- 1 cleaning mode
- Built in timer
- Well designed handle
- 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 Vitality…
If you are short of time, the answers to the following 3 questions should let you know all you need to about the Oral-B Vitality. If we have missed something, let us know in the comments.
If you want more detail, you can read our full Oral-B Vitality review further down the page or watch our video review.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
No, there is nothing wrong with this brush, it functions perfectly and doesn’t have any visible design flaws that stop it from working properly. Built in rechargeable battery, 2 minute timer, and brush head included gives you the basics you need. However the lack of a battery status icon might be a frustration.
A slightly upgraded version of this brush does exist in the form of the Pro Vitality Plus which offers 2 brush heads in the box and seems to be better value than just the regular Vitality talked about here.
We have given a rating of 3/5 to the Vitality as it is a well working toothbrush, with simple features and a slim, elegant design.
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 comes in at.
Our toothbrush of choice is the Oral-B Pro 2 2500. It is a touch more expensive, but with a significantly better 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-507 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 Oral-B Vitality?
Places such as supermarkets and drug stores tend to be the initial go to for toothbrushes of this kind, however we would strongly recommend you have a look elsewhere before going there, as they tend to be the most expensive.
Below we have included a price comparison of online retailers selling the Vitality, and it’s always worth checking out eBay as well.
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The Oral-B Vitality electric toothbrush is a well-priced product which offers a good range features including a timer and 2D cleaning action. The Pro Vitality Plus may be better value, but we’ll look into that a bit later on.
There is also some more premium brushes on the market that could be for you, but for this review we will mainly be looking into brushes with similar prices and features as the Vitality.
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 Black or White rubber grip to the handle. The Black coloured grip means a CrossAction brush head will be supplied, whereas a 3D White brush head will be supplied with the White 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.
Prior to this revision, there were several variants of the Oral B Vitality toothbrush.
The key difference was the brush head supplied with the toothbrush. Those variants are:
- Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean – The most common option, supplied with 1 x precision clean brush head.
- Oral-B Vitality CrossAction – Supplied with 1 x CrossAction brush head.
- Oral-B DualClean – Supplied with 1 x DualClean brush head.
What’s in the Box?
- Oral-B Vitality toothbrush
- 1 x Precision clean brush head
- Charging station
Oral-B Vitality Key Features
- Oral-B Oscillating & rotating movement
- Removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush
- Rechargeable battery
- 5 days battery life
Pros & Cons
- A slim profile – The Vitality has a slim profile, making it easy to hold as it fits in your hand comfortably.
- Grip – The handle has rubber around it making it easy to grip, especially when slippery.
- Timed Clean – There is a serious of audible vibrations when the 2 minute cycle is over.
- Interchangeable brush heads – There is a variety of brush heads available for the Vitality range including Cross Action, Floss Action, 3D White, TriZone and Sensitive.
- Battery Status – No indication of how much power is in the brush apart from the slowing motor.
- Battery Life – Up to 5 days life or 20 minutes of usage time which is weak in comparison to a Philips Sonicare brush such as the HX6511/50 which can last up to 3 weeks. For a mid-range brush one could argue this is not acceptable.
- Noise – Whilst using the toothbrush I found it to be louder than others I’d used before.
Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
The Vitality launched some time ago, and has recently been updated in the form of the Pro Vitality Plus. This update is primarily in regards to the brush heads that come in the box. We’ll talk more about that later, let’s look more at the Vitality for now.
The slim profile of this brush makes it look lighter and more user friendly, and this is certainly true when it comes to actually using the brush as it is easy to hold and use on a daily basis. It’s nice and light, unlike some other brushes, which makes it nicer to hold for the full 2 minute cycle that should be followed when you brush your teeth.
It has a maximum height of 22cm, is 3.2cm thick and weighs in 109g when the brush head is attached.
