Which one would we choose?
Electric Teeth Verdict:
An average price difference of $15 sets these 2 brushes apart, but for me this is a premium well worth paying.
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- The Pro 1000 has 3D cleaning action compared to the 2D cleaning action of the Vitality.
- The Pro 1000 offers 8,800 oscillations and 20,000 pulsations compared to the 7,800 oscillations only on the Vitaliy.
- The Vitality Comes with 2 brush heads (FlossAction or Dual Clean) compared to the 1 style (CrossAction) with the Pro 1000.
- The Pro 1000 comes in 2 color options (white and black) compared to the 1 option (white/turquoise) of the Vitality.
- The Pro 1000 looks better.
- The Pro 1000 has a quadpacer built in.
- The Pro 1000 has a built in pressure sensor.
- The Pro 1000 has 7 days battery life compared to the 5 days of the Vitality.
- The Pro 1000 has a battery icon/charging light on the handle, the Vitality does not.
- The Pro 1000 is more expensive.
Detailed Comparison: What’s the difference between the Oral-B Pro 1000 and Vitality?
As the name somewhat implies, the Pro 1000 is the more premium model of these 2 brushes being compared here.
Oral-B are one of the market leaders and although the 1000 comes out on top, the Vitality is not bad, it just isn’t as good as it should be in my opinion.
The first and possibly the most important difference is the the cleaning action of these brushes.
Both use Oral-B’s small round brush heads, which have been clinically proven as excellent brushes.
However, the Vitality has 2D cleaning action compared to the 3D cleaning action of the 1000.
What this means is that the 1000 benefits from pulsations, another word for vibrations that aid in the cleaning of the teeth and gums.
A form of ‘non contact’ brushing. the high frequency pulsations generated by the Pro 1000 agitate fluids that surround the teeth and and can loosen and remove dental plaque in locations that are beyond the physical touch of the toothbrush.
Add to this the fact that the motors in the brushes are a little different to and the Vitality enjoys 7,800 oscillations per minute, but that 1000 has an extra 1000 oscillations, so 8,800 in total. There is then the 20,000 pulsations which are not present on the Vitality.
Don’t get me wrong, there are benefits to brushing with the Vitality, but if you have the option of the 1000, it is the better brush.
The Vitality comes in just 1 color. The body is made of a gloss white plastic, with turquoise and blue accents. These accents are primarily a soft silicone/rubber material.
The power button and surrounding panel is a darker blue whilst the largest grip covers a large proportion of the back and sides of the handle.
Wider at the top of the brush handle than the bottom, the Vitality has a tapered design.
The dimensions are:
- Height (without head) – 7 inches/18cm
- Height (with head) – 8.6 inches/22cm
- Width – 1.1 inches/3cm
- Thickness – 1.3 inches/3.2cm
- Weight (without head) – 0.23lbs/104g
- Weight (with head) – 0.24lbs/109g
The Pro 1000 on the other hand is a more consistent cylindrical shape and in my opinion this is the nicer brush to look at, hold and use.
Whilst it has a white plastic body, down the front of the handle runs a rubber grip. This is either white or black in color. Therefore you get 2 choices when it comes to buying the 1000. You don’t get this choice with the Vitality.
Where the Vitality has rubber grip around the back of the handle, the Pro 1000 has raised plastic ridges that offer extra grip.
The power buttons are designed differently, but do the same job and the Pro 1000 benefits from a battery icon, more on this shortly.
For comparison, the size and weight of the 1000 is:
- Height (without head) – 7.68 inches/19.5cm
- Height (with head) – 9.05 inches/23cm
- Width – 0.98 inches/2.5cm
- Thickness – 1.18 inches/3cm
- Weight (without head) – 0.27lbs/124g
- Weight (with head) – 0.29lbs/130g
Oral-B have a range of brush heads, all of which are compatible with these 2 models.
What differs here is the brush heads that come supplied. The Vitality comes with 2 brush heads, either a FlossAction or a Dual Clean brush head.
They do a job and are still technically ‘current’ within the Oral-B range, but the Pro 1000 comes with the CrossAction brush head, which would be my preference overall. I think it is a great solution for everyday cleaning, certainly better than the dual clean.
As I say this is compatible with the Vitality though, so it is just a case of buying this to use with it.
Both brushes have a 2 minute timer built in. This means that 2 minutes after the brush is powered on, the motor pauses briefly 3 times to change the brushing sensation and sound to alert you that the dentist recommended brushing time is up.
What the Pro 1000 has is a 30 second quadpacer.
I believe this is incredibly important and should be core to any electric toothbrush.
It works in conjunction with the 2 minute timer, to break the clean down into 4 sections.
A pause in the brushing sensation and change in sound at 30 second intervals gives you the alert you need to move from one quadrant of the mouth to another.
You have 4 quadrants, upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left. Spend 30 seconds cleaning each and you should get a fairly balanced overall clean.
The Vitality does not have this though.
Another nifty feature the Pro 1000 has, is a pressure sensor.
What happens is if the brush detects too much pressure, the speed of the motor and in turn the number of movements the brush head makes is reduced.
Such a response by the brush limits the potential damage the brush can do to your teeth and gums. Full speed is resumed when the pressure is no longer detected.
The 1000 does not have a visible pressure sensor like some other models in the range.
You don’t necessarily need weeks of usage time from the built in battery, but the average is now about 2 weeks.
Both these brushes fall below that, but the Vitality has just 5 days or 10 brushing sessions compared to the 7 days or 14 brushing sessions of the Pro 1000.
If you are a regular traveller, neither of these are ideal as you would likely need to take the charging stand with you.
However, the extra 2 days of the 1000 does make a difference as does the inclusion of a battery status icon on the brush handle.
You will get a notification when power is low, when the brush is charging and when charging is complete. None of this is available with the Vitality as there is no battery status icon, so you need to remember to recharge regularly or hope it does not run out mid clean.
The last difference is the price.
Oral-B suggest a retail price of $23.99-29.99 for the Vitality whereas the Pro 1000 has a suggested retail price of $49.99-69.99.
Both sell for $25 and $40 respectively, so a $15 premium for the 1000.
Does one clean better than the other?
Yes, the Pro 1000 is capable of cleaning the teeth better.
Both brushes provide a more consistent cleaning cleaning action than a manual toothbrush and will be beneficial for your dental health if you use them correctly.
What sets these 2 brushes apart, is whilst they both use the clinically superior small round brush heads, the Vitality has only an oscillating-rotating (2D) cleaning action compared to the oscillating-rotating and pulsating (3D) cleaning action of the Pro 1000.
Pulsations offer a more sophisticated motion and gives another dimension to the brushing.
Whereas the 2D cleaning requires the physical movement of the brush head against the teeth, pulsations are essentially a ‘non contact’ form of brushing.
It is a non contact brushing as the high frequency pulsations generated by the brush agitate fluids that surround the teeth and and can loosen and remove dental plaque in locations that are beyond the physical touch of the toothbrush.
Pulsations are essentially Oral-B’s description for sonic technology.
The Vitality offers 7,800 oscillations per minute, whereas the 1000 is more powerful with 8,800.
0 pulsations are available on the Vitality, whereas the Pro 1000 offers 20,0000.
If you brushed your teeth with each brush, it is possible to tell the difference.
Although the Vitality is perfectly usable as a daily toothbrush, the Pro 1000 will longer term help deliver a much better cleaning experience.
Is one better priced than the other?
As you might expect, the Pro 1000 has a higher price tag as a result of the extra features it offers.
Oral-B suggest a retail price of $23.99-29.99 whereas the Pro 1000 has a suggested retail price of $49.99-69.99.
As you may be aware, the actual selling prices can be different.
At the time of comparison, the Vitality sells for $25 and the 1000 $40.
Therefore approximately a $15 difference.
Conclusion & which one should I buy?
There is no contest here in my opinion, the Pro 1000 is the brush to go for.
The added cleaning power, slimmer handle, extra battery life and built in pressure sensor are all reasons to opt for the 1000.
That is not to say the Vitality is bad, it just isn’t great. For not much extra spend you get a much more capable brush.
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Ultimately, whatever brush you decide upon, it is you who needs to make the decision; but do so based on which is best for your needs or the end user, if you are purchasing on behalf of somebody else.
Only pay the price you are happy with and do not be led into buying something if it is not right.
Hopefully we have presented the facts and made the whole decision process that little bit easier.
If you found this useful, have any thoughts and opinions from going through this choice process yourself of have used either brush and want to comment, please do using the comments section below; what you have to say could be of real benefit to somebody else.
*Please note any prices stated below were correct at the time of writing and may have changed by the time you come to buy. We always recommend checking the prices of several retailers before you make a purchase
Last updated: 2019-03-20 at 17:13 // Source: Amazon Associates