Oral-B OxyJet Review

Brushing your teeth is something you just have to do, it’s been drummed into you since you were a child, or at least I hope it has.

You should be brushing twice a day for 2 minutes each time.

Did you know though, that brushing fails to reach 35-40% of your tooth surfaces?

This is where flossing comes in.

I hear you sigh at the thought of it, let’s be honest it’s not a fun job and many of us choose to skip flossing.

Extensive debate exists as to whether flossing is really ‘necessary’, but for the best oral health and to prevent issues, it is logical to me that you need to clean those parts of the mouth where a traditional toothbrush cannot reach.

Thankfully there are different options to the fiddly string floss you probably think of or relate most negatively to.

Water flossing is one of the best alternatives.

There are a variety of water flossers, be that corded or cordless.  Waterpik are the market leaders and currently top our list of best water flossers.

But, popular oral healthcare brand Oral-B have their own solution, the OxyJet. Keeping reading to find out all about it in our Oral-B OxyJet Review. 

What is the Oral-B OxyJet Water Flosser?

A countertop mounted solution, the OxyJet (view on Amazon) is a machine that consists of a water tank, pump, hose and nozzle (in its simplest form) that push water into the mouth at pressure to wash away plaque and debris from the teeth and gumline.

The jet of water is powerful enough to sweep away bacteria whilst being small enough to get in between the teeth and even under the gum line.

How to use the Oral-B OxyJet Water Flosser

The OxyJet requires mains power. Before proceeding first connect it to the power supply.

Step 1: Fill the tank

Lift the lid on the OxyJet unit and lift out the blue water tank/storage compartment.  Fill it up with fresh water water until it is a little less than full.

Replace the tank and close the lid.

Step 2: Position

Turn the unit on.

Remove the handle/nozzle from the unit and lean over the sink.

Place the tip of the flosser into your mouth.

Slide the switch on the handle to activate the flow.

Close lips enough to prevent splashing, while still allowing water to flow from mouth into the sink.

Step 3: Clean

Aim water at the gumline at a 90 degree angle. Follow the gumline and pause briefly between teeth.

Slide the power switch up to turn the flow off.

Oral-B OxyJet Water Flosser
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Oral-B OxyJet Water Flosser
  • Compressed air and water along fine micro form air bubbles, damage the plaque bacteria.& # 160;
  • The spiral water jets with micro air bubbles gently massage the gums. The water pressure can be adjusted and from level 1 (LP) to into step: 5 (high pressure) sized to fit them.
  • Using the nozzle switch can choose it simply with a fingertip all between the rotating and straight radiate.
  • The specially developed air filter cleans the air which stream of water on the way to the nozzle end angereichert.
  • This pack includes: A Oxyjet cleaning system, four Oxyjet clip-on pieces

And now for a bit more detail….

Water flossing offers for many a more comfortable, quicker and often more effective option to traditional string floss.

Studies have shown results as great as a 93% reduction in bleeding and a 25% reduction in gum disease.

As one of the leading electric toothbrush brands it is only logical that Oral-B should produce a water flosser to compliment their range and help improve your oral health.

Unlike some water flossers, Oral-B injects up to 5% air into the jet to create a mix of air and water for the best flossing effect.

Facing a lot of competition from the broad range of flossers from market leader Waterpik the Oral-B OxyJet has a challenge on its hands.

Let’s find out how good it is in everyday use.

Variations

Subject to your country or where you are buying the OxyJet from it comes in a few different variations.

There is what I would consider the basic Oral-B OxyJet which is the water tank, pump and nozzle that allows you to floss your mouth.  This is the option being reviewed here.

However there are then options that include an electric toothbrush and charging stand.  These are more comprehensive package where you get the 2 items in one box.

In many markets the toothbrush and flosser are sold separately.

The 2 in 1 solution has a different electric toothbrush depending on the package, but essentially it is the standard OxyJet with the toothbrush module/bundle added on, the flossing technology and approach is the same.

So with that made clear it is worth pointing out that other names for the OxyJet include:

  • Oral-B Health Centre
  • Oral-B Oral Irrigator MD20
  • Oral-B Dental Irrigator
  • Oral-B Professional Care OxyJet XXXX (X represents the model number of the supplied toothbrush)

You probably get the idea, that they are all similar variations.

What’s in the box

  • Oral-B OxyJet Water Flosser
  • 4 x OxyJet water flosser tips
  • Screws
  • Mounting plate
  • Documentation

Key Features

  • Removes bacteria at the gum line and below
  • Gently removes food particles from hard-to-reach areas
  • Spiral water streams with micro-bubbles gently massage the gum
  • Enhances breath freshness
  • Large 600ml water container
  • Storage centre with space for jet tips
  • 2 jet functions, selected by switch position: mono stream or rotating stream
  • Air filter to ensure air is purified
  • Water pressure control wheel
  • Wall mountable
  • Powered by 2-pin plug (for shaver socket attachment)
  • 2 year limited warranty

Pros & Cons

Here are a list of the pro’s and cons having used this for a few weeks.

The positives

  • Effectiveness & appeal – A more enjoyable experience than using regular floss.  Fiddly still but less fiddly than the regular technique.
  • Pressure settings – Various pressure settings to control the water flow and pressure to make it more suitable for you.
  • Wall mountable – Can be mounted on the wall to save/free up space.

The negatives

  • Size/design – It is a bit bigger than most would like.  Those with small bathrooms or limited worktop space will want to wall mount. It is also not the most stylish.
  • Messy – It takes some getting used to how to use it and reduce the mess made when used.  Over time it becomes a lot easier, but you do need to be by a sink.
  • Quality – The build quality is just OK and feels a little sub-par for Oral-B. Reliability issues with the flexible hose are a cause for concern too.
  • Noise – Makes quite a bit of noise when running.

Design, Usability, Clean & General Use

Once unboxed the Oral-B OxyJet is not a huge item, but it is certainly a reasonable sized unit that will take up countertop space, which is often at a premium in most bathrooms.

If you have more space in your bathroom then great.

Approximate measurements for the unit are 17.5 x 16 x 14 centimeters.

It requires mains power to work, the included power cord that is fixed into the unit is about 1.3 meters in length, so you need to be able to position it within reach of the wall.

Unlike the other water flossers I have handled this is the only one I am aware of that can be mounted to the wall.  Provided is a mounting plate and screws to make this attachment.  This certainly helps solve the space issue.

So whilst it is a little bulky, points go to Oral-B for it being wall mountable.

The design is fairly basic and certainly does not match with the stylish bathrooms in many homes today.

It is essentially a White plastic box with a lid, under which is a storage compartment for up to 4 flosser heads.  Opening the lid allows for removal of the 600ml water tank that is blue in colour and sits to the left side of the front of the unit.

On the right side is the OxyJet handle/nozzle docked in its holder with a length of pipe coiled in behind it.

OK it’s not garish to look at or awful, it’s a primarily white and blue plastic affair, it just looks a bit plain and a bit dated.

The MD20 is more about function over style, the OxyJet is equipped to work well for individuals or families.

Provided in the box are 4 OxyJet nozzles/heads which are detachable from the main flosser handle.  Simply push the nozzle down into the hole on the top of the handle and it clips into place.

To remove, press the blue button on the rear of the handle and release the clip to pull out the nozzle.

Each nozzle has a coloured ring on it, like Oral-B’s electric toothbrush heads, these rings are used to tell heads apart.  Take a family of 4 for example.  They can all use the OxyJet, but each have their own nozzle/head, which is identified by the coloured ring.  Just access from the storage compartment and attach to the handle before use.

You should replace the nozzle every 3-6 months.

On the front of the OxyJet’s handle is a large blue sliding mode button.  First power the unit on via the Blue button on the side of the OxyJet (not the handle itself) then slide the switch on the handle down to begin the stream of water.

