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Oral-B Pro 3 3000 Review

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Editor’s Note

As of summer 2021, Oral-B have updated the Pro 3 series.

The differences between the new and old model are very subtle. The key changes are that the new model has an updated handle design (fewer grips) and a larger 360 degree pressure sensor.

The review below has been updated for the new model.  Click here for our review of the older Pro 3 3000.

Our Verdict

4 Star Rating

The Pro 3 – 3000 has the essential features you want and need of an electric toothbrush.  

It is a strong performer that cleans the teeth well.  

It is worth considering the Pro 3 3500 (view on Amazon) variant, it comes with a travel case. Just make sure you are not paying a premium for it.

The Pro 2 2500 is generally a better value purchase, with little in the way of sacrifices. It is also grippier in hand. 

Pros

  • Timer and pacer encourage brushing for the recommended time
  • Visible pressure sensor – alerts you when brushing too hard
  • 2 weeks of use on a single charge
  • Multiple cleaning modes (if desired)

Cons

Where to buy the Oral-B Pro 3

Here are some of the current prices and retailers stocking the Oral-B Pro 3 3000.

It’s always worth checking eBay too.

Consider these other brushes

If I were buying a brush today, the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 would be my choice.

It’s affordable with the features you need. It is our number 1 choice for the best electric toothbrush.

The Pro 3 – 3000 is a slight upgrade on the 2 2500, with an extra cleaning mode, larger pressure sensor and cleaner design to the handle.  The compromise is that it is less grippy in hand. 

If you want something a bit more capable, with a few more bells and whistles, then consider the Oral-B Smart 5 5000.

Honestly, all 3 models clean your teeth just as well. All brushes require you to use the correct technique.

Our guide to taking care of your teeth shows you all of the important things you need to know, irrespective of the toothbrush you use.

Our Choice
Oral-B Pro 2 2500 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush Rechargeable Powered by Braun, 1 Handle, 2 Modes Including Gum Care, 1 Toothbrush Head, Travel Case, 2-Pin UK Plug, Christmas Gift for Men/Women
Oral-B Pro 3 - 3000 - White Electric Toothbrush, 1 Handle with Visible Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush Head, Designed By Braun, 2 Pin UK Plug
Oral-B Smart 5 5000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, 1 App Connected Handle, 5 Modes with Whitening, Sensitive and Gum Care, Pressure Sensor, 3 Toothbrush Heads, Plastic Travel Case, 2 Pin UK Plug
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Our Choice
Oral-B Pro 2 2500 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush Rechargeable Powered by Braun, 1 Handle, 2 Modes Including Gum Care, 1 Toothbrush Head, Travel Case, 2-Pin UK Plug, Christmas Gift for Men/Women
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Oral-B Pro 2 2500
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Oral-B Pro 3 - 3000 - White Electric Toothbrush, 1 Handle with Visible Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush Head, Designed By Braun, 2 Pin UK Plug
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Oral-B Smart 5 5000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, 1 App Connected Handle, 5 Modes with Whitening, Sensitive and Gum Care, Pressure Sensor, 3 Toothbrush Heads, Plastic Travel Case, 2 Pin UK Plug
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Oral-B Smart 5 5000
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Video Review

Oral-B Pro 3 3000 Review

Oral-B Pro 3 – 3000 in-depth review

The Pro 3 – 3000 is a lower midrange electric toothbrush.  

It offers the essentials you need and not lots of unnecessary extras.  

The main appeal is the sleek looking handle and the multiple cleaning modes.

It is a very good example of what a toothbrush should be and what most of us actually need.

Variants of this toothbrush

There are several different variations of this brush, the primary difference being the colour of the brush handle and the brush head included in the box.  

1 variant does come with a travel case.

Some retailers may or may not clearly label the different models, so it is worth being vigilant and understanding the differences.

Oral-B brush heads are interchangeable, so, for the most part, it makes little difference which model number you choose; you can always buy different brush heads later. Sometimes there can be a difference in price simply because of the brush head or colour.

Oral-B Pro 3 3000 & 3 3500
  • Pro 3 3000 – RRP £90
    • Alabaster white
      • 1 x Alabaster white Pro 3 brush handle
      • 1 x CrossAction brush head
      • 1 x White charging stand
    • Alabaster white
      • 1 x Alabaster white Pro 3 brush handle
      • 1 x Sensi UltraThin brush head
      • 1 x White charging stand
    • Prink
      • 1 x Pink Pro 3 brush handle
      • 1 x 3D White brush head
      • 1 x White charging stand
    • Electric blue
      • 1 x Electric blue Pro 3 brush handle
      • 1 x CrossAction brush head
      • 1 x White charging stand
    • Black onyx
      • 1 x Black onyx Pro 3 brush handle
      • 1 x CrossAction brush head
      • 1 x White charging stand
    • Black onyx
      • 1 x Black onyx Pro 3 brush handle
      • 1 x White charcoal brush head
      • 1 x Charging stand
  • Pro 3 3500 – RRP £90
    • Pink
      • 1 x Pink Pro 3 brush handle
      • 1 x 3D White brush head
      • 1 x White charging stand
      • 1 x White travel case
    • Black onyx
      • 1 x Black onyx Pro 3 brush handle
      • 1 x Black CrossAction brush head
      • 1 x White charging stand
      • 1 x Black travel case
    • Black onyx
      • 1 x Black onyx Pro 3 brush handle
      • 1 x Black CrossAction brush head
      • 1 x White charging stand
      • 1 x Black Mondrian (patterned) travel case
  • Pro 3 3900 – RRP £140
    • 1 x Pink Pro 3 brush handle
    • 1 x Black onyx Pro 3 brush handle
    • 2 x CrossAction brush head (1 x black & 1 x white)
    • 1 x White charging stand
Preview Product Rating Price
Oral-B Pro 3 - 3000 - White Electric Toothbrush, 1 Handle with Visible Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush Head, Designed By Braun, 2 Pin UK Plug Oral-B Pro 3 - 3000 - White Electric Toothbrush, 1 Handle with Visible Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush... 14 Reviews £89.99 £40.00
Oral-B Pro 3 - 3000 - Pink Electric Toothbrush, 1 Handle with Visible Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush Head, Designed By Braun, 2 Pin UK Plug Oral-B Pro 3 - 3000 - Pink Electric Toothbrush, 1 Handle with Visible Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush... 24 Reviews £89.99 £40.00
Oral-B Pro 3 - 3000 - Blue Electric Toothbrush, 1 Handle with Visible Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush Head, Designed By Braun, 2 Pin UK Plug Oral-B Pro 3 - 3000 - Blue Electric Toothbrush, 1 Handle with Visible Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush... No ratings yet £89.99
Oral-B Pro 3 - 3500 - Pink Electric Toothbrush, 1 Handle with Visible Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush Head, 1 Travel Case, Designed By Braun, 2 Pin UK Plug Oral-B Pro 3 - 3500 - Pink Electric Toothbrush, 1 Handle with Visible Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush... 31 Reviews £89.99 £39.99
Oral-B Pro 3 - 3500 - Black Electric Toothbrush, 1 Handle with Visible Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush Head, 1 Travel Case, Designed By Braun, 2 Pin UK Plug Oral-B Pro 3 - 3500 - Black Electric Toothbrush, 1 Handle with Visible Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush... 31 Reviews £89.99 £39.99
Oral-B Pro 3 - 3500 - Black Electric Toothbrush, 1 Handle with Visible Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush Head, 1 Mondrian Travel Case, Designed By Braun, 2 Pin UK Plug Oral-B Pro 3 - 3500 - Black Electric Toothbrush, 1 Handle with Visible Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush... 31 Reviews £89.99
Oral-B Pro 3 - 3900 - Set of 2 Electric Toothbrushes Pink & Black, 2 Handles with Visible Pressure Sensor, 2 Toothbrush Heads, Designed By Braun, 2 Pin UK Plug Oral-B Pro 3 - 3900 - Set of 2 Electric Toothbrushes Pink & Black, 2 Handles with Visible Pressure... 13 Reviews £139.99 £54.99

What’s in the box?

