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Oral-B Pro 1000 Review

Oral-B Pro 1000 White

Editor’s Note

As of summer 2021, Oral-B have updated the Pro 1000.

The differences between the new and old model are very subtle. The key difference is that the new model has an updated handle design.

The review below has been updated for the new model. Click here for our review of the older Pro 1000.

Our Verdict

5 Star Rating

The Pro 1000 is a good electric toothbrush.

It provides a great clean of the teeth and is pretty reasonable value for money.

The rechargeable battery only offers around 10 days of use on a single charge, which isn’t great.

And unfortunately, although it has a pressure sensor, it is not visible. This means it is not all that obvious when activated. 

For these reasons, the Smart 1500 is our pick over and above the Pro 1000. 

Pros

  • Single cleaning mode making it easy to use
  • Timer and pacer encourage brushing for the recommended time
  • Pressure sensor reduces brush movements when brushing too hard
  • Good value for the features on offer
  • American Dental Association (ADA) approved

Cons

Where to buy the Oral-B Pro 1000

You can buy the Pro 1000 directly from Oral-B here, and we’ve also listed some other retailers in the live price comparison below.

It’s always worth checking eBay too.

Consider these other brushes

If I were buying a brush today, the Oral-B Smart 1500 would be my choice.

It’s affordable with the features you need. It is our number 1 choice for the best electric toothbrush.

It is the Pro 1000, but a bit better, making for a more complete package.

Do make sure you use the correct brushing technique to gain maximum benefit from it.

Our guide to taking care of your teeth shows you all of the important things you need to know, irrespective of the toothbrush you use.

Our Choice
Oral-B Smart 1500 Electric Power Rechargeable Battery Toothbrush, Blue
Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, Black
Brush Name
Oral-B Smart 1500
Oral-B Pro 1000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
4/5
Price
$70.56
$39.97
Prime
Our Choice
Oral-B Smart 1500 Electric Power Rechargeable Battery Toothbrush, Blue
Brush Name
Oral-B Smart 1500
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$70.56
Prime
Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, Black
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 1000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
4/5
Price
$39.97
Prime

Oral-B Pro 1000 in-depth review

The Pro 1000 is a good value and satisfactory electric toothbrush. 

It is certainly more of an entry level toothbrush within the Oral-B range. There are many more brushes that offer extra features and a higher price tag.

The 1000 offers a lovely balance of features for the price, but isn’t quite perfect.

Variants of this toothbrush

At the time of review, there are at least 4 different variants of the Pro 1000.

Technically they are all the same. No particular variant cleans the teeth better.

What differs is the handle color and the box contents.

There is the single handled unit that comes in the following color options:

  • White
  • Black
  • Pink

There is too the dual handled unit (twin pack) that includes

  • 1 x Black and 1 x white brush handle

The single handle units include the 1 x brush handle, 1 x head and 1x charger. The twin pack has 2 of each item included.

It is worth noting that both the black and pink variants actually have a white colored base to them. Therefore the whole unit is not black or pink. The images best demonstrate this.

The pink comes with a white colored brush head and the black comes with a black brush head.

With all color variants, a white charging stand is provided.

The black and white handles have a light grey colored grip panel on the front of the handle. This is white in color on the pink variant.

It is possible that other color variants will be introduced or made available.

Oral-B Pro 1000 color options

What’s in the box?

  • 1 x Oral-B Pro 1000 brush handle
  • 1 x CrossAction brush head
  • 1 x White charging stand
  • Documentation
Oral-B Pro 1000 Box Contents

Key Features

  • Oral-B 3D movement cleaning system (Oscillating-Rotating-Pulsating)
  • Rechargeable battery
  • 1 cleaning mode (Daily Clean)
  • Pressure sensor (not visible)
  • 2 minute timer including quadpacer
  • 10 day battery life

Design, usability, clean & general use

The Pro 1000 comes packaged in a slim and typically Oral-B looking box.

