You will need to keep sterilising bottles and other feeding equipment that comes into contact with milk until your baby is at least a year old. You should wash baby bottles and teats thoroughly before sterilising, either with hot soapy water using a brush, then rinsing under running water, or in a dishwasher. If you are using a breast pump to express milk, this will also need sterilising. If you are going to use a dishwasher, it’s worth noting that it may discolour teats. And if you’re buying your first dishwasher, make sure you get a great model that won’t leave milk trapped in bottles – take a look at our pick of the best baby steriliser that are ideal for parents.
Top 10 best baby steriliser in UK
Here come our 10 best baby steriliser. Every product has specific features to serve multiple purposes. Find out which one pleases you most!
1. Philips Avent 3 in 1 steam steriliser
The Philips Avent 3 in 1 steam steriliser is our favourite of the four sterilisers the company makes. Their range provides every mum or dad with a version suitable for them, also offering a 4 in 1 electric machine, 2 in 1 electric machine plus a microwave option. With a six-minute cycle, this electric steriliser is fast. It’s design also allows you to use each of its two compartments on their own or to stack them. The ‘3 in 1′ name refers to the three different combinations you can create to make the appliance smaller or bigger, depending on what you want to sterilise. Stacking both compartments gives you room for everything – bottles, breast pump bits, teats and all the extras so you can sterilise everything in one go.
2. Vital Baby NURTURE pro UV steriliser & dryer
This innovative product makes sterilising ultra-simple, whilst its versatility means that you could be using it far beyond the baby stage.
UV light from LEDs bounce around the stainless-steel interior, sterilising everything inside. As well as baby feeding equipment, you can also put teething and bath toys, bowls and even your mobile phone in there. It claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria in just 11 minutes, using no chemicals or other added ingredients, with a lower power consumption compared to electric steam sterilisers. Simply pop your items inside and close the lid.
This was a big hit with our testers, who praised its simplicity of use and the fact that it can be used to sterilise so many items. Some found that it was too bulky for their countertops, whilst others treated it as storage as well as steriliser and found that it fitted in well with their lives.
MFM Reviews Editor and mum of 3, Christy, commented that “The added functions, like drying mode and auto mode show real understanding of parenting”. Carla, who tested it with her 9-month-old daughter, admired the sleekness of the product and felt that bottles “seemed cleaner and fresher than they do coming out of the microwave”. No wonder it scooped up the MFM Gold Award.
3. MAM Electric Baby Bottle Steriliser
The kind of the MAM STE0202 Electric Baby Bottle Steriliser is very rare on the market today. Apart from being an electric steriliser, it also functions as a microwave steriliser. So, if you are looking for one of the best versatile sterilisers, then you must consider this wonderful invention from MAM. When in electric sterilising mode, it takes up to 7 minutes to complete sterilisation cycle. However, when in microwave mode, you will only wait for just 5 minutes for your product to be completely sterilised. The steriliser also ensures your baby milk remains warm and ready for consumption all day. This is due to its three warmers. To prevent excessive warming, this product has a keep-warm function which automatically shut-off the three warmers immediately after 45 minutes. More so, the steriliser comes with good accessories like easy start anti-colic baby bottle, soother and much more. Despite its high functionality, it is compact and weighs only 2kg which should not require any physical strength before you can carry it. For more health products, check out our guide on nipple cream or suncream for babies.
4. Milton Solo Travel Steriliser
Because travel sterilisers need to be compact enough to carry around, they’re usually short on bells and whistles. What we loved about the Milton Solo was that, travel steriliser or not, it’s more adaptable and comes with more useful design features than any other travel model we tested. Generously sized for a bottle or breast pump parts, it can be microwaved or used with cold water sterilising solution, whichever works best for where you are. Its width does mean you’ll need both hands to open it though, which can be tricky when it’s hot or wet. Items inside stay sterile for 24 hours and the lid is designed with a flat lip so it can be laid horizontally in a smaller microwave – a useful feature we didn’t find in any other travel steriliser.
5. Dr Brown’s Options Microwave Steriliser Wide Neck Bottles
From its ease of use to its value for money, Dr Brown’s Options and Microwave Steriliser Set is a great all-rounder. It can fit up to four Dr Brown’s bottles in each time, plus the tongs, and the full sterilisation process takes eight minutes. You simply put the bottles in upside down, place a small amount of water in the bottom, pop on the lid and put it in the microwave. You’re not limited to using just Dr Brown’s bottles with this set. This was our go-to steriliser when our youngest was a newborn and – while he didn’t get on all that well with Dr Brown’s bottles – we continued to use this set with the NUK bottles we ended up using without any problems at all. It travels reasonably well, given its flat shape, but it is quite wide so make sure it fits in your microwave before buying!
6. Tommee Tippee Essentials 2 in 1 Cold Water and Microwave Baby Bottle Steriliser
Our Microwave and Cold Water Steriliser offer mums portability not found in other sterilisers, making it ideal for mums on the go. What’s more, the steriliser is super easy to use and suitable for bottles, soothers and teethers. This compact steriliser should fit into most microwaves, and holds four bottles. With a 4 to 8-minute sterilising cycle, this can also be used as a cold water steriliser if you need it to.
7. Philips Avent Microwave Steam Steriliser
This microwave steriliser from Philips has a fan following amongst parents since it’s so easy to use – and so quick. It can hold four Avent (or other) bottles, as well as soothers and breast pump paraphernalia, and will kill 99.9 per cent of germs and bacteria in just two minutes. You fill the bottom up with water and place in the microwave, and the lightweight design is non-bulky.
8. MRWJ Steriliser
The NEW UV Steriliser that’ll allow you to spend less time on the boring sterilising bit and more time doing other important things like getting some sleep (wishful thinking) and spending more happy moments with your baby! It’s so simple to use – just pop two bottles into the compact unit, zip it up, press the button on the front to start a 3 minute UV cycle and you’re good to go straight away – no need to wait for it to cool off as there’s no heat used in the first place! The button will light up and flash when the cycle is in progress and it’ll be a solid light when the cycle completes. There aren’t any hidden complicated steps like measuring water, making up a chemical sterilising solution or cleaning up mess afterwards either (yes that means no descaling!). It really is THAT straightforward.
9. Nuby Baby Bottle Steriliser and Dryer
Similar to the Béaba, this ultra-portable unit can sterilize bottles and also warm milk or baby food in just a few minutes. It weighs under 1.5 pounds, making it a no-brainer for travel. Experienced parents say it can fit a mix of different bottle brands, including Avent, Mam and Dr. Brown. It also comes with a measuring cup so you’ll always add exactly the right amount of water.
10. Tommee Tippee Super Steam Electric Steam Steriliser Set
Make baby feeding straightforward. Our stylish and streamlined Super-Steam electric steriliser is fast and easy to use, giving you 6 sterilised bottles in just 5 minutes using the natural cleaning power of steam. This set also includes our award-winning Closer to Nature® bottles – designed to mimic the natural flex, stretch and movement of mum’s breast.
How to find the best baby steriliser for you
When choosing your sterilizer, consider how many bottles you’ll want to clean at once, the cost, how much counter space you have, and if it would be easier to have an all-in-one device that dries and stores or a simple unit that fits in the microwave when you need things cleaned. Some also include dryers, for an added bonus.
If you choose to use a bottle sterilizer for your baby’s bottles, there are two ways to go about it — microwave or electric. Both types use the steam to kill approximately 99.9% of harmful bacteria in just a few minutes, so it’s simply a matter of personal preference which one you should choose, and they are both safe and effective given the right devices. Here’s a breakdown:
- Electric steamer sterilizer: Simply plug it in and let the machine do all the work. In an electric sterilizer, the bottles and parts are cleaned at a high temperature to produce steam. Electric sterilizers come in many shapes and sizes, depending on your needs and countertop real-estate.
- Microwave sterilizer: Easy and effective, microwave sterilizers can efficiently sanitize baby bottles and accessories in under two minutes. They come either in steam bags or in plastic containers. Just add water, and pop it right into the microwave for quick sanitizing.
I’m hoping this guide was helpful. Choosing the best baby steriliser doesn’t have to be hard, but you need to know what you want in terms of features and what you have to take into account given your room and listening limitations.