Oral B Genius X review: Is a smart toothbrush worth it?
Oral B Genius electric toothbrush review
Oral hygiene is probably one of the least glamorous and most neglected parts of our daily routine. We often zone out or multitask while brushing our teeth, resulting in uneven cleaning, irritated gums and, possibly, expensive trips to the dentist.
The Oral-B Genius X electric toothbrush promises to clean your teeth more thoroughly and help you build better brushing habits by using artificial intelligence technology that recognizes your brushing technique and coaches you to more effective brushing. It pairs with an app to track your brushing progress and offers six brushing modes and three toothbrush heads for customized oral health goals.
We wanted to find out if the Oral-B Genius X toothbrush could really improve our brushing habits — and by extension our dental health — so we put it to the test. Here’s what we learned.
How we tested the Oral B Genius X
We replaced our traditional manual toothbrush with the Oral-B Genius X electric toothbrush for several weeks. We paired the Genius X with the app on our smartphone and started using the toothbrush and learning about our brushing habits right away. We also traveled with the Genius X in order to test out its traveling case, which includes a charger.
What is the Oral B Genius X?
The Oral-B Genius X is an electric toothbrush that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and uses built-in motion sensors to evaluate brushing location, pressure and time spent brushing. The app then uses this information to guide you toward better brushing habits.
How does the Oral B Genius X work?
Oral-B studied thousands of toothbrushing behaviors and, using artificial intelligence technology, the Genius X toothbrush can recognize and correct insufficient or incorrect brushing habits. Through the Genius X app, the toothbrush can recognize brushing styles and offer personalized coaching to make sure you fully brush all areas of your mouth for the right amount of time and at the correct pressure.
How to use the Oral B Genius app?
We found connecting the Oral B Genius to our smartphone to be extremely quick and easy. All we had to do was open the app, turn on the electric toothbrush and hit connect. From there we were able to begin getting customized feedback on where and how well we were brushing our teeth from the Genius X toothbrush. The app will display an illustrated representation of your teeth, as well as a timer, breaking your mouth down into zones that illuminate as you progress through brushing your teeth. You can even customize the color of the toothbrush’s light via the app.
How does the Oral B Genius X electric toothbrush perform?
The Oral-B Genius X made our teeth feel significantly cleaner than they did after using the traditional manual toothbrush. Our teeth felt so clean, it was as if we had just come from the dentist. The round brush head of the electric toothbrush is powerful and easy to maneuver, and it’s capable of cleaning between teeth and permanent dental appliances in a way that a manual toothbrush cannot. The Genius X made visible improvements to our gum health as well, and we noticed that gum inflammation was reduced and bleeding and tenderness improved.
The app was a key factor in the Genius X toothbrush’s performance. Through the Genius X’s coaching, we learned that we tend to brush the right side of our mouth more than the left side. The app helped us keep focused on the action of brushing our teeth, when normally we might have tried to multitask, leading to inadequate cleaning. Since the app gamifies tooth-brushing habits, we were incentivized to pay attention to its corrections, adjust bad brushing habits and earn a better score each time we brushed our teeth.
Oral B Genius X cost
The Oral-B Genius toothbrush costs $219.99 and comes with the rechargeable toothbrush handle, three round brush heads, a charger and a travel case capable of charging both the toothbrush and your smartphone.
Where to buy Oral B Genius X?
The Oral-B Genius X electric toothbrush is available at Amazon, and it is available in a variety of colors, including black, white and purple.
Oral B Genius X pros
In our experience, the Genius X cleans thoroughly and powerfully while still protecting gums from damage and inflammation. Its battery lasts more than two weeks on a single charge, and the built-in charger in the carrying case makes traveling with this toothbrush easy and stress-free. We enjoyed being able to easily bring it to work for a fresh cleaning after morning coffee.
This Oral-B electric toothbrush has six settings for specific cleaning tasks, adapting for gums, the tongue and for users with sensitive teeth. It also comes with different types of brushing heads for different styles of cleaning.
We loved the scoring system in the Genius X app that can make it fun to pay attention to toothbrushing, leading to healthier and cleaner teeth and gums. The app also tracks dental hygiene habits like flossing, and it lets you customize reminders for them.
Oral B Genius X cons
Our main complaint with this product is the price. The Oral-B Genius X is one of the more expensive electric toothbrushes on the market. While it does provide a thorough cleaning, the app, which makes it stand out from other toothbrushes, was not always reliable enough to justify the additional expense. It’s also hard to know if the good brushing habits learned from the app would be continued independently if you stopped using the app.
The Oral-B Genius electric toothbrush is also quite loud compared to other electric toothbrushes. It’s recommended to start on the “Feather” or “Light” settings to get acclimated to the action of the Genius X, especially if you’ve never used an electric toothbrush before.
Is the Oral B Genius X worth it?
The Oral B Genius X delivers a satisfying clean and its app connectivity sets it apart from other models. It may appeal to tech-heads and those needing, or wanting, to gamify their brushing habits. If you need to get serious about developing healthier brushing habits, the Oral-B Genius X might be worth the price, but if you’re not planning to use the included app, consider going with a less “smart” electric toothbrush.
Laura Duerr is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.
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