Oral-B vs. Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrushes

How do Oral-B vs. Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes compare in general? Brand vs. brand?

Brush Heads

Most Oral-B brush heads are small and round. Philips Sonicare brush heads look much more like the heads of manual toothbrushes. The reason is the different technique that drives the brush heads. I explain it below, if you are interested.

Smaller brush heads make it a lot easier to brush your molars and other hard to reach areas. Consequently, this is a point for Oral-B.

How many different brush heads are available?

Again, Oral-B makes wins the competition. While Philips has just 5 different heads in their program, 9 heads are compatible with Oral-B electric toothbrushes. Plus they offer a brush head especially design for the use on braces as well as another one to clean around bridges, crowns, and other dental work.

Price of Brush Head Refills – Who is more expensive?

An important point to keep in mind, is that you need to replace the brush heads regularly. A cost difference here adds up over time. Even if you shop around, buy in bulk, the scale tips in favor of Oral-B vs. Philips Sonicare.

Oral-B replacement brush heads are cheaper than their Philips counterparts.


All Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes come with a multi-voltage charger. They will work all over the world. Why Oral-B still sticks to region specific chargers is beyond me. If you want to use them in a region with different voltage, you need to buy a voltage adapter.

A clear advantage for the Philips toothbrushes.


Most Oral-B electric toothbrushes still contain a NIMh battery while the majority of Philips Sonicare handles feature the more modern Lithium ion battery.

Lithium ion batteries not only have the advantage that they are able to keep more charge, they also suffer less from memory effect. You can use several Philips Sonicare handles for up to 3 weeks, while the most advanced Oral-B counterpart needs to recharge after just 12 days.

Considering the battery, Philips Sonicare toothbrush fare much better.


Both companies offer good electric toothbrushes for under $50. Although, the price of Oral-B toothbrushes is on average lower than for a Philips Sonicare toothbrush.


Due to their different technology Oral-B brushes are a slightly louder than Philips Sonicare brushes. Keep that in mind if you are easily annoyed by noise.

Pressure Sensor

In this area Oral-B has another advantage over Philips. Nearly all Oral-B electric toothbrushes in the 2017 line have a pressure sensor. In contrast, only the Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected offers this feature via a smartphone app.

Smartphone App

Oral-B as well as Philips developed an app that works with selected brush handles. Unfortunately just one Philips Sonicare toothbrush can connect. Oral-B has a much wider choice. Apart from the basic models, all handles use Bluetooth technology.

Hopefully Philips will catch up soon.

Read a detailed comparison of the Philips vs. Oral-B app.

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