We tried it: Bodum Latteo milk frother review and testing

This is a great little frother. It produces rich thick foam in no time at all. It’s inexpensive to buy and very easy to use. When I put the Bodum Latteo through its paces I couldn’t believe the results. But there’s a secret to getting the best froth from this little marvel. We reveal all in our review and testing.

Designed in Denmark and made in Switzerland this is a decidedly European milk frother. It’s a manual appliance which means there’s no messing around with batteries or electricity. The froth is created by manually pushing and pulling the plunger on the lid.

Click here to check the latest pricing of the Latteo on Amazon.

Made from heat resistant borosilicate glass with a simple but elegant Scandinavian design this unassuming quarter litre capacity frother creates amazing foam. I demonstrate this in our video – you’ll find it just down the page a little.

What makes the Bodum Latteo stand out?

It’s the sheer quality of the foam and how easy it is to make which really makes this frother stand out from its rivals.

It really is amazing how much frothy goodness it produces. And I have to admit it’s a bit of fun as well.

Who wouldn’t enjoy frothing with a plunger? Much more satisfying than pressing a button.

Anyway – you can check out the frothing action in our video below.

What about the negatives?

No negatives as such but there are plenty of coffee lovers out there who aren’t fans of manual frothers like the Latteo. If you want a frother with temperature controls and pre-set functions you need an automatic milk frother. The Latteo won’t do it for you. Likewise, if you want a frother that easily heats milk an automatic frother is again the best appliance for you.

One or two reviewers on Amazon have suggested the carafe cracks easily. However, from our testing and the reputation of the appliance it’s obvious the carafe is very robust. However, any glass carafe can break if not handled carefully.

The Latteo’s carafe or glass jug

Really the glass carafe is both this frother’s strength and its weakness. Stainless steel frothers have an edge in that they won’t crack but the glass carafe of the Bodum Latteo makes it far more versatile than other frothers in its class.

The only other negative is that like all manual frothers the plunger handle will break if you’re too heavy handed. I’ve used this frother a lot and quite how some people manage to break it is beyond me.

Just remember when you’re using the frother you don’t need to go hell for leather. Just gently push and pull the plunger. If you’re careful with it this frother should last just as long as other small appliances in your kitchen.

With no electrics and less component parts to worry about the Latteo should be your frothing buddy for quite a few years. As long as you don’t drop the carafe of course…

Different from other manual frothers

Unlike other manual milk frothers, most of which are made from stainless steel, the Latteo is made from borosilicate glass. This type of glass is far stronger than other glass and is resistant to thermal shock.

the latteo milk frother

This means hot, even boiling liquid can be poured into the frother without it cracking. What this means for us is that the Bodum Latteo can be put into the microwave to heat milk. It can also be popped into the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

Being able to heat milk directly in the frother makes this great little appliance much easier to use than other manual frothers.

What can you use it for?

If you’re a frothy coffee lover you’ll find so many uses for this cracking little frother. Cappuccino, cafe latte, dalgona, even iced coffee – you name it and if it needs foam, you can use this frother.

How to use the Bodum Latteo milk frother

There are two ways to use this frother depending on whether you heat the milk separately or in the frother itself. Assuming you want warm foam that is. But we’ll come onto that.

manual milk frother plunger
The plunger from Latteo milk frother

As we saw in the video this frother is very easy to use. Let’s assume you want warm foam.

Step 1 – Pour milk into the carafe up to the maximum mark.
Step 2 – Place the Latteo into the microwave and heat for 60-100 seconds (you may need to experiment with timings).
Step 3 – Prepare coffee shot.
Step 4 – Remove Latteo from the microwave, stand for 60 seconds before pouring warmed milk onto coffee.
Step 5 – Spoon froth remaining in the Latteo onto the coffee.

If you need cold foam miss out step 2 – which is pretty obvious but I thought I’d mention it anyway.

Must read article: What’s the difference between handheld and manual milk frothers?

You could also choose to heat the milk separately in a pan on the stove and then transfer the warmed milk to the Latteo. But that just means more washing up so why bother?

Essential tip

Once you’ve poured the milk into the carafe and replaced the lid make sure the pour spout is sealed. You do this by rotating the lid a little so the spout is sealed. We’ve illustrated this in the image below. If you don’t seal the spout once you begin to froth the milk will shoot out of the spout.

Main features of the Bodum Latteo milk frother

  • 0.25 litre capacity.
  • Manufactured from heat resistant borosilicate glass.
  • Make warm or cold foam.
  • Comfortable grip plunger handle.
  • Silk plastic lid.
  • Easy pour spout.
  • Dishwasher Safe.

What’s in the box?bodum latteo milk frother in box

Not a lot. Just the frother itself. Which is all you need really.

Especially at the great value price it’s available for on Amazon.

But if you’re looking for little extras you won’t find them here.

You get the frother and the frother alone.

But what else do you need?

Should I buy it?

If you’re looking for a milk frother that doesn’t break the bank, but still delivers, then you can’t go wrong with the Latteo.

It makes a perfect companion to any coffee machine and is super simple to use and clean.

And, whilst it does not heat the milk for you, the fact you can heat milk easily in the same container as you produce the froth by popping it into the microwave is a very nice thought-out feature that will definitely save you some time.

You also have the added bonus that there is very little which can go wrong (such as faulty electrics etc) meaning this frother should last you for a very long time.

However, one word of warning. If you suffer from arthritis or have pain in your hands or wrists you will be better off with an automatic frother.

Click here to check the latest pricing of the Latteo on Amazon.


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