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

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 8, 2019
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
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE AND CAPACITY
FROTHING SPEED
FROTHING WHISKS
MATERIAL
CONTROLS
WARRANTY
 
PROS

Fitted with a single frothing whisk, this unit can make hot and cold froth and even heat up milk, all that done just in 30-40 seconds. 

CONS

The base has a rather large footprint. 

OUR VERDICT

The Nespresso Aeroccino4 is a compact and highly efficient milk frother for home use that will be duly appreciated by all milk lovers and fans of milk cocktails and creamy coffee drinks. Covered with a ceramic coating from the inside, it is easy to maintain. Besides, it is dishwasher safe up to 158 °F.

detailed parameters
TYPE AND CAPACITY

Automatic, can froth 4 oz. and heat 8.2 oz.

FROTHING SPEED

30-40 sec.

FROTHING WHISKS

1 frothing whisk

MATERIAL

Stainless steel milk jug with inner ceramic coating

CONTROLS

4 illuminated buttons (activation base button, hot foam, hot milk, and cold foam)

WARRANTY

30 days

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 Breville BMF600XL is a good choice both for a coffee shop and for a big family. A variety of settings included allows you to make any possible coffee drinks with cold or hot foam as your heart desires. 

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
WARRANTY

1-year limited

PROS

Using two frothing whisks that come included, you will be able to achieve softer and silkier foam consistency, which will allow you to prepare a greater variety of drinks. And thanks to the heating disk, the device won't burn the milk.

CONS

The power cord is not very long so you will need to place it near the outlet.

OUR VERDICT

In terms of functionality, capacity, and price, this milk frother is a real bargain. What the model lacks in speed, it more than makes up for it in the volume and quality departments. Can be used at home as well as in coffee shops, cafes, and restaurants.

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)
WARRANTY

1-year limited

PROS

This frother has a durable Teflon-coated interior, which prevents the milk from burning and is very easy to clean. Also, the device boasts silent operation allowing you to make a cup of Joe whenever you want without causing any inconveniences. 

CONS
Some users would like this milk frother and steamer to make milk a bit hotter.
OUR VERDICT

Inexpensive milk frother that is well suitable for home and professional use. Despite its lower price tag, the unit has all the essential features, operates fairly fast, and allows making many different coffee drinks.

detailed parameters
TYPE AND CAPACITY

Automatic, can froth 4.25 oz. and heat 8.5 oz.

FROTHING SPEED
~60 sec.
FROTHING WHISKS
1 frothing whisk and 1 stirrer
MATERIAL
Teflon-coated stainless steel carafe
CONTROLS
1 button (for cold and hot milk), max. and min. level indicators, hot and cold modes indicator
WARRANTY

2 years 

PROS

The unit boasts fairly compact dimensions under pretty high capacity. Thanks to special cord storage in the base, the frother needs minimum space for storage. 

CONS

The unit might overheat after several frothing sessions in a row. 

OUR VERDICT

An automated milk frother from Bodum stands out for compactness, ease of use, and a fairly affordable price. Without costing a fortune, it will make you one step closer to making Barista-style coffee drinks at home that will taste just like those you buy in the nearest coffee shop. 

detailed parameters
TYPE AND CAPACITY

Automatic, can froth and heat 10 oz.

FROTHING SPEED

60 sec.

FROTHING WHISKS

1 frothing whisk

MATERIAL

Stainless steel body with non-stick coating, Tritan plastic lid

CONTROLS

On/off switch, Max and min level indicators, Auto shut-off

WARRANTY

2 years 

Nespresso 4192-US Aeroccino4

All-in-one Functionality

Nespresso is definitely an expert in coffee making. Always taking top positions in ratings and comparison reviews, Nespresso machines stand out for a simple design and thought-out multifold functionality. In other words, with minimum effort and no special tweaks engaged, you can make a whole variety of coffee drinks to any taste and preference. The Nespresso Aeroccino 4 milk frother is not an exception. Designed with exceptional ease of use in mind, it offers touch-of-a-button operation and great versatility.

Consisting of a frothing jug and a power base, the Aeroccino 4 is a fully automated little machine. Yet, you’ll be surprised that without any additional accessories, the unit can make 4 varieties of milk, including two types of foam, cold whisked milk and hot milk. And there is no guesswork required, you just need to choose between four intuitive control buttons, each going for a separate program. Thus, going from the left to the right, the first blue-lit button is for cold whisked milk with fine foam, ideal for milkshakes and iced coffee. Next to it is a setting for the hot milk. Slightly frothed, hot milk is ideal for French-style cafe au lait. The other two buttons are for soft and thick foam accordingly to create a range of coffee drinks from habitual cappuccino to caffe mocha and latte macchiato. Whatever program you select, it will be accomplished in about 30-40 seconds.

In terms of capacity, the Aeroccino 4 is a pretty small model. However, the jug volume still allows whisking enough froth and milk for a couple of larger servings and several small cups. Thus, you can froth up to 4 oz of milk and cold whisk or heat up to 8.2 oz. What’s more, inside the jug, there are special measuring marks that will help you pour the right amount of milk for the task at hand.

