Which one would we choose?
This comparison is a little unfair.
It’s a little like comparing the ‘value’ or ‘basics’ product against the ‘Premium’ or ‘Exclusive’ product.
It’s equivalent to comparing a basic Ford Fiesta to the Ford GT40 race car.
Both are excellent toothbrushes in their own right, providing a great clean.
The Pro 1000 sets a high bar for the price, but the 7000 is considerably more appealing, it’s just you pay for it. At the time of writing some $90.
- The Pro 1000 has 1 cleaning mode (Daily Clean) compared to the 6 of the Pro 70000 (Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, Deep Clean and Tongue Cleaning).
- The Pro 1000 comes with 1 x CrossAction brush head included whereas the Pro 7000 comes with 1 x CrossAction, 1 x ProWhite and 1 x Sensitive brush head in the box (Other versions/configurations of Pro 7000 exist).
- The Pro 7000 has a 10 day/40 minute battery life compared to the 7 day/28 minutes of the Pro 1000.
- The Pro 7000 has a visible pressure sensor
- The Pro 7000 has Bluetooth connectivity.
- The Pro 7000 comes with a Smart Wireless Guide.
- The Pro 7000 comes with a storage compartment for up to 4 brush heads.
- The Pro 7000 has a premium travel case.
- The Pro 1000 is all White, Black and White or Blue and White in color compared to the 7000 which is available in all White or Black/Silver color combinations.
- 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. The word Pro and Smart Series are used interchangeably when followed by the 7000 model number. This is because both names apply to the model. It’s the same thing, but there has been a bit of a re-branding exercise that has taken place, so where once named only the Pro 7000, it is now a bit of a combination as Oral-B try to make consideration for the Bluetooth connectivity that it offers, hence the Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries electric toothbrush.
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 7000?
As I outlined in the outset, there are quite a few differences between these two brushes.
The big advantage you get with the Pro 1000 is value for money, in fact, the 7000 offers reasonable value for money, but as you spend more you don’t get quite as much for every $ spent.
Let’s look in a bit more detail on what makes these two brushes stand apart.
Let’s start with how they look. The physical size of these two brushes is different. Most notably this is because they contain batteries with different capacities.
The 1000 has a 7 day battery life, compared to the SmartSeries 7000 that has a 10 day battery life. Using the standard Daily Clean mode this is a usage time of 28 and 40 minutes respectively.
The 7000 is better for families or travelers as a result, but the battery life is not as good as some competing products.
So in terms of their physical size, the larger 7000 measures in at:
- Height (without head) – 20.5cm
- Height (with head) – 24cm
- Width – 3cm
- Thickness – 4cm
- Weight (without head) – 163g
- Weight (with head) – 168g
The Pro 1000 on the other hand measures in at:
- Height (without head) – 19.5cm
- Height (with head) – 23cm
- Width – 2.5cm
- Thickness – 3cm
- Weight (without head) – 124g
- Weight (with head) – 130g
Aside from the battery that makes them physically different, the 7000 has a different icon configuration on the front. While both show battery power, on the 7000 the battery is broken down into 3 sections and the front panel also shows the wireless icon for the Bluetooth.
On the 1000 to turn the brush on you have a single power button. On the 7000 there is a power button but an additional button for cycling through and selecting the appropriate cleaning mode.
The heavier and wider SmartSeries 7000 feels solid in hand, and perhaps better for those with limited dexterity, but the 1000 wins for a smart compact feel in hand.
The 1000 has a rubber strip that runs down the front of the brush for grip and style. The 1000 comes in 3 color options all White, Blue and White and Black and White. The rubber on the front is what changes in color, the sides and rear of the handle is always a gloss white.
On the Pro 7000 it comes primarily in a Black color option and has rubber on the rear of the handle rather than plastic. It is a slightly more matte Black than on the 1000. There are silver panels on the right and left side that make it look smart and stand out.
There is an all white color option for the 7000 but this is generally a lot more expensive and not sold as widely as the Black color option.
Another small design difference, but one that is actually a useful feature is on the upper neck of the handle, it is a red plastic panel which is the pressure sensor. Found on the 7000 only, this panel illuminates a bright red thanks to an LED inside when too much pressure is applied to the teeth when brushing.
Both brushes have a sensor built-in that will reduce the power delivered to the brush head until the pressure is reduced, but it is the 7000 that has the visible pressure sensor. If the pressure sensor is illuminated, simply reduce the pressure put on the teeth and the light will go off.
Both brushes do a good job of brushing your teeth. Both will remove more plaque than a manual brush and leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean after each use.
Technically, the Pro 7000 delivers a little more power via pulsation on the Daily Clean mode, but noticing this or telling the difference is essentially impossible. I wished to mention it for the record, but the reality is, it makes little difference.
What makes the 1000 appealing is the simple no nonsense approach of having just 1 cleaning mode. The 7000 has the same Daily Clean mode but also has Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, Deep Clean and Tongue Cleaning.
