The AVENT Natural Comfort Manual is a single breast pump offered by Philips, a tried and true company that many have come to trust. This pump does its job, but it wasn't our favorite manual pump for many reasons. The efficiency, comfort and hygiene left something to be desired, especially compared to the similarly functioning (and our Top Pick Award winner), the Medela Harmony Manual.
AVENT Natural Comfort Manual Review
Pros: lightweight, portable
Cons: uncomfortable, difficult to clean, inefficient
Manufacturer: Philips Avent
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|Pros||lightweight, portable||Efficient, comfortable, portable, fashionable, easy to use, quiet, hygienic, good customer service||Good value, efficient, portable, easy to use, great accessories||small, lightweight, portable, comfortable, efficient, easy to use, quiet||portable, hygienic, quiet, easy to use|
|Cons||uncomfortable, difficult to clean, inefficient||Expensive, only one bottle holder, incompatible with pumping bra||condensation in tubing, loud||single breast pump, hand operated, not for frequent use||uncomfortable, inefficient|
|Bottom Line||This pump gets the job done but with a few drawbacks including efficiency, comfort and hygiene.||A little expensive but worth it for superior quality, efficiency, hygiene, quiet sound, comfort and style.||Great pump with the most accessories for the best price||A great pump for traveling moms or moms who don't plan on pumping often||A good pump that does the job and is easy to use but is lacking in comfort and efficiency.|
|Rating Categories||AVENT Natural...||S1 Hospital Grade||Medela Pump In...||Medela Harmony...||AVENT Comfort...|
|Ease Of Use (25%)|
|Specs||AVENT Natural...||S1 Hospital Grade||Medela Pump In...||Medela Harmony...||AVENT Comfort...|
|Weight||7oz||5 lbs 10 oz||6 lbs 3 oz||6 oz||2 lbs 12 oz|
|Pump Dimensions||6.75 x 3.5W x 5.25D||7.25H x 6.5W x 8D||4.25H x 4.75W x 5.5D||7H x 2.25W x 7.5D||4H x 5.25W x 2.75D|
|Closed vs Open System||open||closed||open||open||Closed|
|Double, Single, or Both||single||Double||Double||single||Double|
|Adjustable Speed||yes-manual||yes||yes||yes- manual||yes|
|Maximum Suction Strength||manual||0-300 (per manufacturer)||unable to test||manual||unable to test|
|Flange Sizes||no||no||yes-must purchase separately||can purchase different sizes||no|
|AC Adapter||no||rechargeable battery and ac adapter||yes||no||ac adapter|
|Battery Details||manual||rechargeable battery||8AA batteries/rechargeable battery pack not included||manual||no|
|Battery Duration||manual||dry run: 4 hr, 33 min||dry run: 6+ hours||manual||only ac adapter|
|Included Accessories||one bottle with lid, bottle nipple and bottle cover, pump, rubber inlay for breast flange, disk to cover breast flange||Pump, 2 breastshields, 2 bottles, 2 bottle nipples, pump tubing, 2 bottle stands, 2 disks, 2 caps,2 back flow filters, 2 valves||pump, tote bag, 4 bottles with lids, ice pack, two breast flanges, 9-volt ac adapter, battery pack||2 bottles with lids, bottle stand, pump||pump, 2 bottles, 2 bottle lids, 2 bottle nipples, 2 sealing disks, tote bag, 20 disposable day breast pads, 20 disposable night breast pads, travel pouch for accessories (not insulated), breastfeeding bra clip|
|Miscellaneous Details||both nightlight and timer||pump built into tote bag, cannot be removed||buttons light up|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Philips is a very large company with a subset of breast pumps as well as other products available. This manual pump received a lot of positive reviews from moms on various websites, citing very few negatives. Overall we agree, as we found this to be a very efficient manual pump. Although it didn't score quite as high as our Top Pick Medela Harmony Manual pump, it was a close second. Read on to find out why.
We scored this pump at a 6/10 for efficiency. Once the pump is lined up correctly on your breast, it expresses a good amount of milk in a reasonable time. We did notice a slight draw back to its efficiency would be the rubber inlay. Many moms appreciate this rubber inlay on the breast flange for comfort, but when it comes to efficiency it has a couple of problems. Mainly it leaves less room for your breast which can cause your breast to be pulled sideways if it is not lined up properly. This often takes a couple of tries to correct.
AVENT Comfort Double Electric Pump in that if your breasts aren't lined up correctly, it creates what one of our testers called a "tittie twister event" which trust us, no mom wants! We found it more comfortable to take the rubber inlay out and pump with just the plastic flange. Of course this all depends on breast size, nipple size, etc…
Ease of use
We gave this pump a 7/10 for ease of use. All of the manual pumps are very easy to use with the exception of the work it requires from your hand. This pump requires you to empty each breast separately while using your opposing hand to work the pumping lever. We found the lever on this pump to be a little more labor intensive than that of the Medela Manual pump. Its the lever angle that is a little more harsh which requires a little more work from your hand.
This pump received a pretty low score for hygiene. It was difficult to pull each section apart and clean all the crevasses completely without finding dried up milk on the next pumping session. This is mainly due to the rubber inlay that creates the suction on the pump adapter.
This pump is best suited for a mom who plans on pumping less than once a week or as a companion pump for a mom who is planning a vacation or two during her time still breastfeeding or pumping. On a vacation, we'd still only recommend using it to provide a date night stash. Anything more than that you may want to check your double electric pump at the gate.
The AVENT Natural Comfort Manual retails as the most expensive manual breast pump we tested, coming in around $45 list price. You can occassionally find better deals on it at various online retailers, but those sale prices are still usually more expensive than the other two manual pumps we tested. This pump is a good pump, but not comparable to the lower priced Medela Harmony Manual.
This is a good, portable, easy to use manual pump. It would be sufficient for your needs if you don't pump that often or are planning a trip or a date night. As stated, the rubber inlays in the breast flanges can be either a positive or a negative, as some moms seem to love them but we found them to be uncomfortable and to decrease our efficiency.
— Lindsay Smith and Curtis Smith