Picture of Oral-B powered toothbrush.

Oral-B Pro 3000

Which are the best Oral-B electric toothbrush models? (Updated September 2017) -

a) Which Oral-B rechargeables make the best choice (effective yet economical)?   b) Which features are the most important ones to have?   c) A comparison of models based on features.

Since our Best Sonicares page has been so well received, we've decided to make the same type of features-based/value comparison for the current line up of Braun Oral-B powered toothbrushes too.

And while we do feel that we've come up with a single model that really does make the best choice in terms of function and value (the Pro 3000), what this page does is take you through all of the options and features that Oral-B brushes offer. And then explains why (or why not) each of them is important to have, or offers good value, and then which brushes have them.

Who will benefit from our review?

This page is primarily geared toward what we consider the needs of the "average" user (which in our mind makes up the vast majority of people who purchase a powered brush).

And we take the stance that they aren't just concerned about product effectiveness but also cost and value too.

Which models do we compare?

Here's a list of all of the Oral-B toothbrushes we've included in our evaluation:

  • Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 (Bluetooth / Brushing App) - ($250)
  • Oral-B 7000 (Bluetooth / Brushing App) - ($220)
  • Oral-B Pro 6000 (Bluetooth / Brushing App) - ($200)
  • Oral-B Pro 5000 (Bluetooth / Brushing App) - ($160)
  • Oral-B Pro 3000 (Bluetooth / Brushing App) - ($100)
  • Oral-B Pro 1000 - ($65)
  • Oral-B Pro 500 - ($40)
  • Oral-B Vitality Floss Action - ($30)
  • Oral-B Vitality Dual Clean - ($30)

Pictures of Oral b electric toothbrushes.

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Tip:  The high-end Oral-b's are very good brushes but are generally stocked with features you don't really need, or will remember to use. We think the mid-priced models, like the Pro 3000 or 5000, make a better best-value type of purchase.

How did we choose these models?

The brushes above make up the entire list of models found on the Oral-B (USA) website on September 22, 2017, on their "Shop Electric Toothbrushes page. (This page did not display any model numbers, nor did the Oral-B website in general.)

Changes from our last update.

If you've used this page before you may have noticed that there aren't really many changes from the last time we updated this page.

  • Some of the higher-end models now come with fewer included brush heads.
  • While the MSRP of all other models has stayed the same, the Genius Pro 8000 has come down $30 in price to $250.

About the prices we show.

The models listed above encompass a wide range of prices ($250 down to just $30). These numbers reflect the MSRP shown on the Oral-B website. (When a price range was given, we chose the highest one.)

While checking all of these models for online availability, we noticed that many retailers sold at discounted prices (sometimes significantly so), so be sure to shop around.

Setting the criteria for our Best Oral-B evaluation.

We've set up this comparison essentially the same way as we did for Sonicare brushes. In our opinion, the best Braun Oral-B toothbrush models are those that:

  • Are the least expensive ...
  • feature a "non-contact" brushing capability (we explain below) ...
  • can be used with a wide range of brush head styles ...
  • and only have those additional features that the person using the brush feels are especially important to them.


Using these criteria, it may seem that our review is just about which Oral-B rechargeable makes the "best buy," and in some ways it is. But make no mistake about it, the model we've selected can be used to brush just as effectively as any other Oral-B and really is our preferred choice.

Features that Oral-B electrics tend to share.

Before discussing differences, there are some features that Oral-B powered toothbrushes tend to share. It's important for you to know about them both so you'll know what you're getting, and can make comparisons with other brands.

a) Brushing and Quadrant timers.

All of the models we feature on this page come with a 2-minute brushing timer. (The most advanced Oral-B's allow you to customize their timer's duration, see below.)
And all except the Vitality and Pro 500 models also feature a Quadrant timer that signals as each 1/4th of the brushing timer's duration lapses (which is typically every 30 seconds).
What's the purpose?
The idea of using a Quadrant timer is that it helps to guide you in brushing all areas of your mouth equally. So every time it signals, you're supposed to advance to cleaning the next 1/4th of your mouth.

[More details about Oral-B brushing/quadrant timers.]

b) Brushing-pressure indicator.

This feature signals to the user (via various methods with different models: flashing light, brush handle vibrations, phone app notifications) when too much pressure is being applied as they brush. The low-end Vitality and Pro 500 lines do not have a pressure indicator.

[More details about Oral-B brushing pressure sensors.]

c) Rechargeable battery.

All of the toothbrushes we compare on this page are rechargeable. The Oral-B Genius and Pro 6000 models feature a (preferred) lithium-ion type of battery. All of the others have a NiMH one.

A criticism of Oral-B brushes, in general, is that their charging units only operate on 110V (US/Canada models) and not 220V systems. (Depending on the voltage standards in your country, the reverse may be true.) World travelers may find this incompatibility to be an inconvenience and necessitate purchasing a voltage converter.

[More details about recharging Oral-B electrics.]

d) Brush heads.

All of the toothbrushes discussed on this page come with a handle (the part you hold that houses the motor) that can be used with any style of Oral-B brush head.

For this reason, in our model comparisons we assign zero importance to which type of head comes initially packaged with a brush. The head is a disposable item and one that you'll be replacing in just 3 months or so anyway. At that time you can select a different style if you want.

We explain more about replacement options below, and provide specifics and comparisons of Oral-B brush heads here.

In case you don't know, here's how you brush with an Oral-B.

It's important for you to realize that the way you brush with most Oral-B brush heads is different than you might expect. And this difference may be a determining factor in deciding if this brand is right for you or not.

Oral-B Deep Sweep and Floss Action (rotary-style) brush heads.

Picture comparison of Oral-B Deep Sweep and Floss Action brush heads.

Most Oral-b brush heads are rotary style.

Rotary brush heads.
Most Oral-B brush heads are round or oval in shape and create a back-and-forth rotary motion as they work.
This action, combined with the generally smallish size of Oral-B's heads, lends itself to a brushing technique where you clean just one tooth at a time. That's different than with regular (manual) toothbrushes, and sonic toothbrushes too.
We don't mention this issue in terms of a disadvantage but instead as an FYI issue. Some people may love this method because it allows them to focus on each tooth individually so they know they got each one clean. For others, this method may be too tedious and not the way they want to brush.
The Deep Sweep.

As an alternative, Oral-B has designed the Deep Sweep head. It's shaped and used more like a traditional toothbrush. So, with the Oral-B brand, you do have both options if you want them.

However, you do need to keep in mind that while there are 7 styles of rotary heads, you're limited to just one choice with the Deep Sweep. There's not even a miniaturized version of this head for those who need a smaller brush.

It seems to us that the Deep Sweep style really hasn't caught on with users. As compared to just a year ago when this head seemed to be hyped quite a bit, Oral-B promotional materials now seem to place much less emphasis on it.

Pictures of Oral b toothbrush brush heads.

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Tip:  When looking at Oral-b's, don't be overly concerned about which brush head it comes packaged with (so go ahead and buy the version of the model that's currently on sale). Later on, you can just swap it out with the design you prefer.

Oral-B features we don't have a lot of interest in.

One of the criteria for picking out what we think is the Best Oral-B is sorting past those models that are loaded up with options that we don't think the average user really needs, or will get much value out of having.

Toward that goal, there are two features that are found on higher-end Oral-B's that we feel warrant discussion.

Picture of Oral-B Smartguide unit.

Oral-B Smartguide unit.

a) The wireless SmartGuide.

This unit is a small stand-alone LCD screen that wirelessly communicates with your toothbrush.
It displays information about your brushing session, such as the current status of the brushing/quadrant timer, which brushing mode is being used and the excessive pressure indicator.

[This page outlines and discusses the features of this unit in greater detail.]

Is the Smartguide important to have?

It's pretty easy to dismiss a true "need" for having this feature. That's because the information it displays is already relayed to you (although admittedly more crudely) by your toothbrush via various vibrations, lights and sounds. (And the phone app too, see the next section.)

b) The Bluetooth connectivity / Smartphone app.

This feature puts your toothbrush in communication (via Bluetooth technology) with Oral-B's app that's been installed on your smartphone.

  • It relays the current status of your brush's brushing/quadrant timer, pressure sensor and brushing mode.
  • The app allows you to lengthen the duration of the toothbrush's brushing/quadrant timer.
  • The app allows you to review details about your brushing history.
  • A sensor in the Genius Pro 8000 relays to the app places where you have already brushed so it can notify you if you have missed any areas.
  • It displays entertainment items on your phone (news, weather, calendar) for you to view while you're brushing.

[This page explains the use of this option in greater detail.]

Is this feature important to have?

We don't think so. We can see how using it might provide motivation for problem or disinterested brushers, either through its informative or novelty aspects. But in terms of being a "must-have" for the average user, we definitely don't feel that it is. You can brush just as effectively whether using the app or not, if you choose to.

! As of 2016 our opinion on the matter is rather moot. All of the better Oral-B's (which includes all of those that even come close to being considered for our best-models list) now have Bluetooth/Smartphone App capabilities.

Paring down our list of Best Oral-B candidates.

Different than in some previous years, cutting those toothbrushes from our list that have nice but unneeded high-tech capabilities only removes one model from consideration.

Off our list.

  • The Pro 7000 with Bluetooth Connectivity (and SmartGuide unit)

That doesn't mean we think that the Oral-b brushing app feature is all that important to have. It's just that it's pretty much a standard feature in their lineup now.

Models still in consideration.

  • Genius Pro 8000 (Bluetooth / brushing app)
  • Pro 6000 (Bluetooth / brushing app)
  • Pro 5000 (Bluetooth / brushing app)
  • Pro 3000 (Bluetooth / brushing app)
  • Pro 1000
  • Pro 500
  • Vitality


Oral-b 2D brushing.

Animation of Oral-b '2D' brushing motion.

The 2D brushing action consists of a back-and-forth oscillate-rotate motion.

"3D" brushing action - This is why you buy an Oral-B electric.

Each Oral-B powered toothbrush either generates the product line's "2D" or (superior) "3D" brushing motion.
  • 2D movement (oscillating-rotating) is the more primitive of the two. The brush head's bristles rotate back and forth as they scrub the user's teeth.
  • 3D movement (oscillating-rotating + pulsating) is a more sophisticated motion and creates an important brushing difference.

Oral-b 3D brushing.

Animation of Oral-b

The 3D brushing action consists of a back-and-forth oscillate-rotate, and also pulsating, brushing motion.

"Non-contact" brushing.

The pulsing action that Oral-B has incorporated into its 3D movement adds a second type of cleansing action.
It's called "non-contact" brushing and it's an effect where a toothbrush can dislodge dental plaque in locations that lie beyond where its bristles actually touch. (It's generated by the way the brush's high-frequency pulsations agitate the fluids that surround the user's teeth.)
[Sonic toothbrushes create this same effect too. We explain how it works here.]

It's important to note that non-contact brushing doesn't remove as much dental plaque as plain old tooth scrubbing (bristles scouring tooth surfaces). But it is a valuable secondary mechanism. And for that reason, for our Best Oral-B's list, we're only going to consider models that have it.

Which Oral-B models feature 3D (non-contact) brushing?

Actually, this is only part of the right question to ask. The full question should read, which models offer 3D movement at the highest available frequency?

20,000 vs. 40,000 pulses per minute.

When you evaluate Oral-B 3D brushes, you'll find that some of them can generate up to 40,000 pulses per minute, whereas others have a top frequency of only 20,000.

You can think of the latter as a lower power setting. And for our Best list, we're only going to consider the high-power models because they make the most effective/efficient brushers.

[Use the following link if you'd like to read more about how Oral-B's work and their brushing settings.

It's time to trim our Best Oral-B's list again.

Using our high-frequency, 3D brushing mode criteria, we need to remove some more brushes from our list of candidates. You may notice that it's all of the less expensive models.

Brushes we're removing from consideration.

