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The 4 Best Bottle Warmers

We tested bottle warmers from Tommee Tippee, Chicco, Kiinde, and more, to find the most efficient option
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Credit: Abriah Wofford
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Apr 2, 2024

The Best Bottle Warmers


If you are looking for a bottle warmer, look no further. We compared the top 11 warmers available today, putting them through extensive testing to help you choose. Since 2012, we have purchased more than 34 different warmers and used each to help you pick the right one for your family. We considered health and safety, warming temperatures and times, usability, and ease of cleaning. When you count the hours spent preparing a bottle while juggling a crying baby or multiple, having a bottle warmer that performs great while fitting with your family budget can significantly impact your daily life. Our extensive testing and ratings can help.

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Editor's Note: This bottle warmer review was updated on April 2, 2024, with an all-new lineup of options and full side-by-side, in-lab testing.

Top 11 Bottle Warmers

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Pros Easy to use, useful fill lines, heat consecutive bottlesConsistent, easy-to-use, useful appDoesn't overheat, many settings, affordable, multiple featuresVery consistent, unique featuresEasy to use, doesn't overheat
Cons Spendy, not very fastExpensive, doesn't get very warmSlower, finagling to find best settingsNot warm enough with recommended settings, higher settings burn contents, expensiveNot obvious icons, not very fast, expensive
Bottom Line An easy warmer with lots of features that can heat consecutive bottles, but is slower to heatAn expensive warmer that is easy to use with some unique and smart featuresA competitive warmer for a lower price with lots of features and setting that doesn't overheat contentsStrange crossover between having all the functions you want and a basic design that does neither wellA spendy option that doesn't warm very fast but is easy enough to use
Rating Categories Chicco Digital & St... Baby Brezza Safe an... First Years Gentle... Grownsy Classic Tommee Tippee Multi...
Health and Safety (35%)
8.7
6.6
8.7
8.7
8.7
Warming Efficiency and Consistency (25%)
5.6
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7.0
5.7
6.5
Quickness of Warming (20%)
4.7
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4.4
Ease of Use (15%)
8.8
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Ease of Cleaning (5%)
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Specs Chicco Digital & St... Baby Brezza Safe an... First Years Gentle... Grownsy Classic Tommee Tippee Multi...
Heat Technology Water Bath + Steam Water Bath + Steam Water Bath Water Bath + Steam Water Bath
Measured Time to Auto Shut-Off 7:22 min:sec 5:2 min:sec 10:21 min:sec 3:49 min:sec 5:30 min:sec
Measured Temperature at Auto Shut-Off 73.9°F 76.1°F 83.4°F 56.5°F 77.6°F
Measured Max Temperature 92.2 °F 105.9 °F 88.4 °F 95.3 °F 92.5 °F
Bottle Compatibility Compatible with a wider variety of materials (glass, plastic, and silicone) Fits virtually all bottles, storage bags, and food jars Works With Most Baby Bottles Fits bottles of different sizes, shapes, and brands Fits a wide range of branded baby bottles and food jars
Additional Info/Features Delayed start function Bluetooth capability Keep warm for 1 hour 24 hour constant milk warming

Smart memory function that remembers the last used setting
None
Compatible with Glass Yes Yes

*Safe and Smart Bottle warmer is compatible with most bottle brands. We suggest reaching out the specific brand of bottle you are using just to be sure.
Not Specified Not Specified Not Specified
Compatible with Silicone Yes No Not Specified Not Specified Not Specified
Compatible with Pump Bags Yes Not recommended

*This product is compatible with most bottles and storage bags. We suggest checking with the specific brand to make sure.
Not Specified Yes Not Specified
Compatible with Plastic Yes Yes

*Our Safe + Smart Baby Bottle Warming basket fits all bottle brands/types, most storage bags (frozen or thawed) and plastic/glass food jars
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Compatible with Wide Neck Bottles Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
From Frozen Capability Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Baby Food Heating Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Temperature or Timer Based Timer Timer Timer Timer Timer
Auto Shut-Off Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, after 45 minutes
Audible Beep Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Consecutive Warming Wait Time Can unplug unit dump old hot water and refill with room temp water for consecutive heating cycles Wait for unit to cool down completely Not Listed Not listed Not listed
LED Indicator for Completed Heating Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Weight 1 lb 8.4 oz 1 lb 11.6 oz 1 lb 3.6 oz 1 lb 1.2 oz 1 lb 7.2 oz
Measured Dimensions 5.2 in x 5.1 in x 12.4 in 6.0 in x 6.6 in x 11.8 in 5.2 in x 4.9 in x 10.3 in 4.8 in x 4.8 in x 10.5 in 6.3 in x 5.3 in x 7.3 in
Contents Kept Below 113ºF/45ºC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Keep Warm Function No No Yes, up to 60m Yes, up to 24h Yes, up to 45m


