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Rumble Tuff Serene Express Double Electric Breast Pump
This 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.
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.
- 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
- 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.