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BURST Sonic Toothbrush Review: Can It Keep Up with a Sonicare?

2.7
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In our quest to find the best electric toothbrush, we have our next review. Almost since their inception, sonic toothbrushes have been released into two distinct categories: expensive and powerful, or cheap and useless.

This is because the machinery required to make the sonic “non-contact cleaning” effect work usually costs well above the same parts you’d see on an oscillating model. This meant that the gold-standard brushes like those released by Phillips under the Sonicare brand were often out of the price range of your average brusher.


But now the BURST sonic toothbrush is looking to change all that with its discounted price, subscription-based brush head sales, and dentist-recommended distribution scheme. But does the brush live up to the hype? Read on in my BURST Sonic Toothbrush Review to find out!

BURST Sonic Toothbrush Overview

Availability: Now
Price: $69.99 direct, $39.99 through dental offices

Summary: The BURST brush makes a lot of promises and offers a cheap subscription model for head replacements, but fails to deliver where it really matters: cleaning power.

What We Liked

  • Cheap heads through subscription
  • Sleek design

What We Didn’t

  • Terrible results on the egg test
  • Some may not like the subscribe-only purchase scheme
  • No pressure sensor
  • Can’t compete with comparatively-priced Sonicare models

 
Burst Sonic Toothbrush
Brushing Modes3
Vibrations Per Minute33,000
Built-in Bluetooth
Pressure Sensor
Brush Heads Included1
Battery Life4 weeks

BURST Sonic Toothbrush Design

burst brush design

The BURST brush’s design is sleek and holds well in the hand.

The BURST brush is a brand new sonic toothbrush that just went on sale late last year, and as we’d expect with a product this new it also features many modern design accents that set it apart from the pack.

The BURST has a sleek feel in the hand, with just the right amount of grip thanks to its diamond-latticed bottom. The BURST comes in either white or matte black color schemes, and has three setting LEDs draped down the front.

The charging station is about as minimal as it gets, utilizing a perfectly square holder that doesn’t take up much space and plugs directly into any USB port or the included USB wall-block. The one neat innovation here is the removable cover that sits on top of the charging unit itself, designed to catch any drips or leftover toothpaste and can be easily washed independently of the charger or thrown into the dishwasher for quick cleanup.

BURST Sonic Toothbrush Brushing Performance

The BURST features three brushing modes (whitening, sensitive, and massage), as well as a quadpacer timer that vibrates every 30 seconds to let you know to change to another section of your mouth. It advertises around four weeks of usage on a single charge, which is just about standard for this type of brush in most testing scenarios.

The BURST’s primary selling point is that it offers a professional-level clean for a pauper-level price, fueled by a motor that achieves up to 33,000 sonic vibrations per minute. The rub of the whole thing though?

The comparatively priced Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 nearly doubles that output for the exact same price as the BURST with its own 62,000 VPM motor (and the Philips comes with a pressure sensor too).

As we’ve done with all the electric toothbrushes tested here at Gadget Review, to find out just how much cleaning power the BURST has we stained an egg in coffee for a week and then ran the brush along the shell for 30 seconds to simulate one quadrant of a brushing cycle. We also used the brush ourselves to get a more subjective feel of how clean our teeth felt before and after using the brush, and in both these tests the BURST fell totally flat on its face.

burst brush performance

The BURST had abysmal performance on our egg test, showing no improvement at all.

Normally we would include two pictures above, representing the before and after results of how well the BURST did in the egg test. But we only needed one this time around, because even after extending the brush time an extra 30 seconds there was literally no difference in how the egg looked after we were finished.

More dedicated readers might know that during our tests for the Electric Toothbrush roundup we almost always saw improved results from oscillating brushes compared to the sonic variant, but even then at leas the sonic brushes we tested then did something.

Similarly when brushing my teeth with the BURST I couldn’t really even tell if it was working beyond what you’d get with a standard non-electric toothbrush, most likely due to the fact that its motor — despite being touted as a great deal for the price — was less than half as powerful as the competition in this price bracket.

