- Ultra fast, easy to use
- Compact and lightweight
- Effective sterilization
- Accommodates all Philips avent bottles
- BPA free
Dangerous … I wouldn’t use it as suggested…
This review will probably pull a lot of vitriol from the woodwork, but it must be done.If you haven’t been reading up, following the news or doing your own reading and research into the current Plastic BPA fiasco, and if you have a child and you are concerned, then you should be educating yourself.You may have read that `BPA Plastics’ are a safe alternative to other plastics that are being used for baby bottles, but the truth is always something simpler than advertising.Whether folks want to admit it or not is another matter.BPA plastic still leaches carcinogens which then get absorbed by the cells. Consider just that alone. This stuff is now the number one culprit for the rise in numbers in breast cancer as polymers just love to concentrate in and near fat cells.While they do leach smaller amounts, they still leach. Both the AMA’s findings and the American Plastics Council’s recommendations, equally suggest not subjecting the plastic to extreme temperature changes, like intense cold or intense heat as this will cause a molecular breakdown within the plastic thus causing it to leak. I don’t really know how much more direct they can be about that, even though they still like to say that it’s safe. The part they’re not elaborating on is that: it is safe in its inert, marketed state. Once you start using the product however, you’re bound to go against the recommendations.Do you freeze baby milk in these plastic bottles or other plastic containers? You shouldn’t. Plastic is leaching into the milk. You’re using the plastic against the recommendations.Do you microwave your milk in these plastic containers? You shouldn’t be. Plastic leaches into the milk at its highest rate under these conditions. You’re using the plastic against the recommendations.Have you ever put your finger on a bowl in the microwave after just one minute, and the bowl is hotter than the food? What do you think is happening with the plastic in this scenario?Do you even put the plastic bottle onto a warmer and warm it from the bottom up? You’re using the plastic against the standard recommendations.What do you do? USE GLASS. It’s that simple.If you use this product as suggested with BPA free plastic AVENT bottles and microwave them to sterilize them, you are heating them up far beyond the limitations specified and thus putting your infant in possible danger. As a parent, it’s just not a chance I’m willing to take. While company spokespeople will come out and tell you it’s safe, there is enough information readily available that elucidates the opposite.A lot of people have switched from plastic to glass in large numbers on their own because of the obvious nature of the problem. If you’re older than 30 years old, you’re probably a person who was brought up on glass infant feeding bottles. While plastic feeding bottles were available in the late seventies, they didn’t become common until the early to mid-eighties. I won’t go into the numbers about certain widely-reported problems with infantile neurologic problems, but correlations can be made with the spike in the statistics and the widespread use of the plastic.I’m not denigrating this product, so let’s be clear on that point. I’m just against the suggested use of it being coupled with plastic bottles which is foolhardy in this day and age, especially since glass bottles, which are safe, aren’t hard to come by. I sterilized my glass bottles (not the nipples or caps) and never had any problems in the 2 years in practice. The product by itself is convenient and easy to use but I strongly advise against using this with ANY type of plastic bottle loaded into the chamber.If you have this product and you do wish to use it, then use it with small 4 oz. Gerber bottles, which are inexpensive, safe and readily available. When your child needs the larger 8 oz. bottle at five months and beyond, this sterilizer may prove too small and the Avent IQ24 might be a better choice, but only with glass bottle and NOT the suggested `BPA Free’ plastic bottles or any other plastic bottle available.It’s hard to be completely safe these days, but our parents had glass bottles, the large majority of us had glass bottles and therefore we should extend the courtesy to our own children as this is the most common feeding apparatus for the first two years.It may be more convenient for some to buy and use plastic, but the glass bottles are sturdy, do not break or crack and are quick to come by now. If you’re thinking “why would you give a child a glass bottle’, then you’re not thinking about it properly. If your child throws the bottle a lot, just buy a strap for the bottle which are also readily available and easily obtained.My son hasn’t had any issue or complaints yet, and my guess is neither did your mothers.Microwaving BPA plastic or any other plastic is a bad idea for a lot of reasons….
The moment you open the lid EVERYTHING become unsterlized. You spend more time trying to sterilize bottles than playing with or feeding your newborn. Your house isn’t a hospital. Just use hot, soapy water — it works just as well.
