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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An Admirable Take on The Original

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    Shawn
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    Important stuff first - I am a current (pleased) owner of an Oral-B Triumph 9000, meaning everything in this review is going to be put up against it. For those that are not aware, this model is somewhere beyond eight years old, comes with a fancy dot matrix screen and four brushing modes. That said, let’s get on with the review. Out of the box, this handle has a ton of promise. The quality of Oral-B that I’ve known and loved for years, the sleek, lightweight design that I’ve never had, and more importantly, brand new. As is, I can confirm that this toothbrush has lived up to most of my expectations. What’s Great? For starters, this brush is powerful. Wicked powerful. Frankly, I don’t know if this is my old brush showing its age or if it has improved significantly, but I can confirm that my teeth feel cleaner than they did with the 9000. This brush comes with a number of modes - each has their own claimed purpose, but the one I find I’m sticking to is the Pro Clean mode. Also new in this model is the charging base. Every electric, multi-use toothbrush has some form of charging method with it, typically I’ve seen induction based ones. My last brush had an induction ring around the outside of the base. This one is slightly different - it has a prong that the brush sits on in a cupped base. I can already tell the advantage of this - no toothpaste residue taking over the outer edge of the base requiring cleaning. Bonus points are also offered for the fact that this base has a standard two prong plug - none of that wall wart nonsense. I would be amiss to not mention the amount of technology loaded into this relatively small package. Rechargeable, multi-mode, bluetooth, and pressure sensing, this thing has it all. The last feature is the one feature I have an extreme love/hate relationship with. While brushing, if you push too hard on the brush head, it will lower the intensity of pulsing and flash red at you to indicate that you could be potentially causing damage to your mouth. While I love it for what it does, it seems a bit twitchy as it can trigger when I’m just adjusting the angle that I’m holding it at. That said, given my dental history, I know that I’ve been brushing too hard for far too long, so it’s a net positive in my book. One thing that I will add for those not already in the high(er) end toothbrush market - this handle allows the user to brush based on quadrants of the mouth. By default, every 30 seconds the brush head will pulse differently to let the user know that they should switch quadrants, followed by a longer set of pulses for the end of the cycle. I think this is the best value add that comes with an electric toothbrush - you don’t need to guess if you brushed for 2 minutes - you just know. What’s not? When designing this, Oral-B seems to have said “what can we put in this to sell to the most people at once? Customizable Lights? Of course! Bluetooth? You Bet! An app that syncs everything? Duh!” I honestly don’t think that _everything_ needs to have Bluetooth in it - to include this toothbrush. In terms of value add, I don’t think anything major has been gained (ignoring the app which will appear here shortly). Honestly, this is one of the major reasons why I’ve waited so long to buy a new brush body. The only thing that is added by including Bluetooth in the package is a method to sync the brush such that it can show the time on a mobile screen. Additionally, while the light around the top of the handle is cool (I’ve got mine set to blue), I don’t think it adds a single thing. As a whole, the toothbrush is a very small light show. Pulling it off the charger has it light the entire handle up and down like a cylon. As mentioned earlier, this handle comes with five different modes. As someone who has had a model with four modes for a number of years, I can confirm that the five offered here is at least three too many (maybe even four). Typically each of these modes gets a quick use when the toothbrush comes out of the box, then only get passed over when the user hits the wrong button. The thing I miss the most on this device? A screen. My nature is extremely forgetful and very easily distracted (don’t ask how long it’s taken me to write this much of the review). On occasion, I will forget to switch between quadrants of my mouth. On the last model, I could very quickly look at the screen in the mirror and say “oh, 1:38, should be in the top left.” Not so with this model. Only way to tell now is by opening the app. Previous generations might not have had the screen in the handle, but at least they had the SmartGuide external screen to tell the same thing. This change _really_ bothers me. The App. I try to make it a point to not review apps in product reviews. Products are relatively static in terms of change, while an app can be updated several times a month should the organization desire. However, given that the app alone takes up around 30% of the cardboard surrounding the product, I’ll break my habit. In the same vein as above with regard to my general distaste of Bluetooth everything, I’m not sure this app adds anything of value to the experience that wasn’t already accomplished years ago with the SmartGuide or a simple notepad. The app by default will track your brushing habits and set a score (think Fitbit for your teeth). It also only syncs when the app is running, so it has a habit of complaining at you for not brushing your teeth at all in a period of two days. After you finish brushing, it will tell you to floss and rinse and track that metric as well. As mentioned a number of times earlier, it also tells you how long you have been brushing for this session. While you’re brushing it will show you things from your calendar, local news, and oral health guidelines. But wait! There’s more! If you attach your phone to your mirror using the smartphone holder (not included), you can use “Position Detection” - a feature which I surmise uses the phone camera to tell which area of your mouth you brushed. I’m still trying to figure out why, but as a whole the app developers must think it is great as it takes up a third of the main timer screen. The app will also let your dentist put in details about what Oral-B products you should buy, where you should focus your brushing habits, and set reminders akin to “brush, floss and rinse every day!” (Still lost on the ‘why’ part). Frankly, I’d like to remove this app from my phone, but it appears to be the only way to actually configure the thing. As is, don’t buy for the app. All in all, I’m pretty confident with a 4 out of 5 star review. On one hand, adding Bluetooth and killing off SmartGuide seems to have been a poor decision. On the other hand, it does feel like my teeth are cleaner than they were before. I think that if Oral-B offered the SmartGuide as a separate purchase and maybe lowered the price a bit, this would be a five star product in a heartbeat.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Enhanced Smile !

