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Cuisinart BW-10 Review

Poor warming and ease of use
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Price:   $40 List | $25 at Amazon
Pros:  Nightlight function, compact
Cons:  Poor ease of use, inefficient, incompatible with Comotomo
Manufacturer:   Cuisinart
By Ruth Traxler, Ben Traxler, & Juliet Spurrier, MD  ⋅  Jun 27, 2016
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OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#6 of 7
  • Health/Safety - 40% 4
  • Ease of Use - 30% 4
  • Warming Efficiency - 25% 5
  • Ease of Cleaning - 5% 7

The Skinny

The Cuisinart BW-10 is a steam-based, compact bottle warmer that underwhelmed. While features such as a night light and LED indicator hold some value, it's core functionality is inefficient and variable. Plus, this high-end bottle warmer needs to be filled with water every use via a small measuring cup which is not handy for frequent or middle-of-the-night use.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Cuisinart BW-10 is a bottle warmer with night light in a compact and attractive package. It uses steam heat in a warming chamber to heat both baby bottles and food jars. The warmer is compatible with both glass and plastic bottles, but does the wider silicone Top Pick Comotomo bottle.

Performance Comparison


BW-10 has a simple on-off switch with rather bright lighting that serves as also a night light using the integrated measuring cup that slides atop to diffuse light.
BW-10 has a simple on-off switch with rather bright lighting that serves as also a night light using the integrated measuring cup that slides atop to diffuse light.

Health and Safety


The BW-10 scored a 4 of 10 in health and safety. It does have an auto-shut off but does not have an end of cycle beep; once a bottle is taken out, the dial needs to be manually turned to 'off' to disengage the LED light.

Even with maximum heat settings in our testing, 4 ounces of refrigerated milk in a Lifefactory Glass Bottle with silicone sleeve didn't overheat. While never overheating the milk, the Cuisinart still uses steam heat technology which we don't prefer as we note in our buying advice article. For narrow bottles, an adapter ring is provided to seal in some steam for better warming efficiency and safety, however, it has an awkward fit. It is necessary to read the manual to really figure out the purpose of this piece. In addition, glass bottles must use an elevated positioning to keep the glass further away from the warmer's hot plate than with plastic. Without reading directions, we can see how this safety step could be easily missed.

BW-10 with the adapter ring and warming basket in raised position with a 4-ounce Lifefactory glass bottle. Note measuring cup slides right into front of device at top and nightlight button located top right.
Filling the small measuring vial of the Cuisinart BW-10 to the perfect level often took more than one try which became cumbersome.
The measured cup is difficult to get the correct amount of water. Even though this device heats on the cool side, if too much water is used, there is a potential for overheating so getting the right measurement is recommended.

Ease of Use


The Cuisinart received a 4 of 10 in ease of use. With many accessories, there are various components to keep track of and clean. If using glass, be sure to set the warming basket to the raised position. Filling the measuring cup exactly with each use proved to be frustrating to us. And, the dial needs to be manually turned off with every use even though the warming has auto shut-off. The nightlight is cool but since water needs to be measuring for each use, you are still getting up to warm the bottle in the middle of the night. The quick reference guide attached to the back of the device is handy. Unfortunately, the well-loved Comotomo baby bottle doesn't fit inside its warming basket.
BW-10 parts  including the main unit  measuring cup or vial  warming basket  adapter ring  and baby food jar basket. It was complicated to configure the parts in the unit for plastic vs. glass bottles.
We liked that the quick reference guide for suggested water amounts is printed on the back of the unit. The cord tended to come loose from its housing more often than not allowing for a tilting of the device if not remedied.
Comotomo (shown) and Tommee Tippee Feeding do not fit into the BW-10 warming chamber.

Warming Efficiency


The BW-10 received a 5 of 10 in warming efficiency. At recommended settings, auto shut-off occurred at 2:55 with a milk temperature of 62F/16.7C. And, at maximum settings, it took the device 6:10 to reach 80F/26.7C. There is no consecutive warming wait time for warming back-to-back bottles.

Ease of Cleaning


Cuisinart BW-10 warming chamber with grey colored heating element below plastic warming basket. Steam is produced when water on the heating element reaches boiling point. Remove basket to easily access the hot plate for drying and cleaning. Descaling is required once a month by adding a vinegar soak.
Cuisinart BW-10 warming chamber with grey colored heating element below plastic warming basket. Steam is produced when water on the heating element reaches boiling point. Remove basket to easily access the hot plate for drying and cleaning. Descaling is required once a month by adding a vinegar soak.
The Cuisinart scored a 7 of 10 in ease of cleaning. Though relatively straightforward to clean, it has numerous pieces to negotiate. Regular de-scaling is required once a month to keep it in optimal use by letting 50mL of white vinegar sit in the warming chamber for 2 hours. The hot plate is easy to clean and not obscured by plastic.

Best Applications


If you really want the nightlight function, this has the best one of all the warmers in our review. However, its other features, namely warming efficiency and ease of use didn't cut the mustard and we feel don't justify purchase for a sweet nightlight functionality.

Value


With an overall score of 44 of 100, the Cuisinart BW-10 does not present a great value and we recommend steering clear from this warmer.

Conclusion


It comes as a surprise to us that the BW-10 underperformed as Cuisinart in general is such a well-regarded brand. In our Best Baby Food Maker review, the Cuisinart BFM-100 received third overall, although we did not test the BFM-100's included bottle warmer functionality. In our opinion, Cuisinart needs to go back to the drawing board with this bottle and baby food warmer.

Video


Here is Cuisinart's video explaining functionality and features of their Sterilizer, BW-10, and BFM-1000. Fast forward to 1:24 to hear about the BW-10.


Ruth Traxler, Ben Traxler, & Juliet Spurrier, MD