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Philips AVENT BPA-free Review

Price:   $9.00 List | $10.00 each (in 3-pack) at Amazon
Pros:  Durable, wide neck, clear markings
Cons:  Prone to leakage
Bottom line:  Sturdy, leak-free bottle IF assembled correctly.
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Available Sizes:  4oz/9oz
Bottle Material:  Polypropylene
Free of Materials:  BPA
Manufacturer:   Philips

The Skinny

Philips is a well-known quality provider of baby products, and we generally find their products to be top performing. However, in this case, we were disappointed to find a bottle that finished in 12th place in our field of 17 finalists. While the Philips AVENT BPA-free bottle is durable, with an easy to use wide neck, but we found their bottle top system complicated to use and prone to leakage. Avent has tried to redeem their leaky-bottle-syndrome with the addition of an "adapter ring". IF you get it in properly, with the blue side DOWN, you just might have a leak-free experience. If not, you better have your burp cloth handy to soak up the mess.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Lindsay Ellis

Last Updated:
Sunday
September 23, 2012

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Our Avent bottle testing process started off with our bottle brush punching right through the nipple on the first washing! Maybe just a fluke…but still.

With a new nipple in one hand and a fussy baby in the other, trying to get that newly included "adapter ring" inserted properly was no easy task. However, we did like that once it was put together correctly, we had a sturdy bottle that didn't leak.

Likes


The Avent "adapter ring"  their answer to a leak-free seal.
The Avent "adapter ring", their answer to a leak-free seal.
Correctly assembled, the adapter ring serves it's purpose. The nipple has a fairly broad base that we liked and overall, the bottle felt good in-hand. It's marked clearly on the outside and has a wide mouth, witch made filling and washing simple.

Dislikes


One of the worst scoring bottles in our leakage tests.

We found ourselves frustrated at spending too much time fidgeting with that adapter ring! We imagine this is a learning curve that you would move past fairly quickly. We'd definitely recommend referring to your user's manual.

In our test, the anti-colic claim didn't seem to matter.

Conclusion


Get comfortable with the adapter ring and you should have a decent bottle. However, we just don't see the point and stand by our winner, Tommee Tippee Feeding.

Lindsay Ellis

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Most recent review: February 16, 2015
Summary of All Ratings

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Average Customer Rating:  
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50% of 2 reviewers recommend it
 
Rating Distribution
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5 star: 33%  (1)
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3 star: 33%  (1)
2 star: 33%  (1)
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   Feb 16, 2015 - 01:21pm
NOVA Attorney · Alexandria, VA

I am amazed that your review was so favorable. I cannot see how one could recommend a container that doesn't hold liquid, no matter what other attributes it may have. We bought ten of the 9-oz bottles, and are ready to put them in the trash after only a month.

These bottles are poorly designed and leak with every single feeding. They are complicated and I suspect the adapter ring doesn't improve performance when the cap moves during feeding as infants are prone to do. After a month of practice, every feeding still results in formula on our son and his clothes, formula on me, formula on our furniture and carpet. I'd much prefer something with a better design — i.e., something less complicated with fewer points of proven failure. It seemed that AVENT put their investment into materials and marketing, but not so much into a design that fulfills its sole purpose of holding liquid until retrieved by an infant. We will not buy any more Phillips/AVENT baby products, and would never recommend these to a friend.



Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.

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   Jan 26, 2014 - 08:41pm
smwwatergirl · shepherdstown, wv

AVENT GLASS Ok, I am actually quite disappointed in this review. It does not specify if reviewing classic or natural, (I assume classic as I never had to mess with the adaptor ring with the natural glass). I am also disappointed that the glass bottles were not the ones reviewed, especially as there are so few glass bottles available AND the review said it valued environmental impact and safety in materials for your baby (ie no plastic). I have used avent glass natural bottles, along with breastfeeding, since my son was 8 days old. I have not had to replace ANY parts, although I did go up a flow size when my son was about 8 months old. He is now 13 months, and starting this month, we only use them a few times a week if daddy is doing bedtime. Before this, it was 7-8 bottles a day, at least as I work 12 hour shifts four days a week. We have been very happy with the quality and durability of this product. He gets very little gas (might be the valve, might not). I have never had a leakage problem - the glass ones use the natural nipples and the extra ring is not needed. The glass is thick, has never cracked, and insulates nicely. When heating the milk, I actually warm the bottle with hot water first, and then add the milk and swirl itin a bowl of hot water from the sink. The heat from the glass helps to heat the liquid inside and I don't have to worry about any chemicals being leached into my baby. I also thinks it keeps it warmer longer. Couldn't be better!



Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


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