Oral-B Genius X vs Genius 9000

Oral-B Genius X vs Genius 9000

Which one would we choose?

Our Choice: The Oral-B Genius X (view on Amazon)
2nd Choice: The Oral-B Genius 9000 (view on Amazon)

Electric Teeth Verdict:

These two brushes are almost identical in features and capability.

The Genius X is the better of the two brushes as its Bluetooth connectivity and brush tracking is much simpler to use.

However, there is a very strong argument to pick the 9000 over the X, particularly if the purchase price is favourable, as you actually get more in the box.

For a wider comparison of electric toothbrush options, see our roundup of the top 10 electric toothbrushes.

Our Choice
Oral-B Genius X with Artificial Intelligence Black Electric Toothbrush, 1 Toothbrush Head, 6 Cleaning Modes, Gum Pressure Sensor, USB Charging Travel Case, UK 2 Pin Plug
Oral-B Genius 9000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, 1 White App Connected Handle, 6 Modes with Whitening, Gum Care, Pressure Sensor, 4 Toothbrush Heads, USB Travel Case, 2 Pin UK Plug
Brush Name
Oral-B Genius X
Oral-B Genius 9000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
5/5
Price
£169.99
£109.99
Prime
Our Choice
Oral-B Genius X with Artificial Intelligence Black Electric Toothbrush, 1 Toothbrush Head, 6 Cleaning Modes, Gum Pressure Sensor, USB Charging Travel Case, UK 2 Pin Plug
Brush Name
Oral-B Genius X
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
£169.99
Prime
Oral-B Genius 9000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, 1 White App Connected Handle, 6 Modes with Whitening, Gum Care, Pressure Sensor, 4 Toothbrush Heads, USB Travel Case, 2 Pin UK Plug
Brush Name
Oral-B Genius 9000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
£109.99
Prime

Key differences

  • The Genius X comes with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to track the movement of the toothbrush when in use compared to the 9000 that relies on camera tracking.
  • The smartphone app is slightly different.
  • The Genius X comes with 1 or 4 brush heads (subject to variant) compared to the 4 brush heads supplied with the Genius 9000.
  • The Genius X comes in 3 colour options (rose gold, black and anthracite grey) compared to the 6 colour options of the Genius 9000 (white, rose gold, silver, orchid purple, black and midnight black).
  • The Genius 9000 comes with a brush head storage compartment that holds up to 4 brush heads.
  • The Genius 9000 comes with a suction cup smartphone holder.
  • The Genius 9000 works with the Oral-B smart wireless guide, the X does not.
  • The Genius 9000 is generally cheaper.

Please note. This comparison focuses on the Genius 9000 vs the Genius X 20,000.

However, I am aware that there are many different variants of the Genius range. You have the 8000, 8900, 9900 and the 10,000.

If you would like to know what the differences are between these other Genius models and the Genius X, click here to be taken to the bottom of this post where you will find a summary of the key differences.

Detailed Comparison: What’s the difference between the Oral-B Genius X and 9000?

If I can start this comparison with a summary, I think this will really help grasp why the Genius X exists and how it compares to the 9000.

The Genius X is a slight refinement on the Genius 9000. It makes using the ‘smart’ elements of the brush a bit more convenient on a daily basis.

Existing Genius 9000 owners have no need to upgrade or replace their brush with the Genius X 20,000. There is no significant value in doing so from my point of view..

Both brushes can track the position of the electric toothbrush in your mouth, in order to build up a picture of how you brush, what areas you brush and for how long.

However, the older Genius 9000 tracks this movement by using the front-facing camera on your smartphone. The Genius X, on the other hand, uses sensors built into the toothbrush handle and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

When using the Genius 9000, you have to mount your smartphone in the supplied smartphone suction cup mount. You then open the app, align yourself with the camera and it watches you as you brush.

Principally this is clever and it works for the most part, but it is a bit of a clunky approach.

Not only do you need a suction cup holder for your smartphone in your bathroom, you have to stand fairly still whilst brushing also. It adds extra time to brushing your teeth and makes the process feel a bit controlled.

