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The Oral-B electric toothbrush line - All current models (Updated April 2016) -

The Black/White 7000, PRO 5000/3000/1000 and Vitality toothbrushes. | Features lists. | MSRP prices. | What makes each model unique?

This page outlines the features of each of the current Oral-B rechargeable powered toothbrushes, arranged from most to least expensive according to MSRP. [Here's our similar breakdown for the Sonicare product line.]

How our overview is set up.

  • For each brush, we've outlined its basic features in a way that makes it possible to make direct comparisons between it and other models.
  • We also point out extra features that some of the brushes have that make them relatively unique in the Oral-B line up.

Added notes and observations.

Throughout this page we've included notes that explain our opinion about why each toothbrush might, or might not, make a particularly good choice or value.

! These notes should be read in order because they frequently identify transition points in the Oral-B product line. Some of these breakpoints are very important in regard to brushing effectiveness or options available.


Current Oral-B rechargeable electric toothbrush models.

Which brushes do we cover?

The models we've chosen are those shown on the "Electric Toothbrushes >> View all products" page of the Oral-B website (USA) on April 4, 2016. People familiar with this line will know that various versions of these models have been around for some time.

  • Oral-B Black 7000 with Bluetooth Connectivity - ($220)
    Oral-B White 7000 with Bluetooth Connectivity - ($220)
    Oral-B Pro 5000 with Bluetooth Connectivity - ($160)
    Oral-B Pro 3000 - ($100)
    Oral-B Pro 1000 - ($65)
    Oral-B Vitality Floss Action - ($30)
    Oral-B Vitality Dual Clean - ($30)

(We've used this same list as candidates for our Best Oral-B toothbrushes page.)

If you don't see the brush you're considering buying ...

Historically the system that Oral-B has used to name their brushes has been relatively confusing. It was common that products that were essentially identical (in terms of features and capabilities) were given entirely unrelated names.

With this year's line up, that doesn't seem to be as much of a problem. But if you don't see a brush that you've been considering, read through this information. It can likely help you extract the key elements from your product's name that will allow you to make direct comparisons to the models we've reviewed.

If you need more help ...

If you find that you have questions about something you see on this page, or Oral-B powered toothbrushes in general, feel free to post a comment below and we'll see if we can come up with an answer.

If you'd like to actually see and hold these models ...

We've encountered two retailers (Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target) that frequently have sample models of Oral-B and other electric toothbrushes out on display. The items don't actually run, but you can pick them up and hold them to get an idea of what each is like. In our local area, Target had the wider range of Oral-B models out.


Current Oral-B models and their features.

Black 7000 Electric Toothbrush with SmartGuide

White 7000 Electric Toothbrush with SmartGuide

We've listed these brushes together because they are identical in terms of features and the accessories they come with. They only differ in color (white vs. black).

  • Price: $220 MSRP  (Price Oral-b's at Walmart.com.)
  • Number of brushing modes: 6 - Daily Clean, Deep Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Massage (Gum Care), Tongue Cleaner
  • Top brushing action: 3D movement. | 40,000 pulses per min. | 8,800 sweeps/oscillations per min.

    - As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Best.

  • Brush heads included: 5 total - 2 CrossAction, 1 ProWhite, 1 FlossAction, 1 Sensitive
  • Battery: "Up to 10 days" of use on full charge (NiMH battery).
  • Excessive brushing pressure indicator: Yes. [More details.]
  • Brushing timer / Quadrant timer: Yes / Yes.
  • Additional features: The Bluetooth connectivity/Smartphone app feature.
    The wireless SmartGuide unit. (Use the links for details about these feature.)
Additional things to know about these brushes.
  • The White and Black 7000's are the only models in our list to have 6 brushing modes. [It's our opinion that the vast majority of users are best served by just using the Daily Clean mode, thus making the additional modes superfluous.]

    These are also the only models that features Tongue Cleaner mode. [It's our opinion that manual tongue cleaning is typically more effective.]

  • In years past Oral-B's either featured the Bluetooth/Smartphone app option or the stand-alone SmartGuide unit (or neither). Nowadays these features are only offered together.

    Generally speaking, these options are intended to help you interact with your toothbrush, both in regard to your current and historic brushing activities. The links above detail their use.

    We don't necessarily consider having this option a "must have." This link explains why.

  • Oral-B suggests that due to "specially designed seals and gaskets" these models are more water resistant than others. They use the phrase, tolerant to up to "500 millibars of pressure." We did the calculations, this is the amount of pressure an object is exposed to when it's about 16 feet under water.

    [For Oral-B electrics in general, the "Service" section of Braun's website states that "All Oral-B power toothbrushes are waterproof." It then goes on to say, "Just be careful not to fully immerse the power handle in water."

    We interpret this as meaning that other models can likely survive being splashed. But moisture will likely seep into them if held under water.]

  • The 7000's are the only models that come with Oral-B's "premium" travel case.
Our review notes:

a) Judging from price, you'd have to assume that Oral-B considers these brushes to be their top ones.

b) We think it's a nice plus that these models come packaged with several different types of brush heads, therefore insuring that sooner or later you'll have tried out several styles.

