Milk frothers don’t have to be expensive. They are among the best value small appliances you can buy. And, if you’re on a budget, you can find a fantastic milk frother for less than £15. Add an extra tenner and you can choose between a handheld or manual frother.
If you’re a foamy coffee lover with a keen eye for thrift we’ve got your back. We’ll find the best frothers for you without making your credit card break out in a nervous sweat.
You want frothy coffee without breaking the bank? No worries. Let’s dive straight in and find the best milk frothers on a budget. Just for you.
Hang on, milk frothers cost a pretty penny – don’t they?
Not necessarily. If you buy a barista coffee machine with a milk frother wand you’ll be looking at a few hundred quid. Even an automatic frother will set you back northwards of £40. Not a fortune but not exactly budget either.
As we mentioned above if you’re looking for great value you should be looking at handheld or manual milk frothers. You’ll be quid’s in if you do.
Ok, sounds good. Tell me more
Sure thing. As we mentioned earlier you can get a top of the range handheld frother for £15 or less. Which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is outstanding value for money. Or it will be if the thing does its job.
But rest assured, the best handheld frothers are brilliant. They make a dense rich foam in as little as 30 seconds.
Most handheld frothers are battery powered and are basically powerful but tiny whisks. Believe me they whip up a storm. You can see this demonstrated in our video below.
So, just to recap and expand a little on what you’ve seen in the video, the process of making a frothy coffee with the help of a manual milk frother is pretty straight forward.
1 – Prepare your espresso or coffee base (you do this no matter which type of frother you use).
2 – Warm your milk (unless you’re using a recipe which requires cold milk of course).
3 – Create the foam by frothing the milk for around 30 seconds depending on the thickness of foam required.
4 – Pour the coffee base into a cup.
5 – Pour warmed and frothed milk onto the coffee.
6 – Spoon any leftover foam into the cup to create an extra layer of froth (if required).
Note: You’ll find a milk frothing pitcher and thermometer useful for warming milk. You can read all about these useful little jugs in this article.
If you’re looking for milk frothers on a budget the three handheld appliances we’ve listed further down the page are awesome. However, let’s pause a while. If you’re happy to splash just a tiny bit more cash a manual frother will be well within your budget.
A manual milk frother? Sounds like hard work.
It’s really not. And if you like a bit of hands-on engagement while you’re in the kitchen these are the frothers for you. Also, if you have a bit of a luddite approach to gadgets a manual frother will be right up your alley.
You can see how easy manual frothers are to use in the video below.
As you can see the process of making a coffee with a manual milk frother is very similar to the process we noted above for the handheld devices. The only real difference is that some manual frothers have glass bodies which allow you to place them in the microwave to heat the milk.
Other manual frothers can be placed on the hob to heat milk. Obviously, you can’t do this if those frothers are made from stainless steel. Which most manual models are.
In the table below you’ll find our recommended manual frothers. But first…
A word about the espresso base
Judging from the comments we receive some folks are puzzled when they buy a milk frother. They think the frother makes the whole drink. Just to clarify the frother simply makes the foam that you use to make a cappuccino or whichever beverage you’re preparing.
The coffee base is prepared separately and the warmed milk and froth added to the base (usually espresso but you can use whichever coffee you wish) to create the finished drink.
Hopefully, that clears up any possible confusion for frothy coffee newbies. But if you need a little more assistance, you should read our article on how to make a cappuccino – you can find it here. But, if you really do want an appliance that does it all, you should read this article on barista coffee machines.
Best milk frothers on a budget
Any of the six frothers we’ve highlighted in the tables above will do a cracking good and are all incredibly good value for money.
However, if you need a bit more of a steer and want a definitive answer to the question, we posed in the article title – what are the best milk frothers on a budget I would say:
Best milk frother under £20 – Zulay Milk Boss
This fantastic little device has been a best-seller on Amazon for at least the last five years. It’s compact, powerful and comes with a handy little stand. Best of all the Milk Boss has a ‘lifetime happiness’ guarantee. You can’t ask more than that from any small kitchen appliance.
However, one word of warning. The Milk Boss is available in many different colours but sometimes the cost of the different finishes varies wildly. Which is bizarre but not uncommon with kitchen appliances. But stick with the attractive matt black and you’ll only pay around £15.
Read our in-depth and hands-on Milk Boss review.Check Amazon for the latest price.
Best milk frother under £30 – Bodum Latteo
I love this little frother. It’s so easy to use, makes great foam and it’s a bit of fun. Ok, you have to work a little but it’s not exactly a hard workout. A few seconds of plunging the frother back and forth and you’ll have a lovely thick foam for your coffee.
It’s made from borosilicate glass which means you can pop it into the microwave to heat the milk. And, after you’ve finished frothing, you can put the jug into the dishwasher for an easy clean up.
The only word of warning about the Latteo is to be careful with the plunger. If you use too much force, you’ll break it. Used correctly however this little frother will froth on and on.
More informationCheck Amazon for the latest price.
This article contains affiliate links. Please see our disclosure notice for further information.