Electric Toothbrush vs Manual Toothbrush: Which Is Better?

Electric Toothbrush Vs Manual

Nothing beats a fresh mouth and good oral care. To achieve this, it’s always advisable to brush your teeth regularly. But the question is, electric toothbrush vs manual toothbrush: which is better?

This question is important as the Australian Dental Association, ADA encourages the improvement of the oral and general health of the public. And this deeply involves the use of the right toothbrush and maintaining the right oral habits. 

However, here’s what the ADA has to say about using the right toothbrush, “Both electric and manual toothbrushes can provide optimal results when used correctly, but many people find an electric toothbrush to be easier to use”.

Electric V Manual Tb Statistic

With this statement, the Australian Dental Association places a seal of approval on both types of brushes. However, in this article you will learn other benefits electric toothbrushes have over manual toothbrushes.  Above all, regardless of your choice, the way in which an electric or manual toothbrush is used (your technique) is paramount.

We will guide you to make a better decision the next time you get to choose a new toothbrush.

Are Electric Toothbrushes Better than Manual Toothbrushes?

This has raised little arguments between dentists in Australia over years. Some argue that electric brushes are relatively easier to use and give the teeth a deep clean while others argue that manual toothbrushes are safer to use. Are electric toothbrushes really better? Well, here’s what we think.

Electric Toothbrush Benefits

Electric toothbrushes can remove plaque better than manual toothbrushes. Most people find power toothbrushes easier to use than regular manual ones because they provide the brushing action for them. 

Furthermore, since there are so many different types and features you can choose from, you can find one that meets your special needs. Some of the key benefits of using the electric toothbrush include.


Superior Plaque Removal

Ideally, powered brushes that oscillate in rotational motion are more efficient in removing plaques and reducing gingivitis in the longer term than manual brushes. 

This is because, by vibrating, your toothbrush gives you more micromotion as it moves across your teeth, and this helps to avoid plaque buildup in your teeth by reaching for the deeper and harder to reach places.


Easier To Use

Electric toothbrushes do all the work for you; unlike manual toothbrushes, which you have to move back and forth along your teeth to clean with most electric toothbrushes having an inbuilt rechargeable battery. As a result, it only needs to be guided along the surfaces of your teeth, placed on the charger between uses and the power brush heads being replaced every three months or so.

Once you get the hang of it, the powered method of brushing becomes easier. This is why it is best for people having issues with mobility, especially those suffering from carpal tunnel, developmental disabilities, and arthritis.



In recent years, electric toothbrushes have come a long way with abundance of size, colour, user functions and price. Nowadays many toothbrushes include features designed to make brushing easier, more effective and fun. These include pressure sensors, timers, replacement brush indicators, smartphone connectivity and Replacement Heads for specific purposes such as plaque removal, whitening or deep cleaning.

Choosing The Right Electric Brush For You

Now that you know some benefits of the electric toothbrush over the manual toothbrush, it is time to choose the perfect toothbrush to give you that oral health you desire. These are a few picks of ours that you would surely love.

The Best Power Brush

Philips Sonicare Diamondclean Smart Lunar Blue

Philips Sonicare Diamondclean Lunar Blue is our top pick electric toothbrush as it includes all the trimmings. It is designed with both style and functionality in mind and is suited to users looking for the best possible clean with all of the current technological features such as: pressure sensors, timer, tongue cleaning, brush sync technology and smart phone connectivity.

The Philips Sonicare Diamondclean Electric toothbrush has very flexible sides and soft bristle contours that are sized to the shape of the tooth surface, this helps you to get rid of plaque easily and reaches the deep ends of the tooth to avoid plaque buildup. 

As one of the power products designed by Philips, it has an extra care feature that gently targets your gum line for an effective clean.

With this power brush, you get whiter teeth because it has micro bristles that focus on removing bacteria and debris, leaving you with cleaner teeth, a fresher breath and a faster rate too. 

If you want extra care on cleaning your tongue and an easy handle to grip while brushing, then this electric brush is for you.  It reduces scrubbing and gets you cleaner teeth, nice and easy.

The Best All Rounder

Philips Sonicare Protective Clean 4300 Plaque Black

Philips Sonicare Protective Clean 4300 Plaque White

To consolidate the edge of the electric brushes over the manual toothbrushes. The affordable, all-rounder, Philips Sonicare protective clean 4300, comes in two types – Black HX6800/06 and White HX6807/06. The Philips Sonicare Protective Clean 4300 provides up to 7x more effective plaque removal than a manual toothbrush whilst being safe on sensitive areas such as braces, fillings and orthodontic appliances.

This all-rounder toothbrush is great for anyone who likes an extra detail on colour, so if you like that, then you should go for this. With a RRP of $109 the Philips Protective Clean 4300 is an affordable toothbrush packed full of features.

The best part is the Brushsync technology that notifies you when you need to change your brush head, especially if you have been using it for too long. This technology also tells you when you are pressing too hard on your tooth. 

You don’t need reminders with this one because it does all the work for you.

Best Entry Level

Colgate Proclinical 500R Whitening

Not looking to outlay too much on an electric toothbrush? Well sometimes the basics will just do and this is where the Colgate Proclinical 500R comes in. The Colgate Proclinical 500R Electric Toothbrush also comes in two varieties, the red coloured electric toothbrush and the silver-coloured electric toothbrush, both also serving the same value with a RRP of $45.

With its dual brushing modes, the daily and gentle clean mode, this electric toothbrush carefully cleans the tooth’s surface, preventing plaque build-up.

It also includes a travel case, making it easy and convenient to carry around. Also, be assured of a powerful clean yet gentle on the clean. With this toothbrush, you should see results from the very first day, although this may vary with individuals.

Coupled with its sleek and modern design, this toothbrush cleans the tooth ten times better than a manual toothbrush. So if you are looking for something pretty fancy yet effective (and that won’t break the bank), this is it!

The Few Benefits Of A Manual Toothbrush

Some people enjoy using a manual toothbrush because it’s affordable and easily accessible and we completely understand this. If you are going down the manual toothbrush route, here are a couple of manual toothbrushes you could try.

Colgate Slim Soft Ultra Compact Brush

If you are looking for a deep clean and better oral health for yourself, you should go for the Colgate Slim Soft Ultra Compact Head brush

This manual toothbrush has 35% more (than standard brushes) super soft bristles that are gentle on your gums and cleans your teeth effectively. The bristles are 17x slimmer at the tip which ensures a gentle, soft clean at the gum line. So if you’ve got sensitive teeth or gums, this is a good option for you.

Colgate Total Professional Everyday, Triple Action Cleaning

With bristles specially designed to clean up deep areas of the teeth, this Colgate Total Professional Compact Head Brush gives an impressive tooth whitening experience.

It also has a sleek handle that is easy to grip and can be used for any brushing style you want. So, looking for a manual with triple-action bristles for cleaning plaques effectively? This is it!

Where To Buy A Toothbrush Online

There you have it, this answers the question: electric toothbrush vs manual toothbrush, which is better? Here at The House of Mouth we would all agree that an electric toothbrush does clean your teeth better.

At The House of Mouth, we offer power toothbrushes, manual toothbrushes and a wide range of  oral care and teeth whitening products available online.

We also offer shipping and Click and Collect from our Gold Coast Studio. Contact us now for trusted advice and the best teeth whitening and oral health experience in Australia.

Hico Coupon Your Order
Get 10% OFF Your Order
Join our Email List to receive your coupon

Submit Enquiry

Drop files here or
Max. file size: 50 MB.
    This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
    Get 10% OFF Your Order
    Join our Email List to receive your coupon
    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
    Sgp Green Circle
    Sgpico Person


    Sign Up

    Ddico House Of Mouth

    No product listings...

    No product listings...

    No product listings...

    No product listings...

    No product listings...

    No product listings...

    Sgp Green Circle

    Share This

    Select your desired option below to share a direct link to this page
    Share on facebook
    Share on twitter
    Share on linkedin
    Share on skype
    Share on pinterest
    Share on email

    Save Time & Money

    Select the Subscribe n Save option then select your frequency to Save 10% on Whitening and 5% off Oral/Self Care Products.

    Relax & Enjoy

    Your future orders will automatically ship meaning you have more time doing the things you enjoy the most.

    Manage Your Account

    Sign in to easily edit your subscriptions. Skip, pause or cancel at anytime.