About The Spectra S1
Like all Spectra pumps, the S1 is a closed system (meaning there is physical separation between the milk and the pump), which ensures a clean and hygienic pumping experience. Innovative touch controls allow moms to program and pre-set suction and rhythm to a level that best suites them, making it a great option for those who want an easy-to-use hassle free machine.
Spectra S1 Design & Features
Made to rival the Medela Symphony, the Spectra S1 is hospital grade and made of BPA free material to ensure all-natural milk free of contaminants. The Spectra also comes with a great pumping cycle that starts off with ‘massage mode’ (stimulates the letdown reflex and starts milk flowing), then ramps up to ‘expression mode’, which mimics how a baby nurses through a slower, deeper level of suction. Each cycle allows the user to adjust the level of suction to fit their individual needs. The Spectra S1 can be powered via plug or rechargeable battery for use at home or on the go.
Below is a video by Spectra showing how to set up and use the S1, as well as some quick stats regarding comfort, price, quality, and noise output in comparison to its competitors.
Pros & Cons Explained
The Spectra S1 is a Hospital Grade double electric pump, and brings the level of comfort you would come to expect from that tier of machine. Many users reported little discomfort during or after pumping, and given that it is an electric pump (producing more suction than a manual), this is a big plus.
When compared to the pump it was designed to compete with (the Medela Symphony), the price difference is noticeable in favor of the S1.
The pump is not only easy to set up, but also easy to take apart, clean, and dry. This is essential for hygiene, and the inclusion of specially designed backflow protectors ensures nothing gets back into the tubes (preventing condensation and bacteria buildup). In terms of build, it is relatively compact, and being made with BPA free material means that no harmful chemicals contaminate the milk supply.
The Spectra S1 has an incredibly low noise output for an electric pump and when compared to its competitors. This is a huge bonus for moms who need to pump in places where high noise can be disruptive to their surroundings.