Spectra S2 vs Medela Pump In Style: Which Should You Choose?

You’ve done your research and you’ve finally narrowed down your breast pump search to two of the heavy-hitting models on the market – the Spectra S2 and the Medela Pump In Style. You don’t mind paying a little extra for quality, but you can’t decide which pump will be best for you.

Our review, which pits the Spectra S2 vs Medela Pump In Style, will help you finally decide which one to order.

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    Side By Side Comparison

    Spectra S2Medela PIS
    PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
    Our Rating4.74.4
    Warranty2 Year1 Year
    Weight3.3 Pounds7 Pounds
    AC AdapterIncludedIncluded
    BatteriesNo8AA (Not Included)
    Car AdapterSold SeperatelySold Seperately
    Pump TypeDouble ElectricDouble Electric
    SystemClosed SystemOpen System
    SettingsAdjustableDial
    DisplayLCDNone
    Bag OptionsNoOn-the-go Tote, Backback, Metro Bag™
    Bottles2 Included4 Included
    CoolerSold SeperatelyIncluded (Holds 4)
    PlasticBPA FreeBPA Free
    PriceCheck PriceCheck Price

    Spectra S2 Features

    • Closed system that offers backflow protection.
    • Suction adjustable in both expression and letdown modes.
    • The pump has a timer and nightlight.
    • The breast pump motor only weighs four pounds.
    • An affordable option for a double electric breast pump.
    • Push buttons instead of dials.
    • Quiet pumping experience.

    What Makes the Spectra S2 Better?

    It's hygienic

    Backflow protection from a closed system ensures that your breast milk won’t be contaminated by mold or bacteria. When milk flows back into the tubing like it can with some open systems, you have to clean the tubing or run the risk of contamination the next time you pump milk.

    It’s quieter than the Pump In Style

    This breast pump is super quiet, which moms who want a little peace and quiet, especially if pumping at work, will appreciate.

    Highly customizable settings

    Adjustable suction in both the expression and letdown modes allows you to find a comfortable setting that works for you. If there’s no pain when you breastfeed, you’ll be more likely to stick with it.

    It's much lighter than the Pump in Style

    With its four-pound weight, the Spectra S2 breast pump motor won’t be too heavy to carry with you if you need to pump while you are at work, and it won’t feel like you’ve been lifting weights at the gym after you carry it from room to room in your house.

    It's cheaper than the Pump in Style

    Money is tight when you have a baby on the way. You need a crib, a changing table, sheets, blankets, bottles, clothes and diapers, just to name a few things. The fact the Spectra S2 is so affordable is a big plus for money-strapped moms.

    It has buttons instead of dials

    Some moms like buttons better than dials on their breast pumps because they like the one-touch feature.


    Medela Pump In Style Features

    • Comes with a microfiber bag that holds the built-in pump.
    • Also includes a cooler bag with an ice pack that can contour bottles.
    • Has two-phase expression technology and a one-touch letdown button.
    • Comes with four bottles that can fit into the cooler.

    What Does the Pump In Style Do Better?

    It's easy to organize

    The microfiber bag offers a good, tidy solution to making sure all the breast pump parts are kept together so you don’t find yourself missing a piece or two when you go to use it. Plus, even the pump fits inside the microfiber bag and is secured with a Velcro strap, which means it won’t slip and slide around.

    You can pump on the go, without worrying about spoilled milk

    The cooler bag gives moms who pump away from the house peace of mind that the breast milk they worked hard to express won’t go to waste. The bag can hold four bottles of breast milk and keep them cold until you can get home to put them in the refrigerator or freezer.

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    It's time efficient

    The two-phase expression technology, along with the one-touch letdown button, will help women pump more milk at a quicker rate if they use the Maximum Comfort Vacuum in the expression phase. The letdown setting lets their bodies know to release their breast milk.

    New moms don’t have enough time as it is. They need a breast pump that will save them precious minutes per pumping session so they can get some extra work or snuggling time in.

    It comes with a lot of nice-to-haves

    Bottles can be pricey. Having four bottles included with this kit helps justify some of the money that you’ll spend on it.


    Which Is Right For You?

    Both these pumps offer top-notch quality, and will appeal to moms who are looking for breast pumps that have a great reputation for performance.

    But in my experience, each of these pumps is best for the following situation:

    • Moms who plan to work after the birth of their baby should consider the Spectra S2 because it is a quieter pump. Women who pump at work will want to minimize the sounds of the pump for the sake of privacy.
    • Women who want to pump milk as quickly as possible so it doesn’t interfere as much with their day-to-day life, would be better off with the Pump In Style.

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