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Lived-In Review: Does The Quip Electric Toothbrush Hold up to The Hype?

* We spent a week testing this toothbrush out on the road
* The alternative to the traditional Sonicare brush
* A modern brush made by dentists and designers 

We are supposed to start—and end—every single day with this practice to maintain a mouthful of pearly whites and skip that nasty morning breath, but if you are anything like me, it is not always routine to brush my teeth as thoroughly and as frequently as I should. And because chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes are linked to poor oral health, there is no reason not take this habit as serious as I take my skincare routine. But I wanted to try a different brush than my usual, something a little less bulky that I would want to use more often and that would make an excellent travel partner. Quip has taken a very current approach to get their brushes in the hands of so many with their minimalist toothbrush design and millennial-friendly marketing as a way to make brushing sexy, or at the very least, an appealing ritual that fits into our lifestyles as seamlessly as checking our social media profiles. Their name and consistent use of pastel color-blocking across their ads were becoming such a mainstay on my webpages that I had to test this handsome brush out for myself.

To be completely transparent, I have been using the same Sonicare toothbrush for at least a decade (swapping out the handle and heads when needed). I was comfortable with the design and was happy enough with how it felt on my teeth while brushing but the whole device itself doesn’t have a current design or feel that inspired me to leap for it as often as I should be. It also has a large and weighty handle with a lengthy cable and charging base that takes up space on my shelf and in my suitcase. So, upon taking my all-black Quip brush out of its box, I quickly realized how minimalist their entire kit really was—the branding was not misleading. Quip’s whole set-up is streamlined so it uses AAA batteries (no cords) and a sleek cap for the brush that doubles as a wall mount on bathroom surfaces like tiles and mirrors.

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What Is a Quip Toothbrush?

There has been an on-going debate about electric toothbrushes versus manual since the inception of the vibrating brush, and Quip’s commentary on that is that as long as you are brushing with consistency and proper cleaning techniques than you are in good hands with your brush. They actually give the consumer a little control here, letting us know that what really matters is whatever will get you up and brushing better. As I stated above, I felt my toothbrush wasn’t sleek enough for me to want to stare at myself in the mirror with it for two whole minutes, and it was a pain to take on weekend trips. But Does it really feel thgat much different than my old Sonicare? What is different about their brush is that it uses rounded nylon bristles in the middle of the brush head and silicon bristles around the edge, which has been a lot more gentle on my gums. It also comes with a larger brush head than I am used to, which I quickly noticed to feel strange in my mouth but I actually think it is covering more ground in my mouth so I don’t have to brush as long as I used to.

The brush vibrates for two minutes with 30-second intervals vibrations so you are reminded to brush your teeth with gentle care by holding it over each tooth with the mindfulness to not scrub the gums. It is a totally waterproof brush, which makes it easy to clean and I can brush in the shower, carefree. So, yes it feels and looks a lot different than what I am used to. I have enjoyed their toothpaste as well, but would not say it is necessary to buy this unless you like the subscription option that keeps it stocked up for you. The brush also comes in a handful of neutral and metallic colorways as well as the all-black version that I got. I thought this was a very sophisticated take on the traditional white brush handle and I have to say it looks great with all of my products on the shelf.

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How it Works

You can buy a Quip toothbrush online for a one-time only purchase or if you want to join their subscription plan, you can opt-in to receive new toothbrush heads every three months at $5 per head. You can also sign up to receive their minty fresh toothpaste every three months, who for those of us who would rather skip the line at local retailers this is a great option. The second thing I appreciate about this subscription plan is that they count the days for you, so, you don’t have to remember when you last changed your brush head, it simply arrives in the mail (along with a AAA battery) and you are off and brushing. In case you want to buy replacement fillers ahead of time, there is an option for that as well. I personally am stocking up on heads for some lengthy travels coming up. A bonus for those who are on the subscription plan is that shipping is free worldwide.

The plastic handle toothbrush will run you $25 while the aluminum handle version, which is supposed to last a lifetime, will cost you $40. I am using the all-black version ($55) and have to say it felt like a pretty big upgrade from the outdated and cumbersome plastic brush that would often become slippery while brushing in the shower and didn’t look nearly as good on the shelf.

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The Verdict

After taking this brush with me around a few hotels and across multiple cities, I was actually finding myself called to brush more (even after meals) and because of its portability, I could stash the brush in my backpack while jumping between events. I loved having it accessible on long plane rides as well. Although I am still determining the quality of the clean (my next dentist appointment will be telling) I am pleased with the brushing experience and how my teeth felt afterward. My personal recommendation is to pair a tongue cleaner with your ritual and you are off to a more gleaming smile. I also need to note the price point on this brush, which is arguably one of the most affordable on the market. A Philips Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush will cost you $200 and the Goby All-Black setup (similar in design to the Quip) will cost you $75. I would recommend this brush for someone who is struggling with finding a solid oral care routine and is a proud aesthete who loves high-design and functionality with their everyday products. I will not be trading this one in for awhile.