If you're racking your brain for gift ideas this week, a practical present such as an electric toothbrush might be the answer. But which one to choose?
They may not be filled with the wonder of Christmas or likely to elicit a gasp upon unwrapping, but at least you know an electric toothbrush has a decent chance of being put to good use.
Whether you're buying for a pre-teen or a tech-savvy early adopter, there's plenty to choose from. Read on as we run through some available options tailored to who you're buying for.
Getting youngsters to brush their teeth properly can be a real challenge, especially if they're using a manual toothbrush. But the simpler mechanics of an electric toothbrush can make it easier for children to master the task.
Some electric toothbrushes aimed at children now come with features and functions that help keep them entertained while they brush. The Philips Sonicare for Kids (HX6322/04), for example, can connect to a game within an app that lets your kids earn points and prizes each time they brush. But it costs close to £50.
A cheaper alternative, minus the frills, is the Oral-B Junior (£25), which is aimed at children aged six and over. It has a handy two-minute timer to encourage children to brush for the dentist-recommended amount of time. The two minutes is divided up by a 'quad pacer', which makes the brush buzz every 30 seconds to let the user know they should start brushing a different section of their mouth.
If you don't want to spend that much, but still want an alternative to a manual one, you might have seen the Colgate Extra Soft AAA battery-powered option (£3.50, available with Barbie, Trolls and Minions branding).
We haven't tested that model, but we have tested the Colgate 360° Whole Mouth Clean electric toothbrush, which also runs off two AAA batteries.
Minimalists can be easy to buy for, but you'll still want to make sure you pick an electric toothbrush that nails the basics.
You can skip past the high-end electric toothbrushes with smartphone compatibility and additional brushing modes, and go straight to the no-frills models.
The Oral-B Pro 600 is one such toothbrush. It costs around £25, but you still get a two-minute timer and an internal pressure sensor that reduces the speed of the motor until the normal amount of applied pressure is resumed.
Features such as that can help someone develop brushing habits that'll get them a sticker from the dentist on their next visit.
Superdrug's own-brand electric toothbrush, the ProCare Advanced Clean, is another straightforward model. It's currently half price (£14.98), so could be the one if you're on a tighter budget.
At the upper-end of the market is the new generation of Bluetooth-compatible electric toothbrushes that connect with smartphone apps.
With in-app brushing tips and guidance, it's claimed these toothbrushes can help take your oral hygiene routine to another level. There's enough in these apps to keep the nuttiest of tech nuts busy for a while.
These expensive electric toothbrushes typically come with additional brush heads, multiple brushing modes, pressure sensor, travel case and more. Some Philips Sonicare models even come with a tumbler that doubles as a rinsing glass and inductive charger.
The Oral-B Genius 9000 was one of the first smart electric toothbrushes on the market. It's still widely available and is now one of the cheaper smart options you'll find, although it will still set you back around £110.
But that's almost a steal when you compare it with Oral-B's latest release, the iO, which costs between £180 and £250, depending on the model you buy.
Prices correct as of 14 December 2020.