Monday, February 18, 2019
Oral-B Vitality Precision Clean Electric Toothbrush Review
Inexpensive power toothbrush with dual-action brush head
Some complaints about design flaws and rechargeable battery
An affordable upgrade to your manual toothbrush
$19 (1-year limited warranty)
As the #1 dentist-recommended toothbrush brand worldwide, it's not surprising that Oral-B would offer an electric toothbrush that not only fits your budget but makes it even easier to reduce plaque, prevent gum disease and have a healthy, naturally white smile. The Vitality Precision Clean toothbrush has a dual-action brush head with interdental tips that uses a high speed oscillating-rotating motion (7,600 oscillations per minute) to remove 2x more plaque than manual toothbrushes, including from hard-to-reach places. Some models also have a built-in timer that sends a pulsating signal after 2 minutes (recommended brushing time). Oral-B claims the Vitality can help reduce gingivitis by over 60%.
You can purchase the Vitality online at places like Walmart.com for approximately $19 or in your local drugstore.
Product Report Card Grade
We give Oral-B’s Vitality Precision Clean Electric Toothbrush a B+ because it is a good, affordable power toothbrush that will remove twice as much plaque as a manual toothbrush. Some models even feature a built-in timer to help you remember to brush your teeth for a full 2 minutes (recommended brushing time). We deducted points however because there were some complaints about the design quality and about the rechargeable battery not holding a charge. If you can afford to spend more, we encourage you to look at a more powerful electric toothbrush (like the Sonicare), but, otherwise, the Vitality Precision Clean is an excellent product in this price point.
Inexpensive; easy to travel with; some models come with a timer feature
Good at removing plaque in hard-to-reach places and along gum line; built-in UV Brush Head Sanitizer; includes portable charger and travel case; 2-minute timer and pacer; Compact brush head good size for kids; includes 3 different brush head color rings so you can share with family members; has an easy-start program that gradually increases power over first 14 uses to help you ease into the Sonicare experience
Has a pressure sensor that stops pulsations when you're brushing too hard; triple action brush provides a great cleaning; 2-minute timer and pacer; includes portable SmartPlug charger and travel case; toothbrush automatically alerts you when you are 10 days away from needing a replacement brush head, and brush head also has Indicator® bristles fade as another reminder to replace your brush head every 3 months
Some complaints about toothbrush having problems holding a charge; doesn't have different brushing modes like higher prices models; some complaints about design flaws
Expensive; doesn't have sensors to tell you if you are brushing too hard
Expensive (but it seems like there are good discounts/rebates out there); some reviewers felt the brush head was too big and cumbersome when compared to Sonicare
Rechargeable / Sonic
$170 - $190
$100 - $130
1-Year Limited Warranty
2-Year Limited Warranty
2-Year Limited Warranty and 60-Day Satisfaction Guarantee
It features oscillating cleaning technology that delivers 7,600 oscillations per minute.
It features sonic technology, which pushes water and toothpaste in between teeth and slightly under the gum line for a deeper cleaning. The brush head delivers up to 31,000 strokes per minute.
It features a triple action brush head that rotates, oscillates and pulses. It provides 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute.
It only offers 1 cleaning mode.
It features 5 cleaning modes including Clean, Sensitive, Massage, Refresh and Gum Care.
It features 4 cleaning modes including Daily Clean, Sensitive, Whitening and Deep Clean.
Brush Head Options
It only comes with the Oral-B Precision Clean brush head. However, there are 8 additional brush heads that fit the wand (sold separately) including the Oral-B FlossAction, the Oral-B Pro White, the Oral-B Sensitive, the Oral-B Dual Clean, the Oral-B Power Tip, the Oral-B Ortho, the Oral-B Braces Care Essentials Pack and the Oral-B Tongue Freshener.
It comes with 2 brush heads including the ProResults Standard (daily, all-around cleaning) and the ProResults Compact (more focused clean /cleaning hard-to-reach places). There are also 3 additional brush heads that fit the wand sold separately including the EasyClean, HealthyWhite and Xtreme brush heads.
It comes with 3 brush heads including the Oral-B FlossAction, the Oral-B Pro White and the Oral-B Sensitive. There are also 6 additional brush heads that fit the wand (sold separately) including the Oral-B Precision Clean, the Oral-B Dual Clean, the Oral-B Power Tip, the Oral-B Ortho, the Oral-B Braces Care Essentials and the Oral-B Tongue Freshener.
