Among the most important items needed for a new baby are a bottle sterilizer and a bottle warmer, but which is the best bottle sterilizer? Which is the best bottle warmer for breast milk? Electric warmers and sterilizers weren’t always available, of course. From the time that medicine advanced enough to point to germs as culprits in illnesses, and to sterilization as the answer to the problem, hot water was used to sanitize bottles, and bottles were placed in pots to heat milk. While some people of older generations still swear by the old methods of child care, parents or child care providers who do not avail themselves of the state of the art products now on the market run the risks of milk that is too hot or not warm enough, or bottles that are not completely sterilized, as germs may linger on plastic bottles.
Today’s parents may have the convenience of technology, but this brings about another problem: the glut of choices on the market for bottle warmers and sterilizers is mind-boggling. It is easy to simply grab the first or cheapest product on the shelf, or the one that looks the simplest to use. Many people rely on the endorsements of family or friends as to which products to buy, but their knowledge may be limited. These ways of selecting products don’t ensure that the family is getting items that truly suit their needs.
With today’s easy access to the internet, there’s a light at the end of this confusing tunnel. Review sites can compare multiple items feature by feature and price by price. This makes it simpler to choose from the overwhelming number of products out there, and ensures a better fit for the parent and child.
Big Winners in Online Reviews
While the warmers and sterilizers described above are not rank ordered, they are all extremely popular. A quick overview of online review sites does list a clear favorite among those who offered their feedback, however:
According to online reviewers, the best bottle warmer is one made by Kiinde called the Kozii, which is designed to warm breast milk and bottles. It is no great surprise that this one gets such great reviews. It is amazingly flexible. It features a “warm water bath” specifically for safely thawing frozen breast milk. A larger reservoir means no adding more water for each single use. The timer features an automatic shutoff, to prevent milk from becoming too warm. Another standout feature is a universal warming Of chamber to accommodate literally anything that needs warming, be it food jars, formula, breast milk, frozen or thawed storage bags and more, making it easily one of the more versatile units on the market. This one runs about $70.00.
Of the sterilizers, the best bottle sterilizer depends on whether the parent leans toward an electric or microwave variety. With this in mind, here are two top picks, one in each category:
According to the overwhelming majority of purchasers on a leading online shopping site (with a close to perfect rating out of over 350 reviews) the best bottle sterilizer among electronic brands is once again made by Philips Avent. This time it is their iQ24 Electronic Sterilizer. This one is actually a bit of a hybrid. It does use steam, but it is also designed for the microwave, making it practical for parents on the move. It is extremely fast, allowing the user to sterilize a half-dozen nipples, caps and bottles in literally a couple of minutes. It also comes with two reusable bottles (9-ounce size). Reviewers noted the ability to fit other items into it for sterilization as well. Please note that this unit is too small to accommodate 12-ounce bottles, but considering its utility in other ways, this model is a great bargain.
In the category of pure microwave sterilizers, the winner is Dr. Brown’s Microwave Steam Sterilizer. As is usually the case for the microwave brands, it is small out of necessity. This one accommodates four bottles, which is fairly standard, but with the added bonus of being able to fit bottles with wider necks, as well. Also, unlike the Electric Steam Sterilizer (listed above), this model does not require distilled water. It functions quite nicely with tap water. It even comes with its own pair of tongs so that users won’t risk burns from taking the bottles out once they have been heated.
While compiling a list of top brands (and three clear favorites) of baby bottle warmers and sterilizers is hardly a scientific method of choosing which in each category is the soundest purchase, bear in mind that the item descriptions and reviews that are referenced here come from the arguably the leading online retailer and reseller in the world. People who take the time to get online to review items that they bought generally do so for two reasons: they are either extremely happy with what they have purchases and are thrilled to recommend it, or they are highly unsatisfied and want to warn others away from a product, or just to vent their frustration to a like-minded audience. There is a smaller, third group who are either indifferent or enjoy posting prank reviews, but it is a safe bet that when it comes to their children and keeping them safe, the reviewers for these particular products are not likely to be members of this last group.