Best Overall Bottle Warmer


Chicco Digital Bottle Warmer & Sterilizer


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Health and Safety 8.7
  • Warming Efficiency and Consistency 5.6
  • Quickness of Warming 4.7
  • Ease of Use 8.8
  • Ease of Cleaning 7.0
REASONS TO BUY
Straightforward
Hard to overheat
Less likely to scald
REASONS TO AVOID
Not the fastest
Not the cheapest
SPECIFICATIONS
Measured Time to Auto Shut-Off  7:22 min:sec
Heat Technology Water Bath + Steam
Measured Temperature at Auto Shut-Off  73.9°F
Measured Max Temperature  92.2 °F
Bottle Compatibility  Compatible with a wider variety of materials (glass, plastic, and silicone)
The Chicco Digital Bottle Warmer & Sterilizer is a great overall bottle warmer, offering water baths and steam warming. It has useful fill lines and allows for consecutive heating, making it a good choice for those with multiple babies to feed. We like the simple user interface and the unlikliness of overheating a bottle's contents. This means fewer opportunities for nutrient loss or accidental scalding.

This is not the cheapest warmer, though not the most expensive either. The price could be a deal break for tighter budgets, and the First Years Gentle Warmth Digital is a high-ranking contender that can save you money. It also is not the fastest warmer we tested. Though we prefer consistency and less opportunity to overheat, we know some parents will want a faster warmer. The Baby Brezza Safe and Smart heats contents quicker and has an app for more control over your warmer. When all is said and done, we think the Chicco is an excellent warmer that will get the job done, with a greater margin of potential safety against burns and overheated milk, for a reasonable price and easy-to-use features.

Read more: Chicco Digital Bottle Warmer & Sterilizer review

The Chicco Digital Bottle Warmer is a straightforward option that is easy to use.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Most Consistent Bottle Warmer


Baby Brezza Safe and Smart


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Health and Safety 6.6
  • Warming Efficiency and Consistency 7.4
  • Quickness of Warming 6.2
  • Ease of Use 9.1
  • Ease of Cleaning 6.6
REASONS TO BUY
App connection
Ultra consistency
Super easy
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive
Slow warming
SPECIFICATIONS
Measured Time to Auto Shut-Off  5:2 min:sec
Heat Technology Water Bath + Steam
Measured Temperature at Auto Shut-Off  76.1°F
Measured Max Temperature  105.9 °F
Bottle Compatibility  Fits virtually all bottles, storage bags, and food jars
The Baby Brezza Safe and Smart is an app-driven warmer that provides distance setting and launching as long as both are turned on and connected. It offers some of the most consistent temperature results in the group, and the setup and user interface on the machine and the app are both easy to navigate. It is also one of the faster options in the higher ranking options in our review.

This unit is expensive, and while you might get what you pay for and the quality appears nice, it is a potential deal breaker for those with tighter budgets or who want more straightforward warming. For an easy option that heats consistently for a lower price, the First Years Gentle Warmth Digital is a budget-friendly warmer that heats bottles without all the bells and whistles. If you like the tech side of electronics or want a high-quality choice, then the Brezza could be the right option for your gear lineup.

Read more: Baby Brezza Safe and Smart review

The Brezza can be controlled with an app on your smart device if both are on and connected via Bluetooth.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best Budget Bottle Warmer


First Years Gentle Warmth Digital


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Health and Safety 8.7
  • Warming Efficiency and Consistency 7.0
  • Quickness of Warming 4.0
  • Ease of Use 7.7
  • Ease of Cleaning 7.2
REASONS TO BUY
Consistent
Unlikely to overheat
Easy Interface
REASONS TO AVOID
Slow to heat
Trial & error for the best setting
SPECIFICATIONS
Measured Time to Auto Shut-Off  10:21 min:sec
Heat Technology Water Bath
Measured Temperature at Auto Shut-Off  83.4°F
Measured Max Temperature  88.4 °F
Bottle Compatibility  Works With Most Baby Bottles
The First Years Gentle Warmth Digital is a high-ranking bottle warmer that impressed us with its ability to heat contents consistently and comes in an easy-to-use design. This reasonably priced option is smart for those who value consistent results or worry about overheating bottle contents.

