Quip Toothbrush Review (Pros/Cons, Pricing, and More)

Quip Toothbrush Review

As a dentist, I couldn’t help but notice Quip. The company created a uniquely designed electric toothbrush that is being advertised all over the internet and social media! Chances are they peaked your interest too. With a sleek design and glamorous advertising campaigns, Quip is turning heads all over the dental world.

Quip is a name that makes me feel better equipped for my oral healthcare needs. However, with so many different electric toothbrushes on the market, what does the Quip toothbrush actually do? Below is a complete review of what you need to know about the Quip electric toothbrush, including the pros and cons of this trendy dental device.

Purchase the Quip toothbrush on the company’s website or Amazon

What is Quip?

Quip is an electric toothbrush startup that focuses on one of the most essential things your dentist talks about, prevention. The idea behind Quip is very simple and appeals to those that want less hassle. The company wanted to make a simple yet affordable electric toothbrush that cut out the gimmicks of more expensive toothbrushes but provide similar results.

To cut out the middle man, Quip markets and sells their products directly to the dental consumer. The company boasts having “bristles with just the right amount of sonic vibrations and guiding pulses to help simplify better brushing. No needless modes. Just what the dentist ordered for a wholesome two minute clean.”

In 2016, Quip started to take social media by force and received Time Magazine’s 25 Best inventions of the year award as well as GQ’s Grooming award for the best budget electric toothbrush.

ADA Seal of Acceptance

Quip has the ADA seal of approval

As a dentist, one of my goals is to make things easier for my patients and to give them the tools they need to make oral health a consistent habit.

One of the most unique and enticing things about Quip for me is the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance that this product has. The ADA seal is a strenuous process where the product has to commit significant resources to test and market the product. In addition, they pass significant safety and efficacy criteria developed by the ADA Council on Scientific affairs by showing clinical and/or laboratory studies.

This ADA Seal is awarded for 5 years. During that time frame, the company must continue to submit updated chemical and safety data. This signifies that the company is actually doing what they are marketing.

Convenient Quip toothbrush head refills

Another unique service this product offers is the recurring toothbrush head refill. As a dentist, I talk about several things when I bring up electric toothbrushes. For example:

  • Do you change the brush head frequently?
  • Are you putting a lot of pressure on your teeth?
  • How are you brushing your teeth?

These new brush head refills are delivered every 3 months for $5-15 dollars (depending on the type of refill you choose). Their brand of fluoridated toothpaste, which is also included in certain refill packages, was also given the ADA seal of acceptance.

The Quip toothbrush comes in a very sleek case that can come in the following colors:

  • Green plastic
  • Blue plastic
  • Silver metal
  • Copper metal
  • Slate metal
  • Gold metal
  • All-black metal
  • (RED) metal

The package itself is very appealing with a smaller hygienic travel cover. Along with being waterproof and shower safe, it also includes a wireless suction holder.

Source: getquip.com

Quip’s relationship with dentists

Uniquely, Quip is trying to differentiate itself from the competition by creating a symbiotic relationship with dentists.

For example, as a patient, you can enter the name and email of your dentist and get a $5 dollar credit from Quip. Your dentist then has the option to reward you for coming in on time to your annual 6-month checkup by paying for future Quip refills. I found this to be pretty cool!

Personally, I contacted the company and, at this time, they do not have an available database for patients to look up dentists enlisted in this program. With this in mind, they plan to release one in the near future. In fact, Quip says they have about 30,000 dentists enrolled as of this month. It’s a very lucrative program that seems to still be in the pilot phase as they create a dental connection platform.

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Feedback from my patients

Honestly, I’ve had more than a few patients that have come in and say that Quip has very catchy and enticing advertisements. Most of the comments are about the simplicity and sliminess of the product, “something that feels like something you’d find in an Apple store where you can even opt for a matte metallic finish.”

The timer, which is on most electric toothbrushes, is enticing to some because it gives them checkpoints to hit and an end goal.

On the other hand, some of my patients have commented that the brush heads are not lasting as long or that the connection between the head and brush become faulty over time. Furthermore, some patients complain about Quip’s vibration technology and stating that it doesn’t give them that fresh brush feel while others think it is the perfect amount.

Source: getquip.com

The nuts and bolts of Quip

If you are looking for a convenient, cheaper, no hassle product, then this is the toothbrush for you! It comes with automatic refills that get charged to your credit card so you don’t have to think about buying new brush heads. You simply change it every 3 months when your package arrives.

