Canstar Blue’s review of baby bottles compares Tommee Tippee and Philips Avent on performance, ease of use, additional features, ease of cleaning, design, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Many parents understand that bringing home a new bub will probably come with plenty of tears ─ but if there’s anything that’s not worth crying over, it’s spilled milk. Bottle warmers are a convenient and quick way to keep your baby’s milk and bottles warm so that you can be ready for when baby is hungry.
To find out what makes the best bottle warmer, we asked nearly 300 new parents for their feedback on the baby bottle warmer(s) they purchased and used in the last three years. Brands were scored on performance, ease of use, additional features, ease of cleaning, design, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that received the minimum survey sample size of 30 responses are rated and compared in our ratings.
Our first-ever bottle warmer review revealed Aussie families are going ‘goo goo ga ga’ over Tommee Tippee’s bottle warmers, with the brand rating five stars in a whopping six out of seven categories ─ including overall satisfaction!
Here are the best baby bottle warmers in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s inaugural ratings:
Tommee Tippee was the hot pick after it rated five stars for overall satisfaction as well as for performance, ease of use and cleaning, value for money, and additional features. Philips Avent similarly scored top marks for ease of use and cleaning, plus design.
Tomme Tippee is a go-to brand for premium baby products, offering a variety of items like glass and silicone bottles, teats, sterilisers, manual and electric breast pumps, nappy disposal systems, soothers, cups and baby food makers. When it comes to prepping bottles, you can find products including the 3-in-1 Advanced Bottle & Pouch Warmer. It’s suitable for formula and breastmilk, including frozen milk, and is claimed to preserve the essential nutrients in milk. To use the bottle warmer, all you need to do is choose the bottle type, starting temperature and volume of feed. It will then start the automatic timer and let you know when it’s ready. This Tommee Tippee bottle warmer retails for $99.95 RRP*.
You can also head to Tommee Tippee’s website to check out useful videos and instruction manuals, plus parenting tips and stories from other mums and dads.
It can take around five minutes to heat milk or food in a bottle warmer, depending on the size of the bottle or container and whether the contents were refrigerated, frozen or at room temperature before being placed into the bottle warmer. In comparison, manually steeping milk or food in warm water should take up to 10 minutes. Keep in mind that milk and baby food should not be heated for more than 30 minutes, otherwise you run the risk of overheating the milk or food which could burn your baby’s mouth.
You can generally heat breast milk in a bottle warmer with no problem, although keep in mind that you can only do it once. Reheating breast milk is said to kill good bacteria and nutrients. Some government authorities, including Tasmania’s Department of Health, also have advised parents to avoid using a microwave to warm or defrost breast milk because it can produce ‘hot spots’ that can burn the baby’s mouth as well reduce the nutritional value. Instead, it’s recommended to heat bottles with refrigerated or frozen breast milk in warm water on the stove or in a bottle warmer for about 10 minutes. To check if it’s ready, test a bit of the milk on a sensitive part of your body like the top of your hand. It should be a similar temperature to your own body.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.
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Canstar Blue surveyed more than 1,200 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used a baby bottle warmer in the last three years – in this case, 262 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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