The perfect cup of coffee is a combination of many different factors. Getting your hands on the best beans, the right grinder, and selecting the ideal brewing method are all key contributors to a stellar cup of joe. But if you’re a cappuccino or latte fan who enjoys a thick, luxurious layer of milk on top of your drink, then acquiring the best milk frother should also be a priority.
It’s for that reason that we’ve put together this guide of the best milk frothers currently on the market in 2019. In an effort to find the best milk mixing machine, and to ensure that you always have the creamiest coffee companion, we frothed ourselves silly. The result – a definitive guide of lactose lathering that (hopefully) won’t leave you intolerant.
Best Milk Frother: Quick Round-Up
*Prices updated on March 26th, 2020
Pros & Cons
|Secura Automatic Electric Frother||$34.98||+ Beautiful, functional design. |
+ Insulated interior keeps your milk either hot or cold.
+ Can heat and froth milk.
+ Easy to operate.
– Not dishwasher safe.
– Electric and so always needs electricity in order to froth milk.
|Powerlix Battery Operated Handheld Milk Frother||$12.97||+ Slim and portable design; perfect for travel.|
+ Froths milk quickly and evenly.
+ Quiet motor so you can froth milk early in the morning and late at night.
– Battery operated and so requires the changing of batteries from time to time.
|Aerolatte Hand Frother||$16.99||+ Solid stainless steel construction means it won’t rust.|
+ Froths milk extremely fast.
+ Reliable product from a trusted brand.
– More expensive than other frothers on this list.
– Battery-operated so batteries will need to be replaced at some point.
|Nespresso Aeroccino Plus||$119.95||+ Offers a wide range of milk frothing options.|
+ Can make hot and cold milk very easily.
+ Extremely consistent and versatile.
+ Beautiful design.
– Extremely expensive especially compared to other frothers on this list.
|Bonsen Kitchen Electric Milk Frother||$9.99||+ Extremely affordable.|
+ Handheld and portable.
+ Perfect for travelling.
– Uses batteries and so needs new ones periodically.
|HIC Milk Creamer Frother||$22.49||+ Very affordable considering the quality.|
+ Beautiful design that looks great in any kitchen.
+ Produces consistently foamy and creamy milk.
+ Doesn’t require electricity and is very portable.
– Takes slightly longer than electric frothers.
|Capresso Froth Plus||$139.99||+ Large capacity means it can froth large quantities of milk.|
+ Dishwasher friendly.
+ Very easy to use; froth milk at the push of a button.
– Expensive considering that the frother is made from plastic.
|NoPro Glass Froth Master||$12.95||+ Beautifully minimal design.|
+ Extremely affordable.Manual milk frother that doesn’t require any batteries.
– Glass construction makes this frother quite fragile.
– Small volume means you might have to froth multiple servings of milk.
|Nestle Nespresso Aeroccino 3 Milk Frother||$76.93 (On sale, usually $99)||+ Rapid hot or cold milk frothing capabilities.|
+ Unique design.
+ Auto shut off when milk is finished frothing.
– Hefty price tag makes this quite inaccessible for first-time buyers.
|Breville Milk Cafe Frother||$129.95||+ Dial allows precision control of temperature.|
+ Creates consistently foamy and thick milk.
+ Ideal for making cappuccinos.
– Huge price tag; most expensive milk frother on the milk.
The Best Milk Frother: Our Ranking Factors
Milk frothers generally fall into three different types. Namely electric, battery-powered, and manual. This doesn’t necessarily determine the efficacy of the frother, but each category is going to appeal to different types of buyers, and so we tried to include a good mix of all three.
Can a milk frother heat your milk as well or can it only froth? These are the burning questions we want to know the answers to, and so we judged each frother accordingly.
Not all frothers are made equally. We sorted the wheat from the chaff (the curds from the whey, if you will) by looking at the construction quality and what the frothers were built from. All of the frothers on the list feature solid, robust and sturdy designs that will keep you frothing for years.
It’s difficult to create any buying guide without taking the price into consideration, and this one was no different. As with any other broad category of product, there are levels to the amount of money one is willing to spend. We included a wide price range so that we could find something for everyone.
Top Milk Frother Picks – in Detail
As far as electric frothers go, you’d be hard pressed to find a better looking one than the Secura Automatic Electric Frother. Made entirely from stainless steel, the Secura is easy on the eyes and would look great on any kitchen counter.
The Secura is able to froth both hot and cold milk effortlessly. If you’re simply heating milk then it has a capacity of 250ml, but if you’re frothing milk then it can only hold half that as frothing causes the milk to double in volume. This frother is vacuum insulated meaning it will keep your milk warm (or cold) for quite a while, even when you’re done heating it.
It’s also detachable, making it super easy to clean without worrying about getting the electric parts wet. And really that’s it’s only handicap – being electric. For $35, the Secura is a great little frother, but without batteries it means that you’ll never be able to bring it with you on a business trip and it will be forever relegated to the kitchen.
Best Battery Operated Frother
If you’re looking for a milk frother that feels great in your hand and does exactly what it says on the packet, the Powerlix Battery Operated Handheld Milk Frother should be your go-to. The Powerlix features a svelte, portable design that will make short, creamy work of any flat, bodiless milk.
Constructed from stainless steel and featuring a motor capable of producing 19000 revolutions per minute, the Powerlix is sturdy enough to not break, bend, rust or fail in any way. The motor is also pretty quiet so you can froth milk early in the morning or late at night without worrying about waking anyone.
For $13.97 this is a decently powerful piece of kit. Its construction is pretty enough to fit most kitchens and it’s also portable meaning you can take it camping or on business trips. The only downside is that you need a couple of AA batteries to keep it running, which over time can add up.
Best Handheld Frother
Aerolatte is one of the most trusted coffee brands on the market, so it makes sense that when it comes to hand frothers they would deliver a great product too. The Aerolatte Hand Frother is a beautiful hand-held frother packing a tiny motor just strong enough to froth milk perfectly every time.
This is a no-frills frother that does exactly what it claims. With a whisking head and shafted constructed from 18/8 stainless steel, you don’t have to worry about wear and tear or rust, regardless of whether you’re frothing hot or cold milk.
The Aerolatte is operated with a simple on/off toggle switch and powered by two replaceable AA batteries. It’s a wonderfully effective and functional frother, and for the price of $16.99 it’s hard to fault it.
The Beast Frother
If you don’t have too much time in the mornings but would like to sneak in a quality cup of coffee before work, then the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus is the answer. While this isn’t the most technical frother on the list, it’s ability to quickly heat and froth milk makes it ideal for making a cappuccino on the go.
With a capacity of 250ml this isn’t even the biggest frother on the list, but its ability to produce foam so creamy you might as well be drinking a cloud sets it head and shoulders above similar frothers. But with a price tag of almost $150, some might struggle to justify the huge expense.
Best Value for Money
If you’re absolutely strapped for cash but you just can’t live without a morning latte, then you might want to consider the Bonsen Kitchen Electric Milk Frother. At just $9.99, it’s the cheapest frother on this list by a mile, but that doesn’t mean it’s ineffective.
Quite the contrary, with a solid construction and a wand and whisking head made from 18/8 stainless steel, the Bonsen can froth milk with the best of them. Operating the Bonsen is also exceedingly simple; one button turns it off and on and that’s all you need to worry about.
The Bonsen is portable and reliable, but it does run on batteries. So just make sure you keep a couple handy should this little guy run out of juice half way through a froth.
The Best Manual Frother
Electric frothers are cool and all, but you’ll always be beholden to power to get the job done. Not with the HIC Milk Creamer Frother! This manual frother gives you the ability to create creamy concoctions regardless of whether or not you’re close to a power source.
Not only that, but it looks beautiful as well. The stainless steel construction is as ornate as a vanity mirror, and will have your milk frothed in a minute or less.
To use it, simply pour milk into the HIC, insert the plunger, secure the lid, then pump the handle between 30 and 60 seconds. For the low price of only $22.49, and considering that you’ll never have to spend money on a single battery, the HIC is an absolute steal.
The Best Electric Frother
If you want to get technical with your frothing or you plan on having a lot of guests over, then the Capresso Froth Plus is what you need. With a massive capacity of 8 ounces of milk for frothing or 12 ounces for heating, there’s enough space in here to make lattes for the whole family.
The Capresso is smart too. With two frothing disks and one heating disk that stirs the milk simultaneously, this frother will keep your milk warm and mobile to avoid it burning. With only three buttons, it’s also intuitive and easy to use.
The downside of the Capresso is its limited mobility; this little guy is going to have to live in a kitchen unless you plan on travelling with no other luggage. The device also had a mid-range price of $59 when we first wrote this article, but is now $139 on Amazon. Still, considering how functional it is, it’s hard not to be impressed.
Best Budget Frother
You can be forgiven is at first glance you think that the NoPro Glass Froth Master is a little French press coffee maker. But no, while the NoPro does share some similarities and even uses a similar technique to the French press, it’s functionality is limited to frothing milk, which it excels at.
The NoPro doesn’t require any external power source. Rather it’s powered by your own elbow grease (none of which makes its way into your milk hopefully). With around a minute of work you should be able to achieve a luxuriously creamy milk to rival any other electronic frother.
At $12.95, it’s also extremely affordable. Surprising, considering how effective and aesthetically pleasing this little device is. The only possible deal breaker might be its construction. With the body made entirely of glass, the NoPro is quite fragile and will require quite a bit of care during cleaning.
Most Functional Frother
Sure most milk frothers can deliver a decent foam when working with milk, but how many can lather up non-dairy alternatives? The Nestle Nespresso Aeroccino 3 Milk Frother does just that, making short work of even the most stubbornly non-foamy products such as almond and cashew milk.
The Aeroccino 3 is also an impressive piece of kit to observe, and looks like it would look at home on the set of a science fiction film. It has a one button functionality for both heating and frothing milk, and its auto shutoff feature means milk will never overheat or spill over the top.
For just over $76 it’s a bit pricey compared to other frothers on the market, but its ability to work with other liquids apart from milk makes it worth the investment.
Most Multifunctional Frother
The Breville Milk Cafe Frother might just be the most feature-laden milk frother on the list, and maybe even on the market. Before purchasing one, you might not be aware that you want or need temperature control, but afterwards you’ll struggle to understand how you coped without it.
The temperature control has the potential to elevate your milk and coffee game to untold levels of awesome. You’re able to heat the milk and get a ton of foam using nothing but the Breville’s frothing disc. And in addition to coffee, this frother is also adept at churning out excellent hot chocolates.
At $129.95, this isn’t going to be the cheapest frother on the list. But you’re paying for quality here, and the Breville delivers every time.
The Creme de la Creme
So there you have it. The best frothers on the market ranked, discussed and reviewed. We left no stone unturned in order to bring you the very best in foam-making machinery.
The only choice you have to make is which device you choose to purchase in your pursuit of the perfect latte or cappuccino. As the ultimate test (if you’re still unsure about which one you should pick), we recommend determining the effectiveness of your frother by the size of the cream moustache it can give you.