The Pro 700 is a cracking electric toothbrush.
It does what you need it to at a reasonable price point.
It is focused on just getting the job done.
Great value it is, the Oral-B Pro 2 2000 is a better buy for most people because of what it offers for not much more.
- Slim handled brush with good grip
- 1 cleaning mode
- Good value
- Built-in timer
- Battery life is just 7 days
- No pressure sensor to alert when brushing too hard
- Better value options exist (see other choices)
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The 3 BIG questions about the Pro 700
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Oral-B Pro 700. If I have missed something, let me know in the comments.
If you want more detail, you can read my full Oral B Pro 700 review further down the page or watch our video review.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
No, not at all.
Honestly it is a great product for the price.
Aside from the colour of the handle it is identical to the Pro 500.
Both gain a 5/5 rating for the value they offer.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
For the price, the Pro 700 is great. I am sure you would be quite pleased with it.
However, you don’t have to spend a great deal more to get a little extra value. And I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t make you aware of those alternatives.
The Pro 2 2000 is the one particular brush I think worth considering.
It looks very similar to the 700, but has a more powerful brush motor, twice the battery life, an extra cleaning mode and a pressure sensor built-in.
You could do worse than also considering the ProtectiveClean 4300 from Sonicare.
It is a more premium brush, they are all compared to the Pro 700, but it offers a few more features. 2 of the most compelling are the significantly better battery life and the brush head replacement reminder system.
If you are really unsure where to turn and want more assistance, do read our best electric toothbrush post.
3. Where is the best place to buy the Oral-B Pro 700?
This brush is fairly widely stocked and most retailers are fairly competitively priced. It is therefore difficult to make a recommendation of any one best place to buy the Pro 700.
Be sure to check Amazon, Shaver Shop, Myer and The Good Guys for their price. You want to be paying around $50.
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The following video is the UK version of the Pro 700, known as the Pro 650.
The provided charging stand is different, as is the price. However, the general message is the same.
And now for a bit more detail…
You can have all the bells and whistles on a toothbrush today, but at the core remains the premise of keeping your teeth clean.
The 700 has been designed for those who want a simple electric brush but do not need specialist cleaning modes.
Variants of this toothbrush
At the time of writing there are 2 versions of the Pro 700.
- Oral-B Pro 700 – Black Edition – Black
- Oral-B Pro 700 – Black Edition – Midnight Black
From a performance and features point of view, they are identical.
Where they differ is the colour.
Both have a black rubber grip that runs down the front of the brush handle.
However, the midnight balck comes with a black coloured CrossAction brush head compared to the white CrossAction brush with the standard black edition.
The difference really is just a brush head!
Both come with a travel case included.
The other thing to be aware of is that some will refer to it as professional care 700, Pro 700 Limited Special Edition and other variants of this wording. Basically it is the same thing, just labelled differently.
And should you buy the special edition and really want the black coloured brush heads as you get with the black edition, you can buy these heads separately.
Oral-B Pro 500 a possible alternative
If you would rather a light blue coloured brush handle as opposed to black, you should consider the Pro 500 from Oral-B. Aside from the handle colour, they are identical.
Just like the 700, be aware of the price.
What’s in the box?
- 1 x Braun Oral-B Pro 700 rechargeable toothbrush
- 1 x CrossAction brush head
- 1 x Charging stand
- 1 x Travel case
- Oral-B 3D movement cleaning system (pulsates and sweeps)
- Removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush
- Rechargeable battery
- 1 cleaning mode (Daily Clean)
- 2 minute timer including quadpacer
Design, usability, clean & general use
The Pro 700 really grabs my attention, perhaps it is the strong black coloured grip, that contrasts with the white plastic body of the handle. I am a fan of black and this is a classic colour combination.
Unfortunately the 700 does not come in any other colour options, so if you want a little softer colours, you will need to look at the likes of the Pro 500, which is identical to the 700.
The handle weighs in at approx. 130g and is no more than 3cm thick. It feels durable and well built and the design allows for easy retention of the brush even when wet.
This is thanks in part to the strategically placed grips. The most notable being the large grip on the front.
Compare this to the rear of the handle which has raised plastic contours in the brush body. They do a similar job but feel a little harsher to the touch.
Above and below the power button are a number of raised grips which your thumb naturally catches on.
The single power button sits in a slight recess, but itself is pronounced and gives a tactile feedback. You know when it has been pressed.
Take a look at the lower third of the brush find the battery power icon, above which is a small amount of branding, which is barely noticeable, embossed into the rubber.
Unlike the slightly more premium Pro 2 2000 the Pro 700 does not have a visible pressure sensor built-in.
A common mistake particularly when using a manual brush is applying too much pressure.
The bristles of the brush should virtually skim the surfaces of the teeth. Some brushes have a pressure sensor built-in. The Pro 700 does, but it is not a visible sensor.
When applying too much pressure the speed of the brush head is automatically adjusted to ensure that minimal damage is done.
You should be able to hear the brush motor sound change if you are applying too much pressure. It will sound like it is staining.
When relieved, the motor will increase the brushing speed again.
This is where the likes of the Pro 2 2000 come into their own. It has this pressure sensor, that will not only slow the motor, but alert you to via a red warning light on the back of the brush handle. It is just a bit more user friendly in my opinion. Red often equals a warning and the red light catches te eye.
On the very bottom of the brush is a recess into which the charging stations prong will sit into to transfer power without a physical connection to the brush and in turn keeps the brush stable on the stand.
The rechargeable battery within this brush is built-in and is not designed to be user removable.
Such a design allows the Pro 700 to be classed as water resistant. So, whilst you don’t want it to act like a submarine at the bottom of the sink or bath, a rinse under the tap or in the shower should be fine.
No brush would be complete without a brush head and with the Pro 700 you get a single CrossAction head included.
Subject to the colour option you have chosen that will either be white or black in colour. Either colour option can be purchased seperately.
This small round brush head cleans the teeth really well. The head moved back and forth in a circular motion. The bristles are angled at 16 degrees to help deliver an effective clean.
As you may be aware, the benefit with Braun electric toothbrushes is that you can actually opt for different brush heads to suit your needs. From FlossAction to Gum Care there are a variety of options. You need not be stuck with one.
All of the heads are interchangeable with the Pro 700, just slide one off and push the replacement on.
Each brush head should be replaced after 3 months to ensure you get the most effective clean.
The blue bristles on the head will fade to a pale blue/white colour acting as a visual indicator to you that it is time to replace the head.
More details on all the brush heads available can be found in our comprehensive brush head guide for Oral-B.
When you power on the brush with a single press on the power button, you launch straight into the only cleaning option on the brush, the daily clean mode.
This lasts for two minutes in total, the dentist recommended brushing time.
Another area in which the Pro 2 2000 is potentially a bit better is with the cleaning action.
Both offer a 3D motion from the small round brush head. However, the brush motor in the 2000 is a bit more powerful.
Now in truth, the differences are not massive and it is not a case that the Pro 2 will clean the teeth radically better. However, if you were ever to use the two side by side you would likely notice the difference.
Those extra few movements can potentially give that extra boost to the cleaning performance. It does come at a cost, but given that you are generally investing in the brush to last a good few years, the premium could well be worth it.
Built into the Pro 700 and connected to the press of the button is the timer.
At 30 second intervals, the brush head will pause twice briefly causing a change in brushing sensation and the noise the brush produces. This is the quadpacer or 30 second timer kicking in.
It is a notification for you to change from one quadrant to another.
The idea is that to ensure you clean your teeth effectively you spend 30 seconds cleaning the 3 surfaces of each tooth in each section of the mouth.
The 4 sections or quadrants are the upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left.
Follow the pacer and you will get an even clean. At the end of the 2 minute cycle, the head will again change its oscillation to give 3 brief pauses to confirm the cycle has ended.
The brush does not automatically power off, you will need to press the button to turn it off.
The built-in timer in this brush is, in my opinion, a highly underrated feature. It is all too easy to think we have been brushing for longer than we have, as many of us get bored when completing a mundane task like cleaning the teeth. This built-in timer makes it simple. There is no excuse not to achieve the full 2 minutes.
A good oral hygiene routine will include at least 2 of these cleans each day.
Whilst you have the charging stand, included in the box, this edition of the Pro 700 also comes with a travel case.
A fiarly basic but functional case it holds the handle and up to 2 brush ehads.
It protects both from damage when in a bag and also stops the brush handle from being activated by mistake.
This is a great accessory if you travel frequently be that for a few days or longer time periods.
Just do be aware that the 7 days of battery life is a bit of a limitation for more regular travellers, so you might want to be aware of this and the impact it might have.
Whilst I have no reason to believe the Pro 700 is unreliable, as standard, a 24 month warranty is provided with the Pro 700, giving you a bit of peace of mind, should anything go wrong.
Summary of design, usability, clean & general use
- Available in black colour only
- Slim and comfortable to hold in the hand
- Rubber grip and plastic ridges make it easy to hold even when wet
- Power button provides good feedback and switches brush on and off
- Provided CrossAction head does a good job of cleaning the teeth
- 1 cleaning modes – daily clean
- Built-in quad pacer and 2 minute timer tells you when to change quadrant and finish brushing
- Travel case included
- Water resistant
What you expect in terms of battery life from a toothbrush may different from what someone else expects. Generally speaking, most rechargeable toothbrushes offer at least a couple of weeks, if not a bit more.
This 2 week plus time frame is based on one user, making use of the brush twice a day for a total of four minutes.
The Pro 700 falls a bit below par, with just 1 week or 7 days of use from the built-in rechargeable battery.
That is equivalent to 14 cleans or 28 minutes of usage time.
If you clean your teeth more than twice a day or for longer than 2 minutes, expect the number of days usage time to be less.
