Top 10 Best Bottle Warmers

(Amazon)

A bottle warmer falls into the category of “nice to have,” not “absolutely essential,” but many parents find them to be a much more convenient alternative to warming bottles under the tap or swirling them in a bowl of lukewarm water. Before you purchase a bottle warmer, think about your lifestyle and whether a small counter-top appliance like this could save you precious time during those painful night feedings. Does your baby take a bottle (either formula or breast milk) on a regular basis? Does she prefer her milk to be warm? Do you often find yourself waking up to do bottle feedings in the night? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a bottle warmer may be a great solution. And if you haven’t purchased bottles for your baby yet, check out our list of the top 10 best bottles for breastfed babies.

Water Bath versus Steam Bottle Warmers

There are two main types of bottles warmers: water bath and steam. In general, experts recommend water-bath warmers for warming breast milk because they heat the milk consistently and do not require the higher temperatures of steam warmers, which can make the milk too hot and can kill off some of the beneficial nutrients in breast milk. (Breast milk starts to lose nutrients when its temperature reaches 104 degrees.) Additionally, there is a greater risk of burns from steam warmers, since they get hotter than water-bath warmers. That said, steam warmers heat milk faster, so they are a good option when you need the milk heated as quickly as possible, and they’re fine for formula since you don’t have to worry about killing off nutrients. See the top 10 best baby formulas for infants. Although I never used a bottle warmer with my firstborn, lactation experts recommend heating formula or breast milk to body temperature before offering it to baby because it will taste more like breast milk from the source, which will assist baby in switching between bottle and breast. Warm milk provides the comfort and familiarity that babies crave.

Below, see the top 10 best bottle warmers to help you through those early newborn days. The ones I’ve chosen have a variety of features that may be appealing to you depending on your needs: whether you want the latest Bluetooth technology, an ultra-fast machine, or simply the most bang for your buck, you can get all the details on the top warmers right here.


1. Best Convection Bottle Warmer: Kiinde Kozii Bottle Warmer and Breast Milk Warmer

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(Kiinde)

The Kiinde Kozii Bottle Warmer is a water-bath warmer that uses convection technology to heat bottles up in around six minutes. It’s not as fast as steam, but it has the benefit of heating the bottle consistently to the perfect temperature for baby to enjoy safely, without killing any of the important nutrients from the breast milk. It’s a great option for pumping moms who want to serve their bottled breast milk warm to baby. At $50, this warmer isn’t exactly cheap, but there are several safety and convenience features that just might make it worth it for you: it has an automatic shutoff when the time is up, completely removing the heat source from the bottle; it also has a water reservoir so you do not have to measure water precisely and refill each time you need to use the warmer. Some consumers have reported that the Kiinde Kozii breaks down within months of purchasing, so durability can be an issue; however, Kiinde has a great customer service reputation and will usually replace machines that are covered under warranty when they break. Additionally, some consumers think this warmer takes too long to heat bottles.

Price: $46.19 (23 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Kiinde Kozii Bottle Warmer and Breast Milk Warmer here.



Pros:

  • Auto shutoff
  • Water-bath warmers heat milk at a low temperature to preserve breast milk nutrients
  • Convective heating gets the milk warm faster
  • No need to measure/add water with each use

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Not very portable
  • Many consumers have reported the machine is not durable and breaks after a few weeks or months
  • Water-bath warmers do not heat as quickly as steam

Find more Kiinde Kozii Bottle Warmer and Breast Milk Warmer information and reviews here.



2. Best Bottle Warmer with LCD Control Panel: Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer

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(Dr. Brown’s)

The Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer is a steam warmer that heats milk more quickly than a water-bath warmer. It comes equipped with a user-friendly LCD control panel that allows you to program heating times and save them for future uses. You can easily reset the programmed times to work with different size bottles. The LCD panel lights up, so there’s no need to turn on bright overhead lights in the middle of the night, and an alarm sounds with flashing lights when the milk is perfectly heated, making the process almost foolproof. The machine automatically shuts off after 10 minutes of no use, which is a nice built-in safety feature. The Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer fits most bottles, but may not fit extra wide ones such as Tommee Tippee bottles; and some consumers have noted that for the eight-ounce Dr. Brown’s bottles, you cannot fit them in with the nipple on, so you will need to purchase a special cap for heating. Finally, some consumers have reported that it is difficult to clean around the water reservoir due to the design of the warmer.

