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Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush Review

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Written by
Pierce Willans
Medically Reviewed by 
Dr. Erica Anand
7 Sources Cited

Review Summary

  • Oral-B Pro 1000 is an entry-level brush with all the essentials
  • ADA-endorsed
  • Great value
  • Durable, reliable, and lightweight (travel-friendly)
  • Loud
  • No cleaning mode for sensitive teeth and gums

What is the Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush? 

The top-selling Oral-B Pro 1000 is an affordable and easy-to-use electric toothbrush that will get your teeth a professional-quality clean.€

It offers all the essential features of electric toothbrushes while forgoing some of the bells and whistles of more advanced models. There are no additional settings or smart apps to worry about. 

An Oral-B Pro 1000 gets you the basics:

  • 2-minute timer
  • 30-second interval pacer
  • Pressure sensor

The 2-minute timer starts as soon as you turn the brush on. Two minutes is the amount of time recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) to clean your teeth effectively.1

Every 30 seconds, the brush vibrates in a short, quick burst, letting you know it’s time to move to the next section of your mouth. 

The pressure sensor reduces the intensity of the oscillating bristles if you brush too hard, protecting your gums and enamel. 

The Oral-B Pro 1000 is a simple and affordable entry-level brush. It offers good value for anyone new to electric brushing.

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Why is it Oral-B’s Best Selling Toothbrush?

Here are 6 reasons why the Pro 1000 is one of Oral-B’s best-selling brushes:

1. A Deeper Clean

The main advantage of electric toothbrushes over manuals is they clean teeth more thoroughly. 

The Oral-B Pro 1000’s bristles oscillate (rotate) at 8,800 strokes per minute. By comparison, a manual toothbrush averages roughly 300 strokes per minute. Oral-B claims this helps its brush remove 300 percent more plaque than a manual toothbrush. 

The Pro 1000 also comes with the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance.5 This means it’s proven to effectively prevent cavities and reduce plaque.

2. All the Essentials

Aside from offering a superior clean, the Pro 1000 comes with the three key features that separate electric from manual toothbrushes:

  • A timer, which ensures a thorough clean
  • A pacer ensuring every section of your mouth gets adequate attention
  • A pressure sensor to prevent harmful over-brushing

People who use manual toothbrushes brush for an average of 45 seconds.4 This is not long enough to completely clean your teeth. The timer and pacer ensure good brushing habits.

On the other hand, people who use electric toothbrushes sometimes use them too vigorously. This can cause gum irritation and even dental erosion.4 The pressure sensor helps protect against that.

In addition, it also comes with blue indicator bristles. These bristles fade after 3 months, reminding you to change out your brush head. Using old brush heads can damage your teeth over time.

These features combined with the exponentially higher strokes per minute mean better oral hygiene and fewer trips to the dentist.

3. Comfortable to Use

Some people who can't open their mouths wide find electric toothbrushes uncomfortable. This is especially the case when cleaning hard-to-reach areas like the back molars. The round brush head of the Pro 1000 is much easier to maneuver around in your mouth. 

Likewise, the oscillating bristles mean you don’t have to move the brush back and forth, crashing into your teeth — simply hold it in place as it does the work.

4. Affordable Price Point 

Oral-B is known for making high-quality yet affordable electric toothbrushes. Depending on the outlet, the Oral-B Pro 1000 retails for between 40 and $50. By comparison, other best-selling electric toothbrushes can cost hundreds of dollars. 

Further cutting costs, replacement brush heads are very affordable: an 8-pack on Amazon currently costs $15. Given each brush head lasts 3 months, that means a very economical $7.50 per year on brush heads. 

Combined with its cleaning ability and features, this makes the Pro 1000 a great value for the money. 

5. Ease of Use

Electric toothbrushes now offer a variety of features like multiple cleaning modes, smart apps, and rewards. 

While these things have their merits, some people just want a basic electric toothbrush. The Oral-B Pro 1000 keeps things simple.

6. Good for Travel

The Oral-B Pro 1000 is a good brush to take on the road. At full charge its battery lasts 7 to 10 days if used twice per day. If you fail to plug it in that first night at the new hotel, you shouldn’t have to worry.

It’s also durable. Like all Oral-B brushes, the Pro 1000 is solidly built. It feels like it can take a beating in a backpack or withstand being dropped a few times. 

Despite its high build quality, the Pro 1000 is lightweight, weighing in at just under half a pound. 

