Ordering a cappuccino or latte in a coffee shop can set you back a bit. And if you treat yourself daily, your money goes down a sinkhole quickly. You can make fancy drinks at home for less than a third of the price by using a milk frother and your ingenuity. These are our favorite frothers of the year.
Best automatic model
Miroco Milk Frother and Steamer
The electric Miroco Milk Frother and Steamer requires little effort on your part. It heats milk and plant-based alternative milk without you needing to keep an eye on things. A non-stick coating on the inside prevents milk from coating the interior, and that means easy cleanup for you. Miroco’s stylish kettle heats up to 8.1 ounces of milk at a time and automatically froths liquids. It can also froth cold milk. If you want a quick and easy way to get into crafting creamy beverages, the Miroco Milk Frother and Steamer will get you there.
Best battery-powered frother
Aerolatte Original Steam-Free Frother
When you want to have a hand in the frothing process but prefer not to be tethered to a long power cord, you want Aerolatte’s Original Steam-Free Frother. Powered by a single battery, the Aerolatte works by submerging the whisk end into the vessel containing your milk and pushing the power button. That’s it. You’ll get rich, frothy beverages without electricity in less than 60 seconds. The Aerolatte froths cold and hot milk, and it works well with alternatives to dairy too. This whisk is travel-friendly and cleans up in seconds.
When you want to go super fancy
Breville Milk Cafe
If you’re shooting for barista-level status, go for Breville’s Milk Cafe. A lot of frothers take practice to master. Beginners often end up with a dry mess of big bubbles, and that’s a no-no. Breville’s frother creates perfectly hot frothed milk that’s never too bubbly or airy thanks to an internal frothing disk that does the heavy lifting for you. Milk heats via induction, and it’s temperature adjustable for lattes, cappuccinos, or even hot chocolate. The Milk Cafe turns itself off when the milk reaches the desired temperature, and the pitcher cleans up in the dishwasher or the sink.
Our favorite manual frother
Bodum’s Latteo is a manual milk frother that holds a generous 8 ounces of liquid. Operating much like a French press, you’ll produce airy foam for cafe style coffee, cappuccinos, or lattes by pushing and pulling the plunger up and down. In most instances, this takes half a minute. The heat-resistant borosilicate glass pitcher can go in the microwave to heat milk if desired, too. A nice plus! The Bodum Latteo is dishwasher safe, fun to use, and helps you create silky smooth foam for a wide variety of beverages.
Best one cup automatic frother
SECURA Electric Milk Frother and Warmer
SECURA’s Electric Milk Frother and Warmer is an excellent choice when making beverages for one. The pot heats 8.4 ounces of milk, keeps it warm while you prepare beverage ingredients, and automatically froths the milk for you. It can also froth cold milk. The simple one-touch operation makes this unit easy enough for anyone in the family to operate. This model comes with a cleaning brush, a stainless steel kettle, and a detachable base.
Investing in a milk frother is a no-brainer if you sip cappuccinos or lattes on the regular. At-home frothers pay for themselves, and there’s nothing better than crafting a drink that speaks to your tastebuds.
If you’re new to frothing or don’t want to have to watch over a steaming pot of milk or froth by hand, you can’t go wrong with the Miroco Milk Frother and Steamer. It steams milk, does the frothing work for you, and cleans up easily. Plus, it looks great on any counter.
A basic battery-powered frother is the way to go if you don’t need all the bells and whistles of more expensive machines. The Aerolatte Original Steam-Free Frother is the best whisk-style frother. At only 8.5 inches in length, the small unit is packable and perfect for vacations of at-home use. It froths milk in less than a minute and takes just seconds to clean.
For those who like to have a hand in everything, Bodum’s Latteo is the ideal milk frother. It looks like a French press and operates similarly. You push and pull a plunger up and down for 30 seconds, and, voila, you have instant creamy milk for drinks.
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