The Best Baby Bottle Sterilizers on the Market

Why is it important to sterilize baby bottles?

Your baby is most vulnerable to diseases and illnesses during their first year of life.  You want to make sure that when you are feeding your baby, you are providing the safest environment as possible. Baby bottle sterilizers today kill up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria that can be found on bottles.  This eases parents minds and ensures them that they are providing the safest feeding environment.    Some feel that it is no longer necessary to sterilize baby bottles, to be cautious, many still chose to sterilize their baby’s bottles. the choice is yours. We at kidsplayandcreate.com created a list of the best baby bottle sterilizers on the market today.  We created our list based on product research, talking to parents who have used the products and personal experiences.  Here are our top picks in baby bottle sterilizers.

 

Munchkin Steam Guard Microwave Sterilizer

Munchkin Steam Guard Microwave Sterilizer
The Munchkin Steam Guard Microwave Sterilizer is a safe and efficient way to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria on bottles and nipples right in the microwave in as little as 2 minutes.  This handy device can also sterilize pacifiers, teething rings, small microwave safe baby toys and accessories for breast pumps.  This bottle sterilizer can hold up to 4 baby bottles (standard or wide mouth) and 2 breast pump shields at the same time. The large space is great for busy on the go parents and is a time saver.  It is equipped with a locking tab that is designed to keep all of the contents inside the sterilizer and prevents accidental opening.  This sterilizer helps prevents burns with a heat resistant handle and tongs.

Features:

  • Lightweight, great for traveling
  • Compact dimensions are 12.5 x 11.3 x 6.7 inches
  • Kills up to 99.9% of bacteria in as little as 2 minutes.
  • Heat resistant handles and open away latch helps prevent burns from steam.
  • Holds up to 4 bottles wide mouth or standard and two breast pump shields at the same time.
  • Works in all standard US microwaves
  • Latex, BPA, Phthalate, PVC and Nitrosamine Free

Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer

Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer

The Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer kills up to 99.9% of harmful germs in as little as two minutes.  It operates at a higher temperature setting than a dishwasher.  Just add water and place in the microwave.  You need 2 minutes for a 1,100-1,850 watt microwave, 4 minutes for a 850-1,100 watt microwave and 6 minutes for a 500-850 watt microwave ( not sure about your microwave wattage? Check on the microwave, owner’s manual or look it up on-line).  It is equipped with safety clips to keep lid closed.  It also has side grips that stay cooler for safe handling.  Once sterilized it can keep contents inside sterile for up to 24 hours if remained unopened.  The Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer can hold up to four 9 ounce bottles or two 11 ounce bottles.  This sterilizer can also be used to sterilize pacifiers, small microwave safe baby items, breast pump shields and up to 4 breast milk storage cups and lids.

Features:

  • Lightweight 2.1 pounds
  • Compact, great for traveling
  • BPA Free
  • Kills up to 99.9% of germs in as little as 2 minutes.
  • Easy to use, simply add water and place in the microwave.
  • Holds a variety of bottles, breast pump parts and small microwave safe baby items and toys.
  • Works in most US standard microwaves.

Bundle Tumble Microwave Steam Sterilizer


BundleTumble CleaNum Microwave Steam-Clean Baby Sterilizer Accessory Sanitizing Unit
This Bundle Tumble Microwave Sterilizer is a natural secure and efficient way to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria and germs on bottle and nipples right in your microwave.  This sterilizer can also sterilize pacifiers, teething toys, breast pump accessories (non electrical) and other small toys.  It can sterilize up to 3 bottles of any brand both wide neck or standard.  It provides a deep clan and operates at a higher temperature setting than a dishwasher.  The Bundle Tumble Microwave Sterilizer is made from a sturdy plastic that is BPA, PVC and Latex free.  It comes with 1 microwave steam sterilizer, 1 plastic tong and 1 nipple/bottle shelf.

