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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320 Consumer Reviews for Quip Toothbrush

Average Consumer Rating: 3.8
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 195 4 star: 30 3 star: 8 2 star: 21 1 star:  66
Bottom Line: 72% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Love it!

    • Colorado,
    • Nov 18, 2018
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    This is the best money I have ever spent on a toothbrush. I recommend it to everyone. Toothpaste is great also. Delivery is fast and on-time refills. I am buying them for upcoming Christmas presents.

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

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  • Really great item

    • Florida,
    • Nov 18, 2018
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    So lightweight, much less noise than any other brush. Gentle, and small enough to get into some tough-to-reach spots. I really do enjoy using it, and it is super CLEAN and easy to travel with.

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

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  • Great brush!

    • Adirondack Mountains, NY,
    • Nov 18, 2018
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    I love the Quip Toothbrush! After using several electric brushed over the years, the Quip far outshines them all and does a great job on my teeth without the annoying vibrations when you happen to tough a tooth with a different part of the brush. I love the way it makes the toothpaste foam up to cover every surface.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Great travel toothbrush

    • Oklahoma,
    • Nov 18, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I was looking for an upgraded toothbrush for frequent traveling. I normally use an Oral-B electric at home. The Quip is great for traveling - lightweight, portable and not much larger than a regular toothbrush. I like that is has a protective cover for traveling and easily mounts to mirror at the destination. The strength of the Quip is in between my Oral-B and a regular toothbrush. I was concerned that the brush would be too large as I normally use a smaller brush head, but the Quip works really well for me. I am happy that I finally decided to purchase after researching and debating for a few months.

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

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  • Enhanced manual brushing

    • Carrboro, NC,
    • Nov 18, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Quip is a medium soft toothbrush with an embedded haptic motor. This is apparently the same kind of motor that your cell phone uses to vibrate, or at least something similar. The bristle motion is the result of this high-frequency vibration. It is an excellent way to turbo-charge your brushing and power away anything that might be hiding out in there. I've had some residual pain from various endodontic procedures and this toothbrush is much more gentle than other electric toothbrushes.

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

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  • Great for the money

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Nov 17, 2018
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    I never used an electric toothbrush until now (not counting the Scooby-Doo one when I was 7). This does a nice job though, I was not used to the "how to" after decades of regular brushing. Great value and I like how the quadrant timer goes off.

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

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  • Traded in my Sonicare

    • Florida,
    • Nov 17, 2018
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    After years of using a Sonicare, I switched to Quip, mainly because of the hassle of finding new brush heads for my out of date toothbrush. The delivery of new heads made the switch that much easier. After several weeks of use, I can confidently say that I'm glad I made the switch.

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

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  • Fun, easy, effective

    • Weymouth, MA,
    • Nov 16, 2018
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    So many features make this the ideal toothbrush.

    1. Size of the brush handle and head are great for getting behind teeth.

    2. Timed pauses are great for measuring brush and rinse time.

    3. Carrier is stylish.

    I've only used Quip for a month or so but enjoy every use.

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

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  • Extremely happy with the Quip

    • Shakopee, MN,
    • Nov 16, 2018
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    My teeth are so much cleaner with the Quip. I am so happy I switched to it. I recommend the Quip system for anyone who uses other electric brushes. If they give it a chance they will be extremely happy.

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

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  • Best toothbrush EVER

    • Colorado Springs, CO,
    • Nov 16, 2018
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    My dentist recommended the Quip Toothbrush, so I thought I would give it a shot. The price is definitely right, and the quality is great.

    The best part is immediate results! My teeth feel so much cleaner since switching to the Quip, and I have got multiple compliments on how white my teeth are. I have already and plan on continuing to recommend this toothbrush!

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

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  • Love my Quip

    • Madison, GA,
    • Nov 16, 2018
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    I listened to the Quip commercials and decided to purchase one. After the first few days, I threw away my many manual and battery operated brushes and use only use my Quip. I plan to purchase several for Christmas gifts.

    The Quip allows me the consistency in brushing time that my dentist has said that I needed.

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

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