Which one would we choose?
Both of these brushes clean the teeth well and most could happily use either on a daily basis.
But, the Smart 2000 is the better choice, all things considered.
For a few extra dollars you benefit from a visible pressure sensor, additional cleaning modes and a battery life twice that of the Pro 1000.
- Cleaning/brushing action
- The Smart 2000 offers 8,800 oscillations and 40,000 pulsations compared to the 8,800 and 20,000 of the Pro 1000.
- Handle design/colours
- The Pro 1000 is available in 3 colours (white, black & pink) compared to the 1 colour (white) of the Smart 2000.
- Cleaning modes
- The Smart 2000 has 2 cleaning modes* (daily clean & sensitive) compared to the 1 cleaning mode (daily clean) of the Pro 1000.
- Brush heads
- The Smart 2000 comes with a Sensitive brush head compared to the CrossAction of the Pro 1000.
- Pressure sensor
- The Smart 2000 has a 360 degree visible pressure sensor that the Pro 1000 does not have.
- The Smart 2000 has a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery compared to the rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride of the Pro 1000.
- The Smart 2000 lasts 14+ days compared to the 10 days of the Pro 1000.
- The Pro 1000 is cheaper.
These differences are explained at length later in this article. However, you might wish to learn more about each brush being compared. To do so, check out our hands-on reviews:
Please note. Every effort is made to ensure the key differences listed are correct, but these differences are subject to change without notice. Products and the box contents can be changed without notice and different variants can exist.
Detailed comparison: what’s the difference between the Oral-B Pro 1000 and Smart 2000?
In all honesty, these brushes are similar in more ways than they are different, but some notable differences do exist.
Whilst neither will radically change nor improve how well you or the brush cleans the teeth, the 2000 is the better product.
They way they look is very similar, but there are subtle differences in the colour of the brush handles.
The Pro 1000 is available with a white, black and pink brush handle.
With the 1000, whilst the majority of the handle is the specified colour, the base of the handle remains white. This means the black handled unit has a white ring of colour at the base.
Each has a colour accent rubber grip around the power button. This is a light grey colour on the white and black models, but white on the pink variant.
The Smart 2000 on the other hand is available in white colour only.
Like the Pro 1000, the grip around the power button of the Smart 2000 is a light grey colour.
With both the Pro 1000 the brush head provided with the black coloured unit is black also. All others have white brush heads.
Around the neck of the Smart 2000s brush handle is a clear panel. It runs a full 360 degrees around the handle.
This is not a customizable LED light ring as found on models like the Genius Pro 8000 and Genius X, but instead a 360 degree visible pressure sensor.
Both of these models have a pressure sensor built-in, but it is only the 2000 that has the visible sensor.
When activated, the 360 degree sensor will be lit red, giving a visual warning to the user that the sensor has been activated.
You do not get this visual alert with the Pro 1000.
Both do still slow the brush head movements when activated, but, it is virtually impossible to know if the sensor has been activated on the 1000 as there is no light, or significant change in sound or brushing sensation.
For new and experienced electric toothbrush users alike, the visible sensor is much more practical. It should help prevent you from doing damage to the teeth and the gums quicker than the 1000 might.
Whilst 1 cleaning mode is perfectly sufficient for most, many desire additional modes.
The Smart 2000 offers this. Officially it offers 1 extra cleaning mode, so 2 in total.
Both models have Daily Clean, but the Smart 2000 also has a Sensitive cleaning mode.
Sensitive is a slower and more gentle brushing mode, ideal for those with inflamed gums. It pairs well with the soft bristled brush head that is included in the box.
A more detailed description of the differences between these modes is available in our Oral-B brushing mode article, but ultimately the extra mode gives more choice to find the cleaning power and effect you prefer most.
*Official information from Oral-B suggests that the Smart 2000 has just 2 cleaning modes, Daily Clean and Sensitive.
However, the unit I purchased, clearly has 3 modes. That 3rd mode is Whitening.
I can’t confirm that this will be the case for everyone, but the same thing happened with the Smart 1500 available in the USA. Oral-B suggests 2 modes, but it had 3 available out of the box.
Another difference, albeit relatively subtle is the amount of cleaning power the motor inside the brush handle delivers.
The Pro 1000 has a motor that offers 8,800 oscillations and 20,000 pulsations, whereas the 2000 has a slightly more powerful motor offering the same 8,800 oscillations, but 40,000 pulsations.
What this means is that it can potentially clean the teeth a little better, but the actual difference would still be relatively limited. It is not possible to say from this alone that 1 brush would clean the teeth significantly better. Add into this that different modes use a different amount of power from the motor and it complicates things a little further.
Both brushes come supplied with a single brush head. The Pro 1000 typically comes with a CrossAction head, whilst the 2000 comes with a Sensitive brush head.
The Sensitive head has softer bristles and is a good compliment to the additional cleaning mode available on the brush.
Oral-B brush heads are interchangeable, so if you have a preference you can acquire and fit your preferred brush head to either handle. You do not have to stick with the one supplied.
Sealed inside both handles is a rechargeable battery.
The Pro 1000 has a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery that is said to last 10 days on a full charge compared to the 14+ days that is possible with the Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery built into the Smart 2000.
In my hands-on testing, the Pro 1000 achieved 10.5 days whilst the Smart 2000 managed 20.
Whilst many of us do not need weeks of power on a single charge, having double the battery life on the Smart 2000 is very compelling. It is certainly a more attractive option to travellers.
Does one clean better than the other?
Technically, yes, the Smart 2000 could potentially, but in reality, no.
The increased power of the Smart 2000s motor (8,800 oscillations & 40,000 pulsations) could potentially mean that the teeth are cleaned more effectively than if the Pro 1000 (8,800 oscillations & 20,000 pulsations) was used.
This issue is that there are many variables and proving this is quite difficult.
My hands-on testing has not been conducted in any scientific way that would be able to determine this. I suspect even if it was, the differences would be minimal and not clinically significant.
The additional cleaning modes available on the Smart 2000 may also have a beneficial effect for some users. The Sensitive mode likely being the one with the most appeal as it is a little more gentle.
An argument can also be made that the visible pressure sensor can play a part in the overall clean, but again it is tricky to conclusively measure.
The likelihood is that for most Canadians, perfecting their brushing routine and the regularity with which they brush will have the most significant benefits over selecting between either of these particular brushes.
Is one better priced than the other?
Yes, the Pro 1000 is the cheaper of the 2 brushes.
The 1000 has a recommended retail price of CDN$80-100 compared to the $100 of the Smart 2000.
Up to an additional CDN$20 for the Smart 2000 isn’t a significant extra spend given the specification.
However, in reality, both brushes sell for less than their recommended prices.
The Pro 1000 tends to sell for around CDN$64-80 whereas the Smart 2000 is nearer $80.
So, on average you are looking at up to CDN$16 lower price in favour of the 1000.
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.
My preference is most definitely for the Smart 2000 from Oral-B.
Make no mistakes about it; the Pro 1000 is still an excellent choice.
The 2000 just feels a slightly more complete option. Its additional features make daily use for most people just that bit better.
The visible pressure sensor makes it easier to see if you are brushing too hard and prevent you from doing damage. And the multiple cleaning modes give you greater choice.
For those who travel or can’t always recharge, the 2000 offers a battery life of double the Pro 1000.
Ultimately, whatever brush you decide upon, it is you who needs to make the decision; but do so based on which is best for your needs or that of the end user.
Only pay the price you are happy with and do not be led into buying something if it is not right.
Hopefully, I have presented the facts and made the whole decision process that little bit easier.
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