It grabs the eye and details what you get included. It also highlights that a timer is built-in.  This is an essential feature of any good electric toothbrush. Aside from that, you don’t learn much more about the brush. It doesn’t tell you how many modes it has or how long the battery lasts for example.

It is nice to see that Oral-B have opted for a cardboard tray inside the box rather than polystyrene. It is better for the environment and recyclable at least. 

You don’t get much included, but all you need. I like it because it means you and I are not left with items we won’t actually use. 

Oral-B Pro 1000 with retail box

But, the downside is that a little extra added value. I would have welcomed a second brush head or a travel case. I think most of us would make good use of these.

This is by no means a deal breaker. I think the travel case would have been a particular bonus and clinched this as a must buy for many people. Many of us do spend nights away where we need to take our toothbrush. Without it, we have to buy or find some other solution to protect the head and handle when in our travel bags.

All that said, it is rare to find a toothbrush around this price point that comes with a travel case included, made by the leading brands at least.

The Pro 1000 is designed like most other electric toothbrushes, with a tall cylindrical handle. Actually, it is not perfectly round, it is slightly thicker than it is wide.

On top of the handle is where the brush head sits. Everything is fairly standard. It still feels solid and well built.

It measures 7.68inches tall (with the brush head attached), 0.98 inches wide, and 1.14 inches thick. The total weight is 4.3oz.

Compared to previous and some existing Oral-B models, the design of the handle is actually a little different. Its styling is in line with the Oral-B Smart 1500.

Some might argue it looks cleaner, more modern and minimal.

Oral-B Pro 1000 in the hand

What stands out is the lack of grips on the brush handle. Many other Oral-B models have a large rubber grip to help keep a secure hold in hand. Cheaper handles tend to have this on the front, and premium models like the Genius series, on the back.

Although the top of the line iO series has no rubber grips at all (aside from the buttons).

There are no large rubber grips on the Pro 1000, be that on the front or back of the brush handle.

The only grip on the front is the oval panel on the front of the handle that includes the power button.

The back of the handle does have a series of small dimples, which do provide a bit of additional grip to the fingertip. They are quite subtle and run the length of the handle. They help but are not quite as tactile and effective as the raised plastic ridges you get on the previous iteration of the Pro 1000 or Smart 3000 for example.

Back of Oral-B Pro 1000

As a consequence of this change, the handle is easier to wipe clean. Toothpaste residue can build up on the rubber grips of other handles and be harder to remove. More durable and lower maintenance are arguably benefits as a consequence.

The variants section of this review lists the different color options available for the Pro 1000. Shown in the hands-on images throughout this review is the white variant.

Looking at the front of the brush handle, within the upper half, there is the aforementioned oval shaped panel. It is a light grey color on this variant and is a rubber/silicone material. It helps provide some security in hand.

Within this panel is the power button.

There is a concave shape to the button which means it is easy to detect with the fingertip and in hand, the thumb naturally falls to this position.

Printed on the button is a power icon, it is white in color and stands just enough from the panel in which it is placed.

There is a real minimal look to this handle overall. 

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In the lower third of the handle is a battery status LED. The LED will flash red when the battery inside the handle is low and it flashes green when being recharged.

The rechargeable battery sealed inside the handle offers 10 days of battery life on a full charge.

Underneath this is an Oral-B and Braun logo that are grey in color.

On the base of the handle is a recess into which the protuberance on the charging stand fits. Some regulatory information is printed here too.

The handle does stand upright on a flat surface.

Another small thing to note is on the back of the handle towards the bottom are 2 raised dots. They look a bit odd or out of place. But these are quite clever in what they do. If the brush is laid on a worktop, they reduce the chance of the brush rolling around, keeping it face up.

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Extending from the top of the handle is a metal shaft. 

This is connected to the powerful motor inside the handle and is what causes the brush head to oscillate, rotate and pulsate when connected.

