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Some mothers have been asking me what is the difference between Super Genie and Milk Genie Plus from Pumpables. And more importantly, which one you should choose between Super Genie and Milk Genie Plus.
So I think it would be a great benefit for other moms out there to explain the differences between those breast pumps in this article. You will learn the similarities and differences between Milk Genie Plus and Super Genie, and tips for choosing the most suitable pump for your needs.
This article is part of Pumpables breast pumps series. Other articles in this series include:
- Super Genie breast pump review from Pumpables (hospital-grade)
- Milk Genie breast pump review from Pumpables (portable)
- Super Genie Vs Spectra S1 breast pump – detailed comparison
- Milk Genie vs Spectra S1 Breast Pump | Which One You Should Choose
First of all, this is how the two breast pumps look like. They have the same shade of color, but very different in terms of size.
|Milk Genie Plus||Super Genie|
But, do they only differ in size?
Certainly not. Let’s discuss the comparison of these two breast pumps in detail.
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Similarities between Milk Genie Plus vs Super Genie
- Both breast pumps are from Pumpables, that means, rest assured that you have a very good support system. They also have a Facebook group for Pumpables breast pump users.
- Both are closed-system breast pump with back flow protection
- Both have the ability to record your personal pumping program
Differences Milk Genie Plus vs Super Genie
Size and Weight
Milk Genie plus is portable and light-weight. Milk Genie Plus weighs around 220 gram and is compact in size, fits in the palm. This makes it a good choice for hands free pumping on the go.
On the other hand, Super Genie is a hospital grade breast pump and bulkier. It weighs around 1.1 kg and bigger in size. However, rest assured it is still pretty compact compared to other hospital-grade breast pumps.
Milk Genie plus comes with hard plastic flanges (3 sizes: 21, 24, and 27 mm). I feel that this is a good
bundle if you are new to pumping, because you can try each of the flange sizes and see which one is the most comfort
able and gives you the most amount of milk.
Super Genie breast pump, on the other hand, comes with liquid shield kits. This kit combines hard and soft flanges (the soft one is inserted inside the hard flange), to make pumping more comfortable. When you order Super Genie, you will be asked to choose one flange size before submitting your order. Currently, there are three sizes available to choose: 21, 25, and 29 mm.
In Milk Genie Plus, you can only control vacuum strength level (there are 10 levels to choose). The cycle speed will automatically be adjusted based on vacuum strength selected. The higher the vacuum strength, the slower the speed. In Milk Genie Plus, there is an option for you to adjust the cycle speed, but it is very limited. The pump allows you to choose between 3 cycle speeds for each vacuum level in expression mode.
In Super Genie, you can adjust cycle speed independently from vacuum strength, both in massage mode and expression mode. That means, there are more flexibility in pump setting, such as ability to pump high vacuum strength with high cycle speed. Additionally, you have a lot more vacuum and speed levels to choose. In massage mode, there are 5 vacuum levels and 9 speed levels. In expression mode, it has 16 vacuum levels and 16 speeds. Yes, it is that many, lol.
Which breast pump works better or drain the breast better? I think the answer would differ for each mom, as every mom have unique preferences. Some moms like the combination of low-speed high-vacuum and thus Milk Genie Plus works well for them. Some others need more flexibility in pump setting (me included) and pump better with higher cycle speed and thus Super Genie works better.
If you have pumping experience before, you may check what kind of pump setting you usually used and check whether similar setting available in either Milk Genie Plus or Super Genie.
Super Genie can be controlled from an app (via blue tooth connection), Milk Genie plus does not have any app. This app can be used to choose your preferred pumping program, or adjust the pump setting manually without touching the breast pump. I heard Pumpables is working to make the app available for Milk Genie Plus sometimes next year, we’ll see.
Portable pump tends to get noisier over time, while hospital-grade one stays quiet longer. This also applies to Milk Genie plus and Super Genie. While both of them start as quiet breast pumps when they are brand new, expect to get more noise from Milk Genie plus.
Milk Genie Plus does not have two-level night light, whereas Super Genie has.
Here’s the summary of Milk Genie Plus vs Super Genie.
|Super Genie||Milk Genie Plus|
|Size / Weight||95(W) x 49(D) x 132(H)mm, 220g||196.9(W)mm x 71(D)mm x 162(H)mm, 1120g|
|Flanges||Comes with liquid shield kit (with soft insert), 1 size (choose your size upon order)||Comes with normal hard flanges and in three sizes (21, 24, 27 mm)|
|Pump Setting||Up tp 10 levels of vacuum strength, limited cycle speed variation||Up to 16 levels of vacuum strength and 16 cycle speeds|
|Vacuum Power||Up to 330 mmHg||Up to 300 mmHg|
|App availability||App available||No app available|
|Noise level||Quiet||Starts off as a quiet pump, but may become noisier over time|
|Night light||Comes with 2-level night light||No 2-level night light, only light emitted when the pump is on|
Which One To Choose?
Now, let’s come to the most frequently asked question, which breast pump you should choose, Milk Genie Plus or Super Genie.
This will depend on your needs and priorities.
Some weighing factors include:
- Degree of flexibility in pump setting
- How frequent you need to pump
If you really need a portable breast pump that allows you to pump on the go, say while walking around teaching your students or attending your customers, choose Milk Genie Plus.
Not only it is very small (fits in your palm), it comes with a memory feature so you can be totally hands-free. Once you record your usual pump setting, you just need to turn on your pump and it will automatically switch to your preferred setting along the way.
You can pair it with Freemie collection cups for better portability. My friend used Freemie when trying Milk Genie breast pump. You can read her short review inside my detailed Milk Genie breast pump review.
Next, if you prefer a strong breast pump with a lot of setting options, Super Genie is your best bet. The pump setting is super flexible, in both massage and expression mode. To recall, there are about 16 different vacuum strength and cycle speed levels in Super Genie, so you have ample choice to decide which level suits you best. It also comes with an app that allows you to store your pump setting easily. Personally, I am very satisfied with the Super Genie pump setting. The various levels of speeds it provides has helped me to achieve let-down much faster compared to the other pump. Consequently, I could finish pumping faster with Super Genie.
The pumping frequency is also an important factor when choosing a breast pump. A portable model such as Milk Genie Plus is usually great when you only need to pump occasionally, or pump 4-5 times a day. On the other hand, a hospital-grade model such as Super Genie is great for exclusive pumpers, or those needing to pump up to 12 times a day, say, to increase their milk supply.
In summary, both Super Genie and Milk Genie Plus are good-quality breast pumps that you can rely on. Before deciding which one to get, I suggest you think about your preference and needs carefully. But rest assured, you will have good support from Pumpables team and its community group for both pumps.
I hope this detailed comparison can help you to decide which breast pump you should grab for your pumping needs. If you have any questions regarding these two breast pumps, feel free to ask in the comment section.
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