All dental care starts with brushing your teeth, but even so, surprisingly few people know how to brush properly. Studies show that almost 50% of people brush their teeth with poor technique! You can’t just flop a toothbrush around your mouth for a minute and call it a day. Proper brushing takes time and meticulous practice—unless you happen to be using a high-quality electric toothbrush.
When it comes to high-quality electric toothbrushes, two brands immediately stand out: Oral-B and Sonicare. There may be other competitors in that arena, but if you want the best quality and the most affordable price, these are the brands to be looking at.
But with their product lines, and the number of toothbrushes on offer, how do you know what to get? Where do you even start?
In this article, we’re going to be doing some brush-to-brush comparisons to see which brand performs better, and then we’ll give you a rundown of how an electric toothbrush can help you take better care of your teeth.
Don’t wait up – read on!
Table of Contents
- Top 3 Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush
- Top 3 Braun Oral B Electric Toothbrush
- A History Of Both Brands
- Braun Oral-B:
- Braun Oral-B Models List:
- Philips Sonicare:
- Philips Sonicare Models List:
- The Arena: Brush-To-Brush Comparisons
- Oral B 8000 vs Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9700 (Top Models)
- Sonicare Diamond Clean VS Oral-B Black 7000 (High End Models)
- Oral B Pro 7500 vs Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100
- Oral B Pro 6000 vs Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100
- Oral-B professional precision 5000 vs Philips Sonicare HX6921/30 Flexcare Plus
- Oral-B Professional Precision 3000 vs Philips Sonicare HX6511/50 Easy Clean
- Oral-B Pro 1500 vs Philips Sonicare 2 Series
- Oral-B Professional Deep Sweep Triaction 1000 vs Philips Sonicare HX5610/01 Essence
- Oral B Kids vs Sonicare for Kids Electric Toothbrush
- Braun Oral-B VS Philips Sonicare Differences
- Both Brand Introduce Some Unique Features
- Features in Common Between Philips Sonicare and Oral B
The meat of the guide is below, and it’s a very chunky section. If you don’t have enough time to read through the whole thing, here are our top choices per price bracket.
Top 3 Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush
Top 3 Braun Oral B Electric Toothbrush
A History Of Both Brands
Oral-B and Sonicare are not ‘new brands’ by any stretch of the imagination, they both have a rich history that’s brought them to the very top of the electric toothbrush market. If you’re interested in how they became the corporate behemoths they are today, we go over the history of both brands in this section.
Dr. Hutson’s association with the brand ended in the 1960s when he sold it and returned to California. In 1984, it was acquired by the Gillette group, and the name came to be used by Braun; this is why you’ll often see the ‘Powered by Braun’ label. With Gillette’s merger with Procter & Gamble in late 2005, Oral-B is now a subsidiary of P&G.
Innovation has always been one of Oral-B’s hallmarks. The now-familiar oscillating-rotating mechanism first came out in 1991, and even then it already had a two-minute timer. 3D cleaning came to the market in 1998, and the wireless Smart Guide came with the Triumph electric toothbrush in 2007. In 2014, they came out with the Pro 5000, the first electric toothbrush to incorporate Bluetooth capability.
Braun Oral-B Models List:
Braun Oral-B 8000 Series: Oral-B Genius Pro 8000
Braun Oral-B 6000 Series:Oral-B Pro 6000
Braun Oral-B 5000 Series: Oral-B Pro Smart Series 5000
Braun Oral-B 4000 series: Oral-B Professional Care Smart Series 4000
Braun Oral-B 3000 series: Oral-B Professional Care 3000
Oral b for kids: Oral-B Pro-Health For Me
The Sonicare story started in 1987, when entrepreneur David Giuliani met with Doctors David Engel and Roy Martin. They founded a company called GEMTech that undertook research into dental hygiene. In 1992, they unveiled the first Sonicare toothbrush. Three years after that, the company changed its name to Optiva Corporation, which was then acquired by Philips in 2000.
While certainly innovative before then, it was only after the acquisition that Sonicare truly took off. By the end of 2001, Sonicare was the top-selling brand of rechargeable electric toothbrushes in the United States. The label has been Philips Sonicare since 2003.
They’ve stuck to the sonic toothbrush formula they innovated in 1992, and have improved on it since then. Sonicare hasn’t quite been on the forefront of innovation in the same way that Oral-B has, instead focusing on simplicity and easy-to-use products. For example, while fewer of their toothbrushes incorporate Bluetooth connectivity, their phone app is much simpler and more intuitive for the average user than Oral-B’s.
Philips Sonicare Models List:
Philips Sonicare healty white: HX6731/02
Philips Sonicare 2 series plaque control: HX6211/04.
Philips Sonicare easy clean: HX6511/50
The Arena: Brush-To-Brush Comparisons
Starting from the most expensive and making our way to the bottom rung, we’re going to examine one toothbrush each from Oral-B and Philips Sonicare and find out which is the better one at each price point.
Oral B 8000 vs Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9700 (Top Models)
The very top-end toothbrushes will take a great chunk out of your wallet, but that outlay gets you high quality and a good set of features.
|Features||Oral B Pro 8000||Diamond Clean Smart|
|Modes||6||4 & 3|
|Running time||12 Days||3 Weeks|
|Voltage||110 v||110 - 120 v|
When budget is no boundary, you can get a lot of capability, and the Genius Pro 8000 is proof of that. It’s one of the most advanced toothbrushes you can get on the market, and in terms of performance alone, it’s certainly our very top-rated electric toothbrush from Oral-B.
