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Updated on August 16, 2022

Burst Electric Toothbrush Review

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Review Summary

  • The Burst electric toothbrush offers premium features at an affordable price
  • Charcoal bristles offer some advantages, but safety questions remain
  • Sonic technology means a deeper clean than conventional electric toothbrushes
  • Outstanding 4-week battery life
  • Subscription service is mandatory upon purchase (but you can cancel at any time)
  • Comes with 3 cleaning modes, 2-minute timer, and quad pacer
  • Lifetime warranty (with subscription plan)
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Burst 1000 Electric Toothbrush: Is it Reliable? 

The Burst 1000 sonic electric toothbrush is a sleek and attractive brush, offering premium features at an affordable price. 

From its sleek design to the activated charcoal bristles, the brush feels high-end. Adding to this luxury feel are a slew of celebrity endorsements from the likes of Chrissy Teigen, Kylie Jenner, and Kim Kardashian West.

The brush is also reliable, coming with a 1-year warranty and 90-day money-back guarantee. These are fairly standard for electric toothbrushes. 

The real highlight, however, is if you sign up for Burst’s brush head replacement subscription service. In that case, a lifetime warranty is included.

Two key features define the Burst 1000 works: 

1. Charcoal-Infused Bristles

The brush uses white binchotan charcoal bristles, specially formulated to absorb teeth stains and kill bacteria. Burst says this helps it remove plaque without irritating gums. 

The bristles are also flexible and contoured. They are able to reach into gaps and the gumline easily.

Because they’re charcoal, the bristles wear out more slowly. One Burst brush head lasts 4 months before needing to be replaced. 

Compared to the usual 3 months for other brands, this means more savings and greater convenience in the long run.

2. Sonic Technology

The Burst toothbrush is a sonic brush, meaning it vibrates much faster than traditional electric toothbrushes. 

The Burst toothbrush vibrates at 33,000 brush strokes per minute (BPM). For comparison, most regular electric toothbrushes are closer to the 2,500 to 7,500 range. It’s more than 10x more effective than a manual toothbrush.

Sonic brushes also use fluid dynamics to push toothpaste and water into the gaps between your teeth and your gum line. 

This helps clean your mouth more thoroughly and protect against cavities and gingivitis.

Other features of the Burst toothbrush include: 

  • Three cleaning modes: Whiten, Sensitive, and Massage (for gums)
  • Two-minute timer to encourage optimal brushing 
  • Thirty-second interval pacer reminding you to move to the next quadrant of your mouth
  • 4-week battery life
  • USB charger
  • Subscription service for regular replacement brush head deliveries
  • 90-day money-back guarantee
  • USB charging dock
  • Built-in pressure sensor
  • Lifetime warranty (with subscription)

For anyone who wants a premium toothbrush without paying premium prices, the Burst sonic electric toothbrush is an attractive yet affordable alternative.

Are Charcoal Toothbrushes Safe?

Charcoal in oral care has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, but it actually goes back to ancient times. Burnt rice husks have been used as a brush material in southern India for many centuries. 

Proponents of charcoal point to its antimicrobial properties and ability to remove plaque and stains. Some studies back this up.

For example, a 2018 study of 50 people found that those who brushed with charcoal bristles for 1 week had half the bacteria as those who didn’t.5

A study from 2019 found that charcoal infused bristles removed more plaque than traditional nylon bristles.4 They also wore out more slowly4.4

Some dentists are hesitant to endorse the use of charcoal in oral care, citing abrasiveness and other safety concerns. These concerns have led the American Dental Association to withhold its Seal of Acceptance from charcoal-based dental products.

Ultimately, there isn’t enough conclusive evidence for charcoal toothbrushes being either safe or unsafe. Those who are prone to tooth decay may need to exercise caution.