Supplied in the box is a single CrossAction brush head.

This pushes onto that metal shaft and pulls off when you want to remove it. No twisting or locking into place is required.

The small round head does an excellent job of cleaning the teeth. It is able to reach the back of the mouth and very effectively remove plaque, bacteria and debris off the teeth and from the gumline. After every use my teeth felt lovely and clean.

The CrossAction head has bristles angled at 16 degrees, which gives it quite a unique look, but also helps make it very effective.

It is one of a range of small round interchangeable brush heads that Oral-B offers for their electric toothbrushes.

Other styles of brush heads, which are compatible with the 1000 include:

  • FlossAction
  • Precision Clean
  • Sensitive
  • Pro GumCare
  • Deep Sweep
  • 3D White

CrossAction along with the Pro GumCare/Sensitive are my top recommendations. To find out why and learn more about the differences between each, do take a look at our best Oral-B brush head guide.

I wish to mention also that the CrossAction brush head supplied with the 1000 has what are known as CleanMaximizer bristles.

Basically, this is a new name for fading indicator bristles. They alert you when you need to replace the brush head.

These are the green colored bristle tufts. On most CrossAction heads, without CleanMaximizer bristles, these are blue in color.

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If you are not already aware, it is important to replace a brush head every 3 months on average, sooner if the bristles are showing obvious signs of wear.

Whilst some heads will look well used after this time, they can almost look as good as new. But, the tips of the bristles will have become worn during this time as they pass over the teeth and gums.

Using for longer than 3 months can potentially lead to them doing more damage than good and not cleaning the teeth as well.

It is easy to forget when you last replaced the head, so what happens is that over a period of approximately 3 months, the green bristles on the head are dyed yellow to indicate the brush head requires changing. If you see lots of yellow bristles, replace the head.

And if possible recycle your used brush head. In fact, recycle all your oral care items. 

To actually use the Pro 1000 all you need do is press the power button on the brush handle once and it will launch into the ‘Daily Clean’ cleaning mode.

Oral-B Pro 1000 power button

The button itself requires a fairly firm press. It isn’t too soft or too hard. You get an obvious feedback through the finger and it makes a reassuring ‘clicking’ sound when pressed.

The Pro 1000 has just 1 cleaning/brushing mode. It is the default mode available on all Oral-B electric toothbrushes.

This mode is called ‘Daily Clean’.

It is the standard mode for daily cleaning.

Don’t worry or overthink the need for extra brushing modes. For the vast majority of people, additional modes are not required or recommended. 

Selecting a different mode (if it were available) is not going to fundamentally change the cleaning results you get.

But, if I were to specifically recommend or would like to see an extra mode on the Pro 1000 it would be ‘Sensitive’.

This is a more gentle (slower) mode that provides a thorough clean of the teeth. This is available on other brushes in the Oral-B range. For example more premium models like the Smart 1500.

Our Oral-B cleaning modes article explains the different modes available on different Oral-B handles, should you be keen to learn more.

New electric toothbrush users might find daily clean a little intense to begin with. Usually, after a couple of weeks, you will get used to or desensitize to the power.

Daily Clean will provide a good clean to the teeth and gums if the brush is used correctly. 

Even with those brushes offering many more cleaning modes, my go to mode is always Daily Clean.

Coupled with the small round brush head, the clean feels invigorating and deep. After every use my mouth feels much cleaner than when I began brushing. The small head also makes it very easy to move around the mouth and clean all of the surfaces. Even the tightest spots, such as the very back teeth feel accessible.

A single press of the power button will turn the brush on. A second press will turn the toothbrush off.

The power button serves no other purpose, there is no need for it to do so.

When using the Pro 1000, the built-in timer and pacer are activated once the power button is pressed.

The timer and pacer are included to help encourage you and me to brush for the dentist recommended 2 minutes.

This has been found to be the optimum amount of time for achieving clean teeth and gums.

