It is has the essential features you need and is good value too.
The Pro 500 will serve many users very well, There are certainly worse products for the money.
However, the Oral-B Pro 2 2000 is, for many, a better buy. Thanks to the improved battery life, additional cleaning mode and visible pressure sensor.
- 1 cleaning mode
- Built-in timer
- Slim handle
- Pressure sensor
- Better products exist for not much extra spend (see other choices)
- Pressure sensor
- Battery life
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The 3 BIG questions about the Oral-B Pro 500
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Oral-B Pro 500. If I have missed something, let me know in the comments.
If you want more detail, you can read my full Oral B Pro 500 review further down the page.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
No, it is a good brush for the money.
I have given the Pro 500 a rating of 5/5,
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
As good as the Pro 500 is, I do believe that you seriously consider the Oral-B Pro 2 2000.
It will cost a little bit more, but the extra spend is well worth it in my opinion.
You will gain a battery life double that of the Pro 500. A visible pressure sensor, a more powerful brush motor and a second cleaning mode.
You could also consider the Fairywill FW-507 electric toothbrush because this does deliver superb value for money, but does not have quite the same dental backing that the Oral-B models do
For more advice you may like to read our best electric toothbrush post.
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The following video is the UK version of the Pro 500, called the Pro 600. The name is different as is the price, but the general message is the same though.
And now for a bit more detail…
This is the entry level brush within the Pro Series from Oral-B that offers superb value for money and a no nonsense approach. The Pro 500 is about getting the job done simply and effectively without the hassle.
If you have sensitive teeth or gums or more advanced dental needs the Pro 500 is not an ideal option but it is well suited to the average user.
Variants of this toothbrush
There are different variations of this brush, the primary difference being the brush head included in the box. Some retailers may or may not clearly label the different models, so it is worth being vigilant and understanding the differences:
- Pro 500 CrossAction – This is the Pro 500 with CrossAction brush head
- Pro 500 3D White – This is the Pro 500 with 3D White brush head
In most instances the CrossAction variant has a baby blue coloured rubber grip, whilst the 3D White has a pink coloured grip.
What’s in the box?
- 1 x Oral-B Pro 500 rechargeable toothbrush
- 1 x Brush head (Style subject to which variant was chosen)
- 1 x Charging station
- Oral-B 3D movement cleaning system (Oscillating-Rotating-Pulsating)
- Rechargeable battery
- 1 cleaning mode
- Pressure sensor
- Clean timer including quadpacer
Pro & Cons
Here are what I consider to be the pros and cons of the Oral-B Pro 500 rechargeable electric toothbrush.
- 1 cleaning mode – Daily clean is generally the ‘go to’ mode for most users even on more premium brushes with other modes used less frequently. This makes it easy and simple to get up and running.
- A slim profile – The Pro 500 is an easy to use brush that fits comfortably in the hand irrespective of your age and movement in your fingers. Well designed contours and rubber grip stop the brush from slipping when wet.
- Price – The limited box contents and features allow this to be offered at a competitive price.
- Timed Clean – An audible warning when to change quadrant and when the 2 minute cycle is complete.
- Pressure sensor – Helps protect the teeth from the excessive force when brushing. Alerts you via a change in sound.
- Better products exist for not much extra spend – For not much more you can get a similar Oral-B toothbrush which is an all round better buy.
- Pressure sensor – Not visible and hard to detect when it has actually been activated.
- Battery life – Not great at just 7 days.
Design, usability, clean & general use
Out of the box, the Pro 500 offers what you need and no unnecessary extras. It is about getting the job done and that is commendable.
The handle colour and brush head supplied will depend on what variant you purchase, there are a few different ones.
Whilst the pink or blue handle may appeal to you, each brush does the same job of cleaning the teeth and they all do that really well.
There are essentially 2 key parts to the toothbrush, the handle and the head.
The handle houses all the electronics. They are sealed inside, which means the toothbrush is water resistant.
The Pro 500 has a pretty nice design overall.
It does not have quite the premium look and feel of some Sonicare toothbrush models, in my opinion, but the overall shape and form factor is very practical.
It has a rounded shape to the handle and is not perfectly cylindrical. It is a little deeper than it is wide, but it does feel relatively slim in hand.
What always impresses me about the Pro series from Oral-B is that the design and size suit most people, from an older child right through to pensioner with limited movement in the hand. Each can normally comfortably hold, grip and use the brush.
This is a form factor that exists on all the Pro series brushes. The handles get a little larger with the more capable Genius series.
Making the brush feel particularly secure in hand is the rubber grip that runs down the front of the handle.
On my brush this is a light blue colour, but as the ‘variants’ section above shows, other choices exist.
The splash of colour makes it a little less clinical looking in comparison to some other brushes.
The sides and back of the handle are a gloss white plastic that contrast with the grip.
There is a single button on the front of the brush handle, that stands out because it is white in colour.
It has a convex design, and it slightly recessed into the handle. It is not the stiffest button to press, but it is not the softest either. There is a bit of resistance to it.
When pressed it starts and stops the one cleaning mode on this brush, which I will cover in more detail very shortly.
Above and below this power button are contours in the rubber that drive the eye and the finger/thumb to it.
The lower third of the brush handle has the Oral-B and Braun logo embossed into the grip.
Below these sits the battery and charging icons which illuminate when the handle is being charged or when the power is low.
The 500 is supposed to offer up to 7 days of use on a full charge.
The rear of the handle has grips running down from the top towards the bottom. These raised plastic notches are functional but slightly rougher to the fingertips. A pro and a con, using rubber here would be nice as it would feel even better and look more premium.
The Pro 500 will stand up on a flat surface, even though the base of it has a recess into which the prong on the inductive charging stand fits.
A small but neat touch is on the back of the brush handle, right at the bottom is a small plastic notch which looks a bit out of place until you understand that this stops the brush rolling about if laid flat on a countertop.
Extending from the top of the handle is a metal shaft to which the replaceable brush heads fit.
1 brush head is included in the box. The exact style will depend on the variant you choose. One of the most popular options is the CrossAction head.
Oral-B offers a range of different brush heads, each of which are explained in detail in our brush heads article.
All of the heads work with the Pro 500, simply pushing onto and pulling off of the brush handed. One particular style may be better suited to you, but generally, I recommend the CrossAction or UltraThin for daily use.
Clinically proven to be effective, the small round heads clean the teeth well and are a little easier to move around the cramped spaces of the mouth in comparison to some larger brush heads.
The Pro 500 has an oscillating, rotating and pulsating cleaning actions. The head moves in a side to side circular motion and back and forth too.
It delivers up to 8,800 oscillations and 20,000 pulsations per minute on the daily clean mode.
Each brush head should be replaced every 3 months on average, sooner if the bristles are showing obvious signs of wear.
The blue bristles within the head will fade over time to a pale blue/translucent colour. This is a cue for you to change.
Using for longer than 3 months can potentially result in the head not cleaning as well and even doing damage to the teeth and gums.
To activate the 1 cleaning mode on the Pro 500 all you need do is press the power button.
At this point the brush head spins into action and the built-in timer and pacer are activated.
These help you and me brush for the recommended 2 minutes and encourage us to brush the teeth evenly too.
The logic is you spend 30 seconds cleaning the teeth in each quadrant of the mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left).
At the end of the 2 minutes you will have achieve a good clean of the teeth and gums.
Once powered on, at the 30 second intervals, the Pro 500 will provide an audible warning via a slight pause in the brush motor. This is your cue to change from one quadrant to another.
Once the 2 minutes are up 3 brief pauses in the brush motor will be heard and felt. This is your cue that the clean is over. If you don’t hear or feel these pauses, keep brushing, you haven’t achieved 2 minutes.
The brush does not turn off after 2 minutes. To turn the brush off you will need to press the power button again.
The Pro 500 provides a very good clean overall. You will unlikely have any complaints. The increased number of movements from the brush head really help give a thorough clean.
For your own benefit, do try and perfect your technique so you remove as much plaque as possible.
Some might question whether 1 mode is enough and for most people it is.
Additional modes are by no means essential. But, if I were to demand any additional mode it would be a lower powered sensitive cleaning mode that the likes of the Oral-B Pro 2 2000 has.
This is particularly nice for first time users to use as it helps get you more used to the power of the electric toothbrush, but from time to time even experienced users might enjoy the slightly more gentle brushing.
A small but noteworthy point is that the motor in the Pro 2 series is a little more powerful on the daily clean mode. What this means is that the head moves a bit more during each clean. It could help produce better results in the long term, but honestly, it does not make a significant difference, you still get a great clean from the 500.
Although not heavily promoted by Oral-B or the retailers stocking this brush, it does have a pressure sensor.
