12 Best Bottle Warmers in 2018
Is it really worth it to get a bottle warmer?
That’s probably one of the first questions you asked when you heard about them. Maybe this is the first baby in the family or you never really thought about investing in one up until now?
There are already so many gadgets and products to purchase, so what’s the point in adding this to the pile?
Oh, friends, there are so many reasons to purchase one!
In our guide, we will not only show you how handy these little devices are, but we allow you to compare and contrast the 12 best bottle warmer products side by side and then read our detailed reviews of the top five warmers.
Top 12 Bottle Warmers Chart
Why Purchase a Bottle Warmer?
One of the main reasons to opt for a bottle warmer over the traditional stovetop method is because it will heat the milk more evenly.
When you heat it on the stovetop or in the microwave, you will most likely scald the milk or formula due to the hot spots. Not only does this make it harder to find the right temperature, but heating breast milk too quickly or unevenly also greatly reduces its quality.
Bottle warmers are worth the purchase, and in the next section, we’ll take a look at some of the features you should pay attention to when shopping for one.
How to Shop for a Bottle Warmer
Finding a bottle warmer is easy if you know what to look for, and from our experience, these are the most important features to take into consideration.
- Sterilizer and Warmer – Some units function both as a bottle warmer and bottle sterilizer (and we’ve conveniently labeled which one does both on our table). Does this matter to you?
Rather than having two separate units, it is handy to have one machine that will do both things for you. One less gadget laying around is a good thing!
- Cooler Function – Some warmers also double as coolers, where one side of the unit is used to warm the bottle, and the other side has an insulated container that will help keep milk cool for up to a certain number of hours.
This feature is great if you want to keep a few bottles cool overnight directly in the nursery. It is much more convenient than having to go to the kitchen and get them from the refrigerator: everything is on hand in the same location!
- Auto Shut Off – For obvious safety reasons, it is best to get a warmer that has an automatic shut off safety feature that turns the unit off when it runs out of water or a certain amount of time after the cycle has finished.
- Display – Does it have a digital display or a manual display, and which of these would you prefer?
Common Bottle Warmer Questions & Answers
Based on some questions that we had and many that the public usually asks about bottle warmers, we thought we’d make a list of the most common ones to provide you with the most useful information.
- Q: Is it safe to heat baby food jars?
A: See what the manufacturer says.
As you can see in our table, we’ve whether or not it is OK to heat baby food jars in each warmer. We did this for you because we know this is one thing shoppers want to know as they search for the best bottle warmer for his or her individual needs.
Some manufacturers will even include a handy basket that allows you to submerge the jar inside the tank and then lift it out, helping you avoid a burn.
Other manufacturers simply state that most glass baby food jars fit, which means that while it is safe to heat baby food jars in them, some jar brands might not fit.
- Q: What brands of bottles fit in the warmer?
A: Check the user comments.
While the manufacturer will usually state the answer in a general way, e.g. “Heats standard and wide neck baby bottles,” that still doesn’t give you a specific answer.
If you want to know whether or not the brand of baby bottle that you use will fit inside, check out the user comments to see what other users were able to fit.
Keep in mind that most plastic and glass bottles are safe to use in the warmer, but you might need to double-check what is recommended for stainless steel bottles.
- Q: Can I heat breast milk in the warmer?
A: Yes, but there might be specific instructions or buttons on how to do so, so always read the user manual.
Some users ask whether or not the warmer is safe for bags containing breast milk and whether or not it is safe to heat breast milk in them.
All warmers are safe for heating milk – whether it be breast milk or a formula, but the most important thing you need to do is heat the milk slowly.
Heating breast milk too quickly can damage the nutrient quality of the milk, and since this is basically a form of “liquid gold,” you need to treat it very delicately.
We recommend using the gentlest heat settings that a warmer has when warming breast milk and
Top 5 Best Bottle Warmer Reviews
Dr. Brown’s Deluxe Bottle Warmer is one of the most popular ones on our list.
It uses a steam heating system and features an easy-to-read digital display with an audible alarm that signals when the bottle is ready.
We like that the basket has a little piece at the bottom that you can turn over to allow shorter bottles to sit up higher in the tank and out of the water (that way the water won’t leak in through the top of the bottle). Although it is made of plastic, it is still BPA-free, which many parents expect these days!
Most baby bottles and food jars will fit in this warmer, but one thing you need to understand is that there are no pre-designated cycles. When you turn it on, you adjust the times based on how long you want the bottle to heat. The instructions give you heating instructions, so be sure to read them before using.
Here is their official demo of the product to help you get an idea of how to use it:
The Baby Brezza warmer is definitely the most unique option on our list since you can download the accompanying app to let you know when the bottle is warm! This feature is quite handy for parents who want to set the bottle warmer and then continue tending to other tasks (baby, cleaning, cooking, feeding the dog or watching a well-deserved episode of your favorite Netflix program, perhaps?)
We like that it has three distinct heat settings that eliminate any guesswork when it comes to heating times. There is a “Room Temperature” setting, a “Cold” setting that allows you to defrost liquids or baby food; a quick warm setting when you want to nuke some food or formula with steam; and the “Steady Warm” feature, which is recommended for heating breast milk in order to maintain the quality.
If you breastfeed, we highly recommend this particular warmer.
The Born Free Tru-Temp is both bottle warmer and cooler all in one unit. Parents who want to have milk on hand for the nursery or where baby sleeps will love having this because it means you don’t have to run to the kitchen and waste precious seconds/minutes on your travel time.
Just pop the cooler packs, and they will keep bottles chilled for up to eight hours. When you’re ready for them, just pop them into the prepared warmer and baby will have a bottle ready in just minutes.
The directions state that it will heat a 5-ounce bottle in three minutes, which we found to be quite accurate. It will accommodate numerous different brands and is safe to use with glass bottles.
Some feel that it doesn’t do the best job at heating evenly while others haven’t had any issues.
We find it to be one of the most convenient options on our list and would highly recommend it to like-minded shoppers!
If you were looking for a bottle warmer/sterilizer, this is the only one we feel that is actually worth the purchase.
The manual display on the front is quite easy to read and has just three buttons: Gentle Warm will heat the bottle with 40°C/104°F heat (ideal for breast milk); Express Warm uses a 70°C/158°F temperature to heat more quickly and then the sterilize button.
You can watch their full demo in this video:
While it does seem to heat more slowly than some of the other warmers, the quality is quite good for this price range. We liked it!
An alternative bottle warmer/cooler to the Born Free model above would be this one from The First Years.
The concept is the same: one side is used to store and keep bottles cool overnight, and the other side is used to heat the bottles.
We really like that the tank is wide, allowing it to accommodate many different bottle brands. You can even use it to warm up jars of food and sterilize pacifiers since it comes with handy accessories that allow you to do this.
Some found that it got bottles a little too warm (even melted bottles), but since this is most likely due to a faulty unit in the manufacturing process, that doesn’t mean that every unit will cause these problems.
If you’re on a budget and you want a handy warmer/cooler for the nursery, this is an excellent choice.