Since this review’s original publication, Oral-B has updated the Vitality (in 2018).
This review has therefore been updated to reflect our thoughts on the ‘newer’ 2018 model.
The differences compared to the previous model of the same name, are relatively subtle.
We have included information on the differences, along with images of the older model, in the ‘Variants of this brush‘ section of the review.
Some retailers still stock the older model, so we wish for you to be aware of the differences.
This review also encompasses the Oral-B Vitality Pro, which is only different to the Vitality in terms of colour, and the fact that an extra brush head comes in the box with it. We explain this in further detail here.
A good choice if you are on a budget.
The Oral-B Vitality will provide benefits over a manual toothbrush.
However, investing a little extra might well be worthwhile.
- 1 cleaning mode
- Built-in timer
- A small round brush head
- Grip on handle
- Battery life/status
- Better value options exist (see other choices)
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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.
1. Is there anything drastically wrong with this toothbrush?
No, there is nothing drastically wrong with this brush.
It functions perfectly and doesn’t have any visible design flaws that stop it from working properly.
A 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.
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, a bit better battery life, enhanced cleaning action 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 is 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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And now for a bit more detail….
The Oral-B Vitality electric toothbrush is a well-priced product which offers a good range features including a timer and 2D cleaning action.
There are 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 toothbrush
In July 2018, Oral-B launched the ‘Vitality 100’, replacing the version of the Vitality that came before it.
The older model looked as follows:
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.
At the time of writing, there are 2 variants of the Vitality.
- Oral-B Vitality CrossAction – The most common option, supplied with 1 x CrossAction brush head and usually has a black coloured rubber grip.
- Oral-B Vitality 3D White – Supplied with 1 x 3D White brush head and usually has a white coloured rubber grip.
There is also a slightly different variant of the Vitality, known as the Vitality Plus.
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There are 2 versions of the Vitality Plus, they are:
- Vitality Plus CrossAction – Supplied with 2 x CrossAction brush heads and usually has a blue coloured rubber grip.
- Vitality Plus 3D White – Supplied with 2 x 3D White brush heads and usually has a pink coloured rubber grip.
The Vitality Plus is technically the same as the standard Vitality. The way that they clean, the battery life and day to day use is the same. The ‘Plus’ variant simply comes with an extra brush head provided and different coloured rubber grips on the handle.
Please be aware that the Vitality 100 and Vitality 100 Plus are being phased in as stock of the older model sells through, meaning that not all stockists will have the new model.
This review focuses on the newer model.
What’s in the box?
- Oral-B Vitality toothbrush
- 1 x CrossAction brush head
- Charging station
- Oral-B Oscillating & rotating movement
- Removes 100% more plaque than a manual brush
- Rechargeable battery
- 8 day battery life
- Built-in timer and pacer
Pro & Cons
Here are what I consider to be the pros and cons of the Vitality from Oral-B.
- Simple – A no nonsense toothbrush. Easy to use with 1 cleaning mode.
- Timer – A 2 minute timer is built into the brush handle to encourage brushing for the right amount of time.
- Brush heads – Small round brush head to effectively clean the teeth and that is easy to move around the tight spaces of the mouth.
- Grip – The handle has rubber around it making it easy to grip, especially when slippery.
- Battery status – No indication of how much power is in the brush apart from the slowing motor.
- Battery life – Not as long as the competition.
Design, usability, clean & general use
The Vitality comes supplied in a quite annoying blister style plastic package, a cardboard box would be more convenient and probably a bit better for the environment too.
There are a couple of different variants/package options, as listed earlier in the review. The key difference is the colour of the grip on the handle and the brush head supplied.
Aside from this the toothbrush and its performance are the same.
Within the package is the brush handle, the brush head, a charging stand, and documentation.
For the price, you can’t really complain. You get what you need.
If you opt for the Vitality Plus variant, you will get 2 brush heads in the box. Sadly, the Plus tends to be a couple of pounds more expensive, so although it could appear better value, the saving for 1 extra head, is generally negligible.
The brush is relatively easy to hold. It has a tapered design where it is thicker at the top of the handle and thinner towards the bottom. Oral-B’s more premium models tend to have a more uniform shape down the length of the handle, which I prefer personally.
The body of the handle is made from plastic, which is gloss white in colour. There is a rubber grip that is wrapped around the majority of the brush handle, which not only makes the brush look smart and easy to hold, it reduces the very clinical look of the white plastic.
The colour of the grip does depend on the variant you purchase. Black is the most common option, but there is too white (or arguably a very light grey) as an alternative.
Blue and pink rubber grips come with the plus variant.
It is a 360 degree grip with small dimples all over it that really give the fingers something to grip onto.
You might think how hard can it be to grip onto a toothbrush handle, but if you have limited dexterity or small hands, it can make a big difference.
The gloss white plastic is visible in the lower third of the brush handle and at the neck of the brush, where the brush head attaches.
In the lower third, on the front is the Braun Oral-B logo and on the back is some regulatory information.
Easily missed, but 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 rolling if laid on a countertop.
On the base of the Vitality is a recess into which fits the charging prong on the charging stand.
The Vitality toothbrush handle is sealed, meaning it is water resistant, ideal when it will be exposed to moisture in the mouth. You can happily rinse it under the tap to give it a clean, avoid complete submersion in water though.
