Oral B Pro 500 Review

By Ted Gerner | March 11, 2020

In my quick Oral B Pro 500 Review, I will show you the key features of this entry-level toothbrush from the well-known brand.

Oral B Pro 500 offers you the basic features of a rechargeable toothbrush at a much cheaper price.

So if you are looking to shift from a regular manual toothbrush and you are confined within a budget, getting this model is actually a good place to start.

Though not as expensive, its features do not come short. It is equipped with the necessary qualities that you would need in a best electric toothbrush to clean and improve your teeth and gums’ condition.

You can choose between two designs – black, and white and blue.

Here is the new Oral-B Pro 500 black version which is bundled with Precision Clean brush head.

 

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Here is the more dated Oral-B Pro 500 Gum Care version which is bundled with Sensitive brush head.

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Oral B 500 Features

2D Cleaning

Oral B 500 removes up to 100% more plaque than when using a manual toothbrush, helping you achieve healthier teeth and gums.

Using the 2D cleaning technology, the brush head oscillates and rotates to break up and remove plaque, even that in the hard to reach places. This keeps your teeth and gums clean and free from plaque, fighting off cavities and gingivitis.

Brushing Mode

Just like the more expensive Oral B Pro 1000, the OralB Pro 500 is a model that features only one brushing mode. It will remove stains from your teeth, revealing the teeth’ natural color.

Timer

In addition, the Oral B 500 electric toothbrush has a built-in timer so that you can keep track of your brushing time, which is the recommended two minutes.

The timer buzzes every 30 seconds to make sure you spend an equal amount of time cleaning all areas of your mouth.

Replacement Brush Heads

This toothbrush is compatible with a wide range of replacement heads manufactured by Oral-B by Braun – CrossAction, FlossAction, Precision Clean, Sensitive Gum Care, Deep Sweep, Dual Clean.

Oral-B Pro 500 Package Contents

  • 1 Oral-B 500 handle
  • 1 Oral-B Precision Clean brush head
  • 1 portable SmartPlug charger

oral b 500 electric toothbrush box contents - retail box, internal packaging, charger, toothbrush, brush head, and user manual

Specifications

  • Model Number: ND
  • Rechargeable: Yes
  • Battery Type: Standard NiMH (nickel-metal hydride)
  • Battery Life: 5 days (according to some sources, the black model battery life is 8 days)
  • Built-in Timer: Yes
  • External Timer: No
  • Brushing Modes: 1 – Daily Clean
  • Brush Movements: 7,600 rotations/min
  • Pressure Sensor: No
  • Visual Pressure Indicator: No
  • Included Brush Heads: 1 PrecisionClean brush head
  • UV Sanitizer: Not included
  • Charger Type: Standard
  • Brush Head Container: Not included
  • Travel Charger: No
  • Bluetooth Connectivity: No
  • Smartphone App: No
  • Available Colors: Black or Blue/White

Dimensions

The whole Oral-B Pro 500 box package size is 3.3 x 4.4 x 8.8 inches and weighs 13.6 ounces.

Oral B 500 Customer Reviews

Oral-B Pro 500, with its simplicity, gets a high recommendation. Not only is it very economical, but it is also very effective.

It is so simple to use anyone can do it. There is no need to have a smartphone app and multiple brushing modes. This OralB power tooth brush gets the job done.

It does every day what you should expect from an electric toothbrush. If you let it slip out of your hand too often, or if the battery nears its end, you can throw it away and get a replacement.

Many attested that after brushing with this toothbrush, they really can feel the freshness and cleanliness of their mouths as if they have just visited their dentists.

The timer is also very useful in monitoring brushing time, especially when used by children. Overall, the majority of users give this tooth brush two thumbs up and recommend this product.

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Pros and Cons

Disadvantages

One Cleaning Mode

Some users are dissatisfied with the lack of 3 cleaning modes.  They want to choose from the three cleaning modes integrated with this rechargeable toothbrush, depending on their oral needs. For everyday total mouth cleaning, you can use the Daily Cleaning mode, and that covers most of the needs. But sometimes people want whiter teeth that can be achieved with the Whitening mode.  Others have sensitive gums and teeth, the Sensitive mode is perfect in this situation as it provides complete yet gentle mouth cleaning action. If you are looking for a toothbrush with more than one brushing mode, you should check out my Oral B Pro 3000 review.

Lack of Pressure Sensor

Oral B 500 toothbrush also comes without the pressure sensor. This feature checks the pressure that you are applying when brushing; when you put too much pressure, the Oral B brush will automatically stop. This is a very good feature to prevent you from suffering any gum inflammation.

Oral-B Pro 500 vs Vitality

If you are shopping for an affordable electric rechargeable toothbrush, you can save a couple of dollars and get the Oral-B Vitality toothbrush. It is very similar to the Pro 500 rechargeable electric brush but lacks the 30-second pacer that helps you spend equal time on every quadrant of your mouth.

It also has a weaker 5-day battery.

Frequently Asked Questions

What about the Oral-B Pro 500 3D? What is the difference between Pro 500 3D and regular Pro 500?

Oral-B Pro 500 3D is sold in the United Arab Emirates and several other markets, but not in North America. It is the same brush we know under the name of Oral B Pro 1000 in the United States.

What does the 2D and 3D cleaning mean?

2D and 3D is the number of types of cleaning motions. 3D cleaning action toothbrush oscillates, rotates, and pulsates. The cheaper 2D electric toothbrushes oscillate and rotate, but do not pulsate.

How do I know if my Oral B Pro 500 is charging?

When the toothbrush is charging, the green charge indicator light flashes. As soon as it is fully charged, the light turns off. You should be patient as a full charge can take up to 22 hours.

How to charge it correctly?

If you were searching for ‘oral-b pro 500 how to charge’, here is the answer.

If you notice the red low charge indicator flashing, it is time to charge your toothbrush. Put the brush on the charger. The green charging indicator will start blinking either right away or in 10-15 minutes if the battery is fully discharged. You can use the toothbrush in a couple of hours or let it fully charge. It is advised to let the toothbrush fully discharge twice a year.

Can I store the toothbrush on the charger?

The manufacturer claims that overcharging is not possible and you can store the toothbrush on the charging unit. You can follow these directions but I would not leave it charging without supervision. I usually unplug the charger for safety reasons.

Conclusion

If you are a long-time manual toothbrush user, but you want to try how is it to brush with an electric toothbrush, the affordable Oral-B Pro 500 toothbrush will let you do it without breaking the bank.

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