There, I said it. Seriously though, the reason flossing rates are so low in this country is certainly due in part to how horribly unfun flossing can be. It takes too long, it tends to hurt, and it’s absolutely boring. There’s no good part about it.
But, you already know that because you’re looking at picking up a Waterpik. The problem is they’ve got like 40 of them. Each with its own special features – which one will work best?
Well, we’ve got you covered.
Below is everything you need to know (and more!) about how to choose the Waterpik that works best for you and your lifestyle. Along with that, we’ve pulled out a few of our favorite models and compared them to each other.
With no further ado, let’s get to it!
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The Advantages of a Waterpik
If you’re still on the fence about whether or not to grab yourself a water flosser, no worries. They’re significantly more expensive than simply going to the store and grabbing a small spool of floss, that’s for sure. But, with that price comes a whole lot of power. There are honestly a ton of advantages to water flossing. Below we’ve got a few of our favorites.
It Works Better
Simply put, flossing with a Waterpik will result in a healthy, cleaner mouth. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it, they just work better. Need proof? No problem.
The Waterpik brand is backed up by a number of independent, third party studies that show its effectiveness at flossing. Clinical studies show that flossing with a water flosser reduced whole mouth plaque by 74.4% compared to the control group that only used string floss. Furthermore, it’s been shown that Waterpiks are 29% more effective than string floss at overall plaque removal. Simply put, your mouth will be significantly more clean if you use one of these.
In the last 20 or so years we’ve started to realize how different everyone’s medical needs really are. The story is no different with oral health. Some people need to focus on their gums, others on their teeth, others on implants and orthodontics. The nice part about using a Waterpik is that it’s extremely customizable.
Depending on which model you choose, you’ll have either three, six or ten different pressure settings that range between either 10-90 PSI or 10-100PSI. Furthermore, there are six different tip options, each of which specialize on a different area:
Whether you’ve got braces you need to floss around, gum pockets you need to clean or sensitive teeth you need to be careful around, there’s a quick and efficient solution to be had from using a Waterpik.
If you go by the official dentist codebook you’re supposed to spend between 10-15 seconds per tooth while flossing. The adult human mouth has 32 teeth, which means you could be spending between five and eight minutes flossing if you were to do it properly. That’s over 30 hours per year flossing your teeth. We’ve all got better things to do, which is why absolutely nobody spends that long actually flossing. And of course, as a result our teeth aren’t as healthy as they should be.
The average time necessary when using a Waterpik is about 60 seconds. That’s for your whole mouth. Instead of spending 10-15 seconds per tooth, you spend about 2. That saves you some serious time in the morning, which you can then spend sleep in and procrastinating on other important tasks.
If you do actually floss, you know that there’s actually a fair bit of skill involved. To do it properly, it takes a bit more effort than sliding some string between your teeth. Not to mention that if you’ve got large fingers, it’s literally impossible to get everywhere you’re supposed to.
With the Waterpik, you simply point. That’s it. You turn the darned thing on and point it at your teeth. That’s pretty simple.
What To Look For
Founded in 1962, Waterpik has been a major innovator in the oral health industry for the last several decades. In that time, they’ve come out with dozens of different models, all with a different set of features. If you’re off to pick up your own water flosser, deciding which one works best for you and which features are the most important can be a bit tough. No worries though, we’ve got the main features listed below.
Cordless Waterpik Vs. Countertop Waterpik
The biggest decision to make is whether or not you want to go with a cordless Waterpik or one that sits on the countertop. Each has their areas of expertise and can be incredibly useful for flossing your teeth. The biggest advantage of the countertop Waterpik is its larger reservoir and additional pressure settings. Most countertop units have a reservoir of over 22 oz. meaning that you’ll get at least 90 seconds of flossing time before a refill. This will be more than enough per use, so you won’t have to worry about refilling your water in the middle of flossing. The cordless Waterpik however only has between 5-7 oz. in their reservoir. This will last for less than 45 seconds, so it’s likely that you’ll need to refill at some point.
Concerning pressure settings, the depending on which model you get, the countertop Waterpik will have either 3, 6 or 10 different pressure settings that will range between 10 PSI and either 90 PSI or 100 PSI. This allows you to really fine tune into the pressure setting you feel works best for you. The cordless version only has two pressure settings, 45 PSI and 75 PSI. This means less customizability, but if those settings work well for you (and to be honest, they probably will) you won’t be paying for extra functionality.
The major advantage of using a cordless Waterpik over a countertop on is being able to use it in the shower. This works out really well for a few reasons:
- Less Mess: If you’re using your portable Waterpik in the shower then you don’t need to worry about dripping water everywhere.
- Easy Refill: Using the cordless version in the shower really negates the need for a larger reservoir. Sure, you’ll need to take 10 seconds to refill, but when you’ve got water spewing at your face, it’s a pretty easy task.
- Travel: If you’re planning on travelling with your countertop model, good luck with that. The cordless models are a bit bulky for sure, but it’s definitely easy to stick them in your luggage next to your shoes.
The decision of choosing a cordless Waterpik vs. a countertop Waterpik really depends entirely on your lifestyle and what you want out of the machine.
Within each category (cordless or countertop) there are still reservoir size variations. Below is a quick guide to help to understand how long each size will last:
- 5 ounces: flossing time of 30 seconds
- 7 ounces: flossing time of 45 seconds
- 15 ounces: flossing time of 60 seconds
- 22-35 ounces: flossing time of 90+ seconds
Anything more than 15 ounces should be more than enough for one person, however if you’ve got a partner or kids that will also be using the flosser, the extra flossing time is pretty fantastic. The 35 oz. models can easily last between two people, so couples will really benefit.
In-handle Water Control
The base models will come with a control switch on the base of the Waterpik. For cordless models this isn’t a huge deal, because it’s all in one unite. For countertop models, however, it’s a bit more annoying because you’re not able to turn the device on or off using the wand.
This has changed recently with the inclusion of in-handle water controls. The higher end models include a switch on the actual wand, meaning you can quickly and easily turn the water off or on. This is great for busy mornings with kids or husbands asking you questions or interrupting you. It’s a small thing, but having to reach over to the base every time you need to turn the water on/off can be a bit annoying. This is especially true once you’ve zoned in to your perfect water flossing posture!
You’ll really want to look for a model that includes wand rotation. This means that the part of the device that you actually hold will rotate independently of the hose.
Independent wand rotation is crucial for getting to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It makes a huge difference in the overall ease and experience of using your Waterpik.
If you’ve recently had issue with gum growth and gum health, the massage mode might be a feature you look out for. The idea here is that instead of a constant stream of water, your Waterpik will vary the pressure continuously. The result is a ‘pulsing’ part of water. This constant fluctuation of water pressure is fantastic for stimulating gum growth and reinforcing overall gum health.
It’s certainly not a feature that everyone will use, but if you’re looking to focus specifically on your gums, this will work well.
As it turns out, we humans are absolutely rubbish at counting in our head. In fact, many of us only brush for half as long as we think we do. That’s why it’s really important to have a machine do it for you. While the timer feature on a Waterpik might seem a bit primitive, it still does its purpose really well. It’s simple, easy to use, and effective.
If your water flosser includes a timer feature, it’ll pause briefly at two points: once at the 30 second mark, and a second time at the 60 second mark. The first brief pause is to let you know to switch sides of your mouth and the second is to tell you you’re done. Afterwards the Waterpik will continue to run until you shut it off or it runs out of water.
We found this to be a slightly better experience than using an iPhone or a stopwatch. Having feedback from the actual device helped form muscle memory in our actions. This meant that we quickly developed an accurate routine for flossing. The timer isn’t the craziest, most high-tech feature out there, but it works very well and certainly improved our oral care routine.
Yea, it’s a minor thing but if you’ve got a beautiful black bathroom and you get a white countertop unit, it just ruins everything. We wanted to point out that there are three models that come in color variations.
