This Atmoko product looks somewhat frightening in that it will remind you of the equipment found in dentists’ offices. Not to worry, though: with its impressive array of accessories, you’ll most likely be spending much less time in that dreaded chair.
In contrast with the Waterpik SF-02, Atmoko’s design concept separates the electric toothbrush from the water flosser, yet combines them in one easy-to-use appliance. Up to three people can share it using different general-purpose tips and toothbrush heads, while special attachments are included for tongue cleaning and less common dentition like crowns and periodontal pockets.
Also unlike the SF-02, the included sonic toothbrush is full-functioned and allows you to select different operating modes – for example, to accommodate sensitive gums or choose a more intensive action to produce a brilliant smile.
The Nuts and Bolts
The toothbrush part takes a full 12 hours to reach full charge, though since it will spend most of its time sitting snugly in its charging station, this is unlikely to be much of an issue. If used separately from the main unit when traveling, one charge should last for two to three weeks.
Like the Waterpik SF-02, it will remind you to brush for at least 2 minutes and cover all areas of your mouth. As for the water flosser component, a sliding on/off switch on the handle makes it easy to control, while the four specialized tips (including a tongue cleaner) has the SF-02 beat hands down. Three tips for general flossing allow people to share, and all of these nozzles can be conveniently stored in the compartment above the water tank.
Although, as with with the SF-02, its bulk will be a problem in some bathroom spaces or when traveling, this is definitely one of the quieter water flossers you can buy. Those with sensitive gums, or anyone who wants to play at being their own oral hygienist, will also appreciate that the pressure can be adjusted from 20 to 125 pounds per square inch.
Too Good to Be True?
This Atmoko product is priced very competitively to most similar models – in fact, some oral irrigators that don’t include a sonic toothbrush at all cost more. With this in mind, we have to wonder what kind of fatal flaw it suffers from to be sold so cheaply.
It does not appear to be any kind of safety issue. While all appliances meant for use in the bathroom (and certainly all oral irrigators) are water resistant to some extent, IPX7 certification is certainly nothing to sneeze at in a countertop flosser designed to run on either 110 or 230 volts. In theory, you should be able to submerge it for up to 30 minutes without problems, though cleaning your teeth while snorkeling is probably not the intended purpose here.
If there is one area of concern for this electric toothbrush/water flosser combo, it’s that this is a fairly recent upgrade of an older product. Some of the replacement parts, such as the brush heads, are still difficult to obtain at the time of writing this, while the Atmoko can’t boast the same record for reliability as the Waterpik SF-02.
If you order one in 2020, you might be unlucky enough to receive a unit suffering from some teething problems. Still, the 18-month warranty and apparently solid construction make us prone to think that this is a risk worth taking, while the price stacks up very well against its extensive feature set. For this reason, we’ve decided to name this product as our Best Value water flosser even against some stiff competition.
- Sonic toothbrush comparable to stand-alone devices
- Good price
- Difficult at present to source replacement brush heads