Which one would we choose?
Electric Teeth Verdict:
One of the trickier comparisons to really draw a verdict on, the 3000 wins as my primary choice given that it offers what you need, but is not laden with unnecessary extras and comes in at an acceptable price.
The 7000 is the all round better brush, but the higher price point makes it more difficult to justify for the majority of us unless we really need or want the extra battery life of premium travel case that it comes with.
For a more detailed comparison of the various brushes available, see our best electric toothbrush post.
- The Pro 3000 comes with 3 cleaning modes (Daily Clean, Gum Care and Sensitive) whereas the Pro 70000 has 6 (Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, Deep Clean and Tongue Cleaning).
- The Pro 3000 comes with 1 x ProWhite 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 and 3000 exist).
- The Pro 7000 has a 10 day/40 minute battery life compared to the 7 day/28 minutes of the Pro 3000.
- The Pro 7000 is larger and heavier.
- The Pro 7000 comes with a storage compartment for up to 4 brush heads.
- The Pro 7000 has a premium travel case.
- The Pro 7000 comes with a Smart Wireless Guide.
- The Pro 3000 is available in an all White colour configuration or in a Blue and White colour option compared to the Black and Silver or all White of the 7000.
- The Pro 3000 is generally the cheaper of the two.
Detailed Comparison: What’s the difference between the Oral-B Pro 3000 and Pro 7000?
What features and functions make a brush right for one person is not necessarily what makes it suitable for another.
Fundamentally we all need a brush that can clean our teeth effectively and either does that job well, it is just that both of these offer a few more value added extras for users to enjoy and get more from.
I want to talk you through all of these differences in a little more detail now.
As highlighted above, the Pro 3000 comes with 3 cleaning modes (Daily Clean, Gum Care and Sensitive) whereas the Pro 70000 has 6 modes (Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, Deep Clean and Tongue Cleaning).
Daily Clean is the default mode available on any brush. The other modes are all extras and how they differ is by the number of oscillations and pulsations of the round brush head.
How important they are to you will depend on your personal circumstance. Personally I believe that the gum care and sensitive modes are the most beneficial outside of the Daily Clean and both models offer these.
To complement the cleaning modes are a range of different brush heads.
In total Oral-B produce 6 different styles of brush head, each one being suited best to different cleaning modes.
Technically you can use any brush head on any mode and they may offer benefits, they are interchangeable. But the ProWhite for example is designed to work best on the Whitening cleaning mode found on the Pro 7000.
The Pro 3000 comes supplied with 1 x ProWhite brush head 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 and 3000 do exist).
Whilst the Pro White brush head can have beneficial effects, it seems a little odd to include this with the 3000 given it has no Whitening mode, I think a CrossAction head would have been a more suitable inclusion given my testing, but hey, you can purchase any of the heads separately.
Those included with the 7000 are smart choices and allow you to get a good feel for the different modes on the Pro 7000 and what it can really offer.
Where both brushes fall down in comparison to the options from other brands is the battery life. Most can offer up to 2 weeks or 14 days, neither of these do, primarily because of the battery technology used.
Oral-B on these models use the cheaper, yet reliable Nickel Metal Hydride NiMH batteries compared to the newer, and arguably better Lithium Ion batteries.
The 3000 offers 7 days or 28 minutes of usage time, whereas the 7000 offers 10 days or up to 40 minutes of usage time.
The 7000 is better for families or travellers.
The 7000 is physically larger so this has a knock on effect to the design of the brush handle.
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 3000 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 3000 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 3000 wins for a smart compact feel in hand.
The 3000 has a rubber strip that runs down the front of the brush for grip and style. The 3000 comes in 2 colour options all White or Dark Blue and White. The rubber on the front is what changes in colour, the sides and rear of the handle is always a gloss white.
On the Pro 7000 it comes primarily in a Black colour option and has rubber on the rear of the handle rather than plastic. There are silver panels on the right and left side that make it look smart and stand out.
There is an all white colour option for the 7000 but this is generally a lot more expensive and not sold as widely as the Black colour option.
If you are a regular traveller, you may want to pay more attention to the 7000 because it has a smart travel case, something that is not included at all with the 3000.
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 colour matched to the brush, with a black colour to it.
The whole design is fitting to the brush and the premium price it commands.
Some of the extra cost that the 7000 commands is put into 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.
As if it was not obvious by now, the 3000 is the cheaper of the two brushes discussed here. Lesser features mean a lower price tag, but the reality is you still get a good brush.
At the time of writing the 3000 has a suggested retail of $80-100.
The 7000 has a retail price of $200-220. We found it as low as $105 (with a coupon) but the average seemed to be around the $150 price point.
Oral-B often run offers, particularly on the 7000 so check your favorite stores from time to time to see what the best deals are and pay what you are prepared to.
With all the similarities covered, in what way are they similar.
Well both come with a charging stand that the brush can sit on to be recharged and replenish the internal battery.
Both come with a timer and quadpacer built in. At 30 second and 2 minute intervals the motion in the brush head will pause ever so slightly. This changes the tone of the brush to signal to you to change quadrant or finish brushing.
Both brushes have a pressure sensor built in which is located on the upper rear side of the brush handle. This plastic panel illuminates red when too much pressure is detected when brushing. It remains lit until the power is reduced.
Both are on the cutting edge with the Bluetooth connectivity which make them appealing to the younger generation, always attached to their phone. It does also allow you to build a better profile of your own brushing regime and what you can do to improve.
Both come with a brush head storage compartment that will hold up to 4 brush heads. It even has a lid to protect them from an splashes in the bathroom.
Both brushes are water resistant and whilst should not be submerged in water can survive a rinse under the tap or shower.
A 2 year warranty is supplied as standard to give you peace of mind and support should there be a problem.
Does one clean better than the other?
Not from what I can tell and there is no reason one should. They use the same motor and deliver the same power to the brush head.
You could argue the specialist modes help achieve some oral healthcare goals, but these are personal and do not necessarily confirm or deny if a brush actually cleans better.
To help ensure you get the best clean from any brush, make sure you have the right technique.
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, at the time of writing there is a price difference ranging from $30 through to over $100.
At $30 the inclusion of the Wireless SmartGuide and the Premium travel case could just about be justified for some users, but for the vast majority, it would be harder to do so.
But you need to pick the one that you are comfortable with and desire based on features and needs. You need to be happy paying the price as what I see as value for money will be different in your eyes, you may see it as cheap or expensive.
Do consider gifting seasons when offers are often available and can help you save a few extra dollars.
Conclusion & which one should I buy?
The 3000 is still my choice out of the two.
The 7000 does offer a great all round package, but unless you need this then there is little benefit to it, although the Wireless Guide is the one thing that REALLY draws me to the 7000, I love this gadget.
The 3000 will be a bit to heavy on features and price for some, there are other options if required.
The 7000 works particularly well for those on the move regularly, maybe staying away quite frequently. Business travellers, I am thinking about you. The range of brush heads and cleaning mode works well in a family environment too.
Both will clean well and give you confidence to smile.
Use the information presented to make your own decision and decide on what is right for you.
To find out more about either of these brushes why not click the relevant links below to be taken to the manufacturer’s website, to our hands on written reviews which include video or to one of our recommended outlets to purchase one at the best price possible
- Oral-B Pro 3000 Product Page
- Oral-B Pro 7000 Product Page
- View Pro 3000 on Amazon
- View Pro 7000 on Amazon
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 we have presented the facts and made the whole decision process that little bit easier.
If you found this useful, have any thoughts and opinions from going through this choice process yourself of have used either brush and want to comment, please do using the comments section below; what you have to say could be of real benefit to somebody else.
*Please note any prices stated below were correct at the time of writing and may have changed by the time you come to buy. We always recommend checking the prices of several retailers before you make a purchase.
Last updated: 2019-02-17 at 19:23 // Source: Amazon Associates