Oral-B Pro 5000 Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity

  • Price: $160 MSRP  (Price Oral-b's at Walmart.com.)
  • Number of brushing modes: 5 - Daily Clean, Deep Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Gum Care (Massage)
  • Top brushing action: 3D movement. | 40,000 pulses per min. | 8,800 sweeps/oscillations per min.

    - As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Best.

  • Brush heads included: 1 - CrossAction
  • Battery: "Up to 10 days" of use on full charge (NiMH battery).
  • Excessive brushing pressure indicator: Yes.
  • Brushing timer / Quadrant timer: Yes / Yes.
  • Additional features: The Bluetooth connectivity/Smartphone app feature. The wireless SmartGuide unit. (Use the links above for details about these feature.)
Additional things to know about this brush.
  • This model comes with a travel case.
Oral-B Deep Sweep and Floss Action brush heads.

Deep Sweep vs. rotary (Floss Action) style brush heads.

Our review notes:

While this brush only comes packaged with a single brush head, it's important to keep in mind that when it comes time to buy replacements you can choose and use any other style you want.


Take Note:

Starting here, all of the brushes below feature fewer and fewer options. However, we consider this a good thing. For example:

  • None offer the high-tech Bluetooth/Smartphone app or SmartGuide options. - Since we aren't especially enthralled by either of these features, we consider it a plus that the brushes below don't have them.
  • They all have 3 brushing modes or fewer. - We think this is just fine. We're of the opinion that the vast majority of users are best served just using Daily Clean mode (or its brushing action equivalent found on some models, Deep Clean). We outline our point of view on this matter here.

PRO 3000 Electric Toothbrush

An Oral-B powered toothbrush.

Oral-B electric toothbrush.

  • Price: $100 MSRP  (Price Oral-b's at Walmart.com.)
  • Number of brushing modes: 3 - Daily Clean, Sensitive, Massage (Gum Care)
  • Top brushing action: 3D movement. | 40,000 pulses per min. | 8,800 sweeps/oscillations per min.

    - As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Best.

  • Brush heads included: 1 - CrossAction
  • Battery: "Up to 7 days" of use on full charge (NiMH battery).
  • Excessive brushing pressure indicator: Yes.
  • Brushing timer / Quadrant timer: Yes / Yes.
Additional things to know about this brush.
  • No travel case included.
Our review notes:

While this toothbrush only features 3 brushing modes, it still has the only two that we think the average household would ever find reason to need (Daily Clean and possibly Sensitive).

  • As stated above, we think that most everyone who uses an Oral-B electric should be using the Daily Clean mode (on some models its brushing-power equivalent is referred to as Deep Clean).
  • Some people with special circumstances (such as aged or debilitated persons) may need to use Sensitive mode (a lower-power, less-efficient brushing action) so to be able to tolerate the use of their brush. If so, even this model, this far down in our list, still offers this option.

Take Note:

At this point we've reached a very significant turning point in our list.

While the PRO 1000 discussed next does create Oral-B's 3D brushing motion (a very important feature to have), its top vibratory rate is only 20,000 pulses per minute. This is 1/2 the top speed of all of the brushes we've discussed above.

That means the top (and only) brushing mode on these toothbrushes is somewhat similar to running one of Oral-B's higher-end models at its lower setting (such as Sensitive mode).

At a lower setting like this,

  • The plaque removing efficiency of the brush is reduced (due to less total brush movement per minute).
  • The toothbrush's effectiveness is compromised too (because its lower vibratory rate creates less "non-contact" brushing effect, the phenomenon where a brush can disrupt plaque beyond where its bristles actually touch).

! Due to its design shortcomings, the PRO 1000 (nor any of the other models listed below) have ever made our Best Oral-B's list. We consider all of the toothbrushes from this point on down to be second-tier Oral-B electrics in terms of plaque-removing capability.


PRO 1000 Electric Toothbrush

  • Price: $65 MSRP  (Price Oral-b's at Walmart.com.)
  • Number of brushing modes: 1 - Daily Clean
  • Top brushing action: 3D - 20,000 pulses/minute, 8,800 sweeps or oscillations/minute.

    - As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Mediocre.

  • Brush heads included: 1 - CrossAction
  • Battery: "Up to 7 days" of use on full charge (NiMH battery).
  • Brushing timer / Quadrant timer: Yes / Yes.
Additional things to know about this brush.
  • No travel case included.
Our review notes:

As explained in the "Take Note" section above, this brush features a less efficient/effective brushing action. Any higher-end Oral-B makes a better choice.


Take Note:

The toothbrushes below only feature Oral-B's 2D brushing motion. This means they create absolutely no "non-contact" brushing effect (see link above). We consider this a significant disadvantage.

While you might find reason to choose one of these models, don't do so in the sense that you think you're buying a modern-design Oral-B electric, because your not.


Vitality Electric Toothbrushes

Oral-B's website shows the following as different "models."

  • Vitality Floss Action
  • Vitality Dual Clean
 

On inspection, it seems apparent that both of them are really just the standard Vitality toothbrush handle packaged with a different style of brush head.

