As more and more people drink coffee, the demand for a high quality milk frother has increased significantly.
If you’re not aware of this nifty tool, it is basically used to create creamy froth to put on your drinks.
If you’ve ever been to Starbucks or Costa, you probably know how extortionate their prices are.
A cappuccino can cost up to £4, which is ridiculous when you can make exactly the same style of drink at home for a fraction of the price.
With so much choice available on the market, it can be difficult at times to distinguish between products that actually deliver delicious, creamy results and the ones that look good on paper but fail to deliver in an actual kitchen setting.
Well, we have tested a wide range of products and have compiled a list of the products that we thought performed brilliantly and offered the best value for money. To help you orient yourself and hone in on the category and price range of products you’re most interested in, the guide has been split into multiple parts. Starting off there are the more expensive models that are sure to satisfy your coffee drinking needs in terms of quality and quantity alike.
Then there are the somewhat more affordable models at which the manufacturers had to cut cost somewhere, but usually this reflects more on their capacity than the quality of the foam, making them absolutely viable alternatives.
In the end, we’ve put together a few general tips on choosing the right product based on a number of factors and your personal preferences that will help you decide on one with more confidence regardless of price.
So, without taking up any more of your valuable time, let’s get through this list.
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Best Milk Frother Reviews in the UK
1. Severin SM 9688(4.7 / 5)
Other than your resident coffee enthusiasts, not many have heard about Severin. They are however a manufacturer that’s taking the UK’s coffee-drinking scene by storm with their excellent quality products and accessories. Chief among them is the SM 9688, a milk frother that will turn your regular morning cup into an experience fit for connoisseurs.
Right out of the box, the first thing you’ll notice about the SM 9688 is its endearing design and small stature. Measuring in at about 18 by 23 centimeters, it won’t take up much space on your kitchen counter if you want to display it there and will certainly enhance its look with its striking black colour.
The device comes with a stainless steel cup that’s used to prepare the milk and measures about 0.7l, which should be more than enough for two to three cups of coffee.
There’s also a plastic lid that will make sure no liquid escapes the cup during the warmup or frothing processes. Best of all, both the stainless steel cup and the plastic lid are dishwasher-safe, making cleanup much easier.
Any other model will heat the milk up, but not many of them have an adjustable dial that lets you tinker with its temperature. It goes up to 65 degrees Celsius, and lets you decrease the temperature in five degree increments down to 50 degrees. You just turn the button on, twist it to the desired temperature and voila.
The cup is embossed with two measurement lines, one at the 350ml mark, indicating the maximum amount of liquid for frothing, and one at the top that indicates its maximum capacity.
Keep in mind that the frothing function will not activate if there is more liquid in the cup than the prescribed amount in order to prevent it from spilling over, which is a handy and welcome safety feature.
A series of intuitive beeps and light flashes tell you everything you need to know from putting the device in standby mode to signalising that the frothing process is complete.
Depending on how much milk you put into it, the SM 9688 will either froth it or simply warm it up. This is also an innovative gadget since it uses induction to heat up the liquid inside. Since it isn’t heated up directly at any one spot, the milk will never get burned or stick to one side.
This technique might take some getting used to, but you can stop the process at any time by pressing the power button again if you feel that no more heating is required.
You can also opt to not heat anything up at all, making frothed milk for ice coffee or other refreshing desserts. Adding cocoa or hot chocolate will increase its versatility even more and add to its overall value.
What can we say, the SM 9688 simply blew us away with its intuitive design and innovative features, making it the best milk frother in the guide, no questions asked. You’ll have to spend a few more pounds to get one, but the investment will be well worth it as soon as you take the first sip of your newly enhanced and tasty coffee drink.
2. The Severin 117840B(4.6 / 5)
This electric milk frother by Severin looks fantastic and offers excellent performance. Similarly to the other product by Severin we’ve discussed above, it will set you back a little bit more than the others and is the 2nd most expensive product in the list.
The built-in frothing jug is detachable and made of stainless steel. It features a 360-degree connector that makes it very easy to use.
Its modern metallic finish makes it really stand out in a most positive way. Even though it has a larger capacity than most of the other milk frothers we’ve reviewed, it still manages to fit snugly on your kitchen counter and you’ll want to keep it there to show off to your friends.
It utilizes a totally new and safe induction heating approach to heat up the liquid inside without the risk of overheating or boiling. There are also four different temperature options, so you can always be sure that you’re in charge and the foam is never too hot or not hot enough.
