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Chicco NaturalFit Review

Excellent value with a simple design that is easy to use
Best Value Award
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Price:   $35 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Simple, safe, keep bottle warm for up to an hour
Cons:  Slower
Manufacturer:   Chicco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jan 2, 2019
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RANKED
#3 of 10
  • Warming Efficiency - 25% 6
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 9
  • Health/Safety - 40% 7
  • Ease of Cleaning - 5% 5

The Skinny

The Chicco NaturalFit warmer quickly earned our Best Value award with a reasonable price tag and simple design it is easy to use and consistently warms bottles to the same temperature. This unit is water bath type making it safer than steam, but it tends to take more time to reach a proper temperature for little ones with a shut-off tie of 5:30. This Chicco has a straightforward knob interface, and the water you need is the same every time no matter what kind of bottle or how many ounces it has in it. This warmer is compact, making it good for travel or smaller kitchens. Overall, we think it is a good buy for families on a budget who want to get the job done and don't need all the bells and whistles.

We confirmed with Chicco that the only difference in the updated product of Chicco NaturalFit is aesthetics, such as change of color on the product (i.e., the dial's color and Chicco logo), as well as packaging. In terms of functionality, it has not changed.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Enrico Catelli started the Chicco (kee-ko) company, which is now part of the larger Artsana Group that produces medical and baby supplies. Chicco is one of the most popular brand names in baby gear in the US and Europe, designing gear for newborns up to preschool-age children. Chicco makes a variety of gear types from warmers to strollers and lots of stuff in between. You can find Chicco in over 120 countries.

Performance Comparison


This Chicco uses a water bath and removable basket to help you avoid contact with the heated water and surfaces.
This Chicco uses a water bath and removable basket to help you avoid contact with the heated water and surfaces.

Health and Safety


The Chicco NaturalFit has some features for health and safety, earning an above-average score for this metric.


This warmer uses water bath technology with temperature control instead of steam, which can potentially cause scalding injuries. In testing, milk temperatures did not exceed 112F even when the bottle was left in the warmer for up to 12 minutes. With only two settings, there is no "max-out," and the unit shuts off automatically at 5:30 minutes with an audible beep and green light. However, if the bottle is left inside the warmer after the beep, it will stay warm (for up to an hour in our testing). However, use caution as bottle contents can reach temperatures in excess of 112F (in our tests), which is too warm for little ones and above 104F where breastmilk starts to lose nutrients.

The NaturalFit user interface has two options that focus on container type  bottle or food jar.
The NaturalFit user interface has two options that focus on container type, bottle or food jar.

Ease of Use


The NaturalFit is one of the easiest options to use, earning a high-reaching score in our testing for ease of use. Setup is straightforward, and it comes with a simple manual.


The NaturalFit is a single reservoir unit that requires 1/2 cup water for each use with bottle contents over 6 ounces. It is easy to fill and somewhat forgiving if you are slightly off. The dial has two settings for bottles or food containers, and a red light indicates it is set and warming. When the cycle is over, it will beep, and the light will turn green. The warmer will stay on for up to an hour if you don't turn it off. This will keep the bottle warm if you get distracted, but you should always check the temperature of the bottle contents as it will increase as it sits in the bath.

The NaturalFit can hold wide style bottles as well as tall and storage pouches.
Taller bottles still work well in the Chicco NaturalFit.

The warming chamber is compatible with a variety of bottle shapes and materials, including popular options from our Best Baby Bottle Review and breastmilk storage bags.

The Chicco is a slow warmer on par with most water baths with an auto shut off of 5:30 minutes and a content temperature of 80F.
The Chicco is a slow warmer on par with most water baths with an auto shut off of 5:30 minutes and a content temperature of 80F.

Warming Efficiency


The slower heating time of a water bath warmer limited the NaturalFit in this metric, earning it an above-average score. A similar rating as half of the competition.


In our testing, the timer shuts-off around 9:15 minutes with a content temperature of 97F. However, because the warmer stays "on" for up to an hour, the contents can reach temperatures in excess of 112F (in our tests, this took 12 minutes). The temperature when the timer went off is close to body temperature, which is ideal and below 104F when breastmilk begins to lose nutrients.

Chicco NaturalFit's warming instructions specify that the device needs to be fully cooled before subsequent use (see bottom sentence); in our experience  this took between 15-30 minutes.
Chicco NaturalFit's warming instructions specify that the device needs to be fully cooled before subsequent use (see bottom sentence); in our experience, this took between 15-30 minutes.

A potential negative is the waiting in between bottle warmings for this unit. Chicco advises that the unit should be cooled completely before warming a second bottle. This cooling can take up to 30 minutes, making it a poor choice if you have more than one baby or want to use it in a nursery setting.

Check Temperature Before Feeding
You should always check the temperature of the bottle's contents before feeding your baby. Swirl the contents after you remove it from the warmer and place a few drops on the inside of your wrist. The milk should be warm but not hot.

The Chicco has a single chamber for regular cleaning.
The Chicco has a single chamber for regular cleaning.

Ease of Cleaning


The Chicco is easy to clean, but the overnight descaling process caused a nosedive in its score for cleaning with a medium-low rating for this metric. However, it was not the lowest in the competition.


Daily maintenance of this unit is simple and includes drying and wiping. It is the monthly descaling that causes the problem. While filing it with a vinegar/water combo is simple, you need to soak it overnight, which is when you may need to use the unit. We think this is a design flaw given that overnight use is when many parents find a warmer the most useful. To avoid this issue, you can start your soak first thing in the morning, so it is over before bedtime. If you need to heat a bottle during the day, you can choose a simpler method of running it under hot tap water or swirling it in heated water in a bowl.


Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz