If you care about the health of your teeth, you’ve probably seen TV and online ads for electric toothbrushes from companies like Quip, Goby, Sonicare and Oral-B. These companies are battling for your mouth – but what are the key differences between these electronic toothbrush providers? How different can their products really be? (Turns out, pretty different.) And can they really keep your chompers as shiny as Vanna Whites’? The answer is yes, depending on how you use them. Choosing the one that is best for you really depends on who you are. Skip ahead to find out if Quip, Goby or Sonicare is the right toothbrush for your mouth and budget.
First, do you really need an electronic toothbrush?
Powered toothbrushes have existed since the 1920’s, and it was GE who popularized the battery powered automatic toothbrush in the 60’s. (Can you imagine brushing your teeth while having the brush actually connected to a wall outlet? That doesn’t sound dangerous at all…) These tooth-tools were first recommended for people who had problems using a regular brush due to mobility/motion issues, but dentists gradually started to suggest that a broader population could benefit from the deeper clean via an electric brush.
Benefits of a powered brush
A meta-study of manual toothbrushes effectiveness vs. powered ones shows that electric brushes likely provide better cleaning. A great feature of this study is that it had a large sample size of 4624 participants, so the researchers had a lot of data to analyze before they reaching conclusions. This study, as reported in the Cochrane Library of clinical research papers, found that “powered toothbrushes are more effective than manual brushes in reducing plaque and gingivitis in the long and short term. An 11% reduction in plaque (Quigley Hein (Turesky) index) was shown at one to three months and a 21% reduction in plaque at longer than three months. With regard to gingivitis a 6% reduction (Löe Silness index) was seen at one to three months and a greater reduction of 11% in the long term.”
In other words, less plaque and a lower risk of gingivitis if you use an electric toothbrush. So, if you are worried about your mouth’s health, or just want to do everything you can to have a strong smile (and gums), you should consider getting one.
Quip vs. Goby vs. Sonicare: Electric Toothbrush Comparison
Quip, Goby, Sonicare and Oral-B all have competing products on the market, and choosing the right one for your mouth can be confusing. There are a number of factors that you’ll want to consider when deciding between Quip and Goby, which are only available online as a subscription, and more traditional providers like Sonicare. Here is a quick price comparison and more details on the key features in each company’s flagship products:
|Brush Replacement Price||$5||$6||$8|
|Handle size||Small (like a traditional toothbrush)||Wide||Wide|
|Battery||Replace AAA every 3 months||Recharge every two weeks||Recharge every two weeks|
|Timer||2 minutes with 30 second increments||2 minutes with 30 second increments|
2 minutes with 30 second increments
|Brush strokes per minute (~RPM)||15,000||9,000||31,000|
|Brush heads available||Oscillating||Rotating||Oscillating|
|Design Options||Plastic, metal, and premium models. (metal and premium cost more)||Many cool designs||Several colors, although tough to choose on amazon|
|Travel features||Comes with travel cap||Comes with travel cap|
Does Quip, Goby or Sonicare get your teeth the cleanest?
Of the various toothbrushes we’ve reviewed, which gets your teeth the cleanest?
The easy answer is the one you are most likely to use! So, if Quip’s design and affordable price is what will make you most likely to actually brush your teeth, regularly, then it is the clear winner. That being said, many people like Sonicare’s high number of powerful brush strokes per minute, and if you can afford the premium starting price, it is a wonderful option for the person who wants the most powerful brush around.
Replacement Brush Heads: Quip vs Goby vs Sonicare
Various dentist groups strongly recommend changing your toothbrush, and electric brush head, every three months. Why would dentists recommend you change brush heads so regularly? Several reasons:
- Brush head wear down, resulting in a worse clean – and possibly hurting your gums! That’s right, supposedly the worn brushes can become jagged and damage your gums.
- Germs – this is the reason the American Dentist Association strongly recommends changing your toothbrush every three months. Bacteria and other nasties can build up on your brush, resulting in a clean that’s, well, not so clean.
- Using a toothbrush for more than 3 months might cause bad breath (also called halitosis)
Quip’s brush subscription – a cost effective option
Quip is different than most other providers, in that for $5 you can get a refill sent to your house every 3 months. The startup is trying to help consumers remember to change their brush head by making it dead simple to get a new head as the old one runs out. The $5 charge every three months also includes a new battery. The daily cost is five and a half cents a day for Quip’s replacement brush subscription.
Sonicare brush replacements – expensive for the official ones, but…
Goby brush replacements – a flexible subscription choice
Goby is like Quip, in that they offer a brush subscription and will deliver brushes to your house. However, Goby lets you choose to get a new brush every one, two or three months – quite a difference from Quip, which only gets you a brush every 3 months. It’s unclear if you really need a new brush every month, but, hey, if you are OCD about being clean maybe Goby’s one month plan is right for you! The cost comes in at a reasonable $6 per head when you subscribe, meaning that if you follow the standard every 3 month refills, you will pay just under seven cents a day – very reasonable.