The Best Baby Food Maker Review
At some point in their life, your child will need to be introduced to eating table food. We set out to test the top products on the market designed to help parents rise to the often messy, but fun, occasion. We ran eight baby food making products through the gamut to pinpoint the right machines for the different approaches to making food for your baby. From the all-in-one steamer/blender to the simple hand-crank foodmill, we did the messy work so you won't have to. We asked important questions such as: does having an electric motor really matter? What about leaching plastics, steam burns, or featured recipes? Is it better suited for one serving or for producing several at a time?
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Test Results and Ratings
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Analysis and Award Winners
The Best Value Award
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We here at BabyGearLab are big-time supporters of parents discovering what works best for their particular lifestyle. There is not one "right way" to parent, but many. This philosophy particularly pertains to deciding what food you want to feed to your baby. We happily embrace the good work and philosophy of Maggie Meade, the creator and writer of The Wholesome Baby Food Guide when it comes to making baby's first foods, "It's important to realize that making homemade baby food is not an "all or nothing" proposition…Your baby's taste buds and tummy will surely thank you for all the fresh and wholesome foods that you prepare for him, but he needs a parent who is relaxed and joyful far more than he needs homemade baby food."
Making your own baby food should be a process that not only provides nourishment for your child, but also a maintains a relaxed and happy atmosphere within your home. With that in mind, let's move forward with the reviews!
Analysis and Test Results
It all begins with just how serious you are about making food for your baby. Do you want to produce a lot of food at once to freeze and store for later use or are you more interested in producing your baby's meals one at a time? Are you short on counter top space? Do you want a kitchen tool that extends beyond the life of making pureed food for your baby or do you want a product specifically designed for making baby food? We spent a significant amount of time rigorously testing eight different products that fall on the spectrum of baby food makers. From the all-in-one steamer/blender to a hand crank food mill there are many versions to choose from.
You can also read on to find out more about the types of products we tested and which baby food makers earned a special award from BabyGearLab!
Types of Products
All-in-one vs. blender vs. manual food mill
We tested a wide range of baby food making products in order to determine which ones would work best with your lifestyle. From the all-in-one steamers and blenders, to the manual hand-crank food mills, we sought out the best products to aide your journey into making baby food as easy as possible.
The All-In-One Machines
We took a good hard look at three popular products in this category- the Cuisinart BFM-1000 & Bottle Warmer, Beaba Babycook Pro Processor & Steamer, and the Baby Brezza. All-in-one food makers are a great option for parents who are seeking one machine to do everything, thus eliminating the need to steam foods on the stove or roast them in the oven. While effective at steaming and blending foods, these machines tend to take up extra countertop space, are more challenging to clean, and are expensive.
Electric Blenders and Food Mills
We tested three electric blenders and food mills: the BELLA Baby Rocket Blender, the Kidco Electric Food Mill, and the Sage Spoonfuls Immersion Blender with Food Processor Attachment. Electric blenders and food mills are a great option for parents who don't feel the need for an all-in-one machine and are willing to cook their foods prior to processing it. These machines have the capacity to make both small and large amounts of food and in general were quite easy to use. We did run into some trouble when it came to grinding coarser and thicker foods in these machines. We were, however, extremely impressed with the capability and versatility of the Sage Spoonfuls Immersion Blender w/Food Processor, so much so, that we gave it our Editors' Choice Award.
Manual Food Mills
We tested two products in this category- the Boon Mush Manual and the Kidalog Food Mill Grinder. We found that manual food mills are excellent products for parents looking to produce food for baby in small quantities. What they lack in flash and power, they offer parents a quick and easy solution to making food on the fly. The one major disadvantage to these machines is the fact that they cannot handle very course or fibrous foods as well as the electric blenders and food mills. This simply boils down to the fact that they are manually operated thus relying on man-power.
For a more in-depth comparison of these products, please see our How To Select The Best Baby Food Maker For Your Needs article.
Criteria for Evaluation
In testing these eight products, we determined the following criteria to be the most important when it came to evaluating their effectiveness: puree quality, ease of use, ease of cleaning, capacity, durability, and portability.
Puree Quality – 30% of total score
Ease of Use – 20% of total score
Most of the products we tested were fairly easy to use. Naturally, the number of parts corresponded with the difficulty of setup and use. All of the blenders and manual hand-crank machines were simple to use and required little effort to assemble. The all-in-one machines required more research to operate properly. We were bothered by the lack of visual representation of steaming times on the Beaba and Cuisinart. These machines base their "steaming time" on how much water is inserted into the steam chamber rather than using a timer. We also found ourselves constantly turning to the manual to determine just how long each particular food needed to be cooked for these particular machines. It would have been helpful for these companies to provide a magnet or laminated guide of steam times so parents are not always flipping through the manuals.
Ease of Cleaning – 20% of total score
Cleaning food off of any surface is difficult, particularly if it is sharp. Extra care needs to be taken when cleaning each of the products we tested (with the exception of the Kidalog, which has no sharp parts). Cleaning the all-in-one products was a bit trickier, as the water chambers cannot be accessed (these need to be cleaned periodically to prevent mineral deposit build-up in order to preserve the longevity of the machine). A lot of the machines had top-rack dishwasher safe parts, which was helpful, but we also found the use of a bottle brush really simplified the hand-washing process.
Capacity – 15% of total score
Capacity is an important component we considered and is typically determined by how the machine was designed to be used. All-in-one machines like the Cuisinart (which has the largest capacity of all the machines), the blenders and the Boon can accommodate anywhere from 1 cup to 4 cups worth of processed food. The exception is the Kidalog, which is intended for single servings and produces approximately 2/3 a cup per serving. We found all quantities yielded really depended on the type and consistency of the food we were milling.
Durability - 10% of total score
No one wants to spend money on a product they cannot use after a few tries, particularly one with inherent design flaws. We took into account the materials each machine is made with, the manufacturer's warranty, and how each product held up when facing different textured foods. Overall, we discovered that with proper maintenance, these machines are meant to last a long time, and likely will. We were especially impressed with the blade system in the Baby Brezza, and how well it tackled every kind of food we put in it.
Portability – 5% of total score
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