In this post we’ll be looking at the best way to store a toothbrush, whether it’s a manual or an electric that you own.
To give you a reliable answer, we’ve bought in and tested various holders, plus we’ve used a fair few storage compartments that sometimes come with the electric toothbrushes that we review.
We’ll jump straight in with some recommended products below, or you can use the links below to jump to the section most relevant to you:
- Best Toothbrush Holders (Manual)
- Best Toothbrush & Brush Head Holders (Electric)
- Which Oral-B Brushes Come With Storage?
- Benefits Of Toothbrush Holders
- Drawbacks Of Toothbrush Holders
Our Top 4 Picks For Best Manual Toothbrush Holder
In no particular order of rating, here are 4 great manual toothbrush holders for you to consider.
1. iLifeTech Unique Design Wall Mount Auto Toothpaste Dispenser Toothbrush Holder
|iLifeTech Auto Toothpaste Dispenser Toothbrush Holder set||186 Reviews||£8.99||View on Amazon|
More than just a toothbrush holder this is an all in one solution that includes a novel toothpaste dispenser too! (View on Amazon)
It holds up to 5 manual toothbrushes, which are held in place by plastic supports just under the head of the brush, leaving the neck and handle to dangle below. The brush heads are encased in plastic cover protecting them from dust debris and bacteria.
Whilst protected by the cover air can pass in and out to dry the heads off is moist and ensure there is no stale air building up or around the heads.
A convenient and hygienic solution the whole system is manually operated and no power is needed.
Sticking to the wall thanks to the 3M adhesive tape provided, this is perhaps one of the weaknesses of this product. It may not stick that well to all surfaces, something like tile is best but over time may loosen due to pressure on the adhesive tape.
With a wall mounted design brushes and the toothpaste can be lifted off worktop and shelf surfaces to free up space and offer a potentially neater organisation option.
Whilst functional and relatively good value for the price paid, the quality is not the best, but perfectly functional and all round good value for money in my opinion.
The toothpaste dispenser is a good idea and is gravity fed. This means there may still be some paste left in the tube towards the end and as you start a new tube, unless using the same toothpaste, you might get a small mix of whatever is left in the system.
The tube sticks out of the top which is not always ideal but it’s functional. The front cover pulls off when you need to replace the tube and small magnets hold the front cover in place.
2. Animal Toothbrush Cover Holder with Suction Cup (5 pack)
|Toothbrush Holder,Wuudi(TM) Antibacterial Toothbrush Cover Holder with Suction Cup 5 Animals …||51 Reviews||£2.32||View on Amazon|
Just by looking at these brush head holders it should be obvious that these will work best in a family environment with young children. The animal design is to make things a bit more interesting and inspiring for children (view on Amazon).
This set of 5 are individual holders that have 2 little arms that reach out to grip the manual toothbrush just under the brush head.
Each holder has a suction cup on the back that sticks to most flat surfaces, glass mirrors and smooth tile surfaces are best. They will not mount to a painted wall or uneven surfaces.
Simple yet effective, the brush dangles from the holder and could be knocked off in some instances.
There is no protection to the heads themselves, they remain exposed to the air and to bacteria and splashes. However, if mounted up and away from the sink etc they should remain dry whilst offering a neat storage option.
The suction cup rather than adhesive pad design means they can be easily moved about and are not permanently installed.
3. Suction Toothbrush Holder, Chrome, by Interdesign
A smart and simple holder that can take up to 4 toothbrushes, manual not electric (view on Amazon).
Finished in chrome it looks smart and sleek in most bathrooms.
Measuring 11 x 1 x 1cm the holder sticks to a flat wall via 2 suction cups, one at each end of the holder.
Being suction cups means that the holder can be moved and is less of a permanent installation. A very flat surface like a mirror or smooth tile is best for a secure fit. A painted wall or uneven tile surfaces will usually not allow this holders suction cups to securely mount.
Whilst the brushes remain exposed they are held from just under the brush head and can be lifted off a surface or out of a glass, keeping the bristles of each brush away from each other reducing the spread of bacteria.
The criticism with this holder is that is that I felt some other holders actually held the brush heads a bit more securely.
4. THKJW Wall-Mounted Stainless Steel Toothbrush Holder
|Stainless Steel Toothbrush Holder Wall-Mounted Toothbrush Holder Razor Holder 3M Self-Adhesive...||7 Reviews||£9.99||View on Amazon|
A smart wall mounted solution, this will look at home in many bathrooms (view on Amazon).
A more universal design the cutouts within the stainless steel can hold items like a toothbrush or a razor.
Available with 2 or 3 cutouts depending on your needs.
Most certainly durable and fairly weighty, the lack of plastic will ensure this stands the test of time as the stainless steel not only looks good but will be resistant to corrosion.
Any excess moisture on the brush can drip off as it is held in an upright position and the air can flow around the brush to dry it off.
