SURI Toothbrush review: My 2 year experience

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Last updated: May 29, 2024

The SURI Toothbrush is more than just an eco-friendly toothbrush, it is also a really effective electric toothbrush that stands out amongst the likes of Oral-B and Sonicare. It is effective at cleaning, has a long battery life, and is easy to recycle, but it is still made in China.

4 out of 5

I have been on a long and arduous journey to find an eco-friendly electronic toothbrush that is effective at cleaning and stands the test of time. What good is an ‘eco-friendly’ toothbrush when you need to replace it every couple of months? Yes, I am looking at you, Georganics.

That journey ended when I discovered the newly launched Suri Toothbrush 2 years ago. And I hope that it continues to last! But for now, let me tell you about my experience using their sonic toothbrush so far. It has travelled the world with me and has stood the test of time.

Most of all, I’m thankful I no longer have Georganic’s customer service on speed dial. But obviously, there is to love about the brand and the toothbrush itself, as well as a few negatives that I feel are important to air out. I will cover my experience with its cleaning power, the battery life, the design itself, its eco-friendly credentials, and the overall use of the toothbrush.

I was not paid for this SURI review, nor was I gifted the product. I bought my Suri Toothbrush when it first launched and have been using it every day since. This SURI Toothbrush review is based wholly on my own experience.

Pros

  • Effective at cleaning
  • Long battery life
  • Compact design
  • Made using eco-friendly materials
  • Can be repaired if broken

Cons

  • Made in China
  • No pressure sensor
  • Less powerful over time
Lucy holding up her SURI Toothbrush up against a grey background for this SURI Toothbrush review
OutletDeliveryPrice
SURIFree 1-3 day deliveryFrom £64.00
AmazonNext day deliveryFrom £75.00

What is the SURI Toothbrush?

SURI (short for Sustainable Rituals) is a sustainable and stylish electronic toothbrush that is fully recyclable. The toothbrush base is made from 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 electric 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.
My SURI toothbrush inside the travel case
The handy case keeps my toothbrush clean and safe whilst travelling

The positives

After using my SURI Toothbrush for 2 years, 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 electric 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.

Compact design

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. They 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.

Lucy holding up her SURI Toothbrush up against a grey background for this SURI Toothbrush review
OutletDeliveryPrice
SURIFree 1-3 day deliveryFrom £64.00
AmazonNext day deliveryFrom £75.00

The negatives

I am definitely a big fan of the SURI sustainable sonic toothbrush, 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 gauge the amount of pressure I am putting on my toothbrush and thus have wasted quite a few SURI brush heads. My family look after theirs and they last between 2-3 months, but mine only last for between 1-2 months. Despite this being completely my fault, I would still love to see a pressure sensor added to this toothbrush to help me out.

Less powerful over time

When comparing my Suri toothbrush with a brand new version, you can tell that mine is less powerful than it was in the beginning. It still performs well enough to clean my teeth effectively, but you can see that it is slowly diminishing over time. Therefore, I will probably be trying out their repair service very soon.

My verdict

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 2 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!

Components of the SURI Toothbrush
My SURI toothbrush next to the UV travel case and a replacement head in biodegradable packaging

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.

Lucy holding up her SURI Toothbrush up against a grey background for this SURI Toothbrush review
OutletDeliveryPrice
SURIFree 1-3 day deliveryFrom £64.00
AmazonNext day deliveryFrom £75.00

Alternatives to SURI

Whilst I wholeheartedly recommend the SURI Toothbrush to everyone and believe that it is as effective as the main competitors, like Philips Sonicare and Oral B Pro, there may be reasons why you feel it isn’t suitable for your needs. Whether it is for aesthetic reasons or monetary reasons, there are a few alternatives to SURI that I would recommend you check out:

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