By the time you read this story, my pumping journey will be over. I spent over a year nursing and pumping breast milk for my child, and that time of my life was dictated by either the demands of my hungry infant or my proximity to an electric breast pump. It made me wonder—what makes a good breast pump? Are wearables worth it? Why are some pumps $500?!

After trying nearly a dozen popular pumps, these are the best breast pumps I tested. If you’re not sure what type of pump you want, or what you should keep in mind when buying one, check out our guide to shopping for a breast pump. And don’t miss our guides to baby carriers, baby monitors, and strollers.

Updated March 2024: We added the Haakaa as our manual breast pump recommendation, and details about Willow’s new pump, the Willow 360. We’ve also added new sections on how we test pumps and whether you need a breast pump.

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