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We had this given to me from my sister who used it for 12 months before us, after using it for 6 months so far it's been great. I've used it to sterilise all breast pump bits, bottles, spoons & dummies and I find there is plenty of space for everything. It's quick - takes 9 mins. After taking all the bit's out I just rinse the inside each time and it still looks clean & works well.
You know when things are done sterilising as the little light just goes out, and you can even leave your bottles inside intill you need them, and if needing to just click the switch and do them once more before using. Suitable for all bottle types but i did find with my tomme tippie bottles i could only fit 4 in at a time with avent bottles you can fit a days worth of bottles in at once(6) all in all a very good product quick and simple wot every mum needs.
After my previous steriliser had broken and been replaced twice in 3 weeks, I decided to opt for this Avent model. I paid £25 from the Asda Baby Event.
In the box you get the unit, which plugs into the wall socket. A base plate, pole and top plate. A pair of tongs. A measuring jug and I also got a dummy and small feeding bottle.
It's very simple to use. You measure out 90ml of water, using the small jug provided, which is then poured into the bottom of the unit. Your bottles are then placed neck down onto the bottom plate and put into the unit. The top plate then pushes onto the top, where you place, teats, rings, lids, dummies etc. the lid is then put on, plug the unit in and press the button on the front to start the sterilising cycle.
The unit is quite big and takes up some work top space, but no more than any other appliance.
The light stays on during the process, which takes around 8 minutes. Do not attempt to open the lid and take the bottles out straight away, you will get burnt! It takes a good 15 minutes for the unit to cool down enough to touch.
The instructions say the unit holds 6 bottles, but this is only the case if you are using Avent bottles. Most other brands you will find the unit will only hold 4.
Always empty the remaining water out of the unit after use. It builds up quickly and causes brown marks and lime scale. I would recommend descaling this unit at least once a month.
My steriliser lasted through 2 babies, so I am very pleased with its durability.
When Hope was a baby we had a different steriliser and it broke on us despite it costing £30 so when we were expecting baby number 2 we were a bit concerned about which steriliser to go for. There are so many different kinds all with various levels of practicality and all with varying price tags too. In the end we opted for this one because it was cheap, compact and fast.
I am very glad we bought it as it's been very reliable. It cost us just £12 and came with a couple of free bottles. The previous steriliser we had was so much more expensive and it broke after a short space of time. We use Dr. Browns bottles and this comfortably fits two of this in.
The machine is quite tall and thin so it doesn't take up much space on the kitchen side which is really important as we don't like having our sides full of clutter! It isn't attractive looking really, it's just plain white with an off blue lid, nothing special but nothing too in your face either.
It has two parts to it- the main bit and a shelf. This shelf fits onto a pole and holds things like dummies, teats and other smaller parts. Beneath this shelf is where you put the bottles facing downwards so that the steam goes into it. It would fit about 4 Dr Brown bottles in the main bit but only 2 of the Dr Brown parts in the shelf section.
To operate it you don't need anything more than water and electricity. Some sterilisers rely on microwaves or milton but not this one which is why we chose it so that if we are in a hotel room it's easy enough to use. You put in the 90ml of water, put the lid on and then press the button. This lights up and once it is ready the light goes out which indicates it's ready. I wouldn't ever take the lid off right away as it is very hot, I tend to leave it about 5 minutes to cool down a little as it can burn. The best thing about this steriliser is the speed at which it completes its cycle. If clean and not overflowed with water, it usually takes about 7 to 8 minutes which is so important to us as we don't bottle feed often as our baby was breastfed so when we did need to use a bottle we were never really organised and would have to sterilise at the last minute and it was good that it wouldn't take long to be ready.
A couple of negatives for the units; it does lime scale quite easily and does require cleaning every 3 to 4 weeks. The other down side we have noticed is that if you do use too much water, it collects quite quickly. It says you should use 90ml of water per cycle but it doesn't seem to burn this off every time. Every week or so, you will notice that there is about an inch of water in the bottom and that it does not operate as efficiently. So you do need to keep tipping water out and clean it. Cleaning it is easy enough with some white vinegar and a bit of a scrub then you just wash it out and have it do a cycle before using it with bottles.
We liked how easy this was to take it out and about as it was small enough to fit in a carrier bag so whenever we had a night away we could take it without it taking up a huge space.
I think for £15 it is a bargain, we have had it for 17 months now and it still works brilliantly.
Because I have my grandchildren here a lot I need a steriliser for the babies bottles. When looking at sterilisers I was a bit confused as they all looked so different. My daughter bought this one for us to have and I'm glad she did as it's very easy to use.
