The Oral-B Pro 2000 is a very capable electric toothbrush and there is little I can really complain about.
The biggest criticism is really the battery life, it would be better if it was longer.
As good as the Pro 2000 is, for most, the Oral-B Pro 1000 or more premium 3000 are better buys.
- 2 cleaning modes
- Slim and grippy handle
- Built-in timer
- Pressure sensor to alert you when you are brushing too hard
- Battery life
- Box contents
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The 3 BIG questions about the Oral-B Pro 2000
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Pro 2000. If I have missed something, let me know in the comments.
If you want more detail, you can read my full Oral-B Pro 2000 review further down the page.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
There is most definitely nothing seriously wrong with this toothbrush.
I would happily use this on a daily basis with no real complaints.
The small round brush head cleans the teeth well. The handle is nice and grippy in hand and it has the essential features of an electric toothbrush.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
The Pro 2000 is a slightly more feature rich version of the Pro 1000.
So, if you don’t need or want the pressure sensor or the second cleaning mode, there is the chance to save a few bucks by opting for the 1000 instead.
For those who want something a little more, the Pro 3000 from Oral-B has an extra cleaning mode and comes with a brush head storage compartment in the box. Sadly no travel case is provided, but it does have Bluetooth connectivity which can be useful for those serious about their oral health.
If you are not worried about a particular brand or still require further guidance, our article on the best electric toothbrushes available today is a great place to start you on your journey of finding the right brush for you.
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And now for a bit more detail…
Toothbrush manufacturers like Oral-B tend to make multiple different electric toothbrushes to suit the needs of different users.
The Pro 2000 is an example of a lower mid-range toothbrush that is a little bit more feature rich and expensive than the model before it, the Pro 1000. But, it is cheaper and lacks features and box contents in comparison to the Pro 3000 that sits above it in the range.
What’s in the box?
- Braun Oral-B Pro 2000 rechargeable toothbrush
- 1 x Sensitive brush head
- Charging station
- Oral-B 3D movement cleaning system (Oscillating-Rotating-Pulsating)
- Removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush
- Rechargeable battery
- 2 cleaning modes (Daily Clean and Sensitive)
- Pressure sensor
- Brushing timer including quadpacer
Pro & Cons
Here are what I consider to be the pros and cons of the Oral-B Pro 2000.
- 2 cleaning modes – A powerful ‘daily clean’ and a more gentle ‘sensitive’ mode, gives users the most desired brushing modes.
- Design – A slim profiled handle with lots of grip and light in hand too.
- Timer – A built-in timer encourages you to brush for the dentist-recommended 2 minutes along with a pacer to ensure an even brushing around the mouth.
- Pressure sensor – It alerts you via a red led and change in brush motion and sound when you are brushing too hard
- Battery life/status – It would be nice if the battery lasted a little longer than the 7 days and it would be better if there was more feedback from the brush on how much power remains in the battery. Get a red flashing light when low, but nothing more really.
- Box contents – An extra brush head or travel case would be a nice addition.
Design, usability, clean & general use
I and the team here at Electric Teeth will be the first to tell you, that you don’t need to go and spend hundreds of dollars on an electric toothbrush.
Bluetooth, extra cleaning modes, travel cases, and color options are all nice to haves and do arguably add to the overall package, but they are not essential.
From the benefits that an electric toothbrush brings, the Pro 2000 has those ‘essential’ items in a slim and lightweight body.
The 2000 is not bogged down with lots of unnecessary extras.
What is in theory considered as an upgrade on the Pro 1000, the 2000 benefits from an extra cleaning mode and a visible pressure sensor. Those are the 2 fundamental differences.
It may well look a bit clinical with an all white color scheme, but that can be forgiven with the light and slim in-hand feel of this brush.
The handle is approximately 2.3cm wide and 2.9cm thick, with a cylindrical esq look and feel to it.
At 129g it is not heavy and this size combined with the grips on the handle make it easy to keep hold of in hand and move around the mouth.
Made up of two parts, you have the brush handle and the detachable brush head.
The handle contains the battery, motor and other high tech stuff that allows the brush to perform so well.
Fairly minimal in its appearance, there is a single power button in the upper third of the brush handle. A series of small ridges sit above and below this, direct the finger of thumb to that button.
In the lower third is the Braun and Oral-B logos and battery status icon.
This is for the battery sealed inside the brush, that offers up to 1 weeks usage time.
The indicator changes color to give feedback on the charge remaining in this battery.
Running down the front of the handle is the White rubber strip which offers a nice textured surface to grip onto, with a slight softness to the touch.
