Water Flosser Test Reviews ᐅ Water Flosser Comparison 2022

Date:2022-11-15 16:51

We've checked out the best water flossers for you. In our comparison you will find current test winners and the latest models. We update the page monthly so you are always up to date. In addition to the latest products, you will also find out everything you need to know about oral hygiene here. We show you how to prevent tooth decay , periodontal disease and gingivitis and how to use the water flosser in addition to the toothbrush, mouthwash and dental floss correctly. It reaches spaces between teeth that toothbrushes and dental floss cannot reach and also ensures a clean and fresh mouthfeel.

And here we go

Our water flosser comparison

Essential for a complete tooth cleaning

Here's how we compare:

To make it easier to choose the right water flosser, we have presented the best models in the following table and briefly summarized their properties. If you want more information about the individual devices, you can look at the individual reports of the models below the table.

For our evaluation of the best devices in comparison, we have summarized the features from various independent sources such as reliable comparison portals (chip), well-founded test sites (e.g. Stiftung Warentest), customer reviews and opinions on Amazon and Ebay in order to relieve you of the trouble of research. The “water flosser test reviews” are therefore based on the overall result of various sources that we believe are representative.

The models presented by us in the table convince with their performance and their price-performance ratio in the evaluation. Your budget determines the scope of services and the required additional features. You will also find a lot of background knowledge about tooth cleaning with the devices we have presented in our guide. All your questions are answered in our collected FAQ.


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Purchase advice & use

An water flosser is a device that is visually reminiscent of an electric toothbrush. Only the essay is different. The main task here is to clear the hard-to-reach spaces between teeth of plaque and food particles . A water mouthwash promotes gum health and offers prophylaxis for bleeding gums and periodontitis.
It complements brushing your teeth with a toothbrush by intensively cleaning the interdental spaces. The mouth is rinsed with the help of a water jet, which is powerful and narrow due to the water-air mixture. It is therefore a useful supplement in the area of ​​oral hygiene in addition to cleaning with a manual toothbrush, sonic toothbrush or electric toothbrush, which is also confirmed by dentists.

How does an water flosser work?

Improved hygiene in the interdental spaces
The way it works is quite simple, but still very effective. The focus is on the powerful water jet, which removes plaque and flushes leftovers from between the teeth. To be more precise, small micro-bubbles of air, consisting of water and compressed air, form in the specially designed nozzle. This mixture removes plaque bacteria on the teeth and in the spaces between the teeth.
You can fine-tune the strength of the water jet via an automatic voltage adjustment, which is important for inflamed gums.
In the meantime, the range of different models is very diverse.

Popular water flosser Manufacturers

These manufacturers produce, among other things, the best devices in comparison and always achieve good results in Stiftung Warentest: Braun,  Waterpik, Panasonic and Philips . The following popular models include Braun Oral-B Pro, Braun Oral-B Waterjet, Braun Oral-B AquaCare and Braun Oral-B Oxyjet, as well as the Philips Sonicare Airfloss Ultra. Some manufacturers offer additional attachments for the models as well as for the Braun Oral-B Waterjet cleaning system. The Braun Oral-B Waterjet cleaning system also received the best and most frequent ratings.

Braun has coordinated dental hygiene sets consisting of an electric toothbrush and a mouth shower, such as Braun Oral-B oral care center (with Braun Oral-B OxyJet) or Braun Oral-B Smart (with Braun Oral-B Waterjet).

Waterpik also offers such sets. Most models, including those from other manufacturers, also have individually adjustable levels of the water jet, so that the pressure of the water jet can be adjusted accordingly. In the high-end "professional" sector, Waterpik models are particularly recommended.

The iTeknic water flosser IPX7 and the Panasonic EWDJ10 are among the cheapest models for gentle cleaning of the interdental spaces.

More features

Interesting additional features, such as a massage function, were also included in our evaluation. Massaging the gums stimulates blood circulation. This in turn has a positive effect on maintaining healthy gums.

Also worthwhile in this context are models that can be operated with special attachments, such as a tongue cleaner attachment, which already contain a mouthwash solution and during the rinsing process directly reach all areas in and around the gums, including the pockets with the solution.

What does an water flosser do?

A conventional toothbrush cannot properly reach all areas and deposits in the interdental spaces . If these gaps are not cleaned thoroughly, this can promote many tooth problems. This can be counteracted by rinsing your mouth regularly after brushing your teeth. Without this cleaning measure, bacteria accumulate in the gaps over time, leading to inflammation and bad breath.
In summary, an water flosser makes sense for the following areas:
  1. It removes harmful bacteria so that caries, gum inflammation such as gingivitis and other dental problems cannot develop in the first place.
  2. Complications such as periodontal disease or inflammation of the periodontium are prevented.
  3. Bad breath disappears and there is a pleasant and fresh feeling in the mouth (fresh breath).
Dentists also recommend regular professional teeth cleaning.

Cleaning & dental care

Dental floss vs water flosser: which is better?

Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages. Since the strong water jet when showering for the mouth takes place with a certain pressure, the cleaning result is very thorough, even in the interdental spaces that are difficult to reach.

Dental floss, on the other hand, offers the advantage of being able to carry out targeted movements on the inside of the tooth and thus transport plaque to the outside. For optimal tooth cleaning, it is therefore advisable to use both in combination.

Above all, dental floss reaches the contact points between two adjacent teeth and can free them from food residue and tartar. The water flosser jet does not reach this point in the oral cavity so well. To do this, the gum pockets and spaces between the teeth, where the sensitive contact between the dental implant or tooth crown and the gum or tooth is, are cleaned and massaged.