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    Dragonhunter281
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    The Oral B Pro 6000 is actually the first electric toothbrush that I have used, performing quite efficiently so far. With Bluetooth connectivity, it hopes to provide some motivation in keeping a set regiment, while tracking your progress on your phone. While optional, the Bluetooth functionality added bit of a learning curve, but nothing too difficult. Upon opening, you will note several included accessories including the charging dock that also has a small compartment for the brushing heads. It also included a carrying case for the main unit for when it is not charging; it also has two small pre-drilled parts to hold your phone up. However, my phone was extremely uneven and its tilting made me nervous. There is actually an accessory to clamp your phone to the mirror but this was not included. Lastly, it included one brush head, albeit a bit small. I was a bit disappointed as I think they should have at least included one of the long head brushes, but they are cheap enough and I bought some generic ones that work really well. There are about 6 other heads you can buy separately that focus on specialized areas of cleaning. The brush included seems to be for focus areas that needed more attention as opposed to more of a daily brush. The Bluetooth pairing, however, is a bit of an issue. It took several attempted to try and pair it and the Oral B app does not have an easy way of pairing it once you are outside the initial wizard that runs when you first open it. After several attempts on two different phones, the best way to get the toothbrush connected is install the application, make sure that BOTH Bluetooth and location services are on, then proceed to open the application. When it asks you if yours is Bluetooth compatible, click yes and turn the toothbrush on. You should hopefully see the blue light flash and it says connecting on your screen. It should then bring up several tips on how to use it. You should see it flash blue twice. As for the application, there will be some learning curves. The layout is decent and you will need to fiddle with it. In addition to the blue flashes, I wish the application would show a connection status that remained on just to confirm it was linked. I could not find anything within the application that showed this. Luckily though, you can change the color of the light ring so I suppose this compensates for the above. Switching the colors is also quite addictive. Another feature on the application is the ability to track activity and your average brushing time. Also, you will also see achievements that you can unlock as motivational rewards. Lastly, I would like to note that it recommends to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes; one helpful tip is to turn on "display manual start button" so you can pause and resume it on your own. I found this at the bottom of the timer settings, after tapping the second gear symbol from the main timer screen. Overall, the Bluetooth setup was a bit tedious, but once it is working it does provide some nice features. Performance of the Oral B 6000 makes up for the slight Bluetooth shortcomings, although for first time users of electric toothbrushes, there will be some adjustment and patience needed. After my first use with the included brush, it did not feel like I brushed all the way through. There was also a tendency to brush hard at which the smart ring lit up red. Afterwards, I went out and bought a generic long head brush and this performed a lot better, feeling closer to the manual brushing I was used to. I highly recommend the other brushes though before making an opinion. After three complete brushing sessions, I have noticed an improvement in the areas that I focused on. I am genuinely quite satisfied. One thing I also liked was the several different modes depending on your needs. For my tests, I used the daily clean (tooth icon). The pressure was perfect for when I switched back to the included brush on some of the smaller focus areas, in addition to when I used the long brush. Overall, I would recommend the Oral B Pro 6000 for anyone who is interested in buying a toothbrush, though despite some Bluetooth issues, it still performs like it was designed to. At its price, I recommend that if you do not see yourself using the Bluetooth feature to seek out some cheaper alternatives. For first time users of electric toothbrushes (like myself), I would still say it is worth trying, though keep in mind it will take a bit to get used to. Also, be sure to grab maybe one or two different brushes, including the long one as that felt closer to manual brushing. Overall, it definitely enhances your smile.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bring Your Own Dentist into Your Bathroom!

