Elvie Stride Review – From an Exclusively Pumping Mom

If you’ve been eyeing up the Elvie Pump, but it’s out of your budget ($499), or your insurance doesn’t cover it. The brand new Elvie Stride breast pump is for you! Elvie just launched the brand new Elvie Stride wearable breast pump in September 2021, and I had to test it out.  The good news is most health insurances cover the Elvie Stride! Click here to check to see if your insurance will cover all or part of the cost.

Here is a little about me and why you should keep reading. I am an exclusively pumping mother of two. I exclusively pump with the original Elvie, except once, maybe twice a day. I use my Spectra Gold (usually at the end of the night before bed). My first child was born in November 2019, and my second child was born in July 2021.

I wanted to try the Elvie Stride to see if the suction was any better and if it did a better job emptying me than the original Elvie pump. Plus, I wanted to do an Elvie vs. Elvie Stride article and compare them side by side since the original Elvie is usually out of most people’s budget. So here we are! This article is strictly an Elvie Stride review. Click here for the Elvie vs. Elvie Stride article

If you are looking for one of the best travel breast pumps on the market, the Elvie Stride is hands down one of the best! If you’re looking for more tips and support, make sure to join the Elvie Stride Facebook group here. Here is our detailed guide on how to get a free breast pump through insurance. It’s crazy easy and only takes a minute!


How much does the Elvie Stride cost?

If you are to outright buy it as I did, it costs $269. However, if you haven’t gotten a breast pump from your insurance yet, click here to check to see if your insurance will cover all or part of the cost. I got mine for $174 using a promo code the day that it launched. 

You can now purchase the Elvie Stride on Amazon here. At the time of writing this, they have them in stock with same-day delivery for where I live.

Does insurance cover the Elvie Stride?

That depends on your insurance provider. The Elvie Stride is covered at 100% by Tricare and most other healthcare plans. Many insurance companies cover the Elvie Stride, check your insurance coverage benefits here all or part of the cost. Just to give you an idea of upgrade pricing, during my most recent pregnancy (this was before the Elvie Stride was on the market), I had the option of the Spectra S2 for free ( I already have this; I got it with my first child), S1 for a $35 upgrade, Spectra Gold for $75 (this is what I choose), or original Elvie double pump for $250 upgrade ( I already owned it). 

All you have to do is provide Aeroflow with your email and your basic insurance details. The company will then let you know what breast pumps your insurance will cover and if there are any upgrade options.

If the Elvie Stride isn’t an option for you or you don’t have insurance, you can purchase it at full price from the listed companies. That is what I did. I purchased my Elvie Stride from Aeroflow

Most insurance companies will cover all or part of an electric breast pump for each pregnancy. My insurance tells me which websites I can order from, and from there, I provided my insurance details, and they let me know my breast pump options and if there are any upgrade options. Make sure to read our how-to get a free breast pump through insurance guide.

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#1 – Best Elvie Pumping Bra
Must-have bra
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#2 – Best Breastmilk Storage
The Ceres Chill is a game-changer for those moms that pump at work or when you are pumping while out of the house and need to store their fresh breastmilk. 

#3 – Best Elvie Stride Bag
I have tried several bags, and this one is by far the best. I really like this bag holds all my breast pump supplies for the day, has a cooler, and it is affordable!

Elvie Stride Pros

  • Price, only $249 or less or even free with insurance
  • Hands-free electric breast pumping
  • Hospital-grade strength (up to 270 mmHg)
  • Super portable
  • Fits inside nursing bras, sports bras, etc. – Click here for the best Elvie bra to wear for pumping
  • Can be controlled with the Elvie app on your phone
  • Fast charging (only 2 hours)
  • A full battery will last about five 30-minute pumping sessions
  • Reusable & dishwasher-safe collection cups 
  • Stimulation & Expression modes with 20 intensity settings (I always have it on the highest setting for best results)

Elvie Stride Cons

  • Wearable motor – it’s not terrible, but you do have to either wear it clipped onto you or be seated
  • Extra parts can be expensive
  • Only a 24mm breast shield is included (If you need a 21mm or 28mm, so that is an automatic extra cost)
  • Not as quiet as the original Elvie
  • The cups cannot stand upright, which is really annoying. Often I take off the cups and then get a bottle to pour them, or I am chasing my toddler and come back to them…now you are forced to deal with the fresh breastmilk. You could lay them flat, but there is a small pinhole above the valve that milk could POTENTIALLY leak out. 

