Which one would we choose?
These brushes are really so comparable, trying to pick between them is difficult.
It’s the equivalent to picking between a Dominos or Papa John’s pizza!
2 great budget/entry level brushes that have the basics you need and want of an electric toothbrush covered.
The 1000 just takes the top spot because of the brush head and approval it has received.
- The Oral-B Pro 1000 is the slimmer and lighter brush handle.
- There are 6 different color options available with the Series 2 (Sky Blue, Black, Ultra Coral, White on Guacamole, White on Coral and White on Steel Blue) compared to the 2 of the Pro 1000 (White and Black).
- The 2 Series offers 14 days battery life compared to the 7 days of the Pro 1000.
- The 2 Series comes with 1 x Pro Results Plaque Control brush head, whilst the Pro 1000 comes with 1 x CrossAction brush head.
- The Oral-B head is smaller and easier to maneuver in the mouth.
- The 2 Series comes with a charging stand that works on 100-240v compared to 110-130v of the Pro 1000.
- The 2 Series has an automatic power off feature.
- The 2 Series has an ‘Easy-Start’ mode.
- The Pro 1000 has a pressure sensor built-in.
- The Pro 1000 is American Dental Association (ADA) approved.
- The Oral-B Pro 1000 has the cheaper replacement brush heads.
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 Sonicare 2 and 3?
With a summary of the key differences listed above, let’s delve deeper into these and better understand how these impact the day to day use of each.
Starting with the physical design.
The 1000 is without doubt the slimmer and more comfortable to hold.
Here are how the sizes stack up.
- Height (with head) – 23cm
- Width – 2.5cm
- Thickness – 3cm
- Weight (with head) – 130g
- Height (with head) – 25cm
- Width – 3.3cm
- Thickness – 3.3cm
- Weight (with head) – 140g
The slim profile of the 1000 makes it look good and with a rubber grip running down the front of the brush handle and raised plastic ridges on the rear, it is nice and grippy and easy to hold onto.
The 2 Series does have a number of raised dots on the rear of the handle that help with grip and the physically chunkier size, may for some, be more appealing.
Both have a single power button in the upper third of the brush handle, with both offering to a recess in the base of the brush handle for the charging prong of the charging stand to fit into.
The design of the handles are such that they stand upright on a worktop.
When purchasing either brush you have a choice of color options. The Pro 1000 comes with either a White rubber grip or a Black rubber grip.
Sonicare 2 Series offers more choice with 6 color options. They are Sky Blue, Black, Ultra Coral, White on Guacamole, White on Coral and White on Steel Blue.
You pick the color that best matches your personality and preference.
The slightly thicker brush handle is likely a consequence of the battery life that the 2 Series offers.
It is double that of the Pro 1000.
With just 7 days battery life, based on 2 cleans per day or 2 minutes, the 2 Series lasts 14.
Both brushes use a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery inside the brush handle.
A battery indicator icon gives some feedback as to the battery life.
Supplied in the box with both is a charging stand.
Each have a 2 pin adapter to connect to the wall socket in the US, but the Sonicare feels a bit more premium in that it supports voltages of 110-240v compared to the 110-130v of the Oral-B charger.
What this means is, should you go traveling for a month to Europe for example. With Sonicare, you need only a plug adapter. With Oral-B you need a plug and voltage adapter.
Each supplied with 1 brush head in the box, they are just 1 of a range of different brush head styles that both Sonicare and Oral-B offer.
They offer what they feel is best, but you can choose any from the range and fit them to the handle, as they are interchangeable.
Oral-B brush heads do not work on a Sonicare brush handle and vice versa.
The 2 Series comes with 1 x Pro Results Plaque Control brush head, whilst the Pro 1000 comes with 1 x CrossAction brush head.
Oral-B’s head is smaller and easier to maneuver in the mouth in my opinion. It feels possible to reach the back teeth with more ease.
Overall the clean from both is very positive and neither felt bad after use, in fact, quite the opposite. Both brushes offer 1 cleaning mode, the default ‘clean’.
Fading indicator bristles are built into both brush heads and give you a visual reminder that it might be time to replace the brush head.
Whilst both brushes have a built-in timer and pacer to help you brush for the right amount of time, something the 2 Series offers, that the Pro 1000 can’t match is the automatic power off at the end of the 2 minute cleaning cycle.
It is so simple, yet effective and I love it.
Another neat touch, is that for first time electric toothbrush users, the Sonicare offers an ‘easy-start’ feature.
It gradually increases the power delivered to the brush head over the first 14 cleans.
This means that you are not put off by the increased power the brush delivers in comparison to a manual toothbrush that you may well be more used too.
Where the Pro 1000 fights back is with the built-in pressure sensor.
Unlike most other Oral-B toothbrushes, this is not a visible pressure sensor, it is a built-in one.
What this means is, should you brush too hard, the motor will automatically reduce the power delivered to the brush head until such time as the pressure is reduced. When it is, the motor will power back up to full speed again.
You might hear the difference in motor sound if you listen carefully, but you do not get the visual alert like you do with the likes of the Oral-B Pro 3000.
A great credential is that the Pro 1000 is American Dental Association (ADA) approved electric toothbrush.
The ADA Accepted Seal means that the brush has been tested and approved.
To achieve this it must meet certain standards and specifications that their independent panel creates and uphold.
It is a strict testing process and not all brushes or products pass the test.
Whilst the price of the brush handles tend to be within a few dollars of each other the brush heads do differ a little more. As a general rule, the Oral-B heads work out at about $5 per time, compared to the $8 of Sonicare.
Needing to be replaced every 3 months, over the life of the brush it can have a reasonable knock on effect to ownership costs.
Does one clean better than the other?
My comparison and hands-on testing has not been conducted under clinical conditions, to measure things like plaque removal.
I can only give my impressions and feeling on how well they cleaned compared to the hard facts of a scientific test.
Both do an excellent job and at no point in my weeks of testing would I have said one was worse than the other.
Overall, I prefer use of the Oral-B Pro 1000, because the small round brush head is easier to move and place than the slightly larger head found on the 2 Series.
Psychological or not, I felt like I could reach the back teeth with a little more ease. The brushing felt more controlled.
The brushes use slightly different brushing technology. Sonicare use a sonic motion whilst Oral-B have an oscillating, rotating approach. Both claim significantly more plaque removal than if using a manual toothbrush.
Using either will likely gain approval from your dentist, providing you are using the correct brushing technique.
Perhaps the clincher for this is that the Pro 1000 has gained the American Dental Association’s seal of acceptance. The 2 Series does not boast such.
Is one better priced than the other?
Both brushes are typically within a few dollars of each other.
With a recommended retail price of $69.99 both brushes are designed to target the same audience.
More often than not the price is somewhere between $40-50 rather than the $70 retail price.
At times the Sonicare will be cheaper and at other times it will be the Oral-B. On many occasions, they will be sold at the same price.
If you factor in brush heads, typically the Oral-B heads will work out at about $5 each compared to the $8 of the Sonicare. This is where the greatest variance in price tends to exist.
It is, of course, subject to where and when you are buying the brush that will affect the price, but as a general rule this is what you can expect.
Therefore, more often than not the decision is based on factors other than price.
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.
In many heads to heads, there is a clear winner.
One brush tends to offer something more or is better value.
When putting the Sonicare 2 Series against the Pro 1000 there is little difference, they are so evenly matched.
Where the Sonicare 2 Series wins for the better battery life, the Pro 1000 wins for being slimmer in hand.
The 2 Series has automatic power off and an easy-start mode, but the smaller brush head makes for easier brushing and reaching the back of the mouth.
You won’t be disappointed if you invested in either of these brushes, but despite some of the favourable features of the Sonicare, the Pro 1000 wins, just, because of that small round brush head and ADA seal.
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.
If you found this useful, have any questions, thoughts or opinions, please leave them in the comments below.