About Quip Toothbrush

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff
Updated on: Jun 21, 2018

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Quip Toothbrush is an online subscription service that promises to help you simplify your oral health. How?

First, Quip's attractively designed electric toothbrushes include only the features you need and exclude those you don't. You'll have just one mode (a 2-minute timer with 30-second intervals), gentle vibrations with no harsh rotations, a slim design that's travel-ready, and replaceable heads with soft, round tip bristles.

Second, Quip’s subscription plans (more about this soon) come with anti-cavity fluoride toothpaste that includes “only the ingredients your teeth need.” And since you’ll only need a pea-sized portion, the company claims one tube can last you up to 3 months.

Finally, Quip claims they’ve partnered with dentists to provide proper oral care advice, which can help improve your routine, technique, upkeep, and more.

Although Quip Toothbrushes are the result of “years of research and design,” does this mean they’re worth the price? Should you opt for a single purchase, or for monthly refills? What are customers saying? In this Quip Toothbrush review, we'll take an in-depth look at what you might expect so that you can make a more informed decision.

What Features Does a Quip Toothbrush Provide?

According to their website, Quip is out to simplify the process of caring for your teeth. Instead of focusing their research and development on bristle angles or other features that might provide 0.25% better performance, Quip claims they wanted to address the core factors that lead to teeth problems; namely:

  • Brushing too hard
  • Not brushing long enough
  • Not brushing twice a day
  • Not replacing your brush often enough

As a result, they “set about creating a more honest, accessible and simple oral care line that would cut out the excess to help focus on the basics that really matter.”

Quip Toothbrush Features

Powered by a single AAA battery that will last up to 3 months, Quip’s motor features the same vibration frequency (15,000 RPM) that you’ll find with most standard vibrating toothbrushes. Quip also uses a single pulse every 30 seconds to remind you to change quadrants (upper left, bottom left, upper right, bottom right), although this isn’t necessarily unique among electric toothbrushes. It also features a 2-minute timer to remind you to stop brushing, so you don’t damage your teeth or gums.

The base/handle of each Quip Toothbrush is available in either durable matte-finished ABS plastic or precision CNC'd aluminum. Quip’s soft brush head (there are no medium or firm options, which the company claims can damage your teeth and gums) attaches to each base and features 1,200 DuPont nylon bristles inserted into 34 tufts.

All Quip Toothbrushes also come with a travel cover that mounts to any glossy surface via a reusable suction strip, which also doubles as a storage container.

What’s the price for all these features?

How Much Do Quip Toothbrushes Cost?

Quip Toothbrushes are available in 6 colors: Silver Metal, Slate Metal, Copper Metal, Gold Metal, Green Plastic, and Blue Plastic. Each purchase includes the option to sign up for automatic brush and toothpaste refills, or just the toothbrush itself at a slightly higher price.

Starter Sets

Electric Starter Set – Includes one electric brush, travel cover mount, large toothpaste, and small toothpaste, with replacement brush heads, toothpastes, AAA batteries once every three months: $25 ($40 without refills) for plastic handle, or $40 for a metal handle ($55 without refills)

Electric Brush Starter Set – Includes one electric brush and travel cover mount, with a replacement brush head and AAA battery once every three months: $30 for a plastic handle ($35 without refills), or $45 for a metal handle ($50 without refills)

Annual Prepaid Deals

Electric Annual Set – Includes electric brush, travel cover mount, large toothpaste, small toothpaste, and replacement brush heads, toothpastes, AAA batteries once every three months, prepaid: $50 for a plastic handle, or $65 for a metal handle

Electric Brush Annual Set – Includes an electric brush, travel cover mount, and replacement brush heads and AAA batteries once every three months, prepaid: $40 for a plastic handle, or $55 for a metal handle

Group Sets

Electric Couple Set – Includes two quip electric brushes and small and large toothpastes, with replacement brush heads, toothpastes, and AAA batteries once every three months:: $40 for plastic handles, or $75 for metal handle ($100 without refills)

Electric Family Set – Includes four quip electric brushes and small and large toothpastes, with replacement brush heads, toothpastes, and AAA batteries once every three months: $125 for plastic handles, or $150 for metal handles ($200 without refills)

Additional Items

  • Toothbrush Head: $5 (same price, with or without refills)
  • Toothpaste 4.7oz: $5 (same price, with or without refills)
  • Travel Cover Mount: $5
  • White Plastic Manual Toothbrush: $10 ($5 refills every three months)

Keep in mind that refill plans are optional, ship free, and can be canceled at any time, although they cannot be paused. Without a refill plan, shipping will cost you $5.

The company provides a lifetime guarantee on all Quip Toothbrushes that are associated with an active refill plan, along with a 30-day refund policy.

Pro tip: According to Quip's website: "We charge shipping ($5 for a single brush plan, $10 for a couples plan and $15 for a family plan) to cover the return shipping cost and deduct it from your credit card refund unless you ship using your own means."

To request a refund, customer service can be reached at help@getquip.com or via online chat.

Although Quip isn’t the lowest priced electric toothbrush on the market, it’s certainly near the bottom. Outside of price though, what are customers saying about its performance?

Quip Toothbrush Reviews

Quip had been on the market for well over a year at the time of our research, and featured on many high-profile websites, including TechCrunch, Engadget, Popular Mechanics, and more. In most of these instances, they were high-level overviews or only provided insight into the company’s business model.

However, the author of this Fast Company article (and her husband) had a chance to try out a Quip Toothbrush and found: “As a user of one of the fancier models of the Sonicare electric toothbrushes, the Quip brush didn't feel as powerful or as satisfying to me. However, my husband, who uses a manual toothbrush, found the brush to be a step up from his everyday routine.”

Stephen Pulvirent over at Bloomberg had an opportunity to use a Quip Toothbrush for a while, and claimed that it looked great and that he “genuinely enjoyed” using it. He didn’t love the taste of the toothpaste though, and noted that the plastic model “felt hollow and a little too lightweight.”

In the end, the author felt that Quip’s toothbrush is “practical, reasonably priced, and still gives you that much-needed dose of mild, self-satisfied futurism.”

Finally, Dave Lee provides us with a quick but informative video review of his experience with Quip’s subscription service. He noted that he didn’t like Quip’s first generation toothbrushes, but that these second gen versions seemed to be a big upgrade.

Overall, he felt that the metal handle was nicely weighted, the head felt secure when attached, it has a stronger head vibration, and that they did a “really good job” on the aesthetics. In the end, he claimed to have had a “really solid brushing experience.”

Who Founded Quip?

Quip was founded by industrial designer Simon Enever and product designer Bill May, who wanted to help people take better care of their teeth by simplifying the process. Simon came from NY-based design agency ECCO, whereas Bill previously worked for Lifetime Brands.

Prior to launching as Quip, it appears the company initially attempted to raise funding through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign under the brand name byDefault, which didn’t meet its goal of $60K.

Is Quip a Serious Electric Toothbrush Contender?

When it comes down to it, Quip is upfront and honest about the results you might expect: “The truth is, a correctly used, soft bristle $5 manual toothbrush is just as effective as a $25 quip electric toothbrush which is just as effective as a $250 electric one! The issue is, us humans aren't the best at using them!”

And this is where the company seems to shine. Based on what we learned during our research and from customer reviews, they seem to offer a quality product at a reasonable price, along with a convenient refill program that can be easily canceled at any time. They also come with mostly positive online customer feedback.

To top everything off, Quip’ toothbrushes come with a 30-day refund policy, so you’ll only be out of few dollars in S&H for giving them a try.

Tell us about your Quip experience by writing a review below!

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  • Awesome toothbrush

    • Illinois,
    • Aug 21, 2019
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    It is so easy to use and encourages you to brush your teeth correctly. Every child should be started out with this brush to teach proper brushing techniques. The shake reminder to change zones is awesome. Teeth feel great afterward. Woohoo.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Pleased

    • Maitland, FL,
    • Aug 19, 2019
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    The first time I used it I was sold. Am still pleased with everything about it. Not sure about the toothpaste. Love the size of the brush and the stand to hold it. Good for travel.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Early days

    • Oklahoma City, OK,
    • Aug 16, 2019
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    Haven’t had a dental check-up since getting Quip, but think there is less plaque build-up on the usual trouble spots. I like the quiet, gentle brush, and reminders to switch areas. Have already recommended to friends.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Love the brush!