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Elvie Stride breastmilk spout

Does the Elvie Stride really work?

Straight out of the box, I had no issues with suction. Sometimes with the original Elvie, I have to mess with the parts and take it on and off the breast. I had great suction every time I placed it on my breast. 

It really empties the breast. After 10-15 minutes of pumping (that is my usual pumping session), I have 120-200 ml between both breasts. It really varies on when I last pumped. I am super satisfied with the suction level and how it empties me. It’s comparable to when I pump on my Spectra. 


 

Is the Elvie Stride worth it?

YES, 100% YES! Especially if you are an exclusively pumping mother, a mother with other small children at home that can’t be connected to the wall, or a mother returning to work that wants to be able to pump quietly at her desk. 

I am now recommending it to my pregnant friends as the best travel breast pump on the market. 

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Wearing Elvie Stride & Elvie Pump
Wearing Elvie Stride (my left breast) and wearing the original Elvie pump (my right breast).

Is the Elvie Stride noticeable while wearing it?

You will see the hub connected to your pants unless you have your shirt over it. You will hear the hub in a quiet setting for sure. It will make your breasts larger but not crazy larger. The photo above is of me with the breast pump on. 

How loud is the Elvie Stride breast pump?

The Elvie Stride is definitely louder, but it is not LOUD LOUD. You won’t be able to hear it if you had a TV on or office chatter. 

Elvie Stride Specs

  • Dimensions: 4.6′” (L) x 2.6″(W) X 1.7″(H)
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs

Elvie Stride parts in box

What’s in the Box?

Everything you need to get started comes in the box. However, I highly suggest purchasing additional parts if you are exclusively pumping. If you don’t, you’ll do the dishes several times a day. I have five sets of parts for my original Elvie, as I like to do dishes max twice a day. 

How often do you have to replace Elvie Stride parts?

Elvie suggests you replace the washable components every six months and after storing them between children. The washable components that will need to be replaced are the cup seal, diaphragm, valve, breast shield, and cup front. Additional and replacement Elvie Stride parts can be purchased here. 

Elvie Stride Battery

It takes about two hours to charge the hub (if dead) fully. Once fully charged, it lasts about five 30-minute pump sessions. Charging is super easy with a USB C cord. If you’re like me, you have a ton of those lying around the house. 

Cleaning the Elvie Stride

After every use, you should (I was every use) all the washable parts. There are four parts per breast. The washable parts are cup fronts, breast shields, duck valves, and the diaphragm. I wash them in hot water with dawn soap and use this bottle brush. 

For first-time use, make sure to sanitize the washable parts. The same goes for bottles, pacifiers, etc. you should always sanitize them before using them. I don’t sanitize after every use, some people do, and that is up to them. I use these sanitizer bags, each bag can be used 20 times, and they are sold in a pack. I feel like they are a good deal. Whenever I am traveling, I always sanitize all parts & bottles, as I don’t know the water and don’t want to risk getting my child sick. 

I always travel with this collapsible sink. Sorry but hotel sinks gross me out…I can’t wash my bottles in there, lol. 

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Best Elvie Inserts

I personally don’t have to use inserts, the 28mm (I use mainly) or 24mm(if it’s the only one clean) work for me. I have heard from other Elvie Stride users say the Willow inserts work without cutting into the Stride, and most of these flange inserts are compatible with Medela and Spectra pumps as well. 

Make sure to measure your nipples and be using the correct shield. If you aren’t using the right shield and using an insert (if you measure a 15/17/19/etc.), you won’t be completely emptying the breast and getting all the milk you potentially could. I recommend these Willow inserts. They get great reviews in our Elvie Stride Facebook Group.

Is the Elvie Stride available outside the USA?

Right now, the Elvie Stride is only available in the USA. If you have any friends or family living in the USA, they could ship it to you or bring it to you on their next visit.

Elvie Stride Warranty

There is a 2-year warranty on the pump motor and 90 days on the Elvie Stride accessories. I have had to deal with Elvie’s customer service, and they have been great. I have reached out to them via email and Instagram message, and both responded within 24 hours. 

