Best Milk Frother For Lattes And Cappuccinos
I’m not a big fan of these fancy coffee drinks that you find being sold in the high street coffee shops (don't even mention the unicorn frappuccino!) so very rarely will you find me frothing milk at home to create a cappuccino or a latte; I like my coffee black. However, I do understand that some of you enjoy these milky calorie laden drinks.
As most require frothing milk, I thought I’d bite my tongue, wave “milk steamer wand” and do a write up on some of the best milk frothers so you can create these layered coffee drinks in the comfort of your home.
Just to give you a heads up, I’m no milk frothing guru so bear with me. I had a lot of input from my wife while writing this article (yes she loves those fancy coffee drinks) and to my surprise, I discovered that the milk frother has many more uses than simply frothing milk at home. It can even be used for whipping up a batch of cream or making a great tasting hot chocolate.
Also on my journey to find the best milk frother I discovered that there are a few different types of milk frothing devices, there are manual models, milk steamer wands, electric milk frothers, and even coffee makers that come with a milk frothing tool built-in.
However, I also discovered that the best milk frother is not a necessity or a must have tool to get your milk all frothy, and I even found a way to froth milk at home using the microwave. So if you are on a tight budget and still want frothy milk forget buying a milk frother altogether, save some pennies, and see my microwave method further down the page.
Top Rated Milk Frother Picks For 2017
If you must have a milk frother and you can’t live without it, here are some of my (and wife’s) recommendations. As always with all of my write-ups I only recommend items that I own, know someone who owns, or I have used in the past. If they’re not up for the job, I simply won’t recommend them to you.
Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother
The first milk frother on my list is the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother. If you’re looking for a “relatively cheap” milk frothing device that doesn’t require a college degree to operate the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother is a great option. Coming in at just under $70 (at the time of writing) it’s not the most expensive milk frother, but it's not cheap. With that being said I think it’s worth the initial investment if you want a reliable electric device for frothing milk that will stand up to the daily barrages around the home.
The Nespresso Aeroccino is super quiet (unlike some of the cheaper devices), and you can hardly hear it, to be honest, you’ll only realize the milk is frothed and done when the indicator light starts flashing. And it’s fast, from start to finish you can have hot milk froth in under roughly 60 seconds. So by the time you’ve left it running and made your coffee and returned your milk foam should be ready.
The Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother isn’t without its problems, for some reason, it leaks. Now I’m not sure if it was just a faulty unit I was using or if this is typical of the design, but the milk seems to rise and leak from the lid as the milk is being frothed. (if you’ve had similar problems I’d love to hear from you in the comments below).
Breville Milk Café Milk Frother
This is my wife’s favorite, the Breville Milk Café Milk Frother. Not a cheap device for frothing milk, but whatever floats your boat! At nearly double the price ($130 at the time of writing) of the above Nespresso Aeroccino, I’d expect it to roast my coffee beans AND milk the cow as well. So why the extra cost? Let’s take a closer look.
The Breville Milk Café Milk Frother uses induction heat to warm up the milk, and strangely enough, only the milk inside becomes hot and not the actual metal jug holding the milk. The Breville Milk Frothing machine comes with two special disks, one is for creating froth (with surprisingly small bubbles that gives a stiff foam that lasts a long time) the other disk is just for using when you want to heat up your milk.
These disks fix to the bottom of the jug and rotate, this consent circulation of the milk helps to prevent scalding as the milk heats up. A nice feature of the Breville is the auto turn-off once your milk has reached the appropriate temperature.
If you’re a fan of almond milk or coconut milk, the Breville can also froth that, however, I’m not too sure about soy milk, but the wife says almond and coconut milk works great in this frother. The Breville Milk Café Milk Frother does have a few more bells and whistles when compared the above Nespresso Aeroccino, and so it should when it is commanding a price tag of nearly double the price.
Nespresso Aeroccino 3 Milk Frother
This is a strange looking device which doesn’t resemble your typical milk frother, but don’t let looks fool you. The Nespresso Aeroccino 3 Milk Frother uses a simple touch button to effortlessly heat milk between 160 and 170 degrees Fahrenheit to produce froth for your favorite coffee beverage, and all in a matter of seconds. A handy green LED indicator also lights up to give you “the nod” that it's primed and ready to go to work.
At the time of writing the Nespresso Aeroccino 3, was priced at just under $100 and comes in three colors (red, black, and cream), again not the cheapest but well priced for an entry level device for frothing milk at home. I personally think the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother above is a better option (and cheaper), but that’s my opinion; as I've already mentioned, I’m NO milk frothing guru.
GForce Automatic Cappuccino Milk Frother
My last recommended best milk frother is the GForce Automatic Cappuccino Milk Frother. This is the cheapest of the lot, and at the time of writing, you should be able to get change from a $50 bill. Compared to the others on my best milk frother list, the GForce has a large capacity and can hold up to 12 ounces of milk. Just like the Breville Milk Café Frother, the GForce uses two milk frothing disks that are interchangeable depending on what type of milk foam you want to produce.
If you’re a fan of hot chocolate, the GForce Automatic Cappuccino Milk Frother is super easy to use and makes a great tasting hot chocolate every time. Just add 1-cup of milk (skimmed or 1% milk works best), then add your favorite chocolate powder, there is no need to stir, let the GForce do its thing, and it will automatically turn off once done.
One downside of the GForce Automatic Cappuccino Frother is the fact that they've added the fill lines to the side of the frothing pot which are very hard to see, they are the same black color as the pot; so unless you get up close, you’ll look right past them.
Frothing Milk Without An Electric Milk Foamer
As promised, here is my neat trick on how to froth milk for cappuccinos in the microwave. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to master this, all you need is some milk, a clean jar with a lid, and a microwave. Could this be the best milk frother? Maybe, let’s take a closer look.
What’s The Method Behind This Madness? Making a frothy batch of milk in the microwave is only a 2-step process. All that is needed is some 2%, or nonfat milk poured into your jar, you then simply shake your sealed jar vigorously with the milk inside so that it starts to bubble and foam up.
Once you have given it a good shake place the jar directly into the microwave, push a button or two and blast away for a few seconds. By using the microwave, you’re helping to stabilize the foam (if you didn’t use a microwave the foam would naturally disperse and collapse).
Final Words When Choosing a GOOD Milk Frother
In my quest to find the best milk frother (and with the help of my wife) I managed to unearth some electric devices that will get the job done. Sure some may not be the cheapest, but if you value a good frothy coffee, I guess the investment is worth it.
But for me, I’ll stick to my regular coffee (minus the froth), and for those times I do feel like a frothy coffee I’ll use the microwave or my coffee maker with a milk frothing tool built-in, like this. Over to you!