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Philips AVENT BPA-free Review

Sturdy, leak-free bottle IF assembled correctly
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Philips AVENT BPA-free Review
Credit: Lindsay Ellis
Price:  $9 List
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Manufacturer:   Philips
By Lindsay Ellis ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Sep 23, 2012
  • Nipple - 25% 7.0
  • Ease-of-cleaning - 20% 8.0
  • Leakage - 30% 4.0
  • Ease-of-use - 10% 5.0
  • Eco-health - 15% 6.0

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.
Wide neck
Clear markings
Prone to leakage

Our Analysis and Test Results

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.


philips avent bpa-free - the avent "adapter ring", their answer to a leak-free seal.
The Avent “adapter ring”, their answer to a leak-free seal.
Credit: Lindsay Ellis
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.


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.


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 Glass feeding bottle.

Lindsay Ellis

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