Wanting to compare breast pumps?

Spectra S1 Hospital Grade Double Electric Breast Pump with inbuilt rechargeable battery

Wanting to compare breast pumps?

You asked for it, and we provided… We’ve tried to create a simple, all inclusive comparison graph so that you can easily compare and contrast Spectra’s breast pumps at a glance.

You’ll probably need some explanation of terms to help you compare breast pumps as well, so here goes:

Grade – all Spectra breast pumps have a closed system, which means they’re hygienic for use by multiple users, but our hospital grade breast pumps have a bigger motor, so they bear up under heavy use. Think V8 vs 4 cyclinder – while both will tow well on a flat road, the V8 will perform better going uphill. In the same sort of way, both personal use and hospital grade breast pumps are fine for normal use, but if you’re relying on your breast pump for exclusive pumping or to build supply, get a hospital grade breast pump.

Suction strength – this is measured in mmHg. All Spectra breast pumps are extremely strong and you’re unlikely to use them on maximum setting. The Dew 350 does have the strongest suction, but you will find when double pumping that there doesn’t seem much difference in strength between the Dew 350 and S2. In fact, because the S2 has extra cycle speed settings, you may need a lower suction strength.

Note – because the hospital grade pumps have a bigger motor than the portable pumps, they will maintain suction strength better.  For example, although the S2 and the S9+ both have suction strength over 300mmHg, the S2 may give you a better performance if you’re double pumping on a higher suction level.

Cycle speed – this is how often the pump ‘sucks’ per minute. For some women, varying the cycle speed can make a big difference, especially if you’ve been breastfeeding for longer and your body is very used to your bub.

Letdown mode – Some Spectra pumps have a ‘massage mode’ to encourage letdown. Letdown is the physiological process that occurs when your body responds to your baby’s signals and starts the milk flow. Babies tend to have a light, quick suckling pattern when they’re telling mum to get things started, and the massage mode of Spectra pumps copies this. Once milk is flowing, you swap to regular expressing mode, which is slower and stronger.

Closed system – this means that there’s a complete physical barrier between your milk and the pump motor. This is very important and is a feature missing from many very well known brands. If the pump has an ‘open system’ then milk particles and moisture can travel down the tubing and enter the pump motor, where it is impossible to clean properly or sterilise. Over time, this can lead to mould inside the pump, and it also means that sharing a pump with an ‘open system’ is a possible source of virus transmission (this is why you should never buy a second-hand breast pump with an open system, even if you buy a new milk collection kit, you cannot sterilise the actual pump!). Spectra has this covered – all our pumps have a closed system to protect your breastmilk and the pump motor.

 

ModelDew 350S2 S1Spectra 9 PlusM1 
Spectra Dew 350 Hospital Grade Breast Pump
GradeHospital GradeHospital GradeHospital GradePersonal UsePersonal Use
Inbuilt BatteryNo, mains onlyNo, mains onlyYesYesYes
Vacuum strength350mmHg320mmHg320mmHg300mmHg300mmHg
Cycle speed38rpm5 speed settings between 38 and 54 rpm5 speed settings between 38 and 54 rpmAdjusts with suctionAdjusts with suction
Adjustable speedNoYesYesAdjusts with suctionAdjusts with suction
Massage mode for ledownNoYesYesYesYes
TimerNoYesYesYesNo
NightlightNoYesYesNo, backlight displayNo
Double kitYes, comes with everything needed for double pumpingYes, comes with everything needed for double pumpingYes, comes with everything needed for double pumpingYes, comes with everything needed for double pumpingYes, comes with everything needed for double pumping
ColourPinkPale PinkPale BlueWhitePale Blue
Closed systemYesYesYesYesYes
Breast shieldComes with 24mm Wide Neck Breast ShieldComes with 24mm Wide Neck Breast ShieldComes with 24mm Wide Neck Breast ShieldComes with 24mm Wide Neck Breast ShieldComes with 24mm Wide Neck Breast Shield
Flange sizes available20mm, 24mm, 28mm, 32mm or use silicon insert for snugger fit20mm, 24mm, 28mm, 32mm or use silicon insert for snugger fit20mm, 24mm, 28mm, 32mm or use silicon insert for snugger fit20mm, 24mm, 28mm, 32mm or use silicon insert for snugger fit20mm, 24mm, 28mm, 32mm or use silicon insert for snugger fit
Weight of Base Unit0.99kg0.99kg1.12kg297g297g
Size (base in cm)20cm20cm20cm12cm
Warranty2 years2 years2 years2 years2 years
Price$249$299$379$249$229
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4 thoughts on “Wanting to compare breast pumps?

  1. Carla says:

    Fantastic to be able to see all key features without clicking in between products
    Thank you for including price in graph and link to specific product
    Great explanations above graph to understand the differences between hospital grade etc

  2. Emma says:

    I am looking to buy a spectra dew 300 I can’t see this in these images , is this an old unit ? Also is it a closed system?

    • Spectra Team says:

      Hi Raqual,

      Yes, the Dew 350 needs to be plugged into a power point for use. It runs on standard Australian 240 volt power. If you have more questions, please let us know. – Spectra Team

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