These models only feature 2D brushing.
  • Pro 500
  • Vitality


This model only features 20,000 pulses-per-minute 3D brushing.
  • Pro 1000


Update - Fact-checking.

Our claim here that the 1000 models only feature a "20,000 pulses-per-minute 3D brushing action" is a bit controversial.

  • You can find some Oral-B documents and information on retailer websites that agree with this statement.
  • But, as one commenter has pointed out below, you can also find online Oral-B and retailer information that instead states that these brushes create the 40,000 pulses-per-minute 3D action (the better brushing motion).

We called the Oral-B Help Line a number of times and asked about this but got conflicting answers. Since with any verbal communication there's always a chance that the other party misinterpreted what was said, we decided to use the "email us" form on the Oral-B website.

  • Our written question specifically asked if the Professional Care 1000 and the Deep Sweep 1000 are both 40,000 pulsations per minute brushes.

This is their emailed reply, sent June 25, 2015:

  • That’s a great question. The Professional Care 1000 and the Deep Sweep 1000 are actually the same model, they are just packaged with different brush heads. This model has 20,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute.


A more recent check.
Later in the year, we decided to call Oral-B to confirm this information yet again. We talked to a representative on 11/5/2015 asking if the Pro 1000 and Deep Sweep 1000 were 20,000 or 40,000 pulsations-per-minute brushes.

Their answer was that both are "20,000" brushes. The representative suggested that the confusion possibly stems from the fact that this statement is true for the USA market but may not be for these products as sold in other countries. (As an example, one commenter below states that their check with support in Australia confirmed that the 1000 version sold there did have 40,000 pulsation / 8,800 oscillation capabilities.)

The list of candidates we're still considering.

Based on just choosing models that feature Oral-B's best brushing action, this is the list of candidates still in contention. We might mention, this is the first year where we've gotten to this point in our discussion and had so many toothbrushes still being considered. They are:

  • Genius Pro 8000
  • Pro 6000
  • Pro 5000
  • Pro 3000

(In case you're wondering, all of these models can be used with the Oral-b brushing app.)

Paring down our "Best" list further.

The biggest difference between all of the models still in the running is the number of brushing modes each of them offers. Here are the ones they have:

  • Genius Pro 8000, 6 modes: Daily Clean, Pro-Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Gum Care, Tongue Cleaning
  • Pro 7000, 6 modes: Daily Clean, Deep Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Gum Care, Tongue Cleaning
  • Pro 6000, 5 modes: Daily Clean, Pro-Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Gum Care
  • Pro 5000, 5 modes: Daily Clean, Deep Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Gum Care
  • Pro 3000, 3 modes: Daily Clean, Sensitive, Gum Care


Which of these brushing modes are important to have?

It's our opinion that most of Oral-B's brushing modes are just novelty features.

Yes, each one does shake or sputter the brush head a little differently. But we simply don't have any faith nor have seen any published research that suggests that when it comes to plaque removal that using one of them is more effective or more efficient than just using the brush in its continuous full-power mode.

We'd take the stance that:

  • For the vast, vast majority of people, they should simply concentrate on removing as much dental plaque from their teeth as they can during the brief period of time they are willing to dedicate to brushing. (Yes, we're of the opinion that most people don't brush often enough or long enough.)
  • And if a person has been really effective in removing plaque from around their teeth (like by using their brush in full-power mode), those additional issues that their brush's other modes address (gum health, whitening, etc...) will likely be taken care of too.

We find it hard to believe that anyone's own dentist wouldn't agree with this opinion too. You should ask.

Which is the full-power setting?

With Oral-B rechargeables, the full-power mode is termed "Daily Clean." This is typically the default setting for a brush. And as you can see in our list above, all of our remaining candidates have it.

Other brushing modes that bear mentioning.

There are two brush settings that some models have that might be used as an alternative to Daily Clean. They are:

  • Deep Clean (Pro 7000, Pro 5000) - This setting runs its brush in Daily Clean mode but resets its timer to 3 minutes instead of just two.

    We think that brushing longer is great. But we don't see why you need to go to the expense of buying a particular toothbrush to do it. You can just brush longer using any of the other models still on our list.

  • Pro Clean (Genius Pro 8000, Pro 6000) - Oral-B states that this mode runs the brush head at a higher frequency. That sounds good, and if we owned a brush that had this setting we'd probably tend to use it.

    The catch is, we did a Google search of Oral-B's entire English version website and only found two pages that even made mention of this mode. And that was just as sentence-fragment promotional/marketing blurbs and nothing really detailed or substantial.

    So if Oral-B doesn't seem to promote this as some type of big breakthrough and a major improvement, how can we?


Picture of an Oral-B PRO 3000 electric toothbrush.

Oral-B Pro 3000

Our Best Oral-B list has now been narrowed down to just one model.

The Pro 3000 - ($100)

All of our above discussion leads us to the conclusion that the Pro 3000 makes the best buy in an Oral-B. That's in terms of brushing effectiveness and efficiency, cost and therefore value.
It's our pick as the toothbrush that we think cleans teeth just as well as any other Oral-B, at the savings of not having to buy any more superfluous features than you absolutely have to.
Use this link for specific details about the Pro 3000's features (and a direct comparison to other models).

A rundown on what you're getting with the Pro 3000.

Just because we like the 3000 doesn't necessarily mean that you don't still need some convincing. You may still anticipate that another model is still the way to go.

We won't encourage you to consider the Pro 1000, Pro 500 or either of the Vitality brushes due to their subpar brushing action.

But as a way of helping you to compare the 3000 with the features of other higher-end Oral-B's (which we consider to be good brushes just not exceptional values), here's a brief overview of what you get.

a) Multiple brush head options.

One nice thing in general about Braun Oral-B is that they've developed a wide assortment of brush head designs that can be used with all of their rechargeable electric toothbrushes. [We discuss Oral-B's brush head line up here.]

That means choosing the Pro 3000 doesn't limit your options as compared to any of the more expensive models. So if you see another Oral-B that comes with a brush head that especially appeals to you, the 3000 can use it too. (This includes the option of using the Deep Sweep head if you're inclined to using a more traditional type of toothbrush.)

b) Other differences between our "Best" choice and other models.

