Foreo Issa Play – First Impression

Key Takeaway

My initial impression on the Foreo Issa Play is not as good as I expected it to be. Although I love the design and the concept of silicon electric toothbrush, it lacks in cleaning ability. It’s gentle on the gums, but feels less effective than my existing electric toothbrush, Oral B Pro 1000.

Detailed First Impression on Foreo Issa

Many of you might have heard of the brand Foreo. They are famous for their life changing facial cleansing device, Luna. I, too, was introduced to the Foreo brand by the Luna cleansing brush. For those of you don’t know this, the Foreo Luna is a face cleansing brush that is made out of medical grade silicon. It uses the sonic pulsation to clean your face. I owned the Forea Luna mini for over 2 years now and I am totally in love it. Not only does it leave my skin super smooth and soft after every use, it also reduced breakout on my face. Now the reason I mention the Foreo Luna first is because that is the reason why I want to try the Foreo Issa toothbrush. Since I got such amazing results from the Foreo Luna, I thought I should definitely give the toothbrush a try and see if it can upgrade my teeth cleaning experience.

A bit background on the Foreo Issa. Foreo Issa is an electric toothbrush that is made out of antibacterial silicone. Similar to the face brush, the toothbrush uses sonic pulsation to clean the teeth. Per Foreo website, the toothbrush produces 9,000 – 11,000 high-intensity pulsation per minute to effectively and gently clean your teeth.

Now, I got the Foreo Issa Play, which is the cheapest of all the Foreo Issa toothbrushes. It retails for $49 on their website. The full size Foreo Issa toothbrush retails for $169. I didn’t feel like dropping $169 on a toothbrush when I don’t even know if it will work or not. Foreo Issa Play is simply a smaller version of the regular Foreo Issa. The brush head is made of silicon bristles on the outside and PBT polymer bristles in the center. PBT polymer bristles are said to harbor less bacteria and last longer than traditional nylon bristles. The downside of the Play version is that the brush head is non-disposable. This means you should only use it for about 6 months. However, I only wanted to try the technology out, so it doesn’t matter to me.

I have to say, I was very impressed when I first opened the package. The whole design is very slick and super smooth. It’s small size and cute color also jazzes up my boring bathroom counter. The silicon bristles are super soft, just like the Foreo Luna. The PBT polymer bristles in the center feels like regular nylon bristles on my existing toothbrush, the Oral B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush. I couldn’t wait to use it. So right after I rinsed it with some water, I put on some toothpaste and started using it. Man, was I disappointed. I do appreciate that the silicon bristles are gentle on the gum. However, the silicon bristles didn’t feel like they are removing any plague or food on my teeth. I can only feel the center PBT polymer bristles cleaning my teeth. Comparing to the Oral B pro 1000, Issa Play lacks in action. Oral B CrossAction brush head would rotate and pulse to get in every little cracks between my teeth. The Issa play just vibrates gently. After brushing for 2 minutes, my teeth didn’t get that super clean sensation. However, when l lick my teeth, they do feel super smooth and I don’t visually see any food residue between my teeth. So it’s hard to say if it’s working or not. Below are Pros and Cons I gathered after using this for a few days:


  • Cute Design with different fun colors
  • Sleek and waterproof body makes it stay clean and will not harbor any toothpaste residue like other toothbrushes
  • One charge lasts a long time
  • Very quiet compare to Oral B Pro electric Toothbrush
  • Leave teeth smooth after brushing
  • Super gentle on the gum


  • Doesn’t give the clean sensation after brushing
  • Less effective when removing food residues stuck between teeth

Would I recommend this to people? At current impression, I probably wouldn’t recommend people to switch to this. The silicon bristles sounds like a good idea, but lacks in effectiveness in reality. However, maybe it’s too soon to tell. I will continue to use this for the next few months or so, and will give an update on this later.

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