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Smoothie and Baby Food Maker
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Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer
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Good

Easy to use. Reliably free of mold (unlike some other steamers on the market).

A basic, inexpensive machine that will blend and puree foods.

Cute design. 20-piece set includes a complete package of handy accessories.

A highly popular system with convenient "date dial" storage containers.

A mini food processor with an excellent reputation for quality. Includes steaming and bottle-warming capability.

Bad

Expensive.

Some reports of a burning smell after continuous use.

Not great for blending ice for regular smoothies.

Ratings do not match this product's popularity. Some issues with durability.

When not cleaned properly, mold can grow in the steaming compartment.

Bottom Line

A long-lasting, high-quality product with minimal performance issues. The best on the market.

A budget-priced baby food mill with a few known product flaws.

A budget-priced product with satisfactory quailty. The best bargain on the market.

The wildly popular Baby Bullet continues to sell well, but it often does not live up to its reputation in terms of durability and quality.

A quality appliance with a history of mold issues that may or may not have to do with improper cleaning by owners.

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Best Baby Food Makers

All five of our baby food makers enjoy widespread popularity. That doesn't mean they're all the same, however. We take a look at five of the most favored baby food makers on the market and evaluate them in terms of quality, convenience, durability, and price.

Products we Considered

BEABA
Babycook
KidCo
BabySteps Electric - F900
Nuk
Smoothie and Baby Food Maker
Magic Bullet
Baby Bullet Baby Care System
Cuisinart
Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer

Considerations

Food Quality

If you've decided to put the effort and money into making your own baby food, you most certainly want to do the job right. Newborns need the smoothest of purees so they don't choke. Older babies can ingest soft foods. Chunky foods should be introduced slowly and carefully — and not until the baby is ready. When you prepare your own baby food, you must make sure it's the right consistency before serving it to a vulnerable child. We tell you which baby food makers give you the most control over the final product.

Ease of Use

Any kitchen gadget takes some getting used to, and some are easier to use than others. In this section, we address how easy each baby food maker is to use. Is it dishwasher safe? Easy to take apart? Easy to put together? What helpful "extras" are included?

Durability

Some products have a better track record than others in terms of how long they will last. In this section, we reflect on what consumers have to say about each product. Some baby food makers are flops; the motor dies after a few months, the plastic ware cracks in the dishwasher, mold grows in the steam reservoir. Other baby food makers are terrific, with no problems to speak of. Our careful research will help you pick a winner.

Price

You could spend less than $30 or upwards of $200 for a baby food maker. In this section, we evaluate whether each product on our shortlist is worth its price tag.

Considerations

Food Quality

KidCo BabySteps Electric Food Mill - F900

When it comes to food quality, different owners of the BabySteps Electric Food Mill have different stories to tell. While some rave about the smooth puree they get from this machine, others say they were unsatisfied with the texture of their homemade infant food. The general consensus seems to be that if you cook food thoroughly and add enough liquid to the BabySteps Electric Food Mill, you're more likely to get the smooth results you desire. Owners have successfully prepared meats (chicken, ham), fruits, and vegetables using this machine. Some have even had success with raw, uncooked foods like walnuts. The plastic bowl is BPA-free — a food safety necessity for parents of young children.

Nuk Smoothie and Baby Food Maker

We appreciate the fact that the Nuk appliance on our shortlist allows you to make smoothies as well as baby food. As such, it's an appliance that you won't have to sell at a garage sale once your children are grown. Rather, you can continue to use it to make smoothies after the initial “baby food” phase has passed.

Some users have had trouble with thicker, chewy foods such as sweet potatoes and rice. It has also been established that this machine doesn't always contend with ice very well. But if you're looking to puree most fruits and veggies — frozen or fresh — this machine provides a handy and inexpensive way to do it. (Notably, you must cook most foods before you puree them, as this is not a “start to finish” appliance.)

Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System

The Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System blends, chops, grinds, and mills food as you see fit. It comes with a milling blade to prepare rice and oatmeal and a "Baby Blend" blade for other types of foods. Conveniently, the company includes a short cup for smaller amounts of food and baby-sized food storage containers. This product is a cousin of the Magic Bullet, a smoothie/shake machine by a company called Homeland Housewares. The Baby Bullet is one of the most popular baby food makers on the market today, but interestingly, its quality ratings don't always match its popularity. Some of the owners we spoke to in our research were unhappy with the chunks they found in the Baby Bullet's puree. Indeed, if you're feeding a very young infant, you want the food to be liquified as much as possible. If you buy a Baby Bullet and notice that the food is too chunky, try adding water, milk, broth, or liquid reserve for finer results.

Cuisinart BFM-1000 Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer

The Cuisinart Baby Food Maker includes two very convenient extras: a steamer and a bottle warmer. You can steam food using the Cuisinart, then transfer it to the food processor on the same unit. While you're doing this, you can also warm a single bottle of formula or milk using the attached bottle warmer. One owner aptly called this product a "mini food processor." It essentially performs the same job as a regular food processor (its best functions are chopping and pureeing), but in smaller quantities. You can steam and process anything in the Cuisinart, including raw meat. The appliance isn't just for baby food, either; owners have had great luck preparing recipes like salsa and bruschetta in this appliance. All of the components that come into contact with food are BPA-free, according to the manufacturer.

BEABA Babycook 

According to BEABA, the Babycook can steam cook any food in 15 minutes or less — even raw foods like meat and nuts. After steaming, the BEABA will then blend/puree the food to a consistency suitable for a baby of any age. (Simply add a liquid like water or cooking reserve if the consistency is not to your liking.) Unlike some other popular baby food makers on the market today, we encountered no complaints about chunks of food in the puree. Owners tell us this appliance works much better than a regular stick blender. Like all of the baby food makers on our shortlist, this product is BPA free.

The BEABA Babycook can cook any food in 15 minutes or less — even raw foods like meat and nuts.
Considerations

Ease of Use

Owners tell us BabySteps Electric Food Mill is very easy to use. Simply cook your food (or use raw, if you prefer), add it to the plastic reservoir, and grind it/puree it to suit your baby's developmental needs. Clean-up is fast and simple; the machine comes apart easily and can be placed in the dishwasher or washed by hand. Owners have had success with raw nuts, raw meats, fruits, and vegetables. A few people told us that the top does not fit snugly and therefore feels a bit "awkward" during blending. For the price, however, most owners are highly satisfied with how easy this food mill is to use and clean.

The Nuk set comes with a variety of stackable storage cup sizes which make it easy for parents to prepare and immediately stash (or serve) food. It's small, takes up little space on the counter, and includes a sippy cup for added convenience. However, it's not a push button model, and some people say it takes more effort and elbow grease to use than they would like. Care must be taken to clean it thoroughly, or mold will form. This is not unique to the Nuk, of course, but it's a customer complaint we've run into more often with this product than the BEABA. 

The Baby Bullet is called a "system" for a reason: it comes with a lot more than just a baby food processor. Everything in this kit is designed to make life easier for those who choose to make their own baby food. There are six storage cups with a "date dial" so you can easily recall when food was made, a short cup for smaller portions, a tip-proof tray, a spatula, a recipe book with nutrition guide, and an easy-pop silicone batch tray —not to mention the included milling blade for cereal and "Baby Blend" blade for other foods. The plastic parts are dishwasher safe, and unlike the BELLA Baby Rocket Blender, our research did not turn up the plethora of complaints about system components warping and cracking under the high heat of the dishwasher. One mother did tell us that when she makes smaller batches, it's a pain to scrape the food from the sides of the Baby Bullet. In order not to waste food, she said that she finds it necessary to take apart the Bullet and scrape around the blades. When she uses the Baby Bullet to make larger amounts of food, however, she told us that this does not seem to be as big of an issue.

If you're looking for the ultimate in convenience, the Cuisinart is an excellent choice. This all-in-one appliance allows you to steam food first — even raw meat — and then puree it. While you're completing these tasks, you can simultaneously warm a bottle of water, milk, or formula. The Cuisinart package also includes a spatula, bottle adapter ring, measuring cup, and recipe book. It steams food silently, but the motor gets a bit noisy while you're pureeing the food. Thankfully, that process usually takes 10 seconds or less! After you've prepared your puree, simply pour it from the spouted measuring cup into ice cube trays or containers for storage. The Cuisinart's removable parts may be cleaned in the dishwasher, and unlike some of the other products in this review, the Cuisinart components have no trouble withstanding dishwasher heat.

BEABA Babycook 

We give the BEABA Babycook top ratings for how easy it is to use. In fact, one mother said she can prepare meals for her child with one hand — a great benefit for busy parents in the kitchen! It's definitely an advantage to have an appliance that can handle both the cooking and the pureeing of baby food. Owners like the fact that the BEABA takes up very little counter space while simultaneously cooking and pureeing food. The BEABA's stainless steel reservoir offers protection against mold growth that the Cuisinart (and other baby food makers with plastic reservoirs) do not. The cord is removable, which helps make storage easy and quick; other handy features include a 4.7-cup bowl with graduated markings, a spatula, a mixing lid/smoothie filler, and a recipe book. The BEABA's bowl, lid, basket, mixing cover, and blade are safe for the dishwasher, but according to the manufacturer, "extended dishwasher cleaning' will speed up the aging process of the part. As such, owners would be wise to wash the BEABA's parts in the dishwasher only occasionally. Cleaning the parts by hand will improve longevity.

BEABA Babycook owners like the fact that the appliance takes up very little counter space.
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Considerations

Durability

KidCo BabySteps Electric Food Mill - F900

Our research on the BabySteps Electric Food Mill turned up durability reports both positive and negative. Many owners told us that their mill lasted for years without failing. For these owners, the mill continued to be a useful kitchen appliance even after their children had grown. (The BabySteps Electric Food Mill is great for making "adult" smoothies and other blended foods.) Others owners told us that they had problems with the product after only several months of use. One woman discovered, while pureeing some food, that a small metal pin broke off and got into her child's meal. This incident seems to be the exception, not the rule, but potential buyers should know that there have been a few rare concerns with durability and safety. In terms of quality, we've also heard a few complaints about the food mill overheating with repeated use.

Nuk Smoothie and Baby Food Maker

Considering its extremely low price, the Nuk is a good deal for someone who isn't a die-hard devotee of homemade baby food. If you want an appliance for occasional or exploratory use, this could be perfect for you. But if you're looking for a machine to be your one-and-only baby food maker — and you plan to feed your child nothing but homemade baby food — we aren't sure the durability of the Nuk fits the bill.

The manufacturer claims that this plastic, 250-watt blender is durable enough to weather the crushing of ice cubes, but our own product research tells a different story. We've heard from consumers who have had trouble processing ice as well as sweet potatoes and rice. Therefore, the applications of this baby food and smoothie maker could be somewhat limited. Still, it's a very inexpensive way to try your hand at making your own baby food. 

Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System

In spite of its massive popularity, the Baby Bullet has some durability issues. It comes with a one-year limited warranty, but several owners told us their Baby Bullet did not last a year. One owner told us that within the first three weeks of use, the motor died. Another told us that a plastic ring that is part of the Bullet shredded and became integrated with the food. This is a definite safety issue. If you purchase the Baby Bullet — or any baby food mill, for that matter — it is always wise to inspect the food after it comes out of the processor for lumps and other problems. Overall, most of the owners we surveyed used the Baby Bullet successfully with at least one child. Parents with more than one child, however, frequently switched from the Baby Bullet to a different brand in their later parenting years. We think this says a lot about the product's durability! It's true that this product is gimmicky, popular, and attractive, but if you're planning to use it for more than one child, it may be wise to select a different brand.

Cuisinart BFM-1000 Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer

The Cuisinart comes with an 18-month warranty, which is six months longer than most of the products on our shortlist. We think this says a lot about the quality and durability of the product! Cuisinart components are advertised as dishwasher safe, and we're especially impressed by the fact that we uncovered no problems with dishwasher tolerance in our research. Most owners rave about their Cuisinart and continue to use it after their children have grown for making things like salsa and bruschetta. A handful of owners told us that they abruptly stopped using their Cusinart when they noticed mold growing in the steaming compartment. This compartment is impossible to reach and clean, so once mold begins to grow in this area, it's difficult to remove. However, proper appliance care should prevent this problem from happening in the first place. We advise potential buyers to follow all of the manufacturer's cleaning instructions. Be sure to wash this product thoroughly, and let it air dry for several hours after use. Owners who followed these meticulous cleaning steps told us that they never had any issues with mold.

BEABA Babycook 

The BEABA Babycook is a dependable baby food maker that, when properly cared for, tends to last for many years. It comes with explicit directions as to how to keep the reservoir clean. A white vinegar de-calcification process is recommended to prevent the growth of mold. The fact that the bowl is made of stainless steel only improves this product's ability to fight off mold. Although you could technically clean the removable parts of this product in the dishwasher, the manufacturer warns that this type of washing will age the product faster than if you clean the parts by hand. Even if you do wash the plastic basket by hand, it is likely to endure some food staining. For example, a mother who cooked beets observed reddish stains on the basket after use. During the course of our research, we uncovered only a handful of incidents of product breakage. One owner told us that the rubber seal on the lid stopped working. After this happened, she had to balance a heavy object on top of the lid to keep it from popping open. Other owners had similar problems with the lid, even when the rubber seal was still in place. Overall, however, the BEABA Babycook satisfies owners with a higher frequency than any of the other baby food makers on our shortlist — including the highly rated Cuisinart.

When you make your own baby food, you save a lot of money. Buy the BEABA Babycook and you'll save even more!
Considerations

Price

KidCo BabySteps Electric Food Mill - F900

The BabySteps Electric Food Mill sells for the very low cost of just $23. For this small amount of money, parents get an electric food mill that accomplishes their goal: mashing/blending/pureeing food for baby. Clean-up is easy, the blade is sharp, and for the most part, this seems to be a great product. A few durability issues give us pause, however, including the fact that one mother found a piece of the mill broken off in her child's food. Thankfully, this mother was very careful about examining the food before she gave it to her child! Overall, this product continues to get high ratings in spite of some customer complaints here and there. The price is extremely low, and for those who only anticipate needing to puree food for a year or so, this could be a cost-effective solution.

Nuk Smoothie and Baby Food Maker

At a cost of $33, the Nuk Smoothie and Baby Food Maker is one of the cheapest baby food makers you can buy. And according to our product research, it's a prime example of getting what you pay for. The Nuk is functional and will allow you to experiment with making veggie and fruit purees for your child. You can also use it to make smoothies, although the blender blades may not be able to handle some forms of ice very well. Is it the right baby food maker for you? That depends on what your goals are. If you're looking to experiment with baby food making, this could be worth the small investment. But if you're looking for a machine that will help you create meals day after day for your little one, we encourage you to look at a more sophisticated product from a proven manufacturer, such as the Cuisinart or our Best of the Best product, the BEABA Babycook.

Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System

The Baby Bullet Care System falls into the middle of our price range at $56. For the money, you get a highly popular product that allows you to mill, blend, and puree food for baby, as well as a number of bowls and utensils to help you with the job. One of this product's best features is the "date dial" on the storage cups. It's easy to keep track of when food was made when you use this system. In terms of quality and durability, the Baby Bullet definitely does not get the same high ratings as some of the other products on our shortlist. For many seasoned parents, it was an okay choice for their first child. However, after a year or so of use, consumers often replace this product with another brand.

Cuisinart BFM-1000 Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer

At a cost of $101, the Cuisinart is not the cheapest baby food maker on our shortlist. However, it is one of the best. We love the fact that you can steam food and process it in the same unit; no need to get out extra pots and pans! You can also use this product to warm a bottle as you prepare food — another added convenience. Cuisinart has an excellent reputation for quality. The Cuisinart Baby Food Maker has been called a "mini food processor," and indeed, that's what it is. The only quality/durability concern we encountered in our research had to do with mold growing in the steaming compartment. It is entirely possible that mold could grow in this area, and if it does, it would certainly be difficult to remove. However, if you follow the product's cleaning instructions carefully — every time —you minimize the chance of this happening. We recommend this product highly with the caveat that owners must take care to clean this appliance properly every time they use it.

BEABA Babycook 

At a cost of $139, the BEABA Babycook is the most expensive food mill on our list. It is also the mill that, according to our research, has received the least number of complaints in terms of food quality and durability. If you're a parent who is concerned about mold growth, you'll be happy to know that this product does not have issues with that. It steams food, which means that the potential for mold growth exists. However, owners who follow the prescribed cleaning regimen tell us that they did not experience a problem with mold. The BEABA offers a great convenience that the BabySteps, BELLA, and Baby Bullet do not — it steams food and blends/purees it in the same place. You can put the removable parts in the dishwasher without fear of warping or cracking them, but if you want to preserve the BEABA for as long as possible, we advise you to wash them by hand (as does the manufacturer).

Nuk Baby Food and Smoothie Maker owners tell us they have had success preparing pre-cooked fruits and vegetables in this machine. One mother told us her son loves eating salad pureed in the Nuk with a touch of dressing!

Best of the Best

Both the Cuisinart and the BEABA Babycook get high ratings from us for their quality and durability. However, the BEABA wins our Best of the Best award. At a cost of $139, it's one of the more expensive baby food makers on the market today. However, it's the product on our shortlist that has received the highest number of kudos from satisfied customers.

One of the benefits of purchasing the BEABA Babycook is that you get a steamer and blender/processor in one machine. Simply add your whole, raw foods to the steamer and let them cook. (The manufacturer says that all recipes take 15 minutes or less.) One mother raved that she can prepare meals for her baby with one hand while holding her child with the other. This is definitely a convenience, especially for parents with babies who verbally protest when they are not being held or cuddled! The BEABA takes up very little counter space and has a removable cord for easy storage. It comes with some other handy features, such as a 4.-7-cup graduated bowl and recipe book.

The BPA-free components of the BEABA are safe for the dishwasher. However, the manufacturer cautions that exposing BEABA parts to the high heat of the dishwasher will accelerate their aging process. As such, we advise that the parts of the BEABA be washed by hand as much as possible. We also advise potential buyers to follow the cleaning instructions carefully. Because this is a steaming product, it would be very easy for moisture to get trapped and mold to grow inside the reservoir. Several Cuisinart owners encountered this problem, in fact, which is one of the main reasons why we did not select the Cuisinart as our "Best of the Best" product. Proper vinegar rinses and drying habits are the best way to avoid mold problems with any steaming product. BEABA owners do not report issues with mold. We attribute this to its stainless steel bowl and expert construction, as well as its clear cleaning instructions.

While it's true that the BEABA costs a substantial amount, you'll save money in the long run with this product if you use it consistently. Jarred baby food costs quickly add up, but you can make multiple meals for very little money by steaming and storing your own food. What's more, the BEABA is such a durable product, you're likely to be using it long after your children are grown for things like smoothies, salsa, dips, and soups. This is a situation in which you pay more upfront, but you come out ahead because you don't have to buy a replacement down the road. Hands down, the very best baby food maker on the market today is the BEABA Babycook, and we wholeheartedly endorse it.

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If you use the BEABA Babycook consistently, it will save you money in the long run.

Best Bang for your Buck

Nuk is a highly revered maker of baby products, and we appreciate the company's Smoothie and Baby Food Maker for what it is: an exploratory or occasional tool for making homemade baby food.

If you plan to feed your child homemade baby food at every meal, we admit that this is probably not the choice for you. Nor is the Baby Bullet or KidCo. These cheaper baby food makers do one thing very well: they give you the chance to tinker with making your own baby food for a very low price.

The Nuk doubles as a smoothie maker, though some people say they had trouble crushing ice with it. Its plastic is fairly sturdy, and it purees prepared fruits and veggies (in most cases, you must cook them first) very well. What's more, the product comes with an array of stackable containers that allow you to easily store what you've made, either for serving or future use.

At a cost of $33, the Nuk set will give you a "taste" of homemade baby food. On our shortlist, it definitely provides the Best Bang for Your Buck.

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Without a doubt, this cute little blender/smoothie maker with a matching assortment of containers is the Best Bang for Your Buck.
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