Here are some additional differences between the Pro 3000 and the higher-priced Oral-B's.

  • The 3000 does not come with a travel case.
  • With higher-end models, their battery indicator gives you some idea of how charged up they are (via 3 little lights). With the 3000 it's more along the line of the brush "is" or "isn't" currently charged (2 little lights).

    For the average user whose brush is either being used or is on it's charging stand, we're not sure this difference matters.

  • The Oral-B website no longer provides a comparison of battery life between its models. But we have found retailer information that suggests that the Pro 7000 and 5000 will last for 10 "days" between charges. The 3000 just for 7 days. The Genius Pro 8000 and Pro 6000 for 12 (the only Oral-B's to have a lithium-ion battery instead of a NiMH one).

    If you travel and don't want to take your charger along, this might be a consideration. Also, lithium-ion batteries offer advantages over NiMH ones.

  • Mode selection - The Pro 3000 has an on/off switch that doubles as its mode selector. The higher-end Oral-B's have a separate button for this.

    If for whatever reason your brushing routine involves switching from one mode to another, this might prove to be a disadvantage or at least an inconvenience. In the case where you just brush using a single mode (like just Daily Clean, our preferred choice), this difference would be a non-issue.

  • Excessive pressure/Timer indicators - The Genius Pro 8000 and Pro 6000 offer the Smartring indicator, which is easier to visualize from all angles than the Pro 3000's flashing light. But don't forget that Oral-B's also create audible and phone app notifications that signal these same events.


c) Higher-end models seem to have a higher-quality build.

It's our subjective opinion that the top-dollar Oral-B's generally do have a more refined, higher-quality feel. And possibly this is a reflection of how they are designed and assembled.

However, in an era of lowest-possible-cost manufacturing and non-replaceable batteries, we're not so sure we really want to invest any more money in any brush than we absolutely have to.

If you do decide to move on up the line, the question would then become which brush to choose.

  • In terms of features alone, we see no advantage in purchasing the 5000 over the 3000.
  • The 6000 does offer some fairly significant enhancements but the disadvantage with choosing it is that its cost is roughly twice that of the 3000, which is quite a step up.


If you want to evaluate these models further.

We know of two retailers (Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target) that usually have demonstrator models of Oral-B and other electric toothbrushes out on display. The items don't actually work, 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 selection of Oral-B models on display.

Need more information?

Just in case you overlooked it, we have an overview of all current Oral-B models and their features on this page.

Have questions?

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

Options after you've purchased.

While sorting through Braun Oral-B toothbrush literature, we frequently ran across mention of their Satisfaction Guarantee. What we saw read:

  • "Try Oral-B for 60 days, starting from the first day of purchase. If you are not 100% satisfied, receive a full refund via pre-paid card. No questions asked."

We saw stipulations about needing proof of purchase (we assume a receipt) and that you, the purchaser, had to pay the shipping charges on the return. We saw one version of this guarantee that only mentioned a 30-day period.

Obviously, we don't speak for Oral-B, so if having this option as a backup is important to you, you should check with them for specific details before you buy.

Double-check brush features before you buy.

Just so there's no question about what you're getting, double-check what we've said on our pages versus what features are listed on the packaging of the brush you plan to buy. That way there won't be any question that you're getting everything you expect.

Pictures of Oral b rechargeable toothbrushes.

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Tip:  The higher-end Oral-b's are great toothbrushes. But especially at the highest level, their price gets hard to justify. We think the Pro 3000 (and definitely not below) makes the better best-value type of purchase.



Deep Sweep model.

It seems you're not so keen on the Deep Sweep models. Some other sites seem to like them but maybe just because they're the new thing.

Your confusing the issue of

Your confusing the issue of brush head style and models. (You can blame that fact on Oral-B and the way they market their brushes.)

To a great extent, the different brush heads, like the Deep Sweep, can be used on most other Oral-B models.

That means you could take one of our "best" choices, buy Deep Sweep replacement heads next time you need heads, and instantly transform it into a "Deep Sweep model."

Doing this with either of our "best" choices would create a brush far superior to the Deep Sweep 1000, and a fair amount cheaper than either of the 5000 models.

[email protected]

Thanks very much for the info- much appreciated.

Professional Series 1000

This company needs a lot of work with simplifying their products and fixing their sloppy, unclear, non user friendly website. Here's what I learned in April 2015. There are 2 Pro 1000's. One, the older model made previous to about 10-11-2014 has a pressure sensor only. The newer model called CrossAction has a pressure sensor which includes the pressure sensor and light sensor. My question to you - Their website says 40,000 for the pro 1000. If I read your website correctly, you note 20,000 pulsations. Where did you get that from and how do you know it is currently accurate for their most recent pro 100 crossaction model?

Thanks for posting Rex,

We have contacted Oral-B and received a reply (see paragraphs above). Based on their response, we can say that the information found on this page is accurate.

Your review

Very clear & concise.
Excellent job & a great shame that Oral-B have not decided to simplify their product line up & the attendant info.
I note today (May1st) that Ebay list many Oral-B products that introduce further confusion. For example two heads & one charger .........?

Speed of oral B toothbrushes

I purchased the two pack of the 2000 at Costco as someone else mentioned here. I find the speed slow. I called Oral B and they told me that the speed, 20,000, was the same on all models and that the different brush heads altered the rhythm only.
That seems different than what I read above. What is the truth? I am not interested in an app or Bluetooth. I previously have used Phillips sonic care but my dentist recommends a round brush head. What options are available that might seem stronger or faster since I find the 2000 slow and frustrating. That is true of both settings on that model.


We've finally reached a point where we feel that if there was a company we wouldn't do business with just out of principle, it would be Oral B.

It's our opinion that no company could be doing a worse job in the way they name and market their toothbrushes. Having contacted their help staff repeatedly about issues, it's our impression that even their representatives have trouble keeping the facts about their products straight.

Per the premise of this page and its selection criteria, as a new rule we're only going to address issues associated with models mentioned at the top of this page. (The 2000 is not one of these models. We do see this brush sold outside of the USA, and then as the one-off Costco version you mention. But it's not a model listed on the Oral B website as being one of their current models.)

