- 1 cleaning mode
- Built in timer
- Well designed handle
- Box contents
- Battery life
- Better value options exist (see other choices)
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Update July 2018: Since this review was published, Oral-B has updated the Vitality model, with a new design and small feature differences, which we explain in more detail in this section.
The 3 BIG Questions about the Oral-B Pro Vitality Plus…
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Pro Vitality Plus. If we have missed something, let us know in the comments.
If you want more detail, you can read our full Oral-B Pro Vitality Plus review further down the page or watch our video review.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
No, there is nothing drastically wrong with this toothbrush, it works perfectly well as a simple, rechargeable toothbrush. The lack of battery status icon is a bit of an inconvenience.
We have given a rating of 3/5 for the Pro Vitality Plus because it is a simple, easy to use brush that is good if you are not willing to spend too much but still want a toothbrush that is going to give you good results.
2. Which other brushes should I consider?
There are a number of better value brushes you can buy at the price point that the Vitality Plus comes in at.
Our toothbrush of choice is the Oral-B Pro 2 2500. It is a touch more expensive, but with a significantly ebtter battery life, the inclusion of a pressure sensor and travel case it is a worthwhile investment. It’s actually the brush we rate as the best overall electric toothbrush.
The Fairywill FW-917 is also an option for those who want to achieve the ultimate value for money and are not worried about the lack of a ‘brand’ name.
3. Where’s the best place to buy the Pro Vitality Plus?
Typically we recommend Amazon because it is very competitive on price and often has special offers running more frequently than others. It also offers free delivery. However other retailers can also have good deals running.
Below we have included a live price comparison for UK retailers, and it’s always worth checking out eBay too.
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And now for a bit more detail….
You won’t get a much cheaper model of toothbrush without sacrificing any features. As this toothbrush is already quite cheap, getting one for any cheaper means you may run the risk of losing some of the simpler features such as an oscillating and rotating brush head.
If you want a brush with more features, I would recommend looking at Oral-B’s Pro range, as they have a variety of different brushes with different features at different prices.
Variants of this brush
In July 2018, Oral-B launched the ‘Vitality 100’. It is a revision to the Vitality seen and reviewed in this article.
The difference between the new ‘Vitality 100’ and the older Vitality are as follows:
- The Vitality 100 has a more modern look, with a 360 degree grip for comfort.
- The Vitality 100 has a built in 30 second pacer (quadpacer) that the Vitality does not have.
- The Vitality 100 has a NiMH battery that lasts 8 days on a full charged compared to the 5 days of the original Vitality.
- The Vitality 100 comes with either a Blue or Pink rubber grip to the handle. The Blue coloured grip means a CrossAction brush head will be supplied, whereas a 3D White brush head will be supplied with the Pink coloured grip.
Please be aware that the Vitality 100 is being phased in as stock of the older model sells through, meaning that not all stockists will have the new model.
What’s in the Box?
- Braun Oral-B Vitality Plus rechargeable toothbrush
- Charging station
- 2 x Brush heads (Cross Action)
Oral-B Pro Vitality Plus Key Features
- Oral-B Oscillating & rotating movement
- Oral-B 2D movement cleaning system (rotates and oscillates)
- Removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush
- Rechargeable battery
- 5 days battery life
- Clean timer
Pros & Cons
- Timed clean – It has a timer which vibrates when the two minutes is up, so you know when to stop brushing. It doesn’t stop after two minutes though so it allows you to continue brushing for longer if you want to.
- Compatible with a range of brush heads – The toothbrush base itself is compatible with a range of different heads including Cross Action, Floss Action, 3D White, Precision Clean and TriZone brush heads.
- Waterproof handle – The handle can get wet but it won’t damage the toothbrush like it may do with others. This is handy as often when brushing teeth water will get on your handle somehow, it happens to all of us at some point and the waterproof handle will prevent any damage being done.
- Design – The handle is well designed and sits in the hand nicely and is easy to grip, even when wet.
- Warranty – The product comes with a two year limited warranty.
- Portable – the charging station is portable meaning you can take it with you when you go away for periods of time such as for a holiday.
- Limited modes – This toothbrush only comes with one mode, Daily Clean, which offers the user much less choice on how they want to clean their teeth. A lot of more premium toothbrushes offer more modes.