Although it exists, it is implemented a little differently to most other Oral-B models.
There is no visible pressure sensor. This means no red light on the handle that lights up to tell you it has been activated.
Instead, if you brush the teeth with too much force, the sound of the brush changes slightly as will the cleaning action. The motor slows down and the pulsations are stopped. It can be quite difficult to notice this change, particularly for new users.
The key here is that the brush will take the steps to try and prevent doing any unnecessary damage. If the pressure is relieved the motor will power back up again.
Just be aware that bristles really only need to skim the teeth. Only a little brushing force is needed. More scrubbing pressure does not equal a better clean.
So whilst it is a useful feature, the fact that it is hard to spot or realise it is even activated is a negative. The Pro 2 2000 has the visible sensor, which is much easier to detect.
It would be nice if the Pro 500 came with some extra brush heads or a travel case in the box. It is by no means a deal breaker, because actually it is a good value toothbrush, but these would make it a more attractive offering.
This is another potential appeal for the Pro 2 2000 as it comes with a case.
Existing Oral-B users will likely be pleased with the performance of the Pro 500. It is definitely a worthwhile investment over the entry level Vitality models.
As standard, a 12 month warranty is provided with the Pro 500.
Summary of design, usability, clean & general use
- Slim and comfortable brush to hold and use
- Looks good – different colour options available
- 1 cleaning mode
- Cleans the teeth well
- 1 brush heads included
- Alternative brush heads available
- Built-in quad pacer and 2 minute timer to help you achieve an even clean for the recommended time
- Pressure sensor built-in
- Not a visible sensor so hard to detect when activated
- Up to 7 days battery life
- Limited battery status feedback
- Water resistant and can be used in the shower
- 1 year warranty as standard
What you expect in terms of battery life from a toothbrush may well be different from what someone else expects.
For me, I generally like to see a brush offering 2 weeks use on a full charge.
I think this is an ideal amount, because it covers the use cases for most people.
You can go away on holiday for a couple of weeks and not have to worry about charging the brush and having to take the stand with you.
Most toothbrushes will exceed this. Sonicare have a very good reputation here. Even budget friendly and up and coming brand Fairywill are really demonstrating what is possible with battery life. Most of their brushes offer around 1 month+ on a full charge.
In all honesty, for many of us, we don’t need this because we are often at home and the charging stand is the natural place to leave the brush when not in use, thus the battery is constantly topped up.
It is perhaps no surprise that entry level models like the Vitality series offer just 5 or so days on a single charge.
The Pro 500 has a claimed life of up to 7 days.
‘Up to’ feels a bit vague. Given that there is only 1 cleaning mode, what changes that it might achieve less? Well the brushing time is usually what causes the variance, but the standard brushing time is 2 minutes, or at least it should be.
My hand’s on time achieved a maximum of 9 days or 18 brushing sessions of use. This is based on brushing twice a day for 2 minutes each time.
Although I managed 9, by day 8 the motor was slowing, the battery indicator flashing and really it needed charging.
It exceeded the 7 days claimed so I can’t complain too much. It is just a shame it does not last longer.
The rechargeable battery is sealed inside the handle. It is not user removable. It is a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery.
Whilst there is nothing particularly bad with an NiMH battery, Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) tends to be more common and popular now.
The vast majority of other toothbrushes in the Oral-B ranges now offer a 2+ week battery life.
Safe to say the 500 failed my 2 week test. Not necessarily a reason to write it off completely, but just something to be aware of, particularly when the frequently mentioned Pro 2 2000 offers nearly twice the performance from its battery.
When in use, you don’t actually get too much feedback from the battery icon on the handle, it will just flash red when the power is low.
By the time it begins flashing, you may also notice the motion of the head slowing slightly to and feel the decrease in brush power.
In the box when you buy the brush is a fairly basic but functional charging station.
The white charging stand has a 2 pin plug hardwired into it. If you do not have one, you can purchase an adapter and recharge your brush using the conventional 3 pin mains in Singapore.
The small prong on the top marries up with a recess in the bottom of the brush handle and will charge the brush fully in about 8-12 hours. I tend to leave it on charge overnight.
When charging the battery charging icon flashes green and it will stop flashing and go out when the brush is fully charged.
The charging stand itself supports 220-240v.
If you were to take this with you on holiday in Europe, you would need a plug adapter, but not a voltage adapter.
If off to the USA, you would need a voltage and plug adapter to handle the different power supply found here.
Summary of battery life
- Claimed battery life of up to 7 days
- Achieved up to 9 days or 18 brushing sessions
- Really needed recharging by day 8
- A charger included in the box
- Takes about 8-12 hours to charge fully
- Can be left on the charger
- The status icon flashes green when charging and red when the battery is low
- Works on 220-240v.
Price & where to buy
I have included links to buying options here at the start of the review.
In the section below, I discuss the price more generally and in relation to similar products.
The recommended selling price for the Pro 500 is S$99.
In relation to other products in the Oral-B range, this is in truth fair and comparable.
However, I do not advise you to pay as much as this.
OIt is extremely common for the brushes to be discounted by at least 25%, meaning it is really very easy to find this for S$75 or less.
In fact, at the time of review, the average price is around S$69, some 30% less than retail.
It sounds ridiculous to have such a big discount, but that is the situation and I wouldn’t want you to feel cheated. Particularly when you don’t have to do much in the way of shopping around to get that price.
Of course, it is always subject to change, but most large retailers follow this pricing model.
Here at Electric Teeth to try and give a benchmark for comparison, we like to price the brush over a 3 year period.
Based on 1 user, you will require 11 additional brush heads over the 1 supplied in the box. At an average price of S$8 per head, this is a further $88 to add to the price.
This gives a total cost of S$157 or just S$0.14 per day to own.
This price does exclude the cost of water, toothpaste and electric to charge it, but you get a rough idea and is one of if not the cheapest decent electric toothbrushes available at the moment.
3 years is just a benchmark though. There is a very high likelihood it will last much longer and deliver even better value.
I do still believe the Pro 2 2000 is a better buy all things considered, although it is more expensive to buy. It works out at S$0.20 per day.
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.
Summary of price & where to buy
- Recommended retail price of S$99
- Generally available from S$69
- Works out at around S$0.14 per day over 3 years
- A great value toothbrush
- Possibly worth spending more on the Pro 2 2000
Reliability & long term use
Having been using Oral-B brushes for many years personally along with having put many through extensive tests we can be pretty confident that your brush will still be functional 4 or 5 years down the line.
With a regular rinse and wipe down the brush will stand the test of time.
Plastics and rubber may start to discolour but you should not really expect failure.
The weakest point is the battery. After this time this is most likely to fail due to the constant charge and discharge and internal parts could wear out but anything beyond three years and you are doing well.
With all new Pro 500’s you do get a 1 year warranty included.
It is good value and functional.
There is no arguing that this is a good electric toothbrush for the majority and you are not wasting money if you buy one.
However, as good as it is, the Oral-B Pro 2 2000 is, for many a better buy.
The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 is pricier it is, but it brings more cleaning power, double the battery life, extra cleaning modes and a pressure sensor.
- Height (without head) – 19.5cm
- Height (with head) – 23cm
- Width – 2.5cm
- Thickness – 3cm
- Weight (without head) – 124g
- Weight (with head) – 130g
All are approximates
- s the Pro 500 an oscillating brush?
- Yes, with Oral-B 3D motion that oscillates, rotates and pulsates
- What brushing/cleaning modes are available?
- The Pro 500 has 1 cleaning mode. This is:
- Daily Clean
- The Pro 500 has 1 cleaning mode. This is:
- What brush head does the Pro 500 come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- The brush head supplied depends on the variant chosen. Refer to the variants section for more information.
- Oral-B primarily offers a total of 5 different brush heads, each of which can be purchased separately and used with this toothbrush. Those options are:
- 3D White
- Precision Clean
- There are some more specialised brush heads available also.
- You can find out more about them and the standard Oral-B brush heads here.
- Does the Pro 500 have a pressure sensor?
- Yes, it does, although it is not a visible sensor like most other Oral-B models.
- Does the Pro 500 have Bluetooth?
- No, it does not.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- No, a travel case is not included in the box.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included with the box with the Pro 500.
- How long does the battery last?
- The battery is said to last up to 7 days.
- This is equivalent to 28 minutes, when used on the standard daily clean mode, based on 2 cleans per day.
- In hand testing achieved a maximum of 9 days.
- Can I use the Pro 500 in the shower?
- Yes. The 500 is water resistant so if you choose you can use it in the shower. Avoid submerging it in water.
- Does the Pro 500 come with a warranty & how long is it?
- If purchased new from an approved retailer the brush will come with a 1 year.
Do you own or have you used the Oral-B Pro 500?
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.