The box opens up to reveal the handle, three brush heads (one each of CrossAction, 3D White, and Sensitive), the charging station, a storage space for the brush heads, a travel case, a charger for the travel case, a white smartphone holder, and the manual.
It’s nice and slender at the grip, not nearly as chunky as some other models. Six cleaning modes are available, giving you a wide range of choices for your needs. Right below the neck is the 360-degree LED SmartRing; we cover this feature later on, but it’s both decorative and useful. A pressure sensor is linked to the SmartRing, and it’ll flash if you’re pressing the toothbrush too hard.
Lithium-ion batteries give the Genius Pro twelve days of battery life; which is better than average for Oral-B. The travel case can hold the brush itself and two more brush heads, and the built-in charger keeps the battery topped up so you’ll be ready to brush when you arrive at your destination.
The real star of the show is the Bluetooth connectivity, letting the Genius Pro 8000 link to a downloadable app on your smartphone. We cover that later on, as a few other Oral-B toothbrushes are also Bluetooth compatible.
Opposite Oral-B’s top-end model, Sonicare brings in the DiamondClean Smart 9700. Just like the Oral-B model, it offers Bluetooth connectivity to an app on your phone, and a dozen useful features that come with that.
The box contains the handle, eight brush heads (three Plaque Control, two Gum Care, two Premium White, and one TongueCare+), the charging glass, the travel case and charger, and the manual.
The handle offers a typical lineup of five different brushing modes and three levels of intensity, and in addition to this, the DiamondClean Smart is also BrushSync-capable. We cover BrushSync in a later section; for now, suffice it to say it makes switching heads a lot less fiddly.
Battery life is around three weeks maximum, so no need to worry about it dying mid-brush. There’s also a travel case, which makes the Sonicare a breeze to carry around. It even functions as a charger, so even if you depart with a flat battery, you’re ready to brush your teeth when you arrive.
The actual charger also needs mentioning, because it’s made of literal glass and employs wireless charging. All you have to do is stick the glass on top of the charging plate, then drop the toothbrush in tail-end first. It takes about twenty-four hours to charge, but you’ll get a solid three-week battery life.
Comparison and Result
There’s very few nitpicks you can muster against top-end products. In fact, in terms of performance, the two toothbrushes were so alike that our decision had to be based on their peripherals, especially their apps.
The Genius 8000 tries to do too much with the app, and the Position Detection Technology (also covered later in a section of its own) is rather unreliable. The user interface is excellent, but it’s in an awkward position: too many features for the casual user, not enough added value to the experienced user. Beyond that, Sonicare’s counterpart app isn’t as extensive as Oral-B’s, but it’s a lot less fiddly.
In matters beyond the Bluetooth, there’s also the smartphone accommodation. Sonicare is simple; they don’t have any. But compared to the odd white suction cup arrangement that is Oral-B’s idea, ‘nothing’ may be better. Oral-B’s Position Detection Technology relies on your phone camera, so you pretty much have to stick the white smartphone holder in the middle of your bathroom mirror. Not really the best of looks.
The Sonicare DiamondClean Smart wins this matchup, as the Oral-B tries to do too much for not enough gain. Not to say it’s bad; it’s a very, very good toothbrush, and if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Oral-B user, it won’t disappoint you. It’s just that the DiamondClean Smart is better.
Sonicare Diamond Clean VS Oral-B Black 7000 (High End Models)
Our next pair examines the high-end brushes from both labels. Not quite the top-end, but not nearly as expensive, and almost as good.
|Features||Philips Diamond Clean||Oral-B 7000 SmartSeries|
|Run Time||3 weeks||10 days|
There’s a reason that Oral-B is among the top names in the toothbrush business, and the 7000 SmartSeries with the included Smart Guide demonstrates why.
One pack includes the handle, three brush heads (one each of CrossAction, ProWhite, and Sensitive Clean), the charger, a detachable storage compartment for other brush heads, a travel case, and a Wireless Smart Guide.
The handle is pretty much the same general shape as the Genius 8000; this is a common theme you’ll see with the other Oral-B brushes in this article. The front of the brush is less crowded but also a bit less informative, but that’s not a significant problem. It still has the same six cleaning modes in addition to a pressure sensor.
You get ten days of battery life, which is about average for Oral-B. The travel case this time is just a case, with no charging capability. You do get a three-bar battery indicator, and it’ll flash red when you’re low on battery.
We cover the Smart Guide more fully in a later section. We’ve already expressed our grievances with Oral-B’s Bluetooth application, but the Smart Guide more than makes up for it; it’s a nice and nifty little assistant to your brushing routine.
This version of the DiamondClean is a cheaper package than the previous one, though with correspondingly less items. So how does it hold up?
It comes with the handle, two brush heads (standard and compact) with covers, a travel case with built-in charger, plus a USB cable and adapter plug, and the same charging glass and plate that the DiamondClean Smart has.
The handle itself is a very minimalist white stick with just one notable feature: the power button, which does double duty as the mode switch button. The five available brushing modes are displayed on the handle once you press the button to switch through them, along with a battery indicator near the bottom.
The included brush heads are unique to the DiamondClean model, but it can just as easily accept other standard Sonicare heads if you prefer those. The battery lasts for three weeks, in the finest Sonicare form. The same wireless charging rig used by the DiamondClean Smart is here too; just drop the handle in tail-end first, and wireless induction takes care of the rest.