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    gadgetguy11
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    This Oral-B Pro 6000 Connected Toothbrush is one of the latest & greatest among the "Top-Of-The-Line" Bluetooth connected toothbrushes. I also own last year's high-end Oral-B BRAUN D36 7000 Smart Series & will contrast it during this review. LIKES: 1- Luxurious, Precision Top-Of-The-Line Feel, Perfectly Balanced Precision Tool 2- Rubber anti-slip handle is better placed than previous top-of-the-line D36 7000 Smart Series 3- Bright LED light at the handle flashes bright RED if you apply too much pressure to the brush & the pulsations stop! This protects your gums from getting sore by rubbing too hard. The red light on the 7000 Series was barely noticeable unless you saw it in the mirror. You can't miss this one! 4- Choice of alerts from "Professional" to "2 minute" timer. "Pro" is default & is my favorite: 4) 30 second pulses, rather than 1) 2-minute pulse. This suggests the left / right / upper / lower quadrant brushing time. 5- Internal battery is Li-ion. This internal battery is much lighter weight, charges faster, lasts longer & is far superior to the older Ni-Mh battery on all models within the past 3 years. Prior to that, Ni-Cd was used, which had memory issues. 6- This is the lightest handle to date, primarily due to the lighter weight battery referenced in point # 5. It feels much lighter than the 7000 Series. 7- The brush action feels more powerful than the 7000 Series, again, most likely due to the superior battery. 8- Bluetooth connection is instantaneous to your smart phone, regardless of brand. See Bluetooth Advantages at the bottom of this review. 9- The separate remote monitor that was included with the 7000 Series & older high-end Oral-B toothbrushes works with this new Pro 6000! I seldom take my iPhone into the Bathroom while brushing my teeth, so I love the little wall mounted display. I am thrilled that it automatically connects to this new toothbrush! 10- Bluetooth data can be downloaded later. About once every other week, I connect to my iPhone & download my toothbrushing detail. Just open the app & press the small button on the toothbrush. In less than 10 seconds, all data is transferred from your past 28 or so brushes! DISLIKES: 1- Styrofoam packaging (surprising & disappointing) BLUETOOTH ADVANTAGES: Focuses Motivates Senses Tracks POWER MODES: 1-Daily Clean (My favorite) 2- Pro-Clean: Faster bristle movement for that REALLY CLEAN feel! 3- Gum Care (Gentle on the gums!) 4- Whitening: Polishes by changing speeds 5- Sensitive: Lower speed for sensitive teeth The Oral-B Pro 6000 is the closest connected toothbrush I have found to date that essentially brings your own dentist into your bathroom! HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Toothbrush, App has limited usefulness

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    JoeBlow25
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    Let me start off by saying that I have received this toothbrush for free in return for my honest review. This is an upgrade from an Oral B Pro 1000 that I have been using for the past 2 years. The Pro 6000 has some pretty nice improvements over that older model. The important ones are: 1. Much longer battery life - 2 full weeks. The 1000 only gets about 2-3 days before I need to recharge it. 2. Battery indicator - I normally only charged the 1000 when it was completely dead, I did not like keeping the charger out on my counter all the time. But, the 1000 gave no indication that the battery was low and would stop right in the middle of brushing. The battery indicator on the 6000 means this won't happen again. 3. Multiple cleaning modes on the 6000 are a nice addition as well. Although I will likely stick to the daily clean and the tongue massage, 95% of the time, I can see the others ones coming in handy once in a while too. 4. The 6000 weighs less than 1000, this is not a huge deal, but is nice and makes it a bit easier to maneuver. Other new features that have been added, but don't really lead to a better brushing experience are: 1. Slicker styling - I keep my toothbrush in a drawer, so this isn't a big deal to me. 2. Bluetooth connectivity to a phone using the app is very easy. 3. App - activity tracking - tracks your brushing activity, lets you know how many times you've brushed over a given period, awards trophies for different milestones. For myself (and I think most people) brushing is part of my daily routine and I don't need an app to incentivize me to do this. I think this part of the app is very gimmicky and not useful. 4. App - if you have your phone near you while you are brushing, the app displays the brushing timer (2 minutes default) and will display customizable content on the screen such as news headlines, random facts, etc... Not sure how necessary this is for a 2 minute activity, but I can see how some might like it. 5. App - position detection - I have not tried this as I do not have a way to mount this to my mirror, but I am not sure why this is better than just using my eyes. 6. App - Oral B products - allows you to order replacement heads and other things using Amazon Dash, adds convenience. 7. App - Professional guidance and My Dental Office - allows your dentist to select area that they want the patient to focus on during brushing and also to set up reminders for flossing, tongue cleaning etc... You can also add your dental office and a reminder for your next appointment. This is also a nice feature in the app. 8. App - Settings - probably the most useful feature of the app. Lets you customize the timer length, the color of the ring. Lets you remove and re-order the toothbrush modes so you don't have to scroll through all of them when you are brushing to switch between the ones you want. Let's you change the content on the display while you are brushing (news, weather, etc...) Also allows you to enable reminders for brushing and replacing the brush head. So overall, the brush itself is a big improvement over the previous generation thanks mainly to much longer battery life, the battery indicator and multiple cleaning modes. The app is pretty gimmicky, but it still does some useful things and is pretty easy to connect and use, so it is not a total write off. I don't think I will start keeping my phone next to me while I am brushing however.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality Product that is effective

