Spectra S1 Breast Pump Review

Spectra S1 Double Electric Breast Pump Review

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Spectra S1 Double Electric Breast Pump Review

spectra s1 breast pump reviewThis pump has it all – amazing functionality, easy portability, and great price considering its efficacy. It also looks like an adorable kettlebell. And who doesn’t love the Spectra slogan “our pumps don’t suck, they suckle!” This Spectra S1 breast pump review will detail everything I love (and what I don’t love) about the S1 pump.

After I became a mom and pumped regularly at work, I started hearing about Spectra. They are a well known brand in Asia, but they’ve only been available in the US market since 2013. Information was hard to come by and as I experimented with different pumps, so I skipped over the Spectra in favor of familiar brands like Medela and Philips Avent.

Finally, a close friend purchased a Spectra so I could try one first hand. I was instantly converted! I had been satisfied pumping daily with my Ameda Purely Yours, but from the moment I laid eyes on the Spectra, my breastfeeding and pumping life wasn’t the same.

What’s in the box?

The Spectra S1 pump comes in a box with everything you need to pump and feed your baby. The pump motor comes with a built-in rechargeable battery, so no additional battery purchase is needed.

  • 2 breast pump bodies (each is one piece and includes the breastshield/ flange and connector to milk collection bottle)
  • 2 milk flow valves that attach to the pump bodies
  • 2 diaphragms, which attach between breast pump body and tubing
  • 2 pieces of tubing
  • 2 milk collection bottles (5oz/160mL size)
  • 2 nipples/ teats for feeding (with covers)
  • Motor unit with rechargeable battery
  • AC adapter for charging
  • Instruction manual

Spectra S1 Breast Pump Review:

Spectra S1 Double Electric Breast Pump Pros: 

  • Closed System – this is the most hygienic option, saves you cleaning time (no need to clean tubing), and it means you could lend or sell your used pump without concerns of bacteria growing in the motor.
  • Quiet – it makes a bit of noise, but it is slightly quieter than Medela, Ameda, and Philips Avent. This was important to me since I pump at work and occasionally need to take calls during a pumping session.
  • Excellent massage feature to stimulate letdown – as they say, this pump doesn’t suck, it suckles. The pump helps stimulate letdown really quickly so your overall pumping session is shorter.
  • Independent suction speed and vacuum controls – you can adjust the settings to mimic the suckling of your baby, thus allowing you to pump quickly and thoroughly. I also prefer pumps with independent controls because they are the most comfortable – you can set the vacuum strength to what is comfortable for you and choose the speed that helps you express the most milk.
  • Digital display – allows you to see settings at a glance, and pump in the dark if you’re near your sleeping little one. It is helpful to see the amount of time you’ve been pumping. It was easy for me to lose track of time if I was working while pumping.
  • Rechargeable battery – You can pump away from power outlets or on the go. The suction strength seemed the same to me when operating on battery. 
  • Can use as a single pump if needed – This is a feature offered by most double pumps. It is useful if you, for example, have just fed or plan to feed with one breast but would like to pump the other. Or, you can pump one breast while directly feeding with the other.
Spectra S2. Same as S1, but without internal battery (runs on AC Power only)

Spectra S1 Double Electric Breast Pump Cons:

  • Does not come with a carrying case or cooler bag – I do not see this as a huge negative as I prefer to carry my pump and accessories in a bag that matches my style. Any small cooler bag/ lunch box with an ice box will do to store your expressed milk.
  • The flange sizes are less varied than other brands (only 24mm-32mm vs. Medela’s 21mm – 36mm). However, the sizes available will fit most women.
  • Spare parts can be harder to come by as they are not widely stocked in stores like Medela parts. This said, you can easily order the parts online, there just aren’t quite as many online vendors with the parts, either.
  • Spectra does not offer a car adapter – you can buy an aftermarket brand, though

Should you buy the Spectra S1 Double Electric Breast Pump?

Yes! You should buy the Spectra S1. It’s great! For anyone who needs to express their milk quickly and in quantity, this is the ideal pump. It is a little heavy to carry around, but it is so quiet and so effective! Highly recommended as well for ease of use – it is incredibly easy to adjust the settings and the digital display lets you know where you’re at. Also, you can’t beat the hygiene since it is a closed system. Interested? View details or buy on Amazon!


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Rumble Tuff Breast Pump Review

rumble tuff serene express breast pump review

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Rumble Tuff Serene Express Double Electric Breast Pump

rumble tuff breast pump reviewThis Rumble Tuff breast pump review is for the Serene Express, Rumble Tuff’s top-of-the-line double electric breast pump. It is packed with features, including a digital display, built in timer, and clock. It is comfortable thanks to silicone flange cushions. It can be powered with 4 AA batteries, the ac adaptor, and it even includes a kit to convert it to a manual pump. This conversion kit is a nice feature because manual pumps are very handy when you’re on the go and this saves you having to buy a separate hand pump.

The pump looks nice and isn’t too loud. Alos, it is quite light and portable because the motor is only .7lbs. However, the pump has a vaguely cheap feel when compared to other brands – it doesn’t seem as sturdy in comparison because the plastic motor housing seems thinner and weaker.

What’s in the Box?

The Rumble Tuff Serene Express includes everything you need to express and feed milk as two nipples/teats are included. The tote bag is simple but good for storing and transporting the pump and parts. rumble tuff serene express review

  • 1 breast pump motor unit
  • 2 breastshields/ flanges
  • 2 silicone flange inserts (24mm size)
  • 2 one way milk valves and 2 spares
  • 2 O-rings and 2 spares
  • 2 bottle adapters to attach flanges to milk collection bottles
  • 2 milk collection bottles (5oz/ 160mL) with caps
  • 2 bottle stands
  • 2 silicone diaphragm cups and 2 diaphragm caps
  • 2 pieces of tubing
  • 2 nipples/ teats for feeding
  • 1 Manual pump diaphragm kit to use as a manual pump instead of electric
  • 1 AC Adapter
  • 1 tote bag
  • 1 instruction manual

Rumble Tuff Breast Pump Review:

Rumble Tuff Serene Express Double Electric Breast Pump Pros:

  • Lightweight and portable – and can be used with batteries when you don’t have access to a power outlet
  • Has a digital display with clock and timer – This is a nice feature to have. I usually do something else while I’m pumping (work, zone out on facebook, etc), so the timer keeps me on track.
  • 3 expression speeds and 8 vacuum levels – you can adjust the vacuum level independently during the different expression speeds, but I do find that 3 expression speeds is too little to variety for me so the pumping sessions take slightly longer. 
  • Closed system – this pump is intended for a single user, but the closed system means it is entirely hygienic and easy to clean.
  • Comfortable due to silicon flange inserts – although a good deal of milk collects between the silicon insert and the plastic flange – this happened more so than with the Philips Avent pump which has larger silicon inserts.
  • Refurbished pumps are available at a discount

Rumble Tuff Serene Express Double Electric Breast Pump Cons:

  • The tubing is very short – shorter than other pumps and it makes it difficult to do anything while pumping – not ideal for a working mom
  • When you turn on the machine or change settings, it beeps. I couldn’t turn this off and it is annoying if you’re trying to pump while your baby is sleeping nearby. Its also annoying in the office if you’re on a call!
  • Expression speeds and vacuum level combinations are limited. I do not think the pump would be effective long term because it is harder to mimic how your baby nurses.
  • Does not offer multiple flange sizes – you can opt not to use the silicon insert if you need a larger flange, but otherwise there are not other flange sizes available for purchase.
  • A lot of parts – the Serene Express has a lot of parts – I was worried I would lose the smaller pieces like the O-rings and the diaphragm caps and it was also more tedious to assemble, disassemble, and clean.

Should you buy the Rumble Tuff Serene Express Double Electric Breast Pump?

Overall, the Rumble Tuff Serene Duo Express is a pump with decent features, but it does have some limitations with short tubing and limited speed and suction settings. It is similar in price to the Ameda Purely Yours and Philips Avent Comfort and I would recommend either of those pumps over the Serene Express because they offer better milk expression options, comfort, and ease of cleaning.


