Keeping bacteria and viruses at bay is now more important than ever, especially if you have a small baby.
For the first year, when babies’ bodies are ultra-sensitive, all their feeding equipment needs to be carefully cleaned and sterilised. This can be a big task, so speed, efficiency, and ease of use are key things to look for in a baby bottle steriliser.
Some sterilisers are easier to use than others, and some can also be used for breast pump equipment as well as bottles. Sterilisers for baby bottles can work by using microwave or electric steam sterilisers, cold water sterilisers where you add a tablet, UV light, or by boiling. You can also get travel sterilisers handy for when you’re on the go.
We have rounded up our 10 favourite sterilisers to help you pick the best one for your family.
Kidadl’s Top Pick
Whilst all the sterilisers on our list are highly recommended, if you’re short on time this one is the perfect combination of multi-functionality and easy cleaning, perhaps the best baby bottle steriliser on the list.
1. Philips Avent 3-In-1 Electric Steam Steriliser
This best steriliser is super speedy (it takes only six minutes to sterilise), compact, and can be adjusted depending on how many bottles you need to sterilise. Simple to clean, it can make sure items stay sterile for up to 24 hours. All in all, it’s a flexible, easy-to-use product. There's also the auto-shut off feature meaning that you can leave the steriliser on until you need it.
- Price: £79.99
- Fits 6 Philips Avent bottles
- 3-in-1 modular design for space saving
- Sterilises in 6 minutes
Best For Travelling
2. Milton Solo Travel Steriliser
This steriliser is great for on the go. It can fit one bottle and can be used as a cold water steriliser with a tablet or a microwave steam steriliser, making it easy to use as well as flexible, affordable and travel-friendly.
- Price: £9.95
- Great value for money
- Fits any bottle
- Can be used with steriliser tablet or in microwave
- Fits nicely into a nappy bag
Best For Overnight Stays
3. Philips Avent Microwave Steam Steriliser Bags
Perfect for overnight stays, these microwave bags take just three minutes in the microwave and can be used up to 20 times each, featuring a chart on the side to monitor how many times they’ve been used. Their low price make them also a great option for families on a budget.
- Price: Pack of 5 costs £9.99
- Up to 20 uses per bag (100 uses for pack of 5)
- Easy to use
- Chart to track usage
- Great value for money
Best For Families On A Budget
4. Milton Cold Water Steriliser
Dissolving tablets in cold water (the Milton Method) is a way of sterilising bottles that people have been using for years. Simply drop the bottles and pump parts in the solution and leave for 15 minutes, where they will stay sterile for up to 24 hours, and there’s no need to rinse before using. This is a great option for families on a budget as replacement tablets only cost a few pounds; although the process can be a bit fiddly and does require sink space.
- Price: £12.76
- Sterilises in 15 minutes
- Can hold up to 6 bottles
- Lid and locking handle to prevent spillage
- Great value for money
Best Electric Steam Sterilisers
5. Babymoov Turbo Pure Steriliser And Dryer
This nifty design dries your bottles as well as sterilising them. It can fit up to six bottles inside and the sterilising cycle takes eight minutes, which make it slightly longer than other sterilisers on the market. Once dry, bottles will remain sterile for 24 hours.
- Price: £64.99
- Turbo emits steam deep within bottle
- Hygienic storage
- Adjustable steam outlets to accommodate smaller items
- Fits up to 6 bottles
Best Hybrid Sterilisers
6. MAM Electric Steriliser & Express Warmer
This can be used either as an electric steam steriliser or in the microwave, and also doubles as a warmer to warm your baby’s milk. It’s compact and versatile and keeps items sterile for 48 hours. It can also keep milk warm for you until your baby is ready.
- Price: £89.99
- Comes with 2 Easy Start Anti Colic bottles
- 4 different warming functions
- Keep-warm setting
- Comes with tongs for removal of items
- Compact design
Best Self-Sterilising Bottles
7. MAM Self-Sterilising Anti-Colic Bottle
With these bottles you don’t even need a steriliser, they sterilise themselves! You simply fill the base with water using the measuring cap provided, place the bottle components on top of the base and microwave for three minutes. The bottles stay sterile for up to 48 hours and are dishwasher safe. The only downside here is that the bottles cannot be used in other types of steriliser.
- Price: £14.86
- Anti-colic bottle provides smooth drinking flow
- Easy to use self-sterilisation
- BPS/BPA free
- Good value for money
Best Ultraviolet Sterilisers
8. Vital Baby Nurture Pro UV Steriliser and Dryer
This UV steriliser uses a lot less electricity than steam sterilisers, making it a great option for energy saving! With space for four bottles and a rack for smaller items, this sleek steriliser has separate drying, sterilising and storing modes, and keeps sterile for 72 hours.
- Price: £199.99
- Destroys bacteria in 11 minutes
- No need for liquids, chemicals or heat
- Reflective stainless-steel interior allows UV light to bounce around, ensuring all areas are fully sterilised
- Space for up to 4 bottles
Best Steriliser With Bottles Included
9. Dr Brown’s Options And Microwave Steriliser Set
This steriliser is especially good value because the bottles come included. It’s small and compact, taking eight minutes in the microwave. It holds up to four bottles, and its eight minute cycle is one of the shortest ones in our list, which make this one a great option for busy families short on time!
- Price: £29.99
- Holds up to 4 bottles
- Easy to use
- 8 minutes to complete
- Space saving option
Best For Sterilising Larger Items
10. Boots Baby Electric Steriliser
This great-value electric steam steriliser holds up to six bottles and has a tray on top for smaller parts. Although it may take up slightly more space in smaller kitchens, it means that bigger items can be put inside it, like baby toys or breast pump parts. Easy to set up and quick to use, each cycle takes six minutes and has a built-in timer and voice reminder indicating when the cycle is done.
- Price: £27.74
- Holds up to 6 bottles
- Sterilises in just 6 minutes
- Built-in timer and voice reminder
- Includes tongs to avoid contamination when removing items from steriliser
- BPA free
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