On the rear of the handle are more grips, this time molded plastic ridges. Firmer to the touch they serve a purpose.
The plastic is a gloss white color on the handle and the detachable brush heads are too made from this same plastic.
At the neck of the brush, on the back, is an orange/red plastic panel, this is the pressure sensor.
The 2000 will sit upright on a worktop. If you take a look at the bottom of the brush handle you will find a recess into which the supplied charging stand fits.
The look and feel of the brush handle is essentially identical to the Pro 1000 and 3000 that sit either side of the 200o in the Oral-B range, just with a couple of small aesthetic differences.
To begin cleaning the teeth with the Pro 2000, you need to press that power button and this will launch the brush into the Daily Clean, cleaning mode.
This is the 1 of 2 modes available on this brush.
Press the power button again and this will change to the 2nd available mode, known as Sensitive.
Daily Clean is the default mode and offers the full power of the brush motor, whilst the Sensitive mode is a more gentle option.
It is these 2 modes that are most desirable to users.
Daily Clean offers that deeper feeling, more invigorating clean whilst Sensitive mode is more gentle, stimulating the gums. It does not feel as harsh or powerful, but still brings the benefits of an electric toothbrush.
There are just 2 of 6 different cleaning modes on offer from Oral-B. If you want to learn more about these, check out our article that explains the Oral-B brushing modes in detail.
Known as 3D cleaning, the small round brush head of the 2000 has an oscillating, rotating and pulsating action, to clean the teeth really well.
With the Daily Clean mode selected, the Pro 2000 will offer 8,000 oscillations and 20,000 pulsations per minute.
This sounds a lot less when you see Sonicare claiming 62,000 movements, but do not get too worried about the amount of movements and power. More important is actually using the right brushing technique.
Most electric toothbrushes are going to be more efficient at plaque removal if used correctly.
Brushing with an electric toothbrush is different to a manual brush, so do familiarise yourself on how to brush correctly.
Essential to the brush is the brush head and the Pro 2000 comes with 1 included in the box.
Provided is a Sensitive clean brush head. This is a soft bristled toothbrush head that is gentle on the teeth and gums.
Quite often, Oral-B brushes come supplied with the CrossAction brush head, the Pro 1000 is an example of this. This is the ‘standard’ brush head if you like, but the Sensitive Clean provided with the Pro 2000 is fitting given that the handle offers that Sensitive cleaning mode.
There is a lot of debate about which brush head is best or better. They each have their pros and cons, but ultimately all do a good job. The benefit of the Sensitve head, as the name implies, is that it is a bit more gentle on the teeth and gums, which is useful if you find toothbrushing can irritate your gums.
The other brush head options that Oral-B offer are:
- Precision Clean
- Pro Gum Care
- 3D White
- Deep Sweep
Sold separately any of these will fit onto the brush and work with either cleaning mode on the 2000.
Make sure the head of the brush is replaced every 3 months to avoid doing damage to the teeth.
It can be difficult to remember when you last changed or replaced the heads.
Thankfully the blue bristles you see on the head will fade over time. When they are a very pale blue or white, you need to replace the head.
All official Oral-B heads have these fading bristles. Other brands may not, so be aware of this, if not buying manufacturer originals.
The small round brush heads for me personally allow for better control and reach to the back of the mouth than the likes of Sonicare heads which are larger.
It is worth noting that when running the brush does produce a vibration through the handle and a sound as do all electronic toothbrushes.
The Pro 2000 has a bit more of a mechanical sound and is a bit louder than Sonicare models which tend to be quieter but produce more vibration in the hand.
Sadly many people brush their teeth with too much force and this can over time lead to damage of the teeth and gums.
A neat feature that is not present in many other brushes, particularly competing brands is a pressure sensor. The Pro 2000 has a visible pressure sensor built-in.
This is a fantastic feature and works particularly well for new electric toothbrush users.
When the internal sensor detects that too much pressure is applied through the brush head, the sensor is activated and the pressure sensor on the back of the brush handle lights up (red), catching your eye.
As the sensor is activated, the brush will reduce the power of the motor, until such time the pressure is relieved, at which point the motor increases in speed and goes back to full power.
The pressure sensor is, therefore, a safety mechanism.
If you listen, there will be a change in the sound emitted from the Pro 2000 when brushing too hard, that is the motor adjusting.
Over time you learn how much pressure you need.
Bristles should skim the tooth surface.
Even if you don’t activate the sensor all that often, it’s good to know its there.
You probably know that you should be brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time, it is what dentists recommend.
