Oral-B has long been a household name in the land of dentistry, so it should come as no surprise that their Vitality rechargeable electric toothbrush is a good product. There are some things to consider before choosing a brush, in my humble opinion, as every product on the market has strengths and weaknesses.
This range comes in at the budget end, and is probably the cheapest toothbrush that you can by without completely wasting your money (ie on a product that doesn’t clean very well). So is this brush good enough?…
Features Of The Oral-B Vitality
There is little in the way of specifications with this model. But you won’t expect much at this price. The range is targeted as a cheap way of getting the excellent Oral-B rotation oscillation cleaning action, with 7600 rotations every minute, without having to spend much.
What you get:
- Comes with a timer that signals when your two minutes of recommended brushing is complete. Important! Most people tend to rush their brushing and hence not clean properly.
- Oral-B throws in an extra brush head (although not with all versions- check before you buy) to switch out when needed. It does not come with a storage unit for the extra head which isn’t a huge deal. Of course, you will need to get replacement brushes (i.e heads) every three months at the latest (indicator bristles on the head will inform you of when to change).
- Takes AA batteries as well as has a charging station making it very easy to grab when traveling.
Great cleaning action – plain and simple. Used properly, this cleans your teeth very well, leaving your mouth feeling fresh and healthy.
What is it about battery operated object that attract kids? This brush does just that. Kids gravitate towards it, making it a great option for those finicky tiny brushers. (Although not safe for those under 3).
With that in mind, Oral-B makes owning a good quality rechargeable toothbrush attainable for all family members by making this brush so affordable.
The battery life is also a plus. It lasts about a week before you have to recharge it so it’s not like you have to worry about bringing the charger with you on weekend getaways.
I should note that in the UK, Braun Oral-B offer a few different variations of this brush – ‘Dual Clean’, ‘Precision Clean’ and ‘White and Clean’. But they are all basically the same in regards to the underlying cleaning technology, even if the coloring or such is slightly different. There is also a ‘Floss action’ model available with ‘micropulse’ bristles for deep cleaning – probably not worth paying extra for though.
A Few Cons
Again, this is a budget brush. No fancy different modes like ‘sensitive’ and ‘deep clean’, no LED displays and no wireless smart guides to tell you how well you are brushing. But many of these features that you get on the Triumph 5000 model (taken as an example of a higher end product) aren’t so important. But some features are definitely more than just a bonus, and the Vitality lacks just about all these extra features. When taken vs sonicare Flexcare range, again as an example, it comes up short.
There is also no quadrant timer with this range. This basically signals you every thirty seconds, letting you know when to move to a different quadrant of your mouth for a truly complete cleaning. This may be nit picking though because you still get the two minute timer with this and the quadrant timer is arguably a higher level feature, that you probably shouldn’t expect from a base-line toothbrush like this one.
Likewise, their is no pressure sensor. This may be important for some people, as it reduces the chances of harming your enamel from over-aggressive brushing. It is the biggest missing feature in this model when compared to, say, the Oral-B Professional care 1000 model. For this reason I would recommend the latter if you can afford the few extra quid.
This is not a sonic toothbrush. If you prefer sonic then look at a Sonicare (see some examples in our top ten list) or the Oral-B Pulsonic. But far more important than the technology in your hands, is how well you use it!
The brush heads are a cause for complaint with some users. Some people will find them to be too small for their teeth while others find the bristles too hard. But the price of the replacement heads is fairly high. As in a three pack of replacement heads will cost you about the same as buying the toothbrush with two heads in the first place. That being said, they are widely available so there is a possibility of finding them on sale here or there if you keep your eyes peeled.
Read our page on the best electric toothbrush for several other options.
In a nutshell, the Oral-B Vitality toothbrush is a good quality prodcuct, especially for the money. You get an entry level rechargeable brush that should clean your teeth better than a manual one (so long as you use it properly).
Just keep in mind that since this is a lower end rechargeable toothbrush, you are not going to get all the bells and whistles that you would get if you invested more. That being said, if you don’t want to spend much, you really are getting your money’s worth with this brush.