Which one would we choose?
The purpose of a toothbrush is to clean your teeth, to remove plaque.
Both of these brushes do that job really well.
However, if I take away the extras and focus on the core principle of what a toothbrush is about, then there is no denying the Pro 1000 is the one to go for.
The Pro 3000 is the all round better brush because it has more features and a superior box contents, but not everyone wants more if they won’t use it and have to pay for it.
For a more in-depth comparison of buying options, see our roundup of the top US toothbrushes.
- The Pro 1000 comes with 1 cleaning mode (Daily Clean) whereas the Pro 3000 has 3 (Daily Clean, Gum Care & Sensitive)
- The Pro 1000 is not as powerful as the Pro 3000.
- The Pro 3000 comes with 1 x 3D White brush head included whereas the Pro 1000 comes with 1 x CrossAction head.
- The Pro 3000 has a visible pressure sensor.
- The Pro 3000 comes with a brush head storage compartment
- The Pro 3000 has Bluetooth connectivity
- The Pro 1000 has a light blue and white color as well as a black and white color option handle compared to the all white or dark blue and white color scheme of the 3000.
- The Pro 1000 is generally the cheaper of the two.
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 Pro 1000 and Pro 3000?
With the main differences outlined above, let’s look into each of these in a bit more detail.
It is worth noting that in this comparison I am comparing brushes designed for the US market.
There is a Pro 3000 that exists in Europe with a slightly different box contents and specification.
The Pro 1000 comes with 1 cleaning mode known as Daily Clean, whereas the Pro 3000 has 3 cleaning modes, Daily Clean, Gum Care & Sensitive.
Daily Clean is the basic go to cleaning mode found on any Oral-B electric toothbrush and how the modes differ is through the power and number of oscillations and rotations that they provide to the brush head.
The sensitive and gum care cleaning modes found on the Pro 3000 are less than the Daily Clean mode for example. This variety in power and movement creates the cleaning mode.
On top of this, it is understood that the motor in the Pro 3000 is or does deliver slightly more power through oscillations and rotations on the daily clean mode.
Due to the high number that are already delivered, it is not very easy to confirm or indeed notice the difference.
In all honesty, the daily clean mode is more than good enough on both brushes with effectiveness greater than any manual brush.
The biggest differences are going to be if you have sensitive teeth and gums where the added modes of the 3000 become desirable.
In the box with both brushes comes a single brush head.
The Pro 1000 comes with the CrossAction style brush head whilst the Pro 3000 comes with the 3D White brush head.
Both of these brush heads are part of a wider range of brush heads from Oral-B that include:
- Deep Sweep/TriZione
- Precision Clean
- CrossAction (Supplied with the Pro 1000)
- 3D White (Supplied with the Pro 3000)
Any of these 6 heads are interchangeable and work with either brush handle.
CrossAction heads are supplied with most Oral-B brushes and the 3D White often included with those aimed at whitening. The odd thing is that the Pro 3000 does not have a whitening mode, so whilst the head on its own can have a whitening effect on any cleaning mode, the potential benefit is limited and I am not sure if supplying a CrossAction head would have been a better inclusion to cover the 3 modes the 3000 has.
Dentists recommend a 2 minute cleaning cycle twice a day to maintain healthy teeth. 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.
The inclusion of a pressure sensor is a nice touch on the Pro 3000 and is a feature that benefits new electric toothbrush users more than experienced ones.
Studies have shown that many people brush too hard. Brushing harder or faster does not equal a better clean. In fact, in many respects, it is the opposite. The pressure sensor on the Pro 3000 alerts you via a bright red LED on the back of the handle when too much pressure is being applied.
If you are using the app, you will get an alert on screen too and the brush head motor will reduce in speed when it detects the added pressure.
The alerts will go away and the motor returns to power when the pressure is reduced.
After a couple of weeks, new users of electric toothbrushes generally get used to the approach and how much pressure is required.
Having been using an electric toothbrush for many years now I do occasionally active the sensor but this is through accident and a lapse in concentration than through a fault of continually applying too much pressure.
With the more premium brushes like the 3000 and upwards comes more cleaning modes and perhaps the desire to use a brush head most fitting of each mode. Thus there is a requirement to store those brush heads that are not required.
The 4 compartments that make up the brush head storage tray that comes with the 3000 is really useful and can also work well if more than 1 user is actively using the brush. It also gives a neat and smart looking charging station for the brush. Considering just 1 brush head comes included in the box it is a little unnecessary but I get the reason for inclusion.
