Oral-B Pro 5800 Review


The brush featured in this review has been discontinued.  A new and upgraded replacement model has launched.

The new version of this brush is the Oral-B Smart 5 5000 (view on Amazon).

You can find out more about it and what we think of it by viewing our Oral-B Smart 5 5000 review.

Oral B Pro 5800 Review

*Any price comparisons made or prices quoted were accurate at the time of writing and are meant as a guide only. 

This isn’t one of our typical reviews posts, but for those of you searching for Oral-B Pro 5800 review, we would like to explain the situation with it.

To give you a quick answer, the Smart 5 5000 (view on Amazon), not the Pro 5800 (view on Amazon), is the best brush to go for at the moment. It is the latest of the 5000 models and has a better feature set.

If you are in the process of choosing a new brush, we recommend you check out our post on the best brushes for 2020 for an explainer on what to look for in a brush.

Preview Product Rating Price
Oral-B Smart 5 5000 Oral-B Smart 5 5000 1,049 Reviews £169.99 £74.99

So, what is the situation with the Pro 5800?

If you are reading this post, you have likely come across the Oral-B 5800 electric toothbrush, but in your searches, you may have also come across some other ‘5000’ models.

We are going to surmise that that you are wondering what the differences between them are.

If you are, great, we will answer all your questions. If we don’t, leave a comment below and we will answer as best as we can for you.

Do not be surprised if you are thinking you are utterly confused by all the different models – we were too, it has not been made easy to tell the differences.

At the time of writing the following brushes are available:

  • Oral-B Smart 5 5000 (view on Amazon) – our recommended choice of all these brushes
  • Oral-B SmartSeries 5000 (view on Amazon)
  • Oral-B Pro 5000 (2104 model) (view on Amazon)
  • Oral-B Pro 5000 with Bluetooth (2015 model) (view on Amazon)
  • Oral-B Pro 5800 (view on Amazon)
  • (Previously there was also the Triumph 5000 as well, which is still available on Amazon but is superseded by the above brushes)

To make things a little more confusing these names are then often followed with or include words like CrossAction.  This simply refers to the type of interchangeable brush head it comes with, not the design of the brush.  More information on brush heads is available in our Oral-B Brush Heads Comparison.

OK so what is the Pro 5800, what makes it different and how does it compare to the other models?

The 5800 is best described as a cross breed of the Pro 5000 from 2014 and the Pro 5000 from 2015.

The 2014 model of the Pro 5000 came with a Wireless Smart Guide included in the box.  Essentially a small clock, this would time your clean and rate your performance.

When the 2015 5000 model was launched, this Wireless Smart Guide was removed from the box contents, but Bluetooth connectivity was added to the brush handle.

The primary reason for removal was that accompanying smartphone app for the now Bluetooth-enabled brush had a timer built in making the Wireless Smart Guide almost redundant.  It did serve a purpose though and was useful.

One of our criticisms of the Bluetooth model was the removal of this Smart Guide, so the Pro 5800 solves this issue bringing both Bluetooth and the Smart Guide.

However, at the time of writing the 5800 is not available on Amazon, and there is a newer model available, the Smart Series 5000.

What is the SmartSeries 5000?

The SmartSeries 5000 is essentially the 2016 variant if you like.  It takes the Pro 5000 from 2015 with Bluetooth built in, but offers a smartphone stand but no Wireless Smart Guide.

The smartphone stand is designed to offer a home for your smartphone when brushing to encourage you to use the app.

Oral-B Pro 5800 v Pro 5000 v Smart Series 5000

The following table shows graphically how the 4 brushes mentioned compare and what the main differences are.

Is the Pro 5800 worth buying?

Whilst we are advocates of the Wireless Smart Guide, the resulting package that is the 5800 seems to command a premium that is excessive and unjustifiable, and that is if you can even find it for purchase.

At the time of writing it was not available to buy online. This is likely because it has been replaced by the Smart Series 5000 (view on Amazon).

Hopefully this has cleared up some confusion.

If you need assistance, just ask.

Jon Love

About Jon Love

Jon is a leading voice on electric toothbrushes and has been quoted by mainstream media publications for his opinions and expertise.

Having handled & tested hundreds of products there really is very little he does not know about them.

Passionate about business and helping others, Jon has been involved in various online enterprises since the early 2000s.

After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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8 thoughts on “Oral-B Pro 5800 Review”

  1. Hi!

    I have found the 5800 for 55pa that seams a good value for money compared to the 4000 and the 3000 given that the 6000 start at 80pa. What is your opinion? You think is a good choice or this is an award model? Thank you

    • No, to our knowledge it is a Nickel Metal Hydride battery. The new Smart 5 5000 does have a Lithium Ion battery, this might be worth considering.

  2. Hiya,

    Does the 5800 have a lithium ion battery? The last two Oral Bs I’ve owned have died after about a year due to poor batteries.

    Many thanks

    • No, to our knowledge it is a Nickel Metal Hydride battery. The new Smart 5 5000 does have a Lithium Ion battery, this might be worth considering.

  3. Hi Jon,
    Thanks for the comparison on the 5000 incl. 5800, it helps but I am still not sure which to buy as I kind of like my basic level Oral b brush, think it’s a vitality plus, but want something with better battery life as it only lasts 4 -5 days. Hoping to get the cheapest one with a lithium ion battery for longer charge storage but they seem to be the most expensive ones, £80-90 upwards..
    Groupon has a 5800 at £54.50 BTW, seems not bad but dont need or want bluetooth on my toothbrush…

    • Hi Jim,

      Thanks for the comment.

      Ok, based on what you have said the decision is simple. The Oral-B Pro 2 2000 is the brush you want to look at.

      It is the first brush in the Oral-B range to come with a Lithium-Ion battery. It also has a more powerful motor than your current brush and it does not have the Bluetooth or extra features you do not need or want.

      If you want to read our review on it you can, it is available here. Or you can go ahead an purchase it from Amazon for £35 now by clicking here.

      Any further questions, let me know.

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