Strong and comfortable suction. Separate controls for speed and suction settings. Comes with its own carrying bag. Rechargeable battery included with Hygiea Cordless model.
Lacks 2-phase pumping. Pump’s closed system is poorly designed and may result in milk or condensation building up in the suction tubing. Accessories and replacement parts aren’t available in most retail stores (but can be bought online and in specialty stores). Louder than average.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The Hygeia is available in 2 models: the Enjoye and the Enjoye Cordless. The pumps are quite similar with the Cordless model offering a built-in battery option and several extra accessories. While the pump has a strong and comfortable suction, it lacks several important features, like a well-designed closed-system and 2-phase pumping, which are key components found on the best breast pumps. Overall, the Hygiea doesn’t quite match up to most other pumps on the market and it is not one of our top recommendations.
Performance - 3.5/5
The Hygiea uses two separate knobs to control the pump’s power and speed settings. The pump lacks 2-phase expression which is found on many of the best pumps. Two-phase pumping is ideal because it mimics a baby’s natural nursing behavior. Phase one stimulates the breast’s letdown reflex through a rapid, gentle suction and phase two uses a strong and slower suction to maintain milk flow. Most women find that pumps with a two-phase option create a more consistent milk flow than pumps without it. In our testing we found the pump to be above average in its maximum suction strength.
Portability - 4.5/5
The Hygiea is slightly heavier than the average breast pump at just over 2 pounds. The cordless model features a built-in rechargeable battery, offering the convenience of pumping without being plugged into an outlet. The battery will recharge each time the pump is plugged in and can last up to 4 hours on a single charge. The pump’s rechargeable battery is a more convenient cordless option than pumps that use disposable batteries, which usually need to be replaced after only a few pumping sessions.
Both Enjoye models are highly portable and come with their own carrying bags. The Cordless model comes with a larger and more durable tote bag.
Features and Accessories - 4/5
The Hygeia comes with two sets of breast shields or flanges: a 27mm set and a 29mm set. The 27mm set is a bit larger than the standard size included with most other pumps, but should still be a good fit for most women. Hygeia also offers a 31mm set that can be purchased separately if needed. Breast shield size is determined by mom’s nipple size and most moms only discover which size is best for them once they’ve started pumping.
Hygeia’s collection bottles have uniquely wide mouths, so only Hygeia, or other wide-mouthed bottles can be used with the pump. The Hygiea Cordless comes with some additional accessories such as a higher quality tote bag, cooler, and changing pad.
Unlike some other breastpumps, the Hygiea does not have a timer or nightlight, which may be a minor inconvenience for some moms. Replacement parts and extra accessories aren’t readily available in retail stores and will likely need to be purchased online.
The Hygiea is covered under an industry standard 1 year warranty and accessories are covered under an industry-standard 90-day warranty.
Acoustics - 3.5/5
The Hygiea is one of the louder pumps we’ve tested. . Click the link to listen to the pump on its mid-level settings.
What it sounds like
Noise level: Loud