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The Best Electric Toothbrush for Kids

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An electric toothbrush is a toothbrush powered by an electric motor. When turned on, the motor causes the bristles on the brush to move either back and forth whilst vibrating, or to rotate and vibrate. This can give your teeth a more thorough clean than you get when using a traditional toothbrush. An electric toothbrush can be a great option for kids, especially kids who have difficulty using a traditional toothbrush or who are reluctant to brush their teeth.

What To Consider Before Buying A Kids Electric Toothbrush

The most important thing to consider of course, is whether or not the toothbrush is of a suitable size for child sized hands and teeth. Alongside this, you can consider whether you would like a battery powered toothbrush (which requires battery replacements whenever the batteries run down) or a mains powered toothbrush which is powered up by being plugged in to a mains socket. An electric toothbrush with a fun design can help to get kids interested in brushing their teeth, so the pattern, colour and other aspects of the design are key factors to consider. Finally, the shape and type of bristles (bristles are usually arranged in a circular pattern with electric toothbrushes and they can be hard or soft) is a good thing to bear in mind.

The Best Electric Toothbrush for Kids

See below for our selection of the best toothbrushes on the market:

Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush for Kids

This is one of the most classic electric toothbrushes on our list. Made by Philips, one of the top electronics brands on the market, it offers 3 sizes of brush head so your child can adapt the brush to suit their needs. Rubberisation on the head of the brush adds extra protection for the gums and mouth. At around £30, this is one of the pricier items on the list, however, its handy extra features make it worth it. As well as Bluetooth connectivity, for example, this toothbrush has some fun sounds that can be played to encourage children to brush every quadrant of the mouth thoroughly, and stickers that kids can use to decorate the brush. An ergonomic, ridged design makes this brush very easy to hold without slipping. Users generally found that, thanks to its classic design, this electric toothbrush was a great way of preparing children to use adult electric toothbrushes.

Pros: Adaptable, rubberised mouth protection, fun to use thanks to stickers and brushing sounds.

Cons: Some users find the brush and the replacement brush heads expensive.

Colgate Spider-Man (Spider-Sense) Battery Operated kids / Children Toothbrush

This has to be the best toothbrush on our list for Spiderman fans and comic lovers. Priced at around just £7 it is also the second cheapest brush on offer here. Battery powered, and with soft oscillating bristles, this brush makes brushing easier, and fun. The slim and simple design is rather basic, but it is very easy to use: all that your child will need to learn is how to press the two simple on and off buttons. Batteries need to be replaced in good time in order to ensure that the brush works at its best at all times.

Pros:Simple design, fun pattern, Soft bristles, cheap.

Cons: Does not work so well if the battery is running down.

Oral-B Stages Power Kids Disney Frozen Battery Toothbrush With Timer App

This brush is ideal for Frozen fans, and there are two designs for kids to choose from here: Sven and Olaf or Princess Elsa. The brush head rotates to give enhanced cleaning, however it is worth noting that this is a disposable electric toothbrush as the brush head is not replaceable. The brush is very easy to hold and use and it is battery powered. Its handy timer app enables children to brush their teeth for the requisite amount of time. Costing just over £5, this is also the cheapest brush on our list

Pros: Fun design, low price, timer to ensure enough brushing takes place.

Cons: Head not replaceable.

Oral-B Stages Power Kids Electric Toothbrush, Disney Cars and Planes

This is another toothbrush that combines a fun design that kids will love and recognise with a timer app to ensure enough brushing is done. This brush costs around £17 which makes it more expensive than many of the items on this list. However, it is designed specifically to target plaque with its rotating PowerHead, so many users will consider it to be worth the extra money.

Pros: Replaceable brush head, soft bristles, targets plaque, fun design.

Cons: Pricier than other options reviewed here.

Oral-B Stages Power Kids Electric Toothbrush, Disney Princesses

This toothbrush is a version of the brush described above. And so, it has all of the same key features such as soft bristles with plaque targeting action, a replaceable head that rotates, and a price of around £17. There is one key difference, though: this brush has a cute blue and pink princess design!

Pros: Replaceable brush head, soft bristles, targets plaque, fun design.

Cons: Pricier than other options reviewed here.


There are items to suit all budgets on this list. Pick something with a fun design like the disposable Frozen electric toothbrush for kids by Oral-B or opt for a classic, state of the art option like the Philips Sonicare.

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