The Lansinoh Comfort Express Manual breast pump comes from a well known company with a multitude of mommy and baby products. While we have a lot of love for the company itself, for us, this product fell short. It was painful to use and not as efficient as the other pumps we tested. It was also the cheapest manual pump we tested, and we sure felt it.
Lansinoh Comfort Express Manual Review
Pros: Inexpensive, small, light, easy to use, quiet
Cons: Painful, inefficient
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|Pros||Inexpensive, small, light, easy to use, quiet||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||lightweight, portable|
|Cons||Painful, inefficient||Expensive, only one bottle holder, incompatible with pumping bra||condensation in tubing, loud||single breast pump, hand operated, not for frequent use||uncomfortable, difficult to clean, inefficient|
|Bottom Line||An affordable manual pump if you are on a tight budget and are only planning to pump on special occasions.||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||This pump gets the job done but with a few drawbacks including efficiency, comfort and hygiene.|
|Rating Categories||Comfort Express...||S1 Hospital Grade||Medela Pump In...||Medela Harmony...||AVENT Natural...|
|Ease Of Use (25%)|
|Specs||Comfort Express...||S1 Hospital Grade||Medela Pump In...||Medela Harmony...||AVENT Natural...|
|Weight||6 oz||5 lbs 10 oz||6 lbs 3 oz||6 oz||7oz|
|Pump Dimensions||6.75H x 3.25W x 8D||7.25H x 6.5W x 8D||4.25H x 4.75W x 5.5D||7H x 2.25W x 7.5D||6.75 x 3.5W x 5.25D|
|Closed vs Open System||open||closed||open||open||open|
|Double, Single, or Both||single||Double||Double||single||single|
|Adjustable Speed||yes-manual||yes||yes||yes- manual||yes-manual|
|Maximum Suction Strength||manual||0-300 (per manufacturer)||unable to test||manual||manual|
|Flange Sizes||no||no||yes-must purchase separately||can purchase different sizes||no|
|AC Adapter||no||rechargeable battery and ac adapter||yes||no||no|
|Battery Details||manual||rechargeable battery||8AA batteries/rechargeable battery pack not included||manual||manual|
|Battery Duration||manual||dry run: 4 hr, 33 min||dry run: 6+ hours||manual||manual|
|Included Accessories||2 bottles with lids, bottle stand, pump,||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||one bottle with lid, bottle nipple and bottle cover, pump, rubber inlay for breast flange, disk to cover breast flange|
|Miscellaneous Details||both nightlight and timer||pump built into tote bag, cannot be removed|
Our Analysis and Test Results
New Version Update - February 2015
Lansinoh has an improved version of their manual pump which is now called the Lansinoh Manual Pump (below left). As the Comfort Express (below right) is now not readily available, we now link to their newer model. The main difference is that each pump now includes 2 different sized Comfort Fit TM Flanges (25mm and 30.5mm) as well as has 2-phase expression for transitioning from stimulation to expression.
Lansinoh was founded by a mom thirty years ago. They have a range of breastfeeding, pumping and feeding products for babies. They provide affordable pumps for a mom on a budget, and although this pump is effective, we did notice a couple things that may account for the lower price. Read on to find out how this manual pump stood up to the rest.
We scored this pump a 4/10 on efficiency. It did functionally express milk, but it just wasn't as much as the other pumps. The amount of time was longer to express, and overall, it was a lesser amount of milk. This may make a difference to you if you plan on trying to pump a lot with this manual pump, but for a date night it would probably not be a big deal. Similar to the other manual pumps we tested, it expresses each breast separately which does take longer than a double electric pump.
Ease of use
We gave the Comfort Express a 6/10 on portability. It is extremely portable as it only comes with the pump lever, breast flange and two bottles. We gave it a lower score than the other manual pumps because the pump lever really sticks out and we found it getting caught on the sides of our bag. Also, as with all the manual pumps we tested, it does not come with an insulated bag so you will have to have a refrigerator or your own insulated bag to store your expressed milk.
This pump received a 6/10 when it came to hygiene. We found that it was difficult to clean, especially on the inside of the pump lever where it attaches to the bottle. It requires a lot of scrubbing and maybe even a scrubbing brush to rid it of any dried milk that might remain after use.
As with all the manual pumps we tested, this pump was virtually silent. The only reason we scored this pump slightly lower at an 8 was due to the fact that with each pump, the lever creates a little squeak. This isn't that loud, but can become bothersome with multiple pumps.
This pump would be best as a pump for a mom who plans on pumping less than once a week. It is ideal as a companion pump for a mom who is planning on taking a vacation and needs something small and affordable for a date night or for expressing milk during a flight.
The list price on this pump is $35, which is a great value if you are planning on being a very seldom pumper. It is the cheapest out of the three manual pumps we tested, and for many families, that is a very important component. Still, if you are planning on using this pump regularly we would recommend our Top Pick for Traveling Moms, the Medela Harmony Manual.
This pump is very basic and probably suitable if you don't pump that often. For us, it didn't produce as much milk as some of the others we tried, but if you only need it for a date night or vacation, the price may appeal to your needs.
— Lindsay Smith and Curtis Smith