Brushes can be easily inserted and removed from the holder.
Not all brushes will fit but most manual ones will.
There is no storage option for toothpaste.
3M adhesive tape is used to mount to a wall. Ideally affix to a tile wall for a firm hold.
Offering a neat off the counter mounting option, the adhesive pads should hold over a long period of time and holding just 2 or 3 items means not too much weight or pressure will be applied.
Our Top 5 Picks For Best Electric Toothbrush Holders & Brush Head Storage Compartments
Most electric toothbrushes will stand upright, many are left sat on their charging stand, some may be put in a bathroom cupboard, some may be left to stand on a shelf or worktop whilst others may well prop it up in a glass or similar.
I am not here to judge or comment on how you store your brush but have you considered some of the other options available?
For me, even before I really begun testing lots of different toothbrushes, brush heads and dental accessories I realised I have a problem, particularly with my electric toothbrush.
My issue was that both I and my partner have our own electric toothbrushes. We have different brush heads for different cleaning modes and there is no power in our bathroom so the charging stands are elsewhere. This meant more often than not the brush heads and the brushes themselves were stood upright on the bathroom shelf. The problem here is none are all that stable and a bit of a knock and before you know it toothbrush jenga ensues. When this happens I get a little mad!
A storage tray for brush heads was provided with my Genius 9000, Great. However, this does not really help with the Sonicare brush heads my partner has.
Add to this that the Oral-B brush head compartment had a space for the charging stand which does not really help in my case, so I looked at what options existed and I present my findings in this post.
Now my needs might be slightly different to yours. I am not going to conclude this by saying there is one perfect option, but instead, show the pros and cons for the ones I have tested for you to make an informed decision on which might be right for you.
Today there are some very neat solutions to brush storage that exist.
1. Oral-B Toothbrush Holder & storage unit for 5 heads
|Oral-B toothbrush brush head holder for 5 Brushes 3D-Printed||7 Reviews||£16.50||View on Amazon|
Manufactured by a 3D printer this holder is a very neat and modern example of what is available (view on Amazon).
White in colour, it looks unobtrusive and would fit in most homes without issue.
The design allows for the charger for an electric toothbrush to be fitter whilst also having cutouts to hold up to 5 brush heads.
Designed specifically for Oral-B, this holder will work well for a family or those who use multiple cleaning modes and brush heads to match. It keeps the brush together with the heads.
Strong and robust, this holder will stand the test of time.
Brush heads are held upright and whilst they are not covered, they are kept separate enough that they do not touch and excess moisture can drip off.
2. Nincha Electric Toothbrush Head Holder With Electric Toothbrush Stand for Oral-B
|Nincha Electric Toothbrush Head Holder With Electric Toothbrush Stand for Oral-B||10 Reviews||£2.39||View on Amazon|
This brush head stand will take up a reasonable amount of work surface space but is one of the most simple yet effective options available (view on Amazon).
What is particularly novel is that this holder has a space for you to fit your Oral-B charging stand into, but an additional moulded plastic holder to sit a brush on. This means you could actually sit 2 brushes on this stand.
Upright support is given to 4 brush heads, all of which are uncovered but not touching each other.
The curved white plastic is practical and functional, if not stylish.
The downside is the little prongs that the brush heads sit on are almost too tight for the brush head. A very secure fit, you need to hold the stand as you pull the brush head off. The plastic is thin and lightweight. If there was a little extra weight to the bottom this might not be such an issue.
Compatible with Oral-B electric toothbrushes and heads only.
3. bHolder Toothbrush Holder for Oral-B Electric Toothbrush Heads
This holder is simple, effective and a little fun thanks to the bust of colour that comes from this brush head holder (view on Amazon).
Giving a home to up to 4 brush heads from Oral-B, this holder has 4 octagonal shaped bases, 1 x green, 1 x blue, 1 x pink and 1 x yellow that adhere to a worktop or shelf via suction.
Keeping the heads upright, they remain exposed to air and can easily dry off, but are spaced suitably to avoid contact between each head.
It is easy to clean with a cloth or rinse under the tap and can be placed in the dishwasher if desired.
The downside? I feel the raised rubber on which the heads sit are a fraction too large, making for a very snug fit. A tiny bit thinner and then heads would fit on and off easier and maybe a little more movement but less hassle when it comes to replacing and removing the brush heads.
4. Roch Motor Stand – Electric Toothbrush + Toothbrush Holder
|Roch Motor Stand - Electric Toothbrush & Toothbrush Holder - White||17 Reviews||£19.99 £15.99||View on Amazon|
Smart, sturdy and stylish is the Roch motor stand. (view on Amazon).
This is certainly at the premium end of the scale and is designed to hold electric and manual toothbrushes within.
The design is simple, yet incredibly effective and works well in households where different brands of toothbrushes may be used.
There are 3 main compartments if you like, so you can fit up to 3 electric toothbrushes or maybe 2 brushes and a tube of toothpaste in it too.
The base is solid and weighty, with a tall edge to stop brushes sliding out, it too doubles up as a drip tray, collecting any residue water or grim within it.
The silver stainless steel frame is the perfect height to keep brushes upright and away from each other but ease to access and replace.
A premium product, it looks the part even in the most exquisite of homes.
5. Roch Head Stand – Electric Toothbrush Head Holder – Stone White
|Head Stand - Electric Toothbrush Head Holder - Stone White||285 Reviews||from £15.99||View on Amazon|
One of the most expensive options, this is a solid and well built product that reflects the price commanded (view on Amazon).
It weighs 249g! Most others are just a few grams of light plastic… not this, this is built to last.
I am not sure of the exact material but it feels like stone!
Suitable for Oral-B, Colgate and Philips Sonicare toothbrush heads, up to 4 are held upside down.
All held next to each other, but far enough from one another that they do not touch, any excess moisture can drip off the head and into the small drip tray at the base of this stand.
The drip tray is carved into the stand, but there is a removable plastic tray which can be left in or removed. Personally whilst practical to keep it (just remove that to clean, not the whole unit), it doesn’t live up to the appearance of the rest of the unit and detracts from the finish.
A slightly off white colour, the unit can be mounted on a surface or to a wall thanks to the 3M velcro tabs provided.
This is the best brush head holder tested, no arguments about that.
Which Oral-B and Sonicare electric toothbrushes come with brush head storage?
There are a few different models that come with brush head storage options, primarily these are offered by Oral-B rather than Sonicare.
However, the storage options differ here too.
Some are simple stands that just hold the brush heads upright, whilst there are options of covers over the heads too.
The Oral-B models with brush head storage:
- Pro 3000 – Brush head stand x 2 (upright)
- Smart 4 4500 & 4900 – Brush head tray x 4 with lid
- SmartSeries 4000 – Brush head tray x 4 with lid
- Smart 5 5000 & 5950 – Brush head tray x 4 with lid
- SmartSeries 5000 – Brush head tray x 4 with lid
- Smart 6 6000 & 6200 – Brush head stand x 2 (upright)
- SmartSeries 6000 – Brush head tray x 4 with lid
- SmartSeries 6500 – Brush head tray x 4 with lid
- Genius 8000 – Brush head tray x 4 with lid
- Genius 8900 – Brush head tray x 4 with lid
- Genius 9000 – Brush head tray x 4 with lid
In all instances, these brush head holders are of plastic construction and have a placement for the charging stand to fit. Fitting around the charging stand makes for a neater solution.
Either can be purchased as aftermarket accessories even if they did not come with the brush in the first place.
The Sonicare models with brush head storage:
Unlike Oral-B fewer models come with such brush head storage, but if you consider the UV Sanitisers provided on some models this does then provide storage.
- FlexCare Platinum Connected HX9191/06 – UV Sanitiser
- FlexCare+ HX6972/03 – UV Sanitiser
- DiamondClean Smart 9700 – Brush head storage compartment
The benefits of a toothbrush holder & storage compartment
This is what I believe to be the key pros of using some form of storage compartment or holder for your toothbrush.
- Neat and convenient storage solution – Keeps brushes in their place and can free up worktop/storage space, particularly if the holder is wall mounted.
- Keeps the brush upright – Most either hold or store the brushes/brush heads in an upright position to assist in removing moisture from the head and keeping it easily accessible.
- Protects against the spread of bacteria – If toothbrushes touch each other, which is commonplace in a family environment where all brushes are stored in a glass, the bacteria can be passed from one head to another. Whilst relatively rare in reality, it is perfectly possible that infections and disease can be passed from one brush to another. A holder often separates each brush head to avoid this contact.
- Protects against splashes and damage – Some storage options have covers or means by which the brush heads are somewhat protected from splashes of moisture or dirt and dust that they could become exposed to when left uncovered.
The drawbacks of a toothbrush holder & storage compartment
Ok so it’s not all roses with these options, some of the drawbacks are.
- Cost – This is an added expense to purchase a dedicated toothbrush holder and some of the better ones are not cheap although when the overall life is considered, most offer good value.
- Quality – Sadly not all holders are made equal and some of the cheaper ones show a lack of quality immediately or soon after purchase.
- Fiddly – Some options feel more hassle than a convenience
- Fun – Particularly for children, there are options with fin designs and colours that could help make what might be considered a chore, a little more appealing.
What makes a great toothbrush or toothbrush head stand for one person might not work for another, for whatever reason.
We welcome your feedback and insight on any other products you think we should consider for the list.
Leave a comment below, so that we can check it out and others can see your recommendations.
Last updated: 2019-03-19 at 16:53 // Source: Amazon Associates