If you want to keep your teeth from falling off, then you’re probably aware of how important it is to floss and brush at least twice a day. Both these habits are critical for oral health since they keep your teeth squeaky-clean and remove plaque.
Bacteria eat carbohydrates or sugar found in leftover food particles and produce acid as they metabolize. Acid slowly degrades the teeth and black cavities form. This is why brushing your teeth is important and how one goes about it is key.
Simply jabbing a toothbrush in there is not enough. Properly brushing your teeth and getting into all those nooks and crannies are important. This is why electric toothbrushes have become so popular. They help improve the quality and effectiveness of brushing the teeth.
With noise as a huge factor for electrical-operated machines, here is a list of our top quiet electronic toothbrushes that are both sonic and quiet.
Our Top Quiet Electric Toothbrushes
Timer: 2 minutes
Rating: 4 out of 5
Oral-B is one of the leading brands in the tooth brushing industry – electric and non-electric. It’s easy to see why they carry quality products. This oral-b version is no different.
The Oral-B Pro is a great electric toothbrush because it is budget friendly, has multiple brush heads options, and is effective in cleaning. It vibrates at high frequencies, so it is quiet as well.
It is compatible with a variety of Oral B toothbrush replacement brush heads, but initially comes with the CrossAction head. It can remove up to 300% more plaque than manual toothbrushes thanks to the 16 degree angled bristles. These guarantee the electric toothbrush can reach into all the nooks and crannies along with all the in-between gaps for a cleaner set of teeth.
However, if this does not tickle your fancy, there are other toothbrush heads available. The FlossAction, while not a replacement for flossing, provides a floss-like cleansing effect. For those interested in having pearly whites, the 3D white removes surface stains for notably whiter teeth.
The on/off button on this electric toothbrush is easily accessible on the handle and vibrates every thirty seconds to notify the user when it is time to change quadrants.
There is a two minute timer, to efficiently handle the four quadrants: inside upper teeth, outside of upper teeth, inside of lower teeth, and outside of lower teeth.
If you have a tendency to just go ham when cleaning your teeth, then this electric toothbrush is great since it will stop rotating when it senses too much pressure.
It is also a rechargeable electric toothbrush. This quiet toothbrush will alert the user when it needs recharging by flashing a red light and on that note, expect to recharge once a week.
The alerts operate on light frequency, so they are quiet and good for the deaf.
- Variety of brush heads
- Budget friendly
- Effective in plaque removal
- ADA certified
- Pressure Sensor
- Not as fast as the newer version
Timer: 2 minutes
Rating: 4.0 out of 5
If you are a loud and proud technology geek with a keen preference to dentist-clean teeth, then this may be the electric toothbrush you’ve been waiting for. The Oral-B Pro 7500 Electronic Toothbrush incorporates the latest developments in electronic toothbrush design, which includes not one, not two, but five brushing modes.
These modes include Daily Cleaning, Sensitive, Gum Care (also known as Massage), Whitening, and Pro-Clean.
A quick overview on notable modes:
- Gum Care is for those with inflamed and even bleeding gum tissue. A gentle massage stimulates blood flow and nurtures the tissue for a healthy mouth.
- Pro-Clean is the same as Daily Clean, but it lasts longer. Each cycle lasts 3 minute and there is a 45 second allotment time period to brush each quadrant.
- Whitening mode has an additional 20 seconds to focus on the front teeth for polishing.
This electric toothbrush has a lot of power, but it does not pack a punch. That would be counterproductive for healthy teeth. It has a sensor to detect pressure. It stops moving and alerts the user they are too rough with their cleaning. Handy for those who take their anger out on their teeth.
What makes this electric toothbrush stand out, however, is not its built-in features – but its Bluetooth enabled feature. There is an application that logs your cleaning habits and can even tell you which areas to focus on and where you need to pay more attention to. Overall, this handy dandy hand tool makes you aware of how you manage your dental health.
