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For as long as I can remember, Oral-B have always made the best budget electric toothbrushes on the market. Bar none.
This is because their budget brushes have always contained the exact same brushing technology as their more expensive counterparts. When it comes to the fundamentals, Oral-B always get their priorities straight – they take excellent care of your teeth no matter how much, or how little, you pay.
So, I always have a slight feeling of trepidation when I see that they’ve released an update to their excellent budget brush range; I mean, why mess with a winning formula? But, I have to admit, we’re usually in very safe hands!
In this article, I’m going to take a look at Oral-B’s latest budget brush, the Pro 2000 CrossAction, and see if they’ve still got the winning formula for those with an eye for a bargain.
So What’s New?
First off, there’s now a choice of colours. Ok ok, I now that’s not exactly going to keep the dentist at bay, but I’ve always found messing with those tiny colour-coded rings a bit of a pain.
CrossAction Brush Head
The main thing that’s changed is the brush head. The 2000 comes complete with a new Oral-B CrossAction brush head.
The idea behind the CrossAction head, is that the bristles are set at a 16 degree angle. Oral-B says that this allows the bristles to reach twice as deep between the teeth as a normal toothbrush.
According to their promotional materials, that means that a CrossAction brush head can remove 100% more plaque than a manual toothbrush.
Now, I’m going to step in here and say that there’s been no independent research conducted to prove this; so I can neither confirm nor deny Oral-B’s claim regarding the CrossAction heads.
However, thanks to a clever piece of toothbrush tech, this brush has indeed been independently proven to be better than a manual brush; read on my friend, more on this later.
If you’re not a fan of the new heads, the 2000 is fully compatible with pretty much all Oral-B heads, so you can pick and choose as you wish.
Traditionally, Oral-B have only included one mode with their cheapest model. However, the 2000 has bucked that trend and now boasts two modes; daily clean, and gum care.
A Comfortable Old Pair of Shoes
Remember that feeling of trepidation that I had? Well, thankfully, I was worrying about nothing. The 2000 packs all of the punches that I was so fond of in it’s predecessor. So what are they?
First of all, it includes Oral-B’s 3D cleaning technology. This technology is all about the movement of the brush – it oscillates and pulsates, as well as rotates.
It’s All In The Rotation
Those rotations are important.
Whilst I might not be able to verify Oral-B’s claims regarding their new brush heads, I can categorically confirm that their 3D cleaning technology has been proven, by an independent scientific study, to be extremely effective.
The key is in the rotations.
This independent study found that rotating brushes removed over 10% more plaque than manual brushes. Whilst this might not sound like a lot, it actually equated to a 20% less chance of developing gingivitis.
I like those odds! And you can only get those odds, if you own an electric toothbrush with Oral-B emblazoned on the side.
Built to Last
The 2000 also has the same exceptional build quality as it’s predecessor. The handset is thin and easy to hold, yet extremely sturdy. You’d be hard pressed to do any damage to one these handsets, it’s built so well.
Also included is the usual array of features to help you get your brushing just right.
A red flashing light will let you know straight away if you’re pressing too hard (something that way too many people do), and the built-in timer will let you know when your teeth have had the dentist-recommended two minute brushing.
It’ll even let you know when the switch sides, so that your teeth get a nice balanced cleaning.
How’s the Battery Life?
Battery has always been my one and only complaint with these cheaper electric brushes. I must admit, though, I do tend to brush much longer than the recommended 2 minutes.
Actually, I’m wasting my time, as a recent study showed that brushing for longer than 2 minutes at a time has no additional benefit in removing plaque!
So, bearing that in mind, the 2000 battery should be more than adequate. Oral-B say that it will last 7 days, with normal use.
In my real world experience, expect it to last 5 or 6 days before requiring another charge.
It won’t last for months on end like your Kindle battery, but to be fair, it does need to push out tens of thousands of oscillations and rotations per minute!
My New Brush of Choice
Simply put, the Oral-B Pro 2000 is the best value toothbrush on the market.
It packs the best cleaning technology there is into a price tag that isn’t going to break the bank, and it’s reliable and well-built to boot.
If you want a brush that simply performs, without all the unnecessary bells and whistles, at a great price, then this one’s for you.
It’s bumped my old brush right out of the bathroom, and it will take pride of place in my bathroom cabinet for years to come!