Choosing the Best Bottle Warmer (2017 Guide & Reviews)
There’s nothing like a nice, warm bottle in the middle of the night to satisfy your baby's hunger, and, more importantly, get them quickly back to sleep.
Before I settled on my go-to bottle warmer, I can admit that I went through and tested nearly five different products, trying to find the perfect one.
So let me help you take the guess work out of which one you should buy, and allow me to propose why you should consider getting a warmer if you don’t already have one.
A great bottle warmer really is a game changer!
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The Dr. Brown's Bottle Warmer (click here to check the price on Amazon) is the best on the market, and to be honest, I don't think it's close.
This bottle warmer uses steam heat to quickly warm bottles and even baby food jars (yes, both are safe to heat).
The Dr. Brown's warmer is very easy to use, and it has a LCD control panel (which is great for the middle of the night).
Although it’s suggested you use Dr. Brown’s bottles, I’ve found you can pretty much use any bottle with this warmer.
It is compact, so it won’t take up a lot of space on your countertop, and it’s cord wraps up tightly, so nothing is floating around on your counter either.
The great thing about this warmer is that it can heat up several bottles before you have to refill its water chamber, which is better than doing a refill every time.
It shuts off after 10 minutes if not in use, so it’s not a danger in your home, and I’ve found it makes a perfect bottle in about 3 minutes flat!
Definitely one of the more expensive bottle warmers out there (click here to check the price on Amazon), the Kiinde Kozii is a very good warmer in its own right.
It runs a water bath for your bottles and has a large, long-lasting water reservoir so you don’t have to measure out water and add it each time you need a bottle heated up.
I personally love that it gently thaws breastmilk in accordance to CDC and USDA guidance, so you know your milk is never in jeopardy of diminishing.
The Kiinde Kozii has a turn timer for ease of use, and an automatic shut off when the time is up.
Its warming chamber can accommodate everything from bottles, to storage bags, liners, plastic, glass, and food jars, so you’ll have it well into toddlerhood for food warming.
It warms quickly, quietly, and doesn’t take up a lot of counter space at all.
The First Years Bottle Warmer is definitely my recommendation if you’re on a budget (click here to check the price on Amazon).
Put simply, this bottle warmer is affordable and effective.
It’s a bit larger than the other warmers, but that can be overlooked for its price and function. The warmer can heat up a variety of bottle shapes (straight, angled, wide-neck, disposable) and it runs off a water bath.
There is a reservoir off its side so you don’t have to add water for every bottle, and it also has an auto-shut off feature.
You can also put food jars in it, or even utilize it to sanitize pacifiers.
And you only need to press one button in order for it to function, so it’s simple to use and its neutral colors will fit in on any kitchen countertop.
Why you really need a bottle warmer.
They also safely get your baby’s bottle to the perfect temperature, so you never have to worry about getting the milk too hot like you would when you use the stove.
You see, breastmilk quality starts to go down when it is heated at a temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher—and a bottle warmer won’t take your milk up to that temperature.
Even if you are formula feeding, you won’t have to worry about the bottle being dangerously hot and burning your baby’s mouth, because bottle warmers consistently and evenly heat up.
I also loved that I never had to stand over it as it heated up. I’d literally set it and forget it until I heard its bell go off, alerting me it was ready.
I also feel that a warm bottle brings comfort and happiness to a hungry baby.
Both my daughter and son never fussed when it came to feeding time, and I feel a large part of that was because they always had a perfect temperature bottle.
Overall, a bottle warmer made my life a lot easier (especially overnight) and my kids a lot happier!
Things to look for in a good bottle warmer.
Now that you know why you may need one, here are some important things to look for when choosing the right bottle warmer:
- Health and safety. First and foremost, you want to make sure your bottle warmer doesn’t overheat your milk. As I said before, if your milk gets too hot, it deflates the nutritional value. It can also burn your baby’s mouth. You want a warmer that heats up to about 98 degrees, similar to body temperature and not much higher.
- Speed. If it’s going to take your bottle more than 5 minutes to heat up, you might as well forget about it! Luckily, there are a number of warmers on the market that are ready in three minutes or less.
- Usability. Who wants to fiddle with gadgets and gizmos when your baby is screaming to be fed, or in the middle of the night? Look for something that uses minimal buttons or dials to function.
- Portability. You should be able to take a bottle warmer with you anywhere you go—small enough to pop into your diaper bag with ease, and light enough to move from room to room or not weigh down your bag.
- Durability. You’ll be using a warmer for nearly a year of your baby’s life, and you don’t want to get something too flimsy or poorly constructed, so it’s worth spending a bit more to ensure you are getting a great, well made item that can withstand multiple uses a day, for a prolonged period of time.
- Water bath. Some warmers use steam heat, but I prefer the ones that use a water bath technique. It really ensures that the bottle gets warm, and not boiling hot!
Maintenance & care.
No matter which warmer you choose, you do have to maintain it regularly.
Stagnant water can create issues, but regular cleaning can combat these issues.
I used to clean my warmer every Sunday by wiping it down with a rag and an organic cleaning solution. I never put bleach on it, or any harsh chemical solutions on any product that my kiddos could come in contact with.
Sometimes I’d mix up vinegar and water, and run it through the machine (similar to what you may do to your coffee maker). This took care of mold and any stagnant water hanging around.
I also did this if one of the bottles ever leaked into the warmer.
I also got in the habit of unplugging it when it wasn’t in use, and I made sure to turn it upside down after rinsing it out, in order to let every drop run out so the inside was fully dry.
I never had any major maintenance issues with my warmer, but if you do, simply contact the manufacturer to discuss your warranty or options—most companies are happy to assist you to ensure you get the most out of your purchase.
A bottle warmer might not be an absolute must-have, but it was a really great item for me when my two kids were young.
Your time is precious and you don’t have all day waiting around for a pot of water to boil, nor do you want to overheat your milk in a microwave, resulting in injury to your baby.
The warmers above are great choices and they safely deliver a perfectly heated bottle to your baby every time.