- Battery life – the battery life itself of only 5 days is quite low compared to other toothbrushes however for a cheaper option such as this one, it is reasonable.
- Battery status – there is no way of telling when the battery is running low, other than the toothbrush giving physical symptoms such as slowing down.
Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
This isn’t the first brush to offer these sort of features, ones in the same range of ‘Vitality’ also offer the same kind of thing, just with a slightly different type of brush head. I am looking at the Cross Action brush head.
This brush is slim in shape and has a design which is simple and practical. It measures at a maximum height of 22.1cm and no more than 3cm thick, this brush weighs in at 109g when the brush head of your choice is attached.
On the front is a soft rubber grip which is dark blue in colour with a lighter blue rubber grip around the outside whilst the remaining body is made up of a high gloss white plastic.
This rubber grip helps to stop the toothbrushing slipping if it is wet or being handled by slippery hands.
A standard brushing cycle is for 2 minutes, and this brush doesn’t have any other modes other than ‘daily clean’. Some other brushes offer modes which require longer than a two minute cycle.
Once the 2 minutes are up, the brush will signal this with three noticeable pulses of vibrations. The brush continues to operate at the end of the cycle, unless you turn it off.
During your brushing, you may well notice the sound of the brush motor straining and slowing down if you apply too much pressure, so this is should be used as a good indication of how hard to press whilst brushing.
The bristles of the brush should virtually skim the surfaces of the teeth when you clean them and do not require a lot of force.
Unfortunately because this brush is less feature heavy, it doesn’t have a feature to monitor brushing pressure like some other models do, such as the Oral-B Pro 2000.
To activate any the one and only cleaning mode you press the heightened power button found in the upper third on the front of the brush.
One press will launch the daily clean mode, and another will turn the brush off.
There are ridges or grips above and below the power button and on the rear of the brush handle.
The Cross Action brush heads provided with the Vitality Plus cross action use an oscillating and rotating motion as shown in the animated image below:
Whilst 2 brush heads are supplied, they are interchangeable and it is advisable to use the appropriate brush head with the appropriate cleaning mode, although any cleaning mode can be used with any brush head.
- CrossAction (View on Amazon)
- FlossAction (View on Amazon)
- 3d White (View on Amazon)
- Precision Clean (View on Amazon)
- Trizone (View on Amazon)
The Cross Action brush head relies on hundreds of bristles that are angled in different directions. It has been scientifically engineered, to ensure the bristles cross over different parts of the tooth surface more effectively than those brush heads that have standard straight bristles.
You can read more about the other brush heads and how they differ here.
Remember to replace your brush head at least once every 3 months or 90 days if not sooner.
An Oral-B brush head will actually fade in colour as it ages giving you another visual indicator that it is time to replace the brush head.
Included in the box with the Vitality Plus toothbrush is the charging stand and plug as well as the two brush heads. An information leaflet is also included which has information about the toothbrush in a variety of languages.
When the brush requires a charge, the brush will start to slow down and not work as effectively. Other than this, there is no way to tell when the brush is coming to the end of its battery life. No battery power light indicator.
Any electric toothbrush irrespective of brand will be more effective at removing plaque and this is why Oral-B state that up to 100% more plaque can be removed in comparison to a manual toothbrush. This is in part due to the power and consistency offered from a power brush along with the brush head design and then equally as important is the brushing technique.
As a moulded brush with a virtually all in one design, maintenance is not as simple on this brush other than a rinse and a wipe. However it should not really be required. Should something go wrong, there is as standard a 12 month warranty is provided with the Vitality Plus. This covers the battery too. Register the brush online and you get an extra 24 months at no extra cost, so 36 months or 3 years in total.
Summary of Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
- Slim and easy to grip to hold and use
- 1 cleaning mode – daily clean
- 2 brush heads included
- Alternative brush heads available for purchase
- Built in 2 minute timer tells you when to finish brushing
- Water resistant and can be used in the shower
- 2 year warranty as standard, register online for 1 free additional year.
If you have read any of our other reviews you will see how I continue to comment on the battery life of more premium brushes.
Whilst by no means essential I have a desire to see the battery life increase as you pay more for it.
The amount of usage time may well be sacrificed but the benefit is the slim profile and feel in hand.
The Vitality Plus offers just 20 minutes of usage time or up to 10 cleans.
