The Philips Avent Classic Feeding Bottle is popular among reviewers for its well-designed anti-colic nipple, easy-to-wash bottle and range of compatible accessories, including breast pumps and pump adapters. Three bottle sizes and five nipple speeds make it more customizable than most, and parents say it's quite durable. Although an adapter ring has improved the bottle's formerly leaky reputation, some reviewers still find the ring frustrating to use correctly.
Adapter ring has a learning curve. Like other wide-neck bottles, the Philips Avent Classic Feeding Bottle gets high marks for being easy to fill and clean, and it's dishwasher-safe. There are four main parts: bottle, nipple, ring and a special adapter ring that helps prevent leaks. The latter gets mixed reviews: Some experts and parents say the adapter ring does a great job of stopping leaks when used correctly, but others say it can be hard to use, defeating the purpose and adding frustration (and leaks) to the feeding process. The bottle's streamlined look and feel wins praise from parents who say it's comfortable to hold, and experts like the clearly marked exterior measurements.
Sturdy and heat-resistant. The Philips Avent Classic Feeding Bottle is made of polypropylene, a plastic polymer common to food storage containers that doesn't easily warp at high temperatures. It also resists breakage better than other plastics. Reviewers say the bottles are sturdy but lightweight, standing up to repeated trips through the dishwasher. Philips Avent offers five silicone nipples in varying speeds to accommodate babies as their sucking needs mature, providing a greater degree of customization over manufacturers who offer only three or four nipples.
Feeding- and pumping-friendly. The wide, vented nipple on the Philips Avent Classic Feeding Bottle is designed to promote an easy latch and flex as babies change their feeding pace. The company also touts a "clinically proven" decline in fussiness thanks to its anti-colic design. Parents have few complaints about the system, with most saying their babies took to the bottles quickly. However, a few say they saw no marked improvement in gas or fussiness.
Reviewers call the bottle an especially good option for breastfeeding moms, who can pump directly into it with compatible Philips Avent pumps or adapters for other manufacturers' pumps. Other accessories include a warmer, sterilizer and formula dispenser. The BPA-free bottle comes in 4-, 9- and 11-ounce sizes and in clear, blue or pink. Parents of particularly hungry babies say they appreciate the 11-ounce bottle, which is rare among manufacturers.
Philips Avent earns a rating of 60 points out of 100. Reviewers like the broad-based nipple, comfortable-to-hold bottle and wide mouth that allows easy filling and cleaning. The measurements are clearly marked, editors say, but the bottle leaks when the adapter ring isn't used correctly.
Review: Philips AVENT BPA-free Review, Lindsay Ellis, Sept. 24, 2012
Editors praise the redesigned Philips Avent bottle for being easy to assemble and more leak-free than previous versions. An adapter ring helps cut down on gas and colic, but it's essential to use it correctly to prevent leaks, they say.
Review: The Best Baby Bottles, Editors of BabyCenter.com, Not dated
Robin Elise Weiss, About.com's pregnancy and childbirth guide, likes that the Philips Avent bottle helps limit gas and attaches to breast pumps with an adapter kit. She calls it a best bet for breastfeeding moms. Her short review doesn't note any cons.
Review: Top 6 Baby Bottles, Robin Elise Weiss, Not dated
Philips Avent bottles get 4.5 out of 5 stars after more than 210 reviews. Parents say they're sturdy, easy to hold and easy to clean, and they like an 11-ounce option. Some grumble about having to use the adapter ring to guard against leaks, saying it's easy to lose the extra part.
Review: Philips AVENT BPA Free Classic Infant Starter Gift Set, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2013
Philips Avent bottles get 3.4 out of 5 stars after nearly 150 reviews. Most owners say the bottles are easy to use and clean, and many find that they help reduce gas. However, a significant number say they still leak despite the adapter ring.
Review: Avent Polypropylene BPA Free Baby Bottles, Dual Pack, 9 oz, 2 ea, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of October 2013
6. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" provides a general bottle buying guide, and authors pick the best brands based on company reputation, ease of use and parent feedback. The reviews are unbiased, but not as thorough as other product categories the book covers.
Review: Feeding Baby: Breastfeeding, Bottles, High Chairs, Denise and Alan Fields, 2013, 10th Edition