If you're on Instagram, you've probably seen ads for Quip. The company has developed a slim and simple toothbrush that lets you brush your teeth twice a day for the recommended two minutes.
Of course, there are many electric toothbrushes that you can buy. What makes Quip stand out is the design of the brushes – they are slimmer and more stylish than most competitors. In addition, Quip will send you new brush heads every 3 months.
Looking good will only get you that far – enough to make Quip the right choice for your oral hygiene? I've worked with Quip for over a month instead of my other toothbrush to find out.
To The Test is a series in which we try out a product and share our experience of using it in our everyday lives.
What is it?
Quip is a battery powered electric toothbrush that uses sonic vibrations to brush your teeth. The brush has a built-in two-minute timer and pauses every 30 seconds to indicate that it's time to move to another quadrant of your mouth.
The brush heads are available in a size and softness and can be easily exchanged. You can sign up for a subscription with Quip to send you new heads (and a new battery) every 3 months.
The toothbrush also includes a holder that will stick to most flat surfaces (such as your mirror) and will serve as a doublet cover when traveling.
How much is it?
Quips toothbrushes cost US $ 25 for a plastic model that is available in blue or green. You can upgrade to a metal version – available in silver, copper, gold or slate for $ 40.
New brush heads cost $ 5 each and toothpaste is available for another $ 5 from Quip. You can sign up for a refill program that will send you a new brush head, battery, and toothpaste for $ 10 every 3 months.
You can buy Quip brushes on the company's website and at many target locations.  What's the hype?
Quips toothbrushes promise the same results as larger, more expensive models, but in a more cost-effective and compact design.
There are many battery powered toothbrushes (I use this term to differentiate them from rechargeable models) on the market, but Quip is one of the first to make them look stylish.
How I used Quip
I used the Quip Toothbrush exclusively for two weeks and then spent three weeks comparing Quip to my current Oral-B model.
In the last years I was almost exclusively involved in this. I have used electric toothbrushes and tried different models during my life – from Sonicare to the Crest Spin Brush.
I also admit that sometimes I do not have to go through the whole two-minute routine that has the most electrical options, so I occasionally grab a hand brush and hurry through the ordeal.
What I liked
To be honest, not much about the quip brush I tried to blow away. That does not mean that I did not like it.
The brush is compact and smooth. It occupies much less space on my counter than my oral B brush and honestly looks much better. It's also lighter than other electric models I've tried.
It cleans my teeth well and is comfortable to use. I've tried the golden metal version of the brush, and it's the most beautiful toothbrush I've ever had.
It also has a built-in tongue scraper on the back of the brush head, which is a plus. 19659018] What I Did not Do
My main complaint with using Quip is that the brush head is too big for my mouth (and one employee agrees). I found it harder to reach some of the narrower parts of my mouth (usually my upper molars) with the Quip brush head. Granted, I do not have a big mouth, but it's not that small either. A spin-head brush, as made by Oral-B, can easily reach these rear areas.
I started with Quip before releasing a children's version of his brush specifically designed for children's little mouths. But there is only one size for adults.
With all the electric toothbrushes I've used before, I usually let the toothbrush work hard. I slowly move the brush head around my mouth, aiming for certain areas rather than the quick flicks I do with a hand brush. However, after using a brush that moves faster in front of Quip, I felt the need to scrub more to get the same clean feel as with my Oral-B. More about that next.
How is Quip comparable to Sonicare and Oral-B?
From $ 25, Quip is cheaper than popular alternatives from Sonicare (from $ 40), Oral-B (from $ 30) or Foreo (the cheapest model costs $ 50).
The brushes of Quip and Sonicare vibrate to remove plaque and food from the teeth – the difference, however, is how fast they move.
Quip's engine generates 15,000 strokes per minute, while Sonicare uses up to 62,000 brush strokes per minute. Quip says it uses the industry standard and provides enough brush strokes to clean your teeth.
Oral-B brushes differ slightly from the two, both Quip and Sonicare, as they pulsate and also oscillate, which mimics the tooth polishing process by cleaning the dentist. Oral-B claims that his brushes use 48,800 movements per minute.
Are more brush strokes better? Not necessarily. I have consulted with my mother, a registered dental assistant who has worked in the field for more than 40 years, and she has stated that every brush can remove plaque, whether manually or electrically. The American Dental Association also supports this.
Another note: Both Oral-B and Sonicare offer a variety of brush heads for different needs. Oral-B, for example, has eight options, including a brush head that promotes stain removal up to a distance to remove braces.
Should you buy a Quip toothbrush?
So, if a manual brush works as well as an electric one, why bother? Because most of us do not clean properly or for enough time. Using an electric toothbrush, especially one that has a timer, will ensure you have plenty of time to brush your teeth.
If you have never made a leap to electric brushing, Quip is a good place to start. The brush is easy to use, looks good in your bathroom and does not need to be charged. It works well to clean teeth, gums and tongue and it is inexpensive.
I plan to use my Oral B brush for a long time because the brush head is smaller – that's the same for sensitive teeth as mine – works better for my needs.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a health or medical consultation. Always ask a doctor or other qualified health care provider if you have questions about a medical condition or health goals.