Can’t Choose A Winner in the Philips Sonicare Vs Oral B Battle? Let Us Help You Out!
In the electric toothbrush industry, there are two brands that lead the market: Philips Sonicare and Oral-B. Sure, there are a few other brands out there, but most rely on the same technologies that Philips and Oral-B have invented or innovated.
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Which brand do you choose? That depends on a few personal factors, but understanding the difference between the two brands and their technologies can help simplify your decision.
- Philips Sonicare: Philips paved the way for modern electric toothbrushes with their Sonicare line. Sonic brushes use vibrations and side-to-side motions to clean teeth. This action drives fluid in between teeth, while the vibrations break up plaque on the surface of your teeth. Sonicare is known for its whitening brush heads, which help users get whiter teeth in just a few weeks or months of use.
- Oral-B: Oral-B perfected the oscillating/rotating style of electric brushes. Their CrossAction brush heads oscillate, rotate and pulsate to remove plaque, and the angle of the bristles allows the brush to reach in between teeth. Oral-B also offers other brush heads with varying cleaning techniques, including sensitive, flossing, whitening, and ortho (for braces).
Although the two brands use different technologies, they still manage to remove more plaque and offer a deeper clean than your typical manual brush.
Because both brands offer a superior clean compared to manual brushes, it can be difficult to narrow your choices down to just one toothbrush. We’ve done all the hard work for you, and reviewed five of the best Sonicare and Oral-B electric brushes on the market.
Reviews – Our Favorite Sonicare and Oral B Models
Philips Sonicare 5 Series Healthy White – If whitening is your primary concern, the Philips Sonicare Health White brush is a smart choice. Everything about this brush – from its features to its accessories – is all about polishing away stains and brightening teeth.
The brush itself has two cleaning modes: White and Clean. Philips says the White mode has been proven to remove up to 100% more stains than a manual brush (no surprise there).
The 31,000 brush strokes per minute help drive fluid in between teeth and along the gumline to remove plaque that dulls and discolors teeth. Philips also includes three intensity settings, which makes this a great brush for users with sensitive teeth.
Two bonuses are included with this brush to boost whitening and dental health: Sonicare BreathRx toothpaste and Sonicare’s Whitening Pen.
Philips Sonicare Essence – The Sonicare Essence is the best cheap electric toothbrush out there, in our opinion. It’s a no-frills brush, but it does the job well and still offers the benefit of a 2-mintue timer.
Like other Sonicare brushes, the Essence uses the power of Sonic technology to drive fluid in between teeth and along your gumline to remove more plaque than your typical toothbrush. An e-Series brush head is included to get you started.
The 2-week battery life is impressive. Most brushes in this price range have batteries that need to be recharged at least once per week.
A two-minute timer keeps you brushing for the dentist-recommended amount of time. Fade-away bristles let you know when it’s time to replace your brush head.
Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries Black – With Bluetooth connectivity and real-time feedback, the Pro 7000 SmartSeries from Oral-B really is smart. The brush actually communicates with your smartphone to give you feedback on brushing techniques, quadrant timers and more. It tracks your habits, too, so you stay motivated.
The CrossAction brush head is included, but this model is also compatible with the Oral B sonic toothbrush head. The 3D action uses oscillations, rotations and vibrations to remove plaque in between the teeth and on the surface.
Six cleaning modes are built in: whitening, daily clean, sensitive, gum care, tongue cleaner and deep clean.
If you have a bigger budget and a love for all things high-tech, the SmartSeries is an excellent choice.
Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries White – A white version of the Pro 7000 SmartSeries, this brush is a little more luxurious than the previous model, but it comes with additional brush heads to meet your dental needs.
Six cleaning modes help keep your teeth (and tongue) healthy and clean: whitening, deep clean, tongue cleaner, gum care, and sensitive. A visible pressure sensor is built in to prevent you from brushing too hard, and this brush can also connect to your smartphone to help you track your brushing habits.
Three brush heads are included: CrossAction, Sensitive and ProWhite.
If you want a brush that will motivate you to keep up your brushing habits, the Pro 7000 SmartSeries may be the right choice for you.
Oral-B Pro 3000 – If the Pro 7000 series is out of your budget, the Pro 3000 is an excellent compromise. It may not have Bluetooth connectivity, but it offers three solid cleaning modes and can remove up to 97% of plaque from those hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.
Oral-B says brushing with the Pro 3000 will give you whiter teeth in just 21 days. Three modes are included: daily clean, whitening and sensitive. A pressure sensor is built-in to prevent you from brushing too hard and damaging teeth.
The built-in timer buzzes every 30 seconds to let you know it’s time to move onto the next quadrant. The brush also alerts you when you’ve brushed for two minutes, the recommended amount of time.
Buyer’s Guide – Oral B or Sonicare? We Tell You Which Way to Go
We’ve provided you with reviews of some of the best Oral-B and Sonicare brushes you can buy. Which one do you choose? If you’re having a hard time settling on one brush, here are a few factors to consider:
- Modes: How many cleaning modes do you want? Oral-B brushes tend to offer more cleaning modes, but Sonicare also has daily clean and whitening modes. Decide how many you need, and that will help you narrow down your choices. If you don’t need whitening or gum care, you may be better off choosing a simple model that’s lower in price.
- Timers and Pressure Sensors: Both Oral-B and Sonicare brushes offer timers, but most Sonicare models do not have pressure sensors. If you have a habit of brushing hard, you may want an Oral-B model that has this sensor to alert you when you’re being too aggressive.
- Brushing Action: Sonicare brushes still require you to use the same back and forth motion you use with a manual brush, although it removes more plaque on and in between the teeth. Oral-B brushes are moved from one tooth to another, giving the brush time to polish and rotate around each tooth. Decide which brushing action you prefer to help you find the right model.
- Price: Your budget is a natural concern when buying an electric toothbrush. Some models can be pricey, but they typically come with more features. If you don’t care about Bluetooth Connectivity, the Pro 3000 may be the better option for you. If you prefer a simple brush with just one or two cleaning modes and excellent cleaning power, you may want a Sonicare brush.