We purchased the pink Pro 3 – 3500 variant for our review. 

  • 1 x Pink Pro 3 brush handle
  • 1 x 3D White brush head
  • 1 x White charging stand
  • 1 x White travel case
Oral-B Pro 3 3500 Box Contents

Key Features

  • Oral-B 3D movement cleaning system (Oscillating-Rotating-Pulsating)
  • Rechargeable battery
  • 3 cleaning modes (Daily Clean, Sensitive and Whitening)
  • Pressure sensor
  • 2 minute timer including quadpacer
  • 14+ day battery life

Design, usability, clean & general use

Considering the relatively limited box contents, the Pro 3’s box is a bit larger than you might anticipate but typical of other Oral-B brushes.

A blue coloured outer cardboard box shows a picture of the toothbrush you will be getting inside. Listed on the box are some of the main features of this brush.  Interestingly, there is no mention of the cleaning modes available.

Oral-B Pro 3 3500 Box

It is nice to see that Oral-B have opted for cardboard inside the box rather than polystyrene that they have used in the past.  It is better for the environment and recyclable at least.  

What you get in the box depends on the variant chosen.  The Pro 3 3000 comes with no extras over the toothbrush and charging stand itself. This is both a positive and a negative.  I like it because it means you and I are not left with items we won’t actually use.  

The Pro 3 – 3500 shown in the images within this review, comes with a travel case.  A handy extra for many people.

It would be nice if the Pro 3 3000 rather than the 3500 variant came with the case as standard.  By no means a deal breaker, I think the travel case would have been a particular bonus and clinched this as a must buy for many people.  Many of us do spend nights away where we need to take our toothbrush. Without it, we have to buy or find some other solution to protect the head and handle from damage when in our travel bags.

It would have also been nice to have had an additional brush head in the box, but the variants available at the time of the review come with just 1.

The Pro 3 is designed like most other electric toothbrushes, with a tall cylindrical handle. Actually, it is not perfectly round, it’s slightly thicker than it is wide, but we are talking millimetres of difference.

Oral-B Pro 3 3500 Pink Stood Upright

On top of the handle is where the brush head sits.  Everything is fairly standard. It still feels solid and well built.

Compared to other models, the design is actually a little different.  It has a styling that has not been used before. 

What stands out is the lack of grips on the handle.  Many other Oral-B models have a large rubber grip to help keep a secure hold in hand. Cheaper handles tend to have this on the front, and premium models like the Genius series, on the back.

This is not so with the Pro 3.

Dimpled Texture Oral-B Pro 3 3500

There are no large rubber grips.  The back of the handle does have a series of small dimples, which do provide a bit of additional grip to the fingertip.  They are quite subtle and run the length of the handle.  They help but are not quite as tactile and effective as the raised plastic ridges you get on the Pro 2 2000 or Smart 5 5000.

This lack of grips makes the handle look slightly more stylish, minimal and cleaner.  It is also easier to wipe clean.  Toothpaste residue can build up on the rubber grips of other handles and be harder to remove. 

Side profile Oral-B Pro 3 3500

There is an oval shaped panel in the upper third of the brush handle that is of a rubber/silicone construction and helps provide some security in hand, it is just a lot less than what I am used to on an Oral-B brush.

This oval shaped panel is generally matched to the colour of the brush handle.  The exception being the white variant, which has a dusty grey coloured button.

Within this panel is the power come function button.

There is a concave shape to the button which means it is easy to detect with the fingertip and in hand, the thumb naturally falls to this position.

Printed on the button is a power icon, it is white in colour and stands out nicely from the panel in which it is placed.

There is a real minimal look to this handle overall. 

In the lower third of the handle is a battery status LED. The LED will flash red when the battery inside the handle is low and it flashes green when being recharged.

The rechargeable lithium battery sealed inside the handle offers 2+ weeks of battery life on a full charge.

Underneath this is an Oral-B and Braun logo that are grey in colour.

On the base of the handle is a recess into which the protuberance on the charging stand fits.  Some regulatory information is printed here too.

The handle does stand upright on a flat surface.

It is worth knowing that the Pro 3 – 3000 series is available with different coloured handles.  The options are alabaster white, pink, electric blue or black onyx.

The availability of the colour does depend on the variant.

Oral-B Pro 3 3500 battery/charger

But where the white and black handles are all white and all black, the pink and blue models have a white base to them.  This white base creates a ring that is about 8mm deep at the bottom of the handle.  It is quite a bold contrast.  I think it would have been nicer if this part was colour matched to the rest of the handle.

It may have something to do with styling, that I don’t understand or appreciate.  It should also be noted that irrespective of the colour of the brush handle, the charging stand on which it sits is white.

And in most instances, the brush head is white too.  Even with the black model, only a couple of variants come with a black coloured brush head.

Another small thing to note is on the back of the handle towards the bottom are 2 raised dots.  They look a bit odd or out of place.  But these are quite clever in what they do.  If the brush is laid on a worktop, they reduce the chance of the brush rolling around, keeping it face up.

Oral-B Pro 3 - 3500 - Back of handle

At the top of the brush handle, just below where the brush head attaches is a clear plastic ring.  It runs around the whole handle.  This is the 360 degree visible pressure sensor.  

The Pro 3 3000 is the most cost effective model in the Oral-B range to offer a full 360 degree visible pressure sensor.  The cheaper Pro 2 2000 and 2 2500 have visible pressure sensors, but theirs is about half the size and doesn’t wrap around the whole handle.

If you are not familiar with a pressure sensor, what happens is that when brushing, should the handle detect too much force is being used, it will turn on a light, so the ring is lit red.

As we know, red is often used as a warning colour.

The size and position of it should catch your attention. That said, the light is strongest on the backside of the ring, where the LED is located. It is not a consistently strong ring of red light as you might expect. The light is weaker on the front side of the light ring.  I think Oral-B should and could easily fix this. If it is lit red, you need to reduce the pressure.

Brushing too hard can damage the teeth and gums, so it is best avoided.  This sensor helps reduce the chances of long term damage happening.

Oral-B Pro 3 - 3500 360 Degress Pressure Sensor

It is more useful than you might think, particularly if you are new to electric toothbrushes.  

Most of the time you want to make sure you are not activating this sensor.  

When it is activated, in addition to the red light, you should hear the sound of the motor change.  This is an audible alert, in case you miss the light.

Until such time as the pressure is reduced, the motor will also reduce the number of movements and pulsations delivered to the brush head, in an effort to limit any potential damage.  

As a consequence, this changes the brushing sensation, which acts as a third alert mechanism.

It would also be nice if the handle vibrated differently like Sonicare models do.  But, alas it does not.

