A steam sterilizer, commonly referred to as an autoclave, is a vessel either with a cover or door, special valves that control the entry/exit of the air and steam, and monitoring devices that allow an operator observing the situation inside the unit. The device of this type is designed to hold the items, allowing the steam penetrating them under certain pressure.
Today’s market offers a wide range of different sterilizers. They are available in different sizes that range from fixed room-sized to portable countertop models.
There are also special bottle sterilizers, created to provide an extra sterilization degree for the baby’s bottles. Generally the devices used for bottles sterilization are microwave or electric. The first ones are able to double as cold water devices. The amount of water that is requires as well as the sterilization time varies from unit to unit. This is why it is very important to follow the instructions of the manufacturer, determining the exact amounts of liquid and time.