The Vitality Pro has dentist recommended features and can help you clean your teeth better than you would with a manual brush.
The handle colour options are more interesting and providing you can pick it up for the right price, it is a good choice.
Oral-B’s non ‘Pro’ version is the brush we rate as the best cheap electric toothbrush.
However, investing a little extra might well be worthwhile. We have included some options below.
- A timer and pacer encourage even brushing for the recommended time
- A small round brush head
- A grippy handle
- 3 cleaning modes
- Interesting colour options
- Additional brush head included
- No battery status feedback
- 3 cleaning modes are not essential
- Doesn’t remember the last mode used
- No cleaning mode icons/labels
- Better options exist
Where to buy the Oral-B Vitality Pro
Here are some of the current prices and retailers stocking the Oral-B Vitality Pro.
It’s always worth checking eBay too.
Consider these other brushes
The Vitality Pro isn’t all that bad. It is a variation of the popular Oral-B Vitality.
It delivers pretty decent value for money, but you might well be able to get a good electric toothbrush or a better deal if you consider other models in the range.
Having tested hundreds of electric toothbrushes, here are our top choices as of November 2022:
SURI — Best environmental choice
Slim, durable and designed to be less impactful on the planet. (SURI website)
How does the Vitaliy Pro compare to other brushes?
The Vitality Pro isn’t the most feature rich or best performing electric toothbrush available today.
But, it is pretty impressive for the price and offers 2 of the 3 essential features we recommend that are present in a good toothbrush today.
The Pro is very closely matched in specification to the standard Vitality and Vitality Plus. You can learn just how subtle the differences are in our hands-on comparison of the Vitality vs Vitality Pro.
Other models from Oral-B such as the Pro 3 3000 are technically more capable. The motor inside offers a more intense and effective cleaning action, you get a visible pressure sensor, better battery life, and feedback on the battery charge status.
The Philips Sonicare equivalent is the 2100 Series, which I think looks like the sleeker model. It too boasts a better battery life and offers feedback on the remaining charge. However, it doesn’t have the additional cleaning modes and costs more to own over the years due to the more expensive brush heads.
Vitality Pro in-depth review
The Vitality Pro is just one model within the Vitality family of toothbrushes from Oral-B that is designed to offer the essential things you need.
The brush is designed to offer a better clean than a manual toothbrush and bring additional useful features whilst remaining cheap.
The Pro is the newest addition to the range, following on from the Vitality 100 and Vitality Plus which I have reviewed here.
Variants of this toothbrush
At the time of review, the Vitality Pro is available in 2 different variants.
There is the single handle package and then there is the dual handle or duo pack option.
The single handle variant comes in 2 colours.
Your choices are:
- Lilac mist
- Black onyx
Aside from the different handle colours, all other features and functions are the same.
Both offer 3 cleaning modes, 2 brush heads in the box and a 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer.
The CrossAction head supplied is white with the lilac version and black with the black onyx. Both come with a white Sensi UltraThin head as this isn’t offered in black.
When it comes to the duo packages, the handles have the same technical features and functions. What differs is you now get 2 brush handles in the box.
You only get 1 charging stand to share between the handles and the 2 brush heads in the box are both CrossAction.
The duo packages also introduce an additional colour variant. You have:
- Black and white Vitality Pro duo
- Black and lilac Vitality Pro duo
I feel it important to point out that there is too, the Vitality and Vitality Plus. Although very similar, there are very subtle differences between each. A detailed explanation of what makes each different is available here.
What’s in the box?
- Oral-B Vitality Pro toothbrush
- 1 x CrossAction brush head with Clean Maximiser bristles
- 1 x Sensi UltraThin brush head
- Charging station
- Oral-B Oscillating & rotating movement
- Removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush
- Rechargeable battery
- 10 day battery life
- Built-in timer and pacer
How the Oral-B Vitality Pro looks, feels and works
I want to begin by reiterating if you have skipped the sections above, how the Vitality Pro is very similar to the Vitality and Vitality Plus.
My hands-on comparison explains the differences, so you can pick the one that is right for you.
The Vitality Pro comes packaged in a cardboard box, complete with recyclable cardboard sections inside.
This is better than the horrible blister packaging the original Vitality came in. I say came in because I believe this has now changed to a box too.
Inside you get the essentials you need plus an extra brush head.
The Vitality Pro has the same design as other Vitality brush handles but differs slightly from more premium Oral-B toothbrushes.
You get a tapered shape to the handle. It is wider at the top (around the neck) and thins a little towards the bottom.
Able to stand upright on a flat surface, the brush has just 1 function button in the upper half of the brush handle. This turns the brush on and changes between the different brushing modes.
The power button has a convex design to it and gives reasonable feedback, although you do need to give it a firm push.
The power icon is colour matched to the lilac mist brush handle that I have here. This button sits at the bottom of a rounded rectangular panel which is white in colour and contrasts nicely. With the black onyx variant this is all black in colour.
Most of the plastic body is either black or lilac in colour, depending on the variant chosen, but the top of the brush handle is white on both models.
This contrast in colour looks ok, but I am sure many would prefer it if the handle was all one colour.
With the black variant, it would certainly look more stealthy, particularly as it comes with a black coloured CrossAction brush head. But, that look wouldn’t last for long as both come with a white coloured charging stand
Grippy handle but more difficult to clean
The brush is relatively easy to hold thanks to the tapered design. Oral-B’s more premium models tend to have a more uniform shape down the length of the handle, which I personally prefer. But, the slightly different width and the extensive amount of grip are good for users of all ages and abilities.
Smaller hands and those with less mobility will welcome the huge textured surface that wraps 360 degrees around the majority of the brush handle.
Only the lower quarter of the handle is kept as smooth touch plastic.
The grip actually helps detract from what can sometimes be a really clinical and dull look to a toothbrush.
On the pictured lilac version the grip is lilac, but on the black, it is black.
As good as the dimpled textured surface is for helping keep a hold of the brush it does have a weakness.
The pits in the surface allow toothpaste, saliva and residual gunk from toothbrushing to build up. The handle isn’t as easy to keep clean as the all plastic alternatives.
It isn’t too bad if you keep on top of cleaning it, but if you don’t it can look a bit odd. It is most noticeable on the black one as the toothpaste etc tends to dry white.
The grip free lower quarter of the brush handle is colour matched and you then have the Braun Oral-B logo on the front in a grey font. On the back is some regulatory information.
Easily missed, is a potentially useful feature is found on the rear of the brush handle. A small raised piece of rubber extends very slightly just below the neck of the handle. This stops the toothbrush from rolling if laid on a countertop. So simple, but so effective.
On the base of the Vitality is a recess into which fits the charging prong on the charging stand.
Oral-B says the Vitality Pro is waterproof. I would question waterproof a little and would suggest more water resistant.
Technicalities aside a rinse under the tap and use in the shower is fine, this won’t impact daily use of the brush.
You might want to avoid having your kids use the brush as a pretend submarine at bathtime though.
The charging stand will resist a few splashes but avoid getting that wet, it is not designed to be water resistant.
3 cleaning modes – 2 more than you really need
Most brushes within an entry level range only ever offer 1 cleaning mode.
In most cases, this is all you ever need and suits most people.
From what I have seen there is limited evidence or benefit to some of the other modes offered on toothbrushes. But, if there were to be another mode, I would opt for sensitive.
Sensitive brushing modes tend to use less of the power available from the brush motor and are in turn more gentle and less intense in their cleaning action.
They are more appealing to new electric toothbrush users, those with inflamed and sensitive gums and those who may have recently undertaken some dental work.
The potential problem is you are not getting the maximum benefit from the electric motor and cleaning action when using these modes. But, they do have a place.
Unusually, the Vitality Pro gives you quite a bit of choice. You actually have 3 brushing modes. They are:
- Sensitive plus
- Daily clean
The modes are available in this order.