So, the Vitality Floss Action toothbrush could be "converted" to a Dual Clean simply by buying a Dual Clean replacement brush head. (You'll be buying replacements every three months anyway.)

  • Price: $30 MSRP  (Price Oral-b's at Walmart.com.)
  • Number of brushing modes: 1 - Daily Clean
  • Top brushing action: 2D - 7,600 rotating movements.

    - As compared to other Oral-B electrics = Subpar.

  • Brush heads included: 1. Either a Floss Action or Dual Clean head, depending on which model you purchase.
  • Battery life: Possibly varies as to brush head type, see below. (NiMH battery.)
  • Excessive brushing pressure indicator: No.
  • Brushing timer: Brushing timer only. No Quadrant timer.
Additional things to know about these brushes.
  • The battery life you get between full charges may vary according to the style of brush head you use.

    Oral-B literature reports usage of "Up to 2 weeks" for the Sensitive, Pro White and Floss Action. For the Vitality Dual Clean they state "Up to 5 days."

    (This possibly makes sense. The Dual Action's gimmicky design looks like it contains a greater number of moving parts, and therefore likely taxes the toothbrush's motor to a greater degree.)


How to decipher an Oral-B rechargeable electric toothbrush's name.

The convention that Oral-B uses in naming their products can be quite confusing. Most recently it seems that they've taken strides to clean up their act but it's possible that you may still encounter some difficulties. (Retailers slow to make corrections, overstock and discontinued items, etc...)

If you do, the following paragraphs outline points we've noticed about how their naming system works. And in the case where your search for toothbrushes doesn't turn up the exact same ones we refer to on our pages, having this information can help you to still be able to make accurate comparisons.

a) Brush head style = Toothbrush name.

To their credit, Oral-B has designed a fairly wide range of brush head styles that can be used on a wide assortment of their electric toothbrush handles (the motorized part).

But what their marketing people tend to do is take one of those types of handles, package it up with a particular style of brush head, and then spin it off as if it's a unique model.

This practice has been more noticeable in the recent past. But even the current line up of their brushes includes the following two "models":

  • Vitality Floss Action
  • Vitality Dual Clean
 

In reality, these are:

  1. The same toothbrush "handle." (The motorized part of the brush that you keep using for years. The part that gives a brush its characteristics such as brushing modes, brushing timer, etc...)
  2. Just packaged with a different style of toothbrush head. (This is the disposable part of the brush. The part you'll replace many times over during your handle's lifetime.)

Since Oral-B brush heads are interchangeable between models, if you buy the Vitality Floss Action, you can convert it into a Dual Clean just by buying that kind of replacement brush head.

c) The part of an Oral-B toothbrush's name that is important.

The numbering system that's used with each of the higher-end Oral-B's (1000, 3000, 5000, 7000) seems to be an important indicator of features, and often the level of sophistication of the brush's brushing action.

In our review above, you may have noticed that:

  • The 7000 model has the largest number of brushing modes.
  • The 7000, 5000 and 3000 models each offer Oral-B's best (3D, high frequency) brushing action.
  • The 1000 model does feature 3D brushing motion but only at a reduced frequency.

d) Brush names that you might have thought were important.

We would have expected that product names such as ProfessionalCare, SmartSeries, Pro Series and such actually referred to something. But after reading through every piece of Oral-B literature we could find (website pages, product user manuals, printable fliers) we couldn't distinguish what it was.

We're guessing that at different points in product line development these names were concocted and they indicated things like what type of battery indicator is used, or precisely how the excessive brushing pressure indicator signals.

But from a standpoint of defining actual features (such as does the model have a battery indicator, or excessive pressure indicator, etc...) we could identify no differences between them.

 

 
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does anyone know if this one is 20000 or 40000 oscs /min
thanks

Here's our impression of the capabilities of that brush.

how much load it gives to teeth during use of these toothbrush

When describing their toothbrushes' pressure sensors, Oral B literature tends to use the phrases:
"when you're brushing too hard" or "if you're brushing too hard," implying that it's what the user does, not the brush. The brush just oscillates, the user creates the pressure.

In the case of the Vitality, a model that doesn't have a pressure sensor, we would think that:
1)Start the brush and listen to the level and type of sound it makes.
2)When you use the brush, listen for changes in the sounds it makes.
3)If you're using enough force that you're laboring the motor (it sounds slower or bogged down) back off.
4)Generally speaking just bring the bristles into contact with your teeth. Dental dental plaque is a soft mass. It doesn't take forceful brushing to remove it, just the motion of the bristles.

If you're considering a Vitality, keep in mind that all other Oral B's feature more effective/efficient brushing actions.

I have a friend that believes all electric or battery operated toothbrushes do the same job. I think it makes a difference on how fast the vibrations or revolutions are. Does anyone have thoughts on this?

That's pretty much the whole premise of our best Sonicare and Oral-b pages and which models to consider.

Why is it flashing for long periods?

The flashing green light (at least the one we're familiar with) indicates that the brush is charging. Depending on the initial conditions, it can take a brush up to about a day (24 hours) to fully charge.

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