Spectra 9 Breast Pump Review

Thinking about the Spectra 9? Find out why this little pump is largely overlooked in a competitive breast pump market!


Spectra 9 Breast Pump Review

The Ins and Outs of the Spectra 9

Spectra breast pumps are quickly becoming a favored brand by many moms. They boast a number of breast pump options that fit the needs of all moms.

The Spectra 9 is one of their most portable pumps. Measuring about as big as a cell phone and weighing in at less than a pound, this pump can easily fit into your purse making pumping on the go its main feature.

Here are some other key features of the Spectra 9:spectra-9-plus-electric-breast-pump-600x533

  • Very portable! Easy to carry and lightweight.
  • Can be used as a single or double pump.
  • Features a Letdown Mode – With a touch of a button, stimulate your milk to flow by switching to “Letdown Mode.” The fast and lighter section of this setting mimics a hungry baby to help get your milk flowing.
  • Control of cycle speed & suction strength.
  • Built-in rechargeable battery – Can be used plugged in or with the built-in battery that lasts up to 3 hours.
  • LCD display that allows you to easily adjust the pump speed and suction strength, keep track of how long you have pumped with a timer and see the battery life.
  • Closed system – All Spectra pumps are closed system which means there is a barrier between the milk collection kit and the tubing so no milk or moisture can enter the pump tubes or motor.
  • Powerful pump motor you come to expect from Spectra with a maximum suction of 260mmHg.

(Related: Click here to see all Spectra Parts and Accessories!)

This quick video gives you a complete walkthrough of the Spectra 9’s features:

The Spectra 9 vs Spectra S2


Spectra S2

The Spectra S2 is a very popular pump and moms often wish to know the difference when comparing it with the Spectra 9.

Some key differences are:

  • The S2 is hospital grade and has stronger pump strength at 280mmHg versus the Spectra 9 at 260mmHg.
  • The S2 does not have a built-in battery. It can only be used plugged into the wall using the AC Adapter. There are, however, some portable power solutions made by a third party that will work with the S2- a car adapter and a power bank kit. If you are interested in either of those, you can find them on our Spectra Pump Parts Page (look toward the bottom under “Additional Accessories and Useful Stuff”)
  • The S2 has more option when it comes to controlling the speed and suction of the pump and allows you to save your pump settings for easy use. You cannot save your cycle settings with the Spectra 9.
  • The Spectra 9’s pump motor is louder than the S2. Not considerably but there is a noticeable difference.
  • Price. The Spectra 9 is less than the S2. The S2 retails for $300 while the Spectra 9 for $275. Amazon does, however, have both for sale currently!

The Spectra S2 does have the edge over the Spectra 9 because of the simple fact it is hospital grade strength.

The Pump strength is just something the Spectra 9 can’t compete with. But on its own, the Spectra 9 is very impressive and a strong pump in its own right. It is a great pump with a lot of power.

Read my review of the Spectra S2 here!

What are Moms Saying About the Spectra 9

Product reviews on the Spectra 9 are overwhelmingly positive. Moms love how portable this pump is and have success pumping adequate milk using the Spectra 9.spectra-9-breast-pump-review

Negative reviews actually focus more around comparing the Spectra 9 to the S2. Most say the S2 has stronger suction which is true. 

The noise of the pump motor is another complaint though it’s not any noisier than the Medela pumps or the Ameda pumps.

A hospital grade pump will always outshine one that is not hospital grade, though, the Spectra 9 is right there in terms of strength. 

I do think the S2 is the superior pump but the Spectra 9 stands out as a fantastic and reliable double electric pump. 

It is efficient, portable and easy to use but the fact it is significantly smaller than its big sister, the S2, is a huge win for moms who pump on the go.

Pros and Cons of the Spectra 9


  • Limited options for controlling pump speed and suction
  • Cannot program preferred pump settings
  • Pump motor is on the noisier side


(Related: Find out what Pump bag is best for the Spectra Pumps!)


The Spectra 9 is a very impressive pump.

For the price, it certainly is one of the best on the market.

I would recommend this pump for moms who need the ease and convenience of a portable pump.

Or moms who need a reliable and powerful pump for occasional pumping.

For moms who will be exclusively pumping or who will be pumping multiple times per day, I would recommend going with the Spectra S1 or Spectra S2.

But if you still need the portability, then this pump is a very good option!

The Spectra 9 will hold up to a lot of pumping sessions but a more powerful pump may be needed for moms who pump every day.

Interested in purchasing the Spectra 9?

Best Place to buy (Best Price): Amazon

What You Get:

  • Spectra 9 pump
  • 2 – Breast shields (24mm size)
  • 2 – Bottles
  • 2 – Slow Flow Soft Nipples
  • Tubing
  • 2 – Disc
  • 2 – Cap
  • 2 – Backflow Protectors
  • 2 – Valves
  • Power adaptor


Click here to read more about the Spectra 9

UPDATE: The Spectra 9 was out of stock for several months but as of January 2017 it is back in stock!! You can find the S9, here. 

-Heather Grace

Need Parts for your Spectra Pump? Visit our Spectra Pump Parts Pages, here!


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  1. kathe says:

    Hi there! Great review. Nursing moms really need to read this article to help them having more supply of milk. There are lots of breast pump out there, but seeing and reading review like this can help moms to decide which to buy. And research would be narrowed because you include pros and cons, reviews from others, will help to trust this review even better 🙂

    • Heather Grace says:

      Yes, I think all products have pros and cons so it is important to know them so you can decide what is important to you. I also love reading what other moms and consumers have to say so I know my readers do too! Thank you for stopping by!

  2. Rhett says:

    Hi Heather. I thought that you did a wonderful job with the content. It is very easy to not only read, but easy on the eyes. Nice short paragraphs. very easy-flowing. It gave a lot of good information that was very informative. I never knew that much about breast pumps as when my children were small, they had bottles and formula. I cant believe how small the spectra-9 is! Makes it very easy for travel!

    • Heather Grace says:

      Yes, the size is certainly it’s best feature! It’s tiny! There is a mountain of info nowadays. I am glad you found the article helpful. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Ben says:

    This review will be great for some of my friends with newborn babies. It looks comprehensive and very helpful. I guess the funny thing is that there is a lot of information out there for new mothers – a lot of it may not be all that helpful. This review is great and seems to come from someone that new mothers can rely on. Thanks!

    • Heather Grace says:

      Thank you, Ben. There is definitely a lot of bad info out there and moms need to be careful! I hope new moms find this site full of relevant information. Thank you for your comment.

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