This post was updated November 2017 to review the new Oral-B Pro 2 2500 which has a new improved, lithium ion battery with 2 week battery life. The old version is called the Oral-B Pro 2500 which has a poorer 1 week battery life and would not recommend purchasing it.
But Doc what electric toothbrush do you use at home?
Well I use this one (and I bought it with my own money). Does this mean that the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 is the best electric toothbrush on the market? No there are far more fancy, schmancy electric toothbrushes on the market with more features like the Oral-B Smart 4 4000 and Oral-B Genius 8000. However I do think that the value for money that the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 Electric Toothbrush provides coupled with some great design features make this brush hard to fault. So without further ado let’s get into it.
Quadpacer timer and Visible Pressure Sensor
There are two particular features which I think are well designed with this electric toothbrush. Pressing too hard with an electric toothbrush is fairly easy to do (I make this mistake frequently), with the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 Electric Toothbrush the pressure indicator is located on the back of the brush and it is really easy to notice when you are pressing that little bit too firmly. The other feature which I think is great about this electric toothbrush is the 2 minute timer which causes a slight pause in the brush every 30 seconds.. The average person typically brushes their teeth for only 45 seconds so having a timer to make sure that you actually brush your teeth for 2 minutes is definitely a good thing.
The handle is also very well designed with it’s slimline profile and rubberised grip. It is very easy to hold even when wet. The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 handle is waterproof which means you can use it in the shower.
The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 does not come with bluetooth connectivity and so cannot link to the Oral-B Smartphone app. If you want this feature, I would recommend checking out the Oral-B Genius 8000 or 9000. It also comes with a limited number of cleaning modes: daily clean and gum care. Although daily clean will be the most used, it is always nice to have a sensitive mode for sensitivity and tongue cleaning.
2) Mechanism of Action
3D oscillating rotating
The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 Electric Toothbrush uses a 3D oscillating rotating action. This is a very effective way of cleaning your teeth and has consistently outperformed the Philips Sonicare in research studies done by Cochrane.
The small headed CrossAction brush which comes as standard with this toothbrush means that it is very easy to clean all surfaces of your teeth well. This in my view is the best brush head Oral-B make. The small size of the brush head means that it is manoeuvrable and effective at cleaning right back to those difficult to reach molars.
The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 is compatible with all other Oral-B Brush heads including:
- Crossaction Brush head (Recommended brush head for most people)
- Sensitive Brush head(Recommended brush head for people with sensitive teeth)
- Precision Clean Brush head
- Dual Clean Brush head
- 3D White Brush head
- Trizone Brush head
- Flossaction Brush head
3) Battery life
The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 Electric Toothbrush comes with a new upgraded lithium ion rechargeable battery and a charging stand. The Battery will last for around 56 minutes which is 2 weeks of cleaning for 1 person. A charger is included with it so you will not need to buy one. The only thing you will need to buy is a standard UK 2 pin shaving adaptor. You can buy these on Amazon for relatively cheap (Click on the image if you need one).
The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 Electric Toothbrush comes with a travel case where you can store the electric toothbrush and two electric toothbrush heads. The travel case provides solid protection for the electric toothbrush on your travels. The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 weighs in at 130g with toothbrush head so it is quite light and definitely will not take up too much of your luggage space. The size including brush head is 23 cm x 2.5cm x 3cm.
5) Value For Money
At £37.70 , the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 Electric Toothbrush is in the mid range of the Oral B electric toothbrush line up. It represents pretty good value for money for the features that you get on it. The cost of replacement heads is also reasonable and easy to purchase. It also comes with a 2-year warranty as standard which can be extended to 3 years if you register online.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best electric toothbrush?
Is the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 suitable for children?
The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 has not been specially designed for children in mind. If you want an electric toothbrush for your child, I would recommend checking out our list of recommended children’s electric toothbrushes.
What does the N stand for on Oral-B Pro 2 2500N?
The N at the end stands for Normal as it comes with the “standard” CrossAction Brush head. There is also a W variety which is Whitening and S which is Sensitive. The letter just represents the Brush Head that it comes with, the electric toothbrush handles are exactly the same.
Should I go for the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 or Oral-B Pro 650 electric toothbrush?
The Oral-B Pro 650 comes in at a lower price point and thus sacrifices some of the features of the Oral-B Pro 2 2500. The main one for me is the pressure sensor. Pressing too hard with a toothbrush can lead to gum recession and tooth wear. The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 has a pressure sensor that flashes red when you are pressing too hard. This will mean that you will use the brush at just the right pressure. There is no difference in speed/power of the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 and Oral-B Pro 650.
Is the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 waterproof?
Yes the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 is completely waterproof and can be used in the shower.
Is the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 noisy?
It is not overly noisy. I would say it is about average in noise level for an electric toothbrush.
Should I go for the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 or Oral-B Pro 2 2000 electric toothbrush?
The main differences between the Oral-B Pro 2 2000 and Oral-B Pro 2 2500 are the price, the colour and the travel case. The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 is slightly more expensive around £5 more, it comes in black or pink and has a travel case. The travel case I find extremely useful when going away on holiday. It is really common for people not to bring electric toothbrushes on holiday because they do not know how to store it. The travel case gets rid of this problem and that is why I recommend the Oral-B Pro 2 2500. I did a detailed review of this comparison here.
After charging the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 battery to full, how many brushes will I get?
You will get 56 minutes of cleaning which is two weeks worth of brushing twice a day for 2 minutes
Should I leave the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 charging after every use?
This will likely shorten the battery length and is not recommended. To get the best lifespan out of the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 I would recommend charging the battery to full then taking it off the charger.
Does the battery die quickly?
I have had mine over a year and the battery is still going strong. If you leave it charging all the time then this is likely to shorten the battery length. Make sure to only charge the electric toothrbrush when necessary
Is there any difference between the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 Black and the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 Pink?
The only difference between these electric toothbrushes are the colour and the brush head. The Black edition comes with a cross action brush head (recommended). The Pink edition comes with the 3D whitening brush head (Not as good). They are otherwise exactly the same.
What type of plug does the Oral-B Pro 2 2500 need?
It needs a standard 2 pin UK shaver plug.
Electric toothbrush Reviews: Summary
The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 is overall a very good electric toothbrush which provides amazing value for money. If you are looking for a simple yet effective electric toothbrush, this is the electric toothbrush for you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me in the comments section below.