Which one would we choose?
Technically there is not a great deal that set these 2 brushes apart. They are in fact similar in more ways than they are different.
As good as the Pro 5000 is, the 6000 is the brush to opt for.
It is a lot more stylish, feels more practical and more current.
The good news is too, with a bit of savvy shopping you don’t have to spend much more either to get this.
- The Pro 6000 looks smarter.
- The Pro 6000 comes in white, black, orchid purple and rose gold compared to the white only of the Pro 5000.
- The Pro 6000 has a 12 day battery life compared to the 5000’s 10 day.
- The Pro 6000 uses a lithium-ion battery compared to the nickel metal hydride in the 5000.
- The Pro 6000 has icons for the cleaning modes whereas the 5000 does not.
- The Pro 6000 has an LED smart ring.
- The Pro 6000 has the more powerful brush motor.
- The Pro 5000 comes with 1 x FlossAction brush head whilst the 6000 comes with 1 x CrossAtion.
- The Pro 5000 is the cheaper of the 2.
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 6000 and 5000?
As I see it there are 9 key differences that set these 2 brushes apart.
I have already declared my preference for the Pro 6000, but let me go into more detail as to how an why I came to this conclusion.
Beginning with design. What I like, will possibly be different to you.
However, I think most will agree that the 6000 looks the more stylish, trendy and current of the 2.
The Pro 6000 comes in 4 colors, white, black, orchid purple and rose gold compared to the white only of the Pro 5000.
Neither are super slim, but the 6000 has a continual cylindrical shape, whereas the 5000 tapers from the top to the bottom giving a large base.
The 5000 looks and feels slightly bulkier in hand.
Thicker for some might make it easier to grip, but both have a large rubber panel or rubber on the rear of the handle that helps keep the brush in hand.
Naturally aside form the detachable brush head at the top of the handle, there is a power button, located in the upper third of the front of the brush handle.
Both have an additional button below it.
This is the ‘cleaning mode/function’ button that allows you to switch between the 5 modes available on each handle.
Better framed on the 6000, the position and placement look good.
Below these controls on the 6000 only are 4 icons.
These icons light up based on what cleaning mode is selected.
Oddly, despite there being 5 modes on the 6000, the Daily Clean mode does not get an icon.
The others do though. This does make it much easier to know which cleaning mode you have selected. You still need to remember what icon relates to what cleaning mode, but on the 5000 it is all down to memory and no visual clues whatsoever.
The addition of the LED’s for the cleaning modes is not the only big design difference between the 5 and 6000.
Around the neck of the brush handle, the pressure sensor has evolved into an LED SmartRing.
Basically a 360 degree ring of light, that can be customized 1 of 12 colors via the free smartphone app. It is a unique touch, that offers a degree of personalization.
The ring will light up whilst the brush is switched on. The color will change to Red, if the pressure sensor is activated.
The size and weight of the handles are as follows.
- Height (with head) – 24cm
- Width – 2.7cm
- Thickness – 3.2cm
- Weight (with head) – 138g
- Height (with head) – 24cm
- Width – 3cm
- Thickness – 4cm
- Weight (with head) – 168g
Despite being smaller in hand and lighter, it is the 6000 that actually offers the better battery life.
12 days usage is possible compared to the 10 days of the 5000.
This usage time is based on 1 user, brushing their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes.
Compared to the 5000, the 6000 takes advantage of Lithium-Ion batteries instead of Nickel Metal Hydride.
This ultimately means a smaller battery, with more power.
12 days is not the best battery life of any toothbrush, but it’s better than most other Oral-B brushes on the market at the moment.
Powering the brush motor this battery is vitally important.
The motor in the newer 6000 is more powerful than the 5000.
It offers 10,500 oscillations and 48,000 pulsations, compared to the 8,800 and 40,000 of the Pro 5000.
Unless you used each brush side by side and knew about the motor speed difference you probably wouldn’t notice.
How much difference the motor speed makes in the short or long term, I can’t tell you.
It may have an impact, more so with some cleaning modes than others.
The Pro 5000 comes with 1 x FlossAction brush head whilst the 6000 comes with 1 x CrossAtion.
The different heads have different cuts and approaches to cleaning.
CrossAction is about all over, general cleaning to a high standard, whereas the FlossAction is more about deeper interdental cleaning.
You are not limited to these brush head styles, that come in the box.
Oral-B offers a range of heads that you can choose from.
So, the last major difference then, price.
Always subject to change, most of the time you will find that the 5000 is the cheaper of the 2.
There tends not to be the great disparity in prices as there is with some models, but normally there will be $10-15 between them.
Unless the difference is $25 or more in favor of the Pro 5000, go for the 6000.
With the key differences covered, what about the ways in which they are similar.
As I suggested there are more ways in which they are similar than different.
I won’t go into detail on all of these similarities, as you can read about them in the full written review that is available for each brush.
Both brushes offer 5 cleaning modes.
Those modes are:
- Daily Clean
- Gum Care/Health
Both brushes have a 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer built into the handle.
A pressure sensor is available on both and activates when you brush too hard.
As it activates the motor will slow until such time it is relieved.
At the same time, the visible pressure sensor will be lit up. Red in color on both brushes, the 5000 has a panel on the rear of the brush handle, whereas the 6000 is a LED SmartRing.
Supplied in the box is a brush head storage compartment.
A plastic made product, it is a tray with placeholders for up to 4 brush heads. Clipping around the charging stand, the brush heads and handle can be neatly tidied away.
An opaque lid can be fitted to the tray to protect the heads from splashes.
The charging stand fits into the base of the brush handle and sits upright on a worktop.
A 2 pin US power adapter is attached to the charging stands, which work on voltages of 110-130v.
If you travel with either brush and intend to take the charger. You may need to consider a voltage and plug adapter, subject to your destination.
Battery status indicators on the brush handles give feedback on the remaining power, so you have an idea of when to charge the brush again.
Bluetooth connectivity is available on both brushes.
Using a free app available for Android and iOS you can connect either brush to your smartphone for tracking of your clean.
See how long you have brushed for, get encouragement to brush for longer and much more.
Dental hygiene and health tips are included in the app, along with facilities such as dental reminders and particular journeys, which you can customize to help achieve your goals with your brushing.
It is a feature that not all want or desire and you need not use it.
The brush will retain the brushing data from the last 20 cleans and sync with the app next time the phone and brush are within range of each other.
It can act as an extra encouragement and allow you to log your performance if you desire.
Both come with a 2 year manufacturers warranty that covers manufacturing faults, but no user damage.
Water resistant both handles are, they can get wet and be rinsed under a tap, but do avoid prolonged exposure to water and submerging of the handle.
And last but by no means least, both brushes come with a plastic travel case.
The case holds the handle and up to 2 brush heads.
Fairly basic in design, they are functional in that they protect the handle and heads from damage when in a bag, as well as accidental activation.
Does one clean better than the other?
My hands-on testing has not been conducted in any way that could be deemed scientific of clinically accurate.
I can say that either brush provides a great clean to my teeth and gums and in my mind is significantly easier and better than a manual toothbrush.
You need to ensure you use the right technique with an electric toothbrush, to achieve maximum benefit, as the approach is different to a manual one.
Technically, these 2 brushes use different motors.
The 6000 has a motor that offers up to 10,500 oscillations and 48,000 pulsations, compared to the 8,800 and 40,000 of the Pro 5000.
Unless you use both brush side by side and really analyze them, might you be able to notice that power difference.
Long term, there may well be a valid argument to say the 6000 can clean better.
I wouldn’t make this the deciding factor in your choice between the 2 brushes.
If you want to dig down into the technicalities of whether one cleans better than the other, you need to consider the brush heads.
The 6000 comes with the CrossAction head, whilst the 5000 comes with a FlossAction.
Both of these heads, are from a range of interchangeable heads that work on Oral-B brush handles.
Just because one style came supplied, does not mean you need to stick with it. You can choose the one you feel is most suitable for you.
It is perfectly possible that 1 style of the brush head can achieve better results for some than it can others. It depends on your teeth and oral health goals and how you measure the clean.
The FlossAction head that comes with the 5000, however, is more focused on a deep clean of the teeth and reaching into interdental spaces.
16 degree bristles found on the CrossAction brush head are designed for a solid, all over tooth clean.
Irrespective of which you choose, you will likely feel and see the benefits, particularly if switching from a manual toothbrush.
Used correctly you should get the thumbs up from your dentist, particularly when you consider these brushes have been approved by the American Dental Association.
Is one better priced than the other?
Yes, the 5000 will normally be the cheaper of the 2.
The Pro 5000 has a suggested retail price of $130-160 compared to the $199 of the 6000.
As the newer of the 2, with more features, it is perhaps not all that surprising that the 6000 is more expensive.
But the good news is the competitively priced markets that exist today mean sale prices are much less than the RRP, in the case of these brushes anyway.
The 5000 typically hovers around $100, sometimes a little higher, but quite often below.
Prices, of course, vary from one store to another, but it’s not impossible to get the 5000 for $85 if you time it right.
Not quite as cheap is the 6000, with a selling price just over the $100 mark.
In my opinion, is the difference is $25 or less go for the Pro 6000.
If the 5000 is $25 cheaper or more, go for that.
This is, of course, my opinion. Whatever you decide, do so taking into account what you can afford, are prepared to spend and need.
Make sure you buy the best brush for you, be that either of these or a completely different brush.
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.
For me, the Pro 6000 is the one to go for out of these 2 brushes.
The more current design and styling not only looks but feels more premium.
The SmartRing is more of a novel feature than overly functional, but the icons on the brush handle are a big stand out feature that for me really makes the 6000 the better buy.
More powerful the brush motor might be, but there isn’t a great deal in it.
And of course, a couple of extra days battery life is good too!
If the 5000 was $25 or more cheaper, then you might want to seriously reconsider, as the cost savings are possibly worth more than the benefits gained.
Either way, these are 2 solid electric toothbrushes, that offer more than the most basic of brushes and come with the American Dental Association’s seal of acceptance.
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.