For many, this will be perfectly sufficient. However, you couldn’t go away for a couple of weeks without taking the charger.
You may be inlcined to think that the slim handle has a bearing on the battery life. If it was thiker, maybe the battery could be bigger and last longer. But, no, this is not the case.
The Pro 2 2000 I have mentioned has the same size handle and has double the battery life. This is because it uses different battery technology.
Inside the 700 is a Nickel Metal Hydride battery, whereas the 2000 series and above use a Lithium-Ion battery.
When power is low the battery status icon will flash red and you will likely feel the decrease in brush power.
It can feel like you don’t get much warning. You can usually eek out about 2 cleaning sessions from when the battery says it is low.
In the box when you buy the brush is a fairly basic but functional charging station. The small prong on the top marries up with a recess in the bottom of the brush handle and will charge the brush fully in about 8-12 hours. I tend to leave it on charge overnight.
When charging the battery charging icon flashes green.
The charger does work on 220-240v and the power cable is hardwired into the stand.
Should you travel with it, subject to your destination you may require a voltage and plug adapter.
Summary of battery life
- 28 minutes of usage time or 7 days usage based on 2 cleans a day
- Can be left on the charger
- Takes about 8-12 hours to charge fully
- A charger included in the box
- The status icon flashes green when charging and red when the battery is low
- Works on 220-240v
Price & where to buy
I have included links to buying options here at the start of the review.
In the section below, I discuss the price more generally and in relation to similar products.
The Pro 700 has a recommended retail price of $99.99.
DO NOT pay this. The brush is not worth it.
In fact, I don’t recommend paying anything over $60. That is the maximum I would suggest you pay for it.
If any retailer is asking more than $60, either shop around for a better deal or opt for a different model.
You can get premium models like the Pro 2 2000 and Smart 4 for under $100, so the Pro 700 would be overpriced if sold at this price.
Arguably it could be sold for $100, but the reality of the situation is that Oral-B brushes sell for the majority of time at up to 50% off most of the time.
Therefore the retail price is a bit artificial.
An acceptable price for the 700 is around $50.
As competitive as retailers often are, it can be as ridiculous that one variant is more expensive than another at different retails.
The standard black model might be cheaper at Harvey Norman, but twice the price at Shaver Shop, whilst the midnight black model might be cheaper at Shaver Shop but more expensive at Harvey Norman.
Pries and offers are always changing, but my recommendation of paying around $50 remains.
Here at Elective Teeth we like to try and give a bit of a benchmark on the cost of ownership and for comparison to other models.
The Pro 700 comes with just 1 brush head in the box.
Over 3 years you will need to purchase a further 11 heads, which on average cost around $7 each.
Add this onto the purchase price and you get the cost.
At a fair $50 for the Pro 700, plus the $77 for replacement brush heads, you are looking at a total cost of $127 or $0.12 per day.
If it was sold for full retail price this would change to $176 or $0.16 per day.
The Pro 2 2000 I have mentioned several times comes in at just $0.14 per day. You can see, how it is not really much more expensive given the extra benefits.
With any model, these prices only act as a rough guideline. The price does exclude the cost of water, toothpaste and electric to charge it, but you get a rough idea.
Of course, the vast majority will last a lot longer than 5 years, reducing the ownership cost as time goes on.
Please note that all prices quoted are approximates and will vary based on location, supplier and time of purchase. These figures were correct at the time of writing and should not be relied upon as hard fact, but used as a guide during your decision process.
Summary of price & where to buy
- Recommended retail price of $99.99
- Can typically be purchased for $50
- Replacement brush heads cost $7 each on average
- Costs $0.12 per day over 3 years
Reliability & long term use
All brushes be those the cheap or expensive models, will at some point fail. It is a fact of life. The question is, just how long will it last?
The Pro 700 has a design and form factor that exists on millions of Oral-B brushes. It is tried and tested many times over.
Whilst this does not guarantee a fault free experience, you can be assured that the likelihood of anything going wrong is much lower.
And should the worst happen, with Oral-B products, you get a 2 year warranty, covering those issues not caused as a result of user damage.
It is good value and functional, what is not to like?!
I am sure if you were to pick the Professional Care 700 you would be very pleased with what you recived and it would serve you well.
For circa $50 you could do a lot worse.
Slim, comfortable and stylish, this brush has perhaps a fraction more appeal to the male audience, but do not let that put you off.
However, as good as it is, the Oral-B Pro 2 2000 is, in my opinion, a better buy.
With the 2000 you get twice the battery life, a more powerful brush motor, an extra cleaning mode and pressure sensor, for less than twice the price.
- Height (without head) – 19.5cm
- Height (with head) – 23cm
- Width – 2.5cm
- Thickness – 3cm
- Weight (without head) – 122g
- Weight (with head) – 127g
All are approximates
Do you own or have you used the Oral-B Pro 700.
Are there certain features that you really like or dislike?
Let us know what you think about this brush and let others who may well be considering purchasing one know your opinions before they do.