As of April 2021, Oclean have launched an updated model of the X Pro.
Known as the X Pro Elite, it is a much better and higher rated toothbrush.
We share our verdict in our Oclean X Pro Elite hands-on review.
The Oclean X cleans the teeth well and looks lovely.
It charges quickly, has a long battery life and the magnetic mount is brilliant.
The position tracking is better than I anticipated.
But, the small colour display that is one of the key selling points of this brush is frustrating to use and the associated smartphone app needs a bit of work.
Given what it offers for the price, it is impressive, but I would happily spend a little more if certain things were improved.
- Stylish looking brush handle
- Magnetic holder/charging stand
- Timer and pacer encourage brushing for the recommended time
- Long battery life between charges
- Ability to customise the cleaning modes
- Very good value considering what is on offer
- Display touch controls are awkward
- Smartphone app needs improvement
- Lack of grip on the handle
- Magnetic holder/charging stand doesn’t charge the toothbrush
- Limited battery status feedback
Where to buy the Oclean X
Oclean is not as widely stocked like Oral-B, Sonicare and Colgate might be.
But, you can still buy this relatively easily.
It’s always worth checking eBay too.
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Consider these other brushes
If I were buying a new electric toothbrush today, my choice would be the Oral-B Pro 3 3500.
It’s affordable with the features you need. It is our number 1 choice for the best electric toothbrush.
But, if you particularly want a smart toothbrush on a budget, it would make sense to consider the Oclean X Pro Elite.
An upgrade on the X Pro, it is quieter with an improved display and comes with a higher rating from us.
Honestly, all the models clean your teeth just as well though. All brushes require you to use the correct technique.
Our guide to taking care of your teeth shows you all of the important things you need to know, irrespective of the toothbrush you use.
Oclean X in depth review
Oclean is fast becoming an established brand within the dental healthcare market with their range of electric toothbrushes.
Although based in the far east, their brushes are available to international customers and growing in popularity thanks to the value for money that they offer.
Although not technically owned by Chinese technology giant Xiaomi, they are one of the Xiaomi Youpin members, which means they benefit from being part of the Xiaomi ecosystem and can help deliver technically solid products at great prices.
Variants of this toothbrush
Oclean makes a number of different models of toothbrush as many brands do. One of their premium models is the ‘Oclean X’.
However, complicating things a little further they have the ‘X Pro’ which is VERY similar to the standard X model.
The X Pro variant is based off the standard X model. The differences (as far as I am aware) are:
- The X Pro has a 30 day battery life in standby compared to the 21 of the X
- The X Pro charges in just 2 hours compared to 3 hours of the X
- The X Pro weighs 100g compared to the 99g of the X
- The X Pro is available in blue compared to the white of the X
- The X Pro is newer
- The X (non pro variant) is easier to buy
The differences are very subtle and I would not suggest you must go for the Pro version.
Given the better availability of the X and that the cleaning action is the same, this is probably the one to opt for.
It is the X Pro that I have and is shown in the photos throughout this review.
What’s in the box?
- 1 x Oclean X Pro brush handle
- 1 x Brush head
- 1 x Hanging base (2 parts – wall magnet sticker & bottom base)
- 1 x USB to microUSB cable
- Sonic cleaning action with 42,000 brush strokes per minute
- 32 intensity settings
- Fast charging
- 30 day battery life
- Magnetic wall mount
- 0.96 inch OLED colour display
Design, usability, clean & general use
Oclean have done a great job when it comes to the unboxing experience. It feels like you are opening a premium technology product. In many respects, you are, just without the premium price tag.
That premium feeling extends to the brush handle and the technology built inside.
There is a lot to cover, so I will try and be to the point.
The X Pro that I am reviewing here is finished in a lovely blue colour, including the brush head too.
A matt finish to the plastic makes it look much more premium than the typical gloss white brushes you see.
It is smooth to the touch from every angle. Although the finish does mean it is not quite as slippy in hand as you might imagine, a few well placed grips would not have gone a miss.
Typically sized for an electric toothbrush, the handle is not perfectly round, there is a slight squaring to the overall handle which actually helps retain a good hold of it in the hand.
