Spectra S1 Breast Pump Review (2020 Edition)

Will the Spectra S1 work for you?

You’ve heard from all your breast pumping friends about how great the Spectra S1 is. But you aren’t sure you want to drop that much cash on a breast pump. What makes the S1 worth all that extra money?

If you’re trying to figure out if the S1 will be the greatest breast pump you’ll ever use or an epic waste of cash, read our Spectra S1 Breast Pump Review.

Product Overview

Spectra Baby USA S1Plus Electric Breast Pump
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The Spectra USA S1 double electric breast pump comes in a color combination of blue and white.

In addition to the pump, you’ll also get a lot of extras including:

  • Four 6-ounce large-neck bottles with no nipples
  • Two suction tubes and other pump connecting accessories
  • Two medium-sized flanges
  • One bottle tote
  • One carry tote
  • One power adapter.
  • Quiet pump.
  • Closed system.
  • Can increase a mom’s milk supply by fully emptying the breasts during pumping sessions.
  • May be a little more than some moms will want to spend on a breast pump.
  • It only comes with one size of breast flanges, but you can order other sizes.

Key Features and Benefits

The S1 is a hospital-grade pump

Hospital-grade pumps don’t mess around – they extract milk quickly and efficiently with as little discomfort as possible. That’s a great thing for moms who are worried about their milk supply suffering from inadequate drainage.

This pump has a rechargeable battery

Rechargeable batteries rock, because you won’t have to spend additional money to keep replacing them. When the batteries are fully charged, you can get an hour of use, which means you’ll be able to pump two or three times before worrying that the juice has been drained from the batteries.

Closed systems make moms feel better in terms of safety

Nobody likes the idea of unintentionally serving their baby a bottle full of bacteria or mold along with their breast milk. Closed systems help avoid that scenario, plus they are generally easier and quicker to clean than open systems.

This unit is extremely portable

You never know when you’ll have to make a trip as a new mom. Whether your outing is planned or impromptu, packing up this unit will be a cinch. It’s easy to assemble, and with its rechargeable battery, you’ll never worry about where the nearest outlet is.

The timer will let you know how long you’ve been pumping

If you know your pumping sessions usually take about 15 minutes before you begin tapping a dry well, you can use the timer to keep track instead of peeking into the bottle to see how much flow you still have.

The handy nightlight lets you see what you are doing without blinding you at midnight

As a new mom, you’ll go from your former nightlife to needing a nightlight. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll appreciate this little feature.

When you’re pumping in the middle of the night, you want to find a way to get back to sleep as quickly as possible when your expressing duties are done.

Leaving the lights off helps you nod back off as soon as you store that precious breastmilk in the refrigerator.

The pump will allow you some quiet time

Loud pumps are distracting, both in the workplace and at home. Sometimes you just want a break from the everyday noise. You want a few relaxing moments where you can just sit in relative silence and reflect upon the day or even just veg out for a few minutes. Some breast pumps rob you of that. They are loud and sometimes have you more stressed than you were before you used them.

The S1 is one of the quieter pumps on the market. While you’re using it, you won’t be wishing it had a volume control.

How Does It Compare?

This is how the Spectra S1 compares against its competitors:

Medela Freestyle

Moms who want a widely-sold brand for when they need to order replacement parts might want to go with the Medela Freestyle pump. The Freestyle is one of the most popular pumps on the market and you’ll easily be able to find and buy replacement parts or accessories when you need them.

Philips AVENT

Moms who want to receive a lot of accessories with their pump for a lower price point might want to consider the Philips AVENT double electric pump. You’ll get the pump, two breast cushions, two 4-ounce bottles, two nipples, two sealing disks and a travel bag.

The First Years Quiet Expressions

Moms who only plan to pump once or twice a day may want to go with Tomy The First Years Quiet Expressions pump. It only costs a fraction of the amount the Spectra S1 does, and with less frequent pumping sessions, it will do the job and save you some money in the process.

NUK Expressive Double

Moms with extremely sensitive breasts might want to opt for the NUK Expressive double electric breast pump with its comfortable breast cushions.

Ameda Purely Yours Ultra

If the ability to pump in the car is important to you, you may want to check out the Ameda Purely Yours Ultra which can run off a car adapter.

Who Should Buy This Pump?

Moms who are looking for a top-quality breast pump, that has excellent pumping power and is built to last will want to consider investing in the Spectra S1. While it is more expensive than some other pumps, if you’re medical insurance is willing to fit the bill, I would say go for it.

It’s powerful, quiet and built to last. This pump gives moms one more tool in their quest to successfully breastfeed their babies.

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Edited by

Jenny Silverstone

Jenny Silverstone is a professional writer, editor, and most importantly, the loving mother of two. Jenny's goal at Mom Loves Best is to help the other moms like her who are struggling and trying to do their best but feel totally overwhelmed.
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