Jetpik Review: Solo, JP50 & JP200

by | Jun 21, 2017 | Product Reviews

The water flosser market is not the best example of a competitive market. There is one undisputed market leader, Waterpik, and a whole lot of other small players that fight for crumbs. Such markets have a tenancy to become stale. With no threatening competitors, Waterpik is not forced to innovate and improve their products. And indeed, lots of people are complaining that the new water flossers are not an improvement over the older decade old models.

That’s why when I saw Jetpik’s products I was intrigued right away. Instead of copying Waterpik, Jetpik is trying very hard to reinvent and improve this old technology with fresh new ideas. Jetpik wants to disrupt this stale market, which excites the rebel in me greatly!

Despite having a seemingly large (and confusing) product portfolio, Jetpik essentially has a couple of pieces of technology that get mixed and matched in different packages. In this Jetpik review, we will talk about Jetpik water flossers and their features as a whole. Further down we will compare the different products (JP50, JP200 and JP Solo) and their prices to help you make an educated purchase.

Below: Jetpik JP200 Ultra

THE GOOD

  • Very beneficial for your oral health & hygiene

  • All in one solution: water flosser, sonic toothbrush (JP200, JP210) and tongue cleaner

  • Best on the market for travel: it is compact, cordless, has a USB charger, 100v to 240v adapter, can use any water container as reservoir for the flosser

THE BAD

  • Bad build quality: the plastic feels a bit cheap, slippery to the touch
  • Major reliability issues with the handle: many customers complain that various parts of it break down with time
  • Consumables: you need to replace the floss cartridges every once in a while

jetpik review: usefulness

Jetpik Water Flosser: Oral Hygiene Effectiveness  

Jetpik does its oral hygiene job very well. During my research, I didn’t encounter any complaints about the effectiveness of the water flosser or the sonic toothbrush. Most customers find it very convenient that Jetpik offers an all-in-one solution – a water flosser, a sonic toothbrush and even a tongue scraper.

The real difference between Jetpik and other water flossers is in Jetpik’s patented pulsating floss technology. What this means is that the water flosser doesn’t just eject water, but also a pulsating nylon string that is supposed to aid in plaque removal. Jetpik claims that its water flosser is 240% more effective at removing plaque than any other oral irrigator on the market. We are a bit skeptical about this claim, but we give them props for trying to take it to the next level.

What we don’t like, however, is that the Jetpik water flosser cannot be used without the floss cartridges. The capsule is partially responsible for generating the water pressure. This means that you will need to buy new floss cartridges every once in a while. Jetpik says that if you want to you can remove the nylon string from the capsule and use it only for pressure. Yet, I am not certain if this is a good permanent solution. I suspect that as the capsule gets older, you will eventually have to change it in order to use your flosser at its full capacity.

 

Jetpik Handle, Battery & Charger:

Practically all of the high-tech parts of Jetpik are located into the handle (the motor, the battery & controls). When you put a water flosser tip on top of the handle, it turns into a water flosser. When you put a toothbrush head – it turns into a sonic toothbrush.

The controls are conveniently located – on one side you have the on/off button as well as the mode and battery indicators. On the other side, you have the slider for the water flosser pressure settings (it is a bit stiff, but does the job).

In toothbrush mode, the on/off button is used to adjust the brushing power. You have a high and low setting with the high vibrating at the standard for sonic brushes 30,000 strokes per minute. The toothbrush has a built-in timer: it will briefly pause 3 times to notify you that two minutes have passed (two minutes is the length of the recommended brushing session).

The Jetpik handle is completely wireless, which is very convenient if you use it for travel or if you don’t have a power plug close to your sink. It has a battery that (when new) can hold a charge for up to one week with regular use. When you run out of power you can put your Jetpik on its charger – there it charges back to full in a couple of hours. The Jetpik JP200 and JP50 models come with an induction charger, while the Jetpik Solo line comes with a traditional plug-in charger.

Jetpik's induction charger available with the JP200 and JP50 models.

The induction charger ends with a standard USB plug, which means you can even charge your Jetpik on your laptop or any portable power source with a USB port. It also comes with an AC/USB adapter that is designed to provide 100V to 240V, making it adequate for worldwide use, unlike most Waterpik chargers.

