The best electric toothbrush in my opinion is the Cybersonic 3 toothbrush. (read my review here). It used to be quite difficult to buy if you lived outside the U.S.A.. But now, it's available through Amazon.com.
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 Precision Black (a Braun electric toothbrush).
But first, let's take a closer look at the Cybersonic. What makes it the best electric toothbrush, and why was 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.
You can also get a Lifetime Guarantee simply by agreeing to have 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. This program was limited to the USA and Canada, and used to have the unfortunate effect of limiting sales of the Cybersonic to those countries.
However, the brush is now more widely available.
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 from Amazon for around $50 - $70.
Having used this brush for over a year, I think that's definitely extremely good value for a candidate for "best electric toothbrush".
What about any disadvantages?
As far as I can see, there is just ONE aspect that I am not keen on. This 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.
What are the alternatives?
There are two good alternatives for the title "best electric toothbrush". First up is a Philips Sonicare toothbrush.
I think the best model is the Sonicare DiamondClean introduced in early 2011.
The second alternative is the Oral-B Precision Black , 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.
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 Precision Black?
This Oral B 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 NOT a sonic tooth brush, but uses Oral B's rotating/oscillating movement for the brush head. .
Here's a roundup of the main points:
So, as a relatively new Oral B toothbrush, The Precision Black is a heavyweight in many ways, and it cleans extremely well and seems to be very robust. If you don't mind the louder buzzing, this could be the "best electric toothbrush" for you, despite the high price!
Overall, these 2 sonic tooth brushes and 1 oscillating brush 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 Philips 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.