The best baby bottle sterilizer in 2020 is a matter of choice. I wouldn’t say there was one best bottle sterilizer – as they offer different things. This article looks at the types of bottle and bottle sterilizers on the market. I also tell you which one I used and give a review. But before that why you need to sterilizer the bottle after every feeding and how you can do it.
How to sterilize baby bottle
Firstly you can sterilize bottles by boiling them. But make sure the bottles you buy are suitable for this. You’ll need a large saucepan with a cover. It may be best to get on especially for this purpose. Wash the bottles thoroughly, then submerge them in boiling water for at least 10 minutes. Make sure that there are no air bubble .s trapped inside the bottles or teats.
Secondly, if you have a dishwasher which uses a cycle of 80 degrees C or more, then you can sterilize the bottles in there. Be aware that bacteria can begin to form on the bottles as soon as you take them out of the dishwasher so you will need to fill them wiith formula and use them.
Thirdly, you can sterilize bottles using cold water and cold water sterilizing tablet. This can be good if you’re going away from home for a few days.
Microwave Bottle Steriliser Vs Electric Sterilizer
Generally there are two types of baby steriliser to choose from. They are a microwave steam steriliser and the electric stand alone steriliser. I have used both. I used an electric stand alone steriliser with my first son and a microwave steam steriliser with my second. Below is the pros and cons of each.
Electric Steam Sterilizer
- Electric sterilizers such as the Philips Avent steam sterilizer opposite can sterilize up to 6 bottles at once. This is handy because you can make up 6 bottles every morning and you have the bottles you need until the next day.
- It’s also handy if you travel. You can take a stand alone steam sterilizer and use it anywhere there’s electricity – so you could use it in a hotel room for example. With a microwave sterilizer, you would need a microwave to use it when travelling.
- The Philips Avent Sterilizer (opposite) runs a cycle in about 8 minutes so is fairly quick. The Tommee Tippee sterilizer (also opposite) runs a 5 minute cycle but it’s reviews aren’t as good over on amazon.
- On the downside, you have to descale electric steam sterilizers which you don’t have to do with a microwave steriliser. They recommend you descale them about every 4 weeks.
- Electric steam sterilizers are also slightly more expensive.
Microwave Steam Sterilizers
- The best thing about a microwave sterilizer is that you don’t have to descale it. This is my reason for choosing it second time around.
- Another plus point is that it’s easy to take with you in you are travelling and the place you are going to has a microwave. It’s smaller and there are no wires which makes it easier to transport.
- Many microwave sterilizers only sterilize 4 bottles at a time (like the Tommee Tippee steriliser opposite – which is the one we have). This means that you have to sterilise bottles more than once everyday.
- However, the Philips Avent microwave sterilizer can sterilize 6 bottles at once. Having said this, check the dimensions of your microwave when buying as you need to make sure the 6 bottle sterilizer can fit in your microwave before purchasing.
- The length of time it takes to sterilize the bottles will depend on the wattage on your microwave. The Advent sterilizer can sterilize bottles in 2 minutes it a 1100-1850 Watt but takes 6 minutes in a 500-850 Watt
If you’re thinking about buying a microwave bottle sterilizer, my tip would be to get the Philips Avent Express 2 Microwave Steam Sterilizer.
Here are my top 5 reasons:
1. It’s the new & updated version of the hugely successful Avent Express 1 with hundreds of positive reviews on Amazon, and I ALWAYS check Amazon for customer reviews.
2. Going at $32, it’s not as cheap as other products out there, but you get what you pay for. Or as Jennifer from Texas puts it: “I purchased this mainly to sterilize pump components. It got really old boiling water, etc. Very useful and convenient just add water and pop into microwave for a few minutes. I even bring it to work! Plus it fits all the bottles, nipples, etc. I’m using all Phillips Avent products exclusively. All great stuff! Highly recommend it.”
3. It’s small & lightweight, so you can easily take it with you when you’re traveling.
4. It keeps your baby bottles sterile for 24 hours (do not remove the lids!!).
5. Sterilizing your baby bottles is a matter of minutes (4 minutes @ 1000W, + 2 minutes for cooling down)