Oral-B electric toothbrushes vary in price from £8 to over the £100 mark, this one is somewhere inbetween.
We've tested the pricier Oral B electric model toothbrush, the Pro 2500 costs around £34 and differentiates itself from cheaper models with its integrated rechargeable battery (rather than standard replaceable AA batteries) and it also comes with a handy little travel case.
Design and features
The travel case isn’t quite as eyecatching as some of the premium designs bundled with other brushes but it holds the handle and two brush heads securely and has ventilation holes to allow the head to dry out between brushes.
At has Oral-B’s standard CrossAction design, but the brush handle accepts any others in the Oral-B range. I really like the FlossAction brush head with its little plastic paddles that get down between teeth. Replacement heads cost around £2 - £3, depending on the design and whether if it's a single or mutliple purchase.
The brush heads use a rotating motion and their round design is perfect for encircling teeth. Rotations are at 75Hz, it isn’t as fast as the Philips Sonicare system’s 250Hz but the amount of motion is larger; offering a really thorough clean. Another noteable feature is its pressure sensor, which shows a red warning light when there’s too much pressure that could damage gums. The brush also stops momentarily every 30 seconds to encourage you to brush the four corners of your mouth for 30 seconds each, and does a series of brief stops to signal when two minutes are up.
There’s a low battery indicator and it lasts for about 20 brushed before running out. The box promises up to 14 cycles per charge, which seems reasonable. However, charging using the induction-based two-pin charger took almost 18 hours, so probably need to use it again before it is fully charged..
It's not the worst problem: the Ni-MH battery type is known to suffer from an issue called memory effect, whereby it gradually holds less charge if the battery is not completely flat before charging. My experience with other Oral-B electric toothbrushes that use the Ni-MH batteries is that battery life reduces significantly after a year or so.
If you're looking for a great quality and affordable electric toothbrush, then the Oral-B Pro 2500 is a top choice. The battery issue is unfortunate, but otherwise this is a decent electric toothbrush at a great price. Comes with a 2 year warranty as standard.