This warmer is slower than most, and it can take some trial and error to find the best setting for your bottle type and content temperature. However, once you find it, the consistency of warming was predictable in our tests. If fast warming is all you want or your primary goal, the Philips AVENT Fast is one of the fastest in the group. We like the Gentle Warmth and its easy-to-use design and think it is the right option for most bottle-warming needs.

Read more: First Years Gentle Warmth Digital review

The Gentle Warmth is easy to clean with parts that do not require special brushes for most.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Best Travel Warmer


Momcozy Portable Warmer


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OVERALL
SCORE
  • Health and Safety 4.5
  • Warming Efficiency and Consistency 7.1
  • Quickness of Warming 6.3
  • Ease of Use 8.0
  • Ease of Cleaning 6.0
REASONS TO BUY
Portable
Rechargeable
Multi-use on a single charge
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive
More cleaning
SPECIFICATIONS
Measured Time to Auto Shut-Off  8:48 min:sec
Heat Technology Ceramic Heating Element
Measured Temperature at Auto Shut-Off  94.7°F
Measured Max Temperature  118.9 °F
Bottle Compatibility  Fits All of the Major Bottle Brands and it includes 5 Adapters that come with it for all of the major bottle brands

Philip Avent/ Chicco, Tommee Tippee, Comotomo / Boon, Dr. Brown's Narrow 40mm / Medala 40mm, Dr. Brown's Wide-Neck 50mm
The Momcozy Portable Warmer Is the perfect warmer for moms on the go. This small, transportable warmer uses rechargeable batteries to warm bottle contents directly on a ceramic plate. This unit is easy to use, warms quickly, and can be used multiple times before it requires a recharge.

This warmer is expensive and could be a no-go for those with a smaller budget. The Kindii Kozii Voyager is a wallet-loving warmer that might work if you only need 1-2 bottle warnings and plan to do them within 4-8 hours of leaving home. The Momcozy is also requires swift cleaning or at least rinsing with clean water since the contents make direct contact with the heating element. This unique travel warmer is a cool option for those who will frequently need to heat bottles away from home or outlets. It is easy to use and offers something no other warmer does, making it our top pick for travel or use away from home.

Read more: Momcozy Portable Warmer review

The unique design of the Momcozy requires screwing the open bottle onto a connecting flange and turning it upside down to be heated by a ceramic plate in the warmer body.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Compare Products

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Score Product Price
71
Chicco Digital Bottle Warmer & Sterilizer
Best Overall Bottle Warmer
$60
Editors' Choice Award
71
Baby Brezza Safe and Smart
Most Consistent Bottle Warmer
$80
Editors' Choice Award
71
First Years Gentle Warmth Digital
Best Budget Bottle Warmer
$28
Best Value Award
67
Grownsy Classic
$59
67
Tommee Tippee Multiwarm Intuitive
$60
62
Kiinde Kozii Voyager Travel Warmer
$22
61
Momcozy Portable Warmer
Best Travel Warmer
$80
Top Pick Award
57
Philips AVENT Fast
$50
56
Kiinde Kozii
$75
51
The First Years 2-in-1 Simple Serve
$22
42
Tommee Tippee Easi-Warm
$39

We tested a variety of bottle warmers to find the quickest, most consistent, and easiest to use.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

How We Test Bottle Warmers


Having researched more than 45 warmers over time, we've tested more than 34 contenders side-by-side. We measure multiple factors such as warming temperatures, warming times, ease of use, and cleaning ease. Our extensive and detailed testing occurred over several months in various settings, including in-house testing at GearLab, testers' homes, and daycares. Our test process includes more than 15 individual tests for temperature accuracy, temperature changes over time, and monitoring of how temperatures change over time to simulate what happens if parents forget to remove the bottle. We think the extensive heat monitoring tests are imperative to finding a safe and easy-to-use warmer. All warmers are not created equal, especially when it comes to ensuring that your precious breastmilk is not overheated. We focused on metrics such as health and safety, ease of use, warming efficiency, and ease of cleaning to find the best during our extensive testing. Our scores reveal the performance of each warmer and the differences between each.

