Best Water Flosser Review – Top 5 Sparkling List for Jan. 2019 with Buying Guide
It’s difficult for dentists to convince most people to floss regularly. You probably know that, because most likely you are one of those people. After all, there are better things to do with your time than taking a thin, slippery piece of string and fighting to maneuver it just right – so that it does not inflict pain on your gums and draw blood.
Take your time and read the water flosser buying guide information just below. Alternatively, skip ahead by clicking on the following link, to see which models made it onto the best water flosser top 5 list.
The Best Water Flosser Will Improve Your Oral Hygiene Without the Pain!
Flossing doesn’t have to be such an ordeal, thanks to water flossers (sometimes called oral irrigators). These “pressure washers for the mouth” won’t take much less time to use, but they’re easier to maneuver, won’t hurt your gums, won’t cause bleeding, and will often do a better job than you could do with that slippery piece of string.
A study done at the University of Nebraska for one of the major manufacturers of these devices, Waterpik, found that using the water flosser reduced bleeding by as much as 93% and gum disease by more than 50%. The units are also perfect for those who wear braces or other dental appliances.
Different Types of Water Flossers – And Yes There Are Other Variations Than the Water Pick!
The most common types of water flossers have cords attached to water basins, although many models are cordless and easier to handle. The drawback to those portable flossers is that you have to keep refilling their water reservoirs.
A third model of flosser attaches directly to the bathroom faucet; they’re a lot more difficult to maneuver and not a popular choice.
Desirable Features of a Water Flosser to Consider
The best water flossers have adjustable pressure capability which is something you’ll appreciate if you have a sore tooth, sensitive gums, implants or canker sores; it also makes an oral irrigator more family-friendly since each user can choose a different level of water flow.
Other features which can be desirable are heads that can be rotated (to make it easier to get into all corners of your mouth), additional tips designed for those with heavy plaque buildup or braces, and pulsating water pressure which can be particularly effective at loosening and removing those tough-to-reach food particles.
Naturally, considerations like price, size and how easily batteries can be recharged (if applicable) will all come into play. But the chances are good that using even the lowest-ranked irrigator on our best water flosser top 5 list will make your dentist a happy camper when it’s time for your next checkup.
From personal experience, the Groom+Style team can tell you it will also make you a happy camper when the dentist says “it looks like you’re doing a much better job flossing, and I don’t think you’ll need gum surgery after all.”
Here is Groom+Style’s Best Water Flossers/oral irrigators top 5 list – which will help put a smile on your dial!
1. Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser WP-660
This wasn’t a difficult choice to make since Waterpik has been the gold standard of water flossers for decades (yes, they really have been around that long) and the Aquarius is the best model the company makes.
For the price, it’s an outstanding investment to make for the health of your mouth.
First things first – this isn’t a portable appliance you can toss into the suitcase to take on a trip. It’s a large model with a water basin, and it has to be plugged into the wall.
The G+S review team will provide more travel-friendly options later in this list, but consider the Aquarius a flosser which will occupy a permanent spot on your bathroom counter.
This Waterpik is definitely feature-rich. There are ten different pressure settings chosen by rotating a knob on the side of the machine, there’s a dual-step “pulse modulation” feature that first flosses between your teeth and then massages your gums to improve their health, there’s a 360° rotating tip, and there’s a timer that beeps every thirty seconds to remind you to move the irrigator to a different part of your mouth.
On-off switches are located on the main unit and the hand-held one. The Aquarius comes with seven included tips: three regular ones (so other members of the family can have their own), a toothbrush tip (so you can brush at the same time you’re flossing), a “plaque seeking” tip (for tough-to-clean teeth), an orthodontic tip (for those with braces or appliances), and a “pick pocket” tip (for those with gum disease who have “periodontal pockets”).
The covered reservoir on the Waterpik Aquarius holds enough water or mouthwash for 90 seconds of use, which should be plenty since the manufacturer and most dentists recommend 60 seconds of flossing per day. The unit runs on AC power so there’s no need for recharging, and the tips can be stored on the reservoir cover.
Most importantly, this baby works like a champ. Waterpik’s reputation in the field is well-deserved, and this is their best model yet.
It may seem like a lot to spend when the dentist gives you a free sample of floss after each visit (yes, it’s a small container; then again, you probably don’t use it) – but the Aquarius can make all the difference in the world.
Facts and figures for the Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser WP-660:
2. Philips Sonicare HX8332/12 Airfloss Ultra
The first thing Groom+Style should mention is that the HX8332/12 replaces earlier models of the Airfloss which had numerous problems with reliability. This latest version is much more dependable; we wouldn’t have recommended the previous ones, but the review team like this Airfloss Ultra model.
One other thing: yes, this is a water flosser. The name “Airfloss” stems from the fact that the water is propelled by air, and because of that design it uses much less liquid than some of its competitors.
The Ultra is a portable model, somewhat like an electric toothbrush, which requires filling the reservoir on the handheld flosser with water or mouthwash pretty frequently. You may actually need to refill it during use while getting accustomed to the appliance because it’s easy to spray lots of water all over your mouth (and your clothes, and the counter) until you’ve mastered the correct technique.
Once you’re an expert, though, a single fill should last you one or two flosses. When you’re done, the oral irrigator goes into the included base where its lithium-ion battery is recharged.
There aren’t as many options on the Sonicare, but that does make it easier to use for those simply want to floss and move on. You tap the large button on the handle for individual bursts of water and air or hold the button down for a continuous set of automatic bursts.
There’s a separate control which lets you choose whether you get sets of single, double or triple bursts. The triple bursts, of course, are most effective. The Airfloss comes with two tips, suitable for two users. It’s waterproof and operates on dual voltages.
This model is gentle and does a good job of cleaning teeth in lieu of string floss; it’s not as good as the Aquarius – but then, no water flosser is.
It’s relatively expensive, but you may find the cost worth it for the convenience of not being tethered to a water tank and a wall. This flosser is white and available with grey or pink accents.
Details for the Philips Sonicare HX8332/12 Airfloss Ultra:
3. Panasonic EW-DJ10-A Portable Dental Water Flosser
Here’s an irrigator which is just right if you’re just giving these units a first try, or if you travel a lot and want to take your flosser on the road. It’s good for beginners because it is reasonably priced, and it’s excellent for travel because it has a collapsible design.
The EW-DJ10-A is a cordless model that operates on two AA batteries, not as convenient as the Sonicare’s rechargeable battery but it eliminates the need for a charging base, another plus for travelers. (Panasonic also sells an EW1211A model that operates with a NI-MH rechargeable battery and has an extra “jet” speed,” but it costs twice as much.)
There are two-speed settings on this Panasonic flosser: high-speed for normal use and low-speed for those with sensitive gums or for children. This is a waterproof unit and very easy to clean; the reservoir is pretty small, so you may need to refill it in the middle of flossing if you’re using the high setting. It only comes with one tip.
The power on the EW-DJ10-A is satisfactory for a while, but as the batteries start to run down you’ll need to replace them to get the same “oomph.”
Otherwise, this is a very nice irrigator for those who travel, and it’s more than satisfactory for those only using it at home. For the price, it’s a good buy.
More info on the Panasonic EW-DJ10-A Portable Dental Water Flosser:
4. Profloss Model 94116 Waterflosser
Some users find models that have to be attached to a faucet to be a pain in the neck to use. Others like them because they don’t require batteries, external power or constant reservoir refilling, and they can be easily tucked away when not in use.
They’re not our personal favorite, but the Groom+Style review team wanted to include one on our list of the top 5 best water flossers – and the best is the Profloss Model 94116 (old model 4190 or profloss waterjet).
The Profloss has an aerator that connects to most faucets with its patented Quick Connect Technology. We’ll almost guarantee that you don’t know anything about the threading in your faucet, but rest assured that yours probably qualifies unless it’s really old.
A coiled hose then carries water directly to the flosser; all you have to do is turn on the spigot, and the power of the jet is controlled by how far you turn the faucet (although there is also a four-speed control on the unit itself, which lets you decrease the water power being delivered from the faucet).
This design means there’s no extra noise created when the irrigator is in use, but also means that you can’t use it with mouthwash.
The power of this oral irrigator isn’t quite up to that of our best-reviewed models, but it’s pretty good; the one problem you may experience with the Profloss is that the aerator (the part that connects to the faucet) can get loose and dislodge over time if the fit to your faucet isn’t perfect.
The best advice the team can give to avoid this problem is to take your time when connecting the aerator, don’t rush it, and you should not have a problem. For the price, it’s worth a try if the idea of no batteries and no refilling appeals to you.
Digging deeper on the Profloss 94116 Waterflosser:
5. Waterpik WP-260 Water Flosser For Kids
It’s almost impossible to get kids to floss; it’s hard enough to get many of them just to brush their teeth. This model makes the battle easier.
The colorful design of the WP-260 (which also comes with a selection of stick-on decals) is aimed at children who are six and older. The flosser does plug into the wall but has a special “kid-proof” safety design, and it’s smaller than a full-sized Waterpik.
The controls are much simpler too, with just an off-on switch and three power settings, and the covered reservoir holds enough water or mouthwash for one use.
Some kids may adapt to the Waterpik Aquarius without a problem, but the WP-260 is a great way to get them accustomed to flossing with a less-imposing model.
It also comes with an orthodontic tip, which should get a lot of use when your children hit braces-wearing age. At the price, the review team thinks it’s a perfect way to introduce good dental hygiene to the younger members of the family.
Specifications for the Waterpik WP-260 Water Flosser For Kids:
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