Which one would we choose?
The Vitality series models are incredibly similar and which one to pick comes down to choosing between some very subtle differences.
It is the standard Vitality that is my top pick based on simplicity and price.
But for a minimal extra spend the Vitality Pro is a good runner up or alternative choice as you do get extra cleaning modes and a couple of extra days of battery life.
The following table lists the key differences between each brush.
A more detailed list and explanation of the differences can be found beneath the comparison table.
|Vitality||Vitality Plus||Vitality Pro|
|Recommended Retail Price (RRP)||£35||£35||£50|
|Handle Colour(s)||White Grey / Black||Pink / Blue||Lilac Mist / Black Onyx|
|Number of Cleaning Modes||1||1||3|
|Number of Brush Heads Included||1||2||2|
|Brush Heads Included||1 x 3D White or 1 x CrossAction||2 x 3D White or 2 x CrossAction||1 x CrossAction & 1 x Sensi UltraThin|
|Battery Life||8 days||8 days||10 days|
|Other Key Information||Weighs 105g|
Takes up to 16 hours to charge
Takes up to 16 hours to charge
Takes up to 22 hours to charge
Vitality vs Vitality Plus
- The Vitality Plus comes with 2 brush heads (2 x 3D White or 2 x CrossAction) compared to the 1 of the Vitality (1 x 3D White or 1 x CrossAction).
- Although both come in 2 colour options, the Vitality Plus comes with pink or blue grips compared to the white/grey or black of the Vitality.
Vitality vs Vitality Pro
- The Vitality Pro has 3 cleaning modes (sensitive plus, sensitive & daily clean) whilst the Vitality has 1 mode (daily clean).
- The Vitality Pro has a 10 day battery life vs the 8 days of the Vitality.
- The Vitality Pro takes up to 22 hours to charge instead of the 16 of the Vitality.
- The Vitality Pro comes with 2 brush heads (1 x CrossAction & 1 x Sensi UltraThin) compared to the 1 of the Vitality (1 x 3D White or 1 x CrossAction).
- Although both come in 2 colour options, the Vitality Pro comes in lilac mist or black onyx compared to the white/grey or black of the Vitality. The Pro has a lilac or black base to the handle compared to the white of the Vitality.
- The Pro is heavier by 8 grams.
- The Vitality is cheaper with a retail price of £35 compared to the £50 of the Vitality Pro.
- The Vitality Pro is available in dual (duo) package where 2 handles are included.
Vitality Plus vs Vitality Pro
- The Vitality Pro has 3 cleaning modes (sensitive plus, sensitive & daily clean) whilst the Vitality Plus has 1 mode (daily clean).
- The Vitality Pro has a 10 day battery life vs the 8 days of the Vitality Plus.
- The Vitality Pro takes up to 22 hours to charge instead of the 16 of the Vitality Plus.
- Both brushes come with 2 brush heads. The Vitality Plus comes with 2 x 3D White or 2 x CrossAction whereas the Pro comes with 1 x CrossAction & 1 x Sensi UltraThin.
- Although both come in 2 colour options, the Vitality Pro comes in lilac mist or black onyx compared to the pink or blue of the Vitality Plus. The Pro has lilac or black base to the handle compared to the white of the Plus.
- The Pro is heavier by 8 grams.
- The Plus is cheaper with a retail price of £35 compared to the £50 of the Vitality Pro.
- The Pro is available in dual (duo) package where 2 handles are included.
These differences are explained at length later in this article. However, you might wish to learn more about each brush being compared. To do so, check out our hands-on reviews:
Please note. Every effort is made to ensure the key differences listed are correct, but these differences are subject to change without notice. Products and the box contents can be changed without notice and different variants can exist.
Detailed comparison: what’s the difference between the Bruan Oral-B Vitality, Vitality Plus and Pro?
Take the Vitality models out of the box and the first and perhaps most striking difference is the colour of the brush handles.
All are the same size with a rubber grip that wraps a full 360 degrees around the vast majority of the brush handle.
The standard Vitality comes with white/grey or black rubber grip.
The Vitality Plus comes with either a pink or a blue rubber grip.
The Pro has a lilac mist or black onyx coloured grip.
The grip colours are subject to change. And to complicate things further a the time of the comparison, there is a duo package (2 brush handles) of the Pro which includes a white/grey gripped handle.
All 3 models have a lower part of the brush handle that isn’t covered by a textured grip, instead, it is smooth touch plastic. Printed on it are the Bruan Oral-B logo on the front and regulatory information on the back.
With the Vitality and Plus, this plastic is white in colour irrespective of the colour of the rubber grip.
With the Pro variant, this lowest part of the handle is black or lilac in colour, subject to the variant.
There are subtle differences in the colour of the power button and the panel around it. The hands-on images throughout best demonstrate how these differ.
Included in the box with all variants is a brush handle, at least 1 brush head, a charging stand and some documentation.
The Plus and Pro models do come with an additional brush head compared to the Vitality.
The heads you get with each are as follows:
- 1 x 3D White or 1 x CrossAction
- Vitality Plus
- 2 x 3D White or 2 x CrossAction
- Vitality Pro
- 1 x CrossAction & 1 x Sensi UltraThin
There are differences between the brush head styles, as explained in our guide to Braun brush heads.
