The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 is essentially identical to the Pro 2 2000 that comes out top in this comparison but includes a travel case.
More often than not, the Pro 2 2500 is actually cheaper than the Pro 2 2000.
The Pro 2 2000 or 2500 are both excellent, but the 2500 is the better value buy, most of the time.
Which one would we choose?
The Pro 2 2000 is the brush to opt for.*
For not much more extra expense, you get a toothbrush with twice the battery life, a visible pressure sensor and an additional cleaning mode.
It is one of the brushes I recommend most and for good reason.
*The Pro 2 2500, essentially the Pro 2 2000 with a travel case is usually cheaper, so the better buy.
- The Pro 2 2000 has 2 cleaning modes (Daily Clean and Sensitive) compared to the 1 mode (Daily Clean) of the Pro 650.
- The Pro 2 2000 has a more powerful brush motor.
- The Pro 2000 has a visible pressure sensor, the Pro 650 does not.
- The Pro 2 2000 has a Lithium-Ion battery with a 14+ day battery life, compared to 7 days life of the Nickel Metal Hydride battery in the 650.
- The Pro 650 comes with either tube of toothpaste or sometimes a travel case, the Pro 2 2000 does not.
- The brush handle colours can differ.
- The Pro 650 generally cheaper to purchase.
These differences are explained at length later in this article. However, you might wish to learn more about each brush being compared. To do so, check out our hands-on reviews:
Please note. Every effort is made to ensure the key differences listed are correct, but these differences are subject to change without notice. Products and the box contents can be changed without notice and different variants can exist.
Detailed Comparison: what’s the difference between the Oral-B Pro 650 and Pro 2 2000?
In this comparison, I am comparing the Oral-B Pro 650 (black) against the Oral-B Pro 2 2000N.
I mention this because there are a few different variants of the Pro 650 and 2000.
Specifications and cleaning ability are the same on the variants, but what differs is the exact model name, the brush head supplied and the colour of the rubber grip on the handle.
Read the hands-on reviews of either toothbrush (linked above) to learn the precise differences, but just be aware, these variants exist.
Right, a detailed explanation of the differences then.
The Pro 2 2000 has 2 cleaning modes, Daily Clean and Sensitive compared to the 1 cleaning mode, Daily Clean of the Pro 650.
Sensitive is a mode designed to be more gentle, yet cleans effectively. It is particularly useful if you have tender or bleeding gums.
The speed of the brush head is varied and tends to be a more gentle cleaning experience.
You don’t necessarily need the extra mode, but of all the extra modes that could be offered, this is one of the more desirable.
Linked to the cleaning modes is the brush motor, sealed inside the handle. This is what generates the movement in the bristles on the brush head.
The Pro 650 has the slightly less powerful motor, offering up to 8,800 oscillations and 20,000 pulsations, compared to the 9,900 and 45,000 of the Pro 2 2000.
The difference is noticeable if you were to use the brushes side by side.
However, don’t get too fixated on the power difference, as although the extra power can make a difference, the Pro 650 is still offering a considerable number of movements more than a manual toothbrush for example.
A particularly useful feature that the Pro 2000 has, but the Pro 650 does not, is the visible pressure sensor.
Now, this is not essential, but it is very useful for users of any age or experience, but it is even more useful for first time electric toothbrush users.
The pressure sensor detects when too much force is being used.
Brushing with too much pressure/force, can in the long term damage the teeth and gums. You don’t need to scrub the teeth. Harder brushing does not equal better cleaning.
When it detects too much pressure, it turns a panel on the neck of the brush handle red, by switching on an LED that sits behind it.
This light is a visible sign that you need to reduce the pressure.
As the sensor is activated, the Pro 2 2000 will slow the motor, and in turn the movements in the brush head to avoid doing any unnecessary damage.
Once the pressure is reduced, the light will go out and the motor return to full operating speed.
Both brushes have built-in rechargeable batteries, but the battery technology and the subsequent battery life is different.
The Pro 650 has a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery, whereas the Pro 2 2000 has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery.
The Pro 2 2000 lasts 14+ days (usually about 16) compared to the 7 days of the Pro 650.
With twice the battery life, the Pro 2 2000 is certainly very appealing.
Both use the same style charging stand and take about the same time to recharge, but the added convenince of the 2 week battery life is a real draw in my opinion.
With the Pro 2 2000 for example, you could just about manage a 2 week holiday without needing to take the charging stand, whereas, with the 650, you would need to take that with you.
There isn’t a great deal included in the box with either of these toothbrushes, you get what you need and little more, which to be honest is fine, when you consider the price.
However, the Pro 650 does normally come with a tube of Oral-B Pro Expert or 3D White Luxe toothpaste included.
In some instances, rather than a tube of toothpaste you get a plastic travel case that holds the brush handle and up to 2 brush heads.
With the Pro 2 2000 you do not get a tube of toothpaste or travel case included.
When you look at the 2 brush handles, they actually look very similar. They are essentially identical in height, width, thickness and weight.
The Pro 2 2000 does have the visible red/orange panel on the neck of the brush handle, which is a differentiator between the two.
Another way they look different is the colour of the grip that runs down the front of the brush handle.
Typically, the grip is black in colour, with the Pro 650 and blue in colour on the Pro 2 2000.
However, as I mentioned previously, the different variants mean different coloured grip.
Therefore you may also see the Pro 650 sold with a pink or pale blue grip, whilst the Pro 2 2000 is also available with a black and pink rubber grip.
The final difference between these brushes is the price, the 650 is generally cheaper. I explain this in more detail in a section below.
Whilst many differences exist, I think it is worth listing out the ways in which these brushes are in fact very similar.
Both models have/come with:
- Slim brush handle with rubber grip on front and raised plastic ridges on the back
- Small round brush head with oscillating-rotating and pulsating (3D) cleaning action
- Built-in 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer
- Rechargeable battery
- Battery charge/status light on the front of the brush handle
- Comes provided with a 2 pin (UK) charging stand supporting 220-240V
- Water resistant brush handle
- 2 year warranty
Does one clean better than the other?
Technically, yes, the Pro 2 2000 cleans the teeth better because of the more powerful brush motor.
The extra movements can potentially remove more plaque, bacteria and food debris from our teeth and gums.
And the Sensitive mode can help those with tender gums in a way the Pro 650 cannot.
Do not focus on this difference too much. If you cannot afford or justify the extra spend for the Pro 2, don’t worry.
Whilst technically the increased movements can make a difference, in real-world use this benefit can be quite hard to actually realise, even for a dental professional.
You can have more significant improvements on your oral health, by perfecting your brushing technique and routine, more than you would from the extra power the Pro 2 2000 delivers.
For example, if you brush twice a day, but for only 1 minute each time, you would gain more improvement in your oral health by increasing the brushing time to the recommended 2 minutes, than you would, opting for the Pro 2 over the Pro 650.
Is one better priced than the other?
Yes, the Pro 650 is the cheaper of the 2 toothbrushes.
The Pro 650’s recommended retail price is £49.99 compared to the Pro 2 2000’s £79.99.
It is not a surprise that the more feature rich 2000 is more expensive.
You can generally get a reasonable discount on either, with the average sale price of the Pro 650 being around £23 and the Pro 2 2000 around £33.
Therefore on average, you are looking at about £10 difference in the purchase price. Of course, this is subject to change and does vary from one seller to another.
As both brushes use the same brush heads, there is the same associated ongoing cost too, which means over the life of each brush that price difference remains consistent.
£10 is still an extra amount to pay, and for some, it will not be worth the extra spend. But, spread this over the life of the toothbrush and this additional cost is less than a couple of cups of coffee!
As I have already intimated earlier in this comparison, it makes complete sense to also look at the Oral-B Pro 2 2500, which is often the same price or cheaper than the Pro 2 2000. It is essentially identical and comes with a travel case included. In many instances, you get more for less.
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.
As mentioned above, the Pro 2 2000 is the brush I would choose out of these two.
The Pro 650 is still a very capable brush and you could do a lot worse. However, you don’t need to spend much more to get the better brush.
In fact, the Pro 2 2500, essentially the Pro 2 2000 with a travel case is usually cheaper, so the better buy.
Ultimately, whatever brush you decide upon, it is you who needs to make the decision; but do so based on which is best for your needs or that of the end user.
Only pay the price you are happy with and do not be led into buying something if it is not right.
Hopefully, I have presented the facts and made the whole decision process that little bit easier.
If you found this useful, have any questions, thoughts or opinions, please leave them in the comments below.