4 Best Baby Food Makers
Published: September 11, 2017
Believe it or not, there is life after breastfeeding or formula feeding. The transition begins with baby food. I was in shock when I found out that the world of baby food was more extensive than the few yucky flavors I had tasted at my baby shower. In fact, there is a much better option than the canned jars of food.
Thanks to modern technology, we now have the ability to prepare our children’s baby food with ease. In this post, I’ll review some of the best baby food makers out on the market so you can find which one best suits your family’s needs.
When I first started making my own baby food, it was to save money. Plain and simple. Coming off the thrill of saving so much money with breastfeeding, it was only natural that I looked for the next option that would keep my child fed without me having to take a loan out. Before making a major investment you have to be sure that you are getting the best product for your money.
So you’ve finally laid down the cash, and the product doesn’t work. That’s the worst feeling! That’s why it’s a priority of mine to be sure that the baby food maker is known for being reliable. If it’s supposed to steam, blend, or chop it’s important that it does that every time. I’m sure you’ve bought a product that only worked the right way 2 or 3 times. What a waste of money!
Will this particular baby food maker save you some time and effort on another process? That’s the point in buying a baby food maker for me, to save time. Therefore, any baby food maker that I review in this post will be efficient in some way through the extra features that I cover.
Best Baby Food Makers
Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System
This is the all-star of baby food makers. It offers users the options to blend, grind, chop, or mill 8 cups worth of their child’s food. It also comes with a variety of storage including 1 short cup and 6 dated dial storage cups so you can be sure to know which food to use first.
The other great news is that this baby food maker comes with a 1 year warranty so this is a win for efficiency. Even if something does go wrong, I know that I have a year to get another one or for the company to fix the one that I have.
Buyers also receive a cookbook when they purchase the Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System. This is a plus for first-time parents who do not have experience in making baby food as it will give you a point of reference on how to use the system.
I like this baby food maker because of its price and all of the storage options that are included. It also comes with a cookbook, which is great for someone who isn’t committed to only making baby food (as it can be used for other purposes, too). However, if you are an experienced cook or you have already pledged to cook your child’s baby food, this might not be the option for you. Why? It doesn’t include a steamer.
It does come with the ability to blend, grind, mill, and chop but not steam. This means you’ll have to boil your food if it’s not a food that’s already soft (think sweet potatoes). That said, there’s still a broad world of fruits and veggies that you can still use without steaming.
Another common concern surrounding the Magic Bullet Baby is that it doesn’t really differ from the original Bullet outside of the size and storage options. Many users say that it would be better just to buy a regular Bullet as you will get longer use out of that. However, most parents say they like Magic Bullet Baby for that very reason – it’s a different machine from their Bullet and it’s a sure fire way to be sure that there is no cross contamination.
Baby Brezza Baby Food Maker Machine – One Step Steamer and Blender
This processor includes a steamer, the biggest selling point by a long shot. The downside to this baby food maker is that it only holds 2.5 cups of food. I would say this is ideal for making your baby’s food right along with the rest of the family. So while you won’t be able to make food for the week, it is great if you are a cook who makes food every day because you can leave some of your vegetables aside for the smallest member of your family.
Users also report using this system to reheat and defrost frozen food. This ability is something that parents will find useful if they don’t want to deal with microwaves. Often times when warming food up in the microwave, the food may get too hot or just have hot spots so not defrosting in the microwave is best.
Baby Brezza Baby Food Maker Machine is a little cheaper than the Magic Bullet Baby and it offers a steamer. The downside to this is that it holds significantly less food (2.5 cups versus the 8 cups that the Magic Bullet Baby offers) and does not come with any storage options. It is in its own league though with the ability to steam and blend all in one bowl. When it’s time to do the dishes, I won’t be mad.
Lil’ Jumbl Versatile Baby Food Maker
This is one of the pricier options, however there’s a huge convenience: it can steam two things at once! I really like the idea of steaming two things at once because now it not only saves you time but allows you to be more creative with the recipes that you present to your baby. Even if you don’t want to mix two veggies at the same time for one recipe, you can get double the work done with this processor. Broccoli for one night and carrots for another.
In addition to helping prepare food, it also works as a bottle and pacifier warmer and sterilizer. Users also like that this processor has different stages. For example, there is a stage one for babies who can’t crawl just yet while the higher stages feature a puree that is chunkier for babies who can sit up and crawl.
Lil Jumbl Versatile Baby Food Maker offers a lot of features that make life super efficient for new parents. While you do have to shell out the big bucks for it, this processor is worth the money although many users report leaking of water. In my opinion though, I’ve never cooked food without a mess so what more is a little extra water for the ability to cook multiples foods and warm and sterilize bottles?
BEABA Babycook 4 in 1 Steam Cooker and Blender
Also on the higher end of the price scale, the BEABA Babycook allows parents to steam and blend food from any stage to the age appropriate stage for their child. It offers a reheating function as well. What makes this baby food maker stand out is that you can prepare the food with just one hand and it is done in 15 minutes. Some of the other baby food makers featured in this review require more than just one hand and a whole lot more time. Therefore, the price is for convenience because you don’t really have to do much besides load the food in and press a few buttons.
It also comes with a spatula, smoothie filter, and a recipe booklet. Another cool feature is the stainless steel water reservoir. With this expensive price tag, it definitely comes with a sleek design to make you feel like you are getting your money’s worth.
BEABA Babycook 4 in 1 Steam Cooker and Blender is the most expensive baby food maker in this review, but it requires the least amount of work. You don’t have to be a cooking professional to use this processor. It’s also great for using as you prepare dinner for the rest of the family because it’s done in just 15 minutes.
Parents also raved about how it doesn’t take up a lot of space on their counter. This is super important since it doesn’t warm bottles like the Lil’ Jumbl model so you will still have baby and kitchen appliances out as well. The downside to the BEABA is that it only holds 4.7 cups. Therefore, it’s not an ideal machine for making meals ahead. Most people use it for day-of meals, which is ok, but for the price you may want to be able to prepare food in bulk. It also doesn’t come with storage options (obviously because it doesn’t cook a lot), so this can also be a pain point.
Ultimately, when it comes to picking the best baby food maker from this review it will really come down to what your needs are. If you are looking for something that is friendly to your bank account, I would choose either the Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System or the Baby Brezza Baby Food Maker Machine. However, do note that the Magic Bullet Baby Bullet is for mass production and doesn’t come with a steam option, whereas the Baby Brezza does feature a steam option but it will only make enough food for the day of (depending on the age of your child and how much food they eat).
If making your child’s baby food is a commitment that you are up for and your budget allows, my personal fave from this list is the Lil’ Jumbl Versatile Baby Food Maker. It does everything I want plus some extras like reheating food, warming bottles and sterilizing pacifiers. This is a great deal knowing that it offers all of these uses, but may be a little messy because of leaking.
Of course, the BEABA is the working parent’s dream with just having to hit a few buttons to get the job done. However, for the price you may wish it would go a little more above and beyond. So in thinking about what the best baby food maker will be for you, it’ll be important to consider if convenience, bulk cooking, price, or multiple uses is most important to you.
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