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Best Baby Bottle Sterilizer

Updated on September 13, 2014

What is the best baby bottle sterilizer?

The best baby bottle sterilizer for you will depend on your needs and preference. There are several choices of sterilize and ways to sterilize your pumping equipment or bottles. Firstly, microwave sterilizers. These are containers in which you fit the bottles and go into a microwave. They are quick and convenient but obviously you need a microwave to use them. One good thing about microwave sterilizers is that you won't need to descale them.

Another option an electric steam sterilizer. This is the one I chose for sterilizing my baby's bottles. The advantages of a steam sterilizer is that its an all one unit so you don't need a microwave. This makes it ideal to take to places if you& are travelling at any point. However, they are usually more expensive than a microwave sterilizer. Also, you have to descale them about once a month.

If you do decide on a microwave sterilizer, there are other options you can take with you when travelling including sterilizing bags. Or just make sure there is a microwave wherever you go.

Additionally, when choosing a baby sterilizer make sure that it fits any bottles that you may have already bought. Some only fit specific brands of bottle whereas others will accommodate lots of different kinds of bottles.

There are also other methods you can use to sanitize and sterilize baby equipement. They include microwave steam sterilizing bags. These are reusuable bags which you can put in the microwave with the equpment you wish to sterlize inside. Other methods include boiling bottles in hot water and put them in a hot wash in the dishwasher. There are advantages and disadvantage with all these methods which are explored in the article.

Read on for reviews, a video of how to sterilize your bottles in a microwave and my top recommendations of the best baby sterilizers.

Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer
Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer

This microwave sterilizer is very similar to the one above except it sterilizes four 9 ounce bottles instead of 6, so is slightly smaller in size. The advantage of having a smaller size sterilizer is that its more compact if you travel. Of course, you will need to use it more frequently as it sterilizes less bottles at one time. It's slightly cheaper than the sterilizer above.


How to sterilize a baby bottle with a microwave sterilizer

Best Electric Steam Sterilizer

I liked the stand alone unit of an electric steam sterilizer. It is more expensive but it's great for traveling and using in hotel rooms and places without a microwave which is one reason we chose this one.

Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer
Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer

If your baby bottle sterilizer of choice is an electric steam sterilizer unit, then the Philips Avent AVENT Electric Steam Sterilizer is a highly recommended choice. This is similar to the sterilizer that I used when my son was a baby (I used the earlier version) and it sterlizes 6 bottles in 6 minutes. You don't need a microwave to sterilize the bottles which makes it great when you're going away as you don't need to worry if there's a microwave available. It's quick, efficient and easy to use.It's been designed to take up minimum kitchen space while still enabling you to sterilize breast pumps, bottles, cups, toddler plates, utensils and more.


Best Baby Steriliser in the UK

This article gives the lowdown on the best baby sterilisers available in the UK. It includes the reviews of the Philips Avent brands of sterilisers and the Tommee Tippee sterilisers.

More Methods

I have described two ways to sterilize baby bottles using special units. But there are other options.

Firstly you can sterilize bottles by boiling them. But make sure the bottles you buy are suitable for this. You'll need a large saucepan with a cover. It may be best to get one especially for this purpose. Wash the bottles thoroughly, then submerge them in boiling water for at least 10 minutes. Make sure that there are no air bubbles trapped inside the bottles or teats. Lots of people like this method as it involves no special equipment. Personally, I found it took quite a long time and I liked having a dedicated unit where I could store all my presterilized bottles.

Secondly, if you have a dishwasher which uses a cycle of 80 degrees C or more, then you can sterilize the bottles in there. Be aware that bacteria can begin to form on the bottles as soon as you take them out of the dishwasher so its recommended to fill them wiith formula and use them straightaway.

Thirdly, you can sterilize bottles using cold water and cold water sterilizing tablet. This can be good if you're going away from home for a few days and won't have access to a microwave or electric sterilizer. There are also micro sterilizing bags. These are good for travel if you have a microwave where you are going. Just wash the bottle and parts, then put the bottle into the bag to microwave them. Read more about this below.

Micro Sterilizing Bags

Find below some mircrowave steam sterilizing bags. As already mentioned you need to wash the bottle and its parts, then put it into the bag and microwave the bag to sterilize the contents.

Dr. Brown's Microwave Steam Sterilizer Bags
Dr. Brown's Microwave Steam Sterilizer Bags

There are 5 bags in this pack but each bag can be used up to 20 times, so there's 100 uses.


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    • BabyMomof2 profile image

      BabyMomof2 3 years ago

      I have the Avent one and can fully recommend it.

    • justinejamie profile image

      justinejamie 6 years ago

      I have Chicco steam sterilizer and it's great. The Philips Avent products I have are my baby's bottles. I love them they're really great.Thanks for sharing this.

    • mikerbowman profile image

      mikerbowman 7 years ago

      This is very useful info! I've been looking around at similar models, but I'd never seen the Philips iQ24 before... seems really effective! I will have to check it out. Thank you!