Product Type: Tommee Tippee kids equipment
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Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Steriliser
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Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Steriliser
Advantages: Compact design, Easy to use, Well made
Disadvantages: None overall
This is a microwave steriliser which has the capacity to hold and sterilise 4 nursing bottles as well as their teats and lids. It's circular in design, quite squat in height measuring a microwave-friendly 28cm and is made from tough, durable plastic. It has a transparent cover which clicks firmly into place onto the base and weighs around 1 kilogram so is easy to pick up and transport around. Around 200ml of water needs to be added to the base of the steriliser before it is put to work and once you have separated the teats and covers from your bottles they simply sit in place and are sterilised by the water that is heated up by the power of your microwave. Depending on the wattage of your microwave oven you can sterilise 4 bottles in around 4-8 minutes and whilst the lid of steriliser is left in place your bottles will remain sterilised for 24 hours.
I like the simplicity of the steriliser's design, it's easy to use and does the job it was designed to do. Because my son is exclusively bottle-fed and is on 3-4 hourly feeds this steriliser gets used a few times every day and has proven itself to be a reliable and user-friendly item which I suspect will last for a very long time. The base of the steriliser has a series of vents and holes which allow the steam from the hot water to get to every part of my sons bottles and teats and I trust the Tommee Tippee brand name. It's supposed to be a universal steriliser which should hold any branded nursing bottles, both sizes of the TT bottles fit easily into mine (the 150ml and 260ml) although I do think that the longer-shaped bottles available to buy probably won't fit so I'd be cautious about recommending this if you use anything bigger than a 260ml bottle although to be fair if you are using the larger bottles the chances are your baby is over 12 months old and their bottles probably don't need sterilising any more.
The "Closer to Nature" Steriliser is sold with a small, 150ml CTN bottle as well as a Tommee Tippee branded dummy and set of white tongs which I thought was a nice touch and although I thought it was rather expensive I do have to admit to being impressed with how it performs. The only word of caution I would give with this steriliser is that it does get very, very hot inside (obviously) and you should allow a good 3-5 minutes for it to cool a little before removing the lid. Be aware that condensation does also form on the lid too which can be a bit of a pain when it ends up all over a kitchen worktop so you will have a little bit of clean up to do if you can't wait for it to evaporate so the best approach with this steriliser is to be organised and give yourself enough time before baby needs a clean bottle, which is easier said than done as any parent, especially new ones will know.
All in all there is very little for me to criticise with this steriliser and it makes a job that has to be done a little bit easier. You can simply load the base with what needs sterilising, bung it in the microwave, set the timer and leave it to do its magic and once finished you have freshly sterilised bottles that are completely baby-safe. You should find that it fits into all microwaves, even the budget-price smaller ones that supermarkets sell (it fits easily into my £32 Tesco branded one without any problems) so using it shouldn't cause you any problems whatsoever and for the amount of use it gets I consider mine to be one of the best purchases I made for our new baby.
As mentioned at the start of this review I paid £26.99 instore at Tesco for my Tommee Tippee Steriliser but it can be found cheaper online with amazon selling it for £17.99 at the time of me writing this although be aware that amazon's price does fluctuate as I've seen it recently for just £9.99 which has to be a bargain by anyone's standard. Even at full price I do think it's a great buy, if you want a microwave steriliser then I would definitely recommend this one from Tommee Tippee and from me it gets a perfect 5 star rating as its proven itself to be reliable, robust and efficient. It makes a job that has to be done that little bit easier and for me as a new parent that can only be a good thing, thanks for reading my review.
Summary: Microwave sterliser from Tommee Tippee - Recommended
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