Best Automatic and Manual Milk Frothers to Make Coffee-based Drinks

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 3, 2017
If you like coffee and want to enjoy the great taste of your favorite drink, you need to use a milk frother. With the help of this small appliance, you will be able to make a delicious cup of foamy and fragrant cappuccino or latte. We have compared 5 best milk frothers to help you make the right pick. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE AND CAPACITY
FROTHING SPEED
FROTHING WHISKS
MATERIAL
CONTROLS
 
PROS
Using one of 2 available frothing whisks, you can make either soft and delicate or dense foam for different kinds of coffee. The heating disk guarantees that milk will be warmed up evenly and won't burn.
CONS
Power cord is not long enough, so make sure there is an outlet nearby.
OUR VERDICT
Best pick in terms of capacity - excellent milk frother for cafes, restaurants, parties, etc.
detailed parameters
TYPE AND CAPACITY
Automatic, can froth 8 oz. and heat 12 oz.
FROTHING SPEED
90 sec.
FROTHING WHISKS
2 frothing whisks (for foam with different density) and 1 heating disk
MATERIAL
Scratch-resistant aluminum pitcher
CONTROLS
3 illuminated buttons (for cold, warm, hot milk)
PROS
The lid has a measuring cup that you can remove to add some ingredients when mixing is on. Thus, you can make a delicious hot chocolate and other drinks. The lid itself can be opened with no effort thanks to the Breville Assist Ring-Pool Removal.
CONS
The minimal froth amount might be too much for an average cup of coffee.
OUR VERDICT
The best choice for a coffee shop or for a big family. The settings allow you to make different foamy drinks and milk, setting the temperature you wish.
detailed parameters
TYPE AND CAPACITY
Automatic, can froth 16 oz. and heat 25 oz.
FROTHING SPEED
60 - 420 sec.
FROTHING WHISKS
1 latte frothing disc, 1 cappuccino frothing disc
MATERIAL
Stainless steel milk jug
CONTROLS
Start/Stop push dial (for cold stir, warm, optimum milk temperature - 140°F, hot), LED indicator
PROS
Keeps milk hot due to a special vacuum insulation of a carafe. Really quiet - almost no sound when it is on. Auto shut-off mode - stops when the frothing or warming is over.
CONS
Some users would like this milk steamer to have a larger capacity.
OUR VERDICT
Good and heat-saving milk frother and steamer which is really easy-to-operate and clean.
detailed parameters
TYPE AND CAPACITY
Automatic, can froth 4.25 oz. and heat 8.5 oz.
FROTHING SPEED
~90 sec.
FROTHING WHISKS
1 frothing whisk and 1 stirrer
MATERIAL
Non-stick stainless steel carafe with vacuum insulation
CONTROLS
2 illuminated buttons (for cold and hot milk)
PROS
Easy 1-button operation. The extra whisk is stored on a magnetic lid. Beats other automatic milk frothers in terms of speed - really fast frothing. Heats foam and warms milk to a really high temperature.
CONS
Nespresso milk frother is not dishwasher-friendly.
OUR VERDICT
Fastest milk frother which is particularly great for cafes. Good-looking, convenient and quite affordable.
detailed parameters
TYPE AND CAPACITY
Automatic, can froth 4.4 oz. and heat 8.5 oz.
FROTHING SPEED
70 sec.
FROTHING WHISKS
1 frothing and 1 stirring whisks
MATERIAL
Non-stick stainless steel carafe
CONTROLS
1 multi-task button, min. and max. level indicators
PROS
Quick and effective milk frothing in any cup (though you will need to take the foam out if you will drink from another one). Includes a convenient kitchen counter stand. Cleaning this handheld milk frother is simple - right in the running water.
CONS
2 AA batteries need to be replaced, particularly if the device is used every day.
OUR VERDICT
A portable and compact milk frother that takes little place. The price is really attractive!
detailed parameters
TYPE AND CAPACITY
Manual frother wand (2 AA batteries), Froths the amount you choose
FROTHING SPEED
~20-30 sec.
FROTHING WHISKS
1 frothing whisk
MATERIAL
Stainless steel whisk and rod
CONTROLS
1 button

What is a Milk Frother

In this review, we are going to compare the most popular milk frother machines that are used in cafes and restaurants as well as at home for making coffee with a foamy topping. Of course, milk frothers are used predominantly for the ‘foamy’ types of coffee such as cappuccino, latte, latte macchiato, and so on. A milk frother allows you to get a delicious and fresh milk foam. There are automatic electric milk frothers that look like carafes and can not only froth the milk but also heat it up. And there are appliances for one-hand operation: you need to immerse them into a cup of hot or cold milk just like a blender. Of course, these appliances are much cheaper but they can’t heat the milk up.

If you do not want to bother yourself with foam making, take a look at our review of 5 best coffee machines that prepare fresh and delicious coffee right from the coffee beans or from ground coffee. So, don't miss out on our review of coffee grinders.


...Read more ...Read less

What Features to Compare

If you are a true coffee lover, you might have read a lot of milk frother reviews but failed to find the best one, otherwise you would not be reading our comparison. We have chosen the most popular milk frothers and compared them by the features that are the most important for buyers.

The first thing to consider is the Type and Capacity of the milk frother. As we have already mentioned, there are 2 major types of milk frothers: automatic milk steamers that look like metal carafes and manual frother wands (also called handheld milk frothers). Of course, the latter appliances are more affordable but they can’t heat the milk up and that is their drawback. Also, if you choose a frother wand you will be able to froth milk right in a glass coffee jar and then add coffee whereas if you froth milk in a carafe you will surely need to add it manually, using a spoon, for example. If you pick an automatic milk frother and steamer - make sure to check what the Capacity is. If you need to prepare quite a lot of foam (if you are running a cafe or a restaurant, for example), make sure to choose the milk steamer and frother with the capacity of 8.5 oz. (240 ml.). If you want to use it at home, a smaller carafe will also be fine. Keep in mind that you can heat the whole carafe of milk but if you want to just froth it - the necessary volume of milk you must fill in will be a half a size.

The next issue to consider is the Frothing Speed of every appliance. Here you should clearly realize how fast it works because sometimes you will not be happy to wait for several minutes till foam is ready or milk becomes hot. If you want to drink a foamy coffee as quick as possible, buy a frother that will cope with it within just 20-30 seconds. However, most automatic electric milk frothers prepare foam for around 90 seconds. Also, you should pay attention to how long it takes for a carafe to heat the milk up, but it is an additional info. Keep in mind that every automatic milk frother has not 1 but several (usually 2) Whisks: one of them is a frothing whisk used to make a cold or hot foam and another is a stirring whisk (or stirrer) that is used to speed up the heating of milk. The best milk frothers have 2 frothing whisks and they make a foam with a different density, so you can control what foam you get.

Finally, consider all Extras every best milk frother from our review provides. First of all, pay attention to the Material every item is made from. Most milk frothers are made of stainless steel but some models have an aluminum carafe. No need to say, aluminum is more lightweight. Also, some carafes or pitchers are dishwasher-friendly which is an important advantage for everyday use. However, most carafes are unsuitable for a dishwasher due to an inner non-stick coating which is very often used in order to prevent milk from burning to the carafe. These carafes can easily be washed in the running water with a simple brush. Next, look at the Controls - you need to realize how easy it is to choose the relevant mode. For example, the best milk frothers have several buttons so it is easier for you to know which one to push.

...Read more ...Read less

Capresso 202

Type and Capacity

This is a rather big automatic milk frother and steamer that can produce a lot of foam. Frankly speaking, this item beats all its competitors in terms of capacity - the aluminum pitcher allows you to get up to 12 oz. of hot milk or 8 oz. of milk froth. Therefore, this appliance might be too 'performing' for family use and most buyers get it for using in cafes or restaurants when lots of people order drinks that require foam.

Frothing Speed

This best milk frother prepares a hot milk foam within around 90 seconds. No need to say, a cold foam will be ready faster (just choose the right mode). This appliance is just a bit slower than some other automatic milk steamers, but it has the largest capacity . It makes 8 oz. of foam in 90 seconds, while if you use a smaller frother you will need to run the process twice to get the same amount of foam. Make sure to choose the right operation setting - there are 2 frothing whisks and 1 heating disk. The frothing disks make foam of different density so do not forget to check which one you need for a cup of latte, cappuccino, etc. The disks which are not being used, are stored in a base.

Extras

The base is rather big and made of plastic but the pitcher is aluminum and it is 100% dishwasher-friendly which makes the clean-up totally effortless. Unlike the rest of automatic milk frothers in our review, this model boasts 3 temperature settings - cold, warm, and hot. Therefore, it is the best appliance for coffee and other foamy drinks (shakes, cocktails, etc.).

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
Review: Capresso frothPRO Automatic Milk Frother
 

Breville BMF600XL

Type and Capacity

Breville BMF600XL is an automatic milk frother that boasts quite a large capacity. You can make up to 16 oz. of milk froth (of different density) at a time or warm up to 25 oz. of milk. This is more than enough for an average family and if you have a large one, Breville is surely a worthy purchase. Moreover, this fantastic milk frother is very popular at coffee shops (your favorite one might use this very appliance!). If you need to make a lot of foamy latte, cappuccino, or hot chocolate - this milk frother is just what you need. In all, this is a great appliance that will be highly helpful for business and for home use.

Frothing Speed

This milk frother requires more time than other appliances on the shortlist but it isn't a drawback since you get quite a lot of foam and a single frothing is enough for making several cups of a tasty drink. Breville comes with 2 frothing discs, each of them is designed for its purpose. As it goes from its name, the latte frothing disc makes great foam for latte; it's soft and 'silky'. The cappuccino frothing disc makes much denser and creamy foam, the one required for cappuccinos. All in all, if you are a true connoisseur of coffee, this milk frother is right for you!

Extras

Breville BMF600XL is very simple in use and boasts the superb assembly quality. You can be sure that the unit will work for long years and no way will break down after several months of use. This kitchen appliance not only makes foam and heats milk but also gives you an opportunity to pick the temperature it must be heated to. The measuring cup (which is an integral part of the lid) helps you add different ingredients right during mixing. Just remove the cup and add an ingredient through the hole. The user's manual offers the following ingredients you can add: drinking chocolate, honey, cocoa powder, maple syrup, etc. The jug is made of stainless steel, so it's totally dishwasher-safe. Finally, storing the discs is easy - they are kept right on the base, which means they are always at hand.

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
Breville -- Tips & Tricks: The Milk Café BMF600XL
 

Epica SYNCHKG052034

Type and Capacity

That is another automatic milk frother and warmer that can not only froth milk but also warm it up. The carafe has a detachable base which facilitates the use of the appliance. This Epica milk frother has a typical capacity of 8.5 oz. (heating) and 4.25 oz. (frothing) - enough for home use but some customers purchase this milk steamer for using in cafes, offices, restaurants, etc.

Frothing Speed

Epica milk frother is sufficiently fast - it turns milk into a hot foam within around 90 seconds. Of course, a cold foam will be made a bit quicker since no warming is required. You can also warm the milk up without any foaming at all - and you will get warm milk for kids, for example. There are just 2 buttons for hot and cold milk. They are illuminated so that you know what mode is currently on. This milk frother allows you to prepare cold and hot foam for cappuccinos, lattes, and all kinds of milk products that need foam. You can enjoy a latte when it is cold and an iced latte when it is hot.

Extras

This milk frother and steamer is made of durable stainless steel which boasts the unique vacuum insulation so the carafe keeps heat for a long time so the milk (and foam). However, you should not put this milk steamer into a dishwasher. Wash it in the running water only if you do not want to pay for a new milk frother. There are 2 illuminated buttons for hot and cold milk so you will never confuse them.

Additional Info

    Manufacturer


VIDEO
Epica Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Heater Carafe
 

Nespresso 3192-US

Type and Capacity

Just like 4 other items in our milk frother review, it is another automatic appliance that allows you to get both milk foam and hot milk. The maximal capacity of hot milk this milk frother can warm up is 8.5 oz. but if you want to get foam - this appliance can prepare up to 4.4 oz. at a time. The advantage is not that big but still we find it quite positive if you need foam for many cups of coffee.

Frothing Speed

This Nespresso milk frother is truly quick - it makes hot foam within just 70 seconds. Cold foam will be ready even faster - just 60 seconds. And if you want to heat the milk up to prepare a cocktail for yourself or your kids - the whole capacity (8.5 oz.) will be warmed up in 130 seconds. No need to say, there is a frothing whisk (for cold and hot milk) and a hot milk whisk (for warming only). It is easy to replace and clean them - both are made of stainless steel. Also, the whisk you are not using is safely stored inside a lid thanks to a special built-in magnet. Therefore, you will never lose it. Nespresso milk frother will help you make lattes, cappuccinos, iced cappuccinos and other delicious drinks.

Extras

This milk frother and steamer is very reliable since it has a stainless steel housing with a non-stick inner coating. Unfortunately, the carafe is not dishwasher-friendly so clean it in a sink if you do not want to spoil the appliance and spend money for another. This milk steamer has only 1 control button - you push it for hot foam / milk, and push and keep for a couple of seconds for cold foam.

VIDEO
Nespresso Aeroccino Plus vs Aeroccino 3 Milk Frother
 

Aerolatte 045BLK

Type and Capacity

This is a manual (or handheld) milk frother wand which means you can use it to froth milk in any cup or jug and you hold the appliance in a hand. This milk frother is battery-powered and it requires 2 AA batteries. Of course, they must be replaced and the more often you use the frother, the more often you will need to replace batteries. Also, you can use rechargeable batteries - it will save your money. As usual, handheld milk frother wands are used for frothing milk in small mugs or cups (around 12 oz.). It's convenient to froth milk in a coffee cup and then add coffee to it, but if you want to use another cup - you will need to take the foam out with the help of a spoon.

Frothing Speed

Aerolatte milk frother wand looks compact and small but it's efficient enough and you don't need to worry about that. Though many people think handheld frothers take a lot of time to turn milk into a froth, that is wrong. Aerolatte milk frother can cope with the task within around 20-30 seconds if you froth milk in a cup. A handheld milk frother wand has only 1 whisk and you can pour and froth either hot or cold milk.

Extras

Aerolatte handheld milk frother wand is quite durable - the immersible parts (a rod and a whisk) are made of stainless steel. This model goes with a special kitchen counter stand which is painted the same color as the upper part of the frother. By the way, this appliance is available in a variety of colors, so you can easily choose the one fitting your kitchen decor. Using a milk frother with a stand is very comfortable since you don't need to hide it in a cupboard every time after use. Also, it's easy to wash the milk frother - just put the rod and the whisk in the running water and that's it. Using the appliance is also simple: there's just 1 button (ON-OFF). The manufacturer also includes a recipe book that contains some recipes of latte, cappuccino, frappe, shakes, hot chocolate etc.

Additional Info

    Manufacturer


VIDEO
Aerolatte Milk Frother - Exclusive Review
 
105

Comparison graph

PRICE, $

Sources:

1. Priya Johnson Useful Advice for Choosing the Best Milk Frother, BUZZLE. June 15, 2016.

2. BEST MILK FROTHER, Thoroughly Reviewed.

3. Milk Frothing Guide - Frothing for Newbies & Intermediates, CoffeeGeek.

4. How to Use a Milk Frother for Perfect Coffee, ESPARES. December 21, 2015.

5. Ruth and Ben Traxler, Lindsay Ellis, Juliet Spurrier, How to Choose the Best Bottle Warmer, BabyGearLab. June 28, 2016.

6. What is a Milk Frother? wiseGEEK.

7. Katherine Marko What Is the Difference Between Frothed Milk & Steamed Milk?, Our Everyday Life.

8. John-Michael Bosman Our top milk steaming tips, Yuppiechef. July 3, 2014.

Other reviews