How many functions will you actually use?
More functions typically mean a higher price tag. So, consider carefully what you will use – do you like the idea of lots of different modes or prefer something relatively uncomplicated?
What alternatives do you already own?
Thinking about what’s already in your kitchen cupboards will help you work out which functions will be worth paying for. For instance, some baby-food makers also double as a bottle warmer, but if you’ve already got one, then you can ignore this function when deciding which gadget to go for.
How often will you use a baby-food maker?
If you’re planning on cooking all your baby’s food from scratch, then this gadget will probably sit permanently on your worktop. But if you’re simply intending to whizz up some of whatever you’re already cooking for tea at the weekend, then a smaller, more portable machine that you can easily take in and out of a cupboard might be better.
How much kitchen space do you have?
If this will be a permanent addition to your kitchen for the next year, check that the machine’s footprint won’t take up too much of your worktop space, and that its height allows it to slide under your wall cupboards. Or if it’s going to be stored between uses, will it easily fit in your cupboards?
Are baby-food makers easy to clean?
There’s no point saving time cooking if it means you’ll spend more time washing up. Check that the different components can go in the dishwasher, if you have one, and that they aren’t fiddly to take apart and assemble again after each use.
Check what’s included
Some baby-food makers come with additional weaning accessories, such as cube trays for the freezer, or food-storage pots. Think about whether you’ll use them and whether it would make more sense to buy them separately.
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