- Multiple cleaning modes
- Senses pressure
- Application to track your cleaning progress
- Lacks the tongue cleaning mode
Timer: 2 minutes
Rating: 4 out of 5
There are a lot of Sonicare models, but consider this specific model to belong to the mid range bracket, as far as electric toothbrushes go. Philips is known for its expensive electric toothbrushes, like the Philips Sonicare Diamondclean, so this one is quite fair in price for the brand and what it does.
This quiet toothbrush claims to gently whiten teeth in a week by sweeping away the plaque. It also has a built in sensor to alert you of too much pressure placed on your teeth. Unlike the 5100 model, the sensor lights up to keep the user aware.
The ProtectiveClean 6100 electronic toothbrush comes with three different cleaning modes and intensities for a diverse cleaning experience. The standard clean mode is for daily, superior cleaning, the white mode is ideal for removing surface stains, and the gum care mode adds an additional minute to gently massage the gum line.
A unique feature for this device is the BrushSyce. It tracks how long the brush head has been used, how hard the user has been brushing, and when it needs replacing. The toothbrush handle has a light that alerts the user of the latter.
The neatest thing about this electric toothbrush is the fact it is suitable for different kinds of teeth that stray from the ones given naturally. It works for those with braces, fillings, crowns, veneers, and ahs – the added benefit of preventing cavities and improving gum health. These types of teeth usually require a special toothbrush, so it’s convenient this toothbrush goes both ways.
Most electric toothbrushes mention having one timer, but this one has two. The QuadPacer also informs the user the adequate amount of cleaning needed on each part of the mouth and the Smarttimer feature recommends two minutes of total cleaning.
This electric toothbrush is also great for traveling as it comes with a travel case and charger. Its two week battery life also keeps you from needing to constantly charge it.
- Travel friendly
- Good for braces
- Replacement heads are expensive
Timer: 2 minutes
Rating: 4.0 out of 5
This toothbrush vibrates at around 40,000 times per minute, so it is definitely one to be categorized as one of the ‘sonic toothbrushes,’ as the name would suggest. It is surprisingly, a quiet toothbrush but this may be because it brushes in forward backward motion instead of the common side-to-side motion.
It charges in six hours and allows 100 hours of battery life before it needs to be plugged in again. If my math is correct, at two minutes per use that is a total of 3,000 uses. So, as long as it is fully charged, there will be no need to panic if you leave it behind when out for a holiday.
It comes with a pain relief toothbrush head with micropulse bristles for great and interdental cleaning, compared to a manual toothbrush.
This sonic toothbrush also comes with 4 unit replacement heads and 5 (five) modes of oral care toothbrush: daily cleaning, gum care, sensitive, whitening, and deep cleaning,
“It’s a great, cheaper alternative to the Sonicare – another one of the sonic toothbrushes,” one user commented.
- Long battery life
- Decent price
- Travel friendly
- Not pre-charged
- Some reports of charger overheating
Timer: 2 minutes
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Let’s be honest, brushing one’s teeth is the least exciting activity on the planet. This makes it a challenge to encourage kids, little balls of energy, to stand still and brush their teeth. So, how can parents make this boring chore more interesting?
Philips Sonicare has created an electric toothbrush that is both quiet and great for kids. Patience is a virtue, but it is very much something that must be practiced and learned. The timer on this electric toothbrush’s timer acclimates, per say, the child to brushing for two minutes..
Some kids do not enjoy being watched in a nagging way, so a remedy is parents can keep track using the interactive application. The mobile application itself rewards kids after a successful brushing session. The KidPacer also alerts the child when to move on to the next quadrant. A fun and brilliant way to establish brushing habits.
The brush handle is slightly heavy and large, as it is essentially adult-sized and the brush heads are quite large, but you can buy smaller head replacements. It may be too big and therefore unsuitable for much younger children.
It comes in only two colors – blue and pink, but there are also 8 (eight) fun interchangeable stickers for customization.