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    Marine778
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    Let me begin by saying this is the Oral B 6000 toothbrush is the first product I have owned by this company as far as toothbrushes, but I have owned many products made by Braun, their parent company that also is a strong household name. This toothbrush replaced a Sonicare one I have used for years. The main difference I feel between the two is that the Oral B toothbrush feels a bit more mechanical, while the Sonicare feels like it vibrates so fast and hard that it shoots the pulse between the teeth. Between the two, I feel they clean about the same, with a slight edge going to the Oral B 6000. I think the rounded head on the Oral B 6000 is able to reach a few more hard to reach areas, specifically the back of my last molars along the gum line and a few areas where plaque tends to build up in my mouth. Also, I feel it reaches in between my teeth a little more than the Sonicare toothbrush. The biggest difference though is the fact that this toothbrush has Bluetooth and there is an Oral B App that goes along with the toothbrush. The app itself is not as intuitive as it should be, but it is easy enough to work as soon as you try it a few times. The first time I used the toothbrush, I did not have the app on, so I figured it would just register my session and I could look it up later to see the results. No so much. I looked it up afterwards and it did not register the session. So, if you want to use the app, you need to go to timer mode and it will track your session while you brush. That actually is pretty cool, and I like the instant feedback. I especially like the feedback in regards to the pressure sensor as well as the reminders to floss, brush your tongue, and to use mouthwash. There is also an adapter you can buy (does not come with this brush) where you can use the front camera on your and attach your phone to the mirror in your bathroom and get a more specific and individual feedback session for each brushing. I am sure it will work with a car adapter that has a suction cup that will stick on the mirror, but I have not tired this setting yet since I have neither style holder. I am interested in trying it to see what kind of feedback you get and how accurate it is. Pretty cool idea in theory, and I look forward to seeing how well it works. So far, I have not experimented with the modes, not more than to just cycle through them to feel the difference between the settings. The daily cleaning session is the standard one and it feels great to me and does not apply too much pressure, nor does it feel too abrasive. You are able to use the same brush for multiple people. Specifically you switch out the toothbrush head. You can individualize your settings, so the brush displays a different color for you when you are brushing, versus your spouse’s settings. I have blue on mine, and when I buy another head, I will set my wife up with a different color. It is completely sanitary as no part of the toothbrush will enter your mouth, just the individual head unit. When you finish, the charging station has four covered holding areas for the brush heads, so no dust or debris will get on your brush head. It is extremely sanitary and safe. Also, the toothbrush heads are easy to switch out, and the charging station will set up on any flat surface and is not obtrusive at all. I mentioned the charging station, which is a nice part of the package you receive. The second thing you get is the travel case, which also works extremely well and is ideal for travel. It will hold two toothbrush heads and the brushing unit itself with ease. It is functional and durable. The bottom line for me, is whether or not I would recommend this to a friend over some other brand? I indeed would, based both on experience with a competitor’s product, and through my own individual use. This toothbrush may feel a bit more mechanical, but you cannot argue with the results. You get the fresh from the dentist feeling, and the app will keep you honest and encourage you to brush, floss, brush your tongue, and use mouth wash. It is a great piece of equipment, and a great investment for your oral hygiene.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nice toothbrush

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    Chuck
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    I have been using the Oral-B Pro 6000 toothbrush for a little more than two weeks and although I haven't used every feature it offers, I like what I have seen so far. Before using the toothbrush for the first time, I fully charged it and then disconnected it from power to test the battery. It easily went past 9 days with me brushing twice a day, and there was still one bar left out of three on the battery, so traveling without the charger shouldn't be a problem, if you're only going for a week. The travel case that comes with the unit is also sturdy and has places for two brush heads, which is nice in case you're not traveling alone. The downloadable app appears well thought out, and seems to be stable, although there are a few things it needs access to that I don't really understand; GPS location for one. Connecting the app to the toothbrush via Bluetooth is a snap. The app tracks all of your brushing habits, which I guess if you're the kind of person who forgets to brush is helpful. For me, all of that isn't really needed... it's nice to see it, but I know I'm not going to skip a day of brushing/flossing... for kids, it would probably be a huge tool to get them to brush. The app does have a visual quadrant based timer that syncs with the brush when you start brushing, and pauses if you pause brushing. I find the timer feature of the app the most useful since it's a visual way to track the 30 secs you spend on each quadrant of your mouth. As far as cleaning my teeth, this toothbrush is great. It's much better than a manual toothbrush, and quite a bit different from my other electric toothbrush. I keep the toothbrush in ProClean mode, but there are four other modes that vary the speed/pulse of the brush head. The biggest plus for me is the shape of the brush head; since the head is round, it's easy to focus on each individual tooth. One feature that some might find helpful is the 'pressure alert' that flashes a red light around the top ring of the unit if you're applying too much pressure. I never had this happen during my normal brushing, but I did test it, and it does work. Overall, I am very pleased with this toothbrush, and as I continue to use it, I'm sure some of some of the features I've glossed over here might actually be useful to me as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My Teeth Feel so Clean!

