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Babymoov Nutribaby Review
Price: $130.00 List | $98.99 at Amazon - 24% off
Pros: No non-food taste, good safety mechanisms, reduced mold and rust concerns
Cons: Poor Puree quality, harder to use and clean
Bottom line: Cool concept with nice safety features but hard to use and left larger chunks in pureed food
The Babymoov Nutribay is an all-in-one concept that sounds cool on paper but disappointed us in real life. The Nutribaby has two different containers that require the user to move the food from one to another to complete the process. This two-step process makes it just as labor intensive or possibly more so than steaming your food on the stove and using a puree device that doesn't cook. It also failed to consistently puree the food and often left larger chunks that aren't suitable for younger babies. Add to this the more complex buttons and settings and the fact the Nutribaby is primarily plastic, and you have a baby food maker that looks good but didn't pass muster.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Since 1998, Babymoov has been creating products designed to help parents so they can spend more time with their babies. Babymoov strives to provide reliable, technologically advanced baby gear inspired by input from parents. In 2014, Babymoov opened a US subsidiary bringing their products to moms and dads in the US. Babymoov prides itself on keeping in touch with moms on a daily basis online and through social media. They provide a blog, latest news, product surveys and videos on their website. They currently offer baby food makers, baby monitor, baby swing, diaper bags and more.
This comparison chart shows the overall scores for each baby food maker we tested. The Babymoov bar is blue with the last place ranking.
The sections below provide details about how the Nutribaby performed during testing for each metric. The overall score derives from the individual metric scores with emphasis placed on the puree quality and ease of use results.
The Babymoov earned a 5 of 10 for puree quality. This score means that the food we attempted to blend using the Nutribaby didn't puree evenly and smoothly for every kind of food we tried. In fact, some foods had larger chunks, and the consistency wasn't very consistent. Even steamed sweet potatoes were difficult to puree into a substance that was smooth enough for young babies with several chunks left behind. The only foods in our test list that the Nutribaby did not struggle with were bananas, apples, rice, and pasta.
The Babymoov blades seemed to shoot the food up and away from the blades, and we had to continually push the food back down into the blade area or add more water to get the contents smooth enough depending on the food type. Overall, testers were frustrated that it didn't work well for the price and the complexity.
Ease of Use
The Babymoov earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use, compared to the more simplistic Baby Bullet and Sage Spoonfuls Puree and Blend with 8s. The Babymoove's score suffered somewhat due to the complexity of the product with more buttons and settings than some of the competition. It is difficult to use right out of the box, and some parents may rely on the manual for a longer time. It is least intuitive option in the review.
The Nutribaby only has three pieces to put together which is a plus, but it takes far longer to make the food than any of the other options. When you get to the blending part you can only blend the preparation for 5 seconds with 5 seconds off then 5 more on and then a 30-second break. This on/off/wait process is the only way to avoid overheating the motor. We found this not only annoying and time-consuming but disappointing given that a standard blender or mixer can run far longer without the same concerns. This comparison left us disappointed in the overall level of the technology it uses.
The Nutribaby can steam 6 1/4 cups and blends 2 1/2 Cups at a time. Once you get used to all the buttons and settings the parts are not too hard to use, and you can steam two different foods at the same time. The steam basket works well, but because you cook on one side and then transfer the food to the blender part, it isn't as useful as it sounds like an all-in-one should be. Parents could just steam on the stove and use fewer parts without the plastic concerns. With the Babymoov you actually have more parts to wash. However, you can use the product as a sterilizer and bottle warmer as well as baby food prep, but these are also tasks you can do almost as easily on your stove.
Health and Safety
The Babymoov earned an 8 of 10 for health and safety. This score reflects nice features for safety that include a bowl that locks onto the base when in use, an alarm for no water in the tank during cooking and an alarm if the blender and cooker aren't correctly connected while cooking. These features are designed to protect users from hurting themselves.
Unfortunately, users do need to be careful when moving the contents from the steamer to the blender portion of the unit. The location of steam release on the lid of the blending bowl is directly on top of where a hand might be placed. If someone does put their hand there, they could suffer burns, so extra care should be taken when food is hot.
This product is primarily plastic. This plastic construction is disappointing to us given the studies on some BPA-free plastic that show they can still leach chemicals especially when heated. We think it would be better if the containers were the food sits and cooks were glass. All of the parts are BPA-free, the mixing bowl is SAN, and the cooking baskets are Tritan. Even if a switch meant a higher price, we think most parents would prefer the eco-healthy glass over plastic. On the upside, this food maker is generally easy to clean, and we were able to access most of the parts without trouble which means the chances of mold or rust developing are slim.
Ease of Cleaning
The Nutribaby earned a 5 of 10 for ease of cleaning. This is the second to the lowest score with the Sage Spoonfuls Puree and Blend and the Baby Bullet both earning 9.
The Babymoov has a lot of parts to clean, and only some of them are dishwasher safe, though we encourage parents to handwash all the items to prevent degradation of the plastic which could cause more potential leaching of chemicals into baby's food. The cooking basket, removable trays, cooking juice receptacles, lids, spatula, and mixing bowl are all dishwasher safe. The cooking dome can wipe clean with a sponge or cloth. The inside of the heating tank will also need descaling every week or every five heat cycles. Descaling is easy and done with vinegar and water, but it is necessary and an extra step over the makers that do not steam.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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