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Chicco NaturalFit Digital Review

Works with most bottles and heats fast but heating multiple bottles is a no go
Chicco NaturalFit Digital
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $50 List | $50 at Amazon
Pros:  Auto shut off, audible beep, fits most bottles
Cons:  No storage pouch use, cooling between bottles
Manufacturer:   Chicco
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jan 2, 2019
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  • Warming Efficiency - 25% 5
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 7
  • Health/Safety - 40% 6
  • Ease of Cleaning - 5% 4

The Skinny

The Chicco NaturalFit Digital is a steam warmer with a digital user interface and countdown timer. This Chicco has an auto shutoff, and an audible beep with 5 beeps to ensure you hear it. The warmer heats faster than the water bath Chicco NaturalFit, but the final bottle temperature is lower by almost 20 degrees. The Digital is more complicated to use and has a warming chart to follow depending on the bottle content amount, which can be misplaced or forgotten when the bottle size changes. And, while we like the timer countdown feature and knowing when the cycle is almost over, we think the additional complications that come with steam and digital isn't worth the added cost over the simpler and warmer non-Digital version.

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Pros Auto shut off, audible beep, fits most bottlesSimple 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 No storage pouch use, cooling between bottlesAverage heat time, frequent mainteneceExpensive, no end of cycle beep, multiple cleaning stepsSlowerNo auto-shutoff, only works for one bottle
Bottom Line Heats fast with auto shut off but can't heat subsequent bottles without coolingReliable and effective warmer that will accommodate almost any bottleSimple interface with consistent warming and works with most bottlesConsistent heat and easy to use make this warmer a good buyThis versatile and convenient warmer is great for families who are always on the move
Rating Categories Chicco NaturalFit... Tommee Tippee... Kiinde Kozii Chicco NaturalFit Tommee Tippee...
Warming Efficiency (25%)
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5
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6
Ease Of Use (30%)
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Health Safety (40%)
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Ease Of Cleaning (5%)
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Specs Chicco NaturalFit... Tommee Tippee... Kiinde Kozii Chicco NaturalFit Tommee Tippee...
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 No Yes Yes No Yes
Warming Wait Time 5:30 min:sec 5:00 min:sec 5:30 min:sec 9:15 min:sec 5:30 min:sec
Wait Time Between Warmings Allow bottle warmer to cool completely - took 15-20 min 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 6"H x 5.25"L x 5"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) 5:30 min:sec 78F 5:00 min:sec 86F 5:30 min:sec 79F 9:00 min:sec 94F NA
Max Temp if Left in Warmer 12 minutes 90F 109F 94F 104F 111F

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Chicco (kee-ko) company was started by Enrico Catelli, which is part of the Artsana Group. As one of the most popular baby gear brands in the US and Europe, Chicco designs products for children from newborns to preschool. Chicco creates a variety of gear that can be found in over 120 countries.

Performance Comparison


The Chicco NaturalFit Digital is a steam warmer with a digital...
The Chicco NaturalFit Digital is a steam warmer with a digital interface.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Health and Safety


The Digital loses some ground for safety with steam heating, earning an average score, and it does not beat Chicco NaturalFit in this metric. This warmer varies from its brother that uses water bath technology, which is inherently safer because it doesn't have the potential for steam related injuries.

When following the instructions, the Digital heats the contents to 82F at 5:30 minutes. If left in the chamber when the heat cycle turns-off, the bottle can reach temperatures up to 93F after 12 minutes, and, if set to the warmer's maximum setting, the bottle contents can reach 105F at 7 minutes, and 139F after 12 minutes. These temperatures are far too high for both baby and breastmilk since breastmilk starts to lose nutrients after 104F.

The user interface on the Digital is cool looking and we like the...
The user interface on the Digital is cool looking and we like the countdown timer, but the limited buttons require complicated pushing.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The NatrualFit Digital is harder to use than the Chicco NatrualFit, earning it a mediocre score, whereas the non-Digital version received a higher score. Also, the non-Digital version has two modes for heating and a single water amount to heat. The Digital has more buttons and requires a chart to determine the water level to use. We also like the countdown timer, which gives you more information if you are waiting for the cycle to end. The user interface is not as user-friendly as it could be with multiple button pushing and holding a button for 3 seconds to power it up. It does have an automatic shut-off or an audible beep to indicate the end of the heat cycle. The user manual is easy to understand, but the three languages in a row mean you need to jump around.

The Digital has a faster warming time than the non-Digital version...
The Digital has a faster warming time than the non-Digital version but the final product isn't as warm.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Warming Efficiency


The NaturalFit Digital is faster at warming than its brother with a heat time of 5:30 minutes versus 9:30. However, it isn't as efficient, earning it a mediocre score. The final temperature at shut-off for the NaturalFit Digital is 82F, while the non-Digital temperature is closer to body temps at 97F. If you want to heat a second bottle, you need to let the unit cool completely, which can take 15-30 minutes, making this warmer a poor choice if you have multiple babies.

The bottle removal basket on the Digital can help you avoid contact...
The bottle removal basket on the Digital can help you avoid contact with steam, but steam still offers additional opportunity over water bath warmers for potential injuries.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Test Bottle Content Temperature
Never give your baby a bottle until you check the temperature of its contents. Swirl the bottle before testing to avoid any hot spots. Always test on the inside of your wrist as the skin is more sensitive than your finger.

The bottom heat plate of the Digital is hard to reach and the...
The bottom heat plate of the Digital is hard to reach and the descaling process is involved and could require overnight soaking. This could be a deal breaker for some.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Cleaning


The NaturalFit Digital scored slightly below-average for ease of cleaning, the lowest score among all metrics. This unit is easy to keep clean daily by wiping it dry and emptying the water after each use. However, regular descaling is where things get a little tricker. The Digital requires a water and vinegar solution and running the warmer through a heat cycle and soaking overnight. Overnight soaking means you'll be without a warmer at least one night a month, which could be a problem if you rely on it for nighttime feeding.

Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz