That’s in large part due to just how powerful the DiamondClean’s motor is. This brush uses the same kind of back and forth motor motion as the Burst, Quip, and other Sonicare models, but the bristles on the DiamondClean appear to move a lot faster. We noticed this immediately the first time we used it. It feels kind of like applying a Theragun directly to your teeth, pounding out plaque, massaging away gingivitis. Your teeth might vibrate for a solid 30 seconds after taking the brush out of your. It is a bonafide deep clean.
Among the additional features, the one we’re most enamored with is the charging cup. Most electric toothbrushes are either powered with a replaceable battery or have a charging stand. The DiamondClean is among the latter group, except its charging stand is actually a glass cup. To charge the DiamondClean, instead of having to line up the hole on the bottom of the toothbrush with the end of a stand, as you do with the Burst, Oral-B, and other Sonicare models, you just have to toss it in the cup. It works a lot like wireless charging on newer cell phones. This is a really silly thing to get excited about, but we must admit that it gets us excited every time. There’s something so satisfying about just tossing the toothbrush into the cup and hearing it beep and light up to indicate charging.
Do you need a toothbrush with five different cleaning modes, four different brush heads, and an app that uses your cleaning data to nudge you to buy more brush heads and teeth cleaning products? Absolutely not. (For what it’s worth, the app is perfectly functional and does a good job tracking how much of your teeth and gums you’re actually brushing.) But if you’re looking for a brush with the best possible base-level cleaning power, this is the one.
A Super-Cheap Electric Toothbrush We Actually Like: GLEEM
If you want an electric toothbrush, but aren’t ready to invest in something top-tier, the relatively-new Gleem Electric Toothbrush is one of the cheapest possible electric toothbrushes you should consider. It’s got the most basic features one expects from an electric toothbrush, including an accurate timer that pulses every 30 seconds and ends after 2 minutes. It doesn’t have any modes beyond the most basic, but it does have a fairly powerful motor. Honestly, maybe a little too powerful. The first time I, a person who brushes regularly with an electric brush and goes to the dentist once a year, my gums bled. A lot. It was gross. But after the gum line bleeding, to the brush’s credit, my teeth looked amazing. The Gleem brush, like the Quip, has a removable AAA battery. No one is going to send you one every three months, but even if they would, you’re smart enough to know you can just go down to a pharmacy and get a pack of a bunch of them for cheaper, right?
The Feature-Loaded, App-Powered Toothbrush: Oral-B iO Smart
The Oral-B iO is the most feature-loaded, high-end smart toothbrush we’ve tested so far. For $300, you get an electric toothbrush with a rotating brush head, several brush heads and brushing modes, a smart pressure sensor, and, of course, an app. In many ways, the brush offers a friendly-user experience. It’s tracking works well, which ensures you actually brush every part of your mouth. The smart pressure sensor powers a ring of light on the brush itself, that flashes red if you’re brushing too hard. And while having a screen on your toothbrush is absurdly unnecessary, it admittedly makes choosing a brushing mode a lot easier. Plus, when you finish brushing all of your teeth, it displays a smiley face. Honestly, this rules.