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Other Must-Have Items for Breastfeeding & Exclusively Pumping Mothers

  • Best Elvie Pumping Bra – I have tried a TON. For me, super tight ones work. If I am in a pinch, a sports bra will work. You can also purchase it direct here and use our code 
    GETTINGSTAMPED20 for 20% off your order (non-sale items).
  • Best Elvie Stride Bag – I have tried several bags, and some have been better than others, and some just sucked. I really like this bag, the GOGOSO pumping bag with a cooler from Amazon. It holds all my breast pump supplies for the day, and it is affordable!
  • Best Bottle Drying Rack – It’s super cheap and compact. I have one in my suitcase for travel, two in my kitchen, and one in my cabin.
  • Breastmilk Storage – The Ceres Chill is a game-changer for those moms that pump at work or when you are pumping while out of the house and need to store your fresh breastmilk. It is worth the investment. 
  • Nipple Cream – Don’t forget to put this on every time! I have used all different brands, and they all have been fine. I just most recently bought the one linked there and really liked it. 
  • LaVie warming Lactation Massager – This thing warms & massages which helps improve milk flow and makes pumping faster. It REALLY helps with clogged ducts and engorgement. I am speaking from a painful experience. I have two of these, but you can buy just one and switch sides. 
  • Breast pads – Again, any brand will work. I typically get this cheap brand from Target, which does the job. NOTE I am not a big leaker.
  • Hot & Cold therapy packs – For under $10, these are great because they can be thrown in the freezer for cool relief and put in the microwave to warm up your breasts. These really helped me when my milk first came in.
  • Clogged Duct Relief – Legendairy Milk sunflower lecithin helped me and several friends loosen clogged ducts and then help prevent them. I took this daily after my first clogged duct. 
  • Help increase milk production – If you are struggling with your supply, I suggest trying Legendairy Milk Liquid Gold.
  • Breast milk storage bags – I honestly haven’t had an issue with any other brands I’ve used. I like the price point of the Dr. Browns bags, so I buy them the most. 
  • Haaka – Yes, you really need one or two (I have two). Yes, they really work. When you get out of a hot shower and are leaking, you can just throw this on to catch the milk. 
  • Cheap Bottle Warmer – I have tried several, and this cheap one is my favorite. The Dr. Browns bottle warmer was terrible…Once you go to 100% formula, I cannot recommend the Baby Breeza enough. We love this thing. Now with baby number two, we have two of them, one in the kitchen and one in our bedroom. 
  • Sterilizer Bags – You’ll want this to sterilize new bottles, parts, pacifiers, etc. I also use them when traveling. There are cheap, and you can use each bag twenty times. 

Elvie Stride Plus FAQ

What is the new Elvie Stride Plus?

The Elvie Stride Plus just comes with new accessories and is available for purchase on Elvie’s website and a select number of retailers. The original Elvie Stride is only available for sale through insurance (or you can purchase without insurance, as I did) from select durable medical equipment companies. I bought mine here with Aeroflow

Elvie Stride Plus vs. Elvie Stride, which is better?

They are the same breast pump. There is no difference in the actual breast pump itself.  

Where can you buy the Elvie Stride Plus?

You can buy the Elvie Stride Plus on Elvie’s website or from a number of retailers in the US, like Target. You can order it online here on Amazon or Target

When is the Elvie Stride Plus release date?

The release date of the Elvie Stride Plus was May 1, 2022. 

What all comes with the Elvie Stride Plus that isn’t in the original Elvie Stride box?

  • 1 Elvie Stride carrying bag
  • 1 wet bag
  • 1 cool bag
  • 1 ice pack 
  • 1 neck strap
  • 2 breast shields 21 mm ($29.99 value)
  • 2 spare valves  ($19.99)

How much is the Elvie Stride Plus?

$349.99 is the price on Amazon and all other retailers. In the past, Target has had Target circle deals for 20% off one breast pump, so I’d keep an eye out for that. 

If you don’t need the extra accessories, you can purchase them here at Aeroflow without insurance for $249, as I did, or see how much your insurance will cover. 

Is Elvie Stride Plus worth it?

In my opinion, no. I would not pay an extra $100 for the Elvie Stride Plus UNLESS I needed 21mm breast shields. If you use a 21mm, then I would say it is worth it because you are getting spare parts, and the bag has value to me. 

Can you purchase the Elvie Stride plus bag only?

No, the only way to get the carrying bag is if you purchase the Elvie Stride Plus. Bummer, I know…


Elvie Stride Review mom pin


Do you have the Elvie Stride? I’d love to hear about your experience with it. Please leave a comment below. 

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31 thoughts on “Elvie Stride Review – From an Exclusively Pumping Mom”

  1. I had the Elvie hubs previously, with my now 3yr old and loved them. However, I hated the random leaking and always having to bring ziplocks for the baggie trick and an extra shirt. Does the stride leak like that? Thanks!

