If you simply look at a spec sheet of the Complete Care 7.0 along with the other Complete Care systems, then you will notice there isn’t a glaring difference. As usual, age and price are inversely related and the newer Complete Care systems, such as the Complete Care 9.0, have an upgraded “look” but also come with a higher price tag.
The Complete Care 5.0, and newer 9.0, have a smaller footprint. They take up less space on your countertop. If you have a small bathroom counter, then you might want to squeeze all the real estate you can from it, so getting one of the skinnier models will help. The water reservoir is only one fluid ounce bigger on the Complete Care 7.0, so not a big loss if you need the smaller footprint.
So, if you don’t mind the older style, you will usually find the Complete Care 7.0, the subject of this review, to be cheaper than the newer models. Keep in mind that when we say “older” here we only mean a few years, and it’s not a bad thing. Unlike the latest iPhone, you don’t have to worry about chasing the latest water flosser!
What comes with the Complete Care 7.0?
- Waterpik SR-3000 Electric Toothbrush
- Waterpik WP-950 Water Flosser
- 5 Flosser Tips
- 2 Brush Heads
The Complete Care systems are an all-in-one solution to your dental care routine. If you’re looking to switch to an electric toothbrush and water flosser, then these combo packages are a good value.
Down below you’ll find a comparison of the features and price of the Complete Care 7.0 and some alternatives if you want to buy a water flosser and electric toothbrush separately. The whole point of buying one of these Complete Care systems is that they’re a good deal, right?
If you can get more features and better performance by buying a toothbrush and water flosser separately, then why even bother with the Complete Care 7.0?
The short answer to these questions is that the Complete Care systems do make sense if you’re looking to save money, and aren’t bothered by some of the shortcomings of the Complete Care systems.
What are the Complete Care systems lacking?
- Timer/Pacer Function on the Water Flosser
- Global Voltage Compatability; only works with 110V AC.
- 2-Year warranty instead of the 3-year warranty that’s common with standalone Waterpik water flossers.
The Timer and Pacer are convenient features that help you make sure to floss for the recommended 1 minute and signal you at the 30-second mark to switch from top to bottom (or vice versa). They’re helpful, but not a deal breaker. If you feel like you need to have these features, then you will want to consider a standalone water flosser, and then buy an electric toothbrush separately. More on that in the next section.
For customers in North America, the voltage compatibility isn’t an issue unless you frequently travel internationally. If you’re a customer in Europe, Asia, etc. then you will want to be sure you’re buying from your country’s store if you purchase from Amazon. For the majority of people in North America, this isn’t much of an issue.
Lastly, the warranty situation. Even the popular Philips Sonicare toothbrushes only come with a 2-year warranty. This seems to be common among electric toothbrushes. However, the standalone Waterpik water flossers, such as the WP-660 Aquarius, come with a 3-year warranty. So if you were to buy them separately, you could get an extra year of warranty coverage on the water flosser. You will, of course, pay more for it.
These are the 3 main reasons you might want not to purchase a Complete Care system, but for many people, these may not seem significant. It’s up to you, and now we’re going to take a more in-depth look at the features and compare with standalone alternatives.
Waterpik Complete Care 7.0 Features
As we mentioned before, the features on the Complete Care systems are not very different from model to model. The main difference between the Complete Care 7.0 and the 9.0 or 5.0 are aesthetics and price. The 7.0 has a wider body and one fluid ounce more water capacity than the 5.0 and 9.0. Not a big difference, but if you have a small countertop then the larger body of the 7.0 may be inconvenient. With that in mind, here are some highlights of the Complete Care 7.0. These features are similar to what you will see on the other Complete Care systems.
- 23 fl. oz. (700 mL) Reservoir Capacity
- 10 Pressure Settings
- 13 fl. oz. per minute Flow Rate
- 10 to 100 PSI Pressure Range
- 360 Degree Rotating Tip
- NiMH-Powered Sonic Toothbrush
- 3 Brush Speeds
- Max Brush Speed: 31,000 Strokes per minute
- 4 Brush Heads Included
One of the best features of the Complete Care systems is that they all have 10 pressure settings. This allows you to get the water pressure just right in areas that you might be more sensitive or need a full blast to get clean.
The maximum pressure is the same for nearly all Waterpik Complete Care and standalone water flossers so that you won’t see any less performance among the different models.
