Our firstborn was birthed 7 years ago, followed by our second born 5 years ago and this year, our third! In all my years of baby caring, the popular sterilizers then were commonly the electric steam ones. In the recent years, UV sterilizers have sprouted and I never knew how it worked, till now. Sterilizing is an essential step in baby feeding, whether we bottle feed, latch or express milk, we will need a sterilizer somehow. It's one crucial step to protect a baby against germs and infection.
Heap Thanks to The little ones in my life for sending us the Haenim 3rd gen UV sterilizer. We had the opportunity to explore, use and now we can share our experience on a UV sterilizer.
How it works
It uses pulses of Ultraviolet (UV) light that are powerful to kill up to 99.9% of microorganisms such as germs, bacteria and viruses. So there's no high heat or steam in the process. UV sterilization is commonly used in the medical field and water purification to ensure the highest level of disinfection. Think NEW water and water that comes into our home.
The best part about it, is that we don't have to deal with wet bottles or pumps parts anymore. It's not just a sterilizer, it's a dryer too!
Haenim UV sterilizer is made in Korea. It is bigger than most in the market and here's what you need to know about it:
Dimension: 29.5cm (W) x 37.5cm (D) x 42.5cm (H)
Voltage: AC 220V
Dry/Sterilizing: PTC Heater / UV system
Weight: 5 kg
Efficient and convenient
No need to load water into the sterilizer. It works as with a dual function of sterilizing and drying. Just so we need not worry about mould and bacteria growing in a moist environment. All you had need to do after washing, is to shake off excess water and put them standing upright in the sterilizer, with the bottles opening faced upwards. Shaking off excess water helps get the drying done in the quicker cycle mode.
We know not everything is high heat resistant, and there is an automatic temperature sensor that stops the heater once it exceeds more than 45 degrees Celsius. We love the huge variety of stuff we can choose to sterilizer in there. Toys, toothbrush, utensils or any household items, as long as it gets in there. And yes, we tried it with soft toys! You won't believe that you can get your phone in there for a good clean too. So next time your phone decides to take a swim, you can try to quickly save it with the drying mode.
The usage is limitless.
Touch button system
There are only 4 operating touch buttons - Auto, sterilize, dry and storage functions.
Auto 1: 30 minutes
Auto 2: 50 minutes
Auto 3: 70 minutes
I set auto 1 with about 4 bottles and a single pump parts, it worked with 20 minutes of drying and 5 minutes of UV. Total ventilation time is 30 minutes. At the end of it, I had completely dried and sterilized bottles.
If you have a larger quantity of items to dry and sterilize, you can go for auto 2 or 3.
If you've got dry bottles and only need sterilizing. You may choose a 5 or 10 minutes sterilizing option.
Sterilize 1: 5 minutes
Sterilize 2: 10 minutes
In fact, if you are in a rush and don't mind slightly wet bottles or items, you can use the UV function without drying. The UV-ed water droplets is safe for consumption. If you have a full load in the sterilizer, go for the 10 minutes cycle.
If you just need the dry option without sterilizing, you may go for any of the 3 dry options. Which are also dependent the quantity of items you are drying.
Dry 1: 10 minutes
Dry 2: 20 minutes
Dry 3: 40 minutes
This function allows you to auto sterilize the bottles every 2 hours for 8 hours to ensure that the bottles and pump parts are ready for use anytime.
In sum, the shortest time to sterilize and dry bottles is 30 minutes, which is relatively longer than a steam sterilizer. But I'm looking it this way, while only one bottle is in use, the rest will be kept dry in the sterilizer. I wouldn't need the dry function, and I can get sterilized bottles with only the UV function within 5 minutes. It now matches up to an electric sterilizer. And I'm sure most of us would have more than 1 bottle for use.
These touch buttons are extremely sensitive. I was once operating the auto function, and itchy handed kids came to curiously see how it worked, their little fingers accidentally touched the button and it reset. It's highly sensitive.