Sensitive plus appears to be a new mode as I have not seen it labelled this way on any other Oral-B brush.
It appears to be similar to the super sensitive mode found on brushes within the iO Series.
According to Oral-B, the sensitive plus mode offers 4,800 oscillations, compared to the 7,100 of the sensitive mode.
Daily Clean uses the full power of the motor to offer 7,600 oscillations per minute.
Both sensitive and sensitive plus are going to be ideal pairings to the Sensi UltraThin (sensitive) brush head that comes included in the box.
It doesn’t remember the last cleaning mode used
To change between the modes you need to press the power button.
The brush always defaults to the sensitive plus mode, irrespective of the last mode used.
Therefore if you want to use the more powerful and effective daily clean mode, then you have to press the power button once to turn the brush on and a further 2 times to enable the daily clean mode.
You will then need to press the button again at the end of the cleaning cycle as it doesn’t power off automatically.
Whilst you will soon learn your preferred mode, the order and how many times to press the button, you don’t get any icons or mode labels on the handle to show which mode you have selected.
You might have seen other brushes that have backlit icons or names on the handle to show which mode is active at the time of use, but the Vitality Pro does not have this.
2D, not 3D cleaning action
The cleaning results that Vitality Pro provides are perfectly satisfactory. It does the job.
Use the brush for the correct amount of time and with the correct technique, and you can remove lots of plaque with more ease than a manual brush.
It should be noted though that the Vitality uses a 2D cleaning action as opposed to the 3D action widely promoted on other models.
This means the brush head, oscillates and rotates, but does not have the added pulsation cleaning action of the more premium models.
If you have used Oral-B before, you can likely tell the difference, but if you haven’t used an electric brush like this then it is likely going to feel quite powerful.
This brush offers 7,600 oscillations and 0 pulsations.
Compare this to the 9,900 oscillations and 45,000 pulsations of the Pro 3 3000 for example and there is a bit of a difference.
Even when using the most powerful daily clean mode on the Vitality, it doesn’t feel quite as intense as it would if using that same mode on the Pro 3000.
Be aware that the sensitive plus and sensitive mode will not be using the full power of the motor.
Small round brush head
One of the things that makes Oral-B brushes stand out from a lot of the competition is the small round brush heads.
I like the way that they clean and the size means they can be really good for getting into the tighter spaces of the mouth and can work well for those who know they have a smaller mouth.
The round head is generally covering just one tooth at a time whereas sonic heads cover a larger area.
The detachable brush heads slide on and off the metal shaft on the top of the handle. This shaft feeds down inside the handle to the motor.
Supplied in the box with the Pro are 2 brush heads.
You get 1 x CrossAction and 1 x Sensi UltraThin (sensitive) brush head.
These are 2 of the brush heads we recommend most here at Electric Teeth.
Our guide to Oral-B brush heads explains each in more detail, along with the different styles of heads you can also buy and fit to the handle.
You need not stick with the heads provided, you could use the Precision Clean or FlossAction instead if you prefer, but we would stick with what you get.
You can also switch between them as frequently as you like. If you want to use the CrossAction in the morning and Sensitive at night, you can. Just pull the head off the handle and push the new one on.
The CrossAction has slightly firmer bristles whereas the sensitive head is a bit softer and ideally suited to those sensitive cleaning modes.
You will probably achieve slightly more plaque removal with the CrossAction and Daily Clean brushing mode than with the Sensitive mode and Sensi UltraThin mode, but the differences are going to be minimal.
Remember to change each brush head approximately every 3 months as the effectiveness of the clean does reduce after this time.
The CrossAction head supplied has Clean Maximiser bristles which change from a green to yellow colour to make it really clear when it is time to replace the head.
2 minute timer and 30 second quadpacer
With the brush head attached and the brush powered on, the timer built into the brush begins to start counting down.
At the time of pressing the power button, you activate 2 different timing features that are built into the handle. The 2 minute timer and the 30 second pacer. These are 2 of the dentist recommended features.
At 30 second intervals, and at the passing of 2 minutes (120 seconds) the brush motor will pause briefly causing a change in the sound and motion. This is your cue to change quadrant or end the clean.
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 brush your teeth properly, you don’t use an electric brush in the same way you do a manual toothbrush.
You get 16 cleaning sessions of 2 minutes from the battery built into the Vitality.
Unfortunately, there is no warning from the brush when the battery is low. There is no battery icon, so it’s up to you to recharge it regularly if you want to avoid it going flat mid clean.
It is worth knowing that if you are mid-brushing session and you want to stop your brushing, you can. But, unlike the more premium brushes that allow you to pause the brush for 30 seconds, and the timer resume, with the Vitality, it restarts completely.
Lack of accessories
You can’t expect lots for your money when the brush is this affordable, but I do want to note how you don’t get a travel case for the handle or the brush heads included.
In fact, Oral-B doesn’t normally offer any type of case for the Vitality series, even as an aftermarket accessory.
From time to time other variations or bundles might exist where such is provided, but it isn’t commonplace.
Some sort of storage compartment for spare or replacement brush heads would be nice, but it isn’t included either.
If it is important to you, there are clip on plastic frames that fit the Oral-B charging stands that give you a place to store heads if you so desire.
And finally, although there is little concern for the reliability of the Vitality Pro, if for any reason the toothbrush does stop working, there is a standard 24 month guarantee that comes with it. You can extend this by a further year, so 3 years in total at no extra cost if you register it online.
And, should you buy the Vitality and decide it isn’t the brush for you, then you can make use of the money back guarantee that is on offer.
Summary of design, usability, clean & general use
- Grippy handle that is more difficult to keep clean
- Available in different colour options
- 2 brush heads included in the box
- 3 cleaning modes are available (sensitive plus, sensitive & daily clean)
- No cleaning mode icons or labels
- Doesn’t remember the last mode used
- 2D as opposed to 3D cleaning action
- Cleaning results are satisfactory
- 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer built-in
- Water resistant handle
- No travel case included
- 2 year warranty as standard
- 30 day money back guarantee
The battery life isn’t really good enough
Sealed inside the handle of the Pro is a Nickel Metal Hydride (NIiMH) rechargeable battery.
Because it is sealed inside the toothbrush is water resistant which is a big bonus for many users.
Unfortunately, I can’t help but think the battery just isn’t good enough when you compare it to some of the other options available.
With a claimed 10 days of battery life, it doesn’t achieve the 2 week minimum I am generally looking for in a good electric toothbrush.
That said, when you consider the price and what else you get there does need to be some form of compromise and the battery is it.
The 10 days of life is based on 1 user brushing their teeth twice a day for 2 minutes. Therefore that equates to 40 minutes of total brushing time.
During my hands-on testing, I actually managed to achieve up to 68 minutes of brushing time. That equates to an extra 7 days or an extra 14 brushing sessions.
This is when using the Daily Clean mode.
This is an impressive improvement over the claimed life. This means it does surpass my 2 week ideal battery life. Good job Oral-B.
The last few minutes/sessions did result in a slightly weaker cleaning action so, in all reality, you will want to recharge sooner.
The battery life might have been better with the less intense sensitive cleaning modes.
There must be a reason Oral-B doesn’t suggest more than 10 days, despite achieving more in my testing. Clearly, 10 days is the minimum you should expect and will likely get a bit more. Better to outperform than it is to underperform in my opinion.
You don’t easily know when it needs charging or when it is charged
Complaints I have seen time and time again about the Vitality Series is there is no way of knowing when the battery is low. Nor is there any way of knowing if it is charging or has finished charging.
As odd as this might sound, it is completely true.
Unlike the vast majority of electric toothbrushes that have LEDs built into the handle that give some feedback on the level of charge in the battery, the Vitality doesn’t.
Now, you can generally tell when the battery is low. You will hear the motor slowing, it will stop mid clean or it won’t turn on. You don’t need me to tell you how infuriating this can be. A warning beforehand would be much welcomed.
