Editor's note: In 2017 Oral-B have launched the Pro 2 2500 and the Pro 3 3000. These are replacements to the Pro 2500 and the Pro 3000 being reviewed here, note the extra ‘2’ and '3' in the respective product names. We have compared the two new models in our Oral-B Pro 2 2500 vs Pro 3 3000 post and recommend choosing between them instead of the older models compared below.
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.
Which one would we choose?
As with all our comparisons, we give you a quick answer first in case you're in a rush, and then go on to explain our choice in more detail and provide a video comparison. In this post we are looking at the Oral-B Pro 2500 vs 3000.
Two excellent brushes. We prefer the Pro 2500 box contents but the Pro 3000 just edges it on value for money and features as the additional cleaning mode is more valuable than the travel case. Despite the 2500 technically being inferior to the 3000 in the Oral-B range the limited supply makes the Pro 3000 generally the cheaper of the two.
Oral B Pro 2500 vs 3000: Key Differences
- The Pro 3000 comes with 3 cleaning modes (Daily Clean, Gum Care & Sensitive) compared to the 2 modes on the Pro 2500 Black (Daily Clean & Gum Care)
- The Pro 3000 comes with 2 brush heads included (CrossAction & Sensitive) compared to the 1 (CrossAction) of the Pro 2500.
- The Pro 3000 comes with a brush head stand.
- The Pro 2500 has Black rubber front compared to the Blue of the Pro 3000.
- The Pro 2500 comes with a travel case.
- The Pro 3000 is generally the cheaper of the two.
Detailed Comparison: What’s the difference between the Oral-B Pro 2500 Black and Pro 3000?
I wish to start with a clarification. The Pro 2500 is often referred to as the Pro 2500 Black. They are the same product.
The reason the name is interchanged is because the Pro 2500 is only available with the Black rubber gripped handle from which the name is inspired and there are no alternative colour options for this model. It is essentially a limited edition model with this colour option.
Naturally, this limited edition colour is one of the obvious differences between the 2500 and the 3000.
Both have the coloured rubber grip that runs down the front of the brush handle and a power button that is accented in white. The grip on the Pro 3000 is a Blue colour (darker than as seen on the Pro 2000 but lighter than the Blue rubber on the Pro 5000).
Grips above and below the button are present and the rear of the brush handle is a gloss white plastic with hard plastic grips. A rubber back panel would be nice, but it is not essential and the grips stop the brush slipping out the hand, even when wet.
To the front, 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.
On the topside of the rear of the brush handle (the part I like to call the neck) that leads up to the brush head itself, is a red piece of plastic moulded into the handle.
When in use, 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.
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.
Both brushes offer this.
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 almost redundant.
From the images you may tell that both brushes look similarly sized and that is because they are. Identical in face. Both measure in at (with brush head) 23 x 2.5 x 3 cm and weigh 130g.
Within this plastic body is the rechargeable battery which lasts approximately 28 minutes or 7 days, based on one user.
To charge the brush, pop it on the charging stand (provided in the box) 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.
If you are not aware 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.
The Pro 3000 comes with a moulded plastic attachment that sits around the charging stand. One of the differences in the box contents, this piece of white plastic has 2 prongs to the rear of it and these are designed for the 2 brush heads, that are included in the box to stand on when not in use.
A neat way to keep the brush head with the brush, but there is no cover or lid over them like there would be on the storage compartment found with the Pro 5000 and 6000. A nice addition none the less.
Whilst on the subject of brush heads, this is where the Pro 3000 has a one up on the 2500 as 2 brush heads are supplied in the box. Typically this is a CrossAction and a Sensitive head, although there is a Pro 3000 White and Clean branded option where 2 additional brush heads, both 3D White are included.
Whilst a 3D White brush head can be used with the Pro 3000 and the 2500 and any other in the Oral-B Pro range, it is an odd package considering the Pro 3000 does not offer a whitening mode.
So with the normal Pro 3000 coming with 2 brush heads, the Pro 2500 Black comes with just one, a CrossAction head.
The inclusion of the Sensitive brush head fits in with the additional Sensitive cleaning mode offered on the 3000.
Both share the Daily Clean and Gum Care mode, but the Sensitive option is available on the 3000 and in some cases is the mode that Dentists recommend over and above the Daily Clean mode as they feel it is less abrasive on the tooth surfaces.
This Sensitive mode is better for those with sore, swollen or generally sensitive areas of the mouth.
If you would like more cleaning modes, you will need to consider alternative brushes like the Pro 5000 or 6000. The various cleaning modes are explained here.
Dentists recommend a 2 minute cleaning cycle twice a day to maintain healthy teeth. A 2 minute cycle is broken down into spending 30 seconds on what is known as each quadrant of the mouth.
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.
There are a series of interchangeable brush heads available for these toothbrushes.
- Precision Clean
- CrossAction (Supplied with the Pro 2500 & 3000)
- 3D White
- Sensitive (Supplied with the Pro 3000)
Some of these brush heads are better suited to certain cleaning modes not found on the Pro 3000 or 2500 but can still be used. You can find out more about the different brush heads and what works best here in our detailed comparison post.
The Pro 2500 comes supplied with a travel case, something not provided with the 3000.
If you regularly travel and spend time in various location overnight, this travel case can be a real bonus for keeping your brush and up to 2 brush heads stowed and protected.
For many, me included, it is not essential, the brush can always go in a wash bag, but it does stop the brush heads getting damaged and accidental activation of the brush handle.
You can buy travel cases separately but they are not all that cheap.
Reliable there brushes tend to be Oral-B do supply each with a 2 year warranty, which can be extended to 3 years, if you register the brush online.
A feature that has not really been covered, nor well 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.
All this based on you getting 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 a novel feature if you can see your cleaning records, but the Bluetooth option found on the Pro 5000, 6000 or 6500 is more reliable if the idea of logging your cleans is of interest to you.
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 3000 or 2500 on the daily clean mode, there is no known difference in their actual results; the only difference may be if you have specific needs whereby the Sensitive mode on the Pro 3000 will likely help achieve better results.
We mention the importance of technique. The electric toothbrush can only do so much.
See our detailed guide on how to brush your teeth properly with an electric toothbrush. If you follow this, your dentist is more likely to praise you about the cleanliness of your teeth.
Is one better priced than the other?
Yes, the Pro 3000 works out to be fractionally better value, but there is not all that much in it.
At the time of reviewing each brush with a full written review (links at the end of the post) each worked out at 7p per day based on 3 years usage by one person.
However, at the time of writing this, the Pro 2500 Black is the more expensive and the Pro 3000 cheaper. This appears to be as a result of more retailers ranging the Pro 3000 compared to the 2500.
Prices always vary and you need to weigh up the value to you at the time of purchase.
Conclusion & which one should I buy?
Either brush may appeal to you for different reasons, but my pick between these two has to be the Pro 3000.
When opting for a toothbrush cleaning modes take priority over the nice to have travel case which perhaps make the Pro 2500 appealing.
The black and white design of the Pro 2500 is very crisp and will certainly appeal to many, but this limited design colour option actually results in the more premium brush being the slightly more expensive option.
If the sensitive mode and matching brush head is of no use to you, rather than the Pro 2500 Black, you would be better off considering the Pro 2000.
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.