Best milk frother: 6 top-rated milk frothers for cafe-style beverages at home

Check out our picks for the best milk frothers on the market to find the right one for you (and your budget)

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I love a good latte, cappuccino—in fact, I'm probably drinking a macchiato right now. But purchasing one at a coffee shop daily can really start to add up. So, why not make one at home? It's much easier than you think, assuming you most likely already have one of the best coffee makers on hand. The next step is getting the milk just right, and the tool for that: a simple milk frother to elevate your morning routine.  

A milk frother aerates the milk that goes into your favorite specialty beverages, forming tiny pockets of bubbles, which leads to delightfully frothy and foamy consistencies. 

Now, depending on your budget or expertise, there are many different types of milk frothers out there. Do you want to test out milk frothing with a budget-friendly handheld whisk or a manual frother first, or are you ready to truly invest in something electric and automatic, or even what the pros use at your favorite coffeehouse? 

We researched and reviewed the best milk frothers that will truly make your at-home coffee experience one to remember. Read on for our in-depth reviews. But be careful, your one-a-day coffee may soon kick into a four-a-day latte habit and the need to constantly re-stock your fridge with milk. But it's all so, so worth it. 

Fancy a latte right about now? Check out our list of the best coffee makers – the perfect mate for your new milk frother. 

The best milk frothers 2021

Breville BMF600XL Milk Cafe Milk Frother

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1. Breville BMF600XL Milk Cafe Milk Frother

Best overall: a favorite of coffee pros

Specifications
Type: Electric
Capacity: 8.4 ounces
Dimensions: 6.1 x 6.4 x 10.3 inches
Reasons to buy
+Uses various "disks" for preferred froth style, with onboard storage when not in use+Dishwasher safe jug+Can make hot chocolate directly in the unit+3 cup capacity+Adjustable temperature and induction heating
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-No cold froth setting

If you're looking for bells and whistles and many adjustable features, you'll want to make a beeline for the Breville BMF600XL Milk Cafe Milk Frother

What we like about it
While most milk frothers can only froth enough milk for one beverage at a time, you can make up to three cups, which is perfect for when you have guests or will be making multiple beverages. Multiple temperature settings are at your fingertips, you can adjust the temperature between 120 and 160 degrees Fahrenheit, as you choose from silk and smooth heated milk, or light and frothy. It's made with stainless steel throughout and uses an induction heating element that creates little bubbles.

If you want a good laugh, you'll want to check out this cinematic review video from an Amazon user. Other reviews mention its superior and thick froth that transforms their morning coffees. 

Things to note
It uses two interchangeable "discs" depending on your desired froth setting but has magnetic onboard storage in the back to keep them within easy reach, even when not in use. You'll use the Latte disc for smooth and silky milk or the Cappuccino disc for thick and creamy froth. Both circulate the milk to keep it from scalding. Use is simple, once you select your disk, you'll fill it with milk, then select your desired temperature, and then hit start. 

Additionally, while the Breville Milk Cafe has a cold stir frother, it does not create cold foam. 

nespresso aeroccino4

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2. Nespresso Aeroccino4 Milk Frother

Runner-up, best overall: the perfect companion for your espresso

Specifications
Type: Electric
Capacity: 8 ounces
Dimensions: 8.3 x 7 inches
Reasons to buy
+Makes both hot and cold foam+Dishwasher safe parts+Uses just one whisk+Easy to use
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Only available in one finish (unlike predecessors) -Only one temperature option 

When we think espresso, we think Nespresso, so it's only natural for them to excel at their espresso coffee accessories too. The latest edition milk frother, Nespresso Aeroccino4 Milk Frother, conveniently adds dishwasher-safe components and an additional hot froth mode that's ideal for cappuccinos over earlier models. 

What we like about it 
The ability to choose from hot milk, hot froth, and cold froth at the touch of the button. It also uses the same whisk for all its features, so you don't have to worry about switching them out as you choose different settings.  It's easy to use, with four buttons, just pour in and let the Aeroccino4 Milk Frother take on the heavy whipping.  Plus, it can be made while your coffee or espresso brews.  It heats up to 8 ounces of milk at a time or froths up to four ounces.  The frothing jug is also dishwasher safe, so clean-up is a breeze. 

The majority of buyers enjoy the value and ease of café-style beverages at home, citing its dense foam, easy and quiet operation, that it has transformed their at-home coffee experience. 

