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Quip cordless water flosser review

Quip flosser in the mouth

Our Verdict

5 Star Rating

Quips cordless water flosser is stylish and well thought out. 

There are a number of simple touches that just work and make daily use that bit more enjoyable.

It isn’t perfect, but it certainly competes with the very best cordless flossers available today.

Pros

  • Cordless – not restricted by wires
  • Stylish design
  • 2 pressure settings
  • 2 water flow settings
  • Easy to attach magnetic USB charging cable 
  • Different color options available
  • Lifetime warranty if subscribed

Cons

  • No travel case or pouch
  • Strong magnet for nozzle
  • The nozzle is difficult to rotate
  • No pacer built-in
  • Over eager subscription plan
  • 1 year warranty

Where to buy the Quip cordless flosser

At the time of review, the Quip water flosser is currently only sold by quip themselves at www.getquip.com.

In time it will likely become available through other outlets but don’t expect to see it in every pharmacy, dental practice or grocery store.

It’s always worth checking eBay too.

Consider these other water flossers

My top pick today when choosing a cordless water flosser, is the Waterpik Cordless Advanced.

The charging solution on offer with Quip is better. Quip looks more stylish too. Truth be told it’s a good flosser.

But, the Advanced addresses a couple of the complaints I have with Quip.

And when you focus on the main purpose of a water flosser, then the Waterpik takes the edge.

It is possibly more expensive but over the years of ownership probably worth it, hence topping our list of best cordless water flossers.

Our Chocie
Waterpik Cordless Advanced Water Flosser For Teeth, Gums, Braces, Dental Care With Travel Bag and 4 Tips, ADA Accepted, Rechargeable, Portable, and Waterproof, White WP-560
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Philips Sonicare Power Flosser 3000 Cordless, White, HX3806/21
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Waterpik Cordless Advanced
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Waterpik Cordless Advanced Water Flosser For Teeth, Gums, Braces, Dental Care With Travel Bag and 4 Tips, ADA Accepted, Rechargeable, Portable, and Waterproof, White WP-560
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Philips Sonicare Power Flosser 3000 Cordless, White, HX3806/21
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Quip rechargeable flosser in-depth review

Quip has been making a name for itself over the last few years.

They are a rapidly growing direct to consumer brand that is working to reshape the dental care industry.

Best known for its compact sonic toothbrush. I reviewed their still current original model and then Quips smart toothbrush. They serve a purpose and have likable features, but they don’t get a strong recommendation from me. 

Quip has since branched out into many different products. The latest is the cordless water flosser being reviewed here.

Variants of this water flosser

At the time of review, Quip offers their cordless water flosser in 5 different versions.

The difference is the material used for the body and the color of that material. There are no technical differences.

Your options are:

  • Plastic
    • Sky blue
    • White
  • Metal
    • Copper
    • Slate
    • All black

It is worth noting that with the all black variant there are a couple of extra styling differences.

It has a black nozzle/flossing tip whereas all the others have a clear tip. 

The water tank is also a smoked black rather than clear like it is on the other models.

The base and top of the flosser are black rather than white.

What’s in the box?

  • 1 x Quip cordless water flosser
  • 1 x Magnetic USB charging cable
  • 1 x Magnetic floss tip/nozzle
  • Quick start guide
Quip water flosser box contents

Key Features

  • Magnetic charging cable
  • Magnetic floss tip
  • 360 degree rotating nozzle
  • 2 pressure settings
  • 2 water flow settings

How the Quip cordless water flosser looks, feels and works

The Quip cordless water flosser comes packaged in a very simple and relatively nondescript cardboard box.

White in color the front has the outline of the flosser printed on it in black.

2 color matched stickers seal the box and show which colored unit is inside.

I purchased the copper metal unit for this review.

The box might look a bit boring to some, but there isn’t the need for it to be too glam as you won’t likely be shopping for this in a store. It doesn’t need to capture your attention.

Quip is sold online and the box is doing nothing more than holding the unit pieces together and protecting it for transportation.

The good news is because the box is paper based everything is recyclable. There are no single use plastics in use here.

Included is just what you need to get up and running, no unnecessary extras.

Copper metal Quip flosser and box

Premium looking flosser

I am using the premium metal handled flosser and I have to say it is one of, if not the best looking cordless flosser on the market today.

In this copper metal color it looks fantastic.

Quip does offer more affordable options made from plastic, but there is something about the feeling of the metal.

I must give Quip praise for the design and styling. There is a great deal of consistency across their product range and synergy between products that just work. You can really tell the toothbrush and water flosser are from the same company.

It is nice to have the option of color matching too.

It is not all that often that you can get a copper metal toothbrush and water flosser.

Quip flosser in the hand

Cordless flossers by their very nature are a little bulky, but Quip has done its best to make it look and feel more compact in the hand.

My small to average sized man hands grip the unit fairly well.

It doesn’t feel, in my opinion at least, quite as comfortable and secure in hand as the more shapely Waterpik Cordless Advanced, but I have held products that feel far less comfortable.

There is a definite minimal look to the flosser which I defy you to dislike.

In the upper half of the unit are 2 buttons. The top one, with Quips ‘q’ icon in it, controls the water flow. The lower circular button with the LED in the middle allows you to switch between the different pressure settings/modes.

The remainder of the front is free of any notable ports or controls. The only other stand out feature here is the Quip logo debossed into the material. 

From a top or side profile, you will see how the unit has a rounded rectangle/ovalish shape to it. It certainly isn’t a cylinder like a toothbrush.

The sides of the flosser are smooth to the touch.

There are essentially 2 halves to the flosser, albeit they do not detach from one another.

The front half has the battery, pump and electronics needed to power this unit.

The rear half is the water tank or reservoir if you prefer.

On this copper unit and with most other variants the tank is a slightly opaque plastic. You can see the water level through it easily.

On the all-black option, this reservoir is black in color.

The base of the flosser is flat, so it stands upright on a countertop. There is a recess into which the magnetic charging cable attaches.

The top of the flosser is split in two. It is angled too for a more interesting design aesthetic.

In one half the magnetic flosser tip attaches. The other half is the hinged lid for the water tank.

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The lid won’t stay open – but is larger than some for easier filling

The water tank on the back of the Quip cordless flosser holds up to approximately 150ml or 5 fluid ounces.

This is quite a bit less than the 7oz /207ml of the Waterpik Cordless Advanced and the 8.4oz/250ml of the Sonicare 3000.

However, as I will explain later it isn’t necessarily as big an issue as one might think at first.

The lid or reservoir door, if you prefer, is actually a bit larger than most meaning it is a bit easier to fill the tank quickly and potentially with less spillage and mess.

But, there are too a couple of inconveniences or things to be aware of.

Because this has to be filled from the top the basin in which you are filling it needs to be quite deep to allow the flosser to fit under the tap.

With most flossers, you can tilt the unit into an almost horizontal position which means you don’t require such depth to the sink to fill the tank. It is a small thing, but something that could be an issue for some.

Linked to this is that the lid doesn’t stay open.

Unless you can tilt the unit a little, when filling the flosser you need to hold the lid open as it will flop closed otherwise.

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You normally need to hold the lid open to fill the tank.

It might sound silly, but in practice, it can potentially make filling up more awkward. With other flossers, the doors are positioned and hinged in such a way (most of the time) that this doesn’t pose an issue.

When it comes to drying out the tank to help keep it clean and prevent any mold buildup inside it is also more challenging. Ideally, you want the lid to remain open to allow plenty of airflow for thorough drying. Unless you push down on it to clip it shut properly, there is a small gap for ventilation, but it isn’t what most would want.

2 pressure settings and 2 mode settings

In use, you have a few different ways of using or configuring the flosser.

