Updated: May 9, 2015

Bottle Warmer Reviews:

One of the things that new parents need to think about is buying a baby bottle warmer, especially if you are feeding with formula. Breastfeeding moms have it somewhat easier in that they don't have to go and get a bottle for those dreaded nighttime feedings. Parents whose children are consuming baby formula will need to heat up the bottle before letting the infant drink the liquid. I remember running downstairs, getting the formula out and then heating it up in a bottle that was microwaveable safe. Sometimes we just put the baby bottle under the tap and let the warm water heat it up slowly. It would have been nice to have a bottle warmer to help with the process. Bottle warmers are not a necessity, but they will make your feedings a bit easier. The two most popular brands are The First Years and Philips Avent. Expect to spend anywhere from $20 to $60 for a quality bottle warmer.
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What should you look for in a bottle warmer? Look for a warmer with a timer on it so there is no guesswork involved. Not all include this type of feature so be sure to verify that the one you buy has it. You will find baby bottle warmers that also heat up baby food jars but the warmer itself should have an adapter or something that helps keep the jar up high enough so that you don't have to risk touching the hot sides when retrieving the jars. A temperature or indicator light is also helpful so you know when the bottle has reached a specific temperature. Portable bottle warmers are very popular like the The First Years Fast Heating Travel Warmer but reviews are less than favorable for this variety. Lots of people like the idea of having a travel bottle warmer, one that plugs into a car, but in reviews owners say they take too long to actually heat up the bottle. You'll need to be well prepared (anticipate a feeding) if you are going to be successful using a car bottle warmer. The combination warmers that do food jars and bottles like the Philips Avent Express Food and Bottle Warmer are top rated and certainly worth a look. Even the cheaper Dex Products Bottle N Food Warmer receives decent reviews from owners on Amazon.com. Parents that want the convenience at night need to get a model with a built in cooler (like a refrigerator) so that they can keep the bottles with formula in them chilled. The First Years Night & Day Bottle Warmer System does offer a cooler along with the warmer but reviews are mixed on this one. We say stick with the bottle warmers that do just one function since they get the best reviews online and in parenting magazines. We are still waiting for Consumer Reports to tackle the bottle warmer market, but as of now they don't have any findings. You can browse the top selling bottle warmers online here.

Best Bottle Warmer:

RECOMMENDED - The Philips Avent iQ Bottle Warmer is ranked very high by consumers and experts in baby products. Avent iQ warmer is able to warm frozen or chilled liquids and food. The Avent bottle warmer takes all the guesswork out of timing since it automatically calculates the cycle time required. Parents appreciate the simple to use 2 button operation along with the interactive digital display. There are sound alerts and an auto-shut off for those of you that may be using it at night when you are not fully awake yourself. It will warm up a bottle in less than 2 minutes. Just fill it with water, switch the warmer on for milk or food and select the amount. For obvious reasons, ALWAYS check the temperature of the food or liquid before feeding it to your infant. You can view all the most popular Philips Avent bottle warmers here. UPDATE MAY 2014 - The Kiinde Kozii is slowly gaining momentum in this market. The Kozii accommodates formula, breast milk, storage bags (frozen or thawed) and more. Customer reviews are near perfect for the $60 bottle and breast milk warmer. See the link to the right or watch the video we have listed down below.


Top Rated Baby Bottle Warmer:

Another top seller is the The First Years Quick Serve Bottle Warmer which heats single bottles of milk or formula. You can also warm jars of baby food but some owners said it was more difficult than the instructions note. Overall reviews are fairly mixed on the First Years warmer, although the most recent feedback from owners on Amazon is almost all positive. There is an auto shut off for safety and for the most part parents say the warmer does a good job of heating the bottles up fast. At less than $20 it's hard to go wrong with this model, although consumers still prefer the Express Warmer more often.


Travel Bottle Warmer:

The portable baby bottle warmers are just average in terms of owner comments so we aren't going to suggest any particular model over another. One of the few that received above average scores was the Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle and Food Warmer which works with all bottle sizes and types which is a good thing. The ability to warm baby bottles on the go can be very convenient. There is no plug in necessary as the thermal flask keeps the water warm. It's both BPA and phthalate free. The Munchkin Travel Bottle Warmer and First Years Fast Heating Travel Warmer are two others to consider. They both plug into cigarette lighters in your car, but reviews are mixed as some don't always heat up properly.