Don’t be tricked by an electric toothbrush on Black Friday

Tajammul Pangarkar
Tajammul Pangarkar

Updated · Oct 23, 2021

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This year’s Black Friday deals are fast approaching, with the big day scheduled for November 26, but some of the most impressive offers aren’t necessarily what they seem – particularly when it comes to electric toothbrushes.

We always see some impressive Black Friday electric toothbrush deals, with brushes from big names like Philips and Oral-B on sale for less than half price. The offers are extremely tempting, but before you take the plunge and click that ‘buy’ button, it’s worth taking a moment to check out how much your chosen brush sells for the rest of the year.

Top-end electric toothbrushes are often very pricey when they launch. For example, our current top-rated brush, the Oral-B iO Series 9, cost $300 / £500 when it first went on sale in 2020. However, those premium prices rarely last long, and the iO Series 9 now typically sells for around $200 / £250. With that in mind, a Black Friday discount of 60% off the RRP isn’t quite so impressive.

Oral-B iO Series 9

The Oral-B iO Series 9 is our top-rated electric toothbrush, and Black Friday deals are well worth investigating, but savings may not be as big as advertised in online stores like Amazon (Image credit: Oral-B)

Similarly, the excellent Philips Sonicare DiamondClean 9000 cost $475 / £340 when it launched last year, but can now be found for around half that price, even outside the big sales periods.

We’re not saying that none of this year’s electric toothbrush deals will be worthwhile; only that the savings likely aren’t as huge as they first appear. If you’re in the market for a new brush and want to be certain that you’re really getting a good price, we’ll be rounding up all of the best offers right here on TechRadar, so you won’t miss the real savings.

Heads up

If you do decide to pick up an electric toothbrush in the Black Friday sales, take a moment to check what type of head it takes (they aren't universal) and see if you can find a good deal on replacements.

Toothbrush heads don't drop in price as rapidly as the brushes themselves, and Black Friday can be a great time to stock up so you don't end up paying full price for replacements further down the line.

Philips Sonicare 9000 DiamondClean with brush head detached, next to charging case

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are a good time to look for deals on replacement heads for your electric toothbrush (Image credit: Future)

Electric toothbrushes to look out for

With the clock ticking and many deals selling out fast, it’s easy to make impulse purchases on Black Friday. To avoid making a snap decision, or spending more cash than you originally intended, it’s a good idea to make a list of products to watch when the sales arrive.

If you’re looking for a new electric toothbrush on Black Friday, these are the ones to watch out for. We’ve tested all these brushes ourselves at TechRadar, and they come highly recommended.

Oral-B iO Series 9

The Oral-B iO Series 9 takes our award for the best electric toothbrush of 2021 thanks to its effective cleaning and smart real-time feedback (Image credit: Oral-B)

1. Oral-B iO Series 9

The best electric toothbrush, if your budget allows

Modes: 7 | Sensors: Pressure, direction | Alerts: Brush timer, brush head replacement | Heads: 1 | Extras: Travel case, charger, brush head case

Thorough cleaning
Quiet, smooth action
Real-time feedback
Detailed brushing reports
Expensive replacement heads

The Oral-B iO Series 9 is very quiet (much more so than a typical oscillating brush) and feels smooth as you work your way around your mouth. The in-built pressure sensor not only warns you if you're pressing too hard, but also if you're not applying enough pressure to get a good clean, helping you achieve an optimum result.

For more in-depth guidance you can turn to the Oral-B app. This will detect which section of your mouth you're currently brushing, with graphics that update in real time to show when you've thoroughly cleaned each surface. When you're done, you'll get a report on your performance, and you can earn awards along the way..

Read our full Oral-B iO Series 9 review

Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige

The Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige has a sleek, minimalist design and relies on its smartphone app for customization (Image credit: Philips)

2. Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige

The best electric toothbrush for regular travellers

Modes: 5 | Sensor: Pressure, direction | Alerts: Timer, pressure, scrubbing | Heads: 1 | Extras: Travel case, charger, cable, brush head cap

Highly customizable
Real-time brushing guidance
Extremely quiet
Expensive for a smart brush
Heavily reliant on mobile app

The Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige is another very impressive electric toothbrush designed to improve your technique long-term by monitoring your brushing and giving real-time feedback. If you make too much of a scrubbing action, the app will display an alert advising you to reduce your movements, and the handle will buzz gently. Press too hard, and the handle will pause, then resume with a lower intensity in reaction to your technique.

The Sonicare app monitors the brush's position in your mouth, helping ensure you clean every surface thoroughly, with on-screen graphics and timers to ensure you don't miss a spot.

Read our full Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige review

Black Philips Sonicare Diamondclean 9900 electric toothbrush

The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean 9000 is a versatile electric toothbrush that combines premium looks with practicality  (Image credit: Philips)

3. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean 9000

A versatile, stylish electric toothbrush that nails the basics

Modes: 4, with 3 intensity settings each | Sensor: Pressure | Alerts: Brush timer | Heads: 1 | Extras: Charger, travel case, brush head cap

Plenty of cleaning modes
Very simple to use
Well built and stylish
No real-time brushing guidance
No pressure warning light

The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean 9000 is an extremely versatile electric toothbrush, with four brushing modes and three intensity settings for each one. All the essential controls are right on the sleek brush handle, and our tests with disclosing tablets showed that it did an excellent job at removing plaque, even at a lower intensity.

Like the Sonicare 9900 Prestige above, it connects to the Sonicare mobile app on your phone via Bluetooth to give you advice on your brushing, but you won't get real-time feedback as the brush lacks the necessary sensors.       

Read our full Philips Sonicare DIamondClean 9000 review

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Tajammul Pangarkar

Tajammul Pangarkar

Tajammul Pangarkar is a CMO at Prudour Pvt Ltd. Tajammul longstanding experience in the fields of mobile technology and industry research is often reflected in his insightful body of work. His interest lies in understanding tech trends, dissecting mobile applications, and raising general awareness of technical know-how. He frequently contributes to numerous industry-specific magazines and forums. When he’s not ruminating about various happenings in the tech world, he can usually be found indulging in his next favorite interest - table tennis.