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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.
- 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.