It started with an email from the nice people at Aerolatte. The mail said, and I’m paraphrasing here: “We like your site but why haven’t you reviewed the Aerolatte milk frother? After all, this was the original non-steam milk frother.”
It was a very valid point. Although in the dim distant past we did do a brief review, we haven’t looked in depth at the Aerolatte milk frother. So, let’s put that right. And put to the test Aerolatte’s claims that their milk frother was not only the first but is still the best.
First, a bit of background.
Aerolatte – the first ever non-steam milk frother
It’s difficult to imagine but the modern milk frother has only been around for a couple of decades. And, as you may have already guessed, the milk frother was invented by Aerolatte. Or I should say by entrepreneurial coffee lovers Gary Lane and Alan Green who founded Aerolatte – the self-proclaimed ‘incredibly frothy coffee company.’
That was in 1999 – and I still haven’t reviewed it properly. So, let’s put that right.
Aerolatte milk frother review – first impressions
This is one smart looking cookie but bizarrely the first thing which really stands out about the Aerolatte is its packaging.
Not so much the box it comes in but rather the black plastic transit rod which keeps it safe during its journey through the postal system. It’s an excellent example of the tiny details’ brands can use to differentiate their products from their competitors.
And this level of protective packaging isn’t something I’ve seen on other milk frothers. So, a big tick in the plus column for Aerolatte before I even begin the review.
Let’s move on to aesthetics. As I said earlier this is a nice-looking piece of kit. The stylish stand adds to the aesthetic and is very practical. It never ceases to amaze me how so few manufacturers of handheld milk frothers include a stand with their device.
The Aerolatte frother I’m reviewing here has an attractive and very shiny black colourway, but this model is available in other colours including a Union Jack and Cow print design; if you want to spice up the look of your kitchen this is a brilliant way to do it. After all, who wouldn’t want a cow print milk frother?
It’s nice and light but nevertheless the Aerolatte just feels like a high-quality product. The stem and whisk head are made from food grade stainless steel, so it won’t rust or affect the quality and taste of your coffee.
The stand is made from plastic and is exceptionally light. It sits squarely on the countertop and does the job for which it was designed. Thanks to the stand whenever you need the frother it’s always ready for action. No more rooting about in a kitchen drawer to find your frother.
How to use the Aerolatte milk frother
Like all handheld milk frothers the Aerolatte is so easy to use. The plastic body is comfortable to grip and to turn the frother on you simply slide up the switch.
The important thing to remember is not to turn the device on before you put the whisk head into the milk. If you turn it on and then put the whisk into the milk, you’ll have a tidal wave of liquid flying around the kitchen. Read more for other tips on using a handheld milk frother.
Once the whisk head is inserted into the milk, switch on and gently move the frother anti-clockwise keeping the whisk head in the upper level of the milk as it increases in volume. After 20-30 seconds you’ll have a thick, creamy foam already to add to your coffee to make frothy coffees including cappuccino and latte not to mention creamy hot chocolate.
Before we go any further let’s discuss the pros and cons of this pioneering little device.
Aerolatte pros and cons?
Generates high revs.
Produces a light, creamy foam with diverse types of milk.
Made from durable materials.
Extremely easy to use.
Supplied with batteries already installed.
Has a handy stand.
Easy to clean.
Not dishwasher safe.
Stand feels flimsy.
As you can see the list is pretty much lopsided in favour of the pros. And to be honest I was scrambling around for negatives. But let’s look at all the pros and cons in a little more detail.
Generates high revs
Unfortunately, I don’t have a professional tachometer knocking around the kitchen so I can’t give you an exact rpm figure. But what I can say after using dozens of different handheld milk frothers the Aerolatte is impressively fast.
The whisk head spins at an incredibly high speed which of course means you can make your foam faster and thicker compared to other slower milk frothers.
Produces a light, creamy foam with diverse types of milk
Well, this is the important bit, isn’t it? Suffice to say with the power this frother generates you’ll be able to whip up a thick and creamy foam in seconds. I always recommend using whole milk, but you should get superior results with whichever milk you choose to use.
The frother feels noticeably light but it has that feel you get from products you just know are well made. I’ve got no doubt that the Aerolatte will last for years. Will it withstand being constantly dropped and thrown about? No, it won’t. But why would you?
Look after it and the Aerolatte will be frothing for a long time. My only slight caveat about build quality is the stand (see below).
Extremely easy to use
Honestly, I can’t think on an easier small appliance to use. It’s the simplicity of the Aerolatte (and of all handheld frothers) that means anyone, and I do mean anyone, can use it to help them make professional level lattes and cappuccinos.
