If you are active on social media, and especially on Instagram, then you have probably heard about Quip. There has been quite a hype surrounding this stylish subscription-based electric toothbrush, which is available for purchase online only.

The main difference it offers as compared to electric toothbrushes which are already well-established on the market is that when you purchase a Quip toothbrush and subscribe to the company’s services, you will receive a set including a brush replacement head, a battery, and toothpaste delivered to you every three months.

Quip vs Sonicare

The question is, is Quip a better choice than other electric toothbrushes, such as the number 1 recommended toothbrush by dentists the Philips Sonicare 4100?

Read on to find out which toothbrush is better – Quip vs. Sonicare 4100.


The Quip toothbrush will cost you from $25 to $40, depending on whether you prefer plastic or a metal one.  If you purchase it from Amazon or the official website, you can get free mint toothpaste with your purchase. The so-called “refill plan” offered by the US-based online company offers to deliver a brush head and a battery every 12 weeks for $5, and you can also sign up for receiving a toothpaste and a floss refill for an added $5 each.

The battery-powered electric toothbrush utilizes ultrasonic vibrations for cleaning the teeth. It has an integrated timer, which will ensure that you brush your teeth for the recommended 2 minutes every time. It will also pause every 30 seconds to remind you to move to the next quadrant in your mouth. Overall, it is a great toothbrush to use if you want to set healthy dental hygiene habits.

It can deliver up to 15,000 brush movements per minute, and the bristles of the brush head are made of DuPont Tynex, gentle round-tipped nylon.

The feeling when using the Quip toothbrush is pretty similar to that of using a manual toothbrush, which makes it perfect for people who find the fast-speed toothbrushes too intense for their sensitive teeth and gums.

This affordable electric toothbrush is pretty basic as compared to the more advanced and expensive toothbrushes on the market. It lacks features like pressure sensors, wireless connectivity, different cleaning modes, a mobile app, or other similar smart features.

At the same time, the company offers its customers some useful online services and advice regarding their dental hygiene and health, including a newsletter, a blog, and an online Dental Connect app, which will remind you about your visits to the dentist.

The toothbrush comes with an adhesive holder which you can attach to any smooth surface, and can also be used as a travel cover.

It is very sleek and light, which is a plus if you dislike bulky electric toothbrushes. You can use it at all angles, to ensure that your teeth are clean from all sides.

There is no battery indicator to let you know when it is time to replace the batteries, but if you subscribe to the refill plan offered by Quip, then you will be sent replacement batteries, a new brush head, and toothpaste every three months.

This subscription plan is particularly useful if you tend to forget to replace your toothbrush or brush head in the recommended period of time. Using an old toothbrush is not only bad for the overall tooth brushing quality but can also lead to bacterial infections as well.

The subscription plan offered by the innovative company can be tweaked to your needs and preferences. You can subscribe to receive replacement brush heads only, or you can also subscribe to receive new toothpaste and replacement batteries as well.

The Quip toothbrush is sold in a variety of color options, including green, blue, and others for the plastic models, and silver, gold, copper, and slate for the metallic options.

The new electric toothbrush has received a Seal of Acceptance by the American Dental Association (ADA) and is recognized as good for bacteria removal from the teeth and the gums.


  • It is ultra-slim and light – perfect for traveling
  • It has a low initial cost
  • It comes with a useful subscription plan, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to buy a new brush head, batteries, or toothpaste every 12 weeks
  • It is comfortable to hold and use at any angle
  • It comes with a built-in timer, and a reminder function to move to another area of your mouth every 30 seconds
  • It comes with a useful stand which also doubles as a travel case
  • It feels more like using a manual toothbrush, which is perfect for people who find the ultra-powerful electric toothbrushes too vigorous or painful to use
  • It is available in different color options and in plastic or metal versions


  • It offers only 15,000 brush strokes per minute which is much less powerful than the other sonic electric toothbrushes on the market
  • It lacks some of the useful features of other electric toothbrushes in this price range, including a pressure sensor, a battery status indicator, smart apps, and others
  • There is only one type of replacement brush head available for Quip

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100

The Philips Sonicare 4100 is the most basic of the entire Sonicare ProtectiveClean series of electric toothbrushes. It is still the top-recommended toothbrush by dental experts, though.

The Sonicare 4100 offers gentle and yet efficient cleaning and care for the teeth.

This is the most affordable of the Sonicare series, so you can buy a ProtectiveClean 4100 toothbrush for under $50.

The main objective of this model from the Sonicare series is to efficiently clean and remove the plaque from the teeth. In fact, the Sonicare 4100 has been advertised as being able to remove 7 times more plaque than any manual toothbrush.

This toothbrush may be pretty basic as compared to the Sonicare 5100 and 6100 or 6500, but it still has the most essential features which make these toothbrushes one of the most popular options on the market.

It has a brushstroke speed of 62,000 movements per minute and utilizes a sonic technology that is gentle on the tooth enamel and the gums. It also has an integrated pressure control sensor, which will prevent you from pressing on your teeth and gums too much.

The Sonicare 4100 also has a BrushSync reminder feature, which will let you know when the time has come to replace the brush head.

It also has an integrated Smart Timer, which will stimulate you to brush your teeth for the recommended time of 2 minutes, and a QuadPacer, which will vibrate and remind you when it is time to move on to another area in your mouth.

It comes with a battery charger that doubles as a toothbrush stand, and its battery will last for up to 2 weeks. This eliminates the need for buying replacement batteries. Plus, the LED battery indicator will let you know when your toothbrush needs charging.

One of the most useful features of the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 is its East Start program. This is especially helpful for children and people with no experience with high-speed toothbrushes. The Easy Start will let you get used to the sensation of using a high speed, vibrating toothbrush by gradually increasing the speed day by day for the first 14 days of use.


  • It is the most affordable of all of the Sonicare ProtectiveClean toothbrushes
  • Thanks to the high speed of 31,000 brush strokes and 64,000 brush movements per minute, and its sonic technology and clean brush head, this toothbrush will remove 7 times more plaque from your teeth than a regular toothbrush
  • It has a rechargeable battery which will last for 2 weeks per charge
  • It has a Smart timer to prompt you to brush your teeth for the recommended 2 minutes
  • Its brush tips are curved so you can reach the hard-to-reach teeth and areas in your mouth
  • Its QuadPacer will gently remind you to move on to the next quadrant in your mouth
  • The toothbrush is safe to use if you have crowns, braces, and other dental work
  • There is a LED battery status indicator
  • It is the number 1 recommended toothbrush by the leading dental experts
  • It has a sleek design and comes in several color options


  • It is still a high-speed toothbrush, so people with sensitive gums or teeth may find it too vigorous for their liking
  • The brush head will need to be replaced as frequently as you would replace a traditional toothbrush

Quip vs. Sonicare 4100 comparison

So, the question remains – which electric toothbrush is better – the innovative Quip which has caused quite an internet stir, or the well-established and recommended Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100?

The price

The Sonicare 4100 has been on the market for over 3 years and is the number 1 recommended brand by dental professionals.

Quip was released just recently, but it has quickly gained popularity and has caused quite an online sensation with its innovative subscription-based service and low price.

The initial price of the Sonicare 4100 is just under $50, for which you get a toothbrush, a brush head, and a charger stand.

The initial price of the Quip toothbrush is from $20 to $40 for which you will receive the toothbrush, the brush head, and the AAA battery it requires.

If you sign up for a subscription refill plan, you will need to pay from $5 to $15 to receive replacement brush heads, toothpaste, and batteries every 12 weeks.

So, when it comes to the initial price – the Quip is the more affordable option but only if you live in the USA. If you live elsewhere, there will be added costs for shipping, currency conversion, and the subscription rates will be much higher.

The timer and pacer features

Both the Quip and the Philips Sonicare have integrated timers, which will remind you to keep brushing your teeth for 2 minutes every time. They will both switch off automatically once the 2 minutes are up.

The two toothbrushes also have built-in pacers to let you know when it is time to move to the next quadrant in your mouth. The Sonicare 4100’s QuadPacer will gently vibrate when it is time to move on (every 30 seconds), and the Quip will pause for a moment after 30 seconds of pulsing, which should be a reminder for you to move on to the next quadrant.

So, when it comes to features like timers and pacers, the Quip vs. Sonicare result is even.

The design

Both the Quip and the Sonicare 4100 are sleek and elegant, but the Quip is slimmer and is available in more metallic or plastic options and colors.

The Sonicare 4100 is slightly bulkier, but it is also the more powerful of the two toothbrushes. This can be a problem for people with smaller or weaker hands.

When it comes to looks, the Quip looks more stylish and contemporary than the bulkier Sonicare 4100. Plus, the Quip is offered in a variety of materials and color options, while the Sonicare 4100 is available in limited color options, and made of plastic only.

The Quip comes with a stand that can easily be stuck on any tiled wall, mirror, or other smooth surface, and the stand can also be used as a travel cover.

The Sonicare 4100 comes with a charger stand that can be used both for charging as well as a stand for storage and for keeping it in an upright hygienic position. It does not come with a travel case though.

Plus, you can easily pop the Quip in your bag and take it with you wherever you go, thanks to the stand which doubles as a travel cover.

On the other hand, the Sonicare 4100 provides a more secure grip than the slimmer and slippery Quip.

So, in conclusion, the Quip is more travel-friendly and looks better than the Sonicare 4100, but the Sonicare provides a more comfortable and secure grip when you are using it.

The brush movements and brushstrokes

Both the Quip and the Sonicare provide more brush movements than is possible to achieve with a manual toothbrush.

But while the Quip offers 15,000 brushstrokes per minute, the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 provides up to 31,000 brushstrokes, or 62,000 movements per minute, thanks to the sonic technology used. This means that the Sonicare is more than twice as fast than the Quip. It is also more efficient for removing the plaque and cleaning the teeth for the recommended 2 minutes per tooth brushing session than the Quip.

On the other hand, if you have sensitive teeth, gums, or simply find it unpleasant to use an ultra-high-speed electric toothbrush, then the Quip could be a better option for you, as it vibrates less and is more similar to using a manual toothbrush than the Sonicare 4100.

So, as far as speed goes, the Sonicare outshines the Quip.

The brush heads

The Philips Sonicare toothbrush has a much wider variety of different types of brush heads available for its models, while Quip has only one option when it comes to size, softness, and other features.

As for the replacement, you will need to purchase your Sonicare replacement brush heads, while Quip offers to deliver them automatically to your door every 3 months.

The Sonicare 4100 comes with a Plaque control brush head which has tightly packed bristles with curved edges for easy reach of all teeth.

The Quip has a square toothbrush head made of rounded bristles by DuPont Tynex. It looks and feels much more than a normal brush head of a manual toothbrush.

One of the great features of the Sonicare 4100 is its BrushSync feature which will remind you when it is time to replace the brush head, depending on the pressure you use for brushing your teeth as well as the number of times you have used it.

The Quip, on the other hand, will not remind you directly, but the company will deliver a replacement brush head every 12 weeks as a reminder to replace it.

As far as the quality and the variety of brush heads go, the Sonicare is the definite winner. The benefit of the Quip is the 12-week subscription and delivery of new brush head replacements if you don’t want to be bothered with having to buy the brush heads separately.

The battery life and type

The Quip toothbrush is powered by an AAA battery, which can last for up to 3 months of normal use – twice a day for two minutes.

The Sonicare 4100 is powered by a rechargeable li-ion battery, which can last for up to 2 weeks per charge. It also comes with a handy charger that doubles as a stand, so you can ensure that it never runs out of battery power by storing your toothbrush on the stand.

The Quip does not have a low battery indicator, while the Sonicare has a LED indicator that will keep you informed whether the battery is full, needs charging or is empty.

The benefit of the Quip is that the battery lasts longer, and you can purchase a normal AAA battery from just about anywhere, plus you can add the option of receiving a replacement battery to your refill plan.

Although its li-ion battery will last for 2 weeks only, the advantage of the Sonicare is that the battery is rechargeable, so you don’t need to worry about replacements. Also, it has a nifty battery status indicator, and a stand which is also a charger, so you can keep it charged at all times.  Plus, the Sonicare is more than twice as powerful as the Quip, which probably explains the shorter battery life.

We give our vote to the Sonicare as a winner when it comes to the battery type and battery life.

Cleaning modes, intensity, and sensors

Both the Quip and the Sonicare 4100 have one single cleaning mode. If you want an electric toothbrush that offers more than one mode, you should opt for the Sonicare 5100 or 6100, which have Clean, Gum Care, and Whitening brushing modes.

You cannot adjust the intensity settings of either of the two electric toothbrushes, so with the Quip, you will be stuck with the 15,000 brushstrokes per minute, and with the Sonicare 4100, you will have to stick to using the 31,000 brushstrokes per minute.

If you want an electric toothbrush with intensities that you can regulate, then you may want to opt for the Philips Sonicare 6100.

As for the pressure sensors, the Sonicare has one, while the Quip does not. This means that the Sonicare will detect when you are pressing against your teeth or gums too hard, and the Quip will not.

So, in terms of cleaning modes, the result is a tie, but when it comes to pressure sensors, the Sonicare is definitely the winner among the two.


The Philips Sonicare 4100 is sold with a 2-year warranty, with an added 6 months if you register online after purchasing it.

The Quip comes with a 1-year warranty, but if you subscribe to a refill plan, it will extend for the duration of your subscription.

Final words

Although Quip is prettier, more stylish, and sleek and comes with the brilliant idea of receiving everything you need to keep using it delivered at your doorstep, when it comes to performance and results, the Philips Sonicare 4100 is the superior electric toothbrush.

It has a brushstroke speed, which is over two times faster than that of the Quip. It also has a pressure sensor, a BrushSync feature, a low battery indicator, and an Easy Start program.

The Quip is a better option if, for one reason or another, you do not want a high-speed electric toothbrush, but still prefer the convenience of using an electric toothbrush rather than a manual one.

Last update on 2021-02-25 at 18:45 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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