If you’re a breastfeeding mum (or plan to be), chances are you will need to express breast milk at some point. Whether you want to store milk in advance for your baby, need it for medical reasons or you just want to, having a good quality breast pump will be essential.
When it comes to finding a good breast pump, there’s one important thing: how much they suck. A good chunk of parents we surveyed (40%) use pumps to store breast milk in advance and ensure their bubs never go hungry. When it comes to picking a model, most mums (42%) opted for a single breast pump, a third (31%) went for the double, and a similar number were motivated by brand alone (33%). Knowing you’re buying a quality pump is a small price to pay for peace of mind, just ask the 16% of parents who wish they’d invested in a better appliance. If you’re on the fence, or you have pump regrets, check out Canstar Blue’s comparison of the top brands in market.
Canstar Blue surveyed 399 Australians for their feedback on the breast pump(s) they’ve purchased and used for their child/children in the last three years.
Respondents rate their satisfaction with their breast pump(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.
Spectra pumped out five-star reviews across multiple categories, including for performance, value for money, ease of use, additional features, and overall satisfaction.
New Zealand brand Haakaa came in second with five stars for value for money, ease of cleaning, and design. Among the remaining brands, Medela was a standout, with four stars for performance, ease of use, and design, while the rest shared three-star reviews overall.
Find more detailed information on our ratings methodology.
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 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, a night light, a timer, plus 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 (60%), followed by manual pumps (24%) and battery-powered (15%).
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.
Here are the past winners from Canstar Blue’s breast pump ratings:
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