Parents worry about details when it comes to feeding their babies. Whether they are feeding breast milk, formula or food, the concerns center on safety. Keeping the food cold, fresh and free of bacteria is the first concern, warming to an appropriate temperature is the second concern, and making certain the baby will not be injured by overheated liquids is the third.
All methods of heating liquids have traditionally problematic. It can be difficult for any parent to properly judge how warm a bottle of milk or formula is, and some babies have been hurt by these liquids when they are heated too hot or inconsistently. The newest bottle warmers have taken care to warm bottles properly and to do so at the fastest speed possible. But, because each baby is different, it can be difficult to please everyone. The following review includes the various features for some top warmers, and mentions details about why parents did or did not like the product they purchased.
10. Munchkin High Speed Bottle Warmer
There are many nice features included in this white warmer. It uses steam for warming milk, formula or food. It has an on or off indicator, plus an automatic shut off feature. It includes a measuring cup for adding the right amount of water to heat the product correctly and a handy adaptor ring to help hold small or irregular sized bottles inside. Customers seem to either love this product or dislike it. Those who like it are impressed with its fast warming ability. Those who dislike it cited its inconsistency. For some it heated milk too hot, and for others, the product stopped working well after a very short time.
9. Philips AVENT Bottle Warmer, Fast
Of the over 100 customers who reviewed this warmer, 55% gave it 5 star reviews. Things they liked included its small size and fit on the counter top, its careful, but fast warming of breast milk and its different temperature modes. Things that they did not like about it is that it lacks an alarm light or sound alerting that the bottle is warm and that it doesn’t turn off automatically when reaching the proper temperature.
8. Bottle Warming by Born Free System; Tru-Temp
There is much to like about this bottle warmer. It will heat breast milk and formula to the optimal temperature in just a few minutes. It uses the bottle size, which is dialed in, to provide the right amount of warming time per bottle. There is an automatic shut off feature. Over 180 customers left reviews. Though only 50% of those left 5 star ratings, their appreciative comments are the story of why they like it. It has the capacity for holding two ice packs to keep two bottles cool for up to 8 hours. Then, the recommendation is to put a bottle in the warming area while changing the baby’s diaper. Once that is done the bottle is warm and ready for feeding. It also has a larger reservoir for storing water for the heating process, so there is no need to measure water for each bottle. Some owners enjoy keeping this warmer in their rooms so that they don’t need to make a trip to the kitchen in the middle of the night.
7. Orb: Bottle Warmer by Boon
This spring green and white bottle warmer is a cute sphere. It will warm bottles as small as 4 ounces and of varied design. Some owners really like it. Others feel that it is cute but not so efficient. One major disappointment is that you have to unplug it to turn it off. Another is that it has no beep tone to signal that the warming cycle is done.
6. Munchkin Travel Bottle Warmer
This gray travel warmer was reviewed by over 300 customers, with mixed ratings. This product plugs into the car lighter and uses the 12 volt system to slowly heat up a bottle while traveling. Customers who started heating their bottles more than 30 minutes before they actually needed one were fairly well satisfied that this product is useful. Those who were surprised by a hungry baby and had to wait for over 30 minutes to have a bottle that was almost warm did not find this product well designed. It is a travel warmer that can help make do in a pinch and does it jobs, but it is not intended to replace a fully stocked kitchen.
5. The First Years Night Cravings Bottle Warmer & Cooler
This is an attractive blue and white plastic bottle warmer which will hold a wide variety of bottle sizes, including disposable ones. It includes a removable cooler which will hold 2 bottles cool for up to eight hours. It will warm both formula and breast milk and baby foods. There is an automatic shut off feature, for safety. The 382 customer ratings were evenly divided across the range of 1 to 5 stars. There are some who gave it very good reviews for its convenience because keeping the warmer in their bedroom helps avoid an extra trip downstairs in the middle of the night. But there are others who found that it heated inconsistently and they preferred their usual microwave routine.
4. Kiinde Kozii Breastmilk and Bottle Warmer
What makes this warmer different from many others is that there is no need to add specific amounts of water for varied bottles. It has a reservoir that stores water for more uses than just once. Over 590 customers left reviews for this warmer. Of those, 58% gave it a 5 star rating. Some owners really like it, and it does the job for them. But, others had all sorts of difficulties with frozen breast milk taking up to 20 minutes to heat properly. Another specific issue is that once a bottle is removed to check it, the warming cycle must start all over again, which delays heating the milk even further.
3. Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle and Food Warmer
This thermal bottle is made of stainless steel to hold cooled boiled water. When it’s time for feeding, the boiled water is poured into the plastic container and the bottle of milk, or food is placed inside for warming. There is no electricity involved. It is very convenient to take along when traveling. Of the over 700 customers who rated this warmer, 72% gave it a 5 star rating. Owners liked its simple portability and easy warming while on the go.
2. Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer
This warmer uses measured amounts of water to heat measured amounts of milk. An LCD control panel is used to set the desired length of warming time. When the warming is complete, an alarm sounds. OF the over 1,100 customers who purchased this product, 52% gave it a 5 star rating. It uses steam to warm the bottle and the basket that holds it can be turned upside down to hold shorter bottles. Many of the people who own this product mentioned that it was the best designed they have ever used.
1. The First Years Quick Serve Bottle Warmer
With over 1,260 customer reviews, this is the #1 Best Seller in Baby Bottle Sterilizers & Warmers. This product will warm breast milk, formula or jars of baby food in a very short time. It will work with many types of bottles including narrow, wide, angled or even disposable bottles. The reviews for this best seller are mixed. With 44% of owners giving it 5 star ratings and 22% giving it 4 star ratings, it seems that the reason for the mixed review has to do with the kind of bottles and milk that is being heated. The product is capable of heating bottles in under 5 minutes. But people use many different kinds of bottles. Those who used primarily plastic or glass found that the product was just right. But those who were heating breastmilk discovered that they needed to watch the warmer carefully, testing the milk periodically. The problem is that this warmer uses varied amounts of water based on the amount of milk needed to be warmed. Anyone who miscalculates will have trouble.
Bottle warmers all basically do the same job. They heat liquids in bottles. But babies can often react to their meals as gourmet critics do. Every detail must be right. With so many different preferences to satisfy, it can be very difficult to find exactly the right warmer to do the job. Once the parents’ needs are added, it can become every more tricky.
One of the best things parents can do to make feeding easier is to buy the warmer that works best to fit into their way of doing things. If preparing bottles quickly is important, then buy one that will do that. If keeping chilled bottles near the bed with the warmer included so that there are less late night trips into the kitchen, buy the one that offers that. Parents are the ones doing the care giving, and the warmer is difficult to use or doesn’t fit all the requirements, then it won’t be used at all. So, buying the one that has the most number of favorite features is probably better than settling for less.