Canstar Blue’s first-ever review of breast pumps has seen Spectra, Philips Avent, Tommee Tippee and Medela compared and rated on performance (i.e. how well they pump), ease of use and cleaning, additional features, design, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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If you’re a breastfeeding mum (or plan to be) chances are you will need to express breast milk at some point, whether because you want to store milk in advance for your baby, like the 41% of mothers we surveyed, or due to medical or personal choice. Whatever the reason, having a good quality breast pump will be essential.
That’s where our consumer review of breast pumps comes in. Canstar Blue canvassed the opinions of more than 350 new parents on the breast pump(s) they purchased and used in the last three years. Respondents rated their respective brands on important factors including performance, ease of use and cleaning, additional features, design, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that received the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are included in our results.
Spectra was rated best for breast pumps, after earning five-star reviews in all categories, including overall satisfaction.
Here are the best brands in Australia for breast pumps, as rated by parents in Canstar Blue’s inaugural review:
Spectra topped our breast pump ratings, as the only brand to receive full marks in any category. Spectra achieved five-star reviews for performance, ease of use and cleaning, design, additional features, value for money and overall satisfaction. Philips Avent, Tommee Tippee and Medela landed on four stars overall.
If there’s a brand that KNOWS breast pumps, it’s Spectra. It offers a wide range of hospital-grade breast pumps, as well as breast shields, storage solutions for milk and spare parts. Spectra’s breast pump collection includes Spectra 9 + and Spectra M1 ultra-portable and compact models, and Spectra S1 and S2 hospital-grade breast pumps, plus the Spectra DEW 350 Hospital Grade Double Electric Breast Pump. A good mid-range option is the Spectra S2+ Hospital Grade Double Electric Breast Pump which retails for $299 RRP (a fraction of the price seen from similar models). It features a powerful 320mmHg suction, double pumping, massage mode to encourage speedy letdown, variable suction strengths and cycle speeds, night light, timer, plus more.
Philips Avent’s tagline describing its breast pump range is ‘inspired by baby, effective for mum’. The brand offers both electric and manual models, with prices starting from $59.95 for the Avent Manual Breast Pump With 3 Cups and reaching up to $469 for the Philips Avent Electric Breast Pump (SCF397/11). This latest model features a cushion that stimulates the breast to express more milk in less time and a one-size soft and adaptive silicone cushion that flexes and adapts to fit your nipple. The design also allows for expressing sitting upright rather than having to lean forward.
Tommee Tippee offers both manual and electric breast pumps. The brand’s ‘Made for Me’ electric pumps are described as discreet, quiet and efficient. The Made for Me Double Electric Breast Pump which retails for $299.95 RRP, comes with five massage modes to stimulate milk flow, nine expressing modes for a more regular and prolonged pumping action, an LED screen with timer, and a USB rechargeable power unit to give mums 90 minutes of cord-free pump time. This model can be used as a single or double electric pump.
Medela’s range of breast pumps is said to cover all the potential needs of breastfeeding mums, from initiating breastfeeding for a premature baby, to expressing milk before a night out with or without bub. Some models available include the Swing Flex for a quick and efficient expression, the Freestyle Flex for extra flexibility and the Harmony Essentials Pack Manual Breast Pump Set which combines everything mums need for breast milk pumping in one convenient breast pump set. This includes a silicone teat, breast shields, four milk storage bags to store and freeze milk, four thin nursing pads, and more.
A breast pump is a machine used by nursing mothers to express breast milk. It consists of a suction cup that fits over the nipple, a funnel and a bottle to collect the milk. The pump mimics the sucking action of the baby to stimulate milk production. The breast milk then gets extracted and collected in the bottle. It’s also possible to pump breast milk by hand or to combine hand expressing and pumping.
There are three main types of breast pumps:
Our research found that electric breast pumps were the most common type purchased by parents we surveyed (59%), followed by manual pumps (21%) and battery-powered (18%).
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Lead, Megan Birot. She’s an expert on household appliances, health & beauty products, as well as all things grocery and shopping. When she’s not writing up our research-based ratings reports, Megan spends her time helping consumers make better purchase decisions, whether it’s at the supermarket, other retailers, or online, highlighting the best deals and flagging anything you need to be aware of.
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Canstar Blue surveyed 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 a breast pump (including manual, electric, battery-powered, etc.) in the last three years – in this case, 349 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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