Which one would we choose?
Two superb electric toothbrushes that offer a lot to you and I.
Excellent box contents, excellent cleaning performance and reasonable battery life whilst catering for a vast array of different users needs.
With both models there are some nice value added features and innovative additions such as Bluetooth connectivity that make these very cutting edge and capable, particularly for those dedicated to giving themselves the best chances of achieving fantastic oral health.
The Smart Series 6500 is the all round better buy, but really this is led by price. The 7000 has some nice extras but you have to pay for it. If prepared to spend the money on the 7000, go look at the Genius 9000.
- The 7000 comes supplied with a premium travel case compared to the basic travel case of the SmartSeries 6500.
- The 7000 comes with an extra travel pouch/bag that the 6500 does not.
- The 7000 comes with 5 brush heads included (1 x CrossAction, 1 x FlossAction, 1 x 3D White and 2 x Sensitive) compared to the 4 supplied with the 6500 (1 x CrossAction, 1 x FlossAction, 1 x 3D White and 1 x Sensitive).
- The 6500 is the cheaper of the two brushes.
These differences are explained at length later in this article.
The SmartSeries 6500 and Pro 6500 are names used interchangeably throughout this comparison. They are the same brush. In fact the brush started out as the Pro 6500 SmartSeries, but a recent refresh and alignment of product names means that the current name is Smart Series 6500 but some sellers will still refer to it as the Pro 6500.
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 SmartSeries 6500 and Pro 7000
With just 4 bullet points listed above the number of differences between these two models are limited.
In all reality, they are the same brush with a difference in the box contents and name associated to it.
I will explain those differences in just a moment, but it is worth pointing out that very similar models exist in the USA and potentially other parts of the world, in particular the Pro 7000. However, here we are looking at the UK specification model and how that compares to the Pro 6500.
To the differences then.
The first major difference is the travel case that comes supplied here with the 7000.
From time to time it is likely we would all need or benefit from a travel case to stop the brush getting activated whilst in a bag, but also to protect the handle and the heads from damage.
You may well be a frequent traveller and rely on a case more than most.
With either brush a case is supplied, capable of holding a brush handle and up to 2 brush heads.
The 6500’s travel case is basic and functional made from a cheaper and thinner plastic, it will resist impacts pretty well and stop accidental activation, however the case provided with the 7000 is the one we all want.
With the 7000 you do get a more premium travel case that is more fitting of the price point.
It looks smarter and feels better. It looks and is more robust and better made.
The exterior is coated in a smooth but sort of soft to touch coating rather than basic plastic, whilst inside are a more premium moulded compartment rather than the push to clip in style design found with the 6500’s travel case.
If you have an eye for detail and travel a lot, the 7000’s case will be considerably more appealing, but at the end of the day that supplied with the SmartSeries 6500 does the job just fine.
The 10 days of battery life available from either of these brushes is fine for most as this is often long enough that you don’t need to take a charger with you. However, sometimes you may be travelling for longer or because you share the brush handle, the power is consumed quicker.
With the 7000 also included is a travel pouch. A small drawstring bag is you like which is primarily designed for putting the charger into and taking this with you; although you could use it for something else if you chose.
The third major difference between these two models are the brush heads that are included at the time of purchase
Pick up the Pro 6500 and you get 1 x CrossAction, 1 x FlossAction, 1 x 3D White and 1 x Sensitive, that is 4 brush heads.
Pick up the Pro 7000 and you get 5 brush heads in total, 2 x CrossAction, 1 x FlossAction, 1 x 3D White and 1 x Sensitive.
Of course any of these heads can be purchased at a later date if you wish as alternatives or replacements to those provided in the box. It is nice to see that a few different heads are included as some are better suited to certain modes.
So, as a result of the premium travel case, the travel pouch and the extra brush head there is a knock on effect to the price. This is the 4th main difference between these 2 models.
At the time of writing there is around £35 difference. Whist not a huge increase in price, the main thing this can be attributed to is the better quality case with the 7000. £35 extra is a bit steep really, considering the 6500’s is perfectly functional.
What about the ways in which they are similar?
As you have now seen and read for yourself, the differences are marginal between these two, they have more in common than they do different about them, so please allow me to quickly cover the ways in which they are similar.
Both models have a fixed internal battery that will offer up to 10 days of usage time based on one user cleaning twice a day for 2 minutes at a time.
The brush is sealed and is resistant to water, so it can be rinsed under the tap for a clean.
Both use the same charging stand and come supplied with one in the box. This stand sits on a countertop and connects to a 2 pin socket found in most bathrooms. If you do not have a socket in your bathroom, you will need to purchase an adapter to use it with the 3 pin mains here in the UK. Our 2 pin plug & adapters for toothbrushes explained tells you all you need to know about thse.
