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Ranking of the irrigators

The influences of the newest technologies can be seen in every aspect of our lives, even when it comes to cleaning our oral cavity and teeth. Nowadays, the specialists claim that even the electric toothbrush doesn’t ensure a complete protection of our teeth from cavities. Because of that, many dentists recommend dental irrigators, which are a perfect supplement of brushing, capable of fully replacing flossing. An irrigator is a perfect solution for the people wearing braces, bridges, crowns, dentures or implants as well. These devices reach all of the hard to reach places and make maintaining good oral hygiene easier.

How does the irrigator work?

An irrigator is a device which, by using the strong water current combined with compressed air, cleans our mouth cavity and removes food remains from all interdental surfaces and hard to reach places. The device improves blood circulation and the overall state of our gums as well.

What’s the best dental irrigator?

On this list we will showcase the best irrigators, while checking out various modes and functions of these devices. There are many models available on the market, with their structure having a significant effect on their functionality. The most popular irrigators are the stationary ones, which usually offer a higher water pressure. The wireless models are more comfortable, but their water pressure is lower. Our ranking of the best irrigators showcases different types of these devices, allowing you to take a closer look at all of their properties. Before this ranking got published, we conducted tests over the course of dozens of weeks, along with the people with varying tooth conditions and the braces/implant users. A good irrigator should have different water stream options, along with adjustable pressure. The products reviewed here are contained within the 40 – 100 pounds price range. While rating the irrigators, we were testing their production values, effectivity, the amount of additional accessories, design and price.

The best irrigators of 2017

Irygator bezprzewodowy Philips Sonicare Airfloss Ultra

1.Philips Sonicare Airfloss Ultra wireless irrigator

Considering all of the most important factors, this is the best irrigator available on the market right now. This universal and shockingly effective device offers many different cleaning modes and useful functions. For a quite reasonable price we will get a product of the top-notch quality bundled with very attractive extras. Philips Sonicare Airfloss Ultra provides us with everything we can expect from such devices and known brands. The product is also perfect for the people wearing crowns, braces and implants. We recommend it wholeheartedly. (more)


Final evaluation

Irygator bezprzewodowy Panasonic EW 1211

2.Panasonic EW 1211 wireless irrigator

A compact device for those who seek versatility and a product which can be taken on the trip or to work. Interesting functions hidden within this small device are guaranteed to help out with cleaning our mouth cavity under all conditions. It’s worth noticing how easy to use and durable it is as well. Despite of its low price, this model doesn’t stand out amongst the more expensive devices. (more)


Final evaluation

Irygator Oral-B Professional Care Oxyjet MD 20

3.Oral-B Professional Care Oxyjet MD 20

A solid device, but a little restricted by its stationary form. It’s for home use only, but ensures very comfortable and effective cleaning. The irrigator is offered as a part of the set containing a vast selection of accessories. The device is capable of working in many different modes and can be easily adjusted to our mouth cavity. The price of this product fully reflects its capabilities. (more)


Final evaluation

Irygator Waterpik WP-660 E2 Ultra Professional

4.Waterpik WP-660 E2 Ultra Professional

An irrigator from a renowned brand, made for home use only. A multifunctional device providing us with many cleaning modes and settings. The price is a little bit too high though – we can easily find a cheaper and even more versatile device. (more)


Final evaluation

Irygator bezprzewodowy Panasonic EW-DJ40

5.Panasonic EW-DJ40 wireless irrigator

Panasonic EW-DJ40 is distinguished by its small size, which allow us to use it while on a trip. The device takes up very little space and provides the basic cleaning options. A solid device, but nothing more than that. (more)


Final evaluation

Irygator Waterpik WP-70 E2 Ultra

6.Waterpik WP-70 E2 Ultra

An irrigator for the entire family. It’s a quite big, stationary device for home use only. It’s worth noticing the vast selection of cleaning modes and options. The set contains various tips made for different types of cleaning too. Do you have a big family and don’t travel often? This device is worth considering, then. (more)


Final evaluation

Irygator Waterpik WP-112 E2 Ultra Black

7.Waterpik WP-112 E2 Ultra Black

Waterpik WP-112 E2 Ultra Black is offered along with lots of tips, with the device itself offering all of the basic irrigator functions. A rather high price does discourage from the purchase though. Better look for something cheaper and with more functions. (more)


Final evaluation

Irygator bezprzewodowy Panasonic EW-DJ10-A

8.Panasonic EW-DJ10-A wireless irrigator

Panasonic EW-DJ10-A is a battery-powered irrigator. The device offers a rather limited selection of options and average cleaning quality. It is definitely recommended for trips. We can easily find more interesting alternatives to this one. (more)


Final evaluation

Irrigator – a new way to clean the interdental surfaces

We all know that, in order to have healthy teeth, we should maintain a good oral hygiene. The dentists recommend brushing our teeth at least twice a day. We are aware of how important choosing the best toothbrush and toothpaste is. Sometimes we even decide to purchase a mouthwash. Many people don’t notice the necessity of cleaning the interdental surfaces, though. And that’s definitely a bad thing, as they also collect food remains, which then form a dental plaque within them. According to the research, we rarely use dental flosses and interdental toothbrushes – we don’t know how to use them, then our gums start bleeding and we lose all motivation. There’s a simpler way of cleaning the hardest to reach places within our mouth though – an irrigator.

