Are you torn between choosing a standard water pick or a cordless model? If you prefer convenience and versatility, the decision becomes a whole lot easier. Cordless models are great for using at home and on the road, while standard models live in your bathroom. Another advantage of a cordless model is it requires less real estate on your bathroom counter. If you have a pedestal sink or little counter space, a cordless model is a perfect solution. In this article, we share our top 5 picks for the best cordless water flosser for braces.
Here, you’ll find options from the top brands and to fit every budget. Most of the top budget brands attempt to mimic Waterpik since Waterpik is the definite leader of the pack. However, considering that budget models often cost about half the price, you may find that they give you more bang for your buck.
When choosing a cordless water pick for braces, there are several features we like to see. For one, models that include an orthodontic tip are good for cleaning braces right of the box. In most cases, the orthodontic tips are nice to see, but they’re not 100% necessary since the standard jet tips are good as well.
|#1) Waterpik Cordless Advanced|
|#2) Panasonic Cordless Ultrasonic Oral Irrigator|
|#3) Waterpik Cordless Express Water Flosser|
|#4) Liberex Cordless Water Flosser|
|#5) H2ofloss Professional Cordless Water Flosser|
Best Cordless Water Flosser for Braces Reviews
In the following sections, we share individual reviews of each unit with our thoughts and the highlights of each model. Plus, we share the pros & cons according to points we think are worth considering before you buy. Let’s start with our top choice.
1. Waterpik WP-560 Cordless Advanced
Waterpik’s Advanced WP-560 model is the best cordless water flosser for braces currently on the market. The package includes the Waterpik Orthodontic Tip (OD-100E) that’s made for cleaning braces.
Before we look at several additional key features, it’s important to know that Waterpik is the most reliable brand. The Advanced model comes backed by a 2-year warranty, and it features the highest quality materials that stand the test of time.
In total, there are 3 pressure levels, which is one of the reasons we like the WP-650 more than the WF-02, though, the WP-650 does cost more. Another key difference between the WP-650 and WF-02 is the power supply. The WP-650 features a rechargeable battery that’s ready for international use with a 100-240 VAC rating, while the WP-650 uses AA batteries. Be sure to consider this feature if you prefer a rechargeable battery rather than AA batteries.
Several final highlights are the branded Waterpik microfiber carry pouch for travel, a tip storage case w/ 4 tips, a 4-hour rapid magnetic charger, and official ADA acceptance. Waterpik is the only brand in this guide that’s accepted by the ADA.
- Waterproof and shower safe (tested to meet the IPX7 standard)
- Includes the Waterpik specialty Orthodontic Tip (OD-100E) for braces
- Long battery life
- LED battery life indicator
- Safe for international use (100-240 VAC)
- The magnetic charger is very convenient
- Great pressure on the highest setting
- A swivel head for getting those hard-to-reach spots
- Clean your braces more quickly and easily compared to using dental floss
- You may need to refill the reservoir to complete each cleaning
- Larger in person than in photos (be sure to consider the dimensions)
- The placement of the power button may cause you to turn it off during use
- Waterpik advises users not to leave the flosser on the charger for more than 4 hours (overcharging can damage the battery)
2. Panasonic EW1511 Cordless Ultrasonic Oral Irrigator
If you’re not a fan of Waterpik, the Panasonic EW1511 is the perfect alternative. One standout feature that really sets the EW1511 apart from the other models in this guide is the lightning-fast charging time. The EW1511 charges in just 60 minutes compared to 4 hours with the Waterpik Advanced model. From our findings, both batteries provide about the same amount of use per charge, so Panasonic definitely wins that round.
You may also like the charger stand the EW1511 uses. However, we found that there are complaints about an overcharging issue similar to the Waterpik Advanced model. To avoid shortening the battery life, it’s best to charge the EW1511 and WP-650 models only when needed. At least with the EW1511, it charges in 60 minutes rather than 4 hours for easier monitoring or when there’s a time constraint.
The EW1511 offers more pressure settings than the Waterpik Advanced with 5 total, and this is something we like to see since finding the perfect pressure does require some experimenting. Lastly, people with braces will be happy to see that the EW1511 is recommended for cleaning braces, yet unhappy to see that it doesn’t include an orthodontic tip.
- IPX7 waterproof rating for safe use in the shower
- Charges in just 60 minutes and provides 10 minutes of use per charge
- 5 total power settings with a powerful high setting for removing food debris between braces
- Lightweight and good for travel
- Includes a charger stand
- The on/off button is less sensitive than Waterpik models
- Rotating water jet tips
- The LED light for the pressure setting does not light up when the unit is off
- Fewer attachments than the Waterpik Advanced (no orthodontic tip)
3. Waterpik WF-02 Cordless Express Water Flosser
The more affordable Waterpik WF-02 is one of the overall best water picks for braces, and it’s certainly a step up from a budget Waterpik alternative. First, the most important consideration is this unit runs on AA batteries. In reality, this is a good and bad thing. The good thing is you get more juice per charge. Plus, it’s easy to purchase AA batteries anywhere in the world.
