Editor's note: In 2017 Oral-B launched the Smart 5 5000 (view on Amazon) and Smart 6 6000 (view on Amazon), essentially replacing the models compared here. We compare the two new models in our Oral-B Smart 5 5000 vs Smart 6 6000 post.
The primary difference between the new and older models is the battery. The newer models have a Lithium-Ion battery which doubles the battery life. The Smart 6 also has a different design.
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?
If you're looking for a quick answer, our choice would be the Pro 6000.
For a more thorough explanation, read our detailed review of the Oral B Pro 5000 vs 6000 below or watch the video to see the brushes side by side.
The Pro 5000 is an excellent toothbrush, if you didn’t have the Pro 6000 available for only a few pounds more. For us, the value for money and features knocks the 5000 out of the park. The only saving grace for it is the slimmer profile, but the sleeker body equals less battery life.
The Pro 6000 at the time of writing holds the title for the Best Electric Toothbrush money can buy in our opinion.
Do be aware that there are 2 versions of the Oral-B Pro 5000. There is the 2014 model which includes a Wireless SmartGuide and then there is the 2015 model which does away with the SmartGuide in favour of adding Bluetooth connectivity to the brush.
This comparison includes both in an effort to best compare with the Pro 6000.
Also adding to the confusion is the fact that there is an older Oral-B Brush named the Triumph 5000. The Triumph 5000 has been succeeded by the Pro 5000, but the Triumph is still available to purchase.
Oral B 5000 vs 6000: Key Differences
- The Pro 6000 comes with an additional cleaning mode (Deep Clean) over the Pro 5000.
- The Pro 6000 includes a wireless SmartGuide which the 2015 model of the Pro 5000 does not, but the 2014 model does.
- The Pro 6000 has Bluetooth which the 2014 model of the 5000 does not have, but the 2015 does.
- The Pro 6000 comes with an additional brush head (FlossAction) included in the box.
- The Pro 6000 offers up to 10 days battery life compared to the 7 of the Pro 5000.
- The Pro 5000 is slimmer and lighter than the Pro 6000
- The Pro 6000’s pressure sensor illuminates green at 30 second and 2 minute intervals.
Thankfully as I write this, I have no advanced oral healthcare needs. An electric toothbrush with a standard daily clean mode is sufficient, but having a whitening mode is always a plus, as is some of the additional box contents.
Your personal circumstance may well be different and the additional cleaning modes offered by these more premium Oral-B brushes may well be rather appealing.
You might not just be considering yourself and these brushes, for me, represent options for families.
Do away with multiple brushes, just have different brush heads, but a brush handle that suits the kids, mum, dad and even the grandparents.
So which of these two brushes are you to opt for any why?
This is what we aim to answer, and the aforementioned verdict and key differences will already have given you a good insight into how and why we came to the conclusion that we have; but here we go into a little more detail.
If you have not already taken time to consider each brush independently (you can in our Pro 6000 review and our Pro 5000 review) let me quickly cover some of the elements of the brush which are the same.
Dentists recommend a 2 minute cleaning cycle twice a day. This is made up by breaking your mouth into 4 quadrants and spending 30 seconds on each. Both 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.
Both come in the box with a charging stand, brush head compartment that holds up to 4 brush heads and has a lid to protect the heads.
A travel case is included in the box, allowing you to store the brush handle and up to 2 heads when travelling.
Both have a built in pressure sensor that illuminates red when too much pressure is applied to the teeth. This acts as an indicator to you to reduce the pressure to avoid doing damage.
As standard both come with a 2 year warranty, this can be extended to 3 years if you register the brush online.
Both have interchangeable brush heads and share many of the same cleaning modes, but a little more on that later.
So, on with the differences.
Starting with aesthetics. They look similar but different.
The slimmer Pro 5000 measures in at (with brush head) 23 x 2.5 x 3cm and weighs 130g.
The Pro 6000 measures in at 24 x 3 x 4.5cm and weighs 168g.
To say the 5000 feels better in the hand is wrong, it is just different. In some respects the Pro 6000 is more grippy as it is a different shape, less cylindrical with more of a tapered design.
Smaller hands would hold the Pro 5000 a little better but the increased rubber on the 6000 means it is a little less slippy.
The Pro 5000 has a royal blue rubber band that runs down the front with a gloss white back panel. The back panel has raised grips and the there is grip points just above and below the white accented power button.
The larger Pro 6000 looks quite different. For a start the bold blue or replaced by matte whites and the grip on the rear is a textured white rubber.
What on first glance, looks like slim silver styling lines running down the body of the brush is actually a transparent light panel that when on illuminates blue. It is not the best implementation as the light spread is not even around the brush.
The power button looks to have a grey coloured accent, this is actually an illuminated panel that shines blue in colour when the brush is on.
The lower third of the brush handle also differs a lot. The Pro 600 contains the same branding and battery status just displayed in a slightly different way.
A single battery icon is replaced with an incremented battery icon so you if all 3 bars illuminate you know the Pro 6000 is fully charged.
There is a larger Bluetooth icon and wirless like symbols.
Depending on whether you are considering the Pro 5000 2014 or 15 edition the only real difference between these two is the latter shows the Bluetooth icon, similar to the Pro 6000.
Explaining the design is a little more difficult and this is best demonstrated in the photos you see in this article and through the video available above.
The pressure sensor on the Pro 6000 is located in the same place as the Pro 5000, but the plastic panel is opaque rather than red and it is the LED inside that gives the colour.
Another small difference is that at 30 second and 2 minute intervals the pressure sensor will illuminate/flash green to indicate it is time to change quadrant or finish the clean whereas the pressure sensor does not illuminate at this time on any other Oral-B model below the Pro 6000.
Take a look at the box contents and you will find that the Pro 5000 comes with 3 brush heads which the Pro 6000 comes with, but the Pro 6000 gets 1 more. Both come with the CrossAction, Sensitive and 3D White, but the 6000 comes with a FlossAction head too.
With the 2015 model of the 5000, the SmartGuide is not included, instead the brush itself has been equipped with Bluetooth connectivity. The Pro 6000 also has Bluetooth connectivity built in (more on that in a moment).
Differences between the 5000 models and which one to opt for will ultimately be your decision. Over time the newer model with Bluetooth will likely become the more easily available unit. We really like the 2014 model though because of the SmartGuide.
The SmartGuide, if you are not aware is an oval shaped object, much the size of a portable travel clock and comes supplied with batteries and an adhesive pad so it can be mounted on a wall if required.
It acts as a clock showing the time, but when the 5000 (2014) or the Pro 6000 brush is activated, the display shows a timer, a star rating, an animated face that gives feedback on your performance, a graphic to identify the cleaning mode you are on and a quadrant indicator.
Whether you are 20 or 60 this guide can be very useful. It can encourage as well as be a motivator for cleaning your teeth properly.
The removable batteries last about 3 months on average.
Sadly the built in battery in either brush handle does not last this long. The Pro 5000 lasts up to 7 days or 28 minutes of usage time based on one user, whilst the Pro 6000 will last for up to 10 days or 40-50 minutes of brushing time.
Not having to worry about charging is a bonus, but either can be left sat on their charging stand for long periods of time with no impact on the battery.
The Pro 6000 and the 2015 edition of the Pro 5000 offer Bluetooth connectivity.
If you are not familiar with Bluetooth, it is a wireless technology that shares data between 2 computing products. In this instance,the brush and your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet.
Your tablet or smartphone must have the Oral-B app installed and after a short pairing process the brush can be programmed and cleaning data transferred between the two.
You see all the information you would if you had the wireless SmartGuide, but this is electronically logged within the app. This then allows you to create calendar logs of your activity and track performance and improvements.
You can set specific routines and more.
The benefit here is the brush will retain data of up to 20 cleans, so you do not need to have the brush paired each time you use it.
If you have the app open whilst cleaning your teeth you get news, tips and more displayed on screen based on your configuration.
We have mixed feelings about Bluetooth in a brush. Whilst it is very current and showing progression, for the vast majority there is no need or desire to log cleaning performance.
The app has a tendency to distract from actually cleaning the 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.
If you are distracted there is no way you are going to get the right technique going on. Yes you will clean the teeth, but not properly. It is by not properly doing something that in time problems can arise.
Whether you are 18 or 78 there is something you can do that can prolong the life of your teeth.
What is that?
Have the right technique. The electric toothbrush can only do so much.
You can read about and watch videos on how to clean your teeth correctly in our detailed guide. If you follow this, your dentist is more likely to praise you about the cleanliness of your teeth.
So, to the cleaning modes.
The Pro 6000 takes top spot with the 5 modes which includes Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening and Deep Clean.
Both Pro 5000 models offer the same modes less the Deep Clean mode.
What is the deep clean mode?
This is the same as a Daily Clean mode which is the standard go to mode, but it lasts for longer, 3 minutes in total, so you spend 45 seconds per quadrant rather than the standard 30. you can expect 8,800 oscillations and 40,000 pulsations.
You can find out more about all the cleaning modes and how they differ by reading our Oral-B Cleaning Modes Explained post.
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 & 3000)
- 3D White
- Sensitive (Supplied with the Pro 3000)
Whilst technically any of the Oral-B brush heads can be fitted and used on any of the cleaning modes, some are better suited to particular cleaning modes.
This is where either of these brushes come into their own. One user could have a 3D White head and be using the Whitening mode whilst another uses a FlossAction head on a daily clean mode.
Does one clean better than the other?
Simply put; no. An electric toothbrush will ensure a more regular and balanced clean across the teeth and mouth than manual brushing might, but it still relies on the user placing the brush in the mouth in all the right places to clean effectively.
With the right technique and the regulated cleaning modes you can find either will leave your teeth feeling and looking healthier, but if you are using the Pro 5000 or 6000 there is no known difference in their actual results.
When we reviewed the Pro 5000 (2014 edition) we gave it a rating of 3. The same rating was given to the 2015 Pro 5000 with Blutooth in our review (coming soon), while the we gave the Pro 6000 a 5 in our review here.
Is one better priced than the other?
Generally speaking, the Pro 5000 is the cheaper of the two brushes. But only just. Furthermore, this may not always be the case if there is a special offer running on the Pro 6000, but not the Pro 5000.
At select times the Pro 6000 has been available for as low as £56, which is a fantastic price for the Pro 6000.
Conclusion & which one should I buy?
For us, the value for money and features knocks the 5000 out of the park. The only saving grace for it is the slimmer profile, but the sleeker body equals less battery life.
With £5 in it at the time of writing for the added benefit of battery life, a more grippy design and the Wireless SmartGuide not to mention the cleaning mode and additional brush head the Pro 6000 is worth the investment.
If you think the 5000 is better suited to you, consider which model, 2014 or 2015 you want. We still prefer the older 2014 model with the wireless guide, but the 2015 model is more readily available and generally cheaper.
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.