Best Milk Frothers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 10, 2017
You like coffee and want to enjoy the great taste of your favourite drink? You need to use a milk frother. With the help of this small appliance, you will be able to make a delicious cup of foamy and fragrant cappuccino or latte. We have compared 5 best milk frothers to help you make the right pick. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
TYPE AND CAPACITY
FROTHING SPEED
FROTHING WHISKS
MATERIAL
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PROS
It is a highly user-friendly unit owing to its dishwasher compatible detachable frothing jar and frothing discs. And a special storage on the back of the base will keep the frothing attachments safe in place.
CONS
Quite a bulky unit.
OUR VERDICT
A lovely milk frother will surely become a favourite kitchen appliance of every housewife. You can easily diversify favourite hot and cold drinks of your family creating new flavours by adding some cocoa or syrup through the lid.
detailed parameters
TYPE AND CAPACITY
Automatic, can froth 100-350 ml and heat 100-700 ml
FROTHING SPEED
~90 seconds
FROTHING WHISKS
1 frothing whisk and 1 stirring whisk
MATERIAL
Detachable stainless steel milk frothing jug
CONTROLS
On/Off button, Temperature mode control button (45°C–55°C–60°C–65°C), Temperature mode LED indicators, On/Ready sound indicators
PROS
A separate whisk for a frothed or heated milk along with three convenient control buttons on the base make the use of this milk frother fairly simple and comprehensive. To speed up the frothing just pour some water on the very bottom of the carafe.
CONS
Integral storage for whisks may seem a bit inconvenient.
OUR VERDICT
Hostess milk frother is an excellent choice to make lip-smacking barista-style cappuccinos and hot chocolate for your family members, friends and even colleagues in the office. It will please the most demanding user.
detailed parameters
TYPE AND CAPACITY
Automatic, can froth 120-240 ml and heat 360 ml
FROTHING SPEED
~90-200 seconds
FROTHING WHISKS
2 frothing whisks and 1 stirring whisk
MATERIAL
Non-stick aluminium carafe with a glass lid
CONTROLS
3 illuminated control buttons for 3 operation modes (heated milk, frothed hot milk, cold froth)
PROS
A heat-resistant lid and handle along with double-wall carafe will protect you from burns.
CONS
A silicone ring shall be removed for every cleanup. And the ring is pretty tight.
OUR VERDICT
This top notch frother will become a lucky find for real connoisseurs and lovers of coffee drinks with fine milk foam topping. This compact unit with a premium lid to store a spare whisk will make a perfect froth in a matter of seconds.
detailed parameters
TYPE AND CAPACITY
Automatic, can froth 115 ml and heat 240 ml
FROTHING SPEED
~65 seconds
FROTHING WHISKS
1 frothing whisk and 1 stirring whisk
MATERIAL
Non-stick stainless steel double-wall carafe
CONTROLS
Single 3-mode control button (heated milk, frothed hot milk, cold froth), 2 cold and hot milk "ready" light indicators
PROS
Sealed drive in a detachable pitcher enables easy and quick cleanup prolonging the service life of your frother. A patented double-speed motor will quietly froth or heat the desired amount of milk in a matter of seconds.
CONS
The absence of a spout may cause splashes while pouring.
OUR VERDICT
A splendid milk frother that will fit any kitchen or office. A multifunctional whisk and simple comprehensive controls make this unit easy and convenient to operate.
detailed parameters
TYPE AND CAPACITY
Automatic, can froth 200 ml and heat 320 ml
FROTHING SPEED
~120 seconds
FROTHING WHISKS
1 patented multifunctional whisk
MATERIAL
Non-stick stainless steel carafe
CONTROLS
Single 3-mode control button (heated milk, frothed hot milk, cold froth), LED indicator light changes colour for different modes
PROS
A hard-wearing storage tube and battery operation will allow you to take this high-end unit to the picnic, BBQ party or any other outdoor event.
CONS
Milk heating is not available.
OUR VERDICT
Severin frother enables you to froth milk to perfection as well as make delicious soups, sauces, omelettes and desserts in a matter of seconds. It is a real catch for any kitchen.
detailed parameters
TYPE AND CAPACITY
Manual frother wand (2 AA batteries), Froths the amount you choose
FROTHING SPEED
~20 seconds
FROTHING WHISKS
1 frothing whisk
MATERIAL
Food-grade stainless steel whisk and rod
CONTROLS
1 control button

What Is It

In this review, we are going to compare the most popular milk frother machines that are used in cafes and restaurants as well as at home for making coffee with a foamy topping. Of course, milk frothers are used predominantly for the ‘foamy’ types of coffee such as cappuccino, latte, latte macchiato, and so on. A milk frother allows you to get a delicious and fresh milk foam. There are automatic electric milk frothers that look like carafes and can not only froth the milk but also heat it up. And there are appliances for one-hand operation: you need to immerse them into a cup of hot or cold milk just like a blender. Of course, these appliances are much cheaper but they can’t heat the milk up.

If you do not want to bother yourself with foam making, take a look at our review of 5 best Coffee Machines that prepare fresh and delicious coffee right from the coffee beans (many coffee machines have a built-in grinder) or from ground coffee. To pre-grind coffee beans, you will need Coffee Grinders that you are welcome to choose in our review.

What Features to Compare

If you are a true coffee lover, you might have read a lot of milk frother reviews but failed to find the best one, otherwise, you would not be reading our comparison. We have chosen the most popular milk frothers and compared them by the features that are the most important for buyers.

The first thing to consider is the Type and Capacity of the milk frother. As we have already mentioned, there are 2 major types of milk frothers: automatic milk steamers that look like metal carafes and manual frother wands (also called handheld milk frothers). Of course, the latter appliances are more affordable but they can’t heat the milk up and that is their drawback. Also, if you choose a frother wand you will be able to froth milk right in a glass coffee jar and then add coffee whereas if you froth milk in a carafe you will surely need to add it manually, using a spoon, for example. If you pick an automatic milk frother and steamer - make sure to check what the Capacity is. If you need to prepare quite a lot of foam (if you are running a cafe or a restaurant, for example), make sure to choose the milk steamer and frother with the capacity of 8.5 oz. (240 ml.). If you want to use it at home, a smaller carafe will also be fine. Keep in mind that you can heat the whole carafe of milk but if you want to just froth it - the necessary volume of milk you must fill in will be a half a size.

The next issue to consider is the Frothing Speed of every appliance. Here you should clearly realise how fast it works because sometimes you will not be happy to wait for several minutes till foam is ready or milk becomes hot. If you want to drink a foamy coffee as quick as possible, buy a frother that will cope with it within just 20-30 seconds. However, most automatic electric milk frothers prepare foam for around 90 seconds. Also, you should pay attention to how long it takes for a carafe to heat the milk up, but it is an additional info. Keep in mind that every automatic milk frother has not 1 but several (usually 2) Whisks: one of them is a frothing whisk used to make a cold or hot foam and another is a stirring whisk (or stirrer) that is used to speed up the heating of milk. The best milk frothers have 2 frothing whisks and they make a foam with a different density, so you can control what foam you get.

Finally, consider all Extras every best milk frother from our review provides. First of all, pay attention to the Material every item is made from. Most milk frothers are made of stainless steel but some models have an aluminium carafe. No need to say, aluminium is more lightweight. Also, some carafes or pitchers are dishwasher-friendly which is an important advantage for everyday use. However, most carafes are unsuitable for a dishwasher due to an inner non-stick coating which is very often used in order to prevent milk from burning to the carafe. These carafes can easily be washed in the running water with a simple brush. Next, look at the Controls - you need to realise how easy it is to choose the relevant mode. For example, the best milk frothers have several buttons so it is easier for you to know which one to push.

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Severin SM 9685

Type and Capacity

Severin 117840B Milk Frother is an eye-catching automatic unit that definitely stands out from other models thanks to a unique induction heating technology. It is an innovative approach that makes the unit more durable and offers extremely quiet operation. This remarkable gadget can easily froth 100-350 ml and heat 100-700 ml of milk. Such jug capacity is enough for both individual and family use. Enjoy the morning silence sitting in a cosy atmosphere of your home with a single cup of velvety-smooth cappuccino or make a variety of hot coffee drinks or icy milkshakes to delight the whole family.

