If you love lattes, you don't need to hit the coffee shop every morning on the way to work. The best milk frothers help you create a wide variety of espresso drinks, plus other delicious creations, right in your own kitchen.
For instance, the Capresso Froth Max Milk Frother is generously sized to create pillowy puffs of delicious foam for your caffeinated cravings.
Milk frothers come in a variety of styles that can be used in the kitchen or on the go.
If you are in charge of coffee operations for two or more people every morning, you'll want a larger capacity milk frother. This is most important if your frother holds milk in a container while it's foamed.
Battery-powered frothers need to hold enough of a charge to prepare milk for more than one beverage, too.
The frothing mechanism can vary, even if the effect is mostly the same. Electric frothing pitchers usually have a disc that is inset, but handheld frothers generally use a wire whip.
Dried milk can be challenging – and smelly – to clean. A dishwasher-safe milk frother eliminates this problem. Simply rinse and place in the top rack of the dishwasher.
High-end frothers have a heated carafe that allows you to froth milk and then gently warm it. You control the temperature so milk does not overheat.
The best manual milk foamers are microwave safe, too. Create froth with the pump before slowly heating it in the microwave.
If you opt for a cordless, battery-powered milk frother, look for one with a long battery life. Even better, environmentally friendly versions feature rechargeable batteries.
Spend as much or as little as you like on this touch of everyday luxury. Most versions cost $5-$25.
A. The milk frother isn't just for creating foam for espresso drinks. You can also use it for:
A. Espresso drinks have different ratios of espresso/coffee to milk and foam.
Other drinks that use steamed milk but no foam include cortados, flat whites and latte macchiatos.
What you need to know: This is a convenient, pitcher-style frother that makes for easy serving.
What you’ll love: The pitcher is BPA-free and heats 12 ounces of milk (froths 8 ounces). It sits on a base and has a stay-cool handle with an automatic safety shut off.
What you should consider: It’s a lot of money to spend for a uni-tasking appliance. It’s also big for small kitchens with limited counter space.
Where to buy: Sold by Amazon
What you need to know: This is perfect for the occasional frothing of individual servings of milk.
What you’ll love: This is battery-operated and takes up very little counter space with its own stand. It quickly froths a wide variety of dairy and non-dairy milks and is available in 37 colors.
What you should consider: It’s not very durable — users report they stop working after extended heavy use — but it does come with a lifetime warranty against parts breaking or rusting. Two AA batteries are not included.
Where to buy: Sold by Amazon
What you need to know: This froths hot or cold milk easily.
What you’ll love: This uses press froth technology in a clear glass beaker with a plunger. It’s microwave safe — heat and froth in the same glass — and dishwasher safe, too.
What you should consider: Because it is glass, there’s always the chance it can break.
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