Electric toothbrush posted a global volume CAGR of 4% from 2009-2014. Western Europe accounted for 79% of global absolute volume growth, led by France, Germany and Italy. There are a few reasons why developed markets are driving growth: Affordability among high disposable incomes consumers, preference for premium dental care, and the concerted efforts of manufacturers in launching products utilising advanced technology. Having said that, consumers in emerging markets with rising disposable incomes - notably China, Mexico and Russia - are also expected to drive growth of electric toothbrushes over the next five years.
Electric toothbrushes - higher unit prices and higher maintenance expenses
According to Euromonitor International’s data on consumer appliances, the global unit price of toothbrush is around US$55 per unit in 2014, compared to just US$1-2 for manual. The price of electric toothbrush replacement heads is also high (US$10). Since dentists typically advise patients to change toothbrushes every three months for better cleaning, consumers need to spend at least US$40 per year to maintain the usage of electric toothbrushes. In contrast, consumers who use manual toothbrush will spend at most US$4-8 per year.