In a nutshell

This steam steriliser is fast, can sterilise lots of bottles in one hit, and has the added bonus of being able to warm baby food

What we tested

  • Ease of use
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Ease of cleaning
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
  • Compactness
    A star rating of 2.0 out of 5.
  • Design
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Durability
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 3.6 out of 5.


  • Holds lots of bottles (nine standard or six wide neck), sterilises in six minutes, can double as a bottle warmer, looks good, heat sensitive handle changes colour


  • Not compact or easy to hide, stainless steel element needs thorough weekly cleaning with citric acid or vinegar

With a six-minute sterilisation cycle and able to hold up to nine standard bottles, the Bruin rapid steam sterilising system includes a bottle warming insert, too.


Bruin is the own brand for Babies R Us. Babies R Us sells many brands of sterilisers, including about six in the Bruin range, from microwave options, to cold water and electric models. The Bruin rapid steam sterilising system is electric, and uses steam rather than chemicals to sterilise your baby’s feeding gear. It only takes six minutes from cold to sterilise. It holds six wide neck bottles, such as Philips AVENT or the curvy Bruin Free Flow, or nine standard ones. The steriliser has automatic switch off, once it’s completed the sterilisation or food/bottle warming. The contents are sterile for up to six hours if the lid stays shut.

The bottle warming insert is simple to use - you just sit it into the steriliser with your bottle or jar of food inside, add the right amount of water for the volume of food, leave the lid off and start the steriliser.

What we love

The instructions are simple to follow and setting up the Bruin rapid steam sterilising system is pretty straightforward anyway.

I tried six wide necked bottles (two were the curvy Bruin Free Flow and the others were some Philips AVENT wide necks) and they fitted in without any creative arranging! Not only that, sterilising them took less than the advertised six minutes.

The lid handle changes colour as it heats up, so no matter how sleep deprived or mummy-brained you get, this safety feature will remind you not to open the steam-filled steriliser in your own direction.

The cord can be removed to help it store more easily. It’s also a good length. Our bench tops have enough other kit (toaster, blender, kettle, sandwich grill) near the power socket, but the length of the steriliser cord was long enough for the steriliser not to hog all the prime bench space.

The food warming insert takes wide necked bottles. It’s straightforward to use too. Heating chilled milk (125ml feed) in a wide necked bottle took about two minutes. Depending on amount of feed, bottle type and size and what the starting temperature is, you need to add different amounts of water – I’m thrilled to say these are printed on the warmer as well as on an instruction sheet!

Also, it's currently on sale for £14.99 - what a bargain!

What to watch out for

When using the warming insert, the lid needs to be off so hot steam escapes –be careful not to bend over the steriliser, or stand directly with a wiggly baby in your arms.

The Bruin rapid steam sterilising system it isn’t small or easy to hide by any means, but luckily it looks clean and smart with its smooth white curves.

A proper clean/descale of the steel element is advised – and at least once a week. If you don’t, the Bruin rapid steam sterilising system won’t be performing at its best. The instructions tell you how to clean it with citric acid (from the chemist), or by using household vinegar and water.

Who is the Bruin rapid steam sterilising system best for?

Mums after a fast steriliser and bottle warmer in one who are happy to gain capacity in return for bench space.


MadeForMums verdict

The Bruin rapid steam sterilising system is a fast, good value steriliser and food warmer that can handle plenty of bottles. For safety, it has automatic switch off and the lid handle that changes colour as it heats up. While it isn’t compact, its clean design should mean it won’t look too bad on display in your kitchen. Make sure you clean/descale it weekly as the instructions suggest, to keep it working at its best.

Product Specifications

Modelrapid steam sterilising system
Steriliser typeElectric
Number of bottles it can hold6 wide neck, 6 Lindam or Bruin Free Flow, 9 standard
Bottle typeNarrow neck and wide neck
Compatible bottlesLindam, Bruin Free Flow
Length of sterilsing cycle6min(s)
  • Can be used for microwave steam or cold water sterilisation
  • Contents sterile for up to 6 hours if unit remains unopened after microwave sterilisation
  • Contents remain sterile for up to 24 hours with cold water sterilisation
  • Fast sterilisation cycle (can take as little as 2 minutes)
  • Lid locks onto base
  • Lid has handle for easy carrying
  • Top of lid can be removed (to add water or let out steam)
  • Dimensions are 30cm x 30cm for the base and 19,6Cm high
  • Holds 6 bottles of any kind