Elvie Stride vs Original Elvie Pump - Which is Better?
By Sandy J Green | October 18, 2021
I was about 30 weeks pregnant when a colleague came into my office, placed her used breast pump on my desk and said, “I don't need this anymore, but you definitely will. Have fun, pumping is...an experience.”
Why is it that when you're pregnant, everyone feels like they can say whatever they want to you?
Something good did come out of that stressful and slightly confusing conversation, though. I started researching how to get my own breast pump through insurance, and learned that there are lots to choose from - depending on your needs.
If you already know that you need a pump that's discreet, lightweight, and ultra-portable, then look no further than a wearable pump. Everyone seems to be talking about wearable pumps these days and with good reason - they fit in your bra without needing any extra accessories, plus they're lightweight and practically (if not totally) silent.
Elvie, one of the leading brands in breast pumps and accessories, has come out with a new option for wearable pumps - the Elvie Stride. But how does it stack up to the original wearable Elvie Pump? We've got all the information you need to choose the Elvie that's right for you.
When determining the best pump for you it's important to have all the facts, so you can make the right decision based on your pumping needs. One fact to keep in mind is that when it comes to motherhood things rarely stay the same. This is why both the Stride and the Orignal are equipped with SmartRhythm technology. This technology comes with 3 types of pumping rhythms (Multi-Switch, Catch and Collect, and Slow and Gentle,) as well as 7 intensity levels for Stimulation and Expression for every rhythm. This allows for a personalized and more comfortable pumping experience tailored specifically to your needs.
To use the SmartRhythm technology simply update your Elvie app, select your desired settings, and get ready for your new and improved pumping experience.
What is the difference between the Elvie Stride and the Elvie Pump?
The Elvie Double Pump and Elvie Stride are both closed-system electric pumps that can be used as a double or single pump. They both fit comfortably in your bra, so you can pump anywhere and everywhere, without feeling like the whole world is watching you. In addition, both the original Elvie and the Stride boast some pretty fantastic features including:
- Battery life of 2 to 2.5 hours when fully charged
- Connect seamlessly to your device (with the Pump with Elvie app) to track and log your pumping sessions
- 2-year warranty on pump motor
- 2-phase pumping (stimulation and expression modes)
- There are two (2) 5oz collection cups included
- Very few parts and accessories to keep up with (and when you do need to replace your parts, it's easy to get them through your insurance)
- Minimal parts mean it's easy to clean Elvie pumps
There are three main differences between the Elvie Pump and the Elvie Stride
- Which Elvie pump is stronger? The Elvie Stride is a hospital strength pump with a suction strength of up to 270mmHg, compared to the original Elvie which goes up to 220mmHg.
- The Elvie Pump is a wireless and tubeless pump - each side has its own independent motor. The Elvie Stride has one motor that connects to the collection cups with discreet tubes.
- The Elvie Stride really allows you to customize your pumping session. It has 10 intensity levels with both stimulation and expression modes (so, 20 options) while the Elvie Pump has 14 combinations.
In an Elvie vs Elvie head-to-head battle, which Elvie is right for you?
When deciding which pump to use, focus on these three key factors:
- Where will you be pumping?
- How often will you be pumping?
- What is your price range?
Let's break down these factors.
Where will you be pumping with the Elvie breast pump?
Portability and Discretion
Where you're pumping may help you determine how portable and how discreet you want your pump to be. If you're going to be pumping at home, while taking care of your baby or getting things done around the house, portability may be more important than discretion.
While both Elvie's are quieter than traditional pumps, the original Elvie Pump is completely silent, making it ideal for pumping in public or while on a Zoom call. The Elvie Stride has noise reduction technology, making it incredibly quiet, but not silent.
If you're going to be lugging a pump around the house or office, it's important to know how much they weigh. So, which Elvie pump is heavier? Fortunately, both the Elvie Double Pump and the Stride are incredibly lightweight at 7.9oz for the original and 1.2lb for the Elvie Stride.
The difference is how the weight is distributed. The majority of the weight will be in the motor - with the Elvie Stride, most of the weight will be in the motor, which is clipped onto your pants or hidden in your bag. The weight of the Elvie Pump is in the cups themselves - 7.9oz per side.
If you're going to be moving around a lot while pumping, the Stride may be easier, while the Elvie Pump may work better for you if you'll be sitting in one place.
How often will you be pumping with the Elvie?
How often you pump may be a deciding factor in choosing which Elvie is the right fit for you. While breast pumps in general have come a long way in the past few years, a well-latched baby will always be more effective at expressing milk than a pump.
If you're exclusively pumping (breastfeeding without nursing) you will likely want the pump with the strongest suction strength in order to maintain your supply.
The Elvie Stride is the clear winner here with a suction strength of up to 270mmHg, making it hospital strength suction.
If you are only pumping occasionally and latching your baby most of the time, suction strength may not be your priority or a deciding factor in choosing a pump.
What is your price range?
You may be thinking, “That's great and all, but does insurance cover Elvie pumps?”
Yes! Most insurance plans will cover the Elvie Stride and Elvie Pump. But your insurance coverage may go a little further on one vs. the other.
Because it only has one motor, the Elvie Stride is the more cost-effective option. Some moms can get the Elvie Stride fully covered by insurance, but not everyone can. Upgrade prices start at $0 (fully covered!) and average about $77, depending on your insurance.
The original Elvie Pump Double is essentially two pumps because each side has an independent motor, making it somewhat more expensive. Upgrades start around $150 and averages about $292 (vs $499 retail).
The bottom line about Elvie pumps
You really can't go wrong with either Elvie option. Both pumps are discreet, wearable, light-weight, and have long battery lives. They both have adjustable settings, connect to your phone, and hold up to 5oz of milk per side.
If you're looking for a more cost-effective option and slightly stronger suction - take a look at the Elvie Stride.
If you're looking for ultimate discretion and portability - the Elvie Double Pump might check all of your boxes.
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Sandy J. Green is a Certified Lactation Counselor, Postpartum Doula and mother of two. She knows exactly how it feels to be overwhelmed and sleep-deprived while trying to take care of a tiny human and is on a mission to make motherhood easier for all moms. Through her 1:1 and group programs, as well as partnerships with Beaugen, Sarah Wells, and ExclusivePumping.com, Sandy is creating safe spaces where moms can get the support they need and deserve.
Learn more at www.SandyJGreen.com.