If you’ve been eyeing up the Elvie Pump but it’s out of your budget ($499) or 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 $249. 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.
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. Click here to check to see if your insurance will cover all or part of the cost. Just to give you an idea of upgrade pricing, on 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).
The list of places you can purchase it through is listed here. All you have to do is provide them with your email, where you live, and your 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. Baby’s on Broadway also sells Elvie breast pumps, I have purchased other larger items from them (Nuna Rava car seat) and had a great experience, click here for $10 off your purchase.
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 provide 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.
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 on to 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.
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.
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
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 be doing dishes several times a day. I have 5 sets of parts for my original Elvie, as I like to do dishes max twice a day.
- 1 Hub
- 2 Cup Fronts
- 2 Cup Seals
- 2 Breast Shields 24mm (purchase 21mm or 28mm here)
- 2 Caps
- 1 Tube Splitter
- 2 Short Tubes (for the cups)
- 1 Long Tube (for the hub)
- 1 Clip
- 1 Cover
- 2 Valves
- 1 USB C Charging Cable
- 2 diaphragms
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 fully charge the hub (if dead). 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 laying around the house.
Cleaning the Elvie Stride
After every use, you should (I was every use) all the washable parts, there are 4 parts per breast. The washable parts are cup fronts, breast shields, duck valves, and the diaphragm. I was 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.
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.
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, both responded within 24 hours.
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.
- Best Bottle Drying Rack – It’s super cheap and compact. I have one in my suitcase for travel, two in my kitchen, and one at my cabin.
- 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 warm & massages which helps improve milk flow and make pumping faster. It REALLY helps with clogged ducts and engorgement, I am speaking from 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 and it does the job. NOTE I am not a big leaker.
- Hot & Cold therapy packs – For under $10 these are great because they can be throw 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, 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.
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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