2020 UV Steriliser Comparison – Haenim 3G+ Smart View, Haenim 4G+ Smart Classic, Lollababy, LoveAmme LoveClean Compact, LoveAmme LoveClean Pro

1. Introduction

It’s been 3 years since the last UV Steriliser Comparison Review, and it’s time for an update! This round, there will be five tabletop UV Sterilisers from three brands, plus a short overview of a new brand that is not in this comparison. 

2. General Overview

The official pricing is taken from the authorised distributors’ pages. You can find better deals at Mummys Market baby fairs that are held a few times throughout the year. Prices range from $199 to $429 on sale.

  • Haenim [Warranty Form]
    – 5 year warranty on UVC LED lamps
    – 2 year standard warranty that starts from the baby’s DOB, date of purchase or delivery, whichever is later).
    – Manufactured in South Korea. Place of manuafacture listed on website, packaging and product.

  • Lollababy [Warranty Form]
    – 1-year warranty on material and workmanship defects that exist at the time of manufacture.
    – 2-year free UV lamp replacement service
    – Manufactured in China. Place of manufacture is not listed anywhere, but Lollababy replied via Instagram that it is made in China and tested in Singapore.

  • LoveAmme [Warranty Form]
    1-year
    warranty for defects on any part of the that is defective except for tubes, blades, cups, knobs, handles, cover and glass, and other parts subject to wear and tear.
    – Manufactured in China. Place of manufacture is listed on their product but not on their website or packaging.

Safety Tests:

All brands have been tested by TUV SUD to be effective at killing 99.9% of viruses and bacteria.For Haenim, it has passed tests from Korea Testing and Research Institute in addition to TUV SUD in Singapore.

Accessories

  • Haenim 4G+ Smart Classic
    – Detailed warranty instructions provided 
    – Comes with a water tray to collect excess water and prevent water stains in addition to two stainless steel racks

  • Haenim 3G+ Smart View
    – Detailed warranty instructions provided
    – Comes with a stainless steel rack and a basket

  • Lollababy
    – Power cable cannot be detached
    – Sticker on top of the specifications label reminds users to register warranty for free 2-year lamp replacement service
    – Comes with a stainless steel basket

  • LoveAmme LoveClean Compact
    – Has a power cable that cannot be detached. 
    – Comes with a stainless steel basket 

  • LoveAmme LoveClean Pro
    – Comes with a stainless steel rack and basket

Exterior

  • Haenim 4G+ Smart Classic
    – No visible defects observed
    – Fingerprints are not obvious due to the colour and finishing

  • Haenim 3G+ Smart View 
    – No visible defects observed
    – Fingerprints are not obvious due to the colour and finishing

  • Lollababy
    – No visible defects observed
    – Fingerprints are not obvious due to the colour

  • LoveAmme LoveClean Compact
    – Obvious scratch at the back
    – Badly welded stainless steel basket
    – Fingerprints remain visible on the set due to the colour

  • LoveAmme LoveClean Pro
    – Poor moulding with plastic fibres sticking out 
    – Rough edges around the set

Best QC: Haenim, Lollababy
Worst QC: LoveAmme

Interior

All the UV sterilisers use SS304 stainless steel for its interior. SS304 is considered food grade. Both Haenim sterilisers have identical interiors.

  • Haenim 4G+ Smart Classic
    – Smooth stainless steel interior for easier maintenance and efficient sterilising. Smooth surfaces allow the UV rays to reflect without causing distortion
    – Water tray collects stray water droplets and minimises water stains
  • Haenim 3G+ Smart View 
    – Smooth stainless steel interior for easier maintenance and efficient sterilising. Smooth surfaces allow the UV rays to reflect without causing distortion
 
  • Lollababy
    – Textured bottom with raised lines and upper protective plate distorts the reflection of UV rays leading to possible blind spots. 
    – Inner filter cover cannot be removed
 
  • LoveAmme LoveClean Compact
    – Textured bottom with raised lines and upper protective grille distorts the reflection of UV rays leading to possible blind spots.
 
