I have had more cumbersome and expensive Water Picks in the past. This cheaper unit does the job better and is more portable IMO. Feels like quality, and it's handy lightweight design is appreciated. This Flosser certainly cleans out the gunk your brush cannot. Great buy for my application. Yeah, the "soft" setting does the trick for me. I would start on that setting as the next step up can be a bit harsh on the gums if you are not used to using a power Flosser. This unit has plenty of grunt believe me!!!