Spectra S2 Review


Like many of you, my insurance gave me the choice of the Spectra S2 or the Medela PISA.  After a lot of reading, I made the choice to go with the Spectra S2. Both had great reviews but I liked that the Spectra was a closed system and considered hospital grade. I had read about mold in the Medela and losing suction so despite my love affair with the Medela Symphony in the hospital I decided to take a chance and order the Spectra. Please keep in mind the only comparison I have is the Medela Symphony and that pump is amazing!


  • Lightweight and easy to travel with.  I spend a lot of time in the car on my 45-minute drive to the NICU so there is a lot of pumping while driving and toting my pump around.
  • Two different suction modes and high power suction.  I like that it has a let down option like the symphony. I normally switch back and forth two or three times to trigger additional letdowns.
  • Nightlight.  Seriously a life saver when you want to pump in bed in the middle of the night without waking the entire house up.
  • Reliable. I’ve logged over 400 hours on my Spectra without losing suction.
  • Fewer options and flange sizes available to individualize your pumping experience unless your willing to hack and spend extra money. The tubing and valves also wear out quickly.  I’ve hacked mine to mainly use Medela parts while still using the backflow protector.
    • Pumping Pals are great but you have to hack your machine. Maymom offers these adapters  to let you hack with Medela flanges or pumping pals if you need smaller or larger sizes than Spectra offers
  • Loud on the higher suctions due to the vibrations.
  • Spectra parts only fit wide mouth bottles. I’d love to be able to pump straight into my Dr. Brown bottles or cheap Gerber bottles for storage.  The bottles that came with the pump, the measurements wore off quickly so I pump into Avent bottles.
I’d highly recommend this pump. I felt it was comparable to the Symphony I used output wise and is a great option for a mom looking to exclusively pump, or just use it for occasional bottles.

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