Waterpik WP-900 Complete Care Review

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It’s an older model, but it’s still got it where it counts.

If you’re looking for a budget-priced Complete Care system then the Waterpik WP-900 might be the right one for you. Granted it’s not as aesthetically appealing as the newer Complete Care 9.0, but for many people, that’s the least of their concern.

Also, keep in mind that Complete Care systems come with the water flosser and an electric toothbrush. They’re meant to be a complete replacement for your current dental care routine. Are you still using a manual toothbrush? The Waterpik electric toothbrushes are similar to the Philips Sonicare style toothbrushes, as they are sonic brushes rather than rotary. They also produce about the same 31,000 brush strokes per minute!

Here are some Pros and Cons about the WP-900 model that might help you decide if it’s the Waterpik for you.

Pros
    • All Complete Care Water Flossers have a Rotating Tip.
    • 2 Year Warranty
    • 10 Pressure Settings
    • 23 oz (700 mL) Reservoir. One of the largest among the Complete Care systems.
    • Comes with a 2-speed Sonic Electric Toothbrush.
    • Toothbrush has the Timer/Pacer features (comparable to the Philips Sonicare Smartimer and Quadpacer)
    • Price
Cons
    • No Timer or Pacer features on the water flosser.
    • Not compatible with 220 V power outlets.
    • Doesn’t have the sleek look of the Complete Care 7.0 – 9.5 models.
    • Not as travel friendly as the WP-04 Sidekick.

Analysis

Having enough pressure settings make the water flossing experience better, and all of the Complete Care systems come with 10 settings. Sensitivity problems? Being able to find the right pressure that’s gentle enough means you are still able to get some flossing done without being uncomfortable. That’s much harder with only 3 pressure settings.

The Timer feature runs the water flosser for one minute while the Pacer signals you to switch from top to bottom (or vice versa) at the 30-second mark. You have about 90 seconds of water with a full reservoir, which gives you a little extra time to spend on trouble spots.

There isn’t much difference between the water flossing functions of the Complete Care systems when compared with the standalone Waterpik water flossers, such as the WP-660 Aquarius. The standalone models are just the water flosser without the electric toothbrush.

Seriously, the feature differences between the Complete Care systems and the standalone water flossers are summed up by the “Cons” section above. The standalone models have the Timer/Pacer features, are mostly compatible with 110-220V power, and have more travel-friendly options.

So, why might you want a Complete Care system?

As we mentioned before, the concept is meant to be a drop-in replacement for your current dental care routine. If you don’t currently own an electric toothbrush or are looking to upgrade, then the Complete Care systems are an all-inclusive package to get you switched from manual to electronic dental care. It’s an attempt to streamline the decision to buy a water flosser when you’re already in the market for an electric toothbrush, or vice versa.

There’s a little more to it than that. The prices are also very competitive, and you can usually buy a Complete Care system for cheaper than if you have purchased a water flosser and electric toothbrush separately.

You’ve seen the feature highlights for the WP-900 Complete Care system, so now let’s take a more in-depth look at the included electric toothbrush. We also have the complete spec list down at the bottom of this page.

Included Waterpik SR-3000 Sensonic Toothbrush


waterpik sensonic sr-3000

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Perhaps the easiest way to visualize the features of the Waterpik SR-3000 electric toothbrush is by comparing it to a similar Philips Sonicare model. We want to make sure this is a fair comparison, so we’re not going to put it side-by-side with the most expensive, feature-packed, Sonicare brush.

Let’s start by outlining the main features that differentiate the SR-3000 and the similarly priced Sonicare brushes.

  • Battery Type: Lithium-Ion or NiMH?
  • Brush Modes
  • “Smart” Features
  • Voltage Compatibility
  • Travel Friendliness

For the majority of people, we think the most significant feature that’s going to impact your experience is the battery type.

Why?

Waterpik toothbrushes have NiMH batteries, while the Philips Sonicare models mostly have Lithium-Ion these days. Lithium-Ion batteries are superior to NiMH in general but are especially so in consumer electronics, such as electric toothbrushes. People tend to leave their electric toothbrush sitting on the charger whenever they aren’t brushing with it. This is great for Lithium-Ion batteries, but not so great for NiMH.

Overall, you can expect longer life from Lithium-Ion batteries. Can you expect years of life from your NiMH-powered Waterpik toothbrush? Absolutely.

NiMH batteries are cheaper to produce than Lithium-Ion, so it’s no surprise they’re everywhere. Getting a standalone water flosser and then buying your preferred electric toothbrush separately is likely going to be more expensive than a Complete Care system. That’s why we’re going to show you a few options here so that you can decide what works for you.

