The First Years Quick Serve is a space-saving unit but leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to functionality. Similar to it's much "cooler" cousin, The First Years Nursery Bottle Warmer, it entails complicated instructions and a hard-to-fill-accurately vial, which, when combined, lead to very inconsistent warming times and temperatures. In addition, we found warming temperatures to be too hot, which we believe risks significant degradation in breast milk quality.
The First Years Quick Serve Review
Cons: inconsistent, troublesome to fill, doesn't truly accommodate all bottle sizes, too much hot steam, complicated directions
Our Analysis and Test Results
We found nothing spectacular about The First Years Quick Serve warmer. It lets off a lot of hot steam, and in our opinion, it's too fast and furious to really warm the contents well or safely. It's a small unit, which is nice if you're tight on space, but we really prefer consistency in use and warming, and this model just didn't make the grade.
The Quick Service is space saving. However, 5 of the 7 warmers we tested had relatively small footprints, and every one of them fared much better in our testing than the Quick Serve.
Complaints almost identical to The First Years Nursery Bottle Warmer, this smaller unit comes with complicated instructions and a vial that is hard to measure water in and needs to be refilled per use.
It is recommended that it cools for 10 minutes before another cycle is run, and although it has a timer light (which we do like), there isn't actually an audible beep to end the cycle.
Lastly, we are concerned that the warming temperature may be too high, making it all too easy to accidentally overheat breast milk in this warmer. We measured the warming temperature (of the outer bottle, not the milk) and found a temp. of 177 F (81 C), which suggests that breastmilk inside the bottle could be warmer than desired. Studies have shown that breast milk quality deteriorates rapidly if milk temperatures are significantly above 104 F / 40 C for a sustained period of time, and we feel this warmer presents a risk with regard to breast milk quality loss.
This warmer scored lowest in our testing. It just wasn't easy to get consistent results and we don't have time for constant guessing and adjustments.Average time to warm:
4 oz. refrigerated bottle ~2:30m:s (or measure "8" on the vial)
5 oz. refrigerated bag ~1:30m:s (or measure "1" on vial)
— Lindsay Ellis