7 Best Milk Frothers of 2019
The secret to a great latte, cappuccino, or macchiato, is luxurious foamed milk. Yes, you want an expertly pulled shot of espresso, but thick foam supports the coffee and transforms a drink into an experience.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a trained latte artist to bring the magic of foamed milk to your home. There are many excellent options for quickly turning cold milk into warm, light foam that is fit for dessert.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the best milk frothers available.
Best If You Want
Casara Automatic Induction
Breville BMF600XL — The Premium Milk Frother
When you want to fool your friends into thinking they’ve just stepped into an artisan coffee shop and not just your kitchen, you need a milk frother that delivers the goods. Breville achieves that quality by using two separate frothing discs.
There is a latte disc that turns cold milk into a smooth, creamy companion to coffee. And the cappuccino disc transforms milk into thick foam that makes the perfect milk mustache.
The Breville is easy to use whether you are crafting coffee drinks or making hot chocolate so creamy and smooth that the every kid in the neighborhood will suddenly want to be friends with your children.
Casara Automatic Induction — The Smart Milk Frother
If you’ve ever attempted to froth milk with a steam wand, you know there’s a learning curve, and that the process can be finicky. When you’d rather take out the guesswork for what makes the perfect frothy beverage, you can turn to the Casara milk frother.
With four preset settings, you can have a delectable accompaniment to your espresso or other coffee drink. In Capp mode, you’ll get a creamy foam at 149 degrees, which is perfect for a great cappuccino. For Latte mode, you get the same temperature but with less foam for your latte drinks.
Then there is Cold, which allows you to create cold foamed milk so you can enjoy iced drinks to beat the heat. And finally, Choco mode, which blends cocoa powder or chocolate bars with 185 degree milk to craft a stunning hot chocolate.
Thanks to its induction heating, the Casara can have your beverage warmed and foamed in under two minutes (typically 60-90 seconds). And you will love the results.
Secura 4-in-1 — The Modern Milk Frother
For clean lines and shiny stainless steel, look no further than the Secura 4-in-1. This unassuming frother doesn’t take up too much space, and it looks great while it’s on the counter.
The Secura allows for four different uses: hot milk, hot/froth, hot chocolate, and cold froth. You can reach these different objectives with a simple change of the whisk (from heating to frothing) and by using the single button on the front to cycle through modes. Nothing to overcomplicate or screw up.
If you liked the previous version of the Secura (3-in-1) but wished for more capacity, you’ll be pleased to learn that the updated model has 250 ml capacity, which doubles the previous one.
This frother was designed for performance all around. The carafe has a proper spout for pouring. The jug is removable and easy to clean, and the extra whisk stores under the base magnetically.
PowerLix Handheld — The Best Battery Operated Milk Frother
When you need frothy milk in a hurry, and you don’t want to be limited by inconvenient power cords, you should turn to the PowerLix Handheld. This little battery-operated frother will feel like a magic wand in your hand once you use it to whip up amazing foam in just seconds.
Despite its 19000 rpms, the frother is quiet and doesn’t just create a bubble bath in your milk. The convenient top button is easy to operate, and you’ll love that it takes less than half a minute to go from milk to foam.
Of course, it doesn’t add any heat, so you’ll have to take care of that part. PowerLix is perfect for the travelling coffee connoisseur, but it also fits perfectly into a home kitchen with its beautiful stand.
Nespresso Aerocinno — The Convenient Quality Milk Frother
As you might expect from Nespresso, the Aerocinno takes milk frothing to a whole new level. Much like with their famous pods, they manage to make DIY foamed milk easy but delicious.
The Aerocinno gives you options (two levels of foam plus hot/cold) and doesn’t ask you to change whisks or discs. Instead, it just does a great job every time whether you are looking for decadent lattes or cappuccinos to rival your favorite coffee shop.
Inside the jug, you’ll find a ceramic coating that provides non-stick qualities that don’t deteriorate over time. While the capacity isn’t large, the frother works quickly, and the results justify the steep price. (It is Nespresso, afterall.)
Bodum Latteo — The Best Manual Milk Frother
When you want to get back to basics and leave all the fancy gadgets behind (but you still want tasty, foamed-milk coffee), you can opt for a manual frother. One of the best options in this category is the Bodum Latteo, which looks like a small french press.
As you might expect, operation with this frother is fairly simple. You add milk and plunge. Unlike with a french press, though, you plunge repeatedly, which forces air into the milk, creating the foam you desire.
You can foam cold or warm milk in the Bodum. For best results, let it rest for a minute after plunging. And experiment with zapping the milk in the microwave after you’ve foamed it rather than before (just be sure to remove the whip, which has metal).
HadinEEon — The Best-Designed Milk Frother
If you prefer that your kitchen appliances make a design statement in addition to being functional, you’ll want to take a look at the milk frother from HadinEEon. The frother looks like an appliance of the future, and its simple operation might have you thinking you’ve stepped out of the present as well.
With a frothing and heating disc and hot/cold button, the HadinEEon can meet most any frothing need, from warm milk to cold foam. It will do it all relatively quickly as well, heating to 150 degrees (and whisking) in one-two minutes.
The transparent lid allows you to keep an eye on your progress, and the pouring spout will let you work on some latte art basics.
What to Consider When Choosing a Milk Frother
When you’re looking for the best milk frother to meet your needs, you’ll want to think about the perfect cup of coffee for you and your guests/family. Think about these features when conducting your search.
Coated Interior / Dishwasher Safe
If you want the ultimate in convenience, a removable jug that slips into the dishwasher is the way to go. Stainless materials hold up well, as do those that are ceramic coated. When induction heating is used, the jug typically comes out and can be cleaned by itself, which means no risk to the electrical components.
The generally recommended temperature for milk-based coffee drinks is around 140-150 degrees. Most milk frothers will hit this range. If you have different preferences, though, you might look for a model that allows you to adjust the temperature.
Also, keep in mind that the wand and manual frothers typically do not heat the milk, they just help with the foam.
Can You Make Latte Art?
If you want to practice or perfect your latte art skills, you’ll need a frother that can produce a rich micro-foam. It also helps to have a removable carafe so you have more control.
How much milk do you need to heat and froth for your morning cup? Or are you making coffee for two? Consider what your needs will be when looking at frothers. And keep in mind that the maximum capacity is often just for heating. You will only be able to froth about half as much milk as you can heat.
The great news about milk frothers is that most of them get the job done without too much waiting. Higher end models that heat and froth tend to produce great results in around 90 seconds or less. And the frothing wands can churn out foam in under half a minute (but that doesn’t include heating).
Do You Use Alternative Milks?
Non-dairy milks are becoming more and more popular these days, and you can find almond, coconut, soy, and more at specialty coffee shops. Can you recreate the same foam experience with milk alternatives? For the most part, yes.
These substitutes will not be exactly like the foam made from milk, but they come pretty close. And the good news is that most milk frothers that operate with dairy milk should be able to handle the alternatives as well.
Coffee itself (the beans, the brewing, and so on) usually gets all the attention when it comes to gear and reviews. And rightly so; it’s the most important part of the equation. But if you want to create amazing lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos, you need the magic of foam.
Fortunately, you can capture that magic at home with a minimal investment and without needing to attend barista training. Let me know what your favorite milk frothing method is and whether or not you have tried one of the options above.