The 7 best electric razors, plus expert answers to all of your shaving questions

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  • Electric razors cost more than disposable razors, but they provide smooth shaves and last longer.
  • Braun’s Series 7 7085cc is our top pick because it’s versatile and effective at shaving or trimming.
  • We also recommend picks for affordable, high-end, professional electric razors, and more.

Shaving isn’t as simple or easy as brushing your teeth. All beards aren’t the same, and when you factor in the many styles of facial hair people prefer, there is no single tool or technique that works for everyone. While traditional manual razors are usually great for full, clean shaves on people with straight hair, they’re not of much use beyond that. That’s where electric razors come in.

For some people, using an electric razor instead of a manual razor means fewer nicks, cuts, and no razor bumps to follow. For others, the choice to use an electric razor simply comes down to speed and convenience since they can be used wet or dry, with or without shaving cream. Wherever you fall in the spectrum of shaving expectations, there’s definitely an electric razor out there that can meet or exceed all of your grooming needs.

We thoroughly test and reviewed all of the best electric razors for most people’s needs, below. We’ve also broken down the differences between foil and rotary shavers, which can help you determine the style that’s best for your intended use and hair/skin types. You can find the explanation below, just under our top choices for electric razors.

Here are the best electric razors you can buy in 2021:

The best electric razor overall

braun series 7 7075cc

The Braun Series 7 is able to “read” the density of your beard, automatically adjusting its power to give you the closest shave ever.

Pros: Waterproof, automatically adjusts to different beard densities, contours to face well, comes with accurate trimmer tool, self-cleaning model

Cons: None to speak of

The Braun Series 7 (7085cc) replaces the older Braun Series 7 (7895cc) as our best overall pick because of its dependability and a few key improvements. Like the previous generation, the Series 7 (7085cc) features Braun’s AutoSense technology, which reads the density of your beard and automatically adjusts its power to provide a clean shave in one pass.

The biggest improvement in the design is the new 360° Flex Head shaver that contours to the curves of your face and neck. Using the new Series 7 (7085cc) feels effortless, even in hard-to-shave areas like your Adam’s apple or jawline.

The new model (7085cc) also has a detachable trimmer that goes in place of the shaver, unlike the previous model (7895cc) which featured a slide-out trimmer on the front of the device. With the new design, the trimmer tool is placed at the top of the device, so you can see exactly what you’re doing. If you’re having a hard time visualizing the difference between the two designs, see the side-by-side comparison here.

With 50 minutes of continuous shave time, the Braun Series 7 (7085cc) typically lasts three weeks on one charge — and when it does die, you can get enough battery power for a single shave with a 5-minute quick charge.

Just like previous models, the Series 7 (7085cc) is also entirely waterproof, so you can bring it in the shower, use it with water and shaving cream, or rinse it off in the sink when you’re done. — Amir Ismael

Read our full review of the Braun Series 7 7071cc here.

The 7071cc is the same as the 7085cc, except it doesn’t include extra length guard attachments.

The best affordable electric razor

remington

The Remington F5-5800 has just enough features to make it a smart, budget-friendly choice.

Pros: Low price for a foil style shaver, small size and comfortable handle, includes a pop-up trimmer for close grooming work, foils on the shaver will tilt back and forth to match your face

Cons: Doesn’t have the longevity of other electric razors, will not work with foam or gel, may develop sharp edges over time, limited motion compared to other razors

Electric shavers can be expensive, especially foil-style shavers, but Remington consistently offers models with good performance, at the affordable end of the market. The Remington F5-5800 is one of the better razors available for such a low price. It certainly has some drawbacks, but it will give you a decent level of performance, considering what you’re paying.

The F5-5800 has a nicely contoured handle that makes it comfortable to use. Meanwhile, the head on this electric razor is just the right size to reach hard-to-shave areas, such as just below the nose. Keep in mind, though, that the Remington F5-5800 does not allow for wet shaves, and it won’t work with shaving foam or gel.

The rechargeable battery on the Remington F5-5800 is reliable, and the handle of the razor contains a series of LEDs that indicate the current charge level, which is convenient.

Many people like to use the F5-5800 as a travel razor or as a second razor at the office, because of its small size and low price. 

One problem many Amazon reviewers mentioned is the failing of the foil screens on the razor after several months. This can expose sharp edges on the F5-5800 that could cause nicks and cuts while shaving. — Kyle Schurman

The best high-end electric razor

Braun Series 9 9370cc

The Braun Series 9 offers all of the latest features found in an electric razor to make it more comfortable to use, while also yielding a close shave.

Pros: Flexible 10-direction pivoting head, five different cutting areas for close shaves, titanium-coated parts make it hygienic and rust-proof, good for trimming various types of hair, large shaving head to complete the job faster

Cons: None to speak of

The Braun Series 9 (9370cc) electric foil shaver is an upgrade to both Series 7 and older Series 9 Braun shavers with the latest design features. Although you’ll pay extra for these features, the 9370cc is well worth the money.

The cutting head consists of five separate parts — two OptiFoil shavers, a lift and cut trimmer, a direct and cut trimmer, and a protective skin guard. Together, the system provides a smooth and close shave, whether your hairs lay flat, stand up, or grow in an odd direction.

If you weren’t a fan of electric razors with pivoting heads in the past because they didn’t fit the contours of your face well, you don’t have to worry about that issue with the 9370cc. Braun includes a 10-direction pivoting head that provides all the flexibility you’ll need. You’ll also have to ability to lock it in place if you find a specific angle that works for you.

With 20% more battery power than the previous model, you’ll get a full hour of shaving time on just one charge. Considering you’ll only need to shave for a few minutes each time, you can get nearly a month of daily use on a single charge — or much longer if you don’t shave often. And if it does die, you can get enough power for a full shave from a five-minute quick charge.

As one final advantage over its predecessors, the 9370cc has one of the largest heads found on an electric shaver, allowing you to finish shaving a bit more quickly than with other electric razors. This Braun razor will work in wet or dry conditions, and you can use it with shaving foam or gel.

As a self-cleaning model, the Braun Series 9 comes bundled with a Clean and Charge station and one Clean and Renew cartridge, which contains a solution designed to clean and lubricate the shaver head before each use. Simply dock it in the station with the head facing down, press the power button, and it’ll clean itself, so you don’t have to. — Amir Ismael

Read our full review of the Braun Series 9 9370cc here.

The best electric razor for coarse hair

Bevel Trimmer

The Bevel Trimmer is designed to cut and trim hair without irritating skin and it can be used by at-home groomers and professional barbers alike.

Pros: Can be used wired or wireless, easy to adjust the blade, good for sharp lines, optional T-liner blade available separately, the rechargeable battery is replaceable

Cons: Can’t be used underwater

If you have coarse or curly hair, you’ve probably struggled to find products that make grooming comfortable. While most razors focus on getting the absolute closest cut possible, that’s also usually the first step to unattractive, painful, or itchy razor bumps. Luckily, the Bevel Trimmer solves that. 

Founded in 2013, Walker and Company (Bevel‘s parent company) was created by Tristan Walker to cater to the grooming needs of people with coarse or curly hair. While that most directly applies to people of color, the brand’s products are generally great for anyone who has sensitive skin.

Rather than using multiple blades that either cut hair below the surface of the skin or snag and pull on hair, the Bevel Trimmer uses an adjustable blade to cut hair to the same level of the skin.  

The Bevel Trimmer is extremely precise and sharp, and a small mechanism inside gives you the ability to adjust the blade. This is a nice feature because most trimmers (even the professional ones used by barbers, including the Andis T-Outliner included in this list) require a screwdriver to make adjustments. — Amir Ismael

Read our full review on the Bevel Trimmer

The best professional razor

andis pro shaver

The professional-grade Andis T-Outliner is perfect for those who buzz cut their heads and barbers who need close-cutting accuracy.

Pros: Professional, affordable, dry shaving, phasing, great for full head shaving, lasts years

Cons: Needs oiling, which involves removing screws, not cordless

If you shave your full head multiple times a week and you’re sick of paying the barbershop to get it done, you may want to pick up the professional-grade Andis T-Outliner. This electric razor is used in many barbershops, and people who shave their full head swear by it. You can also use it for trimming your neck, beard, mustache, and hairline.

The Andis T-Outliner trimmer uses a close-cutting T-shaped blade that’s perfect for full head shaving, fades, and designs. Andis sells a cordless version, but the one we reviewed has a heavy-duty 8-foot cord, so even though it’s corded, you’ll still have plenty of room to move.

The trimmer’s carbon-steel blades are specially hardened so that they last longer than your average blade. The blades are fairly easy and inexpensive to replace, though, so when the time comes, it’s an easy swap.

You do have to oil it often to keep it running smoothly, and every now and then it’ll need a full tune-up. That does require unscrewing some small screws to oil the insides, but you won’t have to do this regularly. 

Our tester has used this trimmer for 12 years, and he uses it at least twice a week to fully shave his head. It has worked like a charm for all these years, and he fully expects it to continue to do so. He’s also only had to replace the blade and open it up for oiling once in all that time. — Malarie Gokey

The best body trimmer

Manscaped

The Manscaped Lawn Mower 3.0 closely and comfortably trims body hair without the risk of nicks and cuts.

Pros: Safe to use on sensitive areas, comes with several length guards, waterproof

Cons: Not multifuncitional

If you’re searching for an electric razor or trimmer, chances are you’re looking for something intended for your body, rather than your face. Even if you own a good beard trimmer, it’s not a good idea to use it on your face.

At $70, the Manscaped Lawn Mower 3.0 might seem expensive, but it’s well worth it if you’re using it specifically for trimming body hair. The trimmer features SkinSafe technology that prevents you from uncomfortable snags or cuts, while still providing a close shave all over your body, especially below the belt.

Anyone who has trimmed their groin area knows how catastrophic having an unsteady hand or using too much pressure can be. With the Lawn Mower 3.0, it’s virtually impossible to make a mistake. After using it a few times very cautiously, I became more comfortable and trusted the SkinSafe technology more. You’d have to really dig this into your skin to come close to cutting yourself.

The trimmer head is small for accurately trimming in tight areas and comes with four guards, so you can decide how much of your hair you trim. It’s also fully waterproof, so you can use it in the shower or rinse it off in the sink without the risk of damage.

The best electric trimmer for styling

Andis Slimline Pro Trimmer

The Andis Slimline Pro‘s compact design and powerful motor and make it ideal for sharp and precise detail trimming.

Pros: Perfect size for precise and detailed trimming, titanium body won’t rust, comes with several length guards 

Cons: Not waterproof

Not everyone is looking for a smooth, skin-close shave, and that’s where detail-oriented grooming tools come into play. For some people, their grooming regimen calls for slightly trimming length off their facial hair and creating sharp lines along the mustache, beard, and neckline.

While some electric razors come with a trimming attachment, the Andis Slimline Pro’s design is fully dedicated to trimming. As a professional-grade tool, it can outperform any trimmer attachment and it’s simple enough to use at home. 

The trimmer has a slim profile and weighs only 4 ounces, making it easy to control and hold in-hand. Despite its small size, it has a single-speed motor that delivers an impressive 6,000 cutting strokes per minute. It comes with four comb guard attachments, a charging stand, blade oil, and a cleaning brush.

I have some facial hair and like to maintain clean lines in between trips to the barber. Although I own other electric razors, the Andis Slimline Pro is my tool of choice because of its accuracy. Most trimmer attachments on electric razors feel like an afterthought, and can be hard to control.

What else we’ve considered

panasonic arc5

Panasonic Arc5 (LV67-S)

The Panasonic Arc5 was previously our choice for the best razor for coarse hair, but I recently removed it. While the brand has put research and development into cutting thick and curly hairy, the overall design is very similar to other foil shavers/razors. You’ll find contouring and pivoting blade heads, a powerful motor, and different power settings on most any similar razor worth having.

The Bevel Trimmer, which is arguably more similar to the Andis T-Outliner, is a better choice for anyone who has coarse hair and specifically wants to avoid razor bumps — a common issue while shaving or trimming. You won’t be able to use the Bevel Trimmer in the shower or run it underwater, though.

However, if you must have a wet and dry razor, the Panasonic Arc5 would be a better choice. I’ve used it on my neck and face and it’s pretty good. I got a few razor bumps here and there, but it was far less egregious than other trimmers. 

GilletteLabs Heated Razor

When you think of electric razors, grooming tools with a motor and an oscillating blade usually come to mind first. The GilletteLabs Heated Razor doesn’t have either of those attributes, but it is a razor and it technically is electric. 