It is only a small steriliser, we have Dr Brown bottles for the babies and only 3 of these fit in comfortably but I think smaller bottles would fit in a few more. Seeing as I only use one or two bottles a day this is a perfect size.
It has two parts- the bottom and the top. In the bottom section you put the bottles- standing upside down. Then you slide the 'shelf' on the top, this slots onto the pole and stays in place. You put smaller things on this such as the teat, dummies, spoons and so forth. You then need to put in a small about of water- about 3oz and then put the lid on. To turn it on you just press the button and a light will come on. When it's ready the light will go off, this is usually about 5-10 minutes so it is rather fast.
When you take it out of the steriliser it can be hot because of the steam, I tend to take the lid off and then wait five minutes before getting the bottles out so they don't burn.
Every month or so I then clean the steriliser because it seems to create a lot of limescale. This is easy to do as it's only small so can fit in the sink and be washed out- being careful to avoid the plug area.
It is useful because it is one which you plug in so if you need to take it along to a hotel or something you can unlike the ones which rely on a microwave. It's only small so doesn't take up much room at all.
It cost just £10 and I have had it nearly 2 years and it still works perfectly well. I am very pleased with this.
I love this product!!! The steam steriliser is very easy to use, simply pop all your baby feeding equipment in, add a small amount of water using the measuring jug, pop the lid on and hit the switch. In approximately 9 minutes all your equipment is sterile and ready to use. You need to be careful when lifting the rack out if the steriliser has only just switched off as the steam is hot as you can imagine! The rack holds 6 bottles (I use 9oz bottles which fit fine) and the other 2 racks hold enough teats and caps and rings etc. I also sterilise baby feeding pots, baby spoons and dummies. The steriliser is also good for storing your equipment for use once they have been sterilised. I have had no trouble with this device and find that it does what it says on the tin; would highly recommend.
I originally purchased a microwave steraliser, but I had no idea how much I would need to use it and found it using way too much electricity, wa too small and it always seemed to be in the microwave when we needed to use it.
My mum bought me the Avent steraliser and have used it for two babies now and it's brilliant. It has plenty of space, I can fit in it four bottles, a breast pump, 4 teats and lids with ease. It also will fir most brands of bottles as after a few months I moved on to Dr Browns bottles and I can just about fit in five bottles and all the components for them in this in one go.
The cycle only takes around 12 minutes to complete. It is easy to clean as the racks inside can be taken out and washed or put in the dishwasher. It is relatively compact considering the amount that it can fit in it. It has two shelves, one on the bottom for the bottles and one on the top for teats and lids.
The only thing that could be improved is the length of the cable. In our kitchen our plug sockets are mounted under the units and the lead only just reaches far enough. However I do believe it is just a normal kettle style lead so you could probably purchase a longer one for a few pounds.
It is advised to de-scale every 4 weeks to keep it in tip top condition. I have used both a de-scaling liquid and granules and I have found the granules to be far more effective.
Overall a very good steraliser that has lasted well and the space in it is a huge bonus.
I loved this streriliser, was easy to use, easy to clean and did a very good job, I found that you can only really fit Avent bottles into it, but they are pretty much the only bottles apart from MAM I used anyway, so it was. Would say sometimes could be a little on the slow side if you are rushing, but all in all - a very good item!!
When I found out I was pregnant, I was adamant that I was going to try and breast feed however in things didn't really go to plan so my other half ended up popping to Boots on New Years Eve to buy me a steriliser.
*Price and Availability:*
The RRP is around £40 but because I had joined Boots Parenting Club, I had received a £10 off voucher and at the time, it was also reduced to £30 so I ended up paying around £20. I would recommend joining Boots Parenting Club because as well as money off vouchers, you also get 10 point for every £1 spend on certain baby products for the first few years from when your little one is born.
The steriliser is widely available from most supermarkets, Amazon and specialist baby shops like Toys R Us, Mothercare etc. Although the RRP is £40, quite often this is included in supermarkets own baby events.
In the box you get the steriliser, a pair of tongs, a small measuring jug, 2 x 260ml/9oz bottles, both with slow flow teats, a bottle brush and the instructions. (I also got around 4 sachets of de-scaling salts - It may have been more but I cannot actually remember, sorry)
*How to use:*
I always gave my bottles and accessories a quick wash in warm soapy water before sterilising, using the bottle brush to ensure no dries on milk etc was left in any of the hard to reach places. Once I had done this, I would just add 90ml of tap water into the base of the steriliser using the jug provided. Then place your teats onto the first tray provided, then your bottles upside down into the bottle tray of the steriliser, add your screw lids along the stem of the tray (the white bits on the bottles) and the next blue tray slots on top and you can place bottle lids and dummies there.