Our tests for warming efficiency were done repeatedly to also determine the consistency of each warmer's heating abilities.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Why Trust GearLab


At BabyGearLab, we provide readers with the world's most scientific reviews of baby gear. Leading our team since 2012 is founder Dr. Juliet Spurrier, a board-certified pediatrician and mother of two. Using her knowledge of all things baby and experience as a medical practitioner, Dr. Spurrier selects products with safety and efficacy in mind to develop the important metrics included in testing. Also contributing to this review is Senior Review Editor, Abriah Wofford, as well as Senior Review Editor and mother of two, Wendy Schmitz, both testing and reviewing baby gear at BabyGearLab since 2015 and 2014, respectively.

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Choosing the best bottle warmer doesn't need to be throwing darts at a board when you use our test details and information to make an informed decision.
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How to Pick the Best Bottle Warmer


While bottle warmers are similar in what they do, they aren't the same in how they do it, their safety, and the features they offer. Choosing the best one for your needs only requires asking yourself a few questions to get the decision juices flowing and the milk warming.

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Health and safety of the water temperature, bottle content temperature, and potential for scalding or nutrient loss are important considerations when choosing a warmer.
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Health and Safety Considerations


Heating bottles require some practice to avoid potential burns for you and your baby. The temperature of the warmer, the bottle, and the bottle's contents are super important. While every sleep-deprived parent wants a bottle to warm quickly, you should also be mindful of the potential of heated products causing potential burns or losing valuable nutrition while heating. We prefer warmers that heat a little slower, offer safety features, and keep the bottle contents close to body temperature and under 104 F.

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How quickly a warmer can heat your bottle contents can be very important when your baby is fussy, and you're sleep-deprived.
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Warming Quickness


Using your warmer as directed and avoiding the temptation of pushing the limits is key, and finding a warmer that avoids overheating is the start. While we understand the desire to heat contents quickly, especially when you have a fussy baby nearby, we urge all caregivers to avoid using their warmer outside of the manufacturer's guidelines. For this reason, finding a warmer that works efficiently and quickly while avoiding overheating or failing to provide features to help you avoid overheating is important. Remember, having a slightly cooler bottle is better than an overheated one.

bottle warmer - finding an easy-to-use interface with enough meaningful features...
Finding an easy-to-use interface with enough meaningful features, like the Chicco, can help you achieve a bottle that is not too warm.
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Is it Easy to Use?


Most of the warmers are straightforward, but some are almost too simple. We preferred those with intuitive interfaces and quick start instructions, as well as those with more than one setting, so you can better ensure a properly heated bottle. We found that those with fewer features could more easily result in temperatures that were too high. And those with too many features could easily result in ignoring the instructions out of frustration or forgetfulness.

The Easi-Warm in our tests heated almost too quickly and potentially...
The Easi-Warm in our tests heated almost too quickly and potentially could overheat swiftly.
The Voyager testing was done in the same manner as other warmers...
The Voyager testing was done in the same manner as other warmers despite its unique travel warming system.

Analysis and Test Results


While it isn't an absolute necessity, some parents may find having a bottle warmer is a welcome addition to the baby gear arsenal. If you have multiple babies or are only bottle-feeding, a simple, convenient, and safe option for heating your baby's meals could be a big timesaver or a stress reducer. Think of it as an extra set of hands!


Value


Finding a good value bottle warmer is more than finding a cheaper option. While your budget might be small, we suspect you still want a better-performing option that isn't frustrating to use. The First Years Gentle Warmth is a high-ranking warmer that provides consistent bottle temperatures is super easy to use, and is a snap to clean. This warmer has a below-average price but helps protect the nutritional profile of the bottle's contents, making it even more valuable than just the lower price.

The Easi-Warm heats quickly and doesn't have any kind of auto-shutoff, which led to overheating contents in our tests which results in potential for the degradation of nutrition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Health and Safety Ratings


Protecting yourself and your baby from burns and scalding from overheated bottles is job one when using a bottle warmer. Finding a warmer that heats quickly and consistently and has safety features like a bottle basket and auto-shut-off can help protect users during the warming process. Auto-shut-off and slow warmers can help protect the bottle contents from getting too hot and causing injuries to the baby's mouth.

