The Kidco Babysteps Electric Food Mill mixes perfectly smooth baby food purees at a much lower cost than other baby food makers or even many mini food processors. Owners say it yields great results and works well for years. It's also a breeze to wash, but the lid may get stuck. While some users say its 2-cup capacity is just right, others wish it were larger.
Delivers a smooth puree. Electric food mill shoppers are on the hunt for a perfectly smooth puree, and most owners agree that the Kidco Babysteps Electric Food Mill delivers. Some say the mill leaves chunks, but others point out this is improved by adding water or milk. The mixing bowl also serves as a feeding bowl, and the mill can mix dips or other dishes once baby graduates to a fork and knife. One user says the Kidco Babysteps is great for meat, too.
Simple and straightforward. Reviewers say the Kidco Babysteps Electric Food Mill is a breeze to use, and easily processes the same foods the rest of the family is eating. Owners call it simple to disassemble and wash in the dishwasher. However, there are a few reports of issues with the lid either getting stuck after pureeing hot foods, leaking or being difficult to put on. This seems to be only an occasional issue and not a deal-breaker.
Endures beyond baby food. Any device with a lot of moving parts will be prone to breakage, but there are few reports of any mechanical issues with the Kidco Babysteps Electric Food Mill. We find only one owner whose motor burnt out, and customer service asked to be contacted for a replacement. No problems are reported with any parts besides the lid malfunctions previously mentioned. Several reviewers say they've used the mill daily for years with multiple children and it still works well. It has a one-year warranty.
Review Credibility: Very Good This is one of the highest-rated baby food makers at Amazon.com, with an average score of 4 stars out of 5 in nearly 100 reviews. Some owners say the Kidco doesn't truly puree foods, leaving chunks that are too large to feed an infant, but one user suggests adding water or milk to yield a true puree. One calls the unit very simple to clean and easy to use, although another says the lid sometimes gets stuck.
Review: Kidco Babysteps Electric Food Mill, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2013
Review Credibility: Good Wecks names the best baby food making tools in three categories: food mills, blenders and all-in-one models. The Kidco Babysteps Electric Food Mill is listed first in the blenders section, but it's not clear whether this signifies any ranking. Wecks says the Kidco's turbo setting will help yield smooth purees, but they may not be smooth enough for some babies.
Review: Making Baby Food at Home: Gadgets That Get the Job Done, Brandi Wecks, Nov. 7, 2011
Review Credibility: Good Bestcovery.com lists five "best picks," and the Kidco Babysteps Electric Food Mill -- billed here as a "natural feeding system" since it's sold in a set with two freezer trays -- is one of them. It's unclear whether Finnell personally tests this model, but she says it's easy to use and dishwasher safe. She also calls it a good value, saying, "it offers all that you really need with a price tag you can certainly get behind!"
Review: Kidco Babysteps Basic Natural Feeding System Review, Kimberly Finnell, Not dated
Review Credibility: Good This online retailer specializes in baby and toddler products. The top-rated Kidco Babysteps Electric Food Mill gets a score of 4.3 stars with nearly 40 reviews, and 92 percent of owners would recommend it. Most users say it purees to a smooth consistency and is easy to clean. As at other review sites, there are reports of issues with the lid; owners say it's either difficult to get on, leaks or is difficult to remove. Generally, however, the problems aren't deal-breakers and owners still recommend the product.
Review: Babysteps Electric Food Mill, Contributors to OneStepAhead.com, As of February 2013
Review Credibility: Good Target.com offers several products for baby food prep at home, but most receive few or no reviews. The only product with a decent amount of feedback and a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 is the Kidco Electric Food Mill. Several owners say they've used their mill for years, and it serves as a mini blender long after pureeing baby food. One user likes that it's quieter than a regular blender, and another says the blender bowl serves as a good feeding bowl. One owner posts that the lid may be difficult to remove after pureeing hot foods.
Review: Electric Food Mill, Electric Food Mill, As of February 2013