Using a premium Pro series brush like the 2000 will only add an extra two days in battery life, which isn’t that much when you consider how much more you are paying for it, but both could be better.
I pick fault with the battery life a little because Phillips do a stellar job with their brushes that offer up to 3 weeks usage time compared to a rather poor five days to a week from Oral-B.
10 cleans worth of battery life for most of us is sufficient and rarely are many of us needing it to last longer, as the charger is either close to hand or we leave it on the charger the whole time. Most of us who would likely need the charge to last longer should consider keeping the toothbrush charger handy.
Longer usage time would of course just add that little extra appeal. Imagine being able to take your toothbrush away whilst on holiday without needing to worry about taking the charger.
Another clever feature which does save power and could potentially assist with the cleaning time is that on a Philips brush. The brush will switch itself off at the end of the clean whereas a Vitality Plus from Oral B will not do this and will continue unless switched off manually.
Oral-B says it is fine too keep the toothbrush on the charger all the time, however recommends that once every 6 months, the toothbrush is left to fully run out of charge before re-charging again. This is said to help preserve the battery and make it last longer to provide the best results.
If you are looking at taking your toothbrush away on holiday with you to a foreign country, the 2 pin adapter on the charger will connect to shaver sockets found in most bathrooms around the world and thanks to the 220-240v support you rarely need worry about it not working, but if the voltage used in a country is less you will require an adapter.
If a 2 pin socket is not available, you can purchase 2 pin to 3 pin adapters so that the brush can be charged from a normal mains socket found here in the UK.
The charger itself is white in colour and has a small raised plastic bit in which the toothbrush fits upon during charging and will charge the brush fully in about 8-12 hours. I tend to leave it on charge overnight.
There is no way of knowing when the battery is low or fully charged unlike some other models which have lights which illuminate or flash to indicate this. If you are particularly interested in monitoring how much charge you have left, other models such as the Pro 5000 offer indicators in the form of a light that flashes when battery is low.
Summary of battery life
- 20 minutes of usage time or 5 days usage based on 2 cleans a day
- Can be left on the charger
- Takes about 8-12 hours to charge fully
- A charger included in the box
- Works on 220- 240 volts
- Questionable whether a mid-range brush should offer a better battery life
Price & Where To Buy
The Vitality Plus with Cross Action brushes has a recommended retail price of £40 but there is no need to pay this much.
At the time of writing, prices varied from the full £40 down to around £17 to £20* which is under half the recommended retail price – you can see a live price comparison here.
This brush like every other requires replacement brush heads for each user every 3 months. Replacement heads can be purchased in packs of 3 or 4 and are priced on average between £9 and £14 depending on where you shop for them.
Using the average cost (based on one user) and ownership of over 3 years (the same as the warranty offer), the Vitality Plus will cost you £51.63 in total or 5p per day. This includes the original purchase of the toothbrush at an average price of £20 and the price of buying replacement packs of three brush heads every 3 months at £11.50 per pack. This is just an average calculation, getting special offers or purchasing products for a cheaper price may lower this value. You can clearly see that the most expensive part of maintaining this toothbrush comes with purchasing new brush heads.
This price does exclude the cost of water, toothpaste and electric to charge it, but you get a rough idea of how much you are paying for the product you are getting.
There is a good chance the brush will last longer than the 3 year period and using the same brush handle but switching heads with other users in your household will only help bring the cost down and drive more value from it.
The more advanced models such as the Pro 2 2500 comes with an additional cleaning mode, travel case and better battery life. More expensive it is, but the long term value it offers is generally justifiable.
*Please note that all costs quoted are approximates and prices will vary based on location, supplier, time of purchase. These figures should not be relied on as hard fact but as a guide, based on real information at the time of writing.
Summary of price & where to buy
- Recommended retail price of £40
- Generally available from £20 but purchased for as little as £17
- Live price comparison here
- Works out at around 5p per day over 3 years
- Share brush handle with another user to extend value
- Good value for money
Reliability & Long Term Use
As is standard for any brush that comes into Electric Teeth HQ, we will test it.
The experience may be similar to other brushes in the Vitality range but we like to ensure we give you the facts.
A few weeks is not really long enough to say how well it will stand the test of time, but all Oral-B brushes go through a strict quality control programme.
