As a parent, you'll find that you're constantly horrified at all the dirty things your toddler will pick up off the ground and try to put in his or her mouth. While this is inevitable, you can at least ensure that during the first years, all the bottles, pacifiers, teethers, and toys that go into his mouth are clean by washing and sanitizing them regularly. Washing bottles, cups, and accessories with hot soapy water (or dishwashing) is sufficient to disinfect, but sterilizing takes that extra step that some parents swear by. Some parents do it for the peace of mind, while others parents have to use it because their child is immune compromised. Either way, getting the best bottle sterilizer can make it super easy and is worth the extra time and money to make sure that your baby's bottles and their accessories are 99.9% bacteria free.
In order to get safely sterilized bottles, there's two ways to go about it: you can use a sterilizer or boil them in hot water for five minutes. If you want to use a sterilizer, there are two types: microwave and those that you plug in. Both products use steam to effectively kill 99.9% of bacteria and household germs in minutes. We've done some research and picked the best sterilizers out there and reviewed them here below:
Bottle Sterilizer Reviews
The Avent by Philips operates at higher temperatures than the dishwasher and uses electricity to generate intense steam. It takes only six minutes and automatically shuts off, keeping the contents sterile for up to 24 hours if the lid remains unopened. Eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and household germs found on bottles, pumps, and accessories alike. The device is BPA free and is backed by the manufacturer with a 2 year warranty. It holds six classic Avent bottles, but takes up only minimal space in your kitchen.
Quickly and easily sterilize and dry your bottles, bottle nipples, and accessories with the Baby Brezza, which uses natural steam and no chemicals. Not only does it automatically switch to drying mode, but it also automatically switches off when done. It can be used as a sterilizer only, dryer only, storage rack, or sterilizer and dryer. The LCD control panel is easy to navigate and the product is BPA free. It kills 99.9% of germs and keeps the contents sterile for up to 24 hours if the machine remains unopened.
The Munchkin Sterilizer uses a more basic concept to sterilize bottles, nipples, pacifiers, etc., right in the microwave. It's latex free and BPA free, and is a safe, effective, and natural way to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria. Compact enough to fit all standard microwaves, this sterilizer holds both regular and standard bottles. The handles are heat-resistant and there's a locking tab to prevent accidental opening. Plus, the special open away latch prevents steam burns. The downside is that you can't just start it and walk away like the two products listed above.
This BPA free, plastic sterilizer uses tap water and the microwave to sterilize your baby's feeding bottles and accessories. The sterilizing tray is custom molded to hold 4 Dr. Brown baby bottles but can hold bottles and accessories from different brands as well. Effectively killing all harmful household bacteria and germs, this sanitizer holds standard or wide neck bottles and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. It's proudly made in the USA.
While a sterilizer is not a required baby gadget, there's no argument that it can definitely be beneficial. Consider how much time/effort (plug in = less effort) you want to put in versus how much counter space you have (plug in = takes up more space). Also keep in mind that electric sterilizers will have to be descaled regularly to stay on top of mineral build up. Using boiling water can be similarly effective, but takes more time. No matter which bottle sterilizer you pick, your little one is sure to thank you for making sure that each pacifier, bottle nipple, and feeding bottle they put in their mouth is 99.9% germ free!