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Philips AVENT Natural Glass Review
Price: $9.70 List | $4.15 each (in 4-pack) from Amazon - 57% Off
Pros: Glass, few parts, nipple
Cons: Assembly, leaks, no sleeve
Bottom line: Well-made w/ one flaw that causes leaks
The Philips AVENT Natural Glass is a high quality glass bottle with one major design flaw that leads to frequent, and often unexpected, leaking during baby's feedings. While there were many features that we (and our babies) were enthusiastic about, like the easy-to-clean wide mouth shape and innovative nipple design, we were disappointed by its performance in the leakage category. That being said, it's a great value for a glass bottle and for those on a budget with a focus on eco-health, it might be worth the additional practice to perfect the fit between the bottle and the collar. For others, we'd recommend the reliably leak-free Editor's Choice winner, the Lifefactory bottle.
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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings
Philips is a well-respected provider of quality baby products, ranging from pacifiers to baby monitors. The Philips AVENT Natural Glass bottle is a part of their Natural bottles line and features a wide, breast-shaped nipple with "comfort petals" inside that allow flexibility without the common issue of nipple collapse. The nipple is also designed with a twin valve aimed at reducing colic by venting air into the bottle. The bottle itself is made of borosilicate glass and is BPA free.
Comotomo or the Tommee Tippee. We did find it was easy enough for baby to latch onto and use with minimal if any leaking from the nipple during feeding. We did like the comfort "petals" on the inside of the nipple that prevented nipple deformation as the manufacturer claimed they would. Much of the competition suffered from inverted or collapsed nipples so it was nice to see a design actively working to prevent this problem.
Kiinde Squeeze that only has 1 part to clean, it still ranked high in our tests and doesn't have any disposable parts you'll need to replace or stick in a landfill. This bottle has a wide mouth that makes cleaning with a bottle brush simple and effective. It has no sharp internal edges for food to hide and it only has 4 components so hand washing is quick and fairly painless. Glass also has the advantage over plastic that it doesn't retain any smells and it isn't easily scratched during cleaning or use.
This bottle earned a relatively high score of 8 of 10 in eco-health. It's made from the best materials currently in use in bottles, borosilicate glass bottle and a silicone nipple, and it is made in France. This means it is free of the usual suspects parents will be looking for and then some, including BPA, Phthalate, Latex, and Lead. Unfortunately, it doesn't include a silicone sleeve for safety, which are used by the more highly rated Lifefactory bottles to help reduce the risk of breakage and make it easier for baby to hold onto.
We didn't necessarily like that this bottle is on the heavier side. While this is expected when considering glass over plastic, many of the other glass options on the market come with silicone sleeves that making holding the heavier body a little easier for little hands.
Other Versions and Accessories
Although Philips doesn't make its own silicone sleeve for this glass bottle, the Olababy Silicone Sleeve are manufactured specifically for this brand and might be a good addition for this bottle if you are looking for a cheaper glass option.
Philips AVENT also makes the Avent Conversion Kit for Breast Pumps that allows you to use the bottles with most manual and electric breast pumps. This can somewhat allow for using the bottle body as a storage device at least for shorter durations.
— Ruth and Ben Traxler & Juliet Spurrier, MD
Most recent user review: June 27, 2016
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