One of morning’s greatest pleasures is enjoying a wonderful foamy cappuccino or a steamy latte. Every coffee drinker knows the key to the perfect cappuccino or latte is the specially prepared milk. While you could go out and purchase one of those fancy espresso machines, it’s tough to justify the expense simply to produce that delicious, aerated milk.
One less expensive way to get that wonderful flavor and texture in your coffee is an electric milk frother. Milk frothers are like an electric whisk. They whip the milk to a light, foamy texture that gives your dense, strong coffee that creamy smoothness you crave.
With so many electric milk frothers on the market, it’s not easy to determine which one is best for you. Comparing the capabilities of dozens of options, the clear frother champion is the Breville Milk Cafe. Although it carries a higher price tag, its quality build and special features make it the overwhelming winner. A less expensive, but effective alternative is the Epica Automatic.
Best Milk Frother
|#1||Breville BMF600XL Milk Cafe Milk Frother||Best Overall Pick|
|#2||Epica Automatic Electric Milk Frother||Best Budget Pick|
|#3||Kuissential Slickfroth 2.0 Electric Milk Frother||Best Handheld Pick|
Best Overall Pick – Breville BMF600XL Milk Cafe Milk Frother
The Breville Milk Cafe emerges as the clear victor with its ability to create amazing foam while giving you additional features not found with any of its competitors.
The Breville is the only milk frother that gives you the option to adjust not only your milk’s temperature, but also how much foam you desire. Using the circular dial, the temperature of your milk can be set at cold or you can adjust it up to 160o (70oC).
Whether you want silky latte foam or velvety cappuccino foam, the Breville gives you the choice with two separate frothing disks. The Milk Cafe also allows you to create an individual serving or enough to foam for up to three large cups of coffee. Not only for coffee, toss in some chocolate chips and enjoy one deliciously smooth hot cocoa.
With an attractive stainless steel design and compact size, you won’t mind seeing your Milk Cafe on your counter and you’ll appreciate the easy access. Simply remove the jug from the base and you can toss it in the dishwasher for an easy cleanup.
The attention to detail is what makes the Milk Cafe and most Breville products stand out from its competition. While most less expensive milk frothers have an unbroken rim, the Milk Cafe has an actual spout for a consistent, mess-free pour. With its innovative lid you can easily and cleanly add chocolate or syrup to the frothing milk.
Occasionally the magnetic frothing disk can loosen. This is not a strong complaint, as it is generally the result of poor cleaning. Breville recommends you rinse the jug after each use, which makes sense as reheating old milk will taint the flavor of your foam, and is generally unsanitary.
The Breville Milk Cafe offers customization capabilities that are unmatched by its competitors. Taking everything into account, it is the best milk frother.
Cost Effective Pick – Nespresso Aeroccino 3
Generally speaking, the best products have the highest price tag. Extra expense isn’t always required, when you have options offering you a better value for your money. When comparing milk frothers offering a good value for the money, the Nespresso Aeroccino 3 is what you want.
The Nespresso creates beautiful, rich foam at half the cost of the Breville. Similar to the Breville, Nespresso warms the milk using induction heating and a magnetized spinning disk creates the foam. Also containing two foam disks, one for dense foam, the other for smooth milk, it has a simple, push button start. The frothing process takes roughly a minute and a half and can create milk for for up to two small cups.
With the lower price point, you can expect some compromises. Where the Breville gives you the ability to choose the temperature of your foam, Nespresso will always bring your milk to a standard temperature of 160o-170o (60o-65oC). While this is the optimal temperature to expose the milk’s natural sweet flavor, if you prefer a warmer milk, you’ll need a quick pop in your microwave. The heat incline works well most of the time, but is less stable than that of the Breville.
Nespresso cannot go in your dishwasher. You’ll need to hand rinse after each use to avoid any milk build-up. The Aeroccino is also not adapt at serving more than yourself and another friend.
The bottom line is if you want a cost effective milk frother that creates dense foam quickly, the Nespresso Aeroccino 3 is your best choice.
