Sonicare has introduced Philips Sonicare Protectiveclean 4100 to compete head to head with the Oral B Pro 1000. So what exactly differentiates between these budget electric toothbrushes under 100?
Difference between Oral B Pro 1000 vs Philips Sonicare Protectiveclean 4100 Specs
Oral-B IO Pro 1000
Sonicare Protectiveclean 4100
|-Employs 3D Oral B cleaning technology for tooth to tooth cleaning experience
-Its sensor slows down a brush when you brush hard
– 7 days battery life
–No brush head changing reminder
-Lacks easy-start program to help transition from a manual brush
–cleans 300% better than a manual brush
|-Employs sonic technology that sweeps plaque from side to side.
-Its sensor produces a pulsing sound when you brush hard
– 14 days battery life
–Has brush head changing reminder
-Offers an easy-start program to help transition from manual brush
–cleans 7 times better than a manual brush
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Key Takeaways: Oral-B Pro 1000 vs Philips Sonicare 4100
- Brushing Technique: Oral-B Pro 1000 uses oscillating motion; Sonicare 4100 vibrates back and forth.
- Noise: Pro 1000 is louder; 4100 is quieter.
- Timer Feature: Both have a two-minute timer; Pro 1000 restarts cycle, 4100 stops after completion.
- Pressure Sensor: Both models include this feature.
- Brush Head Options: Pro 1000 is compatible with various Oral-B heads; 4100 has fewer, pricier options.
- Battery Life: Pro 1000 lasts a week per charge; 4100 has a longer battery life.
- Charging: Pro 1000 uses a charging pedestal; 4100 uses USB with optional plug adapter.
- Cost Over Time: Pro 1000 is more cost-effective than 4100 in the long run.
The difference in Battery life is where Philips Sonicare wins all the time when competing with Oral B electric toothbrushes. And so is in this case of Sonicare 4100 vs Oral B Pro 1000.
1. Pressure sensor:
Remember that you are advised not to brush your teeth or gums very hard; this advice is to protect you from gum recession and tooth decay. The pressure sensor is there to alert you not to put too much pressure on your teeth and gums but rather focus on guiding your brush to do its job.
2. BrushSync technology differences:
Philips Sonicare Protectiveclean 4100 comes with inbuilt-in ‘BrushSync technology’ but Oral B Pro 1000 lacks this feature. What this technology does is that it records your brush head usage and alerts you when to replace it.
As you might have heard or been aware that you need to change your brush head after every 3 months time to get rid of accumulated germs and reduced effectiveness.
Now the BrushSync technology will cause an amber light to flash on brush handle as a reminder for you to change the brush head if you opt to go for 4100 model.
Apart from that both Oral B and Philips Sonicare brush heads feature fades in bristles as another means to remind you to change your brush head.
3. Easy-Start Program
What the Easy-Start Program does is that it introduces you to using an electric toothbrush in 14 cleaning sessions. It starts by offering very low cleaning speed and increases it with time as you continue using it. After 14 sessions it will now graduate to full speed in which by then you will have already comfortably got used to using the electric toothbrush. It is a great feature, especially for those, are who are scared to start using an electric toothbrush.
4. Brushing Technology
Oral B Pro 1000 uses 3D cleaning technology (rotating, vibrating and pulsating ) to offer a tooth to tooth cleaning experience using a small round brush head. Sonicare 4100, on the other hand, uses sonic technology that sweeps plaque from side to side.
And whereas Sonicare claims ProtectiveClean 4100 model can remove up to 7 times plaque than a manual toothbrush, Oral B, on the other hand, claims, Pro 1000 model can remove up to 300% more plaque than a manual toothbrush.
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Both Pro 1000 and Protectiveclean 4100 feature a built-in 2-minute timer with a quadrapacer. The dentist recommends that you brush for two minutes twice a day; the two-minute timer will help you achieve this and the pacer will buzz after every thirty seconds to alert you to move from cleaning one mouth section to another until all 4 mouth sections are covered.
- Both these 2 models by Oral B and Sonicare are suitable to use with braces, crowns, veneers, and fillings
- Both come with one cleaning mode (daily clean) and one brush head. You can buy extra brush heads on demand
- They all lack Bluetooth connectivity and a travel case
- In terms of color options, while Pro 1000 comes in black, white, and green, Protectiveclean 4100 comes in black and white only
- Equally, you get 2 years warranty from each and can increase a few more months warranty if you remember to register it online.
- At the time of writing, the Sonicare 4100 model is cheaper than the pro-1000 model.
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Which is Better, Philips Sonicare 4100 vs Oral B Pro 1000?
From the key features discussed above and the price range, you can agree with me that Philips Sonicare 4100 is the best over Oral B Pro 1000 power rechargeable electric toothbrush.
While Sonicare 4100 Protectiveclean features a built-in pressure sensor, 2-minute timer with pacer like the Oral B Pro-1000 model, the Sonicare 4100 tops it up with ‘BrushSyncy technology that reminds you when to change the brush head, an ‘Easy-Start Program that gently introduces you to using the electric toothbrush up to the comfort zone and long-lasting battery life’. And Above all, it is cheaper than the Oral B Pro 1000 model.
But in terms of plaque removal, Pro 1000 does a good job by removing 300% more plaque vs a manual toothbrush compared to 7% of Protectiveclean 4100.
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Dr. Tom Bell has a PhD in Medical Anthropology. He has a keen interest in oral health topics and is the founder of dentalrave. He has been an oral health researcher and electric toothbrush enthusiast for over 10 years. Tom works with Awin and others in his research. When not talking about dental hygiene and gadgets, Tom likes spending time outdoors hiking.