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The Best Breast Pumps

Updated Dec 10, 2022
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After 20 hours of background research, 36 hours testing eight different breast pumps, and expressing a total of 600 ounces of breast milk to report this guide, we think the Spectra S1 is the best electric breast pump and the Medela Harmony is the best manual one. Depending on where, why, how, and how often you’re pumping, you may want both a manual and an electric pump, or may need only one or the other. This guide has advice on both.

Spectra S1, the best double electric breast pump

Spectra S1

The best double electric breast pump
The quiet, compact Spectra S1 has a rechargeable battery and separate modes for suction strength and suction speed, making it more customizable and easier to use than competitors.
We recommend
Spectra S2, same pump, no battery

Spectra S2

Same pump, no battery
If plugging in is no problem, you could save money and weight with the Spectra S2, which is the same pump but without a rechargeable battery.
We recommend
Medela Pump in Style Advanced (Tote), louder, bulkier, more popular

Medela Pump in Style Advanced (Tote)

Louder, bulkier, more popular
The popular Medela Pump in Style Advanced is louder than our pick and lacks separate controls for suction strength and speed, but it’s easier to find this popular pump’s parts and accessories.
Another good choice
Medela Pump in Style Advanced (Backpack), same pump, in a backpack

Medela Pump in Style Advanced (Backpack)

Same pump, in a backpack
If you prefer a backpack style of carrier over our pick (which is the more popular tote), this product includes the same pump hardware.
Another good choice
Medela Harmony, the best manual breast pump

Medela Harmony

The best manual breast pump
With a smooth, swiveling handle, the Medela Harmony is easier to grip and squeeze repeatedly than other models.
We recommend
Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump, similar performance, harder to use

Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump

Similar performance, harder to use
Similar in price and performance to our pick, this manual pump lacks a swiveling handle, which makes it harder to grip and squeeze.
Another good choice
Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump, a simple device to catch letdown

Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump

A simple device to catch letdown
When you’re nursing (or pumping) on one breast, the silicone Haakaa vessel catches letdown from the opposite breast, saving milk that would otherwise go to waste.
Another good choice

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