The Best 5 Water Flossers Reviewed

A bright white smile and fresh breath – this is the ideal condition of the teeth that everyone wants to achieve. It all depends on the optimal combination of health, hygiene and aesthetics. In addition to the indispensable classics such as toothbrushes and dental floss, more and more mouthwashes, bleaching strips and other innovative methods are playing a role. Among them: The oral irrigators or water flossers!

Best Water Flossers Comparison

 

We have tested the current oral irrigators on the market intensively to make it easier for you to choose the right product. In addition to the price-performance ratio, the workmanship, and simplicity of use, we have also examined the various oral irrigators for various technical properties and innovations which, in our opinion, make a good oral irrigator.

What are water flossers?

Electric water flossers are special aids for dental care. The interdental spaces are cleaned with a jet of water – even in places where you cannot reach with a toothbrush. They are considered a practical alternative to dental floss.

How to Use a Water Flosser

The Best 5 Water Flossers Reviewed

During our test, we paid particular attention to the following technical properties:

The pump: High-quality oral irrigators rely on the double pump system. This means that the shower does not only secrete water, but also a mixture of water and air. This combination should not only guarantee more efficiency during cleaning but also reduce water consumption.

The water tank: In general, the tank of the appliance is filled with pure water. For fresh breath and antibacterial effects, many users rely on a mixture of mouthwash and water and even rinse only with mouthwash. Not every mouthwash is suitable for this use. However, it should be the perfect mouthwash in order to guarantee the widest possible range of applications.

The nozzle holder: A water flosser can be used for the dental hygiene of the whole family. Similar to several attachments in an electric toothbrush, there are nozzles that can be replaced in oral showers. Each family member uses their own nozzle. Children can also use the mouth wash without hesitation under the guidance and with help. All high-quality devices have an integrated nozzle holder for space-saving and organized storage.

The power supply: Battery or fixed power cable, you have this choice when buying a mouth shower. While a battery is more flexible, its runtime is often not quite optimal – frequent runs are necessary. In our test, we take a close look at the most efficient power output of oral irrigators.

If all components reach the appropriate quality, nothing stands in the way of first-class tooth cleaning with a mouth shower. Which product convinced us the most? Following our test, we also answer the most frequently asked and important questions about the use of oral showers.

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Waterpik WP-660 Ultra

Our winner: The oral irrigator of superlatives! The Waterpik Ultra has all the technical requirements that are expected of a modern device. It clearly delivered the best result in the test. The comparatively higher price is justified.
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The manufacturer himself describes the Waterpik Ultra as his most modern oral irrigator. The unique pulse modulation technology promises the complete removal of plaque in a powerful and gentle way. At the same time, the hydro-pulse massage mode provides important stimulation of the gums. The promised result speaks for itself:

  • Removal of 99.9 % plaque
  • 2x more effective improvement of the gums around implants in contrast to dental floss
  • 50% more effective than dental floss in maintaining healthy gums
  • 56 % more effective than interdental brushes

The Waterpik Ultra is also very easy to use. It is connected to the power supply via a plug and put into operation via an on/off switch on the handle of the brush. Up to 10 different strength levels can be set and alternated between a cleansing and a massaging effect by means of a rotary wheel on the appliance. The supplied nozzles can be practically plugged into an integrated container and kept clean.

The scope of delivery

  • Waterpik Ultra Profession water flosser
  • 3x nozzle attachments Classic
  • 1x Orthodontic nozzle
  • 1x toothbrush replacement
  • 1x Plaque Seeker
  • 1x Peak Pocket Attachment

How is the Waterpik Ultra oral irrigator used correctly?

Bend over the sink and move the nozzle – still switched off – to the desired position on the gumline. The recommended method is to start at the molars. From there you work your way up to the incisors. The tip of the nozzle slides along the edge of the gum, paying special attention to the spaces between the teeth. The cleaning with the mouth shower is finished as soon as all teeth have been reached at the front and back.

During this process, the water runs out of the mouth into the sink. Keep your mouth as slightly closed as possible to avoid splashing water in all directions. In addition, the cleanest application is guaranteed when the head is bent as far as possible over the sink. With a little practice, you will quickly find the best position.

Dimensions, functions, and design of the Waterpik WP-660 Ultra

With a base of approx. 4.5 x 4.5 inches and a total height of approx. 8 inches, the oral irrigator is a relatively space-saving sight in the bathroom. The required power cable is attached to the back of the device. The Waterpik Ultra oral shower is currently available in the colors white and black – you decide which version is more suitable for your bathroom.

