Best Compatibility Warmer: BabyX Fast Bottle Warmer

When testing bottle warmers. we found that while many claim they can accommodate other maker’s bottles, that ability is limited by the warmer’s overall size/shape.

That’s one key advantage for BabyX’s Fast Bottle Warmer—it can be used without the lid on. That gives it compatibility with more bottle brands than others we tested.

What We Liked

 Heats both bottles and baby food.

• Time to heat a bottle (just under 4  minutes) is about average compared to others we tested.

• Sterilizes toys and pacifiers. It did a good job at this in our tests.

• LED indicator light.

• Includes tongs to remove bottles.

• Works with more brands of bottles than others.

• Requires cleaning only once per 4 weeks.

What Needs Work

• Indicator light is frustrating. Oddly, it goes off when water gets to the desired temperature . . . but that doesn’t mean milk in the bottle is heated through yet.

• To heat baby food, you must use special container (sold separately).

Best Adjustable Timer: Dr. Brown’s Deluxe Baby Bottle Warmer

If you are thinking of giving a bottle warmer as a gift or want one with an adjustable timer, our choice would be Dr. Brown’s Deluxe Baby Bottle Warmer. The additional features may be worth the upgrade, especially if you plan to have more than one kiddo. Here’s more:

What We Liked

  • Adjustable timer. Strangely, that is missing from most other bottle warmers.
  • Auto shut-off. This prevents bottles from over-heating—and, again, other bottle warmers omit.
  • Cycle memory. This warmer can remember your preferred heating time. We thought this feature worked well.
  • Adjustable basket holds other brands of bottles besides Dr. Browns.
  • Easy to use.

What Needs Work

  • Frequent cleaning necessary. Yes, this bottle warmer can be filled with enough water to heat several bottles. But the downside is cleaning—you have to stay on top of it or mold can grow. And some users say it is difficult to keep clean.
  • Inconsistent heating. For some reason, the heat time is oddly inconsistent—sometimes four minutes is enough, other times four minutes can overheat a bottle. That’s disappointing in a bottle warmer that is this pricey.
  • Leaks. The unit we tested didn’t leak, but we see reports that some folks had leaks. While this is a minority of users, it points to possible quality control issues in production.
  • Pricey.

Best Portable/Travel Warmer: Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Portable Travel Baby Bottle Warmer

Most baby bottle warmers are designed to sit in a kitchen or nursery. But what if you want to heat a bottle while travelling?

We thought Tommee Tippee had the best solution here: a thermal flask that stores hot water . . . no electricity needed.

In a nutshell, this system is a beaker plus flask—you put the bottle in a beaker and then pour hot water around it.

What We Liked

• Works best with shorter/thicker bottles.

• Easy to use.

• Great for road trips.

• Works with Tommee Tippee and other standard-size bottles.

What Needs Work

• You have to heat the water on your own. So this works well if you are planning a short trip from home—you can pour hot water into the flask and then take it for use later on the road.

• Thermal flask isn’t dishwasher safe. Yes, you can wash the beaker in a dishwasher, but not the thermal flask. It must be washed by hand.

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing baby gear, including high chairs, since 1994. We do hands-on testing—we buy the products with our own money and evaluate with an eye toward safety, ease of use and affordability.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Baby Bargains is your independent and unbiased source for expert baby gear reviews.

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