6 Best Bottle Warmers of 2019

Best Bottle Warmers of 2019

May 28, 2019

Best Bottle Warmers of 2019

Best Bottle Warmers of 2019
Milk can’t be microwaved for babies. Enter bottle warmers.Best Bottle Warmers of 2019

When a baby nurses, breast milk is body temperature. So naturally, babies often prefer bottles of warm milk over cold. But don’t go running for your microwave yet! Using it to heat breast milk or formula is a no-no. Microwaves can create hot spots in liquid and scald your baby’s mouth.

Enter bottle warmers. They quickly and uniformly heat a chilled bottle, freezer bag of milk or refrigerated baby food so it’s safe to use right away.

Note: There’s no danger in feeding your little one cold milk or formula if they’ll take it.

Do you need a bottle warmer?

You can certainly let frozen breastmilk thaw overnight in the fridge and serve it cold if your baby isn’t picky about it. You can also warm milk and food by placing it in a bowl of hot water to slowly heat up. But a bottle warmer can make the heating process faster and many also alert you when the milk or food is ready to go.

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 warmers.

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Safe & Effective

Why We Love it

The Philips AVENT warmer circulates warm water around bottles and baby food placed inside. This gentle method ensures even heating, and it doesn’t take too long either. A medium-size bottle is warmed in about three minutes. Another benefit we love? The defrost setting that warms up frozen milk and baby food.

Keep in Mind

This warmer doesn’t have a timer or an auto-shutoff function, so you’ll have to keep track of how long the bottle or food has been inside. Otherwise, you might overheat it.

What Babylist Parents Say

“This bottle warmer is fantastic for our 4-ounce Avent glass bottles. It has also worked wonders for our small glass storage containers to heat up homemade and frozen baby food. It’s durable (it travels with my baby three days a week) and fits a variety of container sizes.” -Kristen C.

Cutest on the Counter

Why We Love It

Although this bottle warmer doesn’t take up much cupboard space at only six-inches round, it’s cute enough to leave out on the counter too. It steam-heats bottles and baby food containers in about three minutes and automatically shuts down to avoid overheating. But best of all is how easy it is to clean—it’s squat shape makes it a breeze to reach in and wipe it down.

Keep in Mind

You can’t use glass bottles with this warmer because they might break when going from hot to cold this quickly.

Steams It Up

Why We Love It

Using steam, this warmer heats bottles in about five minutes. The digital display counts down to when the bottle or baby food is ready, beeps when done and automatically shuts off after 10 minutes. (Hey, sometimes you and baby get distracted.) The warmer doesn’t require a cool-down period after each cycle like some models do. So you can warm bottles and food back to back, which is especially great for twins.

Keep in Mind

Do yourself a favor: Use only use distilled water with this warmer. Otherwise mineral deposits build up and it starts to smell funky. Also, this bottle warmer doesn’t fit extra-wide bottles.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I love it. It heats evenly. It also sanitizes small toys and binkies.” -Cat

Super Speedy

Why We Love It

When your hungry baby is wailing for a bottle, every second counts. This Munchkin warmer is the fastest of our picks, clocking in at as little as 90 seconds to steam-warm a bottle. We also like that an alarm sounds and the system shuts off when the bottle is ready.

Keep in Mind

Because this warmer gets hot in a hurry, it requires a cool-down period before you can run another cycle. That can be a hassle if your baby’s bottle or food needs another round to get fully warm.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It’s very easy to use and heats bottles of all sizes and also baby food containers. The removable basket is very helpful in removing the warmed bottles and containers.” -Kerrie

Protects Nutrients

Why We Love It

Similar to the Philips AVENT warmer, the Kozii also uses a low-temperature water bath to heat bottles and food. It does take five to eight minutes to thoroughly warm a bottle but the slow process helps avoid overheating, which can destroy natural antibodies and nutrients. After it’s done warming, it automatically shuts off. Also, fans of wider bottles take note: This warmer can fit them.

Keep in Mind

It may take two cycles to defrost frozen milk and food.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It takes a while, but it heats breast milk up evenly and is worth it, especially now that my baby is on a bit of a schedule. We previously had a bottle warmer that used steam and it was so unpredictable. It took the same amount of time, if not longer, to have a bottle cool off before we could give it.” -Sara P.

When Out & About

Why We Love It

Does your baby refuse cold milk? Then this travel warmer is for you. It’s a two-part system: an insulated, stainless steel thermal bottle that keeps water warm and a plastic cup. The thermal bottle keeps water hot for 8-12 hours. When it’s time for your child to eat, simply pour the water into the cup and submerge the bottle or food in there to warm up.

Keep in Mind

The Tommee Tippee warmer simply makes it more convenient to use the traditional warm-water bath method while on the road. But pack your patience, too, because heating bottles this way takes longer.

What Babylist Parents Say

“Great for the car when my oldest baby didn’t like cold formula. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to warm up a bottle. You need to start warming the bottle before your baby gets hungry or it will be frustrating.” -Brenda D.



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Choosing What’s Right for You

It’s hard to know before your baby arrives if she’ll be picky about drinking cold breast milk or formula. It’s safe to say though that your child won’t refuse a nicely warmed bottle. Whether you decide to heat bottles the old-fashioned way or try a bottle warmer, what matters most is making sure your little one’s meal is at a safe-to-drink temperature.

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