Ready to be a wiz in the kitchen and whip up fresh, healthy eats for your little one? Chances are, you may appreciate a little help. There are tons of baby food machines out there, but finding the right one can be a challenge. Willing to splurge on an all-in-one model that cooks and purees? Looking for a budget buy that does the job without the hefty price tag? Or maybe a portable, stashable gadget to mash up meals on the go? To help you make a smart choice, we’ve come up with a baker’s dozen of the best baby food maker options out there, all ready to make cooking for baby as easy as pie.
Best All in One Baby Food Maker
If you’re looking for a top of the line gadget, the Beaba baby food maker pretty much sets the standard. It steams, cooks and blends vegetables, fruit, meat and fish to any stage baby food in 15 minutes. What’s more, it can be operated with one hand for those days when baby won’t let go. No wonder this baby food processor gets rave reviews. One mom says, “I’m actually excited to use this every time!”
Buy it: Beaba Babycook Cloud Steam Cooker & Blender, $150, WilliamsSonoma.com
Best Bargain All in One Baby Food Maker
Chop chop! Want an all in one baby food maker that does the prep work for you, pronto? This baby food processor and steamer has a stainless steel blade that chops food to itty-bitty pieces before steaming. It includes a stand for sterilizing pacifiers, as well as a container to reheat food and a measuring cup for gently warming up liquids. Added bonus: the 8 oz. water tank is BPA free.
Buy it: Kalorik Food Processor and Steamer, $99, MagicCabin.com
Best Baby Food Pouch Maker
Making healthy, home-cooked baby food is a breeze with the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker. It automatically purees foods after steaming, freeing you up to multitask. The 3-cup bowl is perfect for making a single meal or several servings at once, and the Baby Brezza comes with three reusable food pouches as well as a funnel that makes filling them easy-peasy.
Buy it: Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker Complete, $130, BabiesRUs.com
Best Combo Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer
The Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer is another all-in-one workhorse that steams and blends, and even has a built-in warmer that heats baby’s bottle to the perfect temperature. A generous 4-cup bowl means you’ll have plenty of leftovers. This baby food maker scores extra points for its tiny footprint, which won’t take up much space on already cluttered counters.
Buy it: Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer, $105, Target.com
Best Baby Food Blender
For high-powered processing capability, nothing beats the Bullet. The Baby Bullet Food System makes quick work of the thickest, chunkiest fruits and veggies. (You’ll want to cook them first if baby isn’t ready for raw food yet.) This baby food blender comes with more than a dozen accessories, including a batch tray with lid, six date-dial storage cups and a recipe book.
Buy it: Baby Bullet Food System, $60, BabiesRUs.com
Best Travel Baby Food Maker
Sometimes, simple is best—especially when you’re on the go. Slip Dr. Brown’s Make-a-Smash Food Masher into your diaper bag, and voila! You can mash up fruits and cooked veggies for a quick meal or snack wherever you are. Now that’s fast food.
Buy it: Dr. Brown’s Make-a-Smash Food Masher, $7 Walmart.com
Best Cheap Baby Food Maker
It costs about the same as a large latte, but the compact NUK Mash and Serve Bowl offers plenty of bang for your buck. It’s like a mortar and pestle for pulverizing food, but thoughtfully designed, from the grooves in the bowl that keep food from slipping around to the ergonomic, easy-grip mashing tool and the non-skid bottom.
Buy it: NUK Mash and Serve Bowl, $6, Amazon.com
Best Baby Food Mill
Is your toddler ready for grown-up food, but can’t sink his teeth into it just yet? Feed his hunger with the OXO Mash Maker Baby Food Mill. A hand-turned crank squeezes food through a sieve to make a yummy puree, which can easily be scooped out or served directly from the wide-mouth bowl without taking the mill apart.
Buy it: OXO Mash Maker Baby Food Mill, $25, BuyBuyBaby.com
Best Baby Food Grinder
Fast and oh-so-easy to use, the Munchkin Baby Food Grinder makes meal prep a snap for even the most sleep-addled mom. This works with a hand crank, quickly pureeing soft fruits like peaches or bananas, but it can handle practically any food that’s already cooked. “Now I can grind up the family dinner for my one-year-old,” raves a reviewer. “It’s great for encouraging her to chew more!”
Buy it: Munchkin Baby Food Grinder, $11, Amazon.com
Best Baby Food Scissors for Baby-Led Weaning
Yep, it’s a thing! Many moms are skipping purees and opting instead for soft finger food that baby can feed himself. Thinking about introducing your sweetie to solids with baby-led weaning? These Tiny Bites Food Shears let you easily cut up anything (like your roast chicken and broccoli dinner) into bite-size pieces, thanks to its stainless steel, cutlery-grade blades. The mush stops here!
Buy it: Tiny Bites Food Shears, $10 for two, BuyBuyBaby.com
Best Baby Food Processor and Smoothie Maker
Want a baby food processor that’ll grow with your little one? The NUK by Annabel Karmel Smoothie & Baby Food Maker not only makes healthy baby purees in seconds, but also lets you whip up smoothies directly into a sippy cup that fits onto the blender (it’s powered by Oster). The cup has an extra wide straw designed specifically for toddlers who are ready to graduate from super smooth to chunkier drinks.
Buy it: NUK by Annabel Karmel Smoothie & Baby Food Maker, $30, Target.com
Best Baby Food Blender for Milling Cereals
In addition to pureeing all the usual fruits and vegetables, Nuby’s Garden Fresh Mighty Blender has a separate blade that can cut oats fine enough to make baby’s oatmeal. It comes with a ton of accessories, including a steamer basket that you use to soften foods in the microwave before blending, a soft-tipped spatula and a 9-compartment freezer tray.
Buy it: Nuby Garden Fresh Mighty Blender, $60, Amazon.com
Best Immersion-Style Blender for Baby Food
Moms who want to keep their finger on the pulse of the latest, greatest gadget will love the Sage Baby Puree and Blend. A powerful immersion blender that can puree fruits, vegetables and meat with ease, it can be used separately or with a food processor bowl attachment. Either way, you can easily control just how chunky or smooth baby’s food is going to be.
Buy it: Sage Baby Puree and Blend, $40, Sagespoonfuls.com
Updated December 2017