All of these work slightly differently to achieve different results. Not all of us need these extra modes, but they can bring benefits if you suffer from sensitive teeth and gums particularly, thanks to the reduced power options.
Modes like Deep Clean run for 3 minutes compared to the normal 2. Whilst Tongue Cleaning runs for just 20 seconds at a lower power.
A handle like this works well in a family environment with multiple users, all who may have different requirements.
If you simply want to brush your teeth and have done with it, then consider the 1000 or one of the lesser featured models than the SmartSeries 7000.
Packaged with the 1000 is a single CrossAction brush head. Whereas the 7000 comes with the same CrossAction but 1 x ProWhite and 1 x Sensitive brush head.
The additional brush heads are included to work with the different cleaning modes available on the brush.
You can purchase any of the different styled brush heads at any time.
To accommodate the additional brush heads, the Pro 7000 comes with a storage tray/compartment. Holding up to 4 brush heads it has a lid that stops any splashes, but still allows for ventilation. It is well designed and works well.
This storage compartment has also a cutout for the charging stand to fit into, for a neat countertop installation.
As you might expect the Pro 7000 is the more expensive of the two due to the features an extra contents that is included in the box.
Some of that extra value is best represented in the following extra features.
Included in the box is what is referred to as the Wireless SmartGuide.
It is a small clock and acts like this until the brush is turned on. At this point, the screen changes to show graphically what cleaning mode you have selected, how long you have been brushing for, how well you are doing via a star rating and sad or smiley face as well as a quadrant icon that highlights which quadrant you should be brushing as the time passes.
Powered by 2 x AA batteries, this is a gadget you do not appreciate the value of until you don’t have it.
It reminds you how long you have been brushing for and is a good stimulus when you get distracted. It also provides that visual feedback to brush for the right time.
Overall it is a great aid and should be included with more brushes, in my opinion.
This little SmartGuide is great, but the 7000 does also boast a more cutting edge technology that is more fitting of the digital age we live in.
Bluetooth enabled, you can connect the 7000 to your Android or iOS smartphone.
More detail on how it works is provided in the full review of the Pro 7000.
The fundamental principle is that the app shows you in real-time how well you are cleaning, like the SmartGuide does, but it then logs it, so you have a digital record of your cleaning. This can be helpful in achieving your goals.
You can also complete some brush customizations via this too.
Such connectivity is not for everyone and will appeal to the younger generation more, but it is a novel feature that works.
The last major difference between these two models is the travel case.
The 1000 is travel case free, meaning you need to buy one, or you need to pop it in your washbag.
Provided with the 7000 is what Oral-B refer to as a premium travel case. It is not the most premium option that they offer but it is better than the basic.
It holds the brush and 2 brush heads, it is well constructed with a soft touch finish and feels robust. It is also color matched to the brush, with a black color to it.
The whole design is fitting to the brush and the premium price it commands.
That then is the key differences explained.
Naturally, there are similarities too.
Both share the same charging stand and both have a 2 year warranty.
Does one clean better than the other?
No not in my opinion.
Whilst technically the 7000 can deliver more power and has more cleaning modes, it does not necessarily mean it cleans better.
The different modes give it extra functions which make it better suited for different users.
I would suggest that the 7000 brings conveniences and can assist with better oral hygiene routines, with modes such as the tongue cleaning option.
It could be argued that someone with sensitive gums might get a better clean with the 7000 on the Sensitive cleaning mode than the might with the 1000’s only Daily Clean mode; but that would be only because of the reduced power it delivers and not because the brush head or motor works in a way that is different enough to affect the clean.
It might too be a bit of a stretch and really seeing or tracking a better clean as a result is very difficult. However, the Smart Wireless Guide and Bluetooth connectivity can help you in my opinion, clean better.
Is one better priced than the other?
As you would expect, the extra benefits of the Pro 7000 do not come for free.
Roughly speaking there is $90 difference between the two.
Prices are always changing, but that difference is hard to justify for some.
Yes, the 7000 does offer a lot of extra box contents and features, but do you need them?
Have you ever desired a whitening mode? Do you travel a lot? Are you using this brush yourself or sharing with other family members? There are the sorts of questions you have to ask yourself.
This is not a small difference in price, but for the extra benefits, it could be justifiable if you answered yes to all or some of these questions.
The SmartGuide in my eyes is worth $20 alone, if not more.
It is not uncommon, despite the 7000 being the more expensive for it to be subject to more promotions and special offers, so time it right and you might just get a deal.
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.
Answering this question accurately relies on me having a better understanding of what it is you want and need.
At the start of the comparison, I made the suggestion that the 7000 was my choice and it still is. It is a fantastic all round package.
As good as it is, there is no point paying all the extra money if you won’t be using the extra features and benefits it brings.
Think about it.
What are you comfortable spending?
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.