Philips AVENT BPA Free Microwave Steam Sterilizer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
There is a newer version of this item:
- Combines the benefits of steam sterilization with the convenience of the microwave
- Steam sterilize six bottles, nipples, and caps in as little as two minutes
- Fits most microwaves
- Lightweight and compact
- Keeps contents sterile for up to 24 hours
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There are two microwave sterilizer models marketed by Philips/Avent. The first is the SCF271/07 (ASIN B001C3KXPG) and the second is the SCF271/02 (ASIN B000056OUH). BOTH actually contain the basic Express II Microwave Steam Sterilizer which holds up to six (6) bottles or a combination of other items including microwaveable breast pumps, cups, etc.
The only difference is that the SCF271/02 contains an ADDITIONAL two (2) of the 9oz/260ml Airflex Natural Feeding Bottle and Nippple.
Strangely enough as of this writing, Amazon is selling the SCF271/02 (the one that contains two extra feeding bottles) for a much lower price than the SCF271/07. So until prices remain like this, know what you are buying and consider it a bonus to have the two extra bottles.
TO STERILIZE OR NOT TO STERILIZE...WITH THIS MICROWAVE STERILIZER:
The argument is not whether you should sterilize your baby products (or expose the baby to germs as argument in strengthening the immune system) because if you're searching for a sterilizer and reached this page, then I'm going to assume you agree with the sterilization process.
The other argument in question is whether you are content with using hot running water and anti-bacterial soap or running a dishwasher and if these steps alone are enough to sterilize. Well it doesn't help to take an extra step to go thru a short few minutes in the microwave. Again, if you're in this page then you've come to accept that this sterilization process is worth the extra caution.
HOW MANY MINUTES IN THE MICROWAVE AT FULL POWER AND 200ml OF WATER?Read more ›
It should be noted that all the bottles and breast pump we have is by Medela and there was a concern that they won't be compatible with this steamer. However, the Medela bottles fit fine into this steamer. This was nice because up until we received this steamer we were using the steam bags by Medela. These steam bags are nice but only have expiration, 20 uses a bag. This steamer omits the aspect of buying bags.
In addition, the bottles can stand up nicely in this steamer which allow for an even distribution of cleanliness. The one negative aspect is this steamer is promoted as portable and that is a subjective statement. The steamer isn't too big or heavy and it can be easily transported. However, we were in a hotel recently and the microwave was too small to accommodate this steamer. Most hotel/motel microwaves aren't all that big, so one might want to hang on to those microwave steam bags. Overall this is a good product and easy to use.
My ONLY issue with it is the size. It is quite bulky. I'd rather it be smaller and have to use it more frequently than have it be as large as it is. I live in a manhattan apartment. This sterilizer takes up a full bigger shelf in a cupboard or a substantial amount of space on a countertop, and that's premium real estate. For reference, you could store a stack of 12 plates on a shelf or have a blender on a countertop for the same space that this takes up.
If space is not at a premium for you, this is great. If, like me, you have enough space issues and clutter as it is, you may find that this is not worth it. I think I'm going to switch to bags unless I find a smaller version of this concept. Because it really is nice to use. But I'd have found it more useful at half the size.
It will hold six 4oz bottles or three 11 oz bottles (Avent Airflex bottles, that is and they are not included with unit). It will also hold the Avent Isis Breast Pump and two 4oz bottles, or six 6oz VIA cups and lids, or one VIA Feeding system and up to four 6oz Via Cups and lids. 180ml equals 6 oz, 240ml equals 8oz, 125ml equals 4oz and 260ml equals 9oz. I'm adding this part in case you want to compare it to non Airflex bottles now to see if the ones you have on hand now will fit. There are conversion charts online if you get lost here. The unit contains the rack, which is removeable, to hold the bottles and accessories. Wash all items in warm soapy water, rinse and pour in 200ml of water in container (approx. 6.7 ounces) and place unit with bottes in microwave for time recommended on directions. Time is 2 minutes if your microwave wattage is 1100-1850W, 4 minutes for 850-1000W, 6 minutes for 500-800W. If the lid isn't opened then they will remain sterile for up to 24 hours. Also, make sure your microwave is clean before using this. The unit is plastic and of good quality but still lightweight. It contains no accessories, just the rack to hold the bottles.
On the lighter side...when you take it out of microwave, not only will your baby's bottles be sterilized but you can benefit as well. That steam is great for opening clogged pores and it would be a great time for a facial!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent! I use this for my Avent and Medela products and I'm considering using it for the teething rings too. I like the peace of mind of having sanitized bottles. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Christina
My second daughter is now 8 weeks and I've been using this thing for about a month. I bought this bc she had to be readmitted to the hospital with an unexplained fever at 6 days... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Swimrmommy
Easy to use. Works good to sterilize. Nice size. Use Medela bottles in it. Holds a lot. Fits nicely in microwave.Published 5 days ago by Yanky
If you have a baby, you need this product. Easy and convenient to use. Quick sterilization of all your plastic products in 2 minutes.Published 12 days ago by stephanie
This sterilizer is a great size: large enough to fit quite a few items, but small enough to fit in our small microwave and to take up minimal space when it's not in use. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Jen K.