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2.0 out of 5 stars
Not much good., 4 Mar 2013
well - i'm a little ambivalent about this gadget, which arrived today (well packaged, and in working order).
- it's well made: good German solid, functional design.
- it's quite small, and the hand-held single-jet nozzle is light and easy to hold.
- the tank holds plenty of water, enough to circle round your teeth twice.
- the nozzle has an adjustment ring on it, which you can turn to get either a jet of water for cleaning, or a massage spray.
- it's very quiet in use.
- it comes with four jet nozzles, so you either have spares, or if you have a family, each person has their own.
- it also comes supplied with a two pin to three pin (Euro to UK plug) adaptor, which is strong and well made.
- the actual spray of water for cleaning is really too gentle. i've had other dental irrigators which were much more powerful - and they were battery charged, not mains. i expected a mains one to be more powerful: sadly this is not so. on full whack, it whispers around your mouth; though it does, in fact, remove particles. but it doesn't give that satisfying strong blast that many other do. however, i do wonder if this isn't actually a good thing, since it stands to reason that if you are always power-cleaning your teeth with a very strong jet, something must get worn down eventually! anyway - even turned up to 'max', the jet is very gentle; but if you're someone with dodgy gums and teeth, perhaps consider that this might be a good thing?
- it has to be used near to a mains plug. this means that i'm having to use mine in the kitchen. not a big deal, but it would be nice if they made this as a mains-rechargeable device, for the UK.
- there is a label stuck across the gadget ordering one to mount this device on a wall - and this despite the fact that it has nice little rubber feet, presumably designed for standing on. i guess they're afraid that, in the rare event of someone standing the machine in a pool of water and getting fried, they'd be liable. but if you keep the device well away from the sink where you're cleaning your teeth (up higher is good) and make sure you dry everything off afterwards, i don't see the problem. which brings me to the next 'con' , should you decide in fact to mount it on a wall:
- the mounting plate is plastic and not very big or strong, and it goes at the bottom of the device; however, the water tank, which is heavy when filled with water, is at the top. i obediently drilled two holes, mounted the machine on the plate - and watched it list forwards and outwards... this is *not* a good piece of design, and i would guess it was an afterthought. but as i say, if you're sensible about positioning the thing, and keep it dry, and unplug it when not in use, i don't see why it shouldn't stand on a surface on its own little rubber feet. just be sensible - as one always must be when electricity and water are combined.
so i'm not sending it back - despite the business with the mounting plate and the fact that the jet spray is not as powerful as i'd hoped. i won't give it five stars, but if they'd figure out a better mount, and make the jet more powerful, it would certainly deserve more stars than the three i've given it.
SOME MONTHS LATER:
have docked it one star - now giving it 2 stars, not 3: the reason being, it's sometimes nearly impossible to get the nozzle-jet thing to fix into the handle. and the pressure is really pathetic: it really doesn't do much of a job. avoid.