The changes in technology and implementation of AI with the X, means you essentially get the same effect. However, you need not mount your smartphone in a mount, you need not stay perfectly still and it is less hassle to use on a daily basis.

Neither option is completely perfect, but they kind of don’t need to be.

From my experience, I would suggest they have similar accuracy, therefore, the Genius X is more appealing as it is less hassle.

Built into the Genius X handle are position detection sensors, a gyroscope and accelerometer that work together with the software to track the position.

The so-called AI part of the puzzle is the smartphone app interpreting this data, comparing it to the large data bank Oral-B have on file, learning from this and evolving the in app coaching to help you brush better.

Both are geared to helping you overall brush your teeth more effectively and generally improve your oral health; they just do it in fractionally different ways.

It should be noted that whilst for either brush you download the same application from your smartphones app store (Android or iOS), the app behaves slightly differently depending on which brush you connect. For the most part they are the same, but the configuration and setup is slightly different with the 9000 to the X, because of the position detection system the 9000 uses.

As a result of the Genius 9000 requiring the holder for your smartphone, one of these comes supplied in the box. This is not the case with the Genius X.

However, whilst it need not be a suction cup holder, it would be nice to see some sort of stand included with the X. Without it, you have to realistically hold the smartphone in your hand or have it close by when your brush. Ideally, you want it right in your eye-line so you can monitor your brushing approach, but also your brushing time.

Holding your phone whilst you hold the toothbrush in the other is not a make or break issue, but just something to be aware of.

When you purchase the Genius 9000, you get 4 brush heads included in the box, no matter what variant. In most instances you will get 2 x CrossAction, 1 x 3D White and 1 x Sensi UltraThin brush heads.

However, if you purchase the Genius 9000 Midnight Black you will get 4 x CrossAction brush heads, that are black in colour. And if you purchase the Genius 9000S, you will get 1 x CrossAction, 1 x 3D White and 2 x Sensi UltraThin.

With the Genius X, the number of brush heads supplied depends on the model purchased.

The standard Genius X comes with just 1 brush head. However, if you purchase the premium luxe model, then you get 4 brush heads in the box.

With the standard Genius X in black, you get 1 x CrossAction brush head in black, whilst with the rose gold variant, you get 1 x Sensi UltraThin. Buy the luxe model in rose gold and you get 4 x Sensi UltraThin heads, whilst the anthracite grey luxe model will offer 4 x CrossAction heads in black colour.

And, as my last point about the brush heads has highlighted, the Genius X comes in 3 main colour options. Rose gold, black and anthracite grey.

The rose gold is available as a standard and luxe model whilst the black is confined to a standard model and the grey a luxe variant.

The Genius 9000, on the other hand, is available in 6 different colour options. Those choices include white, rose gold, silver, orchid purple, black and midnight black.

Now, these colours tend not to be the whole handle, but instead just the insert within the panel that runs down the front of the brush handle.

Some of the hands-on images throughout this comparison best demonstrate this.

The choice of brush handle colour does in part affect the travel case supplied.

Technically the travel case supplied with the 9000 or Genius X is the same. However, the colours are slightly different.

Buy the 9000 and in most instances, the case is white in colour, but the black and midnight black comes with a black coloured travel case.

With the Genius X, the rose gold variant comes with a white case and the black, a black case.

Differentiating themselves slightly, the luxe variants have a pattern printed on the case.

With the anthracite grey variant, the primary colour of the case is black, but the pattern is a gloss back contrasting with the duller matt finish which adorns the majority of the case.

On the rose gold luxe variant, the case is white, but the pattern is predominantly silver with a few gold accents.

Another small, but possibly important difference is that the Genius X does not come with the brush head storage compartment that the Genius 9000 does.

The compartment fits around the charging stand and gives a home to 4 brush heads. The heads lay almost flat and there is a lid that covers the head to protect them.

To be fair all the Genius 9000 models come with 4 heads, where the Genius X comes with either 1 or 4, so perhaps this is why it is excluded.

