Which one would we choose?
Electric Teeth Verdict:
The Genius Pro 8000 has it all. The best of Oral-B’s technology is built in, it’s their flagship brush. It sets a high standard.
But the 6000 is for many the better buy.
It offers many of the same features, but does away with those that are more questionable and not necessarily make or break within your purchasing decision.
- The Pro 6000 comes in White whilst the Genius Pro 8000 is available in Black, White, Rose Gold and Orchid Purple.
- The 8000 has 6 cleaning modes compared to the Pro 6000’s 5. The extra mode is tongue clean.
- The 8000 comes with 3 brush heads (1 x CrossAction, 1 x 3D White and 1 x Sensitive) compared to the 1 x CrossAction with the 6000.
- The 8000 can be charged within the travel case it comes with.
- The 8000 comes with a travel charger for the travel case.
- The 8000 has position detection technology.
- The 8000 comes with a suction cup smartphone holder in the box.
- The 6000 is the cheaper of the 2 brushes.
Detailed Comparison: What’s the difference between the Oral-B 6000 and 8000?
More premium brushes within the Oral-B family, these are 2 very closely matched electric toothbrushes, but there are a few small differences.
Starting with the most obvious, the color.
The Pro 8000 did originally come in just Black color. In this case the brush head is White, but the body of the brush handle, including the grip on the back is all Black.
Some might suggest masculine, some might argue it is stealthy.
The plastics on the handle have a bit of a gloss effect, but it does look quite smart.
A slight downside is that the Black shows toothpaste stains more than a White color. Things like the dimples on the rubber grip on the brush handle look a bit weathered as a result of a small buildup of toothpaste residue.
In 2018, new color options for the 8000 were added, including White, Rose Gold and Orchid Purple.
The Pro 6000 is mainly all White in color.
The plastic is a gloss White.
The rear mounted rubber grip is White too.
The main accent is the front panel of the brush. Where on the 8000 it is either Black, White, Rose Gold or Orchid Purple, with the 6000, there is a Grey/Silver accent to it, which just gives a subtle tone change and looks smart.
It is within this front panel that the icons for the cleaning modes are.
These icons are backlit with a White LED.
The Pro 6000 offers 5 cleaning modes, but the handle shows 4 icons only. The default, Daily Clean, is excluded.
The Pro 8000 has 6 cleaning modes, but only 5 icons shown. The default Daily Clean is excluded, like it is on the 6000.
The 8000 offers Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, Pro Clean and Tongue Clean.
It is the Tongue Clean the 6000 does not have.
Provided in the box with the brushes are a number of accessories including brush heads.
With the 6000 comes 1 x CrossAction brush head. This is essentially the default for most Oral-B toothbrushes.
In the box with the 8000 comes 2 extra brush heads. There is the 1 x CrossAction, plus 1 x 3D White and 1 x Sensitive.
These extra heads compliment the cleaning modes available on the brush.
Interchangeable, these heads can be purchased separately, in various pack sizes and used on all Oral-B brush handles.
They work on any mode, although the 3D White head is most effective in theory on the Whitening mode than it would be the Tongue Clean mode.
It is the Genius Pro 8000 that benefits from a few extras in the box.
The 8000 comes with a premium travel case, that allows the brush to be charged inside the case.
Color matched to the brush, the case is finished in a soft touch material all round.
On the side there is a large plastic release button to open it up with gloss plastic end caps to the case.
This case, like that supplied with the 6000, protects the handle and up to 2 brush heads during travel.
The in case charging means you do not need to take the charging dock with you, if you feel you will need to charge your brush whilst travelling.
In the box comes a multi-voltage (100-240v) power adapter which connects to the proprietary port on the case and charges the Genius Pro 8000 sat inside.
There is too a USB port on the case.
Providing the mains power cable is connected, you can use the USB power cable for your smartphone to connect to the case and charge your phone too.
To aid with the cleaning both brushes have Bluetooth connectivity and connect to an Android or iOS smartphone with the partnering application.
I cover the connectivity and how it works in more detail in the reviews of these brushes (links at the bottom of this comparison).
However, the 8000 offers an extra feature compared to the 6000.
This feature is position detection.
The app uses the front facing camera on your smartphone to watch how the brush is moved and positioned within the mouth, for real time feedback and instruction on how to clean your teeth better.
How you brush your teeth is as important as how long you brush for really and many do it all wrong, so to be shown how to do it right is great.
It is clever and does work, to a point.
You need to spend extra time setting up and getting yourself positioned when brushing. You need to stay fairly still when brushing too. I like it, but for the vast majority, the benefits are outweighed by the hassle of setting it all up.
With patience and a commitment, it will have a positive impact, but if you already rush as much as possible when brushing, this might not be for you. Although, checking your technique every so often might not be a bad thing.
As a result of using your smartphone camera, you need to align this with your face. So another difference is the 8000 is that it comes with a suction cup smartphone holder that is designed to fix to a mirror or tiled wall in your bathroom.