Things to note
Nespresso recommends you use whole or semi-skimmed milk and avoid using milk alternatives, powdered milk, and syrups with the Aeroccino.  Though, we have seen it perform well with oat milk. While it yields frothy results as desired, several owners complained that it suddenly stopped working, but keep in mind, there is a one-year warranty. 

secura milk frother

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3. Secura Milk Frother

Best budget: a no-fail investment in your morning routine

Specifications
Type: Electric
Capacity: 8.1 ounces
Dimensions : 6.1 x 7.2 x 4 inches
Reasons to buy
+Sleek stainless steel body+Makes hot and cold froth+Comes with a cleaning brush
Reasons to avoid
-Common for a small layer of milk to burn, but does not effect overall flavor

If you're looking to "upgrade" from handheld or manual designs, or try out frothed beverages at home, Secura offers affordable options with thousands of fans. 

What we like about it
Like the Breville and Nespresso, the Secura is easy to operate, makes both hot and cold froth, and can heat up to 8 ounces at a time, or froth up to 4 ounces. If name brand isn't a top factor, you'll be lured by the under $50 price tag, and this little milk frother really performs.  Lattes, cappuccinos, hot chocolate? You want it? You got it—in less than two minutes. To toggle between the hot and cold settings, you'll press down the power button for three seconds for cold froth.  Once it's done frothing, it auto-shuts off you know frothing is finished. 

Things to note
It comes with two whisks that are for different uses. For solely heating milk, you will use a different whisk than the one for hot or cold froth. Secura also notes that it's common for a small layer of milk may burn which is normal and leave a milk film. It does not indicate a defect, nor does it affect performance or flavor. 

PowerLix Milk Frother Handheld Battery Operated Electric Foam Maker

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4. PowerLix Milk Frother Handheld Battery Operated Electric Foam Maker

Best handheld: your new favorite kitchen tool

Specifications
Type: Handheld
Capacity: N/A
Dimensions:: 9.84 x 2.87 x 2.83 inches
Reasons to buy
+Many color options+Portable+Comes with a convenient stand+Lifetime Warranty
Reasons to avoid
-Requires batteries-Can splatter

Curious about whether you want to add frothed milk into your daily routine? Look to the PowerLix Milk Frother Handheld Battery Operated Electric Foam Maker to start. We think you'll be hooked. 

What we like about it
The Powerlix is an easy, intuitive to use tool with a one-touch operation. With 19,000 rotations per minute (RPM), it can take on your preferred milk, be it cow's milk or alternatives like soy, almond or coconut.  Beyond milk frothing, it can also be used as a whisk for mixing milkshakes, matcha tea, bulletproof coffee, protein powders, cocktails, fruit drinks, eggs, soups, dressings, and even whipped cream, making it an extremely versatile tool in your kitchen. 

Things to note
The Powerlix Milk Frother does require 2 AA batteries, which are not included. You'll also want to keep additional batteries on hand for when you notice the Powerlix's strength declining. However, this is characteristic of most handheld milk frothers.  While you can whip it straight in your coffee, for best results, you'll want to whip your milk in a separate container and make sure it's already at your preferred temp (i.e. hot or cold). Also, be wary that since no lid is involved, your foam could splatter or overflow. You will have to actively pay attention to what you are doing, rather than setting and forgetting it like with electric models.  

ninja milk frother

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5. Ninja Easy Frother

Best manual: make froth without any (unreliable) electric components

Specifications
Type: Manual
Capacity: 5 ounces
Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 8 inches
Reasons to buy
+Works with hot or cold milk+Easy to use+Requires no power source+Glass frothing beaker is microwave safe+Glass beaker makes it easy to see frothing progress
Reasons to avoid
-Requires the most effort-Smaller capacity-Difficult to clean

A manual pump gives you the most control when it comes to froth, but don't get mad that we say it requires the most active effort and interaction as you'll want to count out your pumps as you discover your desired froth level. That's why we're loving the Ninja Easy Frother. 

What we like about it
The glass container is quite multifunctional. Not only does it allow to see your frothing progress, but you can preheat your milk in the microwave in the same vessel—just be sure to remove any metal parts. Once you're ready to froth, fill with warm or cold milk to the fill line, add lid with frothing whisk, and after 10-20 pumps, you're left with thick frothed milk. It's almost too easy—and you'll get an arm workout. 

Things to note
Reviewers say the glass is thicker and sturdier than the frother that comes with Ninja's Coffee Bar System. But keep in mind, glass is well glass, and it is more susceptible to cracking or breaking over stainless steel frothers. Note, it also has a stable silicone gripper that serves as a base. 

