* Prices may differ from that shown
This bottle warmer claims to take only 4 minutes to heat a bottle. I don't know about everyone else but to me 4 minutes is still quite a lot of time, especially if you have a hungry and impatient child. I didn't really tend to use this much because when my baby was 6 weeks old I purchased the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine which makes the bottle from scratch to the perfect temperature in just 2 minutes. However, for the odd times I did use it, it would be quicker to have water boiled in a flask (we usually do in case our electricity ever cuts off) and just heat it in a metal teapot in boiling hot water. I didn't even realise until recently that baby food could be heated in this but again the teapot method would still be a lot quicker. I don't really rate this product at all.
I bought the tommee tippee bottle warmer just before my baby was born and was at a sale price so thought it was a good purchase. I'd already decided to use tommee tippee bottles so it seemed the perfect option for warming them up for my baby.
The bottle warmer is quite compact in size and it's colours match the whole of the tippee range in white and grey. As I have the steriliser too they look ok together in the kitchen. There is a setting on the side of the warmer to adjust the temperature to whatever you want (3 settings in total) and an orange light that indicates when the bottle warmer is heating/boiling up which switches off as soon as it's boiled. The plug cable is short in my opinion. We usually have the warmer on a higher setting and it does warm the water fairly quickly for the temperature we need, although when you have a hungry baby waiting for food it does seem to take far longer to heat up than it actually does in reality!
The thing I don't like about it, and quite honestly the bit I think is dangerous, is that the water consistently (I'd say 8 to 9 times out of 10) splurts out of the warmer, over the sides and onto the kitchen worktop as it boils and especially as it reaches boiling. The water has caught my hand a few times now as I've gone to remove the bottle out. It is also awkward to remove the bottle from the warmer when it's finished, I have to pick the bottle out by the top and I find I have to have a towel on the worktop next to the warmer that I place the bottle onto as soon as I can do and wipe it down. It doesn't help that sometimes the bottle tops come off as you're taking the bottle out (but this to me is a design fault of the bottles, not the warmer directly)
I'm quite lucky as my baby isn't keen on her milk being warmed very much so I don't need to leave the warmer on for very long before it's at the temperature that she likes so it doesn't take long for us. But, if she was a baby who likes their milk a little warmer, I think I'd have got a bit tired of using this warmer as I'd have had to wait a fair while longer for the bottle to warm. With a hungry baby, you need that bottle ready as soon as possible.
The warmer does do the job it's designed to do, but has a few big floors that need to be sorted out, especially the water spilling over the sides.
I bought this Item shortly after having my little girl, as you do I was looking for baby things that might make things easier and faster, for looking after a baby. It cost me around £15, but I thought it's worth it if it helps.
Its designed to plug into the mains power supply, you can only switch it on and off at the mains plug, the only dial on the product is the thermostat control, for what temperature you want and has a light to show that its switched on. All you have to do is fill it up with cold water to the line where it states, and wait. You have to keep checking the milk temperature, in case it goes to hot. Until you know where to have the thermostat set to.
Unfortunately I gave up after 2 tries, as I make the bottles of milk up in advance and need to heat them up as fast as I can, when newborn especially, they usually decide they want milk and that's it they won't be quiet until they have it. I found it was very slow at heating up, was nowhere near as fast or hot as a kettle, it took around 10 - 15 minutes to heat up the milk, where as it takes up to 5 minutes using kettle water. Also it's a lot of messing around on the first few goes you need to learn what temperature setting to put the thermostat up to, but the lower the temperature the longer it will take to heat up.
It maybe useful if your baby is fussy with the temperature of the milk as it can keep the milk a certain temperature for as long as you want, but I found it easier keeping the milk in the jug of water or bottle bag, it keeps the chill off the milk, for as long as I needed as you can't use after 2 hours anyway. So this product wasn't made for me.
The Tommee Tippee Electric Bottle Warmer is something my husband and I picked up whilst I was pregnant, so we could warm up expressed breast milk and when we moved on to follow on milk at six months, warm that up too. I have to say that on reflection we didn't use it anywhere near as much as we expected to and really it wasn't for us that essential a buy.
The price was right; we bought it in the sales for £10 from Mothercare, so it certainly didn't break the bank. The bottle warmer is a very simple design in white and grey with a white flex and plug, and it has three heat settings, 1 being the coolest up to three the hottest. Basically it works like a little kettle, you put your water in, pop the bottle in and switch it on, after 5 minutes your bottle is warm and ready to use. It's supposed to be safer than using a microwave which is not recommended as you get hot spots.
For us though the whole process was just way too slow. The expressed breast milk was kept in the fridge in storage bags, and used when my husband was looking after her, or my mum or inlaws. But the breast milk is so cold that even after 10 minutes on setting three the milk was only just tepid. You need to leave it in there a good 15 minutes from cold to get it to a drinkable temperature, and my daughter liked it warm. Also we found that the bottles could sometimes leak around the ring slightly (Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles), and make the water go cloudy, meaning the entire bottle warmer would need to be cleaned out otherwise it would smell - basically what was supposed to be a time saving device has actually meant my daughter was screaming for a bottle for 15 minutes and we ended up with something to clean!
In effect, it's a kettle, so really it's just as easy to boil the kettle and half fill up a pyrex jug and warm the milk that way. I don't really think that for me this worked, and though I don't feel hard done by at the tenner it cost, I can't really recommend it based on my experiences with it. Once my daughter got to six months we made her follow on milk with boiled water so it was already warm and there was no need to use the bottle warmer. (And you can have a brew as well!!)
It is in the loft, and I don't know if it will be unearthed for baby no2... so it's 2 stars out of five from me, a good idea, but flawed, it's too slow!
We got the Tommee Tippee electric bottle warmer as part of a feeding set. We wouldn't have chosen to purchase one ourselves but since it was in the set, we thought we'd give it a go. We recently had a baby boy and ended up having to breastfeed him. We thought this would be perfect as we planned to make up bottles and store in fridge then rewarm using this warmer. This didn't work out as well as promised.
To use the warmer, you take your bottle (this can accept most sizes of bottles, but it seems to work best with the Tommee Tippee bottles for obvious reasons) and fill the warmer with water up to the height of the milk in the bottle. The warmer has a control dial with 3 settings, the highest warms the bottle while the other 2 keep it at a constant temperature. The instructions state it can heat a 150ml bottle from room temperature to warm in around 4 minutes.
We used this religiously for the first few weeks as I wasn't keen on heating the bottles in the microwave due to hot spots being created. At first this seemed to work well as my son was happy with room temperature milk and was on small amounts of milk, so we only had to take the chill off the bottle for him to be happy. This would only take about 2-3 minutes. Obviously with a crying hungry baby, the quicker the feed is ready, the better! It was ideal for night as well, as we could make up the feeds and heat them up when needed, saving us several minutes, meaning the baby wasn't too disturbed and would go back to sleep easily.
As he started getting bigger and taking bigger feeds, we found it was taking longer and longer to heat up the bottle and the inconvience was growing. It would sometimes take up to around 10 minutes and the milk hadn't even reached room temperature. Waiting longer for the bottle meant the baby was getting more distressed and during the night this meant he was less likely to settle afterwards. In the end, we decided enough was enough and tried warming in the microwave. this turned out just as good if not better as 30 seconds and it was done. the warmer is now packed up and taking up space in the back of a cupboard.
I wouldn't recommend this bottle warmer. I found for the expensive of it, you would be better using the microwave, or if you don't like that, a jug of hot water will do the same job for free! I'm glad we didn't waste money on this, there are much more useful things to spend money on with a baby.
This product does exactly the job it's designed for. It warms a bottle. It comes with instructions that make no sense what so ever. Apparently the number settings will warm to a desired temperature and then auto turn off. This feature certainly didn't work for me. The low setting took too long to arm the bottle and the higher settings warm the bottle too much or too quickly so by the time I came back to it the bottle was too hot to serve.
I found that if I didn't watch it like a hawk then the bottle became too hot and had to be cooled before given to my baby. Not much good when you have crying baby on your hands. I also noticed that if you fill it by more than an inch or so when the water boils it all bubbles over cause the surface to become soaked with water.
I must say my biggest warning about this product is how easily can you burn yourself when using it. Besides the boiling hot water that it spits everywhere (ouch!) it produces a lot of steam. This means that when you attempt to remove the bottle from it you get your fingers burnt. The taller bottles aren't so difficult to retrieve but the smaller size can be very tricky.
