Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep

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In a nutshell

The Perfect Prep makes a ready-to-drink bottle in under two minutes, what else is there to say?

  • Pros

    Swift; reassuringly safe; simple instructions; fail-safe warning lights and buttons.

  • Cons

    Makes an annoying and loud beep sound when in use.

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Our review

Tommee Tippee is the number one leading brand for baby feeding accessories in the UK and worldwide it is one of the most trusted and loved baby brands.

It may seem unthinkable, but the company originally started with one product, a drinking cup.

Step back in time, if you will, to the mid sixties when three brothers created a simple children’s mug. It had a weighted base, which prevented it from tipping over and was decorated with a picture of their dog, Tommee. And thus Tommee Tippee was born.

Over the years the brand has received uncountable accolades, and is now known as a UK Superbrand.

And while Tommee Tippee is still synonymous with cups, beakers and bottles it has a wide-ranging collection of baby feeding products.  

A recent addition to its catalogue is the Closer To Nature Perfect Prep, the winner of the 2012 ‘SheKnows’ Parenting Awards.

“But what is it?” I hear you ask.  Well, it’s a machine that makes a ready-to-drink baby’s bottle in less than two minutes.  That’s right, under two minutes!

Being billed as a great buy for busy parents who want a fast and accurate way to make a baby’s bottle, it’s aimed at parents who are ready to make the move to formula milk.

First impressions?

Let's be fair, that selling-point really stands out to anyone who’s been up at 3am with a crying baby waiting for a freshly-made, boiling hot bottle to cool.

And if you think like I do, you may be thinking, “great concept - a bottle made in less than two minutes, but does it work? Could this machine be the saviour to the gruelling nighttime feeds?"

Well, is it?

Yes, it really is; it actually does make a bottle to the perfect room temperature in two minutes.

Coupled with the fact that the filter system removes any impurities in water and a hot shot of water kills the bacteria that could be in the formula milk, it's a must have product for any formula using parent.

You can buy the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep on Amazon.

Where do you start with the Perfect Prep?

To begin with, there has to be a set-up and cleaning process that is supposed to last roughly 10 minutes but it takes a bit longer.

Start by placing a container under the dispenser to capture water and then press the cleaning mode button and wait for boiled water to fill the container.

After, discard the water and then put the filter in water until all the bubbles are gone and then fit it into the water hopper.

To finish off, press the start/stop button as the remaining water fills the jug, and you’re done.

How it is in action?

It’s great; you fill the tank with cold water (make sure it's cold, otherwise the temp warning light may come on) and then select the amount of formula you want on the dial.

With the bottle placed in the slot, you press the start/stop button and wait for the boiling water to fill the bottle.

Remove it carefully, as the water is heated to 70c, and then add the correct amount of formula. Shake and place back and press the start/stop button again until it beeps twice.

It will then add cold water (quite neatly I might add) to bring the bottle to the perfect temperature, which Tommee Tippee have set at 23c or approximately room temperature, but always check the temperature before serving.

It’s worth noting here that if you don’t put the bottle back in the slot on the Perfect Prep within two minutes, it will beep very loudly and you’ll have to make a fresh bottle.

And to be frank, that’s the last thing you want to do, especially if it is in the middle of the night.  You also may not want to make another bottle as the Perfect Prep itself is quite loud when making bottles and I sometimes worried about waking up the house.

Is the bottle the correct temperature?

Yes, it shouldn’t ever make a bottle that's too hot for you baby. Every one I made was room temperature.

I would say though, that it would be nice if you could adjust the heat settings, as my son gets older he’ll be able to handle warmer milk, though he guzzles it down just the same.

Can you use it for all types of bottles and formulas?

Yes, the dish that holds the bottle is a large enough surface area to fit most, if not all bottle sizes.  And you can use any formula.

Is it value for money?

The product costs £99.99 It is very expensive but worth it.  What are not value for money are the replacement filters - each one retails at £9 and lasts roughly three months, which is expensive considering how much you’ve spent on the Perfect Prep. 

What’s in the box?

  • Perfect Prep machine
  • Filter
  • Bottle

Any extra accessories

  • Replacement filters - £9

Will it travel well?

Yes and no.  It isn’t much smaller than the Tommee Tippee Steriliser, so it is quite big in size but for the convenience of having a feed ready in two minutes alone, it is worth travelling with.

MadeForMums verdict?

Overall a superb product! It is expensive for a product that does the same thing as a kettle and thermometer, however due to the ease and quickness of the Perfect it’s a must buy!

The only thing I can say against the machine is that it should have an adjustable volume bar as the beeps are far too loud. But it is conclusively; an irresistible product.