Timer and temperature Display
There is also a timer and temperature display on the door that I can conveniently glance whenever I walk past it. As temperature within is controlled to not exceed 45 degree Celsius, everything is only warm to touch at the end of the process. You won't need the tongs or jumping fingers to access the items.
Operation in blue indicates that UV mode is on. Operation in red indicates drying. It did feel like I was working with an oven, but there isn't any extreme heat.
A huge capacity with 2 removable metal tray racks at fixed level. The upper level will fit tall bottles and about 16 regular milk bottles. The tray's gap may be too wide for any small parts, but I'm glad the small parts of my breast pump sat well.
Descaling a steam sterilizer is almost a bi-weekly affair for us. The UV sterilizer is often warm and dry, so maintenance is really low. All you had need to do is to use a slight damp cloth to wipe the trays and interior. It's early to say, but I'm not sure if the metal trays are exactly rust resistance. Since wet stuff gets to sit on it, it would be good to wipe and keep dry all times.
We do need to replace the UV Osram lamp annually. I guess that's the only yearly cost involved. These special medical grade lamps are available for purchase online at The little ones in my life.
Dual fan system with PTC heater
The 3 components - Dry heater fan, ventilation fan and fine dust filter work in perfect synergy. The heat fan and ventilation work at the same time, so the drying power is strong and effective in removing any smell.
It uses PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) heater which is excellent in thermal efficiency and moisture condition. It is not only safe and long lasting, its noise level is almost negligent while drying. Electricity consumption is very much saved with it as well.
Blue Tooth System
A wireless technology for exchanging data over short distances from our mobile. Simply download the apps and you'll be able to operate the sterilizer from your couch or any short distance. One feature not embedded in the older version.
Safety and tampered glass door
High powered UV light is damaging to the human's skin. Safety concerns are essential. Not only is UV light unable to pass through the door, it also switches off automatically if the door opened while operating. The glass on the door is secured inside plastic panels, and I love how conveniently it works as a mirror for the vanity in me.
Dual UV lamp and SUS304 mirror
Dual UV lamp gives a good coverage of all item parts in the sterilizer, ensuring every corner is taken care of. The SUS304 mirror helps maximize the reflection of lights. It is therefore more appropriate to not stack items on top of each other.
We love how sleek looking the sterilizer is and that it comes in 6 lovely colours - Metalic silver, silver, black, blue, green and pink. It definitely makes a nice 'furniture' piece on any kitchen top. We chose a black design to blend it better with our kitchen.
|Photo credit: TLO|
One year warranty
It comes with a 1 year local warranty and that gives us some good assurance on the product.
Overall, It really is an easy and innovative product to use. Stands and blends well to any kitchen top. Since we can use it for storage, items are unlikely to collect dust and the kitchen gets less cluttered without bottles and pump parts sitting around. I specially love that I can use these baby gadgets dry without any water droplets or vapour.
The only downside we've encountered is a slight smell after operating and that it lingered on the bottles and pump parts for a while. It wasn't a bothering issue though. Still, a great buy!
The 3rd gen Haenim sterilizer is retailing $399 at The little ones in my life (exclusive distributor) Readers of Mum's calling, are entitled at a $70 discount with the following discount code: mumscalling upon checkout. Free delivery for orders above $100. Promo code is valid only till 30 August 2016 and is not valid at fairs or showrooms.
If you would like to view the product before purchase, you may visit their showroom:
14 New Industrial Road
#05-01A Singapore 536203
(Nearest MRT: Bartley)
Mon to Fri 10am to 4pm
(Nearest MRT: Bartley)
Mon to Fri 10am to 4pm
Or visit their upcoming baby fair at:
Baby World, Booth A03
Expo Hall 5
29 to 31 July 2016
Expo Hall 5
29 to 31 July 2016
You may have to do a little homework to check if this deal is comparable to its offer at the upcoming baby fair. Nonetheless, do share this review and discount deal with your friends with are keen in purchasing a UV sterilizer.
Disclaimer: We were given this UV sterilizer for the purpose of this review. All opinions and photos, unless otherwise credited are solely ours.