Our impression of the Waterpik WP-660 Ultra

This water jet keeps its promises! High-quality manufactured, easy to clean, and with a versatile selection of different nozzles, it is by far our test winner. The cleaning result already convinces with the first application. The tooth area immediately feels fresh and clean. The nozzles can be replaced or supplemented at any time. With this oral shower, the most diverse needs and wishes in terms of oral hygiene can be optimally fulfilled for a long time.

Our conclusion:

With the purchase of the Waterpik Ultra, you can’t do anything wrong. You will be enthusiastic about the cleansing effect, the massage function, and the simple cleaning of the water tank. Especially when space is not a problem in the bathroom, there is currently no better choice on the market.

PROS:
  • Simple pressure regulation in 10 stages
  • 7 nozzle attachments to choose from
  • Easy to clean
  • 1-minute timer
  • 360-degree rotation of the nozzles
CONS:
  • The cable could be a little longer
  • More expensive than other devices

 

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Philips Sonicare AirFloss

The little wonder device for home and travel: The Sonicare AirFloss relies on a very special technology. Instead of a continuous jet of water, the device delivers short pump strokes – tooth for tooth. Simply aim, squeeze and enjoy clean, well-kept teeth and healthy gums.
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What can the Philips Sonicare AirFloss do?

Philips calls the Sonicare AirFloss the practical alternative to dental floss. A combination of air blows and micro-droplets – of pure water or mouthwash – removes plaque from the tooth surface as well as from hard-to-reach areas. The enormous pressure loosens and removes the plaque. Nevertheless, the oral irrigator is gentle on the gums. This new technology is called Microburst. It was developed in cooperation with dentists.

With the Sonicare AirFloss, Philips wanted to develop a water flosser that was as effective as it was time-saving. The entire oral cavity is cleaned in just 60 seconds. And unlike brushing teeth alone, up to 99% more plaque is removed. When used daily, the health of the gums should be noticeably and demonstrably improved in just two weeks.

The scope of delivery

  • charging station
  • 3 nozzles
  • travel pouch

How to use the Philips Sonicare AirFloss Mouthwash correctly?

The oral cleanser works with the auto burst function. While you hold the button on the device, the compressed air jet is automatically triggered every second. All you have to do is guide the nozzle attachment from tooth to tooth. In just 60 seconds, all teeth – top and bottom – are cleaned. Alternatively, you can also use the manual function. Here you trigger the jet of the oral shower yourself at your own pace. This method is especially helpful at the beginning when you have to find the right position of the nozzle through practice. The manual function is also the right choice for all those who like to take a little more time.

The Sonicare AirFloss’s angled jets make it easy to position it at the right angle to the tooth. Place them along the surface, directly under the gum. The ergonomically shaped handle facilitates hand guidance.

Dimensions, features, and design of the Philips Sonicare AirFloss

The Sonicare AirFloss is not only practical and compact, but it also looks great. All in white and mint green, it meets the taste of many customers. Water or mouthwash is filled into the integrated container through a flap. This has space for the required liquid for up to two applications. Unfortunately, the water tank is not removable, which makes cleaning a little more difficult. This is also our only big disadvantage with the Sonicare AirFloss. The battery is charged by the included charging station, which can also be used for Philips electric toothbrushes. The battery has a runtime of about 30 minutes. With daily use of 60 seconds, it lasts a whole month for one person.

The travel case that is included in the scope of delivery deserves a special mention. Thanks to it and the practical size of this mouth shower, it can also be easily taken on holiday. When the battery is fully charged, you can even leave the charger at home.

Our impression of the Philips Sonicare AirFloss

Anyone who knows other mouthwashes with a continuous jet will first have to get used to the pumping strokes of the Sonicare AirFloss. But the technology is convincing after just a few applications. Especially helpful is the possibility to use the automatic function as well as the manual one. We were also positively surprised by the strong battery performance, the modern design, and the compact size. Only the cumbersome cleaning of the non-removable water tank has to be provided with minus points and makes the Philips mouth shower fall behind the test winner.

Our conclusion

No room in the bathroom or a lot to travel? Then Philips Sonicare AirFloss is the right oral shower for you! The small device doesn’t have to hide its performance from the big ones. The teeth become noticeably clean and feel perfectly cared for.

