Philips Sonicare HX8211/02 AirFloss Review

Philips Sonicare HX8211/02 AirFloss  looks like it came straight out of a futuristic-looking movie with its sleek, narrow design. Its part of the Philips family which is a trusted brand when it comes to oral care products.

In addition to its electronic toothbrushes, Philips makes a line of Air Floss products for people who hate flossing. This unique technology combines pressurized air with small water droplets that get in between teeth. Sonicare water flosser claims uses this technology and it claims you’ll have better gums in two weeks or less. Read our Sonicare Airfloss review to find out if this is true.

Philips Sonicare HX8211/02 AirFloss Overview:

Microburst Technology

You have just one button to push on this device to get it to work. Press the button once to deliver a single microburst of water and air to one spot. Hold down the button to clean your entire mouth in seconds.

Not a Lot of Water

The water reservoir seems small, but that’s because the air combines with the water to deliver a different kind of cleaning system. The lack of water means the handle has room for other things, such as the finely tuned motor that delivers the water-air combination with precision. The smaller amount of water means less mold and less mess.


This device recharges easily and quickly. Unlike WaterPik models, you can take this to Europe and Asia, two places where the electrical outlets are different from North America. Every Philips Sonicare device has a warranty that includes using the product in many countries. The recharging base is flat and compact. This truly is a very portable water flosser.


The heads unscrew, and that indicates you can take this water flosser anywhere. Either keep it in the box, or find your own bag when you travel.

Precise Control

The button lets you deliver the water and air whenever you want. Push the button once to get an individual tooth. Keep pressing the button to clean your entire mouth. You might have to refill the reservoir a few times until you get used to the button.


  • Extremely portable and lightweight.
  • Advanced technology to keep gums healthier.
  • Not a lot of water for less mess.
  • Goes to foreign countries without invalidating warranty.
  • Doesn’t get gums as clean as other models.
  • No carrying case.
  • Pushing button may not work for people with arthritis.
  • Just one type of head.
  • Not very powerful.



Q: How does this price compare to others?

A: Sonicare’s model is one of the most expensive on the market.

Q: How come it doesn’t clean gums as well?

A: It’s probably because the air/water combination isn’t as powerful as other models.

Q: Can you put mouthwash in the reservoir?

A: Every water flosser allows you to put mouthwash in the reservoir instead of water. This may increase the health of your gums when you purchase the right kind of antiseptic mouthwash. Just be careful about swallowing.

Overall Impressions

Although Philips Sonicare Airfloss is one of the best-known product lines for oral care, this water flosser may not be the best one for everyday use. Several consumers note there was still some food in between gums after one round of washing. The lack of power behind the microbursts may not clean as well as less expensive models. However, this is lightweight and it fits on small sinks or into travel bags easily.


Gurin’s professional oral irrigator and the WaterPik professional model are the top good alternatives. Some flossing is better than none, so any of these water flossers delivers on that promise. However, not all oral irrigators are the same.