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Published: 28 May 2023

Oral-B Smart 5 5000 review

Author: Jon Love (4 Comments)
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A solid mid range brush that offers more than the basic

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A superb toothbrush, that is arguably better than models more expensive than this.

The handle is slim and light and cleans the teeth really well, whilst giving features not found on the most basic toothbrushes.


Slim handled brush with good grip


No cleaning mode labels


2 week battery life


No dedicated cleaning mode control button


Connects to smartphone


No real-time tracking

Other brushes to consider

The Smart 5 is a really great toothbrush. If offers more features than you need. But, if you want advanced tech, the iO Series 5 might well be a better option. It offers real-time tracking of the toothbrush, showing you how to increase your brushing coverage, the Smart 5 doesn't do this.

But, for most people, it is the Oral-B Pro 2 2000 that is the brush to go for.

It doesn't have Bluetooth technology, but retains the slim profile, good battery life, great cleaning results as well as the other dentist recommended features. You even get a travel case with the black colour variant.

The Pro 2 ultimately delivers great performance for the money and is our best overall option for an electric toothbrush today.

How the Smart 5 5000 looks, feels and works

What makes a brush appealing to one person, might not be what another person finds nice to look at or hold.

For example, Philips Sonicare DiamondClean is a much more minimalistic looking toothbrush in my opinion than the Smart 5 5000.

However, personally as clean looking as they are, I like the 5000 as in my mind, it is just a touch more practical.

With the 5000, running down the handle is a piece of soft touch rubber.

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It is white in colour, but it is grippy and has a series of ridges around the power button that help hold and guide you to the controls of the brush.

The DiamondClean does not have this.

On the back of the handle is a harsher but still practical, series of grips. Raised plastic notches, give the fingers sticking points on the upper half of the handle.

For me, these are small practicalities that make a big difference in everyday life.

A brush can look the part, but if you feel uneasy using it what’s the point?!

Now the standard Smart 5 5000 does look very clinical in all white. Aside from the white rubber grip, the plastic body is a gloss white too.

Like the models below it in the range, the button and icon layout is identical.

Positioned almost at the top of the handle is a power button that is white in colour with a grey/black power icon on it.  This icon helps it stand out against all the white. It has a nice resistance when pressed.  Not too soft that it can be accidentally activated, but not too firm it is difficult to press.

Above and below this power button are contours in the rubber that drive the eye and the finger/thumb to it.

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The lower third of this Oral-B smart toothbrush handle has the Bluetooth, Oral-B and Braun logo in grey/black as well as a battery and charging icon below them.

These icons are transparent and have an LED light behind them that illuminate at certain times.

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There are 2 parts to the brush, the handle I have been describing, that has all the clever bits of technology in, and the detachable brush head.

Sealed inside, these parts are protected from water and moisture.  This means that the brush is water resistant and can be rinsed under a tap and used in a shower.

I would always advise on avoiding submerging the brush below water, for example in a bath.

On the very bottom of the brush handle is a recess, into which the pin on the charging stand connects to.

Right at the top of the brush handle is a metal prong, this is what the brush head connects to and feeds the power from the brush motor.

Just below this metal prong on the rear side of the handle is the pressure sensor.

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A plastic panel that is a red/orange colour, it sweeps up over and down the neck of the handle.

When you brush, sensors within the brush detect if you are being a little firm and applying too much force to your teeth.  When it detects this, it activates the pressure sensor.

This means that the LED sat behind the panel lights up so you notice the bright red light.

You should also notice that the speed of the brush head will decrease and the sound of the motor will change.  This is nothing to worry about.  It is programmed to do this, until such time as the pressure is relieved.

It does this to protect you.  You see, applying too much pressure when brushing is a big issue and it causes more damage than you might think.  A brush need only skim the surface of the tooth and gums.

Just relieve the pressure and the light will go out and the motor power up again.

Don’t worry if you activate it often, over time you will learn and avoid doing lasting damage to your teeth.

One of the main appeals of the Smart 5 is the multiple cleaning modes that it offers.

It offers 5 in total.

They are:

  • Daily Clean
  • Pro Clean
  • Sensitive
  • Whitening
  • Gum Care

Remember the order of these, you will need to refer to this in a moment.

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Each mode works slightly differently, with differing levels of oscillations, rotations and pulsations to achieve different cleaning effects on the teeth.

For example, Sensitive mode reduces the number of movements to be softer on the teeth and gums.

You can find much more detail on each mode and how they compare in our cleaning modes explanation.

To activate each cleaning mode, you have to use the power button on the front of the brush.

