Best Electric Bottle Sterilizer: Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer

After testing 10 different bottle sterilizers, we thought Philips AVENT’s 3-in-1 electric steam sterilizer performed the best. It worked in about six minutes in our tests and can keep contents sterile for up to 24 hours (if you don’t open the lid). Here’s more on why this one was the best bet:

What We Liked

• Easy to use. The controls are simple enough—just one button to push!

• Auto shut off. 

• Fits 6 bottles (11 ounce bottles). 

• Easy to clean. The maker suggests using distilled water to avoid mineral deposits collecting on the heating element.

What Needs Work

• Doesn’t dry bottles.

• Takes up a good amount of counter space.

• Takes longer than microwave bottle sterilizers. This model works in six minutes; microwave sterilizers work in two minutes or so.

Best Multi-Tasking Bottle Sterilizer: WOHOME 5-in-1 Bottle Warmer Sterilizer

Bottle sterilizers are nice, but what if you want to also warm bottles or baby food? We realize some folks with limited counter space might opt for a multi-tasking gadget that does both. After trying out a few different bottle sterilizers that also warm bottles, we thought WOHOME performed best. Here’s why:

What We Liked

• Easy to use with clear controls on an LCD panel. We thought it was easy enough to figure out the different functions.

• 5 functions: warms milk, heats baby food, sterilizes baby gadgets, defrosts frozen milk or food, makes yogurt

• Affordable.

• Easy to clean.

• Fits 2 bottles at once—and it works with popular bottle brands like Avent and Comotomo.

What Needs Work

• For powdered formula, water must be warmed first—then you add powder.

• Only way to stop end-of-cycle beeping is to unplug the device. Why there is no “end button” that stops the beeping is a mystery!

• Water can drop from the bottom. We didn’t see this in our testing, but we see reports that this can happen after longer-term use.

• Instructions could be more clear. We found the controls easy to use, but the included instructions were a bit hard to follow.

• Doesn’t dry bottles.

Best Microwave Bottle Sterilizer: Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer

If you are looking for the most affordable and low tech way to sterilize bottles, we’d suggest Philips Avent Microwave Steam Sterilizer. As the name implies, you pop this unit in the microwave with some water, set for two minutes and poof! You have sterilized bottles. We liked its simplicity. Here’s more on why this solution is a good idea:

What We Liked

• Fast. Electric bottle sterilizers take about three times as long to sterilize bottles.

• Affordable.

• No electronic parts to break. We love gadgets as much as other folks, but electronic bottle sterilizers have one key flaw: they can break! This microwave steam sterilizer works as long as your microwave is working.

• Safety clips keep lid on and prevent burns when removing hot unit from microwave.

• Fits in most microwaves.

What Needs Work

• Doesn’t dry bottles. When the bottles come out sterilized, they will be wet and hot (as you might guess). So you have to wait a few seconds for them to cool back down.

• Bulky.

• Can melt bottles if not careful. If you don’t follow the time instructions, you can easily melt or damage your bottles.

Best Bottle Sterilizer and Dryer: Papablic Baby Bottle Electric Steam Sterilizer and Dryer

If you’ve read through the above reviews, you might have noticed one key flaw with many bottle sterilizers we tested: they do not DRY bottles. That extra step can be frustrating, especially if you have a hungry baby who isn’t happy with delays!

We tested a handful of bottle sterilizers that also dry bottles before landing on the Papablic sterilizer and dryer as the best bet. Yes, it is more pricey than plain sterilizers—but you probably would have guessed that since this extra function adds to the device complexity. Here’s more on why we liked this choice:

What We Liked

• Quiet.

• Can hold 10 bottles at a time. There are three stacking options, which worked well in our tests.

• Quickly sterilizes and dries. This took about 8 minutes total. Note that some bottle sterilizers take six minutes to sterilize—and then you still have dry bottles after that!

• Auto shut off and timer.

• One daily control.

• Easy to clean. The maker suggests using filtered water; we’d suggest distilled water to keep mineral deposits from building up.

• Accessory tray for smaller items like pacifiers or toys.

What Needs Work

• Hot steam. Read the instructions to make sure you aren’t burned when opening the lid.

• Some bottles may be too tall. You can slant the bottles at an angle to fit, however.

• Hard to clean. It’s best to wipe down the heating element with a paper towel after each use to avoid rust or deposit build-up—and that is a hassle, in our opinion. Other folks didn’t think that was too taxing, so the jury is out on that issue.

• Pricey.

Why trust us

We’ve been rating and reviewing baby gear, including bottle stelrizers, 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.

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