Is there any difference between a water flosser and a Waterpik, that gadget that sprays a concentrated stream of water between your teeth and makes your gums tingle? Not really. A Waterpik is an oral irrigator, a type of device invented back in 1962 by two guys who went on to found Aqua Tec, which later changed its name to, yes, Water Pik, Inc. Whether you call them Waterpiks or water flossers, they're still basically oral irrigators.
Oral irrigators are a bigger category now than they were in those halcyon days, but Waterpik still dominates the market, with a line of water flossers for adults and children at several price points. So what can the Waterpik Cordless Freedom Water Flosser do for you other than keep your mouth healthy without the need for old-fashioned flossing? As the name says, it's cordless, so you can take it with you on trips like a larger version of that tiny pack of dental floss you may or may not own. Unlike some other cordless dental care devices, it doesn't use a recharger, just three AA batteries (included). This may be good news, because it keeps the price of the flosser down and you don't have to worry about lugging a recharger around on vacations, but it also means you'll be buying a stream (no pun intended) of batteries to keep it going.
You'll need to refill the water reservoir periodically, but at least the Cordless Freedom comes with a plug to prevent the reservoir from leaking into your suitcase. It also supports interchangeable heads, compatible with other Waterpik models, so you can tailor your water flossing to your dental needs. Note that there are other brands of water flosser on the market, like the Sterline Counter Top and the Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator, that are also eager to fill your irrigation needs.
It has helped with the plaque on my teeth and kept my gums clean. It also helped keep the bottom retainer clean, too.
It's big, and loud, and not very good.
I found this easy to use and effective. It cleaned between my teeth and the gum area really well.