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Advanced Electric Steriliser and Dryer

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Getting Started

Great to see that you’ve purchased a Tommee Tippee Advanced Electric Steriliser and Dryer. To help you get started and to keep it working effectively, we’ve added all the guidance you should need, plus some handy hint, tips and troubleshooting advice.

This steriliser is designed for use with Tommee Tippee bottles and feeding accessories (except the bottle brush).

The steriliser will hold a maximum of 6 Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles (maximum 4 Advanced Anti-colic bottles) or a combination of fewer bottles plus soothers and breast pump parts.

 

PARTS GUIDE

A step by step guide to all the component parts, how they fit together and what they do.

What can be added to the steriliser?

We would recommend the following items are sterilised from birth:

  1. Bottles
  2. Teats
  3. Soothers
  4. Tableware
  5. Cutlery (non-metallic)
  6. Breast pumps (not the air tube or electric components)
  7. Teat tongs
  8. Storage lids
  9. Storage pots
  10. Nipple shields

 

How do I set up my electric steriliser and dryer?

You must insert the filter provided into the underside of the steriliser base before you start using the steriliser and dryer.

It is important that all bottles, teats and accessories are empty and that they are clean and fully rinsed in fresh water. Shake off any excess water before placing in the appliance for sterilisation.

Use on level surface and be sure there is no debris under the unit and the rubber pads are touching the surface.

 

How do I use my electric steriliser and dryer?

  1. Remove the lid and racks from your steriliser’s base.
  2. Pour 120ml of water onto the stainless steel heater surface. Do not go over the maximum fill line. If you only want to use the drying function, you don’t need to add any water.
  3. Place the lower rack back into the base and place clean bottles with their opening facing downwards onto the lower posts.
  4. Place bottle hoods on the bottle bases.
  5. Insert the upper rack and place bottle accessories including teats and screw rings inside.
  6. Place the lid back on top, making sure that it fits securely onto the upper rack without any gaps.
  7. Plug your steriliser into a power outlet.
  8. Press the on/off button. You will hear a beep and the button will light up.
  9. Choose the setting you want to use.
  10. Once the steriliser and dryer has completed its cycle allow it to cool for at least 5 minutes before you open it.
  11. After each use pour away any remaining water in the base by tipping it sideways over a sink, making sure that no water gets into the air vent and wipe clean with a damp cloth.

 

What are the different functions I can use on my steriliser dryer?

Your steriliser and dryer has three different functions – auto sterilise and dry, sterilise only and dry only.

Sterilise and dry baby bottles and feeding accessories

  • Press the Auto button once. You will hear a beep and the sterilisation cycle will start. This will take approximately 10 minutes.
  • Once the sterilising cycle has finished, the drying cycle will automatically follow. The drying time is approximately 30 minutes.
  • Once the drying cycle is complete, you will hear 5 beeps and your steriliser and dryer will automatically switch off. Please allow it to cool for at least 5 minutes before you open it.

 

Sterilise only

  • Press the sterilise button once. You will hear a beep and the sterilisation cycle will start. This will take approximately 10 minutes.
  • Once the sterilising cycle is complete, you will hear 5 beeps and your steriliser and dryer will automatically switch off. Please allow it to cool for at least 5 minutes before you open it.

Please note: If there is insufficient water to complete the sterilisation phase effectively, the appliance will ‘”beep” 5 times and the function light will flash for 2 hours. Do not use the bottles or accessories. Repeat usage instructions to ensure effective sterilisation. Drying time based on 260ml / 9oz bottles. If you are using larger bottles, then extra drying time may be required.

 

Dry only

  • Press the dry button once. You will hear a beep and the drying cycle will start. This will take approximately 30 minutes.
  • Once the drying cycle is complete, you will hear 5 beeps and your steriliser and dryer will automatically switch off. Please allow it to cool for at least 5 minutes before you open it.

 

Do I really need to sterilise my bottles?

It’s entirely your choice - the main reason for using a microwave or electric steriliser is that they’re guaranteed to reach the 100 C needed to kill off harmful bacteria that can build up in milk. You don’t get that guarantee with a dishwasher.

 

Do I need to add sterilising solution to the electric steriliser?

Nope - adding sterilising solution will actually damage your machine, so we really do say not to do this. Just add water, 120ml. The water turns to steam and that’s what sterilises anything you place inside. More than this volume of water will increase the cycle time. Less than 120ml may not sterilise the items properly.

Cleaning & Maintenance

How do I clean my electric steriliser and dryer?

  1. Unplug your electric steriliser and dryer and allow to cool before cleaning.
  2. After each use pour away any remaining water in the base by tipping it sideways over a sink, making sure that no water gets into the air vent and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  3. You can clean the lid and two racks with hot water. Do not clean any part of your steriliser with abrasive cleaners.

