You may have previously read on our blog that I am a real fan of the Burst electric toothbrush. It’s my go to brush and I still love it over a year later! When I heard that the company was coming out with a kids version I was super excited to give it a try. Our two 7-year-olds have been through a few different toothbrushes and most recently we were using the Sonicare for kids electric toothbrush. This toothbrush was great as far as efficacy goes, however it was not necessarily “fun” for the girls to use. In my continued quest to find the most engaging and effective electric toothbrush for kids, I decided to try out the new Burst Kids toothbrush and here is my honest review.
*Please note that I purchased this toothbrush with my own money and that this review is 100% my personal opinion.
The Burst Kids toothbrush claims to be designed for “little mouths” to provide a comfortable, effective clean.
A few features that are mentioned right out of the gate is the 31,000 sonic vibrations per minute along with the gentle charcoal infused toothbrush bristles. The toothbrush also has a 2 minute timer with 30 second pauses to allow children to learn the proper brushing timing. The toothbrush also features 2 modes: a standard mode and a sensitive mode for those children whose mouth is very ticklish and could benefit from a little bit gentler vibrations.
First of all, let me say that I am a notorious sucker for packaging and loved the packaging that the Burst Kids toothbrush had. Each piece of the toothbrush was in separate “tear to open” compartments which were brightly colored and fun to open… so fun that I didn’t even let my girls open them with me LOL!
When I put the brush head on the toothbrush base and held it in my hand I did notice how light it was and, due to the silicone covering, how easy it was to hold onto. The color of the brush was also bright and vibrant which I loved.
After getting the toothbrush fully charged, my girls were ready to take it on a test drive. They stated it felt pretty similar to their Sonicare electric toothbrush when they were brushing, but did point out that they liked “to hold it” which I took to mean that the silicone grip felt comfortable for their little hands.
My girls did brush with both modes (standard and sensitive) but preferred the standard mode as this is what they were used to with their previous Sonicare toothbrush. In regards to the modes, I should also point out that it is very easy to switch between the modes as there are to brushing buttons – Standard which is a filled in circle and Sensitive which is the outline of a circle.
Like many other electric toothbrushes, true effectiveness typically comes down to brushing technique. I feel that the plaque removal with the Burst Kids toothbrush was just as good as the Sonicare Kids toothbrush, and even a manual toothbrush. In the instances where my girls have plaque remaining on their teeth after use of the Burst Kids toothbrush, it has been due to them not brushing well enough along the gumline, not because the toothbrush itself was not effective enough.
One thing that I feel obligated to point out here is that Burst does frequently talk about their charcoal infused bristles with both their adult and their kids toothbrush. Some may say this whitens teeth, others may chime in that this can pull more toxins/bacteria out of the oral cavity. There is however no hard evidence that charcoal infused bristles do either of these things and I am not convinced that this adds efficacy to the Burst Kids toothbrush. With that said, the bristles themselves are effective and gentle with plaque removal.
Just like the adult version, there is also a tongue scrubber on the backside of the brush head in the shape of the BURST smiley face. I don’t feel that this is terribly effective at cleaning the tongue however it is a good place for kids to start to get used to cleaning their tongue!
Overall I much prefer this toothbrush for my girls over any of the others we have tried and used, and here’s why. For starters, I love the Burst warranty policy. I have personally had a Sonicare toothbrush break before and the company would not replace it. With Burst if your toothbrush quits working they will send you a replacement as long as you have an active toothbrush head replacement subscription.
And speaking of the toothbrush replacement head subscription, I actually quite like the convenience of it. When I first began using the Burst toothbrush for myself I did not like the fact that I had to sign up for a subscription as I knew I would be locked into the $7 replacement head price with no other alternatives to finding them cheaper elsewhere. While I still don’t love being locked into a certain price I will say that it is HIGHLY convenient to have the replacement head arrive to my doorstep every 3 months and not have to worry about it at all. And when you think about it, this equates to just $28 per year for the convenience of never having to toothbrush shop again and I for one think it is well worth it.
Another thing that I love is the simplistic yet colorful design of the toothbrush. It looks nice sitting out on the counter and the girls know exactly which one is theirs (one pink and one purple) so there is never any mix up. The smooth design means that the toothbrush is also easy to clean.
Now, is there anything outrageously unique and fabulous about this toothbrush? No, not necessarily, I would say that it can get the teeth clean just the same as many other electric toothbrushes out there. I would say that it’s greatest feature that sets it apart from others is the silicone design which makes handling very easy and comfortable for little hands, plus the color options are super fun! And my girls are all about fun!
The cost of the Kids BURST toothbrush is $69.99 however if you would like to make a purchase be sure to use my discount code 9HJSLF and you can get the brush for $49.99 as well as discounts on other BURST products! Click here to head to the BURST website. (Disclosure: I do receive a small commission off of purchases and donate a portion of these proceeds to various pediatric dental advocacy groups).
Dr. Mikaeya Kalantari has been a practicing pediatric dentist for over 7 years working in both the children's hospital setting and private practice. She has had a wealth of experience treating children of all ages, and medical conditions. When it comes to serving children, she feels the importance of communication between the dentist and parent can not be emphasized enough. Dr. Kalantari practices in her family owned dental office in Mission Viejo, California