Today, 01:23 PM
I have both and I like both for different reasons. I have had my PISA since my first born and got my Hygeia through insurance for my second child. For me, I find the medela empties faster and I really like the letdown button to help get the pumping started. I don't know if the extra help from the letdown button is the reason I pump faster with the medela, because everything else, fit and function, feel about the same. As PP said, the hygeia has both speed and suction dials, while the medela only has variable suction. I am not sure what model zaynethepain has with 5 settings, because my PISA is a continuous dial. Maybe they changed it? I have heard the one offered by insurance is not as nice as the one sold in stores.
Since I have one breast larger than the other, I require two different size shields and I was happy to find that the medela and hygeia shields are interchangeable, so I could use my previously purchased medela shields with my new hygeia pump. That also means you can find new shields pretty easily, FWIW.
I decided to get a hygeia rather than another medela PISA through insurance because LLL endorses them and the pumps are recyclable, but after having used both, I would say I like the medela better, purely from a functional standpoint.