When it comes to the best baby bottle warmer for travel or at home, there are a few things you want to think about before you buy. If looking for an all-in-one bottle warmer, you need to ask yourself if it’s portable and small enough for travel, as well as heavy-duty enough to handle every bottle warming at home. If you want two separate ones, you need to decide if you want an insulated thermos for the road, and a plug-in or remote-control gadget for home.
But why should you buy a bottle warmer? We don’t know about you, but having a screaming baby up all night who won’t take cold milk is a problem for us. Most babies want to snuggle into their feedings. For moms who use formula or pump, that milk needs to be warmed up and quick.
The best baby bottle warmer will evenly distribute heat, so there are no hot spots around the bottle. You will still want to give the bottle a little shake and check the milk temperature. A bottle warmer makes the process of feeding your baby a whole lot faster and more efficient than waiting for water to boil on the stove. Just remember—never microwave baby milk!
Before we dive into the best baby bottle warmer for you, here are a few questions you need to ask yourself, and what we looked at during our research.
- How much are you willing to spend?
- How easy is the baby bottle warmer to clean?
- What size bottle will you be warming?
- Are there different warming levels?
- Can it hold up to at least a year’s worth of bottle warmings?
- Is there an auto shut off function and other safety features?
Here are the best baby bottle warmers for home, travel, and to pack up for grandma’s house.
1. Munchkin Travel Car Baby Bottle Warmer
Yes, you can warm a bottle in your car! We love the Munchkin Travel Car Baby Bottle Warmer for road trips and while running around town grabbing groceries, playing at the park, and going on field trips with older siblings.
The Munchkin Travel Car Baby Bottle Warmer has an adapter that you pop in the little power jack of your car to warm up the polyester sleeve that goes around the bottle. The adapter has a timer on it, which lights up for easy use during night drives. A digital display lets you know the temperature, and the sleeve fits most bottles and cup holders.
2. Kiinde Kozii Voyager Compact Travel Bottle Warmer
Like your favorite Hydroflask, the Kiinde Kozii Voyager will keep hot water warm for up to 12 hours thanks to its triple-wall, vacuum-insulated, stainless steel construction. Why is this important? Because the way this baby bottle warmer works is you add hot water to the bottle, and then pour that water into the built-in cup to warm up your bottles, breastmilk and baby food on the go.
There’s no need for plugs, USB cables or adapters. It’s really that easy. You can even fly with it. Just go through security before you add hot water. Ask any coffee shop or restaurant for some hot water to fill your bottle and you’re good to go.
3. Papablic Mini Portable Travel Baby Bottle Warmer
Similar to the Kiinde Kozii, the Papablic Mini is an insulated thermos-style baby bottle warmer. The warmer comes in three parts, the lid, a vacuum-insulated internal thermos that holds hot water and an exterior container that you pop the baby bottle into and then pour water around the baby bottle, all inside of the container. This baby bottle warmer is compatible with most Medela, Dr. Brown, Philips Avent and Evenflo baby bottles, but may not fit larger baby bottles like Comotomo and Tommee Tippee bottles.
4. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Portable Travel Baby Bottle Warmer
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Portable Travel Baby Bottle Warmer was designed to fit the brand’s bottles, which is great news for parents, no matter the bottle you use. As one of the best baby bottle warmers on the market, with thousands of five-star ratings online, it was built for larger bottles, making it easier to adapt to any baby bottle on the market. Like many of the best baby bottle warmers for travel, it uses a thermos system, keeping water hot all day. The sleek, BPA- and phthalate-free materials fits in most diaper bags and won’t spill or leak in your backpack while you are on the go.
5. Philips Avent Fast Baby Bottle Warmer
For anyone who’s freezing breastmilk, the Philips Avent Fast Baby Bottle Warmer is for you. Why? There’s a defrost function on this compact baby bottle warmer. Refrigerated milk can warm up in just over three minutes, circulating water evenly throughout to prevent hot spots. You can easily pack up this baby bottle warmer to bring on trips (it weighs less than 8 ounces!), but it does require an outlet to operate.
6. Dr. Brown’s Deluxe Baby Bottle Warmer
The Dr. Brown’s Deluxe Baby Bottle Warmer is not only smart, but it will fit almost any bottle you pop into it. With a built-in shut off feature, and cycle memory that knows the perfect heating time for your baby’s bottle, you can use this at night without worry when you’re half asleep. The large water reservoir allows you to refill and forget it for multiple feedings. While this bottle warmer isn’t compact enough to pack in a suitcase, you can easily bring it on a road trip and move it around the house as needed.
7. Boon Orb Bottle Warmer
Cute, compact and functional is what you’ll get when you pick up the Boon Orb Bottle Warmer. We love this baby bottle warmer for its auto shutoff function that lets you know when the bottle is warmed up. Even more important, the design is small enough to pop into your travel bag when you’re on a road trip with the kids, or even flying off to Disney. The Boon Orb fits regular, angled, wide neck, disposable, and silicone baby bottles.
8. The First Years 2-in-1 Simple Serve Bottle Warmer
Sometimes you just need an all-in-one bottle warmer. The First Years 2-in-1 bottle warmer warms breastmilk, formula, baby food and can even sanitize all of your pacifiers. The auto shut off function means you don’t have to worry about “mom brain” taking over when you jet out of the house for a playdate. The compact size makes it easy to pop in the car to bring to grandma’s house, or keep in the nursery for night feedings. If you want something a bit more heavy duty, though, grab the The First Years Night Cravings Bottle Warmer & Cooler, which is big enough to hold two bottles for overnight feedings.
Keryn Means lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. with her husband, two boys and one fluffy little pup. She is an award-winning travel journalist with bylines on Thrillist.com, Travel Age West, DCTravelMag.com, TwistTravelMag.com and more, and loves to talk travel on ABC’s Good Morning Washington. You can find Keryn dragging her two boys around the DC area most days and across the globe several times a year. Follow along on their adventures on WalkingOnTravels.com, TwistTravelMag.com, DCTravelMag.com and on Instagram.