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Medela Freestyle Review

medela freestyle breast pump review

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Medela Freestyle Review: Double Electric Breast Pump

The Medela Freestyle is fantastically portable and when I first started researching which breast pump I wanted to use daily in the office, I was sure this was the one for me. However, once I explored pump options a bit more, I decided against the Freestyle and went with the Ameda Purely Yours pump instead. This Medela Freestyle review explains the pros and cons of this highly portable breast pump.

medela freestyle breast pump reviewI chose the Ameda Purely Yours over the Freestyle because portability wasn’t a top priority for me and I wanted a pump that was a closed system. However, anyone who needs a lightweight and portable pump should seriously consider the Medela Freestyle.  Just look how tiny the motor is! Plus, it runs off of a rechargeable battery so you can move around some as you pump.

 

What’s in the Box?

The Medela Freestyle is usually sold in a bundle with a tote bag and cooler bag, which makes it a good value because the cooler bag in particular is very convenient for transporting expressed milk. The pump always comes with two different breastshield/flange sizes, so most women are ensured a great fit for pumping. (Medela also has other flange sizes available for purchase separately).
The following contents are for the bundle with the tote and cooler bag.

  • medela freestyle breast pump review1 Freestyle pump motor
  • 1 rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • 1 AC adaptor/charger
  • 1 Double pumping kit – includes: 2 breastshield bodies (where the flange is inserted), 2 membranes, 2 back caps, 2 pieces of tubing
  • 4 5oz/150mL breast milk bottles and lids
  • 1 set of 24mm flanges/ breastshields
  • 1 set of 27mm flanges/ breastshields
  • 1 Microfiber tote bag for pump and parts
  • 1 Medela cooler bag with ice pack
  • Instruction manual

medela freestyle reviewMedela Freestyle Review:

Medela Freestyle Double Electric Breast Pump Pros:

  • Ultra portable – small, lightweight, and even has a belt clip
  • Rechargeable battery – can run for up to 3 hours once fully charged, so daily charging is generally unnecessary 
  • Backlit digital display – this is the only Medela pump with a digital display. It includes a timer, shows you the suction level, and battery level.  
  • Like most double electric pumps, it can also be used for single pumping
  • Replacement/ additional parts are easy to come by – Medela is widely available in stores and online
  • Good suction – some pumps seem to have weaker suction while on battery power. Since the Freestyle is designed to be used on-the-go, the suction is excellent while on battery.

Medela Freestyle Double Electric Breast Pump Cons:

  • Not a closed system – this means the tubing is susceptible to moisture or milk backflow, which makes it more difficult to clean. Also means the pump cannot be used by more than one person.
  • A bit loud – for such a small pump it makes a bigger noise than you’d expect and it would be difficult to, say, pump while on a conference call. It is also a little loud if you’re trying to watch tv and pump.
  • Cannot adjust speed and suction separately – this can make it more difficult to mimic your baby’s nursing pattern and can make pumping slower. This is a big thing for me – I want to be able to set the suction and speed exactly to my liking – with this pump when I was at the suction speed I wanted, the suction strength was too high so it was uncomfortable. I had to pump at a lower strength (and higher speed) which made milk expression slower for me.

Should you buy the Medela Freestyle Double Electric Breast Pump?

Overall, the Freestyle is a reliable and very portable pump, but it may not be ideal for moms pumping in an office setting due to noise. My personal preference is always for pumps that allow you to adjust speed and suction separately, so that is another reason I would not choose the Freestyle for myself. However, the portability is amazing and if you’ll be pumping in a lot of different environments or simply want to get some housework done while pumping, this is the pump for you!

If you are looking for a robust pump for daily use, you might also want to consider the Medela Pump-in-Style Advanced, the Ameda Purely Yours, or the Spectra S1. The Ameda and Spectra pumps are closed systems, which means they are more hygienic and easier to clean, although slightly larger and less portable.



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Spectra Dew 350 Double Electric Breast Pump Review

Spectra Dew 350 Double Electric Breast Pump Review

This cute little pump looks like a friendly character from Star Wars. You can choose between pink or blue (wish they had something for team green, though!). Looks aside, this pump is very effective and very simple to use.

spectra dew 350 breast pump review

I prefer breast pumps that allow you to adjust suction speed and strength separately. However, this pump has a single dial so as speed decreases, strength increases (to mimic the longer, slower sucks of your baby as they drink milk once letdown has occurred). Operating the pump is very simple so it is great for those who are new to pumping. Due to the simplicity of the settings I recommend this for more infrequent pumping and not for those who will pump multiple times a day either due to work or exclusive pumping.

Typically, pumps with a single adjustment for speed and suction strength have a preset letdown function. This pump does not have a preset letdown function, so this means a bit of extra work adjusting the dial to first stimulate letdown and re-adjusting it to then express milk. This is another reason I do not believe this is the best pump for moms who will pump frequently.

What’s in the box?

The Spectra Dew 350 comes with everything you need to double pump, transport expressed milk (thanks to the cooler bag with ice packs) and feed baby (it comes with one nipple/teat and a total of 6 milk collection bottles)

  • Spectra Dew breast pump motor
  • 2 pieces of tubing
  • 2 anti-backflow filters
  • 2 pieces of filter tubing
  • 2 breast flanges
  • 2 valve heads
  • 2 membranes
  • 6 milk collection bottles with lids (5oz/ 160mL size)
  • 1 nipple/ teat for feeding
  • 1 Bottle stand
  • 1 AC Adapter
  • 1 tote bag x 1
  • 1 cooler bag with freezer packs (can fit inside tote with breast pump and accessories)
  • Instruction manual

Spectra Dew 350  Double Electric Breast Pump Pros:

  • Quiet – it didn’t look like it was going to be super quiet, but it is!
  • Has a built in handle to move it around – which you’ll need since this baby weighs 4 pounds!
  • Inexpensive – yes, this pump costs over $100, but, it is a hospital grade pump with very effective suction. So, when you consider sterility and efficacy, it is a good deal.
  • Comes with accessories and extra bottles – This is another reason I would say this pump is a good value. It comes with a total of 6 milk collection bottles, a cooler bag, and a tote bag, so you have everything you need.
  • Closed system – milk cannot enter the tubing (and thus the motor) so it is hygienic and easy to clean. This means it is safe to lend to someone else or resell the pump.
  • Can use as a single pump if needed – a typical feature in double electric pumps, but convenient nonetheless

Spectra Dew 350  Double Electric Breast Pump Cons:

  • No present letdown function – this seems like a strange omission and could make it much harder for some moms to use this pump because it might be more difficult to stimulate the milk ejection reflex.
  • Cannot adjust speed and suction strength separately – this is always a sticking point for me. I prefer pumps that allow you to adjust these two separately so you can mimic exactly how your baby nurses.
  • Heavy – this pump doesn’t look it, but it weighs 4 pounds, so it is not the easiest to tote back and forth to work, travel with, etc.
  • No battery option – can only pump when plugged into a power source.

Should you buy the Spectra Dew 350  Double Electric Breast Pump?

Overall, I really like Spectra products, but as a working pump who pumps multiple times a day, this pump disappoints me a bit. It is a bit bulky and heavy. It doesn’t have a preset letdown function. It cannot operate on battery power.

I would not recommend this pump for heavy daily use because other pumps, such as the Ameda Purely Yours or the Spectra S1, have much better features in only a slightly higher price range. The biggest benefit I see is that it is effective and inexpensive for a hospital-grade closed system pump so it is just right for infrequent pumpers.

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Hygeia EnJoye Double Electric Breast Pump Review

Hygeia Enjoye Double Electric Breast Pump Review

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Hygeia EnJoye Double Electric Breast Pump Review

The Hygeia EnJoye is not the best known breast pump, but some interesting points differentiate it from more well known brands. First, the Hygeia EnJoye is fully recyclable. Since it is a closed system, it can be passed on to another mom.Hygeia sells separate accessory kits (flanges, tubing, etc) so a clean set can be available for each person who will use the pump. Even better, you can also return it to Hygeia for recycling if you no longer need it and don’t have anyone to pass it on to. 

Second the pump helps stimulate the milk ejection reflex (let down) in a very unique way – it plays the sound of a baby crying! The pump also allows you to record the sound of your own baby!! I like to watch videos of my son while pumping, so I thought this was a nice feature, especially if I am pumping when I can’t watch videos.

EnJoye comes in two options – regular and cordless. The cordless has an internal, rechargeable, battery, and is better for moms who might not have easy access to an electrical outlet while pumping. The regular version can also run on battery power with 8 AA batteries. 

What’s in the box?

The Hygeia EnJoye pump comes with everything you need to pump, store, and transport expressed milk. A large tote bag is provided for the pump and accessories. There is also a cooler bag with an ice pack.hygeia enjoye review

  • 1 EnJoye pump motor
  • 2 27mm breast flanges
  • 2 pieces of 40 inch long tubing
  • 2 milk collection bottles (4 oz. / 120mL size) with lids
  • 2 bottle caps/feeder cups (no nipple/ teat is included)
  • 2 duckbill valves
  • 2 rings and ring covers
  • 2 pump filters
  • 2 small neck bottle adapters
  • 1 bottle holder
  • 1 AC adapter
  • 1 external battery pack (for regular version)
  • 1 Tote Bag
  • 1 cooler bag with ice pack
  • Instructions for Use

Hygeia Enjoye Double Electric Breast Pump Pros:

  • Closed system – Means the pump is hygienic  (but, this is achieved through a filter, which I think could technically be penetrated by the milk, so I’d also say this is also a potential con)
  • Independent speed and suction strength controls – Can adjust speed and suction strength individually to mimic how your baby nurses. This is my favorite feature in breast pumps because you can pump most efficiently this way. For example, when your baby is actively drinking milk, they are typically swallowing at a steady pace with strong suction – you can  mimic this exactly with the pump to express milk quickly.
  • Pre-recorded sound of baby crying plus option to record your own baby – this can help to stimulate let down
  • Lightweight – Weighing in at about 2 pounds it is easy to carry. Both versions can run on battery power (one with the built-in rechargeable battery, the other with 8 AA batteries in the external battery pack), so you can pump anywhere.
  • Compatibility – comes with an adaptor for small neck bottles so both wide and narrow neck bottles can be used with the pump

Hygeia EnJoye Double Electric Breast Pump Review Cons:

  • Closed system achieved by use of a filter which could still be penetrated by milk – so you will have to wash tubing on occasion because unlike other closed system pumps with a barrier to protect the tubing and motor, milk can pass through this filter at times
  • Replacement parts are harder to come by – since it is a less popular brand of breast pump few stores stock parts and you will have to order online if you need replacement or additional parts and accessories
  • Does not have a let down function – you can play the sound of a baby crying but it does not have a present let down function to stimulate milk expression. You need to adjust the pump yourself to stimulate let down and then express milk

Should you buy the Hygeia EnJoye Double Electric Breast Pump?

This pumps allows you to pump efficiently since you can adjust speed and suction separately. It also has good suction. However, it is a bit bulky to carry around and the closed system can potentially be penetrated by milk, so you might still have to wash the tubing. Also, although you can listen to the sound of a baby crying while trying to stimulate letdown, the pump does not have a preset letdown function so you will have to adjust the pump yourself to stimulate letdown. Read more and see it on Amazon!


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Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump Review

medela pump in style advanced double electric breast pump review

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Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump Review

medela pump in style advanced breast pump reviewThis pump is hugely popular and Medela is a very reputable brand. But still, there is no love lost between me and this pump. With its weight, lack of features, and outdated appearance, plus the fact it is an open system, this pump feels like it has fallen behind the times.

The Medela PISA does offer reliable performance, good suction (though not quite as high as Spectra or Ameda), excellent customer service, and easy access to additional or replacement parts. However, it is still not my first choice, because the pros do not outweigh the cons.

What’s in the box?

medela pump in style advanced reviewThe Medela PISA is available with three different types of carry bags: the On-the-Go Tote, the Backpack and the Metro Bag. The pump is actually not built into the Metro Bag, so this is the best choice for you if you want the Medela PISA but don’t want to have to carry it around within the bulky Backpack or On-the-Go Tote.

Here is a list of everything that comes with the Medela Pump in Style Advanced with notes on the individual tote options at the bottom.

  • 1 breast pump motor unit
  • 2 24mm breastshields/ flanges
  • A plastic connector piece that attaches the flange to the milk collection bottle
  • 2 valves
  • 2 membranes
  • 2 pieces of tubing
  • 1 AC adapter
  • 1 battery pack (takes 8 AA batteries – batteries not included)
  • 1 cooler bag and ice pack (holds 4 bottles)
  • 4 milk collection bottles with lids (5oz/ 150mL size)
  • Instructions and a breastfeeding Information Guide

On-the-go Tote Includes:

  • Built-in bottle holders
  • Tubing storage pocket: Help prevent spills and keeps tubing organized between pumping sessions

Metro Bag Includes:

  • Removable pump in a separate bag
  • Soft pouch to hold battery pack
  • Work surface and mesh storage bags: For pumping and transport flexibility
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Medela PISA and Metro Bag

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump Pros:

    • Multiple power supply options – Can be used with batteries, car charger, or plugged into a wall outlet
    • Comes with a tote bag – this sounds like a pro but then you realize the pump is fixed inside the bag, so you do not have the flexibility of choosing a bag in a style you prefer to carry the pump around. I also find this annoying if I’m pumping in a small space – I have to find a position for the giant bag since the pump is inside, while with other pumps a tiny tabletop, airplane tray table, or even my lap will do.
    • Comes with a cooler, ice pack, and additional bottles – This is great so you don’t need to source accessories separately and you’re ready to go for a full day of pumping with enough bottles to store all of the milk you express.
    • Can use as a single pump if needed – This is a common feature in double electric pumps and can be useful if you want to pump one breast while feeding from the other, for example.
    • Has a separate letdown function and expression function – This is convenient, but I would prefer a pump like Ameda Purely Yours or Spectra S1 which allows you to adjust speed and suction separately. As I mention in the cons, I don’t like how you can only adjust speed and suction together in this pump because I can’t get it to mimic exactly how my son nurses. For example, if I want slower speed, I find the suction is too high and it is uncomfortable for me.
    • Big variety of accessories available – flanges ranging from XS to XL, short or longer tubes, extra bottles, replacement membranes – everything is readily available
Medela PISA On-the-Go Tote

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump Cons:

  • It is less hygienic because it is an open system – This means milk can potentially enter the tubing and even travel as far as the motor of your pump. This is not sanitary and also means you should never use someone else’s Medela PISA nor lend yours out. It also means more cleaning of tiny parts like the tubing and the membranes.
  • Cannot adjust the speed and suction separately – For me, this makes it much harder to pump because I can’t get the pump to mimic how my son nurses. For example, if I want slower speed, I find the suction is too high and it is uncomfortable for me.
  • Not as quiet as the Spectra S1 – It is a little noisy so it is not ideal for office settings or pumping near your sleeping child (or in front of the tv!)
  • The system is heavy – the pump itself is just over 2 pounds, but since it is lodged in the bag it feels heavier and then of course the whole bag is really heavy when full. I prefer to leave my pump motor at work on weekdays, so then I had to use a separate bag for milk and pump parts and then on Friday’s going home I’d have an extra bag. It was an unnecessary inconvenience for me.
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Medela PISA and Backpack

Should you buy the Medela Pump in Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump? 

This is a powerful pump with excellent customer service, but it is very bulky, not hygienic (open system), and you cannot adjust the speed and suction separately. I think there are better (and smaller!) pumps available and would suggest choosing a brand such as Spectra or Ameda (or a different Medela model) over this pump.


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Philips Avent Double Electric Comfort Breast Pump Review

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Philips Avent Double Electric Comfort Breast Pump Review

A cost effective and comfortable pump, there aren’t a ton of complaints to make about the Avent pump, but other brands have just a few more features that can make them worth the extra $$ vs. this Philips Avent model. I would still say this is a good pump for a working mom who will need to use it often – but maybe it is for the mom who only needs to pump 1-2 times a day instead of 2-3 times.

What’s in the box?

The Philips Avent Comfort double electric breast pump comes with everything you need to express milk and feed baby because two nipples/teats are included. A convenient tote bag also makes it easy to store and transport the pump and parts.

philips avent comfort electric breast pump review

    • 2 breast pump bodies (the piece which includes breast flange and connector to milk collection bottle as well as pump tubing)
    • Milk flow valve (connects to breast pump body so milk flows into collection bottle)
    • 2 diaphragms (plus 1 spare), which attaches between breast pump body and tubing
    • 2 silicone cushions (breast flange insert)
    • 2 milk collection bottles (4oz/120mL size)
    • 2 newborn flow nipple/ teats with sealing discs
    • 1 pump motor unit
    • 2 pieces of tubing
    • 1 AC adapter
    • 2 disposable breast pad sample packs
    • 1 Tote bag
    • Disposable breast pad samples
    • Instruction manual

Philips Avent Double Electric Comfort Breast Pump Pros:

  • Closed system – hygienic and easier to clean because there is no tubing to wash and overall the pump has fewer parts than other leading double electric pumps
  • Not too large or heavy – Bigger than the Ameda Purely Yours but still lightweight and easy to carry
  • Super comfortable – Their silicone ‘5 petal’ flange inserts are seriously comfortable. And what I love is that since they have a bit of flexibility due to the softness, if I am doing breast compressions or massage while pumping, I am much likely to lose suction from the flange popping off or shifting on my breast.
  • Can convert to a manual pump – With an additional (separate purchase) parts kit, you can also use this as a manual pump. I thought this was great so I didn’t have to buy a whole separate manual pump. I did that with my Ameda, thinking the manual and electric pump parts were going to be interchangeable and then they weren’t…
  • Has a preset letdown function – Helps stimulate letdown (the milk ejection reflex) quickly so your overall pumping session is shorter

Philips Avent Double Electric Comfort Breast Pump Cons:

  • A bit loud… not so easy to have a conference call with this on in the background. 
  • Cannot adjust speed and suction separately – This makes it harder to mimic natural nursing. I am always more in favor of pumps that let you adjust speed and suction strength separately so you can find the exact setting that allows you to express milk most quickly. 
  • There are only three suction settings-  Following on my comment above about not being able to adjust speed and suction strength separately, three suction settings is not a wide enough variety to me. The low setting is too low, the middle setting is just ok, and the high setting is a little uncomfortable.
  • More limited access to replacement or additional parts – Replacement parts typically aren’t carried in stores. You can order online without problem but only a few vendors have inventory.
  • No option to run on battery power – this is not ideal if you have to pump when you aren’t near an electrical outlet.

Should you buy the Philips Avent Double Electric Breast Pump? 

This pumps wins on comfort, it is hygienic, and it is easy to use. Perhaps not quite as quiet as other top pumps, but certainly not loud. While I recommend this pump, I think it is best for women who will pump no more than 1-2 times a day because it has limitations with the low variety of suction settings. It is also a bit large to carry back and forth to work. Want to learn more or buy on Amazon? Click here or the image below.


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Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump Review

best breast pump for working moms

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Ameda Purely Yours Double Electric Breast Pump Review

The Ameda Purely Yours was my first breast pump and it served me well. It has many of the benefits of the Spectra S1 (although not all). It is smaller and lighter than many other double electric pumps, which is a bonus for portability. I originally purchased this pump because of its reputation as a reliable closed system, and it did not disappoint. This Ameda Purely Yours review will go through everything I love (and what I don’t love) about this pump.

Ameda Purely Yours Double Electric Breast Pump
Ameda Purely Yours Double Electric Pump

The price tag on the Ameda is also a lot more wallet friendly than some other pumps AND it comes with a basic tote, 4 extra milk storage bottles (for a total of 6) and a cooler bag. The whole system is small enough that you can easily carry it back and forth to work and it could possibly fit it in your existing purse/bag.

ameda purely yours reviewWhat’s in the Box?

The Purely Yours pump is available with several different accessory options. Below I’ve outlined the basics of the breast pump that are always included followed by the different accessories that are available.  A tote bag is always included, but the type varies, and sometimes a cooler bag with ice packs is available as well.  Do note the pump can also run on 6 AA batteries – these are not included and will need to be purchased separately.

Breast Pump – Items included with each Purely Yours pump:

  • Breast pump motor
  • Plastic pump bodies (the pieces include the 25mm breast flange and the valves, milk collection bottles and diaphragms get attached to them)
  • 2 diaphragms with tubing
  • 2 extra valves for pump
  • 4 Milk collection/ storage bottles (4oz/ 125ml) with lids
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Sample Pack NoShow Premium™ Disposable Nursing Pads
  • Instruction manual

Regular Tote Bag Option

  • Basic pump tote bag

Deluxe Tote Bag Option + Cooler Bag

  • Deluxe pump tote bag
  • Cooler bag for milk collection bottles with 3 ice packs (which fit into the sides of the bag)
  • 2 additional milk collection bottles for an overall total of 6
  • Sample Pack NoShow Premium™ Disposable Nursing Pads
  • Sample Pack Store’N Pour™ Milk Storage Bags
ameda cooler bag
Ameda Cooler Bag Can Also Be Purchased Separately

Ameda Purely Yours Review:

Ameda Purely Yours Double Electric Breast Pump Pros:

  • Can adjust speed and suction separately – this is really a must for me so I can get the pump to mimic how my baby nurses – for example with long, slow sucks at a relatively high suction (vacuum) strength. Many pumps do not allow you to adjust these two independently, so you can be stuck with suction that is uncomfortable at the speed you want.
  • Closed system – super hygienic and easy to clean. It is not possible for milk to enter the tubing so you can be assured bacteria will not grow in the tubing or pump motor. Also, a closed system it is safe (in hygiene terms) to lend or sell when it is no longer needed.
  • Not too loud – louder than the Spectra but not bad. I did conference calls with the Ameda running in the background and it was fine.
  • Small and portable – much smaller and lighter than the Medela PISA or the Spectra
  • The pump base has little cup holders where you can rest the milk collection bottles – a major plus for me to make them more stable and avoid spilling any precious milk after a pumping session
  • Multiple Power Options – this pump can run on the AC adapter, via a car charger that is sold separately, or with 6 AA batteries.
  • Can easily pump directly into milk storage bags (for easy storage and portability) using their “Store n’ Pour” system. This didn’t seem important to me before I started pumping, but once I was pumping several times a day in the office it was very important. I wanted to be as efficient as possible and also as sure as possible that I wouldn’t spill any milk. Pumping into milk storage bags was a great time saver for me.
Ameda Store N’ Pour

Ameda Purely Yours Double Electric Breast Pump Cons:

  • No digital display – a digital display isn’t a necessity, but it is a “nice to have”. With the Ameda dials, it took a bit more time to find my exact setting each day vs. the Spectra where I could just touch a button and immediately see that the pump was set to the suction speed and vacuum strength that I wanted. 
  • No letdown function – for me, this was not a big problem because I could manually adjust suction speed and strength to stimulate letdown, and then adjust to a higher suction with lower speed once my milk began to flow. The trouble was I usually work while pumping, so I would turn on the pump, focus on an email or something, and then realize 10 minutes later that I was still in letdown mode.

Should you buy the Ameda Purely Yours Double Electric Breast Pump?

I fully recommend this breast pump! Reliable, effective, hygienic, portable – it has all the characteristics of an excellent double electric breast pump with very minimal drawbacks. I loved writing this Ameda Purely Yours review because I think it is a fantastic pump.

There aren’t many parts and they are all easy to clean and sterilize. It is lightweight and easy to transport and can be used on AC or battery power. The option that comes with the tote and cooler bag is still very well priced considering what you get (six milk collection bottles is great!) Check it out!

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