On the front of the sleek handle is the Oclean logo in a silver/gold colour right at the bottom and then in the upper third of the handle, the colour touchscreen display and power button. More on this shortly.
At the top of the handle is the brush head that pushes onto and pulls off the metal shaft that extends out the top form the sonic motor inside.
This is a sonic toothbrush and is designed to clean like a Philips Sonicare toothbrush.
It offers up to 42,000 brush strokes per minute. That is 11,000 more than a Sonicare, and it is noticeable. However, don’t get too fixated on this. Power isn’t always the answer. Yes, it can provide benefits when cleaning, but technique, frequency and brushing time are likely to have more positive effects.
The number of movements per minute is in part dictated by the cleaning mode and brushing intensity selected. There are 32 different intensities. Only at the highest setting of 32 are you getting the full power of the motor.
The X Pro gives an invigorating clean as good as any other toothbrush I have used, I really cannot fault it here. My teeth felt lovely and clean after use.
A typical clean lasts 2 minutes. To help you brush for this 2 mintue time and do so evenly, a timer and pacer are built-in. At 30 second intervals a pause in the brush head motion causes a change in brushing sensation and sound. This is your cue to move from 1 quadrant to another.
Spend 30 seconds cleaning each quadrant (upper right, left, lower right and left) and by the end of the 2 minutes you should have cleaned the teeth evenly. The brush will then turn itself off automatically.
Many brushes have a pressure sensor built-in to alert you if you are brushing with too much force. If you do, it can be damaging to the teeth. The Oclean X does sort-of have one built-in but it is not implemented in the way I would like it to be.
Only if the brushing level is set to 24 or higher will the motor in the brush slow, if it detects excessive pressure. It will not however change the sound or alert you really, aside from perhaps a subtle difference in the brushing sensation.
It would be better if there was a light or audible warning that alerted you when brushing too hard, irrespective of the intensity level.
Just remember, you don’t need to scrub the teeth, let the bristles do most of the work.
Unlike many brushes, the X has a built-in gyroscope. This is essentially a special sensor that tracks the position of the toothbrush and senses what areas of the teeth/mouth have been cleaned. Oclean call is ‘Smart Blind Zone Detection’.
Leading brands Sonicare and Oral-B have such technology too, but it has been implemented a little differently on the Oclean X.
As you brush it is tracking the movement of the brush handle/head and at the end of the cleaning session, it displays on the in handle screen a little graphic of a full set of teeth. Those that are red in colour have been missed or not brushed correctly, whilst those in white have.
Although the sensor is working in real-time, it does not show the data in real-time. The feedback given on the screen or in the app is not available until after the clean has completed.
This is quite useful if you are wishing to improve your tooth brushing and the associated score acts as a bit of a measure/encouragement to do better.
Overall, I think this is pretty good. My scores and feedback were in the high 90’s, generally.
That said, just laying the brush down on a countertop implied like I had brushed some of the teeth, but the score was just 1/100 so I can let it off.
But, there are some inconsitencies with this tracking/scoring system. On serveral ocassions it gave me a score of 1, impling my brushing time was low desipte having very good brushing coverage and having actually brushed for 2 minutes.
No sensor tracking I have used to date, including Oral-B and Sonicare has been perfect. But, these are steps in the right direction to help you and me at home do better.
The Oclean X worked much better than I had anticipated, even if it wasn’t 100% accurate. I don’t think we are too far off the tech being more accurate.
Ultimately it is about trying to encourage us all to do a bit better and even if the tech isn’t 100% perfect the visual stimulus you get from the display or app really helps in my opinion.
This scope for improvement extends to the Oclean app.
Terrible it is not, but it lacks a certain refinement. It is hard to describe. The layout and flow could be a bit more intuitive I feel.
I have to hand it to Oclean, the data stored and what you can access is great.
It does actually retain more data than the likes of Oral-B’s app, even showing you how long you spend on particular surfaces of the teeth.
There are lots of customisation options in the app around the cleaning modes available on the brush and you can virtually customise until your heart is content.
You can make brushing modes up to 4 minutes long, change the focus areas and the time for each quadrant or even have 6 sections to each cleaning mode, whilst giving it a unique name, so you know exactly what it is.
You can see each mode explained so you know how to use it properly.
