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Welcome to our big sonic toothbrush test 2021. Here we present all the sonic toothbrushes we have tested. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best sonic toothbrush for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a sonic toothbrush.

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Summary

  • Sonic toothbrushes allow you to clean your teeth particularly thoroughly, which is much more effective than with a conventional manual toothbrush.
  • Basically, a distinction is made between entry-level models, mid-range models and premium devices. They have different extra functions and designs.
  • Sonic brushes are suitable for everyone. For people with gum problems, braces wearers and also for children.

The Best Sonic Toothbrush: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a sonic toothbrush

What are the advantages of a sonic toothbrush over a rotary oscillating toothbrush or an ultrasonic toothbrush?

The biggest advantage of a sonic toothbrush over an electric toothbrush is the higher cleaning power, as it achieves more oscillations per minute. This means it removes even more plaque and caries-causing bacteria, which cleans and protects your teeth.

An ultrasonic toothbrush achieves even more vibrations than a sonic toothbrush, but you need a special toothpaste, which is usually more expensive than conventional toothpastes.

Did you know that a sonic toothbrush can reach up to 31,000 vibrations per minute?

This makes your mouth feel better than with other toothbrushes, and it can also remove discolouration properly. Furthermore, you don't necessarily have to brush slowly to get a good result and it is considered the perfect prevention against tartar.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of electric toothbrushes in general compared to manual toothbrushes?

Below we list the advantages of the sonic toothbrush in more detail:

Advantages
  • Smaller brush heads
  • Thorough cleaning
  • Helpful additional services
Disadvantages
  • Usually more expensive
  • Production or disposal of the electric device pollutes the environment

What additional features do toothbrushes with sonic technology offer?

Some toothbrushes offer extras to help you make your teeth shine even brighter. Especially if you wear braces, suffer from sensitive gums or are looking for a good toothbrush for your child, there are additional services such as an oral shower, interdental care, UV cleaning station and many more.

If you don't have any problems with your teeth or gums, you probably won't need the extras. However, if you care a lot about your oral hygiene, there are a few extras you might want to consider.

Does a sonic toothbrush help with gum problems?

If you have gum problems, such as sensitive gums, receding gums, paradentitis or bleeding gums, thorough but gentle dental care is very important.

A sonic toothbrush is particularly suitable in this case, as it achieves a high cleaning effect with the particularly fast bristle vibrations. Together with toothpaste, it also creates foam waves that clean even inaccessible gum pockets. This eliminates all the more bacteria, which are usually the cause of problems with the gums.

One cause of gum problems can be a vitamin C deficiency. Vitamin C is very important for maintaining bones and teeth and supports wound healing.

At the same time, this type of electric toothbrush is gentle on your gums. Unlike manual or rotary toothbrushes, a sonic toothbrush does not require pressure. It is therefore particularly gentle and soft.

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You can also choose to buy an ultrasonic toothbrush. (Photo: Alex / unsplash.com)

In addition, some manufacturers offer extra extras such as oral irrigators, interdental care, UV cleaning station to keep the bacteria count in your mouth as low as possible. In addition, we recommend other oral care with mouthwashes or tongue cleaners.

Is a sonic toothbrush suitable for braces wearers?

It doesn't matter if they are removable or fixed. If you wear braces, proper dental care is even more important.

If you have removable braces, the best way to clean them is with toothpaste and a medium-strength manual toothbrush. However, it is best to clean your teeth yourself with a sonic toothbrush so that your teeth are as clean as possible before braces are fitted.

Especially if you have braces, it is important to clean them properly along with your teeth. The first thing to do when brushing is to rinse out any food debris that collects between the wires and the brackets. Then, the area between the bracket and the gums must be cleaned. Either with a medium-hard toothbrush or, even better, with a sonic toothbrush.

Extras such as an interdental attachment or an oral irrigator would also be worthwhile for you, as they will help you to rinse out even stuck food debris.

Are sonic toothbrushes suitable for children?

If you want to have beautiful and healthy teeth, you have to take care of good dental hygiene from an early age.

Sonic toothbrushes are worthwhile not only for adults, but also for children with baby teeth. Some manufacturers offer special devices for children. The children's models have smaller and shorter brush heads and are therefore perfectly adapted to small children's teeth. Children's toothbrushes can be used from the age of 4.

Under no circumstances should the parents' sonic toothbrush also be used on the children.

