How long do milk frothers last?

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Like any small electrical device, a milk frother should last 2-3 years. However, the non-electrical handheld and manual milk frothers usually have a much longer shelf life with the market leaders offering a 25-year and even lifetime guarantee. That said, the cheaper handheld milk frothers can be classed as disposable items and may only last a few months.

Electric milk frothers

Small electrical appliances should last a minimum of two or three years. They should, and frequently do, last longer. And that applies to milk frothers. But realistically you’re looking at a couple of years at least – assuming of course the appliance is looked after correctly, maintained, and cleaned.

An electric milk frother is a basic appliance. Mechanically there isn’t too much which can go wrong with it. This should increase its lifespan compared to something like a barista coffee machine which has so many different components it’s highly likely something will go wrong quickly.

Of course, different devices will last longer than others. I’ve still got electric milk frothers from five years ago that work fine.

IKICH electric milk frother
(IKICH)

But thinking about how long do milk frothers last it isn’t just their reliability which may limit their lifespan.

Like every other small appliance there are always better milk frothers being released to the market. If like me, you’re always looking for the best new thing you will buy a new milk frother consigning your old but still functional frother to the back of the cupboard.

But all things being equal, an electric milk frother should easily last you two or three years.

Handheld milk frothers

Handheld milk frothers are highly effective but simple devices which should have a long lifespan. The market leader and my go to milk frother is the Zulay Milk Boss.

This amazing little frother has a ‘lifetime happiness’ guarantee. In other words, it won’t let you down ever – if it does, you’ll get a replacement.

You can’t ask for more than that. Other handheld milk frothers will last for years as they are a quite simple device. All you need to do to keep them in prime condition is to check the batteries regularly and remove them if you’re not going to be using the frother for a while.

Sale
Zulay Kitchen Original Milk Frother Handheld Foam Maker for Lattes - Whisk Drink Mixer for Bulletproof Coffee, Mini Foamer for Cappuccino, Frappe, Matcha, Hot Chocolate by Milk Boss (Metallic Black)
  • Make Rich, Creamy Froth in Seconds: We Coffee Lovers Are Serious When It Comes to Our Coffee....
  • Matcha Whisking, Coffee & More: Customers Say Our Frother Works Better Than a Manual Matcha...
  • Proven and Trusted Quality: We Use Only Premium Materials. The Construction Will Last, Backed...

However, you do need to be aware that there is an enormous difference in quality and reliability between the models at the top of the tree and those at the other end of the scale.

You can buy a handheld frother very cheaply. Famously in the UK, you can buy the Ikea milk frother for just £1 in store. Other Chinese mass produced frothers can be purchased for pennies with low-cost postage too.

Review: Milk Boss vs Ikea milk frother

But do be aware that these low-cost milk frothers are nowhere near the quality of a Milk Boss or BonsenKitchen device. They will have a limited lifespan and my cheap milk frother gave up the ghost after just three months.

If you do buy these devices, you should consider them disposable items. These milk frothers will only last a period of months with regular use and you’ll be extremely fortunate indeed to get a year’s use out of them.

Manual milk frothers

Again, manual milk frothers should last for years. They have few moving parts and there isn’t much that can go wrong. That said, they do have a couple of vulnerabilities.

In particular the plunger mechanism can be prone to break. To be honest I’ve never experienced this but plenty of other reviewers have. However, I believe if you use the plunger sensibly it won’t break.

The other cause for concern isn’t really anything the manufacturer can control. But those manual milk frothers with glass jars are of course vulnerable to being dropped. And if that’s the case you won’t be getting a replacement from the manufacturer.

That said, Judge offer a 25-year guarantee on their manual milk frother (made from stainless steel).

Overall, if you are careful with your manual milk frother it will last you many years and be good for making countless cups of frothy coffee.

So – how long do milk frothers last?

As we’ve already discussed, the various types of milk frother have different lifespans.

The difference in how long milk frothers will last is best illustrated by the fact that Judge, who offer a 25-year guarantee on their manual milk frother, only provide a 2-year guarantee on their electric milk frother.

Generally speaking, the cheaper devices won’t last long and really aren’t worth the money. It’s far better to spend a little more and get a good milk frother that will not only make thick foamy milk but will also be dependable for many years.

Which milk frother should I buy?

If longevity and reliability are the most important factors for you, I would recommend you opt for either a handheld or manual milk frother.

As we have discussed these types of frother will last much longer than electrical models. And that’s simply because they have fewer moving parts and therefore there are less things to go wrong.

But it’s important to say that you won’t be losing any effectiveness if you opt for a handheld or manual milk frother. In fact, I find the results are better.

Most of the time I will use my handheld milk frother as it is easy to set up, makes fantastic rich and creamy foam in just 30 seconds, and only takes seconds to clean. My frother of choice is the Zulay Milk Boss.

But I also use my Bodum Latteo manual frother too. Again, it’s extremely easy to use and the results are amazing.

The only way these frothers lose out to their electric counterparts is that using them is a manual process and you must heat the milk separately. An electric frother will heat and foam your milk at the same time.

If you’ve never used a handheld or manual frother before you can see how easy it is to make great foamy milk by watching our videos on this page.