Once the pressure is relieved, the light will go out, the motor will return to full power for the cleaning mode selected and the sound the brush makes will have changed too.

Extending from the top of the handle is a metal shaft.  

This is connected to the powerful motor inside the handle and is what causes the brush head to oscillate, rotate and pulsate when connected.

Supplied in the box is a single brush head.  The exact style of the head depends on the variant selected. It is the CrossAction that is most common and the default option.  But, models like the Pro 3 3500 you see in the hands-on images show the 3D White brush head.

The CrossAction or the Sensi UltraThin are our preferred styles of brush head to use, as we explain in our brush head guide.

The head pushes onto that metal shaft and pulls off when you want to remove it.  No twisting or locking into place is required.

The small round CrossAction head has bristles angled at 16 degrees, which gives it quite a unique look.  It does an excellent job of cleaning the teeth.  It is able to reach the back of the mouth and very effectively remove plaque, bacteria and debris off the teeth and from the gumline.

After every use, my teeth felt lovely and clean.

It is one of a range of small round interchangeable brush heads that Oral-B offer for their electric toothbrushes.

Other styles of brush heads, which are compatible with the 3000 include:

  • FlossAction
  • 3D White
  • Sensi UltraThin
  • Precision Clean

A very small point to note is that the CrossAction and 3D White brush head supplied with the Pro 3 have what are known as CleanMaximiser bristles.

Basically, this is a new name for fading indicator bristles.  They alert you when you need to replace the brush head.

These are the green coloured bristle tufts. On most CrossAction heads, without CleanMaximizer bristles, these are blue in colour.

Oral-B Pro 3 3000 Review 1

If you are not already aware, it is important to replace a brush head every 3 months on average, sooner if the bristles are showing obvious signs of wear.

Whilst some heads will look well used after this time, they can almost look as good as new.  But, the tips of the bristles will have become worn during this time as they pass over the teeth and gums.

Using for longer than 3 months can potentially lead to them doing more damage than good and not cleaning the teeth as well.

It is easy to forget when you last replaced the head, so what happens is that over a period of approximately 3 months, the green bristles on the head are dyed yellow to indicate the brush head requires changing.  If you see lots of yellow bristles, replace the head.

And if possible recycle your used brush head. In fact, recycle all your oral care items.  

To actually use the Pro 3 3000 all you need do is press the power button on the brush handle once and it will launch into the ‘Daily Clean’ cleaning mode.

This is one of 3 modes available on the Pro 3.

The second mode is called ‘Sensitive’ and the third, ‘Whitening’.

In Oral-B’s words (taken from the manual) this is what each mode is designed for:

  • Daily Clean – Standard mode for daily cleaning
  • Sensitive – Gentle, yet thorough cleaning for sensitive areas
  • Whitening – Exceptional polishing for occasional or everyday use

It is up to you which mode you use.  

Any can be used on a daily basis if you wish. All will provide a good clean to the teeth and gums if the brush is used correctly. 

My personal preference is Daily Clean or Sensitive mode.  

Whitening has limited additional benefit in my opinion.  Yes, the speed and cleaning pattern is different.  But, it is perfectly possible to whiten the teeth with the other cleaning modes

Don’t worry too much about which mode to use, you are best to just pick one and stick with it.  Selecting a different mode is not going to fundamentally change the cleaning results you get.

Oral-B Pro 3 3500 Power Button

Our Oral-B cleaning modes article explains each mode and how they differ in a little more detail, should you be keen to learn more.

For those that are interested, the Pro 3 3000 series motor/brush head moves at up to 9,900 oscillations per minute and delivers up to 45,000 pulsations per minute too. The exact number of movements depends on the brushing mode selected.

There is only 1 physical button on the 3000.  This turns the brush on and off and allows you to change between the cleaning modes.

A single press of the power button will turn the brush on.

When the brush is powered on it will default to the daily clean mode.

To select the sensitive or whitening mode you have to press the button a further one time for sensitive and two times for whitening.

So, one press to turn the brush on and launch daily clean, a second press to change it to sensitive and a third press for whitening.

A fourth press will turn the brush off.  Or alternatively, press and hold the power button for about 2 seconds will also turn it off.

Therefore if the sensitive mode is your preference, you have to press the power button twice, every time you use it.  

I have to admit this is a bit frustrating, but something that is common amongst the mid-range brushes from Oral-B.

This does not tend to be the case with Sonicare brushes.

It would also be nice if there were some form of indicator or icon on the handle to reconfirm to you that you have selected the right mode.  With practice, you learn and can tell the difference.  But, a simple LED next to the name of the mode on the handle would be good.  It saves you from having to think quite so hard and just makes everyday usability better.

When any of the brushing modes are in use, the built-in timer and pacer are activated too.

The timer and pacer are included to help encourage you and me to brush for the dentist recommended 2 minutes.

This has been found to be the optimum amount of time for achieving clean teeth and gums

During a 2 minute clean the idea is that you spend 30 seconds cleaning each section (quadrant) of the mouth.

Those 4 sections are, upper right, upper left, lower right, and lower left.

At the 30 second intervals, the brush will provide an audible warning via a slight pause in the brush motor.  You will also notice a change in the brushing sensation too. This is your cue to change quadrant. 

Once the 2 minutes are up, 3 brief pauses in the brush motor will be heard and felt.  The brush will continue to run at the end of the 2 minutes, you then need to turn it off, it will not do this automatically.

This timer and pacer are what I consider essential to a good electric toothbrush and can make a significant difference to the way we brush and ultimately our long term oral health.

When it comes to dental advice and information on how to take care of your teeth, the Oral Health Foundation are one of the leading bodies.

It is then pretty reassuring to know that the Pro 3 has achieved their ‘Approved’ status which means the brush has met and surpassed certain standards and tests that the independent board put together.

As you might expect, the Pro 3 3000 toothbrush handle is water resistant. 

Whilst Oral-B does not specifically state in the manual not to use it when bathing, it should be fine to use in the shower, but do avoid submerging it in the bath for example.  A rinse under the tap etc is fine too.  

Do be sure to keep the charging stand away from water.

As I have already intimated, the Pro 3 – 3500 variant comes with a travel case.  This is a fairly basic but functional plastic case.  It will protect it from damage and accidental activation.

Oral-B Pro 3 3500 Travel Case

Hold it in a vertical orientation and it is hinged on the left side. There is a secure plastic clip on the right side.

The Bruan and Oral-B logo are debossed onto the front of the case. The logo is too on the clip on the right side.  It holds the Pro 3 brush handle and up to 2 brush heads.  The heads clip into one half of the case, whilst the handle clips into the other.

The larger surfaces of the case are flat, but the edges are rounded, for a softer look and do also make it more comfortable when held in the hand.

There are holes in the case for ventilation which is great.

The colour of the case depends on the variant, but typically they are a solid black or white.

The Pro 3 – 3000 is a really lovely electric toothbrush and it is a great option for both new and experienced electric toothbrush owners.  However, it might not be for everyone.  And for this reason, Oral-B offers a 30 day money back guarantee that you can take advantage of if you are not happy for any reason.  

If you keep the brush, which I suspect you will, it is then supported by a 2 year warranty, which can be extended to 3 years at no extra cost, by registering online.

Summary of design, usability, clean & general use

  • Minimal, clean design
  • Not as much grip as some other models
  • A small oval rubber panel around the power button provides some in hand grip
  • Dimpled texture to the back of the handle
  • Available in 4 colours (alabaster white, pink, electric blue, black onyx)
  • Solid and well built
  • 3 cleaning modes (daily clean, sensitive & whitening)
  • Does not remember the cleaning mode last used
  • No cleaning mode icons or labels on the brush handle
  • Cleans the teeth really well
  • Built-in pressure sensor including 360 degree visible sensor
  • Built-in 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer
  • 1 x brush head supplied – style depends on the variant – typically CrossAction
  • Other brush head styles are available separately
  • Rechargeable battery built-in
  • Lithium battery offers 2 weeks of battery life
  • Travel case only available with Pro 3 – 3500 variant
  • Oral Health Foundation approved
  • Water resistant
  • 30 day money back guarantee
  • 2 year warranty – extend to 3 years for free by registering online

Battery life

Sealed inside the handle of the Pro 3 3000 from Oral-B is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery.

This battery is not user-replaceable and is recharged via the supplied charging stand.

Oral-B suggests a usage time of 2+ weeks (14+ days) on a full charge.

The plus (+) makes it a bit vague as to how much above 14 days you will get.

Based on a 2 minute clean, I was able to complete 40 brushing sessions on a full charge.  This is equivalent to 20 days of use.

In fairness to Oral-B, this is nearly 3 weeks, a week longer than suggested.

Now, in all honesty, by about day 19 the motor was beginning to slow and the cleaning power was quite weak and noticeably not as good.  But it is safe to say that you will get at least 2 weeks out of the brush.

Overall I am pleased with this.

I ran my battery test on the standard daily clean mode.  It is possible that an extra day may well be achieved if you use the sensitive mode.

It does not quite perform as well as the likes of the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 or 5100, which are logical alternatives to the 3000.  They last up to 5 weeks on a full charge.

There are no other Oral-B brushes at the time of review that offer better battery life than this.

Your opinion may well be different, but typically I wish for the battery to last at least 2 weeks on a full charge.  

This is because it gives the flexibility to go away for a few days or even a couple of weeks on business or for a  holiday, without having to worry about taking a charger with you.  As you can tell the Pro 3 allows just this.

Oral-B Pro 3 3000 on charging stand

Provided in the box with the 3000 is a standard Oral-B charging stand.

The white coloured stand is a little thicker and wider than the handle itself and has a protuberance on the top, which aligns with a recess found in the base of the handle.

Hardwired into the charging stand is a 2 pin power adapter suitable for UK bathrooms.  The power cord is approx 90cm/3 ft in length.

The 2 pin connector works on 220-240v and can be connected to a 3 pin UK socket with the use of an adapter.

Connect the adapter to the outlet on the wall, sit the 3000 on the stand and it will begin charging.

It can take up to 12 hours to charge the brush fully.

When on the stand, the battery status indicator on the front of the brush handle will flash green.

If the battery is completely flat it can take up to 30 minutes or so for it to begin flashing.

Once fully charged, the light will stop flashing and turn itself out.

Electronic circuits in the charger and toothbrush prevent the battery from being overcharged.  So, if the brush is left on the charger for extended periods of time, you don’t need to worry.

When in use, the battery icon will flash red if the battery is getting low.

You should still be able to complete a couple of brushing sessions, even when the battery is low, before it runs out completely.  However, as the power decreases the brush head movements may reduce too.  

For those who do travel, the provided charging stand supports 220-240v.  This means that should you need to take the charging stand with you, you may need a voltage and plug adapter too, subject to where you are travelling.  This would be the case if you were going to the USA for example.

Summary of battery life

  • Claimed battery life of 2+ weeks
  • Achieved a maximum of 20 days in my hands-on testing
  • Supplied with a charging stand
  • Takes up to 12 hours to charge fully
  • Flashing green LED when the battery is charging
  • Flashing green LED will stop when the battery is fully recharged
  • Flashing red LED when the battery is low
  • Can be left on the stand
  • Stand support 220-240v
  • Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery sealed inside

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 Pro 3 3000 has a recommended retail price of £90.00.

It is very common for many electric toothbrushes, particularly Oral-B brushes to sell for a fairly significant discount on their retail price.

You can normally get it for about 50% less than RRP, so selling prices are typically around £40-45.

This discounted price is much more reasonable and affordable.  I would not encourage you to pay full price for these products.

The Pro 3 3500 (with the travel case) has a retail price of £90 too.  It seems odd given that you get the benefit of the case too.

Oral-B Pro 3 - 3500 - Pink with case

The Pro 3 3900 (dual handle) also has a retail price of £140.

Both the Pro 3 3500 and 3 3900 also often sell for 50% less.  Making them £45 and £70 respectively.

When looking at buying any Oral-B model you need to shop around and consider your options.  There is no pattern.  At times certain coloured handles or variants will be cheaper than others. I was able to buy the variant with a travel case for less than the one with the case.

Of course, if you can get the case for no extra spend, or anything less than £5 extra I would say it is worth picking this option over the variant without the case.

Any price below £50 for the Pro 3 3000 or 3 3500 is pretty reasonable, all things considered.  If you can get it for nearer £40, then that is an even better deal.

Ultimately, pay a price you deem fair and are happy to pay.

All brushes require replacement brush heads for each user every 3 months.  Replacement heads can be purchased in packs of 4 and whilst prices do vary, you are generally looking at a price of around £3 per replacement Oral-B brush head.

Using the average cost (based on one user) and ownership over 3 years, the Pro 3 3000 will cost £78 or 7p per day to own.

This price does exclude the cost of water, toothpaste and electric to charge it.  This price also works on some assumptions, but you get a rough idea.

You can bring the cost down further if you were to share it with other members of your household.  All you need to invest in is extra brush heads.

All told it is a pretty fair price to pay for the Pro 3.

It is also worth considering the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 though. It is our top pick.

It is a little different to the Pro 3, but the differences are very subtle. The key benefit is that it has more grips on it, so feels a little more secure in the hand.

You get a case in the box with the Pro 2 2500 and since initial review, the price has dropped a little and typically works out at £68 or £0.06 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

  • List of buying options included here
  • Recommended retail price of £90
  • Generally available with a 50% discount; circa £45
  • Replacement brush heads cost around £3 each
  • Works out at around £0.07 per day to own over 3 years
  • Pro 3 3500 variant with travel case often same price as Pro 3 3000

Reliability & long term use

The fundamental technology that Oral-B use to power this toothbrush and provide the great clean is no different to most of the brushes the company offers.

The handle design of the Pro 3 3000 is slightly different though.

It has the classic cylindrical shape, but the plastic body of the handle and the 360 degree pressure sensor is a new combination.

The 360 degree sensor has been made available on premium Oral-B toothbrushes such as the Genius X, but the very minimal handle design is a little different to what has been available previously.

Having used this brush for a couple of weeks and analysed it, I have no immediate cause for concern.

Oral-B has a good reputation for build and durability and I have little reason to doubt that here.

Should the worst happen and it fails in some way, you have a 2 year manufacturer warranty and that is on top of the 30 day money back guarantee, which allows you to return it, even if it’s not faulty!

Conclusion

The Pro 3 is a brush I have confidence in recommending.

It is marginally more expensive than the Pro 2 2500.  And I do think the2500 is the better buy.  

But, with the 3000 you do gain an extra brushing mode, a larger pressure sensor and a slightly cleaner look to the handle itself.

The 3000 offers the most essential features of an electric brush and not lots of unwanted and unnecessary additional extras.

