Best water flosser for 2017

by | Jul 20, 2017 | Buying Guides

It isn’t a secret that the biggest brand on the water flosser market is Waterpik. This is no coincidence – Waterpik is the company that invented the personal oral irrigator. Nonetheless, Waterpik isn’t in a position of market leadership just because of its history. Nowadays, the company is still producing some of the best water flossers out there. In that sense often the question “what is the best water flosser” is synonymous with “what is the best Waterpik”.

In the process of creating water flosser reviews, researching the market and using the products, another brand made a strong impression on us. While Waterpik water flossers are well made and reliable, they are not very innovative. Waterpik has practically been selling the same technology for decades. A newer player called Jetpik is trying very hard to innovate this old technology and disrupt the market.

Below you will find our top water flosser picks ideal for different needs like home use and travel. Below the table in this best water flosser buyers guide we would go in depth on why we made these specific choices.

Best water flosser 2017: categories

Best Water Flosser for home use

The Waterpik Aquarius WP-660 in white and the WP-670 in black.

Waterpik Aquarius

  • Usefulness 75%
  • Design 65%
  • Reliability 75%
  • Value for Money 75%

Pros:

  • Everything you expect from a countertop water flosser
  • Various interchangeable water flosser tips
  • Very reliable

Cons:

  • Inconveniently placed tip storage space below the water tank lid

Best water flosser for travel

Jetpik JP200 Elite with all its accessories.

Jetpik JP200 Elite

  • Usefulness 95%
  • Design 70%
  • Reliability 50%
  • Value for Money 80%

Pros:

  • Extremely multifunctional
  • Can use any water container (cup, buttle) as reservoir for the flosser
  • USB charger; 100v to 240v (worldwide) adapter
  • Compact, great travel case

Cons:

  • Bad build quality leading to reliability issues

Best budget water flosser

Jetpik JP51 - Solo with its travl case, which turns into its water tank.

Jetpik JP51 – Solo

  • Usefulness 85%
  • Design 65%
  • Reliability 50%
  • Value for Money 85%

Pros:

  • Compact, useful for travel
  • Travel case cover turns into a water container
  • Can use any water container as reservoir for the flosser
  • Very small footprint

Cons:

  • Bad build quality, leading to reliability issues

Best water flosser and sonic toothbush combo product

An image of the WP-900 used in our waterpik review.

Waterpik Complete Care WP-900

  • Usefulness 75%
  • Design 50%
  • Reliability 75%
  • Value for Money 85%

Pros:

  • High quality sonic toothbrush that charges on the water flosser
  • Practical countertop water flosser
  • Large flosser tip and toothbrush head storage space
  • Very reliable
  • Older model, which means it’s often sold on discount

Cons:

  • Toothbrush battery is not replaceable, when it starts holdign less charge you need to change the whole toothbrush
  • Very big footprint

Best water flosser overall – our final pick

Jetpik JP200 Elite with all of its accessories.

Jetpik JP200 Elite

  • Usefulness 95%
  • Design 70%
  • Reliability 50%
  • Value for Money 80%

We chose the Jetpik JP200 Elite as the best water flosser out of all the models on this list despite its bad reliability because of three main reasons:

  • it is extremely multifunctional: it is ideal for home use and for travel, it functions as a sonic toothbrush and a flosser and you even get a tongue scraper!
  • it has innovative features that you don’t see on the Waterpik models, which excites us!
  • It sells on a very reasonable price

best water flosser for home use 

Different angles of the Wateprik Aquarius WP-660 & Wp-670

The safest choice for best water flosser for home use is Waterpik Aquarius Wp-660. The Aquarius is the best-selling water flosser on the whole market and one of the top 3 best-selling oral care products on Amazon as a whole.

Waterpik claims it is the company’s most advanced water flosser, including premium functions like massage mode and a LED function display. It also includes the usual large array of various water flosser tips, which make it suitable for various customer needs. For example, the orthodontic tip makes it one of the best water flossers for braces.

The Waterpik Aquarius also has a relatively modern design. One of the biggest criticisms of older Waterpik models is that they look very clunky and outdated. The Waterpik WP-660 isn’t the best looking gadget out there, but at least it looks modern and polished.

Most importantly, the Aquarius (as most Waterpiks) is well build and reliable – you can expect it to last at least a few years. We believe this, along with the reliability of the Waterpik brand, makes the Waterpik Aquarius Professional water flosser the top consumer pick on the market.

If you want to read more about it check out our Waterpik Aquarius WP-660 review.

Alternative:

Jetpik JP200 Elite with all of its accessories.

If the Waterpik Aquarius doesn’t excite you that much, we believe the best alternative is the Jetpik JP200 Elite. It is in the same price range, but unlike the Aquarius, it is an extremely innovative and multi-functional water flosser. Moreover, it is very convenient for travel. Its biggest drawback is that it is much less reliable than the Aquarius and you cannot expect it to last as long.

Best water flosser for travel

Jetpik JP200 Elite with all of its accessories.

Our choice for best cordless water flosser for travel is the Jetpik JP200 Elite. It comes with a USB charger, adapter for worldwide use and a very convenient travel case. Switching the water flosser tip for a brush head turns your water flosser into a sonic toothbrush. This increases the product’s value for money greatly in our opinion. Most importantly, as every Jetpik water flosser, you can use any cup or bottle as a water reservoir. This makes the JP200 Elite extremely compact and convenient for travel. Besides making it compact, it allows you to use a water reservoir of a proper size. This saves you from having to refill the reservoir a couple of times before you are finished – a problem common to all cordless Wateprik models, because of their small water tanks.

