Which one would we choose?
Electric Teeth Verdict:
A travel case and an extra brush head are what fundamentally set these two brushes apart.
Both offer a great clean, feel comfortable in hand and have a decent battery life.
For most the Pro 2 2000 presents the best value and is our recommendation.
If you would like a broader comparison of buying options, see our reviews and buyer’s guide here.
- Pro 3 3000 is available in only one colour (Blue/White) compared to the 2 colour options of the Pro 2 2000 (Blue/White and Pink/White)
- The Pro 3 3000 comes with 2 brush heads (1 x CrossAction and 1 x 3D White) compared to the 1 of the Pro 2000 (1 x CrossAction/Sensitive/3D White (subject to variant)).
- Pro 3 3000 comes with a travel case.
- Pro 2 2000 generally cheaper to purchase.
In 2017 Oral-B launched the Pro 2 2000 and the Pro 3 3000 which I am comparing here. These are replacements to the Pro 2000 and the Pro 3000, note the extra 2 and 3 in the product names for the newer models.
The primary difference between the older model and 2017’s new model is the battery. The older NiMH battery has been replaced with Li-Ion, doubling the battery life.
The Pro 3 3000 has also lost a cleaning mode and has a slightly different box contents.
A comparison of the older models is available here.
I 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.
Detailed Comparison: What’s the difference between the Oral-B Pro 2 2000 and Pro 3 3000?
In the summer of 2017 Oral-B refreshed their range of brushes, updating current models, replacing the Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries with Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion).
Simply swapping the batteries, doubles the battery life, to 2 weeks, which is fantastic.
As they did this though they decided to make some revisions to the popular Pro 3000, now named the Pro 3 3000.
Where once it had 3 cleaning modes, it now has 2, the same number as the Pro 2 2000 to which I am comparing it to here.
What actually sets these two brushes apart is very little, so which one is the one for you?
At the time of writing the Pro 2 2000 comes in 3 different variants.
These are the Pro 2 2000N, 2000S and 2000W.
The letters refer to the brush head that comes supplied in the box.
N = CrossAction, S = Sensitive and W = 3D White.
Whatever variant you opt for the brush is technically the same it is the 1 brush head that comes supplied that differs.
Whilst this is subject to change, the colour of the brush handle supplied with the 2000N and 2000S is usually Blue and White. Whereas with the 2000W the handle is Pink and White.
The body of the Pro 2 2000 and the 3 3000 is made from a gloss White plastic with a contrasting rubber grip that runs down the front of the handle. It is this rubber grip that is either Blue or Pink in colour.
The Pro 3 3000 is at the time of writing sold in only one variant. It has a Blue rubber grip and the White plastic body.
Supplied with the 3000 though is 1 x CrossAction and 1 x 3D White brush head.
So that means 1 extra brush head in the box with the 3000.
Aside from the price, which I will cover shortly, the other key difference is that the Pro 3 3000 comes supplied with a travel case.
It is a fairly basic, yet functional case that holds the brush handle and up to 2 brush heads.
It is a translucent colour, that is just a little taller and thicker than the brush itself.
Hinged on the left side, the case folds open and closes like a book with a clip on the right edge that holds the case closed.
A relatively thin plastic case it is likely what you expect.of an item of this type, but it is not as premium as some other case options.
Ultimately it will protect the handle and heads from damage and accidental activation when in a bag
Aside from the aforementioned differences the brushes are the same.
They both offer 2 cleaning modes, Daily Clean and Gum Care mode.
A built in timer and pacer are available on each as is a visible pressure sensor.
The built in battery lasts 2 weeks and can be recharged via the charging stand that is included in the box.
Slim handles, they are relatively lightweight and robust and water resistant, with a 2 year warranty.
Does one clean better than the other?
No, there is no difference between the way in which these two brushes clean.
Both have the same motors and the same cleaning modes.
Unlike some models that do have more or less powerful motors and different modes, these are identical.
The slight catch to this is that the results may differ depending on the brush heads used.
As I explained different ones come supplied, but all the Oral-B heads are interchangeable and can be used on different models. You can learn more about the different heads and how they perform by reading our ultimate guide to Oral-B brush heads.
Assuming you use the same brush head on the different handles you would see no difference in the clean.
Using the smaller round brush heads that Oral-B promote you can get a fantastic clean and they will all remove more plaque than a manual toothbrush leaving your mouth cleaner and fresher than before.
Is one better priced than the other?
Yes. In most instances, of course this can vary from one retailer to another, the Pro 2 2000 will be cheaper than the Pro 3 3000.
The recommended retail price of the brushes are £69.99 and £99.99.
Despite this more typical selling prices are around £30-40 for the Pro 2 2000 and £45-55 for the Pro 3 3000.
Using the average selling prices I have seen the lowest price difference will be around £10 with the average difference being about £15 and at the higher end a £25 difference.
The travel case and brush head that differentiate these two models can be purchased individually for around £15-20, so there is some saving and convenience to be had by buying the Pro 3 3000.
Conclusion & which one should I buy?
A travel case is a handy addition in the box of the Pro 3 3000 and one that is often underrated.
However, based on our experience our recommendation is to go for the Pro 2 2000. Many do not need or want the case.
The typical selling prices of the Pro 3 3000 make the case a relatively expensive addition. If you want a brush that is good value with a travel case take a look at the Pro 2 2500.
Using the information presented here, draw your own conclusions and consider the prices at the time you are looking to buy, but I believe most will be happiest in opting for the Pro 2 2000.
To find out more about either of these brushes why not click the relevant links below to be taken to the manufacturer’s website, to our hands on written reviews which include video or to one of our recommended outlets to purchase one at the best price possible
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 I 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. I always recommend checking the prices of several retailers before you make a purchase.