The 3 BIG Questions about the Oral-B Pro 5000…
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should lets you know all you need to about the Pro 5000.
If we have missed something, let us know in the comments.If you want more detail, you can read our full Oral-B Pro 5000 review further down the page or watch our 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, there is nothing drastically wrong with the brush it is perfectly functional but for the price it should offer a little more in our opinion. We have given a rating of 3/5.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
If you think the Pro 5000 is for you the only other brush we would advise considering would be the Pro 6000 (our review). It has a few more features and is better value in our opinion.
If you have stumbled across the 5000 but not sure if you need all the features consider your oral health care needs and budget.
If you need a basic functional toothbrush then the Pro 600 or 2000 could be a solution but if you want the better models and are willing to spend, perhaps because you have more advanced healthcare needs then ignore the 3000 and 4000 and look at the 5000 and above. If you want more buying advice, see our Best Electric Toothbrush guide.
3. Where’s the best place to buy the Pro 5000?
You tend to find the more premium brushes like the 5000 in more specialist stores such as Boots, and Superdrug compared to retailers such as Argos, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.
There are some online stores too that offer this model.
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.
Here are the links to the mains brushes we would consider alongside the Pro 5000; the Pro 2000 and the Pro 6000. They are at slightly different ends of the scale, but check out the features and the prices of all three and then make your decision.
Oral B Pro 2000
Oral B Pro 5000
Oral B Pro 6000
And now for a bit more detail...
Sat just below the flagship models the Pro 5000 is a feature rich brush that offers more than any other product lower in the range, not only in features but box contents.
However the Pro 6000 above it has a few more features for what could be no extra spend a better investment.
That said there is a plus to the 5000 that the 6000 cannot compete with and that is in hand feel.
What's in the Box?
- Braun Oral-B Pro 5000 rechargeable toothbrush
- Charging station
- Toothbrush head storage compartment
- 3 x Brush heads (Cross Action, 3D White and Sensitive)
- Wireless Smart Guide
- Travel case
Oral-B Pro 5000 Key Features
- Oral-B 3D movement cleaning system (pulsates and sweeps)
- Removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush
- Rechargeable battery
- 4 cleaning modes (Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive & Whitening)
- Visible pressure sensor
- 7 days battery life
- Clean timer including quadpacer
- Wireless smart guide
- Brush head storage compartment
Pros & Cons
- 4 cleaning modes - Offering more than the standard ‘Daily Clean’ which is what the vast majority of users need and actually use, the Pro 5000 is the first brush in the Pro series to offer up the ‘Whitening’ cleaning mode. It does too offer ‘Gum Care’ and ‘Sensitive’ modes which means this brush is suitable for those who have slightly more advanced oral health care needs as well as those who want that dentist pearly white finish to their teeth.
- A slim profile - The Pro 5000 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.
- Smart Wireless Guide - A portable clock and timer that shows your cleaning mode, how well you are brushing and how long you have been brushing for.
- Box contents - With 3 brush heads in the box and a storage option for the brush heads and a Smart Wireless Guide the package contents is good.
- 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.
- Battery Status - No indication of how much power is in the brush, unless the battery is near to being depleted.
Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
I do believe the value of this is underrated.
An all white unit this is a clock and timer that is power by 2 AA batteries.
It can be adhered to a wall with the provided adhesive pad or it can happily sit on a shelf or work surface.
Lasting about 3 months on average the Smart Wireless Guide acts as a clock in your bathroom but then also shows you what brushing mode you have selected on the Pro 5000 and how long you have been brushing your teeth for.
We can all get distracted when cleaning and think, how long have I….and this smart wireless guide assists with that.
If too much pressure is applied and the pressure sensor is activated a sad face will appear on the display and at the end of the clean you get a star rating out of 4.
I really like this product and think all should come with it. It is quite useful if you have an older child using an adult toothbrush who might be a bit distracted and the time can keep them a little more engaged.
Despite the size of this brush affecting the battery life the slim profile and design looks good but is practical. 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.
On the front is a soft rubber grip which is dark blue in colour whilst the remaining body is made up of a high gloss white plastic.
The slight exception to this is the red panel that sits on the neck of the brush handle at the rear.
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, you get a sad face on the smart wireless guide and you will also see the light illuminate a bright red. Reduce the force you are applying. Doing so will deactivate the sensor and return the brush to the brushing speed depicted by the cleaning mode.
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, but cleaning modes such as whitening will go on for longer.
During the normal 2 minute cleaning cycle (Daily Clean) 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.
Once you have downloaded the Oral-B app onto your iOS or Android device, go into the app settings and make sure in the that ‘Toothbrush Sound Recognition’ is switched on.
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 5000 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.
To activate any of the cleaning modes you press the accented power button found in the upper third on the front of the brush.
One press will launch the daily clean mode, a second gum care, a third, sensitive, a fourth whitening and a fifth will turn the brush off.
Press and hold for about 2 seconds during any cleaning mode to power the brush off.
There are ridges or grips above and below the power button and on the rear of the brush handle.
The brush heads provided with the Pro 5000 use an oscillating rotating and pulsating motion as shown in the following animated image.
Whilst 3 brush heads are supplied, they are interchangeable and it is advisable to use the appropriate brush head with the appropriate cleaning mode, although any cleaning mode can be used with any brush head.
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 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.
The 3D White brush head has a polishing cup in the centre of it which helps buff teeth up to give them the dentist shine.
You need not be limited to the brush heads in the box and you can use any one of the 6 brush heads that Oral B offer as suitable for this brush. You may need to purchase these separately.
Remember to replace your brush head at least once every 3 months or 90 days if not sooner.
An Oral-B brush head will actually fade in colour as it ages giving you another visual indicator that it is time to replace the brush head.
Included in the box with the Pro 5000 is a charging stand, but also a moulded piece of plastic complete with a lid which offers a home to additional brush heads. This protects them from dirt and dust and vies a safe place to keep them. Ideal if you use different brush heads or have brush heads for different users.
When the brush requires a charge the translucent battery icon on the lower third of the brush handle will flash red and then the charger icon below that will illuminate green when charging.
Any electric toothbrush irrespective of brand will be more effective at removing plaque and this is why Oral-B state that up to 100% more plaque can be removed in comparison to a manual toothbrush. This is in part due to the power and consistency offered from a powerbrush along with the brush head design and then equally as important is the brushing technique.
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 5000. 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
- 4 cleaning modes – daily clean, gum care, sensitive and whitening
- 3 brush heads included
- Alternative brush heads available
- Built in quad pacer and 2 minute timer tells you when to change quadrant and finish brushing
- Smart wireless guide
- Holder for up to 4 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.
If you have read any of our other reviews you will see how I continue to comment on the battery life of more premium brushes.
Whilst by no means essential I have a desire to see the battery life increase as you pay more for it.
Within the Oral-B range this only really happens when you opt for the Smart Series 6000 and 6500.
The amount of usage time may well be sacrificed but the benefit is the slim profile and feel in hand.
The 5000 offers just 28 minutes of usage time or up to 14 cleans.
Use a Pro 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.
There are even hacks to insert a larger battery into the body of the Pro series brush without compromising the design. It is a lot of effort for not massive gain and it does invalidate the warranty as well as taking time, effort additional costs.
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.
Another clever feature which does save power and potentially assists with the cleaning time is that on a Philips brush the brush will switch itself off at the end of the clean whereas a Pro series from Oral B will not do this.
All told if you do choose to keep the brush on the charger the whole time, it is fine and , if you do take the charger away with you to a foreign country the 2 pin adapter on the charger will connect to shaver sockets found in most bathrooms around the world and thanks to the 110-240v 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.
The charging dock itself is white in colour and 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.
Another small criticism is that you never know quite how much power is left, is it 20%, 15%. The flashing helps but a percentage guide would be useful, but I have yet to see a brush that offers this.
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 5000 has a recommended retail price of £169.99 but DO NOT pay this price.
At the time of writing prices varied from full RRP down to around £79 with most coming in at £85.
This is virtually half price! Amazon is always a good option if you’re looking for a deal, but we always advise shopping around other retailers as well.
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 5000 will cost £119 or 11p 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 6000 comes with an additional cleaning mode, brush head, better battery life and Bluetooth connectivity. When we reviewed it, this more premium option came out at 1p per day less and still remains at this price. That would be a saving of £10 over 3 years for a technically better brush.
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 £169.99
- Generally available from £85 but purchased for as little as £79
- Check out Amazon, but also shop around other retailers
- Works out at around 11p per day over 3 years
- Share brush handle with another user to extend value
- Premium Pro 6000 can be cheaper
Reliability & Long Term Use
As is standard for any brush that comes into Electric Teeth HQ, we will test it.
The experience may be similar to other brushes in the Pro series range but we like to ensure we give you the facts.
A few weeks is not really long enough to say how well it will stand the test of time, but all Oral-B brushes go through a strict quality control programme.
Unable to do long term tests on all the brushes we do have some other models that are going through such.
When buying Oral-B you are getting a good quality brush. The fact that you can get up to 3 years warranty is testament to Braun’s commitment to a reliable product.
To prolong the life of any brush giving it a rinse and a wipe down to remove grime that builds up is a must.
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 that third years warranty, because should it fail in this time it will be covered.
There is nothing wrong with the Pro 5000 really. Giving it s 3 out of 5 rating is a little harsh in some respects because it would serve any user well.
But when spending in the region of £80 you can pick up the more premium Pro 6000 which offers better battery life, more cleaning modes and Bluetooth connectivity, which may not be required by all but having such is only a benefit if you are paying no more (often less).
If money was not an issue the Pro 6000 would be my go to brush for anyone, but it is expensive, just like the lesser featured 5000.
The only real saving grace for the 5000 is that physically it is slimmer and lighter.
Therefore in conclusion the 5000 is perfectly good but the 6000 is better unless you want the the slimmer and lighter profile to make in hand use that bit more comfortable.
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 5000 Brush Heads
With the Pro 5000 you get 3 brush heads included, a Cross Action, 3D White 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 5000, 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 5000 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.
- Does it have any other cleaning modes?
- No, the Pro 5000 has 4 cleaning modes. Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive and Whitening. For more cleaning modes consider the Pro 6000 which offers Deep Clean or the Pro 6500 Black which offers Deep Clean and a Tongue Cleaner. If you want less, the 4000, 3000, 2000 offer such 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?
- With the Pro 5000 you get 3 brush heads included, a Cross Action, 3D White 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 5000 have a pressure sensor?
- Yes, it does.
- Does the Pro 5000 have Bluetooth?
- No, it does not.
- Does the Pro 5000 have sound connectivity?
- Yes, it does although it is not advertised with it.
- Does the Pro 5000 come with a warranty & how long is it?
- If purchased new from an approved retailer the Pro 5000 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 5000 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 included in the form of the smart wireless guide and 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?
- Yes, the Pro 5000 does have a wireless smart guide included.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included with the Pro 5000.
- 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 110-240 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 5000 charging station or brush head holder has not been designed to be fixed to a wall.
- Can I use the Pro 5000 in the shower?
- Yes. The Pro 5000 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.
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