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As I was already using Tommee Tippee bottles and teats, I decided that this steriliser would be a perfect fit within my baby feeding routine.
Initially I was using a microwave steriliser, only sterilising one bottle at a time for each feed. I found this time consuming, especially if you end up with a screaming baby waiting for a bottle while you sterilise and prepare a feed.
So once my baby was about two weeks old, I decided to buy this.
My baby is now 2 months old, and I am so glad I bought this product.
I set everything up in the steriliser in the morning; bottles, teats, dummies, bottle lids and any other accessories, and set it going. This lasts me all day, and I will then pop a few bottles in ready for a night feed and the first feed of the morning. Everything is just there ready to pick up and go. The machine holds 8 bottles, but I usually but in 4, plus all my other things that need sterilising as to not crowd the inside.
The machine itself looks great, but is bulky. It takes up quite a bit of space on the kitchen counter, but it is a sleek design, so isn't an eyesore.
- No need for any manual work or sterilising tablets, just plus in and go.
- Fits a large amount of bottles and/or equipment.
- Easy to use. Just pop in 80mls of water and let it do the rest!
- Easy to clean, no nooks or crannies!
- Once switched on, you cannot turn off until the cycle is complete. So if you forget something part way through, or need to open the steriliser, you will need to let it run it's course first.
- residue does build up quite fast on the element after prolonged use, but as mentioned above, it is easy to clean.
- It is advertised as only taking around 5 mins, but even with the correct amount of water in, I sometimes find it is still running after 10!
- There seems to be a lot of condensation and water left over once finished.
- Make sure you leave for at least 10 minutes after sterilising to avoid scolding.
- Do not place underneath any other equipment or cupboards as it creates a lot of steam and could be a damp risk.
Despite having some negatives, it's something I would not be able to do without, and a product I recommend for any parent bottle feeding their baby on a regular basis.
Bought my steriliser back in 2010 and used it very day, sometimes twice for about a year. Then reused it this year for the birth of my second little boy, so I've definitely got my money out of it. The product is super easy to use, only takes a couple of minutes to sterilise the bottles. It does only hold 6, which was a pain at the start as my little boy was on about 8 a day so I couldn't clean them all in one go but that's probably the only real downside. I bought it in the sale from argos, it always seems to be on offer so shop around. A steriliser is definitely something that I wouldn't buy second hand and due to our hard water area it has needed descaling at some point. Even grandma can work out how to use if, which must mean that it's super straightforward.
I purchased this via mothercare whilst I was pregnant with my second boy. I had previously used avent and had no issues with it, so I only purchased Tommie tippee as it was on offer.
Once home, I went through the instructions and set it up. Firstly it's quite compact so even in the smallest kitchen you can find space for it. I got a variety of bottles with it all accompanied with teets, including two of the next size. This was useful as it meant I was ready to feed my baby without much fuss.
The sterilisation as quick and simple. A bright orange light lets you know that it's working and after just 8 minutes it's ready for you to make your bottle. Which is perfect as babies can catch you off guard at times.
The extra accessories were a god send. The little milk carriers individual to each bottle make taking baby out a doodle. And the bottle warmer is perfect if you need to warm a bottle up.
All in all it was definitely a worth while buy and I've had no issues with it. It covers all your sterilising needs with the minimum fuss.
***What is it***
Tommee Tippee is one of several well known manufacturers of baby feeding equipment. If you plan to use bottles with your baby either for formula feeding or for expressed breast milk, sterilisation is an absolutely critical thing that you must do in order to make the feeding equipment safe for your babies. It kills all the nasty bugs that love to breed in warm damp places. There are several methods available that will do this, namely by cold sterilisation, by boiling or by steam. This Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Steriliser allows you sterilise up to 6 Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles at a time, and keeps the contents inside sterile for up to 24 hours.
has a super fast sterilisation cycle that lasts only five minutes, and then keeps the contents sterile for 24 hours if you leave the lid shut once the sterilisation process has ended. This is perfect for either when you need to use feeding equipment or accessories as soon as possible, or to prepare them for later use (for example you could sterilise your baby feeding equipment in the evening, ready to be used the next morning).
This product is super easy to use, simply plug it into a wall socket. After washing and rinsing the dirty bottles, fill one up to the dashed line marked on the bottle and tip this into the base of the steriliser. Place the bottles upside down onto the lower tray, it has circles on the tray so you can easily know where to place them. Then add the upper tray on top, and put on the teats and lids. You can also add in other small things you want sterilised such as dummies or spoons etc. Put the sterilisers lid on, press the large button on the front. It will heat up the water and sterilise the contents in about 5 minutes. You know its done when the light switches off. Do be careful if you take the lid off straight after use as the steam and contents are still very very hot. Its best to leave it another few minutes or so to cool down a bit.
On the next use you need to unplug the base and empty out the water....this brings me to one of the things i don't like about the product, as the lead is connected to the base, it would be nice if you could empty out the left over water somehow without having to take it all apart and unplug it and you must make sure to hold the plug out the way of the sink and water! They say you can turn the lid upside down for a sterile surface, but i never do this. It is slimline in shape, it does take up some space on your worktop, but if you are using bottles regularly this product is great and worth making a little space for. Its
BPA free too, something that is very important in baby feeding equipment.
**Why did i buy this product***
I bought this product as i decided to use Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles when i started expressing milk for my oldest child. It seemed to make sense to get the sterilser to match. I also have the microwave steam sterliser, but this is the one i use every day. The first one i purchased for my eldest son broke down and stopped heating when my 2nd son was about 3 months old, but it had also been in storage for more than 2 years in between, so i dont blame the product for this. I went out and bought another one, which lasted another 9 months with my second child and is still going strong after being in storage for 3.5 year and being used daily with my youngest child for the last 7 months.
***Would i buy it again***
Yes, to me its one of the essential things you need when you have a baby and are going to be using bottles. I love Tommee Tippee make, and i think the fact that i haven't felt the need to switch or try another brand with all three of my children shows what a great product this is.
I purchased this steriliser when I was pregnant with my first child in 2010, I hadn't any particular brand in mind, but I spotted this in mothercare reduced to £20 so this made the decision for me.
Features of the steriliser;
*orange button that switches off when sterilising cycle complete
*space inside for 6 tommee tippee bottles (though I have also used other sized brands too) plus I also sterilise dummies in there
*bottles will stay sterile for 24hours as long as lid is not opened
*short 5 minute sterilising cycle
The inside of the steriliser contains two trays, one for the bottom where the bottles sit, and one for the top where the bottle teats and lids sit. Using the steriliser is very simple. All tommee tippee bottles have a dotted line on them, this is to show where to fill water up to to pour into the steriliser. This water is poured into the steriliser on the bottom and the two trays are then put in the steriliser, they easily slot into each other. The lid is then placed on, button pressed and off you go.
We are now on our second use of this steriliser, as we have just had our second child 11 weeks ago. The steriliser has shown great durability, as between uses we have had a house move and several trips away where we have taken it with us and it has been bashed around a little. However this has caused no problems and the steriliser works as well as it did when new. My only problem with taking it away is that it is quite large and not the most convenient to take around with you, I've also found it takes up quite abit of space on my kitchen work surface so I put it away in the cupboard between uses.
The use of the steriliser itself has been great. The cycle is very quick so I don't need to sterilise bottles too far in advance to making up feeds and because the bottles stay sterile as long as the lid stays closed I don't need to worry about rushing to get the bottles sorted if something else takes up my time. It is also good that it is so simple to use as leaving my children with babysitters hasn't meant hours of explanation or notes on the side to explain how to use! To clean the steriliser, I just buy steriliser deschaler sachets from Boots to keep it working well and wash the trays in the usual way with washing up liquid.
I would give this steriliser 4 out of 5. It has been long lasting and is easy to use, but I do find it abit bulky.
I bought the tommee tippee sterilizer whilst I was still pregnant and trying to get all organized by buying everything I would need.
I bought it from the internet for around £40. There are sometimes offers on at Boots etc though so it's definitely worth shopping around.
I was really pleased with the look of the sterilizer it is an oval shape so it doesn't take up lots of work top space in the kitchen. Along the front is a display that tells you how far along in the sterilizing process it is.
On the top is a white lid and you can see through it. When the sterilizer is working it lets out the steam from the top
When I started using the sterilizer I was really pleased with it and found it very easy to use you can lift a section out of it so that you can easily position the bottles etc when it is out on the worktop rather than having to reach inside. I have found it very easy to clean out and descale, this needs to be done every 6 weeks.
The thing that I found best about this sterilizer which is much better than cold water sterilizers is the speed at which it works. The whole thing takes about 5 minutes. 6 bottles can be fitted in at a time so its great to prepare all the bottles in one go. You can instantly see by looking at the display on the front what stage in the process it is and how long is left. It is simple to operate it just plugs in and switches on - you can't get it much simpler than that!
I would recommend this sterilizer to anyone with a baby it really is great as are all the Tommee Tippee products
I bought this steriliser a few years ago for £30. I thought it sounded very practical and because it was from a brand I trust I thought it would be very good.
This steriliser is a steam one which means you don't need a microwave or milton so all you need is an electricity supply for this to work. This made it very practical to me.
It is quite large, it would hold 4 bottles easily but it's not very wide so it doesn't intrude on work space so it's very cleverly designed how it is shaped. I don't want it to take up much surface space so the shape is good.
It is simple to look at just white with a digital display at the bottom.
You put the bottles in facing down wards and all the small parts that go with them on the shelf unit at the top before adding water. You measure the water out using a little jug provided or you can use a bottle. Then you put the lid down and press the button. It works through a system of heating up, sterilising, cooling down, being ready and then needing to be sterilised again. The display tells you which stage it is at.
It is supposed to take 8 minutes to sterilise but it definitely takes longer than that, it takes at least 8 minutes to sterilise and then the cooling down stage is another five minutes or so.
Once you take the lid off the bottles have an hour to be used. After an hour you should sterilise it again. If you don't remove the lid it has 3 hours to be used and the display will count the hours down. I find this display was very, very useful and what our latest steriliser lacks.
The steriliser did need cleaning regularly as it built up limescale very quickly. I would just clean it with warm soapy water and give it a good scrub.
After about 8 months of use this broke and would no longer work without giving any indication it was failing. This was very inconvinient and I have read other reviews that say something similar. Such a let down you would think better of this brand and for the price too.
I didn't buy another one of this kind as I didn't want the same to happen. Although I do think it was a useful steriliser because it had the display that would count down and it didn't take up much work space yet held a lot of bottles I feel that it took longer than it promised and it was unreliable as it broke.
I can only give it 3 stars.
We brought this steriliser to go with the tommee tippee bottles we had brought as they fit perfectly. However you could easily use other bottle types with this steriliser too. The steriliser holds six bottles. There are two shelves the bottom one for the bottles. The top for the lids and teats. There is also space between the lids to put dummies in as well if needed. You also get tongs for the removal of items such as dummies without the need for you to touch.
Instructions are clear and easy to follow, however it is very easy to use you simply put water in the bottom, fill it up plug it in and press the on button. When machine is on the on switch light turns orange and will go off when cycle finishes. However it does seem to take much longer than the specified time for bottles to be ready, and it does take awhile for them to cool down enough to remove. Be aware that if you remove the lid whilst still hot you could burn yourself from the steam. Also even once cooled water will accummulate in the lid. Bottles remain sterile for 24 hours within the steriliser provided you do not remove the lid, once the lid is removed you need to store the bottles in the fridge.
The steriliser itself is very easy to clean. It is quite bulky and takes up a lot of room on the kitchen side but to be fair it would struggle to be any smaller and still sterilise 6 bottles at a time. Definetely a product I would buy again if needed. Highly recommend.
I was given this steriliser as a present before my little boy was born. After doing much research on the various brands of baby equipment, Tommee Tippee was the most reviewed and cheapest option. The steriliser cost £24.99 on offer from Morrisons.
When I first opened the box I was surprised with how big the steriliser was. It is a bit of a bulky item and does take up alot of the kitchen work top. The steriliser itself has two racks, one to put the bottles on the bottom and one to put the lids/teats on. The steriliser is really easy to use. I wash all the bottles, put them in the steriliser, pour the water in the bottom of the steriliser, put the lid on and switch it on. The switch goes orange to tell you its on.
If I leave the room, the steriliser makes a slight clicking noise when it is finished. This is useful to know for when your not in the kitchen, as then you know when to switch it off. The light also goes off.
On the instructions it states the sterilising time takes five minutes, however I have found the steriliser generally takes longer, up to 10-12 mins. But this could be down to the variation of how much I put in. Usually, I tend to measure the correct amount of water, but even then it still takes longer. Which is a real pain with a hungry baby.
Additionally, the steriliser takes a considerable amount of time to cool down. If I am in a rush and need to get a feed ready asap, I can't let it cool down. But as soon as you lift up the lid you get steam coming out, which has burnt my fingers before. Also, it seems in the lid of the steriliser excess water collects and you have to watch when lifting the lid you don't get water everywhere.
Overall, if you are planning on using tommee tippee bottles I would definitely recommend using the steriliser as well. I would never consider buying it full price but if its on offer in a shop then buy it. It does what its meant to do. Its nothing fancy.
Before my daughter was born, I bought a variety of items for her bottle feeding, most of which were Tommee Tippee products. The main item being their steam steriliser which I purchased at a bargain price in Tesco of £24.99. I remember seeing it at the time in other stores at £44.99 so was made up with my purchase and felt like I had grabbed a great buy. After a quick internet check today, it's on sale for £39.99 from a few major retailers but can be found in special offers too.
In the box comes a white and grey steriliser with a clear lid measuring approximately 34cm x 27cm x 19cm, a teat tong, a small 150ml tommee tippee closer to nature bottle, a dummy suitable for newborns up to three months and the instruction manual. The steriliser is quite slim so fits in my kitchen well and doesn't look too out of place. I would say my kitchen worktops are average sized compared to others and it leaves plenty of room width wise to make bottles up in front of the steriliser. The little bottle that came with it still gets used a lot now when we're out and about and was really useful when she was smaller and didn't drink as much milk.
The steriliser holds six of their own brand bottles with a rack at the bottom to hold the main bottle and then a rack on the top to place the teats and bottle lids in. The one thing I have noticed is that it is a bit trickier to fit other products into it like feeding bowls - even tommee tippee bowls. I did buy boots own brand bottles to use when away from home and they are a nightmare to fit in the steriliser so it is only ideal really for use with their own bottles.
The rack on the top slots onto the rack on the bottom so the bottom one has to be filled before you can place the top rack inside the steriliser. There's little grooves that you can place the six bottles and six teats into so that they are spaced properly and a little clip on the top rack to rest each of the lids in so that they just hover over the teats. The water for the steriliser is added by lifting the two racks out so that it's empty and then pouring the recommended amount of 80ml inside over the element at the bottom. Then voila - all you need to do is place the two racks back in with all your rinsed, milk free bottles, teats and lids, plug in, switch on and wait!
The steriliser has an orange light that appears when it's busy sterilising and once it's completed it's job the light turns off. The instructions tell you to wait for at least three minutes and this I definitely recommend to do - I stupidly in a panic (needing a bottle for a very hungry baby!) opened it as soon as it had finished and it was so hot to touch the bottles inside and it burnt my fingers. Hence, I've learnt my lesson and not done that again!
Tommee Tippee say that the cycle takes 5 minutes although I've noticed mine seems to take longer sometimes - it might be though that I've been lazy and not measured the water correctly and maybe put too much in. I'm a bit paranoid about it because I accidently switched it on for a few seconds a couple of months ago without the water not thinking (obviously had little sleep that night!) and it really wasn't happy and made a grumbling, strange noise so now I make an effort to make sure the element at the bottom is covered in water properly.
When you open the steriliser you have to be really careful taking the lid off. Because of the steam it creates, a pool of water gathers in the lid and as there are little vent holes in the top of the lid, it is very easy to spill this water - I usually take the lid off and run to the sink with it to empty as soon as the three minute wait is over and before doing any bottle making - otherwise (and I'm speaking from experience!) you forget the water is there and it ends up spilling all over the place! I would think this happens with steam sterilisers in general though because the water has to go somewhere I assume?!
The Tommee Tippee steriliser came with a big orange sticker on to remind me that it needs descaling once every 4 weeks - I think it depends on what your water is like at home as to how often but I've noticed that mine seems to need it doing once every 2-3 weeks because after 2 weeks it starts to build up this browny coloured residue at the bottom and over parts of the racks. I use boots steam steriliser sachets and they always bring it up looking a treat but it soon needs descaling again, as far as I know Tommee Tippee don't sell their own descaling sachets for use in it. It is easy to dismantle the bottom rack (that has a handle on it that the top rack attaches to) so that all of the little nooks and crannies can be reached when descaling.
This steriliser has been used hundreds of times in our house and quite honestly I don't know what I'd have done without it it's been one of the star purchases we made in preparation for our baby. I really do recommend it to everyone who decides to use their branded bottles because it's perfect.
We received this tommee tippee electronic steam steriliser when we had our first child this year. We also have the tommee tippee closer to nature bottles so this is perfect for us. The steriliser consists of a white basin, a clear plastic lid and a two tier bottle rack with space for six bottles. It was really easy to put together for the first time use, all the element just pop together. The instructions were also really straightforward which is a godsend when you don't have a lot of time to read bulky manuals. It is really easy to use, you just take apart the bottle and place it in the rack and add 80ml of water. The steriliser is ideal if you already have the tommee tippee bottles as these fit perfect into the rack, the bottle also has a line on the scale at the side for the 80ml of water needed, this is great as it saves fiddly measuring. The cycle lasts around 5-8 minutes and once it has cooled slightly, the bottles are ready for use. The steriliser keeps them sterile for 24 hours after a cycle as long as the lid is not removed which is very handy if you do what I do and sterilise last thing at night so things are ready for the morning. It is a very good steriliser and i would definitely recommend it.
I got this as part of a starter kit. I had done much research into bottle feeding but didn't really think there could be much to worry about when buying a steriliser. How wrong I was. I'm currently on my second version of this model but not expecting it to last much longer than the first one did - 6 months.
It's starts of great. Looks nice, sterilises quickly. That soon changes. No matter how frequently I descale it I ant get it perfectly clean looking. The sterilise time starts to increase from 5 mins to somewhere between 25 and 30. Not ideal when you need to make to bottles. This was an annoying feature but I could have lived with it if it weren't for the out of shape lid. The lid has bowed and changed shape so much that there were gaps so large not only could air get in but so could flies, spiders, ants and all sorts. This meant I could not sterilise and leave over night.
We live in a hard water area. I only ever used pre boiled water in it and would descale at least one a fortnight but this made no difference at all. It was never clean and my bottle would often be stained with dirty water.
Please don't waste your money on a less than average product.
When I was pregnant and looking at baby equipment that I would need I put steriliser on my list as although I was planning on breast feeding I didn't know if it would work out or not and I would end up using bottles. After looking around and reading some product reviews I decided on this Tommee Tippee electric steriliser. I went for the electric option rather than the microwave one due to the additional capacity as I was expecting twins. I bought my steriliser as part of a Tommee Tippee starter kit in Argos.
Using the steriliser
It is made of a lightweight BPA free plastic and is a slimline design which still takes a up a fair amount of worktop. A detailed information leaflet is included with the product which was easy to follow. To use the steriliser the element in the base has to be covered with water like you would a kettle. The element did need regular descaling but we do live in a hard water area and performance was effected when it needed doing.
You still need to wash items up before placing them in the steriliser as sterilising is in addition to giving them a good clean with your bottle brush.
The steriliser has a 2 level plastic holder
- bottom level holds up to 6 bottles
- top level holds the teats and lids with plastic clips to hold the lids in place.
The holder is easy to fill and remove for washing with the top level being removable from the bottom one.
Once your items are loaded into the steriliser it is turned on by the button on the front which lights up when on. It has an automatic cut out when it has completed it's cycle. I found this useful as I could turn it on and carry on with other things.
Features of the steriliser
The cardboard packaging tells you about the steriliser
- 24 hour sterilisation
The contents stay sterile for 24 hours or until you open the lid. In reality I never went that long before needing something but it was useful to be able to turn it on at bedtime and know things would still be sterile in the morning.
- 5 minute quick cycle
I really like how quickly this steriliser works and although 5 minutes is still a long time if you've got a baby crying for a bottle!
- Holds 6 Closer to Nature bottles
My twins didn't get on with the Closer to Nature bottles so we used NUK instead which are also wide necked and fitted into this steriliser. I also managed to fit the parts of my breast pump into the sterilisation and the pot and spoon I used to mix medication for one of my girls. I was always surprised how much I could fit in!
- Sterile preparation surface
The lid of the steriliser also acts as a sterile surface for making up bottles. I did find if the steriliser had only recently finished it's cycle the lid would be full of condensation which would need tipping away before you could use it.
Tommee Tippee usually have free items included with this steriliser which vary with time. I received a bottle, tongs, bottle brush and soother in with mine.
Price and availability
I paid about £60 for the set including this steriliser from Argos. On it's own it currently (August 2012) sells for £39.99 at Argos and £46.99 at Boots. As it is widely available it is worth shopping around to find the best price.
Would I recommend?
Yes, it is a good quality steriliser with a good capacity. We used it for the year we sterilised for and it was still in really good condition at the end.
Due to the amount of bottles I found myself washing, I decided to invest in the Tommee Tippee steriliser.
It was half price from Asda for £25.00.
Looks wise this steriliser is pretty plain-plain white with a bit of grey writing on the front. It's measurements are H33cm, W25cm, D23cm- so it doesn't take up much space at all.
The Tommee Tippee electric steriliser works very much the same as a microwavable steriliser, in the way that it can take up to six bottles and they can be different types. It also takes 80ml of water per cycle.
With the electric steriliser, there are two trays, one, which sits on the grey heated part in the bottom of the steriliser, and another which sits on the top of the bottles. The bottle tops and accessories are placed on the top tray and the lid then goes on top. We've noticed that the lid has to be on a specific way, otherwise it won't close properly.
When all the bottles are in place, you press the button on the front of the steriliser, and it lights up orange to say it is on a cycle. The cycle runs for 5 minutes and then the indicator light turns off. As with a microwavable steriliser, the bottles remain sterile for 24 hours, providing the lid remains on. When the cycle has finished, it is recommended that you don't remove any bottles for two/three minutes as they will still be hot.
The electric steriliser comes with a 1 year guarantee.
I find that although this steriliser cleans bottles quite well, the bottom of the steriliser tends to get too hot and then it goes brown. It is not as easy to keep clean as the microwavable steriliser.
I wouldn't be without my electric steriliser as I can steam bottles while using my microwave for other things. I couldn't do that when I used my microwavable steriliser. I also like the fact that I'm not handling a steriliser full of hot water, as if I tripped it could be disatrous. It's also ideal if you ar travelling due to the fact that a lot of hotel rooms don't actually have a microwave in.
I would recommend this steriliser, but make sure you have the lid on properly or the steam goes everywhere!
I used the old Tommee Tippee electric steriliser for my first baby, it didn't survive very well in the garage so we purchased the new model and I'm very pleased that we did.
This model is much easier to use and the bottles stay sterilised for 24 hours if the unit is left unopened. Bottles are fully sterile in 5 minutes, which is a great benefit as I don't have to sit around waiting for ages for bottles to be ready. It is a reasonable size and fits neatly onto the kitchen side and its modern look doesn't look out of place in my new kitchen.
This pack comes with 2 small bottles (which hold 5oz) and 2 large bottles (which hold 9oz) and 4 size 1 teats. This is ideal for a newborn baby, although we are no longer using the small bottles as my 6 week old is taking 6oz at a time. The teat size is perfect for my little one and the rate of flow allows her to drink at a steady pace.
The pack also includes an essential bottle brush, this one is much betterr than the one I bought individually.
I paid £30 for my kit from Asda as I missed the lower price deals.
Holds up to 6 bottles with accessories and features a 5 minute cycle time to sterilise baby's feeding equipment quickly and effectively.