Gone are the days where you have to go to the coffee shop for a nice drink. Now you can make that smooth latte or frothy cappuccino right from the comfort of your own home! A milk frother is the perfect addition to take your milk based drinks to the next level and surprise those unexpected guests with a delicious brew.
Milk frothers are particularly helpful either for those who use manual brewing methods (such as the Aeropress) or have an automatic machine (like a Nespresso) with no inbuilt frother. Milk frothers tend to be relatively affordable and may be just what you need to up the enjoyment of that morning coffee. Let’s take a look at what to look for in a good milk frother and then we’ll help you decide which one is the best milk frother for you.
Our Pick: Breville Milk Cafe
This milk frother is the creme de la creme when it comes to milk frothers! It is a stylish, durable machine that comes with 2 frothing disks (catering to both cappuccino and latte lovers) and has adjustable temperature and foam levels. If you are looking for the best milk frother look no further than the Breville Milk Cafe!
What are Milk Frothers and how do they work?
Milk frothers basically work by spinning the milk quickly to add air into it and create a dense, smooth foam. They generally take anywhere from 20-90 seconds to froth milk.
There are several different types of milk frothers available:
These milk frothers are generally the cheapest. They look similar to a stick blender and consist of a handle with a whisk attached. They are what we would call a semi-automatic milk frother. You have to manually heat or cool your milk and put it into a jug then you use the handheld milk frother to froth your milk. The whisk spins at high speeds just below the surface of the milk to create creamy foam. They generally take around 90 seconds to produce frothed milk.
A jug milk frother is where the milk is frothed in a jug. There are 2 types:
If you were looking for a milk steamer similar to what you would get on an espresso machine you could consider investing in a stovetop steamer. They look and work in a similar way to a moka pot. Using a stovetop you heat the water in it and create a build up of steam. Once the pressure has built up enough you can use the milk wand to froth your milk. A stovetop steamer produces very high quality microfoam milk. However they do take 3-5 minutes to build sufficient pressure to be able to steam milk.
What to look for in a Milk Frother?
The first thing you need to decide is what type of milk frother you are wanting. Are you wanting an electric milk frother that will do everything with the push of a button? Or a cheaper manual one that you pull out on special occasions? Or a Milk Steamer which will enable you to create latte art? If you are planning on using it regularly we recommend going for an electric milk frother for convenience sake.
Type of Milk being used
Are you planning on using dairy milk or other types like soy or almond? Some milk frothers struggle to froth non-dairy milk. The Nespresso Aeroccino is a great option for those using non-dairy milk- still able to produce creamy foam with Almond milk.
Some electric milk frothers, like the Breville, have adjustable temperature settings whereas others have only one setting which may not be hot enough for those who like their drinks hot. Alternatively a Milk Steamer allows you to steam your milk to your desired temperature.
Are you wanting an affordable entry level model, or a quality, durable machine? If you are planning on using it regularly we would recommend investing in a good quality one that will last the distance. There are milk frothers to suit every price range.
If you are buying an electric milk frother, how many drinks are you planning on making? Is it just you using it or the whole family? Make sure you get one that will be able to cater to your needs. Also ensure you know the minimum and maximum quantity it can froth – putting in too much milk can cause it to overflow and make a mess, putting too little in could cause it to overheat and damage the frother.
The Best Milk Frother of 2021
Breville Cafe Milk Frother– best milk frother
This is the creme de la creme when it comes to milk frothers. It uses induction heating to heat the milk and comes with 2 frothing disks (one to create smooth latte micro-foam and one thick, creamy cappuccino foam). It is made of quality stainless steel, with a durable, stylish design that will grace any bench top. Where the Breville really comes into its own is in the customization of both temperature and quantity of foam produced. You can choose any temperature from cold to 160F. The Breville milk frother also has a large capacity and is able to serve up to 3 cups of milk at a time making it ideal for a family. Clean up is a breeze with the milk jug being removable and dishwasher safe.
Bellman Stovetop Steamer– Best milk Steamer
The Bellman Stovetop Steamer is currently the only steamer of its kind. As noted above it works in a similar way to a Moka Pot, by heating it on a stovetop you build steam which is then used to steam your milk. While the milk steamer takes longer to heat up (3-5 minutes) when it comes to steam pressure it can rival most home espresso machines. The milk wand has a 2 hole outlet designed to create creamy, silky microfoam milk (and the milk produced is a huge step up from majority of milk frothers). If you are wanting to be able to steam milk but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on an espresso machine, the Bellman Stovetop Steamer is for you. See our full review here.
Nespresso Aeroccino 4– Best for non-dairy milk
The Aeroccino is a good quality electric milk frother. It uses induction heating to warm the milk and a magnetized spinning disk to create foam. Like the Breville it is able to produce 2 types of hot foam (for cappuccino and macchiato) and hot milk. It uses one whisk for all types of milk. This milk frother particularly excels when it comes to using non-dairy milk, producing creamy foam even with Almond milk. It has a maximum capacity of 240mls for hot milk and 120mls for frothed milk. It is relatively fast taking 80 seconds for frothed milk and 150 seconds for hot milk. On the downside you cannot vary the temperature or quantity of foam produced.
HIC Milk Creamer Frother– best manual milk frother
This is a good quality manual milk frother that comes at a great price. It is made from stainless steel and has a double mesh aerator to froth the milk. You put your warmed or cooled milk into the pitcher and pump the handle up and down for 30-60 seconds to produce rich foam. It has a large 14 ounce capacity.
Aerolatte Milk Frother– best handheld milk frother
This is a handheld milk frother that is battery operated. It comes at a very good price and is a great entry level model perfect for those wanting to dip their toes into milk frothing. It is very simple to use, you simply insert the Aerolatte into your cup of milk with the whisking head at a slight angle and froth the milk for about 20 seconds. It is a very powerful milk frother and produces silky milk ideal for cappuccinos, flat whites and hot chocolates. The frother also comes with a handy storage case to protect it when not in use or when travelling.
Secura Milk Frother– Best buy milk frother
The Secura is an affordable electric milk frother capable of producing thick cappuccino foam (but not latte microfoam). Like all the electric milk frothers it uses induction heating and a motorized whisk to produce frothed milk. It has a 125ml capacity for frothing milk or 250ml if just heating milk.
This milk frother is easy to operate, with but a single button to produce hot or cold frothed milk. It has a detachable base to make for easy pouring. This is a great option if you are looking for a basic milk frother that doesn’t break the bank.
Smeg Milk Frother– Premium Pick
The Smeg Milk frother really is a premium milk frother for those who love high quality ktichen appliances. Like all Smeg products their milk frother features their classic retro design and is available in multiple colors to suit all palates. Their milk frother has even won an award for its design! So how does it preform? The Smeg milk frother comes with 2 whisk attachments and has 7 different functions available allowing you to make hot or cold light or thick froth, hot chocolate, hot milk or a manual option. It has a large capacity able to heat up to 590ml of milk at a time or froth 250mls. It is also dishwasher safe making for easy clean up. This insta-worthy milk frother will grace any benchtop and last for years.
The Verdict: The Best Milk Frother
While the Breville Cafe Milk Frother is a real investment we believe that it is just about the best milk frother there is on the market and may be what is needed to really up your coffee experience. If you are wanting to be able to produce cafe quality microfoam milk then another great option would be to invest in the Bellman Stovetop Steamer. This milk steamer will produce the best quality milk of any of the frothers on this list, but it does have a steep learning curve.
Alternatively, if the price (understandably!) does put you off or you are looking for a milk frother to pull out on the odd occasion then the Aerolatte is one of the best handheld milk frothers available.