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When you make coffee every morning you want it to be flavorful, easy, and quick. Technology has continuously improved the quality and efficiency of how we complete our daily tasks, like making coffee. Electric milk frothers are one of these improvements. Every frother has different features and it’s important to make sure you select the product best suited for you. Our reviews on the top 5 electric milk frothers and our buyer’s guide will give you a clear outline of options as well as the pros and cons of each product.
|Nepresso 3694 Aeroccino3|
|Capresso 204.04 FrothPLUS ||1 Year||4.6/5|
(Best for the Money)
|Bodum 11870-01US ||3 Months||4.0/5|
Milk frothing is made easy with this device’s fast and simple automatic system. There’s one button for all operations. It has auto-shut off, which is a safety feature designed to prevent milk from burning and to ensure the device isn’t left on for long periods of time. It consistently heats your milk to the right temperature so you can count on having perfectly warm milk each time. Occasionally, the device creates foam that is wispy instead of dense. You won’t have noise issues with this model, it does it’s job quietly. Though this frother operates on a base unit with a cord, however, you can remove the frother from the base for easy pouring. A non-stick surface on the interior of this frother makes for easy clean up and the small size is good for storage.
The Capresso model will provide you with control over the temperature of your froth. There are 3 temperature settings so you can decide if you want cold, warm, or hot. The cold setting can even create cold froth. There’s a unique frothing disc that creates dense foam. The frother also can store 2 frothing discs and a heating disc so you can keep all parts and pieces in one place.Though it gently aerates the foam, it produces froth for you quickly. The dual auto shut-off offers safe operation. When the frother is in use, it makes some noises. You can also use this frother to heat liquids to make warm drinks without foam. The Capresso holds more than most electric frothers with a maximum capacity of 8 oz of froth or 12 oz of liquid. Cleaning will be easy for you, because it is dishwasher safe.
The best bang for your buck is this VAVA model made of stainless steel and with great frothing power. The VAVA has 3 temperature settings, so you can make a variety of hot and cold drinks. It will also just heat the milk if you do not want foam. It comes with extra whisks, so if one needs to be replaced you already have replacements. It silently produces the foam in only a minute and the angled spout is excellent at preventing spills. The capacity is smaller than other frothers with a maximum of only 3.9 oz of froth and 8.1 oz of heating, but can still make enough foam or hot milk for a latte or cappuccino. The non-stick coating makes for easy cleaning. After about a year of use, sometimes the VAVA milk frothers motor dies and the product needs to be replaced.
If you want a model that is handheld, this battery powered milk frother is the best bet. It is stainless steel so it will be long-lasting and reliable. Although this is a handheld model it has a comfortable handles and is much smaller than a countertop electric milk frother. This doesn’t heat the milk like a countertop version would, but still can produce very dense foam. If you want flavored frothy drinks it has a motor powerful enough to mix them in with your milk. Cleaning this device is very easy, you just put it into hot water and turn it on for a few seconds.
The fifth model on our list is another countertop electric milk frother made of long-lasting stainless steel. It does not have temperature control features, only one setting and the warmer is not always reliable. The auto shut-off safety feature is present. The Bodum does have a heavy duty motor for making dense foam, but it does produce some noise when in use. The non-stick interior is meant for easy cleaning, but unfortunately, it does not prevent all the hot milk from sticking to the bottom and can be difficult to clean from time to time. The pour spout has a tendency to leak, but this model still produces great froth for your favorite morning drinks.
When purchasing a milk frother you should keep in mind the differences each product can have. The reviews above have explained the benefits and drawbacks of each to make it easier to know which model will provide you are looking for. Below we will look at qualities you do and don’t want in the product you chose to purchase.
The main advantage of an electric milk frother is that it does all the work for you. This is why you want to get one that has a powerful motor and can produce good froth while you don’t do a thing. If the motor is not powerful you could end up with partially foamy hot milk, which is not the way you want your cappuccino. The only disadvantage of powerful motors is that sometimes they are noisy, but not loud. Some models are completely silent if the noise factor is important to you.
The heater is also an important feature to pay attention to. You need a heater that is going to consistently produce the same temperature results. There are electric milk frothers that have weaker heaters that do not make the milk hot enough, and some that make the milk too hot. Some models come with temperature controls which can help with this issue. These models typically have 3 temperature settings; hot, warm, and cold. The cold setting can be used to make cold froth for drinks like iced coffee with cold foam or even milkshakes.
Durability is important because you want your frother to last you as long as you continue to want lattes and other frothy drinks. Stainless steel provides strength and reliability that plastic or other materials cannot. Most electric milk frothers are made from stainless steel, however, and should not be hard to find.
Cleaning a milk frother usually consists of wiping out the interior with a wet towel. Many electric frothers have non-stick surfaces on the interior, which makes this easier. However, some models do better than others at not letting the milk stick to the surface. If you prefer the convenience of a dishwasher there are some dishwasher safe frothers.
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Our top pick, the Nespresso, will be your favorite new kitchen gadget that will make you any kind of foam and has the beneficial features listed above that you should expect from a good quality frother. Our best for the money pick is the VAVA model. This one still has all the benefits as our top pick but has a smaller capacity and a cheaper price point. Our other picks have their benefits and drawbacks, which you can see in the reviews above. You have to decide which features are most important to you and hopefully we made this an easy decision for you.
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