- WP-670 Aquarius: Teal, black, pink, white
- WP-112 Ultra: Black, white
- WP-565 Cordless Advanced: Black, blue, orchid (purple), white
If you’re looking to spruce up your design with a fancy water flosser, make sure you get the right color!
Best Waterpik Reviews
So here it is – this is what you’ve been waiting for. These are the best Waterpiks that we feel are currently on the market.
1. Waterpik Aquarius: WP-670
There’s no doubt about it, the Waterpik Aquarius is the Cadillac of water flossers. Maybe even more than that. Maybe it’s more like the Porsche or Bentley of water flossers. Certainly, there are a few models out there with more bells and whistles and you could spend more money on one, but why? This guy has just about everything you need.
The Waterpik WP-670 comes with just about everything the company offers with regards to features. Below we’ve got the quick list on everything this model has included:
- Hydro-pulse massage mode
- 10 pressure settings (10-100 PSI)
- Built-in timer
- 7 replacement tips (21 months’ worth)
- 22 ounce reservoir capacity (90 seconds worth)
- Covered reservoir
- On-handle on/off switch
- 2 covered replacement tip storage spots
- 3 year warranty
- Multiple color options
That’s just about it. This is the top-of-the-line water flosser that Waterpik offers, and that sure shows through. Each feature adds a little bit of convenience and a little bit of effectiveness that really ads up in the end. We particularly liked the 10 pressure settings. Being able to fine tune into what your mouth needs is fantastic. The lower end models provide a similar range but much fewer settings. The customizability that 10 settings add is huge.
Simply put, the Waterpik Aquarious has the best experience out of all the water flosser offerings that Waterpik has. Between the pressure settings, the two pulse modes and the seven included tips, you’ll be able to completely customize your flossing experience to exactly what you want.
Just with all the other models, it’ll take you about 60 seconds for a full, complete clean. The on-handle on/off button makes operating the device easy, and the pressure settings and mode controls are easy to see and simple to adjust.
The wand moves around well and the hose was more than long enough. Filling the reservoir is honestly a bit of a pain, but that’s something that comes with the territory of water flossers.
As with anything, there’s are flaws. We had a tough time finding some on the Waterpik Aquarius, but there is one. The reservoir size. As is, you’ll get about 90 seconds worth of flossing time out of the Aquarius, maybe 100 if you really fill it to the brim. It’s absolutely more than enough for one person, but not quite enough for two people. Given the advanced technology on this model, it’d be the perfect water flosser for a couple to purchase together. It still is, but if the water tank were a tad bit larger you could use it twice before refilling it.
Waterpik Aquarius Final Thoughts
We really like this water flosser. It’s pretty darned fantastic and has everything you’d want. The price is a bit steeper than lower end models, but not by much. At the time of this review, the Waterpik Aquarius was less than $20 more expensive than the Waterpik Ultra. It also comes with 7 tips as opposed to most other models that only include 5 or less, so that practically makes up the cost by itself. And it comes it pink. PINK! How cool is that?
Note: If you’re not as worried about the fashion sense of your Aquarious, you can pick up the standard, non-designer series for a few bucks cheaper. This has all of the features of the 670 but with a little less pizazz. Click here to check out the Waterpik WP-660 Water Flosser.
2. Waterpik Ultra: WP-100
The Waterpik Ultra has been the pinnacle of water flossers for about the last decade. Only recently eclipsed by its younger, more hip brother the Aquarius, the WP-100 has years of experience to back it up as a major contender for the best Waterpik. It doesn’t have as many of the crazy options as the Aquarious does, but that’s fine. Not everyone needs hydro-pulse mode or ten pressure settings. If you’re looking to spend a bit less and get a water flosser that still does a bang-up job, the Waterpik Ultra could very well be the best Waterpik for you.
