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Oral Irrigators Compared UK – Which is the Best Buy?

Oral Irrigators likely cheapest hereOur oral irrigators compared table lets you be the judge of these water jet dental flossers. Here, at a glance, are the best buy oral irrigators – as voted on by 1,198 owner and users.

Using our best buys compared survey results, you'll find the users’ overall satisfaction ratings per model – its marks out of ten - plus a run-down of the facts owners tell us are important – like is this a cordless water flosser and can it cope with braces, bridges, crowns, mis-aligned teeth and orthodontic braces?

Help Me Choose: See our user recommendations for the best buys here...>>>

 

Users recommend Panasonic EW1270 Dentacare  Panasonic EW1211  Kitty Hydro Floss  Panasonic EW-DJ40 

Model
 

Panasonic Dentacare EW1270

Panasonic EW1211

Kitty Hydro Floss

Panasonic EW-DJ40

Panasonic EWD-J10

Waterpik WP100

Rio Dental Water Jet

OraDent Power Flosser

Philips Sonicare HX8111/02

Waterpik WP-450

Overall Users' Satisfactiion rating*

8.86/10

8.75/10

8.72/10

8.51/10

8.07/10

7.83/10

7.36/10

7.21/10

7.03/10

7.00/10

Expect to pay around**

c£55

c£60

c£70

c£50

c£45

c£65

c£45

c£15

c£75

c£45

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Best Buy

Best Buy

Best Buy

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Cordless

Y

Y

corded

Y

Y

corded

corded

Y

Y

Y

Clean between teeth

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Cleans below gumline

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Massages gums

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

#

Y

Y

Cleans around braces

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

# 

Y

Y

Cleans bridge-work

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

#

Y

Y

Use with mouthwash

#

#

# 

Y

Y

Y

#

# 

Y

#

Winkler pick

water

water

water

water

water

water

water

water

water

water

Water nozzles

1

2

4

1

1

6

4

1

1

4

Battery power

2 x AA

LiOn

mains

LiOn

2 x AA

mains

mains

manual

LiOn

LiOn

Built-in water tank

Y

Y

base unit

Y

Y

base unit

base unit

Y

Y

Y

Tank capacity

165ml

130ml

800ml

165ml

135ml

400ml

400ml

c135ml

c30ml

c210ml

Tank endurance

c40 seconds

c30 sec

c180 sec

c40 sec

c30 sec

c90 sec

c90 sec

c30 sec

2 x 60sec sessions

c45 sec

Recharger

# 

Y

# 

Y

#

#

#

# 

Y

Y

Wall mounting option

#

Y

#

#

#

# 

Y

#

#

# 

*After at least 6 weeks use ** Correct at publication ©2013 Best Buys Compared Water Flosser Comparison

Panasonic EW DJ10  Waterpik WP100  Rio Dental Water Jet  Ora-Dent Manual Water Flosser  Philips HX111 Air Floss 

Review the best dental irrigators – as voted by UK users - from Panasonic, Philips, Rio & Waterpik.

In our mission to find the UK’s best water flosser, we’ve surveyed over one thousand users to compile our oral irrigators compared table.

Oral Irrigators Compared – At a Glance

You can judge and compare oral irrigators easily here. Which hydro flosser can quickly deliver you effective teeth flossing without pain?

Which can help you floss even if you have orthodontic braces or delicate dental bridgework?

What you see here are the user nominated, top 10 water flossers.

What they deliver are precision water nozzles to help you flush between teeth and along the gum-line. They are a handy tool in the daily battle for dental maintenance and oral hygiene.

 

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Owner Recommendations from the Best Buys Compared User Survey

Panasonic Dentacare EW1270 Oral Irrigator (8.86/10) - User Recommendation 1

Panasonic EW1270 DentacareThe best buy oral irrigator, based on overall user rating is the cordless Panasonic Dentacare EW1270 (User rating 8.86/10). This Panasonic Dentacare model manages to be compact (it folds down to around 15cms) and powerful offering 1600 water pulses a minute.

The water jet nozzle is also compact so can reach to the back teeth without gagging. The EW1270 will flush out food debris from the crannies between teeth and wash away plaque lurking in the gum-line.

A compact water jet nozzle is also ideal for the precise water flossing required by users with orthodontic braces or dental bridge-work, neither of which are suitable for ordinary flossing with string or tape.

What’s more the Dentacare EW1270 is powered by 2 standard AA batteries which will last for weeks, if not months of oral irrigation use.

 

Panasonic Dentacare EW1211 Water Flosser (8.75/10) - User Recommendation 2

Panasonic EW1211Among water flossers our user poll points to the cordless Dentacare EW1211 as a potential best buy oral irrigator. This water jet is designed for home, family use. It even comes with 2 nozzles that you can colour code.

The EW1211 is big and chunky about the size of an electric toothbrush and easy to hold. When not in use it sits on its induction recharge stand.

Once again you get the standard, compact Panasonic water jet nozzles, so the Panasonic EW1211 can floss your teeth if you find flossing with dental string painful or you can precisely clean your dental braces, bridgework, misaligned and crowded teeth, dental implants and crowns.