The product is easy and quick to clean and descale meaning you can very easily restore to its original condition to obtain the best results possible.
For me it wasn't a great buy and you could achieve the same result by using a bowl of boiled water to be honest It does what it's supposed to but it makes a mess in the process.
My last few reviews have been covering the baby items we bought when we discovered we were going to be parents for the first time and since the arrival of our son a couple of weeks ago we've now had the opportunity to try out the things we bought. The subject of this review, Tommee Tippee's bottle warmer has been a much-used item that has more than proven itself to have been a worthwhile purchase and as we're bottle feeding our newborn it's certainly been put through its paces with it being used at least 6 times a day.
The bottle warmer's simple design makes this really easy to use, the body of the warmer has a 3 stage dial which controls the temperature of the water and an illuminating light which acts as a visual indicator telling you when the water has heated to the correct temperature for warming up the contents of a nursing bottle. You are supplied with a handy reference book that lists the recommended warming times for different sized bottles and amounts of formula and it's simply a case of adding cold water from the tap into the bowl of the warmer, setting the dial at whatever level you want, waiting for the light to go out and adding your bottle to the water. It doesn't have a timer built in to the machine which I think is a bit of a shame as that would have made for a handy addition so you will need to keep an eye on either a watch or clock though we use a digital timer as I have one already in my kitchen for my cooker which only cost a couple of quid from Asda which makes the timings a lot easier for us.
It doesn't take too long to heat up the water you add, a couple of minutes maybe although I would add here that there's no 'maximum' mark on the interior of the bowl and you are instructed to leave at least 10ml of space from the top. Obviously the amount of water you add will be determined by how heavy your bottle is as there is water displacement so there is a a bit of trial and error in getting the right amount although once you've figured it out you'll know for the next bottle and other than the potential annoyance of spilling water over your worktops it really is as simple as that to use. TT claim that it's suitable for use with any bottle, we've had Tommee Tippee's and Dr Brown's in mine and it's held them both nicely although I do suspect that it has been made more for their own bottles than their rivals but haven't tried other makes so can't say for certain. If you own bottles from other manufacturers then I wouldn't bank on this one holding them so I would suggest either trying one before buying or select something else just to be on the safe side, our 'closer to nature' bottles fit perfectly though so if you do have TT bottles then this would be the obvious choice of warmer.
I like the warmers shape, it has rounded edges and sits firmly on my kitchen counter. It's not terribly heavy but has a decent enough weight to make it sturdy and the plastic construction feels well made and durable. The warmer comes attached to a mains cable that is of good length so it doesn't have to be sat too near to a plug socket and whilst I do think that it's white colour could become a bit grubby looking over time it's easy enough just to wipe over to remove any water marks that may form on the outside walls. Obviously it should be kept out of children's reach, the water does get hot when it's in use and you do need to be careful when removing a bottle as that gets hot too, it doesn't boil the water it holds but care should be given when using it and do remember to turn it off at the wall as there's no on/off switch on the warmer itself (other than the dial starting at '0') either which again is a shame as it would have made it slightly better than it actually is.
For the amount it costs to buy (around £15.00 - £20.00 depending on where you purchase it from) I do think it represents decent value for money, it's certainly a lot safer than using boiling water in a jug although that would be a more inexpensive option so I suppose it comes down to a families budget if they think it's a worthwhile purchase. For us being new parents and going a bit overboard with the things we bought it is a useful item that is used multiple times every day although it could have had a few extra features that would have made it slightly better in my opinion. The lack of an on/off switch and an inbuilt timer prevents me from awarding a five star rating here although its something I would recommend to other parents, it's definitely a useful item for warming bottles and even food jars when you get to the weaning stage and all in all I do like its simple, no-nonsense design.
Widely available both online and on the high street and from a recognised and respected name the Tommee Tippee electric bottle warmer gets a very good four star rating from me. Thanks for reading my review.
When you have your first baby you go out and seem to buy everything baby related, it is only when you actually start using them that you begin to see what is actually useful and what's not. Unfortunately this bottle warmer fell into the not useful category!
We bought it on a whim, I had seen it and thought what a great idea something to warm my babies bottles up when his hungry! It was around £15 which I have to admit isn't a bad price, especially as it was Tommee Tippee and this is a well known baby brand. We also had already bought Tommee Tippee bottles and so thought it was best to get the right warmer for it so it would work best.
It is quite a small little thing and looks quite discreet on your kitchen side which I liked. It is mainly white with a small dial on the front. It is made from a sort of plastic and is very easy to keep clean with a quick wipe over.
To use it you simply pop your bottle in the hole in the container and then pour some water in remembering to leave a slight gap at the top. Switch it on and turn the dial to setting three and then there you go you just have to wait...and wait you do. The bottle warmer first has to warm the water in the container and then this hot water warms your bottle up. It used to take around 10 minutes for me to get my babies bottles to the right temperature! And I soon realised I had a kettle in the kitchen which did the same job. Simply boil kettle, pour water in bowl, stand bottle in bowl. And that did it twice as quick.
As soon as I realised this the bottle warmer was made redundant and has since sat in the kitchen cupboard.
Overall its a good idea but it just doesn't work. I would save your pennies as you really don't need this!
As is probably obvious from my multiple reviews of anything Tommee Tippee when my daughter was a baby we had every gadget going with this brand stamped on it, and this bottle warmer was another one of the gifts we were lucky to receive!
- The product -
It is a little white machine which is ideal as a way of heating milk in a bottle and also pots of food. (Can't be putting it in the microwave now, hot spots and all that jazz! Not good for baby!) It is able to fit the wider and rounder Tommee Tippee back to nature bottles comfortably so has a good circumference to it. It has a cable of about a metre long to plug into a socket to use the appliance.
- How to use -
Instructions are simple (according to the box!) and are to make life easier when making baby bottles. To begin with, you fill the bottle warmer (as it is named although can be used for other purposes) with cold water 10mm below the rim, so when the bottle is immersed the water does not overflow out of the appliance. Then there are different settings depending on what and how much is being warmed. For example a 150ml back to nature sized bottle of milk from room temperature should be left for 4 minutes whereas from the fridge it should be done for 5 minutes. (By the way the warmer should be on the MIN setting when timing it in the warmer.) By reading the manual it will be easy to adapt the settings depending on how much milk is being warmed and where it has been stored. It has a knob to adjust the temperature if just wanting to keep the milk warm, or to actually heat it from cold.
- Price -
I see today the RRP is £21.99 on the Tommee Tippee website, but amazon have it at a little bargain price of £15.98. I think when we got ours a few years ago it was around a tenner, but I'm not sure where the person who gave it to us as a gift acquired it from!
- My Opinion -
Whilst this is a fantastic invention, it still has it's downsides. It is an amazing concept from Tommee Tippee as warming bottles as any mother will say can be a nightmare. We all know the quickest way would be in the microwave but this is just not feasible as it doesn't actually warm the milk/food properly but more heats up the particles inside and also causes hot spots which will scald poor baby which none of us want happening! So, the next old school way is heating it up in a pan of boiling water on the fire/hob and let it heat up that way. This is also a long drawn out process! So I was glad for this gift, but have to say that 4 minutes to heat up a bottle when you have a screaming baby still feels like a lifetime!
Also, as fancy and ideal as this product may come across it is in no way perfect. The recommendations of time according to how much milk is being warmed and if it was in the fridge or not, really is just a guideline and it is of course imperative to do the usual test of pouring a few drops on the wrist to check the temperature is safe enough for baby to consume. For the first time, I followed the instructions to the T and left the bottle for 3 minutes and as I tested it before giving my daughter the milk I thought it was far too hot! Of course there are so many relative factors like how much water you put in the bottle warmer to begin with (lets be frank, I am not exactly going to measure that I put enough water in that it is 10mm below the rim, I just estimate with my eyeline!) which will determine the heat of the milk but nonetheless still exercise some caution on relying on this product too heavily when warming food/milk.
Lastly my only gripe was that this bottle warmer really is designed for the back to nature bottles to be placed inside and not much else (although the website of course advertises it fits most bottle sizes). I was using the back to nature bottles predominantly in the beginning stages of her life but once my daughter got to 8/9 months and could hold the bottle herself we moved up to the larger, slimmer Tommee Tippee standard neck bottles which did not sit well in this bottle warmer and so it was inefficient to warm the milk. This then rendered it particularly useless as I generally made my daughter's meals from scratch and was a rare occasion that I did end up using this appliance to warm food in it to be quite frank. Also, I found when I did heat food it was a million times easier to just heat it up quickly in a saucepan on the hob rather than go through the rigmarole of putting it in a container, and putting the container in a heating device which would just take longer to be honest.
Overall, this is a good bottle warmer, and going back in time I probably would use it again I just wish it could fit bigger bottles in! I would recommend it to those who are having a baby and want something to heat bottles with little fuss/mess. It isn't too expensive so go put it on your baby shower list and get it for free :)
I couldn't be without my Tommee Tippee Electric Bottle Warmer. It makes heating up bottles of milk and water very easy, which is just what you need as a busy mum.
At the same time though it is not without its faults.
I purchased this particular bottle warmer because it is made by Tommee Tippee which is a well-known and respected brand in the baby product world.
It is small and unobtrusive in the kitchen and appealing to the eye anyway, coming in a nice clean white with just a small grey dial on the front. It can simply be plugged in ready to use when ever you need it. It does not have any fiddly separate parts to deal with and clean.
To use it you put the bottle you wish to heat into the circular container, which is the bottle warmer, before filling the container carefully with water, leaving about an inch to spare at the top so the bottle is now sitting in water.
You then need to switch the appliance on at the wall and turn the dial on the front of the warmer all the way round to setting three. The time the milk or water then takes to heat depends on the size of the bottle. A smaller bottle of 150ml takes five minutes and a larger bottle of 240ml takes nine minutes. I have discovered that it does not matter how full either of these bottles is, the time still remains the same for each size as it is the size of the bottle not how full it is which determines how long it takes to heat up.
It was this particular point which I was not totally clear on when first using the bottle warmer as I was not sure if when using a large bottle which was only half full whether it would take just five minutes for example.
The instructions are quite clear with a table showing what size bottles take which time to heat up, but because Tommee Tippee instructions come in so many different languages the whole process of reading and understanding them can prove more complex. But as with a lot of baby products once you have used them a few times you wonder how it ever seemed complex.
The main criticism I would have with this bottle warmer is it does not have an inbuilt timer. This means you cannot go away and leave the milk warming without setting your own stopwatch. I tend to use my mobile phone now to time how long the milk has been heating. There is no need to panic if you let the milk heat a minute or so longer than it should but it would have been useful if there had been a timer on the warmer and even a light or beeping noise to alert the user when the milk is done as you always have to have one eye on the clock.
Otherwise, the bottle warmer is very hard wearing. Mine has been in constant use for the last 11 months and it has not had any problems.
The warmer can also be used to heat up food jars but I have not personally tried this out and milk can be left to stand in the hot water to hold its temperature once the milk is heated.
As a note of advice however, the milk is heated to a temperature hotter than drinking temperature for a baby so will need to be left to stand for a good five minutes first. This bottle warmer is certainly a must-have item and at a price of around £15 to £20 it is highly affordable in relation to its usefulness.
Tommie Tippee Electric Bottle Warmer.
When my grandson was born my daughter was unable to breast feed for long and he had to be put on a bottle, this meant having to buy a bottle warmer from Mothercare and it cost £7.99 for a Tommie Tippee Electric Bottle Warmer which was the same brand as the close to nature bottles we had already bought and a reasonable price to pay.
The bottle warmer comes in a silver cardboard box and has the picture of the bottle warmer on the front, it also has a cute little baby being held by it's mother on the side of the box and has a good instruction leaflet inside to follow before using it.
The bottle warmer isn't to big and clumsy and is about eight inches high maybe less but just large enough to hold a 250 ml babies bottle or a jar of baby food as it is a food warmer too. The unit is white with a hollow place where the bottle fits in and it has a grey dial on the front with the numbers 0-3 which can be turned to adjust the heat of the bottle or food you are warming up.
You can use this to heat up breast milk too if you are expressing the milk and it has a warming time of four minutes for a bottle or jar of food. It heats the baby milk up to a temperature of 20 degrees centigrade which is about an average room temperature, so it doesn't boil the milk just heats it up
The first time I used this unit I had to stand and watch it as my children were born over thirty years ago the method of standing a bottle in a bowl of warm water to heat it up then testing it on your wrist seemed very old fashioned all of a sudden.