Item
Included w/ Complete Care
Waterpik SR-3000 Sensonic Toothbrush
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100
Philips Sonicare HealthWhite Plus
Preview
Waterpik Sensonic Professional Toothbrush (SR-3000)
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Plaque Control, Rechargeable electric toothbrush with pressure sensor, White Mint HX6817/01, 1 Count
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 Gum Health, Rechargeable electric toothbrush with pressure sensor, Black HX6850/60, 1 Count
Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+ electric rechargeable toothbrush, HX8911
Brush Strokes Per Minute
30,500
31,000
31,000
31,000
Brush Modes
2 Intensities
1
3
2 Modes, 3 Speeds
Brush Heads Included
2
1
1
1
Timer
Pacer
Smart Features
None
BrushSync (Alerts you when brush head needs to be changed.)
BrushSync (Alerts you when brush head needs to be changed.)
No
Pressure Feedback
Battery Type
NiMH
Lithium Ion
Lithium Ion
Lithium Ion
Voltage Compatibility
110 V (North America Only)
Global; 110-220V
Global; 110-220V
Global; 110-220V
Warranty
2 Years
2 Years
2 Years
2 Years
Accessories
Travel Case
Compact Charger
Travel Case, Compact Charger
Travel Case, Compact Charger
from $96.98
from $39.95
from $69.49
from $99.95
Included w/ Complete Care
Item
Waterpik SR-3000 Sensonic Toothbrush
Preview
Waterpik Sensonic Professional Toothbrush (SR-3000)
Brush Strokes Per Minute
30,500
Brush Modes
2 Intensities
Brush Heads Included
2
Timer
Pacer
Smart Features
None
Pressure Feedback
Battery Type
NiMH
Voltage Compatibility
110 V (North America Only)
Warranty
2 Years
Accessories
Travel Case
from $96.98
Item
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100
Preview
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Plaque Control, Rechargeable electric toothbrush with pressure sensor, White Mint HX6817/01, 1 Count
Brush Strokes Per Minute
31,000
Brush Modes
1
Brush Heads Included
1
Timer
Pacer
Smart Features
BrushSync (Alerts you when brush head needs to be changed.)
Pressure Feedback
Battery Type
Lithium Ion
Voltage Compatibility
Global; 110-220V
Warranty
2 Years
Accessories
Compact Charger
from $39.95
Item
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100
Preview
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100 Gum Health, Rechargeable electric toothbrush with pressure sensor, Black HX6850/60, 1 Count
Brush Strokes Per Minute
31,000
Brush Modes
3
Brush Heads Included
1
Timer
Pacer
Smart Features
BrushSync (Alerts you when brush head needs to be changed.)
Pressure Feedback
Battery Type
Lithium Ion
Voltage Compatibility
Global; 110-220V
Warranty
2 Years
Accessories
Travel Case, Compact Charger
from $69.49
Item
Philips Sonicare HealthWhite Plus
Preview
Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+ electric rechargeable toothbrush, HX8911
Brush Strokes Per Minute
31,000
Brush Modes
2 Modes, 3 Speeds
Brush Heads Included
1
Timer
Pacer
Smart Features
No
Pressure Feedback
Battery Type
Lithium Ion
Voltage Compatibility
Global; 110-220V
Warranty
2 Years
Accessories
Travel Case, Compact Charger
from $99.95

Note: Prices are retrieved when you load this page and are subject to stock availability. From time to time you may see highly variable prices if they are low or out of stock.

We chose the Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 and 5100 because they are the most up-to-date models with similar features. You could also go for the Sonicare Essence Plus, if you’re looking for something even more affordable. The Essence Plus has a NiMH battery, so you’re going to see some cost savings there, but the ProtectiveClean 4100 is very competitively priced compared to the Essence Plus.

Smart features, like BrushSync, aren’t available on Waterpik toothbrushes but aren’t necessary for you to enjoy the product. It’s just fluff. Notice your brush head is looking frazzled, then change it.

An important distinction to make, and that’s in favor of the Waterpik brush, is the 2 brush modes. They’re actually two different speed settings. This is different than the Sonicare brushes in that they will often have different modes that don’t necessarily change the speed of the brush. Speed settings are usually reserved for the more expensive Sonicare models, which can be said for the ProtectiveClean 4100 and 5100 models.

Mix & Match Alternative to the WP-900 Complete Care

If you think you might not be on board with the Complete Care concept, or maybe you prefer a different toothbrush, then consider getting a standalone Waterpik WP-660 Aquarius and the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100.

Waterpik WP-660 Aquarius

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100

This is a solid combination with an improved electric toothbrush and fully-featured water flosser, and the total cost isn’t wildly higher than the Complete Care system.

Looking for a more travel-friendly alternative to the WP-660 Aquarius? Check out the WF-04 Sidekick. It’s going to cost you more than the Aquarius, but it’s incredibly compact and could even be carried in woman’s purse.

The cost savings of the Complete Care systems are apparent, but it’s up to you to decide if they fit your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the warranty still valid if I purchase through an online retailer, such as Amazon?

A: Yes.

Q: Does a water flosser completely replace manual flossing?

A: Generally, no. Occasional manual flossing is still recommended, but water flossers take much of the work out of the flossing process. This can be especially beneficial for people with hand dexterity problems.

Q: Can mouthwash be used in the reservoir?

A: Yes, but don’t exceed a 1:1 ratio. Adding too much mouthwash can potentially damage the pump.

Q: Can a water flosser be used with braces?

A: It’s always a good idea to talk with your orthodontist first, but water flossers are a great convenience for people with braces. They’re much easier to use and navigate around the brackets and wires. Finding the motivation to floss manually is often difficult with braces. Water flossers help solve this problem.

Q: What’s the best way to keep a water flosser clean?

A: Distilled white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide diluted in water will keep mold growth away. Let the handle, tips, and reservoir soak for 15 to 30 minutes. You also will want to run the water and vinegar solution through the machine to clean inside. Doing this every month or so is a good practice.

Waterpik Water Flossing Replacement Tips

JT-100E Waterpik Classic Jet Tip

JT-100E Classic Jet Tip

General use tip. Cleans between teeth and below the gumline.

OD-100E Waterpik Orthodontic Tip

OD-100E Orthodontic Tip

Tapered brush to reach plaque around orthodontic brackets and wires. It’s significantly easier to clean around braces with these rather than string floss.

Waterpik PS-100E Plaque Seeker Tip

PS-100E Plaque Seeker Tip

For cleaning around implants, crowns, bridges, and other restorations. It has 3 thin tufts of bristles. These have not been shown to be signifcantly more effective than the Classic Jet Tip for plaque removal, but you may find the brush helpful.

PP-100E Waterpik Pik Pocket Tip

PP-100E Pik Pocket Tip

Ideal for periodontal pockets and furcations. It has a soft rubber tip which produces gentle, low pressure.

TB-100E Waterpik Water Flosser Toothbrush Tip

TB-100E Toothbrush Tip

These toothbrush tips don’t spin or vibrate. They’re just stationary brushes to let you brush and floss at the same time.

waterpik tongue cleaner tip example

TC-100E Tongue Cleaner Tip

The tongue scraper also sprays water as you scrape to help flush out bacteria and other compounds that live on the tongue.

Adding Solutions to the Reservoir

You can add mouthwash to your Waterpik with no issues. It is essential that you don’t exceed a 1:1 ratio of mouthwash to water no matter what type of mouthwash you use.

YES
    • Standard or Cosmetic Mouthwash
    • Antiseptic Mouthwash (Listerine)
    • Therapeutic Mouth Rinse (Usually prescribed by a dentist.)
NO
    • Bleach or Bleach Solution
    • Essential Oils
    • Salt, iodine, or baking soda

Adding anything other than the mouthwash types listed above can potentially damage your Waterpik either through corrosion or pump failure. Be sure not to add more than a 1:1 ratio of the recommended solutions, as it can damage your Waterpik’s pump. One potential reason for this is a change in viscosity can cause the pump to have to work hard, which over time will wear it out faster.

Conclusion

We think the Complete Care systems have their place but aren’t for everyone. There are plenty of other options out there. You could get a less expensive water flosser and spend a little more on the toothbrush. All of the Waterpik flossers produce about the same flow and pressure, so you’re not going to lose any performance.

With that said, the package deal has a price advantage. The Complete Care systems perform just as well as other Waterpik models and the electric toothbrushes can compete with the more common Philips Sonicare and Oral-B toothbrushes when it comes to cleaning ability and features.

Want the big picture? Check out our overview of all the different Waterpik water flosser models so you can make a more informed purchase.

Still Undecided?

Check out our overview of the entire Waterpik product lineup. You can get a look at the big picture and decide on the right water flosser for you.

Specifications

Pressure Range:10 to 100 PSI (0.703 to 7.030 Kg/cm2)
Flow Rate per Minute:13 Ounces (400 mL)
Pulses per Minute:1400
Number of Pressure Settings:10
Included Flosser Tips:5
Water On/Off Switch on Handle:Push Button
Rotating Tip:360 Degree
Timer/Pacer:No
Massage Mode:No
Capacity:23 Ounces (700 mL)
Capacity in Seconds:90
Covered Reservoir:Yes
Height (with Tip/Brush):10.60 Inches (26.29 cm)
Max Width (Base):7.70 Inches (19.55 cm)
Max Depth (Base):5.00 Inches (12.70 cm)
Unit Weight:2.45 Lbs (1.110 kg)
Shipping Weight:3.28 Lbs (1.490 kg)
Voltage:North America only; 120VAC/60Hz
Warranty:2 Years
Toothbrush Battery Type:NiMH
Included Brush Heads:2
Water Resistant Toothbrush:Yes
Number of Speeds:2
Strokes Per Minute:30,500
Timer Pacer:Yes
Type:Sonic

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