PROS:
  • Perfect for the journey
  • Innovative spray system
  • Easy positioning of the nozzle
  • Long battery life
  • Beautiful design
CONS:
  • Gums can bleed slightly during the first applications
  • Cleaning somewhat cumbersome

 

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Water Flosser Professional

The ideal oral irrigator for traveling: The Life Basic Mouthwash is the ideal companion in a suitcase only because of its handy size. It also comes with a power adapter. This means it can be used anywhere in the world. A mouth shower for globetrotters and business travelers!
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What can the Life Basis Oral Irrigator do?

The Life Basis oral irrigator provides better oral hygiene with three functions:

  • Normal: The standard level for effective cleaning of the interdental spaces with normal gums.
  • Soft: The ideal step for gentle cleaning of sensitive gums, for children and for getting used to using an oral shower for the first time.
  • Impulse: The massage function for a well supplied with blood, healthy gums.

The nozzles of the Life Basis dental cleanser rotate in several directions and reach all areas of the teeth that cannot be cleaned with a toothbrush. When used, the oral shower does not require any cables or hoses. The water tank is integrated into the hand tool and the power is supplied by a built-in rechargeable battery. According to the manufacturer, it lasts up to two weeks after complete charging. Our test showed that the actual battery performance lasts about 4 – 5 days with daily use. A completely empty battery needs about 8 hours to be fully charged again.

The scope of delivery

  • 1x oral mouth shower
  • 2x mouthpieces
  • power adapter
  • USB charging cable

How is the oral irrigator Life Basis Oral Irrigator used correctly?

Choose one of the three different function levels according to your needs. The application is completely wireless, with no cables or cunning, which allows great flexibility in movement. The Life Basis water flosser lies comfortably in the hand and can be applied quickly to all interdental spaces. Only two buttons are required for all settings and for switching on and off. You don’t have to read through long instructions for use. All functions are self-explanatory. The water tank can also be removed, cleaned, and filled within seconds. The entire device is waterproof. So you don’t have to worry that the electronics will suffer if it splashes a little more during the oral shower.

Dimensions, features, and design of Life Basis Oral Irrigator

The 7.5 inches high and only 225-gram heavy mouth cleanser is a real lightweight. The dimensions also show the advantages of its use as a mouth shower for traveling. The two nozzle attachments supplied have two different color markings, which makes them perfectly suitable for couples. Thanks to the markings, everyone is guaranteed to use their own nozzle.

Our impression of Life Basis Oral Irrigator

There is no other way to describe the Life Basic Oral Shower. It is not the strongest oral irrigator on the market and only three different strength levels have less than other products. However, these disadvantages are compensated if you look at the Life Basic Mouthwash as a time product when traveling. Mouthwashes with large tanks are often not suitable for hotels or when visiting friends. Life Basics, however, shows its unbeatable side in these situations.

Our conclusion

You travel a lot and don’t want to miss the freshness and hygiene of a mouth shower? Then choose Life Basis Oral Irrigator and feel well cared for in your hotel.

PROS:
  • Compact size
  • Color-marked nozzles
  • Powerful battery
  • Very light
CONS:
  • Only 3 levels possible
  • Sometimes a little loud
  • More suitable for travel than for daily use

 

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Panasonic EW1211

What can the Panasonic EW1211 do?

The water jet of this oral shower removes food residues, dirt, and plaque from areas in the mouth where even thorough brushing with a toothbrush is unsuccessful. The jets promote blood circulation in the gums through gentle massage pressure. In addition, a second pump can be used to select a water-air mixture for the massage. A technique that has already convinced our test winner.

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The thorough water jet, which can be adjusted at different intensity levels, is also suitable for the care and cleaning of bridges, implants, braces, and even the third teeth. This makes this oral shower a real all-rounder that can be used by several people with different dental backgrounds.

The scope of delivery

  • charging station
  • 2x nozzles
  • Protective cover for travel can be purchased separately
  • Additional replacement nozzles available at any time

How is the Panasonic EW1211 oral shower used correctly?

The water tank of the oral irrigator is integrated into the handle. Fill it with lukewarm water or a mix of water and mouthwash. The battery-powered mouthwash works without any cables or hoses. The ergonomic handle fits well in the hand and makes it particularly easy to position the nozzle correctly on the teeth.

The device can be switched on and the desired level selected by means of buttons on the hand part, which is simple and uncomplicated to operate. You can choose between three different water pressure levels. In addition to the good quality of the tooth cleaning, the simplicity of the subsequent cleaning of the device was particularly convincing in our test. The Panasonic EW1211 can be washed under the tap. Deposits don’t stand a chance. The water tank can be completely removed and cleaned hygienically and thoroughly with water and a mild detergent.

