Choosing the best breast pump can be overwhelming. There are just too many options! The best way to determine which pump is best for you is to think about how you plan to use it. Pricier models are usually more powerful and better for moms who pump multiple times a day. But, if you’ll only need to use it occasionally to make a bottle for the babysitter or while traveling, you can get away with spending less. Some moms may even opt for two types of pumps – one for everyday and another for traveling. Once you decide on a model, take your time learning about how it works and becoming comfortable with it. When you feel ready to use it, a breast pump can make life as a new mom a whole lot easier.
Hospital Grade Electric Breast Pumps
These are heavy-duty pumps with powerful motors and a greater amount of “sucks” per minute. They extract milk in no time flat and are generally pretty quiet. Hospital-grade pumps are usually rented since they are upwards of $1,000 to purchase. However, your health insurance may be able to cover a portion of the cost, so check with your insurance provider if you want to go with a hospital-grade breast pump.
This site spent 37 hours on research, videography and editing to review the top selections for the 7 best hospital grade electric breast pumps. Click here for the full report.
Personal Electric Breast Pumps
The double electric breast pumps empty both breasts at the same time and typically come with a carrying case. These types of breast pumps are the most popular because they provide a balance between efficiency and portability:
- Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with On-the-Go tote (all-in-one, and most popular of all), available for ~$260 on Amazon and Target and many other retailers
- Spectra S2 breast pump set with tote and cooler, cheapest is ~$194 from Groupon
- Ameda Purely Yours Ultra, cheapest is ~$159 from Amazon
- Hygeia Q with basic tote, available for ~$199 from Walmart
- Tomy Quiet Expressions, available for ~$60 from Amazon and Target
- Nuk Expressive, cheapest for ~$60 from both Target and Amazon
- Lansinoh SignaturePro, available for ~$115 from Walmart
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Manual Breast Pumps
These pumps lack a motor, so they are quiet and small, making them a good choice for travel for the occasional pumping. The downside: your hands do all the motor work, so it can be exhausting.
The five most popular manual pumps are:
- Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump (most popular and highest user ratings for manual breast pump), available for ~$34 at both Target and Amazon
- Ameda One Hand Breast Pump, available for ~$47 at Target
- Philips Avent Manual Comfort Breast Pump, available for ~$27 at Target, Walmart, and Amazon
- Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump, available for ~$25 at Target, Walmart, and Amazon
- Tommee Tippee Manual Breast Pump, cheapest is ~$50 from Fishpond
For more details on each breast pump, you can read the 2017 reviews here.