However, the layout is not initially the most logical.
Maybe I am being overly critical but all this choice and customisation almost gives too much control. The number of cleaning modes and how you customise each isn’t going to have the same significant improvements as just perfecting your technique.
The Oclean X Pro is suggested to have 4 modes, whiten, sensitive, clean & gum massage. From the menu on the brush handle I only ever had the option of 3, but it appeared the 4th mode could be pushed from the smartphone app to the brush, but didn’t appear in the brush menu.
If it can push one mode why can’t you push and store more modes, if you really wanted?! I am sure a software update can fix this. And unlike many other toothbrushes, with the X, you can update the software wirelessly.
So, the touch screen on the handle of the Oclean X then.
It is a 0.96 inch colour TFT display.
As far as I know, this is the first brush to offer such, although Oral-B have announced it as a feature on the iO toothbrush that is arriving in summer 2002.
With all the toothbrushes I have tested I have never felt the need for a display in the handle, although I see the logic of why Oclean have introduced it.
It is amazing such exists in a brush this price, I would have thought it would have been 2 or 3 times this.
I won’t deny it is useful for showing the post brushing data, of how well you have brushed your teeth.
However, this is possibly one of the most infuriating touch screens I have ever used.
Essentially you can swipe up, down, left and right across the screen. You can also swipe up and down on the body of the handle, just to the left or right of the display to scroll through menus as well.
The problem is the way the screen detects your press/swipe. You appear to need to have a ‘fat finger’ approach rather than using the very fingertip, but because of the implementation and size, selecting things can be very difficuclt.
Touching the screen allows you to scroll + or – 1 level within the intensity screen, but if you interact with the touch sensitive area to the left or right of the display it moves + or – 5.
It feels like you have to master the perfect touch. But even after days of trying, whilst I got more used to it, I never seemed to master it.
This has been improved significantly in the new Oclean X Pro Elite.
On the matter of brushing intensity levels, the granular control is nice for those who want it, but maybe 32 different levels is a bit much?!
Sadly, the X Pro does not come with a travel case, which can be useful for holding and protecting the toothbrush and brush head when travelling, be that for work or pleasure.
It would have been a nice addition, even if it cost a few pounds extra.
However, in the box you do get a small plastic cap that slide over the bristles of the brush head to protect them. This could be easily lost, but it is better than nothing.
Also, if you press and hold the power button for about 4-5 seconds, it will lock or unlock the toothbrush. Therefore, if locked, the likelihood of it becoming unlocked and activated whilst in a bag is very low.
Many toothbrushes come with additional brush heads in the box, but the Oclean X does not.
You should replace the head on average every 3 months. Although the handle gives no reminders and there are no fading indicator brisltes on the brush head itself, the smartphone app does have a brush head tracker/reminder built-in, which is useful. You do need to manually reset this when you replace the head, but it is better than nothing at all.
A single head costs around £5 depending on the seller and pack size.
It is worth noting that the toothbrush is IPX7 rated, meaning you can get it wet without concern for its reliability, it should resist water and you can use it in the shower if you like.
I haven’t yet spoken about the built-in rechargeable battery and the innovative associated charging stand. I will talk more about the battery life, in the dedicated section below, but the charging stand doubles as a clever wall mount.
There are essentially 3 parts to the charging stand. You have the detachable power cable and then 2 parts which make up what Oclean call the ‘hanging base’.
The ‘bottom base’ (the bit that does the charging) sits flat on a countertop, to allow the toothbrush to sit on top for charging.
But, this bottom base also attaches to the ‘wall magnet sticker’ thanks to magnets.
The wall magnet sticker is a small plastic plate with a large adhesive pad on the back.
What this means is that the hanging base can be mounted on a wall or mirror and then magnets in the handle and the base allow for it to be stored vertically, off the countertop.
The images illustrate this best. Innovative, I like this a lot.
The Oclean X is not perfect, but its pretty impressive overall.
It would be lovely if the touchscreen was a bit more user friendly, but none-the-less, I could still use this on a daily basis very happily.