Remember the list above, this is the order of the cleaning modes.

Press the power button once to turn it on.  Daily Clean mode will launch.

Press it again to change the mode to Pro Clean.

Press it a third time to activate Sensitive mode.

A fourth time to get whitening and a sixth for Gum Care.

A seventh and final time will turn the brush off.

You can press and hold the button for 2 seconds at any point to power it off.

Now, I don’t know if you have spotted the 2 issues I have.

The first is that to change to any of the cleaning modes, you first have to power the brush on and the second is you need to remember the order.

I suspect over time you will learn this, but where can you refer to this order?

The manual is the only place.  Thus for some time, you are probably going to need to keep this nearby until you are proficient with the order.

It would be nice to have another button and/or a way of selecting the mode prior to actually turning the brush on.  Sadly this is not the case.

Do remember to put the brush in your mouth before powering on and changing modes otherwise the toothpaste might go flying across the room.

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The more premium Genius AI has a benefit in that the brush handle has icons that show the cleaning mode selected.  However, you still need to switch the brush on to change mode.

One other difference is that the AI will remember the last cleaning mode used and will launch back into that, but the 5000 will not.

This means if you want to use the Gum Care mode most often on the Smart 5, it is a total of 6 times before you are ready to brush.

A bit of a negative, maybe the 5000 can win you back with the fact that when you are using it, it is very good and your teeth and gums do feel good post clean.

The handle offers some 16 days of battery life and is lightweight.

When the battery built into the brush begins to deplete, the charging icon will flash Red.

You do not get anything more detailed from the handle.

It would be nice if you had a green light to suggest a good amount of remaining charge or yellow for less than 50% for example, but no such luck.

Even better would be a little LED display that showed the exact battery percentage (%).  Or in the case of the Smart 5, the app picked up the information.

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The battery icon will flash green when the brush is on charge.

As I previously mentioned, the brush heads are interchangeable on the Smart 5.  In the box, you do get 3 different styles of heads.

Each brush head can actually be used with any of the cleaning modes, but some heads work best with specific modes.  For example, the 3D White head will work best with the Whitening mode.

To fit or remove the brush head simply align the metal with the hole in the shaft of the brush head and push the two together until you hear and feel them clip into place.

Pull the two apart to release them.

It is important for your oral health to replace your toothbrush head every 3 months or sooner if your bristles are frayed.

Official Oral-B brush heads are recommended and they all have something known as indicator bristles.  These are blue coloured bristles that will over a 3 month period gradually discolour.

When they are a very pale blue or white it is time to change.  It is a clever reminder system.

The interchangeable nature of the brush heads does mean you could use other brands brush heads, such as Molarclean for example.

Do be aware fading bristles are not necessarily a feature of other brands and Oral-B themselves do not encourage use of alternatives.  However, there is money to be saved.

There are 6 main styles of brush head:

  • CrossAction
  • FlossAction
  • 3D White
  • Sensitive
  • Gum Care
  • Precision Clean

Want to know the differences in detail? Read our comparison of Oral-B brush heads.

All of the brush heads provide a good clean.  My personal favourite for everyday use is the CrossAction head.

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Despite being noisier than most other brands, I personally prefer the clean offered by Oral-B.  It feels like a deeper clean.

Studies have suggested Oral-B’s oscillating and rotating technology is superior, but there are studies that side with Sonicare.  It’s more about what you prefer.  Either way, you will get a better clean than a manual brush.

Most cleaning modes on this brush for 2 minutes.

Hopefully, you know that the recommended brushing time is 2 minutes, twice a day.

If you didn’t or are guilty of not brushing for as long as you should, the Smart 5 can help in 2 ways.

The first is the built-in timer and quadpacer.

Imagine your mouth broken up into 4 sections. Upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left.

You should spend 30 seconds cleaning each section.  The pacer helps you keep an even brushing time on these 4 sections.

At 30 second intervals, the brush will provide an audible warning via a slight pause in the brush motor at to tell you to change quadrant. Once the 2 minutes are up 3 brief pauses in the brush motor will be heard and felt.

Brushing for the full 2 minutes is very important, but just as important, if not more so, is the right technique. Make sure you learn how to clean your teeth properly.

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The second way in which it helps is through the more powerful Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone app.

It is by no means a new feature, it has been on brushes since the Oral-B Pro 6000, but in the last 18 months or so it has undergone a good deal of improvement.

It is now found on more brushes as there is a greater call for ‘Smart’ and ‘Connected’ products.

The 5000 is an Oral-B smart toothbrush.

