Which one would we choose?
Electric Teeth Verdict:
A tricky head to head, because both brushes offer a lot.
2 solid electric toothbrushes neither disappoint.
- The Sonicare DiamondClean comes in 5 colors (White, Black, Pink, Rose Gold and Amethyst) compared to the 1 (Black) color of the Pro 7000.
- The Pro 7000 has 6 cleaning modes (Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, Deep Clean and Tongue Cleaning) compared to the 5 of the DiamondClean (Clean, White, Deep Clean, Gum Care and Sensitive).
- The Pro 7000 comes with 3 brush heads in the box (1 x CrossAction, 1 x 3D White and 1 x Sensitive) whilst the DiamondClean comes with 3 too (1 x AdaptiveClean, 1 x DiamondClean Standard and 1 x InterCare Standard).
- The DiamondClean has a 21 day battery life compared to the 10 days of the Pro 7000.
- The DiamondClean has a charging glass compared to the Pro 7000’s charging stand.
- The DiamondClean offers an Easy-Start feature.
- The DiamondClean allows for the brush to be charged in the travel case.
- The Pro 7000 has a visible pressure sensor
- The Pro 7000 has Bluetooth connectivity.
- The Pro 7000 comes with a Smart Wireless Guide.
- The Pro 7000 comes with a storage compartment for up to 4 brush heads.
- The Pro 7000 is generally cheaper .
Detailed Comparison: What’s the difference between the Sonicare DiamondClean and Oral-B Pro 7000?
These brushes are from 2 of the major brands within the oral health space and both are higher ticket products, packed with features that to be frank we don’t all need.
Let’s look in a bit more detail on what makes these two brushes stand apart.
Let’s start with how they look. The physical size of these two brushes are different.
Key measurements for the 7000 are:
- Height (with head) – 24cm
- Width – 3cm
- Thickness – 4cm
- Weight (with head) – 168g
Key measurements for the DiamondClean are:
- Height (with head) – 25.5cm
- Width – 2.7cm
- Thickness – 2.8cm
- Weight (with head) – 142g
The Pro 7000 is the chunkier of the 2 units, which is surprising given it has the shorter battery life. More on that shortly.
Cylindrical in shape, the DiamondClean is a very premium looking brush with a uniform design with a matt style paint finish to the brush handle.
Just a single power button and a few icons that light up when powered on, are all that is present on this brush handle.
Minimal is one word I could use to describe the design.
The gloss White plastic we might expect is left to the brush head. The handle itself is available in 5 colors.
Those colors are White, Black, Pink, Rose Gold and Amethyst.
Make no mistake the Sonicare is the more premium looking brush.
A more tapered profile the Pro 7000 gets thicker towards the base of the handle with large Silver panels that run down the sides of the brush handle.
On the back of the handle is a very textured rubber grip in Black and on the front are many more icons and a much busier overall design.
It is personal preference as to which you prefer the look of. The 7000 feels more about function over style.
There are 6 cleaning modes on the Pro 7000 and 5 on the DiamondClean.
We have covered the cleaning modes of both manufacturers in the following posts:
They go under slightly different names, but essentially achieve the same results.
The differing cleaning mode is the Tongue Cleaning, which is available on the 7000.
In favour of the DiamondClean is the fact that the selected cleaning mode lights up on the brush handle, when selected. The Pro 7000 does not offer this.
With the 7000 you either need to remember the order of the modes or refer to the smartphone app or the Smart Wireless Guide.
To cycle through the modes on the DiamondClean, you use the power button. On the 7000 there is a separate cleaning mode button.
Whilst far from essential, certain cleaning modes achieve best effect when used with particular brush heads.
Both Oral-B and Sonicare offer different styles of brush head and both of these models come with 3 different brush heads in the box.
The Pro 7000 comes with 1 x CrossAction, 1 x 3D White and 1 x Sensitive.
The DiamondClean comes with 1 x AdaptiveClean, 1 x DiamondClean Standard and 1 x InterCare Standard.
You may find you have a preference on which works best for you or delivers the results you like. All heads can be used on any cleaning mode.
The smaller round head of the Oral-B model is easier to maneuver and reach the back of the mouth in my opinion. The Sonicare heads are larger, more similar to a traditional manual toothbrush.
Despite a personal preference for Oral-B, both clean well and there are no concerns.
When it comes to battery life, the DiamondClean makes the Oral-B look somewhat disappointing.
Given the physically larger size of the 7000, the battery life is just 10 days, based on 2 cleans per day of 2 minutes.
The DiamondClean has a 21 day battery life. That is virtually 3 times as long, in a slimmer handle.
Sonicare appear to have invested more in this are using a Lithium-Ion battery as opposed to the Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) found in the 7000.
When the brushes require charging both need to be sat on their charging stands.
Continuing the stylish design trend, the DiamondClean comes with a wireless charging glass. This sits on top of a base plate to which connects the 2 pin power cord.
The brush sits within this glass to be charged. Bulky, but different, it certainly looks smart.
The Pro 7000 on the other hand sits on top of the charging stand that it comes supplied with it. A recess in the base of the brush handle accepts the prong on the top of the charging stand.
