Last Updated: 02-08-2020

10 Best Milk Frothers 2020

You have the coffee machine which gives the perfect coffee kick and taste, but your setup isn’t complete without a milk frother.

Frothy milk creates a lighter texture, keeps the coffee taste as close to original as possible and also helps the milk warm up to ensure the drink stays true to temperature. Not to mention that some drinks require frothy milk, such as cappuccinos and lattes.

If you purchase a coffee from a cafe, the milk will always be frothed, so it is an unmissable step for any true coffee fan.

Some machines have a built-in frother, but if you use a non-electric method or an older machine you may need to purchase a separate unit. These are some of the best milk frothers at the moment.

The Best Milk Frothers

Smeg 50’s Retro MFF01CRUK Milk Frother


  • Cold Milk Capacity: 0.5L
  • Frothed Milk Capacity: 0.25L

Smeg needs no introduction. Their kitchen products have been in homes for years, and are always top of the list.

Whether you have one of their espresso or filter coffee machines, or you simply love the retro look, this machine will look pride of place in any kitchen. It is for anyone out there who gets through a lot of milky coffees every day, able to prep 250ml of milk in one go.

There’s 7 settings to choose from, including cold milk with thick froth or light froth, as well as a hot chocolate setting, so it isn’t just a machine for coffee time. It can also heat the milk gently, and the lights will all come on when it is in action for safety.

Reasons to Buy

  • Good retro design
  • Can froth a lot at once
  • Several settings to personalise the milk you want

Reasons to Avoid

  • Pricey

Melitta Cremio II 6758122


  • Cold Milk Capacity: 0.25L
  • Frothed Milk Capacity: 0.15L

Nice and roomy in case you have guests, this Melitta jug is perfect for fuss-free foaming.

Just push a button and the contents can be frothed in no time at all. With an ergonomic handle, you can keep it steady and them pour when ready with comfort.

The Cool Touch surface ensures it is always safe to use, and the illuminated controls show at a glance when it is switched on. When you are finished, the lid and whisk components are dishwasher safe so it is easy to look after and you won’t hate having to use it.

Available in black and stainless steel, there is the perfect match for your existing coffee machine and accessories available.

Reasons to Buy

  • Holds a nice amount for two
  • Milk is easy to pour

Reasons to Avoid

  • There are some cheaper options around

Lavazza A Modo Mio Milk Up Frother


  • Cold Milk Capacity: 0.18L
  • Frothed Milk Capacity: 0.12L

Able to froth both hot and cold milk, this bestseller is super easy to use and can be washed in the dishwasher when done with.

The stainless steel can hold a capacity for milk frothing of 120 ml and 180 ml for milk heating. There is a generous 0.6m cable length too, so it can be left out at all times without having to move it around your kitchen.

It just takes the press of the single button to get the coffee ready. It will work best with full-fat milk.

Reasons to Buy

  • One button operation
  • Can be washed in dishwasher

Reasons to Avoid

  • Only good with full fat milk really

Bodum 1446-01 Latteo


  • Cold Milk Capacity: 0.25L
  • Frothed Milk Capacity: 0.15L

Made from heat resistant borosilicate glass for a bit of a design twist, yet staying true to the Bodum brand.

This frother is the ideal accompaniment to other products in the range, or indeed if you just like to have really top-quality products to hand. It looks similar to a cafetiere so is great if you are bothered about style.

The design isn’t just for looks, either. With a deep rim, the lid prevents any air or milk escaping during the frothing process. The plunger handle is comfortable to grip and control, and the glass handle means it is cool to touch.

As it is glass, you’ll have to be gentle with it if you are often a bit haphazard with small appliances, but overall it works very well and there are some great guides online about how best to use it. It is manual, so just be aware a microwave is involved.

