Philips Sonicare vs. Braun Oral B
For the past few decades, the Philips and Braun companies have been competing on who offers better dental care products. It is important to say that these companies don’t specialize in every oral health product out there, but rather only in electric toothbrushes that have been on the rise in the past few years.
In the same way that the Waterpik brand is the leader when it comes to flossing innovations that do a great job when it comes to plaque and bacteria removal, Philips and Braun are the leaders when it comes to toothbrushes.
As you might know, the Philips brand is recognized for its Sonicare toothbrush series while Braun offers Oral B products. Bearing in mind that both are set as market leaders with their products being recommended by dentists all around the world, it is hard to come up with the final verdict on which one is better for you.
While there are many similarities when it comes to the way these companies do business and the features that their products are highlighted by, there are also differences that may help you make your decision. It is important to note that for the most part, it all comes down to your budget and personal needs.
Along with that, we will be analyzing how their electric toothbrushes are made and what the pros and cons of both brands are. So without further ado, let’s go ahead and crack this case!
Philips Sonicare or Braun Oral B?
What We Were Looking For
Before we move on to the essential features, we want to give you a glimpse of the test method that we have used. What we did is set two major brushes from each brand, including items in both the affordable and high-end price bracket. We compared Sonicare HealthWhite and Oral B Smart 5000, as well as Sonicare 9700 DiamondClean and Oral B 8000.
While we will not get into the specifics of these comparisons, we are rather going to review the brand as a whole. We were mostly looking for the differences in how these brushes are made as well as the performance that they allow.
With this in mind, our key points were the design, battery life, maneuverability, usefulness, and Smart features. It is quite clear that electric brushes are a much better choice than manual ones, but in understanding that both brands are capable of coming up with high-quality affordable products, our goal was to find what sets them apart from each other.
What Kind of Electric Toothbrush Are You Looking For?
The first question that might affect your decision is the type of electric toothbrush you are looking for. Yes, both brands offer a number of great products with Philips being highlighted by the DiamondClean Smart 9700 and Braun being highlighted by the Oral B 8000. But is the cleaning process and the main components the same?
Starting off with the Braun electric toothbrush, it is important to note that these run using a rotary-motion. What this means is that the brush heads perform circular left/right movements to thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any plaque or material that might be hiding in your mouth between your teeth.
One of the biggest benefits of this system is that you will be able to clean hard-to-reach spots and prevent cavities on your back teeth. Also, if you do as recommended and brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes, you will be able to properly clean every tooth.
On the other hand, where the Oral B electric brushes are running on rotary motion, Philips uses the concept of sonic-motion which features oval brush heads and big side-to-side movements. While not as comfortable initially, this brushing style leaves you with great results and clean, plaque-free teeth.
Depending on which method you find more enjoyable, the cleaning motion may or may not affect your decision. In our opinion, we think that Oral B has a leg up due to the comfortable and detailed cleaning that the rotary motion allows.
What About The Design?
While it doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker, the design does matter. First of all, we looked into the build of the electric toothbrush handles. In both cases, we found that they were ergonomic and comfortable to hold for a longer period of time. Still, it seems that the Oral B toothbrush is somewhat thicker, which is not the best if you have small hands.
Now, looking at the colors that are common for these toothbrushes, it is safe to say that Braun has experimented much more while Philips has tried to stay more professional and uniform.
What do we mean by that? Well, in most cases (apart from the DiamondClean series where you have pink, rose gold, and black accents) Phillps’ toothbrushes are matte white and don’t feature a lot of colored design details. While maybe not as attractive, it certainly looks more clinical and clean.
On the other hand, Oral B products are highlighted by their gloss white body and the grip that can be in almost any color including black, green, and blue. As for the front panel, both brands offer a classic appearance with the power/pressure sensor indicators and cleaning modes being included just below the on/off button.
Once again, it is up to you to make the final decision, but we think that the Philips Sonicare brush does a bit better when it comes to appearance and design.
We have already discussed the initial design of brush heads used in these electric toothbrushes. With the Braun Oral B option, we are looking at circular-shaped brush heads that are better at getting to hard-to-reach spots, removing plaque and bacteria.
The whole idea of a circular brush head design is that it can smoothly rotate left and right along with the pulsating motion that allows it to thoroughly clean your molars and back teeth. The best thing about these brush heads is the comfort that they allow and the fact that they don’t feel weird in your mouth even when it comes to lower-priced models.
