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Three different baby food makers sit on a kitchen counter. Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Best Baby Food Makers of 2022

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Three different baby food makers sit on a kitchen counter. Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

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Editor's Choice Product image of Beaba Babycook
Best Overall

Beaba Babycook

A solid choice, with a compact footprint and modern design. It performed well with some food, but squash proved a challenge. Read More

Pros

  • Very easy to use
  • Compact and has a sleek look
  • Purees are consistently smooth

Cons

  • You can’t see the water reservoir
  • Difficult to clean
  • The manual is vague
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Editor's Choice Product image of NutriBullet Baby
Best Value

NutriBullet Baby

While not an all-in-one food maker, this easy-to-use blender will puree your food and includes a helpful freezer tray and storage accessories. Read More

Pros

  • Includes a lot of storage containers
  • Creates consistently smooth purees
  • Very easy to use

Cons

  • Food gets stuck under the blades
  • Difficult to clean
  • Slightly noisy
  • Doesn’t steam
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Product image of Qooc 4-in-1 Mini Baby Food Maker

Qooc 4-in-1 Mini Baby Food Maker

Compact and stylish, this maker steams and purees in minutes just by pressing one button. However, the steaming instructions can be confusing. Read More

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Works quickly
  • Large opening of water reservoir
  • Consistent smooth purees

Cons

  • Instructions are inconsistent
  • Some purees came out a too runny
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Product image of Baby Brezza Glass One Step Baby Food Maker

Baby Brezza Glass One Step Baby Food Maker

This maker lets you add food, press a button, then walk away while it seamlessly goes from steaming to blending. But it results in a watery puree. Read More

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to use
  • Digital interface

Cons

  • Puree results are watery
  • Difficult to clean
  • No steamer basket
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Product image of Sage Spoonfuls Sage Baby Puree and Blend

Sage Spoonfuls Sage Baby Puree and Blend

A ridge around the lid makes it tough to clean. So why the honorable mention? It mades luscious spinach puree in 30 seconds where 2 of the the top 3 contenders failed. Read More

Pros

  • Very easy to store
  • Immersion blender can be used for anything, not just baby food
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Need two hands to operate
  • Blender bowl is quite small
  • It doesn’t steam

While there’s nothing wrong with store-bought baby food, it’s hard to ignore the advantages of homemade baby food. It’s also hard to ignore how intimidating this can seem. Cooking up batches of your own baby food can seem like a frustrating, time-consuming experience, but the truth is that the right gear can make a huge difference. In the over-saturated market of baby essentials, it can be difficult to find the food maker that’s right for your family. To help you decide, we spent days researching and testing the most popular models, pureeing up six different fruits and vegetables any growing baby would love.

While there were plenty of great options, the Beaba Babycook 4-in-1 (available at Amazon) is our clear favorite. A convenient space-saver, it can steam cook and puree with ease. For a less expensive option, the NutriBullet Baby (available at Amazon) doesn't offer steaming capabilities, but its ease of use and included storage containers earned it our pick for best value.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

A Beaba baby food maker sitting on a counter
Credit: Beaba

The Beaba is an all-in-one steamer and blender that makes consistently smooth purees.

Best Overall
Beaba Babycook

The Beaba Babycook 4-in-1 is a compact all-in-one option that both steams and purees your food. It features a straightforward design that makes it very easy to use and was by far the quietest of the bunch when it came to the blending portion of the food making. It steams in minutes, and with a touch of a button, creates smooth and creamy purees in under one minute. You’re able to easily control the amount of water that goes into making your purees, which is a nice plus. You don’t need to figure out how much time to use, either—just add the correct amount of water, press the steam button, and it figures it out for you and alerts you when it’s done.

The Beaba is very easy to clean and most of the parts are dishwasher safe, although I will say that the biggest con for me is that you can’t see inside the water tank, which makes it pretty impossible to check if there's mold or bacteria growing inside. You can clean this out with a white vinegar descaling method, but still: I would feel more comfortable if I could get a glimpse inside. I found the manual to be almost too vague, although with a close look I was able to figure everything out pretty quickly. And while the steam basket isn’t quite as large as some other models, it makes a sufficient amount of food. I also love the aesthetics here: the Babycook is offered in a few different colors, like a rose gold model with gold touches that look surprisingly chic for a baby food blender. All in all, it makes excellent purees and doesn’t compromise on style, so it was hard to beat.

Pros

  • Very easy to use

  • Compact and has a sleek look

  • Purees are consistently smooth

Cons

  • You can’t see the water reservoir

  • Difficult to clean

  • The manual is vague

The Baby Bullet produces smooth purees and is reasonably priced.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Baby Bullet produces smooth purees and is reasonably priced.

Best Value
NutriBullet Baby

The Nutribullet Baby is not an all-in-one food maker: it doesn’t steam cooky, it just purees it. That said, it’s still a terrific value thanks to all of the parts and pieces. It’s just a blender, but it also comes with a freezer tray with a lid, six storage cups, a short cup, and a recipe book. The compact design makes for easy storage, doesn't take up a lot of counter space, and the extra BPA-free containers are very helpful when it comes to putting away the food you just made.

Using it is very simple: you put the blender bowl on the power base, press down, and it blends. It’s fairly easy to clean and blends quickly. The purees from the Nutribullet certainly weren’t bad, but they weren’t very consistent: some were perfectly smooth, while others had some chunks of food in them, especially at the bottom under the blades due to the shape of the bowl. It holds a decent amount of food, the manual and recipe book were very helpful, and the containers made it easy to pack everything up.

Pros

  • Includes a lot of storage containers

  • Creates consistently smooth purees

  • Very easy to use

Cons

  • Food gets stuck under the blades

  • Difficult to clean

  • Slightly noisy

  • Doesn’t steam

Product image of Qooc 4-in-1 Mini Baby Food Maker
Qooc 4-in-1 Mini Baby Food Maker

At first glance, the QOOC 4-in-1 Food Maker is remarkably similar to the Beaba Babycook, and that’s actually not an incorrect way to describe it. Compact and featuring a stylish, minimalist design, the QOOC shares many of the same features as the Beaba (for about $20 cheaper). It steams and purees in minutes, and works with just one button. It comes with a separate tiny “pitcher” to measure out the amount of water you need.

One of the best things about this one is that the water reservoir has a large opening that not only makes it easy to see inside, but also makes it easier to clean. The instructions were a bit confusing, though: for example, while the food guide inside says to steam fruits for 15 minutes, the button on the front shows that you should steam fruits for 20 minutes. It left me feeling slightly lost on what to do, so I just guessed. Still, the QOOC makes impressively smooth purees. Although, in some cases, they were actually a little soup-like, which wasn’t exactly what I was going for.

With some great features and its small size, the QOOC is a great model, as long as you’re okay with figuring out steam times on your own.

Pros

  • Easy to use

  • Works quickly

  • Large opening of water reservoir

  • Consistent smooth purees

Cons

  • Instructions are inconsistent

  • Some purees came out a too runny

Product image of Baby Brezza Glass One Step Baby Food Maker
Baby Brezza Glass One Step Baby Food Maker

Featuring a large glass bowl, the Baby Brezza One Step Glass Food Maker is clearly one of the more sturdy and durable options on the market. It’s a bit on the heavier side, but is still pretty compact for the size of the bowl, and has little suction cups on the bottom so that it won’t budge on the counter.

Perhaps the best selling feature of the Baby Brezza is its Steam&Blend option, which allows you to add your food and press one button, then walk away while it seamlessly goes from steaming to blending. I was the most excited about this, but to be honest, was left disappointed: I found that a lot of the steamed water collected in the bowl with the food, so when it was blended, the puree was super watered down, sometimes (like with the blueberries) to the point where it was barely edible. You can choose not to use the Steam&Blend option (when I did this, purees were much better) and try carefully straining the excess liquid out of the food, but this is difficult without a steamer basket. Plus, that’s kind of the selling point of this, so it’s frustrating that it doesn’t work that well.

I also noticed that water was getting into some parts of the bowl that I couldn’t clean, no matter how hard I tried, and that made me worry about mold in the future. It was quite loud when blending, something I definitely wouldn’t do during naptime. Still, it’s worth pointing out that the digital interface is a really nice touch and it’s super intuitive to use.

Pros

  • Durable

  • Easy to use

  • Digital interface

Cons

  • Puree results are watery

  • Difficult to clean

  • No steamer basket

Product image of Sage Spoonfuls Sage Baby Puree and Blend
Sage Spoonfuls Sage Baby Puree and Blend

The Sage Spoonfuls Sage Baby Puree and Blend stands out: it’s a stainless-steel immersion blender that comes with a batch bowl. It doesn’t steam food and is more of a hands-on option since you have to hold the immersion blender down. So, if you were thinking of making food while also holding your baby, you probably wouldn’t be able to accomplish that with this option.

There are still plenty of pros, though: the immersion blender worked just as well as the other blenders on this list in making smooth purees, if not better in some cases. Since it’s not a system at all, it’s smaller and easier to store, and doesn’t have to sit out on your counter. It’s easy to clean because there are so few pieces. It’s also very versatile: this is basically just an immersion blender, so you can use it for anything else, not just baby food. As for the cons? Aside from the fact that it requires two hands to use, the blender bowl is rather small and won’t hold too much food (although it’s worth noting you can use any bowl with this). Basically, there are no special features or add-ons to this one, it’s very straightforward.

Pros

  • Very easy to store

  • Immersion blender can be used for anything, not just baby food

  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Need two hands to operate

  • Blender bowl is quite small

  • It doesn’t steam

What You Should Know About Baby Food Makers

Do you need a baby food maker?

Many new parents question whether they really need a baby food maker or not, and the answer truly depends on your lifestyle. If you know that you'll be making most, if not all, of your baby's food, then yes, a baby food maker may be worth investing in. If you know that you won't be making most of their food, then you might want to skip this purchase and opt for just using the blender or food processor you already own instead.

The benefits of a baby food maker

There are plenty of advantages to using a baby food maker. Making your own baby food can save you money in the long run, it can be the healthier option compared to some jarred baby foods, and it allows you to know exactly what is in your baby's food. Combination baby food makers that steam and blend your food make both cooking and cleaning easier and more convenient than using a separate blender and steamer.

What to look for when buying a baby food maker

A baby food maker should make cooking baby food more convenient, so look for a machine that is easy to clean, doesn't come with complicated instructions, and doesn't take up too much space in your kitchen. You should also read reviews and select the baby food maker that does the best job at quickly and effortlessly pureeing even the toughest foods out there.

How long you'll use it: You'll likely use a baby food maker once your baby is six months old and up until your baby is about 12-13 months old, at which point they'll probably stop eating purees.

Meet the tester

Jessica Booth

Jessica Booth

Contributor

Jessica is a freelance writer from New York who loves to write about travel, beauty, parenting, and food. She has also written for sites such as Refinery 29, Bustle, Parents, Romper, The Daily Beast, Insider, and Redbook. She spend most of her spare time on Instagram or in the kitchen cooking.

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