The 8 Best Electric Toothbrushes for Travel of 2022

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The 8 Best Electric Toothbrushes for Travel of 2022

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A toothbrush is an essential item to pack for a trip, and manual devices aren't your only option. Gone are the days when you had to worry about packing lots of cords and attachments for an electric toothbrush, as many models now come with a simple charging dock or battery pack.

Below, we’ve rounded up the best electric toothbrushes to take with you on your next journey. After consulting dentists for guidance on choosing an electric toothbrush for travel, our favorite is the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9700. It comes with four different brush heads, five cleaning modes, a travel case, a wall plug, and a neat glass that you can use to hold the toothbrush or as a water cup to rinse your mouth after brushing. Some travelers may prefer our other picks for their extensive smart features, kid-friendliness, or superb portability.

These are the best electric toothbrushes for travel:

Best Overall: Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9700 Electric Toothbrush

Why We Love It: Five cleaning modes at three intensity levels helps you get an incredibly clean feeling.

What to Consider: The app that accompanies the toothbrush is pretty basic.

This electric toothbrush from Philips Sonicare has it all. It comes with eight brush heads, four of which are smart devices that automatically pair with the appropriate brushing mode and include sensors for feedback. The DiamondClean Smart 9700 has five modes: clean, white plus, deep clean plus, gum health, and tongue care, and there are three intensity levels for each mode. Philips Sonicare touts that you can remove up to ten times more plaque and improve your gum health up to seven times in two weeks with this toothbrush, and that it removes stains in only three days. While those claims are difficult to verify, we can confirm that this toothbrush leaves your teeth feeling blissfully fresh and checks all the boxes recommended by our dentistry experts. A travel case is included, as is a wall plug and a nifty glass holder that doubles as a water cup. With a runtime of up to two weeks, you may not need to worry about charging it up during most trips.

Price at time of publish: $260

Power type: Electric charging glass, charging case | Runtime: Up to 2 weeks | Features: Brushing modes, intensity levels

Best Budget: Oral-B Complete Deep Clean Battery Powered Electric Toothbrush

Oral-B Complete Deep Clean Battery Powered Electric Toothbrush

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Why We Love It: The toothbrush is easy to throw in your toiletry bag without any attachments.

What to Consider: There is no case.

If you’re dedicated to packing light, this could be the best bet for you. Simple but effective, this battery-powered toothbrush from Oral-B is great for traveling, as it is lightweight and doesn’t come with any attachments to keep up with. The rotating head helps remove plaque, and criss-cross bristles get deep between teeth for an effective clean. The brush head is replaceable, and the ergonomic handle and non-slip grip help make the toothbrush easy to control. It’s also water-resistant and takes a AA battery.

Price at time of publish: $6

Power type: Battery | Runtime: 4-6 weeks | Features: Rotating head

Best for Kids: Philips Sonicare Kids Rechargeable Toothbrush

Philips Sonicare for Kids Bluetooth Toothbrush

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Why We Love It: The app helps kids learn good brushing habits.

What to Consider: The toothbrush is slightly large for children’s hands.

If your kids don’t enjoy brushing their teeth or perhaps aren’t brushing for long enough, this toothbrush from Philips Sonicare helps make things easier—especially on family vacations. It comes with Bluetooth and an educational app that helps kids brush with dentist-recommended techniques. Kids get rewards for successful brushing sessions, making them motivated to do a good job. There’s also a two-minute button timer on the toothbrush to help kids learn to brush for the proper amount of time. The toothbrush comes with the handle (two colors are available), one brush head, a charging base, and bonus stickers featuring adorable fuzzy creatures.

Price at time of publish: $30

Power type: Electric | Runtime: Not listed | Features: Timer, app

Most Lightweight: Quip Electric Toothbrush

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Quip Electric Toothbrush

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Why We Love It: A built-in timer helps you brush for the correct amount of time.

What to Consider: The brush head just vibrates, it doesn’t rotate.

At less than half an ounce, this is one of the lightest electric toothbrushes on the market. Quip’s toothbrush has a built-in timer with 30-second pulses that help you brush effectively for a two-minute routine. The toothbrush also comes with a travel cover that doubles as a stand and mirror mount and a plastic handle that’s water-resistant and safe to use in the shower. One brush head is included, and three colors are available. With such a light weight, all-inclusive features, and a three-month runtime, this is a great choice for off-the-grid getaways.

Price at time of publish: $20

Power type: Battery | Runtime: 3 months | Features: Timer, pulses

Best With Case: Philips One by Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush in Shadow Black

Philips One by Sonicare Power Toothbrush

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Why We Love It: You can charge the toothbrush with a USB charger.

What to Consider: The handle is small for an electric toothbrush.

A compact travel case plus USB charging capabilities make the Philips One a perfect electric toothbrush for travel. It comes with a two-minute timer with 30-second notifications that let you know when to move on to a different area of your mouth and includes a brush head with tapered bristles. Micro vibrations help you gently clean and polish your teeth. The toothbrush is available in numerous colors (we love the sage and shimmery pink), and you can choose between a battery-operated or rechargeable device.

Price at time of publish: $26

Power type: Battery, USB | Runtime: Up to 30 days | Features: Timer

Best Long Runtime: Brightline Rechargeable Sonic Electric Toothbrush

Brightline Rechargeable Sonic Electric Toothbrush

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Why We Love It: Five cleaning modes and a timer help you clean your teeth effectively.