Of course, it cleans the teeth well and the choice of cleaning modes means it suits a variety of users.

It is a shame you can’t easily tell which mode you have selected and that it always defaults to the daily clean mode, but that is how Oral-B configures its mid-range models.

Our Choice
Oral-B Pro 2 2500 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush Rechargeable Powered by Braun, 1 Handle, 2 Modes Including Gum Care, 1 Toothbrush Head, Travel Case, 2-Pin UK Plug, Christmas Gift for Men/Women
Oral-B Pro 3 - 3000 - White Electric Toothbrush, 1 Handle with Visible Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush Head, Designed By Braun, 2 Pin UK Plug
Oral-B Smart 5 5000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, 1 App Connected Handle, 5 Modes with Whitening, Sensitive and Gum Care, Pressure Sensor, 3 Toothbrush Heads, Plastic Travel Case, 2 Pin UK Plug
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 2 2500
Oral-B Pro 3 - 3000
Oral-B Smart 5 5000
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Oral-B Pro 2 2500 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush Rechargeable Powered by Braun, 1 Handle, 2 Modes Including Gum Care, 1 Toothbrush Head, Travel Case, 2-Pin UK Plug, Christmas Gift for Men/Women
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 2 2500
Customer Rating
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5/5
Price
£33.00
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Oral-B Pro 3 - 3000 - White Electric Toothbrush, 1 Handle with Visible Pressure Sensor, 1 Toothbrush Head, Designed By Braun, 2 Pin UK Plug
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 3 - 3000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
4/5
Price
£40.00
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Oral-B Smart 5 5000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, 1 App Connected Handle, 5 Modes with Whitening, Sensitive and Gum Care, Pressure Sensor, 3 Toothbrush Heads, Plastic Travel Case, 2 Pin UK Plug
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Oral-B Smart 5 5000
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4/5
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Size Guide

  • Height (without head) – 19.5cm/7.68 inches
  • Height (with head) – 23.2cm/9.13 inches
  • Width – 2.5cm/0.98 inches
  • Thickness – 2.9cm/1.14 inches
  • Weight (without head) – 119g/4.2oz
  • Weight (with head) – 124g/4.4oz

All are approximates

Noise

  • 78dB

FAQ

  • Is the Pro 3 3000 an oscillating brush?
    • Yes, with Oral-B 3D motion that oscillates, rotates and pulsates.
  • What brushing/cleaning modes are available?
  • What brush head does the Pro 3 3000 come with and what alternative ones can be used?
    • The head supplied depends on the variant chosen.  CrossAction, 3D White and Sensi UltraThin are the most common.
    • 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:
      • CrossAction
      • FlossAction
      • 3D White
      • Sensi UltraThin
      • 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 3 have a pressure sensor?
    • Yes, it does.
  • Does the Pro 3 have Bluetooth?
    • Yes, it does.
  • Does it come with a travel case?
    • It depends on the variant.  
    • The Pro 3 – 3500 comes with a travel case included in the box.
  • Does it come with a charger?
    • Yes, a charging station is included with the Pro 3.
  • How long does the battery last?
    • The battery lasts up to 66 minutes, which if used on the standard daily clean mode is 16 days based on 2 cleans per day.
  • Can I use the Pro 3 in the shower?
    • Yes.  The Pro 3000 is water resistant so if you choose you can use it in the shower. Avoid submerging it in water.
  • Does the Pro 3 come with a warranty & how long is it?
    • If purchased new from an approved retailer the brush will come with a 2 year.
    • This warranty can be extended by a further year to 3 in total if you register the brush online on Oral-B’s website. 
    • Find out more about the Oral-B warranty.
  • The charger is 2 pin, how can I use it?
    • The charger is a 2 pin/prong charger designed to be used on voltages of 220-240 volts.  It is a 2 pin charger suitable for connecting to shaver sockets found in many bathrooms in the UK & Europe.  
    • If you do not have a shaver socket, you can purchase an adapter that will allow the charger to be connected to a standard 3 pin UK mains socket. More information is available here.

Your Opinions

Do you own or have you used the Oral-B Pro 3 – 3000?

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.

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Our Verdict

It is slim, lightweight, comfortable to hold, offers several cleaning modes and leaves your mouth feeling lovely and clean.

It also has a better battery life than it once did.

There is not really much to fault here.

However, in our opinion better value is achieved by opting for the Oral-B Pro 2 2500, whilst more features are gained in the Smart 5.

Pros

  • Slim handled brush with good grip
  • 2 week battery life
  • Pressure sensor — be alerted when brushing too hard

Cons

  • Inclusion of a sensitive brush head would have been good
  • Better value options exist (see other choices)
Preview Product Rating Price
Oral-B Pro 3 3000 Oral-B Pro 3 3000 3,553 Reviews £99.99 £49.99

The 3 BIG questions about the Oral-B Pro 3 3000

If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Pro 3 3000.  If we have missed something, let us know in the comments.

If you want more detail, you can read our full Oral-B Pro 3 3000 review further down the page or watch our video review.

1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?

No, the Pro 3 is a great brush.

A solid mid range brush, it offers more than the budget options, but is not heavily laden with features that most will not use.

It scores a very respectable and solid 4/5.

2. Which other brushes should I consider?

Ultimately, the number of alternatives are vast.

However, our recommendation is to go for the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 . 

In our opinion it is the best brush you can buy for the money and comes in at under £50.

A little extra spend will get you the Bluetooth enabled and accessory rich Smart 5 5000 which will allow you to track your cleaning via an app on your smartphone.

Our Choice
Oral-B Pro 2 2500 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush Rechargeable Powered by Braun, 1 Handle, 2 Modes Including Gum Care, 1 Toothbrush Head, Travel Case, 2-Pin UK Plug, Christmas Gift for Men/Women
Oral-B Smart 5 5000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, 1 App Connected Handle, 5 Modes with Whitening, Sensitive and Gum Care, Pressure Sensor, 3 Toothbrush Heads, Plastic Travel Case, 2 Pin UK Plug
Oral-B Pro 3 3000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun, 1 Handle, 2 Modes: Daily Clean and Sensitive, Pressure Sensor, 2 Toothbrush Heads, 2 Pin UK Plug, Colour May vary
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 2 2500
Oral-B Smart 5 5000
Oral-B Pro 3 3000
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Price
£33.00
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£49.99
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Oral-B Pro 2 2500 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush Rechargeable Powered by Braun, 1 Handle, 2 Modes Including Gum Care, 1 Toothbrush Head, Travel Case, 2-Pin UK Plug, Christmas Gift for Men/Women
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 2 2500
Customer Rating
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5/5
Price
£33.00
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Oral-B Smart 5 5000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, 1 App Connected Handle, 5 Modes with Whitening, Sensitive and Gum Care, Pressure Sensor, 3 Toothbrush Heads, Plastic Travel Case, 2 Pin UK Plug
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Oral-B Smart 5 5000
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5/5
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Oral-B Pro 3 3000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun, 1 Handle, 2 Modes: Daily Clean and Sensitive, Pressure Sensor, 2 Toothbrush Heads, 2 Pin UK Plug, Colour May vary
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Oral-B Pro 3 3000
Customer Rating
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4/5
Price
£49.99
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3. Where is the best place to buy the Pro 3 3000?

You should be able to buy this from most large retailers such as Amazon, Boots, Tesco and Superdrug as well as smaller outlets including potentially your dental practice.