Jetpik Water Reservoir Cup and Water Tube & Clip:

The water reservoir for the Jetpik water flosser is entirely independent of the handle.

In fact, you don’t even need a water reservoir.

With the special Water Tube and Clip, you can use any regular glass or bottle full of water. It might sound strange, but this simple innovation is probably Jetpik’s most brilliant design decision. It makes the device extremely compact and portable. This is very useful for travel but also helps you save a lot of counter space – a blessing for people with small bathroom counters.

Jetpik JP200 displayed alongside the Jetpik tube & clip

All other traditional water flossers have the water tank attached to the motor of the flosser. This creates a very bulky device – even the “portable” Waterpik models (as seen in our Waterpik Cordless Advanced review) are very big in comparison to Jetpik.

The clip and tube are very useful for traveling, but when you are using your Jetpik water flosser at home there is a more elegant solution. Jetpik produces a beautiful Water Reservoir Cup:

On the bottom of the Reservoir Cup, there is a tube that you can attach to the bottom of the Jetpik handle when you are using it as a water flosser. On top of the cup, you have an Accessory Holder for your brush heads, water flosser tips and tongue scraper. This means that even when you are not using the cup as a reservoir for the water flosser, you can use it as an accessory holder or, well, as a cup.

Jetpik accessory holder with brush heads, flosser tips and tongue cleaner

Jetpik Travel Case:

The Jetpik JP200 and JP50 travel case is well designed and adds to the compactness of the product. It fits in the handle, a few brush and flosser tips and the water tube and clip in the front and the charger in the back.

Jetpik JP200 and JP50 travel case

The travel case of the Jetpik Solo line is a bit different and it serves an additional function. The case cover turns into a water cup and can be used as a reservoir for the water flosser. This is very useful when on the road but also helps save counter space at home.

Jetpik Tongue Cleaner:

The tongue cleaner is made out of stainless steel with a colorful rubber grip. It’s very simple and in the same time very practical and effective. It is very likely to last many years if you manage not to lose it.

Jetpik UV Sterilizer:

I’m not a clean freak and I don’t value particularly highly the UV sanitizer that is included in the Jetpik JP50 Ultra and Jetpik JP200 Ultra. It is an expensive piece of technology and in my opinion, the Jetpik products that don’t include the Sterilizer provide a higher value for money.

My personal preferences aside, however, it is designed very practically. To use it you need put the toothbrush heads and flosser nozzles inside and to place it on the induction charger. In 10 minutes it will switch itself off, having killed 99.9% of all germs.

Jetpik review: DESIGN

It is obvious that the focus of Jetpik’s design was on functionality rather than looks. Despite this, Anna and I think that the Water Reservoir Cup of the JP200 and JP50 and the case of the Jetpik Solo line looks very good on the bathroom counter.

Below: Jetpik JP50 Ultra

Jetpik JP50 Ultra with all of its accessories

The Water Reservoir cup comes in 5 different colors – Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, and Yellow. This allows you to choose the one that fits your bathroom best.

Water Reservoir cup - Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, and Yellow

Jetpik review: RELIABILITY

So far we were praising Jetpik a great deal for being extremely functional and having smart innovative features.

Sadly, when talking about reliability there are far less positive things to say about it.

Simply put, Jetpik’s build quality is not good.

The plastic from which the product is made feels cheap. It is slippery to the touch and with age and frequent use it might even start cracking (e.g. the water flosser tips or the tubes).

Damaged tubes and flosser tips, however, are not Jetpik’s biggest problem. If need be you can replace them – they are sold separately as accessories.

The bigger problem is that Jetpik suffers from more fundamental reliability issues with its handle. Some users complain that the motor of their unit started producing unpleasant noises before stopping to work properly. Others complain that the connection between the handle and the water flosser or brush tips gets damaged. Consequently, the unit starts switching between brush and floss modes. With age, the buttons of the handle could also become rather unresponsive.

To top it off, Jetpik suffers from similar battery issues as the portable Waterpik flossers. The battery could start losing charge with time, which could spell a slow death for your unit as the battery is not replaceable. To slow down this process it is important not to over-charge the battery. You need to remove the handle from the charger after the recommended time for a full charge. You shouldn’t let it drain completely either.

On a more positive note, Jetpik seems to honor its 2 year warranty and if you start experiencing such issues early on you could ask for a replacement.

