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From a very early age, we are constantly reminded that looking after our teeth is important. It becomes boring – after all, kids are not into that sort of thing – but in fact, it is essential to look after our teeth, as they play a very large part in life. The simple fact is that teeth can be fragile; they are not the strongest part of the body, and we have to remember that teeth, by their very nature, are susceptible to bacteria that thrives on waste food that may be left behind in very small amounts.
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We use our teeth for processing food, and they are a finely designed implement that, if we had to do without, we would miss greatly. Hence, brushing and flossing regularly is a part of daily life, and you need the best equipment to do it correctly. So, tell your kids they need to brush and floss, and keep at it until it’s ingrained in their heads! Joking aside, it is something that the children will remember gratefully in later life. For many people, flossing is not the first thing that comes to mind, but it can help greatly in the cleaning regime.
That’s why we’re looking at some of the best water flossers on the market. These cheap, simple and yet very effective devices are extremely impressive when used as part of your daily tooth care routine, and once you begin using one, you will find that it makes a lot of difference in terms of cleanliness and efficiency. So, less of the joking and talking, let’s get down to business, but before we do, here’s a little piece on what they are, what they do, and how they do it – allow us to introduce the best water flossers!
Best Water Flossers
The items we are reviewing here all provide a specific purpose: to floss the teeth and gums, and keep them clean. Hence, as you read on, you can expect to find some similarities between the models we have reviewed. Each is a water flosser – that means they have a small tank that is filled with water to be directed onto the teeth and gums for cleaning purposes – and most are rechargeable battery powered models, with a variety of different methods of reaching the same goal.
This one, from Elecjoy, is a typical water flosser; it uses a jet of water and 360-dgree rotating nozzle to ‘deep clean’ the teeth and gums, and is a very effective device that does the job well. It has a sizeable water tank for lengthy use and comes with a set of nozzles so can be function for safety, and is designed for use by people who are wearing a dental brace. All in all, it’s a very nice model and although it is at the middle of the price bracket at just less than £30, we feel it is well worth a look.
It is worth noting that most of these flossing devices are compact, so they will be perfect for taking with you on holidays or business trips. This one is entirely typical of the breed, and is designed to be used regularly. It has a powerful water jet for very effective flossing, and it has three modes of operation – normal, soft and pulse – so you can choose how powerful a flossing action you want. The 150ml detachable water tank provides more than enough capacity for effective flossing, and is very easy to fill.
A tough and effective 360-degree brush adds to the cleaning efficiency, and handy LED light reminds you of the function you are operating in. The rechargeable battery provides a lengthy term of operation while the waterproof body and automatic off switch add safety. This is a very nice device that does the job intended very well, and at around £25 while not the cheapest, is clearly of a high standard of quality.
While not a household name, Waterpik has a wide range of impressive dental care and flossing devices, and has a reputation for excellent design and effective operation. This one is a typical cordless design, with a neatly shaped body that is easy to hold and operate, and comes with many customer recommendations. It’s fair to say that this one borders on the professional standard, and it shows in the quality and way it works. It really is very good indeed, so read on!
You get a 210ml water tank – much bigger than most and good for a 45-second thorough floss – and it is easy to fill so you get the best out of your dental hygiene regime. It comes with a tip that is designed for cleaning when wearing a brace, and also a tongue cleaner that is very useful indeed. It is fully rechargeable, easy to carry around and suitably portable, and a very nice device indeed. But – and we have to say this – it will cost you around £50; that’s twice the price of those above, so it’s up to you but it is one of the best water flossers available.
When it comes to devices that are designed for a specific purpose, it is refreshing to find some that have a little touch of the different, and this one is one such. The special touch is that it has an inductive charger; this means you do not have to place the device in the charger for it to charge the battery. It’s clever touch, even if it adds nothing to the cleaning and flossing function. It also has a very quiet motor so is perfect for use early in the morning when others may still be asleep.
This one has a neat design that is easy to hold and use, and like most is cordless for added versatility. It has the usual powerful water pressure tip but does not, like many others, feature a brush. With a good sized tank you get a lengthy floss, and it does do the job it is intended for. So, it’s good, and it will help with your tooth and gum health, and it will cost you a little more than £35.
We always make a point of highlighting name brands in our reviews, as we know that consumers feel reassured of quality and guarantees with brands that they recognise. When it comes to electronics, there are few brands that come close to Philips, a giant with a range of diverse products including this very neat and effective water flosser. It’s one of a range, each of which is very good, and we can’t help but put it high on our potential short list.
What is special about it? Well, as with most of these, not a lot, as it is designed to do a job that is very specific. This is a fully-functioning brush and floss device that claims to clean your entire mouth in half a minute; it is a very well designed device – as you would expect from Philips – and is easy to use and gives a very thorough result. There’s not a lot more to say other than you pay for the brand; this one is around £60, so is very much at the u[per end of the price bracket.
This model is included mainly because it is a budget device: you can buy one of these for around a tenner, and we reckon it is ideal for keeping in your suitcase, just in case you forget your main model. It’s simple, straightforward and does the job – it’s a flosser with no brush – and is very compact indeed. The clever part is that it has no batteries or electric power; it uses a manual pump system to deliver the water. This may not be as effective as the more powerful models, but it’s fine for travelling.