The travel case is just as white and minimalist as the toothbrush it carries, and has room for the handle and two brush heads. The cable plugs into a micro-USB port on one end, letting you charge without having to take it out of the case. Note that the case is not vented, so make sure everything’s dry before you close the case.
Comparison and Result
These two brushes are basically their top-end counterparts, with a few features stripped out to save on the cost to the buyer. Based purely on brushing performance, they’re the same as the previous models; your teeth will be just as clean no matter what toothbrush you use.
The problem right now is that this matchup isn’t entirely fair, because the Sonicare DiamondClean is not a smart toothbrush. It doesn’t have Bluetooth capability or even BrushSync capability. This isn’t to say it’s a bad toothbrush, but it lacks any ability to provide real time feedback about your brushing performance.
At this price point, you want more than just a very good toothbrush. You want something that can actively help you improve your dental health. The Sonicare DiamondClean can’t help you that way, while the Oral-B 7000 SmartSeries definitely does.
Oral B Pro 7500 vs Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100
|Features||Oral B Pro 7500||Philips Sonicare 6100|
|Battery life||12 days||12 days|
|Modes||5 cleaning||3 intensity|
|Timer pulses||30 sec||Yes|
Modes and SyncingThe Oral B 7500 and Sonicare’s ProtectiveClean 6100 have a variety of brush heads. Each brush head works with the corresponding cleaning mode. For example, Oral B’s 3D White brush head will work with the Whitening mode. There’s a Floss Action and Cross Action head, too.
The modes of the 7500 include a Daily Clean for general everyday cleaning. The Sensitive mode works at a lower speed. The Whitening mode will vary its speed to polish the teeth. Gum Care massages the gums and ProClean is for a faster, intense brush.Sonicare 6100 has 3 modes of cleaning. There’s a basic cleaning mode for everyday use. The Whitening mode will remove stains efficiently. The Gum Care mode will massage the gums for more blood flow.
The 6100 also has BrushSync mode pairing. When you insert a brush head, the smart brush head is paired automatically with the right mode from brushing. If you were to insert the gum care brush, the toothbrush will automatically pair you with the Gum Care mode.
The ProtectiveClean 6100 has a pressure sensor. You don’t have to turn on any sensors or the app to get this feature. The toothbrush will sense when you’re brushing too hard. It’ll be alerted to the pressure and send you a pulsing sound as a reminder. This lets you know that you should ease up on the force you’re using.
The Oral B 7500 has a 360-degree SmartRing that will light up when you’ve started to use too much pressure. The SmartRing is situated to make sure it can be seen from any angle. You can change the colors of the ring in the app quite easily. It’s a fun way to ensure that you’re not putting too much pressure on your teeth while brushing.
Timers, Pacers, and Feedback
Both companies understand the need for timers to ensure that you’re brushing for two minutes. It can be hard to judge time when you’re standing in front of the mirror with a thousand things to do before work. You’ll tend to rush. The timers alert you when you’ve brushed for long enough.
The 6100 has a pacer, too. This will ensure that you’re brushing in each quadrant of your mouth for enough time. With a 2-minute recommendation, that means 30 seconds should be spent in each part of the mouth. The pacer will alert you when 30 seconds has passed.
The 7500 goes a bit beyond timers and pacers. It will time you and give you information on your brushing times. It will do that through an app. It’ll give you a routine to follow, too. These are called Dental Care Journeys. If you want to whiten your smile, you’d choose the whitening journey, which gives you a programmed routine to follow.
Battery Life and Travel
The 6100 has a lovely travel case. This will keep your toothbrush clean while traveling. There’s also a compact base that will free up plenty of counter space while traveling or at home. Once fully charged, you’ll get 2 weeks of life out of your toothbrush. You might not even need the charger when traveling.
The 7500 has a Lithium Ion battery that will give you 2 weeks of brushing without having to charge, too. It’ll deliver the same amount of power from the time it’s charged until it’s about ready for a recharge.
Oral B Pro 6000 vs Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100
|Features||Oral B Pro 6000||Philips Sonicare 5100|
|30 sec pulse||Yes||Quad Pacer|
|Run time||10 days||2 weeks|
Brush Heads and BristlesThe Oral B 6000 has the rounded brush heads that are so familiar with this company. This model includes the CrossAction brush head that angles the bristles by 16 degrees in a criss-cross pattern. It’ll get between teeth to remove more plaque.
The ProtectiveClean 5100 has tightly-packed bristles that will remove plaque below the gum line. This will happen without damage to the gums or the teeth. The toothbrushes feature a curved power tip at the end of the brush head. This will help angle the brush to reach the back teeth easier.
Modes of Cleaning
The 6000 from Oral B has a variety of cleaning modes. There’s the Daily Clean mode for everyday brushing. The Sensitive mode has a low speed for a soft brushing experience. The Whitening mode will alternate speeds to work stains away from the enamel. Gum Care mode massages the gums very gently. Pro Clean is more intense with more power and speed.
The 5100 has a few cleaning modes as well. The Clean mode is good for a daily cleaning. The White mode will remove stains from the surface of the teeth. The Gum Care mode adds an extra minute to your brushing. It’s at a reduced power, so you can stimulate your gums.
The 6000 has icons that will display the mode choices. There’s a SmartRing on the top of the handle. This will alert you to heavy pressure while brushing. You might not even realize you’re brushing too hard until you see the color alert. In the app, you can choose the color you want for your alert, too.
