Breast Pump Reviews

breast pump reviews

With so many breast pumps on the market to choose from, it can be confusing and overwhelming when trying to buy one. Which one is best? Which one fits your specific lifestyle and pumping needs?

Well, don’t worry. I have you covered! Here you will find all the pumps I have personally reviewed. I will give you the good, the bad, and the ugly on each pump. Knowledge is power so equip yourself and find the best pump for you!

Not sure where to start? Click here to read my guide on how to choose the best breast pump for you!

I add more breast pump reviews as I come across them, so be sure to check back often! Want me to review a pump you don’t see on my list? Leave me a comment! 

Happy Pumping!


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24 comments

  1. Amanda says:

    Hello, I’m a FTM due in February and will probably not be on the go for a while. My biggest concern is that my baby may not latch correctly because of my flat/inverted nipples. I’m having a hard time choosing a pump because some reviews I’ve seen said that particular pumps are not good for women with nipples like mine. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Heather Grace says:

      Hi Amanda!
      So I would imagine that getting a proper fitting breast shield/flange is going to be a bigger issue than the type of pump you chose. A stronger pump will be your best bet like the Spectra S1 as well as visiting a lactation consultant to properly fit the breast shields. Using a breast pump is actually a tip for moms who want to breastfeed with inverted nipples as it draws the nipple out and makes it easier for baby to latch.

      I have not personally come across pumps that moms have said don’t work with inverted nipples but again, the fit of the breast shield might have been off for the moms who said it didn’t work for them. I hope this helps!

  2. Jessica B says:

    Hello!

    Thank you for putting together so much information. I have a few options available covered by my insurance and am still struggling to decide on the best option after reading through each review and looking at the best option for working moms.
    My options are: Spectra 2; Hygeia Model; Ameda Finesse and Medela Pump In Style.

    Based on what I have read I believe you would normally suggest I go with the Spectra 2. It is my full intention to exclusively pump and bottle feed my little one. I intend to rent a true hospital grade pump from our hospital as the exclusively pumping books I have read recommend this. I am looking to get the second pump for after we return the hospital grade pump and also to supplement when we travel for the holidays this year.
    I understand the draw back of the Spectra 2 is that it is not battery powered, but I think having a true Closed system is more practical and sanitary than going with the Medela Pump In Style. I appreciate any additional feedback or recommendations.
    Thanks so much!!

    • Heather Grace says:

      Hi Jessica!
      You certainly sound like you have done your homework! And yes, I would have to say the Spectra S2 is my favorite pump that you listed. BUT all 4 are great pumps and will get the job done.

      It sounds like to me, however, you need a pump that has the option to be portable and the S2 would not be the best choice (though there is an aftermarket solution that I explain, here). There are pros and cons of each of the remaining pumps:

      Closed System: The Hygeia and Finesse are both closed system. The Pump in Style is not, however, this isn’t a deal breaker. Like with any pump parts, when dealing with an open system pump, you need to ensure you are properly cleaning/sanitizing the pump tubing. This means running the pump for a few extra minutes after you unhook the flanges to dry the tubing out, sanitizing (boiling) the tubing regularly as you would any pump part, and replacing the tubing every so often (every few months) as needed. As long as you care for it, mold is a non-issue.

      And it should be noted that you will still need to care for the Hygeia tubing the same way since despite being a closed system, the barrier is between the tubing and the pump motor, not the flanges and the tubing (like the Spectra and Finesse).

      Portable: The Finesse and Pump in Style both run off of disposable batteries. The Hygeia might be portable depending on the model you receive. The Enjoye Cordless is the model that has the built-in battery. You might want to clarify which model it is that you are able to get before picking the Hygeia.

      Pump strength: The Spectra I think edges the competition here but all these pumps are fairly close.

      Overall:

      The Finesse is extremely comfortable to use, lightweight, strong, small, portable, and comes with nice accessories like a tote bag. Great pump!

      The Pump in Style is strong, has Medela’s 2-phase technology to help with making the most of your letdown, easy to use, parts are easy to get in stores, easy to carry around.

      Hygeia is not as well known but moms love this pump and it is a strong pump, fits wide-neck bottles (I pumped into the Avent bottles before), lots of accessories come with it, can be portable if right model.

      If I couldn’t pick the Spectra, I might go with the Finesse as my next choice. The Pump in style and Hygeia would be neck and neck for me.

      I hope this helps! I gave you a lot to consider and hopefully didn’t confuse you more haha. At the end of the day, they are all great pumps. And if you plan to use it as a backup pump, you really can’t go wrong.

  3. Marie says:

    Hi Heather!

    Thank you so much for all of your amazing tips. I am expecting my first child in November and am a bit overwhelmed by the amount of breast pump options. My insurance will cover:
    Medela Pump In Style
    Spectra 9 Plus Advanced
    Spectra S2
    Ameda Finesse with tote
    Tomy Quiet Expressions Plus
    Lansinoh Smartpump
    Lansinoh SignaturePro
    Evenflo deluxe advanced
    Freemie Hands.