The Waterpik SR-3000 toothbrush is similar in features to the Philips Sonicare Essence Plus and HealthyWhite Plus models. It’s similar to the Essence Plus because of the NiMH battery, and similar to the HealthyWhite Plus because of the brush speed options. This is the point where we get into comparing the price and features of the Waterpik SR-3000 and different alternatives to demonstrate the trade-off between the Complete Care 7.0 and buying standalone products.
Mix & Match Alternatives to the Complete Care 7.0
First, we’re going to compare the Waterpik SR-3000 to some alternatives from the Philips Sonicare Series. We chose Philips Sonicare because they, like the SR-3000, are “sonic” toothbrushes. They use a different brushing technique than the rotary brushes from Oral-B.
Should you care about rotary vs. sonic?
The immediate difference you will notice is that they each feel different and require you to handle the brush differently. As you can see in the image above, the rotary brush head is circular and smaller than the sonic brush head, which looks like a typical manual toothbrush.
The sonic toothbrush will vibrate side-to-side, and when you hold it horizontally on your teeth, it will be brushing up and down, which differs from a manual toothbrush that you slide back and forth. The rotary brush does exactly what you might think: it rotates. The brush head covers roughly a single tooth at a time, so you brush each tooth individually. With the sonic brush head, it covers a larger area at once.
This feels different and requires you to move the brush differently. The rotary brushes need you to be more careful about not missing spots.
As far as actual cleaning performance goes, there is some research that shows sonic toothbrushes are better at reducing gingival inflammation and rotary brushes are better at removing plaque.
However, rotary and sonic brushes perform both of these tasks better than a manual toothbrush.
If your interest in rotary brushes is piqued, then consider the Waterpik Complete Care 9.5. It’s a recent model that comes with a rotary brush.
Waterpik SR-3000 Electric Brush Vs. Philips Sonicare
We mentioned the Philips Sonicare Essence Plus being one of the most similar products to the Waterpik SR-3000, and it is, but the newer ProtectiveClean brushes come with a lithium-ion battery and have effectively replaced the Essence Series.
The Sonicare ProtectiveClean toothbrushes are the de facto entry-level electric toothbrush in the Sonicare lineup. With that said, the HealthyWhite+ is another excellent option due to the multiple brush speed settings available, which is something the ProtectiveClean 4100 and 5100 lack.
Any of these toothbrushes are a solid choice if you’re looking to buy an electric toothbrush and water flosser separately. Seeing them side-by-side and getting a better picture of the alternatives are a good way to make sure you’re paying for what you want and don’t have to deal with a return.
As for the water flosser, the Waterpik WP-660 Aquarius is the top-of-the-line model that’s also very affordable. If you’re looking for something more travel-friendly, then consider the WF-04 Sidekick, but it’s more expensive and not as comparable to the Complete Care 7.0.
Here’s our recommended alternative:
Waterpik WP-660 Aquarius
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100
If the Complete Care features don’t fit your needs, then consider the above combination. You get an improved battery with the ProtectiveClean and all the features of the Aquarius that the Complete Care systems lack. The only think the Aquarius doesn’t have is global voltage compatibility. You will need to get the Waterpik Sidekick for that. It’s up to you to decide if the price difference is worth it!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is the warranty still valid if I purchase through an online retailer, such as Amazon?
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 Classic Jet Tip
General use tip. Cleans between teeth and below the gumline.
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.
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 Pik Pocket Tip
Ideal for periodontal pockets and furcations. It has a soft rubber tip which produces gentle, low pressure.
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.
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.
- Standard or Cosmetic Mouthwash
- Antiseptic Mouthwash (Listerine)
- Therapeutic Mouth Rinse (Usually prescribed by a dentist.)
- 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.
An advantage of the Complete Care systems you may not anticipate is the number of plugs required to charge your toothbrush and run your water flosser is less than if you had bought them separately. If you plan on just leaving it plugged in it’s a small convenience, but if you’re switching between your hair dryer, straightener, and coffee maker on the same plug then it might get old!
Prices fluctuate seasonally and on “sale” days of the year, and with the price being a significant factor in the decision to buy one of the Complete Care systems, we recommend you go for the best deal. You know the features and the drawbacks now. Hopefully, we’ve informed you enough to make the purchase that’s best for your needs.
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.
Waterpik WP-950 Complete Care 7.0 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:||On/Off Slider|
|Rotating Tip:||360 Degree|
|Capacity:||23 Ounces (700 mL)|
|Capacity in Seconds:||90|
|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)|
|Voltage:||North America only; 120VAC/60Hz|
|Included Brush Heads:||4|
|Water Resistant Toothbrush:||Yes|
|Number of Speeds:||2|
|Strokes Per Minute:||30500|