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The Oral-B electric toothbrush line - All current models (Updated December 2019) -

Genius X Luxe, Genius X, Genius 9600, Genius 8000, Pro 7000/6000/5000/3000/1500/1000/500 and Vitality toothbrushes. | Prices | Feature comparisons. | What makes each model unique?

This page outlines the features of each of the current Oral-B rechargeable electric toothbrushes, arranged from most to least expensive. [Here's a link to our similar review of the Sonicare product line.]

How this review is set up.

  • For each toothbrush, we outline its basic features in a way that makes it possible to draw direct comparisons between it and other models.
  • We also point out those special features that some of the brushes have that make them relatively unique in the Oral-B line up.

 

Added notes and observations.

Throughout this page, we also include notes that explain our opinion about why each toothbrush might, or might not, make a particularly good choice or value.

There's a lot of information here.

You'll get more out of this page if you read it in order. That's because we tend to describe features more thoroughly, and provide links to further details, the first time they are mentioned in our text.

And also because the flow of this page points out important breakpoints in the Oral-B lineup in regards to brushing effectiveness and available options.


The current Oral-B rechargeable electric toothbrush models.

Which brushes do we cover?

The models we've chosen are those shown on the "Home >> Electric Toothbrushes" page of the Oral-B website (USA) on December 2, 2019.

(We've used this same list as candidates for our Best Oral-B toothbrushes page.)

About the prices we show.

We would have preferred to state the official Oral-B MSRP (manufacturer suggested retail price) for each of the toothbrush models listed above. But unfortunately, this information is incomplete on their website.

As a proxy, we've shown what is stated as the "list price" on the website of a prominent online retailer. And while not official, we're under the impression that it correlates reasonably well with Oral-B's MSRP prices (at least the ones they show).


Pictures of Sonicare electric toothbrushes.

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Our review of the current Oral-B rechargeable toothbrush lineup.

Note - We've done our best to double-check the accuracy of the information on this page but what exactly is included with each model is ever-changing.

We would think that most of the discrepancies you'll find are relatively minor. But if a specific feature is important to you, you must absolutely confirm on the packaging of the product you are considering that it does indeed have it.

The models below are listed in order of what we perceive is their relative position in the Oral-B lineup (in descending order).

▶ Oral-B Genius X Luxe electric toothbrush.

We also see this model listed as the Oral-B 10000 Genius X Luxe on the Oral-B website. The Genius X line features Oral-B's most advanced/full-featured models.

"List price" - $250

Genius X Luxe features -

Number of brushing modes - 6 (Daily Clean, Pro-Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Gum Care, Tongue Cleaning). (Information about Oral-B brushing modes.)

Brush heads included - 7 total. (Details about Oral-b brush heads.)

Top brushing action - 3D movement. | >40,000 pulses per min. | >8,800 oscillations per min. As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Top tier. (Details about Oral-B brushing actions.)

Excessive brushing pressure indicator - Yes. (Smartring flashes red, brush pulsations slow down, a warning appears on the brushing app.) (More details about Oral-b pressure indicators.)

Brushing timer / Quadrant timer - Yes / Yes. (Handle pauses and stutters, Smartring flashes, phone app notifications.) (Details about Oral-b timers.)

Bluetooth connectivity/Smartphone app - Yes. (Has Oral-B's Artificial Intelligence brushing/mouth-mapping feature.)

Battery type - Lithium-ion. (Greater than 2 weeks of brushing on 1 full charge.) (This type of battery offers some advantages.)

Charging units - Multi-voltage capability (110 to 240 volts). a) Standard charging stand. With some models, extra brush head storage is provided on the stand. Some models include charger pouch (for storage or travel).   b) Travel case with charging capabilities.

Travel case - Yes. (The toothbrush can be charged in this case.) Some models come with a Beauty bag (in which your toothbrush and accessories can be packed or stored).

Things to know about the Genius X Luxe -

As mentioned above, the Genius X toothbrushes are Oral-B's top-of-the-line models. And if you want an electric brush that has all of Oral-B's bells and whistles, choosing one of them is the way to go.

