An electric water flosser which is also known as an oral irrigator ejects a powerful stream of water to blast out dental plaque from the gumline and between each tooth. It’s proven to be 3 times more effective than string dental floss, not to mention quicker and easier.
Compare our top 8 best water flossers below to see which one is best for you. You’ll even find brief yet informative reviews for each of the electric water flossers featured in our comparison table.
Best Water Flossers Features Guide
If you’re lost on what each feature of an electric oral irrigator does or mean specifically, here’s a short explanation of each one.
Water or Air – As you probably would’ve guessed, all water flossers use a water jet stream to remove dental plaque. However, there are certain electric flossers such as the Philips Air Floss that primarily uses a burst of pressurised air with micro-water droplets.
Cordless – Larger electric water flossers are wired to the main unit, but if you’re looking for something a bit more lightweight portable, then a rechargeable oral irrigator is ideal, especially for travelling. Though you must bear in mind that they’re not as powerful as corded machines.
Pressure – The figure shown depicts the amount of pressure (measured in PSI – pounds per square inch) that water flosser exerts. The high the number, the more powerful it is.
Pressure Settings – Many water flossers have a pressure range, and they will allow you to select your desired pressure according to how sensitive your teeth is or how you want the water to be distributed.
Modes – Some of the more advanced electric water flossers has several modes to choose from (basic models will usually just have the standard jet mode). Selecting different modes will adjust the water pulsations.
Reservoir – How much water does the tank hold? The more water it holds, the longer use you can get out of the water flosser before having to top up again.
Water Use – The water usage time goes hand-in-hand with the water capacity, though pressure settings and modes can affect the stated time.
Pause – Also known as water control, this button allows you to pause and resume the water stream whenever you like. This is useful if you need more time to aim the nozzle tip into the right area of your mouth without wasting water.
Waterproof – Very few electric water flossers are waterproof, and those that are, are usually cordless models. Being waterproof allows the oral irrigator to easily be washed and used in the shower.
Timer or Pacer – This function is an indicator that activates after a certain period of time (usually every 30 seconds or 1 minute) to tell the user when to start flossing the other side of the mouth or when the recommended flossing time is up.
Power Source – What kind of socket is needed for the electric water flosser? Many corded machines use 2-pin plugs for UK shaver sockets with a few using 3-pin plugs for standard UK sockets.
Universal Voltage – A water flosser that can be used internationally is always a benefit, particularly if you decide to take it abroad. Otherwise, you’d have to use a seperate universal power adapter.
Included Accessories – These include all the different types of nozzles and tips that come with the water flosser. Different types of tips are generally designed for specific purposes (particularly in the case of Waterpik tips) such as deep cleaning and cleaning braces.
Water Flosser Nozzles and Tips
- Waterpik Classic Jet Tip – The regular tip for daily flossing; it provides deep cleaning between the teeth and below the gumline. This tip is recommended to be replaced every 6 months.
- Waterpik Pik Pocket Tip – Tackles periodontal pockets and furcations with its angled nozzle and pointed tip. This tip is recommended to be replaced every 3 months.
- Waterpik Plaque Seeker Tip – Using 3 thin tufts of bristles, this tip is designed to remove plaque around implants, crowns, veneers and bridges. This tip is recommended to be replaced every 3 months.
- Waterpik Orthodontic Tip – This tip has a tapered brush at the end that’s designed to remove dental plaque from braces and orthodontics. This tip is recommended to be replaced every 3 months.
- Waterpik Toothbrush Tip – This tip acts just like an ordinary manual toothbrush, and allows you to brush and water floss your teeth at the same time. This tip is recommended to be replaced every 3 months.
- Waterpik Tongue Cleaning Tip – Helps to prevent bad breath by using a spoon-like head to scrape off and wash out bacteria from the tongue. This tip is recommended to be replaced every 6 months.
- Sonicare AirFloss Nozzle – The standard (and only) nozzles designed for the Philips Sonicare AirFloss Power Flosser.
- Sonicare AirFloss Pro Nozzle – This nozzle is the same as the one for the standard AirFloss, except that it’s designed to fit Philips Sonicare AirFloss Pro Power Flossers only.
- Oral B Water Jet Nozzle – Ejects a water stream filled with micro air bubbles for fresher cleaning.
- Oral B OxyJet Nozzle – This has two jet stream adjustments that both delivers compressed air and water which forms micro air bubbles.
If you’d like to read a more comprehensive breakdown of each feature of a water flosser aka. oral irrigator, then visit our home page where I’ve written an in-depth buying guide.
Our 8 Best Water Flossers Reviewed
Here are some short reviews of each product featured in our 8 best water flossers comparison table.
1. Waterpik WP-660E2 Ultra Professional
Read our review of the Waterpik WP-660 here.
Overview: “The most advanced countertop electric water flosser offers two flossing modes and a timer with pacer. This oral irrigator from Waterpik also provides 7 different tips designed for specific types of cleaning.”
- 2 Modes of Water Flossing – Floss for regular interdental cleaning and Hydro-Pulse Massage which provides enhanced gum stimulation and circulation.
- Large 650ml Water Reservoir – This is the largest of all Waterpik water flossers.
- 90 Seconds of Water Flossing Time
- 1 Minute Timer and 30 Second Pacer – Notifies the user (via a short pause) when it’s time to move onto flossing the other side of the mouth, and when the recommended flossing time is over. The machine will not turn itself off; it will continue to run until it’s switched off.
- 7 Tips in Total – 3 x Classic Jet Tips, Pik Pocket Tip, Plaque Seeker Tip, Orthodontic Tip and Toothbrush Tip (see our best water flossers features guide above to read what each tip is designed for).
2. Oral-B Water Jet Oral Irrigator Cleaning System
Read our review of the Oral-B Water Jet here.
Overview: “The best countertop water flosser that’s not from Waterpik. The WaterJet Oral Irrigator is powerful and easy to use, and the base can even be wall mounted to save space and provide convenient access.”
3. Waterpik WP-120 Ultra
Read our review of the Waterpik WP-120 here.
Overview: “Waterpik’s best value oral irrigator has great functionality that includes a large 600ml water tank, 10 pressure settings, 6 different tips and a reservoir lid that doubles as storage for the tips.”
4. Waterpik Complete Care WP-900
Read our review of the Waterpik WP-900 here.
Overview: “The WP-900 combines a water flosser with a cordless sonic toothbrush to deliver a complete dental cleaning performance that’s more effective than dental flossing and manual brushing.”
5. Panasonic EW1211W Dental Care
Overview: “Panasonic offers the most advanced cordless water flosser which has 3 different water floss modes (jet, normal air-in and soft air-in) and a wall mountable charging base. A full charge provides approximately 15 minutes of use.”
6. Waterpik WP-250 Nano
Overview: “If you’re lacking countertop space in your bathroom, the Waterpik WP-250 Nano is ideal for you. While it is more portable, it has lower pressure and less settings and a smaller reservoir.”
7. Philips Sonicare AirFloss
Overview: “A popular choice for those who prefer a lightweight and compact cordless electric flosser – the Sonicare AirFloss combines water with air pressure to gently blast out dental plaque and debris. Its Autofire mode is also effective for automated flossing.”
8. Waterpik Waterflosser Cordless Plus WP-450
Overview: “Waterpik’s rechargeable cordless oral irrigator is basic and easy to use. It doesn’t have many functions but it offers a generous reservoir and adequate pressure for a cordless water flosser. Because of it’s low price point, it’s an ideal entry point for first timers.”