I spend a great deal of my time making healthy suggestions on how to eat. I’m a nutrition editor. It’s what I do. So you can imagine the self-induced pressure I put myself under when it came time to start feeding my little one solid food. The decision to make my own was a no-brainer, not because you can’t buy healthy prepared baby food at the supermarket (which you can), but because I would never win the mental game with myself if I spent countless hours developing recipes for my day job and only 2.5 seconds grabbing a pouch off the shelf at the supermarket to nourish my babe. I just couldn’t live with myself. So homemade food it was.
I tried the whole baby-led-weaning deal… a very on-trend, practical, and efficient method of feeding that means you let baby feed himself. No puree, no mush, no airplane spoon games. Instead you just give the baby whatever you’re having – be it a chicken leg, bell pepper slice, or wedge of cheese – and let baby set his own pace. Well, Jack (my little one) would have none of it. He was very very slow to eat at first. Which was very very frustrating to this food-obsessed mom. So mush it would be.
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I had seen and read about the baby food makers but wasn’t sure they were really worth the splurge. Chop veggies, steam/roast/microwave until smooth, then mash or toss in food processor. Easy enough. The most difficult part of this whole process thus far was getting Jack to actually eat something. I was starting to get really creative with Jack’s rejected purees, which quickly became sauces and dips for mom and dad. The time and effort I put into making Jack’s food (in addition to working full time, exercising, nursing, cooking, and mothering) was starting to get really frustrating.
And then the Baby Brezza arrived in my office. Would I give it a test drive? Sure. Why not?
So I did. And I love it. Just toss veggies into the bowl, make sure the water tank is full, set the time (the machine comes with a handy little guide to tell you how much time your fruit or veggie needs) and press start. Go do laundry. Vacuum the dog hair off the floor. Pour a glass of wine. Bake a batch of cookies. Go spend time with your baby. You literally just set the time, push the button, and the machine does the rest for you. Toss the bowl and blade in the dishwasher when finished.
What I love most is that the Brezza gave me time to get creative. Toss some apples in with the sweet potatoes. Or a handful of spinach. Got beets? Great! Put some goat cheese and whole milk yogurt in once the beets finish blending, then just pulse together with the blend button. Throw some kale in with the butternut squash. Stir cooked quinoa, bulgur, or steel cut oats into your creation. You get the idea.
Jack is almost 13 months now, and we still use it. At some point around 9 months he discovered that he does, in fact, like food (hallelujah!) and will now eat just about anything. Well, almost. Beets… not so much. But nearly everything else. He’s also less interested in purees – more interested in feeding himself, but I can toss frozen edamame or lady peas or butternut squash cubes in there and set it for steam only, then let Jack feed himself. And don’t just limit it to baby food! I make a few sauces in there for myself.
If you’ve got a new mom you need to shop for I’d highly recommend the Baby Brezza. I used the original One Step Baby Food Maker, but they’ve recently released a newer version that has a glass bowl instead of plastic, and is double the size!
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Baby Brezza is now available in South Africa!
I’m so excited to announce that Baby Brezza products have arrived in South Africa and should be in Baby City stores within the next three weeks.
I’ve followed this brand internationally for the past year! The formula pro is one of their best-selling products. I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to review it this week – thanks to the NUK South Africa team.
What you need to know:
Say goodbye to the time and hassle of manually preparing baby’s bottles! NEW Baby Brezza® Formula Pro is the revolutionary new way of preparing your baby’s formula bottles.
The Baby Brezza® Formula Pro uses worldwide patent-pending technology to measure and mix water and powdered formula to the perfed temperature and consistency. The easiest and fastest way to prepare baby’s bottles is now right at your fingertips.
- Hassle-free formula preparation: with the push of a button, make a fresh, perfectly mixed & heated bottle in just seconds.
- Patent-pending mixing technology: measures, dispenses & evenly mixes formula, powder & water to the perfect consistency without air bubbles.
- Temperature control: heats water to the perfect temperature & consistency for feeding your baby. This is a similar temperature to breast milk and the recommended temperature for easy digestion.
- Versatile: works with ALL bottle sizes & most formula brands & types.
Simply choose the amount of formula you want to make whether it’s 60ml, 120ml, 180ml, 240ml, or 300ml and within seconds you have the perfect bottle.
Setup is quick and easy: airtight formula storage holds up to 700g of formula powder.
Baby Brezza’s® Formula Pro is a must-have for moms and dads, caregivers and even grandparents who love helping out at mealtime.
Appliance perfectly fits NUK First Choice Baby Bottles.
Product Dimensions: 38.6 cm tall x 21.98 cm deep x 24.72 cm wide.
Suggested Retail Price: R2 999.99
Available in Baby City from end March 2016.
