Perhaps you read our “crash course” article on water flossing and water pick devices and have decided to look for one to buy. Maybe your dentist or dental hygienist has mentioned them as a possible alternative for reluctant flossers. Or perhaps you already have a water flosser and are simply looking to replace it with an updated model. Regardless of your reason for seeking out a new water flossing machine, we’ve assembled a list of the top five water flossing tools for you to choose from. So without further ado, let’s get into the list, in countdown fashion!
5. Waterpik WP-260 Kid’s Water Flosser
We all know that children don’t like to brush, let alone floss. Getting them to do so almost seems like an exercise in futility, since they never seem to manage to do a successful job of cleaning with dental floss on their own anyway. This leads to frustrated parents trying to clean those kids’ tiny mouths out by hand, which can be a very frustrating process indeed!
To the rescue comes Waterpik’s WP-260, a water flosser designed with those fussy little ones in mind. This device is colorfully designed to appeal to children six years of age and older and features a special “kid proof” design which is optimized for safety and ease of use. It is also miniature in size as compared to the adult versions.
The WP-260 also comes with several colorful and fun decals for kids to stick on in order to customize their water pick machine. This helps the kids feel a sense of ownership that should hopefully encourage them to feel more comfortable using this fun tool every day.
Again, with kids in mind, the WP-260 features a very simple design with only an on-off switch and three different spray modes for the kids to play with.
The water reservoir on this kids water pick is designed for one mouth cleaning session before a quick refill.
4. Profloss 94116 Water Flosser
This water flosser is fairly unique among our picks in that it attaches directly to the faucet. This is often not preferred by many users because it can be a bit awkward to use for some.
However, there are some key benefits to this type of water flosser that might lead you to prefer one:
The Profloss 94116 does not require any batteries, as other water flossers do. It also does not even need an external power source of any kind. Because the water faucet provides both a supply of water and pressure to the spray head, it allows the device to be much simpler and eliminates the need for a battery and a water reservoir.
Due to this lack of complexity and bulk, it can also be tucked away in a drawer or cabinet when not in use, rather than occupying a permanent spot on top of your bathroom counter as most water picks do.
The Profloss 94116 can attach to the aerator socket on most common bathroom faucets, but be sure to check your bathroom faucet first to see if it uses a removable aerator before purchasing a water pick that requires this screw-thread attachment. Some cheaper or non-round faucets do not support this thread and will not be compatible with this type of screw-on water flosser, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
A couple of other things to consider with this type of water flosser are the lack of noise, which can be nice if you are flossing while a partner is sleeping nearby. A possible downside limitation is that the faucet attachment water flossers are unable to use mouthwash in place of water as other types of water picks can.
3. Panasonic EW-DJ10-A Portable Water Flosser
This Panasonic option is a great choice for those who are just trying out the whole idea of water flossing for the very first time. One major benefit of this flosser is the ability to take it with you when you travel due to its portable design. It is fairly affordable too in comparison to some of the other options on this list.
The EW-DJ10-A utilizes just two easily removable AA batteries, which while not as convenient as an integrated rechargeable battery, can easily be swapped for rechargeable AA batteries.
This water pick features two speed settings: a powerful high-speed mode for knocking plaque loose and a gentler low-speed setting for users with sensitive gums and teeth or mouth sores they would prefer to be delicate around. This water flosser includes only one tip for maximum simplicity and portability.
2. Philips Sonicare HX8332/12 Airfloss Ultra
This Philips water flosser represents a big improvement over previous models they made, which were plagued with reliability issues that prevented them from being recommendable. This current iteration solves those issues resulting in a product that is a lot more reliable.
The Airfloss is so named because it uses air to propel and aerate the water it sprays. This results in a much lower and more efficient water requirement than other water flossers.
The Airfloss is a handheld self-contained water flosser, which is a design that features an integrated water reservoir in the grip. It can only hold a small amount of liquid in the handle, so it must be refilled frequently. At first, you might need to refill it mid-cleaning, but that is only because new water flossers tend to waste a lot of water while learning good technique. Once you are used to using this water pick, you will likely be able to make it through one or even two cleaning sessions on a single fill of water.
In terms of controls, the Airfloss features a simple button on the handle to toggle between individual bursts of water and air when pressed briefly, or a steady stream of bursts when held down.
1. Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser WP-660
The Aquarius by Waterpik is essentially the undisputed champion of water flossers. It has been around longer than any of its competitors, as Waterpik is the original brand when it comes to water flossing technology. People have been using this water flosser and its predecessor models for decades, believe it or not!
If you are simply looking for the very best water flosser out there, the cream of the crop, the king of the hill, this is it. Forgive the analogy, but this is essentially the Apple/Vitamix/Tesla of water picks. It is a well designed, high quality, world class product that will be sure to serve you well for a long time.
Now, while this product is great, there are some drawbacks to keep in mind, so let’s get those out of the way first. The Waterpik is not portable like some of the other options on this list. It needs to occupy a spot on your bathroom countertop, and it also requires an electrical outlet nearby to work, as it must be plugged in all of the time (no battery).
With the drawbacks established, now we can jump into the benefits of this powerhouse water flosser. The Aquarius features a whopping ten different water spray settings! This is far more pressure settings than any of its competitors even come close to. It also includes a rotating tip, which can help reach those inaccessible areas. The Aquarius also includes a whopping total of seven different nozzle tips. Three of these tips are the same, intended for different members of your household. One is a brush tip so you can brush and floss simultaneously. The other two tips are specialty tips for those with braces or gum disease.
The reservoir can hold enough water for at least one and maybe two flossing sessions.
And that concludes our list! Hopefully this helps you make an informed decision when it comes time to select a new water flosser for your home. If you have a favorite we missed or have had a good experience with any of these, feel free to share it in the comments below!