Of course, not everybody is having these problems with their unit. Gentle handling of the handle when changing the tips and proper care of the battery could increase the life of your unit. Nonetheless, you should not expect it to last for many years. This is one of the reasons I don’t think it’s smart to invest into one of the more expensive Jetpiks (e.g. JP50 & JP200 Ultra). Having a cheaper unit seems more prudent – you can throw it out in a year or two and get a new one without any regrets (eg. Jetpik JP51-Solo).

Jetpik review: Models COMPARISON

Jetpik JP200 Travel, JP51M - Solo, JP50 Elite, JP200 Ultra

Jetpik has a confusing product line at first glance but it is actually quite logical when you understand what the names mean:

Jetpik JP200 vs Jetpik JP50 vs Jetpik Solo

The difference between the JP50 and JP200 product line is that the JP50 is only a water flosser, while the JP200 is an all-in-one water flosser and sonic toothbrush combo product.

Understandably, the JP50 products are a bit cheaper. This means that you will get more value from them if you already have a sonic toothbrush that you like. If you want both a sonic toothbrush and a water flosser, however, you should invest in a Jetpik JP200. The sonic toothbrush adds only about $10 to the price on average.

The Jetpik Solo product line emphasizes a bit more on portability. It includes a different travel case that doubles up as a water reservoir for the water flosser. Because of this, the standard for JP200 & JP50 Water Reservoir Cup with Accessory Holder is not included in the Jetpik Solo line.

Moreover, the solo line has a traditional plug-in charger instead of an induction charger. This decision was probably made to cut costs and as a result, the Solo line is a bit cheaper than the JP50 and JP200 product lines.

Bearing in mind the poor reliability of Jetpik as a whole, I believe the Solo line provides the most value for money, assuming it has the same lifespan as the JP50 and JP200 products.

Jetpik JP50 Review

The Jetpik JP50 series is the basic water flosser series – as we mentioned, it doesn’t include a sonic toothbrush. In my opinion you get the most value for money from the Jetpik JP50 Elite because you get all accessories (without the UV sterilizer) in addition to 10 floss cartridges and 3 Jetpik nozzles. The JP50 Travel and JP50 Home are a bit cheaper, but they include less consumables (1 or 2 nozzles and 3 or 2 cartridges).

The JP50 Ultra costs $40 more than the JP50 Elite, because it includes the UV sterilizer. In my opinion this decreases its value for money.  Despite being the most expensive product in the line, JP50 Ultra is not more reliable than the rest and will not out-last them.

Below: Jetpik JP50 Ultra

Jetpik JP50 Ultra with all of its accessories

JP50 Travel

  • Usefulness 85%
  • Design 70%
  • Reliability 50%
  • Value for Money 65%
  • Doesn’t include the Reservoir Water Cup and
    Accessory Holder
  • 3 Floss Cartridges
  • 1 Jetpik Nozzle

JP50 Home

  • Usefulness 80%
  • Design 70%
  • Reliability 50%
  • Value for Money 60%
  • Doesn’t include the Clip & Tube
    and Travel Case
  • 2 Floss Cartridges
  • 2 Jetpik Nozzles

JP50 Elite

  • Usefulness 90%
  • Design 70%
  • Reliability 50%
  • Value for Money 75%
  • Includes all features without the UV sterilizer
  • Jetpik Nozzles
  • 10 Floss Cartridges

JP50 Ultra

  • Usefulness 92%
  • Design 70%
  • Reliability 50%
  • Value for Money 55%
  • Includes all features and the UV sterilizer
  • Jetpik Nozzles
  • 10 Floss Cartridges

Jetpik JP200 Review

The Jetpik JP200 is the water flosser + sonic toothbrush combo series. As we mentioned, it is not much more expensive than JP50. On average the respective models cost $10 more than JP50, which is a very good deal for a decent sonic toothbrush. As with the JP50, the most cost efficient Jetpik JP200 is the JP200 Elite. It includes all features (excluding the UV Sterilizer) and more consumables than the JP200 Home and JP200 Travel.

Again, the JP200 Ultra costs $40 more than the JP200 Elite because of the UV Sanitizer, which is not a great deal – despite the premium price the JP200 Ultra is not more reliable than the cheaper models (bundles).