The Baby Brezza® One Step Baby Food Maker is the one and only baby food processor that automatically blends food after steaming, for a true one step, simple homemade baby food-making process.
Yummy Homemade Baby Food Recipes with Baby Brezza
Making your baby’s food from scratch is easy and rewarding. Baby gets fresh and delicious food, made with love from market produce and you get the satisfaction of knowing you are giving your baby healthy, nutritious food. It’s so simple to do, whether you use a baby food maker product or a pot on the stove – it can be done! Homemade applesauce was one of my first foods and I still love it ’til this day.
I really enjoy making my baby’s food, and it’s as easy as making her whatever we are eating. You can also make a big batch of baby’s favourite recipes, if you prefer, and freeze them in baby food (or ice cube) trays. Afterwards, you pop the frozen cubes out, transfer to a freezer bag and store for up to 1 month, for ultimate freshness.
I was thrilled to give the Baby Brezza 1- Step Baby Food Maker a spin this past month, as Abigail began solids. I was eager to try Baby Brezza to see if some of my baby recipes worked well in it and I also was curious to see if it sped up the process of preparation at all.
Here’s a quick (and I mean quick) look at just how easy it is.
To steam-cook and blend organic carrots and pears took under 15 minutes! I let it cool for five and then served it to Abigail. Of course, it’s up to her at the end of the day – and she was digging her fresh baby brezza homemade dinner. As you can see, smiles all around! Her favourite recipes have a bit of sweetness to them and include pears, apples, and berries. Sweet potatoes and apples are another home run, and I’d be lying if I didn’t enjoy a few spoonfuls myself. Yum! Below you will find some of our easy baby food recipes to give a try.
I couldn’t believe just how simple to operate the Baby Brezza was from the get go. I love that! I just chop up whatever fruits and veggies (or meat) I want to include, fill the machine with water (if cooking), add the food, and hit the setting that I need. For most foods, at this stage, I use steam and blend. It steam-cooks and blends until smooth, all on it’s own. Sweet!
Fresh Delicious Homemade Baby Food Recipes:
Place in Baby Brezza, blend for 30 seconds and serve.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Place in Baby Brezza, steam cook for 20 minutes, blend for 30 seconds. Cool slightly and serve.
Place apples and blueberries in Baby Brezza and steam for 10 minutes. Pour off residual liquid and reserve. Puree to smooth (30 seconds), adding back residual liquid if needed to get smooth consistency. Cool slightly and serve. [line]
There are so many homemade recipes I’m excited to try, I am just getting started with my Little One! You can find a whole bunch online at babybrezza.ca
The Best of this Life received this product for review and article writing purpose. Opinions are 100% my own.
Why I love my Baby Brezza baby food maker!
Okay – there are a ton of fun gizmos and gadgets out there for moms. But this is one that I think EVERY mom who plans to make their own baby food should have. The Baby Brezza baby food maker.
I’m going to have a baby food recipe featured this fall in the Baby Brezza baby food cookbook (more on that and a chance to WIN when it is published!). Baby Brezza sent a photographer to get pictures of me using the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker – I had so much fun with Marisa, from Marisa Pellerin Photography (these photos are courtesy of her studio!).
Before I received this excellent machine, I made most of my baby food the old-fashioned way – steaming on the stove top, transferring HOT food to a blender or food mill, storing in freezer cubes or in the fridge. I admit I find this process a bit messy and time consuming. I frequently heard from my DH “Do you want these carrots still boiling over here?” To which I look up from my blogging and say, “What carrots?” I’m not the most attentive cook.
I didn’t realize how much the Baby Brezza would help my baby food making routine. But now, I can’t live without it! I chop up some fruit, put it in the steam/blend container, and set it for 15 minutes. I walk away. Walk. away. Get that? Now, I can safely forget I have food cooking! The Baby Brezza goes through it’s routine, steams the chopped food and then blends it into a smooth puree. When it’s done, the Baby Brezza reminds me with a beep!
I’ve made 4 batches of fresh apple-blueberry sauce in an hour. With minimal effort beyond peeling/slicing apples. LOVE IT! Plus there’s no pile of pots and pans to wash.
The Baby Brezza can steam all kinds of fruits and vegetables, even fish! And with the grain basket attachment, I’ve made oatmeal, quinoa flakes, pasta and more for my baby’s dinner. Most foods cook up within 10-15 minutes so that also means that a homemade meal for baby is just minutes away! (And since you don’t have to watch it, you can be busy preparing dinner for the rest of your family!)
Baby Brezza is a versatile product as well! There’s a setting for just steaming food (no blend) if your baby is eating food pieces. And a setting just for blending food so you can get the right consistency for an older baby. Personally, I love the auto-puree setting, because I mix pureed fruits and veggies into his pastas, oatmeal and yogurt, so it still works even at 16 months!
