- Slim handled brush with good grip
- 1 cleaning mode
- Good value
- Battery life is just 7 days
- No pressure sensor to alert when brushing too hard
- Better value options exist (see other choices)
The 3 BIG Questions about the Pro 650
For those of you that are in a rush, we’ll start this review by answering the 3 burning questions that you’re likely asking about the Pro 650. For those of you that want more detail, you can read our full Oral-B Pro 650 review further down the page, or watch our video review.
To provide the best possible insight, we review a wide range of brushes and frequently update our buying advice and recommendations for the best electric toothbrush.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
No. Overall we were very impressed with the Pro 650 and gave it a rating of 4/5. The biggest negative we found was the lack of a pressure sensor, which means that you are not alerted when you brush too hard. This isn’t a huge deal, though, and you can easily get by without one – especially if you’re on a budget.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
The Pro 650 tends to be competitively priced but if you are on a budget, then the Fairywill FW-917 is a great choice.
Generally a bit cheaper, you get a better battery life, extra brush heads and USB charging.
For a little bit extra, if you can afford it, is to go for the Oral-B Pro 2 2500, this is our brush of choice.
The battery life is better than the 650 and it comes with a pressure sensor, which alerts you when you are brushing too hard.
For a more detailed comparison, you may like to see our best electric toothbrush article.
3. Where’s the best place to buy the Pro 650?
Typically we tend to recommend Amazon because it is very competitive on price and has special offers running. It also offers free delivery. However, it’s always worth checking out other retailers as well.
Below is a live price comparison for UK retailers, and it’s always worth checking out eBay.
And now for a bit more detail…
You can have all the bells and whistles on a toothbrush today, but at the core remains the premise of keeping your teeth clean.
The RRP of this brush is £49.99*, but you can currently pick it up for much less than that at Amazon, with free delivery. This is the cheapest we’ve seen it available for online, but we’ve listed some other buying options at the end of the article for those that like to shop around.
The 650 has been designed for those who want a simple electric brush but do not need specialist cleaning modes.
Watch the following video or read on to find out what I thought about this brush having used it for a month.
Variants of this brush
The Pro 650 is often referred to as a ‘special edition’.
Essentially it is the Oral-B Pro 600 with something extra in the box.
In some instances, as per this review, this extra is a travel case.
In other instances, the extra is a tube of toothpaste.
What extra comes in the box will vary from one seller to another, but it should be advertised prior to your purchase.
What’s in the Box?
- Braun Oral-B Pro 650 rechargeable toothbrush
- Charging station
- 1 x CrossAction brush head
- Travel case
Oral-B Pro 650 Key Features
- Rechargeable battery
- Oral-B 3D movement cleaning system (oscillates, rotates and pulsates)
- Removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush
- Clean timer
- 1 Cleaning Mode
Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
For me, the Pro 650 is one of the nicest looking brushes on the market today. Personally I am drawn to the black rubber grip that runs down the main body, perhaps a little masculine compared to the more unisex silver, whites and blues we see on some other brushes.
However, female readers do not be put off by the colour as this is a lovely slim and comfortable brush when in the hand.
The slim profile does have a knock on effect on the battery life, but more on that later.
Around the main chassis are strategically placed grips. Regretfully, a little less of the more premium rubber is used, instead plastic raised grips or contours are prominent, but the band of Black rubber that runs down the front provides quite a high level of grip, so I am being a little picky.
Above and below the power button are a number of raised grips which your thumb naturally catches on.
The single power button sits in a slight recess, but itself is pronounced and gives a tactile feedback.
Take a look at the lower third of the brush find the battery power icon, above which is a small amount of branding, which is barely noticeable, embossed into the rubber.
Turn the brush around and the smooth white plastic rear panel is home to an increasing number of raised grips which are practically placed and functional.
Unlike the slightly more premium Pro 2000 the Pro 650 does not have a pressure sensor built into this and this is another area that keeps the cost down. A pressure sensor illuminates when too much force is applied to the teeth through the brush. If you feel you would like such a feature then you must take a step up to the Pro 2000.
On the very bottom of the brush is a recess into which the charging stations prong will sit into to transfer power without a physical connection to the brush and in turn keeps the brush stable on the stand.
Measuring just 2.5cm wide and 3cm thick and no more than 127g this is a comfortable brush to hold.
No brush would be complete without a brush head and with the Pro 650 we have on test here is a CrossAction head. A more recent addition to the Oral-B range this head has a series of angled bristles which are designed to effectively remove plaque but also ensure they clean deep between the teeth and provide a good coverage over teeth surfaces.
