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Nespresso
Aeroccino Plus
Epica
Automatic Electric Heater Carafe
Aerolatte
Electric Hand Held
Kuissential
SlickFroth 2.0 - Electric
Ikea
Milk Frother 100.763.20
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Good

Extremely versatile. Makes both hot and cold froth. "Set it and forget it" convenience.

A stainless steel, extremely quiet appliance that retains heat via insulation. Makes bot hot and cold milk froth.

Can generate up to one cup of high-quality froth from low-fat milk. Five-year guarantee.

One-button, one-hand operation. Cordless and lightweight. Made of stainless steel and rugged plastic.

Fantastic hot or cold frothing results. Cordless and lightweight.

Bad

Teflon tends to flake over time. Carafe is not dishwasher-safe.

Better results when frothing whole milk (as opposed to low-fat milk).

Milk must be pre-heated in order to create hot froth.

Frothing blade and shaft are not detachable. Few additional features.

Some components of this frother are not as durable as competitor components.

Bottom Line

Used at home by professional baristas, this exemplary frother is the best available on the market.

Easy to use and budget-friendly, this high-quality frother has a price that can't be beat.

Used by some professional chefs, this handheld, battery-operated frother quickly renders froth (20-30 seconds).

A handheld frother that yields fantastic results and is easy and comfortable to use.

Sometimes perceived as a “throwaway” frother, this product yields good results, but shelf life is questionable.

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Best Milk Frothers

Many coffee-based beverages require a special ingredient known as milk froth. Milk froth is essentially a hot or cold foam created from the aggressive blending of milk and air. Professional baristas usually create this milk froth with a hand-held mixing wand, but it can be created at home with the right equipment and some patience. We have examined dozens of milk frothers, both manual and automatic. Here are our five top contenders:

Products we Considered

Nespresso
Aeroccino Plus
Epica
Automatic Electric Heater Carafe
Aerolatte
Electric Hand Held
Kuissential
SlickFroth 2.0 - Electric
Ikea
Milk Frother 100.763.20

Considerations

Construction

For our carafe-style milk frothing contenders, we consider such elements as insulation, capacity, temperature control, and ease of maintenance. These frothers are designed to be self-contained with a "set it and forget it" type of operation. Our other milk frother contenders are designed for manual use, so our criteria for these products relates to durability, comfort, ease of use, and froth quality.

Versatility

Many milk frothers are designed to do one thing exceptionally well: whip milk and air to create foam. However, some of our top contenders are capable of producing heated milk for lattes and other beverages, too. In this section of our ratings, we discuss each product's versatility.

Additional Features

Some milk frothers use just a single frothing blade to create their finished product. Others incorporate a small paddle blade to stir heated milk without introducing more air. It is important to note the differences between automatic milk frothers and their less-expensive, handheld counterparts. In this section, we comment on such additional features as temperature control, minimum/maximum fill indicators, and power supply.

Price

Our top five milk frothing contenders encompass a wide range of price points. Some consumers may gravitate towards the higher-end models because of their goof-proof, one-button operation and consistent results. Others are more interested in handheld milk frothing wands that are much less expensive (but do arrive with a learning curve). Although all five of our contenders will ultimately deliver hot or cold milk froth, potential buyers should consider whether the automated models are worth the additional investment or if the less-expensive, wand-style frothers are worth the additional prep time.

Considerations

Construction

Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother

The Nespress Aeroccino Plus milk frother is a fully automated model. Owners can add up to four ounces of cold milk for hot or cold frothing or up to eight ounces for hot milk applications. The Nespresso Aeroccino's sleek metallic carafe sits snugly on its own power base, and the weighted glass lid keeps the finished product insulated. We appreciate the use of nonstick coating to prevent hot milk from sticking to the interior, but we urge owners to use great care when cleaning their Nespresso, because the Teflon tends to flake off over time.

Epica Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Heater Carafe

Much like our other self-contained contender, the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus, the Epica Electric Milk Frother automatically generates hot or cold froth simply through the use of a temperature button and an automated on/off switch. LED lights indicate when the machine is in operation and when the frothing cycle is complete. Many owners praise the Epica for its exceptionally quiet operation. We like the stainless steel carafe and nonstick inner lining. Interestingly, the Epica Milk Frother actually has a slightly higher froth and heated milk capacity than the more expensive NespressoAeroccino Plus.

Aerolatte Milk Frother

The Aerolatte Milk Frother is a handheld immersion model. As such, it does not include a steaming element or a hot milk stirring blade. The motor housing and handle are made from a rugged plastic material; the shaft and frothing blade have a chrome metallic finish. The cordless Aerolatte is powered by two alkaline AA batteries. Owners tell us that the motor generates more than enough power and speed to generate cold milk froth in 20 to 30 seconds. However, milk needs to be preheated in order to create hot froth with the Aerolatte.

Kuissential SlickFroth 2.0 - Electric Milk Frother

Among immersion-style milk frothers, the Kuissential SlickFroth 2.0 is most comparable to another top contender, the Aerolatte. The SlickFroth 2.0 features a rugged plastic handle/motor housing and a stainless steel shaft/frothing blade assembly. The motor speed of the SlickFroth 2.0 is slightly higher than that of the Aerolatte; this is an important consideration when it comes to finished froth quality. The handle is ergonomically designed for one-hand use, and the power button can be quickly pulsed or set to a "steady on" position. The frothing blade and shaft are not detachable from the motor housing, but they can be dipped into hot, soapy water between uses.

Ikea Milk Frother 100.763.20

If there were such a thing as a disposable milk frother, the Ikea 100.763.20 would nearly fall into that category. The milk frother itself does a remarkably good job of creating quality foam, but the plastic housing and polycarbonate shaft unfortunately lend an undertone of uncertainty about the Ikea's shelf life. (Note: the frothing blade and attachment are made from stainless steel.) The motor operates on two AA batteries (not included), and the blade assembly can be wiped dry or rinsed in soapy water between uses.

Owners praise the Epica Automatic Electric Milk Frother for its exceptionally quiet operation.
Considerations

Versatility

Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother

Versatility is one area in which the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother truly stands out. Unlike some of our other top milk frother contenders, the Aeroccino Plus is capable of producing both hot and cold froth, along with straight heated milk for other types of beverages. Professional baristas who have purchased the Aeroccino Plus for home use agree with us on the quality of the froth, as well as the unit's general ease of use. Some users have concerns about the overall capacity of the Aeroccino Plus, but we believe most home users will find that four ounces of finished froth will meet their personal needs.

Epica Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Heater Carafe

The Epica milk frother is capable of producing more than simple heated milk foam. It also has the power to produce a cold milk froth, which can be challenging for even the most experienced barista. We suggest using the freshest milk (or milk alternative) available for best results. While the Epica certainly can produce a good froth from one or two-percent milk, whole milk is preferable. We like the Epica's ability to detach from its power base. This feature allows owners to bring the finished milk froth/heated milk directly to their beverage instead of bringing the beverage to a tethered frother. The Epica also does a great job holding liquid at a consistent temperature – generally between 140 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Aerolatte immersion milk frother does one thing well, and that is to generate a high-quality froth from skim or one-percent milk. However, the frothing blade can also perform a few other beverage-related tasks, such as stirring powder mixes and blending liquid ingredients. The unit does not arrive with other blade attachments, and the frothing blade and shaft are not detachable from the handle/motor housing. We recommend this frother as a companion to home espresso machines without milk steamers or frother attachments of their own.

Kuissential SlickFroth 2.0 - Electric Milk Frother

The Kuissential SlickFroth 2.0 has one frothing blade and a fixed-speed motor, so it cannot be used as a true immersion blender for other cooking applications. However, many satisfied customers report using the SlickFroth 2.0 to blend other liquid ingredients or to create foam toppings for beverages and desserts beyond coffee. For example, some owners have used the SlickFroth 2.0 to blend fruit/yogurt smoothies and to stir large containers of powdered drinks.