On the 5100, there are three modes that are displayed with the name of the cleaning mode. There’s also a BrushSynch reminder, so you’ll know when it’s time to change the brush. Every brush has a lifespan depending on the pressure you use and the time you spend brushing.
Your dentist – like all dental professionals – recommends that you brush for at least 2 minutes each time you brush. The Sonicare 5100 has a Smart Timer to alert you when that two minutes as passed. Some toothbrushes have a pacer that will help you keep track of time spent in each part of your mouth. That’s true of the 5100. It has a Quad Pacer.
The 6000 from Oral B has Dental Care Journeys, which take you through routines. Those routines are customized for your oral hygiene goals. You can focus on brushing longer with these journeys. They have alerts and pacers that help you time your brushing.
Travel and Charging
The 6000 has a Lithium Ion battery that will actually recharge your toothbrush very quickly. It comes with a premium travel case for when you want to take it on the road.
The 5100 has a very compact stand for charging your toothbrush. It’ll reduce counter space clutter. That’s great for people who travel, too. There’s a case for charging on the road. It means you won’t have to worry about voltage or where you’ll find an outlet in a hotel.
Oral-B professional precision 5000 vs Philips Sonicare HX6921/30 Flexcare Plus
|Features||Oral B Pro 5000||Philips Flexcare Plus|
|Run time||10 days||3 weeks|
So again its Oral B vs Phillips Sonicare, the brands who’re working relentlessly to bring the ultimate brushing experience to life. They believe, their goals can be achieved by setting up a huge collection of toothbrushes which will give their customers better options to look at.
So now we are going to move down with the price and explore the Oral B Professional Precision 5000 and Phillips Sonicare HX6921/02 Flexcare Plus.
The story of Precision 5000 and HX6921/02 Flexcare Plus starts with their five awesome brushing modes. So going for the exact one is quite difficult. But don’t worry; we’re here to help. Well, we believe using a brushing mode actually depends on the oral system, and it varies with it too.
So Over here we have Precision 5000 offering the ‘Whitening’ mode that would give you white teeth and we also have HX6921/02 Flexcare Plus offering the ‘Gum Care’ mode for your better gum care. Now You would be able to pick either one depending on your oral system quite easily.
Coming to the brushing technology, Sonicare HX6921/02 Flexcare Plus over here may take the lead. Because it uses the sonic technology with 31000 strokes per minute which is considered to give a better mouthfeel according to the research. Though the Oscillation and Pulsation fails to give a better mouthfeel but it actually works better on the tooth-tooth cleaning.
Like other Oral B toothbrushes Precision 5000 also have compatibility in brushing heads. And technically, the precision 5000 comes with a smart guide which makes the tracking even better.
So today Oral B precision 5000 is considered as the no 1 toothbrush recommended by the dental experts and also it turned out to be the people’s choice in the big retailers.
Since Precision 5000 destines to give a better tooth-tooth cleaning at such a reasonable price and since it’s the no 1 choice of the dental professionals; going for Oral B over here would be the right thing to do for you.
Oral-B Professional Precision 3000 vs Philips Sonicare HX6511/50 Easy Clean
|Model||Sonicare HX6511||Oral B Pro 3000|
|Strokes per min||31000||40,000|
|Battery life||Up to 2 weeks||Up to 7 days|
|Voltage||110-220 V||110 V|
|Color||Glacier Green||light blue|
Coming down with the price range we now have the battle between the Oral B Professional precision 3000 and Phillips Sonicare HX6511/50 Easy Clean to witness. Who gets to the ultimate glory? Let’s find out.
Starting with the brushing modes, Phillips Sonicare HX6511/50 Easy Clean won’t even stand a chance against the Precision 3000. Sonicare HX6511/50 Easy Clean came up with just a single brushing mode where Precision 3000 dominated it with 3.
When things come to the techs, Oral B takes pride in offering awesome specs at an amazing price. Now you’ll have the pressure sensors to notify you while you’re brushing too hard and also you’re going to have the ‘indicator bristle’ to remind you to replace the ‘brush head’ in every 3 months, once they’re faded halfway. And the multiple attachment bristle compatibility makes things a lot easier to the users.
Though Sonicare HX6511/50 Easy Clean failed to offer such specs; the battery life, the voltage compatibility still remains the best. But still at the end of the day Oral B will ensure the better cleaning.
Battery Life and voltage compatibility is something that can’t be overlooked in a toothbrush. But still specs and performance always defines the electric toothbrushes. And here Precision 3000 is the clear dominator.
So yeah, if I have a small budget and I want the awesome thing, Oral B Precision 3000 is the brush I would look for.
Oral-B Pro 1500 vs Philips Sonicare 2 Series
These two options are on the lower end, the bracket just beyond budget. If you want to improve your dental health but don’t want to spend too much, this is the bracket for you.
|Features||Oral B Pro 1500||Sonicare 2 Series|
|Special For||Gum Health||Plaque control|
|Battery||14 Days||14 Days|
|Warranty||2 Years||2 Years|
As you’d expect, the Pro 1500 is the next step down from the Pro 3000, so if you’ve already used one, you’ll find it quite familiar; the handle is almost exactly the same. The real question is, what’s different?
Honestly, not that much. You do lose the Gum Care setting, leaving you with Daily Clean and Sensitive, but most users will be relying on those two anyway. The box itself doesn’t carry much: just the handle, a Cross-Action brush head, and the charger.
