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Quip vs Sonicare vs Oral-B (2022): Comparing Top-Rated Electric Toothbrushes

Although manual brushing is a time-honored method for cleaning your teeth, studies suggest you get a deeper clean using an electric toothbrush. That’s part of the reason for the proliferation of electric toothbrushes in the market. Founded in 2015, Quip is one of the newer brands in the scene. But how does it fare against more established names like Sonicare and Oral-B?

Below, we take a closer look at Quip and pit it against the most comparable models from the two other brands โ€” the Sonicare 4100 and the Oral-B Smart 1500 Toothbrush.

Quip vs Sonicare vs Oral-B Comparison Chart

ModelQuip Adult Electric ToothbrushPhilips Sonicare 4100 ToothbrushOral-B Smart 1500 Toothbrush
 
Price
Cleaning TechnologySonicSonic3D Cleaning Action
Cleaning Modesโ€”Clean, 2 Intensities (high and low)Daily Clean, Sensitive
Strokes Per Minute15,00031,000>40,000 strokes, >8,800 oscillations
Timer and PacerYesYesYes
Pressure SensorNoYesYes
HandlePlastic or metalPlasticPlastic
Battery1 AAA batteryRechargeableRechargeable
Battery Life3 months14 days14 days
WarrantyLifetime warranty with the refill planTwo-year limited warrantyTwo-year limited warranty

Overview

Quip offers one type of brush head and follows a subscription-based model. Meanwhile, Sonicare and Oral-B sell multiple electric brushes and brush heads primarily as one-time purchases.

Quip vs Sonicare vs Oral-B Overview
All three brush models promise improved brushing habits for their users

Unlike Sonicare and Oral-B, Quip only offers one type of brush head with a standard size for adults and a smaller one for kids. You can also choose between an electric brush or a smart electric brush. The latter comes with a Bluetooth-enabled motor, allowing you to connect it to Quip’s mobile app.

In contrast, Sonicare and Oral-B boast an extensive catalog of brushes, each varying in feature and price. Some models are standard, while others boast a range of advanced features, including sensors and compatibility with a mobile app. Sonicare and Oral-B electric brushes are also compatible with different types of brush heads.

Quip follows a subscription-based model where customers pay a one-time fee for the brush and a quarterly fee for replacement brush heads. The refills are delivered to your door every three months. If you’re not keen on signing up, the Quip toothbrush can be purchased without a subscription.

Meanwhile, Sonicare and Oral-B toothbrushes are primarily sold as one-time purchases. But you can also subscribe for replacement brush heads. However, only Quip and Sonicare allow you to choose how many refills you get. Of course, you can always buy refills for these brands in-store. But the main advantage of a subscription is that the replacement heads come at a discount.

Design

The Quip toothbrush has a minimalist, manual brush aesthetic, while the Sonicare 4100 and Oral-B Smart 1500 follow the design of your usual electric toothbrush.

Quip vs Sonicare vs Oral-B Design
From left to right: the Quip Electric Toothbrush (metal handle) in silver, the Philips Sonicare 4100 in black, and the Oral-B Smart 1500 in white

Since Quip offers only one type of brush head, comparing it to electric brushes from Sonicare and Oral-B can be challenging. So for this review, we’ve looked at comparable models in terms of price and features. These are the Philips Sonicare 4100 and the Oral-B Smart 1500.

Sonicare and Oral-B’s brushes closely resemble each other. They both have cylindrical plastic handles that feature rubber grips, buttons, and indicator lights connected to narrow brush heads. Oral-B’s round form embodies the oscillating cleaning motion it offers. Meanwhile, the Sonicare 4100’s brush head adheres to a more traditional oval shape.

Quip approaches design differently. Its handle is slimmer, and the connection to the brush head follows a slope. There’s a deliberate simplification of form here. In fact, the brandless look of Quip makes it easy to mistake for a manual toothbrush. The only downside is that the thinner handle may be cumbersome for people with large hands.

Fortunately, Quip allows users to choose between a plastic or metal handle, with the latter offering a better grip. For the standard Quip electric toothbrush, the plastic model comes in green and blue, while the metal variant is available in silver, gold, black, and copper. Meanwhile, the Sonicare 4100 and Oral-B Smart 1500 are available in three colors.

Cleaning and Brush Head

Quip uses lower sonic vibrations that require manual brush rotations. On the other hand, Sonicare and Oral-B’s brush heads do the cleaning work and you only need to move them tooth-to-tooth.

