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 your little cherub is hungry. Canstar Blue compares the best-rated brands to help you find your next hot buy.
Canstar Blue surveyed 251 Australians for their feedback on the baby bottle warmer(s) they’ve purchased and used in the last 12 months. Note: this includes electric and battery-operated bottle warmers only.
Respondents rate their satisfaction with their bottle warmer(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
Philips Avent was the hot pick, scoring five stars in every category, including performance, value for money, ease of use, ease of cleaning, design, and overall satisfaction.
Tommee Tippee was the only other contender in our ratings, receiving solid fours across the board, including for overall satisfaction.
Find more detailed information on our ratings methodology.
Philips Avent is the baby care branch of popular appliance brand, Philips. It offers bottles, breast pumps, bottle warmers, sterilisers, sippy cups, and food makers, catering to newborns right up to toddlers.
One standout model from the Philips Avent range is the Philips Avent Premium Fast Bottle Warmer (pictured), retailing for $119. This warmer is said to heat milk evenly, with no hot spots, has a defrost and quick warming mode, smart temperature control, and is suitable for baby food as well as milk. You can pick up a Philips Avent bottle warmer online, through the website, or from baby shops.
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 as 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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