An In-Depth Water Flosser Review – What to Look For in Your Next Water Pick

What do a hydraulic engineer and a dentist have in common? Back in 1962, no one would’ve guessed that what took John Mattingly (engineer) and Gerald Moyer (dentist) 146 tries to patent would now be present in millions of homes around the world – the water flosser a.k.a. water pick.

Best Water Flosser Review - 2017

Name/Image Learn MoreRatingReservoir SizeTipsPressure SettingsPrice
Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser WP-660

Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser WP-660

more infofull review 4.5 Star Average Rating 90 seconds710$$
Waterpik Aquarius Professional Water Flosser Designer Series WP-672

Waterpik Aquarius Professional Water Flosser Designer Series WP-672

more infofull review 4.5 Star Average Rating 90 seconds710$$
Waterpik Complete Care Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush WP-900

Waterpik Complete Care Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush WP-900

more infofull review 4.5 Star Average Rating 90 seconds510$$
Dentalski Professional Water Flosser DS-600w

Dentalski Professional Water Flosser DS-600w

more infofull review 5 Star Average Rating 120 seconds510$$
Nicefeel Water Flosser Oral Irrigator Dental Care Power FC-168

Nicefeel Water Flosser Oral Irrigator Dental Care Power FC-168

more infofull review 4 Star Average Rating 90 seconds710$

It’s a dental care device that flushes out food debris, plaque and bacteria from between the teeth and underneath the gums with the help of a stream of pulsating water.

It’s a dental care device that flushes out food debris, plaque and bacteria from between the teeth and underneath the gums with the help of a stream of pulsating water. Doing this might reduce bleeding and/or gum disease but it should be considered as supplementing, not substituting, brushing your teeth. Water flossers are especially recommended for anyone who wears braces, crowns, implants, or periodontal pockets.

In the last 50 years, there have been thousands of models of this device on the market. If you think of starting to use one or want to change your old one, you are probably wondering what features are worth considering when choosing which model to buy…

When I was looking at buying my first water flosser, I realized that there isn’t one feature that is the most important to bear in mind. Instead, multiple features should be reviewed when choosing your new water pick including price, reservoir capacity, pressure settings, pulses per minute, pressure range, and number of tips included.

Which Water Flosser is Right for Me? Be Mindful of These Feature Comparisons

It can get a bit daunting to pick which one is the right one for you, however, if you know what each feature means and how it impacts your daily hygienic rituals, it becomes a bit easier to weigh in on the differences between the models and figure out which model will benefit you the most.

For example, if the price tags of multiple models of water picks are within your budget and their voltage is suitable for the electricity supply in your country, then you can continue on to looking at the type, such as:

 Countertop     Cordless     Faucet-powered     Shower-powered

benefits of water flossingIf you travel frequently, or your sink is far from your power outlet, you might opt for the portable versions as the ones for home use are larger and can’t run on batteries.

Another variation between the home and portable devices is the capacity of the water tank – it is always smaller in cordless flossers than in the corded ones. Aside from the size and the source of energy, another crucial difference between water flossers is the ability to adjust the pressure (number of pressure settings).

Depending on how sensitive your teeth and gums are, you might need to choose the level of pressure it feels appropriate at the time and most home models will let you do so. But most portable models have only one pressure setting. When I was a new user of water flossers it took me some time to adapt to higher pressure, but the higher the pressure the deeper the water penetrates and the removes plaque better.

If you are like me, and hate being interrupted in the middle of something, the reservoir capacity would be a very important feature for you

The water control on the handle is another feature of some advanced models of water flossers and includes a switch in the handle that allows you to pause the water flow. If the model has the hydro-pulse massage mode you can switch from a steady stream of water to a pulsating stream to massage your gums. Some even more advanced models offer a timer and pacer features, as well as allow for you to rotate the flossing tip so you can reach all areas of your mouth more easily.

If you are like me, and hate being interrupted in the middle of something, the reservoir capacity would be a very important feature for you, so be mindful to choose a model you don’t have to refill in the middle of flossing. A minimum duration of the water jet to give you an effective flossing is 45 seconds. This is dependent on the capacity of the water tank, so always go for the one with greater capacity. You can then cut short the duration of the jet if needed.

More Notable Features to Consider Including Warranty, Replacement Tips, and Reservoir Options

Other notable features you should consider as a buyer of a water flosser are the number of tips included, whether the reservoir and tip storage are covered or not, and the length of the warranty. Since it is recommended for the tips to be replaced every 3 to 6 months depending on their type, the number of tips included in the original pack when you buy your water pick can play a significant role in deciding which brand to buy. When the replacement tips are averaged into costs, then the cost can be more than using dental floss.

Covered reservoir and covered tip storage in the unit are especially handy for people with pets to prevent their pets’ hair from getting inside the unit.

Lastly, warranty duration (number of years) should be taken into consideration for peace of mind. You should know that all devices from the brand Waterpik will have their warranty voided if they are sold or used outside of North America.

To help you with your search for the right flosser I have compiled this water flosser review. I have reviewed and compared six of the most popular counter top (corded) brands. Since Waterpik has the greatest number of models of water flossers available on the marketplace, below are the features and specs of 4 of their models along with 1 model from both Dentalski and Nicefeel.


What Do Real Consumers Have to Say About These Picks? Their Water Flosser Reviews

water picks reviewPeople who have used either the WP-660, WP-662 or WP-672 models of Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser have said that the on/off switch is less user-friendly and that it is difficult to deal with the hose and the handle. But they’ve also said that the pacer and the timer took the guess-work out of flossing. A good recommendation is to use any one of them before everyone in the house has fallen asleep as they are pretty loud.

The difference between the Aquarius and the Designer Series is just the looks – chrome buttons and a color to suit different personalities are the only differences. When it comes to their functionality, all Waterpik Aquarius models perform the same.

Your mouth is the gateway to your overall health, so keeping your gums in check is essential. It is always safer to read product reviews before you invest in anything as important as your oral hygiene.


The users of the WP-990 Waterpik Waterpik Complete Care model have been complaining this model is too noisy and it may wake neighbors, but also that the toothbrush quality is not up to the mark. On the other hand, this model has received a lot of praise about the fact that only requires one power outlet, instead of two. Users have also loved the extra storage for heads and tips.

There have been quite a few reports from customers of Nicefeel Water Flosser failing to function properly after only a few uses or not working at all after unboxing – most of the reported issues were related to the water pressure.

The main complaints about the Dentalski Professional Water Flosser is its lack of quality feel due to the knob feeling like it’s made out of thin plastic, the motor and the pump being small and light, as well as the reservoir being weak… but rarely has the proper functioning of this model been brought into question.

If you are based in North America and you already have an electric toothbrush or you don’t need one, I would recommend the WP-660 model as it is best priced compared to the same models in different colors (WP-662 and WP-672). But if you are on the market for an electric toothbrush, then the Waterpik Complete Care Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush WP-900 is your best pick.

Dentalski Professional Water Flosser DS-600w will give you the longest uninterrupted water stream. It has a universal power supply 100V to 240V, capable of working on most countries’ power system, plus as measured with a decibel meter, this one is about 60db and WP660 is about 70db so the Dentalski model is quieter than the Waterpik Aquarius models.

Your mouth is the gateway to your overall health, so keeping your gums in check is essential. It is always safer to read product reviews before you invest in anything as important as your oral hygiene. I hope this article has helped you get closer to the right water pick for you and, with that, closer to a cleaner, fresher, and healthier mouth.


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