Waterpik is the most familiar brand of water flosser for a majority of people. Being such a large and established company, they offer multiple models of water flossers. There are countertop flossers, portable flossers, and ones designed specifically for children. There’s a pretty good chance that if you’re looking for a water flosser, that Waterpik will have something for you.
We’re going to take a look at one of their flosser models, the Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser – one with nearly nine thousand Amazon reviews. We’re going to break down the features of this unit and see what users have to say, but before we do, what does Waterpik have to claim? Why should you water floss anyway?
Those numbers should apply to water flossing in general, regardless of brand – they all aim to complete the same task. Water will reach spots below the gumline and between teeth that string floss won’t be able to reach at all, or without difficulty. There is no manipulation of string to be done in the mouth as Waterpik tips rotate 360 degrees to allow easy access to traditionally hard to reach areas.
Whilst string floss often causes bleeding and minor trauma to the gums, water flossing helps to promote circulation and does not cause any trauma. Water is refillable and there is no need for repeated purchases as you would have to do with string floss. All of this sells the idea of water flossing without even talking about the specific flosser at hand, but what makes this specific flosser worth your time and money?
Key Features of the Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser
► Cost: $50 for base model, $80+ for bundle with extra tips
► Dimensions: 9.9in in height, 5.6in in width, 5.3in in depth. 1.48 pounds
► Pressure: 10 to 100 PSI, ten settings
► Reservoir Capacity: 22 ounces, covered
► Single Fill Operation Time: 90 seconds
► Tips: Two jet tips, four special tips included. Replaceable and interchangeable
► Power Compatibility: North American only, 120VAC/60Hz
► Warranty: 36 months
► Color: White with blue accents
Without reading any reviews or experiences of actual users, the Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser has already built itself a pretty good image. For the price, this unit offers quite a bit – a size that should fit most spaces, extensive pressure range and settings, a sizable reservoir with decent operation time, a great range of tips included and available… the list goes on and on. It is impossible to truly have any conclusion on this water flosser’s worth without reading what people using it have to say. A company can list whatever features and functions about a product, but it is the real world application that tells you how good a product is.
On Waterpik’s website, this flosser has a 4.7 average rating, out of five. Considering that a company might not publish truly negative reviews, it is not the best to trust a singular source that is biased. Even reviews saying how cheaply made the unit is have 3+ stars. Other reviews say how this flosser is great for beginners, that the footprint fits just fine in their bathrooms, that it has helped them with oral problems and has gotten them better comments from their dentists.
As curated as these reviews may be, the same ideas are present in Amazon reviews separate from Waterpik’s reach. Over 8,500 reviews give an average 4.5 stars out of five. Video reviews show the device functioning as it should, the pressure and ease of use are praised, and most of what was said on Waterpik’s review page is present here too. The negative reviews on Amazon are rated more appropriately – what got a 3+ on Waterpik has a one star rating on Amazon. The same bad things are said, but it is easy to see how the rating scale has been skewed. Regardless, the positive reviews really do come out on top.
My Final Thoughts
The Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser seems to be just that – a flosser with great capability for a vast majority of its users. It does not have the bells and whistles of some more expensive models, but it has enough features to earn it a great rating. From what I have read and seen about this flosser, I am confident that it will get the job done for you, whatever that job may be. It might not drive the kids to school, but it will make you and your dentist happier in the end.