Best Milk Frothers in the UK
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.