Price: $34.99

Buy the Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer here.



Pros:

  • Heats quickly
  • Warms several bottles before needing to refill water
  • Easy-to-use LCD control panel
  • Automatically powers off after 10 minutes of no use

Cons:

  • Steam heating is not ideal for heating breast milk and can sometimes heat unevenly
  • Doesn’t fit extra-wide bottles, such as Tommee Tippee
  • Somewhat difficult to clean
  • Eight-ounce bottles do not fit in the warmer without needing to purchase special caps

Find more Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer information and reviews here.



3. Most Stylish Bottle Warmer: Boon Orb Bottle Warmer

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(Boon)

Another steam warmer, the Boon Orb Bottle Warmer comes in at under $20 and offers a unique and adorable modern design. It’s also small and compact, so it can fit nicely on the counter-top of a smaller kitchen. The Boon Orb has a couple of extra features, such as automatic shutoff and an insert for heating baby food jars. However, it has a couple of downsides, too. Even with the auto shutoff feature, bottles left on the warmer after it’s heated can overheat, which is bad for breast milk and can also be a hazard when you go to pluck the bottle out of the warmer. The Boon Orb also does not make an audible noise when the warming is done, which can be inconvenient if you don’t want to stand right next to the warmer and wait for it to do its thing. Additionally, you must measure the water exactly each time you go to heat a bottle, and some consumers have noted that the measurement chart is confusing.

Price: $23.99 (20 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Boon Orb Bottle Warmer here.



Pros:

  • Fun, modern design that’s small and compact
  • Inexpensive
  • Automatically shuts off once water is heated
  • Includes an insert to heat baby food jars

Cons:

  • Steam heating is not ideal for heating breast milk and can sometimes heat unevenly
  • No audible notification when warmer is done
  • Bottle can overheat if left to sit too long after warmer is done
  • Must add exact water measurements depending on size of bottle you are heating

Find more Boon Orb Bottle Warmer information and reviews here.



4. Best Bottle Warmer with Remote Control App: Baby Brezza Safe & Smart Bottle Warmer

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(Baby Brezza)

The Baby Brezza Safe & Smart Bottle Warmer (from the same company who brought us the Formula Pro) is a fave of technology-loving parents who want the option to control their bottle warmer via a free smartphone app. You can turn it on from the app, and your phone will send you an alert when the bottle is warmed. Another great feature of this warmer is that it has the ability to switch back and forth between water-bath and steam modes; the water-bath mode heats breast milk evenly and safely, preserving all of its essential nutrients, and the steam mode gives parents a way to heat up a formula bottle or jar of baby food on the double. The instructions are printed conveniently right on the back of the machine, and the warmer itself is a nice compact size that fits on most kitchen counter-tops. Complaints are minor, but some consumers have noted the difficulty of reading the measurement ticks on the water reservoir, as it is tinted a gray color. Baby Brezza recommends that when heating breast milk bags you place them in a food storage container first to ensure even heating.

Price: $45.36

Buy the Baby Brezza Safe & Smart Bottle Warmer here.



Pros:

  • Contains Bluetooth technology so you can get an alert on your phone when your milk, formula or baby food is heated, or even start the warmer from your phone
  • Two modes—water bath and steam—so you can safely heat breast milk using the water bath, or heat formula or baby food faster using steam mode
  • Compact and convenient size
  • Instructions for use are included on back of machine for convenience

Cons:

  • Breast milk bags do not heat evenly when placed directly in warmer
  • Somewhat difficult to measure the correct amount of water for each warming
  • Expensive
  • Not portable

Find more Baby Brezza Safe & Smart Bottle Warmer information and reviews here.



5. Best Rapid Bottle Warmer: The First Years Quick Serve Bottle Warmer

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(The First Years)

Bottle warmers don’t come much cheaper than the First Years Quick Serve Bottle Warmer, at just over $11. For that price, you get a steam-heating warmer that is perfect for heating formula and baby food and for sterilizing pacifiers. It can be used to heat breast milk as well, but you will want to watch the machine closely to make sure it doesn’t overheat your milk, as breast milk can start to lose its nutritional content if overheated. The First Years Quick Serve heats bottles in an average of five minutes, but for some consumers it takes just half that time, as steam heating is very efficient (yet it doesn’t always heat evenly). Some consumers have noted that it takes some trial and error when using this product to figure out exactly how much water to use and how long to heat bottles to get to the desired temperature (which should be about body temperature, or 98 degrees Fahrenheit). This product requires you to fill up the water reservoir with each use, which can be a bit of an annoyance. It has an automatic shutoff feature, which is great for safety, especially for busy, forgetful parents who may be prone to leaving the machine on. The warmer fits most bottle sizes and is nice and compact.

