In this article we want to introduce you to the best electric milk frothers, used to make hot foamy milk at home. As you will know, if you want the best from your milky coffee, it has to be made with hot frothy milk. To produce cappuccino, latte or flat white, you need hot and foamy milk, otherwise it’s just not the same. The good news is that the milk frother is an inexpensive way to produce hot (or cold) frothy foamy milk at home. It’s also very easy to make and quick too. So, how does an electric milk frother work?
The traditional way in which a barista would froth the milk would be to blow steam through the milk to both heat and froth it. These milk frothers are usually part of the coffee machine and are obviously very expensive. Some home coffee machines come with milk frothers but not all do. This is where these home milk frothers come in.
There are really three different types of milk frothers:
1. Cylinder milk frothers
2. Jug based milk frothers
3. Hand held Whisk based milk frothers
Milk Frother Cylinders
Cylinder milk frothers are so called because they literally fit in your hand. They are relatively inexpensive units that take little room in your cupboard. They both heat and froth the milk. You simply pour milk into the unit, select the desired setting and wait for the unit to heat the milk and froth it. Some also have cold settings for milk shakes and ice-cold coffee recipes. There are different settings for different type of hot froth for say cappuccino or latte. Most are easy to clean and are none stick. Some are dish washer friendly and some provide their own auto-cleaning cycle. All in all, these milk frothers produce excellent frothy milk whether hot or cold.
Milk Frother Jugs
Jug based milk frothers are similar to the cylinder versions in terms of mechanism. The key difference is that they due to their shape, they can be larger than the handheld versions, although not necessarily. As well as the larger size, they usually provide more settings in terms of temperature, and whisk shapes. Using different whisks allows more variety of froth or foam. These jug-based milk frothers also provide options for cold milk, are none stick and have self-cleaning features.
Milk Frother Whisks
Milk frother whisks are very inexpensive and retail for around £10. They are usually battery operated, although some are rechargeable either by internal batteries or via a USB charger. You basically put the whisk into hot or cold milk, and it spins round very fast to whisk your milk. It obviously doesn’t heat your milk. You can experiment with different angles and heights to get the right type or froth or foam. These devices are simple and inexpensive but do not produce froth or foam anywhere near as good as the other units which have a lid and so can work at much higher speeds and provide much more agitation to inject the much-needed air into the foam.
Our top recommended Electric Milk Frothers
We have selected the following best electric milk frothers of 2019. For a full range please follow this link.
Lavazza A Modo Mio Milk Easy Frother, For Milk-based Recipe, Black
The Lavazza A Modo Mio Milk Easy Frother has the seal of quality that you can expect from Lacazza. It is very simple to use few options and settings. However, don’t be fooled by its simplicity as it does produce excellent lush foamy milk ideal for cappuccinos, lattes etc. With a 180 ml capacity for heating milk and a 120 ml for milk frothing it is large enough for one or two cups. All removable parts are dishwasher safe.
Was: £44.99 (-24%)
Nespresso Aeroccino 3 Milk Frother Black
The Nespresso Aeroccino 3 is the latest in the line of Nespresso’s superb milk frother and heaters. It produces silky smooth foaming milk in next to no time and is capable of heating the milk so you can have it hot or cold. It is very easy to use via a single button and takes just a few moments. It has a maximum capacity for hot milk of 240 ml (8 oz) and 120 ml (4 oz) for milk froth. Superb and simple.
CHINYA Electric Milk Frother with Hot or Cold Functionality, Foam Maker, Black Stainless Steel
The Chinya electric milk frother provides an easy to use jug which is capable of heating 300 ml (10.25 oz) of hot milk or 150 ml (5.12 oz) of milk froth. It has a single button making operation simple and produces excellent hot or cold frothy milk. It is made of stainless steel, is non-stick and easy to clean.
Lavazza A Modo Mio Milk Up Frother, Stainless Steel Container, Black [Energy Class A+]
The Lavazza A Modo is a simple to use milk frother capable of heating 180 ml milk or producing 120 ml of froth. Unlike most models of this type, it will bleep when ready which means you can leave it to warm up whilst you get on with other things. It is very well build and easy to clean. The cover, seal and whisk can be removed and are dishwasher safe. This is one of our favourites and with a name like Lavazza you can’t go wrong.
Was: £59.00 (-32%)
Miroco Electric Milk Steamer Stainless Steel, Automatic Hot and Cold Milk Frother
This Miroco Electric milk steamer is capable of heating up to 240 ml (8 oz) of hot milk or 155 ml (4 oz) of frothy milk. It distinguishes itself from its competition by providing different settings for hot airy foam, hot dense foam and cold milk froth). Most units of this type only allow either hot or cold. As with all of these milk frothers, they are well made and easy to clean. Removable parts are dish washer safe. A good all round unit at a competitive price.
SIMPLETASTE Automatic Milk Frother Electric Milk Steamer
The Simpletaste milk frother comes with a patented magnetic whisk which provides a slightly larger capacity than its rivals i.e. 150ml (5.1 fl oz) frothing capacity and 250ml (8.5 fl oz) milk-heating capacity. Like some other milk frothers of this type, it automatically shuts off when ready. It is easy to use with a single button and also easy to clean. A good price and a good unit.
Was: £40.99 (-15%)
FKANT Coffee Frother Electric Whisk with USB Rechargeable Three Speed
The FCANT Coffee frother is an electric whisk which is simple to use. You choose the speed and off you go. It obviously can’t heat the milk and the results are not as good as other milk frothers but if price is a factor it does a half decent job at frothing milk. The unique feature of this milk whisk compared to others is that it is rechargeable via a standard USB charger. Most other use batteries. However, it is a little more expensive than some other milk whisks.
Was: £49.99 (-68%)