The 3 BIG Questions about the Oral B Pro 6000
Editor's note: This is a review of the Oral-B Pro 6000, which has now been replaced by the 2017 version of this brush, the Smart 6 6000 (view on Amazon).
For those of you that are in a rush, we'll start this review by answering the 3 burning questions that you're likely asking about the Pro 6000. If there are any that we've missed, be sure to let us know in the comments!
For those of you that want more detail, you can read the full review further down the page, or watch our video review.
To provide the best possible insight, we review a wide range of brushes and frequently update our recommendations.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
No, this is a great brush – we gave it a rating of 5/5.
We look at the pros and cons further down the page, but one of the main drawbacks is the weight of the brush. This may not be an issue for some, but others may prefer a lighter brush.
The cost could also be off-putting for some, but for the budget-conscious you may be able to get it on offer from Amazon, which often has brushes heavily discounted. For anyone who’s looking for the best brush that money can buy, the 6000 is certainly one to consider.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
The 5000 series sits just below the 6000 series in Oral B’s range and makes for a natural comparison.
In-fact, we’ve done a hands-on comparison between the Triumph 5000 and the Pro 6000, and the 5000 was our preferred choice.
This was mainly due to the lower price tag – the technology in the three choices listed below is very similar, so if one is vastly cheaper to the others when you check the price, that is the better choice. If they are similar in price, you are probably better off going for the 6000.
Also worth considering is the 6500 which is at the top of the range, but is likely to be a fair bit more expensive than the other two brushes.
If you’d like more buying advice, you make like to see our Best Electric Toothbrush page.
3. Where’s the best place to buy the Pro 6000?
Typically we recommend Amazon because it is very competitive on price and often has special offers running. It also offers free delivery. However, it’s always worth checking out other retailers as well.
Here are the links to the two brushes we would consider alongside the Pro 6000 – check the prices of all three and then make your decision.
And now for a bit more detail...
Is the Braun Oral-B Pro 6000 with Bluetooth worth the splash? Read on to find out.
A Bluetooth equipped toothbrush will likely have you asking yourself the question as to why?
I would not blame you. A toothbrush is a toothbrush is is not?
Braun would have you think not with their Oral-B Pro 6000 (pictured left).
Find out what we thought of this brush in our detailed Oral B Pro 6000 Review below.
Advertised in excess of £200, but readily available nearer £120 the Pro 6000 is a pricey bit of kit but a piece of oral hygiene technology that offers a lot and to get more you need to pay more.
Brushes a third of the price could offer similar results, but the versatility of the Pro 6000 offers is what makes it such a charming brush.
What's in the Box?
- Braun Oral-B Pro 6000 Toothbrush
- Charging dock
- Brush head holder and tidy
- Wireless smartguide with 2 batteries and wall mount
- Travel case for brush and two brush heads
- 4 different brush heads (1 x CrossAction, 1x Sensitive Clean, 1x Floss Action & 1x 3D White brush head)
Oral-B Pro 6000 Key Features
- 5 customised brushing modes (Daily clean, Sensitive, Polish, Massage and Deep clean)
- Comes with a wireless smartguide to assist in achieving a balanced clean
- Built in pressure sensor and LED notification light
- Battery status icon
- Bluetooth technology for connection to a smartphone app
Pros & Cons
- There is a good box contents, including a charging station with brush head storage and travel case.
- 5 different cleaning modes - Daily clean, massage, sensitive, polish and deep clean.
- A pressure sensor illuminates when you press too hard with the brush.
- Audible notifications give you an indications when to change quadrant for cleaning.
- A good battery life lasting up to 10 days (based on 2 daily cleans of 2 minutes)
- The Smart Wireless Guide can be a great visual indicator to help perfect brushing, especially with children or those wishing to perfect their brushing technique.
- Various different brush heads are available (some sold separately).
- It uses blue as the illumination colour.
