Foreo Issa Oral Care Device | Pros and Cons

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What, exactly is the Issa by Foreo

According to Foreo, the Issa is a "new type of toothbrush that feels different from standard electric toothbrushes as it uses silicone bristles with pulsation technology for both cleaning and a healthy gum massage."

This stylish, ultra hygienic nonporous silicone electric brush unit is compact, fits nicely in the hand and is easy to hold, use and keep clean.

This toothbrush has a built in timer that guides you to brush for the recommended two minutes, giving a series of pauses every thirty seconds to remind you to move to the next quadrant. The soft silicone bristles are designed to rub the teeth clean, rather than scratching them like standard nylon bristle brushes. The soft bristles and pulsations give the gums a lovely, gentle massage.

The large-ish oval brush head, up close with the silicone bristles. The brush head is easy to clean and, unlike standard nylon bristle brush heads only needs to be changed once a year.

In the handle of the Issa are the controls. The buttons are fully integrated into the material. In the center is a dip, this is the power button. There is a plus and minus sign that, when pressed will increase or reduce the intensity of the sonic pulsations.

In the acrylic foot, a light shines when the unit is in use and blinks when it is time to charge it up.

On the back of the handle is the waterproof plug in port covered by a small flap. You simply lift the flap, plug in the USB jack, plug the USB into a device like a computer to charge. I charged my Issa on my laptop. A full charge only takes an hour or two and should last about six months.

This brush and charger would be great for travel, as the charge not only lasts a long time, the cord is light and short and, since it plugs into a device to charge, you don't have to worry about packing an additional adapter, if you are heading overseas.

Also included with the Foreo Issa is a neoprene sleeve that is great for travel or storage.

The brush head easily detaches from the base unit for cleaning or changing.

So. I have been using this brush for a while now and it definitely has it's pros and cons. Let's run them down.


  • This is one stylish, good looking oral care device. The Foreo Issa is smoothly covered in coloured silicone, has that oval shaped head and at the bottom, a clear, acrylic foot from which shines an indicator light when the unit is in use and blinks when it wants to be charged. 
  • The unit charges fast and it holds a charge for a long time. 
  • The Issa is easy to keep clean and hygienic. 
  • The soft, silicone bristles and sonic pulsations give the gums a lovely, gentle massage. 
  • The unit has a built in timer and gives a little pause every thirty seconds to remind you to move from quadrant to quadrant, for the recommended two minute brushing session. 
  • The brush head is a bit large and with my small jaw (it's small... you should see my dentist or hygienist trying to get in there to work on my back teeth) took a bit of getting used to. 
  • The brush bristles, while soft and gentle on my gums, doesn't clean as effectively as I had hoped. The bristles can't get in between my teeth, it struggles with cleaning the irregular surface of my not perfectly straight teeth and it misses a lot. My teeth just don't feel as clean after using it and I have to floss and rinse like I'm being paid for it to get leftover residue out from between my teeth. 
  • I have a small partial and this brush is useless for cleaning the little guy. I had to haul out my manual brush to clean it, every time I brushed. Oy. So, twice a day, I was hauling out two brushes and using extra toothpaste. Taking that much extra time... Nope. 
Bottom line, the Foreo Issa is a good concept that just doesn't work for me in day to day real life use. I'm back to using my manual brush. 

The Foreo Issa, $199.00 is available from the Foreo website. It comes in four colours. There is also a mini version for kiddos. Replacement brush heads are $24.90 and come in colours to match your brush unit. Or you could buy a contrasting colour for a fun, new look. 

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Do you own a Foreo Issa? What has been your experience with this device? Would you consider purchasing one? Please tell me what you think. 

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