Oral-B Pro 500 vs 1000

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Which one would we choose?

Our choice: Oral-B Pro 1000 (view on Amazon)
2nd choice: Oral-B Pro 500 (view on Amazon)

The Oral-B Pro 1000 is the better choice.

The improved cleaning performance, pressure sensor and battery charge status are worth the slightly higher purchase price.

Our Choice
Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush with Brush Head, Black
Oral-B Pro 500 Precision Clean Electric Toothbrush with Brush Head (Packaging May Vary)
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 1000
Oral-B Pro 500
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
3/5
Price
CDN$ 64.99
CDN$ 50.02
Prime
Our Choice
Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush with Brush Head, Black
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 1000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
CDN$ 64.99
Prime
Oral-B Pro 500 Precision Clean Electric Toothbrush with Brush Head (Packaging May Vary)
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 500
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
3/5
Price
CDN$ 50.02
Prime

Key Differences

  • Cleaning/brushing action
    • The Pro 1000 has a 3D cleaning action compared to the 2D of the Pro 500.
    • The Pro 1000 offers 8,800 oscillations and 20,000 pulsations compared to the 7,800 oscillations only of the Pro 500.
  • Handle design/colours
    • Different designs to both handles.
    • The Pro 1000 is a little thinner in hand compared to the tapered design of the Pro 500.
    • The Pro 500 is available in 1 colour (black) compared to the 2 colours (black & white) of the Pro 1000.
  • Brush heads
    • The Pro 1000 comes with a CrossAction head compared to the PrecisionClean head with the Pro 500.
  • Pressure sensor
    • The Pro 1000 has a pressure sensor built-in that the Pro 500 does not have.
  • Battery
    • The Pro 1000 has a 7 day battery life compared to the 8 days of the Pro 500.
    • The Pro 1000 has a battery status/charge LED that the 500 does not have.
  • Price
    • The Pro 500 has a recommended retail price of CDN $50-55 compared to the $80-100 of the Pro 1000.

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 Pro 1000 and 500?

Compared to some models in the Oral-B range there are not that many differences between these models, but those that do exist are fairly important.

The Pro 500 is really more of a budget/entry-level brush whereas the Pro 1000 sits a level above and is a more desirable brush to use on a daily basis for a number of reasons.

It is the cleaning action that is the most significant difference between these 2 models.

Oral-B Pro 500 vs 1000 1

Both brushes have a small round head, that moves from side to side in an oscillating-rotating or 2D movement as it is known.

However, the Pro 1000 also has a 3rd dimension, known as pulsations to give a 3D cleaning action that the 500 simply can’t offer.

These pulsations give a small back and forth movement to the bristles on the head and really help give a deeper clean.  It is the more desirable Oral-B models that have this 3D cleaning action.

In addition to the type of movement, the number of movements the heads make differ slightly too.

The Pro 500 brush head operates at 7,800 oscillations per minute whereas the 1000 offers 8,800.  A further 1,000 movements per minute.

On top of this, you have then the 20,000 pulsations, which are not available on the 500.

By no means a deal breaker with these brushes is the way that they look.

They have a slightly different design to the handle, the Pro 1000 looking the more sleek, in my opinion.

The Pro 500 has a more tapered design to the handle, thicker at the top, working to a slightly thinner base.

Side Profile Oral-B Pro 500

Compare this to the more uniformly shaped handle of the 1000.

Both brushes have a large amount of grip on the handle.  With the 500 this is wrapped around approximately two thirds of the handle.

The Po 100 doesn’t have quite as much grip. There is a piece of rubber/silicon material that runs the length of the front of the handle, with raised plastic notches on the rear.

Both are comfortable to hold in hand, but the slimmer profile of the 1000 takes the edge for me, but there isn’t a great deal between them.

The 500 is available with a black rubber grip only. This contrasts with the white plastic body.

The Pro 1000 is available with a black rubber grip, but it can also be purchased with a white rubber grip.  The white option looks a little more clinical and stands out less against the gloss white body of the Pro 1000.

Supplied in the box with both brushes is a single brush head.

The 500 comes with a PrecisionClean head whereas the 1000 comes with a CrossAction head.

These are 2 styles of head available from a range of interchangeable options available from Oral-B.

The CrossAction is now the more common head supplied with brushes, but the differences between them are not that that significant, so don’t worry too much.

Should you have a preference you can purchase that style and fit it to either handle.

Oral-B Pro 1000 laid on right side

Another feature on the 1000 is a pressure sensor.

Brushing too hard is one of the biggest causes of gum recession.  The bristles of a brush need only skim the surface of the teeth.  Think sweep rather than scrub. More scrubbing pressure does not equal a better clean.