Coming in the form of a more traditional multi-blade razor, it features five blades for a close shave, FlexDisc technology to contour to your face and neck, and most notably, an Intelligent Heat Control System. Located directly underneath the five-blade system is a warming bar that delivers the sensation of a hot towel in every stroke of the blade. 

Wet shaving with traditional razors is not my preferred way to groom my facial hair, but I thoroughly enjoyed using the GilletteLabs Heated Razor. The heat feels amazing. I didn’t include it on this list because if you already use traditional multi-blade razors, chances are you’re content with your more affordable blades and you’re not specifically looking for an electric version. At $200, the GilletteLabs Heated Razor isn’t cheap, but it’s a wonderful gift or item to splurge on for anyone that likes wet shaving with traditional razors. You can read my full review here.  

Andis Profoil Lithium Plus

While the Andis Profoil Lithium Plus can be used at home, it’s something you’d probably find in a barbershop along with a professional barber’s other grooming tools. If you’re looking for a multi-functional grooming tool, this isn’t the right choice for you. But if you need a strong and dependable razor with one setting for a close shave, you’ll find this to be an extremely useful and cost-effective option. I always pay close attention to the tools barber uses and I’ve gotten extremely close fades and shave with the Andis Profoil Plus and I got equally good results at home during my own testing. The only reason this doesn’t make the list is that it doesn’t have multiple functions, which most people grooming at home really want. 

Cleaning, maintenance, and care FAQs

Andis

We talked with professional barber Sydney Shlakman of Hairrari Hair Salon in Brooklyn, New York about some care and maintenance tips for your grooming tools.

We’ve also answered other frequently asked questions pertaining to grooming tools.

What is the difference between foil and rotary razors?

  • Foil: The foil electric shaver contains oscillating blades that move back and forth at high speeds. These blades are covered with guards that lift hair for cutting and that protect the skin. A foil razor will often have a few separate cutting blades that flex independently to match the contours of your face. However, because a foil head has a rectangular shape, it might not match your face as well as a rotary razor.
  • Rotary: The rotary razor has round blades that spin. You’ll receive protection from the spinning rotary blades with a slotted guard that sits atop the blades and helps to lift the hairs so they’re easier to cut. The heads flex in multiple directions, giving you a close shave by hugging the contours of your face. However, rotary heads are more difficult to clean after shaving versus the foil shaver.

How often should I clean my razor or trimmer?

“You should clean your tools after every use,” Shlakman told Insider. “It’s important to maintain clean grooming tools to make sure your tools are working properly and do not build up bacteria or rust.”

What is the best way to clean grooming tools?

“The best way to clean your grooming tools is by using a barber bristle brush to brush the hair off of your tools and also using a blade cleaning spray,” said Shlakman. “I like using Andis Cool Care Plus to clean and lubricate my blades. You want to brush the hair off first and then spray the cleaning spray.”

Some shavers like the Braun Series 7 and Series 9 come with a clean and charge base that will clean it automatically. If your device doesn’t have a cleaning system, you should remove the blade, brush or rinse out excess hair, sanitize it, and re-oil your blade before the next use.

Why do I need to oil my blade?

Without oil, razors — whether foil, rotary, or a combination of both — can generate a lot of friction and heat. When a blade gets hot without proper lubrication, it will underperform and will eventually rust and warp. You won’t get as close of a shave, you’ll be more prone to nicks and cuts, and you’ll have to replace your blades more often.

What kind of oil can I use on my blades?

Most electric razors and trimmers come with oil, but should you run out, you can use a variety of oils to keep your blades lubricated. A few drops of olive oil, coconut oil, baby oil, or even your favorite beard oil can get the job done. You’ll want to avoid products that definitely don’t belong on your face like motor oil or WD-4o.

Can I use the same electric razor for my face and my body?

While some electric trimmers can adequately be used anywhere, it’s recommended that you use separate blades for your face and body. The bacteria on your face thrives in dry areas with oxygen and bacteria on your groin area thrive in moist environments. Potentially mixing the two by using the same blade everywhere can cause irritations and breakouts.

If you already have a grooming tool you like for your face, it’s a good idea to buy a separate tool dedicated to body grooming.

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 If you’re trying to save money, you might be thinking that a disposable razor is your best bet. However, not only do electric razors provide a smoother shave, but they also last longer and eliminate the recurring cost of replacement razor heads.

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The 4 best whitening toothpastes of 2021, according to dentists

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  • Whitening toothpaste helps remove surface stains from teeth.
  • We spoke to 4 dentists on what to look for in a whitening toothpaste that won’t hurt your teeth or gums.
  • Our top choice, Colgate Total SF, is effective, ADA-approved, and budget-friendly.

Whether you’re a coffee addict, ex-smoker, or just want to polish your smile a little brighter, virtually everyone wants whiter teeth. There are all kinds of intensive options available, from whitening strips to in-office dental treatments. But for most of us, the easiest way is to switch up our toothpaste and ask it to do more than just fight plaque and cavities.

Whitening toothpaste generally works by using enamel-safe abrasives to physically remove surface stains. Many also contain other active ingredients, like peroxide, to dissolve stains and bleach teeth. Some even contain a chemical called blue covarine, which makes teeth appear whiter instantly by canceling out yellow tones – sort of an optical illusion.

But since not every ingredient is equal and some teeth whitening products notoriously cause tooth sensitivity, we spoke to four board-certified dentists to learn which whitening toothpaste really works. They shared the top brands they recommend to patients, as well as some tips for what to look for when shopping. We also personally tested several toothpastes to get a feel for texture, taste, and anything else a consumer might want to know.

Here are the best whitening toothpaste options:

The best whitening toothpaste overall

A box of Colgate Total SF Whitening Toothpaste on a white background

Colgate Total SF Whitening Gel is a top pick among our dentists as it’s a budget-friendly and effective way to whiten and protect the overall health of your teeth.

Pros: Inexpensive, American Dental Association (ADA) approved, provides sensitivity relief

Cons: Taste is questionable to some

Two of our expert sources, Ben El Chami, DMD, a NYC-based dentist and co-founder/chief dental officer of dntlbar and Chris Salierno, DDS, a Melville, NY-based dental practitioner and chief dental officer of Tend, independently named Colgate Total Whitening as a top option they’d recommend to patients looking for a daily whitening boost. It also bears the ADA seal of acceptance, meaning the professional organization support that its efficacy and safety claims are sufficiently backed up by clinical research

It’s a clear winner in the eyes of the pros because, in addition to whitening power, it has antibacterial properties that help defend against gum disease and tooth decay. These effects come from the active ingredient, stannous fluoride, which also helps offset the increased sensitivity some people experience when using whitening toothpastes. 

The minty taste is subtle and not-too-strong without any unpleasant aftertaste. And compared to other toothpaste packaging, we love that Colgate Total has a flat flip-cap for easier access and the option to stand the tube up straight on your sink.

The best natural whitening toothpaste

Tom's of Main Simply White Toothpaste on a white background

From trustworthy natural personal-care-products brand, Tom’s of Maine Simply White Clean Mint Toothpaste delivers on its whitening promises without any harsh chemicals.

Pros: ADA-approved, no artificial flavorings or colorings, brand prioritizes sustainability and ethics

Cons: Some users dislike the taste, some complain that it’s less effective than traditional toothpastes in keeping breath fresh, price

Tom’s of Maine Simply White is one of very few toothpaste brands in the “natural” sector to earn ADA approval with proven whitening effects. If you prefer to steer clear of traditional toothpastes because of their ingredients, production process, or simply personal preference, Tom’s Simply White is the best bet for whiter teeth, vouched for by dentists and customers. 

Like most whitening toothpastes, Tom’s Simply White uses abrasives — in this case naturally-derived silicas — to scrub off surface stains. It’s flavored with peppermint oil which delivers a mild, not overpowering fresh flavor. The tube is recyclable, which we love, and it has a smaller cap and opening which, in our experience, makes for less of a mess but also means you can’t store it upright on your bathroom counter.

Tom’s also contains fluoride. There are oft-debated but largely unproven or debunked arguments against the naturally-occurring mineral, but it’s an ingredient the ADA and every dentist we spoke with strongly encourage people to look for in their toothpaste thanks to decades-long body of evidence that make it the gold standard in cavity prevention.

The best whitening toothpaste for sensitive teeth

A box of Crest Pro-Health Gum and Sensitivity Sensitive Toothpaste Gentle Whitening on a white background

Crest Pro Health Gum and Sensitivity Gentle Whitening is a science-backed plaque remover and a rare combination of sensitivity relief and whitening power.

Pros: ADA-approved, relieves sensitivity

Cons: Some users dislike taste and texture, not enough relief for extremely sensitive users, whitening effects are subtle

There aren’t too many whitening toothpastes on the market that specifically cater to those with sensitive teeth. Crest Pro Health Gum and Sensitivity Gentle Whitening, however, does and it’s the only ADA-approved toothpaste that offers both sensitivity relief and whitening effects. The stain removal is provided by hydrated silica, which acts as a gentle abrasive. This isn’t as extreme as some other products, both in terms of removing stains and causing sensitivity, so it’s a real trade off. But it’s the best-researched option out there for sensitivity sufferers looking for stain removal action.

The minty-sweet taste is mild but pleasant, and users say that, compared to other leading brands of sensitive toothpaste, it both tastes better and relieves sensitivity better. Like the Colgate Total SF Whitening Gel, we like that this tube has a flat flip cap for easy closure and the ability to stand vertical on a countertop to save space.

The best intensive whitening toothpaste

A tube of Colgate Optic White Advanced Sparkling White toothpaste on a white background

Colgate Optic White Advanced Sparkling White is formulated with hydrogen peroxide and abrasives to provide a double-whammy whitening effect.

Pros: ADA-approved, extra-strength whitening ability

Cons: May leave a filmy mouthfeel after using

Colgate Optic White Advanced, like the other products on our list, contains gentle abrasives to scrub stains and polish teeth. But it also uses hydrogen peroxide for its natural lightening properties, giving you a one-two punch of whitening techniques – sort of like washing your white laundry with not just a strong detergent, but bleach too. 

It’s the only bleaching toothpaste (not merely stain-removing) that the ADA has granted approval to, and like all ADA-approved pastes, it includes fluoride for cavity prevention. Despite its powerful whitening ability, Optic White is safe for enamel and many people report less sensitivity and irritation than with other whitening toothpastes.

The toothpaste works by creating a sort of film on the surface of your teeth so that the hydrogen peroxide can continue to work for more than just the two minutes you spend brushing. As a result, some people don’t like the feeling it leaves after you brush.

How I tested

A pink toothbrush over a bathroom sink with toothpaste on it

In researching this piece, I consulted four dental professionals (see Expert Sources, below)  as well as several published, peer-reviewed articles testing the efficacy and safety of various whitening toothpaste and active ingredients. 

I also personally tried several kinds of toothpaste to take note of:

  • Taste: Toothpaste is toothpaste, not candy, so we don’t want to oversell the flavor of any of the products as “delicious” – but some pastes have strange, chemical, or overly-powerful flavors and aftertastes. Most of the pastes I tried had a simple, fresh taste that contributes to the overall clean feeling you want after brushing, but a few tasted mildly metallic or just plain unusual due to non-traditional flavoring ingredients.
  • Texture:  Generally, toothpaste is either a gel or a paste and is pretty thick. I paid mind to see if any felt chalky, runny, or gritty, as well as how well they lather and spread around the mouth. Items that didn’t make the cut usually felt weird in one of these ways.
  • Packaging/ease of use – It’s not terribly common, but some toothpaste tubes are somewhat difficult to use because of poorly-designed packaging. For example: one of the toothpastes I don’t recommend, the Plus Ultra, is in a metal tube similar to what artists’ paint comes in and was kind of a pain to squeeze. Conversely, all our picks have easy-to-open or -close caps.

What to look for in whitening toothpaste

There are two major categories of whitening ingredients in toothpaste: abrasives and bleaching agents. Most whitening toothpastes rely on gentle, enamel-safe abrasives that work to scrub off stains caused by eating and drinking. Technically, they’re not changing the color of your teeth, just cleaning off any gunk that might make them appear more yellow. This is going to be the vast majority of whitening toothpastes available, and is why most people need to use at-home whitening kits to see a truly brighter smile.

Bleaching agents (like peroxide), on the other hand, can actually lift the color in the outermost layers of your enamel. However, they’re less common in toothpastes because they usually need more than two minutes of contact to really work (hence, why whitening strips work – they hold the bleaching agent on your teeth for several minutes). Additionally, bleaching agents can be irritating and cause sensitivity for some. The only bleaching toothpaste that made our top picks, Colgate Optic White, actually creates a film that sits on your teeth, keeping them in contact with the hydrogen peroxide for longer than the few minutes you spend brushing.

According to Drs. El Chami, Hain, and Springs, the number one thing to look for when shopping for new products is the ADA seal of acceptance. Brands can choose to submit their products to the American Dental Association, a non-profit advocating for safe dental practices, for review to obtain its seal which signals that the dental community agrees there is enough research to substantiate that a product is safe and effective. This is especially important when it comes to whitening toothpastes, as they tend to use abrasives like silica (the same stuff that makes up most of sand) to scrub off stains. The ADA review ensures those abrasives aren’t doing more harm to your enamel than good. 

The other thing you need to look for is fluoride, a mineral that strengthens enamel and helps prevent cavities. The naturally-occurring mineral has been demonized by phony science, but the ADA, all our experts, and a whole body of research deem it not only safe in your toothpaste, but also necessary for preventing cavities. Learn more in our FAQs.

The only ingredients dentists recommend you avoid are sugars, which improve the flavor of toothpaste but can cause adverse effects including tooth decay. Fortunately, the majority of toothpastes utilize tooth-safe sugar alternatives like xylitol or stevia.

What else we considered

an open box of toothpaste products sitting on a bed

Relatively few products on the market bear the ADA approval seal, which our sources overwhelmingly told us was the best way to know a product’s claims have been substantiated by research and thus the ones we can recommend to you most confidently. That said, a product without the seal isn’t necessarily ineffectual or bad — it just likely didn’t undergo the organization’s optional review process (which does cost money, so is difficult for smaller companies to obtain). Here are some other, non-ADA-approved products that came up in our research:

What else we recommend

  • BURST Fluoride ($10): This brand’s fluoridated toothpaste also boasts a lack of sodium lauryl sulfate, along with parabens and artificial flavors and colors, but it tastes and feels perfectly normal. 
  • Smile Direct Club Premium Fluoride Whitening ($5): The brand you probably know from their subway ads also sells a whitening toothpaste, and it happens to be relatively inexpensive compared to other new-wave brands. It also tastes really good, in this writer’s opinion. 
  • Spotlight Oral Care Toothpaste for Whitening Teeth ($10): This dentist-designed product contains fluoride for healthy teeth, as well as hydrogen peroxide for a quick kick of whitening. 
  • Sensodyne Pronamel Mineral Boost with Gentle Whitening Action ($6): While not currently bearing the ADA seal, this new product could be a helpful whitening option for those with sensitive teeth. It purports to help your teeth better absorb minerals such as calcium and phosphate, thus strengthening your enamel. 

What we don’t recommend

  • PLUS ULTRA Mint Toothpaste ($10): This toothpaste takes “natural” to another level, starting with its unique leafy green appearance. It doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate, and its plant-derived ingredients are organic — but it also lacks fluoride, so we can’t recommend it. 
  • Huppy Peppermint Toothpaste Tablets ($12): Frequent travelers may appreciate that this paste comes in the form of tablets, complete with a little storage tin. Fluoride is left out, instead including a substance called nano-hydroxyapatite. But these tablets also contain charcoal, the safety of which is still hotly contested among dentists.
  • Luster Premium White Pearl Paste ($7): This paste doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate or parabens, but it does contain fluoride (important) and one other notable ingredient: pearl extracts, which purportedly work as abrasives to buff off surface stains. There’s no published clinical research on pearl as a tooth whitening agent, but telling people you brush your teeth with pearls will make you sound very fancy.

FAQs

Do whitening toothpastes actually work?

Yes — just maybe not as well as you might hope. Dr. Salierno explained to Insider that over-the-counter whitening toothpastes are best at removing surface stains, but for a more dramatic whitening effect, professional methods are your best bet

“The true whitening effect that patients are typically after is the result of the removal of intrinsic stain, or stain that is more deeply embedded in the tooth surface,” Salierno said. “In order to get a great whitening result, patients would do well to have a professional cleaning first, and then use a prescription-strength whitening agent as directed by their dental team.”

Bottom line: Whitening toothpastes are safe and can be effective at removing surface stains — just don’t expect a dramatic transformation from over-the-counter toothpaste alone.


Is charcoal toothpaste safe to whiten teeth?

Glad you asked. Charcoal is a trendy ingredient right now, making its way into food, cosmetics, and yes, toothpaste. The idea is that charcoal is able to absorb impurities and thus whiten teeth, but the clinical evidence isn’t great: Reviews of laboratory studies suggest that charcoal isn’t particularly effective as a whitening agent, despite its mildly abrasive properties.  What’s more, it has the potential to damage your enamel, discolor it permanently, and damage your gums, according to a 2019 study in the British Dental Journal. 

More recent research supports the safety of charcoal toothpastes, but dentists and researchers caution consumers that the charcoal actually runs the risk of scratching enamel or getting stuck in the gums and other crevices. Those with fillings should especially steer clear.


Is whitening toothpaste safe for my teeth?

For the most part, yes. While many whitening toothpastes use abrasive agents to scrub away stains, dentists and researchers generally find them safe and non-damaging to the enamel of your teeth. There are a few exceptions — see about charcoal, above — but for most people, whitening toothpastes don’t pose a threat to dental health. Dr. El Chami does caution, however, that those with sensitive teeth may want to avoid whitening toothpastes in favor of something gentler. 

Paul Springs, DMD, a prosthodontist who practices in Queens, New York, elaborated, adding, “Some brands contain grit particles that are too large, which irreversibly wears down tooth enamel. This is often an issue with charcoal or baking soda toothpastes made by unrecognizable brands, so I strongly recommend patients only use toothpastes with the ADA seal of approval to avoid that issue.”

Just because a product doesn’t bear the ADA seal doesn’t mean it’s unsafe, but lesser-known brands may use questionable ingredients (or even questionable forms of ingredients that are generally considered tooth-safe) that are too gritty and can wear down your enamel. The ADA seal is your confirmation that everything in the tube is safe for at-home use.


What’s the big deal about the ADA Seal of Acceptance?

As we mentioned earlier, the ADA seal program is an optional review process in which companies may choose to submit a product to the professional organization for independent review to determine if there is sufficient research backing up the safety and efficacy of the product. 

Because the review process is optional and potentially cost-prohibitive to smaller companies, there are many toothpastes and other dental products on the market that don’t bear the ADA seal. This doesn’t necessarily mean the products aren’t up to snuff — but the dentists we consulted with highly recommend sticking to ADA-approved products to ensure you’re getting a product that actually works and is safe. 

As Dr. Springs put it, “Not having the seal isn’t enough to condemn a product, but there is enough that [damage enamel] that I wouldn’t risk chancing it.”


Is fluoride really safe?

Fluoride has been demonized by oversimplified health information and conspiracy theories for decades for supposedly causing dental staining and even cancer. While this is technically true of the chemical, it would need to be ingested in very large quantities to have these severe negative effects, far more than fluoridated water and toothpaste are likely to provide. 

The dental community is at a consensus that not only is fluoridated toothpaste safe, it’s strongly recommended for the purpose of preventing cavities and strengthening enamel throughout your life. In fact, the ADA will not grant its seal of acceptance to any toothpaste which does not include fluoride. This goes for standard as well as whitening toothpastes — ideally fluoride is going to be included in any toothpaste you use daily.

Expert sources

Dr. Ben El Chami, DMD is a dentist and the co-founder and chief dental officer of dntlbar, a family of Manhattan dental practices. 

Dr. Chris Salierno, DDS is a dentist and the chief dental officer of Tend, a family of dental practices with locations in New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

Dr. Courtney Hain, DDS is a dentist who owns and operates her own practice, Smile San Francisco.

Dr. Paul Springs, DMD, is a prosthodontist who practices with Dr. Mondshine and Associates, a dental practice in Forest Hills, Queens, NY.

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The best natural toothpaste you can buy

Natural toothpaste formulas don’t have to be lacking in powerful ingredients or great flavor.


The best toothpaste for sensitive teeth you can buy

Don’t let tooth sensitivity make that hot cup of coffee or cold glass of water a misery to drink. You can treat your pain with a great toothpaste for sensitive teeth.


The best electric toothbrush you can buy

We want you to keep your teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime. That’s why we’ve done the research to bring you five electric toothbrushes that we feel are the best choices for the most people.

We visited the top consumer websites, listened to actual product owners, and considered advice from dentists and dental hygienists when making our decisions. So go ahead and break out your favorite toothpaste. Healthy, clean white teeth are on their way.


The best toothbrush you can buy

There’s plenty to be said for the classic manual toothbrush: It can’t run out of batteries and it’s compact, lightweight, and portable.

We chose a wide array of manual toothbrushes, from the low-cost disposable brush you keep on hand for guests to the Cadillac-level manual toothbrush that the classic oral hygiene aficionado will appreciate to unique options, like charcoal-infused toothbrushes that might just help bring out your brightest, whitest smile ever.

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The 13 best hair dryers for every hair type, according to stylists

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  • Your hair dryer can be the difference between a good hair day and a not-so-good hair day.
  • The best blow dryer for your hair type is less about the dryer and more about the accessories.
  • We spoke with many experts to gather the 13 hair dryers they’d recommend to anyone.

When it comes to hair care accessories that can be surprisingly expensive, blow dryers are pretty high on the list. It’s easy to assume that the most expensive tool will always be the best, or work the quickest, but as the experts will tell you, this isn’t always the case. And when it comes to different blow dryers for different hair types, most experts will tell you it’s actually not the blow dryer itself you should be considering – it’s the accessories.

If you’re not quite sure yet whether to prioritize speed, comfort, or luxury when choosing your new blow dryer, though, here are the five best, expert-approved picks to help you make your decision, no matter what budget you’re working with.

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The best hair dryers for curly, coily hair

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer_Ulta

Yes, the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, which is almost silent when it turns on, is as good as everyone says. The attachments are just as important as the dryer itself, though. Matrix brand ambassador Rachel Bodt explains that the attachments help with how tight you want the air concentration. “The smaller the nozzle, the more direct or tighter the airflow,” she says. Ulta senior vice president of store and services operations, Matrix artistic director, and celebrity stylist Nick Stenson says the diffuser attachment is the best for drying curls without causing any frizz.

Praises for the Supersonic keep coming, as advanced stylist Adriana Papaleo also says the diffuser is ideal for use on curly and wavy hair types. “Spreading the air over a flatter, larger surface area allows you to dry the hair quickly without disturbing the curls.” Mane Addicts celebrity hair stylist Kathleen Riley says her favorite attachment is the diffuser because it helps define curls and add volume. “The hair dryer also comes with a smoothing nozzle and styling concentrator, which are both great for more refined looks,” she says. 

Hairdresser and curl expert April Kayganich says the Supersonic‘s technology dries hair faster than any other hair dryer she has used. In fact, she rarely uses the highest heat setting. Kayganich makes sure to point out that if you invest in a quality hair dryer that you love, remember to actually take care of it. “The external filter should be cleaned once a week, and also, once a month, you should soak the filter in warm, soapy water,” she says. 

Supersonic Hair Dryer (small, Preferred: Ulta)
Trademark Beauty Easy Blo

Trademark Beauty Easy Blo: One-Step Dryer and Volumizer

Though suitable for all hair types, Leigh Hardges, a hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago, loves using the Easy Blo for curly and coily hair. Blowing out these hair types is necessary before getting into the straightening process, which can be a time-consuming task. “I’ve been working with the Trademark Beauty Easy Blo, which has made this step easier, since the blow dryer and brush are combined,” Hardges says. 

She also appreciates the two different bristle types in the brush head, as they provide even tension while heat stretching hair. This is a bonus for folks with curly or coily hair. When using this dryer, you want to start at the nape of your neck and work your way up, according to Hardges. She recommends beginning on the high heat setting and then switching to the cool setting during the final pass through the ends. “This will give the hair a high shine because the cool air helps to smooth the cuticle,” she says.

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One Styling Beauty Epic Lite Pro Hair Dryer

One Styling Beauty Epic Lite Pro Hair Dryer

If you’re searching for a super light hair dryer that won’t leave your hands aching, the Epic Lite Pro Hair Dryer is a worthy pick. It weighs in at less than one pound, making it one of the lightest options in this guide. “The ergonomics of the dryer have saved my hands over the years. It’s lightweight, yet very powerful. I also like this tool because it isn’t too loud,” says Shelly Aguirre, a hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. 

“The air flow is concentrated to assist in laying the cuticle down to increase shine, so be sure not to remove the concentrator nozzle,” Aguirre says. The concentrator nozzle gives you shine, but you shouldn’t forget about the volumizing finger diffuser attachment. It’s great for achieving a tousled look or natural-looking waves. 

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BaBylissPRO Rapido Dryer

BaBylissPRO Rapido Dryer

If you prioritize weight when looking for a hair dryer, this one from BaBylissPRO is one of the few in this guide that weigh less than one pound. However, the Rapido Dryer still performs with power. The hair dryer is made in Italy and has a Ferrari-designed, high performance engine that stays quiet when in use. 

The Rapido Dryer is great for all hair types and textures, but the attachments are important for more specific needs. “The concentrator nozzle is an all around great tool for precise air flow and smoothing out the hair entirely,” says Matrix brand ambassador Sharon Spellman. BaBylissPRO also offers other dryer attachments, not included in this set, that can help you achieve different looks. In particular, the Rapido Dryer Diffuser gently lifts and separates your strands to give you frizz-free curls. 

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The best hair dryers for thick, coarse hair

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer

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The Dyson Supersonic might seem amazing in theory, but it isn’t necessarily a realistic purchase for people who are shopping on a budget. For an alternative, founder of Salon deZEN Maria Elizabeth suggests the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer, especially for those who are trying to achieve a sleeker or smoother blowout. 

“With 2000-watt performance, ergonomic handling, several heat and speed settings, and a cool shot button to help seal up cuticles, the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer delivers less frizz and cuts down dry time,” Elizabeth says. “It is a great option for all hair types, but is specifically great for coarse and thick hair, as it assists in creating sleek styles.”

Nano Titanium Hair Dryer (small)
Elchim 2001 Classic Dryer

Elchim 2001 Classic Dryer

The Elchim 2001 Classic Dryer has its name for a reason — it’s a classic that can do no wrong. Made in Milan, it’s best for thick, coarse hair, and reduces drying time. Hairstylist and male groomer Matilde Campos has used this blow dryer for several years and still loves using it. 

“If you have thick, curly hair and need to make it straight, shiny, and frizz-free, this will make it happen,” she says. “It has a cooling option that cools in seconds, and it can be placed back to its hot feature without skipping a beat.” You should know, however, that this hair dryer tends to get hot, so you’ll want to move quickly while doing your hair, Campos suggests. 

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The best hair dryers for frizzy hair

InStyler Mini Travel Dryer

InStyler Mini Travel Dryer

For those who need a super simple, travel-sized hair dryer, look no further than the InStyler Mini. InStyler makes traveling easy, as the dryer measures in at 7.75 x 2.6 x 6.5 inches and only has high and low heat settings. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less effective. 

“This mini blow-dryer is a diamond in the rough. It carries the same power as a normal sized blow dryer,” Campos says. “It’s compact and perfect for travel.” Plus, the concentrator nozzle keeps airflow focused in one direction and smooths the hair, adds shine, and gives you a frizz-free finish. 

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T3 Cura

T3 Cura

The Cura not only weighs just one pound, but also sports an ergonomic handle. Both of these elements mean your wrist won’t be aching while using this light blow dryer.

Most importantly, the dryer and its two attachments help to eliminate frizz thanks to T3 Digital IonAir Technology. The drying concentrator nozzle is perfect for rough drying, while the styling concentrator nozzle is good for styling one section at a time. Campos recommends moving your hair around from one side to the other when drying your hair, instead of turning your head upside down. “It will decrease the amount of flyaways,” she says.

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The best hair dryers for all hair types

Dyson Airwrap

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By now, most of us have seen brushes, styling tools, and blow dryers combined into one. But do they actually work? According to hairstylist Bianca Hillier, the Dyson Airwrap does, especially for those with fine to medium hair who are trying to add volume. 

“You can adjust the heat settings and also adjust the tool to be used when creating a variety of styles,” Hillier says. “It’s lightweight, which makes it easy for traveling and daily use.” She also notes that you get the best results when using it on damp, rather than wet, hair.

“The Dyson Airwrap is the complete package,” Campos says. For a pro tip, “Use the cool shot at the end. This will hold your style for much longer.” She also appreciates the various attachment options. The barrels create curls and waves, while the brushes control the hair and add volume.

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Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000

Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000_Dermstore

The Pro Dryer 2000 gives you luxury results with a reasonable price tag. As celebrity hairstylist Clariss Rubenstein says, there isn’t a blow dry this tool can’t handle. When buying a hair dryer, Rubenstein looks for strong heat and power for getting a quick and efficient blowout. The Pro Dryer 2000 has all that and more. 

As Harry Josh himself explains, the best tip for getting a professional-looking blowout with this tool, or any tool, is to know your hair well and use a quality dryer. “Utilize a nozzle to direct air at a smaller space, then start at the roots and work your way to the ends, in the direction of the hair cuticle, which will add shine.” He also notes that heat settings, diffusers, and different types of brushes should all be considered when adjusting the experience for your specific hair type.

Pro Dryer 2000 (small, Preferred: Dermstore)
ghd Helios Hair Dryer

ghd Helios Hair Dryer

Serving up airflow that travels at 75 miles per hour, the Helios is light and quiet, yet powerful. “This blow dryer will cut your drying time in half. It’s durable and magically smooths your hair for the perfect finish,” Campos says. She also loves the chic look of the white and rose gold model.  

“The contour nozzle works wonders. Use it while styling to concentrate on smoothness and shine,” Campos says. She also shares that you should remember to use the cooling feature to add some extra shine. 

Helios Hair Dryer (small)
Bioprogramming Club Repronizer 4D Plus

Bioprogramming Club Repronizer 4D Plus

One common cause of damaged hair is overusing heating tools. This is where the Repronizer 4D Plus comes in handy. “Not only will it not cause damage, it will improve the condition of your hair and scalp,” says master colorist and senior educator Hitomi Ikeda

While this hair dryer works for all hair types, Ikeda says it’s especially effective for anyone with super damaged hair and who might be hesitant about using heat on their hair. She suggests switching between applying hot and cold air. This brings out the natural shine in each and every strand. As a pro tip, “It’s even more effective if you keep applying cold air to your scalp every day other than when you dry your hair.”

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Sedu Revolution Hair Dryer 4000i

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When it comes to a light-as-air blow dryer that’s also travel-friendly, Hillier recommends the Revolution Hair Dryer 4000i. “This blow dryer gets hot enough on even the low setting to smooth out any textured hair, whether it’s coarse or fine,” Hillier says. “There is a sneaky cool blow button that helps completely set the styled look and finish the job.”

“Regardless of hair type, you must always use a heat protectant,” Hillier says. This applies to each and every blow dryer and heat tool, regardless of how safe it may be for hair.

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The 7 best facial shaving soaps, and why I prefer them over shaving cream every time

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If your skin is on the dryer side, you may want to swap in your shaving foam for a shaving soap. To start with, the right soap will help your razor move cleanly across your face with enough protective lubrication for the skin and the whiskers you’re getting rid of. You also don’t want to lose the moisture that’s already in your skin during shaving, as that will lead to irritation and increase the likelihood of pseudofolliculitis barbae, or razor bumps. For those with sensitive skin (like myself), shaving foams can also lead to irritation because of the ingredients that are used.

Shaving soaps are made primarily with added fat from plant or animal sources. Some also contain glycerin. These components are what help give the soap the smooth consistency needed to produce the protective layer of lubrication for your skin without sacrificing any hydration. This was something important for me as I have a bald head (which besides a killer smirk is the only thing I have in common with The Rock), and I need that extra protection.

If you’re going to make the switch, it’s best to find the right shaving soap that factor in skin protection and good hydration. We’ve got seven soaps lined up that will be the centerpiece for your wet shaving kit and a ticket to making your routine a time of luxury.

Here are the best shaving soaps in 2021:

Floris “The Gentleman”

Floris London Shaving Soap ("The Gentleman")

NO. 89 (small)

Pros: very gentle but consistent lather, great moisture, exquisite aroma

Cons: the price might deter some depending on their budget

Chances are, you might remember Floris from the 2012 James Bond movie “SkyFall”.
This shave soap certainly has that air of elegance, made by a fragrance company that has been in existence in Britain since 1730. The No.89 is a triple-milled soap that has a highly pleasing scent with notes of bergamot and sandalwood. It lathers up very well with a wet brush, and I found that lather held up for my entire shave. The No.89 gives you a smooth shave from start to finish, leaving the skin soft and well-hydrated afterwards. And
the scent is magnificent – I actually got complimented by a few people thinking it was a
cologne I was wearing.

Col. Ichabod Conk

Col.Ichabod Conk Shave Soap

Bay Rum Shave Soap (small)

Pros: Fabulous scent, provides excellent moisturizing throughout, pleasing soap texture

Cons: The packaging isn’t that attractive 

You might be tempted to whistle an old-fashioned show tune while using the Bay Rum Shave Soap from Col. Ichabod Conk. No judgement here – it is a soap that does give you that vintage barbershop feel beginning with that stunning bay rum scent. I found myself transported back to when my late father cut my hair with that fragrance. This is a reformulated version of their most popular shave soap. The first lather is a good indicator as to why, as it’s smooth and doesn’t overly lubricate. It handles the razor well and has the best finish with no residue left on the skin afterwards.

Badger Balm

Badger Natural Shave Soap (Badger Balm)

Shaving Soap (small)

Pros: Good initial lather, rich texture and feel, high quality moisture

Cons: Moisture residue but slight, lather does fade within a minute of application

Aiming for a shave experience steeped in sustainability? Then Badger Balm is one you might consider. Made with organic ingredients including aloe vera and coconut oil, this soap gives off a good initial lather and a really soothing texture. I found that this soap helped to soften the whiskers swiftly, allowing for a nice and crisp shave. There’s a good layer of moisture left afterwards, with a scant bit of soapy residue but not much to be bothered by. It also blends well with many of the aftershave products I have.

Olivina

Olivina Men Shave Soap

Classic Shave Soap – Bourbon Cedar (small)

Pros: Decent scent, soap texture is pleasant without too much lather

Cons: Lather disappears frequently, the scent doesn’t carry for too long after the shave

This company’s soap offers up a decent shave, with a gentle bourbon cedar fragrance to it. The lather starts out strong off the brush but does fade quickly. That doesn’t take away from its positive capability to work well with both traditional and multi-blade razors during a shave. As mentioned before, the scent’s nice but it doesn’t linger. It’s a good starter soap for your budget if you’re just building your wet shaving setup.

Gentleman Jon

Gentleman Jon Shave Soap

Glycerine Shave Soap (small)

Pros: Great hydration from lather, nice texture to the soap, works well with other aftershave products

Cons: You do have to lather consistently during your shave, slightly smaller than other soaps

Gentleman Jon is a company that’s committed to giving a truly classic shave experience with their glycerin-based soap. I found the lather was very smooth at the outset. One striking point is that while shaving, there wasn’t that much buildup on the razor but the skin felt very hydrated without much leftover moisture. The aroma is highly pleasant and blends in well with aftershave balms without any irritation. Using the soap also left the skin extremely smooth compared to the other soaps tested on both passes.

Molton Brown

Molton Brown Shaving Soap

Moisture-rich Shaving Soap (small)

Pros: Good lather, works well with straight razors, leaves skin feeling softer after shave

Cons: Leaves a considerable amount of moisture buildup after, a little thick when using Multi-blade razors

The London-based company has been among the premier grooming companies, and their moisture-rich shaving soap with its own bowl is a reason why. Made partially with coconut oil, it provides a decent lather when starting out, but it can leave a little bit extra moisture afterwards so it’s best to go lightly with it. Its scent is pleasant, but not overly aromatic if you’re looking to not have it conflict with other grooming products. The soap does leave your skin feeling supple without any irritation, and it has a distinctive hydrating factor in helping the razor get rid of hairs.

The Art of Shaving

The Art Of Shaving Sandalwood Shaving Soap

Sandalwood Shaving Soap (small)

Pros: Good initial lather, helps you get a close shave right against the skin

Cons: Skin dryness and potential for irritation afterwards depending on your skin makeup

The sandalwood shaving soap by The Art of Shaving represents a lot of thought given to what one desires in a shave. It gives off a good lather, and on the first shave it helped a lot towards clean hair removal close to the skin. There’s a brief bit of moisture residue afterwards but nothing too obvious. On the second pass however, I did feel my skin feeling drier than expected afterwards and a tad irritated which suggests this might be better for special occasion shaving.

How we tested

The process of testing each soap was based on shaving every two days, with each having two passes. Each pass was done using a wet brush made with badger hair and a shaving bowl owned by myself. Soaps that came with their own bowls are noted below. Every soap was also gauged on how smooth they left the skin, and if there were any irritation or potential for tonal changes.