Protecting the nutritional content of bottles should also be a priority. You want to avoid overheating or unevenly heating the contents. Doing so can cause hot spots or alter breast milk's nutritional or immunologic value. The best way to handle breastmilk, while upholding the nutrition, is to avoid exceeding a temperature of 104 F / 40 C. Ideally, milk should stay at or below body temperature, 98.6 F / 37 C, for the entire warming process to help protect the nutritional profile.


We quickly formed preferences for specific features during testing. We became partial to products with warm water bath technology over steam heat, mainly because they aren't as hot and have a reduced risk of a scalding injury to you and your baby. Bottles tend to come out of these warmers slightly cooler and more comfortable to handle. There is also a lower likelihood of overheating internal contents.

The high performers in this metric are the Chicco Digital Bottle Warmer & Sterilizer, Grownsy Classic, First Years Gentle Warmth Digital, and the Tommee Tippee Multiwarm Intuitive. These warmers offer features like bottle baskets, auto-shut-off, and slow warming to help prevent overheating. The lowest scoring option is the Tommee Tippee Easi-Warm. This warmer has limited adjustments and overheated contents in our tests more often than not, and it didn't offer auto-shutoff or other features to help prevent scalding of the user or the baby.

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Overheating Breastmilk Results in Nutrient Loss


The ideal drinking temperature for a baby's bottle will match that of your body, 98.6F/37C or less. So, it is essential to pay close attention to your warming process, especially regarding breast milk. As a living substance, breastmilk includes an incredible array of beneficial nutrients, like enzymes and probiotics, immune factors (such as IgG and IgM antibodies and immunoglobulin A), complex growth factors, and hormones.

However, as temperatures rise over 104 F / 40 C, a degradation of nutritional and immunological benefits begins. In fact, scientific studies show that both temperature and duration at high temperature is very significant. Relatively little loss of nutritional value occurs until temperatures rise above 113 F / 45 C, but the higher the temperature, the faster the degradation rate. For example, after 10 minutes at 113 F / 45 C, a study showed a loss of only about 10% of key nutritional-activated enzymes. But, if you raise the temperature higher to the temperature of hot tap water in many homes (too hot for breastmilk), just a minute at 131 F / 55 C resulted in the loss of half the activated enzymes.

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Each warmer, including the First Years Gentle Warmer shown here, underwent multiple tests for the temperature of bottle contents using the manufacturer's instructions and the highest setting possible.
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Basic Bottle Warming Test


We did a comparative, controlled heating test to differentiate warmers for possible nutritional integrity. We determined which options were more likely to heat to recommended temperatures and successfully maintain breastmilk nutrients. We measured maximum temperatures at the manufacturer's recommended settings and fully cranked the maximum settings to account for the worst-case scenario if a user doesn't follow instructions. We also left the bottle in the warmer for up to 12 minutes to see how warm the milk gets if you forget to remove the bottle or can't get to it right away.

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Our observed average milk temperature inside the bottle while warming using the manufacturer settings.
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At recommended settings, we found that most of the warmers prevented overheating, as long as you keep an eye on them and don't let them sit. The First Years 2-in-1 Simple Serve, Philips AVENT Fast, Tommee Tippee Easi-Warm, and the Tommee Tippee Multiwarm Intuitive all heated bottle contents over the 104F mark before the 12 minutes cut off. So, if you are the type to walk away or get distracted, these warmers might not be the best option for you. Alternatively, the highest scoring options in this metric that were highly unlikely to reach higher temperatures even at the full 12-minute test time were the Chicco Digital Bottle Warmer & Sterilizer, Grownsy Classic, and the First Years Gentle Warmth Digital.

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Our observed average milk temperature inside the bottle while warming using the maximum settings.
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Overheating is Possible at Maximum Settings


In a second test, we set the warmers to the maximum heating setting (not the manufacturer's recommended setting) to see if the warmer's misuse could result in overheating breastmilk.

