The Oral-B Vitality is a step up from a battery-operated toothbrush. It does a decent job of cleaning teeth but lacks the power and basic features of other models. If you can't afford to spend $100 or more on a toothbrush, the Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean Precision 1000 (*Est. $55) is a great value, does an excellent job of cleaning teeth and will likely last longer than the Vitality.
Can't compete with high-end models. Professional studies show the Oral-B Vitality to be more effective at removing plaque than a manual toothbrush. Users, for the most part, agree. Most say that it's definitely a step up from battery-powered toothbrushes but that it doesn't compare to higher end models. For instance, its rotating brush head only produces 7,600 oscillations per minute compared to the 8,800 oscillations per minute that the Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean Precision 1000 (*Est. $55) produces in addition to 40,000 pulsations.
Experts say the main disadvantage of cheaper electric toothbrushes is that they produce only a single brushing motion -- oscillating, in the case of the Braun Oral-B Vitality. Expensive, higher-end options like the Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean Precision series pulse and rotate for more effective plaque removal, according to clinical studies.
Users also say that the Vitality vibrates a lot. One reviewer at Amazon.com says, "The brushing action is not smooth. Using Vitality is like putting a jackhammer in my mouth."
The battery has a short shelf life. Some users say the Oral-B Vitality, and earlier models like it, is durable and lasts for years. Others say the battery doesn't hold a charge very well after just a few months. The toothbrush has a two-year warranty and a 60-day satisfaction guarantee.
Some important features are lacking. The Vitality is basic, which makes it simple to use. It has one brushing mode and one button to turn it on. Some users say it's missing some basic functions -- like a battery charge indicator and a quadrant timer -- that would make it more user-friendly. Furthermore, users say the toothbrush is very loud.
1. Journal of Clinical Dentistry
Review Credibility: Very Good In this clinical study of the Oral-B Vitality, the electric toothbrush removed 28.8 percent more plaque from the whole mouth than a manual toothbrush. The study only examines the results after a single brushing, however.
Review: The Plaque Removal Efficacy of a Novel Power Brush Head, N.C. Sharma, et al., Spring 2011
2. Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
Review Credibility: Very Good This study compares the stain removal ability of the Oral-B Vitality toothbrush against that of a dental-office cleaning treatment in combination with manual brushing for two weeks. The stain removal of both techniques is found to be comparable.
Review: A Clinical Evaluation of Extrinsic Stain Removal: A Rotation-Oscillation Power Toothbrush Versus a Dental Prophylaxis, G.T. Terezhalmy, et al., July 2008
Review Credibility: Good Seventy-five owners give the Oral-B Vitality electric toothbrush an average score of 4 out of 5 stars, with a few complaints about the battery eventually not taking a charge. Some say the Vitality's low price made them skeptical, but the product works surprisingly well.
Review: Oral-B Vitality Pro White Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, 1 Count, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Good About 40 reviewers at Walmart.com give the Oral-B Vitality an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars. Users say it's an excellent value and does a good job of cleaning teeth.
Review: Oral-B Vitality Floss Action Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, 1 Count, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2012