The 3 BIG Questions about the Oral-B Pro 3000...
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should lets you know all you need to about the Pro 3000. If we have missed something, let us know in the comments. If you want more detail, you can read the full review further down the page or watch our oral b pro 3000 video review.
To provide the best possible insight, we review a wide range of brushes. To view the complete list, see our electric toothbrush reviews page.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
No, it is a good brush which we have given a rating of 4/5.
A mid-range model is the Pro 3000. It has more than the entry level and less than the premium models. Few criticisms of it, the biggest question is it best for you?
2. Which other brushes should I consider in this price range?
Sitting in the middle of the range the only real benefits the Pro 3000 offers over the entry level Pro 600 is the addition of a pressure sensor and 2 additional cleaning modes. The Pro 2000 would be the next best with only 1 less cleaning mode but the pressure sensor still included – you can see our side-by-side comparison of these two in our Oral-B Pro 2000 vs 3000 post.
If additional cleaning modes are in order then the consider the 5000 may be worth considering unless you really want to splash out on the premium model that is the 6000. For more buying advice, you may like to read our Best Electric Toothbrush guides.
3. Where’s the best place to buy the Pro 3000?
As a mid range brush the availability on the Pro 3000 is very good. Available from a large range of high street stores as well as those online.
It is too often subject to price promotions and other offers.
Typically we recommend Amazon because it is very competitive on price and often has special offers running more frequently than others. It also offers free delivery. None-the-less it is always worth checking out other retailers as well.
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And now for a bit more detail...
As just one in a range that exceeds 10 different models the Pro 3000 is firmly in the middle.
It is not the cheapest, basic and most functional nor is it the most expensive, feature rich and most desired model.
Whilst there is little to fault with the brush particular it is the value and features of other models in the range that ultimately makes this brush a bit bland and not particularly distinguishable.
For me, unless someone can persuade me otherwise from all the time I have spent testing other brushes, the only REAL appeal of this brush is that it is the first in the Oral-B range to offer the ‘Sensitive’ cleaning mode which many dentists do recommend.
What's in the Box?
- Braun Oral-B Pro 3000 rechargeable toothbrush
- Charging station
- Toothbrush head storage
- 2 x Brush heads (Cross Action and Sensitive)
Oral-B Pro 3000 Key Features
- Oral-B 3D movement cleaning system (pulsates and sweeps)
- Removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush
- Rechargeable battery
- 3 cleaning modes (Daily Clean, Gum Care & Sensitive)
- Visible pressure sensor
- 7 days battery life
- Clean timer including quadpacer
Pros and Cons
- 3 cleaning modes - Offering more than the standard ‘Daily Clean’ which is what the vast majority of users need and actually use, the Pro 3000 is the first brush in the Pro series to offer up the ‘Sensitive’ cleaning mode that many dentists recommend. It does too offer ‘Gum Care’ mode which means this brush is suitable for those who have slightly more advanced oral health care needs and where a standard daily clean may not always be appropriate.
- A slim profile - The Pro 3000 is an easy to use brush that fits comfortably in the hand irrespective of your age and movement in your fingers. Well designed contours and rubber grip stop the brush from slipping when wet.
- Timed Clean - An audible warning when to change quadrant and when the 2 minute cycle is complete.
- Pressure sensor - A rear mounted pressure sensor illuminates red should too much force and pressure be applied to the teeth. Acting as a visual indicator you are clearly made aware to reduce the pressure and chances of doing damage to the teeth.
- Box contents - With 2 brush heads in the box and a storage option for the brush heads there is a little more value over some of the cheaper models.
- Uniqueness - Whilst functional and appropriate for some the Pro 3000 lacks any real wow factor to make it unique. The Pro 2000 is great value and well features, the Pro 5000 offers a wireless smart guide. The 3000, well it is neither of those.
- Battery Status - No indication of how much power is in the brush, unless the battery is near to being depleted.
- Battery Life - Up to 7 days life or 28 minutes of usage time which is weak in comparison to a Philips Sonicare brush such as the HX6511/50 which can last up to 3 weeks. For a mid range brush one could argue this is not acceptable.
- Timer - There is no physical timer or illumination to tell you to change quadrant or that the clean is complete
Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
What likely reads as my lack of warmth to this brush is helped somewhat by the blue rubber grip that runs centrally down the front facing part of the brush handle.
Darker in colour than the softer blues found on the Pro 600 (our review) and 2000 (our review), it is not quite as dark as the royal blue on the Pro 4000 (our review) and is more of a sea blue colour on the Pro 3000. We actually compare them both in our Oral-B Pro 3000 vs 4000 post.
Understandably the performance of the battery life is depicted by the size of the battery but where the battery life could be considered a weakness, the slim profile of this brush is what makes it appealing.
Measuring a maximum height of 23cm and no more than 3cm thick, this brush weighs in at 130g when the brush head of your choice is attached.
Using the same body as any other Pro or TriZone brush with the exception of the Pro 6000 (our review) and 6500 the 3000 is of plastic construction with the exception of the aforementioned blue rubber grip.
The physical size, shape and weight works for young adults through to seniors.
High gloss white plastic on the rear is typical of an dentistry product but it’s clean and easy to maintain.
A series of contours run from the upper third of the brush down the back of it to provide texture and grip in the hand when wet.
Amidst the blue rubber in the lower third just below a white Oral B and Braun logo sits two opaque icons, one of a battery and one of a charger. The first illuminates red when the power remaining in the battery is low whilst the latter illuminates green when the brush is charging.
Both are quite bright but sadly neither provide a percentage (%) so you can really tell what power remains and how complete the charge is.
In the upper third of the brush handle is the power button which is accented using a white coating to create a prominent power button. Surrounded by grips in the rubber panel the button is responsive and tactile.
Activate the brush with a single press of the power button. A second press will launch gum care cleaning mode with a third launching sensitive. A fourth and final press will power the brush off or alternatively just press and hold the button for 2 seconds in any clean mode to turn it off.
Spin the Pro 3000 around and just as the brush handle tapers up towards the brush head is a dark red plastic panel that is built into the bod and sweeps around and down towards the front of the brush.
If you are not already aware, this is the panel that illuminates red if ever too much pressure is applied during brushing.
You may well notice the sound of the brush motor straining and slowing down if you do apply too much pressure, but you will also see from the red light that you need to reduce the force you are applying. Doing so will deactivate the sensor.
The bristles of the brush should virtually skim the surfaces of the teeth and do not require a lot of force.
A standard brushing cycle is for 2 minutes which is the recommendation from dental professionals.
During the 2 minute cleaning cycle the brush will provide an audible warning via a slight pause in the brushing at 30 second intervals to tell you to change quadrant. This is your built in timer.
The brush continues to operate at the end of the cycle, unless you turn it off. The pause at the end of the 2 minutes is a little longer to signify to you it is the end of the clean.
Brushing for the full 2 minutes is very important, but just as important if not more so is the right technique. Make sure you learn how to clean your teeth properly.
You should also note that it is vital to clean your teeth at least twice a day. Always try to leave 45-60 minutes after eating before you decide to brush.
If you struggle to keep yourself cleaning for 2 minutes or forget, using the Oral-B app on your phone and the Sound Connectivity feature, which is not well marketed could be a solution.
Providing you then have the app open on your smartphone or tablet when you go to clean your teeth, the built in microphones will listen out for the sound of the brush.
As it does, it begins a timer on screen and logs your clean in the app.
The idea is great but there are a few issues in my mind.
- Not all that many of us may have a phone or tablet to hand as we are cleaning our teeth
- The app does not automatically load or begin timing unless you have opened it up
- The app is engineered primarily for the more premium Smart Series brushes (Pro 6000 & 6500), which the 3000 is not a part of.
If you are really keen on logging your toothbrush activities then this has some benefit as it does have some nice graphics and some prompts to keep you engaged whilst brushing; but the whole process feels like a bit of a hassle though.
If you are serious about such the Bluetooth option is much better on the Pro 6000.
In the box with the Pro 3000 is a charging stand, but also a moulded piece of plastic which sits around this and offers up 2 prongs on which the 2 provided brush heads can sit. Kind of like a storage solution. You cannot have both brush heads on the handle at once so it make sense. It would be nice if the solution was more of a tray complete with a cover as found with the Pro 4000 or above.
Also included in the box are 2 brush heads, the Cross Action head and a Sensitive brush head option to work in conjunction with the cleaning mode. Some sellers also offer a version of the Pro 3000 which offers up a 3D White head instead of the Cross Action, which is ok, but at there is no whitening mode on the 3000 the effects are slightly limited.
The Cross Action brush head relies on hundreds of bristles that are angled in different directions. It has been scientifically engineered, to ensure the bristles cross over different parts of the tooth surface more effectively than those brush heads that have standard straight bristles.
The Sensitive brush head on the other hand has softer bristles that are not angled and are less abrasive on the teeth and gums. Ideal if you have or suffer from increased sensitivity.
If you are moving to an electric toothbrush for the first time, like a manual brush, an electric one needs replacing too. The only difference here is that with an electric toothbrush it is just the head and not the whole handle.
Remember to change your brush head at least once every 3 months or sooner. Any longer than this and the brush head may actually do more damage than good.
Official Oral-B brush heads, the bristles will actually change colour and fade as they get older and are used more. So if your bristles look a bit faint then likelihood is, you need to replace the brush head.
Interchangable are the brush heads with the Pro 3000 you can pick up alternatives if you prefer.
Thus if it came with a Cross Action brush head you need not stick with it.
You can purchase and use:
As a moulded brush with a virtually all in one design, maintenance is not simple on this brush other than a rinse and a wipe. However it should not really be required. Should something go wrong, there is as standard a 24 month warranty is provided with the Pro 3000. This covers the battery too. Register the brush online and you get an extra 12 months at no extra cost, so 36 months or 3 years in total.
Summary of Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
- Slim and comfortable brush to hold and use, even if limited hand movement
- 3 cleaning modes – daily clean, gum care and sensitive
- 2 brush heads included
- Alternative brush heads available
- Built in quad pacer and 2 minute timer tells you when to change quadrant and finish brushing
- 28 minutes of usage time
- Holder for up to 2 brush heads
- Sound connectivity option that works with an app to record your cleaning
- Water resistant and can be used in the shower
- 2 year warranty as standard, register online for a free additional year.
I commented earlier in this review how as a mid range brush this offer little to really stand out from the crowd. Battery life could have been one place in which it did, but due to the design ethos of Braun, the 3000 offers just 28 minutes of usage time or up to 14 cleans.
The considerably more expensive Pro 6500 and 6000 will add nearly half as much again but their size and weight is impacted.
I pick fault with the battery life a little because Philips do a stellar job with their brushes that offer up to 3 weeks usage time compared to a rather poor 1 week from Oral B.
In truth, 14 cleans worth of battery life for most of us is sufficient. Rarely are many of us needing it to last longer, as the charger is either close to hand or we leave it on the charger the whole time.
Longer usage time would of course just add that little extra appeal. Imagine being able to take your toothbrush away whilst on holiday without needing to worry about taking the charger.
However, if you do take the charger the 2 pin adapter on the charger will connect to shaver sockets found in most bathrooms around the world and thanks to the 220-240v support you rarely need worry about it not working.
If a 2 pin socket is not available, you can purchase 2 pin to 3 pin adapters so that the brush can be charged from a normal mains socket found here in the UK.
All white in colour the charging dock itself has a small prong on the top which aligns with a recess in the bottom of the brush handle and will charge the brush fully in about 8-12 hours. I tend to leave it on charge overnight. When charging the battery charging icon flashes green.
When power is low the battery status icon will flash and you will likely feel the decrease in brush power.
It is quite safe to leave the brush on the charging station/dock all the time, but do be aware this could reduce the batteries performance over the years.
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
- Takes about 8-12 hours to charge fully
- A charger included in the box
- Status icon flashes green when charging and red when battery is low
- Works on 220-240 volts
- Questionable whether a mid range brush should offer a better battery life
The Pro 3000 has a recommended retail price of £89.99 but for some time now, including as we write this review you can very easily get this at 40-50% less with no real effort.
At the time of writing prices varied from full RRP down to around £34 with most coming in at £45.
Paying anything more than £50 and to be honest it is not worth it. £45 or less is really what this brush is worth.
This brush like every other requires replacement brush heads for each user every 3 months. Replacement heads can be purchased in packs of 4 and are priced on average between £11 and £14
Using the average cost (based on one user) and ownership over 3 years (the same as the warranty period), the Pro 3000 will cost £79 or 7p per day to own.
This price does exclude the cost of water, toothpaste and electric to charge it, but you get a rough idea and is one of if not the cheapest decent electric toothbrushes available at the moment.
There is a good chance the brush will last longer than the 3 year period and using the same brush handle but switching heads with other users in your household will only help bring the cost down and drive more value from it.
The more advanced Pro 5000 comes with a travel case, more brush heads, a smart wireless guide and works out 4p per day more expensive whilst the Pro 2000 is less feature rich but works out at roughly 6p per day at the time of writing. That would be a saving of £10 over 3 years.
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
- Recommended retail price of £89.99
- Generally available from £45 but purchased for as little as £34
- Works out at around 7p per day over 3 years
- Share brush handle with another user to extend value
- Better value options available
Reliability & Long Term Use
Whilst we have tested the Pro 3000 for a few weeks, like we do with all brushes here at Electric Teeth, other Oral-B brushes have been on test with us and thousands of users for many years. I personally have a brush that is still going fairly strong after 4 years of use between 2 people!
A robust design and construction we can be pretty confident in that if you opt for the Pro 3000 or any other Oral B brush it is quite likely it will still functional 4 or 5 years down the line, with a regular rinse and wipe down.
We have however reviewed and priced this on 3 years of ownership as semi-regular replacement of the brush is good practice to take advantage of improvements in battery and cleaning technology.
The weakest point is the battery. After repeated charges and discharges it can fail and should it, they are not easy to replace. Remember, register your brush online to get a 3 year warranty, which is better than most would expect and gives you added peace of mind. Because it is an internal battery, should it fail within 3 years or any other part, unless user damage it will be covered.
The entry level Pro 600 is functional but lacks features.
The Pro 2000 adds in a pressure sensor and additional cleaning mode and is an all round strong performer.
Until you then reach the more premium 5000 do you really gain lots of extra value. Sadly the 3000 is within this bracket.
The sensitive cleaning mode is recommended by a large number of dentists and if you want to go by this advice (dentists are the best placed to advise) then the 3000 is probably at the time of writing the best value option to offer such.
However, before taking the plunge really consider your position and whether spending a little more for the 5 or even 6000 then becomes a more worthwhile decision and a valuable option, I think this could particularly be the case if you are willing to share a brush handle with a partner or other family members.
The 3000 has a place, if it did not it would not sell like it does but it is limited and if you really want to make an informed purchasing decision I think you can do better than the 3000. It is ultimately the lack of uniqueness that goes against it.
Electric Teeth Rating
- Height (without head) – 19.5cm
- Height (with head) – 23cm
- Width – 2.5cm
- Thickness – 3cm
- Weight (without head) – 124g
- Weight (with head) – 130g
All are approximates
Oral-B Pro 3000 Brush Heads
The brush head that is supplied with the Pro 3000 is usually a 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 3000, 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 3000 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.
- Does it have any other cleaning modes?
- No, it has just three cleaning modes Daily Clean, Gum Care and sensitive. For more cleaning modes consider the Pro 4000, 5000 or 6000. If you want less, the 2000 or for just one mode then opt for the Pro 600 or 650.
- What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- The brush head that is supplied with the Pro 3000 is usually a Cross Action head., although some packages contain a 3D white 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 3000 have a pressure sensor?
- Yes, it does.
- Does the Pro 3000 have Bluetooth?
- No, it does not.
- Does the Pro 3000 have sound connectivity?
- Yes, it does although it is not advertised with it.
- Does the Pro 3000 come with a warranty & how long is it?
- If purchased new from an approved retailer the Pro 3000 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 3000 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 no visual timer included, although you can see the pause in the brushing mode if watching the brush head itself.
- 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 3000 does not have a wireless smart guide included. Consider the Pro 5000 for this.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included with the Pro 3000.
- 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 3000 charging station or brush head holder has not been designed to be fixed to a wall.
- Can I use the Pro 3000 in the shower?
- Yes. The Pro 3000 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.
Oral-B Pro 3000 Electric Toothbrush User Guide/Manual
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