The Best Water Flossers

The Best Water Flossers

Our pick

Waterpik Aquarius

Waterpik Aquarius

Sturdy, customizable, and effective

It made our mouths feel the cleanest, seems durable, and gives you the most flexibility to adjust the stream of water so that it feels just right.

Buying Options

$70* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $60.

In our testing, we found that the Waterpik Aquarius comes as close as any water flosser to delivering that “just left the dentist” feeling. It offers the most customizable cleaning experience you’re going to get with an interdental cleaner, with 10 pressure settings, two modes (floss or massage—the latter delivers a pulsed stream that we found results in less drooling), and seven tips with different stream widths. That means you should be able to dial in a setting with the right mix of comfort and effectiveness. While the Aquarius requires more counter space than most models and needs to be plugged in while you use it, we found it easier to clean and use than many models we tested. And while there are more reports of it breaking down or becoming caked with mold than we’d like, it has a lower percentage of negative reviews than other ADA–approved models. It also comes with a three-year warranty, which is as long as we’ve seen.

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Runner-up

Waterpik Ultra

Waterpik Ultra

Fewer settings, cheaper feel

It cleaned just as well as the Aquarius, but it’s missing the massage mode, and the lid isn’t attached to the body on a hinge.

Buying Options

$66* from Target
$70 from Best Buy

*At the time of publishing, the price was $45.

If our top pick is out of stock, check out the Waterpik Ultra. It’s very similar to the Aquarius model, though it’s missing a couple of useful features: There’s no massage option, which leaves you less room to fine-tune the experience; the lid doesn’t connect to the tank and must be entirely removed when refilling or cleaning; and the button on the handle pushes down, rather than sliding into place, and some users have reported that it can jam. It also looks a tad clunkier. The blue accents and fat buttons reminded us of a Fisher-Price toy. It comes with the same three-year warranty as our pick.

Also great

Philips Sonicare Airfloss Ultra

Philips Sonicare Airfloss Ultra

The most fun, but unreliable

This is not a reliable product. But if you’re okay with that, it’s easier to use than the Waterpik models and takes up less counter space. We like filling it with mouthwash.

Buying Options

$60* from BuyBuy Baby

*At the time of publishing, the price was $70.

I have never had more fun cleaning my mouth than I did with the Philips Sonicare Airfloss Ultra. Unfortunately, dozens of owners claim that theirs broke after just a few months, so you should only get this if you’re comfortable dealing with something that could be unreliable. But when it works, it’s great. The Airfloss shoots quick bursts, rather than spraying a continuous stream like the Waterpik. Though it doesn’t feel like it cleans quite as thoroughly, the Airfloss is far easier to use (no drooling) and faster (30 seconds for my whole mouth). And since it doesn’t use so much liquid, it’s reasonable to fill the tank with mouthwash instead of water, if you want a mintier feel. Unlike the Waterpiks we recommend, the Airfloss is also cordless, compact, and easy to clean. It has a two-year warranty, so at least if you get a dud, you should be able to get a replacement.

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Our pick

Waterpik Aquarius

Waterpik Aquarius

Sturdy, customizable, and effective

It made our mouths feel the cleanest, seems durable, and gives you the most flexibility to adjust the stream of water so that it feels just right.

Buying Options

$70* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $60.

Runner-up

Waterpik Ultra

Waterpik Ultra

Fewer settings, cheaper feel

It cleaned just as well as the Aquarius, but it’s missing the massage mode, and the lid isn’t attached to the body on a hinge.

Buying Options

$66* from Target
$70 from Best Buy

*At the time of publishing, the price was $45.

Also great

Philips Sonicare Airfloss Ultra

Philips Sonicare Airfloss Ultra

The most fun, but unreliable

This is not a reliable product. But if you’re okay with that, it’s easier to use than the Waterpik models and takes up less counter space. We like filling it with mouthwash.

Buying Options

$60* from BuyBuy Baby

*At the time of publishing, the price was $70.

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