Supplied with batteries already installed
I love this. It’s such a small thing to include batteries yet so many manufacturers don’t to it. Is there anything worse than buying a new gadget for the kitchen then finding you haven’t got any spare batteries at home?
Problem solved thanks to Aerolatte. But they’ve gone even further. Not only have they included the batteries, but they’ve also installed them as well. Which saves you a bit of time and you really can take this frother out of the box and use it immediately.
Has a handy stand
There aren’t many handheld milk frothers which come with a stand. Which is a shame but with the Aerolatte you have a nice-looking stand which means you can keep the frother primed and ready for use right on your countertop. And it looks great, which is always a bonus.
Easy to clean
Again, not an exclusive feature to the Aerolatte but like all handheld milk frothers cleaning this device is so quick and easy. Rinse the whisk head under a running tap, shake dry and wipe the stem and plastic body down with a damp cloth. Job done.
Not the super-extended warranties that the Milk Boss or Judge frother offers but two-years is more than good enough. Giving a two-year warranty shows the faith that Aerolatte have in their product and gives you the peace of mind that you need with any purchase. But I’d be surprised if you ever have to use that warranty.
Not dishwasher safe
If you’re allergic to washing up and use the dishwasher for everything then you won’t be happy. But as it only takes seconds to clean the Aerolatte under a tap not being able to throw it into the dishwasher shouldn’t be a dealbreaker.
Stand feels flimsy
Overall, the stand is a positive thing. It looks great and is practical. The only quibble I have is that I would like it to be heavier, maybe a weighted base to make it feel more substantial. But there’s no doubt it does the job it’s designed to do.
An overall view of the Aerolatte milk frother
One of the most standout things about the Aerolatte milk frother is that it is so simple to use, but it has a lot more going for it than just that.
This is a lightweight milk frother powered by batteries making it very convenient to use. The batteries are included which is a nice bonus and you’ll get around 150 uses out of these.
Moreover, the milk frother is compact and lightweight so won’t take up much space, this is one of the many advantages of using a handheld frother and not relying on the built-in milk frothers of large espresso machines, especially when you’re pushed for space.
The spiral shaped whisk moves at high speeds allowing you to froth your milk in as little as 20 seconds, because who wants to waste time when making coffee? One of the wonderful things about the frother is that it is designed to produce professional results with several types of milk.
The milk frother is a versatile piece of kit and can be used to prepare other foods such as custard, sauces, and omelettes, among other things.
And speaking of durability, the frother is made from super high-quality materials ensuring that this is a tool that will serve you for many years. But if you weren’t convinced of this then you’ll be pleased to know that the milk frother comes with a two-year warranty, demonstrating the quality of the accessory.
It’s also worth noting that the Aerolatte milk frother is beautifully easy to clean. It’s as simple as using water to rinse the whisk and then you’re good to go.
What about the cost?
At around £15 the Aerolatte is at the top of the range you would expect to pay for a handheld milk frother. In the grand scheme of things, it’s nothing and you’re getting a premium product for your money.
It’s more expensive than some of its competitors and of course you can buy some milk frothers for far less. But if you’re looking for a premium product (and why wouldn’t you) then the Aerolatte is excellent value for money.Click here to check the latest price for the Aerolatte.
Should you buy the Aerolatte milk frother?
If you are looking for an affordable way to froth milk for your coffee, then this handheld frother from Aerolatte is an excellent choice. For well under £20, you will be able to whip up a creamy foam in seconds saving you time and effort. For people who are in a hurry in the morning but still want to indulge in a professional, barista style coffee, you can’t go far wrong.
We’d also recommend this for people who are new to using milk frothers as this one is so user friendly. If this is your first time picking up this type of appliance, you’ll get to grips with it in no time; there’s no need to be a pro barista with Aerolatte.Buy the Aerolatte at Amazon.
Why you should buy a handheld milk frother
A handheld milk frother is an easy-to-use tool that is affordable and effective. While there are many on the market, the Aerolatte milk frother is one of the best. We were really impressed with this coffee making accessory and would like to help you get better acquainted with it.
Who is Aerolatte?
Aerolatte prides itself on bringing innovation and style to the kitchen. The brand is known for its easy-to-use tools and high quality. It’s not surprising when you consider that the brand was born out of a passion to make decent frothed milk back in the late 90s by coffee lovers Gary and Alan.
While milk frothers were the foundation for the business, over time, a range of other products have been added to the selection. This includes the innovative Press and Go French Press, Moka espresso maker, and the quirky Cappuccino Artist cocoa shaker to name a few.
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