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Billie vs. Flamingo razors – how 2 popular startups trying to change women’s shaving compare

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  • Billie and Flamingo are two women’s shaving startups making sharp and affordable razors.
  • Billie is a subscription service, while Flamingo is not. Both sell a $9 razor with $9 refills.
  • We compared the two companies so you can decide which is better for your shaving needs.

Shaving, if you choose to do it, is usually an inefficient and time-intensive process. It’s also one of those personal-care habits that quietly sucks the money out of your wallet (for some, more quickly than others depending on how often you shave).

Online startups like Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club brought fresh changes to the shaving industry by making sharp, high-quality razors and sending them to your door for less. Not only men used their products. Women did, too, but there was always the sense the razor designs and skincare products could be better tailored to women’s needs.

Two startups, Billie and Flamingo, are finally making women’s lives easier with their affordable shaving solutions. As the two biggest disruptors of the women’s shaving scene, they’re often compared – which is better, Billie or Flamingo?

To help you decide which new women’s shaving brand is for you, we put them side by side and looked more closely at what products they sell, how much you’ll pay, and the shaving experiences themselves.

We’ve tried the razors and bodycare products from both companies (you can read our Billie review here and our Flamingo review here), so we can offer our personal takes alongside the factual details.

Learn about the similarities and differences between these two leading women’s shaving startups below.

Shop razors and shaving products at Billie here

Shop razors and shaving products at Flamingo here

How Billie and Flamingo came into existence

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Billie, founded in 2017, is taking a stand against the pink tax — which upcharges women’s personal-care products — by creating a razor priced in line with affordable men’s razors. It offers realistic portrayals of body hair in its ads and images, and it donates 1% of all revenue to women’s causes around the world. 

Flamingo was introduced in 2018 by Harry’s, the men’s grooming brand that first launched its subscription-based razor products in 2013. Though more than a million women were using Harry’s products for themselves, the Harry’s team knew that they could be better optimized for how women shave their legs, armpits, and bikini lines. Flamingo is led by two Harry’s veterans who have been with the company since its start, and it uses the same blades as Harry’s razors. 

How the services and products work

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Billie is a subscription service that sells shaving and body products. After getting its $9 Starter Kit, you’ll receive four replacement cartridges for $9 on an ongoing basis. 

To get started, you’ll choose your favorite handle color and how often you’d like to receive the replacement cartridges. If you shave every day, Billie will deliver once a month; a few times a week, every two months; and once a week, every three months. You can change this frequency at any point later. Then, add an optional shave cream ($8), lotion ($12), makeup wipes ($9), or travel case ($5) to your order. 

Flamingo lets you buy all of its shaving, waxing, and body products a la carte. There is no subscription plan, so you can buy refills whenever you need them. Most new customers start with the $16 Shave Set.

Taking a closer look at their starter shave kits

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Billie‘s Starter Kit costs $9 and includes a handle, two five-blade cartridges, and a magnetic holder. 

Flamingo‘s Shave Set costs $16 and includes a handle, two five-blade cartridges, 1 oz. foaming shave gel, 3 oz. body lotion, a shower hook, and a reusable pouch. 

What the razor looks like

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The Billie razor handle comes in six colors, in various shades of pink and blue. It has a five-blade cartridge made with USA-sharpened and assembled steel. The blades are encased in a charcoal shave soap and the cartridge has rounded edges. 

The Flamingo razor handle comes in three colors, with metallic accents. Its five-blade cartridge features German-engineered blades (Harry’s owns the German factory where the blades are made), a hydrating strip formulated with aloe vera, rounded edges, and a flexible hinge. 

I shaved with both Billie’s and Flamingo’s products to compare the experiences. Both gave me a smooth, close shave but in different ways.

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I used the Billie razor with the Shave Cream ($8), a non-aerosol cream made with soothing and gentle ingredients like aloe, sage, shea butter, and grapefruit and free from synthetic fragrances, parabens, and sulfates. I’m a sucker for anything grapefruit-flavored or scented, so right away I loved the cream. It’s not super thick, but since the blades already have soap built into them, you don’t need to use a lot of cream. 

The Billie razor felt comfortable in my hand. Though the cartridge has a hinge, I thought the angle and design didn’t allow it to go as far back as I would’ve liked. I was still able to tackle every inch of hair on my legs and armpits thanks to its sharp blades — I just had to be more careful and intentional. 

Meanwhile, the Flamingo razor pairs with a Foaming Shave Gel ($5), which comes in an aerosol can. Its key ingredients include aloe vera as well as conditioning emollients. Its gel is also paraben- and sulfate-free. This thick gel foamed up nicely and felt luxuriously smooth on my skin. 

I found the Flamingo razor handle, with its textured rubber grip, was easier to hold and less likely to slip from my fingers. The flexible hinge also helped me better get into tricky curves and corners. Like my experience with Billie, the sharp blades were ultimately the most impressive and important feature of the razor. 

The accessories and other bodycare products are also factors worth considering.

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Both Billie and Flamingo razors come with a wall accessory to hold it and keep it within reach in your shower. Billie‘s is a triangular magnetic holder that your razor sticks to, while Flamingo‘s is a circular suction grip that your razor clicks into. 

Whether because my shower wall was too wet when I stuck these holders to it, or these accessories simply weren’t strong enough, either the holder or the razor often fell off. While the idea is great, I wouldn’t rely too much on these holders. 

To supplement your body-care routine, I do recommend trying both companies’ lotions and body washes. The Billie Sudsy Body Wash ($9), made with grapefruit, coconut, rosa canina, and aloe vera, cleanses and preps your skin before you shave, and the Dry-Bye Body Lotion ($12) is formulated with grape seed, chamomile, shea butter, and aloe vera for perfect post-shave moisturization.

Flamingo doesn’t have a body wash, but its Body Lotion ($8) features the key ingredients of white willowbark extract and papaya fruit extract (for hydration) and a derivative of sugar cane (for moisturization). 

Overall, the pricing is similar – and affordable.

flamingo razor review

Billie:

Flamingo:

Which company’s razors should you shave with? Here’s the bottom line.

My Billie Starter Kit

The best women’s shaving brand for you depends on your shaving habits and preferences. With both Billie and Flamingo, you’re getting sharp blades that will get rid of your body hair efficiently, at an affordable price. 

If you shave at a consistent schedule, Billie will be better for you because of its convenient and automatic subscription service. It’s easy to add on supplementary products to your order, and subscribing is also the only way to get replacement cartridges. 

If you’re on less of a schedule and want to order refills as you go, you’ll be better off with Flamingo. Its Shave Set offers a good introduction to its products, and it’s affordable at less than $20. You should also shop Flamingo if you’ve used and liked Harry’s razors in the past but want a design better suited to your body. 

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I tested the 10 best safety razors on the market – here’s how they rank

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For decades, multi-blade razors have been the most popular razor, with commercials and advertising flooding the men’s grooming market with promises of ultra-glide shaves without nicks or cuts. While these advertising buzzwords might prove true for men who have fine, straight facial hair, multi-blade cartridge razors just don’t have the same positive effect on guys with coarse or curly beards. Enter: The old-school safety razor.

Crafted with a permanent handle and head with a slot specially made for universal disposable razor blades, safety razors are designed to sit comfortably in the hand. They also provide a clean, smooth shave when used with fluid, slow strokes. The weight of these safety razors, combined with the insertion of a new blade every shave, makes for an altogether luxurious shaving experience compared to a cartridge razor.

So, if you’ve ever thought about making the switch, why not now, and why not with one of these tested and trusted safety razors?

Here are the best safety razors in 2021:

The best overall: Standard Razors Aluminum Series

The best safety razors_Standard Razors Aluminum Series

Hefty, handsome, and crafted to last a lifetime, the Aluminum Series razor from Standard Razors takes the top spot. 

Pros: Great weight, nice hand-feel, easy to clean.

Cons: Matte black coating requires wiping with a dry cloth to prevent water spots.

Our favorite safety razor has everything you want and nothing you don’t. Crafted and machined from aircraft-grade aluminum, both the handle and head of this razor have a surprising heft with an excellent hand-feel. The handle itself quickly unscrews from the head mount, which allows you to quickly insert a new blade. Plus, this safety razor is compatible with all brands of double razor blades, meaning you’ll never have to search for the “right blade” again. The anodized coating does double-duty as a minimalist aesthetic choice and a slightly textured surface, great for a wet hand grip. The Aluminum Series Razor comes in both matte black and raw silver, both of which would look great on anyone’s counter. 

Aluminum Series Double Edge Safety Razor (small)
Merkur Futur Safety Razor Matte Chrome

The best safety razors_Merkur Futur Safety Razor Matte Chrome

With a matte aluminum coating and sci-fi design, the Merkur Futur razor is a functional and futuristic grooming game changer.

Pros: Looks cool on the counter, shaves well, easy adjustment for blade gap.

Cons: Take time to clean due to its inset lip below the blade.

A major player in the razor game, Merkur is making its modernist mark with its stunningly designed Futur safety razor. Chrome-plated with a matte finish offering a performance grip, this futuristic-looking safety razor is as utilitarian as it is aesthetically pleasing. To key in on the perfect angle for closest shave possible, twist the handle to narrow or widen the gap between the blade and the bar. Adjusting the aggressiveness of your gap provides the right amount of nuance customized to each user. The Futur also sports a good weight, making it a solid choice for guys with butter fingers.

Futur Safety Razor Matte Chrome (small)
Vikings Blade The Chieftain Jr.

The best safety razors_Vikings Blade The Chieftain Jr

Long and slim with a hint of retro-styling, the Vikings Blade Chieftain Jr. safety razor is an attractive and adept grooming companion. 

Pros: The long handle is good for precise shaves, great grip, low cost.

Cons: Some men might find this one too light in weight.

At first sight, the Chieftain Jr. looks a touch too delicate. But this razor’s slim, long handle is designed with crosshatched channels machined into its shaft, which makes for a robust grip —even the biggest and clumsiest of hands. The razor’s classic double-flapped opening functions beautifully as an easy-to-access cradle for a double-blade razor. 

The Chieftain Jr. Safety Razor (small)
Bevel Safety Razor

The best safety razors_Bevel Safety Razor

Created specifically for curly and textured facial hair, the Bevel safety razor leaves skin smooth and helps prevent ingrown hairs. 

Pros: Gentle shave thanks to special razor head, attractive shape.

Cons: With a shorter length and lighter feel, this razor can feel toy-like at times.

At four inches long, this razor hews toward the middle of the pack in size — and at 3.2 ounces, it’s also surprisingly light. The highly angular razor head and the slim gap between blade and bar make for an extremely close, yet gentle, shave. Plus, the single blade prevents the snagging found with multi-blade cartridge razors, making it a much better option for those with especially coarse, curly facial hair.

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Baxter of California Safety Razor

The best safety razors_Baxter of California Safety Razor

A design piece that functions as well as it looks, the Baxter of California Safety Razor is a safe choice for the guy who likes the finer things in life.

Pros: Old-school aesthetic, comes with blades.

Cons: Chrome plating requires wiping after use to prevent water spots.

The Safety Razor from Baxter of California evokes the feel of a classic, old-school barbershop, thanks to the engraving on its handle that mimics the red, blue, and white barber poles. The chrome plating may require a little extra polishing before you put it away, but the extra work is worth it. This razor also starts you off with five double-blades for a week’s worth of shaves.

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Rockwell Razors 6S Adjustable Stainless Steel Safety Razor

The best safety razors_Rockwell Razors 6S Adjustable Stainless Steel Safety Razor

The Rockwell Razors 6S scores high marks for its heft and its ability to precisely fine-tune the blade gap to suit your face. 

Pros: Visually appealing, excellent grip, precise blade gap adjustment.

Cons: Can feel a bit clunky and chunky for guys with smaller hands.

The textured shaft of this razor makes this safety razor a striking addition to your medicine cabinet. Aside from its good looks, the texture holds your grip — even while shaving in the shower. The 6S sports a precision blade gap adjustment, which is as easy to use as turning a screw. The razor itself is made from robust 316L stainless steel, meaning it’ll last through decades of future clean shaves. 

6S Adjustable Stainless Steel Safety Razor (small)
The Art of Shaving R106 Short

The best safety razors_The Art of Shaving R106 Short

The shortest safety razor of the group, the R106 Short fits precisely in the palm of your hand, affording users a surprising amount of control.

Pros: Closed-comb head offer gentle shave and prevents nicks.

Cons: Small size doesn’t work for guys with big hands and big faces.

