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The Best Formula Dispensers of 2020

After researching several major brands including Philips Avent, OXO, Dr. Brown’s, and Tommee Tippee, several formula dispensers rose to the top as the cream of the crop. 

We considered health and safety (all of the choices listed below are BPA free and food-grade safe) and the diverse set of needs in families of different sizes and situations to recommend the top formula dispensers on the market this year.     

Best Formula DispenserWhy It's BestMom Rating
Philips AVENT Philips Avent Powder Formula DispenserCompact, versatile, easy to clean♥♥♥♥♥
Dr. Brown's Formual DispenserSmall, easy to clean, simply designed♥♥♥♥♥
Baby Brezza New and Improved Formula Pro Advanced Formula DispenserTime saver, all-in-one design, multifunctional♥♥♥♥♥
Munchkin Formula Dispenser Combo PackInexpensive, versatile design, easy pour♥♥♥♥♥
OXO Tot OXO Tot No-Spill Formula DispenserSoft shell, easy to use, large capacity, versatile♥♥♥♥♥
Dr. Brown's Formula Mixing PitcherTime saver, smooth formula, easy to clean♥♥♥♥♥

The Best Baby Formula Dispensers

Philips Avent Powder Formula Dispenser & Snack Cup 

Image of the Philips Avent Powder Formula Dispenser & Snack Cup - Blue, SCF135/06

The Philips Avent Formula Dispenser is a small, portable container that can hold enough dry formula to make three 9 oz bottles.  Comprised of three pieces, this dispenser is easy to disassemble and is both microwave and dishwasher safe.  The removable inner liner, divided into 3 sections for easy formula measurement, can be removed allowing the container to be utilized for small snacks as your child develops. 

What Users Are Saying…

The simple, easy-to-clean design of this formula dispenser is one of its best qualities.  With each compartment holding enough formula for 9 oz bottles, it is one of the bigger capacity dispensers on the market without losing its small size. 

Moms who have used the dispenser love how durable and versatile the cup is, while also offering them peace of mind with a tight-fitting lid (nobody wants one of these accidentally opening in their diaper bag).  

On the flip side, while the lid is tight-fitting, it is not the easiest to pour into prepared bottles.  Most moms that have used this design say that it got much easier with practice, but the pour spout could be improved.  

Dr. Brown’s Formula Dispenser

Image of the Dr. Brown's Formual Dispenser, Blue

Similar to the Philips Avent dispenser, the Dr. Brown’s Dispenser is easy to disassemble and sterilize.  Made up of only two pieces, the base is divided into three sections that can each hold enough formula for an 8 oz bottle.  The snap-on lid rotates around to each of the different compartments. 

What Users Are Saying…

With an even more compact design, the Dr. Brown’s Dispenser is ideal for travel and small spaces.  It cannot hold quite as much formula as its Avent counterpart and the inner compartment walls are not removable. 

The lid on this dispenser has an excellent seal that prevents it from popping off during transportation, but has had some issues sliding around while users were trying to pour formula.  Much of this can be mastered with practice but is something to consider when buying.  

Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced Formula Dispenser Machine 

Image of the New and Improved Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced Formula Dispenser Machine - Automatically Mix a Warm Formula Bottle Instantly - Easily Make Bottle with Automatic Powder Blending

While not a portable option, the Baby Brezza is a one-stop-shop for formula mixing.  With settings for every major brand of formula on the market, this machine measures, dispenses, and warms (three warming options) your bottles for you and can prepare anywhere from 2-10 oz bottles. Users simply match their brand of specific formula with the setting on the Baby Brezza, select their temperature preference and the size of bottle they desire, push start, and the Baby Brezza does the rest!  

What Users Are Saying…

Though a more expensive option, this machine can be a great time saver if maintained properly. As with any machine, the parts on the Baby Brezza are more complex and therefore need to be maintained carefully (i.e. wiping away powder buildup in the dispenser, putting the water reservoir through the dishwasher). 

It is also important to read all the instructions with this machine to make sure you match the mechanical setting to your exact brand of formula otherwise it may dispense too much or too little. 

It is also a lot easier to tell a babysitter to simply push a button rather than explaining all the important details of temperature, size, and formula measurement. With a wide variety of reviews, most users have concluded that this product is a lifesaver if cleaned diligently on a weekly basis.   

Check out our review of the Baby Brezza Formula Pro!

Munchkin Formula Dispenser

Image of the Munchkin Formula Dispenser Combo Pack, Colors May Vary

The Munchkin Formula Dispenser is divided into compartments that can each hold enough formula for an 8 oz. bottle.  Available as is or included in a combo pack with a single-serve dispenser (also 8 oz.), the Munchkin design is ideal for travel and on-the-go formula mixing.  Simply designed, the Munchkin Formula Dispenser is easy to clean and dishwasher safe.  

What Users are Saying…

As one of the cheapest options on the market, the Munchkin Formula Dispenser has been a popular buy among moms. 

While some buyers felt that the materials used to make the Munchkin Dispenser were cheap, they have held up through dishwashers and rambunctious babies just fine. 

Though it doesn’t have the same 9 oz capacity as many of its counterparts, moms who use this brand have loved it pour spout design.  Comparatively, the Munchkin design was easier to pour into the bottles with less mess and without fear of the lid popping off in the diaper bag. 

The lower price and availability as a combo pack makes it a great, diverse choice for families.  

Dr. Brown’s Formula Mixing Pitcher

Image of the Dr. Brown's Formula Mixing Pitcher

Though not a portable solution, this Formula Mixing Pitcher is ideal if you prefer to have pre-mixed bottles in your diaper bag or refrigerator.  With the capacity to make four 8 oz. bottles at a time, this pitcher takes some of the legwork out of mixing the formula, as its blade produces a smooth, no clump mixture, while also reducing the number of air bubbles inside the bottle. 

What Users Are Saying…

The pitcher can be easily disassembled and washed in the dishwasher or by hand and could be a great solution for moms who prefer to warm bottles instead of shake and mix at each feeding. 

Many moms swear by this tool as a game-changer and is a great accessory to any bottle making regimen.  This is a great item for moms of twins so they don’t have to make so many individual bottles!

Mommy’s Helper Pak N’ Stak Formula Dispenser

Image of the Mommys Helper Pak N Stak Formula Dispenser, Orange/Green

The Pak N Stak is a very versatile travel accessory.  The four separate compartments can each hold enough formula for approximately 6-8 oz bottles.  The containers use a screw top design as opposed to a pop lock.  The extra compartments can be ideal sanitary storage for bottle nipples or pacifiers, or can double as snack cups for growing eaters.  Moms who have used this product enjoyed the easy screw-top design and simple pouring spout for easy bottle making. 

What Users are Saying…

This design is ideal if you are looking to carry a variety of foods or have something that will work well for you through the various stages of development. 

The screw-top design ensures no spilling which is a bonus and the easy pour spout has been a favorite feature for many users.  There is no separate barrier between compartments but users have not expressed issues with powder leaking from one compartment to the next. 

The only downside to the Pak N Stak is that it has not been dishwasher tested yet.  

OXO Tot No-Spill Formula Dispenser

Image of the OXO Tot No-Spill Formula Dispenser with Swivel Lid - Teal

With a softer shell and rotating lid design, the OXO Tot No-Spill Formula Dispenser is comprised of three compartments that each hold enough formula for a 9 oz. bottle.  Easy to pour, the OXO dispenser also has notches on the lid that enable it to lock into place as you pour, ensuring you only pour from one compartment at a time. 

What Users Are Saying…

For its size, this container can hold quite a bit of formula at one time, making it ideal for traveling and diaper bag storage. 

Many users like the softer touch and the security of the locking lid mechanism. 

Priced at the middle of the market, this dispenser is dishwasher safe, compact, and versatile.    

