant and noticeable.

Brushing with an electric toothbrush requires the brush to do all the work, whilst you move it tooth to tooth.  Manual brushes require human power to make those movements.  With Quip I found myself using a manual brushing technique.  The feeling of an underpowered motor just didn’t give me the confidence to use the typical electric toothbrush approach.

As a result, the 4300 ProtectiveClean is for me a much more convenient and enjoyable experience where I feel I have more control and consistency to the clean.

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Battery life

Whilst there is always 1 or 2 models from brands that buck the trend, Sonicare have a solid history of battery life and performance.

More often than not their brushes last 3 weeks or so based on 2 cleans per day of 2 minutes in length.

The 4300 is claimed to have 2 weeks of battery life, but achieved around 5 weeks in my hands-on testing.

This seems somewhat insignificant when Quip tops out at about 3 months usage time.

Using just a single AAA battery it is pretty impressive.

The increased number of movements offered by Sonicare does indeed have some effect on battery performance, but nobody can deny that there is a significant difference here.

Quip needs a simple and easily available AAA battery when it does need ‘recharging’.  If you are subscribed you will be sent one, but if not they are easy to pick up.

Sonicare requires the more bulky charging stand and connection to mains power.

When travelling Quip becomes the more convenient option here.

Price

Whether you feel you should pay a premium or not for convenience is for you to decide.

Personally I think it is worth it.  But, subscribe to Quip and that premium is removed because of the commitment you make, albeit you can cancel at any point without penalty.

Quip is arguably still a relatively good value option, even for UK residents.

Due to the different package options, making an accurate price comparison is difficult, but assuming you went for the more premium metal handled option, it would cost £35 ($45 US).

The replacement brush heads are then £3.85 ($5 US) every 3 month’s and are delivered to your door with no shipping fees and includes a replacement AAA battery.

This brush head cost is cheaper than Sonicare, at £7 per head. These too are not normally available as single brush head on subscription. Generally, you need to purchase a pack containing 2 or more heads.

Here at Electric Teeth, we like to price the brush over a 3 year period to try and offer a fair ownership cost comparison.

Quip works out at roughly £73.85 ($100 US) which is 7p per day.

The Sonicare works out at £137 over 3 years or 13p per day to own.

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.

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Availability

Philips Sonicare wins here.

Whilst it will, of course, vary from model to model, availability is generally nationwide through normal grocery stores, pharmacies and large retailers as well as online from a range of different sellers.

Quip is available only through www.getquip.com

Much of this is of course determined by the different business models and Quip retain most control due to the subscription model.

Even-though they do sell individual products off subscription, these are at the time of writing still only available directly.

Reliability

Another subjective element to this comparison, I have really had good experiences with both and have of course read and been told of negative experiences with both.

Sonicare’s approach to customer service is great by all accounts and I am sure the same can be said of Quip.

The simpler setup of Quip does perhaps make it less prone to faults and whilst it comes with a 1 year warranty compared to the 2 year of Sonicare, I understand that Quip will extend that warranty, whilst you are subscribed.

If purchased outright, the 2 year warranty from Sonicare might be more reassuring.

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Conclusion

Ultimately, whether you are considering Quip alongside Sonicare, Oral-B or any other electric toothbrush brand, you need to consider what your preferences are and what is most important to you.

Take the information provided here and use it as part of your consideration process.

In my opinion, if you want the best cleaning experience, choice and satisfaction, Oral-B or Sonicare will deliver here — you can see the brushes we recommend the most here, or three of our main recommendations in the table below.

They do too, subject to model, offer more features such as additional cleaning modes, and Bluetooth connectivity that might be more desirable to you.

If you are an existing electric toothbrush user, the Sonicare and Oral-B models are likely better suited to you.

Price conscious buyer will likely find Quip one of the best options.

However, if you are currently using a manual toothbrush or electric, but are very lax at changing that brush head every 3 months, cleaning your teeth regularly or for the correct amount of time then the Quip subscription model may work better for you.

The regular payments and deliveries of brush heads will act as the stimulus you need to take better care of your oral health.

Your opinions

If you should have any questions, or comments you want to make, please do let me know in the below.F

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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