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Sarah Wells Kelly Review

Roomy, versatile carry bag that can hold larger pumps while you use them
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Price:   $125 List | $125 at Amazon
Pros:  Largest laptop pocket, padded straps, metal feet, multiple carry options, wipes clean
Cons:  Harder to adjust straps, only one insulated pocket
Manufacturer:   Sarah Wells
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Dec 19, 2019
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The Skinny

The Sarah Well Kelly is a large versatile bag that can carry everything you need for a full day at work or on the go. The Kelly includes a large side pocket that fits every pump on the market including some large hospital-grade pumps. The pocket is also insulated and when paired with ice packs can keep items cool for up to 6 hours. This bag also has space for a laptop and other supplies with pockets to help keep everything organized. The Kelly is a stylish bag that doesn't look like a pump bag and it can be used as a backpack, tote or shoulder carry bag, depending on your personal choice. This Sarah Wells bag is somewhat spendy, so it might not be the best choice for moms on a budget. However, it is nicer quality than most of the competition and its ability to hold most everything means you can use it long after your pumping days are over making the higher price worth the investment.

Our Analysis and Test Results

Sarah Wells was a pumping, working mother in 2011 when she identified a need for a new kind of breast pump bag. She wanted something she could use to carry her pump, accessories, and work supplies. Spurred by the lack of options, in 2013 she designed her first bag, Maddy, naming it after her daughter.

Performance Comparison



The Kelly  shown here with the Spectra pump  holds all available breast pumps on the market including many larger hospital-grade pumps. the pump can stay in the bag during use  which is a nice feature and not always the case with every bag.
The Kelly, shown here with the Spectra pump, holds all available breast pumps on the market including many larger hospital-grade pumps. the pump can stay in the bag during use, which is a nice feature and not always the case with every bag.

Ease of Use


The Kelly is an easy to use bag with a variety of carrying styles to choose from and multiple pockets for better organization. The side pocket is large and holds almost any brand pump including hospital-grade options that end to be larger. You can use the pump in the pocket and the pocket also functions as an insulated compartment for milk.

The tote/shoulder handles on the Kelly ar canvas and not padded. These could become uncomfortable if the bag is full of heavy items or you carry it for a longer time.
The luggage carry handle on the Kelly is somewhat padded but you likely won't want to use it if the bag is full or used with a laptop.
The Kelly has padded shoulder straps for backpack-style carrying and the hardware is solid and works well.

This bag has padded shoulder straps, functional hardware, and wipes clean with a wet cloth. It is large enough for a standard laptop, pump, accessories, and other personal items so it is the only bag you need to carry.

The hardware on the Kelly is nice looking  well-constructed and works well.
The Kelly has nice metal feet that are stylish and functional for keeping your bag bottom cleaner.

Quality


This bag has a stylish look that disguises its true purpose and we feel most people won't have a clue on what it hides inside. The material on the Kelly feels durable, and the zippers and attention to detail are functional without a hiccup. The shoulder strap clips and metal feet are solid and look as if they will withstand the test of time. Some users remark that the shoulder straps can slip in backpack mode, but this appears to be user-dependent and potentially a product of poor adjustment or fitting. Sarah Wells offers a lifetime warranty in the event you have any problems with your bag.

While the Kelly is one of the largest bags  it is not the heaviest. However  given its size  it will be easy to create a heavy bag if you fill it full.
While the Kelly is one of the largest bags, it is not the heaviest. However, given its size, it will be easy to create a heavy bag if you fill it full.

Weight/Bulk


The Kelly weighs 1.4 lbs when empty and is large enough to fit a 17-inch laptop. This makes it one of the largest bags but it isn't the heaviest. However, given the roomy interior, there is potential that you'll be lugging a significantly heavy bag. There are several bags in this roundup that are heavier and a few with equal weights. The padded shoulder straps in backpack mode will help you carry the Kelly should you pack it full, but the tote handle may not be enough if the bag is full or combined with your laptop. The bag is large and roomy and we like the versatility of the style and pockets, but if you want a small, easy to carry bag it may not be the one for you.

The Kelly has a large main compartment and a place for your laptop and other supplies.
The Kelly has a large main compartment and a place for your laptop and other supplies.

Features


The Kelly has a large side pocket for ump and milk. The pocket is large enough for most pump accessories, or you can pin it to the side if you don't need it. The exterior also has a small front pocket perfect for keys or smartphones and is an ideal location for work badges or other quick-access items you don't want to be lost in the larger main pocket. The pocket even includes an interior key clip to prevent accidental key loss.

The Kelly includes a key clip to help keep keys close at hand and prevent them from getting lost.
The Kelly has an expandable side pocket perfect for water bottles.

There is an exterior water bottle holder on the opposite side from the pump pocket and the interior has a laptop sleeve and roomy main compartment. The bottom has metal feet to prevent it from resting on the ground and there are handles for carrying the bag as a tote, backpack or over one shoulder. The backpack straps are well-padded and comfortable, though somewhat hard to adjust as the padding can get in the way. The pump pocket is insulated and can keep contents cool for up to 6 hours when paired with ice packs.

The Kelly bag is a nice looking bag with attention to detail and professionalism not found in much of the competition.
The Kelly bag is a nice looking bag with attention to detail and professionalism not found in much of the competition.

Style


The Kelly has a professional yet casual style that doesn't give away its pumping purpose. This bag looks like a professional bag but the backpack carry style keeps it casual and fun. With the versatile carry options and organization features, we think the bag has the style and features to be used for years to come, long after your pumping days are over.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz