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There are so many things that draw us to a cup of coffee: the fresh aroma of a cup waiting for us in the morning or watching creamer works its way through a clear glass. Frothed and steamed milk can help us wake up at the earliest part of our day or cap off our last meal. Maybe you prefer flat whites or milk with just a little extra heft to it. Maybe you love the dollop of frothed milk on top of an old school cappuccino. No matter how much you like it, frothed milk is an old standby, adding a wonderful layer of subtlety to our favorite drink. It’s more than just warm milk — it’s naturally sweetened milk. When you froth milk, you are expanding it, and the expansion opens up enzymes, releasing sugars.
So, which frother is going to stretch our milk — and our dollar — the best? We did some research and wrote out what we found. We hope these reviews of the best milk frothers are helpful!
|Ninja Coffee Bar Easy|
(Best Budget Buy)
|Nestlé Nespresso 3694-US-BK||2 Years||4.50/5|
|Bonsenkitchen Electric Milk Frother|
(Top Handheld Mixer Pick)
|HadinEEon Electric Milk Frother||3 Years||4.25/5|
As it’s our top pick, you already know we’re impressed with the Breville BMF600XL. This machine allows for awesome customization. With the Breville, you can control the temperature, the level of frothiness, and the drink itself! Have you ever had a hot chocolate cappuccino? Well, now you can! All you have to do is put in the cappuccino disc for cappuccinos and add chocolate powder or syrup.
HELPFUL ADVICE: When it comes to the temperature of the milk, we recommend between 130 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit for cappuccinos (6 ounces) and 140-150 degrees for a latte (8 to 10 ounces).
The Breville is easy to use — just fill it up with liquid and push buttons. The hardest part is figuring out which delicious drink you want first! This machine can be used with alternative milks and is dishwasher safe as well. However, there have been rumors of durability issues …
This is a cool item to own and it won’t set you back much either. The way it works is simple: Put the milk in and churn the heck out of it until you have the froth you want. You can also delicately churn the milk if that is more your style.
This frother is microwavable and dishwasher safe, so it is easy to clean and you don’t have to make a mess of another receptacle just to get a little bit of frothed milk. There’s plenty to love about this item.
Any complaints revolve around its durability. There is also the fact that this just seems to be a French press advertised as a milk frother.
The Aeroccino is a cool device with a cool design, but it is more or less a one-trick pony. It heats milk to between 160 and 170 degrees Fahrenheit, which is just a little too hot for a good-tasting coffee drink. The troubleshooting on this item is … involved. There are so many ways that frothing milk could go wrong and so many ways to fix it, and it is a little overwhelming.
The good news about this frother is that when it works, you are just a fill and a push away from deliciously frothy milk. This item is easy to clean as well.
As with most milk frothers, durability is a concern with this item.
The Bonsenkitchen won’t do the work for you, but it is still a great tool to have. This device makes a wonderful statement on behalf of simplicity and lets you decide exactly how frothy you want your milk. Now, it won’t heat up your milk like some of the other frothers on this list, but that may actually bode well for its durability.
To clean, you’ll just need to run it under water, but don’t put it in the dishwasher. Considering the price, it’s easy to see why the Bonsenkitchen made it in our top five.
Definitely one of the greatest handheld milk frothers out there.
The first thing to notice about the HadinEEon is its wonderfully futuristic look. It is both sleek and classic while seeming like something from the far future. This machine will heat up your milk and froth it. It doesn’t get that hot, though, only up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. It should be noted that it gets to that 140 degrees very quickly, though!
This frother is also quite easy to clean. If you are proficient in the act of making latte art, then this will work for you as well.
Durability is a concern again.
This machine does the job that it was intended to do, which is to make foam. You can’t fit much milk in here, however, and it really can’t make latte milk or even great cappuccino milk. This device is more for the foam on top of a cappuccino, which the specialty world is veering away from. This device is super easy to clean, though!.
There are a few negatives. It says to specifically use whole milk, so if you are the type who likes milk alternatives, then this is not the frother for you. It also sometimes burns the milk and has durability issues.
We really like this one for the aesthetics, as it is almost like an undercover frother. This works by pressing a pump, much like a French press. That means it is easy to clean and use and doesn’t have mechanical parts that will break on you. You can also put it directly on a stovetop.
It should be mentioned that this is aluminum and not stainless steel.
The Norpro could be considered a less expensive alternative to the Ninja above. It works the same way, which is via churning the milk with the pump. It is easy to clean and relatively durable.
There have been complaints that the mesh screen doesn’t allow for making quite enough foam, which certainly sounds like an issue for a milk frother.
This is a device that looks really good but maybe doesn’t work so well.
This machine tends to burn milk , making it hard to clean. It can also boil over during the process. And, like most of the other frothers, it has durability issues.
The MatchaDNA frother is interesting because when it works, it works fine, but it just doesn’t feel that good. And we live in a day and age where we judge things almost entirely based on feel.
It also isn’t very powerful, and the frothing takes a bit of time. It is battery powered, so you will have to keep those on hand. Many people have reported that it was delivered broken.
Buying milk frothers is all about knowing what you want to do with the milk, what kind of drink you want, and how much control you want over it.
Spinning plate models tend to break down rather quickly. Maybe avoiding the manual labor is worth it to you, however, and with so many milk frothers and heaters, there are plenty that are affordable, even if you have to keep replacing them.
The press design (see: Ninja Press Froth Technology) gives you that control. It does, however, add another step to the process, as you’ll need to heat the milk, but again, this is another level of control that you don’t have with the electric models.
The trick is, there is no trick.
There’s no one perfect item here. Until you decide to fully go for it and buy an espresso machine, just understand each and every one of these items is flawed.
It seems that the best way to shop for a frother is to pinpoint one feature you want it to have, and then get the model that does that feature the best or fits your budget the best. Do you need something with a heat source? Do you prefer to see the fruit of your labor? So much goes into this decision!
We found the Breville BMF600XL to be the best model out there, but that may not be the best one for you. Only you know what you want and need out of a milk frother. Maybe you would prefer something like the Ninja Coffee Bar Press Frother. Or maybe you would prefer a hand-held device. Your cup of coffee is an experience curated by you, for you, and we are just here to help you get the most out of it.
With so many frothers out there, we are happy to do some of the groundwork for you. We know that we aren’t the end-all and be-all of coffee expertise, but we certainly hope that these reviews help you.
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