The handle incorporates ridges on the front and back to aid in grip, so it won’t slip out of your hand any time soon. Otherwise, it’s a fairly minimal design; the only other relevant details are the indicator lights displaying battery status and if it’s charging.
Battery life is fairly good for Oral-B, as the Pro 1500 carries a lithium-ion battery that gives it two weeks of life. Not bad, but it still isn’t a patch on Sonicare’s usual battery lives.
You’ve got the classic set of brushing aids: two-minute and thirty-second timers, plus the pressure sensor and its red light on the back.
Overall, the Pro 1500 is a very good low-cost toothbrush, if rather minimalist; there’s no extras to make your life easier, not even a travel case. Still, that doesn’t take away from its solid performance.
Sometimes you just want something nicely simple and solid, and in that regard, the 2 Series delivers in spades.
Unpacking the box gives us the brush handle, a brush head, and the charging pedestal. The handle itself is largely unremarkable, except for the raised dots at the back to provide grip and the indicator light at the bottom showing battery status.
The charging pedestal is Sonicare’s classic little oval with the charging peg on top. Battery life is nearly four weeks, and the low-battery indicator will blink to notify when you’ve got about six uses left before going flat. The automatic power off means you won’t be wasting a moment of that battery life.
The expected 2-minute Smartimer with 30-second Quadpacer is also there, though that’s all you get for brushing aids. The cover for the brush head helps keep it clean.
There’s not really any downsides to the 2 Series, not at the price point it sits at. It’s a very solid, reliable brush; perhaps a bit light on features, but overall a good performer when it comes to cleaning teeth. Can anyone really ask for more?
Comparison and Result
These two brushes aren’t quite bargain-basement, but it would be flattering them to call them mid-range. Still, for being premium budget options, they’re reasonably good, and well worth the extra expense over their lower-cost counterparts.
The Oral-B Pro 1500’s pressure sensor helps you brush the right way; important when you’re still getting used to an electric toothbrush. It also gives you another option with the Sensitive mode, and thus more room to find out what works for you.
The Sonicare 2 Series, on the other hand, is a straightforward, simple machine; basically a standard toothbrush given a few upgrades. True, you don’t have the extra option of the Pro 1500’s Sensitive mode, but it’s already more comfortable and easier on the gums to start with, so it doesn’t really need the extra.
The Sonicare 2 Series wins here mainly because you don’t have to fiddle with it or think about it. The lack of a pressure sensor is a point against it, but good technique more than makes up for that. The Pro 1500 can still be rough on the teeth, even with the Sensitive mode up.
Oral-B Professional Deep Sweep Triaction 1000 vs Philips Sonicare HX5610/01 Essence
|Model||Sonicare Essence||Deep Sweep 1000|
|Battery life||Up to 2 weeks||Up to 7 days|
|Voltage||110-220 V||110 V|
|color||White blue||Light blue|
Untill now we’ve talked about the elegancy, aristocracy, and smartness of toothbrushes. But now let’s talk about something simple and attractive.
So when we are talking about simplicity and awesomeness the ‘Oral-B Professional Deep Sweep Triaction 1000’ and ‘Philips Sonicare HX5610/01 Essence’ steals the show… They are like movies with a small budget but turned out to be the biggest blockbusters.
Both of these brushes offer a single brushing mode (Daily Clean) that keeps your mouth clean and makes you refreshed.
So now things are coming to the comfort. ‘Sonicare HX5610/01 Essence’ with its contoured bristles and the angled neck offers a better and comfortable brushing experience. And the bristles are also enough; so now you can use them on veneers, braces, implants and even sensitive teeth.
Though Oral B Profession Deep Sweep Triaction 1000 fails to give you that comfort but the word ‘Triaction’ which is inspired by Advanced Triple Zone cleaning technology offers slightly better cleaning.
But the gentle cleaning of Sonicare with Sonic technology is always remarkable. Having the common quadrant timer; Oral B holds an extra feature ‘Bristles Indicator’ over here.
We believe comfort should be prioritized in every aspect of your life. So why should brushing miss all the fun right? So here is the thing; if you’re looking for a brush that offers good cleaning with better comfort, ‘Philips Sonicare HX5610/01 Essence’ is the brush you would love to have.
Oral B Kids vs Sonicare for Kids Electric Toothbrush
|Features||Oral B Kids||Sonicare Kids|
|Running time||5 days||10 days|
|Timer||Magic timer||kid timer|
It’s vital that kids are started on the road to good oral hygiene early in their lives. That’s done with electric toothbrushes that have great features like their adult counterparts.
Brushing Heads and CleaningThe Oral B Kids toothbrush has an oscillating head that rotates to surround each tooth. It’ll power away any food or bacteria that has built up on the child’s teeth. Even when they don’t have a perfect brushing technique down, this brush head is very forgiving and easy to use. It’s also incredibly soft.
The Sonicare for Kids toothbrush uses sonic technology to deliver vibrations that will remove food and particles easily. It delivers a more effective clean than a manual brush with 500 brush strokes per second. There’s no way to deliver 500 brush strokes per second for cleaning with a manual toothbrush.
Pacer and Timer
The Oral B has 16 melodies available to play when it’s time to change from one area of the mouth to the next. They’ll be looking forward to the song that will alert them to change. It’s almost like musical chairs for brushing their teeth. This will keep them brushing for the required 2 minutes.
There’s a built-in Kid Timer with the Sonicare Kids toothbrush, too. You won’t have to time them yourself or rig some elaborate timer with other devices. The toothbrush will be able to track their time brushing.