- Interactive mobile application with rewards
- KidsPacer alerts child when to move on to quadrant
- You can keep track of brushing time even without the application
- Poor color range
- Not suitable for smaller children
Do You Need An Electric Toothbrush?
Toothbrushes are essential to good dental hygiene, no argument on that, but does it need to be electronically operated? The short answer is no. A toothbrush, electric or not, can be effective at removing plaque. A normal toothbrush will 100% clean your teeth – and here’s the hook – if you do it right.
Benefits of Electronic/Electric Toothbrushes
Studies have shown electric toothbrushes generally decrease plaque buildup and gingivitis compared to manual toothbrushes. Oscillating electric toothbrushes perform better than those that simply vibrate and are quieter.
Oscillating electric toothbrushes significantly cleanse teeth better than vibrating toothbrushes and thereby improve oral healthcare.
Electric toothbrushes are usually quiet when oscillating at faster speeds. So, an electric toothbrush you’ll commonly find are sonic toothbrushes. They oscillate at 260 times a second, which is around 31,000 brush strokes in a minute.
An electric toothbrush is better for those with limited mobility, like those with carpal tunnel, arthritis, and developmental disabilities. The toothbrush does most of the work, so those with a weaker grip to brush can still talk and smile with confidence.
How long do you brush your teeth? Dentists recommend brushing your teeth for 2 (two) minutes. Most people – especially in the flurry of Monday morning – usually do not last this long in the sink. Two minutes is a pretty short time, but standing in front of a mirror can feel like eons. The built in timers on an electric toothbrush ensures the user lasts for all those important two minutes.
Bristles deteriorate over time. Ever notice that after your teeth do not feel as clean as they did two months back? Dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. With an electric toothbrush, the waste is cut down significantly since only the heads need to be replaced, as opposed to the entire unit.
Now, this is where an electric toothbrush starts to look a little ugly: price. An electric toothbrush regardless of brand or model is genuinely more expensive than the run of the mill toothbrush. Of course this is because you pay for extra features, but not everyone can spend over $35 on a toothbrush.
Brush heads can also cost twice the price of a normal toothbrush and are not always easy to find. They can be sourced online for sure, but with shipping costs and shipping time to consider; it’s less convenient if you need a replacement toothbrush right away.
Benefits of Manual Toothbrushes
Normal toothbrushes come without features, besides grip and a tongue cleaner. Do they do the job they need to do? Yes, yes they do. It just takes a lot more conscious effort.
They have no timers, so users will need to estimate time and ensure they brush all quadrants of their teeth. Simple back and forth motions may not clean all the way, so a few rotational strokes are needed. The bristles come in hard, medium, and soft, so it is keen to remember not to press too hard or the gums will bleed and cause problems.
A normal toothbrush is definitely more convenient than an electric toothbrush, since they’re everywhere – gas station, grocery, pharmacy, and convenient store. Travelling from the Americas to East Asia or Europe? There’s no need to worry about charging.
This is a no brainer, but if you want a silent toothbrush then normal is the way to do. Even an electric toothbrush marketed as quiet will create noise in some form. The perfectly quiet, noise-free toothbrush exists, except it’s not the electric or sonic kind.
There is no explicit need for an electric toothbrush. It can be likened to insulin shots for Type 2 diabetics, not necessary, but helps with problem that people often find tedious to undertake the conventional way.
If an electric toothbrush is something you were recommended by a friend, dentist, or simply a matter of want, then by all means, get one. Get a quiet one. There is no harm in it and it would do you more good than bad.
Choosing the Right Toothbrush
Not only do sonic toothbrushes do a better job at cleaning teeth, but they are also quiet. In fact, they are more quiet than the normal electric toothbrush. Their sonic speeds mean they vibrate at much higher frequencies, about ten times more than than those that are not sonic. So, sonic technology is actually quite helpful.