To help make sure you brush for the right amount of time, the Pro 2000 has a timer built-in.
This timer is activated when the power button is pressed.
It also has a quadpacer. This breaks the 120 second cleaning cycle down into 4 x 30 second chunks.
This timer and pacer are what I consider essential to a good electric toothbrush and can make a significant difference to the way you brush.
You should Imagine your mouth broken up into 4 sections. Upper right, upper left, lower right, and lower left.
The idea is that you spend 30 seconds cleaning each section. The pacer helps you keep an even brushing time on these 4 sections.
At the 30 second intervals, the brush will provide an audible warning via a slight pause in the brush motor. This is your cue to change quadrant. Once the 2 minutes are up 3 brief pauses in the brush motor will be heard and felt.
The brush will continue to run at the end of the 2 minutes, you then need to turn it off, it will not do this automatically like Sonicare toothbrushes do.
Maybe you expected this, but the handle is completely sealed, meaning it is water resistant.
I don’t suggest you go submerging it in the bath, but a rinse under the tap isn’t going to do any harm. In fact, it is important to rinse the brush head off in particular, to ride the brush of excess bacteria and debris that may have gotten caught up.
You don’t need lots with a toothbrush but sadly the Pro 2000 does not come with any useful accessories like a travel case.
You get the essential brush handle, head and charging stand.
If you don’t travel regularly the case, or lack of might not be an issue, but has one been included it would be a welcome addition, t protect the head and stop accidental activation in a bag.
Given the price an extra brush head would have been nice too!
As is standard for Oral-B models, the 2000 comes with a 2 year/24 month warranty.
Providing any fault in this period is not as a result of user damage then it should be repaired or replaced at no cost to you.
Summary of design, usability, clean & general use
- Slim and comfortable brush to hold and use
- 2 cleaning modes, Daily Clean and Sensitive
- 1 x Sensitive Clean brush head included
- Alternative brush heads available
- Cleans well
- Built-in quad pacer and 2 minute timer tells you when to change quadrant and finish brushing
- Visible pressure sensor built-in
- 2 year warranty as standard
Perhaps one of the biggest criticisms of Oral-B electric toothbrushes in comparison to a lot of the competition has been the battery life they offer.
Most Oral-B brush handles offer just 1 week (7 days) of life before they require recharging.
Sadly, the Pro 2000 is not an exception to this rule.
From a full charge you get 28 minutes, or thereabouts of usage time. That is 7 days, based on one user brushing their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes.
For most, longer battery life is not essential, but it is nice to have as you have to worry less about recharging.
If you travel frequently, brushes like the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 or 4500 are going to have you covered here. Although Sonicare claim 2 weeks of battery life, I have achieved a staggering 5 weeks in my hands on.
As you don’t need me to point out, that is remarkably better than the Pro 2000.
Even Oral-B’s latest flagship, the Genius X only offers 2 weeks.
The size of the brush handle can potentially have some impact on the capacity of the battery, but the battery technology can too.
Many brushes now use Lithium-Ion batteries, but the 2000 uses Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH).
Lithium batteries are the same as those used in our smartphones and laptops and generally perform better, hence the improved battery life.
Oral-B have upgraded some brush handles in other parts of the world with these Lithium batteries, without affecting the brush handle size, but at present, the Pro 2000 retains the NiMH battery.
When the brush does need charging, it can be charged by sitting it on the supplied stand.
White in color the charging stand supports 110-130V and has a 2 pin power adapter hardwired into it.
The power cable length is about 3.2 feet in length.
Sitting on a worktop, there is a prong on the top of the stand that fits into the base of the brush handle.
It can take up to 12 hours to charge fully.
Should you want to leave the brush on the charging stand, this is fine.
When charging the battery charging icon on the front of the brush handle flashes green.
When power is low the battery status icon will flash red and you will likely feel the decrease in brush power.
Sadly, should you travel frequently and need to take the charger with you, you will potentially need both a voltage and plug adapter, subject to your destination.
Summary of battery life
- 28 minutes of usage time or 7 days usage based on 2 cleans a day as a minimum
- Can be left on the charger
- Takes up to 12 hours to charge fully
- A charger is included in the box
- Status icon flashes green when charging and red when the battery is low
- Works on 110-130 volts
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 Oral-B Pro 2000 has a suggested selling price of $100, which when you think about what you get and compare it to other models form Oral-B or even Sonicare, this is actually a pretty reasonable price.
However, it is common for electric toothbrushes to be sold with a discount.
