Oral B vs Sonicare

By Ted Gerner | August 19, 2020

Which toothbrush brand is better – Oral B or Philips Sonicare?

This is one of the most often asked questions from people shopping for a new electric toothbrush.

In this article, I will compare features offered by both brands and put similar models side by side so that you can make an educated choice.

This article is work in progress.

Research Data

Data From Special Issue of The Journal of Clinical Dentistry

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Comparison of Plaque Removal by Sonicare FlexCare Platinum and Oral-B Professional Care 5000 with Smart Guide


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Comparison of Plaque Removal by Philips Sonicare DiamondClean and Oral-B Triumph®

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Philips Sonicare vs OralB Model Comparison

Now lets take a look at similar models from both brands.

Philips Sonicare Essence vs Oral B 1000

People who are looking for an affordable power toothbrush are often searching for information that would allow them to compare the entry-level brushes from the most popular manufacturers Philips and OralB. That is the reason why I decided to have a look at Oral-B Pro 1000 and Philips Sonicare Essence and compare the most important features. I hope that this information will help you to make your choice.

OralB 1000 Features

Oral B Pro 1000 is the cheapest model of OralB’s Professional Care product line. Here are the most important features of this toothbrush:

  • 1 cleaning mode – Daily Clean
  • Pressure sensors – if you are brushing too hard, the brush stops pulsating
  • 2-minute timer with 30-second intervals leads you thru cleaning all 4 quadrants of your mouth
  • Brushing head bristles have built-in indicators that let you know when you have to replace the brush head
  • Charge indicator enables you to know how much juice is left
  • 5 replacement brush head options – Floss Action, Precision Clean, Pro White, Dual Clean, and Sensitive Clean
  • Uses 2 types of cleaning movements – pulsations and oscillations
  • Performs 40000 pulsations and 8800 oscillations per minute
  • Package includes 1 toothbrush handle, 1 Precision Clean brush head, 1 portable charger

Philips Sonicare Essence Features

The Sonicare Essence 5600 is the cheapest Philips rechargeable power toothbrush. There are even less expensive Philips models around, but they are not rechargeable. The main features of Essence toothbrush are:

  • 1 cleaning mode – Clean Mode
  • The 2-minute timer ensures that you brush full 2 minutes
  • The easy-start function lets you get used to the power toothbrush
  • Blinking power button informs when recharging is required
  • 2 replacement brush head options – e-Series Standard and e-Series Compact Brush Head
  • Performs 31 000 brushing motions per minute
  • Package includes 1 toothbrush handle, 1 brush head, 1 charger with brush head holder and a travel case and travel cap

Pros OralB vs Sonicare 5600

As you can see both brushes are quite similar. Both are featuring only one cleaning mode and the 2-minute timer. I would say that these are the most important things that are getting the job done.

Pros of OralB 1000

  • Pressure sensors prevent damaging your teeth when you are learning to use the power toothbrush
  • Timer with 30-second intervals allows you to allocate equal brushing time for each quadrant of your mouth
  • Multiple replacement brush options for all needs
  • 2 types of cleaning motions

Pros of Sonicare Essence

  • Easy-Start function gradually increases brush’s power as you get used to it
  • Easy to chose brush head options
  • Better suited for travelers with a hard travel case and travel cap for the brush head

Which toothbrush would I pick?

While it may look like OralB toothbrush has more features than the Sonicare, I doubt the actual use of some of these features. It is nice to have many replacement head options, but it can be confusing as well.

A pressure sensor is an excellent feature option for first-time power toothbrush owners, but I would prefer that pressure sensor that beeps or stops the brushing instead of barely noticeable stopping of pulsations.

In my opinion, if the prices are equal, I would still choose the Sonicare Essence.

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