Electric Toothbrush Pros and Cons – Which One Is Better?

The first thing you should decide on when you are looking for a new toothbrush is about the type of toothbrush you are going to get – manual or powered toothbrush. To ensure that you will make the best choice now I will shortly describe electric toothbrush pros and cons.

There are dozens of rechargeable electric and manual toothbrush models available on the market, packed with all the bells and whistles you can imagine. And every manufacturer is claiming that he has the best brush in the market. It is so easy to get lost when you are shopping for such a simple thing as a new toothbrush.

electric toothbrush pros and consDeciding whether to buy a manual or electric toothbrush basically comes down to what you desire as far as comfort and convenience go.

Whatever toothbrush that you decide to buy, remember that using your brush is what counts. Yes, the best toothbrush that you can buy is the one that you will actually use. Again. And again. Every day. That’s it. It’s really that simple. While both electric and manual brushes have some advantages, and drawbacks, the bottom line is which one you will use. At least twice a day for two minutes.

If you still are not sure which type of toothbrush you would use the most, below you can find electric toothbrush advantages and drawbacks of both:

Manual Brush Advantages and Disadvantages

Manual Toothbrush


  • Inexpensive – $1 to $7 depending on design and manufacturer
  • Usually have an easy grip handle
  • Easy to pack when traveling


  • No built-in timer – you have to guess when two minutes are up
  • Difficult to reach and clean the back teeth
  • Takes a lot more effort to clean the teeth
  • Difficult to apply the exact amount of pressure to teeth and gums
  • Difficult for some people to hold onto firmly, especially for people with health problems like arthritis

Power Toothbrush Advantages and Disadvantages

electric toothbrushPros

  • Some models have a built-in timer that lets you know when you have brushed for recommended two minutes
  • Power toothbrushes can have pressure sensors to keep you from over-brushing your teeth and gums
  • Usually a number of different sized brush heads available
  • Clean better as they brush faster than a man can ever do with a manual brush and can get into places in your mouth that an ordinary brush cannot
  • Usually have larger ergonomic handles which are easier to use for people with pain in their hands and arms.
  • Children usually love electric toothbrushes for kids


  • Can be quite expensive, ranging from $10 to $200+ depending on features and brand
  • Require regular charging or battery replacement
  • Can be used as long as the (usually irreplaceable) battery wears out which is several years

If you want to learn more about power toothbrushes, check out our list of best electric toothbrushes or explore the product lines of OralB and Philips.