10 of the best breast pumps

Breast pumps are the ideal choice if you want to express breast milk regularly, so we highlight the best breast pumps as tested by real mums.

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  • Expressing ourselves...

    No matter how eager we are to breastfeed our babies breastfeeding can be painful, a lot harder than expected and sometimes, just not possible. 

    It's usually at these times we move on to expressing our milk - and that's when the breast pump comes out of the box.  

    What's a breast pump?

    For any breast pump virgins out there, here's our quick explanation on the vital tools.  

    Breast pumps are used to express breast milk so we can store it and feed it to our babies with a bottle.  

    There are single pumps and double pumps - those that work on one breast at a time and those that can express from both breasts in tandem.

    Manual pumps require us to pump a handle in order to create suction and express breast milk.  Manual pumps are often designed for occasional use, but are cheaper and lightweight. 

    Electric pumps have suction powered by mains or batteries. They look very similar to a manual, with a breast shell and milk collection bottle, but there’s no handle because you don’t need to pump with your hand.

    Many electric pumps let us control the suction strength and speed and they are often efficient but are more expensive, noisier and bulkier than manual ones.

    Like any parenting product there are loads of different types out there!  So if you're unsure which breast pump is best for you, don't worry, our buyer's guide will help you make up your mind.

    Now check the top ten best breast pumps:

  • Nuby Natural Touch Digital Breast Pump

    1. Nuby Natural Touch Digital Breast Pump, £89.99, MadeForMums Gold Award Winner

    Ideal for mums who are planning to express every day, the gold award-winning Nuby Natural Touch Digital Breast Pump has tonnes of features to help make pumping easier – and it is fantastic value.

    The two-phase stimulation and expression functions can be adjusted and there’s a handy timer to help figure out how much milk you’re expressing from this mains-powered pump.

    The digital control panel is easy to read in daylight and at night and has 5 settings for both suction and speed, to adjust for comfort.

    Also includes an award-winning Nuby Natural Touch Bottle for easy transition between breast and bottle when combination feeding. 

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Nuby Natural Touch Digital Breast Pump:

     “I was astonished at how good this pump was - this exceeded all the others on the market. It's powerful, has five settings for both speed and suction so you can really customise it for your comfort level; the shield is cushioned with a soft silicon cover but doesn't lose any suction – so is highly effective; and the digital display keeps track of how long you've been pumping for. Brilliant value for money.” Mum of 2, Tanya

    “Has a digital screen, so easy to use, quieter pumping sounds, value for money.” MadeForMums Reviews Editor Hazelann Williams

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  • Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump, £239.99

    2. Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump, £239.99, MadeForMums Silver Award Winner

    This silver award-winning electric pump is small, discreet and very easy to use - a great bet if expressing is part of your daily routine.

    The double pump breast pump uses Medela's 2-phase expression pumping technology, and it’s super portable and can be used with batteries, as well as plugged into the mains.

    Read our full review of the Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump here.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breast Pump:

    “Really easy to use and the same brand you would see in a hospital or maternity ward, which is very reassuring. The product is easy to use & efficient.” Mum of 2, Lucy

    “Simple to use and effective at pumping milk, very portable and long lasting.” Mum of 2, Magda

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  • ARDO Calypso Double Plus Electric Breast Pump, £139.99

    3. ARDO Calypso Double Plus Electric Breast Pump, £139.99, MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner

    As a double pump the bronze award-winning ARDO Calypso Double Plus makes it easy to express from both breasts at the same time and compared to some of its competitors it's surprisingly quiet.

    With a huge range of settings, ARDO's USP is that you can personalise your expressing using the separate ‘vacuum’ and ‘cycle’ buttons, each of which can be adjusted to eight different levels.

    Scoring 4.5/ 5 in our review this is a superior, electric breast pump that our reviewer rates as being value-for money, easy to clean and simple to use.

    Read our full review of the ARDO Calypso Double Plus Electric Breast Pump here.

    What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the ARDO Calypso Double Plus Electric Breast Pump:

    “Really liked this product. Easy to use and clear instructions. Neat to store unlike others that I have used which were quite bulky. Great suction power which made expressing fast and easy to do.” Mum of 1, Laura

    “Quiet and expresses effectively, lots of accessories included.” Mum of 2, Magda

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  • Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Single Electric Breast Pump, £64.99

    4. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Single Electric Breast Pump, £64.99

    Breastfeeding mums have long been fans of Tommee Tippee's breast pumps and bottles. This single breast, electric pump is one of the most affordable on the market and is a good step up from a manual pump. With four settings - light, low, medium and high - our reviewer thought it a good option for travel or for occasioning expresssing.

    Easy to use and comfortable on your breasts it comes with breast pads, a milk storage pot, a couple of spare parts and a bottle with a newborn teat, making it excellent value for money.

    Read the full review of the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Electric Breast Pump

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  • Philips AVENT Single Electric Breast Pump, £85

    5. Philips AVENT Single Electric Breast Pump, £85

    The electric version of its sibling the Philips AVENT Manual Single Breast Pump this single breast pump works quickly and efficiently to help you express milk at a speed suited to you; there are no pre-set pumping rhythms because after a few manual pumps you select your rhythm by pushing a button on the motor unit and the electronic pump takes over.

    Mains or battery operated this is a great pump of you need to express at work or on the move. Our reviewer said it was a, "well made, ergonomic product that transforms the way you can express milk". She also rated it on comfort and ease of use.

    Read the full MFM review of the Philips AVENT Single Electronic Breast Pump

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  • Lansinoh Single Manual Breast Pump, £30

    6. Lansinoh Single Manual Breast Pump, £30

    Another award-winning breast pump this affordable manual pump by US company Lansinoh is easy to assemble, compact and durable - a good option for mums on the move (store it in your handbag...)

    Our reviewer said this is "as good as a manual pump will get." Eco and baby friendly - the pump is made from 100% polypropylene, a plastic suitable for breast milk storage - the Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump is great value for money; you get two extra valves, a spare diaphragm, a cleaning brush, two bottles and a couple of milk storage bags all for £30.

    Read the full MFM review here

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  • Nuby Natural Touch Breast Express Single Manual Breast Pump, £12.99

    7. Nuby Natural Touch Breast Express Single Manual Breast Pump, £12.99

    A compact, totally portable breast pump for occasional use or for holidays this BPA-free pump is great value for money and, unlike some other manual pumps, is quiet to use. Easy to assemble and simple to use our reviewer rated it for being "straightforward" but had some reservations about how long the product would last.

    At £12.99 the Nuby Natural Touch Breast Express Breast Pump would be a great back up for a busy mum, who might only need to express occasionally.

    Nuby Natural Touch Breast Express Breast Pump - read the full MFM review

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  • NUK First Choice Sensitive Single Manual Breast Pump, £30.99

    8. NUK First Choice Sensitive Single Manual Breast Pump, £30.99

    NUK has been inventing babycare products alongside healthcare professionals for 60 years. This manual, one-handed breast pump, which scored 4.5/5 in our review, is BPA-free, light and easy to operate.

    A 'suction strength regulator' helps to make expressing more comfortable - start on the lowest setting and then increase the strength gradually.

    The NUK Sensitive Breast Pump comes with a bottle, including anti-colic, orthodontic teat, (approved by the British Dental Health Foundation) screw ring, cap and travel seal - a silicon cushion, a stand and two breast pads - not bad for £39,99. What's more, the bottles supplied with the pump can be frozen to keep the breast milk for longer.

    Read the full NUK First Choice Sensitive Manual Breast Pump

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  • Lansinoh Affinity Double Electric Breast Pump, £120

    9. Lansinoh Affinity Double Electric Breast Pump, £120

    The Lansinoh Double Electric Breast Pump is light, portable and BPA-free breast pump which according to our reviewer "saves you time" when you're expressing. With separately adjustable speed and suction levels it scored 5/5 in our review.

    At £120 this a good value electric pump which has won several awards and is rated for the comfort of the funnel-shaped cushions - good news for tender breasts - and because it can be used with batteries or with the mains it's a versatile choice. What's more, it even comes with spares.

    Read the full MFM review of the Lansinoh Affinity Double Electric Breast Pump

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  • ARDO Calypso Double Plus Electric Breast Pump, £114.95

    10. ARDO Calypso Double Plus Electric Breast Pump, £114.95

    Scoring 4.5/ 5 in our review this is a superior, electric breast pump that our reviewer rates as being value-for money, easy to clean and simple to use. As a double pump the ARDO Calypso Double Plus makes it easy to express from both breasts at the same time and compared to some of its competitors it's surprisingly quiet.

    With a huge range of settings, ARDO's USP is that you can personalise your expressing using the separate ‘vacuum’ and ‘cycle’ buttons, each of which can be adjusted to eight different levels.

    Read the full review here

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Last updated on 28 March 2017

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