Philips Sonicare Power Flosser – initial thoughts and reaction

The Sonicare Power Flosser is Philips attempt at a countertop water flosser.

Water flossers are becoming increasingly popular products due to the benefits that they offer.

There are a variety of water flossers that are available from other brands, most notable are those from industry leader, Waterpik.

There is currently no information on the price or when it is likely to ship. Given the time of the announcement, I anticipate that it will ship later this year in time for the holiday season, if not a little sooner.

We will be checking for availability updates regularly. Once available, we will for order it and we will continue to update this page until a full hands-on review is available.

In the sections below I give my initial thoughts and reactions based on previous testing of similar products, and explain in detail what Power Flosser is and how it works.  

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Waterpik essentially dominates the water flosser market. Yes, there is competition, but the majority comes from lesser-known brands that compete primarily on price.

Good for our pockets this might be, but it limits the choice for proven, reliable products from reputable brands.

Sonicare is stepping up with the Power Flosser, and this might be the best attempt to date, that I have seen from a major brand.

The product has to be good to compete with the likes of Waterpik.

Sonicare doesn’t suggest they are better, but they do have data to suggest they could be as good.

They use impressive-sounding terms such as X-shaped QUAD STREAM technology, but at the end of the day, it does the same job as other water flossers. It cleans between the teeth.

I am keen to try it and compare it to similar products. I think for me and you the experience will be very similar to other products of this type.

The Power Flosser appears to be designed for the majority. Although a few different tips will be available, there isn’t quite the same range of specialist tips to aid those with specific oral health issues.

There are 3 key areas I think Sonicare can turn us into fans.

1. The lower noise levels this unit is said to make.

2. Build quality and reliability.

3. A simplified range. Just a couple of options, and not the 11 options that the likes of Waterpik offer.

Timeline of updates

At the moment all we have had is the official announcement of the power flosser from Sonicare.

We will update this section of the page as time goes on with any further news on availability.

  • 22nd September – Limited product details made available on Sonicare website
  • 2nd September 2020 – Power Flosser announced

Sonicare Power Flosser Explained

When you brush your teeth, you are actually only cleaning 60% of the tooth surface.  The other 40% goes uncleaned unless you do some form of interdental cleaning.

String floss and interdental brushes are popular products and often considered the gold standard.

But, let’s face it flossing can be awkward and uncomfortable.  

Water flossers are a more convenient and enjoyable solution for those that struggle or will simply not maintain a routine with more traditional methods.  

Waterpik is essentially the dominant force here with a range of products available (corded & cordless flossers), along with a range of tips to suit different user needs.

The all new Sonicare Power Flosser is set to challenge Waterpik and gives us consumers a little more choice. There has been a lack of options from reputable brands.  If you were to list any companies that could create such a product, Sonicare would be one.

Philips Sonicare Power Flosser - initial thoughts and reaction 2

Philips Sonicare is no stranger to oral health care products, with an established line of electric toothbrushes, the majority of which I have reviewed here on the Electric Teeth website.

They have for a number of years offered another product, the AirFloss, a small cordless water flossing unit.

The AirFloss is a tool I use regularly myself.  The mixture of air and water makes daily use very convenient. For me and many others as the volume of water required with each use is much less.  It is a much more convenient solution and allows you to be free of wires and the sink, in comparison to other, more traditional water flossers.

Sonicare are launching 2 models, the Sonicare Power Flosser 3000 and the 7000 Series.

On the face of it, from the images and details I have seen and read (I have not physically handled it), they look like most other water flossers.

There is a main base unit which is powered by mains electricity.  This base unit has a power button, the main control dial for the pressure settings and buttons for controlling the cleaning modes.

Housed inside is the pump and electrics that make this function.

Sonicare Power Flosser White Front On Shot

Up to 10 pressure settings from 10-100PSI are available on most Waterpik units and it appears this will be the same on the power flosser.  The numbers 1-10 are shown around the control dial. Sonicare has yet to mention specific pressure settings (PSI) though.

A removable water tank or reservoir sits on the top. This is either 550 or 600ml depending on the variant chosen. The best Waterpik models have a capacity of 600ml+.

Attached to the base unit via a hose is a handle that has a nozzle on it.  The handle and nozzle allow you to control and direct the water flow in and around the mouth. At the top of the nozzle is a rubber tip that creates an X shaped flow to the water pushed out through it.

This X shape is said to give more coverage when cleaning and is part of Philips ‘QUAD STREAM’ technology.

It has, in their testing, shown to be 180% more effective for healthier gums vs string floss and 3x more effective at removing plaque between the teeth and along the gumline compared to floss.

Although the Quad Stream nozzle is the one that Sonicare are promoting most heavily there are 3 nozzle choices in total. They are:

  • F1 Standard nozzle (HX3042/00)- For a continuous water flow/jet stream.
  • F2 Comfort nozzle (HX3052/00) – Soft rubber tipped nozzle.
  • F3 Quad Stream nozzle (HX3062/00) – Soft rubber tipped nozzle that directs water into a cross-shaped stream.
Sonicare Power Flosser Nozzles

Each nozzle simply clips into and out of the handle and are designed to be used for 6 months. Replacement packs of nozzles will be available, with 2 in each.

A slider switch on the handle would appear to be the main control for water flow allowing you to turn it on and off depending on which way you slide the switch.

