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Oral B 500 Vs 1000

Let us compare Oral B 500 Vs 1000:  There are a few key differences that differentiate these two low entry best Oral B electric toothbrushes as discussed below. Check also, Oral B 1000 vs 1500.

Key Difference between Oral B 500 and 1000

Pressure Sensor

The Oral B Pro 1000 Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush has a built-in pressure sensor that slows down the toothbrush speed as a means to alert you not to brush your teeth so hard but the 500 model lack this.

 Brushing your teeth and gums too firmly can result in gum recession and or tooth sensitivity.

3D vs. 2D Cleaning Action

The Oral B Pro 1000 uses 3D cleaning action (rotates, vibrates and pulsates) to remove up to 300% plaque than the manual toothbrush compared the Oral-B Pro 500 that uses 2D cleaning movement (rotation and vibration) capable of removing only 100% dental plaque.

The 3D cleaning action is clinically considered as the best brushing technology out there.

Brush Head Type

Both of these Oral B electric toothbrushes include one small, round brush head that offers tooth to tooth cleaning action compared to 7 brush heads of Oral B Genius Luxe.  However, while the Oral B 500 includes a precision clean brush head that has long bristles for cleaning hard to reach areas, the 1000 models come with a ‘CrossAction brush head’ with angled bristles to offer comprehensive cleaning aimed at removing more dental plaque.

Both toothbrushes are compatible with most of the Oral B brush heads and therefore, you can choose to buy more brush heads later or at the time of buying a brush. You are advised, however, to change the brush head after every 3 months of continuous use for effectiveness and oral hygiene purpose.


  • They both feature one cleaning mode (daily clean) compared to 6 cleaning modes (sensitive, gum care, daily clean, deep clean, whitening and tongue cleaning) of the top end Oral B electric toothbrushes such as Oral B 7000, 8000 and Genius X.
  • Both come with 2-minute timer to help you brush at 2 minutes recommended dentist brushing time, twice a day and  a brushing pacer that buzzes after every 30 seconds to alert you to move into cleaning another area of the mouth
  • They both include the standard nickel-metal hydride that lasts 7 to 10 days before a need to charge it again. Yet, other Oral B electric toothbrushes such as  Oral B 1500 uses  Lithium-ion battery that when full charges go up to 14 days time
  • No travel case included in either of them.
  • They both offer round brush handle, though that of 1000 model is long and a slimmer than the 500 model.

Which is Better, Oral B 500 or 1000?

The Oral B 1000 electric toothbrush is the best by miles taking the fact that it has a pressure sensor to stop you from hurting your teeth and gums. And a 3D cleaning action that is better at removing more dental plaque on teeth and along the gum line more than the brushes that use 2D movement.

If you have sensitive teeth or bleeding gums, you may want to go for Oral B 3000 that has sensitive cleaning mode to help you brush your teeth gently. Check Oral B 1000 vs 3000.

But if you are on a budget and just want a better option to a manual toothbrush, then the Oral B 500 Electric Power Rechargeable Toothbrush is still a good option to go for.

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