Editor's note: In 2017 Oral-B have launched the Pro 2 2000 (view on Amazon) and the Pro 2 2500 (view on Amazon). These are replacements to the Pro 2000 and the Pro 2500 being reviewed here, note the extra ‘2’ in the product name for the newer models. We have compared the new models in our Oral-B Pro 2 2000 vs Pro 2 2500 post.
The primary difference, is the new 2017 models come with a Li-Ion battery compared to the NiMH battery in the brushes we compare here. This doubles the battery life.
We wish to make you aware of the different models to ensure you make the right comparison and are getting the brush best suited to you and your needs.
Which one would we choose?
These two brushes are right next to each other in the Oral-B range, so they are very similar. From a technical point of view, there is no difference between them, so which one should you choose? We take a detailed look below in our Oral-B Pro 2000 vs 2500 comparison.
Oral B Pro 2000 vs 2500: Key Differences
- The Pro 2500 comes with Black rubber whilst the Pro 200 is available in Blue or Pink.
- The Pro 2500 comes with a travel case in the box whereas the Pro 2000 does not.
- The Pro 2500 Black is generally the more expensive, but buy at the right time and there is not price difference.
Detailed Comparison: What’s the difference between the Oral-B Pro 2000 and Pro 2500 Black?
The fact that there are so few difference between these two brushes makes this a very simple comparison, but in some respects a more difficult comparison as there are so few things to discuss and really determine which is better.
Ultimately the decision is personal opinion and what suits me may not be best suited to you.
The black rubber is actually part of a more premium/limited edition range if you like. Not all models in the Oral-B range are available with black rubber and those that are tend to be given there own new model name. There is not a Pro 2500 that is not available in black, so this is why the Pro 2500 is often referred to as the 2500 Black.
I like the black and white, it is a classic colour combination that well, just works.
Aside from this the Pro 2500 comes with a hard plastic travel case in the box which the Pro 200 does not.
The travel case holds the brush handle and up to 2 brush heads. This is great for protecting it if you travel frequently. If however you are not away for overnight periods all that often it might not be worth the investment, because the 2500 is fractionally more expensive for the limited edition colour and the travel case.
The actual cost difference is not all that great.
The Pro 2500 Black has a recommended retail price of £69.99 but is generally available from £35-£45 which works out at about around 7p per day to own over 3 years including replacement brush heads and just one user.
The Pro 2000 on the other hand is available for £30 now which works out at about 6p per day to own.
To be fair the online prices are always changing and it is not impossible to actually pick up the Pro 2500 Black for the same price as the 2000, which would actually make it the better buy as you get the travel case included.
With the key differences covered, it is worth looking at many of the similarities between the two and understanding just what benefits such toothbrushes bring, particularly over a manual.
Oral-B are one of the biggest brands and tend to work out more cost effective than many competing brands when you consider features and quality.
Both of the brushes come with a standard 2 year manufacturers warranty, but if you register the brush online you get an extra year at no cost. This covers internal hardware and part failure and does not cover user damage.
In the box, both come with a basic but functional charging stand.
The charging stand that has a 2 pin connector that attaches to a shaver socket in a bathroom. If you do not have one, you can purchase an adapter to allow you to connect it to a conventional 3 pin UK mains socket.
The built in battery is rechargeable and will last for approximately 28 minutes or 7 days, based on one user.
To charge the brush, pop it on the stand and leave it typically 8-12 hours for a full charge. The brush can be left on the charger even if the battery is not depleted, it will not do any damage; although it is recommended to discharge the battery fully every 6 months.
The physical size and weight of the two brushes are the same. Both measure in at (with brush head) 23 x 2.5 x 3 cm and weighs 130g.
Both have the coloured rubber grip that runs down the front of the brush handle and a power button that is accented in white. Grips above and below the button are present and the rear of the brush handle is a gloss white plastic with hard plastic grips.
The lower third of the brush handle is where you will find the battery status and charging icon. The battery icon will run from green to orange to red as the battery depletes and when charging the battery and charger icon will slowly flash green.
As a toothbrush is all about cleaning the teeth, this is a job that both models do well.
Dentists recommend a 2 minute cleaning cycle twice a day to maintain healthy teeth.
