Ardo Calypso Breast Pump Reviews – Is This a Pump to Consider


The Arco Calypso isn’t a pump you may have heard about before. 

Who is the company behind this small, quiet, and yet powerful pump?

Ardo is a Swiss company that was founded in 1985. The UK subsidiary Ardo Medical was formed in 2008 which makes Ardo a newer contender in the breast pump market.

The Calypso models are just a few pumps Ardo has which includes both single and double pumps. They also make a line of hospital grade pumps under their Essentials line.Ardo-Calypso-Breast-Pump-Reviews

The Ardo Calypso electric pumps are marketed as the quietest pump motors on the market, which is said to be as quiet as a whisper.  I would have to agree that this pump is insanely quiet. It really is more of a hum than anything. Certainly much quieter than say a Medela pump.

Despite being discrete, the pump features 64 different combinations of speed and suction which allows moms to have more control over their pump experience. One thing lacking on this pump, however, is an automated feature that switches to letdown mode.


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The Medela pumps, for example, have their two-phase technology that the pumps automatically follow. With the Calypso, you would need to manually control the suction and speed to achieve the same pattern.

To manually do this you would need to set the speed faster and suction lighter in the beginning which mimics how a baby starts out nursing. Then, once your milk starts flowing (letsdown), set the speed lower and the suction higher to mimics your baby’s deep sucking once your milk has let down.

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This isn’t hard but it can be cumbersome if you are holding the two breast shields in place since you have no free hand to control the settings. I would recommend getting a good hands-free pumping bra if you entertain the Calypso.

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Ardo also features a 400-hour warranty (or one year – whichever is better for mom) which is a great option since moms spend a lot of money on breast pumps and want to ensure it is reliable.

Key Features of the Calypso:

  • Ardo-Calypso-Breast-Pump-ReviewsWHO Code Compliant.
  • Quietest Breast Pump on the Market
  • Extended 400 hour or one-year guarantee 
  • The suction strength (vacuum) and frequency settings (cycle) can be adjusted individually and independently from each other
  • 64 total settings
  • Closed Pump System thanks to “Vacuum Seal” technology
  • Optiflow inserts actively massage the breast
  • AA Battery feature for operation away from electric power
  • Efficient and comfortable pumping experience
  • The compact design and the reduced sound level allow discreet expression

One thing worth highlighting about the Calypso is it tries to cater to all moms by including three different size breast shields and has more sizes available for purchase in hopes of giving moms a more personalized fit. This is something to pay attention to because a breast shield that doesn’t fit properly can influence how much or how little milk you pump.

There is also an insert of the breast shields called the Optiflow. It is a message insert designed to provide a cushion for a more comfortable pumping experience. Some moms said this made the breast shield too small so do not rely on this feature if you are looking for a softer breast shield as a must for your pump.

A Look at the Ardo Calypso

This video is a great walk through of the Ardo Calypso and its key features. You can see how simple it is to switch from a double to single pump and using the different size breast shields.

One thing that stands out to me in this video is the fact you hardly hear the pump running when she turns it on. It truly is a quiet pump.


What are my Options for the Ardo Calypso Bundles

There are two different bundles for the Ardo Calypso double electric pumps. They have a basic set and a fully stocked set:

Ardo-Calypso-Breast-Pump-ReviewsCalypso Double Plus ($200)

What you get: Calypso breast pump, 2 pump sets with flanges (26 mm and 31 mm), 2 breast flange inserts (28 mm), 2 Optiflow 26 mm, brush for cleaning, bottle holder, battery compartment, power adapter, 2 lip valves (spare part).


Calypso To Go ($300)

What you get: Calypso breast pump, 2 pump sets with flanges (26 mm and 31 mm), 2 breast flange inserts (28 mm), 2 Opt flow 26 mm, brush for cleaning, bottle holder, AA battery compartment, power adapter, 2 lip valves (spare part), breastfeeding bag complete with cooling bag, cooling elements, 6 milk bottles and Amaryl operating lever (allows pump to be converted into manual pump).

Ardo-Calypso-Breast-Pump-ReviewsOne of my favorite features of the Calypso To Go bundle is the fact it includes the Amaryl Lever which allows the pump to also be a manual pump. I often carried a manual pump as a backup in case something happened to my electric pump (power goes out, no power cord, batteries die, etc). Aside from the other add-ons like the tote, cooler, and bottles, the addition of the manual feature makes the upgrade worth it in my opinion! 

Pros and Cons of the Ardo Calypso


  • No letdown feature
  • Complicated suction/cycle settings and need to be hands-free to control it
  • Instructions are said to be in 14 languages and include 2 booklets which are cumbersome and difficult to read
  • Pump motor not as strong when using batteries


  • Quiet pump motor
  • Lots of options in upgraded bundle
  • Can be used as a Manual Pump
  • Easy to clean
  • Portable
  • Optiflow massage inserts and different size breast shields
  • Closed system pump
  • BPA free parts

Bottom Line

This pump has a lot going for it. I loved the quiet pump motor, the multiple breast shield sizes, and the massage inserts.  I do wish the pump had a letdown feature, but once you learn how to properly use the controls to make the most of your letdown, then it is easy peasy. that the pump lost suction, or they were not able to get enough milk.

A lot of review on the Ardo Calypso also report that the pump lost suction when using it on batteries for an extended period of time which affected their milk output. I have not personally tested this but I will say that most portable pumps work best when their battery power is over 50%. Many start losing suction quickly when the batteries are too low. It is best to keep the batteries fresh and replace them often. 

I found that pumps like the Ardo Calypso and Medela Pump in Style that use disposable batteries have lower suction than those with a built-in rechargeable battery like the Medela Freestyle, Spectra S1, or Milk Genie.

Worse case, they included the manual lever for you to manually pump… So there’s that.

Overall, the Ardo Calypso has impressed me. For the price, the options that are included far outshine other brands within the same price point. If you are looking for a good pump at a great price with lots of extras, then this is a perfect pump for you!

Have you used the Ardo Calypso? Have questions about this pump? Leave a comment here!

Click Here to Read More About the Ardo Calypso:


Calypso Double Plus 


Calypso To Go            








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  1. Jessica says:

    I like your review of this breast pump. I have tried both manual and electric breast pumps in the past and found both pro’s and con’s from both of them. One con of the electric breast pump that i used was the noise that it made so the fact that the this pump is much quieter would appeal to me. I don’t like the fact that the suction isn’t great if using the batteries as i know myself as a busy mom you are always on the go and would probably be using the batteries most of the time. If i have another baby i might consider this pump!

    • Heather Grace says:

      A quieter pump is certainly a plus. Especially depending on where you need to pump. No need to draw so much attention! The Ardo does shine in that category. Unfortunately, you will run into an issue with most pumps when running off of batteries if the batteries are not fully charged. My saving grace was a car adapter. I could pump in the car anywhere I went so it is a great accessory to have!

  2. Dawn says:

    Hi Heather

    I wish I had researched into pumps when I was breastfeeding, I went with a Tommee Tippee Manual pump and whilst it was ok, I remember some time being there for absolutely ages trying to express milk, in the end I didn’t express hardly at all.

    I wish I had invested a bit more money into a decent electric pump as sure it’s more costly but I’m sure it would have taken half the time. Anyway I know for next time so I will be looking to you for your recommendations!

    • Heather Grace says:

      I was never a huge fan of the manual pumps. Probably because I am too impatient haha. I think for every now and again it is okay but for a mom who wants to pump every now and again but certainly not for a mom who needs to pump daily. I would suggest an electric pump for sure!

      • Dalia says:

        I have the Tommee Tippee Manual pump and am thinking about buying the Ardo electrical pump as the TT one is taking forever! I was wondering whether you know if the TT adaptor can fit the Ardo pump as I have literally everything for TT like storage bags, bottles etc. So would like to use them but with this pump

        • Heather Grace says:

          I have not personally tried this pump with the Tommee Tippee collection kit. I do know that within the Tommee Tippee Pump and Go system, there are 3 adapters and one of those works with the Ardo. That system is for the pouches, though. It may be an option if you like putting your pumped milk into storage bags. Then you can still use the Tommee Tippee bottles. You can check that system out here.

          The standard adapter might work for the Adro since it is made for all standard neck bottle pumps. You can read about that one here. Be aware, though, that only one adapter comes in the package. So if you double pump, you need to order two.

          I hope this helps! The Ardo is a great pump!

  3. Mara says:

    Hi Heather,
    These look amazing! It was a few years ago (11 to be exact) that I had our daughter. Having to go back to work earlier than intended meant I needed to express milk, but all I had was a hand operated one, and I could only do one side at a time obviously. I guess the upside was I could control the speed – but the suction power didn’t vary! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to have any more children but for the Mom’s out there these pumps look like a really great option. It sounds like the whole process would be a lot simpler and easier to do, that’s for sure!

    • Heather Grace says:

      You are a rockstar in my book to go back to work and use a manual pump! That must have been quite time-consuming! Using an electric pump is 100 times easier, thats fur sure! And the bug plus is you don’t need to do anything but sit there. I liked to read while pumping. No way I could have done that with a manual!

  4. Norman says:

    I like that your website gives so much info on different breast pumps which is very beneficial for mothers who may have to be on the go and still want give their babies breast milk. I know in the past I have heard mothers talk about the use of the breast pump and for them it same like it made life easier. I believe that this can help a lot of mothers with young babies.

    • Heather Grace says:

      Thank you, Norman. For a nursing mother who needs to be away from her baby for any length of time, a breast pump is a life saver. It is easy to feel as if you have this little person tethered to you 24/7 and a pump gives you the opportunity to step away of needed. It is a great tool for all nrusing mothers!

  5. Terry Ann says:

    I really enjoyed your site, your really do offer some experienced advice on the subject. I remember when I was breast feeding there was no where to turn for information or advice except my doctor or the nurse. I guess you could call this progress. You offer a bunch of different means on pumping, good for you. I like that you also have reviews on your site for people to get opinions and make a choice. Fantastic site.

    • Heather Grace says:

      Thank you, Terry Ann! I wish a site like this was around when I had my first baby. I try to give as much info as I can (that time will allow) to help moms make informaed decisions. No breastfeeding journey is alike! Thank you for your comment!

  6. Palanquator says:

    Hey !
    I find your post is interesting, I didn’t even know that kind of product existed since I don’t currently have children.
    However, I know a lot of girls who would be interested in your article! It seems to be a very beneficial product for moms!

    • Heather Grace says:

      I can see why you would have no reason for a breast pump then haha but yes, this is a great tool for nursing moms. Especially working moms or moms who are on the go! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you learned something new!

  7. Tar says:

    Hello there. For clarification, are you saying the hands-free pumping bra is the solution to the manual, non-automated nature of the pump?

    It’s quite fascinating to discover that breast pumps are generally pricy. I thought it’s economical because of the high demand.

    It seems that it’s quite competitive in the market as brands find having the perfect pump for a significant portion of consumer is impossible.

    Almost all mothers have different needs I suppose.

    • Heather Grace says:

      The hands-free bra would only work with the electric feature of the pump. If a mother chose to pump manually, then she actually has to sit there and work the lever with her hands. Not fun at all which is why I don’t recommend manual pumps for someone who needs to pump often. As a backup or for a mom who pumps occasionally then it can work fine.

      Pumps can be pricey that is true! And you are right that pumps are not a “one fits all.” All moms have different needs and body types, and therefore, it is just about finding the right fit!

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