Frothing Speed

With a pretty high capacity, this milk frother may seem a bit less powerful than other automatic models. But it is fully justified by the amount of milk the unit can froth to the perfect foam to your exact preferences. Severin 117840B comes with two easily interchangeable frother heads that are designed to either stir or froth the milk. It also has a convenient storage section around the back of the base which can accommodate the unused frother head to ensure it never gets lost. Hence, this model packs all the great features of a good frother.

Extras

A notable milk frother boasts a beautiful and compact design that will fit onto even the most crowded kitchen worktops. A durable stainless steel jar, the lid, and frothing heads are dishwasher safe that makes cleaning a breeze. The control buttons allow you to select one of the preset temperature modes to heat the milk up to 45°C , 55°C , 60°C, or 65°C. And a convenient LED indicator will show the temperature setting. This stylish and functional milk frother will be highly appreciated by families with kids. During the process of frothing, you can open the lid and add some chocolate powder or sweet syrup. Your little wonders will adore an appetising hot chocolate, cocoa, or yummy milkshakes with specific flavours. Whether you have a thing for a hot cup of cappuccino or a lovely latte with froth, this milk frother will deliver brilliant results and let you enjoy cafe-style coffee at home.

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Hostess HM250MA

Type and Capacity

A top-rated milk frother from Hostess will become an unmatched kitchen assistant to make fantastic barista-style coffee drinks or delicious lite desserts with milk froth. To measure the proper amount of milk stick to the fill lines inside the carafe. You can froth 120-240 ml of milk for savoury hot coffee drinks or refreshing ice-cold milkshakes and heat 360 ml to serve a yummy breakfast or treat you kiddie with a glass of warm milk and honey for a sound sleep. A pretty high capacity like this is sufficient for a convenient use both at home and in the office.

Frothing Speed

In this model, the frothing speed directly depends on the milk amount and preset temperature mode. In average, it will take 90-200 seconds for this powerful unit to froth a milk to perfection. Meanwhile, to make an ideal thick foam for a fragrant hot chocolate you can speed up the frothing by pouring a small amount of water to the bottom of the jar. For the ultimate operation efficiency, this top notch frother comes with three separate whisks. Two whisks are used for hot and cold milk frothing. And the third whisk is intended for heating. It will stir the milk to avoid scorching. The frother has an integral storage in the base for these accessories. This incredible machine works brilliantly and will look smart in your kitchen.

Extras

Premium-quality Hostess milk frother boasts a stylish and durable design. An aluminium pitcher with a non-stick coating is lightweight and easy to wash. Besides, both carafe and a glass lid are dishwasher-safe for almost effortless cleanup. Furthermore, this amazing gadget features fairly simple comprehensive controls. Each of three buttons refers to a preset operation mode and illuminates to indicate the selected one. This superb milk frother will provide perfectly frothed milk for delicious at-home cappuccinos with a friend or liven up instant blends to make your everyday coffee a truly indulgent experience.

Hostess HM250MA
Hostess HM250MA
 

VonShef 13/085

Type and Capacity

Become an at-home barista with an amazing VonShef milk frother. This model is an outstanding choice for a daily domestic use. Owing to min/max fill lines inside the jar you will easily pour the right amount of milk. An automatic milk frother allows you to froth 115 ml or heat 240 ml of milk to create beautiful drinks worthy of any top coffee shop. Such capacity is enough for making two big cups of mouth-watering cappuccino or latte in a comfort of your kitchen.

Frothing Speed

Despite its compact size, in 65 seconds this speedy kitchen appliance will transform the milk into a bubbly frothy base for your choice of hot drink. The unique design features two interchangeable whisks. A wire accessory is perfect for frothing and a plastic attachment is intended to stir the milk and prevent it from scorching while being heated. Each whisk head is easily popped in and out of the machine and you can conveniently store the spare head on the lid. With this magnificent gadget, in a matter of minutes, you will find yourself sipping a delicious cafe-style drink in a comfy atmosphere of your home.

