Burst Sonic Toothbrush Review
Burst oral care is the new kid on the block when it comes to electric toothbrushes. In a market place dominated by big players like Oral-B and Sonicare, Burst has arrived on the scene with some refreshing ideas designed to inspire higher levels of oral care and awareness. Founded in 2017 by Hamish Khayat, Burst offers high-quality toothbrushes, toothpaste, and teeth whitening products through a direct ship subscription service. By cutting out middle-men retailers, Burst is able to distribute premium products direct to the consumer at excitingly cheap prices. When Burst invited us to take a closer look at their sonic electric toothbrush, we were happy to oblige. Read on to find out more.
David Cruickshank is an author who’s coverage focuses on consumer products, technology, and innovation.
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Unboxing the toothbrush
Burst is a subscription service that’s similar to the dollar shave club except that instead of razors its oral health products. When you sign up for the toothbrush service, you will receive the Burst starter pack. Inside, you will find –
- 1 x toothbrush handle.
- 1 x charger.
- 1 x power plug.
- 1 x Cleaning head.
- 1 x instruction pack.
This particular toothbrush costs $69.99 when you order online from Burst, but it is also possible to get it from some community dentists for a reduced rate of $39.99. After the initial purchase, the subscription costs $6 to have a replacement cleaning head sent every 3 months.
Burst Sonic Toothbrush Features
Burst has developed a full-featured brush that has all the functionality you would expect from a mid-level or premium toothbrush. It is quite noticeable that Burst has concentrated on key features like speed, cleaning head design and battery performance.
The Burst toothbrush is an ultra- high powered toothbrush that uses a cleaning motion similar to the popular Philips Sonicare range.
The Burst brush rates at 33,000 strokes per minute making it more powerful than the 31,000 strokes per minute used by the current Sonicare toothbrushes.
The high intensity back and forth motion easily disrupts plaque and food from the teeth surface. An additional benefit of the sonic motion is that a mixture of water, toothpaste, and saliva gets forced in between the teeth to make contact with areas that would otherwise go untouched.
The Burst electric toothbrush has 3 different cleaning modes that can be selected by pressing the power button –
Whitening Cleaning Mode
The whitening cleaning program shows the toothbrush working at its top speed of 33,000 vibrations per minute. This is the default cleaning program and would be suitable for most people’s daily teeth cleaning routine.
Sensitive Cleaning Mode
This cleaning program is designed for people who suffer from sensitive teeth. The operating speed is cut from 33,000 to 31,000 vibrations per minute to give a more gentle clean.
This mode has a pulsing action that is designed to stimulate blood flow and improve gum health.
In recent years charcoal has become a popular ingredient in everything from shampoo to toothpaste. But this the first time we have seen it used on an electric toothbrush.
Burst has infused the cleaning bristles with high-quality Binchotan charcoal nano-particles to increase the cleaning capacity of each toothbrush bristle.
Although charcoal has a huge capacity to adsorb certain kinds of chemicals, toxins, and impurities there is currently no evidence on its effectiveness when applied to toothbrush bristles. That is not to say it doesn’t have a positive effect and we would certainly welcome more research on the use of activated carbon in health products, but it is fair to say we can’t comment on any tangible benefits.
Having said that, Burst attributes the softness of the bristles to the charcoal coating so it is is a feature of functionality rather than just a gimmick. The bristles are made from Polybutylene Terephthalate which is a very durable material that absorbs less water than normal nylon allowing the bristles to maintain their structure and form when wet.
This softer, gentler, cleaning head is one of the main difference between the Burst and Sonicare toothbrushes. The Burst brush operates at 33,000 movements per minute which is actually more powerful than the Sonicare but Burst is of the opinion that a toothbrush this powerful shouldn’t have hard bristles simply because what you don’t want, is to damage your teeth enamel. Plaque is actually quite easy to remove and it is better to have a high-intensity cleaning action combined with soft bristles than a brush that is overly aggressive.
