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Waterpik water flossers: Waterpik reviews & the best Waterpik

Waterpik make the best water flossers. They invented the concept and innovate constantly.

This means there are a lot of Waterpik flossers to choose from! Here we help to differentiate between them so you can choose the best Waterpik for your needs.

In a nutshell:
One of the most important things to decide when purchasing a Waterpik water flosser is whether the countertop or cordless type suits your needs best.  We get started by comparing these two types to help you choose between them.

In terms of countertops, after careful consideration we concluded that the Waterpik Sidekick is the best! It’s also the most expensive at around $100. However, we think you can get the same great results with the Aquarius which is some $30 cheaper. Read why below.

In terms of cordless, different models really do suit different needs. We help you match your specific needs with the right model below.

Why should I use a Water Flosser?

Flossing matters.  A LOT. It protects both your oral AND systemic health.

String flossing is awkward, slow, boring, painful or even smelly!

Water flossing is easy, fast and fun and up to twice as effective at removing plaque than string flossing.

Before considering which model is best for you, it’s important to understand the differences between the two types of flosser available.  

So, let’s get started and help you choose the best Waterpik type for your needs.

Countertop or cordless Waterpik water flosser?

There’s a fundamental difference between the various Waterpik models.  Some are countertop. Some are cordless.

Before we go in deeper, let’s just look at the basic differences between these two types to help you decide which one is better for you.  But remember, all Waterpik water flossers give clinically proven benefits.

Category
Countertop
Cordless
Water pressure control range
PSI (pounds per square inch), the standard unit for pressure. A wide pressure range helps to meet a wider range of needs. For example, sensitive teeth need lower pressure, tightly packed teeth, higher pressure.
10-100 psi
45-75 psi
Reservoir capacity
The larger the capacity, the longer you can floss without refilling. Recommended flossing time 60 seconds.
60-90 seconds
30-45 seconds
Size and portability
Usually left on countertop and requires a shaver socket.
Typical footprint 4.7 x 3.8 inches (12 x 9.5 cm)
Battery powered
Waterproof cordless models can be used in the shower.

The verdict

A countertop model is best as it has a larger range of pressures, a bigger reservoir and more flosser tips for use by multiple family members.

However, you do need a shaver socket in the bathroom as well as countertop space.

Cordless water flossers suit bathrooms with limited space or which do not have a shaver socket, travellers who wish to use the flosser away from home and time starved users who want to use their flosser in the shower.

Best Waterpik countertop

Ready to incorporate a Waterpik countertop into your daily routine?   How can you ensure that you are getting the right model for your teeth and gums?

Well here we provide a side-by-side comparison of the Waterpik Complete Care 7.0,  Waterpik Aquarius and Waterpik Ultra and the benefits of each in helping to optimise your daily, dental hygiene routine.

Waterpik Complete Care 7.0, Waterpik Aquarius & Waterpik Ultra: A Comparison

Preview
Waterpik WP-950 Complete Care 7.0 Water Flosser and Sonic Tooth Brush
Our choice
Waterpik ADA Accepted WP-660 Aquarius Water Flosser
Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser
Title
Waterpik WP-950 Complete Care 7.0 Water Flosser and Sonic Tooth Brush
Waterpik ADA Accepted WP-660 Aquarius Water Flosser
Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser
Customer rating
Reviews
707 Reviews
11,650 Reviews
8,698 Reviews
Number of tips included
5
7
6
Massage mode
Price
from $117.99
from $59.99
from $49.99
Preview
Waterpik WP-950 Complete Care 7.0 Water Flosser and Sonic Tooth Brush
Title
Waterpik WP-950 Complete Care 7.0 Water Flosser and Sonic Tooth Brush
Customer rating
Reviews
707 Reviews
Number of tips included
5
Massage mode
Price
from $117.99
See details
Our choice
Preview
Waterpik ADA Accepted WP-660 Aquarius Water Flosser
Title
Waterpik ADA Accepted WP-660 Aquarius Water Flosser
Customer rating
Reviews
11,650 Reviews
Number of tips included
7
Massage mode
Price
from $59.99
See details
Preview
Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser
Title
Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser
Customer rating
Reviews
8,698 Reviews
Number of tips included
6
Massage mode
Price
from $49.99
See details

The Complete Care 7.0, Waterpik Aquarius and Ultra models have many similarities.   These relate to reservoir capacity, pressure settings, 360-degree rotating tip and star ratings. And all have a 3 year warranty.

We think the best model to go for is the Aquarius.  It lots of advanced features yet it’s a similar price to the Ultra.   All it lacks is the toothbrush that comes with the Complete Care and many of you will have one of these already.   We’ll look at the precise differences between these these different models a little later.

Best Waterpik Cordless

Thinking of splashing out on a cordless model?  Let’s see what differentiates one cordless model from the other and help you choose the right one for your needs.

Preview
Our choice
Waterpik WP-560 Cordless Advanced Water Flosser, Pearly White
Waterpik Cordless Freedom Water Flosser, WF-03, White
Waterpik Ultra Cordless Plus Water Flosser WP450 1 ea
Title
Waterpik WP-560 Cordless Advanced Water Flosser, Pearly White
Waterpik Cordless Freedom Water Flosser, WF-03, White
Waterpik Ultra Cordless Plus Water Flosser WP450 1 ea
Customer rating
Reviews
1,362 Reviews
1,993 Reviews
1,955 Reviews
Reservoir (in seconds)
45
30
45
Number of pressure setting
3
2
2
Power source
Rechargeable
3x AA batteries
Rechargeable
Price
from $69.20
from $44.99
from $48.00
Our choice
Preview
Waterpik WP-560 Cordless Advanced Water Flosser, Pearly White
Title
Waterpik WP-560 Cordless Advanced Water Flosser, Pearly White
Customer rating
Reviews
1,362 Reviews
Reservoir (in seconds)
45
Number of pressure setting
3
Power source
Rechargeable
Price
from $69.20
See details
Preview
Waterpik Cordless Freedom Water Flosser, WF-03, White
Title
Waterpik Cordless Freedom Water Flosser, WF-03, White
Customer rating
Reviews
1,993 Reviews
Reservoir (in seconds)
30
Number of pressure setting
2
Power source
3x AA batteries
Price
from $44.99
See details
Preview
Waterpik Ultra Cordless Plus Water Flosser WP450 1 ea
Title
Waterpik Ultra Cordless Plus Water Flosser WP450 1 ea
Customer rating
Reviews
1,955 Reviews
Reservoir (in seconds)
45
Number of pressure setting
2
Power source
Rechargeable
Price
from $48.00
See details

As you can see, there’s more differences between the Cordless models compared to the Countertop.  We look more closely at these below.

But in a nutshell, the Freedom will best suit frequent international travellers as its power source is 3xAA batteries.  Otherwise, go for the Advanced. Not least because it has the American Dental Association seal of approval. This is universally recognized by consumers as a symbol of effectiveness.

Waterpik water flosser reviews

Now for the nitty gritty.  Here we provide concise, but detailed, reviews to really help you see what differentiates one Waterpik model from another.

Waterpik Countertop reviews

The Complete Care:

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Waterpik WP-950 Complete Care 7.0 Water Flosser and Sonic Tooth Brush
707 Reviews
Waterpik WP-950 Complete Care 7.0 Water Flosser and Sonic Tooth Brush
  • More Effective Brushing and Flossing in One Convenient Device!
  • Removes plaque and debris deep between teeth and below the gumline where brushing and traditional flossing can't reach
  • Combines Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush technologies
  • Space saving design requires only one outlet
  • This unit is compatible with a 120VAC/60Hz outlet and is for use in North America only. Any warranty will be voided through the sale and use of the product outside North America. Shipment outside of North America is prohibited by Waterpik

The key difference with the complete care is it includes a rechargeable toothbrush with changeable heads.  You can store these, together with Waterpik tips, in a ventilated storage area in the unit. There’s also a handy travel case for the toothbrush.  Many users claim the brush cleans better than any other they have tried.

There are fewer tips with this model than with the Aquarius.  However, the range of tips included do allow multiple users and cover a range of needs.  There are two classic jet tips (for general use), one orthodontic tip (perfect for those with braces), a plaque seeker tip (great for bridges or crowns) and a pick pocket tip (for reaching deep into periodontal pockets).  Tips are explained in greater detail below.