This storage compartment can be purchased as an optional accessory should you like to have it.

Another accessory that Oral-B has offered in the past, is something called the smart wireless guide.  It is essentially a small countertop unit that connects to the brush, tracking how long you have been brushing for, rating your cleaning performance and showing the active cleaning mode. It’s almost like having the app when the app is not to hand.

It is not supplied with the 9000 or the X, but it is quite a popular accessory. However, the Genius X does not work with it, only the 9000 does.

The last difference between these 2 toothbrushes is the price.

The official retail price of the Genius 9000 is £299.99 whilst the Genius X is £339.99 and £359.99 for the standard and luxe model.

In reality, both sell for approximately 50-60% less than this.

Whilst prices are always subject to change and do vary from one retailer to another, generally speaking, the Genius 9000 that launched in 2016 sells for less than the Genius X that launched in 2019.

As a rough average, the Genius 9000 sells for around £135, whilst the X sells for £165 (standard) and £169 (luxe).

In fact, the 9000 has often been sold on special offers at around £99.

For the £20-30 premium that the X commands, it arguably justifiable. However, anything more than this and you might want to consider the Genius 9000, given such few differences actually exist.

If you could buy it at £99, a £60+ saving is fairly sizeable.

This then concludes how these 2 Oral-B Genius smart toothbrushes differ.

There are of course many similarities between them. The following is a list, for your confirmation of features they both share.

Both the Genius 9000 and Genius X 20000 have:

  • 2 minute timer
  • 30 second quadpacer
  • Pressure sensor
  • LED smart ring customisable 1 of 12 colours
  • Fixed internal lithium-ion battery capable of up to 16 days battery life
  • Water resistance
  • 3D oscillating-rotating and pulsating cleaning action
  • 6 brushing modes
  • 5 cleaning icons on the brush handle
  • Rubber grip on the rear of the brush handle
  • A separate power button and cleaning mode button
  • Charging stand included with a 2 pin (UK bathroom power connector) in the box that works on 220-240v
  • Charger for the travel case a 2 pin (UK bathroom power connector) that works on 100-240v
  • 2 year warranty extendable up to 3 years when registered online with Oral-B

Does one clean better than the other?

No.

The motor, brush head power, movements and cleaning modes are identical between these 2 electric toothbrushes.

If you could use both brushes in identical circumstances they would clean exactly the same.

The only real argument to suggest that the Genius X could clean better than the 9000 is the way that the AI has been implemented and the feedback it gives you.

To be honest, this is getting into very granular details and would be nigh on impossible to monitor and confirm.

With the right technique either will leave your teeth feeling fantastically clean and your gums healthier in a short space of time.

Do be aware that brushing correctly with an electric toothbrush is very important, you won’t gain the same benefits if used incorrectly, so it is worth familiarising yourself with the correct brushing technique that I explain here.

Is one better priced than the other?

Yes.

Oral-B set the recommended retail price.

For the Genius 9000, this is £299.99.

The Genius X is £339.99 for the standard and £359.99 for the luxe variant.

As you can see, this is a premium of anywhere between £40 and £60.

Both are premium brushes, but thankfully, for the most part, both can be purchased for significantly less than these recommended prices.

In fact, most of the time, they sell in the region of 50-60% less. At half the price, that is quite some saving.

Prices are always subject to change and do vary considerably from one retailer to another. The best prices tend to be found online through major online stores.

As the Genius 9000 has been on the market since 2016 it is subject to further discounts and promotional pricing. On a number of occasions, it has been offered at just £99.

Going by the average pricing data, the Genius 9000 sells for £135, whilst the X sells for £165 and £169.

When the price difference is around £20, the Genius X just about works out the better buy on the basis it is more convenient to use on a daily basis.

If you are able to pick the Genius 9000 up with a lower price than the average, it may be worth serious consideration as so few differences really exist.

Conclusion & which one should I buy?

Buy the Genius X because it is a more convenient brush to use on a daily basis, if you seriously intend to use the Bluetooth connectivity and smart features that it offers.

