Oral B Vitality Toothbrush Review
Oral-B Vitality Floss Action Rechargeable Power Toothbrush,
Review of my recently purchased Electronic Oral B Toothbrush Vitality Model
First a little history of the differences inside the Oral B and Phillips Sonic Care products which I have owned.
Seven years ago I purchased an Oral B electric toothbrush to replace my Phillips Sonic Care Toothbrush. The sonic care had lasted less than a year. I opened the Sonic Care toothbrush by cutting it with a Dremel tool so I could see the inner workings of the design. Sadly there is no way to replace the battery in a Phillips Sonic Care because the plastic is molded injection and once pressed together you have to destroy it to gain access. There is NO reason other than profit for Phillips to design the brush handles with non-replaceable batteries. It’s actually appalling in this day and age of Corporations PRETENDING to be GREEN that such a design still exists, but it does. Back on point with Oral B reviews.
The first Oral B I purchased lasted 2 years and again the battery died. Oral B toothbrushes are also not designed with replaceable batteries. But you can take them apart without destroying the handles if you are careful. And you can remove the soldered on battery and replace it by soldering in a new battery if you have the skill and tools. The problem is the switch design of the Oral B Toothbrushes is not as robust as those in the Phillips Sonic Care. But at least it’s possible. Again not making these batteries user replaceable is very anti-earth in my view.
My next toothbrush was the very top of the line Oral B Triumph. This model featured a timer, an LCD Display, and 3 different operating modes – brush, polish, and massage. I actually only used the brush mode. I never looked at the LCD while brushing but it was nice to have a display that showed the amount of charge in the battery. The base of the Triumph model would get full of gunky stuff that dripped down off the toothbrush head, until I learned to remove the brush head before placing it in the Charger.
My New Oral B Vitality Model Electric Toothbrush
After disassembling the Triumph model I was able to remove the battery, unfortunately the switch was broken. This is a common complaint with users of this model, the switch simply wears out and because they are machine soldiered and very tiny precise soliders at that I could not fix it. I began to shop around and realized the cost of parts in the most expensive model and the least expensive rechargeable model the Vitality was about the same, I could not justify spending $150 for a toothbrush when I only needed and used the basic features. I did a little research at the Oral B website and decided to buy the Vitality Model.
I chose to purchase the Oral B Vitality from Amazon because they had it for about $23 and free shipping. The local Walmart (The only other place I could find it locally was $29 +sales tax). Because I was not in a hurry (Amazon free shipping usually takes about a week to get to me) and it was cheaper I went ahead and ordered it from Amazon. My package contained 2 of the Oral B Floss Action brush heads. I believe the model at Walmart only had one brush head but I could be wrong. These brush heads sell for $5 to $8 each depending on how many you purchase at once. My local Costco has an 8 Pack of either the Precision Head (My Preference) or the Floss Action for $37.99. In any case getting 2 brush heads at this price point was a nice feature. Costco sells a Dual Package of the “Advantage” Model (Which I believe is packaged just for Warehouse Stores) for $99 and it only comes with 1 brush head for each toothbrush. Occasionally Costco will have these listed in their Coupon books. Again I could not justify the higher price.
The Advantage model so far has proven to be a decent toothbrush. The head spins at a high rate similar to my older Triumph Model. I do miss the LCD Charge feature. With the advantage there is no indicator on the handle of any kind how much charge it contains. There was some charge in the battery when the unit arrived, but the instructions said a full charge takes 16 hours so I just plugged it in and left it overnight. It’s been a few days and so far so good, it’s still holding a charge. I plan to leave it off the charger until it runs out and then charge it for the full 16 hours each time. These are NiMH technology just like in the Triumph which lasted 5 years so I have high expectations. The Triumph model I actually put in the charger after each use, which is probably not the best idea but for convenience purposes it worked out for me.
The design of the handle of the Vitality model toothbrush is a bit wider at the top of the brush, and I thought this might be a problem but it actually makes it a bit easier to grip. So far, so good I am not disappointed in my purchase. If the battery only lasts a year I will still come out ahead. In my view it’s worth the money. If you are a first time user of electric toothbrushes then give the Oral B Vitality Model a shot. If you are just tired of the extremely high prices of the high end models you may want to give it a shot as well. Over all if I were rating this model against the other models I’d say it’s about 80% as good.
The Vitality Toothbrush only spins back and forth, it is my understanding the higher end models also have some kind of vibration feature so they should, at least in theory clean just a bit better. Who knows?
I actually like the feeling of the Phillips Sonic Care a bit better, but the round design of the Oral B cleans my rear teeth better because it’s smaller and easier to maneuver around in my mouth. Only you can decide what works best for you… but electric toothbrushes definitely leave your teeth feeling cleaner. It’s also my understanding they are better for your gums as long as you do not press too hard. The higher end models feature a pressure sensor to warn you if you are brushing to hard, but I never noticed any real difference.