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Does the job nicely
on 31 May 2011
The '3-in-1' part of the product's name refers to the fact there are three different ways to assemble it. With a small and large basket, its modular nature means that you can sterilise just a few items such as soothers or teats using only the small basket; use the larger basket on its own to sterilise medium sized items such as breast pumps, plates or cutlery; or combine the two to sterilise up to 6 x 330ml bottles.
It is a natural steam steriliser, so there's no need to purchase additional consumables such as chemicals. It operates in cycles of twenty minutes - 10 minutes to heat up and sterilise the contents of the baskets, and 10 minutes cool down. It's not possible to restart the system until it has completed it's ten minute cool down. It turns itself off automatically at the end of the heating cycle.
It is a lightweight plastic design, but with a sturdy feeling base. Although there seemed to be a bit of play between the interlocking baskets, there wasn't any steam leakage between the sections. The base has rubberised feet to prevent it sliding around. It is very easy to use, comes well packaged and ready to go, and also has a 2 year manufacturer's guarantee.
On a negative note, the sides of it did seem hot to the touch (hotter than you'd expect a plastic kettle to be when boiling), so care should be taken around it. In a similar vein, the steam vent on the top isn't particularly well marked. The switch is of a type that means you cannot tell whether the device is switched on or off until you actually plug it in, so again, take note - if you plug it in and the switch has been left in the 'on' position, the hot plate is going to start heating up whether there's water in it or not.
The instructions are easier to follow once you realise the illustrations are all located on the inside leaves of the manual, so fold them out first and you can reference them as you read. There is a visual quick start guide on the lid of the box, but it doesn't mention that the manufacturer recommends completing the initial sterilisation with the baskets empty. The instruction manual is very thorough and includes a useful section on de-scaling, and a handy FAQ - my only gripe with it is that it's one of those manuals that's used for multiple models, so you have to keep working out whether sections of it are relevant to your model or not.