Extras

VonShef 13/085 Electric Milk Frother boasts a well-built and solid design. A high-quality double-wall stainless steel carafe will not only keep the airy frothed milk warm but also make the unit safe to handle after use. This milk frother comes with simple intuitive controls to select the operation mode, 2 light indicators signalling when the milk is ready and a handy auto switch-off option. A heat-resistant lid and handle add to the safety of this user-friendly unit. And silicone feet ensure steady carafe position on almost any surface. But what really sets this milk frother apart from other models is that you can make a fragrant hot chocolate by mixing the chocolate powder or shavings into a hot froth! Thanks to a perfect combination of simplicity and versatility, this superb milk frother will please all coffee fanatics.

 

Dualit 84135

Type and Capacity

Dualit 84145 Milk Frother is a fully automatic unit. With this fantastic gadget you can perfectly froth hot and cold milk or simply heat the milk for your favourite and most delicious coffee drinks or make yummy milkshakes and cocktails for your little ones. The unit can froth up to 200 ml and heat about 320 ml of milk at a time. And the min/max fill lines on a whisk will indicate the proper fill level to prevent the carafe overfill and foam overflow. The jar capacity is more than enough both to make fabulous drinks for a big family and to use this amazing milk frother in small cafes or coffee shops.

Frothing Speed

Use a unique multifunctional whisk to get a nice thick milk froth and make a restaurant-quality cappuccino or fill a lite dessert with it. This powerful frother will produce 200 ml of hot frothed or cold frothed milk in about 120 seconds. A removable whisk uses magnetism to hold in place and spin the whisk head. Such fully sealed drive in a detachable carafe considerably extends the service life of your frother. At the same time, thanks to its unique design, you can quickly remove the whisk for easy cleaning. This prime frother is just great for making milky lattes, foamy cappuccinos, luxurious hot chocolates, or creamy milkshakes.

Extras

Owing to its simple and sleek design, including a base and an elegant black jar, this model is extremely easy to use. A removable cordless carafe is made of high-quality non-stick stainless steel for a proper hassle-free cleaning even despite the fact that it cannot be submerged in water. After use, it is enough to wash the jar with a hot water and detergent from inside and wipe with a soft sponge. A convenient auto switch-off function allows you to leave the frother unattended to work its magic. And with non-slip feet you can put the jar on the table to share with friends or family. A single comprehensive control button selects one of the 3 available modes - hot frothed milk, heated milk, or cold froth. In addition, an LED light with changing colours will indicate the mode you selected. Keeping user comfort and convenience in mind, Dualit milk frother offers unrivalled quality for a luxuriously frothed milk!

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Dualit 84135
Dualit 84135
 

Aerolatte 56ALTGBK

Type and Capacity

Aerolatte 56ALTGBK Milk Frother is a hand-held frothing wand. It comes ready to use with 2 AA batteries and features mixing operation principle with a special customised whisk producing a creamy froth in almost no time. This wonderful unit is not confined to the milk amount that is definitely a nice benefit. Most often users froth the hot milk right in the cup adding the coffee afterwards. And if you are longing to get a cup of cappuccino with steady foam peaks juts use the spoon to put the froth on top.

Frothing Speed

This compact unit throws away the misconception about low performance of manual frothers. It will impress you by powerful operation frothing the perfect milk foam for two cups of luxurious coffee drinks within 20-30 seconds. The shaft and spiral whisking head are made of high-quality food-grade stainless steel ensuring durability and promoting effective frothing. No doubt, regular gourmet coffee fans will be delighted by the excellent milk froth for cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and specialty coffees they can make with this fantastic gadget.

Extras

Designed with simplicity and efficiency in mind, Aerolatte frothing wand features an operation so simple that even a child can cope with it. To make a foam just dip the whisk in milk and turn a single control button. Yes, it is that easy! Though it does not heat milk, this tiny inconvenience is overcompensated by a myriad of other purposes this frother can be used for. Although primarily intended for whisking milk, this unit is ideal for concocting a variety of unmatched hot and cold drinks and even for preparing food. Experience your Aerolatte frother and make delicious soups, savoury sauces, salad dressings, omelettes, custards, and desserts! Besides, the protection case is convenient to take it to the picnic, camping trip, or any other outdoor event. This gorgeous manual frother is a truly versatile and valuable piece of kitchen gadgetry!

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