However, with so few differences between them, I can say either are worth your investment, if you want a premium and feature-rich toothbrush.

The Genius 9000 becomes the one to buy, if the price difference is north of £20 or so, because it’s more cash in your pocket.

Our Choice
Oral-B Genius X with Artificial Intelligence Black Electric Toothbrush, 1 Toothbrush Head, 6 Cleaning Modes, Gum Pressure Sensor, USB Charging Travel Case, UK 2 Pin Plug
Oral-B Genius 9000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, 1 White App Connected Handle, 6 Modes with Whitening, Gum Care, Pressure Sensor, 4 Toothbrush Heads, USB Travel Case, 2 Pin UK Plug
Brush Name
Oral-B Genius X
Oral-B Genius 9000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
5/5
Price
£169.99
£109.99
Prime
Our Choice
Oral-B Genius X with Artificial Intelligence Black Electric Toothbrush, 1 Toothbrush Head, 6 Cleaning Modes, Gum Pressure Sensor, USB Charging Travel Case, UK 2 Pin Plug
Brush Name
Oral-B Genius X
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
£169.99
Prime
Oral-B Genius 9000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, 1 White App Connected Handle, 6 Modes with Whitening, Gum Care, Pressure Sensor, 4 Toothbrush Heads, USB Travel Case, 2 Pin UK Plug
Brush Name
Oral-B Genius 9000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
£109.99
Prime

Genius X vs other Oral-B Genius models: key differences

The Oral-B range of toothbrushes is very confusing. There are many different models that fall under the ‘Genius’ range.

I am aware that you might be keen to know the differences between the Genius X and other models like the 8000 and 10,000.

The following is a summary of the key differences, but they are not accompanied by a full detailed explanation.

Please be aware, I have tried to ensure the utmost accuracy when listing the differences, using the UK product range as my basis for comparison. However, the box contents and in some instances specification can differ from one country to another and is always subject to change, thus making it virtually impossible to be 100% accurate.

Genius X 20,000 vs Genius 8000

  • The Genius X comes with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to track the movement of the toothbrush when in use compared to the 8000 that relies on camera tracking.
  • The smartphone app is slightly different.
  • The Genius X has a tongue cleaning mode that the 8000 does not have.
  • The Genius X comes with 1 or 4 brush heads (subject to variant) compared to the 3 brush heads supplied with the Genius 8000.
  • The Genius X comes in 3 colour options (rose gold, black and anthracite grey) compared to the 1 colour options of the Genius 8000 (Silver).
  • The 8000 comes with a basic plastic travel case but the Genius X 20000 offers a premium travel case which allows you to charge your brush and USB powered device such as a smartphone from it also.
  • The Genius 8000 comes with a brush head storage compartment that holds up to 4 brush heads.
  • The Genius 8000 comes with a suction cup smartphone holder.
  • The Genius 8000 works with the Oral-B smart wireless guide, the X does not.
  • The Genius 8000 is generally cheaper.

Genius X 20,000 vs Genius 8900

The Genius 8900 is the Genius 8000 repackaged in an offering whereby 2 brush handles are included in the same box.

  • The Genius 8900 offers 2 brush handles in the box compared to the 1 of the Genius X.
  • The Genius X comes with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to track the movement of the toothbrush when in use compared to the 8900 that relies on camera tracking.
  • The smartphone app is slightly different.
  • The Genius X has a tongue cleaning mode that the 8000 does not have.
  • The Genius X comes with 1 or 4 brush heads (subject to variant) compared to the 3 brush heads supplied with the Genius 8900.
  • The Genius X comes in 3 colour options (rose gold, black and anthracite grey) compared to the 1 colour options of the Genius 8900 (silver).
  • The 8900 comes with a basic plastic travel case but the Genius X 20000 offers a premium travel case which allows you to charge your brush and USB powered device such as a smartphone from it also.
  • The Genius 8900 comes with a brush head storage compartment that holds up to 4 brush heads.
  • The Genius 8900 comes with a suction cup smartphone holder.
  • The Genius 8900 works with the Oral-B smart wireless guide, the X does not.
  • The Genius 8900 is generally cheaper.

Genius X 20,000 vs Genius 9900

The Genius 9900 is the Genius 9000 repackaged in an offering whereby 2 brush handles are included in the same box.

  • The Genius 9900 offers 2 brush handles in the box compared to the 1 of the Genius X.
  • The Genius X comes with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to track the movement of the toothbrush when in use compared to the 9900 that relies on camera tracking.
  • The smartphone app is slightly different.
  • The Genius X comes with 1 or 4 brush heads (subject to variant) compared to the 4 brush heads supplied with the Genius 9000.
  • The Genius X comes in 3 colour options (rose gold, black and anthracite grey) compared to the 2 colour options of the Genius 9900 (white and rose gold).
  • The Genius 9900 comes with a brush head storage compartment that holds up to 4 brush heads.
  • The Genius 9900 comes with a suction cup smartphone holder.
  • The Genius 9900 works with the Oral-B smart wireless guide, the X does not.
  • The Genius X is generally cheaper.

Genius X 20,000 vs Genius 10,000

The Genius 10,000 has not actually been launched in the UK, but is a model available in mainland Europe.

You can find more detail on the 10,000 in my review.

  • The Genius X comes with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to track the movement of the toothbrush when in use compared to the 10,000 that relies on camera tracking.
  • The smartphone app is slightly different.
  • The Genius X comes with 1 or 4 brush heads (subject to variant) compared to the 4 brush heads supplied with the Genius 10,000.
  • The Genius X comes in 3 colour options (rose gold, black and anthracite grey) compared to the 5 colour options of the Genius 9000 (white, rose gold, orchid purple, black and midnight black).
  • The Genius 10000 comes with a brush head storage compartment that holds up to 4 brush heads.
  • The Genius 10000 comes with a suction cup smartphone holder.
  • The Genius 10000 works with the Oral-B smart wireless guide, the X does not.
  • The Genius 10000 is generally cheaper.

Your Opinions

On reading this you may have found neither is right and there are many brushes from Oral-B you could consider.

Ultimately, whatever brush you decide upon, it is you who needs to make the decision; but do so based on which is best for your needs or the end user, if you are purchasing on behalf of somebody else.

Only pay the price you are happy with and do not be led into buying something if it is not right.

Hopefully, I have presented the facts and made the whole decision process that little bit easier.

If you found this useful, have any thoughts and opinions from going through this choice process yourself of have used either brush and want to comment, please do use the comments section below; what you have to say could be of real benefit to somebody else.

​*Please note any prices stated below were correct at the time of writing and may have changed by the time you come to buy. We always recommend checking the prices of several retailers before you make a purchase.

Jon Love

About Jon Love

Jon is a leading voice on electric toothbrushes and has been quoted by mainstream media publications for his opinions and expertise.

Having handled & tested hundreds of products there really is very little he does not know about them.

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After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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5 thoughts on “Oral-B Genius X vs Genius 9000”

  1. Thanks for the info very helpful – there are far too many models around at one time. The X sounds great but it’s a shame they haven’t included some kind of stand for the phone. I’m hoping for a bargain in the black friday sales.

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    • Hi Asiya.

      Thanks for the comment.

      I quite agree, it is very confusing and a smaller range of brushes would be much better.

      I suspect when it comes to Black Friday, there will be some deals. However, I don’t expect the discount to be significant. There might be £20-30 off, which isn’t a bad saving, but I doubt it would be any more than that.

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  2. Brilliant help thanks. Why do manufacturers make it so difficult to compare and understand the differences.

    Keep up the good work. Your help has helped me understand the Oral-B market.

    Reply
    • Thanks for the comment John. Really pleased to have helped.

      Your guess is as good as mine as to why they make it so complicated!

      Reply
  3. Very useful, thanks! The easier setup for the X seems like it could be the deciding factor for me. I’d never use something too fiddly. My old brush also works fine, of course, but with hopeless battery life so hoping this will be better!

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