The Burst kids is a very good electric toothbrush that competes with the best.
It does lack some of the appeals of other kids brushes. No Disney characters or smartphone apps. Older and more independent brushes are likely better suited to Burst.
The grippy handle makes this very comfortable to use and the bold color helps engage children.
The built-in timer and pacer encourage brushing for the right amount of time and the small brush head cleans the teeth well.
Burst kids is a premium option. However, there is real convenience and benefit to the brush head subscription and lifetime warranty.
- Bold colors
- Grippy handle
- Timer and pacer encourage brushing for the recommended time
- 2 cleaning modes with different power settings
- Great battery life
- Not as engaging for some younger brushers
- No smartphone app
- Charcoal bristles
- No travel case
- Slightly more expensive option – better value options exist
Where to buy the BURST kids
The kids Burst toothbrush is stocked primarily by Burst themselves at their own online store and via Amazon.com. You typically won’t find it in your dentist’s office or in stores like Target or Walmart.
If you buy through this link, we receive a small commission, which helps to fund the work we do on the site. And you can use the voucher code SAVE10 to get 10% off your order.
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Consider these other brushes
It isn’t always as simple as saying that one toothbrush is better than another.
Although the Sonicare for kids connected toothbrush has been and remains our top recommendation, there are various factors that play into picking the right toothbrush.
Age and maturity of your child plays a pivotal role. And as such what we consider the best electric toothbrush for kids, might not apply if you have an older and more independent child, who isn’t quite ready for an adult toothbrush.
Burst challenges the Sonicare kids, but lacks the engaging smartphone app. It is also more expensive than the like of the Oral-B Kids 3+ which appeals because of the Disney themed characters
The most important thing at this stage in your child’s oral care journey is to establish good habits and associate dental care with positive experiences. You know your child best, you have to do what you feel is right for them.
Burst kids in-depth review
Burst Oral Care has been capturing a lot of attention and market share over the last few years.
The US based company are a more fun and innovative organization that have differentiated themselves from the more recognized brand leaders within the dental care space.
Rather than a complicated line up of products, their range has been kept relatively small (although growing).
They have too won over lots of dental professionals based on their solid and proven products.
The Burst kids is one of the latest additions to the range and compliments the adult range of products that have existed for some time.
Variants of this toothbrush
There are 3 different variants of this toothbrush at the time of review.
Technically they are all the same. The only difference between each is the color of the handle, head and accessories.
It is available in the following color options:
What’s in the box?
- 1 x Burst sonic kids toothbrush handle
- 1 x Burst kids toothbrush head
- 1 x Charging stand
- 1 x USB to microUSB cable
- 1 x 2 pin USB plug adapter
- 31,000 vibrations per minute
- 2 minute timer and pacer
- 2 different cleaning modes
- 3+ week battery life
Design, usability, clean & general use
You might not be able to buy the Burst kids toothbrush in store, but it is safe to say the box really catches the eye.
It uses really bold colors and is perfectly suited to a child.
A particualrly nice and fun feature for kids are the perforated panels that they can punch out and peal back to reveal the different parts of the box contents.
There is then too some documentation which fits in with the theme and explains the toothbrush and some tips for brushing. There is even a sticker a child can wear.
This is the sort of unboxing experience that motivates kids, good job done here by Burst.
Within the box is everything you need and not lots of unnecessary extras which is great to see. An extra brush head in the box would be a nice value add though.
Like a regular adult toothbrush, the kids is made up of 2 key parts, the handle and the head.
The handle looks quite different to the adult brush from Burst, but there is a definite consistency in the design which I like. This includes the smiley face power button and the same icons for the cleaning modes on the handle.
I have the blue colored brush, but it is also available in pink and purple too.
The handle itself is completely coated in a soft touch silicone which makes the handle very comfortable to hold and grippy.
It is easy to wiple clean and moisture resistant, but it can attract the dust.
As you might expect the handle is a bit smaller than a regular electric toothbrush. This is to better suit the smaller hands of children.
It is not a perfect cylinder the middle of the handle is a bit wider and thicker than it is at the base. This means when you look at it head on, it looks a bit ‘fatter’ in the middle. I do think this helps to some degree, it helps fill out the palm of the hand as the fingers wrap around the handle.
Even though this is for kids, it could potentially work for those with disabilities and restricted hand movement as it is easier to grip onto.
On the front of the handle is the power button. This is the smiley face icon you see debossed into the silicone.
Slightly below this sit 3 icons, which are also debossed into the silicone and not that easy to see. However, each of these are backlit when appropriate.
The first is a full circle and this is lit blue when the toothbrush is powered on. This indicates that the first of 2 brushing modes available on this brush is selected.
The second is a circular ring that is also lit blue when the second, lower powered cleaning mode is selected.
The plus ‘+’ icon is the battery status light. This illuminates red when the toothbrush is on charge or the power is running low.
The left and right sides of the toothbrush are free of ports and controls, as is the back of the handle.
On the base of the handle is a flat blue plastic plate that allows the brush to stand upright on a countertop.
When laid flat, although it can roll a little, the shape of the handle prevents it from rolling all over the place.
Extending from the top of the handle is the metal shaft that feeds the motor’s sonic movements to the brush head.
The brush head is detachable and simply pushes on and pulls off of the handle. It can only be fitted 1 way.
The head is a smooth touch plastic for the most part. The very top, around the bristles, is silicone again so it is soft on the inside of the mouth.
There is a very slight color difference between the blue silicone and the blue plastics, but this is inevitable really and it is ultimately quite subtle.
The brush head has a rounded rectangle shape, typical of sonic toothbrushes. There are soft bristles of varying lengths that help clean the teeth, more on these in a moment.
On the back of the head are some tiny little raised notches, with a smiley face design. This is a tongue cleaner that can be scraped across the tongue after brushing to remove bacteria etc. A small but neat touch.
It is worth noting that the silicone coating to the head makes it more enjoyable and gentle on the teeth and gums of your child as they brush.
Sealed inside the handle are the rechargeable battery and all the electronics that make this brush function. It is water resistant, which means the handle can be rinsed under the tap and even used in the shower. Avoid submerging it entirely though.
The battery inside the handle is capable of offering 3+ weeks of use on a single charge. More on that in the battery life section of this review.
Almost unanimously around the world, it is recommended to brush your (or your childs) teeth twice a day for 2 minutes. This is certainly the recommendation of the American Dental Association.
To help achieve this, built into the handle is a 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer.
It is no good brushing just the front teeth for 2 minutes, you need to give even attention to all teeth in the mouth.
The idea is that you/your child break the mouth up into 4 sections. Upper right, upper left, lower right, and lower left.
You spend 30 seconds cleaning each section, that way, over the 120 seconds (2 minutes) of brushing time, you will give a relatively even clean to the teeth and gums.
The pacer activates at 30 second intervals, by pausing the brush motor briefly.
This pause alerts you, via the change in brush sound and the lack of movement in the brush head, that it is time to change quadrant.
At the end of the 120 seconds (2 minutes) the timer runs out and the brush automatically turns itself off. A clear sign to you that the clean is over.
You or your child can always power the brush back on if you want to brush for longer.
It is really important to get kids used to the right brushing time and techniques and this pacer certainly helps.
Unfortunately, the toothbrush does not have a pressure sensor built-in. Pressure sensors alert the user when they are brushing too hard. It is a shame this is not present, but kids toothbrushes don’t generally have this. Just be sure to teach them not to scrub their teeth with force.
Press the power button once to turn the brush on and the brush will run the more powerful of the 2 cleaning modes available on this brush.
There is a normal and a sensitive mode.
I like that this brush comes with a more gentle mode as this can be really useful for younger children or those not used to the power of an electric toothbrush. When they are older or less sensitive to the increased power they can opt for the more powerful mode.
If you want to change modes, press the power button a second time.
If you complete a 2 minute cleaning cycle with the sensitive mode, next time you power the brush on it will default to this mode. This is a small but nice touch. You or your child doesn’t need to remember to change it each and every time.
The powerful mode offers up to 31,000 vibrations per minute. I am not sure exactly how many the sensitive mode offers, but it does feel less intense. There isn’t quite as much power reduction as I did expect, but the cleaning is certainly less intense.
The overall cleaning ability of this toothbrush is really good, I am very pleased with the results. The brush head has a large part to play here.
I do like the bristle configuration. It is the same as the adult brush head, only about a third smaller and with shorter bristles.
The head has bristles of varying length many of which are tapered and really help to clean along the gumline.
The tapered bristles can potentially feel a bit spiky on the soft gum tissue of your child’s mouth, but normally they desensitize very quickly and for the cleaning results it is worth it.
The bristles on this head are actually black in color. They don’t fade over time or offer and reminder that they need to be replaced. But, you have the Burst brush head subscription for that.
These bristles are PBT nylon and actually contain 1.6% Binchotan charcoal. The charcoal is infused into the bristles. The idea is that bristles help to lift and whiten teeth without causing damage to gums or enamel. The nanoparticles of charcoal have an exponential surface area, which allows for maximum plaque removal.
There is certainly evidence promoting charcoal in its abilities to help with bacteria removal. However, I think these are perhaps a little overrated and not necessary on a child’s toothbrush.
Activated charcoal, particularly as a powder or a paste has been prompted amongst adults in recent years as a good product for removing stains from the teeth. The problem is these products tend to be abrasive and damage the tooth surface.
These bristles have been tested and are not abrasive. They have a Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) of 86. This is of course good, but in the tiny concentration found on the bristles is it really that valuable?! Potentially more to gain than lose?!
Most importantly, the head and the brush handle combined work to give a good clean to the teeth.
Burst suggests children aged 3+ can use this toothbrush. This fits with most other electric toothbrushes for kids and I had no issue with my 4 year old using this.
I would however argue that it isn’t quite as engaging for the younger child. I think this is probably a bit better suited to those aged 6-7 years and older.
This is because despite the bright color of the handle, there is less to engage the child.
Oral-B brushes often come with Disney characters on stickers that can be attached and Sonicare has this fluffy monster called ‘Sparkly’.
I still do a lot of the brushing for my child, but I know firsthand how he is motivated by the character and color. He certainly confirmed to me he wasn’t as interested in this all blue toothbrush. Your child might be different.
Many other brushes today, rightly or wrongly, come with apps for the smartphone that gamify toothbrushing to make it more fun, but at times educate on the importance of brushing regularly and correctly.
Burst comes with no aids to really make sure the child is brushing. The hum kids will offer points for good technique and the Sonicare kids really explains how and why we brush. Burst has none of that.
It is not to say it is a bad thing, it is just the brush is likely better suited to those who need less motivation to brush, the older more independent children.
Although the brush comes in different colors there is no easy way aside from color to differentiate between the brushes themselves. If you have 2 children each with a blue brush for example you will want to invest in Burst Bands. These are optional accessories that fit to the handle and differentiate between users due to their color.
By no means a deal breaker, but the Burst kids does not come with a travel case and there is no travel case for the kids toothbrush. You will need to pop it in your own washbag. Just be aware the bristles might become damaged.if not protected.
The brush itself is guaranteed for a year, although this is extended for the lifetime of your subscription to the Burst brush heads. I have to say though, it feels well built.
Summary of design, usability, clean & general use
- Available in 3 colors – blue, pink & purple
- Grippy handle
- Minimal design
- 2 cleaning modes – normal and sensitive
- Cleaning mode icons on the handle
- Built-in 2 minute timer and 30 second pacer
- Automatically powers off at the end of a cleaning cycle
- Cleans the teeth well
- The charcoal infused bristles are perhaps overrated
- Tongue scraper on the head
- Water resistant handle
- No smartphone application – less appealing to younger brushers
- No travel case
- 2 year warranty
In a modern electric toothbrush, be that a kids or adults brush, I feel 2 weeks of use on a full charge really should be the minimum.
Thankfully, Burst exceeds this.
Their official claim is 3 weeks. In my hands-on testing, I actually achieved just short of 6 weeks, virtually double what is claimed.
It lasted for 82 brushing sessions, each 2 minutes long on the more powerful, normal cleaning mode. That is equivalent to 41 days of brushing on a single charge.
Sealed inside the handle is a user rechargeable, but not user replaceable, lithium-ion battery.
To charge the battery, you need to place the toothbrush inside the provided charging stand.
By toothbrush charger standards, this is quite bulky. It measures 2.6 inches wide x 3 inches deep x 1.7~2.8 inches tall (6.5cm wide x 7.5cm deep x 4.3~7cm tall). But is lightweight at 2.6 oz (75g).
The benefit of this design is that it is very child friendly, and let’s be honest that is the whole point about this brush. It makes it very easy for the child to dock the brush and keep it charged and in a safe place.
The handle should sit facing out within the dock, although it is possible to place it facing backwards too.
4 rubber feet on the base stop it from slipping on a countertop and the color and design is all very on brand.
On the rear is a microUSB port accessed by removing a little cover. Into this you can connect the provided USB to microUSB cable.
You can charge it from and USB socket, be that on a computer, on a wall, but Burst does include a 2 pin USB power adapter so you can connect it straight to the wall outlet.
When placed into the charger, the plus icon in the lower half of the handle will light up red. This indicates it is charging. It remains on until such time as the battery is full, at which point the light goes out.
Burst hasn’t specified an exact charging time, but from my use, it would appear to charge within a couple of hours.
Due to the different charger designs, the kids brush doesn’t charge on the adults brush charger.
The kids charging dock isn’t ideally suited for travel due to its size. The 3+ week battery life should have you covered. But, if you do need to take the charger because it is powered via a USB connection it is a little more convenient.
Summary of battery life
- Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Claimed 3 weeks of use on a full charge
- Achieved just under 6 weeks – 41 days
- Comes with a charging stand included
- 2 pin US USB plug adapter provided
- + icon on the handle will light up red whilst charging
- The charging light goes out when fully charged
Price & where to buy
I have included links to buying options here at the start of the review.
In the section below, I discuss the price more generally and in relation to similar products.
As with the Burst adult toothbrush, the kids variant is sold primarily via Burst’s own online store www.burstoralcare.com, although you can likely buy it via Amazon too. You just won’t likely see it in Target, Costo, Walmart, etc.
This means that the price is more controlled. You don’t get quite the same significant swing in prices as you do with some of the competing products.
That said, Burst does frequently offer promotional codes, allowing you to save on the retail price.
The retail price is $69.99. This applies to all the different color options. I actually don’t think this is too bad when you consider what you are getting here.
If you buy through this link, we receive a small commission, which helps to fund the work we do on the site. And you can use the voucher code SAVE10 to get 10% off your order.
Burst Oral Care is centered around a subscription model.
What this means is that you purchase the toothbrush, but as you do, you commit to being charged for and having delivered a new brush head every 13 weeks/3 months.
Although you do subscribe as part of the checkout process, after receiving the toothbrush, you can log into your account change the brush head delivery frequency, or even cancel the subscription if you would prefer.
Those who remain subscribed get a lifetime warranty for the brush. You only get 1 years warranty if you cancel the subscription.
On subscription, the replacement brush heads cost $7 each.
If you buy the heads as a one time purchase they are $8 each.
The one time purchase price in particular is higher than if you were buying an Oral-B, Colgate or Sonicare kids brush head.
It should be noted the subscription is only available direct from Burst. Other sellers don’t tend to offer this. If they do, it is their own scheme and not run by Burst.
Here at Electric Teeth we like to price brushes over a 3 year period to give you an approximate idea of the total ownership cost.
Assuming you save 10% on the cost of the toothbrush, the price is $63.
Over 3 years, you will require a further 11 heads in addition to the 1 that comes in the box. That is if you are replacing them at the recommended 3 month interval.
Buying each of them as a one time purchase at $8 each, that is an additional cost of $88.
This makes the total cost $151.
There are cost savings to be had by subscribing, not to mention the convenience.
Over the same period, it would cost $140..
To help visualize the subscription costs, it would look like the following:
- Year 1 – $84 ($63 for the handle, plus 3 charges of $7 for the 3 monthly brush head delivery)
- Year 2 – $28 (4 charges of $7 for the 3 monthly brush head delivery)
- Year 3 – $28 (4 charges of $7 for the 3 monthly brush head delivery)
If you are referred to Burst via an ambassador, you can potentially save a few dollars more.
The ambassador will give you their own special code which will allow you to benefit from the extra savings.
Whether purchased with or without the subscription, this is at the higher end of the price scale for a kids electric toothbrush.
It must be remembered that the subscription includes a lifetime warranty, which few other kids toothbrushes come with.
Our top pick, the Sonicare for kids connected works out at roughly the same price. It has Bluetooth connectivity and a smartphone app which Burst doesn’t.
The Oral-B Kids 3+ costs nearly half as much and although different from Burst is still a pretty decent option. And sitting between them all is the hum kids.
Please note that all prices quoted are approximates and will vary based on location, supplier and time of purchase. These figures were correct at the time of writing and should not be relied upon as hard fact, but used as a guide during your decision process.
Summary of price & where to buy
- Available from Burst Oral Care and select sellers such as Amazon
- Retail price of $69.99
- Fairly easy to get a discount – save 10% with code SAVE10
- Sold with a subscription, but this can be canceled
- $7 per head on the subscription or $8 as a one off purchase
- Costs $151 over 3 years without a subscription
- Costs $140 over 3 years when subscribed
- Further potential discounts via Burst Ambassador codes
- A more premium kids toothbrush based on price alone
- More cost effective options are available
Reliability & long term use
Having spent a number of weeks testing this brush, I have no immediate reasons to be concerned about the long term reliability of the Brust kids brush.
The handle feels solid and well built. There are no obvious weaknesses within the construction and a really limited number of places in which water could ingress and perhaps interfere with the electronics inside.
It is helped that before launching this kids brush, the company have been selling their adult model for a few years and they have learnt how to build in reliability and durability.
It is a shame that if you cancel the subscription you get only 1 years warranty, I think 2 years should be provided as standard.
But, this is part of the upsell and reason to subscribe. And to be fair there are cost savings to do so. Remain subscribed and the brush has a lifetime warranty, until such time as that subscription is stopped. Should something go wrong during this time, just get in touch. They come across as a very approachable organization and my interactions to date have confirmed this.
The Burst kids sonic toothbrush is a really great product. There is little to find fault with.
My biggest complaint or criticism is the charcoal infused bristles. I don’t think they are needed for children. The benefits are potentially overrated. But I am being picky.
It is one of the more expensive children’s toothbrushes. I think it could be a bit cheaper. That said, you do get the benefit of a subscription and lifetime warranty, and there are also discount codes to save money.
It doesn’t have a smartphone app like the Sonicare Kids, Oral-B, and Hum kids by Colgate. In some respects, this puts it at a disadvantage, because it isn’t quite as engaging for younger children.
But, for a slightly older child who is more independent, not motivated by Disney characters or a toothbrushing game on a smartphone, this may well be a better option.
I think those children who are close to or no longer need parental supervision when brushing are the ones this appeals to most. It feels more grown up, but is still child friendly.
Simply put, you can do a lot worse than picking Burst kids as your childs next electric toothbrush.
- Height (without head) – 8.23 inches/21cm
- Height (with head) – 5.91 inches/15cm
- Width – 1.22 inches/3.1cm
- Thickness – 1.18 inches/3cm
- Weight (without head) – 3.6oz/102g
- Weight (with head) – 3.8oz/108g
All are approximates
- Is the Burst kids an oscillating brush?
- No. It is a sonic toothbrush where the bristles sweep side to side.
- What brushing/cleaning modes are available?
- The Burst kids has 2 cleaning modes. They are normal and sensitive.
- What brush head does Burst Kids come with and what alternative ones can be used?
- The toothbrush comes with 1 brush head included in the box.
- There is only 1 style of brush head available.
- The heads are available in different colors to match the handle colors available.
- Does the Burst kids have a pressure sensor?
- No, it does not.
- Does the brush have Bluetooth?
- No, it does not.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- No, a travel case is not included in the box.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes, a charging station is included.
- How long does the battery last?
- The battery is said to last 3 weeks on a full charge. It achieved nearly double this in our hands-on testing.
- Can I use the Burst kids in the shower?
- Yes. The brush is water resistant so if you choose you can use it in the shower. Avoid submerging it in water.
- Does the Burst kids come with a warranty & how long is it?
- It comes with a 1 year warranty as standard.
- If you subscribe at the time of purchase, to brush head deliveries, the warranty is extended to the lifetime of that subscription.
Do you own or have you used the Burst kids toothbrush?
Are there certain features that you really like or dislike?
Let us know what you think about this brush and let others who may well be considering purchasing one know your opinions before they do.