Last updated: August 4, 2021

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Welcome to our big baby food warmer test 2021. Here we present all the baby food warmers we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best baby food warmer for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy a baby food warmer.




Summary

  • The optimal temperature of the food for your baby is very important. Food can quickly become too cold or too warm as the baby's mouth is very sensitive.
  • Baby food warmers heat the food to an optimal temperature so that all the nutrients are preserved. In addition, the food can be kept warm for hours.
  • Baby food warmers heat the food faster and save electricity compared to alternatives.

The Best Baby Food Warmer: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a baby food warmer

What is a baby food warmer?

Surely you know the situation: You are out or at home and your baby is hungry. Unfortunately, the food is cold or even frozen and needs to be warmed up quickly. When you heat up the food in the pot, you have to keep an eye on it so that it doesn't get too hot for your baby. Often the food is too cold or too hot after heating. In terms of time, your baby wants attention from you.

Babyflasche auf blauem Tuch

A baby food warmer keeps breast milk at the ideal temperature so that important nutrients are preserved.(Image source: 123rf.com / 16670270)

So you don't have to worry about this any more, a baby food warmer is a great help. Baby food warmers defrost food to the desired temperature. Even food that has already been defrosted is gently warmed so that it is comfortable for your baby to eat.

Whether for breast milk, home-cooked food or baby food from a jar. Baby food warmers bring the food to the right temperature, which is around 37 degrees for babies.

Baby food warmers are a great way to save time and heat food evenly.

How does a baby food warmer work?

Baby food warmers heat the food to the set temperature and then switch off automatically. Some devices also have a keep-warm function so that the food is still at a pleasant temperature until the baby eats.

The features of the individual baby food warmers also vary. While cheaper models usually have a simple temperature control, more expensive models sometimes offer a defrost function or an adapter for the car so that food can also be warmed up on the go. Some devices have LED displays to check the current heating status.

Most devices also have a holder for inserting and removing baby jars or baby milk. The so-called food lifter is included in the scope of delivery of most food warmers and can also be adjusted. This means that different sizes of jars/bottles can be inserted into the device.

To make cleaning the baby food warmer easier, some manufacturers offer a steriliser in the device that kills bacteria and germs. This could save you having to clean the appliance.

The devices also differ in the duration of heating depending on the type of technology. I would like to discuss these in more detail below:

Heating in a water bath

With this type of heating, the baby food is placed in a container of water. The baby food warmer heats the water and the heat is transferred to the jar or bottle.

Advantages
  • Food can be kept warm without further energy expenditure
  • favourable choice
Disadvantages
  • regular descaling
  • longer heating time compared to steam

Heating with steam

When heating with steam, the water from the water container is heated and the food is heated indirectly with the steam.

Advantages
  • fast heating (0-5min)
  • favourable selection
Disadvantages
  • regular descaling
  • no keep-warm function,

Heating by infrared rays

With this method, the baby food is heated evenly and gently by infrared rays.

Advantages
  • no descaling necessary
  • works without water
  • easy to use
Disadvantages
  • heating phase takes a relatively long time (0-18min)
  • expensive to buy
  • devices are only offered by a few manufacturers

What alternatives are there to baby food warmers?

Besides using baby food warmers, you can also heat baby food in the microwave or in a water bath.

Heating in the microwave

Baby food can also be warmed up in the microwave without hesitation, but you should make sure that the food does not stay in the microwave for too long. No more than about 30-45 seconds at 200-350 watts.

Did you know that not only baby bottles can be heated in many baby food warmers?

You can also heat small baby bottles in the baby food warmer.

To be on the safe side, you should test the temperature with your finger or try the food directly. It is also important to stir the food evenly for your baby. Not everything is heated evenly in the microwave, which can result in very cold or very hot spots.

On the one hand, it is very important that the food is heated sufficiently so that potential germs are killed. On the other hand, it must not be too hot either, so that your little darling doesn't burn himself.

The correct food temperature for babies is around 37 degrees.

However, breast milk is an exception. When heated in the microwave, important proteins and fatty acids in breast milk are lost, which are important for your baby. In this respect, breast milk should not be heated in the microwave!

Heating in a water bath

Another way to heat baby food is in a water bath.

To do this, simply place the baby jar or formula container in a pot of water. Heat the pot slowly to about 70 degrees and stir the porridge or milk occasionally so that the mass is heated evenly.

Compared to the baby food warmer, this takes more time. If your baby is fussy and wants something to eat quickly, this is much quicker with the baby food warmer. In addition, the temperature does not have to be checked continuously with the food warmer.

Decision section: What types of baby food warmers are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, we distinguish between these types of baby food warmers:

  • Standard baby food warmer
  • Thermal bottle warmer for on the go
  • Multifunctional device

In the following, we will explain the different types and their advantages and disadvantages. This will help you to find the best baby food warmer for you.

Standard baby booster warmer

A baby food warmer is a great help when it comes to quickly warming up your baby's food. This can significantly reduce stress and provide relief in everyday life. The device heats the food to an optimal temperature compared to the microwave or the pot on the cooker.

The device switches off automatically after the optimal temperature is reached. As a rule, the duration is also considerably shorter compared to other alternatives.

Advantages
  • time-saving and easy to use
  • suitable for breast milk and porridge
  • even temperature of food
Disadvantages
  • regular descaling of water appliances
  • purchase price,

Most devices work via a power cable and are therefore suitable for use at home. For on the move, there are devices that also have an adapter or work without electricity. See thermal bottle warmer for on the road.

