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Sonicare vs Oral-B: Who is the Top Name in Electric Brushes?

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Sonicare and Oral-B are the two longest-running and best-selling brands in electric toothbrushes, so it's only natural to ask: Oral-B vs. Sonicare – who wins? At Dentaly.org we've decided to take on this question so that anyone in the market for a new electric toothbrush can feel confident that they are getting the best brush for their needs.

Which is better Oral B or Sonicare electric toothbrush?
Wondering which is right for you, Oral-B or Sonicare?

We're going to approach the Sonicare vs. Oral-B debate with a few simple questions:

  • Which is better for removing plaque?
  • What other differences should I consider?
  • What options does each brand offer?
  • How to get the most for your money – whatever your budget!

We hope that by answering these questions we can address the concerns of anyone considering buying a Sonicare or Oral-B toothbrush.

However, before we begin it would be a good idea to mention the difference between electric toothbrushes in general and traditional manual ones. The question arises: do electric toothbrushes actually clean more than manual ones, or is it all hype?

Advantage of electric brushes over manual

If the effectiveness of electric toothbrushes was the same as manual brushing, it would certainly be difficult to justify spending hundreds of pounds on an electric toothbrush. That's why there have been numerous studies carried out to find the differences, and it seems that the consensus is: electric toothbrushes tend to be more effective at cleaning your teeth than manual ones.

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It turns out electric really is better than manual.

The main reason that electric toothbrushes are considered more effective at cleaning your teeth is because of the use of brushing technology. Apps, sensors, and visual cues that come with many electric toothbrushes are proven to help users improve their dental hygiene routines and brushing habits.

According to some studies, powered toothbrushes are most advantageous to people with limited dexterity due to age, disability or people who have dental appliances. This is because the movement of the brush head provides good brushing technique everywhere that it reaches, while manual brushing can be suboptimal in hard to reach areas or just generally difficult for some people.

In other words, the advantage of electric toothbrushes isn't that they do what manual brushes cannot. Rather, they make it much easier and efficient for users to properly clean every part of the mouth.

Braun Oral-B vs Philips Sonicare: The difference is in the brush head

Although Sonicare has several advantages versus Oral-B (and vice versa), the most noticeable difference is the brush head. It is the part that actually makes contact with your mouth and therefore the place where we should start to compare Sonicare to Oral-B, taking into account not just the shape but also the way it moves.

How does Sonicare work?

Sonicare toothbrushes have a more or less traditional brush shape. All of them are elongated and slightly smaller than that of a standard manual brush. There are different models with designs for various functions like gum care or whitening, but every head has a pattern with at least 2 types of bristles. All their brush heads share the feature that the bristles are positioned perpendicular to the head.

The motion of a Sonicare toothbrush is known as ‘sonic vibration,' which is created by a high-powered motor in the handle. This motor emits a frequency that causes the bristles of the brush to move from side to side about 31,000 times per minute. The high-frequency vibration is meant to loosen plaque and tartar from your teeth through contact and also indirectly through fluid dynamics. Depending on who you ask, this may remove anywhere from three to ten times as much plaque as a manual brush.

For more information, you can check out some Sonicare toothbrush reviews or watch this video for a look at one of the top tier brushes from Sonicare and a visualisation of how its indirect cleaning works.

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How does Oral-B work?

There are a few similarities that Oral-B's brush heads have with Philips Sonicare brush heads. They are both slightly smaller than traditional brushes and they offer a variety of bristle patterns for different purposes. However, the bristles on Oral-B heads are sometimes placed at angles. They claim this is to get better access to the small areas in between teeth.

Beyond that, they differ significantly from each other in both shape and motion. Oral-B heads are completely round, unlike any other toothbrush, and they move in a spinning motion. Though the speed varies from model to model, Oral-B clocks its top tier brushes at 8,800 oscillations per minute.

