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Oral-B claims the Genius 8000 toothbrush can remove up to 100% more plaque than your typical manual toothbrush.1 I set out to put that claim to the test and compare the Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush with other premium options.
The Oral-B Genius 8000 features 3D Cleaning Action, comprised of:
So how does the Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush compare? Keep reading to learn more about my experience and explore the Oral-B Genius 8000’s features.
Oral-B’s Genius 8000 electric toothbrush handle feels well-made. The tactile rubber texture aids in a firm grip, while the hard plastic allows for a smooth surface.
Other aspects of the toothbrush that make it feel well-made include:
You can also use the travel case to charge the handle and smartphone simultaneously via USB.
In my experience, the Oral-B Genius 8000 emits a distinct sound louder than other electric toothbrushes I’ve used. The oscillating, rotating, and pulsating action creates this increase in sound.
While the sound isn’t unpleasant, it can bother some people and make the brushing experience difficult. Here is the rest of my experience with the toothbrush’s different features:
Oral-B fits the Genius 8000 model with six brushing modes:
Each mode appears on the electric toothbrush handle with a corresponding icon:2
You can easily switch between modes by tapping the separate selector button. When the appropriate icon lights up, turn the Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush on with the power switch.
This Oral-B electric toothbrush is compatible with the entire lineup of Genius-specific Oral-B brush heads, including the following:
Each brush head features blue bristles that fade as you brush. When the bristles are pale, it’s time to replace them. You can easily find replacement brush heads on Oral-B’s website.
The Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Once you download the Oral-B app, you can begin your Dental Care Journey.
The app will prompt you to enter information about your oral hygiene goals. You can choose from the following pre-programmed routines:
The Oral-B app features:
The app uses Position Detection and facial recognition software to track where the electric toothbrush is in your mouth. As you brush, a blue bar turns from dark to light to demonstrate how long you should spend brushing each area.
To use the Position Detection software, link your smartphone to the Oral-B Genius 8000 handle and place it in front of your face. You can use the included suction smartphone holder to attach your phone to your bathroom mirror.
My experience with the Oral-B app and Position Detection software alternated between accurate results and glitches that impeded my ability to brush properly.
Here are my observations:
I hesitate to recommend using the app as you brush because it can increase the time you spend brushing and deliver a low return on investment.
Oral-B installs a Triple Pressure Sensor on the Genius 8000 electric toothbrush. This sensor features an LED SmartRing that surrounds the toothbrush handle.
When you brush too hard, the LED SmartRing turns red to warn you. The Triple Pressure Sensor alerts you that you’re brushing too hard by slowing the motor.
The 360-degree SmartRing also displays one of 12 colors, which include:
You can use these rings to tell toothbrush handles apart if your spouse or partner also has an Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush.
The Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush charges within 12 hours and lasts 12 days. You can also charge this electric toothbrush for 25 to 30 minutes if it’s low on charge before brushing your teeth.
A flashing red light will appear when the battery is low. A battery silhouette will appear on the toothbrush handle as it’s charging, each bar representing a third of the total charge.
The Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush is IPX7-rated. You can immerse the handle in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes before it experiences a breakdown. This feature makes it useful for brushing your teeth in the shower if you prefer.
I found the Oral-B Genius 8000 waterproof and helpful when brushing in the shower. I’m not afraid to rinse it under the water after brushing, either.
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The Oral-B Genius 8000 comes with a 2-year warranty. The toothbrush comes well-packaged and includes the following:
You can purchase the Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush in the following colors:
If you purchase this Oral-B electric toothbrush in black, you’ll receive a black travel case. Otherwise, the travel case is white.
In my experience, the Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush may not be worth the near-$200 price tag. The Oral-B app and Bluetooth connectivity are a smart idea, but only when executed effectively each time.
This particular electric toothbrush cleans my teeth effectively and allows me to tailor my brushing to my needs. However, it doesn’t wholly deliver upon the promise made by the Position Detection and Oral-B app connectivity via Bluetooth.
I appreciate that the Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush has a 2-year warranty and the option to subscribe to regular brush head shipments. However, the Oral-B app felt more like a distraction during brushing than helpful in the feedback it provided.
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Compared to other electric toothbrushes, the Oral-B Genius 8000 strikes me as the most technologically advanced. This electric toothbrush provides:
In addition, this Oral-B electric toothbrush comes with a charging travel case, which can also charge my smartphone. It’s an electric toothbrush that supports my oral health and easily integrates into my daily life.
The Mode electric toothbrush features a single brushing mode and only 38,000 vibrations per minute. It lacks the 3D Cleaning power’s oscillations and rotations and the Triple Pressure Sensor of the Oral-B electric toothbrush.
Mode does not sell its electric toothbrush with a travel case. It also lacks Oral-B’s brush head selection.
SNOW LED electric toothbrushes feature different brushing modes and an industry-leading blue LED light. While you can switch out the brush heads for a tongue cleaner or face brush, SNOW Cosmetics LLC doesn’t sell different brush head styles.
Unlike the Oral-B Genius 8000, the SNOW LED electric toothbrush has a travel case that doesn’t charge the toothbrush.
The AquaSonic Vibe Series electric toothbrush comes with a similar simple travel case. However, it lacks the blue LED of the SNOW LED electric toothbrush, the Triple Pressure Sensor, and the Bluetooth connectivity of the Oral-B Genius 8000.
AquaSonic does sell activated charcoal brush head replacements, but the bristle pattern remains the same.
The Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush competes with other premium electric toothbrushes priced around $200. The table below compares several of the most popular similarly priced electric toothbrushes:
|Oral-B Genius 8000
|Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart
|Waterpik Sonic-Fusion 2.0
|Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, Pro Clean, Tongue Clean
|Clean, White, Polish, Sensitive
|Clean, White+, Gum Health, Deep Clean+
|Brush, Floss, Brush + Floss
|14 to 21 days
|Black, Pink, Rose Gold
|Polar Blue, Mediterranean Sky Blue, Sea Breeze Green, Coastal Sunset Pink
|Silver, White, Black, Rose Gold, Pink
|Position Detection, SmartRing
|Magnetic rotating charger
|Blue LED light
|TouchUp feature through app
|Water-flossing with 10 pressure settings
The Oral-B Genius 9000 and the Oral-B Genius X electric toothbrush are slightly higher priced than the Genius 8000 model. The Genius X electric toothbrush pairs with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to coach you in your daily brushing habits.7
The Oral-B Genius 9000 has slightly more features and accessories than the Genius 8000 model.
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After experimenting with the Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush for some time, here are my tips and suggestions for success:
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.8
You can sign up for Oral-B’s subscription plan to automate your brush head replacement schedule.9 You can choose between 3-month and 6-month delivery frequencies and receive 20% off your order of brush heads.
If you’re looking for an electric toothbrush that provides real-time feedback on your brushing technique, check out the Oral-B Genius 8000. The Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush incorporates several advanced features into a sleek and capable design.
The Bluetooth-enabled handle connects to the Oral-B app via your smartphone so you can monitor and track your brushing habits. However, the app can sometimes be more hindrance than a help.
You can buy the Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush from Oral-B’s website directly or from the following retailers:
Rating by Rebecca Henderson
The Oral-B Genius 8000 boasts of advanced technology and features. However, the wealth of features will only benefit users who truly willing to invest in premium oral care.
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