 

CLEANING WARNINGS

  • TO AVOID THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, INJURY OR DAMAGE: ALWAYS UNPLUG YOUR PRODUCT BEFORE CLEANING.
  • DO NOT IMMERSE THE BASE, THE SUPPLY CORD OR THE PLUG IN WATER OR OTHER LIQUIDS.
  • DO NOT CLEAN BASE UNDER WATER TAP.
  • DO NOT use metal objects or scourers to clean your Steriliser and Dryer. DO NOT use bleach or sterilising fluid to clean it.
  • DO NOT use abrasive or anti-bacterial materials. DO NOT scrub the heat plate.
  • CAUTION! UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES USE ABRASIVE, CORROSIVE OR SCRATCHING CLEANING AGENTS, AS THESE COULD DAMAGE YOUR STERILISER.

 

How do I replace the filter in my electric steriliser and dryer?

We recommend that you replace the filter in your electric steriliser and dryer every 6 months.

To change the filter:

  • Unclip the filter panel door on the underside of the base and remove the old filter.
  • Place a new filter into the base, making sure that the tab handle is still visible on top of the filter.
  • Clip the filter panel door back into place.

 

How often do I need to descale my electric steriliser and dryer?

It depends on how hard or soft your water is.

  • For hard water areas, we recommend descaling every 14 days
  • For medium water areas, we recommend descaling every 21 days.
  • For soft water areas, we recommend descaling every 28 days.

You can find out your water quality from your water provider.

 

Water Type Descale every X days
Hard Water 14 Days
Medium Water 21 Days
Soft Water 28 Days

 

How do I descale my electric steriliser and dryer?

  • Unplug your electric steriliser and dryer and allow to cool before descaling.
  • Use a descaler that is suitable for use with stainless steel and use according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Or you can use white vinegar or a descaling sachet according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • If there is no method stated in the manufacturer’s guidelines use a ratio of 1:4 descaler to water.

How do I reassemble my bottle when they’re ready?

  • Just reassemble as normal, but wash your hands thoroughly first, or use the teat tongs provided if you have them. The idea is to keep the bottle as clean and sterile as possible.
  • If you don’t want to leave them all in the steriliser for the 24-hours, you can reassemble all bottles straight away and store them in a dry location. The fully assembled bottles will be ok to use for the same 24-hour period. Any unused bottles, after the 24 hours should be popped back in for a fresh sterilising cycle.

 

How should I store steriliser?

If you want to store your steriliser to use again, we’d suggest that you run a full descaling programme to ensure all limescale is removed and to give it a clean. Ensure the unit is thoroughly dry and securely wrapped in bubble wrap and cardboard to keep it nice and snug. When deciding where to store it, we’d suggest somewhere nice and dry to avoid any damage.

Troubleshooting

Help my electric steriliser and dryer won’t start

  • Check the mains lead is plugged into the unit and the mains socket is switched on.
  • Check the fuse is in the plug (in a UK plug only)
  • Check the socket by plugging in another appliance
  • Check the sterilising by plugging it into another socket
  • Press the on/off button before selecting the function you want to use.

 

Help there’s scaling on the stainless steel base. What can I do?

Your electric steriliser and dryer may have limescale. Follow the instruction to descale it.

Why do my bottles still have marks on after I sterilise?
The chances are, the marks are milk residue. Sterilising removes bacteria, but bottles still need to be washed beforehand to remove any bits of milk clinging on inside. Warm soapy water will do the trick - thoroughly wash, then rinse and pop them in your steriliser.

 

Should I get a lot of steam whilst it’s on?

  • Not really. If you have way more steam than you’d expect, it could be that you’ve just got a few too many items inside. Check that items are correctly loaded into the steriliser. There are marked areas on the trays to show where to put your bottles, and if you’re popping other items like teethers or soothers in, just be sure to space these out evenly.
  • Don’t overfill the machine with too many products as this reduces how efficiently the steriliser works and it may not sterilise properly.
  • The correct amount of water is 120ml. More than 120ml of water in the steriliser base will increase the cycle time. Less than 120ml may not sterilise the items properly.

 

My bottle are coming out of the steriliser with a chalky mark

  • If you are seeing chalky residue on items in your steriliser, that’s a sign that it needs descaling. Refer to the descaling instructions.

 

There are flaky bits in the machine - what's causing it?

  • This will be due to a build-up of limescale that's loosened from the heatplate at the base of your machine so we'd recommend giving it a good descale. We recommend using a descaler that is suitable for use with stainless steel i.e. kettle, iron and coffee machine de-scalers. Use as per the manufacturer's guidelines.

 

It’s vitally important to regularly descale your steriliser to avoid operating issues and damage to the heat plate, which is in the bottom of the machine.

My heat plate looks rusty

  • This will be due to limescale we recommend using a descaler that is suitable for use with stainless steel i.e. kettle, iron and coffee machine de-scalers. Use as per the manufacturer's guidelines.