Having said that, based on what we know about the models discussed on this page, it's our impression that you can distinguish a 40,000 pulses-per-minute Oral B brush and a 20,000 by way of the fact that the higher speed brushes offer (at minimum) two brushing modes [typically Daily Clean (full 40,000 speed) and Sensitive (20,000 speed)]. (Hence the single-mode 1000 models mentioned above are, as we report, 20,000 brushes.)

That would suggest that the 2000 model is a 40,000 brush (you should notice that each mode on your brush runs at a different speed).

"Travel feature" - limitations with charger voltages

Hi there,
Thank you for a very thorough article, and I read it all before I went ahead and got the one brush with most features, but was also discounted the most at Shaver Shop Australia, so it ended up being the same price as the line below.

Anyway, when I got into the store, the attendant asked me if I travel alot. And since I do, I said yes. Apparently the voltages supported by their chargers for the top line, and the other Oral-b as well, only support one level of voltages. So for Australia, I got a charger that only supports 220-240 V. I was very suprised when she told me, and I distrusted it so much that I had to google for it. But it was true, and when I open the package this is what it says on the charger.

Basically, if I try and charge my toothbrush in the US without a heavy Voltage adapter (not just the different pins), it will screw up my charger and probably the toothbrush as well.

According to my research, this also goes the other way around, so if you got a US bought brush and charger, it will not end well trying to charge in Europe. This is REALLY worth mentioning in your article.

Then of course you need to think if that nice travel pouch is really worth anything.


Sigge, Thanks for taking the time to post.

We do touch upon this issue in our text above. But you're absolutely right, this is important to be aware of so we added more info above based on what you've stated.

Also, for anyone open to options and for whom this is an important issue, the charger that comes standard with Sonicare models can be used with both 120 and 240 volt systems.

Replacement for the: ORAL-B PROFESSIONAL CARE 8900...

Hi ~ Some time ago I bought my first OBET: ORAL-B PROFESSIONAL CARE 8900
And I've found it to be very powerful & effective.

Except: The shaft where the brush goes on was a sloppy fit from new, and got worse overtime as it started to ware away, especially in its key-way.

So I bought another, but cheaper model, because the spec on the OBW said that the basics were the same.

However: That's not been the case, as the cheaper models doesn't have the same amount of punch/power.

So I went back to using my first model.

BUT NOW: The battery in my original model needs replacing, & it shaft is really, really sloppy fit.

So I'm thinking of buying a new one, but which one ??

They don't seem to list my original 'ORAL-B PROFESSIONAL CARE 8900' anymore !
So which model would be an equal replacement ???



We found information about the 8900 on Oral B's website. It stated it was a 40,000 pulsations/8,800 oscillations per minute brush. Having that capability is the basic premise of this page, so from that standpoint we would think our selections above would be equivalents in that regard.

Battery performance might affect the brushing action of a brush. Oral B doesn't provide a lot information about their products but generally just categorizes them as lasting either "up to 7 days" or "up to 10 days" between charges. The later suggests having a relatively stronger battery.

Of course, there is the Oral B "satisfaction" guarantee. You'll have to check the conditions for yourself, but that provides a way of experimenting with different brushes.

We will also state that we have seen some eBay stores that specialize in parts for rebuilding electric toothbrushes. In some cases they will do the repair work for you.

Replacement for the: ORAL-B PROFESSIONAL CARE 8900... (2)

Thanks for the reply, However:
Unfortunately you can't just go by that statement in their specs, ie:

'It stated it was a 40,000 pulsations/8,800 oscillations per minute brush.
...so from that standpoint we would think our selections above would be equivalents in that regard.'

The second model I bought & mentioned previously, was the 'Oral-B ProfessionalCare 1000'
And I chose that as a replacement for my 8900, based on that information, ie they both state that they have '40,000 pulsations/8,800 oscillations per minute'

But there was absolutely NO COMPARISON in performance, between them:
In fact I would say that the 1000 was much worse (in performance) than the many cheaper $10 battery brands, I'd tried previously.


Now that you have mentioned that the newer brush you bought was the ProfessionalCare 1000, we understand your confusion (another poster above had similar confusion).

What you state about the ProfessionalCare 1000 isn't what we report about that brush on this or any other page of our website. And in fact, what you report just confirms that what we state is correct.

We don't consider the ProfessionCare 1000 worth buying and it's not one of the two brushes mentioned above that we state we would opt for.

Please read through this page again, or at least the paragraphs linked to in this reply.


I read (most) of the article and couldn't figure out what "SmartSeries" actually does, is it just having an extra button for the modes or the indicator that you need a new head, or something else? I don't care for the head replacement warning, though having an extra button is nice. On my 3000 it's annoying that to turn it off I have to press the button three times and cycle through the modes.


In regard to what one name means as compared to another, we haven't a clue. Evidently Oral b likes it that way.

Per the premise of this page, and our opinion in general, we think the vast majority of people should just buy the cheapest Oral b that features their top brushing action (3D movement. | 40,000 pulses per min. | 8,800 sweeps/oscillations per min.)

Then, whenever replacement brush heads are needed, switch to whatever style appeals to you the most.

If some higher-end Oral b sports a certain feature you value, then by that one instead.

Sticking with those rules helps to simplify the process.

We'd start by considering another 3000 (assuming yours has died) and working up from there.

Buying from Ebay Vs retail stores etc.

I have 3-4 days going back and forth to what should i buy.After reading,i decided to go with the 3000 model but it's quite a huge difference in price.Most of the websites will have listed at 80$ the 3000 and other ones at 100$ the 5000 model.You can see it's not a huge difference in the price.
But on ebay it is a huge difference.My question is how do i have the warranty if the toothbrush stops working from ebay?I contacted Oral B costumer service and they say that they won't accept hand written reciepts,the ebay website states that the seller must provide a hand written receipt.I am so confused.
What is your advice?Should i just spend more money and buy it from a retail store and not ebay?

P.s i also found out that the bluetooth feature for 5000 and 7000 it's not working on tablets like Ipad 2 because requires a bluetooth 2.4 and the ipad 2 has 2.1.This if for those that don't have a smartphone.


We called the regular Oral B phone number for information about their "satisfaction guarantee." (1-800-566-7252)

We asked about "original cash register" receipts vs. documenting a purchase made online. We interpreted their reply to be that you could use documentations such as your "order confirmation" email from an online purchase (it needs to show date of purchase and your cost).

We're not big eBay purchasers, but surely if an electronic payment of some sort is made, you must receive this type of documentation of the transaction.

You should call Oral B again and question them some more about your specifics.

Oral B Evaluation

I want to thank you for such a thorough, in-depth evaluation. Several years ago I purchased the Oral B Vitality Floss Action Powered toothbrush. Wasn't too thrilled with it and was looking for a review that I could trust. I had already narrowed it to either the Oral B 1000 or the 3000. Now I feel confident in purchasing the Oral B 3000.


Your right, choosing a 3000 model over a 1000 model is the right choice. You should notice a substantially better brushing experience with it as compared to your old Vitality.

Oral-B product information and customer service

This is a comment from another consumer who is frustrated and angry about the absolutely terrible way Braun provides information about the Oral-B toothbrushes.

I have spent way too much time trying to find out whether the current (as of 10 Oct 2015) Pro 1000 model can be charged by a Type 4736 travel charger (100-240V 50-60Hz 2W) that I bought for a previous Braun toothbrush. (I’ll be traveling outside the U.S. soon and the battery in my old toothbrush is not holding a charge, so I’m looking for a new one.) The charger for the U.S. version of the Pro 1000 cannot be used overseas where the current is different.

I’ve had numerous emails back and forth with Oral-B customer service in an effort to get them to understand the simple question I was asking and then to get a straight answer. I’m not the only person with this question who has gotten the runaround and received information that was simply wrong.
I sympathize with your Dental Staff’s frustration and loved (and agreed with) their comment >>We've finally reached a point where we feel that if there was a company we wouldn't do business with just out of principle, it would be Oral B.<< What is it with this company?
By the way, I had been considering the Pro 1000 because the Oral-B website as of today says flat out >>Cleaning action: Provides 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute.<< However, having read the comments and responses above, I have absolutely no confidence that this is in fact the case.

Is it time to switch to a Sonicare toothbrush and to hell with Oral-B and Braun? They should be ashamed of themselves. I’m now going to click over to your Sonicare reviews.

Before closing, I want to compliment the people at animated-teeth.com who put together these reviews. Hugely impressive, both in terms of the effort you put forth to gather and assess the info and the quality of the final product. I wish there were more like you in the world.

Larry B.

We feel your frustration.

While there is some cost and effort required on your part, you might consider investigating the details of the Oral-b Money-back Satisfaction Guarantee (so you can strictly adhere to them) and then buy the model you're hoping will work and test it for yourself. If it doesn't, take advantage of their return policy.

Having said that, you can't go wrong with a Sonicare (our review of them). Those are good brushes, just different.

As far as the Oral-b 1000 goes, that issue caused us a lot of turmoil. However, we really feel our pages have the information right.

Oral B 3000

Hi I am sorry and this may be repetitive. I want to buy the Oral B 3000 from Amazon. My question is whether we know for sure whether this will work (for the power charger / not the plug pins which are easy to modify using an adapter) in a 210-240 V environment?



No, that's not what we report above on this page.

Here's a link to a more detailed explanation of this matter.

Oral B 3000 Pro vs Oral B Professional Care 3000

I've seen two different products from Oral B in the 3000 series. One is referred to as the Oral B Pro (TM) 3000 and the other is referred to as the Oral B Professional Care (TM) 3000. They each have, from what I have seen, different packaging. By the way, each of the Pro and Professional Care branding have the little Trade Mark (TM) symbol above it. Have you come across this issue? I've also noticed that the color of the handle for the 3000 Pro is a lighter blue than that of the 3000 Professional Care. Perhaps the 3000 Professional Care is either an older or a newer model. If you could shed some light on this, it would be appreciated.


We're under the impression that the Pro 3000 and ProfessionalCare 3000 brushs are essentially (if not exactly) the same brush.

The Oral B ProfessionalCare 3000 was on our Best list last year and was replaced this year by the PRO 3000. It and the ProfessionalCare 4000 were the two brushes that last year we thought made best choices.

In terms of those features we think are most important (brushing modes, brushing action) and even those we don't care so much about (type of brush head it comes with, pressure indicator, brushing timer, lack of travel case) we are unaware of any differences between these two models except for their name.

Generally speaking, it is the number on an Oral-B model (like the 3000 here) that defines the characteristics of the brush, and hence explains the similarities of these two brushes.

Model 4000 differences

I have look appreciatively at your sites guidelines and have learned a lot. I decided I wanted a Model 4000. I went shopping and that's when I found more than one model of the 4000. Can you tell me the difference between an ORAL B Healthy Clean Pro White Precision 4000 and an Oral-B Professional Care SMARTSERIES 4000? I'm ready to buy, but I want to get the best Model 4000 that is available. Thanks so much for your assistance and your site in general.


We won't answer that question for you, only for fear of not answering it precisely. Creating the illusion that different items they sell are actually different brushes is a smoke-and-mirrors thing that seems to be an important part of Oral-B marketing. We don't think they actually are, but you'll need to come to that conclusion for yourself.

We'll also mention that there is no 4000 model in the current line up of Oral-B products as listed on their website.
We mention a 4000 above because we had details about it from the year before when doing this review. We liked that brush.

As mentioned here, generally speaking its the number part of a brush's name that indicates its type and level of features. So it would be our expectation that both brushes you are looking at are very very similar.

We looked up the precise model names you mentioned. What we saw at one major online retailer was that one was still sold but not the other. The pictures shown of both models (the actual brush, stand and case) looked identical, except for possibly the brush head (which we didn't have a close up of). But we have no way of knowing if what we saw is the same as what you've seen.

We'd expect the biggest difference between the two is simply the brush head they come with. And since you'll be replacing that in a few months, we assign no value to that factor at all because you can replace it with any other type that you want then.
We'd be surprised if you don't find that the number and types of brushing modes offered isn't the same (a premise of our comment above about all models with the same number share similar features).
If there's much of a price difference between the models you're looking at, there may be differences in how many brush heads are included or a travel case.

It would be our opinion that Oral-B doesn't want to sell brushes based on merit (which they could), but just a gimmicky name. It seems to be their goal to create confusion about their products, which is sad.

Oral B Pro 2000 - the Costco product

First I want to thank you for this thorough info - very helpful. I have some info to add. My OralB battery is wearing out so I just bought the Costco package "Oral B Professional Care 2000" which as 2 complete toothbrushes, 2 charges, 1 extra brush head. I used a $30 off coupon, so my price was $70. After reading your page, I wanted to know if the 2000 had the recommended 40k pulses/minute. I just got off phone with Oral B, who verified that the Costco package Prof. 2000 has 40k pulses/minute. I think it's a good deal, especially if you buy using the coupon. Costco offers this periodically, so watch for it if you're a Costco member.


Thank you for the information.

Oral-B PRO CrossAction 2000 bought from Amazon Spain

Thanks for a brilliant site. I decided for the 56€ Oral-B PRO CrossAction 2000 thanks to the information provided here. After using it for a couple of weeks I wanted to write and clarify one thing. It is mentioned on this site that one way of knowing if any model has the recommended 40k pulses/minute is that it would offer 2 speedes. If the 2000 model in fact has 40k pulses/minute it is the exception to this rule, it only has 1 speed "Daily Clean" and a second pulsing on/off speed (Gum Care) which I don't believe counts as a speed by it self. I have not been able to find any written documentation whether it pulses with 20k or 40k and since I only have this model I cannot compare with anything else.


FINALLY! A website that TRIES to provide a modicum of scientific or procedural basis for its own opinions & views that it states!
I love that you at least try to tell people why and try to show a REPEATABLE way of obtaining results that can back up your views.
Again, my sincerest thanks! I hope that you continue to improve and show the rest of the world which brushes (sonic or non-sonic) are the best in which situations, and why.

Thanks Stu

Thanks Stu

Thank you

Excellent article. I think you have prevented many a mistake being made.



Oral B Braun Pulsonic

Help! You never mention the Pulsonic, which I really like. Where can I find replacement brush heads at a reasonable price?

Mary Jean

The criteria for inclusion on this page is that a brush is listed in the current line up on Oral-b's (USA) website. We don't see that brush listed there.

We're assuming that that means it's no longer sold in the US. (We don't even find brush heads for it for sale on the Oral-b website. However we do see them for sale online at eBay, Walmart and Amazon.)

Since that is a sonicare-style brush, we do mention it in passing on our Best Sonicares page (you'll need to open the drop-down box).

NiCad vs Lithium batteries

I was all set to buy an Oral-B 5000 tooth brush until a review pointed out that they have Ni-Cad batteries not Lithium.
I pretty much do not buy Ni-Cads anymore, you have to keep them on a charger 24 hours a day even when you don't use them. So that ended the sale promptly.
Please add battery type to your analysis.


Actually most all Oral-B brushes use NiMH (nickel metal hydride) batteries (we confirmed this with an Oral-b representative). The 6000 and Genius 8000 models have lithium-ion batteries.

Per your request, we've added battery information to our Oral-b pages.

Oral B Pro Care Advantage Crossaction

Is this brush from Costco: Oral B Pro Care Advantage Crossaction the same as the 3000 series, if not which one is it equivalent to?


We're at a loss. Their website only lists two powered Oral-b models, neither of which is the one you mention.

Generally speaking, the models that have Oral-B's better brushing action (40,000 pulses / 8,800 oscillations) are those that state "3D action" and have (at minimum) both a Daily Clean mode (the brush's full-power setting) and a second, less powerful mode (such as Sensitive).

paid-for customer reviews on the Oral-B site

Oral-B have many hundreds of product reviews for most of their toothbrushes and as far as I can tell they are all or almost all "review for promotional product" reviews, i.e. they ALL give five stars, they all are breathlessly enthusiastic and as reviews are *worse* than useless, because they make it impossible to find *actual* reviews, so there are in effect *no* reviews. I was going to get an OB, because I'm fed up with Phillips (fantastically vague and complex product line with no docs, very high replacement head costs, terrible web-site, and reliability problems - I've had two, both died after a year), but this totally put me off, now I'm looking for whatever else is out there.

Oral B 3000 without bluetooth

The model you recommend does not seem to be available anymore. The link you provide as a Walmart affiliate is to the $72 Bluetooth version of the 3000. For that price can almost get a 5000 model on Amazon or Walmart. Is the non-Bluetooth model gone?


You've caught us between page updates. As you state, even the 3000 now has Bluetooth features.
Generally speaking, we favor the least expensive Oral B that features their top brushing action.
That would still be the 3000, although from a standpoint of pricing or if for reasons you prefer the 5000, that may make it the better choice for you.

We are hoping to have this page's update complete by early next week.

Oral-B 5000 update

In reviewing the instruction guide with my brush (I've tossed the box) it refers only to models 700, and 5000-5550. So I'm going to assume that if it looks like a series 5000, and acts like a series 5000, (including 5 brushing modes, which it appears is one more than the 4000 series) then it is the 5000 model. I am going to disregard the "4005" designation on the bottom of the brush handle. Sorry for the inconvenience.


We'd agree. We're unfamiliar with any Oral-b's that have multiple modes whose Daily Clean mode isn't the 3D movement. | 40,000 pulses per min. | 8,800 sweeps/oscillations per min. brushing action.

Model 5000 cheaper than 3000 on Amazon

The Model 5000 is currently about $8 cheaper than the 3000 on Amazon right now (both bluetooth). Perhaps they are phasing the 5000 out. I assume you would agree might as well grab the 5000 if it is cheaper.



Phillips vs Oral B

Are you able to tell me whether you'd purchase the OralB (3000 or 5000) or Philips Diamondcare?

I've read you're reviews on both and am inclined towards the Philips. Help please!


We think you can be effective with any of those brushes.

The choices you state seem a little strange, in the sense that they're not all really in the same price range (at least according to their MSRP's).

If you have a source where their cost is all about the same for you, you'd be getting the DiamondClean at a bargan price. It has more features than you really need, but with its higher MSRP comes a more refined product.

We'd let the difference in the way these brands brush be the determining factor. Oral-b's round brush heads lend themselves to one-tooth-at-a-time brushing. In comparison, Sonicare heads are more like traditional toothbrushes and as such are used more like them. Go to YouTube and watch some videos showing people use these brushes to figure out which seems the better method for you.

(Yes we know Oral-b offers the side-to-side Deep Sweep brush head. But that doesn't seem to be the one they use when testing the effectiveness of their brushes, so we're not so impressed by it.)


Per your explanation we absolutely get your point and it's a scenario we really hadn't considered. Thanks for posting.

Oral-B® Professional Care 2500 Electric Toothbrush ????

Sold by Bed, Bath and Beyond. How does the 2500 differ from the 1000 to 3000?


We really don't know anything about the 2500. It's not a brush that's listed on Oral-b's USA website, and for that reason not covered on our pages. Costco is another company that sometimes has one-off's that are hard to know much about.

It was our general impression that Oral-b's that featured their better brushing action were those that featured "Daily Clean" mode plus some other lower-power brushing mode(s). This brush seems to meet those requirements (the 1000 doesn't), however we don't see anywhere on the box where it mentions "3D" brushing action, so we don't really know.

From a price standpoint, we see the 3000 online at Amazon and Walmart for a price just a few dollars less than this 2500 model.

7000 vs 3000

Thank you, a most useful review. I have decided not to follow your advice and just ordered the 7000. Reason? After discounts the price difference to the 3000 was less than $40. I agree the bluetooth is useless, I won't ever use it. Likewise the extra modes. But the standalone little indicator, case and extra heads are probably worth $40. Hope it lasts long enough.


Sounds like a good decision.

Why no 7000 mention?

There is a rather glaring absence of commentary on the 7000 model; any particular reason why?


This page discusses the train of thought we would use to select the "best" oral-b in terms of features, function and cost. And with the exception that you have opportunity to purchase one at a significant discount, the 7000 doesn't offer anything special in that regard. Beyond the 3 times it is mentioned in our text, we saw no reason to discuss it further.

On our page that discusses all current Oral-b models (at the time of publication of our page), we do discuss the 7000.

Awesome Review

Fantastic review! Thank you so much!

The Oral-B Professional Care

The Oral-B Professional Care 1000 specifications vary from country to country.
I contacted Oral-B support in Australia and they told me: “The current Oral-B Professional Care 1000 in Australia have 40,000 Pulsations and 8,800 Rotations”

just wondering

if you can get the 7000 on sale and after coupon for $100 would you go that direction or still go with the 3000, thanks for the informative article


The 3000 is the cheapest oral b that meets what we consider the minimum needed criteria. And for that reason is a "Best buy."

As we mention above, higher end models seem to have a higher-quality build.

If you can get either for a similar price, or for a price difference that is minimal to you, do the 7000.

thank you for your response.

thank you for your response. my triumph 9000, which i loved, finally died on me. i was thinking all along about getting the 3000 then i saw the 7000 was on sale and that started to have me thinking about that one

Purchased Oral-B Pro Care

Purchased Oral-B Pro Care 2000 from Costco. Has 2 brushing systems. Is this for one person or two? Want to give as a gift.


When we Google that brush, we see the statement: "2 Complete Brushing Systems with 2 Handles and 2 Chargers"

That might mean two users, or else one user two locations (summer house, up or downstairs bathroom, etc...).

Great info

Totally agree, thanks for a very useful review

Oral B PRO 3000

initially purchased from Boot UK Dec'14. Had it replaced in Jan'15 as wouldn't hold charge. This replacement still working ok like a turbocharged bee on high octane fuel. However the blue rubber moulding below the on/off button has worn smooth and has bubbled up to form an elongated bubble some 1 1/2" long!!.Wont be long before this moulding actually wears through! You mention that this handle design has a "perfect ergonomic grip". I use this toothbrush twice a day and if this has happened then it is not fit for purpose. I note that the warranty is 2 years so my brush is 10 months beyond which has turned out to be a very costly purchase. Would appreciate your comments.


We'd guess that ours isn't the only website you've been reading today.

You state: You mention that this handle design has a "perfect ergonomic grip".
A phrase like "perfect ergonomic grip" doesn't sound like something we'd write. We doubt that we associate the word "perfect" with any electric toothbrush. And in fact a our search (and a Google search) of our pages couldn't find that phrase, or even just the word "ergonomic" used. If we're wrong, please point that out.

What we do say about the 3000 is: All of our above discussion leads us to the conclusion that the Pro 3000 makes the best buy in an Oral-B. That's in terms of brushing effectiveness and efficiency, cost and therefore value.

If you are unhappy with your purchase of the 3000, we'd have to assume you'd be even more disappointed if you had purchased an even more expensive model that had failed.

All of our pages (Oral-b and Sonicare) take the approach that in an era of lowest-cost construction and planned obsolescence that buying the model that has a reasonable brushing action and the lowest cost makes the best choice. In the Oral-b line up we still think that is the 3000.

Oral B Pro 1000

I recently purchased the Oral-B Pro 1000 to replace a AA battery operated Oral-B $10 model. The difference in the brushing action was amazing. I can't image the Oral B Pro 3000 having twice the pulsation speed. I could not be happier with the vast improvement I got with the 1000 series but I am going to buy a 3000 series, as per you recommendation, for my spouse. When she tried my new Pro 1000, she also wanted to replace her $10 Oral-B. Thank you for the most comprehensive excellent review I could find on the Oral-B models.

Excellent information

Thanks very much for the thorough, useful Oral B evaluation.

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