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There is a newer version of this item: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 ›
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 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.
There were also things that were plesantly surprising to me when I got my hands on the sterilizer. One, it comes with plastic thongs for picking up newly, hot and sterilized items. However, this thongs are so small, I'm not sure how helpful it will be. I just suggest letting it cool before touching things inside. Two, there clear markings on the rack inside to help you organize and maximize its loading capacity. Although the sterilizer does come with a manual on different ways you can load your sterilizer... I don't think its realistic nor convenient to refer to it all the time. So the markings on the rack are a nice thought.
I have yet to put it to the test but I think it will fit my needs. I plan on using it to sterilize my bottles, pacifiers, and my Medela breast pump parts, which all fit (not all at once) in this Philips AVENT BPA Free Microwave Steam Sterilizer. I will also upload a few pictures of the product and of the rack markings. Hope this helps!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had a bad experience with this product and ended up with 2nd degree burns. After using it the hot steam burned the top of my fingers. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Roberto
Sanitizing bottles the "old way " with boiling water took out so much time of our busy day with a newborn. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Crystal