The Genius X is the successor to the Genius 9000, which is currently the top of the line brush from Oral-B.
The Genius X has not officially been launched in Singapore.
It can be imported from the US & other markets such as the UK.
This comparison is based on the US version of the Genius X.
The Genius X in the USA is also known as the Genius 10,000.
In the UK & Europe, the Genius X is known also as the Genius 20,000.
All units will come with an international warranty rather than a local warranty.
Which one would we choose?
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, availability, price and support within Singapore means the Genius 9000 is the brush I recommend.
For a wider comparison of electric toothbrush options, see our roundup of the UK’s best electric toothbrushes.
The following video comparison is of the UK Genius X and Genius 9000. The model you import or buy in Singapore may have a different price and box contents. The general message is the same though.
The following table lists the key differences between each brush.
A more detailed list and explanation of the differences can be found beneath the comparison table.
|Genius X||Genius 9000|
|Recommended Retail Price (RRP)||S$295-383||S$399|
|Cleaning Action||3D Oscillating Rotating & Pulsating||3D Oscillating Rotating & Pulsating|
|Number of Cleaning Modes||6||6|
|Timer & Pacer||Yes||Yes|
|Pressure Sensor||Yes |
|Battery Life (Days – Manufacturer claimed)||14+||14+|
|Number of Brush Heads Included||3 or 7|
(subject to variant)
|Travel Case||Yes |
(with in case charging)
(with in case charging)
|Position Detection Technology||Yes||Yes|
(requires smartphone camera)
|Other Key Information||Smartphone suction cup|
& brush head storage
- 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 3 or 7 brush heads (subject to variant) compared to the 4 brush heads supplied with the Genius 9000.
- The Genius X comes in 5 colour options (white, black, orchid purple, anthracite black & sakura pink) compared to the 3 colour options of the Genius 9000 (white, rose gold & 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 X comes with a different charging stand with detachable power supply.
- The X has an international warranty compared to the local warranty of the 9000.
- The Genius 9000 is generally cheaper.
Please note. This comparison focuses on the Genius 9000 vs the Genius X 10,000 (US variant).
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 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 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 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. This is either 2 x UltraThin, 1 x FlossAction and 1 x 3D White brush head or 1 x CrossAction, 1 x FlossAction, 1 x 3D White and 1 x UltraThin. ,
With the Genius X, the number of brush heads supplied depends on the model purchased.
The standard Genius X comes with just 3 brush heads. However, if you purchase the premium luxe model, then you get 7 brush heads in the box.
With the standard Genius X you get 1 x CrossAction, 1 x 3D White and 1 x FlossAction head.
With the Luxe, 2 x CrossAction, 1 x 3D White, 2 x FlossAction and 2 x UltraThin heads.
Both brushes comes in different colour options.
The 9000 sold in Singapore is available in white, black and rose gold.
The Genius X, that is imported from the USA is available in 5 options, white, black, orchid purple, anthracite black and sakura pink.
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.
Black coloured handles tend to come with black coloured cases. All others are white. However, the case may have a decal/pattern on it to give it a little extra design flair.
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.
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 3 or 7, 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 subtle difference is the charging stands.
The 9000 has a charging stand with a power adapter hardwired into it. The X on the other hand has a detachable power supply.
This power adapter is the same one used with the provided travel case. So to charge the toothbrush in the case you will need to detach the power cable from the charging stand that the X sits on.
Having a removable power cable on the charging stand does to mean that the stand looks a little different as well. It has a circular design compared to the more oval of the 9000. It looks a little smarter as it is not as thick.
Because the 9000 has been launched in Singapore it has a local warranty. This is not something offered with the X because it is an import. The warranty here is served on an international basis. It may be difficult to get support in Singapore, should things go wrong.
The last difference between these 2 toothbrushes is the price.
The official retail price of the Genius 9000 is S$399.
The Genius X is anywhere between US$220-285. Converted to Singapore Dollars this is S$295-383.
In reality, both sell for approximately less than this.
Whilst prices are always subject to change and do vary from one retailer to another, generally speaking, the Genius 9000 sells for less than the Genius X .
As a rough average, the Genius 9000 sells for around S$175, whilst the X sells for $S235-269.
There is a little justification for the S$65+ premium that the X commands. It is certainly more convenient when it comes to daily tracking.
But the warranty and the limited benefits the X offers makes the 9000 the smarter purchase.
If the difference was nearer S£20 it might be a more difficult decision.
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 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
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 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.
Is one better priced than the other?
Oral-B set the recommended retail price.
For the Genius 9000, this is S$399.
The Genius X is US$220 for the standard model and $250 for the Luxe. There is a limited edition model at US $285.
The X has not been officially launched in Singapore. If it had the prices might be a little more different. As an approximate conversion, the X costs S$295-383.
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 for less, with some reasonable savings able to be had.
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.
Going by the average pricing data, the Genius 9000 sells for S$175, whilst the X sells for $S235-269.
When the price difference is around S$20, the Genius X about works out the better buy on the basis it is more convenient to use on a daily basis.
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 9000 because it is cheaper and a model that has launched and is supported within Singapore.
Yes, the Genius X is more convenient to use, particularly with the real-time tracking. But, it is more expensive and must be improted.
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.