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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382 Consumer Reviews for Quip Toothbrush

Average Consumer Rating: 4.0
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 246 4 star: 39 3 star: 8 2 star: 21 1 star:  68
Bottom Line: 76% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Good product - would like a bit more intensity

    • Charlotte, NC,
    • Dec 19, 2018
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    I like my Quip Toothbrush. It's gentler than I prefer. I think there should be options for bristles and intensity. It's a little mild for me, but great for my husband. The look is lovely, and it really is easy to travel.

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

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  • As advertised!

    As advertised. The product is simple, elegant and most importantly, effective. The gentle reminder buzz and limit of 2 minutes have completely reset my bad habits of brushing too hard in one place for way too long. I just had my teeth cleaned and the hygienist was pleased. For the price of a stocking stuffer, you can be on your way to a better way of brushing. Do it.

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

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  • Good but...

    • Orlando, FL,
    • Dec 18, 2018
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    It’s a great toothbrush! Great material and awesome results (IF USED PROPERLY). Great for travel and keeping safe. The sticky side doesn’t last as long as one would like though. Vibration of the toothbrush is very soft and good for those with sensitive mouths. The brush itself is very soft on teeth and comfortable. Very nice sleek design.

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

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  • Great brushing

    • Texas,
    • Dec 18, 2018
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    I really do like my Quip brush and toothpaste. It is very quiet, the brush bristles are comfortable during brushing, the toothbrush handle has a nice feel to it, and the holder sticks to my mirror nicely and holds my brush when not in use. In the holder, I can rotate the bristles towards the mirror so my cats cannot get to it. I like it much better than the Sonicare I had been using. I plan to add the toothpaste to my replacement brush orders. So glad I switched.

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

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  • Love it!

    • Des Moines, IA,
    • Dec 18, 2018
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    I ordered for me and my fiancé. We were both excited when they arrived at our home. We both feel that we’ve seen great results compared to the ordinary toothbrush. With the toothbrush timing how long you brush your teeth, I’m positive I'm spending more time brushing. We have already recommended to several people!

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

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  • Incomplete order

    • Texas,
    • Dec 13, 2018
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    Only part of my order was filled - order arrived with no packing slip or paperwork. Company is wanting a picture of the packing slip that does not exist. Missing 3 toothbrushes. Buyer beware. Please take pictures of order and package upon opening, if your order at all. Questioning reliability and professionalism of company - seems like a scam.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Quip

    • South Easton, MA,
    • Dec 10, 2018
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    I love my Quip Toothbrush and Quip toothpaste. As I'm over 60 and have used a lot of toothbrushes both electric and none, Quip is the first toothbrush and Quip toothpaste. That makes me look forward to brushing. I love the feel of the toothbrush, and that just left the dentist feeling every time I use my Quip. Also, Quip has a reminder. Thanks for a great product!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    My dentist loves me

    • Dixon, IL,
    • Dec 10, 2018
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    I have always been the guy with heavy plaque that causes the hygienist a struggle to clean...Four months after getting quip, 15 minutes in and out!

    I love this product and look forward to brushing!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Quiet, effective, pretty

    • Seattle, WA,
    • Dec 10, 2018
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    It is quiet. It is effective. It is pretty.

    Hmm? What else is there to say about a toothbrush? I mean, it’s a toothbrush, it brushes teeth. This is a good one.

    Not at 180 characters yet? Ok. How about, it’s easy to travel with and hasn’t run out of juice yet.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Sleek and practical toothbrush

    • Marietta, GA,
    • Dec 10, 2018
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    I purchased Quip about one month ago and I’m so very happy with its performance. It has a stylish look and feel. I bought the rose gold and it has a cover, which is also the holder when you’re not traveling. I gave it a four star because I have not figured how to change the battery.

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

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  • Five stars

    • Ionia, MI,
    • Dec 10, 2018
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    Amazing toothbrush, does a better job than any of the others I’ve had. Also really affordable and great service through and through! Toothbrush is gentle but effective, and doesn’t wear down too quickly.

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

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