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If you have a hungry baby in the middle of the night, or even during the day, a bottle warmer can help make things go so much more smoothly. To find the best bottle warmer for your baby, check out the results of our survey of more than 3,000 Pampers Parents and discover which bottle warmers they loved the most and why.

Why You May Want a Bottle Warmer

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby with formula or breast milk straight out of the fridge, but most babies prefer their milk at room temperature or a little warmer. You can leave a bottle out for about an hour to get it to room temperature or run it under warm water to get the temperature right. However, if you’re a busy parent, you may find a bottle warmer makes life much easier. Remember to never use a microwave to heat milk or formula, as this can create uneven hot spots in the milk that could scald your little one. The benefit of a bottle warmer is that it quickly and evenly heats the milk or formula to just the right temperature. Owning a bottle warmer is not essential, but it can simplify your life—especially if you have a crying baby in the middle of the night who prefers warm milk over cold. A bottle warmer that achieves the ideal temperature at the touch of a button can be a lifesaver, one that you’ll get lots of use out of, especially in your baby’s first year.

Features to Look for When Choosing a Bottle Warmer

When it comes to picking the best bottle warmer, Pampers Parents found the following features to be the most important:

  • Speed. Pampers Parents said the speed at which the bottle warmer heated up the milk up was a top concern. If you’re going to use a bottle warmer instead of just running the bottle under warm water or leaving it out to reach room temperature, you’ll want the benefit of speed. Most bottle warmers can heat up milk in minutes, with some even getting the job done in as little as 90 seconds!

  • Temperature. Choosing a bottle warmer that helps you heat the milk to the temperature your baby prefers is a big help. You may want a bottle warmer that has a manual temperature setting rather than a pre-set feature, or a warmer that can heat milk that's frozen.

  • Ease of use. Pampers Parents wanted a bottle warmer that's a cinch to use because convenience is such an important reason for getting a bottle warmer in the first place. Check to see how easy the warmer is to clean and how easy it is to use. Can you fill up the water compartment easily? Is the warmer simple to operate? Is there an option to pre-program the bottle? Thing about what features would make your life easier.

  • Compatibility with bottles. It makes sense that some Pampers Parents noted preferring a bottle warmer that fits the size of the bottles and baby food jars they already have. If you don’t have bottles yet, try to buy the bottles that are compatible with the bottle warmer you choose.

  • Price. As with all baby gear, value for money is important. More expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better, but you’ll want to ensure that the product you choose has the features you’re looking for while still fitting within your budget.

  • Automatic shutoff. Having a baby around means you’re juggling a lot of things, so you may not remember to turn the bottle warmer off in time. An automatic shutoff feature that turns off the bottle warmer once it gets to the right temperature is a great plus for a busy parent.

  • An alarm. It can be handy to have an alarm that sounds when the bottle has reached the right temperature.

  • Size and design. How big are the bottles you use and how many do you want to heat at the same time? Also, do you have big space to store it or are you looking for something more compact? The size and the design of the bottle warmer is another thing to think about.

  • Other functions. Some bottle warmers can sterilize bottles and bottle nipples; others can also defrost breast milk, or warm baby food. You may want to look at a few functions like these when shopping for a bottle warmer.

Top List: Best Bottle Warmers

More than 3,000 Pampers Parents voted on the best bottle warmers. Read our reviews to find out which one is right for your baby:

1. Philips Avent Baby Bottle Warmer

Why pick this one? This bottle warmer came in at number one for our Pampers Parents, who loved how quickly it heated breast milk and formula. They also loved how it could be used to warm baby food. The manufacturer claims this bottle warmer heats bottles and baby food in under three minutes without leaving any hot spots. Thanks to the little neon light on the warmer, you’ll know the device is working and when the bottle has reached the optimal temperature set by the warmer (but always remember to do a test on your wrist just to be sure). However, many Pampers Parents wished this bottle warmer came with a timer and switched off automatically once the desired temperature was reached. Since there is a pre-set temperature, it’s a good idea to check the bottle warmer from time to time to make sure the temperature is the right one for your little one, especially the first time you use it. This bottle warmer works with all of Philips Avent’s bottles, sippy cups, and most baby food jars, and Pampers Parents liked that it could heat many types and sizes of baby bottles and jars. It also has a defrost setting, which can be useful if you freeze breast milk or baby food, for example.

Highlights: It’s easy-to-use dial knob helps you pick the warming setting you want; just pick the bottle size (or the defrost option, if the milk is frozen) and you’re good to go. Price*: about $39.99 on Amazon.com

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2. Dr. Brown's Deluxe Baby Bottle Warmer

Why pick this one? Dr Brown’s Deluxe Baby Bottle Warmer uses steam to quickly heat bottles and baby food jars. Pampers Parents picked this one because they loved how it can be used to heat regular baby bottles and glass bottles, breast milk storage bags, and jars of various sizes quickly and easily. Many Pampers Parents said they found it easy to use, and especially loved the digital timer that lets them know when the bottle has been warmed. This bottle warmer comes with a memory function that can be set to your preferred setting. Many Pampers Parents loved this feature, which made it easy to warm up the bottle in the middle of the night: they just need to press a button and go, without having to input the settings again. Some Pampers Parents said they wished this bottle warmer was easier to clean and that it had a bigger water tank so they didn’t need to change it as frequently. This bottle warmer is best if you’re looking for a digital model with a timer and a preset temperature setting.

Highlights: This bottle warmer shuts off after eight minutes of not being in use, so it won’t leave you with scalding milk. Price*: about $43.99 on Amazon.com

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3. Kiinde Kozii Baby Bottle Warmer and Breast Milk Warmer

Why pick this one? If you’re looking to warm breast milk straight from the fridge, then this bottle warmer from Kiinde Kozii could be the right one for you. Pampers Parents said they liked the water bath feature of this bottle warmer, which surrounds the bottle with hot water to warm it up gradually, so it stops the bottle from overheating. The manufacturer claims that the gentle heating mechanism of this bottle warmer is a great way to warm pumped milk you are storing in the fridge. Pampers Parents also liked how the design works to fit most bottles or disposable containers like breast milk pouches or storage bags, baby bottles, baby food jars, and more. Although many Pampers Parents loved this model for its ease of use, some said they wished this bottle warmer heated milk faster. They also said the design could have been improved if there were a timer that made it clearer when the milk was heated to the right temperature.

Highlights: It’s the only bottle warmer on our list using the water bath method. Price*: about $59.99 on Amazon.com

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4. Munchkin High Speed Bottle Warmer

Why pick this one? The Munchkin High Speed Bottle Warmer is easy to use, but what Pampers Parents really loved about it is how quickly it heats the bottle. The manufacturer claims that this model can warm a bottle in as little as 90 seconds. Pampers Parents also liked how it automatically shuts off and sounds an alarm when the milk is warm enough, as this takes some of the guesswork out of it. Although this bottle warmer comes with a built-in measuring cup, bottle basket, and an adapter ring for smaller bottles, many Pampers Parents complained that this model can get dirty quite easily and that the labels on the measuring cup also come off too easily. When making your decision, consider that although these accessories work well for this model, it may take you longer to thoroughly clean all these additional parts and pieces. If you’re looking for a quick bottle warmer that gets the job done, this product is one of the more affordable bottle warmers on our list.

Highlights: Warms milk in as little as 90 seconds. Price*: about $26.99 on Amazon.com

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5. Baby Brezza Electric Baby Bottle Warmer and Baby Food Warmer

Why pick this one? Whether you need to warm breast milk quickly or steadily, you may like the Baby Brezza Electric Baby Bottle Warmer. It comes with two settings: steady warm and quick warm. Pampers Parents loved that they had choices for how to warm the bottle. Some Pampers Parents also loved the smart control available, thanks to the Bluetooth connection and the product’s app, which allows you to control your bottle warmer from your phone and alerts you when the bottle is ready. The auto-shutoff was also another popular feature among Pampers Parents. Keep in mind, some Pampers Parents wished the price were more affordable and that this bottle warmer was smaller so that it could be moved more easily. Still, if you’re a parent looking for a smart bottle warmer you can control using an app, then you may want to check this one out.

Highlights: This is a smart bottle warmer that can be controlled via an app, so you can turn it on and off using your phone. Price*: about $69.99 on Amazon.com

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6. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Portable Travel Baby Bottle Warmer

Why pick this one? If you’re looking to warm your baby’s bottle when you’re out and about, then Tommee Tippee’s Closer to Nature Portable Travel Baby Bottle and Food Warmer may be the right choice for you. This bottle warmer works a little like a thermos and can keep the water warm for hours. What you need to do is add heated water to the flask; then, when you are ready to heat the bottle up, place the bottle in the container that comes with the product and pour the hot water around it. Pampers Parents loved its portability and being able to warm milk and formula on the go. They also loved that this bottle warmer is wireless. It can easily fit in your diaper bag. The manufacturer claims that the bottle warmer's securely fastened lid prevents leaks and spills. Some Pampers Parents wished this portable bottle warmer were bigger and could hold more water. Other Pampers Parents said that they missed the timer feature.

Highlights: It is portable, compact, and wireless. Price*: about $19.99 on Amazon.com

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7. Munchkin Digital Bottle Warmer

Why pick this one? This digital bottle warmer comes with a smart timer that remembers the last setting you used, helping you heat the bottle to a temperature you and your little one prefer at the touch of a button. Pampers Parents especially liked how easy it is to use the Munchkin Digital Bottle Warmer and found the affordable price a huge selling point. The manufacturer also claims that the easy-fill water reservoir requires no measuring and that steam warming is suitable to heat breast milk. However, many Pampers Parents wished this bottle warmer could hold more water and was easier to clean. Some also said they would have preferred if this product could warm milk faster. All in all, this bottle warmer warms milk in two to five minutes depending on the temperature of the milk and the size of the bottle.

Highlights: Comes with a lift-out basket that fits most bottles and jars, as well as a ring that helps to seal in heat if you’re using a narrow bottle. Price*: about $39.99 on Amazon.com

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8. GROWNSY Baby Bottle Warmer

Why pick this one? This bottle warmer is bigger than the others on our list. It can heat two bottles at the same time and also offers steam disinfection. A button lets you select settings like warming, sterilizing, food heating, and defrosting. Pampers Parents liked how easy this bottle warmer is to use and also loved that you can pick the temperature you want the bottle heated to. However, some Pampers Parents said it took too long to heat the bottle, and since it didn’t have a timer to stop heating, it can sometimes overheat the milk. This is why it’s important to always test the milk on your wrist before giving it to your baby. Keep in mind, some Pampers Parents also reported that the bottles could get very hot and difficult to remove without the help of a towel.

Highlights: Can heat two bottles at the same time; this may make this product a great bottle warmer for parents with twins or other multiples! Price*: about $39.99 on Amazon.com

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9. BabyX Fast Bottle Warmer

Why pick this one? The BabyX Bottle Warmer is a multitasker. The manufacturer claims it heats and warms breast milk and baby food evenly, and it can also be used to sterilize items like teething rings. Pampers Parents liked the compact size and that it’s quick and easy to use. They also liked that it has three temperature settings to choose from. A LED light indicates when the water is at the desired temperature. However, this doesn’t mean the milk has been heated through yet, just that the water has reached the temperature you’ve set. You’ll need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions in terms of how much time to keep the milk in the heated water. Some Pampers Parents wished it had an automatic timer and was bigger, while others noted the warmer’s lid doesn’t always stay on securely enough.

Highlights: This bottle warmer comes with tongs so that you can remove items you’re sterilizing (like bottle nipples or teething rings) with ease (and without burning your fingers on hot water). Price*: about $22.95 on Amazon.com

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10. Boon Orb Baby Bottle Warmer

Why pick this one? This sphere-shaped baby bottle warmer comes with a unique design—it looks less like a traditional bottle warmer than some of the other models on our list. The manufacturer claims it heats baby bottles and food efficiently using steam. The warming chamber can fit many bottle types and the basket insert fits many sizes and styles of baby food jars. Pampers Parents liked how easy it is to use and that it comes with an auto-shutoff feature, which many of the other bottle warmers on this list don’t have. Pampers Parents also noted how quickly it warms bottles. Keep in mind, though, that some Pampers Parents complained that the design is a little odd in that you need to fill the bottle warmer with water before plugging it in. Some even mentioned that it took them a while to get the hang of how to fill the water compartment.

Highlights: It has a stable non-skid base, and is BPA-, phthalate-, and PVC-free. Price*: about $29.99 on Amazon.com

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Safety Tips

When it comes to heating breast milk or formula, follow these safety tips:

  • Sterilize bottles and nipple tips before each use

  • Do not microwave breast milk or formula. Instead, always use a bottle warmer or run the bottle under warm water to ensure the milk is heated evenly all the way through without any hot spots

  • Test a drop of milk on your wrist before giving it to your baby; it should be warm but not hot

  • Always keep the bottle warmer out of reach of your baby, and tie up the electrical cord as well

  • If your baby doesn’t finish the bottle, discard the leftovers and don’t keep it to reheat later.

Check out our article on safely storing breast milk for more on this topic.

The Bottom Line

Finding the right bottle warmer can make life easier, allowing you to warm your baby’s bottle with minimal fuss. Picking the right one depends on what you need. Although speed is an important factor, you might also consider other features like auto shutoff, whether the warmer can also sterilize small objects, and how easy it is to clean and operate. We hope that the feedback from Pampers Parents helps you find the right bottle warmer for you!



  • Book: Caring for your baby and young child birth to age 5, Sixth Edition Paperback – November 2, 2014 by American Academy of Pediatrics (Author)
  • Kids Health: Breastfeeding FAQs: Safely Storing Breast Milk