The Waterpik Aquarius is the flagship device from the creators of the water flosser.
It is arguably the most sophisticated and highest quality water flosser available on the market today, and garners a great reputation from professionals and users all over the world.
Before we dive into the details, lets have a quick look at some pros and cons:
Design & Accessories
The Waterpik Aquarius is stylish. There’s no doubt about it.
If you saw this in a friend’s bathroom, and had never seen a water flosser before, you’d be intrigued and impressed. You would also figure out why your friend has such a gorgeous smile!
The Aquarius comes in two colors: black and white (unless of course you want to opt for the designer version which also includes ‘vibrant teal’ and ‘radiant pink’). Both are great looking devices but of course the color doesn’t change how it works or what kind of features you’ll be getting.
Easy On/Off Button – It’s helpful to have a handy switch to stop water flow as Water flossers can be messy. It doesn’t turn the device off but stops water pumping. So when you’re done you must still turn the base part off.
Pressure Control – Great for a bit of extra ooomph. The dial had a large range and was easy to turn. We found that this definitely added to the experience.
The lowest setting is 10 PSI and each increment increases by 10 PSI with a maximum of 100.
LED display – The LED display lets you know which mode you are currently using.
Two Modes – Floss or Massage?
Floss mode provides an uninterrupted jet of water. It is the standard mode.
Massage mode is unique to the Waterpik. It causes the water stream to pulsate rhythmically to massage your gums to promote blood flow and improve gum health. We like this option, but were not sure how often we’d use it.
1 Minute Timer – Waterpik recommends you floss for 1 minute. So they’ve included a timer with a 30 second pacer to help you time this. After 30 seconds the water will stop briefly to let you know that you’re at the halfway mark.
Covered Tip Storage – A storage area for 2 of your favourite tips behind the reservoir. We found that most fit well except for the brush tips, which tended to press against the inside of the reservoir and could become bent. We recommend only keeping standard tips in here.
Reservoir – The reservoir on the Waterpik stores 22 ounces of water, about 90 seconds of water supply. This should easily cover one water flossing session.
This might seem a little small. But it encourages you to wash out the reservoir and use new water every time (remember all this water is going straight into your mouth).
It’s easily detachable so it can be filled up at the tap and is dishwasher safe.
Rubber Feet – As this device will probably be kept in your bathroom, it has rubber feet under the device to stop it from slipping if the surface is wet.
Accessories – it’s all in the tip
The Aquarius comes with 7 tips that can easily be swapped out depending on your goal.
- Classic Jet Tip – 3 included
These are the standard water flossing tips recommended for general use. And 3 are included for multiple users.
- Toothbrush Tip – 1 included
If you want to floss and brush at the same time, this is a great tip. It takes some getting used to as water shoots out from between the bristles. You are pretty much just brushing your teeth with water flowing out of your toothbrush.
- Plaque Seeker Tip – 1 included
This tip is designed in such a way that it can get into hard to reach areas. Those with dental fixtures such as implants or crowns will appreciate this tip!
- Orthodontic Tip – 1 included
Again a very useful tip, this time for those with braces. This one is designed to be able to get underneath and around braces and brackets to remove plaque.
- Pik Pocket Tip – 1 included
This is best for periodontal pockets. It is a specialist tip for delivering rinses and medicaments deep below the gum line.
Usage & Impressions
The Waterpik Aquarius was a pleasure to use.
We felt that a major upside to this device was the level of control we had. A water flosser can be a messy endeavour if this isn’t the case. Water can go _everywhere_.
The Aquarius gave us the ability to stop and start the flow of water with ease, which made a huge difference to the overall experience.
Some people don’t like the lack of portability. But this is not a problem if you prefer a device that is a mainstay in the bathroom. There are a huge variety of corded and cordless water flossers for each type of person.
As mentioned above: the massaging mode didn’t seem too enticing to us as the concept is something we haven’t given much thought to. But if you want gum massage then I don’t think there are many other products on the market that offer this functionality. So its definitely a nice addition to have.
The Waterpik is not a quiet device. Once you turn it on and the water starts pumping you’ll be able to hear it throughout the whole house.
Filling up the reservoir, keeping it clean is easy, and using the actual device is easy.
In terms of overall usage its hard to find any faults except for maybe the fact that the on/off button was sometimes hard to reach and it gives a lawnmower a run for its money in terms of volume.
If you’re looking for a water flosser, definitely consider the Waterpik Aquarius.
Its well designed, comes with a bunch of accessories, and its hard not to crown this as the best water flosser on the market.
Extra: Official Instructions