The plug on the OxyJet is the 2 pin connector designed to fit in a socket found in a UK bathroom.

If you do not have a 2 pin shaver socket in your bathroom, you will need to consider whether this product is for you because it requires mains power.  You can purchase 2 pin to 3 pin adapters, but you will not normally find 3 pin sockets in a bathroom, where you typically might use this device.

When powered on the unit pulls water from the water tank, in through a pump that then pushes the water via a tube out to the tip of the nozzle on the handle.

This is a constant stream unless turned off and does require a certain technique to use it.

The suggested technique is:

  • Turn the unit on.
  • Lean low over sink and place the tip in mouth.
  • Aim the tip towards the teeth, and turn then slide the switch on the handle to begin th water flow.
  • For best results, start with the back teeth and work toward the front teeth. Glide tip along gumline and pause briefly between teeth. Continue until you have cleaned the inside and outside of both the upper and lower teeth.
  • Direct the jet stream at a 90-degree angle to your gumline. Slightly close lips to avoid splashing but allow water to flow freely from mouth into the sink. Keep unit upright during use for best results.

It is not a glamorous routine, but it is one that works.

The way it works is that the pressure of the water blasts away particles and the water making contact with the teeth and gum surfaces are equivalent to string loss passing over the area.  In fact the water can get in gaps floss can’t.

The length of hose/pipe that runs from the main units pump to the handle is around 1m, so  you have got some maneuverability.

The OxyJet has 5 different pressure settings and 2 modes.

Adjustable via a rotatable dial on the right side of the main unit you can find the pressure setting best for you.

The modes are controlled via the slider switch on the handle.

Mono mode is a direct flow of water pushed out at pressure to create a jet that attacks the bacterial plaque, washing out the food and debris from in between the teeth and any dental work you may have.

The Turbo Mode uses a spiral shower via rotating head on the nozzle.  This moves at 8000 rotations per minute and forms a spiral jet stream that penetrates the edge of the gum to help remove bacteria and food particles whilst massaging the gums and helping prevent gum disease, but removing bacteria from under the gumline.

It is advised to use lukewarm water when using the OxyJet, this helps avoid a harsh cold sensation when in use.  If you are happy to use cold that is fine too.

Some like to include a dash of mouthwash into the water for added freshness and this does help keep the tank, tubes and nozzle clean.

The water tank holds 600ml of water.

I have found the flosser to be ok.  Personally I still find the volume of water in the mouth and the way you have to use it to be a little awkward.  However I could certainly see that it was removing larger food debris from my teeth, even after brushing.

You will want to use this at least once a day and a full tank should allow you to clean your whole mouth.

The 5 pressure settings were satisfactory, but I do prefer the greater options available on the Waterpik models, you have more control and it makes for a better experience.

What the OxyJet does not have is the rotating nozzle.  Whilst the tip of the nozzle can rotate to create the jet stream, on many Waterpik models you can rotate the nozzle a full 360 degrees to position the water stream at the perfect angle in the mouth.

Another point to note is that this is noisy.  It is a motor/pump so it will make some noise, but using at night with others asleep might be an issue.

I have yet to experience any actual issues with the unit but others have reported that the pressure is not good enough, parts leak and over time the hose running from the pump to the handle becomes brittle and breaks.

I believe the nature of the product means this could happen to any similar product but making a call on the quality of the build I am not surprised that some have made such comments.

Should anything go wrong you have a 2 year warranty you can make use of.

Summary of Design, Usability, Clean & General Use

  • Large
  • Wall mountable
  • Cheap plastics
  • Mains powered
  • Head storage compartment
  • 4 heads included
  • 600ml water tank
  • Takes some practice to get used to
  • Adjustable pressure settings
  • 2 year warranty

Price

This is one product that seems to have the greatest variance in price of all those that we have reviewed.  It can be quite inconsistent.

However, having shopped around and looked at the more reputable outlets from which to buy this, you are looking at a price ranging from about £60-£80. 

