About Quip Toothbrush

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

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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340 Consumer Reviews for Quip Toothbrush

Average Consumer Rating: 3.9
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 214 4 star: 31 3 star: 8 2 star: 21 1 star:  66
Bottom Line: 73% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Best toothbrush I've ever owned

    • Illinois,
    • Nov 21, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Not that there was a high degree of selection or variability prior to my purchase of quip, but, this toothbrush is genuinely the best toothbrush I've ever owned. Two reasons.

    One, its form - It is small, doesn't require a charging station, travels easily, and it looks nice when adhered to my tile.

    Two, its function - It cleans my teeth well and provides automatic feedback that I'm spending an appropriate amount of time on the task.

    I don't think I've ever brushed for 2 minutes until now. It's great. Thank you, Quip, for building a smarter product!

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

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  • Best toothbrush ever!

    • Maine,
    • Nov 20, 2018
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    I absolutely love my new toothbrush from Quip. It is easy to use, brushes thoroughly and is, without a doubt, the best that I've ever owned. I really love the fact that it doesn't need to be charged and sticks right to my mirror. I would strongly recommend this toothbrush to anyone that is not satisfied with their current situation.

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

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  • Not what I expected but still pleased

    • Anchorage, AK,
    • Nov 20, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I use another brand electric toothbrush brush at home and purchased the quip for travel. I am very pleased with the cover/holder and the design of the brush head. It works well, and so far I’m happy with the purchase.

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

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  • Love my quip!

    • Northampton, MA,
    • Nov 20, 2018
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    My dental hygienist has been bugging me to try an electric toothbrush. I got a quip about a month ago and it has definitely improved my brushing. The timer prompts me to brush longer than I did before, and the brush is great on my gums. It's a nicely designed product.

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

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  • Good - easy and very simple to use

    • Milwaukee, WI,
    • Nov 20, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Pleasing color, design, and feel. Also, very functional with the timed sequence and has led to more effective brushing. It has dramatically changed my dental hygiene routine to be more consistent. My partner and I have not experienced the refill package yet, however, are looking forward to the new brushes and continuing with the services. At the time of the first order, I had sent the referral link to my neighbor and she now also enjoys her set in her household. I would recommend to more people. I suggest that the refills include information on various topics like dental hygiene practices, environmental impact of renewal with Quip and so on.

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

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  • Nice timed easy brush.

    • New York, NY,
    • Nov 20, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I like the way my teeth feel after lightly brushing with my Quip. I get a fresh and clean feel with no abrasive feel while brushing. Little actual brushing like with a manual and the brush gets to the back of my molars, so I don’t get plaque buildup. I have recommended and will continue to recommend to family and friends.

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

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  • Very good brush

    • Texas,
    • Nov 20, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Enjoying so far. Has done what it was advertised to do. The convenient size was also great for traveling. The toothpaste they have is excellent. So far, this brush cleans the best of any of this type I've tried or used.

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

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  • Great and convenient

    • Florida,
    • Nov 20, 2018
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    Great toothbrush, comfortable and convenient, don’t even have to go to the store! So much more economical than purchasing replacements for Oral-B. Good looking color choices as well.

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

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  • Great product

    • Albuquerque, NM,
    • Nov 20, 2018
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    I've enjoyed using this Quip product. It's been all I expected and more. I think the idea of sending replacement brushes on a regular basis is a good idea too. Too many of us use our toothbrushes for too long, or after they've lost their usefulness.

    I am definitely recommending them to friends and relatives too.

    I've followed this product since its inception, and only ordered it recently. I should have done it a long time ago.

    Thanks again!

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

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  • Good stuff

    • Goodrich, MI,
    • Nov 20, 2018
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    I have used it since I received it in the mail. My teeth and gums feel great, my whole mouth feels great! I bought one for my wife at the same time and she loves it too!

    The whole timed out feature of brushing my has helped me and my wife to brush our teeth more thoroughly for that fresh mouth!

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

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  • Best electric toothbrush ever!

    • Roseville, CA,
    • Nov 19, 2018
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    It is the best electric toothbrush I have ever used. I have used Oral-B and Sonicare over the years...they were a good start, but fall short in my opinion, not to mention the brush heads are expensive, even for generic ones. I guarantee you will fall in love with this brush.

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

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