Kidsmile Baby Food Storage Container 

Image of the Formula Dispenser, Kidsmile Twist-Lock Stackable On-The-Go BPA Free Milk Powder Box Baby Food Storage Container Snack Cups for Toddlers - 4 Feeds, no Powder Leakage

The Kidsmile Formula Dispenser is a stackable design with 4 separate compartments and removable easy-pour spout.  Each compartment can hold enough formula for 10-12 oz. bottles or can double as sanitary storage.  The Kidsmile dispenser uses a screw-top design and has two lid sections to ensure the pour spout remains covered and clean. 

What Users Are Saying…

Secure seals that prevent leaks between compartments has been a favorite feature of the Kidsmile design and moms of big eaters enjoy the larger capacity containers and versatile design that allows them to carry both formula and snacks during transitional feeding periods. 

The cylindrical design fits will into most diaper bags and not many formula dispensers can carry the same capacity of formula and snacks.      

Accmor Baby Milk Powder Formula Dispenser

Image of the Accmor Baby Milk Powder Formula Dispenser, Non-Spill Smart Stackable Baby Feeding Travel Storage Container, BPA Free, 5 Compartments,3 Pack

Another stackable solution is the Accmor Baby Milk Powder Formula Dispenser.  Ideal especially for travelers, each “stack” comes with five compartments that can hold enough formula for an 8 oz. bottle.  A sit-in liner separates each compartment without leaking from one bowl to the next and the screw lid can be attached to whichever compartment you need. 

What Users Are Saying…

Users loved the pour-friendly design, though some commented that the small threading made it tricky to attach the pour spout in a hurry. 

The manufacturer also recommends that these be hand-washed only though some users have had success washing them on the top rack of the dishwasher. 

In comparison to other stackable designs, the Accmor Formula dispenser is the only design with five compartments instead of four.  

Joovy Boob Formula Dispenser

Image of the Joovy Boob Formula Dispenser, Clear

With its sleek design, the Joovy Boob is another space-saving dispenser ideal for diaper bags and on-the-go formula making.  Each of the three compartments holds enough formula for an 8 oz. bottle and the pour spout design makes for easy, no-mess bottle making.  A super secure lid offers comfort during travel, but requires a bit of muscle to get the lid off for refilling at home.  

What Users Are Saying…

Fitting nicely into the palm of your hand, many parents have enjoyed the looks of this formula dispenser. 

Users have had little-to-no difficulty pouring the formula from this well-crafted spout, but have commented that the secure lid takes some muscle to get off for refilling at home.  This is really only an issue if you have formula already in the container and you are only trying to refill one compartment. 

Otherwise, the Joovy Boob is another versatile formula dispenser.

Tommee Tippee Formula Dispensers

Image of the Tommee Tippee Baby Milk Powder and Formula Dispensers - Travel Storage Container, BPA-Free

If you are a Tommee Tippee fan or were gifted with this brand of baby bottle, these Tommy Tippy Formula Dispensers are a great space saver.  Designed to actually sit inside the bottle, their unique design has pleased Tommee Tippee users with how easy and mess-free it is to make bottles on the go.  Each package includes six formula caddies that each holds enough formula for a 9 oz. bottle.  Unique to this manufacturer, these caddies will not serve their designed purpose with other bottle brands. 

What Users Are Saying…

Most consumers of the Tommee Tippee Formula dispensers are big fans.  The individual containers are small and lightweight so some moms still prefer to pre-fill these with formula and keep them in the diaper bag even though they do not have Tommee Tippee bottles. 

Consumers love the mess-free pour of this design and moms with Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Bottles can’t say enough good things about how nicely it sits inside the bottles.  

See why the Tommee Tippee bottles are some of the best bottles for reflux.

How We Selected the Best Formula Dispensers

First – Safety

All of the chosen formula dispensers had to meet basic food safety protocols.  All of the choices are BPA free and food safe. 

While not all of them are microwavable or dishwasher tested, many doctors recommend hand-washing baby utensils anyway and all of these products can be safely washed and sanitized with boiling water. 

Second – Versatility and Ease of Use

For every mom, versatility and user-friendliness are key.  With a wide variety of designs and shapes, these top formula storage containers all serve a variety of functions and are ideal for growing babies and growing families. 

From the top choices in stack-able formula containers ideally suited for travel and/or feeding multiple children at a time, to the more compact, sleeker designs of formula dispensers, each dispenser on this list is known for its diversity, durability, and simplicity.   

FAQs About Baby Formula Dispensers

What is a formula dispenser?

The purpose of a formula dispenser is to enable you to take pre-measured portions of powdered formula with you on-the-go, whether it be play dates, plane rides, or day trips.

In essence, it reduces the amount of time needed to measure, pour, and mix a formula bottle on the go or in the middle of the night feedings.  The user can simply pour the portioned formula into prepared water, mix, and feed the baby.  

How does a formula dispenser help? 

A formula dispenser gives parents added freedom during the young bottle feeding days. 

As most formula containers are rather large and clunky, having a smaller container to take with you is a huge space saver not to mention much easier to hand off to a babysitter or childcare professional. 

Not only that, middle of the night feedings can be severely expedited by having formula pre-portioned and ready to pour directly into a prepared bottle instead of having to try and measure in little to no light while half asleep and trying to juggle a hungry baby. 

Will a formula dispenser affect the shelf-life of formula?

When powdered formula is mixed ahead of time, it is generally safe to be consumed up to 24 hours after mixing, as long as it is stored in a refrigerator.  The powdered formula in a formula dispenser, if left unmixed, will maintain the same quality date as the larger, store-bought container.  

Do you need to sterilize powder dispensers?

Yes, powder dispensers are involved in the feeding of your baby, so you should wash and sterilize them just like you would a baby bottle.

How many scoops of formula fits in a 1-ounce container?

That depends on the formula brand.

Let’s do some quick math. Most formula brand scoops are around 8 grams, so there are about 3.5 scoops in an ounce. Most of these containers will hold enough formula to make an 8oz bottle, which is 4 scoops. And that’s filling the container to the tippy top. 

In Conclusion

You can’t really go wrong with any of the options listed above. There are a variety of other formula dispensers on the market that are excellent choices and did not make it onto this list. 

The best choice of formula dispenser relies predominantly on the needs of your family: how many children you need to feed, what feeding stages you need to prepare for, how big of an eater your baby is, and how much space you have in your diaper bag for starters. 

That in mind, two recommendations rise to the surface.  

For a family that is only having to feed one baby at a time, I would recommend the OXO Tot No-Spill Formula Dispenser with Swivel Lid For its small size, this little container can actually hold quite a bit of formula.  The locking mechanism on the lid ensures a smooth pour without spills and the soft sided container fits nicely into any diaper bag or backpack.  This little beauty performed remarkably well for its users and received very few negative reviews for its durability and function.  

For a multi-child family or families with toddlers and infants together, I would recommend Formula Dispenser, Kidsmile Twist-Lock Stackable On-The-Go BPA Free Storage Container.  The best thing about the Kidsmile design is just how much you can carry with you at one time.  Being able to carry enough for four large feedings as opposed to some of the smaller 8 oz bottle dispensers is a game-changer for any momma.  The versatility of this design is also nice as kids begin to incorporate snack foods into their diets in addition to formula.  Being able to carry both formula and snack foods, especially a variety of snack foods, is another feature that is hard to beat. 

Taking into consideration the ever-changing needs of growing children and the variety of reviews left by consumers, the top choice that I recommend is the Kidsmile Twist-Lock Stackable Dispenser. 

Mary Bogard
Mary Bogard
Mary is a wife to her husband Jake and a mother of two boys. She loves music and reading and anything that involves being outside. Nothing is good for the soul like sunshine! As a world traveler, Mary has also had the opportunity to see moms around the world in action. Being a mom is a privilege and it is Mary's passion to help moms everywhere find the very best for their families.

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