The built-in LED indicator lets you know which setting you’re using, and we found this feature to be quite helpful.
With a power rating of 500W, this Severin milk frother takes little to no time in frothing to perfection.
During the frothing process, it is possible to open the lid if you want to add in some chocolate powder or syrup.
The jug holds a respectable 7dl of liquid, meaning you can either make foamy drinks for the whole family or heat up enough milk for two steaming cups of cocoa. It is made from stainless steel, is detachable from the main unit and completely dishwasher safe. Cleanup is as easy as popping it into the dishwasher along with the lid.
Whether you like a hot cup of cappuccino or a lovely latte with froth, this gadget by Severin delivers beautiful results and lets you enjoy barista style coffee from the comfort of your own home at very little cost.
3. Hostess HM250MA(4.4 / 5)
Known for never compromising when it comes to the quality of their products and their designs, Hostess have put a number of different milk frothers on the market in recent years, all of them getting high marks and being received warmly by coffee loves that want that extra dash of sophistication with their morning drink.
Their best-selling and most recognisable model, the HM250MA, is a versatile little gadget you’ll love to use daily.
A sleek silver finish brings some style into your kitchen and will enrich any counter you put the machine on. The simplistic yet effective design also translates well to its interface which consists of three straightforward buttons used to turn the machine off and select different temperature levels.
At 0.25l, its cup isn’t exactly the biggest we’ve encountered so far, but there’s still enough room in there to froth up enough milk for a large coffee drink. It is made from stainless steel and has a non-stick coating that prevents anything you put inside from burning to or ruining the cup.
Its ergonomic design allows both right-and left handed people to use it with equal success, which is a thoughtful addition. Both the cup and its accompanying lid are safe to wash in your dishwasher, so you won’t have to worry about keeping them thoroughly clean.
As we’ve touched upon before, the HM250MA has three settings. It can produce foam in cold drinks, or it can heat them up to varying levels. Of course, you can eschew the foam altogether and simply heat up any liquid inside by removing the filter.
Its most outstanding feature is that you don’t have to limit yourself to milk when using it – you can even heat up your favourite soup and bring it to an exceptional creamy consistency. Whatever creamy delight you wish to prepare, expect it to take about a minute and a half to complete.
Reviewers universally praise the foam the HM250MA produces. In particular, they’re fond of the fact that based on the amount of milk you pour into the cup you get a varying thickness ranging from scoopable, airy foam with little milk for dry Cappuccinos to creamy and fluffy additions to a Café au lait
Some customers were however dissatisfied with the markings inside the cup, they found them to be inaccurate and needed to try the product out a few times before getting the feel for the right amount of liquid to pour in. Another thing some of them complain about is that the whisk used to make the foam can break easily even when the device is used correctly, effectively rendering it inoperable.
In any case, we find that the HM250MA is still very close to being the best milk frother. If you take into consideration its ease of use, stylish appearance and a price that won’t set you back that much, you have here a small, versatile machine that you’ll love to incorporate into your daily rituals.
4. The Dualit 84800(4.2 / 5)
The Dualit milk frother is a very high quality product but is actually very reasonably priced.
This Dualit milk frother is arguably one of the best product on this list and is very easy to use. The Dualit milk frother is a very high quality product but is actually very reasonably priced while offering a number of interesting features.
Made out of stainless steel, it looks sleek and premium, and will fit into your kitchen quite easily. If you’ve used a Dualit product before, you will know how reliable and well-made they are. We found this to be the same with this frother.
If you’re after an indulgent cappuccino or a cup of luxurious hot chocolate, this provides machine the professional look you often see at expensive coffee shops, not to mention a taste that is indistinguishable from store-bought coffee too.
It’s super easy to use, and requires no experience at all. In fact, with the click of a button, you will be making drinks like a professional barista. It’s very quick as well, and you can now get fresh froth on your coffee in a matter of minutes.
For example, with its patented dual function powerful motor, it can froth and heat roughly 200ml of milk in less than 2 minutes. That’s ideal if you quickly want to make some cappuccinos and leave a lasting impression when guests come over.
For those hot summer days, you can froth cold milk to create incredibly creamy and frothy milkshakes.
Best of all, you don’t even need to fuss over complicated speed settings or lots of unnecessary options. Just choose which type of drink you want, and the right speed will automatically be chosen for you.
Cleaning is quite easy as well due to the non-stick coating and removable whisk. As long as you follow the instructions, you shouldn’t have any problems with any leftover residue. Just make sure to clean the container straight after usage and rinse out the whisk and lid.
