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The age we live in.
In twenty minutes you could go to the local grocery store and purchase a machine that spins synthetic hair around at nearly 100 miles per hour using a special paste to keep your teeth clean. Even better, you could use the internet to find someone who will bring it to you! It’s crazy!
Seriously though, electric toothbrushes are awesome. And among the most well-known and long-lasting of them is the Oral B Pro 1000. It’s been quite the mainstay in the electric toothbrush industry. Well today we’re going to poke around at it and see what it’s all about in our Oral B 1000 review!
The Simple Stuff
Let’s get through the basics first. The Oral B 1000 is the base model for Oral B’s most popular line of electric toothbrushes. It’s got fewer bells-and-whistles than the higher end models but with that comes a lower price. Below are the basic features we were interested to learn about:
- Rechargeable Battery: The Oral B Pro 1000 has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 7 days. The battery can be recharged through the plug-in charger that’s included with purchase. The charger has a power cord about four feet long and is not wall mountable. The shelf-life of the battery is around three years, after which you’ll need a replacement. The battery is a lithium-ion so you’ll see a slight decrease in charge capacity as time goes on.
- Brush Timer: The brush timer on the Pro 1000 will alert you four times at 30 second intervals. The first three vibrations are smaller with the purpose of having you switch quadrants of your mouth. The final, larger vibration is to notify you that the (dentist recommended) two minute brushing time is up. The toothbrush will continue to operate after the final notification. There are no other indicators (visual or otherwise) aside from the vibrations.
- “It’s got fewer bells-and-whistles than the higher end models but with that comes a lower price.”
Travel Accessible: The toothbrush and charger are relatively small. They will both easily fit in a toiletries travel bag. The charger runs on 110-130v so if you’re going overseas you’ll need a converter to charge the toothbrush.
- Flexibility: My favorite part of the Pro 1000 is the flexibility you have in terms of brushing. Granted you get even more options on higher end brushes, the modifications you can make are pretty sweet. First, it comes in two colors. Two! You can choose between the righteous light blue or the vengeful-but-still-responsible black (I’m a fan of the black). You also have a plethora of brush head options that you can purchase either from Oral B or a third party vendor. Oral B’s line of brush heads spans nine different categories, including:
- Precision Clean
- Deep Sweep
- Dual Clean
Thats a lot! Each brush head serves a different purpose so you can customize your brushing experience to what you and your dentist think is most important.
Built like a Brick
The quality of the Oral B Pro 1000 is undeniable.
This little-toothbrush-that-could is built in Germany and that really shows. The product itself is solid and feels good in your hand. It’s reasonably durable and I found out the hard way that it’ll handle being dropped on the floor once or twice (oops).
We don’t encourage you to do that though.
Even still, if you’ve got a couple little ones running around rest assured the Pro 1000 is up to the task.
The Oral B Pro 1000 is also waterproof (technically “water-resistant”). If you ever want to brush your teeth in the shower (or in a scenic yet secretive waterfall location only you know about) you’ll have no issues.
Hold me Gently
When you hear the awe-inspiring stats of 20k revolutions-per-minute you might start to get worried about the intensity of this little guy. One of the bigger concerns of electric toothbrushes is that they’re far too harsh on teeth and gums. There’s a pretty fine line between powerful brushing action and pure agony.
We’re fans of the first.
The Oral B Pro 1000 doesn’t let its power go to its head. This brush was designed with all types of users in mind, not just those that appear to have cast-iron teeth. If you’ve ever had issues with sensitive teeth or gums, don’t be worried that the Pro 1000 will tear them up. In fact, it’s got a pressure sensor built into it to protect against user error (when you get a bit too aggressive with that brushing).
Also, those of you who have little ones running around with still-growing teeth can look towards the Oral B 1000 with confidence. It’s perfect for kids over the age of three (however we’d still encourage you to talk to your dentist beforehand).
If you’re stingy like me (or “frugal” as I like to call it) you’ll be interested to hear about the longevity of the Pro 1000. What’s the upkeep and how long will it last?
As mentioned before, the battery life will be about 3 years (obviously depending on use). At that point you’ll have noticed a significant decrease in the charge capacity and will likely only get one or two days use out of it. You’ll need to pay to have a new battery shipped or find an authorized Braun repair center.
As with any electric toothbrush, you’ll need to regularly replace the head of the brush (the part with the bristles). Each head will only last about three or so months and the replacement costs, while varying, will probably run you around $6-7 per head. Packs of brushes will be cheaper. It’s not too much but it’s definitely more than the cost of buying a manual toothbrush every six months.
The brush itself stays very clean as long as you take care of it. The intelligent design of the Pro 1000 makes it easy to regularly wash. As long as you’re cleaning the brush every time after use you’ll have no issues with mildew or grime.
While putting together our Oral B 1000 review we came across just a few minor hiccups. First, the charging time is pretty lengthy. Depending on how drained the battery is a full charge could take up to 24 hours. That’s not a huge issue if you’ve got the counter space for the charger but it’s still a pretty long time.
Some of the cooler features are left out on the Pro 1000 for the sake of a lower price. Additional cleaning modes, sensitivity adjustments, gum care and the whitening mode are only available on higher-end models. If you’re looking for a more advanced piece of brushing technology we’d suggest you look towards Oral B’s higher end models such as the Oral B 5000 or the Oral B 7000. If you’re just looking for a bare-bones electric toothbrush you’re in good shape.
The biggest issue I had with the Oral B Pro 1000 was the lack of Bluetooth capability. Being unable to connect my toothbrush to my iPhone with the intent of creating an army of sentient, teeth cleaning robots was a major bummer for me. If you’re hoping to conquer the world with a legion of oral-health-focused terminators you’ll need to climb up the price scale a bit and buy the Oral B Pro 3000 or higher for Bluetooth support. Seriously though, I have no idea why I’d need Bluetooth on my toothbrush. Maybe I’m just too simple.
When It’s All Said and Done
If you’re looking for a simple, basic, straight-to-the-point electric toothbrush the Oral B Pro 1000 will work very well for you. There’s nothing fancy here – just a solid and well-built piece of machinery. The variety of brush heads gives comforting flexibility and long battery life allows for low maintenance. Travelling with this brush is simple and it works great for kids too!