Below: Jetpik JP200 Ultra

Jetpik JP200 Ultra with all of its accessories.

JP200 Travel

  • Usefulness 90%
  • Design 70%
  • Reliability 50%
  • Value for Money 70%
  • Doesn’t include the Reservoir Water Cup and
    Accessory Holder
  • 3 Floss Cartridges
  • 1 Jetpik Nozzle
  • 1 Brush Head

JP200 Home

  • Usefulness 85%
  • Design 70%
  • Reliability 50%
  • Value for Money 65%
  • Doesn’t include the Clip & Tube
    and Travel Case
  • 2 Floss Cartridges
  • 2 Jetpik Nozzles
  • 2 Brush Heads

JP200 Elite

  • Usefulness 95%
  • Design 70%
  • Reliability 50%
  • Value for Money 80%
  • Includes all features without the UV sterilizer
  • Jetpik Nozzles
  • 10 Floss Cartridges
  • 2 Brush Heads

JP200 Ultra

  • Usefulness 97%
  • Design 70%
  • Reliability 50%
  • Value for Money 60%
  • Includes all features and the UV sterilizer
  • Jetpik Nozzles
  • 10 Floss Cartridges
  • 3 Brush Heads

Jetpik Solo Review

As we mentioned the Jetpik Solo product line (JP210 Solo, JP51 Solo, JP51M Solo) emphasizes more on portability and value for money. The travel case (which is included in all three products) turns into a water reservoir (cup) for the flosser. Moreover, instead of an induction charger, the Jetpik Solo line has a more traditional plug-in charger, which improves the prices a bit.

The cheapest model (JP50M Solo) also doesn’t include a tongue scraper (although you can always order it separately).

Being the cheapest, the Jetpik JP51 – Solo and JP51M – Solo are the best products to go for if you like Jetpik’s features but its poor reliability bothers you.

The JP210 Solo is the only one that has a sonic toothbrush but in the same time it has less consumables than the JP200 Elite and isn’t that much cheaper. Because of this in the case of the Jetpik Solo product line the two cheaper options provide better value for money.

Below: Jetpik JP51M – Solo; Jetpik JP51 – Solo; Jetpik JP210 Solo

Jetpik JP51M - Solo; JP51 - Solo; JP210 Solo

JP51M – Solo

  • Usefulness 80%
  • Design 65%
  • Reliability 50%
  • Value for Money 80%
  • Simple 2-button On/Off system
  • 2 Jetpik Nozzles
  • 2 Floss Cartridges
  • Includes the Clip & Tube
  • Travel Lid can be used as reservoir

JP51- Solo

  • Usefulness 85%
  • Design 65%
  • Reliability 50%
  • Value for Money 85%
  • 2 Jetpik Nozzles
  • Floss Cartridges
  • Includes the Clip & Tube
  • Travel Lid can be used as reservoir
  • Tongue cleaner

JP210 Solo

  • Usefulness 90%
  • Design 65%
  • Reliability 50%
  • Value for Money 65%
  • Jetpik Nozzle
  • Floss Cartridges
  • 1 Brush Head
  • Includes the Clip & Tube
  • Travel Lid can be used as reservoir
  • Tongue cleaner

Jetpik review: FINAL THOUGHTS

Jetpik is hands down the most innovative, functional and useful oral hygiene product on the market. The fact that you can use the Jetpik water flosser with any water container as a reservoir makes the product the most compact water flosser out there. Moreover, it could be charged from anything with a USB port and the adapter works with global voltage.

Because of this Jetpik JP200 Elite is our choice for best water flosser for 2017.

Sadly, Jetpik products suffer from poor build quality, which results in poor reliability.

In that sense deciding if Jetpik is the perfect product for you becomes a question of priorities. If smart design and innovative functions excite you just like me, Jetpik might be the best product for you. The Jetpik JP200 Elite provides the most value in terms of functionality. The Jetpik JP51 Solo, on the other hand, gives you a much cheaper option that is ideal if you don’t want to spend too much for a product that is going to break down eventually.

However, if you reliability is the most important factor for you, then you should probably play it safe and get a Waterpik.

To make a more informed decision, you should check our our Jetpik vs Waterpik buyers guide.

Jetpik JP200 Travel, JP51M - Solo, JP50 Elite, JP200 Ultra