Summary of design, usability, clean & general use
- Smart looking brush handle with a premium look and feel
- Minimal design
- Lack of grips on the handle for some
- Sonic cleaning action with up to 42,000 brush strokes per minute
- Very good cleaning performance
- Built-in 2 minute timer and 30 second quadpacer
- 32 different brushing intensity settings
- No real pressure sensor built-in to alert you if brushing too hard
- Gyroscope tracks brushing technique – ‘Smart Blind Zone Detection’
- Data is not feedback in real-time, offered post brushing
- Feedback is given via 0.96″ TFT touchscreen colour display in handle
- Useful graphics and information to help encourage better brushing
- Not 100% accurate but surprisingly good
- The associated smartphone app is ok, but scope for refinement
- App does retain more useful data than the likes of Oral-B & Sonicare
- Possibly too much choice and customisation available in app
- Touchscreen is very fiddly/particular about touch and is ultimately awkward to use
- No travel case provided
- Press and hold power button to lock the brush, stopping accidental activation
- Charging stand/wall mount, known as the hanging base is innovative
Built-into the Oclean X Pro is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery.
It is fixed in place and is not user removable.
The average battery life you will get from this model is 30 days, based on 2 brushing sessions per day, each 2 minutes in length and set to intensity level 18, according to Oclean.
I can confirm that in my hands on testing, I achieved 32 days with these settings, a fraction longer.
The battery life you achieve from it could be better or it could be worse. The actual usable life from the battery depends on your settings/configuration.
Clean for 3 minutes 3 times a day with the intensity set to 32 and you will get less life than you would if the intensity was set to the lowest setting of 1 and you brushed twice a day for 2 minutes.
As a benchmark you will get somewhere between 20-40 days, with 30 being the average.
When you do need to recharge it, the battery is replenished in just 2 hours. Compared to the 12-24 of some models from other brands this is very good.
Provided in the box is a charging stand that is colour matched to the handle. It is powered by a detachable USB to microUSB cable.
The microUSB connector fits into a port on the bottom base. That port is protected by a cover that you need to remove. The brush then sits inside the centre section of this base. Gold pins in the base make contact with the flat base of the brush handle and pass the charge through.
As I mentioned in the last section this stand can be mounted on the wall, but the setup is such, you cannot charge it whilst it is on the wall. The base of the toothbrush handle has to make contact with the gold pins inside the bottom base to charge.
Seeing as on average you will need to charge this only once a month, its not too bad.
As it is powered via a USB cable, you have a few options when it comes to charging. Connect it to a USB socket on a computer, on a wall, or use a plug adapter, it’s up to you.
It would have been nice if the USB cable matched the colour of the stand. The white cable contrasted with the blue colour a little, but I am being picky!
There are no lights on the brush handle to give feedback on the remaining charge in the battery. To find out how much power remains you have to go into the ‘about’ menu on the handle, which is a bit annoying, or open the smartphone app, which does show the remaining power as a percentage.
It would be nice if this was shown at all times on one of the main screens on the display for peace of mind. However, when the battery hits 20% or less you will get a notification on screen, so for most this is not an issue.
Summary of battery life
- Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery built-in
- Offers anywhere between 20-40 days usage
- Typical usage will be 30 days
- Actual life depends on brushing time and intensity
- Colour matched charging stand
- Powered via MicroUSB cable
- Charges in just 2 hours
- Battery percentage shown in about menu or smartphone app
- Display will notify of low power when at 20% or below
Price & where to buy
I have included links to buying options here at the start of the review.
In the section below, I discuss the price more generally and in relation to similar products.
As I stated earlier, there is the X and the X Pro.
The X Pro has a suggested retail price of £51 compared to the £58 of the X Pro.
Like many electric toothbrushes, the actual selling price tends to be a bit cheaper. The average selling price for the X appears to be around £37 and the X Pro £44.
These are quite some savings to be hand on what are already fairly cost effective products.
Some of the best prices do appear to be available direct with Oclean themselves via their online store.
Without factoring the cost of replacement brush heads, I know that for what you are gettting this is good value.
Here at Electric Teeth, we like to price products over a 3 year period to give a bit of a benchmark as to the ownership costs. To do this, we need to factor in replacement brush heads.
Prices vary, particularly when you buy larger pack sizes. The more you buy, the lower the cost becomes.
