FOREO ISSA silicone toothbrush review + giveaway! | The Gift Guide

FOREO ISSA toothbrush review

The product: FOREO ISSA Toothbrush in Lavender

» Did you catch my FOREO Luna mini review?

It’s tough to love something and, at the same time, be gripped with anxiety every time you think about it. But that’s more or less how I feel about teeth: I have six toothbrushes sitting sink-side right now, and yet (or perhaps because) thinking too hard about over-brushing and receding gum lines can push me into a full-on panic attack.

That’s what makes the ISSA so cool. It’s high-tech and gorgeous, but it’s also designed to gently clean your teeth and stimulate your gums without scraping them up, so there’s no extra anxiety needed.

FOREO lavender toothbrush ISSA review

FOREO ISSA packaging. Perfect for gifting, and it comes with a classy little travel sleeve, too!

About the ISSA: The ISSA, believe it or not, is designed to be used just like a manual toothbrush! You use normal toothpaste (though nothing with gritty bits) and turn it on, picking one of 8 pulsation speeds and brushing as usual.

Like the LUNA, the ISSA is fully waterproof and has a battery that needs charging only every 365 uses (compare that to the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean, which lasts 3 weeks, tops). Plus, it’s crazy lightweight and really comfortable to hold, with a 100% silicone finish that’s bacteria resistant and fast drying.

FOREO ISSA lavender review toothbrush

How it works: You know how silicone is kind of “draggy,” and will pick up lint and dust like nothing else? (Well, other than an old NARS compact?) Well, that’s how the ISSA cleans your teeth!

High-intensity pulsations and silicone bristles create friction that sticks to smooth surfaces, literally rubbing your teeth and gum line clean without pick-axeing at plaque the way nylon bristles do.


But does it work? In a word… yes! I don’t notice any more plaque when I floss after brushing with the ISSA vs. a manual toothbrush, and if I eat something really sugary and then brush, the ISSA actually leaves my mouth and tongue feeling slightly cleaner than my other toothbrushes.

The ISSA isn’t a bracing experience, though. It leaves my mouth feeling neutral, and my gums aren’t pinked or sensitive after I brush with my ISSA, which is a strange (but very, very good) change.

FOREO ISSA silicone toothbrush head comparison

FOREO ISSA brush head

Sizing & heads: My only complaint about the ISSA is that smaller heads are always recommended by dentists to really get between your teeth, and the ISSA head is huuuuge. New brush heads are only $20-25 each, though, and they’re interchangeable between the ISSA and the ISSA mini. 

There are three different ISSA brush heads (regular, hybrid, and a tongue cleaner), and each comes in full and mini size. So, when I replace my brush head in a year–or sooner; they’re really easy to switch out–I’ll be picking up an ISSA mini brush. It won’t match my lovely lavender base, but I think I might just go with the super-sunny Mango Tango head and colour block it! ;)

FOREO ISSA vs mini rechargeable silicone toothbrush

Easy to remove, easy to clean brush heads!

Win an ISSA of your own! 

I know you guys got really excited about my LUNA mini giveaway, but I’m really excited to be able to share an ISSA or an ISSA mini with one lucky reader! You get to pick your model and colour, and it should arrive just in time for you to start off the new year with a fancy new toothbrush.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Not sure which one you want? The Hybrid brush is a great way to transition over from a traditional toothbrush, and the mini size will deep-clean any sized mouth. Granted, the ISSA has 8 speeds, but the ISSA mini will frown at you if you haven’t been brushing regularly, so… that choice is up to you.

This giveaway will be open worldwide until 11:59 PM on December 24th, MST, so pick your ISSA here and start entering!


FOREO LUNA mini in Cool Grey and ISSA in Lavender

The verdict?

You guys, I am head over heels for my ISSA. Full disclosure, it was provided gratis for this review, but–goddamn. 

My top recommendation for the ISSA, weirdly enough, is as a gift for someone with fatigue or chronic pain. (And yes, you can totally gift it to yourself.) On my worst fibro days, brushing my teeth is so hard that sometimes I have to stop partway though and rest, but the ISSA is so lightweight and ergonomic that I never feel it in my forearms.

Aside from that? If you’re at risk for receding gums–or even if you’re not–a once-every-decade $199 investment in your teeth is nothing. Not everyone out there is a toothbrush nerd, but if you are, (a) please let’s be friends, and (b) you totally need an ISSA.

Availability: $199 USD/$229 CAD for the ISSA and ISSA Hybrid; $119 USD/$139 CAD for the ISSA mini.

» If you order from before December 31st, the entire ISSA device range is 20% off! That includes the ISSA minis, so for those of you on a budget, make sure you snap up a FOREO toothbrush for $95.20 USD with free shipping while you can.

FOREO toothbrush lavender review

FOREO ISSA toothbrush review – Lavender

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. (Sadly, I do not make enough off of theNotice to buy you guys $200 toothbrushes just because I heart you.) However, all opinions included are my own, and my priority will always be getting it right for all of you!

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  • Joey

    I love the idea of these. I'd want the regular Issa in mint.

  • Joey

    Oops, I meant the mini. I wasn't reading carefully!

  • Katherine Thul

    This is a great giveaway!

  • Katherine Thul

    I'd like the Issa Hybird in Mint.

  • leah davis

    I'm super paranoid about damaging my already sensitive teeth so I can relate to the six toothbrushes on the sink!

  • I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT TEETH FEAR. I actually have some enamel abrasion on one of my teeth from not using a soft enough toothbrush, so now I'm super careful about getting the extra softest bristles ever.
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  • I think that I would want the ISSA Hybrid in Cool Black! So sleek!
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  • Ha! I had JUST made a dentist appointment a few minutes ago. I am blessed with good looking teeth that always want to rot and fall out of my head. I am fully obsessed with dental care. I hope I win.

  • Laura

    Receding gums on my lower front teeth. Although it's gotten better since I started flossing properly (I have a permanent retainer on the bottom, it's annoying)

  • I'm scared of going to the dentist.

  • ISSA™ HYBRID COBALT BLUE would be so lovely and gret for my front teeth!

  • Emi at Project Swatch

    Sticking with the teeth category, I have a bizarre fear of all of my teeth cracking & falling out. I'd want the regular Issa in the cobalt blue color if I won (pick me pick me!).

  • Bonnie

    One thing i'm afraid of is having no teeth!! My Dentist keeps telling me that if i don't wear my mouth guard at night, i'm going to grind my teeth away!

    I would love to win the Issa Hybrid in mint!

  • anniie

    I'm scare/terrified of going to the dentist!

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  • anniie

    I'd choose the Issa Hybrid in Mint!

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  • joy

    i am afraid of getting old!

  • Kristin

    I'd like a mini in Summer Sky!

  • Kristin

    I hit the dentist every six months for a regular cleaning! I'm continually annoyed because my teeth keep moving so I have to keep wearing retainers even though my braces came off ten years ago :(

  • Samantha

    The mini sounds great, loving the summer sky color!

  • Katherine

    I am also afraid of receding gum lines! And I have dreams about my teeth breaking or falling out, which can be pretty scary when I wake up and think it really happened.

  • Katherine

    I like the ISSA in Cobalt Blue – such a deep, pretty color.

  • esharp1978

    I think I'd like the hybrid in Mint. My teeth seem to be plaque magnets. Surprisingly though due to my diligence, I've only had one cavity in all my 37 years!
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  • esharp1978

    OMG! I have so many dental related fears! I have damaged enamel from facial trauma, I have a slight overbite and cross bite so I have receding gum tissue where my teeth are crowded! Due to the enamel damage the cavitation machines hurt so frickin' bad! I make everyone clean my teeth manually!
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  • Morgan T

    I'd love the ISSA Mini in Summer Sky, it matches the rest of my bathroom stuffs. I have a lot of blue bottles ^.^

  • Morgan T

    On the note of my teeth, I have Type 1 Diabetes, which means a higher risk of gum disease so brushing is very important. I also have very weak enamel, which doesn't help the battle. Add in a super small mouth and oral hygiene is not my strongest attribute, so having a toothbrush like this would help I think.

    • Oh no!! Good luck on the giveaway, Morgan — I hope you've been feeling well this December! :)

  • sheri

    This looks like a great toothbrush! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  • Alic

    This would be great to keep at work. I brush after lunch, too.

  • I'm not sure about the size either – the full size looks huge! So I'd probably go for a mini…probably in the purple! As for a fear….not sure where to start there – I'm such an anxious person that I fear a whole lot! I guess one of my biggest is getting sick in public. (Sounds weird/random, I know)
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  • The regular Issa in Lavender sounds great!
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  • Hannah Huckaby

    Omg I would love to have this so much!!!! I love the mini in lavender :-)

  • Stacy Z

    I am terrified of public speaking! I love an Issa Hybrid in Mint!

  • Jc Loh

    I'm afraid of losing all my teeth because the thought of dentures terrifies me tremendously.

  • Jc Loh

    I'll take the FOREO ISSA in Cobalt Blue please, thank you.

  • i’m mildy trypophobic .

    i only get uncomfortable when the holes/clusters are on skin .

    it gives me the creeps !!!!!

  • I am very big on dental health and I freak out the slightest hint of discoloration or plaque, so I'm always open to trying new things, included this nifty little device :-) Count me in for the giveaway! My favorite model and color are the ISSA in Hybrid Mint.
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  • Jennifer L

    Thanks for this giveaway! I over brushed as a teen, so I'd love to try a super gentle brush like this!

  • Jennifer L

    And I would love the Issa hybrid in lavender!

  • Samantha K

    I'm definitely scared of going to the dentist, but it looks like the foreo would help combat that! I'd probably like the Issa mini in purple.

  • Would totally love Issa Hybird in Mint. Crossing my fingers! Thanks for running this amazing giveaway and thorough review!
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  • BooBooNinja

    My tooth enamel is thin — so I'm afraid it will become thinner. :(

  • BooBooNinja

    Cool black, please.

  • Melanie

    I'd like the ISSA Mini in Wild Strawberry.

  • Melanie

    I am, actually, affraid of receding gum lines! I'm always affraid of brushing too hard ya know… I feel like if I brush too softly my teeth won't be clean but too hard is a problem… argh!

  • I think I'm not really afraid of something but I do get really anxious with some things I can handle. I'd love the Issa Mini in
    Wild Strawberry because I don't like how it looks in other colors.

  • Kaianne

    I am an insane teeth grinder so I'm kind of afraid of just, grinding my teeth into little nothings/teeth gravel in my sleep :|

  • Kaianne

    I also LOVE the Issa in Cobalt and would love to win that!!

  • I'm afraid of not achieving my goals.

    I'd love to try either model in MINT!

    Thanks :)
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  • Christina D

    The FOREO ISSA in cool black is my fav!

  • Christina D

    I'm afraid about my wisdom teeth coming out and I'm scheduled for the procedure very soon.

  • Annabelle Y

    A sonic toothbrush – I've never heard of it and would love to try it out :) Thanks for this giveaway, Rae!

  • I'm paranoid about touching money because I have no idea where the money has been…

  • Hate public speaking! Haha

  • Trice

    I read about this is Oprah's magazine. I would really love this for me and my baby. I love any color, I'm focused on the dental hygiene of it.

  • Trice

    The Issa Cool Hybrid is the one I would like.

  • Linda

    I'm afraid of coming across rats in the dark while walking outside.

  • Linda

    I like the ISSA in mint.

  • Tracy D

    I worry about cavities..a lot. I've had two root canals, even though I have fairly healthy teeth, just genetic I guess.

  • Tracy D

    I'd like the hybrid in cobalt blue!

  • chiara

    mini issa in mint :)

  • chiara

    i m scared too about teeth deasease v.v

  • vava

    i am afraid of criminals and swimming in deep water since i don't know how to swim well .

  • vava

    foreo issa lavender

  • Christy DuBois

    I wasn't aware of this product until this post and I now have it on my wish list. I am afraid of receding gum lines because the result of which ends in dentures which I'd rather not have. I am super OCD about my toothbrush and it sounds like this would remedy that. Thanks so much.

  • Christy DuBois

    I would choose the Issa in Lavender. And would love to have it n

  • During my last dental cleaning my hygienist mentioned my gum line was receding and the sensitivity I was experiencing wasn't my wisdom teeth coming in.. Simultaneously relieved and terrified. But, tbh, I thought this looked really stupid at first. If the ISSA really does help prevent receding gum lines… I NEED IT (particularly in Mint). You know, to match my minty green toothpaste!

  • hsibley

    I worry about receding gums.

  • hsibley

    If I won I would choose ISSA Hybrid in Cobalt Blue

  • Karla

    i`m afraid of spiders!

  • Karla

    I would like the ISSA Mint

  • Bianca Munoz

    The ISSA Hybrid in Cobalt Blue is nice! Really cool and neat product, The minis are nice as well!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  • Bianca Munoz

    So um, I dont like bugs. Yes, i'm afraid of bugs…lol

  • bindu

    what a cool giveaway! I'd love to win the cobalt blue :)

    Something i'm afraid of is thinning hair! I feel like i've been losing a lot more hair over the last few years, definitely think its due to stress from school!

  • nylhu

    I had some bad luck with braces– spent the first year getting my teeth pushed apart so my gums began receding a bit…Then another 2 years as i got my pre-molars pulled and all my teeth having to be pushed in to close the gaps… My gums are so sad… My mouth is already tiny so I need to use small and soft toothbrushes, but my gums have yet to recover! If I were to begin using the issa, I wonder if that will help out?

  • nylhu

    The issa mini in a summer sky color seems like a fun combo! I'd do anything to make my dental hygiene process a bit more exciting, hehe

  • Joanne Chua

    I'm definitely getting one! Just torn between the issa and issa mini! I love the idea of how gentle and how much more hygienic it is.

  • Amy

    I have a fear of public speaking!

  • Amy

    I would love the Issa Hybrid in Mint!

  • Kim

    I would love to try the larger size in black, so chic!

  • Bons

    I am afraid of getting cavities and having teeth pain. I would like the ISSA in Cobalt Blue.

  • Whales. It's completely irrational and I'm never near them but their size scares me to death! lol
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  • Issa Lavender! And I would totally pick up that tongue cleaner attachment as well!
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  • Stefanie Gladden

    I am afraid of public speaking! I have a lot of anxiety and talking in crowds makes me nervous, even when I'm just with my friends!

  • Stefanie Gladden

    I'd love the ISSA™ Hybrid in Lavender

  • Lesley

    I've been not very good at flossing, but I'm really trying to get better because I'm afraid of receding gums and gum disease.

  • Lesley

    I would LOVE to win the Indigo Hybrid. So cool!

  • Dee Schwark

    I am afraid of receding gums and I'd love the ISSA™ HYBRID MINT.

  • GlitterOCD

    I'm afraid of wasps
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  • GlitterOCD

    I think if want the regular Issa in cobalt blue
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  • Anastasiya

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love foreo Issa in lavender!))

    I'm afraid of dentist!!!

  • I am afraid of public speaking. nerves always get the best of me

  • The ISSA Hybrid in Lavender looks so pretty and cute