While this list won’t take as much space as our previous Waterpik review, it’s still pretty impressive. Below is a quick list of the features included in the Waterpik Ultra:
- 10 pressure settings
- 6 replacement tips (18 months’ worth)
- 22 ounce reservoir capacity (90 seconds worth)
- Covered reservoir
- On-handle on/off switch
- 4 covered replacement tip storage spots
- 3 year warranty
- Multiple color options
The Waterpik Ultra really comes with everything you need. Compared to the Aquarius, it lacks the hydro-pulse mode, the timer, one replacement tip and some of the styling, but gains an extra two spots to store extra flosser tips. Overall, the difference isn’t huge if you’re not specifically looking for the timer or the hydro-pulse.
We found the overall experience with the Waterpik Ultra similar to the experience we had during the Aquarious Waterpik review. It’s a capable, effective alternative to string flossing. I’ll admit that I did miss the timer just a bit. Having to juggle around a mini water hose while operating my iPhone was a bit irritating. Also, it didn’t look quite as pretty on my countertop (no pink options for this one, unfortunately) but that wasn’t a huge deal.
The extra storage space was nice, but neither the Aquarius nor the Ultra had enough space for all the tips they came with. That means that I still had a few extra tips rumbling around in my drawer. The most effective use of that space would be if you’re using multiple tips, for example the Classic Jet and the Tongue Scraper. You could store the rest of the tips in the Waterpik Storage Case and have the ones you use regularly in the device itself, ready to go.
Regardless of some of the finer details on this model, it still did a fanatic job flossing. The on-handle on/off button allowed for easy operation and everything worked just as well as the Aquarius.
As I mentioned above, not having the timer on the WP-660 really made me appreciate it a lot more. It’s a simple feature, but one that comes in handy every time you use it. Otherwise, I’d have the same complaint that I did about the Aquarius – the water reservoir could be a bit bigger. This model would also work extremely well for couples or even for the whole family, but only having enough water for one use makes it slightly less useful.
And again, this doesn’t come in pink. That makes us sad. It does come in black though, so it’s got that going for it.
Waterpik Ultra Final Thoughts
Overall, we didn’t think the Waterpik Ultra was quite as useful as the Aquarius. With everything, it’s a balancing act of price and features. The Ultra comes with a few less features, and as a result is a bit less expensive. I honestly think the extra price increase is worth it, but if the addition of a timer and the hydro-pulse mode (or the pink décor) isn’t a big deal to you, the Ultra will be your best bet. It’s still just as effective and capable as its younger brother in its ability to get junk out of your mouth.
3. Waterpik Cordless Freedom: WF-03
Moving into a different category for the best Waterpik, we’ve got the cordless option. The Waterpik Cordless Freedom is an excellent option if you’re not a fan of being tied down by a constricting water hose or huge water reservoir. This model is perfect if you travel a lot or like to multitask in the shower. As a long time shower toothbrusher, I found the idea of brushing and flossing in the shower to be pretty awesome.
The features on the WF-03 aren’t quite as expansive, but that’s okay. The biggest feature is the one you see it its name: cordless. Unlike the other heavier, less mobile countertop units, the WF-03 is pretty small and relatively lightweight. Even still, we’ve got the quick list of features below:
- 2 pressure settings
- 3 replacement tips (9 months’ worth)
- Replaceable battery
- Travel bag
- 1 year warranty
If you’re looking for something a bit more space-age, you can always check out the Waterpik WP-560. It’s got many more features, but with that comes a massive increase in price. That’s why we chose the WF-03 as our best cordless Waterpik as opposed to the WP-560.
The experience is where the Waterpik Cordless Freedom really shines. The ability to take it in the shower is a complete game-change in my book. No, it won’t last you the full 60 seconds for the entire clean, but it’s simple and easy to refill for the second half of your mouth.
The cordless flosser is simple to use, easy to hold and relatively lightweight. With a full tank of water it becomes noticeably heavier, but not ridiculously so. You’ll still have no time maneuvering it around your mouth when it’s filled up with water.
