Oral-B Pro 1000 Review

Oral-B Pro 1000 Review

Our Verdict

A brilliant electric toothbrush.

It offers all of the essential features required in a slim and comfortable to use handle.

The cleaning performance is great and ideal for new or experienced electric toothbrush users.

The 1 week battery life is its biggest weakness.

Pros

  • 1 cleaning mode
  • Built-in timer
  • Slim and lightweight
  • A small round brush head

Cons

  • Battery life
  • No pressure sensor to alert you when brushing to hard
Preview Product Rating Price
Oral-B Pro 1000 Oral-B Pro 1000 4,961 Reviews $49.94 $39.94

The 3 BIG questions about the Oral-B Pro 1000

If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Pro 1000.  If we have missed something, let us know in the comments.

If you want more detail, you can read our full Oral-B Pro 1000 review further down the page or watch our video review.

1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?

No, this is a fantastic budget electric toothbrush.

This is more about practicality and function.  It gives most of the basics you need of an electric toothbrush.  It does not have lots of cleaning modes, or lots of extra features, you need to spend more to get this.

2. Which other brushes should I consider?

The Pro 1000 is an excellent toothbrush.

The Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 is a little more expensive, with a larger brush head, but boasts a better battery life, pressure sensor and brush head replacement reminder system.

If you like the efficiency with which Oral-B brushes clean, you could to consider the Pro 6000.  It adds a few more features, including Bluetooth connectivity and an improved battery life.

If you’re shopping within this price range, you may also like to check out our recommendation for best budget toothbrush.

Our Choice
Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush,   Powered by Braun
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Black HX6810/50
Oral-B Pro 6000 Smart Series Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, White
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 1000
Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100
Oral-B Pro 6000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
5/5
4/5
Price
$39.94
$39.95
$99.94
Prime
Our Choice
Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush,   Powered by Braun
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 1000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$39.94
Prime
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Black HX6810/50
Brush Name
Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$39.95
Prime
Oral-B Pro 6000 Smart Series Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, White
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 6000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
4/5
Price
$99.94
Prime

3. Where is the best place to buy the Pro 1000?

You can pick the Pro 1000 up from a variety of places.

We have listed a variety of online retailers and their prices below, and it’s always worth checking out eBay, too.

Prices can vary, but typically we find online retailers offer the best prices.

Why should you listen to us?

Electric Teeth is an independent organization with a mission to simplify dental health.

Our team is a mixture of consumers and dental professionals.

We strive to create honest, informative content, telling you the facts, good or bad.

We are not sponsored by big brands or healthcare companies. Our site is funded by affiliate revenue and ads, but we only recommend products that we have tested and truly believe to be worth your money.

Why not watch this short video to find out all about us?

Video Review

Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush Review – USA

And now for a bit more detail….

The Pro 1000 is a budget/entry level brush.  There are much more capable and feature rich brushes available.  However, these are by no means essential and the 1000 offers a lovely balance of features for the price.

Within the Oral-B range at the time of writing there is the Vitality and Pro 500 electric toothbrushes.  Whilst ok and do offer some of the benefits of an electric toothbrush, I do not feel that they really offer what should be considered essential in an electric brush.

Most importantly they do not have a quadpacer which is very useful.

Variants of this brush

There are potentially different versions of this brush.

In most cases, the difference is only the color of the brush handle, specifically the rubber grip that runs down the middle of the handle.  This is either Black or White.  It is possible that Pink or Blue versions are available.

The other potential difference, although not as common is the brush head that is included with it.  Normally it is the CrossAction brush head, but some variants may come with a Pro White or Sensitive brush head.

In most instances, the brush is sold with a White or Black rubber grip and with a CrossAction brush head.

What’s in the box

  • Braun Oral-B Pro 1000 rechargeable toothbrush
  • Charging station
  • 1 x CrossAction brush head
  • Documentation

Key Features

  • Oral-B 3D movement cleaning system (Oscillating-Rotating-Pulsating)
  • Removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush
  • Rechargeable battery
  • 1 cleaning modes (Daily Clean)
  • Pressure sensor (not visible)
  • Clean timer including quadpacer
  • 7 day battery life

Pros & Cons

Here are what I consider to be the pros and cons of the Pro 1000.

The Positives

  • Design – Slim and lightweight, it feels good in the hand and well placed grips make it easy to hold.
  • 1 cleaning mode – No nonsense get the job done approach.
  • 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.
  • American Dental Association (ADA) approved – Passed strict lab tests to achieve ADA and American National Standards Institute-approved dental standards.

The Negatives

  • 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 – The inclusion of an extra brush head or travel case would be appreciated.

Design, usability, clean & general use

Made by one of the leading brands within the dental health space the Pro 1000 from Oral-B is a real pleasure to use everyday.

Let me explain why.

Starting first with the design, the Pro 1000 is slim and lightweight in the hand.

Made up of two parts, you have the brush handle and the detachable brush head.

The handle is what contains the battery, motor and other high tech stuff that allows the brush to perform so well.

Whilst not a perfect cylinder shape it is curved and feels good to hold and it is not heavy.  This makes it nice and easy to maneuver around the mouth and clean your teeth properly.

This also helps older children who may use this brush or seniors who may not have the same dexterity that they once had.

Running down the front of the brush handle is a rubber grip that is either Black or White in color (subject to variant).  This grip not only accents the brush but proves really useful in stopping the brush slipping out of the hand, particularly when wet.

The rest of the handle is made from a smooth to touch gloss white plastic.

So, as you will see in the images, I am reviewing the Black color option here.  You can see a nice black and White color contrast.

One the White colored unit, the White rubber grip blends into the plastic body a little more so it looks all White.

Whilst the majority of the plastic body is smooth, an extra touch on the Pro 1000 is that on the upper rear of the handle is a series of ridges formed from plastic.  They give an extra grippy surface and are not essential, but a welcome addition.

It is on the front of the brush handle where the main controls are.

A fairly simple setup, in the upper third of the brush handle, is the power button that had a nice feedback to it.

Press it once to turn the brush on and activate the one cleaning mode, named Daily Clean.  Press it once more to turn the brush off.

On both, the Black of White handle the power button is White in color with a power icon on it.  However, it is much more prominent on the Black handle as it contrasts with the Black.

Above and below this power button are contours in the rubber that drive the eye and the finger/thumb to it.

The lower third of the brush handle has the Oral-B and Braun logo in white and then a battery and charging icon below them.

The transparent icons light up when on charge or when the battery is low.  This is where one of the small criticisms of this brush comes in.

The upper charging icon lights up Red when the battery is low whilst the battery icon will flash Green when on charge.  For me, I would like to see more feedback from the battery.  For example, when the brush is turned off, the battery icon stays lit for 10 seconds, green to show a good amount of power in the battery, yellow for medium and red for low, but sadly this is not the case.

Many will leave the brush on the charging stand provided, but it would be nice in my opinion to have this extra level of feedback.  However, with up to 16 days of usage time from the battery maybe this is not necessary.

If you take a look at the very bottom of the brush, although it stands upright, you will find a recess into which the inductive charger fits.

The charging stand has a small prong on it that the 1000 brush handle sits on.

Maybe you expected this, but the handle is completely sealed, meaning it is waterproof.  Now, this does mean it can be used in the shower and can safely be rinsed under the tap to clean it off.

I strongly advise submerging the brush in water and the charging stand is not waterproof.

Right at the top of the brush handle is a metal prong, this is what the brush head connects to and feeds the power from the brush motor.

Brush heads simply push on and pull off the handle, you will hear it click into place.

Provided with a CrossAction brush head, this is the ‘standard’ brush head Oral-B provide with their brushes.  It has been designed to offer a good general clean to the teeth and gums.

Oral-B’s studies have shown that they can remove up to 300% more plaque from the gumline compared to a manual brush.

Plaque at the gumline is the cause of gum disease, something none of us want.

If your gums are red and swollen and bleeding, this is likely as a result of plaque buildup and the early stages of gum disease.  Thankfully gum disease to a point is reversible and the Pro 1000 can really help make your teeth and gums healthier.

Whilst it comes supplied with the CorssAction brush head you can choose from any of the following:

  • CrossAction
  • FlossAction
  • Precision Clean
  • Sensitive
  • Pro White
  • Deep Sweep
  • Ortho

Sold separately, any of the above will fit onto the brush and work with the Daily Clean mode offered on the brush.

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.

When the power button is pressed, the brush head begins moving automatically, this is the Daily Clean mode that lasts for a total of 2 minutes.

2 minutes is the dentist recommended brushing time, you should do this twice a day.

To help make sure you brush for the right amount of time, the Pro 1000 has a timer built-in.  It also has a quadpacer.  This breaks the 120 second cleaning cycle down into 4 x 30 second chunks.

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.

I really like the clean that the Oral-B brushes offer.  The 3D movement really works the teeth and gums sweeping away plaque and debris from for a cleaner and fresher mouth.

If you are not used to an electric toothbrush or have used a Colgate or Sonicare brush, you might find the clean of the 1000 a bit harsher.  It feels a bit more firm than other brands but I like it.

Now do not get too caught up on this point, but the motor in the 1000 is not as powerful as some of the more premium models.  The most expensive models have a more powerful motor which means there are more movements per minute.  But, the reality is unless using 2 different brushes side by side you will struggle to tell.  Even if you did it is hard to notice.

As important as cleaning regularly is ensuring you use the right technique.  You do not brush the teeth with an electric toothbrush like you would with a manual brush. You move slowly from tooth to tooth, rather than rapidly back and forth.  Be sure to consult the manual or other guides on how best to use the brush.

Now, something that is promoted in the marketing material by Oral-B is a pressure sensor.  There is some confusion though because although there is a pressure sensor built-in, it is not set up in quite the same way as it is on other brushes.

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.

Inside the handle of the 1000 is a pressure sensor that will reduce the power of the motor when it detects the user is pressing too hard.  Once the pressure is relieved the motor increases in speed and goes back to full power.

The pressure sensor is, therefore, a safety mechanism, but the reason the confusion exists is because on other brushes there is a light on the back of the handle that alerts you, the Pro 1000 does not have this.

If you listen, there will be a change in the sound emitted from the Pro 1000 when brushing too hard, that is the motor adjusting.  I do agree the light would be more useful, but you need one of the more premium models to have this.

When running the brush does produce a vibration through the handle and a sound as do all electronic toothbrushes.  The Pro 1000 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.

The box contents is limited on the 1000, you have the brush handle, the brush head, the charging stand and the documentation, that is it.  However, this is all you need.

As is standard the 1000 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
  • Looks good
  • 1 cleaning mode, Daily Clean
  • 1 x CrossAction brush head included
  • Alternative brush heads available
  • Built-in quad pacer and 2 minute timer tells you when to change quadrant and finish brushing
  • Pressure sensor but no LED light
  • Water resistant and can be used in the shower
  • 2 year warranty as standard
  • American Dental Association approved

Battery life

Just a week’s worth of battery life is what you get from the Oral-B Pro 1000 according to Oral-B.

This equates to 28 minutes of cleaning time which equates to 7 days of usage, based on 1 user brushing their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes.

This is what we had expected based on other Oral-B brushes of this type, but in our testing, with a fully charged brush, we got you 48 minutes of cleaning time.  This equates to 12 days of usage, based on 1 user brushing their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes.

We were not expecting this and you may not quite get as much as this (it’s not normal based on all the handles we have tested), maybe we got a bit lucky here, but it is fair to expect a minimum of a week and possibly a few extra days!

Supplied with the brush is a charging stand supporting 110-130V.

When not in use it is perfectly safe to leave the brush sat on this stand and on charge.

A full charge can take up to 15 hours.  It is however perfectly fine to take it off charge sooner as it is fine to leave the brush on the stand.

When charging the battery charging icon flashes green.

When power is low the battery status icon will flash red and you will likely feel the decrease in brush power.

For most, this battery life is just fine, but competing brands generally outperform Oral-B with normally 2 weeks or more from their brushes.

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 15 hours to charge fully
  • A charger is included in the box
  • Status icon flashes green when charging and red when battery is low
  • Works on 110-130volts

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.

I won’t hide from the fact that a basic manual toothbrush will cost just a couple of dollars, but what we have here is considerably more expensive.

However the results and benefits it brings in my mind make this a very worthwhile investment.

Not only can you achieve a better clean you also take away a lot of the effort involved.

The Pro 1000 has a retail price of around $70.

Good news though, you can generally pick this up for a bit cheaper!

The level of discount varies, but on average the selling price of the Pro 1000 is around $40-50 ($45 average).  So that is $30-40 off the price. We have listed a variety of buying options here.

Ultimately the brush is only worth what you are prepared to pay for it, but given the other options out there and all the other brushes I have used, this is most certainly fair.

Whilst the prices are always changing, it is the White colored brush handle that appears to be the cheapest, most often, so if you want to the Black coloured handle you may need to pay a few dollars extra.

This brush like every other requires replacement brush heads for each user every 3 months.

Replacement heads can be purchased in packs of differing sizes.   Normally, the price per brush head gets lower the more you buy.  As a guide the cost per head is around $5.   A pack of 3 will often cost $15 but can be prices higher, subject to where you buy them from.

Given that most electric toothbrushes have a working life of 3-5 years (hopefully longer) we like to work out the cost of ownership over a 3 year period.

Therefore using the average cost (based on one user) over 3 years, the Pro 1000 will cost $100 or $0.09 per day to own.

This price does exclude the cost of water, toothpaste and electric to charge it.  This price also works on some assumptions, but you get a rough idea.

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

  • Recommended retail price of $69.99
  • View buying options here.
  • Generally available at less than this.  $40-50
  • Works out at around 9 cents per day over 3 years

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.

Conclusion

Whether this is your first, second, third or fourth electric toothbrush, it is a brilliant product that does the job you would expect of it.

It cleans the teeth well.  It is slim and lightweight in hand and easy to hold.

The battery life could be better but for the price it’s ok.

No, a travel case or more premium features are not included, but for most of us who need or want an electric toothbrush, this does all we require perfectly well.

The built-in timer and pacer really encourage brushing for the right amount of time and ensure you have cleaner and healthier teeth you and your dentist can be proud of.

Our Choice
Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush,   Powered by Braun
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Black HX6810/50
Oral-B Pro 6000 Smart Series Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, White
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 1000
Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100
Oral-B Pro 6000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
5/5
4/5
Price
$39.94
$39.95
$99.94
Prime
Our Choice
Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush,   Powered by Braun
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 1000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$39.94
Prime
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Black HX6810/50
Brush Name
Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$39.95
Prime
Oral-B Pro 6000 Smart Series Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, White
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 6000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
4/5
Price
$99.94
Prime

Electric Teeth Rating

Electric Teeth 5 Star Rating

Size Guide

  • Height (without head) – 19.5cm
  • Height (with head) – 23cm
  • Width – 2.5cm
  • Thickness – 3cm
  • Weight (without head) – 124g
  • Weight (with head) – 130g

All are approximates

FAQ

  • Is the Pro 1000 an oscillating brush?
    • Yes, with Oral-B 3D motion that oscillates, rotates and pulsates.
  • What is daily clean mode?
    • This is the comprehensive everyday cleaning mode that works with the provided CrossAction brush head to effectively clean the teeth using the Oral-B 3D oscillating, rotating and pulsating technology to clean the teeth and remove up to 100% more plaque than a manual brush.
  • Does it have any other cleaning modes?
  • What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
    • The brush head that is supplied will depend on the version purchased.  The Pro 1000 is sold with a Cross Action, Floss Action or 3D White head option in the box.  Irrespective of which one you purchase you can change the heads with any others on offer from Oral-B. There are many that work with the brush handle.  There are 6 main brush head options that include Cross Action, Floss Action, Pro White/3D White, Sensitive, Precision Clean and Deep Sweep/TriZone.
  • Does the Pro 1000 have Bluetooth?
    • No, it does not.
  • Does the Pro 1000 come with a warranty & how long is it?
    • If purchased new from an approved retailer the Pro 1000 will come with a 2 year warranty.
  • Does the Pro 1000 have a built-in timer?
    • Yes.  Often referred to as the quadpacer; subject to the cleaning mode the brush will provide an audible warning through a slight pause in the brushing mode to tell you to change quadrants.  There are 4 quadrants to the mouth, and brushing is normally for 2 minutes.  The timer will active at 30 second intervals, with a different sound at the end of the 2 minutes.  There is no visual timer included, although you can see the pause in the brushing mode if watching the brush head itself.
  • 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.
  • Does it come with a smart wireless guide?
    • No, the Pro 1000 does not have a wireless smart guide included.  Consider the Pro 7000 for this.
  • Does it come with a charger?
    • Yes, a charging station is included with the Pro 1000.
  • Can this be fixed to a wall?
    • The Pro 1000 charging station or brush head holder has not been designed to be fixed to a wall.
  • Can I use the Pro 1000 in the shower?
    • Yes, you can.  The brush is water resistant. Avoid prolonged immersion and do not leave the brush sat in water.
  • Does it come with a travel case?
    • No, a travel case is not included.

Your Opinions

Do you own or have you used the Oral-B Pro 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.

Last updated: 2019-12-09 at 16:10 // Source: Amazon Associates

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Jon Love

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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