We Love, You Need: The Best Baby Food Makers

Our parent reviewers put the latest baby food makers to the test. See which ones are up to the job!

Thinking about giving DIY baby food a shot? Consider picking up a baby food maker -- it consistently delivers perfectly cooked food and saves you precious minutes in the kitchen (trust us). We asked a group of moms to put the newest and most popular models to the test -- here's how they fared. 

Baby Bullet

 Baby Bullet

Amazon

This retro-looking machine is as versatile as they come. You can make large batches, small "snack" servings, even grind rice into flour or make your own whole-grain cereals. And we love the dating feature on the storage containers: no more guessing!

Baby Food Maker Stats:
Price: $60
Parent Rating: 5
Get It Now: Babybullet.com
Features:  “The appeal of the Baby Bullet is the two bowls -- one small and one large -- to make only what you need for right now or make larger batches to freeze. And I really liked the containers, because all I had to do was take one out of the tray and feed Willow right from it with a spoon.”

Ease of Use: “This was my first time ever making baby food, so I was a bit intimidated about the whole process. But the Baby Bullet really makes it simple. I read through the directions once and then was able to use it easily.”

Clean up and Storage: “There are no crevices or corners where food can get stuck, so it’s pretty much rinse and go, which actually encourages me to use it more often. And it has a very slim profile, more narrow and shorter tthan my blender, so it doesn't take up too much counter space.”

Bummer: “I wish that there were eight storage containers instead of six. And that it was a bit quieter.”

Bonus: "The recipe book was great. It gave a guide to what foods to eat at each stage, and how to use the Baby Bullet to make different textures (from smooth to chunkier) as the baby grows."
--Margaret, mom of Willow, 6 months, East Orange, N.J.

Dex Baby Food Processor

 Dex Baby Food Processor

Diapers.com

This goof-proof cooker has simple controls and lets you make, store, and serve meals from the same bowl. The motor turns on only when the parts are in place correctly, and a special feature keeps food from splashing or spilling.

Baby Food Maker Stats:
Price: $37
Parent Rating: 4
Get It Now: Dexbaby.com
Features: “What a time saver! It literally took only seconds to finish. I love how the mixing bowl comes off the machine with the food inside, and then you can either use it right away or cover with a storage lid to save it for tomorrow.”

Ease of Use: “Even if someone was all thumbs in the kitchen, I think that this would be super easy for them to get used to. I only had to read the directions once and then I was able to do it from memory.”

Clean up and Storage: "I would never hesitate to use it because of the mess. The washable parts go right in the dishwasher.”

Bummer: "I wish that it had a steamer attached to soften food before blending. Tougher foods, like carrots, needed to be softened first."

Bonus: "It’s tiny, taking up hardly any room on my counter. It looks cute, too!"
--Heather, mom of Elijah, 4, Hannah, 2, and Hope, 3 months, Hagerstown, Md.

Baby Brezza

 Baby Brezza

Amazon

If you really want variety for your bambina -- and plan on making not only fruits and basic veggies but leafy greens, meat and fish -- this do-it-all product may be for you. It steams denser, coarser foods before cooking and -- bonus -- you don’t need to change out any parts.

Baby Food Maker Stats:
Price: $100
Parent Rating: 4
Get It Now: Babybrezza.com
Features: “I love that I can walk away and let it cook and puree while I work around the house. It lets me make two or more different foods at the same time. I found this really helpful when I was short on time (like, every day!).”

Ease of Use: “We never made baby food before, but the instructions were very straightforward. We felt like pros after 10 minutes. It also strained out the skin very well when I made carrots.”

Storage: “We have a small kitchen, but we still leave the unit on the counter. It is a clean-looking appliance and does not take up a significant amount of space.”

Bummer: "My only concern is how to clean the water reservoir. It does not seem like there is an easy way to clean it. All I can do is let it air dry."

Bonus: "It was quiet enough that I would even use it while my toddler was taking a nap in the next room."
--Lauren, mom of Crew Tyler, 18 months, Woodstock, Ga. 