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    Fred
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    The Oral-B Pro 6000 is an awesome toothbrush! Before I gush about how much I like this toothbrush let me take a step back and describe where I was coming from before this toothbrush. I have been using an Oral-B Pro series electric toothbrush since about 2007. Electric toothbrushes are by far the way to go as your teeth feel SO much cleaner than when you use a manual toothbrush. My old electric toothbrushes worked fine for daily brushing but held no charge and so I often used a manual brush when traveling for work. Now to the toothbrush...first, the fundamental design of the toothbrush and even many of the setting options are the same on the 6000 as my super old one. A key difference in this regard is the easy of use to get to these brush settings. In the old one there was no visual indication so you were really just hoping that when you changed to a softer brushing mode that you did it right. Moreover, there was no real ability to personalize your brushing experience, you just had the 2 minute timer with 30 second internal notification. The 6000 series has changed all that. you know have different modes indicated on the handle that light up to show you what you have selected. Moreover, you have an actually button that you can use to cycle through these modes as well. You now have the ability to adjust to a from the Professional 2 minute brushing timer to a 4 minute timer, in case you are going for deep clean. Utilizing the app, you can change the LED light at the top to a color of your preference (default is white so I went blue). This light also turns red to indicate that you are pushing the brush head too hard against your teeth and thus not cleaning as well. A welcome improvement that my old brush did not have. The 6000 series also vibrates/oscillates at a much higher frequency than my old electric brush ever did allowing for more brush strokes on your teeth and overall cleaner teeth. The manual claims the toothbrush will function 10 days off a single 12 hour charge but I have yet to push that limit. It did work nicely for 5 days off a single charge. My criticism is less about the brush itself and more in regards towards the app associated with the brush and whether there is really a need for a bluetooth connected toothbrush. First, if you do not install the app on a smartphone the app will complain every time it opens. I initially installed it on a tablet which it did not like at all but did function. The app itself is designed nicely and is actually better than some apps I've used that were design by tech companies to set up their routers. That said, the app is not really that intuitve to really use and does not contain an abundance of features. It has links to ordering replacement parts, videos on how to brush, collects how many times you brush and data of that nature, and defaults to showing you a timer. Even while synced, my timer never counted down while using the brush and I could not get it to start manually. It is worth noting, there is a function that can use the camera to watch you brush in order to critique your technique and help correct your brushing habits. The Bluetooth capability seems to me to be more of a gimmick to try and appeal to techie people without adding a substantial benefit. It does not detract from the toothbrush and turns itself off shortly after you are done brushing. Overall, this is a great electric toothbrush and is perfect for someone looking to upgrade an older brush or for someone coming from a manual brush. Trust me, you will not regret purchasing the Pro 6000 when you feel how smooth and clean your teeth feel.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great toothbrush, limited value from Bluetooth

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    PhilipM
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    I've used an older model Oral-B electric toothbrush for many years now and have found it to be easy to use, reliable, and effective. My dentist has also been impressed by its effectiveness. As good as my old brush was, this new generation from Oral-B brings several subtle but meaningful improvements. The design is a fresh, contemporary plain white with LED indicators for charging and mode. There's also a new colored LED near the top of the brush that glows when you're brushing and turns red if you're applying too much pressure to your gums. The charging stand is compact and neither the stand nor the brush feature any exposed electrical contacts (the units sits neatly on the base and charges inductively). Brush heads from older generations of Oral-B brushes should also fit fine on this new one and vice versa. The brushing experience is generally unchanged but I found this new model to be quieter and feel a little better to use. The feature that senses when too much pressure is being applied seems a little too sensitive for my taste, but I'm sure I'll get used to it. The brush will vibrate four times (once every 30 seconds) as you use it to prompt you to clean each quadrant of your mouth thoroughly. Clean up is simple - just rinse under water as the brush unit is waterproof. One of the selling points for this unit is the addition of bluetooth functionality to connect to an app on your smartphone. Pairing the brush with the phone is easy via the app and I've had no issues with connectivity. The brush will even store data for up to 30 sessions and then sync it to the app next time you connect. If you brush while the app is open, a graphic will show a timer that progresses across the four quadrants of your mouth to help you gauge timing. While this happens, the app will cycle through some news, weather, or other factoids to help pass the time. While I've had no technical issues with the app,. it really doesn't strike me as all that useful. I'm not sure I need to log brushing time, or why the screen display is any more helpful than the four vibration prompts built into the unit. Also, the app's requirement for location services is a bit of a concern (I assume this is required for bluetooth). There is a more advanced function that uses the camera on your phone to look at how you're holding the brush and try to detect which teeth you're brushing so as to help you cover each thoroughly. This requires a mirror mount for the cell phone which was not included in the package. Honestly this seems a bit like an answer in search of a question. I don't need a facial analysis algorithm to tell me which teeth I'm brushing as standard Mk 1 humans come equipped with nerve endings in their mouths already. Overall, although the connected features feel a bit like a solution to a problem nobody had, I can definitely recommend this product as an excellent choice for dental hygiene. Ignore the fancy facial recognition piece and just use the brush (and app if you like) to help ensure good thorough cleaning. Your teeth and your dentist will thank you for the investment!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Many great features, harsh vibration

