Sure, there are big names when it comes to electric toothbrushes (like Philips Sonicare), but they all generally don’t come cheap. Shyn’s Sonic Toothbrush is on sale for $59.99 from $170, and at this price you’re getting a brush that can rival the likes of Philips. The brand first popped up on our radar in 2019 when we took a look at toothbrush subscription services. The company has definitely upgraded its product selection, so we thought we’d take a deeper dive into the Shyn experience with the Sonic Toothbrush.
And what exactly is a sonic toothbrush? Well, it’s an electric brush that vibrates more than 30,000 times per minute, giving you more brushstrokes throughout use, which in turn removes more plaque with each use.
The Shyn takes this sonic toothbrush standard and ups the vibrants to over 31,000 times per minute. It pairs that with specialized brush heads, settings and intensity levels. You’re getting a personalized brushing experience in a sleek build that’s meant to leave you with clean teeth you’re ready to show off. Additionally, Shyn is an American Dental Association (ADA) accepted sonic toothbrush.
After using the Shyn Sonic Toothbrush for a week, we have to say we loved it. We can’t guarantee results, but we will say we enjoyed pretty much everything about this upgrade to our daily self-care. Let’s dive into it.
Setup and charge
The Shyn Sonic Toothbrush comes packed with three brush heads: whitening, anti-plaque and gum care.
As with other electronic toothbrushes, you’ll be able to swap out those brush heads by clicking and unclicking them to the top of the Shyn Sonic. They attach over a small metal rod — and don’t be alarmed if there’s a small gap between the brush head and the toothbrush itself. Shyn notes that this gap helps it to work properly.
The charger isn’t the same Qi-enabled standard phones use; it’s a small plastic circle with a peg centered on the top. You’ll place the Shyn Sonic onto the charging base, and that peg on the charger connects to the hole in the toothbrush.
Our main qualm with the Shyn is a super long charge that’s required before you can start using it. Shyn recommends a 16-hour charge once it’s out of the box, and after that, Shyn says the battery can last for 14 days if you’re using the brush at intensity level 3 in clean mode twice a day. But we found we still had to recharge it after just a week of use (following that initial 16-hour boost).
The brushing experience
We’d been using an electric toothbrush, but upgrading to Shyn’s Sonic Toothbrush was a game-changer. To start, it was a whole lot quieter, despite the brush head’s 31,000 vibrations. It’s a quiet hum that’s consistent throughout use.
With the Shyn, you don’t need to apply a lot of pressure, as the toothbrush itself handles pressure applied through intensity levels. If you’re applying too much pressure, you’ll hear a beep from the device, which lets you know you’re doing too much. There’s a built-in pressure sensor that works in both clean and sensitive modes, at intensity levels 3, 4 and 5. The pressure sensor isn’t needed at the lower intensity levels since the pressure from the brush is already reduced, lowering the risk of applying too much pressure with your hand.
There are five different intensity levels, and for the most part, we found ourselves using level 3, right in the middle. It really comes down to personal preference for intensity level settings. In our testing the middle intensity level suited what we were used to brushing with (a classic electric toothbrush) and what our teeth needed. Especially if you’re adjusting to using a sonic toothbrush, which is more intense than a regular one, it helps to be able to work upwards in intensity as your mouth adjusts to the new form of cleaning.
Finally, the brush offers four different brush settings: clean, whitening, sensitive and massage. It’s handy to see the ways you’re able to adjust the brush according to your oral care needs. You can feel the difference in brushstrokes and vibrations depending on what mode you’re in as well. The clean and sensitive modes feel similar, though sensitive mode is designed to promote gum care and, due to its lower intensity, it’s recommended you brush for 3 minutes in this setting. Both modes feel like the cleaning you’d get while you’re at the dentist – a consistent vibration that’s steady throughout the time you’re using it. We picked up on noticeable differences between the whitening and massage modes. The vibrations are timed out differently, and you can hear and feel the difference. We felt pulses that interrupted the steady vibrations in a cycle. The pulse pattern in whitening mode is meant to remove surface stains while massage mode uses pulse patterns to massage your gums. So, although they feel pretty similar to each other they’re meant to do different things. The vibrations are intensified in a new pattern that’s supposed to help with whitening or gum massaging. You’re still getting a consistent 31,000 vibrations per minute with each setting.
The ADA recommends that you brush your teeth for at least two minutes and to ensure you give your teeth the attention they need, there’s a built-in time with the Shyn. After two minutes you’ll feel a slight buzz and you’re set. We were left with a brush that was easy to rinse and store, or charge if needed. Plus, knowing the brush itself is ADA assessed and approved made us feel like we were taking a good step forward in our oral hygiene. We enjoyed brushing our teeth way more with the Shyn Sonic Toothbrush because of the personalized experience. We never thought we’d be so excited about a toothbrush, but we have to say it left us grinning.
Upgrading your toothbrush to the Shyn Sonic Toothbrush is definitely worth it, especially at this discounted price of $59.99 (originally $170). The look and feel of this toothbrush is luxurious and sleek. The charger is also small enough to store when not in use. That being said, it’s still a more sustainable option than throwing away entire toothbrushes.
It’s a sleek toothbrush that will seamlessly fit into your morning and night routines. You can get the Shyn Sonic Toothbrush for just $59.99, down from $170, on the CNN Store.
Note: The prices above reflect the retailer’s listed prices at the time of publication.