Five best electric toothbrushes

Great gadgets to keep your teeth healthy and pearly white

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Electric toothbrushes do a better job of keeping teeth and gums healthy than manual toothbrushes - and you can't beat that 'just been to the dentist' deep-clean feeling. But with so many options on offer, it can be hard to know which one to buy. Here's our pick of the best electric toothbrushes for every budget...

See also: Natural ways to whiten your teeth

1. Seago SG610 Intelligent frequency




Forget charging up your electric toothbrush every night. The Seago offers impressive power (35,000 beats a minute) from just two standard 2*AA batteries, making it a great portable option. It alerts you when you've brushed for two minutes and comes with three brush heads – all for just £8.93. What's not to like?

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2. IBP Healthcare IBP Sonic Ultra Violet

Did you know that more than 10 million bacteria can live in a single toothbrush? The bristles of your toothbrush can harbour germs, fungi and viruses – some of which can live for months and cause health problems. The charging unit of the IBP Healthcare comes with a built-in UV sanitizer that kills bacteria and viruses, solving the problem. The brush delivers an impressive 40,000 movements per minute, leaving you with a lovely deep-clean feel every time you use it.

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3. Oral-B Pro 3000

The Oral-B Pro is particularly good at breaking down plaque and removing stains thanks to its pulsating and rotating action that reaches right between teeth. Despite its impressive performance, it's quieter than most models – and you only need to charge it once every week or two.

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4. Colgate A1500 ProClinical

The sonic Colgate A1500 has a unique feature: a brushing mode that automatically adjusts to the tooth surface you're cleaning. The multi-directional cleaning brush adopts a different speed and cleaning action depending on its position in your mouth. If you don't like it suddenly going into 'turbo boost,' you can always switch to manual mode. Delivering 32,500 movements per minute, it offers a deep clean feeling that's hard to beat without going to the hygienist. The only downside is that it needs re-charging more frequently than other models.

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5. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

It's not cheap, but the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean packs in a lot of features along with outstanding performance and stylish good looks. Brushing modes range from 'sensitive' to 'whitening' and it also comes with various reminders to make sure you clean correctly.

Wireless charging means it doesn't need to sit in a standard base. Instead, you store it in the glass supplied, which sits on a base that you plug into the wall. While you don't have to remember to charge it – you just pick it up from the glass and go – the charging base is on the large side and you might not want it on show. The toothbrush also comes with a USB port, so you can charge it while it's in the case - either from a laptop or a smartphone charger.


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