With 4 quadrants in the mouth, (bottom right and left, along with upper right and left) you should spend 30 seconds on each during the 2 minute cycle. Both brushes have built in timers to assist with the 2 minute clean along with a quad pacer that alerts you to the 30 second intervals, so you know when to change quadrant.
Always try to leave 45-60 minutes after eating or drinking anything other than water before cleaning your teeth, if anything brush before eating.
As the 2500 is essentially an upgrade on the 2000, both share the same cleaning mode and both have 2 modes.
Daily Clean is the standard mode on any Oral-B brush this formed through 8,800 oscillations and 40,000 pulsations.
The Gum Care or Massage mode as it is often known drops this down to 2,600-8,800 oscillations and 12,000-40,000 pulsations.
Power delivery from the electric motor is consistent and this is why an electric toothbrush will normally clean better than a manual brush. You will often see claims of up to 100% more plaque removal and this is why.
That said, even if you are not ready for an electric brush and want to stick to manual, do look at your technique.
Click here to see our detailed guide on how to clean your teeth correctly. If you follow this, your dentist is more likely to praise you about the cleanliness of your teeth.
As both brushes are part of Oral-B’s Pro series, there is the option, should you wish to change the brush heads at any time to one of a series of different brush heads offered by the company.
There are 6 main types of brush head, these are:
- Precision Clean
- CrossAction (Supplied with the Pro 2000 & 2500)
- 3D White
Each brush head has advantages and disadvantages and are engineered to work better with certain cleaning modes (many of which are not available on the 2000 series).
You can find a detailed comparison of all the brush heads here or the following table summaries each.
On the upper rear of both brushes is the Pressure Sensor.
When either the 2000 or 2500 is in use, if too much pressure is applied when cleaning the teeth, an LED behind the red plastic lights up and gives a visual indication to your or I using the brush that we are brushing too hard.
When the pressure is relieved, the light will go out.
This is very handy if you are not used to electric toothbrushes or have been told you are brushing too hard as the brush will tell you when you need to stop.
Generally speaking, once you are used to the amount of pressure you need to apply then you will never illuminate the sensor or very rarely, thus making it redundant.
A feature that is not really marketed, but exists, is something called sound connectivity.
By no means the most reliable option is works on the basis of an app on your iOS or Android smartphone using the built in mics to listen for the sound of the brush running.
When it hears this it will provide an onscreen timer and log your cleaning schedule.
All this based on you getting your phone out when cleaning your teeth, launching the app etc and then assuming the sound pickup will be reliable, which it is often not.
Does one clean better than the other?
No there is no difference. Technically they are the same from the perspective of cleaning abilities so to claim one cleans better than the other is unjustified.
With the right technique and regular cleaning you will leave your teeth feeling and looking healthier, but if you are using the Pro 2000 or 2500 on the daily clean or gum care mode, there is no known difference in their actual results.
Is one better priced than the other?
Generally speaking, the Pro 2000 is the cheaper of the two.
At the time of writing the Pro 2000 is available from £30* and the Pro 2500 £35*.
This makes the 2000 around 6p per per day and the 2500 7p. With very competitive prices online it is possible to get the 2500 for the same price as the 2000 making it the more cost effective option in this instance.
Conclusion & which one should I buy?
For the frequent overnight traveler or those who are a fan of the Black and White colour combination, the Pro 2500 is the obvious choice for you. For everyone else go for the 2000. It’s cheaper with the same features.
However, if you are buying when there are deals on, you may get the Pro 2500 Black for the same price, which essentially means a free travel case included.
On reading this you may have found neither is right and there are many brushes from Oral-B you could consider, maybe you would like to compare these brushes using our Oral B Comparison Tool.
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 the end user, if you are purchasing on behalf of somebody else.
Only pay the price you are happy with and do not be led into buying something if it is not right.
Hopefully we have presented the facts and made the whole decision process that little bit easier.
If you found this useful, have any thoughts and opinions from going through this choice process yourself of have used either brush and want to comment, please do using the comments section below; what you have to say could be of real benefit to somebody else.
*Please note any prices stated below were correct at the time of writing and may have changed by the time you come to buy. We always recommend checking the prices of several retailers before you make a purchase.