How to Choose: FOREO ISSA Hybrid vs. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Electric Toothbrush

December 7, 2017 • Live Well / Innovation

Not sure which brush will really make you smile? Let us help you out!


For many years, the only option when purchasing an electric toothbrush was a standard design with basic features. While Philips and Oral B are great examples of brands that follow this conventional approach to oral care, they always tend to leave little to the imagination.

FOREO, one of the world’s most innovative beauty brands saw the need for a change, and in August 2014 they launched ISSA, the first redesign of the electric toothbrush in over 60 years. Since it’s debut – ISSA has taken the oral care market by storm with it’s innovative range that features five different models.

Although all toothbrushes claim to be effective – they are certainly not all created equal. Torn between a traditional electric toothbrush such as the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean or a next generation model like ISSA Hybrid from FOREO? Let’s break it down for you.


The Cleanest Way To Brush

Your toothbrush is currently sitting on your bathroom counter – still wet from when you brushed your teeth this morning – and if it’s the Sonicare DiamondClean or any other nylon-bristled toothbrush, there’s a high probability it’s collecting loads of bacteria as you’re reading this sentence. With that being said, a hygienic, bacteria-resistant toothbrush is the only way to ensure a whole mouth clean, and with the ISSA range, it’s totally attainable.

FOREO’s ISSA Hybrid features a cross-design of durable PBT polymer bristles and ultra-soft medical grade silicone with a flexible brush head. The natural properties of silicone and PBT polymer harbor less bacteria and therefore are much healthier than nylon bristled brushes.

In fact, the ISSA Hybrid replaceable brush head is so clean that it lasts up to six months before it needs to be replaced.

For Sonicare’s electric toothbrush, they recommend you change the brush head every three months, meaning you need to fork over cash four times a year to replace it. If you go with ISSA, it’s like you’re already saving money. #WINNING


Impressive Technology

All toothbrushes clean your teeth, but ISSA Hybrid features sonic pulse technology that elevates your level of brushing. With 8 adjustable speeds to choose from, the hybrid bristles channel 183 high-intensity pulsations per second to create micro-sweeps that effectively and gently clean the teeth and gums.

The ideal brushing experience offers an invigorating clean that is strong on plaque, but still gentle on gums and the ISSA Hybrid always delivers that experience with the combination of silicone bristles and PBT-polymer. Compared to the Sonicare DiamondClean, which only has a mere 3 speeds and harsh nylon bristles, ISSA’s technology reigns superior.


Extra Long-Lasting Charge

What’s the most annoying part of having an electric toothbrush that you can think of? Let me guess…..constantly having to charge it? Thought so.

ISSA Hybrid features an incredible battery life – a 1-hour charge lasts up to 365 uses!

Yes- you read that correctly. Not only do you only need to charge the device once or twice per year – the actual charger is a tiny USB and won’t take up any valuable space on your vanity.

Unfortunately, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush needs to be recharged every 21 days –  you can’t even go a full month without need to charge your toothbrush…how annoying.

In this category I think we can all agree it’s a no-brainer which is more ideal.


Price Point

In comparison to a manual toothbrush, electric toothbrushes are always more expensive, but that doesn’t mean you should be spending an arm and a leg. A Sonicare DiamondClean will cost you around $220 USD, while ISSA Hybrid is priced at only $169 USD. Combined with the fact that you need to buy a new brush head every few months for Sonicare brushes, ISSA by FOREO is a steal.





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Born and bred in Buffalo, New York, Mollie is a self-diagnosed coffee addict who loves exploring new places and taking selfies with her dog Archie.

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