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Oral-B iO Series 6

Oral-B iO Series 6 Explained

In 2020, Oral-B launched the iO electric toothbrush.

The iO is pretty special for a number of different reasons, but in particular, it marked quite a radical redesign for Oral-B powered toothbrushes.

Oral-B iO under running water

Oral-B implemented a new frictionless linear magnetic drive system.  That is a fancy way of saying, they designed a new motor to help the bristles clean the teeth more effectively.

In addition, an OLED display was added to the handle of the brush.  No more backlit cleaning mode icons on the handle, the display shows these. 

Charging the toothbrush was made quicker thanks to a new magnetic charger.  It is capable of charging the brush in just 3 hours, compared to the more standard 12-15 hours of most other Oral-B brushes.

And one other significant change was the new pressure sensor. Unlike older visible pressure sensors that illuminate red when too much force is detected, this one also lights up green, when the correct pressure is being applied.

If you want to know what it is like to use, do take a look at our comprehensive Oral-B iO review.

Oral-B iO Series 9 Onyx Black Toothbrush in power2go travel case

At the time of launch, 3 different versions of the iO were made available.  They were the iO Series 7, 8 and 9.

The 7 Series was the slightly more cost effective option, compared to the flagship Series 9.

Whilst the underlying brushing technology and handle design didn’t change, some features did. For example, the Series 7 comes with 5 cleaning modes and a black and white display as opposed to the 7 brushing modes and colour display of the iO9.

We have compiled a thorough comparison between the iO Series 7, 8 and 9 if you want to know more about the differences.

A year on Oral-B have launched a new variant to join the iO family, the Series 6.

The new Series 6 offers an even more affordable model but retains some of the most desirable elements of the iO range.

The key difference here is the charging stand.

Oral-B iO 6 vs iO 9 Charging Stand

The iO Series 6 does not come with a magnetic charging stand. Instead, it comes with a charging stand commonly offered with more affordable Oral-B brushes. 

Therefore you can expect a full charge of the iO6 to take around 12 hours, compared to the 3 hours of the iO7, iO8 and iO9.

Oral-B iO 6 charging stand

A subtle difference with the charging of the iO6, compared to the other models is that the iO6 shows a precise battery percentage on the display. For example, 42%. It may well be that the firmware has been updated within the brush, but at the time of review, the iO 7, 8 and 9 only showed the battery charge in 10% increments. 

It comes with 5 cleaning modes and a black and white display, like the Series 7. And it has Bluetooth connectivity and various sensors for real-time tracking of your brushing.

It retains the iO design language and only the iO specific brush heads work with the 6 Series.

Handle Colours of Oral-B iO6

If you were not already aware, with the introduction of the iO came a new range of brush heads, compatible only with the iO brush handle.

Our guide to Oral-B brush heads explains in more detail, but the 2 styles of head compatible with the Series 6 are the Ultimate Clean and Gentle Care heads.

The Series 6 is available with 4 different coloured brush handles.  Your choices are:

  • Anthracite Grey
  • Black Lava
  • Pink
  • White Alabaster

In the box you get:

  • 1 x Oral-B iO Series 6 brush handle
  • 1 x Ultimate Clean brush head
  • 1 x Charging stand
  • 1 x Travel case
Oral-B iO 6 Box

The travel case is a hard plastic case that will hold the brush handle and up to 2 brush heads.  It does not allow in the case charging like the iO9.

There are also 2 dual (duo) handled packages. These have 2 brush handles and 2 brush heads but only 1 travel case and 1 charging stand. The duo handled options are available with black and white handles or white and pink.

The iO range has some pretty hefty price tags.  The Series 7 retails at Β£400, the Series 8 Β£450 and the Series 9 Β£500.

Β£300 is the price for the Series 6, a Β£100 saving on the Series 7.  This appears to be a decent price reduction for what isn’t a significant difference to everyday usability.

The duo package has a higher retail price of Β£420.

However, like a lot of electric toothbrushes, the actual selling prices tend to be much less.  Often as much as 50% less.  This means you can expect to see the single handles Series 6 packages selling for around the Β£150 price point.  

I wouldn’t be surprised if it even drops below the Β£100 mark at times.  I say this because the Series 7 has been on sale for as little as Β£130, despite its Β£400 price tag.

About Jon Love

Jon is a leading voice on electric toothbrushes and has been quoted by mainstream media publications for his opinions and expertise.

Having handled & tested hundreds of products there really is very little he does not know about them.

Passionate about business and helping others, Jon has been involved in various online enterprises since the early 2000s.

After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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    • OK, to change the language, press the power button to turn on the interactive display.
      Press the mode button until you see a cog/spoked wheel like icon.
      Press the power button.
      Press the mode button multiple times until you see a speech bubble icon.
      Press the power button.
      Press the mode button multiple times until you see ‘EN’.
      Press the power button.
      The language should have been changed.

      • Hi Jon,

        I purchased my iO6 today and mistakenly pressed German and I want to reset it to English?
        Can you help me please?
        I am 60 and useless at technology!
        Thank you!
        Kind regards,

        • Hi Gregory.
          To change the language:
          Press the lower mode/function button (under the display) multiple times until you see the settings icon. Looks like a cog icon.
          Press the power button once to enter the settings menu.
          Press the mode button twice to get to Language.
          Press the power button once.
          Press the mode button multiple times until the language you desire is shown on the display.
          Press the power button to confirm the language choice.

  1. …oh wait I just found it. But it costs more than the io series 8, so that makes no sense – I’ll pass on that one then πŸ˜€

  2. Great little write up Jon, thanks.

    I’m very close to buying my first electric toothbrush and while I almost went for the io series 9, I just think the price is too much – and the 7 just isn’t cheaper enough that I want to go for that one. So the 6 looks very interesting, any information on when it’s available in the EU? (I’m in Denmark).

    Thanks πŸ™‚

    • Hi Kristian.

      Prices are always changing. Here in the UK the iO7 was reduced in price by over Β£250. Just a couple of weeks ago it was selling for Β£135, despite a Β£399 price tag. If you can afford to wait a few weeks, monitor the prices, it is quite likely there will be an offer at some point.

    • Hi Jon,

      Thanks for taking the time to reply.

      Yes keeping an eye on prices is important for sure!And speaking of prices, the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 is just so cheap compared to the iO9…. I’m trying to convince myself to get the iO but it’s hard honestly.

      I might wait a bit and see if there’s a good offer on the iO9 since there’s also a cash back option where I am.

      If I do pick up something like the iO9, can a family share it, or does the app only support one user?

      I’m certain that my kids are going to want an electric toothbrush aswell if I get one πŸ™‚

      • Hi Kristian.

        Unfortunately, as it stands, the Oral-B app supports just 1 user. So sharing between family members and keeping data separate is out of the question really.

        The Pro 2 2500 is a great brush. It has all the essential features included at a good price.

        It is important to get what you feel is best for you and your family. Perhaps buy the Pro 2 2500 and use it yourself. If you feel you want to upgrade you can at some point. Your kids can then have the Pro 2 2500 πŸ‘

        I would love to hear what you think of either brush, once you have used the one you pick for a few weeks.

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