Manual or Electric Toothbrush: We Help You Choose

Posted on 12 April 2022 

After spending 16 hours comparing 26 electric toothbrushes when writing our comparison, here are our tips to help you choose between a manual and an electric toothbrush.


The manual toothbrush, ideal for small budgets

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  • Cheap
  • No electricity required
  • Less effective if the right technique is not used

The manual toothbrush requires a small investment as it costs 3€ to 5€ per piece and must be changed every 3 months. Thus, the annual budget is only from 12€ to 20€ depending on the brush you buy (type of bristles, brand, etc.)

The most important thing to remember when making your choice is to avoid using a brush that is too long or wide and has hard bristles. The smaller the brush, the easier it will slip between your teeth. Also, a brush with a bristle too stiff will do more harm than good as it irritates the enamel and can hurt your gums.


The electric toothbrush, for an optimal technique

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  • Easier to use for children
  • Rotation is an effective movement
  • Interesting additional features
  • More expensive
  • Does not shorten the time of brushing
  • To be recharged regularly

The budget for an electric toothbrush ranges from 10€ to 300€, the cheapest ones running on batteries rather than power. After this initial purchase, you should expect to pay around 5€ per brush, which should be changed every 3 to 6 months, as well as pay the batteries or electricity used. 

It is also important to note that there are two types of electric toothbrushes. Rotary brushes have a round head and are either rotating, or oscillating and rotating (ideal to remove dental plaque), or counter-oscillating (with bristles rotating in different directions at the same time). On the other hand, sonic brushes have bristles that vibrate to remove the dental plaque and look more like a manual toothbrush.

Lastly, more and more models are coming with various extra features that we think are quite interesting. A timer is pretty much a must nowadays, but you can also look for a warning light that indicates if you are applying too much pressure, for a position detector (making sure you haven’t missed any areas), and for Bluetooth for the more connected of you.



Obviously, the price is the main difference between the two types of toothbrush. You just have to choose the shape of your brush itself, depending on the type of device you will use.

As a conclusion, the most important thing for a good dental hygiene is the brushing technique as well as an appropriate action time (2 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day). For this, the electric toothbrush is easier because it generates movements and vibrations that help to remove all the dental plaque. But if you have good movements – rotating and not too wide – and a brush with soft enough bristles, the manual toothbrush can do the job just as well.

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