Best Milk Frother Reviews 2018: Top 5+ Recommended

I like my coffee with a bit of milk, and I like it to be foamy. However, I had trouble making them at home since I could never get it right – you might know the feeling.

Just when I was about to give up on homemade lattes, I came across the solution at the most unlikely of places – I saw my hairdresser using a small machine to make the perfect milk topping for her coffee.

That’s how I found out about these great machines and set out to find the best milk frother.

In this article, you will find out more about what I found.

But, before that…

What are milk frothers?

Milk foam is a great topping for coffee that has fewer calories than whipped cream, but you will find it equally delicious and nice-looking.

However, it is a bit more difficult to prepare by hand. Latte and cappuccino machines, like the one I used before it broke, are the easiest things you can use to achieve this.

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They will tax your wallet a lot, and you should use a milk frother for cheaper but equally delicious results. These machines spin air into a cup full of milk creating a smooth, delicious milk topping for your coffee. 

And you know what the best part is?

You can also use the milk foam for plenty of other things. You can use it as a topping for ice cream, pudding or some cakes – I use it copiously in plenty of desserts that I prepare.

You might think to yourself - getting a frother just for making coffee is a waste – but it can be used for more than that.

Using the best milk frother will help you make milk foam that you can use in a ton of delicious recipes. Besides that, you can also use them to make milkshakes or cocktails. Your money will not be wasted when buying a milk frother.

But, before you buy one you should consider something else, so keep reading.

Jug Frothers vs. Handheld Frothers

As I found out, you can choose from two different types of milk frothers.

The one I saw at first, which you might mistake for a fountain pen or an electric shaver, is a handheld milk frother

They are quite nice and easy to use – basically just small, cheap whiskers.

You can take them with you anywhere, and you only need to put a few batteries in them. You just place them into a cup of milk, and you have a nice foam in seconds!

Jug frothers are less portable, but you can also heat up your milk in them while it’s frothing at the same time. 

It’s nice, but I find them to be a bit too expensive, but you might like them more. I just heat up my milk separately.

You should consider what you need and make your choice accordingly. I’m not going to lie it you; I personally like the cute little handheld frothers more so I’m biased towards them.

How to Spot a Good Milk Frother

You should consider a few different things before you buy a milk frother and the best ones I found excel in almost all areas. But I will talk about those in just a little while.

  • The power of a milk frother is the most important thing. Do you know why? Well, if it can’t mix the milk at a speed that’s high enough you will only get a messy cup of milk, not the delicious foam you want.
  • What is the second most important thing? Well, it’s durability. When I get something for my kitchen, I want it to last. You should also look for something that won’t fall apart after you use it twice.
  • I like my kitchen tools the same way I like my coffee – black and smooth. All jokes aside, I highly value a tool that looks great while also being functional and I know some of you do too. If you’re taking it out, you probably want it to look good, right?

There are other things you could take into account, but I consider these to be the most important ones.

Most Recommended Milk Frothers – Barbara's Reviews 2018

You know, some people might call me indecisive, but I like to try out a lot of products before settling on one.

If you can, you should do the same, since it helps you make future purchases as well. 

Here are some of the best milk frothers I tried so far and at the end I will tell you which one I use on a daily basis.

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This is quite a nice little frother and I liked it as soon as I laid my eyes on it.

It’s nice, slick, black look fits in great with my other kitchen appliances, especially when I put it on its stand. It’s certainly one of the best looking milk frothers I have seen.

You will also find it to be quite powerful since it can reach a speed of impressive 19000 RPM.

I don’t know if that’s incredibly high, but what I do know is that this little guy can get my milk foam ready in ten seconds flat, much faster than most others I have used.

Besides that, it is also one of the most durable frothers out there, and it shows no signs of stopping even after plenty of use!

I used it for milkshakes as well, and it had no problems mixing the thick liquid.

However, it takes a long while for it to mix anything thicker than milk and your hand will get tired quickly. You have to hold down the power button for it to run and that takes a toll on your hand.

It’s also poorly balanced and can wobble, meaning that you can easily make a mess if you’re not careful.

I’m mostly satisfied with it, just as you might be, but it could be better.

Things I Liked

  • It features a nice and slick look
  • Quite powerful, can reach 19 thousand RPM
  • It is durable and won’t get rusty

Things I Didn’t Like

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    It’s difficult to hold because you have to hold the power button
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    Not well balanced and tends to spin off-center
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    It’s difficult to insert batteries in it

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Unlike some others I have used, this frother is quite easy to use, even for me.

My hand doesn’t get tired even though you do have to hold the button if you want it to work continuously. I dislike that, but it didn’t put much of a strain on my hand.

The speed of this handheld frother is adjustable, which is not a feature I encountered often, but it helps. Slower speeds can be good for mixing things other than milk, which requires careful mixing.

It does take quite a while to froth the milk. It’s still not too much, somewhere between 40 seconds and a minute but compared to other models, which do it in 20 seconds or less, it’s a real slowpoke. This is at the highest speed setting as well, quite a disappointment for me.

Another issue I found with this one was when I tried to use it to mix some milkshake in my favorite glass. It’s quite tall and narrow, and the wand turned out to be too short to handle it properly.

Size isn’t everything, of course, but in certain situations, it does matter, and anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar. If you want to mix something in a tall container, this frother is not for you.

Things I Liked

  • It has a nice stand that makes it easy to store
  • You will find that it isn’t difficult to hold or use
  • You can adjust the speed to your liking

Things I Didn’t Like

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    The wand is short, so you can’t use it in tall cups
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    You have to hold the button for it to keep working
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    It takes almost a minute to froth the milk

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One of the things I like the most about this milk frother is the fact that you don’t have to hold the button for it to keep running. Thank the heavens! It can be pretty tiring to hold the button for a long time, and it is easy to mess up and turn it off in the middle of frothing. I had no such problems with this baby, and I’m glad that’s the case.

It also has no trouble fitting into my favorite glass, since it is so long, much longer than other models that I used. If you want to mix something in a tall cup or a bottle, you will have no issues. If you want to do it fast, though, you might have some trouble.

The maximum speed it can run at is only 13000 RPM, making it a bit slower than most other models. It still works well, but it does take about a minute to froth the milk, which might be too slow for some impatient people – like me, for example.

Another issue with this frother is that it rusts easily and liquids can leak into it if you are not careful. That will ruin it completely, and it’s quite a shame that it isn’t as durable as I expected.

Things I Liked

  • It comes with a few handy accessories
  • You don’t have to hold the button to keep it running
  • It’s long and fits most cups

Things I Didn’t Like

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    It doesn’t come with a stand
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    You will have some problems with it rusting
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    The liquid can seep into the base of the machine

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What drew me to this frother was the price. Good God is it cheap! It’s probably the cheapest one out there. You might think – it’s probably cheap because it is incredibly shoddy – but that’s not the case, surprisingly.

I found this frother to be quite durable despite being mostly made out of plastic. It is quite resistant to rust as far as I can tell and hasn’t shown any problems. But, there’s one big thing I don’t like about it.

It’s so ugly! I hate looking at it, it has such a weird shape, and it looks like a chicken leg grew a tumor! Not only that, but it is also difficult to hold comfortably because of its shape. It doesn’t fit well in your hand, and you will probably find it difficult to avoid pressing the power button by accident while frothing milk. When it comes to that, there’s another issue.

This seems to be the slowest milk frother out there since it usually takes me about a minute and a half, sometimes two, to make milk foam with it. The foam doesn’t turn out great either, which is just a waste.

I can’t say I would recommend this one, even though it has some great upsides.

Things I Liked

  • You will have no problems affording it since it’s quite cheap
  • It is fairly durable for such a low-cost machine
  • You can froth in most cups with it

Things I Didn’t Like

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    It looks ugly on the surface
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    It is difficult to hold, and you might touch the power button on accident
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    You will need more than a minute to froth milk with it

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I was surprised at how effective this frother is! I had no reason to suspect it had this much power, but it was able to make a nice foam in less than ten seconds, and it spins incredibly fast.

I don’t think I’ve used a machine that was this small yet so strong. But there’s more than that to like about it.

It also looks nice and sleek, with a black ergonomic design that makes it feel good in your hand. You won’t strain yourself by using it.

I also found it to be quite durable and it is resistant to rust. With all of this going for it, how could it not be one of the best frothers out there?

Well, for starters, it has trouble mixing any thicker liquid, so its use is limited to frothing milk and mixing some thinner liquids. I tried to use it with some milkshake, but it just got stuck, and that’s not a good look. But, it has other flaws as well.

For example, it wobbles a bit when running, so you have to keep it steady, possible by using both hands. It’s not a huge problem, but it can turn into a huge mess if you are not careful and I almost spilled hot coffee on myself the first time I used it.

Things I Liked

  • You won’t lack speed when using it since it reaches 19 thousand RPM
  • It is quite a durable little machine
  • It feels good in your hand

Things I Didn’t Like

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    Putting batteries in it is difficult at times
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    It wobbles a bit when running
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    You can’t whisk thick liquids with it

My Pick

It was a tough choice, and I had two frothers that I liked a lot, but in the end, I decided that my favorite was the PowerLix Milk Frother. I’m a huge sucker for looks, and that’s one of the main reasons I like it so much, but it’s not the only one.

This frother is quite efficient and powerful, and it can froth my milk in almost no time at all, so it’s not just a good looker.

It also doesn’t have problems mixing thicker liquids, something my other favorite, the Bean Envy Electric Milk Frother, did struggle with.

It has some flaws, but on the whole, I like it a lot and use it almost every day. I hope you will like it as well and I will update this article if I ever find a better frother.

Have a good day and a smooth cup of milk-covered latte with your new frother! 😉

Barbara Whitney
 

For the last 20 years, I’ve been cooking, preparing, researching, and gathering recipes, tools, and knowledge about food and the way we prepare it. Raising two lively boys and spoiling one great husband later, it’s safe to say that I’ve optimized my kitchen to deliver the best possible meal, no matter the occasion.

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