The Pro 3000 has Bluetooth connectivity built into it.
Bluetooth is not a new technology, it has been around for many years and allows devices to connect wirelessly with one another. The electric toothbrush market is still relatively new to such but it is fast growing in adoption. It is explained in depth in the Pro 3000 review.
It is Oral-B that are pushing this most, although Sonicare do not have a brush with this.
The connectivity allows your Android or iOS enabled device to communicate with the brush via an app. You can use it as a real-time coach and electronic log if you like. It has lots of useful features including tips and tricks and integration into your calendar and more to make it more functional and useful to yourself.
Conceptually it is a dentist there on your phone monitoring, coaching and encouraging better oral health care.
It takes some getting used to after many years of just picking up a brush, but the tech savvy younger generations that know nothing other than a technology filled life will take to this like a duck to water.
It is not perfect and there is room for improvement in reliability but things have moved in the right direction and it is becoming a polished product.
One of the more obvious differences between these two brushes are the colors.
The Pro 1000 is a generally gloss white plastic constructed body with a front mounted rubber panel that runs down the length of the handle. On the 1000 this rubber is either baby blue or black in color.
A similar design is present on the 3000 but it is either all white in color or a much deeper dark/royal blue compared to the lighter Pro 1000.
Given the lesser feature set and box contents, it is probably safe to suggest you thought the Pro 1000 would be the cheaper of the two and you would be right. More on this in a later section of this comparison.
With all these differences, what are the similarities? They have the same battery life of 7 days. They are the same size and weight and come with a 2 year warranty. They use the same charging stand and neither come with a travel case.
Does one clean better than the other?
Trying to justify whether one does actually clean better or not is very difficult.
On the whole, the answer is no. Realistically they will deliver a similar clean and only under lab like conditions might a difference be noticed.
Technically speaking the motor in the Pro 3000 does deliver a little more power to the brush head for more oscillations and rotations per minute, but you and I would struggle to notice this or see any differences.
For some, particularly those with sensitive teeth and gums, will see greater benefit from the Pro 3000 compared to the Pro 1000 which does not offer these modes.
However for the general population that do not suffer with increased sensitivity the clean will be comparable with a more efficient clean than any manual brush.
The provision of a 3D White brush head with the Pro 3000 would suggest that it can make your teeth whiter and yes, in some circumstances it will do so. The specialist rubber polishing cup helps deliver a process similar to that received from your dentist.
However, the brush head is interchangeable and you could use purchase the brush head and use on the 1000 and get similar results.
The Pro 3000 does not offer a whitening mode that gives any further advantage to the 3D White brush head.
An electric toothbrush will ensure a more regular and balanced clean across the teeth and mouth than manual brushing and the smaller round brush heads from Oral-B help get deep into the mouth whilst cleaning effectively.
Is one better priced than the other?
Yes, generally speaking, the Pro 1000 will be quite a lot cheaper than the Pro 3000.
At the time of writing there is just under $30 difference and I would expect this to remain such unless there is a particular promotion on.
If the Pro 3000 was available at $55 it would be a good buy compared to the $40 of the 1000. However, for many, the additional $30 is difficult to justify.
We have reviewed each brush in depth (links at the end of this post) and at the time of writing they worked out at $0.10 and $0.13 per day to own, over the course of 3 years based on one user.
Prices are always changing with different sellers and even Oral-B putting on offers; so really it is about finding the best price available when you come to buy and paying the price you are happy with.
All things considered, the 1000 is still my preference.
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.
Unless you want or need extra features, then you should opt for the Pro 1000.
It is a simple, no-nonsense get the job done toothbrush that will remove more plaque and leave your teeth and mouth feeling fresh and clean.
Either brush has a slim profile, the same battery life, and a 2 year warranty.
The Pro 3000 is more appealing for those who have sensitive teeth and gums and want a better box contents that is offered by the inclusion of a brush head storage compartment.
Both could have better battery life, seeing as Philips Sonicare brushes boast a battery life that is at least double that of the Pro series.
It would be nice if both came with a travel case.
The pressure sensor is certainly a benefit in the early stages of getting used to an electric toothbrush.
I love the idea of the Bluetooth connectivity that the Pro 3000 offers, but for many getting into the habit of using the app and taking advantage of its features will be difficult.
The Pro 3000 is better equipped but in all reality, unless you desire the different cleaning modes it is difficult to justify the extra spend.
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 the end user, if you are purchasing on behalf of somebody else.
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.