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The Baby Brezza exceeded 104F in about 4 minutes on the highest setting.
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The Baby Brezza reached temperatures exceeding 104F at around 10-11 minutes on average using the highest setting. At the 12-minute cut-off time, most of the warmers were over the 104F limit, with the exception of the Chicco Digital Bottle Warmer & Sterilizer, Grownsy Classic, and the First Years Gentle Warmth Digital. The Tommee Tippee Easi-Warm reached temperatures closer to 140F. This is way too hot for anything baby drinks, which is a severe concern for us. It is such basic water with few features that it is easy to overheat bottle contents without monitoring or setting an alarm. Even though this test used settings outside of the manufacturer's recommendation, we suspect many parents could make this mistake for the sake of time or forget the bottle is in the warmer. We also know, from experience, how easy it is to lose track of time when using a warmer if your baby is fussy or has other needs like a diaper change or blowout cleanup.

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All bottle contents should be tested on your inner wrist after swirling and before giving to your baby. The inside of your wrist has thinner skin and is more sensitive to temperature than your hands.
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Always Swirl
You should swirl a warmed bottle for about 30 seconds to remove potential hot spots. You MUST check the contents' warmth by putting a few drops on your inner wrist to ensure the temperature isn't too hot or too cold for your baby. The skin on your inner wrist is thin and sensitive to temperature. Milk warmed to body temperature will feel barely warm, not too warm, and definitely not hot.

We monitored and recorded the bottle content temperatures for each warmer recording the values over time for comparison to one another and compared to their own values over repeated tests.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Warming Efficiency and Consistency


We tested each bottle warmer for its ability to heat bottle contents consistently when using the manufacturer's directions. These tests were done to identify the warmers that can create predictable bottle temperatures time after time to avoid the possibility of parents creating bottles that are too hot or too cold.


We tracked the content's temperatures as they heated the bottles for over 12 minutes, again using the instructions provided with the unit. We also tracked when the auto-shut-off feature happened and the temperature at this time.


When the heating of the water bath reaches the manufacturer's pre-set temperature, the unit stops heating the water and automatically shuts off. However, the bottle contents will continue to heat after this point.


We took the temperature of the bottle contents at auto-shutoff for comparison because many parents will use this shutoff moment as a guide for bottle warming. The chart shows that shutoff time is not the best guide for achieving the ideal bottle content temperature. It can take more time in the warmer and some trial and error to determine the length of time it takes to warm your bottle to something close to 98 degrees F. Only four warmers in our tests managed to reach a temperature over 80 degrees F.

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We ran five trials and compared the values at the time of auto-shutoff (when the warmer stopped heating the water bath) and 12 minutes when we stopped testing. Parents deserve a warmer that allows them to trust that the warmer will create similar temperatures time after time.

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The highest performer in these tests was the Baby Brezza Safe and Smart with a temperature range of 11 degrees at auto-shutoff and 5 degrees at 9 minutes when it first hits 98F (the ideal bottle temperature). Other top performers include the Kiinde Kozii Voyager Travel, Momcozy Portable Warmer, and the First Years Gentle Warmth Digital.

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This chart shows how long the warmer takes to reach an ideal temperature of 98 degrees F/36.6 degrees C versus the auto shut-off time in minutes.
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Quickness of Warming


Quickness of warming is a measure and assessment of how quickly each warmer can heat a bottle to around body temperature. No cooling period or shorter wait time between heat cycles is beneficial, especially if you have multiples or are in a daycare setting. We ran our warming quickness tests using the manufacturer's instructions for each unit using the water bath option if two options exist.


Steam heat technology helps warm bottles quickly. However, as mentioned earlier, steam heat has its drawbacks. For example, steam heat technology is incompatible with glass bottles due to breakage potential during rapid temperature changes. More importantly, steam warmers present a real risk of overheating milk if used at their maximum settings and potential for scaling injuries to users. With water bath warmers, the warming process takes significantly longer. We think these longer times are worth the wait so that the bottle contents aren't too hot, and the risk of steam-related injury isn't a concern.

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We tracked bottle content temperatures using a device that recorded the time and temperature simultaneously to ensure accurate results for comparison.
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The quickest options when using the instructions were the Philips AVENT Fast and the Tommee Tippee Easi-Warm. Both reach body temperature quicker than competitors, with both units heating on average to 98F around 6 minutes. The slowest options were the First Years Gentle Warmth, Grownsy Classic, and Kiinde Kozii.

Thawing Breast Milk
We recommend thawing frozen breast milk overnight in the refrigerator before use. Thawing will shorten warming time, which means you'll be able to get that hungry baby drinking faster.