The batter life lasts a pretty long time as well – about two months. You don’t need to worry about charging it every night as it’s powered by three AA batteries (which it comes with upon purchase). I’m actually a bigfan of this. It doesn’t take up extra space on my countertop for charging and I won’t need to worry about swapping a rechargeable battery out in a year or two after it gets warn down.
The biggest downside you’ll get with the Cordless Freedom is the lack of customization. The pressure settings are significantly reduced on this model compared its larger countertop counterparts. You also don’t get massage mode, a timer or as large of a water reservoir.
Another big downside is that the WF-03 isn’t as great to use for the whole family. You’ll likely be leaving it in your shower, making it a bit less accessible than a countertop unit. If you’ve got several little ones who need to floss every morning, you might find getting the Aquarius, Ultra or For Kids a better decision.
Waterpik Cordless Freedom Final Thoughts
I really liked the Waterpik Cordless Freedom. It’s an entirely different product from the Aquarius and Ultra, and that’s a good thing. The ability to floss with it in the shower is huge, and ended up being a major convenience and time saver in the morning. It’s a bit stripped down compared to the larger models, but that’s to be expected with its size. If you’re looking to pick up a cordless Waterpik, the Waterpik Cordless Freedome is a fantastic option.
4. Waterpik For Kids: WP-260
If you’ve got kids, getting them to floss in the first place is the stuff of nightmares. It’s impossible. And that’s not even a big exaggeration – it’s really really hard. If you’re at your wit’s end, it might be worth investing in the Waterpik For Kids water flosser. It’s not as adult or advanced as the Ultra or Aquarius and that’s a good thing.
You’ll see that this Waterpik is a bit less robust than other models, but that’s fine. We’ve found that as long as the darned thing shoots water at teeth, we’re good. It’s also specifically designed for kids, which you’ll certainly notice through the features list:
- 3 pressure settings
- 2 replacement tips (6 months’ worth)
- 15 ounce water reservoir (60 seconds worth)
- Smaller base
- Fun colors
- Invertible reservoir
- Kid-proof electrical design
- 2 year warranty
- 20 stickers for personalization
A few of the items listed really popped out at us. The first was the fun colors and the 20 stickers for personalization. Making the experience of flossing as fun as possible is a major step in getting kids to floss in the first place. The engineers at Waterpik certainly kept this in mind as they were designing this model.
Another major feature is the invertible reservoir. Kids tend to not be amazing at cleaning things – having them simply flip the reservoir over when they’re done using it will keep water from sitting in there and helping bacteria grow. It also is a nice verticle space saver.
On the subject of saving space, you’ll notice that the base of the WP-260 is a bit smaller than the larger models. This really helps keep space open for the bigillion other things that need to be on the countertop. If you’ve got more than one kid (or really, even just one) extra counter space can be worth its weight in gold!
The biggest downside with the For Kids model is its price. Compared to the Ultra or the Aquarius, you simply don’t get nearly as many features, yet the price is pretty similar. The WP-260 is only around $10 less than the Ultra, and the Ultra comes with significantly more. That said, if you find bright colors and stickers to be a major motivator to getting your kids to floss, then it’s certainly worth the price. The design is specifically made for kids and that can be a huge help.
Waterpik For Kids Final Thoughts
Although it’s not nearly as advanced as the models we looked at in the first two Waterpik reviews, the Waterpik For Kids water flosser is still very capable and very effective. It lacks some of the nicer features you’ll find in the Ultra or Aquarius but with that comes a specialized design for kids. If you’ve got little ones who refuse to floss their teeth, the Waterpik For Kids water flosser is probably the best Waterpik for the job.
Waterpik Complete Care: WP-900
Finally, we come to the Waterpik Complete Care WP-900 – possibly the best Waterpik of them all. This model actually cheats a bit though, because it’s not just a water flosser, it’s a COMPLETE CARE SUPER ALL INCLUSIVE ORAL PACKAGE. Or something like that…. Okay, we got a bit excited. But really, it comes with pretty much everything you’ll need to take care of your mouth.
Like we mentioned above, this comes with pretty much all the stuff you need to make your dentist happy. Below is a shortlist of all the major features:
- Sensonic Professional Toothbrush
- 2 toothbrush heads
- 2 minute toothbrush timer (with 30 second intervals)
- Dual speed control on handle
- Battery charge indicator
- Travel case
- Water Flosser
- 10 pressure settings
- 5 replacement tips
- On-handle on/off button
- 23 ounce water reservoir (90 seconds worth)
- Sensonic Professional Toothbrush holder
- 5 covered accessory storage spots (brush tips or flosser tips)
- 2 year warranty
Let’s start with the Sensonic Professional Toothbrush. First, we’d like to point out that on its own the Sensoinic is a $90 value. When packaged up with the Complete Care, it’s significantly less money. As of the date of writing this article the Complete Care package is less than that to begin with.
While this article focuses on comparing Waterpik’s water flossers, we’ll step outside of that for a second and compared the Sensonic with other electric toothbrushes. The major lacking feature for the Sensonic is the variety in toothbrush heads you can purchase. Where Sonicare has 7 universal brush heads and Oral B has 8 different replacement heads, you really only get one option with the Sensonic. If you don’t need any specialization for your teeth then you’ll find the Sensonic to be just fine, but otherwise both the Sonicare models and Oral B models provide significantly more options for customization.
A major beniefit of Waterpik’s electric toothbrush is the included timer. It’s very comparable to the timers you’ll see on both the Sonicare and Oral B models and includes a notification every 30 seconds for you to switch quadrants of your mouth.
With regard to the water flosser part of the product, this is essentially a Waterpik Ultra. It includes all of the same features at basically the same price. It doesn’t have some of the more advanced features that the Aquarius has, such as the timer, massage mode or color options, but it’s still just as capable for keeping your teeth clean.
The experience we had with the Waterpik Complete Care packages was fantastic. Everything is conveniently laid out, easy to store, takes up little counter space and works the way it should. You’ll need a bit more space on your countertop because the Complete Care takes up a bit more room, but you’ll probably end up saving quite a bit in your drawers by not needing to store the toothbrush or tips.
The one thing to keep in mind is that your toothbrush will be completely exposed while in its stand. This make it pretty easy for bacteria to get on the brush handle and head from sick family members, messy washing or a flushing toilet. We’d advise you pick up a small toothbrush cover if you plan on getting this model for that added protection.
A minor annoyance you’ll find with this product is the number of storage slots. It’s for five places to store accessories, but it comes with 7 (2 brush heads and 5 replacement tips). If you leave the replacement tip on the Waterpik itself, that means you’ve got one extra one sitting around not being used. You’ll need to find a place to store it (and remember where that place is) for the first three months. It’s not a big deal, but a minor inconvenience nonetheless.
The other downside is the fact that the water flosser itself doesn’t have a timer on it. The toothbrush does, but the water flosser doesn’t. Again, that’s a bit irritating because you’ll still need to have a timing device out somewhere. If they’d included it you could do away with the stopwatch altogether, but unfortunately that’s not an option.
Waterpik Complete Care Final Thoughts
Given the price of this product, we honestly believe that it’s the best Waterpik out there. It doesn’t have the most advanced features, but the value you get for the price is incredible. The Waterpik Ultra is only a few dollars cheaper and this comes with an entire electric toothbrush! That’s pretty incredible. Of course, if you’ve already got a spiffy electric toothbrush and you’re just looking to pick up a water flosser by itself, you might want to tend towards the Ultra or the Aquarius, but if you’re looking for the complete package, the Waterpik Complete Care is an incredible value.
How To Use A Waterpik
Once you’ve got this strange looking device on your countertop, you might be a bit intimidated by it. Don’t be. It really is a pretty simple machine to use. Below we’ve got the instructions on how to use a Waterpik. It’ll only take you five minutes to figure out – we promise!
- The first step to using your Waterpik is to fill the reservoir. You’ll want to fill it with lukewarm water – this honestly is just for comfort. Run the water over your hand to make sure the temperature is what you think it is. Make sure that your flosser is evenly placed on the countertop and sturdy. Tipping one of these things over will seriously ruin your morning.Note: Depending on your space, it might be useful to either use a cup or a hose that attaches to your faucet. The countertop models are a bit large and can be difficult to fit under the sink. We actually found that a universal Indoor Dog Shower Spray worked pretty darned well.
- Ensure that the hose is connected securely to the based. Also make sure that the hose is connected securely to the wand as well. The idea here is to keep yourself from getting sprayed with water along with keeping your bathroom from getting sprayed with water. Just make sure everything’s hooked up properly.
- Make sure to adjust the pressure settings of your Waterpik. If this is your first time using it, start lower than you think you need. You can always adjust upwards if necessary.
- As soon as you turn your Waterpik on, water’s going to start shooting out everywhere. Make sure the tip is placed in your mouth, away from your throat before you turn it on. If this is your first time using it, you might want to give it a test run pointed at the sink so you’re comfortable with exactly what happens.
- Turn the device on. Make sure that you’re positioned over a sink or bathtub. Water will almost immediately start pouring out of your mouth, so make sure there’s a good place for that to land. Also, closing your lips will help to prevent water from getting everywhere. It might take a few tries to figure this part out – no biggie. Just make sure there’s a clean towel nearby.
- Work from the back of your mouth forwards. You should pause briefly for one or two seconds at each tooth. Remember to target between teeth, on top of teeth and at the gum line. Plaque likes to hide in tiny places and can actually embed itself up to 6mm down into your gums.
- Work through the entirety of your mouth. If you’ve got the timer, try to time it so that you finish the first half within 30 seconds i.e. the first pause. If you don’t have a timer, grab your smartphone or a stopwatch and keep an eye on it.
- When you’re done, turn of the unit before removing the wand from your mouth. Eject the tip, empty the reservoir and make sure to clean everything before putting it away. Bacteria love to grown in dark, damp spaces so try not to leave any water in the reservoir.
That’s it! It’s pretty simple to use. Within one or two sessions you’ll have everything down pat and won’t have any issues.
Waterpik Replacement Tips
One of the major advantages of choosing a Waterpik versus other water flossers on the market is their vast selection of very specialized replacement tips. Using the right tip can significantly change the effectiveness of your device and the experience that comes along with it. Below we’ve got a quick description of the main replacement tips you can purchase for your Waterpik.
Note: The Waterpik tips will wear down eventually. You should replace them about every three months – same as your toothbrush. When you swap out for a new toothbrush, just swap this out as well.
Waterpik Classic Jet Replacement Tip
Nothing crazy about the Classic Jet tip – it’s the standard replacement tip. It’ll focus water in a pin-point section of your mouth for accurate, powerful flossing. You’ll should get two or three of these with the purchase of a Waterpik water flosser.
Waterpik Orthodontic Tip Replacement Tip
If you’ve got braces then you know it’s an absolute nightmare to floss around them. Not only are you trying to get between very tiny bits of metal, but you’re also trying to rub string against metal. It doesn’t work, at all.
In comes the Waterpik Orthodontic Replacement Tip to solve all your problems. This specialized tip is purpose built for flossing around orthodontic appliances such as braces. It’s clinically proven to remove three times more plaque from braces than traditional string flossing. That’s huge. The main idea here is the tapered brush design. This not only allows you to shoot high pressure water to clean the focus area, but you can brush out plaque as well.
Waterpik Plaque Seeker Replacement Tip
If you’ve got implants, bridges, crowns or any other type of restoration mixed in with your teeth, this replacement tip will work great for you. It’s designed to help improve gum health by focusing on removing plaque, and also clinically proven to do so.
