Which one would we choose?
The Pro 1000 wins for simplicity, value for money and just getting the job done.
It is not the most exciting, it does not have the best battery life, but the Pro 2000 does not offer enough to really be the number one choice.
If you’re considering brushes specifically within this price range, you might like to consider our recommendation for the best affordable electric toothbrush.
- The Pro 2000 comes with 2 cleaning modes (Daily Clean and Gum Care) compared to the 1 (Daily Clean) mode with the Pro 1000.
- The Pro 2000 has a visible pressure sensor.
- The Pro 2000 comes in 2 colors pale blue or pink whereas the Pro 1000 comes in 3 colors, all white, baby blue and white or pink and white.
- The Pro 1000 is generally cheaper.
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. The Pro 2000 is a model that has not been officially released in the USA, although it is sometimes available here on Amazon.com or you may be able to pick one up from eBay. It is mostly available within Europe and is very similar to the Pro 1000. Whilst it’s not an official US brush, many have asked us to complete a comparison, so we have.
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 Pro 1000 and Pro 2000?
Two of the more entry level brushes, these are actually our most recommended models. Both offer great value.
There are more similarities between each of these than there are differences. What differences there are, are slight.
Whilst there are 4 key differences, there are 2 I consider to be the main ones. The first is the fact that the Pro 2000 offers an additional cleaning mode.
Both brushes have the standard Daily Clean mode, but the 2000 also has Gum Care mode.
This lasts for 2 minutes like Daily Clean but fluctuates the number of oscillations and pulsations throughout the clean, to effectively clean the teeth and gums whilst easing the discomfort for those with sore or inflamed gums.
Technically the motor in the Pro 2000 is also ever so slightly more powerful, but noticing this in everyday use is essentially impossible unless you were to put the two side by side and really study them.
The second major difference is the pressure sensor, or the visible pressure sensor which can be seen on the upper rear of the Pro 2000 brush handle.
A red plastic panel shines a bright red thanks to an LED inside that comes on when the pressure sensor is activated.
Sensors inside the brush handle detect when too much pressure is being applied to the teeth during brushing. It will automatically reduce the power delivered to the brush head on both the Pro 1000 and the Pro 2000.
With either, you should hear the change in the sound from the brush, but you get the added advantage with the 2000 of seeing the light come on.
Bristles on the rush head need only skim the tooth surface.
When the pressure is reduced, the light will go out and full power will be restored to the motor and the brush head will be back up to full speed.
This visible pressure sensor is good for those new to an electric toothbrush. You soon learn when you are applying too much pressure and within a couple of weeks you rarely will activate it.
Being a light it can be more interactive for children or aid the deaf. It’s a neat addition
The third difference between these two brushes are the color options they come in. Both have a gloss white plastic frame with raised ridges that run down the rear of the handle.
However, down the front runs a rubber grip for style and to enable a better hold of the brush.
The 1000 is available in all white, with a baby blue or black rubber stirp, where the Pro 2000 comes with either a pale blue or pink strip.
If you are looking at the Oral-B Pro Care 2000 Dual Handle package then the rubber on the front of this Pro 2000 model is much darker.
The fourth and final difference then is the price. Typically the Pro 2000 is the more expensive.
However due to it not being available in the USA or if sold, at inconsistent prices.
Making a comparison to the UK market would mean that there would be approximately a $7-10 difference for the added advantage of the extra cleaning mode and visible pressure sensor.
I do not think this is too much to ask for the extra modes, but unless you need or will use these features, is there any point spending the extra?
Naturally, there are many similarities, for the sake of convenience, I will run through these now.
Both brushes share the same physical profile in terms of size and weight. Aside from the color and pressure sensor they look the same.
They both measure in at:
- Height (without head) – 19.5cm
- Height (with head) – 23cm
- Width – 2.5cm
- Thickness – 3cm
- Weight (without head) – 124g
- Weight (with head) – 130g
The internal lasts for 7 days or offers 28 minutes of usage time.
It is recharged by sitting the brush on the charging stand that comes supplied in the box.
Dentists recommend a 2 minute cleaning cycle twice a day to maintain healthy teeth. A 2 minute cycle is broken down into spending 30 seconds on what is known as each quadrant of the mouth.
With 4 quadrants in the mouth, (bottom right and left, along with upper right and left) you should spend 30 seconds on each during the 2 minute cycle. Both brushes have built-in timers to assist with the 2 minute clean along with a quad pacer that alerts you to the 30 second intervals, so you know when to change quadrant.
A pause in the brush head motion changes the sound generated by the brush. When you hear this you change quadrant or end the clean.
As standard both come with a 2 year warranty, this can be extended to 3 years, if you register the brush online.
Both have interchangeable brush heads meaning you can choose what type of brush head works best for you and fits your cleaning regime. Some of these brush heads are better suited to certain cleaning modes not found on the Pro 100 or 2000 but can still be used.
There are 6 main types of brush head, these are:
- Precision Clean
- CrossAction (Supplied with the Pro 1000 & 2000)
- 3D White
2 other specialist heads also compatible include the Ortho and Interspace/Power Tip.
Does one clean better than the other?
Technically yes, but in reality telling the difference is difficult.
Technically the Pro 2000 has a more powerful motor that provides more oscillations and pulsations to the brush head meaning it can clean the teeth better.
Unless under laboratory conditions would you really notice or see any differences. To all intents and purposes, they clean the same.
An electric toothbrush will ensure a more regular and balanced clean across the teeth and mouth than manual brushing might, but it still relies on the user placing the brush in the mouth in all the right places to clean effectively.
Is one better priced than the other?
Generally speaking, the Pro 1000 is the cheaper of the two.
At the time of writing the Pro 1000 is available from $40.
The Pro 2000 is not available in the USA, but I would suggest it would retailer $45-50 to command a premium for the visible pressure sensor and 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.
The Pro 1000 is my recommendation. Simple, no-nonsense get the job done brush with a slim profile and solid construction that in turn makes for a pleasant brush to use and ends up giving the teeth a decent clean.
The Pro 2000 offers a little more with the extra cleaning mode and pressure sensor, great if you have sensitive gums but unless you really need it, save yourself a few $ and stick with the 1000.
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.