Oral-B Genius Pro 8000

Last updated date: May 9, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3

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We looked at the top 1 Electric Toothbrushes and dug through the reviews from 12 of the most popular review sites including New York Times Wirecutter, Relevant Rankings, Top Ten Reviews, Tech Gear Lab, Dental Dorks, Moo Review, Digital Trends, Reviews.com, Lifewire, Electric Teeth, Get Healthy Teeth, Oral Care Home and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Electric Toothbrush you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 108 expert reviews, the Oral-B Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Electric Toothbrush for a detailed review of all the top electric toothbrushes.

Expert Summarized Score
8.1
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.7
1,497 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Genius is compatible with any Oral-B brush head and has earned the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. We also like its long-lasting rechargeable battery and sturdy yet comfortable handle.
- New York Times Wirecutter
This thing has more smart features than other Oral-B models which drives the cost up. The primary feature is the enhanced Position Detection within the Oral-B smartphone app.
- Relevant Rankings
It has a customizable SmartRing feature on its handle that gives you real-time visual coaching, and its app uses facial recognition.
- Top Ten Reviews
The Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 has superior cleaning power and is very easy to use.
- Tech Gear Lab
Being available only in black, it is still a beautifully designed toothbrush. It has a more futuristic design than Sonicare models. This certainly makes it more interesting to look at.
- Dental Dorks
This is for those with sore or inflamed and even bleeding gums. It offers a gentle massage of gums to stimulate blood flow and strengthen the gum tissue.
- Moo Review
September 18, 2018 | Full review
The app has some cool features, like personalized routines and dentist recommendations.
- Digital Trends
Oral-B 8000 offers a responsive pressure sensor that activates with minimal force. Brushing too hard causes a light in the handle to flash, indicating you need to ease up. It’s a subtler notification than the DiamondClean, but it still helped us correct our technique.
- Reviews.com
Position detection technology ensures total clean.
- Lifewire
Bluetooth connectivity for pairing to smartphone app to track cleaning.
- Electric Teeth
February 8, 2019 | Full review
SmartRing technology allows you to choose from 11 light band colors.
- Get Healthy Teeth
Offers Bluetooth connectivity which can be accessed with the smart app.
- Oral Care Home
What experts didn't like
The only thing we truly dislike about the Genius is its price. For the added cost, you get several features we consider convenient but generally unnecessary, plus some we’ve deemed overkill.
- New York Times Wirecutter
It’s hard to change cleaning modes while brushing, and some of the settings are uncomfortable.
- Top Ten Reviews
The rotation-oscillation brush head does a fantastic job of cleaning, but it was exceptionally rough on the gums.One of our testers with more sensitive gums had to quit using it, as his gums were in excruciating pain — even using the brush in its most sensitive mode.
- Tech Gear Lab
Buttons are hard to press.
- Dental Dorks
We found that the brush itself does not have any type of “Wow” factor. Its design is not as sleek and sexy as a Philips Sonicare, and it’s lighter than the Sonicare which, so some, may denote a lack of quality workmanship.
- Moo Review
September 18, 2018 | Full review
Position detection in the app didn’t work very well for us.
- Digital Trends
The Oral-B Genius Pro 8000’s mobile app was more difficult to navigate and use than the DiamondClean’s. It has a less intuitive menu and less accurate position detection — our tester had to flail the Oral-B 8000 around to get the app to register the right position.
- Reviews.com
Needs multi-step set up.
- Lifewire
Bluetooth connectivity not for everybody.
- Electric Teeth
February 8, 2019 | Full review
This toothbrush is quite expensive in comparison to other brushes that have similar features.
- Get Healthy Teeth
Buttons available on the body of the toothbrush are quite hard to press.
- Oral Care Home

From The Manufacturer

Do not use on children under age of 3. Replace brush head every 3 months or sooner if brush head becomes loose due to damage . All of the following Oral-B replacement electric toothbrush heads are compatible with the Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush: CrossAction, Deep Sweep, Floss Action, 3D White, Precision Clean, Sensitive, Dual Clean, Power Tip, and Ortho . A fully charged Oral-B Genius 8000 electric toothbrush with Bluetooth connectivity lasts for up to 12 days with regular use. The superior Lithium Ion battery delivers long-lasting, consistently powerful cleaning action between charges and the precise battery display accurately indicates when it’s time to charge. To ensure that the battery holds its maximum capacity, deplete it fully by using without in-between charges until it is fully discharged. Do this at least once every 6 months for best results . Position Detection helps you brush the way your dentist recommends by tracking how long you've spent brushing each area of your mouth. The Oral-B Genius 8000 toothbrush unlocks the enhanced Position Detection feature within the Oral-B smartphone app. This feature helps to ensure you never miss a zone. Using the Genius 8000’s innovative technology and your device’s camera, our brush helps you maintain healthy brushing habits

Overall Product Rankings

1. Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
3. Oral-B White Pro 1000
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 19
4. Philips Sonicare 2 Series
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 10
5. Waterpik Ortho Care
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 6
6. Oral-B Genius Pro 8000
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 12
7. Oral-B 7000 SmartSeries
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 14
8. Oral-B Pro 5000 Smartseries
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 11
9. Philips Sonicare Essence
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 8
10. PURSONIC S500
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Electric Toothbrushes

Experts recommend brushing your teeth twice each day for two minutes at each session. If you brush too hard, you can irritate your gums. But if you don’t brush hard enough, you may not help with plaque buildup. Figuring it all out can seem complicated, but an electric toothbrush will be a big help.

Today’s electric toothbrushes have a variety of features that ensure you brush long enough at just the right pressure. The bristles on an electric toothbrush vibrate to boost plaque removal without excess pressure. In addition to that, you’ll also get features that will help you brush exactly the way you should.

A good electric toothbrush starts with the bristles. Each brush has its own way of moving in order to clean. For some people, the vibration can create a bit of a tickling sensation, causing the experience of brushing to be uncomfortable. Still others prefer the vibration to oscillation, and some dentists believe vibration does a better job at cleaning.

Next up are the sensors and alerts. Pressure sensors notify you when you’re brushing too hard, with some even stopping the vibration to let you know. Still others have a built-in alert for when it’s time for a brush head change, which can keep you from using a brush with worn-out bristles.

Another feature that can help make your dentist happy is timing. Some electric toothbrushes even have quadrant timers to let you know when it’s time to shift from one area of your mouth to another. You’ll find others shut off at the two-minute mark, which can be annoying if you aren’t completely finished when the shutoff happens.

Electric toothbrushes typically run off a battery, so you’ll need to factor battery life into your decision. You’ll likely set it back on a charging base between uses, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting the two minutes of use you need twice a day, but the charging base will also take up space. Keep that in mind as you consider where you’ll set it so that it’ll be close enough to a power outlet.

Chances are, you aren’t changing your toothbrush as often as you should. Electric toothbrushes feature interchangeable heads at a far lower cost than what you spent on the base. Some toothbrushes build in alerts to let you know when it’s time to change your brush heads. This is based on wear on the bristles, which reduces the effectiveness of each cleaning.

DYWM Fun Fact

Although “sonic” is a word for sound, on the surface, sonic toothbrushes operate similarly to other electric toothbrushes. What differentiates them is simply that they move at a faster speed than other types of electric toothbrushes. You’ll get 31,000 brush strokes per minute with a Sonicare toothbrush, compared to the typical speed of non-sonic toothbrushes, which is between 2,500 and 7,500 strokes per minute.

The higher speed adds a separate cleansing action to the scrubbing you’d get with non-sonic toothbrushes, supposedly making it better able to reduce plaque on the teeth. This scrubbing action is built on the laws of fluid dynamics, which has an energy transfer level believed to be able to disrupt biofilms on a tooth’s surface, resulting in a better clean.

The Electric Toothbrush Buying Guide

  • Any good toothbrush starts with the bristles. This is especially true of electric toothbrushes, which use movement to get the job done. The Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush, Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush and Philips Sonicare 2 Series Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush use the power of sonic technology to make as much as 31,000 brush strokes per minute, driving fluid between your teeth. The Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush uses 3-D cleaning action to surround each tooth, providing around 8,800 rotations and 20,000 pulsations per minute.
  • One big benefit of the Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is that its movement doesn’t seem to tickle as much as the Sonicare, making it more comfortable for brushers who are sensitive to that.
  • Most electric toothbrushes follow a similar design, with a base that’s far wider than a standard toothbrush. Looks are a matter of personal preference, but the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush has a full black design that’s a refreshing departure from standard white toothbrushes. The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush utilizes that same solid black design for its base, but its heads are white. Although the Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush looks similar to Sonicare’s brushes, the base is slightly thinner, which can make it easier to hold. The Philips Sonicare 2 Series Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush has multiple color options for its base: black, white, coral, steel blue, guacamole green, emerald aqua and deep blue. The brushing head on all colors is white.
  • One thing to note on both the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush and Philips Sonicare 2 Series Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is that they work with every Philips Sonicare snap-on toothbrush head, so you can choose the one you prefer.
  • Not every person needs the same level of cleaning each day. In fact, even you may need more on one day versus another. The Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush has the most options with five modes: clean, white, sensitive, gum care and deep clean. With the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, you get three modes: clean, white and gum care. You’re limited to only one option, daily clean, with the Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, and the Philips Sonicare 2 Series Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush only has one mode which it refers to as SimplyClean.
  • Most electric toothbrushes run on a battery, which you’ll need to recharge between uses. The Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush has the option of charging either via a wall outlet or a USB outlet, which can come in handy while you’re traveling. With that toothbrush, you also get a strong battery charge that can last for weeks of normal use, also great for traveling. The Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush also has a long battery life, going as long as 11 days with twice-daily use between charges.
  • Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush also wins the award for most useful charging base. It’s a glass that can also serve double duty by holding your rinsing water.
  • One downside of the Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is that it doesn’t have an indicator to let you know when the battery needs to be recharged. The Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush, Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush and Philips Sonicare 2 Series Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush all have that feature.
  • It can be tempting to bear down when you’re brushing your teeth. The practice of overbrushing can cause something called “toothbrush abrasion.” Over time, it can wear down the protective enamel on your teeth and cause your gums to recede. For this reason, dentists often recommend electric toothbrushes for those who have the tendency to overbrush. A pressure sensor will take the overall benefits of electric toothbrushes one step further by alerting you if you press too hard. The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush makes a pulsing sound to alert you when you’re brushing too hard. You’ll also get a pressure sensor with the Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush. However, that one may be a little less convenient since it temporarily stops pulsing altogether when you brush too hard.
  • The American Dental Association recommends consumers change their toothbrushes every three months. Unfortunately, many wait far longer than that. Unfortunately, frayed bristles aren’t as effective at cleaning your teeth. The Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush alerts you when it’s time to change your brush head based on wear on the bristles.
  • Dentists recommend you brush for two minutes, twice a day. But how do you know when the two minutes are up? With an electric toothbrush, you’ll have the benefit of a timer. Sonicare excels in this area, offering a feature called the QuadPacer, which forces the toothbrush to pause slightly every 30 seconds to remind you to remove to the next quadrant. The Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush has a similar quadrant timer, but it stutter-pauses at each interval as a reminder.
  • The Philips Sonicare 2 Series Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush has an auto-shutoff feature that keeps you from exceeding the recommended two minutes. However, this can be problematic, as sometimes you may not be fully prepared to stop brushing at the two-minute mark.
  • Sonicare toothbrushes are known for being pricey, but that’s usually when compared to traditional toothbrushes. You can find the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush and Philips Sonicare 2 Series Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush for less than $100, and even the newer Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush sells for less than $250. For the least expensive electric toothbrush, choose the Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, which packs in plenty of great features for less than $60.
  • If you’re concerned about noise, Sonicare brushes are your best bet. The Oral-B White Pro 1000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is noticeably louder than Sonicare’s models.
  • One way to get your toothbrush extra clean is to use one of the UV sanitizers that have become popular. You can buy UV sanitizers made specially to work with your electric toothbrush head.