The best electric toothbrush in my opinion is the Cybersonic 3 (read my review here). However, there's a small catch - if you live outside the U.S.A., it is difficult to get hold of.
So what's the next "Best Electric Toothbrush"? In this electric toothbrush review, we also look at 2 alternatives. These are the Philips Sonicare toothbrush and the Oral B Pulsonic (a Braun electric toothbrush).
But first, let's take a closer look at the Cybersonic. What makes it the best electric toothbrush, and why is it so hard to get hold of?
First, the good points:
Why is this important?
It's important because the higher the frequency of the
vibration, the smaller the tiny bubbles created by the bristle tips and
so the better the cleaning effect.
But you can get a Lifetime Guarantee simply by setting up an automated brush head replacement program with Amden. Under this program, you get new brush heads sent to you at regular intervals. If something goes wrong with your brush, you can get it repaired or replaced under the Lifetime Guarantee.
I'm not aware of any other manufacturer offering this
kind of lifetime warranty.
Price. Last but by no means least comes the cost of this brush. Considering the technology and performance of this sonic tooth brush, you might expect a price over $100. In fact, the list price is just under $100, BUT you can get it direct from the manufacturer for around $50.
Having used this brush for a few months, I think that's definitely good value for a candidate for "best electric toothbrush".
What about any disadvantages?
As far as I can see, there are just 2 aspects that I am not keen on. One is the 30 second timer. Like all electric brushes, I feel that 30 seconds is a bit on the short side. Also, the DeLuxe brush head looks a bit big to me. I would recommend sticking with the standard sized brush head.
You can visit my detailed Cybersonic toothbrush page at sonic care toothbrush.
The main problem with the Cybersonic brush is that Amden don't deliver outside of the USA. The reason for this is probably so that they can keep track of their Lifetime Guarantee program.
It may be possible to get hold of one of these brushes either by using a U.S. address forwarding service, like Bongo International, or if you know someone living in the States, get them to order it for you and have them send it on to you!
The only disadvantage here is that brushes outside the U.S. would not be covered by the Lifetime Guarantee program.
What are the alternatives for non-american residents?
There are 2 excellent alternatives for the title "best electric toothbrush", if you live outside the U.S.A.. First up is a Philips Sonicare toothbrush. I think the best model is the newest one, the DiamondClean, introduced in early 2011.
The second alternative is the Oral B Pulsonic "Slim", which is a Braun electric toothbrush.
Now let's look more closely at these two contenders for the title "world's best electric toothbrush".
First, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush. There are several other models in the Sonicare range, which you can read more about at Sonicare toothbrush. But my new favorite is the Sonicare DiamondClean.
This is a sonic toothbrush that vibrates at 31,000 times per minute at the bristle tips. Like the Cybersonic, this causes tiny bubbles to expand and contract in fractions of a second within the liquid at the bristle tips.
This "cavitation" disrupts the dental plaque attachment to the tooth, removing the plaque. This means that plaque can be disrupted up to 3 millimeters away from the end of the bristle tips!
The Sonicare DiamondClean comes with 2 brush heads, and a travel case. The battery performance is very good, lasting even longer than the Cybersonic. Philips claim up to 3 weeks of toothbrushing from one full charge! I think that's probably the best electric toothbrush battery performance that I know of. During normal use, this doesn't really matter as Philips recommend just leaving the brush in the charger anytime you're not using it.
There's more detailed information at my dedicated Sonicare DiamondClean page HERE.
But the DiamondClean has a couple of extra tricks up it's sleeve that make it my new favorite brush. It has a unique way of charging.
Basically, you get a chunky heavy glass with the DiamondClean that looks like you could use it to rinse out with. You can. BUT it's also the charging station!
Philips have made use of a technology called "Induction" that means that the glass can re-charge the toothbrush battery just by leaving the brush handle in there. There's no socket to plug the brush into. The glass itself sits on a small mat which in turn is plugged into a wall socket.
So you still need a power socket somewhere! But otherwise it looks a bit like black magic. Just brush your teeth, rinse out using the glass, then put the glass back on it's mat and dump the toothbrush into the glass!
There's also an alternative charging method which is really useful for when you're traveling. The DiamondClean comes with a small travel case. When the brush handle is stored in the travel case, you can plug the case into any USB outlet (like your notebook computer) to charge it up. What a great idea! To me, that's intelligent thinking.
What else? The DiamondClean has a new design of brush head. It has 44% more bristles than the ProResults head, and the tips have a diamond cut which gives the brush its name. The bristles are also designed to fade in color as they are used, as a reminder to replace the head after three months.
The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean has 5 brushing programs, so you can pick the one you like best. Interestingly, this brush is also extremely quiet. It's the quietest electric toothbrush I have ever heard. (or not heard!). As usual for Philips, it comes with a standard 2 year warranty.
You can read more here.
Sounds great! Why isn't it "the world's best electric toothbrush"? The only thing against it really is the price. It's more than double the price of the Cybersonic, and although it is a fantastic brush, you will have to be the judge of whether it is that much better than the Cybersonic.
What about the Oral B Pulsonic?
This Oral B sonic toothbrush is a rival to the Sonicare and Cybersonic for the best electric toothbrush because it is quite different. As the name suggests, it is also a sonic tooth brush, and it has a rechargeable battery. However, this is a much simpler brush than the Sonicare, and this shows up in a couple of areas.
For a detailed review, you can look at my Pulsonic page HERE.
Here's a roundup of the main points:
So, as a relatively new Oral B sonic toothbrush, The Pulsonic "Slim" is a lightweight in many ways, but it cleans very well and seems to be very robust. If you don't mind the louder buzzing, only 2 programs and you have smaller hands, this could be the "best electric toothbrush" for you, especially at the price!
Overall, these 3 sonic tooth brushes can all lay a claim to the title "best electric toothbrush". I think the Cybersonic from Amden is the best, because it has a lot of positive features at a very competitive price.
The Sonicare DiamondClean is the ultimate brush overall, currently the world's most advanced brush, but at a price. If you simply want the best and don't mind the price, I recommend the DiamondClean.
At the other end of the scale, the new Oral B sonic toothbrush "Pulsonic" gives you true sonic cleaning in a slim package at a slim price! As the cheapest of this group, it does have a few limitations, but there's no doubting it's cleaning power. If price is your main consideration after efficiency, then the Pulsonic "Slim" is the best.