A great complementary tool for impeccable oral health is a water flosser, and the the Cordless Advance from Waterpik is without doubt one of the best cordless water flossers available.
I have been putting it through its paces and in this review I will go into more detail, to let you know what it is really like to use on a daily basis.
What is the Waterpik Cordless Advanced Water Flosser?
It is a handheld device that is made up primarily of a pump and a reservoir.
In the reservoir you place water and when powered on, the pump draws the water out and feeds it through a tube at the top of the flosser into the user’s mouth.
A powerful jet of water, it forces plaque and bacteria off and away from the teeth and gums.
The stream of water is often softer, less abrasive and a generally more enjoyable method of flossing for many.
How to use the Waterpik Advanced Water Flosser
Step 1: Fill
Open the reservoir door and fill the compartment with water until it is a little less than full.
Close the door and ensure a tight seal.
Step 2: Prep & Position
Choose the pressure setting of your choice, by pressing the appropriate button on the unit.
Lean over the sink.
Place the tip of the flosser into your mouth.
Close lips enough to prevent splashing, while still allowing water to flow from mouth into the sink.
Step 3: Clean
Power it on.
Aim water at the gumline at a 90 degree angle. Follow the gumline and pause briefly between teeth.
Here is a video demonstrating how to use it.
And now for a bit more detail….
When you pop into the local supermarket and take a look down the aisle that has all the dental health products in, you tend not to see the same array of water flossing products as you do your more traditional floss tape and interdental brushes.
But,take a look online and you will find that you actually have a fairly sizeable range that vary in features and price.
Corded and cordless flossers exist too.
Some have more pressure settings than others whilst some have more in the box.
The Cordless Advanced from Waterpik is at the top of the range for cordless options.
As the name implies, this is a cordless option with a built in rechargeable battery.
It gives all the basics features you require and then some.
Produced by the leading brand within this water flosser space, the experience you get from this Waterpik product is fantastic.
Within the UK, there are 3 different variants of the Waterpik Cordless Advanced water flosser
The difference between these 3 are the colour and nothing else.
- White – WP-560UK
- Black – WP-562UK
- Blue – WP-563UK
Within the USA there an additional 2 colours, Purple and Rose Gold.
At the time of writing, these are not available within the UK.
What’s in the box
- Cordless Advanced Water Flosser
- 2 x Classic Jet Tips (JT-100E)
- 1 x Orthodontic Tip (OD-100E)
- 1 x Plaque Seeker Tip (PS-100E)
- Rapid Magnetic Charger
- Tip Storage Case
- Microfiber Travel Bag and Travel Plug
- An easy and more effective way to floss
- Healthier gums and righter teeth in just a minute a day
- Battery operated, portable design is perfect for travel or small bathrooms
- Magnetic power cable
- Waterproof, may be used in the shower
- 3 pressure modes
- 360 degree rotatable nozzle
- 4 water flossing tips
- Additional specialist tips available
- Travel bag included
Pros & Cons
Here are a list of the pro’s and cons having used the Waterpik Advanced Cordless water flosser.
- Effectiveness & appeal – It takes a little practice to floss effectively and without making a mess, but it is a more comfortable and enjoyable way to floss or many.
- Cordless – Not bound by wires you are free to move around when using this.
- Rechargeable battery – A built in battery is rechargeable and can be topped up in just 4 hours.
- Water resistant – Can be used in the shower.
- Box contents – Nice number of inclusions.
- Size – A bit chunky. Not something you will necessarily want to throw into a weekend bag if you are travelling light.
- Messy – Whilst you can master a technique, the steps involved and the amount of water pushed into the mouth means this is not the most enjoyable or flattering experience, you need a sink and even then you can make a bit of a mess.
- Price – It is not ‘cheap’ alternative to regular floss, but long term convenience is worth something.
Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
When you first get the Cordless Advanced water flosser out of the box, the first thing you notice is the size.
The unit is not small, but it does have a 210 ml water tank built into it, so we must be considerate of this.
The unit measures in as follows:
- Height (with nozzle) – 29cm
- Width – 7.1cm
- Thickness – 10.2cm
- Weight (with nozzle) – 360g
A bit curvy, it’s more comfortable to hold in hand than some others, but this does not get away from the size.