Does Its Job, though has downfalls
The Philips Avent Express II Microwave Steam Sterilizer seems to do its well. It’s durable and a decent enough size for you to store away after you’re done using it. After going through a cycle with some bottles I had lying around, it seems to have worked. Nothing was melted and everything came out looking as if they were steamed clean. The grabber could use a bit of a tweak, as it wasn’t very easy to use.Its main problems come when first setting it up. The instructions are confusing. They have a bunch of pictures that are complicated to decipher and a lot of text that is very small and hard to read. Paper was wasted on the six scenarios they give you instructions for and the five other languages they are given in. Also, the time you put the bottles in the microwave for depends on the wattage of your microwave. It took me some time trying to figure out the wattage of my GE Microwave. It seems necessary to check b/c the heating times very from 2 to 6 minutes.This product seems to fit Avent bottles fine. Any bottle bigger than your typical Avent won’t fit in the designated spots very well, though it seems you could lie the bottle on its side and still get a good cleaning for the non-avent bottle (if I deciphered the pictorial directions right).Overall, if you need a quick clean for a decent price, this should work fine for you.Note: Vine Review
This is a really handy container. It is round shaped and you need at least 12″ space in your microwave for it to fit comfortably. It’s also 7″ tall so make sure you have clearance. In other words, make sure your microwave is big enough to hold it. You might not use this as much at home as you would traveling. Since most motel rooms have microwaves now, this would be really convenient.It will hold six 4oz bottles or three 11 oz bottles (Avent Airflex bottles, that is and they are not included with unit). It will also hold the Avent Isis Breast Pump and two 4oz bottles, or six 6oz VIA cups and lids, or one VIA Feeding system and up to four 6oz Via Cups and lids. 180ml equals 6 oz, 240ml equals 8oz, 125ml equals 4oz and 260ml equals 9oz. I’m adding this part in case you want to compare it to non Airflex bottles now to see if the ones you have on hand now will fit. There are conversion charts online if you get lost here. The unit contains the rack, which is removeable, to hold the bottles and accessories. Wash all items in warm soapy water, rinse and pour in 200ml of water in container (approx. 6.7 ounces) and place unit with bottes in microwave for time recommended on directions. Time is 2 minutes if your microwave wattage is 1100-1850W, 4 minutes for 850-1000W, 6 minutes for 500-800W. If the lid isn’t opened then they will remain sterile for up to 24 hours. Also, make sure your microwave is clean before using this. The unit is plastic and of good quality but still lightweight. It contains no accessories, just the rack to hold the bottles.On the lighter side…when you take it out of microwave, not only will your baby’s bottles be sterilized but you can benefit as well. That steam is great for opening clogged pores and it would be a great time for a facial!
Did not use
Did not use this product as it’s not necessary for infants who are full term. Preterm infants may need the extra cleanliness until their immune system is up to par. Returned in package.
Does the job well, and is so simple to use
My daughter was born prematurely, and I was a nervous wreck. I needed to sterilize breast pump parts, as in the beginning she was in the NICU and I was exclusively pumping. As any new mother, I wanted the best for my daughter, and I was even more concerned in her situation. I would have been willing to spend any amount on an item such as this, but upon looking at my options felt this was my best choice, both price wise and effectiveness as a sterilizer. There is no need to spend more, and the simplicity of this was comforting. Being a sleep deprived new mom I wanted something very simple – something I couldn’t mess up. This microwave sterilizer gave me great peace of mind, and has worked well with bottles and breast pump parts. Highly recommend.
Fits my microwave like a glove!
I had a few concerns about this product before adding it to my baby registry, but after receiving it, my original concerns are unfounded. First of all, my microwave isn’t the biggest thing in the world so I was afraid the dimensions listed on Amazon were wrong. But it was very spot on… 6.3 x 10.6 x 10.6 inches. Second of all, I had also added the Playtex VentAire Newborn Bottle Set (angled bottles). I was worried whether the would fit. The sterilizer fits the 6 oz bottles (upright) perfectly, while the 9oz bottles must be laid (unfortunately) on their sides but fits nonetheless. But on the other hand, if the 9oz bottles were able to be upright, the sterilizer wouldn’t fit my microwave… so I’m content. The sterilizer also it very sturdy, NOT made of flimsy plastic.There were also things that were plesantly surprising to me when I got my hands on the sterilizer. One, it comes with plastic thongs for picking up newly, hot and sterilized items. However, this thongs are so small, I’m not sure how helpful it will be. I just suggest letting it cool before touching things inside. Two, there clear markings on the rack inside to help you organize and maximize its loading capacity. Although the sterilizer does come with a manual on different ways you can load your sterilizer… I don’t think its realistic nor convenient to refer to it all the time. So the markings on the rack are a nice thought.I have yet to put it to the test but I think it will fit my needs. I plan on using it to sterilize my bottles, pacifiers, and my Medela breast pump parts, which all fit (not all at once) in this Philips AVENT BPA Free Microwave Steam Sterilizer. I will also upload a few pictures of the product and of the rack markings. Hope this helps!
Good Sterilizer – Recommended
The “Avent Express II” is a well made and handy sterilizer designed for use in your microwave oven. There are self contained units likePhilips Avent iQ24 Steam Sterilizer without Bottle, but they are more expensive. Note that this comes without bottles!First and foremost, always follow the included directions to avoided serious injury (steam burns!) and to ensure proper sterilization! That being said, this unit is very handy for those who don’t want to boil bottles on the stove top or who want a sterile place to store the bottles after they have been sterilized (for up to 24 hours).As a side note, while this intended for baby bottles and other infant care items, my older children (who are science minded) immediately recognized that this would work well on their Petri dishes and other test equipment when doing bacteria related lab projects.This is made of very high grade plastic and should last a very long time.Recommended!
very easy sterilizer
I really like this sterilizer because it holds a lot of bottles but it not a huge appliance. It is so fast and convenient to pop it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. When not in use, you can easy throw this steamer/sterilizer into the cabinet. I feel like the electric steamers are harder to clean and take up more permanent space on the counter. However, I have to admit that sterilizing in the microwave makes me a tad nervous. We got all BPA free bottles, but I still wonder if they’ll find something else wrong wiht htat plastic in the years to come. Because of that, we may use the dishwasher to steam/sterilize intermittently.
I love this thing
I love this steamer. Even though most of my bottles are not Phillips it holds them very well and allows me to clean a much larger amount of items in one go.
Does its job, sized well to accommodate a lot
Very happy with this sterilizer. For a reasonable price, this is a nice quality microwave sterilizer that does what it’s designed to do. We have Born Free bottles – they fit perfectly in it, and it holds a lot of stuff in addition to a full load of bottles. Since instruction manuals tend to go missing in our house pretty quickly, I took a Sharpie and wrote down the basic instructions (amount of water, time in microwave, cool down time) on the frosted plastic on the top of the cover. This made it easy for visiting family when they came to help with our new baby, since I didn’t have to tell them how to sterilize things; the instructions were right on the sterilizer lid. Would recommend this product, it’s great!
Works for everything!
I have 9oz Breastflow bottles and was concerned it might not fit, but I ordered anyway, seeing that others said it fit Avent 11oz bottles. Low and behold, they fit! I have sterilized just about everything you can think of in this thing: Pacifiers, nipples, bottles and accessories, baby bowls/lids (make sure they’re microwave safe), breast shields, nipple shields, toys….literally everything. The manual comes with diagrams of how to fit certain things into the sterilizer to get the most use of the space available. Just be sure you don’t put more than 200mL (7oz) of water, otherwise the items won’t be sterile. Measure your microwave before ordering as well, 12″ high by 7″ wide.
Really love this simple to use steam sterilizer. It fits lots of things, including items that are not Avent related i.e. my Dr. Brown’s bottles and parts, and only takes 2 minutes in my microwave. It really helps save time from having to boil things, and it comes in handy when I don’t have enough dishes to start the dishwasher (and run the sanitizer cycle). Could not be happier with this product.
wasn’t sure if i should buy a sterilizer. it is worth it though. not for everytime use but bottles sure need to be sterilized from time to time. wouldn’t buy an electric one as this one is just as good and the other ones are crazy expensive for what they do. recommend.
I love this product. I have the iQ24 and I like it too, but this one is simpler to use, faster and it’s potable. It’s great for it’s price. It’s true that it fits fewer larger bottles, but I have twins it it hasn’t been a problem yet, since I really only need two at a time and it fits 4 to 6 large bottles depending on the brand. Besides, You couldn’t fit a larger sterilizer in your microwave, so it’s the largest they can make anyway. If I need more bottles for travel , I simply reuse it as many times as I need to, it just takes a few minutes to do it’s thing (4 in my microwave). About the instruction, they are clear and simple, the pictures are not confusing at all.I highly recommend it.
convenient and easy
this is a terrific sterilizer. i just simply put in what items need to be sterilized, pour in the water, and microwave it for two minutes (time varies with different microwaves). this is way more convenient than the alternative of boiling on the stovetop and less expensive than running the dishwasher for only a few bottles. bonus feature, i have also used mine as a veggie steamer 🙂 i highly recommend it!!
Could not do without
I love love love this sterilizer – while we’re constantly washing out breastpump and bottle equipment, this adds an extra layer of cleanliness that gives us peace of mind when it comes to what goes into our baby
EASY TO USE
I can’t express how easy this is to use. It’s great to have as many handy conveniences as a new mother like I am. There is a need to lightly wash to get any formula or fatty milk clinging to your bottles, but after that, arrange all of the pieces of your bottles, put it with the lid fastened in the microwave for 2 mins and ….poof your stuff is sterilized!
Perfectly fine, but I prefer using the dishwasher now
Everything will fit in here, even if you put in more than recommended. You rinse the items, put them in, put it in the microwave for a few minutes, and pull it out. Let it sit or make your bottles now. Easy as pie. Just as it easy to put bottles in the dishwasher and hit “sanitize.” If you don’t have a dishwasher or if you need to keep your bottle parts isolated from your other dishes, get it. Or if you don’t like to run the dishwasher unless full, get it. There’s not a better sterilizer out there for the price as far as I am aware of (and I am way too aware of baby products after having 3 kids in 6 years). Good luck! Don’t burn your fingers on this one!
The Philips Avent Microwave Steam Sterilizer is very spacious, yet fits inside our small 900-watt microwave. We use it to sterilize bottles, pacifiers, toys and everything that needs to be sterilized before or in-between uses. It’s very easy to use. Simply add 7 oz. of water and close it. The inside indicates where the items should be placed, but as long as they fit, you can really organize them as needed.
good size sterilizer
I got this sterilizer an year back. It turned out great.So i thought of writing review for it.It is a pretty good size sterilizer.Very easy to use.Instructions are given clearly and it looks great too.
convenient time saver
this microwave steam sterilizer is a huge time saver for today’s busy family. it sterlizes in only 2 minutes in our 1100 watt microwave… a lot faster than boiling bottles! fits other bottles besides avent. i also use it to sterilize pacifiers and pump parts. bpa free so we don’t have to worry about chemicals leaching out of the plastic. constructed well and seems like it will last for a long time. i highly recommend this product.
My son is BFE, but when I was starting out and pumping to stimulate milk production… This was a life saver. In 2 minutes, all of my bottles and pumping gear was ready to go again, and I had the peace of mind in knowing everything was sterile. I am extremely happy with my purchase and would definitely recommend this to any new mom.
Easy to use, do not know how it compares to other models/brands
Very easy to use. Instructions are provided but you do not really need them. I mean, it is a microwave sterilizer, so you need a microwave, turn it on and you are good to go!Just be careful once microwave cycle is completed. Although they claim it is made of a special material so it is not warm, that is not the case. It is very hot. But again it works with steam so this thing being hot is what you want to accomplish!I pu tonly 4 stars because I use it with Tommee Tippee bottles and they do not fit very well. But these bottles neck is especiall large.I do not know how it compares to other microwave sterilizers. It is the 1st one I use (was looking for an affordable solution).
I use this everyday, 3-4 times a day and then throw it in the dishwasher. It’s made my life easier and I would recommend it to anyone. I’m an “AVENT” lover and this product is a must for every mommy to be.
This is a fantastic gift for new parents or those about to become parents. It saves valuable time and is one less thing to worry about. I got it for some friends who just had their first and they were thrilled to receive it. They say it’s easy to use and a great help overall.
Overpriced But Handy
This product works well, but it is basically a large plastic microwave-safe tub with a tray inside; any similar, less expensive product would probably work just as well.Nonetheless, I’ve gotten some good use out of it. It is a little bulky for travel, even if you try to save space by packing bottle parts inside it, but if you won’t have access to a dishwasher, it will be useful. Usually I wash and sterilize in the dishwasher, but in the event that I don’t have time to run the dishwasher or I have more bottle/breast pump parts than I have room for in my dishwasher baskets, it’s nice to be able to hand-wash whatever I need immediately and sterilize it right then.Were I to do this over again, I would probably look for something less expensive, because this does not fall into the category of you-get-what-you-pay-for, where spending more money gets you a better product.
Awesome!! Save time & save gas. 😉
Omg, this is awesome. I used to boiled all my bottles and it takes me at least half an hour to sterilize my bottles(at the same time, you are increasing $$ to your gas bill.). Some more, sometimes I forgot I am boiling the bottles cause taking care a baby is sooooooo tiring. After my husband bought this, I put it into the microwave(with the instructions) and It only takes me about 5mins(including cooling down the temp) to get my job done! (the electricity doesn’t cost me as much as the gas! 😀 I am so happy to have this.*p/s, I can sterilize 4 bottles in one time. I’m using the Born Free 9 oz bottles. :)Hope my reviews can give you a little help.
This microwave steam sterilizer is the best! Quickly and safely sterilizes bottles, pacifiers… This item is necessary for all those going on parenthood.
I use it for my 8oz Dr.Brown bottles
Fits 4 8oz dr.brown bottles with all the inserts… Super easy to use and i love that it fits a lot