Place the lid on top and then depress the silver button on the front of the steriliser. An orange light will illuminate on the front to let you know that the steriliser is on.
It takes around 8 minutes for the steriliser to complete its cycle, once complete, the orange light to the front turns off to let you know it is done.
When we first removed from the box, the steriliser seemed huge, it measures around 32cm x 23cm and to be honest, after a couple of weeks, it seemed to just blend into our kitchen and didn't really take up too much room on the worktop and I actually found it quite useful being left our all the time as it meant bottles were always on hand and it was always a reminder to me to collect up the dummies and bottles at the end of the night before bed.
Once used, the bottles stay sterile for 24 hours if the lids is kept on, once the lid is removed, they stay sterile for four hours. I must admit, when Lauren was newborn, I was quite strict with the 4 hours rule but to be honest, the rate she got through her bottles, it wasn't really a problem. As she got older, and the bottles became less frequent, I would sterilise just before I went to bed and use the bottles throughout the day.
Included with the steriliser were a few packets of de-scaling salt for cleaning. Over time, I could see that lime scale was starting to build up on the base of the steriliser so these are provided to help you clean.
Mix the sachet with 200ml of water and pour into the base of the steriliser, turn the steriliser on but do not put the lid on and let it run for about half the cycle (to stop the cycle half way through just turn off at the wall). Let the water stand for around 25-30minutes and then pour out. As you tip the steriliser up, you can see the brown solution come out. I would then rinse a couple of times with warm water just to ensure all the lime scale was removed. Then add 90ml of water and let the steriliser run full cycle (with the lid on).
It is recommended that you perform this task every 4 weeks, or as required depending upon the water in your area.
I am really impressed with this steriliser; it was reliable, easy to use, easy to clean and was a handy place to keep all Laurens bottles and dummies. The fact that it formed part of my daily routine acted as a reminder to me should I be running low on any accessories or bottles.
Although I never had need to, you can also put your breast pump inside to sterilise.
My personal opinion is that using steam steriliser is the best as you are not putting any kind of chemicals near you baby. Lauren very rarely suffered from any stomach upsets or oral thrush. It is worth noting that should you have a case of thrush, it is not recommended to use a steam steriliser and you should use a cold water one.
I think the steriliser is excellent value for money, especially when on offer; the two bottles which are included can cost £5 to £10 so to get these free is a bonus.
Although the steriliser is recommended from 0 - 6 months, we actually used our for at least two years as Lauren used to love having her milk in a bottle in the morning. During this time, I didn't experience any problems and it still cleaned/sterilised the bottles like the first day I used it.
Again, I would say if you are looking to buy, always do a bit of research online before as this seem to be a product that is always to be on offer somewhere.
5 out of 5 from me!
Thanks for reading.
When expecting our first baby I knew I would be bottle feeding at some point and so we went out to buy a steriliser. We found this avent steam steriliser in Boots for £25.00 and as it seemed a bit of a bargain we decided to snap it up!
When I took it out of the box I was a bit disappointed as it was quite bulky and so it was slightly diffcult at trying to figure out where to put it! However once we found a place for it, it doesn't look too bad. It is white plastic with a clear plastic lid. It's all easy to wipe clean which is great!
The steriliser can hold 6 of the avent bottles however we had already bought Tommee Tippee bottles. This fit fine inside although it can only hold 5 of these bottles but still it was more then enough for us as our baby only fed from a bottle four times a day!
What I liked about this steriliser is that there is almost two 'shelves'. On the bottom you can place the actual bottles, then there is another just above these. Here I would usually place things such as teats, lids and dummy's. Anything that was a bit smaller.
To sterilise your bottles all what you have to do is put everything in, pour in 90ml of water, plug it in and switch it on and hey presto it sterilises in about 6-8 minutes which is quite quick!
Word of warning when it beeps to let you know it has finished I would leave it a few minutes to cool down as I can not tell you the amount of times I have burnt my hand on the bottles, they do get red hot in there!
We have used this steriliser for both my baby boy and now my baby girl and it is still going strong!
I would highly recommend this for its ease of use and the fact it does the job it is designed for!
We received this steriliser from friends who had finished with their baby things, this was great as was one less thing we had to worry about. I would have chosen the avent brand regardless as i was familiar with it from working in a nursery.
