I'm getting a cold water steriliser. I like the fact that the bottles stay sterilised for 24 hours rather than just until you open it. I intend to BF but will have bottles and milk in the house as we don't have 24hr shops here and I don't want to have no choice at 4am one day.
I had a microwave steriliser, just like a plastic box with vent in top. This is all we needed for dummies and expressing equipment. And much quicker and smaller to store. We also used the microwave bags when away, very handy.
We had a steriliser, used it a lot, even though I bf for 6 months it was useful for dummies, bottles for the dream feed etc. however you could just buy a bottle of Milton instead and a bucket or an old ice cream tub or something. Put cold water in and some Milton, stick the bottles or dummies or whatever in, leave it for a bit and ....voila. Sterlilsed. I used the Milton a fair bit too, especially when traveling/ on holiday. Much cheaper and just as effective.
I bought a fancy electric steriliser which broke after 3 months, then I saw the light and bought a cheap Asda microwave one.. faster, easier and lasted for as long as I needed it. Definitely recommend.
ditto - go for the microwave one..electric ones are take up precious counter top space, bulky, hard to clean and breaks down. I spent lots of money on an electric one first and then ended up throwing that away and using my cheap microwave one all the time. Loved it so definitely recommend.
never had one and never needed one. For the odd dummies (who anyway did not get accepted by either of my DC) you can just as well boil them out in a small pot/pan. I'd say to try and see first how BF goes, you can still order or buy in any store if and when you feel the need.