Disclaimer: The following product was sent for free for the purposes of a review. All opinions and thoughts expressed are solely that of the writer’s.
UV light sanitizers have gained a lot of attention recently, as parents have considered cleaning in a whole new light for their families. I mean, I have always been conscientious about keeping my baby’s items clean, but life right now has taken that awareness to a new level.
My new attention to cleanliness led me to research something I had never considered before: a sterilization system. From pacifiers to pocketbooks, sterilizing items through UV-C light with the Coral UV Light Sterilizer—which doubles as a baby bottle sanitizer—has become one of my favorite daily tasks. Here’s what I love about the Coral UV Sterilizer for our family.
What is a UV Light Sanitizer?
While good ol’ soap and water can work wonder against many harmful microbes in our lives, a UV light sanitizer effectively kills germs much more powerfully and effortlessly through the power of UV light. UV light might sound familiar for a reason—it refers to the same ultraviolet light that you think of in the sun’s UV rays.
There are three types of UV rays: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. For scope, UV-A is what we traditionally see in tanning beds, UV-B comes from sunlight, and UV-C, the highest power of the UV rays, is the most powerful of all the UV rays and can destroy many types of viruses and bacteria.
Used to sterilize hospital rooms and in water treatment plants, UV-C rays kill germs by breaking them down, leaving them unable to function and thus reproduce. With that, the germ dies, leaving your items happy and healthy once again.
Coral UV Light Sanitizer Review
I’ll be 100% honest, in the beginning I was a bit skeptical about adding a sterilizer to my countertop and to-do list. I figured I could toss things in the washing machine or dishwasher if they needed a deep clean. But, the more I read, the more I came to understand how UV light works, and the more I realized the Coral UV Light Sanitizer could be a game-changer. Here are the features that I found helpful in my life as a busy homeschooling mom of five:
First off, the size of the Coral UV Sanitizer isn’t that large at all. In fact, at 10.5 inches x 10.5 inches x 10 inches, it’s comparable to a large toaster. It’s relatively lightweight too, at 5.7 pounds, so you can easily move it around as needed. Sometimes I’ll tuck mine in the pantry or shuffle it to a spare cupboard if I really need to clear the counter.
Easy to use
I appreciate that the Coral UV Light Sanitizer is easy to operate. With a one touch start, you can choose to sterilize, dry, or sterilize and dry. So you can wash those baby bottles, pop them in the bin, close it, and start the sterilizing process—it’s as simple as that! The stainless steel interior makes certain that UV light reaches everywhere and if by chance the cover opens mid-cycle it immediately turns off, making the Coral UV Light Sanitizer child safe.
Sterilizes pretty much everything—phones included
If you’re wondering what actually the UV sanitizer can sterilize, the better question might be: what can’t you sterilize?
From baby items like pacifiers, baby bottles, small stuffed animals, and toys to breast pump parts, if it can fit in the Coral UV Light Sanitizer, it’s game to be sterilized. It’s also good for the entire family because it can sterilize keys, remotes, wallets, phones, masks, toothbrushes, makeup brushes, pet toys, e-readers, sunglasses, and more.
The Coral UV Sterilizer emits a wavelength of 253.7 nm, which is effective for killing many germs. There is also some evidence that UVC light can destroy the novel coronavirus, which in today’s day and age, is always a plus.
How the Coral UV Sterilizer Works
Within the Coral UV Light Sanitizer, powerful UV-C light shines in a safe, contained environment (this is important because UV-C rays are very powerful, and thus, can be harmful) for cleaning power. You choose one of four cycles to eliminate germs:
- Sterilize Only: This setting runs just the UV-C lights. It’s perfect for items that can’t be washed, like phones, and runs for 10, 15, or 20 minutes.
- Sterilize and Dry: For 10 minutes, this setting sterilizes and then dries items. This setting is ideal for items that are washed and now need sterilizing and drying like baby bottles, breast pump parts, and pacifiers. Due to the drying feature, expect a run time of 40-70 minutes total.
- Dry Only: If you want to skip sterilizing, opt for the 30, 40, 50, or 60-minute dry only setting. The dry setting is suitable for anything glass, plastic, or silicone.
- 24 Hour Storage: For a super clean run, pop items into the stainless-steel bin for a continuous cycle: a 50 minute sterilize and dry followed by a 2 minute sterilization every 2 hours for up to 24 hours.
Before You Buy
Before you invest in the Coral UV Light Sanitizer, think through where you plan to store your new sanitizer for easy access. As functional as it is, you might not have a good spot for an extra appliance. With that said, be creative—you don’t necessarily have to store a sterilize in the kitchen; an office or bathroom counter would work too. And it’s always a good idea to keep this stored away from kids; UV rays are radiation, so you don’t want little hands playing with a sterilizer that emits UV rays.
Next, keep in mind that the Coral UV Light Sanitizer requires a smidge of maintenance. Each year you’ll need to order fresh UV light bulbs and as needed, the HEPA filter should be replaced. Both are minor costs, but they’re both vital to keep the sterilizer working effectively. You should also be aware that UV cleaners do fall under the category of ozone generators, so be aware that the EPA lists the risks to be aware of with ozone generators as cleaners.
Still on the fence? The Coral UV Light Sanitizer also has a 30-day free return policy and a one-year warranty. I have also found their social media outlets to be great resources for additional product information and sterilization tips.
Pros & Cons
Fast and effective
Good on many household items
Kills 99.99% of harmful germs
Requires replacement light annually
Large size to store
High price point
Frequently Asked Questions
Do UV sanitizers work?
Sanitizers with UV-C light have the power to kill germs, other kinds do not. So, as you assess your sanitizer options, be sure that you opt for a UV-C version.
Can you sterilize baby bottles in the Coral UV Light Sterilizer?
Yes! Not only can you sterilize up to six baby bottles, the Coral UV Light Sterilizer will also dry them. This sterilize and dry cycle lasts just 40 minutes and definitely simplifies the bottle-cleaning process.
What’s the best baby bottle sanitizer?
UV-C sterilizers are now considered superior to traditional steam sterilizers since you can use them for baby bottles and household items—including your phone.