First of all, let’s take a look at the similarities. Both the Medela Swing and the Philips AVENT Single Electric Breast Pump, formerly known as the ISIS iQ Uno, are BPA Free, offer adjustable cycle speeds, and adjustable suction levels. Both of these single electric breast pumps come with at least one bottle, a bottle stand, a breast shield or funnel, and an AC adapter that plugs into any standard outlet.
As for differences, you can see from the pictures that these two single electric breast pumps offer completely different designs. The Medela Swing Single Electric Breast Pump offers a separate pump unit that is attached with a single tube that connects to the breast shield and bottle, whereas the AVENT Breast Pump has it’s pump unit directly attached to the breast shield and bottle. There are benefits and drawbacks with each design. For instance, because the Medela Swing’s pump unit is separate, the breast shield and collection container weigh less, therefore it would be much easier to use hands-free with a special bustier. The drawback would be having to cart the pump unit around with a tube running from the unit to the collection container. Now the AVENT Breast Pump offers an all in one design with all of the controls at your fingertips. The only problem with this would be that it weighs more, and you would not be able to use it with a hands-free bustier. One other design difference would be the breast shields. The Medela Swing offers a SoftFit breast shield, and the AVENT Breast Pump offers a 5-Petal Cushion Massage breast shield. Now both of these breast shields are designed to do the same thing, provide a secure, comfortable fit, the only difference is that the Medeal Swing’s breast shield is a standard size 24 mm, and the AVENT’s breast shield is one size fits all. Now Medela offers several different PersonalFit sizes of breast shields, while AVENT only offers the one.
As far as functional differences go, the Medela Swing offers 2 phase expression technology. This means that when you first begin pumping, the Medela Swing uses a stimulation mode, which is a quick sucking rhythm, to stimulate the breast and milk flow. Once this phase is completed, it will then automatically switch to the expression mode which is a deeper, longer sucking motion, designed to express milk more efficiently. Both of these expression phases mimic your baby’s natural sucking rhythms. The Medela Swing also offers a one-touch let down button, which basically means that if you feel a let-down before the 2 minute stimulation phase is complete, you can manually switch to the expression mode. The AVENT Single Electric Breast Pump works a little bit differently. When you first begin pumping you yourself manually pump until you’ve reached the rhythm that best suits you, then you press a button on the handle, and the AVENT Breast Pump continues to pump at the same rhythm. Therefore you can create your own stimulation phase manually, and then once let-down has occurred you can manually slow down the pumping action and switch to automatic. The AVENT Breast Pump also offers an electronic memory that will remember your custom settings, and if the need be, you can remove the pump unit altogether and use it as a manual breast pump.
Other differences between these two single electric breast pumps include battery operation, and additional features. The Medela Swing Single Electric Breast Pump can be operated with 4 AA batteries, not included. The AVENT Breast Pump offers a built-in rechargeable battery, and cannot be run on batteries. As for additional features, the Medela Swing comes with two 5 oz bottles, with two lids, a bottle stand, a travel cap, 1 valve, 3 membranes, tubing, a neck/shoulder strap, a belt clip on the back of the pump, and a drawstring bag to carry it all. The AVENT Single Electric Breast Pump does not come with quite as many extra’s, but it does offer a bottle stand, one 4 oz bottle, a newborn flow nipple, manual pump parts for manual use, one spare part, and the battery pack.
As for prices, the Medela Swing Single Electric Breast Pump is more expensive and is currently listed at Amazon for $145.99, whereas the AVENT Breast Pump lists for $129.99 and is currently on sale for $87.99, 32% OFF.
For more information on either one of these single electric breast pumps, check out the full in-depth reviews listed below.