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    Gerbil
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    As this is the first electric toothbrush I've tried, I've been using it daily for nearly two weeks now to give me a chance to acclimate to the differences between it and manual toothbrushes before posting my review. Unfortunately, I'm still not comfortable with the intense vibration that the oscillating head generates, even when on its slowest 'sensitive gums' setting. Because of the discomfort associated with this vibration, I might not be pressing the head strongly enough into my teeth and gums to get into the deep crevices that my manual toothbrush can reach, as it seems to often miss food particles there. Instances where the smooth plastic at the rear of the brush head comes into contact with my teeth are far more disturbing than normal contact with the bristles, and I manage to do this with every session of brushing. The fast speed of the oscillating head makes it very easy to accidentally spray saliva and toothpaste around the bathroom, which I still manage to do despite starting with the head placed against my teeth as instructed, and additionally turning the toothbrush off when switching between mouth quadrants. Despite the problems I have with this toothbrush, it does well at cleaning most areas of my teeth, and cleans the rear-facing surfaces of my teeth just as easily as other surfaces, where-as the rear surfaces have always been problematic for me with manual toothbrushes. I find the built-in 30 second quadrant and two minute session notifications to be very convenient, as I was not nearly as diligent and consistent with timing while using manual toothbrushes. It's nice to have different brushing modes available, but I wish these were more finely tunable using the associated app, especially regarding oscillation speed. The toothbrush is able to independently store information about quite a few brushing sessions, which it can then sync with the app at a later time, a very nice feature for those wanting to keep track of their brushing habits. I did not personally find the app's features to be of much use or interest, so it's not something I'd use regularly. As for unit design, the brush handle is not particularly ergonomic, but not at all cumbersome to use. The battery charging indicator light turns off when charging is complete; personally I'd prefer a solidly lit battery icon to indicate this status, but would have liked this to be configurable within the app. The tray that accommodates four brush heads--while a nice feature of the charging station--takes up a significant amount of valuable sink space; I would have preferred for this to have been a separate or detachable accessory. The contact-less charging design is a convenient feature, allowing for quick and worry-free docking, without having to worry about wiping the toothbrush and station dry beforehand. This toothbrush is well designed, easy to use, and includes many great features. Unfortunately, the intense vibration of the oscillating head is a major drawback for me personally, and I imagine will be for many other people as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can brushing your teeth be any better?

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    TheTruQ
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    Brushing your teeth daily is one of the simplest of life's hygiene tasks, yet Oral B has made a strong attempt at not only perfecting our results, but increasing the probability of consistency when you brush. The first thing that jumps out at you when you open the box is the clean look and feel of the device. It is very well built, and has a very comfortable feel in hand. It has a multi-colored led ring at the base of the brush head, which is used to communicate with the user and just be cool. The charging station has the option of attaching a storage for additional brush heads, but I like the minimalist look of just the base. This allows you to use minimal space on your bathroom vanity. There is also a travel case included. It holds the toothbrush and 2 additional brush heads. Well, how well does it perform? I would say this is the best toothbrush on the market. I like the circular, rotary head on the Oral B brushes because they have more of a single tooth feel when cleaning. This thing really does an excellent job cleaning your teeth. It has several cleaning modes, which include: normal, professional, whitening, feather, etc. It will treat your teeth like you want them to be treated. While brushing, if you apply too much pressure, the 6000 informs you (ring turns red) and slows the rotary head until you relieve that pressure. This toothbrush also has Bluetooth connectivity allowing you to connect your phone using an app. Of course, you must have an iPhone or Android to take advantage if this feature - I am a Windows Phone user that has an Android from work. While I initially felt the app was overkill, I like the potential that's there. The Oral B powered toothbrushes already have built in indicators to prompt you to move to another section of your mouth, so the app doesn't seem useful in this case. After using the app, the ability to look at the time spent in each zone of my mouth, real-time at that, allows you to consistently brush each zone effectively. With 30 seconds for each zone, when you are able to watch the timer, it allows you to spend brush time for each zone wisely. With out the phone, you just guess if you're on time, and when the toothbrush indicates you need to change, you are more than likely surprised. Another cool feature about the app is that you can review your brushing statistics to see what kind of care you are really giving your teeth. Not necessary, but cool. All in all, this is without a doubt the best when it comes to brushing your teeth. Cleans teeth phenomenally and all but ensures consistent behavior when brushing. Just by following the program the toothbrush provides, you will ensure at least 2 minutes brushing your teeth. There are people that brush their teeth only for a minute or less. Just following this zone program solves that issue. If you don't have one of these, you should.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Braun Oral B Pro 6000 SmartSeries toothbrush

