Which one would we choose?
It commands a sizeable premium but for what it offers, I think it is worth it.
The Pro 5000 is an excellent brush that has a number of different cleaning modes a better than average box contents and features that make it a little more appealing than the 1000.
The 1000 is no pushover though, and for a no-nonsense electric toothbrush is a great solution.
- The Pro 1000 comes with 1 cleaning mode (Daily Clean) whereas the Pro 5000 has 5 (Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening and Deep Clean)
- The Pro 1000 is not as powerful as the Pro 5000.
- The Pro 5000 is larger than the 1000.
- The Pro 5000 has a visible pressure sensor.
- The Pro 5000 comes with a brush head storage compartment for up to 4 brush refills
- The Pro 5000 has Bluetooth connectivity
- The Pro 5000 has 10 days of battery life compared to the 7 of the 1000.
- The Pro 1000 has 3 color options (Light Blue/White, all White and Black/White). The 5000 is all White in color.
- The Pro 5000 comes supplied with a travel case.
- 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 5000?
With the main differences outlined above, let’s look into each of these in a bit more detail.
Being compared here are 2 different electric toothbrushes, designed and released in the USA. These models names and numbers may have been released in other markets, but their specifications and feature sets may well be different. For example in the UK, the Pro 1000 does not exist, but the Pro 5000 does but is different in many ways. Do be aware of this.
The Pro 1000 is an entry level electric toothbrush. It is functional and performs well for the price point. It is extremely popular too and for good reason.
It comes with 1 cleaning mode known as Daily Clean, whereas the Pro 5000 has 5 cleaning modes, Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive Whitening and Deep Clean.
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, Gum Care, Whitening and Deep Clean modes found on the Pro 5000 all vary in the number of pulsations and oscillations used to clean the teeth and achieve the best results.
The motor in the 5000 as a more premium model operates at a slightly higher speed, offering more movements per minute than compared to the 1000. In everyday use, this is hard to notice or even know the difference exists, but over time the extra power delivery could potentially help achieve a better overall clean.
For most of us the standard Daily Clean mode available in either brush is more than good enough and will offer improvement, particularly if you are currently using a manual toothbrush.
One of the key selling points and appeals for the 5000 are the additional cleaning modes. If you do not think these are useful to you then the 1000 is going to be the better choice.
These different modes can really help you achieve your oral healthcare goals.
One thing to consider, which is often overlooked is that the 5000 lends itself to be used within a family environment and the handle shared between different users. You might not need all 5 cleaning modes, but might your partner or child benefit? Of course, remember to change brush heads!
With the 5000 offering more cleaning modes and perhaps the desire to use a brush head most fitting of each mode comes a requirement to store those brush heads that are not required.
The 5000 comes with a brush head storage compartment for up to 4 brush heads. Really useful for storing refills and complete with a lid, it also give a neat and smart looking charging station for the brush.
One of the key benefits of an electric toothbrush, particularly when compared to a manual one is the consistent power delivery and motion that can lead to a much better clean. Like a manual brush, you still need to brush for 2 minutes though.
It is dentists that recommend a 2 minute cleaning cycle twice a day to maintain healthy teeth.
When brushing, but particularly with an electric toothbrush, the mouth is broken up into 4 sections known or referred to as quadrants. These 4 quadrants are, the upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left sections of the mouth. 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.
As highlighted the 5000 has a few more features packed into the brush, which has a knock on effect on the physical size, it is larger in hand and heavier. For some this may be preferred whilst others may like the slimmer profiled 1000, it is personal preference here, however, the slightly larger profile of the 5000 can work in favor of those with lesser movement in the hands or fingers.
Personally I have always used a toothbrush with a pressure sensor built-in, but very infrequently do I activate it. For new users of a powered brush, it is a handy visual guide that teaches you to use less pressure than is required when brushing.
It is a nice inclusion, but one that may not be benefits from after the first couple of weeks of use as you learn how much pressure you need. The brush head should really skim the surface of the teeth, you need not scrub hard at them.
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 5000 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 (more on that shortly), 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 return to power when the pressure is reduced.
Another feature of the 5000 and one that is starting to become more common on newer modes is Bluetooth connectivity.
You will likely have heard of Bluetooth, it’s a technology you probably associate most with your smartphone. It is used to wirelessly connect things to each other, for example, a smartphone and a speaker or hands free kit.
In this case, it is your smartphone and the toothbrush.
The connectivity allows your Android or iOS enabled device to communicate with the brush via an app, which can be downloaded from the app store.
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 love this feature.
The app and the connectivity is not perfect and there is room for improvement in reliability but it is a helpful step in making you better at looking after your teeth.
This is a feature the 1000 does not have and it is also a feature than cannot be used should you decide to share the 5000 brush handle among family members. The brush is capable of storing data for only one user and communicating with one smartphone. It logs all cleans on the brush to that smartphone, so sharing the handle will leave you with data on other peoples cleaning habits.
Thankfully this wireless connectivity has little impact on the battery life, which on the 5000 is up to 10 days compared to the 7 days on the 1000.
Based on 2 x 2 minutes cleans each day these offer ‘average’ battery life. Sonicare models are often double this.
Both come supplied with a charging stand, which either brush can be left on all the time when not in use.
Another obvious differences between these two brushes are the colors.
The Pro 1000 comes in 3 color options. An all White option, like the Pro 5000, which has just this color option as well as a Black/White and Light Blue/White option.
This visually makes the 1000 the more appealing with its color options, but technically the 5000 is the better brush.
The last difference between these two models is another item that comes included in the box with the 5000 and that is a travel case. Basic but functional this travel case will hold the handle and up to 2 brush heads and provide protection against damage and accidental activation when put in a bag.
Perhaps unsurprisingly the 1000 is much cheaper than the 5000 given the features and modes it offers. I go into more detail about this a little further down in this article.
Does one clean better than the other?
I mentioned earlier how the 5000 has the more powerful motor and the extra cleaning modes, so it can be argued that the 5000 does clean better.
In reality, seeing and feeling this is more tricky. If you were to use them side by side, it may be possible to notice the power difference and slight clean improvement offered by the 5000. However, unless you used them side by side or conducted a detailed study it would be virtually impossible to tell.
Although users with a desire for whiter teeth or who suffer from sensitivity options will gain benefit from the additional modes offered by the 5000 as the 1000 cannot cater to these in the same way.
Therefore yes, the 5000 does just clean better, but the 1000 will still be a marked improvement over any manual brush.
To help ensure you get the best clean from any brush, make sure you have the right technique.
Is one better priced than the other?
Yes, naturally the 1000 is the more cost effective and affordable of the two, with the 5000 being around double the price.
As I write this comparison there is on average about $50 difference in price between the two models.
I do think either are good purchases, but unless you will actually use all of what is offered by the 5000 there is little benefit in paying twice the price of the 1000, it’s a sizeable price difference.
Ideally, the 5000 would be nearer the $80 at which point for the extra benefits gained there is almost no argument in that it is worth buying
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.
Whilst the 5000 is my preference, if the budget is tight, the 1000 is the better option to go for.
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.
More features and extra box contents is nice, but you have to pay for it.
The 5000 (view on Amazon) is the one to go for, if you can afford it and will make use of the extra features it offers.
Just the travel case inclusion alone is worth $20+.
This said, if budget is an issue the 1000 (view on Amazon) is still a very solid electric toothbrush that will serve you well and offer excellent lifetime value. 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.
The 5000 just has the edge in being better equipped to cater for those with more needs and more focused on their oral care routine; the Bluetooth connectivity and app in particular help here.
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, but you have to pay more!
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.
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