    I have read most of your reviews but can’t seem to narrow them down. I plan on breastfeeding throughout the day and would love a heavy duty hospital grade pump. Thank you so much for your advice!

    • Heather Grace says:

      Hi Marie!
      Congratulations on your pregnancy!

      Narrowing it down can be tough! The thing about breast pumps is that they all work great for different moms and different situations. So I recommend really sitting down and listing what is important to you in regards to a pump. So for example, will you need a portable pump that needs to run off batteries? Is size an issue as far as lugging it around? Do you want something that you will use occasionally or are you planning to pump daily? Will you be away from your baby after any maternity leave? etc.

      The best pump in my opinion that you listed is the Spectra S2. The drawback? It’s not portable. The S1 is the portable version of the S2 and is more expensive. It might be worth asking your insurance company if they offer upgrades and if so what the cost would be. I used a third party to talk to my insurance company about this and was actually able to upgrade to a better pump for little cost even though my insurance company told me directly they don’t so that.

      You can find the info for that company, here, if you would like some help with submitting your request to your insurance company. It’s a free service with no catch! So worth giving them a try.

      But even if you aren’t set on a Spectra pump (you did mention a hospital grade and the Spectra is the only hospital grade strength pump on your list). The Amedea Finesse and the Medela Pump in Style would follow closely. Both of those are portable and the Finesse features the same pump rhythm technology as Ameda’s hospital grade pump the Platinum but Ameda does not designate the Finesse as “hospital grade.”

      The Spectra 9 is a great pump as well. I find the Spectra S2 stronger but not by much. It’s tiny and very portable. You do need to recharge it often, however, or it will lose suction. But would be a good option if you need to be on the go a lot.

      The other pumps… well, they are okay. You will find some moms love them and some hate them. I find them to be mediocre at best. I think the 4 I mentioned above are much better choices.

      Let me know if you have any specific questions about any of the pumps I can help you with. I think you have some great choices! I hope this helps!

  4. Amy says:

    Hi, I am expecting twins in November. What is the best breast pump for me? I will not be working so I need a pump so husband and family can feed too. It would be nice to go shopping and have my husband feed babies. Thank you

    • Heather Grace says:

      Hi Amy,
      Congratulations on your twins! Having a breast pump helps a ton when we need a few moments to ourselves and allowing dad or grandparents to help with feedings is a lifesaver! That said, since you will be nursing twins, you will need a good pump to keep up with your supply. I would suggest you check out the Spectra S1, Medela Sonata, or Medela Freestyle.

      You might want to check with your insurance company first to see if they cover a breast pump and if so, which one. There are companies that offer free services who can work with your insurance company and explain all your options to you without you having to do anything (other than filling out their contact form). You might also be able to upgrade through them if the pump is just so-so that your insurance company offers which is huge. I recommend you try this company, here. I wrote a full review and they are a very reputable and popular company to use for this type of service. So check them out!

      Once your twins are here, you will be able to assess if a regular single user pump is enough to maintain your supply. If not, you can see about renting a hospital grade pump like the Medela Symphony.

      I hope this helps!! You have a lot of options to chose from so let me know if I can answer any other questions!

  5. Crystal says:

    Hi Heather,
    I’m a FTM with my baby due in October. I definitely want a breast pump as I will be breastfeeding but am also very keen for baby to take a bottle. I have leaning towards the Spectra S1 as it has excellent reviews and I plan on returning to work when I am still breastfeeding. I don’t know enough about the other pumps though, is the S1 the pump you would recommend, having no idea what my supply etc will be like? Thank you!

    • Heather Grace says:

      Hi Crystal,
      Congratulations on your little one! The Spectra S1 is an excellent choice. It is a powerful pump that is portable, quiet, comfortable, and will most definitely assist you in keeping your supply up. It is one of the top pumps for working moms in my opinion. You really can’t go wrong there!

  6. Micaela says:

    Good afternoon, I have been looking for a pump that I can use for exclusive pumping that will increment my milk flow, since I notice its been decreasing, and came across the spectra 3. Its very affordable compared to other pumps but before I purchase it I would like to make sure its the one for me but there is very little to no reviews for this product, would you please place a review for the spectra 3.

    • Micaela says:

      I would also like to add that my options are in between the spectra s2, medela pump in style or this one depending on the reviews I’ am able to find. I am a working mother and would like to increment my milk flow to be able to leave some breast milk for 2 month year old baby, please help!

      • Heather Grace says:

        Both the Spectra S2 and the Medela Pump in Style are great pumps. If you need a portable pump to use on the go (without having access to a power outlet), then the Medela PIS is a better choice. I will be looking at the Spectra 3. but I believe that is also able to work on batteries. Something to consider when choosing the right pump for your situation. But both are very strong pumps and will be perfect for expressing milk while away from your baby to maintain your milk supply.

    • Heather Grace says:

      Hi Micaela,
      Thank you for reaching out! The Spectra 3 is not widely known about and you are right that there are very few reviews. I would be happy to review it. I will add it to my list and let you know once it is posted.

  7. Christne Henning says:

    Hi! I have PCOS and have struggled to produce milk with my first two babies. I used the Medela Pump in Style with both of them when I returned to work. I was only able to breast feed my son for 4 months. My daughter made it 18 months. I am hoping to have a good breast feeding experience this time around. My insurance will cover the following 6 pumps:
    Ameda Purely Yours Ultra
    Medela Pump In Study Advanced Starter Set
    Spectra S2 Plus
    Freemie Hands Free Standard Pump
    Lansinoh Signature Pro
    Hygeia Enjoye
    I will use the pump when I return to work at 4.5 months postpartum. I really appreciate any advice.
    Thank you!

    • Heather Grace says:

      HI Christine,

      Your best bet is to go with the most powerful pump since expressing is an issue for you. The Spectra S2 is the most powerful pump on the list you provided. Now the only thing with the Spectra S2 is that it is NOT portable. It needs to be used plugged into the wall. The Medela Pump in Style is the next best pump on your list strength wise and does have a battery pack.

      If you want the strength of the Spectra S2 but also need it to be portable, there are some options like car adapters and power bank kits that can power the pump while you are out. So that may be an option. You can see those products on the Spectra Pump Parts Page under additional Accessories.

      The Hygeia also has a powerful battery option that performs really well but overall the suction strength is much lower than the Spectra and Medela pumps.

      I personally would go with the S2. I wish you nothing but the best on your breastfeeding journey!! I hope to see you around the blog and if you have any other questions, please feel free to drop them here!

      • Christne Henning says:

        Thank you for your input! The S2 was the one I was leaning towards. I will make sure to follow you, you have great advice!

        • Heather Grace says:

          You won’t be disappointed! I would love to hear back from you after you have used it for a while and see how it is working for you. And thank you for following me! Moms like you are what make this site so useful. I love getting all the input and questions. Take care!

  8. Vanedda says:

    Hi – thanks for all of this info! Im living abroad for a big chunk of post-partum and worried about power surges/conversion challenges with a pump. I used a Medela Pump in Style with my first and felt like the battery power was always half the power of when it was plugged in to an outlet. Any suggestions on a pump with a great battery power?

    • Heather Grace says:

      The Medela Pump in Style, in my opinion, runs the best out of the other pumps I have tried when on batteries. Though there are very few. You do have to change the batteries really often. If they get below 50%-75%, then the power is greatly reduced. So you could try the Pump in Style again and be sure you change the batteries really often.

      I am not sure where you are located, but there are other options. You can try a power bank kit that takes rechargeable lithium batteries (you would need to be sure the lithium batteries can be charged where you are with a power source). Here is an example of one. That will allow you to protect your pump from a power surge since the recharging is done to the power bank and not the pump. Any pump could be used with this method as long as it is compatible with the power bank.

      Another option would be to buy a pump from a provider in the region you are located. For example, the Spectra pumps are very popular in Europe. The Spectra UK site would likely be a good place to buy one. They would also be able to answer questions about specifics for a country in Europe. Their site is here.

      Finally, you could just use a good manual pump. Avent, Medela, and Spectra are the top three manual pumps that I like. If you are pumping a lot, you might want to get two so you can double pump and save time.

      Sorry there are not more battery powered pump options out there. The Medela Pump in Style is really the best option there. Most pumps that are portable run off of rechargeable batteries.

      I hope this helps!

  9. Will says:

    Hi Heather,

    Thanks for this great website you have here. I saw your recent articles reviewing breast pumps and would like to suggest a new type of manual breast pump that is catching on fast for your review. Its called the Avo Babies Manual Breast Pump.

    Thanks!
    Will
    Avo Babies

    • Heather Grace says:

      Hello Will,
      Thank you for checking out the articles. I am always looking for new pumps to review and would love to review Avo Babies. Good manual pumps are hard to come by… You can reach me at admin@thepumpingmommy.com if you would like to tell me more. Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see more from Avo Babies!

  10. adam@httpmarineaquariumhobbyist.com says:

    Very informative site. I had no idea the diversity of breast pumps. The information and guidelines for choosing a new pump are very helpful and I used them on my cousin when she was talking about needing one. I will definitely send them to your site. It is very nice and user friendly.

    • Heather Grace says:

      Thank you. Yes, there is a lot of information to take in when trying to buy a product like a breast pump. With so many options, it can get overwhelming! I hope your cousin finds what she is looking for!

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