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.
The conclusion from the original comparison (below) still stands with the Pro 2000 being our primary recommendation.
Which one would we choose?
Our Choice: The Pro 2000 (view on Amazon)
2nd Choice: The Pro 5000 (view on Amazon)
Electric Teeth Verdict
The 5000 offers more versatility and suits the needs of users with more advanced needs or those who intend to use this within a family environment. The Pro 2000 is arguably more cost effective but is generally suited to a different user.
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 favor of adding Bluetooth connectivity to the brush.
At the time of writing the 2014 model is still available but being phased out.
This comparison includes both in an effort to best compare with the Pro 2000.
- Pro 5000 has 3 brush heads in the box compared to the 1 with the Pro 2000
- 4 cleaning modes are available with the Pro 5000 compared to 2 on the Pro 2000.
- Pro 5000 comes with a travel case
- Pro 5000 comes with a charging stand with compartment for us to 4 brush heads.
- Pro 5000 2014 model comes with a wireless smart guide
- Pro 5000 2105 model comes with Bluetooth connectivity
- The Pro 2000 has a light Blue rubber compared to the darker Royal Blue on the Pro 5000.
The following video is a comparison of the Pro 2000 with the Pro 5000 (2014) model.
Detailed Comparison: What’s the difference between the Oral-B Pro 2000 and Pro 5000?
With the 2 different models of the Pro 5000, this could get a little confusing so I hope to keep this as clear as possible.
The summary of the differences above clearly show that the 5000 offers more, but you pay for it.
The biggest driving force in my opinion for opting for the Pro 5000 should be the cleaning modes.
Both the 2000 and 5000 share the daily clean and gum care mode.
The 5000 (2014 & 2015) both have the same cleaning modes, so in addition you will get sensitivity and whitening as additional options.
Whether these are required by yourself depends on your needs and desires from the brush.
Whitening is a nice mode to have as from time to time it is nice to try and do something to enhance the colour of teeth as it often makes us feel better about ourselves.
The modes available are all engineered to achieve different things. Should you like to find out a bit more and understand how these modes vary you can read our detailed guide that explains the Oral-B cleaning modes.
With the different modes available, comes the possibility of using different brush heads.
In all reality and provided brush head will work with any of the cleaning modes, but using a 3D White brush head on the whitening mode is going to help achieve better results than the CrossAction used on this mode.
As a result this is in part why the Pro 5000 comes with 2 additional brush heads in the box whereas the Pro 2000 comes with just one, the CrossAction.
If it was not obvious it is best to use the 3D White with the whitening mode and the Sensitive with the sensitive cleaning mode.
Because both 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
- 3D White
This facility to change is up to you, but irrespective of whether you have the 5000 or 2000 you might find for your personal needs one works better.
Each brush head has advantages and disadvantages and are engineered to work better with certain cleaning modes. The following table summarises each.
If you tend to travel with overnight stays the inclusion of the travel case with the Pro 5000 could be handy as it not only holds and protects the brush handle but up to 2 brush heads too.
If you are already thinking that the Pro 5000 is more likely the one for you, the included brush head compartment is a bonus as this provides a home for up to 4 brush heads and seeing as 3 are included in the box it gives a home for them and space for another brush head be that a different type or that of another user.
With the 2015 model of the 5000, Bluetooth connectivity is provided, this is not available on the 2000.
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.
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.
I 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 my 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, available with the 2014 model 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.
Our detailed guide on how to clean your teeth correctly, will ensure your dentist is more likely to praise you about the cleanliness of your teeth.
The SmartGuide provided with the 2014 model, 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 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.
One last key difference (aside from the price) is the colour of the rubber grip that runs down the front of the brush handle.
The Pro 2000 is available with a light blue or a pink whereas the 5000 is a dark or royal blue colour. Personal preference is the darker blue for me. 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 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.
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.
In the box, both come with a basic but functional charging stand, although how this mounts with the brush head storage supplied with the 5000 is neater.
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.
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 built in battery is rechargeable and will last for approximately 28 minutes or 7 days, based on one user. This is passable for the 2000 but the 5000 should really be better, yes the size would be affected but Phillips put Oral-B’s power consumption to shame.
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. The 5000 via the app or smart guide will visually highlight when it is time to change.
Always try to leave 45-60 minutes after eating or drinking anything other than water before cleaning your teeth, if anything brush before eating.
On the upper rear of both brushes is the Pressure Sensor.
With either, 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.
It will on the smart guide show a sad face and the app on the phone if using Bluetooth will also show the timer in red along with a message to reduce the pressure.
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, like Bluetooth would, albeit less reliable.
You have to get 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.
It is available on the 2000 and 5000, it is a novel feature, but the Bluetooth option found on the Pro 5000 (2015) is more reliable.
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.
Does one clean better than the other?
No there is no difference, unless you take into consideration the additional cleaning modes.
Both will clean just as well on the daily and gum care mode, but if you are looking to get whiter teeth or deal with a sensitive mouth then the 5000 will serve you better for the very fact it has the additional cleaning modes.
For best effect use the supplied brush heads.
You can try to replicate to a point a whitening effect with the Pro 2000 and a 3D White brush head (purchased separately) but the lack of dedicated cleaning mode may limit the effectiveness.
With the right technique and regular cleaning you will leave your teeth feeling and looking healthier.
Is one better priced than the other?
The Pro 5000 is the more expensive and rightly so for the additional box contents and cleaning modes.
At the time of writing the Pro 2000 is available from £30 and the Pro 5000 £75 for the 2014 model (view on Amazon) and £81 for the 2015 model.
When the full reviews were carried out on each brush, the daily price for the Pro 2000 worked out at 7p per day, but that is now 6p based on today’s pricing. The 5000 worked out at nearly double that at 11p although on today’s price the 2014 model of the 5000 is a little less at 10p per day.
Conclusion & which one should I buy?
Concluding which is better or which you should buy is very difficult. I feel like this is comparing the eco model Ford Focus car to the Sports model of the Ford Focus. Both do a basic job of getting you from A to B but one does so appeasing those who want a racy and sporty drive whilst the other who wants to save on fuel.
The same is similar for the Pro 2000 and 5000, they serve different markets. Both have the basic capability of cleaning the teeth and doing a good job, it is just that the Pro 5000 comes with a few more features that are desirable to some.
The 2000 is the more cost effective without doubt.
If you need or can afford the 5000 consider taking a look at the Pro 6000 too. Similar features for no or little extra money and the 6000 has both Bluetooth and the Wireless Smart Guide.
If the Pro 5000 is still your choice weigh up the Bluetooth or Wireless Smart Guide. The Smart Guide is still my preference, if you can still pick it up.
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.
- Oral-B Pro 2000 Product Page
- Oral-B Pro 5000 Product Page
- Oral-B Pro 2000 Review
- Oral-B Pro 5000 (2014) Review
- Buy Pro 2000 on Amazon
- Buy Pro 5000 (2104) on Amazon
- Buy Pro 5000 (2105) on Amazon
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.
Last updated: 2019-08-25 at 21:03 // Source: Amazon Associates