But when value is considered ...

While we do consider this to be an outstanding electric brush, we will point out that we don't consider it a smart buy in terms of value (features and function vs. price), not even remotely.

It would be our opinion that the Genius X models, along with the other high-end Oral-B's, are loaded up with extraneous features that provide very limited benefit over what can be accomplished with just a basic model. (If you're interested, this is the fundamental premise of our Best Oral-B's page.)

A comparison of this brush's features with other Oral-B models.

The Genius X models (this brush and the next one discussed) are the only ones in the Oral-B lineup ...

  • Whose smartphone app offers their Artificial Intelligence feature. Discussed below with the Genius X.
  • And we believe these are the only models that offer the "Beauty Bag" option.

 

It's important to mention that the Genius X models also come with a multi-voltage charger (110 to 240 volts) because not all Oral-B's do. That can be an important feature for world travelers. (You'll still need the correct adapter plug for the different types of outlets you'll encounter.)


▶ Oral-B Genius X electric toothbrush.

We also see this listed as the Oral-B 10000 Genius X on the Oral-B website.

"List price" - $220

Features of the Genius X.

Number of brushing modes - 6 (Daily Clean, Pro-Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Gum Care, Tongue Cleaning).

Brush heads included - 3 total.

Top brushing action - 3D movement. | >40,000 pulses per min. | >8,800 oscillations per min. As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Top tier.

Excessive brushing pressure indicator - Yes. (Smartring flashes red, brush pulsations slow down, a warning appears on the brushing app.)

Brushing timer / Quadrant timer - Yes / Yes. (Handle pauses and stutters, Smartring flashes, phone app notifications.)

Bluetooth connectivity/Smartphone app - Yes. (Has Oral-B's Artificial Intelligence brushing/mouth-mapping feature.)

Battery type - Lithium-ion. (Greater than 2 weeks of brushing on 1 full charge.)

Charging units - Multi-voltage capability (110 to 240 volts). a) Standard charging stand. With some models, extra brush head storage is provided on the stand. Some models include charger pouch (for storage or travel).   b) Travel case with charging capabilities.

Travel case - Yes. (The toothbrush can be charged in this case.) Some models come with a Beauty bag (in which your toothbrush and accessories can be placed).

Things to know about the Genius X -

It's our impression that the two Genius X models discussed above are functional equivalents. We find no significant differences in their list of features and anticipate that their difference in cost is simply due to the specific collection of accessories each comes with. (For example, the number of included brush heads.)

A comparison of this brush's features with other Oral-B models.

As mentioned above, the Genius X brushes offer multi-voltage charging capabilities. Some offerings include a "Beauty Bag."

Additionally, these are the only models in the Oral-B lineup that offer their Artificial Intelligence feature. This is the most recent, easiest to use, version of their brushing/mouth-mapping feature. And therefore these models offer Oral-B's most refined brushing app experience.

Opinion about the smartphone brushing app ...

We think it's important to point out that on our pages, we assign no added value or importance in choosing an app-capable model. That's because having this feature doesn't make your toothbrush work better. Instead, it's primarily a motivational tool and therefore falls under the category of being a personal preference (not all purchasers need or want this type of intervention in their brushing experience).

We mention this at this point on this page because if you do feel that having an app-enabled toothbrush is important to you, it's essential to understand that the specific capabilities and function of the app varies significantly among Oral-B models (lower-end models offer fewer and less sophisticated/refined features).

We make a point of noting these differences as we review each model on this page. This link provides more detail and opinion about Oral-B's smartphone app.


▶ Oral-B Genius 9600 electric toothbrush.

"List price" - $200

Features of the Genius 9600.

Number of brushing modes - 6 (Daily Clean, Pro-Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Gum Care, Tongue Cleaning).

Brush heads included - 3 total.

Top brushing action - 3D movement. | >40,000 pulses per min. | >8,800 oscillations per min. As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Top tier.

Excessive brushing pressure indicator - Yes. (Smartring flashes red, brush pulsations slow down, a warning appears on the brushing app.)