Creation of the first irrigator

This device has been developed as early as in the 1960’s. However, it didn’t become popular until the recent years. The basic function of an irrigator is cleaning the interdental surfaces. It does that by using a pulsating water stream under a certain pressure. This allows it to clean the interdental surfaces with utmost precision, making the unwashed surfaces a rarity. In addition, the device massages our gums, which improves their blood circulation and makes them stronger. It’s also very gentle to the enamel, it doesn’t damage it. It’s also capable of reaching the most problematic interdental surfaces the dental floss or interdental toothbrush can struggle with.

Irrigator types

We can find two irrigator types available on the market:
– stationary – perfect for those who use the irrigator at home. They are bigger, with more capacious water container (usually somewhere around 600 ml). This allows them effectively clean our teeth after a single filling of the container. They are often bundled with various tips, which allow a hygienic use for the entire family. Amongst the most popular models we can find, for example, Waterpik WP 100 or Oral B Braun Professional Care OxyJet MD20,
– wireless – in these devices, both the water container (the usual capacity being 130 ml) and the battery can be found within the handle. The irrigators are charged via charging station. The container needs to be refilled two-three times in order to effectively clean our mouth within a single use. The irrigators of this type are heavier, but definitely more comfortable for those who travel often. The most popular models include Panasonic EW 1211 or Philips Sonicare Airfloss Ultra.

Aside of the aforementioned types, the irrigators differ mostly in water pressure, the amount of vibrations per minute and the option to adjust them.

On the market we can also find the multifinctional devices, which bundle the irrigator with an electric toothbrush, both having separate slots in the charging station included with them (for example the Braun Oral-B OxyJet MD20 irrigator + Oral-B Professional Care 3000 electric toothbrush set).

Stationary irrigator

It’s a device charged by plugging it into the docking station plugged to the electrical socket. These irrigators are significantly bigger and take up a lot of space in the bathroom. The stationary irrigator consists of base, handle and nozzle, which can be replaced depending on how many people are using the device. The handle is quite light and small, which makes manouvering it easier, reaching all of the hard to reach places. The docking station contains a water container as well, usually of a 600 ml capacity. This allows us to fill up the device once and then use up the whole container to clean our mouth without the need to refill it.

The stationary irrigator cleans the mouth cavity by producing a high pressure, which doesn’t weaken when the device is being used. Depending on the model, there are different pressure scales to choose from, making choosing a device perfect for our needs possible, for example, the people with sensitive gums should look for the more gentle devices. The stationary irrigators differ from one another in the amount of pulsations per minute and the options to adjust them.

The undeniable disadvantage of these devices is that we can’t take them with us on the trip. They are undoubtedly functional when it comes to home use, but if you’re looking for something more mobile, the stationary irrigator isn’t for you.

The recommended models of stationary irrigators include the most popular Waterpik WP-100 and Oral B Braun Professional Care OxyJet MD20. We can also buy them bundled with an electric or sonic toothbrush, for example the Braun Oral-B OxyJet MD20 irrigator + Oral-B Professional Care 3000 electric toothbrush set.

Wireless (Travel) irrigator

This device is powered by a battery, charged via inductive charger. A fully charged battery usually allows us to use the device for a week. Unfortunately, because these devices are made for an occasional use only, the battery can break fast. According to the studies, a device used too often loses its intended water pressure after a single year and requires charging more often, which makes its unique functions cease to exist. A wireless irrigator is characterized by its small size. It’s heavier than the stationary model though, as the handle contains not only the battery, but a 130 ml water container as well. In order to clean our mouth properly, it needs to be refilled three/four times, which definitely makes using it less comfortable. Some people may also find manouvering it in order to reach the most problematic places harder.

A wireless irrigator cleans the mouth cavity using a pressurized stream of water, the strength of which varies between models. We can encounter some technical issues though – if we’ll end up inclining a device which hasn’t been filled fully under a certain angle, the nozzle might end up shooting air instead of water. Aside of pressure, the wireless irrigators differ from one another in terms of having adjustable amount of pulsations per minute.

The recommended portable irrigators include Waterpik WP462 E Black or Panasonic EW 1211.

What can we use to wash our teeth?

According to the specialists, water is perfect for this task. Mouthwashes and mouthrinses are recommended only occasionally because of their low efficiency, high price and sugars present amongst the ingredients.

Who can use the irrigator?

A huge advantage of this device is that it can be used by everybody – regardless of age and manual skills. Wearing braces, bridges or implants isn’t a problem too. The irrigator is great at cleaning the tight interdental surfaces along with helping the people who struggle with bleeding gums whenever they try to clean the places hardest to reach with other methods.

How to take care of the irrigator?

In order for the irrigator to work properly as long as possible, we need to handle it properly. Most importantly, we should:
– place it on a flat, even surface,
– don’t use it with wet hands,
– clean the irrigator regularly from tartar and residue.