Throughout the years, we’ve seen the designs of everyday items transform as the minimalist and sleek “look” has taken center stage. From the quintessential Apple products to newcomers like Harry’s razor—less is truly becoming more in product design.
With all the attention on Harry’s razors, Dollar Shave Club, Birchbox, and all those new and poppin’ beauty/personal hygiene delivery products, I suppose it was only a matter of time before the electric toothbrush industry was slated to be disrupted.
I’ve been a firm believer in electric toothbrushes since my brother got everyone in my family one back when I was in high school. Since then, I really haven’t looked back. Electric toothbrushes have made my teeth feel so clean and I haven’t had a cavity since I started using one. I’ve used two different models of Oral-B toothbrushes in the circular rotating variety and have thoroughly enjoyed both. The Quip toothbrush is actually my first vibrating electric toothbrush so it has been an interesting experience to try this type.
I’m not gonna sit around and lie and say that I did extensive toothbrush research…because I didn’t. An advertisement for Quip came up on my Facebook feed and I thought to myself “wow, I really need a new electric toothbrush for travel….so pretty!!!”
Yep, I fell for some Facebook marketing. And I’m a sucker for pretty products. 😦
According to the website, Quip was designed to prove “that good design would have a bigger impact on oral health than quick fix gimmicks”. Quip, like many other of these deliver to your door services, makes your life hassle free by ensuring that you have all the right products all the time…without ever having to interact with a living, breathing person (yay hermit life!)
The ordering process was quite simple and the website was easy to navigate.I was given a couple of options for purchasing different quip sets depending on what type of toothbrush I wanted (plastic vs. metal), what accessories I wanted to get (toothpaste, mount, extra heads), and how I wanted to pay (pre-pay or monthly). I opted for the $55 prepay to get one copper metal toothbrush and 3 monthly refills for a year (1 new toothbrush head would be sent to me every 4 months). Even though the pre-pay for the set I chose doesn’t provide any discount, I decided to pay for it all at once for peace of mind.
Shipping & Packaging
(Instructional card & booklet)
I ordered my quip on Jan. 23rd and received it Jan. 31st, not bad at all. It ain’t Amazon Prime but it’s still faster than a lot of other online retailers (cough Lulu’s). It arrived in my mailbox in a shiny silver ziploc type of bag which was cute but not impressive. Inside the bag was a card with instructions and a booklet explaining how to improve oral care! Nothing ground breaking in the booklet.
The toothbrush is very simple to use…it has one button. You turn it on like any other electric toothbrush and it does that 30 second interval buzzing thing that notifies you when to brush the next quadrant of your mouth. I thought it was interesting that it actually shuts off after 2 minutes unlike other toothbrushes that give you a long buzz but continue to run.
Pro: Feels just as clean as my normal electric toothbrush
Since I’m used to using the rotating toothbrush heads, it was an odd feeling to have the brush just vibrate instead. As I was using it, I actually felt like it wasn’t cleaning as well as my rotating one, but after examining post-brush, my teeth felt and looked just as clean as with my other brush.
Pro: Battery powered instead of plug-in
The quip is powered by a normal battery so it’s really nice for travelers who 1) forget to charge their toothbrush 2) don’t want to lug around a huge charging dock
Pro: Overall Design
One of the main selling points is the sleek design of course. It’s really lightweight without feeling cheap and comes in a super portable case. I really didn’t like the bulkyness of my other toothbrush and it was actually one of the main reasons why I didn’t bring it around. I would not hesitate to bring my quip when I travel.
Con: Placement of power button
I guess semi-related to design is that the power button is placed in the head part of the toothbrush and just feels really unnatural to press. I like that other toothbrushes put the button in the middle where it’s easy to just press with the thumb.
Con: Vibrating power
David owns the Sonicare brush that vibrates as well and comparing the two (just holding them in my hands), the quip definitely does not feel as strong. Not sure if this is necessarily a con since a lot of people have qualms about how electric toothbrushes are too harsh on teeth, so maybe this is a happy medium for those users.
The quip is a great electric toothbrush for frequent travelers and those who are new to the electric toothbrush world. It’s pretty cheap considering replacement heads are only $5 a piece and replacement heads for other big name brands can be$20+. It’s also a great way to show your friends how #aesthetic and #start-up and #minimalist and #hipster you are 😉