Fun App for Brushing
Both toothbrushes have a fun, interactive app for helping your child brush longer. Brushing has to be fun, or the child will get bored. Habits are formed when they’re having fun. Later, they’ll have developed great oral care routines that won’t require apps or music.
The Oral B app has a timer that will help them uncover a picture based on how long they’ve been brushing. The pictures will sync with the character of the brush you’ve purchased. It could be Dory, Nemo, Olaf, or a Monsters movie character.
The Sonicare toothbrush has an interactive app, too. It has a cute brushing coach named Sparkly. His mouth acts as a guide to show your child how to brush correctly. There’s also a space where it’ll track how long the child has brushed and how often. This information can be brought to the dentist for positive reinforcement and a great dental visit.
Customized Characters and Stickers
The Oral B toothbrush can be purchased with characters already on it. The colors and pictures are in place for your child to enjoy. There are a variety of Disney characters available from their favorite movies. The app will sync with the characters they’ve chosen.
The Sonicare toothbrush has stickers that will cover the entire handle. Your child can customize their toothbrush with any of the 8 stickers included. The guide Sparkly is on many of the stickers looking adorable and smiling at your child. There are also more bonus stickers included.
The battery life of the Oral B is 5 days when used twice per day for two minutes. It’s able to charge on a stand that can be used as a storage space, too. The battery will stay at full power until it needs to be charged again.
The Sonicare can last a bit longer than the Oral B. It’ll last up to 2 weeks, but with some loss of power during that second week. It’s always a good idea to let the toothbrush wind down before charging. It’ll keep the battery lasting longer.
Braun Oral-B VS Philips Sonicare Differences
We have put the giants of electric toothbrush industry, Philips Sonicare and Oral-B, against each other comparing their every aspect to find out who has an edge over the other.
This is an in-depth comparison. We tried to make sure that absolutely nothing gets left out and we believe we were pretty successful. This is the most comprehensive research on Oral-B VS Sonicare electric toothbrushes available online or anywhere!
Brushing technology & Power: The code difference between Oral-B and Sonicare lies in their brushing technology. They introduced two different brushing technologies which sets them apart in the very beginning.
Philips Sonicare uses the vibration technology they call the Sonic Technology. In sonic technology, the brush head makes side-by-side movements for an effective plaque removal. It produces up to 31,000 strokes per minute, which gives maximum possible brushing accuracy.
Oral-B toothbrushes use rotation-oscillation action, which is known as Rotary Technology. In rotary technology, the brush head spin in a motion AND makes 16degree movements. The rotary technology has two different approaches to brushing.
The 3d technology uses 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations where the 2d technology simply uses 7,600 oscillations per minute. Only the vitality series of Oral-B uses 2D and the rest make use of 3D technology.
Brush head: Oral-B s more variation in brush head and their replacement brush heads are cheaper than those of Philips Sonicare. Oral-B’s brush heads are larger than Sonicare.
Phillips Sonicare brush heads looks similar to general brush heads. This trait leads a lot of people to believe that brushing with Sonicare electric toothbrushes is more comfortable. The small form factor of Sonicare toothbrush heads does make reaching hard-to-reach areas of the mouth easier.
Price: Oral-B brushes are generally cheaper than Philips Sonicare. As we know from our research so far, Oral-B has far more options for brushing heads and their brushes are technologically pretty sound. Still, Oral-B electric toothbrushes are priced lower than Sonicares.
At this point you might be asking yourself why Sonicare brushes cost more? Here goes my personal opinion – when we think about brushing, we think about comfort rather than advanced rocket (!) technologies. The Phillips Sonicare brushes make brushing more natural and easy with their traditional looking brush heads and comfortable head movements. This simplicity led to popularity and that eventually translates into higher price.
Pressure sensor: The pressure sensor will alert you when you’re brushing too hard. This feature can help prevent your electric brush and also, your teeth.Most of the Oral-B brushes have pressure except the following two –
On the other hand just only the Philips Sonicare Flexcare HX6921/02 has pressure sensor technology.
Battery life & voltage: Philips Sonicare brushes have a much better battery life than the Oral-B brushes. The most advanced models of Philips Sonicare brushes have up-to 3 weeks of battery life while the most advanced model of Oral-B falls short with a battery life of 10 days.
The Oral-B brushes only support 110V meaning they can only be used in US. If you live in other parts of the world OR if you go travelling outside the US you must use an adapter. On the other brighter side of things, Sonicare toothbrushes support both 110V and 220V so no matter what part of the world you live in or plan travelling to, you can recharge your toothbrush without any extension.
Design: I’m afraid we’ve already gone through this but for those who missed, Philips Sonicare brushes has a more natural look to them, they look like the normal non-electric brushes we have been using for ages.
The Oral-B brushes however, look more modern and have several designs for brush heads.
Brushing modes: Both the brands have several brushing modes in their toothbrushes but generally, Oral-B brushes have more modes then Sonicare brushes.
The most advanced Philips Sonicare brush, Philips Diamond Clean, offers 5 brushing modes and the most advanced Oral-B brush comes with 6 brushing modes, which is Oral-B black 7000.
Noise: Oral-B is a bit louder than the Phillips Sonicare. But it’s very tolerable and not an issue to fuss about at all.
