You have the espresso machine. You can make a mean cappuccino and friends come from near and far to try your lattes. It’s time to up your game to expert barista level and give some latte art a go. You get a new way to express yourself, and your friends get to watch in awe.
Not so very long ago, if you wanted a milk frother, it came as part of an expensive espresso machine. Now, however, companies have started making dedicated devices to froth the milk for you. These come in at a better price and can upgrade all your coffee experiences.
But, there are a lot of options out there. How do you know which is the right one for you? In this review, we have narrowed it down to the three best picks. We looked at the best budget model, the best model overall and even threw in a handheld model for good measure.
We also go through what you should look for in a milk frother if you want to create latte art.
Our Best Pick
|#3. Kuissential SlickFroth|
What to Look for in a Milk Frother
There are two basic types available to you:
- Jug: This is the more convenient option because it both heats and froths that milk in one step. The milk is heated in the jug, and the bottom has some kind of device in it to whip up the froth. These are useful but tend to be quite pricey. They also have a limited capacity.
- Wand: You will have seen a lot of these around. They are really little more than whisks that work at high speed. You need to hold them in the milk, and they will whip it up. These are a lot less expensive and convenient if you have a lot of lattes to make. They don’t warm the milk.
Further to that, you also want to consider the capacity and capabilities of the model you are considering. How many cups of coffee will you need to make on average? Some models will only do enough milk for one cup at a time. Which is good if you are single, but bad if you have a large family.
The bigger the capacity, the more versatile the machine may be. Just keep in mind that bigger usually means more expensive as well. However, if you want the maximum versatility, it pays to go bigger and invest a bit more.
Should you be looking at a model with more features?
That all depends on what you want out of your purchase. The picks that we narrowed in on are all good for basic, great coffee. If you want to, however, you can choose a more specialized model. The Breville, for example, has a lid that lets you add syrup while you are frothing the milk.
It wasn’t something that we though essential, which is why we didn’t include it here, but it is something to consider.
The Best Milk Frother For You!
#1. Nespresso Aeroccino
The Breville that we mentioned earlier missed being included on this list for a simple reason – it is more suited to real foodies. Most users won’t get to use half of the features.
We felt that the Nespresso was a great alternative, with all the essential features and a little less expensive.
You don’t have as much control over the temperature of the milk because the machine defaults to from 160 – 170 degrees Fahrenheit. This is what the company considers the ideal temperature.
It’s great if you want a simple setup that you can use without having to fiddle with every setting. We prefer it to the Breville because it is a lot easier to use. It takes around a minute to make enough foam for one drink and has a simple one-button operation for starting and stopping.
#2. Epica Automatic Milk Frother
If affordability is an issue, this is the model for you to consider. It comes in at a very good price.
It is comparable to the Nespresso in terms of capacity but gives more range when it comes to heat settings. You have three options with the heat settings here.
It is built out of stainless-steel and has a carafe built-in to ensure that the milk stays at the right temperature. You can choose various types of milk to use – like full-fat, skimmed or almond milk.
#3. Kuissential SlickFroth
This is not going to heat the milk for you, but it does an excellent job of frothing it up. Considering the savings, you’ll make in terms of price; it is still a worthwhile option. Also, it is good to consider if you have a lot of people to serve.
You don’t have to worry about capacity with this option as all you do is to stick the wand into the milk. You just choose the amount of milk you want, froth it and go.
The biggest advantage for us, though, is how easy it is to clean. Just stick the wand into to some hot soap water and whizz it up for a few seconds. There are no jugs, cups, etc. to keep clean with this option.
There are a lot of options for the would-be latte artist. Our top pick is the Nespresso because it offers a good range of features, excellent performance, and is more reasonably priced than other top brands.
The Epica is the best value for money pick as it performs in a similar way to the more expensive brands for a much lower price.
Finally, the Kuissential is a hand-held model that would work well for those needing to make big batches of froth. It doesn’t heat the milk, but the reduction in cost because of this makes it worthwhile.