For first time electric toothbrush users, the DiamondClean has a compelling feature.
It is called ‘Easy-Start’.
When powered on, providing the brush remains powered for 1 minute, the brush will gradually increase the brushing power over 14 cleans. This makes for a more gentle introduction to the power that this brush offers.
Another neat feature that the DiamondClean offers, is the ability to charge the brush in the travel case.
The 7000 comes with a premium travel case, but it holds the brush handle and 2 heads only.
A USB to mini-USB cable is provided in the box with the Sonicare, as is a power adapter with USB port on it.
This allows for the brush to be charged in the case from the mains power or from a USB socket.
Useful if you are travelling for long periods of time, but with a 3 week battery life a charge is not required all that often. The detachable cable can easily be lost.
There are a number of other quite neat features that the Pro 7000 offers that the DiamondClean does not.
One of these is a visible pressure sensor.
Found on the neck of the brush handle, the Red/Orange panel lights up Red when you are applying too much pressure when brushing.
This is a visual clue as to relieve the pressure, so that you don’t do unnecessary damage to your teeth and gums.
If brushing with the DiamondClean, you may hear the motor straining, but no visual alert like the 7000.
Bluetooth connectivity is built into the 7000.
What this means is that using the wireless technology, the brush can communicate with a free application available for Android and iOS mobile devices.
The brush sends real time data back to the app to give you feedback on your brushing.
Tips and insights on how to improve your oral health are given as a result of your clean.
The app builds up a log of your cleaning habits for review at a later date as well as allowing you to set specific journeys, to improve your oral health.
It is not necessary to have the brush in range of the smartphone during all cleaning sessions as it will save cleans to the handle and sync them, the next time they are connected.
Setup and use is relatively painless, but not all will like this idea or want to have their smartphone in the bathroom.
One of the few Oral-B brushes to offer this novel gadget, the Pro 7000 comes with a wireless smart guide.
It looks like a small bedside clock. Whilst it does function as a clock, it does to turn into a visual timer when the brush is turned on.
Sit it within your bathroom and as you power on the brush, the on screen timer will show up.
Counting down the 2 minutes, a graphic will show you what quadrant you should focus on for cleaning and you will get a star rating for how well you have cleaned.
Icons will too show you what cleaning mode is selected on the handle, something that is not immediately apparent from the handle itself.
Despite both brushes coming with 3 brush heads in the box it is only the Pro 7000 that offers a place to store these.
Of course 1 fits to the handle itself, but with Oral-B, a plastic moulded storage tray comes provided.
It holds up to 4 brush heads within the tray, protected under a lid.
Clipping around the provided charging stand, it is a neat solution for brush head storage and giving the brush and the heads a home when not in use.
Whilst price is of course not everything, the Pro 7000 is typically the cheaper of the 2, with $50 in price difference between these 2 brushes.
Naturally there are similarities too.
Both come with a 2 minute timer and pacer built in and both come with a 2 year warranty.
The handles are water resistant and can be rinsed under a tap.
Does one clean better than the other?
Both brushes left my mouth feeling clean and fresh.
Slightly different approaches they both have to cleaning the teeth, the smaller round brush head on offer from Oral-B is my overall preference.
Able to more easily reach to the back teeth, the small head feels more manoeuvrable.
But in truth, they are so closely matched.
Providing you are brushing with the right technique you will likely get the seal of approval from your dentist no matter which one you opt for.
It might be an argument too far for some, but there are grounds for suggesting that the Pro 7000 can ensure you clean your teeth better.
The Bluetooth connectivity will give real time feedback and advice on brushing for the right amount of time. It will also give you tips, to ensure you take better care of your oral health.
Whilst it is not as smart as Bluetooth, the Wireless Guide gives you a visual reminder and encouragement to do the best you can to achieve the star rating and smiley face.
Is one better priced than the other?
Yes, at the time of writing, the Pro 7000 is a minimum of $50 less than the DiamondClean.
Prices are always changing, but that difference is hard to justify for some.
The DiamondClean may look the part, offer the better battery life and in case charging, but is it worth it for another $50.
If you do believe it is, seriously consider the DiamondClean Smart, which offers even more than the DiamondClean and is only a few dollars more.
Brush heads are priced differently too, not by much, but a small difference.
Oral-B heads tend to work out at roughly $5 each compared to the $8 of Sonicare.
There is no denying that the Pro 7000 offers pretty good value for money when you consider what you get.
Conclusion & which one should I buy?
If you are making your decision based on nothing but price, the choice is the Oral-B Pro 7000.
Want the smallest brush heads? Then you need to opt for the Pro 7000.
Would you like Bluetooth? That will be the Oral-B again.
If however, you are looking for the best battery life, the DiamondClean is the answer.
Want something a bit more stylish and great for those on the go, then the DiamondClean wins again here.
The 7000 offers the best all round package in my mind, but it is not unreasonable to be drawn to the DiamondClean, if you are, you will pay a premium. If so, make sure you consider the newer DiamondClean Smart, that brings even more value.
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
Last updated: 2019-02-17 at 19:53 // Source: Amazon Associates