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Best Electric Breast Pumps 2023

We looked at suction strength, noise, overall value and so much more to determine the best electric breast pumps out there. Yes—we tried them.

By Bryce Gruber

Best Electric Breast Pumps 2023

Adding one of the best electric breast pumps to your newborn checklist is of the utmost importance if you're planning to breastfeed (or try). They make it easy for moms to go back to work, out for a few hours without being tethered to baby—or just help a finicky little eater meet nutritional needs.

What to consider when buying the best electric breast pump

The primary thing you need to consider before you buy is how often you'll use it. Will you be pumping daily or multiple times a day? Then you're going to want a double electric breast pump, which pumps from both breasts at once to save you time.

If you're only planning on pumping a few times a week, a single electric breast pump should do just fine. You might even get away with one of the best manual breast pumps, but it does mean more work on your part and, of course, you can't pump hands-free with a manual.

We put a range of models through all sorts of tests, looking at things like suction strength, noisiness (some can be a bit loud) and how easily they can be cleaned and assembled. Plus, we sent the pumps out to moms to get real-life feedback on comfort during pumping, simplicity of set-up, portability and more.

Here are the best electric breast pumps (double and single, open systems and closed system pump styles) that came out on top, earning the Today's Parent Approved seal.

Best Electric Breast Pumps 2023

Best overall

Medela Sonata Smart Breast Pump

medela sonata smart pump

If you're looking for a quiet, efficient pump that's easy to use, this is the best electric breast pump for you. It's a high-tech wonder that uses a simple smartphone app for easy tracking and clever milk-making solutions. Responsive Pump Technology automatically adjusts suction to ensure you’re pumping consistently and efficiently, it can be connected to the MyMedela app for effortless feeding tracking and it gets the job done efficiently and effectively.

It's a hospital-grade pump that promises hardcore performance you'll come to rely on with your first baby (and possibly many more). There's a reason so many doulas and midwives suggest this type of pump as an alternative to the former frontrunner, the Spectra S1.

Pros

  • Very quiet during use
  • Simple controls
  • Suction adjusts to your body and the environment
  • Connects to MyMedela app via Bluetooth to track feeding
  • Strong, reliable motor

Cons

  • Bluetooth pairing can be tricky

Best budget

Lansinoh Signature Pro Double Electric Breast Pump

lansinoh signature pro double electric breast pump

The Lansinoh Signature Pro Double Electric Breast Pump is a budget-friendly and easy-to-use option for moms who breastfeed and pump. We like the lightweight design that's fuss-free and easy to clean. But really, the fact that it's below $70? Amazing.

Pros

  • One of the most affordable electric breast pumps on the market
  • Three different pumping patterns to choose from
  • Closed-system design to prevent milk from entering the tubing
  • Strong motor
  • Reliable, trustworthy brand produces loads of other must-have lactation gear like breast milk storage solutions

Cons

  • Not the strongest motor of the models we tried, but strong enough for those with average flow and production

Best comfort

Philips Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump

philips avent comfort single electric breast pump

This is a well-designed and comfortable-to-use pump with good suction strength. It's reliable, genuinely comfortable and almost never snags or pulls too aggressively on breast tissue. By the grace of everything good—it really just targets the breast area that matters for milk flow while leaving the rest to relax and let the good stuff down. Phew!

It's a powerful pump that's good for both exclusive pumping and supplementing. We love the easy-to-clean design (most parts go right in the dishwasher!) and how reliable and trustworthy the brand is. Philips Avent also makes some of our favorite newborn pacifiers.

Pros

  • Genuinely comfortable
  • No aggressive snagging or pulling
  • Compatible with Philips Avent
  • Moderately priced
  • Top-rated
  • Compact and light in weight

Cons

  • Hands-free pumping requires a separately sold pumping bustier
  • Can be a bit noisy

Best hands-free

MomMed S21 Wearable Electric Breast Pump

 best electric breast pumps, mommed electric s21 breast pump Merchant

You don't need to spend a fortune to get one of the best wearable electric breast pumps on the market. This dynamic duo is proof. Relatively affordable with strong suction, we love this model for those with average milk production or less. If you're pumping over six ounces at a time per breast though, the cups will definitely runneth over.

This design is one of the most popular types of breast pumps on the market right now thanks to convenient, quiet runtimes. Wear it while at your desk, catching up on addictive TikTok videos or just about anything else. Really—it's that easy to wear. Choose one breast at a time or two, or, run one while using the second as a milk collector.

Pros

  • Wearable, hands-free design
  • Clear, easy-to-read compartments
  • Strong motor
  • Battery operated
  • Fits into nursing bras, tanks and other tops
  • Limited pump parts to piece together

Cons

  • Limited milk capacity
  • Requires new battery charges somewhat often

Best heavy-duty

Medela Pump In Style Double Electric Pump

new pump in style breast pump from Medela with carry bag Merchant

This easy-to-use electric breast pump offers two chambers and a motor that's strong enough to make you think you're heading to Formula 1. But there's no formula here—just loads of accessible breastmilk for baby and convenient canisters that can be swapped for larger sizes.

We love how straightforward and fool-proof this model is, and how compatible with just about all universal-size bottles it is. Want to upgrade your system? Invest in some of the best baby bottles for breastfed babies while you're at it. Choose your flange size and get pumping!

Pros

  • Heavy-duty suction and a strong motor make this a powerful option
  • Can be used with all standard, universal bottles
  • Parts are easily separated for thorough cleaning
  • Relatively low-noise

Cons

  • A bit pricey

Best battery-powered

Medela Freestyle Double Electric Breast Pump

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While this handsome Medela electric breast pump certainly isn't the cheapest on our list, we think it's worth every penny thanks to a heavy-duty motor that tends to outrun and outlast its competitors. If you're looking to breastfeed and pump for the long-haul, this model could be worth plunking down the extra cash.

It expresses milk like bigger, bulkier models only with far more convenience and subtlety, proving the portability pumps provide now is lightyears beyond what our moms used. Pumping sessions with this duo are painless, simple and never interrupt your other activities. Wear it at the office without anyone noticing or pack it in your bag for a quick pump when you're feeling engorged.

Pros

  • Hands-free design
  • Extra strong suction and motor
  • Easy to clean
  • Clear containers

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Limited milk capacity, but almost all hands-free designs face this issue

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This article was originally published on Apr 22, 2018

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