Additionally, some reviewers did note that if they pump too much, they've seen the beaker overflow. The best way to combat any leakage is to make sure the top is completely sealed around the pouring spout. 

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

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6. Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

Best machine with steam wand: for an experience that most closely mimics a cafe-style beverage

Specifications
Type: Steam
Capacity: N/A
Dimensions: 12.50 x 12.60 x 13.10 inches
Reasons to buy
+Cafe Quality Microfoam+Fully-equipped espresso machine with grinder 
Reasons to avoid
-EXPENSIVE!!!! -Learning curve 

If you're willing to shell out some funds for your daily coffee, you may never feel the need to stop in a Starbucks ever again after you've been spoiled with the Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine. 

What we like
You will feel like a true barista with these pro-grade tools at your fingertips.   Many reviewers cite the attached steam wand as one of the best they've ever used. 

Things to note
We're not going to beat around the bush. This appliance is expensive. Yes, there are plenty of espresso machines even at the $100 or $250 price point with built-in steam wands, but sometimes they are made of plastic or designed as an afterthought. For those serious about their lattes and flat white, this is the real deal.  It's an investment in your life, not just a splurge of the moment, try something new buy. But, if you've tried your hand at handhelds, and even upgraded to electric, the steam wand is the next level.  

The steam wand requires the most maintenance and must be cleaned promptly. 

It takes practice to achieve those results, but who doesn't want to flaunt those skills the next time they invite a guest over for coffee. 

How to choose the best milk frother for you? 

Depending on your needs and budget, there are many different options when it comes to selecting a milk frother: 

  • Electric Milk Frothers:  Electric frothers will be the most expensive and have a heating component. They most closely resemble an electric kettle, with a jug where the milk goes, a power base that heats up, whisk, and a clear lid to see progress.  Most involve just adding milk and selecting the desired setting, and it will shut off when done frothing. Electric milk frothers can heat and froth milk at the same time. 
  • Handheld Milk Frothers: a budget-friendly choice, and are easy to take on the go with you. They have a handheld wand part with a small whisk at the end that is inserted into
    your milk. They either have batteries or are rechargeable, but they sometimes can splatter in your mug since there is no lid. 
  • Manual frothers: Manual frothers, resemble a coffee press and include a carafe, either glass or stainless steel, with a lid, and a plunger where you will manually pump air into the milk. They require the most effort and takes the most time, but you never have to worry about an electrical component not working and you have total control over your froth level. 
  • Steam wand: What you see in coffee shops, and are generally the most expensive and require more technique. To froth your milk, steam pushes through a wand into the milk, creating fine and velvety foam giving it texture, not just bubbles. 

How does a milk frother work? 
A milk frother aerates the milk by quickly stirring it. This action brings in air to the mixture, which in turn causes the milk to form a lather on top, which can be light or dense depending on the type of frothing device used. 

The frothed milk will complement your coffee's flavor while also making it creamier. 

What about latte art?
Milk frothing is truly an art, and can make or break your coffee experience. You've heard of latte art, well the first step is achieving the right foam consistency.  If you're keen on making latte art, you'll want to choose a milk frother with a spout for easy and controlled pouring. N

What's the best kind of milk to use in a milk frother?
The hard truth: Real milk froth's best, the fresher the better. Nespresso also notes that protein content should be high, and leads to better frothing. Low-fat milk creates dry, stiff foam while high fat or whole milk creates wet, silky foam.  Milk that has previously been frozen will not froth.

Many reviewers across the models have noted that Oatmilk has worked and led to frothy results, but milk alternatives like almond, coconut, or soy milk often have a harder time yielding consistent results. A lot of it comes down to experimentation, unfortunately.  

What is the best milk frother?

We think the best milk frother you can buy is the Breville BMF600XL Milk Cafe Milk Frother.  However, if you're after a handheld, we think the PowerLix Milk Frother Handheld Battery Operated Electric Foam Maker, is a good, budget-friendly choice.  

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Jaclyn Turner
Jaclyn Turner

Jaclyn is an eCommerce editor at Future Home Interest, and scouts out the best of the best for buying guides to help you fill your home with housewares you will love. She joined the team in January 2021. She has previously worked with sites like Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, and MyDomaine, but got her start at the trade mag Home Furnishings News, which fueled her excitement for innovation in the home category and seeing the newest launches.  When Jaclyn's not working, she loves long strolls through HomeGoods, unwinding with a chilled glass of Rosé, and entertaining her Cavapoo puppy, Reese. 

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