Features:

  • Kills up to 99.9% of bacteria and germs
  • Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
  • BPA, PVC and Latex free
  • Easy to use.  Simply fill base with water and place in the microwave for 5 minutes, let cool for 2 minutes remove from microwave with plastic togs included.
  • Compatible with all standard US microwaves

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Microwave Sterilizer

Tommee Tippee Microwave Steam Sterilizer

This sterilizer by Tommee Tippe received excellent reviews however, they are made especially for Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature or Ultra bottles.  This microwave sterilizer is a fast and simple way to sterilize your Tommee Tippee bottles and nipples to protect your  baby against harmful bacteria and germs.  It kills up to 99.9% of bacteria in as little as 4-8 minutes.  This sterilizer can also keep the bottles and nipples sterile for up to 24 hours if the lid stays closed.  This sterilizer is lightweight and can hold up to 5 Closer to Nature bottles or 4 Ultra bottles.  It’s also easy to use.  Just fill the base with cold water, place the bottles and nipples in the basket and microwave for 4-8 minutes depending on your microwave’s watts.  It is BPA and Phthalate free.

Features:

  • Kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria and germs on bottles and nipples  in a little as 4 minutes.
  • Made for Tommee Tippe Closer to Nature or Ultra bottles.
  • Light weight and compact.
  • Easy to use just fill base with water, add bottles to basket and microwave
  • BPA and Phthalate Free

 

Joy Baby Portable UV Sterilizer for Pacifiers and Bottle Nipples


Joy Baby Portable UV Sterilizer, Cleaner and Sanitizer for Pacifiers and Baby Bottle Nipples (Arctic Blue)

Although this isn’t used to sterilize whole bottles we thought this was a pretty cool device.  How often are you out with your baby when they drop (or throw) their bottle or pacifier on the floor say in the middle of the wall or in the dirt at the park?  It happens to everyone.  If you have the Joy Baby Portable UV Sterilizer you can sanitize your baby’s pacifier or nipples in minutes.  Joy Baby Portable UV sterilizer used advanced UV-C light the same technology used in hospitals and dental office to kill 99.9% of germs, viruses and bacteria such as E coli, H1N1 and dust mites.  UV light has been used to purify water for decades due to its ability to kills germs and bacteria without chemicals.  This portable device can easily fit in diaper bags and most pocketbooks.  It’s great to have on the go.  The cleaning and sanitizing is done in a few easy steps.  First wipe off any visible dirt or dust, then place in the UV sterilizer and finally press and hold the button on top.  That’s it.  Another great feature is that it can fit right on top of the baby bottle over the nipple.  It’s quick and simple.  It makes a great baby shower gift.

Features:

  • Kills up to 99.9% of germs, bacteria and viruses found on pacifiers and bottle nipples using UV light
  • Same technology that is used to sanitize in hospitals and dental offices.
  • Completely portable, can fit into any diaper bag and most pocketbooks
  • Cleaning is done in 3 steps:  Clean off dirt or dust, place in sterilizer, press button on top.
  • Great baby shower gift.

Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer

Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer

This Philips AVENT Electric Steam Sterilizer kills up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria.  It’s fast and easy to use.  Simply fill the base with water, fill with bottle then plug into any standard electrical outlet.  It will then start to generate steam and sterilize your bottles.  It operates in a six-minute cycle, then automatically shuts off when it’s finished.  The contents inside will remain sterile for 24 hours as long as the lid remains shut.  This sterilizer is compact and wont take up that much counter space.  It can fit both standard and wide neck bottles.  It can also be used to sterilize breast pumps and cups.  It can fit up to 6 11oz Philips AVENT bottles but can also fit other brands of bottles.

Features:

  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria and germs in 6 minutes.
  • Can fit up to 6 11oz Phillips AVENT bottles, but can work with other bottle brands
  • Easy to use, fill the base with water, add bottles to the rack, then plug it in.
  • Automatic shut-off when cycle is finished

Wabi Baby Electric Steam Sterilizer and Dryer Plus Version


Wabi Baby Electric Steam Sterilizer and Dryer Plus Version
This Wabi Baby Electric Steam Sterilizer not only sterilize bottles, it can dry and store them too.  Leaving bottles out to air dry can lead to them collecting household dust and can if not dried properly can lead to breeding grounds for bacteria to grow, ultimately reversing the sterilization process.  With this electric sterilizer you won’t have to worry about that.  Immediately after it sterilizes, it dries the bottles then acts as a storage device.  Allowing you to always keep your bottles safe and sterile for your baby.  No need to have a bottle rack with this handy sterilizer. How does it work?  It has a specially designed bottle rack that guides the steam and hot air directly into the bottles.  It also has a special air rotator to increase air flowing speed inside the chamber, reducing drying time. Wabi Baby sterilizer also can be used to sterilize breast pumps, sippy cups, pacifiers, teething toys, medicine feeding tools and kids dinning ware.