Panasonic EW-DJ40 DentaCare Dental Irrigator (8.51/10) - User Recommendation 3

Panasonic EW-DJ40Are you on a budget? Yes? Check out the Panasonic DentaCare EW-DJ40 (User rating 9.03/10). It’s a simple, cheap oral irrigator you can use at home or take on your travels.

You get Panasonic’s precision water jet nozzle, plus a rechargeable Lithium ion battery that will probably keep going for 15 minutes or more (roughly 2 weeks use if you water floss twice a day).

As an alternative you might consider the similarly rated Kitty Hydro Floss (8.72/10). This is a corded irrigator with a biggish base unit. You’ll need a shelf to sit it on. Plus it costs £10-£20 more than the EW-DJ40.


Guide to Using Our Water Flosser Comparison Table

Overall Users’ Satisfaction Rating
The key question we asked in our user survey was this: “You’ve been using your oral irrigator for six weeks or more.

Given your experience to date, how would you rate your water flosser overall on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high)? Think whether you’ve enjoyed effective and painless flossing, any noticeable improvement in your teeth or gums, battery endurance, durability of construction, ease of use and value for money”.

We then took all these ratings for a given model and found an Overall Users Satisfaction Rating per model.

A best buy oral irrigator will have a score of 8 or more. A score of 7 suggests a good design marred by poor reliability. A score of less than 7 suggests a product has both design and reliability faults. It’s probably a waste of your money.


Expect to pay around
A guide at the time of publishing.


Water flosser
All the top ten oral irrigators deliver teeth flossing through a jet of pressurised water, thus avoiding the painful “cheese cutter” effect of ordinary cotton dental floss.

A dental water jet means that people with dental bridges or orthodontic braces can still floss between teeth and along the gum-line, flushing away food particles and plaque bacteria.

Cordless
Most of the best buy dental irrigators are cordless. A few come with a base unit and water tank to which the irrigator is attached by an umbilical cord.

Cleans between teeth
All the irrigators up for judging have narrow, compact nozzles you can effectively position to slosh out the crevices between teeth. You can even floss back teeth without unpleasant gagging.

Cleans below gum-line
A dental water-jet is powerful yet gentle. That means you can direct the jet along the gum-line where the teeth and gum meet. That washes away any lurking plaque that can cause gum disease (e.g. gum bleed when you brush).

Massages gums
The water jet action of an oral irrigator has a tingling, pleasant effect. So, you are massaging gums while flossing.

Cleaning braces
If you have orthodontic braces you can’t use ordinary cotton dental floss or tape. The braces block it. So you can’t effectively clean the unseen gaps between teeth. A dental water jet gets round this problem using water instead of cotton.

Plus you can clean food debris and plaque from around the braces themselves, to avoid plaque lesions around braces connectors and preserve teeth whiteness where teeth brushing is difficult.

Cleaning dental bridges, implants & crowns
People with dental bridges are also barred from using dental floss. A dental irrigator’s water jet will flush food debris from under bridgework, the edges of implants and around the base of dental crowns.

It can also help prevent the build-up of plaque between mis-aligned teeth, which if left alone will cause plaque tartar.

Use with mouthwash
If you want to use mouthwash you need to choose the right dental irrigator. Marked models have water tanks that are resistant to the discoloration that mouthwash can cause.

Winkler Pick
A winkler pick or tooth pick is obviously something that you prise between teeth to mechanically remove food debris. An oral irrigator does away with the need to jab something hard into your teeth. Instead food bits and plaque are flushed away by water jet.

Water nozzle
All the dental irrigators reviewed here have screw on water nozzles that direct the jet of water during flossing.

Mechanical Flosser
None of the flossers being judged here require any force and certainly no painful insertion between teeth into sensitive gums.

Battery Power
Travel oral irrigators use a couple of AA batteries. Larger models come with rechargeable lithium ion batteries (plus a re-charger)

Built-in water tank
A water flosser with a built in water tank will be portable.

Tank capacity
Tank endurance
This determines how long the oral irrigator can operate for. Most can achieve between 30-40 seconds of sustained use before needing replenishment.

That period is usually long enough to accomplish the task of teeth flossing. Using an oral irrigator can be as effective as dental floss, but quicker (and painless).

Recharger
To recharge the Li-on battery (where fitted)

Plug type
All non-travel water flossers come with a recharger base fitted with a 2 pin shaver point plug. You’ll need a 2 to 3-pin adaptor plug if you don’t have a shaver point.

Wall mounting
A few of the larger models come with a kit so you can wall mount the unit.


Compare the Best Oral Irrigators AND Grab a Bargain

When you’ve compared oral irrigators we think you’ll want the best at a bargain price.

Enjoy painless dental flossing with the help of Best Buys Compared UK price search service. We’ll guide you to the right power flosser to painlessly flush out food debris and invisible plaque bacteria – the cause of tooth decay and gum disease.

Check out “who’s cheapest” on the navigation bar above.

So, if you have orthodontic braces, dental bridgework, implants or crowns. Or if you have misaligned, crowded teeth or you are averse to the cheese cutter effect of cotton floss or dental tape consider a power flosser instead.

Use simple water power to flush out food particles and gently scrub away plaque for cleaner teeth and healthier gums. Compare oral irrigators here, today…

 

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