The solution is really to keep the battery topped up and then you might avoid this happening. Although, this isn’t practical for all. Those with no power outlet in the bathroom and those who travel come to mind.
When placed on the charger you have no confirmation that the brush is charging or fully charged.
This is again where an LED would come in handy.
Many Sonicare brushes beep and vibrate when placed on the charger as confirmation they are indeed receiving a charge. No such luck here.
A charging stand is supplied
Included in the box is a standard Oral-B charging stand.
White in colour it’s not colour matched to the brush handle in any way.
Hardwired into the back of the charger is a white power cable that is about 1.2 meters/4 feet in length.
The stand supports voltages of 220-240v, so fine for the UK. This voltage is supported in Europe too, but you will need a plug adapter as the 2 pin charger is designed for UK bathrooms and not EU plug sockets.
If you don’t have a 2 pin shaver socket charger in your bathroom you can purchase a 2 pin to 3 pin plug adapter to allow you to charge it from other sockets.
Charging can take up to 22 hours.
It is not possible to overcharge the battery as there is technology built-in that will prevent this from happening.
The user manual does recommend discharging the battery fully every 6 months before recharging it. This is to keep the battery in optimum condition and get the maximum capacity out of the Nickel Metal Hydride cell inside the handle.
Summary of battery life
- Claimed 10 days of battery life
- Achieved 17 days of battery life
- No battery status icon on the brush handle
- Takes up to 22 hours to charge fully
- A charging stand is included in the box
- 2 pin power adapter is hardwired into the stand
- The charging stand supports 220-240v
- Discharge the brush fully every 6 months for maximum battery life
Price & where to buy
I have included links to buying options here at the start of the review.
In the section below, I discuss the price more generally and in relation to similar products.
The Vitality Pro has a retail price of £50.
I urge you, please do not ever pay this price. It is simply not worth this price and you can get much better deals.
As a general rule, Oral-B electric toothbrushes are discounted by 50%. This means that the average selling price of the Pro should be around £25. This is exactly what price we paid.
When sold at this price, it certainly falls within the category of a budget toothbrush.
The cost of owning a toothbrush goes beyond just the initial cost of purchase, you need to factor in the cost of replacement brush heads.
We like to price a brush over 3 years to give a bit of a benchmark.
Over 3 years, a single user will need to use 12 heads, assuming they are replaced every 3 months as dental professionals advise.
The Vitality Pro comes with 2 heads in the box, both are different styles but are our most recommended heads. Therefore to get a cost, we need to factor in the cost of 10 additional heads.
On average you can buy replacement heads for about £3. This adds £30 to the cost.
Thus over 3 years, the Vitality Pro should cost about £55 in total.
This price does exclude the cost of water, toothpaste and electric to charge it, but you get a rough idea of how much you will be paying for it.
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 Oral-B Pro 3 3500 costs £78, but does have many more features.
Oral-B’s Vitality, not this Pro version, should work out about the same price or a couple of quid cheaper.
Please note that all prices quoted are approximates and will vary based on location, supplier and time of purchase. These figures were correct at the time of writing and should not be relied upon as hard fact, but used as a guide during your decision process.
Summary of price & where to buy
- List of buying options included here
- Recommended retail price of £50
- Generally available from £25
- Costs £55 over 3 years
- Share brush handle with another user to extend the value
- More expensive brushes with more features
My thoughts on reliability and repairability
The Vitality Pro is based on a very tried and tested form factor.
This is of course a positive as it should mean that Oral-B have learned what works and the chance of problems occurring with the Pro are very slim.
From my hands-on time with the brushes of this design, I haven’t noticed any real causes for concern. It feels solid and well built.
The weakest point is the battery. After repeated charges and discharges it can fail. Should it, they are not easy to replace and are not designed to be completed yourself at home.
It would be nice if Oral-B began to take a more sustainable approach in this regard, particularly when the manual has a recommended routine for ensuring longevity from the battery.
We don’t do any professional durability testing here at Electric Teeth. We test and use brushes like you would at home.
