If you care more about the size of your electric toothbrush, how it looks, and its battery life than cleaning performance, then we think the Quip is for you. This compact toothbrush couldn't compare to the top-tier models in our cleaning tests but it is sleek and stylish with an impressive battery life. It is also one of the cheapest electric toothbrushes around — though it still costs quite a bit more than a manual model — so it's a decent value if you are set on getting an electric toothbrush.
Pros: Compact, long battery life
Cons: Rubber bristles can feel disconcerting, didn’t do well in our cleaning test
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The first thing that we evaluated and scored for each electric toothbrush is how comfortable they are to brush with. We had a diverse group of judges use each brush and award them a score based on how comfortable they felt to use each product daily. This accounts for 40% of the final score, with the Quip earning a decent score compared to the rest of the brushes in the group.
The Quip's brushing action is very gentle, making it a good option for anyone with sensitive gums. The brush head isn't overly large or deep, so even those with more petite mouths. It is also one of the quietest toothbrushes of the entire group.
However, the Quip does not have a built-in pressure sensor to alert you if you are pressing too hard. It also doesn't have a sensitive brushing mode but we didn't find this to be too much of an issue, since the standard brushing mode is so gentle to begin with.
Next, we tested and scored the cleaning performance of each toothbrush. To do this as objectively as possible, we had several testers abstain from brushing their teeth for 12+ hours to build up a healthy amount of plaque. Each of them then used a plaque disclosing tablet to tint the plaque bright pink and use the Quip. Scores were determined by comparing the before and after photos and see how much plaque was removed. The Quip did about average, earning an unimpressive score in this metric, which accounts for 30% of the total for each product.
This toothbrush didn't come close to doing a perfect job cleaning any of our judges' teeth, with noticeable spots of plaque remaining for each of them.
However, this was when we used the Quip more like an electric toothbrush than a manual toothbrush, slowly moving it in small circles across your teeth. It does seem like the cleaning performance would be drastically improved if you brushed like a manual toothbrush when using this product, lightly scrubbing your teeth.
Ease of Use
After cleaning and comfort, we moved on to rating and scoring the convenience and ease of use of each toothbrush, which is responsible for 20% of the overall score. While the minimalistic nature of the Quip means that it lacks many of the convenience features of other products, this actually made it significantly easier to use, earning it one of the higher scores of the group.The Quip only has a single cleaning mode so there is no confusion when it comes to swapping between modes and is waterproof enough to take in the shower or rinse off. This brush's power button and overall design is sleek and smooth, so there aren't a lot of areas for grime to accumulate and is easy to clean.
The Quip has a 2-minute timer with quadrant intervals but doesn't have a good storage solution for other brush heads. They are also a bit more difficult to change than with other products, so it seems like the Quip is more of a one-person toothbrush, rather than something that can be shared.
For the final 10% of the total score, we looked at the battery life of each of these powered toothbrushes. As mentioned above, the Quip stands out from the other toothbrushes by relying on a conventional AAA battery as a power source, rather than wirelessly recharging an internal lithium battery. This provides a surprisingly long battery life, earning the Quip top marks in this metric.
The manufacturer claims that the Quip can last for 90 days before needing a new battery and we have no reason to doubt this. It was still going strong at well over 50 days, significantly outperforming the vast majority of the other products.
The Quip is one of the least expensive models that we have tested so it can be a good option if you are shopping on a budget but you are locked into using their proprietary brush heads and you lose the benefit of being able to share the toothbrush, which can increase the lifetime cost.
We find it hard to recommend the Quip on its performance alone. However, if the subscription service and sleek looks appeal to you, then it's a solid choice and shouldn't disappoint. It also is a great option for the frequent traveler with its compact size and lack of a charger.
— Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman