The Best Milk and Latte Frothers
When making great coffee using milk products - be it cappuccinos, lattes or mochas, just having a coffee maker is not enough. Some kind of frother is essential and unless you are prepared to go all out on a semi-professional espresso machine with a frother attached, the best choice is a small latte frother - and some of them are even hand held.
I have featured five frothers that make coffee making
easier. Three of them are hand frothers, one is a jug and the last, a stand alone frother. They all get the job done, but I personally prefer to do the frothing out of the cup - I think it gives a better texture than the hand frothers. Having said that - the hand frothers are so inexpensive as be be very tempting.
Aerolatte 5 Milk Frother, Satin Finish
This little frother is perfect for any hot and cold drinks. This is battery-powered and requires two AA batteries which are easily replaced when needed. Made from stainless steel and very durable, this will be making drinks for ages - the makers guarantee it for five years.
Cleaning is a breeze - simply whisk some hot soapy water and you are done. The whisk does not detach from the handle though - so be careful not to get the battery compartment wet when cleaning.
Great for fruit smoothies as well as lattes, this is really easy to use, easy to clean and not at all expensive - Amazon sell these for less than $17. It does eat batteries quite quickly, so if you are a regular frother - you may want to consider something that plugs in.
Aerolatte 1 Stainless-Steel Deluxe Edition Frother with Stand, Chrome
This is another great hand frother from Aerolatte. Once again - cordless, so you can use it anywhere. For some reason - not as hard on battery use as the previous model, although I only own one of each so that may be an abberation.
I really like having the stand - and that seems to be about the only difference with the other model. These things are awesome - within 20-30 seconds, you can whip a single serving latte or cappuccino. I use with an espresso maker, and you really can broaden your horizons with these things.
Highly recommended, and well worth the price.
BonJour Primo Latte Frother, Rechargeable Includes Electric Base
I find myself using this a lot more than the previous hand frothers because it is rechargeable. Although I like the Aerolattes, this one of definitely a step up because you do not have to keep replacing batteries.
This is also a slightly stronger motor, and a heavier machine all round. Which means you can use oit for other things as well, like scrambling eggs and mixing salad dressings, although it is primarily designed for drinks.
I tend to only charge my when it has gone flat because I heard that it actually has a couple of rechargeable batteries inside - so if you are not careful - you overcharge them. Better to run them completely dry - you know when they are dying than charge them when they are nearly full.
Keurig Cafe One-Touch Milk Frother
Now we are talking - a bit larger than the others, this froth maker is just as easy to use and heats the milk as well. Yes - this thing heats and froths at the touch of a button. It detaches from the base to pour and is probably the easiest to use item on this list. There are two marks on the side of the container - one for froth and one for heated milk.
It is well made and like all German products (well - most) is well engineered. It is amazing how much better a job this does than the hand frothers. I am not slating them - they are considerably less expensive than this (around $80) but you will taste and spot the difference in texture immediately.
I love it and am hooked.
Capresso 201.06 FrothXpress Automatic Milk Frother
This is another step up also. Because it uses hot water to steam the milk, you get that perfect cappuccino texture that the others cannot quite manage. The milk temperature is adjustable so you can make it to suit and you can froth up to 30 ounces of milk at a time.
This is for the hard core coffee drinker. If you make frothy coffee drinks several times a day - this is for you. It will probably pay for itself by not needing new batteries within a month or two. I absolutely love this thing - ion fact - I hate to say it but it does a better job of frothing milk than my $800 espresso machine.
It os easy to clean and well worth the price tag.