BURST Sonic Toothbrush Review Conclusion

While I was excited to try out the BURST and was interested to see if it could deliver on all its promises, I was sorely disappointed to find that it barely even made a dent in my dental hygiene, and couldn’t even scratch the surface of our coffee-stained egg.

Ultimately there have been studies which prove that if you’re shopping on a budget you’re always going to get more cleaning power out of an oscillating brush than a sonic brush, and as we mentioned above this is simply down to the cost of parts to bring each type of brush to their full potential.

If you’re determined to go the sonic route and have $69.99 to spend, you’re much better off going with the 62,000 VPM motor found on the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 (plus you don’t have to sign up for any subscription models which charges $6.00 every three months to replace the head). BURST is merely a case of sleek design and nonsense marketing, and very little innovation to be found on the actual product itself.

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Reader Rating47 Votes2.25
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Despite its forward thinking design, and subscription model, this brush didn't perform as well as comparably price brand name models.
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28 Comments to BURST Sonic Toothbrush Review: Can It Keep Up with a Sonicare?

  1. Rdh
    5
    All my patients love it

    I have not had a single one of these brushes returned yet! I am a hygienist that has recommended it my clients for some time now and I follow up with every single one of them to make sure they are happy.

    Not a single one has needed to start a return on the 90 day full money back guarantee!

    When I personally call them what I hear is that it works well, is soft, doesn’t shake as bad as competitors but gives them a great clean!

    I agree with all the listed above from my own use, I love the brush head design and have retired two other competitors because this brush is amazing. I will continue to recommend this product over its competitors.

    As far as not having an app? I don’t find my clients use the app, but that’s just my clients.

    Try it yourself and leave a review for yourself
    You can find codes all over the internet to get it for $39.99
    And if you don’t like it then send it back for a full refund!
    There customer service is polite and quick as well.
    I have never had an issue with them not responding quickly.

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  2. Ben
    4.9
    Love our Burst!

    My wife and I have both used the Oral B and now have owned the Burst for almost a month. There is no comparison. My gums have improved tremendously using the Burst and that is based on my latest cleaning visit to my dentist. We both love using our Burst and will never go back. Brushing our teeth has never been so good. The 30 second feature is so helpful.

    We have recommended the Burst to family and friends.

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  3. Sasha
    5
    BURST IS EXCEPTIONAL

    STRONGLY DISAGREE with this review. It’s worth knowing that I’ve used Sonicare for 10 years, tried Oral B, Quip, and even a Goby. First brush with my new Burst and I threw my 100 dollar Sonicare in the trash. This is the best brush I’ve ever used and it feels like my mouth has not been cleaner. I was apprehensive about the charcoal bristles but they are very soft and I find that the different bristle lengths really get into the nooks and crannies in ways that the others don’t. The brush is so premium, it looks great on my bedside table and I like that it hasn’t complicated the brushing experience with completely unnecessary tech that doesn’t improve the brushing experience. I have sensitive and recession prone gums along with moderately sensitive teeth — not even mild irritation (a rather normal result of Sonicare brushing). We aren’t stupid, we know that clinical studies haven’t been published on charcoal and its long-term impact on oral health, but you need to understand that the brush head isn’t made entirely from charcoal. Its infused with charcoal, a specific kind, that is heavily processed and only functions to improve the power of the motor (due to lighter weight) as well as the softness of the bristles. And they’re soft. Softer than any toothbrush I’ve used. And this article is right, it is not that inventive. Normal sonic toothbrush but it has an exceptional brush head like no other on the market. Quip is sleek design and nonsense marketing, Burst eliminates the middleman and spends very little on marketing because it sells itself. Dental professionals use it, love it, and help their patients get a premium toothbrush for 39.99. Nothing slimy about a lifetime warranty either, just saying. Try it.