Quip vs Sonicare vs Oral-B Cleaning and Brushead
A closer look at the action of the Sonicare 4100 (left) and the compatible brush heads for the Oral-B 1500 (right)

Like the best electric toothbrushes, Quip, Sonicare, and Oral-B brushes are packed with cleaning features. The Quip toothbrush and Sonicare 4100, for instance, both use sonic vibrations for cleaning. In contrast, Oral-B 1500’s brush head relies on oscillating-rotating motions.

Quip shares that its brush head uses soft bristles silicone bristles. It also delivers 15,000 strokes per minute. However, that’s only half of what the Sonicare 4100 offers and doesn’t feel as thorough as other electric brushes. With the Sonicare 4100, you get the C2 Optimal Plaque Control brush head that delivers up to 31,000 strokes per minute.

Meanwhile, the Oral-B’s 1500 has the CrossAction brush head as its default, capable of 40,000 strokes per minute. Instead of only using vibrations, however, the CrossAction oscillates, rotates, and pulsates to loosen and remove plaque. But unlike Quip, Oral-B and Sonicare’s brush heads don’t come with a tongue scraper.

With Sonicare and Oral-B’s electric toothbrushes, you move the brush tooth-to-tooth. The motion of the brush head does the work. Quip, on the other hand, requires users to move the brush in short strokes, just like a manual toothbrush.

All three devices come with a timer and pacer. This guides you in cleaning all parts of your teeth by quadrants. However, Sonicare and Oral-B’s brushes add a pressure sensor to their features. They also offer cleaning modes, giving you the option of a deeper clean.

Accessories and Battery Life

Quip offers more oral hygiene products and accessories. It also has the longest battery life, although its toothbrush isn’t rechargeable like Sonicare or Oral-B’s.

Quip vs Sonicare vs Oral-B Accessories and Battery Life
Here’s a look at the bundle you get from Quip (left) and the USB charger for the Sonicare 4100 (right)

While Quip only has one brush head, the brand offers several other products. These include its own anti-cavity toothpaste, mouthwash, and gum. Every purchase of a Quip toothbrush โ€” whether a one-time purchase or via subscription โ€” includes a complimentary toothpaste and travel cover mount. You can also add mouthwash dispensers and floss to your bundle.

Sonicare also has accessories but is mostly limited to different types of cleaning heads. The brand also sells a separate head for tongue cleaning called the TongueCare+. Meanwhile, Oral-B sells floss, lozenges, and a special oral rinse for mouth sores, in addition to brush heads.

Like with any electronic product, battery life is crucial. You wouldn’t want to be traveling and finding out your brush’s power has been drained. Quip claims its toothbrush can last for three months. Since it employs lower strokes per minute, this impressive battery life is expected. However, the toothbrush isn’t rechargeable and instead runs on one AAA battery.

If you want the convenience of recharging, the Sonicare 4100 and Oral-B 1500 are better options. Both deliver 14-day battery life and include a USB-charger out of the box.

Verdict

The Philips Sonicare 4100 and Oral-B Smart 1500 offer a deeper clean than Quip’s minimalist electric toothbrush.

Quip’s subscription-based model and a plethora of oral hygiene products make it an interesting brand. Its toothbrush also sports a distinct aesthetic that stands out in a template-looking electric toothbrush market. But when it comes to performance, the low stroke count of Quip falls short of challenging the likes of the Philips Sonicare 4100 and Oral-B Smart 1500 toothbrushes.

The power offered by the Sonicare 4100 and Oral-B Smart 1500 ranks highly in the mid-range category. Both brands also offer cleaning modes and a variety of brush heads, making them more versatile options.

We’d still recommend Quip as an entry into the convenience of a subscription-based electric toothbrush. The regular delivery of brush heads should help you prioritize your oral health. However, if you want a more efficient clean, consider the Sonicare and Oral-B toothbrushes.

FAQs

๐Ÿ“Œ How often should I change my electric toothbrush’s brush head?

Most dentists and oral hygienists recommend replacing your brush head every three months. The same frequency applies when replacing a regular toothbrush.

๐Ÿ“Œ Can I edit or cancel my Quip subscription anytime?

Yes. Quip allows users to modify or cancel their subscription anytime.

๐Ÿ“Œ What does the Philips Sonicare 4100 pressure sensor do?

The pressure sensor on the Sonicare 4100 alerts users when they are brushing too hard.

๐Ÿ“Œ Is the Oral-B Smart 1500 accepted by the ADA?

Yes. Oral-B shares that it’s the first toothbrush brand accepted by the ADA.

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Mari Bassig

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