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The Quip electric toothbrush brings some class to your bathroom sink, but don’t ditch your Sonicare if you’re looking for the best teeth cleaning experience. With that said, I love the Quip’s stylish, minimalist, compact look. It looks infinitely better sitting on my bathroom sink compared to my Sonicare and its bulky charger. The Quip is the ideal electric toothbrush for those who travel frequently, as the holder doubles as a travel cap. I was worried about the battery dying before I got my next toothbrush head, but the people at Quip assured me it will last until my replacement arrives 3 months from now. If you’re looking for a stylish, compact electric toothbrush, this is it.
The Quip is delivered in a metallic envelope containing the brush handle, toothbrush head, AAA battery, and a Quip toothpaste sample. The brush arrives in this plastic tube which can double as a protective cover for your toothbrush if you feel the included holder isn’t enough to protect it. They suggest recycling it, but I held onto it as I feel it may come in handy someday. The toothpaste sample, though? Toss it. It’s pretty terrible. It has a generic minty taste, and doesn’t hold a candle to my normal toothpaste.
The Quip toothbrush holder has a little adhesive strip that’ll stick to pretty much any surface, but isn’t super stick so that you can move it and place it anywhere you may go. I don’t suggest hanging it like I did in the picture, as the weight of the toothbrush eventually will cause it to fall. The ideal place for the holder is probably resting on your sink top against the wall or bathroom mirror.
The Quip toothbrush holder doubles as a cap for your toothbrush. The holder/cap is designed incredibly well, as the “Quip” logo is actually cut into the holder/cap to give your toothbrush some ventilation. The makers of this toothbrush seemingly thought of everything from a design standpoint.
I couldn’t help but compare the Quip to my long-time electric toothbrush, a Philips Sonicare. The Quip is noticeably smaller than the Sonicare in stature, but the toothbrush head itself is slightly larger. As you can see in the photos above, there is a rubber bristle ring around the head of the Quip that the Sonicare lacks. The Quip also has a more rigid, straight design compared to the slanted head of the Sonicare brush.
I wanted to show how the Quip compared to the Sonicare functionally, as I mentioned in my quick review you don’t want to completely abandon your Sonicare for the Quip if you’re looking for the best teeth cleaning experience. Brushing my teeth with the Sonicare is effortless, as I just have to move the brush around in my mouth and let the vibrations do the work. While the Quip also vibrates, you still have to brush your teeth exactly like you would with a standard, non-electric toothbrush. The Quip isn’t going to do the work for you. Check out a side-by-side comparison in this Vine I took:
The Quip is whisper quiet compared to the Sonicare. I like that I can brush my teeth with an electric toothbrush without everyone in my building hearing it. As you can see in the Vine, though, the Quip barely vibrates compared to the Sonicare. You can probably duct tape a standard toothbrush to a vibrator and get the same effect as the Quip electric toothbrush. Actually that’s probably not accurate. A standard toothbrush duct taped to a vibrator would still vibrate significantly more than the Quip.
If you’ve been using a standard toothbrush all your life, the Quip will likely feel like a game-changer. I remember when I switched from regular toothbrush to the Sonicare. It changed my life. Your mouth will feel much cleaner than ever before, because it most likely will be. The Quip isn’t going to completely replace my Sonicare, but it will be my go-to travel toothbrush, and I’ll likely stick with it if my Sonicare ever craps out and dies.
I’m not raving over the Quip, but I don’t hate it, either. The fact that they’ll send you a new head and battery every 3 months for $5 is solid. It’s definitely more cost-effective than the major electric toothbrush brands. If you’re searching for an electric toothbrush and you’re on a tight budget, the Quip isn’t a bad choice (just not the best one). Interested? Get one here.