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Best manual and electric breast pump brands

By Lisa Galliers

Electric breast pumps and manual breast pump brands rated by parents. Find out how Medela, Philips Avent, Tommee Tippee and more got on.

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Which? brings you unique insight to help you choose the right breast pump for you. In January 2018 we surveyed more than 1,000 mums who have used a breast pump, and asked them to tell us about their experiences using both electric and manual breast pumps. 

From their feedback we've been able to rank the top electric breast pump and manual breast pump brands. 

Expressing breast milk isn't the easiest of tasks, which makes it all the more important to find a breast pump that's easy to use, comfortable and doesn't make irritating noises while it's working. 

82% of mums surveyed in 2018 found an electric breast pump useful
If you're new to expressing, our guide on how to express breast milk covers the essential information you need to know to get started.

Most popular type of breast pump owned

Most popular breast pump brands

Best electric breast pump brands

Mums told us how satisfied they were with the electric breast pump brand they've used and whether they would recommend it to others to use. We combine these scores to produce an overall customer score, so we are able to rank the best manual breast pump brands. 

28% of mums in our 2018 survey own a Philips Avent breast pump

We've also listed the star ratings mums gave for overall comfort, value for money and how easy it is to control or vary the speed of the pump, so you can see which breast pump is the brand to go for. 

Which? members can log in now to unlock the scores in the table and see how the most popular breast pump brands fared against each other. If you're not already a member, join Which? now and discover the benefits of having thousands of impartial product reviews at your fingertips.

Best electric breast pump brands results table
Brand Comfort for mother Overall value for money Controlling speed Customer score
Medela
Philips Avent
Tommee Tippee
Table notes
1 Customer scores were generated based on respondents' answers to overall satisfaction with their electric breast pump brand and whether they'd recommend it to a friend.

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Best manual breast pump brands

 

Mums told us how satisfied they were with the manual breast pump brand they've used and whether they would recommend it to others to use. We combine these scores to produce an overall customer score, so we are able to rank the best manual breast pump brands. 

We've also listed the star ratings that mums gave each manual breast pump brand for overall value for money, comfort for mother and how easy it is to change the speed, so you can see which could be the one for you. 

Which? members can log in now to unlock the scores in the table. If you're not already a member, join Which? now and discover the benefits of having thousands of product test results at your fingertips.

Best manual breast pump brands results table
Brand Comfort for mother Overall value for money Controlling speed Customer score
Boots
Philips Avent
Tommee Tippee
Table notes
1 Customer scores were generated based on respondents' answers to overall satisfaction with their manual breast pump brand and whether they'd recommend it to a friend.

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Member Content

Coronavirus update 

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has said there is no evidence that the coronavirus can be carried in breastmilk. Mothers with suspected or confirmed coronavirus can continue to breastfeed.  

The RCOG says that the main risk of breastfeeding is the close contact between mother and baby, which could lead to infection through airborne droplets. They recommend discussing the risks and benefits of breastfeeding with your family and maternity team.

If you choose to breastfeed your baby, the following precautions are recommended:

  • Wash your hands before touching your baby, breast pump or bottles
  • Try and avoid coughing or sneezing on your baby while feeding at the breast
  • Consider wearing a face mask while breastfeeding, if available
  • Follow recommendations for pump cleaning after each use
  • Consider asking someone who is well to feed expressed breast milk to your baby
  • Sterilise all feeding equipment according to NHS guidelines
  • If you are expressing milk in hospital, a dedicated breast pump should be used

Content last updated 23/03/2020. Please check out Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for any more recent updates.

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