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Best-Rated Breast Pumps

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Most Satisfied Customers | Spectra

Spectra was rated best in Canstar Blue’s breast pump ratings for the SECOND year in a row, earning five-star reviews for performance, value for money, ease of use, additional features, and overall satisfaction.

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Spectra rated ‘teat-tally’ awesome in breast pump ratings for 2nd year

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.


How we rate breast pumps


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.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

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:

  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a breast pump brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Performance: the appliance pumps consistently and is reliable (i.e. it has a sufficient battery life).
  • Ease of use: the pump is easy to use and came with sufficient instructions.
  • Ease of cleaning: the pump can be easily washed by hand, or has parts that can be put in the dishwasher.
  • Design: the pump was designed in a way that improved function (i.e. it was easy to hold and manoeuvre).
  • Value for money: cost was low for the quality and effectiveness of the breast pump.

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.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

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.

  1. Spectra
  2. Haakaa
  3. Medela
  4. Tommee Tippee
  5. Philips Avent

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.


Top Breast Pump Brand – Spectra

the Spectra S2+ hospital-grade double electric breast pump

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.

  • Spectra was rated best with five stars for performance, value for money, ease of use, additional features, and overall satisfaction. It finished on four stars for ease of cleaning and design.

What’s a breast pump?

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.

What are the different types of breast pumps?

There are three main types of breast pumps:

  • Manual breast pumps: these are hand-operated (work without electricity) by placing the pump over the breast and manually ‘pumping’ the lever in order to create suction and express milk.
  • Electric breast pumps: these pump automatically and are powered by a motor that creates suction through a plastic tube and cup that fits over the nipple.
  • Battery-powered breast pumps: these are portable, cordless models that are powered by batteries or USB rechargeable and extract milk through plastic tubing.

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%).

About the author of this page

Megan Birot

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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