The next time you head out on your morning commute, take a look around. We’re willing to bet the majority of the people you pass on the street or the highway have a steaming to-go cup clutched in one hand. Coffee is more than just a beverage; it’s a part of our everyday lives. Many people aren’t satisfied with simple coffee, though, not with caramel macchiatos and mochaccinos combining the warm pick-me-up of coffee with the sweet taste of dessert. Over the past few decades, demand for these beverages has spawned an entire industry of specialty coffee shops and cafés. Nowadays, it seems like there’s one on every street corner; fancy drinks require fancy equipment, after all. Fancy prices, too – a large latte can cost up to $5, depending on where you live. It’s an expensive habit, but most people don’t realize that, simply by purchasing a milk frother, they can create their own specialty coffee at home, without having to change out of their pajamas or leave a dollar in the tip jar by the register. At first glance, a frother might seem pricey, but when you consider the average person spends almost $15 on made-to-order coffee per week, even the most expensive frother will pay for itself in two months. And you can’t put a price on convenience.
A frother does exactly what the name suggests: it whips milk of any kind at high speed to create a light, fluffy foam. You can add foam to your coffee or hot chocolate, of course, but it can be added to any beverage, hot or cold. With a little flavoring, it can even make a delicious, healthy alternative to whipped cream on your favorite dessert! The only limit is your imagination.
In another post, we listed the top 5 milk frothers on the market. There’s only one drawback to our previous list: not all of them are dishwasher-safe, which means spending an additional five or ten minutes in the morning – time most busy people just don’t have – to clean the frother. But now, we’ll review the top 3 dishwasher-safe frother models:
Best Dishwasher Safe Milk Frother
|#1||Breville BMF600XL Milk Cafe Milk Frother||Best of the Best|
|#2||Nespresso Aeroccino 4 Milk Frother||Best Appearance Choice|
|#3||Eurolux Pro XL Milk Frother||Best Budget Choice|
Best of the Best – Breville BMF600XL Milk Cafe Milk Frother
The Breville BMF600XL has only four components—the base unit, which controls the settings and houses the heat induction unit, a jug to hold the milk, and two frothing disks. Its stainless steel design makes it both attractive and easy to clean, either by hand or in the dishwasher. It’s also compact and self-organizing; a magnetic hook at the back stores the disks on the machine, making them almost impossible to lose, and the power cord hides away in the base, perfect for any home where counter space is at a premium. And the BMF600XL’s innovative design uses magnets to turn the frothing disks; with fewer moving parts, this frother is quieter and more reliable than other brands.
The jug’s minimum milk level creates enough froth or milk for two cups of coffee, with a maximum of four cups’ worth. A knob on the base controls the temperature – you can have cold foam for an iced cappuccino (though without heat, you’ll have less froth), or turn the heat up all the way to 160 degrees. In addition to regular full-fat milk, there’s almond, soy, coconut or skim milk (which produces the fluffiest froth). You can even add coffee, cocoa or agave, so your drink is ready-made in a single step.
Best Appearance Choice – Nespresso Aeroccino 4 Milk Frother
The Aeroccino 4 has everything you loved about the Aeroccino 3, now with more features and easier cleaning. The Aeroccino 4 has a better design, with a beautiful stainless steel body, a handle, and a base with multiple option buttons: airy froth (for lattes or hot chocolate), dense froth (for cappuccino), hot milk or cold. No need to switch whisks; a single attachment delivers everything you need, meaning less clutter in your kitchen drawers. You can also remove the whisk, if you’d prefer less foam. Both Aeroccino models are easy to hand wash, but only Aeroccino 4 is dishwasher-safe, unlike its predecessor, the Aeroccino 3.
Best Budget Choice – Eurolux Pro XL Electric Induction Milk Frother
Ready for a party? The Eurolux Pro XL accommodates up to eight ounces for frothing, and fourteen for heating. Most other brands give you half that capacity. Just one batch can serve a crowd!
The Eurolux gives you three settings: hot froth, cold froth, and hot milk. Like the Breville BMF600XL, a magnetic storage system keeps the two heating and frothing disks readily available. Plus, induction-heating technology means almost instant results! And, of course, its large-capacity jug is dishwasher-safe, making cleanup a snap.
Best Budget Choice #2 (come on, guys, don’t make me choose!) – Capresso frothPRO 202 Automatic Milk Frother
Capresso frothPRO 202 is one of the easiest automatic frothers to clean, featuring removable disks and a dishwasher safe jug. It produces a surprising amount of foam, and like the other, higher-priced models, has two disks and three heat settings to give you complete control. With a cycle length of two minutes, it’s one of the slower models – but still faster than standing in line at the coffee shop! And the Capresso’s eight-ounce frothing capacity makes enough for two medium cappuccinos in a single cycle, meaning you won’t have to run it as frequently. While the Capresso only offers a one-year limited warranty, simple operation and inexpensive replacement parts should keep it running for years to come.