You can read more about the JP200 Elite in our Jetpik review, comparing all Jetpik water flosser models.

Both sides of the travel case of Jetpik JP200 Elite.

Alternative:

Waterpik’s premium model in this category is the Waterpik Cordless Advanced (WP-560). Sadly, we cannot really recommend it since it has major problems with its battery and charging system. Letting the battery deplete completely or overcharging it severely reduces its life. This is a big problem because the battery is not replaceable – once it stops holding enough charge, you need to throw the whole unit away. This problem combined with WP-560’s high price is a deal-breaker for us. You can read more about it in our Waterpik Cordless Advanced review.

Instead, if you don’t trust Jetpik as a brand and prefer the reliability of a Waterpik, we recommend getting a model with a non-rechargeable battery. Waterpik’s rechargeable battery technology is simply not reliable. The best one in our opinion is the Waterpik Cordless Freedom water flosser (WF-03) (above). It is much cheaper than the WP-560 and the fact that it runs on standard AA batteries makes it convenient and reliable. It is not a fancy piece of technology, but having replaceable batteries makes it quite practical and long-lasting. It is cheaper than the JP200 Elite as well, but it is not multi functional at all (it is designed specifically for travel).

best water flosser and sonic toothbrush combo product

If you have neither a water flosser nor a sonic toothbrush, your best option is to buy a combo product. Using both oral hygiene gadgets guarantees the best possible results and buying them in one bundle is not only convenient but also saves a lot of money.

Our top water flosser pick in this category is the Waterpik Complete Care WP-900. It is not Waterpik’s newest combo product, but this is an advantage in this case because it is very likely to be sold on discount. Moreover, the newer products are more expensive, but they lack any significant improvements over the WP-900. You could even argue that the triple sonic toothbrush (coming with the Complete Care 5.0 and 7.0) is of lower quality than the Sensonic (coming with the WP-900).

Even though the water flosser itself is nothing fancy, it is convenient and does its job very well. Most importantly: the Waterpik Complete Care WP-900 is very reliable and long-lasting.

We compare the WP-900 and WP-950 in our Waterpik Complete Care review.

Waterpik Complete Care WP-900 and Complete Care 7.0 WP-950

Alternative:

If the WP-900 seems a bit outdated to you, you should consider buying the Jetpik JP200 Elite. It out-performs the WP-900 in terms of usefulness thanks to its array of innovative features. It is not only a good water flosser & sonic toothbrush combo product, but it is also our top water flosser pick for travel, making it much more multi-functional. The JP200 also takes less space on the counter compared to the Waterpik WP-900. Its drawback is its lackluster reliability.

best budget water flosser

Budget water flossers usually hover around $30. The problem is they are typically low-quality blatant copies of the Waterpik Aquarius or Ultra.

This is why we decided to go with something a bit different – our choice for best budget water flosser for 2017 is the Jetpik JP51 – Solo. It sells around the same price, but it is very unique and innovative. You can use it at home, but it is also ideal for travel. The lid of its travel case turns into its water tank, which is quite ingenious and makes it very compact.

It has a practical stand where you can keep the flosser and all of its accessories (e.g. the charger).

You can see how it compares to other Jetpik models in our Jetpik review.

Jetpik JP51 - Solo with its travel case

Alternative:

The Waterpik Cordless Freedom (WF-03) is also around the same price range and is your best option if you value having a Waterpik instead of another brand. The drawback is that it works with non-rechargeable batteries and has a small water tank, which makes it inferior for home-use.

best water flosser overall – our pick

If you’ve read the whole buyers guide until now you can probably guess which is our top water flosser pick for 2017. We chose it as the winner in one of the categories and it was the runner up in two more: our choice for the best water flosser of 2017 is the Jetpik JP200 Elite. It is exactly its versatility that tipped the scales. Jetpik water flossers are very innovative and extremely useful and multifunctional, and the Jetpik JP200 Elite is probably their best model in terms of value for money. It is good for home use, for travel, it works as a sonic toothbrush and even comes with a tongue scraper. It is a truly a high tech all-in-one solution for your oral hygiene.

This innovation excites us and we think this kind of divice could be the future of oral health & hygiene!

Our choice for the best water flosser for 2017 - Jetpik JP200 Elite.

Alternative:

This wasn’t an easy decision: Jetpik water flossers have one serious drawback in their bad build quality and consequently – reliability. If innovative features and practicality excite you less than having a product you know is going to last, then the best water flosser for you is the top consumer water flosser pick overall, the Waterpik Aquarius WP-660. (If you prefer a combo product – then go for the Waterpik Complete Care WP-900).

best water flosser 2017: final thoughts

I believe we provided you the best possible choice for every occasion. Nonetheless, the best advice we can give is to tell you to buy whichever product excites you most!

All these water flossers have their advantages and drawbacks but all-in-all they do a very good oral health job.

When it comes to oral health and hygiene, consistency is by far the most important thing that will give you good results. In that sense, having a gadget that excites you will make it much easier for you to use it daily simply because you will be looking forward to using it. So, strangely, buying objectively the best water flosser isn’t the thing that will give you the best results. Buying the one you like the most will!

If you are interested in reading how the brands Waterpik and Jetpik match up, you should read our Jetpik vs Waterpik in-depth buyers guide.

Our chices for best water flosser of 2017 - WP-660 and JP200 Elite.