Editor's note: This is a review of the Oral-B Pro 2000, which has now been replaced by the 2017 version of this brush, the Pro 2 2000 (view on Amazon).
The 3 BIG Questions about the Oral B Pro 2000…
For those of you that are in a rush, we'll start this review by answering the 3 most important questions about the Pro 2000. For those of you that want more detail, you can read the full Oral-B Pro 2000 review further down the page, or watch our video review.
To provide the best possible insight, we review a wide range of brushes and have completed a best electric toothbrush roundup.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
No, this is a great brush – we gave it a rating of 4/5. We cover the key pros and cons throughout the review below, but there really are few negatives with this brush.
The cost is a little bit higher than a basic electric toothbrush but it offers a couple of advantages over and above cheaper models.
That said, there are some great deals to be had on Amazon.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
The Pro 600 as one cleaning mode as does the Pro 650. The 650 boasts a travel case and sound connectivity too which are nice features, but the Pro 600 is value for money at its best.
You do loose the pressure sensor, but realistically you should be able to tell if you are brushing too hard.
Another possible option is the Philips Sonicare HX6511/50 which is no cheaper but boasts 3 weeks of battery life and one cleaning mode.
For those who have more advanced oral health care needs or who want something a little more the Pro 3000 is the next best option. A little more expensive you get a bit more in the box along with an extra cleaning mode. See us compare them in our Pro 2000 vs Pro 3000 post.
3. Where’s the best place to buy the Pro 2000?
Typically we tend to recommend Amazon because it is very competitive on price and 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 three brushes we’ve mentioned above – check the prices of all three and then make your decision.
Oral B Pro 600
Oral B Pro 2000
Oral B Pro 650
And here's our detailed review for those of you that want more.…
A cost-effective, middle-of-the-road electric toothbrush. How does it fair up and where's the best place to buy?
Simply getting the job done is what the Pro 2000 rechargeable toothbrush is all about.
As a cost-effective brush, the Pro 2000 is one of the best selling electric toothbrushes available on the market today and for very good reason.
No-nonsense, simple design and functionality that leaves you with a clean that not only feels, but is actually better than any provided by a manual brush.
Watch the following video or read our detailed Oral B Pro 2000 review to find out what we thought about this brush having used it for a month.
What's in the Box?
- Braun Oral-B Pro 2000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
- Charging station
- 1 x CrossAction brush head
Oral B Pro 2000 Key Features
- Oral-B 3D movement cleaning system (oscillates, rotates and pulsates)
- Removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush
- Rechargeable battery
- Visible pressure sensor
- Clean timer
- 2 cleaning modes, daily and gum care
Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
Slim and comfortable in the hand, I see no reason why anyone should take issue with the physical feel of this brush when in use.
Unlike the slightly more premium brushes in the Oral-B range, the Pro 2000 does not have quite the same expanse of grippy rubber material on it, but there is an excellent array of strategically placed raised grips or contours to the chassis that reduce the chance of slipping in hand.
The tasteful baby blue coloured front panel is a soft touch rubber that runs the height of the brush.
Above and below the power button are a number of raised grips which your thumb naturally catches on.
The single power button sits in a slight recess, but itself is pronounced and gives a tactile feedback.
The lower third of the brush shows the battery power icon, above which is a small amount of branding.
Turn the brush around and the smooth white plastic rear panel is home to an increasing number of raised grips which are practically placed and functional.
At the top of the rear panel is a bold but stylishly designed red/orange plastic which illuminated red when the pressure sensor in the brush is activated.
On the base of the brush is a recess into which the prong on the charging dock sits and charges the Pro 2000.
Measuring just 2.5cm wide and 3cm thick and no more than 130g this is a comfortable brush to hold.
Provided in the box with this brush is one CrossAction brush head. This head has a series of angled bristles which are designed to effectively remove plaque but also ensure they clean deep between the teeth and provide a good coverage over teeth surfaces.
Whilst this is provided, you need not use this particular head. The benefit here is that Braun offer a wide array of different heads for their Oral-B brushes and you can purchase separately the ones best suited to you. It is possible, you may even interchange these.
You may share the brush with other family members and as such each have your own brush head.
Just grip the shaft of the head, pull firmly away from the brush and it will detach. To attach a new head simply line up the hole on the bottom of the brush head and push firmly down.
Smaller than the brush head found on most manual brushes, the head on the Pro 2000 is scientifically engineered to ensure you get the best clean. Being smaller, you are able to easily reach more areas of the mouth and use the built in timer to complete a cycle of 2 minutes which follows the 4 quadrants of the mouth and you will find the results to be better than what you are used to.
When you power on the brush with a single press on the power button, you launch the daily clean mode. This lasts for two minutes and at 30 second intervals, you will hear the sound from the brush change as the oscillation of the brush head changes ever so slightly to indicate to change quadrant.
At the end of the 120 second cycle, the head will again change its oscillation to give another tone to confirm the cycle has ended. You may continue brushing if you want.
I do believe this timer is a highly underrated feature. Dentists globally advise cleaning your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day, but when cleaning your teeth how many people time it. This built in timer makes it simple. There is no excuse that you did not have a clock to hand.
More premium rechargeable brushes do offer a visual clue through the pressure sensor that you need to change quadrant or the cycle is over. This is not a must have, but it can be handy. The Pro 2000 does not have this, but you will get used to listen to the audible tone, even if it is subconsciously.
Oral-B’s SmartSeries brushes do too offer visual timers in the form of a wireless smartguide and even an app on the phone. These are functional and serve a purpose but are not required, but you do pay a premium for these.
To switch the brush off when in the daily clean mode, you will need to press the power button twice.
You need to press it twice as the first press launches the gum care cleaning mode. This gum cleaning option is accessible had the power button been pressed twice on first startup.
Unlike the daily cleaning mode the gum care option will not be for everyone but is designed to stimulate and massage gums.
During any cleaning cycle if you apply too much pressure the pressure sensor will illuminate red to indicate that you need to decrease this. The brush automatically reduces the speed of the brush head to reduce the risk of doing damage to the teeth of gums.
After a short while you get used to the cleaning cycle and what pressure is required, but it is a good visual aid none the less.
Whilst moisture inevitably builds up on the brush, the 2000 is easy to clean and the worst of the grime builds up at the base of the brush head, which is common amongst all Oral-B brushes.
A good rinse and a wipe down with a cloth soon gets rid of this.
I have noticed too a small buildup of grime towards the bottom of the brush where the fixed internal battery compartment meets the main brush body. I do not think this is an issue particularly, but another area to pay attention to, all be it, not as regularly as the brush head.
Inevitably the battery will run down on the Pro 2000. With approximately 28 minutes of cleaning time. When power is low, the battery status icon on the front of the brush will illuminate red to notify you of this.
Unlike some brushes the status icon for the battery does not flash to indicate remaining power after powering on or off the brush every time.
Having used a wide variety of electric toothbrushes I do believe the power and clean offered from the Pro 2000 is as good as any of the more premium brushes, it just does not offer the range of cleaning options for those serious about oral hygiene.
The Pro 200 should be used as part of a regime that includes flossing and the use of mouthwash.
It is also worth noting that if you currently use a manual brush, but are moving to the Pro 2000, you may feel the cleaning action to be a little harsh for the first few cleans. This will be most obvious when the brush hits the gumline. Generally speaking this will be because your existing cleaning regime is not up to standard and the gums are sensitive. This will generally fade after about a week, but if it continues you should consult your dentist as you may have sensitive gums. The gum care mode on the Pro 2000 can assist with this.
Summary of Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
- Slim and comfortable to hold at just 130g
- Blue rubber grip on the front and hard, plastic ridges on the rear
- Accented white power button that requires a firm push
- Pressure sensor on the rear of the brush that illuminates red when too much pressure is applied
- 2 cleaning modes – daily clean and gum care, press the power button twice for gum care mode
- 1 brush head included
- Different brush heads available just pull off and push on
- Built in quad pacer and 2 minute timer tells you when to change quadrant and finish brushing
The slim profile of this brush does mean the battery life is impeded a little.
It will last on average 7 days. That is based on 14 two minute cleans or approximately 28 minutes of brushing time.
If you share the brush with others then you will find a charge more frequently necessary.
Provided in the box is a charging station. Simply sit the brush on this and connect the 2 pin connector to a shaver socket in the bathroom.
The 2 pin connector is not Braun being cheap and not offering a 3 pin connector for the UK, it is because they are designed to be charged from a shaver socket found in many bathrooms, which in turn use this 2 pin configuration.
You can charge it from the mains with a 3 pin plug, you just need an adapter which are available in most supermarkets or hardware stores and cost just a couple of pounds.
I have used this setup myself for years as I do not have a shaver socket in the bathroom.
If battery life is an issue the brush can be left constantly charging, technology in it will stop it from taking more power than it needs.
However, to prolong the life of the battery, it is good to run the battery down regularly and at least once every 6 months, deplete it completely.
Charging is slower than most other electrical appliances, but if you leave it in the charging station all the time you will not need to worry.
For those more particular about conserving battery life, leave it on charge overnight and it will be replenished in the morning.
Summary of Battery Life
- 28 minutes of usage time or 7 days usage based on 2 cleans a day
- Can be left on the charger
- A charger included in the box (comes with a 2 pin shaver socket connector)
- Prolong battery by discharging fully every 6 months
- Battery status icon flashes red when power is low
Reputable and good customer service.
- Telephone Support
- In-store collection
- Loyalty Programme
Fast, worldwide delivery.
- Free Next Day Delivery
- International Delivery
- Usually Cheapest
Possibility to find a bargain.
- Auction bidding
- International Delivery
- Opportunity for a bargain
Available at prices typically ranging from £35 to £45 the Pro 2000 is a good value brush in my opinion. There are a few options listed in our comparison table above, but the best option we found at the time of writing was Amazon.
There are some cheaper options and most certainly more expensive ones too.
Replacement brush heads come in at around £12-14 for a pack of 4 which is on par with most other brushes.
Using the average price rather than the cheapest, assuming one user of the brush you will have a first year cost of £50 (£40 for the brush and £10 for 3 replacement brush heads).
Ongoing costs will then equate to approximately £13 for brush heads and the small cost of electricity to charge the brush.
Based on a 3 years of ownership, which is the length of the warranty with this product if you register the brush online with Braun, then the cost will come to approx £76 or just 7p per day. That is not bad value to keep your teeth healthy and clean.
Of course use it for longer or between more of you and it can become even more cost effective.
Please note that all costs quoted are approximates and prices will vary based on location, supplier, time of purchase. These figures should not be relied on as hard fact but as a guide, based on real information at the time of writing.
Summary of Price
- Available for around £35
- Replacement brush heads are about £13 for a pack of 4
- Works out at around 7p per day over 3 years
- Share brush handle with another user to extend value
Reliability & Long Term Use
Whilst I noticed a little grime build up at the base of the brush head and around the battery compartment, a regular rinse and wipe of the brush will keep this in good condition.
Designed to be subjected to water, toothpaste and saliva the brush will unlikely fail as a result of moisture, all be it failure to give the brush a clean every once in a while will reduce the chances of a long life.
Oral-B’s extensive experience and research means the brush should easily last 3 years and for added peace of mind, register the brush online and you get a warranty that lasts this long.
Regularly depleting the battery will ensure the battery life and performance is not affected and the 7 day brushing time remains achievable.
As a more cost effective brush Braun do not include a travel case with the Pro 2000, so should you travel regularly, protecting the brush from damage is advised.
They also do not include any form of holder or compartments for brush heads for different users which would be a nice to have.
Whilst it does not offer some of the nice to have features of the premium brushes such as a visual timer or more cleaning modes the Pro 2000 is an excellent everyday brush that suits the needs of millions around the world.
The battery life is acceptable, the design is inoffensive and it feels solid in the hand and is easy to grip hold of.
Whether it is a child progressing to an adults brush, or a senior with more complex oral hygiene requirements and perhaps arthritis in the fingers, the Pro 2000 works well for many and in turn does not break the bank either.
Be it your first electric toothbrush or a replacement to your existing, you could do a lot worse.
Electric Teeth Rating
Height (without head) - 19.5cm
Height (with head) - 23cm
Width - 2.5cm Thickness - 3cm
Weight (without head) - 125g
Weight (with head) - 130g
All are approximates
Frequently Asked Question & Answers
- Is the Pro 2000 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.
- Does it have any other cleaning modes?
- No, the Pro 2000 has 2 cleaning modes. For more consider the Pro 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 or 6500.
- What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- With the Pro 2000 you get 1 brush heads included which is usually the Cross Action head. 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 2000 have a pressure sensor?
- Yes, it does.
- Does the Pro 2000 have Bluetooth?
- No, it does have Bluetooth connectivity.
- Does the Pro 2000 have sound connectivity?
- Yes, it does although it is not advertised with it.
- Does the Pro 2000 come with a warranty & how long is it?
- If purchased new from an approved retailer the Pro 2000 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 2000 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.
- How long does the battery last?
- The battery lasts up to 28 minutes, which if used on the standard daily clean mode is 7 days based on 2 cleans per day.
- Does it come with a smart wireless guide?
- No, the Pro 2000 does not have a wireless smart guide included.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included with the Pro 2000.
- 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 2000 charging station or brush head holder has not been designed to be fixed to a wall.
- Can I use the Pro 2000 in the shower?
- Yes. The Pro 2000 is waterproof so if you choose you can use it in the shower
- Does it come with a travel case?
- No, a travel case is not included in the box.
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Oral B Pro 2000 User Manual
Click here to view the official Oral B Pro 2000 User Manual
Oral-B Pro 2000 Brush Heads
With the Pro 2000 you get 1 brush head included which is usually the Cross Action head.
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 2000, 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.