Reasons to Buy

  • Very stylish and different
  • Easy to use

Reasons to Avoid

  • A bit more of a faff than some others

KRUPS Frothing Control XL100840


  • Cold Milk Capacity: 0.3L
  • Frothed Milk Capacity: 0.15L

Choose between frothy and hot milk, then allow the Krups Frothing Control to do all of the hard work.

Whether it be a latte or hot chocolate, the inner jug has the capacity markings needed to ensure you have the perfect amount of milk for the job. To get it going, just press the button, and it will automatically turn off when it is finished.

The non-stick coated jug and removable emulsifier make for an easy clean up, and there is a transparent lid so you can keep an eye on what is going on inside.

Thanks to the convenient 360-degree swivel base, the design is convenient for both left and right handed users too, and the cool touch handle means it is always safe to pour from.

Reasons to Buy

  • Krups suggest it will last for 10+ years
  • Very adaptable design

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price

Dualit 84135


  • Cold Milk Capacity: 0.5L
  • Frothed Milk Capacity: 0.5L

One of the largest capacities on our list, which is ideal if the household shout that they also want a cuppa ‘if you’re making one’.

The One Touch Triple Function means you can choose from hot milk or either cold or hot frothy milk at just the press of a button. So hot chocolates, cappuccinos and iced coffees are all going to be really taken up a notch.

It will shut off when done, so you don’t have to monitor its every action, and the overall time for it to finish is around two minutes. You can then remove the whisk and wash it separately, ensuring everything is clean and dried efficiently.

Reasons to Buy

  • Triple function
  • Motor overrun to prevent milk burning

Reasons to Avoid

  • No spout so be careful when pouring

Severin SM 9685


  • Cold Milk Capacity: 0.7L
  • Frothed Milk Capacity: 0.35L

Not one of the biggest names in the small appliances world, but they are great at those quirkier small kitchen gadgets such as yoghurt makers, egg boilers and grills so they are an understandable addition to our list.

The SM9685 works just as well at heating or frothing small amounts of milk as it does when filled up to capacity. Four different heat settings – 45°C, 55°C, 60°C, 65° – mean you can get the milk at just the right taste as you require.

It will also froth both cold and hot milk, opening up the drinks possibilities. The lid can also be opened when the unit is in action, so you can add hot chocolate powders, syrups or flavourings straight to the milk for a ready-made drink.

Why is it not topping our list? Well, the cost means it is one of the most expensive out there. The temperatures may also not be hot enough for some of you out there, and the size is rather imposing. But the build quality and easy of care means the price is also somewhat justified.

Reasons to Buy

  • Good strong build
  • Clever design and dishwasher proof

Reasons to Avoid

  • Struggles with dairy alternatives such as oat (we assume they’re not thick enough)

aerolatte Milk Frother with Stand


  • Batteries: AA x 2
  • Dimensions: 22.9 x 8.9 x 7.6 cm

A handheld, battery-operated device that is designed specifically to produce perfect frothy milk in 20 seconds or less.

This standalone frother won’t take up any space in your kitchen, and you don’t need to use any fancy jugs or tubs for the milk either. It will work with most milk varieties, including soya and skimmed, and can also be used to mix up sauces, soups and other liquids.

It comes with two batteries which should produce around 150 uses, which is pretty good going. The stand is a good place to keep it safe if you have space and should complement your machine well.

Reasons to Buy

  • Compact
  • Versatile
  • Stand is a nice display option

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not very sturdy when frothing

Bialetti Tutto Crema Milk Frother


  • Cold Milk Capacity: 1L
  • Frothed Milk Capacity: 1L

Bialetti are best known for their Moka pots, so if this is your preferred method of coffee making but you’re stumped when it comes to the milk part, here is a handy little device.

It is the perfect match to sit alongside your coffee maker, retaining the infamous logo and sleek look. Suitable for around six cups worth of milk, it sits on your hob and warms the milk gently in between frothing, for when it is a relaxing morning you’re after.

The handle for pumping to froth the milk is comfortable to hold, and it has a double sieve mesh insert frother for quicker, creamier results.

It takes a lot more work than some of the others on the list, especially the electrical one, but if you like to put in the effort for your stove-top coffee then it is simply a great match.

Reasons to Buy

  • Traditional style frothing
  • Comfortable to use once you get the hang of it

Reasons to Avoid

  • A lot of work needed so won’t be for everyone

KitchenCraft Le’Xpress Electric Milk Frother


  • Batteries: AA x 2
  • Dimensions: 9 x 12 x 16 cm

Want handheld, budget and battery powered? Here is a bit of a steal.

It is all of the above, powered by batteries and adaptable so it can be used straight in the mug or glass you are going to use to drink out of. Take it on holiday, use it at work or even on the Sunday hike when you reach your target destination.

You don’t just have to whip milk either, as it can also be used with eggs or salad dressings etc. There are also some recipes included for amaretto cappuccino and cocoa mocha in case you need a bit of inspiration drinks-wise.

Of course, the price reflects the fact that it isn’t the most substantial, but if you’re bordering more on the fun side of things as opposed to wanting to become Britain’s Next Top Barista, then it is up to the job.

Reasons to Buy

  • Price
  • Easy one-handed use with slider for power

Reasons to Avoid

  • Feels a little flimsy

Milk Frother Buying Guide

Types of milk frother

  • Jug

An all-in-one unit with the frothing wand inside. Most are electronic, but there are a few which will use hob power or need to be microwaved in order to get the heat aspect if desired.

They are great if you want something fuss-free, which will likely keep mess at a minimum, and you’re going to be frothing in the comfort of your own home or work.

  • Handheld

Just the wand/frother part of the setup, with no dedicated jug or flask. This makes it great if you need something easy to store away, want to save some money or would rather whisk straight into your cup to reduce the washing up pile.

Most are battery powered, so you can take them anywhere, and they’re easy to hold and grip. Just be careful about the risk of splashing and mess, and be aware that most aren’t as powerful as the dedicated jug models.

What to look out for

  • Capacity – Some can hold more milk than others. There are two things to check here, though. The cold milk capacity is how much milk the unit can hold at any one time and heat thoroughly when warming. The frothed milk capacity is the maximum amount it can froth at one point, which is often a lot less as it needs space to work and expand
  • Dimensions – Will it be out all of the time, or do you need to pack it away as frothed milk is only a treat? Ensure it fits your kitchen
  • Ability – Some can heat the milk, others can only froth and require you to heat the milk in the microwave or on the stove. Some have temperature selections, and others can also allow you to make hot chocolates or milkshakes directly in the jug. Check before you buy for what you need


Why should milk for coffee be frothed?

There is a lot of science behind why frothed milk works better in a hot drink than cold, and why frothy hot milk is best. But to keep things simple and away from the composition science talk, here are a few basic reasons why frothy milk is best:

  • Even Heat – When warming milk, aerating the milk is essential to allow the milk to heat gently, without scalding. 
  • True To Taste – Foam, in particular microfoam, changes the surface tension of the drink, so you get more flavour and the milk doesn’t take away from the taste.
  • Smooth – Aeration of the milk helps the drink to remain smooth and luxurious.
  • Coffee Art – If you can make a nice heart on your latte, then you are gifted. But you will know that the milk needs to be frothy to work and be easy to work with.

Can I use frothy milk for any other drink?

Frothed milk can be used in any milk-based drinks, from your ordinary coffees and cappuccinos to hot chocolates and oat drinks. Many milk frothers are also able to whip cold milk without heating it through too, which could be great for milkshakes and iced coffees.

Are milk frothers suitable for plant-based milk?

Some do struggle, as they work best with fattier milks and non-dairy options can be quite thin.

We have picked out some which are great no matter which type of milk you use, but have a good look through other user reviews and see if anyone has praised or criticised the model.


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