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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Bottom Line: 84% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Love this thing

    • Cincinnati, OH,
    • Oct 21, 2019
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    It’s a fraction of the price of other high-end toothbrushes - the pulsing is effective and it's cool the way it times your brushing. Getting a new toothbrush head in the mail without thinking about it is awesome, and I just feel like my mouth is cleaner than using a normal toothbrush.

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

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  • Love it!

    • Brighton, CO,
    • Oct 19, 2019
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    I had no idea 2 minutes was such an easy amount of time to achieve while brushing my teeth. My gums no longer bleed, my teeth are getting whiter and my hands don't hurt after brushing anymore. Thanks Quip!

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

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  • Yes yes yes!

    • Seattle, WA,
    • Oct 19, 2019
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    I love my quip! I don’t know why I waited so long to get it but I regret not getting it the moment I found out about it! My teeth feel great and have improved so much since receiving my toothbrush.

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

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  • Awesome!

    • Indiana,
    • Oct 18, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    So convenient and nice! My teeth feel so clean and I love the carrying tube. The delivery of a new brush head and battery is awesome. Makes it so much easier to remember to take care of yourself.

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

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  • I can finally brush my teeth again after years of debilitating mental illness

    • New York, NY,
    • Oct 18, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Quip Toothbrush changed my life. I have struggled for over a decade with brushing my teeth. I have really bad depression which made taking care of myself hard. I felt like I needed all my resources to survive and didn't feel I had time to brush my teeth. In addition, I had severe anxiety about anything touching my mouth...I am a sexual assault survivor, I think that's why. This all led to serious issues with my oral hygiene. My gums started bleeding profusely for years. I had to undergo painful procedures at the dentist and gum specialist to fix it and they didn't really work because I didn't take care of things at home. I was in pain all the time. Every week a different section of my gums would become inflamed and throb. I was basically forced to make changes, my dentist said that my gums would start recreading and I could lose teeth. I was really starting to scare myself, and knew I needed to start brushing my teeth even if it disturbed me.

    I tried a variety of electric toothbrushes and I just couldn't do it. The most I could do was run the brush over my teeth for maybe 20 seconds before I had to stop because I was gagging.

    Then I went on a Tinder date with a guy who worked at Quip. At first I was like, alright, he's just trying to sell me his product and that toothbrush doesn't even spin, it's not going to clean under my gums. But I kept thinking about the toothbrush...googling it and looking at pictures. It was really really cute. It was the most beautiful toothbrush I'd ever seen. It was vaguely expensive but then I was like you know what, and I ordered it.

    My life changed the minute I received it in the mail. The second I tried it, I loved it. It was actually fun to hold and use. The shape and size of the brush head felt like it could get into a lot of services. The 2 minute timer was amazing - I didn't have to get my phone out and stare at a timer which made me feel like I was dying.

    I have brushed my teeth everyday since I've got the toothbrush and...My gums no longer bleed...They no longer become extremely inflamed and painful...I am absolutely relieved and overjoyed.

    I highly recommend this toothbrush, especially to people that have mental health issues and those with difficulty touching your mouth. It may be a hassle to order and a little more expensive than a regular toothbrush from the drugstore but, it's worth it. I never thought having a beautiful and cool toothbrush would make me take care of myself better but it's made so much of a difference.

    Thank you quip for changing my life, and thank you to that random tinder date that convinced me to buy it (we didn't see each other again, but I wish him the absolute best!).

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

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  • Great toothbrush

    • Texas,
    • Oct 17, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I love this toothbrush! It's a little less intense than my previous Sonicare, which I like because I have sensitive gums. I like the sleek design. I have very little on my bathroom counter and I really prefer the Quip to my Sonicare with the bulky charger cord. I love the convenient travel case as well. Oh, and not to mention the convenience of the quarterly battery and fresh head.

    Both of my girls want them now. Planning to get them as stocking stuffers!

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

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  • Wonderful solution!

    • North Royalton, OH,
    • Oct 14, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I think it is safe to say that if you care about your teeth, you have gone through the struggle of finding a toothbrush you love. I have been through that struggle many times.

    Manual toothbrushes never seemed to leave my teeth feeling clean and I’m certain that I did not brush anywhere near two minutes. Other electric toothbrushes became expensive and made me feel like my entire head was going to vibrate off when I used it.

    The quip toothbrush is the solution! It makes two minutes seem like 2 seconds. It is gentle enough to make me feel comfortable when I use it, yet cleans thoroughly to always give me good checkups at the dentist!

    Do you need more reasons to love quip?

    Everything is shipped directly to your front door for ease and accessibility. The intermittent pulses while brushing make it easy to split brushing between sections, in order for you to know your brushing your whole mouth. Replacements are inexpensive, and you can order them as a subscription to come when needed.

    Try it out for yourself! You’ll love it!

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

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  • Love it!

    • Delaware,
    • Oct 14, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Best toothbrush ever and I don't have to remember to change heads! Also tells me when I have brushed as long as my dentist recommends (divided into quarters so I can get all 4 quadrants).

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

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  • Best toothbrush

    • Chattanooga, TN,
    • Oct 14, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My husband and I love Quip Toothbrushes. The 30 seconds per section of your mouth keeps our brushing regular.

    The new toothbrush heads and batteries that are sent every quarter are a nice touch.

    The only product we do not like is the quip toothpaste.

    Highly recommend.

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

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  • Great way to start a good habit

    • Hendersonville, NC,
    • Oct 12, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    The built-in timer keeps me on track when I'm getting ready for work and mostly still asleep! I was afraid the vibrations would tickle the roof of my mouth causing me to be hesitant to use it, but that wasn't the case. Most importantly, it helps me to not brush too hard. I've always scrubbed the heck out of my teeth and the dentist constantly told me to go softer. The Quip helps me do that.

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

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  • Rave reviews in Reno

    • Reno, NV,
    • Oct 11, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Love our new Quips! So convenient and what a great design! Traveling ease alone is worth it and we like the brush. We have already recommended Quip to all of our friends and family.

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

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