Featuring a handle of just 3.75 inches, this black matte, closed-comb safety razor from The Art of Shaving works great for guys with smaller hands or who struggle with coordination. Its short stature offers a sturdier grip and a more precise movement. The closed-comb nature of the head makes for a safer, gentler shave, and prevents knicks, cuts, and razor burn. 

R106 Short Black Safety Razor (small)
Maapilim Safety Razor

The best safety razors_Maapilim Safety Razor

A faux-bronze coating on this simple safety razor makes it an irresistible shaving assistant. 

Pros: Comb straightens and aligns hair for a clean shave every time.

Cons: Like others, the shiny plating on this razor requires extra care.

The Maapilim Safety Razor lives up to even the highest of standards. It utilizes a fine-toothed comb to straighten facial hair before cutting, which provides a much closer shave. The easy-to-remove head makes changing your blade a snap, and the weighted handle feels great in your hand. Combined with the can’t-look-away color, this razor makes is a solid buy for anyone.

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Supply The Single Edge 2.0

The best safety razors_Supply The Single Edge 2.0

Standing out for more than just its single-edge design, The Single Edge 2.0 is a unique take on the traditional safety razor. 

Pros: Easy to replace blades, an innovative design offers ultra-close shave.

Cons: The razor’s single-edged blades are often more difficult to find.

While this option might look like a disposable cartridge razor, that’s as far as the similarities go. Crafted from stainless steel and engineered to offer three shave styles — sensitive, comfortable, and ultra-close — this safety razor takes single blades that can be replaced swiftly and safely with an accompanying insertion mechanism. 

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MÜHLE Hexagon Bronze Safety Razor

The best safety razors_MÜHLE Hexagon Bronze Safety Razor

The sleek look of MÜHLE Hexagon Bronze Safety Razor belies a perfectly functional grooming tool underneath. 

Pros: Bold, artsy look, hefty weight, easy grip.

Cons: Polished razor head, as with several others, requires a post-shave wipe down to prevent spots.

Bold is an understatement when it comes to the look and feel of this hexagonal-handle safety razor. The handle is properly weighted, easily gripped, and offers ease-of-use as well as visual appeal. The head, held aloft by a polished silver neck, features a standard double-blade razor bed and screw-on cap.

Hexagon Bronze Safety Razor (small)

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Makeup lovers are boycotting Morphe as the brand stays silent on James Charles sexting allegations

James Charles attends his Morphe Meet & Greet at Roosevelt Field Mall on December 1, 2018 in Garden City, New York.
James Charles attends his Morphe Meet & Greet at Roosevelt Field Mall on December 1, 2018 in Garden City, New York.

  • Makeup brand Morphe is being bombarded by the “#BoycottMorphe” hashtag on social media.
  • The company is being criticized for its longtime sponsorship and collaboration with James Charles.
  • Charles has been accused by more than 15 men and boys of sexual harassment and sexting with minors.

Makeup brand Morphe may be facing a boycott over its continued association with James Charles, who has been accused by more than 15 men and boys of sexual harassment and sexting minors. He released a video addressing some of the allegations on April 1 and said “these conversations should have never happened.”

The makeup company, which is also known as Morphe Cosmetics and Morphe Brushes, has not responded to Insider’s inquiries about its longtime partnership with Charles, who appears in Morphe marketing campaigns, has cut ribbons at multiple Morphe store openings, and who is the face of the best-selling Morphe x James Charles Artistry Palette.

But a podcast host said on Twitter that they received an email from a Morphe representative saying that the brand “does not condone inappropriate online behavior of any form.” The purported email, which was screenshotted and shared widely online, continued: “We have been actively looking into the recent allegations against James Charles, and have suspended marketing of the Morphe X James Charles collaboration while we continue to evaluate and monitor the situation.”

The purported email circulated in the online beauty-drama community and led to Morphe’s social-media posts being overrun with negative comments. The hashtag “#BoycottMorphe” appeared in over 200 tweets and in dozens of Instagram comments on Morphe’s account since Charles’ video was posted on April 1.

One comment on a recent Morphe Instagram post asking the company to “remove” the palette from their store reached over 400 likes. “How about actually listening to fans and maybe you wouldn’t be losing money right now,” said another comment with over 300 likes.

The recent accusations against Charles include more than a dozen so-called “exposé” TikToks made by individuals who claim Charles used Snapchat to send or solicit sexually suggestive or explicit messages and photos. Several of these individuals say they were minors at the time. Insider was unable to independently corroborate all of the allegations.

Charles’ partnership with Morphe has been an integral part of his own online brand for years. He even previously sold a hoodie that said “Use code ‘JAMES’ for 10 percent off,” referencing his famous affiliate discount code for the website.

Morphe’s discount code ‘JAMES’ still works on its website

Morphe launched in 2008 as a beauty brand intended for collaborative partnerships with influencers and creators in the makeup and beauty space online, according to the company’s website. Those creators have included Manny Gutierrez (Manny MUA), Nikita Dragun, Jaclyn Hill, Bretman Rock, and Charles, among others. Collaborations typically include a signature Morphe X eyeshadow palette.

Charles’ rainbow-themed Artistry Palette is still listed on Morphe’s website under the “Best Sellers” tab, along with the miniature palette and Charles’ branded makeup-brush set.

James Charles

While Morphe hasn’t posted on Instagram about Charles’ products since March 25, Insider confirmed that his affiliate code still works on the website. Customers can use code “JAMES” for 10% off their purchase.

Morphe has separated from controversial creators in the past year

It wouldn’t be unprecedented for the company to part ways with one of its major featured creators.

In June 2020, Morphe stopped working with YouTubers Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star as the creators were embroiled in controversy. It “ceased all commercial activity” with Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Star’s brand that had previously been sold in brick-and-mortar Morphe stores. Morphe also stopped selling the popular Conspiracy makeup collection marketed by Star and Dawson.

The move came after YouTuber Tati Westbrook released a video accusing Star and Dawson of having “manipulated” her into accusing Charles of sexual misconduct with boys in 2019. Westbrook also claimed that Star had ownership in Morphe, which the company denied to Insider. At the same time, Dawson was being widely condemned by mainstream celebrities and online critics alike for his past offensive content.

Jeffree Star, Manny Gutierrez and James Charles celebrate The Launch Of KKW Beauty on June 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Jeffree Star, Manny Gutierrez and James Charles celebrate The Launch Of KKW Beauty on June 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

When customers asked about Morphe’s ties to Star and Dawson at the end of June 2020, the company initially wrote in similar purported emails to customers that it did not “condone or agree with the actions and behavior of Shane Dawson.” Before officially separating from Star, the company also wrote that “Jeffree Star has acknowledged mistakes made in the past and has apologized, taken accountability, and worked hard to make amends within the community.”

Facing mounting pressure from customers, it’s unclear whether Charles’ future with Morphe will follow a similar trajectory to Star and Dawson.

Neither Charles nor Morphe have responded to Insider’s multiple requests for comment.

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The 5 best hair dryers for every hair type, according to stylists

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Best hair dryer (Dermstore, Sedu, Babyliss) 4x3
  • Your hair dryer can be the difference between a good hair day and a not-so-good hair day.
  • The best blow dryer for your hair type is less about the dryer and more about the accessories.
  • Luckily, there are expert-approved options at every price point, from luxury to budget-friendly.

When it comes to hair care accessories that can be surprisingly expensive, blow dryers are pretty high on the list. It’s easy to assume that the most expensive tool will always be the best, or work the quickest, but as the experts will tell you, this isn’t always the case. And when it comes to different blow dryers for different hair types, most experts will tell you it’s actually not the blow dryer itself you should be considering – it’s the accessories.

If you’re not quite sure yet whether to prioritize speed, comfort, or luxury when choosing your new blow dryer, though, here are the five best, expert-approved picks to help you make your decision, no matter what budget you’re working with.

Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000

Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000_Dermstore

The Harry Josh Pro Dryer with great reviews that gives you luxury results with a reasonable price tag.

As celebrity hairstylist Clariss Rubenstein says, there isn’t a blow dry that this tool can’t handle. Rubenstein says she prioritizes heat and power, the two things best for a quick and efficient blowout when choosing a blowdryer. 

As Josh himself explains, the best tip for getting a professional looking blowout with this tool, or any, is to know your hair well and to use a quality dryer.  “Utilize a nozzle to direct air at a smaller space, then start at the roots and work your way to the ends, in the direction of the hair cuticle, which will add shine,” Josh suggests, noting that heat settings, diffusers, and different types of brushes should all be considered when adjusting the experience for your specific hair type.

Pro Dryer 2000 (small, Preferred: Dermstore)
Sedu Revolution Hair Dryer 4000i

Sedu Revolution Hair Dryer 4000i_Sedu

The Sedu Revolution Hair Dryer is a lightweight, travel-friendly blow dryer that offers heat settings to adjust for any hairstyle or texture.

When it comes to a light-as-air blow dryer that offers different heat settings (and is great for travel), hairstylist Bianca Hillier recommends Sedu Beauty’s Revolution Hair Dryer 4000i. 

“This blow dryer gets hot enough on even the low setting to smooth out any texture hair whether coarse or fine. There is a sneaky cool-blow button that helps completely set the styled look and finish out the job,” Hillier says, noting that the blow dryer works for any style and hair type. 

“Regardless of hair type, you must always use a heat protectant,” Hillier explains, noting that this applies to each and every blow dryer and heat tool, regardless of how safe it may be for hair.

Revolution Hair Dryer 4000i (small)
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer_Ulta

Yes, the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, which is almost-silent when it’s turned on, is as good as everyone says. 

“I have used many blow dryers throughout my styling career and I can honestly say, hands down, that the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is the ultimate styling tool,” Maria Elizabeth, Founder of Salon deZEN, says. “It’s definitely an investment, but well worth it as it will save your hair from heat damage while also speeding up your dry time.” The Dyson was developed to protect the hair from extreme heat damage, allowing the hair to naturally shine. Elizabeth also points out the magnetic attachments as another boon for this dryer. 

Beauty expert Nick Stenson also listed the Dyson as his personal favorite for efficient use on various hair types. “I love using this dryer behind the chair and behind the scenes, because it gives me so much control and versatility with the heat and speed settings — not to mention the diffuser attachment is an absolute dream for drying curls with no frizz,” Stenson says.

Supersonic Hair Dryer (small, Preferred: Ulta)
BaByliss PRO Titanium Hair Dryer

BaByliss PRO Titanium Hair Dryer_BaByliss

A trusted alternative with an affordable price tag and thousands of positive reviews.

The Dyson might seem amazing in theory, but it’s not necessarily a realistic purchase for many people shopping on a budget. For an alternative, Elizabeth suggests BaByliss’ PRO Titanium Hair Dryer, especially for people looking to achieve a sleeker or smoother blowout. 

“With 2000-watt performance, ergonomic handling, several heat and speed settings, and a cool shot button to help seal up cuticles, the BaByliss delivers less frizz and cuts down on dry time. It is a great option for all hair types, but is specifically great for coarse and thick hair as it assists in creating sleek styles,” Elizabeth says. 

As an added bonus, as Elizabeth mentions, this blowdryer’s handle folds up for easy transport and storage — pretty convenient.  

Titanium Hair Dryer (small)
Dyson Airwrap

Dyson Airwrap_Sephora

Perfect for fine hair, this is the ultimate styling and drying tool in one high-tech package.

By now most of us have seen brushes, styling tools, and blow dryers combined into one. But do they actually work? According to Hillier, Dyson’s Airwrap does, especially for those with fine to medium hair who are trying to add volume. 

“It’s kind of like an all-in-one,” Hillier says. “You can adjust the heat settings and also adjust the tool to be used when creating a variety of styles. It’s lightweight, which makes it easy for traveling and daily use.”

While the AirWrap does use air to style and curl hair while drying it, it’s best used on damp, rather than wet, hair. So if you are looking to use it to dry your entire head of hair straight out of the shower, it might be best to try one of the other options instead.

AirWrap Styler (small)
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The 5 best dog nail clippers and grinders in 2021

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  • Trimming your dog’s nails with clippers or a grinder keeps them healthy and prevents painful overgrowth and breakage.
  • We tested 15 models to find the best nail clippers for dogs of all sizes, guillotine-style clippers, and nail grinders.
  • This article was medically reviewed by Karie Johnson, veterinarian and co-founder of VIP Vet Visit, a mobile vet service in the south suburbs of Chicago.

Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed is more important than you might think. Although some dogs wear their nails down naturally if they are very active outdoors, most dogs need regular trims. Too-long nails can curl back and grow into the paw pad – a painful and dangerous condition that requires swift treatment from a veterinarian. Not to mention, long nails can damage wood floors and scratch your arms and legs when your dog jumps up on you.

