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Oral-B 3D White Action Review

An inexpensive option that adds a little vibration to an otherwise normal toothbrush
Oral-B 3D White Action
Credit: Oral-B
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Price:   $9.00 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, long battery life
Cons:  Bulky, poor cleaning abilities, difficult to keep clean
Manufacturer:   Oral-B
By Buck Yedor ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 21, 2021
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RANKED
#14 of 14
  • Comfort - 40% 4
  • Cleaning - 30% 5
  • Ease of Use - 20% 7
  • Battery Life - 10% 10

Our Verdict

The Oral-B 3D White Action is underpowered and bulky. The electric vibrations meant to clean your teeth felt fairly ineffective, and our testers found that they got a similar level of cleaning by using this model like a manual toothbrush. Its one redeeming quality is its terrific battery life, as one AA battery powered this little device for 103 days of daily use. Given its low price point, you may find it's worth giving a try; if nothing else, you'll walk away with a backup toothbrush that is perfect to bring along while traveling.

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Pros Inexpensive, long battery lifeVery easy to use, solid battery life, great cleaning powerInexpensive, great battery lifeCompact, long battery lifeGood cleaning performance, easy to use
Cons Bulky, poor cleaning abilities, difficult to keep cleanOnly a single cleaning modeLimited features, not the best cleaning performanceRubber bristles can feel disconcerting, didn't do well in our cleaning testNot the most comfortable, subpar battery life
Bottom Line An inexpensive option that adds a little vibration to an otherwise normal toothbrushThis is an excellent all-around toothbrush that cleans well and is particularly easy to useIf you are shopping on the tightest of budgets, then this is a great choiceBoasts a cool look, but felt very similar to a manual toothbrush when we used itThis great budget brush cleans well but can be a bit aggressive on sensitive gums
Rating Categories Oral-B 3D White Action Sonicare Protective... Fairywill Sonic Too... Quip Oral-B Pro 1000
Comfort (40%)
4.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
4.0
Cleaning (30%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
8.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
7.0
8.0
5.0
9.0
9.0
Battery Life (10%)
10.0
7.0
9.0
10.0
3.0
Specs Oral-B 3D White Action Sonicare Protective... Fairywill Sonic Too... Quip Oral-B Pro 1000
Charger info N/A 100 - 240V a.c.
50/60Hz
0.4 - 1.4W
N/A N/A 110 - 130V 50/60Hz / 0.9W
Estimated annual brush head cost $12 $50 $10 $20 $40
Waterproof/resistant Can use in shower Can use in shower Yes, up to 1 meter up to 30 min Can use in shower Can use in shower
# of different brush heads 3 8 2 1 9
Measured battery life 103 days 28 days 50 days 90 days 11 days
# of brushing modes 1 Clean 1 Clean 5 modes: White, Clean, Sensitive, Polish, Massage 1 Clean 1 Daily Clean
Pressure sensor No Yes No No Yes
30 second reminder No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Two minute alert No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Travel case included No No Yes Yes No
Weight 2.5 oz 4.3 oz 2.6 oz 1.1 oz 4.5 oz
App No No No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The vibrating head doesn't provide for great cleaning performance.
The vibrating head doesn't provide for great cleaning performance.
Credit: Laura Casner

Comfort


The brush head on the 3D White Action is large. For those with small to medium-sized mouths, you will likely have a hard time getting this brush to the back of your molars. While we wish the cleaning vibrations were stronger when it comes to cleaning ability, this underpowered brush generates very little noise while in use. While some higher-end brushes offer low-intensity modes and pressure sensors for people with sensitive gums, this brush only offers one mode.

The Oral-B 3D is a simple brush with a long-lasting battery.
The Oral-B 3D is a simple brush with a long-lasting battery.
Credit: Laura Casner

Cleaning


The 3D White Action finishes at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to cleaning abilities. The large head makes it tough to get the backside of your teeth and your back molars. Our testers found this brush was almost more effective when used as a manual toothbrush, which defeats the purpose of purchasing an electric toothbrush. Your experience may vary, but we had a tough time getting our teeth to feel like they had a proper cleaning.

The bulky head can make it difficult to reach the back corners of...
The bulky head can make it difficult to reach the back corners of your mouth.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use


This brush is about as simple of an electric toothbrush that you can get. With no interchange heads, only one mode, and powered by a single AA battery, there isn't much going on with this brush. The simplicity might be attractive for some; however, if you're after a basic brush, you may just want to opt for a manual toothbrush. While it is easy to operate, cleaning it is a little more challenging. The grooved grip collects gunk, and the mechanism that controls the head has small holes that let water in. We could not locate a built-in drain, and as a result, we noticed that it became stinky fairly quickly.

With only one operating mode, this brush is incredibly easy to use.
With only one operating mode, this brush is incredibly easy to use.
Credit: Laura Casner

Battery Life


This device is energy efficient. It runs off of a single AA battery and lasted for a total of six hours and 52 minutes before it died; that equals about 103 days of brushing for two minutes, twice a day. There is no built-in battery level indicator, so it would be wise to have a spare AA on hand.

The one redeaming quality with this model is its incredibly...
The one redeaming quality with this model is its incredibly long-lasting battery.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


The D White Action is a low scorer in the two most heavily weighted metrics, comfort and cleanliness. Its overall score is slightly improved due to its long-lasting battery and its simple functionality. While it's cheap, we'd hardly call it a good value.
Oral-B offers a range of electric toothbrushes; the 3-D is the...
Oral-B offers a range of electric toothbrushes; the 3-D is the cheapest.
Credit: Laura Casner

Conclusion


The Oral-B 3D White Action has a bulky head that makes it difficult to properly clean the back of your teeth and navigate to the far reaches of your mouth. Its vibrating head feels underpowered, and our testers were able to get a better clean using this like a manual brush. This model comes with no interchange heads and only has one cleaning mode. It's difficult to keep clean, but it does have an incredibly long battery life. Given its poor performance, we'd recommend buying a manual toothbrush if you want something at this price point.

Buck Yedor