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Updated on August 16, 2022

GLEEM Electric Toothbrush Review

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Summary Review

  • The GLEEM toothbrush ($30) is stylish yet affordable 
  • A good “middle way” between manual and electric toothbrushes
  • Similar to other minimalist toothbrushes like quip
  • No warranty
  • Other options may provide more value, such as Fairywill

The GLEEM Electric Toothbrush: A Rival to Quip?

Gleem Electric toothbrush

The GLEEM toothbrush is a stylish yet affordable entry-level brush for those new to electric toothbrushes.

While a relatively new toothbrush brand, GLEEM is actually owned by Procter & Gamble, the same company responsible for Oral-B products. The brush seems to be the company’s answer to minimalist and Instagram-friendly toothbrushes like quip.

The brush comes in two models: rechargeable and non-rechargeable. The non-rechargeable model is more popular and will be the focus of this review. 

The absence of a rechargeable battery allows the GLEEM to be lightweight, compact, and convenient, making it a great travel brush. It also comes with a travel case.

Here’s what else the GLEEM brush comes with:

  • Two-minute timer
  • Thirty-second interval pacer
  • Soft nylon bristles
  • One brush head
  • Memory function to pause and resume brushing cycle
  • Sonic vibration motor

The timer and pacer are the two most important features of any electric toothbrush. This is because most people don’t brush their teeth for long enough or with proper technique, leading to cavities and plaque.

Two minutes is the amount of time recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) to clean teeth effectively. 

For anyone looking to improve their oral care routine with a brush that’s stylish, affordable, and accessible, the GLEEM toothbrush is a good choice.

product shot of black electric toothbrush

How the GLEEM Electric Toothbrush Works

Like Sonicare, the GLEEM toothbrush is a sonic toothbrush, meaning it vibrates side-to-side to clean your teeth. This is different from non-sonic electric toothbrushes such as Oral-B, where the brush heads spin in a circular motion to clean teeth. 

There is no consensus among experts which is better. It comes down to preference. 

The GLEEM vibrates at just 12,000 brush strokes per minute (BPM), much slower than either Sonicare or Oral-B. 

This is not necessarily a bad thing. The soft nylon bristles and relatively low vibration speed allows the GLEEM to be safely used in the same manner as a manual toothbrush without fear of damaging enamel. 

This makes the Gleam a good brush for beginners to sonic and electric toothbrushes.

GLEEM vs. Quip

Quip is the most similar brush to the GLEEM toothbrush. 

Like quip, the GLEEM is powered by a removable AAA battery that lasts for 3 months on a full charge. They’re also both lightweight, compact, stylish, and come with travel cases. 

Quip outshines GLEEM in a couple key areas:

Design

Quip is available in both plastic and metal, whereas the GLEEM is available in just plastic. Both feature stylish designs, but quip is a bit sleeker, especially the metal version. 

Quip also comes with a travel case that’s not only sturdier but also doubles as a holder that can stick to mirrors and other flat surfaces, saving space.

Convenience

For $5 a month, quip offers a subscription service that provides replacement brush heads and batteries every three months (other items also available). GLEEM does not offer this.

Warranty

There is no warranty with purchase of a GLEEM toothbrush — only a 60-day money-back guarantee.

By contrast, quip comes with a 1-year warranty, which, with purchase of a subscription, lasts indefinitely.

For more information on quip, read our review here.

Pros and Cons of the GLEEM Electric Toothbrush

Here are some pros and cons of the GLEEM toothbrush:

PROS

  • Developed by Procter & Gamble — added credibility
  • Gentle vibrations and soft nylon bristles — a good choice for beginners
  • Brush is attractive and sleek
  • Timer and pacer encourage good brushing habits
  • Highly affordable
  • Cordless, leading to added convenience and lighter weight
  • Remembers where in the brushing cycle you are when you turn it off
  • Glossy finish

Cons

  • No pressure sensor (lower vibrations mitigate danger of over-brushing)
  • Only available in plastic
  • No subscription plan
  • Brush head refills aren’t the cheapest (packs for 2 for $13)
  • Travel case is just a cloth pouch
  • No warranty

What Customers Are Saying

Customer reviews on Amazon praise the GLEEM’s lightweight and attractive design, long battery life, and low price. 

The most common criticism was that the battery did not always last as long as advertised, with some mentioning it died within just two weeks. 

Other complaints include the low frequency of the vibrations and the lack of replacement brush heads with purchase.

Price Summary & Where to Buy 

The GLEEM electric toothbrush costs between $20 and $30, depending on the retailer.

On the GLEEM website, it currently sells for $30, though it can be had for cheaper. Amazon sells it for $20, for example.

Other places a GLEEM toothbrush can be purchased include Kohl’s, eBay, and Walmart.

Is the GLEEM Sonic Toothbrush Right for You? 

If you mainly use manual toothbrushes but are looking to branch out, the GLEEM toothbrush will deliver solid value due to its low price and accessibility. 

Those who want an attractive and lightweight travel toothbrush may also find the GLEEM a good option.

On the other hand, those experienced with electric toothbrushes may find themselves underwhelmed by the GLEEM’s relatively gentle vibrations. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does the GLEEM have a pressure sensor?

GLEEM toothbrushes don’t come with pressure sensors.

Who manufactures GLEEM?

GLEEM is manufactured by Procter & Gamble.

Does GLEEM offer a rechargeable toothbrush?

Yes, there is a rechargeable model available.

How do you change the battery on a GLEEM toothbrush?

Open the cap that's located near the base of the toothbrush. Find a coin and insert the edge into the slot, turning counterclockwise. 

Remove the used battery and replace it with a new one, with the positive end facing the inside of the brush. Then, tighten the cap again.

Can I use other brush heads with my GLEEM toothbrush?

No. Only GLEEM brush heads will work with GLEEM toothbrushes.

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Summary

The GLEEM electric toothbrush is a good introduction to electric toothbrushes. Its gentle vibrations and soft nylon bristles make it appealing to beginners. It’s also a decent travel brush due to its attractive and lightweight design. 

However, issues like the lack of a warranty or subscription plan hold it back.

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Pros

  • Developed by Procter & Gamble — added credibility
  • Gentle vibrations and soft nylon bristles — a good choice for beginners
  • Brush is attractive and sleek
  • Timer and pacer encourage good brushing habits
  • Highly affordable
  • Cordless, leading to added convenience and lighter weight
  • Brush remembers where in the brushing cycle you are when you turn it off
  • Glossy finish

Cons

  • No pressure sensor (lower vibrations mitigate danger of over-brushing)
  • Only available in plastic
  • No subscription plan
  • Brush head refills aren’t the cheapest (packs for 2 for $13)
  • Travel case is just a cloth pouch
  • No warranty
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Last updated on August 16, 2022
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