Choosing Between Electric and Manual Toothbrushes

Manual toothbrushes get the job done, but do they clean the teeth as effectively as electric toothbrushes? Electric toothbrushes are quite pricey; are they worth the outlay? Which of them offers users more options? How do they measure up against each other? Find out in the comparison below:

Cleaning effectiveness

The cleaning effectiveness of a manual toothbrush lies mostly in the hands of the user. If you know the right brushing techniques, then it works just fine. With the electric toothbrush, even if you don’t know the right techniques, the brush does all the work for you. A study showed that over 3 months, an electric toothbrush cleaned plaque 21% more efficiently than the manual.

Options and varieties

Manual toothbrushes come in all shapes and sizes; there are thousands of options when it comes to design, color, bristle type, and size. The electric toothbrush also has multiple bristle types, but fewer options when it comes to color and design.


The electric toothbrush is much more expensive than the manual one, and deservedly so. For one, it is rechargeable and comes with a charging dock. Also, the head is removable, so multiple people can share the device. While a manual toothbrush is thrown out after 3 months, all you have to do is switch out the head of the electric one; the body can last for years.


The electric toothbrush comes ahead in nearly all comparison metrics. Yes, it costs more, but with good reason. Think about this: the electric brush is programmed to turn off after 2 minutes because that’s the ideal time it takes to wash the mouth clean. You don’t even have to think about it! Of course, if you are looking to cut costs and your brushing technique is good, then the manual toothbrush works fine.

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