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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  • Kids don't fight me about brushing anymore.

    • Wyoming,
    • Dec 12, 2019
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    I love that I don't have to worry about buying the 4 of us toothbrushes for the next year, and that the refills will come when it's time to change them out. The kids think they're really cool and hardly ever groan anymore when I tell them to brush their teeth.

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

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  • Uses little space

    • Pensacola, FL,
    • Dec 6, 2019
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    Love the battery instead of electric. Great for small bathrooms with little counter space. No worrying about running out for batteries or a new brush if you sign up for the 3-month replacement program. Easy to turn on and off. Style is sleek and colors are great. I would recommend the quip to everyone. I actually do.

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

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  • One of the best solutions for a toothbrush

    • Estes Park, CO,
    • Dec 6, 2019
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    As a traveler, the Quip is the best solution that I have found for someone on the go. Pretty simple and completely effective and what more do you want? Personally, that is what I want - a toothbrush that I can travel with that works great and packs away easily. The only thing better is the auto-ship of new brush replacement.

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

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  • Had to get used to it but features and refills make it awesome

    • Ohio,
    • Dec 4, 2019
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    When I first got the brush and tried it I was a little bit thrown off by the size and shape. It's very small but does have a wide point that hits between your lips when you're brushing your teeth. Once you get past that it's a great toothbrush. I especially like that this little pulses every 30 seconds to let you know to move to a different part of your mouth.

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

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  • Love my Quip

    • Boynton Beach, FL,
    • Dec 2, 2019
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    I love the convenience of my Quip. It travels so easily and the holster sticks to my mirror over and over again without failing. I love that a new head and toothpaste gets shipped to me automatically every 3 months. Love it.

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

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  • Like a dentist

    • Staten Island, NY,
    • Nov 28, 2019
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    But at home! You should get one, but also go to the dentist as well. Also purchased brushes for my mom and girlfriend and they are also extremely obsessed with theirs. Totally beats my Sonicare in the price and ease metrics. Thank you guys!

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

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  • Love it!

    • Pittsburg, TX,
    • Nov 26, 2019
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    Having trouble with plaque buildup, no matter how I brushed and flossed. Bought Quip and my teeth are staying amazingly clean! Love the timing aspect...no cheating! I am really glad I made the purchase.

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

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  • Makes me actually want to brush!

    • Tennessee,
    • Nov 26, 2019
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    I am a lifelong dental hygiene failure. Always did "just enough" to avoid serious issues. But quip has made it extremely easy to stick with a routine, and to know that I’m giving my mouth the full attention it deserves. My young child brushes her own teeth while I brush mine, and the two-minute timer ensures she is on her best brushing behavior, as well! The bristles are soft, the vibrations aren’t too strong, and it is extremely easy to take with me (I travel for work and live out of a toiletry bag). Absolutely love my quip!

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

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  • Best toothbrush!

    • Rockville, MD,
    • Nov 22, 2019
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    I had wanted to purchase the Quip Toothbrush for a while. I kept putting it off because I wasn't sure it would work better than a manual brush. My dentist always told me to get an electric brush and I finally caved. I chose my Quip (metal version) and ordered about a month ago. I was really excited to try out an electric brush for the first time. After my first use, I could tell my teeth were cleaner. It was the same feeling of cleanliness I felt after the dentist! After about a week, I started getting compliments on how white my teeth looked, which was new for me since I love drinking coffee. I am so in love with this toothbrush and the gentle, yet effective vibrations. It is helpful that it pauses and then starts again for each quadrant of the mouth.

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

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  • Replacement head

    • Annapolis, MD,
    • Nov 22, 2019
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    I will say that at first I thought the toothbrush was amazing. I'm very mechanically inclined and I am having trouble keeping the replacement head in place. I've cleaned off any toothpaste gunk...and the replacement head pops off 4-5 times a week. Never happened with the original head. Other than that I love it.

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

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  • Best toothbrush ever!

    • Viroqua, WI,
    • Nov 22, 2019
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    I really love this toothbrush. I've used other electric brushes before, but this one is the best. It feels more like a regular toothbrush than other electric toothbrushes but it has all the convenience of an electric toothbrush. I also really love the 30-second signals and the 2-minute automatic shut off. I never have to wonder if I have brushed long enough. Great toothbrush!

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

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