There are so many items to research when you’re expecting a baby. You may wonder if everything is really necessary to ensure your baby is happy, healthy, and comfortable — like a baby wipe warmer, for instance.

As the name implies, this gadget is meant to warm up a baby wipe before you use it.

While it might not be a necessity for some parents, your baby may not be a fan of being cleaned with a cold wipe, especially if they’re half asleep in the middle of the night. If you want to help your little one stay relaxed and happy, a wipe warmer could be a good solution.

We chose these wipe warmers based on consumer reviews, affordability, and versatility to fit various needs and budgets. Some wipe warmers offer additional features. We took a look at all the bells and whistles so you can get the product that may do the job for you. When making our picks, we considered:

Customer reviews: We read hundreds of reviews (the good and the bad) from real parents and caregivers to hear what folks really thought of these products.

Top or bottom warming: We wanted to include a mix of top and bottom warmers, as each have their pros and cons. Some people say bottom warmers do a better job of keeping the entire batch of wipes moist and warm, while others prefer warmers that prioritize the wipes you’ll use the soonest.

Night-light: Almost all of these warmers have a night-light to make late-night changes a little easier. However, not all night-lights are created equal, so we found out what people thought of the light quality of each.

Wipe capacity: We prioritized warmers that hold at least an entire pack of standard wipes, except our travel-friendly pick!

Pricing guide

  • $ = under $25
  • $$ = over $25

Best overall baby wipe warmer

Hiccapop Wipe Warmer and Dispenser

  • Price: $$
  • Night-light: yes
  • Wipe capacity: 75
  • Top or bottom warming: top

This warmer keeps your top wipes warm and moist while allowing you to add water as you load your wipes in, optimizing their moisture retention. On top of that, it also comes with a built-in night-light for easy nighttime use, which turns itself off after 10 minutes.

The Hiccapop Wipe Warmer and Dispenser is the No. 1 product on Amazon for wiper warmers. Reviewers love it for the sleek design, lifetime warranty, and it’s compatible with all major brand name wipes. One potential negative: It’s unclear if it holds as many wipes as other the brands on this list. The company says the capacity is a “standard” pack of wipes, which is typically around 60 to 75.

Best baby wipe warmer for nighttime changes

Munchkin Warm Glow Wipe Warmer

  • Price: $$
  • Night-light: yes
  • Wipe capacity: 100 wipes
  • Top or bottom warming: top

This warmer contains a top-down warming system to help the top wipes access the heat first. This means you could get a warm wipe every time. It typically works with cloth wipes and disposable ones, and emits a warm green light that can help you see what you’re doing in the dark.

This warmer is a hit with parents — it has almost 30,000 reviews on Amazon and 4.4 out of 5 stars. However, many reviewers say that the “glow” of the Glow Wipe Warmer is too bright for their nurseries and feel frustrated that it doesn’t have an off button beyond the auto-shutoff feature.

Best baby wipe warmer for travel

Prince Lionheart Compact Wipes Warmer

  • Price: $
  • Night-light: no
  • Wipe capacity: 35
  • Top or bottom warming: top

For parents on the go, this little warmer packs a big punch. It comes with both a wall and car adaptor, so you can have warm wipes ready in 2 to 3 minutes. It holds fewer wipes (around 35) than the others on this list, but for a road trip or a weekend at the grandparents’ it might do just fine.

Reviewers say it does a great job for what it is and for the price. On the con side, a few folks complain that the lid is finicky and some say that the top gets too hot to fill the container past 30 wipes.

Best baby wipe warmer that won’t dry out

Munchkin Mist Wipe Warmer

  • Price: $$
  • Night-light: yes
  • Wipe capacity: 100
  • Top or bottom warming: top

Even without a wipe warmer, you may notice that, despite your best efforts to seal the box shut, sometimes wipes dry up before you use them all. The last thing you want is to speed up the drying process with a warmer. This one has a wipe-moistening feature that can help prevent that from happening.

In general, reviewers love this warmer and say that it does an excellent job of keeping wipes moist. One potential downside to the moisture-locking design, though, is that the lid is somewhat tricky to open with one hand if you have a wriggly baby.

Best baby wipe warmer for cloth wipes

Prince Lionheart Premium Wipe Warmer

  • Price: $$
  • Night-light: yes
  • Wipe capacity: 100
  • Top or bottom warming: bottom

If you prefer to go the eco-conscious route, this warmer could be great for warming up cloth wipes and keeping them free of mold and bacteria. It contains an antimicrobial pillow that sits at the bottom. You can remove it for cleaning.

Reviewers say that this product does an excellent job of keeping wipes moist and warm. A lot of people credit that to the bottom warmer. However, it’s worth noting that the antimicrobial pillow requires regular maintenance every 3 days and a replacement every 3 months — just keep that in mind if you’re already up to your eyeballs in baby tasks!

Best budget baby wipe warmer

Prince Lionheart Ultimate Wipe Warmer

  • Price: $
  • Night-light: yes
  • Wipe capacity: 100
  • Top or bottom warming: bottom

Just like the other Prince Lionheart warmer mentioned above, this one has the same antimicrobial pillow that can keep wipes free of mold and bacteria. Per the manufacturer, though, this one is better for use with disposable versus cloth wipes. And, as an added perk, it’s the least expensive choice on this list.

Reviewers say this warmer does a good job. Although, fitting a full pack of wipes is a little more of a squeeze than other brands.

When deciding on a baby wipe warmer, there are a few things to consider.

  • Budget: Because the warmer may not be a necessity for some parents, make sure the price of the warmer doesn’t set you back.
  • Light: Do you need this warmer to have a night-light for nighttime changes? If so, make sure you read up on the brightness and consider baby’s sensitivity to light in their nursery.
  • Wipe capacity: Will this warmer be a staple in your nursery? If so, you’ll want to make sure it holds enough wipes. If you’re looking for a travel-friendly warmer, it’ll likely hold fewer wipes to save space.
  • Top versus bottom warming: Reviews are mixed on which is better. Some folks say bottom warming products ensure the entire pack stays moist, while others prefer having the top wipe nice and toasty.

Does a wipe warmer dry wipes out?

Wipe warmers aren’t supposed to dry wipes out, but it can happen — especially in top-warming models — if you’re not using the wipes regularly.

How often should I clean my baby wipe warmer?

The maintenance typically depends on the warmer. Some have special pillows at the bottom that hold moisture and require regular cleaning every 3 days. Regardless of the design, it’s best to disinfect your wipe warmer every few weeks to ensure the chamber stays nice and clean.

How long does it take for a wipe warmer to heat up?

After you plug in your warmer, it can take anywhere from 3 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the product. Each design varies, but most may stay warm 24/7 once turned on.

While they might not be a necessity for everyone, a lot of parents say wipe warmers are game-changers. They help keep baby comfortable during changes, which can really help tired parents and caregivers. If you’re an expecting parent, it might help to throw one on your baby registry.