The next time you brush your teeth, pay attention to your technique and you might be surprised to find out how random it is!
Many of use place the toothbrush in our mouths and then zig-zag to different areas of the mouth in a haphazard motion. A more effective method is to split the mouth into segments and concentrate on each area one at a time.
The Burst toothbrush comes with two charging options –
- Power Socket
- USB 2.0
You can charge the battery by plugging into the wall socket as normal or alternatively you can use the USB 2.0 connector to charge from any computer or compatible USB charging bank.
Having tested numerous electric toothbrushes in the past, we have found that the battery is the component that usually fails first. When an electric toothbrush stops working, nine times out of ten it is because of the battery failing to charge correctly. Burst has opted to use a high-spec 700 Milliampere per hour lithium-ion battery to bolster the battery performance and life span.
We found the battery to be quick charging with a full charge giving about 30 days of use when sticking to a 2 minute brushing session morning and night. At the time of writing, we have had the Burst toothbrush on test for about 6 months so we can’t comment on the life-span of the battery. However, it is worth mentioning that Burst offers a lifetime guarantee on their electric toothbrushes so even if the battery should fail after a couple of years the customer will get a new one free of charge.
To subscribe to the Burst toothbrush service, you will need to visit – BurstOralCare.com. From there you can choose the color of brush you would like and select any of the optional accessories available. When you arrive at the checkout webpage you can agree to the subscription terms and complete the trans
The subscription service is for the replacement of the cleaning heads only. After subscribing you can cancel at any time and it is possible to buy the toothbrush as a single purchase without subscribing at all. The toothbrush is available in white, black and rose gold.
Burst Sonic Toothbrush review
The Burst toothbrush is extremely similar in design and function to the popular Sonicare models. So for the purpose of the review, we matched it to the premium Sonicare DiamonClean toothbrush to compare it on performance and value
The build quality on the Burst is nice, it features a stylish quilted effect on the handle that acts as a grip for your hand. Since the toothbrush is also water sealed, you can use it in the shower and rinse it under the tap to keep it clean.
The Burst toothbrush comes with three useful cleaning modes that can be selected by pressing the multi-function power button.
The Burst has fewer cleaning modes compared to some of the other top-tiered toothbrushes like the DiamondClean but this doesn’t feel like a drawback since most of these extra modes are rarely used anyway.
With an operating speed of 31,000 movements, the Burst can claim to be the world’s most powerful toothbrush but the cleaning experience does not feel overly aggressive at all! This is due to the softness of the charcoal coated cleaning bristles.
What we can say is that the Burst toothbrush is effective at removing the plaque biofilm that accumulates on your teeth every day. To test the cleaning efficiency of toothbrushes we used disclosing tablets to expose the plaque to the naked eye and then examined how well the cleaning head removes it. When tested with disclosing tablets we found the Burst toothbrush did a great job removing the plaque stains with a minimum of effort. We like the fact that the Burst comes with a USB connector which allows it to be charged from any computer as well as from the normal power socket.
We think this Burst Sonic toothbrush represents great value for money. The build quality, features, and performance compare well with anything in the popular Sonicare or Oral-B product ranges. We especially like how Burst has combined high-speed head motion with the soft Binchotan charcoal infused brushes. It gives a soft and comfortable clean while still proving to be exceptional at removing plaque.
Although you can buy the toothbrush and cleaning heads direct from Burst at extremely competitive prices, there is also extra value to be had if you commit to their subscription service. A replacement head will cost just $6 direct to your door which is about half the retail price of this DiamondClean. In addition, provided you stay subscribed, Burst gives you a lifetime guarantee on the toothbrush, which is a really incredible deal that you won’t find from any other toothbrush manufacturer. So, if you are looking for a high-quality toothbrush at a great price combined with a hassle-free cleaning head subscription service, we would recommend you check out Burst, it’s a no-brainer!
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