During a 2 minute clean the idea is that you spend 30 seconds cleaning each section (quadrant) of the mouth.

Those 4 sections are, upper right, upper left, lower right, and lower left.

At the 30 second intervals, the brush will provide an audible warning via a slight pause in the brush motor. You will also notice a change in the brushing sensation too. This is your cue to change the quadrant you are brushing. 

Once the 2 minutes are up, 3 brief pauses in the brush motor will be heard and felt. Unlike many other electric toothbrushes, the Pro 1000 does not automatically turn itself off after the 2 minutes have passed. It continues to operate until you turn the brush off. There is no option to have it turn itself off automatically.

This timer and pacer are what we consider essential to a good electric toothbrush. They can make a significant difference to the way we brush and ultimately our long term oral health.

Also built into the Pro 1000 is a pressure sensor. But, unlike many other Oral-B toothbrushes, this is not a visible pressure sensor.

It is more useful than you might think, particularly if you are new to electric toothbrushes. 

Brushing the teeth and gums with too much force can be damaging long term. The pressure sensor is designed to help prevent long term damage.

The Pro 1000 has an oscillating-rotating brush head, but also has an extra motion called pulsations, which helps achieve the thorough clean.

When the handle detects excess force is being used, it stops the delivery of the pulsations to the brush head, leaving just the oscillating and rotating action active.

When the pressure is relieved the pulsations begin again.

Although this is a useful feature to have, the difficulty is that it can be difficult to know when the sensor is active. You may be able to detect the different brushing sensation and possibly a slight change in the sound the brush produces. But, these are not obvious. So you don’t easily know when you are doing it wrong.

Most other Oral-B brushes have a visible pressure sensor that lights up red to alert you. The red light is more obvious because you catch sight of it.

Or in the case of many Sonicare toothbrushes, the handle generates a different vibration pattern when the sensor is activated and continues until such time as the pressure is reduced. You don’t get that with the Pro 1000.

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The 1000 is the first brush in the Oral-B range (at the time of review) to offer a pressure sensor, but it is too the only one not to be visible. The Smart 1500 is the next brush within the Oral-B range to have a pressure sensor, and that is visible.

We feel a pressure sensor is one of the essential features of a good electric toothbrush, but the one in the Pro 1000 doesn’t quite come up to the standard and expectations we have. Definitely worth having, but not ideal. 

When it comes to dental advice and information on how to take care of your teeth, the American Dental Association (ADA) is one of the leading bodies.

Therefore you gain extra peace of mind and reassurance in knowing that the Pro 1000 has achieved the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance.

The association awards products this seal when they are proven to be safe and when they have shown efficacy in removing plaque and helping prevent and reduce gingivitis. 

As you might expect, the Pro 1000 toothbrush handle is water resistant. 

Whilst Oral-B does not specifically state in the manual not to use it when bathing, it should be fine to use in the shower, but do avoid submerging it in the bath for example. A rinse under the tap etc is fine too. 

Do be sure to keep the charging stand away from water.

The Pro 1000 is a good electric toothbrush and it is a great option for both new and experienced electric toothbrush owners. However, it might not be for everyone. And for this reason Oral-B offers a 60 day money back guarantee that you can take advantage of if you are not happy for any reason. 

If you keep the brush, which I suspect you will, it is then supported by a 2 year warranty, should something, unfortunately, go wrong. 

Summary of design, usability, clean & general use

  • Minimal, clean design
  • Not as much grip as some other models
  • A small oval rubber panel around the power button provides some in hand grip
  • Dimpled texture to the back of the handle
  • Available in various colors
  • Solid and well built
  • 1 cleaning mode (daily clean)
  • Cleans the teeth really well
  • Built-in 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer
  • 1 x CrossAction brush head supplied 
  • Other brush head styles are available separately
  • Built-in pressure sensor but it is not visible – difficult to tell when activated
  • Rechargeable battery built-in
  • Water resistant
  • 60 day money back guarantee
  • 2 year warranty 

Battery life

Sealed inside the handle of the Pro 1000 is a rechargeable battery.