The upper of the 2 buttons control the water flow.

Your choices are:

  • On-demand
  • Continuous/steady

Give the button a more gentle press and it will activate the on-demand flow. As soon as you let go the water stops flowing.

Press the button firmly, hear the click and the steady or continuous mode is now active. The water keeps flowing until you press the button again or the water runs out.

Both buttons give a bit of feedback. They are quite firm but not too stiff. They are certainly not spongy and not really clickly. You don’t get that audible feedback from the button as you might with some.

Function buttons on quip water flosser

The lower of the 2 buttons control the pressure of the water flow.

You have 2 choices:

  • Gentle – White light
  • Deep clean – Blue light

As the names imply the pressure of the water flow out through the tip is either softer and more gentle or faster and more powerful.

Which mode you opt for is your choice and personal preference.

There are likely arguments that the deep clean mode is more effective, but the pressure of the water is only one part of the equation, time and technique play a key role too.

It is better to floss every day with the gentle mode than to floss every couple of days with the deep clean mode for example.

It will remember the mode you last used, you don’t have to select the mode each time you use the flosser.

Therefore combined you essentially have 4 different combinations to choose between, based on your preferences. Your choices are:

  • Gentle & on-demand
  • Gentle & continuous
  • Deep clean & on-demand
  • Deep clean & continuous

If you are used to water flossers already, you might be wondering how the power or pressure of the water flow of Quip compares.

I am unable to confirm exactly as Quip doesn’t make public the pressure of the water on each mode.

From my testing, I would suggest that the gentle mode is equivalent to approximately level 4-5 on a Waterpik unit, therefore about 40-50 PSI.

The deep clean mode is much more intense and likely around the 8-9 setting on Waterpik, thus about 80-90 PSI. Do be aware these are just my assumptions based on my testing.

Irrespective, I am very pleased with the pressure options and the results.

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Flossing time might not be long enough

When used continuously with the gentle pressure setting, it takes about 60 seconds to drain the tank of the Quip cordless water flosser.

Change the mode to deep clean and you get about 35 seconds of use.

You might feel differently, but having tested many flossers we feel that you need about 45 seconds of usage time to be able to achieve a thorough clean of the gumline and interdental spaces. Therefore the deep clean mode might not be long enough for you. You may need to refill the tank to get a complete clean.

This is not an issue if you are happy with the gentle mode.

No timer or pacer built-in

It isn’t commonplace, but some cordless water flossers have a timer and pacer built into the unit.

This works like a pacer would on an electric toothbrush, the idea being it helps you to achieve an even clean of the teeth.

This cordless flosser does not have one. Therefore it is down to you to make sure you clean all the teeth evenly.

Quip suggests spending approximately 2 seconds cleaning each tooth.

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1 floss tip style only

At the time of review, Quip offers one style of flossing tip/nozzle.

It is what is often known as a jet tip.

A plastic tube with an angled tip that narrows to help push the water out. The angled tip is set to about 45 degrees. This means when the flosser unit itself is angled at about 45 degrees (the natural angle to hold it at), the tip is at 90 degrees, or thereabouts to the gumline.

There isn’t a lot of evidence to say there is a need for multiple tip styles, but market leader Waterpik offers quite a few.

The different styles are designed to aid different people who have different needs.

There are those designed to help clean around braces and orthodontic appliances and others to help clean gum pockets and around restorations such as crowns and implants.

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Often these alternatives have bristles attached to them or soft tips rather than hard plastic to aid with cleaning.

It is open to interpretation, but as a general rule Quips flosser and the current jet tip are going to be best suited to the user who doesn’t have periodontal disease or more complex oral care needs.

To find which is right for you or if you need a specialized tip at all, consult with your dentist or dental hygienist.

The magnetic flossing tip is neat but does not effortlessly rotate

The flossing tip provided magnetizes into place. This is neat, I like it. I don’t think I have seen any other water flossers do this. Most use some sort of physical clipping mechanism.

Where other flossers require you to press a button to release the tip, this doesn’t. You just release it by pulling the tip away from the body of the flosser.

It is designed to rotate a full 360 degrees, like tips on many other flossers.

There is a problem though.

The magnet is just too strong. It holds the tip in place, but too securely.

Magnetic flossing tip on Quip flosser

I could not remove the nozzle with wet hands. I had to dry them and even then pull really quite hard to cause it to detach.

Yes, it will spin a full 360 degrees, which in principle is perfect. But, in reality, it doesn’t. It is difficult and nigh on impossible to rotate whilst in use.

You really have to rotate it when the flosser is off.

It requires a really strong pinch on the flosser to rotate it. It does not effortlessly rotate as the Quip sales page would suggest and it is not therefore easy to get the right angle.

You can rotate it in use if you use the opposite hand to the one you are holding it with.

If the magnet was weaker it would be a bit easier. But, I still think it would be tricky as you have little to grip onto. Waterpik does it right with large finned rotating wheels that allow you to rotate the nozzle with a fingertip, whilst flossing. It really is effortless on the Cordless Advanced.

Gum protection feature doesn’t work 

It isn’t mentioned on Quips sales page, but on this page about the flossers features, a gum protection mode is written about.

It says “ You’ll want to be extra careful not to floss with the Floss Tip pressed directly against your gums as this will trigger the automatic shut-off sensor. (And can also damage your gums!)

A similar message is repeated here when it comes to troubleshooting.

Please note, that the Rechargeable Cordless Water Flosser has a built-in sensor and will shut down if the nozzle is placed too close to your gums. If you are finding that your Water Flosser is shutting down frequently while in use, you may be flossing too close to your gum line

It doesn’t work for me. Whatever I tried it just carried on, no shut-off. Even when I placed my finger over the tip, nothing.

It is another neat feature if it works. I don’t think I have used a water flosser with this before.

Automatic shut-off at 2 minutes

No matter what pressure setting you use, you will have exhausted the water if you leave it running for more than a minute.  Therefore, this water flosser is designed to automatically power off after 2 minutes of continuous use.

This is a safety feature to avoid wearing out the pump etc.

If you want to use it for several minutes, you don’t need to.  It is best to stop and restart the device between each refill of the tank.

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Water flossing can be messy

This is more applicable to new users of water flossers as you need to learn and practice the technique to limit the amount of water that gets sprayed around you.

Even for long time users it is easy to make a mess. One false move and water is shooting in all different directions.

This applies to all water flossers and isn’t unique to Quip alone, but it can be messy.

It is a trade-off for the easier approach than regular string floss. I raise it as something to be aware of because it will likely happen.

Familiarize yourself with how you should use it and remember as best as possible to close the lips around the flosser tip to limit unwanted spray.

Being cordless has its advantages and disadvantages

Being cordless can be useful because you are not bound by wires.

You can move around a little more freely, you can travel with it and it can be used in places where there isn’t a fixed power supply.

Compare this to the generally more bulky and heavy countertop units that have to have a power outlet to function.

The disadvantage is that you don’t get the same usage time from a full tank. You get only 35-60 seconds from Quip compared to the several minutes you can get from the countertop units.

Some of the larger ones have tanks of 600ml in capacity which is 4x the 150ml on offer here.

Another downside is the lack of additional pressure settings. You don’t necessarily need them, but many countertop units have 10 settings rather than the 2 available on Quip.

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Water resistant

By the very nature of the device, it has been designed to be water resistant.

Quip doesn’t specifically state that you can or can’t use it in the shower, but it should be ok to do so. 

Where’s the travel case?

I will be the first to say it isn’t essential, but I would have thought Quip would have included or at least offered as an optional accessory some sort of travel case or pouch.

It need not be some hard plastic case, but a soft drawstring pouch would’ve be nice. 

When on the go the nozzle can be stored in the water tank, but that doesn’t prevent any residual moisture from dripping out from the top of the flosser.

A soft pouch would absorb some of this and prevent the unit a little from damage and accidental activation.

Sadly no such case is provided or offered.

It is a little surprising to me given a big unique selling feature of Quips toothbrush is the case cum wall mount.

1 year or lifetime warranty subject to subscription

The warranty you get with Quips flosser depends on whether you remain subscribed or not.

Remain subscribed, and your warranty is extended for the life of your subscription. I can’t fault this.

Cancel the subscription or not take it out in the first place and the warranty is just 1 year from the date of the original purchase.

1 year is ok, but most companies now offer 2 years.

A lifetime warranty is great, but the catch is the subscription, which as I demonstrate in the pricing section can work out more expensive.

Summary of design, usability, clean & general use

  • Available with a metal or plastic handle
  • Different color options are available
  • Stylish and well designed
  • 2 buttons – 1 controls water flow the other pressure settings
  • 2 water flow options – on-demand & continuous
  • 2 pressure settings – gentle & deep cleaning
  • Remembers mode used & has LED on the unit
  • 150ml/5 oz water tank
  • 35 seconds of use on deep clean 
  • 60 seconds of use on gentle clean
  • Large reservoir lid that doesn’t stay open
  • Magnetic nozzle
  • The nozzle is difficult to rotate
  • 1 floss tip style
  • Water resistant design
  • No travel or pouch case included
  • 1 year warranty or lifetime warranty subject to subscription

Battery life

Quip suggests up to 8 weeks of battery life when using the more gentle mode.

When using the more intense mode, the battery life is suggested to be around 6 weeks. 

In both instances, this assumes the flosser is being used once a day.

In my testing, using the deep clean mode, I achieved 60 flossing sessions.

That is equivalent to 60 days of use or about 8 and a half weeks on a full charge.

I am very pleased with this.

At around 45 days or flossing sessions, the LED on the unit did change to an amber color to warn that the battery was getting low.

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I haven’t done a battery life test on the gentle mode. 

But, based on the performance here, I think around 8 weeks on that mode should be achievable. I am assuming the extra running time of each session is offset by the lesser power of the water being pushed out of the flosser tip.

This is certainly similar, if not better than many competing products today. So pleasing all things considered.

Rechargeable battery built-in

Sealed inside the flosser handle is a rechargeable battery.

Quip isn’t too explicit about the battery type of capacity, but I believe it to be a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery.

It is not user removable or replaceable.

Whilst the battery should last many years, it is a real shame that more effort hasn’t been made to offer an opportunity to replace the battery if required.

This is likely linked to safety and ensuring water resistance. It is something that needs to change.

What the battery LED notifications mean

Within the pressure mode button on the flosser is an LED that is lit in different colors depending on what the flosser is doing and the remaining charge in the battery.

This is so very useful.

When the flosser is on charge:

  • Solid green LED – Fully charged battery (after about 4 hours)
  • Pulsing orange LED – Battery is charging

When the flosser is off charge:

  • Solid orange LED – Battery is low and requires recharging

Easy to use magnetic USB charging cable

Recharging the battery is fairly straightforward thanks to the easy to use magnetic USB charging cable.

Magnetic charging cable

White in color the flat cable is about 90cm/3 feet in length. 

It has a male USB Type A connector at one end and a proprietary magnetic charging pin style connector at the other.

The Quip specific connector has a silver ring and gold pin that aligns with the same on the base

of the unit. The fact it is magnetic allows the cable to effortlessly snap into place.

Thankfully there are no fiddly port covers to remove or deal with.

There is a recess on the base of the flosser, so that it can still stand upright on a countertop when the cable is connected.

You then need to connect the USB connector at the other end to a power source and give it about 4 hours to charge fully.

