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Beaba BabyMilk Review

Strangely designed warmer with increased chances for steam related burns
Beaba BabyMilk
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $60 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Auto shutoff, audible beep
Cons:  Hard to use, strange lid design, potential for steam injuries
Manufacturer:   Beaba
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jan 2, 2019
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  • Warming Efficiency - 25% 3
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 6
  • Health/Safety - 40% 6
  • Ease of Cleaning - 5% 6

The Skinny

The Beaba BabyMilk is a steam bottle warmer with a removable lid. This warmer can work with bottles of various sizes and materials. It has a small footprint but is somewhat tall making it a poor choice for those with lower hanging cabinets. We like that this warmer has an audible beep at the end of the heat cycle and that it automatically shuts off to help avoid overheating. The warmer has a simple dial setting, and the water fill line is easy to see. Unfortunately, this warmer's removable lid/chamber traps steam inside to contain heat, but if the user isn't careful, it could lead to steam related burns. It also is harder to clean with an overnight descaling process. So, while the BabyMilk can warm your bottles, it could be too frustrating to use and clean.

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Pros Auto shutoff, audible beepSimple to operate, versatile, consistent temperaturesWater bath, user-friendly, versatile, timer in minutesSimple, safe, keep bottle warm for up to an hourInexpensive, travel friendly, easy to use
Cons Hard to use, strange lid design, potential for steam injuriesAverage heat time, frequent mainteneceExpensive, no end of cycle beep, multiple cleaning stepsSlowerNo auto-shutoff, only works for one bottle
Bottom Line Strangely designed warmer with increased chances for steam related burnsBottle warmer with average heating time, but safe and effective for breastmilkConsistent, simple, and works with any bottleExcellent value with a simple design that is easy to useAn innovative way for on-the-go families to heat baby's milk
Rating Categories Beaba BabyMilk Tommee Tippee 3-in-... Kiinde Kozii Chicco NaturalFit Tommee Tippee Trave...
Warming Efficiency (25%)
3.0
6.0
4.0
6.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (30%)
6.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
Health Safety (40%)
6.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
Ease Of Cleaning (5%)
6.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
9.0
Specs Beaba BabyMilk Tommee Tippee 3-in-... Kiinde Kozii Chicco NaturalFit Tommee Tippee Trave...
Heat Technology Steam Water Bath Water Bath Water Bath Water Bath
Temp or Timer Based Timer Timer Timer Temperature N/A
Auto Shut Off Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Audible Beep Yes Yes No Yes No
Water Resevoir No No Yes Yes No
Wide Bottle Capacity Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compatible w/ Glass Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compatible w/ Breast Pump Bags Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Time to Warm to 99F 12:00 min:sec 7:40 min:sec 12:00 min:sec 9:15 min:sec 5:38 min:sec
Wait Time Between Warmings In the event of a subsequent heating cycle within an hour, heating time must be reduced Not listed If Kozii feels warm around the base (from recent use), decrease warming time by 30 seconds. Allow bottle warmer to cool completely (approx 30 min) None
Dimensions 10.5"H x 5.25"L x 4.75"W 7.5"H x 6"L x 5"W 6"H x 6.4"L x 4.7"W 6"H x 5.5"L x 5.25"W 7.75"H x 3.5"L x 3.5"W
Temp. & Time at Auto Shut-Off w/ Warmer Chart Recommended Setting (4oz Refrig. Milk in Glass w/ Silicone Sleeve) 2:30 min:sec 76F 5:00 min:sec 86F 5:30 min:sec 79F 9:00 min:sec 94F NA
Max Temp if Left in Warmer 12 minutes 108F 109F 94F 104F 111F

Our Analysis and Test Results

B√ČABA (bay-ah-buh) is over 25 years old and creates French-designed baby products. The company launched with a steam cooker and blender to make baby food and grew into gear that includes multiple items from feeding to apparel.

Performance Comparison


The Beaba BabyMilk is a steam technology warmer with a strange...
The Beaba BabyMilk is a steam technology warmer with a strange design that makes it likelier to cause potential injury.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Health and Safety


The BabyMilk earned a slightly above average score for health and safety thanks in part to the steam technology it uses. Steam offers a higher potential for burn-related injuries over water bath warmers. Following the instructions for this unit yields safe content temperatures even if the bottle remains in the chamber for up to 12 minutes after the heat cycle ends. With a final temperature of 92F at 12 minutes, it is still below body temperature, which is good. When cranked to the maximum heat potential outside the manufacturer's guidelines, it can produce a bottle with contents as warm as 123F, which is significantly over the 104F temperature when breastmilk starts losing nutrients.

The BabyMilk user interface is a single timer dial that requires...
The BabyMilk user interface is a single timer dial that requires referencing the instructions for warming time.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The BabyMilk has some challenging features, earning it a decent score in the ease of use metric. This unit has an average user guide and an automatic shut-off with an audible beep that indicates when the heat cycle is over.

This warmer has an easy to see fill line, even though it is under the bottom plate. However, the instructions can be confusing if your bottle or contents don't conform to the chart. For example, our 4-ounce glass bottle was not on the chart. We also feel that this model has a higher chance of spilling and injury due to the strange design and difficulty putting the top on. We regularly struggled with putting the lid on and getting it lined up correctly, making it harder to use.

The BabyMilk warmer can accommodate several different types of...
The BabyMilk lid holds in the heat, but it is also challenging to...

Warming Efficiency


The BabyMilk isn't as efficient as other steam warmers, earning it a slightly above average ranking for warming efficiency. While it heats quickly (using the instructions) for a single cycle with a shut-off at 2:30 minutes, the bottle contents are only 71F. When used at maximum settings outside the instructions, it still only reaches 77F. While it is nice that it isn't too hot, it also isn't that close to body temperature, which is the ideal temp for feeding.

The deep lid on the BabyMilk is designed to trap heat inside to warm...
The deep lid on the BabyMilk is designed to trap heat inside to warm bottles quicker, but the strange locking design is hard to line up and can result in steam related injuries if you aren't careful.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Test Temperature Before Use
Never feed your baby a bottle without first checking the temperature to ensure it isn't too hot. Swirl the bottle before testing to mix in any potential hot spots. Place a few drops on the inside of your wrist; the liquid should be warm but not hot. The inside of your wrist is more sensitive than your finger and a better indicator of heat.

If you need to heat a second bottle right away, you should reduce the heating time to avoid overheating the contents. This reduction could take some trial and error to get it right.

The BabyMilk is easy to take apart to clean, but the descaling...
The BabyMilk is easy to take apart to clean, but the descaling process requires overnight soaking which feels like a deal breaker.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Cleaning


The BabyMilk has some cleaning challenges with a fairish score for this metric in our tests. The steam cover and basket are dishwasher safe, and regular wiping with a clean, dry cloth is suitable for daily maintenance. Every 50 cycles, this unit needs to be descaled, which could be as often as every ten days if you heat bottles an average of 5 times per day. This cleaning is significantly more frequent than other warmers with an every month schedule. The descaling can also take overnight if the mineral deposits are resistant. Overnight soaking means you'll be without your warmer when you may need it the most.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz