Which one would we choose?
The Pro 2000 is my pick.
Although the 1000 is great value for money and just gets the job done, the visible pressure sensor and additional cleaning modes make the 2000 a slightly better purchase.
- The Pro 2000 comes with 2 cleaning modes (Daily Clean and Sensitive) compared to the 1 (Daily Clean) mode with the Pro 1000.
- The Pro 2000 has a more powerful motor.
- The Pro 2000 has a visible pressure sensor.
- The Pro 2000 comes with 1 x Sensitive brush head compared to 1 x CrossAction with the Pro 1000.
- The Pro 2000 comes in 1 colour (white) compared to the 2 colours of the Pro 1000 (white and black).
- The Pro 1000 is generally 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 Pro 2000?
There are more similarities between these 2 brushes than there are differences.
But, those differences may be important to you.
From a design and in hand feel they are essentially identical.
They actually use the same body, but what differs is the colour of the rubber grip that runs down the front of the handle.
With the Pro 1000, you have the choice of this grip being white or black. With the 2000, it is white only.
The next difference is the addition of a visible pressure sensor on the Pro 2000.
Found on the back of the brush handle, just below the neck, where the brush head attaches, there is a red plastic panel. Under this is an LED that will be lit when the sensor it activated.
It acts as a clear visual indicator that something isn’t quite right when brushing. You should catch the red light out of the corner of your eye, or in the mirror.
Sensors inside the brush handle detect when too much pressure is being applied. When activated, the motors in both the 1000 and 2000 will reduce the amount of power sent to the brush head.
With either, you should hear the change in the sound from the brush too. But, of course, with the 2000 you get the added advantage of seeing the light come on.
When the pressure is reduced, the light will go out and full power will be restored to the motor and the brush head will be back up to full speed.
This visible pressure sensor is good for those new to an electric toothbrush. You soon learn when you are applying too much pressure and within a couple of weeks you will rarely activate it.
Being a light it can be more interactive for children or aid the deaf. It’s a neat addition
The third difference between these two brushes are the cleaning modes that are available.
Both models have a Daily Clean mode, but the Pro 2000 has a second mode called Sensitive.
As the name implies, this is a slower and more gentle cleaning mode. It is ideally suited to those who have inflamed and tender gums. It also works well for those who are new to electric toothbrushes and getting used to the extra cleaning power.
Sensitive is by no means a mode you must have. But, of all the extra modes that could be made available. I certainly rate this over the likes of Whitening, Pro Clean or Tongue Clean.
Whilst it is not significant, the Pro 2000 does have a more powerful motor which offers 8,800 oscillations and 40,000 pulsations per minute compared to the 8,800 oscillations and 20,000 pulsations of the Pro 1000. Those 20,000 extra pulsations can help clean the teeth just that bit better.
In line with the cleaning modes, the 2000 comes with a single Sensitive brush head included in the box compared to the CrossAction that comes with the 1000.
The heads are interchangeable and work with either handle, so you can purchase these separately and use with the handles.
The fifth and final difference then is the price. Typically the Pro 2000 is the more expensive. I explain this more in the section below.
Does one clean better than the other?
The short answer here is no.
The Pro 2000’s brush motor does offer an extra 20,000 pulsations per minute compared to the Pro 1000.
This can have an impact on how well it cleans the teeth. But, in reality, truthfully noticing any meaningful difference is very difficult indeed. The likelihood is greater benefits can be gained from improving your brushing time or technique.
Both brushes offer 8,800 oscillations per minute.
The Pro 2000 does offer an additional ‘sensitive’ cleaning mode which delivers less movements and pulsations to the brush head. Less movements, can potentially remove less plaque and debris.
The reduced movements may mean that some will find this the more enjoyable mode to use. As a consequence, they may find that they clean more frequently and to a better standard with it. At this point, it is coming down to personal preference.
Is one better priced than the other?
Generally speaking, the Pro 1000 is the cheaper of the two toothbrushes.
The Pro 2000 has a retail price of CDN $100 but typically sells for $80.
The 1000 on the other hand has a retail price of CDN $80-100 but is generally available for $65.
Therefore on average you are looking at a $25 premium for the Pro 2000.
Because both are Oral-B brushes, the replacement heads are the same price.
Over 3 years of ownership the Pro 1000 will cost approximately 14 cents per day compared to the 15 cents of the 2000.
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.
The Pro 2000 is my recommendation. Only just though. There is a lot to like about the Pro 1000. In all honesty, the differences are not huge.
The Pro 2000 offers a little more with the extra cleaning mode and pressure sensor. These are particularly useful to new electric toothbrush users and despite the extra cost could pay off long term to at least have the features available than to not.
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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