As a mid range brush the availability on the Pro 3 3000 is usually very good.

Typically here at Electric Teeth we recommend Amazon because it is very competitive on price and often has special offers running more frequently than others. It also offers free delivery. Nonetheless it is always worth checking out other retailers as well — check the list below for retailers that are currently selling the Pro 3 3000.

Why should you listen to us?

Electric Teeth is an independent website with a mission to simplify dental health.

Our team is a mixture of consumers and dental professionals.

We strive to create honest, informative content, telling you the facts, good or bad.

We are not sponsored by big brands or healthcare companies. Our site is funded by affiliate revenue and ads, but we only recommend products that we have tested and truly believe to be worth your money.

Why not watch this short video to find out all about us?

Video Review

Oral-B Pro 3 3000 Review

And now for a bit more detail…

The Pro 3 3000 is the replacement to the Pro 3000.

With twice the battery life, it looks to compete better with other brushes available on the market today.

Variants of this toothbrush

There are a few different varaints of the Pro 3 3000.

The primary difference is the colour of the rubber grip on the handle and the brush heads supplied.

The ‘default’ or main variant is the blue gripped handle, this comes with 1 x CrossAction and 1 x 3D White brush head as well as a clear plastic travel case as shown in the ‘what’s in the box section below’.

There is too a white rubber gripped variant. It does come with 2 brush heads, but you get 1 x Sensi UltraThin head and 1 x CrossAction brush head. The travel case is also white in colour rather than the clear plastic with the standard model. it may be referred to as the Pro 3 3000S.

In addition to the variants listed, there is the potential of some bundles, which include tubes of toothpaste and extra brush heads too.

What’s in the box?

  • Braun Oral-B Pro 3 3000 rechargeable toothbrush
  • Charging station
  • Toothbrush head storage
  • 2 x Brush heads (1 x CrossAction and 1 x 3D White)
  • Documentation
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Key Features

  • Oral-B 3D movement cleaning system (Oscillating-Rotating-Pulsating)
  • Removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush
  • Rechargeable battery
  • 2 cleaning modes (Daily Clean & Sensitive)
  • Visible pressure sensor
  • Clean timer including quadpacer
  • Battery life in excess of 2 weeks

Pro & Cons

Here are what I consider to be the pros and cons of the Pro 3 3000 from Oral-B.

The Positives

  • Battery Life – The biggest improvement by far, this brush now boasts a battery life of over 2 weeks, a vast improvement that keeps it in line with competing models.
  • Travel Case – A simple inclusion in the box that can make transportation of the brush when away on holiday or a quick weekend break a lot simpler.
  • Design – A lovely slim profile and a good in hand feel.  A blend of style and functionality that feels good in the hand.
  • 2 cleaning modes – Offering more than the standard ‘Daily Clean’ suiting those with more specific needs.
  • Pressure sensor – A rear mounted pressure sensor illuminates red should too much force and pressure be applied to the teeth. Acting as a visual indicator you are clearly made aware to reduce the pressure and chances of doing damage to the teeth.

The Negatives

  • Battery Status – Would prefer a bit more feedback from the brush on how much power remains in the battery.
  • Cleaning modes – Need to power the brush on to select the cleaning modes and no easy way of telling which mode you have activated. Also lost the Senstive cleaning mode.
  • Brush Heads – Including a Sensitive brush head rather than a 3D White head seems more logical.
  • Battery Life – Sonicare and Colgate offer 3 weeks of usage in their brushes.
  • Brush Head Storage – A brush head stand would be nice to have, the old model did.

Design, usability, clean & general use

If you happen to have used the older Pro 3000, or read any previous reviews on this model, then there is a great deal of similarity when it comes to everyday use.

The body of the brush handle is primarily a gloss white plastic, which is smooth to the touch.

Grip and a design flare is added via a rich deep blue rubber grip that runs down the length of the handle, on the front.

The one function button on the front of the handle, the power button is accented white, standing out against the blue.

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A decent level of resistance to this button means you should not accidentally activate the brush, but give it a firm press and it will power on.

When powered on it will launch into the Daily Clean mode.

Press it again to move to the Sensitive mode.

Press and hold the power button for 2 seconds to turn it off.

The post on our site, Oral-B cleaning modes explained tell you all about the different modes in great detail.

A point to note here is that you have to turn the brush on then press the power button again to change the cleaning modes.  There is no identification on the brush handle as to which mode is selected, so you need to remember the order.

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The lower third of the rubber grip has the Oral-B and Braun logo in white, with a battery and charging icon that both illuminate at certain times.

The charger icon will flash red when the battery is very low and in need of a charge and the battery icon will flash green when it is being charged.

It would be nice if there was more feedback, say an actual percentage (%) rather than just a flashing LED.   Although the brush does offer a decent 16 days of use.

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The rear of the Oral-B Pro 3000 brush handle has a series of ridges that are spaced out to provide grip.

A little harsher to the touch they are all plastic rather than rubber, like they are on some toothbrushes, but act well in helping the brush stay firmly gripped in the hand.

There are too a few raised grip areas around the power button on the front of the brush, to again help with grip and aid in guiding the finger to the button.

It is a lovely slim profiled handle, it is far from bulky or heavy. Even those with dainty hands will get on well with the Pro 3.

This same brush handle is used across the Pro range, just with different coloured grips and features added to differentiate the models.

The 3000 does on the neck of the handle have a red/orange plastic piece on the rear, this is the pressure sensor.  More on this shortly.

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At the top of the handle is the metal prong that feeds down inside the brush handle to the motor.

It is to this that the brush heads attach.  Simply align the metal with the hole in the shaft of the brush head and push the two together until you hear and feel them clip into place.

Pull the two apart to release them.

The brush heads are interchangeable.

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A sealed unit, the battery that powers this brush is built into the handle.  It is not user removable.  This makes the brush water resistant.  In turn, this means you can take the brush in the shower with you and rinse it off under the tap.

I do however advise strongly submerging your brush into water such as a full sink or bath, the brush is not really designed to be used or treated in this way.

A standard cleaning cycle lasts for 2 minutes as this is the recommended brushing time by dentists.  You should do this twice a day.

During the 2 minute cleaning cycle, a timer in the brush keeps track of what is going on.  At 30 second intervals the brush will provide an audible warning via a slight pause in the brush motor at to tell you to change quadrant. This is your built-in pacer.

Imagine your mouth broken up into 4 sections. Upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left.

You should spend 30 seconds cleaning each section.  The pacer helps you keep an even brushing time on these 4 sections.

There are in fact 3 brief pauses in the brush motor in quick succession at the end of the 2 minute clean to signify to stop brushing. The brush continues to operate at the end of the 2 minute cycle, unless you turn it off.

Brushing for the full 2 minutes is very important, but just as important if not more so is the right technique. Make sure you learn how to clean your teeth properly.  You can learn here.

Applying too much pressure when brushing is a big issue and it causes more damage than you might think.  A brush need only skim the surface of the tooth and gums.

That rear mounted pressure sensor is what helps you avoid brushing too hard.

It lights up red when it detects too much pressure and will remain this way until such time as the pressure is reduced.

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You may well notice the sound of the brush motor straining and slowing down if you do apply too much pressure.

The change in sound and the red light should signal to you to reduce that pressure.

Don’t worry if you activate it often, over time you will learn and avoid doing lasting damage to your teeth.

