Waterpik, Cordless Advanced Water Flosser

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Editor choice Waterpik, Cordless Advanced Water Flosser
9.5
Waterpik, Cordless Advanced Water Flosser
Waterpik, Cordless Advanced Water Flosser
  • Water tank is very easy to refill
  • Water jet is powerful enough to clean in between even the tightest teeth
  • Handheld is great for bathrooms which don't have space for tabletop
  • Comes with a travel bag for taking it with you
  • Continual water jet allows you to follow your gum line and clean all along rather than just focussing in-between the teeth

First Impressions

The WaterPik water flossing handheld product is presented well in the packaging. And getting started is very easy, as there are no complex settings to get to grips with. It’s simply popping your favoured Pik into the top of the WaterPik, filling the water tank, selecting the required pressure level, putting the Pik into position in your mouth and turning on or off.

Using the WaterPik for the first time is like no other experience I can think of and certainly nothing like manual flossing, perhaps a visit to the hygienist comes close but self directed gum and teeth cleaning with the water flosser is unforgiving as a novice. The water jet is ferocious even on the low setting and at first it feels much more like a random blasting of various parts of the mouth than an orderly cleaning of the gumline which I envisioned. Over time with more usage this does get more controlled and a more thorough clean can be achieved. 

There are three pressure settings on the WaterPik; low, medium and high. You are advised by the official WaterPik quick start guide to start on low, and I wholeheartedly agree with this point. Curiosity however, did get the better of me and as I thought I was getting the hang of it I loved up the setting from low, right to high. This resulted in me instantly removing the WaterPik from my mouth in a reflex action due to the sheer uncomfort, cue water getting sprayed all over my bathroom! I genuinely can’t imagine the nerve dead gums which would be needed in order to require the highest setting.

That being said, with practise you will definitely get more precision out of your water flossing routine. And, my mouth definitely felt much cleaner after giving it a blast with the WaterPik – or should I say multiple blasts with this particular water flosser. As one major bone of contention I have with the handheld version of the WaterPik is how small the water reservoir is. It’s situated at close to the bottom of the device at the back and the box claims it holds 45 seconds worth of water. This statement I’m afraid is an out and out lie. If it hits 30 seconds of continuous usage I’d be surprised, and even with the expectation of getting faster with practice I say that it would be impossible to get a full mouth clean with one tank, and as a novice user you’d be hard pressed to reach all your mouth on two tanks.

I think one important distinction is whether you use the waterpik, to just use the water to floss between the teeth or whether your intention is to also follow the gumline and make sure that any plague left over after brushing is also removed. The former could be accomplished a lot quicker, however, if your intention is to deep clean your mouth then be prepared to refill the tank again and again and again. Although, to be fair to the handheld WaterPik variant this isn’t as troublesome as it seems. The water tank has a flap which you can open and fill from the tap super quickly so you can be back water flossing in under 10 seconds from empty back up to full again.

In fact, their Amazon product listing now contradicts the box and does claim 30 Secs instead of 45. It seems that some of the tabletop WaterPik models have a larger capacity water tank and actually do allow for 45 seconds of cleaning. Which WaterPik model you go for is of course up to you. Some consideration for you is whether you have space on your countertop in your bathroom that’s close enough to your sink to use – as the WaterPik is definitely a product which needs to be used with your face directly over the sink. If you do not have the required space for the tabletop WaterPik then the handheld version delivers a more than powerful enough kick to get the job done!

I like the idea of using the WaterPik in the shower (though the small tank may be prohibitive) and taking it with me when I go travelling and on holiday is a big draw. The included travel bag is a great addition in the box for this purpose.

9.5 Total Score
Great buy for those looking to try water flossing

In summary, if you care about your mouth hygiene or want to develop the habit of regular flossing to improve your gum health then I wholeheartedly recommend the WaterPik. It’s much easier and enjoyable than manual flossing which always seemed like an additional hassle to brushing. In fact, those who enjoy motorised brushes such as the Oral B professional over manual brushing will understand that the leap to water flossing over manual flossing is similar. In fact, it’s a game-changer and I predict that they will become as popular as the motorised toothbrushes currently are.

Water Tank Size
7.5
Flossing Power
10
Water Resistance
10
Ease of Operation
10
Build Quality
9.5
PROS
  • Water tank is very easy to refill
  • Water jet is powerful enough to clean in between even the tightest teeth
  • Handheld is great for bathrooms which don't have space for tabletop
  • Comes with a travel bag for taking it with you
  • Continual water jet allows you to follow your gum line and clean all along rather than just focussing in-between the teeth
CONS
  • Highest settings are too powerful
  • Hard to reach the inside of the bottom row of teeth (the part where the tip of your tongue rests)
  • Water tank is tiny, barely enough for 30 seconds of cleaning
  • Hard to learn the skill of following the gumline and the water jet is a little unforgiving for novice users
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