Updated: October 12, 2015
Baby Bottle Sterilizer Reviews:Bottle feeding a newborn requires lots of baby bottles and the ability to sterilize both the nipples and bottles so that they remain bacteria free. Bottle sterilizers have become an inexpensive way to clean and sterilize a group of baby bottles all at once. I know when our 2 children were young my wife spent way too much time washing and drying out all the daily bottles we went through. Today, parents have the option to purchase a bottle sterilizer which does most of the work for you. There are 3 types of bottle sterilizers to choose from - stove top sterilizers, electric steam sterilizers, and microwave sterilizers. The stove top variety have racks and rings so that the nipples and bottles stay in place. Free standing bottle sterilizers, often referred to as steam sterilizers, will do an excellent job of keeping your bottles sterile and in good condition. If you are looking to kill the bacteria efficiently and quickly, consider the microwave bottle sterilizers which only run about $30.
The top bottle sterilizer brands are Philips Avent, Dr Brown's, The First Years, Born Free, and Gerber. The top selling Philips Avent iQ24 Steam Sterilizer without Bottle is listed at $70 and gets excellent reviews on parenting and consumer websites. A cheaper option is the Philips Avent Express Microwave Sterilizer which is under $30 and receives high praise from owners and baby product experts. It appears that most parents prefer to go with the microwave steam sterilizers and overall feedback on this variety is generally better than for the basic steam sterilizers. The electric bottle sterilizers are more expensive than the microwave models and you can also find that work in microwaves as well. In parenting forums online, most comments about bottle sterilizers warned new parents to make sure they "clean the baby bottles and nipples thoroughly" before placing them in the sterilizer. You might think this is overkill, but keeping your bottle feeding equipment germ free is a good way to protect the health of your infant. An electric steam bottle sterilizer can usually accommodate up to 6 baby bottles and they can sterilize them in about 10 minutes (or less). Parents like the fact that they are easy to use - add the water and then plug it in. Whichever electric bottle sterilizer you go with should be able to hold a maximum temperature of 212 degrees fahrenheit and the unit should also have an automatic shut off switch so that it turns off when the sterilization and cooling system are done. The microwavable sterilizers work a bit faster (some do it in less than 8 minutes) although their capacity tends to be smaller (usually 4 bottles will fit). The process is much the same - add water, put in microwave, set timer, press start and let them cool when it's done. The smaller units are portable and you can take them when you travel, otherwise go with the higher capacity sterilizers for your home so that you can run it once a day and get sterile baby bottles. Bottle sterilizer reviews can be found on lots of website like Amazon.com, Epinions, Nextag, and Buzzillions. You can buy them in stores like Target, Walmart or Babies R Us. You can browse the top selling bottle sterilizers online here.