Here at Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings, we conduct extensive search to write reviews and offer breast pump ratings. To be a MOTHER is not easy. To be a BREASTFEEDING MOTHER could be more difficult. Electric breast pumps give breastfeeding moms great support. If moms cannot breastfeed babies, they can use breast pump to collect the milk for later use. An efficient and quality breast pump undoubtedly helps moms a lot. There are many websites talk about breast pumps, but seldom of them compare different models thoroughly. In view of this, BreastPumpRatings.org reviews the bestselling models in deep and offers honest breast pump ratings.
List of Double Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings Reports
Advanced Models for Hard to Express/ Sensitive Moms
Double Electric Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings
BreastPumpRatings.org reviews 14 bestselling double electric breast pumps with approx. list prices can range from <$100 to >$2000. 10 of them are personal type and 4 are hospital grade double electric breast pump. BreastPumpRatings.org classify these 14 models into 10 basic models and 4 advanced models. Basic models refer to breast pumps which are suitable to most moms or general moms. If the design of breast pumps include more advanced features such as hospital grade and seems that they can serve hard to express or sensitive moms, we classify them as advanced models. One exception is Spectra S2. It is exact the same as Spectra S1 with advanced features except the power source. Because the price of S2 is quite affordable, we put it as basic model. We compare the double electric breast pumps in terms of collection system, efficiency, comfort level, portability, noise level and customer service etc.
Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings – Collection System
The collection system affects the ratings of double electric breast pumps. General speaking closed system breast pumps don’t allow milk to flow back. Mold and virus are less likely to condense. The maintenance, thus, is easier. For those breast pumps adopt closed system, BreastPumpRatings.Org offers higher ratings.
Out of 10 basic models, only First Year Quiet Expression breast pump and Medela Pump in Style breast pump adopts open system. Moms need extra effort to clean and repair the breast pump. Although backflow of milk is not likely to appear under right use, BreastPumpRatings.Org takes one star from First Year Quiet Expression and Medela Pump in Style in this aspect. Spectra S2, Lansinoh Signature Pro, Rumble Tuff Serene Express, AVENT Comfort, Spectra M1, Bellema Professional Care, Freemie Freedom and Ameda Purely Yours breast pumps use closed system get higher rating.
All advanced models including Spectra S1, Hygeia EnJoye LBI , Ameda Elite and Medela Symphony breast pumps use closed system design. There is lock protection to prevent the backflow of breast milk which is more hygienic. All advanced level breast pumps can obtain higher rating.
Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings – Efficiency
BreastPumpRatings.org reviews the efficiency of double electric breast pumps by suction speed and suction strength and offer ratings.
Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings – Efficiency – Suction Speed
The suction speed affects the rating of breast pump efficiency. Suction speed refers to how fast the breast pump cycles per minute. A nursing baby sucks approximately 45 to 55 times each minute. For a good design, the suction speed thus should fall between 45 to 55 times per minute. It helps to draw milk from the breast. The rating of breast pump efficiency should be higher.
All basic models cycle between 45 to 55 times per minute. We cannot find related information of First Year Quiet Expression and Freemie Freedom double electric breast pumps. We can only give ratings based on customer reviews. Spectra S2, Lansinoh Signature Pro, and Ameda Purely Yours breast pump allow moms to adjust the suction speed. For the pumps like Rumble Tuff, AVENT, Spectra M1 and Medela Pump in Style that are not allow moms to adjust the speed, the speed should be generalize and suitable to most moms.
The suction cycles of all advanced models fall between 45 to 55 times per minute. All of them including Spectra S1, Hygeia EnJoye LBI, Ameda Elite except Medela Symphony breast pumps allow moms to choose the suction cycle. So that moms, especially for who are difficult to express or sensitive, can tune the best speed, match up with suction strength to create the best breastfeeding “RHYTHM” easily.
Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings – Efficiency – Suction Strength
A pump’s suction or vacuum strength will also determine its rating of breast pump efficiency. Generally speaking, the vacuum level that is greater than 250 mmHg can lead to severe pain. Only Freemie Freedom Breast Pump does not mention the vacuum level. Among 10 basic models, Spectra S2 and Spectra M1 has the highest vacuum level of 300 mmHg. All models allow moms to adjust the vacuum level. Generally speaking, nearly all moms who use Spectra S2 and Medela Pump in Style provide absolutely positive feedback on suction strength. We highly recommend these two models to most moms.
All advanced models also allow moms to control the vacuum level. Spectra S1, Hygeria EnJoye LBI, Ameda Elite and Medela Symphony do excellent job. Nearly all moms reported their performance is great.
Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings – Comfort Level
Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings – Comfort Level- Flange Material
Breast pump ratings will be higher if the breast pump use soft and comfortable material to make flanges. Plastic and silicone are commonly used to make flanges. For the basic models, Lansinoh Signature Pro, Rumble Tuff breast pump, Bellema Professional Care breast pump, First Year Quiet Expression breast pump and AVENT double electric breast pump use soft silicone to compose breast flanges which are more comfortable than plastic. Compared to hard plastic, polypropylene plastic is more flexible and elastic.
Advanced models including Spectra S1, Hygeia EnJoye LBI and Medela Symphony adopt hard plastic. Ameda Elite does not provide collection kit and moms should buy separately. The rating of Ameda Elite in this aspect, thus, is very low.
Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings – Comfort Level- Flange Size
Breast pumps provide standard flange range from 24-27 mm. The standard flanges cannot fit all moms. Moms can purchase flanges in other sizes if necessary. Medela and Ameda offer a number of flange sizes. If the manufacturer does not provide suitable sizes, moms can still purchase compatible flange from other company. Pumpin’ Pal Super Shields is the most famous breast flange that can compatible to most bestselling double electric breast pumps.
Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings – Portability
To evaluate the portability of double electric breast pump, BreastPumpRatings.org compares the weight, dimension size and power source of different models. If the breast pump can be battery operated, the ratings will be higher.
Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings – Portability -Weight & Dimension Size
Rumble Tuff Serene Express Duo electric breast pump is lightest among 10 basic models. The pump weight is about 0.7lbs only. The second lightest is Spectra M1 which is 0.8lbs only.
Generally speaking, advanced models are heavier than basic models. The weight of whole set can be as bulky as 13-15lbs. Spectra S1 is the lightest among 4 advanced models. The pump weight is 1.57 only, which is just 0.77lbs heavier than Spectra M1 electric breast pump.
Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings – Portability – Power Source
Rumble Tuff breast pump offers 3 power sources including AC adapter, battery and car adapter/AA Battery which is the most flexible to use among 10 basic models. Spectra M1, First Years Quiet Expression and Lansinoh Signature Pro can also be operated by battery and AC adapter. For the breast pumps only offers AC adapter which might not be friendly to traveling and cannot get good rating in this aspect.
Among 4 advanced models, Spectra S1 and Hygeia EnJoye breast pump can be battery operated. Moms can bring it to everywhere. It is suitable to most moms. The performance of Hygeia EnJoye’s battery is great. Moms only need to charge once per week for frequent use.
Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings – Noise Level
Among 10 basic models, Spectra S2 scores highest rating because of its quietness. It sounds whisper soft, just like a person breathing heavily.
For the advanced models, Spectra S1, Ameda Elite and Medela Symphony are quiet. It would not wake up baby during use.
Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings – Customer Service & Warranty
All brands have good customer service level except Hygeia. Moms are welcome to approach them for any inquiries. For the less performance parts, most brands are willing to change the part.
Hygeia offers the longest warranty period for 3 years. Philips offers second longest warranty period for 2 years. One point to note is that many moms complaint that Hygeia’s customer service is not nice and not willing to help even in warranty period.
The replacement parts of most famous brand such as Medela, AVENT Spectra and Ameda are easy to find. The parts are available in online store or retail stores. Perhaps you should note before purchasing Rumble Tuff and Bellema breast pump. It is because their parts are cannot be found easily. It can be fuzzy if you want to order parts urgently.
Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings – Customer Opinion
Perhaps the customer opinion can give moms an overview of different breast pumps. BreastPumpRatings.org compares the customer reviews of different models from Amazon website. Among the basic models, Medela Pump in Style and Spectra S2 obtain higher ratings. While for the advanced models, Spectra S1, Ameda Elite and Medela Symphony, they both get high ratings.
Breast Pump Reviews and Ratings – Conclusion
Research shows that if you are general moms, Medela Pump in Style, Spectra S2 and Philips AVENT Comfort are good choices. They do a great job and meet most moms’ needs. However, if you are sensitive, have difficulty to draw breast milk or want to build up milk supply, advanced models are highly recommended. Spectra S1, Ameda Elite and Medela Symphony perform well. They are suitable to all moms including sensitive moms. This review and rating report will be updated regularly. Hopefully, www.BreastPumpRatings.org can provide an ultimate buying guide of double electric breast pumps.