The idea behind this connectivity is to essentially be a little like having a dentist or hygienist looking over your shoulder saying good, bad, brush for longer, you missed a bit.  It is about education for better cleaning rather than telling you that you have got it all wrong.

To take advantage of this, you need an Android or iOS smartphone and Bluetooth 4.0 on your phone.

Download the appropriate app and install it on your phone.

You can download from iTunes here and Google Play Store here.

As good as the app is, I feel this is too one of the negatives as some will not see the point of using it or find it more hassle than it's worth.  You don’t have to if you don’t want to.

If you feel you won’t use it, you may want to consider if the Smart 5 is for you, you will be paying for a feature you won't necessarily use.

It takes a bit of practice to get in a routine of having your phone with you when brushing.  If you forget it or don’t have it to hand, don’t worry.  The handle will store the data for the last 20 cleans and sync this to the app, the next time it connects.

The app is very comprehensive with lots of options. It gives you all you need though to not only effectively brush your teeth, but to log the cleans and motivate you.

There are features like integration with your calendar so you can see your days' agenda, news, tips and tricks, so you stay interested when cleaning your teeth.

At times I have found these distracting, you may want to customise the settings to avoid some notifications.

You can also set personalised modes which can disable cleaning modes on the brush handle too.

Sadly the app does not show the battery power of the brush handle.

The main feature of the app is the on-screen timer and guide that shows you where to brush and how well you have brushed.

Because brush heads are interchangeable it is possible to extend the value of a toothbrush by sharing the handle amongst a number of users.

However, if each user intends to use the Bluetooth feature, then it is essentially necessary that each user has their own handle.  The 5000 cannot handle multiple user tracking (there is an option, but its far from ideal).

This one user principle applies to all Bluetooth enabled brushes I have tested to date.

As a result, this is one of the reasons why the dual handle package exists as you get 2 brush handles, meaning 2 users can now track their cleans.  

Extra items that come in the box with both the Smart 5 5000 a charging stand and brush head storage compartment.

The charging stand is fairly self explanatory, but I explain more about this in the battery section of the review.

As 3 brush heads are included with the 5000, the provided storage compartment holds up to 4.

Complete with a lid, it protects the heads from splashes but allows airflow around them to allow them to dry and stop bacteria buildup.

The way in which this compartment has been moulded is such that it fits perfectly around the charging stand, to create a kind of desktop home if you like for the brush handle and heads.

Rather annoyingly there is no travel case included. It would be a very welcomed addition, if you are going away for a night or maybe even a week. I really think Oral-B have missed a trick here.

There is another variant of the Smart 5, where a travel case is included, it is called the Smart 5 5500 (note the additional 5 in the name).

There is a dual handle package too. As the name implies, the dual handled option comes with 2 toothbrush handles and heads.

They could too have included some form of stand for a smartphone.

It need not be a suction cup style supplied with the Genius 8000 or 9000, but a countertop option would have been a nice alternative.

Not including one means you basically have to hold your smartphone with you in the bathroom or perch it on a countertop somewhere if you want to be able to view the onscreen timer.

In the unlikely event, something goes wrong, there is as standard a 24 month warranty is provided with the 5000.  This covers the battery too.  

One final thing to be aware of is that there is a 180 day money back guarantee.  It is essentially like a trial, whereby you can buy and try the Oral-B smart toothbrush.  Should you not like it you can return it for a refund.  This is particularly useful if you are unsure whether an electric toothbrush is for you.

Summary of design, usability, clean & general use

Slim and comfortable brush to hold and use
Looks good
5 cleaning modes (Daily Clean, Pro Clean, Sensitive, Whitening and Gum Care)
3 brush heads included (1 x CrossAction, 1 x FlossAction & 1 x 3D White)
Need to switch the brush on to change cleaning modes
No way to easily tell which mode is being used
Built-in quad pacer and 2 minute timer tells you when to change quadrant and finish brushing
16 day battery life, but no percentage indicator for clear feedback of remaining power
Bluetooth connectivity with an app for logging and coaching
Not all will find the app useful
Brush head storage compartment included
Smartphone holder and travel case would be nice additions
Water resistant and can be used in the shower
2 year warranty as standard
Money back guarantee option for 180 days

Battery life

To date, with the exception of the Genius brushes, all others used a battery type known as Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH).  

Although okay, this battery technology has really been superseded by Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries.  These are the types of batteries we find in our smartphones.

As a result of this change, the Smart 5 and other models now have been upgraded and have a battery life more fitting of their price tags and able to better compete with other brands.