It literally takes a few minutes to clean up, and is completely hassle free.
Having put this model through its paces by enriching the coffee we needed to burn through a lot of work-intensive, sleepless nights, we can safely say that this is the best milk frother at this price and we highly recommend it.
Best Cheap Milk Frothers
1. Bialetti Tuttocrema Frother(4.5 / 5)
The Bialetti Tuttocrema is one of the top products in this milk frother review list. With Cappuccino being Italian in origin, we thought it would be a good idea to find a good Italian branded frother, and must say that the decision to include one turned out to be a great one.
Just in case you didn’t know, Bialetti is very popular in Italy and is known for producing high quality products. Having tested the Tuttocrema ourselves, we found this to be highly accurate.
It’s very small but durable, and the classic design looks lovely.
More importantly, it offers brilliant performance. Within a few minutes, you can prepare creamy froth that looks fantastic and tastes delicious.
It’s very simple to use and requires little effort. You don’t need to warm the milk separately. You can do it straight on a gas, electric or ceramic stovetop and choose your preferred temperature. Then just remove it and keep pumping the plunger. It might be a bit of manual work but within a few minutes, you have perfect creamy froth to put in your cappuccino or hot chocolate.
If you like your milk to be velvety, then just swirl it in the jug and pour it out. It’s very easy and anyone can do it at minimal cost thanks to the Tuttocrema.
Cleaning is simple and takes just 5 minutes. This is mainly due to the non-stick interior, which prevents any residue from being left over. It is technically dishwasher safe but we still recommend washing it by hand. It only takes 5 minutes and requires very little effort.
The Bialetti Tuttocrema is definitely the best milk frother at this price. Honestly, it is ridiculously cheap and you will realize how good it actually is when you see the results in person.
2. Andrew James Dual Function Electric Milk Frother(4.2 / 5)
Andrew James has built a reputation for itself as a company that produces high quality products at affordable prices. This electric mini frother is no exception, and provides very good performance at a very low price.
It looks durable and very well made. The red coloured finish looks fantastic as well.
Storage is not an issue as this milk heater and frother is miniature, and will take up very little space.
Don’t let its size fool you though, because this is a powerful machine and has a 450-watt motor that works brilliantly.
With a capacity of 600ml, it can froth hot and cold milk in no time. If you’re not bothered about frothing, you can remove the frother attachment and just warm up to 300ml of milk.
It is incredibly easy to operate thanks to the one-touch system and automatic settings. It’s really as simple as putting in milk inside the jug, choosing your setting of choice and letting it run for a few minutes.
It’s also very easy to clean, thanks to the non-stick coated interior. This is a massive plus point since cleaning up is almost always the part that people hate.
Whether you’re planning to make barista style drinks or yummy ice-cold milkshakes, this is the best milk frother within its price range. It really is an absolute bargain. It produces smooth and creamy foam that looks professional in a matter of minutes.
You don’t need to be an expert either. If you can read instructions, you can make beautiful looking cappuccinos and hot chocolates.
If you regularly go to Starbucks or Costa, you probably spend around £4 for a cappuccino or latte. Considering the price of this machine, you will make your money back within a few weeks.
3. VonShef 13/085(4.1 / 5)
Looking great isn’t a prerequisite for the best milk frother, but it certainly can’t hurt. When you add functionality and diversity into the mix and price it very reasonably, you’ve got the 13/085 from VonShef in a nutshell.
This device has a thick stainless steel outer layer which makes it look sturdy and helps distribute heat evenly without causing the liquid inside to stick to its surface. Its silicon feet keep the machine firmly in place and will prevent any spillage that might occur with other models due to vibrations while frothing.
Best of all, the 13/085 is cordless, so you can easily transport it anywhere you like and since it takes up so little space it is sure to find a place even in smaller kitchens or in a hotel room while traveling.
As with most similar milk frothers, this one is capable of both making foam and heating the milk up. With a foaming capacity of 1.2dl and a maximum heating capacity of 2.5dl, it leaves something to be desired if you’re planning on serving multiple people, but there should be enough foam for one cup of coffee.
Using the VonShef 13/085 is a snap. Just put in one of the accessories used for either heating or frothing, put in some milk and turn it on. An automatic shut-off function prevents it from overheating, and a convenient beeping sound will tell you when it has stopped working. Easy peasy!
Even though some buyers complained that it wasn’t as easy to clean as other models because it needed to be disassembled, we still believe that the VonShef 13/085 is a great little gadget that can easily come close to most of the more expensive product’ features.
