Alerting people with the motor noise of your breast pump while expressing has to be one of the most awkward moments of a new mom’s life. I had to pump in a secluded room of my office which was adjacent to the conference room. You can already imagine the embarrassment, can’t you?
Manual breast pumps are whisper-quiet but very few of them are capable of expressing the milk as quickly and efficiently as electric pumps. Thankfully enough, a lot of name brands these days are focusing on the noise-free operation.
You just have to find the one that matches your personal comfort and lifestyle. That’s where things begin to get a little confusing.
It’s not easy for an average user to carefully assess certain intricate details of breast pumps without some guidance. And that’s exactly what I’m here to provide.
I have prepared a comprehensive list of 5 best quiet breast pumps along with in-depth individual reviews to cut your work in half. My goal is to cover every important detail to give you a deeper insight into the mechanics of these acceptably silent breast pumps. Here we go:
5 Best Quietest Breast Pumps 2020
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1.Elvie Double Silent Wearable Breast Pump
Elvie is not only the quietest but also the most portable breast pump on this list. It runs on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that last for about 3-4 sessions (15-20 min per session) on a full charge.
The ultra-compact design lets you discreetly put the hubs under your pumping bra and go on with your life. You can check your emails, finish up the paperwork, chop veggies, change the diapers of your baby or binge-watch Dark, while the pump does its job.
What’s even more fascinating is that you can keep a close eye on the expressed volume and pumping duration on your smartphone. All you have to do is download the free Elvie app and relax.
You get all the necessary accessories such as two pairs of flanges of 2 different sizes (24 mm and 28 mm), 4 bottles, and bra adjusters with the pump. There are only 5 parts to clean up and all of them can be safely tossed into the dishwasher.
I also loved the fact that you can individually control suction strength in both stimulation and expression modes for optimal comfort. The suction beautifully imitates the suckling style of a baby that naturally speeds up the letdown and increases your milk supply.
What I am not happy about is the quality of the sensors. The measurements feel a little off which causes a little inconvenience when you’re trying to load up on breast milk for future use.
I am not a big fan of Bluetooth connectivity either. However, this shouldn’t be an issue if you are at home, where you can always adjust the pump manually.
2.Spectra Baby USA S2 Plus Breast Pump
It would be unfair to exclude Spectra Baby from a list that primarily focuses on the best silent breast pumps money can buy. S2 Plus is a hospital grade breast pump that can work both as a single and a dual pump.
The small and lightweight eliminates the hassle of cleaning and sterilizing the narrow opening of the tubes due to its closed system with backflow protection.
Like the previous product, this one too comes with two flange sizes (24 mm and 28 mm). A smaller 21 mm shield is also available to purchase separately, should you need one.
Apart from the easily adjustable suction strength in Expression mode, it employs a massage mode as well to stimulate your breast for back-to-back let-downs. Some users might take some time to get used to the high suction strength of spectra.
Sadly, this very capable unit lacks a battery option. Bummer. This means you will have to be tethered to a power outlet. Not convenient at all if you travel a lot or live in an area that frequently faces power blackout.
3.Willow Wearable Electric Breast Pump
This wearable ultra-lightweight pump gets easily concealed underneath your bra, rendering it perfect for on-the-go applications. From its shape, weight, suction power to silent operation, Willow excels in areas that matter the most.
It comes with a bunch of solid self-sealing and spill-proof storage bags for extra convenience. You can pump directly into these bags in a bathroom or car and be on your way.
For a more eco-friendly and cost-effective option, you can separately purchase compatible reusable containers for safe storage and transportation of the milk.
Compared to low-cost, off-brand electric pumps that offer only 2-3 suction strength adjustments, Willow makes your life easier with 7 options. Moreover, the battery life is incredible. One full charge can easily last for 5 sessions.
You can either manually control the suction power on the device or do it via the free Willow app. This app has a terrific UI and lets you closely and accurately track your pumping stats.
Unfortunately, pairing the pump with the phone isn’t as quick and easy as it’s supposed to me. It’s probably due to a manufacturing malfunction that Willow should seriously look into. Also, even at the lowest setting, the suction strength could feel a little overwhelming to some people at first.
4.Medela Sonata Double Electric Breast Pump
Medela breast pumps are hailed by new and nervous mamas for its gentle suckling style, ease of mobility, and rich features. The Sonata is one of the quietest electric pumps in their collection.
Its 2-Phase Expression technology helps women dealing with low milk supply painlessly express higher volume. The pump console features a responsive touchscreen display and a one-touch let-down button, allowing you to effortlessly customize the pump to your body’s needs.
I also loved the minimal design of the unit. It doesn’t contain any unnecessary part which makes cleanup a breeze. It’s a dual voltage unit and can be controlled remotely using the MyMedela app.
Kudos for including a rechargeable battery. You never know when you have to pump in an airport or in a mall’s restroom. Having a rechargeable battery option comes very handy in times like these.
Coming to the drawbacks, the pump cannot be hacked with parts of any other pump from a different brand. I should also point out that it only comes with 21 and 24 mm flanges. However, 27 mm are up for grabs for an extra price.
5.Ardo Calypso Double Plus Breast Pump
Wrapping up my roundup of the best quiet breast pumps with a decently quiet electric pump from a relatively lesser-known brand. Ardo is a ruggedly built mid-range pump that gets the job done effectively using gentle suction.
If you are dealing with conditions like Mastitis, breast pain, or any form of injury, you would be thankful to have a product like this in your life. Unlike the parochial Medela Sonata, Ardo can be easily hacked with the parts of pumps from other brands, including Medela.
If you already have narrow neck bottles at home, you don’t need to purchase bottles separately for this pump. Brownie points for the built-in rechargeable batteries which further adds to the mobility of the device.
The only minor issue worth pointing out is that suction strength on this pump isn’t as high as it is on Medala, Willow, or Elvie counterparts. Unless gentle suction is absolutely necessary for you, you will be better off with a higher caliber pump.
The Bottom Line
So these are 5 models I found that ticks all the boxes. From state-of-the-art expression technology, practical design, great attention to user comfort, and reasonable pricing, they are everything you should look for in a quiet, comfy yet uber-powerful breast pump.
I haven’t chosen the products only based on the rave reviews (internet can often be misleading). Blindly trusting whatever people say about something on the web in a major online shopping mistake. Finding the best quiet breast pumps takes a lot of patience and hard work.
That’s why I took my time to carefully evaluate the key attributes of a bunch of products, compared and contrasted the pros and cons. Only then I reached a sensible conclusion.
A breast pump is a pretty darn serious investment and rushing into a decision will not make you regret your purchase. My job was to simply give you a nudge in the right direction. I hope I succeeded in doing that. That’s all. Thanks a lot for patiently reading.