6 Best Bottle Sterilizers of 2020
Best Bottle Sterilizers
July 3, 2019

Best Bottle Sterilizers

Best Bottle Sterilizers.
Worried about germs on your bottles or pump parts? Sterilizers kill 99.9% of bacteria in minutes.Best Bottle Sterilizers

Kids + germs: it’s inevitable. Babies love to put anything and everything in their mouths, the dirtier the better. But when you’re talking about bottles (and pacifiers, and pump parts, and even some toys and teethers), ensuring they’re as germ-free as possible can offer some peace of mind. And that’s where a sterilizer comes in.

Do You Need a Bottle Sterilizer?

Hand washing bottles with hot water and soap or running them through the dishwasher gives them a good cleaning, and is definitely sufficient. Sterilizing is an extra step that parents of immune-compromised babies swear by, though, and also something many parents choose to do either regularly or once in a while to keep frequently used items extra clean.

If you do choose to sterilize your baby’s bottles, there are two ways to go about it: either by boiling them in hot water for five minutes, or by using a sterilizer.

Sterilizers come in two types–microwave or electric. Both use steam to kill 99.9% of harmful bacteria in just a few minutes, so it’s simply a matter of personal preference which one you should choose.

How We Chose Our Best Bottle Sterlizers

We asked thousands of real Babylist families about the baby products they love the most, then took the top products they shared with us and added our own research and insight to tell you about the best bottle sterilizers.

One Stop Shop

This electric sterilizer packs a two-in-one punch: it uses natural steam to sterilize bottles, pump parts and more, and features a drying function so your gear comes out completely clean and dry, with no leftover moisture to encourage bacteria or mold growth. (It’s the only one on the market with this drying function built in.) The Brezza One Step holds up to six bottles at a time, and can be set to automatically sterilize + dry in one cycle or do each independently.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love this sterilizer because it perfectly dries the bottles too! If you plan on using a sterilizer, you might as well get one that can fit any bottle type and DRY your bottles which is a huge plus!!” - Lauren

Quick and Roomy

In just 12 minutes, this electric sterilizer kills 99.9% of germs and automatically shuts off when the cycle is complete and your items are clean and ready to go. The spacious interior holds up to six bottles on an upper tray, and has a separate lower tray to hold accessories like nipples and pacifiers. Included tongs ensure you won’t get burned if you reach in to remove items while they’re still hot. It’s worth noting that this sterilizer requires distilled water; otherwise, mineral deposits can build up on the heating unit and flake off.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It fits a lot of pieces, is easy to use, and fast!” - Aimee

Budget Friendly

At a fraction of the cost of other sterilizers, this microwave option is roomy, compact and easy to use. It fits four 9-ounce bottles and is compatible with both standard and wide-neck designs. Everything inside remains sterile for up to 24 hours if you keep the stay-cool latches closed. (Philips Avent makes an electric sterilizer, too.)

What Babylist Parents Say

“It has great capacity and is easy to fill, quick to sterilize and no messes.” - Lauren D.

Super Spacious

Similar to the Philips Avent, all you need is water and a microwave to clean your baby’s items. The Munchkin can hold up to four bottles—standard and wide-neck—and two breast pump shields at a time, and works in all standard microwaves. It also has heat-resistant handles and latches to prevent burns.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Invaluable! I used it daily with pump parts, teething toys and more. It’s easy to use and quick! ” - Nancy M.

Countertop Friendly

With the push of one button, this sterilizer cleans five bottles in five minutes. And thanks to its compact design, it won’t hog a ton of your precious counter space. Pro tip: place nipples in the top rack with rings and lids already on for quick assembly once they’ve been sterilized.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It’s huge! I love how much I can fit in it. And it helps not to fill the dishwasher with all the little bottle parts.” - Kerri M.

Ultra Convenient

Parents rave about the Medela steam bags—and for good reason. They’re easy, affordable (each steamer bag can be reused up to 20 times) and can be compactly stashed in a purse or diaper bag if you need to sterilize on the go, like bottles if you’re on vacation or pump parts at work. Simply add feeding items and water to the bag and pop it in the microwave, and you’re good to go.

What Babylist Parents Say

“These have been easy to stash in a bag for use while traveling. And since they’re bags they don’t take up space on the counter.” - Casey F.

Choosing What’s Right for You

Sterilizing items after hand washing or dishwashing isn’t a must—but if it gives you one less thing to worry about, then we’re all for it. The good news is that no matter what sterilizer you choose, all provide quick and thorough disinfecting.

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