I’m getting creative with my baby food making because cleanup is a breeze, so I am trying new combinations and recipes!! Caution: the blades are VERY sharp!
The Baby Brezza retails for $99.99. It will easily pay for itself in food savings from making your own baby food! You can also order accessories (like the grain basket) to add features! It’s the ideal gift for the natural mama or anyone who wants to make their own baby food! Put it on the baby registry!
And the results? Just look at his face!
Do you make your own baby food? Do you have any special tools to help you?
Thank you to Baby Brezza for providing a machine for my use and review! Can’t wait to see the cookbook in the fall!
Sweet Potato and Peach Puree
- 1 medium peach, peeled and cut into ¼-inch dice
- 1/2 small/medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into ¼-inch dice
*Steam peach and sweet potato for 15 minutes using the Baby Brezza
*Remove from bowl and wait for it to cool down
Quick Comparison Table
Beaba Babycook 4-in-1 Steam Cooker and Blender
Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System
Cuisinart BFM-1000 Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer
Nuk Smoothie and Baby Food Maker
Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker
Beaba Babycook 4-in-1 Steam Cooker and Blender
The Beaba Babycook may be the most expensive item in our list but we can guarantee that it won’t disappoint you. We all want what’s the best for our kiddos, right? And, when it comes to the best baby food maker, we are quite sure that this product is well worth every dollar you invest it in. Not convinced? Well, read on.
So, what is up with the Beaba food maker and why does it come with such a premium price? Easy. This mean baby machine can actually do four things so you can ditch all other machines and replace it with this. Need to defrost ingredients or reheat precooked meals? This one comes with a steamer that you can easily leave behind (it shuts off automatically and beeps when it is done). If you are preparing meat for your little one, you can also use the Babycook to cook the meat until it is tender enough for them to chew on and swallow. If you would like to prepare purees and smoothies, you can also use this machine to blend in all the ingredients together to make one healthy and wholesome meal for your little one. Sounds great, right?
It might not look like much but this baby food processor also has among the biggest capacities. At 4.7 cups, you can make up to 18 servings of baby food in one go. That will definitely save parents a lot of time so they can spend it on more important things such as playing with their kiddos. And, despite all the functionalities that it comes with, this machine comes with a one-hand operation so even if you have your baby in your other arm, you can still prepare meals without a problem.
Obviously, we love the Beaba Babycook and we highly believe that it deserves to be placed at the top spot in our list. It is truly worth every single penny you spend on it.
Details of the Beaba Babycook 4-in-1 Steam Cooker and Blender
Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System
When it comes to making nutritious homemade baby food, among a parent’s biggest dilemma is finding the best baby food processor that can help them create these in huge batches. Enter the Baby Magic Bullet which allows one to make a week’s worth of baby meals in just five minutes. Cool, huh?
What we like most about this awesome 20-piece package is that it is very versatile and flexible in terms of the types of food that it is able to make. For starters, you can easily make a puree out of this one and store all food inside the date-dial storage cups, allowing you to keep track of when you made the food so you only serve fresh meals to your baby every single time. You can also put the food in the batch tray then place it inside the freezer and, when your baby becomes a toddler, you can continue giving them healthier meals and snacks in the form of homemade popsicles! Smoothies are a great option as well.
So, how does the Baby Bullet differ from the Magic Bullet that parents already use? Why is it considered as the best blender for baby food? Aside from the add-on accessories such as the date-dial storage cups, freezer tray and smoothie cup, the blender itself also comes with an additional milling attachment so you can further grind rice, oatmeal or other similar ingredients so they are easier for your baby to chew and swallow.
Overall, this can be considered as one of the best baby food grinders available in the market. It comes at a great price considering its functionality. However, if you are looking for something more, say a steamer function, you will be disappointed as this one does not have that and you will have to purchase the steamer separately. Still, with all its features and accessories, we think that the Baby Bullet should be placed at the second spot in our list.
Details of the Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System
Cuisinart BFM-1000 Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer
Yet another food processor for baby food that comes at the expensive price range is the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer. Yes, you read that right. Not only is this baby machine great for preparing food (steaming and blending), you can even use it to warm bottles which means one less machine for you to get!
Now, what are the awesome things that come with this product? For starters, it works really great as a food mill. It can accommodate up to four cups of baby food ingredients and steam, chop or puree them without any problem. While preparing for your family’s meal, you can cut up a bit more of those vegetables and meat and even add in some rice or oatmeal. No need for getting out an extra pot or pan because you can dump all the ingredients inside the bowl and the machine will do the rest for you. Simply turn the dial to get the steaming function or if you want to further slice the ingredients first, you can also chop them up using this machine. Another thing we like about this product is that it creates really thin purees which are perfect for making homemade baby food pouches. Or you can always turn them into popsicles, too, and ensure you get your little ones healthy yet fun snacks every single time.
