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effective but almost too powerful; needs additional lower setting
September 28, 2019
I have multiple water flossers. I have my trusty stand-by which happens to be a corded/plug in Waterpik water flosser that I love. I have a couple of off brand cordless (rechargeable) flossers that work well enough. So when a cordless Waterpik came up as an option to try- and battery operated- I was curious enough to jump on it.
If I could only use one out of all my current options, I would still go with my corded. Longer water capacity, various settings, never need to worry about recharging or finding batteries. If you just need a water flosser, I would spring for the corded model. If you need more flexibility and space- then the cordless is nice. Be prepared to refill the water tank a 2-3 times. Not a big deal and is SUPER easy to do (my others, not so much). I happen to keep my corded in the upstairs big bathroom, and have wanted a good one for my down stairs tiny bathroom that is so tiny it doesn't have a countertop let alone a wall receptacle to plug anything in.
With two settings and battery operated, I thought this might be a weak flosser. It isn't. It is powerful. I could barely handle the lowest setting never mind the other setting which I didn't dare do. Be prepared for a water assault. It will take come getting used to. Apparently I keep my corded flosser on a more gentle setting because this was definitely blasting away at my gums and teeth on the low setting. As with any flosser, be sure to start with the nozzle in your mouth and have your head bent over the sink when you turn it on. This is not the time to look at your teeth in a mirror like you might when brushing teeth or flossing with string.
I am a big fan of getting a professional clean every 4 months, and making sure to do a thorough job with cleaning every day. Before bed I always use an electric sonic toothbrush, a water flosser, sometimes a string flossing (it is still recommended to string floss) and a germ killing rinse. During day I brush with a regular toothbrush, sometimes a string flossing, and when I remember-- a water flossing. Water flossing is pretty amazing, and is really effective.
I do like this waterpik water flosser. I don't travel much, but I would bring this with me if I planned to be out all day, or were in fact traveling. I prefer it over packing my larger corded unit. This is smaller overall, but not tiny. Wish it came with a bag to store it in, or a spot to store the extra nozzle. The unit is waterproof, which is great for shower use. I personally like that it takes batteries, and according to the packaging should last 6-8 weeks with use from 1 person, once a day. It uses 3 AA batteries, they ARE included.
It comes with 2 nozzles- both the same. I like that there is enough of a curve to be able to get to the back area of the mouth.
Holding onto it is comfortable and easy to use.
Again, there are two pressure settings, and I rather wish there was a third, a gentle option. But these are just left and right of center on the pressure spectrum (as shown on box). Pretty sure it is not the same level of pressure on my corded Waterpik. The #1 setting on this is rather intense, and the 2nd is even more so. Pretty sure I could use it to power wash something. Perhaps it will take me some time to get used to it, but I didn't expect this since I am a long time user of water flossing.
If it had one more pressure option (more gentle), I would go with a 5 star rating. I otherwise pretty much like everything about it. 4/5 I'll be back if I learn anything more, or if I never get used to the pressure, I will be back to update.
Edit: I conclude that the lowest setting on this is comparable to level 8 (of 10) on corded waterpik. Highest setting on cordless is stronger than highest setting on my corded.