You are taking a good care of your oral hygiene, you brush your teeth at least twice per day with the best electric toothbrush, your breath is fresh and your teeth look healthy and white.

But when you visit your dentist, he knows exactly what part of dental hygiene have you been missing out.

Have you been flossing every day?

Pretty much every dentist in the world recommends flossing at least once per day. It is an important aspect of a proper dental hygiene because toothbrushes can’t reach all the areas between teeth and along the gumline the way water flossers (oral irrigators) can.

Those tiny spaces are a perfect nest for plaque and bacteria and the truth is: plaque between teeth can cause more damage than plaque on the surface. Oral irrigators are recommended for everyone, especially for people with braces, implants, crowns or bridges.

Best water flossers of 2018

Our top picks – updated in March 2018:

Water flosserSettingsTipsScorePrice
Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser1064.9

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Goodnew1074.8

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Waterpik Cordless Advanced344.7

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ToiletTree Poseidon Inductive324.4

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Philips Sonicare HX8211/02 Airfloss113.9

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Water flosser vs. dental floss, which one is better?

Time: One of the most common reasons for poor flossing habits is the required time required to floss. It usually takes about 3-5 minutes to floss entire mouth with a dental string, but much less with a water powered device. Replacing dental string with water flosser can save about 4 minutes of time every day on average.

Easiness of usage: Water flossers are easier to use. Of course using a dental string is not a rocket science. But it you are wearing braces, you probably know how hard can it be to reach areas between wires and teeth with a dental string.

Efficiency: When it comes to efficiency, nothing can replace dental string unfortunately. Scrubbing areas between teeth mechanically is the superior way of removing plaque and water flossers can’t match efficiency of ordinary dental string. However, using a water flosser in combination with dental floss has plenty of advantages.

How does it work?

Which one is the best?

There are hundreds of different water flossers on the market and all of them have unique advantages and disadvantages.

If Braun and Philips are the most famous brands when it comes to electric toothbrushes, then Waterpik is the most famous brand of oral irrigators. With more than 50 years of experience and over 500 patents, Waterpik company stands for quality and some of the best technical innovations in the dental care area.

Waterpik Ultra

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  • 10 pressure settings to choose from (10 to 90 PSI).
  • Up to 1200 pulsations per minute.
  • 6 tips included in package (2x Classic Jet, 1x Plaque Seeker, 1x Orthodontic, 1x Pick Pocket and 1x Toothbrush Tip).

  • Design feels outdated.

Waterpik is a company that invented the first electric water flosser back in 1962. They have been the world’s leading manufacturer of water flossers ever since and their dental care products have become very popular throughout the world.

There are several Waterpik water flossers on the market and picking the best one wasn’t easy. We had a hard time deciding whether to pick Ultra or Aquarius, but then we realized that the Aquarius is only sold in the United States which is a huge downside.

The Ultra offers 10 different pressure settings to choose from ranging from 10 to 90 PSI which makes it appropriate for most users, including people who prefer gentle water pressure. The manufacturer claims that using the Ultra at higher pressure settings is clinically proven to be up to 93 more effective than flossing with dental string in removing plaque and cleaning spaces between teeth and along the gum line.

There are 6 tips included in the package.

  • Two Classic Jet tips are appropriate for everyday use.
  • Plaque seeker tip is designed for hard to reach areas.
  • Orthodontic tips is designed for people with orthodontics.
  • Toothbrush tip works similar as electric toothbrush.
  • Pick pocket tip is designed for cleaning below the gum line.

Goodnew

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  • 10 pressure settings to choose from.
  • Up to 1700 pulses per minute.
  • 600 ml tank.
  • 6 tips included in package (2x Classic Jet, 1x Plaque Seeker, 1x Orthodontic, 1x Pick Pocket and 1x Toothbrush Tip).

  • Design feels outdated.

The Goodnew is a fairly unknown brand, but we instantly found something special about their water flosser – it looks amazing and unlike most water flossers, it comes in black design. Of course the design is a matter of personal preference, but while many water flossers look outdated and poorly designed, the Goodnew certainly isn’t one of them.

The Goodnew offers 10 pressure settings ranging from 30 to 120psi which is the same as the Waterpik Ultra. The lower pressure settings are useful for gentle gum massage and the higher settings are designed for thorough and powerful cleaning.

There are 7 tips and additional tongue scraper included in the package which means that you can hygienically share it with your whole family.

Waterpik Cordless Advanced

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  • Our #1 favorite portable water flosser.
  • Attractive design.
  • Very easy to use.

  • Not the most affordable flosser.
  • NiMH battery (Lithium-ion has more advantages)

The Waterpik Cordless Advanced is a portable water flosser with American Dental Association’s seal of acceptance. It’s one of the most advanced cordless water flossers on the market and we believe that it looks amazing.

It has three pressure settings to choose from (high, medium, and low) which isn’t the best, but it’s a standard for most portable flossers.

There are four tips included in the package.

  • Two Classic Jet Tips (JT-100E) for everyday use.
  • Orthodontic Tip (OD-100E) for people with orthodontics.
  • Plaque Seeker Tip (PS-100E) for hard to reach areas between teeth and along the gum line.

Philips Sonicare Airfloss HX8211/02

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  • Portable.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Micro-burst technology.

  • Not as efficient as Waterpik.
  • Expensive replacement tips.

Airfloss is a portable flosser designed by Sonicare, a brand that’s much more known for their electric toothbrushes. Compared to Waterpik, it has several advantages and disadvantages, but unfortunately we believe that disadvantages outweigh advantages in this case.

The Airfloss doesn’t quite match effectiveness of Waterpik based on some clinical studies. A 2012 study published by the Journal of Clinical Dentistry found that Waterpik is superior when it comes to fighting plaque and gingivitis – up to 80%.

Another downside of the Airfloss compared to Waterpik is the fact that it isn’t the most affordable water flosser out there and the replacement tips are not an exception.

So, why did we even include Airfloss in this list?

Because it stands out in areas where many Waterpik flossers don’t satisfy completely. It is portable and easier to use. But the main advantage is the auto-burst feature which can complete the cleaning of entire mouth in just 30 seconds.

The Airfloss uses bursts of pressurized air and micro-droplets of water (or mouthwash, whatever you decide to use). According to the manufacturer, this combination is proven to remove up to 5x more plaque between teeth than brushing teeth with a toothbrush alone.

It is powered by a lithium battery and you can use it for up to 2 weeks with a single charge.

ToiletTree Poseidon Inductive

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  • Portable.
  • Easy to use.
  • Affordable.

  • Not as efficient as Waterpik.

The ToiletTree brand isn’t as popular as Philips or Waterpik, but they produce some very interesting and very affordable water flossers in the lower price range.

The Poseidon Inductive is  one of the newest flossers from the ToiletTree and has some huge improvements over their previous models.

It’s powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery that should last well over a week with a single charge and can be used with universal voltage (100 to 240V~50/60Hz).

The replacement tips are more affordable than the ones from Waterpik and Philips, and that’s another advantage.

What’s the best water flosser for you?

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