If you are buying a new electric toothbrush but you can’t decide what brand suits you best, you are at the right place. This is the ultimate Oral B vs. Sonicare comparison that will help you understand all the differences not just between the electric toothbrushes these two brands produce, but also everything you need to know about clinical studies and technology behind them.
Many clinical studies have proven superiority of electric toothbrushes over manual ones (especially when it comes to fighting plaque and gingivitis), but results comparing Braun Oral B and Philips Sonicare toothbrushes are quite inconsistent. Both brands are the market leaders and both have been around for more than 30 years.
Here are the differences between some of the best electric toothbrushes Sonicare and Oral B produce:
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean
Braun Oral B Precision 7000
Philips Sonicare HX9110/02 Flexcare
Oral B Pro 6000 SmartSeries
Philips Sonicare HX6731/02 Healthywhite
Oral B Pro 5000 SmartSeries
Philips Sonicare Technology Overview
Sonicare toothbrushes are highly recommended by dentists from all over the world, but so are the Oral B. That makes them stand on top in our list. Philips is also a first brand that comes in mind when talking about electric toothbrushes. Their patented ultrasonic technology and efficiency are backed up with more than 170 clinical studies from over 50 specialized universities.
Ordinary electric toothbrushes vibrate at speeds from 2000 to 7000 strokes per minute. What makes Sonicare models “ultrasonic” is their capability of vibrating at much higher frequencies and producing more than 30.000 brush strokes per minute.
Dynamic Cleaning Action:
Sonicare’s optimal combination of high frequency and amplitude is proven to remove plaque up to 7 times faster than a regular toothbrush. This cleaning action provides great cleaning efficiency and a brighter smile in just 2 weeks of usage (depends on the model).
Braun Oral B Technology Overview
Braun has been a leading brand of oscillating toothbrushes for more than 20 years. Oral B brush heads produce 3D movements of bristles at high speeds, resulting in efficient cleaning and several benefits for oral hygiene. Their newest Pulsonic line combines oscillating, vibrating and even pulsating movements to reach even higher vibrating speeds.
3D Cleaning Action
Braun’s unique combination of oscillating, vibrating, and pulsating brush head movements can remove up to 4x more plaque and are much more efficient than manual devices alone at cleaning all those hidden hard-to-reach places between teeth.
Which one should you buy?
Both brands produce similarly priced models with slightly different features. It all depends on how much are you willing to spend on your electric toothbrush. The most expensive ones can cost up to about $200, but they have the same technology and they are equally effective as most middle-priced ones. The main advantage of the most expensive ones is the number of different cleaning modes, and the amount of goodies that come with them (travel case, USB charging glass, etc).
Here are a couple of our recommendations from two price ranges.
High price range: If money is not an object and you want the best possible user experience with your powered toothbrush, our recommendations are either Sonicare DiamondClean or Oral B Precision Black 7000.
Middle price range: Toothbrushes from middle price range are the most popular ones because they are more affordable than the top-end toothbrushes and they don’t lack majority of the most important features. They offer 3 to 5 different cleaning modes on average, and they usually feature the same cleaning technology (3D cleaning action and Sonic in this case). Our recommendations for middle price range are Sonicare HX9110/02 Flexcare Platinum and Oral B Professional Deep Sweep 5000.
We weren’t able to find a clear winner, but maybe there really isn’t one in this battle. Most clinical studies that have compared Oral B and Sonicare efficiency are conducted by one of these two brands. That’s why it’s impossible to know which one really has the edge. It seems that the Position Detection technology of the newer Oral B toothbrushes has the edge when it comes to advanced technology. But you should always remember that the most important thing about any dental product is the cleaning efficiency. It doesn’t matter what electric toothbrush you will choose at the end because it will almost definitely have a better impact on your oral health than a manual one.
Some people prefer vibrations and some prefer oscillating brush motions. Both Sonicare and Oral B brands produce some of the best dental hygiene products in the world in several price ranges. The only advantage we could find is that Oral B brush heads are usually cheaper. Is that enough to turn you away from Sonicare toothbrushes? Probably not.
It’s also safe to say that most people use the same brand of electric toothbrushes for ever. If you start your journey with Oral B, you will probably never know how Sonicare works and the same goes the other way around. If you are really not sure which one to try out, you can always start with a cheaper electric toothbrushes just to be sure that you like it before you decide to throw in more money for a more advanced one.