The addition of the sensor looks to help prevent this.

It is implemented a little differently to most other Oral-B models, however.

It is not a visible pressure sensor.  This means no red light on the handle that lights up to tell you it has been activated.

Instead, if you brush the teeth with too much force, the sound of the brush changes slightly as will the cleaning action.  The motor slows down and the pulsations are stopped.  It can be quite difficult to notice this change, particularly for new users.

Although a visible sensor is better for most, the key here is that the brush will take the steps to try and prevent doing any unnecessary damage.  

The final differences are around the battery in these brushes.

Both have a built-in rechargeable battery which uses Nickel Methal Hydride (NiMH) technology.

Oral-B Pro 500 vs 1000 2

The Pro 1000 has a claimed battery life of 7 days, whilst the Pro 500 is claimed to last for 8 days.

It is possible that on a full charge you may get a couple more days from either, but more often than not it is the Pro 500 that outperforms here.  Not by a long way, but a day or so.

Unfortunately, knocking the Pro 500 down again is the lack of battery charge/status icon.  There is no way of knowing the battery is low until you see the head slow and feel the brushing sensation change.  It will just stop when it is completely flat.

Whilst the Pro 1000 will also stop when the battery is flat, the LED battery icon on the front of the handle will at least flash red when the battery is low to give you a warning that it requires a recharge.

The 1000 will also flash when recharging via the charging stand, something the 500 doesn’t do.

The charge light goes out once the 1000 has been fully recharged, but with the 500 it is a bit of a guessing game as you don’t get any feedback at all. 

Does one clean better than the other?

Yes, the Pro 1000 cleans better.

Both brushes offer significantly more brush head movements per minute than a manual toothbrush, but the Pro 1000 offers what is called a 3D movement, compared to the 2D movement of the 500.

Both brushes have a small round head, that moves from side to side in an oscillating-rotating or 2D movement as it is known.

However, the Pro 1000 also has a 3rd dimension, known as pulsations to give a 3D cleaning action that the 500 simply can’t offer.

The Pro 500 brush head operates at 7,800 oscillations per minute.

The Pro 1000 brush head operates at 8,800 oscillations per minute, plus 20,000 pulsations.

Just how much difference this really makes is quite difficult to say, but you can feel the difference in the cleaning power and post brushing feel of your teeth.

The 500 does a perfectly satisfactory job to be fair, but it just isn’t as good as the 1000.

With all this said, if you have not yet perfected your brushing routine; that is how long you brush for, how often you do this and the technique you use, then it is likely the greatest benefits will be gained from investing in this than any 1 toothbrush.

Is one better priced than the other?

Yes, the Pro 500 is the cheaper of the 2 brushes.

The Pro 500 has a retail price of CDN $50-55 compared to the CDN $80-100 of the Pro 1000.

With either brush, the typical selling price is a fair bit lower than the suggested price.

Expect to be able to buy the Pro 500 for $40 and the 1000 for around $65.

Of course, the exact price will vary from 1 seller to another.

You are therefore looking at an average premium of $25 for the Pro 1000.

The ongoing cost of owning each brush is the same given that they use the same brush heads.

As a rough guide, the Pro 500 will work out at CDN $0.12 per day over 3 years, compared to the CDN $0.14 of the Pro 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.

Conclusion

There is nothing drastically wrong with either of these toothbrushes.

The Pro 500 will serve you well if you are on a budget, but you get much more bang for your buck from the Pro 1000.

Most significant is the 3D cleaning action offered.  It is a more thorough and satisfying clean and given that this is the whole point of a toothbrush it seems the more logical option overall.

Our Choice
Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush with Brush Head, Black
Oral-B Pro 500 Precision Clean Electric Toothbrush with Brush Head (Packaging May Vary)
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 1000
Oral-B Pro 500
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
3/5
Price
CDN$ 64.99
CDN$ 50.02
Prime
Our Choice
Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush with Brush Head, Black
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 1000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
CDN$ 64.99
Prime
Oral-B Pro 500 Precision Clean Electric Toothbrush with Brush Head (Packaging May Vary)
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 500
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
3/5
Price
CDN$ 50.02
Prime

Your Opinions

Do you own or have you used the Oral-B Pro 500 or 1000?

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.

About Jon Love

Jon is a leading voice on electric toothbrushes and has been quoted by mainstream media publications for his opinions and expertise.

Having handled & tested hundreds of products there really is very little he does not know about them.

Passionate about business and helping others, Jon has been involved in various online enterprises since the early 2000s.

After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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