It has to be at head height to allow it to work properly and it will accommodate most phones. However, such an item on your bathroom wall or mirror will not be for everyone.
All this extra box contents and tech comes at a price premium. The 8000 commands about $75 more than the 6000. More detail on the pricing can be found later in this article, in the section titled, is one priced better than the other.
Those are all of the main differences.
For the sake of completeness, let me list some of the similarities. Both brushes have:
- A 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer built in.
- Oral-B’s 3D cleaning action.
- The same brush motor, offering 48,000 pulsations and 10,500 oscillations per minute.
- Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening and ProClean brushing modes.
- Cleaning mode button.
- A built in battery icon.
- Visible pressure sensor.
- 12 day battery life based on 1 user brushing twice a day for 2 minutes each time.
- A lithium-ion type battery built in.
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Customizable LED smart ring.
- Brush head storage compartment for up to 4 brush heads.
- 2 pin US charging stand with support for 110-130v.
- Water resistant handle.
- 2 year warranty.
Does one clean better than the other?
My hands on testing has not been conducted in any way that could be deemed scientific of clinically accurate.
I can say that either brush provides a great clean to my teeth and gums.
In my mind is significantly easier and better than a manual toothbrush.
You need to ensure you use the right technique with an electric toothbrush though, to achieve maximum benefit, as the approach is different to a manual brush.
With the exception of the tongue clean mode, the brushes share the same modes and the same motor, so the clean should be equal.
If you want to get really technical, you need to consider the brush heads.
The 6000 comes with the CrossAction head, whilst the 8000 comes with 3 different styles.
Depending on which you use, depends on the cleaning effect it achieves.
All are designed to give a good overall clean, but the Sensitive brush head that comes with the 8000 has softer bristles than the 3D White or CorssAction, to be more gentle on the teeth and gums.
The 3D White head has a specially designed polishing cup, to buff the teeth to a shine.
16 degree bristles found on the CrossAction brush head are designed for a solid, all over tooth clean.
These 3 heads are from a wider range that includes TriZone, FlossAction, PrecisionClean and Ortho, to help you and me get the best clean of our teeth.
All the heads are interchangeable.
Just because one style came supplied, does not mean you need to stick with it. You can choose the one you feel is most suitable for you.
Your own oral healthcare goals are going to have some bearing on the head you decide to use. You may even consult your dentist for their opinion.
Whatever you decide, the thumbs up from your dentist is to be expected as both brushes have been approved by the American Dental Association.
Gaining the seal of acceptance, the brushes have met and passed certain standards and expectations the independent board have set.
In no way possible to quantify, it would also be fair to say that if you were to correctly invest and spend time getting used to the position detection system offered by the 8000, long term you would see beneficial results.
Acting like a dentist, the tips and advice given based on your actual brushing might just give you the potential to have better oral health than if you chose the 6000.
Is one better priced than the other?
Yes, the Pro 6000 is the cheaper of these 2 brushes.
The suggested selling price of the 6000 is $200 compared to the $275 of the Genius 8000.
For that extra $75 you get:
- 1 extra cleaning mode
- 2 additional brush heads
- A travel case that can allow the brush to be charged within it
- Position detection technology.
- A suction cup smartphone holder in the box.
As much as I love the Pro 8000 for what it offers, this is a big extra spend for features that are not essential.
The lengthy explanation above justifies why.
Discredit the 8000 I wish not to, but taking the viewpoint of the average buyer, the 6000 represents the better value purchase.
Suggested retail prices are just that and there is reasonable variance between sellers.
At the time of writing, if I head online, I can get the Pro 6000 for $105 ($95 less than suggested) and the 8000 for $175 ($120 less than suggested).
This is of course always subject to change.
I first reviewed the 8000 in March 2017 and the 6000 in October of the same year.
At the time of writing the prices have not changed all that much.
As a rough guide, the cost of owning each brush over a 3 year period, including the cost of replacement brush heads is as follows:
- Genius 8000 – $242 or just $0.22 per day
- Pro 6000 – $170 or $0.16 per day
Either way both these brushes are cheaper than their suggested price, but the difference between the 2 remains relatively consistent, the 8000 being quite a bit more expensive.
Pay a price you are comfortable with. Do not stretch yourself or spend over the odds.
You should buy the brush that is right for you.
Conclusion & which one should I buy?
If you want the all singing and most feature rich model, then the Genius Pro 8000 is the one to go for.
It highlights the best of what Oral-B can offer, but it comes with a reasonable price tag.
As innovative as the position detection system is, for most, me included it is a bit too much of a faff for everyday use.
If brushing your teeth already is one of those necessary evils in your eyes, the position detection is probably only going to make that view worse.
The Pro 6000 however does away with this and arguably offers most of the best features of the 8000 at a lower price point.
For many the 6000 represents an overall better value buy.
To find out more about either of these brushes why not click the relevant links below to be taken to the manufacturer’s website, to our hands on written reviews which include video or to one of our recommended outlets to purchase one at the best price possible
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 we 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 using 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