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Pros and Cons of the Burst 1000 Electric Toothbrush

Here are some pros and cons of the Burst toothbrush:

PROS

  • Attractive design
  • Superb battery life
  • Sonic technology
  • Multiple modes
  • Brush automatically turns off after 2 minutes
  • Brush heads last 4 months
  • Subscription replacement brush head service
  • Built-in pressure sensor
  • Lifetime warranty (with subscription)

CONS

  • Charcoal bristles could be a problem for some
  • Need to sign up for subscription to buy the brush
  • Bristles are soft to effectively scrub the tongue
  • Not one of the smallest brushes
  • No ADA Seal of Acceptance
  • Some complain brush’s size makes it difficult to clean back teeth

My Experience Using the Burst Electric Toothbrush

I’ve been using the Burst for almost a month now and it’s quickly become one of my favorite electric toothbrushes. I found myself impressed with the number of features the brush offers, as well as its sleek design. 

The battery life in particular is a highlight. With a single charge lasting a full month, I could easily see myself taking this on extended trips. 

My teeth weren’t significantly whitened from using the Burst. But more importantly, I didn’t notice any signs of abrasion or sensitivity either. 

If anything, the bristles were too soft, making it difficult to scrub the tongue effectively. 

Overall, I don’t have many complaints about this brush. Even the subscription service being mandatory is arguably a benefit, since brushing with worn out bristles damages enamel. 

And the subscription can be canceled at any time, so there’s no risk.

Burst vs. Sonicare: Which is Better? 

The Burst toothbrush compares favorably in a head-to-head match-up with Sonicare brushes. Both are sonic toothbrushes, but there are three areas where the Burst exceeds many Sonicare models.

One is battery life. A single charge lasts 4 weeks and the battery charges in just an hour. This beats out the far more expensive Sonicare DiamondClean’s 3-week battery life. 

It also cleans at a slightly higher frequency. Sonicare brush heads vibrate at around 31,000 BPM whereas the Burst clocks in at 33,000.

Finally, you save more on brush heads. With Burst, you’ll spend roughly $30 on replacement brush heads per year versus the $40 you’d spend with Sonicare.

Price Summary & Where to Buy 

A Burst kit comes with a Burst sonic toothbrush, USB charging dock, and 1 brush head. The brush is available in a variety of colors, including black, white, rose gold, and lavender.

The kit currently retails for $69 on Amazon, but can be found for less on Burst’s website

When you go to check out, you’ll be informed that you’ll receive a $7 delivery of a replacement brush head every 12 weeks. That’s roughly $30 a year (not including tax).

Is the Burst 1000 Toothbrush Right for You?

If you’re looking for a sleek toothbrush that packs a slew of premium features into an affordable package, the Burst toothbrush is for you. 

However, if you have weak enamel or are otherwise susceptible to tooth decay, you may wish to consider other options. 

If you don’t like subscriptions, you may also be put off, but it's worth noting you can cancel at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do you cancel your Burst subscription?

Send an email to hello@burstoracare.com asking them to cancel your subscription. You can also go into your account settings or use the chat feature.

How do you reset the brush?

Simply place the brush on the charging station and press, hold the Power Button for 5 seconds, then let go. 

How long does it take for the brush to recharge?

You can get your Burst toothbrush to a full charge in roughly an hour.

How do you clean your Burst brush?

After each use, rinse the brush and dry the handle thoroughly. Wash gently with soapy water or wipe down with rubbing alcohol if extra care is required.

How long do Burst toothbrushes last?

A full charge on a Burst toothbrush lasts 4 weeks.

Burst 1000 Electric Toothbrush

The Burst 1000 is a brush that feels high-end but without the high-end price tag. 

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Summary

Burst’s toothbrush provides strong value through its slew of impressive features and solid reliability. The battery life is outstanding, making this a good travel brush. With purchase of a subscription, replacement brush heads and a lifetime warranty are included, further adding to the brush’s overall value.

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Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Superb battery life
  • Sonic technology
  • Multiple modes
  • Brush automatically turns off after 2 minutes
  • Brush heads last 4 months
  • Subscription replacement brush head service
  • Built-in pressure sensor
  • Lifetime warranty (with subscription)

Cons

  • Charcoal bristles could be a problem for some
  • Need to sign up for a subscription to buy the brush
  • Bristles are soft to effectively scrub the tongue
  • Not one of the smallest brushes
  • No ADA Seal of Acceptance
  • Some complain brush’s size makes it difficult to clean back teeth
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Last updated on August 16, 2022
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