If you’re a frequent traveler, you know how important it is to keep the weight of your carry-on low. A good way to cut down on weight and save space is to travel without batteries in the unit and purchase them once you arrive at your destination. When you consider it this way, you see that there’s no need to travel with a power adapter. Additionally, it’s important to be mindful of the overcharging issue that’s common with rechargeable cordless units. With the WF-02, there’s no chance of experiencing that problem.
One drawback to consider is the base package does not include the Waterpik Orthodontic Tip (OD-100E), though it can be purchased separately for use with this model. Furthermore, the warranty period is 1-year compared to 2 years for the Advanced model, and there are just 2 total pressure settings.
- Powerful cleaning on the high setting
- Completely waterproof and safe for shower use
- No need to worry about overcharging the battery
- Compatible with Waterpik’s Orthodontic Tip
- Lightweight and better for travel than the Waterpik Advanced
- Approved by users with braces
- The fewest pressure settings
- You may not like using AA batteries
- Battery life appears to be shorter than the advertised 1-2 months per set of batteries
4. Liberex FC2660 Cordless Water Flosser
After reviewing all the best cordless budget water flossers, we chose the Liberex FC2660 as our top pick for braces. First off, this unit includes just about everything you get with the Waterpik Advanced for about half the price. We really like the OLED screen that displays the current mode & remaining battery power because it’s easy to read and better than relying on LED indicators. Plus, the FC2660 conveniently remembers the last setting used to avoid any unwelcome accidental sprays.
One of the clearest advantages is USB power for global travel. Instead of relying on a wall outlet, this unit connects to any USB power supply, including your computer, a car adapter, and even a power bank. The next feature you may like is pulse mode. In total, there are 3 pressure settings along with pulse mode.
Lastly, the battery life impressed us. There are no complaints about overcharging the unit or short battery life. According to Liberex, the FC2660 provides up to 14 days of daily use per charge with a 4-hour charging period. That’s definitely more impressive than what Waterpik and Panasonic currently offer.
- Includes an orthodontic tip for cleaning braces
- USB power that’s more versatile and ready for international use
- No complaints about overcharging the battery or short battery life
- The best cordless water flosser for the money in this guide
- IPX7 waterproof design for safe shower use
- Great for travel (no need to lug around a separate power adapter)
- Includes a branded carry pouch
- Not as powerful as a Waterpik
- Larger in person than in photos
- May require multiple refills per use
5. H2ofloss HF-6 Professional Cordless Water Flosser
The final unit and second budget model in this guide is the H2ofloss HF-6 unit. It’s fairly easy to tell by looking at it that H2ofloss had no qualms about recreating its own version of the Waterpik Advanced flosser.
The first difference that you may find advantageous if choosing the HF-6 over the Waterpik Advanced is the increase in pressure settings. H2ofloss increased the number of settings to 5 in its latest model, which is 2 more than the Waterpik Advanced offers.
Now, let’s compare the batteries. The HF-6 features USB power and a 2150mAh rechargeable battery. Compared to the Waterpik Advanced model, you get more versatility and a battery that lasts longer between charges. According to H2ofloss, each charge provides up to 15 days of power with a charging time of 4 to 5 hours.
One new attachment you may have noticed is the tongue cleaner in addition to the orthodontic attachment with the HF-6 package. In our experience, the tongue cleaner attachment sounds good in theory, but it’s not as thorough as a good brushing with a regular toothbrush. Finally, at the time of this writing, the HF-6 is the most affordable cordless water flosser of the five models in this guide.
- Currently the cheapest model in this guide
- More pressure settings than the Waterpik Advanced and Express
- USB power that doesn’t rely on a wall outlet or power adapter
- More power per charge than Waterpik and Panasonic
- Includes an orthodontic cleaning attachment
- IPX7 waterproof design
- More than enough pressure to clean out all the nooks and crannies around braces
- Not as ergonomic and easy to handle as a Waterpik
- The USB cable is a proprietary cable, meaning it’s not compatible with a standard USB phone cable
- The charging port cover may get lost
- Difficult to completely drain the reservoir to keep it dry between uses
Choosing the best cordless water flosser for braces comes down to your preferences and budget. To make the decision easier, it’s best to stick with Waterpik if you want a reliable flosser that’ll stand the test of time and deliver adequate power. Sure, Waterpik models do come with their quirks, but the pros of owning a Waterpik certainly outweigh the cons.
Through our research, we concluded that knockoff brands tend to offer upgrades such as USB power since they can’t outmatch the functionality of a Waterpik. These convenience features are nice to see, but it’s important to remember that you’re buying a water flosser to clean your braces first, and everything else comes second.
Finally, be sure to consider the pros & cons one last time and the specs in our Top 5 chart before making your final decision.