Like other immersion or hand-held milk frothers, the Ikea 100.763.20 could potentially be used to blend liquid ingredients or mix powdered beverages. However, we would recommend using it only as a milk frother. The reason: the Ikea's polycarbonate shaft has a tendency to flex under pressure. Some consumers complain about the Ikea Milk Frother's overall durability, but we believe that -- at least in some cases -- the users in question attempted to perform tasks beyond the Ikea's original capabilities.

Versatility is an area in which the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother truly stands out. Many professional baristas buy it for their own home.
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Considerations

Additional Features

Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother

The Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother arrives with two separate blades-- a round, spring-like blade for milk frothing and a paddle blade for stirring hot milk for lattes. The milk frothing blade is capable of creating finished hot or cold froth in as little as 70 seconds, and there are maximum and minimum capacity lines to prevent overfilling or scorching. A single light notifies users when the frothing or heating process has stopped. The carafe can be submerged in water for easier cleaning, but it is not dishwasher-safe.

Epica Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Heater Carafe

One very helpful feature of the Epica Milk Frother is its insulating vacuum layer. This layer acts much like a thermos and helps the carafe maintain a specific holding temperature between pours. Like the Nespresso, the Epica's carafe is detachable from its power base. The model arrives with both a spring-shaped frothing blade and a plastic paddle attachment for heating milk. We give high marks to the Epica for its quiet operation and ease of maintenance.

Aerolatte Milk Frother

The Aerolatte's best features are speed and froth quality. Owners praise its ability to convert low-fat milk into a surprisingly dense and sturdy froth. If the user keeps the frothing blade just below the foam line and maintains a steady hand, the Aerolatte immersion frother can generate an entire cup of foam. Many professional baristas use immersion frothers like the Aerolatte during coffee foam art competitions.

Kuissential SlickFroth 2.0 - Electric Milk Frother

Because it is a straightforward immersion milk frother, the Kuissential SlickFroth does not arrive with many additional blades or accessories. However, it is cordless and lightweight, which makes it ideal for users who have strength limitations. The SlickFroth 2.0 will produce top-quality cold or hot milk froth within 30 seconds. (Note: compare this to the 60 or more seconds required by higher-end automatic milk frothers!) We praise the SlickFroth 2.0 for its durability and consistent results.

Ikea Milk Frother 100.763.20

The Ikea 100.763.20 milk frother does not arrive with any additional blades, but the frothing blade itself is comparable in quality to any other immersion-style model we've examined. The fact that it is a cordless model is a plus in our book, along with its incredibly light weight. (The entire unit weighs no more than a few ounces!) Most people should be able to hold the Ikea Milk Frother in one hand while maintaining the frothing blade's position just below the surface of the milk.

The Epica Heater Carafe's insulating vacuum layer acts much like a thermos, allowing the carafe to maintain a specific holding temperature between pours.
Considerations

Price

Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother

At $63, the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus milk frother is one of our more expensive top contenders, but the biggest payoff for this initial investment is convenience. There are very few "set it and forget it" milk frothers on the market today, and the Aeroccino Plus is one of the best in that category. Creating a quality hot or cold milk froth often involves a learning curve for non-professionals, but with the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus frother sitting next to the office coffeemaker or home espresso machine, making froth becomes a simple and consistent operation. Milk goes into a carafe, a button is pushed, and the result is coffee shop-quality milk froth.

Epica Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Heater Carafe

The Epica electric milk frother has virtually every feature found in Nespresso's Aeroccino Plus, but it offers a much more budget-friendly retail price of $41. Many home or office coffee drinkers would rather leave milk frothing up to those with more experience, but the Epica automatic milk frother takes a lot of the guesswork out of the chore. Users can pour a half-cup of fresh milk into the carafe, make a few adjustments, and discover high-quality milk froth waiting for them in a matter of seconds. This convenience alone is worth the additional upfront expense, in our opinion.

