Factors to Consider When Choosing a Bottle Warmer

Choosing the Right Bottle Warmer

Before we begin, we have two quick disclaimers. First, BisbeeBaby sells a portable liquid warmer used to warm formula and breast milk. The considerations outlined in this article are based on general consumer feedback. We have done our best not to skew our recommendations towards any one product, including our own. The second disclaimer is that warming bottles is not a requirement. Some babies prefer it while others may require it to help with digestion. Warming breast milk can also help with mixing the milk back to its original consistency after it has been refrigerated or frozen.

We've compiled a list of the top 10 factors that you should consider when choosing a bottle warmer. There is no right answer. Many of these items are personal preferences.  

  1. Slow: It doesn’t take long for parents to figure out how important it is to safely warm formula or breast milk quickly. Babies are not very patient which means time is of the essence. Bottle warmers that use steam also require extra time for the bottle to cool down before it is safe to touch. You should not have to wait more than a few minutes to get a warm bottle.
  2. Leaking: There is nothing more irritating than a bottle warmer that leaks. Most bottle warmers use steam to warm a bottle while others use a water bath. Either way, water is involved and leaking can happen. If product reviews are available, be on the lookout for leaking comments. Not only does a leaking device make a mess, it can be an electrical hazard.
  3. Cleaning: Cleaning a bottle warmer can feel like mission impossible. The problem with many bottle warmers is that water sits on the heating element which you can’t access. We highly recommend choosing a bottle warmer that was designed for easy cleaning.
  4. Size and Portability: Do you have a preference on what your countertop is cluttered with? Are you wanting the flexibility to warm bottles on-the-go? Bottle warmers come in all shapes and sizes. Most are powered with standard wall outlet while others use batteries. Our suggestions is to think about how you will use and store your bottle warmer.
  5. Temperature: Two considerations to think about. First, most bottle warmers require parents to manually check the temperature of the liquid to make sure it’s not too cold or not too hot which can be inconvenient and annoying. It’s recommended that you find a bottle warmer with temperature sensors that monitor the liquid temperature directly. Second, your baby may have a temperature preference. Having the flexibility to choose your warming temperature is a nice feature.
  6. Notifications: Not all bottle warmers notify you when the heating cycle is complete. This may sound silly, but parents are constantly on the move (e.g. changing diapers, calming a crying baby, etc.). It’s nice to be notified when the bottle is ready.
  7. Breast Milk and Food Jars: Bottles are not usually the only items that need to be warmed. Be on the lookout for bottle warmers that have the capability to safely warm breast milk, breast milk bags and food jars (and more).
  8. Compatibility: You shouldn’t have to buy extra accessories just to use your bottle warmer. It usually takes a few different bottles before you find the one that works for you and your baby. Your bottle warmer should work for you no matter what type of bottle you use or may change to.
  9. Smart Features: It is hard enough to remember the last time you fed yourself let alone when you last fed your baby. If possible, find a bottle warmer that automatically tracks you baby’s feeding schedule.
  10. Cost: The cost of a bottle warmer can range from as little as $20 to as much as $200. The price is heavily dependent on the features that come with the bottle warmer. Before you settle on the $20 device, we highly recommend that you consider the convenience of each of the factors discussed in this article.