Is it sad that my SURI Toothbrush is actually one of my favourite electronics? Either way, I don’t care. This eco-friendly electronic toothbrush is a game-changer. Plus it looks great propped up next to the bathroom sink in my Airbnb apartments.
Are you on the lookout for an electronic toothbrush that is eco-friendly, effective at cleaning, and stylish to boot? Then look no further. In this SURI Toothbrush review, I am going to be open and honest with you about my own experience with using it for nearly 2 years.
There is a lot that I love about it, but there are a few negatives that I feel are important to air out. Which will hopefully mean you can make a more informed decision about your potential purchase.
Please note: I was not paid for this SURI review, nor was I gifted the product. I actually bought mine back when they first launched it and have been using it and travelling with it ever since. This SURI Toothbrush review is based on my own experiences.
What is the SURI Toothbrush?
The SURI Toothbrush is a sustainable and stylish electronic toothbrush that is fully recyclable. The base is made using aluminium and the disposable heads are made from castor oil and corn starch. It provides a powerful clean thanks to its sonic cleaning technology and dual speed modes.
You’ll be happy to know that it is approved by dentists and with an impressive 4.8 out of 5 on Trustpilot, read all the SURI Toothbrush reviews here, and you can see that over 3000 SURI Toothbrush owners agree.
The features of SURI Toothbrush
Looking for some straight facts about this electronic toothbrush? Check out these nifty features:
- 33,000 sonic vibrations per minute
- 40+ day battery life
- 4-hour fast charging
- 2-minute timer
- Whisper quiet (54dB)
- IPX7 rated waterproof
- Two cleaning modes
- Recyclable and repairable components
My SURI Toothbrush
I’d like to introduce you to my SURI Toothbrush which is in the Midnight Black colour. I bought it in the Spring of 2022, when they first launched. Here is how it has held up:
- The design: The base has held up well and cleans easily. It looks as good as it did when I bought it! Thanks to the travel case, it never gets any scratches.
- The effectiveness: The toothbrush has maintained its cleaning abilities over time. It hasn’t lost any power meaning it still leaves my teeth feeling squeaky clean.
- The battery life: I get about 1.5 months of battery life between each charge. Over time this hasn’t reduced.
- The disposable heads: I get about 1-2 months of use out of each head before the bristles start to flare out at the sides. I do need to put less pressure on the brush when using it though.
After using my SURI Toothbrush for well over 1 year, I want to share the positives I have experienced from using it.
Effective at cleaning
I’ve tried many different ‘eco-friendly’ electric toothbrushes and they all seemed to fall flat in the cleaning department. This hasn’t been the case with SURI. I am always amazed at how squeaky clean my teeth are after I brush with my SURI Toothbrush. Brushing your tongue up against your nicely smooth teeth can get pretty addictive.
The toothbrush has two different modes, the first is an everyday clean and the other is a polish. I like to do the latter every couple of weeks to give my teeth that extra squeaky clean feeling.
I’ve owned both Oral-B and Sonicare toothbrushes and I would say my teeth have felt just as clean using SURI, as using either of these.
Long battery life
What really sets the SURI Toothbrush apart from the rest is its super long battery life. Every single electric toothbrush I’ve ever owned would need charging after just a few weeks and over time they’d need to live permanently on top of their charging unit in between uses.
Even after using SURI twice a day for over 1.5 years and having charged it in many different power outlets around the world, the battery still holds up. I consistently get about 45 days between charges. And when it comes to charging the unit, it only takes around 4-5 hours.
As you can see from the photos, the SURI Toothbrush is a thing of beauty. Who knew I’d be saying this about a toothbrush, but here we are. Electric toothbrushes are historically quite clunky machines offered in a variety of ugly surgical looking colours. SURI are different, they want to make your teeth brushing experience a pleasurable one.
They have a few different colours to choose from, including off-white, black, green and blue. They are subtle pastel-like colours that compliment the sleek design.
The design shouldn’t matter but it does. It makes me feel good every time I go to reach for it. Plus, the compact base makes the toothbrush really easy to travel with. It takes up very little space in my rucksack and thanks to the slimline case, it stays nice and clean.
Made using eco-friendly materials
The reason I bought my SURI Toothbrush was because of how eco-friendly it is in comparison to other electric toothbrushes. The have ditched petroleum-based plastics which live permanently on top of landfill in favour of plant-based corn starch, castor oil and metal. All of which can be recycled or composted (in a specialist facility by SURI*).
I believe the eco-friendly materials used to make the SURI Toothbrush actually make the unit look more high-end than other electric toothbrushes. The base is made using metal which looks really sleek and the plant-based heads have a lovely matte look to them.
*In order to compost the disposable heads, you need to send them back to SURI using the freepost bag they send with your order.
Can be repaired if broken
Have you had any other electric toothbrushes break in the past? I have, and when they do, they’ll replace the body of the toothbrush for you instead of fixing it. Creating more plastic waste destined for landfill.
SURI have made their toothbrush repairable, so if you have any problems with the battery or motor you can send it back to be fixed. This fits with the sustainable ethos of the brand and ensures there is no unnecessary waste. That being said, it is only free to do this if it is under warranty. If not the fee is quite affordable.
Thankfully, my toothbrush hasn’t broken. I also know at least 5 other people with SURI and none of them have had issues with theirs.
I am definitely a big fan of SURI but there are still improvements that could be made!
Made in China
Whilst the SURI Toothbrush is undoubtedly the most sustainable electric toothbrush you can buy, it is still made in China. This does add quite a few air miles to the product. They don’t hide this piece of information from their buyers, but it isn’t displayed clearly on their product pages.
Their founders have responded to concerns about their manufacturing process and mentioned that they are keen to move it closer to home. Let’s see if they make the move!
For now, I still see this toothbrush as being the most sustainable. Other alternatives are also made in China, but are also made using materials that aren’t as sustainable.
No pressure sensor
Yes, I do need my hand holding at all times. I struggle to gage the amount of pressure I am putting on my toothbrush, thus have wasted quite a few SURI Toothbrush heads. My partner really looks after his and they last between 2-3 months, but mine only last for between 1-2 months. This is my fault, but I would still love to see a pressure sensor added to this toothbrush to help me out.
I am happy that I have finally found an electric toothbrush that is effective at cleaning whilst also being more sustainable than the alternatives. Not to mention the hefty battery life and pretty design. It has held up well over the past 1.5+ years and shows no signs of slowing down or breaking. Unlike any other electric toothbrush I’ve ever owned, which break after a few months or suffer from complete battery loss.
I have come to terms with the fact that SURI is still manufactured in China on the basis that you can’t really find any other electric toothbrush that isn’t. At least SURI gives you the option to ditch the plastic with their repairable aluminium base and their compostable plant-based heads. You do need to send the heads back to SURI for composting, but this is easy to do with the supplied freepost envelope.
I have been recommending SURI to my friends and family ever since I purchased mine and so far every single one of them has been impressed with this toothbrush! I’m certain you’ll love yours too. And if it isn’t perfect, they have a great track record with their customer service and will be on hand to help fix your unit if necessary!
Where can you buy SURI?
You can currently buy your SURI Toothbrush directly from www.trysuri.com or from Amazon. When you buy from SURI you can benefit from their latest deals whereas when you buy from Amazon you can benefit from their next day delivery options.
Alternatives to SURI
Whilst I wholeheartedly recommend the SURI Toothbrush to everyone, there may be reasons why you feel it isn’t suitable for your needs. Whether it is for aesthetic reasons, or for monetary reasons, there are a few alternatives to SURI that I would recommend you check out: