The Oral-B Professional Care 3000 electric toothbrush has been around for a while now, and remains popular. It offers great cleaning technology (as is standard from this range) and some nice features at a reasonable price.
Question is, is it still good value? Is it worth buying or should you look at other models? Read on to find out!
Highlights of this toothbrush
Here are some of the main features of this product:
- The Oral-B 3000 toothbrush uses rotation-oscillation technology with patented ’3D cleaning’. This is proven to help reduce plaque build-up, the most important aspect of good oral hygiene.
- This is compatible with a wide range of changeable brush heads. All are small in diameter, allowing ‘cupping’ of the bristles around the teeth for a great clean.
- Equipped with a timer so you know when you reach the recommended two minutes of brushing. Also lets you know when 30 seconds are up, so you know when to move to another quadrant of your mouth. This type of timer is a great addition to modern toothbrushes, as one of the biggest failings in most people’s dental hygiene routine is not spending long enough when brushing. Most people rush it a little, so a timer really helps!
- Pressure monitor to let inform you if you are over-brushing. Also stops pulsating if too mush pressure is being applied. This helps to reduce the risk of damaging your enamel, a real risk of over-aggressive cleaning, and also helps the brush heads to last longer.
- Three cleaning modes: whitening, daily clean and sensitive. Not the most important element though.
- Indicator bristles fade down with use so you know when you need to change the head. Worn bristles will result in reduced cleaning performance – so replace the heads when indicated!
- It includes a charging station, but the battery lasts about a week in between each charge.
- 60 day refund policy, should you need it, for peace of mind!
The Up Sides
The Oral-B 3000 electric toothbrush boasts 40,000 pulsations and nearly 9000 oscillations per minute – That’s a lot of work! The cleaning ability is proven in clinical trials, and is the most important element when considering any power toothbrush.
This brush has a pressure sensor indicator so you know if you are brushing too hard before you damage your enamel or gums, which is a great feature. Any dentist will tell you of the benefits of this addition when compared to a manual brush. Also, if you brush too hard, the bristles will warp or wear out sooner which will prevent you from getting the most out of your daily oral hygiene routine (and cost in terms of replacement brushes!).
The handle is waterproof, which seems like a no-brainer for electric toothbrushes, but many don’t offer this. It touts an ergonomically designed handle which, in laymans terms, means it is comfortable to hold as it blends in with the contours to your hand.
The charging station is fairly sizeable, giving one room to store extra brush heads without seeming cluttered. The best part about it though is that it has a cover for the additional brush heads and it is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
Furthermore the timer indicator is a great feature. The recommendation that you brush for a minimum of two minutes is easy to follow with a timer. There is a quick two-pulse vibration to let you know after every thirty seconds so you can move to another quadrant. What I like about the 3000 Oral-B professional care is that the pulses are easily recognizable for when you are supposed to move on as opposed to a soft beep or a light indicator that you could easily miss if you aren’t paying attention.
Here’s a video explaining how to clean your teeth with this type of brush:
The Down Sides
It’s hard to fault this product in terms of cleaning performance and overall user satisfaction.
But, at the time of writing this review, there are better options for your money.
If you are in the US, the models that came out after this one, are better value:
- The Oral-B 4000 is $10 cheaper!
- The 5000, a much better product is only $5 more expensive!
These offer more in the way of features and the 5000 has a great wireless smart guide. Compare the models (3000 vs 5000 and 4000) here (official Oral-B site). Read the review of our ‘best electric toothbrush’ recommendation, the 5000 model.
Do check before buying, and if this model is much cheaper than the 4000 or 5000 versions then it will represent a sound buy.
However, if you are in the UK, then the Braun Oral-B 3000 is actually a fair bit cheaper than the above two (by about £20) and so it may make sense for you to go with this one, if the extra bells and whistles of the more recent models aren’t important to you.
If money is tight you may consider the 1000 model. This is very similar in terms of cleaning action, but has a few less ‘modes’ (which really aren’t overly important for most folk) and rotates at a slightly lower rate. For a comparison of the Oral-B 1000 vs 3000 see this chart. Read our review of the Professional Care 1000 brush.
From the pressure indicator to the multiple compatible heads, the Oral-B professional care 3000 has a slew of great features. The only drawback here is the price point if you live in the US – On amazon (at the time of writing) you can get the later (better) models for a bit less or very similar price.