We like
It’s a single system that cares for all your oral health needs.

The brush is acknowledged by many users to be better than other brands and Waterpik are already number one for water flossers.

Handy ventilated storage unit for accessories.

We don't like
Battery in the brush is not replaceable so once it stops taking charge the brush must be replaced.

Fairly large footprint so you do need the countertop space for it.

The Waterpik Aquarius

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Waterpik ADA Accepted WP-660 Aquarius Water Flosser
11,650 Reviews
Waterpik ADA Accepted WP-660 Aquarius Water Flosser
  • First in category – Waterpik Water Flosser awarded the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance
  • The Easy and More Effective Way to Floss!
  • 10 Pressure Settings, 7 Waterpik Water Flossing Tips, 90 Seconds of Water Capacity
  • Healthier Gums and Brighter Teeth in Just a Minute a Day! Essential for good oral hygiene and tooth care
  • Compatible With 120VAC/60Hz Outlets, For use in North America only. Any warranty will be voided through the sale and use of the product outside North America. Shipment outside of North America is prohibited by Waterpik

The Aquarius has a timer feature, colour options, more tips and a massage mode.  It also has a flossing tip storage area.

So firstly the tips.  The Aquarius has the same range of tips as the Complete Care.  However, it has an additional Classic Jet Tip and a Toothbrush tip, which allows you to brush and floss at the same time.

The Aquarius also has a timer/pacer function.  Many users on Amazon love this feature, feeling that they might stop flossing sooner if it wasn’t there.  It also has a massage mode that helps to stimulate circulation in your gums. This helps gums heal and fight infections more quickly.

We like
Great range and number of tips.

Timer/Pacer mode that helps you floss for the correct length of time.

Massage mode that can stimulate blood flow and help gums heal and recover more quickly.  Those users who make use of it love it!

Brushing tip – allows you to brush and floss at the same time.

More attractive and smaller than the Ultra.

Available in white, blue or black.  Designer model also in orchid, teal and pink.

We don't like
Storage unit only stores two tips.

Bristles on brushing tip soon splay so it would need fairly frequent replacing.

The Waterpik Ultra

Sale
Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser
8,698 Reviews
Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser
  • Water jet is clinically proven to be up to 93-percent more effective than flossing
  • Advanced control delivers a water pressure of 10 to 90 PSI with 1200 pulses per minute
  • Removes debris and bacteria lodged deep between teeth and below the gum-line
  • Significant oral health benefit for people who wear braces, have diabetes, and gum disease
  • Includes 6 color-coded tips

The only thing the Ultra has that the Aquarius doesn’t is the capacity to store all the tips in the unit.  It has the same range of tips, but has 2 Classic Jet tips as opposed to 3 on the Aquarius.

The Ultra has a push button control on the handle that must be held down during use.  It’s also a pound heavier than the Aquarius with a bigger footprint.

As we mentioned before, the Aquarius has a massage mode.  However, some Ultra users claim it’s possible to massage your gums by reducing the pressure on the Ultra and pressing and releasing the push button repeatedly.  How much wear this causes to the push button mechanism they don’t say!

For fans of the Ultra, the Aquarius does not offer a great deal more for the extra expense.  However, for fans of the Aquarius the extra expense is well worth it!

We like

Storage for all the tips.

Good range of tips.

Older but well established model.

We don't like
Button you have to hold down on the handle.

Heavier and larger than the Aquarius and not as attractive.

Has less features and is around the same price as an Aquarius.

Bottom Line for countertop models
If you don’t already use an electric toothbrush, or are looking to replace your old one, go for the Complete care.

Otherwise it has to be the Aquarius.  Especially as the Aquarius has recently dropped in price.  It’s smaller and more stylish than the Ultra and has several colour options.  But most importantly it scores an impressive 4.7 out of over 10,000 reviews. This is a powerful endorsement of the innovation that has gone into this model.

Long standing Ultra users may argue the case.  The fact that they are so fiercely loyal to their product, in the same way that Aquarius users are equally loyal to theirs, speaks volumes for both products and the company that makes them.

 

Waterpik cordless reviews

Waterpik Cordless Plus

Sale
Waterpik Ultra Cordless Plus Water Flosser WP450 1 ea
1,955 Reviews
Waterpik Ultra Cordless Plus Water Flosser WP450 1 ea
  • Effective Plaque Removal Clinically Proven To Remove Up To 99.9% Of Plaque From Treated Areas In 3 Seconds
  • 360-Degree Tip Rotation, and Reservoir Capacity Of 45+ Seconds
  • Perfect For Travel

The Waterpik Plus offers four tips.  There are two classic jet tips (for general use), one orthodontic tip (perfect for those with braces, and a plaque seeker tip (great for bridges or crowns).

There are two pressure settings to suit different uses and users.  This model is rechargeable and is offered in two colours.

We like
Good number and range of tips

45 seconds of flossing time.

Good warranty period

Value for money

We don't like
Complaints about the battery not holding charge well over time.

No travel case.

Waterpik Cordless Advanced

Sale
Waterpik WP-560 Cordless Advanced Water Flosser, Pearly White
1,362 Reviews
Waterpik WP-560 Cordless Advanced Water Flosser, Pearly White
  • First in category – Waterpik Water Flosser awarded the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Pulses per minute is 1250
  • Healthier Gums and Brighter Teeth in Just a Minute a Day!
  • New magnetic rapid-charge system, LED battery charge indicator, electronic pressure control, and 360 Degree Tip Rotation
  • 4 Water Flossing Tips, 3 Pressure Settings, and 45 Seconds of Water Capacity. Height (with tip/brush): 11.60 inches (29.00 cm), maximum width (base): 2.80 inches (7.10 cm), maximum depth (base): 4.00 inches (10.20 cm)
  • Compatible With 100-240/VAC 50/60Hz voltage for global use. Pressure Range: 45 to 75 PSI (3.160 to 5.270 Kg/cm2)

The Advanced has the same number and range of tips as the Plus.

However, unlike the Plus, the Advanced is the first in its category to receive the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Also, it charges in four hours, much faster than competitor products.  And it has three pressure settings: low, medium and high to allow for a wider range of users and uses. What’s more, it can be used in the shower! Finally it comes in a wider range of colours: brilliant black, classic blue, pearly white, radiant orchid and rose gold.

We like
ADA Seal of Acceptance

Good number and range of tips

45 seconds of flossing time

Time starved users can use it in the shower

Good warranty period

Rapid charging

Comes with a tip storage case, microfiber travel bag and travel plug

Many colours to choose from

We don't like
Quite pricey

A few customers still report charging issues but Waterpik have replaced units where necessary.

Waterpik Cordless Freedom

Waterpik Cordless Freedom Water Flosser, WF-03, White
1,993 Reviews
Waterpik Cordless Freedom Water Flosser, WF-03, White
  • Clinically Proven the Easy and More Effective Way to Floss!
  • Healthier Gums and Brighter Teeth in Just a Minute a Day!
  • Best for small bathrooms and travel; battery operated, portable design.
  • The Cordless Freedom includes 3 AA batteries (no outlets or charging needed). Assuming daily use, batteries will likely need to be replaced every 1 to 2 months, depending on quality of batteries.
  • Waterproof, may be used in the shower

The Waterpik Cordless Freedom is truly portable. Other cordless Waterpiks have to be recharged.   And they can only be recharged on 120V. If you’re an international traveller this is a limitation.  However, the Freedom uses AA batteries as its power source. Even better, these are provided in the box so you don’t have to take the batteries out of your TV remote to get started!  A handy travel pouch is also provided.

There are fewer tips than with the Advanced or Ultra.  These include 2 Classic Jet Tips and a Plaque Seeker tip.  There are also only two pressure settings, compared to three on the Advanced.  The reservoir is small and allows for only 30 seconds of flossing before it must be refilled.  However, since Waterpik recommend you floss for 60 seconds, you will need to refill all their cordless models for the full flossing experience.

We like
Truly portable and can be used when travelling.

Batteries are provided.

