They are the two big hitters in the milk frother world. Between them the Bonsenkitchen and Zulay Milk Boss frothers have tens of thousands of reviews on Amazon. They are massively popular and both have a great reputation for performance and reliability. They have plenty in common but which one has the edge? We compare the two frothers to see how they stack up against one another.
Stats and features – a head to head comparison of Bonsenkitchen v Zulay Milk Boss
Under the spotlight – Bonsenkitchen and Zulay Milk Boss
Ok, that’s the shorthand version. Now let’s delve into those features and put a bit more flesh on the bones. Or froth in the milk. As it were.
Frothers under the microscope
In terms of build these frothers are very similar. Both have a plastic body which houses the batteries. Attached to the plastic body is a stainless steel stem with a whisk. The whisk is fixed into position.
Size wise they are both 25cm in length though the body of the Milk Boss is noticeably broader. It definitely feels sturdier than the Bonsenkitchen frother. This is reflected in the weight with Milk Boss coming in 36 grams heavier.
This could be see as a positive or negative depending on your point of view. In the scheme of things 36 grams isn’t massive and both frothers are light enough to be handled comfortably by most people.
Both frothers are now available in many different colours. But, and this is a massive but. The different colours vary hugely in price. Quite why this should be is a mystery and quite frankly its ridiculous. Choosing a brighter colour than the standard grey can put an extra £10-£20 on the price.
Why anyone would pay that just so their frother can match the colour of their kitchen decor is beyond me. Unless you desperately need your frother to match the delicate shade of lime accents on your kitchen cabinets choose the standard colours.
After all, most of us will keep these in the kitchen drawer anyway. Though that being said…
Stand and deliver
One of the big differences between the Bonsenkitchen frother and the Milk Boss is that a useful stand is included with the Milk Boss. This is a nice extra and allows you to keep your frother on the worktop within easy reach. Quite whether the inclusion of a stand is enough to sway the verdict in favour of the Milk Boss remains to be seen.
Both milk frothers are powered by two AA batteries. Don’t worry about running out of power in mid froth any time soon as the batteries last for ages. But it is wise to keep a couple of spare batteries in the kitchen drawer. Speaking of which…
I imagine I’m not the only person who gets annoyed when manufacturers don’t include batteries with their products. Including them is such an easy thing to do. Which is why Bonsenkitchen get a big tick in the box for providing batteries with their frother. This is something Zulay doesn’t do.
As the batteries are included the Bonsenkitchen is ready to go right out of the box. To get the Milk Boss powered up you’re going to have to rummage around and hope you’ve got a couple of AA batteries to hand.
The Bonsenkitchen milk frother and the Zulay Milk Boss are both surprisingly powerful. These little devices really do pack a punch. In terms of rpm they are very similar. The Milk Boss produces 12,500rpm with Bonsenkitchen 12,000.
The extra 500rpm in favour of the Milk Boss is really neither here nor there and won’t make any discernible difference to how quickly the milk is frothed.
Both of these frothers are very well made and robust. They are very different to the cheap, flimsy frothers you can pick up for a couple of quid. And this extra quality is reflected in the warranties which come with them.
The Bonsenkitchen has a one year guarantee. But the Milk Boss trumps that with Zulay providing a ‘lifetime happiness promise’. Which is a nice way of saying a lifetime guarantee. And you can’t get much better than that.
Keeping them clean
There’s no difference here. Both are so easy to clean its nuts. After use just hold the whisk under a running tap and wipe along the stem. If the plastic body needs cleaning a wipe with a damp cloth will do it. And that’s it.
The only thing you do need to be aware of is not to get the plastic body wet when rinsing the whisk. Apart from that cleaning is a doddle.
Value for money
Stick to the standard colours and both of these frothers are excellent value for money. But, the Bonsenkitchen comes in around 50% cheaper than the Milk Boss. Don’t get me wrong. You don’t have to break the bank to purchase either of these frothers. But there is a big difference in price. Nevertheless they are both excellent value for money.
You can check the latest price of each frother in the comparison table below.
Reviewers ratings and price comparison
Battle of the frothers
There is little to choose between the two frothers when it comes to how well they foam milk. They are both very powerful and will whip up a dense froth in 20-30 seconds. You can see both frothers in action in the videos below.
Zulay Milk Boss
Bonsenkitchen v Zulay Milk Boss
The final verdict
This was a real heavyweight contest. IPerformance wise, quality of build and sheer convenience the two can’t be split.
’m tempted to call it a tie. But there can only be one winner so….
Even though it’s more expensive its lifetime warranty has swung the contest in favour of the…
Zulay Milk Boss.
Want to know more?
You can see our in-depth reviews and unboxing videos of each frother below.
Made up your mind? Buy your frother now
We also used the Milk Boss in this video where we demonstrated how easy it is to make great hot chocolate with a milk frother.
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