Brushing timer / Quadrant timer - Yes / Yes. (Handle pauses and stutters, Smartring flashes, phone app notifications.)

Bluetooth connectivity/Smartphone app - Yes. (Includes Position Detection technology feature.)

Battery type - Lithium-ion. (Greater than 2 weeks of brushing on 1 full charge.)

Charging units - Multi-voltage capability (110 to 240 volts). a) Standard charging stand. With some models, extra brush head storage is provided on the stand. Some models include charger pouch (for storage or travel).   b) Travel case with charging capabilities.

Travel case - Yes. (The toothbrush can be charged in this case.)

Smartphone holder - (Wall or mirror mount.) Included.

Things to know about the Genius 9600 -

A comparison of this brush's features with other Oral-B models.

As mentioned above, as you continue on down the Oral-B model lineup you'll find that there's a general trend of reduced brushing app capability and refinement.

The Genius 9600 features what Oral-B terms their Position Detection technology, which seems to be their previous-generation, more of a challenge to use, brushing/mouth-mapping feature. (Note: The higher-end Genius X models instead have Oral-B's Artificial Intelligence feature/technology.)

With the Position Detection system, maintaining the proper alignment of your face with your smartphone's camera is an important aspect of using the feature, which is why a suction-cup mirror/wall phone holder is included with models that have it.

It should also be pointed out that the 9600 is the last brush as we descend on down the Oral-B lineup that features a multi-voltage charging unit (110 to 240 volts).


▶ Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush.

"List price" - $180

Features of the Genius 8000 toothbrush line.

Number of brushing modes - 6 (Daily Clean, Pro-Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Gum Care, Tongue Cleaning).

Brush heads included - 4 total.

Top brushing action - 3D movement. | >40,000 pulses per min. | >8,800 oscillations per min. As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Top tier.

Excessive brushing pressure indicator - Yes. (Smartring flashes red, brush pulsations slow down, a warning appears on the brushing app.)

Brushing timer / Quadrant timer - Yes / Yes. (Handle pauses and stutters, Smartring flashes, phone app notifications.)

Bluetooth connectivity/Smartphone app - Yes. (Includes Position Detection technology feature.)

Battery type - Lithium-ion. (Greater than 2 weeks of brushing on 1 full charge.)

Charging units - 120 volts only (OK for the USA). a) Standard charging stand. With some models, extra brush head storage is provided on the stand.   b) Travel case with charging feature.

Travel case - Yes. (The toothbrush can be charged in this case.)

Smartphone holder - (Wall or mirror mount.) Included.

Things to know about the Genius 8000 -

As you've continued on down this page, you may have noticed that despite the name change of each model, how similar they all still seem to be.

They have all featured: 6 brushing modes, brushing timers and pressure sensors, a charging travel case, and a lithium-ion battery.

They have varied by how many replacement brush heads are included, the degree of sophistication of their integrated brushing app, and whether or not they come with a multi-voltage charger.

A comparison of this brush's features with other Oral-B models.

The distinguishing points about the Genius 8000 are that its smartphone app utilizes Oral-B's Position Detection technology. And it comes with a standard (120 volts only) charger.

Multiple brushing modes - How important are they?

At this point on this page, we'll mention a stance that our website takes that may seem controversial to some readers. That is, for the vast majority of Oral-b owners we feel that just using their toothbrush's Daily Clean setting makes the best choice.

Daily Clean delivers Oral-B's very effective hallmark "3D" brushing action (3D brush motion involving at least 40,000 pulses and 8,800 oscillations per minute) in sustained form. We're under the impression that other brushing modes (with the exception noted below) are generally dumbed-down variants of this core action.

Of course, a corollary associated with holding that opinion is that having additional brushing modes offers limited, if any, benefit for most users. (We defend this stance on our Best Oral-B's page, which seeks to sort out the best-value models.) And that means that we consider brushes that just feature Daily Clean versus it and additional brushing modes to be fairly equivalent choices.

Other notable Oral-B brushing modes.

Despite what we've just stated, we do have the following to say:

As an alternative to Daily Clean, Pro-Clean mode, which according to brush user manuals operates the brush head at a faster frequency, seems attractive to us.

As another brushing alternative, some models offer Deep Clean mode. A primary difference between it and Daily Clean is that it runs the brush for 3 minutes instead of just 2. Since we feel that most people don't brush for long enough, we like the idea of using Deep Clean. But of course, any Oral-B can be used for longer without having this setting.

We wouldn't purchase a model just to get either of these modes but would likely tend to use them instead of Daily Clean if available.

While we do feel that for the vast majority of owners what we state above is valid, we can see how having Sensitive mode (a reduced-power, less-effective brushing action) might be needed for frail or debilitated brush users who can't tolerate a full-power setting.

As a final point, many Oral-B models offer Tongue Cleaning mode. It would be our opinion that manual tongue cleaning is typically more effective.


▶ Oral-B Pro 7000 electric toothbrush.

There are several things about this brush that make it noticeably different (less featured) than all of the models discussed above.

"List price" - $130

Features of the Pro 7000.

Number of brushing modes: 6 - Daily Clean, Deep Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Gum Care, Tongue Cleaning

Brush heads included: 3 total.

Top brushing action - 3D movement. | 40,000 pulses per min. | 8,800 oscillations per min. As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Top tier.

Excessive brushing pressure indicator: Yes. (Flashing light on the handle (red), brush pulsations slow down, a notification appears on brushing app and SmartGuide unit.)

Brushing timer / Quadrant timer: Yes / Yes. (Handle pauses-and-stutters and light flashes (green), SmartGuide and phone app notifications.)

Bluetooth connectivity/Smartphone app - Yes. (No acutal mouth-mapping features.)

Wireless SmartGuide unit: Yes. (This is basically an enhanced brushing timer that also indicates when you're brushing too hard. Details about the SmartGuide.)

Battery: NiMH. (10 days of brushing on 1 full charge.)

Charging units - Standard charging stand, 120 volts only. Extra brush head storage is provided on the stand.

Travel case: Yes. ("Premium" travel case. No charging feature.)

Things to know about the Pro 7000 -

There are a host of issues that make this toothbrush different from all of the models discussed above.

A comparison of this brush's features with other Oral-B models.
Smartphone app.

At this point in the Oral-B lineup, the brushing app features that are offered are quite basic. Specifically, the brush/app integration doesn't have the mouth-mapping capabilities of the higher-end models.

The SmartGuide.

This is the only Oral-B model that comes with their stand-alone wireless SmartGuide unit. For those who don't want to take advantage of using the smartphone app, this unit might be considered to be a less-informative substitute (see link above for details).

Brushing modes.

The 7000 features Deep Clean mode. As discussed above, this mode is one that we consider a suitable alternative to using Daily Clean.

Water resistance.

This is the only model we're aware of whose promotional materials make mention of "specially designed seals and gaskets." And that statement would lead to the assumption that this model is more water-resistant than others.

Oral-b uses the phrase, tolerant to up to "500 millibars of pressure." We did the calculations, this is the amount of pressure an object is exposed to when it's about 16 feet underwater.

[For Oral-B electrics in general, the "Service" section of Braun's website states that "All Oral-B power toothbrushes are waterproof." It then goes on to say, "Just be careful not to fully immerse the power handle in water." We interpret this as meaning that other models can likely survive being splashed. But moisture will likely seep into them if held underwater.]

Battery.

This model features the less advantageous (as opposed to lithium-ion) NiMH type of battery.

Travel case.

The included travel case does not have charging capabilities.


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▶ Oral-B Pro 6000 electric toothbrush.

"List price" - $120

Features of the Pro 6000.

Number of brushing modes: 5 - Daily Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Gum Care, Pro-Clean.

Top brushing action: 3D movement. | >40,000 pulses per min. | >8,800 oscillations per min. As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Top tier.

Brush heads included: 1 total. (Some variations may come with 3.)

Battery type - Lithium-ion. (Greater than 2 weeks of brushing on 1 full charge.)

Excessive brushing pressure indicator: Yes. (Smartring flashes red, brush pulsations slow down, a warning appears on the brushing app)

Brushing timer / Quadrant timer: Yes / Yes. (Handle pauses and stutters, Smartring flashes, phone app notifications.)

Bluetooth connectivity/Smartphone app: Yes. (But like with the Pro 7000, it lacks the mouth-mapping features of the highest-end models.)

Charging unit: Standard charging stand, 120 volts only. Holds additional brush heads.

Travel case: Yes. ("Premium" travel case. No charging feature.)

Things to know about the Pro 6000 -

A comparison of this brush's features with other Oral-B models.

The Pro 6000 only has 5 brushing modes. (But of course, as we've discussed above, it's our opinion that having more than Daily Clean, and possibly Pro-Clean too, is superfluous for the vast majority of users.) And the brushing app integration with this brush is Oral-B's much more basic one.

Different than the Pro 7000, this brush does have the preferred lithium-ion battery. But like it, the included charger is the standard non-multi-voltage type. And its travel case does not have toothbrush-charging capabilities.

▶ Oral-B Pro 5000.

"List price" - $100

Features of the Pro 5000.

Number of brushing modes: 5 - Daily Clean, Deep Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Gum Care
Top brushing action: 3D movement. | 40,000 pulses per min. | 8,800 oscillations per min. As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Top tier.
Brush heads included: 1 total.
Battery: NiMH battery. (10 days of brushing on 1 full charge.)
Excessive brushing pressure indicator: Yes. (Flashing light on the handle (red), brush pulsations slow down, a warning appears on the brushing app.)
Brushing timer / Quadrant timer: Yes / Yes. (Handle pauses-and-stutters and light flashes (green), phone app notifications.)
Travel case: Yes. No charging feature.

Charging unit: Standard charging stand, 120 volts only. Holds additional brush heads.

Bluetooth connectivity/Smartphone app: Yes. (But lacks the mouth-mapping features of the highest-end Oral-B's.)

Things to know about the Pro 5000 -

A comparison of this brush's features with other Oral-B models.

This brush only features 5 brushing modes (but does have Daily Clean and Pro-Clean, discussed above). And it only offers the most primitive version of the Oral-B smartphone app.

It has the less preferred NiMH battery. Its charger only works with 120-volt systems. It does come with a travel case (the cheapest Oral-B model that does) but the case has no charging capabilities.


▶ Oral-B Pro 3000 Electric Toothbrush.

An Oral-B Pro 3000 powered toothbrush.

Oral-B Pro 3000 toothbrush.

"List price" - $90

Features of the Pro 3000.

Number of brushing modes: 3 - Daily Clean, Sensitive, Gum Care
Top brushing action: 3D movement. | 40,000 pulses per min. | 8,800 oscillations per min. As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Top tier.
Brush heads included: 1 total.
Battery: NiMH. (10 days of brushing on 1 full charge.)
Charging unit: Standard charging stand, 120 volts only. Holds additional brush heads.
Excessive brushing pressure indicator: Yes. (Flashing light on the handle (red), brush pulsations slow down, a warning appears on the brushing app.)

Brushing timer / Quadrant timer: Yes / Yes. (Handle pauses-and-stutters.)

Bluetooth connectivity/Smartphone app: Yes. (But lacks the mouth-mapping features of the highest-end Oral-B's.)

Travel case: No.

Things to know about the Pro 3000 -

A comparison of this brush's features with other Oral-B models.

As compared to other lower-end Oral-B's, the Pro 3000 has 3 brushing modes, a NiMH battery, and does not come with a travel case.

Even though this toothbrush only features 3 brushing modes, we will point out that it still has two of those that we feel the average household would ever find a reason to need (Daily Clean, Sensitive - discussed above).

From the standpoint of trying to avoid buying a model that has more features than you really need, yet is still a good effective brush (which is the premise of our Picking out the Best (value) Oral-b page), this is a model that we would consider.


▶ Oral-B Pro 1500 Electric Toothbrush.

"List price" - $70

Features of the Pro 3000.

