It’s time to put away that pot of boiling water and save time and energy with an automatic baby bottle sterilizer! To find you the best bottle sterilizers of the year, we tested 4 new options and compared them with 10 of the most popular models on the market.
We used each over a dozen times, tried to fit 5 different baby bottle sizes and shapes (and pacifiers and more!), cleaned them, dishwashed the parts, and measured their internal temperatures. While we tested, we took notes about the pros and cons of each model, including their reliability, effectiveness, compatibility with various bottle types, and and ease of use. Here are the top 10 best baby bottle sterilizer models; scroll down to read our full reviews of several different options!
The 10 best baby bottle sterilizers for 2021
1. Philips Avent Microwave Steam Steriliser
Got a need for speed? This affordable unit can sterilize bottles in just two minutes, assuming your microwave’s power is between 1200 and 1850 watts. It can hold up to four bottles, as well as pump parts, and if you leave the lid closed after you take it out, the items will stay sterile for up to 24 hours.
Parents also appreciate that the handles stay cool, so you can safely remove it from the microwave, and that it includes clips to ensure the top stays tightly closed until you’re ready to open it.
2. Tommee Tippee Complete Feeding Set
Make baby feeding straightforward. Our stylish and streamlined Super-Steam electric steriliser is fast and easy to use, giving you 6 sterilised bottles in just 5 minutes using the natural cleaning power of steam. This set also includes our award-winning Closer to Nature bottles – designed to mimic the natural flex, stretch and movement of mum’s breast.
3. Philips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Steam Steriliser
This 3-in-1 sterilizer kills 99.9 perfect of harmful germs and bacteria on bottles without using any chemicals that could harm your little one. It has an adjustable modular design so you can fit a variety of bottles or nursing accessories inside. At most, it fits up to six 11-ounce bottles. We love the design because it takes up less kitchen space.
This machine uses electric steam for sterilization, which only takes six minutes. It also features an automatic shut off for speed and to prevent overheating. You can even keep the objects sterile for up to 24 hours if you don’t remove the lid after you’ve run it.
To use, just add water to the base, fill the compartment up, shut the lid, and press the button. If you’re limited on space and need a sterilizer that works quickly, this is a great choice.
4. Milton Cold Water Steriliser
The “Milton method” of dissolving sterilising tablets in tap water has been used by hospitals, midwives and parents for 70 years. We cleaned our bottles and pump parts and plopped them in for 15 minutes while the solution worked its magic. The result was good, but quite fiddly for everyday use, unless you have a big two part kitchen sink where you can leave the solution with your bottles in it until you use them – then it’s ideal. We liked that items stay sterile in the liquid for 24 hours and there is no need to rinse before using.
There is a little bit of preparation needed with the set up, but this method is brilliantly simple. The steriliser itself is not a design item. It’s basically a plastic bucket with a top, but it is small and functional and can be packed in a suitcase. It is great value, as the starter kit is cheap and the replacement tablets only cost a few pounds.
5. GOLOHO Baby Bottle Microwave Steam Steriliser
Sterilizing up to 6 Natural or Classic bottles at a time. Coming with a tong to remove the sterilized bottles, pacifiers easily. This lightweight,compact sterilizer is the perfect size for traveling. Done the job in just 2-6 minutes. Contends stay safe for up to 24 hours if the lid stays closed.
Holds up to 6 wide neck or standard bottles of most brands. Large capacity of this machine helps you save more time. Easy to use and works in most standard microwaves. This machine comes with a tong to remove the bottles. Perfect for pacifiers and training cups. BPA-free bottle sterilizer ensures your bottles are clean and safe for your baby.
6. Tommee Tippee Essentials 2 in 1
The Tommee Tippee essential basics 2-in-1 Microwave and Cold Water Steriliser gives parents a choice of sterilisation methods. They offer parents portability not found in other sterilisers, ideal for parents on the go. The steriliser is easy to use and suitable for a wide range of products, and is extra safe too.
The tommee tippee 2-in-1 microwave steriliser holds up to 4 bottles, features a lockable lid to keep out little fingers. The quick 4 minute cycle means you’re never too far away from a sterilised bottle. It allows condensation to run back down in to the steriliser and, if left unopened, keeps products sterile for up to 3 hours.
7. Nuby Baby Bottle Steriliser and Dryer
Nuby Natural Touch Steriliser and Dryer is the steriliser that can sterilise and dry! Other electric steam sterilisers simply kill germs, leaving parents to air-dry, towel-dry or shake-dry condensation from their bottles before use. So Nuby have developed a new steriliser that also dries your bottles, at the press of a button for improved hygiene and total convenience.