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    • I have heard of them leaking, but I have only had a leak when I bent over too far. I thankfully never had to do the paper towel trick, what is the baggie trick? I thankfully haven’t had any issues with the Stride. Where are yours leaking from?

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  2. Do you have a problem with leaking while using the Elvie stride? Can I move around like normal or do you find you are moving slow and cautiously to prevent leaking?

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  3. Do you have a link for replacement parts? I can only find a few of the parts available on Amazon, and Elvie seems to offer only the shields.

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  4. Hello! I’m definitely leaning towards this pump, since it’s so mobile and I’ll be working as a dental hygienist. What spare parts do you recommend purchasing, so I can try to put them on my registry?

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  5. Thank you for the review! First time mom and also trying to decide between Spectra S1 (for $75) and Elvie Stride (for $110). Why do you use your Spectra at night? Thanks!!

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  6. Hi,

    I just purchased the Elvie Stride and in my first pumping session it started making a beeping noise. Is that normal? It seemed loud to me just sitting in my living room, but maybe it won’t sound as loud I the office?

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  7. If you were a first time mom – would you go with Elvie Stride or Spectra S1? I am leaning towards the Elvie stride for how streamlined it is, but not sure what if it is better to have a more ‘traditional’ pump. thanks!

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    • Well, I would start by seeing what your insurance will cover, read this article to help find this out https://www.gettingstamped.com/free-breast-pump-through-insurance/ . If your insurance offers a free Spectra S1/S2 but not the Stride definitely get the free pump and then purchase the Stride out of pocket. I also would wait and see how breastfeeding is going for you. You may never need to pump or you may be an exclusive pumper like me, and then you’ll want both pumps.

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    • I talked with an IBCLC and have a spectra 2 and and Elvie Stide. I was told to establish supply with the Spectra and use the Stride after. Both the Spectra s1/s2 and the Stride have the same mmhg so I feel confident that if I start/stop the day with my Spectra and use the Stride during the day, I will be able to adequately maintain supply.

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  8. Hi there,

    First time mom and looking into pumps. I am in between the Elvie Stride and Spectra S1- any preference? I like how streamline the Elvie stride is but not sure if I should have a more ‘traditional’ pump since I have no experience! Thank you.

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    • No I haven’t tried this. I am an exclusive pumper so rarely do I breastfeed, maybe like 5 times a week or when I have a clog that I need my daughter to help get out. I think it could be done but your child might play with the tubing and it might be more work than it’s worth…

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  9. Hi! Just wondering if you can compare it the the baby buddah if you have heard or had any experience that. I have been having a difficult time pumping enough at work (im an operating room nurse), I actually purchased the normal elvie and it just doesnt seem to empty my breast very well and always moves out of place when im moving around.

    I have tried the elvie for over a month now and only pump about 8-10 ounces my whole 12 hours shift. We breast feed full time Wednesday through Saturday, but on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday when I’m at work she breast feeds before I leave, I only pump 10oz for 12 hours, and then she breast feeds when I get home.

    Shes 10 months now

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  10. So with the stride you were able to get about 4-5 oz in 15-20mins. With the regular Elvie how long would it take for you to get the same amount? Also how often do you pump? Every 4-5 hours?

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    • I get the same amount with the original Elvie pump and I usually pump the same 15-20 minutes. Sometimes longer if I forget I have them on, but it averages 15 minutes. Everyone is different though. I pump every 4-5 now that I am further along PP. When my kids were first born I was pumping every 2-3 hours to establish my supply.

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  11. Hi, how does the Elvie stride compare to the Spectra Gold? I already have an Elvie pump and Spectra S9 plus from the first pregnancy but trying to figure out what to get next through insurance. I used the Spectra S9 mainly at home and the Elvie during travel and at work. Any insight would be helpful! 🙂

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    • If you have the other two already I honestly would get the Elvie Stride. I am about to write an article on the Spectra Gold Synergy and why I don’t think it’s worth it. I already have the Spectra S2 and don’t see much of a difference.

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  12. Hi Hanna,

    I loved your review! Ty! I also was looking for the link or where you can buy spare parts other than the flanges, where did you say it was at?

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  13. hey there! Do you know if the Stride iscompatible with the Legendairy and Freemie cups? I use both with my Spectra right now and would want to use them with the Stride if I purchase it.

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