The charging stand will resist a few splashes but avoid getting that wet, it is not designed to be water resistant.
Inside the handle is the battery and motor that makes the brush work.
The motor inside this handle is good enough. It provides significantly more movements to the brush head than a manual toothbrush to help you achieve a greater standard of clean.
However, do be aware that the motor is a little less powerful than the more premium models you can buy from Oral-B.
The Vitality offers a 2D cleaning action (oscillations and rotations), not the 3D cleaning action (oscillations, rotations and pulsations) of more premium models.
Now, to be honest, the clean provided by the Vitality is more than satisfactory and unless using side by side, you probably would not tell the difference. But there is a subtle difference between the Vitality and models within Oral-B’s Pro series.
The whole unit is powered on by the one and only button on the front of the brush handle. In the upper third of the brush handle, the button, complete with a power icon, needs to be pressed to turn the brush on and off.
I should mention the button has a nice resistance. Not too soft that the brush is turned on very easily, but not too stiff that it feels hard work to use it.
This button stands out, because it is a small convex circular button, inside an oval shaped panel, framed with a white plastic oval ring.
When powered on, the brush will launch into the one and only cleaning mode available on the brush.
Unlike many toothbrushes that offer multiple cleaning modes, having 1 mode makes things nice and simple.
You don’t necessarily need multiple modes, so points to the Vitality for simplicity.
Of course to make use of the brush you need to have the brush head attached.
The detachable brush heads slide on and off the metal prong on the top of the handle. This prong feeds down inside the handle to the motor.
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.
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.
Whether you opt for the CrossAction or 3D White variant of the Vitality, both brush heads are designed to clean the teeth well, cleaning the tooth surface, including in between teeth and along the gumline where bacteria likes to reside.
There is a range of brush heads available from Oral-B. They include:
- 3D White
- Precision Clean
- Sensi UltraThin
Any of these can be used on the Vitality brush handle if you choose. They are interchangeable.
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.
The waterproof handle needs little in the way of maintenance, but to prolong the life of the brush you should make sure that it is given a good wipe every so often to remove any 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.
Summary of design, usability, clean & general use
- Slim and comfortable brush to hold and use
- Water resistant
- One cleaning mode
- Included brush head tends to either be CrossAction or 3D White
- Alternative brush head styles available
- Built-in 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer
- Easy to maintain
- 2 year warranty as standard
Given the price point, I nor you should expect an exceptional battery life from this brush.
Oral-B claims that the Vitality will offer 8 days of use.
That is 16 brushing sessions.
Each brushing session should last 2 minutes, so that gives a total running time of 32 minutes.
During my hands-on testing, I actually managed to achieve up to 46 minutes of brushing time. That equates to an extra 3.5 days or an extra 7 brushing sessions.
I can’t say all will benefit from such extra battery life, but it confirms that the Vitality should easily achieve a minimum of 8 days.
If you brush for longer than 2 minutes or you share the brush handle with another user, you will get the same usage time, but you may need to recharge more frequently.
It would be nice if it lasted a little longer, many competing brushes offer at least 2 weeks, if not longer.
The Oral-B Pro 2 2500 offers 2 weeks of use between charges, which is a bit better, but sadly Oral-B does lack compared to a lot of the competition.
Brands like Sonicare and Fairywill make look Oral-B look inferior, lasting 3 if not 4 weeks, or in many cases even longer than that.
Part of the reason is the battery technology. The Vitality still uses a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery compared to many others that have Lithium-Ion.
It is a shame this latest variant of the Vitality did not gain a new battery. I imagine price has something to do with why it was excluded.
The other big issue here is that you get no feedback from the brush in terms of how much power is left. There is no battery or charging icon.
It is a bit of a guessing game.
It is a bit of a first world problem, but it is also very frustrating.
If you leave the brush on the charging stand all the time it is not in use, then no problem, but for some, this isn’t an option.
We can probably all remember roughly when the brush was last charged, but when using the Vitality, there is a real danger it runs flat during use because you actually last charged it 7 or 8 days ago rather than the 5 days you thought it was.
A battery icon with a flashing reminder when the battery is low would be nice. This is one of the appeals for sure of the premium models Oral-B offers.
When you do need to replenish the battery, you can recharge the Vitality on the provided charging stand.
It will generally recharge in full if left overnight.
The stand is a fairly typical Oral-B charger with a 2 pin power adapter hardwired into it.
The stand itself 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.
Summary of battery life
- 32 minutes of usage time or 8 days usage based on 2 cleans a day
- No battery status icon on the brush handle
- Takes about 16 hours to charge fully
- A charger included in the box
- 2 pin power adapter hard wired into the charging stand
- Charging stand supports 220-240v
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 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. 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 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 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
It does what it needs to fairly well and we feel a 3 out of 5 rating is fair.
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.
- Height (without head) – 18cm
- Height (with head) – 22cm
- Width – 3.2~2.5cm
- Thickness – 3.2~2.5cm
- Weight (without head) – 99g
- Weight (with head) – 105g
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 CrossAction ror3D White brush head. 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, Sensi UltraThin, 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. It also has a 30 second pacer.
- How long does the battery last?
- The battery lasts 32 minutes, which if used on the standard daily clean mode is 8 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.
- 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?
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.