Review of Nespresso 4192-US Aeroccino4 Milk Frother

Branded Quality

Along with the all-in-one functionality, the Nespresso Aeroccino 4 is distinguished by its quality design. The jug is made of stainless steel, hence, it is damage-poof. From the inside, the jug is coated with ceramics. Not only is it safe to contact with the food and highly durable but also it prevents sticking and eases the cleaning. A hefty plastic handle firmly riveted to the jug is ergonomically shaped to ensure a comfortable and secure grip and safe handling of the hot vessel. Meanwhile, a transparent lid will prevent any spills and mess while frothing and let you conveniently view the whole process of turning milk into fluffy gentle foam. Other good news is that the jug is dishwasher safe. So, after use, you can either rinse it with hot water and let the dishwashing machine do the cleaning job for you. Just mind to take out the frothing spindle.

All things considered, if you look for a simple, practical, and functional milk frother for regular daily use, the Nespresso Aeroccino 4 will get you covered. Relatively compact, stylish, and easy-to-use, it will make a nice addition to any kitchen.

Nespresso 4192-US Aeroccino4 Milk Frother in the use

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Breville BMF600XL

Type and Capacity

The 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, the  BMF600XL 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.

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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. The Breville BMF600XL 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!

Breville BMF600XL Milk Cafe Milk Frother in the use

Extras

The Breville BMF600XL is very simple in use and boasts great 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 suggests some of the 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.

Detailed review of Breville BMF600XL Milk Cafe Milk Frother

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Capresso 202

Type and Capacity

The Capresso 202 is a large automatic milk frother and steamer that will come in handy if you need to have plenty of foam. In fact, the Capresso 202 outperforms many of its competitors when it comes to capacity letting you make up to 12 oz. of hot milk or 9 oz of milk froth. So, it might be a bit of an overkill if you need a milk frother for home use but if you plan on using it in cafes or restaurants, this is definitely a good choice.

Review of Capresso 202 Automatic Milk Frother

Frothing Speed

Speaking of performance, the Capresso 202 milk frother will make a hot milk foam within around 90 seconds. This isn't the fastest speed offered, but it's standard for this type of appliances. Naturally, a cold foam will be done quicker. Compared to some of the other automatic milk frothers we've seen, the Capresso 202 works a bit slower, but that's the price to pay for bigger capacity. Besides, if you think about it, if you had to make 8oz of foam having a smaller frother, you'd need to run the process at least two times, which would take more than 90 seconds. The Capresso 202 comes with two frothing whisks and one heating disk so you can prepare a greater variety of drinks, topping them with foam of any desired density. And when you don't use the whisks, they can be neatly stored in the base of the unit.

Capresso 202 Automatic Milk Frother in the use

Extras

The base of the unit is rather big so it can accommodate all the whisks that come included with the device. It's made of heavy-duty plastic and will stand stable on the countertop. The pitcher is made of lightweight aluminum. It is dishwasher safe, which makes its cleaning an effortless process. Unlike some automatic milk frothers, including some of those on this list, the Capresso 202 has three temperature settings - cold, hot and warm - which adds to its versatility and makes it a more practical choice for genuine coffee aficionados.

Detailed review of Capresso 202 Automatic Milk Frother

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Secura MMF-015

Type and Capacity

This is an automatic electric milk frother and warmer that looks like a small carafe. To get a lot of milk foam or just warm the milk up, you need to push only one button. The rest will be done without your control. The capacity of this milk steamer is 8.5 oz. (for a heat-up) or 4.25 oz. (for frothing). Therefore, it is a typical appliance which is excellent for small cafes or home use (if, for example, your family really adore coffee). Also, this Secura milk frother is available in a bigger size - 17 oz. The latter one is suitable for restaurants and cafes.
Review of Secura MMF-015 Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Warmer

Frothing Speed

This milk frother and steamer is quite fast and can froth either hot or cold milk (depending on the type of coffee you would like to make). For example, you can add cold milk and froth it in order to enjoy iced cappuccino or latte. Or you can froth hot milk. In general, the foam gets ready in around 80 seconds which is fast enough. Keep in mind that the maximal amount of milk for frothing is 4.25 oz. but if you want to warm the milk up - the whole volume (8.5 oz.) can be used. There is a whisk for foaming and a stirrer which is used for warming. Of course, you should choose the right one before using the appliance.
Secura MMF-015 Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Warmer in the use

Extras

The carafe is made of Teflon-coated stainless steel so the milk does not burn and stick to the walls of the carafe. For your convenience, the carafe has minimal and maximal level indicators, so that you know how much milk to pour. There is only 1 button on the back of a handle but it is quite convenient in use anyway. There are 2 indicators - one is for cold milk, and another one is for hot milk. Therefore, you can easily choose the correct mode. This milk frother can't be washed in a dishwasher but you can quickly remove all milk remnants with the help of a cleaning brush (included in a package).
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BODUM 11870-01US Bistro

Compactness Paired With Capacity

Do you find yourself buying a couple of coffee drinks in coffee shops every day? Want to start making those delicious milky coffee beverages at home but don’t have enough space for yet another kitchen appliance like a milk frother? If so, the Bistro milk frother from Bodum will definitely catch your fancy.

First off, the model is fairly compact and won’t take more space on your countertop than a French press. Since it’s an electric model, it consists of a frothing jug and a power base accordingly. Yet, in contrast to other similar models, in which the base is often pretty much larger in diameter or wider than the jug bottom, this model has a round base with a very small footprint. Paired with a slim jug profile, it will perfectly fit even onto cramped countertops or can be put anywhere in the corner near the power socket. Thanks to cable storage in the base, there will be no tangling wires around. Besides, if you are not eager to take a single spare inch on the countertop, you can compactly stow the unit away to the kitchen cabinet where it will take minimum space as well.

However, despite its compact dimensions, the Bodum frother provides pretty generous capacity. You can froth up to 10 oz of milk at a time that will suffice for several cups of coffee, depending on the drink you are going to make.

Made of steel, the jug is highly durable and damage-proof. Though it features no handle, it doesn’t heat up from the outside and is absolutely safe to carry. From the inside, it has a non-stick coating that will make cleaning a real snap. To avoid scorches, rinse the pitcher with hot water right after use and wipe it dry with a towel.

Review of BODUM 11870-01US Bistro Electric Milk Frother

Barista-style Coffee Drinks Made at Home

If you are an avid coffee lover and can’t pass by a coffee shop without taking a cup of creamy latte or flavorful macchiato, you’ll be glad to know that with the Bodum frother, you can make the same drinks at home. And there is no need to spend more or even go anywhere (provided that you have some milk in the fridge, of course).

Unlike a handheld frother where you have to control the frothing process manually, the Bodum offers fully automated operation. Featuring a straightforward design and intuitive controls, it will do the whole job for you. You just need to push one single button on the jug. Yet, though seemingly simple, this little machine can make both cold and hot milk froth and warm up the milk. Measure marks on the inner jug walls will give you a hint how much milk you need to pour to prevent splashes and unwanted spillage. Besides, once the milk is frothed or heated, the unit will turn off automatically ensuring reliable protection from overheats. To warm up milk, you need to take out the frothing spindle and the unit will heat the milk up to 158°F in about 1 minute. So, with the Bodum Bistro frother at hand, adding a creamy touch to your coffee drinks is as easy as one, two, three. Latte and cappuccino, Cafe Au Lait and Cafe Breve, Cortado and Mocha, whatever your heart desires, you can do it in the comfort of your home. More than that, you can simply make a portion of warm milk to eat your crunchy cornflake breakfast or drink before going to bed.

Summing up, distinguished by compactness and ease-of-use, the Bodum Bistro milk frother will match a kitchen of any size and make you one step closer to creating Barista-style coffee drinks in your own kitchen.

BODUM 11870-01US Bistro Electric Milk Frother in the use

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How it works:

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 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 warm milk.

While looking for a milk frother, you may just as well want to check out our selection of coffee machines. Or, if you love tea, take a look at this review of most popular French presses.

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.

Type and Capacity

The first thing to consider is the type and capacity of a milk frother. As we have already mentioned, there are 2 types of milk frothers available: automatic milk steamers that look like metal carafes and manual frother wands (also called handheld milk frothers). Of course, the latter are more affordable, but they can’t heat the milk up, which is the drawback to these models. 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 need to add it manually, using a spoon, for example. If you pick an automatic milk frother and steamer - make sure to check what capacity it offers. If you need to prepare quite a lot of foam (if you are running a cafe or restaurant, for example), make sure to choose a milk steamer and frother with the capacity of at least 8.5 oz. (240 ml). If you want to use it at home, a smaller carafe will be enough. 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 half the size.

Frothing Speed

The next thing to consider is the frothing speed. Here you should clearly realize how fast a milk frother works because sometimes you will not be happy to wait for several minutes until foam is ready or milk becomes hot. If you want to drink a foamy coffee as quickly as possible, buy a frother that can cope with the task within 20-30 seconds. Unfortunately, not many frothers can offer such performance and there are many automatic models that take almost 90 seconds to prepare foam. Also, consider how long it takes for a carafe to heat up the milk. Next, keep in mind that milk frothers are usually equipped with a couple of whisks: one for making foam and another one for stirring the drink while the device heats it. That said, you can find milk frothers featuring not one but two frothing whisks. The advantage of these models is that they allow you to achieve different foam density.

Extras

Finally, consider extras and usability features included with the chosen frother. First things first, pay attention to the material it is made from. Most milk frothers are made of stainless steel, but you can find models that have aluminum carafes making them more lightweight. Also, consider if a carafe is dishwasher-safe. That would make the maintenance of the unit easier a ton. That said, cleaning it under running water using a simple brush is a quick job too. Also, check out controls - they should be easy to comprehend and have some marks making it easier to figure out which button to push.

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

2. BEST MILK FROTHER, Thoroughly Reviewed.

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

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

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

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