If you want the luxury of frothed coffee in the comfort of your home and aren’t too keen on spending much for it, then this is the ideal machine for you.
4. Aerolatte 20 Mooo(3.9 / 5)
However, we urge you not to make your decision solely on price. This is still a top quality product and we’re going to explain why.
Firstly, when it comes to milk frothers, Aerolatte is one of the most popular brands in the UK and worldwide market.
It is known for using innovative techniques in order to produce products that are cost effective but work brilliantly.
Their frothers are completely steam-free and use an interesting whisk-head instead. Basically, you would warm up your milk in the microwave or cooktop as normal. Then, you place this handheld whisk-head straight into the jug and let it run.
In less than 30 seconds, it turns into beautifully rich and thick foam. It is so simple, and produces delicious results.
We were shocked as to how quick it was and couldn’t quite believe how cheap this handheld milk frother was. It really is ideal for someone who wants posh coffee and hot chocolate drinks quickly but doesn’t want to spend money daily at Starbucks or Costa.
Best of all, it’s very easy to clean and the whole process takes just a couple of minutes.
Since this is in essence a specialized wand mixer, you won’t really be reserving a place of honor for it on your counter. On the other hand it takes up less space than all the other gadgets in the guide.
You also get a handy travel storage case, which is a nice addition. Just remember that this device is battery operated. While it does come with 2 AA batteries, we know some people would prefer not to deal with the hassle of changing batteries. You can always buy some rechargeable batteries though.
If you’re not too bothered about that, we highly advise you to look into this product further. It is extremely cheap but offers excellent performance.
Factors to Consider before Buying
We were honestly very pleasantly surprised by the vast diversity of manufacturers that all managed to make functional and good quality products. This means that tailoring your purchase to your actual needs will be easier.
Whether you’re looking to buy an automatic or handheld milk frother, here are some factors to consider.
Price: This is of course very important and will affect your decision-making the most. If you regularly make cappuccinos and hot chocolate drinks for the entire family, you might want to invest in a high quality all-in-one frother.
This can typically cost up to £100 but will last you a very long time. If you’re not planning to use it regularly, you can pick up some good quality products for less than £25 so make sure you read this complete milk frother review guide.
Style: There are some products that turn normal milk into froth without any additional effort. They heat it up inside using induction-heating technology and then turn it into froth. On the other hand, you have some products that simply turn heated milk into froth.
You need to decide whether you’re willing to pay extra for an all-in-one product that does everything for you. We’re big fans of multi-functionality, so if your budget and preferences allow for it, you can go for a model that can heat up soup as well as milk, increasing its functionality and ultimately saving you money down the line.
Make: Even though these milk frother reviews have shown that some of the less expensive products featured on the list can produce exceptional foam, it is important to note that the cheaper the product gets, the more the quality of its parts comes into question.
This might not always be the case, but consider spending a pound or two extra now to prevent broken whisks and other irreparable damage that calls for a total replacement.
Cleaning: Maintaining any of these gadgets is important for their continued flawless operation, but how much time and effort you have to put into each cleaning can really impact your enjoyment regardless of the excellent foam. Some products have easy to clean stainless steel mugs you can either clean manually or put into the dishwasher.
Others require complicated disassembly and even then the results aren’t satisfactory. Opt for a no-nonsense approach to cleaning to save yourself from needless frustration.
Warranty: This is definitely something to consider. While every product comes with at least a 1-year warranty thanks to UK Law, there are some products out there that offer a longer warranty.
When looking at the price of a product, make sure you factor in the length of the warranty.
Buying the best milk frother can change the entire appearance and taste of your cappuccino and hot chocolate drinks.
It not only gives your drinks a barista style appearance, but you also get the same taste that coffee shops charge a fortune for.
The funny thing is that these coffee shops are using identical equipment when making their drinks. It is great that these same brands are available to the average consumer as well now.
What people don’t know is that you can make the exact same cappuccinos and lattes from the comfort of your home at a fraction of the price.
All you need is the right equipment, but unfortunately, with so much misinformation in the market, this can be difficult. This isn’t surprising considering how many different manufacturers are putting out their products out there and vying for your attention.
Well, in this post, we review many different products and aim to help our readers find the best quality option for their needs without breaking the bank. With so many good quality options, we’re sure you’ve already picked out a favorite and can almost taste the foamy goodness in your mouth already.
Alternatively, if you prefer a coffee machine with a built-in milk frother, check out this detailed guide.