Oral B Pro 2 2500 Electric Toothbrush
Oral B Pro 2 2500 Electric Toothbrush
Welcome to our review of the Oral B Pro 2 2500 electric toothbrush powered by Braun. We hope you find the review informative and helpful in finding you the right electric toothbrush for your needs.
At a glance:
Pros: Relatively inexpensive, two weeks of brushing on a full charge, timer, pressure sensor, 30 day risk free trial.
Cons: Pushing the on/off button cycles through the 2 modes, which means you have to push it twice to switch off if you are in 'Daily Clean' mode.What's in the box?
Handle, 1x head, 2 pin charger and lead, travel case (with space for two heads), instruction leaflet, 1 year warranty leaflet.
My first impression on seeing the size of the box was 'this must be an enormous toothbrush', but fortunately my concerns were short lived. Phew! It turns out most of it was only packaging.
The actual toothbrush is smaller than my existing toothbrush (an Oral B Triumph Professional Care, click here for the latest model), but that's presumably because this is not a Bluetooth version.
One of the delights (if it can be called such) of the Oral B family of electric toothbrushes is that the replacement heads are readily available at supermarkets, and relatively cheap too, compared with their rivals. An additional bonus is that you can use any of the range of heads with the handle, should you fancy a change.
The Oral B Pro 2 2500 electric toothbrush a mid-range toothbrush (the current ranges in ascending order are: Vitality, Pro, Smart and Genius) and comes with two modes. I've been a keen user of Oral B toothbrushes for more years than I care to remember and I can only recall using one mode after the initial excitement (yes, I did say excitement in relation to an electric toothbrush. I am that sad).
On starting the mechanism sounds solid, unlike some of the Oral B Pro 2 2500's cheaper rivals. You really do get what you pay for in an electric toothbrush, and I worry that the quality of the gears on a cheaper model leads to less efficient cleaning and shorter life...life of the toothbrush that is. A cheap toothbrush is unlikely to kill you. I hope.Katy says:
What Mike said…only I’m more of a Philips Sonicare girl myself. This toothbrush sure does give you a good bang for your buck. Generally, I don’t like the sound Oral B toothbrushes make, they are more mechanical whirring noise and I feel a little louder than Sonicare. This toothbrush comes in at around 82dB, for comparison regular conversation is around 60dB and a police siren is 120dB.
I love the very small travel case as I love to pack light and compact. It’s a real selling point for me to be able to fit everything in hand luggage!
As far as packaging, once past the shiny cardboard I was disappointed to see so much polystyrene. It’s a tough material to recycle and this one is labelled with the PS 6 mark. This can sometimes be recycled in your home collection service but it’s worth checking here.Katy and Mike agree:
It’s great that the toothbrush can be used straight from the box, just in case you feel the urge for an emergency clean, and can be used from flat after charging for 30 minutes.
The instructions claim a full charge last you up to two weeks, but we would recommend taking the charger (in the natty travel case) with you if you are going away for longer than a week.
A timer on any electric toothbrush is a must (see our blog for why), and the 'Professional Timer' which comes with the Oral B Pro 2 2500 goes one step further than a simple timer by making a short stuttering sound every thirty seconds. This is important as it prompts you to brush all four quadrants of your mouth equally. This means it should take you thirty seconds to clean your upper right teeth inside and out, thirty seconds for your upper left teeth inside and out, and the same for your lower teeth.
We prefer to instruct our patients to take thirty seconds to clean the outer surfaces of all their upper teeth, then thirty seconds for the insider of their upper teeth, then thirty seconds each for the inner and outer surfaces of their lower teeth. This encourages more consistent cleaning.
In summary this is a good quality toothbrush from a reputable company. It has the minimum features we would desire from an electric toothbrush. If you are concerned about your oral hygiene, and your budget will allow, we would advise going for a more advanced version.
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Green Credentials: 3/5
The battery is Lithium-ion and will need to be taken to a recycling centre.
The external packaging is coated cardboard.
Internally there is a large amount of polystyrene, presumably for protecting the toothbrush in transit.
The travel case is plastic (LDPE) and came wrapped in a LDPE plastic bag.
The plug casing, lead coating and recharger are PVC.
Pleasingly the cable came in a cardboard box, and of course the instructions are on paper.
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