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    I have been using an Oral B 3D Excel toothbrush for a few years and have really liked it. When I was asked to review the new product, I thought it would be the same thing, only newer. I was wrong in a way. Sure, it is an electric toothbrush, how exciting can it be. I have used one for years and they can’t really change it all that much. The Pro 6000 is a better brush in every way. The lighted ring around the top shows when you are pressing too hard, a feature some of the newer brushes have had for some time. This brush has multiple modes that really are different from each other. Besides the typical high and low speeds, this model adds an extra slow mode and two pulsating modes to customize the way it cleans. I was glad that it uses the same heads as the older models, as we stocked up on them not too long ago. I have also used third-party brush heads with pretty good success and find that they compare pretty well although there is a difference in the quality of the heads from brand to brand. The Braun heads seem to be the best and offer all the quality of the toothbrush itself. I was a little reluctant to even try the app, but figured I should at least try it out to give a full review. The Pro 6000 is the lower featured model to the 8000 and the extras seem to be the main difference. The 6000 has a compact hard case for travel, while the 8000 offers a charging case. There is an additional mode on the 8000 for brushing your tongue and it also includes a phone mount for your mirror to watch you as you brush to make sure you are getting all the areas. Since the 6000 lacks the mount, I set up another mount and found that it does an OK job but can’t quite tell exactly where you are brushing. Maybe it is the way I hold my hand, but it kept showing the wrong area being brushed. Not a big deal as it does have a timer to remind you to stay in each section for the recommended 30 seconds. The app also keeps track of your sessions for you so that you have a long-term view of your brushing habits, complete with average times and other details. It also pushes the Amazon Dash refill service if you use it as well as other information that can be customized in the settings. The brush is designed for a single user – any time the unit is used, it saves the data to a single history. Not a big deal unless you share your brush with someone else, in which case your combined usage will be recorded. Overall I am very happy with the Oral B Pro 6000 toothbrush, it has exceeded my expectations and is a great addition to my hygiene arsenal! I would have no problem recommending it to anyone looking for a full-featured toothbrush that has the capability to track your progress on an app.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly great toothbrush

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    So, I was quite skeptical that there was a point to a Bluetooth-connected toothbrush. Was I going to track my tooth-brushing habits, on top of my calories, steps, weight, blood pressure, etc.? I'll come back to that question in a moment. But first, how does it work as a toothbrush? In a word, great. I've been using a different Oral-B electric toothbrush for ten+ years (the Oral-B "Pro Health" version, powered by a single AA battery). It's worked well for me, and it's easy to use and maintain. What does the Pro 6000 do that the older one doesn't? First of all, it has a built-in rechargeable battery, which conveniently charges on an included stand, and provides a battery level indication. The older brush would often die in the middle of a brushing session, which is irritating; the Pro 6000 lets you know when to put it on the charger. Second, the smaller head design on the Pro 6000 is easier to get to my back teeth and maneuver around my mouth. Third, the Pro 6000 has an indicator that tells you when you're applying too much pressure. My dentist has commented a few times that I press too hard when I brush, which damages the enamel on my teeth; this indicator helps me dial the pressure back. Fourth, the Pro 6000 appears to have more torque and brushes more vigorously than other electric toothbrushes I've used, likely due to its heavier-duty battery. Fifth, this brush has a built-in timer, that provides a haptic notification every 30 seconds while brushing that you can use to keep track of how long you've been working on a particular area of your mouth. At the end of the two minutes standard brushing cycle, it gives a different haptic notification to let you know you're done. So what about the Bluetooth feature? While you can use the iPhone app in tandem while you brush, I look at the app as a way to "keep myself honest." The app tracks brushing time and "pressing too hard" time, which helps me make sure that I'm not abusing my teeth too badly. It's useful, but it's up to you to decide if it's useful enough to justify the extra money for this model - if it's not, Oral-B/Braun offer most of the functionality in lower-priced brushes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Highly Recommend

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    Leonardo
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    I previously owned the Oral-B 3000, which in my opinion was a very good tooth brush. It is still going strong after 4 years of continuous use. However, this was the model before Bluetooth was integrated with it, so really, the Oral-B 6000 should be a nice upgrade. It includes everything the 3000 had, as well as a couple more brushing modes. I really like being able to see which mode I am on, rather than guessing like I did with the 3000. The extended battery life was also very noticeable. On the 3000 model, after about 3-4 uses, you can feel the power draining out of the toothbrush. It was quite disappointing, since it had advertised a 7 day battery lift. However, with this 6000 model, even when there was only 1 bar left, the power never diminished. It was oscillating as fast as it had with full charge. As an electric toothbrush, this definitely gets 5 stars. So it really comes down to how useful the bluetooth option is. As someone who loves to monitor stats and usages, I am strongly biased into liking the app. You can monitor each of your sessions, and feel confident that you've done your duty. However, in my opinion, it is more or less kind of pointless. If you brush everyday, you don't need to log your time since it's 2 minutes of brushing every time. So really, it's just so you can brag to your dentist about your consistent dental hygiene practices if he ever tells you you're not flossing enough. The app itself was very helpful, in that it was more than just a log and timer for brushing sessions. You're able to view tips about brushing, and keep your dentist information in there as well. I kind of wish I could have been able to try their brush position detection, since it kept reminding my to try it out. But, I did not have the plastic phone holders for my mirror. I am actually a little disappointed that Oral-B did not include them with the package. Overall, I have always been a fan of Oral-B's electric toothbrushes, and I'm an even bigger fan now after having tried the 6000 model. I would highly recommend to anyone that has never used an electric toothbrush before, or are on the fence about switching, to definitely consider using one from Oral-B. Their recommend brushing method of each tooth at a time basically guarantees and consistent and complete brushing every time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A little rough for me

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    I have been using electric and battery powered toothbrushes for years now and this one kinda threw me at first. I have never had a toothbrush you can connect to your phone to basically grade you on how well you are brushing. The app for the brush was easy to use and pair with toothbrush. The app was easy to track how long, how hard you are brushing, and the average time you brush. You don't have to connect to the app everyday, it can store up to 30days of brushing information in the toothbrush. Personally I won't use the app much, I think it is a little weird for me. I do like how the toothbrush buzzes and flashes every 30 second to let you know it is time to switch to the next zone. It does a great job cleaning in all of the different modes. My teeth feel almost dentist clean when I am done brushing and flossing. It does a great job, but for me it is a little loud and a bit rough. The toothbrush was almost too hard for me to handle at times, maybe I will get used to it in time. Not a total deal breaker, just a warning. I would say overall this is an average electric toothbrush, does a good job cleaning, but quite pricey for what it is.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well done, Oral-B!

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    The first time I bought an electric toothbrush, it was at my dentist’s suggestion. That was back when the first Oral-B electric toothbrush came on the market. It had a 2-minute timer, which I really liked (2 minutes is a lot longer than you think it is, and my dentist really did say that was the recommended brushing time), but no other “bells and whistles.” I — and my dentist — liked the fairly small, round brush head, which let me clean all around my remote back molars. My hygienist appointments started taking less and less time. The only reason I replaced that wonderful device was because it had a cord, and the cordless version came out, although I was disappointed that it didn’t have the 2-minute timer. Well, the timer is back. I just replaced that 2nd toothbrush with the Oral-B - Pro 6000 Connected Toothbrush, and it is definitely a worthy successor, with all the bells and whistles anyone could want. It has a 2-minute timer, but also a Professional setting, which alerts you at 30-second intervals. The alert was a surprise the first time — it makes a sort of stop-start stutter — but I have come to appreciate its fairly subtle yet definite signal. The “you’re brushing too hard” alert is very welcome at our house, because my husband has a bad habit of bearing down really hard on a toothbrush, not only going through brush heads at a rapid rate, but harming his teeth and gums in the process. Problem solved! I also like the action of this toothbrush. In addition to rotating, it also oscillates and pulsates, and the different settings, such as Daily, Sensitive, and Whitening, let you adjust the action to your needs. I can tell that the Oral-B Pro 6000 is getting my teeth even cleaner than the already good older version. The Bluetooth connection is dead simple to use, both for while you are brushing and to check on yourself later. Also, I am guessing that a kid would much rather be coached by an electronic device than nagged at by a parent. I haven’t found any negatives with the Oral-B Pro 6000 Connected Toothbrush and lots and lots of positives. Well done, Oral-B!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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