What does a sonic toothbrush cost?

Everything is represented in sonic toothbrushes, from inexpensive entry-level models to the premium class. The more extra functions the toothbrush has, the more expensive it is.

A good sonic toothbrush does not necessarily have to be expensive. You can buy a good one for as little as €40. If you don't need any extra features, a cheaper device may be enough for you.

However, if certain extras seem important and useful to you, it is certainly not a bad idea to take advantage of them. You may even save on dental costs through more comprehensive dental care.

Type Price range
Entry-level model from 40€
Mid-range 50-100€
Premium models from 100€

How does a sonic toothbrush work?

All sonic toothbrushes are powered by an electric transducer, either magnetic or piezoelectric. The operating mode of all sonic toothbrushes is the rechargeable battery.

This means that brush head movements are achieved at a frequency of 250 to 300 Hertz and the teeth are cleaned all the better due to the particularly fast vibrations of the bristles.

How do I brush with a sonic toothbrush?

If you have never brushed your teeth with an electric toothbrush before, you will find that it takes a little getting used to at first. However, if you keep a few things in mind, it won't be a problem to switch to the more efficient alternative.

The following tips should be followed when brushing with a sonic toothbrush to achieve the best possible results:

  • Just a blob of toothpaste
  • Switch on electric toothbrush first in mouth
  • Spread toothpaste in your mouth before switching on the brush
  • Do not apply pressure
  • "From red to white
  • Change brush head every three months
  • Brushing with a plan

For brushing with a sonic toothbrush, a blob of toothpaste is perfectly sufficient, it does not have to be a 3 centimetre strip as advertised. This saves product and money.

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With a sonic toothbrush, a small blob of toothpaste is enough to clean the teeth thoroughly. (Photo: Icons8 Team / unsplash.com)

It's also best to spread the toothpaste around your mouth before you start. This will ensure that all your teeth are covered, as it will be more difficult to spread the toothpaste once the toothbrush is switched on.

When brushing, use little to no pressure. This is much gentler on the gums. The sonic toothbrush works best when you let it glide over your teeth.

As with manual toothbrushes, you should always brush from red to white, i.e. from the gums to the teeth, preferably in a light circular motion. This also massages the gums and removes bacteria from the gum line.

Speaking of bacteria. After three months, you should replace the toothbrush, as they tend to accumulate after this time. The bristles also lose their cleaning power.

Finally, you should make sure that you don't just brush away, but have a plan. For example, you can start with the lower teeth. First the outer surface, then the chewing surfaces and finally the inside. Then you can start on the upper teeth. It is best to brush each tooth for 3-4 seconds. The optimal brushing time is 2-3 minutes.

What are the alternatives to a sonic toothbrush?

In the following, we will show you potential alternatives to the sonic toothbrush, but the interdental toothbrush, the single-tuft toothbrush, the tongue cleaner and the dental floss are only a supplement to dental care with a larger toothbrush head.

Alternative Use
Classic toothbrush The non-electric toothbrush requires more brushing motion, which could hurt the gums.
Electric toothbrush The electric toothbrush gently cleans the teeth, but has less cleaning power than the sonic toothbrush.
Interdental toothbrush The tapered brush is suitable for interdental spaces.
Single tuft toothbrush The brush has only a few individual bristles and helps clean crowded teeth.
Tongue cleaner The tongue cleaner removes plaque on the tongue.
Dental floss Good for cleaning interdental spaces, but complicated to use.

Decision: What types of sonic toothbrushes are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, a distinction can be made between three types of electric toothbrushes.

  • Oscillating-rotating toothbrush
  • Electric sonic toothbrush
  • Ultrasonic toothbrush

There are also two types with special extras:

  • Sonic toothbrush with oral irrigator
  • Sonic toothbrushes with interdental attachment

How does an oscillating-rotating toothbrush work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The oscillating-rotating toothbrush is powered by an electric motor and is characterised by the rotating movements of the round brush head.

The brush rotates around its own axis and keeps changing the direction of movement, reaching up to 8,000 rotations per minute. When brushing, light pressure should be applied so that the bristles spread and ideally also reach the areas under the gum line.

Advantages
  • 8,000 rotations per minute
  • Small round brush head
  • More effective than manual toothbrush
Disadvantages
  • Less brushing power than an (ultra)sonic toothbrush

Studies show that electric toothbrushes brush better than manual toothbrushes. However, it requires proper handling and brushing technique.

How does an electric sonic toothbrush work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The sonic electric toothbrush is an "extension" of the oscillating-rotating brush. The brush head of a sonic toothbrush is oval, similar to conventional manual toothbrushes.

Through its sonic technology, the brush moves via an electric sonic transducer at an average of 30,000 to 40,000 movements per minute.

Advantages
  • 30,000 - 40,000 movements per minute
  • Oval brush head
  • New sonic technology
  • More effective than rotary toothbrush
Disadvantages
  • Less brushing power than ultrasonic toothbrush

This is many times more than with a manual toothbrush or a rotary toothbrush. In this case, the teeth are cleaned by the high number of brush head movements.

How does an ultrasonic toothbrush work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Ultrasonic toothbrushes can achieve up to 1.8 million vibrations. With an electric toothbrush with ultrasound, both a brush head and a swab, similar to a sponge, can be used.

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The difference between a sonic toothbrush and an ultrasonic toothbrush lies in the vibrations generated. The sonic toothbrush works with about 30,000 mechanical vibrations per minute. Whereas the ultrasonic toothbrush works with invisible, electromagnetically generated ultrasonic vibrations and thus up to 1.6 million impulses per minute are possible. It is important to note that these only work with a special toothpaste. This bursts small bubbles and thus cleans the teeth.

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However, you need a special toothpaste for this, because the teeth are cleaned by antibacterial foam bubbles in the toothpaste being made to burst by the vibrations of the ultrasound. Since this toothbrush does not work mechanically, unlike the other two electric toothbrushes, it is particularly gentle on teeth and gums.

Advantages
  • 1.8 million movements per minute
  • Oval brush head or swab
  • New ultrasonic technology
  • More effective than sonic toothbrush
  • Especially gentle on gums
Disadvantages
  • Special toothpaste required

How does a sonic toothbrush with an oral irrigator work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

An oral irrigator also cleans the places in your mouth that you can't reach with normal brushing. Although plaque is not completely removed, studies have shown that up to 99% more plaque, which is responsible for periodontitis, can be removed.

Advantages
  • Good interdental care
  • Easy to use
  • Suitable for: Braces wearers, periodontitis patients
Disadvantages
  • Associated with extra charge
  • Interdental brushes usually more effective
  • Not suitable for: Endocarditis patients

You should always pay attention to the spaces between your teeth when performing oral hygiene. Especially if you have problems with your gums and tend to have gingivitis, an oral irrigator can be very helpful.

How do sonic toothbrushes with interdental attachments work and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Another way to clean your interdental spaces is to use an electric interdental brush.

These are electric toothbrushes that also come with an interdental attachment. With these handy brush attachments, you can clean hard-to-reach areas and prevent tooth decay.

Advantages
  • Thorough cleaning
  • Removal of stubborn food residues
  • Suitable for: Braces wearers, periodontosis patients
Disadvantages
  • Brush head too large for some areas
  • More expensive than oral irrigator

However, this interdental attachment is not suitable for everyone. Often the interdental spaces on the front teeth are too small and it is not possible to pass the brush through. Dental floss should be used instead.

You should also have some skill if you decide to use this method and the effort is higher than with oral irrigators.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate sonic toothbrushes

In the following, we would like to show you what you should look for when buying an electric sonic toothbrush and which factors are important. This should help you find the right sonic toothbrush for you.

In summary, these are:

  • The vibrations per minute
  • The number of cleaning programmes
  • The timer function
  • The battery life
  • The travel case
  • The cleaning of the toothbrush

Vibrations per minute

Due to the increased vibration frequency of the sonic technology, the sonic toothbrush clearly stands out from the conventional manual toothbrush or the rotating toothbrush.

As already mentioned, a sonic toothbrush is characterised by a very high brushing performance, as it can achieve between 25,000 and 31,000 movements per minute.

However, is a sonic toothbrush with 31,000 vibrations better than one with only 25,000?

Of course, the most powerful toothbrush can remove more plaque in less time. However, the cleaning performance also depends on how long and how structured you brush.

Number of cleaning programmes

Different sonic toothbrushes offer between 1 and 5 cleaning modes. In all cases, there is a standard cleaning mode. Some toothbrushes also have a "sensitive mode" for sensitive teeth and gums. Some premium models also offer three additional cleaning modes, such as polishing, gum stimulation and whitening.

In most cases, one cleaning mode is sufficient. However, if you have sensitive gums, a toothbrush with a "sensitive mode" may be a good choice for you. The brush head movement is gentler.

The other cleaning modes are a nice bonus, but they are not necessary for thorough tooth cleaning. Basically, if you don't have gum problems, you can get by with just one brushing programme. However, if you like variety in your toothbrushing routine, other cleaning modes are also an option for you.

The timer function

This is a very helpful feature for structured brushing. On the one hand, there is the 2-minute timer, which is integrated in most electric toothbrushes. After two minutes, the optimum toothbrushing time, a signal appears, such as a change in vibration. You should orientate yourself on this signal.

Ideally, you can stop brushing as soon as the signal comes on and you have already brushed all your teeth. If the timer comes on before you have brushed all your teeth, you should definitely brush the remaining teeth and you can go through a little faster the next time you brush your teeth.

However, if you have finished brushing long before the timer goes off, you should go through all your teeth again to make sure that they have been cleaned thoroughly. Next time, be sure to brush a little slower.

To structure your brushing even better, use the 4-quadrant timer. This divides your mouth into four quadrants, i.e. an upper left half, upper right half, lower left half and lower right half. The timer tells you to change quadrants every 30 seconds. This is to ensure that all quadrants are cleaned for the same amount of time.

The 4-quadrant timer is a helpful feature for you if you place a lot of emphasis on structured brushing. However, it is not absolutely necessary. The 2-minute timer is sufficient in most cases when it comes to adhering to the brushing time recommended by doctors.

Battery life

With daily use, the battery life of sonic electric toothbrushes varies between 1 and 3 weeks. If you use your toothbrush mainly at home, charging it once a week should not be a problem. However, a longer runtime is advantageous for longer trips with infrequent access to electricity.

The battery life does not indicate the performance of the device, but you should be aware that the performance decreases the longer the toothbrush is not charged. Whether you choose a device with a longer-lasting battery is up to you.

You should never leave electric toothbrushes connected to the power supply all the time, as this can damage the battery.

The travel case

If you travel a lot, an electric toothbrush that is suitable for travelling is very helpful. There is no need for a charging station, as the toothbrush can be charged via the travel case. Another advantage of a travel case is that you can also charge the device via a USB cable to a laptop or computer.

A travel case is not a must if you want to use the sonic toothbrush mainly at home. For globetrotters, it can definitely be a handy extra.

Toothbrush cleaning

To ensure that you can use your sonic toothbrush for a long time and with pleasure, cleaning the toothbrush is essential. You can do this in the classic way by rinsing and letting it dry or with an integrated cleaning station.

After brushing your teeth, you should always rinse your brush under running water and, if necessary, remove any food residue that has become trapped. The attachment brush should be removed from the handpiece at least once a week so that the connection can also be cleaned.

It can also happen that liquid flows from the still wet brush onto the handpiece. You should rinse this off for hygienic reasons and so that the material of the handle is not damaged. To avoid this, some devices have a brush holder, which is highly recommended.

Never put the parts of the sonic toothbrush or the accessories in the dishwasher.

A special cleaning option is the UV cleaning station for brush heads. Here, the brush is placed in a station with a UV lamp for 10 minutes. This is intended to render certain bacteria harmless.

Facts worth knowing about dental care and sonic toothbrushes

Which toothpaste should I use?

You can use your favourite toothpaste with a sonic toothbrush.

If you use sonic toothbrushes to brush your teeth, you don't need any special toothpaste. The sonic technology makes any conventional toothpaste foam.

You only need a special toothpaste if you use an ultrasonic toothbrush.

How do I travel with a sonic toothbrush?

It doesn't matter if you're on holiday in the Australian outback or in a hut in the Alps. You don't have to do without your sonic toothbrush.

Some manufacturers offer toothbrushes with travel cases that are very handy and easy to store. The charging cables also have a USB cable, so you can charge the toothbrush on a device with a USB port. In addition, the battery life of most sonic toothbrushes is between 1-3 weeks.

Are there sonic toothbrushes for two people?

If you don't want to wait until your partner has finished brushing your teeth, there are also offers with two handpieces.

In this case, the toothbrush package contains two handpieces that can be used separately but only with one charging station. This variant is cheaper than buying two separate brushes.

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