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Best Baby Bottle Sterilizers 2018 – Buyer’s Guide

One of the most important steps before feeding your child is the sterilisation process of the feeding bottles. I always do that not just for the first use but also once in a while.

In choosing the best baby bottle sterilizer, you need to pick that which is safest for your little one.

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Why The Need To Sterilize?

Take note though that it’s not necessary to sterilise after each use. It’s important to do so, however, after your baby got sick. It’s a lot like changing your toothbrush after getting the flu.

Still, some parents think it’s always better to be safe than sorry, and I agree. That may be the recommendation by most paediatricians, but if you prefer sterilising often, that’s not a problem in any case.

The reason why sterilisation is essential is pretty straightforward: to minimise exposure to pathogens.

Especially those younger than one-year-old, they are susceptible to a wide array of illnesses brought about by viruses and bacteria – the most common of which are diarrhoea and vomiting.

Because their immune system is not yet fully developed, they need extra care and protection.

Of course, it’s not a guarantee that no germ could ever get to them but, it’s a good way to lessen any possibility of developing any disease caused by a virus or bacterium.

If your water supply isn’t clean, you can always stay on the safe side and sterilise as often as you want – preferably before each use.

While there are various ways to decontaminate, the most efficient way is with the help of a sterilizer.

All you have to do is plug it in then you can go about doing other chores. Yes, it may take longer than a microwave (around 8-12 minutes plus cooling time), but you’re certain it does its job.

Besides, by keeping the lid closed, the contents are sterilised to up to 6 hours or more. The microwave or any other method can do no such thing.

Types of Sterilizers

Microwave

This one uses the heat from steam to kill germs and bacteria. This one is convenient, fast and quite probably the cheapest means to disinfect.

The thing is, you place the bottles inside the sterilizer before adding water, cover it up and pop it in the microwave, so you have to make sure it fits just right. You can read how to sterilize baby bottles in the microwave in this article.

Cold water

This requires the use of sterilising tablets or liquid. You place the items inside a sturdy container, cover with a lid and soak in the solution. The process is pretty long since it has to stay submerged for at least 30 minutes.

As long as they’re soaked, they can remain sterilised for up to 24 hours. Within 24hrs, you can re-use the solution as much as you want.

However, after disinfecting, you need to rinse off the bottles, rings and nipples with hot water.You need to do this before giving it to your child.

Electric steam

As per its name, it uses electricity to heat and sterilise. Most models automatically shut off after finishing the process. It’s easy to use, but it may be more expensive than the other types mentioned here.

The direction on how to use it is listed below.

How To Use Electric Steam Sterilizers?

  1. Wash all the bottles thoroughly using hot soapy water. I prefer cleaning them as soon as possible after each use because you can quickly remove any residue.

    Once, I washed the feeding bottle a few hours later, and there’s a thin film of breastmilk at the bottom.

    It happens more commonly for those using formula since hardened powder and curds can stick inside. A bottle brush makes it easier to reach the bottom part and take out every trace of milk.

    Rinse with cold running water after and inspect if it’s properly cleaned.
  2. Read the manufacturer’s instructions because it can vary. It contains essential information such as the length of time it takes for you to leave the bottles, nipples and teats inside the sterilizer.

    Always read the instruction manual before using. Double check if the items are all safe in the sterilizer because equipment like breast pump parts shouldn’t be allowed inside.
  3. In making sure the steam gets inside, all the bottles and nipples should be placed facing downward in the sterilizer. Again, take note of the manufacturer’s instruction regarding the time.

    Be mindful, so you won’t take the items out before the cooling period ends.
  4. Depending on the model you bought, there are products which deodorise your baby bottles and dry them with the use of hot air. Some mums find this crucial in making sure there are no bacteria left.

    I would personally prefer this over those that only kill the germs.

Last update on 2018-12-13 at 18:28 PST - Detail

Best Baby Bottle Sterilizers 2017

Phillips Avent Microwave Steam Sterilizer

This product is BPA free and made of plastic. It's a lightweight and compact sterilizer that easily fits any Avent feeding bottles and breast pump parts. It can also accommodate a wide variety of bottles from other brands.

As long as the lid stays closed, it can keep items sterilised for up to 24 hours.

Pros

  • It can fit inside most microwave ovens, but you still have to double check if it’s not too big for your kitchen appliance.
  • It only needs two minutes to sterilise thoroughly, and it operates at a higher temperature compared to your dishwasher, thus making it effective in killing harmful bacteria.
  • It has safety clips to ensure that the lids stay closed and won’t accidentally open. The last thing you want is for the hot water to escape the container and burn you.
  • It also has side grips that stay cool to make it easier to handle.
  • It’s compact enough to carry around when travelling since it doesn’t take up a lot of space.
  • It can accommodate feeding bottles from Dr Brown, but you need to figure out how to arrange them properly.