Speaking from experience I can say that even after years of using an Oral-B floss action head, I noticed the difference with the CrossAction. The clean and the way it brushed the teeth was different.
As you may be aware, the benefit with Braun electric toothbrushes is that you can actually opt for different brush heads to suit your needs. From Floss Action to Interspace heads there are a variety of options. You need not be stuck with one.
You may wonder how such a brush can boast to remove up to 100% more plaque than a manual brush?
There are a variety of things behind this claim.
The smaller brush head in comparison to most manual brushes, is scientifically engineered to ensure you get the best clean. Being smaller, you are able to easily reach more areas of the mouth. The addition of the 3D technology which rotates, oscillates and pulsates means that the brush head achieves a motion and cleaning pattern that is just not possible when compared to a manual brush.
When you power on the brush with a single press on the power button, you launch straight into the only cleaning option on the brush, the daily clean mode. This lasts for two minutes and at 30 second intervals, you will hear the sound from the brush change as the oscillation of the brush head changes ever so slightly to indicate to change quadrant.
At the end of the 2 minute cycle, the head will again change its oscillation to give another tone to confirm the cycle has ended.
A good oral hygiene routine will include at least 2 of these cleans each day.
The built in timer in this brush is in my opinion a highly underrated feature. It is all too easy to think we have been brushing for longer than we have, as many of us get bored when completing a mundane task like cleaning the teeth. This built in timer makes it simple. There is no excuse not to achieve the full 2 minutes.
If you want a visual clue or a dedicated timer in the form of a clock, then you will need to opt for the significantly more expensive brushes on the market or use the ‘Sound Connectivity’ option explained a little later.
Once you have completed the two minute cycle, the brush will continue to operate unless you press the power button again.
The fact that you use a toothbrush in the mouth and in a bathroom means the brush will get wet. The Pro 650 has been designed to live up to the moisture and toothpaste it will come into contact with. It will get dirty, but a good rinse and a wipe down with a cloth soon gets rid of this.The main buildup of grime I found is at the top of the lip on the brush head, just before the brush head connects to the main brush body.
Whilst you have the charging stand, this limited edition Pro 650 also comes with a travel case, which will accommodate the brush and at least one head and protects it from damage and inadvertent activation when in a bag.
Another little feature which gives this brush a bit of an edge is the ‘Sound Connectivity’ feature.
What you need to do is download the app (click here for Android, or here for iOS) onto your device from the App Store. It is called ‘Oral-B App’ and make sure in the settings that ‘Toothbrush Sound Recognition’ is switched on.
Providing you then have the app open on your smartphone or tablet when you go to clean your teeth, the built in microphones will listen out for the sound of the brush.
As it does, it begins a timer on screen and logs your clean in the app.
The idea is great but there are a few issues in my mind.
- Not all that many of us may have a phone or tablet to hand as we are cleaning our teeth
- The app does not automatically load or begin timing unless you have opened it up
- The whole app is engineered for the more premium Smart Series brushes, which the 650 is not a part of.
If you are really keen on logging your toothbrush activities then this has some benefit. It may be more interactive for children, as it does have some nice graphics; but the whole process feels like a bit of a hassle. In my mind, if you are really keen on logging your toothbrush cleans, you are likely going to be opting for a more premium brush.
Do not rule the 650 out because of it, you do not have to use this feature, but if you do, just be aware of the conditions of use.
Inevitably the battery will run down on the Pro 650. With approximately 28 minutes of cleaning time. When power is low, the battery status icon on the front of the brush will illuminate red to notify you of this.
You do not get the battery status light come on all the time, it just illuminates red a day or so before the battery is actually likely to fail. When charging on the dock, it will flash green.
Having used a wide variety of electric toothbrushes I do believe the power and clean offered from the Pro 650 is as good as any of the more premium brushes, it just does not offer the range of cleaning options for those serious about oral hygiene.
When switching from a manual brush the experience is a little different. You need to be aware that the Pro 650 will possibly feel a little little harsh for the first few cleans. This will be most obvious when the brush hits the gumline. You may find your gums become inflamed and bleed. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Generally speaking this will be because your existing cleaning regime is not up to standard and the gums are sensitive. This will generally fade after about a week, but if it continues you should consult your dentist as you may have sensitive gums.