On average you are looking at a price of around £5 per head.
With a purchase price of around £44, plus 11 extra brush heads at £5 each (£55), the X Pro costs £99 or £0.09 per day.
Whether this is a good price or not is ultimately going to be personal opinion. Based on my experience this is good value given what the X Pro offers.
For just a fraction more, the newer X Pro Elite comes in at 10p per day. It is a better investment in my opinion.
The Xiamoni Mi which is similar, but lacks some of the advanced tracking features. This works out at 6p per day.
If a smart brush, with Bluetooth, a touchscreen and tracking is not your thing, the less featured, but strong performing Pro 3 3500 costs 7p per day.
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.
Summary of price & where to buy
- List of buying options included here
- Retail price of £51 and £58 for the X and X Pro
- Actual selling price on average £37 and £44
- Replacement brush heads typically cost around £5 each
- Cost over 3 years is just 9p per day
- Superb value toothbrush
- Cheaper options exist but less features
- Other models with position tracking are much more expensive
Reliability & long term use
I have been testing the Oclean X for a couple of weeks and have experienced no reliability issues, if you ignore the way the touchscreen is implemented.
The handle looks and feels well made and generally solid in hand. I would go as far to say is that it exceeds what you would expect of it for the price.
I have a fair amount of confidence in the production and reliability of Ocleans products, so I think the likelihood of failure is low.
Although it is not made clear on the box or on the provided documentation it comes with a 1 year warranty.
Typically a toothbrush will come with a 2 year warranty, so this is a bit of disappointment.
How well the warranty support is handled may be influenced by where you buy it from.
If you buy direct from Oclean’s website, the support is likely to be best, but other retailers should at least try to assist.
You may have some room for negotiation should you need it by enforcing your rights under EU legislation, however it could be more hassle than it is worth.
There is no denying the Oclean X cleans the teeth really well and has the basic features and wants of an electric toothbrush covered.
However, some of the key selling features of this brush are also some of the biggest negatives.
The colour touchscreen display looks great, but controlling the brush via the touch sensitive controls is tedious and infuriating, in my opinion at least.
It is superb value for money when you compare it to the likes of Oral-B and Sonicare. Just a little more time spent perfecting certain elements would have me raving more about this toothbrush than I am.
The newer X Pro Elite, addresses many of the negatives of the X Pro.
- Height (without head) – 18cm
- Height (with head) – 24.5cm
- Width – 2.5cm
- Thickness – 2.5cm
- Weight (without head) – 95g
- Weight (with head) – 100g
All are approximates
- Is the Oclean X an oscillating brush?
- No, it is a sonic toothbrush.
- How many cleaning modes does it have?
- 4 modes, but you can programme more from the app.
- Does the Oclean X have a pressure sensor?
- No, it does not.
- Does the Oclean X have Bluetooth?
- Yes, it does.
- Does the Oclean X Pro come with a warranty & how long is it?
- Yes, it is a 1 year warranty.
- Does the Oclean have a built-in timer?
- Yes. Often referred to as the quadpacer; subject to the cleaning mode the brush will provide an audible warning through a slight pause in the brushing mode to tell you to change quadrants. There are 4 quadrants to the mouth, and brushing is normally for 2 minutes. The timer will active at 30 second intervals, with a different sound at the end of the 2 minutes.
- How long does the battery last?
- The exact battery life depending on what cleaning mode configuration you have as there is a lot of different settings on the X. The average battery life lasts up to 30 days, which is equivalent to 120 minutes.
- My own testing achieved 32 days based on 2 cleans a day, each 2 minutes long, with intensity level 18.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included with the Oclean X. It also acts as a magnetic wall mount thanks to the detachable adhesive plate.
- Can this be fixed to a wall?
- Yes. The charging stand magnetises to a wall plate that attaches to the wall thanks to a pre-applied adhesive pad.
- Can I use the Oclean X in the shower?
- Yes. It is water resistant so if you choose you can use it in the shower.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- No, a travel case is not provided, but a plastic bristle cover is and you can lock the power button.
Do you own or have you used the Oclean X Pro?
Are there certain features that you really like or dislike?
Let us know what you think about this brush and let others who may well be considering purchasing one know your opinions before they do.