Did you know that you can also use baby food warmers on the go?

Some baby food warmers can easily be plugged into the car's cigarette lighter.

The devices work with different technologies: Water bath, steam or infrared rays. Each of these technologies has certain advantages and disadvantages, which you can read about in the guide section. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of a baby food warmer?

Thermal bottle warmer for on the go

You are probably familiar with the following situation: You are sitting in the car and are on the road with your little darling. He gets hungry and you have already warmed up the milk at home, but unfortunately it is already too cold for your baby. A thermos bottle warmer is a great way to avoid such situations.

We have found two alternatives. The first option is a thermos bottle warmer with an integrated thermal bag. The device can be connected in the car via an adapter. In addition, an integrated thermostat helps to check the temperature. The thermal bag also keeps the device warm for longer.

Advantages
  • great alternative for on the road
Disadvantages
  • takes a relatively long time to heat up

Another option is a device without a power supply. Simply pour hot water into a thermos flask. As soon as your baby feels hungry, you can pour the hot water into a container and put the baby food in it.

Then close the lid of the container for a few minutes. Usually, the manufacturers provide a guideline on how long and how many grams of food should be heated in the hot water.

Advantages
  • no electricity required
  • quick heating of food
Disadvantages
  • no temperature control available
  • may be somewhat awkward to use

Multifunctional device

In addition to the standard baby food warmer and the devices for on the go, there are also multifunctional or 3in1 devices. These have other functions in addition to heating food. You can buy a device with an integrated steriliser or steamer.

The integrated steriliser usually comes with an additional plastic lid. After you have inserted the baby bottles into the appliance, the lid is placed on top. After a few minutes, the bottles are cleaned.

Advantages
  • Cleaning ensured by steriliser
  • several functions in one device
Disadvantages
  • Devices are more expensive compared to the standard device
  • only makes sense if other devices are not yet available

As soon as your baby grows up and wants to eat solid food, the steamer can be used to prepare fruit, vegetables and cereals gently. The advantage here is that important nutrients are not overcooked.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate baby food warmers

In the following, we will show you which criteria you can use to decide between the many baby food warmers.

The criteria you can use to compare baby food warmers include:

  • easy to clean
  • Energy consumption
  • high-quality materials of the appliance as well as safety precautions/test seals
  • Types of heating: water bath, steam, infrared
  • Features of the individual warmers: keep-warm function, temperature control, temperature display

Below you can read what each criteria is all about and find out why it makes sense for you to buy a device based on the criteria or not.

Easy cleaning

Depending on the type of appliance, cleaning the appliance requires more or less attention. Units that are operated with water should be decalcified regularly to maintain their longevity. Devices with infrared radiation, for example, are more expensive, but do not require extensive cleaning.

Regardless of the type of appliance, the purchased appliance should be easy to clean so that no bacteria or germs can take hold. Baby booster warmers with an integrated steriliser can also be recommended.

Energy consumption

You can also compare the appliances in terms of their energy consumption. In general, most baby food warmers are very energy efficient, so that the electricity bill at the end of the month is low compared to heating in a water bath or microwave.

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With a baby food warmer, you can heat up baby food easily and quickly, giving you more time to spend with your darling. (Image source: 123rf.com / 65559298)

As already mentioned in the advice section, devices with steam or infrared technology need more energy compared to heating in a water bath.

High-quality materials of the appliance as well as safety precautions/test seals

Another important factor is that the appliances are made of high-quality materials that are free of harmful substances. A test seal in the packaging or the instructions should provide information about this.

In addition, safety precautions should be taken, such as protection against overheating and burn-out of the cables. Products that have been tested and are of high quality from well-known manufacturers are recommended.

Types of heating: water bath, steam, infrared

As already mentioned in part, you can distinguish between the devices according to the type of heating. Depending on what you prefer, be it super fast heating or less cleaning effort, you can choose between the different variants.

Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. You can read about these in the guide section.

Special features of the individual warmers: keep-warm function, temperature control, temperature display

As a rule, most devices have the same basic equipment, but differ in the additional features or sometimes have different special features in the functions.

Additional functions can be, for example, a temperature display or a defrost function. Another recommendation is to make sure that bottles and jars of all sizes fit into the appliance so that you can use it for a long time.

Facts worth knowing about baby food warmers

How do I clean my baby food warmer?

To ensure that the function of your baby food warmer is not impaired and that you can use it for a long time, it should be decalcified regularly. Most baby food warmers run on water, so this is important.

To do this, take simple household vinegar and water in a ratio of 1:2. Pour the mixture into the baby booster warmer and let it run for 15 minutes. Then pour out the liquid and wipe the appliance dry.

Empty out the water immediately after the process and dry the appliance. This prevents limescale from forming.

Preparing baby food and its nutritional value

Your baby needs not only calories, but also many healthy nutrients to grow and develop. The heating of food and breast milk can have a great influence on its nutrient content. In the following table you can see how sensitive different important nutrients react to heating in water or with infrared radiation.

Nutrient Water bath or steam method Infrared radiation Foods for babies that contain a lot of the nutrient
Protein -12.5% minimal destruction Cottage cheese, milk, chicken
Iron +163% not normally destroyed Oatmeal, lentils,millet, broccoli
Vitamin C -45% -38% peppers, broccoli, spinach
Vitamin B -29% -20% legumes, whole grains, eggs
Vitamin K +3% no destruction chickpeas, spinach, broccoli, oatmeal
Vitamin E +74% -10% sunflower oil, whole grains

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