Some condensation may still be visible. Nuby Natural Touch Electric Steam Steriliser & Dryer is ideal for those parents who are concerned about hygiene issues, as there is less risk of cross contamination, as opposed to using tea towels or kitchen roll to dry bottles. Plus, the automatic drying function is totally convenient and saves time versus air-drying bottles on a kitchen work surface or the hassle of shake-drying bottles.
8. Vital baby Nurture 2 in 1 Combination Steriliser
Time with your baby is precious. The vital baby NURTURE 2 in 1 combination steriliser is designed to make the sterilising process as quick and simple as possible. The vital baby NURTURE 2 in 1 combination steriliser has been designed to give you ultimate convenience and peace of mind, killing 99.9% bacteria to keep your baby healthy and happy. This microwave and cold water steriliser combination offers total flexibility depending on your needs.
It keeps contents sterile for a full 24 hours when the lid is kept closed. This is really useful, so you can always have a sterile bottle close to hand. You can choose to sterilise in either the microwave with only water using steam for a chemical free clean, or using the cold water method with sterilising solution added.
The large capacity holds up to 4 wide neck bottles, teats, collars, caps and tongs. This steriliser is also suitable for standard neck bottles and accessories such as breast pumps and their components, soothers and teethers. It can be easily stored in the microwave when not in use and can be easily transported when travelling with baby.
9. Philips Avent 2-in-1 Electric Steam Steriliser, SCF922/01
The Philips Avent 2-in-1 Electric Steam Steriliser gives complete reassurance when it comes to caring for your baby. A child bonds with those who provide nutritious food, a firm foundation is built for a lifetime of good eating choices. Sterilising is all about protecting your baby from harmful bacteria until their immune system is strong enough. Research has shown that it can take your baby up to a year to develop the same kind of immune system as adults. During this time sterilising your bottles, breast pump, and soothers will give your baby that extra bit of protection.
The Philips Avent Sterilisers use the hospital method of steam sterilisation, which is quick, easy and efficient, with no chemicals involved. This compact steriliser can fit both standard and wide neck bottles, as well as breast pumps, baby cutlery and soothers. It takes just 10 minutes to remove 99.9 percent of harmful germs and bacteria. Contents stay sterile for 24 hours if the lid is unopened.
10. MAM Easy Start Bottle & Microwave Steriliser
The MAM Anti-Colic Bottle scooped the silver medal in the 2018 MadeForMums Awards for best baby bottle. A bottle that cleans itself. Sounds to good to be true, doesn’t it? But MAM has created one, called the MAM Anti-Colic Bottle, and it has more to offer than easy microwave steam sterilisation.
As well as being self-sterilising, it also claims to reduce colic by 80%. The soft silky silicone teat is also aimed at making switching between breast and bottle easier. Being a breastfeeding mum, the whole world of bottles that need sterilising seem like rocket science to me, so for someone to introduce a bottle that sterilises itself is a giant tick in my book!
How to choose the best baby bottle sterilizer?
As you consider which bottle sterilizer is best for you and your baby, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Design – There are several styles of bottle warmer. Coldwater sterilizers require you to purchase sterilizing liquid or tablets to add to the water, while most others use heat as a sanitization method. Some are designed to work with a battery, while others require a power source. There are also sterilizers that work with your microwave. Recently, UV bottle sterilizers have been developed. These are portable and use UV rays to sterilize.
- Speed – Coldwater sterilizers can take up to half an hour, while most other electric sterilizers finish within ten minutes. Time is important since one of the major disadvantages of boiling is waiting for the pot of water to warm up.
- Effectiveness – Unless a bottler sterilizer is cleaning your little one’s bottles properly, there is no point in it. Consider your unique needs before deciding if a bottle sterilizer is a good fit for your family.
- Convenience – Bottle sterilizers are made to make life more convenient for parents. If they have small parts or are difficult to use, they are going to end up sitting on a shelf collecting dust while you boil bottles.
- Size – A compact bottle sterilizer will not take as much space, however, you will not be able to clean as many bottles at once. Overloading the bottle sterilizer is also a problem, since the bottles may not be as sterilized.
During the first year of a baby’s life, parents have a lot to worry about, not the least of which is that a baby’s immune system is the most fragile at this time. While there’s not much one can do to avoid exposure to household germs altogether, there certainly are steps to take to help ensure they are bacteria-free. Enter the bottle sterilizer – these nifty gadgets make it easy to sanitize (99.9%) bottles, nipples, toys, pump parts, and anything the baby may put into their mouth (which is, like, everything.)