Aerolatte Milk Frother

With a budget-friendly retail price of $19, the Aerolatte immersion milk frother comes with an amazing five-year guarantee from the manufacturer. The frother's ergonomic design allows for one-handed operation, and the cordless feature makes it portable. Other wand-style milk frothers can be tethered to short power cords or deliver lackluster results. The Aerolate, by contrast, tends to be a personal favorite among professional chefs who need milk froth or foam to finish their dishes.

Kuissential SlickFroth 2.0 - Electric Milk Frother

At only $17, the Kuissential SlickFroth 2.0 is definitely one of the most affordable models among our top contenders. A milk frother would make an excellent gift for any gourmet coffee enthusiast, as well as a great housewarming gift. The SlickFroth 2.0 is an affordable alternative to automatic milk frothers that have limited capacities and slower frothing cycles. Having an entry-level milk frother like the SlickFroth 2.0 in an office break room would also be a good idea, as store-bought coffee drinks can be very expensive in the long run.

Ikea Milk Frother 100.763.20

The remarkably low retail price of $9 makes the Ikea 100.763.20 frother a great choice for consumers who want a quality kitchen tool for casual use. We have heard reports of customers purchasing a set of three Ikea milk frothers instead of investing in one new Aerolatte or SlickFroth 2.0. Some owners have concerns about the overall longevity of the Ikea milk frother, but if the creation of milk froth for gourmet coffee beverages is only an occasional indulgence, it does make good economic sense to only pay for what you need. The Ikea milk frother may be inexpensive -- almost to the point of disposable -- but it will deliver a decent hot or cold milk froth in 15 to 20 seconds.

There are very few "set it and forget it" milk frothers on the market today, but the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother is one of the best in that category.

Best of the Best

Creating a good hot or cold milk froth is more art than science, and many consumers simply don't have the time or proper equipment to acquire that skill. This is what makes a self-contained automatic milk frother like the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus such a great investment. Users simply place fresh milk (or a milk alternative) into the carafe, select the frothing temperature, and allow the machine to produce perfect milk froth every time. The Nespresso Aeroccino Plus carafe also detaches from its power base, which means the finished milk froth can be brought to the workspace if necessary. For these reasons and more, we declare the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus automatic milk frother to be the Best of the Best.

Immersion-style milk frothers, by contrast, do deliver a high-quality product, but they must be used correctly for the best results. The Nespresso Aeroccino Plus removes the need for guesswork and careful technique. We do note that the Nespresso has a relatively low liquid capacity, especially considering tha this is a pricier machine. However, most homeowners and office workers should find that it delivers a satisfying amount of milk froth for most occasions. The sleek metallic exterior fits well with most kitchen or break room decor, and the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus does a great job of holding the finished product at the precise temperature required. Put simply, this product is the best on the consumer market in terms of quality, durability, and convenience!
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The Nespresso Aeroccino Plus is the best milk frother on the market in terms of quality, durability, and convenience.

Best Bang for your Buck

Epica has a long tradition of producing quality coffee-related appliances, and the Epica Automatic Electric Milk Frother is no exception. Vacuum-insulated like a thermos, the Epica does a tremendous job of heating milk to the ideal 140 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit -- and holding it there indefinitely. It can produce a dense, cold milk froth from any type of milk or milk alternative, as well as heated milk for other types of beverages. The Epica does all of this at a retail price that is significantly lower than other automatic frothers (like Nespresso's Aeroccino Plus). Clearly, the Epica is our choice as the Best Bang For Your Buck.

We actually found some of the Epica's features to be superior to those of the more expensive Nespresso Aeroccino Plus. The liquid capacity of the Epica is 4.25 ounces for frothing and 8.25 ounces for heated milk -- slightly more than the Aeroccino Plus. What's more, the vacuum layer between the outer shell and inner nonstick lining provides even more consistent temperature stability. Many satisfied users enjoy the Epica's LED-based light system that lets them know at a glance when the frothing cycle is complete or the milk is properly heated. We always recommend products that send clear signals to the user, and the Epica automatic milk frother certainly does that! At a price of just $41, this excellent product definitely qualifies as our Best Bang for Your Buck.
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The Epica Automatic Milk Frother can produce dense, cold milk froth from any type of milk or milk alternative.
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