Features:

  • Kills 99.9% of household germs in 8-15 minutes
  • Auto shut-off when cycle is complete
  • sterilize, dries and stores bottles
  • Can hold up to 8 bottles of any brand at one time

The First Years Power of Steam Electric Steam Sterilizer

The First Years Power of Steam Electric Steam Sterilizer

This electric sterilizer by First Years came highly recommended by moms.  People I talked to liked it because it is tall and they can fit a variety of objects into the sterilizer.  The steam tower technology individually directs steam inside each bottle to sterilize inside and out.  The racks are adjustable and can fit any brand of bottle.  Besides bottles this sterilizer kills germs and bacteria on breast pumps, small toys, teething toys and pacifiers.  The racks inside can also be removed and act as a drying rack.  It is easy to use and works fast, the cycle is finished in 11 minutes.

Features:

  • Kills germs and bacteria on bottles, pacifiers, breast pumps, teething toys and other small toys
  • Racks are adjustable and can fit any brand of bottles
  • Racks can be removed and also act as a drying rack
  • Fast and easy to use
  • BPA and PVC free

How often should I sterilize my baby’s bottles?

This is a tricky question and many people answer it different ways.  After doing some research we found that it is a good idea to sterilize your baby’s bottles before 1st time use.  Just think about it, they are made in factories and then packaged and shipped, you want to make sure that whatever is on them is not there when it is time to feed baby.  After first time use we found that hot water and soap should do the trick.  The exception to that rule is if you’re a nervous mom and want to make sure that each time you feed your baby the bottle is completely sterile.  The other exception is the water in your area.  If you live in an area where the drinking water is contaminated or you do not feel comfortable drinking the water, then it is a good idea to sterilize before each use.

Why is it important to sterilize baby bottles?

Your baby is most vulnerable to diseases and illnesses during their first year of life. When feeding your baby you want to provide the safest feeding environment as possible.  This is why many believe it is important to sterilize baby bottles.  If you do not plan on sterilizing  bottles at every use, the most important time to sterilize your baby’s bottles is before first time use.  Just think about the process the bottles go through before you pull them off the shelves and take them home.  First, they are produced in factories, then they are packaged and shipped to stores where you find them on your local store shelf.  You have no idea what things it touched before it was packaged or what it went through on route to your store.  Why would you not want to sterilize it before placing it in your baby’s mouth?

Which sterilize baby bottles better, an electric or microwave sterilizer?

They are really equally effective.  Both state that they kill 99.9% of bacteria and germs.  It all the reviews that we went over and people that we spoke to it really came down to personal choice.  Many that we did speak to liked the electric sterilizer’s better.  They felt that they were a little less messy than the microwave sterilizers because you don’t have to move them so there is less chance of water spilling out.  The electric sterilizers tend to be a little more costly than the microwave sterilizers however many people though the extra cost was worth it.  Other people stated that they loved their microwave sterilizers and felt that they got the job done for less.  It’s really what you find that you like better.

 

Do baby bottle sterilizers make good baby shower gifts?

Yes, we at kidsplayandcreate.com feel that baby bottle sterilizers are great baby shower gifts.  Many people often forget about putting one on the registry so if you pick one up for someone chances are that no one else will purchase it for them.  It’s one of those things that you may not think that you need, but when you get it you love it.  Especially with the Joy Baby Portable UV Sterilizer for pacifiers and bottle nipples, in my opinion it is a perfect baby shower gift.  I can remember countless times being out with my daughter and she dropped her pacifier on the floor or in the dirt not near a sink and really had no way to clean it.  I wish I had one.