Battle of the Pumps: The Spectra S2 vs Medela Pump In Style

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.


Side By Side Comparison

Spectra S2Medela PIS
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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 SystemClosed System
SettingsAdjustableDial
DisplayLCDNone
Bag OptionsNoOn-the-go Tote, Backback, Metro Bag™
Bottles2 Included4 Included
CoolerSold SeperatelyIncluded (Holds 4)
PlasticBPA FreeBPA Free
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Spectra S2 Features

Spectra Baby USA - S2 Plus Premier Electric Breast Pump, Double/Single, Hospital...
  • 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

Medela Pump in Style Advanced with On the Go Tote, Electric Breast Pump for...
  • 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.

4 Reader Comments

  1. Susan

    I’m just wondering if you have any advice on which breast pump is best. I will be going back to work, and I’m doing rotations. So, I don’t have the option of staying home at this time. Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thank you

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Hi Susan,

      I do not have personal experience with the Spectra S2. But I used the Medela Pump In Style with all of my children and loved it. Do any other mama’s have experience with both? I’d love to hear some personal stories.

  2. Katie

    I have used both the Medela and the Spectra. I liked the Medela more, only because it was easier to use. There were only two dials on the Medela, and it emptied out faster. I loved the idea of the Spectra, but the Medela won out for me. Good luck!

    • Jenny Silverstone

      Thanks for sharing your experience! I liked how fast the Medela emptied out as well. It made pumping so much more bearable when I went back to work after having my oldest.

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