Which one would we choose?
Both of these brushes clean the teeth really well and most could happily use either on a daily basis.
But, the Oral-B Smart 1500 is the better choice, all things considered.
For a few extra dollars you benefit from a visible pressure sensor, additional cleaning modes and a battery life twice that of the Pro 1000.
- Handle design/colors
- Slight differences in the handle shape and design.
- The Pro 1000 has a large rubber grip that runs down the brush handle that the 1500 does not have. The 1500 has a smaller rubber gripped panel around the power button.
- The 1500 has a dimpled texture to the back of the handle compared to the raised ridges of the Pro 1000.
- The Smart 1500 is available in 4 different color options (navy, light rose, jet white & black) compared with the 2 (white & black) of the Pro 1000.
- Cleaning modes
- The Smart 1500 has 3 cleaning modes (daily clean, sensitive & whitening) compared to the 1 cleaning mode (daily clean) of the Pro 1000.
- The Smart 1500 has a more powerful motor (8,800 oscillations & 40,000 pulsations) compared to the Pro 1000 (8,800 oscillations & 20,000 pulsations).
- Pressure sensor
- The Smart 1500 has a 360 degree visible pressure sensor that the Pro 1000 does not have.
- The Smart 1500 has a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery compared to the rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride of the Pro 1000.
- The Smart 1500 lasts 14+ days compared to the 7 days of the Pro 1000.
- The Pro 1000 is cheaper.
- The Smart 1500 has a recommended retail price of $79.99 compared to the $69.99 of the Pro 1000.
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 Smart 1500?
In all honesty, these brushes are similar in more ways than they are different, but notable differences do exist.
Whilst neither will radically change nor improve how well you or the brush cleans the teeth, the 1500 is the better product.
The first thing that stands out between these 2 brushes is the overall look and design of them.
Both have the traditional form factor. The tall rounded brush handle and the detachable brush head at the top.
There is a slight difference in the actual shape of the handle, but it is minimal and hard to really explain. The 1500 is fractionally more rounded in hand.
The Pro 1000 has a rubber grip that runs down the length of the brush handle, this is either black or white in color.
It adds a design accent to the handle, but aids with keeping a firm grip of the brush too.
The Smart 1500 does not have as much grippy material on the front of the handle, there is more gloss plastic.
There is an oval panel in the upper half of the handle which has a rubber/silicone coating to it and provides some grip too.
The power button sits within this panel and it is this area too that provides the color accent to the handle.
The Smart 1500 is available with 4 color options, navy, light rose, jet white and black.
All have a gloss white plastic body surrounding this panel, with the exception of the black variant, which has a gloss black plastic.
On the back of the brush handle of the Pro 1000 are a series of raised plastic ridges or notches. They are rougher to the touch than the dimpled circular pattern found on the back of the Smart 1500’s handle.
Whilst the Smart 1500 looks more subtle, the 1000 perhaps to the fingertips at least feels the slightly more practical.
Neither feels slippy in hand and for most, the gripping points are more than sufficient, but the Pro 1000 perhaps takes the edge here slightly.
Around the neck of the Smart 1500’s brush handle is a clear panel. It runs a full 360 degrees around the handle.
This is not a customisable LED light ring as found on models like the Genius Pro 8000 and Genius X, but instead a 360 degree visible pressure sensor.
Both of these models have a pressure sensor built-in, but it is only the 1500 that has the visible sensor.
When activated, the 360 degree sensor will be lit red, giving a visual warning to the user that the sensor has been activated.
You do not get this visual alert with the Pro 1000.
Both do still slow the brush head movements and change the sound of the brush slightly when the sensor is active.
For new and experienced electric toothbrush users alike, the visible sensor is much more practical. It should help prevent you from doing damage to the teeth and the gums quicker than the 1000 might.
Whilst 1 cleaning mode is perfectly sufficient for most, many desire additional modes.
The Smart 1500 offers this. In fact, it offers 3 cleaning modes in total.
The modes on offer are Daily Clean, the same as the Pro 1000 but it also has a Sensitive and Whitening mode.
A more detailed description of the differences between these modes are available in our Oral-B brushing mode article, but ultimately the extra modes give more choice to find the cleaning power and effect you prefer most.
Another difference, albeit relatively subtle is the amount of cleaning power the motor inside the brush handle delivers.
The Pro 1000 has a motor that offers 8,800 oscillations and 20,000 pulsations, whereas the 1500 has a slightly more powerful motor offering the same 8,800 oscillations, but 40,000 pulsations.
What this means is that it can potentially clean the teeth a little better, but the actual difference would still be relatively limited. It is not possible to say from this alone that 1 brush would clean the teeth significantly better. Add into this that different modes use a different amount of power from the motor and it complicates things a little further.
Sealed inside both handles is a rechargeable battery.
The Pro 1000 has a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery that lasts around 7 days on a full charge compared to the 14+ days that is possible with the Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery built-into the Smart 1500.
Whilst many of us do not need weeks of power on a single charge, the extra week or so you get from the 1500 certainly makes it a more practical option if regular charging is less convenient. Those who travel frequently will likely find the 1500 a better option.
Does one clean better than the other?
The short answer is no, one brush does not clean better than the other.
However, the increased power of the Smart 1500s motor could potentially mean that the teeth are cleaned more effectively than if the Pro 1000 was used.
This issue is that there are many variables and proving this is quite difficult.
My hands-on testing has not been conducted in any scientific way that would be able to determine this. I suspect even if it was, the differences would be minimal and not clinically significant.
When comparing the 2 brushes side by side, paying great attention you can see and feel the speed differences.
The additional cleaning modes available on the Smart 1500 may also have a beneficial effect for some users. The Sensitive mode likely being the one with most appeal as it is a little more gentle.
An argument can also be made that the visible pressure sensor can play a part in the overall clean, but again it is tricky to conclusively measure.
The likelihood is that for most Americans, perfecting their brushing routine and the regularity with which they brush will have the most significant benefits over selecting between either of these particular brushes.
Is one better priced than the other?
Yes, the Pro 1000 is the cheaper of the 2 brushes.
The 1000 has a recommended retail price of $69.99 compared to the $79.99 of the Smart 1500.
$10 is really not that great and based on price vs specification the Smart 1500 is definitely with the extra spend.
However, in reality, both brushes sell for less than their recommended prices.
The typical selling price opens up a bit of a wider gap in the pricing. The Pro 1000 tends to sell for around $40-50 whereas the Smart 1500 is nearer the $65.
So, on average you are looking at a $15-20 lower price in favor of the 1000.
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.
My preference is most definitely for the Smart 1500 from Oral-B.
Make no mistakes about it; the Pro 1000 is still an excellent choice.
The 1500 just feels a slightly more complete option. Its additional features make daily use for most people just that bit better.
The visible pressure sensor makes it easier to see if you are brushing too hard and prevent you from doing damage. And the multiple cleaning modes give you greater choice.
For those who travel or can’t always recharge, the 1500 offers a battery life of double the Pro 1000.
Do you own or have you used the Oral-B Pro 1000 or Smart 1500?
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.