Both models measure and weigh the same, their key dimensions are:
- Height (without head) – 20.5cm
- Height (with head) – 24cm
- Width – 3cm
- Thickness – 4cm
- Weight (without head) – 163g
- Weight (with head) – 168g
Both brushes come in a Black and Silver colour combination. Black rubber that runs down the front and rear of the brush handle for easy grip, whilst the left and right side have a silver panel on them.
You may come across an all White colour option of either model. If you do, double check what you get. An all white 6500 often comes with 2 brush handles in the pack or is actually the SmartSeries 6000. A White 7000, could be a US specification brush with a different box contents.
6 cleaning modes are available on both brushes. Daily Clean is the standard mode that most will use, but the other 5 are worth taking advantage of if you are going to spend this much on a brush.
Both do a fantastic job of cleaning the teeth.
Each of the different cleaning modes does set out to achieve different results; we explain the modes in detail in this article.
These cleaning modes work nicely with different brush heads. Although each brush head can work on any of the cleaning modes, some are better suited.
The 6 different styles of brush heads available are explained in lots of detail in our Oral-B brush head comparison, but with either of these you are getting 4 different styles included. You do not get the TriZone and Precision Clean options, which are the less popular choice today.
And because you need a place to house these heads, both come with a brush head storage compartment, that holds up to 4 and even has a lid. There are however some potentially nicer and different holders. Have a read of our brush head holders article, to see the other options available.
Both models have built in timers. Typically the timer lasts for 2 minutes but different cleaning modes can last for different time periods. Both also have a pacer/quadpacer built in. This is part of the timing mechanism which via a slight pause in the brush motor alerts you to focus cleaning on a different area of the mouth once a set time (usually 30 seconds) has passed.
A pressure sensor on the back of the brush handles will illuminate red, if you are brushing too hard. It acts as a visual indicator to relieve some of that pressure as failing to do so can damage the teeth.
Both have Bluetooth connectivity. This allows your toothbrush and smartphone (Android or iOS) to communicate via an app and transfer data between the two.
It works a little like having a dentist with you at all times. Logging your cleans, when you used mouthwash, when you flossed and how well you cleaned. Tips and tricks are provided along with integration into your calendar and more.
The Pro 6500 and 7000 come supplied with a little oval shaped object that is powered by 2 x AA batteries. It looks like a small clock and acts as this when not in use. Known as the Smart Wireless Guide or SmartGuide, this connects to the toothbrush when it has been switched on.
When running, the display shows how long you have been brushing for, an icon to depict which of the 6 cleaning modes is currently in use as well as a smiley/sad face depending on how good your clean is and finally a star rating, judging the overall clean. Think of it as a little training aid.
And finally for added peace of mind they come with a 2 year warranty, that can be extended to 3 when the brush is registered online.
Does one clean better than the other?
No difference in the clean between either of these brushes. The same cleaning modes and power is available on these two.
The only difference is you or I as the user of the brush moving it about our moths and targeting the teeth and gums correctly.
Thankfully, if you make use of the app, you can even get help on how to do a better job thanks to the training and advice it provides.
Is one better priced than the other?
Yes, the Smart Series 65000 is the cheaper at around £35 less.
Apportion this over the usual life of a toothbrush of 3+ years and the difference is negligible, but for what is essentially just a premium case it is quite a lot extra to spend.
The case with the 6500 is more than functional for most and will do the job when travelling, particularly if you are not travelling all the time.
If you feel you need or want a better quality travel case then take a look at the Genius 9000 as an alternative brush option rather than the Pro 7000.
Prices are always changing so the true value and difference you will need to calculate at the time of making your decision.
Ultimately it is about finding the best price available when you come to buy and paying the price you are happy with.
Please note that all prices quoted are approximates and will vary based on location, supplier and time of purchase. These figures were correct at the time of writing and should not be relied upon as hard fact, but used as a guide during your decision process.
My recommendation would be the Pro/Smart Series 6500 and not the 7000.
Both are excellent brushes, but too few differences do not make the added spend for the 7000 justifiable. If it were, you would get even more value from the newer Genius 9000, which does too offer better battery life.
(If you want to see how the Genius 9000 stacks up to the 6500, you can read our comparison)
The 6500 is offered at an acceptable prices given the box contents and features.
The 7000 is a little bit of a confused model in the Oral-B line up of electric toothbrushes.
Only if there were to be a difference of £10 or less or indeed the 7000 be cheaper than the 6500 would I say it is worth the consideration.
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.
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