For some time now the likes of Sonicare and Colgate have put Oral-B to shame when it comes to battery performance.  In fact, many offer 3 weeks of battery life, so the Oral-B is not a chart topper at this time.

Oral-B have generally remained dominant because most of us do not travel enough to really NEED the extended life and there has quite often been a price or feature advantage.

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The older SmartSeries 5000 offers 7 days use or 28 minutes of actual usage time.

With the Smart 5, this has more than doubled.

In our testing, we were able to get 66 minutes of usage time from the rush, which equates to 16 days use.

The 16 days we measured is based on one user brushing twice a day for 2 minutes.

Various conditions may affect this quoted usage time, but safe to say you are getting at least double the performance, yet despite the battery change the physical size of the brush handle has not altered.

On the brush handle are 2 icons that light up, a battery icon and a charger icon.

When the battery is low, it is the charging icon that will flash red.

Sit the brush on the provided charging stand and the battery icon will flash green.

Made of plastic, the charging stand has a prong on the top, on which the Smart 5 will sit to be recharged.  This aligns with the recess in the base of the Smart 5 brush handle.

This charger has a power cable hardwired into it that will connect to a power socket found in a bathroom.  

It usually takes up to 15 hours to recharge the brush fully.  It is a relatively slow charge that is pushed to the brush via the charging stand, so it is perfectly

Summary of battery life

Newer Lithium-Ion battery technology used
66 minutes of usage time or 16 days usage based on 2 cleans a day
Can be left on the charger
Takes up to 15 hours to charge fully
A charger is included in the box
The status icon flashes green when charging and red when the battery is low
Works on 220-240 volts
Competition still offer up to 3 weeks usage

Price & where to buy

Prices will vary from store to store.  Quite often online retailers will have the best price, but often high street retailers do run promotions which result in much lower ticket prices.

Don't pay this price.

Prices will vary from store to store.  Quite often online retailers will have the best price, but often high street retailers do run promotions which result in much lower ticket prices.

In the case of the Smart 5 5000, you are typically looking at a price of around $120-140.

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Prices will vary from store to store.  Quite often online retailers will have the best price, but often high street retailers do run promotions which result in much lower ticket prices.

It is never a simple process to determine whether a price is fair. The Smart 5 does have features and accessories that add value, but at the same time, the lack of travel case for example devalues it in some regard.

On the whole though, comparing to other models above and below the Smart 5 in the range, I think a price of around $130 is pretty fair.

This brush like every other requires replacement brush heads for each user every 3 months.  Replacement heads can be purchased in various pack sizes, but each head usually works out at around $7 each.

You can bring the cost down further if you were to share it with other members of your household.  All you need do is invest in extra brush heads.

I will offer up 2 prices, the full price and the discounted price.

With a full $239 retail price, plus the extra 9 brush heads needed over 3 years, you are looking at $302 or $0.28 per day.

Assuming a purchase price of $130, this takes the total ownership cost to $193 or $0.18 per day.

You can bring the cost down further if you were to share it with other members of your household.  All you need do is invest in extra brush heads.

You can bring the cost down further if you were to share it with other members of your household.  All you need do is invest in extra brush heads.

Please note that all prices quoted are approximates and should be used only as a guide during your decision process.

Summary of price & where to buy

Recommended retail price of $239
Typical selling price around 50% less - $120-140
Replacement brush heads around $7 each
Works out at around $0.18 per day over 3 year

My thoughts on reliability and repairability

I would love to be in a position whereby I could say to you that you are guaranteed to never have a fault with your brush.

The reality of the situation is that this brush has mechanical working parts and being able to give such assurances is impossible.

For 99.9% of users there will be years of hassle free brushing, but should you be one of the 0.01% where inevitably something does go wrong, Oral-B do not leave you high and dry.

In fact, they offer one of the best guarantees available.

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For a start, right out of the box you have a 2 year warranty.  No registration needed (until you need to log an issue).

Therefore should the brush fail within the first 2 years of ownership you are covered.

You can get full details of the warranty and the associated process in our guide to what the warranty covers.

The Smart 5 uses a handle design that has been tried, tested and perfected over many years and I really can’t find any obvious faults with it.  Its well built and solid in hand.

I know from past experience that most Oral-B models will survive a few falls to the bathroom floor, in most instances.


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With regards to the Smart 5 5000 and 5500 specifically; it does come with more in the box than you might need, increasing the box size and shipping weight.

For many, the brush head stand/holder will be surplus to requirements, unless you do use multiple heads or share the brush handle with others.

