The Best Breast Pump for Every Budget
The Best Breast Pump for Every Budget
May 11, 2020

The Best Breast Pump for Every Budget

The Best Breast Pump for Every Budget.
The Best Breast Pump for Every Budget

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it’s now possible to get a breast pump covered for free under your insurance. But what if you don’t have insurance or your plan doesn’t cover the pump that you want? Or if you’re a frequent pumper who’s been eying up the latest and greatest when it comes to breast pumps?

Many pumping parents end up purchasing a breast pump for one reason or another. Luckily there are lots of great options—breast pumps are available in every price range from as low as $15 to upwards of $500. Each price range offers different types of pumps with various features, capabilities and conveniences.

Here’s what to expect in every price range and the best breast pump for your budget.

Breast Pumps Under $50

What you’ll get at this price point:

  • Mostly manual breast pumps; hand-operated and non-electric
  • Single breast pumps—can only pump one breast at a time

These breast pumps work best if you’re:

  • An occasional pumper
  • Looking for a quick, easy way to manage oversupply or collect milk from one breast while your baby nurses on the other
  • Need a compact, easy-to-use pump for expressing milk on the go (think a night out with friends or a long car ride when you don’t have access to an outlet)
  • Uses natural suction; no manual pumping or electrical outlet needed
  • Made from 100% food-grade silicone
  • Compact and easily portable

Probably the easiest-to-use breast pump around, many parents swear by the Haakaa. Its one-piece design uses natural suction to express milk; all you need to do is squeeze it, attach it to your breast and let it do the rest. It’s great for catching milk from letdown, collecting milk from one breast while your baby is nursing on the other or stashing in your diaper bag or purse for pumping on the go.

  • Hand-powered
  • Compatible with multiple breastshield sizes
  • Bottle stand helps stop spills

The Medela Harmony is one of the most popular manual breast pumps. It’s operated by hand and is really easy to use and to store, which makes it a great choice if you’re looking for an affordable manual pump.

  • Large, ergonomic handle makes manual pumping less tiring
  • Rubber massage cushion on the breast flange

Pumping by hand can get tiring, so we appreciate the oversized, ergonomic handle on this manual pump that makes things a little easier. (You can even lean back while using this hand pump, thanks to its unique design.) The breast flange features five rubber massage cushions that mimic the stimulation a nursing baby would provide. It’s also compatible with all Philips Avent bottles.

  • Single electric pump runs on AC adapter or batteries
  • Compact size of a manual pump + ease of an electric
  • Includes multiple flange sizes

The only electric pump in this price category, this single pump offers the portability of a manual pump combined with the ease of an electric model. It can be plugged in or used cord-free with AA batteries, and it’s light and compact enough to easily store for travel or on-the-go use. You’re even able to adjust the pump’s suction settings.

Breast pumps $50–$150

What you’ll get at this price point:

  • Affordable electric pumps, mostly double
  • Pumps with a choice of suction modes and pumping styles

These breast pumps work best if you’re:

  • A semi-regular pumping parent who doesn’t want to break the bank
  • Looking for an affordable step up from a manual pump
  • Received a pump via your insurance but need a second pump for semi-regular use
  • Extremely affordable
  • Rechargeable battery so you can pump cord-free

User reviews are overwhelmingly positive for this double electric pump that’s about half the price of many similar models. This closed-system pump features four pumping modes and nine levels of suction. Breastfeeding parents rave about the pump’s light weight, wireless capabilities and, of course, the price.

  • Three pumping styles and eight suction levels
  • Backlit LCD display
  • ComfortFit flanges designed for extra comfort

A leading name in breastfeeding products, it’s no surprise that this pump from Lansinoh is a popular choice for nursing parents. It’s compatible with other Lansinoh breastfeeding products—a big plus—and offers multiple suction levels and dishwasher-safe parts. Some cons include poor battery life and occasional leaking.

