Which one would we choose?
Electric Teeth Verdict:
However it is a superb toothbrush that blends everyday cleaning performance with innovation.
Slim in hand and stylish to look at, it does too come with a really great box contents.
- The Smart 5 5000 comes with 3 additional cleaning modes over the Pro 3 3000 (Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening and Pro Clean compared to the 3000’s Daily Clean and Gum Care).
- The Smart 5 5000 comes with 1 x CrossAction, 1 x 3D White and 1 x Sensitive brush head included compared to the 1 x CrossAction and 1 x 3D White provided with the Pro 3 3000.
- The Smart 5 5000 comes with Bluetooth connectivity.
- The Smart 5 5000 comes with a smartphone stand.
- The Smart 5 5000 comes with a brush head storage compartment that holds up to 4 heads.
- The Pro 3 3000 comes in a Blue/White colour configuration compared to the White/White of the Smart 5.
- The Smart 5 5000 has a more powerful motor.
- The Pro 3 3000 is the cheaper of the two.
In 2017 Oral-B have launched the Pro 3 3000 and Smart 5 5000 which we are comparing here.
The Pro 3 3000 is a replacement to the Pro 3000, note the extra 3 in the product name for the newer model, whilst the Smart 5 5000 replaces the Pro/SmartSeries 5000 that came before it.
The primary difference between the older and new models is the battery. The older NiMH battery has been replaced with Li-Ion, doubling the battery life.
A comparison of the older Pro 3000 and Pro 5000 is available here
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. For a more comprehensive overview of brush choices, see the comparisons in our best electric toothbrush review.
Detailed Comparison: What’s the difference between the Oral-B Pro 3 3000 and Smart 5 5000?
These two electric toothbrushes are very similar, yet different.
A quick glance at the physical size and shape and they are identical (bar the colour), what sets them apart is the technology in the brush handle and what comes provided in the box.
There is a reasonable price difference too.
The Smart 5 5000 is geared to those who are really serious about looking after their teeth and desire a more feature rich electric toothbrush.
So let us explain what these differences are in a bit more detail, so you can make your own conclusions and can decide which is the brush for you. Perhaps you will agree with our choice of which is best.
The Smart 5 5000 comes with 5 cleaning modes in total. These are:
- Daily Clean
- Gum Care
- Pro Clean
The Pro 3 3000 on the other hand comes with just 2. They are:
- Daily Clean
- Gum Care
Even the most premium electric toothbrush from Oral-B has just 1 extra cleaning mode over the 5000.
Whether you need or want the extra cleaning modes offered by the 5000 will be a personal choice.
Each cleaning mode offers up a different number of oscillations and pulsations per minute, to deliver a slightly different clean.
You can then take advantage of the different brush heads available to get the best results for you.
Daily Clean is the default mode that all Oral-B brushes come with.
Lasting for 2 minutes it offers an excellent clean and you will notice a significant improvement if you are currently only using a manual toothbrush.
Each of the different cleaning modes are explained in more detail in this article.
Supplied in the box with both brushes are a number of brush heads.
With the Pro 3 3000 you get 1 x CrossAction and 1 x 3D White.
The Smart 5 5000 comes with 1 x CrossAction, 1 x 3D White and 1 x Sensitive brush head.
A range of brush heads are available from Oral-B and all work on any cleaning mode and on any Oral-B brush. However, some heads are better suited to particular modes.
For example, the 3D White works best with a Whitening mode and the Sensitive with a Sensitive cleaning mode. We explain all the different heads, what they do, how they differ and which might be better suited to you in our Oral-B brush heads comparison.
The supplied CrossAction brush head is a good all-rounder.
I personally think a Sensitive brush head would have been a better addition with the Pro 3 3000 to work on the Gum Care mode.
The Smart 5 5000 comes with a nice variety of heads, and better still it comes with a storage compartment to keep them in, when not in use.
Clipping around the charging stand and complete with a lid, the tray holds up to 4 different brush heads at any one time.
Sadly the Pro 3 3000 does not come with such a storage compartment.
Perhaps one of the biggest differences and reasons the Smart 5 5000 gets its name is the inclusion of Bluetooth connectivity on the Smart 5.
Using an app on your Android or iOS smartphone the brush and the phone communicate to give real time tracking as well as tips and customisation.
Read the Smart 5 5000 review to get all the details, but in principle what it does is very clever and very current.
It is best described like having a dentist with you when you brush your teeth. Not only does it track how you clean but gives tips and advice to be better, whilst delivering other benefits.
Some class the connectivity as gimmicky. It is far from essential and you don’t have to use it, but take the time to and you will likely find that the results will be better oral health and potentially cheaper dental bills!
One of the criticisms of some of the other brushes that offer Bluetooth is that they do not come with a stand to mount your smartphone. The manufacturer expects and suggests to use your phone but gives no mounting option, thus you are left with it in your hand or left on a countertop.
The Smart 5 5000 rectifies this and we believe this is significant in encouraging you to make fuller use of the Bluetooth.
A White hockey puck like stand, it sits on a countertop and holds your smartphone in landscape or portrait orientation. More securely mounted it is less prone to splashes and possible damage which is often possible in a bathroom.
The Pro 3 3000 does not offer this Bluetooth connectivity or the accompanying smartphone stand.
A final small difference is the power of the brush motor. The Smart 5 has a fractionally more powerful motor that can deliver 10,500 oscillations and 48,000 pulsations per minute, compared to the 9,900 and 45,000 of the Pro 3 3000.
Long term, this might make a small difference but it is not significant.
We mentioned at the start how these brushes are very similar and they are. Upon looking at them, it is really only the colour that allows you to differentiate between the two.
Both are made from a gloss White plastic, but have a rubber grip that covers the front of the handle, running top to bottom.
On the Pro 3 3000 this rubber grip is Blue in colour and White on the Smart 5 5000.
The White colour looks very clinical. It does also make it slightly harder to depict the power button from all the White, whereas the Pro 3 3000 has a contrasting White power button.
The final difference is the price, which we will come onto in a moment.
Aside from this, the brushes are the same.
The battery inside is the same, offering 2 weeks battery life.
Both have timers and pacers built in.
A pressure sensor is available on both handles and both will resist water.
Does one clean better than the other?
For the most part, no, the two brushes clean as well as each other.
The more powerful motor on the Smart 5 might be better long term, but there are so many other variables that will have greater impact than this.
To get like for like results you would need to use the same cleaning mode and the same brush head. Given the Pro 3 3000 offers only 2 modes compared to the 5 on the 5000, the more premium Smart 5 does have some advantages.
Whether these extra modes allow the brush to clean better is up for debate, they are just modes that might well be better suited to certain users.
What perhaps sets these two apart most is the Bluetooth connectivity and the education it brings.
Whilst the brushes may not technically clean better than one another, the app encourages you to adapt your technique to get better results. This therefore means that those using the Smart 5 5000 will likely achieve better results over time as the technique is adapted to ensure a perfect brushing session.
Is one better priced than the other?
Yes, the Pro 3 3000 is the cheaper of the two.
Oral-B actually recommend that the extra cleaning modes, Bluetooth connectivity, brush head storage compartment and smartphone stand are worth £70 more.
The Pro 3 3000 has a recommended retail price of £99 whilst the 5000 is £169.99
Prices are always subject to change and can vary considerably from one retailer to another, but shopping around online at the time of writing the Pro 3 3000 was available for £49.99 and the Smart 5, £78.46.
Not only are both of these 50% less than the recommended retail price the price difference between the two is about £30 rather than £70.
Whether the 5000 is worth the extra spend is a little more tricky for some to justify than others.
Conclusion & which one should I buy?
We opt for the Smart 5 5000 (view on Amazon).
This will not be for everyone, we fully understand the Bluetooth might be unnecessary and that it might be too expensive.
However, we have to praise the 5000 for offering a lot for the money.
Most of the competition are more expensive and even Oral-B’s flagship Genius 9000 is on average about £50-60 more and the extra benefits are negligible.
If you think you are swaying for the 3000, then great, but do consider the Pro 2 2500 (view on Amazon) too, it represents better value in our opinion.
The 5000 comes with pretty much a perfect box contents, looks and feels good and cleans well, it’s a great product.
On reading this you may have found neither is right and there are many brushes from Oral-B you could consider, in which case you may find our Oral-B comparisons page useful.
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.