These Milk Frothers Will Elevate Your at-Home Coffee Routine
Here's an easy way to make your morning routine that much better: If you like milk in your coffee, invest in a milk frother. It takes your perfect cup of coffee or espresso—whether you've made it using a Keurig, French Press, or pour-over—and bumps it up to a coffee-shop-level drink in just a few extra minutes. Plus, these gadgets help make rich and creamy hot chocolate and can even be used to froth matcha or a chai latte. Some also heat milk without frothing it, a helpful tool for anyone who has ever burnt milk trying to warm it on the stove before. A good frother will also be able to froth milk alternatives like soy, almond, coconut, or oat milk.
There are several different types of frothers: battery operated, electrical, and manual; hand-held wands and jugs. Handheld stick or wand frothers function like a mini immersion blender and generally create a more bubbly foam. They take up the least amount of less space, are more portable and affordable, and can also be used for whipping eggs or emulsifying dressing. But they need their batteries changed often, can make a mess since there's no lid, cannot heat or cool the liquid, and generally make a less creamy foam. Automatic jugs are more like small appliances that are electric-powered. They can heat or cool the liquid, create a creamy, even foam without air bubbles, operate easily with the push of a button, and usually come with interchangeable discs for different types of frothing. But they are bulky and more expensive. A manual frother is also an option if you want to forgo electricity altogether and using a pumping method can produce a surprisingly creamy foam.
Aerolatte Handheld Milk Frother
Wand frother were among the first options on the market years ago, and this one is a perfect example of why they work so well: Basic but efficient, this frother can be used on all milk types (including non-dairy). While it won't heat your milk, we appreciate that it comes with the two AA batteries it requires for use already installed. This frother needs to be handwashed as the wand does not detach.
Shop Now: Aerolatte Milk Frother, $24.95, surlatable.com.
PowerLix Handheld Milk Frother
Lightweight and ergonomic, this battery-operated wand is easy to use and extremely affordable. It creates a good foam in just 15 seconds but does not heat the milk. It comes with a stainless steel stand and is available in various colors.
Shop Now: Powerlix Milk Frother Handheld Battery Operated Foam Maker, $15.25, amazon.com.
FoodVille Rechargable Milk Frother
What sets this handheld frother apart for all the rest is the fact that its batteries are rechargeable. It also has three speeds and comes with an interchangeable wire frother and small whisk, meaning you can use it for multiple different kitchen tasks. Like other handheld iterations, it does not heat the liquid.
Shop Now: Foodville MF05 Rechargeable Milk Frother Handheld Foam Maker, $15.99, amazon.com.
Capresso Froth Pro Milk Frother
This efficient option is a great example of an affordable electric jug frothers that still has a lot of bells and whistles. It can heat or chill the milk as it froths, or it can heat without frothing. It can froth up to eight ounces of liquid at once and works well with all milk types. The removable pitcher is nonstick and dishwasher safe and the different frothing discs store neatly underneath the base.
Shop Now: Capresso Froth Pro Milk Frother, $59.99, amazon.com.
An overall winner, this recently upgraded electric frother is quiet and works quickly at the press of a button on all milk types. It has interchangeable whisks for heating and frothing and is now dishwasher safe.
Shop Now: Nespresso Aeroccino 4 Milk Frother, $119.95, surlatable.com.
Breville the Milk Café
This versatile appliance has numerous settings for different types of froth and uses induction heating to heat the milk to any temperature (it also has a cold setting). It can froth up to three cups at a time, is dishwasher safe, and looks stylish in stainless steel.
Shop Now: Breville the Milk Café, $129.95, williams-sonoma.com.
SMEG Retro Style Milk Frother
If you're looking to splurge, this retro-chic appliance from Smeg comes in a range of stylish colors just like the company's iconic refrigerators. Thankfully, it doesn't just look good— this electric frother also works well, due to induction heating and seven separate settings. The removable stainless steel jug is dishwasher safe.
Shop Now: SMEG Milk Frother, $200, food52.com.
Stainless Steel Manual Milk Frother
The mesh aerated lid creates a frothy foam when pumped by hand for 30 to 60 seconds. It holds up to 14 ounces and works with hot or cold milk. We love the chic stainless steel container, the fact that it's dishwasher safe, and that it works without batteries or electricity.
Shop Now: HIC Harold Import Co. Milk Creamer Frother, $21.99, amazon.com.