Price: $15.48 (38 percent off MSRP)

Buy the The First Years Quick Serve Bottle Warmer here.



Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Automatic shutoff feature
  • Works with baby food jars
  • Fits most sizes of bottles

Cons:

  • Must fill water to exact measurements each time your warm a bottle
  • Steam heating is not ideal for heating breast milk and can sometimes heat unevenly
  • Not many extras
  • Some consumers report having to guess or use trial and error to figure out the right amount of water to use and how long to heat

Find more The First Years Quick Serve Bottle Warmer information and reviews here.



6. Best Bottle Warmer with Attachable Cooler: Born Free Tru-Temp Bottle Warmer and Cooler

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(Born Free)

Another top rated bottle warmer, the Born Free Tru-Temp is a water-bath warmer that heats breast milk (and formula) evenly, without getting it too hot and risking destroying the precious nutrients in your pumped liquid gold. This product comes with a neat feature: an attachable cooler that keeps bottles chilled up to eight hours, so you can keep the warmer right in the bedroom for quicker access for nighttime feedings, with no need to access the fridge to store leftover milk. This warmer has a dial that allows you to set bottle size, eliminating the need to manually adjust warming time for different bottles and taking the guesswork out of the process. It also has a water reservoir that only needs to be refilled once a day (though some users have complained that there is no warning when the water runs out). With no option for steam heating, this warmer may not be as efficient for exclusive formula users. The product is a little larger than some of the other featured warmers, taking up more space in crammed kitchens.

Price: $47.26 (21 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Born Free Tru-Temp Bottle Warmer and Cooler here.



Pros:

  • Compatible with many different types and sizes of bottles
  • Use the dial to set your bottle size, which automatically adjusts warming time
  • Refill water reservoir just once a day; no need to refill each time you warm a bottle
  • Removable, insulated cooler feature keeps two bottles cool for up to eight hours for nighttime feeding

Cons:

  • Water-bath warmers are not as quick as steam warmers
  • A little on the bulky side
  • No warning if water runs out during a heating
  • Somewhat difficult to remove smaller bottles once they are heated

Find more Born Free Tru-Temp Bottle Warmer and Cooler information and reviews here.



7. Best Bottle Warmer for Late-Night Feedings: The First Years Night Cravings Bottle Warmer & Cooler

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(The First Years)

The First Years Night Cravings Bottle Warmer & Cooler is very similar to the other bottle warmer from The First Years, listed above, only this one also includes a detachable cooler to keep two bottles chilled all night, eliminating the need to get out of bed and go to the kitchen for feedings. Additionally, if you fill the pre-measured water vials before heading to bed, you won’t need to go to a sink to get water (yes, the water reservoir does need to be filled for each warming). For an extra $20, it’s unclear if the cooler feature really adds enough value to the product, though it can be a great feature for parents who frequently do night feedings and have a long walk to the kitchen that they would like to avoid. There’s even a handy nightlight on the front of the machine, which means no need for turning bright lights on to start the warming process. This warmer works with most sizes and shapes of bottle. This is another steam warmer, so bear in mind that if you are heating mainly breast milk, you may prefer the slower yet safer water-bath variety of warmer, which prevents milk from overheating and killing off important nutrients.

Price: $19.34 (43 percent off MSRP)

Buy the The First Years Night Cravings Bottle Warmer & Cooler here.



Pros:

  • Removable cooler stores two bottles at a time and keeps them cool overnight
  • Nightlight on front of machine
  • Works with most bottle shapes and sizes
  • Comes with pre-measured water vials so you don’t have to go to the kitchen for nighttime feedings

Cons:

  • Steam heating is not ideal for heating breast milk and can sometimes heat unevenly
  • Must fill water to exact measurements required for each warming
  • The cooler may not be a great value for the added cost
  • Takes some trial and error to get the correct amount of water and avoid overheating

Find more The First Years Night Cravings Bottle Warmer & Cooler information and reviews here.



