- Slim handled brush with good grip
- 2 week battery life
- Pressure sensor – be alerted when brushing too hard
- Inclusion of a sensitive brush head would have been good
- Better value options exist (see other choices)
Editor’s note: This review is of the Pro 3 3000 (view on Amazon), the newest, 2017 version of the 3000 electric toothbrush.
There are older models that contain different box contents, an additional cleaning mode and an inferior battery.
If you would like to learn about the older generation 3000, read our review of the Pro 3000.
The 3 BIG Question about the Oral-B Pro 3 3000
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Pro 3 3000. If we have missed something, let us know in the comments.
If you want more detail, you can read our full Oral-B Pro 3 3000 review further down the page or watch our video review.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
No, the Pro 3 is a great brush. This 2017 model gets a much welcomed battery boost, which more than doubles the battery life.
A solid mid range brush, it offers more than the budget options, but is not heavily laden with features that most will not use.
It scores a very respectable and solid 4/5.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
Ultimately, the number of alternatives are vast.
A little extra spend will get you the Bluetooth enabled and accessory rich Smart 5 5000 which will allow you to track your cleaning via an app on your smartphone.
3. Where is the best place to buy the Pro 3 3000?
You should be able to buy this from most large retailers such as Amazon, Boots, Tesco and Superdrug as well as smaller outlets including potentially your dental practice.
As a mid range brush the availability on the Pro 3 3000 is usually very good.
Make sure you are buying the new Pro 3 3000, as it is this 2017 model that boasts better battery life; compared to the the older Pro 3000. You should be able to tell the difference by the name and the fact that the new 2017 model has a travel case included
Typically here at Electric Teeth 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. Nonetheless it is always worth checking out other retailers as well – check the list below for retailers that are currently selling the Pro 3 3000.
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And now for a bit more detail….
A new model for 2017 and a slightly new name (although I wouldn’t blame you for not spotting it), the 2017 edition that I am testing here is called the Pro 3 3000.
Older models did not have the ‘3’ and are just known as the Pro 3000.
On the face of it the differences seem hard to depict, but they do exist.
The most important differences are:
- The 2017 model has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery rather than a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) which more than doubles the usage time.
- The 2017 model comes with a travel case include in the box – older models did not
- The 2017 model does not come with a Sensitive cleaning mode previously available.
- The 2017 model comes with a CrossAction and 3D White brush head compared to the CrossAction and Sensitive supplied with older models
- Older models came with a brush head stand – the newer model does not
As just one in a range that exceeds 10 different models the Pro 3000 is firmly in the middle.
Is this new brush a worthwhile replacement, read on to find out.
What’s in the box
- Braun Oral-B Pro 3 3000 rechargeable toothbrush
- Charging station
- Toothbrush head storage
- 2 x Brush heads (1 x CrossAction and 1 x 3D White)
- Oral-B 3D movement cleaning system (Oscillating-Rotating-Pulsating)
- Removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush
- Rechargeable battery
- 2 cleaning modes (Daily Clean & Gum Care)
- Visible pressure sensor
- Clean timer including quadpacer
- Battery life in excess of 2 weeks
Pros & Cons
- Battery Life – The biggest improvement by far, this brush now boasts a battery life of over 2 weeks, a vast improvement that keeps it in line with competing models.
- Travel Case – A simple inclusion in the box that can make transportation of the brush when away on holiday or a quick weekend break a lot simpler.
- Design – A lovely slim profile and an good in hand feel. A blend of style and functionality that feels good in the hand.
- 2 cleaning modes – Offering more than the standard ‘Daily Clean’ suiting those with more specific needs.
- 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.
- Battery Status – Would prefer a bit more feedback from the brush on how much power remains in the battery.
- Cleaning modes – Need to power the brush on to select the cleaning modes and no easy way of telling which mode you have activated. Also lost the Senstive cleaning mode.
- Brush Heads – Including a Sensitive brush head rather than a 3D White head seems more logical.
- Battery Life – Sonicare and Colgate offer 3 weeks of usage in their brushes.
- Brush Head Storage – A brush head stand would be nice to have, the old model did.
Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
If you happen to have used the older Pro 3000, or read any previous reviews on this model, then there is a great deal of similarity when it comes to everyday use.