If your toothbrush is making a ton of noise and you prefer a quiet one, I recommend upgrading to a sonic version. There are many sonic brushes in the market, some are even mentioned on the list, so it is not cumbersome to find a sonic toothbrush to make your teeth cleaning experience quiet and excellent.
A few researches have claimed that the modes that increase a toothbrush’s price are poppycock. Even reading what the descriptions modes are – some simply twenty seconds longer – enough to make ask whether it does anything significant.
Whitening modes can also be a bit misleading. They remove surface stains, but they do not make your teeth as white as it could be if done cosmetically. There really hasn’t been any technology created for that front. Not even the sonic brushes can do that. The only mode that seems to be true to its form is the sensitive one for comfortable cleaning. However, these modes do deliver on what they promised. Research is unsure though, if they make a huge difference.
There are two kinds of batteries: replaceable and rechargeable. The latter type of battery-operated brush is more quiet that then former. Since there is also no need to take off the battery, it is less likely that the battery will be loose, which can account for some noise.
The Quiet Toothbrush For You
If you are a busy person who almost exclusively uses their house or apartment as a place to drop off clothes, then a travel friendly, electric toothbrush like the Pures Sonic Electric Toothbrush is a good choice.
It completely finishes charging after six hours and gives you a battery life of 100 hours. That is roughly four days of teeth cleaning. The recommended time to spend on the teeth is only two minutes, so imagine how long it actually takes before you need to recharge.
Plus, it is quiet, so you can brush at the dead of night in a room full of people without causing too much alarm.
Finding a good electric toothbrush for braces is a difficult task. Teeth that have been cosmetically enhanced also prove tricky to buy for as they might be weaker than the natural tooth. The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 is an excellent choice for these concerns.
It is a gentle and tranquil electric toothbrush with technology to detect pressure that alerts via bright light on handle and to inform the user to lighten up and relax while brushing.
Kids have an aversion to keeping still and doing mundane tasks – bathing, hand washing, brushing, and flossing. However, these tasks are important for life in general. No one wants to hire the new person who smells like she doesn’t shower and or has ever heard of toothpaste.
Philips Sonicare for Kids is excellent because it is quiet, keeps kids engaged, and alerts them of when to move to a different quadrant.
Tracking a child’s progress can be done without looming over them as they brush through the app. The app is also where the child gets rewards for successfully brushing their teeth properly.
It is a sonic, quiet, smart, electric toothbrush.
Recharging the batteries on this quiet electric toothbrush is interesting, since it works like a wireless telephone. The toothbrush is placed onto a dock and recharges power from there. It sounds intriguing, because in actuality, it is!
There are a lot of affordable quiet electric toothbrushes. Now the Oral B Pro 1000 stands out. There are a couple of newly released Oral B toothbrushes. The newer releases are quite high in price and have a few more cleaning modes, but they are steep. This does the job and is quiet, so not much to complain about.
However, you don’t need all those modes for twice or thrice the price to clean teeth. Needless to say, the Oral B Pro 1000 is a quiet, quality toothbrush.
The Oral-B Pro 7500 Electronic Toothbrush is not something I could comfortably buy, but what makes this Oral-B toothbrush expensive is both quality and add-ons. It’s the technology behind this toothbrush that gets the customer oohing and ahhing.
It is also Bluetooth enabled, so it can be synced into a mobile application where you can check your data. This kind of technology helps you keep progress on how well your brushing is and in what areas of your mouth need improvement.
Our Top Picks
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 takes second place in this Game of Teeth. The best thing about this electric toothbrush is the BrushSync technology, which will notify the user when a change of head is needed.
Toothbrush heads – manual or electronic – tend to deteriorate over time. This is often why you feel the need to brush harder. The addition of the BrushSync is a nifty reminder when to buy another brush head.
The Oral B Pro 1000 takes the cake for best overall electric toothbrush out there. It gets the job done well, is decently priced, and is not a nonsense type of brush. There is not much to say about this great electric toothbrush, because it genuinely stands strong for itself.