You may have a preference and this may impact which you pick.
All models use the push on and pull off brush heads on offer from Oral-B. This means, that even if you don’t get the head you prefer included in the box, you can buy and attach this to any of the Vitality handles, the heads are interchangeable.
A more significant difference is where the Vitality and Vitality Plus come equipped with just 1 cleaning mode the Pro comes with 3.
The Pro offers sensitive plus and sensitive.
The Pro defaults to the sensitive plus mode and you then have to press the power button to cycle through and select the mode you want.
Where the Vitality and Plus default to the daily clean mode, with the Pro, you have to press the power button 3 times to enable it.
All the models use the same brush motor. The sensitive modes on the Pro just use less of the motors power, thus fewer bristle movements per minute. The precise difference depends on the mode selected.
For reference, the number of oscillations are:
- Daily clean – 7,600
- Sensitive – 7,100
- Sensitive plus – 4,800
As the names suggest for those who do suffer from tooth and gum sensitivity, there might be some benefit in having the sensitive cleaning modes. It is personal opinion and preference, but using a sensitive brush head on the Vitality or Vitality Plus may help soften the cleaning action a little if you feel it is too hard.
The Vitality Pro is about 8 grams heavier than the other 2 models. It weighs in at 113g compared to the 105 of the others. This is possibly as a result of the battery.
All 3 use a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery, but the Pro is gives a couple of extra days of use, 10 compared to 8.
In my hands-on testing, both lasted a little longer than claimed. The Vitality lasted about 11 days, 3 days extra. The Pro on the other hand lasted 17 days, an impressive 7 days extra.
As a consequence of the extended battery life, the Pro takes up to 22 hours to charge instead of the 16 of the Vitality and Vitality Plus.
And that concludes the main differences.
For confirmation all 3 models have:
- A 2 minute timer and 30 second quadpacer
- Water resistant design
- Sit on a charging stand with a 2 pin UK shaver plug connector supporting 220-240v
- 2 year warranty
- 30 day money back guarantee
Does one clean better than the other?
All 3 models have the same brush motor and the same cleaning action.
Used correctly each can achieve the same cleaning results.
If I were to be really pedantic, it is possible that one brush might deliver better results, but it would be tricky even to tell under strict test conditions.
The different brush heads could achieve different cleaning results for different people, but there is unlikely to be a clinically significant difference.
As could the additional 2 brushing modes available on the Pro, but not on the original Vitality and Vitality Plus.
But, in most instances, it will be a persons brushing time and technique that are going to have far more impact.
For some users having a specific style of brush head available out of the box might be better.
Some people, particularly first-time electric brush users may prefer the option of the lower powered and less intense cleaning actions available on the Pro only.
If I had to pick, I would suggest using the Daily Clean as it is the most powerful and designed to offer good overall care to the teeth and gums.
Always, if possible, make oral care decisions with assistance from a dental professional who has an understanding of your personal needs. But, to be clear, selecting any one of these brushes isn’t likely to gain you any additional praise from your dentist at your next checkup. They won’t be able to notice you are using the Pro rather than the Vitality Plus.
Is one better priced than the other?
Yes, although the differences are ultimately very small.
The recommended retail price of the Vitality and Plus is £35 compared to the £50 of the Pro.
Don’t pay the full retail price.
More often than not, Oral-B brushes are sold with an average selling price of about half that of their retail price. This is a guide rather than a definite rule.
The Vitality and Vitality Plus have for some time been selling for around £25, but were on occasion available for £20.
The Pro can be purchased for £25.
With the introduction of the Pro, it would appear that the Vitality and Plus versions have become more consistently available at £20.
Therefore expect to pay about £5 more for the Pro than the Vitality or Vitality Plus.
Although there is about a difference of £5, prices do vary from one seller to another and not all sellers stock each model.
It is the standard Vitality model that is most widely sold.
You also want to consider that both the Plus and Pro come with an extra brush head in the box, which is worth about £3.
When priced over 3 years, including the cost of replacement brush heads the Pro will cost around £55.
The Vitality should cost about £53 and the Plus £50.
Therefore technically the Vitality Plus is the cheapest.
But, if you want the extra battery life and cleaning modes, paying more for the Pro might be worth the extra £5.
All are so very comparable and based on price there is nothing to really choose between them.
It is almost impossible to pick between these 3 models because the differences are so subtle.
We’re looking at a price difference no greater than about £5 to buy each brush and that reduces further when you price the brushes over a longer time period.
It is the standard Vitality model that is ultimately my choice because it gets the job done with less fuss. It is the most widely sold of the 3 models too.
The additional brushing modes on the Pro are potentially nice to have, but few need these.
It would have been preferable if the daily clean was the first mode, rather than the third and last mode on the Pro. Having to click multiple times to select it, is a touch frustrating.
You need to pick the brush that is right for you, taking into account the differences.
All 3 could easily be chosen as the winner of the best budget toothbrush. And if you particularly want a cheap Oral-B toothbrush, the Vitality range is the one to opt for.
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