The cable is a neat and compact solution. It is far less bulky than the magnetic charger with the Waterpik Cordless Advanced for example.

However, it isn’t perfect.

Being a custom connector for Quip means sourcing replacement cables are more difficult. If you mislay your charging cable for example you won’t be able to use another until you find it or get a new one.

The Sonicare Cordless 3000 power flosser is an example of a unit that is much more convenient because it uses the more universal USB type c connector. Many people have these power cables already and they are easy to source.

Magnetic charge cable Quip flosser

No USB wall adapter is included

Quip does not provide a 2 pin wall USB wall adapter in the box.

This will be a real frustration for many as you will need to source one or use one you already own to recharge the flosser from a wall outlet.

It is a small additional hurdle to overcome for some before you can start using it. But it does reduce possible electrical waste, which is likely a reason why it is excluded. Many people don’t need or use them.

You can recharge it from other USB enabled products like a computer, laptop or battery bank for example so you are not necessarily as limited as you might think at first.

Summary of battery life

  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Claimed battery life of up to 8 weeks when using gentle mode
  • Achieved 60 days (8.5 weeks) in my hands-on testing
  • Battery charge indicator LED on the flosser handle
  • Charge light changes color depending on the battery charge levels
  • USB type a to type c power cable included
  • Proprietary charging cable
  • No USB to 2 pin power adapter supplied
  • Takes up to 4 hours to charge

Price & where to buy

I have included links to buying options here at the start of the review.

In the section below, I discuss the price more generally and in relation to similar products.

Prices are always subjective and what I think is good value, you might not.

There is an argument that you can’t put a price on obtaining a healthy mouth, but that doesn’t stop manufacturers from trying.

At a headline level, Quips pricing for this flosser is competitive.

Price savings for being direct to consumer

As Quip is primarily a direct to consumer brand, there should be cost savings to be had as they cut out some of the middlemen and additional layers that often increase the price.

I would argue that this does show to a large extent in the retail prices of this flosser.

The cost does differ slightly depending on the material you choose.

The plastic model has a retail price of $50 whilst the premium metal option is available for $70.

$20 extra for a bit of metal is quite expensive. I do think the metal is very nice though.

You can potentially save $5 off the cost of each, with a subscription plan. More on that in a moment.

How do prices compare to the competition?

Burst Oral Care is another US based direct to consumer brand and their cordless water flosser retails for $70.

There are a few technical differences between the two products but they are comparably priced.

 Do bear in mind that the competition does use plastic only.

Now if we take a look at the market leader and their premium cordless model, the Advanced, this retails at $99. That is a fair extra cash amount to have to pay. It is potentially a sign of how the larger traditional company has extra cost layers.

That said, the Advanced’s average selling price is around $80. Thus, the $30 difference (compared to the metal Quip) reduces to nearer $10, so the price gap isn’t quite as significant as it might seem at first.

When it comes to replacement nozzles or flosser tips, Waterpik and Quip sell them for about $5 each, whilst Burst charges around $6-7.

Over eager subscription plan

One of the appeals of Quip is the subscription plan. The idea is that consumables are delivered to your door just when you need them. This takes away some of the hassle and inconvenience associated with getting the most from our oral care routine.

There are many companies now offering such, but Quip was one of the first within the oral care space and it is an approach that makes sense for many.

But, there is a bit of a catch.

The consumable part of a water flosser is the flossing tip.

In most instances, for a jet style tip like that provided here, recommendations from brands are to replace these every 6 months.

In truth, there is a lot of contention about whether it needs to be replaced that often, but that’s a whole separate discussion.

Quip’s subscription plan is set to 3 monthly replacements. Therefore half the suggested usage time.

In a year where the advice is to use 2 nozzles with a Waterpik, Quip is suggesting 4.

Given that a Waterpik and Quip nozzles cost the same, Quip can soon become a more expensive option.

Now to be fair to Quip, once subscribed you can cancel, pause and amend your subscription plan. But, it is designed to be a bit more of a set and forget style system, so you could easily end up with lots of nozzles and paying more than you really need to.

And there is another catch that is clever from Quips’ perspective but works against you and me a bit.

The retail prices are discounted by $5 making the purchase price look more attractive. But, by default, a large tube of toothpaste is added to your subscription.

Therefore, you save $5 at the time of purchase and get a tube of paste, but at 3 monthly intervals, you are now charged $10 and get a flosser tip and a tube of toothpaste.

Most of us need paste, but it isn’t required with a water flosser. It’s a bit cheeky of Quip to do this and I know people are already confused about how what should be a $5 subscription for tips turns into $10. It is the automatic addition of the toothpaste that does it.

Do remember to gain the lifetime warranty, you need to remain subscribed.

How the long term ownership costs work out

Here at Electric Teeth we like to price things over a 3 year period to get a benchmark cost of ownership. This helps give an approximate figure which can be compared to similar products to aid in your decision making process.

If we were to select the plastic handled flosser, the price would be $50.

Replacement nozzles cost $5 per time ($55 over 3 years). 

Assuming you subscribe, over 3 years, the total cost will be $105.

If you went for the premium metal handled flosser, the cost would increase to $120.

Philips Sonicare’s Cordless 3000 costs $102.50 and the Waterpik Cordless Advanced $100.

Therefore realistically they are all similarly priced.

But, there is a potential option to save about $25 off Quip.

Every other 3 months, pause or skip the delivery if you can so that you end up only getting a new flosser tip every 6 months.

Another option is to remain subscribed for 2 years, only replacing the tip every 6 months. At the end of the 2 years, you will have built-up a surplus of nozzles. Cancel the subscription and now you potentially have another couple of years of use without having to buy replacement tips.

Or don’t subscribe at all. You will only get a 1 year warranty, but retain a bit more control over the costs.

Please note that all prices quoted are approximates and will vary based on location, supplier and time of purchase.  These figures were correct at the time of writing and should not be relied upon as hard fact, but used as a guide during your decision process.

Summary of price & where to buy

  • List of buying options included here
  • Retail price of $50 or $70 subject to handle material
  • Option of a $5 saving when subscribing to toothpaste as well
  • $5 per replacement flossing tip
  • Plastic model costs $105 over 3 years
  • Metal model costs $120 over 3 years
  • Comparably priced to the alternatives
  • Longer term costs 3+ years are higher

My thoughts on reliability and repairability

I haven’t experienced any real issues that would cause concern over the long term reliability of this water flosser.

I think the nozzles should be easier to remove and rotate, but that isn’t really a reliability issue.

The water tank lid does drip a bit if you turn the flosser upside down, but this is an odd position to put it in. It does otherwise provide a satisfying click when closed.

Overall, the fit, finish and build quality of the flosser seems to be good.

Quips’ approach to charging does away with potentially fiddly port covers that can be prone to breaking.

My testing is by no means scientific and I am not subjecting the flosser to specialist durability tests. I use it just like you would at home.

With the few Quip products I have tested, I haven’t experienced any reliability issues.

For those who subscribe, there is the peace of mind of a lifetime warranty.

For those choosing not to subscribe, then the warranty is only 1 year. It is satisfactory, but substandard when most other brands now offer 2 if not 3 year warranties.

Unfortunately, no parts, aside from the nozzle on the flosser are designed to be user serviceable. This isn’t uncommon for a product of this type, but when there is a need to move to more sustainable approaches this is disappointing.

Sustainability

There is limited data to really determine the environmental impact of a water flosser, but it is likely similar to an electric toothbrush. Unfortunately, they don’t fare well.

But, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use one. You need to balance effective cleaning and disease prevention against the environmental impact.

Water flossers can assist with keeping your mouth healthy and reducing the need for dental treatment. And avoid the need for planetary impacts that come from procedures such as fillings.

There is a lack of detailed evidence to confirm that a filling is worse than the use of a water flosser. But using data for an electric toothbrush, dentist Gemma Wheeler believes that a single filling is worse than an electric brush with a usable life of 5 years. Thus it is likely a similar story for the flosser.

There is no perfect solution as yet. We want to see manufacturers doing more to tackle this issue and achieve significant improvements.

Schemes to recycle used nozzles only scratch the surface of what needs to be done.

Related to the Quip flosser specifically:

Pros

  • Limited box contents – not lots of unnecessary extras. This reduces the weight of transportation
  • Smallish box with limited weight and recyclable cardboard inner tray.
  • No USB play adapter included – many already own such.

Cons

  • The recommendation for nozzle replacement time is half the industry average.
  • Proprietary USB charging cable.
  • 1 year warranty unless subscribed
  • No user serviceable parts.
    • The manual specifically states that the unit isn’t designed to be serviceable.

Conclusion

For what is Quip’s first attempt at a cordless water flosser, they have done a very good job.

I and many others could happily use this on a daily basis.

It is one of, if not the best looking flossers on the market. It is too nice to have the choice of colors.

I very much like the magnetic charging cable and the magnetic nozzle. They are simple and work. They feel less fussy. It makes daily use more enjoyable.

Unfortunately, the difficulty to rotate the nozzle in use does limit one of the suggested benefits. Competing products make doing this so much easier.

Although 2 pressure settings and water control modes are available, I feel it is better suited to those without more complicated or specialized oral care needs.

All things considered, it isn’t bad value if you ignore the subscription plan, but if you remain subscribed you will end up paying over the odds.

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Size Guide

Flosser only (no water)

  • Height (without nozzle) – 19.5cm / 7.68 inches
  • Height (with nozzle) – 27cm / 10.63 inches
  • Width – 4.5cm / 1.77 inches
  • Thickness – 5.8cm / 2.28 inches
  • Weight (without nozzle) – 286g / 10.08oz
  • Weight (with nozzle) – 294g / 10.37oz

Retail box (includes flosser & all accessories)

  • Length – 22.1cm / 8.70 inches
  • Width – 9.2cm / 3.62 inches
  • Depth – 6.5cm / 2.56 inches
  • Weight – 457g / 16.12oz

All are approximates

Noise

  • 71dB

FAQ

  • How long does the battery last?
    • Quip suggests that when using the gentle mode you should get up to 8 weeks of use on a single charge. The more intense deep clean will give about 6 weeks of use. My hands on testing achieved just over 8 weeks when using the deep clean mode.
  • Does it come with a charger?
    • Yes. It comes with a custom magnetic detachable charging cable.
    • At one then there is a USB type A (male) connector whilst the other end has a small round magnetic pin style charging connector.
  • How often do the nozzles need replacing?
    • Quip recommends replacing the nozzles every 3 months.
  • Can I use mouthwash in the power flosser?
    • You could, but it would be expensive and wasteful and it is also not recommended. You are best off adding a dash into the water used in the reservoir for a burst of freshness if you really want to. After using mouthwash, rinse the device to prevent clogging by partially filling the reservoir with warm water and running the product with tip pointed into the sink until the reservoir is empty. 
  • How much water or mouthwash does it hold?
    • Approx 5.28oz/150ml which will last for anywhere between 35 and 60 seconds subject to configuration.
  • Can I use the power flosser in the shower?
    • Quip does not explicitly state that it can or can’t be used in the shower. It is water resistant though, so, you should be ok to do so.
  • Does it come with a travel case?
    • No, there is no case or pouch included.
  • My gums bleed when I use the cordless flosser. Is that normal?
    • Bleeding gums may be a sign of infection.
    • A little bleeding can be normal when starting a new oral care routine. This is because you may be cleaning in areas not previously reached.
    • However, if bleeding is excessive or does not stop within about a week of regular use, consult a dental professional.

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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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