BornFree plastic baby bottles are well liked by both professional and consumer reviewers. They have always been free of BPA, and many parents say their babies spit up less frequently when using these bottles. BornFree was acquired by Summer Infant in 2011, and is now an autonomous division of Summer Infant.
BornFree bottles are made from PES plastic (polyethersulfone), a type of plastic that is considered safe from chemical contamination of the liquid inside. There are a few parts to assemble, but none are small enough to present a choking hazard.
Most users say BornFree Classic Bottles are easy to clean because of the wide-neck design. A few say the nipples seem delicate, and at least one reviewer says she tore the nipples using a traditional, bristled, nipple brush. The manufacturer recommends washing the nipples by hand or using their bottle cleaning system (*Est. $12), which is a small sponge on a handle.
A few parents say BornFree Classic bottles are time consuming to assemble until you get used to the assembly process (there is a two-part venting system and a collar/nipple assembly). Some parents complain of leaking, while some say their bottles never leak. It's the same with nipple collapse; some owners say they've never experienced the problem, and some say it's a constant issue.
Most parents love the venting system on the BornFree Classic plastic bottles, saying it's great for avoiding air, and their children experience less gas and spitting up, making this a good choice for gassy babies. The various nipple types allow parents to adjust the flow of liquid as the baby grows. The curved shape makes it easy for older babies to hold. Moms who breastfeed say the wide shape of the nipple base better mimics the breast, and their babies willingly take this as a supplemental feeding bottle.
BornFree Classic plastic bottles can be frozen with the collar and sealing disk and can be used in bottle warmers and sterilizers. They are not the least expensive bottle on the market, but they are not the most expensive either. Considering how long you will use the bottles and how often you clean them, which impacts the number of bottles needed. You may be able to get by with just a few bottles. They can also be used for multiple children as long as new nipples are purchased. BornFree recommends replacing the nipples every three months.
BornFree's Classic Bottles get our pick for Best Plastic Bottle because they are well liked by both parent and expert reviewers. The few problems that are mentioned, leaking and nipple collapse, seem to be a result of user error rather than a flaw in the design. They're safe, easy to use, not super-expensive and will last through several children.
Babies "R" Us hosts more than 225 reviews of the BornFree plastic bottles, which maintain an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. Parents say these bottles work well for gassy and colicky babies, yet don't have the extensive parts, and resultant complex cleaning issues, that other vented bottles have. Many parents bemoan the expense, and several complain of leaks.
Review: BornFree 2-Pack 9-oz Wide Neck Bottles, Contributors to ToysRUs.com
In more than 250 customer reviews on Amazon.com, the BornFree plastic bottles earn an average rating of 3.8 stars out of 5. Reviewers here seem to have problems with the nipples collapsing and the bottles leaking, although several parents suggest the problem is easily remedied by ensuring the nipple and valve are inserted properly. Most rave about the vent system, saying they sometimes don't even need to burp their baby after feeding.
Review: Born Free Twin Pack Wide Neck Bottles, Contributors to Amazon.com
3. Z Recommends
This review provides an objective summary of five different BPA-free bottles, based on the reviewer's personal experience. BornFree isn't rated as highly as some of the other bottles reviewed, although it is recommended.
Review: Five Great Bottles by BPA-Free Companies, Naomi Shapiro, Feb. 25, 2008
In a roundup of the 15 best baby bottles and sippy cups, Heather Eng reviews BornFree bottles for Parents.com. Eng says that BornFree offers one of the more extensive selections of BPA-free products available. She notes that some parents say these bottles are leaky, but the special venting system does reduce spit-up.
Review: 15 BPA-Free Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups, Heather Eng
The BornFree plastic bottles earn an impressive 4.5 stars out of 5 in more than 40 reviews. Owners like fewer parts, the non-leak system and the breastfeeding-friendly shape.
Review: BornFree Wide-Neck Bottle Set - 2 pk. (9 oz.), Contributors to Target.com
This roundup of the best baby bottles offers well-balanced reviews. Editors say the BornFree bottles offer a unique venting system that works to reduce gas and spit-up, although there are a lot of parts to clean.
Review: Best Baby Bottles, Editors of MomFinds.com
BornFree bottles are commended in this review for being one step ahead of the BPA debate, being one of the first companies to have BPA-free products. Editors also say the design of these bottles makes it easy to transition a baby from bottle to sippy cup.
Review: The Five Best Baby Bottles, Editors of LilSugar.com, Feb. 23, 2010