3D versus 2D cleaning action

Oral-B likes to refer to its brush head oscillation as “2D cleaning action.” Many of their brushes (though not all) currently employ “3D action,” which combines the rotation of the head with a back-and-forth pulsing motion. Although this is quite the same as sonic vibration, it functions similarly with the same fluid-dynamics-based indirect cleaning.

Here's a video from Oral-B featuring a demonstration of 3D action in their latest line of electric toothbrushes.

The Oscillation Rotation motion is the foundation of Oral B’s technology and can be found in every Oral-B electric toothbrush. In the new Oral-B iO™ brush heads, we have combined the oscillation rotation motion with gentle yet effective micro-vibrations, that give you a deep interdental clean, helping the toothbrush glide smoothly from tooth to tooth. This results in Oral B’s best clean ever, helping people to achieve 100% more plaque removal, and healthier gums (vs. a manual brush). Learn more about the Oral-B iO Electric Toothbrush here: https://io.oralb.co.uk/en-gb/

So which is better at removing plaque, Sonicare or Oral B?

There have been lots of studies specifically focused on comparing the Braun Oral-B vs. Philips Sonicare toothbrushes. After reviewing the two brands we've come to the conclusion—the jury is still out. This is not to say that all the studies have been inconclusive. On the contrary, many have found a small advantage in one brand or the other.

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An Oral-B oscillating head in action

The problem is that in some studies Oral-B is the better brush, and in others, Sonicare takes the lead. Below we've put together a couple excerpts from several of these studies to give you an idea of what researchers are saying with respect to this debate:

Research results

One study found that while both brushes were helpful in improving subjects' oral hygiene, Sonicare had a clear advantage over Oral-B:

“Overall, this study demonstrates that long-term use of these two electric toothbrushes improves periodontal health in adult periodontitis patients, and that the Sonicare brush is superior to the Braun brush in reducing gingival inflammation and probing depth. Moreover, 6 months' use of Sonicare led to actual improvement in probing attachment levels of periodontal pockets.”

-Robinson, Madalozzo, and Breslin

Meanwhile, in another study, researchers concluded that the Oral-B's rotational toothbrush head motion was more effective versus Sonicare's sonic vibration:

“Based on the findings of this single-use clinical evaluation, the action of the oscillating/pulsating power toothbrush is more effective at plaque removal than a high-frequency power toothbrush.”

-Strate et al.
philips sonicare vs oral b professional care
The head of a sonic toothbrush

What does it all mean?

As far as plaque removal goes, science hasn't yet given us a clear answer as to whether Oral-B or Sonicare is better. It's worth mentioning that the studies used different models of electric toothbrush from each brand, and therefore there could be other factors influencing the results.

That said, our comparison is focused on the Oral-B oscillating/pulsating motion vs. sonic vibration from Sonicare. Although the model of brush may have varied, each brand's mechanism was constant across the studies. So, generally speaking, we can't point to a clearly superior system.

So is that it? There's no sure difference in cleaning power so Oral-B and Sonicare are the same? Do I even need to read on?

Well…that's not all. There are other factors to consider.

How else can I decide if either Sonicare or Oral-B is better than the other?

Even though there is no clear leader in plaque removal, there are several other factors to consider when deciding which electric toothbrush to buy. Let's have a quick look at those factors that give one brush an edge over the other:

  • Aesthetics: Many people think that Sonicare is a better-looking brush, saying that it has a sleeker design and better colour coordination. Oral-B's brush heads often don't match the handle. Some even say that an Oral-B brush looks and feels like a toy (perhaps with the exception of their new iO range).
  • Noise: Another advantage of Sonicare is the fact that it is quieter. It's true that both of the brushes make noise. However, some reviewers note that Oral-B's motor is so loud you might want to close the door while you brush – the iO again being the exception.
  • Warranty: Both brands offer a two-year warranty on their products. Oral-B also offers a full additional year for free if you register on their website. That is definitely worth considering when shopping for higher-end models. If you are going to spend a couple of hundred quid on a brush, you want to get a few years out of it, right?
  • Price range: Naturally cost is always an important consideration. Once you have decided your budget you may find that one brand has more features than the other in the same price range. By the same token, you may notice that the additional features aren't important and therefore choose the model that is slightly less expensive.
  • Replacement head cost: Oral-B replacement brush heads are generally slightly less expensive than Sonicare, a difference that can add up over time. Also worthy of note is that higher-end models from both brands tend to have more expensive smart brush heads as well.