However as an extra feature, the 7000 Series Power Flosser will have an auto shut-off feature when the handle is docked back on the base unit.

There are set to be up to 4 cleaning modes on the power flosser. Those modes are:

  • Clean
  • Deep Clean
  • Sensitive
  • Massage

The 3000 Series will have Clean and Deep Clean whilst the 7000 Series will have all 4.

The names somewhat intimate how the modes differ.

Clean, is your everyday mode for a continuous jet for through cleaning.

Deep clean is for an invigorating clean and benefits from ‘Pulse Wave’ technology that provides brief pauses in cleaning pulsations to guide us from tooth to tooth, according to the literature Sonicare have provided at the time of announcement. How this works in practice we will find out when we review it.

Sensitive is for a more gentle clean and Massage is designed to invigorate the gums whilst being gentle.

Although these modes perform slightly differently, all will be able to set to any of the 10 pressure settings available.

Sonicare Power Flosser Features

It should be possible to floss the teeth in just 60-90 seconds, depending on the mode and water flow.  Will the power flosser have a timer built-in? We will have to wait and see. There is no mention of such.

The official press release has a quote from Michael Kuhne, the business leader of Oral Healthcare which suggests that the unit will be quiet in use. 

The data provided suggests it is up to 4 times quieter (in lab tests) compared to the very popular Waterpik 660.  If true, that is impressive and will make the power flosser quite appealing as water flossers can be a bit noisy.

Sonicare Power Flosser models

Here is a breakdown of the key features/specs by model.

Philips Sonicare Power Flosser 3000 Oral Irrigator – HX3711/20

  • 2 modes
    • Clean
    • Deep Clean
  • 10 intensities/pressure settings controlled via rotating dial
  • 2 nozzles included
    • 1 x F1 standard nozzle
    • 1 x F3 Quad Stream nozzle
  • 550ml removable water reservoir
  • Multi-voltage power supply

Philips Sonicare Power Flosser 7000 Oral Irrigator – HX3911/30

  • 4 modes
    • Clean
    • Deep Clean
    • Sensitive
    • Massage
  • 10 intensities/pressure settings controlled via rotating dial
    • Dial has LED lights to highlight settings
  • 3 nozzles included
    • 1 x F1 standard nozzle
    • 1 x F2 Comfort nozzle
    • 1 x F3 Quad Stream nozzle
  • Nozzle case
  • 600ml removable water reservoir
  • Magnetic dock with auto shut-off
  • Multi-voltage power supply

Philips Sonicare Power Flosser 7000 System – HX3921/40

  • Bundled with a Sonicare ExpertClean 7300 electric toothbrush
  • 4 modes
    • Clean
    • Deep Clean
    • Sensitive
    • Massage
  • 10 intensities/pressure settings controlled via rotating dial
    • Dial has LED lights to highlight settings
  • 3 nozzles included
    • 1 x F1 standard nozzle
    • 1 x F2 Comfort nozzle
    • 1 x F3 Quad Stream nozzle
  • Nozzle case
  • 600ml removable water reservoir
  • Magnetic dock with auto shut-off
  • Multi-voltage power supply

Using your Philips Power Flosser

The following directions are how Philips suggest you should use their oral irrigator.

Standard and Comfort nozzles

  1. Make sure that the pause switch on the handle is in the ‘off’ (down) position.
  2. Press the on/off button on the base to turn on the product.
  3. Place the nozzle tip in your mouth. Lean over the sink and partially close your lips over the nozzle to avoid splashing. Leave enough space to allow water to flow from your mouth into the sink.

Note: Position the nozzle tip just above the gum line at a 90 degree angle.

Starting from your back teeth in your upper or lower jaw, slide the nozzle tip along the gum line and pause briefly between each tooth. Continue to clean both inside and outside of your teeth in one arch of your mouth for 30 seconds.

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Using your Power Flosser Quad Stream Nozzle

With the base station turned on:

  1. Position the nozzle tip just above the gum line at a 90° angle. Press gently so that the nozzle tip is in contact with the gum line and the teeth.
  2. Slide the pause switch on the handle to the ‘on’ position to start the water flow.
  3. Starting from your back teeth in your upper or lower jaw, slide the nozzle tip along the gum line and pause briefly between each tooth. Continue to clean both inside and outside of your teeth in one arch of your mouth for 30 seconds.
  4. Repeat in the other arch of your mouth for another 30 seconds until all spaces around and between your teeth have been cleaned for a total of at least one minute.
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After each use

  1. When you are finished, turn off the product.
  2. Remove and empty the reservoir.
  3. Remove the nozzle from the handle by pushing the eject button on the back of the handle.
  4. Rinse the nozzle under the tap.
  5. Insert the nozzle back into the handle.
  6. Dry any excess water off the tether and handle.

We will have a hands-on review as soon as we can.

Sonicare Power Flosser infographic

About Jon Love

Jon is a leading voice on electric toothbrushes and has been quoted by mainstream media publications for his opinions and expertise.

Having handled & tested hundreds of products there really is very little he does not know about them.

Passionate about business and helping others, Jon has been involved in various online enterprises since the early 2000s.

After spending 12 years in consumer technology, it was in 2014 that he focused his attention on dental health, having experienced first-hand the challenge of choosing a new toothbrush.

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