Oral-B iO Series 6 review


Two-minute review

Last year, Oral-B launched the iO Series 9 – a top-end electric toothbrush with a super quiet motor, sleek design, and real-time brushing feedback either on the brush handle or in the smartphone app. It cleaned well, was a pleasure to use, and earned a place at the top of our guide to the best electric toothbrushes. The only downside was its cost – with a launch price of $300 / £500 / AU$400, it was one of the most expensive brushes around.

Now, there’s an alternative: the Oral-B iO Series 6, which gives you the best features of the iO Series 9, for a substantially lower price tag. Oral-B hasn’t cut any significant corners to achieve this; the iO9 Series 6 is fundamentally the same as its more expensive counterpart, and the overall experience is just as good.

You get the same low-friction magnetic motor, simple controls, crisp LCD display, and Bluetooth connectivity. The differences are in the accessories, with a simple plastic case that simply keeps the brush clean, but doesn’t charge it, and a standard charging base rather than a sleek magnetic puck for your bathroom.

Oral-B iO Series 6 on charging base

Unlike the Oral-B iO Series 9, the iO Series 6 has a regular charging base with a prong that fits into a recess in the handle (Image credit: Future)

Whether those differences matter will be entirely a matter of personal choice. If you’re a frequent traveller then the superb charging case of the iO Series 9 may justify the extra expense, but for everyone else, the iO Series 6 is an excellent compromise. Its cleaning performance is just as good, its pressure sensor is equally accurate, and its real-time location tracking is just as effective at helping you cover each segment of your mouth.

Oral-B iO Series 6 electric toothbrush in black

The iO Series 6 is very similar to the iO Series 9 launched in 2020, and the handle is nearly identical (Image credit: Future)

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