|Warranty||Weight||AC Adapter||Battery Pwr||Car Adapter|
|2 Yr Motor||Yes||No||No|
|Bottle Types||Cycle Speeds||Suction Settings||Closed Sys.|
|Standard||12 Suction/5 Cycle Levels||Adjustable||Yes|
What We Like
The Spectra S2 is a great pump that offers some features that no other breast pump has like a built in night light and a timer. The S2 is a closed pumping system which makes cleaning up a breeze and keeps your milk safer from contaminates although its kits are not FDA certified like the Ameda pump kits. The S2 offers the ability to manually adjust the suction and speed settings but also includes a massage mode and and expression mode like the Medela pumps. The pump features an LCD screen with a timer which are nice features that no other pump offers. Spectra pumps are easy to find through most DME’s and most insurances cover the base model.
What We Dislike
Spectra makes the claim that their pumps are “hospital grade” and their pumps have a stronger suction than most other pumps. While the FDA does not recognize or have any designations as “hospital Grade” we believe they are misleading mothers with their advertising. The Spectra S2 is a bulky and awkward shape which makes transportation a bit of a challenge and we wish they would have included a battery compartment in all of the bulk. In our testing the kits were flimsy and were top heavy which increases the likelihood of spilling milk.
Spectra is a new breast pump company and shows much promise but we would not recommend them at this time. Their pumps are easy to find through insurance but finding spare parts can be a challenge. In our testing, we noticed that the Spectra pumps were not as efficient at expressing breast milk at the lower settings and only worked if the suction was adjusted to the maximum level. The Spectra pump has a maximum suction of over 300 mmHg which is 30% stronger than the leading brands like Medela and Ameda however, at this high suction range we experienced severe discomfort and nipple pain.