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The Top Rated Bottle Warmer of 2016

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top_rated_bottle_warmer_1Dr. Brown's Bottle Warmer
top_rated_bottle_warmer_2Maxx Elite Gentle Warm
top_rated_kiindeKiinde Kozii Warmer
philipsPhilips AVENT
the_first_yearsThe First Years


Introduction to Bottle Warmers

A product that is often times overlooked on a parent’s baby registry is the bottle warmer. Because of their rise in popularity you now have a huge selection to choose from, but which bottle warmer is best? To find out we took an unbiased look at a myriad of warmers, and rated them on performance, ease of use, size and of course safety. We’ve narrowed down and ranked the top rated bottle warmers for you so you can get your baby’s milk ready to drink…at the perfect temperature! Check out our bottle warmer reviews below.



In-Depth Bottle Warmer Reviews

#1 - Dr. Browns Bottle Warmer

Why is it a top pick?

Dr. Brown’s Electric Bottle Warmer is our Editorial Top Rated award for several reasons. The LCD control panel is easy to read at all hours of the day and simple to operate, even one handed. Although the warmer appears to be made for the Dr. Brown brand bottles it will fit mostly all of the standard size bottles, including wider neck bottles that most parents use for children aged 4-8 months old.


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MSRP: $44.99


In addition to fitting the larger bottles, the warmer now comes with a sterilizer basket that fits on the inside of the container and can be flipped around so the infant and newborn sized bottles don’t drop too far down into the heating cylinder making it a extremely difficult to grab without burning your fingers. The sterilizer basket also makes this warmer an excellent choice if warming baby food in jars, or safe plastic is something you’d also like to user this warmer for.
This warmer had sleek and simple digital controls, and we found the audible alarm and flashing LCD alert system that cycles on when the bottle has warmed to the optimal temperature less annoying than other models. One of the most appealing features of this warmer is the large reservoir built into the unit. Having this reservoir obviously adds bulk to the unit, but in our opinion well worth it for the added convenience of not having to constantly refill the warmer with water.

*This bottle warmer is one of the taller units available, which translates to more surface area for germs and mold to accumulate. We recommend also adding the Dr. Brown bottlebrush for cleaning. That brush is obviously made for cleaning bottles themselves before you sterilize, but it’s perfectly sized for the size of the warmer.
Another great feature of this bottle warmer is that it can act as a baby food warmer, as well as single bottle sterilizer. It’s like you get 3 appliances for the price of one. As with any warmer, the more food milk you introduce into the cylinder the higher chance there is for bacteria and mold developing, so be sure to rinse baby milk out of the bottle if you choose to use it as a sterilizer or a food warmer, this will help prevent any cross contamination.
It should be noted, as there has been some confusion; the bottle warmer does come in two colors, black and blue. However, there is no functional difference between them; just an updated model sku.

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#2 - Maxx Elite Digital Gentle Warm

Why is it a top pick?

The Maxx Elite “Digital Gentle Warm” bottle warmer is a close top pick, only for the fact it doesn’t have a reservoir like the Dr. Brown model, however if you don’t mind adding water every time you need to warm a bottle this is an excellent pick for you. Users complained in the beginning that the bottle warmer didn’t come with a sterilizer tray, but as of 2016 they seem to have added that feature. With a sterilizer tray so you can individually sterilize a bottle, for those times you’re in a rush or which makes it a great option for those who travel a lot.


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MSRP: $44.99


The Maxx Elite comes with 3 warming modes: Gentle Warm which is 104 degrees, Express Warm which is 158 degrees, and Sterilize which is the full 212 degrees. Users note that having these 2 lower temperature settings help preserve nutritious enzymes found in the breast milk bottles. They’ve provided an average warming time based on refrigerated milk (breast or formula) with 3oz of filtered water added to the warmer. “Steady Warm” takes approximately 5:00 minutes, while the “Gentle Warm” feature takes approximately 8:00 minutes. It should be noted that anything over 10:00 minutes will trigger the safety shutoff of the warmer.

If you’re planning on breast-feeding your baby primarily, you will enjoy the “Gentle Warm” feature. This feature is designed to preserve nutrients minerals and vitamins while warming the breast milk slower and without heating beyond 104 degrees. Note this means it will take a little longer to warm your bottle up, but it does preserve the most amount of nutrients, which is the whole point of feeding your baby in the first place.

They’ve provided an average warming time based on refrigerated milk (breast or formula) with 3oz of filtered water added to the warmer.

This bottle warmer comes equipped with an auto-shutoff feature that goes into action not long after the sensor realizes there is no more water, so the threat of it catching your home on fire is eliminated. Some users complained that the bottle warmer wouldn’t get the milk to the temperature they desired, but further investigating it seems most of them we’re using really tall bottles and couldn’t close the lid, or they were using a lower setting and not letting the bottle get to the correct temperature. If you are primarily going to be using breast milk, this bottle warmer is your best choice.

