I was given one of these lovely Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature microwave sterilisers to road test. The steriliser comes with a 150ml bottle, a soother and a pair of teat tongs.
I was skeptical at first, after my experience with the Philips Avent equivalent when DS was a baby. The Philips Avent steriliser was tough to open when cold – if you wanted to reopen it once you had closed it, or if didn’t open it within half an hour of sterilising the bottles, it was almost impossible. The only way to open with ease, was to put it through the cycle of the microwave to soften the plastic.
The Tommee Tippee microwave steriliser however, had a button on each side (instead of a clip on the Philips Avent) and I had no problem opening and closing, regardless of whether the container had been warmed up. The container is light, and there are clear slots where you can place the teats, lids and the bottles, and it comes with a pair of teat tongs (keeps bottles sterile when picking them up and saves you burning your hands!). If the container is unopened after use, the bottles remain sterile for 24 hours. Handy if you forget to sort the bottles out straight away!
I would say it would be better if more than four bottles could fit in the container – perhaps six. At eight minutes in my microwave (and this time can be reduced to four minutes, depending on what microwave you have), I wonder how much electricity it uses in comparison to the electric steam steriliser after a day’s use. The container is compact and can be easily stored away, which explains the limit of four bottles.
I would definitely recommend this steriliser. It’s certainly a practical size if you’re planning to transport it to someone else’s house, perhaps having it at grandma’s, and using the electric steam steriliser for home use. At £13.49 (currently the price at John Lewis and Amazon) you can’t really go wrong.