From sensitive brush heads that are gentler on gums to brush heads designed just for braces. Now it is worth noting that there are two different models of this toothbrush. Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Oral-B Deep Sweep Triaction 1000. The only difference between these two models (besides a slight change in the rubber grip color) is the toothbrush head. Each of these Oral-B Pro 1000 models are named after the toothbrush head that comes with them.
Other than this small detail, the two toothbrush models should be treated as the same. Note: The Oral-B features and name vary from country to country. In Australia, it goes by the name the Oral-B Pro 500. The focus of this review is the Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction, so the included brush head is the CrossAction. Let’s take a closer look at it: A quick look at the brushead reveals exactly why Oral-B decided to name this brush head the CrossAction. Clusters of bristles crisscross at 16 degrees to help remove plaque from along the gum line and between the teeth. If I had to describe just how coarse the bristles were I would say medium.
Those of you who prefer soft bristles may find the find this head too abrasive. As I touched on earlier, you can swap the head out for a more sensitive option but you will have to buy the brush heads separately. For more information, check out our review on each of the different Oral-B brush heads. You may have noticed the small blue ring in the above picture. This small ring slides over the base of the toothbrush head like so: Now you may be thinking: If it is only you who uses the electric toothbrush then not much at all. But if you choose to share your electric toothbrush (just the handle) then that’s where the identification rings come into play. Each set of replacement brush heads comes with different colored identification rings. This allows multiple people to use the Oral-B Pro 1000 without getting the toothbrush heads mixed up. The toothbrush heads simply slide onto the shaft of the Oral-B Pro 1000 and a quick pull is all that is required to remove them. It’s so easy that swapping over a toothbrush head takes little more than 3 seconds. Oral-B uses what it calls “indicator bristles” so you know when to replace your toothbrush head at a glance. In my testing; brushing twice a day, I found the bristles to fade near enough to the 3 month mark. Using this as a method for determining when to change the brush head appears to be fairly reliable. With the brush head attached the Oral-B Pro 1000 stands at 9.25 inches. Just that little bit too tall for the toothbrush to stand upright on the shelf of my bathroom cabinet. Instead, I have to lay the Oral-B Pro 1000 on its side which isn’t my preference. You will not be able to use your new Oral-B Pro 1000 straight out of the box. To do this you are going to use the charger, included in the box: The charger looks like little more than a large lump of plastic with a knob sticking out of it. This knob lines up with the hole in the bottom of the Oral-B Pro 1000 and chargers your electric toothbrush. Here is the cool thing: Most electric toothbrushes charge wirelessly and the Oral-B Pro 1000 is no exception. The knob does not lock or click into the toothbrush, instead, your toothbrush just sits loosely on top. The length of the charging cord is just over 4 feet which will be long enough to stretch from most power outlets to bathroom counters. If you flip over the charger you will be able to check out the specs: So bad news for those of you who wanted to take this charger while traveling. Unfortunately, this does not leave you with a whole lot of places that the charger will work outside of the United States. Note: This review is of the American model and if you buy the Oral-B Pro 1000 locally then it will be compatible with the voltage of that country. While you can simply charge the toothbrush before you leave for shorter trips, longer vacations are going to see the battery die before it is over. In this view, you can also see the four small black rubber circles.
These are the feet and help stop the charger from slipping and sliding all over your bathroom countertop. Remember that battery shaped indicator I was talking about earlier?
As soon as you place the handle of the Oral-B 1000 on the charger, the indicator will blink green to let you know that your toothbrush is charging. Once your Toothbrush is fully charged the indicator will switch off. Unfortunately, there is no real way to determine just how much battery is remaining in your toothbrush until you see this: The low battery indicator light. And when it starts flashing you will be unable to turn your electric toothbrush back on until you charge the battery. There is no in-between indicator to let you know that the battery is starting to run low, which is something I would have liked to have seen.