8. Best Water-Bath Bottle Warmer: Philips AVENT Bottle Warmer

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(Philips AVENT)

The Philips AVENT Bottle Warmer is an affordable water-bath warmer, safe for heating breast milk without worry of destroying the critical nutrients by overheating (breast milk can start to deteriorate at 104 degrees Fahrenheit). This product also comes with a handy defrost setting for thawing frozen breast milk or baby food. The compact, attractive design looks great on any counter-top. The major complaints seem to be that this warmer can take longer than advertised to heat bottles, especially those on the larger side. Additionally, the Philips AVENT Bottle Warmer is missing a couple of key features: there is no timer and no automatic shutoff feature.

Price: $20.24 (49 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Philips AVENT Bottle Warmer (Fast) here.



Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Water-bath warmer heats evenly and safely
  • Defrost setting for heating frozen milk and baby food
  • Small, attractive design

Cons:

  • Water-bath warmers are not as quick as steam warmers, and this one in particular seems to have a slower heat time than others
  • No extras such as a timer or automatic shutoff
  • You must refill the water reservoir for each warming
  • Heating time estimates can be off from what the instruction manual says

Find more Philips AVENT Bottle Warmer (Fast) information and reviews here.



9. Best Travel Bottle Warmer: Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle and Food Warmer

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The coolest thing about the Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle and Food Warmer is that it needs no electric source to warm your bottles—simply fill the stainless steel warming chamber with boiling or hot water, and take it with you. The chamber securely stores hot water for warming bottles and food on the go. This travel warmer is extremely affordable (the cheapest product in our top 10 list!). It does require some planning ahead, and may not warm as quickly as a more traditional electric warmer. One thing to keep in mind is that the Tommee Tippee travel warmer is specially designed to work with Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles, so it may not be compatible with other bottles. Some consumers have noted that it can be difficult to fish out smaller bottles from the large warming chamber. It also has no timer or audible sound when milk is ready, so you will have to get a feel for how warm your milk is after dunking in the hot water bath.

Price: $10.39 (48 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle and Food Warmer here.


Pros:

  • Convenient for traveling—no electricity required
  • Securely stores hot water for warming bottles and food on the go
  • Hot water chamber made from stainless steel
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Specially designed to work with Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles, so may not be compatible with all bottles
  • No timer
  • Requires planning ahead
  • Difficult to fish out small bottles from large warming chamber

Find more Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle and Food Warmer information and reviews here.



10. Best Dual-Speed Bottle Warmer: Maxx Elite “Gentle Warm” Smart Bottle Warmer & Sterilizer

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(Maxx Elite)

The Maxx Elite Smart Bottle Warmer and Sterilizer with “Gentle Warm” and “Steady Warm” settings is the best of both worlds when it comes to speed and preserving essential nutrients in breast milk by avoiding overheating. The key is the “Steady Warm” feature, which can keep a heated bottle warmed at the correct temperature without overheating for up to four hours. This means you have to do a little planning ahead and heat up your bottle of breast milk using the “Gentle Warm” feature before it’s time for baby’s next feeding. When she gets hungry, her bottle will be waiting for her. This product also contains an Express setting to heat bottles faster, but it should be used with caution as it can overheat bottles if you’re not careful. The Sterilize setting is perfect for disinfecting nipples and pacis. A couple of minor complaints from consumers: when using taller bottles, the lid may not fit; plus, there are no measurement ticks on the water reservoir, meaning you will either need to remember how much water is in there or measure it exactly.

Price: $29.99

Buy the Maxx Elite “Gentle Warm” Smart Bottle Warmer & Sterilizer here.



Pros:

  • Sterilizer basket included
  • “Steady Warm” technology keeps the milk ready to go for baby for up to four hours, without killing breast milk nutrients
  • Gentle warm, Express, and Sterilize settings to meet all your needs
  • Water-bath warmers heat the milk slowly, preserving breast-milk nutrients

Cons:

  • Lid doesn’t fit with taller bottles
  • Water-bath warmers heat more slowly than steam
  • No measurement ticks on water reservoir
  • Express setting can overheat bottles

Find more Maxx Elite “Gentle Warm” Smart Bottle Warmer & Sterilizer information and reviews here.


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