On the other hand, it is a fact that Sonicare brush heads aren’t as comfortable as Oral B brush heads. Still, this doesn’t mean that you should disregard them. The large oval design will allow you to clean multiple teeth at once while still featuring a pulse non-contact cleaning and will get rid of the plaque from all those hard-to-reach places.
While we do think that Oral B smaller brush heads are a better option, if you don’t have the patience to go through each tooth left and right we recommend you go for Philips Sonicare.
What About Battery Life?
Out of all the features that we have highlighted, this one is probably the most one-sided – this is because Sonicare simply has out-of-this-world long-lasting batteries. Why do we say this? Well, unlike with the Oral B electric toothbrushes where you can expect to get 7 to 10 days at most and that is if you don’t brush more than twice daily, Sonicare can offer up to 2 weeks of optimal performance before a recharge is needed. This is really important for people who are on the road and don’t have space or time to put their electric brushes on a charge.
Before we get into discussing which one is better for your needs, we want to note that the Oral B 8000 model certainly wins this battle if we are talking about the number of features. Still, the question remains – are all those features really necessary?
The Sonicare is more elegant and simple, while the Oral B 8000 stands as a thicker electric toothbrush that includes a more detailed front panel. One of the main concerns with the Sonicare DiamondClean is the fact that it doesn’t put a lot of focus on the pressure sensors which can lead to consequences of aggressive brushing.
On the other hand, Oral B has got it all sorted out when it comes to pressure and tactile sensors allowing optimal customization and full control over the brush.
Let’s take a look at the Oral B 8000 vs Sonicare DiamondClean models and see what they offer.
This is probably one of the departments where there are the most similarities. Both brushes are extremely focused on ensuring optimal gum health and plaque removal. Not to forget, these do have teeth whitening among their goals as well. The Oral B 8000 model includes the Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, and Pro-Clean modes. On the other hand, Philips Sonicare comes with three intensity levels as well as five modes including Clean, Polish, White, Gum Care, and Sensitive. As you can see, both brands don’t leave much room for concern.
This one doesn’t come as a surprise. The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean has a much better battery life that can perform for almost two times as long as the Oral B 8000 once it is fully charged. It comes with a high-quality Lithium battery that doesn’t take a long time to charge.
On the other hand, if you are always on the road and you need your electric brush, Oral B 8000 is your better choice. This is mostly due to the Smart Case that it features. It is not only sturdy and attractive, but it comes with a USB charger that you can plug the brush into.
This all depends on whether you are more into durability or practicality. Yes, Oral B 8000 is a good choice if you enjoy brushes that come with tons of smart features and design details that may allow easy use. On the other hand, the Sonicare DiamondClean is the product you should go for as someone who relies on optimal performance.
The Budget-Friendly Battle: Oral B Smart 5000 vs Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite
Both of these brushes are good quality and are choices that you will not regret, especially if you are someone on a modest budget. Much like with their high-end products, the Oral B model beats Sonicare when it comes to the number of features and design detail.
Once again, it is the pressure sensor that is the main difference. Along with it, Oral B Smart 5000 features great Bluetooth connectivity and an app that will track your progress and motivate you by awarding you with achievements after you finish brushing your teeth.
On the other hand, Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite features a sturdier design and a better battery that can hold for up to 3 weeks of daily use.
The Pros of Owning an Electric Toothbrush
Before we move on to the final verdict and suggestions on whether you should buy an Oral B or Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush, let’s discuss some of the benefits of owning an electric toothbrush in the first place.
- First of all, electric toothbrushes do a much better job when it comes to removing plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums. This is mostly due to the better mobility and maneuverability that electric brushes offer compared to manual ones. The pulsating cleaning that is featured in both the Sonicare and Oral B electric brushes can go a long way when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots.
- Another huge benefit is that you will be motivated to actually brush your teeth for those 2 minutes instead of skimping and doing a minute or just 30 seconds. Most electric toothbrushes have built-in timers and pacers that will alert you when to move on to the next part of your mouth. Also, you will be producing less waste with electric toothbrushes (better than getting a new manual toothbrush every couple of months).
- Last but not least - electric toothbrushes are easy and fun to use!
At the end of the day, you are the one that will be making the decision. Still, we want to emphasize the importance of knowing what you need. Comparing the two market-leading brands, Philips and Braun, has led us to a conclusion that while both offer high-quality products, there are key differences that set each apart.
If you are looking for an electric toothbrush that is more comfortable and does a better job cleaning each tooth separately, go for Oral B. On the other hand, if you travel a lot and you need a compact and durable toothbrush to accompany you along the road, then go for Sonicare. Whatever you decide, remember – brush and floss today and escape the dentist visit tomorrow!