Best baby food makers and blenders to buy in 2024: 8 options reviewed by a weaning mum

Mum-of-one, Grace Holliday, and her hungry daughter put the best baby food makers through their paces

A collage of some of the gadgets featured in our guide to the best baby food makers
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Is your baby ready to start weaning? Then the best baby food makers and blenders can make this journey a whole lot easier. 

Introducing your baby to solid foods can seem a bit daunting. What will they eat? What should you feed them? And how much should you give them? Yes, you might have only just got the hang of making formula, breastfeeding or bottling breastmilk. But if the time has come to wean your baby, don't fret. This is where the best baby food makers and blenders are here to save the day.

In addition to pureeing food, the best baby food makers and blenders might also be able to steam, blend, warm bottles, sterilise, reheat and defrost food. So they really are handy to have. 

To discover the best on the market in 2023, I tested out eight different gadgets that each have their appeal. Including an all-singing-and-dancing baby food gadget that will take up plenty of space in the kitchen to a nifty miniature budget blender that's ideal to travel with. I tested out all their different features and functions to help prepare healthy and home-cooked dishes for my baby daughter. 

There are baby food makers that focus solely on blending and steaming. But I also tried out a couple of non-baby-specific blenders, from the likes of Ninja and KitchenAid, for those who are looking for gadgets that will last last long beyond the weaning years. 

What might suit one parent might not necessarily suit another. But with such a broad range of baby food makers and blenders to choose from, there really is something to suit all lifestyle needs and budgets. 

If you're preparing to wean your little one, you might also find our guide to the best highchairs helpful to read. Or our guide to the best bottle warmers which can help those expecting plan and get ahead. 

Best baby food maker 2024 - our top three

Of the 8 gadgets I tested, the best baby food maker overall is the Babymoov Nutribaby(+) XL Baby Food Maker- it renders additional equipment obsolete since it does everything - steaming, blending, sterilising, defrosting, and reheating - efficiently and effectively but also in style; I love the navy blue and copper colourway.

If you're happy to spend a little more, the best 'premium' baby food maker is the Ninja 3 in 1 Food Processor, and for those wishing to spend as little as possible, the best 'budget' baby food maker is the Vital Baby Nourish Prep & Wean.

Best baby food makers 2024 - tried and tested

The Nutribaby(+) XL Baby Food Maker, one of the best baby food makers

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1. Babymoov Nutribaby Plus 5 in 1 Baby Food Maker

Best buy: a mammoth 5-in-1 food maker with extra-large cooking capacity

Specifications

Weighs: 2.98kg
Suitable from: 6 months +
RRP: £159.99

Reasons to buy

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Smart and stylish appearance
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Extra-large capacity jug and bowls

Reasons to avoid

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Control panel is intimating at first
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Takes up counter space 
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Noisy

If you’re after a food maker for your whole family that will cover all kinds of kitchen scenarious and stand the test of time, you just can't go wrong with the Nutribaby(+) XL from Babymoov. 

On the left-hand side, you can steam food across three tiers, or just remove the plastic yet sturdy dividers to make one large jug. On this side, you can also sterilize baby bottles, dummies, and suitable teethers and toys, and also defrost or reheat food. 

To the right, and at the same time as you’re using the steaming side, you can blend using a 600ml capacity jug. (That's the max capacity for blending, though the jug can actually hold 700mls if you pop it in the fridge as storage). 

The control panel sits front and centre and looks great, but as the various buttons lack captions, I found that I needed to take some time getting to grips with what each button meant and did - not easy when you have a hungry baby waiting for their sweet potato”. Once I had tackled this, however, I was left with a machine capable of fulfilling every possible food-making need. 

The design is lovely, in a navy blue and copper colourway with a slight sheen to some parts. However, it's not a case of style over substance - all the practical details have been thought of too; the jug is printed with measurements, a light indicates when it's time to descale, and the hole for the steam to escape is outlined in red to remind you to turn it away from your face. 

All the pieces are strong and sturdy. From the range of functions it offers to its stylish design, this is undeniably one of the best baby food makers you can buy. Overall, it's a wise investment for anyone looking for a gadget to make food from babyhood right through to adulthood.


An image of the Ninja 3 in 1 Food Processor

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2. Ninja 3-in-1 Food Processor

Best premium buy: a sleek food processor with a powerful motor and very sharp blades

Specifications

Weighs: 4.3kg
Suitable from: 6 months +
RRP: £199.99

Reasons to buy

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Intuitive design
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Sturdy parts
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Thorough blending

Reasons to avoid

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No steam function

With such a bold name, I expected a lot from a brand called Ninja. Upon unboxing, I was hoping for a polished design, extra-sharp blades, and nothing unwieldy to deal with. And I was really happy with what I found. 

Along with a well-designed base unit - complete with user-friendly, annotated buttons and a digital display - you have the choice of three attachments. There is one large food processor bowl, with a very generous 8-litre capacity, along with two jugs (one is 2.1 litres and the other is 700mls). It’s the perfect collection for baby and child food prep and creation while also allowing you to make adult-suitable meals both today and in the future. 

Thanks to sturdy blades and a 1200W motor, I found it did the jobs it promises - blending, chopping, slicing, and kneading - effectively and without any faff. I didn't need to run the setting several times over to get the consistency I wanted either, which is a huge time and hassle saver. It’s also a comfortable size- not too small to render itself useless for all but the tiniest meal size, but not so large that it's an eyesore. 

I like the simple black and deep grey colourway, and the fact that it's so straightforward and efficient to use. There is no wrestling with tricky-to-seal lids (they come with grips, which makes life easier) or pressing a dozen buttons until something happens. In fact, it’s all so logical and intuitive that you could probably figure out how to use it without even opening the manual. 


An image of the Vital Baby Nourish Prep & Wean

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3. Vital Baby Nourish Prep & Wean

Best budget buy: a sleek, compact steamer/blender with additional sterilising capabilities

Specifications

Weighs: 2.5kg
Suitable from: 6 months +
RRP: £119.99

Reasons to buy

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Modern look
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 Easy to use
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Descale setting

Reasons to avoid

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Blades must be left in for steaming
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Small icons that aren't especially easy to read

With two-tier steaming, efficient blending, a sterilizing function, and even a pre-set programme for descaling, the Nourish Prep & Wean from Vitalbaby covers all the main baby food-making needs.

Although it can hold 900mls capacity, it doesn’t compromise on style - it isn’t clunky or sprawling, and it looks lovely. A rectangular shape, its dark grey colour is complemented by a vibrant blue water tank and matching digital display, which even flips out for easier reading. The icons on the front of the machine are just for decoration, but similar markings along the top light up to indicate which setting is in use. Clever.

Steaming is achieved by attaching an additional smaller jug to the top of the blending jug. Once in place, you remove the smaller attachment, pop on the easy-to-handle blending lid, and then simply start blending. Easy.

The water tank is located securely at the back, and neither the machine nor its parts felt delicate or easily breakable. As for sterilising, I could achieve this in just 8 minutes, making it a great alternative to a microwave steamer or separate machine. 

I found only a couple of downsides to using this machine - a rather loud beep to indicate readiness, and the fact the blending blades need to remain in the machine even if you're only steaming. However, I was willing to overlook both as the machine was otherwise perfect for my needs.'


An image of the Baby Brezza Deluxe One Step Food Maker

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4. BabyBrezza Deluxe One Step

Best for small kitchens: a compact, modern blender/steamer with additional storage pouches

Specifications

Weighs: 1.8kg
Suitable from: 6 months+
RRP: £159.99

Reasons to buy

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Compact design
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Automatic blend after steaming setting
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Storage pouches included

Reasons to avoid

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 Delicate parts
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No bowl measurements
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No sterilise, reheat, or defrost settings

The BabyBrezza would make a subtle, compact addition to any kitchen surface, even if you're a little short on space. With a ‘one step’ function, it can handle automatically blending food after steaming in just one step, namely turning the blades upside down. It can also just steam or just blend and can hold a generous 800g in total. 

I found the base well laid out, with easy-to-press buttons displayed in a logical order and a digital display to keep an eye on the progress of the machine - helpfully straightforward for tired parents. The black, white, and orange colourway offers a pop of colour without making the machine resemble a child’s toy. 

I like that the lightweight water compartment is removable, but think it's a shame there are no measurements printed on the side of the bowl. However, I appreciate that because everything happens in that one bowl I don’t have a huge pile of washing up to deal with once I’m done. Even better, the bowl and the blades are dishwasher safe, so I was able to tidy up really quickly and easily after using this machine - a real bonus, since no one wants to spend longer cleaning up than actually making baby food!

The bowl and water compartment both need handling with care. In particular, I found the way that the latter attaches to the machine a little bit delicate.

This baby food maker does what it promises, and does it well, though it is within the upper price bracket for a machine that can’t defrost, reheat or sterilise. 

However, if you don’t need these three additional functions - and don’t want to give up the extra surface space they need - this could well be the best baby food maker for you. 


The Tommee Tippee Quick Cook Baby Food Steamer and Blender

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5. Tommee Tippee Quick Cook Baby Food Maker

Best for single portions: a mid-range blender/steamer suitable for small servings

Specifications

Weighs: 2.15kg
Suitable from : 6 months +
RRP: £109.99

Reasons to buy

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Takes up minimal surface space
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Easy locking function
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Memory function

Reasons to avoid

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Very small capacity
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Tiny steaming jug

At first glance, the Tommee Tippee Quick Cook Baby Food Maker looks like a smart piece of kit; it reminded me of a drip-coffee machine you’d expect to see in a classic American diner. And, unlike many of its competitors, it’s also available in a choice of two colours to best suit your kitchen decor; matte black or matte white.

It’s a step up from Tommee Tippee's entry-level mini blender, in terms of price, size, and capacity. However, it’s in this latter category that this baby food maker falls a little short. The main unit, which includes the water tank, is so large that the jug capacity for blending and steaming is very much on the small side. As such, it isn’t a machine that's up to the task of batch-cooking, or even cooking more than a couple of portions of food at once. 

On the plus side, it does steam as well as blend, and it does so inside one jug, reducing the amount of washing up I needed to do after use. The steaming jug, however, is very small, so keep this in mind if you're a fan of batch cooking.

It also has truly handy features that take away some of the common niggles of food preparation; there’s a memory function that saves me time programming every day, and it beeps to tell you when your mixture is ready - helpful if you're easily distracted, and who isn't, with a baby in the house?

It’s not a bargain, but nor is it extortionate. As such it would suit someone looking for something smart and subtle that needs just steam and blend functionality for cooking fresh mixtures and meals from scratch every day or so.


Philips Avent 4-In-1 Healthy Baby Food Maker

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6. Philips Avent 4-In-1 Healthy Baby Food Maker

Best for multifunctonality: a sturdy food maker that can steam, blend, defrost, and reheat

Specifications

Weighs: 2.47kg
Suitable from: 6 months+
RRP: £149.99

Reasons to buy

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Space saving
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All functions done in same jar
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Sturdy

Reasons to avoid

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Old-fashioned appearance
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Defrosting function unsuitable
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Must hold down the button to blend

The Philips Avent’s 4-in-1 name refers to its ability to steam, blend, defrost, and reheat. It’s a pretty comprehensive offering, and the machine itself is sturdy, with non-slip pads on the bottom and a straightforward method of switching between steam and blend. To do so, you simply detach the jug, flip it upside down and reattach it to the base again. This readies it for blending, which you do by holding down the central button for up to 30 seconds at a time. 

The jug, which handles all four functions, is dishwasher safe but there are no measurements on the side, which I found disappointing. The blending and steaming functions work fine, but the defrost method is especially tricky. To do this, you must fit your frozen mixture into a small, rigid disk - something that I couldn’t manage with anything I wanted to defrost. 

As for reheating, this has to be done in the machine itself; you cannot place a jar of food inside the jug, for example. 

The old-fashioned design also has to be mentioned - with white plastic and a green-tinged grey jug, it looks cheap and outdated. This is especially true when you consider some of the more modern baby food makers that you can buy in the same price bracket.

A short Healthy Weaning guide and a white plastic spatula are both included in the box, but it lacks a digital display and the ability to leave the machine to blend. All in all, a design refresh and a few small additional features are needed to bring this machine in line with its many competitors.


KitchenAid 2.1L Food Processor

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7. KitchenAid 2.1L Food Processor

Best for long-term use: a vibrantly designed food processor with various blending and mixing capabilities

Specifications

Weighs: 4.49kg
Suitable from: 6 months +
RRP: £179.00

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous colour selection
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Wide variety of blades and functions
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User-friendly flip buttons

Reasons to avoid

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Slight squealing when in use
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No steaming function

From a household name, this KitchenAid food processor holds its own alongside other baby food makers that focus on blending. It comes in various colours, including the rich cranberry red that I tested, and has simple but satisfying flip buttons on the front of the sturdy base for low and high speeds, plus pulsing. 

To switch between functions you switch out the various blades that are included. There are five, and between them, they can blend, slice, grate, knead, and even crush ice. While it wasn’t the quietest food maker I tested, it was far from the loudest, and there was no low rumble to be heard (though there was something of a squealing sound instead). 

It’s a sturdy piece of kit at just shy of 4.5kgs, with a steady base, buttons that illuminate when in use, durable blades, and crucially a jug that didn't break when I dropped it. Handy extras include a lid to store the jug in the fridge, and you can fit all the blades and attachments inside the jug to make storage easier (and cleaner). 

Despite its weight, it is narrow and tall and would be an asset to any kitchen worktop as opposed to an eyesore. There are measurements on the side of the generous jug, which as suggested by the name has a 2.1litre capacity. As such, it is especially well-suited to larger portions, batch-cooking, and multi-children homes. It’s an excellent choice for parents looking for a blender that can be used regularly outside of - and after- the weaning journey.

Tommee Tippee Mini Baby Food Blender

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8. Tommee Tippee Mini Baby Food Blender

Best for travel use: an affordable, m