The discount can vary from one model to another and fluctuate throughout the year, but it is not uncommon for discounts of around 20% on average.
The Pro 2000 is thankfully not an exception to this rule, and whilst its suggested selling price is around $1000, it is quite possible to buy this for about $80.
Of course, not all sellers will discount it, but you don’t have to work too hard to find it at a slightly lower price. Even if its $10, its $10 back in your pocket.
The Pro 1000 from Oral-B is cheaper and typically sells for around $50-60. I tell you this because actually for most, this is a great toothbrush and you can save a few more dollars. The Pro 1000 is one of our most recommended products.
I feel like had there been a travel case or even an extra brush head in the box, the Pro 2000 might feel like a better deal than it is.
It is not a bad price, but I don’t think it will ever be the best deal you can get, when you consider the competition, including Oral-B’s own products.
To try and give you a measure of the value and lifetime ownership of this brush, we like to calculate the cost of ownership over 3 years.
Like any toothbrush, the brush head should ideally be replaced every 3 months. This will cost on average $8.
Assuming a purchase price of $80, plus the 11 additional brush heads needed over 3 years, you have a total cost of $160 or $0.15 per day
For the sake of comparison, the Pro 1000 works out at $0.9 per day.
Of course, extra value will be gotten from the handle if it lasts longer than 3 years, which it most likely will. You could also share the handle with another family member to stretch a little extra value from it.
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
- Suggested selling price of $100
- Selling for around $80
- Replacement brush heads usually about $8 each
- Works out at around 15 cents per day over 3 years
- List of buying options included here
Reliability & long term use
None of the brushes we test here at Electric Teeth go through specialist machines for drop tests or reliability trials. We do not have such equipment.
We put them through the life test.
We use them, look at them in detail, compare them to the competition.
Oral-B have developed a pretty strong reliability over the years they have been making brushes and we find the failure rate to be low.
Most never go wrong, but inevitably some will.
Should it fail and the fault is as a result of parts or workmanship rather than user damage then it will be covered under the warranty.
The standard warranty or guarantee if you prefer runs for 2 years/24 months from the date of purchase.
During my testing, I have looked for possible weaknesses, but found nothing of concern.
No one toothbrush will suit everyone’s needs and desires, but the Pro 2000 is far from a bad option for most people. It is a particularly appealing option for those who suffer from sensitive teeth and gums, thanks to the cleaning mode and included brush head.
The 2000 offers the essential features of an electric toothbrush and performs really well.
An extra brush head and even a travel case in the box would sweeten the overall offering when considering the competition and price, but I am being a little picky.
It would also have been nice to have gotten greater battery life from the brush handle too, 7 days, feels a bit low today.
You could do a lot worse than the Pro 2000, but the Oral-B Pro 1000 might just be a better buy for the average user.
Electric Teeth Rating
- Height (without head) – 19.5cm
- Height (with head) – 23.5cm
- Width – 2.3cm
- Thickness – 2.9cm
- Weight (without head) – 123g
- Weight (with head) – 129g
All are approximates
- Is the Pro 2000 an oscillating brush?
- Yes, with Oral-B 3D motion that oscillates, rotates and pulsates.
- What brushing/cleaning modes are available?
- The 2000 has 2 cleaning modes. They are:
- Daily Clean
- Learn more about Oral-B electric toothbrush cleaning modes.
- The 2000 has 2 cleaning modes. They are:
- What brush head does the Pro 2000 come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- The 2000 from Oral-B is supplied with 1brush head, a Sensitive Clean head.
- Oral-B primarily offer a total of 6 different brush heads, each of which can be purchased separately and used with this toothbrush.
- Those options are:
- 3D White
- Pro GumCare
- Sensitive Clean
- Precision Clean
- There are some more specialized brush heads available also. You can find out more about them and the standard Oral-B brush heads here.
- Does the Pro 2000 have a pressure sensor?
- Yes, it does.
- Does the Oral-B 2000 have Bluetooth?
- No, it does not.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- No, a travel case is not included in the box.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included with the Pro 2000.
- How long does the battery last?
- The battery lasts up to 28 minutes, which if used on the standard daily clean mode is 7 days based on 2 cleans per day.
- Can I use the Pro 2000 in the shower?
- Yes. The 2000 is water resistant, but Oral-B does not advise bathing with it. Avoid submerging it in water.
- Does the Pro 2000 come with a warranty & how long is it?
- If purchased new from an approved retailer the brush will come with a 2 year.
- Find out more about the Oral-B warranty.
Do you own or have you used the Oral-B Pro 2000?
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.