Compact and portable. Offers 2-phase expression, a closed system design, and one of the best warranties available (2 years). Includes memory feature to recall latest pump settings.
Louder than average. Unique breast shields may be uncomfortable for some women. Does not have cordless/battery capability.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The Philips Avent Comfort is available in 2 models: a basic and an upgrade package. The pumps are nearly identical with some minor differences in their accessories. The Avent is an above average pump with several important features like a closed system and 2-phase pumping. However, the pump lacks a cordless battery option and has a unique breast shield design which may reduce the pump’s efficiency and cause discomfort for some women.
Performance - 3.5/5
The Philips Avent offers 2-phase pumping to mimic a baby’s natural nursing behavior. The first phase (stimulation phase) triggers milk letdown through a gentle suction. The second phase (expression phase) offers three levels of suction - low, medium, and deep - to sustain a strong and steady milk flow.
Avent uses unique breast shields with “massage petals” that are more padded than the breast shields on other pumps. The cups are also specially angled so you don’t have to lean forward in order to maintain suction. However, some moms complain that Avent’s suction isn’t as strong as other pumps and if the right breastshield size isn’t used, pumping can be ineffective and extremely uncomfortable. In our testing we found the pump to be about average in its maximum suction strength, so we believe ineffective suction may be the result of using the wrong flange size.
The Avent has a convenient memory feature which recalls your most recently used settings and makes it easy to replicate the pump levels that work best for you.
Portability - 4/5
Weighing less than 1 pound, the Avent is a compact and lightweight pump that should fit easily into most carrying bags. The pump does not have a built-in battery pack, so moms are limited to pumping next to an outlet.
Features and Accessories - 4.5/5
The Avent is available in two models: a basic and an upgrade package. The pumps are very similar with just some small differences in the accessories they include. The upgrade model comes with its own carrying bag, breast milk storage cups, extra bottles, and a manual pump adapter.
The Avent’s breast shields are uniquely designed with a cushion-like rubber padding..The 25 mm cushions that come with the pump will fit most moms, but Philips also sells a smaller 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.
Unlike some other breastpumps, the Avent does not have a timer or nightlight, which may be a minor inconvenience. Philips is a well-known brand and can be easily be found online, in specialty stores, and in some large retailers. The pump is covered under an impressive 2-year warranty, which is a full year longer than most other pumps on the market.
Acoustics - 3/5
The Avent is one of the louder pumps we’ve tested. Click the link to listen to the pump on its midlevel settings in both letdown mode and expression mode.
What it sounds like
Noise level: Loud