Time starved users can use it in the shower

Three colours to choose from

We don't like
Small reservoir

Fewer tips provided

No 360 degree rotation

Shorter warranty period

Bottom Line for cordless models
If you want to use Waterpik’s extensive range of tips whilst travelling internationally, then the Freedom is your only choice.

However, if you’re looking for a Water Flosser to use at home – or in countries using US voltage – then go for the Advanced.   It’s quicker to charge and you can use it in the shower. It also has the ADA Seal of Approval – the first product of its type to receive this.

Waterpik Tip Types

A key difference between Waterpik models are the number and range of tips included.  Changing tips for another purpose is quick and simple. This is great for multiple users and uses.  So here’s a quick overview of tip types to help you choose a model that offers the experience you need.  But don’t forget, most tips are available separately on Amazon.

Classic Jet Tip

The standard water flossing tip with the hard-plastic end supplied with every Waterpik device.  Two members of your household can utilise the tips straight out of the box since two are included and color-coded.  

Plaque Seeker Tip

Great for dental work like crowns, implants, and veneers.  This tip is clinically proven to remove up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas in 3 seconds. It’s 2x as effective as string floss for improving gum health around implants.

Orthodontic Tip

Composed of a tapered brush, this tip helps to remove hard-to-reach plaque around braces. It’s proven to be up to x3 as effective as string floss for removing plaque around braces.

Pik Pocket™ Tip

For use on periodontal pockets and furcations.  This tip is composed of a soft rubber tip that is gentle and offers low-pressure delivery of water below the gum line for optimal rinsing.

Water Flosser Toothbrush Tip

Allows you to save even more time on your daily dental routine by combining brushing and flossing in one! You can use this tip with or without toothpaste for an ultimate clean.

Why choose a Waterpik water flosser?

Waterpik make the number one recommended water flossers.  Waterpik products excel in over 50 clinical studies.  Dental professionals trust the brand and Waterpik receive tens of thousands of positive reviews on Amazon.  In fact, founded by a hydro-engineer and a dentist, the Waterpik brand is synonymous with oral irrigation. Waterpik have been in the business longer than any other company yet continue to be recognized for award-winning design and innovation.

Bottom line:

Waterpik inc. are the go-to company for water flossers.

Waterpik vs floss

Studies have shown that water flossing with a Waterpik is…

93% more effective at reducing bleeding

52% more effective at reducing gingivitis

Almost twice as effective at removing plaque

Than string floss.

And a further study showed that teenagers with orthodontics who used a water flosser had three times the reduction in plaque than those who only brushed.

How to use a Waterpik

  1. Fill the Waterpik reservoir with lukewarm water, choose and fit your tip and adjust the pressure.
  2. Lean over the sink and place tip in mouth at a 90 degree angle just above the gumline.
  3. Close lips enough to prevent splashing but still allow water to flow into sink.
  4. Turn unit on.
  5. Starting at the back pass the tip along the gumline pausing briefly between teeth.

Waterpik company background

Waterpik was founded by a hydraulic engineer and dentist in 1962 under the namer Aqua Tec Corp.  After 146 tries, the two innovators created an oral irrigator for use in dentistry.

Today’s Waterpiks are based on the same principle.  A pump sends a pulsating jet of water through a tip to clean the teeth.  But that doesn’t mean the innovation has stopped! Waterpik’s designers have engineered dozens of advances into the original design resulting in the range of products you can buy today.  

And in 2005 the company celebrated the 50th clinical study proving the efficiency of Waterpik water flossers.  The fact that Waterpik has encouraged independent bodies and industry professionals to test and challenge its products speaks volumes about its confidence in them.  

As does the fantastic 3 year warranty!

Last words

There are huge benefits to using any of these water flossers to improve gum health.  All are gentle yet effective for dental work such as braces, crowns, veneers and implants.  And all are 50% more effective for gum health versus string floss.

If you are convinced that one or the other of these water flossers is right for you but want to see how you get started with flossing, never fear! All Waterpik flosser models are simple to use, right out of the box. Here are some quick resources to give you a feel for Waterpik products:

View a short video on how to use the Waterpik Aquarius.

Learn how to use the Waterpik Cordless Advanced.

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