Price: $100 MSRP  
Number of brushing modes: 1 - Daily Clean

Top brushing action: 3D movement. | >40,000 pulses per min. | >8,800 oscillations per min. As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Top tier.

Brush heads included: 1 total.

Battery type - Lithium-ion. (Greater than 2 weeks of brushing on 1 full charge.)

Charging unit: Standard charging stand, 120 volts only. No extra brush head storage is provided.

Excessive brushing pressure indicator: Yes. (Flashing light on the handle (red), brush pulsations slow down.)

Brushing timer / Quadrant timer: Yes / Yes. (Handle pauses-and-stutters.)

Bluetooth connectivity/Smartphone app: No.

Travel case: No.

Things to know about the Pro 1500 -

A comparison of this brush's features with other Oral-B models.

The charging stand does not provide extra brush head storage. And the brush does not integrate with the Oral-B smartphone brushing app.

It does not come with a travel case but does feature a lithium-ion battery.

Since this brush does feature Daily Clean, we consider it a contender in qualifying as a good low-end Oral-B choice.


Take Note:

At this point, we've reached a very significant turning point in the Oral-b line up of toothbrushes.

While the Pro 1000 discussed next does create Oral-B's 3D brushing motion (a very important feature to have), its top vibratory rate is only 20,000 pulses per minute. This is essentially 1/2 the top speed of all of the brushes we've discussed above. As such:

  • The scrubbing efficiency of the brush is reduced (due to fewer total brush movements per minute).
  • The toothbrush's effectiveness is compromised too (because its lower vibratory rate creates less of a "non-contact" brushing effect, the phenomenon where a toothbrush can disrupt plaque beyond where its bristles actually touch).

 

And due to this design shortcoming, we would consider any of the Oral-B models above to make a vastly superior choice.


▶ Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush

"List price" - $50

Features of the Pro 1000.

Number of brushing modes: 1 - Daily Clean

Top brushing action: 3D - 20,000 pulses/minute, 8,800 oscillations/minute. As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Mediocre.

Brush heads included: 1 total.

Battery: NiMH.

Charging unit: Standard charging stand, 120 volts only. No extra brush head storage is provided.

Excessive brushing pressure indicator: Yes. (Brush pulsates.)

Brushing timer / Quadrant timer: Yes / Yes. (The brush handle buzzes.)

Bluetooth connectivity/Smartphone app: No.

Travel case: No.

Things to know about the Pro 1000 -

A comparison of this brush's features with other Oral-B models.

This model's charging stand does not provide extra brush head storage. The brush does not integrate with the Oral-B smartphone brushing app. It does not come with a travel case.

And most importantly, this brush as compared to all of the Oral-B models above features an inferior brushing action.


Take Note:

The toothbrushes below only feature Oral-B's 2D brushing motion. This means they create absolutely no "non-contact" brushing effect (see link above). We consider this a significant disadvantage.

If for some reason you end up choosing one of these models, don't do so in the sense that you think you're buying a modern-design Oral-B electric because you're not.


▶ Pro 500 Electric Toothbrush

"List price" - $30

Features of the Pro 500.

Number of brushing modes: 1 - Daily Clean

Top brushing action: 2D - 7,600 rotating movements. As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Subpar.

Brush heads included: 1 total.

Battery: NiMH.

Charging unit: Standard charging stand.

Excessive brushing pressure indicator: No.

Brushing timer / Quadrant timer: Yes / No. (In-handle timer.)

Travel case: No.

Things to know about the Pro 500 -

A comparison of this brush's features with other Oral-B models.

As compared to other low-end Oral-B's, this brush does not feature an excessive brushing pressure indicator or a quadrant brushing timer.

And most importantly, and even as compared to the Pro 1000, the brushing action that this model creates is substantially inferior.


Vitality (Floss Action) Electric Toothbrush

"List price" - $30

Features of the Vitality line.

Number of brushing modes: 1 - Daily Clean

Top brushing action: 2D - 7,600 rotating movements. As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Subpar.

Brush heads included: 1 total.

Battery: NiMH.

Charging unit: Standard charging stand.

Excessive brushing pressure indicator: No.

Brushing timer / Quadrant timer: Yes / No.

Travel case: No.

Things to know about the Vitality line -

A comparison of this brush's features with other Oral-B models.

There are quite a few "no's" associated with this brush: No pressure sensor, no quadrant timer, no travel case, no Bluetooth/Smartphone App capability, no extra brush head storage.

But simply due to its ineffectual brushing action (as compared to all Oral-B's except the Pro 500 which shares the same subpar brushing action), we would not consider purchasing a Vitality brush.


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Comments

oral-b professional care 2000

does anyone know if this one is 20000 or 40000 oscs /min
thanks

Alex,

Here's our impression of the capabilities of that brush.

enquire about oral b vitality electric brush

how much load it gives to teeth during use of these toothbrush

Neetu

When describing their toothbrushes' pressure sensors, Oral B literature tends to use the phrases:
"when you're brushing too hard" or "if you're brushing too hard," implying that it's what the user does, not the brush. The brush just oscillates, the user creates the pressure.

In the case of the Vitality, a model that doesn't have a pressure sensor, we would think that:
1)Start the brush and listen to the level and type of sound it makes.
2)When you use the brush, listen for changes in the sounds it makes.
3)If you're using enough force that you're laboring the motor (it sounds slower or bogged down) back off.
4)Generally speaking just bring the bristles into contact with your teeth. Dental dental plaque is a soft mass. It doesn't take forceful brushing to remove it, just the motion of the bristles.

If you're considering a Vitality, keep in mind that all other Oral B's feature more effective/efficient brushing actions.

Revolutions per second

I have a friend that believes all electric or battery operated toothbrushes do the same job. I think it makes a difference on how fast the vibrations or revolutions are. Does anyone have thoughts on this?

Barbara

That's pretty much the whole premise of our best Sonicare and Oral-b pages and which models to consider. We discuss that about each brand extensively.

Patsy

The flashing green light (at least the one we're familiar with) indicates that the brush is charging. Depending on the initial conditions, it can take a brush up to about a day (24 hours) to fully charge.

Oral-B 5000

I purchased Oral-B on clearance at Walgreens. Receipt says "5000". Brush has "Bluetooth". But model number on bottom of brushing unit is "4005". I want to make sure mine has the best brushing action, according to this site: "3-d high frequency". Not sure because no "4005" is listed.

Scott

Per your other post, we anticipate you have the preferred brushing action.

brush comparison

oral-b pro 3000 vs oral-bpro 3000 sensi-clean please

PJ

That seems to be a European product (or at least UK), so it's not a model we considered for this review.

We found an online retailer website that described this model and compared the features listed there to what we list for the USA Pro 3000 on this page, we noticed no substantial differences (both have the same top brushing action).

As mentioned above, this seems to be an example of where Oral-B sticks a different brush head on a model and gives it a different name (this brush comes with a Sensi-Clean brush head, here in the USA that's called a Sensitive Clean brush head).

Oral B Pro 1000

I suggest you research this model again for your reviews. The fact is this model offers only one mode (daily clean) and consequently the pulses/minute are 40,000 (not 20,000 as you stated) and 8,800 oscillations/minute. If you want the sensitive mode with pulses and oscillations at a lower rate, you will actually need to purchase a model that has at least 3 modes available (more expensive).

Cass

We spent a bit of time investigating the Pro 1000 a while back and are under the impression that we have our information right. If you've seen something on the oralb.com/en-us website that states differently please post it. (You can't post full links in our comments section, so just give us everything after the oralb.com/en-us part.) Thanks.

Braun/Oral-B: PR-1000 "The BEST BRUSH AND VALUE".

Our opinion about the Pro 1000 -
As explained in the "Take Note" section above, this brush features a less efficient/effective brushing action.

For that reason any and all higher-end Oral-B's make a vastly superior choice.
CLEARLY SUPERIOR ???
You folks are ridiculous.

This thing blows away (i.e. Is as good or superior) to anything out there. At the price, nothing comes close. Just say so
"Vastly" superior. LOL

pj

As explained above, the Pro

As explained above, the Pro 1000 has a subpar brushing action (3D brushing movement - 20,000 pulses/minute, 8,800 sweeps or oscillations/minute).

All of the higher-end Oral-b's feature 3D movement, 40,000 pulses per min., 8,800 sweeps/oscillations per min.

specs

I'm very confused! I've been using your product for years, and it rotates and times. Nowhere can I see which model is rotary. I'd like to get what I have (or replace the battery), but I don't need blue tooth.
Can I replace the battery?
What model gives me only what I have

Roger

Ebay and Youtube are good places to look for information about battery replacement. Oral-b's aren't really designed for that but ...

All Oral-b rechargeables are rotary brushes (the fact that they come with a round or oval brush head implies this).

In this era, you may not be able to buy a decent Oral-b model (one that features their 3D - "oscillates, rotates and pulsates" | 40,000 pulses per min. | 8,800 sweeps/oscillations per min. brushing action) that doesn't just come with blue tooth features. (We don't really recommend purchasing the lower end models that don't feature this brushing action because they're less effective brushers.)

Weight

What is the weight difference between the professional care 1000 and 3000? I need to buy one of them for my 8 yr old. I know the 5000 is too heavy. Please provide any info on weights of the professional series. Thanks for all you help.

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Comparative brush weights.

We contacted Oral-B. They stated that the ProfessionalCare 5000 weighed 165 grams. The 3000 and 1000 models both weigh the same, 125 grams (almost 25% less). The Vitality (a "lesser" model) comes in at 110 grams.

choice between 6000 and 7000

I have a choice between the 6000 and the 7000 with a $20.00 difference for the 7000. Would it be worth it to spend the extra money which would be no problem at all. I am more interested in which is the better tooth brush? I was very impressed and grateful for your wonderful with review and I see that you feel that that the 3000 is the best buy but I have this choice to make. Thank you for your help.

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Sharon

Sorry for the delay in replying.

You should read through the "Things to note" section of our overview of the 7000. (We also comment about all other Oral-b models on that page.)

There are differences between the 6000 and 7000, some of which might be worth the modest price difference to you.

pro 3000 in the uk

a few comments since this subject has been my interest for a long time.
1. i would lovee o know the difference between smartseries vs. pro vs professional care vs genius - their marketing terms really suck
2. i started with 5000 in 2010 from the US and purchased another 5000 from the US in 2014. in 2015 i bought a 650 from the uk for my then boyfriend and at 2000 pulsation we both really hated it. I am now in the market for another one and bought the pro 3/3000 from the uk that i literally just received. the uk has a lot of random models, including 2500 and 4000 etc. the paper guide is for 1000-3000 charger type 3757 and handle type 3766. i suspect the uk one is similar to Oz in that 1000 and 2500 might also have the 40k pulsation and am almost tempted to buy.
3. If you ever have the chance or time, i would love for you to find out for us what different regions offer :)

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Ich

Thanks for taking the time to post. We too have found it difficult to understand the naming nomenclature that Oral-b has chosen to use.

For the most part, we defer to the number assigned to the brush in trying to make comparisons. For instance, you were disappointed with the brushing action of a 650 brush vs. 5000 brushes you had had before.

Evidently it's new names and new gimmicks that sell toothbrushes. And that's why we have so little faith in any latest and greatest introductions from any electric toothbrush manufacturer. Like this page concludes, the middle of the road offerings tend to make the best choice for us.

As far as including world-wide models and numbers, if you've ever gone to the Brau.com page where you can try to track down the user manual for your brush, you'll see what a nightmarish task that would be.

Oral B 7000

Hi,thank you for the information.
I would like to by the 7000 how ever I am confused by the smart series 7000 and the pro 7000, is it the same brush or no?

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LA

We discuss Oral-b's naming convention on this page. Generally it is the number portion of the name that reflects the brush's comparative features.

There is no SmartSeries brush listed on the Oral-b website (USA) as a current model. When searching our archive of this page and how it has changed with each update, we had to go back to 2015 before we found the SmartSeries listed as a current Oral-b model.

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