The back of the braun oral b vitality precision clean rechargeable toothbrush is mainly surrounded in a light blue colour rubber for grip, and there is a small darker blue oval shaped section of the front which is where the button is located. Other than this, the rest of the handle is made up of a high gloss white plastic.
A single Daily Clean brushing mode is available in the Vitality. This is designed to clean the teeth using the 2D oscillating and rotating movement of the brush head and remove up to 100% more plaque than a manual brush.
If you want more specialist cleaning modes such as gum care, then you will need to consider a different brush.
A standard brushing cycle is for 2 minutes, but some of the cleaning modes on the more premium brushes such as whitening will go on for longer. As there is only one mode on this brush, only a 2 minute cleaning cycle is required.
During the normal 2 minute cleaning cycle the brush will provide an audible warning via a series of vibrations after the 2 minutes has ended. This is your built in timer.
The brush continues to operate at the end of the cycle, unless you turn it off.
Brushing for the full 2 minutes is very important, but just as important if not more so is the right technique. Make sure you learn how to clean your teeth properly.
You may well notice the sound of the brush motor straining and slowing down if you do apply too much pressure, if this is the case, simply reduce the amount of force you are applying. This should help the motor work to the best of its ability.
The bristles of the brush should virtually skim the surfaces of the teeth and do not require a lot of force.
You should also note that it is vital to clean your teeth at least twice a day. Always try to leave 45-60 minutes after eating before you decide to brush.
To activate the brush, you press the accented power button found in the upper third on the front of the brush.
One press of the button on the Oral-B Vitality toothbrush will launch the toothbrush into its only clean mode, and the toothbrush will then run until it is switched off.
Whilst only one brush head is supplied in the package, Oral-B has designed their toothbrushes so that most toothbrushes can be used with different heads, meaning they are interchangeable. Although it is advisable to use the correct brush head with the correct cleaning mode, if you do want to use a different brush head for a specific cleaning mode there is nothing stopping you.
There are a number of different brush heads available for this type of brush:
- CrossAction (View on Amazon)
- FlossAction (View on Amazon)
- 3d White (View on Amazon)
- Precision Clean (View on Amazon)
- Sensitive (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.
The Floss Action brush head also oscillates and rotates like the cross action head does however in addition to this it has micropulse bristles which help to achieve a deeper clean.
The 3D White brush head has a polishing cup in the centre of it which helps buff teeth up to give them the dentist shine.
The Precision Clean brush head, the one provided in the box, also oscillates and rotates like the Cross Action and the Floss Action however it has an added pulsation motion that pulsates to break up plaque and lets the rotation feature sweep it away.
The Sensitive brush head has softer bristles that are not angled and are less abrasive on the teeth and gums. Ideal if you have or suffer from increased sensitivity.
The TriZone brush head has a sweeping motion which is designed to sweep in-between the teeth to remove more plaque than a manual brush.
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 package with the Vitality is a charging stand and an information booklet. This information booklet given with nearly every Oral-B toothbrush.
When the brush requires a charge, it will start to slow down and not work as efficiently. Unfortunately there is no way of telling the brush is low on change other than this. No LED or battery status light like more premium models.
If you think something like this will frustrate you consider the Oral-B Pro 600.
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 powerbrush along with the brush head design and then equally as important is the brushing technique.
Maintenance wise, this brush is pretty easy to take care of. All it needs is a wipe every so often to remove and grime and dirt build up and it will continue running well. If for any reason the toothbrush does stop working, there is a standard 24 month guarantee that comes with it, and you can also get an extra year’s warranty on top of this if you register your toothbrush online.
Summary of Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
- Slim and comfortable brush to hold and use
- One cleaning mode and one brush head included
- Alternative brush heads available
- Built in 2 minute timer
- Easy to maintain
- 2 year warranty as standard, register online for a free additional year.
Whilst by no means essential I have a desire to see the battery life increase as you pay more for a brush.
The amount of usage time may well be sacrificed but the benefit is the slim profile and feel in hand.
