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: 78% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Ok

    • Charlotte, NC,
    • Mar 21, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Good concept but for a few more dollars you can get real electric toothbrush that is more powerful, has better reach, etc. Then they hook you onto their subscription and don’t offer the chance to opt out before shipment so now am stuck with a mediocre product and additional charges, errr.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Smart and cool

    • Utah,
    • Mar 4, 2019
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    I ordered Quip for my husband as a stocking stuffer and obviously had to try it for myself. Before Quip, I didn't realize how off my internal clock was, especially when it came to 2 minutes of brushing. I love that Quip reminds me to switch sides and lets me know when my two minutes are up. Not to mention how convenient it is for travel and how sleek the design is. We love Quip!

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

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  • Best toothbrush ever!

    • Canton, GA,
    • Feb 27, 2019
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    I heard ads for the Quip Toothbrush for months on my favorite podcasts and finally decided to order one. I purchased a metal handle, which is very stylish. I have loved using it from the very first time!

    Before when I brushed I would do so mindlessly, and was never quite sure if I got all the surfaces. The Quip reminds me to change quadrants every thirty seconds, so now I know that I have completed a thorough brushing.

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

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  • Peace of mind

    • Houston, TX,
    • Feb 26, 2019
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    I always hated having to track down replacement heads for my electric toothbrushes, so it’s really nice to know that one is coming automatically exactly when I need it. Plus, the toothbrush itself makes me feel better about the brushing experience as a whole. So grateful I found Quip!

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

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  • I like it!

    • Tampa, FL,
    • Feb 26, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My first toothbrush did not work for more than two days, the battery would go dead, but Quip exchanged it. Since then, I like the quality of the product. I have one for me and one for my son. I have not received any refills yet.

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

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  • Love this toothbrush

    • Atlanta, GA,
    • Feb 26, 2019
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    I have been using this toothbrush for about 3 months. I feel like my teeth are cleaner than when I used a manual toothbrush. I love the 2-minute timer built into the toothbrush. When I first started using it, I thought those 2 minutes lasted forever! I realize now that that means I wasn’t brushing my teeth long enough before. Now it goes by so quickly! I love that brush heads are delivered right to my door. So convenient!

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

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  • Easy to use. Portable.

    • Seattle, WA,
    • Feb 26, 2019
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    I love the auto timer, the automatic refill on new headsets, it's easy to use, and pack. I bought these for my son and husband for Christmas gifts and they both have great things to say about this product as well.

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

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  • Love this quiet, sleek toothbrush!

    • Utah,
    • Feb 26, 2019
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    I'm amazed at how quiet the toothbrush is! My husband used to wake me up in the morning brushing his teeth but not anymore! I feel like it does a great job getting my teeth clean. I love the sleek design, the holder that attaches to my mirror, and how light it is. We've had ours less than three months, so we haven't gotten our refills yet, but I love that they exist and are automatic, so I don't have to remember when to replace my toothbrush head.

    I don't like the toothpaste, my teeth still felt furry after using it. And I don't like that after I brush and put my toothbrush into the holder, it tends to leave a water streak on my mirror. But those are such minor things, that I definitely recommend this toothbrush to everyone!

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

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  • Great travel brush

    • Colorado,
    • Feb 26, 2019
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    As a long time Sonicare user, I was looking for a change. I received my Quip in November and have been very happy with it. It isn't as strong as the Sonicare, but the brush head is softer and is more gentle to my teeth and gums. It travels much better than my Sonicare, and since it uses a single AA battery, I don't have to take my charger on a long trip like I would the Sonicare. I have had to replace the battery once in the two months I have had it and my first replacement brush head should be arriving any day. By the way, $5 is cheap for a brush head compared to the Sonicare.

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

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  • Love it!

    • San Diego, CA,
    • Feb 26, 2019
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    I heard a commercial on Howard Stern and said why not. Give it a try. Amazing results. Teeth feel dentist clean every day. Love the buzzing reminder from the brush that tells you to move to the next quadrant. Remember your dentist telling you to brush for 2 minutes? Buzz, buzz! Also, it’s nice to have a replacement brush head every 3 months. I gather most people don't change their toothbrush every 3 months like they should. I didn’t. The service is amazing and cost-effective. Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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

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  • Sleek and compact

    • San Diego, CA,
    • Feb 26, 2019
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    I love the way it feels in the hand. It’s sleek, compact, and has the right amount of weight to it. It’s easy to keep clean and slide into its nifty mount. I like how it shuts off when the cycle is complete. The brush is just right; it has the right amount of softness with the rubber bristles for a deep clean. I have sensitive teeth and it does the job without causing pain.

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

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