All About the Best Baby Food Makers

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So, you've decided to make your own baby food—what a great idea! Not only might it save you some money in the long run, it can also be healthier than some store-bought varieties. It will be a whole lot easier to make your own if you have a baby food maker. We asked thousands of Pampers Parents to vote for their favorite baby food makers; here are the results.

What Is a Baby Food Maker

Factors to Consider When Buying a Baby Food Maker

We asked Pampers Parents what their top factors were when choosing the best baby food maker:

6 Best Baby Food Makers

Thousands of Pampers Parents voted on the best baby food makers. Discover the pros and cons of each so you can pick the best one for you and your baby. Here are the reviews:

1. Nuby Garden Fresh Mighty Blender

Most of the baby food makers on this list allow you to steam-cook inside the machine's blender bowl, which Pampers Parents loved. Unfortunately, this isn't an option with the Nuby, which at its heart is simply a blender. Nonetheless, the Nuby does include a steamer basket insert, which you can place in the batch bowl with food and microwave it. That does somewhat address the issue. Although the Nuby lacks the steaming/cooking option, it does make up for it with quite a few add-ons, including a flexible freezer tray that has nine compartments, six food storage containers, two feeding spoons, a spatula, and a cookbook. It includes two different work bowl sizes: a short cup for small batches and a big bowl for large batches, which you can freeze for later.

Highlights: In addition to a regular blade, there's also a milling blade for finely grinding cereals and oatmeal for your baby's breakfasts. All parts are BPA-free. Price*: about $59.99 on Pampers Parents pros and cons:

2. BEABA Babycook Plus 4-in-1 Steam Cooker and Blender

The steam-heating system is powerful enough to cook a variety of foods in under 15 minutes, which the manufacturer claims helps the foods retain their vitamins and nutrients. Simply place the food in the work bowl's steaming basket for cooking, and empty it back into the work bowl for pureeing once it's cooked. It's possible that this two-step process may not be to your liking. Some of the baby food makers on this list allow you to steam and puree in the work bowl without having to transfer the food. Each of the two work bowls has a 4.7-cup capacity, allowing you to prepare quite a few servings of baby food at a time. It includes a spatula, mixing lid/smoothie filter, and a booklet with recipes for homemade baby food. Another neat feature that’s great for busy parents: The machine automatically shuts off when the food is cooked and an audible beep lets you know when it's done.

Highlights: It's available in three colors: gold (pink), white, or cloud (gray). The parts are free of BPA, lead, and phthalates. Price*: about $199.95 on Pampers Parents pros and cons:

3. Duo Meal Station Food Maker 6-in-1 Food Processor

Pampers Parents loved that this baby food maker includes two steaming trays so you can cook two different foods on top of one another. Any liquid that remains in the container under the food trays can be used to thin the food you're pureeing, capturing some of the nutrients that escaped during the steaming process. To steam the food, add water to the steamer base on the left side and the LCD screen will let you know with an audio alert when you’ve added enough—no measuring or guesswork needed! When the food is steamed and ready to puree, simply transfer the food to the three-speed blender on the right side for quick work. This sleekly designed machine only comes in gray and doesn't include any additional accessories. So, that's something you may need to take into account.

Highlights: All the attachments can easily be cleaned in the dishwasher. Price*: about $159.99 on Pampers Parents pros and cons:

4. Baby Brezza Glass Baby Food Maker

The four-cup work bowl is made of glass, which appealed to many Pampers Parents who didn't like plastics coming into contact with their babies' food. Pampers Parents also pointed out that unlike plastic, the glass bowl doesn't absorb smells or become discolored from use. The control panel is very easy to use, and features three settings: steam only, blend only, and automatically blend after steaming. The steam tank is easy to fill and remove for cleaning.

Highlights: The baby food maker includes a spatula and recipe booklet. The work bowl and blade are both dishwasher safe. Price*: about $98.99 on Pampers Parents pros and cons:

5. Sage Spoonfuls Baby Food Immersion Blender and Food Processor

The whole set is lightweight and easy to transport if you want to take it with you when you travel. It's also easy to clean, as all the attachments can be put in the dishwasher. This baby food maker can puree fruits, vegetables, meats, and even nuts. You can even use it to puree soups, smoothies, and sauces that the whole family can enjoy. The manufacturer cautions that the power buttons shouldn't be held down for more than 30 seconds when you're using the blender as it may cause the motor to overheat, so you’ll need to be extra careful.

Highlights: All parts are free of BPA, phthalates, lead, and PVC. Price*: about $38.99 on Pampers Parents pros and cons:

6. Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer

The work bowl hold four cups of food, which means you can make big batches of baby food to freeze for later. The blade inside the bowl stays locked even when you tip the bowl upside-down to get out the last bits of pureed food. Other features include automatic shut-off, which kicks in when all the water has evaporated. There's an easy-to-use dial with an LED light indicator to let you know when the bottle has been fully warmed. The motor is powerful enough to chop and puree a variety of foods.

Highlights: The baby food maker comes with a spatula, an integrated measuring cup to help you determine how much water is needed for the bottle warmer or food steamer, a baby bottle adapter ring for skinny bottles, and a recipe booklet. All materials that come into contact with food are BPA-free. Price*: about $73.99 on Pampers Parents pros and cons:

The Bottom Line

All the baby food makers on our list have a lot going for them. Comparing the things that are most important to you like price, size, safety, features, and accessories will help you pick one that’s right for you and your baby. We hope the insights from Pamper Parents help make your decision easier.

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