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Spectra DEW 350 Hospital Grade Review

Spectra DEW 350 Hospital Grade
Price:   $200.00 List | $138.86 at Amazon - 31% off
Pros:  hygienic, quiet, portable, affordable
Cons:  inefficient, cheaper parts, uncomfortable
Bottom line:  Smartly designed closed system pump, but still doesn't stand up to our award winners.
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Manufacturer:   Spectra baby USA

The Skinny

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.


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Score Product Price Our Take
91
$345
Editors' Choice Award
A little expensive but worth it for superior quality, efficiency, hygiene, quiet sound, comfort and style.
80
$300
Best Value Award
Great pump with the most accessories for the best price
74
$42
Top Pick Award
A great pump for traveling moms or moms who don't plan on pumping often
65
$200
A good pump that does the job and is easy to use but is lacking in comfort and efficiency.
62
$45
This pump gets the job done but with a few drawbacks including efficiency, comfort and hygiene.
59
$200
Smartly designed closed system pump, but still doesn't stand up to our award winners.
57
$380
While this pump is efficient and portable, the "hands free" feature is difficult to use and not reliable
52
$35
An affordable manual pump if you are on a tight budget and are only planning to pump on special occasions.
49
$287
This is a pump that has been on the market for a long time, but new pumps now have the edge.
48
$200
This pump is great for its memory function but lacking in ease of use and efficiency.

Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Lindsay Smith
Review Editor
BabyGearLab

Last Updated:
Tuesday
March 4, 2014

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Performance Comparison


All components shown here.
All components shown here.

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.

Efficiency


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.

Comfort


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


We gave this pump a 6/10 for ease of use. While it is simple to set up, we scored it right in the middle due to the dial function and the lack of suction created by the pump. We felt that due to the inefficiency of these two components it was much more difficult to use. Also, all the parts are very light and flimsy. You can easily see why this is the cheaper Spectra pump.

Portability


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.

Hygiene


The pump with the tubing connected to it.  You can see the "back-flow hygienic protectors" connected to the tubing.
The pump with the tubing connected to it. You can see the "back-flow hygienic protectors" connected to the tubing.
Hygiene is an area that Spectra excels in as a company. Both pumps we tested offer a closed system. They also boast specially designed "backflow hygienic protectors", created to prevent the tubing from building up condensation, which can in turn pose a risk of mold and/or mildew developing.

Acoustics


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.

Best Applications


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.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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

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