Love foam covered coffees? Fancy a go at latte art? If you’ve answered yes, then a milk frother is an essential part of your home coffee set up. This is a review of standalone best milk frothers for home use.
Types of milk frothers
There are three types of standalone milk frothers – 1)Inexpensive hand held whisk type milk frother, 2)the jug based where you have to pump to create the foam and 3)the electric milk frother. Electric milk frothers can come with just a hot milk froth or a hot & cold option. Some of them also will heat milk without creating foam, so it’s useful for other hot milk needs in the house.
Choosing a milk frother
1. Frequency of use
How often do you use a milk frother? If you primarily drink black coffee or coffee with hot milk and then there’s the odd occasional use for foam based coffee, we’d recommend considering the hand-held milk frother. It’s small, cheap and easy to store. At under ten quid, it won’t make you feel bad if you don’t use it the way you thought you might.
If you have a pod machine and will use the milk frother several times a week or day, then you should look at a standalone electric milk frother.
2. Convenience of use
How easy do you want the process of creating milk foam? If it’s a one touch button and then pour the foam out, go with an electric milk frother.
3. Hot & Cold usage
Would you ever use the cold froth option? If you are sure you won’t, then the best milk frother for you will be one that has a hot option alone. But there are several that do both hot and cold to give you the choice if you even think you may use cold coffees sometime.
4. Price point
If you are budget conscious, the handheld whisk milk frothers are good. If you have a budget of around £30-50, there are several electric options. If you have a higher budget there are couple of well reputed top end electric milk frothers.
It’s worth mentioning that all of the appliances here only froth milk, they don’t steam the milk as you would get on a barista machine. It means, this isn’t authentic and like the real drink. But it is still great if you want an easy tool for hot chocolate and foamy coffees.
Some of the milk frothers have issues of durability. They are great for a few months or even up to a year and then they just give up. If durability matters, then look at the options we’ve rated highly on this factor.
Price Range of Reviewed Products
The milk frothers we have reviewed come in the price bracket of £3-£90, with several around the £30 price point.
The Best Milk Frothers
1. Best Milk Frother, Electric – VonShef
Best Milk Frother ££*
Best Electric Milk Frother ££*
An easy to use milk frother that’s good value for money