Unable to do long term tests on all the brushes we do have some other models that are going through such.
Our Pro 2000 is 18 months in and doing well and an older Triumph 5000 is now over 4 years old but still continues to perform, although the battery life has deteriorated slightly.
When buying Oral-B you are getting a good quality brush. The fact that you can get up to 3 years warranty is testament to Braun’s commitment to a reliable product.
To prolong the life of any brush giving it a rinse and a wipe down to remove grime that builds up is a must.
The weakest point is the battery. After repeated charges and discharges it can fail and should it, they are not easy to replace. Remember, register your brush online to get that third years warranty, because should it fail in this time it will be covered.
There is nothing wrong with the Pro Vitality Plus. Giving it a 3 out of 5 rating is fair, but we still feel like it could be more feature rich and have a better battery life. All things considered though, for the price you pay for the toothbrush, it being one of the cheaper options, you shouldn’t expect too much of it.
If you are looking for a simple but high performance toothbrush, the Oral-B Vitality toothbrush is going to deliver you the results you are looking for.
If money was not an issue, a more premium brush would definitely be my recommendation (Oral-B Pro 2 2500) as they can offer you way more features that help you control the way you brush your teeth more and can give the best clean possible.
Therefore in conclusion the Vitality Plus with Cross Action is perfectly good if you are looking for a cheaper yet still highly effective toothbrush.
- The essential toothbrush to achieve an everyday clean
- Removes more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush
- 2D cleaning action, oscillates and rotates to remove plaque better than a regular manual toothbrush
- Content: 1 x toothbrush handle with 2-pin charger, 2 toothbrush heads
- Oral-B, the #1 brand used by dentists worldwide
Electric Teeth Rating
Height (without head) – 18cm
Height (with head) – 22cm
Width – 3cm
Thickness – 3.2cm
Weight (without head) – 104g
Weight (with head) – 109g
All are approximates
- Is the Vitality Plus an oscillating brush?
- Yes, with Oral-B 2D motion that oscillates and rotates.
- What is daily clean mode?
- This is the comprehensive everyday cleaning mode that works with the provided Cross Action brush head to effectively clean the teeth using the Oral-B 2D oscillating and rotating technology to clean the teeth and remove up to 100% more plaque than a manual brush.
- Does it have any other cleaning modes?
- No, the Vitality Plus only offers the standard daily clean mode. For more cleaning modes consider the Pro 3000 which offers an additional two cleaning modes – gum care and sensitive.
- What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- With the Vitality Plus you get 2 Cross Action brush heads included. You can change the head with any others on offer from Oral-B. There are many that work with the brush handle. There are 5 main brush head options that include Cross Action, Floss Action, 3D White, Precision Clean and TriZone.
- Does the Vitality Plus have a pressure sensor?
- No, is does not.
- Does the Vitality Plus have Bluetooth?
- No, it does not.
- Does the Vitality Plus have sound connectivity?
- No, it does not.
- Does the Vitality Plus come with a warranty & how long is it?
- If purchased new from an approved retailer the Vitality Plus will come with a 2 year warranty which can be extended by a further 1 years to 3 in total if you register the brush online on Oral-B’s website.
- Does the Vitality Plus have a built in timer?
- Yes, it vibrates 3 times when the 2 minutes recommended cleaning time has ended.
- How long does the battery last?
- The battery lasts up to 20 minutes, which will be 5 days based on 2 cleans per day.
- Does it come with a smart wireless guide?
- No, the Vitality Plus does not have a wireless smart guide included.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included with the Vitality Plus.
- The charger is 2 pin, how can I use it?
- The charger is a 2 pin/prong charger designed to be used on voltages of 220-240 volts. It is a 2 pin charger suitable for connecting to shaver sockets found in many bathrooms in the UK & Europe. If you do not have a shaver socket, you can purchase an adapter that will allow the charger to be connected to a standard 3 pin UK mains socket.
- Can this be fixed to a wall?
- The Vitality Plus charging station has not been designed to be fixed to a wall.
- Can I use the Vitality Plus in the shower?
- Yes. The Vitality Plus is waterproof so if you choose you can use it in the shower
- Does it come with a travel case?
- No, a travel case is not included.
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Last updated: 2019-09-19 at 09:13 // Source: Amazon Associates