|Philips AVENT Bottle Warmer||Dr. Browns Bottle Warmer
|Compatible with Many Bottles||Limited Compatibility|
||Built in Timer
|Buy Philips AVENT on Amazon||Buy Dr. Browns on Amazon|
Another modern product that mom’s a generation ago would laugh at: the baby bottle warmer! Yes, some people can do without them by manually swirling the baby bottle over warm water. But, you will know and feel the difference that these electric bottle warmers bring when you are actually up at 3 in the morning with a crying baby on one hand and a cold bottle of formula on the other. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the Phillips AVENT Fast and Dr Brown’s bottle warmer.
As the name says, the Philips AVENT Fast Bottle Warmer can heat up 4 oz of milk in as little as 3 minutes. With that speed in heating, you can also expect that you can easily overheat your child’s milk if you don’t time it properly. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a built in timer but that is a small sacrifice for the affordable price that sells for $20.49. You can always use your phone or buy a timer to go with it, it is really a simple fix. Other brands may have their own built in timers but they are not as efficient as heating the baby’s bottle as compared to this. It also needs a little bit of trial and error to get used to the right temperature and amount of time that is needed to produce a perfectly warm bottle of milk for your child.
Take note that this bottle warmer needs water for it to be able to function well. It is capable of warming up the milk in different temperatures and it can also be used to safely defrost frozen breast milk. I recommend this bottle warmer to parents who are feeding breast milk to their child because it thaws the milk efficiently without destroying the antibodies or vitamins found in it.
Another feature that I love about this bottle warmer is its compact shape and size. You don’t have to make a lot of room for it in your kitchen counter and you can even place it on top of a beside table in your nursery. Even if it is very compact, it is still compatible with most baby bottles, even those that have wide bases like the Tommee Tippee and Comotomo bottles. You can also use it until your baby grows up because it is compatible with toddler cups and food containers. In addition, the wide mouth also makes it easy to clean although you may need to regularly clean it because it doesn’t have a cover to protect it from dust particles.
Also, the Philips Avent bottle is our favorite.
- Heats up milk in 3 minutes
- Safely thaws frozen breast milk
- Varied temperature settings
- Compact shape and size
- Can be used for most wide based bottles
- Also compatible with toddler cups and food containers
- Doesn’t have a timer
- Doesn’t automatically shut off
- Doesn’t have a cover
Dr Brown’s is another brand that is well known for baby products such as their baby bottles. They also have their own version of a bottle warmer, which sells for $33.99. One of its best features is the built in timer that signals you with a beeping sound once the bottle is already warm. It also automatically shuts off after 10 minutes of not being used.
Like other bottle warmers, you need to put water on the reservoir for it to function properly. It boils the water and the steam that it produces heats up the baby bottle. Many parents rave about its consistency when it comes to temperature although many are still concern about the high temperature that it uses to heat up the bottle. When high temperatures are used on breast milk, it is possible that the antibodies and other vitamins get destroyed. The translucent reservoir for the water also makes it a lot easier to see the water level although the shape and size of it makes it more difficult to clean. If you do not clean it well, there is a great possibility that mold can grow in it.
The steam is enclosed through the convenient cover that it comes with. Although it is really meant to keep the steam in and prevent fast evaporation of the water, it is also very helpful in protecting the inside of the bottle warmer from dust particles. This means you won’t have to clean it as often. It also features a compact shape but is a bit on the slender side that is why it cannot fit wider based baby bottles. This also makes it more difficult to clean since the opening is smaller.
- Warms up milk and baby food in minutes
- Has a built in timer and auto shut off
- Translucent water reservoir
- Has a cover
- Not compatible with Tommee Tippee and Comotomo bottles
- Not advisable for breast milk
- Narrow reservoir is difficult to clean
Dr. Brown vs Avent Bottle Warmer: Who Comes Out On Top?
Considering all the features, pros and cons of the bottle warmers, I can say that I prefer the Philip AVENT Fast Bottle Warmer rather than the one offered by Dr Brown’s. I think it is worth more because of a broad range of bottles, cups and food containers that it is compatible with. If you are a parent who is still experimenting on which bottles your child would prefer, you don’t want to limit your choices to the ones that would fit your bottle warmer. And although I love the built in timer in Dr Brown’s bottle warmer, I have concerns about the high temperature.
Learn more about the Avent in this video: