Sterilisers and Cleaning

Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Steriliser Review

Quick overview

The Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Steriliser Set is a compact must-have product that helps you spend more time with your bundle of joy and less time away cleaning up.

The product is light to carry (weighing in at only 5lbs) and takes up very little counter space. It’s designed to comfortably fit 5 Closer-to-Nature or 4 Ultra bottles, which makes post-feeding clean-up a breeze!

The Tommee Tippee hygiene promise allows you to switch on the steriliser before you start your day, knowing that your baby’s bottles will remain clean as you crack on with other parenting duties.

Tommee Tippee steam steriliser unboxed Tommee Tippee steriliser set bottles

Pros and Cons

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Easy-to-use one button push function
  • Sterilises up to 5 bottles in 5 minutes
  • Bottles remain sterilised with the lid on for up to 24 hours
  • Bottles included
  • Does not dry bottles after sterilising
  • Might not fit other brands of bottles
  • Requires constant upkeep

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What sets the Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Steriliser Set apart from the rest?

The Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Steriliser makes it so much easier to take care of your responsibilities. Its one-button push system takes the guesswork out of keeping your child’s bottles clean. It also facilitates cleaning breast pump accessories in the same cycle, which makes life a little easier!

Bottles are cleaned within 5 minutes and remain sterilised inside the Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Steriliser for up to 24 hours. The machine will fit Ultra bottles too, but you might need to double check if a different brand could fit in. I used MAM bottles which fit in the steriliser nicely but check the measurements for a different bottle if you’re not sure.

The speedy sterilising time is something people love, followed by the fact that it only takes a push of a button to get the sterilisation process started. Some customers praise its ability to clean so many items at once, especially bottles from other brands.

The cost of the product is also significantly lower than other sterilisers. It has only a few pieces to pull apart so even though it requires frequent cleaning, the time to take it apart and set it back up is very small.

We found it ideal for our routine of cleaning and sterilising the bottles in the evening and having them all ready and cleaned when we woke up the next day

How does it work?

With only a few steps to follow, you do get the hang of things in no time!

Step 1– Clean all bottles, dummies and anything else you are planning to sterilise in warm soapy water first (or in the top of the dishwasher).

Step 2– Pour 80ml of cold water into the base of the steriliser (we used to use a bottle to help us measure). Don’t guess as too little could dry out the machine and cause it to overheat.

Step 3– Connect the first layer of the base in, and place the bottles facing downwards.

Step 4– Connect the second level and place all lids, teats, dummies and anything else that is slightly smaller on top.

Step 5– Pop the lid on making sure it is shut properly. Then switch the machine on and press the button in the middle to start the cleaning process.

Step 6– When the cycle has finished, the light will go out. Leave it 10 minutes before opening as it will give the machine a chance to cool down.

If you don’t remove the lid, then all the contents will stay sterilised for 24 hours. If you need to make the bottles up then what I used to do was make them up and store them in a cupboard- most guidelines say they will remain sterile for 6-8 hours.

You can download the instruction leaflet that has loads more information too.

Tommee Tippee electric steam steriliser complete setup Women reviewing the Tommee Tippee steriliser kit

What to watch for

Most people find this product very useful and an important part of their parenting journey, but some parents have flagged the product’s inability to dry bottles after steaming as being a major disadvantage. There have been a few reports of overheating, but this is a risk with any steriliser that customers should always be mindful of.

The top rack of the steriliser cannot support the excessive weight, which may at times result in the plastic tab slipping off, so parents should be careful how much weight they put in this section. Another thing that is talked about is that descaling and cleaning the various pieces can be tedious- and is required a few times per week. But every steriliser requires some descaling from time to time, so this isn’t product specific.

What comes in the box:

The steriliser set contains:

  • 1 x Tommee Tippee closer to nature electric steam steriliser.
  • 2 x Tommee Tippee closer to nature 9oz bottle.
  • 2 x Tommee Tippee closer to nature 5oz bottle.
  • 6 x Tommee Tippee milk formula dispensers.
  • 1 x Tommee Tippee closer to nature bottle brush.
  • 1 x Tommee Tippee closer to nature anytime 0-6m soother.
  • Teat tongs.
  • Instruction leaflet.

Enhance your experience

You can make life easier by combatting some of the issues that parents have discussed. Like an effortless way to clean and descale is using white vinegar apparently! And the manual does say you can run some of the smaller parts through the dishwasher to make life a little easier.

To help with the lack of drying feature, we used to shake off the excess water before placing on the rack, but I’m sure everyone can find a way that works for them.

Final Verdict

Whether you are a first-time parent or a busy parent who has little time to go through a hectic sterilisation process, then the Tommee Tippee Electric Steam Steriliser Set is ideal for you! It’s extremely simple to use, with only the press of one button to turn it on, and it’s finished in five minutes.

The price is right for those on a budget- you will definitely get your monies worth. It allows you to sterilise enough bottles to see your little one through a day of feeding and can help with other things like breast pump attachments and dummies. The set comes with starter bottles that are designed to help babies switch from breastfeeding to bottle-feeding more easily.

The main downside reported is that the steriliser does not have a drying feature, but this can easily be remedied by wiping or shaking off excess water off the bottles or simply leaving them to dry on a rack. In my opinion as a mother of a very busy toddler, it is worth every penny.

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