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  4. BILL use a regular brush GUY
    1
    DO NOT TRUST BRUSH

    Regardless of the usefulness of the brush, we cannot ignore the fact that BRUSH the company is a terrible company with awful customer service, purchasing options, and sincerely just wants to reach in your pocket. Would any of you conduct business with Donald Trump?

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    • Schfift

      It could just be it’s a great toothbrush you just have a crappy mouth responding for my Good friend Donald

    • Russ

      Please… why be political about this. BTW… President Trump is doing a great job, and if it wasn’t for all the obstruction from the Democratic Party, he’d be able to fulfill all his campaign promises. IMO, Trump is the best POTUS in the last 100 yrs… at the very least. I doesn’t look like your beef is against the toothbrush, but against the company. Also, Trump has nothing to do with this company.

  5. HARRY

    I ordered and purchased the rose gold toothbrush. The introductory offer promised me 3 additional brushes with my purchase. They were not included in my order when it was received. There is no telephone to call these people. I have emailed them twice and have received standard – non-helpful replies that have failed to answer my question. They say they will call — but they never do. I’m requesting my money back — I want nothing to do with this company.

    • Christy

      U get 1 with brush , then one every 3 months for 3 months equals 4 total or 1 yr supply of brush heads

    • Leah

      I believe the other 3 will come over the each quarter of the year cause it’s a yearly subscription service. So when u ordered u got the handle & 1 head then over 3 mths they automatically send u 1 new head which will equal 3 heads. Got it now?

  6. Erin

    Sonicare advertises 60000 movements per minute which is the same as 30000 strokes. A movement is one direction (‘there’) and a stroke is two directions (‘there and back’). So ultimately they are about the same power-wise.

  7. Dental Hygienist
    2.4
    MLM Toothbrush

    I’m a dental professional and I highly dislike this brush. The bristles feel very abrasive and there is no clear indication of a pressure sensor. My teeth do not feel as clean after brushing with this brush in comparison to my Oral B Genius brush. I wouldn’t recommend this toothbrush to any of my patients. I also got roped into the subscription and haven’t been able to cancel it. I got charged for several brush heads before I received any. I haven’t received all of the replacement heads that I’ve paid for. They’re only $3.00 a piece but it’s still annoying to pay for a service that can’t follow through. P.S. The company is a multi-level marketing company, which means the people who sell it get commission. A typical pyramid scheme.

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    • Michelle

      This brush has the softest bristles I’ve ever used.
      If you contacted customer service they get back to you so quickly it’s amazing.
      I asked the company about being MLM once reading your comment and before buying my brush and this is not true. Dentists and hygienists get compensated a small amount directly when recommending the brush but there is no level above them. It’s the company and then dental people, that’s it.
      Please stop spreading false info

      • Samantha

        You obviously have never used the brush. A hot marshmallow is more abrasive than these bristles. They are the softest bristles I’ve ever felt, there is a pressure sensor, it is not a MLM, the subscription is optional and you can start/stop it as much as or whenever you want. Since you literally got everything wrong I’m assuming you don’t actually own one.

        • Bonnie meada
          4.9

          Lolol hot marshmallow! I agree! This is the softest brush I’ve ever used. I’m a dental hygienist and I didn’t think I would even like it because it’s so soft. But after brushing with it my teeth felt great!

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  8. Cynthia
    5
    BURST is Best

    I absolutely love my BURST toothbrush, switched from sonicare after 11 years! Being in the dental profession I can say my teeth feel cleaner now !

    Some reason it won’t let me give all 5’s

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  9. Lauren B.
    5
    Amazing Brush

    Shocked at this article and poor score. I couldn’t disagree more. My teeth feel polished after every use. The bristles are so soft which is a huge bonus. They are also infused with charcoal. Love the 3 month shipment on brush heads because that’s how often they should be changed. Lifetime warranty is also huge.

