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It’s time to get yourself a milk frother. Let me tell you, you’ll never look back once you have one. Being able to up your at-home barista game, by having a device that froths milk, is revolutionary.
But the world of milk frothers is tricky to navigate. What should you look for? What’s the best handheld milk frother? Should you go for an automatic one?
We’ve looked at these questions and answered them the best we can. Lets take a look.
These are the milk frothers we’ll be reviewing:
- First, Why Use A Milk Frother?
- Types Of Milk Frothers
- What To Look For In A Milk Frother
- The Best Handheld Milk Frother – The Reviews
- Which One To Choose?
- Milk Frothing Tips
First, Why Use A Milk Frother?
Drinking a coffee that’s been brewed by a trained barista is delicious. If that barista knows exactly what they’re doing, the coffee is to die for.
But that doesn’t mean we should have to visit a cafe every time we want some deliciously textured milky coffee drinks. We should be able to drink lattes and cappuccinos from the comfort of our own home.
This is much easier to do nowadays than ever before. The innovation of milk frothing is always being refined and improved. Today, there are a range of products available that allow us to froth milk at home until our heart’s content.
Types Of Milk Frothers
Yes, yes, you’re truly spoilt for options when it comes to milk frothers. Let me briefly run through the options.
These guys are like mini whisks that you stick straight into your milk. When switched on, the whisk spins super quickly allowing air to be whipped into the milk.
One of the best things about this tool is how compact and affordable they are. They’re the cheapest milk frothers on the list, and you can take them anywhere, as they’re battery operated and small. This also makes them easy to clean, as there aren’t lots of parts to them.
They produce light milk which is foamy with large bubbles. Ideal if you love a cappuccino.
The down sides are that they don’t heat the milk up. The milk remains whatever temperature it was. But you will get the best foam if the milk is hot. You also don’t get a lot of flexibility with the texture of the milk.
You’ll normally see these as little jugs, where you simply pour in your milk and press a button. These frothers generally allow you to choose how much foam you want, and whether you want hot or cold milk.
They’re a lot more convenient as they don’t require you to do anything, meaning you can be getting on with something else while your milk is frothing.
There is a limited amount of milk you can froth at any one time though, and they can be harder to clean but even the hardest are still pretty easy. Some come dishwasher proof, which is even more convenient than a handheld frother.
One thing I’ve learnt with these automatic milk frothers is that if you’re using vegetable milk, you’ll have to try and find out which brands or type of milk work best. I haven’t had a lot of luck with soy or almond, but oat milk works well. Or try to find ‘barista edition’ vegetable milk for the best results.
We won’t be reviewing any steam wands in this article, but these are the milk frothers you see on the side of espresso machines in cafes. They’re periodically the best at frothing milk
You can customise your milk for a range of different speciality drinks. Cappuccinos, lattes, flat whites, you name it. Reason being is they create a beautifully thick and silky microfoam in the milk, which give drinks from cafes their unique texture.
They are the most expensive which is unsurprising. Plus they’re not that easy to master. It can take quite a bit of practice before you’re making really nice milk with a steam wand. But practice makes perfect!
What To Look For In A Milk Frother
There are a couple of considerations to keep in mind. Here they are.
Especially with the handheld milk frothers, you want to make sure it’s powerful enough to create the milk you desire.
The stronger the motor, the more foam it’s going to be able to create. If the motor is underpowered or likely to break down, the foam will disappear quicker than you can pour it into your brewed coffee.
You don’t want to spend a few minutes frothing your milk for it to disappear a few seconds after you’re finished.
Like with everything you buy, you want it to last. What’s the point in buying a cheap, nasty milk frother if it’s going to break in a couple of weeks and you need to buy another one.
You don’t need to break the bank, but stainless steel milk frothers are better than plastic ones. In the long run, spending a little bit extra now will probably save you money in the future, as you won’t need to keep buying replacements.
Battery or Plug?
If you’re wanting to take your milk frother on weekends away or when travelling for business, you might want a battery powered milk frother.
If not and your milk frother is going to be sat on your kitchen counter, then a plug frother might be better for you.
There’s no best or worse option here, just what will more likely work best for you.
Cleaning my coffee gear is the bane of my life some mornings. Especially if it’s fiddly and takes a bit of niggling to do so. How easy the maintenance and cleaning of your milk frother is, is definitely a factor to think about.
To be honest, most milk frothers are easy to clean. You can normally get away with a rinse under a hot tap. Some are even dishwasher proof which is incredibly convenient.
This too doesn’t really affect the performance of the milk frother, it’s more about personal preference.
The Best Handheld Milk Frother – The Reviews
- Battery powered
- Stainless steel
- 27 different colours to choose from
- Very easy to clean
- Dimensions: 9.92 x 2.91 x 2.7 inches
- Lifetime ‘no rust, no break’ guarantee
First up is the handheld milk frother by Zulay Kitchen. It’s a sleek and stylish frother, and you have the choice of a huge range of colours. Some even have funky designs on them, making them perfect as a gift.
One of the most convenient things about the Zulay is how easy it is to clean. Simply give it a rinse under a hot tap while it’s turned on, and you’re done!
It also comes with a stand, and since there aren’t any wires, it sits tidy on your kitchen top and is very easy to access.
As far as the quality of milk frothing goes, you can’t complain. It froths milk fast, I mean like 15 seconds until you have nicely frothed milk for your coffee.
You don’t have to use the Zulay specifically for coffee either. It’s a good tool to use for mixing powders into your drinks, like hot chocolate or matcha tea, and it works for frothing non-dairy milk too.
The customer service has been reported to be top notch, with Zulay following through with replacements if there’s ever a problem.
- Rechargeable battery powered
- Stainless steel and plastic
- 3 different whisking speed options
- 2 whisks (milk frother and balloon whisk)
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 4.2 x 1.8 inches
- 3 year warranty
The FoodVille is a pretty impressive handheld milk frother. You get a lot for what you pay for! Firstly, not only does it come with a milk frother whisk, but also a separate head for making whipped cream or mixing smoothies.
I really like the fact it’s rechargeable too. This saves you money on batteries which are expensive! Plus it means you can charge it on the go, providing you have access to a USB port.
The actual whisk is over 6 inches long, so if you’re wanting to froth enough milk for your travel mug that’s not a problem.
It’s also got 3 different whisk speed options which allow you to customise your milk foam. These options are speeds of 19,000rpm, 21,000rpm and 23,000rpm, which even on the slowest setting whisks milk rapid!
Even though the handle is made from plastic, it feels really nicely built. The parts of the milk frother which touch the milk are made from stainless steel though.
- Automatic milk frother
- Stainless steel and non-stick interior
- Heats up and froths milk in 3 minutes
- Automatically turns off when finished
- 2 replacement whisks
- Dimensions: 7.28 x 6.1 x 4.25 inches
- 1 year warranty
The first automatic frother on the list is the Miroco. A very easy to use milk frother, coming with only one button to operate. Through this button you can choose whether you want hot or cold milk.
Although it’s not dishwasher safe, the amount of cleaning needed is minimal. A quick rinse under the hot tap straight after use should be just fine.
So it’s easy to use, and easy to clean, but does it froth milk well? Yes, I can confirm it does. After a couple of minutes there’s perfectly frothed milk, which is more cappuccino like than latte, but has a nice texture all the same.
If you remove the frother attachment and press the button to start the cycle, you’ll get hot milk without the foam.
The Miroco produces top quality frothed milk and comes with a low price tag. Although not the most stylish appliance, it’s certainly convenient and practical.
- Automatic milk frother
- Stainless steel with anti-stick coating
- 4 frothing options
- Finished frothing in 1-2 minutes
- Auto off feature
- Come with replacement whisk
- Dimensions: 8.07 x 6.69 x 5.43 inches
- 2 year warranty
The very stylish HadinEEon milk frother not only looks fantastic on your countertop, but also comes with different frothing functions and a bunch of other features.
You can create warm dense milk foam, warm airy milk foam, cold milk foam and warm milk. Again, it’s very easy to operate, with an on/off button, and a button to go through the options.
You can froth up to 5.1oz of milk, and warm up to 10oz. It’s nice to have this slightly larger than normal capacity, as it means you can froth enough milk for two people at the same time.
The cleaning is simple too, and although not dishwasher proof it takes less than a minute to rinse it down after each use.
If white doesn’t float your boat then you can get the same model in black. You get all this and, at the time of writing, it’s the cheapest automatic milk frother on the list. A win-win scenario!
- Automatic milk frother
- Stainless steel, with anit-stick coating and chrome finish
- 4 frothing options
- Fast and quiet
- Auto-off feature
- Dishwasher proof
- Dimensions: 8.26 x 7.08 x 7.08 inches
- 2 year warranty
I think a lot of people have heard of the Nespresso Aeroccino. Their newest model, the Aeroccino 4, comes with more frothing options than ever before. You can have frothed cold milk, densely frothed hot milk, lightly frothed hot milk, or just plain hot milk.
I’ve been using this frother every morning for about 2 months now. It’s quick and quiet, taking around a minute and a half to two minutes to finish frothing. There’s not a whole lot of difference between each setting, but the amount of froth certainly changes.
The Aeroccino looks incredibly stylish sitting on your kitchen counter. With it’s chrome finish and easy grip grooves on the side, it’s definitely not an eyesore.
It’s not large enough to froth milk for two people at a time. I ended up with milk all over the kitchen counter when I didn’t see the capacity lines on the inside. But we live and we learn.
It’s a really fantastic milk frother and comes as close as I’ve found to a steam wand.
Which One To Choose?
When weighing up all the factors I’d put my two cents on the HadinEEon Milk Frother. Not only do you get a steal, it froths milk to cater for a range of different options, and holds enough milk for two people at a time.
No matter which frother you choose though, I doubt you’ll ever have a kitchen without a milk frother again. It’s a luxury you can easily get used to.
We’ve put together a couple of milk frothing tips below to help you create that perfect milk.
Also let us know which one you went for in the comments!
Milk Frothing Tips
There’s an art to frothing to perfect milk. You could go at it and hope for the best, but these are some little tips and tricks to get you started frothing the best milk you possibly can.
The Temperature Matters
Some milk frothers on the market will do this for you, but if you’ve got yourself a handheld milk frother you’ll have to do this manually.
You can do it on the hob or microwave, but your milk should be between 150F and 155F for the best foaming results. If you overheat or burn your milk though, you’ll get a sharp bitter taste coming through.
The classic cappuccino has the same amount of steamed milk as foamed milk on top of an espresso shot.
You want to fill your pitcher up to about a third full and start whisking. Keep the whisk fully submerged in the milk, until the milk starts to expand to almost fill the pitcher.
Then move the whisk vertically up and down, trapping air in the milk as you do so.
Latte milk should have 5 ounces of steamed milk, to 1 ounce of foamed milk.
Start the same as you did with your cappuccino, but this time stop the foaming process when the milk expands a third in size. There should be a thin layer of thick foam on top of the steamed milk.