Best Budget Pick – Epica Automatic Milk Frother
The best milk frother on a budget is the Epica Automatic Milk Frother. With similar features to the Nespresso Aeroccino 3, you could even call this a white-labelled version.
Also using induction heating, the Epica has a stainless steel construction and the same capacity as the Nespresso – 125ml of foam and 250ml of hot milk – as well as two heat options (cold or heated to 140o). With its lower price, you’d expect some compromises, but if special features don’t impress you, Epica is an acceptable option.
The Epica is not dishwasher-safe either. That means, you have to hand wash it after each usage to clean the milk left in it. Another Epica’s compromise is the only one whisk attachment. Nespresso comes with two whisk for cappuccino and latte respectively.
Epica vs Nespresso Aeroccino 3
The primary difference between the Epica and the Nespresso Aeroccino 3 is the way they froth milk. Nespresso comes with two interchangeable disks and holds its frother in place with magnetics. The Epica has only one whisk attachment, clipped to the bottom of the jug, that creates cappuccino foam.
Both systems have to be hand washed with each use, as neither is dishwasher safe. Epica’s jug bottomed whisk tends to hold milk making cleaning it crucial to avoid affecting the flavor of the next batch of foam. Another difference favoring the Epica is its two separate buttons which make it easier to select your froth temperature – cold or hot.
Which is the winner – the Nespresso Aeroccino 3 or the Epica? About $20-30 cheaper, the Epica is a good choice for those on a budget or looking to experiment with milk frothers. The Aeroccino, on the other hand, is the better value simply for its striking appearance, its ability to create different levels of foam, and its ease of cleaning.
Best Handheld – Kuissential SlickFroth 2.0 Electric Milk Frother
The best handheld milk frother is the Kuissential SlickFroth. Because jug style frothers combine the heating with the milk frothing, they may be preferable to the manual handheld frothers. But handhelds are the much cheaper option! In selecting the best milk frother in this category, the main features and functions need to be met – ease of use, durability, and frothing capability. With each of these aspects considered and met, the SlickFroth is the clear winner.
With respect to durability, the SlickFroth’s handheld stainless steel body with rubber grip has a whisk with a solid ergonomic handle. Not only is it striking in appearance, if dropped, it is not as easily broken as other models made of plastic.
If you’re talking ease of use, the SlickFroth is as easy as it gets. Simply slide the switch forward and the whisk instantly spins. Where the SlickFroth excels when compared to other handhelds is it is powered faster. When cheaper models tend to take some time to achieve optimal frothing speed, the SlickFroth reaches top speed in under a second.
How’s the foam? It’s got durability and is easy to use, but how is the foam? Amazing! You can make a delicious cappuccino foam in about 20 seconds. To use, just insert the frother into the milk, slide the switch to on, and rotate. You are in control of the froth – just continue to rotate until you’ve achieved your desired foam. Batteries are included with he SlickFroth, unlike others.
Manual operation is the biggest compromise compared with models mentioned above.
Budget Handheld Pick – MatchaDNA Milk Frother
Handheld milk frothers are about as inexpensive as you can get. When you’re looking for a budget model, you can easily find options under $10. The best milk frother in this category is the MatchaDNA Electric Milk Frother.
Functioning just like the SlickFroth, the MatchaDNA is pure simplicity. Simply push the button on the handle and it’s ready to froth. In just 30 seconds, you’ll have a quality foam for your cappuccino.
With the low price tag, there are going to be some concessions. Unlike the SlickFroth, batteries are not included with the MatchaDNA, so you’ll need to grab a few AAs. The torque speed is acceptable, however it is slower compared to the SlickFroth. Last is the build quality. The MatchaDNA is not going to be a long lasting product. With a plastic grip and a stainless steel whisk, it has a flimsy feel compared to higher end models. If you’re looking for an inexpensive replacement whisk or a low-cost experimental model, the MatchaDNA is a decent option.
As you can see, there are quite a number of milk frothers out there. As new products are introduced, this page will be updated, so check back in periodically. Now it’s up to you to select the best model for your needs. Let us know which model you choose and whether you concur with these comments.