Top Rated Breast Pumps

Ahh, breast pumps! Nature’s second-best solution to breast-feeding.

baby sleeping after feeding
Our second child sleeping in a milk coma.

For moms who work or their babies have trouble with breastfeeding, these are crucial tools to feeding babies and keeping up a steady milk supply.

Getting ready to purchase a breast pump? Check with your insurance first.

Under the Affordable Care Act, most companies cover the cost of a breast pump.

Several even offer multiple options, meaning that you can sometimes choose the model you get for free from your insurance.

We’ve also put together a list of top rated breast pumps below for your review, along with some thoughts before purchasing.

There are two main types of breast pumps: Manual and Electric

top rated breast pump Medela pump in style
Medela “Pump In Style” Breast Pump

Electric pumps can be regular or hospital-grade, single or double. Hospital-grade pumps are usually rented out by hospitals, and usually to moms that are having trouble breastfeeding or have babies in the NICU.

Most insurance will cover an electric grade, meaning that the pumps come with a cord or battery pack to keep their motor going.

Manual pumps are usually used by moms who want the freedom from a cord or battery, and/or are traveling for a quick overnight and do not want to bring their full pump.

Electric pumps usually can pump both breasts at once, while manual pumps usually only cover one breast at once.

I’m a huge fan of Medela, using both the Medela double electric “Pump in Style and the Medela “Harmony” hand-pump.

While the electric is always good, I’ve found that I enjoy the freedom of a hand-pump, using it in the car and keeping one hand free to manage the kids.

Here are quick review hits on several of the top rated breast pumps out there for your convenience!

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump

PROS review summary: 

  • Double electric pump designed for moms who pump multiple times a day
  • Comes with tote bag with motorized unit, 5 oz bottles, all necessary parts and insulated cooler and pack
  • Includes one-touch let-down button and multiple speeds
  • Parts fit with multiple other Medela models and bottles

CONS review summary: 

  • Some reviewers note that the open tubes system for this pump can clog with milk or get dirty with dust/mold if not kept up with or cleaned properly.



 Philips AVENT Double Electric Comfort Breast Pump

PROS review summary: 

  • Unique design offers more comfortable pumping position
  • Includes 3 expression settings after starting with “gentle stimulation” setting
  • Soft massage cushion stimulates milk flow
  • Parts work with other AVENT bottle products
  • Parts offer a closed system, meaning no milk can clog into the motor

CONS review summary: 

  • Does not operate via battery
  • Some reviewers note that it can be louder than other pumps
  • Other reviewers note that after a few months the suction quality can go down



 NUK Expressive Double Electric Breast Pump

PROS review summary: 

  • Speed and suction levels can be selected independently of each other
  • One-touch memory button remembers your favorite settings
  • Soft breast cushions massage for added circulation
  • Lightweight and portable – pump only weighs 1 pound
  • Closed system

CONS review summary: 

  • No battery pack available
  • Great lower-cost option compared to other mainstream electric options
  • Some reviewers note that the pump isn’t exceptionally loud, but isn’t quiet either



 Ameda Purely Yours

PROS review summary: 

  • Closed system with proven airlock protection from dust, mold, etc.
  • Comes with battery pack and cooler
  • Adjustable speed and suction settings
  • Pump tote is small and looks much like a purse

CONS review summary:

  • Some reviewers note that the quality of suction and the motor can deteriorate over time



 Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump

PROS review summary: 

  • #1 Best Seller in Manual Best Pumps
  • 2-phase expression technology
  • Works with other Medela pumps and products
  • Quiet and discreet, can be used anywhere
  • Convenient for traveling

CONS review summary: 

  • Some reviewers note that the “o-ring” can get lost or cracked
  • Other reviewers note that it can lose suction quickly



 Philips Avent Manual Comfort Breast Pump

PROS review summary: 

  • Textured massage cushion helps stimulate milk production
  • BPA Free
  • Compatible with other AVENT products
  • Massage cushion fits a majority of moms, larger size is sold separately

CONS review summary:

  • No real widespread issues reported amongst reviewers



Be sure to check out our other top rated feeding categories:

top rated baby bottles, top rated sippy cups, and top rated high chairs

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