Nail clippers for dogs come in several different styles. Plier-style nail clippers work for most dogs. Guillotine clippers are generally best for small- and medium-size dogs. Nail grinders are great for gently filing down the nail rather than cutting through it.

To find the best nail clippers, I tested 11 different pairs of trimmers and 4 grinding tools, using them on three dogs with different-size nails. You can read more about our testing methodology and the features that make up a good pair of clippers at the end of this guide.

I consider myself a bit of a nail-trimming expert – check out my guide on how to safely trim a dog’s nails. During my eight-year stretch working as a veterinary assistant, I trimmed the nails of thousands of pets. I’ve also regularly trimmed the nails of my own dogs and cats over the last few decades. For additional expertise on nail trimmers, I consulted both a veterinarian and a pet groomer.

Here are the best dog nail clippers you can buy:

The best budget nail clippers

millers forge pet nail clipper

Simple and affordable, the Millers Forge Pet Nail Clipper works well for small and medium-size dogs and cuts the nails cleanly.

Pros: Affordable, sharp stainless-steel blades, simple but functional design, safety lock for storage, exceptionally quiet 

Cons: Small blade opening is not ideal for very large dogs or very thick nails, rubber grips sometimes slip down the handle

If you’re just starting out trimming your dog’s nails, a basic, inexpensive nail clipper is a good option. The Millers Forge Pet Nail Clipper stands out for its simplicity, effectiveness, quality, and affordable price. These were the quietest of all the plier-style clippers I tested, something anyone with a skittish dog will appreciate. The blades are sharp and cut smoothly and easily. The metal handle has slip-on rubber grips — not a lot of frills here, but I found them comfortable to hold, although in my experience the grips sometimes slipped down on the metal handles. 

I’ve used these clippers a lot over the years, especially back when I worked in the veterinary hospital. Even with lots of use, the stainless-steel blades always held up great, maintaining their sharpness for many years. Compared to the similarly priced Furminator Nail Clipper, the Millers Forge Pet Nail Clipper is more comfortable to hold, quieter to use, and easier to maneuver around each nail thanks to the size and thinness of the blades. These nail clippers also have a quick-guard safety feature and safety lock for safe storage.

These clippers are small with a narrow blade opening, so they aren’t the best choice for very large dogs or dogs with very thick nails, but they worked great when I tested them on a miniature poodle with medium-size nails and a 10-pound mixed-breed dog with small nails.

The best for small dogs

jw pet grip soft pet nail clippers

JW Pet Grip Soft Deluxe Pet Nail Clipper‘s small handle and cutting blades are perfect for toy breeds and dogs with small or thin nails. 

Pros: Small size perfect for smaller nails, very comfortable to hold, sharp stainless-steel blades cut the nail cleanly

Cons: Not ideal for people with large hands

The JW Pet Grip Soft Deluxe Pet Nail Clipper in size medium is a great option for little dogs with small or thin nails. I used these clippers on a miniature poodle with medium-sized nails and a 10-pound mixed-breed dog with small nails. JW Pet’s gel-like nonslip handle is exceptionally comfortable. The stainless-steel blades are sharp and cut the nail easily and smoothly, and the clippers are fairly quiet. The clippers have a quick guard and lock for safe storage. I always lock my nail clippers after using them to protect the blade. 

Cassie Edmond, an animal care specialist at the San Diego Humane Society, likes using small nail clippers for puppies or dogs whose nails have grown too long and are curling back toward the paw pad because the smaller cutting blades are easier to maneuver around curled nails. 

The JW Pet Grip Soft Deluxe Pet Nail Clipper is also helpful if you have small hands. On the flip side, if you have large hands you might find the handles difficult to hold. I have medium-size hands and had no problem operating them.

The best for large dogs

andis dog nail clipper

With sharp stainless-steel blades and a large tension spring, the Andis Pet Nail Clipper smoothly and easily cuts through big, thick nails. 

Pros: Sharp stainless-steel blades cut smoothly, rubberized grips for comfort and control, quick-stop guard for safety, lightweight, easy to hold, locking mechanism for safe storage, one-year warranty

Cons: None

Big dogs often have thick, large nails, and even some medium-size dogs might have thick nails. The Andis Pet Nail Clipper in size medium easily cuts through large nails, is well constructed, and comes with a one-year warranty. 

I used these clippers on a Labrador retriever. The sharp blade cut her thick nails easily and smoothly, with no shredding or splintering of the nail. The nonslip grip felt good in my hand and the handles are easy to squeeze closed thanks to a large tension spring. These clippers also worked well on a miniature poodle with medium-size nails, so they are versatile. The safety guard prevents overcutting and hitting the quick, and it can be locked in the closed position for storage. 

Interestingly, the Andis Pet Nail Clipper, and our runner-up — the Safari Professional Nail Trimmers — are very similarly constructed. Side by side, they look nearly identical (outside of color), and they are also nearly identical in performance. Both are also very versatile, working well for large as well as small nails. However, the Andis nail trimmers won this category because the brand offers a one-year warranty, and Safari does not, but both are an excellent choice for almost any dog.

The best guillotine clippers

resco dog nail clippers

Equipped with replaceable blade technology, Resco Original Deluxe Dog Nail Clippers cut smoothly and quietly. 

Pros: High-quality American steel, sharp blade for a smooth cut, easy to hold and squeeze closed, blade can be replaced with purchase of kit, made in the United States, limited lifetime warranty

Cons: No quick-guard safety feature, not appropriate for very large nails or thick nails

Resco is the inventor of the guillotine-style nail trimmer, which debuted in 1937. I used these clippers on a miniature poodle with medium-size nails and a 10-pound mixed-breed dog with small nails. The Resco Original Deluxe Dog Nail Clippers in size small/medium outperformed the other guillotine-style clipper we tested (the Millers Forge Guillotine Style Pet Nail Trimmer). The Resco blade was very sharp and cut the nail smoothly. In comparison, the blade of the Millers Forge trimmer didn’t seem as sharp and didn’t cut as smoothly. 

Even though the Resco clippers have no rubber grip on the handles, I found them comfortable to hold and easy to squeeze closed. In comparison, the Millers Forge handles felt a little sticky each time I closed them, which I found distracting.

Designed to last, Resco’s chrome-plated American steel nail clipper is manufactured in the United States. When the cutting blade becomes dull, you can purchase a kit that allows you to replace the blade instead of buying a new set of clippers. 

Guillotine clippers cut with less force than is needed with plier-style clippers, but they aren’t as strong so don’t choose these for dogs with very large nails or very thick nails. They work best on dogs with small or medium-size nails (they are also great for cats). The clippers are very quiet, so dogs that get upset by the loud snapping sound of some plier-style clippers might appreciate these.

Guillotine clippers don’t have a quick-guard safety feature, so don’t make big cuts; slowly snip off small amounts of nail to avoid cutting the quick. Exercise caution because a dog’s nail can get caught in this style of clippers, and if they pull away, they can damage or tear out their nail.

The best nail grinder

dremel nail grinder for dogs

With a nail safety guard, paw guide, and wide variety of grinding attachments, the Dremel 7760 PawControl Cordless Pet Nail Grinding Kit is easy to use and works well for professionals and novices alike.

Pros: Quiet, gentle, enhanced safety guards that block all spinning parts, good for novices and professionals, rechargeable cordless operation

Cons: Needs to fully charge before use, instructions require careful review for safe setup and use, grinding heads need occasional replacement

Some nail grinders are marketed specifically to pet owners and others are best for professionals, but our top pick for the best dog nail grinder, the Dremel 7760 Paw Control Cordless Pet Nail Grinding Kit, is ideal for both novice pet owners and professional groomers. 

This cordless grinder is quiet and gentle. I particularly liked the grinding disc (recommended for novice users), which quickly and easily sanded down the nails. The grinding disc is used with both guard attachments, which block all the spinning parts of the tool — something that made me feel quite safe when using it. The enhanced safety afforded by these attachments are main reason this grinder beat out the next closest competitor in the category: the Wahl Battery Nail Grinder

The Dremel also comes with band attachments that offer more maneuverability but require more skill and confidence as they cannot be used with the guard attachments. I used this grinder with both options and preferred both the performance and peace of mind of the grinding disc. 

Nail grinders can be used on dogs of all sizes and are effective even on thick nails. I used this grinder on a miniature poodle with medium-size nails and a Labrador retriever with large nails. Nail grinders are great for dogs that don’t love clippers as well as dogs with black nails since you can’t see the quick. 

“When grooming, 9 times out of 10, I will just grind a dog’s nails instead of trimming,” Edmond said. “Nail clippers can leave a jagged rough edge on the nail, but a nail grinder can buff out the sharpness and round the nail all the way down to the quick.”

I liked the variety of sanding bands and discs that come in the Dremel kit, but the product’s real standout is the nail safety guard and paw guide, which helped me attain a good nail trimming angle. Nail grinders do have a learning curve, but Dremel’s Quick Start Guide is helpful and clearly recommends specific attachments and speeds for beginning users. As with all nail grinders, the grinding heads need occasional replacement. Professional groomers will need to replace these more often; for pet owners, they should last a long time.

What else we considered

other dog nail clippers we considered
  • Safari Professional Nail Trimmers (Medium/Large): This clipper and the Andis Pet Nail Clipper are nearly identical in appearance and performance. In this guide, the Andis nail trimmers beat out the Safari trimmers because Andis offers a one-year warranty and Safari does not.
  • JW Pet Grip Soft Deluxe Pet Nail Clipper (Large):  Like other products in JW Pet’s GripSoft line, the handle is extra comfortable to hold, but these clippers stick a little after squeezing them. Both the Safari Professional Nail Trimmers and Andis Pet Nail Clipper are superior. 
  • Millers Forge Nail Clipper: These trimmers are similar in construction to the Safari and Andis clippers, but they feel lower quality — reflected in the lower price. The handle on the Millers Forge clippers doesn’t have a nonslip grip and the clippers lack a quick-guard safety feature. 
  • Furminator Nail Clipper for Dogs and Cats: The blade opening of these clippers is somewhat narrow, the handle is small, and I didn’t love the nubby grip. Although the safety guard has a unique, adjustable design, I found the guard itself got in the way too much and was hard to move out of the way if I didn’t want to use it.
  • Four Paws Magic Coat Professional Series Nail Clipper: Although these clippers are perfect for the smallest dogs with the smallest nails, like Chihuahuas and young puppies, the JW Pet Grip Soft Deluxe Pet Nail Clipper is more versatile, working for dogs with small as well as medium-size nails. The handle of the Four Paws scissors-style clippers is very small, so if you have larger hands they may be difficult to use.
  • Andis Nail Clipper (Small): These clippers work well for small dog nails and are very comparable to our winner JW Pet Grip Soft Deluxe Pet Nail Clipper, which won out due to its extra-comfortable nonslip grip for an easy hold. 
  • Millers Forge Guillotine Style Pet Nail Trimmer: The rubber grips on the handles make the clipper stick a little and the grips also slipped down while I was using them. Our top choice guillotine clipper from Resco outperformed this trimmer, which didn’t cut the nail as smoothly.
  • Wahl Battery Nail Grinder: Comfortable to hold and easy to use, this grinder was a close runner-up to the Dremel 7760 Paw Control Cordless Pet Nail Grinding Kit. The nail safety guard has multiple openings of various shapes and sizes, making it easy to find the ones that worked best for each individual dog’s nails. This grinder comes with a grinding stone with a concave top that makes it simple to round the tops of the nails, plus coarse and fine grinding bands. 
  • Conair Pro Professional Dog Nail Grinder: This grinder is not cordless, but the cord is sufficiently long and you’ll never get caught with an uncharged battery. It’s less powerful than the other grinders I tested, so it takes a little longer to grind the nails. However, this could be a positive for novice pet owners who feel intimidated using a powerful grinder. 
  • Andis Cordless Dog and Cat Nail Grinder: This nail grinder was easy to use and worked well, but it lacks a nail safety guard, which is a helpful feature, especially for novice users.

What we’re looking forward to testing

We’re testing three new tools for an update to this guide in fall 2021:

How we tested

Best dog nail clippers and grinders in 2021

I tested 11 different pairs of nail trimmers and 4 grinding tools, using them on three dogs with different size nails: a Labrador retriever with large, thick nails; a miniature poodle with medium-size nails; and a 10-pound mixed-breed dog with small nails. I received editorial review samples from the manufacturers with the exception of the Millers Forge and Resco clippers, which Insider Reviews purchased.