If you’re looking for a new milk frother be sure to check out our reviews on selected top rated products or see below the table for this week’s best-selling frothers.

Brand
Lavazza Milk Easy
Bonsenkitchen
Severin SM 3587
Zulay Milk Boss
Lavazza A Modo Mio Milk Easy Frother, For Milk-based Recipe, Black
Bonsenkitchen Electric Milk Frother, Automatic Milk Foam Maker for Coffee, Matcha, Mini Stainless Steel Whisk with Battery, Mixer, Blender, MF8710 (Sliver)
Severin SM 3587 Induction Milk Frother Spuma 700 Plus, milliliters, Black-Stainless Steel
Zulay Original Milk Frother Handheld Foam Maker for Lattes - Whisk Drink Mixer for Coffee, Mini Foamer for Cappuccino, Frappe, Matcha, Hot Chocolate by Milk Boss (Black)
Type
Automatic
Handheld
Automatic
Handheld
Overall Rating
4.8
4.6
4.6
4.5
Blending Power
4.7
4.6
4.5
4.4
Ease of Use
4.8
4.7
4.7
4.7
Ease of Cleaning
4.6
4.7
4.8
4.7
Value for Money
4.5
4.7
4.0
4.6
Prime?
Price
£46.70
£9.99
£111.66
£11.99
Brand
Lavazza Milk Easy
Lavazza A Modo Mio Milk Easy Frother, For Milk-based Recipe, Black
Type
Automatic
Overall Rating
4.8
Blending Power
4.7
Ease of Use
4.8
Ease of Cleaning
4.6
Value for Money
4.5
Prime?
Price
£46.70
Brand
Bonsenkitchen
Bonsenkitchen Electric Milk Frother, Automatic Milk Foam Maker for Coffee, Matcha, Mini Stainless Steel Whisk with Battery, Mixer, Blender, MF8710 (Sliver)
Type
Handheld
Overall Rating
4.6
Blending Power
4.6
Ease of Use
4.7
Ease of Cleaning
4.7
Value for Money
4.7
Prime?
Price
£9.99
Brand
Severin SM 3587
Severin SM 3587 Induction Milk Frother Spuma 700 Plus, milliliters, Black-Stainless Steel
Type
Automatic
Overall Rating
4.6
Blending Power
4.5
Ease of Use
4.7
Ease of Cleaning
4.8
Value for Money
4.0
Prime?
Price
£111.66
Brand
Zulay Milk Boss
Zulay Original Milk Frother Handheld Foam Maker for Lattes - Whisk Drink Mixer for Coffee, Mini Foamer for Cappuccino, Frappe, Matcha, Hot Chocolate by Milk Boss (Black)
Type
Handheld
Overall Rating
4.5
Blending Power
4.4
Ease of Use
4.7
Ease of Cleaning
4.7
Value for Money
4.6
Prime?
Price
£11.99

Best-selling milk frothers

SaleBestseller No. 1
Lavazza A Modo Mio Milk Easy Frother, For Milk-based Recipe, Black
  • The Milk Easy will beep twice to tell you it’s finished.
  • Maximum capacity for milk frothing 120 (internal level indicator: foam) ml
  • Maximum capacity for milk heating 180 (internal level indicator: milk) ml
SaleBestseller No. 2
Milk Frother, Updated Electric Milk Frother and Steamer, 4 in 1 Large Capacity 300ml Cold Hot Automatic Milk Frother & Warmer, Coffee Frother for Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato Black
  • 【Distinctive 4 in 1 Programs】This electric milk frother is ideal for coffee...
  • 【Become Your Very Own Barista】It’s simple to use: choose your whisk, fill the jug up to...
  • 【Quiet and Large Capacity】With built- in silent motor, this milk frother silently makes...
Bestseller No. 3
Milk Frother 4 in 1 Electric Hot & Cold Froth Maker, Milk Warmer Coffee Frother with Strix Temperature Controls, Auto Shut-Off Non-Stick Interior for Coffee, Latte, Hot Milk, Cappuccino, Macchiato.
  • 😋【Smooth & Silky Milk Foam】: Milk frother quickly produces creamy and frothy milk foam...
  • 😋【Quick Frothing and Heating】: Coffee frother operates fast and quietly, it can create...
  • 😋【Effortless cleaning】: Electric hot & cold froth maker is made of food-grade stainless...
Bestseller No. 4
ARVOV Milk Frother, Automatic Milk Frother Machine 4 in 1 Functions Milk Frother Machine for Coffee, Hot Chocolates, Latte, Cappuccino, Milk Frother 240ml (B)
  • 🍨Rich & Creamy Milk Froth: Milk frother creates a smooth, velvety and dense milk froth in a...
  • 🍨4 in 1 Multifunctional: Electric coffee frother produces hot dense foam, hot airy foam, hot...
  • 🍨Easy Cleaning: Hot & cold froth maker is constructed with scratch-resistant material and...
Bestseller No. 5
KitchenCraft Le'Xpress Electric Milk Frother Whisk
  • Embrace your inner barista and froth up lattes, mochas and milkshakes with this handy milk...
  • At the touch of a button, its stainless steel coil whips warm milk or cream into a delicious...
  • It's not just a coffee frother - use it as a mini electric whisk for egg whites, salad...

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