Despite its huge size, this Cuisinart baby food maker comes with very few parts (bowl, blade and lid) so cleaning them up is a very fast and simple process. Plus, they are top-rack dishwasher safe which makes it even more convenient for everyone. However, it is also important to take note that its water container needs proper maintenance to prevent build up of minerals and growth of bacteria. Otherwise, we have seen no problems with this machine, even the discoloration that some parents have complained about.
We also like that it comes with a bottle warmer function but it is still slightly unreliable so we are pushing this one to the middle of our list.
Here are the Best Baby Food Makers of 2021!
1. BEABA Babycook 4in1 Pro Baby Food Maker.
The top-rated BEABA Babycook 4in1 baby food maker is well known for reliability, ease of use, safety, and efficiency. They are the best baby food makers on the market, and for good reason. Even though it is a bit more expensive than other options, we think it is worth the extra cost. The BEABA looks and works great. It uses a large 4.7-cup capacity so you can fit several servings of food in one batch. You can use it with only 1 hand, so you can hold your baby in one arm while steaming, pureeing, defrosting, or reheating your food. The water reservoir on the side that holds water for steaming is stainless steel rather than plastic, and all surfaces that come in contact with food are BPA, lead, and phthalate free. We found that it is easy to clean, easy to use, and highly reliable. We were impressed with how quiet the motor was when pureeing with the baby food blender, and how evenly the steaming seemed to work. To steam, you place your freshly cut fruits or veggies into the basket and simply press the steam button. When it's finished, about 13-15 minutes later, you simply dump the basket of freshly steamed food into the bottom of the bowl and turn the knob to begin making nice smooth purees. We thought the button and knob were really intuitive and easy to use. And we used it to make baby puree and blend some frozen fruits and veggies as well, to make ourselves a little smoothie. Worked pretty decently as a little blender. Note that with any baby food maker that includes steaming, if you use anything other than distilled water, your water reservoir will develop mineral deposits as suggested by Beaba, we found that descaling with vinegar every few months was really helpful. If you do have an issue it comes with a 1-year warranty, and the customer service is great. Who else loves the Beaba Babycook? Our friends at Babylist, Babygearlab, and WhatToExpect call it a top pick! Interested? You can check out the Beaba Babycook here. Need to cook more than one recipe at a time? Check out the double Beaba Babycook Duo 4in1 Pro for about $50 more.
2. Babymoov Duo Meal Station Baby Food Maker.
This is new for this year, and we got our hands on it in early January for some in-depth testing. It's a truly awesome and versatile top-rated baby food maker, with some serious functionality. The Babymoov Duo Meal Station is the only baby food maker on this list that can support simultaneous and separate steaming and blending, which allows you to start steaming another food (or keep steaming one tray of food) while blending another. We found this super helpful when steaming two foods that take different times to steam. For instance, we steamed a tray of green peas while steaming a tray of sweet potatoes: the peas took about 4 minutes, but the sweet potatoes took about 10 minutes (once the steam started). So, this system allowed us to start blending the peas while finishing steaming the sweet potatoes. That's great flexibility for a busy kitchen. It's also very high capacity, the largest on this list of best baby food makers, allowing us to prepare up to 9 cups of food at once! That's like 25 meals for a baby, so that's a big deal. If you don't need to make something that large, you can use just a single layer tray for one food type (or two that have the same cook times), or you can stack the trays up to separate two different types of food. It worked really well for smaller and larger jobs. The steamer was powerful and easy you use: add some water to the bottom until the light turns off, set the timer and you're ready to go. The baby food blender was powerful and the blade was sharp and durable, and the blender itself had three speed settings. The two things that distinguish this from the Babymoov Nutribaby (below) are the ability to steam and blend simultaneously, and the three-speed blender. And the fancy LED screen and interface, which we thought was intuitive and easy to use. The steamer and blender parts are all BPA free (and lead and phthalate free) and dishwasher friendly, making clean-up a breeze. So why isn't it #1 on our list? It might be next year, but first, it needs to pass the test of time. Also, it's quite big, so people will smaller kitchens or otherwise restricted counter space might find it too large for their space. Coming in at about the same price as the Beaba Babycook, if you have the space, this is a must-have. Overall, this is an excellent baby food maker that we highly recommend! Who else loves the Babymoov Duo? Our friends at Babylist and WhatToExpect call it a top pick! Interested? You can check out this Babymoov Duo here!
3. Evla's Baby Food Maker.
This was completely new to our list last year, and we fell in love with it! The EVLA's baby food maker is fierce new competition for the Beaba and others, providing awesome capability at a price point about $30 less expensive than the Beaba. Out of the box, we thought that everything felt very high quality and well-made. There are so many junky baby food makers on the market that it's always nice to see a high quality unit show up. And it was easy to use and follow the instructions if the written instructions aren't clear, there are awesome video instructions at Evla's website. The features are great, including steaming, blending (pureeing), reheating, defrosting, and sterilizing functions. It also has a self-cleaning function that helps you clean the blade after use without having to detach or touch it (and risk a cut), which is an awesome feature to increase the ease of cleaning. The water reservoir holds about 7-8 ounces of water and is super easy to clean - it's big enough to fit your entire hand and a sponge in there, making things less likely to get covered with mineral scale, slime, or mold. The steaming basket and stirring cup are top-rack dishwasher safe, and all parts that come in contact with food are BPA-free. A couple other things worth mentioning. Turning it on, you need to press and hold the power button for about 3 seconds, which is a great safety feature but also helpful so it doesn't accidentally power on when cleaning the nice digital screen on the top. Speaking of the screen, it's super intuitive to use. The buttons are simple - clean (to clean the blade after using - be sure to attach the spillproof lid first), steam (to steam food in the basket), and sterilize (to sterilize before first use, or sterilize pacifiers and bottle nipples). There are two other buttons, one is an auto puree button that will sense resistance in the stirring cup and blend for an appropriate amount of (usually about a minute), and one is a pulse puree button just in case you want to customize the puree time to make chunky food (less time) or smoother purees (more time). The capacity is about 12 ounces of food (the stirring cup is about 600mL), so it's not the biggest on on the list, but it's plenty big enough for most situations. Steaming veggies only takes about 15 minutes (meat takes about 20 minutes), and blending takes another minute, so you could definitely make a few purees in a row - maybe 3 or 4 within an hour, which is pretty good. We're really impressed with this baby food maker and think it's very deserving of its spot on this list! Also, the EVLA's company is super responsive on Amazon or Facebook (or email at [email protected]) and will resolve any issues you have immediately and with a smile. Not that you're likely to have any issues, but just in case! When we tested this food maker it included a bunch of reusable food pouches, which was a nice extra to find in the box! Also, if you register the warranty they will send you a free baby spoon and bowl, and registering takes about a minute. Cons? Not a huge capacity, and it doesn't have the dual-layer steamer baskets. Outside of that, we think this is an awesome new option to consider! Who else loves the Evla's Baby Food Maker? At this point, we're the first to test it - though we expect that to change once others see this review! Interested? You can check out the Evla's Baby Food Maker here.
4. QOOC Mini Baby Food Maker.
This baby food maker is brand new to the U.S. market, and is making some waves! It is a small-footprint and small-capacity unit, making it perfect for smaller kitchens, smaller batches of food, and less clutter on the countertop. Its size is matched by its simplicity. It is technically a 4-in1 baby food maker, which means that it does the usual steaming and blending, but it also can reheat and defrost, which is basically just the steaming function used for two other purposes. Convenient, but not any different from most others on this list. The capacity is relatively small, about 300 grams or 2 cups, making it the smallest of the bunch. Its look and feel, and functionality, are very similar to the Beaba Babycook, with a sleek and low-profile shape, and a large and easy to use button right up front and center. We found it very easy to use with only one hand: you simply turn the button to steam or blend and push the button to start. The lid, container, steamer basket, and blade are all dishwasher safe, and the blade pops out of the container for more thorough cleaning. All components that come into contact with food are also BPA free and do not contain lead or phthalates. Some other things we appreciated were the quiet motor, how easy it was to refill the water reservoir, and how little space it took up on our (already cramped) kitchen counter! Because this is a newcomer to the baby food maker category, we do not have extensive experience with it. In our limited testing for about a week, we found it quite capable and a great new competitor for this segment. It's small, but if that's what you're looking for, this is definitely a great option. Over the next 6-12 months we'll keep using this model and report back on its reliability if things keep going like this, it's very likely to creep up higher on our list! Overall, a great option, and we found it for about $90. Who else loves the QOOC baby food maker? Our friends at The Wirecutter and WhatToExpect call it a top pick! Interested? You can check out the QOOC 4in1 Mini here.
5. Elechomes Baby Food Maker.
The Elechomes baby food maker was recently released and offers a great feature-rich option that doesn't break the bank. Coming in at less than 80 bucks, this is a great choice for parents who aren't willing to drop $150 on a baby food maker, while retaining most features of the pricier options. These features include a dual basket steamer, integrated food processor, BPA-free and dishwasher-friendly parts, kitchen timer, and some cool retro styling (if that's your thing!). There are some things we really liked about it: it was simple and intuitive to use, the parts felt sturdy and good quality, the lower steamer basket was a decent size (the upper one is a bit smaller but still great for peas or other small and easy to steam foods), the steam and puree functions were highly effective, and the parts were easy to disassemble and clean. In our hands-on testing of this model (see our full Elechomes Baby Food Maker review here), we cooked several different frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables. They all turned out really nicely and most took about 15-20 minutes to steam. The owner's manual comes with a little guide with recommended cook times for most popular fruits and veggies. Speaking of the owner's manual, it was in English and generally easy to understand. Design-wise, the Elechomes is most similar to the Bubos model we reviewed (below), and it has a nice small footprint so it doesn't take up too much kitchen counter space. Overall, we really enjoyed testing this baby food maker and think it makes a great addition to this list. So what didn't we like? Well, a couple things. One is that you need to hold down the power button to make the food processor spin, meaning that you need to stand there with your finger on the button the entire time while it purees. A first-world problem really, but worth mentioning. Second is that the steamer timer dial is a bit noisy - it's basically a kitchen timer (and can be used as one when the unit is unplugged, which is nice), so it has a ticking sound and makes a "DING" noise when it finishes. If you're like us and want things to be quiet and simple in the kitchen, this gets a little annoying - but for others, the ticking sound is a convenient reminder that things are cooking, and the ding is a nice reminder that it's finished steaming. Finally, another annoyance is more related to safety: the top blue ribbed lid gets really hot, so when you finish steaming and want to remove the top, you'll need to use an oven mitt or towel to make sure you don't burn your hand. Realistically, these are all pretty minor annoyances that get trumped by the fact that this is a super capable baby food maker that can be found for only about $80, making it an overall great option. Who else recommends the Elechomes baby food maker? Our friends at WhatToExpect! Interested? You can check out the Elechomes Baby Food Maker and Processor here.
6. Whale's Love Baby Food Maker 5-in-1.
Amazon has recently become saturated with baby food makers from China, many of which look nearly identical and have the same functions, but with a slightly different brand. Most of them are pretty junky, and some of them are hard to tell apart from the good ones, and the fake or padded reviews don't help the situation. We were worried when we bought the Whale's Love that we were basically buying the QOOC or Elechomes with a slightly different style not that we don't like those models, just that it seems like a waste of time and money to keep testing all the differently-branded products. Well, after over 4 months of use we have been really impressed with this model! They call it a 5-in-1 baby food maker, with the capability to: steam, steam-blend, blend, warm baby bottles, and self-clean its tank. The water tank can hold 230mL of water (just under 8 ounces), and the steaming and blending bowl can hold up to 1000mL (nearly 34 ounces). That's pretty good capacity. The steaming basket drops in surrounding the blade so you can leave the blade mechanism in the bowl during steaming. The blade itself is sharp and easily removed for cleaning. In fact, all of the parts are easy to clean and dishwasher friendly, though the main bowl is a little narrow so you might want to use a bottle brush if you have bigger hands. We found the controls and screen easy to operate and understand, and the steaming and blending feature worked really well - you push a few buttons, come back in about 25 minutes and you are ready to eat! Speaking of pushing buttons and walking away, the steam-blend feature is possibly very useful. Technically, you can run the unit without the steamer basket so there's no transition between the phases, but then you're blending the food in its own accumulated water. That might be fine for some vegetables, but tends to make most purees a bit too watery. We suggest doing it the old fashioned way: steaming in the basket, then emptying the extra water out and dumping the food back into the bowl for pureeing. Another interesting feature is the tank descaling self-cleaning feature. At first we were skeptical that this wouldn't do anything helpful, but were actually pleasantly surprised by its effectiveness! During use, we had a couple little grips. The markings in the water reservoir are nearly impossible to see, so it's hard to know how much water you're putting into the reservoir. We basically needed to fill it all the way to the top each time because we had no idea how much we had put in, or whether it was enough. On a related note, if you end up putting in too little water for the cycle, the system has an auto-shutoff for safety if it detects there's no more water in the reservoir. Also, the unit didn't take up very much space on the counter because it's a bit taller rather than wider, and it has little suction cup feet that you may love or hate. Personally, we didn't like them because they marked up our wooden countertops, but most people won't have that issue. Overall, we really liked this new addition to our list and think it's a great option. We'll revise this after some longer-term testing to give an idea about reliability. We found it for about $90 online, you can check out the Whale's Love baby food maker here.
