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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403 Consumer Reviews for Quip Toothbrush

Average Consumer Rating: 4.0
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 264 4 star: 41 3 star: 8 2 star: 21 1 star:  69
Bottom Line: 77% would recommend it to a friend
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  • I feel you

    • Washington,
    • Jan 15, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Ok, so I'm an adult that has trouble brushing twice a day, it's shameful, but that's why I needed the help. Insert Quip: I received a package in my mailbox with a sleek, durable toothbrush with interchangeable head and two fluoride toothpaste packs and a small set of instructions.

    The instructions/assembly were easy to follow, I learned great tips about how to brush adequately, and after three months I'm actually more excited about maintaining my oral hygiene....all it took was 31 years. Hooray!

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

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  • So rad.

    • San Diego, CA,
    • Jan 9, 2019
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    Greatest toothbrush ever. It makes my morning routine so much quicker and easier! The timer feature is so helpful and really encourages great dental hygiene habits to be formed. I had to brush my teeth with a normal toothbrush the other day, and it was such a pain! Thank you quip!

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

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  • Love Quip

    • California,
    • Jan 7, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My teeth have never felt cleaner. We love these toothbrushes. Even support is good. My Quip had a problem with keeping batteries charged and they replaced it quickly with no hassles. I have recommended to our friends and will be telling my dentist about it.

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

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  • Love it!

    • Atlanta, GA,
    • Jan 5, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I heard about Quip on the radio and decided to try it. The product was shipped immediately and even the packaging was well designed. The sleeve for the toothbrush sticks right to the tiles above my sink so it takes up no space the handle is attractive and the toothbrush is sleek and easy to use. My teeth feel cleaner than with my old electric toothbrush, which was always running out of charge. I recommended Quip to a coworker who ordered one for Christmas. All in all, I now look forward to brushing my teeth, which used to be a chore at the end of a long day. I wholeheartedly recommend the Quip Toothbrush. Mine is silver metal, and I love it!

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

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  • Love my quip

    • Concord, CA,
    • Jan 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I love my quip! I bought one for myself to try it out and loved it so much I bought everyone in the family one for Christmas. My teeth feel and look cleaner than my other battery operated toothbrush. I also think it feels more like massaging than rough brushing, but it’s definitely getting my teeth clean! Thank you DBongino for recommending to us!

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

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  • Pretty cool

    • Bullhead City, AZ,
    • Jan 4, 2019
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    I bought this for my son for his birthday and he loves it. He even got his friend pumped up about it, then his friend's wife got his friend one for Christmas. I assume that he'll buy me one for my birthday. Haha.

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

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    Love Quip

    • Flower Mound, TX,
    • Jan 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    It’s sleek, easy, efficient, and cool. Quip is gentle on my gums while being firm enough on my teeth. It’s not hard to clean, rinse, and store. The gold color matches my bathroom decor. I love it!

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

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  • Love our Quip toothbrushes

    • Keymar, MD,
    • Jan 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Are there other flavors of toothpaste? My young adult children don’t care for the mint flavor I ordered.

    My teeth feel clean most of the day. Then it’s time to brush again. I love the dentist clean feeling. I have TMJ and feel this is the best toothbrush to get my back teeth without any jaw pain.

    I would and have recommended others to try Quip!

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

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  • Great toothbrush!

    • Summerfield, NC,
    • Jan 4, 2019
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    I love my Quip! The timer has really helped me become aware of brushing correctly and adequately! I love that it doesn’t have a bulky charger or stand. I will probably buy these for family in the next year!

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

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  • Great product

    • Tucson, AZ,
    • Jan 4, 2019
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    Shipping was quick and the toothbrush is great. I really like how you can stick it to the mirror. I have traveled with it and it was neat how the holder becomes the cover. Love it! I would definitely recommend them to friends and family.

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

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  • Great toothbrush

    • Illinois,
    • Jan 4, 2019
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    Great toothbrush at a great price. Gentle but effective vibration and my teeth and gums feel great after brushing. I love the size, it's easy to handle. And it's great to be able to get a new brush every three months.

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

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