Which one would we choose?
These two brushes are almost identical in features and capability.
The Genius AI 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 AI, because of the favourable purchase price.
The following video compares the UK version of the Genius 9000 and Genius AI, known as the Genius X. There are subtle differences. But the general message is the same.
- The Genius AI 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 9000 is available in 4 colour options compared to the 2 colour options of the AI.
- The Genius 9000 comes with a brush head storage compartment that holds up to 4 brush heads.
- The supplied charging stand is different. The AI stand has a detachable power cable.
- The Genius AI comes with a travel pouch.
- The Genius 9000 is generally cheaper.
Please note. Every effort is made to ensure the key differences listed are correct, but these differences are subject to change without notice. Products and the box contents can be changed without notice and different variants can exist.
There is a dual handle variant of the Genius AI which has been excluded from this comparison.
Detailed comparison: what’s the difference between the Genius AI and 9000?
If I can start this comparison with a summary, I think this will really help grasp why the Genius AI exists and how it compares to the 9000.
The Genius 10000 (or AI as it is otherwise known) 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 AI 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 AI 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 Genius 10000, means you essentially get the same effect. However, you do not have to mount your smartphone in a mount, nor do you need not stay perfectly still. 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 AI is more appealing as it is less hassle.
Built into the Genius 10000 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 AI, 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 same holder is included with the Genius 10000.
You do not have to use it for the purpose of actually tracking the brushes position in the mouth. But, it is still quite handy to have, because you can then quite easily see what areas of the mouth you have and have not cleaned.
Putting your phone in the holder with the Genius AI, essentially allows you to take full advantage of the clever technology and does not rely on you holding the phone in your hand during the brushing cycle.
Both brushes comes with 3 brush heads included in the box, but supplied with the 9000 is a brush head storage compartment that holds up to 4 brush heads when not in use.
It is a useful accessory and I don’t understand why it is not included with the AI.
Another subtle difference is the charging stand that comes in the box.
The 9000 comes with what I refer to as the ‘standard’ charging stand.
This is a white coloured plastic stand that is a little wider and deeper than the 9000 handle itself. Just a few centimetres tall, it has a power cable hardwired into it, which connects to the power supply.
However, with the Genius AI, this stand has been replaced with a slightly sleeker round charging stand.
It does the same job, but the big difference is that the power cable is in fact detachable.
This power cable works with both the charging stand and the charging travel case.
So, if you are travelling and want to recharge your Genius AI in the case, you will need to detach the power cable from the stand and take it with you.
With the 9000, the cable on the charging stand is not detachable and instead the power adapter for the travel case was used for that only.
It is perhaps a more environmentally conscious option, if a little less practical for some.
This stand does come in 2 colour options, black or white, compared to the white only of the normal stand.
Which colour is provided in the box, depends on the colour of the brush handle chosen.
The AI is available in black or white and the charging stand and travel case provided are colour matched.
The 9000 is actually available in more colour options. Rose gold, orchid purple, black and white are your choices with the older Genius 9000.
Technically the charging travel case supplied with the 9000 or Genius AI are the same. However, the case supplied with the AI has a bit of a pattern on the front lid/cover. The pattern is glossy, so contrasts with the matt colour of the case. It is a very subtle difference that bears very little significance in the scheme of things.
With the Genius 10,000 you do get an additional accessory that you do not get with the 9000 and that is a pouch style travel case.
This case is in addition to the charging travel case. It can be a useful accessory for taking your toothpaste, smartphone holder and power supply with you when travelling. It is not an exxential accessory, but it is included.
The colour of the pouch reflect the colour of the handle you have chosen.
So then to the last difference between these 2 models and that is the price. The 9000 is the cheaper of the 2 brushes normally. I explain this more in the section below.
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 AI 10000 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
- 2 year warranty
Does one clean better than the other?
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 AI 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?
Oral-B set the recommended retail price.
For the Genius 9000, this is $349.
The Genius AI is $150 more at $499.
Please do not pay these prices. It is really very difficult to justify these when in reality a $100 toothbrush will do most of what these can offer.
I stress this, because it is almost an unwritten rule that an Oral-B electric toothbrush will actually sell for 50% off the retail price.
The average ticket price for the 9000 is $175, which the Genius AI is $250.
This is still at worst a $75 premium.
At times, the discount has been greater, I have seen it as low as $220, so a further $30 and a premium then of $45.
There is no denying that both are premium models and there is a solid argument for why they are worth more.
The Genius AI is the more convenient brush to use, but I will be the first to admit that paying a $45-75 premium is less than ideal.
If you are content with the 9000 and how it works, go for it. Financially it makes more sense.
But, that price premium split over the 3+ years you are likely to own the brush may be money well spent for not having to stand like a statue in front of the camera to track the movements.
The ongoing ownership cost for these brushes are the same, as they are both Oral-B models.
Replacement heads cost on average $7 each.
Priced over a 3 year period, based on 1 user, the 9000 comes in at $0.22 per day whilst the AI comes in at $0.29.
Please note that all prices quoted are approximates and will vary based on location, supplier and time of purchase. These figures were correct at the time of writing and should not be relied upon as hard fact, but used as a guide during your decision process.
The AI is the more conveneint of these 2 Genius models from Oral-B to use on a daily basis.
A price premium is commanded as a result, which for some will be too great. But, over the usable life of the brush, it could well be justifiable.
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 that of the end user.
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 questions, thoughts or opinions, please leave them in the comments below.