Summary of Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
- A little more masculine looking with a black and white finish
- Slim and comfortable to hold in the hand
- Rubber grip and plastic ridges make it easy to hold even when wet
- Power button provides good feedback and switches brush on and off
- Provided CrossAction head does a good job of cleaning the teeth
- Removes up to 100% more plaque
- 1 cleaning modes – daily clean
- 1 brush head included
- Built in quad pacer and 2 minute timer tells you when to change quadrant and finish brushing
- Sound connectivity that logs cleans with an app on your smartphone
- Can be used in the shower or immersed in water
- Travel case included
The slim profile of this brush does mean the battery life is impeded a little.
It will last on average 7 days. That is based on 14 two minute cleans or approximately 28 minutes of brushing time.
To be honest, this is pretty much the average. For more cleaning time you will need to go bigger, heavier and more expensive and possibly too pay for features you do not want.
If battery life is an issue the brush can be left constantly charging, technology in it will stop it from taking more power than it needs.
However, to prolong the life of the battery, it is good to run the battery down regularly and at least once every 6 months, deplete it completely.
Provided in the box is a charging station. Simply sit the brush on this and connect the 2 pin connector to a shaver socket in the bathroom. If you do not have a 2 pin shaver socket, you can get an adapter that converts it to a 3 pin connector for the UK mains.
The lack of such is not Braun being stingy, it is because they are designed to be charged from a shaver socket found in many bathrooms, which use this 2 pin configuration.
I have used this setup myself for years as I do not have a shaver socket in the bathroom.
I tend to leave the brush charging overnight as the charge is a little slower than conventional electronic items.
Price & Where To Buy
The recommended retail price of this brush is actually £49.99, but you can generally get it for less than £30 online at Amazon and maybe a fraction more expensive at around £35 with other online retailers and high street stores.
We’ve included a price comparison of UK retailers here.
You will struggle to find a cheaper electric toothbrush than this that offers performance and quality.
Replacement brush heads come in at around £12-14 for a pack of 4 which is on par with most other brushes.
We like to work out the long term costs of using any electric toothbrush. In the case of the Pro 650, using the average price, rather than the cheapest, assuming one user of the brush you will have a first year cost of £40 (£30 for the brush and £10 for 3 replacement brush heads).
Ongoing costs will then equate to approximately £13 for brush heads and the small cost of electricity to charge the brush.
Based on a 3 years of ownership, which is the length of the warranty with this product if you register the brush online with Braun, then the cost will come to approx £66 or just 6p per day.
Of course use it for longer or between more of you and it can become even more cost effective.
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.
Reliability & Long Term Use
All brushes be it the cheap or expensive will at some point fail, it is a fact of life, the question is, just how long will it last?
With Oral-B products, you can get up to 3 years warranty, which is very good. You get a standard 2 years when you purchase it and a further year if you register online.
Not discharging the battery fully and failing to keep the brush clean will assist in reducing the working life of the Pro 650.
The main grime builds up at the bottom of the brush head but a god wipe and rinse will solve this.
Extensive experience and research means the brush should easily last 3 years (you have the warranty for this long) and likely beyond. Oral-B from Braun is not some toothbrush startup, but the market leader.
Working out at just 6p per day the Pro 650 is a winning brush in my mind.
Overshadowed slightly by the fractionally more premium Pro 2000 that includes an additional cleaning mode and pressure sensor, the Pro 650 is a simple get the job done kind of brush.Used as part of a good oral hygiene regime, the 650 will give you the clean you need and with a battery life of up to 7 days it is acceptable for most.
The technology conscious, can if they choose connect it to their smartphone and the included travel case is a nice little added extra for those often away from home.
For circa £30 you could do a lot worse.
Slim, comfortable and stylish, this brush has perhaps a fraction more appeal to the male audience, but do not let that put you off.
Despite having an array of brushes available to me, I can see myself opting regularly for this, thanks primarily to the no nonsense approach.
- Up to 100 percent more plaque removal: Round head cleans better for healthier gums in 30 days vs a manual toothbrush
- Gently whitens your teeth starting from day one by removing surface stains
- Know you brush the right amount of time with the 2 minutes professional timer
- One brushing mode: Daily clean , Dentist-inspired round brush head oscillates, rotates and pulsates to break up and remove plaque
- Oral-B, the #1 brand used by dentists worldwide
Electric Teeth Rating
Height (without head) – 19.5cm
Height (with head) – 23cm
Width – 2.5cm
Thickness – 3cm
Weight (without head) – 122g
Weight (with head) – 127g
All are approximates
Oral-B Pro 650 User Guide/ Manual
Last updated: 2019-03-19 at 19:13 // Source: Amazon Associates