Waterpik vs. Airfloss

For those who love technology, or just hate manually flossing the question of which is better, Waterpik or Airfloss may have come to mind. While Waterpick has around longer, Sonicare’s Airfloss is making a name for itself.


Waterpik Pros




Airfloss Pros


Sonicare Air floss

Sonicare Airfloss

  • Multiple models to choose from
  • Preferred over both floss and waterpika
  • Has been around for a while, lots of research behind it
  • Easy to use, even around back teeth
  • Can be used to irrigate with medicated rinses such as chlorhexidine or Listerine
  • Safe for use around dental restorations
  • More effective than Airfloss at reducing plaque and gingivitisb
  • Small and Portable
  • Effective at reducing plaque, gingivitis and bleeding on probingb


My plan has paid for itself many times over in just ten months. I saved over $1,000 on cleanings, fillings and wisdom tooth extraction.


Waterpik Cons

Airfloss Cons

  • Some models are large and bulky
  • Less research since it is newer
  • Calculus buildup can prevent liquids from reaching deep into periodontal pockets
  • Only one model available so far
  • Proper angulation must be used to get penetration of liquids into periodontal pockets
  • More expensive than a Waterpik


Need More Help Choosing?

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be even better. Here are a few short videos that show how these products are used in the mouth.

This first video is of a Waterpik. I really like this video because it shows the waterpik being used on a typodont (fake mouth) and by a real person. This gives you two different views of how the waterpik cleans, as well as how it will look to you as you use it in your own mouth.

Fast Tube by Casper

This second video is of Sonicare Airfloss. I really like the way the Airfloss is presented in this video. You will notice at the end of the video the presenter discusses the plug, which is not the type used in America. This appears to be a British video, but it is the most well done video I could find on the Airfloss.

Fast Tube by Casper

After researching these two products, the weight of research points toward use of a Waterpik, but that may not be the case in the future. The Airfloss is still a new kid on the block and there is still time for more research. I also really like the convenience of the Airfloss. I have not used the Airfloss yet, but am very interested in trying it. Bottom line, they are both good for different reasons. I strongly suggest you watch the videos and see which seems to fit best into your life.

Want to Share Your Experiences?

Do you use one of these products? If you do I would love to hear about your experiences and so would my readers. Add a comment here if you would like to share your story!

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aKrell S, Kaler A, Wei J.In-home use test to evaluate ease of use for Philips Sonicare AirFloss versus Reach string floss and Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser Data on file, Phillips Sonicare. 2010.
bSharma NC, et al. Waterpik® Water Flosser: Significantly More Effective than Sonicare® Air Floss for Reducing Gingivitis and Plaque Comparison of two power interdental cleaning devices on the reduction of gingivitis. J Clin Dent 2012; 23: 22-26.

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