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.

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Bottom Line: 80% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Love my Quip

    • St. Paul, MN,
    • May 21, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am so completely in love with my Quip, I actually enjoy brushing! I am also pleased to share that my dentist is quite excited that I am taking such good care of my teeth and gums!

    Honestly, I had tried so many different kinds of toothbrushes, both manual and electric, but was never able to find one that effectively balanced form, function, and an ability to get my teeth clean. Well, as I stated, I found all of these attributes in my Quip. I am loving my Quip. And have bought my kids their own Quip toothbrushes, as well.

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

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  • Overall happy

    • Arlington, TN,
    • May 21, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I waited over a year before ordering my toothbrush and I am loving it. I don't like most electronic toothbrushes because they are too bulky in hand. After using the store brand vibrating toothbrushes, my Quip is so much better. My teeth feel super clean.

    My only issue is that about a month after getting my new brush, my daughter got strep throat. And then I got sick. I started using a toothbrush that was in my old travel kit when she was diagnosed, but I would still have preferred to have an extra toothbrush head for moments like this. On my to-do list: order a back-up head for reserve.

    I have not tried the toothpaste yet because I have to use a paste for sensitive teeth.

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

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  • Healthy gums

    • Michigan,
    • May 20, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Satisfied, why?

    #1 - No more "heavy" lifting in the morning.

    #2 - usage of toothpaste is gone down to the minimum.

    #3 - build up is slowed drastic back.

    And...

    #4 - no more bleeding gum line after 2 weeks.

    My dentist is happy with me!

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

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  • Super affordable, super easy

    I’ve held off on getting an electric toothbrush for a long time because they’re all so expensive. Quip is super affordable and convenient! There’s no lifestyle change - I don’t have to worry about re-ordering brush heads and the toothbrush itself is designed like a normal toothbrush. There’s no adjusting. And I love how it pauses vibration to tell me when to switch to another part of my mouth.

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

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  • Shiny chompers

    • New Jersey,
    • May 17, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My teeth are happy! My gums hum. So pearly white! When I smile it's bright. Go and get one! Be happy like me. And my wife! Got her one too. I can't remember, gold or blue. I might get one for my kid. Because graduate she just did. This wasn't a script, just how I feel about my quip! Excuse me while I paste-up and let quip rip!

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

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  • Great product

    • Manassas, VA,
    • May 17, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Love the Quip Toothbrush and toothpaste. Does a great job. Love the four 30-second intervals of vibration for cleaning your teeth. Better than other rotating toothbrushes. Like that it has a travel case as well.

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

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  • Works exactly as advertised. And, it's fun!

    • Boynton Beach, FL,
    • May 17, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I used an electric toothbrush a loooooong time ago. This is way better. The look is fantastic (I bought the copper one), it feels good in my hand, and the case hangs nicely on my bathroom mirror, with no adhesive. Nice design, there. The timing mechanism that tells you when to switch from bottom to top, or inside to outside, is perfect. Otherwise, I might be using it for an hour since it is effortless. At the same time I got this I also got a Waterflosser and am happily enjoying my cleaner mouth. It only takes about 3 minutes to do both things. I can afford that. And, I never flossed before this...and I'm 70 years old. You can teach an old dog new tricks.

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

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  • My teeth love my Quip!

    • South Portland, ME,
    • May 16, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I look forward to brushing my teeth every single time! And I’ve noticed that I’m brushing more often because of my Quip. This sleek looking oral device works great and I love the self-stick stand acts as a cover for out of town trips. This thing is awesome! And every three months I get a replacement head and battery to keep my Quip scrubbing like new. Get yours today people!

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

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  • Great toothbrush

    • Douglasville, GA,
    • May 15, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    This toothbrush makes my teeth feel "dentist" clean every time I use it! And that feeling lasts and lasts even after sleeping or eating! I love the refill plan! You never have to remember to buy a new toothbrush every 3 months like dentists recommend. A new one is simply shipped to you along with a new battery and if you choose you can get good toothpaste as well.

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

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  • Great brush

    • Florida,
    • May 15, 2019
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    Great easy to use non-complex similar size alternative to a manual brush. I like the quip way better than a manual brush and it’s more cost effective. I highly recommend the quip.

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

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  • Outstanding toothbrush

    • Philadelphia, PA,
    • May 15, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My mouth feels clean all day and all night with this toothbrush, I would definitely recommend this to anyone. Thanks Quip! They also have a great deal. It includes a new brush head, new tube of toothpaste and a new battery every three months for just 5 bucks!

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

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