Cons

  • It can only fit around two 9-oz. bottles.
The First Years Power of Steam Electric Sterilizer

This one has a ‘Steam Tower Technology’ which helps direct the steam deep into the baby bottle thus ensuring efficient and complete sterilization inside and out. It can also accommodate small toys, pacifiers and nipples.

It has a built-in drying rack and the tray is removable to allow for air-drying.

Pros

  • It’s versatile enough because it sterilises small items like toys, but you need to check whether it can stand the heat since they might melt.
  • It’s pretty huge and can fit various bottles. The shelves are removable too.
  • It’s easy to load and won’t take you forever to arrange bigger items inside.
  • It doesn’t leave any lingering scent which could be off-putting to the baby.

Cons

  • The tray needs regular cleaning because some residues might collect at the bottom.

    If you allow stuff to build up, it may be hard to remove and could even affect the proper functioning of the sterilizer.
  • It takes a while for the inside of the bottle to dry. It may not be the ideal product for those who want quick sterilisation.
  • It takes a lot of counter space, and it’s not something you can bring around when travelling.
Dr Brown’s Microwave Steam Sterilizer

It allows you to use regular tap water (not filtered or purified which can be a little pricey) and it’s dishwasher safe.

It includes a set of tongs which makes it easier to remove the bottles and other items. It also contains a tray which you can remove during cleaning.

Pros

  • It saves plenty of time and allows you to do other tasks. Also, if you’re in a hurry, it’s a much better option than a dishwasher or other sterilisation options.
  • It uses a significantly small amount of water (just around 6 oz), compared to the amount you use when boiling the bottles.
  • It’s compact and convenient to use.

Cons

  • It cannot accommodate big bottles (8-9 oz) if placed in a vertical position.

    When you lay them down sideways, however, it takes a lot of space, and you can only sterilise fewer items.
  • The plastic tongs don’t work well with smaller stuff like nipples or pacifier. And it’s a bit flimsy.
  • It may be quick in sterilising, but you need some cooling time before removing it to avoid getting burned.

    Allow it to sit before putting on the drying rack because the condensation inside the bottle takes a while to dry.
Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Sterilizer

This one has a ‘Steam Tower Technology’ which helps direct the steam deep into the baby bottle thus ensuring efficient and complete sterilization inside and out. It can also accommodate small toys, pacifiers and nipples.

It has a built-in drying rack and the tray is removable to allow for air-drying.

Pros

  • It’s versatile enough because it sterilises small items like toys, but you need to check whether it can stand the heat since they might melt.
  • It’s pretty huge and can fit various bottles. The shelves are removable too.
  • It’s easy to load and won’t take you forever to arrange bigger items inside.
  • It doesn’t leave any lingering scent which could be off-putting to the baby.

Cons

  • The tray needs regular cleaning because some residues might collect at the bottom.

    If you allow stuff to build up, it may be hard to remove and could even affect the proper functioning of the sterilizer.
  • It takes a while for the inside of the bottle to dry. It may not be the ideal product for those who want quick sterilisation.
  • It takes a lot of counter space, and it’s not something you can bring around when travelling.
Munchkin Steam Guard Microwave Sterilizer

It works in any standard size microwave, and it has enough room to accommodate four bottles with two breast shields in one go. It features heat-resistant handles and tongs to avoid any accidental burns when handling.

It’s both lightweight and compact and wouldn’t take up too much counter space in the kitchen.

Pros

  • The instructions are easy to follow.
  • It’s cheaper than other brands with similar features.
  • Using it is a no-brainer, but when taking it out of the microwave, you need to take extra caution.
  • There’s no water residue or deposit left inside the bottle. You don’t have to wait long for it to dry which is a typical scenario with other sterilizers.
  • It’s sturdy and well-made. It holds up even if you use it multiple times every day.

Cons

  • The handle doesn’t stay very well, so you need to make sure the little ones aren’t around when you take it out.

    As much as you can, add some protection to keep yourself from getting burned.
  • There were cases when the sterilizer leaked, be careful when handling it.
  • It’s hard to fit longer bottles and may not fit in smaller microwaves.

Conclusion

With products like these, I like to look at two things: if it gets the job done and if the pros overpower the cons. In the case of the Phillips Avent Microwave Steam Sterilizer, it does. The only downside is that if you’re using 9-oz bottles, it can fit only two in one go.

That’s something I wouldn’t mind adjusting to considering all its benefits and advantages.

Before buying, you need to set your priorities and determine which factors you can do without like if you prefer something handy OR one that can fit plenty of items.

Which one do you think is the best? Share with me in the comments.

Nancy Shaw
 

Hi. My name is Nancy. I am a nurse by profession and a writer by passion and ever since I became a mother, I’ve become very active in sharing useful and important information about basically anything under the sun and a full-time mother to a 21-month old boy. Read more about me here.