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Milton Solo Travel Steriliser Review

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Mother&Baby Awards
  • 2016 Shortlisted Best Bottle Feeding Product
  • 2015 Silver Best Bottle Feeding Product
  • 2014 Shortlisted Best Travel Product Under £25
Shortlist 2016

At a glance:

The Milton Solo Travel Steriliser is compact and allows for easy sterilisation on the move. Our panel of mum testers loved the design and felt that it made their lives easier.

What they say:

“A 2in1 microwave or cold water Single bottle Steriliser, ideal for travel, overnight stays or when you’re away from home. The Solo Travel Steriliser sterilises in two minutes in the microwave, or in 15 minutes with cold water. It’s unique safety vent technology increases the temperature inside the Solo for better sterilisation and the innovative lay-flat lip to fit all microwaves. Contents stay sterile for 24 hours and the steriliser is BPA free.”

Tested by mum Nicola Widger for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend this steriliser to other mums because it's quick and easy to use. It is big enough for one bottle, and you can choose to either microwave or cold water sterilise. It even comes with free tablets to use. The instructions are very clear to understand. It is also not big and bulky to carry around! A great product!

How did this product make your life easier?

This steriliser has been my new best friend! After breastfeeding my daughter for a few months, we decided to try giving her a bottle or two a day. Having to unpack a big bulky steriliser to do one bottle a day was annoying so when this arrived on my doorstep it was fab! This small handy steriliser has been perfect for popping in the microwave, either here or at other people's houses.

Would you choose this product to win?

This item has been perfect for our needs. The brand name is well-known and it's a well-built item that has not let us down even after being used so often. The shape of the product is good, you can stand or lie the product down and the air vent on the top is a great idea.

What changes would you make to this product?

The only one thing I would change about this product is maybe the lid as there has sometimes been some leakage. Apart from that I loved it!

Tested by mum Belinda White for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

Yes, mainly because it’s a good size for travel, it’s sturdy and doesn’t leak. I was amazed at how simple and easy it was to use, it fills up really quickly. Therefore, I would recommend it to friends and family because it’s definitely worth the money.

How did this product make your life easier?

This product makes life so much easier when going on a long journey as the water stays sterilised for 24 hours. The bottle really has been a lifesaver! I would definitely buy one and recommend it to others.

Would you choose this product to win?

I really love this product and love the Milton brand. It should definitely win and I will do what I can to make more mums aware of this product, as me and my friends were not previously aware of it.

What changes would you make to this product?

The only thing that could potentially change is the lid, which is sometimes a bit tricky to get on and off the bottle. Otherwise the product is fabulous!

Tested by mum Rhiannon Welch for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend this purely for the simplicity. Also because it offers two different methods of sterilising which will suit a range of families. It’s small enough to transport and made to a decent standard and quality. You can also trust that the items have been properly sterilised. I really loved the fact that one solution lasts a whole 24 hours.

How did this product make your life easier?

Life was easier given that there were two ways to sterilise, either hot or cold. Cold sterilising was very easy and quick to set up and hot was equally as straightforward, as long as the steam vent was left closed. Both methods ensured that the bottle stayed sterilised for 24 hours which was unbelievably handy for travelling and when out and about.

Would you choose this product to win?

I would choose this item to win a Mother & Baby award, due to the size and the quality. It is simple and easy to use, and suitable for every mum. It would be ideal for those who go camping, for example, because it gives families more time with each other as there is less time spent in the kitchen. I’m really impressed with the overall design.

What changes would you make to this product?

I don’t think this product needs to change! Maybe a bigger range of colours or sizes? Or a little carry handle might be a useful design feature.

Tested by mum Stevie-Jade West for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend this to other mothers who travel a lot throughout the day, as I think it may be most useful to them. This is because the bottle is small enough to fit in a baby bag and convenient on the go. The product is also fairly easy to use and you feel like your bottles remain hygienic for baby to use.

How did this product make your life easier?

For me this product wasn't hugely useful because you can only sterilise one bottle at a time and I found it easier having several bottles ready. Having said that, I understand how it may help mums who are on the go a lot!

Would you choose this product to win?

I don’t think I would choose this product above others on the market as I wouldn't use it enough to justify buying it. However, the size really stands out to me size as it's easy to carry around.

What changes would you make to this product?

I would not say this product is a necessity for me, and therefore cannot really comment myself. But I am certain that other mums would find it very beneficial to their needs.

Tested by mum Lucy White for the Mother & Baby awards 2018:

Would you recommend this to other mums?

I would recommend this Milton Travel Sterilizer because of how compact and well-made it is. The plastic feels very strong and the lid fits on tightly so there is no worry of it leaking. It is ideal for going away as, if you don't have a microwave available, it can be used with just cold water and a sterilizing tablet.

How did this product make your life easier?

When going on holiday or away for a couple of nights, the thought of sterilising bottles is always a worry. With this travel steriliser, you can sterilise bottles wherever you are because there are two methods available, either hot or cold sterilisation. I also found it useful for sterilising teething toys!

Would you choose this product to win?

I think that this product should win as it is nice and compact and feels like it will last a long time. It is the ideal size for a travel steriliser as it's not too big, but will fit in any size bottle. The lid fits on very securely and it is microwave safe. It is a simple design and even more simple to use.

What changes would you make to this product?

I wouldn't really change anything about this product. My one complaint was about the Milton sterilising tablets that come with it, as they left a chemical residue on the bottle. It says there is no need rinse before drinking, but I wouldn’t want to drink out of it knowing there was residue still there. Therefore, I feel this could be improved, otherwise the product is great!

Tested by mum Nancy Paterson for the M&B Awards 2016:

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

It's perfect for taking away with you! I took it with us when we went to stay with my parents and it was fab! It's very easy to use and does the job well. It looks good and is designed well. I was very impressed and will be taking it on holiday with us this summer.

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

It is easy to use and looks good. It made sterilising my babies bottles really quick and easy. I don't like the smell of sterilising tablets and don't want to have to take my big microwave steriliser away with me when I go away for a few days - I have enough baby things I have to take as it is! I was confident they were sterilised properly and would definitely use it again.

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

I wouldn't change anything - it's perfect! Just the right size for one bottle and not too big to transport. It's really simple to use and a clever design. I like the flat side of the steriliser so it can lie flat in the microwave and not roll around!

Tested by mum Stefania Fleming for the M&B Awards 2016:

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

I really liked how compact the steriliser was. I found it the perfect size for me and my baby as we mainly breastfeed and only occasionally use bottles, I could see how some mums who have more bottles to sterilise would prefer to have a bigger steriliser. It would be useful to pack in your changing bag for a day out if you needed to sterilise things on the go but maybe a bit small to take on holiday for example for bottle fed babies. I also like that you have the option to use it as a cold water steriliser or a microwave one.

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

The steriliser is easy to pack in a changing bag and transport. If you don't have access to a microwave you can use it as a cold water steriliser.

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

I've noticed that some of Milton's other sterilisers come with a few sterilising tablets to get you started before having to buy a pack. It would be useful if a few were included with the steriliser.

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

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

This travel steriliser is a brilliant product. Fantastic for nights away at a friend’s house or when you are going on holidays. It’s much easier to pack/carry than an electric steam steriliser or a large microwave steriliser (which you then have to ensure where you are going has a microwave!).

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

I like using this steriliser when away as I have an older child and by not needing steam I don't have to worry about my older son potentially burning himself if he touches it. It’s less bulky than traditional sterilisers which take up valuable packing space when going on holidays.

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

While sterilising time is relatively quick, it would be great if there was a slightly bigger version which would accommodate 2 bottles at once in the solution for families who have twins/triplets etc.

2015 – Bottle Feeding Award

Milton’s Solo Travel Steriliser is not only great for holidays or day a day out but also as a quick ‘n’ easy to gadget to use around the house. It has dual purpose functionality, sterilising not only bottles but teething toys, pacifiers and other small bits – in the microwave or with cold water and a tablet.

The steriliser is a convenient travel size but it does have a tendency to leak (ever so slightly) when not standing upright – otherwise, a really useful, value-for-money product. 

2014 – Shortlisted for 'Best Travel Product Under £25' Award

The Milton Solo Travel Steriliser is designed for ‘out and about’ travelling. It’s water tight and easy to store but can be a bit of a faff to use. It fits only one bottle and teat (not the bottle cap) and requires a quarter of a Milton tablet for the sterilisation process, which is fine, except the tablets don’t snap along the lines (annoying!) and it means carting around a container to store the rest of the tablet, or throwing it away (a waste!). There are also no tongs to remove items and it would be good if details re times and amounts were written on the steriliser somewhere as it is probably going to be used away from home.

However, it is worth remembering that the product is intended as a ‘solo steriliser’, presumably to save on space when travelling; there are other sterilisers on the market that would sterilise more than one bottle, if that’s your preference.

The steriliser can also be used in the microwave, which makes it versatile, and it does work quickly.

Highly recommended.

Reader Wendy Armstrong, 34, from Cumbria, mum to Aurora, tested the Milton Solo Travel Steriliser and says: 

‘Microwave for two minutes, plus cool-down time, or use as a cold water steriliser for 15 minutes. The contents stay sterile for 24 hours. It holds one bottle, so is handy for a short stay or overnight trip. It’s quite bulky, though, and didn’t fit into my change bag as easily as the others tested.’

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Milton Solo Travel Steriliser

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