Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep review
2 Aug 2021
Hopefully, this Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep review will help you decide if this machine is right for you. I have two kids, both of whom I've used this machine with, so I'm pretty well versed in how it works and have a very good idea of its value for money (which is excellent, by the way).
I first purchased the machine back in 2017, and the machine has been upgraded in terms of its design since then. It now has a digital screen, that very helpfully explains how to make a bottle, step-by-step, meaning anyone new to the device can use it without needing instructions. The digital screen also allows you to select the size of bottle you need, and the device on the whole, I've heard, is a lot quieter.
This Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep review is based on the original machine, which is still wildly available and much cheaper than its newer sibling. I should note this is not a paid review, nor is it in any way associated with the Tommee Tippee brand. This is an unbiased review based on my personal experience with this device.
The fact that this machine features prominently in my list of baby must-haves will give you a quick insight as to how good I think it is. But let's take a closer look at exactly what it can do...
Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep: What does it do?
The Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep is, in a nutshell, a formula bottle maker. But that seriously undersells this brilliant machine. It not only makes bottles, it makes them at the correct temperature to drink in just under two minutes. Trust me when I say when your baby wakes in the middle of the night, hungry and shouty, you will be forever grateful that you no longer have to sit and wait for boiled water to cool down before you can feed them.
How? The machine delivers a shot of water at 70 degrees, which kills any bacteria in the formula, and then tops up the rest of the feed with cold, filtered water.
It's worth noting that the filter included in the machine needs replacing regularly, usually after 10-12 weeks of use. There is a light on the machine to alert you when the filter needs to be changed. The filters themselves are widely available, and cost around £12 each (depending on where you buy them from).
Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep: How much is it?
The new Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep has a digital screen (Img: Tommee Tippee)
A brand new Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day and Night machine (the latest one) retails at £130. However at the time of writing you can get one on Amazon for £109.99. You can find them cheaper again on eBay, however make sure you buy them from a reputable source who accepts returns.
Its predecessor (the one I own and on which this review is based) you can get on Amazon right now for £75.
But don't forget to factor in the cost of the already mentioned filters, which are compatible with both machines. They cost roughly £12 each and last approximately three months, which equates to an extra £48 over a year.
Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep: Things I like
The machine helpfully alerts you when it needs maintenance
One of the best things about the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep is that you can use it with pretty much any bottle and formula. The Tommee Tippee team were clever with this and realised not everyone will use its brand of bottles, so designed a machine that will take any. I have always used MAM bottles, and both big and little work with this machine perfectly.
The other great thing about this machine is speed. When Hollie wakes after six hours, she goes from asleep to screaming bloody murder within about 30 seconds. With the Tommeee Tippee, she only has to wait about 2 minutes to get her bottle, which means she's happy and the rest of the house aren't disrupted for long at all. It really is a game-changer for those already exhausting night feeds.
I also really like the fact that the machine alerts you when it needs maintenance. Lights alert you to when it needs a fliter change and the machine itself needs cleaning, both of which are really easy to do and take about 10 mins (each).
The machine itself isn't specifically designed for travel, however it's not exactly huge and so we've taken it away on a few UK-based holidays now. As long as you have a plug socket for it, you're good to go.
Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep: Things I don't like
The machine is set to five ounces, however the bottle has closer to six
The one thing that has always confused me about the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep is how loud it is. Being that this is a machine that makes bottles for babies, including during the night, you would think that someone might have noticed it's a tad on the noisy side. The beeps to alert you when the water is coming and then the bottle is full are way louder than they need to be, and, actually, just the bottle filling with water creates a noise that makes you wonder if there's more than just water being filtered going on inside.
However, this was not a deal breaker for me. We keep the machine in the kitchen downstairs so it's well away from anyone else managing to get any sleep upstairs while it's doing it's thing.
Another slight bugbear I have with the machine is its measurements. No matter what number I have the machine set to on the dial, it always makes it about an ounce more. Now I add just a little more formula to compensate, but still, it's a tad frustrating that it doesn't measure the amounts correctly.
Finally, the filters. You have to pay extra to replace the filters every three months or so, which cost roughly £12 a pop. Add that up over the year and that's another £50 to fork out. However, I have to say, I'm happy to pay the extra for the convenience and time saved this machine provides me with.
Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep: Is it worth it?
Img: Tommee Tippee
In short, yes.
If you're not overly bothered about having the latest version Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep, I can highly recommend its predecessor (pictured above and here). In my opinion, the machine works brilliantly, and I can't see that the new digitised version warrants such a price jump.
As previously mentioned, I bought this machine in 2017 and used it multiple times every day for the first year of Rex's life. It came back out when Hollie was born in March and, again, I have used it every day, multiple times ever since, and had no problems with it whatsoever.
If you are planning to, or end up bottle feeding, the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep is an absolute must-have, in my opinion. Not only does it save loads of time, it makes feeding so much less stressful. A very hungry baby will only have to wait a couple of minutes before its feed is ready, and that, my friends, is a lifesaver when it's 3am and all you want is them fed and back to sleep. Highly recommended.
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