I’m not sure if you knew this, but dental hygiene is super important. Oh, you’ve heard that, too? Then you’ll be that much more excited to learn about the ISSA Toothbrush by FOREO ($199). ISSA is a silicone toothbrush that’s designed to be gentle on tooth enamel and gums. FOREO makes replacement brush heads ($24.90), and they also have a smaller ISSA mini ($119) for kids.
There are a few perks to using the ISSA: a charge lasts 365 days (awesome), it doesn’t require a charging station (charges via USB when needed), you only need to replace the brush head once a year, and there are eight different pulsation speeds. And bonus, it comes with a pouch, great for when you travel. It’s a HUGE pro that a charging station isn’t required, because my bathroom sink is tiny, and Xavier already has an electric toothbrush permanently stationed on the corner.
The brush itself is lightweight, much lighter than my battery operated toothbrush, and the vibration is incredibly quiet. You might be thinking, “Why does it matter how quiet my toothbrush is?” but when I was traveling last weekend and stayed in a room with 3 other people, it made for a stealthy morning routine. The pulsating pauses every 30 seconds to remind you to move on to the next quadrant of your mouth.
There are a few things that I don’t love about this toothbrush. The USB cord they provide is super short, so it was impossible for me to charge this in my bathroom without letting it dangle from the wall, but luckily you only have to charge it once every six months, assuming you brush twice a day. The silicone is very gentle on the gums, but I also feel like it’s not cleaning my teeth 100%, though that could be due to the size of the brush head. The brush head is large, which took some getting used to.
I love the design of the ISSA Toothbrush and a lot of the perks that come with it (seriously, no charging station, no battery changing.. love it), but ultimately I don’t find it’s better at cleaning my teeth than my electric toothbrush, and when it comes down to it, the cleanliness of my teeth is the most important part of the whole equation.
The product was provided by iFabbo for the purpose of testing and reviewing.