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#3 - Kiinde Kozii Bottle Warmer and Breast Milk Warmer

Why is it a top pick?

If you’ve done any research online, The Kiinde Kozii bottle and breast milk warmer is an obvious top pick. The reason people love the Kiinde Kozii bottle warmer is that is uses convection warming vs the newer steam model bottle warmers. The benefits of this heating via a convection styled bottle warmer is that it heats bottles more consistency and is considered safer than the steam warmer models. The downside of this is that it can take quite a bit longer to fully warm the bottle, but you do preserve more nutrients. If safety and maximizing nutrients are your biggest concerns, this is an excellent choice for you.


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MSRP: $69.99


We like this bottle warmer because it does come with a reservoir which cuts down prep time, and the warming chamber is pretty much universally sized so you don’t have to change the your baby bottle type. Because of the different warming process, this warmer does take a bit longer and will take a little more preparation on your end to ensure that the bottles are warmed when you need them to be.

The majority of complaints from other reviewers had a common theme – the time it takes to warm the bottle, even if it’s just refrigerated. Some people have mentionedhat the process could take up to 8:00 minutes. For comparison, some of the steam models are in the sub 4-minute time frame. The neat benefit of this warming is that, unlike the steam bottle warmers, you don’t have to wait between warming cycles. This makes it an excellent choice for moms of mutliples, or your baby is in a growing phase and finishes a bottle and still seems hungry. With this warmer you can simply drop a new bottle in and the time to warm is significantly reduced as the water is hot. This is something that is a bit cumbersome with steam warmers as most have a safety feature that turns off the warmer for a certain period of time between warming cylces to prevent burns and overheating the bottle warmer.

It should be noted, as well, that this warmer does not have an audible “beep” sound like most warmers, instead it features a “clicking” sound that is still audible. This is just preference, but it is worth noting. Like anything else, you’re compromising safety vs. time, so if you’re a good planner and can remember to turn on the bottle warmer with enough runway before your baby starts crying, this is an excellent pick for you.

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Bottle Warmer Buying Guide

What Are Bottle Warmers?

Bottle warmers have become kitchen or nursery countertop necessities of parents for the first year of their child’s life. Parents typically don’t realize they need one until they’re holding a bottle full of frozen breast milk, or cold baby formula under their sink faucet at 3 AM trying to get it to the correct temperature. Obviously the whole purpose of a baby bottle warmer is to speed up the bottle warming process to soothe your baby sooner, and give you much needed sleep.

Types of Bottle Warmers

Bottle Warmers come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. The three main styles are Standard (Countertop), Low Profile and Travel. When it comes to warmers these are not rigid categories, and most of the top rated warmers have features from multiple categories.

Standard (Countertop) – By far the most common type of bottle warmer you’ll find. Compared to the other two these are typically larger and can hold larger bottles, but by no means are these cumbersome. You’ll typically find more features on these units such as precise temperature and timer control, reservoirs, universal openings to fit bottles of all sizes, automatic shutoffs, audible alarms, and even bottle coolers for those that need that feature for nighttime feeding.

Low Profile – These have become popular over the last several years for their ease of use and the space that they take up on the countertop/dresser/changing table is minimal. These typically do not have all the bells and whistles the standard (countertop) warmers have, but get the job done while making them easy to store away keeping your countertop clean.

Travel – Essentially the same as that low profile warming units mentioned above, but with more travel focused features, like a spill proof design, suction cup base, and of course a cigarette outlet adapter so you or your partner can get the bottle to the perfect temperature while you travel down the road.

Features to Consider:

With all the options out there it can be difficult when you’re trying to compare different models available to you. As mentioned, some bottle warmers that have a lot of added features and others that are just simple and straightforward without a lot of bells and whistles. Your personal preference and parenting needs will play a large part in the decision, however we’ve highlighted a few of the features to consider before you make your final selection.

Warming Method – It should be noted right off the bat, that you should NEVER use a microwave to heat your babies bottle. Using the microwave can cause the milk, either breast or formula milk, to have dangerous “hot pockets” of liquid that can burn the inside of your baby’s mouth. And if that’s not enough to deter you, using the microwave instead of a bottle warmer can deplete the nutrient levels found in breast milk. There are 2 safe ways the bottle warmers can warm your baby’s bottle; steam warming and water warming. They both take water, however the steamed water units boil the water to over 212 degrees into a steam, and the steam is what heats up the bottle. The other water warming units essentially heat the water like bath for the baby bottle. This really is a preference, and we recommend if you do decide to go with a travel sized unit to opt out of getting a steamed bottle warmer because they tend to get warmer and the risk of that boiling water spilling over is greater.