  • LoveAmme LoveClean Pro
    – Smooth interior but the protective grille may affect reflection of UV rays.
Easiest to Clean: Haenim 4G+ Smart Classic
Easy to Clean: Haenim 3G+ Smart View, LoveAmme LoveClean Compact, LoveAmme LoveClean Pro
Hardest to Clean: Lollababy 

3. Features

All the sterilisers come with basic Auto, Dry, Sterilise and Storage functions but both Haenim models have extra features.

  • Haenim 4G+ Smart Classic
    – Turbo mode with extra drying power
    – Extra Smart function that monitors temperature changes over 24 hours and runs automatically and activates 1 min each of sterilising and ventilation when the door is opened and closed.
    – Clean function calculates usage and alerts you when it is time to clean the steriliser.

  • Haenim 3G+ Smart View 
    – Turbo mode with extra drying power
     
  • Lollababy
    – Basic auto, dry, sterilise and storage functions

  • LoveAmme LoveClean Compact
    – Longest Auto mode at 41 minutes
    – Basic auto, dry, sterilise and storage functions. 

  • LoveAmme LoveClean Pro
    – Basic auto, dry, sterilise and storage functions 
Most Functions: Haenim 4G+ Smart Classic
Least Functions: Lollababy, LoveAmme

UV Lamps & Maintenance

UV sterilisers typically use standard UV lamps that need to be replaced regularly. Haenim has upgraded to UVC LED lamps that do not need to be replaced, with a 5-year warranty for the UVC LED lamps in case anything happens. 

  • Haenim 4G+ Smart Classic
    – 9 UVC LED lamps
    – Unobstructed UV rays
 
  • Haenim 3G+ Smart View 
    – 9 UVC LED lamps
    – Unobstructed UV rays 
 
  • Lollababy
    – Two UV lamps
    – UV rays obstructed by protective plate
    – Difficult to clean the underside of the plate as it cannot be dismantled 
    – UV lamps to be sent back to manufacturer for replacement when an error is displayed. However, according to Philips, the lamps should be replaced yearly
 
  • LoveAmme LoveClean Compact
    – Single UV lamp
    – UV rays obstructed by protective plate
    – Difficult to clean the underside of the protective plate unless it is removed *risk of injury*
    – The reflective cover needs to be pried open in order to replace the UV lamps. Please be careful as there is a risk of cutting yourself or scratching the appliance. [Video]
 
  • LoveAmme LoveClean Pro
    – Two UV lamps
    – UV rays obstructed by grilles
Easiest Maintenance: Haenim (no replacement required)
Most Complicated Maintenance: Lollababy (it’s a tough choice between risking sliced fingers or the inconvenience of sending it back to the distributor

Door Opening

A bigger opening gives you better access to the steriliser. Both Haenim sterilisers have the widest opening at 180° rightward while the Lollababy has the narrowest opening at 70° upward. 

Widest door opening: Haenim
Narrowest door opening: Lollababy

Display

All the sterilisers feature a digital display panel that show the remaining time, but both Haenim and LoveAmme LoveClean Pro also display the temperature. 

  • Haenim 4G+ Smart Classic
    – Largest display – both the remaining time and temperature can be seen from a distance away
    – Inbuilt temperature control prevents the steriliser from exceeding 45°C so items will not be too hot to touch after sterilising
 
  • Haenim 3G+ Smart View 
    – Small digital display but the remaining time and temperature are in two different colours for easy differentiation
    – Inbuilt temperature control prevents the steriliser from exceeding 45°C so items will not be too hot to touch after sterilising
 
  • Lollababy
    – Display is on the top so you need to walk right up to the steriliser to know how much time is left
 
  • LoveAmme LoveClean Compact
    – Display can be viewed without having to go right up to the steriliser 
 
  • LoveAmme LoveClean Pro
    – Display can be viewed without having to go right up to the steriliser 
    – Remaining time and temperature are in the same colour
Best Display: Haenim 4G+ Smart Classic 
Worst Display: Lollababy

Filters & Vents

The purpose of a filter is to prevent dust from entering the steriliser. As such, it should be fine enough in order to be effective. Depending on the model, you will need to replace the cotton filters every 3-6 months. 

  • Haenim 4G+ Smart Classic
    – Finely woven nylon microfibre filters
    – Wash under running water monthly
 
  • Haenim 3G+ Smart View 
    – Finely woven nylon microfibre filters
    – Wash under running water monthly
 
  • Lollababy
    – Cotton filter
    = Replace cotton filter every 3 to 6 months, or “when it turns black”.
    – Replacement filter cotton can be purchased through its website.
 
  • LoveAmme LoveClean Compact
    – Cotton filter
    – Replace cotton filter every 3 to 6 months
    No option to purchase filter on both its official website or distributor’s website.
 
  • LoveAmme LoveClean Pro
    – Mesh filter
    – Wash under running water monthly
    = Large gaps that are wide enough for small insects to pass through (refer to photos)
Best filter: Haenim
Worst filter: LoveAmme LoveClean Pro (large ineffective filter), LoveAmme LoveClean Compact (nowhere to buy filter)

Ventilation

Behind the filters are air vents that aid in circulating the air within the steriliser. The bigger the air vent and fans, the better the air circulation.

  • Haenim
    – Both sterilisers feature a heated air vent for inflow on the left and ventilation vent on the right for outflow. The fans are visible from the back.
 
  • Lollababy 
    – Single air vent on the edges and an exhaust cover on the top.
 
  • LoveAmme
    Both sterilisers have single air vents at the back.
Best Ventilation: Haenim
Worst Ventilation: Lollababy (because its ventilation doesn’t seem to be working if you refer to the Temperature test)

4. Tests

Capacity Test

The user manuals usually state that the sterilisers are able to hold a certain number of bottles. Do note that it refers to the bottom part of the bottle without the accessories (teats, cap, collar) which will need to be spaced out when sterilising as well. 

  • Haenim 4G+ Smart Classic
    – Large capacity
    – Stainless steel rack can be removed to accommodate larger objects
 
  • Haenim 3G+ Smart View 
    – Large capacity
    – Stainless steel rack can be removed to accommodate larger objects
 
  • Lollababy
    – Small and short
    – Cannot fit standard sized water bottles for children
 
  • LoveAmme LoveClean Compact
    – Small and short
    – Cannot fit standard sized water bottles for children
 
  • LoveAmme LoveClean Pro
    – Stainless steel rack can be removed to accommodate larger objects
Largest Capacity: Haenim 
Smallest Capacity: Lollababy and LoveAmme LoveClean Compact

Temperature Test

All the UV sterilisers in this comparison use PTC heaters. In the temperature test, I measured the temperature of the hot air produced by each steriliser after 30 minutes in Auto mode. Although the duration of Auto modes differ, I chose 30 minutes as that is the length of the shortest Auto Mode. 

  • Lollababy clocked the highest temperature at 58.2°C, more than 16.8°C difference from Haenim 4G+ Smart Classic.  
  • Both Haenim models have a low heat drying function that ensures the heater stops at 45°C to prevent damage to the items placed inside.
Highest Temperature: Lollababy (58.2°C)
Lowest Temperature: Haenim 4G+ Smart Classic (41.4°C)
 
The highest temperature recorded by Lollababy in a separate test was 62.3°C.
 

Bottle Test

Due to the high temperature, the bottle that was retrieved from the Lollababy steriliser was hot to squeeze and I had to put it back. The purpose of using a UV steriliser is to zap germs via the UV lamp. If it’s that hot, you might as well use a steam steriliser.

5. Customer Service/Information

What entails excellent customer service? To me, it’s making sure that customers are able to find important information without having to call or message. Prompt replies to social media enquiries (within 24 hours on a working day) is a standard to me, because in emergency cases like equipment breakdown, you wouldn’t want to be kept waiting.  

Availability of Information

 
 
  • LoveAmme [Website] [Facebook] [Instagram]
    – Prompt replies on social media, new posts every 4-5 days
    – There’s a mobile number provided on their Facebook page for urgent enquiries.

Time taken from Order to Delivery

  • Haenim
    – 4G+ Smart Classic ordered on 27th July, received 29th July (2 days) 
    – 3G+ Smart View ordered on 4th August, received 6th August (2 days)
    Urgent courier option available at $15
 
  • LoveAmme
    – LoveClean Compact ordered on 23rd May, delivered on 6th June (14 days)
    – LoveClean Pro ordered on 23rd May, received on 19th June (25 days)
    – No updates even after a week, only replied when chaser messages were sent

6. Personal Observations

After comparing multiple brands over two reviews, I have made a few observations.

  • Replacement of UV lamps should be kept fuss-free for users, who are likely to be busy parents.  Lollababy needs to be sent back to the distributor when the UV lamps are due for replacement (yearly, as that’s the lifespan of UV lamps). LoveAmme LoveClean Pro needs to be unscrewed while LoveAmme LoveClean Compact and Lunavie that have the same design poses a danger of cutting the user with its sharp plates and/or damaging the steriliser in the process.
  • Haenim has proven again why it remains popular among parents. With its large capacity, upgraded feature to UVC LED lamps that require no maintenance and large filters, it’s not hard to see why. It’s in use in KKH wards as well. I’ve been using Haenim since 2015. I’m still using my 3rd Gen with Bluetooth set to zap the kids’ water bottles and masks.  

If you’re looking for something value-for-money with long mileage, there’s no other choice in my opinion. 

[Book Review Compilation] Pansing Books #definitelybooks

If there’s one thing worthy of investing in, it’s books. A child that reads widely, goes far. As a child, I picked up my love for reading from a carton box of Enid Blyton books my cousin outgrew. There, I was invited to the imaginary world where gnomes and fairies played in tiny homes in the woods. I moved on to stalk Jessica and Elizabeth through Sweet Valley High until they grew up and attended Sweet Valley University earlier than I did.

My children are fortunate to be recipients of books from Pansing Distribution/Definitely Books. This is a compilation of a selection of books I’ve received from them so far. All the following books can be found in good bookstores in Singapore.

List of Stockists (non-exhaustive):

Conservation

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𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪: 𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗻 🌍⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ One sky⁣⁣ One sun⁣⁣ One moon⁣⁣ One world⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ This classic book was first published in 1990 and is now in its 30th year. What makes this book so alluring are the watercolour illustrations that take up most of the page, with short lines filling up the rest. Another book that's easy to read to kids! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ A little girl and her brother decide to build their own world with shells, fishes and plants from the beach and ocean, until it became devoid of life and covered with a large oil patch. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Plastic pollution, deforestation, overfishing, extraction, the over-reliance of fossil fuels and how all these affect the world is highlighted through Michael's descriptive storytelling. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The words are kept simple for its message to get through to even the youngest of readers – time is running out. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 30 years on, the situation has only worsened. It takes a pandemic like COVID-19 that shuts down most of the world for people to realise that there can be clear, blue skies with clean air, that even heavily polluted waters like River Ganga can be cleaned up. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ One World is a beautiful way to introduce the consequences of our actions on the world to our children. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ It's available at all good bookstores. Online: @goguruofficial @kinokuniya_singapore and more⁣ ⁣⁣ #pansing #definitelybooks #bibimbubsbookreview #bookreview #booksforkids #pollution #conservation #michaelforeman #illustrations

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𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄: 𝗞𝗶𝗱𝘀 𝗙𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗯𝘆 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻 𝗗𝗼𝗿𝗲𝘆 🗑️🧒👧⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Kids Fight Plastic: How to be a #2minutesuperhero is a book of 50 missions for children to attempt to reduce the use of plastic at home, in school and outside. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ The mindless use of ⁣single-use plastic disposables has contributed to the sorry state of the earth today. Our beaches are full of discarded plastic. Some are impossible to clean as they have broken down into microplastics which is then poisoning and killing marine life, which we are eating. We all have plastic in our systems now, believe it or not. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ You do not have to be a tree-hugger or vegan to make small changes, and this book breaks down the big bits into simple 2-minute missions that are well illustrated and can be easily understood by primary school children. ⁣ ⁣⁣ This guide is more than just an instructional booklet. It's full of facts related to plastic waste like what happens to it after we dump it, ways to organise a party with no plastic and how to shop plastic free.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Author Martin Dorey is an anti-plastic campaigner and founder of the Beach Clean Network.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Kids Fight Plastic is available at all good bookstores!⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ #2minutesuperhero #kidsfightplastic #plasticpollution #bookreview #sponsored #pansing #definitelybooks #beachcleanup

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Values

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𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄: 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗙𝗿𝘂𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗲! 𝗯𝘆 𝗔𝗻𝘂𝘀𝗸𝗮 𝗔𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗽𝘂𝘇🍐🍊🍍⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ This book tells the story of how five elephants and five mice attempt to get to the newly discovered fruit tree with the MOST delicious looking exotic fruit. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ The five elephants 🐘 try their own methods to retrieve the fruit, each failing miserably. Meanwhile, the five mice work together concurrently to reach it. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ After witnessing the power of unity, the elephants put down their selfishness and work together. The storyline is simple but the story is beautifully illustrated and there are plenty of hilarious scenes. The tone is light and this is a book I don't mind reading repeatedly because the prose on each page is short and it's fun to animate each character.⁣ The five mice are like Easter eggs that can be spotted on each page, working together even when the elephants aren't.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙣:⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🍎 Alliteration: "Elephant One munched on mangoes. Elephant Two craved coconuts"⁣ ⁣ ⁣ 🤩 Onomatopoeia: Lots of sound words over here! ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🍉 Emphasis: Words that require emphasis are in capital letters. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 🤔 How it is not always possible to work alone and some tasks require people to cooperate to achieve goals. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ That Fruit is Mine! is available at all good bookstores! ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #pansing #walkerbooks #kidslit #sponsored #kidsliterature #kidsbooks #kidbookstagram #애기책 #엄마스타그램⁣ #sgmum #sgmom

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Review: E-Cloth – Perfect Cleaning with just Water

With our practical kitchen functioning well, the kids can now prepare their snacks without additional help. To complement their holistic kitchen experience, I’ve set up a wall nearby with E-Cloths for them to wipe up spills. I’ve been using the cloths to do quick wipe-downs and I like how it wipes off cleanly, leaving no trail or stickiness. 

E-Cloth Microfibre
100x finer than human hair, divided into 16 fibre filaments that are processed (higher absorption). 480,000 fibres per square CMFlat weave (poorer absorption & cleaning properties)
Tightly woven so only an extremely small amount is shed during washesTypical microfibre cloths with lesser density loses effectiveness quickly
No chemicals required – just use waterCleaning chemicals required


What I like about E-Cloth

  • Lab-tested by Silliker Group, an independent lab. Proven to remove over 99.9% of bacteria including E.Coli, listeria and aspergillus
  • Suitable for little hands or persons with sensitive skin. No gloves needed because you only need water.
  • Reusable for up to 300 washes
  • Dirt gets trapped in E-Cloth instead of getting pushed around surfaces. Low transfer rate. Wash in hot water to release trapped bacteria.

Eco-friendly or not?

  • All fabrics shed and enter the waterways when laundered. An extremely negligible percentage is shed every time an e-cloth is washed.
  • Friendlier compared to commercial cotton, which is the world’s most toxic crop due to the heavy use of pesticides. You can opt for organic cotton but it may not have the cleaning capabilities of an E-Cloth.

* E-Cloth does not contain silver. The purpose of silver is to prevent bacteria growth in a used cloth and only adds to the cost price. It was excluded as it does not affect the cleaning performance of the cloth. 

There are other cleaning cloths but I chose E-Cloth for its relative affordability, straight business model and lab results that were conducted by an independent lab. 

  • Stay tuned for giveaways / group buys!