I’m due with bub number 2 and was just wondering what other mums thought about sterilizers. I had an electric one with my first and found it good but they are expensive so was thinking about a microwave one, is there a difference? Thanks in advance :)


Posted by jessicakaiden, 16th April 2014


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  • Microwave ones are inexpensive (especially second hand) and are extremely simple to use.



  • I have heard of the microwave one and never the electric one so that must be a new product. I was very fortunate when I was pregnant my workmates got me the manual steriliser ( plastic square container “) and you need to buy the tablets with it . It was so handy as I had to bottle feed my two kids and used it for both of them. The only concern I have about the microwave is the radiation from the oven so not sure about that one . If all else fails the old fashion way is to boil the bottles in boiling water for a few minutes like what my mother used to do for all four of us .



  • First pregnancy, we had an electric one, it was expensive but I loved it.
    Second pregnancy, we bought a microwave one, was so much cheaper and did the same job. Wish I had just saved the money and bought a microwave one the first time around



  • I only used my electric one but loved it!



  • Both work well,
    I have a microwave one and I found that fine, but wouldn’t knock back and electric one if I had the opportunity,



  • I use electric but only cause I had it given to me but I love being able to have everything together I one tub out the way I don’t think there would be much difference they all do the same thing



  • Tommee tippee electric steriliser is the best



  • i use electric but boiling them in hot water for 5 minutes work just as well. i don’t like the thought of using the microwave because of the chemicals that come off the plastic in the bottles.



  • Electric, did you know microwaves are banned in Germany, google and find out why and you will never use one ever again, trust me!



  • Could you look at hiring one? I have heard this can be quite handy! I’ve never used bottles so cannot give an opinion either way



  • Hey there. I personally would recommend microwave as they are so easy and quick to use !! Good luck.



  • I’m using a microwave steriliser for my 14 week old. We got the closer to nature one for $34 on sale. It’s does 4 at once and only takes 4 mins so quick and easy even my husband can do it!! Hehe!!



  • i use a microwave one i find it to be great, and cleans fine. and so much cheaper then an electric



  • I used an electric one in hospital and have a microwave sterilizer at home, not much of a difference really, both work as well as each other, both require the same amount of cleaning. The only bonus is that the microwave one is by far cheaper.



  • Microwave ones work just as well but electric ones are convenient if you have the bench space


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