Water water flosser vs Airfloss: Which is Better?

A water water flosser cleans with a narrow jet of water, whereas airfloss systems only use a spray mist.
In principle, both techniques offer gentle cleaning and have their own advantages and disadvantages, so the area of ​​application primarily decides which type is to be preferred.

The Airfloss system is characterized by being easier to use. Airfloss is suitable for narrow spaces and is not recommended for larger spaces between teeth. In addition, the use of a spray mist does not cause water to flow out of the mouth, as can be the case with regular douches for the mouth.

The Airfloss method is currently only offered by one manufacturer, namely Philips Sonicare.

The water mouth irrigator scores with its larger area of ​​application, as it is more suitable than Airfloss for implants, dentures and brackets. Not to be forgotten is the massage function for the gums, which is available in many models and can ensure healthier gums.

How often should an water flosser be used?

The water flosser should be used after every classic tooth cleaning with a toothbrush and toothpaste. How often it is used, everyone decides for themselves and the demands on their own dental health.

However, brace wearers are advised to use them daily, in addition to flossing. However, people who have particularly sensitive gums should only use it about two to three times a week so that the gums are not unnecessarily irritated. If the gums are injured, you should refrain from using them altogether and resort to an alternative.

Water tank: yes or no?

Both water flossers with and without a water tank are available. In principle, these water flossers with a removable water tank are particularly recommended in contrast to stationary models, since refilling is not only easier, but also cleaning the spaces between the teeth.

It is important that the water tank of the base station is not simply filled with mouthwash or antibacterial solutions. There are big differences depending on the model. If the water tank is filled with the wrong liquids, in the worst case this can lead to the tank being damaged by becoming porous or a hole being formed in the supply lines.

It is therefore essential to read the manufacturer's information beforehand. In the case of models with a water tank integrated in the handle, on the other hand, there is no hose as a connection to the station with the water tank, which means shorter use but more convenience and freedom when rinsing the mouth.

What tank size?

An water flosser with a small tank volume has a shorter service life than devices with a large tank. Small water tanks usually have an operating time of around 40 seconds. During use, the tank would then have to be refilled several times, which can be very disruptive to use.

It is advisable to choose a water tank with a large volume. The Waterpik models were particularly convincing in the water flosser test reviews because they have a large tank with a volume of 650 ml. This volume extends the operating time to 6 minutes.

So consider the advantage of a stationary model: With a stationary water tank you have much more water with which you can shower your teeth non-stop. The integrated water tank, on the other hand, is recommended if you travel frequently.

If you choose a stationary shower for the mouth with a pump station, make sure that there is a removable water tank so that you can fill it up more easily.

Charging station or battery operation?

The battery-operated mobile water flosser has the major disadvantage that over time new batteries have to be bought again and again. For the mobile area, for example when travelling, it can make sense not to be dependent on a power source for the application.

If the desired model is to be used mainly at home, the water flosser with charging station and rechargeable battery is preferable. This enables smooth operation. In this case, models that have to remain connected to the power source via a power supply unit during use are not recommended.

Another option is models that do not require any electricity at all. Such a mechanical water flosser is attached to the tap and works with the help of negative pressure. It should be noted here that they have a comparatively weak water jet. A convincing cleaning of the interdental spaces, as can be guaranteed with electrically operated models, is not given here.

Care & Details

The oral irrigator cleaning effect is related to the attachments

How often to clean?

An oral irrigator should be thoroughly cleaned at least every 4 weeks , otherwise germs and bacteria will form very quickly. This is due to the fact that after use there are usually still water residues in the pump and in the hoses. For gentle cleaning, we recommend a cleaning agent that is specially made for cleaning oral irrigators. This way you are on the safe side and do not have to worry that the chosen cleaning agent could damage the device.
Cleaning tablets for braces or dentures, which are dissolved in water in the water tank and also result in thorough cleaning, are also harmless. This turns the device on to let them run for a while. Finally, it is rinsed out with clear water.

When should replacement nozzles be bought?

As many users of electric toothbrushes should already be aware, the attachments, in this case the nozzles, also have to be replaced at some point in the oral irrigator. Each manufacturer provides different information in this regard, which can be found on the packaging of the respective model. This information on the attachments should be strictly adhered to. If this is not adhered to, the formation of bacteria is promoted, which can result in inflammation of the gums. If you don't manage to get supplies in time, you can also have the attachments sent to you as a delivery.
The follow-up costs for the nozzles of the oral irrigator are also important. The prices for the attachments vary between 2 and 5 euros depending on the manufacturer. When buying, it is therefore advisable to find out directly about the costs for replacement nozzles in order to keep the follow-up costs as low as possible. An advantage, however, is the free delivery via Amazon.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does an oral irrigator cost?

Depending on the model and manufacturer, prices vary from €30 to over €200. In our table above you will find the best oral irrigators in each price segment.

Is an oral irrigator harmful?

Generally speaking, the oral irrigator is not harmful but rather beneficial. Depending on the condition of the teeth or dentition, however, everyone should decide for themselves how to use the oral irrigator.

Which mouthwash for oral irrigator?

When choosing a mouthwash in the tank of the oral irrigator, you are free to decide. However, you should pay close attention to the ratio of the two components. There should never be more mouthwash than water in the tank. This way you avoid damage to the pump.

Which oral irrigator for periodontitis?

Here you have to pay close attention to the model and the manufacturer. Some oral irrigators are specially designed for use in periodontitis patients.

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