Recently my family bought me the Broadcare Water Flosser for Father’s day. This was to replace the mains powered Water Flosser I had been using these many years, as the flexible tubing had cracked and it had to be thrown away. At £25.99 from Amazon.co.uk, the Broadcare Water Flosser was certainly a good deal.
The Broadcare Smart Water Flosser comes in a simple white box, similar to what iPhones come in. Hence it is well protected from shipping damage. It does come with the necessary equipment to start using it, after the unit has been charged.
It is a sleek model which looks similar to the other water flossers on the market. It does not need assembly other than fitting the flosser nozzle head, and after charging the unit for the first time it is ready to use. Mine took about 2 hours for the first charge.
It did come with an instruction manual, the charger and two flosser nozzle heads, so that two people could share this unit. It is very portable and hence can be taken with you, even on holidays; you still need to look after your dental hygiene while away on holidays.
The water tank inlet is at the bottom end of the unit and has a rubber seal to keep the water from leaking out of the tank. Now the door flap for this inlet fits very tightly and hence a little force is required to open it. But so far it has withstood the opening and closing, and should last.
The charging port is on the front of the unit near the base and away from the water inlet. It does come with a rubber bung which serves to keep the water from entering the charging port – which is a good thing. Just make sure you do not lose this bung, as there are no spares included. So keep it safe while the unit is being charged so as not to lose it.
There are 3 modes to use this water flosser: normal mode (up to 90 PSI and 1400 pulses per minute) with a continuous flow of water jet from the flosser, soft mode (40 PSI) with lower pressure continuous flow and pulse mode which sends pulses of water. I tend to use the Normal mode, as I find that the 150ml volume of the tank seems to get the job done without needing a refill. And this is particularly so once you get used to using it.
What I like about the Broadcare Water Flosser?
- Great value at £25.99 and much cheaper than the other units available, while not compromising on function.
- It definitely works, and in fact seems to get the bits stuck between the teeth (even after brushing teeth) out better than the mains supplied unit I had previously. I’ve not needed to refill the tank in the times I’ve used it.
- The battery life seems to be very good – I’ve only charged it when the unit first arrived – which took under 2 hours. And it has been working (about once every 2 days) for the last 2 weeks and still going strong. And the fact I do not need to plug it into the mains in order to use it is great.
What could be improved?
- The charging port bung is small, and not attached to the unit, which means it is easy to lose it. And without this, the unit will not be water-tight as the water can easily get in to the charging port while it is in use. And there is no spare bung included.
- The power button requires very little force to activate it and hence it is easy to accidentally switch it on or off, which I’ve done on quite a few occasions – stopping the water mid-flossing, or sending the remaining bit of water out of the nozzle when I had finished and was drying the unit.
Good dental hygiene is important and should be part of everyone’s normal daily routine to keep oneself healthy. Brushing the teeth will not get rid of all the bits which get stuck in between the teeth, which can become the breeding ground for bacteria – resulting in poor gum health and bad breath. Hence regular flossing should be considered, and with water flossers being easily available and much cheaper than 5 years ago, there is really no reason not to get one to use.
The Broadcare Water Flosser is very reasonably priced, and seems to have worked very well to get rid of the bits stuck between the teeth which regular brushing is unable to dislodge. The battery life seems to be very good, as I’ve not needed to recharge it since it was charged when it first arrived over 2 weeks ago. And it is still going strong. It did not take very long to charge it when it first arrived.
The only little gripe with this unit is that the charging port bung which seals and protects it from water is small and not attached to the unit, which means it could get lost very easily. And with no spares provided for this, it would mean needing other means to keep the water out of the charging port e.g. using sticky tape etc. But that tiny gripe does not detract from me recommending this water flosser though.