I have been a long-time user of the Philips Sonicare line of electronic toothbrushes for quite a few years now, but after my most recent brush took a devastating fall and stopped working I decided it was time to shop around.
I knew that I didn’t want to go back to a caveman toothbrush and also didn’t want to pay the high markup on a new Sonicare toothbrush, so it helped to narrow my options more.
The next item on the list was brush heads, the Sonicare brush heads were not cheap so I wanted to see if I could help decrease the refill cost.
I had heard many good things about Quip from a few people personally, as well as some great reviews online. So on one of my weekend shopping outings, I was at Walmart and saw they had the Quip Smart electric toothbrush in metal/black on sale so I said why not finally give it a try.
They also had the other non-smart model but as many of you know I love to have an application/device installed on my computer, phone, or in my home that sells my personal data so the smart model was a no-brainer.
My initial impressions of the Quip toothbrush upon opening the well-designed packaging was the following
- Seemed too light to have any power
- The brush head couldn’t possibly work well, as it was much softer than my Sonicare
- It did not require a separate charging station
- It was Sleek
- Seemed well built
After opening the packaging and syncing it with the app on my phone (Which was not only quick, but worked flawlessly the first time) I gave it a test run, and wow I was impressed.
While it did not seem to vibrate the head as rapidly as the Sonicare toothbrush that I had previously, it did leave my teeth feeling just as clean if not cleaner.
The timing feature is very much the same as the Sonicare where it briefly stops for a moment to signal you to move to the next quadrant of your mouth (Imagine breaking your mouth into 4 sections).
Another nice aspect about this brush was the size, it was way smaller than the Sonicare toothbrush, and the holder (Which can attach to any smooth surface such as glass, or a mirror) doubles as a carrying case for travel. No more needing to package up the Sonicare into a different holder, and making sure to pack the separate charger anymore!
Now for the iOS app, Phillips has one as well though none of my previous brushes had the option to use the app. The Quip app seems as though it is very much in beta, and I hope as updates come out it will only improve. Another cool feature is that it links with Apple Health to store all of this data too! But still, as of now it is very simple but does give you some details as shown in the screenshots below.
While I have only had it for a few days so far, the experience has been great. I ended up purchasing one for everyone in the household (Granted no one else has the “Smart” model as they would never use that aspect.).
I also signed up for the 3-month subscription service which not only includes a new toothbrush head but also a new battery for each brush as well. Overall this seems like a great service especially when it comes in at only $5 per toothbrush every 3 months.
I liked the Quip electric toothbrush so much I decided to go out and purchase their Quip Refillable Floss Pack as well. While it did come in at a $25 purchase, it should pay for itself in no time seeing that I buy a bag of the disposable floss picks every other month or so for about $4 a pop.
So far I am liking the size of it and how self-contained it is, however as convenient as it is to use it does not hold the floss as tight as the disposable ones do.