NOTE: The Panasonic dental cleanser charging station is also easy to clean and protected from moisture. However, it is advisable not to place the charging station directly on the washbasin in order to avoid damage from strong exposure to water.

Dimensions, functions, and design of Panasonic EW1211

With only 187 grams this oral irrigator can be held even by children completely independently. The lightness and slim design give freedom of movement. Nevertheless, the mouth shower is surprisingly robust in the hand and does not feel filigree. With a volume of 130 ml, the water tank is somewhat small. A refill is required for thorough cleaning of the upper and lower teeth. The battery performance is also somewhat weaker than with other mouthwashes, 15 minutes is promised by the manufacturer. Without a charging station, the device cannot be taken on holiday, especially if it is used by several people. The white design with dark blue accents is a real eye-catcher in every bathroom.

Our impression of the Panasonic EW1211

With this oral irrigator by Panasonic, you get a lot of performance for a small price! Above all, the most powerful level of the three settings offers an excellent cleaning success and leaves a uniquely clean feeling. The charging station charges effectively. Unfortunately, there is no indicator light when the battery is fully charged. Despite the small water tank, the Panasonic oral irrigator is a good alternative to larger oral irrigators. Battery performance and the two nozzle attachments supplied to make it especially interesting for couples.

Our conclusion

The Panasonic EW1211 is a reliable oral irrigator with a high-quality finish. With the right care, it can get a permanent place in the bathroom for many years. Especially for singles and couples, its performance is completely sufficient and convincing.

PROS:
  • Good cleaning effect
  • Lies well in the hand
  • Easy to clean
  • Wireless and secure
CONS:
  • low battery performance
  • small water tank
  • only 3 levels

 

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ABOX Water Flosser

7 nozzles for all-round dental hygiene: A separate nozzle for every purpose. If the mother has sensitive gums, the father wants to remove food leftovers and the children wear braces, the ABOX Water Flosser and its seven nozzles can meet every need.
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What can the ABOX Water Flosser do?

The best sales argument for the ABOX Water Flosser oral shower are the seven nozzles supplied:

  • 4x standard nozzle: The attachment for daily cleaning of the interdental surfaces and hidden angles in the oral cavity.
  • 1x dental plate nozzle: The attachment for the special and intensive cleaning of implants, dental prostheses, and crowns.
  • 1x orthodontic nozzle: The attachment for the thorough cleaning of braces.
  • 1x Periodontal Nozzle: The attachment for massage of the gums and reduction of incipient periodontitis.

In addition to the individual functional nozzles, the ABOX Water Flosser also offers three different functional levels:

  • Normal
  • soft
  • pulses

The scope of delivery

  • 7x nozzle attachments with color markings
  • charger
  • manual

How to use the ABOX Water Flosser mouth wash correctly?

The integrated water container can be filled with lukewarm water as well as a combination of water and mouthwash. Coldwater is not recommended as the cold together with the pressure on teeth and gums can cause an unpleasant to painful feeling.

The oral irrigator can be switched on and the various function levels adjusted by means of practical buttons on the front of the handset. The optimal positioning of the nozzle in the mouth depends on the selected attachment. A detailed overview of the various nozzles is provided in a manual.

Dimensions, functions, and design of the ABOX Water Flosser

With a water tank volume of about 200 ml, the teeth can usually be completely cleaned with a filling of the container. The four standard nozzles supplied are marked with four different colors. This makes the ABOX mouthwash ideal for families of four. Due to the marking, all persons always know exactly which nozzle attachment is their own. This increases hygiene. The ABOX Water Flosser has a white design with many grey accents. The water tank is transparent, so you can see at a glance whether and how much water is still in the tank.

The battery is charged via a USB charging cable. The mouth shower is also supplied with a small travel bag, which ensures safe and clean transport if you want to take the ABOX Water Flosser with you on a trip.

Our impression of ABOX Water Flosser

This oral irrigator is a first-class all-round device. In our test, it could score through high performance. The different nozzle attachments allow the cleaning of different dental situations. Unlike most other devices, however, these nozzles cannot be stored cleanly anywhere. The ABOX Water Flosser does not have a nozzle holder, it is designed for one nozzle, let alone for all seven. When buying the water pump you should also consider a suitable storage box.

