Clean teeth and a fresh breath contribute a lot to your general well-being. Unfortunately, brushing your teeth twice a day is not enough to achieve this. Many harmful bacteria are located deep in the interdental spaces, at exposed tooth necks, and in hard-to-reach places. Therefore, dentists recommend the daily use of dental floss in addition to the toothbrush. A useful alternative to this is the water flosser. It rinses away food residues and deposits in the interdental spaces with a water jet. It also freshens breath and - equipped with a massage function - can even strengthen the gums.
The following mouth shower comparison describes a selection of popular models in detail and looks at their features and functions.
Philips Sonicare Power Flosser 3000 (under $80)
The Panasonic EW1311 is a model in the mid-price range that is described by buyers as reliable and of high quality and has received correspondingly good reviews. The model is suitable for families who want to extend their dental care in addition to using an electric toothbrush.
This model removes food debris from the teeth and rinses out floating plaque. An advantage is the ability to adjust the device individually. Thanks to the adjustable water jet intensity (three levels), the water flosser power can be changed from powerful to gentle.
The JET function with around 590 kilopascals of water pressure is best suited for stubborn food residue. In the gentle Air-in mode, the water-air mixture can be suitable for gentler cleaning and gum massage with approximately 390 kilopascals of water pressure. Air-in-SOFT mode is even gentler, with about 200 kilopascals of water pressure.
- Three jet settings;
- Four jets with colored rings included;
- Comparatively small water tank.
H2ofloss Portable Water Flosser (under $50)
If you're looking for an affordable alternative compared to other models that still comes with a variety of features, the H2ofloss could be an interesting choice. According to the manufacturer, it is waterproof and designed to prevent water leakage.
This model is ergonomically shaped and well-suited for traveling thanks to its compact design. It has a non-slip handle and is suitable for one-handed use. The large, removable water tank holds 300 milliliters. A total of six nozzles, each can be rotated 360 degrees, which provides a high degree of variety. In addition to two classic nozzles, there is an orthodontic nozzle, a nose cleaning nozzle, a plaque nozzle, and a tongue scraper attachment.
- Five different modes;
- Six nozzles, including ones for cleaning the tongue and nose.
- Comparatively low battery power.
Oral-B Oxyjet Water Flosser (under $100)
The Oral B OxyJet irrigator is priced in the mid-range. It is suitable for those who want a classic water flosser with basic functions. With micro air bubble technology (OxyJet), this device cleans deep under the gum line and fights harmful bacteria. The large 600-milliliter water tank is said to ensure that water does not need to be constantly refilled. Four nozzles are included with the device.
- Cleans with a mixture of water and oxygen;
- Five pressure settings;
- Large water tank.
- Not the greatest battery.
Waterpik Advanced Water Flosser (under $100)
According to the manufacturer, the Waterpik model is waterproof and can therefore be used in the shower. With its help, the removal of up to 99.9 percent of bacteria in the treated areas should be possible. At the same time, it is possible to improve the health of the gums more effectively than with simple dental floss.
This model works very quietly. It offers three pressure settings to choose from and is available in three colors. These include blue, white, and black. The attachments include two Classic nozzles and an Orthodontic nozzle. The latter is suitable for use with braces.
- Includes four attachments and a locking plug;
- Can be used in the shower;
- Available in three colors;
- Magnetic charger.
- Only three pressure settings;
- Not replaceable battery.
Panasonic EW1511 (under $105)
The Panasonic EW1511 is a water flosser that features ultrasonic technology. It is operated via a rechargeable battery. The charging time is one hour. After charging, it is possible to use the device independently of a power source for 10 minutes.
According to the manufacturer, EW1511 is comfortable to use. It has a 200-milliliter water tank and a powerful ultrasonic nozzle. Thanks to the water tank, it is possible to use the device on the fifth power setting for about one minute at a time. With the help of the ultrasonic nozzle, it should be possible to remove food residue gently.
- Five water pressure settings;
- Ultrasonic nozzle;
- Comes with a memory function.
- Comparatively small water tank.
What to look for when buying a water flosser?
When selecting a specific model, it is helpful to go through a checklist. Anyone who wants to buy a water flosser should pay particular attention to the following:
- Pressure system. Some models have only one tank, others work with a water-oxygen mixture.
- Power supply. Either there is a power cord to plug into a wall outlet or operation is by batteries/rechargeable in-build power source.
- Water tank. The larger its capacity, the less often water needs to be refilled. Large tanks are especially useful for families.
- Water pressure. Devices with a low pressure are less effective. It is best to choose a water flosser with adjustable levels. Thus, the pressure can be regulated individually.
- Ease of use. Is the water flosser easy to use, and can the water be easily refilled? Portable water flossers should be as light as possible.
- Additional functions. Some models have features like an integrated gum massage or 360-degree turning nozzles.
Since the water flosser comes into contact with food debris, bacteria, and germs on a daily basis, regular cleaning is essential. If this is neglected, the bacteria can multiply, settle in and on the device and enter your body during the next use.