Ease of Use – A parent doesn’t have time to be fiddling with complicated control settings, because there’s a good chance you’ll be filling the bottle and turning on the bottle warmer with your one free hand! Since you’ll be using this bottle warmer 40, maybe 50 times per week, you want to make sure the warming process is quick and efficient. We recommend looking for a unit where you can dial in the controls to the exact temperature required, because sometimes you have more milk at one feeding time than another and don’t want to scald your hands if you put too much water in the warmer.

Single Serve vs. Reservoir – Obviously having a built in reservoir on your bottle warmer is a feature most parents desire, however it becomes a compromise of space and a question of your lifestyle. If you have the countertop space and don’t mind the additional size, we found that having the reservoir built into the bottle warmer is a real time saver, especially when you’re filling the bottle with one hand. Almost always this feature comes at a premium vs. the single serve units but alleviates a lot of stress – when you remember to refill it!

Safety Features – While a lot of these units are manufactured to the highest quality standards (especially our top rated ones), there are some safety features to consider. It’s also important to note in testing and reading reviews of almost all bottle warmers, people still complained about how easy it still was to overheat the breast or formula milk. We recommend making sure the unit you select has an automatic shutoff feature. Apart from the danger of heating the bottle beyond the desired temperature, more commonly is the annoyance of going to grab the bottle to begin feeding and it has become scalding hot. Trust me, nobody likes to run an already heated up bottle back under cold water. Also, this applies more to people who will be putting the bottle warmer in rooms other than the kitchen; but making sure the bottle is plugged into a GFI plug is always important to do when have water around electricity.

Can You Sterilize? – Sterilizing bottles and nipples is pretty much a requirement now, but sometimes parents just don’t have the time to wash a full load of bottles and nipples in a big electric or microwave sterilizer. When you’re in a hurry popping a freshly rinsed out bottle upside down in a bottle warmer that has a sterilizer setting (212 F) is truly a life saver. When looking at bottle warmers, they will typically mention if they have a sterilizer tray that comes with.

Plenty of Size – Finding a marriage between an effectively sized unit and one that is big enough to fit all bottles can be tough. However we’ve done a good job reviewing these units to make sure that they can warm virtually all bottle types for the first year of your baby’s life. The benefit of having a larger chamber besides being able to fit different sized bottles, you’ll also be able to warm up baby food for your baby which essentially turns it into another appliance.

Clean Up – Cleaning the bottle warmer is probably the last thing you want to be doing once your baby goes to bed, however it’s something that will need to be done. This is probably one of the biggest complaints when reading reviews online so it’s worth a mention that selecting a bottle warmer that has a large enough opening to be cleaned out with either chemicals or hot water is important because invariably there will be debris that make their way down to the heating chamber and get burned to the warmer. This, over time, will make the heating process less efficient and could give off a poignant odor.

How to Use a Bottle Warmer

Using a bottle warmer should be pretty straight forward, especially for the warmers that really just have a simple on/off switch. However we’ve found this video to be really helpful. They use the First Years Bottle Warmer in this example, obviously consult the first years bottle warmer instructions for using it correctly.

Other Contenders:

The First Years Quick Serve Bottle Warmer – This is a very popular option for parents because of it’s size and simplicity. If you’re on a budget this is a great pick, it just doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of our top rated bottle warmers.

The Philips AVENT Bottle Warmer – This bottle warmer features a sleek design for a decent price, but for the money we feel that there are better options.

Munchkin High Speed Bottle Warmer – A lot of users complain about how easily you can burn yourself because of it’s design. It also takes approximately 5 minutes between warming cycles to start a new bottle, which can seem like an eternity when your baby is hungry.

Boon Orb Bottle Warmer – Features a trendy simplistic design, however it lacks the settings most of the best rated warmers feature. Also doesn’t have a universally sized chamber for fitting different sizes of bottles.

Gland Portable Baby Bottle Warmer – Features a trendy design, LCD display, and multiples settings, however for the money there are better options.

Recap

Parents can spend an inordinate amount of time making sure they have everything they need before their baby arrives. Picking a top rated bottle warmer is by no means major necessity, however a great bottle warmer can make a parents life so much easier. Let’s face it, late night and early morning feedings are can be exhausting, but having a trusty bottle warmer in your kitchen, or in your baby’s nursery is something a new, or even an experienced parent will appreciate.

The top rated bottle warmers that we reviewed are examples of the best options and features you’ll find on the market today. We feel confident that the top rated bottle warmers we ranked and the information in the buyers guide will equip you as a consumer to understand what to look for when selecting the best bottle warmer.

The Top Rated Bottle Warmers for 2016

Top Rated Bottle Warmer 1
Dr. Brown's Bottle Warmer

Top Rated Bottle Warmer 2
Maxx Elite Bottle Warmer

Top Rated Bottle Warmer 3
Kiinde Kozii Bottle Warmer

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