Compared to more expensive brushes like the Sonicare DiamondClean (2.26 lbs), it won’t add too much weight to your luggage.

Pros and Cons of the Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush

PROS 

  • Superior clean to manual toothbrushes
  • ADA Seal of Acceptance
  • All the essentials included
  • Comfortable in mouth
  • Good value for money
  • Easy to use
  • Travel-friendly
  • Brush heads are easy to change out

CONS

  • Somewhat loud - some reviewers compare it to a jackhammer
  • No cleaning mode for sensitive teeth and gums
  • Doesn’t come with a travel case
  • Not the most attractively designed brush
  • No pressure sensor light like other models
  • Doesn’t automatically turn off after 2 minutes
  • Not as sleek of a design as competitors

My Experience Using the Oral-B Pro 1000 

Using the Oral-B Pro 1000 made me feel like I had just come from the dentist. The angled, CrossAction bristles and oscillating, pulsating cleaning action combined to scrub plaque away.

I personally tested the brush’s durability, dropping it multiple times, and found it continued to work without problems. 

The handle has a good weight and feels sturdy. It also has a textured grip on the back to reduce the likelihood of drops. Overall, the brush feels well constructed. 

I also tested the pressure sensor. While the brush gives no outward indicator, pressing down on the neck of the brush, which seems designed to flex backward, appeared to reduce the intensity of the spinning. 

As for negatives, I noticed the brush is louder than other models. I also found the bristles a bit stiff, which could be a problem for those with sensitive gums.

How Reliable is the Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush?

Oral-B is known for producing reliable electric toothbrushes, and the Pro 1000 is no exception. The brush continued to function after being dropped multiple times. 

Multiple reviewers on Amazon mention having owned the brush for 3 or 4 years. It should hold up for quite some time.


If it doesn’t, Oral-B offers a warranty on the brush for 2 years. On top of that, there's a 60-day money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the brush.

Price Summary & Where to Buy 

The Oral-B currently retails for between 30 to $50, depending on where you buy it. You can buy it directly from Oral-B, and it’s also available on Amazon. 

Besides that, you can also find it on eBay, often for under $40.

Is the Oral-B Pro 1000 Toothbrush Right for You? 

The Oral-B Pro 1000 is the right toothbrush for you if you:

  • Want a simple electric toothbrush with just the essentials
  • Don’t care about fancy bells and whistles
  • Are on a budget
  • Travel occasionally 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Common questions regarding Oral-B products:

Is it Waterproof?

The brush is water-resistant, meaning using it in the shower should be fine. Avoid leaving it submerged in water for extended periods.

How do you clean the base?

Run it under warm or cold water, and then wipe it down. Then store it upright and let it dry.

Where are Oral-B toothbrushes made?

All Oral-B electric toothbrushes are made in Germany.

Who owns Oral-B?

Oral-B has been owned by Procter & Gamble since 2006.

How do you use the timer?

The 2-minute timer starts as soon as you turn the brush on.

How do I change the brush heads?

Simply pull the old brush head off and slide the new one on so it snaps into place.

Oral B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush

The Oral-B Pro 1000 is a solid, no-frills electric toothbrush that provides good value for your money.

Pierce Willans

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Summary

If you want a reliable electric toothbrush that will get your teeth clean and won’t break the bank, the Oral-B Pro 1000 is a great choice. The strong build quality, overall reliability, and the clean it provides are all highlights. At its affordable price point, it pays for itself many times over.

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Pros
  • Superior clean to manual toothbrushes
  • ADA Seal of Acceptance
  • All the essentials included
  • Comfortable in mouth
  • Good value for money
  • Easy to use
  • Travel-friendly
Cons
  • Somewhat loud - some reviewers compare it to a jackhammer
  • No cleaning mode for sensitive teeth and gums
  • Doesn’t come with a travel case
  • Not the most attractively designed brush
  • No pressure sensor light like other models
  • No whitening mode
  • Doesn’t automatically turn off after 2 minutes
Last updated on April 22, 2022
7 Sources Cited
Last updated on April 22, 2022
All NewMouth content is medically reviewed and fact-checked by a licensed dentist or orthodontist to ensure the information is factual, current, and relevant.

We have strict sourcing guidelines and only cite from current scientific research, such as scholarly articles, dentistry textbooks, government agencies, and medical journals. This also includes information provided by the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
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