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Oral-B Pro 500 vs. Pro 1000 vs. Pro 1500 – An entry-level review and comparison of Oral-B electric toothbrushes

Oral B is one of the biggest and most successful electric toothbrush companies that are currently active. While going with one of their products is probably a pretty safe bet, the matter of which product to choose is still an important thing to consider.

In this guide, we’ve examined three of their best toothbrushes. The Oral B 500, 1000, and 1500 range in market segmentation with some options being ideal for the beginner buyer on a budget, and others best serving the requirements of the person that has a little bit more money to spend.

So, without further ado, let’s get right down to it, shall we? Read on for a comparative look at three great Oral B products.

Side-by-Side Comparison

The Oral-B Pro 500 comes in as the most basic option that we are considering today. It comes with a moderate price tag but still includes most of the features you’d expect from a high-end electric toothbrush. This includes a powerful motor, an automatic timer, and a high-end brush head.

The Oral-B Pro 1000 is moderately more expensive but also comes with an upgraded suite of features. It includes a 22-hour battery life (5 days), an extremely efficient motor, one high-end brush head, and a single mode of operation.

Finally, the Oral-B Pro 1500 is the higher end option on our list today. Despite being among the more expensive units on our list it’s still moderate in cost and includes features usually only found on “deluxe” brushes. This includes a pressure sensor, a timer, multiple brush heads, and an outstanding battery.

The three options are fairly similar in appearance with minor differences distinguishing them. The 500 is thicker and blockier than the other two with a sizable handle. The 1000 and the 1500 are both sleek in appearance and available in a silvery-white.

Ultimately, all three are cosmetically appealing and low profile enough to be stored on top of your counter.

Product Reviews of 3 Entry-level Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes

Oral-B Pro 500

What’s in the Box?

The Oral-B Pro 500 is a true entry-level brush. The price tag is accessible enough that buyers on a budget are likely to approach without much apprehension. While the price does not necessarily compare well to that of other company’s beginner brushes it is still such that the buyer on a budget won’t need to shrink away.

There are actually two different models of Oral B 500 brushes. This includes the “Original” and “Gum Care”. The biggest difference between the two units is the appearance. The newer “Original” brush features a revamped design concept that makes it a little bit sleeker in appearance. The crux of this review is focused on the newer model.

The unit features a two-minute timer and includes a pacing feature that vibrates every thirty seconds so that you know when to target a new area of your mouth. It also features a powerful brush head that is able to remove up to 100% more plaque than comparable brushes.

The unit also features a really solid battery life Off a single charge you will be able to use the brush for nearly one week. This type of battery life makes the brush competitive with even higher-end units on the market.

In terms of cons, there is not much to speak of aside from the natural limitation places on most entry-level units. There is only one mode of use, no Bluetooth, and only one brush head.

These things in mind, the real issue is one of value. Comparable products from a different company may come in at roughly half the price. Still, if you want to benefit from Oral B’s famously high-quality engineering, this will be a great entry-level product to consider.

Key features of Oral-B Pro 500:

  • Dimension: 3.3w x 4.4d x 8.8h (inches)
  • Unit Weight: 12 ounces
  • One single mode – Daily Clean
  • Removes up to 100% plaque than a regular manual toothbrush
  • 2-minute timer with 30-second pacer
  • 5 days battery life per charge

Oral-B Pro 1000

What’s in the Box?

The Oral-B Pro 1000 represents a small upgrade from the 500. At a glance, the features are actually very similar. You still get the timer, the pacer, and the outstanding battery life. Off a single charge, you will be able to use this unit for 22 hours (or roughly two weeks of teeth brushing).

The big difference with this brush is how the actual bristles operate. It offering the “CrossAction” brush head which takes an oscillating, rotating, pulsating approach that is clinically proven to eliminate up to 300% more plaque than a comparable manual unit. Compared to the Pro-500 it is roughly three times as effective at cleaning your teeth. The brush is also compatible with the majority types of Oral B brush heads.

To that end, the small hike in price may be well worth it to the buyer that wants to maximize the effectiveness of their brush routine. The design concept is also likely to be perceived as more cosmetically pleasing. The handle is sleek and low profile which is likely to make it an attractive feature of your bathroom counter.

Unfortunately, you do not get multiple modes of use with this brush. While that isn’t necessarily the end of the world it is a feature that we would expect to encounter in a comparably priced product. It is still a really good handle but it isn’t everything we look for in a product of this price range.

Key features of Oral-B Pro-1000:

  • Dimension: 2.2w x 4.4d x 10h (inches)
  • Unit Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • One single mode – Daily Clean
  • Removes up to 300% plaque than a manual toothbrush
  • 2-minute timer with 30-second pacer
  • Pressure Sensor included
  • 10 days battery life per charge

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Oral-B Pro 1500

What’s in the Box?

We close out our reviews with a look at the slightly higher-end Oral B 1500. This unit mostly takes after the Pro 1000. To the untrained eye, the handles are virtually indistinguishable. It is sleek, thin, and low profile—perfectly suited to complement the cosmetic instincts of the buyer that wants to keep their bathroom counter looking good.

The unit features a timer, a pacer, and a huge battery life that will allow you to use it for two weeks at a time without needing a recharge. It also takes after the Pro 1000 in terms of how the bristles activate. The brush pulsates, oscillates, and rotates to deliver cleaning action that is three times as effective as any manual brush.

It sounds almost identical to the Pro 1000. Why then, does it feature a hike in price? There is one main feature that sets this unit apart from the last unit that we looked at. This unit comes with the ever-valuable pressure sensor.

PIC: Visible pressure senor of Oral-B Pro 1500

The pressure sensor is designed to light up on a special spot near where the bristles meet the handle. The brush notifies you when you are pressing up against your gums too hard. The idea is to make sure that you don’t hurt yourself with the highly powerful motor of an electric handle.

Unfortunately, you still only get one mode of use. A handle of this price from pretty much any other company would probably come with a wider range of features. Still, it’s a great entry-level product for the buyer that wants to enjoy great teeth cleaning.

Key features of Oral-B Pro 1500:

  • Dimension: 3.9w x 7d x 10h (inches)
  • Unit Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • One single mode – Daily Clean
  • Removes up to 100% gum health than a manual toothbrush
  • 2-minute timer with 30-second pacer
  • Visible Pressure Sensor included
  • 14 days battery life per charge

Choosing Between Them

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So, how do we select between these three very similar products? Ultimately it depends on how much you are willing to spend, and what sort of features you are interested in prioritizing.

All three of the handles will be radically more effective than your average manual toothbrush. However, the Pro 1000 and the Pro 1500 are ultimately radically more effective than even the Pro 1000 can claim to be.

The question you need to ask yourself is whether or not you need that level of efficiency. The buyer that is coming straight from the world of manual brushes may indeed decide that a 100% effectiveness upgrade is plenty sufficient.

These things said, the 1500 does ultimately win the day on the grounds of its nifty safety features. You can actually hurt yourself with the high-power levels of an electric brush. The pressure sensor will help ensure that it doesn’t happen.


Ultimately, all three of the products on our list fall somewhere on the “entry-level” end of the toothbrush spectrum. Still, the extent to which this is the case varies. The Pro 500 is rather basic in its performance while the Pro 1500 has much in common with some of the higher-end units on the market.

Which one will be right for you? Only you can decide that. Hopefully, this guide has made your eventual buying decision easier.

In any case, there’s really no going wrong with a list like this one. All three of the products featured here are guaranteed to improve your oral health and reduce stress the next time you go to the dentist.

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