You've probably noticed that some of these factors favour one brand and some favour the other. So, we don't get a clear “winner” after taking these into account. That said, it can be helpful to prioritise your needs in order to decide which brush will best suit you.

Sonicare vs. Oral-B at different price points

electric toothbrush app
Both brands have mobile apps you can connect to, but not with all models.

With this in mind, let's take a look at some of the different electric brushes offered by the two brands. We can compare and contrast them at different price points, as well as see what features become available as you move between price ranges. For the sake of efficiency, we can outline a few features that all of these brushes share:

  • Rechargeable battery with charging stand
  • 2-minute brush timer with 30-second intervals
  • Replaceable and interchangeable brush heads
  • 2-year warranty

Oral-B vs. Sonicare: The Top tier

We'll get started with the flagship of each line of electric toothbrushes, the Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9700 versus Oral-B's iO Series 9. Both of these brushes offer the latest in features and connectivity from each brand. They also have a pretty high asking price but promise an unprecedented level of personalised cleaning. So, how do they compare?

Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9700

Just by looking at a DiamondClean toothbrush you can see that it is from Sonicare's premium line of products. Available in two colour schemes, the design is simple and sleek. Even the conventional charging stand has been replaced by a drinking glass sitting on a wireless charging base.

oral b genius 9000 vs philips sonicare diamondclean
The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart
in Lunar Blue

The DiamondClean Smart 9700 has a battery life of two weeks and uses five different cleaning modes. These are: clean, white, gum health, deep clean, and tongue care. There are also three intensity options, giving you the chance to customise your routine according to your oral hygiene needs.

Apart from giving you the ability to switch modes and intensities, the toothbrush (and its accompanying app) will actually give you information on how well you are brushing your teeth. It can even make suggestions on improving your routine. This is where a brush of this caliber really starts to stand out.

The onboard pressure sensor indicates if you are brushing too hard. Another sensor alerts you when it's time to replace your brush head. By connecting to the app, the smart brush will show you a chart of your mouth, give you reminders, or help you achieve goals that you have chosen like fresh breath or whitening.

On the chart, you can see areas that you missed while brushing and even map out certain problems like gum recession or plaque buildup. Although it isn't a replacement for a dental visit, this can definitely help with creating and maintaining good habits.

A DiamondClean Smart 9700 kit comes with:

  • Base brush handle
  • 4 brush heads (3 different types) plus tongue cleaner
  • Charging stand and glass
  • Travel case with portable charging capability

We should mention that the rest of the DiamondClean Smart line is very similar. The main difference is that the 9500 and 9300 models come with fewer brush heads and actually have more colour options.

Oral-B iO Series 9

From Oral-B's latest line we have the iO Series 9. You can order this brush in three colours, though brush heads only come in black or white. The design is updated from previous Oral-B models, with smoother contours and a light-up display screen. It also has a magnetic charging base and can be fully charged in only three hours, an impressive improvement on almost all other electric brushes.

The iO Series 9 in Rose Quartz

Oral-B has also replaced their previous drive system with a linear magnetic motor. The main advantage of this change is that it is a more powerful brush. Also noteworthy is the fact that it runs significantly quieter than other Oral-B models, though still slightly louder than sonic toothbrushes.

The iO Series 9 boasts seven different cleaning modes: daily clean, whitening, gum care, sensitive, intense, super sensitive, and tongue clean. It doesn't have a setting for adjusting the intensity. That said, these modes do seem to cover the bases of offering both more aggressive or gentler cleaning. Its battery life is also around two weeks.

Like its counterpart from Sonicare, this brush has a pressure sensor. However, the iO series' pressure sensor offers a slight bonus. It won't just tell you when you're brushing too hard. It will actually slow down oscillation if you apply too much pressure and indicate when you are using the correct pressure with a green light. This is meant to optimise each mode's performance.

The app has a real-time interface that will display your progress as you brush. It will also highlight areas that need more attention or that tend to receive too much pressure. After brushing it will also provide you with coaching and even a score. You can work toward increasing that score—a nice incentive to improve your routine.

The iO Series 9 includes:

  • Brush handle with a light-up display
  • Magnetic charging base
  • 4 brush heads (one type)
  • Charging travel case

All in all, it is very comparable with the DiamondClean Smart with a few key differences. Essentially, the iO Series 9 has a more advanced display but doesn't offer the same variety in brush heads. The app interface and functionality may be another factor in helping you decide which brush is best for you.

For more information on this toothbrush, check out our full review on the iO Series!

Sonicare vs. Oral-B: High Mid-range

Now that we've seen the best in what Sonicare and Oral-B have to offer, let's check out some of the wide range of standard models. First, we'll look at the slightly more expensive mid-range brushes, which are available at around £150: Oral-B's Genius X vs. the Sonicare DiamondClean 9000. These brushes are more straightforward in their design, though they do incorporate some of the more advanced features available.

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean 9000

The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean 9000 comes in 2 colours, pink or black, with hidden LED controls. It's quite similar looking to the DiamondClean Smart, but with fewer colour options. Although it is considered a level down from the DiamondClean Smart it’s still a premium toothbrush, but it has slightly fewer features and is less expensive.

The Sonicare DiamondClean 9000
The Sonicare DiamondClean 9000 in a
sleek looking black with LED controls

The DiamondClean 9000 has only 4 cleaning modes, unlike the DiamondClean Smart, which has 5 including the tongue care option. Both models have 3 intensity settings that can be used with each cleaning mode. 

Other similarities to the Smart version include BrushSync mode-pairing, BrushSync replacement reminder, pressure sensor, charging travel case as well as a battery life of 14 days after being charged for 24 hours

The main difference between the 9000 and the Smart model is that the DiamondClean 9000 does not have the ability to connect to the Philips Sonicare app. So, the two versions are quite similar, especially if you are not too interested in feedback from the app.

A Philips Sonicare DiamondClean 9000 includes: 

  • DiamondClean handle
  • Premium plaque defence brush head
  • Puck charger
  • Charging travel case

Oral-B Genius X

The Oral-B Genius X comes in three colours like the iO Series 9, however, instead of black, white, and rose quartz the Genius X offers a rose gold option instead of the white. The Oral-B Genius X has the same battery life of twelve days but without the quick charge feature.

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The Oral-B Genius X comes in Rose Gold

It offers six different brushing modes instead of seven, which include daily clean, pro-clean, whitening, gum care, sensitive and tongue cleaning. In comparison to the iO, it is only missing the intense mode. 

There is also a pressure sensor to alert you when you're brushing too hard. Like the iO series, it will automatically decrease the oscillation speed when necessary but it will not indicate when you are brushing at just the right pressure. 

The pressure sensor on the Genius X is visible in the form of a Smart Ring, unlike its Sonicare rival that doesn't have a visible pressure sensor. The Smart Ring is a colourful ring at the top of the brush that you can customise via the Oral-B app. 

With the app, real-time feedback and coaching aren't reserved for only the top-of-the-line models. Despite the more basic interface, it performs a lot like an iO, only with slightly fewer goodies.

When it comes to Oral-B versus Sonicare this model wins out with colour options, app connectivity and the visual SmartRing technology. However, the Oral-B Genius X doesn't include the 3 intensity settings, mode-pairing, and the brush head replacement reminder.

A Genius X kit includes:

  • Brush handle
  • Brush head 
  • Charging station with 2 pin plug 
  • USB Charging Travel case
  • SmartRing Feature

Sonicare vs. Oral-B : Low Mid-range

Next, we'll look at some slightly less expensive mid-range brushes that Oral-B or Sonicare have to offer at around £100: Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 vs. Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100.

Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100

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The ProtectiveClean 6100

The ProtectiveClean 6100 comes in three different colour schemes, though replacement heads still only come in black and white. It has two fewer brushing modes than the DiamondClean (three instead of five) but still offers three different intensity settings to choose from for each mode. There is a pressure sensor, though it will only alert you with a pulsing sound and not a visual cue.

This toothbrush, unfortunately, does not have the app support that is available for the DiamondClean series. However, the BrushSync smart head does have a couple of features like recognising which head is attached and automatically adjusting the brushing mode, as well as reminders to replace your brush head.

Although many of its features are more simplistic than Sonicare's top electric brushes, the basics remain the same. The ProtectiveClean 6100 has a sleek design, a two-week battery life, and plenty of brushing modes and intensities to play around with.

A Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100 comes with:

  • Brush handle
  • 2 DiamondClean brush heads
  • Charging stand
  • Travel case

Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 

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The Oral-B SmartSeries 6500, designed
to help you improve your dental routine

The Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 was definitely designed with improving your dental routine in mind. This brush comes with a lot of tools to encourage better brushing habits, starting with the fact it has 6 brushing modes; more than any other of its mid-range rivals. 

Its wireless SmartGuide timer to let you know when you have brushed for the recommended amount of time and in the right places, while the pressure sensor stops you from brushing too hard and causing any damage to your tooth enamel or gums. The SmartSeries 6500 also has different brush heads, and as mentioned before, 6 different brushing modes to use with them.

Similar to many of the mid-range models, the Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 comes with Bluetooth connectivity to support the Oral-B app, while its Sonicare mid-range rival does not include app connectivity.

An Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 kit includes:

  • Brush handle
  • 4 brush heads
  • Travel case
  • UK two-pin plug

Sonicare vs. Oral-B: Budget

Last, but not least, we are going to look at some of the more affordable models that are on the market: the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 vs. the Oral-B Pro 2 2500. Both brands do actually sell even more economical brushes, but in that category, there isn't much to compare. The least expensive models only offer one mode, a single head, and a standard charging stand.

So, instead, let's look at comparing the next level of toothbrushes.

Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100

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The Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100

The Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 is a fairly basic brush with only one brushing mode and no intensity settings, yet it manages to include a few features that you'll find on higher-end brushes. It supports a smart brush head, which will remind you when it needs replacing, though it can't change modes according to the head attached.

It also includes the same pressure sensor as the 6100, which makes pulsing sounds when you are pressing too hard. Apart from those features, there is one notable way in which the ProtectiveClean 4100 stands out, and that is the battery life. Thanks to its more basic design, the battery can last up to 28 days on a single charge, making this a great option for travel.

The ProtectiveClean 4100 includes:

  • Brush handle
  • Brush head
  • Charging base
  • Travel Case

Oral-B Pro 2 2500

Finally, we have Oral-B’s Pro 2 2500. It offers two brushing modes, daily clean and gum care, unlike its Sonicare rival that only offers one. There is a pressure sensor, but while higher-end Oral-B models have a visual alert, the Pro 2 2500's sensor simply slows or stops its oscillation when you are pressing too hard. It also comes with a standard travel case which many other budget electric toothbrushes don’t come with. 

The Oral-B Pro 1000 in pink
The Oral-B Pro 1000 comes with several
colour options, including pink!

Its battery lasts about seven days between charges, which isn't bad but equally, isn't impressive when compared with other electric toothbrushes on the market. It also has no built-in head replacement reminder, which isn't essential but can be helpful with everything else we have to remember.

Make no mistake; all things considered, this is a good and functional toothbrush. It doesn't go far beyond the basics, but there are plenty of people who are happy to save the money and leave the apps and displays behind.

When it comes to Sonicare vs. Oral-B in the budget range, Sonicare wins hands down with battery life and the brush head replacement reminder. But, Oral-B holds its own with its pressure sensor slowing or stopping oscillation when you are pressing to hard.

An Oral-B Pro 2 2500 includes:

  • Brush handle
  • Cross-action toothbrush head
  • Charger with 2 pin UK plug
  • Li-ion battery 
  • Standard travel case

We know it's a lot to go through, so for the sake of convenience we've compiled a table that gives you a quick look at the electric toothbrush models we've just gone over:

Toothbrush 

Tier

Battery Life

Number of Modes

App & Replacement Reminders

Price 

Sonicare DiamondClean Smart 9700

Top tier  

14 days / 24-hour charge

5 modes w/ 3 intensities

App connectivity & replacement reminder

Oral-B iO Series 9

Top tier

14 days / 3-hour charge

7 modes

App connectivity

Sonicare DiamondClean 9000

High Mid-range

14 days / 24-hour charge

4 modes

No

Oral-B Genius X

High Mid-range

12 days / 22-hour charge

6 modes

App connectivity

Sonicare ProtectiveClean 6100

Low Mid-range

14 days / 24-hour charge

3 modes w/ 3 intensities

Head recognition & replacement reminder

Oral-B SmartSeries 6500

Low Mid-range

12 days / 22-hour charge

6 modes  

App connectivity & replacement reminder 

Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100

Budget

28 days / 24-hour charge

1 Mode 

Replacement reminder

Oral-B Pro 2 2500

Budget 

7 days / 22-hour charge

1 Mode 

None 

Conclusion

Which is better: Oral-B or Sonicare? To sum up, Oral-B and Sonicare both have pros and cons at all price ranges and neither one has a clear overall advantage over the other. Studies do show that either will be more effective than a manual brush.

In a “Sonicare vs. Oral-B” scenario there is less agreement. That said, anyone trying to decide between the two simply has to ask which features and characteristics are most important in order to find the best choice for them.

For example, someone who likes the idea of both oscillating and pulsating motion in their brush will definitely prefer Oral-B's 3D cleaning action. On the other hand, someone who is interested in a quieter motor and modern design should probably shop for a Sonicare.

In the end, the best thing you can do for your oral hygiene is to maintain a regular brushing and flossing schedule, regardless of which type of toothbrush you use.

FAQs

Are electric toothbrushes really better than manual ones?

Yes. People have relied on manual toothbrushes for hundreds of years and in that time they have performed adequately. However, recent studies have shown that electric toothbrushes remove more plaque. This is due to the improved ability to clean hard-to-reach areas and also the fact that electric brushes now have features that encourage users to maintain better dental habits.

Which is better vs. plaque, Oral-B or Sonicare?

There have been many studies on cleaning ability that compare Sonicare to Oral-B in terms of brushing ability and technique, but on the whole, there is no scientific consensus either way. Some studies favour one toothbrush and some favour the other, while some find that they are more or less equal. However, there are other factors that can help you choose your preferred brand.

Are all Oral-B brush heads interchangeable?

Almost. Standard Oral-B brush heads come in a few styles that serve different purposes like gum care or whitening. These can be interchanged among Oral-B brushes with the exception of the iO series. The latest series from Oral-B, iO brushes have specialised heads that cannot be attached to other models outside the iO line.

How often should I replace my electric toothbrush head?

Many Oral-B or Sonicare toothbrushes have the ability to alert you when it is time to replace the head, but the general recommendation is to replace your toothbrush head every three months. If you are an irregular brusher your brush head may last a little longer, but it's much better to brush twice a day and pay for a new head when needed rather than wait until you need treatment for gum disease.

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Bob Porter is from St. Paul, Minnesota, and graduated from Cornell College in 2014 with bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Spanish. Bob has worked in many settings, and currently dedicates his time to writing content in the field of dentistry. With a mind that is curious and restless by nature, he seeks a deep understanding of the topics on which he writes. When he isn’t writing about teeth, Bob can be found cycling, hiking, or tending to his garden.