Bluetooth technology and smart features might be clever, but are not always necessary and increase the component usage.

This Smart 5000 has not been designed to be easily repaired by yourself. Trying to replace parts like the battery will likely break the brush. This makes it more likely to be discarded rather than repaired if broken.

While Oral-B has partnered with schemes such as TerraCycle in some countries, it does not yet have its own recycling scheme for used brush heads or faulty products.

Its brush heads are made from petroleum-based plastic, which uses up the planet’s finite resources compared to using plant-based plastics.

Summary of reliability, long term use & sustainability

Oral-B has extensive expereince in the dental care market
Established warranty & support networks
Comes with a 2 year warranty
Toothbrush feels well built and sturdy in hand
A few extras in the box which might be surplus to requirement
Smart features require additional components
Not designed to be easily repaired
No own schemes to recycle brush heads or faulty products
Plastics of the handle & head made from petroleum-based plastic


This might well be slightly controversial, but I wish to conclude this hands-on review by saying I actually believe that this is essentially as good as the more premium Genius 9000 or Genius AI.

Personally, I think the Smart 5 5000 offers an excellent all round package.

The handle is slightly slimmer and lighter.

I do not particularly miss the enhanced tracking offered by the Genius series or the customisable LED Smart Ring.

You actually in my mind get a more useful smartphone holder than is offered with the Genius.

The implementation of cleaning modes on the 5000 could be better for sure and a better travel case would be preferred, but all told I am really impressed.

If you are looking at the 5000 and thinking this might just be for me, then you must consider the iO Series.

The final decision will be personal preference and price.

I might well be inclined to pay $10 more for the better travel case, but you might feel differently.

If you want one of the best electric toothbrushes available on the market today, you could do a lot worse than this.

Size guide

  • Toothbrush height with head - 23.5cm / 9.3 inches
  • Toothbrush height without head - 19.5cm / 7.7 inches
  • Width - 2.3cm / 0.9 inches
  • Depth/thickness - 2.9cm / 1.1 inches
  • Weight with head - 129g / 4.6oz
  • Weight without head - 123g / 4.3oz
  • Package weight - 500g / 17.6oz


  • 75dB

Country of manufacture

  • Germany
Author: Jon Love

Leave a comment

August 23, 2021

Hi Team Thank you very much for the detailed review. Yours is the only review that covered all features in depth. In your reply to Ralfi, you made a comment that your pick would be Oral-B Pro 2 2000 than the Oral-B Smart 5000. Any chance you can explain as to why you lean towards the Pro 2 2000 even though the Smart 5000 has more features. I am looking to purchase my first electric toothbrush and I have decided to go with either of these. Thank you in advance. Chris

Jon Love - Chief tester
August 23, 2021

Hi Chris. Thanks for your kind words. Simply put, you don't need the extra features of the Smart 5 5000. Don't get us wrong, it's a good product. But, you can likely save a few $ and not have extra features you will unlikely use. From a cleaning the teeth perspective, they do just as good a job as each other. I hope that helps. Any other questions, please let us know.

April 17, 2021

Hi there! Firstly I want to commend you on your reviews on electric toothbrushes. They’re so detailed & a brilliant source of information for those like myself who are shopping for one of these products for the first time! I’ve narrowed down my choice to two: Oral-B Smart 5 5000 ($99) & Pro 2 2000 Black Electric Toothbrush with Travel Case ($89). I gather the former, being a higher quality product would be the better value out of the two (travel case isn’t essential btw)? Also do you think either or both of these are due to be replaced with a newer model any time soon? How long have they been available for? (I’d hate to purchase & then spot a new model on the shelf soon after 🙂). Thanks & continue the great work! Ralfi.

Jon Love - Chief tester
April 18, 2021

Hi Rafi. Thanks for the kind words about our reviews. Technically the Smart 5 5000 is the more capable product. In everyday use, this really doesn't make much difference. The clean is pretty much identical. With the Smart 5 what you are really paying for are the extra cleaning modes and Bluetooth (smart) connectivity options that you get with it. My pick is still the Pro 2 2000, but either is very good. Considering the price is really not that different if you feel the Smart 5 is better suited to you, just opt for that one. They have both been on the market for at least a year or so I believe. Technically they could be replaced. I have no insider knowledge if they are to be. I don't think they will. However, from my experience, any replacement is only going to be fractionally different. More important than the toothbrush itself is your technique, brushing time, and routine. So ultimately pick the one you feel most drawn to, and use it correctly and I am sure you teeth and gums will feel the benefit. Any questions, just let me know.

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