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Fairywill Sonic Toothbrush Review

If you are shopping on the tightest of budgets, then this is a great choice
Fairywill Sonic Toothbrush
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Price:   $23 List | $25.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, great battery life
Cons:  Limited features, Not the best cleaning performance
Manufacturer:   Fairywill
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Oct 13, 2020
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  • Comfort - 40% 6
  • Cleaning - 30% 7
  • Ease of Use - 20% 5
  • Battery Life - 10% 9

Our Verdict

If you are searching for a new electric toothbrush and trying to spend as little as possible, then we would recommend checking out the Fairywill Sonic Electric Toothbrush. This toothbrush delivered solid results in our cleaning test, is comfortable to use, and has an exceptional battery life in our opinion, making it the perfect budget travel companion.

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Pros Inexpensive, great battery lifeVery easy to use, solid battery life, great cleaning powerGreat cleaning power, stylish, solidly comfortableExceptional battery life, comfortableComfortable, exceptional cleaning power
Cons Limited features, Not the best cleaning performanceOnly a single cleaning modeExorbitantly expensiveNot the best at cleaningLittle less convenient to use, lackluster battery life
Bottom Line If you are shopping on the tightest of budgets, then this is a great choiceThis is an excellent all-around toothbrush that cleans well and is particularly easy to useThis top-notch toothbrush is packed with smart features but comes at a hefty priceA solid, all-around toothbrush with an outstanding battery lifeThis brush is a good bet if you want maximum adjustability when it comes to brushing modes
Rating Categories Fairywill Sonic... Sonicare... Sonicare... Brio SmartClean... Sonicare...
Comfort (40%)
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6
6
6
6
Cleaning (30%)
7
7
8
7
8
Ease Of Use (20%)
5
8
6
5
5
Battery Life (10%)
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Specs Fairywill Sonic... Sonicare... Sonicare... Brio SmartClean... Sonicare...
Charger Info N/A 100 - 240V a.c.
50/60Hz
0.4 - 1.4W
100 - 240V
50/60Hz
0.5 - 1.3W
100 - 240VA
50-60Hz
0.9 - 1.3W
100 - 240V a.c.
50/60Hz
0.4 - 1.4W
Estimated annual brush head cost $10 $50 $50 $24 $40
Waterproof/ Resistant Yes, up to 1 meter up to 30 min Can use in shower Can use in shower Yes, up to 1 meter up to 30 min Can use in shower
# of different brush heads 2 8 11 + tongue brush 3 11
Measured Battery Life 50 Days 28 days 24 days 70 Days 22 days
# of brushing modes 5 modes: White, Clean, Sensitive, Polish, Massage 1 Clean 9500 & 9700 Series - 3 intensities and 5 Modes: Clean, White+, Gum Health, Deep Clean+, and tongue care
9300 - does not have tongue clean
5 modes: Clean, White, Polish, Massage, Sensitive 2 modes: Clean and White
3 Intensities (6 combinations)
Pressure sensor No Yes Yes No No
30 second reminder Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2 minute alert Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Travel case included Yes No Yes, Charging Case No Yes
Weight 2.6 oz. 4.3 oz. 5 oz. 4.0 oz. 4.9 oz.
App No No Yes No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

There is no denying that the Fairywill is a fairly bare-bones and minimalistic electric toothbrush. It doesn't have a smartphone companion app or a ton of fancy modes but we think it's hard to beat the price and some people will probably prefer a toothbrush without all the bells and whistles that the top-tier items have.

Performance Comparison


This brush is a good bargain option for those on the tightest of...
This brush is a good bargain option for those on the tightest of budgets.
Credit: Laura Casner

Comfort


We began our toothbrush testing regimen by rating and ranking how comfortable it is to use. We had multiple judges try out each brush and score the comfort level of each one, as well as measured how loud each brush is and checked to see if they have a pressure sensor to prevent over-brushing. The Fairywill fared quite well, earning an above-average score.


Our judges found the side-to-side brushing action of the Fairywill to be quite gentle. The bristles on the included brush head run just a bit stiffer than average but we don't think they are too rough if you have gums on the more sensitive side.

We found this toothbrush to be quite comfortable to use, even for...
We found this toothbrush to be quite comfortable to use, even for those with sensitive teeth.
Credit: Laura Casner

We also like that the Fairywill isn't overly loud. You can definitely hear it if you are standing close to someone brushing but it is much quieter than many of the rotation-oscillation brushes out there. Unfortunately, this toothbrush doesn't have an indicator to alert you if you are brushing too hard.

This toothbrush did quite well in our cleaning test, removing the...
This toothbrush did quite well in our cleaning test, removing the bulk of the plaque.
Credit: Laura Casner

Cleaning


Our next metric looked at how well the Fairywill did in our side-by-side cleaning test. We determined scores by having our judges use a plaque-disclosing tablet after refraining from brushing for around 18 hours, then using the Fairywill on its standard 2-minute cleaning cycles. We looked at before and after photos to compare how much plaque was removed. This electric toothbrush didn't deliver the best results but still performed above average.


This toothbrush let our tester easily remove the bulk of the plaque on the main surfaces of their teeth.

Most of the plaque was removed by the Fairywill.
The plaque has been stained pink with a plaque-disclosing tablet.

However, we did find that there were a few problem spots that it missed.

The included brush heads with the Fairywill.
The included brush heads with the Fairywill.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use


Following cleaning and comfort, our next set of evaluations ranked and rated how easy each toothbrush is to use and how user-friendly the features and functions are. We looked at the ease of swapping the modes, how much of a hassle it is to clean the toothbrush itself, if there is storage for additional brush heads on the charging base, and if it has a 2-minute timer — preferably with quadrant pacing. We found the Fairywill Sonic Toothbrush to be quite basic in nature, lacking some of the convenience features of the top models, but its simplicity makes it very easy to operate. This earned it a score in the middle of the group.


The Fairywill has 5 different cleaning modes: white, clean, sensitive, polish, massage. You hit the power button to cycle through each mode and there is an indicator light that shows you what mode you are in.

This toothbrush has a solid water-resistance rating, even if it...
This toothbrush has a solid water-resistance rating, even if it doesn't have a wireless charger.
Credit: Laura Casner

This toothbrush is rated for IPX7, meaning it's rated for accidental submersion to 1 meter but hasn't undergone any dust ingress protection rating. It's fairly easy to clean the bulk of the brush, but we did find some raised areas around the power button and a few seams that can accumulate toothpaste grime.

Unfortunately, the charging base for this brush doesn't have any spot for additional brush heads or include a travel case. This brush also has an integrated 2-minute timer that notifies you when it's time to move to different parts of your mouth.

Battery Life


Our last series of tests evaluated and scored the battery life of each toothbrush. For this test, we ran it continuously (since it doesn't really have any standby power draw with its lack of smart features) and then figured out how many days it would have lasted for a single person with typical use. The Fairywill did exceptionally well in this metric, earning one of the best scores of the group.


We estimate that this brush would last for approximately 50 days, assuming you brush once in the morning and once in the evening — far outpacing most of the competition.


However, we did find it a little off that this model doesn't have an induction charger — like almost every single other model — instead having a 3.5mm charging port at the base of the brush.

Value


If you are looking to spend as little as possible on a new electric toothbrush and don't mind making some concessions, then the Fairywill is a solid value option.

Conclusion


While this electric toothbrush might not be the best of the best, it does an acceptable job compared to the rest of the competition at a much lower price. It isn't without its flaws but we do like how comfortable and easy to use it is.

David Wise and Austin Palmer