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Multiple power sources: plug, battery or car adapter
  • Quiet

This double electric option from Evenflo is another good pump choice in this budget-friendly category. It offers multiple suction levels and comes with several flange sizes so you can get the correct—and the most comfortable—fit. The pump works with multiple power sources (including a battery option for cord-free pumping) and is designed to be 50% quieter than other similar breast pumps.

  • Pumps one breast at a time
  • Uses batteries for cord-free pumping
  • Rubber massage cushion on flanges for comfort

A single breast pump is a good option if your little one typically nurses from only one side per feeding or if you’re only pumping occasionally and don’t want to invest in a double pump. Two standout features here include the ability to lean back while pumping (your back will thank you in the long run) and rubber massage cushions on the flange for a more comfortable fit and pumping experience.

Breast pumps $150–$200

What you’ll get at this price point:

  • Sweet spot for the most highly rated and the most popular double electric pumps
  • Powerful, efficient suction with customizable settings
  • Accessories like a tote or milk storage container

These breast pumps work best if you’re:

  • An exclusive pumper
  • Frequently alternating between breast and bottle
  • A working parent who is regularly away from your baby and needs to express milk throughout the day or night
  • Portable but powerful
  • Rechargeable battery

Spectra makes some of our favorite high quality pumps. The 9 Plus is one of their most portable models, weighing in at about half a pound. It’s battery operated for cord-free pumping convenience, features several massage and expression modes and has an easy-to-read LED screen.

  • Perfect for pumping on the go or at work
  • Includes tote and accessories

The Pump in Style is a great choice for any pumping parent, but especially if you’re working and need to pump at the office. This double electric pump works with a power adapter or with batteries and comes inside of a tote that folds down into a work surface for pumping away from home.

  • Hospital-grade
  • Quiet
  • Rechargeable battery lasts up to three hours

Spectra’s S1 is a hospital-grade pump—that means it’s better at fully emptying your breast than some less powerful (and less expensive) breast pumps. The best features of the S1 include portability (the rechargeable battery boasts up to about three hours of cord-free pumping time), an ultra-quiet motor and plenty of massage and suction settings so you can find the custom setting that works best for you. If you’re willing to sacrifice portability, check out the Spectra S2 Plus—it’s about $30 cheaper and just as strong, but it needs to be plugged into the wall at all times.

Breast pumps $200 and Up

What you’ll get at this price point:

  • Incredible portability
  • Discreet, wearable pumps
  • Latest breast pump technology and app compatibility

These breast pumps work best if you’re:

  • An exclusive pumper
  • Need a discreet way to pump
  • A frequent pumping parent who has the budget for a more expensive pump
  • Fits in your pocket and weighs only 10 ounces
  • Rechargeable battery + USB port
  • Includes carry bag and cooler

Don’t be fooled by the tiny size of this ultra-portable pump. At about 10 ounces, it easily fits in your palm or your bag but packs the same punch as many much larger pumps. The USB charging port is a great feature, as is the battery that lasts for about eight double pumping sessions.

  • Wearable, hands-free pumping
  • Almost completely silent
  • Pump into attached storage bottles—no bags required

Wearable breast pumps don’t come cheap but are proving to be game-changers for some pumping parents. The Elvie slips right inside your nursing bra with no tubes or wires. It’s completely silent and has seven different suction settings, including a stimulation setting. Each side holds up to five ounces of expressed milk, suction automatically pauses when milk reaches the top, and it’s easy to track your pumping sessions with the Elvie app.

  • Wearable, discreet pumping
  • No-spill technology lets you pump in any position
  • Can pump into Willow bags or reusable containers

Now on its third generation, the Willow wearable pump has been re-engineered to offer more comfort and control and to help you get more milk. Users rave about the adjustable suction settings, flexible fit (you really can pump lying down!), few parts to clean and that you now have the choice to pump directly into Willow breast milk storage bags or reusable storage containers.

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