As much as I love being a mother, and all things therein, there are mom chores we all just hate, right? For the most part, that list would include things like changing wet sheets at 3 a.m., fishing poop out of the bathtub, asking “What’s that smell?” for the tenth time in a day.
And let us not forget the hours spent standing at a sink washing bottles or breast pump parts when you could literally be doing anything else in the world. While wet sheets and questionable smells are still, unfortunately, unavoidable, I can solve your dishwashing dilemma with the brand new, first of its kind, Baby Brezza Bottle Washer, a compact, freestanding, mini, countertop dishwasher and sterilizer for baby bottles.
Hand-washing bottles and pump parts is the worst, and putting all of it in the dishwasher with last night’s greasy dishes isn’t the answer either — cross-contamination is gross. I will confess that I hate bottle washing so much that I’ve bought a stash of bottles just to avoid the washing chore every day… and I know I’m not alone. The Baby Brezza Bottle Washer not only washes and dries your bottles, nipples, collars, pump parts, utensils, pacifiers and sippy cups, but it also completely sterilizes it, all in one step, at the push of a button. (I may have also tested it out on stemless wine glasses… sparkly!)
How it works
The most surprising thing about the Baby Brezza Bottle Washer was its over all size — it’s just a smidgen bigger than your average Keurig machine. Keep in mind that it must be placed near or next to your kitchen sink to operate. There is a tube that comes out of the machine where the dirty water runs out — this part needs to reach your sink. (Caution: The water coming out is hot!)
After setting it up, using the machine couldn’t be easier to operate. Fill the pullout water tank to the line, put your bottles and accessories in, add some soap and push the button — that’s literally it. It’s good to note that the machine holds a max of four bottles. At first, this seemed like a bummer for me because I have a ton of bottles. But, I realized I only had a ton of bottles because I hated washing bottles. Now I have four bottles running the machine, once a day. It’s perfect.
As far as the size of your bottles goes, I tested out a few different types of bottles for size — from 11 oz MAM Bottles to wide-neck Dr. Brown’s — it all fit perfectly. If you do use Dr. Brown’s Bottles, you will love that there are inserts that fit all those pesky vent tubes perfectly.
If you’re worried about the noise of the bottle washer, I found it to be no louder than your average dishwasher. There is a louder sound for about 30 seconds at the beginning of the cycle — this is the water draining — and then at the end when it drains again, but that’s about it. The drying and sterilizing cycles make a low huming sound.
Tips and tricks
Like everything I review, I put this through the ringer and found there are, of course, some tips to pass along. First off, if you have extremely hard water like I do here in Arizona, use filtered water. The instructions say to use tap water, but when I did, the machine got crusty really fast. (Do not use distilled, per the instructions.)
Secondly, use a good dishwasher gel soap. I tried everything from the cheap stuff to the pricy stuff made exclusively for bottles, and it made a huge difference in how the bottles came out. Anything less came out cloudy and filmy. You really do use very little soap so a pricier bottle will last you a very long time.
Also, don’t be afraid to wash it all down now and then. After my experiment with the cheap soap, the whole thing was crusty and cloudy. I took all the parts out, hand-washed it all and took a soapy sponge to the inner workings and it was good as new. In this process I found that there was fuzz and gunk in the bottom of the washer where the water drains, so now I’ve made this cleaning just part of the routine. I’d say once a month and you’re good to go.
Lastly, take into account the timing when washing your bottles. This isn’t a fast process, like your regular dishwasher. It takes time, so plan accordingly. I timed the wash/dry/sterilization cycle at just over two hours from start to finish. The wash and dry cycle was around an hour 45 minutes and just a wash was about 45 minutes from beginning to beep. I made it a habit to just turn it on as I went to bed, ensuring I had clean, sterilized bottles every morning. You also have the option to just run the sterilizer cycle, which takes about 20 minutes.
My overall impression of the Baby Brezza Bottle Washer was nothing less than WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE. I love it and I cannot live without it. It’s right up there with the video baby monitor — once you start using it, you can no longer see how to parent without it. For the first time ever, and I’ve done a lot of reviews, I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing. This is truly a parenting MUST HAVE.
Thank you to Baby Brezza for providing this product for review.