If you want to make your own baby food then you’re going to need some sort of kitchen appliance to help. A baby food maker offers the quickest and most convenient way of making one meal or a batch of food for your baby. Baby food makers combine cooking and blending your baby’s food into a puree or mash. If you need only a baby food blender check out our reviews here.
With so much choice out there for making baby food, you need to know what you’re looking for. We’ve researched all the baby food makers on the market and sorted the best from the worst.
We’ve selected our top 5 baby food makers, check out our reviews.
Best Baby Food Maker – Top 5 Reviews
1. VonShef Baby Food Maker
- Dishwasher Safe
- Cooks fruits, vegetables and meat
- Makes purees, mash and steamed foods
The VonShef Baby Food Maker is our best value for money electric food maker. It’s fairly compact and won’t take up a lot of space to store or keep on the kitchen counter. It makes around an ice cube tray full of food when full. It’s great for both first stage simple purees and lumpier foods as you progress with weaning.
You can choose how long you want to steam the food for with the simple timer dial. You’ll also be able to add meat to your baby’s dishes. Extremely simple to clean by hand, or in the dishwasher for quickness. The only downside of this food maker was that the instructions are a bit basic, but the machine if fairly self-explanatory to use.
2. Philips AVENT Baby Food Steamer and Blender
- Jug Blender design
- Very easy to wash
- Includes recipe booklet
The Philips AVENT Baby Food Maker is the best rated and bestselling model on the market. Designed like a jug blender, you can steam your baby’s food and then blend to a choice of three different textures. The instructions are very easy to use and it even comes with a recipes book with weaning tips.
We were a bit disappointed that it doesn’t have a timer function so you need to manually monitor how long it’s on for as it won’t automatically switch off. The measuring cup and spatula make it easy to prepare and remove the food. The jug is dishwasher safe, and we recommend regularly cleaning and descaling the steam chamber to prevent mould or lime scale build up.
3. Beaba Babycook
- 800ml capacity
- Steams, blends, defrosts and re-heats
- Food ready in around 15 minutes
The Beaba Babycook is the best all-in-one baby food maker. It goes above and beyond the usual steaming and blending, by defrosting and re-heating frozen baby food. We highly recommend this model if you want to make large batches of food to freeze, as you can also deforest and reheat in the pot. The machine work very well and is quick too. Cuts down on a lot of cleaning from pots, bowls, additional blenders etc.
The removable parts are dishwasher safe, but it appears other reviews have noted a problem with leaks after dishwashing. Due to this we would recommend hand washing the parts.
4. Babymoov Food Processor
- 5 Functions: food warming, sterilising, steams, defrosts and blends
- LCD screen
- Separate blender and steamer
If you want a great performing baby food maker with a large capacity check out the Babymoov Food Processor. You can steam and blend at the same time as the two areas are separate. The steamer has two separate compartments to cook different food group and keep the nutrient intact.
We love the simple to use LCD display which is simple to use, with a timer function. The machine itself is rather large due to the too compartments. However because it has so many functions, you won’t need to buy additional appliances such as a steriliser. You get a lot for your money with this model.
5. Nûby Garden Fresh Steam-N-Mash
- Bowl, makes, stores and serves baby food
- Requires microwave to steam
- Best for mashes
The Nûby Steam-N-Mash is our favourite manual baby food maker option. The set lets you steam food quickly in the microwave, mash up and serve to baby in the one bowl. It’s a great inexpensive option if you’re making your own baby food on a tight budget.
We recommend this bowl for weaning older babies as the masher won’t get foods puree smooth for first stage foods. All the parts are dishwasher safe making it very easy to clean up after using. It’s a great option for travelling with baby or keeping at the grandparents’ house for babysitting.
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Baby Food Maker Basics
Criteria for the Best Baby Food Maker
Take a look at how we decided what exactly makes a food maker the ‘best’.
- Ease of use – We tested how easy the machine was to set up and ready to use. We checked out all the functions and had a good read through the instructions manual to assess if they were easy to use or not.
- Performance – The quality of the finished food was an important criteria as it’s the whole point of the machine. We assessed the texture of the foods, were purees smooth, was the food cooking right through? We also considered the length of time it took for a meal to be ready from preparation to ready to eat or store.
- Capacity – We assessed how much the food maker held. We didn’t assess this as performance but for personal preferences. You may want a compact food maker which makes one meal at a time, or a larger model which can make several batches in one go.
- Durability – It’s important your baby food maker lasts whilst you wean your baby. We tested each model for durability against different food types, blade durability and how well the container material held together after a number of uses.
- Cleaning – You’ll be cleaning the food maker on a regular basis so we assessed how easy each model was to clean. For models with blade how safe was the cleaning process. Those which offered dishwasher safe parts scored highly.
- Price – You’ll find a great performing baby food maker suitable for all budgets. The models we tested ranged from £6 to £90.
Types of Baby Food Maker
Manual Baby Food Maker
A manual baby food maker requires as form of heat to cook the food which is usually either pot or microwave steaming. One the food is cooked through you crush the food to a smoother texture with a manual food masher.
- Minimal power required to cook food
- Inexpensive option
- Easy to clean as no electrical parts
- Great for travel
- Great for older babies who need mashes or chunks
- Space Saving
- Doesn’t get food smooth
- Arm strength required for mashing
- Makes only one batch at a time
Electric Baby Food Maker
An electric baby food maker is an all in one appliance which steams and blends your baby food. Some models will also defrost, reheat and even sterilise in addition to making food.
- Quick and convenient
- More control over texture from smooth the lumpy
- Machine does all the work for you
- Make large batches of food
- Can take up room
- Can be expensive to buy
- Blades can be sharp to hand wash
Advantages of a Baby Food Maker
You may be wondering whether it’s worth splashing the cash on a baby food maker, if you’re undecided you may want to consider the following benefits they offer.
Saves time – Making baby food can be a fuss if you are having to use pots, steamers and blenders as separate appliances. With a food maker simply prepare the food, pop in the maker and then serve to baby. Making it all in one appliance saves a lot of time.
Less cleaning – If you only use the one appliance to do all the making then you cut down on cleaning times. Most baby food makers are dishwasher safe for convenient cleaning.
Different textures – A spoon weaned baby need to graduate from smooth textures to mashes and chunks. A food maker allows you to do this easily with the turn of a dial.
More nutrients – Did you know that steaming food helps to retain more nutrient than boiling? Some vitamins such as B & C can retain around 80% of the nutrients compared to only 40% when boiled. Homemade baby food also means you know your baby’s food is fresh and not full of additives or flavourings.
Saves money – You can shave a lot off your food shopping by making homemade food for your baby rather than buying shop bought jars each week. Plus as baby grows they can start to enjoy the same home cooked meals as the rest of the family.
Baby Food Maker FAQ
What is a baby food maker?
A baby food maker is a kitchen appliance that will help you to make your own homemade baby food. The food is cooked (usually by steaming) and then blended to create a puree or mash. You can either buy a manual or electric baby food maker, see above for the advantage and disadvantages of each type.
Do I need to buy a baby food maker?
Not at all, you can easily cook your own baby food and use a separate masher or grinder to get it to you desired texture. You can check out our baby masher reviews here. However if you want the convenience of having the whole process taken care of whilst you get on with other things, then a baby food maker will do that for you. Check out our more advantages of using a baby food maker above.
Why should I make my own baby food?
The question is similar to asking why you should eat homemade food rather than pre-packed or takeaway food. Ultimately home cooked food is healthier for us, but there are a number of other benefits of making your own baby food, which you can read in this article.