Dr. Brown's Carryall Review
Pros: Budget-friendly, simple design, liquid repellent
Cons: Side zipper is main compartment, needs more dividers
Manufacturer: Dr. Browns
Our Analysis and Test Results
Dr. Brown's has been designing baby gear for over 20 years with items varying from baby bottles to nursing pillows and more. The company works with professionals in the industry, including doctors, to create new products and they typically conduct vast research to ensure product reliability and quality.
Ease of Use
The Carryall is an easy to use bag with few intricacies or features to give you problems. The pump can be used in the bag and the side pockets give easy access for connecting tubes and containers. It would be nice if the bag had more dividers inside for better organization. There is a chance you'll lose smaller items into the void as they can get lodged under the pump or other larger items. It's probably best to put personal items like smartphone and keys in the few pockets to avoid frustration.
For a less expensive bag, this option appears to be better quality than the price would indicate. The bag is well-designed and the materials come together nicely with proper attention to details like stitching and zipper placement. The materials feel durable and we didn't experience any problems with closures or handles.
The Carryall has an average weight of 1.4 lbs and is similar in size to much of the competition. However, it only holds a 13-15-inch laptop without a case or sleeve. Laptops and tablets also slid into the side pocket and aren't as well protected as some of the competition. The bag is fairly large and will get heavy if filled.
The Carryall has external pocket storage and a few inside pockets to keep your supplies organized. The side pockets open to the main space and we'd prefer it be separated from the main bag to keep the pump secluded. However, the space is large enough for bigger pumps and other accessories and you can operate the pump inside the bag. The outside pocket holds tablets or a small laptop and the internal pockets can hold a baby bottle or personal items.
This bag has a shoulder strap and carry handles, which would be nicer if they had padding or skin-friendlier fabric.
This bag has a straightforward style that is simple and somewhat minimalistic. It is a single color with no patterns or bling. This bag has a casual style that could also look at home with business attire thanks to an understated design that doesn't demand center stage. The basic design also indicates that it will work well as a diaper bag or personal bag when your pumping days are over.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz