The Spectra S1 baby breast pump is a model designed with convenience in mind. Some moms even refer to it as the Cadillac of breast pumps. In fact, this pump is so efficient and comfortable that you’ll initially wonder if it’s working properly. It’s also very quiet-running so you may even question whether or not it’s powerful enough, that is until you realize it expresses a larger volume of milk quickly.
This pump is a little pricey for some, but given that it’s highly portable, easy to use, and a breeze to clean, you can really see the value this model has to offer.
S1 Breast pump Assessment and Features
The spectra S1 is a hospital grade electric pump featuring the popular double design which allows you to express milk from both breasts at the same time. This model and all the accessories that come with it can definitely out perform any model in this price range. It’s very comfortable to use and for many, it’s the perfect solution for pumping needs. More than anything else, what really sold moms on this pump is the fact that it can be used a number of times without causing breast soreness. Overall, it really is one of the best pumps on the market.
When it comes to efficiency, this model scored high with consumers. Many moms claimed that this pump feels very similar to breast feeding their infants.
This is a feature packed model that includes both adjustable suction levels and speed settings that allow the user to find the right rhythm. When placed on the highest suction and speed settings the pump is very efficient and still doesn’t cause breast soreness or nipple pain like lower priced models can. While the level of milk expressed will vary from mom to mom, overall most users found that this pump was able to produce the same amount of milk in a fraction of the time it took with competing models.
The manufacturer claims this is a hospital grade model. However, the FDA doesn’t recognize this term for pumps. Often, the term hospital grade simply distinguishes that the pump is designed for multiple users as opposed to based electric pumps that are only intended for single users. We would have to agree that this pump stands up to the quality of the average hospital grade pumps, which means it packs a pretty powerful motor.
The Spectra also rates high with moms in terms of comfort. Manual pumps are often considered more comfortable to use simply because there’s no motor that produces a higher suction level. But for an electric pump, this model is said to be surprisingly comfortable to use.
This model is also easy to use and set up. When you’re setting the pump up for use on the go, all you have to do is connect the breast flanges to the bottles and hook them up to the backflow protectors. The protectors are then connected to the tubing. Next, connect the tubing to the pump and you’re done. The pump comes with a rechargeable battery pack or it can be plugged into an outlet.
The buttons on the pump are simple to operate. You’ll find plus and minus controls for the cycle feature and vacuum controls with plus and minus buttons. The cycle buttons control the speed of the pump, while the vacuum buttons control the suction level. Directly in the center of the pump, you’ll find the power button. There’s also a nightlight located on the right, which is convenient to use if you’re pumping during the night. Located in the top center is a button you can use to minimize the pump volume. The digital display screen is easy to read and bright. On the display screen, you can view the cycle settings and the suction settings. In the center of the display, it will show you how long you’ve been pumping for.
Spectra Baby Pump Pros and Cons
Pros: This model is very portable, however, it doesn’t come with an insulated bag or tote bag. When it comes to hygiene, the pump’s system scored very well with moms. The pump features a backflow design that was created to prevent condensation from building up in the tubes which can pose a risk for mold developing. The components are also easy to take apart and clean.
This model is meant for the frequent pumper and it’s definitely worth the investment if you plan on using it a lot. If you only plan to pump occasionally then the cost may be a little steep. However, you can’t beat this model if you’re working away from home and need to pump several times a day.
This feature packed pump allows you to choose from twelve different suction levels, which is unheard of for breast pumps in this price range.
The pump also comes with an automatic shut off feature, which will switch the pump off after half an hour. This is a great safety feature and a must-have if you normally fall asleep while pumping.
Cons: Some moms reported that after a period of six months the pump stopped working and would not charge. Fortunately, this is not a common issue. Moms who did run into this problem contacted customer service and were able to exchange the pump for a brand new model. Consumers also reported that the Spectra customer service team was very helpful and quick to respond.
If you’re looking for a more basic model that’s also budget-friendly, moms recommend the Ameda Purely Yours Ultra breast pump as a great alternative.
S1 by Spectra Conclusion and Rating
The S1 by Spectra is a pump that definitely delivers. You simply can’t ignore the power and quality this model has to offer. Moms who purchased this pump gave it an impressive rating of five out of five stars for ease of use, quiet-running operation, adjustable suction and speed levels, and overall quality. This rating makes the S1 our top rated product and one of the best breast pumps on the market.