7 Best Portable Bottle Warmers for Feeding Time, Anytime
Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding, there may come a time when you need to warm some milk for baby on the go—and whether it’s a family vacation or a day trip to grandma’s, we all know babies don’t exactly like to be kept waiting! That’s where a portable bottle warmer comes in.
Portable bottle warmers come in several varieties; some work via heat induction, others by keeping hot water in a thermos for later use. They can be powered by rechargeable batteries, wall sockets, or even no electricity at all! Keep reading to learn more about what to look for in a travel bottle warmer, then shop our favorite picks for the best portable bottle warmers on the market right now.
The first thing to consider when you’re looking for a bottle warmer is how you’ll use it. If you’re looking for a smaller model that’ll use up less shelf space at home and pack well into a suitcase for setup at your destination, a smaller model of a normal bottle warmer—the type that plugs into a wall socket—will get the job done. If you want something for use in a car or on a hiking trip, you’ll need something that’s not tied to a power source. You might want a rechargeable, battery-powered bottle warmer or an electricity-free thermos-style option. But whichever model you choose, we’ve gathered a few things to consider when shopping for the best portable bottle warmer:
- Size. Will the bottle warmer sit on a hotel bedside table? Or does it need to be stashed in a diaper bag? Bottle warmer sizes vary, and some are bulkier than others. For the utmost in on-the-go convenience, a thermos-style portable milk warmer makes a great option.
- Power source. The earliest bottle warmer models operated by plugging them into an electrical socket. But today, you can find rechargeable USB bottle warmers or cordless bottle warmers that operate using batteries. Consider what, if any, power source you might need before shopping.
- Ease of cleaning. When it comes to anything related to babies, convenience and cleanliness are key! Look for a travel bottle warmer that’s easy to clean, rather than having tons of parts to remove and replace before using.
And when it comes to feeding baby, keep in mind that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using breast milk within two hours of coming to room temperature. So if you use a portable bottle warmer to warm milk, it’s important that you feed it to baby right away. In addition, it’s never safe to refreeze milk that has been thawed or warmed in a bottle warmer. Need more info? Check out our guidelines for storing breastmilk.
Below, we’ve listed some of the best portable bottle warmers you can buy today, including everything from rechargeable battery-powered models to electricity-free thermoses.
The BabyBond Portable Bottle Warmer has it all. The ceramic heating plate ensures a quick and even warming experience (even for partially frozen milk) and the digital temperature display means no guessing. A dial contains several different temperature settings that allow you to choose exactly how warm you’d like baby’s milk, and the included lid adapters mean that this travel bottle warmer works with most of today’s popular bottle brands. Great for home use, this model can also be used with batteries or the included charging cable when you’re on the go.
Dimensions: 6.18” (L) x 3.62” (W) x 7.56” (H) | Weight: 1.43 lbs.
- Stainless steel contact sensor and ceramic heating plate prevent leaks
- Comes with a twist-close powdered formula dispenser
- Battery lasts only 30 to 40 minutes fully charged
This rechargeable car bottle warmer features a 10-ounce stainless steel chamber that heats baby’s milk quickly and easily, and can be charged either in a wall socket or your car’s USB port. This latter option makes it the perfect bottle warmer to stow in your diaper bag for flights or car trips, and an easy-to-read digital display that tells you exactly how warm the liquid is, so you can ensure baby gets milk at the preferred temperature every time.
Dimensions: 4.76” (L) x 4.72” (W) x 11.3” (H) | Weight: 1.43 lbs.
- Leak-proof design
- Charges quickly
- Small heating compartment
- Doesn’t hold a charge for long
The award-winning Philips Avent bottle warmer is our pick for the fastest bottle warmer—and it’s not just fast, it’s reliable too! Heating effectively in just three minutes, this warmer also circulates the liquid to reduce the risk of hot spots during the heating process. An easy-to-read progress indicator on the front lights up in three sections; once you see the third light click on, you’ll know baby’s milk is warm and ready to go. This option requires an outlet and a water bath, so it’s best suited for destination use, but the portable size and single-piece design makes packing for travel a breeze.
Dimensions: 6.3” (L) x 6.89” (W) x 7.29” (H) | Weight: 1 lb.
- Fits all Avent bottle models and most other bottles as well
- Can also warm baby food jars
- Defrost feature is great for frozen breastmilk
- Some reviewers say heating can take longer than advertised
The wildly popular Baby’s Brew portable bottle warmer is also the first of its kind to use batteries for convenient, on-the-go warmth for baby’s beverages. This set comes with the warmer and four adapters to ensure you’re able to heat milk no matter what type of bottle you’re using. An adjustable temperature dial allows you to select the temperature you’d like the milk heated to, and a digital display lets you know when it’s ready. This compact stainless steel warmer slips easily into the side pocket of a diaper bag.
Dimensions: 7” (L) x 7” (W) x 3” (H) | Weight: 1.76 lbs.
- Longer battery life than most models
- Hot plate is not removable for cleaning
- Pricey option for a portable bottle warmer
Designed for travel, the Quark BuubiBottle is a multifunction marvel that both heats milk (or water for formula!), and holds it at the appropriate temperature (a great feature for when baby graduates to other drinks). The BuubiBottle boasts a durable, portable design, smart temperature controls to bring breast milk up to its proper temperature gently and real-time temperature display. It even comes with a special cleaning brush, designed to wash the interior with nothing but a drop of soap and a good shake.
And while these bells and whistles are all well and good, when it comes to a rechargeable product, you want to make sure the battery works well. In this regard, the BuubiBottle doesn’t disappoint; its USB-compatible battery is designed to work for 10 hours on a single charge.
Dimensions: 3.25” (L) x 3.25” (W) x 8.25” (H) | Weight: 10 ounces
- USB fast-charging capability
- Large-capacity battery
- Real-time temperature display
For the ultimate in convenience, this Tommee Tippee stainless steel thermos-style bottle warmer tops our list of the best cordless bottle warmers. Here, you won’t have to worry about plugs or dead batteries, since this system simply uses hot water to bring baby’s milk to temperature. Just pour hot water in the stainless steel thermos and slide it into the outer container. Then, when you’re ready to warm a bottle for baby, fill the outer container with the hot water and drop the bottle in to warm your milk.
Dimensions: 3.75” diameter x 7” (H) | Weight: 11.6 ounces
- No plugs or cords to bring along
- Generously sized container
- Some reviewers note leaks after a few months of use
If you anticipate using a portable bottle warmer only occasionally, it makes sense that you’d want to snag one that won’t break the bank. We love the First Years bottle warmer as a basic model that gets the job done. Prefill the water chamber for use whenever you’re ready to heat baby’s bottle, or use this warmer to heat baby food and even to sanitize small parts like nipples.
Dimensions: 4.6” (L) x 4.6” (W) 6.5” (H) | Weight: 1 lb.
- Auto-off feature
- Compact size fits easily in a suitcase (on a nightstand)
- Does not allow you to set the temperature
To help you find the best portable bottle warmers on the market today, we browsed lots of different options from some of our most trusted retailers. We considered features like portability, power source (when applicable), size and convenience (because we know a hungry baby can’t wait!). For each portable bottle warmer we consulted user reviews to get a sense for how the product performs in the real world, only sourced the best portable bottle warmers from trusted retailers and didn’t consider any portable bottle warmers with less than an average four-star rating.
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