7. Bubos All-in-One Baby Food Maker and Steamer.
We're always excited about newcomers to the baby product market, and this Bubos baby food maker is an awesome example. We got our hands on this all-in-one steamer and food processor late last year and were really impressed by the quality, features, versatility, and relatively low price (about $90 at the time of testing). The Bubos can steam, sterilize, blend, chop, defrost, and reheat. Out of the box, the system is a little complicated to figure out, there are a lot of different plastic parts and we needed to read the manual a couple times and look online to figure out exactly how to use the system. Once we figured it out, we were impressed. The steaming is pretty flexible and you can put up to 3 levels of foods for steaming simultaneously - we put peas in the top, broccoli in the middle, and sweet potatoes in the bottom. The three stacking baskets are different capacities, the bottom one is largest (750mL), then the medium one (350mL), and the top one is smallest (150mL). When the baskets are stacked onto one another, the height of the tower is also great for fitting bottles for sterilizing or reheating/warming. So, this serves as a steamer, bottle sterilizer, and bottle warmer. If you want a separate bottle warmer, check out our reviews of the best baby bottle warmers. Once our sweet potatoes were steamed (about 15 minutes later), we tested out the blender to make a delicious puree - and it worked really well, the blade was super sharp and it pureed the potatoes in less than a minute or so. Clean-up was easy, and you can put the steaming baskets, mixing bowl, and lids right in the dishwasher. Some good safety features here too - it will turn off automatically if it detects a low water level in the reservoir, and it is free of BPA, lead, and phthalates, and uses FDA-approved food safety materials for all parts that come in contact with the food. There's a lot to love here, and we have been using it for a few weeks without any issues. But we aren't going to push it up on this list until this baby food maker proves itself over the longer term. We found it for about $90 online, you can check out the Bubos baby food maker here.
8. BEABA Babycook Neo Baby Food Maker.
This is the baby food maker everyone wants to love, with its sleek European-made styling, glass bowl, stainless steel steaming basket, high capacity (5.5 cups), large and easy to clean water reservoir, and versatile cooking options. And when we got our hands on it for testing, we wanted to love it too! Out of the box, we really did: it is very high quality, looks fantastic, and is easy to assemble and use. For our first use, we steamed and pureed peas, sweet potatoes, and spinach, and everything came out really nicely. In addition to the basic steaming feature, you can also use a defrost and reheat function, both of which worked really well in our testing. The puree and blend blade was stainless steel and super sharp and effective, it was really good at including all of the food into the blend without leaving any chunks around the edges of the glass bowl. And we also found that using a glass baby food maker was a bit quieter when a plastic one, likely due to the superior insulating (sound and temperature) properties of glass versus plastic. Speaking of glass, this is a great option for parents concerned about BPA and phthalates, or other plastic chemicals leaching into foods while you're steaming glass effectively solves that problem, as does the stainless steel steaming basket. But just like with glass baby bottles, using glass with plastic can introduce some fitment options especially after repeated warming or dishwashing of the parts. Specifically, the plastic lid didn't fit the glass bowl perfectly after a while, and the plastic handle of the bowl started to separate a bit from the bowl. Not huge deals, but worth mentioning. The other issue is that when you rapidly heat glass there is a risk of breaking the glass, so when you put a bunch of frozen fruits or veggies in there and the glass cools down, and then you heat it with steam it heats up quickly and can crack. That didn't happen to us in our testing, but it's worth pointing out that Beaba just finished recalling their first batch of these Neo baby food makers due to glass bowl breakage. As of early 2020, the Neo models being shipped from Amazon appear to use the new glass bowl that was issued after the recall. The other big issue with this baby food maker is the price, coming in at a whopping $250, which we believe is ridiculous for a baby food maker, even if it uses glass and stainless steel instead of plastic! Maybe a price point around $150-175 would be more reasonable, given the price of the other front-runners in the baby food maker market. Overall, you're getting a very stylish and functional baby food maker with some clear advantages over most other models, but with the risk of glass breakage and a very steep price tag. Interested? You check out the Beaba Babycook Neo here.
9. Baby Brezza Glass 4-cup Food Maker.
Overall, this is a nice decent-capacity (4 cups, same as the Cuisinart, but smaller than the Beaba and Babymoov) unit that is easy and convenient to use and doesn't take up a ton of space on the counter. There are some really awesome features here! First, there is a one-button option for steaming and blending, which means you fill the water reservoir and put your food in the bowl, close it, and press the Steam + Blend button. About 10 minutes later and you're ready to go with freshly steamed and pureed fruits and veggies. Of course, if you only want to steam or blend, there are separate buttons to do those as well. Second, another great feature is that the water reservoir is removable, which makes filling and cleaning super easy. In our testing, we really appreciated this feature and thought it set a new precedent for other baby food makers to follow. Third, it has an easy to read and understand display that tells you how much time is remaining until you get to enjoy the food. Finally, when this model first came out on the market, we got a ton of emails requesting we review it, because it is the only all-in-one steamer and blender that uses a glass bowl. This means no more worrying about whether the plastic is BPA free and whether there are other harmful chemicals getting into your baby's food. The glass bowl takes care of that problem, and we think it is an excellent addition to the baby food maker category. Of course, that glass bowl and the blade are dishwasher safe. Overall, this is an excellent baby food maker option that you will certainly be happy with. Our only major concern with this model is that there are reports of poor reliability after a few months. We happily used our test unit for over 6 months without any issues, but more recently we have encountered some seemingly random problems. For instance, the display sometimes shows erroneous information, and water sometimes leaks from the base. Overall, this is a great baby food maker, and if it improves in reliability over time then it will likely crawl up on this list! It is usually available for under $150. Note that Baby Brezza also makes the famous Baby Brezza Formula Pro that can mix formula perfectly and put it right into your favorite baby bottles. Who else thinks the Baby Brezza food maker is pretty great? Our friends at Babylist and Babygearlab call it a top pick! Interested? You can check out the Baby Brezza food maker here!
10. Nutribullet Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System.
The Baby Bullet was one of the first baby food blenders specifically targeting new parents, including a baby food cookbook, baby food storage containers (fridge and freezer), and a feeding cup. It also boasts the cute smiley face on the front to make you think there's something really special about this blender. On the one hand, it's nice to have a blender include so many parts that make storing and transporting baby food so easy. On the other hand, you can buy the storage containers and get a blender that's actually quite good for a similar price point. At first glance, this seems like a nice all-inclusive baby food making package. But it's missing something important: the steamer. Several customers have contacted us telling us that they bought this system not realizing that it doesn't steam the food. So, it's a glorified food processor with a smiley face on the side. And in our testing, we didn't find it to be a very powerful, quiet, or reliable blender. Looking around online, there are many parents who report various reliability issues including broken seals, cracking plastic, etc. We didn't encounter any of that in our short-term testing, but we do trust the input of the broader community of parents. So here it is, the baby bullet baby care system, down at the bottom of our list. If you're looking for a decent food processor/blender at an affordable price that includes a bunch of useful baby food storage and feeding options, then this could be a decent option for you. We found it for about $60. Another more reliable option, but without all the baby-related accessories, is the Cuisinart DLC2ABC Mini Prep Plus Food Processor, which is only about $35 and is super reliable, powerful, and perfect for processing steamed food to make baby purees. Many parents simply steam in a pot with a steamer basket (like this one), and then transfer that to a food processor. It's an extra thing to clean, but it can certainly save you quite a bit of money! Who else thinks the Magic Bullet is a good option? Our friends at The Wirecutter and Babylist call it a top pick! Interested? You can check out the Magic Bullet baby food maker here!
11. Cuisinart BFM-1000 Baby Food Maker.
Just when we thought the Cuisinart BFM-1000 was discontinued and gone, Cuisinart reintroduced it to the market! There are some good features here, all in a sleek system that doesn't take up too much counter space. It does the steaming, chopping, and pureeing, but it also has an added bottle warmer feature on the back. Pop your baby bottle in for a couple minutes and it's a great temperature for your baby. Nice touch. In our tests we found the motor to be very powerful, the steamer very effective, and overall the unit was quiet and efficient. The blades were sharp and strong, and we thought it was super easy to clean. Unlike the Beaba, the transition from steam to puree is a bit easier given that there is no steaming basket to remove and empty into the bowl. But we do think the Beaba actually does a better job with steaming the food, maybe because of the basket that keeps the food from resting against edges. Just like the Beaba, it is also BPA free on all surfaces that contact food. Cons? Well, the Cuisinart's baby food maker bowl was a bit smaller than the Beaba, coming in at 4 cups capacity. And we were not convinced that the bottle warmer feature was really necessary maybe food defrost and reheating features would be more convenient? Finally, it had some reliability issues with the blades, plastics, and motor. In any event, this is a pretty decent baby food maker, but we're not sure it's worth the $150 given the relatively high quality of its competition under that price point. Who else recommends the Cuisinart baby food maker? Our friends at Babylist call it a top pick. Interested? You can check out the Cuisinart Baby BFM1000 here.
Best glass baby food maker
Baby Brezza Glass Baby Food Maker
After cooking your baby's meal, the Baby Brezza (pronounced "bret-za") automatically blends it, meaning one less step for you to worry about. Just place the food in, add water, check the book for the correct cooking time, and wait for the nifty little machine to finish. Since all the steaming and blending happens in one canister, the Brezza is easier to clean than units with multiple compartments and many moving parts.
Some parents say that the blending feature isn't strong enough, leaving their pureed foods chunky.
"I have a Brezza and 100 percent love it! Just chop the food up, press two buttons, and walk away. Twenty minutes later, you have a delicious puree."
"I like that the Brezza is compact. It makes a lot of food – I just froze a ton of butternut squash today – but it isn't a space hog."
Final Thoughts – Should you buy it ?
There are quite a few different baby food makers on the market and and honestly any blender can make baby food because you are just blending soft ingredients.
The Baby Bullet has everything packaged together and is worth it if you are going to use it. We enjoyed using it and liked how easy it was to clean and store.
If you don’t feel the need for the all-in-one type of product, then you could also just use a basic blender and get a set of small food containers for storage.