Beaba Babycook Pro 2X Baby Food Processor and Steamer

 Beaba Babycook Pro 2x

Beaba USA

Does your freezer runneth over? You may want to check out this sleek helpmate. It makes over nine cups of food in 15 minutes, so you’ll have plenty to stash away for a rainy day. When it's time to defrost and reheat, simply pop the food in the machine. 

Baby Food Maker Stats:
Price: $200
Parent Rating: 4
Get It Now: Amazon.com

Style and Features: “It’s well designed and attractive, though it reminds me a bit of funky spaceship. It has a convenient storage slot for the spatula, which saves some space and keeps it handy.”

Ease of Use: “We always seem to be in a rush, but the Beaba has not let us down. It's much faster at steaming foods than a baby food maker we had borrowed from a friend. We’ve tried it with bananas and berries, corn and skin-on potatoes with equal success. The steaming baskets strain foods and make preparation a bit easier.”

Storage: “You would need considerable counter space. It's the width of our extra large microwave and about half the depth. This is not the baby food maker for small kitchens.”

Bummer: “Sadly, it doesn’t have a ‘built-in-bowl’ feature, so you have an extra serving bowl to wash.”

Bonus: “It beeps when the meal is ready. So smart.”
--Tracy, mom of Lennon, 7 months, Chicago, Ill.

KidCo Electric Food Mill

 KidCo Electric Food Mill

Diapers.com

If you have an older child, check out this multi-purpose food prepper. It can be used for baby food as well as more “grown-up” treats like smoothies. It also has some nice extras, like a non-skid bottom.

Baby Food Maker Stats:
Price: $27
Parent Rating: 4
Get It Now: Amazon.com
Features: “This is a basic model, but great for parents who don’t need anything fancy. It suited me fine. There are just a few parts, and it was very easy to assemble.”

Ease of Use: “My son loves fruit smoothies and apple sauce. It was nice to take this out and make something really quick, rather than hauling out the blender. I tried an apple, banana, blueberry and spinach smoothie (snuck in that spinach, which he never tasted). Worked like a charm!”

Clean up and Storage: “I was pleasantly surprised how easy at it was to clean up. Since it's a lot more compact, it's easier to keep out. I’m retiring my blender! This just seems a lot easier to both use and clean, which is what a parent needs.”

Bummer: “Once I wasn't able to get the top off and thought I was going to lose the whole smoothie trying. I think I might have overfilled it slightly, and that may have created some suction. Be careful to fill it precisely.”

Bonus: “A portable hand mill comes with it. It's not electric, but still handy. It comes with a nice travel pouch, too!”
--Kelly, mom of Robby, 2, Babylon, N.Y.

Cuisinart Baby Food Maker & Bottle Warmer

 Cuisinart Bottle Warmer/Processor

My Kitchen Market

If you want something to fit seamlessly into your gourmet kitchen, check out this top-flight option with plenty of extras. From the LED indicator light to the steam blade that ensures even softening, you’ll feel like a chef presiding over steaming, pureeing—and bottle heating!—all at once.

Baby Food Maker Stats:
Price: $129
Parent Rating: 5
Get It Now: Cuisinart.com
Features: “My favorite feature is the steamer. It's incredibly precise and makes short work of even hard-to-steam veggies like sweet potatoes. They used to take forever. I love that the food is cooked and puréed all in the same container.”

Ease of Use: “With my older child, I remember having to steam the food separately beforehand; this is 100 times more convenient. I used to walk away and get involved in a diaper change or something and come back to find everything burnt and no water left in the steamer pot. I lost at least two pots this way! With the Cuisinart, you just set it and forget it. It automatically shuts off when done.”

Clean up and Storage: "This is definitely easy clean-up; I put the bowl right in the dishwasher and I’m done. It’s not small, though. If you are really tight on counter space, you might find it a bit bigger than you’d like.”

Bummer: "I can’t think of a thing!"

Bonus: "The bowl has a seal that stops the popping and spitting. They really thought of everything."
--Dana, mom of Laura, 5 months, Lindenhurst, NY

 

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