The Vitality offers just 20 minutes of usage time or up to 10 cleans.
Using a Pro 6000 will add nearly half as much again but the size and weight is impacted.
I pick fault with the battery life a little because Phillips do a great job with their brushes that offer up to 3 weeks usage time compared to a rather poor 1 week from Oral B.
In truth, 10 cleans worth of battery life for most of us is sufficient. 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.
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 feature which will help to save power that the Philips brushes comes with is that they will switch themselves off at the end of the two minute cleaning cycle whereas the Vitality won’t.
All told if you do choose to keep the brush on the charger the whole time, it is fine and, if you do take the charger away 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 charging dock itself is white in colour and has a small prong on the top which aligns with a recess in the bottom of the brush handle and will charge the brush fully in about 16 hours. I tend to leave it on charge overnight and during the day.
As mentioned earlier there is no way to tell how much power is left in the battery other than by listening and feeling the decrease in power delivered to the brush head, or if it indeed just stops.
No battery power status light or indicator. This also means there is no way of knowing when it is fully charged either.
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 16 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 has a recommended retail price of £35 but there is no need to pay this much.
At the time of writing prices varied from full RRP down to around £20 with most coming in at £25 — we have included a live price comparison here.
This is much lower than the RRP.
This brush like every other requires replacement brush heads for each user every 3 months. Replacement heads can be purchased in packs of 4 and are priced on average at about £10, but if you wish to buy bigger packs such as in packs of 8, this could work out ever so slightly cheaper as these can be purchased for just under £10.
Using the average cost (based on one user) and ownership over 3 years (the same as the warranty period), the Vitality will cost £50 or 5p per day to own.
This price does exclude the cost of water, toothpaste and electric to charge it, but you get a rough idea at how much you will be paying for it over the whole 3 years.
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 Pro Vitality Plus comes with an additional brush head for the same price. It is also an updated model so we would expect it to maybe work a bit better than the Vitality.
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
- Recommended retail price of £35
- Generally available from £25 but purchased for as little as £20
- Live price comparison here
- Works out at around 0.05p per day over 3 years
- Share brush handle with another user to extend value
- Pro Vitality Plus offers an extra brush head for the same price
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 series 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 Vitality (view it here on Amazon) at all.
Giving it a 3 out of 5 rating is fair, but we still feel like you would be better off buying the Vitality Plus, if you really want the Vitality range of brushes.
Both the Vitality and Vitality Plus could be more feature rich and have a better battery life.
It costs a bit more, but a much better buy would be the Oral-B Pro 2 2500.
It offers a few more features, which will help you achieve a better standard of oral health.
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 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 Precision Clean 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.
- What brush head does it come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- With the Vitality, you get one brush Precision Clean brush head with the toothbrush itself. You can change the head with any others on offer from Oral-B. There are many that work with the brush handle. There are 6 main brush head options that include Cross Action, Floss Action, 3D White, Sensitive, Precision Clean and TriZone.
- Does the Vitality have a pressure sensor?
- No, it does not.
- Does the Vitality have Bluetooth?
- No, it does not.
- Does the Vitality have sound connectivity?
- No, it does not.
- Does the Vitality come with a warranty & how long is it?
- If purchased new from an approved retailer the Vitality will come with a 2 year warranty which can be extended by a further year to 3 in total if you register the brush online on Oral-B’s website.
- Does the Vitality have a built in timer?
- Yes. It has a timer which vibrates as the 2 minute daily cycle has been completed.
- How long does the battery last?
- The battery lasts up to 20 minutes, which if used on the standard daily clean mode is 5 days based on 2 cleans per day.
- Does it come with a smart wireless guide?
- No, it does not.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included with the Vitality.
- 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 charging station has not been designed to be fixed to a wall.
- Can I use the Vitality in the shower?
- Yes, the brush handle is completely waterproof.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- No, there is no travel case included.
Do you own or have you used the Oral-B Vitality?
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