All of the clippers and grinders were tested on the miniature poodle with medium-size nails. Additionally, I tested the small clippers on the small mixed breed and the large clippers and nail grinders on the Lab. In our initial round of testing in fall 2021, each tool was tested at least once per dog, but the front-runners were tested multiple times to narrow down the category winners. I waited several weeks in between testing for the dogs’ nails to grow back. 

To gauge long-term durability, I continued to use the nail trimmers that received the highest marks to trim my own dog’s nails (the miniature poodle). In the five months since this guide was originally developed, I’ve trimmed my dog’s nails approximately every two weeks and rotated clippers. I used the nail grinding tool after each trim to buff the nail edges.  

Here are the main attributes we looked for and how we tested them:

Ease of use:I assessed how controlled the clippers felt in my hand and whether they were easy to squeeze closed. When cutting a dog’s nails, you don’t want to struggle or feel uncomfortable while using a nail trimmer. For nail grinders, I assessed how easy they were to set up, hold, and use. 

Performance: I evaluated each pair of clippers to make sure they worked as advertised. For instance, large dog nail clippers should easily and effectively clip through tough nails, and small clippers should be appropriately sized for smaller nails. For nail grinders, I evaluated how well the grinding bands or discs smoothed out the nails and how loud each grinder was.

Sharpness: Although the cutting blades will inevitably dull over time, they should be very sharp to ensure a swift, clean cut through the nails. Inferior, dull blades tend to shred or splinter the nail rather than slicing clean through. 

Safety: I evaluated the presence and effectiveness of any nail safety guards, as well as the presence of a locking mechanism that allows the clippers to be stored safely in the closed position. For nail grinders, I evaluated the tool’s safety options and how safe it felt to operate the tool.

Quality: I assessed the quality of each clippers’ materials and construction. A good pair of clippers should feel study and appear to be well made rather than cheap and poorly manufactured, and all parts should function as intended. For nail grinders, I assessed the assembly of the tool and how it felt when using it.

Frequently asked questions about nail trimming

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We spoke to Edmond and veterinarian Melissa Smits, DVM, medical team coach for Blue Heron Consulting, about the most common questions about trimming a dog’s nails. 

How often should I trim my dog’s nails?

This depends on your individual dog. All nails grow at different rates, and dogs wear their nails down differently, too. Big, heavy dogs that run around outside may naturally wear their nails down, requiring less frequent trimming. “A Yorkie that barely touches the ground most days might need a nail trim every two weeks,” Smits said. “An Iditarod training or marathon running pal might never need one.” Rule of thumb: Trim your dog’s nails before they grow long enough to click on the floor.

How far down do I cut the nail?

Trim the nail as short as you can without cutting into the quick, which is the vein that runs down the center of the nail. If your dog has white nails, it’s easy to see the quick. If your dog has black nails, it’s harder to know exactly how far to cut. Conservatively clip just the hooked part of the nail to be safe. You can also ask your veterinarian for a demonstration on your dog.

When should I start trimming my puppy’s nails?

Start nail trimming as early as possible so your puppy learns to accept it. Even older dogs can learn to accept nail trimming if you approach it the right way. “Introduce the dog to the nail trimming procedure in a slow, fun, rewarding manner,” Smits said. “This will enable the dog to fall in love with the attention that comes with getting a pedicure and time with you.”

Which is better, nail clippers or a nail grinder?

Nail clippers cut through the nail whereas nail grinders file the nail down to a shorter length. Some dogs prefer the sensation of nail grinding over clipping, and you’re less likely to cut into the quick with a grinder. On the flip side, some dogs dislike the loud sound and vibrations of nail grinders. These tools also have a learning curve to be able to use them safely and comfortably. Smits recommends using the tool you feel most comfortable with, which will make your dog most comfortable.

What is the best nail clipper for my dog?

In general, a good dog nail trimmer should be easy to hold and have a sharp blade for smooth cutting. If your dog has very small or very large nails, choose a nail clipper that correlates. Look for clippers with blades made of stainless steel, which is strong and resists rusting. For timid dogs or those that are reluctant to have their nails trimmed, a quiet nail clipper is a bonus. At the end of the day, though, choosing the right dog nail clipper comes down to how you like using it.

Does nail trimming hurt my dog?

As long as you don’t cut too far down, it hurts no more than trimming your own nails. However, be very careful not to cut the quick. The quick is extremely sensitive. Cutting into it is painful and will cause the nail to bleed. It may also cause your dog to become resistant to nail trimming in the future. 

What should I do if I cut my dog’s nail and it starts to bleed?

If you accidentally nick the quick, use styptic power to cauterize it and stop the bleeding. Scoop up a small amount of powder onto your finger or with a piece of gauze and press it gently but firmly against the nail. Hold for a minute or so until the bleeding stops. If you don’t have styptic powder, you can use use flour or corn starch instead. 

I’m too nervous to trim my dog’s nails. Who will do it for me?

If you are not comfortable trimming your dog’s nails, or if you are concerned your pet might bite if you try to trim the nails, seek professional help. Most groomers include nail trimming in their regular services. You can also make an appointment to have your dog’s nails trimmed at your veterinary hospital. “If the dog is an amiable sort, groomers are a phenomenal option,” Smits said. “If the dog is a holy terror, they might need sedation, at which point the veterinarian is your best option.”

How do I care for dog nail clippers and grinders?

After each use, wipe your clippers clean. When not in use, close the clippers and engage the safely lock to keep the blade protected. If your nail clippers get wet, dry them thoroughly before storing them indoors in a plastic or cloth bag with all of the grinding accessories. If nail clippers or grinders are left outside and exposed to dampness and temperature extremes, the metal can rust and plastic can warp.

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The 4 best whitening toothpastes of 2021 that help remove surface stains from your teeth

  • Trading your regular toothpaste for the whitening kind lifts surface stains while also cleaning.
  • While studies show charcoal toothpaste doesn’t actually whiten teeth, other ingredients are proven to work.
  • Colgate’s Optic White Express White Toothpaste is our top choice because results show up in just three days.

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Unless your smile is already blinding, pretty much everyone wants whiter teeth. Our smile is one of the first things other people notice when meeting us, and considering most of us indulge in teeth-staining compounds like coffee, red wine, maybe even cigarettes, there’s ample opportunity for pearly whites to be brighter.

While whitening strips can be expensive, painful, and require effort, incorporating whitening properties into your toothpaste helps you get more out of something you’re going to do twice a day, regardless. 

Contrary to occasional misconceptions, most whitening toothpaste is safe and suitable for daily use – but you have to choose the right product. While whitening toothpaste generally doesn’t cause tooth sensitivity, some harsher whitening toothpaste can cause damage to tooth enamel if used for weeks or months at a time. In fact, one of the most popular of-the-moment toothpaste ingredients, activated charcoal, is not only useless when it comes to whitening teeth, but it also has the potential to damage your enamel, discolor it permanently, and damage your gums, according to a 2019 study in the British Dental Journal. 

What’s more, not every ingredient is equal: A 2019 study in the Journal of Applied Oral Science found that whitening toothpaste with blue covarine and microbeads (like that in Oral B 3D White Perfection – 3DW) were the most effective at whitening teeth after just one brush, and ones with hydrogen peroxide made pearly whites pearlier when used over time.

This kind of toothpaste helps remove surface stains, showing off the natural appearance of the exterior of your teeth. It will not actually whiten the enamel itself, but merely reveal its true color. For deep stains and/or for teeth that are yellowed or otherwise discolored, talk to your dentist about professional whitening.

And before you start even a DIY tooth whitening program, it’s a good idea to see a dentist and get a deep cleaning. That way, your at-home whitening efforts can be more of a maintenance approach than an attempt to tackle the issue of stained, discolored teeth. 

As for which whitening toothpaste is right for you, that depends on factors ranging from tooth sensitivity to ingredient preference to how much time you’re willing to invest daily. 

Here are the best whitening toothpaste options:

Best whitening toothpaste overall

colgate

Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White Toothpaste is safe for daily use, affordable, and you’ll see results in three days.

Pros: Works quickly, safe for long-term use, includes fluoride to prevent cavities

Cons: Slightly more expensive 

The job of toothpaste is, first and foremost, to clean your teeth. While white, bright teeth look great, actual cleaning is more important than cosmetics, as far as oral health is concerned. So it’s good to know that Colgate’s Optic White Platinum toothpaste protects tooth enamel and can help prevent cavities thanks to the inclusion of fluoride along with the other ingredients.

As for the whitening effects of this potent toothpaste, those come thanks to hydrogen peroxide. The toothpaste has two times more hydrogen peroxide than most other kinds of whitening toothpaste. According to the many buyer reviews online, you really can see whitening results in just a matter of days, especially if you are generally careful about what foods and beverages you ingest and how you consume them.

After a month of using Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White Toothpaste twice daily, you can expect a marked lightening of your teeth. Results will probably plateau at that point, and you can shift into a maintenance mode.

Best for a deep clean

Crest

If you’re serious about oral hygiene, committing to the Crest 3D White Brilliance Teeth Whitening Two-Step System will give you very pearly whites.

Pros: Effective and long-lasting, provides excellent cleaning, breaks up stubborn stains

Cons: Requires double brushing, may lighten gums as well

The Crest 3D White Brilliance Teeth Whitening Two-Step System requires brushing your teeth twice — once with Step 1: Deep Cleansing Toothpaste, then with Step 2: Whitening Finisher — but it’s highly effective for whitening your teeth.

The first part of the two-step system is all about cleaning. The toothpaste contains a 0.454% concentration of stannous fluoride which helps fight cavities and gingivitis (gum disease, e.g.) and that will break up plaque and freshen breath. When you move to the second step, a gel that features hydrogen peroxide, you are applying a whitener to freshly cleaned teeth. 

The 3D White Brilliance system will cost you more than you’ll pay for most whitening toothpaste, and the process is a bit more involved, but it will dramatically whiten most teeth over time.

Best budget

arm and hammer

Not only does Arm & Hammer Advance White Extreme Whitening Toothpaste leave your mouth fresh and your teeth white, but it’s also affordable.

Pros: Great low price choice, baking soda acts as safe abrasive, suitable for perpetual use

Cons: Some people dislike taste

I’ve been an Arm & Hammer toothpaste user for more than a decade, and every time I switch brands (say during travel or when we forgot to restock and I have to dip into the reserve mini tubes collected from dentist’s visits) my mouth never feels quite as clean.

Arm & Hammer uses baking soda in all sorts of products, and in this case, that’s the ingredient that provides safe, gentle abrasion to help break up plaque and tartar (hardened plaque, essentially) and remove surface stains. Fluoride is on hand to help prevent cavities and to kill off bacteria, and peroxide helps whiten your teeth.

I was tempted to make this product the number one pick, as it’s surely number one in my book, but while many people love the feel and the aftertaste of this baking soda-based toothpaste, an equal number of people hate the taste, so it’s not right for everyone. 

Best for sensitive teeth

Sensodyne

Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste will whiten your teeth and make them less sensitive at the same time.

Pros: Ideal for sensitive teeth, rebuilds enamel over time, gently lifts stains

Cons: Whitens slowly

If your teeth are sensitive, it most likely means is that you have weakened enamel which is leaving the sensitive interior of your teeth overexposed. This is usually caused by exposure to the acids found in everything from citrus fruit to coffee to wine — the very same things that leave stains and damage the appearance of your smile.

For sensitive teeth that are also not as white as you’d like, Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste is a great choice. The formula is designed to help re-harden tooth enamel damaged by acids and to actively strengthen each tooth and prevent future damage. It is a low abrasion toothpaste, thus it won’t cause any enamel wear and tear itself, and it features fluoride to help fight off bacteria.

What this toothpaste does not feature is hydrogen peroxide, so it will not whiten as quickly as many other options. Rather than bleaching stains away, Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste takes a longer approach to whitening, helping restore and refresh your teeth and to slowly but reliably remove stains and prevent new ones from forming.

If you get your teeth to a healthy, resilient state in which they are ready for more intense whitening, go ahead and switch brands. If you have always had sensitive teeth, then consider makingSensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste your lifelong go-to choice.

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The best electric toothbrush you can buy

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We visited the top consumer websites, listened to actual product owners, and considered advice from dentists and dental hygienists when making our decisions. So go ahead and break out your favorite toothpaste. Healthy, clean white teeth are on their way.


The best toothbrush you can buy

There’s plenty to be said for the classic manual toothbrush: It can’t run out of batteries and it’s compact, lightweight, and portable.

We chose a wide array of manual toothbrushes, from the low-cost disposable brush you keep on hand for guests to the Cadillac-level manual toothbrush that the classic oral hygiene aficionado will appreciate to unique options, like charcoal-infused toothbrushes that might just help bring out your brightest, whitest smile ever.

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