The Best Bottle Warmer Review

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BabyGearLab's bottle warmer line-up.
Credit: Lindsay Ellis
Having a bottle warmer as part of your new parent arsenal can indeed simplify life with baby. There are many choices, but which bottle warmer is the best? To find out, we took 7 of the top rated and most popular bottle warmers on the market and put them to use and a series of tests to find out how they compared side-by-side. We looked at overall warming performance, how convenient they were to use on a day-to-day (or night after night) basis, as well as how safely they treated the delicate nature of your baby's meal, especially in the case of breast milk. Even with warmers that used similar technologies, our experiences produced varied results; some good, and some, well, left us feeling a little chilled. Read on for the full review and comparisons.

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Review by: ⋅ Review Editor, BabyGearLab

Top Ranked Bottle Warmers Displaying 1 - 5 of 7 << Previous | View All | Next >>
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Kiinde Kozii
Kiinde Kozii
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Philips AVENT Express
Philips AVENT Express
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Munchkin Precision Digital
Munchkin Precision Digital
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Dr. Brown's Deluxe Bottle Warmer
Dr. Brown's Deluxe
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Munchkin Time Saver
Munchkin Time Saver
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Pros Easy-to-program, safe warming temps, efficient, accommodates all bottle sizes, no wait between warmingsCompact unit, albeit a cumbersome cordeasy-program, efficient and accommodates all bottle sizesSleek, efficient, simple controls, lid contains steamcompact unit, simple to use, consistent
Cons SlowerMessy to fill, poor instructions, bath water too hot, no audible timer, confusing flashing lightheats at a very high temperature (much too high, in our view), reservoir can leakNarrow, extra cleaning time may be required, heating temps too hotlots of hot steam, bottle ends up really hot and hard to remove, reservoir can leak
Bottom Line Simple, efficient and safe warmer that just takes a littlle longer to get the job done right.A simple looking warmer that proved to complicate the bottle warming process for usA sleek, efficient warmer with minimal fiddle-factor, but not recommended due to heating temp.This warmer was a breeze to use, but we found heating temps too hot and risk loss of breast milk qualityA very basic unit that does it's job but leaves the bottle too hot to handle and hard to remove.
Date Reviewed Nov 30, 2012Nov 30, 2012Nov 30, 2012Nov 30, 2012Nov 30, 2012
Weighted Scores Kiinde Kozii Philips AVENT Express Munchkin Precision Digital Dr. Brown's Deluxe Munchkin Time Saver
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Product Specs Kiinde Kozii Philips AVENT Express Munchkin Precision Digital Dr. Brown's Deluxe Munchkin Time Saver
Highest recorded warming temperature 127F / 53C 167F / 75C 199F / 93C 190F / 88C 197F / 92C
Warming Temp Avoids Breastmilk Nutrient Loss ( < 60 C) yes no no no no
Avg. Warming time (4 oz refrige milk) 8:00 min 4:00 min 3:30 min 3:30 min 2:45 min
Wait time b/w warming consecutive bottles 0 min 0 min 3 min 0 min 3 min
Safety shut-off? yes no yes yes yes
Audible beep to signal end of warming time? no beep, but audible "tick-tick" sound no yes yes yes
Fit extra wide mouth bottles? yes yes, if basket is removed yes no yes
Glass bottle acceptable? yes yes yes, thermo-resistant and thawed yes, thermo-resistant yes, thermo-resistant and thawed
Dimensions (in inches, width, depth, height) 4.75x6x6.5 5.75x5x5.5 6.5x5.5x7.5 6x5x11.5 5.5x5.25x6.5

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If bottle feeding is part of you and your baby's routine, and your little one prefers a warm meal, you may have wondered what the best way to go about achieving that warm bottle might be. Some of the most commonly heard of methods might be to stand at the sink, while running the bottle under warm tap water, or to plunk it into a bowl or pan of previously boiled hot water. These both seem a bit mundane and require your attention, not so easy when you have a crying baby at hand. However, thanks to the technology of today, there's another option. You can simply press a button on a specially designed bottle warming machine, and voila!, a hot and ready meal for your baby in minutes.

Seems great, right? But, as we found, not all bottle warmers are created equal. We put seven bottle warmers through the ringer and came away with some clear favorites. But only one came away the real winner and in this case, it came down to a matter of health and safety. In fact, our research into the health and safety considerations for warming breast milk led us to write an article dedicated to the subject titled, Best Practices for Handling Breast Milk.

Editor's Choice
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Preparing a bottle in the Kiinde Kozii's "gentle" water bath.
Credit: Lindsay Ellis
We had to give the Kiinde Kozii major props for it's special attention and consideration in providing a "gentle" warming technique. We found their "SAFEheat" technology truly was as gentle as warm running tap water, but with this bottle warmer, parents can have the benefits hands-free. In addition to avoiding hot-spots, this method ensures that the nutrients and other important qualities (of breast milk especially) will be preserved. The Kiinde Kozii was easy to fill, program and clean. It accommodated all sizes of bottles as well as bags of frozen or thawed breast milk. Well done Kiinde!

For additional insight, be sure to check out our articles How We Tested Bottle Warmers and How to Choose the Best Bottle Warmer for tips on picking the best warmer for you.

Lindsay Ellis
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