Which one would we choose?
There are not that many differences between these 2 smart electric toothbrushes.
The Genius X is the better of the two brushes as its Bluetooth connectivity and real-time brush tracking is much simpler to use on a daily basis.
The only real reason to opt for the 9600 would be if the price was considerably less.
- The Genius X comes with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to track the movement of the toothbrush when in use compared to the 9600 that relies on camera tracking.
- The smartphone app is slightly different.
- The Genius 9600 comes with a suction cup smartphone holder.
- The Genius X comes with 3 or 7 brush heads (subject to variant) compared to the 3 brush heads supplied with the 9600.
- Both models come in 5 color options. The Genius X is available in black, white, orchid purple, anthracite black and sakura pink) compared to the black, white, orchid purple, sakura pink and rose gold of the 9600.
- The Genius 9600 is generally cheaper.
These differences are explained at length later in this article. However, you might wish to learn more about each brush being compared. To do so, check out our hands-on reviews:
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.
Detailed comparison: what’s the difference between the Oral-B Genius X 10000 and 9600?
The differences between these 2 brushes are fairly limited.
At first glance, I really wouldn’t blame you if you thought they were the same product.
In truth, it is only when you dig deeper into the features and use them both, do you really see and understand the differences.
So then, to what is the fundamental difference between these 2 toothbrushes, the way that they track the toothbrush when in use.
Both have a slightly different approach to real-time tracking.
The Genius X is essentially a slight refinement on the 9600. It makes using the ‘smart’ elements of the brush a bit more convenient to use on a daily basis.
Existing 9600 owners have no need to upgrade or replace their brush with the Genius X 10,000. 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 9600 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 9600, 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 your teeth brushing routine.
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 holder, 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 10,000 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 brush your teeth more effectively and improving 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 9600 to the X, because of the position detection system the 9600 uses.
As a result of the Genius 9600 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 9600, you get 3 brush heads included. You get 1 x CrossAction, 1 x 3D White and 1 x Pro GumCare brush head.
However, if you purchase the Genius X you will get either 3 or 7 brush heads.
I say either because there are different variants of the X, the standard or luxe variant.
The standard variant comes with 1 x CrossAction, 1 x 3D White and 1 x FlossAction.
The luxe version comes with 2 x CrossAction, 1 x 3D White, 2 x Pro GumCare and 2 x FlossAction.
With the Genius X, if you buy the black colored models, you will get a black colored CrossAction head. All others are white in color.
With the 9600, the black colored handle comes with white brush heads, no color matched heads are provided.
This leads me onto the next difference.
The Genius 9600 is available in 5 color options, black, white, orchid purple, sakura pink and rose gold.
The Genius X is available in 5 color options, black, white, orchid purple, sakura pink and anthracite black.
You will notice the Genius X is not available in rose gold and the 9600 is not available in the anthracite black.
I wish to make you aware that the sakura pink and anthracite black models of the Genius X are only available as luxe variants (with 7 brush heads). The black, white and orchid purple color options are available as standard variants (3 brush heads) only.
With both the 9600 and Genius X 10,000 the black colored brush handles are made from a gloss plastic. All other color options have gloss white plastic handles. The color accents are the main panel on the front of the handle, where the cleaning icons reside.
Some of the hands-on images throughout this comparison best demonstrate these color differences.
The choice of brush handle color does in part affect the travel case supplied.
Technically the travel case supplied with the 9600 or Genius X is the same. However, the colors are slightly different.
When purchasing the 9600, in most instances, the case is white in color, but the black handle comes with a black colored travel case.
With the Genius X, the same principle applies, but the luxe variants have a ‘premium’ pattern/decal on the case.
With the anthracite black variant, the primary color 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 sakura pink luxe variant, the case is white, but the pattern is predominantly silver with a few pink accents.
It makes the case stand out, but it is far from a deal breaker.
The last difference between these 2 toothbrushes is the price, which I cover in the section below.
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 9600 and Genius X 10000 have:
- 2 minute timer
- 30 second quadpacer
- Pressure sensor
- LED smart ring customizable 1 of 12 colors
- 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
- Travel case that holds the handle and 2 brush heads
- A travel case that allows the brush to be charged inside it
- 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 X could clean better than the 9600 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?
The official retail price of the Genius 9600 is $200.
$220 and $250 are the suggested selling prices for the Genius X standard and luxe models.
As I write this comparison, the Genius X remains at the suggested retail price of $220 for the standard model. Select variants of the 9600 are however discounted as low as $140.
Of course, prices are always subject to change, but it is quite typical to see electric toothbrushes selling for around 20% less than the manufacturers suggested selling price.
Based on this, the 9600 should average around $160 and the Genius X at $175.
For up to a $40 premium that the X commands, it arguably justifiable, if you really will use the real-time tracking.
However, anything more than this and the 9600 will be the better buy.
Unless you are set on the Genius X, a price premium of more than $40 is really not worth it.
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.
2 very similar toothbrushes, but the implementation of real-time brush tracking on the Genius X makes it the more desirable and practical option for use on a daily basis, if you can commit yourself to such.
I think it is worth paying up to about $40 more than the 9600 to get the Genius X.
Both are great toothbrushes and arguably worth the prices commanded of them. But, if the price premium for the X is greater than $40, it isn’t worth it. Take the cash saving and go with the 9600.
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 or 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.