Looking at the Vonshef Electric Milk Frother it appears a pretty standard looking unit. However the thing which pleasantly surprised us the most when we unboxed this item was just how well-built and solid this thing felt!
Like any good milk frother it can be used to not only froth, but also heat your milk completely automatically allowing you to make your favourite milk-based coffee drinks with ease.
But what else can you use this device for? And, how well does it work? Find out everything you need to know with our indepth-review.
Vonshef Milk Frother Overview:
Inside the box you'll find the unit itself, two whisk heads (more on those in a bit) and a handy quick-start manual. One of the first things you'll notice is that this frother is incredibly well-made and oozes quality. The stainless steel case has a solid feel to it, especially when compared to the plastic cases found on some other devices and the non-stick interior feels sturdy and looks like it is covered in a durable paint/coating – meaning it should last for the life of the machine.
It comes with two different whisk heads. The first is essentially a stirring head which allows you to keep the milk moving in the machine whilst it is being heated – preventing scorching. The second head is the whisking head and is used to froth the milk. Each head can easily be popped in and out of the machine in seconds and the spare head is very conveniently stored in the Vonshef premium's lid so it won't get lost.
The handle is heat resistant and made of plastic that feels like a modern equivalent of bakelite. However we have not, as yet, felt any heat penetrate to the exterior of the unit after heating. It remains cool and safe to touch. This is almost certainly due to the Vonshef's double walled housing which not only keeps the milk warm but also makes the unit safe to handle after use.
Using The Vonshef Premium Frother:Despite coming with a manual the operation is incredibly intuitive and you can use the device literally 'out-of-the-box'. Inside the device are a few easy to see fill lines which show you the min and max fill levels for both types of frothing head. This should prevent you from overfilling the unit.
Then all you need to do is press the button once to start the frothing and heating process and leave it to work its magic! When your milk is perfectly foamed the unit will simply switch itself off. This makes it a wonderful time saver and also prevents any milk burning and sticking to the bottom of the container. When finished the container can be removed from its base and easily carried to a table and will be ready to serve. The foam produced is thick and creamy and this device prepares a good quantity of heated milk and foam (to around 65°C) which is perfect for making cappuccinos or lattes.
In total this device can prepare milk in 3 ways: Heated and foamed, foamed or heated. Obviously whether or not the milk is foamed is dependent on which head is fitted to the device. However what if you just want cold foamed milk to use as a low-calorie alternative to cream for your desserts? All you need to do is press the power button and hold it for 2 seconds, this starts the frothing process, however it won't heat the milk.
What About Hot Chocolate?An increasingly common question people like to know the answer to is whether or not milk frothers can be used to make hot chocolate.
Well, the Vonshef Premium does not disappoint here either.
We were able to place a quantity of hot chocolate powder and chocolate shavings into the device, along with the milk, to quickly prepare a hot chocolate. The only downside to including the ingredients directly into the frother is that it inhibits the machines ability to produce the foam. However, VonShef recommend you mix in the powder after preparing the foam – but its great to see this device can prepare it all in one-go.
Cleaning this device is a breeze. It's non-stick coating is excellent and after use we were able to clean it in seconds with a soft sponge and bit of soapy water. We assumed the frothing whisk-head would be tricky to clean however, after use to comes out virtually clean anyway so a quick rinse is all that is required.
There's no real faults that we could find with the Vonshef Premium milk frother. It's solid construction, ease of use and wipe clean interior are sure to please most coffee fanatics. Not only that but it's stylish case and small footprint means it's sure to be at home in any kitchen.