Included in the box along with the brush handle are 2 brush heads.

One is a CrossAction head and the other a 3D White brush head.  I find the latter slightly strange given this brush does not offer a whitening mode, although that is not essential.  I would have thought a Sensitive brush head would have been a better fit given the cleaning modes available.

The CrossAction brush head relies on hundreds of bristles that are angled in different directions. It has been scientifically engineered, to ensure the bristles cross over different parts of the tooth surface more effectively than those brush heads that have standard straight bristles.

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The 3D White brush head, on the other hand, has a rubber polishing cup in the middle which is designed to replicate the clean offered by a dentist.

These are just 2 heads from a range available for all Oral-B models.  You can learn more about each head in this brush head comparison.

If you are moving to an electric toothbrush for the first time, just like a manual brush, an electric brush head need replacing every 3 months.  Official Oral-B brush heads, the bristles will actually change colour and fade as they get older and are used more. So if your bristles look a bit faint then likelihood is, you need to replace the brush head.

Whilst the official heads are recommended, you can check out our guide to get cheap alternatives.

Also included with the brush as you might expect is a charging stand.

Made of plastic, there is a prong on the top, on which the Pro 3 will sit to be recharged.  This charger has a power cable that will typically connect to a power socket found in a bathroom.  The 2 pin connector works on 220-240v and can be connected to a 3 pin UK socket with use of an adapter.

It usually takes up to 12 hours to recharge the brush fully.  It is a relatively slow charge that is pushed to the brush via the charging stand, so it is perfectly safe to leave the brush on here at all times when not in use.  Good practice, however, is to run down the battery and recharge it every 6 months.

Older models of the 3000 had a small moulded piece of white plastic with another 2 prongs on it.  This was the brush head stand.  Essentially, the brush heads that are not in use on the brush itself can be placed on these to keep them upright and within reach.  It was a nice little addition.

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With this model though included instead is a basic travel case.  Transparent it holds the brush head and up to 2 brush heads.  Whilst not the most sturdy, it certainly does the job, protecting the Oral-B Pro 3000 CrossAction electric toothbrush from activation or damage, when in transit.

In the unlikely event something go wrong, there is as standard a 24 month warranty is provided with the Pro 3 3000.  This covers the battery too.  Register the brush online and you get an extra 12 months at no extra cost, so 36 months or 3 years in total.

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Summary of design, usability, clean & general use

  • Slim and comfortable brush to hold and use
  • Looks good
  • 2 cleaning modes – daily clean and sensitive
  • Need to switch the brush on to change cleaning modes
  • 2 brush heads included
  • Sensitive brush head would have made more sense than the 3D White
  • Alternative brush heads available
  • Built-in quad pacer and 2 minute timer tells you when to change quadrant and finish brushing
  • Travel case for the brush and up to 2 brush heads
  • 16 day battery life, but no percentage indicator for clear feedback of remaining power
  • Water resistant and can be used in the shower
  • 2 year warranty as standard, register online for a free additional year.

Battery life

The Pro 3 3000 replaces the Pro 3000 that came before it.

The biggest difference is the battery.

The older model came with a 7 day battery, whereas the new Pro 3 3000 comes with a battery life twice that. This is because the Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery has been replaced with a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion).

As a result the battery now lasts 66 minutes which is equivalent to 16 days.

There are still Sonicare and Colgate models that trounce the 3000 with not 1, not 2, but 3 weeks of usable battery life. Don’t get me wrong though, this is a good step in the right direction.

Considering the small profile of the brush, this is good and the Pro 3is no thicker than last model as a result of this boost.

What this all means now is that you can brush for longer with less worry about having to re-charge.  This is particularly good if you are going away.  No need to take the charger in most instances.

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When you do need to charge, you have the provided charging stand that will connect to shaver sockets found in most bathrooms around the world.

If a 2 pin socket is not available, you can purchase 2 pin to 3 pin adapters so that the brush can be charged from a normal mains socket found here in the UK.

All white in colour the charging dock itself has a small prong on the top which aligns 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.

When power is low the battery status icon will flash red and you will likely feel the decrease in brush power.

It would, however, be nice to have more feedback from the brush earlier on if the power is low, maybe a small LED screen with an actual percentage (%) of how much power is left. Sadly this is not present in this version.

For those that are wondering, it is quite safe to leave the brush on the charging station/dock all the time, but do be aware this could reduce the batteries performance over the years, so to avoid degrading the battery be sure to run it down completely every now and again (once every 6 months) and then recharge it fully.

Summary of battery life

  • 66 minutes of usage time or 16 days usage based on 2 cleans a day
  • Can be left on the charger
  • Takes about 8-12 hours to charge fully
  • A charger included in the box
  • Status icon flashes green when charging and red when battery is low
  • Works on 220-240 volts
  • Would be nice to have a more accurate battery status

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 Pro 3 3000  has a recommended retail price of £99.99.

You don’t and should not pay this price.  Without much shopping around you can usually get anywhere between 40-60% off.

Just days after it was launched, I purchased for £49.99.

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Prices will vary from store to store.  Typically online retailers will have the best price, but often high street retailers like Boots run promotions which result in much lower ticket prices for models like the 3000.

I would suggest up to about £70 you could justify paying for this brush, but for that money, you are straying into the territory of even more capable brushes.

Ultimately, pay a price you deem fair and are happy to pay.

This brush like every other requires replacement brush heads for each user every 3 months.  Replacement heads can be purchased in packs of 4 and are priced on average between £11 and £14.

Using the average cost (based on one user) and ownership over 3 years (the same as the warranty period (if registered online), the Pro 3 3000 will cost £84 or 8p per day to own.

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This price does exclude the cost of water, toothpaste and electric to charge it.  This price also works on some assumptions, but you get a rough idea.

You can bring the cost down further if you were to share it with other members of your household.  All you need invest in is extra brush heads.

For the sake of comparison, the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 works out at 7p per day and is our opinion the better value purchase.

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 £99.99
  • Generally available from 40-60% off RRP with a typical price of £50
  • Works out at around 8p per day over 3 years
  • Share brush handle with another user to extend value
  • Oral-B Pro 2 2500 is a better value option

Reliability & long term use

Things go wrong, it is a fact of life.

Oral-B doe have a strict quality control process and given how popular a brand they are the failure rate is low.

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Should the Oral-B Pro 3000 CrossAction electric toothbrush fail and the fault is as a result of parts or workmanship rather than user damage then it will be covered under the warranty.

The standard warranty or guarantee if you prefer runs for 2 years/24 months from the date of purchase.

Taking just 2 minutes to register your Pro 3000 via Oral-B’s website and you can get an extra years warranty added on at £0 cost to you.

Therefore you can have up to 36 months of usage and peace of mind that it is backed up be a repair process.

Typically, if anything is to go wrong, it will do inside the 3 years (read how Oral- warranty works).

Outside of this time it will generally continue to work but wear and tear can take its toll, with the battery life often being the main fault over time.  You might have to go less time between charges, or it may feel a little less powerful.

Hopefully, you will agree after 3 years you will have had your value from it.

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We have brushes that have lasted much longer and heard many a person comment how long their brush has actually lasted.

Having personally spent a good couple of weeks with the Pro 3 I can’t see any significant faults, issues or weaknesses in the brush.  This years models is essentially identical to last years and any known issues will have likely been address.  Cosmetically I see no difference.

