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Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Black Perfect Prep Machine Review

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Mother&Baby Awards
  • 2016 Bronze Best Bottle Feeding Product

Tested by mum Shilo Moody for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

As a mum of twins I would whole heartedly recommend this machine to anyone who has multiple babies. It’s a real game-changer in the preparation of bottles, it’s easy to use and is so quick at making bottles that those late night/early hour feeds are a little less stressful because you can get that bottle in a screaming baby's mouth a lot quicker. 

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

Having to prepare numerous bottles a day is time consuming and as a mum of twins I have very little time to do anything. The Perfect Prep Machine takes the stress out of listening to 2 crying babies as I know I will be able to get their bottles to them quickly. The bottles are made to the perfect temperature so are good to go straight away rather than trying to cool kettle water or heat a bottle from the fridge. It is a little pricey and the replacement filters aren't cheap but overall they are a small price to pay for full, happy, quiet babies!

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

It has 2 flaws... in hot weather it has a meltdown and won’t work unless you put ice in the water container to cool it as it automatically lights up saying the machine is too hot (even when you haven't used it all day!) and the beep on it is ridiculously loud, especially when trying to do quiet night feeds. Having a volume button for the beep is essential as the ability to make it quieter for the late night feeds would make it a perfect machine. They are currently so loud that it woke our guests who were staying with us... not a noise level you want while trying to keep a household asleep. 

Tested by mum Jackie Bitton for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

I could not do without the Tommee Tippee perfect prep machine now. Once you've put it all together and done its first clean and learned how to use it without referring to the manual you'll be so glad you bought this. The hot shot of water kills any germs and the filter removes any impurities. It looks very smart and stylish in black. Easy to clean and easy to use after the first couple of times. I would recommend this to anyone.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

This has made my life so much easier and saved a lot of tears from little ones as we don't have to wait for the bottle/kettle to cool down. It is ready to use in around 2 minutes.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

The only thing I'd improve is with the tray that fits under the tap so that the rim doesn't go all the way around so that the bottle can fully sit underneath. It does work as it is but with the bottle I am using, I sometimes tilt the bottle back a little. Other than that, I can't fault this machine so far.

Tested by Michael Osterfield for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow parent?

This a nice little machine that does exactly what it says it does, bottles are made at a drinkable temperature in a couple of minutes. It's fairly easy to use once you've got the hang of it. I like the design of it and the black colour makes it look a smart piece of kit. It has warning lights to notify you when to top it up with more water. There's a host of things that have been well thought about in this. You can also use other branded bottles with this.

How does this product make your life easier as a parent?

Life has been made much easier with this as I don't have to wait for the bottle to cool down anymore.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

It's a little bit noisy but I'd rather put up with the noise than not have this machine in my life. Sometimes tiny bits of water miss the bottle but not a lot at all.

Tested by Charlotte Foster for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow parent?

I have twins therefore the perfect prep machine has proved essential. You can make a bottle up within a few minutes, which is great. The design is good. I thought that the price was expensive when I first heard about it, but it has been used so much it is worth the money. That said, it is often on sale and definitely worth buying in the sale.   I have heard people complain that the beeps are too loud, especially if you have a sleepy baby, but the machine is kept in our kitchen, therefore it is not a problem for us. I would recommend this to others, and have recommended it to all new twin mums.  It works with all bottles, not just Tommee Tippee, which is really good.

How does this product make your life easier as a parent?

This definitely makes life easier. No need to boil water in advance or wait for water to cool down.  I also use it to prepare cooled boiled water for my babies, which is again much easier than boiling the kettle.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

The minimum you can prepare is 120ml (4oz). When my babies were smaller, this was too much for their feeds, therefore it might be better to be able to prepare smaller feeds. You can prepare up to 11oz, which is unnecessary as I think babies rarely drink this much. It would be better to be able to prepare smaller amounts, so that it can be used by people with smaller babies.

Tested by Nicky Hanglin for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow parent?

This machine is great... a real time saver when making up feeds and takes the stress out of waiting for a bottle to cool when you have a baby that needs feeding. It’s quick to make a bottle (about 2 minutes) and comes with clear instructions so dads/grandparents/friends can all use it to make up bottles without any complications. It is a bit on the expensive side at £120 so I'd look out for a sale and the beeps when bottles are ready are very loud and quite annoying when sleepy at 2am!

How does this product make your life easier as a parent?

Let’s be honest, the quicker baby is fed the quicker you get to go back to bed so those awful early morning feeds become a bit more bearable with a Perfect Prep Machine in the house! Also, when you have a hungry, demanding baby screaming at you for a feed it’s a relief to know a perfect temperature bottle will be good to go in 2 minutes time so you won't have to listen to those cries for long.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

Please put out a model without the annoyingly loud beeps... or a volume control option. It will be too late for me to use but I know other parents would appreciate it!

Tested by mum Kirsty Radley for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

Really easy to use, stylish and practical. It's so good and my husband recommends it! Once you have it you won't believe you could live without it. It's idiot proof-which is perfect for those middle of the night feeds.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

Knowing that your milk is the right temperature, which is perfect when you have s hungry baby in your arms.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

I would like the bleep not to be so loud. Often in the middle of the night it can wake a baby.

Tested by mum Laura Holmes for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow mum?

The Tommee Tippee Prep Machine is easy to set up. Compact and easy to use and clean. It is lightweight and has a colour option. It can be used with any bottle brand, not just Tommee Tippee.  I don't believe it would look out of place in any kitchen.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

The Tommee Tippee prep machine enables a warm bottle to be made within moments without the worry of the water being too hot or too cold for my baby. It is compact enough that you can pack it and take it away with you if staying overnight away from home.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

It would be great if you could adjust the pre-set temperature of the finished bottle as our son likes the milk slightly warmer than the Prep Machine makes.  It is also a little on the noisy side for night feeds when you have others sleeping. So we tend to only use the Prep Machine during the day and stick with taking a flask of hot water and cooled water to bed.

Tested by Andi Holmes for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow parent?

I loved the speed that it makes the bottles.  It looks great and is well designed catering for all bottle sizes.  The initial set up didn't take as long as I thought

How does this product make your life easier as a parent?

The machine makes making up bottles easy. Once it is set up you press 1 button and away it goes. It first puts in the hot water. Then you add the powder. Then place back under the machine and it add the remainder of the water (cooled water this time) to the number of ounzes you have pre-set it to. It ensures the same temperature bottle each feed. So no worries that the bottle is too hot.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

The Prep Machine is quite noisy for night feeds when the house is in silence.

Tested by Poppy Ward for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow parent?

The instructions looked like the Prep Machine might take some setting up. But actually they are really simple steps to follow the instructions as well as pictures. It is nice and small. Each filter lasts for 3 months.

How does this product make your life easier as a mum?

The bottle making process is quick. The temperature is perfect each time. You don't need to measure out the water into the bottle. Just make sure the water tank is kept topped up.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

You can only make a minimum of 4 ounces at a time. So if you are using this for a newborn you will waste milk each feed.

Tested by Rachel Reading for the M&B Awards 2016:

Why would you recommend this product to a friend/fellow parent?

Looks great on the worktop, very stylish. It was so easy to set up and the instructions showed each step with clear pictures as well as text.  The slowest part of the whole process is counting the scoops of powder into the bottle, the machine itself was a lot quicker than I ever expected it to be!

How does this product make your life easier as a dad?

I am safe in the knowledge that each bottle I make for my little one is heated to the correct temperature without the stress of having to cool a bottle down with a hungry baby waiting.

If you could change one thing about this product what would it be?

I feel that £120 is a little expensive, and would probably class this as a luxury item. Also, the one design flaw I could see is that the water is warmed first, then the powder is added, at which point the steam rises and makes some powder stick to the scoop, therefore you never get a full scoop.

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