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Oral-B Genius 9000 Summary

The Oral-B Genius 9000 is an excellent toothbrush that is clearly the best in the Oral-B range. If you want a “money no object” best electric toothbrush this is the one for you.

The Oral-B Genius 9000 is Oral-B’s most exclusive flagship electric toothbrush. Even the box it comes in exudes quality and high class. The Oral-B genius 8000 and 9000 both come with position detection, a premium travel case, 360 degree smart ring, extra long battery life and a smart phone holder which are not available on any other electric toothbrush in the Oral-B range. These features have won it multiple awards including Which? Best Buy 2016 and GQ Best New Gadget 2017. Do these added high tech features justify the price tag of £89.99?

1) Features – Oral-B Genius 9000

The Oral-B Genius 9000 comes ram packed full of features which is to be expected from the top of the range model.

Styling

The styling of the electric toothbrush is close to perfect. The Oral-B Genius 9000 is chunkier and more solid in construction than the cheaper Oral-B models. It features a  rubberised back of the electric toothbrush handle which is soft to touch and extremely grippy even when wet. The Oral-B genius 9000 is waterproof and can be used in the shower if you so wish.

The front of the electric toothbrush handle has two buttons an on/off switch which gives good feedback when pressed and a downward arrow which changes between the cleaning modes. There are 6 cleaning modes in this model which are extremely easy to change between more on cleaning modes later. The front of the electric toothbrush lights up which makes it easy to see what cleaning mode you are on even in the dark and there is a handy battery indicator which accurately depicts if the battery level is low. There is also an icon letting you know if the bluetooth is on or off.

 Quadpacer 2 minute timer

It features a quadpacer 2 minute timer. This is an on handle timer that “buzzes” every 30 seconds to indicate when you are supposed to change areas of your mouth. It also indicates when you have completed brushing for the dentist recommended 2 minutes. Most people do not brush for 2 minutes and the quadpacer serves as a helpful reminder to keep brushing.

Bluetooth connection and Position Detection

As with most high end Oral-B electric toothbrushes, the Oral-B Genius 9000 comes with Bluetooth connectivity which links into the improved Oral-B App. The Oral-B App is available on both Android and Apple. Having the Oral-B app on your smartphone provides a great aid to brushing and has:

  • A visible 2 minute timer allowing you to see exactly how long you have been brushing for
  • Guidance from a dental professional create customized brushing routines with your dentist
  • Brushing activitiy and achievments that motivates you to keep up your brushing habits
  • National Geographic images that gives you something to look at when you are brushing your teeth

With the Oral-B genius electric toothbrushes, they also come with position detection. Position detection is where the electric toothbrush can tell which areas you have cleaned and which you have missed. Areas which are frequently missed when brushing can lead to plaque accumulation and gum disease.

No wireless guide

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For those who are not as tech savvy or do not have a smartphone, Oral-B used to produce a wireless smart guide on it’s top of the range models (see above). This has now been replaced been completely replaced by Bluetooth technology on the Oral-B Genius 9000. If you do want a wireless smart guide then I would advise having a look at the Oral-B pro 6500 or Oral-B Smartseries 6500.

Visible Pressure Sensor with 360 degree smart ring

If you press too firmly with an electric toothbrush it can cause a type of toothwear called toothbrush abrasion. This over time can lead to gingival recession and sensitive teeth. To prevent this Oral-B has installed a visible pressure sensor on the back of the electric toothbrush handle. To make this pressure sensor even more fancy, Oral-B have made it completely personalisable with a 360 degree smart ring. This allows you to chose the colour that the pressure sensor flashes with your smartphone. This is particularly useful if you have more than one Oral-B Genius 9000 electric toothbrush handle.

2) Mechanism of Action – Oral-B Genius 9000

The Oral-B Genius 9000 uses the 3D Oscillating rotating motion of cleaning. I am a big fan of this mechanism of action as there is significant evidence that it cleans better than its nearest rival the Philips Sonicare. The Oral-B oscillating rotating motion oscillates, rotates and pulsates. This gives it a three dimensional clean which would be exceptionally difficult to replicate with a manual toothbrush.

It has 6 cleaning modes that are chosen by clicking the downward arrow on the front of the electric toothbrush handle.

Daily clean Mode – Oral-B Genius 9000

This is the first clean mode that comes on when you press the on/off button. It is the standard cleaning mode that the vast majority of people will use most of the time. The cleaning cycle lasts for the dentist recommended 2 minutes and oscillates 8,800 times and pulsates 40,000 times per minute.

Gum Care Mode – Oral-B Genius 9000

This is a 2 minute cleaning mode that is aimed at looking after your gums. In gum care mode the electric toothbrush will pulsate from 2,600 to 8,800 oscillations and 12,000 to 40,000 pulsations. I almost never use this cleaning mode.