The body of the brush handle is primarily a gloss white plastic, which is smooth to the touch.
Grip and a design flare is added via a rich deep blue rubber grip that runs down the length of the handle, on the front.
The one function button on the front of the handle, the power button is accented white, standing out against the blue.
A decent level of resistance to this button means you should not accidentally activate the brush, but give it a firm press and it will power on.
When powered on it will launch into the Daily Clean mode.
Press it again to move to the Gum Care mode.
Press and hold the power button for 2 seconds to turn it off.
The post on our site, Oral-B cleaning modes explained tell you all about the different modes in great detail.
A point to note here is that you have to turn the brush on then press the power button again to change the cleaning modes. There is no identification on the brush handle as to which mode is selected, so you need to remember the order.
The lower third of the rubber grip has the Oral-B and Braun logo in white, with a battery and charging icon that both illuminate at certain times.
The charger icon will flash red when the battery is very low and in need of a charge and the battery icon will flash green when it is being charged.
It would be nice if there was more feedback, say an actual percentage (%) rather than just a flashing LED. Although the brush does offer a decent 16 days of use.
The rear of the brush handle has a series of ridges that are spaced out to provide grip.
A little harsher to the touch they are all plastic rather than rubber, like they are on some toothbrushes, but act well in helping the brush stay firmly gripped in the hand.
There are too a few raised grip areas around the power button on the front of the brush, to again help with grip and aid in guiding the finger to the button.
It is a lovely slim profiled handle, it is far from bulky or heavy. Even those with dainty hands will get on well with the Pro 3.
This same brush handle is used across the Pro range, just with different coloured grips and features added to differentiate the models.
The 3000 does on the neck of the handle have a red/orange plastic piece on the rear, this is the pressure sensor. More on this shortly.
At the top of the handle is the metal prong that feeds down inside the brush handle to the motor.
It is to this that the brush heads attach. Simply align the metal with the hole in the shaft of the brush head and push the two together until you hear and feel them clip into place.
Pull the two apart to release them.
The brush heads are interchangeable.
A sealed unit, the battery that powers this brush is built into the handle. It is not user removable. This makes the brush water resistant. In turn this means you can take the brush in the shower with you and rinse it off under the tap.
I do however advise strongly submerging your brush into water such as a full sink or bath, the brush is not really designed to be used or treated in this way.
A standard cleaning cycle lasts for 2 minutes as this is the recommended brushing time by dentists. You should do this twice a day.
During the 2 minute cleaning cycle, a timer in the brush keeps track of what is going on. At 30 second intervals the brush will provide an audible warning via a slight pause in the brush motor at to tell you to change quadrant. This is your built in pacer.
Imagine your mouth broken up into 4 sections. Upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left.
You should spend 30 seconds cleaning each section. The pacer helps you keep an even brushing time on these 4 sections.
There are in fact 3 brief pauses in the brush motor in quick succession at the end of the 2 minute clean to signify to stop brushing. The brush continues to operate at the end of the 2 minute cycle, unless you turn it off.
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 can learn here.
Applying too much pressure when brushing is a big issue and it causes more damage than you might think. A brush need only skim the surface of the tooth and gums.
That rear mounted pressure sensor is what helps you avoid brushing too hard.
It lights up red when it detects too much pressure and will remain this way until such time as the pressure is reduced.
You may well notice the sound of the brush motor straining and slowing down if you do apply too much pressure.
The change in sound and the red light should signal to you to reduce that pressure.
Don’t worry if you activate it often, over time you will learn and avoid doing lasting damage to your teeth.
Included in the box along with the brush handle are 2 brush heads.
One is a CrossAction head and the other a 3D White brush head. I find the latter slightly strange given this brush does not offer a whitening mode, although that is not essential. I would have thought a Sensitive brush head would have been a better fit given the cleaning modes available.
The CrossAction 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 3D White brush head on the other hand has a rubber polishing cup in the middle which is designed to replicate the clean offered by a dentist.
These are just 2 heads from a range available for all Oral-B models. You can learn more about each head in this brush head comparison.
If you are moving to an electric toothbrush for the first time, just like a manual brush, an electric brush head need replacing every 3 months. Official Oral-B brush heads, the bristles will actually change colour and fade as they get older and are used more. So if your bristles look a bit faint then likelihood is, you need to replace the brush head.
Whilst the official heads are recommended, you can check out our guide to get cheap alternatives.
Also included with the brush as you might expect is a charging stand.
Made of plastic, there is a prong on the top, on which the Pro 3 will sit to be recharged. This charger has a power cable that will typically connect to a power socket found in a bathroom. The 2 pin connector works on 220-240v and can be connected to a 3 pin UK socket with use of an adapter.
It usually takes up to 12 hours to recharge the brush fully. It is a relatively slow charge that is pushed to the brush via the charging stand, so it is perfectly safe to leave the brush on here at all times when not in use. Good practice however is to run down the battery and recharge it every 6 months.
Older models of the 3000 had a small moulded piece of white plastic with another 2 prongs on it. This was the brush head stand. Essentially, the brush heads that are not in use on the brush itself can be placed on these to keep them upright and within reach. It was a nice little addition.
With this model though included instead is a basic travel case. Transparent it holds the brush head and up to 2 brush heads. Whilst not the most sturdy, it certainly does the job, protecting the brush when in transit from activation or damage.
In the unlikely event something go wrong, there is as standard a 24 month warranty is provided with the Pro 3 3000. 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
- Looks good
- 2 cleaning modes – daily clean and gum care
- Need to switch the brush on to change cleaning modes
- 2 brush heads included
- Sensitive brush head would have made more sense than the 3D White
- Alternative brush heads available
- Built in quad pacer and 2 minute timer tells you when to change quadrant and finish brushing
- Travel case for the brush and up to 2 brush heads
- 16 day battery life, but no percentage indicator for clear feedback of remaining power
- Water resistant and can be used in the shower
- 2 year warranty as standard, register online for a free additional year.
Last years model scored pretty well considering the less than desirable battery life.
7 days is ok, but was wowing no one, especially when the competition were producing brushes with at least twice, if not 3 times the usage time.
Much of this was as a result of using an aging battery type, known as Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries as opposed to Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion).
Oral-B have now sorted this and 2017’s Pro 3 3000 has the newer Li-Ion technology.
As a result the battery now lasts 66 minutes which is equivalent to 16 days.
There are still Sonicare and Colgate models that trounce the 3000 with not 1, not 2, but 3 weeks of usable battery life. Don’t get me wrong though, this is a good step in the right direction.
Considering the small profile of the brush, this is good and the 2017 is no thicker than last year’s model as a result of this boost.
What this all means now is that you can brush for longer with less worry about having to re-charge. This is particularly good if you are going away. No need to take the charger in most instances.
When you do need to charge, you have the provided charging stand that will connect to shaver sockets found in most bathrooms around the world.
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.
All white in colour the charging dock itself 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 red and you will likely feel the decrease in brush power.
It would however be nice to have more feedback from the brush earlier on if the power is low, maybe a small LED screen with an actual percentage (%) of how much power is left. Sadly this is not present in this version.
For those that are wondering, it is quite safe to leave the brush on the charging station/dock all the time, but do be aware this could reduce the batteries performance over the years, so to avoid degrading the battery be sure to run it down completely every now and again (once every 6 months) and then recharge it fully.
Summary of Battery Life
- 66 minutes of usage time or 16 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
- Would be nice to have a more accurate battery status
Price & Where To Buy
The Pro 3 3000 has a recommended retail price of £99.99. Below we have listed the retailers that are currently selling it, and the price they are offering.
This RRP is a £10 increase on the Pro 3000 of 2016, which is not all that surprising.
You don’t and should not pay these prices. Without much shopping around you can usually get anywhere between 40-60% off.
Just days after it was launched, I purchased for £49.99 (view on Amazon).
Prices will vary from store to store. Typically online retailers will have the best price, but often high street retailers like Boots run promotions which result in much lower ticket prices for models like the 3000.
I would suggest up to about £70 you could justify paying for this brush, but for that money, you are straying into the territory of even more capable brushes.
Ultimately, pay a price you deem fair and are happy to pay.
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 (if registered online), the Pro 3 3000 will cost £84 or 8p per day to own.
This price does exclude the cost of water, toothpaste and electric to charge it. This price also works on some assumptions, but but you get a rough idea.
You can bring the cost down further if you were to share it with other members of your household. All you need invest in is extra brush heads.
For the sake of comparison, the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 works out at 7p per day and is our opinion the better value purchase.
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 £99.99
- Generally available from 40-60% off RRP with a typical price of £50
- Works out at around 8p per day over 3 years
- Share brush handle with another user to extend value
- Oral-B Pro 2 2500 is a better value option
Reliability & Long Term Use
Things go wrong, it is a fact of life.
Oral-B doe have a strict quality control process and given how popular a brand they are the failure rate is low.
Should it fail and the fault is as a result of parts or workmanship rather than user damage then it will be covered under the warranty.
The standard warranty or guarantee if you prefer runs for 2 years/24 months from the date of purchase.
Taking just 2 minutes to register your Pro 3000 via Oral-B’s website and you can get an extra years warranty added on at £0 cost to you.
Therefore you can have up to 36 months of usage and peace of mind that it is backed up be a repair process.
Typically, if anything is to go wrong, it will do inside the 3 years (read how Oral- warranty works).
Outside of this time it will generally continue to work but wear and tear can take its toll, with the battery life often being the main fault over time. You might have to go less time between charges, or it may feel a little less powerful.
Hopefully you will agree after 3 years you will have had your value from it.
We have brushes that have lasted much longer and heard many a person comment how long their brush has actually lasted.
Having personally spent a good couple of weeks with the Pro 3 I can’t see any significant faults, issues or weaknesses in the brush. This years models is essentially identical to last years and any known issues will have likely been address. Cosmetically I see no difference.
It is slim, lightweight, comfortable to hold, offers several cleaning modes and leaves your mouth feeling lovely and clean.
It also has a better battery life than it once did.
There is not really much to fault here.
- Up to 100 percent more plaque removal: Round head cleans better for healthier gums in 30 days vs a manual toothbrush
- Protect your gums: Pressure control reduces brushing speed and alerts you if you brush too hard. Gum Care Mode - massage mode to stimulate gums
- Gently whitens your teeth starting from day 1 by removing surface stains
- Know you brush the right amount of time with the 2 minutes professional timer
- Two brushing modes: Daily clean and gum care
Electric Teeth Rating
Height (without head) – 19.5cm
Height (with head) – 23.5cm
Width – 2.3cm
Thickness – 2.9cm
Weight (without head) – 123g
Weight (with head) – 129g
All are approximates
- Is the Pro 3 3000 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 brush head to clean the teeth and massage gums, stimulating blood flow and assisting in reducing sensitivity in the gums when brushing
- Does it have any other cleaning modes?
- No, it has just two cleaning modes Daily Clean and Gum Care. For more cleaning modes consider the Smart 4 4000 or the Smart 6 6000. If you want less, look at the 2000 or 600.
- What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- The brush head that is supplied with the Pro 3 3000 is usually a Cross Action head and a 3D White. Some other package options may exist.. 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 3 3000 have a pressure sensor?
- Yes, it does.
- Does the Pro 3 3000 have Bluetooth?
- No, it does not.
- Does the Pro 3 3000 come with a warranty & how long is it?
- If purchased new from an approved retailer the Pro 3 3000 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 3 3000 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 no visual timer included, although 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 66 minutes, which if used on the standard daily clean mode is 16 days based on 2 cleans per day.
- Does it come with a smart wireless guide?
- No, the Pro 3 does not have a wireless smart guide included.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included with the Pro 3 3000.
- 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 220-240 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 3 3000 charging station or brush head holder has not been designed to be fixed to a wall.
- Can I use the Pro 3 3000 in the shower?
- Yes. The Pro 3000 is water resistant so if you choose you can use it in the shower. Avoid submerging it in water.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- Yes, a travel case is included in the box.
Do you own or have you used the Oral-B Pro 3 3000?
Are there certain features that you really like or dislike?
Let us know what you think about this brush and let others who may well be considering purchasing one know your opinions before they do.
Last updated: 2019-02-18 at 12:33 // Source: Amazon Associates