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Some mothers have been asking me the difference between Super Genie vs Spectra S1 breast pumps. So in this article, I try my best to explain the comparison of both breast pumps, the similarities and differences. You’ll find the video below if you are particularly concerned about the noise level of these two breast pumps.
Similarities between Super Genie vs Spectra S1 Breast Pumps
- Both of them are heavy-duty, hospital grade breast pumps.
- Allows adjustments of vacuum strength and cycle speed separately.
- Built in battery for long pumping hours (no need to charge in between pumping sessions).
- Both are closed systems with back-flow protection systems.
- Both use wide neck bottles (and narrow neck ones if you use a bottle adapter).
- Both are heavier and bigger than portable pumps.
- Both have night-lights.
Differences between Super Genie vs Spectra S1
1. Pump Settings
Spectra S1 has 5 vacuum levels in massage mode (with constant speed), 12 vacuum levels, 5 speeds in expression mode.
Super Genie has 9 speeds, 5 vacuum levels in massage mode, and 16 speeds, 16 vacuum levels in expression mode.
2. Memory function.
Super Genie has memory function so you can store your exact pumping program minute by minute (up to 2 programs stored).
Spectra S1 can only memorize the last used pump setting.
3. Pumping App
Super Genie has its own pumping app that you can use to control pump setting and save your pumping program. Spectra S1 does not have any app.
4. Soft Flange / Liquid Insert
Super Genie comes with a pair of liquid shield kits (soft silicon flange inside the hard flange) that expands all the way until the valve. That makes pumping more comfortable because it really mimics how a baby suckles from the breast.
A lot of moms swear with liquid inserts in boosting their pumping yield and comfort. Spectra S1 only comes with hard plastic flanges. It also offers silicon massagers (sold separately), it has different shape (thus different effectiveness) compared to liquid insert.
PS: in Super Genie, the duckbill valve is attached together to the liquid insert. Consequently, you will need to change this liquid insert more frequently compared to other types of silicon flanges. Expect to change the liquid insert regularly (every 2 months for light use or up to every 2 weeks for exclusive pumping. You can read more details here).
5. Support group
Super Genie has a great centralized community support from Pumpables. There is a Facebook group for Pumpables pump users as well as Pumpables fitting room for checking flange size. I have yet to see similar support from Spectra. Yes, there’s a Facebook group available, but limited to certain countries, cmiiw.
6. Noise level
Both of them are quieter than other breast pumps in the market. But in my opinion, Super Genie is slightly noisier than Spectra S1. You can check it yourself in the video below. For fair comparison, my Super Genie is 3 months old, my Spectra S1 is more than 3 years old.
7. Shape and Portability
In terms of shape, Super Genie is more compact than Spectra S1. Thus, it will take less space in your pumping bag.
Both Super Genie and Spectra S1 have similar features, with Super Genie outperforming Spectra S1 in terms of the number of available pump settings, the comfort of liquid inserts, the memory function, as well as the support group.
If you haven’t invested in any of these breast pumps yet, I’d recommend you to go with Super Genie.
Having said that, if you already have Spectra S1 and wondering if you should upgrade to Super Genie, here are my suggestions:
- Think first, what makes you want to upgrade (do you need to increase milk output, better pump comfort?)
- If comfort is your issue, you can try investing in liquid insert first and using it with your Spectra S1. Remember that you need to purchase the whole system (Liquid Shield Kit), not just the liquid insert. Some moms experience better comfort once switching to liquid insert even when using Spectra S1.
- If your problem is long pumping time and inability to empty breast properly and you think that more flexibility in pump setting may help you to pump better, then invest in the whole Super Genie system.
I hope this quick article helps you to decide which hospital-grade breast pump you should choose, whether it is Super Genie vs Spectra S1.
As always, if you have any questions, leave a comment and I try to reply as soon as possible.