Conclusion

It is slim, lightweight, comfortable to hold, offers several cleaning modes and leaves your mouth feeling lovely and clean.

It also has a better battery life than it once did.

There is not really much to fault here.

However, in our opinion better value is achieved by opting for the Oral-B Pro 2 2500, whilst more features are gained in the Smart 5.

Our Choice
Oral-B Pro 2 2500 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush Rechargeable Powered by Braun, 1 Handle, 2 Modes Including Gum Care, 1 Toothbrush Head, Travel Case, 2-Pin UK Plug, Christmas Gift for Men/Women
Oral-B Smart 5 5000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush, 1 App Connected Handle, 5 Modes with Whitening, Sensitive and Gum Care, Pressure Sensor, 3 Toothbrush Heads, Plastic Travel Case, 2 Pin UK Plug
Oral-B Pro 3 3000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun, 1 Handle, 2 Modes: Daily Clean and Sensitive, Pressure Sensor, 2 Toothbrush Heads, 2 Pin UK Plug, Colour May vary
Brush Name
Oral-B Pro 2 2500
Oral-B Smart 5 5000
Oral-B Pro 3 3000
Customer Rating
Electric Teeth Rating
5/5
5/5
4/5
Price
£33.00
Price not available
£49.99
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Oral-B Pro 3 3000 Review 18

Size Guide

  • Height (without head) – 19.5cm
  • Height (with head) – 23.5cm
  • Width – 2.3cm
  • Thickness – 2.9cm
  • Weight (without head) – 123g
  • Weight (with head) – 129g

All are approximates

FAQ

  • Is the Pro 3 3000 an oscillating brush?
    • Yes, with Oral-B 3D motion that oscillates, rotates and pulsates.
  • What is daily clean mode?
    • This is the comprehensive everyday cleaning mode that works with the provided CrossAction brush head to effectively clean the teeth using the Oral-B 3D oscillating, rotating and pulsating technology to clean the teeth and remove up to 100% more plaque than a manual brush.
  • What is sensitive mode?
    • A gentle yet thorough cleaning mode that combined with the sensitive brush head works to remove bacteria and plaque from sensitive areas of the mouth.
  • Does it have any other cleaning modes?
    • No, it has just two cleaning modes Daily Clean and Sensitive. For more cleaning modes consider the Smart 4 4000 or the Smart 6 6000. If you want less, look at the 2000 or 600.
  • What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
    • The brush head that is supplied with the Pro 3 3000 is usually a Cross Action head and a 3D White.  Some other package options may exist.. You can change the head with any others on offer from Oral-B. There are many that work with the brush handle.  There are 6 main brush head options that include Cross Action, Floss Action, 3D White, Sensitive, Precision Clean and TriZone.
  • Does the Oral-B 3000 electric toothbrush have a pressure sensor?
    • Yes, it does.
  • Does the Pro 3 3000 have Bluetooth?
    • No, it does not.
  • Does the Pro 3 3000 come with a warranty & how long is it?
    • If purchased new from an approved retailer the Pro 3 3000 will come with a 2 year warranty which can be extended by a further year to 3 in total if you register the brush online on Oral-B’s website.
  • Does the Oral-B Pro 3000 have a built--in timer?
    • Yes.  Often referred to as the quadpacer; subject to the cleaning mode the brush will provide an audible warning through a slight pause in the brushing mode to tell you to change quadrants.  There are 4 quadrants to the mouth, and brushing is normally for 2 minutes.  The timer will active at 30 second intervals, with a different sound at the end of the 2 minutes.  There is no visual timer included, although you can see the pause in the brushing mode if watching the brush head itself.
  • How long does the battery last?
    • The battery lasts up to 66 minutes, which if used on the standard daily clean mode is 16 days based on 2 cleans per day.
  • Does it come with a smart wireless guide?
    • No, the Pro 3 does not have a wireless smart guide included.
  • Does it come with a charger?
    • Yes, a charging station is included with the Pro 3 3000.
  • The charger is 2 pin, how can I use it?
    • The charger is a 2 pin/prong charger designed to be used on voltages of 220-240 volts.  It is a 2 pin charger suitable for connecting to shaver sockets found in many bathrooms in the UK & Europe.  If you do not have a shaver socket, you can purchase an adapter that will allow the charger to be connected to a standard 3 pin UK mains socket.
  • Can this be fixed to a wall?
    • The Pro 3 3000 charging station or brush head holder has not been designed to be fixed to a wall.
  • Can I use the Pro 3 3000 in the shower?
    • Yes.  The Pro 3000 is water resistant so if you choose you can use it in the shower. Avoid submerging it in water.
  • Does it come with a travel case?
    • Yes, a travel case is included in the box.

Your Opinions

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About Jon Love

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After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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8 thoughts on “Oral-B Pro 3 3000 Review”

  1. “Good practice however is to run down the battery and recharge it every 6 months.”

    There shouldn’t really be any need to do this with a lithium battery. The usual reason for suggesting this is to recalibrate the fuel gauge monitoring the battery, so that it gives a more accurate percentage depletion. But since the device has no battery capacity display it is likely redundant. The battery itself should not be harmed by never being run completely down, and in fact running it all the way down may be harmful

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  2. Excellent review throughout. I did a lot of research myself before buying and I have to say there are so many high street shops and website that are providing completely the wrong specification information for the models they advertise . . . . . . recently the ARGOS website are (for example product 721/9052) selling the Oral-B Pro 3000 with the wrong specs and wrong mode count . . . . . and the picture shows the earlier Oral-B Pro 3000 . . . . . . HOWEVER when you make the purchase and buy one you now get (depending on how much old stock they have sold) the newer Oral-B Pro3 3000 which is great for battery life but no good at all if you thought you were going to get the Sensitive mode that you seen advertised on their website.
    Personally I feel Oral-B have lost the plot on their marketing details and have created so much confusion that customers will just walk away with a serious headache trying to figure everything out. Even this excellent review/website has contradictory information for the same model in the same review, but I have to say that is by far the most accurate information overall from any on the internet that I have found. Well done electricteeth.co.uk 🙂

    In the end the newer 2017 version Oral-B Pro3 3000 is a great little electric toothbrush but please don’t completely rely on any specification information your read about it . . . . . . . . because it changes with the wind.

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    • Thanks for the feedback Steve.

      It is confusing.

      Can you point us to our contradictory information? We try our best to be accurate but given the similarities it can be easy to make an error.

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      • Hi Jon, Thanks for the feedback. I did spot a couple but the one I can immediately recall is the link that goes to the ‘Oral-B cleaning modes explained has a chart in it that indicates the Sensitive mode is ‘Found on’ . . . . . the Oral-B Pro3 3000. As you quite rightly pointed out this is only on the previous Oral-B Pro 3000.

        To be fair the user has little chance to identify the difference between GUM and SENSITIVE modes unless they have a an excellent ear for the different oscillation and pulse speeds. Because the Pro 3000 has one of them, the Pro3 300 has the other, but neither have both so you would never tell the difference (other than compared to the obvious higher speed of the daily clean mode)

        Hope this helps
        Steve G

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        • Steve,

          Thanks for pointing out the error on the cleaning modes. Thought we had updated, but obviously not. Now done.

          Despite the confusing range, how are you actually finding the brush?

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          • Ah Ha, ‘How is the brush ?’ now there is a question for the future.

            This latest purchase was a gift for me which is yet to be received so I have not had the pleasure to find out. Will update later 😉

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