Manual Or Electric? Our Honest Opinion
Before we get into the details, comparison between electric toothbrush and manual is like comparing big buffet from a 5 start hotel with a set meal from a moderately priced restaurant. While they both meet their end objective, the choice depends on individual preference. Hence, instead of debating which of these brushes are better, we provide you the pros and cons for you to decide for yourself.
What about the studies that prove electric toothbrushes are better – well, often studies are sponsored, biased, start with an end goal of proving a point, conducted in unrealistic environment, with people having different habits, different demographics, etc. In order for you to take an informed decision, you should not ignore these studies, however it is important for you to understand its relevance to your situation.
Benefits of electric toothbrush:
- Effective at removing plaque. Some studies have shown that the results are inconsistent.
- Easier for people with limited mobility. In some cases Doctors may prefer their patients with mobility conditions to exercise regularly.
- Fun for kids. Not for too long though
- Easier for orthodontic appliances.
Disadvantages of electric toothbrush:
- The price of electric toothbrushes are 50 to 500 times that of the manual toothbrush.
- Not travel friendly. Either plug-in option or charged battery is necessary. If you are travelling with one, and don’t have access to electricity, it does not help. Also, replacement heads may not be available everywhere.
- User experience. They are heavier and some users also don’t like the vibrating feel.
- Managing end of life (e.g. recycling) of electric toothbrushes, replacement heads is more complex than the manual brushes.
If the above mentioned benefits matter to you, and disadvantages don’t bother, you may consider electric toothbrush. For everyone else, a good manual toothbrush is just what is needed.
Why eha is a manual toothbrush?
Eha is built around the fundamentals of sustainability. For us, it is important that our solution has positive social, economic and ecological impact with mainstream acceptance. Less than 10% of the global population can truly afford a good electric toothbrush, and it is less than 1% in developing and emerging countries like India. A good brushing habit, combined with a good manual toothbrush is more sustainable than many times expensive and little incremental benefit the electric toothbrushes offer. Hence, we chose the path to start our journey with producing manual toothbrushes and run community programs to create awareness around good brushing habits. We are currently working on connected smart manual brushes that guide the users with good habits of brushing based on users’ needs and brushing patterns, which will be launched shortly. In the future, we also hope to develop sustainable electric toothbrushes, that meets the needs of those who benefit from its features.