The rotating variant of the new startup toothbrush in the test. Here’s how the Happybrush stacks up against the competition from Oral-B.
With its toothbrushes, startup Happybrush has been offering a few affordable alternatives to established manufacturers like Oral-B & Sonicare for some time now.
After the 1st generation already convinced in the test, I have now grabbed a current version and tested it in everyday use.
The variants of the Happybrush at a glance
Currently you can find the following variants of the Happybrush in stores (on the manufacturer’s homepage, on Amazon or even at DM):
- The already tested sonic toothbrush of Happybrush, which has the models of Sonicare as a model.
- The rotating toothbrush tested here, on the other hand, is strongly oriented to the models of Oral-B.
If you’re short on time, you might as well skip straight to the conclusion.
First impression after unpacking
The appearance of the toothbrush (and also the rest of the packaging) is well done.
The rotating happybrush including accessories.
- Compared to the sonic version, the rotating version turns out a bit thicker – but it can still be held without problems.
- The brush including accessories is attractively finished (for this price range) and the compact charging station does not take up too much space in the bathroom.
Of course, the cleaning performance is clearly more important than winning beauty awards – but it is still an advantage when a brush convinces with a beautiful design.
The Happybrush is available, just like the brush heads, in the colors black & white.
The similarities to Oral-B
Whoever is familiar with Oral-B toothbrushes will quickly find their way around this variant:
- This even goes so far as to allow you to use Oral-B brush heads with the Happybrush.
- However, in personal use, I also liked the included flex attachment brush.
With it you can reach all places in the mouth effortlessly, even hard-to-reach places like the back incisors are no problem thanks to the round shape.
The attachment brush holds bombproof, preventing toothpaste residue from accumulating at the transition.
Great cleaning performance at a fair price
In terms of tooth cleaning, the Happybrush can easily keep up with the equally expensive competition from Oral-B & Sonicare:
- The powerful rotations remove impurities & food debris with ease.
- 3 different cleaning modes are more than enough for healthy teeth.
The following settings are available for selection:
- Normal – for everyday use
- Sensitive – for sensitive teeth
- Polish – for white teeth
Every 30 seconds, the toothbrush vibrates briefly to remind you to switch jaw quadrants.
Overall, this rotating toothbrush has more than convinced me in everyday use – it has all the important functions.
Comparison with the competition
In their price range, the models of Happybrush are therefore real insider tips, because the toothbrushes have many features that cost significantly more with the competition.
High-tech toothbrushes such as the Oral-B Genius or the Sonicare Flexcare Platinum clean minimally more thoroughly and have a bit more features on board – for many, however, e.g. Bluetooth in a toothbrush is just a gimmick that drives up the price unnecessarily.
The Happybrush does without all the bells and whistles and wants to offer one thing above all: Clean teeth at a fair price.
It costs significantly less and can almost compete with top models twice as expensive in terms of cleaning performance.
Innovative helper: The timer on the charging station
There is, however, one nice additional function: namely, there is an LED timer on the charging station.
- While brushing, you can thus see at a glance how long it will take to clean.
- After a short familiarization would not want to do without this addition – a great innovation.
Also the USB charging cable represents a thoughtful detail.
This saves you, for example, on vacation endless cable tangle (because the USB cable fits both the charging station and the cell phone).
Rotating toothbrush or sonic toothbrush?
The question still remains, which version of the Happybrush is better?
- Both the sonic version and the model tested here cost the same in stores.
- Also in the cleaning performance itself, both technologies do not take each other much.
In various studies were in some areas sonic toothbrushes, in other things rotating devices in front – read more here: Electric toothbrushes in the test.
To make a long story short: Clearly better, however, is no variant (a conventional manual toothbrush are both versions superior).
So if you’re going to choose one, you should do so based on the additional features like brushing modes, battery life & durability (rather than the technology used)
This also brings me to the next point:
Long battery life, but…
I was able to just about reach the 3 weeks of runtime promised by the manufacturer during the test – so the Happybrush is superior to the direct competition from Oral-B here.
Practical is also the battery indicator, with which you are never surprised by a brush without power.
However, a NiMH battery is installed – this technology unfortunately brings some disadvantages and is, in my opinion, outdated in 2018:
- For one thing, the cleaning power noticeably decreases. The less juice there is in the battery, the more noticeably the power drops.
- You should always fully discharge these batteries, because NiMH batteries suffer from the well-known memory effect.
This means that if you constantly charge the toothbrush, then it will harm the life of the battery and the performance will decrease quite quickly.
The Happybrush sonic toothbrush has a more modern battery.
A step backward compared to the Happybrush sonic toothbrush
The in-house predecessor (the sister model still available) relies on modern lithium-ion batteries, which deliver full power at all times and suffer virtually no memory effect
- It is all the more incomprehensible to me to rely on a clearly inferior battery technology for the rotating variant.
- While NiMH memory is also installed in most Oral-B toothbrushes, newer models now rely on modern rechargeable batteries there as well.
Please do not misunderstand: The built-in battery is not a total failure (and in this price range still significantly stronger than most other rotary toothbrushes)
But in direct comparison, I clearly prefer the modern lithium-ion battery of the sonic version – which costs the same.
Summary on the rotating version of the Happybrush
All in all, the model tested here represents a solid mid-range toothbrush
- It cleans the teeth extremely thoroughly and also has a few nice extras on board, such as the timer in the charging station.
- The price is more than fair and offers in direct comparison with the competition significantly more features for the money.
- Also the follow-up costs through the brush heads are slightly cheaper than the replacement heads of Oral-B & Sonicare.
Only in the battery weakens the rotating Happybrush a little. Although the is still solid, but meanwhile other models (such as the sister variant Vibe 2 * ) have the nose in front here.
To make a long story short:
Taken by itself, rotating variant of the Happybrush also convinces, especially in terms of price.
- If you have the choice, then I would still recommend the manufacturer’s sonic variant.
- While you then have to do without useful extras such as the timer on the charging station, but the modern battery convinces me more.
- The cleaning performance is convincing with both variants – they can easily keep up with the significantly more expensive competition.
If, however, you prefer the cleaning feeling of rotating devices or find the variant tested here cheap on sale, then you can quietly strike.
The Happybrush rotary brush is namely despite small weaknesses still one of the best toothbrushes in your price range.
For a comparable brushing experience, you have to dig much deeper into your pocket with other manufacturers.
Note in terms of editorial guidelines: The toothbrush tested here was provided to me by Happybrush – no editorial influence was exerted at any time. I treat all manufacturers equally.