***ATTENTION – PLEASE READ***
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.
*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 2019 for an explainer on what to look for in a brush.
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- (Previously there was also the Triumph 5000 as well, which is still available on Amazon but is superseded by the above brushes)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.