For a manual toothbrush, this one really does a great job of getting my teeth super clean. I buy the soft bristles because I feel that the built in rubber parts are effective enough. I have and will purchase this brush again. Only downfall is its claim to "whiten" teeth. The description on the packaging claims that the rubber "cups" hold toothpaste in to assist with whitening, however these are the same cups used in many of the other Oral B brand toothbrushes.