As a reviewer my kitchen cupboards are packed with milk frothers. When it comes to choosing the best for home use it depends on:
- The drink I’m making.
- The milk I’m using.
- The time I have.
If I was buying a milk frother for the first time I would add ‘what is my budget’ to that list.
All of which is a little bit vague so let’s put some meat on the bones.
Which drinks will I be making?
Naturally enough you’ll be making plenty of frothy coffee. If you like to experiment with warm and cold foam and enjoy making lots of coffee, you’ll be advised to consider an automatic frother.
These appliances make it easy to get the right temperature as they have different automatic settings which can make warm or cold foam at the touch of a button. They take all the guesswork out of making all kinds of frothy coffee.
As they also have a milk heating function the range of drinks you can make with one of these devices is virtually unlimited; from warm creamy cappuccino to an iced frappe the world is your oyster. Or your coffee cup.
If you’re not familiar with automatic milk frothers we’ve written an article which goes into more depth about these great little appliances. You can read the article here.
What milk will I use?
If you haven’t done much frothing, then thinking about the milk may seem a little strange. But the type of milk you use is very important if you want a rich thick foam.
Whole or full fat milk is by far the best to use for frothy coffee. The proteins in the milk help create a really thick foam. You can read more about the importance milk plays in creating thick foam in this article.
If you will be using low fat milk or vegan options, I’d suggest using a handheld frother. Rather than automatic settings you control how long you froth for. This can help get better results from milk which is harder to froth.
We explain more about this in our buyers guide Best milk frothers for vegan milk.
How much time do I have?
Are you always in a hurry? Always rushing to grab that all important coffee before you head out of the door to start your day? If that’s you then the time it takes to prepare your morning coffee becomes very important.
Now, frothing milk isn’t exactly a lengthy process. An automatic frother will do the job in just a couple of minutes. But if every second is vital to you – or you just don’t like hanging around, a handheld or manual frother will be the one for you.
Either of these frothers can whip up a thick foam in around 30 seconds. Which should be fast enough for anyone except the most time starved of us.
What’s my budget?
Milk frothers won’t break the bank. If you’re frother shopping, your credit card can relax a little. You can buy a great frother for less than £100 and most automatic models will set you back between £40 and £70. Which isn’t a lot of cash.
But you can pick up the best handheld frothers for under £20. We compare two of the best in one of our comparison articles. To learn more read Bonsenkitchen vs Zulay Milk Boss.
So whichever type of frother you choose you won’t need to remortgage the house.
What else do I need?
If you’re going to be using a handheld or manual frother one indispensable piece of kit you’ll need is a milk thermometer. These simple little devices are very easy to use. There’s no mechanics or electricity involved.
Simply pop the stem of the thermometer into the milk and you’ll see the needle on the dial move to the temperature. Most milk frothing thermometers are clearly marked with a coloured zone to indicate the best temperature – around 65 degrees is best.
Getting the milk to the right temperature is important because if it’s overheated the milk will be bitter and will ruin your coffee.
Of course, if you buy an automatic frother you won’t need a thermometer as the appliance will shut off once the correct temperature is reached.
You’ll also find a milk frothing pitcher or jug very useful too. These jugs are the best thing to hold and dispense your frothed milk. Especially if you want to try your hand at latte art. We’ve written a handy guide to the best frothing jugs. You can read that article here.
So, there’s a couple of handy little accessories you can add to your barista tool kit. You could also add a spatula or spoon for ladling out the thickest foam, and a latte pen and stencils if you want to be more artistic with your coffee.
But let’s circle back to the original question we posed on this page.
Which milk frother is best for home use?
Overall, and especially if you’re relatively new to making frothy coffee, our recommendation for the best frother for home use is an automatic frother. These kettle-like appliances are sometimes described as electric milk frothers by the manufacturers.
There are dozens upon dozens of these frothers available from many different manufacturers.
To help narrow down the options we’ve picked three of the best frothers for you to choose from. You can see them in the table below. We’ve also included a brief summary of each appliance beneath the table.
However, we’ve also talked about manual and handheld frothers in this article. If you want to learn more about these nifty little gadgets you should read our in-depth guide to ‘What is a milk frother and how do I use it?’ We go into a lot of detail about the different types of frother.
Our frother shortlist
This fantastic appliance is the top selling automatic frother week after week on Amazon. Its appeal lies in its simplicity, reliability and design. It has the usual three settings for warm, cold foam and heated milk.
It has exceptional blending power which means you always get the thickest foam. From experience and the reviews on shopping sites the power and quality of foam does make the HaddinEEon stand out from its rivals.
With push button simplicity and very easy to clean it’s hard to find a fault with this frother. The stylish design will add a touch of contemporary chic to your kitchen countertop.
Holds 300ml of milk for heating or 130ml for frothing.
Read our in-depth review here.Check Amazon for the latest price.
Always a favourite and a very popular frother. A simple polished steel design looks quite elegant. This frother has four settings which automatically shut off so your milk will always be prepared to the optimal temperature. You can prepare hot airy foam, hot dense foam, cold foam or heat milk.
It will produce foam in around two minutes and will heat milk in three minutes. It has a small capacity of 240ml for heating milk and 115ml for foam.
Like most frothers of its type it has a double walled insulated non-stick jug which is very easy to clean. You can’t put it in the dishwasher but a quick rinse and wipe will have it ready for action again in an instant.
Read our in-depth review here.Check Amazon for the latest price.
This is an exceptional frother. It has a generous capacity of 350ml of milk for heating or 160ml for frothing.
It has two different whisks (one for frothing the other for heating) and three automatic settings; hot foam, cold foam, heating milk.
It makes cold foam in about a minute and hot foam in two minutes. Very easy to use with push button control you simply press the button to select your setting.
A nice touch is that a cleaning brush is supplied with the frother. But to be honest you probably won’t need the brush as a quick rinse is all that is usually needed to clean the device.
This is a very unassuming but powerful frother.
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