Pros / Its two-minute timer has a stutter pulse at 30-second intervals to remind you to keep moving, and it has a built-in brushing pressure sensor.
Cons / Its handle grip is less comfortable than comparable models, and we don’t love how it sounds.
Verdict / The Oral-B Pro 1000 is a high performer with a low price. You’ll get more for your money with this electric toothbrush than with any other model we found.
The Oral-B Pro 1000 is one of the most popular electric toothbrushes on the market and was among the first power brushes to receive the ADA Seal of Acceptance. We named it our best value because you likely won’t find a better buy for less than $50. Although it has just one cleaning mode, it provides the two features dentists recommend most: a two-minute timer that stutters at 30-second intervals, and a built-in pressure sensor and alert. These are important because they help you brush for an optimal time while using the proper technique.
Each time the brushing timer stutters, it reminds you to focus on a different quadrant of your mouth. If you’re brushing too hard, the pressure sensor stops the 1000 Pro’s pulsation to alert you to be gentler. Higher-end toothbrushes such as the Oral-B Genius Pro and the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart have flashing and pulsing lights to warn you of too much pressure, but most people respond to a simpler notification just as well.
The Oral-B Pro 1000 uses Oral-B’s signature rotating, oscillating and pulsating movements to keep your teeth clean. It comes with a CrossAction head, which has bristles angled at 16 degrees to reach between your teeth. If you’re looking for a different style of brush head, the Pro 1000’s handle is compatible with any of Oral-B’s nine options. From flossing action and whitening to sensitive care, there are multiple specially purposed brush heads to choose from.
Once you’ve charged it for 22 hours, the Oral-B Pro 1000’s battery provides up to seven days of brushing twice daily, and a battery life display tells you when it’s time to recharge. Oral-B recommends depleting the battery fully between charges to maintain the most battery capacity. This is a different recommendation than you’ll get from Philips Sonicare, which recommends you store your toothbrush in its charger base and leave the unit plugged in.
The motors on all three Oral-B toothbrushes we tested make more noise than any of the sonic wave brushes. One of our testers said the Pro 1000’s motor sounded like a chainsaw, and we agree that getting used to it may take time. We also noted a big difference between how the Oral-B toothbrushes distribute toothpaste in your mouth and how toothbrushes like the Waterpik Sensonic work. The fluid dynamics created by sonic wave technology drive liquid between your teeth and spread toothpaste more evenly. We thought the Oral-B brushes applied toothpaste more like dental polish.
When we compared several toothbrushes’ handles, we liked the Waterpik’s grip better, but the Oral-B Pro 1000’s handle is conveniently waterproof. Our favorite handle belongs to our Best Premium pick, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart. Keep in mind that the DiamondClean costs four times as much as the Oral-B Pro 1000.
If you need help with an Oral-B toothbrush, you can reach the company’s customer service by phone, email and chat. Like its more expensive cousins, the Oral-B Pro 5000 and the Oral-B Genius Pro 8000, the Oral-B Pro 1000 is backed by a two-year limited warranty.