Which one would we choose?
These two brushes are almost identical in features and capability.
The Oral-B Genius X is the better of the two brushes as its Bluetooth connectivity and real-time brush tracking are much simpler to use on a daily basis.
However, there is a very strong argument to pick the Pro 8000 over the X, particularly if the purchase price is favorable.
- 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 Pro 8000 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 Genius Pro 8000.
- The Genius X comes in 5 color options (black, white, orchid purple, anthracite black and sakura pink) compared to the 4 color options of the Genius Pro 8000 (black, white, orchid purple and rose gold).
- The Genius X comes with a color matched charging stand with a detachable power adapter compared to the hardwired adapter with the Pro 8000.
- The Genius Pro 8000 comes with a brush head storage compartment that holds up to 4 brush heads.
- The Genius Pro 8000 is generally cheaper.
Detailed comparison: what’s the difference between the Oral-B Genius X and Pro 8000?
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 Pro 8000.
The Genius X is a slight refinement on the Genius Pro 8000. It makes using the ‘smart’ elements of the brush a bit more convenient on a daily basis.
Existing Genius Pro 8000 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 Genius Pro 8000 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 8000, 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 do not need to mount your smartphone in a holder, you do not need to 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 smartphone 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 are slightly different with the 8000 to the X, because of the position detection system the 8000 uses.
As a result of the Genius 8000 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 Pro 8000, you get 3 brush heads included in the box, no matter what variant. In most instances, you will get 1 x CrossAction, 1 x 3D White and 1 x Sensitive 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 either the 8000 or the X, if you buy the black colored models, you will get a black colored CrossAction head. All others are white in color.
This leads me to the next difference.
The Genius Pro 8000 is available in 4 color options, black, white, rose gold and orchid purple.
The Genius X is available in 5 color options, black, white, orchid purple, sakura pink and anthracite black.
However, with the Genius X in the sakura pink and anthracite black are only available as luxe variants (with 7 brush heads). The black, white and orchid purple are available standard (3 brush heads) variants.
With both the 8000 and Genius X 10,000 the black colored handles are made with gloss black plastic. All other color options have gloss white plastic handles. The color accents are the main panel on the front of the handle.
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 Genius Pro 8000 or Genius X is the same. However, the colors are slightly different.
When purchasing the 8000, in most instances, the case is white in color, but the black variant 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.
Another subtle change between these 2 models is the charging stand supplied.
Both come with one as standard.
With the Genius Pro 8000, the charging stand is white in color and has a power cord hardwired into it.
This cord connects to the 2 pin US power supply to recharge the built-in battery in the Genius when the 8000 is sat on the stand.
The stand supports 110-130v.
When it comes to the Genius X, the stand itself is slightly less bulky and rounder in design than the more oval shaped stand provided with the 8000.
The power cord is detachable.
It has a 2 pin US plug on the power adapter, but it supports 100-240v.
The power cord is designed to be used with the charging stand and the travel case. The Pro 8000 has the same power cord, but this is supplied to be used with the travel case only.
Unlike the 8000, the charging stand provided with the X is color matched to the brush handle (black or white) whereas the 8000 came with just a white stand. The power cord is color matched too.
Given that the Genius X comes with a minimum of 3 brush heads, you might think that Oral-B would offer a place to store these heads. Sadly not. The X does not come with any form of brush head storage compartment, something the Pro 8000 does boast.
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.
This storage compartment can be purchased as an optional accessory should you like to have it. But, with the change in charging stand design with the Genius X, this stand it is not technically compatible, but could still sit off to one side.
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 8000 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
- The 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 8000 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 Pro 8000 is $180 whilst the Genius X is $220 and $250 for the standard and luxe model.
Generally, both can sell for around 20% less than this, making the 8000 around $150 and the Genius X 10,000 around $175
Whilst prices are always subject to change and do vary from one store to another, generally speaking, the Genius Pro 8000 that launched in 2016 sells for less than the Genius X that launched in 2019.
For a $25-40 premium that the X commands, it arguably justifiable. However, anything more than this and you might want to consider the Genius 8000, given such few differences actually exist.
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.
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 Pro 8000 becomes the one to buy, if the price difference is greater than $40, because it’s more cash in your pocket.