The Plaque Seeker is pretty unique in that it uses three small groups of bristles. This allows you to basically engulf the entire area around whatever replacement you’ve got and give it a nice good scrubbin’.
Waterpik Pik Pocket Replacement Tip
A major issue that comes along with gum disease is the creation of periodontal pockets. These small pockets can be embedded underneath you gums and are the perfect place for bacteria to grow and infect. If you suffer from periodontal pockets you should definitely look towards getting yourself the Pik Pocket replacement tip.
This tip has a small rubber head on it. The idea here is to allow you to gently rinse below your gum line, targeting those pockets. Speed and power isn’t the name of the game here – it’s about precision. The lower water pressure that comes from this tip allows you to get right up in there without fear of damaging your gums or spray water all over your bathroom.
Waterpik Toothbrush Replacement Tip
If you’re looking to brush and floss at the same time, we’d advise you to pick up the Toothbrush replacement tip. This tip effectively mimics a standard electric toothbrush – just turn your Waterpik on and the brush head will spin around. You can use it with toothpaste just like a regular toothbrush or you can just use the water for a super in-depth floss.
As a side note, it’s important to make sure that both brushing and flossing are done properly. This is fantastic for an on-the-run type of situation, but replacing brushing entirely with this might result in a decline of your oral health. Make sure to use it responsibly.
Waterpik Tongue Cleaner Replacement Tip
Most people don’t seem to know about tongue cleaners for some reason. They’re absolutely fantastic devices for removing bad breath and keeping bacteria out of your mouth in general. The Tongue Cleaner replacement tip does a fantastic job of just that.
The key here is to get the angle right. You’ll want to point the water jet at the surface of your tongue, not the back of your throat. If you get it right though, it’ll not only help you scrape your tongue but also rinse it off as well. We’d recommend using this tip in conjunction with another tip that’s more focused on flossing.
Replacement Tip Case
Finally, you’ll need a place to store all of these tips. The Waterpik Storage Case is designed specifically for all of their tips. It’s a glorified plastic bag, but it’s got holders for every tip so you can keep them all in one dry, safe and sanitary place.
Water Flossing Advice
Through our testing we found a few tips that’ll be pretty useful for first time Waterpik users. Browse below for our super-duper handy advice. Also, if you come across anything that you find useful let us know!
Use Some Mouthwash
It’s pretty useful to add a bit of mouthwash into your reservoir before flossing. This will not only help to remove the bacteria and plaque from sheer water pressure, but also help to kill it using chemicals as well. We’d recommend staying below a 50% mouthwash concentration if for no other reason than price.
Get A Timer
We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: get a timer. If your Waterpik doesn’t come with one, use your stopwatch or a smartphone. Seriously, we’ve awful at counting accurately. Do your teeth a favor and floss them for the full 60 seconds.
Use A Washcloth
Using a washcloth on the handle is a nifty way to keep your hand and arm from getting all wet. Inevitable, the water will run out of your mouth, down the handle, down your hand and down your arm. If you’ve already put your work shirt or blouse on, this can be super annoying. You can help this by simply wrapping a washcloth around the handle when you’re using it.
Also, we’d advise not to get ready until after you’ve use your water flosser. But that depends on how dangerously you like to live.
Clean It Regularly
Bacteria love to grow in small, dark and damp places. It just so happens that your water flosser can very easily be one of those. Do yourself a favor and clean your Waterpik down once a week. Grabbing a pack of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes makes it super easy. Just grab a wipe and rub the Waterpik down in 30 seconds. This will keep bacteria and mold from growing and give you the peace of mind that your water flosser is squeaky clean.
Best Waterpik Wrap Up
With the variety and quantity of water flosser options out there, it can be hard to figure out which is the best Waterpik. We’ve done our best to look at all the facts and see which one offers the best value. In our opinion, it’s the Waterpik Aquarius, but depending on your lifestyle and family situation, the Cordless, For Kids and Complete Care options are all fantastic. Regardless, picking yourself up a water flosser will significantly improve your health and give you valuable time back to your day.