The unit heats the milk adequately but always test it on the back of the wrist as you never know if it's a little hot for a new baby to drink. Even though it times the heat of the milk nicely I still like to test the temperature the old fashioned way. I have my grandson once a week and keep him over night as I like to help my daughter get a good nights sleep and also want to bond with the baby, so this unit comes with him every time he comes to stay and is used at every feed.
I have found this bottle warmer to be very helpful in the middle of the night feeding time as he wakes slowly for his feeds and you can hear him wriggling and making little noises in his sleep before he wakes, this is the time I pop the bottle in the warmer as by the time it is heated, my grandson has usually opened his eyes and began to grumble a little. Then the feed is waiting for him instead of him waiting for his feed.
This bottle warmer has given us the ability to get a good routine going. We make up the bottles during the day and then again for the night time feeds, keep them in the fridge and warm them with the bottle warmer when needed.
This is suitable for breast milk, formula milk and baby food when they are old enough to eat it. I think for the price it is a bargain as it's a very useful part of the feeding routine for the baby.
It has won the Mother and baby awards for best bottle warmer and they also have a web site if you need any information on the product or other baby products they have, you can go to www.tommieetippee.com to have a look if you are interested.
When we bought this at mothercare we got a seven day money back guarantee but also got a guarantee for a year when you send off the form to tommiee tippee. So far it has been used daily and nightly every three hours or less for the feeds and now my grandson is seven weeks old and is hasn't gone wrong at all it looks like it's going to be a good handy baby product that I will be happy to recommend to you if your bottle feeding your baby.
10 out of 10 for this one.
If you make up milk bottles before you need them and store them in the fridge they are cold and need warming up. I know some parents use the microwave but I have always been worried about hotspots so if your baby is fussy like ours then you will need a bottle warmer. We chose the Tommee Tippee one because we had them type of bottles.
It heats up the milk to a warm temperature, it has 3 settings, setting 1 is once it is warmed you can keep it warm on this setting if you have a small amount of milk, setting 2 is for a slightly larger amount and keeps it warm, setting 3 is for heating up the milk from cold for any amount of milk depending on how much you have the longer it takes. Once it is at the highest temperature the light will go off in my experience 8oz needs the light to go on and off twice until warm I haven't timed it but I would judge about 4 minutes.
With this type of warmer because it is a branded one then it is pacifically for the Tommee Tippee bottles thinking I was going to stick with them forever but I have tried putting others in and it warms them up just as well, but need to be careful with the how much water you put in because it varies.
If I needed to buy a new one then I would probably try one that wasn't a brand so it didn't have the shape of a particular bottle and the price of it was about £20 when we bought it and we did look around for the best price but they seem to be all around the same. This product does the job you want it to do and never had any problems with it very reliable.
When we got bought this item, we actually thought it would be a waste of time and that it was a bit gimmiky and wouldnt get much use. How wrong we were.
This bottle warmer was fantastic. I was unable to breastfeed so we used it from the birth of my son up until about a month ago (as he decided he didnt want warm milk any more.)
All we used to go was make up a bottle, sterilse it, put cool boiled water in it then put it in the warmer at number 1. We would then just leave it in there until it was needed and it made quick work preparing a bottle.
There are different heat settings 1-3. We found that a couple of minutes on no. 3 would heat up a bottle from being cold. We used to take ours up to bed with us to prevent us from having to go downstairs in the middle of the night to do night feeds.
The bottle warmer was easy to use and clean.
Would definately recommend.
I first bought this bottle warmer with the thought that i would use it for the night time feeds. As I found that having to get up, boil the kettle, make up the bottle then put in a jug of cold water was taking far too long when my baby was crying upstairs desperate for a feed, I decided I would make up a few bottles in the evening and put in the fridge and heat up during the night in the bottle warmer. When my baby was on small feeds like 60ml it was very useful as the bottles were warming up within a matter of a couple of minutes and it was a lot quicker, but I did find that as the feeds were increasing in size the bottles were taking a lot longer to heat up and i was having to shake to bottle and put it back in as the outside was warm but the inside still cold, it got to the point where it was quicker to do it the old way boiling the kettle! I think it is a good product which does what it says but I found I only use of it for a couple of weeks and wondered if maybe just heating it up in some boiling water would have done the same!