Both Brand Introduce Some Unique Features
Tongue Cleaning Mode
Bacteria can hide anywhere in the mouth. Food particles that aren’t removed can have serious consequences. They range from gingivitis to cavities to bad breath.
The tongue cleaning mode can remove bacteria from the back of your tongue. Bacteria that causes odor and bad breath resides on the tongue. It hides around your taste buds.
360-Degree Smart Ring
The Smart Ring can be customized. Simply choose the color you want displayed from the app. There are a variety of colors to choose from like blue, pink, or yellow. This is a feature that’s exclusive to Oral B toothbrushes.
This is the ring that will light up when you are applying too much pressure during brushing. Your gums and teeth don’t need a ton of pressure to get them clean. That’s a leftover habit from manual brushing.
With electric toothbrushes, you want to allow the vibrations and oscillations to do the work. With too much pressure, you’re in danger of hurting your gums and removing enamel from your teeth.
The Smart Guide starts timing your brushing as soon as you press the button to start the Oral B. It’s only available with the Oral B PRO 5000 and the PRO 7000.
As you start to brush, you’ll see that the Smart Guide has a quadrant timer, too. It’ll show how long you have stayed in the one portion of your mouth. When it’s time to move on, the brush will pause and the line will move to the next area.
The Smart Guide will also let you know when you’re brushing too hard. The brush will stop working, but the guide will react, too. It’ll show a frown face with a red warning light.
With the DiamondClean and DiamondClean Smart, you’re getting a display on the handle. This is the only toothbrush handle with an illuminated display between both companies.
There are many modes from which to choose. These two toothbrushes from Philips have modes like Clean, White, Polish, Sensitive, and Gum Care. You can easily tell what mode is in action by looking at the lighted display.
With the touch of a button, you can switch from one mode to the next. It’ll be easy to see directly on the handle without removing it from your mouth, too.
Power Off Automatically
The toothbrush will power off automatically after 2 minutes. This is the time that is recommended by dentists. It’s how long you should brush to ensure that you’re getting a whiter smile and cleaner teeth.
Philips is the company that features automatic power shut-off with their toothbrushes. You don’t have to wonder how long you’ve been brushing. All you have to do is make sure that you’re getting all your teeth cleaned within the 2 minutes.
If you’re not finished, you can easily turn the toothbrush back on to complete your brushing routine.
Philips Sonicare has beneficial features that make it easy to switch from a manual toothbrush to an electric one. It can be a bit shocking to have all that vibration at first.
The vibrations are powerful, and it can take time to get used to the feeling. For that reason, Philips has developed the easy-start feature. Over the first 14 times you use the toothbrush, it’ll slowly increase the power.
That’s 7 days for you to get used to the toothbrush if you brush twice a day. Over that time, the intensity will increase until it’s at full power. This is great for those with sensitive teeth. It’s also good for people who aren’t used to electric toothbrushes.
Dentists recommend that you change your toothbrush after a certain amount of time. Normally, it’s a couple of months. It depends on the amount of pressure you apply during brushing.
In a manual toothbrush, you’re guessing at when it needs to be replaced. With Philips Sonicare, there’s a BrushSync replacement reminder. When you attach a smart brush head, it’ll blink to tell you it’s been synced.
The technology will read the pressure you apply and how many times it’s used. This is information used to tell you when the brush head should be changed.
The UV sanitizer is quite a cool feature introduced by Phillips Sonicare. After completing every session of brushing the brush becomes unhygienic with various microorganisms.
Fresh running water can’t make the brush head 100% hygienic and this is where UV sanitizer comes in. It kills and deactivates the microorganisms. Only the following electric toothbrush comes with UV Sanitizer.
Features in Common Between Philips Sonicare and Oral B
Display on the Handle
Both toothbrush companies have added displays on the handle. The display will give the user information like the mode that they’re using to brush. It’ll display things like alerts for undue pressure, too.
Each toothbrush brand and model has its own type of display like the Philips DiamondClean and Oral B’s 8000 mode display. Other toothbrushes have a display that fits their features and design. All of them provide valuable information for the user.
Feedback in Real Time
The Oral B Smart Guide has feedback on the amount of time that you’ve been brushing. It provides information about pressure and time elapsed, too. The guide’s icons show how many quadrants you’ve brushed with the amount you have to go.
Philips has Bluetooth connectivity with an app that will track data. That data can be used to influence the way you brush in the moment. It can also be used for overall data that your dentist can use. When you go for your next dental cleaning, they’ll be able to see the difference. If changes need to be made, that data will come in handy.
Timers and Pacers
The timers will keep track of how long you’ve been brushing. It’ll also show how long you have left to brush before the 2 minutes is done. That’s how long the Dental Association recommends for brushing time.
The pacers keep track of the quadrants that need to be cleaned. Each part of your mouth is divided into four quadrants. There is the upper teeth – left and right. There are the bottom teeth – left and right. All quadrants need equal attention.
The timers and pacers of the Oral B and Philips toothbrush are valuable for guiding your brushing routine.
Dual Charge Option
The toothbrushes from both companies have convenient charging options. Some can be charged in a travel case. This makes them great for taking on the road. While the batteries can last for a few weeks, you might be traveling longer.
These USB options can charge from your laptop or other device. This is a great option for travelers, too. You won’t have to worry about the voltage in the country you’re visiting.
Lastly, there are some versions that will charge in a beautiful water glass or a charging base on the counter. Those plug directly into the wall outlet.
Oral B and Philips have a 2-year warranty from the day of purchase. If the product is defective, they’ll repair or replace it without charge. It doesn’t cover normal damage from the brusher while they’re using the device.
If the customer fails to care for the unit properly, they basically void the warranty. Customers can’t have the device repaired by anyone other than an authorized agent of the company, too.
How to Get the Best Results from an Oral B Electric Toothbrush
It’s vital that you’re brushing and caring for your gums when brushing. According to dentists, more teeth are lost to gum disease than to cavities or other problems.
The gums loosen or recede, which allows bacteria to get under the gum line. This weakens the base of the teeth. It causes weakened teeth and loose teeth. Over time, the teeth can slip right out of the mouth.
To prevent this, the toothbrush should be placed on the gums as well as the teeth while brushing both sides of the tooth. The Oral B has a round head that surrounds the tooth completely and oscillates. This allows the bristles to get the gum line as well as between the teeth.
Start at the back of the mouth. The very last tooth needs your full attention even more than the front teeth. Keep the toothbrush on each tooth for a few seconds. Let the brush surround each tooth in the line doing its work.
Once the outside and inside of the teeth are brushed, then you do the tops of the teeth. That covers all your tooth surfaces without missing any.
Getting the Best Results from Your Philips Sonicare Toothbrush
The way you brush your teeth makes a huge difference in the health of your mouth. When you’re not caring for them properly, you can end up with cavities and gum disease.
Sonicare works with sonic technology to get below the gum line and between the teeth to remove food and bacteria. It pushes water and bubbles below the gums and between teeth even when they’re very close together.
Add toothpaste, wet the brush head, then place the brush head into your mouth. Wait until it’s on your teeth before turning on the toothbrush. Place the toothbrush head at a 45-degree angle against the gum line. Allow the toothbrush to be half on the gums and half on the tooth. This allows you to get a thorough clean.
Use a circular motion as you move along the teeth to ensure that the bristles and foam get all areas. This should be done on the exterior parts of your teeth first, but don’t forget the inside. It’s just as important to do both sides of the tooth.
The tops of the teeth as well as the back molars are easy to clean with this toothbrush. The curved tip of the brush head is designed to reach those hard teeth in the back.
Things you should look for when buying an electric toothbrush (Oral B or Sonicare)
Ergonomics – Holding your electric toothbrush doesn’t require an iron grip. You’ll just need to be able to hold it comfortably while getting to teeth that might be hard to reach.
The grip should be curved and rubberized to stay firm in your hand even when wet. From the handle to the brush head, that should be a bit curved to make brushing easier, too.
Brush Modes – Whether you want to whiten your smile or remove plaque and heal your gums, there is a mode that helps. You can choose one or two modes that you require right now, or you can consider the future.
If you want to whiten your smile now, you could want plaque removal later. Buying a new toothbrush for a new mode isn’t cost effective at all.
Timers and Pacers – People don’t often brush as long as they should. Dentists recommend that you spend 2 minutes brushing at least twice a day. It’ll prevent all kinds of oral infections.
Your electric toothbrush should have a timer that will alert you when 2 minutes has elapsed. The pacer is to ensure that all areas of the mouth get equal attention. The pacer will alert you every 30 seconds to switch to one of the other 3 quadrants of the mouth.
Water Resistance – This is a device that you’ll be using in the bathroom. It needs to be resistant to water. While that might seem to make sense, not every toothbrush is waterproof.
Some models are not waterproof, so they can break easily. If they’re submerged, water can get into the inner workings. The motor can’t handle being wet at all.
Waterproof toothbrushes also keep from becoming moldy inside. That’s a problem with some toothbrushes on the market.
Pressure Sensor – It’s important that you allow the electric toothbrush to do the work to remove food and plaque. When you press down too hard, the bristles are scraping the enamel. That’s dangerous for your teeth.
The pressure sensor will help retrain you in the correct way to brush. It’ll alert you when you’re pressing down too hard. Some brushes will make a noise while others will stop working until you let up on the pressure.
Battery Life – A long battery life helps you brush for longer. You can take it with you on trips, too. With a long battery life, the toothbrush will stay at full power for much longer. You don’t have to spend time waiting for your toothbrush to recharge.
Quality of the Bristles – This is one of the best parts of a good electric toothbrush. The bristles should be styled for specific uses. Some are shaped like diamonds to remove more plaque.
There are bristles that will change color when they need to be replaced, too. Every few months, your toothbrush head needs to be replaced. The bristles will let you know that it’s time, so there won’t be any guessing.
Travel Features – The best toothbrushes have travel features that make them very attractive. They’ll have travel pouches, or chargers that work with USB devices. The battery life will be extraordinary, so that charging in a different country is never a problem.
Many good toothbrushes have travel cases, too. They can be hard and able to withstand time in a suitcase.
Whether you’re looking for the most high-tech toothbrushes on the market, something that can look after your kids teeth, or if you just want something to replace your manual toothbrush; Oral-B and Sonicare are the brands you want to be looking at.
Oral-B is the original pioneer of electric toothbrushes, and its name has come to be synonymous with modern dental health. And Sonicare is a relatively new up-and-comer that places a refreshing focus on simplicity and the intuitive nature of their products.
In our guide, we’ve given you absolutely everything you need to consider about both brands, and we hope that you’re now better educated to purchase your brand new electric toothbrush.
At the end of the day, these brands are both giants in the dental industry, and their quality and customer service is second to none. With dentists and critics backing up their performance – you can entrust your smile to Oral-B and Sonicare.