What to Consider: The brush head is slim.

If you’re heading out on an adventure where you don’t know how often you’ll get a chance to use an outlet or stock up on batteries, this brush is a great choice. Brightline claims that their battery-powered electric toothbrush can last for 25 days between charges. It has five cleaning modes that help whiten, remove plaque, polish, massage, and even gently clean for those with sensitive teeth. The brush head pulsates about 48,000 times per minute, which can leave you feeling cleaner compared to manual brushing. The toothbrush also has a built-in timer that helps you brush for two minutes, vibrating every 30 seconds to remind you to switch sections. Two brush heads and a charging case are included.

Price at Time of Publish: $30

Power type: Battery | Runtime: 25 days | Features: Timer

Most Advanced Features: Hum by Colgate Smart Electric Toothbrush Kit

Hum by Colgate Smart Electric Toothbrush Kit

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Why We Love It: The app shows you the remaining battery life and documents your brushing habits.

What to Consider: Some may find the brush head to be too small.

Choose between a battery-operated approach or use the wall plug to charge this toothbrush from Colgate. There’s a tongue scraper on the back of the brush head, and the toothbrush comes with a travel case. A two-minute timer is built in, and three cleaning modes (normal, sensitive, and deep clean) are options. Bluetooth is available, so download the Colgate app and pair the toothbrush to your phone to get feedback on how you brush, including suggestions for how to improve. The app also shows you how much charge you have left, which is great for travelers not wanting to pack extra batteries.

Price at Time of Publish: $25

Power type: Electric, battery | Runtime: 10 days | Features: Timer, app

Most Compact: Violife Slim Sonic Toothbrush

Violife Slim Sonic Toothbrush

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Why We Love It: This teeny brush comes with two heads.

What to Consider: There’s no timer or smart technology.

This toothbrush is about half as tall as a standard toothbrush, meaning you can easily stow it in your carry on, purse, bathroom bag, backpack, or really anywhere while traveling. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles as other electric toothbrushes on this list, but it gets a thumbs up from us for its super compact size and the fact that it still delivers 22,000 brush strokes per minute—an impressive number for a small, simple electric toothbrush. Numerous colors and patterns are available, and it comes with two brush heads.

Price at Time of Publish: $39

Power type: Battery | Runtime: Not listed | Features: None

Best Rewards: Quip Smart Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

Smart Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

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Why We Love It: You can earn free brush heads for consistent use, and a single charge can last up to three months.

What to Consider: It's not as lightweight as other options from the brand.

Known for their standout electric toothbrushes, Quip recently launched its first ever rechargeable electric toothbrush, which is available in five colors. One 8-hour charge will last up to three months, and you can check the battery's charge level on the Quip app. There's also a guided two-minute timer with 30-second pulses to prompt you to cover every area of your mouth while brushing. Best of all, the app tracks oral care habits and you earn rewards, including free brush heads and gift cards, for great brushing. Quip brush heads do come via subscription, but it's a budget-friendly plan that means you get fresh brush heads delivered to your door. 

Price at time of publish: $60

Tips for Buying an Electric Toothbrush

Look for features that promote oral hygiene

According to cosmetic dentist Dr. Daniel Rubinshtein, you should look for soft bristles and a compact brush head. “A soft toothbrush does not cause abrasions of the gums or teeth, and it can effectively remove plaque,” he says. “A soft toothbrush has the proper firmness to allow for effective plaque removal but is not hard enough to cause gingival recession or enamel wear that can lead to tooth sensitivity.”

Nowadays, electric toothbrushes come with advanced technology that help us understand how to properly brush. Look for features like a two-minute timer that will help you brush for the recommended amount of time or even toothbrushes with bluetooth capabilities and apps that give feedback on how you brush, plus suggestions. Timers that go off every thirty-seconds are great as well, as they can help you remember to switch to a different section of your teeth while brushing.

Consider the cost and convenience of refills

Some electric toothbrushes require a subscription service for brush head refills, while others do not. If a subscription service makes it easier on you to get fresh brush heads, opt for that route. But if you don’t want to bother with a subscription service, make sure to check and see how much brush heads are costing you and how frequently you’ll need to replace them.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes?

    Dr. Rhona Kalasho, a cosmetic dentist and CEO of Tru Glo Modern Dental, says that in several independent studies, electric toothbrushes greatly outperformed the manual toothbrush in the reduction of plaque: “Patients who generally find that they accumulate more plaque on their teeth not long after a meal are excellent candidates for using a powered toothbrush as they have been scientifically proven in several studies to reduce plaque [and] gingivitis, and minimize the chances of cavities when compared to manual toothbrushes.”

  • How do you use an electric toothbrush?

    Rubinshtein says that with an electric toothbrush, it isn’t necessary to press hard or scrub—you just need to guide the electric brushing action. “Most electric toothbrushes come with a two-minute timer (30 seconds for each quarter of the mouth.) Take the electric brush along the outside teeth, following the shape of the teeth and gum line, then move to the inside teeth.”

  • Can you bring electric toothbrushes on a plane?

    Yes, you can. If your toothbrush contains a lithium or lithium ion battery, you should carry it on the plane in your carry-on baggage.

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

For this article, Travel + Leisure contributor Amanda Ogle consulted two professional dentists and used research and her personal expertise as a travel writer to craft the perfect list of electric toothbrushes for your next adventure.

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