Breast pumps: Best Buys Best buy

Breast pump

Want to choose the best breast pump first time?

Choosing a breast pump can be a journey into the unknown. Many new mums chose their breast pump based on recommendations from friends, family or midwives. And many try several models before finding the one that’s right for them.

At Which? we can give you a shortcut to the best breast pumps. We spend more than £600 on testing each model and carry out unique independent assessments - so you know a Best Buy breast pump really is the best.

  • We’ve compiled unique survey information from more than 500 breast pump users to bring you the most highly recommended manual and electric breast pumps.
  • Added to this is our expert lab testing. We ensure that all the practical aspects of using a breast pump are considered – and you can be sure that those with a Best Buy award really are the best.
  • Our lab tests consider the things you can't tell in a shop - such as how long the cable is if you need to be near a power source, how noisy the pump is, and the shape and material of the breast shield.

Feel confident that you've made the right decision on the right breast pump for you (and avoid wasting money on a product that won't get used) with a £1 trial to Which?

Video guide: what makes a Which? Best Buy?

We test thousands of products each year at Which? in a controlled environment that enables us to accurately repeat each test on each product - meaning our reviews are directly comparable. We buy the products we test ourselves, and go through great lengths to shape our test programmes to match the way you use the products.

Find out more about how we test products and how we find the models that deserve to be Best Buys in the video below.

A Which? Best Buy breast pump is quieter than others on test, and it performs better in all the areas our experts assess, such as weight, battery life, and comfort of grip. A Best Buy also achieves a higher customer score overall, which means more mums are satisfied with it and would happily recommend it to others.

Breast pump reviews you can trust

We lab test models from the biggest brands - including Medela, Philips Avent and Tommee Tippee - to discover the things you need to know before you take a pump home. As well as giving you an insight into how satisfied mums are with their brand of breast pump, and whether they'd recommend it to a friend, our independent experts assess potential niggles that could leave you kicking yourself - such as whether the pump is excessively noisy, how heavy the pump is and if it will tip over when it's full.

Which? is independent - we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We don't take advertising and we buy all the products that we test. This means that as well as recommending great products, we can highlight the ones to avoid.

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