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The Best Electric Toothbrush for Kids

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Quip Kids

Quip Kids

The best electric toothbrush for kids

This svelte electric toothbrush has the main features a kid’s brush needs: a smaller brush head and handle, and a two-minute timer. It was also the quietest, lightest, and most aesthetically pleasing of the brushes we tested.

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$25 from Quip
$25 from Target

The battery-operated, vibrating Quip Kids Electric Toothbrush has the primary features our experts said a kid’s brush needs: a smaller brush head and handle, which make it easier for young kids (or adults) to manipulate the brush and reach small spaces in the back of their mouth. It was the quietest and lightest brush we tested, and its design impressed our kid testers. It’s also one of the most affordable brushes we tested, with replacement brush heads costing about $5 apiece (if you sign up to receive a new brush head every three months). The built-in two-minute timer is a helpful feature for encouraging kids to brush for the amount of time recommended by leading dental associations. We also like that the Quip Kids comes in simple, solid colors, which we think give it wider appeal than brushes that come only in limited character or cartoon themes. The Quip Kids runs on AAA batteries instead of recharging on a base unit, but we don’t think this is a big deal for most people.

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Philips Sonicare for Kids

Philips Sonicare for Kids

A bigger, rechargeable brush with an interactive app

This rechargeable brush has a fun, interactive app that may encourage reluctant brushers to develop good habits. But it’s twice the price of our top pick, and the handle and brush heads are bigger and may not work as well for younger kids and smaller mouths.

Buying Options

$40 from Amazon

If you want a kids electric toothbrush that recharges by plugging into a base rather than relying on batteries, the Philips Sonicare for Kids is a good option. Like the Quip, it vibrates, and it also has a built-in two-minute-timer. Unlike the Quip, it pairs via Bluetooth with a fun and robust interactive app, which could be helpful for kids who need encouragement to brush. The Sonicare has a much longer, heavier brush handle than the Quip (it’s effectively adult-sized) and larger brush heads (though you can buy compact-sized replacement heads), so it may be too big for younger kids. The Sonicare comes in only two colors (pink and aqua), but it can be customized with stickers.

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Oral-B Kids

Oral-B Kids

A rechargeable, rotating kids toothbrush

The rechargeable Oral-B Kids has a small, rotating brush head. The body of this electric toothbrush is a bit larger than that of the Quip Kids, but it was still easy for our kid testers to manipulate. It’s significantly noisier, though.

Buying Options

$33* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $35.

If your child doesn’t like the sensations produced by a vibrating toothbrush (which can feel unpleasant or ticklish to some), the rotating Oral-B Kids is an appropriately sized choice that spins instead of vibrates, though it is noisier. This brush is a bit larger than the Quip, but smaller than the Sonicare. Like the Sonicare, it recharges by plugging into a base, and at about $5 apiece, replacement heads are among the more affordable of the brushes we tested. (Quip replacement heads are also $5, if you subscribe to receive them every three months, while Sonicare replacement heads are around $10 each.) Like the Quip and Sonicare, the Oral-B Kids has a two-minute timer and comes in both a plain blue version as well as several character themes, including Frozen and Star Wars.

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