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  10. Clare Luffman

    Oh my gosh! I couldn’t disagree more!! I LOVE this brush!! My teeth feel like I just had a professional cleaning!! And a friend gave me a coupon code, so I got it for $39!! So fabulous!! (And I can’t believe I’m saying that about a toothbrush!! Ha ha!!!! :))

      • Chau

        Hi Tay, you can actually use any Ambassador’s code to purchase the brush at $39.99. I am a BURST Ambassador and if you’d like to use my code, you’re more than welcome to. It’s CZSMNH. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! #BURSTAmbassador

  11. Chelsea
    5
    Great Brush

    I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with this review. For me, this brush cleans amazing. After one use my teeth were whiter and felt just like I had my teeth cleaned by a hygienist. I love the design and the different modes because sometimes the “whitening” mode was too much for me. I will say that this was my first electric toothbrush purchase. I have not used a Sonicare, but I probably won’t ever because of how pricey they are. I am more than satisfied with the Burst brush and only had to pay $30 for it! I also love that they will automatically send you a replacement head every 6 months so I don’t have to think about ordering one. Overall this is a wonderful brush and am not sure how it deserves a 2.7 rating.

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  12. Brenda
    4.9
    BURST is my 1st choice!

    I absolutely love my BURST sonic toothbrush! My teeth feel so clean all day. I like that it stays charged for at least 4 weeks at a time. It’s priced so that everyone can afford it. With my hygienists code I was able to get my BURST brush for only $39.99. And for me not to have to think about when the last time I replace my brush head is a life saver, especially at only $6. With the best warranty out there, I’m going to stay with BURST!

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  13. Mary
    5
    Excellent brush.!

    I have tried numerous powered brushes. Burst is by far, the best value for your money. Your vpm is misleading and who the heck Is going to use the blue tooth? Braun Oral B states the blue tooth is capable of sending your toothbrushing info to your Dental Office …. that’s a bit much… like sending your Doctor your bowel movement info

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  14. Elle
    4.8
    I’m very happy with the BURST brush!

    I feel like you got a bad brush or something because the BURST brush I received is pretty powerful and sometimes I wonder if I might need to use the sensitive setting because it’s so strong. When I take it out of my mouth and it’s still on, toothpaste flies everywhere (I did not have this issue with my previous two sonic brushes because they didn’t compare to the power). The thing I love most is the rubber polisher. And my teeth feel so much cleaner! I can tell a difference at the end of the day compared to my other electric brushes. Also, I easily found a coupon code to buy the brush for $39.99 direct. I have never once recommended an electric toothbrush to anyone OR written a review but I immediately told my sister about how much I loved it and she bought hers right away and is happy too. Did you really do your research or charge the brush before using it??

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  15. mike

    Im not sure what to think of this guys review. Nothing he has stated can be verified. Additionally he states that the brush has no pressure sensor, however I bought the brush and it states in the manual that it has a pressure sensor. One of 2 people is wrong and if its burst im sure there would be a class action lawsuit for false advertisement.

  16. Sky

    You said you had before and after pictures for other toothbrushes. I looked at your sonicate reviews and didn’t see any egg tests… ??

    • Patricia F Clark
      5

      I was wondering the same thing. If the egg test as so great with the Sonicare then show it the egg pictures side by side so we can see the difference. I love my Burst brush and feel it is powerful enough. I’m had a Sonicare in the past and didn’t like it because it felt too aggressive.

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  17. Anna

    I just got a refunded for my Burst. The design is great and I wanted to love it but by the end of the day I was dying to brush my teeth again, which doesn’t even happen when I use a manual toothbrush. I’m going back to my oral B. It’s worth noting though that the customer service with Burst is terrific.

  18. Matt

    The reference I’m reading for the Sonicare 5100 says it runs at 31,000 strokes per minute. What is your reference for the 62,000? Are you taking strokes per minute and doubling them to get the 62,000 VPM? If you do that for Sonicare, don’t you also have to do that for the Burst, giving them 66,000 VPM for 33,000 full strokes?

    I’m just trying to make sure that I’m understanding the science and math here. Also, do you have an egg test that you could post for the Sonicare ProtectiveClean, just for comparisons sake?

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