Best Bottle Sterilizers of 2019

Best Bottle Sterilizers of 2019

January 1, 2019

Best Bottle Sterilizers of 2019

Best Bottle Sterilizers of 2019
Worried about too many germs on your bottles or pump parts? Sterilizers kill 99.9% of bacteria in minutes. Best Bottle Sterilizers of 2019

It’s inevitable: At some point, your child will pick up every dirty thing from the ground and try to put it in his mouth. When he’s little, though, you can ensure that everything he sticks in his mouth is super clean. Sterilizers use steam to disinfect bottles, pacifiers, breast pump parts and even some plastic teethers and toys.

Do you need a bottle sterilizer?

Hand washing with hot water and soap or dishwashing your bottles gives them a good cleaning and is sufficient. Sterilizing is an extra step that parents of immune-compromised babies swear by, and also something many parents choose to do for peace of mind.

If you do choose to sterilize your baby’s bottles, there are two ways to go about it. Either boil them in hot water for five minutes or use a sterilizer. There are two kinds of sterilizers: those you use with a microwave and those you plug in. Both use steam to kill 99.9% of harmful bacteria in just a few minutes.

How we chose our best picks

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

Room for Everything

WHY WE LOVE IT

This sterilizer can fit four 9-ounce bottles and is quick and easy to use. Simply load it up with bottles, breast pump parts and more, then zap in the microwave. Everything inside remains sterile for up to 24 hours if you keep the stay-cool latches closed. It’s compatible with both standard and wide-neck bottles.

KEEP IN MIND

Although it’s made to fit most microwaves, it won’t work in small hotel ones.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

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

Spacious Sanitizer

WHY WE LOVE IT

This steamer works just like the Philips AVENT. All you need is water and a microwave to purify 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.

KEEP IN MIND

For the size, some parents feel the Munchkin should fit more items.

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 Steamer

WHY WE LOVE IT

An electric sterilizer is great if your microwave won’t accommodate a sterilizer. Plug the Tommee Tippee in on your counter and load it up with four to five bottles. Push one button and five minutes later everything is sanitized. It fits multiple bottle types, and items inside stay sterile for up to 24 hours if the lid stays closed.

KEEP IN MIND

A lot of condensation builds up during the sterilizing process and bottles come out wet.

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.

Safe Removal

WHY WE LOVE IT

Four bottles, plus other small feeding items, can fit in this microwave sterilizer. What we like most about Dr. Brown’s version is that it comes with tongs to remove the newly germ-free goods.

KEEP IN MIND

It’s take a bit of practice to properly arrange items in this sterilizer. Bottles need to be inserted at an angle and clipped into the base.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“It’s easy to use and clean.” - Holly I.

Ultra Convenient

WHY WE LOVE IT

Parents rave about the Medela steam bags – and with good reason. Each steamer bag can be reused up to 20 times. Just add feeding items and water to the bag and pop it into the microwave. They take up zero kitchen space, and are the ultimate for traveling or disinfecting pump parts at work.

KEEP IN MIND

The bags don’t accommodate as many items as a traditional sterilizer. It takes about two bags to clean six bottles.

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 bottles and feeding items after hand washing or dishwashing them isn’t necessary. But if it makes you feel better about what goes into your baby’s mouth, you have multiple options to choose from. The good news is that no matter what sterilizer you choose, all provide quick and thorough disinfecting.

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