Last Updated on January 24, 2021
If you’re making food for your little one, then a food maker will save you a lot of time and energy. Philips Avent 4-in-1 food maker (SCF875/01) is a popular choice among parents as it’s effortless to use. Let’s check out this food maker and decide for ourselves whether it will also work for you. Or if you’re in hurry, scroll down to the summary section and read my final verdict.
All About Making Healthy Food Quickly
Preparing healthy food your little one involves peeling, chopping, steaming and mixing. You still have to peel and cut the ingredients, but a baby food maker will take care of the steaming and blending part.
You want the steaming process to be automated and effortless so you can leave the appliance unguarded. Sure, you could boil the ingredients, but steaming preserves all the valuable nutrients and is more beneficial for your kid.
Great food makers also have a powerful blender, so the puree doesn’t have large junks in it.
Philips Avent 4-In-1 Food Maker Review
We’ve touched the basics of best food makers, now let’s have a look at the properties of Philips Avent food maker (SCF875/01), sold also on Amazon.
Features at a Glance
- Height: 13,4” (34 cm)
- Weight: 4,6lb (2,1kg)
- Capacity: It has a 1000 ml jar
- 4-in-1: You can steam, blend, defrost and reheat with it
- Steam, flip and blend: You don’t have to move steamed ingredients to a separate blender
- The jar and blade are dishwasher safe
- Easy to access water tanks
- Voltage: 220-240 V
- You also get: A spatula, a storage pit, a recipe booklet
The steaming process is automated. You put all the ingredients to a jar, turn the button (you can see it on a picture below) and wait for a distinctive beep that tells you when the food is cooked. If you steam meat, then it’s safer to cook 25 minutes, but some fruits (like apples) may take only 10 minutes.
Steam, Flip and Blend
I think it’s the most useful feature of this baby food maker. You can steam all the ingredients in the large jar and after that just lift the pot, flip it over and lock it in place. Now you turn the button again, and it blends the food in the same jar. The blender is powerful.
Defrosting and Reheating
You can make up to four portions of food on one go as it has a 1000 ml jar. After that, you can store the extra food in storage pots and easily reheat or defrost them when needed.
We have a microwave at home, and I didn’t find much use for this function. That said, these features are invaluable if you don’t have a microwave.
It’s worth noting though that the food maker comes only with one storage pit.
Easy to Clean?
We have used this product for over a year now, and in my experience, it’s not easy to clean. If you steam veggies then the jar, blade, and the lid will gather residue. Although we have washed it every time, after a year the plastic parts are discolored (as you can see from the picture below), and so the re-resell value of the food-maker is almost zero.
On the picture you can see all the five items that you have to clean after every use.
Easy to Clean Water Tank
It may not seem like a big thing, but many food makers have a water tank that is hard to clean, and the residue water is hard to get out. As a result, you may soon have mold growing in it.
Philips Avent food maker doesn’t have such problems. The water inlet is 2,4” (6 cm) wide, it’s easy to pour residue water out, and it dries up really well.
Philips Avent food maker is built for 220V sockets used in Europe. Power transmission grids in the U.S deliver 120V to consumers. It means that you have to buy a transformer if you want to use this food maker in the U.S.
“ We have used this product for over a year now. Although Philips Avent food maker is not very easy to clean, it’s otherwise a great product. It’s straightforward to use and the steam, flip and blend feature will save you a lot of time. I’d still buy this food maker again”
Philips Avent 2-in-1 (check the latest price on Amazon) is a steamer and blender. So if you don’t need the reheating and defrosting features, then it’s a good option. The jar is smaller (450ml) than that of the 4-in-1 though so you can make less food at the time.
Homia Dansa 8 in 1 Food Maker (check the latest price on Amazon) is a great food maker for parents living in the U.S. It works with 120V, so you don’t need a transformer as with Philips products. It’s also less expensive, and you get all four features. I actually consider it the best option out there and you can read a more comprehensive review here.
Pros & Cons at a Glance
- Very easy to use
- Has all the features you need to make healthy food for your little one
- The jar is big so you can make many meals at a time
- The water tank is easy to clean
- It has a nice modern design and it doesn’t take much space
- It’s not easy to clean (except for the water tank)
- It’s on the expensive side, and so it’s disappointing that you only get one storage pit
Philips Avent 4-In-1 Food Maker (SCF875/01) Review in S
ummary and Recommendations
Philips Avent food maker is a high-quality product that has an automatic steaming process and lets you effortlessly blend ingredients after that. You can use it for reheating and defrosting as well. It has a sleek design and doesn’t take much space on your kitchen countertop.
This all said, I think it’s rather expensive and quite hard to clean. Additionally you’d need a transformer if you live in the U.S. As a result, most parents are probably better of if they choose the Homia Dansa 8 in 1 Food Maker instead.