The 2-minute timer makes a quick brush turn into a 2-minute habit for those who have never had a timer. The toothbrush travels well with a slim portable case and has attractive color options. The vibration setting is very gentle and does not change for simplicity. Furthermore, promising comments have been made about the noise level of the brush.

Some people like the complexity of different vibration settings along with various types of cleaning action mechanisms. If you want a hearty brush that gives stronger vibrations, this is not the brush for you. The brush head design is very simple and not for the ultra-tech enthusiast who wants all the bells and whistles. The warranty and return policy seem to have some kinks to work out, as some buyers have claimed products are difficult to return.

Quip through a dentist’s eyes

As a dentist, I think this product is great for someone who has never had an electric toothbrush. Any electric toothbrush is better than a manual brush. The design is simple but clean and efficient. For me, the vibrations were not strong enough to feel like I was getting my clean on. When I teach patients how to use an electric toothbrush I always say let the brush do the brushing. There is no need to scrub your teeth with an electric toothbrush. The idea is to have a more gentle gliding or rotating motion. With this brush, I couldn’t decide if I was supposed to brush my teeth like a manual brush or let the brush guide me.

If you like the manual brush motion of brushing your teeth but want something a little more hi-tech, then this might be your toothbrush. Some people don’t want to give up the control that they feel when they use the tried and true brushing technique. I really like the slimness, colors of the design, and brush set up. What they don’t mention is the clear tube cover that the toothbrush comes in is not supposed to be used after initial use but only for transporting the container. The toothbrush head is sealed airtight by putting the clear case over it and doesn’t let the brush head dry hygienically. Quip said they are working on the packaging to ensure people know that the clear cover should not be put back on routinely. The toothbrush head is very simple. I do like when they have more ridges and bristles of varying height to get to hard to reach places.

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The automatic refills are very clever. I remember when I used to buy a subscription for clothes and was happy every time a monthly box came. This is great for people that don’t want to be bothered with remembering to buy additional heads and makes the user change their brush head more frequently, which is definitely a positive. For me, I want my brush head to last 4-6 months though so 3-month refills seem to be a bit too frequent for my uses. I have read that some people have had the brush heads last much less than 3 months while others note they last much longer.

Something that I feel is really important in an electric toothbrush is the pressure sensor. At this time, Quip does not have this modality. The advice I give patients the most often is to brush their teeth less aggressively and be more gentle around the gums. For example, when you press too hard on an electric toothbrush like an Oral B, the body of the brush flashes red and makes angry beeping noises at you. I think this is a huge technological benefit we have seen in recent electric toothbrush models and something Quip might employ down the road.

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Source: getquip.com

What people are saying…

From Quip

Quip boasts of being the perfect brush with bristles that give “the right amount of sonic vibrations and guiding pulses to help simplify better brushing.” They are proud that they have one mode that gets patients to brush for a full two minutes. The company promotes that the brush is not bulky and does not have a wired charger that needs to be toted around. They offer a slim design that comes with a travel-ready holder that also suctions to bathroom surfaces.

“Refreshed on time” is a program where fresh Quip brush head refills are delivered every 3 months for a $5 dollar fee and free shipping. There is also an option that includes Quip’s anticavity mint toothpaste.

From consumer reviews

When reviewing customer reviews, I have read that some people have had the brush heads last much less than 3 months while others note they last much longer. Furthermore, a consist complaint is that the brush heads includes faulty connections between the brush head and the body. Changing the brush heads also seem to wear down the attachments so there will probably be upgrades coming in the near future. Some state that after the first brush replacement head, the connection loosens when brushing your teeth.

There has also been a lot of discussion about the vibrations that make this an electric toothbrush:

  • From a verified user on Amazon, “This brush vibrates the entire unit and even then….just barely.”
  • Another user states you could “vibrate a manual toothbrush with your hand and get more vibrations than this electric toothbrush.”
  • There have also been positive comments about the vibrations including “gentle on the gums” and that the “bristles are medium to firm” with gentle vibrations.

Something that seems to be a hot topic of discussion is the customer service. Both on Quip’s website and Amazon, there have been mixed reviews about contacting customer service, canceling subscriptions, and having difficulty with the equipment. In fact, some say the turn around time for these problems to be fixed goes on for weeks and even so long that the next subscription they are trying to cancel gets shipped out. On the other hand, others say they were able to cancel promptly with no problems. From a customer service aspect, it looks like there may be some kinks to work.

Quip couples toothbrush in silver and copper metal colors
Source: getquip.com

Is Quip right for you?

