Tommee Tippee Bottle and Pouch Warmer Review
As a parent, you’re used to spending your days juggling tasks and activities in order to get all the housework done, as well as look after your baby.
Holding the baby in one arm as you struggle to get your baby’s bottle ready with the other is a scenario you probably know too well.
In fact, you’re pretty good at doing almost anything with one hand these days!
Luckily, heating up bottles to feed your baby just got easier with the invention of the automatic bottle warmer.
This Tommee Tippee bottle warmer review takes a look at the latest bottle warmer from babycare giants, Tommee Tippee.
Benefits of Using a Bottle Warmer
Babies generally like to take their food warm rather than cold to match the temperature that breast milk would be when taken straight from the breast.
Not only is it more comforting for them, but it also means they expend less energy trying to heat the liquid up inside their tiny bellies.
Traditionally, parents would use a bowl of warm or hot water to gently heat the baby bottle, but this has become an outdated method that can easily go wrong.
If you heat up the food too much, then it can easily lose vital nutrients that your rapidly growing baby so desperately needs.
You then also have to go through the hassle of cooling the bottle back down to the correct temperature, which can be very frustrating when you have a crying and hungry baby!
A bottle warmer, on the other hand, will heat your baby bottles up to the perfect temperature each time, and this is why most parents choose to invest in one.
Tommee Tippee 3-in-1 Bottle and Pouch Warmer
This Tommee Tippee bottle warmer review covers all of the features and benefits of this new 3-in-1 bottle and pouch warmer.
It is a universal bottle warmer that can take care of all your breast milk and formula warming needs.
Who Is This Product For?
This bottle warmer is perfect for any parent who feeds their babies from bottles.
Whether you’re feeding them baby formula, or breast milk in pouches that you’ve pumped previously, this warmer will help heat it to the perfect temperature.
This bottle and pouch warmer is also suitable for heating jars of baby food, so it can be used when you are weaning your baby onto solids, as well.
This product may not be suitable for parents who have particularly impatient babies because it’s not the fastest bottle warmer on the market.
When you receive your Tommee Tippee 3-in-1 Bottle and Pouch Warmer, it will come nicely packaged in a box, along with instructions for use.
You will receive the heating unit itself, plus the bottle insert that slides inside the device, helping you insert and remove smaller bottles and food jars with ease.You will also receive a cable to plug the device into a wall socket.
Overview of the Features
- Universal Design
While almost every parent will probably have at least one or two Tommee Tippee baby bottles in their cupboard at home, we love the fact that this bottle warmer is universal.
It fits almost every brand of bottle you are likely to buy, as well as various sized food jars and milk pouches.
This is a fantastic feature as it saves you rooting around your cupboards for the right sized bottle to be heated.
- Perfect Temperature
It also has the ability to heat bottles from room temperature, the fridge, or even straight from the freezer, with just a couple of button clicks.
So, whether you’re warming up frozen breast milk pouches, refrigerated baby formula, or cupboard-stored food jars, it will warm your baby’s food to the perfect temperature.
- Mommy-Friendly Operation
We really love the fact that this bottle warmer is easy to use and totally automatic.
You won’t have to worry about overheating and losing nutrients anymore; plus, you’ll also never have to run it under the cold tap to cool it back down again.
You just need to input into the device whether you have inserted plastic or glass, what temperature it is currently (refrigerated for example), and what the capacity is.
The device will then gently heat the milk or food to the perfect temperature for your baby every time.
Once the milk is ready, the device will beep to let you know it’s finished and then keep the food warm until you remove the bottle and switch the warmer off.
- Safe to Use
If, for some reason, you forget to collect your bottle, the device will automatically shut off after 45 minutes, which is a great safety feature.
We love the fact that it has an easy-lift cradle that helps you insert and remove the item you wish to heat.
You can keep your hands clean, dry, and safe by using the cradle to lift the heated pouches, jars, or bottles out of the device.
This is especially useful when you are heating smaller food jars.
It also stops your breast milk pouch from sliding down into a difficult-to-reach spot.
- Even Heating Through Steam
We think it’s great that this bottle warmer uses steam to heat the milk or formula evenly.
This is better than microwave heating, which leaves hot spots that may burn your baby’s delicate mouth and should be avoided at all times.
Steam heating also helps to preserve the precious nutrients in the milk, so your baby doesn’t lose out on all the vitamins and minerals they so desperately need.
Our only complaint while completing this Tommee Tippee review is that it offers quite a slow heating process.
This quickly became a problem when heating milk from the freezer, and you have a hungry baby in your arms, crying for food!
Heating a baby bottle using steam is, unfortunately, a bit slower than when the baby bottle is submerged in hot water, but we appreciate the benefits it offers.
We think this bottle warmer could benefit from having a lid to enclose the feed, as that would make it heat up much faster.
Due to the fact that this bottle warmer is universal, it also means that it is slightly larger than most.
As such, this contributes to the length of time it takes to heat a bottle, so it can take around four minutes to heat a baby bottle, even just from room temperature.
With a little pre-planning, however, you can have your breast milk defrosted and waiting in the fridge, which means you’ll have a shorter waiting time when your baby is hungry.
How to Use This Bottle and Pouch Warmer
Place your bottle, food jar, or breast milk pouch in the easy-lift cradle, removing the hood of the bottle first (if applicable), for hygiene reasons.
Then, re-insert the cradle and pour nine fluid ounces of water into the device.
Press the Power button once to enter the device into Standby mode.
Apart from the Power button, you have just three more buttons, which are very easy to navigate as follows:
- Select your bottle type (whether it is plastic or glass)
- Select the current temperature (whether you removed it from the freezer, fridge, or if it is ambient room temperature)
- Select the bottle or jar volume
After you’ve entered your settings, you just need to press the Power button once more to begin the heating process.
The device will calculate the correct heating time needed and beep to let you know the heating process has successfully begun.
Once the feed is warm and ready, the bottle warmer will beep three times to alert you to the fact that it is ready.
The LED display will then continue to flash while the bottle warmer keeps the feed warm until you and your baby are ready to eat.
Always remove the bottle, jar, or pouch using the cradle to avoid touching the steaming water inside.
You should also always check the temperature of the milk on your hand or wrist to double-check that the appliance is working correctly.
This Tommee Tippee bottle warmer review wouldn’t be complete without first investigating what kind of competition was out there.
In particular, we wanted to find a bottle warmer that could complete the task at hand more quickly so as to help parents with particularly impatient babies.
We found that Dr. Brown's Deluxe Baby Bottle Warmer completed the job in almost half the time, so we compared the two products to see which was better overall.
Dr. Brown's Deluxe Baby Bottle Warmer
The first thing we noticed about this baby bottle warmer is that it features a lid to enclose the bottle inside the device.
This must be why it’s so much faster at heating.
This bottle warmer can heat a baby bottle in around two to three minutes, depending on the volume of milk.
We love the fact that it holds a decent amount of water, so you can effectively warm several bottles before you need to refill it.
The adjustable basket means you can fit many different sized bottles safely inside the device, without the nipple being submerged.
It features an easy-to-use LCD control panel with a one-touch Start button to repeat your preferred heating time.
The only problem is that you need to set the timer yourself, which can be tricky at first, especially if you have bottles in different sizes.
It may take quite a bit of testing at first to see how long you need to heat each bottle in order to reach the perfect feeding temperature.
Further testing will also be required depending on the starting temperature of your bottle.
Different heating times will also be needed when heating bottles from the fridge compared to when the bottles are freshly made up.
However, once you’ve got your timing down, the bottle warmer alerts you when the warming cycle has been completed with audio and visual signals.
The device then shuts off automatically after 10 minutes for safety reasons, which we think is hugely important for any household, let alone those with children.
The bottle warmer from Dr. Brown’s is, without doubt, a great product, and we especially love the fact that it has a lid to enclose the bottles inside it.
The fact that it has a lid means that it heats bottles much more quickly and efficiently than the Tommee Tippee model.
Despite this, however, we think the winner overall is the Tommee Tippee 3-in-1 Bottle and Pouch Warmer.
The reason we prefer this bottle warmer is mainly because we think it is so much easier to use.
This bottle warmer eliminates the need for guesswork, as it does the warming calculations for you after inputting the bottle type, temperature, and volume.
We also love the fact that it’s so versatile and can heat not just bottles but pouches and food jars, too.
As you will see from many other Tommee Tippee bottle warmer reviews, this brand is also an internationally recognized company with a great reputation in the baby products industry, so we think this product is a great investment that won’t disappoint.