The Best Bottle Warmers for Heating Milk in Minutes

When you’re short on time, these bottle warmers will have baby’s formula or breast milk ready to go in a jiffy.
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December 27, 2021
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Ask the experts and they’ll say you don’t need a baby bottle warmer. But when it’s 3 a.m. and your little bundle-of-screaming joy refuses to take that too-cold formula or expressed breast milk, you might beg to differ. Pop the bottle in one of these warmers and within minutes, you’ve got a ready-to-go bottle at the perfect temperature.

These gadgets not only get the job done quickly, they also ensure that the milk is free of the dangerous hot spots that heating bottles in the microwave or boiling water can cause. Plus, many models have special breast milk settings to make sure your liquid gold is warmed up without zapping its nutrients. From travel bottle warmers to smart bottle warmers, check out our picks to find the best baby bottle warmer for you.

How to Use a Bottle Warmer

Baby bottle warmers may come in a variety of shapes and sizes these days, but they all perform basically the same function—warming a refrigerated bottle of milk to body temperature. Most bottle warmers use a chamber or a reservoir to house hot water. The bottle is then placed into the chamber, where it’s heated slowly to avoid hot spots or scorching of the milk.

When using a bottle warmer, there are two things you should keep in mind: First, a bottle warmer isn’t meant to be left on for long periods of time. It may be tempting to keep it on all night to ensure baby’s milk warms super quickly, but this can present a fire hazard. So, it’s always best to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for use.

Next, when it comes to warming milk, remember to never re-use milk that’s been previously warmed. This can encourage growth of potentially harmful bacteria. So even if baby didn’t finish a full bottle, it’s best to discard the milk rather than re-heat it after it’s cooled.

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The Best Bottle Warmers

From portable bottle warmers to countertop models, these are the best baby bottle warmers you can buy.

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Philips Avent Fast Bottle Warmer

Got three minutes? You can get that milk warmed to perfection. This super-simple baby bottle warmer continuously circulates to heat your bottle evenly and ensure there’s no chance of a hot spot. Bonus: This baby bottle warmer will also defrost frozen breast milk and warm up purees.

Buy it: $50,

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Dr. Brown’s Baby Bottle Warmer

If you swear by Dr. Brown’s bottles—as many new parents do—you’ll want to consider getting this gadget to match. This Best of Baby 2021 award-winning baby bottle warmer uses electric steam heat to quickly and evenly warm milk. It also holds enough water so you don’t have to refill it every single time and can be programmed to your preferred settings.

Buy it: $30,

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Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Travel Bottle and Food Warmer

Yes, this is one more thing you need to throw in the diaper bag before you head out. (You won’t be sorry you did!) This portable bottle warmer is basically a thermal flask that holds hot water for when your little is ready for a feeding. You don’t even have to plug it in!

Buy it: $21,

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The First Years Night Cravings Bottle Warmer and Cooler

This baby bottle warmer is a sleep-deprived parent’s dream! Stick one or two bottles in it before you hit the sack, and the device will keep them cool for eight hours overnight. When it’s time for a feeding, simply pop the bottle out of the cooler and into the warmer and you’re ready to go.

Buy it: $28,

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Boon Orb Bottle Warmer

If you already have Boon’s iconic green grass drying rack, your bottles will feel right at home in the Orb. The globe-like design is cool, but functional; it’s wide enough to fit any bottle you’ve got. (And baby food jars too, for that matter.)

Buy it: $33,

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Munchkin Digital Bottle Warmer

Here’s another baby bottle warmer that’s designed to make life easier. One of the fastest bottle warmers on the market, it heats to body temperature within just two minutes. The digital readout makes it simple to tell the temperature of the milk, and a pared down design makes cleanup a total snap.

Buy it: $50,

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Baby Brezza Safe + Smart Bottle Warmer

This is the Rolls Royce of the bunch and a top pick if you love gadgets with tons of bells and whistles. Use the special breast milk setting to ensure you’re warming it at a rate that preserves those precious nutrients. Download the app so you can control the warming from your phone and get alerts when the bottle is ready to go.

Buy it: $67,

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Baby’s Brew Portable Bottle Warmer

When baby needs to be fed, they needs to be fed—even if you happen to be on the go. Luckily, this first-of-its-kind battery-powered travel bottle warmer makes it a snap to keep milk warm. The battery holds its charge for up to 12 hours, and a digital readout lets you easily gauge how warm baby’s milk is. Since you don’t have to plug it in, this is great if you’re looking for a reliable car bottle warmer. It’s no wonder this is another Best of Baby 2021 winner.

Buy it: $75,

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Beaba BabyMilk Ultra-Fast Bottle Warmer

Looking for the fastest bottle warmer? Who isn’t? But trust us, this warmer is fast—like two-minutes-flat fast. (Every second counts!) Its ultra-quick steam system heats bottles evenly and to the exact temperature you set. Plus, it fits all bottles, even if they have a wide neck. It also features an air-tight lid that keeps the bottle warm for longer, in case you can’t get to it right away.

Buy it: $60,

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Kiinde Kozii Breastmilk Warmer & Bottle Warmer

Searching for the best bottle warmer for breast milk? If you’re nervous about putting your breast milk into a machine that uses steam, then this is the best bottle warmer for you. Kozii was designed with the CDC and USDA’S guidelines for warming breast milk in mind; it safely heats milk up with flowing water. That’s why it’s one of our top picks for the best bottle warmers for breast milk. What’s more, it also works with all bottles and even disposal bottle bags.

Buy it: $70,

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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