Pros

  • Great starter toothbrush for those that have never had an electric toothbrush before
  • The price point is more affordable for people that would like to try an electric toothbrush
  • Easy to use with minimal buttons to push
  • Sleek and appealing design that comes in a compact case
  • Smaller brush head than a manual brush
  • Automatic refills that come in the mail every 3 months
  • Has a specific kid-friendly toothbrush
  • Dentist friendly (including a program that will help promote routine dental visits)
  • Battery operated, no charging stand

Cons

  • Very light vibration
  • No pressure sensor for those that brush aggressively
  • Need to use back and forth brushing motions for proper use
  • Refills are automatic and charge your credit card every 3 months
  • Not being able to change the intensity or rotation of the brush head
  • One size and type of brush head so you’re unable to get a softer or firmer head
  • The connection between the brush head and brush can come loose during brushing or fail over time
  • Unable to buy replacement heads when needed
  • Battery operated, not environmentally friendly

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How much does Quip cost?

Depending on the color design you select, you can get a Quip starter set for $25, $40, or $55. The set includes the toothbrush, multi-use cover/mount, and a large toothpaste. From there, you’re automatically enrolled in their 3-month refill subscription that costs $10 dollars a delivery and includes a fresh brush head, AAA batteries, and a large toothpaste. You can also save money by prepaying for the first 12 months.

Quip sells mostly through its website, which can be difficult to navigate. However, as of recently, you can also purchase their toothbrush through major retailers like Amazon and Target.

Purchase the Quip toothbrush on the company’s website or Amazon

How does Quip compare to its competitors?

A premium Sonicare or Oral B electric toothbrushes can retail anywhere from $50-200. These two brands hold the majority of the electric toothbrush market. They come with strong customer support and a very large advertising program. This often means more accessibility as well as free products and coupons for consumers. They also have multiple settings and multiple types of brush heads, depending on what the user is looking for. Oral B and Sonicare are sold in almost every major pharmacy store as well as most department stores, grocery stores, and online.

Final thoughts

Overall, I would recommend this brush to anyone who has never had an electric toothbrush and wanted to try one out before spending the big bucks. It’s simple, slim, and physically appealing to have on your bathroom sink. For someone that has an electric toothbrush already, I don’t think this is the product to get unless you want something that has one speed and is smaller.

I truly believe you get what you pay for and the bells and whistles on the Oral B and Sonicare are more appealing to me. I’m used to different speeds and vibrations and feel that those brushes give me fresher breath and a heartier scrub. No matter what, an electric toothbrush will always be better than a manual one so get out there and see what’s best for your oral health care needs. You may want to try Quip before you commit!

What do you think of the Quip electric toothbrush? Leave your review in the comments below!

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Summary

The Quip electric toothbrush is great for anyone who has never had an electric toothbrush before. The design is simple yet clean and efficient. It also comes in some really cool colors and has a 3-month subscription service that helps you stay on top of changing your toothbrush head. Lastly, this toothbrush costs significantly less than traditional electric toothbrushes!

Pros

  • Great starter toothbrush for those that have never had an electric toothbrush before
  • Price point is more affordable for people that would like to try an electric toothbrush
  • Easy to use with minimal buttons to push
  • Sleek and appealing design that comes in a compact case
  • Smaller brush head than a manual brush
  • Automatic refills that come in the mail every 3 months
  • Has a specific kid-friendly toothbrush
  • Dentist friendly (including a program that will help promote routine dental visits)
  • Battery operated, no charging stand

Cons

  • Very light vibration
  • No pressure sensor for those that brush aggressively
  • Need to use back and forth brushing motions for proper use
  • Refills are automatic and charge your credit card every 3 months
  • Not being able to change the intensity or rotation of the brush head
  • One size and type of brush head so you’re unable to get a softer or firmer head
  • The connection between the brush head and brush can come loose during brushing or fail over time
  • Unable to buy replacement heads when needed
  • Battery operated, not environmentally friendly

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Winnie Wong, DMD
Dr. Winnie Wong is currently a board certified general dentist practicing in the heart of downtown Cleveland. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine with a Doctorate in Dental Medicine (DMD) and then went on to Loyola Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, for a 1-year General Practice Residency (GPR). Dr. Wong has participated in several dental community outreach programs including Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), Healthy Kids Healthy Smiles, and Remote Area Medical (RAM). Dr. Wong strives to bring enthusiasm, compassion and high quality care to her dental practice. Dr. Wong is an active member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Ohio Dental Association, and Greater Cleveland Dental Society. In her free time she plays and coaches volleyball, tries new restaurants and food, and gardens.

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