Thank goodness for the latest fad of homemade meals! It’s good for our health as well as Mother Nature’s, and it doesn’t even have to take too much extra time. Skip those ready-made baby food pouches from the supermarket and get your hands dirty. Your baby will thank you later. But first, get a baby food maker to make your life easier.
There’s a ton of options for best baby food makers and processors on the market, but the choice is not an easy one. Take a look at a few of the things you should factor in:
- Functionality. Do you want a device that will have a single function, like a steamer or blender, or do you want it to be a superhero that will replace three or four other units?
- Materials. Cooking an organic meal would be absolutely pointless if you do it in a contraption made of low quality materials. Most options out there are made of plastic (BPA-free, but still), for a reason that I have yet to understand. Of course, plastics is lightweight, but I would honestly prefer glass.
- Capacity. You’re busy and tired as it is, so having a food maker that can whip up supplies for an entire week in just minutes will be a life saver. On the other hand, there are parents who aren’t fond of freezing food and prefer to make a fresh meal for their little ones.
- Bulkiness. The countertop is probably one of the most precious areas in my apartment, so I really appreciate keeping it tidy. It’s not very easy to manage it with a baby and a toddler, so a small and compact food maker really helps.
- Price. You don’t have to shell out hundreds of dollars for a decent baby food maker – there are options for every wallet. The hefty priced ones will usually have lots of functions and are automated, so you only need to set it, forget it, and come back in a few minutes to pick up the ready meal.
Whichever concerns are primary for you, having any food maker is a great way to smuggle in some greens to your kiddo’s puree. (I tend to go so far as to mix banana with veal and spinach, yikes! But my little eater doesn’t complain, and I’m extremely grateful for that.) Check out a few best options I found – all of them have nice to amazing customer reviews and will give you the most bang for your buck.
Best Baby Food Makers – Top Picks
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This device will prep your baby’s meal (or even your own!) in just 15 minutes, and you only need one hand to operate it! Feel free to juggle the baby with the other. Whether it’s fruits or veggies, meat or fish, it will handle the food from raw to any stage, for a baby or a toddler. And it won’t destroy any of the vitamins or other nutrients in the process, since the steam cooking function retains all the precious substances in the condensate, so you can pour it back in. Plus, if you have leftovers (which will happen almost every time), no reason to throw them away – just freeze them and feed them to Babycook when needed to defrost and heat them up. If you aren’t a fan of cluttering your counter, go for this device – it’s pretty compact and won’t take up too much space. Its only con is the price, but it does so many things that it should be worth every penny.
Here’s a multifunctional option on a budget. It will even save you the labor of chopping and prepping, and will complete the process in a single bowl. Just put the veggies in, flip the switch, and it will do all the work for you. Additional options include sterilizing pacifiers and reheating/defrosting food. The capacity isn’t great – it will only fit 2 to 3 cups of food, but you can repeat the process if you need more batches. Fret not about the plastic container, since it’s BPA free.
This is not a single contraption – it’s actually a 20-piece set that includes a steamer, a blender, 6 storage cups, 1 short cup, and a bunch of other stuff at a really cheap price. What I really like about it is that you don’t need to buy separate storage bowls, since they come included in the package, plus they have a date-dial feature, so you can write down the date when you made the food, and a tray to keep you organized. Two sets of blades will allow you to either mill or blend the food. It’s a super convenient way to make up to six meals, refrigerate or freeze them, and serve them up as needed. You will also get a cookbook containing info on which food is safe for your baby in different ages. Compared to the BEABA Babycook, it’s slightly more complicated to use due to two separate bowls and processes, but then again, it’s significantly cheaper!
Can it get any more affordable than this? It’s a handy little serving bowl with a masher. Mash the food up and serve right from the bowl. You can bring it outside since it won’t take up much room in your diaper bag. Actually, it will probably earn a compartment of its own there! Just make sure to steam some food beforehand, and you’re good to go. It’s dishwasher and microwave safe, which makes it great for home use too. As of this writing, it has over 3,800 customer reviews on Amazon, with an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars – a pretty good social proof.
If you want a device that can handle both your baby’s bottles and whip up some solids, this is the right choice. It contains a bowl for steaming and pureeing or chopping, with 4 cups capacity, so you can make more meals at once. The bottle warmer will fit any type of bottle. You won’t have to wonder about the water ratio for a particular kind of fruit or vegetables – the user’s manual has instructions on that too. What I especially like about it is that I don’t have to sit by and wait for it to finish. Just put the fruits or vegetables in, pour the amount of water the manual prescribes, and you’re free to do something else while it steams. Then, turn on the blender function and that’s it. Since the unit consists of one bowl only, washing won’t be an issue.
Meet the most advanced baby food maker on my list. There’s not a thing it can’t do! Steaming, blending, sterilizing up to 3 full-sized bottles, defrosting, reheating and warming bottles – one can hardly beat that. It accommodates up to 11 cups, so you can plan and cook your baby’s meals for the entire week – and even something for mom and pop. The machine even has an LCD screen, as well as audio alerts. Just program it and walk away, and it will let you know when and what you need to do next. The steaming bowl and blender come separately, but washing won’t be a bother since all parts are dishwasher safe. The bulkiness is absolutely justified considering the versatility.
If you’re one of those parents who really don’t like cheap plastics, check out this option. Unlike most alternatives, Baby Brezza Food Maker has a bowl made of high-quality plastics, and you can be absolutely sure that it won’t grow mold. It steams and blends food in minutes, all in one bowl, so there won’t be any spills. Both the bowl and the blade are dishwasher safe. The bowl’s capacity is 2 and a half cups, but the process is so swift that you can easily prepare a few batches in less than an hour – just program the device and do other chores while it does your bidding.