    • Sun Lakes, AZ,
    • Aug 16, 2019
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    I really like the brush, especially the timed brushing feature. I had no idea I was not brushing nearly long enough. This has really helped my routine. I also much prefer the bristles and gum message to my former brand.

    I'm so glad I listened to the advert when driving.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Love my quip!

    • Illinois,
    • Aug 15, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I love my quip more than any other toothbrush I've used. I tried multiple different types of electric toothbrushes but I was terrible about replacing the batteries and the brush heads and I'm so excited that I don't have to deal with that anymore. The quip is whisper-quiet, the pulses are really noticeable, and the vibrations really do feel like my teeth are getting cleaner than with any other toothbrush. When I floss after brushing it is so much cleaner than when I was using my old Oral-B. Plus the storage container sticks right to the mirror and it's so small, it takes up a lot less space and I'm not knocking it into the sink by accident all the time. I absolutely recommend the quip for the price, convenience, and quality!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Great, so far!

    • Crystal River, FL,
    • Aug 15, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have been using electric toothbrushes for so many years it can't remember how far back. I have used Oral-B, battery toothbrushes and Sonic's. While they are better than manual toothbrushes, I just wasn't happy with them.

    I've been eyeing the Quip Toothbrush on the internet since it came out. But since I had recently purchased a new Sonic, I couldn't justify the added cost of another toothbrush. Well, the Sonic brush heads became hard to find and the price has shot out the roof. So I pulled the trigger on the 1st of July 2019.

    I love this toothbrush so far. The weight and easiness to use and maneuver is great. I feel it cleans my teeth 10x better than all of the other electric toothbrushes I've used.

    The ONLY complaint I have is there is NO cap to cover the brush head. I have attached the white cap/holder to the mirror but now there isn't a cover for the head. I also realized last week when I traveled the white piece was stuck to the mirror and I had no cover for the toothbrush. That is the ONLY downside so far.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Quip for the family

    • Pembroke Pines, FL,
    • Aug 15, 2019
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    I started seeing quip ads on social media and was intrigued by the product. My family isn’t a fan of the small head other brand electric toothbrushes, so I thought this may be a great fit. After asking everyone in our family if they wanted to try quip, I purchased quip toothbrushes for my younger son and I back when I first saw them being offered at Target. You see, my older son was like "no mom, I don’t like powered toothbrushes nor need that." My husband thought it to be it more of a novelty and also opted out. Not long after we attend using them my older son was like "I didn’t realize it was a full head, where’s mine, etc." Even my husband frequently chimed in with "why didn’t I get one?" Suffice it to say that we all now have our quip toothbrushes and are signed up for automatic refills in the mail. You can’t beat a fresh toothbrush head and a new battery for $5 every quarter. It’s like having a brand new toothbrush and so convenient. Great product for the family!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Great toothbrush

    • Sturgeon Bay, WI,
    • Aug 14, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Got a toothbrush for myself, husband, and 3-year-old. We all love it! The timer is very useful and the vibrations aren't harsh at all. Looking forward to not having to worry about remembering to buy refills.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • So easy, so clean

    • Bixby, OK,
    • Aug 12, 2019
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    So far after a month or so of use, I love it. I feel like my teeth are cleaner since using it and I am pumped about not having to run to the store for new brush heads and batteries. Love this!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Better than Sonicare, GUM SAVER

    • Texas,
    • Aug 12, 2019
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    I love the Quip Toothbrush I picked up. It is slim and easy to handle and gentle on my gums. I have sensitive gums and my previous brush, a Sonicare brand name that cost about 4x what I got my Quip for, was only shredding my gums making the issue worse. My dentist got me to the Quip and I have never looked back! I love that there is no battery to charge that I can set it and forget it and my new brush head just shows up every couple of months. This is literally the best decision I have made regarding dental health. My friends always eye it and ask about it since it's stuck to my bathroom mirror.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Affordable, easy to use electric toothbrush

    • Missouri,
    • Aug 12, 2019
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    I was skeptical of this toothbrush but desperate for an affordable solution when my Sonicare electric toothbrush was discontinued and I couldn't get the replacement heads for it. I bought it on a whim at Target and don't regret it for a second. I love this toothbrush!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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