The DEW 350 is Spectra's answer for moms who are looking for a good hygienic pump, but don't want to shell out a pretty penny for their premium pump, the Spectra S1 (also our Editors' Choice pick). We like that the hygienic system on the DEW 350 is still in-line with the S1, and compared to other pumps we tested, hard to beat. We did however struggle with the lack of digital controls or memory functions to save our pump settings, and it just didn't provide as reliable of a suction as we'd like.
Spectra DEW 350 Hospital Grade Review
Pros: hygienic, quiet, portable, affordable
Cons: inefficient, cheaper parts, uncomfortable
Manufacturer: Spectra baby USA
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|Pros||hygienic, quiet, portable, affordable||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||inefficient, cheaper parts, uncomfortable||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||Smartly designed closed system pump, but still doesn't stand up to our award winners.||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||Spectra DEW 350...||S1 Hospital Grade||Medela Pump In...||Medela Harmony...||AVENT Natural...|
|Ease Of Use (25%)|
|Specs||Spectra DEW 350...||S1 Hospital Grade||Medela Pump In...||Medela Harmony...||AVENT Natural...|
|Weight||4 lbs 3 oz||5 lbs 10 oz||6 lbs 3 oz||6 oz||7oz|
|Pump Dimensions||5.5H x 6.25W x 7D||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||closed||closed||open||open||open|
|Double, Single, or Both||double||Double||Double||single||single|
|Adjustable Speed||yes||yes||yes||yes- manual||yes-manual|
|Maximum Suction Strength||0-350 (per manufacturer)||0-300 (per manufacturer)||unable to test||manual||manual|
|Flange Sizes||no||no||yes-must purchase separately||can purchase different sizes||no|
|AC Adapter||AC Adapter||rechargeable battery and ac adapter||yes||no||no|
|Battery Details||only AC adapter||rechargeable battery||8AA batteries/rechargeable battery pack not included||manual||manual|
|Battery Duration||only ac adapter||dry run: 4 hr, 33 min||dry run: 6+ hours||manual||manual|
|Included Accessories||pump, 2 bottles, 2 bottle caps, 2 bottle nipples, 2 filters, 2 filter tubing, 2 shields, 2 breast flanges, 2 bottle disks||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||comes in pink and blue||both nightlight and timer||pump built into tote bag, cannot be removed|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Spectra is a company owned and run by Registered Nurses and Lactation consultants who are also moms, and boy does it shows. They first appeared in Australian and European markets, but recently started selling pumps in the United States. The Spectra DEW 350 is the more "affordable" pump that Spectra offers. Their other unit, the Spectra S1, was our Editors' Choice Award winner. While we did not pick this pump for an award, it does offer a lot of positive features for the mom looking to spend a little less.
We scored this pump at a 6/10 for efficiency. It landed right in the middle here for a couple of reasons. First, we didn't feel that the breast flanges created as good of a suction as some of the other pumps we tested. Not necessarily due to the fit but more because the breast flange is an all-in-one piece and just didn't work as well for us as some of the others did. Secondly, the pump seems to struggle when heading towards the top end of the "power" spectrum. As you continue pumping, you need a pump with some power, and this pump just didn't deliver as much as we like.
This pump scored on the low end for comfort. This was mainly due to the motor operation. This pump creates more of a harsh tug on your breast rather than the easy pull we were looking for. It only has one dial on the pump to adjust speed and suction, and we found it was just too easy to turn it up higher than expected and experience pain from the harsh tugging it creates.
Ease of use
This pump scored mid-range on portability. It doesn't have a battery option so an outlet is necessary for power. While the unit itself is easy to move, it does not come with a tote bag or insulated bag for transporting stored milk. The company did recently add a "Deluxe Option" that includes extra bottles, a tote bag and an insulated cooler for about $100 more.
This is definitely one of the quieter pumps we tested. It may even be suitable for night pumping next to a partner and/or your baby. It's not completely silent so technically they would be able to hear it, but we think most people, and especially an infant, could sleep through the sound this pump makes.
This pump is meant for a working mom, exclusive pumper or regular pumper (more than three times a week). It only has an AC adapter (no battery) so you would need to make sure to always have an outlet available.
The basic model we tested with no tote or insulated bag retails for $169.99 which we feel is a bit expensive for what it offers. If you want any extras through Spectra, it will cost you.
This pump gets kudos for its hygienic design, but overall, we just weren't all that thrilled with the price for what it offered.
— Lindsay Smith and Curtis Smith