Saturday, 23 August 2014

Review - Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine*

As a parent you look for gadgets that can help and make your life easier. Anything that saves time or helps out when you are dealing with sleep deprivation is very much welcomed in my eyes.

Filling bottles does take some time. Measuring out the water can be a pain especially when you are sleep deprived, it can take a few goes to get it right. We normally measure the water out and mix it with formula when Parker needs it. This is fine for us as he isn't too bothered about having his milk warm, he will drink it at room temperature but if you are having to then warm the bottle up this can be very time consuming. It can also be a pain waiting for the water to cool down if the kettle has just boiled.

The Tommee Tippee perfect prep machine takes all that away.

*It makes a fresh bottle at correct temperature in less than 2 minutes.
*Filter system removes impurities present in water.
*Initial ‘hot shot’ of water kills bacteria that may be present in formula.
*Dispenses correct amount of water for a more accurate and consistent dilution.

Specially designed to make preparing bottles quicker and more accurate, Perfect Prep gives you the extra peace of mind that comes from knowing your baby's bottle will be perfect every time.

In my eyes the machine had a lot to live up to. I'd heard very good reviews and didn't want it to be a let down. I'm glad to say I wasn't.

What comes in the box...

*The perfect prep machine
*A bottle with slow flow teat
*Storage lid

Before your first use and after every filter change you need to run the cleaning process. This takes about 10 minutes and is very easy to do. You place 1 litre of freshly boiled water into the hopper (without the filter) then press the cleaning mode button the the side for 2 seconds. A container needs to be placed under the dispenser to catch the water as it comes out. You then throw that water away. Next up is setting the filter up. You need to submerge this in water under the bubbles stop. This takes a few minutes. It can then be placed into the hopper and both can be placed into the machine. You then fill the hopper up with cold water. The tank empty light can take a couple of minutes to turn off after this step as now the water needs to filter first. Lastly you need to have a practise run and discard that water before making your first bottle.

Before making each feed you need to make sure there is enough cold water in the hopper. The process of actually making a bottle is then quite easy. You select how many ounce you want using the dial and place your sterilesed bottle under the dispenser making sure the top of the bottle is as close as it can be to the dispenser. You then press the start/stop button. The light will flash red and a shot of hot water will be released. The machine then has a double beep. This beep is quite loud. You would defiantly hear it in another room. After these beeps you then have 2 minutes to mix your formula with the hot water. After the formula has completely dissolved then place your bottle on the stand again and press the start/stop button once more. A green button now flashes. If for some reason you don't get the formula mixed in time a long beep sounds and you should throw the feed away and start again. The rest of the water will make the feed up to the correct ounce you selected at the beginning. The double beep will sound again and the green light will turn solid. You then pop the lid on, give it a little shake and the feed is perfect and ready to go. You do have to double check that the correct amount has being dispensed and that the feed isn't too hot. We haven't had any trouble with the feed being an incorrect amount or too hot but it's always beat to double check.


The machine is very easy to use, even as a sleep deprived new mum I haven't had any trouble. The instructions are really easy to use and very clear. They also include pictures which is lovely. 

The machine itself isn't too big and doesn't look out of place in the kitchen. It also has a handy hooks on the bag to wrap the cord around to keep it nice and tidy.
I love that you can use whichever bottles you prefer. The bottle stand is adjustable so lots of different bottles fit under the dispenser.

One thing I don't like is that the smallest feed you can make up is 4oz. This isn't very good for newborns as they don't drink that much until they are older. Parker is now only on 4oz bottles at 2 months old and Paige was on 5oz bottles at the same age.

The perfect prep machine is £64.97 in the Asda Baby Event. The filters are £8.99 and need replacing approximately every 3 months. I don't think this item is a necessity but it defiantly does make life a little bit easier. It would be very useful if you had more than one baby.

Have you tried the Perfect Prep Machine?

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - I was sent this item for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*


  1. This looks like such a great machine for any formula feeding parent - getting milk ready for a baby, especially at night, when a baby is crying and hungry is one of the most stressful times - having this clever machine would make things so much easier x

  2. This sounds ideal! Definitely something we'll look into if I can't breastfeed again - those 3am formula-making adventures are not fun! xx

  3. this looks so good. we formula fed C after a struggle with my milk and this time i am determined to breastfeed. my OH has said he hopes we're successful as he hated making up bottles but it looks like if i can't do it, we'll have to buy one of these!

    1. As a dad, making up the bottles wasn't a huge issue, it was washing them that I hated. This machine doesn't help with that, but does make feeding time so much quicker! you won't regret buying it! :)

  4. Loved your video, this looks absolutely awesome. Wish I'd had one of these for Ethan. x

  5. Can someone help me my prep machine refill light won't go off or it won't even let me do a cleaning program


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