The Oral-B Professional Care 1000 toothbrush is the most basic in this very popular range. As such, you obviously will pay out less, but get less in return, as it lacks much of the gadgetry and features of it’s bigger brothers.
But does it do the basic (and most important) job of cleaning your teeth sufficiently?
Let’s take a look in this quick review.
The “Professional Care” Series
This highly recommended range of toothbrushes (to which this model belongs) all include the following features as a minimum:
- Timer to remind you how long to brush for. One of the key beneficial features.
- Pressure sensors that warn you if you are brushing too hard. This is one of the most useful features of higher-end brushes. ‘Over-brushing’ can cause a lot of damage over years. This brush will let you know with a light, a sound and a gentle pulse through the handle… So you will be well warned!!
- A rotation-oscillation technology to clean your teeth. The head also pulsates to give a “healthy precision 3D” clean, as the manufacturers call it. The plaque-removal capabilities of these brushes are well proven by research.
The Oral-B 1000 electric toothbrush has all of these features. But it lacks the extra features of other, more expensive, models in the series. Such features include extra modes and smart displays.
Do I need all the extra gadgets of pricier models?
The reality is that for most people, there is no need to splash out on a really expensive toothbrush. Yes, we do recommend the Braun Oral-B 5000 model in our electric toothbrush reviews article. That toothbrush is undoubtedly superb, but again, more basic models such as the 1000 do the main job really well.
The ‘main job’ is, of course, removing plaque from your teeth. All models in the range perform very well in this regard. The rotation-oscillation cleaning technology from Oral-B is pretty much the same throughout the Professional Care range – So you are guaranteed that performance even with the cheaper models.
The extra modes and smart displays are a really nice touch, but are not essential. As I have written elsewhere, I am not convinced of any huge advantage of having lots of extra ‘modes’ on toothbrushes. The most important extra features of an electric toothbrush (aside from the cleaning action) are a timer and pressure sensor and this model has both.
For example, when comparing the 1000 vs 3000 model, the 3000 offers a few extra ‘cleaning modes’, which although nice, probably won’t make a huge difference to your oral hygiene. And the 3000 model costs about $30 more… I’m not sure if this is worth the extra!
Another alternative you may consider (as it is in a similar price bracket) is the Vitality. Comparing the 1000 vs Vitality, I would recommend the 1000. Although the Vitality (read our review) does a decent job, the extra features (a pressure sensor in particular) of the 1000 are worth it, for just a few dollars more.
To get a decent electric toothbrush, you do need to spend more than a few dollars/pounds. The really cheap models are unlikely to do any better than a manual toothbrush, so are a waste of money. As I always say, don’t expect any miracles with an electric toothbrush! You still need to put the same time in each day brushing. They are not ‘essential’ for most folk, but there are several advantages to using one.
This model pretty much has all you need in a powered brush. It has a great cleaning action, a timer and a pressure sensor. So if you use it properly you will get a good clean, while being well informed of how long you need to brush for and reduced chance of harming your teeth by over-brushing.
It doesn’t have all the gadgetry that, say, the bigger brother 5000 model has. But many of the extra features are superfluous for most people’s needs. As such, the Oral-B 1000 toothbrush represents an affordable and quality option that we can recommend.
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