You get a 70ml capacity reservoir – not the biggest but suitable for travel use – and it is easy to use and light and compact. It provides the flossing action you need for a short time, but we would recommend you choose one of the powered models for regular use. Nevertheless, at the price – and the size – you could put this in your luggage and not notice, so it’s certainly worthy of inclusion on this list.
Another name brand, Panasonic is a mighty name in electronics across the world, with a wide variety of healthcare products as well as many other ranges. This item is typical of the quality of Panasonic items, so you get the added advantage of guaranteed quality and reliability. This one is a brush-free model, but makes up for it with a dual pressure jet system that promises to clean the mouth thoroughly and efficiently, and it has many fine customer reviews as testament to its excellence.
Panasonic majors on quality and excellence, and this is no exception; you get a sensibly sized water tank for a lengthy flossing session, plus a neatly designed handle that makes it easy to use and move around. It’s quite compact, too, so will fit easily in your luggage, and it is a fully rechargeable item that promises a very impressive result. At around £40 we also think it is well-priced for a branded product, so should be one for your shortlist.
This one follows the trend for not having a brush and, as such, is a dedicated water flosser. It’s from Meome, who while not a household brand have many fine models in the range, and it provides a powerful jet that is directed to get rid of the nasty waste food that lies between the teeth and gums. It has a specially designed and focused pressure jet that is very efficient, and as such does a job very well and helps with your necessary dental hygiene in no small way.
It’s easy to use and offers a very powerful jet, has an easy to fill and large, 200ml water tank – one of the biggest we have seen – and the tip rotates 360-degrees for added efficiency. You get three modes of operation – normal, soft and pulse – so you can choose what you need, and it is well made with an auto-off function so you don’t waste charge by forgetting to turn it off. Overall, this is a good choice – you also get spare tips for multiple users – and at around £30 is a sensible price.
And so we arrive at our final selection, this portable model from Augymer, who offer a range of items of this ilk. It’s a neat and simple design that provides a strong stream of pressure water from its movable nozzle, is easy to use and effective, and is another that is not powered. This means the jet is made by a manual function, so may not be as powerful as battery powered models, but it is also perfect for carrying around in your luggage with no chance of nasty acids leaking from batteries.
Granted, this may not be the best model here, but for business or holiday travel it would make a good purchase. It is suitably compact and light, and helps keep the mouth, teeth and gums free of decaying food leftovers which harbour germs and bacteria, so we recommend you check it out if you are on the move a lot. At a little more than £15 it’s also good value, so well worth looking at further.
So that’s our list of the top 10 water flossers on the market right now, and we are sure you will agree that they are very interesting and useful devices. Before we sum up, let’s have a quick look at the features you need to look out for.
Important Features to Consider
As a water flosser is an item that is associated with health care, it pays to consider the various options carefully. Before we sum things up, let’s have a quick recap of the features you need to look for.
Powered or Manual – we were somewhat surprised to find that there are non-powered models, two of which we featured on our list, that do without batteries. They are good, and very clever, but may not be as powerful as the powered models, but are ideal for travelling. Consider one for keeping in your luggage if you travel frequently.
Size of Tank – the water tanks here range from around 70ml to over 200ml, and the bigger the better if you want a full, thorough floss. Have a look at the various options, and you’ll see details of the size included.
Brush – some have a brush function, others don’t; in fact, you don’t need a brush as flossing will be in addition to your regular brushing, so choose carefully.
Price – there is a great variety in the prices of these items, so choose carefully – if you want a brand name, you’ll have to pay for it.
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Let’s Wrap It Up
If you want healthy teeth and gums, a water flosser is a more comfortable way of flossing than the traditional, so which one of these would we choose? That depends on personal choice, but we can’t help but recommend the Panasonic model as, for a branded model, it is very well priced, and also number 9, the Meome model, which is a fully-functioning model at a very sensible price. The choice is yours, so find yourself the one you want, and keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy!
How It Works
The beauty of a water flosser – often called an oral irrigator – lies in the fact it uses a high-pressure jet of water as well as its rotating brushes to tackle left over food that may be stuck in the most difficult to reach places. This is the food that will be attacked by bacteria, and that can be the cause of tooth decay and also gum disease, both of which are common problems. Left unchecked, gum disease can be become very serious indeed, so this is one area where prevention is the best approach, and regular flossing will certainly help.
How do you choose the best water flosser for your needs? To be honest, there are so many impressive models on the market from so many different brands – some of them very well known – that you will certainly have a choice of many, and that’s why we are here to help! Usually, we have a brief look at how the item we are reviewing came about, but with flossing, that’s a difficult one! Did the ancient Egyptians, Greeks or Romans floss their teeth? The answer is probably not; in fact, the first recorded evidence of flossing comes with a book by a US dentist in the early 1800’s, so we can say it is a relatively recent practice.
So, the water flosser, what’s so special about it? Well, before we go on to tell you about the top ten, all you need to know is that this very clever and very simple device will help keep your teeth in top condition for as long as you need, and if you follow the instructions carefully, you will have clean and healthy teeth for the rest of your life. Here, then, are the top 10 water flossers on the market right now, so you can make the right choice.
You can read more about water flossers from a dentists point of view here.