Tommee Tippee Easi-Warm Review
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|Pros||Easy to use, very few parts to clean, fast warm time||Simple, safe, keep bottle warm for up to an hour||Inexpensive, travel friendly, easy to use||Compact, dishwasher safe parts||Inexpensive, easy to clean, simple to use|
|Cons||No auto-shutoff feature means it is too easy to overheat milk||Slower||No auto-shutoff, only works for one bottle||Difficult to use, tendency to overheat after shut-off, no glass bottles||Inefficient, difficult to understand instructions, no auto-shutoff|
|Bottom Line||Not recommended because it is missing an auto-shutoff feature to help avoid accidentally overheating the milk||Excellent value with a simple design that is easy to use||An innovative way for on-the-go families to heat baby's milk||Not the best choice based on overheating and no glass bottle choices||Affordable warmer with simple controls but below average performance|
|Rating Categories||Tommee Tippee Easi-...||Chicco NaturalFit||Tommee Tippee Trave...||Boon Orb||Grownsy Fast 5-in-1|
|Warming Efficiency (25%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Ease of Cleaning (5%)|
|Specs||Tommee Tippee Easi-...||Chicco NaturalFit||Tommee Tippee Trave...||Boon Orb||Grownsy Fast 5-in-1|
|Heat Technology||Water Bath||Water Bath||Water Bath||Steam||Steam/Water Bath|
|Temp or Timer Based||Have to manually turn off||Temperature||N/A||Temperature||Have to manually turn off|
|Auto Shut Off||No||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Wide Bottle Capacity||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||yes|
|Compatible w/ Glass||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Compatible w/ Breast Pump Bags||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|Time to Warm to 99F||5:20 min:sec||9:15 min:sec||5:38 min:sec||3:30 min:sec||12:00 min:sec|
|Wait Time Between Warmings||Not listed||Allow bottle warmer to cool completely (approx 30 min)||None||10 minutes||Not Listed|
|Dimensions||6"H x 4.5"L x 4.5"W||6"H x 5.5"L x 5.25"W||7.75"H x 3.5"L x 3.5"W||6.25"H (with lift out basket), 5"H (without) x 6.1"L x 6.1W||6"H x 4.75"L x 4.75"W|
|Temp. & Time at Auto Shut-Off w/ Warmer Chart Recommended Setting (4oz Refrig. Milk in Glass w/ Silicone Sleeve)||NA||9:00 min:sec 94F||NA||3:00 min:sec 89F||NA|
|Max Temp if Left in Warmer 12 minutes||131F||104F||111F||112F||90F|
Our Analysis and Test Results
In the early 1960s, three Californian brothers were in the plastic business when they decided to attempt the creation of a spill-resistant cup for toddlers. The original cup had a weighted bottom to keep it from tipping over, and they named the product after their dog, Tommee. Hence the name Tommee Tippee. A British businessman was one of the first to see the value in this product. He took the idea and turned it into a business entirely devoted to baby and toddler products. Today, Tommee Tippee is part of the Mayborn Group, and their feeding accessories are available worldwide.
Health and Safety
Unfortunately, the Tommee Tippee Easi-Warm has one of the lowest scores for Health and Safety. It utilizes water bath technology, which is a plus in our book, and when strictly following the manufacturer's recommendations, we had no problems with overheating. However, the warmer does not have many safeguard features that protect breastmilk from overheating. The lack of an auto-shutoff and end-of-cycle signal is bad news for distracted parents (many are with a new baby). The warmer keeps on warming until you manually turn it off; however, it is easy to lose track of time, especially if you are tending to a young infant.
The manual states that the recommended time to heat a 5oz bottle to the correct temperature is 5 minutes. In our tests, we found this to be very accurate and consistent, however, it is necessary for you to closely watch the clock or set a timer as a reminder to promptly remove the bottle from the water bath, or you risk continuously rising temperatures. Milk temperatures rose to >113F/45C after just 7 minutes, leaving just a 2-minute window of wiggle room. At the end of our 12-minute test, the highest recorded temperature was 130F/54C, using the recommended setting. When cranked to the highest setting, temps topped out at 142F/61C. Both temperatures are unacceptable, in our opinion.
Ease of Use
Coming in with an average score for Ease-of-Use, the Easi-Warm has only one dial and three settings: off, low, and high. It does not require any assembly before the first use, and it is pretty easy to figure out. The manual has a clear timetable with recommendations for different sizes of bottles and different start temperatures. The lack of fail-safe features like auto-shutoff and end-of-cycle signal hurt this warmer's score in this metric. While this machine's overall operation is straightforward, there is a lot of room for error or accidents.
We like that the warmer is large enough to accommodate a variety of bottles and food jars. However, it is not compatible with breast milk storage bags. It is also easy to fill, as you just pour water directly into the warming chamber, but we wish there was a fill line to prevent any spills from overfilling.
In the warming efficiency metric, the Easi-Warm earned a score that is slightly above average. True to its claims, refrigerated milk can be heated to body temperature in just over 5 minutes. This is faster than many options in our review; however, it continues to rise just as quickly if left for too long. When thinking in practical terms, if you have to throw away overheated breastmilk and start fresh with a new bottle, it is much less efficient than just getting it right the first time.
Ease of Cleaning
This simply constructed bottle warmer earned an above-average cleaning score. There are very few cracks and crevices to harbor gunk or bacteria buildup, and it is easy to wipe the entire machine with a damp cloth. Tommee Tippee has precise descaling instructions in the manual, and it is recommended that you complete this process every 7, 14, or 21 days depending on the hardness of your water. The warmer must be emptied after every use, which allows it to dry completely and eliminates the possibility of mildew growth.
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