- The brush is equipped with Bluetooth
- The RRP purchase price is not justifiable. Thankfully you can generally find it £70-100 cheaper at which point it is justifiable if your needs align with the Pro 6000.
- The different cleaning modes will not be for everyone.
- Thicker and heavier than many electric toothbrushes, the 6000 feels a little large for those with smaller hands.
- The included wireless smart guide is not that much use once you have perfected your cleaning technique, but it does act as a helpful reminder.
- The Bluetooth pairing is not as good as it should be unless you are prepared to always have your phone to hand and want the best oral hygiene record documented.
Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
Packed with more computing power than the Apollo 12 guidance system, this brush will perform nearly 48,000 precision movements per minute. Using oscillation, rotating and and pulsating, the brush head and performance of the brush mimics that of professional cleaning tools and is capable of removing up to 100% more plaque.
At 168 grams with the brush head (162g without) the Pro 6000 is one of the heavier and thicker electric brush solutions on the market, but this in turn means battery life for up to 10 days.
Sitting less comfortably in a smaller hand the back of the brush is covered with a soft grip rubber material and a perfectly positioned rest for for the index finger.
Allowing you to retain a grip on the brush when wet the Pro 6000 would benefit from something similar on the front and side of the brush, but that would affect the aesthetics.
Continuing the styling theme seen on other Braun brushes, the power button is the larger of the two physical buttons on the front of the brush, with a smaller brushing mode button underneath.
Each button illuminates a cool blue colour which comes as a welcome change to the green seen on most previous brushes and gives it a more modern feel in my opinion.
Should you press the brushing mode button, you press it once to select each of the five different cleaning cycles, these are Daily clean, Sensitive, Polish, Massage and Deep clean.
In order to ensure you can easily interact with the brush when not looking, the two buttons are raised and offer a tactile feedback when pressed. There is too a small amount of resistance meaning there should be no or few inadvertent activations of the brush.
On the front lower third of the 6000 is where the Bluetooth and Wireless SmartGuide communication icons are found along with a 3 stage battery icon.
Also illuminated blue (unless the battery is depleted at which point it flashes orange/red) the modern colour scheme continues.
On powering off the brush the battery status indicator stays on for approximately 15 seconds so you can easily see the remaining power in the battery.
The upper rear side of the brush is home to a piece of smoked plastic which appears to flow out of the stylish grey and white chassis of the brush.
It is this that illuminates red to alert you when you are brushing too hard. It also pulses green when in a brushing cycle to indicate along with an audible tone to change quadrants in your cleaning regime.
On commencement of any brushing mode providing within range, the compact SmartGuide kicks into life and begins monitoring your clean.
Many question the necessity for this but it is a surprisingly useful tool, especially for older, if you want to improve theirs or your oral health, by the simple fact it encourages you with a visual timer and star rating.
The display shows the cleaning mode you have selected in the form of a visual icon, whilst a timer is displayed when the brush is in use.
Consider the recommended daily two minute clean (that should be performed twice a day); the timer counts up to the two minutes, whilst the quadrant graphic changes colour as each 30 seconds passes.
When it is time to change quadrant, after 30 seconds, the brush provides an audible tone as the head reduces its spin speed for a second, the pressure sensor pulses green and the highlighted quadrant on the SmartGuide changes.
Once 120 seconds have passed (or longer for some cleaning modes) the brush will beep 3 times, but continue to operate if you wish to brush for longer.
On the wireless smartguide you are then presented with a final star rating based on your performance. 4* is easily possible if you brush for the full 2 minutes and do not apply too much pressure at any point.
When not in use it acts as a bathroom clock.
Included in the box are several different brush heads, but more are available separately. Each brush head is designed to achieve different results, so it may be worth investing in the different heads, depending on your needs. Being a Bran brush, no adapters are required, all the heads are easily interchangeable and the Pro 6000 has a storage tray for up to 4 heads when not in use.
A design flaw in my opinion, although I think the only solution is a regular clean, is that the storage box for the different heads has a tendency to get quite dirty as residue moisture from the heads collect in the tray.
Few people have the same oral hygiene requirements. The 5 different cleaning modes mean that this brush suits a wide variety of people and can be easily justified in a typical family household. The interchangeable heads mean you do not need a different electric brush for each user, just the head.
Compared to a manual brush, up to 100% more plaque can be removed from the gum line which can have a radical impact on your life. Less painful dentist visits maybe!
I particularly like the fact that if you are switching to this brush as your first electric brush, whilst the increased motion and cleaning power may come as a surprise to some, the sensitive mode will really help those who suffer from sore, bleeding or infected gums.
Even on the basic daily clean I can feel the difference. You might think the claim of removing 100% more plaque is false, but having used the brush, I would tend to agree.
Now I can not move on until I talk about the app and the pairing via Bluetooth.
I could spend a lot of time talking about the app, but for your benefit I will keep this short.
The idea is right, the implementation is not bad but you will stop using it after about 3 days.
On its own merit the app has the potential for the obsessed oral hygiene individual to be their best friend and motivational tool to achieving perfection. Many elements work on it, there are helpful tips as well as bringing in news and weather and more along with the timer to help keep you entertained whilst brushing your teeth.
The downside to this Android and iOS app is that you need to physically open the app for the brush to appear to sync with it (I was using an Android phone). Even-though I had my phone with me and Bluetooth on, if the app was closed nothing happened and no data seemed to transfer from brush to app. It may have been a glitch or I was not using it correctly?!
Having your phone in the bathroom whilst brushing your teeth is potentially a recipe for disaster as unless your phone is IP rated it could come into contact with water or a hard tiled floor as you hold it one handed.
I also felt, as much as I LOVE technology, the app distracted me from actually cleaning my teeth properly. I felt the need to hold the phone and clean my teeth whilst reading the tips when normally, a quick glance at the SmartGuide is much easier and less distracting.
Every brushing cycle and user will mean that the amount of battery used will inevitably vary, but as a general rule you can get up to 10 days battery life from the Pro 6000 based on the 2 cleans of 2 minutes. That equates to approximately 40-50 minutes of brushing time.
As a single user, by about day 7 or 8 you can notice the power depleting and the strength of the oscillation is not quite as great. Whilst you can get those 10 days, I would suggest most will want to stick it on charge again around day 8 or 9 to top the power back up.
For a full charge I tend to leave it charging for about 10-12 hours, but just 20 minutes on charge will give you enough to get through a clean.
It is worth noting that to preserve the battery life, it is good practice at times to completely discharge the battery.
The charging stand itself comes with a 2 pin cord which is about 1 meter in length and the stand is sturdy with 4 rubber feet to keep it safe on a desktop.
The SmartGuide is too powered by batteries, this time AA batteries that need replacing approximately every 4 months. I say approximately because the range over which the toothbrush is used does have an affect.
As I write this, the current price of this brush is £105 on Amazon; which is a lot cheaper than the RRP in excess of £200.
Paying over £100 can seem extortionate but if you have more complicated brushing needs or intend to use it in a family environment where there are varying needs from the brush the 6000 is a good option as it will stand the test of time and offers better value than everyone having their own brush.
Lets say for examples sake you get 3 years from this brush. £105/3 gives a cost of £35 per year or just shy of 10p per day (when you exclude new brush heads). If there are 4 people using it, there is no denying this is reasonable value.
Reliability & Long Term Use
Having seen and handled many different toothbrushes, the 6000 shows all the signs of being a solid and reliable brush.
I tested it over a couple of months and had no issues to report about ongoing reliability. I still have it on test and will feed back should anything go wrong.
Previous models with a vast array of white material like the 6000 have shown signs of discolouration over long periods and we expect the 6000 to be similar, but it would be great to see that pure white look staying for longer.
I loved the Triumph 6000. A refinement of technology along with the new blue illumination and green 30 second pacer light make this a winner for me.
The Bluetooth is a nice idea but one that fails to win me over. The fact is appears not to detriment battery life is the biggest bonus in this failing.
Whilst a slightly lighter and more palm friendly brush would be ideal, the compromise would be the battery life and possible rigidity of this brush.
The SmartGuide has taught me and reminds me to clean better and although I do not rely on it, it’s a good visual reminder
Oral-B know how to make a good toothbrush and the 6000 is the one that sits at the top of the portfolio and the results and performance explain why.
Height (without head) - 20.5cm
Height (with head) - 24cm
Width - 3cm
Thickness - 4.5cm
Weight (without head) - 162g
Weight (with head) - 168g
Oral-B Pro 6000 – Also Known As
The Pro 6000 is also known as and referred to the Smart Series 6000.
Originally launched as the Pro 6000 with one of the features being Bluetooth connectivity, as the range of brushes with Bluetooth increased, Oral-B decided to rename these to differentiate from those without.
The Pro series on the most part does not include this whereas those known or labelled as Smart Series do. Therefore whether referred to as the Pro 6000 (not to be confused with Pro 600) or the Smart Series 6000, it is the same brush.
Oral-B Pro 6000 Brush Heads
With the Pro 6000 you get 4 brush heads included, a Cross Action, 3D White, Floss Action and Sensitive.
You can then change the brush head to one of many on offer from Oral-B. There are 6 main brush head options that are compatible with the Pro 6000, these are:
Each brush head is designed differently and engineered to achieve different results that work with some electric toothbrush handles more effectively than others.
You can find out more information along with a comparison of each brush heads in our post comparing Oral-B replacement heads.
Frequently Asked Question & Answers
- Is the Pro 6000 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 gum care mode?
- Using a lower speed and power output through the brush head in conjunction with the provided Cross Action to clean the teeth and massage gums, stimulating blood flow and assisting in reducing sensitivity in the gums when brushing.
- 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.
- What is whitening mode?
- A mode engineered to offer a polishing effect on the teeth as if you were at the dentist. Suitable for occasional or everyday use it works ideally with a 3D White brush head to make teeth look whiter and shine.
- What is Deep Clean?
- Deep clean is an extended version of the daily clean mode. Instead of 30 second intervals with deep clean these are extended to 45 seconds which makes for a cleaning time of 3 minutes in total.
- Does it have any other cleaning modes?
- No, the Pro 6000 has all but one of the cleaning modes available from Oral B. It is just missing the tongue cleaner.
- What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- With the Pro 6000 you get 4 brush heads included, a Cross Action, 3D White, Floss Action and Sensitive. 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 Pro 6000 have a pressure sensor?
- Yes, it does.
- Does the Pro 6000 have Bluetooth?
- Yes, it does have Bluetooth connectivity.
- Does the Pro 6000 have sound connectivity?
- Yes, it does although it is not advertised with it.
- Does the Pro 6000 come with a warranty & how long is it?
- If purchased new from an approved retailer the Pro 6000 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 Pro 6000 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 a visual timer in the form of the Smart Wireless Guide and the pressure sensor will flash green when a quadrant is complete and at the end of the brushing session.
- How long does the battery last?
- The battery lasts up to 40 minutes, which if used on the standard daily clean mode is 10 days based on 2 cleans per day.
- Does it come with a smart wireless guide?
- Yes, the Pro 6000 does have a wireless smart guide included.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included with the Pro 6000.
- 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 6000 charging station or brush head holder has not been designed to be fixed to a wall.
- Can I use the Pro 6000 in the shower?
- Yes. The Pro 6000 is waterproof so if you choose you can use it in the shower
- Does it come with a travel case?
- Yes, a travel case is included in the box.
Do you own or have you used the Oral-B Pro 6000?
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