The steriliser is a little bulky but easily sits on the kitchen surface out of the way. It comes with 2 baskets so can be used over 2 levels. This can hold 6 philips avent bottles with accessories; teats, lids and rings with colic inserts. This can also hold a breastpump with accessories, there are slits in the basket to clip the pump down onto.
We had this steriliser from when our daughter was born but did not use it until she was 2 weeks old as she was breastfed, we then started expressing and so used it to sterilise the pump, this was put on a cycle several times a day and was great. Each cycle takes around 8-10minutes and all you have to do is load the steriliser up and add 90mls of water put the lid on, press down the silver lever on the front and let it do it's thing. It is incredibly easy to use and being used several times a day is still going strong. It is recommended to descale it every 4 weeks using citric acid or vinegar, i use steam steriliser sachets from boots which do the job just fine.
The steriliser can also be used to sterilise dummies and anything that you want really that will fit on the baskets.
I bought the Avent Steam Steriliser after being advised to use Avent bottles by a friend of mine. The unit is mains operated and kills germs by steaming them. The unit is quite large 32cm in height and 23cm wide and weighs about 1kg. It came with two bottles, small tongs, de-scaling sachets, a small jug and a brush for cleaning.
It hold 6 Avent bottles which fit into the unit which has a blue plastic tray, there are two levels and then the top part is where the bottles are placed, neck first so the steam gets into them effectively. It's fast and easy to use, and includes internal racks which can be clipped together to form a dishwasher basket, if you feel the need to wash prior to sterilisation. The instruction manual explains how to stack the sterilser so all the bottles and bits fit in properly.
Once the unit has been filled, you add 90mls of clean tap water and push down the button on the front of the unit, it takes about 8 minutes. As long as you do not open the lid the bottles remain sterilised for 6 hours, which is useful.
Once the cycle has been run, simply lift ff the lid, being careful as it's very hot when its just, I would leave the unit to cool down for a while first, and assemble the bottles using the small tongs to prevent contamination.
I did on occasion, having been sleep deprived or in a rush stack up the unit and switch it on without adding the water, luckily there is an automatic switch off so the unit does not continue the cycle and does not become damaged.
It comes with a few de-scaling sachets which I would recommend using, every 4 weeks or so to extend the life of the sterilser and keep it clean. Its really easy to do by mixing up the sachet in water and running a cycle, then rinsing, its all explained on the back of the packet. You can also buy new sachets from Boots when you run out.
I used the unit for about 9 months in total and have now given it away, its still working just as well.
I would definitely recommend to others, it easy to stack, quick, easy to clean and effective. The only down side is that it's quite large.
Me and my partner received this as a gift for the birth of our second daughter. We began using the steriliser and were absolutely made up with how easy it was to use, clean and store conveniently.
This steriliser requires minimal water to operate and can run through a complete sterile cycle in as little as 10 minutes. There is plenty of room You can easily load up prior to sterilisation as the Avent model comes with a handy rotational bottle mount spindle. You should also receive descaling sachets which should be used every 4 weeks to keep the heating element running at it's optimal level and extend your sterilisers life.
The steriliser has an automatic shut-off and power indicator light to visually let you know when the bottles are ready and sterile. I would recommend this to any expectant parents as it is hassle free and reliable. My daughter is now 6 months old and we have had no problems with this product whatsoever.
I was very fortunate when I was pregnant that my sister had finished with a lot of her baby stuff and passed it on to me. One such essential item that she passed on was this Philips avent steam steriliser, that as I said in the title, I can't really imagine life without when you have a bottle fed baby.
I use Philips avent bottles to feed my baby and therefore even if my sister hadn't given me this I would have been buying this steriliser anyway. Prices for this steriliser vary greatly, and you could pay anything from £30 to £50 + and from the looks of the internet, it is well worth pricing around for the best deal.
My particular avent steam steriliser is the Express IQ one, which relies on the 'heat of steam to kill all household germs'. It claims to be able not only to sterilise bottles, but also breast feeding equipment as well as 'boilable' items. This steriliser also comes with a very handy electronic display guide, which lights up as soon as you plug in the steriliser. It displays a 0 when it is ready to use, there is a display for when it is warming up and when in progress, as well as warnings of when you have put in too much or too little water. The display will flash and beep when the sterilising process has finished, and will continue to count down for 3 hours, showing you how much longer your items are remaining sterile by being kept inside the steriliser, as items stay sterile for 3 hours, as long as you don't remove the lid. I have never left the steriliser for anywhere near 3 hours.
Like most sterilisers, to get the most of the them, they need to be stacked up correctly. This steriliser base is quite deep and this allows you to stack up to 6 bottles, along with their lid, teat and rings. A little jug comes with the steriliser to help you measure out the correct amount of water. For the first few times I used this steriliser I had to follow the pictorial instructions to stack the steriliser, but after that I didn't need to refer to them any longer, as it is very straightforward, and you are able to sterilise bottles that measure up to 330ml. Once you have finished with the steriliser there us no need to wash out all the parts, it is simply a matter of drying them and then they are ready for use again. However, you are advised to de scale the steriliser every four weeks using wither citric acid from the chemist or a mix of vinegar and water.
I feel completely confident that this steriliser leaves the bottles clean and free from germs and ultimately protect my baby. It really is very very straightforward to use and I can nearly do it with my eyes closed now. No matter what price you pay for this steriliser it really is worth it for the peace of mind, plus the handiness of it to anyone who is predominately bottle feeding. Using this is part of my everyday routine now and I would be lost without it. A great product from Philips!
I was really pleased a while back that I had accumalated enough miles to redeem to get an Amazon voucher. I used this to pay for an Avent Steam Steriliser.
I was pregnant when I purchased the item but since my little bundle of joy has arrived it has been used at least twice a day to sterlise his bottles.
The unit is white in colour with an opaque lid, on the front is a little silver switch which needs pushing down for the steriliser to work. Inside the unit is a blue coloured plastic tiered unit, the bottom shelf holds all the bottle teats, the next has a little shelf that will hold 6 bottles and then another shelf is fitted on top which holds the bottle caps/lids and dummies etc...
It all comes apart for easy cleaning and can be washed in the sink or in the dishwasher, I don't have a dishwasher at present as there is simply not enough room in the kitchen :( but it tells me on the box that it is dishwasher safe!
Once the bottles have been loaded into the unit, you simply use the measuring jug to add the correct amount of water which I think is 90ml, (I just fill the jug!) pop the lid on and push the switch down, a little orange light then illuminates to let you know that it is working.
The unit sterilises the bottles in approx 8 minutes which makes it really convienient as you haven't got to wait an age for the bottles, handy when you have a screaming hungry baby..... Luckily I haven't had this yet as I make sure the bottles are ready lol!
Unopned the sterliser will keep the bottles sterile for 6 hours, I sterlise the bottles and fill them with boiling water as soon as the are done, I have had 4 babies and this is what I have always done and it hasn't harmed them!
I have just had a read of the instructions and found that you can actually use the shelf/baskets in the steriliser clipped together as a basket to hold teats etc in the dishwasher, thats a nice feature, useless to me, but handy to many other people!
In the box I got the steriliser unit, 1 4oz Avent bottle, 1 pair of tongs, a bottle and teat brush and a water jug, oh and the plug and lead and some descaler satchets. All this for the fantastic price of £20.99. I think they are currently on Amazon priced at around £23.
I really like the design and the practicality of this steriliser and would highy recommend it to anyone.
I like that it uses steam to clean the bottles and nothing else is needed, I was never really a fan of doing the bottles in the Milton solution so I much prefer this.
It also looks neat and tidy and as it's a simple looking unit it doesn't look out of place in the kitchen.
It holds 6 bottles as I have said above or it will hold 2 breast pumps.
I was given this steriliser by my mother-in-law who is a childminder. She had finished with it and it had hardly been used. It isn't what i would have chosen (was going to get a microwave one) but seeing as it was free, i accepted it gratefully.
It has been brilliant. It has been used twice a day for the last 4 months and has been brilliant. The steriliser is really easy to use. Simply load the blue cage with up to 6 Avent bottles, teats and lids, fill with 90ml of water, press the button and away you go. The bottles are sterile after around 15mins and will remain sterile for up to 3 hours if unopened. This is useful for if you set the steriliser away and then get distracted by another job (as happens regularly with a young baby) as you can make up the bottles any time within the 3 hours.
The steriliser is quite bulky and takes up a lot of space on the worktop so if you are short of space, a microwave one may be better. Because of the hardness of our water, a limescale deposit does get left on the blue cages, however, this is quickly remedied with a blast through the dishwasher every now and then.
All in all, this steriliser may look nothing special but it is reliable and does what it is supposed to. What more could you ask for?
No sterilising tablets needed! One of the safest and fastest sterilisation units around. Water quickly turns to steam to kill household germs.