It is most certainly usable, but a concern I have is that for some users, the anticipation might be that this will fit nicely in a bag when I go away for business or pleasure.
It comes with a travel pouch and even a plug to put into the nozzle to stop and water leaking.
But, if you are travelling light, say for a weekend break; in my opinion this is a bulky unit to have in the bag, even if it does bring many health benefits.
Whilst the benefits of being cordless are great, I would suggest you seriously consider your lifestyle and take some time to assess whether a countertop flosser might be a better investment of your money.
Both cordless and countertop flossers have their place and what is right for one, may not be right for another. However, you often get a few more features and you most certainly get more usage time from the countertop options. The Waterpik Ultra Professional (WP-660 and WP-662) is a great example.
The Cordless Advanced comes in 3 different colour options within the UK.
- White – WP-560UK
- Black – WP-562UK
- Blue – WP-563UK
Quite often the more standard Black and White colour options are more popular and sell for less. But at the time of writing all 3 are within a few pennies of each other.
I do like the additional variety, rather than the basic, clinical and inoffensive White.
As you might expect, the more standard White and Black are most popular and sold in more places than all the other options.
When you look at the unit face on, it is the main button/control panel that stands out at you.
A power button sits at the top, with a pressure control button below.
Underneath these are the words High, Medium and Low, stacked on top of each other with an LED between them.
The LED below each pressure setting lights up once selected.
You can press the pressure control button to change the pressure prior to powering the flosser on.
Below this is a battery icon and charging LED that gives feedback on the battery power.
If the power is below 30% it will flash 8 times.
All of this is framed with a Silver bezel/trim that is shaped in a stretched teardrop sort of shape.
The remaining body of the unit is a smooth touch plastic.
At the front, just before the base of the unit is the Waterpik logo.
Flip the unit round and half of the back is made up of a transparent plastic with a cover over the opening to the water tank.
The tank holds 210 ml of water and will give up to 45 seconds of usage time.
On the upper half of the back of the unit are a series of raised dots that act as a grip for the fingers to keep the unit firmly in hand.
On the top of the unit is the detachable nozzle
4 nozzles come provided in the box.
These can easily be removed and replaced by releasing the catch that holds them in place. There is an eject/release button on the back of the unit, right at the top.
All the nozzles can be rotated a full 360 degrees, so that when in use you can get maximum benefit from the flosser and position the tip in the mouth at the ideal angle.
Such a feature should not be underestimated. You have finite control, more so than when you are all fingers and thumbs with regular floss.
It will take a bit of practice, but you can use your index finger to twist the nozzle into the perfect angle to reach all areas of the mouth.
The 4 nozzles provided with this cordless option are:
- 2 x JT-100E – Waterpik Classic Water Flosser Tips
- 1 x OD-100E – Waterpik Orthodontic Tip
- 1 x PS-100E – Waterpik Plaque Seeker Tip
Coming in a little storage box, it is a neat way to stow the nozzles when not in use and when travelling.
For the vast majority, the classic tips are the best option to use.
If you wear braces, then the Orthodontic tip is useful, whilst those with dental implants will find the Plaque Seeker tip most useful.
There are 3 additional styles of nozzle. Designed for different use cases.
- PP-100E – Waterpik Pik Pocket Tips
- TB-100E – Waterpik Water Flosser Toothbrush Tips
- TC-100E – Waterpik Water Flosser Tongue Cleaner
The Pik Pocket tips are specifically designed for those with Periodontal Pockets.
Any of these styles can be purchased and used with the Cordless Advanced.
You can find more information on each of the different tips here.
If you use the Classic tip, you should change this every 6 months on average.
The other tips should be replaced every 3 months. The same time you would use a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush brush head for.
Whilst this cordless option does not give the level of variety in pressure settings as some of the countertop options, you do have 3 settings, low, medium and high.
The pressure offered here varies between 45 and 75 PSI.
For a gentle floss, use the low power.
For a more invigorating clean use high.
The tank offers up to 45 seconds of run-time, based on the lower gentle mode.
If you have not used one before, expect to take a few days to get used to it. You may well make a mess in the process.
You need to be lent over a sink to floss properly.
When you fill the tank, the idea is you fill it with water, this can be cold or lukewarm if you prefer. The advised is the warm water. You could add a dash of mouthwash too if you wanted an extra burst of freshness.
Once powered on the pump inside the flosser will draw the liquid from the tank up and out through the nozzle on the top. It does this in a constant stream until the power is turned off or the liquid runs out.
The suggested technique is:
- Choose the pressure setting you want.
- Lean low over sink and place the tip in mouth.
- Aim the tip toward teeth, and turn the unit on.
- 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.
Whilst you purse your lips around the nozzle and aim to retain as much of the liquid in your mouth as possible, the resulting flow does mean you will be forced to dribble the excess liquid out.
Once you have perfected the technique not only does it become easier, it’s less messy too.
A full tank will give a maximum of 45 seconds cleaning time.
There is no timer or pacer built in, so it will take a bit of trial and error to perfect the technique, if you want to floss all of your mouth in just 45 seconds.
Refill and you have more time, to pay a little more attention and be a bit more thorough.
Children from the age of 6 are supposed to be able to use this, but their smaller mouths would struggle with the amount of liquid. The flow is quite quick and it is only a matter of seconds before your mouth is full as an adult.
For those who prefer, you can actually use this in the shower, the unit is water resistant.
You might be wondering how effective the Waterpik flosser is and that is a very valid query to have.
There has been lots of research by Waterpik to show the effectiveness of there flossers and impressive stats are available on the clinical research pages of the Waterpik website.
A 2016 study actually found the water flosser to be 18% more effective than interdental brushes.
Whether your choice for interdental cleaning is dental floss, interdental brushes or a water flosser. Failing to clean properly between the teeth and gums can lead to a buildup of bacteria and plaque that in turn can result in gum disease.
The pressure and flow of water that this cordless flosser offers reaches bacteria deep between teeth and below the gumline where brushing and traditional flossing can’t always reach.
The flow of water does too massage and stimulate the gums to improve circulation and keep your gums strong and healthy.
I found that I preferred the more powerful setting of the 3 offered, but those with sensitive gums may find the lower power setting to be better. The pressure ranges from 45 to 75 PSI.
The rechargeable battery inside the unit will give approximately a weeks use between charges, based on a 1 minute clean per day.
It can be recharged in just 4 hours, using the magnetic charging cable. Read more about this in the ‘Battery Life’ section of this review.
Summary of Design, Usability, Clean & General Use
- Comes with a travel pouch
- Holds 210 ml in the reservoir
- Provides up to 45 seconds of constant water flow, will not be enough for some
- Not the most glamorous tool to use – takes practice
- Impressive clinical results
- Water resistant – can be used in the shower
- Different nozzle options – 4 provided
- Storage case for nozzles
- 3 pressure settings
- Battery/charging icon
- Built in rechargeable battery
- Magnetic charging solution
Water flossers like the Broadcare unit and even Waterpiks AA powered unit, the WF-03 have surprised me at just how much usage time you get from them.
Whilst price should not be the key deciding factor, you would expect a unit 2-3 times their cost to offer an equivalent battery life.
Sadly, this is not the case.
1 week or 7 days (approximately) usage time is possible from the battery built in and sealed inside.
This is based on 1 user, spending just a minute a day flossing.
If you are a keen flosser, then you will be charging more frequently.
To be fair, for most this is not a big hassle, but perhaps does not live up to the spirit of a cordless flosser in the way one might have hoped or wished for.
The charging icon on the front of the unit will blink 8 times, quickly after use when the power is at 30% or less. This is your alert that the power is low and you should recharge it soon.
In the box is charger, which is a little more novel than most.
At on end is a 2 pin plug suitable for the shaver sockets found in UK bathrooms.
At the other is a magnetic piece that attaches to the front of the flosser unit and will recharge the unit in just 4 hours.
It’s a clever solution and is a little less fiddly than some options.
The charger just clips on and easily pulls off as and when it needs charging.
Do not use it, whilst connected to the power. Disconnect the charger and then use.
If you want to connect the unit to a 3 pin socket, you will need to purchase an adapter.
It would have been nice if the battery lasted longer, a week feels a bit on the short side.
If you are travelling for longer than a week, you will have to take the charger.
I have not suffered with any reliability issues with the unit, but some have reported poor performance and reliability issues with the battery.
In this unit is a Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery.
Lithium-Ion batteries (Li-Ion) do tend to be more popular, reliable and offer better battery life.
It is a shame that Li-Ion has not been used here, given the price of the unit.
Don’t be too concerned about this, I think the cases have been relatively isolated and are usually covered under warranty. This comes with a 2 year warranty.
Summary of Battery Life
- Built in rechargeable battery
- Gives a weeks usage time
- Battery/charge indicator will flash when power is 30% or less
- 2 pin plug for UK bathrooms
- Magnetic attachment
- 4 hours to charge unit
With a recommended retail price of £99.99, this is no impulse purchase.
Quite often when you come to buy, you will find that the retailers are selling a little less than the suggested price, which equals a saving for you.
Sadly, at the time of writing, this is not the case.
A couple of pounds is really all you might save.
This is quite disappointing.
Below we have listed some of the UK retailers that are currently ranging it. It’s always worth trying eBay too.
You do need to factor in the price of replacement nozzles too. A pack of 2 costs £6.99 and lasts 6 months, so at £3.50 each they are fairly good value. It does add to the lifetime cost, but you have this with other water flossers too.
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 £99.99 online and factoring in 2 packs of replacement heads at £6.99 each, the cost over 3 years works out at £113.97 or 10p per day.
Compare this to traditional string floss that works out at about 1-2p per day and it’s quite a bit more expensive.
There is a price to be paid for the convenience and effectiveness, for sure, but is it worth this much more?
The WP-560 does offer some benefits over and above other cordless water flossers on the market today, but considering Waterpik themselves have models that are selling for less than £50, justifying the price is difficult.
For the extra £50 (at the time of writing), you are getting:
- Better design
- Magnetic charger
- Extra pressure setting
You might perceive the value of these to be different, but the WP-450 might be the older and slightly more dated model, but with a cost of £59 over 3 years or just 5p per day, this is where I would be spending my money.
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
- Recommended retail price of £99.99
- No discounts available
- Replacement nozzles retail for £6.99 for a pack of 2
- Daily cost around £0.10 over 3 years
- Expensive in comparison to alternatives
Reliability & Long Term Use
Over the few years I have been using and testing Waterpik products I have not had one fail on me.
The quality of the products has differed slightly, with some being better than others.
Overall I would have no real concerns with the reliability of their products.
The WP-560/562 and 563 variants on offer here are no exception to that rule that I have witnessed.
A select few have made comment to suggest that the battery is a little unreliable.
I would agree, it would be nice to have a better battery I can’t personally say it’s bad or has issues.
For peace of mind, it comes with a 2 year warranty.
As cordless water flossers go, I don’t believe that I have seen or used one as good as this.
It is the best in class.
It has a good sized tank, variable pressure settings, a nice design and charges quickly.
The box contents is good too.
Disappointingly, the battery life isn’t great and the price is, well expensive.
Whilst it takes some getting used to, its a more pleasurable experience than the regular flossing technique, but you can get this benefit from cheaper models.
Waterpiks very own WP-450 might not be quite as feature rich, but for less than half the price, it goes offers more bang for your buck.
Electric Teeth Rating
- Height (with nozzle) – 29cm
- Width – 7.1cm
- Thickness – 10.2cm
- Weight (with nozzle) – 360g
All are approximates
- How long does the battery last?
- Based on 1 user per day you will get about 1 week from the flosser.
- Does it come with a charger?
- Yes. It comes with a 2 pin plug for use in bathrooms within the UK. It works on 110-240v (plug adapter may be required). Plug the power adapter into the socket and attach the other end of the cable to the front of the unit. It will align thanks to magnets. It takes 4 hours to charge.
- How often do the nozzles need replacing?
- Nozzles should be replaced every 6 months if using the classic or tongue cleaner. All others should be replaced every 3 months.
- Can I use mouthwash in the Waterpik?
- 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 210 ml which will last for 45 seconds.
- Can I use the Waterpik in the shower?
- Yes, it is water resistant.
- Does it come with a travel case?
- Yes a microfiber drawstring pouch is included to put the flosser in when travelling.
- My gums bleed when I use cordless 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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Do you own or have you used the Waterpik WP-560 Cordless Advanced Water Flosser?
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.