Our conclusion

In terms of quality, the ABOX oral irrigator does not quite match the performance and comfort of the test winner. But for families with different needs, it seems to be the first choice. The nozzle attachments are too good not to give the overall package the highest price.

PROS:
  • Nozzles for every purpose
  • Practical USB charging cable
  • Sufficiently large water tank
  • Easy to clean
CONS:
  • Could use more strength levels.
  • Fast battery consumption for daily use by several people
  • No integrated storage space for the nozzles

 

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Most Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Cleansers And their Use

Oral irrigation is the great unknown when it comes to dental hygiene. According to one study, only 14% of Americans use a mouthwash regularly or at all. So it’s no wonder that there are many questions before buying. We have tried to answer the most important questions for you.

Who is allowed to use a mouth shower? Who is not?

In general, oral showers can be used for dental hygiene by all persons – adults and children. The big exception are people who suffer from advanced periodontitis. Here there is a danger that the inflammation-promoting bacteria will penetrate even deeper into the gum pockets through the water jet and cause further damage. Even in the case of acute injuries in the oral cavity, the oral shower should be dispensed with until the patient has healed completely.

TIP: Talk to your dentist if you have any questions or concerns before buying an oral shower. Only your dentist can give you precise instructions as to whether the oral shower is medically helpful or harmful. In the case of healthy teeth and gums, a mouth shower is always an optimal solution for cleaning.

Is the dental irrigator used before or after brushing teeth?

The water flosser is generally used after brushing your teeth. The manual or electronic toothbrush first removes the most superficial dirt. Then the oral shower is used to remove the last residues of food, dirt, and plaque from the teeth and interdental spaces.

Does dental floss have to be used in addition to the oral shower?

Mouthwash and dental floss have the same function – to thoroughly clean the spaces between them. Therefore it is not necessary to use both products twice. However, many customers still rely on the optimal combination of both. This means that dental floss can be used in the morning and a mouthwash in the evening. Dental floss is also perfect for holidays or short trips when you don’t want to pack your mouth wash and take it with you.

How often should the mouth wash be used?

The mouthwash can and should be used every day after brushing your teeth. However, it should definitely be integrated into the care routine in the evening. Many people make the mistake of using the mouth wash only in the morning for a feeling of freshness. However, food leftovers and plaques accumulate during the day and must be removed before going to bed. So if you want to use your mouth wash once a day, the evening is the right time. However, a daily application several times a day is also harmless and recommended.

How and how often must a mouth shower be cleaned?

Regular cleaning of the mouth shower is extremely important! Without the cleaning, deposits such as:

  • Lime
  • mold
  • bacteria

There are special, particularly gentle cleaning agents for oral showers. Alternatively, you can also use effective household detergents. A little citric acid or vinegar mixed with warm water effectively combats limescale deposits. Chamomile tea is suitable for disinfection against germs. In order to avoid mold, the tank must be emptied of water regularly and all parts of the oral shower thoroughly dried.

Can a dental irrigator be used with braces?

Yes, a mouth shower is an ideal choice to remove food residues and dirt from the braces. In the case of step-adjustable appliances, a rather gentle step should be used in order not to risk damaging the braces.

Which mouthwash may be used with the water flosser?

If the manufacturer allows you to fill the mouth with mouthwash – which is the case with almost all of our tested mouthwashes – there are no further restrictions. Use your favorite mouthwash with an antibacterial effect for fresh breath. The mouthwash should never be used purely in the mouthwash but diluted with lukewarm water.

Do I have to change the jets in the mouth wash?

Yes, for hygienic reasons the jets used should be replaced regularly. When used daily, it is best to do this every 3 months, but at least every 6 months. In addition to the possible occurrence of germs, the nozzles also lose their performance over time. This is mainly due to limescale deposits inside the nozzles, which are automatically caused by tap water. All manufacturers of mouthwashes offer replacement nozzles at a low price.

How do I prevent splashing water during the oral shower?

First-time users of oral irrigators often complain about wet walls, mirrors, and clothing after using oral irrigators. The main reason for this is the wrong posture. For aesthetic reasons, photos on the packaging almost always show upright women and men holding their mouthwash like an electric toothbrush. However, the correct and above all dry application is done deep over the sink. Any splashes are caught in the sink. At the same time, you can catch some water with the correct position of the mouth. This only requires a little practice and trial and error. It is always best to start the first application on the weakest level. This way you can get used to the device.

 

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