At the time of writing, we found the best availability and pricing to be on Amazon.

Given what this offers, the price is not all that surprising, but it is more expensive than we would like to see.

Our choice for best water flosser, from Waterpik, is around the £60 price point and offers more overall than the Oral-B, so it is difficult to justify the price that is being asked for it.

The build quality and features are lacking overall to suggest that this is a good buy.

It is not bad, but quite expensive.

It is without doubt a luxury and by no means essential, but compared to standard floss, the time saved, the simplicity and potential health benefits for many make this a worthwhile investment.

You do need to factor in the price of replacement nozzles too.  A pack of 4 (view on Amazon) costs around £10.50 and last 3-6 months, so at £2.63 each they are fairly good value.  4 heads do come supplied in the box too.

Oral-B OxyJet 4er Pack - attachment set - white
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Oral-B OxyJet 4er Pack - attachment set - white
  • Intended for:Oral irrigator
  • Product Type:Attachment set
  • Package Content:Oral irrigator jet tip x 4
  • Colour:White

If you need or want an electric toothbrush too, the packages that include the toothbrush could work out as a much more cost effective solution as the bundled price if you like helps keep the cost down.

Whilst the unit comes with a 2 year warranty, I will use the same calculation that I would with an electric toothbrush and assume the usable life is 3 years.

Retailing for an average price of £70 online and factoring in 1 pack of replacement heads at £10.50, the cost over 3 years works out at £80.50 or 7p per day.

Compare this to traditional string floss that works out at about 1-2p per day and it’s about 3-6 times more expensive.

Please note that all costs quoted are approximates and prices will vary based on location, supplier, time of purchase.  These figures should not be relied on as hard fact but as a guide, based on real information at the time of writing.

Summary of Price

  • Selling price of around £60-80
  • Replacement nozzles retail for £10.50 for a pack of 4
  • Daily cost around £0.07 over 3 years
  • Expensive, but worth it possibly for the benefits brought

Reliability & Long Term Use

To date Oral-B have a generally good reputation for making quality products.

This has to unfortunately be one of their weakest.  

By no means justification for poor design and quality, it is an older product that has not been updated to match the newer standards.  

Whilst I have had no problems in the weeks I have been using it, the construction is very plasticy and feels a bit cheap given the price commanded for it.

Water flossers do generate noise but this is quite loud and the hose on the nozzle is known for being weak/brittle and breaking after some time.

Others have reported leaks and poor water pressure.

Whilst I have personally not seen all of these issues myself, it has been confirmed that some of these are common issues that can occur at any time in the life of ownership.

A 2 year guarantee is provided and they make it clear they are available to help, you just need to call them.  

The warranty will cover some of these issues but the size of the unit can make it an expensive issue to resolve when it has to be mailed back.

Conclusion

The OxyJet does what it is supposed to, it puts water out at a under adjustable pressure to rinse away bacteria, plaque and food debris from in between the teeth and along the gumline.

Sadly though it has been beaten by the competition who offer more features, better quality and reliability for a lesser price.

Whilst not everything is about price, when you get more for less, justifying the more expensive purchase is difficult.

Best value is achieved from those packages that include an electric toothbrush, but do be sure to shop around to find the best deals. You can check the current price on Amazon using the link below: 

Oral-B OxyJet Water Flosser
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Oral-B OxyJet Water Flosser
  • Compressed air and water along fine micro form air bubbles, damage the plaque bacteria.& # 160;
  • The spiral water jets with micro air bubbles gently massage the gums. The water pressure can be adjusted and from level 1 (LP) to into step: 5 (high pressure) sized to fit them.
  • Using the nozzle switch can choose it simply with a fingertip all between the rotating and straight radiate.
  • The specially developed air filter cleans the air which stream of water on the way to the nozzle end angereichert.
  • This pack includes: A Oxyjet cleaning system, four Oxyjet clip-on pieces

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FAQ

  • How often do the nozzles need replacing?
    • Nozzles should be replaced every 3-6 month’s.  4 nozzles are provided with the OxyJet.
  • Can I use mouthwash in the OxyJet?
    • You could, but it would be expensive and wasteful.  Best adding a dash into the water used in the reservoir for a burst of freshness.
  • How much water or mouthwash does it hold?
    • Approx 600ml.
  • Can I use the Waterpik in the shower?
    • Yes, it is water resistant.
  • My gums bleed when I using the OxyJet flosser. Is that normal?
    • Bleeding gums may be a sign of infection and a little bleeding can be normal when starting a new oral care routine, as you may be cleaning in areas not previously reached. However, if bleeding is excessive or does not stop within a few days of regular use, consult a dental professional.

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Are there certain features that you really like or dislike?

Let us know what you think about it, and let others who may well be considering purchasing one know your opinions before they do.

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7 thoughts on “Oral-B OxyJet Review”

  1. Hello

    could you please tell me just simply which does a better flossing job, the Oral B Jet or the Water Pic. Really appreciate it.

    Kind regards
    Michael Faye

    Reply
    • Hi Micahel.

      Personally I think Waterpik.

      I don’t feel there is a significant amount of difference but I feel like Waterpik is more effective.

      I don’t recall seeing any clinical studies that compare the 2. A study under strict conditions like this may find different results.

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  2. I’ve been using the same nozzle for over ten years. Where did you get this advice to replace the nozzle every few months? I don’t see any mention of that in the manual. The toothbrush heads, sure, because the bristles wear down, but I can’t imagine why the nozzle would need to be replaced. The only problem is hard water buildup in the machine after a few months, but nothing that can’t be fixed by running it for a few seconds with vinegar to fill the pump, hose and nozzle then letting it sit overnight to dissolve the scale.

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    • Hi Max,

      3 or maybe ever 6 months tends to be the general recommendation for the replacement of nozzles for water flossers. Waterpik, Sonicare, and others suggest this.

      Technically they can last longer, as you have proven. However, it is often a hygiene thing, as hard water and bacteria can build up on the nozzle. It is also an opportunity for the manufacturer to make more money by selling replacement nozzles. 🙂

      You are taking proactive steps running vinegar through the flosser, that many people do not do, so that will help prolong the life for sure.

      It is your choice at the end of the day how often the nozzle is replaced. It is, as you state, less necessary than a toothbrush head, but still advisable none the less.

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  3. I have had two of these. Both eventually had cracked hoses which I was able to shorten a d continue to use it. In the end I replaced the hose with a generic plastic hose from my local rubber goods store. This hose didn’t coil up so it was messy but it has kept working well since.
    I recently replaced it with a Philips air flossed but went back to the oral b because it did a MUCH better job.
    The air flossed was quicker but only does the interteth gaps. If you try to do the whole gum line on the outside and inside of your mouth you have to refill the tiny tank about 5 times.
    I haven’t tried a waterpick brand but the spiral effect available on the oral b is MUCH better than just using the straight jet and waterpick only have straight jet.
    Every time I use it I look down into the basin to see quite a lot of food debris that it has removed.
    In my opinion the Philips air flossed is totally useless compared to the oral b unit but I would still guess that the oral b is more effective than a waterpick as well because of the spiral action whi h means you don’t have to point it in exactly the right direction as the spray all around functionality will always get it right at some angle of the fast rotation.

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  4. Water pressure is way too low. I wear braces and require a good water pick for oral maintenance. This product can not remove normal food particles after a meal. It will not have enough pressure to clean the teeth below the gum line. It is humorous because the instructions talk about the highest setting of “5” casting bleeding in some people. If that is the case you have other major issues to worry about. This product is not worth the money if you are purchasing it for a water pick.

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  5. It would have been a great product if the Braun has enabled the device (the irrigator) higher water pressure output. The device feels – regarding the water pressure – far to weak, even the highest setting feels insufficient in that regard.

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