When you think of breast pumps, Spectra might not be the first name that comes to mind.
This brand has not been in the US market for very long but it is quickly gaining steam among stiff competition.
Two of Spectra’s most popular pumps are their S1 and S2.
The Spectra S1 and S2 are often referred to as the “Cadillac” of breast pumps. They are hospital grade pumps but carry a very affordable price tag, making them a standout in the breast pump market.
So, the Spectra S1 vs Spectra S2? Are they the same pump? Do they perform the same? Why is the S1 more expensive?
Find out the answer to all these questions and more!
What is the Difference Between the Spectra S1 and S2?
There is ONE distinct difference between the Spectra S1 vs Spectra S2:
The main difference, aside from color, is the Spectra S1 has a built-in rechargeable battery.
The S2 only comes with the AC-Adapter as a power option.
How to Choose Between the Spectra S1 vs Spectra S2?
When choosing between the two pumps, it really comes down to what you will be using it for.
Spectra S1 should be considered for moms who:
- Pump frequently without access to a power source
- Pump while traveling or on the go
- Pump while at work
- Want the option to move the pump around with them freely without a cord.
You can read my full review of the Spectra S1 here.
Spectra S2 should be considered for moms who:
- Need to pump a lot and need the hospital-grade pump motor but are not pumping on the go.
- Want to save a little money
- Are ok with pumping while attached to a power source each time
You can read my full review of the Spectra S2 here.
Which One Would I Choose?
S1, in my opinion, is worth the upgrade.
Having the battery option can be a lifesaver in situations where you need to pump with no access to power.
I have pumped in strange places in my working days so the portability of a battery was a must.
BUT if I did not need to pump on the go, then the money savings of the Spectra S2 is worth it.
What Makes the Spectra Pumps so Great?
I love Spectra pumps. You have probably heard me rave about them before. They are just amazing.
Here are some Key Features:
- Hospital grade Strength Motor
- Powerful pump performance with a maximum suction strength of 270mmHg.
- Closed system pump.
- It can be used as a single or double pump.
- Digital controls allow you to set the speed and rhythm that is most effective for your body.
- Digital controls also allow you to save your favorite settings and set a program.
- The suction is adjustable whether in let-down or expression mode.
- Super quiet
- Very light – weighs as much as 4 apples!
- 2 level built-in light
- BPA Free parts
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Using the Massage and Expression Mode
One of my favorite features has to do with the pump settings.
It has a Massage and an Expression Mode and the ability to control the pump cycle.
This makes your pumping session very personalized and easy to control with the digital screen (no cheap dials to turn).
The pump will start in Massage mode, a short, shallow mode designed to stimulate your body’s letdown reflex which mimics how a baby sucks at the breast when it first starts nursing.
It will then switch to Expression mode, a deeper, slower pattern of suction which mimics how your baby nurses after your milk has letdown.
The great thing is that you can switch back and forth between the two which is helpful for women who find it hard to get a letdown when pumping.
You Can Save Your Pump Session Too!
The Spectra also has the ability to save your favorite pump settings and will follow that pattern in future pump sessions. This makes pumping very easy.
See the Spectra in Action
This video goes through all of the features of the Spectra S1. Keep in mind all this would be exactly the same for the S2 except for the built-in battery.
It really is an easy pump to set up and use!
Bottomline: Spectra S1 or S2?
So, which is better? The S1 or the S2?
My answer, again, is it depends.
It depends on what you are using your pump for.
If it were me, I would shell out the few extra dollars for the S1 because I love the rechargeable battery.
But not all moms have a need or want for the battery, in which case, you can get yourself a great pump at a super low price in the Spectra S2.
Best Price for the Performance
You will not find a pump on the market (yes, even my beloved Medela Freestyle) that rivals the Spectra in price and quality combine.
They are extremely affordable. I have to think that low price won’t last once the demand for them picks up. They are still new here in the US, as I mentioned.
You cannot go wrong with either pump. Picking between the S1 and S2 is like picking between a convertible or coupe of the same car.
Just personal preference. (My husband would be proud of the car reference there…just saying)
Have a Spectra? Tells us what you think?
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