We do get lots of feedback from users and I can’t say we have received much in the way of criticism of the Vitality’s design, including the battery I point out as a possible weakness.
The good news with the Vitality Pro is that Oral-B does offer a 2 year warranty as standard when you purchase this brand new.
And, if you register, you can gain an additional year, for free. I don’t think you can really knock a 3 year warranty for the price this is sold for.
When buying Oral-B you are getting a good quality brush.
To prolong the life of any brush giving it a rinse and a wipe down to remove grime that builds up is a must.
Unfortunately, electric toothbrushes don’t fare well in their impact on the environment.
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use one. You need to balance effective cleaning and disease prevention against the environmental impact.
Electric toothbrushes can reduce the need for dental treatment. And avoid the need for planetary impacts that come from procedures such as fillings.
There is a lack of detailed evidence to confirm that a filling is worse than the use of an electric toothbrush. But, with the data available, dentist Gemma Wheeler believes that a single filling is worse than an electric brush with a usable life of 5 years.
There is no perfect solution as yet. We want to see manufacturers doing more to tackle this issue and achieve significant improvements.
Schemes to recycle brush heads only scratch the surface of what needs to be done.
Related to the Vitality Pro specifically:
- Box and inner protection are made from recyclable cardboard.
- No user serviceable parts.
Given the choice, there are brushes I think that better suit and serve the vast majority of users than the Vitality Pro. It is the Oral-B Pro 3 3500, in particular, I suggest you seriously consider.
But, I can’t deny that it is a pretty good package all around given the price. You could do a lot worse. It certainly tops the charts for a budget toothbrush.
Used correctly, you can get very good cleaning results, with a lot less effort than a manual brush.
The timer and pacer encourage brushing for the recommended time, which is only a good thing.
Having the choice of cleaning modes is nice, but a bit unnecessary I do think. Particularly when you factor in that it doesn’t remember the last mode used or easily highlight what mode you have selected.
The battery life isn’t great and not knowing when the charge is low is just frustrating.
- Height (without head) – 18cm
- Height (with head) – 22cm
- Width – 3.2~2.5cm
- Thickness – 3.2~2.5cm
- Weight (without head) – 108g
- Weight (with head) – 113g
All are approximates
- Is the Vitality Pro an oscillating brush?
- Yes, with Oral-B 2D motion that oscillates and rotates.
- What brushing/cleaning modes are available?
- The Vitality has 3 cleaning modes. They are:
- Super sensitive
- Daily Clean
- Learn more about Oral-B electric toothbrush cleaning modes.
- The Vitality has 3 cleaning modes. They are:
- What brush head does the Vitality Pro come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- The Pro comes with 1 x CrossAction and 1 x Sensi UltraThin brush.
- Oral-B primarily offers a total of 5 different brush heads, each of which can be purchased separately and used with this toothbrush. Those options are:
- 3D White
- Sensi UltraThin
- Precision Clean
- There are some more specialised brush heads available also. You can find out more about them and the standard Oral-B brush heads here.
- Does the Vitality Pro have a pressure sensor?
- No, it does not.
- Does the Vitality have Bluetooth?
- No, it does not.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- No, it does not normally come with a travel case.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included with the Vitality Pro.
- How long does the battery last?
- The claimed battery life is 40 minutes, which if used on the standard daily clean mode is 10 days based on 2 cleans per day. My hands-on testing did achieve more than this.
- Can I use the Vitality Pro in the shower?
- Yes. The Pro is water resistant so if you choose you can use it in the shower. Avoid submerging it in water.
- 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.
- 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.
- Does the Pro 3 come with a warranty & how long is it?
- If purchased new from an approved retailer the brush will come with a 2 year.
- This warranty can be extended by a further year to 3 in total if you register the brush online on Oral-B’s website.
- Find out more about the Oral-B warranty.
Do you own or have you used the Vitality Pro?
Are there certain features that you really like or dislike?
Let us know what you think about this brush and let others who may well be considering purchasing one know your opinions before they do.