Somewhat surprisingly it is a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery as opposed to a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery that is now found in most electric toothbrushes.

I suspect this might have something to do with cost, the NiMH being more cost effective than the Li-Ion. Truthfully, it is not a big issue, providing it gives good battery life.

Now, battery life and what is good is subjective, but personally, I think it is reasonable to expect a battery to nowadays at least last 2 weeks on a full charge.

Whilst few of us will need it to last this long all the time, I like the idea of being able to go on vacation etc without having to worry about taking a charger.

Across all the brushes I have tested, I would have said this was the minimum average, with 3+ weeks being more common.

Unfortunately, the Pro 1000 offers just 10 days of battery life.

Oral-B pro 1000 on charging stand

Oral-B is not particularly forthcoming with how much life you should expect to get from it. I suspect this is because 10 days is considered quite low by many people.

If you don’t travel frequently or travel for shorter periods, this battery life may well be a non issue. I know many people recharge/top up their toothbrush after every use. This is fine, but not everyone is able or wishing to do this.

Based on a 2 minute clean, I was able to complete 21 brushing sessions on a full charge. This is equivalent to 10.5 days of use.

The Lithium-Ion batteries Oral-B uses in models like the Smart 1500, Pro 3000, etc are claimed as offering 14+ days on a single charge. In my testing, I have achieved up to 20 days. They do appear to perform a little better.

This battery in the Pro 1000 is not user-replaceable and is recharged via the supplied charging stand.

The white colored stand is a little thicker and wider than the handle itself and has a protuberance on the top, which aligns with a recess found in the base of the Pro 1000’s handle.

Hardwired into the charging stand is a 2 pin power adapter. The power cord is approx 3 ft/36 inches in length.

Connect the adapter to the outlet on the wall, sit the 1000 on the stand and it will begin charging.

It can take up to 22 hours to charge the brush fully.

When on the stand, the battery status indicator on the front of the brush handle will flash green.

If the battery is completely flat it can take up to 30 minutes or so for it to begin flashing.

Once fully charged, the light will stop flashing and turn itself out.

Electronic circuits in the charger and toothbrush prevent the battery from being overcharged. So, if the brush is left on the charger for extended periods of time, you don’t need to worry.

When in use, the battery icon will flash red if the battery is getting low.

You should still be able to complete a couple of brushing sessions, even when the battery is low, before it runs out completely. However, as the power decreases the brush head movements may reduce too. 

For those who do travel, the provided charging stand supports 110-130v. This means that should you need to take the charging stand with you, you may need a voltage and plug adapter too, subject to where you are traveling. This would be the case if you were going to a European country for example.

Summary of battery life

  • Built-in rechargeable NiMH battery (not user removable)
  • Claimed battery life of 10 days weeks
  • Achieved a maximum of 10.5 days in my hands-on testing
  • Supplied with a charging stand
  • Takes up to 22 hours to charge fully
  • Flashing green LED when the battery is charging
  • Flashing green LED will stop when the battery is fully recharged
  • Flashing red LED when the battery is low
  • Can be left on the stand
  • Stand supports 110-130v

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 recommended retail price of the Oral-B Pro 1000 is $69.99.

Based on this price alone, in truth, this is not the best price for an electric toothbrush, but it is by no means the worst.

I don’t think you should pay this price if you can help it though. It is a little overpriced given what other brushes you can get and the deals that exist.

Whilst it is always subject to change, as a general rule, you can typically get at least 20% off the retail price of an electric toothbrush. This is common across most major electric toothbrush brands. It is as if the retail prices are intentionally high. This means the average selling price should be more around $55-56.

But, with the Pro 1000 things get a bit better still as I have found the average selling price to be around 35% less than retail at $45.

Here at Electric Teeth we like to give a bit of a benchmark of the ownership costs and we do this over 3 years.

Assuming you replace the brush head every 3 months as advised, you will pay a further $55 for replacement brush heads. On average a replacement head is $5 each.

Add this to the $45 purchase price and you have an outlay of $100 over 3 years or to put it another way a cost of $0.09 per day.

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.

The slightly more premium Smart 1500 comes in at $0.11 per day. For the extra, you get twice the battery life and a visible pressure sensor as well as an extra cleaning mode.

The Sonicare equivalent, the ProtectiveClean 4100 costs around $0.13 per day.

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 a fair 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.

Summary of price & where to buy

  • List of buying options included here
  • Recommended retail price of $69.99
  • Typically sells with a 35% discount
  • The average selling price of around $45
  • Replacement brush heads cost $5 each on average
  • Works out at $0.09 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 and 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.

The Pro 1000 handle does have a newer chassis, which at the time of review is a little less tried and tested. But, they have also removed the larger rubber grips found on previous iterations which has been known to wear and peel from the handle in odd cases.

I have no overarching concerns about the reliability of this toothbrush.

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, this is on top of the 60 day money back guarantee offered.

Conclusion

In all honesty, the Pro 1000 is a solid performing electric toothbrush. 

It does the fundamental job of cleaning the teeth well.

It is also affordable and I couldn’t fault you for seriously considering it.

But, the Smart 1500 from Oral-B is a more sensible purchase in my opinion.

The Smart 1500 offers around twice the battery life, a visible pressure sensor and at least 1 extra cleaning mode.

Together these things make it a better toothbrush for new and existing electric brush users alike.

It will cost a little more, but this cost isn’t all that significant when spread over the life of the toothbrush.

Our Choice
Oral-B Smart 1500 Electric Power Rechargeable Battery Toothbrush, Blue
Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, Black
Brush Name
Oral-B Smart 1500
Oral-B Pro 1000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
4/5
Price
$70.56
$39.97
Prime
Our Choice
Oral-B Smart 1500 Electric Power Rechargeable Battery Toothbrush, Blue
Brush Name
Oral-B Smart 1500
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$70.56
Prime
Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, Black
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 1000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
4/5
Price
$39.97
Prime

Size Guide

  • Height (without head) – 19.5cm/7.68 inches
  • Height (with head) – 23.2cm/9.13 inches
  • Width – 2.5cm/0.98 inches
  • Thickness – 2.9cm/1.14 inches
  • Weight (without head) – 118g/4.1oz
  • Weight (with head) – 123g/4.3oz

All are approximates

Noise

  • 75dB

FAQ

  • Is the Pro 1000 an oscillating brush?
    • Yes, with Oral-B 3D motion that oscillates, rotates and pulsates.
  • What brushing/cleaning modes are available?
  • What brush head does Pro 1000 come with and what alternative ones can be used?
    • 1 x CrossAction brush head is are supplied with the Oral-B Pro 1000.
    • Oral-B primarily offers a total of 6 different brush heads, each of which can be purchased separately and used with this toothbrush. Those options are:
      • CrossAction
      • FlossAction
      • 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 1000 have a pressure sensor?
    • Yes, it does. Although, it is not a visible sensor.
  • Does the Pro 1000 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 1000.
  • How long does the battery last?
    • The battery lasts up to 42 minutes, which if used on the standard daily clean mode is just over 10 days based on 2 cleans per day.
  • Can I use the  Pro 1000 in the shower?
    • Yes. The Pro 1000 is water resistant so if you choose you can use it in the shower. Avoid submerging it in water.
  • Does the Oral-B Pro 1000 come with a warranty & how long is it?

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.

Older Pro 1000 Review

Oral-B Pro 1000 laid on left side

Our Verdict

5 Star Rating

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

  • Single cleaning mode making it easy to use
  • Timer and pacer encourage brushing for the recommended time
  • Slim and lightweight in the hand
  • A small round brush head for effective cleaning
  • Pressure sensor alerts you when brushing too hard
  • Good value for the features on offer

Cons

  • Battery life is only 7 days on a full charge
  • The pressure sensor doesn’t offer a visible (red light) alert

Where to buy the Oral-B Pro 1000

You can buy the Pro 1000 directly from Oral-B here, and we’ve also listed some other retailers in the live price comparison below.

It’s always worth checking eBay too.

Consider these other brushes

If I were buying a new electric toothbrush today, my choice would be the Oral-B Smart 1500.

It’s affordable with the features you need. It is our number 1 choice for the best electric toothbrush.

The Pro 1000 is a little more cost effective than the 1500. But, you are not getting a 2 week battery life, visible pressure sensor and multiple cleaning modes with the 1000, like you would with the 1500.

Both brushes will clean the teeth well, providing you use the correct technique.

Our guide to taking care of your teeth shows you all of the important things you need to know, irrespective of the toothbrush you use.

Our Choice
Oral-B Smart 1500 Electric Power Rechargeable Battery Toothbrush, Blue
Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, Black
Brush Name
Oral-B Smart 1500
Oral-B Pro 1000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
4/5
Price
$70.56
$39.97
Prime
Our Choice
Oral-B Smart 1500 Electric Power Rechargeable Battery Toothbrush, Blue
Brush Name
Oral-B Smart 1500
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$70.56
Prime
Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, Black
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 1000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
4/5
Price
$39.97
Prime

Video Review

Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush Review [USA]

Oral-B Pro 1000 in depth review

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.

Variants of this toothbrush

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.  

The most common colors are:

  • Black
  • White

However, you may also see:

  • Pink
  • Blue

There are no technical differences in the performance or the way it cleans.

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Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, Black Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, Black 43,932 Reviews $49.94 $39.97
Oral-B Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Powered by Braun Oral-B Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush Powered by Braun 32,172 Reviews $49.94 $39.94
Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, Green Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, Green 4,592 Reviews $59.99 $39.97
Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, Pink Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, Pink 8,154 Reviews $59.99 $39.94

Another potential difference, although not very 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.

Oral-B Pro 1 1000

In late 2019, Oral-B launched the Pro 1 1000. Note the extra ‘1’ before 1000.

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It would be logical to think that a new product name, would mean different features or technical ability.

But, despite the different name, the ONLY difference is the color of the grip that runs down the brush handle and the labeling on the box it comes provided in.

The new colours are:

  • Green
  • Pink
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As a result, it is listed on retailers websites as the Pro 1000, not the Pro 1 1000, despite images within product listings showing Pro 1 1000 on the box.

So, the Pro 1 1000 and Pro 1000 are the same thing, the only difference is the color of the grip on the handle.

This has been verified by Oral-B via an online chat.

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What’s in the box

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 it exists, it is implemented a little differently to most other Oral-B models.

There is no 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.

The key here is that the brush will take the steps to try and prevent doing any unnecessary damage.  If the pressure is relieved the motor will power back up again.

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.

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!

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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.

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.

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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.

The slightly more premium Smart 1500 comes in at 11 cents per day. For the extra you get twice the battery life and a visible pressure sensor as well as an extra cleaning mode.

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.

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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 and a visible pressure sensor would be good, but for the price it’s ok.

The Smart 1500 from Oral-B does overcome these shortfalls.

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 Smart 1500 Electric Power Rechargeable Battery Toothbrush, Blue
Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, Black
Brush Name
Oral-B Smart 1500
Oral-B Pro 1000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
4/5
Price
$70.56
$39.97
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Our Choice
Oral-B Smart 1500 Electric Power Rechargeable Battery Toothbrush, Blue
Brush Name
Oral-B Smart 1500
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
Price
$70.56
Prime
Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, Black
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 1000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
4/5
Price
$39.97
Prime

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.

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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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