The Baby Brezza is one of the easiest options in the review to use and can be paired with a user-friendly app.
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Ease of Use


If your baby is exclusively bottle feeding, you may use a warmer every 2 or 3 hours. Having a simple, easy-to-use warmer with clear instructions can make it easier for you and other caregivers who may help you. We based our ease of use results on factors such as assembly out of the box, clear and specific instructions, quick set-up for each use, versatility, compatibility, portability, and useful elements like a water reservoir, timer, and auto shut-off.


The top-scoring warmer in the ease-of-use metric is the Baby Brezza Safe and Smart. This unit is straightforward and easy to operate and includes the ability to connect a downloadable app. This warmer is followed by the Chicco Digital Bottle Warmer & Sterilizer, which has a simple design and instructions that make setting the warmer easy. The Kiinde Kozii and the Momcozy Portable follow close behind. The hardest option to use is the Tommee Tippee Easi-Warm because it is almost too simple, and it can be challenging to warm a bottle the same every time and requires an external timer not included on the warmer.

The First Years Simple Serve includes a water vial to ensure you fill the reservoir with the perfect water amount.
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Water Reservoir


A warmer with an integrated or attached water reservoir can save you time and effort. You don't need to add water with every use. Steam-based warmers require you to fill a small vial with a precise amount of water each time you use the unit. It's easy to spend almost as much time filling the vial as you do waiting for the bottle to warm, which can be tedious.

bottle warmer - many warmers include a quick reference chart for easy setting...
Many warmers include a quick reference chart for easy setting selection, though we find you still need to do a little finagling to get everything just right.
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Setting Timer and Warming Charts


Most products include charts to help you set the timer for perfect warming. These charts can range from simplistic to frustrating. Many of the instructions give directions for different bottle sizes, materials, and temperatures. Having multiple directions can complicate matters, but it is essential to consider all the variables.

We found that some products need a bit of a fiddle factor to achieve the best results. Be aware that you will inevitably go through trial and error before consistently reaching the perfect setting for daily use. However, getting a working mojo going with your new warmer shouldn't take more than a day or so of fiddling.

The Kiinde Kozii Voyager is easy to clean with a bottle brush and several components can be placed in the top rack of the dishwasher.
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Ease of Cleaning


Regular cleaning and maintenance are essential, but the frequency (daily vs. every use) depends on the unit. The external cleaning process typically involves a quick wipe with a dry cloth.


However, because warmers use water, mineral deposits can build up internally. These deposits mean you must descale the units every few weeks, particularly in areas with hard water. The descaling or demineralization process removes calcium and lime deposits that can build up on surfaces inside the warming chamber and the heating element after prolonged contact with water. Soaking the bottle warmer's internal surfaces in vinegar usually explained in manufacturer instructions, will remove deposits. Some products require extended soaking time, which could be a deal-breaker if you rely on your warmer for frequent feeding.

The Momcozy Portable includes its own brush for getting the ceramic heating plate clean.
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We also considered how difficult it is to get things very clean. Some products have hard-to-reach nooks and crannies with narrow and deep warming chambers and a poorly designed water reservoir, making it impossible to scrub inside. The units that scored well in this metric had fewer parts and accessories and easy-to-access water reservoirs.

The easiest to keep clean was the Kiinde Kozii Voyager Travel Warmer, which is just a collection of cups for the most part that you can easily wash in the sink, or some are dishwasher safe. While you might be able to wipe them without a bottle brush, it will make it easier, and no descaling is required. The First Years 2-in-1 Simple Serve, First Years Gentle Warmth Digital, and the Chicco Digital Bottle Warmer & Sterilizer follow close behind. The hardest to clean were both Tommee Tippee options, largely thanks to hard-to-read and vague descaling instructions.

We tested various bottle warmers from different brands to find the best options for every goal.
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Conclusion


Some might think that a bottle warmer is a “nice-to-have” instead of a “must-have” item in your baby's feeding gear. However, it can help create a simple and efficient formula or breast milk feeding routine. The perks for many parents are worth the time and money to invest in a great warmer, especially for parents with multiple bottle users. To find the best bottle warmer for your needs, we tested each product extensively. We evaluate the safety, warming efficiency, and ease of use to gauge its functionality in the real world. We can confidently choose the top performers and make recommendations for every need and budget.

Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz