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The Oral B vs. Sonicare: Which One is Better?


Consistent oral care is essential for maintaining strong healthy teeth and preventing gum disease. There are numerous electric toothbrushes on the market today. The industry leaders are Oral B and Sonicare, but which is better? We compared these two devices to see how they stack up against one another. Factors considered in our comparison include technology, design performance, cost, and longevity. These are the elements that combine to produce overall quality and value for the cost. Here is what we discovered.

What is the Oral B?

Oral B is a brand that makes toothbrushes and other oral hygiene products. The toothbrushes are designed with a round brush head that oscillates to make contact with the surface of the teeth and gums to gently remove plaque through rotation and pulsation movements. The brushes cleanse away all debris and bacteria. Oral B offers a range of models featuring ridged grips by design to help you hold onto the toothbrush better.

What is the Sonicare?

Sonicare is also an oral hygiene brand that designs its toothbrush models with sonic technology. The toothbrush heads are oval-shaped and larger than the Oral B heads. They move side to side to clean teeth and gums and remove debris, plaque, and bacteria. We can already see that there are differences between the oral B and the Sonicare in the technology and the design. Answering which product is better comes down to a matter of personal preference. Both devices work well to maintain clean and healthy teeth and gums, they just take different approaches to achieve the same goal. To further explore the differences we go deeper into the comparisons.


Sonicare uses sonic technology to move the larger brush head from side to side. While the larger brush head covers more surfaces faster, it may not be as comfortable or easy to use. Oral B relies on simple pulsing and oscillation to clean your teeth, but the smaller circular head is easier to manipulate around each tooth to get deeper into the crevices and provide a more thorough cleaning of the tight spots. In this instance, smaller, for most users is far better because it's more comfortable and gives them greater control, according to Leads Rating. When it comes to technology one is not better than the other. Both Oral B and Sonicare run neck to neck in this category.


Gear Patrol points out that the design is another feature that most shoppers consider. The Sonicare toothbrushes are made with slimmer and more streamlined designs. The materials are grippy which gives you good control. The toothbrush feels good in your hands. This is a superior feature over the ridged plastic of the Oral B that is far less attractive sitting on your bathroom countertop. For some, looks are important. The Sonicare is the winner when it comes to aesthetics because they feel better in the hand and they're more aesthetically pleasing.


One of the most important questions is which device is better for cleaning the teeth and gums. Which removes the most plaque? They studied both technologies to determine which of the two different technologies is the most effective. The results of multiple studies show that it's a draw. They're both effective in removing equal amounts of plaque, according to We look at the second aspect of performance, where the tie appears broken. The shape of the heads is the most significant difference between the two. The smaller round head of the Oral B toothbrush makes it easier to clean each tooth and get around the tight areas. Larger-sized oval-shaped heads of the Sonicare toothbrushes are harder to use. You cannot manipulate the brush into close areas as easily. Sonicare electric toothbrushes require more work when you go to brush your teeth. They take up more of your time to achieve the same results. You're going to need to put in more effort, and you still might not reach as many of the tight spots as efficiently. Weighing this factor in the mix, we have to give the top posture to Oral B for its convenience and compact size. It's easier to use and takes less effort to reach the essential areas where plaque and bacteria lurk in your mouth.


In general, the average Oral B Battery can run for seven to twelve days before it needs recharging. The Sonicare runs or an average of fifteen days before a recharge. The battery life of the Sonicare is superior, sometimes, by twice the duration. Sonicare provides a higher-quality battery that lasts longer in between charges than Oral B, and it is the clear winner in the longevity category.


Oral B electric toothbrushes cost less than Sonicare. The top of the line Oral B 1500 Toothbrush retails between $19.99 to $250. The Sonicare electric toothbrushes range in price from $26.99 for the basic versions to $349. Oral B is the less expensive option of the two brands

Final Verdict

Both Oral B and Sonicare do an exceptional job of helping you maintain good oral health, but they do so in different ways. The Sonicare devices are more attractive, have a premium look and feel, and the batteries last twice as long in between charges. The Oral B electric toothbrushes are far less expensive. They're not nearly as attractive, but they are easier to manipulate when you're brushing your teeth. You can clean the tight areas of your mouth with greater ease and accomplish the task faster with the same results. Our final verdict is that Oral B is the superior choice if you're looking for a more affordable electric toothbrush that is easy to use and does a thorough job. You'll have to recharge it more often, and it's not as attractive, but it does the job well. There are pros and cons associated with each. In this contest, we're choosing Oral B as the winner in most categories.

Lily Wordsmith

Written by Lily Wordsmith

Lily Wordsmith is a freelance writer who has had a love affair with the written word for decades. You can find her writing blog posts and articles while sitting under a tree at the local park watching her kids play, or typing away on her tablet in line at the DMV. In addition to her freelance career, she is pursuing ebook writing with an ever-growing repertoire of witty ebooks to her name. Her diversity is boundless, and she has written about everything from astrobotany to zookeepers. Her real passions are her family, baking desserts and all things luxe.

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