This is a great pump! I think it's really important to have a pump that you like and that works well... I spend more time with my pump than I do in my car, so I see it as that important of a decision. I also pump for two... some for my own little guy and extra for a friend's baby, so it's doubly important for me. This pump is reliable, strong and very easy to use. The accessories are great and all the pieces are very easy to assemble and disassemble for cleaning. I use the micro-steam clean bags and it is so much faster than traditional boiling sterilization. I do not imagine that I would have the patience or time for hand-expressing and this works fast for me. Plus, all the accessories and compatible bottles make the whole process very easy.