Let’s talk water flossers.
Also known as oral irrigators, water flossers are a good alternative to dental floss, especially for folks who don’t have the dexterity to use string floss. Water flossers also work well at cleaning braces, implants, crowns and pockets around the gums.
Of course, water flossers are more expensive than floss and require periodic cleaning.
We interviewed three dental hygienists about water flossers and asked about the science—are water flossers better for dental hygiene? Interestingly, there is little scientific literature that compares the effectiveness of string floss and water flossers . . . both apparently do a good job.
Water flossers come in basic varieties: cordless and countertop (corded) models. As you might guess, cordless water flossers are great for travel. They also take up less room on a countertop, helpful if you have a small bathroom.
Countertop models are more powerful and effective at cleaning—it’s hard to get the same effect with a battery-powered cordless model. Countertop models also often come with more accessories like different tips.
We’ll recommend both types of water flossers for this article, starting with cordless models. After asking our readers for their favorites and trying out a few models ourselves, we think Zerhunt’s Water Flosser is the best bet in this category.
What We Liked
• Easy to use.
• Good for deep cleaning.
• Great for travel.
• Powerful pressure (adjustable 30 to 100 psi).
• USB charger and cable included.
• Detachable tank makes it easier to clean.
• Takes about 3.5 to 4.5 hours to charge, in our real world test.
• Memory function for clean modes is nice.
What Needs Work
• Buttons could be better positioned to avoid confusion.