Oral-B Pro 5000 vs 7000 Electric Toothbrush: Ultimate Comparison
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It may be a universal truth that everyone dislikes going to the dentist. We certainly don’t and have never come across anyone who’s happy to go in for a check-up. It may be because it was such an intimidating experience as a kid, and even though we’re older and wiser now, there’s still just something that makes us uncomfortable even just thinking about going to the dentist.
That said, since we are older and wiser, we also know that oral care is super important. If you’re like us and want to avoid the dentist at all costs or, hopefully, just really care about your teeth and gums, then you should definitely consider buying an electric toothbrush.
In this golden age of technology, everything is getting quicker, smarter, and easier. Even electric toothbrushes are getting their day in the sun and Oral-B has some of the niftier selections around. There’s probably a pretty high chance that you may already own an Oral-B product.
They make all sorts of oral hygiene products, including regular toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwashes, dental floss, and floss picks. We took an in-depth look and two of their electric toothbrushes: the Oral-B 5000 and the Oral-B 7000.
You may think that a toothbrush is a toothbrush, but there are actually some pretty key differences between the two, and it’s worth taking a closer look to ensure that you’re buying something that you’re going to be happy with.
Investing in your dental health can be pricey, as most worthwhile investments tend to be. But our thought process on it is, if it can save a toothache, a dental surgery, and an emotionally traumatic trip to the dentist, then it’s definitely worth it.
Take a look below to see our assessment of the two electric toothbrushes and which one might be better suited for you!
Oral-B 5000 Advantages:
- 5 brushing modes to ensure deep cleaning
- 2-minute QuadPacer timer buzzes every 30 seconds to let you know when you should brush a new section of your mouth
- 2 different brush heads
Oral-B 5000 Disadvantages:
- Bright blue charging light can be disruptive at night
- The larger design of the charging base takes up counter space
Oral-B 7000 Advantages:
- 6 brushing modes to ensure deep cleaning
- Comes with an Oral-B SmartGuide to help you keep track of healthy brushing habits
- 3 different brush heads
Oral-B 7000 Disadvantages:
- On the higher end of the price spectrum for electric toothbrushes
- Brush heads and handle may not match, depending on what color you select
Winner: Don’t want to read the full article? The editor’s choice is Oral-B 7000.
What’s The Difference Between Them?
First, we do want to note that when it comes to the cleaning performance of these two toothbrushes, there really is minimal difference. Since Oral-B manufactures both products, both of these models use the same motor and offer the same toothbrush speed (at 40,000 pulses or 8,800 oscillations per minute).
Both utilize 2 minute pro times and also have a visible pressure sensor to help guide you as you’re brushing your teeth. That said, there are some subtle differences when you get down into the details, which are listed out below.
One of the main advertised qualities of these products is its Bluetooth feature. They both have an accompanying app to download, Oral-B Braun. Ideally, once you set up the Bluetooth feature it should connect to your phone when you go into the bathroom to start your day! Sounds like a toothbrush built for our age.
Sadly, this feature is quite finicky in both products. Pairing it with your phone is more complicated than it should be and we found that both of these toothbrushes struggle with this feature.
It may be because Oral-B took extra care to ensure that the toothbrushes are absolutely waterproof, and in doing so compromising the reach of the Bluetooth connectivity. Given that both toothbrushes come with the two minute timer and the visible pressure sensor, this isn’t the biggest deal.
We figured if the Bluetooth feature is not the best feature about these products, then we might as well stick with the least expensive product.
Verdict: Oral-B 5000
Brush Modes and Cleaning
Luckily, both of these brushes deliver when it comes to the most important thing about toothbrushes: how well it cleans your teeth! This is why you buy an electric toothbrush in the first place.
Regular toothbrushes rely on your personal willpower to go the full two minutes, and even then your hand wouldn’t be nearly as powerful as an electric motor. Both products provide stellar deep cleaning, that come with different brush heads and cleaning modes.
Our favorite aspect can be found in both models which is the QuadPacer. It times your brushing in each section of your mouth, so you can have balanced and thoroughly cleaned teeth!
In addition, the Oral-B 5000 comes with five different brushing modes, whereas the Oral-B 7000 comes with six different brushing modes.
The Oral-B 5000 comes with:
- Daily Clean
- Gum Care
- Deep Clean
Whereas the Oral-B 7000 comes with:
- Daily Clean
- Gum Care
- Deep Clean
- Tongue Cleaner
- More options, of course, means more dough. That said, the Oral-B 7000 does come with three brush heads instead of two: Floss Action, Pro White, and Sensitive Clean, whereas the Oral-B 5000 comes with Floss Action and Cross Action.
The 7000 also comes with an extra tongue cleaning mode, which lasts 20 seconds and is designed to clean the surface of your tongue and the insides of your cheeks. This is a somewhat helpful feature but you can really just use your regular brush head to do the exact same function and keep the toothbrush running for an additional 30 second cycle after the two minute brushing period is up.
Really, from our perspective, this really comes down to a subjective opinion. Do you like the maximum amount of features to work with and will you realistically cycle between all the brush heads, or are you really looking for an upgrade from a normal toothbrush or your current electric toothbrush?
Note that these both come with a pressure sensor to alert you if you’re brushing too hard and a 2 minute timer. So for us, it comes down to basic functionality and, of course, what makes the world go round: economics.
Verdict: Oral-B 5000
Additional Design Features and Accessories
Most electric toothbrushes look the same and there really isn’t much room to innovate on its basic design, so where the 5000 and 7000 differ is on its accessories. The two toothbrushes have fairly modern designs, but the Oral-B 7000 is sleeker and offers a better and more secure grip than the Oral-B 5000 thanks to a better-designed ergonomic silicone grip.
The 5000 comes only in an all-white design, whereas the 7000 comes in either all white or a black and silver combination. Do note that all the Oral-B toothbrush heads are white though, so it will clash with your handle if you decide to go with the black/silver combo.
Aside from the toothbrush itself, both come with a charging stand and a brush head storage compartment that can hold up to four brush heads at a time. Both also come with a travel case. When it comes to the Oral-B Pro 5000, the case is made from a hard basic plastic, which is easy to clean.
On the other hand, Oral-B 7000 has a softer silicone material, which feels premium but is also slightly more difficult to clean. Still, given their premium quality, waterproof, and sturdy designs, these are really small details that don’t necessarily favor one over the other.
The best thing about the Oral-B 7000 is that it comes with what looks like a small clock. This is the Smart Wireless Guide. While it functions as a regular clock when it’s not being used for tooth-brushing purposes, when you turn your 7000 toothbrushes on, the screen will display the seconds that have gone by since you started brushing your teeth.
It also tells you which quadrant of your mouth you should be focusing on and when you should be moving to the next section. This clock also has the capacity to track which cleaning mode you’re doing and how well you’re doing overall at brushing your teeth.
There are a fun smiley face and a star rating on the main display, which can really be a good draw for kids who may be reluctant to brush their teeth, especially at night. It’s powered by two AA batteries and can either be placed on the countertop or stuck onto a wall for little ones who may not be able to see the counter.
Verdict: Oral-B 7000
Battery and Product Life
The whole point of investing in expensive items is because they are meant to last. The good news is that the product life between these two products are relatively the same! They are built to last, but the Oral-B 7000 requires a bit more maintenance and upkeep. The amount of water it accumulates requires a little attention to clean as to not encourage mold growth.
The reason for this is that it does have a small tendency to send water splashing. It’s also a common trait in electric toothbrushes that water can easily drip out of your mouth while you’re brushing. That’s why the extra care with the Oral-B 7000 is understandable, but if you’re not good with regular toothbrush maintenance then this may be a bigger problem for you. At the end of the day, the last thing you want to be thinking about is additional cleaning.
In terms of battery life, both utilize a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. Once fully charged, the Oral-B 5000 can be used for up to 10 days (assuming you brush twice a day for the full two minutes). The Oral-B 7000 lasts just slightly longer and can be used up to 11 days (assuming again that you brush normally).
They both charge the same way: standing up on the base, which needs to be plugged into an outlet. You can tell when it’s charging when it emulates a bright blue light that is akin to a UFO touching ground (which is it’s own problem if you have a bathroom that connects to your bedroom, because then you may have to close your bathroom door to avoid any light disruption while you’re sleeping. We found the light to be pretty distracting and very obvious in the dark).
Depending on what’s more important to you, we did find that Oral-B 7000’s more comforting when it came to worrying about product life longevity. It’s an updated version of the Oral-B 5000, so it’s built to last along with the added features.
Verdict: Oral-B 7000
Both of these products got us excited about brushing teeth and that in itself is a win, but the product that we’ll be sticking with is the Oral-B 5000. It has most of the features of the Oral-B 7000, just at the price of an older model.
At the end of the day, all we care about is how deep the clean is on our teeth. Bluetooth is a great touch, but the toothbrush technology just isn’t quite there yet for it to be a truly revelatory feature that makes a difference in how I’m brushing my teeth.
The pairing technology between the app and the toothbrush needs fixes. This feature certainly pulls people in, but it doesn’t deliver. In the meantime, we’d buy an Oral-B 5000 and hold out for the next model and see if it lives up to the technological fancies that are advertised.
These electric toothbrushes live up to the promise of healthier, cleaner teeth. They come recommended by many dentists and help you feel less guilty about the lax visits to the dental office. You’ll be sleeping peacefully knowing that you’re getting the same deep clean you would with an Oral-B 7000 and that your Oral-B 5000 is aging wonderfully.
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