Sensitive Mode – Oral-B Genius 9000

Some dentists actually recommend using this as your standard  daily clean. This is because sensitive mode is less powerful than daily clean mode. The Oral-B Genius 9000 is sensitive clean mode oscillates 6,500 times and 30,000 pulsations per minute. I think that sensitive mode is good for people who tend to press too firmly with their electric toothbrush or have sensitive teeth.

Whitening Mode – Oral-B Genius 9000

The whitening mode on the Oral-B Genius 9000 lasts for 2 minutes and 20 seconds and is designed to polish your teeth. There is very little difference between this cleaning mode and daily clean mode.

Deep Clean Mode – Oral-B Genius 9000

The deep clean mode is a longer duration daily clean mode lasting 3 minutes, 45 seconds each quadrant instead of 30 seconds. It oscillates 8,800 times and 40,000 times per minute. This can be useful if your teeth feel particularly grubby however should not be used too often.

Tongue Cleaning Mode – Oral-B Genius 9000

The Oral-B genius 9000 can be used to clean the tongue and cheeks. The tongue can harbour bacteria that leads to bad breath. The tongue cleaning mode lasts for 20 seconds oscillates 7,300 times and pulsates 33,000 times per minute.

Brush heads – Oral-B Genius 9000

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This electric toothbrush is compatible with the whole range of Oral-B brush heads and comes as standard with four brush heads:

  • Cross Action Brush head
  • Sensitive Brush Head
  • Floss Action Brush Head
  • 3D whitening Brush Head

The most useful brush head in my opinion is the cross action brush head due to the angulation of the bristles (16 degree angle) and the small size of the brush head. This allows the cross action to clean easily around the gum line and also makes it manoeuvrable enough to reach even the hardest to reach molars.
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3) Battery Life – Oral-B Genius 9000

The Oral-B Genius 9000 comes with an extended battery life which has often been the downfall of the Oral-B range. This electric toothbrush comes with a 2 week battery life when used twice a day for 2 minutes. This is extremely convenient as it means less down time. The lithium ion battery that the Oral-B genius 9000 uses also charges extremely quickly taking around 5-6 hours from flat. This means you can leave it to charge overnight and it will be ready to work for another 2 weeks in the morning

The charging station featured on this electric toothbrush is similar to the ones featured on the old Oral-B Triumph. It can hold up to four separate brush heads which is extremely useful for multiple users. As with all Oral-B chargers it comes with a standard 2 pin plug. This means that unless you have access to a shaving plug, you will need to purchase a 2pin to 3pin adaptor. These can be bought easily from any decent hardware store or Amazon. The one I recommend is below.
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4) Portability Oral-B Genius 9000

The Oral-B Genius 9000 comes with a beautiful, soft touch, premium travel case. It provides good protection to the electric toothbrush handle on your travels and also serves as a charger for your electric toothbrush handle and your smartphone. This feature is something that is unique to the Oral-B Genius 9000. The travel case also houses two brush heads for you to use on the handle.

The Oral-B genius 9000 handle is slightly heavier than the cheaper Oral-B models like the Oral-B Pro 2500  however not prohibitively so. It is still easy to carry around with you in your back pack, hand luggage or suitcase.

5) Value For Money Oral-B Genius 9000

The Oral-B Genius 9000 currently costs £89.99. For a top of the range electric toothbrush this is about right as it’s direct competitor the Philips Sonicare Bluetooth Flexcare Platinum Electric Toothbrush is £135.26.

The running costs are cheaper than the Philips Sonicare toothbrush as the brush heads are almost half the price. A pack of 4 cross action brush heads are currently retailing at around £3 a brush head. Each brush head needs replacing every 3 months meaning it works out about 3p per day.

The Oral-B Genius 9000 also comes with a 2 year warranty that can be extended up to 3 years by registering the product on the Oral-B Website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Does the Oral-B Genius 9000 come with Bluetooth connectivity?

Yes it does.

Can you use the Oral-B Genius 9000 in the shower?

Yes the Oral-B Genius 9000 is waterproof.

What colours does the Oral-B Genius 9000 come in?

The Oral-B Genius 9000 comes in black, white and rose gold.

How many brush heads does the Oral-B Genius 9000 come with?

It comes with four brush heads, cross action, sensitive, floss action and sensitive.

What is the difference between the Oral-B Genius 9000 and Oral-B Genius 8000?

The Oral-B genius 9000 comes with a travel case that can charge a smartphone and the electric toothbrush handle. The Oral-B Genius 9000 also comes with a tongue cleaning mode. We compared the Oral-B Genius 9000 with the Oral-B Genius 8000 here.

Summary – Oral-B Genius 9000
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The Oral-B Genius 9000 is an excellent toothbrush that is clearly the best in the Oral-B range. If you want a “money no object” best electric toothbrush this is the one for you.

 

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