Certain models emit a pulsating signal after 2 minutes of brushing to indicate the end of the recommended brushing time.
Yes, the toothbrush features a 2-minute Smarttimer and Quadpacer. Every 30 seconds, the Quadpacer will signal that it is time to move on to the next quadrant of your mouth.
Yes, the toothbrush has a 2-minute timer, and, every 30 seconds, it will signal with a "stuttering sound", so you can keep track of how long you've been brushing a certain area of your mouth.
It has built-in pressure sensors that stop the toothbrush to alert you when you are brushing too hard.
It features a built-in UV brush head sanitizer that kills up to 99% of bacteria and viruses on the brush head in only 10 minutes (E coli, S. mutans and Herpes simplex).
It has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 5 days (~10 brushes) between charges.
It has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 3 weeks (~42 brushes) between charges. There is also an illuminated icon to show how much of the battery is drained.
It has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 10 days (~20 brushes) between charges. There is also a charge-level display to show how much of the battery is drained.
It comes in blue and white or green and white with an ergonomically-designed wand
It comes in white with soft sky blue accents/grip, and it has an illuminated display panel in chrome. It also has an ergonomically-designed handle with rubber grip and an angled brush head to get hard-to-reach plaque.
It comes in silver and white and has an illuminated display panel in chrome. It also has with an ergonomically-designed handle for a comfortable hold.
Change Brush Head Notification
It has Indicator® bristles that gradually fade in color to remind you to replace your brush head every 3 months.
It has blue reminder bristles on the brush head that gradually fade to remind you to replace your brush head every 3 months.
It has Indicator® bristles that gradually fade in color to remind you to replace your brush head every 3 months. The toothbrush will also signal 10 days before you need to replace your brush head.
ProductReportCard Editors' In-Depth Review
Pros And Cons
- Removes more plaque that manual toothbrush
- Easy to travel with
- Timer feature
- Some complaints about toothbrush having problems holding a charge
- Doesn't have different brushing modes like higher prices models
- Some complaints about design flaws
Not listed by manufacturer but Amazon states that it is 9.4 x 4.3 x 2 inches (H x W x D) and weighs 10.4 ounces
Comes in blue and white or green and white
Precision Clean Brush Head with interdental tips help get a thorough and deep clean. Brush had also has Indicator® bristles that fade to remind you to replace your brush head every 3 months. Wand can fit multiple brush heads (sold separately) including: Oral-B FlossAction, Oral-B Precision Clean, Oral-B Pro White, Oral-B Sensitive, Oral-B Dual Clean, Oral-B Power Tip, Oral-B Ortho, Braces Care Essentials Pack and Oral-B Tongue Freshener
Dual-action brush head uses oscillating-rotating technology that delivers 7,600 oscillations per minute
Some models have a pulsating signal after two minutes to indicate recommended brushing time
Rechargeable battery that lasts up to 5 days of brushing (2 minutes; 2 x a day)
1 year Limited Warranty - Warranty includes replacement or repair. Consumer must ship product, postage paid, and include a copy of proof of purchase. See inside of product package for full details.
The Oral-B Vitality receives excellent online reviews from customers. On Amazon, it received 4.5 stars out of 331 reviews. For under $20, it is an affordable electric toothbrush that will help you clean your teeth better than a manual toothbrush and prevent gum disease.
Customer Responses, Reviews, or Complaints
Review submitted: 2013-06-18
I was using Oral-B "Precision Clean" heads for a long time. I used to buy this type, because this was the only choice that I could find in the retail stores. Usually, "Dual Clean" heads also were available, but I do not like them. They are just so big. I wanted to switch to another type, and I did a little research. I found Oral-B "Sensitive" heads, and I found good reviews on this product. I am using this heads for a few weeks now. I bought this product because it probably has the highest bristle density, and the bristles are extra soft so they are very gentle on the gum. In my opinion, they do a very good job. I feel that they clean better than "Precision Clean" heads. I use HydroFloss after brushing. When I was using "Precision Clean," I used to still see some stuff coming out of the area between my teeth during cleaning with HydroFloss. However, this stopped when I switched to "Sensitive" heads. I feel that "Sensitive" head is cleaning better. It is also more gentle on my gum.
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